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Is My Home Still Suffering the Effects of Prior Flood Damage in Ridgefield?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment drying water damaged floor Flooding and water damage happen. Call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

Some Ridgefield Companies Like SERVPRO Can Answer That Question for You Because They Can Detect Ongoing Moisture-Related Issues from Prior Flooding.

The aftereffects of flooding can often be just as harmful as the initial impact of standing floodwaters. This outcome is partly because these effects often go unnoticed for months or even years after the flooding event occurs. Many Ridgefield homeowners do not realize that their homes are still being affected by flood-related moisture. The problem is that some flood damage remediation companies do a poor job drying your house. This ineffective service could leave water behind your walls and in less accessible areas. Also, it could fail to properly remove excess moisture from structural elements and the interior air. Over time, this could cause structural deterioration and the recurrence of unpleasant smells, mold, and mildew.

How Do I Know If My Ridgefield House is Still Experiencing the Aftereffects of Flood Damage?

Often, if you pay close attention, there are some telltale signs that your previous Ridgefield flood damage restoration company did a poor job drying your property. These are noticeable to the nose and visible to the naked eye. Some of the signs to watch out for are:

  • Musty smells
  • Baseboard or wall mold
  • Discoloration/water stains on walls or ceilings
  • Bubbling of paint or wallpaper
  • Deteriorating plaster or drywall
  • Wall warping
  • Floor or ceiling bucking

If you ever notice any of these things, your home is likely suffering from the effects of prior flooding or has a slow water leak. Whatever it is, these signs indicate that it is time to have your home inspected to find the problem’s source.

  • What High-Tech Tools Does SERVPRO Use to Identify and Locate Floodwater-Related Issues?
  • SERVPRO technicians have access to all the latest state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment. When our workers arrive on-site, they are usually able to detect and source water-related problems quickly. Our sophisticated detection gear includes:
  • Moisture sensors that identify moisture-impacted structural elements and contents
  • Moisture meters to measure the amount of moisture in each element or item.
  • Thermohygrometers to measure the relative humidity and temperature of your home’s air, and enable technicians to calculate its vapor pressure, specific humidity, and dew point
  • Infrared cameras that can see through walls and baseboards, so that we can precisely locate hidden water and sources of leaks.

Using these helpful tools, we can often relatively quickly determine if you have a water-related issue in Ridgefield, the amount of damage already done, what is causing it, and how best to resolve it.

Once SERVPRO Determines I Still Have Flood-Related Damage, How Do They Remediate It?

Once SERVPRO technicians determine that there is ongoing flood-related damage, they immediately get to work on remediating it. In doing so, they generally follow the following procedure: 

  • Establish a drying goal based on the local climate and moisture levels in unaffected rooms
  • Remove, and eventually replace, sections of walls and ceilings that are beyond repair
  • Vacuum up any remaining water with wet vacs
  • Calculate the right ratio of dehumidifiers to air movers for the most effective and efficient drying
  • Set up an air mover-dehumidifier-injectidry system network to dry the interior of the home, including areas behind walls and ceilings
  • Using high-tech foggers, inject disinfectants, fungicides, and deodorants into affected areas

After this thorough treatment, most homeowners are pleased to find that we have fully restored their homes. With that said, you should always be on the lookout for any hint of a water-related problem. The fast location of water damage enables our workers to find and remediate problems as soon as possible and, ultimately, achieve the best results. 

Ridgefield’s location on the northeast coast makes it especially prone to the effects of intense, year-round storms. Tropical storms and hurricanes affect the region in the warmer months, while powerful Nor’easters significantly impact this part of the country during colder periods. Torrential rains and destructive winds usually come with these big cyclonic storms. As a result, flooding often occurs as massive amounts of rain overwhelm drainage systems and overflow the numerous lakes/reservoirs surrounding the town. When this happens, area homeowners are likely to experience some level of flood damage. At this time, they must contact a reputable company to effectively clean and restore their homes.

