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Businesses in Danbury Use Local Restoration Services for Fire Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Flame The first step to resolving fire damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield.

SERVPRO Fire Cleanup Team Can Help your Premises

Commercial property fires are not uncommon. They can occur from faulty electronics, human error, and, in the case of restaurants, from kitchens. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units can be significantly damaged by smoke, especially if the system is on. SERVPRO can help recover the damages caused to your business following a fire.

HVAC inspection is a common task performed by Danbury commercial fire damage restoration services. These systems feature a supply-side- which intakes air- and a return side that distributes it across multiple rooms. In a fire, HVAC systems can easily draw in hot smoke and ash and then distribute it into numerous locations throughout the building. Even if the system is switched off, the pressure increases caused by hot air that can force particulates into supply or return vents. Our technicians perform HVAC inspections and cleaning as standard when dealing with fires on commercial premises. We can help with:

  • HVAC inspection
  • Fire restoration
  • Duct cleaning 

Cleaning an air-conditioning system is not always necessary in a restoration job. However, inspecting the ducts and venting is essential to ensuring that your business returns to a safe condition. Contaminated ducts can redistribute ash throughout the building. When checking air conditioning units, our technicians determine how long the fire burned, whether smoke entered through return or supply sides and if the system was in use. Cleaning efforts may require different approaches depending on the materials that ducts are made from- flex duct or sheet metal. Equally, physical damages to the dampers, vanes, or cooling coil may require subcontractors to perform repairs. Our technicians can enact the proper response to ensure your HVAC system and business premises return to a preloss condition. 

  • If cleaning is not possible, technicians may need to seal off portions of the duct to prevent further damage- referred to as duct sealing.
  • Disassembling the HVAC system requires professional expertise, which we can arrange for you during the service.
  • Filters on an HVAC system's return or supply-side can be removed and replaced cost-efficiently.

If an unexpected fire breaks out at your business, contact SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield for commercial fire damage restoration at (203) 791-0920.

What are Common Areas Requiring Water Removal in Redding Homes?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Attached to Floor Flooring and HVAC systems are two areas frequently affected by water damage. We have the equipment to handle all of your water removal needs.

Areas that Require Water Removal in Redding Homes 

Standing water presents several levels of risk for Redding homes, but if addressed quickly enough, much of this water can stay at a manageable surface level. Our SERVPRO professionals have unique approaches to removing excess and preparing the property for the much-needed drying efforts to follow, depending on the material affected and the severity of these conditions. Understanding the ideal approach to get water levels down to a drying position can reduce wasted time in the restoration process. 

Excess water removal in Redding homes typically happens against flooring materials. Between carpets and hardwood, there are different solutions for reducing standing water, which rely on attachments for wet vacuums or truck-mounted extraction pumps. Prioritizing water removal can reduce the migration of water effects and limit the overall loss of exposed contents, materials, and areas of your household. 

Hardwood Flooring 

Hardwood flooring can become a costly material to replace when surface water penetrates planks and begins swelling the edges of the wood along the joints. Several steps can remove the surface water, including the use of a squeegee extractor attachment for portable vacuums. While drying mats are still necessary to finalize removal, these tools can remove the majority of excess water on the floor.   

Carpeted Areas  

Light wands are a vital tool that our SERVPRO team can use to gain control of oversaturated carpeted areas. These tools are helpful even when padding must get removed from beneath the main carpet layer. Light wands, also labeled carpet wands, follow direct weighted water extraction techniques. 

HVAC System 

There are also instances in which the HVAC system in your home must have water removed, as well. Excess in these ducts can lead to high moisture content, which promotes microbial growth, fungal presence, or further deterioration of nearby structural elements. With vacuum hosing, we can remove any standing water from both supplies and return ductwork. 

Water removal is not as cut and dry as it might appear. Knowing the best approach for specific materials can minimize the time and cost of restoration for our customers. Let our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team make water losses “Like it never even happened” by calling (203) 791-0920.

Some of the Biggest Conditions Inhibiting Quick Drying Efforts in Redding

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

Water On Floor The longer you wait to call SERVPRO after water damage has struck your living room, the more damage the water causes.

What Can Affect Drying of Your Redding Home?

The science of drying out structures like your Redding home is known as psychrometry. This practice guides our SERVPRO water restoration professionals to the most direct paths of drying out saturated construction materials and contents. Depending on the specific needs of your home, these guiding principles can help to maximize our moisture removal efforts through the manipulation of elements like temperature, humidity, and airflow.

