Recent Storm Damage Posts

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

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

shingles on a roof Finding that water is coming in through your storm damaged roof can cause some anxiety. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 to assess and remediate the situation.

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 and 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.

What Makes Flood Damage in Waterbury Homes Costly?

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Bathroom We make it possible. Don’t let fire damage overwhelm you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Waterbury.

Resolve Flooding Cost-Effectively at Your Waterbury Home With Assistance From SERVPRO

When people hear that your home is affected by a flooding incident, they sympathize with you mainly because they know the cost implications of such incidents. The costs of flood damage accumulate because of controllable and uncontrollable factors. 

It is possible to intervene against the controllable costs of flood damage in your Waterbury home, keeping them manageable with the appropriate knowledge. SERVPRO can help you identify governable cost factors and assist you in devising a strategy to combat them.

Flooding Costs Can Be Categorized Into:

  • Labor
  • Material replacements
  • Accommodation and storage

It takes some human input to resolve every aspect of flooding, whether water removal, managing contaminants, or dealing with destroyed materials. The input level depends on the type of affected materials or the extent of the loss, so labor costs always vary. Since SERVPRO relies heavily on advanced equipment to manage the damage, we can cut down the man-hours required, reducing the costs.

Replacing materials exposed to flood waters is necessary when there is physical deterioration, soiling, or contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians can take timely action, such as spraying EPA-registered disinfectants all over the property to address the contaminants. Using standard and specialized cleaning techniques helps combat-heavy soiling. We can save some materials that would otherwise require immediate replacement with such intervention.

Saving the Cost of External Storage or Accommodation 

In many cases, a flooded house requires you to relocate until restoration is over. Such relocation has significant cost implications, especially if it extends for weeks or months. Apart from seeking external accommodation, your contents may also require moving out from the stricken property.

The input from SERVPRO helps save some of the costs related to accommodation. For instance, we provide portable storage units to help store items safely at the loss site. We can also expedite the process, limiting the time you seek accommodation elsewhere.


SERVPRO of Waterbury takes comprehensive steps to manage flood damage, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (203) 757-5050.

Why is Flood Damage in Waterbury Properties Considered Dangerous?

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Have the Professional Training and Equipment to Handle Dangerous Water Damage in Waterbury

One question many Waterbury homeowners have about water damage after heavy rains is why floodwater removal on their own can be hazardous; it is just rain, right? However, when groundwater enters a property, it can have many biological and chemical passengers that come into the home with the water, including raw sewage.

When flood damage occurs in a Waterbury property that includes sewage, it is frequently overwhelmed by the local sewer system due to heavy rains. Sometimes the amount of water entering the system is too much for the drainage to handle, and it begins to back up into structures via toilets and drains.

The odor alone is a good clue the water should be avoided. Homeowners must bring in a company with extensive training handling this type of water cleanup, including the safe extraction of the water and drying the property. SERVPRO technicians have protective gear and professional biocide and antifungal products to make the water safer to handle for disposal and the ability to sanitize the structure.

Best Course of Action When Floodwater Enters a Home

There is a short period for action once the water begins entering the home. Property owners should ensure that residents and pets have a safe place to avoid contact with the water or aspirate water vapor. Other proactive things to do include: 

  • Turn off the electricity to limit the potential for shock from water coming into contact with outlets. SERVPRO has generators to power their extraction and drying equipment
  • Remove important papers and valuable to another safe and secure place 
  • Get medications needed for the next several days

SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050 brings years of experience and training along with professional equipment to e every Waterbury flood damage restoration service. The team is available 24/7 to make the water damage in a home "Like it never even happened."

Stages of Flood Removal for Damaged Cheshire Home

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling from a storm Storm damage repairs to your home are no DIY project. Flood and storm damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none.

Eliminating pooling floodwater is critical to protecting and restoring your Cheshire property. 

Flooding is often one of the most traumatic events that homes can face, and when you see substantial water damage in your property, you wish to act as fast as possible to resolve it. Our rapid-responding technicians have effective mitigation strategies to remove standing water and begin drying the property as necessary.

