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SERVPRO is Ready to Help in the Branford CT area

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

1700+ reasons why…

In the beginning, there was a painting business in California and from that SERVPRO was born.

There are now currently over 1700 stores from our Atlantic Seaboard to our Pacific Frontier.

Over seventeen hundred franchises tell the tale. We have grown phenomenally and are continuing to grow.

Your business in the Branford CT area has been the cornerstone of that growth and we recognize that.

Because of you, we strive to always put our best foot forward.

Whether bagging up hazardous waste or speaking with insurance adjusters, our efforts are and always will be to give you our best.

Over five decades…

Without experience, the best intentions are fruitless.

We, here at SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline have experience.

In fact, we’ve got over five decades of professional cleaning and restoration know-how scattered across the country.

The staff at our franchisees are well trained and professional when performing their duties and/or assessing your situation.

If and when you are facing the discomfort of a high-stress situation; find us online or call us and we will put those years of experience to work for you.

Together We Restore your Home in the Branford CT area

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to help

Together we get it done.

Life is full of mishaps and otherwise unwanted stress creators such as storms. Did you know that wind can reach speeds of up to 60 mph in severe cases? 

This kind of wind in your Branford area home or business can cause several different kinds of damage, as well as leave areas of the structure vulnerable to rain and other water crisis such as broken pipes.

We can work together to lower chances for incurring injury and/or cost due to storm damage.

Your part.

Preparedness is a necessary tool in your efforts to protect your home in Branford

It’s your house; so not only do you have a vested interest in lowering risks to your home and family; but that same preparedness creates a more stress-free environment.

Be prepared for the worst when times are the best. Don’t wait until the wind is moving at speeds of forty mph outside before you start making calls and buying batteries. Do these things early on when there are no clouds in the sky.

Our part.

SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline promises to answer when you call.

We promise that the person fielding your call will understand not only the proper responses to your cleanup and restoration questions, but they will understand your vulnerable and stressful position as the owner/insurance adjuster. 

We will use that understanding to make you as comfortable with what’s happening as possible. We will send the correct people, and the proper equipment to meet whatever needs have been created by the unfortunate event(s).

Unexpected Dangers Found In A Flooded Basement

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Life Happens...

A flooded basement can be a major disaster but knowing how to respond can do a lot to blunt and lessen the damage and the mess.

Before doing anything, think safety first!

1st - Flood water in the basement can be extremely dangerous to your health, so make sure you always treat it as electrified and contaminated.

Specific dangers that come with a flooded basement include:

Electrical Hazards

I'm deadly serious here.

Water and electricity have always been a dangerous combination.

During a basement flood after rain, a basement sewage flood or even a common burst pipe in the basement or leaking down from an upstairs break...

Water can hit electrical connections or seep into electronics and make the water in your basement "hot" or electrified.

It doesn't take much and it's easier than you think.

You may have a TV, a radiant heater or even something as common as leaving your phones power cord plugged into the wall socket and the other "live" end on the floor. 

It can be submerged or simply touching the water and that would be enough to transfer the electricity to all the water in the basement. 

Submerged appliances and electronics are very common and potentially very dangerous.

So when you enter the basement, even if you’re stepping off your steps into the water or if your standing in a ¼ inch of water (or less) and it’s already electrified... that could be trouble.

Water is an excellent conductor and in this case, you can be in the path from the electricity to the ground and put yourself in danger without even knowing it.

Maybe it doesn't sound dangerous to you, but the electricity can potentially cause burns, shocks and electrocution, even death.

I'm not trying to alarm you, but most people never associate a flood in their basement as a potential electrical hazard and how severe a risk it might really be.

Contaminated Water

This hazard can be more common and certainly more expected.

Potential causes could include:

  • Harmful chemicals
  • Bacterial pollutants
  • Groundwater that could seep in with fertilizer or pesticides

Do not enter the water unless you have shut off the electricity to your home, and make sure not to plug in any electronics or “electrical anything” that you think is not completely dry. Turn the power off or disconnect the power.

2nd - Now that you’re ready to LOOK, start with these steps:

Step 1: Put on Protective Gear

Before or after your plumber or contractor may have removed most of the hazards from your basement, it’s still a safety best practice to suit up with protective gear before venturing into the basement.

This includes:

  • Thick gloves
  • Waterproof boots (preferably rubber)
  • Mouth mask (surgical mask) and goggles

Regardless of the water source, wear boots and gloves for protection.

You may want to consider a protective mask and hip or chest waders if appropriate.

