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Fire Safety For Kids

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

The winter months are cold, and there’s no way around it.  And because of this, we want to be as warm and cozy as possible.  In our quest to maintain a comfortable environment, many residents of Fairfield County turn to heating methods like fireplaces and wood stoves.  These methods are relatively safe when operated correctly. But even if we practice safety, there is still a chance that a fire may break out.  This is why the winter months account for most of the annual home fires reported by property owners.

Protecting children when these heating methods are being used is paramount.  Keeping kids away from open flames and hot surfaces is one factor.  The other factor is preventing children from starting accidental fires on their own.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, over $250 million in property damage occurred due to fires that started because of a child.

  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.  You can place them high up, or a secure location so that children cannot get to them.
  • Monitor children around the fireplace or wood stove.  This is for their own safety, and so they do not put or knock anything flammable into open flames.
  • You can purchase flameless candles that don't even require any fire to work.

It is important to contact a fire damage restoration professional as soon as the flames are extinguished to help limit and remediate the damage. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had fire damage to their property.  If you have any type of fire or smoke damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

Space Heater Safety

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Whether at home or at work, many people start to use space heaters to supplement their main heating system when the weather gets cold.  This is especially true when a central air system is not present.  Space heaters offer a relatively efficient way to warm the surrounding area quickly, which is why so many people use them. But they do come with some risks if not used properly, which contribute to the statistics that show that heating fires are the highest during the winter months.

Space Heater Best Practices:

  • Put the space heater on a surface that is rigid, flat, and nonflammable.  This will ensure that it has a low chance of tipping over.
  • Establish a 3-foot kid- and pet-free zone around the heater, and never put a space heater in a child’s room.
  • Place the heater in open areas to minimize the risk of surrounding things like furniture and bedding from catching on fire.  
  • Never use a space heater in an area that contains paint, gasoline, or other flammable liquids. 
  • Turn the heater off whenever you are not present.  You can even unplug it for extra precaution.
  • Prevent potential overheating by only plugging the heater into an outlet where nothing else is plugged in.

It is important to contact a fire and smoke damage restoration professional as soon as you notice any smoke damage. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had fire damage to their property.  If you have any type of smoke damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

Check Your Fire Alarms This Winter

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

The winter months are cold, and there’s no way around it.  And because of this, we want to be huddled inside and warm.  In our quest to maintain a warm temperature, many residents of Fairfield County turn to heating methods like fireplaces and wood stoves.  These methods are relatively safe when operated correctly. But even if we practice safety, there is still a chance that a fire may break out.  This is why the winter months account for most of the annual home fires reported by property owners.

That is why we’re reminding you to check your fire and smoke alarms before anything happens.  If you have battery powered alarms, replace the batteries, especially if you haven't done so in a while. If your alarms are hard wired, test them to ensure that they are in working order.  Having working fire and smoke alarms is an important defense against property damage, but more importantly, for keeping you and your family safe.

It is important to contact a certified fire damage remediation professional as soon as you are aware of damage. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who need fire damage restoration at their home or business property.  If you have any type of property damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

January Rain Can Bring Heavy Damage

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

After a serious cold spell that saw temperatures dip into the single digits, the unusually warm weather is back. And now that it is warm again, all the precipitation is in the form of rain.  Most residents of Fairfield County don’t think of storm water damage as a typical winter event.  But just this past weekend, we saw at least a dozen homes and businesses that needed water damage remediation due to the heavy rainfall.

We were prepared for the weather, and had crews on standby, ready to be dispatched to the places that needed damage restoration.  For example, we sent technicians to a condo complex that suffered a leak in the roof that led to water pouring into their lobby.  We also responded to a local restaurant that had groundwater in their dining room.  

While we would think snow and ice would be the major storm events causing damage right now, the temperature is making it so rainstorms are the leading cause of storm damage.

It is important to contact a certified damage remediation professional as soon as you are aware of damage. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who need damage restoration at their home or business property.  If you have any type of property damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

The Difference Between Clean, Disinfect & Sanitize

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

With the global pandemic flaring up again, and Fairfield County experiencing high rates of infection, we all want our living and working spaces to be free of any contaminants.  When you do any research about ways to do this, you are undoubtedly confronted by products and methods that use the words “clean,” “disinfect,” and “sanitize.”  But these terms are not interchangeable.  Read further so you know exactly how effective a certain product or method is. 