Deep Extraction Solutions for Substantial Threats

Deep extraction can be needed after the worst that nature can do, leaving substantial flood damage in Cheshire homes. While there are several strategies to cleaning and restoring flooded properties, these efforts always begin with removing pooling water before other work can begin. Deep extraction solutions include several tools like:

  • Gas-powered trash pump
  • Electric submersible pump
  • Truck-mount extractor

Surface Water Removal and Muck-Out Cleaning

Clearing out the rest of the surface water is another step to follow, and this involves other extraction devices in our inventory. This process leans most heavily on wet vacuums. With the water mostly removed, our team can focus on the debris and muck left behind and carried in by the flood. We shovel out and discard:

  • Mud
  • Debris
  • Contaminants
  • Sewage
  • Organic matter
  • Ruined Contents
  • Bulk Materials

Removing Trapped Moisture from Exposed Elements 

Much like any water restoration project, drying is among the most critical stages. Failing to completely dry the property to its needed moisture levels can result in secondary damages like mold development or structural deterioration. While air movers often are the foundation of evaporative drying, we also rely on specialized equipment such as:

  • Positive pressure systems
  • Drying mats
  • Portable electric heaters
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

Flooding can be a challenging situation, but our SERVPRO of Waterbury team is ready to help. Give us a call today at (203) 757-5050.

Is SERVPRO Equipped to Protect Cheshire Homes from Flood Damage?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling When a storm strikes and causes flood damage to your home, SERVPRO is the team to call. Fast and immediate service will be provided.

SERVPRO’s Fast Service and Experienced Crew Can Save Your Cheshire Home from Flood Damage

Restoration of a flood-damaged home is a complicated job that requires experience, proper equipment, and technical know-how. Hiring professional restorers from SERVPRO can help you get the flood damage to your Cheshire home under control before it can cause any major issues. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and can begin the restoration process within a matter of hours. 

The priority of SERVPRO technicians during the flood restoration of your Cheshire home is to pump out any standing water on the property. Floodwater is often contaminated and must be removed as quickly as possible to prevent secondary damage such as mold. There are two primary methods of water removal from your property during flood restoration- extraction and evaporation. If there is a lot of accumulated water, extraction using truck-mounted extractors is the preferred way. SERVPRO techs can remove about 100 gallons of water per hour using heavy-duty truck-mounted extractors. Once the excess water is extracted from the property, the next thing is to dry the structure. 

How do SERVPRO Techs Speed up the Drying Process During Water Cleanup from your flooded Cheshire Home?  

Several factors determine whether water is going to evaporate from a material-

  • The temperature of the material
  • Amount of water in the material
  • The humidity of the air above the wet surface

SERVPRO techs speed up the drying process by modulating two of the above three factors. Increasing the temperature of the material and lowering the vapor pressure of the material above the surface is the key to speed up the drying process. SERVPRO techs use dehumidifiers, heaters, and air movers to achieve this. 

Call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050 to consult with our technicians regarding your restoration needs.

What Is The Best Approach To Manage Flood Damage If The Roof In My Waterbury Home Is Blown Off?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged roof shingles Damage to your roof needs a quick remedy. Team SERVPRO can investigate the extent of the flood damage and remediate. Contact us right away.

SERVPRO Offers Roof-Tarp Installation and Other Protective Solutions as Part of Water Removal Services

Flooding from a storm can involve several issues apart from filling up your Waterbury home with filthy water. When planning the flood restoration exercise, you need to formulate unique solutions for all problems. 

One aspect of flood damage in your Waterbury home which you might not anticipate is a torn roof. However, strong winds or large debris can interfere with shingles or other roof covers, leaving a gaping hole. Finding a way to cover the hole is as crucial as removing the standing water left within the structure. SERVPRO helps by installing roof tarps to cover the openings.

Other processes necessary for flood restoration may include:

  • Water clean up
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Water damage repairs

Because of the differences in roof designs, the level of difficulty in tarp installation varies in different structures. The use of the tarp may also vary from serving as an immediate or short-term solution to keep rain and other elements from reaching the house's interior, affecting the installation process. 

Our SERVPRO technicians help choose the right roofing tarpaulin materials to guarantee convenient installation and a secure indoor environment. We also get all necessary accessories, including furring strips and staples, to guarantee a sturdy setup. 

