Recent Commercial Posts

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.

Do You Have An Emergency Water Remediation Plan For Your Business?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage comes in many forms, ranging from minor annoyance to major catastrophe.  Water damage can also be extremely evident, like a sprinkler malfunction, or nearly invisible, like a slow water leak.

SERVPRO of Stamford is known for our unrivaled water remediation services, but we can also help you before an emergency happens.  We do this through a service called an Emergency Readiness Plan.  We document important areas around your business such as the water shutoff and sprinkler shutoff.  This free service allows us to have prior knowledge of your property, so we are able to respond even more efficiently on scene. This tool helps us save time, which, in turn, saves you money by limiting the amount of damage that can happen.

Whatever the case may be, the best way to protect yourself is to have a plan in place.  This will go a long way to insulating yourself against safety concerns, as well as any business interruption.

If you have any water damage issues at your business, please call SERVPRO of Stamford today.  We can be reached for immediate assistance at 203.324.1642.

Emergency Response To A Local University

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Recently, we received an emergency call in the early morning hours from a local university.  They were in the process of suffering major water damage in one of the important administrative offices on campus.  Not only was water pouring in, soaking walls and carpeting, but important records and documents were starting to become compromised.  They were in dire need of immediate assistance.

Our emergency-ready technicians mobilized, and arrived on scene within the hour and began remediation.  First, we extracted the standing water to prevent any more damage from occurring.  The water is pumped out, and hard to reach areas are handled manually.  Next, we set up an array of industrial strength fans and dehumidifiers to dry the area out.  The cardboard boxes of documents were transported back to our warehouse, where we were able to salvage most of the contents.

Whatever your emergency is, SERVPRO of Stamford is ready to respond.  We have the equipment, skills, and experience to get the job done. 

Protect Your Business Against Ice Dams

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Ice dams occur when indoor heating rises throughout your home, warming your roof. Ice and snow on the warmer portion of the roof melts and trickles downward until it hits the colder part of your roof, where it refreezes.Heading off ice before it can dam is the best way to keep your roof safe in the winter. The best way to do this is to keep areas like your roof, attic, and eaves a steady temperature. This prevents snow from melting and refreezing into heavy ice at the edges of your roof. This can be achieved by doing some or all of the following steps.

  • Make sure that the top floor of your business is sufficiently insulated.  If your business has an attic or storage space, maintain proper insulation there as well.
  • Make sure that the areas directly exposed to the elements are properly ventilated.
  • Seal and insulate ducts, especially those that lead to exhausts near the roof.  These can affect temperature fluctuation, leading to ice that melts and refreezes in unwanted areas.

If you want to mitigate the risk of ice dams at your business, follow the above steps.  If damage has already occurred, call SERVPRO of Stamford.  We have decades of experience remediating damage from ice dams.  We can be reached 24/7 at 203.324.1642.

What Is An Emergency Ready Profile?

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Imagine this: You own a commercial building or retail space.  At 2AM, a flood occurs in your space, and you are alerted to the issue.  You know that you need professional help, and that the longer it takes for a response on scene, the more damage that happens.

That is where the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) comes in. This is a document that can save precious time when immediate response to an emergency is important. It can save valuable time, which saves you money in the end.  That’s because it contains all the important information about your particular business, so that our crew, and other first responders can do their job quickly and efficiently.  This limits the extent of damage, meaning less cost to you.

But how does it work?

First, SERVPRO of Stamford sends someone out to compile all the pertinent info.  These are items such as location of water shutoffs, gas shutoffs, elevator controls, and sprinkler shutoffs.  We also gather contact information for companies that supply your utilities, in case they need to be contacted.  In the event of an emergency, our crew can reference your ERP for rapid response.  

If you would like to schedule an ERP appointment, please call SERVPRO of Stamford at 203.324.1642. We offer this service free of charge, and the entire process should take less than an hour.

Call The Pros After A Disaster At Your Business

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Managing a crisis, for example, a fire or flood at work can be a lot to handle. Even small damages can require some serious energy, cash and time to fix. If the damage to your business becomes serious enough, you need to bring in a qualified remediation company to assess and fix the damage. A call to SERVPRO of Stamford should be your first call.

