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Summer Fire Safety in Connecticut

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Fire Safety in Connecticut Summer Fire Safety in Connecticut

Every year we look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking.

Tell your community, the best way to protect their families is to not use fireworks at home. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public displays and leaving the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that over 200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Fireworks are dangerous! 

Know how to prevent a burn while you enjoy outdoor activity this summer.

Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.

Use long-handled barbecue tools.

Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires.

Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.

Incase if you need restore fire damage, we are here to help, Contact SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline.

Sewage Clean Clean Up in Branford, CT

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewage Clean Clean Up in Branford, CT Sewage Clean Clean Up in Branford, CT

As per our experience, the most common source of sewage entering a house or commercial property is from floor drains, shower drains and toilets backing up which can be caused by clogged drain lines or heavy rains. When sewage contamination occurs, it is important to avoid the contamination where possible. The sewage can contain dangerous bacteria and pathogens, and the fumes and gasses produced by sewage spills can be toxic.
Our Sewage Damage Clean up experts in Branford, follow a stringent process to ensure a successful remediation of the affected property each and every time. We utilise air scrubbers to remove odours and harmful gasses from the air and will remove any damaged or affected porous material such as floor coverings, wall lining, furniture and personal items.

Our trained Sewage Contamination Clean up technicians handle all contaminated materials with special care while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment to prevent cross-contamination to unaffected areas. If you required Sewage Cleanup in Branford, Contact SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline today.

Summer Holidays and Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Summer Holidays and Preventing Water Damage in Your Home Summer Holidays and Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

The very worst time for water damage to occur is when you’re away from home. What could be worse than coming home from a relaxing summer holiday only to find that your home has been flooded or severely damaged by water. Unfortunately, this happens more often than you might think. In fact, the second most common insurance claim filed by homeowners is water damage to the home. Whether it’s from ruptured washing machine hoses, leaky supply lines, or a busted pipe, the consequences can be devastating. To avoid disaster while you’re on holidays this summer and the need for water damage remediation, here are a few tips that will help to protect your home.

1. Complete a Thorough Check Prior to Leaving
2. Clean Your Gutters and Down Pipes
3. Replace Supply Lines

Air Scrubber & Dehumidifier

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Air Scrubber & Dehumidifier Air Scrubber & Dehumidifier

Air Scrubber

If you use an air scrubber in a room that has mold damage, for example, the scrubber will remove mold spores and other allergens from the air. It will not, however, remove the humidity in the air. To capture settled spores, professionals often use oscillating fans in the same room as the scrubber, placing them in a strategic manner, so the moving air stirs up spores that settle on surfaces.

Air scrubbers have fans that draw air through a pre-filter and a HEPA filter at rates that vary between 150 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and 900 CFM. The HEPA filter in the scrubber removes particles, not vapor, in the air.

Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier speeds up the natural evaporation process. Dehumidifiers draw in air at rates of up to 400 CFM, but the air doesn’t pass through filters. When air passes over metal fins that are cooled below the room’s dew point temperature, the fins condense moisture out of the air and pump it to a drain that’s inside the dehumidifier or to an external drain or bucket. A commercial dehumidifier may remove up to 300 pints of water per day, depending on the size of the equipment and the amount of moisture in the air.

The water that a dehumidifier removes from the air is in the form of vapor, or gas. The gas forms because water has vapor pressure that evaporates. To promote the formation of a gaseous vapor, professionals often use fans and a dehumidifier, as the moving air diffuses the gas and moves it to the chilled plates. In a room that has mold damage, for instance, a rented dehumidifier will remove excess moisture from the air, but not any particles. When dew point condensation occurs and the chilled plates remove excess water vapor from the air, the dehumidifier reduces the vapor concentration, which allows more water molecules to evaporate.

Commercial Fire Safety in branford CT

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Safety in branford CT Commercial Fire Safety in branford CT

Commercial fire is one of the common issue during this summer. Smoke alarms are a key part of a commercial as well as residential fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly

SAFETY TIPS

  • Install smoke alarms in every room. They should also be outside each area and on every level of the building. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large commercial property may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Hot Weather Safety

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hot Weather Safety Hot Weather Safety

It’s summer, do you know that heat may cause illness or even death? When temperatures rise to extreme highs, reduce risks by taking the following precautions.

Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible unless you're sure your body has a high tolerance for heat.

