Holiday Cooking Fires
With the winter holidays rapidly approaching, everyone will be starting their food preparations. As we mention every year, this time period is the busiest time for home cooking fires of the year. Not only do the number of fires increase, but the value of property that is damaged goes up, as well as the number of injuries. There are simple ways to make sure you, your family, and your belongings stay safe this year.
- Make sure that all smoke alarms (especially those near the kitchen) are in working order. Replace any and all batteries that need changing.
- Wear only clothes that will not dangle near open flame or heat sources.
- Stay in the kitchen. Temporarily turn off the oven or stove until you return.
- Set an alarm to turn off any heat-generating appliances.
- Keep children and animals a safe distance from the cooking area.
- Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
It is important to contact a fire damage restoration professional as soon as the flames are extinguished to help limit and remediate the damage. SERVPRO of Greenwich 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.
Are You Ready For Wind Damage?
Compared to other parts of the country, Fairfield County sees less wind damage than others. But that means that many people are less prepared for it when it does actually happen. We have already experienced heavy winds and storms this season, and seen the effects that wind damage can have, especially for those who are underprepared. Strong wind can cause direct damage to your home or business, or can cause objects to fly into your building, causing damage that way.
Thunderstorms vs. Hurricanes And Tornadoes
Commonly, wind damage occurs during a thunderstorm. Winds during this type of storm can loosen shingles, loosen siding, and cause smaller objects to collide with your home or business. The damage that happens during hurricane or tornado conditions is similar, but can happen to a greater degree, causing more significant destruction. Shingles and siding can become dislodged and ripped away. Larger items can be moved by the wind’s force, causing structural damage if any object hits your home or business.
Prevent Wind And Storm Damage
If you know that any storm is coming, inspect your roof for any shingles that are loose already. The same can be said for your siding. Additionally, and most importantly, move any loose objects that could be thrown into your home away from the structure.
It is important to contact a storm damage restoration professional as soon as the storm is over to help limit and remediate the damage. SERVPRO of Greenwich has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had wind damage to their property. If you have any type of storm damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.
Prepare For Flooding In Your Business
Being ready can make all the difference.
Summer storms can wreak havoc on both small and large businesses alike. Wind, lightning, and water can cause massive amounts of damage. Being ready, and taking some simple steps can greatly reduce the amount of damage that your business takes. You can also keep your employees safe by using these same steps.
Planning can take many forms, both for safety and damage mitigation. Having a well documented and distributed emergency plan is essential. For example, knowing where and when to shut off your building water main can prevent excess fooding. One of these plans can be accomplished in-house, or through a SERVPRO of Greenwich Emergency Readiness Profile.
Waterproofing Your Business
Make sure your roof is free of leaks. Have it routinely checked for weak spots and areas that may be compromised. Do the same if your business has a basement. Any areas in the foundation that could let water in should be addressed. Also make sure that any sump pumps are in working order. If a heavy storm does occur, make sure that any sensitive items are sheltered away from as much water as possible.
Being Aware Of Your Coverage
Insurance policies vary from policy to policy. Read yours over carefully to see what you are and are not covered for. If you see an area that you believe needs addressing, speak to your carrier to make any necessary changes if possible.
Sometimes water damage can occur, even when we are on top of being prepared. In this case, call SERVPRO of Greenwich. 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.
Customer Satisfaction After Successful Mold Remediation
A couple weeks ago, SERVPRO of Greenwich was contacted by a homeowner who suspected that they had mold in their house. After a mold test confirmed their suspicions, we sent technicians to remediate the damage.
We found mold throughout the customer’s basement. Spores had grown inside the walls and behind some of the appliances. We removed any visible mold, and then sprayed antibacterial solution to ensure that no mold would grow back in the affected area. After the job was done, the customer took some time to write us to let us know how we did:
“Hi Emilio-- Writing to let you know that there were NO mold spores detected in the most recent air sample test in the basement... THANK YOU for a job well done!!”
- Debbie M.
We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your residential fire damage remediation needs. That’s why SERVPRO of Greenwich should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.
How Much Mold Does SERVPRO of Greenwich Remove?
When you positively identify that you have mold in your home or business, you will probably be motivated to get the issue fixed as soon as possible. There are many companies who offer mold remediation services. But choosing the right one is important. It can mean the difference between a good and bad job being done.
First of all, you need to understand that mold is natural, and occurs in small amounts in many environments. The issue is caused when conditions are optimal, and the amount of mold grows rapidly and abundantly. Beware of companies that say that they will remove 100% of mold spores in your home or business, as this is impossible.
SERVPRO of Greenwich does not guarantee complete elimination of spores, but rather returns the level to one that is acceptable and safe for humans.SERVPRO uses remediation methods that are tailored to the unique situation, such as type of surface and environment. A step that SERVPRO of Greenwich takes is identifying and correcting a moisture issue that may be causing mold growth.
