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Recent Storm Activity

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

In the past five months, we have seen two major storms, Ida and Elsa.  These storms have wreaked havoc on homeowners and business owners alike. Storm and water damage affects both residential and corporate settings without prejudice. With more heavy rain expected in the near future, rely on SERVPRO of Stamford for your restoration needs.  Here’s why:

Experience

We have over 30 years of experience in Fairfield County, working with thousands of people to get back to normal.  Not only are we trusted for small to medium sized damage, we worked with thousands of families and businesses alike when Hurricane Sandy hit our area, bringing with it damage that hadn't been seen for decades.

Expertise

In every facet of our business, we have decades of knowledge under our belt.  We routinely attend education classes to ensure that we are on the cutting edge of the industry, both with methods and equipment.  We know how to handle storm damage quickly and efficiently.

Empathy

We truly understand the damage that can happen during a storm, and how disrupting it may be to your life.  We are homeowners as well, and some of us have experienced storm damage firsthand. When you call us, we know how you feel.

Sometimes storm damage can occur, even when we are on top of being prepared.  In this case, call SERVPRO of Stamford.  We have extensive experience and will take care of you and your property.  We work with your insurance company, and are available 24/7 to help.

Do You Need Business Interruption Insurance?

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

Imagine this scenario:  You own a business in Fairfield County.  After a storm that brings heavy rainfall, your business suffers water damage.  The damage is significant enough that it displaces your employees and disallows you from serving your customers at your location.  This situation may cause loss of income, as well as adding unexpected costs to remediating the damage that has happened.

Over the past few months, as Fairfield County has experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall, this is a situation that far too many business owners have found themselves in.  We have seen businesses struggle to get back on their feet when they don't have any sort of protection against loss of income.

From Allstate: “Business interruption insurance helps protect against lost income after a covered peril affects a business. Covered perils typically include theft, fire, wind, falling objects or lightning. Be sure to read your business insurance policy documents so you know which perils your insurer helps cover.”

Sometimes business interruption insurance is built into business insurance, and sometimes it needs to be purchased separately.  If you are unsure if you have this type of protection, you should read your policy, or contact your agent to find out.

It is important to contact a damage restoration professional as soon as you notice any damage. SERVPRO of Stamford has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had damage to their business property.  If you have any type of water damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

Fire Aftermath In A Stamford Home

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of drywall that has been removed. SERVPRO of Stamford removed this portion of drywall so airflow could dry inside the wall.

Recently, a small kitchen fire broke out in a Stamford home due to a pan on the stovetop being left unattended.  The fire was small enough not to cause extensive damage, but significant enough to require fire department assistance.

The fire department responded quickly, as was able to put the flames out in a matter of minutes.  But the homeowners were surprised at the resulting damage.  What many people don't realize is that in order to extinguish fires, hundreds of gallons of water are used, which causes water damage in the home.  This can be true for even a small kitchen fire such as this.

SERVPRO of Stamford was called in to remediate both the fire damage, and the water damage from the firefighting efforts.  We used safe cleaning solutions to remove odor and discoloration from the walls and ceiling.  Because the water had pooled on the floor, we extracted the water and removed a portion of the drywall to ensure that proper drying would occur within.  

The moisture level returned to normal levels after a few days, and the homeowner was pleased with our work!

It is important to contact a fire damage restoration professional as soon as the fire is over to help limit and remediate the damage. SERVPRO of Stamford has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had fire damage to their property.  If you have any type of fire or smoke damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

Smoke Damage And Lasting Effects

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

We all know the familiar phrase “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”  The opposite is also true.  When there is fire, there is most definitely smoke filling the area.

Smoke is an unavoidable side effect of fires in homes and businesses. Everyone has an idea of what smoke looks like, but many people don't know that different types of smoke result from different types of fires.  Each kind of smoke will affect the area differently, especially when it comes to the residue that is left behind.

Smoke can be white, black, and every shade of gray in between.  Any smoke is made up of different substances like carbon particles and water vapor. The color varies based on the composition of the smoke.  For instance, a white smoke has more water vapor.  This will leave behind what is known as wet smoke residue.  A darker smoke will consist of a higher concentration of particulate matter from incomplete combustion of surrounding materials.  This smoke can penetrate porous surfaces deeper and leave a thicker layer of particles and darker discoloration.  Both smoke types leave their own unique odor, both of which need to be remediated.

As you can see, smoke damage after a fire isn't as simple as wiping down surfaces.  It is a process that requires expert diagnosis of the affected surfaces and type of smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Stamford has over 30 years of experience with fire and smoke damage. Our SERVPRO crews can have your Stamford home back to normal in no time after a fire damage.

Harsh Summer Weather

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is a season where numerous things can change, including the climate. Temperatures can fluctuate widely from morning and night.  Extremely hot days might be trailed by cooler nights. Stronger weather systems develop under these conditions. We have seen this happen recently, causing severe rain. Rainstorms cause the greater part of the serious summer weather patterns.  While wind and lightning can cause damage, it is the water itself that causes the most issues in the form of flooding.