The better grasp our technicians have on environmental conditions, the better able to address water damage in Redding homes they become. Our team can record initial conditions in our DryBook software during the scoping of the job before the work begins, so we have a point of reference for the steps we can take to thoroughly dry and restore saturated materials and contents. There are several environmental conditions that we can modify to suit the efficient drying your home requires.

Temperature 

As you might suspect, lower temperatures can slow the drying process to a crawl. Our SERVPRO team can manipulate cooler environments using portable electric heaters for direct exposure and larger furnace units for broader area warmth. Raising the temperature of the drying zone can speed up the moisture removal process.

Humidity

Many water loss incidents leave the immediate atmospheric conditions saturated and construction materials and contents in the area. Higher humidity contents can make it challenging to dry materials. That is why we run dehumidification units throughout the drying process in most cases.

Air Flow

Regulating air flow into a drying zone can help remove saturated air from this immediate region and replace it with a drier blast of the heated exhaust. A valuable tool for pulling moist air from a damaged region and replacing it with warmer, drier air is our desiccant dehumidifier.

Many factors affect the speed with which drying processes occur in your damaged house. Our training and education in psychrometry help to maximize our efficiency in your home. No matter how we can help after a water loss incident, give our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team a call at (203) 791-0920.

Replacing Walls During Fire Restoration in Danbury

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

Room After Big Fire Explore your options with the professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield.

SERVPRO Can Help You Repair Structural Components after Fire Damage in Danbury

Fires can start in homes due to various mishaps, such as electric shorts, appliance failures, or cooking accidents. Once a fire ignites, it can spread throughout your house quickly using your building materials and contents as fuels. The fire's heat and smoke can also cause damage in places far away from the source. 

When working on fire restoration in Danbury, our SERVPRO technicians first inspect the building to look for potential safety hazards and the extent of the damage. Once we mitigate any possible safety risks, we can start formulating a plan to restore your home to its pre-damaged state, "Like it never even happened." We begin by determining which of your affected building materials and contents we can save and which ones we must remove and replace.

For example, if only the drywall surface got affected by heat or smoke, we could seal and repaint the exterior and save your drywall. But, if the charring is deeper than the surface or on both sides of your drywall material, we can remove and replace a section of your walls. If your wall studs have more than a quarter-inch of charring, the studs could lose their structural integrity, forcing us to remove them. However, if the burnt material is only on the surface of the studs, then we can wire-brush, scrape, or abrasion-blast the wood framing until the surface is clear wood. After the soot and charring are removed from your studs, we can apply a specialized sealant paint like Kilz to seal any malodor particles.

We Can Provide Several Services Whether Your Structural Blaze Is Big Or Small

  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Fire & Water Restoration Services
  • Smoke Remediation
  • Structural Deodorization
  • Content Cleaning

Immediately after the fire in your house gets extinguished, you should call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920.

What Flood Removal Strategies are Most Efficient for Danbury Schools?

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

School Hallway Don't let flooding shut your school. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

Avoiding a Flood Might be Impossible, but how the Standing Water and Drying Processes get Addressed can get School Doors Back Open Quickly. 

With how quickly emergencies like flooding can impact an entire level of a Danbury school building, our professionals must stay prepared for these emergencies. Because storms passing through the region can develop into flood scenarios with little warning, we keep trailers stocked in our SERVPRO facilities with water removal equipment and drying tools.  

The process of flood removal for Danbury school district buildings often requires multiple tools and equipment. With so many broad, open areas for public schools for classes, lunches, and assemblies, efficient water removal tactics ensure that flooding is not more destructive than it needs to be. Extraction can also be instrumental in preventing the spread of water to new areas of the school building, allowing more protected spaces for temporary content relocation.  

What Are the Best Standing Water Extractors for Natural Flooding?  

Standing water can be one of the most challenging aspects of flood damage for school buildings, especially with the threats of debris, solids, and contaminants. Before cleaning and recovery can begin, SERVPRO techs must remove pooling water throughout areas of the building. Several tools are ideal for these conditions, including: 

  • Truck-Mount – With several inches or even feet of standing water, the most potent water removal tools available to our SERVPRO team can be the best option for efficient control of the situation. These pumps run off the engines of trucks in our Green Fleet and remove water with 300 psi force.  
  • Trash Pumps – With such large work areas like hallways and auditoriums, available power might be limited. Even without the threats of debris and solids familiar with natural flooding, these powerful extractors do not require electricity.  
  • Wet Vacuums – These extractors are among the most versatile in our inventory because these units can quickly move to various areas. With so many individual rooms in a school, portability in extractors is desirable.  

