Fresh Year, Fresh Look with Dry Ice Blasting
Dry ice blasting is a relatively new cleaning process using solid CO2 pellets (known as dry ice). It is
primarily used for industrial use in a variety of applications. The pellets sublimate (convert directly from a solid blast pellet to a vapor (CO2) leaving no residue. The process is superior to sand blasting, glass bead blasting and other types of cleaning methods for numerous reasons.
Click here to see SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton demonstrate the effectiveness of dry ice blasting on a heavily traveled sidewalk in downtown Stamford, CT. This is a great service that SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton provides to many of our commercial clients.
Learn more about the process here.
2-story water damage in Stamford
Bubbled paint from pooled water.
A pipe break caused this house to flood on he second floor. The water flowed down the walls into the first floor, damaging the walls and carpeted floor in the process. This before picture shows the first floor ceiling with gallons of water bubbling the paint.
SERVPRO of Westport was called in to clean up the aftermath. We pulled up the damaged carpet to reveal a gorgeous hardwood floor. We cleaned the wood floor and delighted the homeowner. The owner was thrilled-she said "This floor never looked this good in the 10 years I've owned this house".
Be Prepared For A Hurricane
The threat of a potential hurricane is always nerve wracking to all in the affected area. However, being prepared and knowledgeable of precautionary measures to take in the event of a hurricane can ease some the stress and panic you may be experiencing.
Having a ready to go emergency kit is key in any disaster situation. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the contents of this kit should include:
- Map(s) of your local area
- Tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers or pliers to maneuver utilities
- Sanitation products such as baby wipes, trash bags and disinfectant
- Dust masks in the case of air contamination
- Plastic sheeting and Duct Tape for creating shelter-in-place.
- A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio
- Multiple flash lights
- Surplus of batteries (for radio/flashlight)
- A First aid kit
- At least 3 days worth of non perishable food (per person) and can opener if needed
- At least 3 days worth of water (1 gallon per person, per day)
This basic list is, of course, to be adjusted and will differ person to person depending on specific needs such as any medications, pet needs, money, gasoline etc. But this list provided is a staple for a basic emergency kit.
To be aware of what is happening around you before the storm hits, be sure to frequently check the news to gather updated information on the storm. Familiarize yourself with which is the safest room in your home, evacuation routes, and locations of shelters.
During the storm the measures to take are quite simple. If no emergency evacuation is issued, stay in the safest room of your home, away from all windows and have all necessary emergency supplies on hand. Listen to a battery powered radio for updates and be sure the storm is officially over before leaving shelter. Hurricanes are known to subside for a brief amount of time if the eye of the storm passes over you, but then resumes again in full force.
After you are sure the storm is over you may go outside and observe any serious damage. If there are any signs of danger such as downed power lines and fallen trees, report them immediately and steer clear of any threat.
If at any point during the storm your home experienced extreme damages (water, structural) SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton is a 24/7 emergency cleanup and restoration company that can service all of your needs. With quick responses we will have someone on their way to meet you in no time and offer our help to the best of our ability. You can reach us at 203-324-1642 or request for help online through our website. Stay safe this storm season!!
Severe Summer Weather
Summer is right around the corner! You may know all the facts about summer fun, but are you up to speed on summer’s severe weather? Connecticut summers are notorious for a variety of severe weather, but two of its biggest threats are extreme heat and lightning. Consider these striking facts:
Striking Fact #1: Heat is the #1 weather-related killer in the U.S.Tornadoes and hurricanes often get the headlines, but excessive heat is a formidable foe that claims more lives each year than floods, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Stay informed about ways to remain safe when the temperature rises.
Striking Fact #2: The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and 50 degrees in an hour- even when outside air temperatures are in the 70s. Check out the National Weather Service’s “Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat” campaign for more information about keeping kids safe this summer. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Striking Fact #3: Lightning kills an average of 51 people and severely injures hundreds more each year in the U.S.Lightning is a deadly by-product of thunderstorms, occurring mostly during the warmer months of June through September. It’s also Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the perfect time to brush up on tips for staying safe.
