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Flood Damage In Your Hartford Office

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Let Our Pros Clean Flood Damage When Your Hartford Office Is at Risk

Like many Hartford business owners, you bid out the cleaning chores to a professional service. This time and task saver has worked out well, but flooding in the offices of your company is a cleanup job that differs significantly from the day to day efforts of the team you have on contract. Our managers and technicians master a wide range of water and flood event recovery strategies during their completion of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses. We can help you navigate a flooding cleanup event.

Flood Recovery Can Be a Maze
The agenda needed to clean flood damage in your Hartford office building must be flexible while always meeting or exceeding restoration industry standards. No two sites are the same, and locating all the spaces and items compromised by floodwater requires a deliberate process that anticipates and responds to both expected and unexpected cleaning challenges. Expect us to thoroughly inspect the affected areas to ensure that we have a firm grasp of the following:

    •    Flood source(s) and entry sites(s)
    •    Contamination category of the fluids
    •    Visible migration and damage to structures
    •    Obscured migration and damage to structures (requires moisture detection and monitoring devices)
    •    Damage to fixtures and contents

Business Operations During Flood Clean Up
The biggest question for SERVPRO’s business customers often is not whether we can complete the project effectively, but how much disruption the flood clean up can cause. We have experience employing a broad range of plans of action that permit you to carry on most of your operations as the flood damage abatement proceeds. Clear communication with your and your insurer throughout is essential. We can offer, among other options:

    •    Emergency mitigation in areas critical to your business -- examples are removing wet carpet and residual moisture from solid surfaces like tile and terrazzo to create a temporary workspace for your employees
    •    Containment of the affected area using 6-mil polyethylene and air scrubbing technology to seal off unaffected spaces as we clean the flood damage
    •    Pack-outs of saturated furnishings for restoration at our production facilities while you use short-term substitutions to create temporary work stations for your staff

The benefits of partnering with SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford during flood clean up are extensive. Call us at (860) 667-9191 to schedule an evaluation and discuss the opportunities available.

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Use Our Experience with Flood Damage Remediation in Hartford to Boost Your Success

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

broken window due to a storm Storm damage can increase if entry points into the home are not dealt with. Stop the rainwater by contacting SERVPRO right away.

Storm and Flood Damage Cleanup in Hartford

Heavy rains have the potential to unleash storm and flood damage at any time of the year. When this happens, basements tend to get the brunt of the water loss.

When locally heavy rains and high winds broke a window in a finished Hartford basement, it resulted in storm and flood damage, the incoming water saturated the wall under the window and pooled in an area on the floor. Technicians boarded up the window to inhibit any further damage. 

Fast Room Scoping and Water Extraction

Fortunately, the floor was cement, and the SERVPRO technicians did not have tile flooring delaminating or wet carpeting to deal with. They removed the water using their portable pumps with a squeegee attachment and performed controlled demolition on the sheetrock. They removed the fiberglass insulation with a specialized vacuum and bagged it for cleaning and reuse. Items in the basement that received no water loss were moved to a safe area in the home during the cleanup and drying process.

Drying the Basement

Once the techs opened the walls down to the cinderblock, they set up their air movers and dehumidification equipment to bring down the moisture in the room quickly. The technicians set drying goals and carefully monitor the process to ensure that the room meets the preset air quality goals. This assists in avoiding issues such as mold and musty odors. 

An upholstered chair and sofa received water damage as they were where the rain first entered the basement via the broken window. Technicians tented the cushions for expedited drying and set up air movers to dry the furniture. The legs of the sofa and chair were stainless steel, so there was no danger of wood stain getting on the cement floor, but the techs raised the furniture on blocks during drying to better direct airflow above and below.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 when you need help with storm and flood damage in your home. The certified team has the training, equipment, and experience to make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Flood Damage Experts Discuss Assessing Contamination and Threats In Hartford

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

flooding damaged property Whether you need our potent biocides or controlled demolition tactics, let our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team help.

