Recent Storm Damage Posts

What Is An Ice Dam? | Removal & Prevention Tips

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

photo of large water stain on ceiling from ice dam causing roof to leak An ice dam can cause major water damage to the ceilings and walls of your home - causing staining and bubbling.

The formation of ice dams on your roof during the winter season can cause a considerable amount of damage to your home. Taking the proper steps to prevent them before they start is the best line of defense for areas that get a considerable amount of snow and cold weather every year.

What Are Ice Dams?

At first glance, ice dams look like nothing more than large icicles hanging from the eaves of your roof. While they form similarly to icicles, they can cause thousands in damages.

An ice dam is a result of snow that melts and refreezes again at the eaves of the roof. This cycle continues so long as the dam is not removed and will cause it to build up over time, making it harder for melted snow to drip from the roof and contributes to the dam's growth.

Ice dams form because of warm roofs. If the your attic space is warm, the heat transfers to the underside of the roof which causes snow to melt. As it flows down the roof the melted snow refreezes when it reaches the overhang as it isn't warmed from the attic. This creates a large mass of ice at the edge of the roof, which can also spread to the soffit vents and gutters. If the attic is any warmer than freezing - you can end up dealing with an ice dam.

Ice dams (like icicles) can be dangerous for your family and pets. When warm enough weather comes through for the dam to melt, it can come crashing down without notice.

How Do They Damage Your Home?

Ice dams damage your home in multiple ways. As dams build up over time, they can cause damage to the roof from the weight of the ice. As it melts, water then seeps between shingles and refreezes, expanding and loosing the shingles of the roof. When the shingles are loose, it allows the melted snow and ice to penetrate the lower level of the roof and begin to seep into the interior of your home.

In short, ice dams cause roof leaks and eventually cause water damage to ceilings and walls in your living space. When not caught, water damage may cause structural deterioration and produce mold growth when moisture is consistently present. Waiting for warm weather is not a solution for ice dams - As they can continue to cause damage to your home even after they are gone.

Ice Dam Prevention Tips

  • Remove snow with a roof rake. If your home is usually prone to forming ice dams, you can prevent them before they start by removing all snow from the roof so it has no chance to melt and turn into ice.
  • Roof heat cables. These can be attached to your roof before winter weather hits in a zig-zag formation to keep the exterior of it warm and prevent snow or ice from freezing to it. Sometimes these do not warm enough to prevent ice dams from forming - and in some cases may help them form by continually melting ice and snow.
  • Eliminate attic heat sources. Sometimes lights, uninsulated HVAC systems, or vents from dryers or kitchen exhaust fans can send enough heat into the attic to warm the roof.
  • Properly insulate and vent your attic to keep it cold. Doing this will ensure that there is no heat loss from the living space of your home into the attic - keeping it as cool as outside and prevents conditions for ice dams to form. Take the following steps to properly keep your attic cool during the winter:
    • Ventilation: If possible, install vents at the soffit and at the ridge of the roof that provides air flow between the actual roof and the insulation. This will keep the immediate underside of the roof cool even if the attic takes up some heat from your living space.
    • Insulation: If you have an open attic, you should properly insulate the floor of the attic and seal all air leaks from the main living space. If it is a finished room that has the roof directly above it, be sure that the rafter spaces above the ceilings are properly insulated. These methods will prevent the heat from the living space from rising it up and warming the roof.

There are many recommendations on how to prevent ice dams, but the most effective, long term way to get rid of ice dams forever will be to ensure your home has proper attic ventilation and insulation.

Removing Ice Dams

You may find many different methods for ice dam removal online, but many of them can cause damage to your roof or even put you in danger. Using salt to melt the dam or chipping off the ice can cause even more damage to your roof than the ice dam itself. What should you do?

Hire a professional for proper ice dam removal.

Ice dam removal companies use specialized equipment to get the job done without damaging the shingles of your roof. Most companies use a high temperature, low pressure steam machine to melt the ice right off your roof.

Using other methods such as a power washer or manually chipping ice off yourself will surely damage or rip shingles right off your roof, and end up requiring even more work and money to remedy.