Tis' The Season For Power Washing
As spring time rolls into the summer we begin to shed off our winter coats and stow them away for the next chilly season. Unfortunately, after time, your houses bares its coat until a little assistance is provided. You may find that the exterior of your house may begin to gather algae, moss, mildew or dinge and be puzzled as to why this happened and how to counteract it.
Pressure washing is a simple solution and SERVPRO of Stamford would be happy to help! This method of cleaning requires power washing machinery that uses high pressured water spray to remove anything from grime to chewing gum and is incredibly effective. This equipment can be dangerous to use and is recommended that you contact a professional for your cleaning needs. Another bonus of using this tool is that its cleaning abilities are not limited to the exterior of residential houses, but also is effective on things such as commercial buildings, vehicles, and concrete and wood surfaces. SERVPRO has experts that can find the fitting pressure washer for each surface and evaluate how much it will take to thoroughly clean whatever it may be. This is incredibly important because, when used incorrectly, a pressure washer can damage surfaces due to its power and intensity.SERVPRO of Stamford promises to perform this task in a professional manner, making sure to leave no damage to your home and a spotless shine that would make you think it's brand new.
Sewage Cleanup & Restoration
Did you know that sewage backups are more than just a foul-smelling mess? These backups contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illnesses if not treated as an emergency. Be SERVPRO Ready and know what contaminated water is.
There are three types of contaminated water:
Category 1 – Clear Water
- Includes water from a clean source like a broken water line
- If not treated, it can turn into category 2 or 3
Category 2 – Gray Water
- May contain bacteria and viruses
- Can result from a washing machine, dishwasher, or toilet overflow
Category 3 – Black Water
- May contain untreated sewage, chemicals, and microbes
- Highly contaminated and can cause severe illness
- Results from water from flooding rivers or sewer backups
Tips & Facts:
- Only restoration professionals should cleanup sewage backups
- Don’t run any water down drains until the blockage has been cleared
- Keep children away from contaminated areas
- Dispose of or wash any contaminated objects (bedding, clothing, carpets)
At SERVPRO of the Greenwich, our professionals are trained and ready to treat any contaminated water issues 24 hours, 365 days a year. Never hesitate to give us a call or visit our website.
SERVPRO Expands PGA Sponsorship with PGA Fantasy Golf
There is an old adage: “It never rains on a golf course.” As the official cleanup and restoration company of the PGA TOUR, SERVPRO® knows this isn’t true, but rain or shine, fans follow their favorite players’ performance at PGA golf tournaments throughout the season. Recognizing the ever-growing popularity of the game, SERVPRO has expanded its relationship with the PGA TOUR by becoming the presenting sponsor of the PGA Fantasy Golf games, available at pgatour.com/fantasy.
“We know people don’t associate SERVPRO with the wide-open spaces and fair weather feeling of a golf course. After all, SERVPRO is the company you turn to when the unexpected, even the unthinkable, happens to your home or business,” says Michael Keating, owner of SERVPRO® of Norwalk Wilton. “But each SERVPRO business is also a local business, there to support the community in good times and bad. Teaming up with the PGA TOUR as the sponsor of their Fantasy Golf Suite helps us build connections within our local community. We want local home and business owners to know that we are there for them ready to respond at a moment’s notice if things go wrong.”
The new “One & Done” games were launched on January 3, 2017*, but the game structure allows players to join in on the fun at any point during the current season. Each week, game players select one player to earn points for them in that week’s tournament. The PGA Tour Fantasy game is based on accumulated FedEx Cup points and the PGA Tour Champions game is based on accumulated Charles Schwab Cup points. A player may select a given golfer for a tournament in each of the One & Done games only once in each season. Since some tournaments earn a pro golfer more points than others, game strategy is based on selecting the right golfers for the right tournaments.
“With the first major tournament of the season—The Masters—just around the corner, now is a great time to start your One & Done game for this year’s tour,” says Keating. “If you ‘master’ the trick of choosing the right golfers in the right tournaments, you could jump to the top of your Fantasy league.” The top finisher in the PGA TOUR game will win a new set of golf clubs, while the top prize for the PGA TOUR Champions game is a trip for two to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-12.
SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton, please contact Michael Keating at (203) 324-1642 or mike@SERVPROofstamford.com.
