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2-Story Water Damage In Stamford

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 2-Story Water Damage In Stamford Bubbled paint from pooled water.

A pipe break caused this house to flood on he second floor. The water flowed down the walls into the first floor, damaging the walls and carpeted floor in the process.  This before picture shows the first floor ceiling with gallons of water bubbling the paint.

SERVPRO of Stamford was called in to clean up the aftermath. We pulled up the damaged carpet to reveal a gorgeous hardwood floor.  We cleaned the wood floor and delighted the homeowner.  The owner was thrilled-she said "This floor never looked this good in the 10 years I've owned this house".

Be Prepared For A Hurricane

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

The threat of a potential hurricane is always nerve wracking to all in the affected area. However, being prepared and knowledgeable of precautionary measures to take in the event of a hurricane can ease some the stress and panic you may be experiencing.

Having a ready to go emergency kit is key in any disaster situation. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the contents of this kit should include:

  • Map(s) of your local area
  • Tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers or pliers to maneuver utilities
  • Matches
  • Sanitation products such as baby wipes, trash bags and disinfectant
  • Dust masks in the case of air contamination
  • Plastic sheeting and Duct Tape for creating shelter-in-place.
  • A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio
  • Multiple flash lights
  • Surplus of batteries (for radio/flashlight)
  • A First aid kit
  • At least 3 days worth of non perishable food (per person) and can opener if needed
  • At least 3 days worth of water (1 gallon per person, per day)

This basic list is, of course, to be adjusted and will differ person to person depending on specific needs such as any medications, pet needs, money, gasoline etc. But this list provided is a staple for a basic emergency kit.

To be aware of what is happening around you before the storm hits, be sure to frequently check the news to gather updated information on the storm. Familiarize yourself with which is the safest room in your home, evacuation routes, and locations of shelters.

During the storm the measures to take are quite simple. If no emergency evacuation is issued, stay in the safest room of your home, away from all windows and have all necessary emergency supplies on hand. Listen to a battery powered radio for updates and be sure the storm is officially over before leaving shelter. Hurricanes are known to subside for a brief amount of time if the eye of the storm passes over you, but then resumes again in full force.

After you are sure the storm is over you may go outside and observe any serious damage. If there are any signs of danger such as downed power lines and fallen trees, report them immediately and steer clear of any threat.

If at any point during the storm your home experienced extreme damages (water, structural) SERVPRO of Stamford is a 24/7 emergency cleanup and restoration company that can service all of your needs. With quick responses we will have someone on their way to meet you in no time and offer our help to the best of our ability. You can reach us at 203-324-1642 or request for help online through our website. Stay safe this storm season!

Be Prepared For A Hurricane

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

The threat of a potential hurricane is always nerve wracking to all in the affected area. However, being prepared and knowledgeable of precautionary measures to take in the event of a hurricane can ease some the stress and panic you may be experiencing.

Having a ready to go emergency kit is key in any disaster situation. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the contents of this kit should include:

  • Map(s) of your local area
  • Tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers or pliers to maneuver utilities
  • Matches
  • Sanitation products such as baby wipes, trash bags and disinfectant
  • Dust masks in the case of air contamination
  • Plastic sheeting and Duct Tape for creating shelter-in-place.
  • A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio
  • Multiple flash lights
  • Surplus of batteries (for radio/flashlight)
  • A First aid kit
  • At least 3 days worth of non perishable food (per person) and can opener if needed
  • At least 3 days worth of water (1 gallon per person, per day)

This basic list is, of course, to be adjusted and will differ person to person depending on specific needs such as any medications, pet needs, money, gasoline etc. But this list provided is a staple for a basic emergency kit.

To be aware of what is happening around you before the storm hits, be sure to frequently check the news to gather updated information on the storm. Familiarize yourself with which is the safest room in your home, evacuation routes, and locations of shelters.

During the storm the measures to take are quite simple. If no emergency evacuation is issued, stay in the safest room of your home, away from all windows and have all necessary emergency supplies on hand. Listen to a battery powered radio for updates and be sure the storm is officially over before leaving shelter. Hurricanes are known to subside for a brief amount of time if the eye of the storm passes over you, but then resumes again in full force.

After you are sure the storm is over you may go outside and observe any serious damage. If there are any signs of danger such as downed power lines and fallen trees, report them immediately and steer clear of any threat.

If at any point during the storm your home experienced extreme damages (water, structural) SERVPRO of Stamford is a 24/7 emergency cleanup and restoration company that can service all of your needs. With quick responses we will have someone on their way to meet you in no time and offer our help to the best of our ability. You can reach us at 203-324-1642 or request for help online through our website. Stay safe this storm season!

Severe Summer Weather

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Summer is right around the corner! You may know all the facts about summer fun, but are you up to speed on summer’s severe weather? Connecticut summers are notorious for a variety of severe weather, but two of its biggest threats are extreme heat and lightning. Consider these striking facts:

Striking Fact #1: Heat is the #1 weather-related killer in the U.S.Tornadoes and hurricanes often get the headlines, but excessive heat is a formidable foe that claims more lives each year than floods, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Stay informed about ways to remain safe when the temperature rises.

