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Autumn Fire Precautions | SERVPRO® of Darien/New Canaan

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Darien/New Canaan is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

You feel it, don’t you? The brisk air in Darien, the lower humidity and the flirtation with your favorite light hoodie can only mean one thing: It’s fall again.

The season comes as such a relief after sweltering summers brings urges to camp and hike, run through piles of leaves and of course decorate with spooky pumpkins.

But each season requires its own look at fire safety, so before you light up those pumpkin candles and turn on the movie about the funny witch sisters, let’s remind ourselves about some fall fire safety.

Campfire Safety

Your choices about where and how to build your fire are as important as your attention to putting it out.

Start your fire at least 25 feet away from tents, structures or anything flammable. Use a regular lighter or matches to light your kindling, adding small sticks and tinder, then larger, dry wood.

[Never use kerosene or lighter fluid, which can quickly elevate a fire into something more dangerous and difficult to handle.

Don’t leave your fire unattended, and never leave your campsite until it’s been completely doused, right down to the last glowing ember.

Leaf Burning

Leaves are falling, which means you have decisions to make. You can have them hauled away, or you may choose to burn them yourself. Make sure to get a permit first.

It’s important to note that it’s both toxic and illegal to burn anything but organic yard waste such as leaves, sticks and clippings. Build your burn 50 feet from your house, and use a burn barrel if you have one. (Otherwise look for a dirt area and maintain your burn pile very carefully.)

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters may begin to come into play in cooler evenings or at the work desk, but be warned that these are one of the likeliest causes of home fires.

Only plug heaters directly into outlets, as they can overwhelm extension cords and cause short circuits. Use them only on level areas, away from anywhere kids may play. Ensure that they have a tip-over power down feature, and never leave them unattended or plugged in while you sleep.

Halloween

More on this next month, but as you decorate and prepare for fall holidays remember that any open flame is a hazard, including jack-o-lanterns, and almost all decor and costumes carry some risk of flammability.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Defend Your Home Against Wildfire | SERVPRO® of Darien/New Canaan

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire of any other reason, SERVPRO of Darien/New Canaan is ready and able to repair any damage.

No one wants to think about their home being caught up in the vicious swoop of wildfire, but unfortunately, it happens more often than you might think. Wildfires are swift and voracious, and considering the amount of combustible material with which we are surrounded, it’s a wonder we are able to contain these destructive blazes at all.

But we have ways of fending off wildfires before they come near our dwelling, beyond the most obvious, which would be to simply be more careful.

Let’s look at the concept of “defensible space.”

What Is Defensible Space?

It’s not about fighting off aliens—“defensible space” is a series of buffer zones you can create around your home. By planting and pruning purposefully, removing dead trees and brush, and installing areas of gravel or hardscape, you can make it difficult for fire to get from your property’s edge to your home.

Think of it as a barrier (aka defense), designed to shelter your home in the event of a wildfire by depriving the fire of fuel as it comes nearer. Defensible space also gives firefighters a better chance of stopping a wildfire before it breaches your home’s perimeter.

Defensible space isn’t required by law or local codes in Connecticut, but it’s a good fire safety practice to consider just the same.

Why Defensible Space Matters

When you think of wildfires, you may think of the West, but they can happen anywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020.

Even removing California’s 10,000+ fires from that number, the average state encountered almost 1,000 fires.

Even Connecticut saw close to 600 wildfires last year. And the first six months of 2021 have seen a 25% increase in fires nationwide versus the previous year.

We should take advantage of anything that will prevent or deter wildfires from damaging our property and precious resources, and creating defensible space is as helpful as any.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

Getting Into the Ducts for Darien Fire Damage Restoration

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

small fan on fire This "miniature" ventilation system in a Darient hobby room can lead to widespread smoke and soot damage. Call SERVPRO for a great cleanup

SERVPRO leaves no stone unturned for fire damage restoration in Darien

Your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system may be the single most vulnerable spot in the house for fire damage. SERVPRO technicians have a wealth of experience handling fire residues in these systems.

We commonly handle HVAC damages in Darien fire damage restoration projects of all sizes. Even a small kitchen fire can produce large volumes of smoke that can spread throughout the house after being sucked into your home’s ventilation system and necessitate many more expensive deodorization efforts. One of the first things we do at your home is ensuring that the HVAC system has been completely shut off, stopping the spread of smoke and residue around the house.