Assessing Contamination and Threats in Hartford with Job Scoping

Inspections and assessments are vital first steps that our technicians and project management must take for Hartford homes affected by flooding. As widespread as loss concerns might be in this case, our team leaders have sophisticated equipment to not only deduce the extent of water migration but also begin to document potential contamination threats that might exist as well. The presence of a contaminant can be a hazard to homeowners and their pets after a flood loss.

Natural flooding is often speculated to introduce contamination with the flood damage in Hartford homes. The approach of our SERVPRO technicians to address these concerns is direct, as we have many potent cleaning products that can help to eliminate germs, bacteria, and other foreign particulates in the standing water. If the saturation of materials makes restoration unwise or impossible, we have a dedicated team of general contractors capable of providing controlled demolition and later reconstruction as required.

Environmental testing and sampling can often be an expensive approach and not one that provides instantaneous results for our customers, so recommending a third-party specialist to perform this can in itself allow for conditions to worsen in your home waiting for results. Instead, our team can identify the most saturated of construction materials and contents and remove them from the household. Once the area has gotten dried, rebuilding and reconstruction can quickly follow.

We use advanced tools during the initial scoping of the job to determine the extent of water migration, such as probing moisture meters and infrared imagery. Since both of these options have their advantages and flaws, both typically get used to determine both the concentrations of moisture threats and the presence of dampness where it should not be in construction materials.

The more information that we can collect and document in the early stages of assessment help to improve our efficiency with drying and disinfection. Whether you need our potent biocides or controlled demolition tactics, let our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team help you by calling (860) 667-9191.

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We Have The Highly Trained And Skilled Technicians Ready To Restore Your Hartford Home

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

A huge water spot in a room of a home after water damage struck We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! Our team has the experience, expertise and equipment to handle any size water damage disaster. Call us right away.

Staying Safe During Water Removal Work on Wet and Damp Homes in Hartford

The introduction of water into areas that remain dry under normal, non-crisis situations can make these previously safe locations full of hazards. SERVPRO technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) during many jobs in the Hartford area. Sometimes, this precaution is not enough. Electrical hazards can bypass the PPE and cause injuries. All of our teams, including our building and reconstruction team, use these safety precautions wherever warranted.

When working on restoring a home in Hartford, especially where water removal is part of the job, we want to make the area as safe as possible. Electricity plays a large part in any mitigation work. We use effective methods to enhance our safety while keeping us efficient and capable of completing the water removal work your home needs.

The National Fire Protection Association 70 210.8 B5 requires the installation of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) in all locations within six feet of a water source. When a broken water pipe soaks walls, floors, and furniture, the risk of an electrical shock increases. Using portable GFCI outlets helps us manage the risk involved in working near water. These temporary units break the electrical current whenever a grounding fault occurs, protecting people from harmful shocks.

At times, running power to equipment means using long extension cords. When water damage covers the floor, we want to keep these cords elevated, instead of allowing them to lie in wet or damp conditions. We use curved plastic pieces instead of nails to prevent sharp bends in the cord that can lead to weakening over time.

Smaller shocks can happen when temporary contact is made with electricity. This might happen when handling cords or outlet strips with exposed metal components, including wiring. We cover all such places with either a plastic cover or electrical tape. Other kinds of tape can fail to provide enough protection. It only takes one strand of wire to shock someone, so repairing such electrical equipment, whether on extension cords or on equipment, requires we do so under ample lighting.

When handling electrical equipment, we take it one step more by not wearing metal jewelry that can conduct electricity. Loose-fitting non-metal jewelry can also pose safety risks if they get caught in the moving parts of any equipment. 

Signs explaining problems with electrical outlets or equipment help to keep us and our customers safe. If you see these, please do not ignore the warnings stated on the tag or sign. Also, please do not remove them. Operating equipment before it has been serviced can cause serious injuries. As soon as servicing finishes, the person repairing these items removes the warning.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford has highly trained and skilled technicians ready to safely perform any size water removal job at your home. Call us at (860) 667-9191 for round-the-clock service. 

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A Team That Reliably Removes Fire Damage in Hartford

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck parked in a driveway. SERVPRO is the team that you want to walk you through the fire damage in your Hartford home.

