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Reliable and Prompt Newington Fire Damage Restoration

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

Employee carrying equipment by a SERVPRO van SERVPRO has the latest technology and IICRC-certified technicians to restore your home in Newington after fire damage.

SERVPRO Is a Leading Provider of Newington House Fire Cleanup

Managing the aftermath of Newington fire damage is an overwhelming experience for most property owners. Knowing you can call on a reputable restoration company to handle all aspects of cleaning and deodorizing structural components and contents is a great relief. You can leave the restoration in capable hands and work on other pressing post-crisis recovery issues for you and your family.

What Training and Resources Does SERVPRO Offer Customers?

The smoke and soot that contaminates the air and covers the surfaces after Newington fire damage requires specialized strategies to clear it away without permanent harm to the underlying surfaces. SERVPRO commits to enrolling workers in a comprehensive manager and technician training course from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC training prepares work crews to manage everything from safety hazard evaluation and controls through water and fire damage residue removal, finishing with drying and malodor elimination. All strategies learned have a core of extensive research. SERVPRO uses effective EPA-registered cleaning products and tools throughout the restoration project to rid surfaces of different types of fire damage soiling. 

How Does SERVPRO Apply IICRC Fire Damage Restoration Fundamentals to Your Property?

Our crews employ the knowledge mastered during IICRC classes to remove the contaminated firefighting water as a first step. Technicians classify the dirt and grime left after the combustion of various materials and match the residues to the appropriate techniques and cleaning products, tools, and tactics to dissipate, dissolve, or emulsify it for capture and disposal. Common types of residues left after the heat and flames paired with the most productive removal approaches include:

  • Dry soot is loose ashy remnants created when wood and paper burn. Vacuuming, brushing, chemical (dry) sponging, and pressurized air work well to dislodge the residue. It responds poorly to water or oil-based cleaners, which tend to smear the ash.
  • Wet soot forms a thick, sticky coating consisting of tiny particles of combusted plastic, rubber, or textiles. The closely adhered soiling is vulnerable to loosening by water or oil-based cleaning agents, wiping, scrubbing, or rinsing away depending on whether the residue is water or oil-based (like removes like).
  • Protein-based soot consists of dehydrated foods, fats, and oils superheated during a kitchen fire. The highly malodorous residue encases surfaces as a transparent lacquer-like material, tenaciously attached. Solvents and abrasive tools help break up the soot for removal.

Can SERVPRO Eliminate Smoke Odors?

Lingering smoke smells can prolong the agony of Newington fire damage for property owners. Soot particles carry the odor, and when they settle into cracks and crevices, the stench continues to undermine your quiet enjoyment of your property, even long after water and soot residue removal appears complete. When fire debris removal and deep cleaning are inadequate to eliminate smoke and soot odors, SERVPRO tries the following options until deodorization is successful:

  • Ozone treatments transfer an “extra” oxygen atom of the ozone molecule (O3) to the odor molecules, changing their chemical makeup and neutralizing the odor through oxidation.
  • Hydroxyl generators use ultraviolet (UV) energy to generate and diffuse hydroxyls and organic oxidants safely. Hydroxyls react with the volatile organic compounds (VOC) that cause odors to change into inoffensive-smelling substances and neutralize their stench.
  • Thermal fogging recreates the conditions that created the malodorous soot, pairing the smelly particles with combusted deodorants to eliminate the smoky smells.

Count on SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford when you need fast and effective fire damage mitigation and remediation. We are available 24/7 at (860) 667-9191.

Phases of Newington Water Damage Mitigation and Remediation

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

Equipment drying a water damaged floor Our industry-certified technicians in Newington are equipped with the latest water damage restoration equipment like the Injectidy System.

Research-Based Protocols Help SERVPRO with Effective Water Removal in Newington

Water damage in Newington poses a challenge for property owners. First, locating and then strategizing to eliminate the destructive moisture reliably delivers the desired results when following a research-based process. Trained technicians are vital during the evacuation of all excess water and follow up with applied structural drying to avoid secondary damage.

Who Establishes Best Practices for Restoration Professionals?

Newington water damage must resolve quickly to prevent progressive deterioration and secondary issues like mold and rusting of metal supports and fasteners. SERVPRO supports our managers and crew members through comprehensive coursework and hands-on opportunities from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is an international standards-setting and education entity, continually exploring and updating the most advantageous moisture control and elimination strategies.

What Causes Water Damage in Newington?

