Why Choose SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County as Your Restoration Specialists?
Greg Geaski, owner of SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County
What makes SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County different from the other guys?
We are locally owned by Greg Geaski, who also owns SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford and SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington. Greg is a Connecticut native who has lived here his entire life and is part of our community. Greg acquired SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County over a year ago and has made his commitment to the community and customer satisfaction the cornerstone value of this franchise.
When a leader has a clear focus and commitment, the people he hires will also. Our property managers, office staff and technicians are all held to a high standard of accountability and reliability and are expected to give 100% on every job.
Our team meets (and often exceeds!) that expectation. Our customers often let us know how impressed they are with the level of service and attention to detail that they have received.
“I wanted to tell you that we are impressed with how our belongings were cleaned, packed, labeled and returned to us. Everything is so carefully packed. The men who delivered our things to us were very helpful and conscientious as well"
“Eric did an excellent job and we were very pleased. Wanted to thank him again!”
“I want to thank you and your team for coming to our rescue after our sewer pipe broke in the basement. You and your team have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Tim cleaned and cleaned and cleaned, never complaining using his sense of humor to help me through. The care he used cleaning and saving my Mom's ceramic Christmas decorations that are irreplaceable to me were as if they were his own Mom's treasures. Everyone on your staff has been helpful and caring right down to your secretaries.”
Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction and we stand by that.
We know that Brookfield area home and business owners have a choice when they have a mold, fire or water disaster. A Google search will reveal a dozen companies trying to sell their restoration services. Our reputation as a local company who will not consider the job complete until our customers are satisfied is what makes us stand out among the rest. What you will find sets us apart is that if a customer has a concern, we will work with them to make sure any problems are resolved.
The SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield team has specialized training and over 30 years of experience in storm damage restoration, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial services and duct cleaning services.
Call us at (203)743-5362 if you need restoration or cleaning work done in your Bethel area home.
Can Mold Grow Inside Your Home's Ventilation System?
Mold can grow in your home's HVAC system, causing it to be spread throughout the air in your home.
Did you know that mold can grow in the air vents of your home?
When your air conditioning is running and cool air flows through your duct work on hot days, the moisture in the air can condense inside the vent. Because there is moisture present, mold can begin to grow inside the vent.
Mold spores are naturally present and are found everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, most often in an airborne state. Mold becomes a health issue when there are unnaturally high levels of spores in a building.
Spores can enter your duct work by simply blowing in from another area of the home or from the outside. Because warm, moist environments are ideal for growth, the conditions inside of the duct work are ideal for mold to spread. The dust and animal hair typically present in air ducts act as a food source for the mold.
How do I know if there is mold in my HVAC system?
When mold is present, it can cause illness to those living in the home. If your family members are having unexplained health symptoms and you haven’t found any physical signs of mold, it’s possible that it’s living hidden in your ductwork and the spores are being forcibly blasted throughout your home.
The SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield Team has over 30 years of mold remediation training and experience.
If you are concerned that you have mold in your HVAC system, call our office at (203) 743-5362 to schedule an inspection and a cleaning.
Heavy Rain Causes Water Damage to Brookfield Area Basements
When heavy rain floods a basement, the contents in the basement are often damaged as well as the structure.
When you hire SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County to restore your home after water damage, our crew members will assist you and your insurance adjustor in determining which of your possessions are salvageable.
There are a few factors which typically determine whether an item should be saved or replaced. The type of water that has flooded the home is an important factor in determining what stays and what goes. Clean water does not pose as much of a health hazard as potentially contaminated water does. If there is concern that water is contaminated from sewage or chemicals, we are unlikely to suggest it be cleaned. It's not worth the risk.
Typically, porous fabrics such as mattresses, pillows, carpeting and particle board cannot be salvaged. They absorb water quickly and are breeding grounds for mold spores to grow. However, there are cases in which we are able to clean area rugs and wood if we are called to the job quickly and the piece has not become oversaturated.
Our ability to be on the job quickly helps us minimize damage to personal possessions that have water damage. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a fit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them.
The SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County team has the experience in caring for the belongings of your Sandy Hook home. We understand that it can be difficult to part with treasured items, and do our best to help save them. If you experience a flood, calling us immediately at (203) 743-5362 will help minimize the damage.
Sewage Backups are Never a "Do it Yourself" Clean Up
The last thing that a homeowner wants to wake up to is a sewage backup. Sewage backups are NEVER a "do-it-yourself" clean up. Sewage is considered black water because it can contain harmful pathogens. Exposure to these 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
Don't take chances with your families health if you have a sewage backup in your home. Give SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County a call at (203) 743-5362 to have it cleaned up safely and professionally.
After the Fire: Contents Restoration and Protection
After taking inventory and packing your items, we securely store them until the restoration work is competed.
When you have a water or fire damage event in your home or business, not only is the your structure affected, but your belongings might be as well. The team at SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County understands that your belongings are of sentimental as well as financial value. This is why we provide services to protect and restore your belongings while restoration work is being done.
There are times when in order for a structure to be properly restored and cleaned, it is necessary to remove the contents out of the home. This might occur in the case of a fire, puffback or widespread flooding. In these cases, SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County will conduct an efficient move-out of the affected area. Our team inventories, wraps and boxes your items prior to transporting them to our secure storage facility. Pack outs provide several benefits to you as a homeowner, including:
- Protection of your belongings: If left in a wet or smokey environment, the contents of your home are vulnerable to further damage. Removing them from the structure until the work is completed keeps them safe.
