Recent Storm Damage Posts

When Your Roof Is Damaged In A Storm, What Do You Do?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Stamford for any type of storm-related damage to your home’s roof. We are always ready and available to help.

In the last couple weeks, we have seen significant storms occur in the Stamford area, with high winds and lots of rain. With another couple tropical storms on the horizon, homeowners need to be prepared. Water damage from a storm may result in many ways, but the main two are from rising groundwater and holes in a roof causing rainwater to pour in. The latter is a very serious issue.  A large amount of water can flood into your home from above.  This can soak insulation, degrade drywall, and cause electrical faults.  Due to these factors, roof repair is very important.

SERVPRO of Stamford Can Repair Punctured And Broken Roofs

Often, our team will deploy temporary measures like tarps to quickly stop any further damage from occurring.  Because the water comes from above, it may pick up harmful particles from every layer that it passes through as gravity brings it down.  This can be foam insulation, fiberglass insulation, and even animal droppings. All of these contaminants will then pool on the floors, which can cause permanent discoloration to wood floors, furniture, and carpets.

The structure may become compromised as well. Ceilings, walls, and floors may become waterlogged, leading to lingering moisture that is prone to mold growth. Materials from the ceiling may also fall down if not properly dealt with.

SERVPRO has certified technicians for storm damage in the Stamford area ready to respond right away.  We examine and assess the damage, and create a custom remediation plan for your unique situation. Our teams are available 24/7 to help homeowners whose homes have been damaged by storms and experienced flooding.

Be Prepared For Summer Storms

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Prepared or not, summer weather is upon Fairfield County! Despite the fact that we're all anticipating green grass and hotter temperatures, summer additionally brings numerous catastrophic events, for example, incredible breezes, flooding, and tornadoes that can cause serious harm to your property. Try not to be an ill-equipped home owner! There's not a great deal you can do to prevent nature, however there are a couple of measures you can take to help safeguard your home and business during this season. Use these tips to help keep you safe and minimize property damage: 

You can help minimize water damage by: 

  • Keeping an eye on the weather for flood watches and warnings
  • Routinely clean your storm drains
  • Unplugging electrical equipment during a storm
  • Routinely clean your gutters and make sure your sump pump is working properly

You can help minimize property damage by:

  • Removing any trees that are dead or dying
  • Trimming trees that have branches that could fall on your house or cars
  • Checking your roof for weak spots and leaks
  • Checking for breaks in gas, water, and electrical lines after a storm

Our remediation and restoration specialists here at SERVPRO of Stamford are ready around the clock to respond to summer water and storm damage.  If you suffer storm damage to your home or business, let us know how we can help you by calling us at 203.324.1642.

What Can Be Damaged In A Stamford Flood?

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

While considering flooding isn't nice to think about, it is something that all property holders ought to prepare for because of how frequent it has become lately. 

There are numerous reasons for flooding just as numerous harms a flood can cause. To give you a thought of the most widely recognized harms to know about, we have assembled this guide so you can be more ready. Read to see the various ways a flood can damage your home or business.

Foundation Damage - The ground underneath a home can become saturated during a flood, causing movement and expansion. This can change the earth below the foundation, which can lead to cracks occurring.  These can be in either the walls or the floor. Once this has happened, it is a costly repair to fix.

Drywall Damage and Mold - While some drywall will absolutely need to be replaced, not all walls and ceilings will look like they are affected. But if drywall is even slightly wet, it can retain moisture.  This can lead to mold growth down the road.

Insulation Saturation - Just as drywall can be affected, the insulation behind it can also become waterlogged.  This can also harbor moisture that can lead to mold growth. It also greatly reduces the effectiveness of the insulation layer.  This can lead to increased heating and cooling costs, as well as increased risk for burst pipes in cold weather.

If you suffer water damage as a result of a storm or flood, call SERVPRO of Stamford today.