What You Can Do 

First and foremost, if the situation poses a health or safety risk, make sure that everyone is safe. Then you can call a remediation company to come out.  While you wait for their arrival, you can do a couple productive things.  First, shut off the electricity.  This will prevent further damage and minimize safety risk factors.  Second, call your insurance company to file a claim.  They will provide you with a claim number, and other information about the process.

The SERVPRO Edge

On top of being available around the clock, the technicians that come to your business are highly skilled and trained in the latest damage remediation techniques.  We use advanced tools and methods to ensure that your property is returned to preloss condition as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We’re Here To Help

When a fire, flood or other damage happens at your Stamford business, time is not on your side.  For example, if you have water damage, mold can begin to grow quickly, and the drywall will become increasingly compromised as time passes.  SERVPRO of Stamford is available 24/7 to respond to your commercial building to provide assistance.

Put Your Customers At Ease

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Small businesses, their owners, and their staff are the lifeblood of our economy. Unfortunately, many businesses have not been able to be open due to the current nonessential worker regulations.  Those businesses that have been able to remain open are still facing immense challenges. They count on customers coming in to survive, which is not a given when the public is wary of going out and visiting these businesses. Many of their regular clientele are staying home to avoid potential exposure to infection. Small business owners are looking for a way to put their customers at ease.  SERVPRO offers cleaning and disinfecting services that are performed to the standards set forth by the CDC.

Schedule a SERVPRO of Stamford cleaning and disinfecting appointment to ensure that your business is safe for customers to enter. When the service is completed, we provide you with an easy-to-display certificate to put your customers at ease when coming into your building. 

The Three Categories of Commercial Damage

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

When water, fire, or weather damage occurs in a business, many factors determine remediation techniques, and the equipment employed.  When our project managers assess the area, they will categorize the damage into one of three different levels. Learn more about what type of damage could affect your business below.

Level 1 - 15,000 square feet or less affected

This level of damage is used when the entirety of a small structure suffers damage.  This could be a small business, restaurant, church, or small commercial property. This level of loss can also be one smaller portion of a much larger building.

Level 2 - 15,000 to 60,000 square feet affected

This level of damage is used when the entirety of a medium-sized structure suffers damage.  This could be a multi-family property, commercial warehouse, sporting venue, or small apartment building.  Similar to Level 1, this level of loss can also be a medium-sized portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3 - Greater than 60,000 square feet affected

These are referred to as “large losses.” While these are less common, they are by far the most financially costly and disruptive to everyday life.  That is because they occur in large buildings, so the damage is far more extensive. These occur if the entirety of the property is affected, and the property is very spacious. Examples of these are large commercial buildings, high-rise apartment buildings, hospitals, and schools. We would also use this term if multiple adjacent storefronts or smaller buildings were affected at the same time.

Schedule A Cleaning Today

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Stamford is known as the premier damage restoration company.  Many people know us for our expertise in the areas of water, fire, and mold remediation.  But we also offer top-notch commercial cleaning services. Our cleaning technicians are expertly trained and utilize a plethora of SERVPRO equipment, cleaning solutions and techniques.  

There are many reasons to have your business or commercial property professionally cleaned, especially in today’s climate.  It may have been a while since a deep clean was performed. Maybe your property just needs to be freshened up. And as public health and safety is on everyone’s mind right now, we can clean and disinfect your business or commercial property.

SERVPRO of Stamford can perform routine cleanings, whether it be weekly, monthly, or annually.  But our most popular service is our one-time exhaustive deep clean. Whatever your cleaning needs are, give us a call today to start the process.

What Is Business Interruption Insurance?

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

When your business suffers any type of significant damage, the first thought is getting your business operational again.  While you may have insurance that covers the property and items inside, every day that passes represents lost revenue.  This can set a business owner back even more than the physical damage would ever do.

There is a step that you can take to protect yourself against the latter of these issues in the form or business interruption insurance.  This type of insurance covers the loss of income between the initial disaster and when the business is operational again.  It is designed to put the business in the same financial situation it would have been in had the damage never happened.

