Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Damage Myth Debunked

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

A home that has experienced storm damage will always smell like water.

FALSE!

In reality, a storm-damaged home or business will smell like water and mold if it hasn’t been restored professionally. Storm and rain water can be much more damaging, due to the sheer amount, that many people are not prepared to adequately deal with it. That’s why prompt and thorough storm damage remediation must be performed by a professional.

Storm damage restoration must be exact, and contaminated areas must be dried, cleaned, and restored properly. If this doesn’t take place quickly, or the process is done at the hands of someone inexperienced, a house can have a lingering smell of water and mold. Even worse, secondary damage like mold can actually develop.

SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport helps thousands of people every year with storm-related damage, so we know the process very well. We are also adept at navigating any circumstances that your individual property may present.

It is important to contact a damage restoration professional as soon as you notice any property damage. If you’re in need of restoration for water, fire, or mold damage, call on the premier restoration company in Fairfield County to help. SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had damage to their property. If you have any type of damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

Condo Owners: Who Is Responsible For Storm Damage?

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

During and after a storm event, the building that you live in may suffer from storm-related water damage.  If your unit suffers damage as a result, you may think that the HOA will be covering the cost of repairs.  You may be wrong.  On the other hand, you may also be wrong if you think that you are on the hook.  Read below to see how these situations can play out.

What The HOA Is Responsible For

Normally, the HOA is responsible for maintaining everything other than individual units.  This means that everything outside your unit should be their problem.  For example, water damage caused by a roof leak would usually be covered by the HOA.

What You Are Responsible For

Unit owners are usually responsible for maintaining their own condo interior and systems that exclusively service their unit.  These are things like water pipes and plumbing drains. While not usually affected by storm damage, these areas are usually the responsibility of the condo unit owner to fix.

You can mitigate your risk for financial burden by carrying an insurance policy that covers water and storm damage.

It is important to contact a certified damage remediation professional as soon as you are aware of storm 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.

Property Damage From Lightning Strikes

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Although rare, lightning strikes can cause significant property damage, both from the strike itself, as well as resulting side effects.

Direct damage

The physical impact and power of a lightning strike can do serious physical damage to the structure of a home or business.  Lightning can fracture concrete, brick, and stone upon impact.  It can also shred through wood, as it has a high water content.  Roofs and foundations are the main areas that can be detrimental if struck.  Other non-structural elements such as windows can be broken with this type of damage.  The electricity from the lightning can also spark a fire that can get out of hand quickly.  Electronics in the home or business may be irreparably broken by a lightning strike as well.

Indirect damage

If lightning strikes your home or business, and the electrical system is affected, it could cause surges in power that can lead to overheating and sparking.  This can start a fire within the home or business.  If structural elements are affected, like a roof or foundation, water damage will be easier to suffer in the future. After a lightning strike, it is important to have your electrical system inspected for damage by a professional. 

It is important to contact a certified damage remediation professional as soon as you are aware of storm 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.

Low Intensity Storm Risk

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Storms come in many different sizes and intensities.  At the worst, storms can destroy property through gusts of wind, torrential downpour of rain, or through the sheer weight of snow.  Homeowners know how to spot these damages, in part, because they are easy to detect, and are brought on during an obvious storm.

But damage can occur even when a storm is mild.  Sometimes this damage can be worse, as it can go unseen and undetected for a while.  In a light rain storm, ground water can rise just enough to seep into your basement.  If gutters are not properly attached, even a small storm can cause a significant amount of damage.  If your roof has a small leak, you may not notice water pouring into your home, but water can trickle in and cause major damage over time.  

This type of damage, if unnoticed and remediated, can lead to structural damage and mold growth down the line.  After a light storm, you should be in the habit of checking areas that you may know to be problem areas.  It is also a good idea to routinely inspect your property to ensure that no weak areas are present.

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.

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.

Are You Covered In The Event Of A Storm?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Recent storms in Fairfield County have made many people familiar with their insurance policies when it comes to damage to their property. Many people were covered, but some were left footing the bill because they were not properly insured or underinsured. On top of the emotional stress of dealing with property loss, they had to worry about the financial aspect of the damage.

