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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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How SERVPRO Uses Software to Help Manage Flood Loss Events

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician, holding equipment, walking beside SERVPRO van Our team is always on call and ready to handle your water damage emergency.

Software That Helps Hartford Shops in Flood Loss Situations 

The restoration industry is an evolving commerce that continues to grow and expand using the latest technology. These advancements allow qualified technicians like ours to provide lasting impacts on Hartford businesses suffering water and flood losses. With hundreds of shops throughout the city, our premier restoration team finds new strategies and methods. Our goal is to provide efficient and thorough service that gets your doors back open as quickly as possible. We have embraced the technological advancements of the industry and provided some SERVPRO specific spins on these advanced strategies. 

While software cannot help us dry or extract flood damage in Hartford shops in the business districts, it can help us to manage these emergencies better. As much as industry professionals and insurance adjusters can benefit from our monitoring software, we also encourage our commercial clients to gain a more intimate understanding of our Emergency READY Profile Program to help share vital data about your business during a crisis. 

SERVPRO DryBook

DryBook software is a program that allows us to document the drying process in flooded area businesses. We know that time is money in commercial projects, and you want up-to-the-minute information whenever possible about the progress of both drying efforts and other related tasks. This software is unique to our brand and can help us to coordinate information between our personnel, your insurance provider, and the customer to keep everyone on the same page. 

Emergency READY Profiles 

This program is one that our SERVPRO team is helping to implement to save our commercial customers time and money during a crisis. This no-cost assessment of your business can help to identify vital information you can use during an emergency. Data such as shut-off valves and emergency contact information can help prevent widespread catastrophe. This free app also gives access to those that need to notify our team about disasters in progress. The faster we get informed about flooding, for instance, the less destruction standing water can cause.   

Software and technology are changing the way that we can interact with our customers and help them to make loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” If you want to know more about the way we are expanding our restoration practices during flood losses and other emergencies, give our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team a call today at (860) 667-9191.

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Revealed: Quick Action Leads to Storm Damage Remediation Success in Hartford

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded living room with floating couch Don't let your Hartford living room turn into this. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Storms with High-Powered Winds Can Damage the Roof on Hartford Residential Properties

Hartford's proximity to the Atlantic causes a high number of storms to happen every fall. Some bring winds that reach very high speeds. The wind's intensity can create openings in the exterior of the home, causing various types of damage to start happening.

In Hartford, storm damage often affects the roof. When a roof contains gaps and missing shingles, rain, snow, and even ice can come into your attic space. Not only does moisture find a way in, but pests can also make use of such new openings, soon causing infestations and other forms of destruction. When water saturates wood long enough, rot can start. The weight of any significant snowfall can cause the roof to collapse.

Once moisture starts to affect the attic area, insulation becomes compressed and unable to function with your heating and cooling system. During the winter, your heating bills can escalate because of the warmth escaping through the attic and the roof. Replacing new insulation stops this waste from recurring, resulting in reduced utilities every month.

SERVPRO technicians and members of our building department know how to efficiently work together to restore your house and mitigate the area. Controlling the spread of any deterioration means we can more easily get things cleaned up for you. Rebuilding areas that became damaged is part of this and helps ensure that mitigated areas also look like they did before the stormy weather.

Other areas that can succumb to damage from storms include gutters and downspouts, basements and foundations, windows, siding and trim, among other components of your property. Our building crew can help with many of these areas when storms or flooding damages them. No matter what your property's needs might include, SERVPRO has the technicians and the equipment to restore things, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford knows how to restore your roof after destructive wind and rain passes through the area. Call our 24-hour service line, (860) 667-9191, any hour of the day or night, year-round. We have the skills, knowledge, and dedication your house needs.

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Why Water Removal Must Happen Quickly in Hartford Homes

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a laundry room, with a washer and dryer. We know how quickly a water damage in your Hartford home can get away from you.

SERVPRO can walk you through how-to's and Whys for your water damage in Hartford.

Substantial water loss incidents can quickly threaten Hartford homes by moving away from the point of origin and affecting multiple areas of the property. As detrimental as standing water can be for your home, the priority in this situation must be getting the supply of this damage shut down so that professional restoration specialists can get to work on what must happen to return your property to preloss condition. As a premier restoration company in the area, we have state-of-the-art solutions and equipment to address water losses efficiently.

As water removal in Hartford homes is the priority of our arriving SERVPRO professionals, we arrive with multiple tools and machines to help. We have powerful tools ranging from the highly mobile wet-vacs with extraction wands to the shaft-driven extractor trucks in our Green Fleet. As soon as our professionals arrive, we can begin these mitigation tactics to remove standing water from surfaces susceptible to oversaturation.

One of the main reasons that restoration work must begin so quickly when standing water threatens the property is how quickly these conditions can penetrate flooring and walls. Elements like drywall and specific natural wood flooring options both have a high porosity rating. When exposed to standing water, or even excessive moisture, these materials can begin absorbing it. Even in a short period of a few days, this saturation can change the composition of these materials, allowing them to swell, distort, warp, and erode.

