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

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in kitchen 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 to Deliver Lasting Outcomes 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
  • Whether there are health problems associated with mold
  • How costly the removal process is likely to be

For most people, the appearance of mold residues on surfaces such as walls, ceiling, or bathroom floors kick 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 what the visible signs reveal. 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 problem.

How easy is it to uncover all areas affected by mold?

Depending on what triggers the mold infestation in your property, it might take some time before you notice the signs. Hidden areas such as wall and floor cavities provide the best conditions for mold to develop unnoticed. Such areas tend to retain moisture, collect dust, and natural light from the sun rarely filters. 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. For instance, 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. Different 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 chances of further growth. The relative humidity levels in the area can also support such growth when they are too high. We find out whether humidity levels are high and establish the reasons for that, 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. 

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

The agitation and other removal processes can easily 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 appropriately 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. 

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.

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

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Fire damage Danbury

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)

A SERVPRO enclosed trailer parked in a driveway. SERVPRO is here and ready, no matter the extent of damage you have Danbury.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.