Hartford residents, we will always have your back with your fire damage.

Connecticut homeowners may be aware of the precautions they need to take with space heaters and other fire risks. Still, there are many different circumstances under which fires can occur. Bathrooms, for example, are the origin point of 23% of home fires in the United States. Whether a light fixture or appliance failure catches fire, cleaning up after this kind of disaster can be especially risky. Soot residues in a part of the home that is exposed to so much humidity can turn those residues acidic, corroding plastics and metals alike over time.

If you need disaster cleanup after your Hartford home has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to your home at a moment's notice. Cleanup can start within hours of your call to maximize safety and minimize structural damage to your home. SERVPRO knows that fires can occur at any time of the year. If your home is affected by disaster during the holidays, you can always contact this team for your cleanup needs.

Filing a Claim After Fire Damage

Most insurance policies require homeowners to file claims for fires as soon as possible. After you call, you can be required to submit a "proof of loss claim," which includes a detailed list of lost items and their monetary value. The faster you act, the more quickly you can receive compensation and get contacted by an adjuster.

Be sure to include the following information in your claim:

  • When the loss occurred, the type of damage, and its location
  • Any related injuries or other people involved
  • Condition of the home after the disaster and detailed descriptions of damaged items
  • Any temporary repairs made to the residence due to fire
  • A copy of a police report

How SERVPRO Restores Your Home

One of the most persistent issues that can come up after a home fire is the spreading of odors throughout the home through the HVAC system. SERVPRO technicians can use commercial-grade equipment for odor control as well as agitating tools to dislodge soils from your vents to minimize the spread of odors.

One of the most effective deodorizing techniques available after a home fire occurs is thermal fogging. Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) can dispense a solvent-based deodorizer as dry vapor, which penetrates surfaces much like smoke does during a fire. Solvents then bind with odor-causing particles to eliminate them. In combination with other measures such as deodorant pellets and odor counteracting beads, there are a plethora of ways to leave your home odor-free once more.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (860) 667-9191 for fast disaster cleanup.

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We Are The Experts You Can Trust In Hartford After A Flood

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A room with a ceiling that gave way and debris all over the floor after a storm The roof gave way from a severe wind storm and broke the ceiling tiles and debris scattered in this room. We arrived right away to begin restoration.

Flood Damage Affects Wood Flooring In Your Hartford Area Home

Obviously, the faster we remove water, the less damage it can do. However, it also helps to work with a professional who knows how moisture affects different materials to dry them properly. Permeance and exposure time are two significant variables professionals use to determine the amount of damage to specific materials. 

The time it takes the homeowner to respond and how they react to flood damage in their Hartford area property play a severe role in the quality of the restoration they receive. The same goes for the response time of your restoration expert, 24-hour emergency cleanup and restoration services are an absolute must when dealing with this type of damage on your property.

SERVPRO technicians understand how wood naturally contains moisture; the average moisture content of structural wood in North America is 10%. Wood expands when it absorbs excess moisture and often warps. Expanded boards push against each other and buckle at the joints where boards meet, or at the wall. The amount of buckling depends on how much moisture gets absorbed and the type of wood that exists.

Buckling and warping may become permanent, requiring replacement if not dried properly. Refinishing cannot remove this type of flood damage. Therefore, SERVPRO technicians use a variety of equipment to extract water and dry saturated wood floors in a quick, efficient manner. 

  • Cupping occurs when water gets absorbed through the bottom or sides of the wood. The edges raise, or “cup” slightly.
  • Crowning can happen when the top of the wood holds more moisture than the sides or bottom. Wood arches upward in the center, creating a bowed shape. 

Particleboard, plywood, and oriented strand board (OSB) are durable enough to withstand some exposure to moisture. However, these materials are at-risk, if put together with glue that can dissolve in water. In such cases, plywood may delaminate while particleboard and OSB disintegrates, and all three can swell, warp, or buckle.

