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The Basic Principles of Danbury Residential Fire Restoration

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

After Fire Soot On Wall Looking for a restoration company? Look no further, SERVPRO is just a call away at (203) 791-0920.

The Factors That Impact Fire Restoration

Fire recovery relies on potent agents and cleaning products to emulsify and dissolve stubborn soot deposits. Restoring the property is simpler when SERVPRO professionals manipulate cleaning principles for a shorter, equally effective result. 

Initial Cleaning and Where It Is Needed

Fire restoration for Danbury homes and businesses can be vastly aided by the fast response of our SERVPRO professionals. Getting mitigation started quickly reduces the migration of post-fire effects and can show where initial cleaning might be necessary. Actions like these might include removing soils, ash, and charred materials from the floors. 

Surface Cleaning Principles 

Vertical and horizontal surfaces can be impacted by the distribution of smoke solids and soot. Our understanding of the needed actions helps us to efficiently and effectively manage current surface damage and prevent the situation from worsening:

  • Time – This measurement shows the time between the exposure to harsh post-fire damage conditions and when initial efforts begin to clean soot and smoke deposits on the surface. 

  • Action – This principle shows the physical movement or mechanical agitation needed to increase the productivity of applied cleaning products. Friction and abrasive action can increase molecular activity and bonding.  

  • Contact – This term is intended to measure the time needed between applying a cleaning agent to surface soil and when SERVPRO professionals can take another action to wipe this residue away successfully. 
  • Temperature – When temperatures are increased, chemical processes like the reactions of products with the present soils happen faster. With quicker molecular movement, this heat can often reduce contact time. 

Understanding the elements and principles of post-fire cleanup can directly influence these measures' success. Residents depend on the fast and reliable response of SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield to help clean after a house fire. Our potent products and industry knowledge can help to make fires "Like it never even happened." Call now at (203) 791-0920. 

Handling Fire Damage Restorations in Danbury Schools

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

bridgewater Classroom Call SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 for assistance from a professional remediation company.

SERVPRO’s Commercial Fire Damage Team to the Rescue in Danbury

For many reasons, a fire within a Danbury learning center or school could happen. The most common cause is a fire in the kitchen or cafeteria or a blaze sparked in a science lab due to combustible materials used in scientific experiments. Many modern schools get outfitted with sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers. Still, it is also vital for area schools to have a plan to handle the fallout of a fire. SERVPRO can respond quickly to ensure local students get back into classrooms with little downtime. 

When faced with commercial fire damage in a Danbury school, charred debris, soot, and ash might be the most apparent damage. However, professional assessment from IICRC-certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) will look further to detect and form a plan to address any possible hazards to structural integrity. 

  • Fire cleanup in a school may mean the building is uninhabitable for a while, so restoration and thorough disinfection can occur. 
  • Suppose the fire occurred in the administrative area. In that case, problems might be compounded where student records and other files call for specialized document cleaning and recovery.
  • Some computer files may also be impacted, and SERVPRO uses trusted area professionals to handle all technical details. 

Keep in mind that even if a fire got contained to one area of the school, soot particles might have traveled throughout the HVAC system. Smoke odors must be addressed before students and staff return to the building. SERVPRO’s odor control technicians (OCT) know how to work with precision to eliminate odors using thermal fogging technology with ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, counteractant odor beads, and other specialized methods to achieve lasting results.

Contact SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield if you require assistance with commercial fire damage at your school or learning center. We are available around the clock by calling (203) 791-0920.

What to Expect from Professional Water Cleanup in Ridgefield

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Hands Fixing A 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 lets gallons of water spread are 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 decrease 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 is 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 the 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 needing 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.

We Have The Most Effective Techniques For Water Damage Restoration In Your Ridgefield Home

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

Washing Machine made Water Damaged We had to remove the dishwasher and found the flooring damaged in this kitchen after a water leak was found behind the dishwasher.

Water Cleanup and Proper Drying is the Best Bet for Saving Your Ridgefield Home

With any water damage incident, your contents and the structure of your home can suffer from immense damage if it is not addressed quickly. Not only that but failing to remove all of the water can leave you open to the onset of foul odors and mold, and mildew growth. SERVPRO has the skills and equipment necessary to get the water removal underway to get back to your routine faster than ever.

No matter what brought on the incident that calls for water cleanup in Ridgefield. We have skilled technicians at the ready that you want on the job. We offer effective restoration solutions, including a full assessment of the damage, water removal, cleanup, and repairs. You can count on our team to address any underlying issues to fully restore your property after making sure that all moisture is removed.

After Water Loss

Whenever you suffer from water damage, your drywall, baseboards, subfloor, and other surfaces can start to absorb moisture. This leads to primary and secondary damage once the water has the chance to pool within your home. Primary damage is when water comes in contact with the materials. Secondary damage is when water vapor takes hold of the materials. Various surfaces absorb these moisture vapors faster than others, including your insulation, carpeting, and upholstery.

In order to complete full-circle water damage cleanup, SERVPRO brings in high-powered air movers to facilitate the drying process. We also have dehumidifiers that pull excess moisture from the air, helping to create ideal conditions for proper drying of your interior and home’s structure. Throughout the drying process, our technicians monitor the effectiveness of the equipment, taking steps to adjust the interior temperature to ensure the best result. 

Before any materials are replaced to wrap up the restoration job, our team uses thermal imaging tools to make sure that no residual moisture is left behind, even in hard-to-reach spaces. Before everything is said and done, SERVPRO is there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Never let water intrusion cause undue stress in your life. Give us a call at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield today at (203) 791-0920, and we can talk with you about water cleanup. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Can Mold Remediation Processes Provide Ridgefield Homeowners with Long-Term Relief from Mold?

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Man Looking At Mold If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

SERVPRO Combines Removal and Prevention Methods  When Dealing with Mold-Infested Properties.

When you notice signs of mold growing in your house, you might worry about several issues regarding the removal of moldy materials and the prevention of future infestation. SERVPRO is one of the top companies that help Ridgefield property owners deal with mold.

What Common Questions Do People Ask About Mold Remediation In Ridgefield Properties?

  • How widespread the infestation is in their houses
  • Whether remediation efforts can defeat the mold
  • How costly the removal process is likely to be

For most people, the appearance of mold residues on surfaces such as walls, ceilings, or bathroom floors starts a silent storm in their minds with the apprehension that the infestation might lead to extreme outcomes. For instance, many worry that the underlying or invisible growth is much wider than the visible signs. There is also the apprehension that removal might only provide temporary relief before the mold redevelops, thus leading to recurring costs and inconveniences. When SERVPRO takes over mold remediation at your Ridgefield property, our first goal is to help you understand the full scope of the problem, including the extent of affected areas and the procedures we are likely to use in resolving the issue.

How Easy Is It To Uncover All Areas Affected By Mold?

Depending on what triggers the mold infestation on your property, it might take time before you notice the signs. Hidden areas such as wall and floor cavities provide the best conditions for mold to develop unnoticed. Such sites retain moisture, collect dust, and rarely filter natural light from the sun. You are only likely to tell there is a problem when you notice dark spots on the surfaces or experience a musty smell.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you identify the presence of mold earlier because of the extensive experience we have handling such problems. If there is a reason for growth, such as higher than average humidity levels, a recent water spill, or flooding, we check some of the familiar hiding places for mold, including:

  • Crawl spaces
  • Basements and attics 
  • Above ceiling tiles 
  • Ventilation and air ducts  
  • Under carpet and floorboards

What Mold Remediation Approaches Help Guarantee Long Term Results?

Each case of mold infestation is different, and therefore, the responses can also vary in many ways. Other restoration companies might also prefer diverse approaches when fixing the problem. Our SERVPRO technicians choose methods that fix underlying issues, improve comfort for the house occupants, and prevent an immediate recurrence. Typical processes for such remediation include:

  • Fixing any moisture issues in the building
  • Removal of moldy materials and residues
  • Deodorization

Since mold thrives where there is abundant wetness, controlling moisture is a crucial long-term remediation step. For wooden materials such as hardwood floorboards, our technicians find a way to reduce the moisture content to 20% or below fast to limit further growth. The relative humidity levels in the area can also support such growth when they are too high. We determine whether humidity levels are high and establish why, including retention of steam in the kitchen or bathroom and hidden leaks. 

How Do You Remove The Existing Mold?

Choosing a removal method depends on the physical properties of the infested surface. When the mold affects porous surfaces or materials like drywall, fabrics, and carpets, we remove the material itself because the hyphae penetrate deep into the material. 

We use various cleaning approaches to remove the moldy residues from non-porous materials like metals, glass, and plastics. HEPA vacuuming the surfaces helps remove loose fragments and is usually helpful before applying other abrasive processes such as wire brushing, sanding, or damp wiping the surface. We use cleaning agents with anti-microbial properties when damp-wiping surfaces since they stop or limit microbial growth. Once we finish cleaning, we apply biocides to the surfaces.

The agitation and other removal processes can quickly spread mold residues all over your property. Our SERVPRO technicians help prevent this by taking precautionary steps, such as running negative air machines in the areas we clean. We also contain the mold materials we remove from your property in zip-lock plastic bags as they await disposal. 

You need to respond when mold develops in your Danbury, Redding, or Redding Ridge property to break the cycle of recurring infestations. SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield can help with cleanup and other remediation processes, making it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (203) 791-0920 to help.

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.

Can Businesses Prepare for Potential Water Damage in Danbury?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Outside view of strip mall Water damage can have a significant negative effect on your business. You can count on SERVPRO for fast mitigation and remediation.

SERVPRO Offers Danbury Businesses a Proactive Protocol to Anticipate Water Disasters 

Although no Danbury water damage restoration company has a crystal ball, the probable effect of burst pipes, sewer backup, or other water mishaps on a business’s operations is no mystery. Without a thoughtful plan, your store, restaurant, or office risks temporary closure to manage the disruption. Unfortunately, more than 40 percent of companies that close for recovery from a disaster never reopen.

What Does SERVPRO Suggest for Commercial Customers Interested in Avoiding Unexpected Water Damage?

Our approach prepares us to help Danbury businesses with water damage and other disasters. Called the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP), its development starts with an in-person assessment of your commercial building by one of our experienced project managers. Inspection of your layout, equipment, inventory, storage, retail floor, offices, staff lounges, and more, along with an understanding of your operations, gives us the data needed to evaluate your business’s water damage risk. Your part of the equation is to complete the prompts on our mobile app, sharing details that individualize disaster preparation, including:

  • Naming vendors or contractors who installed your equipment or systems
  • Clarification of your priorities should water or other disasters occur
  • Checklist of the names and contact information for trusted employees or other individuals who can act on your behalf if you are out of town or otherwise unavailable during a water damage emergency
  • Designation of SERVPRO as your preferred restoration company and authorization for us to proceed without delay when alerted of a water damage disaster

How Does an ERP Protect Your Business Interests?

After SERVPRO inspects your building and reviews your answers on the app, we make recommendations intended to reduce your exposure to significant harm from a water event. Following our advice helps inhibit the conditions that put you in the path of severe damage. If a water damage event occurs, the ERP is a concise digital document that guides SERVPRO’s responding crews, arming our technicians with information that helps them intervene early and effectively. 

Collaborate with SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield to develop a personalized Emergency READY Profile to minimize the effects of a disaster on your business. Set up the initial assessment by calling (203) 791-0920.

How Many Contractors Needed for Ridgefield Storm Damage Cleanup?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Back of SERVPRO truck, opened showing restoration equipment; Restoration equipment stacked outside of truck Not only do we remove water from storm damaged homes, but we also provide emergency board up and tarping services.

SERVPRO Manages All Necessary Emergency Services After Ridgefield Storms and Flooding

Reduce the chaos and stress during storm damage cleanup in Ridgefield by hiring a reputable restoration firm with decades of commitment and a brick and mortar presence here in our community. When heavy weather hits our region, homeowners panicking because of a ripped-off roof and interior flooding might sign up with a door-to-door disaster recovery company. If that contractor disappoints, it might be impossible to demand better service because they move on, following the storm’s path. 

What Can SERVPRO Offer Ridgefield Residents Seeking Storm Devastation Relief?

Our owners and technicians are your neighbors, prepared to hit the ground running to provide high-quality Ridgefield storm damage mitigation and remediation. We watch the weather patterns just as you do, planning for the inevitable disaster by stocking our service vehicles and lining up our highly-qualified work crews. SERVPRO and our managers and technicians earn multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) far in advance of the storm activity damaging your home, so we are ready to:

  • Conduct a hazard assessment inside and outside of your storm-damaged home
  • Control for the risks noted by shutting down the power, alerting utility companies if any lines appear damaged, blocking off spaces where the structural collapse happened or is imminent, and arranging for remediation of any biohazards encountered (sewage, asbestos, lead paint) 
  • Board and tarp up exterior damage limit continued water incursion and creating containment pods around workspaces to limit drift of hazardous residues or infectious organisms

We also commence emergency services for water damage, including:

  • Water removal and baseline moisture metering
  • Containing contaminated water and arranging for lawful disposal as hazardous waste 
  • Cleaning soiled surfaces with EPA-registered products following IICRC protocols
  • Using moisture level data for both damaged and unaffected building materials to determine drying goals
  • Designing, monitoring, and adapting a drying perimeter of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers

Rely on SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield for a full-service approach to water damage and flood restoration after extreme weather. Call for our local experts at (203) 791-0920.

Why Do Restorers Add Demolition to Danbury Flood Damage Chaos?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment in water damaged room; flood cuts along wall Sometimes we need to drill weep holes or make flood cuts to thoroughly dry the structure.

SERVPRO Employs All Appropriate Best Practices During Danbury Flood Restoration  

If you feel overwhelmed during the aftermath of torrential rains and winds causing Danbury flood damage, the last thing you expect to experience is more destruction, this time from the crews arriving to restore your home. Prepare yourself for momentary distress followed by relief once you understand the method behind the apparent madness of demolition during water damage restoration.

What Are the Goals of Partial Demolition During Flooding Remediation in Danbury?

Three primary reasons underlie purposeful “damage” to building materials during storm disaster response during basement flooding cleanup in Danbury

  • Skilled demolition prevents sudden collapse of irreparably damaged building materials, controlling their removal to retain the integrity of your home’s overall structure and avoid injury to occupants or work crews.
  • Timely controlled demolition prevents further migration of floodwaters into unaffected portions of building materials, limiting replacement time and expense.
  • Partial demolition techniques facilitate the release of trapped water and improve access for flooding cleanup and applied structural drying efforts.

How Does SERVPRO Prepare for and Implement Planned Demolition?

Before any interventions, the SERVPRO team conducts a flood damage hazard assessment. We must make sure any action keeps you, our crews, and adjacent spaces of your home safe. The evaluation also identifies where and why controlled demolition is necessary, pinpointing areas containing trapped floodwater and significantly compromised structural components. Once we are satisfied that all risks are noted, we proceed as follows:

  • Punching weep holes from room perimeters toward the middle to relieve the water weight and pressure on leaky ceilings
  • Drilling or sawing drain holes at the base of walls whose cavities contain water from leaking roofs from the storm
  • Measuring and making flood cuts between studs several inches above where the flood-soaked drywall disintegrates 

Have confidence that the professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield follow industry standards developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) during flood damage remediation. Call (203) 791-0920 to set up a prompt assessment and discussion of options, including possible partial precision demolition

Why Pack-Out Contents During Ridgefield Fire Damage Restoration?

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Fires cause smoke and soot to attach to your belongings. SERVPRO has the cleaners to restore your home and possessions.

SERVPRO Pack-Outs Keep Ridgefield Valuables Secure During Fire and Smoke Remediation

Trying to complete the numerous tasks necessary for top-notch fire damage restoration in Ridgefield is infinitely more manageable when you authorize a professional pack-out of the contents inside your home. Firefighting water and smoke residues attack building materials and your personal possessions after a blaze. Separating the contents from the fire-damaged structure allows:

  • Work crews to move unimpeded throughout the spaces of your home, avoiding delays and disruptions caused by constantly moving heavy furnishings and multitudes of boxes around
  • Humidity and airborne soot load to diminish inside the envelope of your home, speeding firefighting water removal and structural drying while reducing the risk of stirring up soot during damage assessment of furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions
  • Professional evaluation and planning for skilled restoration of water and fire damaged contents away from the chaos of the water, smoke, and fire residue mitigation and remediation at your dwelling  

How Does SERVPRO Track Personal Possessions and Furnishings During a Packout?

We use the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to create a searchable catalog of items removed, including traditional lists, barcoding, and digital imaging. The pictures provide documentation of the condition of the articles and visuals to which our pack-back crews refer when reuniting your restored home with its repaired contents. CCIS also helps when we communicate with your insurance company, providing support for claims related to successful restoration interventions or replacement.

Does SERVPRO Make Specialized Interventions Available When Restoring Contents?

Our production facility features dozens of innovative opportunities to return wet, soiled, and malodorous items to “Like it never even happened.” A highly-qualified team of contents specialists assess and devise restoration plans for each fire damaged item and then implement the protocols chosen

Trust SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield to manage both your home and its contents’ fire damage restoration most effectively using our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). Call (203) 791-0920 for details.

How Can Roof Damages Result in Flooded Danbury Homes?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Snow & Ice on roof Winter weather can lead to challenges for your home. You don't need to face them alone, just call SERVPRO at (203) 791-0920.

Understanding Roof Damages Prepares Property Owners For This Possible Water Damage For Their Danbury Property. 

With a rapidly responding storm team, we can work to overcome many threats that your home might experience after hurricane-level events and Nor'easter storms. We have fast mitigation solutions for flood damages that threaten properties. 

Direct Storm Damages

Preventing flood damage to Danbury homes is not possible when severe weather events compromise the integrity of the building's envelope. Fallen trees, hail, and fierce winds can all be attributed to piercing holes or exposing vulnerabilities in the roof where water runoff can make its way inside. 

Heavy Snowfall Weight

Weighty snowfall can be another dire circumstance for homes and businesses, especially those with flat roofs capable of sustaining several feet of fallen snow after blizzard conditions. Without the appropriate temperature rise to melt this snow, the weight can be a crippling force on aging roofs. When vulnerabilities exist, water penetration follows. 

Ice Damming

Largely, one of the alarming possibilities during winter events like cold snaps is ice damming. Inconsistent insulation under the roof can cause snowmelt from escaping heat, which freezes along the roof's edges, forming a dam. Water backup pushes under shingles and roofing materials to penetrate the attic. 

SERVPRO is Here to Help

Having a credible team of experienced professionals nearby can make the restoration and recovery of flood-damaged properties happen more quickly and more thoroughly. With how fast flooding can spread in the property, you need a team of mitigators that can stop this migration with effective tactics and emergency services involving equipment and products like:

  • Extractors
  • Drying tools
  • Content cleaning products
  • Deodorizers

There are multiple ways that specific circumstances can damage your roof and ultimately cause effects like flood damage to the property. As challenging as these situations might be, we have experienced professionals to help with both the repairs required and flood cleanup for the property. Our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team is ready to help 24/7 at (203) 791-0920.

Is All Mold Damage Hazardous to Ridgefield Homeowners?

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

"Mold" Mold spreads quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage in your home.

Understanding Mold Threats Shows The Need For Professional Remediation of Ridgefield Properties. 

Mold is not uncommon for Ridgefield residents to experience, especially in lower levels like the basement or unchecked and poorly managed portions of the property like the attic. Our experienced team of remediators can help with effective solutions for active colonies, including long-term preventative measures when necessary.

Residential Mold Growth

Understanding how mold comes to be and its impact on your property can showcase when mold remediation in Ridgefield homes is necessary. Moist conditions left behind from water penetration, persistent damages, or poor ventilation can create an environment that supports the colonization of naturally occurring mold spores. Removing colonies is an even more urgent situation in specific situations like:

  • Known health concerns
  • Proximity to active mold growth
  • Conditions that amplify or promote further damage
  • Harsh odors
  • Structural concerns

The Effect of Mold on Organic Building Materials

Mold fungi and decay organisms work quickly on food sources like drywall, wood framing, flooring, carpets, and other organic matter. While this process is a natural occurrence, structural elements used in constructing your home mustn't deteriorate under the aggressive spread of mold and microbial threats.

Remediation Strategies to Remove Active Colonies

We can carefully evaluate the best approach to remove active colonies with multiple remediation and mold removal tactics possible. These processes often begin with surface cleaning featuring a combination of sporicidal and biocide products that eradicate colonies it contacts and makes this previous hosting material uninhabitable for further colonization.


No matter what remediation solution or efforts are ultimately required to overcome microbial threats in your home or business, our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team can help. We have experienced AMRT-certified technicians ready to mobilize 24/7 when you call (203) 791-0920.

The Harsh Impact of Dropping Temperatures on Danbury Properties

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes Frozen or burst pipes can be a real problem in your home, call SERVPRO for assistance right away.

Quick Steps Can Help Your Danbury Home Avoid or Quickly Resolve Costly Water Damage This Winter. 

Between heavy snowfall and cold snaps, the winter can be a potential threat to under-prepared properties. With the frequency of water damage restoration calls our SERVPRO team receives every winter, homeowners need to recognize the possible vulnerabilities of their residences.

How Can the Attic Be Flooded this Winter?

Frozen pipes and ice damming in Danbury homes are both substantial threats that could impact properties this winter season. Damming directly forces water back through roof vulnerabilities, dislodging shingles and forcing pooled liquid through underlayment and roofing materials. 

Is it Possible to Prevent Ice Damming?

Considering how dangerous penetrating water can be to an attic, it is essential to implement preventative measures to avoid this flooding whenever possible. There are multiple approaches that each can benefit the house and work to actively deter ice buildup and damming on the roof eaves. These include:

  • Heated Cables
  • Better Insulation in the Attic
  • Ice Prevention Barriers

Freezing Pipes Could Mean Trouble 

The freezing of pipes can be a rapidly developing and immediately threatening situation. Not only does this cause a buildup of pressure from water that cannot pass the blockage, but water also expands as it converts to a solid, which can lead to line ruptures or breaks.  

Can You Thaw Out Damaged Pipes?

However, a frozen pipe does not necessarily spell disaster for your home or business. Fast-acting by the property owner can begin to thaw out this expanding threat before costly damage results. When the freezing spot is known, the best approach is to expose the area to direct heat with a hairdryer. 

SERVPRO is Here to Help

Experienced professionals of our SERVPRO team understand the urgency of water damage when flooding or burst pipes occur. We arrive with dozens of necessary mitigation tools and a roster of trained technicians to protect the property as much as possible. Some of the devices needed after water damage include:

  • Air Movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Submersible Pumps
  • Weighted Extractors 

Winter weather can be disastrous and destructive to area homes and businesses even with the fast reaction of property owners. Our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield prioritizes mitigation and quickly getting your life back to normal. Give us a call today at (203) 791-0920.

Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup Services Fast for Danbury Business Properties

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

Fire in commercial building When a fire strikes your commercial property, SERVPRO is the team to call. We will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call.

Local Danbury Commercial Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Fire Restoration

After a structure fire occurs in a Danbury commercial property, there are several layers of recovery to get the business reopened and operating normally, such as: 

Post-fire damage cleanup in Danbury commercial properties needs several layers of recovery to get back to business as usual. Companies that serve the public need to ensure no reminders of the fire, either visible or smoke scents. That is one of the chief reasons outsourcing the service to SERVPRO makes good sense. The technicians have access to equipment and devices that most consumers and janitorial crews do not.

SERVPRO technicians are ready to deal with the big three problems after a fire: fire damage, water damage, and the need for odor control applications. The hot air generated during a fire can push soot particles deeply into porous surfaces, and this particulate will continue to emit smoke smells until it is eradicated. The downside to this can lead to airborne soot traveling to other areas of the property.

The charred elements get removed while the articles suitable for restorative cleaning get moved to an outside area for the correct method depending on the residues present. The technicians have over 100 cleaning agents designed for use on specific surfaces. Additionally, attention gets paid to the air quality; machines such as air scrubbers run throughout the restoration service to capture airborne particulate and trap it in a maze of HEPA filtration.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 brings professional commercial fire damage cleanup to Danbury properties. The trained and certified techs are available 24/7 for all types of restoration services.

Can Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services Save Ridgefield Walls and Ceilings?

11/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside a job site. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the training and equipment for any size storm damage disaster. We are here to help. Call now!

Technicians of SERVPRO Bring Years of Experience and Expertise to Ridgefield Water Damage Restoration

A Ridgefield house that needs floodwater removal may conjure up images of deep standing water and floating furnishings. However, in many cases, groundwater recedes almost as rapidly as it enters the property, and a mere millimeter of water can result in thousands of dollars in property damages.

Part of professional flood damage restoration is knowing the early warning signs of damage to the structure signs of damage to sheetrock include: 

  • Buckling of the walls
  • Wet portions sloughing off 
  • Sagging ceilings

A Ridgefield homeowner facing the prospect of floodwater removal and cleanup in their home can get the best outcome by handing off the task to SERVPRO. IICRC certified technicians have extensive training and access to various powerful extraction equipment to remove the water as rapidly as possible. Scoping the property is crucial to determine the home's migration path, how widespread the water damage is, and the type of removal needed. For example, portable pumps are appropriate for most types of moisture extraction; however, submersible units are used when the water damage is greater than two inches.

If the water has degraded beyond 24 hours or contains hazardous elements, anything that absorbs it will need disposal unless the article can be sanitized. This means while fabrics may have restoration potential, walls and baseboards may not recover from the damage from the floodwater. SERVPRO technicians work to save every item and structural component possible to save the homeowner the replacement cost.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 supports the Ridgefield area with all types and sizes of flood damage restoration services. The trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 to make the damage to the home, "Like it never even happened."

What Water Restoration Actions Are Necessary After a Pipe Burst in a Danbury Home?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo When a water disaster strikes your home, SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians are the team to call.

SERVPRO Helps Extract Moisture, Remove Deteriorated Materials and Perform Water Damage Repairs as Needed in Danbury Properties

In most homes, there is a veritable turnpike of pipes that run through the ceiling of a Danbury property. Water damage is always a possibility, and it is important to stay aware of the early warning signs of a leak. A pipe burst will announce itself in no uncertain terms with a copious amount of water and damage to building materials and sometimes contents.

When SERVPRO handles water restoration in Danbury residential properties, ceiling leaks, in particular, can present challenges such as the effect of gravity on a wet, sagging ceiling. The weight of the water absorbed by the saturated, deteriorated sheetrock can fall and cause possible injury. SERVPRO advises homeowners to avoid areas with wet, sagging ceilings. 

The technicians use multiple types of equipment to determine how widespread the damage to the property has spread. To limit the amount of replacement needed for walls and ceilings, the technicians carefully remove only the damaged portions using an action known as flood cuts. This action serves the dual purpose of opening up the walls or ceilings for complete drying and stopping any further wicking of moisture. The advanced water restoration training of technicians enables them to: 

  • Identify potential safety issues within the home
  • Sort items to identify salvageable articles 
  • Apply proactive treatments against mold growth

Ceiling leaks, in particular, require prioritization of the actions taken during the restoration services. SERVPRO technicians carefully check ceilings and walls with water damage to determine if any safety hazards exist. For instance, a ceiling leak on an upper level may leak through and compromise hardwood flooring below. SERVPRO techs prioritize the flooring extraction and drying to lessen the potential for greater damage from water exposure. 

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 supports the Danbury community with water restoration services available 24/7.

How can Fire Damage Restoration Help a Danbury Home?

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

open flames Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate fire damage mitigation for your home.

Mitigating Losses after a Fire in a Danbury Home Requires a Professional Fire Restoration Team

Most Danbury residents have never heard of fire damage restoration teams. Unless you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of restoring your home after a grease or electrical fire occurs, you may think that household cleaners can eliminate ash and soot while air fresheners eliminate the acrid smell of smoke. However, fire cleanup is a complex process based on science and best executed by a specially trained team.

Your top fire damage restoration team in Danbury is only a phone call away. SERVPRO is experienced and ready to apply the latest best practices to eliminate the remnants of fire damage and clean up your home after the flames are gone. Smoke remediation, along with water and fire damage restoration, is what we do best. A thorough inspection helps you make an educated decision regarding replacement versus discarding items, and our SERVPRO staff focuses on minimizing your loss as much as possible.

Fire cleanup and smoke remediation can include the following techniques-

  • Cleaning and sanitizing ventilation systems to interrupt the spread of mold spores throughout your home.
  • Use air scrubbers, air movers, and ozone generators to clean the air from offending smoke particles.
  • Application of abrasive cleaning solutions to dislodge soot and debris from the surfaces of your home. Before full application, each surface is pre-treated to avoid harmful consequences due to its abrasive nature.
  • Ultimately, the use of thermal foggers to treat surfaces with deodorizing substances and neutralize smell particles.

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is your partner when disaster strikes. Our team is ready to act as soon as you call us at (203) 791-0920. Trust us to take all necessary steps to return your home to pre-fire condition.

Watching Out for Signs of Mold in Ridgefield Homes

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. SERVPRO IICRC certified mold technicians are trained and experienced in every phase of mold remediation. 24/7 365 days a year we are ready.

Vigilance Helps Protect Ridgefield Homes from Mold Damage

Mold can spread easily through a Ridgefield home before a homeowner even realizes there is a problem. Leaky pipes and excess humidity create a suitable environment for mold to grow and reach every corner of the home. Basements and other musty or rarely visited rooms are notorious for being the point of origin for bacteria growth, and cleaning with household products is not enough to completely eradicate it.

For mold damage restoration in Ridgefield and to prevent future growth, call a certified team of experts for help. At SERVPRO, we answer your call 24/7 and apply our expert knowledge to develop an action plan focused on your specific needs and conditions. Once a SERVPRO mold specialist completes the initial inspection, we can establish containment zones to avoid cross-contamination throughout your home and facilitate the mold cleanup process.

Mold remediation requires a multi-prong approach, which may include the following steps-

  • The use of HEPA filters to eliminate microscopic mold spores from the air and clean it. This process can happen even as our staff is applying cleaning solutions to surfaces in your home.
  • The use of antifungal cleaning solutions throughout the home to discourage further mold growth.
  • The removal of items such as curtains, carpets, and insulation that become unsalvageable thanks to their porous nature and the presence of mold. We handle the disposal of each item in compliance with environmental regulations and recommendations.

At SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield, we focus on restoring as much as possible and taking great care of your items. When you call us at (203) 791-0920, you access the latest in mold remediation and a reputable team of experts. Like you, we aim to leave your home looking “Like it never even happened.”

How to Sort Furniture and Belongings When Floodwater Enters a Danbury Home

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work and flood damaged flooring in kitchen When a storm damages your furniture and flooring, call SERVPRO for a fast storm damage restoration service for your home.

Homeowners in Danbury Count on SERVPRO for Flood Removal Services

Storms in Danbury can wreak havoc for its residents. Torrential rains can cause traffic, street closures, and power outages. Most importantly, homes can flood and leave their owners in difficult situations. Flood removal services provided by a team of certified water restoration technicians are crucial to minimizing a storm's adverse effects on a family's life.

Flood removal in Danbury is easily accessible by calling SERVPRO and our team of experts. Our certified team is ready to take action as soon as you call our 24/7 hotline and invite us into your home. Upon arrival, we assess the situation with safety in mind and carefully wear personal protective equipment while liaising with appropriate authorities regarding utilities or other areas of concern. Once it is deemed safe to enter, we document each of our observations and develop a work plan to return your home to pre-flood conditions as soon as possible.