Sump Failures in Stamford

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

When you install a sump pump, you may forget that it is there.  It is an important piece of equipment that keeps your home or business dry.  A sump pump works by taking groundwater and excess rainwater and directing it away from your foundation.  This prevents flooding and moisture in your basement. A sump pump consists of many components. If it malfunctions, and the pump fails to work, you are at significant risk for water damage.  Here are two reasons that your sump pump could cease to work.

Improper Installation

Incorrect installation of sump pump can lead to major issues immediately, as well as down the road. Each sump pump is different, and instructions must be strictly adhered to.  If not followed exactly, you are at risk for water damage in your basement. The person installing your pump should install a check valve, which ensures that the flow of water is directed away from your home or business.  If not put in correctly, the motor will run, but no water will be pumped out.

Additionally, the pump needs to be installed on the right foundation, free of sediment or gravel.  If present, it could enter the pump itself, causing malfunction due to blockage.

Poor Maintenance

Although your sump pump is always working, and rarely requires servicing, routine checks should be done.  Every few months, you should inspect your sump pump. Have your pump checked for blockages in the line, connection to a secondary power source, and proper drainage. This should also be done in anticipation of a storm.  This will ensure that your basement stays dry if heavy rain occurs.

SERVPRO of Stamford specializes in remediating water damage, and is ready to respond 24/7 to your needs.  When water damage strikes, response time is important, so call us as soon as you notice the problem.

Protect Yourself Against Flood Damage

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

The Fairfield County area has seen major flood events, as recently as Hurricane Sandy, which devastated our coastal areas. If you live on the water, there is enormous risk of partial or total loss of your home, as well as possessions.  Mitigating that risk, and protesting your home is of paramount importance.  Two actions can be taken to properly safeguard you and your home against flood damage.

The first step is to determine the level of risk that your home is at, depending on where it it located.  There are online resources that will show your home, and places it in one of three flood hazard areas, sorted by risk level.  There are a few different ratings that your property can fall under.  Search here to see which area your home or business falls in.

  1. Special Flood Hazard Area: the area that will be inundated by a flood event having a 1-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year.
  2. Moderate flood hazard area: the areas between the limits of the base flood and the 0.2-percent-annual-chance of flooding
  3. Minimal flood hazard: areas outside the Special Flood Hazard Area and higher than the elevation of the 0.2-percent-annual-chance

Depending on where your property is designated, you can take steps to physically alter your property.  You can also purchase flood insurance, an additional rider on your homeowners policy that will protect you in the event of flooding.

If you do suffer water damage as a result of a storm or flood, call SERVPRO of Stamford immediately. We are ready to respond 24/7 with state-of-the-art equipment and knowledgeable technicians to get the job done right.

Ice Safety Measures

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

As colder temperatures and snow storms are finally rolling in, ice is often left behind on sidewalks, stairs, and driveways. Freezing rain storms can also lead to formation of black ice. The risk of slipping and falling in these areas presents a real issue.  Here are some precautions and steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling and injuring yourself.

  • Walk slowly in areas that may have ice.  Keep in mind that black ice is extremely hard to see.
  • Use caution when getting in and out of vehicles.  Use the vehicle for balance if necessary.
  • Watch for slippery floors when entering buildings.  Alert building maintenance if you observe areas of ice formation.
  • Avoid carrying items. If you do begin to slip or fall, you want your hands free for balance and to break your fall if necessary.

Rain Storms Cause Mulch Staining

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Before and after of mulch stain removal Before and after of mulch stain removal.

After a recent rain storm, the maintenance staff at a hotel realized that repeated storm has caused mulch to stain the side of their building. The stain spanned the entire building and was unsightly.  They attempted to clean the stains, but were unsuccessful, so they called us to remove the affected area.

Our experienced technicians responded and began to work on the blemishes.  We used a variety of tools and methods to remove the stains.  After a few hours, the affected area was free of any marks.

See the before and after photo for the great results.

Should you suffer a storm damage in your home or business, SERVPRO of Stamford is always here to help. Our experienced technicians are available 24/7 to provide emergency assistance and cleaning.

