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How Much Mold Does SERVPRO of Greenwich Remove?

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Inspect damage 

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.

Document damage

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

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage In Greenwich Commercial Storeroom

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Recently, SERVPRO of Greenwich received a call from the store manager of a sunglasses retailer in Greenwich.  A pipe leak caused water to pool on the floor of the storage area where stock was being kept.  We responded within an hour, and began to remediate the damage.

First, we moved the affected products to another location, so the entire storeroom was available to be remediated.  Then, using water extractors and mops, we removed the standing water from the area.  Once, all pooled water was removed, we set up an array of air movers and dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry the area, including floors and lower walls.  The final step was to remove the stored items from wet cardboard boxes, and transfer them into new, dry boxes.

Much to the store manager’s surprise, she did not even have to close the store.  We were able to do our job quickly and efficiently with no business interruption.

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

Seasonal Spring Storm Damage

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

A quick gust of nor'easter wind can rip shingles and other roofing clean off in just a few moments. Exposed roofing can quickly lead to a ton of damage.  This occurs because water is able to pour into any compromised areas, and begin to cause damage inside the home or business. Most of this damage is visible, but can also just as easily be harder to detect. If water is able to trickle into even the smallest hole, water damage can accumulate.

If the damage is not noticed right away, structural damage and mold can happen relatively quickly.  This can present a few safety issues.  If mold has developed, it can cause adverse health effects.  If structural damage has developed, you need to have the affected elements replaced as soon as possible.  In addition, the longer the damage has lingered, the costlier it may be for you to remediate. 

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.

Which Fire Extinguisher Is Right For You?

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Hint: You should have the one that fits your environment.

Homeowners and business owners in Greenwich want to keep their property safe in the event of a fire.  The key to preventing damage is being prepared.  This means having a plan.  A crucial part of a fire safety plan is having a fire extinguisher, knowing where it is, and knowing how to use it.  Depending on what you will probably be using it for, there are a few options that you should look at.

Types of Extinguishers:

Class A: freely burning, combustible solid materials such as wood or paper

Class B: flammable liquid or gas

Class C: energized electrical fire (energized electrical source serves as the ignitor of a class A or B fire – if electrical source is removed, it is no longer a class C fire)

Class D: metallic fire (titanium, zirconium, magnesium, sodium)

Class K: cooking fires – animal or vegetable oils or fats

For most people, the best to have around the home are Class A or Class B. These types cover most of the fires that would occur in a home or business setting.  These are best for furniture, carpets, drapes, and other common items.  Class D and K are more specialized options.  For instance, Class K is common in commercial kitchens where cooking fires have a higher probability of occurring.  If you cook a lot at home, you can absolutely invest in one of these as well.

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 commercial damage remediation needs.  That’s why we should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for immediate assistance.

How Will Your Business Fare In An Emergency?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

As a member of the Large Loss Team, SERVPRO of Greenwich is ready for anything.

When a business faces emergency damage, their ability to navigate the issue is usually a direct result of how they prepared.  If a business takes the threat of water or fire damage seriously before it happens, they often are able to come out the other side in a smoother fashion.  This is compared to a business that didn't care to prepare.

So how do you prepare for damage before it happens?

To prepare for a potential fire, make sure your extinguishers are in working order.  They expire after a while, and may not function properly when you need them the most.  If your business has a sprinkler system, have it inspected regularly to ensure its effectiveness and readiness.

A great step to take is to have a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan set up before damage occurs.  This plan allows SERVPRO of Greenwich to have prior knowledge of your business.  In the event of an emergency, we are able to respond quicker and more effectively, which minimizes the amount of damage, and make the remediation go more smoothly.

Give us a call at 203.324.1642 to schedule today!