Take care when walking and moving around the flooded area since it will likely be slick and easy to slip and fall.

If you’re going to have a look before the professionals arrive and you’re suited up…

Here’s what to look for:

Look for the source of the water. You need to identify the source of the water and stop the water from continuing to seep/pour into your basement.

A Year After the Connecticut Tornadoes - Branford CT

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Photo from Cathy Finlayson, a Marketing Rep at SERVPRO BranfordShoreline

On May 15th, 2018 Connecticut residents experienced some of the worst weather since 1989.

As many as 4 tornadoes touched down, winds picked up to 110 miles per hour at their peak, and hail the size of tennis balls rained down throughout New Haven county.

For Connecticut residents, this was an unusual and catastrophic event.

Trees fell, homes flooded, and wind and hail did major structural damage. Luckily, SERVPRO was there to help make it "Like it never even happened."

We helped countless Connecticut residents recover from the damage that ensued following these storms - including pulling trees out of houses!

You can’t predict the weather and you surely can't predict when a tornado will strike in Connecticut but what you can do when disaster strikes - CALL SERVPRO. Give us a call and we’ll make your emergency "Like it never even happened."

Prevent Home Fires During this Sumner

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent Home Fires During this Sumner

As per U.S. fire departments respond to a home fire every 86 seconds. That’s over 30,000 fires a month. Home fires can occur for a variety of reasons, but many are preventable. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires, accounting for over half of home fires, followed by heating equipment, electrical malfunction, intentional fires and smoking materials.

Home fires are not 100% reventable. Though, you can take necessary steps today to reduce your risk of home fires. Here’s how:

• Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of your home and within every bedroom. Roughly 50% of home fire deaths occur during the night while people are sleeping.

• Never leave food cooking unattended, especially deep fryers and other frying equipment.

• Avoid using portable and fixed space heaters, as heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

• Have a fire plan that gets you out of your home in less than two minutes and practice it.

• Avoid smoking in the house.

What is Mold?

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

What is Mold?

Molds existed on the planet long before humans and will likely exist long after the last humans are gone. Humans evolved in a world heavily populated by molds and virtually every breath we take, indoors or out, brings us in contact with mold spores. Well in the last 20 years an industry has built up around the idea of "toxic molds." This industry preys on our fears and ignorance with mold being described as "black gold" in some circles.

The reality is there is no such thing as "toxic mold." There are some mold species that are "toxigenic," that is they produce "mycotoxins." Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by molds that are capable of harming other living organisms. Molds evolved these metabolites as part of their strategy to battle bacteria (and each other). One of the most famous of these mycotoxins is a compound we call penicillin. Penicillin is produced by the mold Penicillium (one of the supposedly "toxic molds") and is essentially harmless to non-allergic humans in the concentrations encountered in our day-to-day lives.

Certainly there are people who can be deathly allergic to penicillin. Approximately five per cent of individuals have some allergic airway response to elevated mold spore concentrations. But let's put that number into perspective, about 10 per cent of people are allergic to household pets.
Issues with mold have been known since biblical times and everyone knows that you should not eat moldy food as it can make you sick. Only recently has airborne exposure been considered a concern.

It has been argued that our current generation of mold panic can be directly linked to U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) studies in 1994 and 1997. At that time, the CDC incorrectly linked lung damage in children to the presence of Stachybotrys chartarum mold. In 2000, this linkage was retracted by the CDC. Unfortunately, by then the damage was done and a few very lucrative lawsuitslater, the "toxic mold" industry was born.

In order to grow, mold only needs warmth, moisture and food (often called "the mold triangle"...the mold version of "the fire triangle"). Molds will thrive at temperatures over 5 degrees C (and under about 45 degrees C) and humidity over about 50 per cent. Molds have evolved to live on pretty much anything organic in nature so can grow almost anywhere. To make it worse some molds, like Penicillium or Cladosporium, can tolerate colder temperatures. This is why you tend to find these two molds growing on rotting veggies in your fridge.
So what is the truth about mold? The fact that is understood now, that was not fully recognized in the 1990s, is that it is not the mold in your house that is making you sick. Rather it is living in conditions where mold can thrive that actually causes illnesses. As explained by the World Health Organization in 2009.

Commercial Fire Damage Cleaning Services Branford CT

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Cleaning Services Branford CT

Fire damage can be very devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur.

Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you have a fire emergency, call SERVPRO because we have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage emergency. We will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting your property business-ready.

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Branford, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline, CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

We are available throughout New Jersey 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying.

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

Summer Fire Safety in Connecticut

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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