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What are the symptoms of mold in your Litchfield County home?

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What are the symptoms of mold in your Litchfield County home? The symptoms of mold exposure in your Bethel, CT home are headaches, respiratory problems, skin rashes and fatigue.

Toxic mold in the home is not always the first suspect when a person feels ill. We recently served a customer who had sudden onset asthma as well as a rash and itching on their legs within weeks of moving into a new home. Despite having multiple tests conducted by their physician to discover the cause, mold was never considered. There was no visible mold in the home nor any known defects that would cause mold. After a friend mentioned the possibility of mold in his new home, our customer had their Washington home tested for mold spores.  

There are several symptoms that indicate an exposure to mold, including: 

Headaches: Mold spores in the air can cause some people to have headaches. In particular, those who suffer migrane headaches are particularly sensitive to stimulants.  

Sore throat: When mold spores get lodged in the throat, they can irritate the membranes. 

Shortness of breath: Breathing in mold spores can cause respiratory difficulties in some people. They may even develop asthma or may have asthma and not realize that their asthma attacks are being trigged by the mold in their homes. 

Runny nose or sinuses: What may feel like a runny nose from a head cold or seasonal allergies could actually be a sign that you are reacting to mold spores.  

A skin rash: Topical exposure is not necessary for mold spores to cause a skin rash. Inhaling the spores can cause this reaction by the body. 

Feeling tired: Feeling exhausted despite getting adequate sleep is a sign that your body is being run down by something, and it can be mold.  

Sometimes there are no telltale signs that there is a mold infestation in your home however if you are inexplicably experiencing any of these symptoms, call SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County (203) 743-5362 for an inspection.

Protect your Bethel, CT business from water and wind damage caused by hurricanes

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect your Bethel, CT business from water and wind damage caused by hurricanes Reduce your risk of disruption to business continuity by preparing your New Milford CT business for hurricanes and winter storms ahead of time.

We are deep into hurricane season and are facing Tropical Storm Jose this week in Fairfield County. If you own a business in the Newtown area, there is still time to prepare.  Having a carefully thought out emergency preparedness plan is the key to helping your business weather any storm.  

  1. Identify what risks your company faces. How will a hurricane or flooding affect your operations? Are you, or your employees, in a flood zone? Might there be difficulty passing roads to get to work?  Are there trees on your property that might fall due to high winds?After identifying your risks, come up with a detailed plan of action for each one. 
  2. Review your insurance coverage. Although your policy might protect your business from hurricane damage, make sure it protects from other secondary damages such as flooding, water damage, sewage backups and power outages.  You may choose to add business interruption insurance to your plan, as well, to cover potential loss. 
  1. Develop a communications plan. Having a solid communications plan is key to handling an emergency situation. All employees should know how information will be dispersed and via what channels – whether that be texting, email or a phone call. On site employees should have a clear chain of command. Emergency resources should be identified and their information readily available. 
  1. Back up your information Losing years or even decades worth of important company information would be devastating. Make sure your data backup is located in an alternate location (away from your computer) and preferably in a weatherproof safe. Cloud backups are another good option, but they rely on internet connection, which could be limited following a hurricane. 
  1. Establish a relationship with a local plumber,contractor and restoration company. Don't wait until after the damage has occurred to try to find a reliable business.  

Minimize the impact a hurricane or tropical storm has on your business ahead of time. And if you do experience water, mold or structural damage to your Brookfield area business, call SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County at (203) 743-5362 .

When your family heirlooms and important documents have mold damage in Brookfield, CT

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When your family heirlooms and important documents have mold damage in Brookfield, CT Mold on artwork doesn't mean that it can't be saved. SERVPRO of Newtown & Southern Litchfield County has a special process to kill mold spores.

On occasion, we are called to a home with mold infestation that  has damage that extends to the contents of the home. Upholstered furniture, photo frames, stuffed animals, bedding, important documents and even lampshades can become infested with mold spores. Although some household items may be disposable and not worth cleaning, there is the possibility that your families sentimental and valuable items can be saved.  

Our technicians use a specialized process called Gamma Irradiation to treat mold damaged items. This is used for cleaning, disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (Colbalt 60) producing ionization(electron disruptions) throughout a product. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause death to the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products. 

If you are concerned that the mold remediation process will result in the loss of your favorite heirlooms, give the SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County office a call at (203) 743-5362 for a consultation with one of our IICRC trained mold specialists. We have thirty years of experience in the Connecticut area and can accurately assess your situation.

