Recent Water Damage Posts

Basement Repair In Stamford

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Stamford Specializes In Basement Repair Services

Numerous storm cellars in Stamford are utilized as storage and dwelling for the occupants who live in the house or business above. Regularly, these areas are left unvisited for a considerable length of time.  Especially toward the finish of the winter season, you may discover water has leaked in through the floor or foundation and harmed the structure or personal items within. 

Time is of the essence when water damage strikes your basement.  Personal items may be able to be saved if remediation begins soon enough.  Also, mold may begin to grow after 24 hours.

SERVPRO of Stamford gives you an answer for these issues.  We are specialists in water damage remediation and we respond quickly. Our group of prepared professionals utilize cutting edge techniques to extract water and moisture. We also offer rebuilding services after remediation is completed to fix the issue.

Food Safety After A Flood

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Use caution when consuming food after water damage  

Flooding in a home or business can destroy many things, from the structure, carpeting, documents, and furniture.  One thing that most people overlook is food items, especially when stored in a basement. While you can clean and disinfect some commercially canned goods, most food should be discarded if flood water or other contaminated water has touched them. If you decide to disinfect your canned goods, use extreme caution. If you are not sure about the safety of any food item, discard it.  

The following should never be saved after coming into contact with contaminated water:

  • Fresh produce
  • Containers of nuts
  • Seasonings
  • Sugar, salt, coffee and tea.
  • Paper, plastic, cloth, fiber or cardboard boxes of food.

If your home or business has water damage, call SERVPRO of Stamford.  Our trained professionals have years of experience, and know how to quickly and properly remediate water damage.

How SERVPRO of Stamford Gets Rid of Flood Odors

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

After a flood or other water damage in your home or business, foul odors often linger, even after the visible water is extracted. Unfortunately, these odors can mean there is mold growth present.  These smells will not disappear with time alone. SERVPRO of Stamford is skilled in removing these odors completely, and use two distinct steps to do so.

1. Making Sure The Area Is Actually Dry

For very small water damages, opening a window or running a household fan can do the trick.  But when there is anything more than that, industrial solutions are necessary.  We utilize specialized equipment to ensure that no moisture from the damage remains in the affected area.  Using a combination of high-powered fans and dehumidifiers, we make sure affected material, as well as the air has returned to preloss levels.


2. Using Disinfectants On Affected Areas

As discussed above, many post-damage odors come from mold growth.  To make sure that this does not occur, SERVPRO of Stamford uses an array of disinfectants on any area that may need it. These solutions treat the area, and effectively stops any mold growth before it occurs, as well as eliminating any spores that have already begun to develop. 

SERVPRO of Stamford has the skilled technicians and specialized equipment to get the job done the right way, which prevents the risk of secondary damage.

Using Sprinkler Pipes To Hang Clothes

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

When you go on vacation or stay at a hotel for any reason, you may hang garments and other items in the closet.  If you run out of closet space, you may look for other spots to hang items. One such spot that you may be tempted to hang from is the sprinkler pipe in the room.  Avoid doing this at all costs.  One of two things may happen.  First, you may inadvertently damage the sprinkler head, which can cause the water to flow out, causing major flooding and other water damage.  Depending on the hotel, you may be liable for this damage.  One hotel employee tells of an instance of this happening in their building.

“On their last day, because a small number of the church group had to stay an additional day, some rooms had to have extra people bunk up in rooms that were already over capacity. One of these guests on the third floor couldn't find adequate space to hang their clothes. What they thought would work is trying to hang their clothes on the fire sprinkler hanging from the ceiling.

It worked for 5 seconds before it ripped the sprinkler clean off.

The water gushed out and made it's way to the 3rd floor stairs and elevator. It completely flooded the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st floors as well as setting off all sprinklers in the hotel, so 4th and 5th also got a little wet.

After all was said and done, it ended up costing a little under $15,000 in damages and repairs."