Cleaning - Provides surface cleaning, while only removing dirt, debris, bacteria, viruses, and fungus while using water and an added detergent.  Examples of products in this category: Pledge and dish detergent

Sanitizing - Greatly reducesReduces but does not eliminate all bacteria, viruses, and fungus on a treated surface. 99.9% reduction in contaminants must be demonstrated for a product to be classified as a sanitizer. Examples of products in this category: hand sanitizer and Wet Ones wipes

Disinfecting - Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill, destroy, or inactivate infectious or other organic contaminants. Examples of products in this category: Clorox disinfecting wipes and Lysol disinfecting spray

It is important to contact a certified cleaning professional as soon as you are alerted to a positive case. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who need cleaning and disinfecting at their business property.  Professionally trained SERVPRO technicians perform cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products.  If you have any type of property damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

A Commitment To Around-The-Clock Service

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Disaster can strike at any time, or any place.  It does not care who you are, or what time it is.

That’s why SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport provides service to homes and businesses, no matter when you need it.  Here is how you know you can count on us for all of your emergency damage restoration needs.

We have staff on call to answer your phone call at any hour, whether it be 3pm or 3am.  All of our on call staff are knowledgeable about damage restoration, so you can be confident that you will get your questions answered thoroughly.  Furthermore, we always have at least one team of technicians on call to respond to your home or business, should the situation require immediate response. They will typically arrive at your property within a matter of hours to begin the emergency damage restoration process.

It is important to contact a certified damage remediation professional as soon as you are aware of damage. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who need damage restoration at their home or business property.  If you have any type of property damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

One Way NOT To Heat Your Home This Winter

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Now that 2022 is here, it seems like the cold weather is here to stay for the season. With temperatures set to dip into the teens this week, homeowners will definitely be turning their heat up a little higher. Some homeowners, in an attempt to be frugal and efficient, will try to use other heat sources to provide any extra warmth during these cold months.  But as we see every year, these methods may lead to fire and smoke damage, and even injury to the inhabitants.

One such method is using your oven to provide an extra heat source.  This is unsafe for many reasons:

  • If you have a gas stove, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning
  • A gas stove can also lead to fire, as the flammable gas is leaking out into the living space 
  • If you have an electric stove, it can overheat due to prolonged use, and start a fire that way
  • Any open or exposed heat source can be a hazard for children or pets in the home
  • Beyond safety, it is much more efficient to run a small space heater than an oven

It is important to contact a fire damage restoration professional as soon as the flames are extinguished to help limit and remediate the damage. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had fire damage to their property.  If you have any type of fire or smoke damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

Commercial Viral Decontamination And Disinfection

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

As more and more people seem to be affected by the viral pandemic, businesses are turning to SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport for their disinfection needs.  Thankfully, we’ve learned more and more about sanitizing against viral contamination.  As we know, the virus does not live for a very long time on surfaces.  But for businesses that service interruption is not an issue, we can help.

Once we are called into any office space, we respond in force, using strong but safe solutions to neutralize most contaminants.  SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport sanitizes by adhering to the strictest standards put forth by the CDC.  Whether your office is large or small, we can handle the unique situation that you have.

It is important to contact a certified cleaning professional as soon as you are alerted to a positive case. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who need cleaning and disinfecting at their business property.  If you have any type of property damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

Prevent Frozen Pipes In 2022

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Although Fairfield County hasn’t experienced extended periods of freezing weather yet this season, colder temperatures are sure to be right around the corner.  With colder temperatures comes the threat of frozen pipes, and in turn, water damage.  Water can cause costly damage that may be overwhelming to deal, especially during the holiday season and beyond.  Use these simple tips to save yourself the hassle.

Have Your Pipes Insulated - Talk to a plumber who may recommend that you insulate some or all of your water pipes to prevent them from freezing.

Control Your Thermostat - If the temperature in your home or office stays above a certain temperature, your pipes will be far less likely to freeze.

Keep A Drip Flowing - Frozen pipes occur when the water inside turns to ice, causing the pipe to expand.  If you keep your faucets and showers dripping, the water will flow, making it far less likely to freeze.

It is important to contact a water damage restoration professional as soon as you notice any water damage. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had water damage to their property.  If you have any type of water damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

Frozen Pipe Season Is Commencing

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

Fairfield County is starting to get colder.  As we cling to the warmer weather, property owners have to keep in mind the potential water damage that can result from freezing temperatures.

Water can exist in three states (liquid, solid, and gas).  The water in our pipes is obviously in the liquid form, but can freeze to the solid form when temperatures fall below a certain temperature.  This change in temperature can affect the contraction and expansion of both the water and the pipe itself.  When the pipe changes too much, it has the potential to burst.  If this happens, water will inevitably pour from wherever the pipe is into all levels of the structure below. 

The faster that remediation begins, the less the damage will be.  As time passes, mold will begin to develop, which also needs to be removed.

It is important to contact a water damage restoration professional as soon as you notice any water damage. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had water damage to their property.  If you have any type of water damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.