- A quicker restoration process: With just the bare bones in the rooms being restored, we are able to work quicker and more efficiently which gets you back to your normal life as quick as possible.
- Off-site contents restoration: There are times when it is recommended that your contents be cleaned off-site such as in the case of wool rugs or documents.
When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs.
We have in-house storage where we can keep your belongings safe from further damage provide cleaning and restoration services for them.While your items are in storage, they are secure in their own storage containers.
Contents Claim Inventory Service
SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County offers Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). This provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We inventory your contents by going through your home and taking an inventory. This process includes taking digital photos which can be used in your homeowners insurance claim. This detailed and accurate report helps you settle your claims quicker and with less hassle.
We are proud to offer content restoration and protection services. Not all restoration companies do.
It’s another reason to choose SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County when your home has experienced fire or water damage.
Why Should You Have Your Ducts Cleaned?
With winter finally over and summer just around the corner, Sherman area homeowners with central air conditioning will soon be turning that switch to "cool". Air conditioning is certainly one of our favorite inventions to help keep us comfortable in the humid summer air in Connecticut.
At SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County, we recommend having your HVAC ducts cleaned on an annual basis. Dirt, debris and other air pollutants collect in duct work and can be spread throughout your home. In addition, dirty ducts can decrease the efficiency of your system and cost you money. Our crew will also inspect your ducts for more hazardous substances such as mouse droppings (yes, it's a favorite spot for mice), mold and mildew. Cleaning these from your system will eliminate any potential health hazards that can result from the spores being part of the air circulation in your New Fairfield home.
It's not too late to give the SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County office a call at (203) 743-5362 to schedule an appointment to have the air ducts cleaned in your Brookfield, CT home or business cleaned.
How Long Will it Take to Restore my Home After Water Damage?
The length of time that it takes to dry out a home after water damage depends on the circumstances.
How long will it take to dry out my house?
It's the question on everybody's mind when the SERVPRO team is called to your home after a water damage. And it seems like it should be an easy answer however there are a number of variables that can affect how quickly the restoration of your home will take.
When our team arrives at your home, we begin to document the cause of water damage, the extent of damage, and all surfaces involved. We then formulate a water damage restoration plan using a software program that is designed determine the number of air movers, air scrubbers and dehumidifiers are required to begin the drying process.
Of course, our team knows that there is more to this work than technical specs and we don't completely rely on a computer system. Our property managers utilize their decades of experience restoring homes and businesses after water damage in determining a treatment plan.
So, to answer the question - when will it be dry? On average, a typical house will be dry in about four days, depending on the extent of the damage. For example, vacant homes usually have more severe damage and mold may have begun to grow before the water damage was discovered, necessitating more extensive treatment.
We all want the restoration work to be done quickly and efficiently. Our crew works as a team to do the job right and allow you to go back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
Spring Showers Bring May Flowers...and Flooding to Newtown Area Homes
Spring showers bring flooding to Newtown area homes.
Spring showers bring May flowers. Sometimes these showers also bring floods that can cause water and mold damage to your home. Quick action is the key to limiting damage if you have flooding. Here are some actions that can prevent mold from growing in your Bethel home.
- Protect your belongings – remove light furniture and upholstered items as well as other items that are susceptible (cardboard boxes, carpets and other porous items) from the affected area.
- Remove as much water as possible using a wet/dry vacuum.
- Use fans to circulate the air and speed up the drying process. A good rule of thumb is to run the fans for an additional week after the area appears dry.
- A dehumidifier can be used as well to remove excess moisture and dry out the room.
Water damage can easily be hidden underneath rugs or carpet, so be sure to give your home a thorough inspection if you suspect water damage. Although carpets can be steam cleaned, they are tough to treat and padding typically cannot be saved.
If you do have wall to wall carpeting in your basement that has gotten wet from flood water, give SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County a call at (203) 743-5362. We are an IICRC trained mold and water mitigation company and have the tools and expertise to treat your Brookfield home for damage.
Deciding Whether to Restore or Replace in Water Damage Restoration
Part of our job is working with you and your insurance company on deciding whether to restore or replace the damaged items in your home.
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."
Refrigerator Leaks Cause Water Damage to Newtown Homes
Refrigerator leaks can cause substantial water damage to your kitchen.
Your refrigerator operates 24-7 and is one of the hardest working appliances in your home.
Because most homeowners do not inspect their refrigerators and leaks are often hidden behind the large appliance, a breakdown or leak that causes water damage can come as a surprise.
Refrigerator leaks are most often a result of a faulty or broken ice maker or water line. While these can suddenly burst, they often present as a slow leak, causing water damage to the walls and floor over the course of time.
Preventative measures include inspection of the area behind your fridge and the hoses. Look for any signs of deterioration of the lines, hard water deposit buildup, water damage and mold on the walls and floor. You can also look at the flooring from below- your basement can often show evidence of a leak. Installing a braided stainless steel hose will reduce your risk of a water line break as well.
The crew at SERVPRO of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County has cleaned up water damage from brand new as well as old refrigerators.
A refrigerator water line leak can happen to anyone.
If you have a leak, call us at (203) 743-5362 for immediate water damage restoration service.