Moisture affects wood framing within your structure, in rare situations, wood warps to the point of disrepair. Finishes on wood affect both the absorption and evaporation rate by making the wood’s surface less porous.

At SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford, we stand ready to answer your call, providing expert cleanup and flood damage restoration services you can trust. (860) 667-9191.

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We Discuss Different Types of Monitoring Necessary During Flood Restoration In Your Hartford Home

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Different Types of Monitoring Necessary During Flood Damage Restoration in Hartford

Restoring damage caused by flooding incidents takes several distinct steps. The importance of some of the steps, such as water extraction, is obvious. However, there are other equally important aspects, such as monitoring, which you might consider optional.  Hiring a professional to restore your property after flood damage ensures all aspects are given the right priority.

Monitoring Water Migration
The effects of water on different materials after flood damage incidents in Hartford differ depending on the type of material and duration of exposure. Also, through actions such as gravity action, wicking or capillary action, water finds its way from the original access point to other sections within the property. Without proper monitoring, it is possible to leave unwanted moisture in materials or hidden areas such as subfloors, which can lead to mold development, among other problems. Our SERVPRO technicians have a variety of moisture detection equipment, including moisture meters, sensors, and thermal cameras, which help reveal all problem areas.

Monitoring Contaminants
Generally, flooding incidents are considered black water loss events meaning the levels of contamination are high. Therefore, it is crucial to remove all porous materials reached by the water for disposal. However, since an incident might involve water from uncontaminated sources such as rainwater filtering in from the roof, some of the affected areas might not be contaminated. Our SERVPRO technicians use a simple tool like a Luminometer to monitor and confirm the presence of contaminants, especially on surfaces, thus determining whether cleaning efforts are sufficient.

Monitoring the Drying Process
After completing all other restoration processes such as demolition and cleanup, moisture control is essential. It usually involves setting up drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers for a period.  Monitoring the drying process helps ensure the desired results are achieved. Our SERVPRO technicians check the loss site, 24 hours after placing the drying equipment. We also take atmospheric readings to verify the effectiveness of the drying process. We also adjust the equipment where necessary.

The dynamics keep changing during the restoration of flood damage, so monitoring is essential. Call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 to assist. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Quick and Easy Remediation For Fire Damage

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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How Hartford Homes Can Benefit from Ozone Deodorization

While there are specific hazards present in the immediate effects of ozone units to contend with deodorization after a Hartford fire, there are many circumstances where this approach is the most efficient and capable of available options. Understanding how your home can benefit from the use of this generator is vital to understanding our focused approach to removing harsh odors in your house following the extinguishment of a fire. 

Removing fire damage in Hartford homes like lingering odors, our SERVPRO team has multiple options at our disposal. Based on the situation and the severity of the conditions, we can choose among:

  • Thermal foggers / UV foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines

Similar to the chambers that we have in our SERVPRO facility for the content management of odor-damaged belongings of our customers, portable ozone units are a useful tool for a house. These machines create and emit ozone, which bonds with the odor compounds left after the fire and neutralizes them on contact. There is no discernible scent left in its place. Ozone has also been an effective agent against bacteria as well, making it another wise choice if contamination could be an issue.

One of the distinct advantages of using ozone for deodorization is that the gas can penetrate and permeate construction materials, ducts, window treatments, structural cavities, and carpets to neutralize trapped odors. Because of its effectiveness, not all contents in a fire-damaged home must get removed with the pack-out process and stored at our nearby facility.

Using ozone machines is not without any risk, however. Because of its effectiveness and power, it can be harmful to those exposed directly to these effects. It is best to start the machine, vacate the property, and return a full hour after the cycle of the generator is set to end.

We strive to provide every customer with an efficient approach to overcoming the obstacles after a fire. With scents, the shortest path for many is the use of ozone machines. Our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford can explain more about these machines and how they can help when you give us a call at (860) 667-9191.

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Our Team Is Available 24/7 To Restore Your Hartford Property

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

A Rover working to dry the carpet in a home after they suffered water damaged Our industry certified technicians are equipped with the latest restoration equipment available like the “Rover” pictured here.

