Recent Storm Damage Posts

What Steps Must Begin Right After Flooding Occurs in Waterbury?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

brown sofa floating in a flooded living room Your personal belongings can be damaged during a flood. Contact SERVPRO for flood damage remediation and even item restoration.

Flood damage can be a devastating force in Waterbury homes, meaning that mitigation and recovery efforts should begin as soon as possible.

There are often times where homeowners look at their Waterbury property and determine the best course of action after a flood emergency. The longer this process takes in choosing the right professionals to begin restoration and recovery, the more your home and its belongings could become irreparably damaged. Knowing what to do when flooding first occurs can help you to appreciate your need for professional restoration despite possible mitigative efforts you can begin on your own.

Regarding flood damage in Waterbury homes, several steps must occur, beginning with emergency services when our team arrives. With flooding scenarios, often, the most pressing concern is standing water in the affected areas. Surface water damage can quickly penetrate porous materials, forcing water into structural cavities and causing more substantial concerns like deterioration, microbial threats, or spreading bacteria. The earliest actions that our professionals can take after a flood loss include:

  • Extraction
  • Content Management
  • Debris Removal

What Happens to Damaged Belongings?

Content management is one of the vital services that we offer during your flood-damaged home's mitigation period. The objective begins with assessing the damage to each item or personal belonging still in the house after flooding occurs. Some of these items can get moved to a safer location on the property to prevent damage, while others must get restored on-site or offsite at our SERVPRO facility. In our care at our warehouse, we can offer focused drying, cleaning, and safe storage.

Flooding can be a threatening situation for your home. However, with mitigation beginning as soon as our professionals arrive, there is little to stop you from reaching out to our SERVPRO of Waterbury team as soon as possible. We can make flood losses "Like it never even happened." Call us at (203) 757-5050.


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How Can I Limit the Damages from Flooding in Waterbury?

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

flooded residential street with warning cones and reflectors Excess water can quickly enter your home from outside. Take precautions and when you are safe, contact SERVPRO for water removal.

Waterbury Storms May Leave Your Home with Flood Damage, But SERVPRO Has the Restoration Services You Need

Spring storms pose a threat to Waterbury homes, including the potential for flood water infiltrating your interior. When you call SERVPRO for emergency service, our crew springs into action to get to work quickly. The faster that water cleanup begins, the easier it is to limit the amount of secondary damage to your belongings, materials, and structure of your home.

Is it Possible to Salvage Soaked Belongings?

We work to salvage whatever possible when you have flood damage in Waterbury, where water has saturated your belongings. Testing gets done to determine the contaminant levels in the water and the best way for our team to proceed. For anything we cannot salvage, everything is carefully documented and then disposed of.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Flood Restoration?

We arrive with our fleet fully stocked with the best tools and equipment for the extraction, drying, and clean up phases. Just a sampling of the reasons our customers count on us in these emergencies include:

  •   Fast Response – We deploy a team quickly so that we may assess the damage and formulate a plan of action. This allows our technicians to complete each project promptly.
  •   Detailed Documentation – Flooding in your home is stressful, but our team takes care of the details. We record the damages and handle the paperwork for both your records and for your insurance claim.
  •   Professional Equipment – We have a high-powered extraction tool, air mover technology, and EPA-registered cleaning agents at our disposal. To ensure that you never have lingering odors or the onset of harmful mold or mildew, we use professional moisture detection tools that find all hidden pockets of moisture in the home. 

SERVPRO of Waterbury is here when you need skilled technicians for flood damage restoration. Call (203) 757-5050 to have a team sent to your location to start the cleanup.


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Who Is Responsible for Cleaning Flood Damage to My Waterbury Home?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

dehus and air movers drying flooded room Rely on SERVPRO to Extract Floodwater from Your Waterbury Home, and Restore It, "Like it never even happened."

Our SERVPRO Team Can Work with Your Insurance and Our Reconstruction Partners to Fully Recover Your Fire-Damaged Waterbury Home.