Different Types of Storm Damage

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

Extreme storms can be terrifying and perilous, and wellbeing must be your first need. In the event that your town has seen serious issues, be cautious. In the event that you think your home has been fundamentally damaged or if flood hazard remains, don't go inside until an expert says it's protected. Putting in a couple of evenings at a companion's home or in a crisis haven is a little cost to pay.

Snow Storm Damage

Winter storms assault a significant part of the U.S. and Canada consistently, and zones that don't get hit with snow regularly manage ice storms and solidifying precipitation. When you're managing snowstorms, lake impact storms and snow squalls, damage to your home can incorporate rooftop and auxiliary damage from overwhelming snow just as damage to sash, outside funnels, and siding. These frigid storms regularly accompany high winds, which can fuel damage by making shingles loosen up. These storms can unleash destruction on utility lines.

At the point when ice storms hit, you may should be significantly more wary. These storms are described by leaving at any rate a fourth of an inch of ice on surfaces. They can make rooftops breakdown, trees to break and electrical cables to snap. Attempt to remain in your home until the ice storm has passed and prepared with food, water, supplies, and power sources.

Lightning and Thunderstorm Damage

Lightning storms can happen any place in the U.S., and they bring the danger of flames and extreme basic damage. Regardless of whether your lightning bars work appropriately by directing the vitality to the ground, it's conceivable to see damage to electrical wiring, machines, radio wires, satellite dishes, link or phone lines, and steel structure. Except if there are indications of flame, make certain to remain inside until the storm is over on the grounds that your home will secure you.

Thunderstorms accompany dangers regardless of whether you aren't hit by lightning. You could see flooding, hail, and high winds.

High Winds, Tornadoes and Hurricane Damage

High winds can happen for all intents and purposes anyplace, and thousands of tornadoes and hurricanes hit the U.S. consistently. Extreme winds are characterized as surpassing 50-60 mph. Damage from wind can be across the board and can influence your structure as well as encompassing landscaping and black-top. Know about the potential for falling trees and posts and damaged electrical cables, and deal with these issues immediately. After the storm, look at your property for basic damage to the home, including windows, siding, and rooftops. In the most extraordinary situations, rooftops can be passed clean over.

If you have any storm damage to your home or business, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Stamford.

Ice Storms Can Lead To Damage

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Ice storms can cause significant damage, if not directly, then indirectly.  This pictures shows how heavy ice ice, and the effect it can have on trees that it covers.  If you have trees around your house that have branches overhead, this could be a potentially damaging situation.  If ice forms around tree limbs, they can snap off and damage your home. This could lead to secondary issues like water damage or frozen pipes. While it is warm out, trim overhanging branches that could be large enough to cause damage to your rood or siding. If you have water damage, please do not hesitate to 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.

Ceiling Removal Due To Storm Damage

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

This picture showcases the effects of not having a leak-proof roof.  This person had postponed re-shingling their roof.  But unfortunately, they experienced the effects of that decision.  Water leaked in over the family room and started to soak the furniture.  We were called to fix the situation, which required removing a portion of the ceiling to allow for proper drying.  Make sure that your roof is up-to-date, and you address any issues as soon as they arise. If you have water in your home or 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.

Leaky Roof No Match For Rainstorm

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

During a recent rainstorm, the roof leaked overnight at a local educational facility.  Unfortunately, the damage was not noticed until the following morning.  We were called in to fix the situation, which included extracting the water and dehumidifying the space once the bulk of the water was removed.  This photo does not show water that we pumped out.  It actually shows how much water we pulled out of the air with a dehumidifier.  All that moisture would have probably led to mold down the road if left untreated.  If you have water in your home or 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.

Wind Damage Restoration

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof, to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of hurricane damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious.