Unfortunately, not all Ridgefield flood damage remediation companies have workers trained and experienced enough to handle most cases. There are also times when good businesses make mistakes, and businesses overlook things. These circumstances could lead to ongoing flood-associated deterioration long after remediating the damage at your home. Considering this, it is crucial that you remain vigilant and always look for any potential signs of water-related issues. Also, it would help if you periodically had your home professionally inspected for water damage.

If you ever suspect or notice signs of water damage, contact a local cleaning and restoration company as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the cheaper and easier it is to restore your home. Whenever you need help, call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Danbury, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield today at (203) 791-0920 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do I Get Rid of a Smoke Smell in My Danbury Kitchen?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

home damaged by a fire Odors can be a challenge to overcome after a fire, but our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team can help.

We have advanced deodorization products and equipment to address all odors left behind by a structure fire in your Danbury home

Odors are one of the most challenging obstacles for homeowners to face after a fire. Even small kitchen fires and grease flare-ups can leave lingering smoke and burning odors that can seem the worst where the fire happened in the kitchen area. With potent deodorizing products, both scented and unscented, we can address these widespread effects along with other mitigation steps.

Why Are Lingering Odors Such a Challenge to Remove?
Especially with the case of fire damage in Danbury kitchens, odors can become absorbed into porous surfaces, including the cabinets, flooring, ceiling tile, drywall, and more. Despite the effects that fires can have on the contents and furniture within the kitchen, it is trapped odors in the wall and ceiling materials that become the hardest to address. When fires occurred, pores in these materials opened wider, allowing more smoke molecules to enter. When the area cooled, these molecules became trapped inside the porous surfaces.

What Tools are Necessary for Odor Removal?
Removing odors requires sophisticated equipment, and our SERVPRO professionals have multiple options. We make these choices depending on the severity of the situation, the materials affected, and the size of the damaged area. Some of the common choices include:

    •    ULV Foggers – Using pressurized misting, these foggers can cover a wide surface area with potent deodorizing products that can neutralize on contact.
    •    Thermal Foggers – Similar products get used in thermal fogging, which heats these products to a vapor that can get sprayed throughout the affected area. With soft materials and porous surfaces, these deodorizers are effective.
    •    Hydroxyl Generators – These are best for larger damaged areas and combine air quality control with UV deodorization.

Odors can be a challenge to overcome after a fire, but our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team can help. Give our technicians a call anytime at (203) 791-0920.

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How Long Will Smoke Odors Linger After a Fire in Danbury?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

burnt building interior after a fire Commercial fire damage is no match for our IICRC-certified team at SERVPRO.

Specialized Techniques by Trained Fire Damage Experts Help Eliminate Smoke Odors in Your Danbury Commercial Building

If your commercial property catches fire, calling in the help of skilled technicians ensures you can get back up and running sooner. When you enlist SERVPRO to assist with restoration, we start the cleanup right away. Doing so helps limit damages and the onset of foul odors known to linger when left to fester for too long.

Are There Ways I Can Address Fire and Odor On My Own?
For any commercial fire damage in Danbury, our IICRC-certified technicians have not only the experience and the training to get the job done, but also a range of professional equipment. We arrive on the scene to assess the damage once emergency personnel deems the building safe to enter. To expedite the restoration and make sure that your interior is free of smoke particles and sticky soot, our crew will:

    •    Remove all debris and sources of odor, including unsalvageable contents and charred materials.
    •    Carefully clean any surface areas blanketed with tiny odor-causing particles. Every room in your building gets checked to determine how far the residue and particles traveled.
    •    We recreate the conditions that caused odor penetration by imparting deodorizing agents in the same way that the smoke and soot came into contact with each surface.
    •    Surfaces exposed to malodors may get sealed off, if necessary. This includes sealing the surfaces of ducts and painting walls.

If any of the wooden studs in your building present with charring, our technicians may remove the char using soda blasting, dry ice blasting, or steel scrub brushes. Once the charred portion gets removed, we can then seal or refinish the studs.