If this is something that you would like to the insurance that you carry on your business, contact your insurance agent to put it in place.  It could mean the difference between a temporary setback and an event that your business struggles to recover from.

Important Commercial Post-Fire Steps

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

After you suffer a fire at your business, you may be wondering how to proceed.  Once the first responders have cleared the scene, you are left with what is left after the fire is extinguished.  A return to normalcy is what anyone will be thinking about, but there are three important steps to take to make sure that your restoration process goes as smoothly as possible.

Contact You Insurance Company

When you have a fire, 911 should always be your first call.  Next, you need to call your insurer.  Getting them in the loop ASAP is important, as they will send an adjuster to you to inspect the damage that much quicker.  This will get that process started, which will ultimately lead to a quicker resolution.

Do Not Disturb The Scene

We know that seeing your business in shambles will make you only think about cleaning up the mess.  That being said, do not move or clean anything.  The insurance adjuster needs to see the damage so that they can document it for your claim.  If the adjuster cannot adequately see the full damage, it can affect your insurance claim.

Call SERVPRO of Stamford

SERVPRO of Stamford provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Blood Donation Month

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

January is National Blood Donor Month, which is spearheaded by the American Red Cross.  SERVPRO of Stamford has a long history of working with the Red Cross, both as corporate partners, and also on a local level.  We have assisted them in events like their regular smoke alarm install events, where teams assemble to install arms free of charge to those who cannot afford new ones and are in need.

National Blood Donor Month has been in effect since January of 1970, to increase blood and platelet donations during the winter months. During this time, bad weather frequently leads to cancelled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses like the cold and flu results in the number of available donors decreasing.

Donating blood is an extremely important action that can be taken to save the lives of those around you.  If you have the time, and are in good health, please consider donating blood this month.

Desiccant Dehumidifier: The Alternative to Common Dehumidifiers

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

What is a Desiccant Dehumidifier & What are the Advantages of Using One

Air contains water vapor, also known as humidity. Too much or too little humidity can be harmful to the human body and to the indoor home environment. An ideal indoor humidity is between 40% and 60%. Because mold grows where there is a lot moisture, running a dehumidifier in the areas of your home that have experienced water damage or that are naturally damp, such as a basement, can decrease the occurrence of mold by transforming the damp area into a dry area after only a couple of days. 

What is a Desiccant Dehumidifier & How Does It Work?

Desiccant dehumidifiers are an alternative to common dehumidifiers. Unlike the common dehumidifier, which works by compressor and refrigerant, desiccant dehumidifiers are made up of five components, which do not include compression or a refrigerant: the desiccant itself, a rotor, a condenser, a heater, and one or more blowers.

The desiccant itself is a chemical that ADsorbs, versus absorbs, moisture. Adsorbing is holding onto the molecules of a gas or liquid as a thin film on the outside surface. Simply put, the desiccant pulls the moisture from the air and then releases it when heated. The rotor, or the rotating drum, is made up of corrugated layers, as well as flat sheet layers coated with the desiccant. The moist air is filtered through this desiccant rotor, which processes the warm humid air, absorbing the moisture. Then, the heater warms the humid air, which then condenses at room temperature and drips into a bucket.

Basically, the blower pulls in the humid air; the rotor absorbs the humidity; the heater dries out the air; the remaining moisture condenses into a collection bucket. It’s a mechanical process with no harmful exhaust.

SERVPRO of Stamford uses desiccant humidifiers when we remediate commercial damage. If you have any water damage in your Stamford home or business, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Stamford.

Showroom Flooding

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

This was one of our trickiest jobs that we have taken on in recent history.  A pipe burst in a local art gallery and interior design showroom.  Due to the high value of many of the items in the business, we had to act extremely quickly to save them.  We were on scene within 30 minutes to begin extracting the water, and removing the valuable items. We set up our drying equipment to eradicate the remaining moisture and had them back in business in the shortest period of time.  If you have water in your business from a burst pipe, please call us.