Our SERVPRO clients often wonder what happens to their furniture when floodwater and debris come into the home. Our water removal and flood restoration team helps guide you through the process of salvaging or discarding items from your home. The most imminent risks associated with standing water include-

  • Warping of wood flooring and furniture due to increased humidity. Excess moisture can also cause delamination of some flooring materials.
  • Absorption of contaminated water in fabric such as upholstery and curtains. This can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold and often need to be discarded.
  • Debilitation of dry-wall and other construction materials which may need to be removed and replaced.

Our staff at SERVPRO of Danbury/ Ridgefield is ready with hygrometers, moisture meters, and other state-of-the-art equipment to detect problem areas in your home. Call us at (203) 791-0920 and let us handle your water damage restoration needs.

Fire Restoration of Danbury Homes Happens Fast with SERVPRO Leading the Way

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire damaged sign Soot and smoke damage is no easy task. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every job.

How Can Danbury Homeowners Save on Fire Restoration Cost with SERVPRO? 

Hiring a professional fire restoration service like SERVPRO at your Danbury property can reduce the cost of a fire damage claim. Cleaning and restoration of the fire damage usually cost only a fraction of replacing or resurfacing. SERVPRO techs apply the principles and elements of cleaning to restore the material to a condition "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO techs use various methods and tools to capture and remove smoke and soot residue during fire restoration of your Danbury home. Technicians use a vacuum to remove smoke residues that contain dry carbon particles. However, soils that are not loose particles must be dissolved before techs can remove them. Depending on the nature of the soil, SERVPRO techs use either water-based or oil-based cleaning agents. 

How does SERVPRO Techs Decide Which Cleaning Product to Use During House Fire Cleanup in Danbury? 

The soot particles formed after smoke damage to your Danbury home can be hydrophilic (easily dissolves in water) or lipophilic (easily dissolves in oil-based solvent). SERVPRO techs use a variety of cleaning products to remove them. The basic principle that guides the choice of a cleaning product is "like dissolves like." 

Lipophilic soils are more difficult to remove than hydrophilic ones. SERVPRO techs use two types of cleaning solutions to eliminate such soils-

  • Water-based cleaning agents: The detergents in these cleaning agents can emulsify the oily soils and make the oil particles disperse in the water for easy removal. However, restorers can't use detergent-based solvents with hard water as they form a scum with calcium and magnesium salts present in the hard water. 
  • Solvent-based cleaning agents: SERVPRO only uses OSHA and EPA-approved solvent-based cleaning products. Solvent-based can easily dissolve lipophilic soils but can also damage surfaces. 

Call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 for a fast, 24/7 service. 

Danbury Eateries can Save Big on Time and Money by Using SERVPROs Water Removal Service.

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Commercial water damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate help.

Danbury Restaurateurs Trust SERVPRO for Quick and Efficient Water Removal After a Water Incidence 

Water removal from your Danbury restaurant is perhaps the last thing you want to deal with, but the reality is, disasters happen, and you don't know what to get caught off-guard when they do. You can count on SERVPRO's team of IICRC certified water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) for fast and efficient service. 

SERVPRO understands the special needs of eateries when it comes to water removal in Danbury. Odor after a water damage incident can linger on long after the water removal and can be detrimental to any restaurant's reputation. Our technicians work hard and use several techniques to combat the odors during water damage repairs. Our goal is to restore the damage "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO's Strategy to Combat Odors During Water Damage Restoration 

SERVPRO technicians of Danbury use various techniques and equipment to combat odors during water cleanup in your restaurant. 

Masking agents - These agents cover up the bad odors with pleasant-smelling odors. SERVPRO techs use these when the odor is not too intense and generally confined. 

Filtration and absorption agents - These agents absorb moisture, humidity, and some oils as well. Activated charcoal in these systems removes the odor-causing molecules from the air using the adsorption phenomenon. 

Disinfectants and sanitizers - Used if contamination is present during water damage remediation of your Danbury restaurant. They can inhibit bacterial and fungal growth and combat foul odors at the same time. 

Pairing agents - Combine chemically with odor-causing molecules in the air, causing them to fall onto surfaces to be cleaned up. Technicians typically use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to apply these. 

Call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 for 24/7 water removal services. 

How Can Fire Damage Restoration Get Rid of Smoke Odors in Ridgefield Properties

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged room Smoke and fire damage restoration is no easy task. SERVPRO has the manpower for any size disaster.

SERVPRO Techs Have the Experience and Knowledge to Handle Fire and Smoke Damage 

The need for the post-fire cleanup in Ridgefield residential properties can happen in a lot of ways. Kitchens can be ground zero for smelly protein fires, and the charring and smoke from other fire types can leave behind deeply embedded odors. 

Professional fire damage restoration in Ridgefield homes is best done by trained technicians. When soot particles get into soft or porous surfaces, they emit odors until they get neutralized. SERVPRO technicians have various methods for eliminating fire odors in the homes they are cleaning, such as: 

  • Equipment to clean washable
  • Professional solutions for cleaning soot from surfaces
  • Removal of articles and building materials that cannot get cleaned for reuse

Cleaning Fire Residues From Washable Items

In the past, washable items exposed to smoke may have required disposal. SERVPRO has access to the Esporta Washing System. In a single wash cycle, this powerful piece of equipment can remove all traces of smoke odors. This single unit can save homeowners the cost of replacing important wardrobe items. The system can also work for cleaning washable window treatments, rugs, and bedding. 

Hardwood Floor and Furnishings with Smoke Damage

During the mitigation process, SERVPRO technicians inspect furnishings and floorboards carefully to determine if they have any potential for restoration. The techs bring specifically formulated cleaning agents to lift away smoke damage from the wood. In many cases, they successfully restored furnishings that were covered in soot and looked like a complete loss. As long as the furniture joints have no signs of heat damage, there is often the potential for a complete restoration.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 helps local Ridgefield homeowners with small and large-scale fire damage restoration. 

Water Migration Can Cause Hidden Damage in Ridgefield

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water damage restoration for your kitchen is a job for SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment for every service provided.

When a Sink Overflows Moisture Can Migrate – Ridgefield Homes Need Immediate Water Mitigation When That Happens

Many things can cause a sink to overflow. It may be walking away and forgetting the water is running or a clogged drain. One thing is a must; if you do not catch it quickly, you can end up with one big mess on the floor. The water can migrate fast under flooring and cupboards. If it happens on the second story, you could end up with ceiling damage. 

Extracting the Moisture as Quickly as Possible

That is always our goal at SERVPRO. We understand the damage water can do if it sits for any length of time. We have tools, such as moisture meters and probes that allow us to seek out hidden moisture. We can then apply the proper water mitigation services in your Ridgefield home. Some of our water restoration services include:

  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Cleaning up after burst pipes
  • Dealing with ceiling leaks
  • Water damage remediation
  • Water removal services
  • Drying the premises

Professional Equipment Gets the Job Done Right

SERVPRO has the equipment to find, and extract, hidden moisture. Water gets removed using various pumps, including portable pumps, truck-mounted pumps, and sump pumps. It all depends on the amount of water and the location. Once the water gets extracted, powerful air movers and commercial strength dehumidifiers work drying the premises. If any repair and restoration are needed, that takes place after everything is dry. 

Call the Water Restoration Company You Can Trust

For expert water mitigation, contact SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield today at (203) 791-0920. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Type of Damage Can Occur After a Commercial Fire in Danbury?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

fire on brick commercial building Fire and smoke remediation services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate service for your property.

Fire Restoration in Danbury Involves Understanding How Different Materials Can Cause Unique Damage

At any commercial fire scene, there is smoke and soot. Residual water from sprinklers or firefighting efforts is another factor. Most people understand the impact fire has on a business. It is also important to understand the damage that can happen after the fire gets extinguished. 

Fast Action is Needed to Minimize Fire Damage

Rapid mitigation is needed following a fire to prevent further damage. SERVPRO’s commercial fire restoration team in Danbury arrives as quickly as possible once we get the call. Damage after the fire can include:

  •   Soot staining – Rarely is one type of material burned in a fire. This means different types of soot are present, and each kind gets dealt with in a specific way. Soot is acidic in many cases and can damage any surface it touches.
  •   Mold – Mold can grow quickly in a moist environment. It can ruin carpets, content, and more. Quick water removal is the key to preventing mold.
  •   Rust and corrosion – Metal can become oxidized through the oxygen in the water. Corrosion is a problem whenever the water is not removed rapidly.
  •   Poor air quality – The foul smells that permeate throughout the building can be overwhelming. Removing charred debris and using the right deodorization methods is crucial to combat the odors. 

SERVPRO provides fire and smoke damage remediation that strives to avoid as much secondary damage as possible. When our fire restoration begins, we:

  • Protect ingress points and breaches with material such as tarps
  • Deal with water extraction with pumps and other extraction equipment
  • Remove debris and soot as quickly as possible
  • Provide pack-out services for content removal if needed
  • Deep clean, deodorize, and restore

For commercial fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920.

Water Heater Leaks Can Send a Flood of Water into Danbury Basements

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Water heater leaking Water heater leaks are not a DIY project. SERVPRO handles all sizes of water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Provides Water Cleanup Services in Danbury That Can Quickly Mitigate the Damage

Rust and age are two of the most common reasons for water heater leaks. Small undetected leaks can quickly turn into a flooded basement. This type of basement flooding is something we deal with often at SERVPRO.

Basement Flooding Cleanup

Water heaters can be found in other areas of the home besides the basement. If a home has a basement, the water heater is typically located there. No matter where your water heater is, if it ruptures, you have a disaster on your hands. SERVPRO arrives on the scene quickly with water cleanup experience in Danbury. Water extraction needs to take place as soon as possible. SERVPRO mitigates the water damage by:

  • Doing a scope of the area to determine the extent of the damage
  • Utilizing the correct pump for the situation
  • Using tools like squeegees, weight driven extractors, and light wands on carpeting
  • Implementing controlled demolition
  • Placing air movers and dehumidifiers in the right ratio for optimum drying
  • Making needed repairs and restoration

Preventing Further Water Damage

Removing surface water and hidden moisture is crucial to prevent secondary damage. Water is caustic and can cause deterioration to structural elements if not removed. Mold is another problem that can arise whenever there is a water intrusion. SERVPRO has the best extraction tools available to help with water cleanup. Our goal is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

For professional water removal services, contact SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920.

How Can SERVPRO Help After Failed Mold Remediation in Danbury Homes?

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

mold on walls, dog laying on a bed in another room Why call SERVPRO for mold remediation in Danbury? Ask your neighbors and your dog about the great results

Our team can help where other companies have fallen short for remediation in Danbury residences.

Mold remediation work can be invasive to your life, and it is even more stressful when done the first time improperly, and the problem resurfaces. We have been asked to resolve many botched remediation projects, and we use the opportunity to showcase our extensive experience and industry-leading equipment to do the job right. We boast a crew consisting of AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians with IICRC certification.

Assessing the Damage in the House

Often when our team gets called for follow-up remediation for mold damage in Danbury homes, the situation is dire. The customer usually knows where the initial work was completed. This serves as a starting point for a thorough inspection of the property from this point to track all active colonization and the root of the moisture concern for the house. This inspection looks for specific damages, including:

  • Moisture damage
  • Foul odors
  • Deteriorating drywall
  • Spotting

Removing Mold Colonies and Damaged Materials

Identifying damage in the house is only the beginning. We continue implementing controlled demolition tactics and inspecting exposed elements until the full scope of the damage is revealed. Through discarding elements and abrasive cleaning tactics, we can remove mold colonies everywhere they are found. No do-over of a mold remediation job is complete until the application of an antimicrobial agent.

Remediating the same damage twice can be stressful. Let us be the last call you need to make. Our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield remediators are standing by at (203) 791-0920.

Providing a Safer Environment After a Fire in a Danbury Office

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

house fire, cartoon, man outside showing lungs SERVPRO protects businesses and houses in Danbury with excellent fire damage restoration including improving IAQ indoor air quality

SERVPRO takes steps to improve air quality and environmental conditions in a Danbury office after a fire.

Understanding how fires spread and their effect on the indoor environment can show where professional restoration and cleanup are vital. Our SERVPRO technicians have a fast response to get this work started right away. We work with insurance adjusters and property owners to prioritize your needs that keep the business going during cleaning.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

While there are multiple layers to fire damage in Danbury offices, there are direct threats to the staff and customers that must be addressed immediately by our SERVPRO professionals. While containment can effectively keep the office going during the restoration, there are several indoor air quality (IAQ) threats that can exist to make post-fire conditions initially hazardous. Our team looks to remove:

  • Aerosolized particles
  • Soot
  • Smoke
  • Contaminants
  • Toxins

Efficient Deodorization of the Work Area

One of the most considerable obstacles that must be overcome to improve indoor air quality and environmental quality is smoke odors. We have numerous deodorization tools and products that can reduce the severity of post-fire smells and allow them to be more easily eliminated with direct neutralization equipment like thermal or ULV foggers or hydroxyl generators.

Inspection of Ductwork and Cleaning is typically done to ensure that the IAQ has been restored to standard levels.

When a breakroom fire or electrical blaze starts in your office building, the staff and the structure are at considerable risk. Give our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield a call today at (203) 791-0920.

What Tools Are Best for Removing Standing Water in Ridgefield Homes?

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

wet  carpet in a home office Ridgefield home offices can benefit from rapid water removal by SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened."

Multiple restoration devices are used in water mitigation for Ridgefield properties.

With how critical mitigation like water removal services becomes for damaged area homes and businesses, our SERVPRO professionals arrive with various evaporative drying and extraction tools to protect a property and its contents. From portable devices like wet vacuums used for smaller pools of water to truck-mounted extractors with wands, we have the equipment to handle any size disaster.

Removing Water from Low Porosity Surfaces

Hardwood floors with a finish, concrete, and tile are examples of surfaces where water removal in Ridgefield homes is less complicated. Without the ability of the exposed material to readily absorb the standing water, it is much more likely that this surface water concern can be cleared without underlying subflooring damage. Some of the tools used for this include:

  • Squeegee wands
  • Light wands
  • Truck extractors
  • Wet vacuums

Eliminating Water Trapped in Carpets and Padding

Carpeted floors can be challenging to dry and clean after water damage events like burst pipes or ceiling leaks. When moisture becomes trapped in the surface and padding layers, weighted extractors are an option that prevents pulling up the carpet and the expense of re-installation. It is not always feasible to attempt to salvage the soaked padding; we determine this on a case by case basis. Whatever is best for our customer.

Removing pooling water is a priority for restoration technicians entering your home after water damage. Our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team has many strategies that begin with your phone call to (203) 791-0920.

How Does SERVPRO Protect Structural Elements After Water Damage in Danbury Homes?

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

drying mats on hardwood floor SERVPRO utilizes a large arsenal of equipment like drying mats and injecti-dry systems to preserve water damaged hardwood flooring in Danbury

There are specific methods for removing water and protecting subflooring in Danbury properties

Mitigation is a vital service our SERVPRO team provides to protect a home, its contents, and building materials. Beginning with water removal, these initial actions can make restoration shorter and less costly.

Water Removal Services and Mitigation

Removing standing water is one of the initial actions to overcome water damage in Danbury homes. Beyond tile and other non-porous elements, saturation can overwhelm common building materials like engineered wood floors and carpets to impact the subflooring underneath. We have many mitigation solutions for standing water, including wet vacuums and submersible pumps.

Protecting Types of Subflooring Materials

  • OSB Board/Plywood – This thin wood and floor supports are a common combination of multiple types of flooring in homes. When these become heavily damaged by water, drying mats are a last resort before controlled demolition.
  • Concrete – Concrete is relatively non-porous, making it easier to clean and dry. Without absorbing moisture, our technicians are likely to encounter a greater volume of standing water. The crucial aspect of drying concrete is not too fast, slowly draw out moisture.
  • Hardwood – It is not uncommon in older homes for carpeting or tile to be installed over original hardwood. When this is the subflooring for the surface layer, fast extraction is needed to prevent these planks from absorbing moisture.

When water damage threatens your home, our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield is ready 24/7 to help. Call us at (203) 791-0920.

What Should Danbury Residents Know About Fire Damage Restoration?

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Illustration When a fire happens in your home, call SERVPRO right away for thorough remediation services.

SERVPRO Has a Proven Track Record in Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration for Danbury Residents.

Restoring a home and contents after a fire has many considerations and many moving parts. A few of these considerations may include cleaning or repairing structure, contents, deodorization, and safety. Communication and coordination can increase our restoration services' efficiency by helping to manage these moving parts more effectively.

Project management is necessary for:

  • Fire damage restoration 
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Fire damaged homes

Enlisting professional services for fire damage restoration in your Danbury home can help you organize the management of contents, site services, and fire debris disposal. A typical structure for the overall restoration of a home involves starting at the fire source and working outwards. This method can help to increase efficiency and reduce restoration timeframes dramatically. 

  • Site services could include organizing dumpsters, portable storage, electric generators, and their proper setup. 
  • Assessing and marking unsalvageable items. These items are inventoried before disposal for insurance companies and homeowners.
  • Working areas may be set up in rooms which could include decontamination chambers and the fumigation process.

Efficient organization can take the stress out of home restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield for fire damage restoration at (203) 791-0920.

Do Concrete Floors Require Special Attention During Water Cleanup in Danbury Businesses.

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Our technicians know all the steps to take for every surface of your property after a water incident. Call SERVPRO for effective water clean up.

SERVPRO is a Commercial Restoration Provider for Danbury Businesses in Need of Water Cleanup. 

Concrete is a mixture of mortar, sand, and water, which grows stronger over time as the water content reduces through hydration. The strengthening of concrete through hydration also reduces porosity making it less susceptible to permanent water exposure damage. Many commercial properties use concrete as a subfloor material. We can address water intrusion in your premises, including:

  • Cleaning up after sewer backup
  • Water clean up
  • Burst pipes

The common method for concrete floor water cleanup at Danbury businesses is to use a non-penetrating moisture meter. This equipment measures surface temperatures to assess the extent of moisture taken onboard by a material. Moisture meters are fairly limited to set concrete as they only ascertain values for the first one inch of material. 

  • SERVPRO can use a Calcium Chloride Test to measure vapor emissions from concrete subfloors and surfaces.
  • The Thermo Hygrometer test relies on drilling small holes into concrete and measuring humidity, providing more accurate results than moisture sensors.
  • Sometimes stripping paint or finish from concrete is necessary to reduce the drying times for the material. 

We have specialists for commercial premises and units. Contact SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield for commercial water cleanup at (203) 791-0920.

Does Ridgebury Have Local Water Removal Services?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO has state of the art equipment to thoroughly dry out your property after a water mishap occurs. Call right away!

SERVPRO Can Help Ridgebury Residents with Sewage Cleanup, Flood Damage, and Water Damage Repairs

Ridgebury is a small suburban township that makes up a part of Ridgefield in Connecticut. The region, which is roughly an hour outside of New York City, has become a popular weekend vacation destination for people living in the large city. The local populace numbers some 24,638 permanent residents, with Ridgebury township making up a fraction of that number. Despite its relatively small size, Ridgebury maintains a strong reputation for its arts and culture, with several of the more flamboyant properties being designed by leading architects such as Raphael Vinoly and Cass Gilbert. Renowned impressionist J Alden Weir was another of Ridgefield's prestigious former residents, and the township maintains the studios of Weir as part of its national park. Contemporary arts and theater are among some of the leading attractions bringing people to Ridgebury, Connecticut. 

Ridgebury has a history as an important outpost fought over during the American Revolutionary War. The British first established the town in 1708 but fought over it just under seventy years later in The Battle of Ridgefield. The Main Street Cemetery in Ridgebury pays tribute to soldiers from both sides who lost lives during the skirmish. Connecticut proved to be a key strategic outpost during the war, allowing forces to control the Hudson River. The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center is one tribute to the Battle of Ridgefield and even has British cannonballs still lodged into the structure from the skirmish. Visitors can receive an in-depth tour of the site, while the permanent collections include eighteenth-century artworks, memorials, and memoirs. 

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum focuses on providing a platform for some of the East Coasts' most exciting new artists. Rather than host a permanent collection, the Aldrich offers a rotating cast of first exhibitions for contemporary artists. Jasper Johns and Olafur Eliasson are just two prominent artists to have held their first exhibitions at Ridgebury.

The Ridgefield Playhouse and Prospector Theater are two of the main entertainment centers in Ridgebury. Both celebrate the region's love of performance art, with rosters typically covering a wide range of traditional, contemporary, and classic theater. Live concerts for jazz and classical can also be booked. ACT theater is solely dedicated to modern theater.

Seth Low Pierrepont State Park is 300 acres which include the serene Lake Narneka. The lake is open for both fishing and boating. A short drive away is the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden. The non-profit features award-winning landscapes, sculptures, and 7-acres of pristinely kept gardens.

SERVPRO in Ridgebury Can Help Restore your Home after Flood Damage

Properties that become flooded due to storms or other natural disasters can be at risk of sustaining permanent damages to their structure. All building assembly elements can be affected by flooding, particularly if the system remains wet for longer periods.

SERVPRO can assist with:

  • Cleaning up after sewer backup
  • Basement flooding cleanup 
  • Water removal services

Most residential properties are built on a wooden frame. This framework is the basis from which layers of plaster, gypsum board, drywall, or paint are added. Wood frame is usually dimensional lumber and may not be given a finish or varnish. Exposure to large amounts of water, frames can expand or warp, causing property damage. 

  • If wood frames' moisture content exceeds 20%, they can suffer from long-term damages like dry rot.
  • Technicians can assess the state of wood frames using a penetrating moisture meter.
  • Controlled drying using portable heaters and reducing vapor through dehumidification can help to restore wood frames.

Flooding can affect all aspects of a building assembly. Contact SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield for flood damage restoration at (203) 791-0920.

Danbury Property Owners Deserve Quality Fire Damage Restoration

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO vehicle parked outside of a house Recent fire? Team SERVPRO is ready to arrive on the scene with certified technicians and equipment to remediate the fire damage.

SERVPRO offers water & fire damage restorations to ensure Danbury homes get back to normal quicker

You may feel like the contents of your Danbury home are lost after a fire. However, skilled house fire clean up offers you the ability to restore many of your cherished belongings. SERVPRO handles the restoration of fire damaged homes so that you can get your life back and your interior “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that there are many proven techniques SERVPRO uses to tackle fire damage restoration in Danbury? Our Green Fleet comes fully-equipped with EPA-registered cleaning agents and industrial-strength equipment to help us get the job done. When you call us for assistance, we may use a couple of different cleaning methods, including:

  • Dry Cleaning – This gets used when there are non-grease-based soils that are light or medium. We might also use dry cleaning to help remove excess residue before we use wet cleaning methods. Some tools used for dry cleaning include dusting cloths, feather dusters, vacuums, and cleaning sponges.
  • Wet Cleaning – We use this method when the situation calls for more aggressive cleaning of moderate to heavy oils. This process gets accomplished using water and sometimes the addition of a cleaning agent.

No matter the project's scope, we have the fire restoration processes you can count on to generate results. Call SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield when you need us at (203) 791-0920.

Flood Damage Calls for Immediate Water Clean Up in Ridgefield

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO appliances working in a building Our certified SERVPRO technicians first assess the flood damage in your home and then come up with a custom plan to remediate. Call right away!

Ridgefield locals can trust SERVPRO for emergency services water damage assistance after a storm

How prepared are you should a storm come through? With flash flooding in Ridgefield, you could expect to see basement flooding or the need for sewage cleanup, depending on the level of devastation. SERVPRO acts fast so that you can worry less and return your home to pre-storm condition “Like it never even happened.”

Once the storm begins to subside, our crew can be at your door, ready to work on your flood damage in Ridgefield in as little as a couple of hours. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and bring with us all of the right equipment for your water removal services project, including:

  • Extraction equipment
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air movers and industrial fans
  • Additional lighting
  • Safety equipment
  • Heating and cooling equipment, as needed
  • Inspection devices, and more

When called for any water clean up project, our crew chief on-site does a full assessment to determine the right equipment and tools to help us accomplish the task. We take the time to adjust our equipment accordingly to help us achieve cleanup and drying goals.

When you need water and flood damage assistance at your home, you can trust that our technicians at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield will get it done right the first time. You can contact us for 24/7 emergency response by calling (203) 791-0920.

Why Calling Emergency Services Water Damage Help in Danbury is Always Best

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO appliances working in a house Excess water causing damage in your home? Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 365 days a year to take your emergency call.

Danbury residents can count on SERVPRO for reliable water damage restoration

Danbury, Connecticut, is a city named after Danbury, England, because it is the place of origin for many early settlers. It has gained the nickname of Hat City because of the rich history that the city has with the hat-making industry.

Located within Fairfield County, Danbury is home to Danbury Municipal Airport, Danbury Hospital, and the Western Connecticut State University. Of course, there are also many great attractions and must-see sights in the city, which include:

  • Bear Mountain Reservation – Located on Bear Mountain Road, this is a beautiful natural attraction that features miles of hiking trails. On the grounds, you will find a small zoo and areas where you can sit for a picnic lunch.
  • Tarrywile Park & Mansion – You will find this breathtaking estate on Southern Boulevard. The mansion sits on over 700 acres that feature lakes, ponds, and many miles of trails. 
  • Danbury Railway Museum – There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy at this destination on White Street. Take a trip on the restored steam train or talk with staff about the many different trains on-site. There are plenty of displays featuring historical trains, famous conductors, and many outdoor spots to take pictures.
  • Danbury Museum & Historical Society – Located in the John & Mary Rider House, the historical society and museum are rich with local history and details on many of the houses still standing in the area.

Don’t Miss Out on Danbury’s Main Street Historic District

As the oldest section of Danbury, the area of Main Street has long gotten looked at as the commercial hub. Here, you will find a wide range of commercial establishments, churches, government buildings, and residences.

When Danbury was initially being settled during the latter portion of the 17th century, this Main Street area was known as Town Street. This is also the spot where the Revolutionary War began in the state, where you will find a marker that indicates where the very first shot got fired at the British. Throughout the 19th century, the development here brought in the railroads, which helped local hatmakers in the city thrive.

Downtown Danbury today is filled with many shops and attractions, including an ice arena, rail museum, and several points of interest for sight-seers visiting the city.

Let SERVPRO show you why using our water damage restoration services is best for handling water damage repairs to your Danbury property!

Something many Danbury homeowners run into is hidden water damage from ceiling leaks or pipes that have seen better days. Water damage repairs are necessary to ensure you do not develop mold or mildew, bringing potential health effects. SERVPRO will come to your home, addressing any water damage while making sure to target the cause so that the same issue does not repeat in the future.

Why call skilled technicians for water damage restoration in Danbury? Because we know what to look for when trying to locate signs of hidden damage, including:

  • Bubbling or peeling wallpaper
  • Warping walls or soft drywall
  • Staining on your walls or ceilings (especially after a leaking roof from storms)
  • Musty, strange odors
  • Mold development

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is the team to call when you need help with water damage restoration fast! Call us at (203) 791-0920 to get a team to you as soon as possible.

Can Ridgefield Homeowners Find Professional Flood Damage Cleanup?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Storms may cause a havoc to your home. Call SERVPRO and let their technicians handle the dirty work for you.

SERVPRO Techs Clean and Restore Flooded Ridgefield Properties

Ridgefield, Connecticut, is among the longest-lasting communities in America and was first incorporated in 1709. This town, home to almost 25,000 people today, spans 35 square miles of land.

The climate is temperate, with warm summers and cool winters and an average of 3.3 to 4.99 inches of rain per month. These precipitation levels might not seem like much at first glance, but the average annual total of 52 inches far exceeds the contiguous United States average of 32 inches.

Artistic and cultural organizations and venues in Ridgefield include:

  • The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra and the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra
  • Historic sites like the Keeler Tavern Museum and Weir Farm National Historic Site
  • The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, originally the Ridgefield Studio of Classical Ballet
  • Thrown Stone Theatre Company, which emphasize the performance of contemporary plays
  • The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

A New England Contemporary Art Hotspot

Ridgefield’s own Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum on Main Street is unique among museums. Not only does it not have a permanent collection to display, but it is the only Connecticut museum that focuses solely on showing contemporary artworks.

The museum was founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964 and seeded with funds from his art collection, which included such renowned modern artists as Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso. Notable artists that have exhibited here early in their careers before enjoying wider acclaim include such cultural icons as Jasper Johns, Huma Bhabha, Eva Hesse, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella.

Some of the most famous exhibits at the Aldrich Museum include the following:

  • Mary Beth Edelson’s Six Story Gathering Boxes (2014)
  • Anselm Kiefer’s Velimir Chlebnikov (2006)
  • Chris Doyle’s 50,000 Beds (2007)
  • Xaviera Simmons’ Underscore (2013)
  • Harmony Hammond’s Material Witness, Five Decades of Art (2019)

Additional exhibits that did not focus on one artist have covered such themes as tabletop art objects, portraiture, and contemporary Native American art.

Can SERVPRO Technicians Restore Damaged Documents?

Licensed SERVPRO professionals render flood damage cleanup for Ridgefield homes beginning as soon as mere hours after initial contact. Suppose homeowners’ electricity was affected by flooding. In that case, the team can provide power sources for mitigation tools and rebuilding services that help restore electricity to affected properties.

Among the most delicate tasks that the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited professionals can offer documents preservation. A ground flood that affects a home office or living room that impacts essential business papers, family photos, or other items of great importance to property owners can often be archived digitally and potentially restored depending on the extent of the damage.

  • Documents and books can be moved off-site to an approved SERVPRO warehouse during a pack-out
  • Preservation is primarily done via freezing until a plan of action is formed for restoration
  • Antiques and other valuables requiring specialized care can be referred to licensed professionals

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield provides emergency-response flood damage cleanup when property owners call (203) 791-0920.

SERVPRO Removes Water after Flood Damage in Danbury

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SERVPRO Equipment and vehicle We have the training, expertise, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition after a flood. Call us right away.

Good Water Extraction is Key in Flood Damage Remediation

SERVPRO understands that the sight of your water-logged home after a storm is devastating. You want to get back to normal as quickly as possible, “Like it never even happened.”

An essential first step to combat flood damage in Danbury after a storm is thorough water extraction. Extracting as much water as possible at the beginning of the process means we can dry your home quicker and more effectively.

We have several pieces of equipment to help us extract water from floors and carpets:

  • Free-standing pumps that vacuum up liquid.
  • Truck-mounted pumps for more challenging jobs.
  • Carpet extractors to press moisture from floor coverings.
  • Carpet wands to draw water from carpet surfaces and hard to reach areas.

Once we have pumped away the water, we can turn our attention to drying your home. Our team can take care of everything from structural drying to drying out your carpets, drapes, furniture, and textiles. We can also send items away for specialist cleaning.

If you need help after flood damage, call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 990-1864.

Can You Stay in Your Ridgefield Home After Fire Damage?

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle Our fire damage experts can have your home back to its original state, “Like it never even happened.”

Be Careful About Toxins After Fire Damage

One of the most common questions our customers ask is whether it is safe to stay in their home after a fire. The answer to this varies depending on the severity of the fire. However, you might want to consider temporary alternative accommodation if possible.