Your home can feel wholly ruined after a substantial flood disaster, as nearly every room in the house has become affected and countless contents. Restoring and even reconstructing after a loss like this can feel overwhelming, but our SERVPRO team can help. Between our fast mitigation of the situation to reduce unnecessary loss and cost to our customers to our partners with Connecticut Reconstruction Services (CRS) to help with building back the structural damage, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is Mitigation, and How Does it Help?

While you might be concerned with needs like your flood damage drywall repair in your Waterbury home, we have effective mitigation practices designed to manage loss situations quickly. By constraining the threats using sophisticated practices and migration reduction techniques, we can better protect areas of your house that might have otherwise become damaged by moving water. Mitigation is a process that exclusively works to reduce losses for customers and limit out of pocket expenses or higher claims with your insurance provider.

Extraction 

  • Water removal is one of the first areas of concern, as standing water can reduce the effectiveness of other restorative techniques. Reducing surface water begins with an assortment of premier tools in our inventory that vary depending on the location in your home and the severity of the flooding.

 Muck-Out Cleaning

  • Mitigation practices often involve debris removal and preliminary cleaning. This initial effort can help to reduce the spread of contaminants, and also help to address secondary concerns like foul odors, structural degradation, and microbial growth.

 Content Management

  • Your belongings can quickly become a target of migrating flood effects, so we focus early mitigation efforts on either relocating these items to a safe on-site location or our SERVPRO facility for intricate cleaning, drying, and safe storage.

What Tools Are Best for Removing Standing Water?

Choosing the right approach for extraction can be a critical decision for efficient flood recovery. With multiple options available to our team, we choose based on the severity of the conditions, its location, or how widespread the loss has become. While we have several choices, some of the most common options are:

Submersible Pumps

  • When it comes to removing surface water from flooring and other surfaces, submersible pumps are always the first choice. These provide a steady removal until the level of standing water has dropped below a point where the submersible pumps can maintain prime.

 Wet Vacuums

  • Wet vacuums are a common choice for water removal because of their versatility. From their lightweight design to the various attachments that they can run, wet vacuums can do a large portion of water removal work early in the mitigation phases.

Carpet Wands

  • The use of wand attachments can help to remove moisture from oversaturated materials like carpets. In flooding scenarios, carpeted floors can absorb a substantial volume of standing water, which can migrate to padding and subflooring. Carpet wands can reduce the presence of this wetness to manageable levels.

 Weighted Extractors

  • By utilizing the weight of our technicians, we can press large portions of your carpet and padding together to displace moisture and collect it on the surface. An onboard vacuum with these ride-on or stand-on units makes the collection of the water fast and efficient.

How Does Controlled Demolition Help?

Controlled demolition can help our responding SERVPRO team to allocate all of our resources into cleaning better and drying the flood-damaged property. By removing damaged portions of affected materials like the drywall, we can have:

  • Easier Access to Damaged Areas
  • Smaller Chance of Structural Collapse
  • Less Migration of Water with Direct Drying Efforts

Does SERVPRO Also Do Post-Flood Build Back?

Our team does not reinstall discarded contaminated or damaged materials, but we work closely with a highly reputable crew that does. By having a dedicated reconstruction partner with CRS, we can seamlessly transition between the mitigation phases and the build back the property might require. We can set up the property to be ready for reinstallation when these professionals arrive, making these later stages of recovery as efficient as possible for our customers. You have the advantage of both skilled water and flood cleanup and removal technicians and exceptional tradesmen to make your home "Even Better Than Before."

We can appreciate the small window of recovery time available for structural concerns or any level of mitigation that your home might need. Our SERVPRO of Waterbury team can respond quickly to these emergencies 24/7 with experienced personnel and cutting-edge equipment to make a difference for your damaged home. Give us a call anytime at (203) 757-5050.

We are here, and can help.

Snow Storm Damaged Roof in Waterbury--Call SERVPRO for Mitigation and Repair

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

workers sheathing and replacing a roof in waterbury From Storm and Snow Damaged Home in Waterbury to a Full Reconstruction--Call SERVPRO

Heavy Snowfall Can Compromise Waterbury Roofs

During the winter months here in Waterbury, it is not at all uncommon for homes to experience such substantial snowfall that it exceeds the limitations of what roofs can hold. That is why you can see many of your neighbors doing what they can to clear off their roofs whenever possible to prevent prolonged stress on the joists and roof support material. The longer that excessive weight pressures these structural elements, the weaker they become when the next heavy snowfall occurs.