Homes and commercial businesses are loaded with appliances on all living and storage levels, threaded with plumbing lines, and protected from the elements with a broad range of exterior building materials. Damage from compromised waste or supply lines or winds and precipitation, as well as lack of upkeep, can destroy both the structures and contents inside a building when one or more of the following occur:

  • Burst pipes
  • Roof leaks from storms or delayed maintenance
  • Gutters and downspouts are missing, damaged, or improperly installed
  • Appliance malfunction

When your property experiences any of the above events, substantial quantities of water can spread and create adverse effects throughout building materials and contents.

How Does SERVPRO Approach Water Damage Scenarios?

An experienced IICRC-certified SERVPRO project manager arrives at your Newington property and assesses the circumstances. Although interventions might look similar from job to job, we must scope out your home or the commercial space layout. We need to identify any confined areas and recesses or cavities where fluid can hide. Mapping the location of utility lines and evaluating for hazards such as slip and fall, electric shocks, trapped fluids that could collapse structures, and exposure to toxic substances like asbestos or lead help us protect occupants and crews. Determining the level of contamination, Category 1 (least) and 3 (most), is critical. It must occur before emergency services begin. Once we control for the safety hazards, our technicians:

  • Secure exterior damage
  • Position submersible pumps, including trash pumps, for rapid removal of fluids deeper than two inches
  • Operate truck-mounted extractors and portable extractors to evacuate, contain, and dispose of as much liquid water as possible
  • Employ moisture detection and metering tools to trace the migration from the visible incursion sites and establish structural drying goals
  • Use advanced technology such as negative pressure Injectidry-systems and floor mats to pull moisture from multiple layers of building materials in floors and building cavities
  • Consider controlled demolition, including flood cuts between wall studs and punched weep or drilled/sawn holes to drain hidden water and improve airflow for drying

Does SERVPRO Perform Structural Drying Services?

Lingering moisture can fuel a mold infestation or promote continuing destruction of wet building materials. Drying with professional-grade equipment ensures that Newington water damage resolves completely. We use a scientifically-designed configuration of low-profile air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to accelerate the evaporation of excess moisture absorbed into structural components and fixtures. Our team monitors the drying process, periodically measuring the moisture content of affected materials and comparing it to the goals established earlier. Only when moisture levels reach the numbers of similar materials in non-damaged areas of your property, do we cease the drying process.

Have confidence that SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford is ready to provide fast and professional water damage restoration. Call (860) 667-9191for a reliable assessment and practical recovery plan.

Skilled Professionals Required for Newington Mold Damage Recovery

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

Containment zone setup in a mold damaged building Mold damage in your Newington home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Reliable Newington Mold Remediation and Moisture Management Are Why SERVPRO Succeeds

Mold damage for Newington property owners can feel constant worry, mainly when diligent efforts to remove growing colonies and their distinctive musty odor fall short. Hiring professional remediators is not a luxury. It is a decision that protects your structure and contents, offering a sustainable outcome that is easier on both your pocketbook and peace of mind. 

Why is SERVPRO an Excellent Choice for Property Owners Seeking Microbial Removal and Control?

Understanding how mold damage occurs in Newington is crucial to gaining a better resolution. The unpleasant and musty smell plus the dreaded sight of black or multi-colored fungal organisms spreading across surfaces frustrates property owners who have tried valiantly to curb the overgrowth. Our commitment to educating customers about the conditions that lead to outbreaks supports the reasons why SERVPRO delivers long-lasting microbial harm resolution:

  • Spores always in the environment grow into full-fledged colonies when they absorb water.
  • Access to oxygen and organic material or surfaces accelerates the spread of the organisms.
  • Light is unnecessary for the fungi's robust spread, making building cavities likely locations for infestation.
  • Lack of available moisture halts spore germination, which is why SERVPRO's expertise in water damage mitigation and remediation is uniquely valuable for inhibiting further mold damage. 

Is Moisture Management the Sole Solution for Mold Remediation?

Although eliminating moisture and completing water damage restoration is the foundation of ongoing control and prevention, a plan for removing active colonies is also necessary. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted extensive research on the most effective methods to remove existing organisms and prevent further microbial growth and harm in schools and commercial buildings. The successful protocol developed based on the research is also applicable to residential infestations; why SERVPRO uses the EPA recommendations:

  • Prepare technicians through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training in various water damage and drying specialties and as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT).
  • Provide and require the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) so technicians work safely and avoid tracking debris into other areas.
  • Inspect the customer's property, locate the growth and damage through the owner's observations, and test if a hidden spread is suspected.
  • Contain the affected workspace by wrapping with 1.6 mil polyethylene, sealed with the assistance of negative pressure air scrubbing technology that also traps drifting spores and other residues in HEPA filters before outdoor exhausting
  • Choose whether to use a broadcast spray of EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions to reduce the workspace's airborne spore. 
  • Mechanically remove the organisms with brushes, scrapers, and other abrasive tools from non-porous surfaces.
  • Consider employing controlled media blasting with soda, dry ice, or corn cobs to scrub fungi from porous building materials and hinder the embedded hyphae (root-like fungal structures) from mold damage rebound. 
  • Vacuum and wipe up residues for double bagging and lawful disposal as hazardous waste.
  • Treat now-cleaned surfaces and materials with EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit mold damage from returning.