SERVPRO of Stamford provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Liquor Store Flooding

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Recently, a local liquor store was going about their business when a piece of their ceiling tile fell onto the floor.  Over the next few hours, most of the ceiling had collapsed into the store.  Rain was causing the waterlogged material to become heavy and fall down.  This soaked a lot of the merchandise and business had to be halted for a long time.  We came in, removed the water and also carried out all the debris. If you have water in your business from a storm, please call us.

SERVPRO of Stamford provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Crawl Space Cleaning

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

This customer called us with mouse droppings and other debris in the crawl space under their business. This was causing foul odors to permeate up into the actual retail area.  Because business was conducted in the space, a loss of business was at stake.  We knew that we needed to take care of the issue quickly to minimize the effects on the tenants business.  We came in and cleaned both visible and invisible contaminants, and left the space fresh. We can see Roberto here, proud of the good job he did. 

SERVPRO of Stamford provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Store Your Contents With SERVPRO

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

One of the benefits that SERVPRO of Stamford offers is our pack-out service. When disaster strikes your home or business, more often than not, you need to have your belongings stored while remediation is performed. Your business may smell like smoke or have a musty odor.  Items should be stored away so they do not take on any unwanted smells.  Items may also just need to be moved to make room for remediation efforts to continue.  SERVPRO will carefully wrap and store your items while we make it "Like it never even happened." Here we see Luis and Emilio loading up our vans with items to be stored. 

SERVPRO of Stamford provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

SERVPRO School Remediation

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Stamford works in both residential and commercial settings. We handle small damages from single carpet cleanings to large-scale losses in large industrial complexes. As a certified Large Loss franchise, we are equipped to handle even the biggest and most intense of situations. 

One of the commercial settings that we have had success with is educational facilities. SERVPRO of Stamford has remediated issues such as mold and water damages in many schools, ranging from elementary schools to universities, throughout Fairfield County. Chances are, if you have heard of a school, we have helped them in a time of need.

In 2018 alone, we have abated damages over 200,00 square feet in schools alone.

SERVPRO of Stamford provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Water Leak in a Commercial Building

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Recently, we were called to remediate a large-scale water damage in a multi-use commercial building.  Multiple businesses were affected when a sink malfunctioned, and water pooled on the second floor, seeped into the drywall, and flowed down to the first floor.

Our crew responded quickly, using cutting-edge equipment to extract thousands of gallons of water.  Once the excess water was removed, we observed that the carpets and the lower drywall was the most in need of drying.  Our skilled crew set fans to dry the affected area in a timely and efficient manner.  The photo shows our fans in action as they evaporate the moisture in one of the affected carpeted areas.

The customers involved were taken care of, and were all happy with the outcome after our crews finished the job.

SERVPRO of Stamford is always ready to help those in need, so if you suffer a damage like this, please do not hesitate to call.

Why More Insurance Agents Choose SERVPRO

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO blends customer service with accountability! SERVPRO understands your responsibility to provide results to your shareholders and clients. SERVPRO is uniquely qualified to help when disaster strikes, making you their "hero" in their times of need. 

We are here to make you look good.

There are many ways to ensure success as an insurance agent. Having a strong office staff, a company who pays claims in an ethical and timely manner, advertising, being involved in your community, and maintaining a positive relationship with your clients.  Our Treasure Valley team knows how critical it is that every job goes as smooth as possible, ensuring your clients trust you time and time again when they need help. Our teams are trained to reduce the lost time and mitigate the damages as quickly as possible. Whether it’s fire, water, mold or any other cleanup; we are here to help, 24 hours a day. 

Our team members are available for direct cellular calls 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You earn your client’s loyalty by providing timely solutions. You provide help in a time of need. Instead of offering a call center solution, our team members are available to take the call on their business line! We will personally call your client back, offer a listening ear, and take away some of the fear they are experiencing.