Second, even if you damage the system, you may inhibit the system working as intended.  The system is designed to disperse water when the sprinkler head reaches 155 degrees.  If there is something in the way, there will be a delay.  In the event of a fire, this can increase the extent of damage, as well as putting lives at risk. 

Control Your Thermostat To Prevent Burst Pipes

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

As colder temperatures are finally rolling in, the risk of having a pipe burst in your home or business goes up exponentially.  Water in the pipes freezes, causing expansion that cracks the pipe and allows water to flow freely into the floor below.  This can lead to massive damage to the building, but can also destroy sentimental and important items like photos, documents, and other keepsakes.

One easy way to lessen the risk of this occurring is to keep your thermostat at a low level when you are not home.  Do some research to see what temperature makes sense for your home, depending on where pipes are located, and how much insulation is present.  Whether this is while you are at work during the day, or for vacations, the minimal increase in cost is well worth the devastation that a burst pipe can cause.

Should you suffer a water 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.

Winterization Of Pipes

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage from freezing pipes are a common occurrence during the winter months. Water that flows through the pipes freeze, cause the pipe to burst, and water flows out, causing damage that can range from minor cleanup to massive flooding.  With colder weather on the horizon, make sure that your home is prepared to handle the freezing temperatures that may come.  Making sure your home is properly winterized is very important.

Many homeowners have water pipes that run in areas that are uninsulated, or do not have heat.  These can be areas such as garages or where pipes run very close to exterior walls.  Make sure that where necessary, pipes are wrapped in insulation or heating tape.

If you do happen to have water damage from freezing temperatures, give SERVPRO of Stamford a call.  We provide 24/7 emergency cleanup and water remediation.

Dirt From Water Damage

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

If you have a water damage, sometimes it is not as easy as removing the water and drying everything out.  This low-income housing complex had a burst pipe on their second floor.  The water leaked down to the first floor, and carried with it a whole lot of dirt and debris.  The photo demonstrates just how much dirt the water stream actually brought with it. Our crew removed the water, dried everything out, and then washed the floors so that the customer was happy.  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.

Huge Water Extraction

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

This person called us with over a foot of water in their large finished basement.  We were on scene within minutes with our large water pump to extract the water.  Usually, we only need one hose to pull all the water out of any given structure.  There was so much water here that we had to use two hoses. Luis can be seen here making sure the water is flowing out properly to minimize the amount of time it took to remove all the water.  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.

Acting Quickly May Save Your Belongings

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

When a basement floods, everything that is sitting on the floor gets wet.  Some things may be okay, but most of your belongings will become damaged, the extent of which only gets worse the longer they stay submerged.  Many times, if the water is pumped out and extracted quickly, some items can be saved, at least to some extent.  We specialize in large-scale water extraction, and can pump thousands of gallons of water in a timely manner.  This is a photo of a recent homeowner’s basement who called us.  With our equipment, we got the water out, and began the drying process.

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.

Small Pipe, Big Problems

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

It is astonishing just how much damage a little water can do. Take a look at the damage in this bedroom. The entire ceiling had to be removed and some of the walls were affected as well. You can see the size of the pipe that caused the damage.  If a pipe this size can produce that much water, imagine if the pipe had been one of the larger ones in the home.

We had to remove the ceiling and portions of the wall to begin the drying process.  Once that is done, we can bring in our fans and dehumidifiers.

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 Damage Response Time

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

When a water issue strikes your home or business, response time is the most important factor when containing the damage.  SERVPRO of Stamford is extremely fast, but steps that you can take on your own before our professionals arrive can make a huge difference.

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

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  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

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.

Flood At A Car Dealership

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Last month, the combination of a burst pipe and excess rainwater caused a local car dealership to flood. 

SERVPRO of Stamford was called in to remediate the damage.  What was unique about this instance is that the water affected both carpeted and laminate flooring.  This presented a challenge because we needed to use multiple types of drying and dehumidifying tactics to successfully fix the issue.  We also had to do the job while not disturbing or damaging the automobile inventory.