Why Does SERVPRO Offer Mold Remediation as A Core Service?

The many organic structural components, fixtures, and contents in Newington properties suffer mold damage, risking deterioration that can weaken and even collapse the materials.

Experience with moisture management is why SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford stands apart as a mold damage remediation expert. Call (860) 667-9191 to schedule a personalized evaluation.

Strategy for Maximizing Water Damage Remediation in Hartford

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

Rain with Clogged Gutter When your home has clogged gutters, water damage can quickly follow. Contact SERVPRO to investigate, assess and then remediate the damage.

Clogged Gutters Cause Water Damage to a Hartford Home

Gutters are crucial for maintaining a dry, leak-free structure. All it takes is some clogging to bring water into your home. This moisture can seep through cracks in exterior walls, foundations, and basements to saturate structural materials and create an environment that can host mold and other bacteria. 

If your Hartford home has suffered water damage due to clogged gutters, downspout issues, or other structural maladies, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to provide you with service that aims to restore your residence to its pre-damaged condition. Technicians, staff, and franchise owners alike receive extensive training, certification, and continuing education opportunities through SERVPRO's comprehensive learning modules to ensure that all employees are knowledgeable and better able to assist homeowners with all of their needs after a disaster occurs. 

Tips for Maintaining Your Gutters

  • Clean your gutters regularly. Make sure that they are clean and free of debris. Use leaf guards to cover gutters where trees overhang the roof line.
  • Secure the gutters properly. If needed, replace gutter spikes with screws using a cordless drill for better support.
  • Apply silicone caulk to seal leaks. You can use a garden hose to check the joints and seams for potential leaks that could affect the integrity of your gutters. Clean the affected area before applying caulk.
  • Keep your downspouts in good shape. Keep them clear of debris, and ensure they point away from your home.
  • Monitor the water runoff from your downspouts. You can use downspout extensions, irrigation pipes, or splash blocks to ensure that water is diverted away from the structure.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

When SERVPRO professionals come to your home, they thoroughly inspect the affected area for water damage. A variety of moisture measurement tools are used to evaluate the source of leaks and the extent of damage to materials. This equipment can include infrared cameras to see behind structures, penetrating and nonpenetrating sensors and meters, and hygrometers that can evaluate air temperature and humidity to maximize accuracy in calculating drying times and conditions.

From there, technicians focus on extraction with portable, back-mounted water removal equipment to prepare the affected area for drying. Walls and ceilings may have weep holes or small cutouts drilled to maximize ventilation during the drying process. If fiberglass insulation has been affected by water damage, technicians may be able to salvage it after using a specialized insulation vacuum to collect the material and dry it separately from the structure.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford can ensure that your home looks "Like it never even happened." Call (860) 667-9191 for rapid disaster cleanup that can start within hours of your initial contact.

My Newington Business Has Water Damage. What Should I Do Next?

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Techs on the Scene Don't let water take over your business. We have the experienced technicians and equipment to get your business back in order. Call SERVPRO today.

SERVPRO Has Experienced Technicians That Will Assist You In Every Step Of The Water Damage Restoration Process To Get You Back To Business As Usual.



Can I Keep My Business Open During Restoration?

For any good business, one of the most significant concerns after suffering water damage is how long they need to close. Can they remain open while the office is being restored? Every business wants to keep its doors open as much as possible to avoid losing customers and revenue.

SERVPRO's objective is to complete your business's restoration after a water damage event in Newington as quickly as possible. We may be able to keep your business open during cleaning and drying activities. We can review the amount of water damage, whether it impacts the entire commercial space, and safety issues to help make this decision. Safety is the overriding concern for your employees and customers. We may be able to complete the job faster if access by customers and employees is limited; however, ultimately, this is a business decision for the commercial owner.

Can I Turn Off the Equipment During Business Hours?

There is a trade-off between running noisy equipment during business hours and trying to conduct normal business operations. The cost to run the equipment is less than $5.00 per day, depending on the loss's size. Allowing moisture to remain inside your commercial building increases the risk of mold growth and generating additional damage. Various structural components and business materials exposed to humidity increase the risk of permanent damage over an extended period.

