Recent Storm Damage Posts

Snow Causing Roof Leak? Look For Ice Dams

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

ice dam roof leak east haven, ct near me Dealing with the water damage from an ice dam isn't as easy as most homeowners would hope.

When the winter months hit and the snow season comes around in Connecticut, you may find your ceiling leaking from snow or roof leaks after heavy snow. But what's the real cause of these snow water leaks? The answer is simple: Ice Dams.

What Damages Do Ice Dam Roof Leaks Cause?

Ice dams form when your attic is a bit too warm, heating up your roof and melting the ice and snow on it. 

Melted snow trickles down your roof, but refreezes at the cooler eaves. This continual process causes a buildup of ice at the edge of your roof.

This mass of ice that forms can cause extensive damage to your roof, which is what will cause it to leak. The continuous process of snow melting and refreezing allows water to get underneath your shingles and dislodge them when it refreezes. Once water begins to reach your roof deck, interior leaks are bound to begin.

Other damages ice dams cause include:

  • Sagging roof
  • Clogged gutters
  • Sagging gutters
  • Mold growth
  • Issues with roof soffit and fascia
  • Water damage to insulation, ceilings, walls, and floors

What To Do When Ice Dams Cause Winter Roof Leaks

You may be unsure what to do or who to call first when ice dams cause a leaky roof. Here, we've outlined what to do and when to return your home to pre-damage conditions as soon as possible.

1.  Call Your Homeowners Insurance

When ice dams cause water damage from roof leaks, you'll want to call your insurance company to cover the repairs. Water damage from ice dams can be costly, as it can affect every level of your home.

  • Tip: Your homeowners insurance may not cover ice dam removal, but they should cover any water damage resulting from it - So long as the problem has not been neglected or ongoing for a long period of time.

2.  Call A Water Damage Restoration Company

In Connecticut, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline to handle the water damage restoration process after snow causes roof leaks in your home. It's usually best to call the professionals when it comes to water damage to ensure your home is completely dried to prevent the growth of mold or structural deterioration.

When you call SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline to clean up the water damage from an ice dam, you can expect the following process:

3.  Have Your Ice Dam Removed

If you don't take steps to have your ice dam removed, your problem will only continue. While there are ways to perform DIY ice dam removal, we would recommend calling a professional company that can remove these masses of ice without further damaging your roof. The professionals at SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline use steam machines, which safely melt ice and snow right off of your roof.

3.  Call Your Roofing Contractor

Once the ice and snow is gone, you'll also need to repair any damages to your roof caused by the dam. This may include new shingles, soffit, fascia, or in more extreme cases a new roof deck. Here at SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline, our in-house construction division can seamlessly begin your roof repairs after removing your ice dam, all while our SERVPRO crews handle the water damage inside of your home.

4.  Take Steps To Prevent Ice Dams In The Future

Unless you change the conditions which caused your ice dam to form in the first place, you may end up dealing with your roof leaking after heavy snow once again. To help prevent your ceiling leaking from snow again, do the following:

  • Keep warm air out of your attic
  • Remove excess snow
  • Make sure your gutters are clear
  • Properly insulate your roof and attic

For in-depth guide to preventing ice dams, check out this blog.

Ice Dam Problems? Call SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline For Immediate Assistance - 800-734-3213

How To Prepare For A Blizzard & Stay Safe

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

photo of sign in a blizzard that reads "winter storm warning" with text preparing for a blizzard Prepare for the worst but hope for the best when it comes to blizzards this winter season.

Living in New England, winter storms are nothing new. We're used to waking up with a nice dusting of snow on the ground throughout the winter months with no need to prepare (unlike some Southern states that shutdown for half an inch of snow!). But, there are times when winter weather delivers blizzards that can last days - causing low visibility, extreme cold, power outages, and disruption to emergency services.

When you know a blizzard is coming your way, you should prepare to keep you and your family safe and warm during extreme weather. Following these preparedness and safety tips will keep you ready if you are snowed in this winter.

