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Causes of Water Damage

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

moisture detector finding 98% moisture in a carpet We use moisture meters to locate and accurately measure the extent of water damage in your home or business.

Have you ever wondered what the major causes of water damage are? 

Water damage comes in many shapes and sizes; some that are easy to identify and others that are not. Knowing the common causes of water damage can help prevent damage to your home. The earlier you can identify water damage, the less work will have to be done by a water damage restoration company to restore your home. This minimizes cost and time displaced from your home or business due to repairs.

Causes of Water Damage Include:

Leaking or Burst Pipes

Leaking or burst pipes are common causes of water damage. These issues can come from changes in water pressure, temperature changes, or the deterioration of old pipes. In the winter, uninsulated pipes can also freeze and burst.

Plumbing Issues

These kind of water damage issues can be hard to detect until there is clear water damage on your walls or ceilings since pipes and hoses are usually hidden within walls. Keep an eye out on your water bill and periodically check for leaks under sinks, toilets, and around showers to find possible plumbing issues that can cause water damage.

Old or Worn Household Appliances

Did you know the average washing machine supply hose fails after just 8.7 years, and 75% of water heaters fail within 12 years? The hoses on these appliances should be changed when you can see any sort of wear to prevent them cracking and leaking everywhere in your home. Look out for all of your other appliances which have water hookups as well, like refrigerators with ice makers.

HVAC Units

HVAC units are also a common cause of water damage. When not maintained, moisture can build up creating not only water damage, but space for mold and mildew to grow and spread around your home. 

Sewage Backups

Clogs in drain lines or heavy rains can cause sewage to backup into your home through floor drains, toilets, and sinks. This type of water damage should absolutely be handled by water damage specialists to correctly decontaminate, sanitize, and restore rooms affected by sewage water.

Now that you know several major causes of water damage in home and businesses, you can prevent unmitigated damages to your home. But, if disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Branford with any water damage issues.

No job is too big – we have the experience and resources necessary to restore your home to pre-damage conditions

We’re open 24/7 and waiting for your call. 800-734-3213

Fire Damage Restoration Process in Branford

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage on the side of a house Fire damage can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO of Branford when you don't know where to start.

A fire event can be devastating for a home or business in the Branford area. Even after the flames are out, you may be overwhelmed by the damages. The fire may have compromised the structure of your building, soot and smoke damage can cover your walls and furniture, and you may even face water damage from the fire-fighting efforts. 

So, where do you start once the flames are out? Well, the answer isn't always straightforward as every fire damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution. But, the general process remains the same. The steps below outline our process for the 'typical' fire damage emergency. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline to restore your property back to pre-fire condition. We're open 24/7, 365 days a year to respond to your call. 

800-734-3213

First Annual Coat Drive at SERVPRO of Branford

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro boxes filled with coat donations, and Servpro marketer unloading donation boxes from Servpro van In all, we were able to donate 13 boxes of winter coats to the New Haven and Meriden, CT area!

This year, SERVPRO of Branford started its first annual coat drive for homeless shelters in our area!

On our very first year, we exceeded our monetary goal of $500 and we were able to collect over 80 coats. All together, using the monetary donations and the physical donations, we were able to donate 120 coats to local shelters in the Meriden and New Haven, Connecticut area! Donations ranged from children's coats to both men and women's jackets. 

The contributions we received this year were absolutely amazing. Thank you to all of our generous donors for contributing to our first annual coat drive!

If you missed out on donating - no worries! We will be sure to get the word out for our second annual coat drive next year.

But, we don't have to wait for a coat drive to be charitable! Call your local shelters and see what they need and are accepting as donations if you have extra clothes or toiletries! 

Commercial Property Fire Prevention

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO large loss truck in front of a commercial building Our Large Loss Division is always ready to respond to any size disaster with the resources and expertise required.

When it comes to fire protection for commercial buildings, mistakes are never an option. If an error is made in fire protection, serious and irreversible damage can occur to the building itself and the contents within. Building occupants can also be placed in harm’s way should a flaw in fire protection occur.

In order to keep your commercial building safe, consider the following dos and don’ts within fire protection.

Alarms

Fire and smoke alarms are the first defense for commercial buildings when a fire occurs.