  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
  • Eat more frequently but make sure meals are balanced and light.
  • Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle.
  • Avoid dressing babies in heavy clothing or wrapping them in warm blankets.
  • Check frequently on people who are elderly, ill or may need help. If you might need help, arrange to have family, friends or neighbors check in with you at least twice a day throughout warm weather periods.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water.
  • Salt tablets should only be taken if specified by your doctor. If you are on a salt-restrictive diet, check with a doctor before increasing salt intake.
  • If you take prescription diuretics, antihistamines, mood-altering or antispasmodic drugs, check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat exposure.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Awnings or louvers can reduce the heat entering a house by as much as 80 percent.

 Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Smoking Fires Are Preventable!!

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoking Fires Are Preventable!! Smoking Fires Are Preventable!!

The place where we feel safest — at home — is where most smoking-materials structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoking material fires are preventable.

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.

Make Sure

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.

Smoking and Medical Oxygen

Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

Fire Restoration Service in North Branford CT

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Service in North Branford CT Fire Restoration Service in North Branford CT

When fire damages your property in Branford, Connecticut, the situation that results is often heartbreaking and overwhelming to deal with.

The main causes of a house fire can range from food left unattended on the stove, candles, burdened electrical connections, cigarettes or cigars or lighting and appliance malfunctions.

From the moment, a fire starts to the point where the structure is fully engulfed is usually less than two minutes, which is why it is so important for occupants to get out of the home as quickly as possible and not try to put out a large fire themselves. One of the most common misconceptions about house fires is that the emergency services will provide a fire damage restoration service. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You’re bound to have damage from fire, smoke, and water from the fire-fighter’s efforts. For all of this, you need to undergo a restoration process with a reputable fire restoration company in North Branford, CT? Call SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline today.

Always Get a Fire Restoration Service after a House Fire

You might think that the damage from a fire is not a big deal, but what lurks behind can do serious harm to your body. Don’t risk getting sick and hire professional fire restoration company to clean up after you. This way, you can make your house a home again as quickly as possible. 

Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in East Haven, CT

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in East Haven, CT Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in East Haven, CT

Smoke and fire damage is dependent on several factors which all impact on the fire damage restoration process.

The temperature of the fire and smoke movement determines what damage occurs, and predominately where the most damage occurs. Smoke can penetrate the smallest areas; so it is common in fire and smoke damaged houses are areas that weren’t affected first hand by the fire. It is critical to ensure the fire damage restoration begins as soon as possible.

As smoke is acidic, moisture and humidity are a catalyst to the corrosive dilapidation of finishes and fixtures in the premises. It is hard to imagine a situation more traumatising and unwanted than a fire in your home. Even a small fire can cause extensive damage and impact on your family’s sense of security.

At SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline, our Fire Damage Restoration emergency response team are knowledgeable and sympathetic to your situation and should be the first step towards putting your life back together. Securing your home to prevent further damage or deterioration is our number one priority.

SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline, CT’s tried and tested fire restoration methods mean we are able to save many building components and valuable personal items. Even if the damage looks severe, items can often be remediated to the pre-damage condition. From furniture to appliances, computers and even family heirlooms, our team of Fire Damage Restoration specialists have developed methods to successfully remediate your personal belongings, saving you from more heartache in this unfortunate event.

Mold Preventing in Basement

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Preventing in Basement Mold Preventing in Basement

Control water & moisture

All of the above will be futile if you do not take steps to control excess moisture in your basement and around your home. Mold needs about 70-percent relative humidity to be active and produce spores. Reducing moisture begins with preventing water infiltration. If, for example, puddles form along basement walls after a heavy rain, examine your gutter and downspouts for clogs and disconnects. Install splash blocks and downspout extenders, if necessary. Take a level to concrete walkways that run along the perimeter of your home. If they have settled so that they now slope toward your foundation instead of away from it, call a contractor to make repairs. Slab-jacking companies can use polyurethane-injection methods to lift concrete structures, including patios and pool decks. If your walkways are built with pavers or bricks, regrading and rebuilding the path may be necessary.

Relative humidity (RH) rises above 65 percent in basements during the summer in much of the United States and Canada. If this is your situation, run a dehumidifier and set the relative humidity at 65 percent or less. Choose a model that is adequately sized for your space — small room-size dehumidifiers will not survive in a basement. Ideally your dehumidifier should include a high-performance air filter. Find a way to set up the dehumidifier to drain automatically, so you don’t have to remember to empty the reservoir every day or two. You can accomplish this in several ways.

Contact SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline for mold remediation in Northford.