Preparing For A Blizzard: Checklist

  • Prepare or double check your emergency survival kit. You want your kit to have all the proper supplies needed in the event of an emergency or major disaster. Your kit should be easy to carry in case you must evacuate your home. According to the Red Cross, your emergency kit should at minimum contain the following:
    • Water - One gallon per person, per day
    • Food - Non-perishable items that are easy to prepare, even without power
    • Flashlight - Battery powered and hand-crank is best
    • Radio - Battery powered or hand-crank
    • Extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Stocked for all everyday medications
    • A multi-purpose tool
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Copies of all important personal documents
    • Cell phones and chargers
    • Emergency contact information
    • Extra cash
    • Emergency blanket - These are brightly colors and heat reflective if you are stranded
    • Pet supplies
  • Prepare your vehicle in case of emergencies or evacuation. Fill your gas tank and be sure your car is ready to drive in winter conditions.
  • Charge electronic devices. Your phones should be charged along with any portable chargers you may have. You may also want to charge laptops or portable game systems for something to do if the power goes out.
  • Get your home ready. Ideally, you should storm proof your home to keep it better insulated from cold winds, especially if you lose power. You can apply weather-stripping to doors and windows and seal any cracks or air gaps. You should also be sure to insulate pipes, especially those on the exterior walls of your home so they do not freeze and burst.
  • Prepare warm clothing. In case the worse happens, having warm, layered clothing is a must. Gather any winter hats or gloves you may also have around the house.
  • Bring any outdoor animals inside or to a safe place. If you shouldn't be out in a blizzard - your animals shouldn't either. Make sure they have enough food and shelter to last the storm.
  • Have a secondary heating source ready. If you have a fireplace, be sure to stock up on firewood. If using a portable generator, be sure to get fuel and store it in an airtight gas can.
  • Test or install your fire and carbon monoxide detectors. This is especially important in case the power goes out and you utilize a fireplace, portable generator, or candles to have light or heat.
  • Make sure you have a snow shovel before the snow starts. Without one, you may be stuck in your house for longer than planned. Getting ice melt, salt, or sand will also be helpful.
  • Know where you can seek shelter. If your power goes out for an extended amount of time or tree weighed down by snow and ice falls on your home, you will want to know where the closest shelter is.
  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. If the power goes out or you are stranded in the cold, it's important to know the signs of these so you can begin treatment right away.
    • Frostbite: Causes loss of feeling and colors around your face, fingers, and toes. Skin may turn white or grayish-yellow. If you suspect frostbite, go to a warm room, soak in warm water, or use body heat to warm. Do not use a heating pad.
    • Hypothermia: Unusually low body temperature, under 95 degrees. Signs of this are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness. If you suspect hypothermia you can do the following: Go to a warm room, warm the center of the body first (chest, neck, head, groin), keep dry and wrapped in warm blankets.

During the Blizzard

When blizzards bring heavy snows, you should stay off the roads if possible. Visibility becomes extremely limited, and it is easy to become stranded in areas where plows haven't gone by. If you are stranded in a car during a blizzard, try and keep warm as best as you can and call for help.

During the storm, you should also stay up to date with the latest weather reports. This way you can know when the storm will start, how much snow to expect, and receive any updates as to whether or not you should evacuate.

If you followed the checklist above, you and your family should be able to stay safe even if you lose power during a blizzard. Staying warm, hydrated, and eating enough should be enough until you can stay in a place with power or power returns to your home.

How To Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof This Winter

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

photo of ice dam forming on the edge of roof of log cabin, large icicles hanging down Combatting ice dams before they start is your best chance to prevent water damage to your home this winter.

In areas that get a considerable amount of snow and cold weather each winter, Ice Dams are nothing new. But just because your home is subjected to New England winters doesn’t mean you should have to deal with the consequences of snow and ice building up on your roof. Taking the proper steps to prevent ice dams can help protect your home from water damage this winter. 

How Do Ice Dams Form?

Ice dams form as snow melts and refreezes again on your roof. Water migrates from the peak of the roof down to the eaves where it is cooler and refreezes. This melting and refreezing continues, causing a large amount of ice to form over time at the roof eave.