We utilize multiple strategies to handle fire damages in HVAC systems. Many systems can be efficiently managed with vacuums, filter replacements, and ultra-low volume fogging deodorizers. Some ducts, however, require more technical solutions, commonly involving the sealing off of a section of the duct. We also employ odor counteracting beads that absorb residual odors before they can escape the system. We have an assortment of metal whips, brushes and scoping cameras to complete space-tight ductwork cleaning and inspecting. We assess the need for these interventions as part of our strategies for:

  • House Fire Clean Up
  • Smoke Remediation
  • Kitchen Fire Damage

SERVPRO of Darien / New Canaan provides professional and affordable damage restoration solutions for local homeowners. Call us at (203) 966-6264.

Staying Safe During New Canaan Water Damage Restoration Work

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

MSDS seal We protect our SERVPRO technicians and your family and New Canaan property by following rigid guidelines including those found on the MSDS

Always follow our safety advice for water damage restorations in New Canaan

The steps needed to reverse the effects of water damage can sometimes involve hazardous equipment and chemicals. SERVPRO technicians understand these risks well and take many precautions against them.

When we start a water damage restoration project in New Canaan, we make safety our top priority. Keeping both residents and technicians safe requires strict adherence to government regulations and Material Safety Data Sheets. SERVPRO technicians understand their MSDS well but also keep in mind the potential concerns of homeowners. If you have concerns about the cleaning products used in your home, ask us a question at any time, and we can provide answers or refer you to authorities on the subject.

In the interest of safety, we may sometimes restrict when and where you can move around in your home. This inconvenience is necessary so that we can disinfect the area with powerful sanitizing chemicals. Interacting with a room before we have determined it is safe can be dangerous. Always follow the safety advice we provide throughout the project. SERVPRO technicians wear masks, respirators, and thick gloves when near these chemicals. Powerful sanitizing agents are commonly used for:

  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Flood Restoration
  • Biohazard manipulation
  • Water Removal Services

SERVPRO of Darien / New Canaan is a local expert in water damage restoration services. Contact us 24/7 at (203) 966-6264.

Thorough Work from Darien Mold Damage Specialists

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

mold inspection page on a clipboard Mold inspection by our skilled SERVPRO techs ensures a successful mold damage remediation --our Darien neighbors appreciate our good work

Do not get overrun by mold damage in Darien

Licensed professionals should always handle mold damage. SERVPRO trains hard and follows strict regulatory guidelines to bring you the best services possible.

Mold damage in Darien can be a complicated and difficult matter to handle. Scraping away mold and masking odors is never enough to solve the problem. For optimal results, we must reduce the mold and odors at the source. SERVPRO technicians are trained to Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards of containment and treatment. For example, while an inexperienced technician might focus solely on objects and materials in your home that already show signs of mold growth, our technicians know that mold can spread quickly to materials that are not dried fast enough. Our comprehensive services include:

  • Mold Inspection
  • Mold Removal
  • Attic Mold Removal
  • Black Mold Damage Repairs
  • Bathroom Mold Removal

We implement a well-planned containment strategy that stops mold growth from spreading around the house. Consequently, we need less time and fewer resources to remediate your home completely. An incomplete mold removal job can lead to an even larger infestation that may resist cleaning products used on it. SERVPRO gets it right the first time around.

SERVPRO of Darien / New Canaan handles mold infestations of any size or severity. Call us at (203) 966-6264.

SERVPRO Can help with Flood Damage Mitigation in Darien

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

pooling water from flood damage SERVPRO will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call. Storm damage restoration services are top-notch.

Precautions Residents Should Follow After Flood Damage to Darien Homes

Flooding in Darien can cause a great deal of damage to homes and their contents in a matter of minutes. However, residents can reduce the amount of additional water damage caused by floodwaters. The very first thing to do is call SERVPRO for assistance. Next, make sure it is safe to enter the home. Be aware of live electrical circuits and avoid slips and falls. Remove items that are still dry to a secure location.

SERVPRO can be on-site in less than four hours to help with flood damage in Darien homes. We work closely with the homeowner and their insurance adjuster to mitigate the damage and protect your belongings from further damage. 

We remove contents that the floodwaters have not touched, protecting them from humidity. We complete water cleanup and debris removal. Our team begins drying your home to avoid mold growth, and we clean, disinfect and dry the contents and structure of your home.

Our services include:

  • Debris disposal, Water removal, and disinfection
  • Water damage restoration
  • Mold Inspection and water damage repairs

Call SERVPRO of Darien / New Canaan for flood damage repair in Darien and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (203) 966-6264.

Does SERVPRO Provide House Fire Clean Up for Residents of New Canaan?

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire and smoke damage is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate service for fire restoration services for your property.

Removing Smoke Damage Residues in Homes in New Canaan.

After a fire, there is usually a great deal of soot and smoke residue left on surfaces and your contents in the immediate area of the fire. The HVAC system can also distribute fine particles throughout the house, leaving residue on fabrics and flooring materials.