Commercial fire damage is no match for our IICRC-certified team at SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield. Call us at (203) 791-0920, and we deploy a team for emergency service. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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What is the Average Time in Service for a Water Heater?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Woman soaking up water with large sponge No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

SERVPRO Can Remove the Water from Your Ridgefield Home Quickly

Statistics released by the Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety show that water heater failures account for nearly twenty-percent of water loss events in properties. The failure rate is 10% percent at ten years of service and jumps to 90% after sixteen years in service. Tank units average 35 to 55 gallons, imagine that much water on your floor in Ridgefield.

What Should I Do First After Water Damage from a Water Heater?

  • Your first phone call should be to begin the water damage cleanup in your Ridgefield home. The removal of small items in the loss area can assist in lessening the damage, particularly to carpeted rooms. 
  • Newspaper and magazines can bleed onto the carpet
  • The varnish used on wood furnishings can permanently stain rugs and carpet
  • Items such as floor pillows and decorative baskets need removal to another area of the home

Common Areas Affected By Water Tank Failures

The majority of water heaters create water disaster problems with one either a slow leak or a sudden burst as the most typical ways they go out of service. While a sudden burst leaves copious amounts of water behind, a slow leak can do an equal amount of damage that often does not get noticed for an extended period. This often creates an ideal area for mold growth, which has the potential to spread throughout the property. 

Steps for Mitigation in the Home

There are many applications that SERVPRO techs combine to bring well-rounded mitigation to a home after a water tank failure. The extraction of the water should begin within 24 hours of the initial event for the best outcome. 

Upon arrival at the Ridgefield property, the technicians scope the property to determine the migration path of the water. This assists with complete extraction when the techs deploy their advanced equipment. Different types of surfaces need various types of water removal methods. Portable pumps with weighted extraction heads make short work of pulling water out of both carpet and padding, putting the odds in the property owner's favor that they can save the cost of replacement through the restoration methods. 

A laminate tile floor runs the most significant risk of seepage into the subfloor after carpet. Signs of water migration under flooring include:

  • Water reappearing on the tile after wiping away
  • Dripping through the ceiling in lower levels
  • Buckling of sheetrock without water being visible
  • Blistering or bubbling of paint on walls or ceilings
  • Delamination of tile or glue-down flooring

Drying Equipment Makes the Difference in the Outcome

DIY methods of using household fans on carpet or wet tile flooring work, at best, to dry the top surface. It does nothing to address the moisture further down within the fibers or flooring. SERVPRO techs use the science of psychrometry to pull embedded moisture out of substrates using the high-velocity air movers. As the fast-moving air flows over surfaces, it causes embedded water vapor to rise, and the nearby dehumidifiers capture it. This creates a cycle of progressively drier air and lowers the interior humidity for complete drying. 

Carpets have the potential to get dried in place using applications such as floating where one side of the carpet gets loosened and air directed underneath. Tenting is another common application when only a section requires drying. The techs place plastic over the wet area and force air directly into that space alone. This quickly reduces the moisture and dries the carpet in place. 

Specific Challenges When a Water Tank Leaks

Two elements play a vital role in the outcome of a water loss event involving a water heater. The first is the location of the water heater in the home. The second is the speed at which cleanup efforts began. When the water heater has a placement in a utility closet or upper level of a home, the potential for water to seep into the floor and penetrate the floor joists into lower levels is a big concern. When a 55-gallon tank bursts, water runs rapidly behind baseboards, wicks into sheetrock, and pushes into every available opening. A slow leak does not affect the flooring as much, but tremendous damage can occur to walls and ceilings. 

When the basement is the location for the tank in your Ridgefield home, if the drainage or sump pump is in working order, the damage may be lessened. SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to extract the water and dry the concrete and masonry along with specially formulated cleaning agents.

When a water damage event happens in your home, call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920. The certified techs stand ready to come to your property 24/7 and return it to its preloss condition. 

Whom Should I Call to Get Rid of The Smell of Smoke And Fire In My Danbury Home?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Do not let fire disrupt your life forever.