Need Help With An Ice Dam? Call SERVPRO - 203-707-1952

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Why Do Some Basements Have Sump Pumps?

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

photo of a sump pump in a basement Sump pumps can provide basement flooding protection for your home.

When you're looking to buy a home or a rental property and you notice a sump pump in some basements and not others, you may wonder why that is. Some may even worry that it means the basement is always flooding and will cause major problems in the home. However, this is usually not the case. Here, we will go over why some basements have sump pumps.

What Do Sump Pumps Do?

Sump pumps help prevent basement flooding and groundwater seepage. A small pump is installed in the lowest part of the building after a sump pit is constructed. The sump pits collect groundwater, and when water levels rise high enough it activates the float switch which turns the pump on. Then, the water will be pumped out of the sump pit through the discharge line and be let off away from the home.

There are different types of sump pumps, including submersible pumps, pedestal pumps, and battery backup pumps for when the power goes out. All are extremely helpful in removing excess water from your basement. Consult your local basement waterproofer to see which would work best in your home.

Reasons Why Basements Have Sump Pumps

  1. Home is in a flood zone. You don't want to have to pay thousands of dollars to remove water from your basement over and over when you live in a flood zone. Installing a pump can help protect your basement when your area floods.
  2. Basement under the water table. When your basement is located below the water table, it is much more likely for you to be dealing with groundwater seeping in to the basement after heavy rains. Hydrostatic pressure pushes water through the walls of your basement.
  3. Looking for basement waterproofing. A sump pump is a great option when you want to somewhat waterproof a basement, especially when it is finished. You can't completely waterproof a finished basement, but installing a pump should help prevent any flooding or moisture from ruining all of your belongings.
  4. Located in an area of heavy rains or snow. Even when your basement doesn't have any of the above reasons to install a sump pump, living in an area where there's usually heavy rains or snow is enough of a reason to install one. Even when not in a flood zone or under the water table, increased levels of groundwater can still cause your basement to flood.
  5. Taking proactive steps against mold or water damage. If you constantly struggle with basement flooding, you're likely worried about water damage or mold growing and spreading in your home and want to take steps to prevent these issues.

While the presence of a sump pump in a basement likely indicates that there is a risk for flooding - it's not necessarily a bad thing. Sump pumps are effectively and are usually more than sufficient to prevent flooding when properly installed, used, and maintained. So, if the home you're looking to buy has a sump pump in the basement - don't fear. Be happy that a thousands-of-dollars waterproofing system has already been installed in your home!

Winterizing Your Home: 2020 Complete Checklist

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

photo of three houses on a street covered in snow during the winter New England winters can be unforgiving - Winterize your home to be prepared for whatever the season throws your way!

As the winter months come around the corner, it's time to think about how to winterize your home to save money on your energy bill and prevent any winter-related disasters. Winterizing is generally inexpensive and can be completed within a weekend without any professional help with a big payoff in the end. Follow these 20 tips for winterizing your home to enjoy a warm, cozy home all winter long.