Dos include:

  • Ensuring the alarm system is regularly inspected in line with regulation
  • Maintaining documentation surrounding alarm activity and maintenance
  • Testing your alarm system regularly to ensure proper function
  • Creating an action plan for building residents for when the alarm is set off

Don’ts include:

  • Downplaying or brushing off the need to have regular maintenance and testing for your fire alarm system

Extinguishers and Suppression Systems

Extinguishers can be used by individuals to manage small fires while suppression systems can help prevent serious damage on a larger scale.

Dos include:

  • Conducting regular tests to ensure proper function and pressure
  • Scheduling routine maintenance through contractors
  • Storing extinguishers in a clear and open space that makes them easily accessible
  • Providing proper training for occupants

Don’ts include:

  • Putting off regularly scheduled inspections and tests to ensure function
  • Neglecting to train occupants on proper extinguisher use and handling
  • Keeping extinguishers in an area that is cluttered, difficult to get to, or where heat is constantly present

Lighting

In the case of emergencies like a fire, emergency lighting sources should be available in order to provide occupants with a safe pathway from the building.

Dos include:

  • Installing lighting throughout the building to provide effective light in all occupied areas
  • Scheduling regular maintenance and inspection

Don’ts include:

  • Failing to install proper lighting
  • Neglecting to have regular maintenance and inspection

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. If you suffer a fire damage event, call SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline.

We are open 24/7 for emergency response services!

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Fireplace Safety Tips

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Burning wood in fire place with SERVPRO logo over it Stay safe this winter with SERVPRO's fireplace safety tips!

As winter quickly approaches and the weather starts to get cold, keep these potentially lifesaving fireplace safety tips in mind.

  1. Only Burn Dry Wood - Wood should be dried for 8 to 12 months before burning.
  2. Burn Only Fire Wood - Though you may be tempted to burn other types of wood (old pallets, crates, painted wood, etc.) these woods can contain dangerous and flammable chemicals.
  3. Install CO2 and Fire Detectors - Though you may see or smell a fire, CO2 is a silent and odorless killer. It’s very important to have detectors for both of these things – it could save your life!
  4. Get Your Chimney Cleaned - Soot builds up in chimneys very quickly. If you use your chimney consistently for the cold months, make sure to get it cleaned twice a year to prevent fires.

These tips can help to save your home from a fire.

Call SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline if you ever need fire damage restoration services.

Here for you 24/7!

Why Should You Use SERVPRO of Branford?

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of servpro of branford building main entrance. SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline is faster to any size disaster!

Why SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline? 

There are many restoration companies to choose from in the Branford, Connecticut area. So why should you choose to use SERVPRO of Branford for you Water, Fire, or Mold Restoration needs?

  1. Each franchise is an individually owned and operated company.
  2. We have advanced expertise in numerous areas of mitigation and restoration services. Our technicians are highly trained, and attend continuing education classes to ensure they are up to date in the industry.
  3. We work directly with most insurance companies, and will guide you through the insurance process.
  4. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  5. Technicians at SERVPRO of Branford  will document every step of the process so you are confident that your home or office is in the right hands. 

What does SERVPRO do?

SERVPRO provides:

  • Residential & Commercial cleanup of:
    • Water & flood damage
    • Fire damage
    • Storm damage
  • Mold remediation
  • Restoration services

SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline also performs these specialty cleaning services:

  • Biohazard removal
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
  • Vandalism and Graffiti
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Carpet and Upholstery

Call SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline for any and all Remediation and Restoration needs. 

Preventing Christmas Tree Fire Damage in Branford

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

family and decorated christmas tree with SERVPRO logo and text "christmas tree fire safety tips" Keep your family and home safe from fire damage this holiday season with our tips!

Everyone loves getting into the holiday spirit by decorating their home this time of year. But, decorations like Christmas trees and lights may pose a fire hazard to your home.

Did you know:

  • More than one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • A heat source to close to a Christmas tree causes one in every four of holiday fires.
  • Nearly half of all holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

To prevent fire damage in your home this holiday season, SERVPRO of ­­­­Branford / Shoreline recommends following these fire safety tips.

  1. If buying a real tree, choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. This will lower the risk of fire due to a dry tree.
  2. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source: fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
  3. Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. This is a fire hazard.
  4. Add water to the tree stand and be sure to add water daily. A dry, dying tree increases risk of fire.
  5. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline hopes that you will follow these Christmas tree fire safety tips to stay safe this holiday season!