There are several potential risks after fire damage in your Ridgefield home:

  • Combustion during a fire creates soot, which can contain toxins.
  • There might be slip and fall hazards due to structural damage and the water used during fire fighting.
  • Broken doors or windows, or missing roof tiles, leave your home vulnerable to the elements.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

Our expert technicians can handle every aspect of fire remediation. We take care of structural repairs, clean away soot residue, and use a carefully-monitored drying process to deal with leftover water from fire hoses. We can bring in foggers and air scrubbers to remove odors and leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

For fire damage assistance you can trust, call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 990-1864.

SERVPRO Can Help with Flood Damage in Danbury

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Flooding is no match for SERVPRO. We are equipped and ready at a moment's notice to restore your home.

We are Experts in Danbury Flood Damage

Danbury is a vibrant city of more than 80,000 residents. Danbury has been around for a long time – settlers first came to Danbury in 1685 when eight families settled there. The settlers purchased land from the Pahquioque Native Americans, who had settled along the Still River's path.

Danbury's first settlers named it Swampfield due to its wetland location. However, the name did not stick, and a court decreed that the name should be Danbury. Like any town near a river, Danbury has long understood the power of water. This is especially true when you consider Danbury's long and proud hat-making history.

Danbury Crowns Them All

There were hat makers in Danbury before the revolution. However, in 1780 Zadoc Benedict became the proprietor of Danbury's first official hat shop:

  • The factory was established on the main street.
  • They had just three employees.
  • The team made eighteen hats each week.

Local legend states that Zadoc Benedict was a felt-making pioneer who discovered the felt-making process by accident. After he plugged a hole in his shoe with rabbit fur, he observed how the hair wore down into felt over time. He used this knowledge to make felt hats from many local species.

This proud heritage earned Danbury the motto "Danbury crowns them all." At one point in the nineteenth century, the city produced 75% of the hat bodies for America's hat-making industry.

However, the hat industry in Danbury was not always harmonious. There were several long, nasty fights between hat factories and workers’ unions. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, there were several violent incidents between hat industry employees and workers who had been brought in to break the strikes. There were also arguments over the health of workers, for whom the use of mercury nitrate during felting caused an illness known as "mad hatter's disease" (this is where we get the phrase mad as a hatter.)

Unfortunately, the hat industry was waning by the 1920s. As it became more common to ride in covered carriages, and then later cars, there was less need for hats as protection from the elements. The last hat was made in Danbury in 1987.

Today there are still some old hat making sites visible in Danbury, and its legacy as The Hat City lives on, if only in memory.

The Disaster of a Broken Dam

In 1866, the Kohanza Reservoir was built to serve the hat industry. Three years later, in 1869, the dam on the Kohanza Reservoir broke, causing a disastrous flood of ice and water that took eleven lives. The flood moved boulders, uprooted trees, and caused significant damage to nearby houses and farmsteads.

SERVPRO Aids Flood Damage Cleanup

SERVPRO did not exist in 1869. However, these days we are on hand to help with flood damage cleanup. We can assist with:

  • Assessing the situation and drawing up a plan of action.
  • Disposing of unsalvageable materials.
  • Drying your home and belongings quickly, so there is less chance of mold growth.

We can send your belongings to our facility for specialist cleanings, such as by Esporta washers or ultrasonic cleaners.

If you need help with flood damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 990-1864.

Enjoy Animal Crossing Standup Comedy Show Online in Danbury

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Neon sign that says ‘Laugh’ Storm damage is no laughing matter. Enjoy the comedy clubs and call SERVPRO for fast storm damage remediation.

Join Other Residents of Danbury in the First-Ever Animal Crossing Standup Comedy Show

Spending time indoors and limiting interactions during these uncertain times can be tedious. Thankfully, Jenny Yang is hosting a standup comedy show, one of the best ways of having fun. On 20th January 2021, the free online event is suitable for everyone in Danbury who is above the age of 18 years.

The event streams online with RSVP, where one can receive the show’s link. Interested persons need to note that the event organizers cannot admit latecomers to maintain better security for the performance. The deadline to get to the show is 7:10 PM Pacific Time via ZOOM.

Tag all your friends who do not stop talking about Animal Crossing. The event organizers are accepting donations via VENMO to tip the comedians.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield warmly welcomes you to the Animal Crossing standup comedy show. If there is flood damage in your Danbury property, hire our certified restorers for professional restoration that can make the incident seem, “Like it never even happened.” Talk to us today at (203) 791-0920.

Join Other Danbury Residents in the Holiday Gift Wrap by Housatonic Habitat

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Person wrapping gift Be sure and visit the Housatonic Habitat for Humanity gift wrapping event. You can get your gifts wrapped while donating to a worthy cause.

Danbury Residents can Make a Difference in the Lives of Others by Participating in the Housatonic Habitat for Humanity Event

As you prepare for the holidays, you can make a difference in someone else's life by making a donation and having your gift wrapped. The Housatonic Habitat for Humanity holds a yearly holiday wrapping event. It takes place at the Danbury Fair Mall outside of Macy's from December 12 to December 24, 2020. It is a fundraiser that helps support Housatonic Habitat's mission to improve working families' lives that qualify. It is meant to promote self-sufficiency and financial stability through the ownership of cost-effective homes.

Habitat contributes to the revitalization of the community in Danbury and nearby areas by offering affordable, safe, and decent homes to qualified families by creating housing that can change a neighborhood, street and add value to the locale.

From December 21 to December 23, 2020, the operation hours are 12 noon to 6 PM. On December 24, the hours are 10 AM to 4 PM.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield is glad to welcome you to the Holiday Gift Wrap by Housatonic Habitat. If you need water removal assistance for your Danbury residence, we can help. We have decades of experience in restoring water-damaged homes. Call us any time at (203) 791-0920 for prompt service.

Prompt Fire Damage Restoration for Ridgefield Residents

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

View of Connecticut countryside Let us take care of your fire damage so you can enjoy Ridgefield!

SERVPRO Provides High-Quality Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services in Ridgefield

Ridgefield CT is a town in Fairfield County located at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. According to the 2010 census, the three-hundred-year-old community's population was 24,638. The U.S census bureau refers to the town center, which was previously a borough, as a census-designated place.

It takes about sixty minutes to drive from New York City to Ridgefield, and the town is popular with visitors. The city boasts a high-rated school system, a unique and historic main street, and people rank it among Connecticut's safest towns. Some of the locales visitors can tour include:

The Weir Farm National Historic Site - This location is the studio and home of J. Alden Weir, the most beloved Impressionist in America. At this national historic site, you have an opportunity to see the works of generations of world-class artists. The home is set amidst over 60 acres of painterly fields, woods, and waterways. These are among the reasons why Weir called his family the "Great Good Place." His farm is a national legacy to historic preservation, the creative spirit, and American Impressionism. It is the only National Park Service site devoted to American painting.

The farm was a source of artistic experimentation and inspiration for Weir and many other artists. They visited Weir and his family, including John Twachtman, Childe Hassam, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and John Singer Sargent. The reassuring rural scenes like the ones surrounding the farm were favorite subjects from American Impressionists. Some of the works that Weir created here include Upland Pasture, Idle Hours, The Laundry Branchville, and the Truants.

After Weir, his daughter Dorothy Weir, a painter, and her spouse Mahonri Young, a sculptor, sustained the artistic legacy. It was here that Young worked on his masterworks; Brigham Young, situated in Washington DC and the This is the Place Monument located stationed Salt Lake City. Young and his family also entertained other artists at this farm just like Weir had, including New England painters Doris and Sperry Andrews.

Doris and Sperry Andrews bought a portion of the property in 1958 and started the 22-year process to preserve Weir's farm. Today, the park includes the Weir Pond, the Weir and Young Studios, the Weir House, gardens, and barns. It is among the best remaining landscapes of American art in the nation.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum - This art museum is recognized in the nation because it exhibits upcoming contemporary artists. Larry Aldrich founded the museum in 1964. It is devoted to cutting edge art and situated within a historic district attached to a restored historic home containing administrative offices. The design embodies concepts of transparency, framed views, and sequence.

The Aldrich museum features reconfigurable galleries, a classroom, which supports educational programming, spaces for video art and sound, and extensive new landscaping that includes a sculpture garden. Public functions also take place at the museum. It is among the few non-collecting, independent contemporary art museums in the U.S.A and the only one in Connecticut dedicated to contemporary art. It engages its diverse audiences with interdisciplinary and thought-provoking exhibitions as well as programs.

Aldrich museum's public and education programs are meant to connect visitors of all age groups to contemporary art through advanced learned approaches in hands-on tours, workshops, and presentations led by curators, artists, professionals in related fields, and museum educators.

The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center - This museum and history center has been a tavern, farmhouse, stagecoach shop, hotel for travelers, post office, and the home of Cass Gilbert, a noted architect. In 1966, some Ridgefield dwellers decided to preserve the property's rich history by turning it into a museum. Today the museum continues with its mission of helping students, scholars, and other visitors to comprehend the significant events and lives during its three-hundred-year history. It pursues the mission by protecting and preserving the museum's intellectual and physical assets along with sharing them with a broad audience through outreach programs or on campus.

If you are seeking entertainment, you can visit the Ridgefield Playhouse. Located in an intimate setting, it hosts hundreds of live shows featuring nationally acclaimed performers. You can also visit the unique Prospector Theater and watch a first release movie.

You can also spend time shopping in the various shops on Danbury Road and Main Street's unique boutiques. Many restaurants are also available, and they have a lot to offer, including fine dining and casual cuisine.

If you want to participate in outdoor activities, you can visit the Ridgefield Golf Course, a Fazio-designed, semi-private 18-hole golf course. The town also has lakes, walking trails, and miles of country roads that bikers can enjoy.

With a lot to offer in a scenic Norman Rockwell setting, it is not surprising that many people opt to visit Ridgefield. The town has many outdoor spaces, making it a unique location for corporate events, private parties, and other events. However, a fire can ruin the experience of both visitors and residents of this town. When such an incident occurs, seeking help from competent restorers is imperative. It can help prevent costly secondary destruction.

How SERVPRO performs commercial fire damage restoration in Ridgefield

A fire's devastating effects can ruin a commercial facility such as a restaurant. Flames can burst out unexpectedly inside a restaurant that houses a multitude of cooking equipment and electrical appliances. Even though the fire does not cause significant destruction to the structure, smoke damage can be extreme. The dedicated team of experts at SERVPRO has decades of experience in commercial fire damage restoration. We assist businesses to get back to work using the most advanced techniques and restoration equipment.

We understand that each day your restaurant remains closed affects your revenue. It can also lead to negative reviews that can hurt your business permanently. We can do our best to reduce a fire's financial impact by helping you restore your commercial facility as soon as possible.

By using a cutting-edge restoration process, we can restore walls, ceilings, and woodwork. Our technicians can also decontaminate the ductwork and HVAC system.

A few of the steps we can perform to restore your business premises include:

  • Securing the facility to prevent further destruction.
  • Carefully inspect the affected area to locate smoke residues. We begin the inspection close to the fire source and trace how far smoke moved through the building.
  • Ventilate the property to eliminate the dust and soot in the air.
  • Remove contents from the building and separate salvageable items from unsalvageable ones. We can move the salvageable materials to a secure facility for thorough cleaning and restoration. We hold the items in the facility until all reconstruction work is complete.
  • Clean all business premises areas, including the floors, walls, permanent fixtures, and ceilings, to prevent damage that acid soot can cause.
  • Deodorize the business premises and its salvaged content using equipment like thermal foggers and odor removal products such as odor counteracting beads and deodorant granules or pellets.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield provides a full range of commercial fire damage restoration services. We can help you to restore your business premises quickly following a fire. Call our 24-hour helpline at (203) 791-0920 and let our expert restorers handle your emergency.

Preserving Ridgefield’s History and Architecture

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield Restores Ridgefield Homes After Water-Related Disasters Occur

Ridgefield is a New England town packed with history and classic New England charm. This bustling Fairfield County locale was first incorporated in 1709, a year after English settlers from nearby Milford and Norwalk purchased the land from the Ramapo tribe’s chieftain, Catoonah. American history enthusiasts, particularly those with a keen interest in the Revolutionary War, are sure to find plenty to pique their interest here.

Ridgefield is home to a wealth of beautifully preserved historical locations that are registered on the National Register of Historic Places, including:

  • The Keeler Tavern and the Phineas Chapman Lounsbury House on Main Street, the latter of which is also referred to as the Ridgefield Veterans Memorial Community Center
  • The French army’s march route, led by Comte Rochambeau in 1781, on Ridgebury Road. On the same road lies the Ridgebury Congregational Church
  • The Branchville Railroad Tenement on Old Main Highway

Other historic houses on the register include the Benedict House and Shop, the Frederic Remington House, the Thomas Hyatt House, and the Lewis June House. Ridgefield is also home to the Hugh Cain Fulling Mill and Elias Glover Woolen Mill Archaeological Site, which houses industrial remains dating back to the American Revolution.

The Battle of Ridgefield and the Keeler Tavern

On April 27, 1777, Ridgefield turned from a quaint New England town into a battleground for American and British soldiers. The British, led by the Royal Governor of New York, Major General William Tyron, first destroyed supplies meant for George Washinton’s troops in Danbury before advancing toward Compo Beach. Seven hundred militiamen on what is now Main Street fended off the British forces. They chased them down to Westport, where the Redcoats expected to contact their ships on the coast.

Key figures in this battle included:

  • Brigadier Generals Gold Selleck Silliman and Benedict Arnold
  • Major General David Wooster, who led the Connecticut militia along with Silliman and Arnold

While Benedict Arnold is known for defecting to the British military in 1780, his years of military experience and leadership during the Battle of Ridgefield were crucial to staving off British soldiers in the town and inflicting casualties as the troops marched back to Compo Beach.

The British achieved their tactical goals in reaching their ships in Westport. Still, the skirmishes at Ridgefield united American troops and irregulars alike with allies like the French, who would be instrumental in the defeat of King George III’s army.

To this day, the Keeler Tavern has a British cannonball lodged in a post as a proud reminder of the endurance of the American troops and their allies. Visitors can find out more about the Battle of Ridgefield at the Keeler Tavern Museum, which was established in a property built in 1713 after Timothy Keeler purchased his grandfather’s home. 

In the mid-twentieth century, the Keeler Tavern Preservation Society eventually garnered the funds to purchase the original home and open the Keeler Tavern Museum in 1966.

The French Army in Ridgefield

King Louis XVI of France sent his army to assist, led by General Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the Comte of Rochambeau. The French aid, especially Comte de Rochambeau’s men, was crucial to leading American soldiers to victory in the Battle of Yorktown in 1781.

 Without the aid of the well-trained French military backing the American Continental Army, Lord Cornwallis may well have won in Yorktown. However, over 20,000 French infantry and seamen came to the aid of 9,000 American troops led by George Washington. In Ridgefield, Rochambeau and his men made camp in the fields near the Congregational Church that still stands to this day.

Comte de Rochambeau’s legacy has lived on in many ways:

  • His son, Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur, Vicomte of Rochambeau, played a crucial role in several pivotal military campaigns and revolutions of his own, including the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Haitian Revolution.
  • Several locations across the U.S. are named after the Comte, including a middle school in Southbury, a bridge spanning across the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., and a French international school in Bethesda, Maryland. Connecticut, in particular, has many locales throughout the state named in Rochambeau’s honor.
  • The Comte is also referenced in the acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton in two songs: “Guns and Ships” and “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down).”

How Do SERVPRO Professionals Deodorize Water Damage in Ridgefield Homes?

What sets SERVPRO apart from other water restoration companies in Ridgefield is its unique combination of locally-owned and operated locations with access to large-scale education, tools, and resources to maintain a high standard for cleanup and restoration.

This commitment to a comprehensive cleaning is especially crucial for odor control after water damage has affected a property. Odors are frequently one of the early signs not just of water damage but of potential microbial growth on a property.

SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) take the following into account when determining what methods are ideal for deodorization:

  • Whether affected carpeting can be easily lifted for odor removal, if not, technicians rely on injection systems to deodorize carpet and pad.
  • If mold odors are present after the initial round of deodorization procedures has been implemented, OCTs may rely on sealers to encapsulate and mitigate odor-causing residues.
  • The size and openness of the area affected by unpleasant odors determine the equipment and materials best suited to mitigation. A burst pipe in an open kitchen, for example, may require the use of an ultra low-volume fogger for more efficient deodorization.

Odor control measures are crucial to returning a water-damaged home to a preloss state that looks and feels clean. SERVPRO technicians receive extensive education and training on industrial-grade deodorization tools best suited to a diverse array of situations.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield provides homeowners with Faster To Any Size Disaster mitigation and restoration services when they call (203) 791-0920.

Partake in Sunday Morning Tabletop Gaming Over Brunch in Danbury

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Gym in basement with water line cuts to prevent anymore water damage. Having water damage issues in your basement or anywhere else in your home? Call SERVPRO for the water mitigation specialists for help now.

The Danbury Library Hosts Sunday Morning Bruncheons & Dragons

The Danbury Library is proud to host a weekly brunchtime tabletop gaming event for adults new to Dungeons & Dragons. Join Dungeon Master Miguel on diverse and well-crafted adventures on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m., including December 6, 13, and 20.

  • The game is virtual, so all participants and curious spectators need to do to participate is hop on Discord
  • This event is held over Discord, a popular Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and messaging app
  • Registration is necessary to participate. Adults 18 years or older are permitted to attend

According to data collected by tabletop game publisher Wizards of the Coast, as many as 40 million people have played Dungeons & Dragons since the 1990s. As new editions have been released, the game has become more comfortable and more accessible than ever, contributing to its surge in popularity in recent years.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield performs storm-related water extraction for Danbury basement disasters and structural and contents restoration. Call (203) 791-0920 to return your home to a preloss condition.

Danbury Veterans Participate in Saturday Evening Yoga

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Improve Health and Wellness with Hatha Yoga at the Danbury War Memorial

Danbury’s own Breanna Taylor hosts Saturday evening yoga sessions for veterans to participate in at the memorial on War Memorial Drive. Available dates include November 30 and December 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. This course is designed with all skill levels in mind, including both retired veterans and active-duty military.

Yoga offers a host of health benefits for veterans and active members of the armed forces, including:

  • Promotes a sense of peace and calm through breathing exercises and low-impact physical conditioning
  • Hatha yoga is recommended as an aid for anxiety and coping with post-traumatic stress, joint pain, and other conditions
  • Activities like yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises are proven to lower the production of stress hormones

Entry is $5 for veterans and $10 for walk-in participants. A portion of proceeds received is donated as a wellness offering to veterans.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield provides mold removal services for Danbury properties at all hours, including weekends and holidays, when you call (203) 791-0920.

Attention Danbury, CT, Dungeons & Dragons Fans - Don’t Miss Bruncheons & Dragons!

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration vehicles in front of indoor arena No matter the size scope of your restoration emergency, SERVPRO is available 24/7.

This Live Virtual Program Bruncheons & Dragons is Filled with Whimsical Fun for Local D & D Enthusiasts

If you are a fan of Dungeons & Dragons, then you can take your love for the game and this whimsical world a bit further with the Bruncheons & Dragons live-streaming events through the Danbury Library via Discord. Participants are encouraged to join local Danbury, CT, Dungeon Master Miguel while interacting with other players navigating this realm. This role-playing game includes slaying monsters and completing quests during the brunch hour.

  • Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
  • Time: From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Where: Online via Discord
  • Cost: Free for all participants – pre-registration is recommended
  • This event is BYOB (Bring Your Own Brunch) and intended for participation by adults 18 years and older

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield loves to see the community enjoying fun, interactive activities. We are the number one choice in the area for fire cleanup, including IICRC-certified technicians and advanced equipment. If you need help after a fire breaks out in your home, contact our team by calling (203) 791-0920. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we can send a team out in as little as a few hours from your initial phone call.

How Does Soot Removal Work?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

smoke entering room under door; flames also seen Even small fires cause smoke and soot damage throughout the house. We have the cleaners to remediate the damage.

Soot and Smoke Residue in Your Redding Home is No Match for SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Techniques 

The condition of your Redding interior after a fire depends on several factors. Even a small fire in your kitchen can leave you with immense soot and smoke residue that is tough to clean up with DIY methods alone. Calling in the help of skilled restoration technicians ensures your home is back to pre-fire condition faster so that your family can get on with your routine as before. SERVPRO is available all hours of the day and night to come and begin the process of boarding up or tarping, followed by proven restoration measures. Just give us a quick call to dispatch a crew to get to work. 

Does Soot and Odor Go Hand-In-Hand? 

When called to help clean up fire damage in Redding, we must address charred debris, moisture left from the water that extinguished the blaze, and the remaining soot and smoke residue. Because soot is acidic, it may cause surface areas to corrode, and you will have pungent odors that only get stronger the more that time passes. We address odorous soot and smoke particles as part of our restoration efforts by: 

  • Soft-brushing or vacuuming to pull up particulates from a variety of surfaces.
  • Wet or dry cleaning methods, selected based on material and soot type.
  • Thermal fogging technology that works by heating a deodorant agent to put out a fine mist. This mist penetrates materials and helps to pull out odorous particulates.
  • Walls or HVAC system ductwork can get sealed using a specialized primer to help eliminate odors. 

Will We Have to Worry About Indoor Air Quality? 

SERVPRO has a range of filtration tools and equipment to pull soot and odorous particles from the air. Whether we use air scrubbers or powerful HEPA filtration via our hydroxyl generators, we ensure that your interior has the indoor air quality (IAQ) you need to keep your family safe from health hazards. 

When you need help with fire damage, you can trust that our team at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield will get the job done. To have a restoration crew dispatched to your property, give us a call at (203) 791-0920.

Is Safety an Issue Once Mold Is Suspected in a Commercial Building?

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

"Mold" If your business is overtaken by mold you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Can Come to Danbury Offices to Perform an Inspection and Formulate a Plan for Safe Mold Remediation.

There can be several causes for mold growth within a Danbury business. You may have hidden issues with your HVAC system, or there could be a slow leak within the plumbing system. Whenever there is an increase in moisture and the relative humidity within your commercial space gets higher than usual, this creates the ultimate breeding ground for microbial growth and mold colonization. It is best to have trained technicians to come in for a closer look so that you can get the prompt, reliable remediation that your business needs.

What Are the Dangers of Mold?

When SERVPRO gets a call for mold remediation in Danbury, we take it very seriously.  We know that you count on your commercial space's interior to be safe for all staff, clients, and vendors that pass through the doors. Not only can mold cause potential health effects, but you also need to consider the costs involved for damaged building materials that might need replacing. 

Mold is present in all buildings, but it remains dormant until moisture feeds growth. We come into your business to determine the cause of the mold and then work on expert cleanup. 

  • Dry ice blasting works well on larger areas infested with mold. These high-pressure carbon dioxide pellets work to scrape mold from surfaces before turning into gas for minimal mess.
  • Soda blasting is another option, which helps to safely remove mold so that our technicians can suction it up safely.

Whichever method we choose to use, our team always wears personal protective equipment (PPE) for our safety and limits cross-contamination. We also create containment barriers with the help of plastic sheeting to cordon off the mold-infested zone. This helps limit mold spore circulation and keeps debris from spreading into unaffected areas of your commercial space.

Contact SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield whenever you need help with skilled mold remediation. With a phone call to (203) 791-0920, we can have a crew at your business within hours to get started.

What Kinds of Residues Need Restoration Services in My Redding Home After Fire Damage?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

soot covered kitchen Fire damage in your home can be a nuisance to you and your family. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation services.

Soiling on Surfaces Due to Smoke and Soot Is Very Different from Ordinary Dirt and Grime, but SERVPRO Has Strategies and Solutions for Delivering Fire Restoration to Redding Residents

The mud tracked into your Redding home, or the dust floating on air currents before settling are both reasonably easy to clean up. With the addition of equipment like vacuums, dusters, and mops, consumer products, and supplies clear away the bulk of the day-to-day dirt. The same cannot be said of the residues coating surfaces after a household fire.

What Makes Up the Residues that Coat Surfaces After a Fire?

The soot that fire restoration targets in Redding homes comprises incompletely combusted building materials and household contents. Depending on the type of materials burned, professionals categorize the coatings as:

  • Dry Soot

Produced by hot, fast-spreading burning of paper and wood, this type of soot is loose and ashy, responding well to mechanical cleanup methods like dusting, brushing, dry sponging, blowing pressurized air, and vacuuming.

Produced when plastics, rubber, wiring, textiles, and padding smolder, this type of soot sticks to surfaces, requiring trained technicians to match the soiling (water or oil-based) with like-based cleaning agents. Spray and wipe or careful agitation is frequently necessary to dislodge the residues from surfaces.

  • Protein-Based Soot

Produced during kitchen fires, this coating is thinly spread, transparent, and tenaciously adhered. It is made up of dehydrated foods, grease, and oils, incredibly malodorous because of the rancidity reached when proteins react to high temperatures. SERVPRO technicians often select solvents and abrasives to break the bond between the soiling and the surfaces affected.

Depend on the experts at SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield to complete fire restoration successfully, transforming the damaged surfaces and spaces to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (203) 791-0920, so we can get to work for the best outcomes.

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How Fast Should A Homeowner Start Water Mitigation Processes in an Inundated Ridgefield Home?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Commits to Reach Affected Properties Within Four Hours to Ensure We Halt the Deterioration of the Materials Exposed to Water 

Although water spills in Ridefield can happen as you attend to other important matters, you should not delay restoration. Passage of time can worsen the situation leading to expensive repair bills. When SERVPRO takes over the restoration task, Ridgefield homeowners do not have to worry about the interruptions such an incident can present since we handle all aspects.    

How much delay is enough to complicate water mitigation efforts in Ridgefield?  

Any delay has a negative impact since deterioration starts within minutes and continues over hours, days, or weeks that follow if you take that long to take action. The problems that develop within minutes include: 

  • Furniture in saturated areas leaching, causing stains in carpets  
  • Furniture finishes turning white if they are moisture sensitive
  • Dyes in fabrics or upholstery run 

In most cases, it is hard to respond instantly to a water loss incident, especially when it involves significant amounts of water. What you should not hesitate to do is contact a restoration company so that they can arrange to reach your property before further deterioration after hours or days of exposure. 

What kind of damage should be expected after hours of exposure? 

  • Saturated carpets delaminate
  • Household odors become glaringly obvious, amplified by humidity
  • Wooden furniture and installations swell 

Most of these problems are permanent, thus necessitating replacement of the affected items. Our SERVPRO technicians find ways to prevent these problems. For instance, we mix water-based deodorizers with cleaning solutions to eliminate any foul odor immediately. We also use advanced moisture control procedures such as tented drying to reverse swelling in wood and prevent cracking. 

Seeking help immediately after water spills can prevent severe outcomes. Call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 to help deal with any incident, “Like it never even happened.”

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How Can I Get Water Damage Out of My Carpet in Danbury?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking and flooded on wood parquet floor SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield provides emergency-response service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (203) 791-0920.

Restoration Pros at SERVPRO Ensure That Water Damage in Danbury Homes Looks, “Like it never even happened.”

Whether you are a homeowner in Danbury or elsewhere, water damage can quickly become overwhelming without the right tools for the job. All it takes is a pinhole leak in a pipe or an accidental bathtub overflow to soak through your flooring and potentially impact your subfloors, which can lead to costly repairs.

SERVPRO technicians are available day and night to ensure that residents in Danbury can access water removal services when they need them. What sets SERVPRO apart from the competition is a dedication to adhering to both Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards as well as the expectations set out by the firm itself.

How Does Water Impact My Home’s Carpet?

• Staining. Water can quickly stain carpeting as it seeps into the fibers due to the presence of microbes and sediments.
Microbial growth. The longer your carpet is exposed to water, the more likely it is to have enough mold to create unpleasant stains and odors. It only takes 24 to 48 hours after initial exposure for this to occur.
• Warping. Moisture impacts carpeting, pad, and even wood floors and subfloors underneath carpet over time. This warping intensifies with time, and prolonged exposure may necessitate replacement of carpet instead of restoration.

What Tools Does SERVPRO Use to Extract Water from Carpet?

SERVPRO technicians have access to a multitude of tools that can preserve carpet and pad, including the following:
• Portable, back-mounted extractors
• Rover vacuum extractors and industrial-grade shop vacs
• Extraction wands for precision moisture removal

While extraction requires thoroughness to ensure that carpeting is preserved, moisture exposure weakens carpet and pad over time. SERVPRO professionals are careful to avoid delamination of carpeting—that is, the separation of carpet from pad due to over-extraction—whenever possible.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield provides emergency-response service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (203) 791-0920.

Can the Same Company Save Both My Ridgefield Home and Its Contents from Permanent Flood Damage?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

flooded interior of a living room with furniture floating Even when you prepare your home for a storm, it could still sustain damage from a flood. Contact SERVPRO for flood damage remediation.

Do Not Feel Torn When Ridgefield Flooding Damages Your Belongings and Your Home -- SERVPRO Can Intervene Successfully for Both Types of Damage

Seasonal storm damage does not distinguish among what it harms when flood waters flow inside your abode. Everything is fair game for loss, regardless of whether the water came overland or through a ripped-off roof. If you are in the habit of storing clothes, books, documents, toys, and other rarely used items in your attic and your basement, you might feel a doubling of the onslaught if roof leaks and basement seepage are a two-fisted assault on your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions.

How Can Flood Restorers Fix My House with All the Wet Personal Property in Their Way?

You are glad of our crews' committed effort inside your flood-damaged Ridgefield home, but wonder if they can manage efficiently with boxes of possessions and furniture in their way. Our equipment takes up room, and every time a new area is prepped for water removal or drying, technicians need to move or rearrange your wet belongings.

What Are Other Options for Wet Contents During Flood Damage Mitigation and Remediation?

If you have a large, dry, and secure area on your property to which SERVPRO can transport items, that space can act as a staging and storage area. We also offer a pack-out option where we move things to our production facility. Specially trained technicians process the packed-out items, documenting their condition and location with our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). This data helps to provide proof for insurance claims, a digital record with details like photos and notes on the results of the cleaning, drying, disinfecting, deodorizing, and other restoration efforts.

Have confidence in the skills and options available from SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield when flood damage threatens your home and its contents. Call us at (203) 791-0920 to consult about the most advantageous way to handle water loss at this difficult time.


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What Can Water Restoration Professionals Do For My Flooded Redding Boutique?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home We are available 24/7 to assist you with any water or fire catastrophe.

SERVPRO Understands Your Redding Business is Your Life Blood, and We Bring in the Experts Needed to Return Your Business to Pre-loss Condition

Whether from a burst pipe or HVAC problem, gallons of water can flood a business faster than you would believe possible. Disasters like this can leave you shut down and losing business in Redding. Let our experts get you open for business quickly.

What is restoration, and what does it mean to my boutique?

Water restoration put succinctly is putting a home or business back together after water intrusion damage. For SERVPRO, it goes beyond the basics and includes such things as re-laying the carpet, repairing the subflooring, and resetting the contents. We are water damage restoration experts in the Redding area. Our goal is to return your boutique to preloss condition so you can get back to work.