Sealing the hole in the roof clears the way for normal flood removal processes like:

  • Water extraction
  • Cleanup of soiled areas
  • Structure drying

SERVPRO of Waterbury helps take care of your property after flood damage. Call us at (203) 757-5050. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture floating everywhere Flooding and subsequent flood damage can be quite overwhelming. Contact team SERVPRO for effective flood damage remediation.

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 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 damage and ultimate costs of restoration. Every homeowner must know his role in reducing the spread and severity of the situation – call our experienced SERVPRO professionals. Take the easy and smart way out of flood damage cleanup and restoration.

The Storm Damage Elements Dictate the Restoration Process

The origins of a flood depend on the circumstances, but severe weather systems can often damage property, allowing some 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.”

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

Equipment and Products are Crucial 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 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, drying, and storage can help protect your assets for return upon completing 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.

Emergency Services Water Damage in Waterbury – Call SERVPRO

4/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer We understand the need for rapid response to minimize the loss of your property after a flood occurs. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Water Damage Catastrophe from Flooding in Waterbury – Call SERVPRO

Waterbury is also nicknamed the brass city for its role in the manufacture of brass castings and finishings. Watches and clocks were also manufactured during the first half of the 19th century. Waterbury was added to the 100 best places to raise a family in 2008. The economy in recent years is based on the leading employers in the city – local government, hospitals, and the state.

The population of the city is approximately 108,000. Waterbury was settled in 1674 and incorporated in 1853. The city lies 77 miles from New York City and 33 miles southwest of Hartford.

Interesting activities in the city and the surrounding area include:



  • Palace Theater
  • Library Park
  • Seven Angels Theatre
  • Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center
  • Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
  • Brass Works Brewing Company
  • Lakewood Lanes
  • Harrub Pilgrim Memorial
  • Hop Brook Lake
  • Waterbury Symphony Orchestra
  • Waterbury Green
  • Waterbury Skating Center
  • Bank Street Historic District
  • Union Station
  • Municipal Stadium
  • The Christopher Columbus Statue

Palace Theater

The Palace Theater is on the National Register of Historic Places and has gone through several iterations since the 1st world war. Today it offers Broadway musicals, stand-up comedy nights, country showcases, and children's plays. The Palace Theater has partnered with the Waterbury Arts Magnet School to facilitate and develop local talent and arts groups.

Library Park

Library Park is ideal for picnics, local events at the bandshell, and relaxing walks on trails around the park's perimeter. Check for local listings for events scheduled at the park.

Seven Angels Theatre

Seven Angels Theatre has been operating for sixteen seasons with over two hundred performances each year. They offer many different theatrical pieces, including drama and musicals as well as Shakespearian plays.

Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center

The Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center offer exhibits from modern and ancient history. Visitors learn about the background of the city and exhibitions focused on artwork from the state of Connecticut.

Lakewood Lanes

Looking for a night out with the family, Lakewood Lanes offers 42 bowling lanes and an arcade with many old-fashioned games, and a bar for snacks. Check their schedule for league games and tournaments.

Harrub Pilgrim Memorial

The Harrub Pilgrim Memorial was dedicated in the 1930s, honoring pilgrims that helped establish the city. Constructed from granite imported from France, with intricate carvings, and can be found at Chase Parkway.

Hop Brook Lake

The Hop Brook Lake covers 21 acres developed from damming Hop Brook. The lake has largemouth bass, panfish and is stocked with trout. There are walking trails around the lake, picnic areas, a sandy beach, and a baseball field.

Sewage Cleanup after Floodwaters Cascade Through Your Home in Waterbury

Spring flooding can cause catastrophic flooding, storm sewers to overflow, and even raw sewage to back up into storm drains. Sewage and floodwaters contain highly infectious waste material. Homeowners and businesses cannot be too careful attempting floodwater and sewage cleanup.

SERVPRO has the experience, the knowledge, and the personal protective equipment to manage flood damage and infectious waste in Waterbury flooding situations. In addition to the dangers from floodwaters, excessive moisture after a flood can provide an excellent environment for the growth of:



  • Bacteria
  • Mold
  • Fungi
  • Viruses

Call SERVPRO of Waterbury for flood damage clean-up in Waterbury and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (203) 757-5050.