Winterizing Your Home Checklist

  1. Clean out gutters and downspouts of any debris, leaves, or branches.
  2. Buy a snow shovel and ice melt so you're ready for the first snow or ice storm before it hits.
  3. Bring all of your outdoor furniture inside your shed, garage, or basement.
  4. Seal cracks and other openings around windows and doors to help prevent cold air from entering.
  5. Purchase and install door draft stoppers for all exterior, basement, and attic doors to keep heat in your living spaces.
  6. Set ceiling fans to turn clockwise so that they push hot air from the ceiling down to the floor.
  7. Put out area rugs or carpets to keep floors warm.
  8. Replace filters in your furnace and HVAC system to improve energy efficiency and keep up air quality.
  9. Prevent water pipes from freezing or bursting: Insulate any pipes that run along outer walls or are in non-heated areas like attics or garages.
  10. Winterize your hose: Fully drain the hose and the source pipe, bring the hose inside, and shut off the water to the hose valve to prevent any freezing or bursting.
  11. Seal windows to prevent cold air drafts: This can be done by putting up window insulation film (which doesn't look great - but will save you money) or by using weatherstrip tape to seal the edges of windows and doors.
  12. If you don't plan on using your chimney and it doesn't have a way to close it up, purchase and install a chimney balloon. This will help keep cold drafts from coming through the fireplace as well as prevent warm air from escaping.
  13. If you don't already have one, get a programmable thermostat. The newer ones can be put on an automatic schedule to turn down the heat when you leave and warm the house back up before you arrive home.
  14. Be sure to check that all fire and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
  15. Get out your thick, winter curtains and hang them to help prevent heat loss.
  16. Install storm doors or windows for an extra layer of draft protection.
  17. Make sure furniture isn't blocking any vents, making it easier to keep your house warm.
  18. If your property is plowed during the winter, put stakes in the ground around the driveway, mailbox, or anything else that you don't want run over by a plow.
  19. Be sure your attic is completely and properly insulated. Heat escaping into your attic can drive up energy costs - but the larger issue is that it can warm your roof, cause ice dams to form, and cause roof leaks.
  20. Check for any disconnected ducts. This can happen over time, and results in warm air being let out into attics or basements instead of your living space.

Taking steps to winterize your home will keep heating costs down, keep your home warm, and make you feel prepared for whatever winter throws your way this season. 

8 Things That Happen When You Don't Clean Your Gutters

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

man with gloves cleaning debris out of clogged gutter Do you remember the last time your gutters were cleaned out? If you don't - keep reading.

Many homeowners don't realize the long list of damages that can occur when they have clogged rain gutters. Cleaning out your gutters is important to allow water to properly be directed away from your home. When you don't, water spills over the side of the gutters and you can end up with issues of basement flooding, water damage, mold, or even structural problems in your home.

Here, we will go over what kind of damage clogged gutters can cause and the signs that your gutters are clogged to help prevent damage to your home.

Clogged Gutter Problems

Foundation Damage 

The water that overflows from clogged gutters will flow directly to the ground below, along the foundation of your home. This will cause a higher level of groundwater, which can cause your foundation to shift when soil, dirt, or clay becomes to wet. This shifting can cause cracks and buckling, damaging the structural integrity of the home over time.

Basement Flooding 

When your gutter system doesn't navigate water away from your home, it makes it much more likely that it will find its way into your basement. Higher levels of groundwater directly outside of your foundation from clogged gutters overflowing will put more hydrostatic pressure on the walls on your basement. Over time or with heavy rains you'll be dealing with water in your basement from your dirty gutters.

Landscaping Damage

The water continually overflowing from gutters can cause mulch to wash away, destroy flower beds, shrubs, or even small trees. The water may cause a rut to form along your foundation.

Insect Issues

Blocked gutters are a hotbed for mosquitoes and other pests because of the standing water and debris in it. Termites and carpenter ants may also be attracted to the rotting leaves in the gutters. These insects can find their way into your home and cause an insect infestation, especially when cooler weather drives them inside.

Roof Damages

The standing water in your gutters can damage many different components of your roof. The shingles that are constantly in contact with water will deteriorate at a faster rate than they should, weakening your roof. Over time, water will seep past these saturated roof shingles and penetrate the roof deck, making its way through insulation and into your attic. Standing water in your gutters will also make it more likely for ice dams to form and further damage the shingles of your roof. Eventually, clogged gutters will cause leaks in your roof.

Soffit & Fascia Issues

The weight of your clogged gutters will cause them to sag and damage the soffit and fascia of your home. These are both important to properly ventilate your attic, prevent water leaks, and stop pests from entering your home. When the gutters shift and these crack, you will be susceptible to these issues.

Water Damage

Many of the previous clogged gutter problems include some form of water damage. But, it's important to note just how much water damage your home can sustain from not cleaning your gutters. Water constantly running where it should not will allow it to get behind your siding or window frames and find its way into your living space. You may find water stains on ceilings or walls from roof leaks and seepage.

Mold

Clogged gutters can absolutely cause mold problems in your home. Wherever there are unaddressed moisture problems, mold will grow and quickly spread into an infestation. Mold can actually begin to grow in as little as 48 hours after a material sustains water damage. When you don't realize that your gutters are clogged, you can end up dealing with a rather large mold problem.