Water Extraction & Drying

Before any restoration can happen, the water gets removed, and the building and contents wholly dried. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained technicians use advanced technology and powerful equipment to ensure all water is extracted, and everything is thoroughly dried. Various methods are used, including:

    •    Moisture detectors – these determine the moisture in the air as well as hidden water.
    •    Powerful pumps - including truck-mounted or portable. Submersible pumps can be utilized for deeper water.
    •    Wet vacs and rovers - wet vacs suck up water, and rovers are highly maneuverable riding devices. It uses the tech's body weight to push the water out of things like carpeting.
    •    Air movers and dehumidifiers – both are used in a precise ration to dry out contents and remove moisture from the air.

Restore Instead of Replace

Most people don't understand just what SERVPRO can restore. For example, you may think the carpet in your shop is completely ruined because of the flooding and needs replacing. We have experts trained in carpet restoration. Our goal is always restoration, if possible. It is much more cost-effective than replacement and allows you to keep things that may hold sentimental value. Your insurance company will work hand in hand with us to decide what we can restore and what we need to replace.

Flooring and Carpeting

Restoration of flooring is one of the areas we often handle. We can clean, repair or reinstall floors and floor coverings. This includes a variety of flooring such as carpeting, hardwood floors, resilient and non-resilient floors. We will remove the shop's content to install or repair your floor and return it to its original placement. Our technicians can repair or replace water-damaged subflooring too.

Structural Materials

Once our techs determine if there is any structural damage, they get to work taking care of any problems. Walls, ceilings, framing, and insulation are examples of structural materials our team deals with every day. This process can involve cleaning, replacing, or refinishing. Walls may need repainting, and woodwork may need to be refinished. With SERVPRO, you only need one company to handle all the water damage restoration.

HVAC & Electrical Systems

As part of the restoration process, we also look at the HVAC system to ensure no water damage has occurred there. If needed, we clean, repair, or replace ductwork or any other parts of the HVAC system damaged. Electrical components such as outlets and light fixtures get checked and repaired as needed.

Giving You Back Your Boutique

Most specialty shops have lovely drapes or window coverings. You may have items such as upholstered pieces to display your store's inventory. Clothing racks or display racks can be prone to rust or corrosion from flooding. SERVPRO can help with all those things as well. Our company has professionals whose expertise is in areas such as upholstery cleaning and repair. Your window coverings can be cleaned using advanced cleaning techniques. There is no reason to consider your shop's items and fixtures a total loss when our certified team can tackle restoring your contents. We will return your boutique to you, “Like it never even happened.”

Finishing Up

Deodorizing your business is one of the final steps to making sure everything is done and smells fresh and clean. We make sure we complete all repairs to the structure and contents to the client's satisfaction. The technicians will do a final cleaning, and final inspections take place. We then remove our equipment, and your content gets returned to where it was before the flooding.

We are available 24/7 to assist you with any water or fire catastrophe. Contact SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 for all your water damage restoration needs. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What Can I Do to Prevent a Bathroom Exhaust Fan Fire In My Ridgefield Home?

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

A fan in a bathroom that had dust on it. Don't let your bathroom exhaust fan be the source of your fire damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Restore Your Ridgefield Home After Fire Damage

While bathroom exhaust fans only account for a small percentage of home fires, they can do significant amounts of damage to your Ridgefield property. Ventilation systems, structural material, and personal belongings alike are quickly lost to this type of fire. Losses can average as much as tens of thousands of dollars.

SERVPRO offers fire damage restoration services for Ridgefield residents that return homes to a preloss state. This team is trained to offer both mitigation–that is, the removal of damages–and restoration, which focuses on rebuilding and replacing components after cleanup.

What Can I Do to Maintain My Bathroom Exhaust Fan?

  • Clean the fan twice a year. This process is as simple as removing the fan cover, wiping accessible components clean, and washing and replacing the cover.
  • Replace the fan if it is already damaged. If you find signs of heat damage, contact, or local service professional about replacing your exhaust fan with a thermally-protected unit that can automatically shut down when the motor overheats.
  • Keep fan usage brief. These fans are not designed to be used for hours at a time. Consider installing a timer switch to keep overuse to a minimum.

What Do SERVPRO’s Rebuilding Services Entail?

SERVPRO technicians can render a variety of services after a disaster, including the following:

  • Manual cleaning and replacement for components of your ventilation system. Fire-damaged sheet metal vents can be cleaned, but flex duct should be replaced after a fire.
  • Washing and deodorizing nonporous surfaces, such as sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.
  • Removing fire-damaged drywall and exterior wall insulation for replacement.
  • Abrasion cleaning for charred wall studs, subfloors, and ceiling joists that do not require replacement.
  • Removing and replacing nearby carpeting, floorboards, or floor coverings that may have been affected by the fire.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield provides a rapid-response mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (203) 791-0920.

What Is the Anatomy of a Danbury Commercial Fire Damage Restoration?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage stairwell Don't let a fire put your business out of commission. Call SERVPRO of Danbury to restore your company back into tip top shape.

SERVPRO Invests in Industry-Leading Training of Managers and Technicians in a Wide Spectrum of Restoration Specialities to Make Sure We Can Bring Danbury Businesses Through Any Fire Damage Scenario

When your Danbury business endures a fire, the mess and disruption are considerable. You need not only a company that can respond to the many tasks that must complete before the structure and contents of your commercial building are made whole. You also require a team that can create a concrete plan that manages the project from start to finish in an effective and efficient way. Fire damage cleanup is unlike any other commercial cleaning challenge, so find a trained and trained recovery firm to meet the challenge.

Why the Focus on Water Cleanup During Fire Damage Remediation?

Water is everywhere after a blaze in your Danbury business. Fire damage by nature includes significant water intrusion from firefighting efforts. The corrosive action of water is on par with the destruction of fire residues, and the presence of the fluids present a range of safety issues that push the water remediation to the top of the agenda.

  • Slip, trip, and fall risks
  • Electrocution risks
  • Mold growth and damage risks
  • Other pathogen proliferation risks
  • Structural integrity (collapse) risks

How Is the Water Damage Handled?

SERVPRO crew members earn multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), so water location, extraction, and structural drying is second nature for our team. As the crew members pursue the emergency services that remove the water and dry out the area, others on the team are inspecting and evaluating the damage more directly attributed to the fire.

What Do Professionals Look at When Matching Fire Residues with Cleaning Products and Methods?

Our crew chiefs examine the types of residues found throughout your business, expecting and usually finding that the soot varies depending on the fuel consumed as the blaze traveled throughout the spaces in your business. Some of the soot is loose and ashy; other types are thick and sticky. If food or grease heated or burned during the fire, that residue is thin and lacquer-like, very malodorous, and difficult to remove. Pre-testing of products and methods helps us to decide how to manipulate the elements of cleaning:

  • Temperature--heat increases chemical actions
  • Abrasives or sustained agitation
  • Chemical agents -- water or oil-based (solvent) cleaners
  • Time -- short or extended dwell times

How Does the Type of Affected Surface Impact the Cleaning Decisions?

Some building materials and fixtures are durable enough to stand up to high temperatures, vigorous agitation or abrasion, and chemical agents for the time needed to clear away residues. Other surfaces and contents are more easily damaged by the strategies fire damage restoration professionals might use to try to bring them back to preloss condition. It is a balancing act during every commercial fire damage recovery project, and our IICRC-trained technicians walk that line to try to achieve the best results for your business. We sometimes try a variety of options or repeat remediation techniques to solve the challenge.

Do Restoration Professionals Ever Decide Remediation Is Impossible?

If the residues or charring damage is so profound that removal will destroy the underlying structure or fixtures, our crew chief discusses the issue with our managers and you to determine the next steps. Our full-scale construction division can help with any tear-out, repair, or rebuilding needed to bring your business back to “Like it never even happened.” Our ability to do wrap-around restoration saves our commercial customers stress, time, and expense.

How About the Smell? Can You Eliminate the Stench of Fire Damage?

When we plot out the fire damage recovery timeline, we do not forget about the potential for lingering smells. Our zealous attempts to clear debris and residues go a long way toward ridding your building of the malodors. Even though concerted effort does not eradicate all smells, we turn to innovations in deodorization that proved their worth on other projects and in restoration industry research. Strategies include:

  • Thermal fogging, which recreates the conditions during the fire by combusting deodorants in a heated chamber and then disseminating them throughout the affected space, pairs the deodorant agents with the odor-bearing soot particles, rendering them odorless.
  • Hydroxyl generation, which uses free radicals to bond and chemically change the smelly soot particles, also rendering them inoffensive
  • Ozone machines that use the process of oxidation to remove smells
  • Enzymatic products that “eat” the odor-bearing residues

You can rely on SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield for an A-Z restoration of your business after fire damage. Call us at (203) 791-0920, while the firefighters are wrapping up at your site to move into the next phase of your successful business.

New Homeowner Asks: Can Hurricanes Cause Flood Damage in Ridgefield?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

crushed power line caused by fallen tree during hurricane Storms and hurricanes can cause extensive damage outside and inside of your home. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

Flood Damage in Ridgefield Can Have a Clear Link to the Atlantic's Hurricane Season, and SERVPRO Is Ready to Help Our Community During Stormy Weather

If you are new to our region and community, the chance that hurricanes and tropical storms can impact Ridgefield, causing significant flooding, might be surprising. Individuals who have no personal experience with the continued intensity of severe storms moving up the coast during hurricane season must learn quickly to take the risks of tropical storms and hurricanes seriously.

What Kinds of Risks Should Residents of Southern Connecticut Be Ready to Manage During Hurricane Season?

Hurricanes feature incredibly severe weather-related effects that can follow these storms up the Atlantic coast, exposing your Ridgefield home to flood damage. Our community is at risk of common hurricane concerns:

  • Widespread and substantial wind damage
  • Significant chance of stream and river flooding because of heavy rains
  • Direct storm surge is unlikely because of our distance from the ocean and elevation, but areas just down the road could contend with this issue.

Does Hurricane Damage Mean My House Is in Danger of Being a Total Loss?

Although it is tricky to predict the exact outcome of a powerful tropical storm or hurricane, SERVPRO delivers outstanding results for customers after severe flooding. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, able to assess your scenario fast and begin removing water rapidly. Asking for help as soon as practical is the key, and our team offers a scalable response during these difficult times, ensuring your residential flood damage does not drop to the bottom of our restoration agenda.

You often hear the mantra that "no job is too big or too small," but at SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield every customer receives premier flood damage relief. Call us at (203) 791-0920 to plan for your comeback from storm-related flood damage.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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SERVPRO Stands with You Every Step of the Way After Danbury Commercial Fire Damage

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

"SERVPRO, Fire Damage?" Call (203) 791-0920 to have a SERVPRO team get to work restoring your restaurant within hours.

You Want SERVPRO’s Experts By Your Side In The Event Of A Fire In Your Restaurant

Catering to the needs of Danbury college students has been a fruitful business choice, your casual restaurant near campus proving popular for quick lunches and late-night post-studying snacks. A kitchen fire threatens to erase all your successful efforts to develop a faithful clientele, and you need help managing the aftermath quickly before your loyal customers find another favorite dining spot.

Water and Chemical Removal

When you consider the fire damage in your Danbury restaurant, the amount of firefighting water needing resolution can be shocking. Automatic sprinklers plus the efforts of the first responders can leave the burnt debris and soot swimming in gallons of contaminated fluid mixed with extinguishing chemicals. Our highly-trained crews are experts in water removal as well, extracting and containing the Category 3 water for lawful disposal. We quickly shift to structural drying, employing state of the art equipment, including air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.

Residue and Odor Removal

The protein-based soot created by a kitchen fire is particularly pungent. Although nearly invisible, the residue, comprised of dehydrated food and grease particles, adheres tightly and is corrosive to the building materials and fixtures affected. SERVPRO technicians are well-prepared to remove the coating, using solvents and carefully deployed abrasive tools to loosen the soot. If deep cleaning and debris removal do not eliminate the malodors, we turn to innovative equipment like thermal foggers, ozone machines, or hydroxyl generators to neutralize the odoriferous particles at the molecular level. 

Charred, Warped, and Weakened Structural Components

The heat and flames of a restaurant fire compromise the integrity of the structure. Without competent help with repair and rebuilding, your restaurant may not reopen for safety reasons. Our company boasts decades of mitigation, remediation, and rebuilding expertise. We have on-staff reconstruction specialists ready to rehab any permanent structural damage.

Nearly 40 years of restoration industry service by the team at SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield means we have seen, managed, and conquered nearly every imaginable fire damage challenge. Get your business back up to speed by calling ours at (203) 791-0920.

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Why We Are The Best Choice In Danbury After A Fire

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Our restoration truck outside a home We have the state of the art equipment, expertise and experience to restore your home right away after a fire strikes.

Establishing Safe Working Conditions for Fire Damage Restoration in your Danbury Home

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When materials burn, they can release hot, poisonous toxins into the surrounding environment. These toxins rise above cooler air into clean air pockets above. This phenomenon is familiar to most homeowners and is the reason advice to stay low to the ground when evacuating a burning building is given. Usually, after an hour or so, the majority of harmful gases such as monoxide disperse. However, it would be best if you wait for official approval from a fire marshall before re-entering the property.

While monoxide gases may disperse naturally, there are still many hazards to watch out for when fire damage strikes your Danbury home. The first thing SERVPRO does when approaching a fire restoration job is to establish safe working conditions. We need your cooperation and communication to understand how to secure the property and how to enter or leave the property overnight. A common compromise may include sharing keys, locks, or entrances. We may also seal dangerous areas with barrier tap and find a safe spot to use as a staging area for tools or equipment.

Potential hazards in a property suffering from a recent fire may include electrical hazards, lighting issues, structural integrity as well as slip and trip hazards from debris. SERVPRO recommends that you are aware of the multitude of potential harm-inducing aspects that fire damage can leave behind. Our technicians can test for monoxide gases as well as structural integrity. They may decide it is best for you to temporarily relocate or avoid certain regions of the home while work is underway.

Depending on the types of hazard SERVPRO technicians may wear some or all personal protective equipment (PPE.) The process of removing smoke or soot damages from a structure frequently involves agitative cleaning methods. These can cause particles to become airborne, and some soot may be harmful to ingest. Respirators are essential when moving in or close by to a fire restoration site, and we may decide to bring in additional safeguards such as negative air pressure machines or decontamination rooms during working.

Your health and safety are at risk when entering a fire restoration site. Contact SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 for safe and secure working conditions.

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Our Fire Damage Specialists Can Save Your Danbury Home

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage The techs use their experience and equipment to make the fire loss “Like it never even happened.”

How SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage, Smoke and Odor Problems in Danbury Homes

When a property owner sees their home for the first time and the fire damage left behind, it can seem daunting to imagine the house ever being back to normal. Mainly when the contents of the room get pushed to the middle of the floor and covered in copious amounts of water.

While fire damage in Danbury homes requires cleanup and restoration, an equally significant issue after a fire is the smoke odor. Even when the flames remained in a singular area, the smell has the potential to permeate all over the house requiring larger-scale mitigation.

Why SERVPRO?
The certified technicians undergo extensive training and learn the best practices for cleaning and restoring both structure and contents from all types of damage. This education includes testing before wiping and the use of advanced equipment for lessening loss.

Charred Items Require Removal
While the techs inspect each item in a room for restoration possibilities through their advanced cleaning methods, in the case of charred pieces, they usually require disposal. Before removal, the techs need approval from either the property owner or adjuster, and then they record the condition of the item in a written report that includes photos. This report is given to the property owner to expedite the filing of insurance claims.

Smoke Damage Cleanup
During a fire, the hot air expands and drives the odor-causing soot particles into porous objects, even paint on the wall may have embedded soot if it heated up during the fire. SERVPRO techs test before cleaning to confirm the type of residues they are cleaning and choose the appropriate agents, particularly when faced with wet smoke, where solvents are often needed to release the grip on surfaces.

Final Touches
Once the debris gets removed, and the residues cleaned away. SERVPRO techs use air scrubbers to capture airborne soot particles and perform any needed odor control applications to remove all hints a fire happened in the home.

For fast and thorough restoration services from fire damage, call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920. The techs use their experience and equipment to make the fire loss “Like it never even happened.”

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Why SERVPRO Should be Your Number One Pick for Your Danbury Community.

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Danbury no matter the extent of damage you have,  SERVPRO is ready.

Our years of serving the Danbury area have amounted to much more than the SERVPRO Industries 25-year Award. In this time, we have grown as a team and helped thousands of properties to make their loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Our commitments to our customers have helped build our reputation and make us a preferred name for all of Connecticut. We are a trusted restoration name because we have more than 30 years of experience between our two owners, Scott and son Calvin Yoran, alone. We can offer traditional restoration work, including fire, water, mold, and storm recoveries, but also have trusted technicians to handle more challenging tasks like biohazard cleanup. 

Fire

We are a team committed to arriving at your Danbury home quickly after a fire has occurred. While our services must always wait for first responders and extinguishing efforts to complete, notifying us before this point can have our technicians ready to begin immediately when it is safe to enter the house. From this first notice of loss (FNOL), our team begins to mobilize quickly and prepares what vehicles and equipment must get involved in the rollout. Every moment counts in a fire loss incident, and we can often reach a damaged property within 4 hours of the FNOL. 

Emergency services are a crucial foundation for the work that we do after a fire. The earliest mitigation tasks can have the most substantial impact on the money we can save customers and the reduction of total losses. When our team first arrives, we determine the contents that are at risk for irreparable damage and remove them with our pack-out process to our nearby SERVPRO facility. In our care, these belongings can get focused cleaning, deodorization, and safe storage until move-backs. Content management can help to lessen the blows of fire damage for Danbury properties. 

Depending on the severity of the situation, controlled demolition is a practice that can significantly help with many elements of mitigation. By removing charred and damaged structural elements and construction materials, our SERVPRO technicians can reduce catalysts for the smoke odors and circulating soot particles that threaten the environment. Many surfaces only require cleaning and residue removal, and our team has powerful products and abrasive cleaning techniques to help these areas of damaged Danbury homes. 

Water

Because water loss incidents remain one of the most common threats that residents in the area face, our water restoration division of the team is the most diverse and the largest. Most of our field technicians have a minimum of a Water Restoration Technician (WRT) certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Preparedness for these potential disasters ensures that customers are not waiting for the recovery efforts they need and that we have enough skilled personnel to handle even substantial water loss threats in Danbury. 

As challenging as loss incidents can be for our customers, this is often a lesser concern to the stresses and anxiety that comes with filing insurance claims. Because we have been a staple in the Danbury area for decades, we have built up a working relationship with all major and local insurance companies. We know what they want and how to speed the claims process along as much as possible on our end for abatement coverage. 

Part of our successes in recovering water damage to Danbury homes is setting drying goals for the affected regions of the house and working to meet them as efficiently as possible. We can manage this information with state-of-the-art recovery software exclusive to our SERVPRO brand known as DryBook. This program can help to document continual monitoring results and dictate when it is best to move equipment, add in other drying elements, and keep our customers and technicians informed of progress. 

Mold

The harsh storms through the summer months and the devastating winter storms expected annually all play a role in roof damage. When your roof allows penetration of water and moisture, spaces like your Danbury attic can become a breeding ground for microbial threats. The most dangerous aspect of attic mold is that many homeowners do not recognize that a problem exists until the situation has gotten so out of control that it affects lower living spaces in the residence. Regular inspections, especially after a storm, can alert you to moisture damage that can develop into mold. 

We have a team of qualified and competent Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians trained and certified through the IICRC. When fitted with the premier remediation tools and products available in the industry, we can work quickly to gain control of microbial threats through containment and even controlled demolition when applicable. Air filtration and initial cleaning can help to reduce the severity of microbial threats in Danbury basements. 

Our professionals utilize effective remediation practices such as soda blasting and sanding on exposed surfaces, though some insulation and other organic materials might require removal and replacement. With a team of in-house contractors, we can offer full-scale reconstruction, including roof repairs, to reduce the likelihood of recurrences for Danbury homeowners moving forward. 

Storm

Our area of the country is no stranger to the destructive forces of nature. Because of the positioning of the entire state of Connecticut, we are at the mercy of powerful summer storms that typically make landfall between June and October every year. Also, the harsh winter months can be equally damaging and destructive to Danbury homes and businesses. We have a well-trained natural disaster response team that has been serving the area for decades. These professionals have overseen the reconstruction and recovery of homes after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, as well as other destructive weather events. 

Whether following a storm or not, groundwater infiltration is one of the most substantial threats that Danbury homes face. Hydrostatic pressures against blockwork can force moisture inside and remove mortar joints for a rapidly escalating flooding situation. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly in flood scenarios with our line of powerful sump pumps, wet vacuums, and drying equipment. 

Because we also have in-house contractors, we can work to repair damages to the exterior walls of your Danbury home, as well. Storm damages can leave your home more susceptible to repeating flood threats, and we have a team of qualified and licensed general contractors to perform repairs, reconstruct compromised blockwork, and more as needed. 

No matter when disaster strikes, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team a call today at (203) 791-0920.

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Redding Homeowners Appreciate When SERVPRO Rescues Their Fire-Damaged Furnishings

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Flaming-Side Trailer at Job Site SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged Content in Redding Area Homes

Actions from SERVPRO Help Save Wooden Items Affected By a Damaging Fire Incident in Redding

A fire that affected the ground floor sections of a Redding home was stopped before causing significant damages. When the homeowner called SERVPRO to clean up and restore the damaged areas, there were clear indicators that she wanted her wooden furniture items restored.

Restoring wooden items after fire damage incidents in Redding is possible under certain circumstances, so our SERVPRO technicians first scoped the loss site before making any commitment. Scoping would help establish the type of finishes on the materials and the extent of the damage.

The type of finish an item dictates the types of cleaning procedures that can be used successfully to remove residues from its surface. At the Redding home, many of the items had a varnish finish so we could wipe off residues or use mild, wet cleaning processes. However, the interior sections of cabinets and bottom parts of drawers would require other procedures because of the unfinished wood. The texture of such surfaces is rough, inhibiting cleaning processes such as wiping off residues. The open pores also allow residues to penetrate beyond the surface. However, our technicians easily overcame these challenges by using dry cleaning sponges and denatured alcohol to remove all traces of residues.

For items close to the source of the fire, the damage was more than just the residue deposit. The heat had scorched some parts of these items while others were stained with soot. However, there was no blistering, so it was still possible to restore the items without needing to refinish them. For these areas, our technicians used a semi-refinishing approach by applying a solvent-based cleaner to remove the ultrathin top layer of the finish. We also had to agitate the areas to get the desired results. Extra-fine steel wool, grade 0000, helped add the necessary coarseness to the agitation process without damaging the finishes.

Saving contents helps reduce the restoration cost and preserves items with sentimental value. Call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920 to help salvage your contents from the effects of an incident, "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Flood Damage In Danbury Theater Center

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in commercial property Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield to begin the restoration process. Our helpline is (203) 791-0920.

How Professionals Can Help You Handle Commercial Flood Damage in a Danbury Theater Center

Flooding that is brought on by a storm, hurricane or heavy rain can severely ruin a theater center, affecting its normal operations. After receiving the news of flooding in the theater center, the ballet and opera companies that had scheduled performances in the facility can scramble to find new spaces. Flooding can also affect the typical items stored in a theater center such as knee-high boots, costumes, and timpani drums.

When there is commercial flood damage in your Danbury theater center, you need to pump out the water quickly, dry, and sanitize the facility to prevent secondary damage. The water can ruin the building’s walls, elevators, floors, ceilings, and its mechanical, electrical, and HVAC systems. Our SERVPRO team can help you extract the water using portable pumps. It may be necessary to remove water on multiple levels in the building. Portable extractors are convenient to use because we can take them to different areas of the building. Our crew can also dry the structure thoroughly by using air moving and dehumidifying equipment.

Flooding can also cause unpleasant odors in the theater. This is particularly the case if items like opera boots and shoes rot after exposure to water. Our team has the expertise to remove unpleasant odors in the building. We can use equipment like thermal foggers to eliminate the foul smell. Thermal foggers use a solvent-based deodorizer, which is heated and then sprayed in the form of dry fog. The deodorizing solution can permeate even the hard-to-reach spots because it is in the form of a mist. The vaporized cleaning solution or smoke that thermal fogging equipment creates pairs with unwanted odor molecules to absorb them, and eliminate the smell from the premises, “Like it never even happened.” Thermal fogging is safe to use on most surfaces and is useful for dealing with most odors.

Typically, floodwater contains infectious organisms like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Removing these contaminants from your theater is vital. Our SERVPRO team can use OSHA-approved cleaning agents to eliminate them. The disinfectants we use can limit or stop the growth of harmful microorganisms. Since theaters are relatively large, we can use powered sprayers or hand pump-up sprayers to spray the disinfectants or antimicrobial products directly on the affected surfaces.

After floodwaters enter your theater in Ridgefield, Redding, or Redding Ridge, starting the remediation process quickly can prevent a long period of inactivity. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield to begin the restoration process. Our helpline is (203) 791-0920.

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Some Ways to Avoid Creating Secondary Damages After Flood Damage in Your Shop

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in front of store entrance Flooding can quickly damage your store. Contact our certified team to start water removal and remediation efforts.

Preserving Ridgefield Historic Shops After Flood Damage

No business in any location finds it easy to withstand a flood, but the 19th- and early 20th-century charm of Ridgefield’s Main Street and Danbury Road shops depend on a professional rescue. The elegant or eclectic boutiques, restaurants, and markets offer practical, fun, fancy, and one-of-a-kind items displayed in unique spaces. Our highly-qualified crews of managers and technicians rise to the challenges presented by aging building materials that owners and patrons prefer restored rather than replaced.

How Flood Damage Affects Traditional Construction Materials

When flood damages Ridgefield historic buildings, the relatively straightforward strategies used with 21st-century building materials are unavailable or need significant adaptations. Many of the walls feature wooden lath and plaster rather than drywall. The predominant use of hardwood trim, floors, and framing impact how the water removal and drying process proceeds.

Containment of Contaminants

All flood damage projects require an assessment of the water category and a plan for efficient evacuation of contaminated debris and fluids. SERVPRO crews use rakes and shovels to hand-remove mud and silt, taking care to respect the structure. Pumps and extractors then collect the liquids for lawful disposal. We choose an EPA-registered disinfectant to sanitize surfaces after cleanup for safety and to avoid secondary damage from microbial infestation.

Fast Intervention Followed by Patient Implementation

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. But expect the SERVPRO crew once on-site to take into account the stress both flood water and too-rapid drying can take on materials settled for a hundred or more years. We create a balance of air movement and heat to facilitate evaporation. Because wooden lath and plaster can swell and crack if temperatures rise too high or too quickly, our technicians focus on monitoring this balance during structural drying. We also make sure dehumidification maintains an appropriate pace with the air movement and heat. 

Security Measures

The solidity of plaster construction can help shed water, but depending on the individual circumstances of the original build, some weaknesses can emerge. SERVPRO planners might employ stabilizing strategies, especially with overhead structures. Braces and plaster washers can help keep the original surfaces steady as our crew continues with the steps needed to remove the water and reduce moisture to normal levels.

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield commits to preserving the historic character of your flood-damaged bistro or store as we use cutting edge techniques and equipment. Call us at (203) 791-0920 for a swift assessment and professional restoration.

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Is It Possible To Remove Evidence Of Damage From Appliances After A Fire In Redding?

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen damaged by fire and soot damage If your appliances received fire damage, call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920.

Yes, It Is Possible to Remove Evidence of Fire Damage from Appliances

After a fire in a home, the effects look and smell devastating. Charred debris and smoke residues on surfaces actually make the scene look worse than it sometimes is.

Once SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site at a Redding property to clean up fire damage, a frequent concern from homeowners is if their appliances have the potential for restoration. A sooty, smoke residue-covered fridge or stove may look like a loss, but with the proprietary cleaning agents and methods, the loss gets turned around.

Inspection Before Cleaning
SERVPRO technicians have electrical appliances inspected by an expert to ensure they are in working order after exposure to fire and smoke damage before restoration of the exteriors begins.

Surface Cleaning for Smoke Damage
Consider the number of appliances in a typical kitchen. The refrigerator, range, and dishwasher could all potentially be a loss, and the homeowner may incur expenses to replace all these items. SERVPRO technicians know that cleaning the surfaces of these appliances is similar to hard-surfaced furnishings and similar restoration methods work.

How Does SERVPRO Clean Smoke Residues from Appliances?
When a smoke residue attaches to a nonabsorbent surface such as the outside of a fridge or freezer, the cleaning method used most often is wet cleaning, which releases the hold of the residue on the surface, so it wipes away easily. For stubborn greasy residues, the technicians mix cleaning agents with higher levels of alkalinity to ensure not a trace of fire loss gets left behind.

Pretesting and Research Before Cleaning
Certain types of finishes on appliances react badly to different cleaning agents. SERVPRO technicians inspect and confirm the types of materials that make up the outer surface of the appliance. Special care is applied to aluminum and chrome surfaces as they react by pitting when exposed to industrial cleaners without adequate rinsing.

Yellowed Finish From Heat
When appliances exposed to heat show yellowing on the finish, it is not something homeowners have to live with. Using paste cleaners, technicians gently abate surface yellowing without disturbing the finish.

If your appliances received fire damage, call SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield at (203) 791-0920. Their technicians have the training and expertise to make the fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Fast Water Removal is Necessary in Redding

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment inside of truck Take a peek inside of our van. Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to dry your home.

Our Speed Helps Your Redding Home in a Water Loss Emergency 

In many situations, the faster that restoration professionals can reach a Redding home during a crisis, the less overall damage and loss that these homes experience. While there are many different ways that water loss incidents can occur in a property, having a team of dedicated technicians with the experience and training to help is vital during this stressful time. Our SERVPRO team prides itself on our fast turnaround from the first phone call you make to getting boots on the ground to help. 

Because of how quickly damages of this nature can migrate from their origin point throughout the house, water removal in Redding residences must be a priority. Scoping is the first step to any restoration project, and this phase allows our project manager to obtain moisture readings and determine the full migration and catalog content and material damage in our DryBook software. With the right information, we can more easily choose the appropriate water removal tools. We have a range of equipment beginning with our light wands and portable sump pumps up to our trash pumps and even extractor trucks when necessary that can arrive with our Green Fleet. 

Our preparedness for emergencies allows us to consistently put your property first by reducing your wait times and deploying the most efficient and powerful tools in the water damage restoration industry. The inventory of extraction and drying tools available to our SERVPRO team allows us to save our customers time and money amid the mitigation portion of the recovery process. 

Success for our team hinges on our fast arrival in an emergency. We have Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) available 24/7 to always provide qualified personnel to an emergency as it is happening. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can show you at any time of the day or night. 

Our fast response to every emergency ensures that we can offer your property our best efforts to reduce your loss and to get you back to preloss condition as promptly as possible. You can depend on the experience of our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team for our knowledge and effective response. Give us a call anytime at (203) 791-0920. 

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We Are The Leader In Providing Fire Damage Restoration In Ridgefield

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Our insulation vacuum removing fire damage from the outside of the home Our insulation vacuum allows our technicians to remove fire damage blown-in insulation quickly and effectively.