The root cause of the water damage determines if your individual policy will cover it. Storms can bring many types of damage, like fallen trees, sump pump overload, power surges, and wind damage. The storms that we’ve had recently caused damage due to rainwater, which is not always covered.  If you have doubts about your coverage, or want to make sure you are safe, speak to your insurance agent.  They will be able to provide all the info that you need.

SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport works with your insurance company to help manage the insurance claims process.  We have over 30 years of experience working within policy limits, and have relationships with many of the leading insurance carriers in the industry.  If you have any type of storm damage, call us immediately at 203.324.1642.

5 Tips for Driving After Heavy Rain

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy storms are an inevitability during the summer season.  Rainfall can accumulate quickly, which can lead to property damage to homes, businesses, and vehicles.  This can also cause adverse travel conditions.  While you should avoid driving in flood conditions, you may already be on the road when this weather occurs.  Keep these tips in mind so that you can stay safe under these hazardous conditions.

Avoid Pooling Water

Do your best to drive around areas of the road where water has begun to accumulate.  When the depth reaches .5 inches or more, hydroplaning becomes a very real risk.  Your car can even begin to float in six inches of water, especially if it is moving water.

Drive Slowly

This seems like an obvious tip, but many people don't realize just how slow they need to go to avoid losing traction on the roadway.  A maximum of five miles per hour is recommended to maintain control of your vehicle.  Slower speeds, such as one or two MPH, should be used when entering or exiting a roadway.  This is because during acceleration and deceleration, the risk of losing control is greater.

Drive Where The Water Is Most Shallow

Most paved roads have a slight grade in them to help rainwater and other debris flow off of the surface.  This can be used to your advantage during heavy rainfall and roadway flooding.  Drive as close to the center of the road as possible, as this is where the water will be the least deep.

If the heavy rainfall and water happen to also affect your home or business, SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport can help return you to preloss condition.

You Have Storm Damage

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Now what?

There are many ways that a storm can impact your Trumbull or Monroe home.  You need to know what to look for and steps to take after the weather has made its way away from your home.

Safety first

When you see the state of your home after storm damage, it is easy to focus on the issues that you see.  But you need to ensure the safety of your family first.  Make sure that everyone is safe and uninjured.  Tend to any health issues at this point.  To lessen the risk of injury, stay away from windows and doors as the storm is occurring in your area.  

Inspect utility lines

After the storm has ended or moved along, inspect your gas, water, and electricity lines for any damage. If you observe damage and are able to turn off the lines safely, do so at this point.  This will mitigate the risk for more damage to your home or business. It will also limit the risk of injury from any issues like a fire starting or electrocution from exposed wiring.

Call the professionals

You should call your insurance company to advise them of the situation, and begin the claims process.  This is the first step to getting your home restored to preloss condition. Next, you should call a remediation company like SERVPRO.  We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your storm damage remediation needs.  That’s why SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.

Keep Yourself Safe During A Snowstorm

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Snow looks pretty as it falls, but can cause many issues inside and outside your home.

Keep exterior vents clear - Make sure to clear any snow or ice buildup from exterior vents.  If it accumulates, your furnace runs the risk of overheating and shutting off.  This could make safety a concern, and could lead to pipes freezing.

Keep your roof clear - If it is safe to do so, clear off excessive snow from your roof.  This will alleviate the risk of heavy buildup, which causes structural damage.  You can also keep the roof warm from the underside with heaters and fans to prevent ice dams.

Locate emergency supplies - If your power goes out, you need to have basic supplies on hand.  Also, do your best to keep pipes warm so they don't freeze while the power is out.

Protect yourself by calling SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport. You can reach us at 203.324.1642 at any time for immediate assistance.

How To Know If Winter Storms Have Caused Frozen Pipes

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Winter weather and storm events can cause many issues.  A frozen pipe is one issue that you can possibly diagnose before it causes any major issues.  

Indicators Of A Frozen Pipe:

Temperature - A pipe is in danger of freezing when the temperature drops below 32 degrees.  If the temperature outside gets this low, be aware of pipes freezing.  Insulated pipes have a better chance of weathering lower temperatures.

Frost - Some pipes in your home can be seen, like under sinks in your kitchen or bathroom. If these pipes have ice or frost on the xterior, they may be freezing or already frozen.  

Smell - A freezing pipe means that ice has formed inside the pipe, and water cannot pass through.  Similar to water, odors cannot pass through, and will instead flow back into your home or business.  If you notice a strange smell, your pipes may be frozen.