What Tools Remove Water from Porous and Hygroscopic Materials?  

Terms like hygroscopic get used to describe materials that are highly sensitive to water exposure. Fast absorption into these porous materials can become a pressing concern for restorers. Overexposure and saturation of construction materials and structural elements can require more widespread demolition. Several of the tools and devices used to regulate this shorter timeline include:  

  • Carpet Wands – Attachments for the wet vacuums that our technicians use can quickly remove water from the most sensitive materials. Carpet wands are powerful extractors that do the most for the top layer of carpeted flooring but can often not impact padding underneath.  
  • Weighted Extractors – Soft flooring materials like carpets can benefit from pressing water removal in Danbury. The technicians' weight gets used on stationary units or ride-on to push carpet, padding, and subflooring to displace moisture. On the surface, onboard vacuums can collect and discharge this trapped water.  
  • Squeegee Wands – Surface-water concerns sitting on materials like tile and concrete are often more challenging than toweling and mopping. Squeegee wands capture water quickly and direct it to a central vacuum on the attachment.  
  • Floor Mat Drying System – Floors are often some of the hardest impacted materials with water and flood damages. While tiling and concrete are less permeable and porous, floor mats can still remove surface saturation concerns when water begins to penetrate the first few material inches or benefit water removal in wooden flooring.  
  • Positive Pressure System – Positive pressure is ideal for promoting evaporative drying in structural cavities between walls or flooring. With many walls being masonry, weep holes and infusing heated air can be an efficient drying practice.  

What Materials Need Removing After Natural Flooding?  

Among the most significant concerns after natural flooding are the possibilities of contamination and bacterial pathogens introduced to the environment. Direct exposure of this water to sensitive materials found throughout a school might require controlled demolition and discarding. Some of the most sensitive materials throughout the institution include:  

  • Carpets
  • Wood Furniture
  • Contents
  • Non-Metal Shelving 

There are many elements to consider removing floodwater and damaged materials in school buildings after a disaster. Providing an efficient path to recovering these facilities after a loss is a focal point of our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team. Using our industry-leading equipment and rapid response after storm and flood emergencies, we can make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (203) 791-0920.

Do Homeowners Have to Wait for Floodwater to Recede Before Cleanup Happens?

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Water Mess On Floor When a storm damaged this home, the owners called SERVPRO. We made the home, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Techs Have the Equipment to Handle Deep Water Situations in Danbury Homes 

When floodwater enters a Danbury residence and is clearly becoming more than a mop and towel cleanup job, you can bring in SERVPRO. In fact, the faster you begin the restoration process, the more potential there is to save things from requiring disposal. In situations such as flooding from a tropical storm or hurricane, it can be days before the water begins to recede because there is nowhere for it to go.

Can Homeowners Save Anything in Their Homes After Extreme Flood Damage?

When the flood damage that flows into your Danbury home involves standing water, the situation is difficult, but not necessarily everything requires disposal. SERVPRO technicians use both submersible and truck-mounted pumps to remove the water quickly so they can begin inspecting items in the room for restoration potential. 

Staging areas get set up, so the scoping of articles removed from the room can get looked at and cleaned in an organized fashion. Items with the best potential for reuse after coming into floodwater are:

  • Glass and ceramics that can withstand sanitizing
  • Washable fabrics
  • Non-porous items generally undergo immersion cleaning 

The ability to find some silver lining because some things are restorable helps homeowners find some positive aspects of the stressful situation. Items that frequently require disposal after coming into contact with floodwater are:

  • Paper products
  • Anything with mold
  • Furniture with water damage
  • Porous items that absorbed the water 

Consumer electronics do not usually fare well after exposure to water. However, on a case-by-case basis, SERVPRO can arrange for the devices to be inspected and repaired by an electronics expert; testing devices beforehand is never advised as there is the danger of shock or permanent destruction. 

The articles removed from the worksite have two primary destinations. Each item goes to either the staging area for restoration or another place where the techs document the item's condition in a report and photograph it. This information gets given to the homeowner to help them with filing and, hopefully, expediting any insurance claims associated with the water damage to the structure and contents.