Why SERVPRO Assistance Is Vital After Fire Damage in Ridgefield

Many homeowners experiencing the aftermath of a fire in Ridgefield might be surprised at the effort it takes to clean up the debris and residues. The smoke created during the blaze moves throughout your home, often reaching rooms far from the ignition site. As the hot smoke cools, it deposits the incompletely combusted solids, also known as soot, on all surfaces, including ceilings and walls, slanted or vertical. Ordinary cleaning methods often do not work well as fire residue removal strategies, why reaching out to us is a wise choice.

Training Makes the Difference

Our employees attend the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training, mastering the industry best practices for fire damage resolution in Ridgefield. Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) arrive on the scene fast, why we can to work immediately. Members of the crew secure with boards and tarp any external or internal damage. We then turn to firefighting water removal, in most cases, as a first phase. Meanwhile, experienced crew leads or project managers assess the scenario, planning in detail for debris cleanup, possible contents pack-out, residue removal, and deodorization, among other jobs.

Appropriate Tools and Products Improve Outcomes

Our inventory of fire damage mitigation and remediation equipment, tools, and products is state of the art and pre-loaded on our service vehicles, why SERVPRO responds to your emergency rapidly with precisely the items needed. We often set up one or more containment areas, using plastic sheeting and negative pressure air scrubbing equipment to trap airborne toxins and particles in HEPA filters before venting outside. Our technicians don personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and to prevent tracking residues through your home.

Matching Soot to Cleaning Protocols

The fuel burned, the temperature, and the oxygen level present in each affected space cause the characteristics to vary. Our familiar with dry, wet, and protein-based soot is a reason why SERVPRO cleans up fire residues thoroughly and with minimal smearing or other unintended results. We match the type of soot to the cleaning products and removal tools that work best based on research and experience. Adaptations of techniques like immersion, agitation, and abrasion help us loosen and remove even tightly adhered fire residues.

Attention to updated training and cutting edge equipment and products is why SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield can transform fire damaged into “Like it never even happened” quickly. When the firefighters begin winding up their efforts, give us a call at (203) 791-0920 to get mitigation and remediation of the damage started.

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Does Your Danbury Home Need Cleanup and Restoration after a Water Loss? Give SERVPRO a Call for Fast Help

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

water pooling on dark hardwood floor that is warping SERVPRO Says, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, Call Us to Salvage Your Danbury Home and Your Contents

Choosing Full-Service Recovery for Water Damage in Danbury Homes

The level of service we provide Danbury homes after a water loss incident is exceptional for the restoration industry. Not only do we have qualified professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Restoration (WRT), and Applied Structural Drying (ASD), but we also offer a comprehensive recovery system that encompasses nearly every aspect of restoration. With how devastating any size water emergency can be, we prioritize a fast response and a thorough containment approach to reduce the migration of these effects.  

Water damage in Danbury homes can vary in severity, but often requires the same top-tier equipment that our SERVPRO professionals bring to every water restoration project. We have production trailers stocked with our high-velocity air movers, multiple dehumidifiers, and specialty drying tools like our mats and InjectiDry system. We arrive prepared for almost any situation that we could face, which helps us to provide a more efficient and cost-effective service for our customers.
 
Something that sets our SERVPRO team apart from our competition is our division of qualified and licensed general contractors. With so many water loss incidents that can oversaturate drywall and severely damage flooring, having experienced tradespeople in-house ensures that the transition between mitigation and full-scale reconstruction and repair is seamless. You are never asked to find your own contractor or to wait for their availability; we work to provide a streamlined approach through each phase of your property’s recovery.
 
These same contractors can help to repair damaged elements that caused the water loss incident in the first place. Plumbing breaches, broken fittings, leaking fixtures are all frequent contributors, and with the plumbing expertise of our licensed professionals, we can further help to make this disaster “Like it never even happened.”
 
You might have multiple choices in restoration teams, but few have the experience and wide array of available technicians and specialties that our SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield team does. You can count on our expertise, equipment, and fast response to help you through any disaster your property faces. Give us a call today at (203) 791-0920.

The Top 5 Places Mold can Hide in Your Home

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

A room in a house, there is a shelf with some bottles and the walls are covered with mold. Mold damage in a Redding Ridge, CT home

A bit of mold found on a loaf of bread is a warning sign. It can indicate that there is more mold, or even spores in the bag, just ready to grow on every surface and it must be thrown out. The same goes for the mold growth found in your home in Redding Ridge,CT. Noticing black spots on the surface of a wall likely means that the mold has gone rampant inside the wall as well, causing moldy drywall, studs or even the top surface of insulation.

Top 5 Places Where Mold Grows

1.There is potential for moisture and warmth to build up under the kitchen sink or the laminate flooring in front of it, causing mold growth to begin.

2.The bathroom walls and shower are places where humidity can reach a level that allows mold spores to populate.

3. Water can seep underneath behind and beneath the toilet, particularly if there is a supply line leak or a hairline fracture in the bowl, to the subfloor where mold damage occurs.

4. Moldy drywall can often be found behind a water heater. The presence of water and the heat from the unit can create the optimal environment for mold.

5. Moldy wood may be found in an attic that has sustained a leak. As mold sets in it can weaken and soften the joists and drywall below.

How Do You Clean Up a Mold Infestation?

Black mold cleanup is not something that can just be done with a bit of spray and a sponge. Mold remediation experts in Redding Ridge,CT  need to be called in to perform a proper mold cleanup. Moldy drywall needs to be removed, as does any mold on wood or any other surfaces.
The dangerous and damaging effects of mold growth needs proper removal and cleanup by certified technicians. Make sure you don’t treat it like a mild annoyance but like the serious condition it is.

How To Dry Out a Commercial Building

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

There is a shelf with boxes and in the room are air movers drying up an area that has been damaged by water Air mover drying up affected area after water loss in a Topstone, CT room

How To Dry Out a Commercial Building

If you own commercial property in Topstone, CT, a pipe burst probably isn't part of your business plan. When you experience flooding, follow these four damage tips to minimize loss.

1. Enlist the Help of Professionals

Unless the water damage is very minor, the smartest and safest way to dry out your building is to call a water damage restoration company. It will have the tools and expertise necessary to dry out the premises quickly and thoroughly. If technicians encounter mold, black water, or any other unforeseen problems, such as weakened building materials, they can handle those hazards safely too. What's more, a professional restoration company is unlikely to create more damage as it resolves the existing problems.

2. Remove Wet Materials

If the amount of water in your commercial space is minimal, follow these next three damage tips to try remedying the situation on your own. Start by removing wet materials, including carpets and furniture. They can hold moisture and kickstart mold. Wet insulation, for example, will stay wet for an extremely long time, and that trapped moisture can cause significant damage to building materials such as wood and metal.

3. Clean Wooden Surfaces

Water can cause warping, rot and other damage to wooden features such as stairs and trim. Perform a quick clean of exposed wooden surfaces using a disinfecting agent and a microfiber cloth.
If you have wooden flooring, mop up excess water and rinse away any mud and debris. Initial warping may straighten out with time, as it can take months for floorboards to fully dry.

4. Keep the Air Moving

Set up a combination of fans and dehumidifiers to begin drying out the space. Resist the temptation to simply crank up the air conditioning or heat, as drying out the space too fast can cause even more harm. Keep the air moving and stay patient.
Following these cleaning tips and damage tips can help expedite the drying-out process at your commercial property. For the safest and most thorough cleanup, however, restoration is generally best left to the professionals.

3 Types of Water Damage You May Experience in Your Home

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Broken pipe A broken pipe can cause just as much water damage as a storm or flood

3 Types of Water Damage You May Experience in Your Home

Whether it is from flooding or something else, water can cause a lot of damage in your Redding,CT, home. There are several sources of water that can affect your house and, while they have some similarities, there are also some important differences. The following are a few types of damage that you may experience.

1. Damage From a Storm

Flooding is not the only damage that can come from a storm. Rain can often cause leaks in your roof that can affect the areas underneath, and you may end up with excessive moisture inside your ceiling or walls. In some cases, this can require quite a bit of work to fix. When this happens, the materials can warp or rot, weakening the structure. It can also contribute to the growth and spread of mold inside these areas.

2. Damage From a Flood

Flood damage is often the most difficult type of damage to deal with because of the high level of contaminants in the water. Along with mud and debris, flood water can carry sewage, bacteria and harmful chemicals. Your home will need thorough sanitization if it is damaged in a flood and you may have to replace contaminated belongings. Floods are not usually covered in homeowners insurance and can be more costly because of this.

3. Damage From Broken Pipes or Appliances

A broken pipe or appliance can cause just as much water damage as a storm or flood, but the water is usually clean, so there is less worry of contamination. It will usually be included in your insurance policy, as long as you have been maintaining your home properly.
While flooding after a storm may seem like the worst of these problems, none of them should be taken lightly. Do not hesitate to call a cleanup and restoration service if your home has been damaged by water. Any type can increase the likelihood of mold growth and can affect your belongings.

How To Flush a Water Heater

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

You might consider flushing your water heater once every one to three years

Large appliances like water heaters can be expensive to replace in Ridgefield, CT, so it’s important to do regular maintenance on them to ensure they last as long as possible and perform as expected. One type of maintenance that you can do on your water heater is flush sediment and mineral buildup out from the inside. Too much sediment can result in dirty hot water, the equipment not working efficiently, internal corrosion, and eventually needing damage repairs.

Water Heater Flush Steps

Turn off the water heater: If you have an electric heater, unplug it or turn the power off at the circuit breaker. If it is gas powered, shut off the gas supply so the pilot is extinguished.

Connect the hose: Connect to the heater’s drain valve and put the other end of the hose in your drainage area. Make sure the drainage area can handle warm water and sediment, and wear gloves in case some components are hot.

Drain the water tank: Open the drain valve and let the water run out for a few minutes. Then use your kitchen sink or another hot water source and let the hot water run for a few minutes to help the tank drain better. After this, turn off the water supply valve until the water stops flowing out. Then you can open this back up for another short flush.

Close valves and turn water back on: After the sediment is flushed, close the valves and turn the water supply back on. The water flow at your kitchen sink won’t be consistent right away, but once it is back to normal, this will indicate that the tank is full.

Turn the water heater on: Once you know the tank is full, you can turn the faucet on your sink off and turn the power or gas back on. Make sure the tank is full when you do this, otherwise the heating element or tank can be damaged.

Doing a water heater flush can be fairly simple, and depending on your specific brand, you might consider doing this once every one to three years.

3 Steps for Conducting an Emergency Escape Drill

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Practicing an evacuation plan is one way to stay safe in the event of an emergency

3 Basic Steps For Any Emergency Escape Drill

In the event of a building fire or any sudden catastrophe, it is important that you and your employees know what to do in a pinch. Take the time to regularly practice evacuation procedures, and follow each step carefully. Whether it is a mock fire drill or a real-life crisis situation, here are three basic steps for any emergency escape drill.

1. Establish Clear Communication

Authorize a particular person to order a mandatory evacuation and determine how he or she will share this message with other employees. This prevents any confusion over whether or not to evacuate. There should also be a system in place for communicating with non-English speaking persons and disabled workers to ensure they have the assistance they need.

2. Manage Vital Operations

Depending on the type of workplace, you might need to designate some individuals to attend to critical functions. This may include anything from turning off ovens in a restaurant to securing hazardous chemicals in a laboratory. Even in the case of a fire drill, it is best to arrange a full shutdown of operations when possible. This gives everyone the most comprehensive understanding of their duties in the event of a real emergency. However, remind all employees that their own safety comes first. If they do not have time to safely attend to operations, they should simply focus on evacuating.

3. Practice Escaping

Develop clear evacuation pathways from every possible location in the building. Be sure these plans are mindful of employees with disabilities or special needs. The best type of plan will depend upon the layout of your building. Exit doors and escape routes should be clearly labeled, and diagrams should be posted in accessible locations throughout the building. After each fire drill or evacuation practice, consult with your employees to determine where they may have suggestions or concerns.
Practicing an evacuation plan is one way to stay safe in the event of an emergency. Another helpful step is knowing who to call after disaster strikes. Whether dealing with fire repairs or storm cleanup, trusted restoration professionals in Danbury,CT, can help your business get back on track after an unexpected event.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Fire

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Install a fire sprinkler system in your building

Prepare Your Business For A Fire

One of the best ways you can protect your company in Lattins Landing,CT, from a business fire is to prepare in advance. While you can't always prevent a fire from happening, there are some things you can do to help ensure that it is put out in a timely manner.

1. Install a Sprinkler System

If a fire starts in your building, a sprinkler system is one of the quickest ways to put it out and keep the fire damage to a minimum. Once the temperature reaches a certain degree, pressurized water is released over the area where the fire is happening. This can help prevent the fire from spreading any further. Although you may incur some water damage from this, the fire restoration company should be able to take care of this during the cleanup process.

2. Make an Evacuation Plan

Having an evacuation plan is one of the best fire preparation steps you can take, and it can save lives. Your employees should be informed of where the nearest fire exits is to them, and you should place copies of the plan around the office. Although it may seem trivial, doing a practice drill can really end up helping someone.

3. Educate Employees

Many people don't realize how easily common office appliances can lead to flames. One of the best ways to prevent a business fire from happening at all is to educate your employees on potential fire hazards. Here are a few tips that can make a big difference.

Keep appliances a few inches away from the wall.
Turn off all electronics at the end of each work day.
Do not have any open flames in the building.
Keep flammable materials away from heat sources.

You never know when disaster may strike, but being prepared can help prevent a business fire or keep employees safe if one does occur. Update your plan yearly and always make sure that your safety equipment is in good working condition.

Eradicating Mold Requires More Than Bleach

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Using bleach on mold is a common misconception

While you are busy running your business in Aqua Vista,CT, mold can sneak its way in and begin to spread. At the first sign of it, many business owners may be inclined to reach for the bleach for fungus cleanup. However, although bleach may clean the surface, it doesn’t penetrate beneath it.

Mold’s Life Cycle

As a living organism, mold grows, reproduces and repeats the cycle under the right circumstances.

  1. Starting as a tiny hypha, this cell gains nourishment from the enzymes of organic materials, eventually turning into a mycelium with visible hyphae clusters.
  2. Spores begin to develop on the hyphae, which can self-reproduce, and are released into the air.
  3. These hardy microscopic particles drift and find new areas to reproduce.
  4. After settling into a new area full of nutrients, the process repeats—and can do so continuously if left untreated.

Once it settles, the mold has thread-like roots that keep it firmly attached. For proper fungus cleanup, eliminating that system is the only way to be rid of the issue.

Downsides to Bleach

When it’s time to cleanup mold, people may not realize there is more there than what is visible. On porous surfaces, this standard cleaning product is unable to get to the roots. The cleaning component may kill what is on the surface, but the water in it can actually seep into the root system and provide additional nutrients for growth.

Since the spores reproduce and become airborne, a cleaning solvent is no match for this organism’s fight for life. By the time you’ve wiped away what can be seen, there is a good chance that the spores have already found themselves a new home.

The best method of fungus cleanup is one that prevents spores from repopulating. When mold appears, rely on a trusted professional to develop a treatment plan that can completely eradicate the problem and prevent it from happening again.

Getting Rid of Mold After a Flood

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Danbury Mold Damage after flooding.

When a storm hits Danbury, CT, flooding in your home could cause some serious issues. While the water alone is a problem, mold growth can create further difficulties that may remain or return if not properly handled. Untreated water damage can be a growing source for the fungus, and musty smells can be an indication of mold already growing inside your house. Here are some steps you can take to keep your home safe from mold.

4 Steps to Keep Your Home Safe From Mold.

  1. Act quickly. Within just a couple of days, mold growth can spread across your house. Mold is present nearly everywhere. It is distributed as small spores too tiny to be seen by the naked eye, so it can grow even where you may not see it. It’s important to work as quickly as you can to ensure the cleanup of water damage to prevent this.
  1. If you find mold, avoid direct contact with it. Disturbing the mold yourself may cause further problems if you do not have the proper equipment and training. Touching it and attempting to dry it can cause it to release more spores into the air.
  1. Get rid of all of the mold. What mold you may be able to find is likely only a small amount of the entire infestation, so trying to handle it all by yourself can make matters worse. Professionals with proper training and equipment should be able to safely locate all of the mold, even if it’s deep beneath layers of drywall.
  1. Make sure it doesn’t come back. Mold removal is only half of the job, as this involves getting rid of the mold that has already grown. However, mold spores are almost everywhere and cannot be seen. This is when mold remediation is important. This ensures that mold doesn’t grow again from other sources of water or high humidity.

While flooding can be a harmful problem in Danbury, CT, there are ways to ensure that mold growth doesn’t persist after the flood. If you are careful in handling the problem, you can ensure that you continue living in a mold-free home for many years to come.

How To Prevent a Candle Fire

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Instruct children about fire safety

How To Prevent a Candle Fire

Aromatic candles may be prevalent inside many Hayestown,CT, homes. Despite their appealing qualities, these products can be hazardous. To prevent a potentially destructive candle fire requiring professional cleanup and restoration, every homeowner should abide by several safety strategies when lighting an open flame in their home.

1. Never Leave Candles Unattended

You should be vigilant and never leave a burning candle unattended, especially if you have pets or young children. Always extinguish the flame before leaving the room and refrain from burning candles while you sleep.

2. Instruct Children About Fire Safety

Ensure your children recognize potential fire dangers. Instruct them to avoid playing in the vicinity of the candle or attempting to ignite objects in the flame. Never let children attempt to light a candle without supervision.

3. Place Away From Flammable Objects

Nearby flammable items, such as curtains, blankets, newspapers and upholstered furniture, can spark a candle fire. To minimize this risk, place your candle on a sturdy surface away from potential combustibles. Ensure fans and HVAC vents do not blow objects toward the flame.

4. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Accessible

In the event a small blaze erupts, a quick response can minimize fire damage. As a precaution, keep a functioning fire extinguisher readily accessible and ensure household members know how to use it.

5. Choose Candle Alternatives

Perhaps the most effective way to prevent a fire is to avoid having an open flame in your home. Many candle alternatives can provide light and disperse aroma. Ideal choices may include wax warmers, essential oil diffusers and plugins. You can also keep flashlights and batteries accessible in the event of interrupted electrical service.
It’s easy to overlook the potential dangers of candles, but a lack of vigilance can have dramatic consequences. Fortunately, you can safeguard your home from a candle fire and subsequent fire and smoke cleanup by making conscientious safety decisions.

Tips for Riding Out a Nor’easter

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Prepare an emergency kit

Four Tips for Preparing to Safely Ride Out

Realizing that a storm big enough to be called a nor’easter is blowing your way can be worrisome. Seeing one on the weather map can be downright ominous. Prepare for hurricane-force winds, heavy snow, rainfall, flooding, or any combination. Nor’easter facts show that these storms can actually do more damage than a hurricane itself. That’s because these titan storms are much bigger and slower. If you see one on radar, prepare to hunker down for a few days. Here are four tips for preparing to safely ride it out:

1. Prepare an Emergency Kit

Nor’easters can last a while. Non-perishable food and drinking water are a must. Store enough for at least three days. Air-tight containers are advised. Remember to include a can opener and eating utensils. Prepare for the unlikely accident by including first aid supplies, including pain relievers (e.g., aspirin). Also, remember to add to your kit prescription medications, as well as other medical necessities (e.g., diabetic supplies).

2. Plan for a Power Outage

Power outages are common during storms, especially a big storm like a nor’easter. Fully charge cell phones and other electronics when you hear the first warnings. Keep extra batteries on hand. Also, bright all-weather flashlights and portable radios are strongly recommended.

3. Prepare Car

Fill the gas tank before the storm arrives. An emergency trip might be needed during the storm. Gas stations often close or run out of gas during these events. If you go out during the storm there’s a chance that you could get stuck due to snow drifts or flooding. Much like your home, an emergency kit is recommended for your vehicle, as well as blankets and plenty of water and snacks.

4. Prepare for Waterproofing

Sandbags and plywood could come in very useful during flooding and/or extremely high winds. Keep them easily accessible so that you can quickly install them before the storm arrives.
A nor’easter can bring with it a lot of damage, so it’s important to make preparations early on. Should any damage occur to your home in Germantown,CT , you can feel confident that residential restoration experts are available.

Why You Need Fire Insurance for Your Business

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Investing in fire insurance can help comfort you during a difficult situation

Benefits of Buying Insurance to Protect Your Business

In order to keep your Ridgebury,CT, business running smoothly, your commercial building and property must consistently be in good condition. Factors such as fire damage can wreak havoc on your building and prevent your business from functioning at its best. Investing in fire insurance can help comfort you during a difficult situation and provide your business with an extra layer of security. Here are some of the major benefits of buying insurance to protect your business from fire loss.

Covers Damage

A key advantage of having insurance for your commercial building is that it provides coverage for various types of fire damage. Property damage and loss may be caused by factors such as:

  • Flames
  • Smoke
  • Water
  • Powders (from firefighting efforts)

The damage from these sources and others can add up and make fire restoration a more difficult job. Being insured helps to ease part of the process.

Takes Care of Costs

Without fire insurance, the many costs of fire repairs and smoke cleanup may become overwhelming. In addition to repairs, you will have the responsibility of paying for fire department service fees on your own if you aren’t insured. This responsibility can seriously harm your business if you aren’t able to pay for all the costs that are included. Having insurance takes this financial burden off your shoulders.

Gives You Peace of Mind

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be an incredibly stressful situation. The last thing you need to worry about is how to cope with the costs of loss and damage to your commercial building. When you have insurance to carry the financial weight of your fire damage, the process of fire restoration can go much more smoothly.

Investing in fire insurance is only the first step towards recovering from a fire in Ridgebury,CT. Be sure to call a professional for a fire damage assessment in order to have your business restored as soon as possible.

3 Most Common Sewage Problems in Commercial Buildings

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling tiles with water marks

Three Sewage Problems

Managing a commercial facility comes with the responsibility to maintain the plumbing and related fixtures. If your commercial building in Topstone, CT, is facing any of the following three sewage problems, you are not alone. From blocked sewer lines to broken pipes, dealing with the water from plumbing problems can take a lot of your time. Consider working with commercial water damage restoration professionals in your area who can help you get these issues under control.

1. Shifting or Cracking Foundation

If you notice large floor cracks throughout your commercial facility, you may have issues with a shifting foundation. Not only does this create structural concerns, but may also indicate plumbing troubles below the surface. Get a professional evaluation to determine if your facility has any of the following underlying problems:

  • Root intrusion
  • Soil displacement
  • Poor drainage or blocked sewer

2. Pipe bursts and Leaks

Many building managers can attest to the major disruption pipe breaks and other water leaks can add to their already demanding schedule. While some leaks are obvious like overflowing toilets or dripping sinks, others can go undetected without careful observation. Look for signs of lurking sewage problems indicated by some of the following dead giveaways:

  • Bulging walls
  • Ceiling tiles with water marks or stains
  • Lingering odor of mildew

3. Copper Piping

For commercial buildings that are over 20 or 30 years old, site managers may face issues with copper piping. Copper piping was a popular plumbing material before PVC was introduced because of its durable nature. However, copper piping doesn't last forever and can give commercial facilities real trouble when damage does occur. As a commercial building owner it's not uncommon to see pinhole leaks, corrosion, or freezing in the winter months.

From a toilet overflow to a blocked sewer, commercial facility water damage can be a lot to deal with. Make sure you find sufficient help to get these common sewage problems under control as soon as they are identified.

How To Respond to a Leaky Toilet

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

If there's a pool around the leaking toilet, there's a good chance it's the wax seal that has failed

How To Respond to a Leaky Toilet

Toilets tend to be very reliable. They often last up to and more than 40 years with just a little bit of care from time to time. Once in a while, however, water may appear around the base, seeping out from underneath and soaking into the floor. A leaking toilet can cause significant water damage when it isn't repaired in a timely manner. The correct repairs may depend on the source of the trouble:

  • Dry wax ring
  • Seal failure
  • Broken tank flange
  • Loose tank
  • Improper installation

If you've noticed that your toilet is leaking a lot, it's best to have a water damage professional take a close look at the structure of your home to repair mold and other potential issues.

Identify the Source of the Puddle

How can you determine the source of your bathroom leak? If there's a pool around the leaking toilet, there's a good chance it's the wax seal that has failed. Your first step is to soak up all the water and dry off the toilet and surrounding area. Next, watch for a new puddle to form. Water may seep from under the toilet, drip from a faulty valve, leak from a damaged supply tube, or even run down a sweating tank.

Repair the Leak

If the water is coming from under the toilet, try tightening the bolts at the base. If this doesn't work, remove the toilet to access the wax ring. Don't forget to turn off the water to the bathroom first and close the valve completely. Remove the old gasket and replace it with a working wax gasket. Make sure the seal is complete before replacing the toilet. Pay attention to each step in the replacement process to ensure proper installation.

Look a Little Deeper

Remember that a leaking toilet affects more than the bathroom. You may have solved the puddle problem at the base of the toilet, but hidden moisture could continue to affect your Redding Ridge,CT, home. Contact water damage remediation professionals to ensure you don't have weakened flooring or growing mold.

Who Can You Trust With Your Mold Problem?

5/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold infestation in Redding, CT

Finding a mold infestation in your home can be frightening. You are right to seek professional help because attempting to remove it yourself may only make it worse. How can you be sure the certified mold company you hire won’t fail? There are standards to look for when searching for the best service in Redding,CT.

What Is a Mold Problem?

Mold is a type of fungus with microscopic spores that exist in the very air around you, both indoors and outdoors. They require moisture and an organic surface to breed and grow. Mold of all types can cause damage to your home and belongings. The fungus is most often found in the following places:

  • Drywall and wood paneling
  • Basements
  • In swamp coolers or near leaky plumbing
  • Paper products

There is no such thing as a mold-free home, so it’s important to be on the lookout for any growth and to know a company you can trust to carry out certified mold cleaning services.

What Is Certification?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification sets the standards for safe mold removal procedures including inspection, cleaning and restoration. If you find a service provider holding mold certification by the IICRC, you can know that they are also being supervised by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); in some areas, the standards set by the ANSI have been adopted as code.

What About Insurance?

If knowing your home is receiving state-of-the-art mold remediation is not enough for you, consider what your insurance company may cover. Most insurance companies prefer to work with businesses that provide certified mold remediation services, and for a good reason – to ensure the safety of your home.

As a homeowner, mold can be a huge pain. Having a company with certified mold services on call can make your life much easier. There’s no such thing as being too prepared.

Preventing Fires in Your Home: 4 Candle Safety Tips

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Candles are a common home décor choice that can add beauty and color to almost any room

4 Candle Safety Tips

Candles can beautify your Ridgefield, CT, home and fill the air with a variety of different scents. However, having them present also poses the risk of a candle fire. You can reduce this danger by practicing a few safety tips and learning about what other options are available when it comes to this type of home décor.

1. Burn Candles Out of Reach of Kids and Pets

Curious little hands and wagging tails can knock over lit candles on nightstands and coffee tables. Not only could this start a fire, but spilled hot wax may cause serious burns. Keep candles well out of reach and place them on sturdy surfaces that are resistant to heat. If you have cats that climb shelves and are drawn to the flickering of an open candle flame, consider using enclosed candle holders or battery-operated candles that mimic a flame but give off no heat.

2. Use Candles in Occupied Rooms Only

Unattended candles can fall over, burn down too close to the bottom of the container or cause clothes or bedding to catch fire if these items are left nearby. Remember to snuff out candles completely and ensure the wick is not hot or smoldering before you leave the room. Do not leave candles burning on your patio at night, or use solar Tiki torches or other sun-powered devices to avoid a candle fire and create a safe and beautiful evening aesthetic.

3. Burn Candles in Well-Ventilated Rooms

Burning multiple candles in a room with poor ventilation can not only increase the risk of fire but also cause staining of your walls and ceilings. If you have a smaller house or apartment, consider using smokeless wax melt pots and calling in a smoke cleanup and fire restoration service to remove smoke discoloration from your home’s interior.

Candles are a common home décor choice that can add beauty and color to almost any room. Keeping a few safety tips in mind regarding their use may help you prevent a candle fire and better safeguard your Ridgefield,CT, home.

Commercial Roof Maintenance

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Another simple maintenance technique is to clean the gutters

Tips to Prevent Roof Damage

Many different roofing solutions exist for commercial structures. This can make it difficult to keep your property in its best possible condition. Review the following tips to prevent roof damage in Danbury,CT.

1. Acknowledge Conditions

Know your area. If you live in a flood-prone location, keep an eye on the weather and have extra solutions available. While the roof is the highest point on your building, excess water buildup in lower floors can cause vapor accumulation in attic areas. Ensure sufficient ventilation and install pumping mechanisms if necessary. Have your HVAC components checked regularly. Consult a qualified flood cleanup professional if you notice mold at any point since this can create health and structural problems down the line.

2. Visible Issues

A simple visual inspection for wind damage is usually sufficient for most purposes. A severe storm can cause the flashing around your roof to become loose. This can allow water entry if not dealt with quickly. The pieces of flashing can also become a windblown hazard. As long as the water and vapor barrier below remain intact, most flashing and dislodged shingles can be nailed back in place. Trees with dead branches or overgrown vines can also generate roofing problems due to friction and collision with the structure. Keep vegetation trimmed to guard against roof damage.

3. Flow

Another simple maintenance technique is to clean the gutters, especially during the autumn season when dead leaf accumulation becomes a problem. If water can't flow from the gutter to the downspout and into the surrounding soil, it can spill over. This creates undue strain on the roofing elements, leading to increased wear. In extreme cases, a clogged gutter can collapse and require a partial roof rebuild.

No business owner or property administrator wants to deal with roof damage. Keep your building in good condition, and it can reward you financially.

3 Tip for Stopping Ice Dams

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Icicles can be pretty to look at, the ice dam that causes them can create some ugly problems

Icicles may be pretty, but they’re a sign of a big problem – an ice dam. A snow-covered roof and poor insulation can lead to a solid block of ice that gathers along your roof’s eaves. If allowed to linger, these ice blocks can cause problems all over the roof of your Topstone, CT, home. What’s the answer? Read on to get tips for ice dam prevention.

What Is an Ice Dam?

A dam is a ridge of ice that has built up along the outer edges of a sloped roof. It comes from heat radiating through the roof and melting under a snowpack. The melting ice drips down to the edges of the roof and refreezes. This can lead to several problems:

  • Destroyed gutters
  • Damaged shingles
  • Water damage

Short of moving somewhere it doesn’t snow, what can you do about this problem?

Heat Your Roof Evenly

This may sound counterintuitive, but heating your roof can stop dams. That’s because heating the roof uniformly can prevent refreezing at the eaves. Make sure you have a way to channel the melted snow away from your home.

Improve Insulation

One of the most obvious solutions is improving your roof’s insulation. Doing so can keep heat out of the attic and prevent snowmelt. Better ventilation will help air move around more efficiently and keep the underside of your roof cool.

Clear Off Snow

When all else fails, go to the source of the dams - the snow. Invest in a snow rake to remove snow before it packs on and creates pressure that contributes to melting. Make sure to be safe when trying to mount your roof.


While icicles can be pretty to look at, the ice dam that causes them can create some ugly problems. Take the necessary steps to prevent them before winter’s chill settles in. Try the above tips or talk to a winter storm cleanup professional to learn what you can do.