Having a relationship with SERVPRO of Stamford and our team of highly trained professionals has many benefits. We will ensure help arrives quickly (following our 1-4-8 time commitment), and our production team will help your clients regain control of their lives by treating them with respect, courteousness and working hard to get the job done the right way the first time. There are no unwelcome surprises with SERVPRO. Calling direct reduces wait times. The faster SERPVRO of Stamford's team can arrive onsite to perform the cleanup, the better the results. 

That’s the SERVPRO difference.

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Prevent Legionnaire’s Disease in Commercial Settings

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

From the CDC:

Water System Maintenance

The key to preventing Legionnaires’ disease is to   prevent Legionella colonization (growth) in water systems.  Guidelines for reducing the risk of Legionella growth and spread are available for those who maintain and manage building water systems, including systems for potable (water for drinking and showering), non-potable, and recreational water from ASHRAE®. ASHRAE is a not-for-profit organization that develops standards and guidelines for industries that design, manufacture, and maintain building systems.

ASHRAE Standard 188: Legionellosis: Risk management for building water systems (ANSI approved)

Frequently Asked Questions: ASHRAE Standard 188
Get the answers to frequently asked questions about ASHRAE Standard 188, which outlines a minimum legionellosis risk management program for buildings.

ASHRAE Guideline 12-2000: Minimizing the risk of legionellosis associated with building water systems

CDC developed a toolkit to help building owners and managers better understand ASHRAE Standard 188 and how to develop a water management program to reduce the risk of Legionella growing and spreading in their building(s). The first step is determining if your building or certain devices in your building need a water management program. Use this quick yes/no worksheet to find out

Dangers of Asbestos in a Business

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Although asbestos is for the most part no longer used in construction and manufacturing, many buildings today still retain traces or even large quantities of asbestos. Particularly in older buildings, testing for and identifying this asbestos is an important job, but one that is unfortunately neglected by many business owners. Failing to test for asbestos when making renovations or restorations to a building can cause long-term negative health effects for restoration professionals, customers, and even yourself, creating a legal and financial disaster large enough to ruin most businesses. There are specific Federal regulations mandated by the EPA regarding renovating buildings, and asbestos abatement. SERVPRO provides certified asbestos testing to ensure the safety of our technicians and your customers alike.

Asbestos testing for a business is not only advisable for practical reasons, but also for legal ones. Failing to test for asbestos can lead to steep fines and regulatory penalties, regardless of whether or not the substance is present. OSHA has explicit guidelines in place regarding demolition or renovations of commercial structures, especially schools, and other municipal buildings. Furthermore, if a customer or employee gets sick as a result of untested asbestos, you may be at risk of a costly and difficult lawsuit. Federal and state authorities alike take this process seriously, which is why it is always recommended to hire a certified company like SERVPRO to complete the task. 
 
Health Reasons 
In addition to laws on the subject, testing for asbestos should be a major consideration for your health. Asbestos can cause many negative health effects, some of which can shorten your lifespan or lead to long-term illness. Asbestos is a known carcinogen.The longer you are exposed to it, the more likely many of these side effects are to manifest, meaning that valued employees and regular customers may also be at risk. Just as the removal of mold growth can help to avoid a medical emergency in your business, so too can asbestos testing prevent a host of serious medical issues. 
 
Your local SERVPRO is certified in asbestos testing and guarantees a fast and efficient process for your business. Call us today for our services or a quote.

Fresh Year, Fresh Look with Dry Ice Blasting

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Dry ice blasting is a relatively new cleaning process using solid CO2 pellets (known as dry ice). It is primarily used for industrial use in a variety of applications. The pellets sublimate (convert directly from a solid blast pellet to a vapor (CO2) leaving no residue. The process is superior to sand blasting, glass bead 
blasting and other types of cleaning methods for numerous reasons.

Click here to see SERVPRO of Stamford demonstrate the effectiveness of dry ice blasting on a heavily traveled sidewalk in downtown Stamford, CT.  This is a great service that SERVPRO of Stamford provides to many of our commercial clients.

Learn more about the process here.

There's never a convenient time for fire, water, or any other damage to strike your Stamford commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation

Restoring Your Stamford Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Stamford 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.

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.

About SERVPRO of Stamford

SERVPRO of Stamford specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. 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.