SERVPRO strongly recommends that the equipment not be turned off at any time until moisture levels have returned to normal and your commercial space is thoroughly dried. Alternative arrangements may need to be considered, such as temporary office space, business continuity insurance to cover expenses and work from home possibilities. Our team is very much aware of these issues. We can work with your employees to mitigate the impact as much as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford (860) 667-9191 to assist with water damage restoration of your commercial space.

Deodorizing After a Living Room Fire

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

fire on Couch Disaster may strike at any time in Newington. Call SERVPRO for the fire damage restoration services needed for your property.

What Deodorization Methods are the Most Appropriate for My Newington Home

My Upholstered Furniture Smells Like Smoke; What Should I Do?

The Newington SERVPRO team cleans and deodorizes after a fire in your Newington house, you may think your furniture is unsalvageable. However, our trained restoration specialists use their knowledge to employ the proper techniques to restore your belongings and affected living space. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Do I Need to Wet or Dry Brush My Couch?

SERVPRO determines the best cleaning technique by spot-testing the fabric during your fire restoration project for your Newington property, two of your biggest concerns are cleaning and deodorizing. It is essential to clean thoroughly to help facilitate the deodorization process. However, it is equally as important to choose the correct cleaning method to prevent further damage. Technicians spot-test the fabric to determine if the residue is dry and can easily be brushed or vacuumed or if it is sticky and requires wet cleaning methods. 

What Other Methods Help Deodorize My Furniture?

  • Injection Method: Technicians inject small amounts of deodorizers using a syringe into stubborn spots on upholstery. This also works for carpets in cases when reaching the backing becomes difficult.
  • Direct Spray: After technicians clean smoke residue, they may spray deodorizers on the affected area with a hand pump or powered sprayer.
  • Deodorizing the impacted area with various techniques, including fogging, venting box fans, and air scrubbers, help remove unwanted odors to your belongings. 

Technicians may also choose to remove some of your furniture to an offsite storage facility, depending on the severity of the fire damage, so that they may best clean the item and the rest of your home. Our restoration team inventories each item during the cleaning process before returning it, restored, back to your home. 

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, Contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Fixing Roof Leaks During Flood Damage Restoration in Newington

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water Falls Ceiling When a flood hits your property, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Assists with Flood Restorations in Newington

Your home could be at risk whenever a vicious rainstorm strikes the area. Excessive rains can saturate your roof, and a leak could form if there are any holes or worn-out shingles. Wind from the storm can also cause objects like tree branches or rocks to become airborne and crash into your structure, possibly causing a hole. Windows can also break during storms causing moisture to enter your dwelling.

Whenever your home in Newington suffers from flood damage, the problems can be worse than they initially appeared. Once H2O leaks into your house, it will follow gravity and get all of your contents and building materials wet as it makes its way to your flooring. Therefore, if the moisture entering your house comes from a leaking roof, the water can negatively affect several of your building materials and contents, including your ceiling, walls, flooring, and furniture.

Services we can offer after a flood affects your home:

  • Water Extraction Services
  • Repair Damage Caused by Ceiling Leaks
  • Fix Leaking Roofs
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Water Damage Debris Removal
  • Decontamination of Contents and Structural Components
  • Structural Deodorization

In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians can dry out and save your contents and building materials. But in other cases, we could have to remove and replace items like your ceiling, drywall, or flooring. Since moisture from the outdoors could contain contaminants, we must remove any porous building materials that get wet such as your carpet and pad. If your walls get wet, we can use an injection drying system to dry the inside of your wall cavity.

If you ever suffer from a roof leak after a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191.

Eliminating Commercial Water Damage In Your Newington Property

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall Call (860) 667-9191 for disaster mitigation and restoration that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Eliminating Commercial Water Damage from a Newington Furniture Outlet

Furniture stores are packed with porous surfaces that can quickly become vulnerable to water damage. Water and mold damage cost over $2.5 billion to repair each year, and they can also cost businesses immensely in lost revenue and inventory. Fast action is necessary to preserve the safety of your structure and minimize inventory losses.

If your Newington business needs commercial water damage mitigation, the certified restoration technicians at SERVPRO are prepared to offer emergency-response cleanup 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All SERVPRO techs, staff, and franchise owners receive training and education on water damage mitigation and restoration to help business owners quickly turn their facilities around after damage. SERVPRO offers e-learning opportunities for employees and credit and non-credit courses and seminars for real estate and insurance professionals.

