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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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How SERVPRO Uses Software to Help Manage Flood Loss Events

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

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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)

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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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