No Water - The telltale sign of a frozen pipe is no water flow when a faucet is turned on.  Ice is blocking the flow, so no water will run out of any taps.

If you notice any of the above signs, take action immediately. Shut the water off to alleviate pressure, and warm pipes with fans.  If your pipes are frozen already and do end up bursting, we are available to respond quickly.

Now you know that time is of the essence when you experience water damage at your home or business. Protect yourself by calling SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport. You can reach us at 203.324.1642 at any time for immediate assistance.

3 Winter Storm Effects That Can Cause Damage

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

We haven’t had many severe winter storms this year, so residents of Fairfield County have not had to deal with a ton of storm-related damage.  But what better time to learn about the types of damage that can occur, then when you have the time to prepare and be ready.  Even one snowstorm can cause a number of unique problems for homeowners.  

Ice Buildup - Whether on a roof or gutters, any significant buildup can occur.  This is called an ice dam, and can cause a couple real issues.  The weight alone can cause roof damage, and cause gutters to fall down.

Snow Buildup - Similar to ice, the sheer weight of snow can cause a roof to sag or buckle.

Melting - When the above two conditions are present when temperatures warm, the water can cause flooding.  When ice or snow on the roof melts, it can leak through, causing water damage and mold on that level.  If the water pours to the ground, it can make its way into the house through the lower level.

Just one winter storm can cause various styles of damage in your home or business. If any damage occurs, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport.  We are available 24/7 to assess the situation and begin remediation immediately.

Practice Safety Before The Flood Damage Mitigation Process Begins In Your Trumbull Home

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Summer weather can bring heavy rain storms that have the potential to cause extensive water damage. Flooding is one potential catastrophe that can negatively affect your home. This damage can be very evident, but some of the damage will likely be hidden or harder to detect. 

After the storm ends, the visible water will recede, but that does not mean that there is potentially dangerous damage that has still occurred.  Practice safety as you navigate your home while the remediation process is underway.  Here are a couple things that are important to consider:

Electrical wires may be damaged

Storm water can damage wires and appliances in your home. Water and live wires have the potential to cause fire and electrocution. Switch off the power before reentering your home. Protect yourself and your home by having a professional examine the entire electrical system to verify that it is not damaged.  Have any repairs done immediately.  

The structure of your home may be compromised 

Storm water can cause warping, buckling, and weak spots in walls and floors around your home.  This is a major safety hazard that is often hard to detect by the naked eye.  This is especially true if this damage occurs to the frame or foundation of your home.  Have a home inspector come in and assess any damage of this type so that you are safe.

Hiring professionals will help to detect and remediate both visible and invisible types of damage caused by flood waters. When your Trumbull home has storm-related water damage, it is paramount to find a flood restoration company like SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport to help you.

We Offer Tree Removal Too!

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

When you think of tree removal, do you think of SERVPRO? If not, think again!We offer this service to many customers in the area. The process from removal to remediation to restoration is seamless! If your home or business is damaged by a fallen tree or branches, we will remove the tree, and are already onsite to begin restoration of your property. This makes the process quicker and smoother for you.

Many times, emergency situations do not give you time to search for a restoration company.  It’s best to have a trusted restoration and storm cleanup company in mind before things like this happen. Contact SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport if a tree falls on your home. We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your residential water removal needs.  That’s why SERVPRO should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.

Pet Safety During Spring Storms

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Our furry friends are such an important piece of our life. Their happiness and safety mean so much to us.  When frequent spring storms occur, both can be threatened. Use the following tips to keep your pets safe during these events:

  • If your pets are outside, thunder and lightning may cause them to scare and run. Make sure that all microchips and tags are current.
  • If you know that a storm is coming, keep pets indoors if possible
  • Dry pets off if they get wet to prevent chills and illness
  • If you have outdoor pets, ensure that enclosures and cages are insulated from wind and rain
  • Make sure that no trees are close to enclosures in the event that they fall down.
  • Keep in mind that older pets are more sensitive to cold temperatures and dampness
  • Make an emergency kit for your pets with items like extra food, toys, and a blanket
  • Bring your pets with you if you leave your home

If storm damage hits your Trumbull, Monroe, or Bridgeport home, call SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport. We are ready to respond quickly to help.