Signs of Clogged Gutters

Some signs of clogged gutters are rather obvious while others may not be. When you notice any of these signs, its definitely time to break out your ladder or call a professional to perform a gutter cleaning.

1 - Noticing Pests or Growth on The Roof. 

If you see small trees or weeds growing in your gutter, there's definitely a lot of debris and standing water in them. The debris and standing water will allow for insect growth, which will then attract birds or squirrels who eat them.

2 - Gutters Are Sagging. 

The only other reason your gutters would sag would likely be because strong winds detached them from the roof. When you notice them sagging, but it wasn't immediately following a windstorm, they're likely being weighed down by standing water.

3 - Gutter Waterfall. 

If you see water running over the sides of your gutters - they're 100% clogged. If they weren't, the water would drain down through the gutter.

4 - No Water Coming Out of Gutter Spout. 

If you go outside while it's raining and notice no water coming out of the downspout of the gutter, there is something blocking a clear flow.

For Gutter Water Damage in Connecticut, Call SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield - 203-707-1952

What To Do If A Neighbor's Tree Falls On Your House

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

photo of a large fallen tree on top of a house in an open field Fallen trees can cause more than just structural damage - they can cause flooding and water damage to your home as well!

If a neighbor's tree fell on your house, you're likely unsure of which homeowner is responsible for filing an insurance claim or who will have to pay for the damages. There's a lot of mystery surrounding fallen trees and insurance claims - but we will clear up any confusion here.

Fallen Trees: Who Covers The Damages?

Scenario 1: Neighbor's tree (or your own) falls on your house

If a tree that falls on your home was on your neighbor's property, it is still up to you to file a claim with your insurance company. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter where the tree came from to decide who covers the cost of tree removal and any structural damage repairs - only where it fell and why.

Scenario 2: Your tree falls on your neighbor's house

If a tree on your property falls on to your neighbors home, you can consider yourself 'lucky' because it will be up to your neighbor's homeowner insurance to cover the damages.

Scenario 3: A neighbor's tree damages your house, but you suspect it was because it was old, damaged, or weak.

In these cases, insurance does not want to cover any damages or tree removal because there was a form of negligence or a maintenance related issue. If you feel like your neighbor has a tree that is putting your home in danger, take steps to try and get them to remove the tree and document it. Then, in case the dying tree does fall on your home, you can try and argue to have it covered by insurance due to your neighbors negligence.

Unfortunately, fallen trees are commonly only covered when caused by a 'named peril', such as high winds, lightning, vandalism, or a car crash.

Common Questions:

What if the tree doesn't damage your home?

According to Allstate, if a tree falls on your house and causes no damages, insurance will not cover the cost of removing the tree (and in these cases it may not be worth it to file the claim anyways depending on your deductible).

What does tree removal cost without insurance?

The cost of tree removal is on average $500-$1,200, making it less than many homeowner's deductibles. If the tree that fell (and didn't damage your home) was your neighbors, you can always try and seek reimbursement afterwards, though this may sour your neighborly relationship.

How much do fallen tree claims usually cost?

According to Consumer Reports, the average amount paid by insurance companies for fallen tree claims was $4,110, only 7 percent of all settled claims.

What if a neighbor's tree falls in my yard, not even on my house?

As mentioned earlier, when a tree falls and causes no damages it will not be covered by your homeowner's policy. You will be responsible for all debris cleanup and removal yourself.

Need Help With Fallen Tree Damage & Cleanup? Call SERVPRO - 203-707-1952

What To Do After Storm Damage in Fairfield

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

tree fell on second floor of house. Bathroom roof demolished, bathroom covered in debris, tarp over large hole in roof If a tree falls on your home, SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield is Here to Help!

When heavy rains, hail, high winds, and lightning come through Fairfield County, your home or business may suffer damage from the storm. Weather damage can be overwhelming for even the most prepared homeowners because of just how destructive it can be and the extensive need for storm damage repairs.