Commercial Fire Sprinklers: Dealing With Accidental Discharge

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire sprinklers are a necessary piece of equipment for commercial buildings

Commercial sprinkler systems for fire suppression are literal life-saving tools. However, as with most pieces of equipment and machinery, these systems can have quirks and flaws. It is not out of the question that a fire suppression system accidentally discharges or goes off, resulting in flooding and potential damage. In this situation, it can be hard to decide what to do and what order to do it in. Therefore, to make things easy, follow the four steps below.

1. Shut Off Water Supply

Shut off the water supply to the system the moment you realize that there has been a misfire. A fast response here will help to limit the amount of outflow and the potential water damage. Do not be alarmed if it takes a moment for the water to cease; it has to evacuate the lines first.

2. Call Insurance Company

You will want to call your insurance company next to discuss the claims process and how to move forward. Calling your insurer immediately will mean that they can send an assessor out as soon as possible to assess any flooding damage, and to determine culpability. This assessment will determine who is responsible for the repair costs.

3. Mitigate Further Damage

When preparing to make a claim, you will want to mitigate further damage to ensure that the assessor does not deem you negligent. Most insurance providers require that action be taken to limit the extent of the damage. Therefore, you may want to focus on drying and removing any valuable items, like furniture and equipment, limiting exposure and possibly salvaging some items.

4. Hire a Restoration Company

Call a restoration specialist in the Aqua Vista, CT, area to help you restore your facility. They will likely offer mitigation services as well. These companies are also likely a better choice than the DIY option because they are trained in disaster cleanup.

Fire sprinklers are a necessary piece of equipment for commercial buildings. While they are designed to operate under specific circumstances, like any machine, they can malfunction, causing flooding and property damage. If this happens, follow the steps above and hire a restoration company.

How To Tell if You Have Moldy Air Ducts

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

If you smell a strong musty odor in your home you may have a mold problem.

The tell-tale musty odor that greets your nose when you walk through the front door of your business in Germantown, CT, may not be a welcome smell, but it can be an informative one. You may need more investigation to tell where the smell is coming from specifically so that you know whether you need wall replacement or HVAC cleaning. There are several ways to tell where your mold problem lies.

Smell Testing

A general unpleasant odor doesn't tell you much, but you can usually discern if you have moldy air ducts by following these steps:

  • Turn HVAC system off.
  • Wait 20 minutes.
  • Turn system back on.
  • Compare intensity of smell when unit is off and on.

This may not be the most scientific method of checking for mold, but it can help you narrow the search for the offending fungus.

Vision Testing

Paying attention during routine HVAC cleaning can help identify potential problem areas. If you see condensation or pooling water around coils or drip pans, you can get the leak fixed before mold growth begins. It will also be pretty clear if mold has already developed in these areas. Look for fuzzy or slimy patches, and take pictures to document the problem for the specialists that come to fix it.

Professional Testing

The most accurate test of mold growth is a professional test from mold mitigation experts. These tests are superior to the ones you can purchase in the hardware store, because they can be used to determine not only that mold is present but how concentrated and what type of mold it is. Technicians usually test before remediation to see where the problem is located. Then, after removing damaged materials and cleaning vents, they will likely test again to make sure that the issue has been resolved.

Pinpointing the exact location of your mold problem is essential to getting rid of it. Once discovered, a thorough HVAC cleaning by certified professionals can help get rid of the odor in your building.

3 Ways an Emergency Disaster Response Team Can Streamline Your Commercial Insurance Claim

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is prepared and has the experience to handle your disaster.

Emergency Disaster Response Team

When fire, flooding, and other disasters strike Redding Ridge, CT, and your business suffers, it can be difficult to know where to begin with cleanup efforts. You may wonder if you should kick off the process by calling your claim services company, but what do you tell them and what is the most effective way to report the damage? Working with an emergency disaster response team during the initial stages of cleanup may help you file your claim with more confidence, especially if you have never experienced an event like this before.

1. Techs Can Create One Damage Report

When flooding and fires happen, they can cause damage in many different areas of your building. For example, high winds can destroy your roof, but a flood can ruin your building’s drywall. Calling in a disaster response team can get these damages filed under one complete report, eliminating the need to contact different professionals to assess each type of problem.

2. A Faster Response

An emergency response team typically includes a quick turnaround time as a hallmark of their services. This can also benefit you, as getting help right away may be useful in starting your insurance claim instead of having to wait for the claim services adjustor to show. The response techs can also advise you about which areas you should photograph and which may be too dangerous to enter until they assess it, such as a room flooded by a sewer backup.

3. An Itemized List of Damages

Having to estimate damages before you file your claim can be stressful, especially if you are concerned about trouble you cannot see. An emergency response team like SERVPRO can create an itemized list once the techs complete their inspection, which may allow you to file with more confidence.

As a Redding Ridge, CT, business owner, working with insurance claim services can be stressful in the aftermath of a natural disaster. However, when you have an emergency disaster response team in your corner, the path to recovery may be easier to travel.

3 Helpful Tips To Minimize Residential Water Damage

3/17/2019 (Permalink)

Winter can wreak havoc on pipes

Residential Water Damage

Plumbing lines allow convenient access to water in your home. However, a variety of situations can leave your pipes susceptible to damage, increasing the risk of potentially destructive leaks. Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to safeguard your residence with water damage repair services.

1. Protect Your Pipes During the Winter

Frigid winter temperatures can wreak havoc on pipes. Supply lines located in uninsulated rooms or adjacent to exterior walls may be particularly prone to freezing and bursts. To minimize the risk of a broken pipe, you should insulate exposed plumbing structures in your garage, basement and other cold zones inside your residence. You can also circulate warmer air around bathroom and kitchen pipes by opening cabinet doors.

2. Routinely Inspect for Leaks

Water in your home flows to numerous appliances as well as bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Over time, connections can loosen, and supply lines can crack. To help prevent extensive water damage and mold contamination, you should routinely check under your dishwasher and around your washing machine and refrigerator for pooled fluid or dampness and promptly commence any necessary repairs. You should also regularly inspect around toilets and under kitchen and bathroom sinks.

3. Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Clogs are a frustrating plumbing issue that can sometimes be difficult to clear. While it may be tempting to use a chemical solution to perform a pipe cleanup, drain cleaners can corrode or warp both metal and plastic tubes, making them vulnerable to cracks and leaks. To safeguard your home’s water lines, you should use a safer alternative to clear obstructions, such as an auger snake or a plunger.

Like most homeowners in Danbury, CT, you may rarely worry about a broken pipe and unexpected water in your home. Seepage from damaged lines can, however, cause extensive destruction. Taking proactive steps can help you protect your home’s plumbing infrastructure and avoid a messy cleanup.


How To Maintain Your Evaporative Cooler

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth only takes 48-72 hours.

A leaking swamp cooler can cause a number of problems. In addition to wasting resources and being generally unsightly, the most significant issue that this excess water can cause is mold. There are several areas within the evaporative cooler that require moisture to work effectively, so it's important to be extra vigilant about maintenance in order to prevent a mold problem in the apparatus and, by extension, in your home.

Parts of the Cooler

A leak in your swamp cooler can cause a mold growth problem in a hurry. Excess moisture can hide in a number of places:

  • Cellulose pad
  • Fan belt
  • Air ducts
  • Exterior of cooler

If you have a leak, you must have it fixed as soon as possible. Once the problem exists, mold can start to grow within 24 hours. A leak in one part of your evaporative cooler can lead to mold anywhere.

Treatment of Mold

A mold problem resulting from a leaking swamp cooler must be fixed by mold remediation specialists. They have the tools to test for mold to find out exactly where it is. They can locate and isolate the problem so that it doesn't spread throughout your home. If it has already spread, you will also need them to address that mold issue as well.

Prevention of Mold

Controlling humidity is essential for controlling mold. Since the swamp cooler in your home in Danbury, CT, requires a certain amount of internal humidity to function, it is important to make sure that you stay on top of maintenance. Each month the cooler is in use, check the pads to make sure they are clean. Use open windows and ceiling fans to circulate air. Winterize the swamp cooler when it's not in use by draining the water completely and disconnecting the water line.

While water is an essential part of your swamp cooler's function, too much water can cause mold. Timely attention to a leaking swamp cooler and regular maintenance can help you avoid mold growth.

The Cooperative Efforts of Insurance Adjusters and Cleanup Companies

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO teams are trained to work efficiently with homeowners and insurance representatives.

The Cooperative Efforts Of Insurance Adjusters And Cleanup Companies

When an emergency strikes in Danbury, CT you'll get help from many different professionals. These rescuers could come in the form of firefighters or emergency response teams. They may even show up in the form of your insurance adjuster. Whether your basement is full of flood water or you just escaped a kitchen fire, a representative from your insurance company may be the person with the most influence over how soon you get your life back to normal.

The Role of Insurance Adjusters

After a fire, flood, or another disaster, contact your insurance adjuster as quickly as possible. Insurance companies offer many services in these situations.

  • Advance funding for necessities
  • Advice about how to proceed
  • Recommendations for emergency response cleanup teams
  • Investigation into damages and injuries

These professionals generally contact witnesses, the police, and emergency officials. Their work is primarily investigative but should result in a fair settlement for your insurance claim.

Cooperative Partners

Many adjusters have preferred fire and water clean-up companies with whom they like to work. SERVPRO is often recommended because of the company's history of working closely with insurance companies. SERVPRO teams are trained to work efficiently with homeowners and insurance representatives.

The Role of Cleanup Crews

Clean-up technicians arrive on the scene to give the homeowner reassurance, to prevent further damage, to report to adjusters, and to make a plan of action for the rest of the cleanup and recovery. These professionals often provide a 24-hour response, conduct loss assessments, and maintain complete files for the homeowner and insurance companies. From time to time, these cleanup and restoration crews will work with other service providers in the area. This willingness to coordinate means that best practices can be maintained, and insurance companies can keep a close eye on progress.

When your life is put on hold because of fires or flooding, dealing with paperwork and claims can be frustrating. It helps when your Danbury, CT cleanup company and insurance adjuster are familiar with the other and able to cooperate efficiently.

3 Types of Repairs You Can Expect During Storm Damage Restoration

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can cause different types of water damage to your business

What To Expect Before A Restoration Process

When powerful storms impact Redding,CT , they can cause a considerable amount of damage to your commercial property. Downed trees, broken branches and flooding can wreak havoc both inside and out and leave you needing professional help with cleanup efforts, such as tear out and water drainage services. Knowing what to expect before the restoration process begins can help you feel more confident about the outcome and the future of your business.

1. Flood Water Draining

Violent rainstorms can cause localized flooding as creeks and streams overflow their banks and neighborhood sewers back up and overflow into your building. This can cause different types of water damage to your businesses’ building materials, particularly carpeting and drywall. When your remediation service arrives, the first step the technicians will likely take is to drain away the water to prevent mold growth and other types of long-term damage that can be difficult to remove.

2. Removal of Damaged Materials

Once flood water is removed from your business, your storm restoration technicians will probably inspect affected areas to decide which walls and flooring will need tear out service. Removing porous building materials that have been soaked by dirty water can prevent them from weakening over time and trapping foul sewer and mildew odors.

3. Drying and Restoration

Your flood damage and restoration service may bring in tools to dry flooded areas before the technicians begin to replace damaged floors, walls and ceilings. Drying these areas thoroughly can prevent the development of mold, which thrives in damp, humid environments. Once exposed interior walls and floors are properly dried, your technicians will likely finish the job by restoring them and ensuring no trace of the flood remains.

It can be difficult to know what kind of services you need when your Redding,CT , business is damaged by violent storms and flooding. From tear out services to water removal, talking to restoration professionals and understanding the process before they begin may give you greater peace of mind about the repairs.

What Kids Need To Know About House Fires

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Familiarize kids with the noise of the smoke alarm in your Danbury, CT home

Parents should teach kids safety measures in case of a home fire. Here are several steps that can prepare children to safely evacuate a burning structure.

What Fire and Smoke Alarms Mean

Fire and smoke alarms make loud sounds that are intended to get the attention of the occupants of a residence and wake anyone who may be sleeping when a fire starts. Familiarize kids with these noises and what they mean by testing alarms during fire drills. These drills should cover several fire escape basics:

  • Rolling out of bed
  • Pursuing evacuation routes
  • Exiting the house

It is a good idea to do home fire drills several times a year to teach kids safety measures. Develop a plan to increase family fire safety awareness.

How To Evacuate

A fire safety strategy should include primary and secondary evacuation routes. Work with a simple floorplan or play a game in which kids find the fastest ways out of a house from each room. Determine which evacuation routes are best given the age and physical condition of all family members.

Where To Go 

Another important part of a fire escape plan is identifying a safe place to meet after evacuating. Parents should make sure that a meetup location satisfies several criteria:

  • Far enough away from a burning structure
  • Known to all family members
  • Not located downwind from smoke

Kids should know to go to this location and wait for other family members or help to arrive. Make reaching this location a part of regular fire drills. 

Parents may want to practice evacuation maneuvers such as bed rolls, fire crawls, and door temperature tests during fire drills or turn preparedness practice into games. Teaching kids safety measures is an important part of a family fire safety plan. If fire damages your home in Danbury,CT, rely on the expertise of mitigation and restoration specialists.

How a Mold Expert Assesses Damage

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in Ridgefield,CT

How a Mold Expert Assesses Damage

A problem with mold and mildew in your Ridgefield, CT, home can be overwhelming. Tackling the problem on your own can cost a great deal of time and money, with no guarantee that the mold will be fully removed. Not only that, but it can be especially dangerous if a pathogen like black mold is involved. It's probably best to enlist the services of a professional mold remediation company. These professionals can employ specialized equipment and techniques to determine the sources and extent of the damage, and then make sure the problem is completely eradicated. Before they begin, they will make a thorough mold assessment by following the steps outlined below.

1. Swab Testing

Swab sampling is done to help determine where the fungal growth is coming from. First, the technician dips a sterile swab into a suspension solution, then wipes it along the areas suspected of harboring mold. The swab is then placed into a sterile container and sent to a lab to be analyzed.

2. Air Testing

Using this technique, the mold experts draw in air with a testing device known as a bioaerosol air impactor, within which airborne particles are directed toward a collection surface. With this type of mold assessment, the different kinds of spores present in the air can be identified, and specific eradication agents can be effectively determined.

3. Carpet Testing

This method of testing is used for assessing a record of molds that have been present in the house over time, since carpets can maintain a history of exposure to spores. Even though a carpet might be cleaned frequently, these spores can slip down beneath the piling, where they can remain dormant for years. Carpet sampling can therefore help to uncover hidden problems that might otherwise go undetected.

The procedures outlined above should give you a good idea of the various ways a complete mold assessment is made. Having this knowledge is essential for a successful mold eradication process.

What To Do If You Notice Water Dripping From a Light Fixture

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

If water is dripping from overhead don't turn on light fixers or fans.

Water Dripping From A Light Fixture

If you notice that you have water dripping from a light fixture in your Danbury,CT home, you should take action immediately. Because water in light fixtures can be extremely dangerous, you should use caution when dealing with this problem. The following steps can help you to safely resolve the issue.


1. Turn Off the Electricity


The first thing you want to do in this situation is to turn off the electricity. Because electricity and water is a very dangerous combination, you want to make sure that the power in your home is off. The water in the light fixture could move electricity to other parts of the house and create a potential safety hazard for anyone who comes into contact with it. Use the service panel or breaker to turn off the power.


2. Determine the Source of the Water


Once the power has been turned off, you should try to figure out where the water is coming from. If the source of the water is a leaky pipe, you should turn off the water supply to stop the leak. If you allow the water to continue flowing, it could result in ceiling damage and create an even bigger problem.


3. Have the Light Fixture Replaced


In order to repair and replace the light fixture, you should first contact a professional water damage specialist to fix the leak. Once the water has been removed and the leak has been repaired, you should have an electrician replace the light fixture. If you attempt to do the repair work yourself, you may end up making the problem worse and causing more damage or injuring yourself.


Because water in a light fixture can be dangerous and can cause injury as well as damage to your house, you should be incredibly careful if you notice this problem in your home. Take every precaution and allow professionals to do the most important work.

5 Answers to Questions About Fire Damage

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Contact a disaster recovery team in Danbury, CT

5 Answers to Questions About Fire Damage

What's the difference between mitigation and restoration? Should you hire a "one-stop" company or look for several different service providers in Danbury,CT, to handle fire damage? What does your insurance cover? The time to get answers to these questions is before your business is affected by disaster, so you're ready to take quick action at the first signs of trouble.

1. What is mitigation?

Fire mitigation services cover those basic steps necessary to prevent further losses. These services may include:

  • Boarding up windows
  • Tacking down tarps on the roof
  • Reinforcing structures with short-term fixes
  • Extracting water

The work completed by damage mitigation companies is often done quickly and are generally only for temporary purposes.

2. How are restoration services different?

Restoration services kick in after fire damage mitigation work finishes. These experts take over the tasks of repairing buildings and property, rebuilding structures for long-term safety, and combatting the results of water damage, such as mold.

3. Are other professional services necessary?

Depending on who you hire to take care of the damages following a fire, you may need someone to haul away furnishings and construction materials that are damaged beyond repair. You may also need professionals who are trained in cleaning and decontaminated furnishings that have absorbed smoke smells.

4. Which professionals should you hire?

You could contact two separate services to handle this work. The benefit of doing this is that the workers may excel within their niche of work. However, many business owners have found that a "one-stop" service provider is easier to work with. These fire damage mitigation and restoration professionals may work closely with your insurance adjuster from start to end. Their emergency response treatments work well with long-term repairs. Financing is easier to handle.

5. Which services does your insurance cover?

Contact your insurance provider for information about available coverage. You may find that your provider prefers a specific mitigation and restoration company in Danbury,CT. You could also get information about business interruption coverage. Many insurance companies offer resources for preventing disasters.

How To Recognize Secondary Damage and Why You Should Avoid It

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

If your business in Redding,CT, has experienced primary water damage, then you may relate to how time-consuming it can be to repair your building. However, business owners should also be aware of secondary damage, as it can lead to problems such as black mold and cracked walls.

Types of Water Damage

There are two types of water damage. Both present different challenges and should be fixed as soon as possible.

• Primary water damage: This is easily noticed through wet flooring, walls and furniture.
• Secondary water damage: When primary damage is left alone or not completely resolved, it may lead to structural issues such as black mold and warped flooring.

When water issues are not taken care of immediately, it can lead to costly and harmful consequences. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of secondary water damage and have a plan ready if it does happen.

Signs of Secondary Water Damage

It may take weeks or even months to notice any signs, but if there are indications of secondary damage, you should call a commercial building restoration service to take care of the problem right away.

Signs include black mold, warped flooring, cracked walls and a distinctive odor. When moisture is trapped inside your building, it can contribute to high humidity levels, which can make doors, door casings and baseboards swell too.

Why Avoiding Secondary Damage Is Beneficial

Secondary water damage can lead to many additional issues, which is why it’s best to avoid it by calling professional technicians when you notice the first warning signs. These experts should be able to perform tests for hidden moisture and humidity levels, complete professional extraction and drying, and implement other types of restoration where needed. This should stop any further damage from happening.

Although maintenance and prevention are your best defenses against water damage, there’s no need to worry if it does occur. With an excellent plan and a team of experts, your business can be restored to its original condition.

Commercial Duct Cleaning

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Duct cleaning

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield Duct Cleaning

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

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

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

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

Mold Remediation in Danbury, CT

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Danbury, CT

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

How To Care For Wet Items

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Air movers and dehumidifiers on water damage in Danbury, CT

Contents in a home that has sustained water damage may be capable of being cleaned, dried, and restored. Water in home specialists can recommend cleaning methods and identify which items will need to be replaced. The following steps are necessary to care for most wet items.

Rinsing

If a non-porous or semi-porous item is still wet, it is probably safe to rinse. There are several suitable methods, including:

  • Hosing an item down with fine spray
  • Rinsing an item with clean water
  • Cleaning debris off of an item with a soft brush or damp cloth

These methods can be used on items capable of withstanding further exposure to water or light abrasion. Other cleaning methods may be preferable for delicate or porous items.

Alternative Cleaning Methods

Artwork, books, or documents may require specialized cleaning methods. Consult with cleanup professionals to determine the best approach. Several approaches include:

  • Allowing items to dry, covering with a screen, and vacuuming off debris
  • Dry cleaning
  • Freeze drying to allow moisture to vaporize

Rely on the expertise of professionals who specialize in restoring water-damaged items. Delicate materials may not be able to withstand conventional cleaning and drying methods.

Drying

Once all excess water in home has been removed, the next step is to allow building materials and contents to air dry. Specialists may recommend the use of equipment such as:

  • Air movers
  • Fans
  • Dehumidifiers

These appliances promote ventilation or draw moisture out of the air and porous materials. This can reduce the likelihood of mold growth.

It is important to clean and dry building materials and contents exposed to water in home. Start by contacting a plumber to fix a broken pipe, or an appliance repair service in Danbury, CT. As soon as a homeowner has addressed the cause of the water damage, it is time to clean and dry the affected area and wet items.

Homeowner’s Insurance: When a Fire Isn’t Covered

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Ridgefield, CT

When a Fire Isn’t Covered

Homeowner’s insurance is a protection against loss and damages, but there are times when insurance does not provide that coverage, that protection. Most property owners are aware of the peril section in their policy. This section dictates what type of peril is covered, and while most plans will note a home fire as being included, there are two specific instances where this is not the case.

1. Insurance Fraud

Insurance fraud is the purposeful deception of an insurer to obtain some financial gain or benefit. When this deception uses fire as the instigating tool, it is considered arson. Arson refers to the intentional and criminal act of setting your property on fire. Therefore, upon investigating, if it is found that the claimant intentionally set fire to their home, then they will not be covered by their policy, and they will likely be reported to authorities, arrested and serve jail time.

2. No Occupancy

No occupancy, or vacancy, is defined as a home that has remained empty for more than 30 consecutive days. Empty refers to inhabitants, not furniture and other belongings. Therefore, a home fire that occurs in a residence that has remained vacant for more than 30 days will likely not be covered by your policy. However, the coverage and definitions of a vacant home fire are dependent on the insurer and other policy amendments.

While it may be reassuring to know that most insurers cover house fires as long as they were not criminally perpetrated or occurring in a vacant property, a fire still creates a devastating amount of damage that will need to be fixed. If you experience a fire, your insurer may require bids from fire remediation specialists in the Ridgefield, CT, area before allocating funds.

A home fire is a nightmare experience, and it can bring about concerns over coverage. However, as long as you live in the home and do not intentionally set your property ablaze, you should be covered.

Safety Recommendations for Smoke Detectors

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are an essential part of your overall fire protection plan

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

Types of Smoke Alarms

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

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

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

Placement of Smoke Alarms

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

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

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

  • Rooms with fireplaces
  • Rooms with space heaters
  • Garages
  • Workshops
  • Storage sheds

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

Storm Damage Remediation in Danbury, CT

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage 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

Setting the Standard: Rules for Cleaning Mold

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Small leak causes large mold issue in Redding Ridge,CT

Mold growth in your commercial property in Redding Ridge,CT, is not a problem you want to ignore. The EPA and OSHA set mold standards for commercial buildings, and the IICRC outlines professional cleaning requirements that technicians must follow to fully remediate the problem. The first decision that you as the building’s owner have to make is whether you can take care of the problem yourself or if you must hire someone to do it.

Assessing the Severity

The EPA gives several guidelines for property owners to decide if the assistance of mold remediation experts is in order. A small black mold problem can probably be handled with a strong detergent and fervent scrubbing. You will need to hire professionals, however, if the problem exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Covering an area larger than 10 square feet
  • Resulting from a contaminated water spill
  • Infiltrating the HVAC ducts

When you hire technicians to clean your building, it’s important that they understand federal mold standards. Make sure that they are certified for mold remediation and has experience dealing with such a problem.

Knowing the Process

The benefit of hiring certified technicians for the mold clean process is that they have been trained and tested on their ability to thoroughly rid your building of mold growth. They know the correct personal protective equipment to wear and how to contain the area so that the problem doesn’t spread. They are trained in different methods for combating fungus and can control air flow and resolve moisture issues so that the growth does not return. They understand how mold affects different surfaces and can adjust their removal method accordingly. The IICRC ensures that every technician that holds certification has earned it.

Removing mold growth from your commercial property may take a few days, but if you hire the right professionals, the problem should be resolved completely. The mold standards set by the EPA, OSHA and the IICRC are designed to make sure your building stays up to code.

What Is Covered When A Business Experiences Fire Damage?

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damaged studio in Ridgefield,CT

Fire Insurance Coverage

If your business in Ridgefield,CT, suffers fire damage, it is important to understand what is covered and what is not under interruption insurance. As you begin the fire restoration process, you can expect your insurance to cover these three things:

1. Any Loss Sustained

Any property physically destroyed as a result of fire damage is typically covered by interruption insurance. The insurer may also pay the insured if he or she sustains an interruption of business that leads to a financial loss. Generally, the insurer will pay the dollar amount of damage occurred but will not exceed the limit that is in the policy.

2. Taxes Your Business Owes

Despite the fact that your business has suffered from fire damage, you will still be required to pay taxes, regardless of the situation. It is wise to pay taxes promptly and not go into debt. Business interruption insurance can help pay those taxes on time and keep you in good standing with the IRS.

3. Your Monthly Loan Payments

Between rental space and equipment, most businesses have some type of loan they are paying off in order to keep things going. Insurance can help you keep up with those monthly payments so you do not fall behind. This is important because falling behind on loan payments could affect everything from your payroll to your building and resources — or even the viability of the business itself. Therefore, it is wise to stay on track and do whatever it takes to make those payments in a timely manner to avoid failure.

Interruption insurance can save your business from going under when you experience damage from a fire. It covers any loss you sustain in the fire, it covers your taxes, and it will make your monthly loan payments, so you can stay on track and get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Weathering Storm Season: Common Roof Damage and Mitigation Steps

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Roof damage in Hayestown,CT

Roof Repair

Wind damage is no laughing matter. While a storm may not leave any visible trace of roof damage, it is possible that the exposure to prolonged winds or hail may have weakened the roofline in some way. Whether apparent or not, a roof repair may be necessary to fix several common issues resulting from a storm in Hayestown,CT.

  • Roof leaks
  • Gutter damage
  • Flashing issues
  • Lifting, curling or missing shingles

In the most extreme cases, a storm may cause significant holes in your roofline that need immediate attention. You can mitigate further damage to your home while you wait for an insurance adjusters assessment by following three simple steps.

1. Reduce Exposure

After a storm, inspect your roofline for obvious issues. Look for missing or damaged shingles, exposed flashing or holes. If you find any problems, patch them as quickly and safely as possible. Any potential exposure to the elements leaves your roof vulnerable to excess moisture and possible mold or mildew.

2. Clean Up Debris

Once you have patched the area, clean up any debris that may be a safety hazard or hinder inspections by your insurer or a third-party contractor hired to do the roof repair. Additionally, cleanup ensures safety for everyone involved.

3. Dry and Photograph the Area

Depending the severity of the roof damage, you may require the use of air movers, wet/dry vacs and fans to help dry the affected areas. Once everything is dry and safe, you may want to photograph the damage to ensure that you have proof of loss for your insurance records.

4. See Assistance, If Necessary

While there are many instances where you can handle necessary mitigation on your own, extensive roof damage may be best left to a professional restoration company. These companies have the experience and expertise to enter areas that may not be safe for you and your family.

Roof repair is a common result of high winds and severe weather. While you can mitigate further loss by inspecting, protecting and cleaning the area yourself, the use of a professional company will ensure the safety of you and your family.

The Top 5 Pet Fire Safety Tips

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Place a window cling in your Redding,CT home to alert firefighter about pets in your home

A fire escape plan should account for every member of your household. You should also take measures to keep pets safe in the event of a fire emergency. Start with these five pet preparation tips.

1. Post Pet Decals Near Entrances

Attach decals or window clings that account for the number and type of pets in your home near the main entrances. If a fire breaks out and you successfully evacuate all of your pets, notify the firefighters. If pets remain in the residence, these pet safety signs can help firefighters save the animals.
 
2. Don’t Leave Open Flames Unattended

This preventative measure can help you to avoid a fire emergency. Pets can knock over candles or get burned by open flames. Avoid placing candles on low surfaces and monitor pets near a fireplace.

3. Prevent Pets From Turning On the Stove

Some pets can turn the knobs on a stove. Whether they release gas or actually heat or ignite the burner, this can result in a heightened fire risk. Use a gate to keep animals out of the kitchen while you are not at home or install protective equipment.

4. Store Records In a Fire Box

Keep pet ownership and vaccination records in a fire box in a convenient location. This pet preparation measure can increase the chances that you will retain these materials after a fire.

5. Include Pets in a Fire Escape Plan

Your evacuation plan should account for pets. Every human occupant should know who is responsible for animals and whether pets can be safely evacuated through both primary and secondary escape routes.

These pet safety measures can increase the likelihood that animals will stay safe in the event of a fire emergency at your home in Redding,CT. If your residence sustains damage, rely on the equipment and expertise of a mitigation and restoration service.

3 Things You Must Do To Repair Your Business’s Leaky Roof

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Dents and dings on metal roof can be another issue that needs to be fixed

If your business in Ridgefield,CT experiences a roof leak, it’s important to start the cleanup process immediately. However, you may be uncertain about how to stop further damage and clean up the area. There are several steps you should take to make sure your damaged roof is properly fixed.

1. Remove Wet Materials

As soon as you become aware of a roof leak, it’s important to remove any materials that are wet. Rugs and other items made of cloth are often breeding grounds for mold to grow and moving out anything that has been damaged is necessary to prevent mold growth. By moving all wet items out of the affected area, the cleanup process can happen more quickly and efficiently.

2. Dry and Clean the Area

Once all wet items and materials have been taken out of the affected area, the next step is to focus on drying and cleaning what has not been badly damaged. Depending on the amount of damage sustained, it might be necessary to replace carpeted floors, damaged inventory or other items entirely. However, it is often possible to disinfect items after they have been dried. Floors, walls and other areas can be disinfected with special products as long as they are not badly damaged.

3. Make Needed Repairs

When everything has been dried and it is safe to do so, restoration is the final step to fixing your roof. Unfortunately, a leaking roof often occurs in conjunction with other issues. A combination of strong winds and heavy rain can result in missing shingles, holes in the roof or other problems. To prevent further damage to your building, the structure of your business’s roof will need to be fixed.

A roof leak doesn’t have to cause your business to close its doors if you quickly act as soon as you notice a leak. Working with professionals in water damage restoration will ensure that your business’s roof is fully restored.

Bathroom Leaks: Fixing a Leaky Toilet

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Find the problem to your leaking toilet by hiring a professional in Danbury,CT

A leaking toilet can be irritating, as every flush causes another mess to clean up. Thankfully, a bathroom leak from a toilet is one of the easiest plumbing issues to fix. Learn to fix your plumbing problem below.

1. Find the Problem Area

A leaky toilet typically leaks because of either a malfunctioning flange or loose connections. You can tell when there is a faulty flange because the toilet continuously runs, making a constant hissing noise. If there is no noise and the tank fills and stops, then you may have a loose connection. Snug up the water supply hose as well as the bolts securing the toilet to the floor. If the leak persists, then the problem may be a faulty gasket.

2. Replace the Gasket

If you suspect a faulty gasket is causing your leaking toilet, then you can replace it by first exposing the gasket. Turn off the water, flushing the toilet and emptying the tank. Once the toilet is empty, loosen the bolts and lift the toilet from the gasket. Replace the gasket and return the toilet on top, securing the bolts.

