Recent Storm Damage Posts
Why is Black Water Such a Huge Risk?
Residential flooding is an all-too-common occurrence in Danbury, CT endangering families and causing untold structural damage to homes and properties. Worse, a flood leaves much more than simple water damage behind. Torrential rains combined with raw sewage and chemical waste can create an environment toxic to humans and animals alike.
Water Contamination Categories
Water can be sorted into three basic categories:
Category 1: This water is considered clean water and comes from an uncontaminated supply source.
Category 2: Known as gray water, this category includes water that may be contaminated by bacteria, viruses or urine (but no fecal matter), and may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Source examples include toilet, dishwasher or washing machine overflow.
Category 3: Water in this category is considered black water; it is highly contaminated and poses potentially fatal hazards. Sources include flooded waterways, toilet water that contains feces and standing water.
What Are the Specific Risks Associated with Category 3 Water?
In addition to toxic chemicals displaced by damage to industrial storage facilities, category 3 water may carry with it bacterial and viral diseases. It is crucial to avoid direct contact with this type of water, especially if an individual has an injury or open wound.
What Homeowners Should Do After an Emergency Flooding
In cases of flood or black water damage that involves raw sewage or industrial chemicals, homeowners in Danbury, CT should make sure to avoid the premises and contact a local emergency restoration service as soon as possible. These professional technicians will be able to determine the severity of contamination in the home and provide a detailed plan for quick and thorough cleanup in accordance with EPA guidelines. Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on storm damage.
How To Prepare for Flood Damage in Five Simple Steps
How To Prepare for Flood Damage in Five Simple Steps
A major flood may not seem like something a company can prepare for; however, there are a number of relatively simple steps a company can do ahead of time to prepare for a flooding catastrophe in Danbury, CT. In many ways, the principles are the same as preparing for anything ahead of time: a little bit of knowledge and a little bit of advance preparation can go a long way. Here are five steps to take to help minimize storm damage.
Clean Out Gutters and Storm Drains. The simple step of making sure storm drains and gutters are clean can prevent water from pooling all in one place. The steady flow of water away from a commercial building can prevent or reduce flood damage in many cases.
Stock Vacuums and Sump Pumps on the Grounds. Damage from flooding can occur quickly, so it is a good idea to get to the problem as swiftly as possible. By having some equipment at the property, as well as trained employees who know how to operate the machinery, a company can better prevent water damage.
Have the Experts on Speed Dial. The quicker a company can get water cleanup experts on hand, the better. If the experts can arrive on scene in a matter of hours, a lot of property loss may be avoided.
Make Sure Insurance Is Current. Coverage for water events can be a tricky area in some insurance policies. The insured company should speak regularly with its insurance agent and know what type of coverage it has for storms and floods.
Inventory the Building. Someone from the company should take a look at the building to search for problem areas that will be affected by a flood or let flood water in easily. Sensitive equipment and valuables should be moved to higher ground.
The flooding of a building can happen all at once. Some advance preparation using these five steps may save thousands of dollars. Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on flood damage.
Restoring Properties That Have Suffered Storm Damage
Restoring Properties That Have Suffered Storm Damage
In the United States, storm damage is one of the most prevalent causes of property loss. Each year, billions of dollars in losses occur to home and business owners across the country as a direct result of storm damage. Fortunately, when storm damage strikes, there are people you can call you can help you succeed and carry out a successful storm remediation.
Your local professional storm restoration company has people on staff with the training, experience and specialized tools necessary to get your property back to its prior condition as soon as possible.
Let's take a look at some of the main kinds of storm damage and how professional storm restoration teams handle them.
Flooding, water damage, hail damage and roof damage
Two of the most important consequences of storms are flooding and the various causes of roof damage. These are often related, as wind damage, hail damage and other roof damage allows flooding to occur. Wind damage, hail damage and roof damage often entail expensive roof repairs. This is one reason why it is always best to get a professional storm restoration team on site as soon as possible. Acting in time can prevent roof leaks from turning into major flooding events and can make roof repairs and other water restoration efforts cheaper or even unnecessary.
Although many people picture river flooding as being a primary cause of storm-related damage, river flooding is actually a relatively minor cause. While river flooding is prone to occurring in some areas of the country, in most cases, wind damage, hail damage and roof leaks are, by far, the more serious concerns. River flooding is often a distant, last-place concern.
Hurricane damage and ground water contamination
Hurricane damage can often lead to compromise of local ground water. In the case of hurricane damage, ground water can be contaminated through storm surges, sewage overflows and infrastructural compromise. For this reason, any time hurricane damage strikes, it is imperative to have a licensed water restoration crew handle any potential ground water compromise.
Ice damage, hail damage, frozen pipes and ice damming
Colder climates can bring a whole different set of concerns. Winter storms can bring ice damage, hail damage, frozen pipes and ice damming. Combined with wind damage, these can cause roof leaks, requiring expensive roof repairs. When ice damage, frozen pipes or ice dams cause roof leaks, roof repairs must be quickly undertaken to avoid the massive release of flood water into the home or business.
Ice damming in particular can lead to flood water entering the property. If ice dams are allowed to grow to a large enough size, the ice damming process can pose a serious risk of catastrophic roof failure. This can release a deluge of flood water, requiring the use of flood pumps and other urgent water restoration efforts in the storm remediation.