If you are in need of emergency assistance, call SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield 24/7 at 203-707-1952.

Types of Storm Damage

1. Impact Damage

Impact damage is just what it sounds like - damage from things hitting your property. Strong winds can topple trees, tree branches, or power lines and cause a huge amount of property damage. One large tree can demolish a home or business, and if a branch goes through your home's roof, it can cause water damage inside on top of the roof repairs needed on the exterior.

2 Wind Damage

When a summer storm hits, strong winds usually follow. When winds are strong enough, they may be able to lift the roof shingles of your home and cause a considerable amount of roof storm damage. When you see curled shingles, it's a good idea to have a roof inspection done to see if any repairs are needed. Strong winds may also be able to pull back the siding of your home and expose the soffit and insulation to the elements.

3 Hail Damage

Usually only seen in the summer, hails storms can cause a large amount of damage to the roof of your home. Hailstones have rough edges that are able to puncture your roof and dent your siding. Signs of damage from large hailstones are split shingles, darker-colored impact marks, or visible roof felt. Paying attention to these signs can help prevent water leaks in your home later on.

4 Lightning Damage

Lightning strikes can cause trees or power lines to cause impact damage to your home, but lightning can also put your home at risk for a fire. If lightning strikes your home, you may suffer from fire damage, smoke damage, and possibly flood damage from the firefighting efforts.

Steps To Take After Weather Damage

  1. Wait until it is safe to go outside. Don't go out in the middle of a hurricane to see if there's any damage to your roof. If something happens that needs to be immediately handled - such as a fallen tree on your home, you will know without having to go out in the storm.
  2. Inspect your home once the storm has passed. Look for signs of roof damage, pulled back siding, or water leaks inside your home. Take photos of any damage you find for your insurance company.
  3. Turn the power and gas off in your home if needed. This is needed when your home is experiencing major water damage or flooding from something like a roof leak to keep yourself and others safe.
  4. Contact your insurance company. Try and figure out if your storm damage will be covered by your homeowners insurance policy. Your insurance company will also advise you on any other steps you should take. If you need help, our Project Managers can help you file your claim.
  5. Prevent further damage by calling a storm damage company. If you have a tree down on your home and a hole in your roof, you'll want to be able to contact a storm damage restoration company that can help remove the tree, board up your roof, and immediately begin emergency services within your home. SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield can board-up or tarp your home, clean up debris, handle any flooding or water damage, and then begin repairing and restoring your home.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Storm Damage?

Traditional homeowners insurance covers many types of weather damage, including: wind, hail, lightning, some water damage, and impact damages. These damages are unpredictable, and in most cases there was nothing you could do from prevent them from happening. That's why it's covered!

There are some kinds of storm damage that aren't covered by insurance. Flooding from storms is usually not covered by your insurance company because it is likely groundwater flooding your basement - and this is something insurance companies see as preventable. However, water damage or flooding from a tree falling on your roof would be covered.

Need Service? Call SERVPRO of Westport/Fairfield 24/7 - 203-707-1952

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 get ice storms and other precipitation. When there is a snowstorm, lake impact storms and snow squalls, damage to your home can come as rooftop and other damage from overwhelming snow pile-up. These frigid storms regularly accompany high winds, which can increase damage by making shingles loosen up. These storms can unleash destruction on utility lines as well.

At the point when ice storms hit, you may should be significantly more wary. These storms are described by leaving a fourth of an inch of ice on surfaces. They can make rooftops breakdown, trees break and electrical cables snap. 

Lightning and Thunderstorm Damage

Lightning storms can happen any place in the U.S., and they bring the danger of flames and other damage. It is conceivable to see damage to electrical wiring, machines, radio wires, satellite dishes, link or phone lines, and steel structure. 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. each year. Extreme winds are characterized as surpassing 50-60 mph. Damage from wind can damage your home and business, 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. 

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

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 Westport/Fairfield 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 Westport/Fairfield 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 Westport/Fairfield 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 Westport Fairfield team heads to Florida to aid in flooding efforts

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO of Westport Fairfield 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! 

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

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.