Recent Storm Damage Posts

Are You Ready For Wind Damage?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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.

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.

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.

Storm Damage In Greenwich Apartment Buildings

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Restoring any storm damage presents unique challenges.  But when an apartment building or condo complex suffers storm-related water damage, a whole new set of hurdles occurs.  One such hurdle is mitigating damage that happens along a wall or roof that affects multiple units.

When two or more units share a common wall or roof, as do many apartments and condos in Greenwich, damage remediation can become much tougher. If water damage occurs in one apartment, it may flow into another apartment.  It may also soak the interior of a shared wall.  In both cases, the initial party thinks the water has subsided.  In the latter situation, the initial party thinks the water is gone, and the second party is unaware that water damage has affected them.

But fear not! SERVPRO of Greenwich has you covered in this situation.  We have the tools to get the job done right.  We have small portable fans and dehumidifiers that can fit in small spaces, as well as dry the interior of any shared walls that may be affected.  Our skilled technicians are also trained in the use of thermal cameras that can show any areas of moisture that cannot be seen by the naked eye. 

We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your residential or commercial damage remediation needs.  That’s why SERVPRO of Greenwich should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.

Practice Safety When Flooding Damages Your Greenwich Home

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage from flooding is one potential emergency that can cause serious issues. If you do not act fast, your property and belongings could be irreversibly damaged.  But it is just as important to be safe when you are navigating the remediation process, especially in the initial phase.  

Once flood damage occurs, the safety hazards multiply.  You must be careful when navigating your home after the damage occurs.  Look out for the following types of issues to keep you and your family safe.

Structural Damage 

When building materials like drywall or flooring come into contact with a lot of water, they can shift, warp, and degrade.  Use caution when moving about your home, as walls and floors may be weaker than they appear. Having a professional inspect the foundation and frame for damage is a great option if you suspect anything may be wrong.

Electrical Damage

Every home has numerous wires that run to lights, outlets, and appliances.  When any water touches them, they become very dangerous.  If you have water damage, you should turn off the main power, to eliminate the risk of electrocution.

Contamination

Depending on where the water came in from, the water could be contaminated with bacteria and other harmful things.  Make sure that you stay away from any water that may carry any pollution.

When your Greenwich home has flood damage, it is crucial to find a local company like SERVPRO to assist you.  We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your residential or commercial water damage remediation needs.  That’s why SERVPRO of Greenwich should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.

Count on SERVPRO of Greenwich For Storm Damage Restoration

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Picking the correct remediation company is critical to your peace of mind. 

Damage from any type of winter storm to your home or business can be devastating. So many types of damage can result from a storm, from structural to electrical. But the devastation can be compounded if the restoration is not done properly.  You can avoid this by choosing a reputable and experienced company like SERVPRO of Greenwich. Not only will your home or business get the care it deserves, but you won't have to worry if the job is being done right. 


The SERVPRO of Greenwich Advantage

Experience

SERVPRO of Greenwich has been in operation for over 30 years.  We have been relied on by thousands of homes and businesses in the area when they have had storm damage.  With the years of experience, we bring industry leading knowledge and specialized tools to get the job done right.

Location

So many companies advertise a large service area, but in fact are not located close by.  On the contrary, we are centrally located, and can be on scene extremely fast.  Our phone lines are open around the clock, ready to assist you with whatever storm damage you may have.  

If you have a storm damage in your home or business, please do not try to fix the problem on your own.  Call a professional remediation company like SERVPRO of Greenwich.  We’ll make sure that the job is done right, and we’ll take the extra steps to ensure that you are not at risk of secondary damage due to winter weather.

How We Handle Upholstered Furniture That Is Damaged In A Flood

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Our technicians clean your upholstery using situation-specific methods to get the best results.

Flooding can affect the structure of your Greenwich home as well as items on the interior, like furniture, appliances, and documents.  Every flood caused by a storm is unique, and it is very important to rely on a professional company to effectively remediate the damage.  If not done properly, this can lead to harmful mold growth down the road.  It can also cause the long-term degradation of expensive items in the home.

SERVPRO of Greenwich Uses Extra Precautions for Heavily Soiled Areas

In Greenwich, storm waters are sometimes labeled “Category 3”, which means that water is contaminated with bacteria from the air and ground. When it comes to furniture, upholstered pieces often need extra care to ensure proper cleaning.  Our technicians are experts in carefully remediating damage to high-value items when regular cleaning is either not enough, or too invasive for the material.

How do we accomplish this?

  • We protect both your floors and others contents in your home by isolating each piece of upholstered furniture on a cloth.
  • We then vibrate the surface to encourage dirt to the surface where it can be more effectively removed. 
  • Our technicians will then clean the surface of the furniture.. 
  • We will then use a furniture-safe cleaning solution to deep clean each piece.
  • Finally, we extract the shampoo, which leaves the furniture free of dirt, and in preloss condition.
  • The furniture is then allowed to dry completely, a process that is monitored by our team to ensure proper moisture levels.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Greenwich at (203) 342-1642. We make it "Like it never even happened."

What Can Be Damaged In A Greenwich 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.

Brief Frame Expansion - The frame of your house or business is generally made out of wood, which means it won't generally need extraction after a flood. While the wood may expand at first, it should return to its original state, and fundamentally sound. Be that as it may, work with an expert to guarantee it is treated for mold. 

Damaged Appliances - Many household appliances sit on the ground, which makes them extremely susceptible to flood and water damage.  Appliances that use insulation, such as your refrigerator, are extra prone to damage, and may need to be replaced following a flood. 