Consider the Specific Needs of Your Household When Planning for National Preparedness Month

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

General Consider the Specific Needs of Your Household When Planning for National Preparedness Month Review your preparedness plan to keep your family safe from water, storm and fire damage in the Sandy Hook area.

September is National Preparedness Month, a time to go over your family's emergency plan. When establishing an emergency plan, be sure to consider the specific needs of the members of your household.  Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan: 

  • Different ages of members within your household 
  • Responsibilities for assisting others 
  • Locations frequented 
  • Dietary needs 
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment 
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment 
  • Languages spoken 
  • Cultural and religious considerations 
  • Pets or service animals 
  • Households with school-aged children 

Also consider your elderly friends or neighbors in your plan. They often need help and do not always have local family.  

SERVPRO of NEwtown and Southern Litchfield County is dedicated to helping our community when disaster happens. If you have a flood or fire emergency, call us at (203) 743-5362.

Take early action to avoid storm damage in Brookfield, CT

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Take early action to avoid storm damage in Brookfield, CT Sherman, CT basements often flood during storms. SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County can respond to your emergency quickly.

Hurricane season is upon us in Connecticut. Flooding caused by heavy rains and powerful winds can damage your roof and cause trees to fall on your home. After the storm, there can exist safety and health hazards as well, such as contaminated water from flooding and downed power lines. We recommend that you have a plan in place to deal with damage both at your home and business before and after the storm.  

Strong winds and heavy rain can cause hazards such as a damaged roof and shattered windows.  Board windows and stay away from them during the storm.  Trim tree branches around your house and consider removing dead trees that have a greater chance of falling.  

Flooding can cause standing water in the basement. Make sure any cracks are sealed and that your sump pump is properly functioning. If you know that your basement floods, remove any possessions or materials that will get wet such as carpeting and cardboard boxes.  These make the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Floodwater is often contaminated and may not be safe to walk through. 

Gas lines can fail - Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas.  

Physical hazards include broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Take caution when leaving your home after the storm and never enter an area that may not be safe.  

Power lines are often down after high winds and storms. Be sure to survey your area fully prior to allowing children and pets outside.  

Contact SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County at (203) 743-5362 if you have storm damage. We are Fairfield County experts at water restoration, mold remediation and biohazardous clean up. 

We Clean Up Sewage Backups in the Bethel, CT area!

9/3/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard We Clean Up Sewage Backups in the Bethel, CT area! Call SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County at (203) 743-5362 if you have sewage backup at your Bethlehem, CT home!

Nothing says "Good Morning" in New Fairfield, CT like a sewage backup.  Falling into the "Black Water" category, sewage backups contain harmful microorganisms. These floods are NEVER a "do-it-yourself" clean up – they always require a professional clean up. The SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County team removes sewage, contaminates and moisture, disinfecting as we clean. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences to your family. 

 Here are a few of the most common bacteria that are found in sewage and what they can do the human body: 

  • E. Coli – Causes abdominal cramping, diarrhea and occasionally death. 
  • Acanthomoeba – Causes eye, nose, throat and ear infections. 
  • Salmonella – Causes abdominal cramping and diarrhea 
  • Heliobacter Pylpri – Leads to increased chance of ulcers 
  • Hepatitis – Causes liver infection and liver failure 
  • Leptospirosis – Creates muscle aches and vomiting 

If you have a sewage backup in the Sandy Hook area, call SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County at (203) 743-5362 to have it cleaned up safely by professionals with over 20 years of experience. 

We Inspect Toxic Mold in Fairfield County Businesses and Schools

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial We Inspect Toxic Mold in Fairfield County Businesses and Schools Mold infestations in schools aren't always easily noticed and can have serious health implications. Call SERVPRO of Newtown & SLC for an inspection.

Mold infestations in schools and commercial buildings are a common problem in Litchfield and Fairfield Counties.  As commercial buildings grow older, they become increasingly vulnerable to mold due to factors like leaky roofs, a tendency towards moisture retention and the erosion of waterproofing material.   

Mold Risks in Schools 

As reported by the Health Schools Network, children are at a greater risk of exposure to mold than their adult counterparts. This is the case because the organs of small children are still in the developmental stage. A child's lungs are disproportionately large in relation to total body mass. This means that inhaled mycotoxins can have a profound impact on the child's body. Unfortunately, the school setting often creates the right condition for the development of mold. This risk can increase as the school ages. Common areas for mold growth include storage closets, cafeterias, locker rooms, and bathrooms. The mold spores can then circulate throughout the school by way of the air ducts, one of the major factors contributing to "bad air." Clean ambient air quality provides a safer environment for our students. 
 