You might be wondering what you can do when this breach has already occurred, and you are dealing with flooding and roof damage to fix in Waterbury households like yours. In most situations, it is the most cost-effective for you to reach out to the fast-responding technicians of our SERVPRO team to begin emergency services and mitigation as quickly as possible. The faster this process can begin, the less overall property damage that you can anticipate.

Emergency Services

Roof tarping and board up services are among the chief processes that must occur when our team first arrives at a damaged residence. These steps can happen even before the full inspection of the house for damages, as the situation can continually worsen with these areas exposed to outside elements.

Mitigation

Once it has become determined what personnel, equipment, and processes are necessary to restore your damaged home, our SERVPRO professionals can get to work on mitigation. In most situations, this mitigation involves cleaning up debris from the roof collapse, extracting standing water, and moisture that came into the house and drying up lingering moisture and saturation concerns.

The Next Steps

The full restoration of your home is unlikely until the roof has gotten repaired. Our partnership with the reputable Connecticut Reconstruction Services allows us to seamlessly transition between mitigation and reconstruction to give you your home back faster than you might have expected.

Heavy snowfall is a destructive burden for many homes every year in our area, and if it has caused problems for your home, give our SERVPRO of Waterbury team a call today at (203) 757-5050.

Removing Floodwater From Your Cheshire Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooding after a storm We have powerful tools and effective strategies to protect your property and make these flood effects “Like it never even happened.”

Clearing Out Floodwater from Cheshire Crawlspace

The crawlspace of your Cheshire home serves a vital purpose to the protection of your residence and a central location for utility shut-offs and valves. Because many homes have foregone the construction of full basement levels for a more cost-effective crawlspace, the threats that exist with floodwater penetration do not lessen with the design change. Instead, for flood impacts in this limited space beneath your first floor, our SERVPRO professionals must get creative with our state-of-the-art equipment.

Working in confined spaces like a crawlspace requires deliberate actions and efficient approaches to limit further flood damage to Cheshire homes. Our technicians can help in several ways, including removing the floodwater present beneath the house and protecting the property against similar recurrences. Because we have a standing relationship with the reputable Connecticut Reconstruction Services, we can offer a full-scale approach to removing flood effects and addressing these threats moving forward. To finalize the service, the installation of a sump pump and encapsulation of the earthen-surface and timbers can mitigate future flooding. Improved indoor air quality and protection of infrastructure utilities are added benefits to this one-time investment.

While our professionals have access to multiple extraction tools and machines, few of them are highly effective in confined spaces. High-pressure pumps and electric sump pumps provide the most immediate and continuous removal of floodwater when solids are not present. If debris is present or suspected, we must set up less portable equipment like our gas-powered trash pumps. These removal tools have larger intake and discharge lines – allowing for continued suction and prime on the line despite solids.

Protecting the flooring and supports of your first floor is critical. Materials like the OSB board can quickly absorb moisture become overly damaged with exposure to floodwater. With the area extracted, we can utilize practical drying approaches like centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers. Spraying exposed or damp surfaces with antimicrobial agents and sporicides can help to eliminate bacteria and mold spores that might exist on these surfaces to prevent other hazards.

Because of the confined space, the crawlspace beneath the first floor of your home presents unique challenges for our SERVPRO of Waterbury team after a flood. We have powerful tools and effective strategies to protect your property and make these flood effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (203) 757-5050.

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Revealed: Flood Damage Remediation Success in Cheshire

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

flood damaged living room Flooding can quickly overtake your home. Head for higher ground and then call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Ways Flood Damage Impacts Your Cheshire Home

Cheshire residents are no strangers to the potential of flooding. Streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes cover Connecticut's landscape. When a big storm hits, these previously small bodies of water often turn into torrential flooding causing great danger to the homes and buildings in the area. Nor'easters in the winter or snow melting in the spring bring a level of unpredictability to Connecticut's waterways.