Source: nfpa.org

Winter Storm Damage Preparedness in Branford

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

snowy road with servpro logo and text: Winter Storm Preparedness Stay safe and prepared this winter!

Winter storms can cause just as much damage to your home as a summer storm in the Branford area. Snow storms can bring freezing temperatures, feet of snow and ice, and high winds. Power can go out and roads may become hazardous. Preparing for a storm is the best way to keep your family and home safe!

Winter Storm Preparations

  • Weatherproof / Winterize your home.
    • Add extra insulation in your attic, insulate doors & windows, and insulate any water lines along exterior walls so they are less likely to freeze. 
    • This also helps to prevent ice dams on your roof.
  • Keep as much heat as possible in your home during a storm.
    • Avoid unnecessary opening of doors or windows, close off unneeded rooms, and close curtains on windows at night.
  • Organize a back-up heating source if the power goes out.
    • Gas or log fireplaces, portable heaters.
  • Make sure you have flashlights and batteries handy.
  • Leave all water taps slightly on so they drip continuously.
    • This helps prevent frozen pipes or burst pipes.

Call SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline if your home sustains any storm damage this winter. We are available 24/7 for emergency services, and work with your insurance company!

800-734-3213

Source: prep4agthreats.org

Ice Dam Removal: What is an Ice Dam?

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Ice dam graphic showing how melting ice on roof creates water damage This graphic shows how an ice dam forms and creates water damage in your home. Call SERVPRO of Branford for ice dam removal!

At first glance, icicles hanging off your roof may remind you of a winter wonderland. But, these icicles may be an indication of an ice dam forming, which can damage your home.

What is an Ice Dam?

An Ice Dam forms when melted snow refreezes at roof edges and can form with even as little as 1 or 2 inches of snow.

Three things are needed for an ice dam to form:

  1. Snow
  2. Heat to melt the snow
  3. Cold to refreeze melted snow into solid ice.

How Can Ice Dams Damage Your Home?

Ice Dams dislodge the shingles of your roof and let water into your home. The under-layer of the ice dam continuously melts and re-freezes due to the warmth of your roof, resulting in water entering your home.

This leads to:

  • Trapped moisture in ceilings, walls, and insulation
  • Water-stained ceilings
  • Peeling paint
  • Mold and mildew to growth
  • Ruin your gutters and make them sag.

Ice dam damages can create numerous other consequences, Altogether, the water damage from ice dams can affect the structure of your home.

What Should You Do?

To completely remove an ice dam without damaging your roof, it is likely best to call specialists like SERVPRO® of Branford/Shoreline. We have specialized equipment to safely and easily remove ice dams.

It is also wise to address why the ice dam formed in the first place after removing it, so that it does not happen again. This may include better insulating your attic and roof, so that the warmth of your home doesn’t create conditions for an ice dam to form.

We’re available 24/7 for emergency service. Call us today.

Source: UMASS Amherst

Possible Causes for Water Damage in Your Branford Home

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water on floor of a liquor store with cases of beer stacked around the water with a beer cooler seen in the background Commercial Water Loss Liquor Store

Causes & Categories of Water Damage in Branford:

An old poem has the line, “water, water, everywhere”. When you need to say this in your home or office, you know there is trouble. You may be looking at water damage. There are several different possible causes of water damage in Branford.

Causes can include:

  • Leaky dishwashers or washing machines
  • Clogged pipes
  • Leaking roofs
  • Broken toilet pipes
  • Heavy rain
  • Snow or ice

The amount of water damage depends on the amount of water and on the cause of the damage.

It is also important to start the cleanup as soon as possible. The longer your home or business is water-logged, the more damage.

Categories of Water Damage in Branford:

  1. Clean water. It might come from an overflowing sink or a broken appliance. The water does not pose a threat to people. Keep in mind that any water will become contaminated after it stops flowing.
  2. Gray water. This water is contaminated from the get-go. It comes from broken toilets or sump pumps. It might not look dirty, or it might be brown.
  • Black water. Like gray water, it might not look dirty. One major source of black water is broken sewage pipes. Another source is any water that has been standing still.

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Links:

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