For the prevention of these fungi from spreading in school buildings, it is important for school officials to have regular maintenance work and inspections scheduled and completed. Since malfunctioning HVAC systems and leaky pipes are the most frequently reported causes of mold proliferation, having this equipment and plumbing checked can drastically decrease mold growth in schools, or hopefully, prevent its occurrence. 

Mold Risks in Commercial Buildings 
 
Just as school buildings are susceptible to mold infestations, commercial buildings can become a hotbed for the fungi. One of the common places for mold to grow within the commercial setting is the HVAC system. The systems that are not functioning optimally or are ill-equipped to handle the workload can generate moisture buildup. This can lead to mold growth as the spores within the air ducts will adhere to organic matter and develop into mold colonies. The mold can now spread throughout the office via the A/C network. SERVPRO can inspect and, if necessary, clean, sanitize and deodorize the HVAC system as part of a regular maintenance and cleaning program. 
 
If you haven't had your New Milford area school or business inspected for mold, call SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County at (203) 743-5362 to schedule one. Our owner, Ted White, has 30 years of experience in this business and knows where to look and what to look for when inspecting for mold. He'll give you an honest assessment of whether remediation is necessary and also recommendations on how to prevent an infestation in the future. 

We respond to your storm damage calls quickly in the Bethel, CT area

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We respond to your storm damage calls quickly in the Bethel, CT area If a storm breaks a window in your home, call SERVPRO of Newtown & Southern Litchfield County to board it up to reduce the risk of water damage

When storms hit the Fairfield County area, the SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County crew is ready to respond immediately. Our owners, Ted and Kristen White have lived in the area their whole lives and know it well. They know how to respond and what resources are needed. Keri and Bianca, our office staff, are available to answer your call and assess the situation and your needs immediately. Our crew is on call nights and weekends and able to respond to your call quickly.  

By responding quickly, we can lessen the damage, limit further damage, and reduce the cost of restoration.   Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.  Whether you have a tree down on your house, a broken window that requires boarding up or flooding in your basement, our team is ready help. 

If you have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (203) 743-5362.

"Restore vs. Replace" after water damage in New Milford area homes

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage "Restore vs. Replace" after water damage in New Milford area homes Restoring home contents after a flood is preferable to replacing them if possible. Call SERVPRO at (203) 743-5362 if you have water damage.

As a SERVPRO franchise, we adhere to the SERVPRO rule of thumb that restoration is preferable to replacement if possible. Numerous insurance and restoration industry studies have concluded that restoring property after water damage is less expensive than replacing it. Restoration is also less time consuming and disruptive, meaning our customers can be in their homes and experiencing life as normal sooner after water or fire damage. Bethel area businesses will have their doors open sooner, meaning less revenue lost.

 SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County understands that a house is much more than just wood and sheetrock. It is devastating enough to see your antique wood floors water stained or your furniture covered with soot. We aim to restore these treasures, as well as family heirlooms and your children's toys, to make the experience a bit easier for Brookfield area homeowners.  

We use several methods in the restoration process including : 

Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues. 

Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning. 

Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning,  

Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned with water 

Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.  

Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.  

After your home and possessions are thoroughly cleaned, we remove odors and sanitize them so that they are ready to be returned to your home. 

Of course, there are some instances when an item, such as wet carpeting or mattresses, cannot be restored. In these cases, SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County will remove these pieces from your home and discard them ourselves. We work with your insurance adjuster to make sure you are properly compensated for damages.  Our crew and office staff are committed to make your Fairfield County home "Like it never even happened". Call us at (203) 743-5362 if you have questions about the home restoration process after you have experienced a refrigerator line leak in your Connecticut home. 

Water damage from heavy rains in New Milford, CT

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage from heavy rains in New Milford, CT If you have a flood in the basement of your Connecticut home, call SERVPRO of Newtown & Southern Litchfield County immediately to minimize the damage

Litchfield County has experienced a significant amount of rainfall this summer! With the rain, we have received several calls from Sherman area homeowners who have flooded basements.  In many houses with flooded basements, contents of the basement such as storage, tools, boxes etc. may also have water damage. 

The source of the rainwater can come from many different sources including:

  1. Water leaks in from the outside through a basement window  
  2. Sump pump failure, which can cause water overflows from your sump pump crock  
  3. Water seepage from cracks in your concrete floor or foundation  
  4. A sewer system back up into your basement 

When responding to water damage, quick action is key to minimizing the damage. If your Fairfield County basement is flooded from rainwater or a sewage leak, call SERVPRO of Newtown & Southern Litchfield County at (203) 743-5362. We are available 24/7 and ready to respond to your water damage emergency.