Should these affected materials need to get replaced, you might consider the installation of water-resistant or waterproof flooring. With a purchase like this, you want options with the lowest possible porosity rating like ceramic tile, vinyl flooring with tight seams, and similar selections. While you cannot always expect a water loss incident to occur, there are clear benefits to thinking ahead to the possibility that another could happen.  

Flooring and the walls of your home can quickly absorb moisture from standing water and become ruined. Without the fast and deliberate response of our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team, it can be challenging to know you have successfully removed moisture and dampness from affected areas. Let our professionals help you by calling (860) 667-9191.

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Are Smoke Odors Lingering After Fire Damage in Your Hartford Home?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged room.  soot around window Long after the fire is extinguished, smoke odors persist. SERVPRO has the know how to remove the odors.

Containing Odor after a Fire Damage Event in Your Hartford Home

Fire damage situations are usually associated with the odor problem. All the odors at the site are not the same since the fire must have consumed several items whose chemical composition is different. It can be a challenging task to come up with a unique method to counteract the different smells. Even having modern equipment is not enough to determine all the sources of the smells within your Hartford home.

To eliminate the odor problem from your Hartford property after a fire damage event, we make use of multiple deodorization techniques. Though we are usually successful as far as neutralizing the smell is concerned, it is hard to know the primary deodorization procedure that eliminated the odor. There are two key aspects of deodorization that you need to differentiate during the odor elimination process: odor removal and odor control.

Removing the source of the odor is usually the first step that our SERVPRO technicians perform during the fire deodorization process. After that, we clean the site to remove any remaining residues. In some cases, the odor molecules suspended in the surrounding air, so, we perform air scrubbing and ventilation to address such a problem. We are going to look at some of the procedures we use to do odor control.

Chemical containment is the first step in controlling odors. This process aims to prevent the vaporization of smell-causing molecules into the air. We achieve that by spraying a chemical deodorizer which forms a wall-like barrier that stops evaporation of molecules from the smell-causing material. It means we have to direct the spray to the surfaces where the odors are originating.

At this point, our SERVPRO technicians can go ahead and perform vapor odor control, which is a procedure that contains the odor molecules that are already airborne before we have performed chemical containment. During this step, we apply deodorants that release vapors, which neutralize the smells. Lastly, we can perform thermal fogging as part of the odor control process.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford can perform a stress-free fire damage restoration process in your commercial or residential property. Call (860) 667-9191 to learn more about our industry-proven restoration procedures.

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Fast Response to Flooding Emergencies in Hartford Homes

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in parking lot with their employee walking with equipment.  SERVPRO has the response team you need for all your flood needs in Hartford.

We want to be the team that is there for all of your needs in Hartford.

One of the most rewarding aspects that we can offer our Hartford customers is our fast response in their time of need. We know that many of the other options in the area might make you wait for standard business hours before they can accept your call and dispatch trained personnel to help you. Our SERVPRO team has an entire crew of dedicated professionals accredited in every niche of the restoration industry available 24/7 to help whenever the situation arises. This same response amid a crisis is vital to protecting your home, its occupants, and the contents of the property as well.

You might think flood damage in Hartford is an inevitability, and for some, this might be true. How you respond to these circumstances is the difference between excessive out of pocket expenses and time-consuming restoration work to return your property to preloss condition. When it comes to flood damage recovery, the tasks fall to several divisions of our qualified technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA), including: 

  • WRT – Water Restoration Technicians
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying
  • AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians
  • UFT – Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians
  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technicians
  • OCT – Odor Control Specialists
  • Biohazard recovery and cleanup

The SERVPRO professionals that we dispatch to flood loss events have the training and expertise to work quickly on reducing the presence of water in every damaged portion of your property. We arrive with ready trailers stocked with an array of extraction tools, including our portable sump pumps, trash pumps, and wet-vacs. For more extreme standing water situations, we have a shaft-driven, truck-mount pump capable of pulling 300 psi.

The faster that our professionals can respond to these situations, the better protected your property becomes. We can continue mitigation efforts immediately following extraction efforts, so we can prevent most, if not all, installed materials from requiring removal and reconstruction.

Flooding is a situation that no homeowner has gotten fully prepared to face, and as such, it should be the responsibility of qualified SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford specialists. We have a full range of leading tools and equipment to make any flood loss scenario “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call whenever disasters strike at (860) 667-9191.

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Call Us 24/7 To Restore Your Hartford Schools After Flood Damage Hits

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

This photo shows the muddy debris from the groundwater that entered this school corridor. SERVPRO had the advanced equipment for water extraction.

How SERVPRO Handles Commercial Flood Damage in Hartford Schools

Water damage in any type of business or municipal building is bad enough. Then factor in the added challenges of cleaning up a groundwater intrusion. This type of loss is particularly daunting due to the potential for the water to carry in debris, mud, and contaminants. Safety for both employees and the public is a priority.