Striking Fact #2: The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and 50 degrees in an hour- even when outside air temperatures are in the 70s.  Check out the National Weather Service’s “Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat” campaign for more information about keeping kids safe this summer. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Striking Fact #3: Lightning kills an average of 51 people and severely injures hundreds more each year in the U.S.Lightning is a deadly by-product of thunderstorms, occurring mostly during the warmer months of June through September. It’s also Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the perfect time to brush up on tips for staying safe.

Tis' The Season For Power Washing

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

As spring time rolls into the summer we begin to shed off our winter coats and stow them away for the next chilly season. Unfortunately, after time, your houses bares its coat until a little assistance is provided. You may find that the exterior of your house may begin to gather algae, moss, mildew or dinge and be puzzled as to why this happened and how to counteract it.

Pressure washing is a simple solution and SERVPRO of Stamford would be happy to help! This method of cleaning requires power washing machinery that uses high pressured water spray to remove anything from grime to chewing gum and is incredibly effective. This equipment can be dangerous to use and is recommended that you contact a professional for your cleaning needs. Another bonus of using this tool is that its cleaning abilities are not limited to the exterior of residential houses, but also is effective on things such as commercial buildings, vehicles, and concrete and wood surfaces. SERVPRO has experts that can find the fitting pressure washer for each surface and evaluate how much it will take to thoroughly clean whatever it may be. This is incredibly important because, when used incorrectly, a pressure washer can damage surfaces due to its power and intensity.SERVPRO of Stamford promises to perform this task in a professional manner, making sure to leave no damage to your home and a spotless shine that would make you think it's brand new.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that sewage backups are more than just a foul-smelling mess? These backups contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illnesses if not treated as an emergency. Be SERVPRO Ready and know what contaminated water is.

There are three types of contaminated water:

Category 1 – Clear Water

  • Includes water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If not treated, it can turn into category 2 or 3

Category 2 – Gray Water

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can result from a washing machine, dishwasher, or toilet overflow

Category 3 – Black Water

  • May contain untreated sewage, chemicals, and microbes
  • Highly contaminated and can cause severe illness
  • Results from water from flooding rivers or sewer backups

Tips & Facts:

  • Only restoration professionals should cleanup sewage backups
  • Don’t run any water down drains until the blockage has been cleared
  • Keep children away from contaminated areas
  • Dispose of or wash any contaminated objects (bedding, clothing, carpets)

At SERVPRO of the Stamford, our professionals are trained and ready to treat any contaminated water issues 24 hours, 365 days a year. Never hesitate to give us a call or visit our website.

SERVPRO® Expands PGA Sponsorship with PGA Fantasy Golf

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

There is an old adage: “It never rains on a golf course.” As the official cleanup and restoration company of the PGA TOUR, SERVPRO® knows this isn’t true, but rain or shine, fans follow their favorite players’ performance at PGA golf tournaments throughout the season. Recognizing the ever-growing popularity of the game, SERVPRO has expanded its relationship with the PGA TOUR by becoming the presenting sponsor of the PGA Fantasy Golf games, available at pgatour.com/fantasy.

 

“We know people don’t associate SERVPRO with the wide-open spaces and fair weather feeling of a golf course. After all, SERVPRO is the company you turn to when the unexpected, even the unthinkable, happens to your home or business,” says Michael Keating, owner of SERVPRO® of Stamford. “But each SERVPRO business is also a local business, there to support the community in good times and bad. Teaming up with the PGA TOUR as the sponsor of their Fantasy Golf Suite helps us build connections within our local community. We want local home and business owners to know that we are there for them ready to respond at a moment’s notice if things go wrong.”

 

The new “One & Done” games were launched on January 3, 2017*, but the game structure allows players to join in on the fun at any point during the current season. Each week, game players select one player to earn points for them in that week’s tournament. The PGA Tour Fantasy game is based on accumulated FedEx Cup points and the PGA Tour Champions game is based on accumulated Charles Schwab Cup points. A player may select a given golfer for a tournament in each of the One & Done games only once in each season. Since some tournaments earn a pro golfer more points than others, game strategy is based on selecting the right golfers for the right tournaments.

 

“With the first major tournament of the season—The Masters—just around the corner, now is a great time to start your One & Done game for this year’s tour,” says Keating. “If you ‘master’ the trick of choosing the right golfers in the right tournaments, you could jump to the top of your Fantasy league.” The top finisher in the PGA TOUR game will win a new set of golf clubs, while the top prize for the PGA TOUR Champions game is a trip for two to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-12.

 

SERVPRO of Stamford specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Stamford, please contact Michael Keating at (203) 324-1642 or mike@SERVPROofstamford.com.