Wind damage may loosen shingles, which can cause another roof leak in the future. Even a subtle roof leak of this nature can produce mold inside the home. Obtaining fast roof repair may prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage home restoration expert may assist clients in receiving comprehensive roof assessments and roof repair services when hurricane damage afflicts an area. Their expertise helps property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

Storm Shutters

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes it's hard to tell what preventative measures are necessary to protect your home from a natural disaster. However, high winds and hurricane damage in the past few years have cost Americans several billions, and unprotected windows can result in expensive damages like broken windows and eventual mold.

• Accordion: Simple and straightforward to use, these manually folding shutters are available in strong materials like metal or polycarbonate.  These are the ones in the photo.


• Bahama: This stylish variety not only provides protection from heavy rain and high winds, but also from the sun.


• Colonial: Protect your dream home with traditional blinds that frame your windows and add value to your property.


• Rolling: Prepare for a storm with ease with shutters that unroll or hide away at the press of a button. 

All of these different options are permanent home fixtures that come in a range of materials, colors and designs. They’ll protect your home from flying objects, heavy rains and strong winds, so you won’t have to worry about damage to your windows or your home interior.

Home Depot has some options if this is something that you would like to look into.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane. Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12, 2018) is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane.

During Hurricane Preparedness Week, make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

If a hurricane strikes, you’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy recovery period that could follow. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights.

This Hurricane Preparedness Week, call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line. Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.

Learn more at here.

SERVPRO of Stamford team heads to Florida to aid in flooding efforts

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

When Irma wreaked havoc on the state of Florida, SERVPRO of Stamford mobilized and sent a team of highly skilled staff to aid in the recovery efforts.

SERVPRO of Stamford sent 6 employees to help.  They left Stamford in a group of vehicles to start the drive down with our equipment.  SERVPRO’s semi-trailer, containing large quantities of drying equipment was also on the road hours after getting the call.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

• IICRC Training

• Employee Certification Training

• Initial Franchise Training

• e-Learnings

• Continuing Education Classes

As always SERVPRO is Hero Ready! 

Storm Safety Tips

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning from thunderstorms injures hundreds of people in the U.S. every year and kills dozens. These causalities are easily preventable if you follow these simple safety tips.

1) Listen to the radio and television for severe thunderstorm warnings. The National Weather Service issues warnings for counties and even sends out text messages now to our mobile phones when storms are on their way. Pay attention and heed their warnings for safety.

2) Remember the 30 second rule. If there is not 30 seconds in between the time you see lightning and hear thunder, it’s time to go indoors.

3) Lightning typically strikes the tallest object around so if there is a storm, move indoors if at all possible or into a hard top car if there are no buildings around.

4) Once inside, stay away from windows, plumbing and electrical. If lightning strikes outside, it can carry inside via land lines.

5) Get out of boats and away from bodies of water. If you can hear thunder than you are close enough to get struck by lightning.

6) If you are caught outside, avoid standing by tall isolated objects such as trees. Find a grouping of small trees surrounded by taller ones, avoid bodies of water, and if there is only open spaces, look for a dry low-lying area and try to make yourself the smallest target possible. Do not lay flat on the ground, rather crouch with your head between your knees. Sheds, outhouses and tents provide no safety so keep this in mind when you are hiking or camping. Always think ahead and be prepared in the event that you are caught in a thunderstorm and if possible, turn around on your trip and head home.

Power Outage Tips

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

When a heavy storm hits your area, your power may go out.  Most of us have experienced it before.  It can range from a minor inconvenience that lasts less than an hour, to a multi-day event that requires safety precautions be taken.

If your refrigerator loses power, food and other perishables are safe to consume if the outage lasts 4 hours or less.  After this period, bacteria can grow and cause food to be unsafe to eat. Medications that need to be refrigerated can lose their potency if warmed too much.  Most medications are still effective up to 24 hours after a power loss.  Still check each label to verify. After that period, discard all medications unless otherwise noted.

If an outage occurs in either the winter or summer, extreme temperatures can come into play.  Both heat stroke and hypothermia can affect people if the building without power has no means of temperature regulation.  If too hot, seek out a commercial space that has a generator powering an air conditioning system.

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!