When A Storm Causes Water Damage

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

At the point when we get a call to help with flood damage, we can never be certain how serious it is until we show up to assess the circumstances. Various levels of rising waters influence the restoration techniques that we use. We search for the following indications of destruction to decide how broad the issue is. A predictable marker of most extreme flood damage is the existence of standing water. At the point when water stays in your home, and does not drain, it can start to cause costly and lasting harms to the structure. The water will almost immediately seep into flooring, but there are other forms of damage that may result if the issue is not addressed promptly. 

Waterlogged Walls 

We always anticipate that ground surface materials will be drenched because of flood damage, yet when the walls of your home have suffered critical harm, this might be an indication of extra issues that require an increasingly intensive examination to find and eliminate. Some of the time, when water pours in quickly and later subsides, it can leave dampness in the walls.  This can lead to mold growth and misshapen materials. SERVPRO professionals utilize the latest techniques and specialized equipment to remove the moisture.

Outside Destruction 

Despite the fact that the outside of your home may be considerably more impervious to the impacts of flood damage than inside spaces, it can still take on water. This can lead to roof leaks, flooded basements, and weaknesses in siding. We can help with identifying these issues, as well as remediating the damage that has been caused by the flood waters.

Call us if any standing water is present in your home or business.  SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport can assist you with recouping from flood damage.

Know Your Flood Insurance Policy

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Flood insurance is something that is very important to have if you live in an area that is susceptible to water-related storm damage. But this type of policy does not cover everything.

Look over your individual policy to find out exactly where you are and are not covered.  Learn what type of damage is not covered by most flood insurance policies below.

Internal Malfunctions

Some homeowners believe that all water damage is covered.  But this is not true. Flood damage only covers water damage that is a result of external sources like excess rainwater or a hurricane.  If a pipe bursts and causes a “flood” in your basement, this will not be covered.

Swimming Pools

Another common misconception is that because your pool is outside your home, it will be covered.  If a crack in the liner causes the water to drain into your home, this will also not be covered.

Secondary Damage

While you may be covered for water that is a result of a storm, any residual effects will be your responsibility.  For instance, your policy should cover extraction of excess rainwater. But if moisture remains, which leads to mold, your flood insurance will not cover this.

Living Expenses

A flood in your home may force you to relocate until the remediation process is completed. Living expenses, such as hotels and food during this time period will not be covered by your flood policy.

As mentioned above, look at your flood insurance policy to find the limitations so that you are not surprised in the event of flood damage.  If you do sustain storm-related flood damage, call SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport.

Storm Preparation Can Save You Money

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

A storm can spell trouble for homes and businesses alike. From gale force winds to lightning strikes, a storm can cause a wide array of damage.  While every situation may not cause catastrophic damage to your home, even a small roof puncture from a tree limb or flying debris can be enough to allow substantial runoff and torrential rainfall to pour into your home. A falling tree can cause serious damage to your roof, siding and windows. Heavy rain can also cause concern for potential flooding. Below are a few tips to help keep your home safe and dry in the event of a storm:

  • Routinely check your home or business for flaws in the structure. This includes your siding and roof.  Even the smallest hole can allow rainwater in, which can lead to water damage and mold growth.
  • Trim larger branches that could potentially cause structural damage if a storm caused them to fall on your home or business.
  • Make sure that sump pumps are working properly.  Sump pump overflows during a storm are a leading cause of water damage.

When your home or business suffers damage as a result of a storm, SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport is ready to provide assistance.  We can be reached around the clock at (203) 452-7781.

Indoor Storm Safety Tips

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

When a thunderstorm hits, lightning comes with it.  High winds and hail can also cause structural damage and cause injury. Everyone has heard about outdoor safety tips during a storm to avoid being harmed. But a common misconception is that once inside, we are absolutely safe from the dangers of lightning and other storm hazards.  Follow these safety tips to stay safe even while in your home or business:

  • Remain indoors until the storm passes.
  • Maintain a safe distance from windows, skylights, and doors, as storm winds and hail can shatter glass and cause injury.
  • Electrical wires can conduct lightning.  Refrain from using landline telephones and other household appliances.
  • Do not use running water.  The metal pipes that the water travels through are highly conductive.

If your home or business suffers from any type of storm damage, call SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport.  We are available 24/7 to respond to your needs.