Furniture Damage - If you have furniture that is made of metal or wood, you may be safe after a flood.  These materials are more resilient against water damage, and may be recovered. If you have carpeting, or items with upholstery, these items may need to be replaced.  This is due to their nature to retain moisture and present a mold hazard.

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

Two Reasons Why Your Sump Pump Could Fail

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

When you install a sump pump, you may take it for granted.  It is a vital piece of equipment that keeps your home or business dry.  A sump pump works by diverting groundwater and excess rainwater away from your foundation.  This prevents flooding and moisture in your basement. A sump pump is a complex machine that is made up of a variety of 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.

Loss Of Power

The most common reason that sump pumps fail is due to power loss.  This could be from your entire home losing power, or a fuse blowing for that circuit in your home. Sump pumps rarely run on a dedicated power source, so when the home loses power, the pump no longer does its job.  A backup generator connected to the pump can ensure that it will continue to function in a power outage. If your generator is gas-powered, remember to run the generator outside, and at a safe distance from the structure.

Pump Size Is Wrong

Sump pumps come in many different sizes to accommodate different situations.  Factors that determine what size pump you need range from the size of your basement, the level of groundwater present, and the potential risk for flooding. A pump that is too big will wear out faster, while a pump that is too small will struggle to handle the load that may occur.

If your home or business is affected by water damage, call SERVPRO of Greenwich.  We have over 30 years of experience remediating all types of water and moisture that may affect you.

Using Drying Equipment To Remediate Storm Damage at SERVPRO of Greenwich

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Spring and summer storms can cause significant water damage to your home or business.  This couples both initial and secondary damage as potential results. It is important to begin the remediation process immediately, as well as make sure that it is done properly the first time.  SERVPRO of Greenwich does both! We have specialized equipment, extensive training, and over 30 years of experience remediation storm damage. The specialized equipment that we use sets us apart, and gives us the ability to ensure that secondary damage like mold growth does not occur.  Here are some of the pieces of equipment that we use.

Moisture Sensors and Meters

These are used to find moisture in all types of flooring, subfloors, and also walls. A common misconception is that moisture is completely eliminated when remediating storm and water damage.  This is not true, as there is always moisture in the air. Moisture meters are used to find the numerical moisture level in any material. This allows our technicians to ensure that proper drying is happening, and the moisture level is returned to an acceptable level.

Thermal Imagers

When SERVPRO of Greenwich responds to storm-related water damage, we start by extracting all visible water.  Then we dry the area out using air movers and dehumidifiers. To ensure that all problem areas are taken care of, we use thermal imagers to detect moisture that is not seen by the naked eye.  When looking through the imager, a difference in heat can show where a difference in temperature exists. This often indicates residual moisture that needs to be focused on.

Home Damage Due To Falling Trees

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

We are transitioning from winter to spring.  With the changing weather, severe weather patterns become more probable.  A common occurrence, which is due to high winds, is falling trees. These trees can fall on your home, causing major damage.  You should not wait until it happens. Take some precautions to avoid this issue. Trees that are dead or dying can be especially susceptible to falling as a result of high winds and storms.  Safely remove these trees around your property, or get a tree removal service to do it for you.

  1. If a tree does happen to fall on your home or business, ensure that no one is injured. 
  2. Call the police and fire department if you observe any loose or hanging power lines.  If you do see downed wires, use extreme caution when exiting the building.
  3. Inform your insurance company of the damage, and follow their instructions on how to file a claim.
  4. Reach out to SERVPRO of Greenwich for immediate assistance.  We have decades of experience, and are ready to respond faster to any size disaster.  We are available around the clock, and will send our experienced technicians to handle your storm damage needs.

How Flood Damage Impacts Different Types of Flooring

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Spring rainstorms can cause some flooding in buildings in Fairfield County. If your home or business suffers a damage, the type of flooring that is affected can greatly dictate how remediation is conducted.  Whether you have concrete or hardwood, water affects the area differently. Here is how water affects each type of flooring.

Hardwood

If your hardwood floor becomes saturated with water, the effects may be immediate.  Often, though, problems arise some time after the initial damage occurs. Moisture in the woods can cause the floorboards to warp, resulting in bowed and raised areas throughout.  SERVPRO of Greenwich has specialized equipment that is uniquely designed to extract moisture from hardwood flooring to ensure that this type of secondary damage does not happen.

Concrete

You may have painted concrete floors in places such as an unfinished basement or a garage.  Moisture in this setting can cause flaking or bubbling in the paint. More importantly, moisture can remain in the porous surface of the concrete.  This, in conjunction with dirt or dust, can create a great environment for mold growth. SERVPRO of Greenwich has commercial-grade air filters that can remove the airborne mold spores if they are present. 

Vinyl or Linoleum

If your kitchen or bathroom has this type of floor covering, you can also have water damage here.  The glue that holds the material to the subfloor can become loosened or dissolved which detaches it. If moisture becomes trapped between the vinyl and the subfloor, it can lead to mold.  In this case, replacing the affected material is often more cost-effective than drying.  

Depending on the type of floor and your unique circumstance, SERVPRO of Greenwich will tailor a restoration process for you.

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 Greenwich.

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 Greenwich 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 Greenwich 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 Greenwich 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 Greenwich team heads to Florida to aid in flooding efforts

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO of Greenwich sent 6 employees to help.  They left Connecticut 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.

As always SERVPRO is Hero Ready! 

Whether your Fairfield County home has emergency flood damage or you need your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best.  Learn more about our residential services:

• Water Damage Restoration

• Fire Damage Restoration

• Mold Remediation

• Storm Damage Restoration

• Cleaning Services

• Building/Reconstruction Services

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 Greenwich 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!