Stay Healthy During The Winter

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Although this season is marked by jolly and wonder, there are some aspects that can burden some, either temporarily or over time. Here are some winter health tips that will keep you happy and healthy so that you can truly enjoy the holiday season in all of its glory.

 

  • Healthy Eating

After Thanksgiving’s kickstart, it is a common temptation to fall into the habit of eating a surplus of sugary, fattening comfort food. However the over indulging might make you start to feel like a part of the Clause family.

To stay on track with healthy eating, push aside those unhealthy comfort foods and make a substitution for something nutritious and tasty. A craving among most is food that is warm and savory due to the bitter cold outside. Most would be quick to grab a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, but those may not be the healthiest choice. Soups or stews can satisfy that urge for warmth and flavor while benefitting you with a healthy variety of vegetables and protein. Sweet potatoes offer both savory and sweet food packed with good fats and are very filling. Pairing these foods with dark leafy greens and fresh fruit will create a perfect balance to keep you healthy this winter.

  • Exercise

Although winter deems it perfect weather for hibernation, staying indoors and sleeping beneath blankets all day won’t benefit our health. Get yourself motivated with some upbeat music and get into the swing of a revised workout routine. It obviously can be much more challenging if you are used to doing all of your workouts outside but if you happen to have a gym membership or an open space inside your home, you can quickly develop a newfound workout plan to keep conditioned over the next few chilly months.

Make sure to stretch and warm up before your workout. Since the temperature is so low, it takes more time for your joints and muscles to become ready for exercise. Also of great importance when exercising is to stay hydrated. Drink as much water as you can to keep your body a well oiled machine.

  • Keeping The Flu At Bay

During the winter, germs are flying left and right from those who already fell vulnerable to the common cold. From airborne germs from coughs and sneezes to hand to hand contact, there are many easy ways for you to catch these bugs too. To keep from getting ill it is very important to boost your immune system. Be sure to get proper vitamin intake either from supplements or healthy fruits and veggies. Vitamin C is especially helpful during the cold and flu season because it helps strengthen the immune system to fight of viruses and bacteria.

Stress can also be a major contributor of susceptibility to illness. Make sure you limit the stress of your day to day life through different tactics such as deep breathing or even meditation. Be sure to get proper hours of sleep as well to keep your immune system healthy and stress levels low.

On top of these factors it is also very important to keep the surfaces in your home clean and to always wash your hands after going to the bathroom or touching something that may be in contact with multiple people, such as a door handle or stair railing. This will further limit your chances of becoming sick with the common cold or something worse.

Stamford Fire: Part 1

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Recently, a family home on Underhill St, Stamford CT, went from the bottom up in flames. The first dispatched firefighters arrived to see dark smoke rising from the home. However, even when the total of four firetrucks and 30 firemen were at the scene, they were prohibited to enter the home due to dangerous electrical complications. It was stated that the fire had initiated from the basement and was possibly caused by a faulty electrical panel. The fire spread through the walls of both the second and third floor doing irreparable damage. After the electricity of the home was disconnected by a power company, the firefighters proceeded their fight to eradicate the growing fire.

Most of the damage harmed only the home; However, both a resident and a firemen were transported to the hospital and released later with no serious injuries.

SERVPRO was at the scene while the fire began to dwindle. Offering our best service and consolation to the family that had been displaced from their home. After consulting and conversing an overview of our procedure and any questions they may have had, our crew was ready for their cue to be at the scene to begin clean up. On arrival, the SERVPRO crew began their course of action for board up. A total of 13 sheets of plywood were required to cover the combination of doors and windows that were lost or damaged in the fire.

What is a Puffback?

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Among the unfortunate occurrences of mishaps such as frozen pipes, air leaks and ice dams during the winter months, there is also the haywire messes caused by puff backs. A puff back is the result of an oil burner’s hinderance of ignition allowing fumes to accumulate and causes an eruption of debris to travel through a furnace’s exhaust system and into your home. This incident can cause soot to damage multiple areas of your home, especially if you have a heating installation that would allow it to travel by the means of air vents. The emission of soot signifies a problem rooted within the heating system. Although, this does not indicate that there is a need to replace the system entirely.

 

If a puff back has transpired, you may experience large areas of discoloration on walls, cabinets, curtains, bedding, windows and other areas, as well as an evident, strong and smoke like odor. Unfortunately the soot produced is not an easy mess to eradicate because it will withhold oil from the furnace making it diverse from soot’s common powdery form.

 

Most puff back cleanups are covered by insurance.  Don’t attempt to clean up the puffback residue without contacting us here at SERVPRO of Stamford first.  We will assess the damage and necessary restoration process. This should be done immediately to ensure the removal of the residue and chemicals is safe and efficient for both you and our staff.  A repair company should also be contacted to locate and correct the problem with your furnace.

 

In terms of preventing puff backs it may be helpful to inspect your furnace every so often to eliminate the buildup of debris and/or contact your heating company if you begin to experience any sign of soot in proximity to your furnace.

 

If you experience a puffback, call SERVPRO of Stamford 24/7.

203.324.1642