The electricity being off in the property does not hinder the restoration services in the slightest. SERVPRO techs bring their generators to power their equipment. After removing the water from the home, the techs remove the deteriorated portions of sheetrock using flood cuts as needed. Then they remove ruined carpet or hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring tends to lose its grip on the substrate after exposure to water and may even be floating on the floodwater surface. There is one type of flooring that has the potential to withstand this type of water damage. Ceramic tile with sealed grout lines gets scoped to determine if any seepage occurred; if the seal remained intact, this flooring type can dry in place and save the homeowner the cost of replacement. 

Drying a Danbury home, particularly one without working electricity, can seem daunting. SERVPRO techs create the following configurations regularly to ensure the house dries quickly and air quality improves. At the same time, that process goes on using equipment such as:

  • Centrifugal air movers to deliver high-velocity airflow
  • Dehumidification equipment to capture and port away water vapor
  • High-powered heating units to increase the interior temperature
  • Air scrubbers to capture any airborne particulate, including mold spores 

The techs use their moisture detection equipment to check both the interior air and structure during the drying phase of the restoration to make sure the property is drying as intended. This attention to detail ensures that the area gets dried entirely and then prepped for the needed repairs. 

Most floodwater has a strong, pungent odor, which gets compounded when the water comes in due to a tropical storm or hurricane. SERVPRO technicians clean the structure thoroughly after drying, and this goes a long way towards eliminating odors. If there are any scents left lingering in the property, the techs have many methods to use to neutralize residual odors at the molecular level, never to return. 

At this time, a detailed inspection to look for the presence of any opportunistic mold growth occurs and gets dealt with as needed. The techs have access to professional-grade antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants to treat any areas prone to mold damage, such as wood studs and exposed framework. 

Call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 when storms leave flood damage in your home. The certified technicians arrived quickly and turned around the damage in your home to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Fire and Smoke Restoration in Danbury Calls for Expertise

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Room with Fire Debris There is no job too big or small for your local SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield.

SERVPRO Has the Expertise to Perform Fire and Smoke Restoration in Danbury

Fires are among the most feared disasters since they can cause widespread destruction in homes just as suddenly as they can start. The threat of fire damage does not cease when the fire is extinguished because corrosive byproducts and soot continue lingering in a home, causing damage to various structures and contents.

SERVPRO provides fire and smoke restoration in affected Danbury properties. Our quick response helps prevent secondary fire damage that can occur due to the presence of soot, water, and corrosive byproducts from burnt artificial materials. Our fire and smoke restoration services include the following steps:

  • Fire damage assessment
  • Cleaning smoke residues
  • Water removal and drying
  • Deodorization

Fire Damage Assessment 

Estimators can inspect and test for smoke residues to assess the extent of the destruction and determine which cleaning procedures to use for restoration. Apart from the estimator’s inspection, our SERVPRO technicians pretest particular items to determine the most suitable restoration procedure.

Cleaning Smoke Residues 

Our technicians can capture the residues to remove them. We can use fluids and air to release and carry the soils away. Fluids and air carry suspended particles with them upon contact. Dissolving and vacuuming are two methods of contacting soils and carrying them off for disposal.

Water Removal and Drying 

If there is standing water or moisture in your home resulting from fire-extinguishing efforts, our SERVPRO technicians can remove them using water extraction and drying equipment.

Deodorization

Smoke can penetrate absorbent materials and travel into voids in your home. Our restorers can use different deodorization procedures to remove the odors. For instance, if odors are present in confined spots on carpets or upholstery, our SERVPRO team use a pump and injection needle to inject small amounts of deodorant into the areas. This method is suitable when it is impossible to easily lift the carpet to get to the padding or backing material.


If you need fire restoration services, please call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Danbury Flood Damage Means Residents Need Rapid Storm Response

3/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO faster to any size disaster sign SERVPRO storm and flood damage restoration technicians have the equipment for every size disaster.

SERVPRO’s 24/7 Storm Flood Damage Assistance Is Here for Danbury Residents

Water damage of any kind can be costly, but it becomes more devastating when storm flooding starts to creep into every corner and crevice of your basement or first floor. Danbury residents need skilled technicians and rapid storm response to begin remediation as quickly as possible. SERVPRO offers a 24-hour response so that our mitigation crew can get in and start working fast. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster - saving you time and money even when disaster strikes.

SERVPRO follows careful flood damage protocols in Danbury to get residents the results they need after a storm. Not only are we quick to get in so we can assess the damage, but we also start on water removal services and any necessary demolition to get the process moving.