New Reconstruction Company Launched
We have recently launched our new reconstruction company to assist our customers when they need services outside of the mitigation range of services.
MitRe, short for mitigation reconstruction can provide the following services:
- Mitigation Reconstruction
- Fire Damage Reconstruction
-Water Damage Reconstruction
Tips For Transitioning From Winter to Spring
The time for Spring Cleaning is right around the corner!
Spring often means entertaining, family BBQs, and having guests in your home. Spring also allows you to spend more time outdoors. The last thing most people want to do when the weather gets nice is to stay inside to do their spring cleaning. That's where it can be helpful to hire SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton to do the heavy cleaning for you.
Seasonal Cleaning Services in Norwalk Wilton
After spending the cold winter doors inside with the windows shut tight, spring is the ideal time to freshen up the house. However, once you open those windows, you may notice dust and dirt that has gathered throughout the home. Calling in professionals like SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton can ensure that your home is clean, fresh, and ready for spring.
What Can SERVPRO Do for Your Norwalk Wilton Home?
During the winter, the home tends to get grimy from mud and dirt tracked in during wet weather. This can often gather on carpets and upholstery which can lead to stains and discoloration. SERVPRO has the equipment and materials needed to clean your carpet and upholstery to make them look clean and smell fresh. They also perform HVAC and air ducts cleaning services. These are especially important after a long winter because of prolonged usage. Cleaning the air ducts helps to remove dirt, allergens, and dust, to keep it from circulating through the home. People also experience issues with water damage during the spring due to frozen and burst pipes if the temperature drops to extreme lows. SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton is also experienced in remediation of water damage to get rid of stains and odors.
Why SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton for Your Seasonal Cleaning?
SERVPRO has professionals who can do a thorough check on your home to provide advice and what cleaning services will be most beneficial. They always use the most up-to-date cleaning equipment and the latest in cleaning materials to ensure the best finished product. SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton has highly trained technicians and they work in a timely manner to get each job done to exceed customer satisfaction.
Causes of Mold in Your Home
Mold is a vital piece of nature, assisting with the disintegration of natural matter and the recycling of supplements in biological systems. While outdoor mold is fundamental, mold developing inside present’s health risks and can bring about property damage. Molds recreate by method of minor airborne spores that travel essentially anyplace, even in our homes.
Despite the fact that there are hints of mold spores indoors, they require the right "ingredients" to produce mold. Unfortunately, the conditions for mold development are found in many homes: a nourishment source, (for example, drywall, rugs, and wood), warmth, lack of light, enough time to develop, and above all, dampness. Since dampness is a fundamental factor in mold development, here are the most common culprits that cause heightened dampness in homes:
- Flooding can cause a measurable amount of water into your home, bringing on serious water damage and conceivably cause mold development inside 24-48 hours. Calling an expert restoration professional such as SERVPRO promptly is your best defense with regards to mitigating water damage and preventing mold development.
- Increased humidity can happen in homes from multiple sources — muggy climate, persistent rain, cooking, showering, and so on. To help prevent development of mold growth in your home, ensure your home is all around ventilated and keep the humidity below 55 percent.
- Deficient ventilation leads to increased humidity, and due to this, mold development and different issues like indoor contamination. Try to open entryways as well as windows when viable and to utilize fans as needed.
- Leaking pipes are a typical issue in homes and should be settled promptly. In many cases, leaks are hidden from view, such as inside walls or above the ceiling, so make a point to investigate wall and ceiling stains routinely.
- Roof leaks are additionally a way for water to saturate your home and cause mold. In the event that you see water stains on the ceiling, check for water damage in the attic and have your roof assessed and repaired at the earliest opportunity.
- Condensation happens when warm dampness loaded air interacts with chilly surfaces. Condensation can be seen on walls, windows, solid floors or metal pipes. Reduce condensation by adjusting the humidity in your home.
- Basements give astounding conditions for mold development because of poor ventilation, cooler temperatures (that advance condensation), and incessant water leaks and flooding.
- Mold can also grow in various unexpected areas in the home, which can make mold remediation more difficult. For professional mold removal, as well as fire and water restoration services, contact the professional experts at SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton today.