Fire damage restoration and removal of smoke residues in New Canaan are part of the services provided by SERVPRO to all of our customers. Soot and smoke residue can be oily or light and fluffy depending on the temperature of the fire and the materials burned. We assess all areas and materials to apply the best cleaning methodology for residue and surface type.

Hard surfaces can be cleaned by wiping them using appropriate cleaning agents. Porous materials must be carefully cleaned by vacuuming fluffy residue, while oily residue must be removed using cleaning agents. We also deploy deodorizers to remove all smoke odors from your home.

SERVPRO provides:

Call SERVPRO of Darien / New Canaan for fire damage restoration in New Canaan and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (203) 966-6264.

Water Removal in Darien Homes After a Water Leak

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

leaking dishwasher Water damage restoration is a specialty of SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment for every job.

SERVPRO Has The Means And Equipment For Any Size Water Disaster.

Many clients are concerned about the primary water damage to their Darien homes after a water leak. Items that become waterlogged tend to bleed out colors or absorb water and swell, becoming damaged. Mold growth is also possible if water removal and drying do not begin immediately.

SERVPRO provides water damage repair to homes and businesses in Darien. Our professionals are very much aware of how important it is to begin water removal and drying quickly. That’s why our team is on-site in 4 hours or less, and we are available 24/7 to provide water damage remediation.

We also manage and control the effects of secondary water damage. If humid conditions exist for too long and highly porous materials absorb moisture, secondary damage occurs to them even though they were never immersed in water. SERVPRO optimizes the water removal process with dehumidification and air movement to minimize the possibility of secondary damage.

SERVPRO provides:

  • Heater Cleanup
  • Water damage remediation
  • Water damage repairs

Our plan is to return your home to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Darien / New Canaan for water damage repair in Darien and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (203) 966-6264.

Avoid Rain Damage at Your Darien Home | SERVPRO® of Darien/New Canaan

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water Contact us if you experience any damage caused by water. For fast response call SERVPRO of Darien/New Canaan today.

Water can damage your home in many ways, including the one you might not think about regularly because you deal with it so often.

You probably already know that flash flooding, strong thunderstorms or interior accidents (like a burst pipe or refrigerator line malfunction) can damage your home.

But have you thought about the damage heavy rains can do?

You may not know that heavy rains, a relatively common occurrence, can damage your home, too. These drenching storms are a common weather inconvenience during spring and summer. But if your home is not properly maintained, these rains can cause costly damage.

Avoiding a Common Homeowner Headache

Claims from water damage are common. Experts in the insurance industry estimate that as many as one out of every 50 homeowners will file a claim over the next year to cover water damage to their home.

Considering our community’s size, it’s likely that at least one person you know will have to make a water damage claim during 2021.

You can’t avoid all water damage hazards. Flash flooding can damage multiple homes in communities or neighborhoods. But the damage caused by heavy rains can sometimes be avoided by homeowners who take a few extra precautions.

Taking Steps to Stop Heavy Rain Damage

Our technicians are pros at repairing water damage. That means we see many of the issues that cause the damage in the first place.

We’ve put together a few ideas to help you spot ways to make your yard and home safer this spring and summer.

Take stock of your yard. Knowing how your yard drains (and how it works with your home) is vital. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Make thoughtful landscaping decisions. Most homeowners select plants and flowers for their yard for curb appeal, meaning they like the aesthetic. But native plants can give you both visual appeal and an added layer of protection. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage.

Consider sealing your roof. Here’s a surprising statistic. Insurance industry experts estimate about 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It can save homeowners the headaches of a leaking roof.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

What Guarantees Faster Results during Mold Remediation in Darien Properties?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage on ceiling and wall For mold damage remediation, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Targets Aspects Fueling Microbial Growth for Faster Black Mold Damage Repairs

The mold you notice on surfaces or items in your house is the outcome of microbial development. Microbial growth is a natural process, especially in areas with excessive moisture. However, it takes other aspects, such as favorable temperatures between 68° to 86° and availability of organic materials for black mold to thrive.

Physical removal is a practical mold remediation process in Darien homes, but it might not give you the long-term results you desire. Combating the specific factors that accelerate mold growth is as essential as other processes like:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold remediation
  • Mold removal

Our SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers with minimal airflow in the affected areas to help dry wet materials and keep humidity levels in the air below 60%. We also remove porous materials like drywall, paper, and insulation if we determine they are infested since they act as organic food sources. 

Cleaning the affected areas with the appropriate chemical agents helps destroy mold and other fungi. SERVPRO technicians use various cleaning agents during the mold damage remediation process. 

SERVPRO of Darien / New Canaan seeks long-term solutions when tasked to handle mold remediation in properties. Call us at (203) 966-6264 to restore your home to its preloss state.