When Extraction Begins

  • Our team may apply antimicrobials to help prevent bacteria and mold from growing on your contents, walls, and other surfaces.
  • We set up a matrix of drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to increase air movement and reach our drying goals.
  • Every step of our process is monitored to adjust our equipment as needed to generate the desired result - often adding or moving pieces.

What About Controlled Demolition?

Controlled demolition is often necessary for storm flooding events, as any saturated building materials inundated by contaminated water must get disposed of. This may mean flood cuts to drywall, flooring and subfloor removal, and carpeting and carpet padding disposal. SERVPRO always works to try to restore versus replace as a way to save your interior and belongings. However, our team will keep you informed each step of the way, letting you know what can get salvaged and what calls for replacement. 

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is the team you want if you experience flood damage after a recent storm. Give us a call at (203) 791-0920 to have a crew dispatched to your door!

Why Is Expert Mold Remediation Best for Ridgefield Properties?

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO what to know about mold sign Mold remediation for your home is no DIY project. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have all the tools and training needed.

Ridgefield Residents Need Skilled SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technicians

When you suspect mold anywhere in your Ridgefield property, the last thing you should do is grab a spray bottle and cloth to begin wiping it. You must know that mold spores get dislodged easily and travel through the air. DIY projects and hasty cleaning techniques can lead to potential health effects for you and anyone living within your home. Why call the pros instead? Because SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians to ensure the levels in your home get back to normal and you can breathe easy again.

Many stores will sell mold ‘removal’ kits that people fall for. Instead, professional mold remediation in Ridgefield is the only way to get excellent results. SERVPRO offers effective remediation and cleanup to restore relative humidity (RH) and address excess moisture to halt mold in its tracks.

Why Trust SERVPRO?

Whether you call us for fire clean up, water damage restoration, or mold services, we put 110% into every project we take. We arrive ready to work with trained technicians and our Green Fleet filled with all of the best equipment. Some of the professional equipment you may see us using on a mold remediation job includes:

  • Air Movers – This equipment is excellent for carefully creating airflow to remove conditions where mold thrives. When set up and used with the proper containment measures, we can dry out a room before the mold has a chance to multiply.
  • Dehumidifiers – Not only will a dehumidifier help cool the air, but it facilitates moisture removal. In any humid area where mold is suspected, a dehumidifier can cool the room, bring down moisture levels, and capture gray water and particulates in the air.
  • Air Scrubbers – HEPA filtration air scrubbers are excellent for removing various mold particles from the air. 

We sanitize and clean all surfaces on any mold remediation project while our odor control technicians (OCT) ensure no foul, musty odors get left behind. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is just a phone call away at (203) 791-0920.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Tools Used in Danbury

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged home SERVPRO provides quality fire damage restoration services for everyone. We are here to help 24/7 365 days a year.

Danbury Residents Trust SERVPRO for Quality Fire Damage Restoration

Any fire within your home or business can create a dangerous situation from the start. The longer a fire burns, the more destructive and dangerous it becomes. Even the process used to extinguish a fire can become destructive and leave your property with additional damage from water or chemicals. Danbury residents look to SERVPRO for proven methods and all of the best equipment in the industry to generate the results they need. “Like it never even happened.”

With a team dedicated to handling fire damage restoration in Danbury, you have the power of knowledge and industry techniques to restore your home to pre-fire condition. SERVPRO’s certified staff knows how to work in the safest, most efficient manner.

SERVPRO’s Green Fleet is Fully Equipped

We use the latest high-quality equipment and tools while restoring fire damaged homes. Some of the categories include:

  • Protective Gear – Safety is paramount with house fire cleanup, so we use personal protective equipment (PPE), including coveralls, safety goggles, head protection, and more.
  • Vacuums – Some of the different items we use to handle soot and harmful matter include shop vacs. We also have water-capable vacuums to pull moisture from carpeting or hardwood floors, as well as truck-mounted vacuum extractors to handle standing water.
  • Air Purification and Moisture Removal Equipment – Our team has access to industrial-grade dehumidifiers, negative air machines, air movers, and other equipment to handle various projects.
  • Deodorizers – Pungent odors develop from soot and charred materials during a fire. We have many excellent tools in our arsenal, including hydroxyl generators, thermal foggers, ozone machines, deodorant pellets, and more.

Whether you had a small fire in your kitchen or a more involved blaze, we are here to help with fire damage restoration. Call (203) 791-0920 to have our crew at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield dispatched to your property to get to work.