Different Types of Storm Damage

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

Extreme storms can be terrifying and perilous, and wellbeing must be your first need. In the event that your town has seen serious issues, be cautious. In the event that you think your home has been fundamentally damaged or if flood hazard remains, don't go inside until an expert says it's protected. Putting in a couple of evenings at a companion's home or in a crisis haven is a little cost to pay.

Snow Storm Damage

Winter storms assault a significant part of the U.S. and Canada consistently, and zones that don't get hit with snow regularly manage ice storms and solidifying precipitation. When you're managing snowstorms, lake impact storms and snow squalls, damage to your home can incorporate rooftop and auxiliary damage from overwhelming snow just as damage to sash, outside funnels, and siding. These frigid storms regularly accompany high winds, which can fuel damage by making shingles loosen up. These storms can unleash destruction on utility lines.

At the point when ice storms hit, you may should be significantly more wary. These storms are described by leaving at any rate a fourth of an inch of ice on surfaces. They can make rooftops breakdown, trees to break and electrical cables to snap. Attempt to remain in your home until the ice storm has passed and prepared with food, water, supplies, and power sources.

Lightning and Thunderstorm Damage

Lightning storms can happen any place in the U.S., and they bring the danger of flames and extreme basic damage. Regardless of whether your lightning bars work appropriately by directing the vitality to the ground, it's conceivable to see damage to electrical wiring, machines, radio wires, satellite dishes, link or phone lines, and steel structure. Except if there are indications of flame, make certain to remain inside until the storm is over on the grounds that your home will secure you.

Thunderstorms accompany dangers regardless of whether you aren't hit by lightning. You could see flooding, hail, and high winds.

High Winds, Tornadoes and Hurricane Damage

High winds can happen for all intents and purposes anyplace, and thousands of tornadoes and hurricanes hit the U.S. consistently. Extreme winds are characterized as surpassing 50-60 mph. Damage from wind can be across the board and can influence your structure as well as encompassing landscaping and black-top. Know about the potential for falling trees and posts and damaged electrical cables, and deal with these issues immediately. After the storm, look at your property for basic damage to the home, including windows, siding, and rooftops. In the most extraordinary situations, rooftops can be passed clean over.

If you have any storm damage to your home or business, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe & Northern Bridgeport.

Ice Storms Can Lead To Damage

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Ice storms can cause significant damage, if not directly, then indirectly.  This pictures shows how heavy ice ice, and the effect it can have on trees that it covers.  If you have trees around your house that have branches overhead, this could be a potentially damaging situation.  If ice forms around tree limbs, they can snap off and damage your home. This could lead to secondary issues like water damage or frozen pipes. While it is warm out, trim overhanging branches that could be large enough to cause damage to your rood or siding. If you have water damage, please do not hesitate to call us.

SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe and Northern Bridgeport provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Ceiling Removal Due To Storm Damage

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

This picture showcases the effects of not having a leak-proof roof.  This person had postponed re-shingling their roof.  But unfortunately, they experienced the effects of that decision.  Water leaked in over the family room and started to soak the furniture.  We were called to fix the situation, which required removing a portion of the ceiling to allow for proper drying.  Make sure that your roof is up-to-date, and you address any issues as soon as they arise. If you have water in your home or business from a storm, please call us.

SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe and Northern Bridgeport provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Leaky Roof No Match For Rainstorm

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

During a recent rainstorm, the roof leaked overnight at a local educational facility.  Unfortunately, the damage was not noticed until the following morning.  We were called in to fix the situation, which included extracting the water and dehumidifying the space once the bulk of the water was removed.  This photo does not show water that we pumped out.  It actually shows how much water we pulled out of the air with a dehumidifier.  All that moisture would have probably led to mold down the road if left untreated.  If you have water in your home or business from a storm, please call us.

SERVPRO of Trumbull, Monroe and Northern Bridgeport provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Wind Damage Restoration

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof, to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of hurricane damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious.

Wind damage may loosen shingles, which can cause another roof leak in the future. Even a subtle roof leak of this nature can produce mold inside the home. Obtaining fast roof repair may prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage home restoration expert may assist clients in receiving comprehensive roof assessments and roof repair services when hurricane damage afflicts an area. Their expertise helps property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

Storm Shutters

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes it's hard to tell what preventative measures are necessary to protect your home from a natural disaster. However, high winds and hurricane damage in the past few years have cost Americans several billions, and unprotected windows can result in expensive damages like broken windows and eventual mold.