Should your Waterbury home have flood damage, you need to take quick action to mitigate extensive damages. Floodwaters recede, but the sludge they leave behind does not. Floodwater is always considered black water because of contamination with bacteria, dirt, viruses, and other organisms. The professionals at SERVPRO understand what to do when flood damage hits your home. "Like it never even happened."

Carpets soaked by the floodwater are typically discarded. Carpets cannot be cleaned adequately and restored; they usually have to be replaced. If there are valuable furnishings or electrical cords near the moisture, it is essential to relocate the items to a safe, dry place. Damaged items need to be carefully cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized, or in the worst-case scenario, replaced.

Next, SERVPRO trained technicians make "flood cuts” on the drywall. These cuts help eliminate a lot of the dampness and help prevent rapid mold infestations. Technicians carefully remove damaged drywall, usually several inches above the waterline. If technicians were to make less of a cut, they risk water seeping up into the walls and causing long-term damage. The flood cut exposes the wall cavity so that air can circulate through and dry faster.  It also eliminates the wet material, facilitating drying the home.

Drying the home and contents, and removing moisture from the air is a critical part of flood damage restoration. Air movers create circulation that directs warm air and ventilates the exposed damp wallboards. Dehumidifiers further help by removing water vapor from the air.

SERVPRO of Waterbury is available to assist you 24/7. We understand that damage does not always occur during business hours. We also provide prompt service in your time of need. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. (203) 757-5050

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We Follow The Proper Steps To Ensure Waterbury Homes Are Restored Efficiently

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

one of dryers sitting in a room drying up water damage Our experts have training in applied structural drying, upholstery & fabric cleaning, water damage restoration, and are available 24/7.

Helping Minimize the Effects of Cold and Rainy Weather on the Interior of Homes in Waterbury

The roof over your house in Waterbury should have no gaps in between individual shingles, and it should also contain adequate insulation. The vents and ducts should also contain no gaps between attachment points or sections. These can create places where energy becomes lost or wasted. Ducts from dryer vents can also let damp air increase the humidity inside the attic space. 

Keeping the roof and attic's contents in excellent shape can help keep your residence in Waterbury protected from flood damage stormy weather over the fall and winter months. Another possible cause of higher heating costs comes from gaps in between shingles where massive deposits of ice forced melted water through in previous winters. 

These layers of ice, snow, and melted water are called ice dams. They not only weaken shingles and allow water to come in when they reoccur, but ice dams also lead to water damaged insulation. Once wet, insulation loses its ability to keep warm air in and cold air out. Compressed areas also fail to perform as insulation should. Our building services department's crew can help repair your roof, and reinstall insulation in compromised locations. 

Ducts with gaps or leaks also perform better after some minor repairs in many cases, saving our customers from excessively high heating costs over the coming winter months. Damp air escaping can benefit microbial populations and lead to mildew growth in stored items within the attic. We can help by cleaning and restoring any affected items to preloss condition. We do this using a variety of different methods. 

In some homes, we find that moisture trapped within exterior walls also leads to the occupants experiencing cold spots in rooms. We have equipment that resolves this issue, from detection to elimination of the dampness. Our reconstruction services help ensure that your home looks “Like it never even happened” when we finish and do our final walk-through with you.

SERVPRO of Waterbury knows insulation in the uppermost areas of your Cheshire or Prospect home can minimize the loss of heat during the winter. Call us at (203) 757-5050 for experts who can perform the work necessary to make your home more energy efficient by mitigating damage caused by rain, snow, and ice.

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Waterbury, Flooding, Mitigation, Restoration, and Yeah for SERVPRO!!

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Is Your Life Preserver for Flood Loss Restoration and Repair in Waterbury

Flood Removal Tactics for Waterbury Residences

Floods are destructive elements that many Waterbury homes must face over their lifetimes. As devastating as these circumstances are, many homeowners do not have a clear plan to remove standing water and dry out saturated components of their property. With the highly stressful situation that exists amid a flooding disaster, it is best to determine how to remove harmful water damage without destroying the property in the process and preserving contents.