Be Prepared

  • Keep a first aid pack available. 
  • Have an emergency plan for you and your family
  • Make sure that everyone knows where emergency supplies are located
  • Know the signs of damage and look for them early so damage is limited if possible

Being prepared for harsh summer weather is half the battle for keeping your family safe and protecting your assets. Early action is the best defense against serious damage.

If you have any summer season storm-related damage in your Stamford home, please call SERVPRO of Stamford as early as possible.  This will allow us to start remediating the damage quickly, limiting the amount of damage that can occur.  Our skilled technicians will take care of the rest.

Major Water Damage At Waterfront Restaurant

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

A couple weeks ago, we received a frantic call from the owner of a large restaurant in the greater area.  Heavy rainfall caused the pipes to become overloaded to the point that a rupture was caused.  Thousands of gallons of water poured onto the restaurant dining room and entrance while they were forced to just watch.  Fortunately, they called us immediately so that we could begin remediation as soon as possible.

We arrived on scene with multiple crews of technicians, and ample equipment to get the job done.  The immense amount of water was extracted and drying began.  We set up an array of fans, dehumidifiers, and floor drying systems to reduce moisture levels as much as possible.  Now that the remediation is done, our reconstruction team will take over and rebuild the space.

Every time a business suffers damage, the potential ramifications are doubled.  This is because not only is there a cost associated with fixing the issue, but every day that they are not open is a loss of income from business interruption.  So make the right choice when you need emergency damage remediation. Call SERVPRO of Stamford at 203.324.1642.

Reconstruction After Major Damage

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

The past month has seen some pretty heavy rainfall.  And as we have learned, when rain happens, people experience a much higher risk of water coming into their homes.  This can happen through groundwater swells, clogged or faulty gutters, or from an unnoticed leak in the roof.  We see issues like this at homes and businesses alike.

Our remediation team can expertly remove any excess moisture that could cause issues like warped flooring, weak walls, and mold growth.

But what sets us apart is our ability to leverage our reconstruction team after the remediation is complete.  The situation after a remediation can look bleak.  Maybe the fire department had to cause structural damage to fight a fire.  Or maybe wood has rotten where water was unnoticed for too long.  

Our team of reconstruction experts can rebuild, remodel, and construct new structures.  They have experience in flooring, siding, roofing, and general contracting.  This means that we are a one-stop shop which saves you time and trouble in a stressful situation. 

We Take The Little Details Seriously

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes your home or business, the process can appear simple.  Extract the water, dry other moisture.  It seems simple and straightforward, and sometimes it is.  But sometimes, depending on conditions, the process can become more nuanced and tricky. But SERVPRO of Stamford is very experienced in both simple and complex damage remediation.

When you have a flood or leak, water can get in places you never expected.  A less experienced company may extract the standing water and then dry until the visible moisture is gone.  But we know that moisture can hide in places that are not visible.  We use tools like a thermal imager to detect areas that need to be dried more thoroughly.  This is the difference between mold growth and no mold growth down the road.

If you have a fire in your home or business, there will be resulting odors that may go untreated by some companies.  We have access to, and use encapsulation and deodorization agents to eliminate odors at the source.

We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your residential fire damage remediation needs.  That’s why SERVPRO of Stamford should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.

Customer Success Story - Storm Damage

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

The past month has seen some pretty heavy rainfall.  And as we have learned, when rain happens, people experience a much higher risk of water coming into their homes.  This can happen through groundwater swells, clogged or faulty gutters, or from an unnoticed leak in the roof.  We see issues like this at homes and businesses alike.

Such was the case for a homeowner in Stamford.  This person and his family awoke one morning to find that water had come in through the roof during the night’s rainfall.  By the time they noticed the water, it had already pooled in the attic and begun to saturate and pour down the walls on their second floor.  They contacted their insurance company who in turn reached out to us.  We sent out a crew who extracted the standing water and dried the residual moisture.

After the home was returned to preloss condition, the owner wrote to us to express his gratitude:

“SERVPRO of Stamford came in when we were in trouble.  They took care of all of the water in our home.  Thank you for helping us during a stressful time.”

-Craig R.

If heavy rainfall and water happen to also affect your home or business, SERVPRO of Stamford can help return you to preloss condition.  We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment to get the job done right.

How Many Of These Fire Prevention Steps Have You Taken?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Whether at home or at work, you need to be prepared for a fire.  They happen more often than people think, and being prepared can make the difference between a minimal fire, and a larger blaze.  It can also mean the difference between life and death. There are a plethora of ways to prepare for a fire, but there are a few basic steps that everyone can and should take before anything happens.  See how many of these you have done, and work to get the other steps in place.

Smoke Detectors

Make sure that your detectors are in working order.  Change batteries after the recommended period, and routinely check that they are working.

Fire Extinguisher

Having a working extinguisher can really mitigate the potential for a larger fire.  Make sure that they are also in working order.  Make sure that it has not expired yet.

Evacuation Route

If you need to evacuate, make sure that everyone in the family or office knows of two routes to the outside.

Supplies

Pack a supply kit in advance.  This will hold everything that you absolutely need until you are back on your feet.  Medication should absolutely go in these packs.


After a fire in your home or business, SERVPRO of Stamford has the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your commercial damage remediation needs.  That’s why we should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for immediate assistance.