Learn to Find a Healtheir You in Waterbury

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

basement flooding and sewage problem brick wall Want to make your Waterbury home safer and healthier after a flooding and sewage problem? Call SERVPRO

Discover the advantages of essential oils in a free local workshop.

If you have ever been curious about what essential oils are and how they can help you to lead a more positive, healthier life, then you now have the opportunity to get these questions answered. Experienced experts can walk you through the use of oils and provide some guidance and help into what products might be best for you and what ails you.

With the stresses of 2020 still fresh in the rear-view mirror, do not miss the opportunity to learn how to lead a fuller, more natural life. The workshop covers many questions like what oils are, how they work, and how they are natural remedies to common ailments. You can reserve your spot for the February 2nd, 2021 event by contacting the Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown (203) 596-1000.

Flood damage to Waterbury homes can cause significant stress, but our experienced team can make it “Like it never even happened.” From extraction and decontamination to content restoration, our SERVPRO of Waterbury team is available 24/7 at (203) 757-5050.

Enjoy A Modern Take On The Nutcracker In Waterbury This December

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers in bedroom drying it out. Flood damage can be extensive. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the flooding restoration services to get your home back to preloss condition.

A Fun Update On A Modern Classic That You Can Enjoy From Your Waterbury Home

The Palace Theater in Waterbury has an extra special treat for all performing arts lovers this December: The Hip Hop Nutcracker. This is a delightfully modern and joyful twist on the festive classic that the whole family can watch together.

  • It opens with a short set from Hip Hop legend MC Kurtis Blow.
  • Features a dozen star dancers accompanied by a DJ and a violinist.
  • Moves the action from 19th century Germany to modern-day New York.

This evening-length production was recorded live at the New Jersey Performing arts center. Screening is on December 20 at 3 PM and is streamed straight to your home.

General and VIP tickets are available. General tickets cost $25, and you must view it at the scheduled time. VIP tickets cost $50 and let you watch within a 48-hour window. VIP tickets also include admission to a live-streamed chat with the show’s creators.

It is good to stay home and warm at this time of year when bad weather can cause flooding. If you need help with flood damage, call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050.

Fun for All the Family in the Brass City of Waterbury

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of Mattatuck Museum Leave the water damage to us so you can enjoy Waterbury's attractions.

SERVPRO is Here for You Whatever the Weather in Waterbury 

Waterbury is an attractive Connecticut City situated on the Naugatuck River. The city has a plethora of green space and a classic New England historical vibe. And yet it is also jam-packed with excellent shopping, local restaurants and has a vibrant arts scene. All this, combined with a strong manufacturing past, makes Waterbury a fascinating city of different moods, with something for everyone to enjoy.  

Waterbury also enjoys a gorgeous location close to New England’s rolling landscape and vibrant fall leaf displays yet within striking distance of New York City. The hot summers and cold, snowy winters can be challenging – especially when the weather gets bad – but there’s no doubt that the climate gives Waterbury its timeless personality.  

The Home of Brass  

Until the mid-20th century, Waterbury was the leading brass manufacturer in the country. The city’s motto is “Quid Aere Perennius?” which translates to “What is more lasting than brass?”  

Brass has certainly lasted well in Waterbury. The city is proud of its industrial tradition, which shaped the city we know today. Waterbury had humble beginnings. Settlers first put down roots in the 1670s, but the new town was not without its problems. Flooding on the Naugatuck River and an outbreak of disease meant that after the first century, the city had only 5000 residents.  

All that changed in the early nineteenth century when brass manufacturing came to town. The same rivers that had caused flooding problems – the Naugatuck and the Mad River – powered the new brass industry. Workers came from far and wide, creating a multicultural city. Waterbury brass was known for its high quality and was used nationwide, even in the Boulder Dam in Nevada.  

Waterbury entrepreneurs did not stop at brass, however. The city also became famous for its clocks and watches – it is the home of the Ingersoll one-dollar pocket watch, which sold in its millions in the mid-nineteenth century. The city also produces silverware and historical silver pieces from the Waterbury feature in museums and exhibits everywhere. 