This makes it harder for melted snow or ice to drip from the roof, and acts as a magnet for melted water. This cycle continues as long as the dam is not removed or completely melted away by warm weather. 

The source of the formation of an ice dam is a warm roof. When your attic space is warm, the heat transfers to the underside of your roof and causes snow to melt. This melted snow flows down the roof and refreezes at the edges, as the overhang is not warmed by the attic. The large mass that is created over time is your ice dam, and it can spread to soffit vents and gutters as well. When your attic is any warmer than freezing, you are likely to end up with this issue. 

Ice dams (like icicles) are dangerous for your family and pets. They can come crashing down at a moments notice, especially when outdoor temperatures unexpectedly rise. 

What Are the Consequences?

The damage that can be caused by ice dams is not small by any means. As dams build up and become larger over time, they can damage your roof by just the weight of the ice. Dams may cause it to begin to sag or slope. 

As they melt, dams can cause a huge amount of water damage to your home. As ice melts, water seeps in between the shingles of the roof and refreezes and expands, in turn loosening the shingles of the roof. When shingles are loose, it creates a pathway for melted snow and ice to easily enter the interior part of the roof and drip into the interior of your home. 

When this water enters your home, it saturates everything in its path: Insulation, wood framing, drywall, and even your belongings. This moisture can cause extensive water damage to not only your attic, but your living spaces as well. When leaks are not caught, they can cause structural issues and cause mold to grow in the walls, floors, and ceilings of your home. 

Waiting for warm weather to come melt your ice dam is NOT a solution! Waiting will only allow your damages to get worse, and when the dam finally melts much of the melted ice will directly enter your home. When ice dams aren’t taken care of, they can continue to cause damage to your home even long after they’re gone.

How to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof

  • Remove snow with a roof rake. If your home is prone to damming, you can prevent it before it starts by removing all snow from the roof so it has no chance to melt and turn into ice.
  • Roof heat cables. These should be mounted 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. 
  • Eliminate attic heat sources. Warm 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. This will ensure that there is no heat loss from the living space of your home into the attic. Keeping the attic as cool as outside and prevents the conditions for ice dams to form. Take the following steps to properly keep your attic cool during the winter:
    • Ventilation: Install vents at the soffit and at the ridge of the roof to provide air flow between the actual roof and the insulation. This will keep the immediate underside of the roof cold even if the attic absorbs heat from your living space.
    • Insulation: 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.

Safely Removing Ice Dams

There are many DIY methods for ice dam removal online, but many of these tactics can cause damage to your roof and are not necessarily safe for you to do yourself. Using salt to melt a dam or chipping the ice off of the roof yourself can cause just as much damage as the mound of ice itself. So what should you do?

Always 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 without any impact.

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 when springtime comes around.

Need Ice Dam Removal? Call SERVPRO - 800-734-3213

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How To Prepare For A Tornado

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

couple looking at disaster from tornado behind them Being prepared before natural disasters strike is the best way to stay safe and quickly recover.

If a tornado warning was issued in your area - Would you feel prepared? The most effective way to stay safe during severe weather or a tornado is to be ready well before it ever hits. Don't wait for extreme weather to devise a plan with your family. Instead, take these steps to always be prepared for extreme weather in your area, especially if it is common.