Flood removal for Waterbury homes often begins with establishing the best and most comprehensive mitigation approach. This phase gets explicitly implemented to reduce loss and ultimate costs of restoration. Every homeowner must know his role in reducing the spread and severity of the situation –simply call our experienced SERVPRO professionals. Take the easy and smart way out of flood damage cleanup and restoration.

The storm elements dictate the restoration process

The origins of a flood depend on the circumstances, but often severe weather systems can damage property, allowing some degree of water penetration. In this condition, it is critical to get extraction work started immediately. Our SERVPRO professionals maintain ready trailers stocked with a wide array of advanced equipment and portable tools to make flood effects “Like it never even happened,” including:

  • Wet-Vacs
  • Portable Sump Pumps
  • Gas-Powered Trash Pumps
  • Weighted Extractors
  • Air Movers
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers

Equipment and Products are key to storm damage mitigation

These pieces of equipment are ideal for the needs of your home from battling saturated flooring materials like carpeting to overcoming several inches of standing water in various points of your property. Our professionals can help to reduce the presence and severity of this flood damage initially, paving the way for the essential drying efforts to follow. The combination of air movers, dehumidifiers, and drying mats can work simultaneously to return saturated elements to their preloss condition, whenever possible.

Work hard to salvage, toss only when there is no other option

SERVPRO strives to preserve and restore structural building elements, contents, and personal treasures. This is not always possible. We always envision a controlled demolition when necessary, using a scalpel and not a machete. Flood cuts, off-site cleaning, and drying along with storage can help to protect your assets for return upon completion of the home service.

Storm damage and subsequent flooding can often be an overwhelming experience for homeowners, but our SERVPRO of Waterbury water restoration specialists can help. We have a full roster of certified technicians that can respond immediately in a crisis. Call our 24/7 emergency response line at (203) 757-5050.

Preventing Frozen Pipes in your Home / Business

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Frozen Pipes before then Happen!

Given the Northeast Storms and frigid temps, now is an excellent time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are a common occurrence, they are highly preventable.  

SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.  

  • Insulate all the exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. 
  • Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. 
  • Close any inside valves that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes. 
  • Let your faucet trickle in drastically cold temperatures. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze. 
  • Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break. Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. 
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. 

Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out: 

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. 
  • Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe. 
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device. 
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.  

Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Waterbury immediately  203-757-5050. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Waterbury professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have. 

Hurricane Caution!

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

Hurricane Camille 1969

During this week in 1969 hurricane Camille ravaged the southeast United States. I was a pup and my pappy drove me through the Blue Ridge Mountains near our family’s home inspecting landslides that removed faces of mountains and swaths of damaged bridges and buildings. Floods churned up red clay causing a sheen of red to cover everything.   I remember we visited Walton Mountain which is the fictional name of the actual home of Earl Hamner Jr who glorified his upbringing in the then popular show “The Waltons”. C’mon, you remember “Good night John Boy, good night Mary Ellen, …”

Damgage from a Storm: Go Big and Go Green

3/4/2016 (Permalink)

If you have ever had a weather related emergency, such as a flood, tree fall, pipe burst you may have experienced the frustration of calling for help only to find you would be put on a list and gotten to when you’re gotten to.  If you have not had a weather or event related issue at your home or business, good.  If you ever do, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

1)     Everyone you reach out to, whether a plumber, tree company or SERVPRO wants to help you and as quickly as possible.

2)     When an area is affected, whether by a microburst, hurricane or deep freeze, the damage is common.  In other words, if your pipes freeze when the temperature drops from 40 to seven over a 24 hour period, the same thing is happening all around you.

3)     Immediate response resources in an area are always limited.  Your plumber of 15 years can not hire additional crews overnight, as much as he would like to.

So when this occurs, it pays to Go Big.

At SERVPRO of New Haven, our first question is always: Is the source fixed or do you need help fixing the source? As the largest SERVPRO in Connecticut, we work with a huge network of trades people and labor and can often recommend someone to help out.  Once the source is fixed, our large trained staff supplemented by experienced labor and euqipment sources from all over the tri-state area will be rolling.  

Whether its factory fire, burst water heater or a tree on a house, We are Ready for Whatever Happens.