3. Test the Fix

After you have replaced the gasket and secured the toilet, you can turn on the water supply and test the fix. Flush the toilet a few times, allowing plenty of water to cycle through the new gasket. If water is still leaking from around the base of the toilet, then it may be time to either replace the commode or call for help.

4. Call for Assistance

As the toilet is such an essential element of daily life, you will want to resolve any problems quickly. Hiring a professional in Danbury,CT, will allow you to both remedy the situation fast and give you confidence that the issue has been wholly resolved.

A leaking toilet can be a manageable problem. Most common issues stem from malfunctioning flanges or loose connections, which have easy DIY solutions. However, it may be wise to call a professional for

Water Damaged Wood: How Important Is Quick Cleanup?

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Air movers on a water damaged office building in Bethel, CT

If your commercial building suffered a pipe burst that led to your wood floor being water-soaked, you may be wondering how soon you should clean the wetness. Is time of the essence, or is it safe to put off any cleanup? As it turns out, there are at least three important reasons to quickly address a wet floor made of wood in order to prevent replacement.

1. Wet Wood Can Stain

Even if your Bethel, CT, business’ floor does not end up suffering any severe structural damage, there is still a very high chance that the moisture will leave behind unsightly water stains that permanently ruin its appearance. Quick drying and cleaning is key to keep your floors from looking unpleasant.

2. Moisture Increases Mold Risk

Any time that you allow a wet surface in your building to sit without being dried, cleaned or replaced, you are opening your property up to such issues as black water contamination or mold growth, both of which can snowball into other complications. These could include rotted wood or the spread of fungal colonies to other indoor surfaces. Quickly addressing wetness from the pipe burst is crucial in order to avoid such nightmares.

3. Water Can Lead to Damage

Even if your wood does not look discolored or seem to be growing mold, the water that it has sustained can lead to destruction that is beyond repair. You do not want to derail your daily work life by losing your sturdy flooring; always take the safest route by quickly putting a cleanup plan into place.

How To Approach Cleaning

The best method for cleaning your wood floor after a pipe burst is getting help from water damage specialists in your area. They understand what liquid can do to your investment, and will make every effort to dry and preserve anything that can be salvaged. They also will be able to mitigate potential mold infestation issues. Do not leave the situation to chance — contact emergency professionals so you can get back to your professional life.

What does Restore vs Replace mean?

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

A cavity drying system used by a professional water damage restoration company.

Restore vs Replace

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

What do you do?

Who do you call?

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

What is the difference?

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

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

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

Underwater and Out of Funds: What Should You Do If You Don’t Have Flood Insurance?

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

On Ridgefield, CT we have the equipment ready for any type of disaster area

While FEMA does attempt to provide homeowners with necessary information about the potential hazards of flooding in their area, not every home is located on a flood plane that requires flood insurance. Many homes in the Ridgefield,CT , area fall into this predicament. Consequently, when a flood affects your area, what should you do?

1. Check Your Designation

When flooding happens in an area that doesn’t typically experience it, depending on the severity, the city may be designated a disaster area. If your area is selected, you may be eligible for disaster aid. To check your areas designation, you should call your local municipality or check with your local FEMA office.

2. Apply for Grants

Regardless of your disaster description, FEMA does offer grants for eligible homeowners. These grants top out at around $33,000 and can be used for home restoration, medical expenses, and secondary living expenses like renting temporary housing.

3. Apply for SBA Loans

For those without flood insurance but still require substantial funding, the Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest loans of up to $200,000. These loans are only available for the restoration or rebuilding of your home. Additionally, the SBA provides money of up to $40,000 for personal expenses or the replacement of material goods.

4. Call the Experts

Once you have the funding out of the way, you may find it necessary to call in local flood experts to help you restore your home. While some work after a flood may be easy enough for you to do on your own, depending on the level of damage, a restoration specialist with the appropriate tools and personnel may be more efficient.

While flood insurance is beneficial, it is not always a requirement, and when disaster strikes in a low-risk flood zone, the lack of coverage can be devastating. However, there is always help available for those who ask.

What Mold Is and How To Tackle It

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Small leak causes large mold issue in a Danbury, CT home

Mold is a naturally occurring organism that affects us all at one time or another, including homes in Danbury,CT . “Black mold” is colloquially used as a catch-all phrase to describe a variety of molds, regardless of color, texture, or size. Mold can be found in a variety of places, including carpeting, floor tiles, insulation, food, and soil. It reproduces and maintains itself through moisture in the air or surrounding area.

How Do You Get Rid of It?

Mold can be tough to get rid of because it travels so easily. In addition to being unsafe, DIY mold removal suggestions are temporary fixes that do not get to the source of the problem. This means that without professional help, mold often comes back until the source of the moisture is eliminated. It is always recommended that you call for professional mold cleanup, especially in the following circumstances:

  • You believe the mold has been there for a long time.
  • The mold growth covers a large area.
  • It is inside your HVAC system or hard-to-repair items.

What Will Professionals Do?

You may ask be asking yourself, “What will professionals do that I can’t do?” They have the tools and experience to find the source of the moisture, repair the moisture problem, and remove mold and mold damage. Professional mold remediation involves several important steps:

  • Finding all of the mold, not just the visible stuff
  • Eliminating the source of moisture
  • Using appropriate mold removal equipment and technology
  • Repairing any damaged surfaces by mold growth
  • Stopping any future growth through the removal of the source and properly cleaning the affected area

Black mold is a common household problem that should be addressed immediately. Mold is tricky to completely remove because it is not always in plain sight. Therefore, professional mold removal is suggested to ensure your home is clean and safe from future growth.

How To Protect Your Company From Losses After a Fire

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Soot damage in Redding, CT

There’s a lot of work to be done after a building fire, and even more work when that fire interferes with your business. Even though restoration specialists begin work immediately after the firefighters leave, that work takes time and you still have a long road ahead of you before you may be fully operational in Redding, CT, again. Before a fire causes damage to your profits, be sure to check out insurance coverage for business interruption.

How Long Will It Take?

Even with the most experienced and qualified professionals, mitigation and restoration takes time. Here are some of the ways your mitigation team will work to help you recover after a fire:

  • Protective services like adding a tarp, fencing a property or boarding a building to prevent further damage.
  • Removal of water and excess moisture from materials.
  • Smoke and soot cleaning.
  • Content cleaning.
  • Repairs and restoration, including rebuilding whole structures or replacing building materials.

What Does Interruption Insurance Cover?

While your business property insurance will help cover the cost of fire restoration, it won’t cover business-related costs or the loss of profits unless you have interruption insurance. This is an additional option that may help cover loss of profits and normal operating expenses like:

  • Payroll
  • Research and development
  • Insurance premiums
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Inventory
  • Rent

Review the details of your policy to see when the interruption insurance goes into effect and what the maximum coverage period is. You may consider adding an extension to your policy so that the coverage period can include some additional days.

A fire is one of the more common types of disasters that can cause a business interruption. You can feel good about your recovery by counting on a professional team to manage the fire damage mitigation process as well as having the right insurance policy to help financially protect your business and all the people depending on you.

Is There Extra Flood Protection Available for a Commercial Building?

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Drying equipment on a construction project in Ridgefield, CT

Is your commercial building in Ridgefield, CT, ready for potential floods brought on by storms? While no one wants to deal with flooding, having a commercial insurance policy that helps pay for some of these damages can make you sleep easier at night. However, not all commercial policies cover every source of a flood. Use this quick guide to better understand what you can do to protect your property.

Learn About Your Policy

Call your insurance provider today to learn about your current flood policy. Many commercial coverages are limited by the source of the water, but it does depend on your unique policy and where you get your coverage. Some may even have a coverage cap. Depending on your insurance provider, you may have to work with a special commercial damage repair team after a storm affects your space. As you learn about your policy, you may find that you're not as covered as you thought.

Consider the National Flood Insurance Program

Thankfully, you may be able to get extra coverage from outside of your insurance provider to supplement your commercial insurance. The NFIP is offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help business owners stay on their feet after a disaster. The NFIP offers the following benefits:

  • Helps pay for structural damage.
  • Damaged items are assessed before payout to ensure you get a fair price.
  • Has different deductibles available to better fit your needs.

The extra flood protection from FEMA can give you peace of mind during storm season. As you learn more about the program, you may find out that you can get a building property and personal property coverage. This allows you to protect every aspect of your business if needed.

Commercial insurance is an important part of owning a property. Unfortunately, even with an insurance policy you may still be liable for some of the damages caused by storms on your own. Adding extra protection through FEMA can give you peace of mind.

Responding to Water Damage Sensibly

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in Danbury, CT

Excess water can enter unintended parts of your home in a number of different ways. Rainfall can drive and retain moisture within roofing materials. Seasonal flooding can push water through cracks in walls and flooring. Plumbing breaks and backups can disrupt the normal function of appliances and utilities while generating standing gray water. To prevent permanent water damage when these and other problems arise in Danbury, CT, consider the following measures.

Eliminate the Root Cause

Until the source of the problem is identified and resolved, it will not be possible to assess the situation and begin the necessary remedial steps. Some weather-related flooding may require landscaping solutions to divert water away from the foundation of your home. If there is no apparent source of water entry, there may be a plumbing problem such as a faulty sump pump or broken pipes. If you do not have the know-how to resolve these or similar problems quickly, contact a plumber.

Assess the Damage

Standing water can represent a serious health hazard that only increases as time elapses. Mold or bacteria can develop in flooded flooring, as well as within moisture that has wicked into the walls and ceiling. Water damage can also extend to electrical systems, so ensure that the power to affected areas is shut off. Carpet and upholstery may need to be disinfected or replaced entirely depending on the duration of the event. Refer to your homeowner’s insurance policy to better understand what cleanup services are covered.

Be Vigilant

Responding rapidly to flooding can reduce the need for more costly solutions later. Removing belongings from the flooded area and contacting professional water cleanup specialists quickly will prevent the homeowner from having to relocate entirely while the house undergoes extensive repairs and a lengthy decontamination process.

While water damage can be a stressful ordeal, an assertive response is the best defense. Flooding cannot always be prevented outright, but quickly removing water and dealing with all remaining moisture is vital to staying happy and healthy in your home.

How You Can Eliminate the Smell of Cigarette Smoke From Your Home

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you’re a non-smoker, if you’re trying desperately to quit, there are few worse odors than the smell of lingering cigarette smoke. Whether you used to smoke and the smell is strong in your Danbury, CT, home, or whether you’ve never smoked but you just moved into a home where smokers once lived, you want to do everything you can to get rid of the strong stench. Simply opening the windows or spraying an air freshener won’t do the trick. You need something heavy duty such home deodorization efforts.

Eliminate the Sources

The smell of cigarettes can hang around your home for years, so even if you’ve never smoked a day in your life, it doesn’t mean previous owners’ habits can’t affect you. However, if you once were a smoker or recently stopped the habit, you need to get rid of anything that produced the smell. These include:

• Cigarette butts
• Ends of cigars
• Ashtrays

Try Some Home Remedies

Home deodorization techniques can be effective, especially if you use them as soon as you detect a smell and if you repeat the steps as necessary. One of the most basic tricks is to sprinkle baking soda on the affected areas. This will probably include your carpet and furniture. The baking soda will absorb the smell. You can then vacuum the baking soda. Another option is to use charcoal, which also absorbs strong smells. If these don’t work, try using hydrogen peroxide in the smelly areas of your home.

Use the Right Equipment

When you use these remedies, make sure you wear disposable gloves and clothing that covers your arms and legs. It will also help to place a fan in the area.

It may surprise you how effective these home deodorization techniques may be. If you’re still struggling to get rid of the smells, consult an expert home restoration technician for help.

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Do Your Best To Avoid Mold Spore Buildup

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Mold in your business with cleaning habits can prevent future damages

On average, most Americans spend 34.5 hours per week at work. Therefore, the cleaner your facility is, the better the atmosphere. A simple task such as carpet cleaning is a good starting point to prevent mold spore development. Establishing other “clean” habits can ensure you experience even greater success.

Mold Prevention Measures

Vigilantly looking for wet areas is a must for combatting mold problems. Other prevention measures are just as important. The following few suggestions will help to make sure you are avoiding buildup of mold spores and breathing in as much clean Danbury, CT, air as possible.

• Place mats at all entryways.
• Regularly schedule air duct cleanings.
• Use a HEPA vacuum.

Frequent building inspections are also a good way to prevent potential issues.

Advantages of Mold Prevention Measures

Mold spores can be found both inside and outside and cannot be seen with the naked eye. By placing mats at all your entryways, some of these spores will get brushed off of shoes, limiting how many get carried into your building. Cleaning air ducts regularly can reduce the accumulation of many pollutants, including mold, and keep them from entering your facility. Additionally, carpet cleaning with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuum can trap harmful particles via a specialized air filter and prevent the spreading of spores.

Is There a Way To Control the Uncontrollable?

Unfortunately, mold growth can still occur despite your efforts to circumvent it. Flooding from a storm, a broken pipe or a leaking roof are typically uncontrollable incidents. Carpet damaged by water from any of these situations is all too common. How soon you discover the damage dictates your actions. Cleaning following water damage found within 24 to 48 hours can be done using a wet-dry vacuum to remove the water. A dehumidifier to control humidity levels and fans to aid the drying process are also good measures. If more than 48 hours has elapsed, mold remediation may be necessary. Contact a mold remediation professional for an assessment.

Make sure to prevent mold at your place of business. Carpet cleaning, air duct cleaning, and regular vacuuming with a HEPA filter can be your best line of defense.

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Signs That Your Shower or Bathtub Is Leaking

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water is one of the most powerful and destructive forces in nature. Knowing what to look for and keeping an eye out for signs of a shower or bathtub leak in Danbury, CT, however, can save both your lavatory and wallet from complete annihilation.

Monitor, Monitor, Monitor!

The early detection of leaks can save you thousands of dollars in repair. Signs of leakage are simple to catch and should be brought to the attention of a specialist as soon as possible.

• Stains – Stains on the floor around your bathtub or shower may be an indication that something is awry. If you notice staining, splotching, or loose tiles in your bathroom, you may have a bathtub leak.


• Cracks – Cracks in your bathtub or loose tiles in your shower may be funneling water into unwanted areas. When water collects beneath your tub, it can corrode your baseboards and cause water to pool in spaces and rooms below your lavatory.


• Leaks – A leaky faucet is a sure indicator that you have a leak. Check to ensure that the faucet is properly fitted and that the sealant completely covers the affected area. In severe cases, a faucet leak may point to an issue with the water pipe.


• Buildup – If there is a crawlspace beneath your shower, check to ensure that there is no buildup in the area. If you notice soggy wood or mineral buildup, you may have a shower pan leak that needs tending to.

You Have a Leak, Now What?

Depending on the severity of the leak and the damage it’s caused, you may need to call in a specialist who can assist with the repair and replacement of corroded materials. In severe instances, a bathtub leak may be the result of an old or improperly placed shower pan. Be sure to inform the repair specialist of what you noticed and where you think the leak may be coming from.

If you find a shower pan leak or other water issue in your bathroom, call in a specialist right away. Doing so can prevent further damage from occurring.

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4 Reasons To Replace Polybutylene Pipes

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure all your Pipe is up to codes in your Danbury commercial property

Over the years, supply pipes have been made out of a variety of materials, ranging from more costly copper and galvanized steel to polybutylene plastic. Poly pipes are not recommended for new plumbing installations because oxidants in treated water degrade this material over time. Here are four reasons to replace poly pipes with more durable materials.

1. Public water supply treatment chemicals break down poly pipes over time. Antibacterial agents and chlorine wear away poly pipes. This pipe material may become brittle and start to crack, break, or flake. Poly pipes are particularly vulnerable at fittings. If the structure of these pipes breaks down, exposure to chemicals or water damage can be likely consequences.

2. Degrading pipe materials may leach chemicals into water and adversely affect its quality. Poly pipes that are breaking down can expose occupants to chemical substances. Leaks also become more of a risk. This is a major reason many commercial property owners invest in replacing plumbing rather than waiting to see how long poly pipes will last.

3. Polybutylene pipes cannot be exchanged or repaired. You may prefer metal pipes or plastic pipes made out of different materials. Polyvinyl chloride or PVC piping can be a safer alternative. You might also consider a chlorinated version of this material referred to as CPVC.

4. Most North American building codes now rule out poly pipes for new or existing structures. You should make sure that the plumbing system in your commercial property is up to code.

Pipes made out of different materials age in different ways. Polybutylene piping was used between the 1970s and mid-1990s because it is cheap and easy to install, but unfortunately it hasn't withstood the test of time. You should arrange to have new plumbing installed if the pipes in your property in Danbury, CT, are breaking down. If you are dealing with water damage, you should also contact a commercial restoration service.

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Standby Commercial Generator: The Key To Keeping Your Business Up and Running

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Power outages can cause your business to come to a halt. Be prepared with a generator for a source of power

Unexpected happenings resulting in a loss of power, such as severe weather, equipment failure, and vehicle accidents, can happen at inconvenient times for businesses. Purchasing a standby commercial generator to serve as a backup for your primary power source may be a good investment for your business.

How Does It Work?

Before, during, and after a power outage, it works by doing the following:

• Monitoring utility energy levels nonstop using the automatic transfer switch (ATS)
• Performing weekly self-diagnostic tests
• Automatically starting within 10 seconds to restore power
• Using your business’s liquid petroleum (LP) or natural gas to run
• Transferring back to utility power before powering off

Why Should You Consider Investing in One?

Investing in a generator to ensure that your business always has power, despite the circumstances, could strengthen your credibility with customers and give you peace of mind during a power outage. Some customers have zero tolerance for inconsistencies and may stop using your services if your business shuts down in a power outage. It could be difficult regaining their trust and getting new customers. Frankly, some businesses simply cannot afford downtime. Company goals and tight deadlines may not get met due to a loss of power. Periods of nonproductivity as such can negatively impact profitability.

How Long Will It Last?

Ideally, your generator should last at least 20 years with proper maintenance. If any generator problems occur, such as delaying power restoration or dropping power to certain equipment, be sure to contact an electronic documents recovery team in Danbury, CT. They have the tools and skills needed to get the lost files recovered in a timely manner so you can resume normal business affairs.

Spontaneous power outages can cause business operations to come to a halt. Make sure you’re prepared and have a backup source of power installed and ready to go. In case that backup plan has a hiccup, have a restoration crew on speed dial to retrieve any lost data.

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My Roof Has Been Damaged by Fire - What Do I Do Next?

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

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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How Is Mold Remediation Handled?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Keep mold out of your home by addressing the issue when discovered

Mold remediation is a highly specialized practice requiring a great deal of skill, even if many of the preliminary steps can be performed yourself to help mitigate the problem and prevent its spread throughout your Danbury, CT, home. The best way to prevent mold from spreading and eliminate contamination from black mold is to contact a remediation specialist for mold cleanup, but it helps to understand the steps in the process.

The Key Steps in Mold Remediation

Black mold cleanup and remediation involves:

• Use of personal protective equipment. Mold, particularly black mold, should never be handled without use of personal protection, including gloves, eyewear, and a respiratory mask rated for particulates, preferably one that covers the nose and mouth. Old clothing or some sort of coverall should also be worn, covering all areas of exposed skin.


• Containment. One of the most critical steps is containment. This means shutting off HVAC and water to prevent spread of spores by air and stop fueling mold growth with possible water leakage. Identify the source of any water damage and address it immediately. Seal off mold-infested areas until they can be cleaned.


• Tear Out. Some organic materials, once mold-infested, cannot be salvaged and must be torn out and replaced. Tearing out carpet, linoleum, and drywall can also expose additional mold infestations to the light.


• Drying of wet materials. Any wet materials that can be salvaged should immediately be taken outside and exposed to direct sunlight to dry out in a clear, open area free of any visible mold or other contaminants.


• Cleaning and disinfection. The last stage in mold remediation is cleaning and disinfection, often requiring specialized equipment. Mold must first be removed from surfaces, and then those surfaces disinfected to kill any additional spores or particulates and prevent mold from growing on that surface again.


• Prevention. After removing a mold issue, the most vital step is preventing it from reoccurring. Keep your mold under control by addressing and resolving any moisture problems.

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4 Lessons To Help Your Child Prepare To Escape a Fire

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing an escape plan can help prepare children and your family if a fire broke out

No parent wants to think that a fire could put his or her child’s life in danger. However, as frightening as that thought is, fire is a very real danger in Danbury, CT. It can be very important to consider how to prepare your child to escape from a fire if necessary. Here are three tips to help you educate your child about kids safety during a home fire.

1. Teach Them How To Fire Crawl

Your child should understand how to move around in a fire. The most common fire crawl is to get down on your hands and knees like a baby, lower your forearms to the ground and crawl with your face toward the ground.
If the air is too hot to have your backside up, another common fire crawl is to crawl on your belly, with your legs against the ground.

2. Explain How To Check Doors for Heat

Another thing you can do to promote kids safety is to show your child to how to check the heat of doors. Instruct your child to press his or her hand against any closed door before opening it. If it is cool to the touch, the door can be opened slowly and carefully. If the door is hot, your child should not open the door.

3. Review Your Fire Escape Plan

Once you have made your escape plan, practice it with your child. Make sure your child knows that once he or she has gotten out of the house, he or she is not to go back inside for any reason. Not even if other loved ones are still in the house, not under any circumstance. Designate a meeting place outside of your house where your child should go after escaping the fire.

It can be overwhelming to create a kids safety plan in case of a fire. Following these tips can help ensure that your child stays protected should a fire occur.

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Commercial Mold Restoration: 3 Steps for Creating a Closure Timetable

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Removal for your Danbury business

Your Danbury, CT, commercial building requires regular maintenance and inspections if it is to remain safe and serviceable. Sometimes, you may require a brief closure or restrict your operations in case of a repair or remediation issue, such as mold removal. The cleanup process can be a necessary factor in maintaining a clean and sterile working environment, and creating a restoration timetable can help you better plan for a work stoppage or a temporary close of business.

1. Work With Your Restoration Techs

Asking questions of your mold removal and restoration specialists may help you prepare a more detailed timetable when it comes to a work stoppage. Because every job is different, each may take varied amounts of time. However, you may want to plan for a three- to seven-day closure, especially in the case of black mold, which can be more challenging to remove than other types of fungi. Your techs will likely inspect the damage and recommend closures based on their findings.

2. Prepare the Area

You may want to take the time to prepare areas that require cleaning. Move wood furniture that may be vulnerable to mold spores, cover electronic equipment, and remove important documents from the area to keep them safe. Ask employees to remove personal items from nearby desks or walls to lower the risk of exposure.

3. Announce Closures Ahead of Time

Depending on the severity of mold growth in your building, you may have to temporarily suspend business hours. Creating a timetable may help you gauge how long of a closure your customers can expect and give you ample time to announce it on your company’s website or app or at your business. This may help you keep lines of communication open with your customers and prevent any confusion about when you plan to reopen.

Planning for mold removal at your Danbury, CT, business can benefit your employees and customers. Creating a timetable can also reduce stress for you as a business owner and help ensure that the entire process runs as smoothly as possible.

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3 Steps for Drying Important Commercial Documents After a Flood

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in an commercial office

When a flood impacts your Ridgefield, CT, commercial building, water damage may not be limited to walls, floors and office equipment. Important documents may also be exposed to flood waters, and when this happens, you may be at risk of losing valuable financial and employee records. However, a storm cleanup and restoration service can assist you with drying wet documents, and there are a few actions you can take to begin the process before restoration technicians arrive.

1. Remove Documents From Humid Areas

When flooding occurs, standing water can create humid conditions that may cause further damage to paper documents. As you wait for flood technicians to arrive, you can support the preservation process by removing affected items from flooded rooms once it is safe to do so. Store them in a cool, dry room, away from sunlight, until they can be inspected by your restoration crew.

2. Take Inventory of Affected Items

If you have dozens of wet documents that will need restoring, it is a good idea to take inventory before turning them over to a restoration service. Group them by financial, employee and technical documents so you can refer to the list with efficiency later. Give a copy of your inventory to the document drying service and review it with the restoration techs before you turn your documents over for repair.

3. Discuss the Drying Process With Experts

It may give you peace of mind to discuss the drying process with your restoration technicians before you release your documents to them. Depending on the level of damage, your papers may be freeze dried, sterilized and deodorized. You may want to prepare a list of questions to ask your restoration experts so you can be as informed as possible about the handling of your documents.

Flooding in your Ridgefield, CT, commercial building can put important papers at risk. However, knowing how to handle wet documents and working with a professional restoration company can preserve the records you have worked so hard to create.

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3 Ways To Start Recovering After Storm Damage

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Recovering after Storm Damage

A powerful storm can leave behind devastating results at your Danbury, CT, home. While the shock of the situation can begin to set in immediately, it pays to start the recovery process as soon as possible to keep storm damage from getting worse. Here are three essential storm tips to consider once the weather clears and you’re able to take steps on the road to restoration.

1. Inspect the Damage and Check the Utilities

Simply looking over the area and determining whether it’s safe to move about the property should be your top priority before making any other decisions. Be sure to inspect for and avoid any downed power lines or rising flood waters to keep you and family or friends from harm. If you happen to smell gas, evaluate whether you have access to the main gas line and can turn it off without trouble.

2. Contact Your Insurance Provider and Take Pictures of the Destruction

One of the most important storm tips involves calling your insurance company and figuring out what your policy will cover and how best to proceed. It helps to take as many photographs of the storm damage as possible to keep records for your provider as well as yourself.

3. Call a Restoration Company for Board-Up Services or Other Cleanup Duties

Contacting a professional restoration crew to come to your home is key to knowing your property won’t sustain more damage. The longer any standing sewage or dirty water lingers in your home due to flooding, the more likely it is to cause more harm and financial burden. Meanwhile, experienced specialists can also board up and cover any blown-out windows or broken doors to prevent more bad weather from damaging the home and to keep looters or thieves from entering the premises while you’re away.

Returning to your Danbury, CT, home after a massive storm and finding considerable damage can be stressful and upsetting. However, following these three storm tips to get a head start on restoration is the best way to begin recovering as soon as you can.

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Understanding the Difference Between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Danbury CT

If you’re dealing with black mold and researching mold cleanup in Danbury, CT, you may be wondering what the difference is between mold removal and mold remediation. Technically speaking, you can’t remove all the mold from your home. The spores released by mold are carried on the wind, which means they’re found literally everywhere, outside and inside. The key is to ensure that your home doesn’t provide spores with the moist, warm environment they need to grow into full-blown mold colonies. You can do this by:

• Fixing leaks immediately
• Keeping plumbing in good repair
• Using a dehumidifier and air conditioner
• Ensuring good drainage around your home

If you already have visible black mold growing in your home, you will need remediation to get mold levels in your home back to a healthy level. That means no actively growing colonies.

The Stages of Mold Remediation

When you hire a remediation service in Danbury,CT, there are several stages involved in the process.

1. Assessment

First, an expert needs to examine your home to locate the areas where mold is growing. He or she can also help you identify the key sources of moisture so that you can address them. If the source of excess moisture is not dealt with, mold will return.

2. Removal

Once the areas of mold are located, they should be contained so that mold doesn’t spread to other areas. Then the mold needs to be removed. If it is growing on a hard surface, it can be scrubbed off using a biocide. If it has infested a porous material, such as drywall or wood floors, the material needs to be removed and replaced.

3. Clean-Up

Other possessions in the area should also be cleaned even if mold is not visible, such as furniture, carpeting and clothing. Industrial dryers may be used to dry any remaining dampness and air filtration can help remove lingering odors.

Black mold is a natural part of the environment, but it can cause serious structural damage if left to grow inside your home. Use remediation to keep mold under control.

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Mitigation VS. Restoration: What You Need To Know

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

Mitigation

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.

Restoration

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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3 Strategies for Preventing Frozen Water Pipes

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Pipe Break in Ridgefield Office

Howling winds, subzero temperatures and snow can all have an impact on the exterior of your Ridgefield, CT, home. However, one issue that has the potential to create serious damage is frozen pipes. Water that freezes inside pipes can cause them to burst and result in considerable flooding in your home. If you want to prevent this problem, there are several strategies you can use to protect your home from water damage and the resulting costly repairs.

1. Know How To Operate Water Valves

Knowing where your home's water valves are and labeling them for quick identification can help you shut off the water in case of a burst pipe or to keep them from freezing. When the cold weather sets in, you can protect your pipes by shutting off indoor valves that supply water to hoses and keeping the outdoor ones open. This may allow remaining water to expand slowly and prevent sudden pressure from bursting the pipe.

2. Do Not Neglect Indoor Pipes

While it is common for outdoor pipes to freeze, indoor pipes in unheated or poorly insulated rooms can also be affected. Frozen pipes can occur in utility rooms, basements and the garage, so it is important to insulate them. A storm cleanup and restoration company can show you which indoor pipes might be the most vulnerable and help you prevent winter flooding.

3. Drain Outdoor Water Lines Thoroughly

Outdoor water lines can be vulnerable to cold weather, so maintaining them properly before winter can help prevent costly water line repair bills when spring returns. Take the time to drain these lines thoroughly, especially those connected to your sprinkler system. Insulate them if possible, and close shutoff valves tightly once the lines are completely drained.

You can prevent frozen pipes at your Ridgefield, CT, home by preparing them for the winter and giving yourself plenty of time to do so. These simple strategies can protect your home from sudden flooding and the expensive repairs that often come with it.

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Mold Prevention Made Easy

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is one of those discoveries that most building owners hope to never make. While mold has the potential to do good (it is, after all, essential in the creation of brie cheese and penicillin), mold in structures can be extremely detrimental. This fungus feeds on its host surface, and as it grows, the surface beneath it deteriorates. For this reason, mold prevention is key to preserving the overall integrity of your building. If you’re not sure how to prevent mold growth, use these tips provided by your Ridgefield, CT, mold remediation experts:

• Look for problem areas, which may include water damage, standing water and moisture buildup.
• Dry out said areas.
• Fix the problem. This may entail fixing leaky pipes, patching a roof, installing new windows or installing new gutters.
• Equip your building with proper ventilation, and use dehumidifiers to keep humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent.
• Protect your office with mold-resistant products.

Prevention Is Key

Mold can become a problem quickly, and even with professional remediation, there is no guarantee once a patch of mold is removed that there won’t be other patches lurking in the dark. Additionally, mold produces mold spores, which waft in the air until they find an ideal breeding ground. For this reason, it is essential that you prevent water damage and moisture issues from popping up in your office. By keeping moisture at bay, you reduce away the possibility of mold developing in your structure.

If you suspect that your building has mold, contact your Ridgefield, CT, mold remediation team right away. Once the experts have effectively stanched and killed the mold growth, they can advise on what you can do to prevent future outbreaks. This may entail dealing with any water damage as it arises, fixing problem areas and equipping your building with proper ventilation, dehumidifiers and a brand-new gutter system.

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Break Room Fires

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

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

Deodorization

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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3 Ways to Avoid Fire Hazards When Preparing Meals

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Cooking on the stove is something most people do when preparing meals in Danbury, CT. Making the wrong decision when cooking could quickly lead to a small or large fire. If you’d like to prepare your meals as safely as possible, these three tips may come in handy for you.