How To Be Prepared For Extreme Weather

  • Have a plan for where you and your family will go in case a tornado strikes. Have a plan ready for different places your family is frequently at - Home, work, or at friend's or relatives' houses.
  • Designate what room in your home people and pets should take shelter in during extreme weather. Ideally this should be in the lowest level of your home, such as a basement or cellar. If you don't have either of these, find an interior room in your home on the lowest floor with no windows or exterior doors.
  • Teach children what position they should be in during a tornado to stay safe from flying debris: Sit low with your arms covering your head and neck.
  • Always have a first aid kit ready and stocked in your home in case of emergency or in the event emergency services are disrupted.
  • Check with your work and children's school or daycare regarding their tornado safety protocols and emergency dismissal policies.
  • Locate the closest shelter or evacuation shelter so you are already informed if your home is damaged in the tornado.
  • Teach your family what to do when extreme weather strikes, where the emergency and first aid kit is, as well as how and when to turn off the electricity, water, and gas in your home. Mark these shutoff valves to make it easy for others to turn them off if needed.
  • Teach your family the difference between a tornado watches and warnings.
    • Tornado watch: This means that the current weather conditions are just right to generate a tornado, but there has not been one spotted. When a watch is sent out, teach your family to avoid going outside if possible until it passes and to keep an eye on the weather announcements.
    • Tornado warning: This means that a tornado has been spotted in the surrounding area and that you should immediately find shelter in a sturdy building and take cover.
  • Learn the warning signs of a tornado:
    • Dark or green colored sky
    • Large, dark, low lying cloud
    • Large hail
    • Loud roar that sounds similar to a freight train
  • Have your emergency kit always stocked and ready. According to the Red Cross, it should contain at least the following:
    • Water - One gallon per person, per day
    • Food - Non-perishable items that are easy to prepare, even without power
    • Flashlight - Battery powered and hand-crank is best
    • Radio - Battery powered or hand-crank
    • Extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Stocked for all everyday medications
    • A multi-purpose tool
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Copies of all important personal documents
    • Cell phones and chargers
    • Emergency contact information
    • Extra cash
    • Emergency blanket - These are brightly colors and heat reflective if you are stranded
    • Pet supplies

Take these steps to ensure that you and your family are well-prepared any time extreme weather or tornadoes strike in your area. 

Help! My Neighbor’s Tree Fell On My House

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

tree fell on house. who's responsible for a fallen tree When a neighbor's tree falls on your house, figuring out who's responsible can be confusing.

It’s unfortunate enough when a tree in your yard falls on your house - but when your neighbor’s tree falls on your house, the situation is a lot more complicated. Who is responsible for the damages? Who files an insurance claim? Who pays for tree removal? Here, we will clarify who is responsible when a neighbor’s tree falls on your house. 

Who’s Responsible For A Fallen Tree?

Scenario 1: Your neighbor's tree falls on your house

Whenever a tree falls on a home - it doesn’t matter where it came from to determine who is responsible for filing an insurance claim or covering for the damages. The only thing that does matter is whose house it landed on and why. So, that means if a tree in your neighbor’s yard falls on your home during a bad storm - you’re responsible for filing an insurance claim. The neighbor’s insurance policy will not cover it. 

Scenario 2: A tree from your property falls on your neighbor's house

In this case, your neighbor would be responsible for filing a claim and cleaning up any debris or damages on their property from your tree. In these cases you can feel ‘lucky’ that you didn’t have to file a claim and that no damage was done to your house. 

Scenario 3: Your tree falls on your home

This may not be as confusing as the other scenarios, but it is worth mentioning that you will be responsible for filing an insurance claim and taking care of any damages. 

Scenario 4: A neighbor's tree damages your house, but you think it was because it was old, damaged, or weak.

Since fallen trees are only covered due to “named perils” such as high winds, lightning strikes, vandalism, or a car crashing into the tree - insurance does not want to cover the damage for a tree that falls due to negligence or lack of preventative maintenance. If your neighbor has a tree in their yard that you think may fall on your home, approach them, point out the issue, and document it. This way, if the dying or weak tree falls on your home, you can argue to your insurance company that you took steps to prevent it and that it should be covered. 

Common Questions:

What if the fallen tree doesn't damage my 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. In these cases, it may not have been worth it to file a claim anyways, depending on your deductible and the size of the tree. 

What does tree removal usually cost without insurance?

The cost of tree removal is between an average of $500-$1,200, making it less than many homeowner's deductibles. Cost usually depends on the size of the tree and the location of where it fell.

What is the average cost of insurance claims from fallen trees?