When you come to Waterbury, look out for evidence of its rich industrial past. You will find impressive clock towers and retired brass factories all over the city. 

Fun for Everyone in the Brass City   

Waterbury’s industrial past is fascinating – but there is so much more to the city. All of your family is sure to find something to delight them. While checking out the historical clock towers and brass sites, why not try out some other attractions?  

  • Brass Mill Center. Named for the city’s heritage, the Brass Mill Center is a 110,000 square meter shopping mall, conveniently located just east of downtown. It has over 130 shops spread over two floors, offering everything from clothes to electronics and even a driving school. Do your kids need a rest? Enjoy a snack from the food court or relax and watch a movie at the in-house movie theater.
  • Fascia’s Chocolates. If anyone in your family has a sweet tooth, you cannot leave Waterbury without visiting Fascia’s! Fascia’s proprietors established the store in 1964 and have been hand-making delicious chocolates ever since. As well as sampling the wares, you can tour the factory and even make your own chocolates. 
  • The Mattatuck Museum. Established in 1877, the Matt, as it is known locally, offers interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. You can participate in classes and demonstrations that bring art to life and check out their impressive collection of historical buttons.
  • Laser Planet. Excitement awaits the whole family at Laser Planet. You can play laser tag, try out a virtual reality headset, stop by the arcade to play some games, or try your luck on the bumper cars. 
  • Brass Mills Mall Escape Room. Gather your family and get ready for fifty heart-pounding minutes. There are themed escape rooms, including Treasure Island or Superheroes, and you can choose your difficulty level. 

After enjoying the shopping, entertainment, and historical buildings, you are sure to find an eatery to relax and refresh yourself. Waterbury is packed full of restaurants offering everything from Italian to seafood to fine dining.  

Waterbury is no Stranger to Water Damage  

Flooding along the Naugatuck River has been an issue for Waterbury residents since the first settlers arrived. The slow growth of the settlement in the 17th century was due in part to river flooding. The floods combined with not enough arable land made for harsh conditions.  

In 1955, the area faced one of the worst floods in its history. Two back to back hurricanes caused widespread flooding, resulting in 87 deaths and $200 million worth of damage. In Waterbury, the water rose to 35 feet in places and reached speeds of 50 miles per hour, while the police, coast guard, and citizens fought to rescue those threatened by the rising water. As a result of the floods, the United States Corps of Engineers built several dams and floodwalls, including: 

  • The Thomaston Dam in 1960
  • The Northfield Brook Dam in 1965
  • The Colebrook Dam in 1969 

SERVPRO was not established when the flood took place – our founders started the company in 1967. Now we are available to help the people of Waterbury whenever flooding occurs, and our water damage repair service helps them get back to normal fast, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO is There When Water Damage Hits – Day or Night  

Fast action is vital in the case of water damage. Within the first 24 hours, water can:  

  • Soak into building materials and damage structural integrity
  • Create a moist setting where mold can thrive
  • Cause wood furniture and beams to swell and crack, and wooden floors to warp 

SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster. We aim to be on-site within four hours of receiving the first call from a customer. We equip our technicians with personal protective equipment such as breathing apparatus, bodysuits, and gloves, so they can get to work immediately.   

Drying is key to rescuing a home or business after water damage, which is why our technicians emphasize the creation and execution of a drying plan. We use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry buildings and contents. We also monitor moisture and humidity throughout to ensure everything is dry and the risk of mold growth is lessened.  

We understand that lingering damp smells are an unpleasant side effect of water damage. We deodorize every property after drying, using air scrubbers, foggers, and deodorizing compounds to ensure odor removal.   

When the weather gets out of hand in Waterbury, do not despair. SERVPRO of Waterbury is here for you. Call us at (203) 757-5050 for all your water damage repair needs.

What Are Some of the Hazardous Waste Complications Possible During Waterbury Flooding Cleanup?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

flooded open concept living room and dining room area Flooding can bring debris waste into your home. Contact Team SERVPRO for effective water removal efforts immediately.