Ice dams can cause the buildup of tens or even hundreds of gallons of water. If such ice dams cause massive leaks or a roof failure, that flood water will enter the home. Any time flood pumps or radical water restoration efforts need to be used, it severely complicates and raises the costs of the storm remediation.
Ice damage and frozen pipes can also cause widespread water to be released, requiring the use of flood pumps. While flood pumps are highly effective, home restorations where their use is necessary put the property at higher risk and impede the storm remediation.
As we've seen, calling in a professional storm restoration team can make all the difference when your property has been placed at risk by a serious storm. Home restoration companies can muster the personnel and equipment to ensure that the home restoration is carried out quickly and effectively. Any time your property requires a home restoration in the aftermath of a serious storm, always call in your local professional restoration company.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on storm damage.
What to Do If You Are the Victim of Storm Damage
What to Do If You Are the Victim of Storm Damage
Storm damage can occur to anyone. It can happen in any climate. Storms cause river flooding and other forms of flooding. They cause wind damage, hail damage, and hurricane damage. Winter storms bring ice dams and ice damming, which cause roof leaks, forcing you to get roof repairs done. Ice damage also comes in the form of frozen pipes. Groundwater and flood water can ruin your basement and home. You need to take steps towards home restoration. The best way to do that is to get a storm restoration and water restoration company to take care of your storm remediation.
Make sure to make an emergency call to the storm restoration and water restoration company right away. Hurricane damage, storm damage, hail damage, ice damage, roof damage, wind damage, and roof leaks can get worse as time goes by. If there is flooding or river flooding, your home will get more ruined the more you let the water stay in your home. If there is ice damming or ice dams that are causing roof leaks, the leaks may get larger and worse as time goes on. You need to start right away with storm remediation.
The first thing that the storm restoration and water restoration company will do is assess the extent of the storm damage, hurricane damage, wind damage, roof damage, roof leaks, flooding damage, river flooding damage, ice damming, ice dams, ice damage, and any other sort of damage. They will create a plan of action for your home restoration needs.
Next, they will start fixing and removing the cause of the damage. If there is flooding, river flooding, roof leaks, frozen pipes, ice dams, ice damming, ice damage, ground water, or flood water, they will use special flood pumps to pump out the flood water. These flood pumps are designed for the worst of conditions and will dry your home and remove any ground water and flood water. Besides using the flood pumps, they will likely use other equipment to remove any deep moisture from your home. Groundwater, flood water, flooding, and river flooding can seep deep into your walls and furniture. Often, there will be hidden moisture under tiles or behind walls. They will use equipment that works similar to flood pumps to remove this water from your home.
The next step, after your home is completely dry, is to repair things that are broken. This starts with roof repair. If there are roof leaks and roof damage, they will do a roof repair job to repair those leaks. If wind damage or hurricane damage caused your walls or ceiling to cave in, they will repair that as well. They may need to replace certain items. For example, they may need to use new boards or tiles for your ceiling, floor, and walls. If there is ice damage, such as a frozen pipe, they will repair that as well. Home restoration, or bringing your home back to livable conditions again, is a vital part of storm remediation.
Sometimes, your home may even be in a better condition after the home restoration process is over. This is because the storm restoration and water restoration company may replace certain parts of your home that were old and should have been replaced anyway. You may have needed roof repair anyway. If there were frozen pipes, then the frozen pipes may have been old and rusty anyway. This is not to say that storm damage is a good thing, but that there may be a silver lining to the storm damage and storm remediation. The home restoration company will be experienced with providing the best renovation services.
Before you call the home restoration company, make sure that you stay safe and do not get injured. If there is flooding or river flooding, try to stay away from the ground water. It may carry an electrical current. The flood water and ground water may even be contaminated. There may also be sharp objects. Wind damage and hail damage may cause windows to shatter, which means that there may be broken glass in your home. Roof damage and hail damage can cause broken wood to cave in. Just wait for the professionals to take care of everything.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on storm damage.
Hurricane Harvey Impacts Texas and Louisiana
Record rainfall and catastrophic flooding
Hurricane Harvey arrived on the shores of Texas as a hurricane Friday night (August 25, 2017), packing sustained wind speeds as high as 130 mph. As of Wednesday, it was classified a tropical storm with maximum winds of 40 mph.
The "relentless, torrential" rain has moved east, and forecasters don't expect it to let up in eastern Texas and Louisiana until Friday. By that point, total rainfall could reach 50 inches in areas including Houston and Galveston. Louisiana and the upper Texas coast could get another 3 to 6 inches by the end of the week, with other states, including Kentucky and Tennessee, getting 2 to 4 inches by Friday.
The storm was moving northeast at 8 mph as of 1 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, leaving flooding and destruction in its wake. The eye of the storm was sitting about 35 miles northwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Texas coast and western Louisiana, including the Houston area, brought with it widespread devastating flooding. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® has been deployed to the affected areas bringing hundreds of crews from across the nation to help. With the potential for a large number of claims and the need for cleanup and restoration, residents are encouraged to be patient, while SERVPRO® makes every effort to respond to each need as quickly as possible.
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.
After the Storm Has Passed, What's Next?
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
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.
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.
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.
Roof Collapse in Danbury
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.
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.
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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.
Storm Damage Remediation in Danbury, CT
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
Historic Flooding in Louisiana
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.
Are you prepared in case of an emergency?
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.