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

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

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

Need Help With Fallen Tree Damage & Cleanup? Call SERVPRO - 800-734-3213

What To Do After Storm Damage in New Haven County

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

a 80 foot tree fell on this house causing storm damage to the entire second floor When an 80 foot tree fell on this home from a bad storm, it demolished the second floor of this home.

When strong summer storms, microbursts, or tornadoes come through New Haven County, they can create a devastating amount of damage to your home or business. As we get into severe weather season, it’s a good idea to be prepared if disaster strikes your property to help minimize damages and stay safe. If you’re in need of immediate assistance, call SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline at 800-734-3213.

Types of Weather Damage

1 - Wind Damage

Winds from strong storms, hurricanes, or tornadoes can cause serious damage to your property. These winds can curl or rip shingles off your roof or bend and rip the siding off your home. Although these kinds of damages may be easily fixed, the larger issue is that it opens your home up to roof leaks, water damage, and exposes the interior of your property to rain and pests. 

2 - Hail Damage

Hail storms are mostly known for causing damage to your car during the summer - but they can spell trouble for your home as well. Depending on the size, hail stones can break windows, crack the siding of your home, or even puncture the shingles of your roof. Signs of roof storm damage from hail includes split shingles, the roof felt being exposed, or impact marks on the shingles. Paying attention to these signs can help prevent roof leaks in your home and water damage down the line. 

3 - Impact Damage

Impact damage can be the most destructive out of the different types of storm damage. This damage is from things like fallen trees, branches or power lines. A single fallen tree can demolish an entire home or business if large enough - and even smaller impact damages can displace you from your home or business for a length of time. 

It’s important to deal with impact storm damage as soon as possible to help prevent further damage to your home. Holes in roofs or entire open rooms are susceptible to flooding and water damage, and will deteriorate more over time. This moisture in your property will then also cause structural issues and eventually mold may begin to grow.

4 - Lightning Damage

When summer thunderstorms roll through the Branford area, you are at risk of damages resulting from fire or smoke if lightning unfortunately strikes your property. This type of weather damage is less common than the others, but can become severe if you suffer from a fire. 

Does Home Insurance Cover Storm Damage?

Standard homeowner’s insurance does cover most kinds of weather damage. This includes wind, hail, lightning, and impact damages. Since these losses are unpredictable and there is nothing you could have reasonably done as a homeowner to prevent the damages from happening, they’re covered by your policy. 

Unfortunately, there are kinds of storm damage that are likely not covered by your insurance policy. This includes flooding from storms and earthquakes. Flooding from storms and heavy rains is not covered because it is often groundwater entering your property, and this is something that can be prevented by you as a homeowner. Groundwater enters through basement seepage, cracks or unsealed areas, or due to basement sump pump failures. 

To prevent these things, you could waterproof your basement or have a back-up sump pump. If you would like to be covered by flooding, you would likely need to purchase additional flood insurance or sump pump insurance. 

What To Do After Weather Damage

  1. Wait until it is safe to inspect your property. You should not go outside during a hailstorm to inspect storm damage to your home.
  2. Assess the damages to your home. Take pictures for your insurance company before you do anything. Look for signs of water damage, cracks in windows, lifted shingles, opened siding, holes in areas of your home, or more.
  3. If needed, turn off the power and gas in your home. This is applicable in major water damage or flooding situations to prevent danger to yourself or those who will help cleanup damages.
  4. Contact your insurance company. Find out if your loss is covered and file a claim. Your insurance company will likely inform you of other steps you need to take.
  5. Prevent further damage to your home. If there is a hole in your roof or a window, take steps to board it up to keep the elements outside of your home. Do your best with what you have on hand.
  6. Contact a storm damage company. Companies like SERVPRO of Meriden can help you throughout the entire process of cleaning, repairing, and restoring your home. SERVPRO can even help you file your claim and handle the billing process with your insurance company.

How Can SERVPRO Help?

SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline offers 24/7 emergency services 365 days a year. If you find yourself in need of board up, water damage, or storm damage services - call us today! 800-734-3213

Sources:

https://www.travelers.com/resources/weather/hail/identifying-hail-damage-to-your-roof

https://www.allstate.com/tr/home-insurance/homeowners-insurance-cover-storm-damage.aspx#:~:text=Homeowners%20insurance%20may%20help%20cover,a%20standard%20homeowners%20insurance%20policy.