Next, we remove any porous material that is affected and replace it with brand new material, such as drywall. Any non-porous surface that can be salvaged is cleaned with safe solutions that eliminate excess mold spores. Any structural damage that has occurred due to mold is corrected as well.
We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your commercial or residential mold remediation needs. That’s why SERVPRO of Greenwich should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.
Response Time Is A Must
Picture this: You have just suffered major water damage at your home or business. The water that poured out stemmed from a burst pipe, which you have just had fixed. Now that the leak is solved, you need to deal with the standing water that is affecting one or more floors in your structure. The longer the water sits, the more damage it is doing, by soaking into walls, the frame, floors, and furniture. In this scenario, the sooner the water is removed, the better.
SERVPRO of Greenwich prides itself on our response time. We achieve this in two ways.
First, our phone lines are open 24/7. No matter what time disaster strikes, we will be available to talk to you.
Second, we have strategically located our office and warehouse centrally in Fairfield County, so that our time to be on scene is short. Once our technicians have mobilized, we can be anywhere in the county in 20 minutes.
We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your commercial or residential disaster recovery needs. And we’ll be on scene fast! That’s why SERVPRO of Greenwich should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.
What Is Ozone?
And why does SERVPRO of Greenwich use it?
If you are like most people, you have heard of ozone when it is mentioned in conversations about global warming and climate change. The ozone layer around the planet absorbs most of the UV rays that the sun emits. But it has other uses closer to home, and SERVPRO of Greenwich utilizes it in some fire damage restorations.
After a fire, there will always be smoke and soot smells that are just as much a part of the overall damage, beyond any structural damage the flames have caused. We need to get rid of these smells to successfully remediate fire damage. Ozone is naturally produced in the environment, and naturally works to eliminate odors outdoors. With three oxygen atoms in each molecule, rather than the two oxygen atoms in the air we breathe, ozone is unstable, so the extra oxygen atom can detach and grab onto odor polluting molecules to change their molecular composition.
So SERVPRO uses it to eliminate odors indoors, where ozone levels are much lower than outside. We use machines that emit ozone that works just like it does in nature. It seeks out odor-causing molecules and eliminates them.
We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your commercial or residential odor elimination needs. That’s why SERVPRO of Greenwich should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.
We Can Handle Disasters Of Any Size
SERVPRO of Greenwich has been helping the Fairfield County community with damage remediation for over 35 years. We have handled small apartment cleanings, medium water damage in office buildings, and even cleaned the Stamford mall after a fire damage.
We are part of the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division, which means that we are certified to remediate even the biggest and worst disasters. We have even traveled to areas like Florida and South Carolina to assist other SERVPRO franchises with major storm damage. We have a complete array of disaster remediation equipment, and our technicians are trained and certified in the latest restoration methods.
Rest assured that whatever damage you have suffered, we are more than capable of restoring your property. We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your damage remediation needs. That’s why SERVPRO of Greenwich should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.
Dealing With Insurance After Storm Damage
There is bound to be springtime storms in the near future, as the weather warms up in Fairfield County. Storms can be mild, but storms can also bring severe damage, especially during the spring months. Fallen trees, broken glass, and flooding are all things that can affect your home or business as a result of storm damage. If any one of these happen to you, getting back to normal will be your main concern. Filing an insurance claim is probably part of that process. Learn the best way to navigate that process below.
Make your way around your property to see what damage has occurred. Look at your roof, walls, basement, and surrounding areas. Look for structural damage and water damage, as those are the most common ways storm damage affects people. This will also help you when you speak to your insurance company, as you will know the answers they are looking for.
When you are looking around your property for damage, make sure to take photos of everything that you find. This will serve as proof of damage, as well as help your claim be processed quickly and easily.
Call Your Insurance Company
Make contact to inform them of the damage. They will begin the claims process with you. They may send out an adjuster to inspect the damage and issue a payment. Having the photos will help immensely in this process.
We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your storm damage remediation needs. That’s why SERVPRO of Greenwich should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.
SERVPRO Removes Fire Damage Odors from Greenwich Properties
After a fire, there may be serious odors left behind. This is because soot and smoke particles do an excellent job of settling inside porous material around your home or business. Clothing, furniture, and carpeting are all very susceptible to this odor damage. Beyond that, ductwork and central air systems can have these same particles inside, especially if they were running at the time of the fire. SERVPRO of Greenwich has abundant experience in remediation of these odors.
We use tools that are safe and EPA rated to remove soot and odors.
Deodorizers that are sprayed or fogged that eliminate fire odors.
Cleaning solutions that are safe and work well to abate odors.
Abrasive methods, like scrubbing and washing affected surfaces.
HEPA filter air scrubbers work like vacuums by pulling in affected air, and removing soot particles.
We can also seal in any lingering odors, so that they won’t return in the future.
SERVPRO of Greenwich is experienced and certified to administer fire remediation services, including debris removal, odor removal, and structural restoration. Even a small fire can mean serious damage to your home or business. After a fire in your home or business, SERVPRO of Greenwich has the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your remediation needs. That’s why we should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for immediate assistance.