Contaminated Water and Broken Down Building Materials Pose Significant Flood Damage Challenges for Waterbury Homeowners -- SERVPRO Offers Effective Solutions

The summer and fall months in Waterbury always hold the possibility of severe weather and sometimes shocking levels of harm to residential property linked to the hurricane season or training thunderstorms from the southwest. Torrential rain and destructive winds, including the potential for tornadoes, move across the landscape, with violent energy impossible to avoid. Rain collects and then flows over pavement, fields, and lawns. Rivers and smaller waterways can overflow their banks, adding to the mix of fluids that eventually make their way into your home's foundation. Exterior damage allows water to invade from the roof level down, saturating materials and possibly causing structural collapse risks when the fluids pool up in building cavities.

What Category Is the Water Flooding Portions of Your Home?

Flood damage in Waterbury as elsewhere is typically caused by wind and rain exterior damage or overland water flow. When the flood waters pick up debris as they move over flat and sloping surfaces, relatively clean rain water picks up:

  • Industrial wastes, including all manner of chemical depending on the worksite
  • Organic debris, including vegetation and dead animals and insects
  • Oils and gasoline from roads and sidewalks, along with loose gravel, sand, mud, and paving compounds
  • Sanitary sewer overflow, which can be exacerbated by a backup of human waste in from your sewer line inside you lower levels 

When all the different contaminants mix together, it swiftly becomes evident why flood water is, by definition, considered Category 3, or the most dangerous type of water loss. It is inadvisable for a layperson to try to manage this toxic concoction. Contact with skin or inhalation can irritate at a minimum. The risk of exposure to human pathogens that can sicken or even put one's life at risk can be significant and must be considered a substantial threat to health or well-being.

Are Any Other Sources of Contamination Common During Flood Damage?

SERVPRO crews assess more than the damage done by foundation level flooding in Waterbury. Water streaming in from the roof or other exterior components crushed, cracked open, or otherwise compromised by wind, falling trees or branches, or additional windborne debris is also a contributor to the sodden mess inside. If water from the roof or other damaged materials collects in building cavities, collapse can be imminent. When this happens, formerly intact and encapsulated structures containing biohazards like asbestos and lead become urgent issues. These highly toxic minerals and heavy metals can cause illness and developmental concerns when ingested or inhaled. Specially trained and certified technicians from our team must take on the remediation of surfaces, spaces, air, and water contaminated with these substances.

How Are the Contaminants Managed and Discarded Safely and Lawfully?

After we locate the contaminated water, structures, and debris, specific research-based and legally regulated protocols guide our next steps. Generally, we create a safe working environment by considering building contained areas within which to collect, bag, and off-load the hazardous flood water and solids:

  • We construct partitions constructed of 1.6 mil polyethylene and conduit
  • We seal the smaller chambers through the action of negative pressure air scrubbers
    • Preventing the drift or flow of hazardous substances into unaffected spaces inside your home
    • Forcing any airborne contaminants through the HEPA filters of the air scrubber before venting to the outdoors
  • We encapsulated and bag solid debris for disposal. 
    • Our team keeps abreast of local laws, regulations, and rules pertaining to the biohazards involved. 
    • We complete the needed disposal for our customers, obtaining and completing any necessary paperwork. 

How Do Professionals Contain the Contaminated Flood Waters that Rang the First Alarm for You as a Homeowner?

If we use submersible pumps as an early intervention for deep water, we discharge the fluids into treated sewer lines. Our truck-mounted units can extract the bulk of the liquid water. These onboard tanks can hold in excess of 100 gallons, and the contained flood water is then transported to the appropriate hazardous waste disposal site. If portable extractors also suction out water in confined areas, we add those quantities to the captured flood water for disposal.

Is Water Removal the Final Step to Flood Damage Remediation?

After evacuation of the  liquid water, we use EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants to remove soiling and kill lingering pathogens. Our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians determine drying goals based on testing of wet materials for moisture levels as compared with similarly situated dry structural components. We balance air movement, temperature, and humidity to bring wet materials to normal moisture levels using professional grade air movers, heaters,and dehumidifiers.

The highly-qualified managers and technicians from SERVPRO of Waterbury are ready when flood damage exposes your family to more than just a torrential rain runoff. We have the skills and knowledge to abate a range of hazards presented while we rid your home of water and lingering moisture. Call (203) 757-5050 day or night to explore how we can help.

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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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.