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

Preparing for a Hurricane

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of a tree through the roof of a Branford home after a hurricane. Tree through a Branford, CT home after a large storm event.

2019 Hurricane Season is in full swing. Living on the shoreline it's always best to be prepared for when storms hit. These tips will help you to prepare for any storms that may hit our community in the upcoming months. 

1. Have an Emergency Kit

Making an emergency kit when the storm hits is too late! You need to have a kit prepared so that you're ready before the storm. Your storm emergency kit should include supplies for 3 days of no power. Include items like: flashlights, candles, non-perishable food, water, batteries, blankets, first aid kit, and an extra cellphone battery pack.

2. Know Your Zone

Living in Branford and in the Shoreline area presents unique challenges such as flooding. Be sure to check with your local government officials to find out whether or not you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. 

3. Review Your Insurance Policy

You should always be prepared and know exactly what type of coverage you have for your home and belongings in case you need it. If you know you live in a hurricane evacuation zone and you don't have flood insurance, you might want to consider purchasing it.

4. Know Who to Call

If you find your Branford/Shoreline home or property damaged after a storm, you need to know who to call. SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline can help you with all of your storm restoration needs. We're available 24/7, 365 days a year so no matter your disaster, we'll be there for you! 

Small Storm Damage IS Storm Damage

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

When you think "storm damage" you likely think a tree through a roof, shattered glass from hail, or two feet of standing flood water. This isn't always the case! Storm damage doesn't always mean a HUGE disaster. Sometimes, storm damage is as minor as just an inch of water leaking into your home. 

Just because you don't have the stereotypical "catastrophic" storm damage doesn't mean you don't need to deal with the damage. ANY damage from a storm should be handled by a professional restoration company as soon as possible! 

When you wait to deal with storm damage, you are opening your home up to the possibility of unsalvageable belongings, worse water damage, and even mold. No matter how small you may think your disaster is, call SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline for a FREE expert assessment today!

Getting Ready for Hurricane Season

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

male employee inside trailer All Hands on Deck! Brian Mazzone, Operations Manager of SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline, helping to prepare the Storm Trailer.

Not many people know, but SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline is a member of the National SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team. When devastating hurricanes and storms hit the United States, SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline travels all over in order to help out where we're most needed. 

In past years, we've helped in multiple recovery efforts for major storms all over the United States. Our team has traveled to Baton Rouge, Houston, Miami, Hilton Head, Wilmington, Boston, and Dayton to help out when major storms hit. 

To prepare for this upcoming hurricane season, our team has been reviewing practices and storm recovery training, prepping our Storm Trailer, and getting equipment ready. When the storms hit us, you can feel rest assured that SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline will be there to help you. 

Got Storm Damage?

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Summers in the Branford / Shoreline area can certainly bring some harsh weather and storms. If you've noticed that you have storm damage to your home or business it's best to call in the experts right away to reduce the chances of further damage! 

Storm Damage Includes:

  • Fire damage due to lightning
  • Flood damage due to rain/flash flooding
  • Structural damage to roof, windows, walls, etc. This can be due to wind, hail, or other debris. 

No matter what kind of damage your property has, SERVPRO of Branford/ Shoreline is here to help! Our team are experts in handling all sorts of damage from shoreline storms AND, we're available 24/7, 365 days a year for all of your storm damage needs! Call SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline to make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

Thunderstorms: Know the Facts, Be Prepared

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Though thunderstorms generally arent as serious of a storm as a tropical storm, hurricane, or tornado, it doesnt mean they're not dangerous! The best way to be safe is to be informed, keep these facts in mind when a thunderstorm approaches:

  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Just because it seems far, doesn't mean it is!
  • If you are driving, be wary of torrential rains that come with these storms. If you notice the rain picking up, pull off the road and park. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.
  • If you are inside, you should try yo avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water. Water is a great conductor of electricity so you must be extra cautious. 
  • If you are caught outside and cannot find a safe place to shelter, avoid high ground, water, and any tall or isolated objects. 