When cleaning up commercial flood damage in a Hartford school, SERVPRO technicians first test the water on arrival. It is vital to determine the nature of any toxins or contaminants in the water, so we apply the proper cleaners to sanitize the property. If there was anything fortunate about the incident, the only positive side was that the kids were on summer break and very few people needed to access the property during mitigation.

We partitioned off the water-loss affected area to stop other people entering the building from coming into contact with the groundwater while we cleaned it up. SERVPRO technicians wear protective gear and have certifications for handling category three biohazards safely. 

Common issues we handle during flood cleanup:

  • Debris brought in with the groundwater-Mud and dirt are a common feature with flood damage 
  • Flood damaged sheetrock-When exposed to water, it wicked moisture quickly and required flood cuts to remove the damaged building materials while leaving portions without water damage in place. 
  • Water follows the path of least resistance-We scope all areas to determine pathways of water migration and ensure no areas of excessive moisture are left. 
  • Move out furnishings for cleaning-Fortunately, the classroom desks and chairs were constructed from rust-resistant metal and had the potential for cleaning and disinfection. 

Mold is a genuine concern after any type of flood damage, and our technicians set drying goals for the property with this in mind. While zero is not an attainable goal, mold does not thrive under 45% humidity, and we dry the structure until we hit our pre-set mark. Once dry, we disinfect and perform any needed odor treatments to return the school building to its preloss condition and get it ready for class.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford stands ready to support our local community whenever there is commercial flood damage. Call us 24/7 at (860) 667-9191 no matter how large or small because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Professionals Discuss The Common Safety Hazards After A Flood In Your Hartford Home

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Contact our certified technicians at (860) 667-9191, and we can make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

Common Safety Hazards After Flood Damage In Hartford Homes

Flood damage has the potential to strike any time of the year. When it does, homeowners need to engage cleanup efforts as quickly as possible. Before our emergency response team arrives on-site, there are things you can do to help minimize loss to the home.

When flood damage hits your Hartford home, you need to ascertain the type of water that has entered the home. Rainwater comes into the house from sources such as a leaky roof or a broken window allowing rain into the home. This type of storm damage is known as a category one or clean water event. As long as cleanup efforts begin quickly before bacteria and odors have a chance to set up, many of the water-affected items have restoration potential.

The other type of water intrusion is groundwater. This kind most often happens during flash floods in this area of the State and whatever the water runs through gets brought along with it, frequently bacteria and sewage are found in this type of home flood. Here are a few actions you can do before water cleanup efforts begin to limit the loss:

    •    If groundwater is in the room, do not come into contact with it.
    •    For clean water spills, move items away from the leak or area where water enters the home if it's safe to do so.
    •    Turn off the electricity and gas to the house if you can do so safely.
    •    Flood water that has reached above wall plugs carries the danger of shock avoid turning on lights or entering these areas if the electricity is still active.

SERVPRO technicians arrive at your property usually within an hour after the initial call, and we immediately scope the property to determine the migration path of the water. After a thorough extraction and drying, we remove non-restorable items and perform any odor and disinfection needed. If any building materials show damage, our technicians remove them as required and notate them as repairs needed to return the home to its preloss condition. We do not stop until the home is clean, sanitary, and odor-free.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford knows when our local community has flood damage, they need help immediately, not the next business day. Contact our certified technicians at (860) 667-9191, and we can make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

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How Portable Power Can Help with Fire Recovery in Hartford

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can bring the POWER to you, when you have a fire damage in Hartford

We care about our Hartford neighbors, especially in a time were we can help.

Many disasters that can affect a Hartford home can do more than structural damages. In many fire loss scenarios, for example, the power to the house can get severed temporarily and can continue to stay disconnected until much of the mitigation work completes in the property. Because so much of the equipment that our SERVPRO team uses, or tools that you might want to utilize yourself rely on electricity, portable power solutions can keep the project headed in the right direction regardless of the circumstances. 

Even without fire damage to Hartford homes, the acquisition of a moderate-sized generator can be a wise purchase for an area homeowner. With the severe weather that can get expected, power outages are never out of the question – not to mention their application in situations like this fire loss recovery. Smaller units might not have the capability to support running multiple high-consumption restoration tools like hydroxyl/ozone machines, carpet cleaning devices, and even deodorizers. A moderate to large generator, even rented from a local home improvement location temporarily, can ensure that you never run out of power. 

While our SERVPRO team can utilize our large trailered generator solutions that produce far more in portable power than we would need to recover a single home, it also provides multiple options in approaches to restoration and mitigation for the property. Containment strategies employing filtering units can get used alongside recovery tools for cleanup, debris removal, controlled demolition, and restoration. 

This multi-faceted approach powered by one central unit can increase the efficiency of this cleanup to get you back in the house more quickly. Generators can also be instrumental in more comfortable recovery efforts for workers as well, allowing filtering of the air within the property as well as running air conditioners or heaters depending on the season in question. 

Portable power solutions are priorities of our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team, as many damaging circumstances can sever the connection to specific utilities. If you are attempting to go about fire loss restoration on your own, ensure you have the right tools and the right power solutions for the job. Give us a call anytime you need us at (860) 667-9191.

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