• Accordion: Simple and straightforward to use, these manually folding shutters are available in strong materials like metal or polycarbonate.  These are the ones in the photo.


• Bahama: This stylish variety not only provides protection from heavy rain and high winds, but also from the sun.


• Colonial: Protect your dream home with traditional blinds that frame your windows and add value to your property.


• Rolling: Prepare for a storm with ease with shutters that unroll or hide away at the press of a button. 

All of these different options are permanent home fixtures that come in a range of materials, colors and designs. They’ll protect your home from flying objects, heavy rains and strong winds, so you won’t have to worry about damage to your windows or your home interior.

Home Depot has some options if this is something that you would like to look into.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane. Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12, 2018) is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane.

During Hurricane Preparedness Week, make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

If a hurricane strikes, you’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy recovery period that could follow. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights.

This Hurricane Preparedness Week, call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line. Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.

Learn more at here.

SERVPRO of Trumbull Monroe Northern Bridgeport team heads to Florida to aid in flooding efforts

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

When Irma wreaked havoc on the state of Florida, SERVPRO of Trumbull Monroe Northern Bridgeport mobilized and sent a team of highly skilled staff to aid in the recovery efforts.

SERVPRO of Trumbull Monroe Northern Bridgeport sent 6 employees to help.  They left Connecticut in a group of vehicles to start the drive down with our equipment.  SERVPRO’s semi-trailer, containing large quantities of drying equipment was also on the road hours after getting the call.

Whether your Fairfield County home has emergency flood damage or you need your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best.  Learn more about our residential services:

• Water Damage Restoration

• Fire Damage Restoration

• Mold Remediation

• Storm Damage Restoration

• Cleaning Services

• Building/Reconstruction Services

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

• IICRC Training

• Employee Certification Training

• Initial Franchise Training

• e-Learnings

• Continuing Education Classes

As always SERVPRO is Hero Ready! 

Storm Safety Tips

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning from thunderstorms injures hundreds of people in the U.S. every year and kills dozens. These causalities are easily preventable if you follow these simple safety tips.

1) Listen to the radio and television for severe thunderstorm warnings. The National Weather Service issues warnings for counties and even sends out text messages now to our mobile phones when storms are on their way. Pay attention and heed their warnings for safety.

2) Remember the 30 second rule. If there is not 30 seconds in between the time you see lightning and hear thunder, it’s time to go indoors.

3) Lightning typically strikes the tallest object around so if there is a storm, move indoors if at all possible or into a hard top car if there are no buildings around.

4) Once inside, stay away from windows, plumbing and electrical. If lightning strikes outside, it can carry inside via land lines.

5) Get out of boats and away from bodies of water. If you can hear thunder than you are close enough to get struck by lightning.

6) If you are caught outside, avoid standing by tall isolated objects such as trees. Find a grouping of small trees surrounded by taller ones, avoid bodies of water, and if there is only open spaces, look for a dry low-lying area and try to make yourself the smallest target possible. Do not lay flat on the ground, rather crouch with your head between your knees. Sheds, outhouses and tents provide no safety so keep this in mind when you are hiking or camping. Always think ahead and be prepared in the event that you are caught in a thunderstorm and if possible, turn around on your trip and head home.

Power Outage Tips

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

When a heavy storm hits your area, your power may go out.  Most of us have experienced it before.  It can range from a minor inconvenience that lasts less than an hour, to a multi-day event that requires safety precautions be taken.

If your refrigerator loses power, food and other perishables are safe to consume if the outage lasts 4 hours or less.  After this period, bacteria can grow and cause food to be unsafe to eat. Medications that need to be refrigerated can lose their potency if warmed too much.  Most medications are still effective up to 24 hours after a power loss.  Still check each label to verify. After that period, discard all medications unless otherwise noted.

If an outage occurs in either the winter or summer, extreme temperatures can come into play.  Both heat stroke and hypothermia can affect people if the building without power has no means of temperature regulation.  If too hot, seek out a commercial space that has a generator powering an air conditioning system.

Be Prepared For A Hurricane

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

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
  • Matches
  • 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 Trumbull Monroe Northern Bridgeport 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!!