Stay safe! And, if you find yourself needing emergency storm restoration services on your home or business, know who to call. SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline is here for you to make your storm disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Hurricane Dorian 2019

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

3 team members standing in front of green storm trailer Team Luciani & The Storm Team Trailer

On September 1st, 2019 the northwestern Bahamas experienced the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Dorian. At its peak, Dorian was a Category 5 Hurricane with sustained winds up to 185 miles per hour and gusts of wind up to 220 miles per hour. Dorian left the Bahamas with at least 44 people dead and an estimated 7 billion dollars in damages.  

Luckily, the United States avoided the worst of Hurricane Dorian, but hurricane season is just beginning. You can count on SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline to be there for all of your storm needs. Our team travels the United States to help out wherever we can when hurricanes hit. SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline is a proud member of the SERVPRO Storm Disaster Recovery Team.

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."

Storm Damage Restoration in North Branford CT

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoration in North Branford CT

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. Severe storms including hail storms, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes cause billions of dollars in damage in the United States every year.

SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. 

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your Meriden home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

The SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. 

SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline CT Disaster Recovery and Restoration Service in North Haven, contact on 203-630-2273

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Branford/Shoreline CT

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

storm damage in bathroom caused debris to fall through ceiling Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Branford /Shoreline CT

What to do after the storm?

Ensure you do the following after a severe storm:

  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Keep clear of damaged buildings, powerlines and trees.
  • Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris and damaged roads or bridges.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

At SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline, we want to make sure that homeowners get help as quickly as possible from their insurance companies. Our disaster recovery team is available to help around Shoreline.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline can respond

Storm Damage Repair in Branford CT

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Repair in Branford CT

What to do in a storm

There are a number of things that you can do to make sure you and your property stay safe during storms. Remember, for storm emergency assistance from the SES call 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies call triple-zero (000).

What to do before the storm

Ensure you do the following before a severe storm arrives:

  • Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured.
  • If it is safe to do so, check gutters, downpipes and drains are not blocked.
  • Park your car undercover and away from trees.

What to do during the storm

Ensure you do the following during a severe storm:

  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • If outdoors, shelter away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
  • Be prepared for power outages.
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater.

What to do after the storm

Ensure you do the following after a severe storm:

  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Keep clear of damaged buildings, powerlines and trees.
  • Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris and damaged roads or bridges.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary.

Looking for Storm Damage Repair in Branford or Shoreline? Contact SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline today.

Hurricane Basics

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Basics

What

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world.

Where

Each year, many parts of the United States experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. Affected areas include all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas and areas over 100 miles inland, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, parts of the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, and the U.S. territories in the Pacific. A significant per cent of fatalities occur outside of landfall counties with causes due to inland flooding.

When

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.

Basic Preparedness Tips

Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.

Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate

If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

Make a family emergency communication plan.

Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Source : www.ready.gov

Storm Damage Restoration in Branford CT

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage restoration in Branford CT

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. Severe storms including hail storms, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes cause billions of dollars in damage in the United States every year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and unprepared. When preparing for a storm, it is important to have a storm plan and make sure everyone in your home knows the plan, in case of emergency.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of Branford, CT offers 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year because we know that every hour you spend cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned to handle any size disaster.
Also, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Branford 

Storm Damage Cleaning in Branford CT

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleaning in Branford CT

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of Branford, CT offers 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year because we know that every hour you spend cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned to handle any size disaster.

Also, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and highly trained crews. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (860) 222-0379

Storm Damage in Branford, CT

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in Branford, CT

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of Branford, CT offers 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year because we know that every hour you spend cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned to handle any size disaster.

Also, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and highly trained crews. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO of Branford, CT.

Call Us Today – (860) 222-0379

HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM THUNDERSTORMS

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM THUNDERSTORMS
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.
  • As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building.
  • If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.
  • If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
  • If you are caught outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.