Danbury Homeowners Should Call SERVPRO to Get Rid of the Smell Left Behind by a Fire

A fire in your home can be scary and devastating. Even a small flame can wreak havoc, leaving you anxious about the safety of your family and wishing you could restore your home immediately. Rather than wasting any time, call a professional fire restoration company to ensure your cleanup and the deodorizing process is quick and effective.

Isn't there a DIY Option to Recovering from Fire Damage?
At SERVPRO, we understand that you worry about the cost in time and money of calling us to help restore your home. However, our expertise and knowledge prepare us to detect hazards typically invisible to the average consumer. When you call us, you call upon an expert team ready to explore all ramifications of a fire in your Danbury home. For instance, you may not identify some of these challenges:

    •    The toxicity of debris left behind by the flames can be detrimental to your health. We use personal protective equipment to avoid exposure to hazards.
    •    Your home may suffer structural damage, even if it looks stable. Our crew explores how deep the fire and other extinguishing agents permeated your walls and floors, and take we take action accordingly.
    •    Smells vary depending on the nature of each material. Deodorizing efforts need to match the need of each surface. Sometimes we must neutralize the odor. Other times we counteract it, and others we dissipate the odor molecules. Our team knows how to tell the difference and apply appropriate deodorizing agents.

Do not let fire disrupt your life forever. Take all the necessary steps to bring your life back to normal.  Once everyone is safe, call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Help! How Do I Rid My Home of Storm Flood Damage?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded/ warped wood floors Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

Disaster Mitigation Professionals Restore Your Danbury Home After Storm & Flood Damage

Storm-related damages, whether they come from a storm surge or a roof leak from a fallen branch, can be stressful for any homeowner to endure. Not only do these incidences bring in unwanted water that can compromise your home's structure and its belongings, but it can also bring in microbes, silt, and waste products that can also make cleaning the mess yourself unsafe. 

If your residence needs professional storm-related flood damage cleanup in Danbury, SERVPRO technicians are mere hours away from getting started. These Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-accredited pros focus on minimizing property and structure loss so that you can enjoy a clean, safe living space once more. 

How Can Landscaping Help With Storm Flooding? 

Landscaping is crucial for keeping water out of your home during a flood situation. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  • Make sure that your yard slopes away from your home.
  • Install a curtain drain around your home to keep water out of the basement.
  • Choose native plants that are highly absorbent for a rain garden around the perimeter of your property.
  • Consult with a local landscaping professional for ideas custom-fit for your yard and home.

What Does SERVPRO's Storm Damage Cleanup Process Entail?

Storm-related flood damages require additional care between the extraction of water and structural drying. Much like ground floods, storm flooding can bring in microbes that can spread through the air during drying without proper care. 

SERVPRO technicians can address these sanitary concerns with EPA-registered biocides, personal protection equipment, and proper containment measures, which can include temporarily blocking nearby vents to prevent microbes or mold from traveling through your HVAC system. Large spaces affected by water may require direct spraying with broad-spectrum sanitizing solutions. 

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield is a phone call away from ensuring that your residence looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (203) 791-0920 to get started.

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Containing Flood Damage In Danbury

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team a call today at (203) 791-0920.

Containing Flood Damage to the Basement of Danbury Homes

Floodwater can quickly migrate throughout a Danbury home without the appropriate containment strategies and mitigation tactics. Because most homes have a basement level, surface water penetrating the exterior walls of the house can find its way quickly to this lower level to begin pooling. Between the severity of this increasingly worsening situation and the need to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the property as much as possible, there are specific approaches that our SERVPRO team can take to help.

Containment is a vital component of minimizing the spread and severity of flood damage in Danbury homes. By establishing barriers, we can make many of the necessary actions of restoring the property more thorough and efficient. Understanding the full advantages of constructing drying zone barriers can help you appreciate this process when you see it in your own home after a flood loss.

Drying Efficiency
One of the essential advantages of installing containment barriers around flooding effects in your basement is the efficiency of drying the area. Through both extraction and evaporation techniques to follow, regulating the tools and processes within this work area can eliminate wasted time and effort by the machines in use.