As you can see in the photo, we were able to completely dry out the affected area.  The carpet in the office areas were left dry and odor free.

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.

What is Ice Damming?

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

An ice dam is an ice build-up on the eaves of sloped roofs of heated buildings that results from melting snow under a snow pack reaching the eave and freezing there. Freezing at the eave impedes the drainage of meltwater, which adds to the ice dam and causes backup of the meltwater in a manner, which may cause water leakage into the roof and consequent damage to the building and its contents if the water leaks through the roof.

Ice dams are a common sight in the Northeast. We've handled several claims this past month stemming from ice damming. What we've found is the flatter the pitch of the roof, the easier it is for an ice dam to get a grip. Gutters at the eaves can also trap snow and ice. If snow and ice build up high enough in the gutter, it can provide a foundation for an ice dam.

Stay tuned for our next blog, where we’ll tell you how to prevent these dangerous ice dams.

Ice Dam Prevention

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

PREVENTING ICE DAMS

You can scrape snow from the roof whenever it falls, using a snow rake from below or a broom or plastic shovel from above. BE CAREFUL: The first method can bury you in snow, while the second can send you slipping off the roof. Hire someone who knows how to use a safety line.

You can replace your shingle roof with standing seam or other metal roof. Or you can replace the bottom three feet or so of your shingle roof with a wide metal drip edge. Whatever you do, install a water-repellent membrane under any new roofing.

NOTE: If your roof is not very steep, an ice dam can still form on metal roofing and drip edges.

DEALING WITH EXISTING ICE DAMS

1. Remove the ice dam by breaking it free in small chucks. Do NOT use an ax or other sharp tool! You’ll cut through the shingles. Instead, tap lightly with a blunt mallet. This is slow, dangerous work, so hire someone experienced at roofing. Even if you do it safely, the chunks of ice can take pieces of shingle with them.

2. Clear out gutters and downspouts. Again, this is ladder work and an easy way to damage either plastic or metal gutters and spouts.

3. Melt troughs through the ice dam with calcium chloride ice melter. Do NOT use rock salt! It will damage paint, metals, and plants beneath the eave and wherever the salty water drains.

A good trough-maker is a tube of cloth (a leg from an old pair of panty hose works well). Fill it with calcium chloride, tie off the top, and lay it vertically across the ice dam. It will slowly melt its way down through the dam, clearing a path for the underlying water to flow free.

WHAT DAMAGE DO ICE DAMS CAUSE?

When an ice dam gets big enough, melted water backs up behind it and seeps underneath the shingles. Eventually, it will drip into the insulation and down into the ceilings and exterior walls beneath the eave, ruining sheetrock and paint. If the ice dam breaks free, it can pull shingles and gutters off with it, and it will damage anything it falls on: shrubs, windowsills, cars, pets, and people. If the roof sheathing stays wet, it can form mildew and start to rot.

That's where we come into play. We can't prevent the ice damming from happening, but we can help you take care of the damages that it can cause. 

Frozen Pipe Water Damage In Stamford

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Temperatures have fluctuated between cold and bone-chillingly cold.  When it gets very cold, homes and businesses are at higher risk of pipes freezing and ultimately bursting.

Here are a few tips to remember:

• Check around your home or business for areas where water supply lines are in unheated areas. Wrap exposed pipes with foam, insulated materials or pipe heating cables. Watch these locations on a daily basis when temperatures is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

• If you are going out of town, and you suspect that temperatures will drop, turn off the water to your home and open all the taps to drain the water system. Set your temperature no lower than 55° F.

• Unhook the water hoses from the exterior of the home and bring them inside, to maintain their life.

• Drip your faucets, to reduce the build-up of pressure in the pipes during an arctic blast weather advisory.

• Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much costlier repair job if pipes freeze and burst

• Open cabinet doors when temperatures are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The warm air can circulate around the pipes and prevent the water from freezing.