Water Removal in Hartford Properties Must Address Upholstered Furniture and Saturated Carpets 

Finding your Hartford home flooded from a broken pipe when you return home from work can put your life in turmoil. No matter what your plans were for the evening, this is a crisis that needs your immediate attention. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year because we know that emergencies can happen at any hour of the day or night.

When a homeowner in Hartford calls for water removal and extraction services, they can depend on us to get their house's interior back to average moisture content percentages. SERVPRO's employees work in teams so accomplishing the goals of each job happens quickly. We understand that your family did not ask for such disruptions and the stress that comes along with them.

Because water migrates from wet areas into drier locations, we often isolate large items that retain large amounts of water. Your furniture, especially sofas and larger stuffed chairs, can hold onto water because of the upholstery blocking air currents. While this type of fabric often comes with a stain repellent, its weave can keep air from penetrating enough to whisk moisture out. Leather furniture also poses the same challenge.

We often use drying chambers to get these pieces dry again. These chambers are temporary enclosures, made out of clear plastic, and large enough to allow air currents to pass around the items inside. At one location, we place an air mover that pushes dry air inside, and at another location, we situate a desiccant machine to strip the air of any moisture before releasing it back into your house. In certain situations, we might exhaust the dampened air out a window, but this only happens when the air outside is relatively dry compared to the air inside.

With carpets, we often force air underneath it. However, when a carpet contains smaller areas that got wet, we can use a weighted instrument that forces the water out while simultaneously extracting it through a suction unit. This tool, often called 'the claw' (although it does not cause any water damage to the pile of the rug), can also help us remove stains if we treat them early enough. 

Removing water to dry out your home happens much more swiftly when we treat more heavily saturated items separately. SERVPRO's services are always scalable and never too much, nor ever inadequate. Call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 after your home takes on water and you want it dry again as quickly as possible.

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SERVPRO Has The Best Practices For Restoring Your Hartford Home After A Flood

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

a ceiling and wall covered in water damage after a flood Rainwater traveled through the attic and then to the ceiling and walls of the living room in this home.

Flood Damage is Not Always Just Water in Hartford Properties

One of the worst things about flood damage is that the groundwater picks up everything it comes into contact with along the way and brings it into your property. This can include not only copious amounts of water but debris, mud, chemicals, and sewage.

Working on a home in Hartford with flood damage, SERVPRO technicians know they are likely to deal with a myriad of problems to turn the property around. First and foremost, the goal of each job is to limit loss for property owners.

Why SERVPRO?

Flood loss is one of the most damaging things a homeowner faces. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training to learn the best practices for restoring a wide array of damage types. The technicians also learn testing methods to determine the methods and applications for cleaning. This expertise saves property owners the cost of replacement for items.

Pack Out Assists in Saving Possessions

SERVPRO technicians inspect and remove items one by one to determine if they have restoration potential through the cleaning methods. This method often surprises anxious homeowners who assume anything that got wet is a loss. The organization of a pack out ensures that each item has a chain of custody and after the cleanup efforts complete in the home, technicians move in the things to their respective original placements in the house.

Floor Cleaning Tools

It is not uncommon to find SERVPRO technicians cleaning up debris and sludge from a flood damage with shovels, squeegees, and mops to move it out as fast as possible. Water extraction applications happen at the same time to prep the affected areas for drying.

Drying Actions to Lessen Loss

Flood cuts have the description as a controlled demolition action for a good reason; the action is literally cutting away the flood damage. The technicians measure above the water line in damaged sheetrock and cut it cleanly away. This action halts any further wicking of the groundwater and opens up the wall for rapid drying.

Cleaning and Disinfection

After drying, the cleaning and disinfection work begins to prep the water loss areas for reconstruction. SERVPRO technicians a broad spectrum of cleaners dependent upon the surfaces that require cleaning. Bactridies and antimicrobials are standard after flood loss to ensure the property is left sanitary.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 is ready to clean up and restore any amount of flood damage in a home. The technicians are prepared to work 24/7 and arrive soon after your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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