Microbial Containment
While you cannot enter any environment in your home without encountering microscopic mold spores and microorganisms, concentrations of these spores in moist environments can lead to microbial threats when colonies develop. In flooding scenarios, the time it takes to dry up the damage is often longer than the time it takes mold to develop, so containing these fungal colonies can also be a protective effort for the rest of your property.

Moisture and Humidity Regulation
Once you have the damaged area completely encased in thick poly sheeting, we can better manage temperature, humidity levels, and moisture content. Elevating the temperature and reducing humidity can maximize drying efforts.

We work to address flood damage before reconstruction is necessary, but when it is, we have an in-house team of licensed residential contractors that can help with full-scale build back. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team a call today at (203) 791-0920.

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SERVPRO® professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

baby crawling on the floor with a toy in hand "Stop the spread of pathogens with a professional cleaning for your home or business.

SERVPRO® franchise professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

About Coronavirus
The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Scope of Cleanup Protocol
SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat, or suspected contamination, or confirmed positive for COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:
• Kitchen/Food Areas
• Bathrooms
• Schools/Classrooms
• Offices
• Retail Spaces
• Water Fountains
• Shelving and Racks
• Sales Counters
• Carpets and rugs
• Stair Handrails
• Elevator Cars
• Playground Equipment
• Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures
Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more.
Porous surfaces that are not water-sensitive, such as carpet and other fabric material, cannot be disinfected but can be sanitized using SERVPROXIDE™.

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What to Expect from Professional Water Cleanup in Ridgefield

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking pipe Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO knows all the steps to Effectively Clean Up Water Damage in your Ridgefield home 

The worst homecoming “gift” after a short business trip or long weekend getaway is a utility area full of water.  Repairing a burst pipe or loose supply hose that let gallons of water spread are the easy fixes. Cleaning up a substantial amount of water after a significant leak requires the intensive involvement of a team of well-trained and highly qualified experts. Our mission is to assist you when you face this unfortunate challenge.  

Scoping the Damage

Before we commence water cleanup in your Ridgefield home, the crew chief assesses all aspects of the damage. Water intrusions expose occupants of a property and our technicians to a broad range of hazards, the abatement of which must be part of the project plan. Slip, trip, and fall risks and the conduction of live electricity are serious concerns that need to be controlled. Power shut down and a thorough walkthrough are essential to identify issues like:

  • Sagging ceilings that could dump water and debris 
  • Weakened floors that no longer can support foot traffic or restoration equipment
  • Deteriorating walls and stairs
  • Mold growth, possible after only 24 to 48 hours of water infiltration

Emergency Services 

SERVPRO notes, secures, and plans for control of safety hazards. If our evaluation reveals mold development or suggests that the standing water is trending toward Category 2 or 3, prevalent when hours or days passed before intervention, we consider containing the space with a sealed air scrubbing system. Our technicians then move in to address water extraction, donning personal protective equipment (PPE). Gas-powered pumps for water deeper than two inches, followed by truck-mounted extractors remove the water swiftly and without the need for on-site electricity. 

Moisture Detection Finesse

We know, and homeowners soon realize that visible damage is the tip of the iceberg, especially when water collects and remains for a while. SERVPRO technicians are seasoned water migration detectives, using sensitive tools to follow the flow into building cavities, crawlspaces, and beneath floors. The map developed using the data gathered guides us as we locate trapped liquid water and saturated building materials. 

Water Release and Drying Strategies

We counsel homeowners about the benefits of controlled demolition to permit access to pooled water and moist spaces. SERVPRO might carefully remove baseboards, sawing holes near the bottom of walls to allow suctioning out of fluids, then using the openings to direct warm, dry air inside to reduce moisture levels to normal. Flood cuts feel drastic, but open up spaces to ensure we complete drying thoroughly and trace the expansion of any microbial infestation so we can include mold remediation in the overall plan if indicated. 

Count on SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield to steer a successful course when you need water cleanup. Call us at (203) 791-0920 to begin navigating toward recovery.

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