1. Don’t leave your stovetop unattended. If you’re preparing a meal on the stove, don’t leave it unattended. Some people make the mistake of going into another room or getting distracted by certain appliances, such as the phone and television. If you’re not paying close attention to the stove and you’re cooking with oil, a grease fire could happen


1. Avoid using the highest flame setting. If you don’t have to cook with a high flame, make sure you don’t. It’s one of the simple tips that is often forgotten. You may be in a rush to prepare something, so you think it’s a good idea to set the flame on high. Unfortunately, that could lead to an unintentional fire.


1. Keep paper towels far away from the stovetop. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your roll of paper towels too close to the stovetop. You may have a roll of paper towel out because you’re wiping down surfaces in the kitchen while cooking, but leaving the roll too close to the stove could quickly become a problem that leads to fire damage in the home.


If you’re ever in a situation where a fire erupts in your kitchen, there are experts who can help with the restoration process. However, it’s best to avoid such a dangerous situation by following this helpful set of tips in Danbury, CT. If you’d like to avoid fire hazards, make sure you’re paying attention to the food you’re cooking on the stove, not using the highest flame setting, and keeping your paper towels and other paper products far away from the stovetop.

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Why is Black Water Such a Huge Risk?

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Tips for Staying Safe and Sane When a Pipe Breaks

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Homeownership has its rewards, but when bursting pipes leave your home flooded, it’s normal to panic. No one is expecting to see water gushing into a previously dry room. How do you stay safe and sane after a pipe breaks?

The best thing to do when a broken pipe causes water damage in Danbury, CT is to call a professional. Remember, a flooded room can cause the following:

* Water damage to walls, furniture, and belongings
* Damage to insulation, which must then be replaced
* Growth of mold and bacteria

Standing water can also attract insects, so it is important to address the broken pipe and flooding as soon as possible. The following tips will help you stay protected throughout the process while providing you with peace of mind.

Stay Calm and Turn Off the Water

It can be easy to panic, but try to stay calm and remember that the first step when you have bursting pipes must be to stop the flooding. To turn off the water, you’ll need to find the stop valve on the water main. You can usually find this where the main service line connects to your house, or under the kitchen sink. You should make sure everyone in your family knows where the shutoff valve is located so the water can be turned off quickly in emergencies.

Get to Safety and Call a Professional

Once the water has been shut off, you should immediately get to safety. This is especially important if the water is contaminated, as it can be a serious health hazard. Once you are safely in a dry area, call a professional to fix the broken pipe and clean up the mess.

Trust the Professionals to Dry the Area

Even if the water damage from bursting pipes initially seems minor, you should contact a professional water restoration company when you have water damage in Danbury, CT. Professionals will ensure the area is dry and free from mold and bacteria, keeping you and your family safe. Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on water damage.

What Not To Do After a Pipe Breaks

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

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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Common Questions About Mold in a Home

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Common Questions About Mold in a Home

Homeowners experiencing mold growth in Danbury know that this can quickly become a major issue. Knowing more about the basics of mold, how to prevent it and what to do when it is already present can help you to better protect your home.

What Are the Basics Facts About Mold?

Mold can be unsettling to think about, but it is imperative that all homeowners have the facts:

Mold growth can start in just one to two days
Mold reduces property value
It often does undetected
It can be expensive to remove, especially once significant growth has occurred


What Are the Facts About Mold Remediation?

Before starting mold remediation, make sure that you are wearing the right protective gear. Then, use the following to ensure that the area is properly and safely cleaned:

Throw away anything that cannot be cleaned or dried completely
Air out the space
Ensure proper air circulation and dehumidify the affected area
Never mix cleaners
Use the proper detergent to scrub surfaces
Remove all mold and do not just cover it
Thoroughly dry the area

What Are Some Common Water Damage Facts?

Water damage is one of the primary causes of mold in a home, so it is important to have a basic understanding of it. The following are common facts:

You may need a separate insurance policy to cover it
It can quickly become worse
The water’s pollution level must be determined
Mold can start to grow in under 24 hours

With this information concerning mold growth and other related topics, you can see how it could impact your home. You also have more information about what you need to do to help prevent mold from becoming a problem, such as reducing the risk of water damage and high humidity. Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on mold.

Content Cleaning Following Fire Damage

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Content Cleaning Following Fire Damage

Cleaning your home after a fire can be mentally and physically trying. Even if the blaze does not destroy your home, you’ll still face smoke and soot damage. A fire damage restoration professional in Danbury, CT can help with content cleaning, which includes dry cleaning clothes and textiles.

Preventing Further Damage

After a fire you want to air out your home as soon as possible, but always get permission from your fire marshal before re-entering the property. Open windows to ventilate and use fans to circulate the air. If there is water damage, use fans and dehumidifiers to dry carpets and draperies. Moisture can quickly creep under floors and behind walls causing mold, so make sure that everything gets thoroughly dried with 48 hours.

Removing Soot From Textiles

Soot is oily and stains carpets, draperies and other textiles. You may be able to get rid of some of the soot using a vacuum nozzle over the fabric, but a professional restorer will be able to remove most stains with a heavy-duty vacuum. You should clean these textiles before attempting to further clean and deodorize your home. If your clothes were damaged by smoke, dry cleaning will be necessary.

To remove odors from your furniture, carpet and curtains, you will need specific counteractant chemicals. This project is best left to professionals because different materials require different chemicals. Most household sprays and deodorizers provide only a temporary fix.

Cleaning Soot From Walls

You will need a chemical sponge to properly clean your walls. These can be obtained from a cleaning supply company. It is imperative that you use non-water based cleaners. If you use paint thinner or rubbing alcohol, make sure to properly vent the area.

Recovering from a fire is a draining task. Hiring a professional is usually the best route, helping you get your life back to normal with minimal stress. Fire remediation companies offer content storage until your home is ready. They may even provide dry cleaning services for your damaged clothes. Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on fire damage.

How To Prepare for Flood Damage in Five Simple Steps

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

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.

5 Awesome Fire Restoration Tips!

12/14/2017 (Permalink)


5 Awesome Fire Restoration Tips!

Home fires can be catastrophic, and people often left devastated when the shocking memories of loud fire trucks and relief of surviving have worn off. Whether its commercial fire damage or residential, fire restoration can be traumatizing to address. This is why it's best to hire professionals to help.

The first step of the fire restoration process is to contact the authorities, like firefighters, to alert them of the fire damage that has occurred. Once the firefighter or local authority determines the property is safe to enter, they will then assess the number of damages so that they don't spread through the building.

It may be best initially for only a couple of people to enter a property, especially when dealing with commercial fire damage because the area is bigger in space. Depending on the seriousness, everything may be covered in soot and ashes. Ensure not to track in soot from areas that may have soot damage. Soot damage may affect numerous different surfaces and cause permanent loss if not looked after quickly. And whether it's soot damage, electrical fire, fire damage or smoke-related, it needs to be addressed. This analysis will help to provide a detailed picture of the costs of repair, the amount of fire suppression that took place and the length of time to complete the restoration process.

The next step is to tarp and seal the property. This can include addressing leaks from possible electrical fires.

The third step is to clean things up. Smoke damage can leave a residue. Porcelain, for instance, can become and begin to yellow from the smoke damage. Upholstery which has deeply embedded from soot damage ought to be sent to professionals to ensure they get deep in the fabric to lift all the residual stains. Some folks even ask local firefighters for safe cleaning tips.

Next, it's time for repairs. Whether it's fire damage issues or electrical fire effects, cabinets on the property will likely need to be fixed. It's possible to spread the soot from smoke damage and produce the issue worse or impossible to reverse. So professionals should repair items from smoke damage. People should not ever touch any electrical appliances which have occurred from fire damage, smoke residue or utility room fires.

Lastly, it's crucial in fire restoration to get a proper consultation. Firefighters are great for this because they have first-hand knowledge safety. Firefighters are also fully aware of how important it is to learn fire suppression techniques that may potentially help to avoid future fires.

For instance, electrical fires can often go unseen. Whether its residential or commercial fire damage, paying attention to old wiring is a great way to prevent electrical fires and practice fire suppression.

Additionally, the walls of a property should be cleaned if caused by smoke damage or utility room fires. A utility room fire can be avoided by maintaining the dryer in the laundry room. And disposing of old lint is also a great way of preventing utility room fires.

That said, wouldn't it be great to have a fire hose handy just in case? The good news is people won't need an actual fire truck to accomplish this. These days, there are almost just as many residential fire hoses and commercial ones. Some places have a fire hose in every room. And a fire hose is always a great tool to fight fires, even if one can't afford the fire truck.

Various fire sprinkler systems can be used as great tools for fire suppression. The 'pre-action' fire sprinkler system is used is many larger buildings to prevent commercial fire damage. A 'dry pipe' fire sprinkler system may be good for warehouses. And the 'wet pipe' fire sprinkler system is great for homes because of its low maintenance.

Nobody wants to deal with the stress of a fire truck coming to the rescue. And there's no doubt that the fire restoration process can be a daunting one. But when thought out properly, things can be done in a timely manner, be cost-efficient, and provide peace of mind.
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How to Handle Fire Damage Professionally

12/14/2017 (Permalink)


How to Handle Fire Damage Professionally


Fires in business and home environments occur from time to time and can be very devastating. They leave behind a lot of soot damage and smoke damage and can make your house impossible to live in. The smoke damage that lingers in the building can further worsen the levels of comfort in a building. The resulting loss is what makes people panic and make irrational decisions.


It is important to always remain calm after the occurrence of a fire in business premises. That way, you will be able to follow recommended procedures. Ideally, you should hire a professional company to put out the fire and restore your building.


Restoration after fire damage begins as soon as the fire has been put out. The restoration company will start with the fire cleanup. Anything that has been damaged beyond the point of repair will be disposed of. Otherwise, it might contribute to the appalling smoke smell in the house. The smell is even more serious if you are dealing with commercial fire damage. No work can be carried out in a building that carries excessive smoke smell.


Another major contributor to the smoke smell is the soot damage. The soot should be cleaned up thoroughly, after which the company will board up the seriously affected areas. Plywood sheets or plastic can be used to board up the said surfaces. Fires in homes can be easier to restore compared to fires in business premises. That said, it is advisable to hire a professional to handle the entire fire damage. This is because the cost of restoration will drastically rise if you fail to clean up correctly after the fire has been put out. Generally, the cost of commercial fire damage restoration is higher than that of fires in home buildings.


Sometime after the fire cleanup, the insurance company will come to assess the commercial fire damage and determine how they will help with the fire damage restoration. The insurance company may have to pay for some or all of the damages resulting from the fire.


In the next part of the fire damage restoration process, the professionals will board up the affected windows, walls, and doors in the house. It is advisable to leave some doors or windows open in order to get rid of the lingering smoke damage. You can board up the walls and some of the badly affected windows and doors.


To completely get rid of the soot damage after a commercial fire damage, restoration companies usually use a technique known as thermal fogging. This involves generating fog particles using thermal processes as opposed to mechanical methods. The process approximates the size of smoke particles and works by driving the particles into crevices in the floors and walls. Thermal fogging helps to control smoke damage and considerably deodorizes the rooms affected by the fire damage.


That does not mark the end of the fire damage restoration process. Fire in home or business environments usually leaves an irritating smoke smell, even after thermal fogging has been carried out. To completely deodorize the area, the restoration company will have to carry out suppression spraying. This is done using a pressurized sprayer. Further fire cleanup will be carried out using a vacuum or even the hand. Suppression spraying will help to get rid of the soot damage entirely.


After this, the areas affected by the fire in the home or business premises will be painted. Carpets or floorings may have to be installed by the restoration company. These processes must be carried out after further fire cleanup. In the case of fire in business premises, you will have to purchase a new set of furniture immediately if you want business to go on.


If you experience domestic or commercial fire damage, it is prudent to contact a professional restoration company since they have the knowledge and tools needed to get you through the disaster.
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Restoring Properties That Have Suffered Storm Damage

12/14/2017 (Permalink)


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.
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Why DIY Restoration Should Be Avoided

9/22/2017 (Permalink)


Why DIY Restoration Should Be Avoided

Nothing is more devastating to a homeowner than seeing their entire house submerged in flood damage waters. When this happens, whether the cause is a pipe break or a storm, the first instinct is to get everyone out to safety and salvage what one can. People in this situation sometimes end up feeling as if they have suffered too much loss and may end up trying to handle the water cleanup and water damage restoration by themselves. This article discusses why DIY restoration should be avoided at all times.

Safety concerns

There is a lot of danger that lurks within a flooded home. First, if the water in the home was caused by a storm, you will not have a chance to switch off electrical; appliances and turn off electricity at the main switch. Trying to access a flooded home while you have no idea whether the water has electrical current running in it is a recipe for disaster. When a professional restoration company comes in, they start by assessing the risk of electrocution before trying to get into the flooded home and start the water cleanup.

Unclean water

In cases where the water damage is a result of a pipe break or supply line break, you have to worry about the water being contaminated with contents of the sewer, toilet bowl or the garbage disposal system. Flood water is automatically contaminated and classified as category 2 or 3. Exposing yourself or your family to such contaminated water is not good for you. Water cleanup and drying should be done as soon as the supply line break causing water in the home has been detected.

Mold and mildew development

Mold damage should always be at the back of your mind when you are dealing with water damage, water in the home and restoration. When the mitigation process is not carried out correctly,drying will not happen and pockets of moisture will be left in various corners of the house. This will lead to the eventual development of mold and mildew. Mold causes dry rot, which with time will weaken your home and could even result in eventual collapse. After the water cleanup, the restoration company uses special drying agents to remove any residual moisture and prevent mold development.

Quick, easy and professional services

Cleaning up the damage that has been caused by a pipe break, supply line break, flood water or water in the business is not as simple as many people imagine it is. It becomes an even bigger challenge when the person trying to do the mitigation does not have the right machinery and equipment for the job. If you want peace of mind after a disaster such as a flood damage in the home, hire experts for the mitigation and restoration. When a reputable company is handling the process, all you need to do is look for a place to put up for a few days, and when you return, your home will be in perfect condition, as if the flood damage never happened. It is recommended to call a drying and restoration company close to you because they can respond to all emergencies, regardless of the time of day and protect your home from extensive damage.

Value for money

Some people feel that water damage restoration eats away at their pocket when they have already encountered huge losses in the pipe break or supply line break, flood damage, water in the business or other cause of water in the home or water in the business. However, it is good to note that do it yourself services may cost you your entire flooded home or the premises which suffered damage from water in business in the long run, especially because poor restoration company and mitigation leads to eventual weakening of the house and possible collapse. It is, therefore, best to hire experts for the restoration process. Even though, they come at a cost, this is the cost of saving your home from total destruction.
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Do you Own Commercial Property? Here’s what you should know About Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

9/22/2017 (Permalink)


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.

VI. Restoration
This step involves repairs, and if the damage is immense, renovation.
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What to Do If You Are the Victim of Storm Damage

9/22/2017 (Permalink)


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.

Commercial Fire Damage Services

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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!

Hurricane Harvey Impacts Texas and Louisiana

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Why DIY is a Bad Idea When There is Water Damage

8/30/2017 (Permalink)


Why DIY is a Bad Idea When There is Water Damage

Many people don't want to deal with water damage. Whether it's because of a flood, a supply line break, or a pipe break, there's going to be a lot of water. Mitigation has to happen immediately. Otherwise, water in a home and water in a business will be inevitable. The water, when left for too long, can also wreak havoc.

There are DIY approaches, but they don't focus on water cleanup to the level that a restoration company will. It's why a flooded home or business should focus on professional mitigation and restoration from the very beginning.

Cause of Water Has to Be Identified

The water in home or water in business could be coming from anywhere. It might be due to a major flood, a supply line break, a pipe break, or some other kind of water problem. It's not always easy to know where the water is coming from.

A restoration company will know how to spot water damage. More importantly, they will focus on mitigation and be able to identify the source of the problem. This is critical and certain sensors can be used to be able to see behind walls and such. It will make it easier for the flooded home to be addressed properly so that there is less water appearing.

Location of Water Has to Be Found

All of the water has to be found. As much as someone might want to start dealing with flood damage right away, it's important to find out where all of it is. Some might be on the floors of the main room. The water damage might also be in the walls, the ceilings, and in furniture and other belongings.

The only way that drying and water cleanup can take place is to know where the water is. Most DIY jobs don't get all of the water. This is when a flooded home ends up dealing with mold and mildew later on. A supply line break and pipe break, particularly, could end up with water behind the scenes that is hard to notice.

No one wants water in a home or water in a business to go unnoticed for a long period of time. It's why a professional should be called in when there is a flood, pipe break, or supply line break.

Drying Has to Be Thorough

The drying aspect of a water cleanup has to be thorough. When there is a flooded home, there is water in more places than a person might think. Using hair dryers and other residential drying methods are not going to help with extensive flood damage.

As much as some people might want to save money with flood damage, the best thing to do is contact a restoration company. It will make it easier to learn how to overcome water in a home or water in a business. Professionals have a lot of equipment that can help with drying.

The drying needs to be done for the floors, the furniture, and everything else that has experienced any kind of water damage. It starts with mitigation, which can be done by the individual. However, at some point, it's important to call in a professional restoration company that knows how to deal with flood damage.

Restoration Needs to Happen

The water cleanup needs to be done in a timely fashion. From there, the restoration needs to be completed. This could involve replacing carpeting, fixing drywall, and even removing counters and other areas of a home or business.

Restoration is a big part of coming back from water damage. Professionals have more tools and techniques to handle excessive water, ensuring that it's all handled properly.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on water damage.

All About Professional Fire Damage Restoration

8/30/2017 (Permalink)


All About Professional Fire Damage Restoration

A fire in home or fire in business can create major issues for you to deal with. Most likely the fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage can remain as major issues forever throughout your home or business regardless of the size of the fire. When restoring your premises or home after a fire in home or fire in business, coming up with a professional damage restoration service is a great idea. You should have in mind that many people can deal with residential or a commercial fire damage some extent but using a professional will ensure that all the restorations are carried out as required. Some of the factor when ensuring that you residential or commercial fire damage has been taken care of professionally is as follows.
? Importance of professional fire damage restoration services
The fire cleanup and restoration process are matters that need to be taken care of in a professional manner and therefore should be assigned only to professionals. Nowadays you can find a restoration company that specializes in residential or commercial fire damage restoration and repair work. They will help you board up and restore charred messes that are left behind by fire damage and also those caused by the use of water and fire retardant chemicals in your home or business.
Soot damage and smoke damage are also areas of concern since they might affect your property throughout. In the case of fire in home fire in business,board up and roof tarps should be installed immediately. The smoke smell will spread to all the rooms and therefore if the smoke smell is not attended to properly by professionals it might linger throughout the property. Professional fire restoration services need to be taken care of quickly and therefore a professional fire restoration company should be hired so as to do the work quickly to avoid impairing your ability to use the home or business until all the fire cleanup process is over.
? Features to consider when looking for a reputable fire damage restoration company
Since fire damage has become a common thing many fire cleanup and damage restoration companies have been set up. It is, therefore, your duty to choose the one you consider to be a professional one. The charred mess that is left behind from a residential or a commercial fire damage has to be removed from the property and replacement structures may need to be installed and therefore a professional cleanup crew should be able to perform all tasks such as board up, renovation, demolition, and construction. Board up helps keep the area of work away from prying eyes and also prevent further damage due to elements.
A professional fire damage and restoration company will ensure that the property gets back to its normal condition. Soot damage needs to be removed through professional cleaning techniques while smoke damage needs to be addressed using professional deodorization methods. The smoke smell in your business or home might remain and also can be unbearable since the smoke smell can be absorbed by some materials in the property. This, therefore, requires you to have a cleanup crew that is experienced in all those areas since the soot damage and smoke damage may require special cleanup materials.
? Understanding how long the process will take
The fire cleanup and restoration process require patience regardless of the areas affected such either residential or commercial fire damage. Fire in homes or fire in business requires needs special attention from a professional fire cleanup crew in order to attain the best results. The entire process of fire cleanup and damage restoration may take the damage restoration company some days or weeks depending on the type or fire damage that had occurred. Since some damages require special attention. The problem of fire in homes or fire in business can be somehow stressful since you may not live in your home or you may not get some income to pay your bills if the business property is damaged until the renovation has been completed. But if you had chosen a right damage restoration company they can do the work quickly and efficiently.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on fire damage.

Mold 101: How to Spot it and What to Do

8/30/2017 (Permalink)


Mold 101: How to Spot it and What to Do

No building is immune to mold growth. Any event that causes moisture to infiltrate the structure could very likely spur mold growth because the microscopic spores of mold are present throughout indoor and outdoor environments. A flood, broken pipe, roof leak, or prolonged exposure to moisture such as in a bathroom without good ventilation could create an environment where mildew and fungus can grow, reproduce, and inflict dry rot on the structure.

Unless a person notices a flood or leak, moisture buildup might go unseen until an abnormal smelly odor arises. The smelly odor comes from the metabolic function of the microorganisms that give off volatile organic compounds. Deodorization alone cannot solve the problem because it would only cover up the smell of mildew and mold growth. A restoration company, however, would use a deodorization process after remediation of the causes of problems like black mold and dry rot. When a smelly odor persists but mold growth cannot be seen, then mold growth behind a wall could be happening. Mold in a home could also occur inside heating and cooling ducts and vents or behind wallpaper.

Visible mold like black mold represents a clear warning sign of mold in the home. Black mold can appear as blotchy and expanding dark areas on drywall, studs, or under carpet. People need to take signs of fungus and smelly odors seriously. Calling a restoration company to do an inspection will inform the home or business owner of the severity of the problem. Technicians trained in mold removal, remediation, and deodorization will have special equipment that can test the microbial nature of the fungus or mildew to determine how to treat it. They will know how to assess both commercial mold damage and mold in homes.

After determining the species of fungus present, a restoration company will begin the mitigation of mold damage by first fixing the moisture problem. This can be as simple as cleaning up water from a flood or obvious leak that has already been fixed. In other cases, an investigation might reveal that poor drainage outside is causing water to seep into a basement or that ventilation needs to be installed. The remediation and structural experts at restoration company will address these needs.

Drying goes hand in hand with water cleanup. A mold removal contractor will have commercial-grade fans and dehumidifiers to dry up the infected areas and stop the spread of mildew and mold damage. Drying alone will not suffice to fix contaminated materials like carpet or drywall. The mitigation process will require removal and replacement, especially of wood that has experienced dry rot. Structural elements that cannot come out will be deeply cleaned and mitigation treatments will be applied to stop new problems. These efforts will achieve deodorization of the smell caused by commercial mold damage or mold in the home.

Mold removal professionals have the resources to begin mitigation efforts as soon as possible unlike a property owner who has many other daily responsibilities. Specialists from restoration companies have the skill set to identify residential or commercial mold damage, mold growth behind walls, and black mold. They have fungicidal products to kill the microorganisms causing mold damage. Their testing equipment will them to locate the reach of mold damage and allow for a remediation crew to remove infected materials.

The rapid cessation of mold growth behind walls or commercial mold damage is important because the days that go by without mold removal mean that the problem will spread. With the services of a restoration company, a homeowner or business person will gain the support necessary to find mold growth behind walls, dry rot, moisture penetration, and unpleasant odors that limit the usability of a space.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on mold.

Commercial Duct Systems- Out of Sight, Out of Mind

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

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:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • 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

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

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

Tips to Reduce Risk of Furnace Malfunction

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

After the Storm Has Passed, What's Next?

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Insurance Claim Tips

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

Small Kitchen Fire? Leave the Cleanup to the Professionals

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire in Danbury, CT

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips to Help During Flooding Events

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement in Ridgefield, CT

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

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

Safety Tips

Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.

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

Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down

1 foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

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

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

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

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

The Steps of Water Damage Restoration

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

The Steps of Water Damage Restoration


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

5 Fire Damage Restoration Questions Answered

7/25/2017 (Permalink)


5 Fire Damage Restoration Questions Answered

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

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

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

2. What is a Board Up?

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

3. Can I Clean Fire Damage Myself?

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

4. What Can I Save After a Fire?

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

5. How Long Does Fire Damage Cleanup Take?

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

Professional Mold Remediation Strategies

7/25/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Mold Remediation Strategies

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

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

Mold Removal, Remediation, and Restoration Company

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

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

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

Taking a Proactive Approach to Mold Damage

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

Mold, Smelly Odor, and Deodorization

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

Fungus and Mildew as Warning Signs

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

Dealing with Dry Rot

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

The Unique Dangers of Black Mold

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

Benefits Of Professional Mold Removal and Remediation

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Benefits Of Professional Mold Removal and Remediation

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

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

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

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

Mold Removal Process

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

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

. Assessment

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

. Containment

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

. Removal

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

. Drying

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

. Repair

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

. Testing

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

Considerations

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

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

Advantages of Hiring Fire Damage Restoration Services

6/30/2017 (Permalink)


Advantages of Hiring Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

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

Availability of enough personnel

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

Experience and qualification

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

Tools and equipment

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

Insurance coverage for fire damage

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

Get better settlement after a commercial fire damage

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

Salvage valuable personal belonging after fire cleanup

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

The Tricks And Tips of Restoration After Water Damage

6/30/2017 (Permalink)


The Tricks And Tips of Restoration After Water Damage

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

Pump The Water

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

Water Cleanup and Drying

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

Flood Damage Mitigation

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

Mold Prevention

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

Reducing Storm Damage in Danbury, CT

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement in Brookfield, CT due to Sump Pump Failure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Soot contaminated HVAC filter.

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

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

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

Are Odors Affecting Your Fairfield County Home?

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Commercial Water Damage Response Unit in Fairfield County, CT

5/28/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Response Truck loaded with Equipment and Supplies

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

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

Commercial Water Damage Drying Services in Fairfield County, CT

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Desiccant dehumidifier trailer in action in Fairfield County, CT

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

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

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

Groundwater Infiltration into your Danbury, CT home

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Removing Snow From Around Your Home to Prevent Water Damage

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Snow melt causing flooding

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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

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

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

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

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

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

Hours 1 - 24:

? Drywall begins to swell and break down.

? Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

? Furniture begins to swell and crack.

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

? A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

? Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

? Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

? Metal begins to rust and corrode.

? Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

? Paint begins to blister.

? Wood flooring swells and warps.

? Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

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

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

Commercial Flood Damage in Danbury, CT

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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

Damaged Documents in Your Commercial Property?

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

 

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


The SERVPRO® Document Restoration Facility Offers:

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

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

Is Mold Hiding in Your Attic?

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Water Damage- Restore vs. Replace in Fairfield County

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Swollen baseboard and paneling

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


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

Air Scrubber Installed in a flooded basement in Brookfield, CT

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Pack-out of contents of a New Fairfield fire damage

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Contents inventoried and packed at our warehouse in Danbury, CT

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

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

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

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

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

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

Commercial Fire Damage in Danbury, CT

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage

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

Fire Extinguisher Power in a Fire Damage

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

Roof Collapse in Danbury

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Commercial Mold Remediation in Ridgefield, CT

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Ice Dam in a Danbury residence.

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

Flood Damage in Danbury, CT Businesses

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Bird Droppings Affecting Your Health- Useful Information

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Emergency Readiness- How Ready Are You?

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Crime Scenes and the Importance of Professional Cleaning

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

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

Crime Scenes carry sensitive information.

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

Crime Scenes can be dangerous.

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

Crime Scenes can be emotional.

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

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield

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

Mold Tips & Facts

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

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

MYTH NO. 1 BLEACH KILLS MOLD?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Sewage Backup in a Danbury business

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Category 3: "Black Water"

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

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

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Crew Chiefs



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

    • Respond to service calls when needed.

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

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

    • Resolve problems quickly as they arise.

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


    Production Technicians



    • Respond to service calls as needed.

    • Perform services as assigned, following SERVPRO production guidelines.

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

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

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


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

    Helping Reduce Mold Contamination in your Ridgefield Home

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

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

    What to Do:

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

    What Not to Do:

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

    About Our Mold Remediation Services

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

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

    Getting your tile and grout cleaned in Ridgefield, CT

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning

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

    Grout is Porus and Cleaning it is a Difficult DIY Project

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

    How Do We Clean Your Tile & Grout

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

    What to do following a Danbury house fire

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

    DYI tips to have your A/C running efficient

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Step 8 - Check the evaporator drain.

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

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


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

    Tips to Help Prepare for the Fall Beauty

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

    Have Mice Invaded Your Danbury, CT Home or Business?

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

    General Cleaning in a Danbury, CT Commercial Property

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

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


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



    • Award-winning training

    • Over 40 years’ experience in the industry

    • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products


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

    Historic Flooding in Louisiana

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

    Preventing your Heating/ Cooling Units from Starting a Fire

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

    Check the condition of your home's electrical system.

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

    Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Danbury, CT

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

    SERVPRO offers several methods of cleaning:

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

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

    Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.

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

    Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

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

    Insurance Carrier and your Water Damage in Danbury, CT

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

     General Water Damage

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

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

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

     Sewer Line Backups

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

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

    Protect your Home

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

    Safe Boating Tips for Summer Fun!

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

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

    Be Weather-Wise

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

    Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist

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

    Use Common Sense

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

    Designate an Assistant Skipper

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

    Make Proper Use of Lifejackets

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

    Avoid Alcohol

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

    Learn to Swim

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

    Take a Boating Course

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

    Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check

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

    Summer Grilling Tips!

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Summer Carpet Cleaning Services

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

    Preventative Maintenance

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

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

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

    Professional Cleaning

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

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

    Warning Signs of a Possible Electrical Fire

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

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

    Flickering lights 

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

    SERVPRO is trained in the latest procedures to handle mold

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

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

    New Equipment!

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

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

    Initial water loss evaluations

    · Investigative testing of building and contents

    · Determination of water loss category (1-3)

    · Flood situations

    · Mold contamination

    · HVAC cleaning verification

    · Trauma/crime scene bio-testing

    · Carpet cleaning verification

    · Post-remediation verification

    · Equipment decontamination verification

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

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

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


    Document Drying/Processing

    8/2/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO's Document Drying Chamber

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

    Vacuum Freeze drying

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

    - Sublimation

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

    -Digitizing 

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

    Gamma Radiation

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

    Infrared Camera Technology

    6/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Water damage in ceiling.

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

    Are you prepared in case of an emergency?

    6/15/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

    Hardwood floor drying in Connecticut

    5/27/2016 (Permalink)

    Hardwood Floor Drying System

    Hardwood Floor Drying

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

    May 4th- International Firefighters Day

    5/5/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield celebrates International Firefighter's Day

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

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

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

    Red Cross Ready Rating

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

    Soon Spring Begins!

    3/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Concrete wall covered in soot and oil

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

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefields' Team

    3/13/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield Disaster Recovery Team

    3/13/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

    What is lurking in your ducts?

    11/17/2015 (Permalink)

    Before/After HVAC cleaning

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

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

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

     

    Helping Prevent Holiday Disasters

    12/17/2014 (Permalink)

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

    Danbury Fire Prevention Day 2014

    10/7/2014 (Permalink)

    Live Fire Demonstration

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

    Disaster Recovery Drying Trailer

    8/10/2014 (Permalink)

    Dehumidifier trailer for large water losses.

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

    Lower Your Risk of Water Damage

    12/10/2013 (Permalink)

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

    Bethel High School

    10/11/2013 (Permalink)

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

    Fire Prevention Day

    10/11/2013 (Permalink)

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

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