Tips for Commercial Water Damage:

  • Act quickly. Not only can mold start growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours after damage starts, but only drying visible water does not fix the damage.
  • Different materials have different needs. Ceiling tiles may require replacement instead of repair, while commercial hardwood can often be dried and reinstalled successfully. Furnishings also require fast care to prevent damage and mold growth.
  • Small fixes prevent big disasters. This includes maintaining roofing, clearing out gutters and drainage systems, and having licensed plumbers perform inspections of your property. These actions make it more likely that your insurer can approve your claim.
  • How SERVPRO Saves Your Storefront
  • After technicians measure the moisture content of affected materials, they can begin extracting moisture and preparing the space for drying. If the leak is in your ceiling, centrifugal air movers can be positioned to allow airflow after removing a couple of ceiling tiles to facilitate ventilation.

The affected furniture is cleaned with EPA-registered antimicrobials and dried with industrial-grade air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. Surface-level damage from clean water on hardwood can be extracted, cleaned, and dried, but it may be necessary to remove the finish to dry wet planks successfully.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford can leave your business looking “Like it never even happened.” Call (860) 667-9191 for disaster mitigation and restoration available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Assessing Contents After Newington Flood Damage

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Caution WET FLOOR SIGN We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Contents Can Suffer Severe Flood Damage 

Floods are more common in Connecticut and our specific service area than most might think, making it essential to have a plan for restoration and recovery. SERVPRO responds quickly to these emergencies to protect your belongings from harm.

Where Is the Flood Damage?

The location of flood damage in Newington homes and businesses can play a part in the impact that these disasters have on the contents. For example, basements used for storage might ultimately be more costly in content restoration than unused attic space above a residence's second floor.  

How Are Contents Affected? 

The intruding water presents a formidable concern for any contents in the path of migrating flooding. Because we cannot often rule out contaminants and bacterial pathogens, many of our SERVPRO team's natural disasters are considered blackwater events. High category loss scenarios like these leave items at risk for: 

  • Water damage
  • Saturation
  • Contamination
  • Mold

On-Site Cleaning Strategies 

Flooding can pose substantial surface damage, including residual soils and contamination in some situations. Our formulated plan can sometimes include creating a clean work environment to restore damaged personal belongings, furniture, and contents on-site. While off-site restoration exists when necessary, local cleaning is more cost-efficient.

Are the Contents Salvageable?

Answering this question shows whether it is worth the efforts of our restoration team to refinish, resurface, repair, or restore damaged contents and personal belongings. Sometimes the homeowner can replace these items as part of the catalog of losses addressed with their insurance company, making it more reasonable to discard heavily compromised objects.

Your personal belongings and contents can be significantly damaged or even ruined by your home's flooding. As leading restoration professionals with effective mitigation strategies, we have direct approaches for protecting what matters most to our customers after a disaster. Give our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team a call today at (860) 667-9191. 

What is the Timeline After Discovering Mold in Newington?

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Mold On Wall Near Plug Mold growth in your home is complicated to deal with. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Once You Notice Mold in Your Newington Home, Call SERVPRO Right Away to Begin Mold Remediation Services

At the first indicators of mold growth in your home, you should contact a professional to inspect for mold right away. Mold is a microbe that spreads rapidly - given the right environment, which calls for expert intervention to ensure best practices for removal. A colony begins as a tiny spore or hundreds of thousands of them that germinate quickly when the environment is moist and warm. Because mold can penetrate porous materials, it is better to have skilled technicians on the job as we have at SERVPRO. We can take the time necessary to look over your floors, ceilings, walls, wall cavities, and contents to ensure a complete assessment.

Why Do I Need SERVPRO for Remediation?

SERVPRO can come into your home to help with mold remediation in Newington so that you get the Certified SERVPRO Cleaned that you deserve. If you discover one or more of the following signs, it is time to give us a call:

  • Greenish, gray, or black mold colony growth on your ceilings, walls, behind furnishings, etc.
  • Dampness or condensation that keeps building can indicate that mold growth has begun or will not be far behind.
  • Damp or musty odors that may indicate an infestation.

Are My Belongings Salvageable?

We have the training and skills required to help determine what should get discarded and what we can safely clean and sanitize.

  • Some fabrics might be able to get washed using our specialized techniques.
  • Dense or non-porous materials with surface-level issues can be easily cleaned.
  • Materials like tiles, mortar, and synthetics often respond well to skilled restoration efforts.

For areas hard hit by a mold infestation, we may suggest demolition for replacement with new materials. We always work to restore rather than replace, so we take each surface into careful consideration before proceeding. Many home building materials, such as insulation and drywall, are relatively easy and inexpensive to replace.

SERVPRO of Newington/Central Hartford is the team to call when you want prompt, reliable mold remediation. To ask about our services or to dispatch a crew, call us at (860) 667-9191.