Popular Locations of Frozen Pipes:

• Outside wall

• Under a sink

• Unheated crawlspace or basement

• Outside water spigot

• Swimming pool supply lines

• Water sprinkler lines

• Attics

• Garages

Tips on Thawing Frozen Pipes:

• If a pipe bursts before it is thawed, immediately shut off the water at the water main to prevent further damage!

• Frozen but not ruptured? If you turn on the faucet and the water doesn’t come out or comes out in a trickle, your pipes are probably frozen. You need to act quickly to thaw the frozen pipe before it bursts.

• Identify the frozen water supply pipe.

• Open a faucet supplied by the frozen line, even if you have not found the frozen spot.

• To find the blockage, follow the pipe back from the faucet to where it runs through cold areas such as an exterior wall, unheated crawl space or in some cases an unheated basement if the pipe is near an outside wall.

• Often the frozen area of the pipe will be frosted or have ice on it. If the situation is getting critical the pipe may be slightly bulged or look slightly fissured.

Frozen Pipe Behind a Wall:

• Leave the main water valve near your water meter open when thawing the pipe.

• If the frozen pipe is behind a wall or ceiling, you’ve got a challenge on your hands. You have three choices:

• Turn up the heat in the house and wait.

• Use an infrared lamp or lamps to heat the wall where you think the frozen area is located. Infrared lamps are better than regular heat lamps because the heat passes through the air without heating it, directing more energy to warming the wall and frozen pipe.

• Tear out part of the wall or ceiling to get at the frozen section of pipe. Then thaw the pipe as an exposed pipe.

If Your Pipes Burst…

• Turn off the water supply. Locate your water shut off valve and turn off the main water shut-off valve. You should find this in the basement or where the service pipe enters your home. Drain the system by turning on all your cold-water valves.

What You Can Do to Manage the Damage (until we get there):

• Water Buckets. If you notice the leak quickly you can catch dripping water in buckets.

• Make a hole in the ceiling to let water out.

• Turn off electronics/appliances

• Open Drawers, closets and cabinet doors to in enhance drying.

Water Damage Restoration in Stamford

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaned floor after a water loss.

This elementary school in Stamford, CT had a pipe burst on an upper floor.  Water poured onto the floor and eventually started to flow onto the floors below, causing multiple layers of water damage in the process.  SERVPRO of Stamford responded quickly and effectively.  As you can see in the photo, the floor was restored to its previous state, and school was resumed in a timely fashion.

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

2-Story Water Damage In Stamford

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

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".

Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

As the temperature drops in the chilly months of winter, one of the last things you wish for during this holiday season is a frozen pipe. When water within pipes are exposed to cold temperatures the molecules begin to freeze. Once water converts into its solid form, the ice expands and an increase of pressure within the pipes intensifies. This expansion forces water toward your closed faucet.

Contrary to belief, the problem lies where the water is being pushed; not where it has frozen. Eventually under stress of immense pressure the pipe will rupture.

 

Here are some steps you can take for prevention and problem solving:

  • Vulnerable pipes can be insulated with fiberglass or foam sleeves. Most hardware stores provide a variety of sizes and thickness to fulfill your needs.
  • Make a habit of opening cupboard doors occasionally to increase circulation of heat.
  • Allow faucets to drip when the temperature drops below-freezing.
  • Seal any cracks that may be present around windows or door frames to eliminate the chance of drafts freezing exposed pipes.

If you know your pipe has already frozen, here are some helpful tips:

  • Use a household hair dryer to thaw a frozen pipe.
  • Heat water over a kitchen stove. Grab one or two towels, and submerge them in the hot water and proceed to wrap the hot towels around the frozen sections of the pipe.

If you find yourself with a bursted pipe, there is a two-step solution:

  • Shut off all water at the main valves
  • Call SERVPRO of Stamford!! SERVPRO provides a 24/7 emergency service and specializes in quick response to water damages.

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Stamford Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

This home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Stamford basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 203.324.1642

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Stamford and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the tust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded?  Call us Today - 203.324.1642