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Strategy for Maximizing Water Damage Remediation in Hartford

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

clogged gutters in pouring rain 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, foundation, 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 preloss 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. Check to 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 make sure that 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 in them 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.

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The Final Stages of Water Restoration In Newington

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Water cleanup is always one of the steps of recovery after a disaster in your home.

The Final Stages of Water Restoration for Newington Homes

Finalizing the efforts of our water restoration technicians working in your Newington home means returning each of the exposed areas to their original condition. Cleaning is a vital restoration element that is key to improving the aesthetics of a house before the structure gets turned back over to the property owners. In these final stages of restoration, following any reconstruction and rebuilding efforts, our SERVPRO team has several cleaning practices that can finish our recovery efforts.

Water cleanup in Newington homes can be a general term for many of the restoration steps required to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Most often, it refers to the cleaning and residue removal of installed materials using an array of capable tools and potent products. Understanding the varying approaches could help prepare you for recognizing the need for these steps in the final phases of water restoration.

Residue Removal
Residues do not exclusively exist with flood and fire loss incidents, as the degradation of materials and other factors can leave a damaging film on the surface of other exposed areas of the house. We have many cleaning practices like foam and wiping off surfaces that can address these concerns as long as they have not gotten absorbed into porous materials beyond the top layer.

Post-Construction Cleaning
After many water loss incidents, it is possible that reconstruction and build back are necessary. As you might expect, construction projects of any kind create dust and debris. With dry vacuums and many conventional cleaning practices, we can wipe down walls and surfaces to provide a finished product after build back.

Cleaning Floors
Cleaning up surfaces like wood flooring and carpets can also be a focus of our SERVPRO team after a water loss incident. Using deep carpet cleaning equipment for hot water extraction and thymol products to restore the original sheen of finished wood, we can improve the look and feel of affected materials after water losses.

Water cleanup is always one of the steps of recovery after a disaster in your home. Our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team can help with a fast response and capable equipment. Give our professionals a call today at (860) 667-9191.

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The Best Way to Deodorize Fire Damage Odors in Newington

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

pan on stove beginning to catch on fire Practice cooking safety and should you experience a fire, call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

Deodorizing After Fire Damage in Your Newington Home 

Many house fires begin in the kitchen and often involve cooking. Flames can get out of control quickly, catching food or nearby items on fire. Flames can flare fast, and before the homeowner even realizes, you have a fire in your kitchen. Even if you can put it out quickly, often damage happens to the walls behind the stove and a great deal of smoke residue and odors. 

Surprisingly, smoke odors and residues often cause the most significant damage after a fire in Newington. It can be hard to learn the source of the smell, and you are unable to find it and remove it, the smoke odors do not go away on their own. Without proper attention, a home with even the smallest kitchen fire can smell like smoke weeks or even months after the fire occurred. 

It is essential to remove both the smoke residue and deodorize the smoke odors for effective restoration. If you only remove the residue, the unwanted scent lingers. There is no one set way to deodorize a home after a fire since the amount and types of residues are different in every situation. SERVPRO technicians create an individualized plan for each structure they restore, using only the amount of techniques needed. Part of the criteria in this plan is the smoke residue amounts; light, medium, or heavy. Likewise, technicians classify the smoke damage as light, moderate, and heavy. 

Deodorization procedures vary for each level of odor and residue and each unique situation. In every case, it is crucial to remove the odor source, ventilate the impacted area, and thoroughly clean. Using SERVPRO's specially formulated cleaners like Wall and All Surface Cleaner removes smoke residues from walls and other surfaces. It is vital to make sure the HVAC system is not running while deodorization takes place. SERVPRO restorers typically clean the HVAC system since it most likely also has some smoke damage. 

For light, moderate, and substantial smoke damage, SERVPRO technicians keep odor vapors under control by using products like Instant Odor Counteracting Beads or Instant Odor Counteractant Pellets to help attack the odors. The last stage of the attack is to fog the affected area using either a thermal fogger or a ULV fogging device, beginning at the source. 

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191. Our restoration process makes it, "Like it never even happened."

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Is Your Washing Machine Spinning Water Damage in Newington?

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

View of clothes in spin cycle of washing machine Leaking washing machines can cause significant monetary losses for homeowners. Inspect your appliances often.

Newington Home Needs Water Removal from Washer Malfunction 

No one ever expects laundry day to end suddenly with water damage. When a washing machine malfunctions, the water in the tub can leave a substantial mess when it winds up on the floor.  

One of the biggest problems, when a Newington home needs water removal, is the migration of the water. Mopping and using towels may work to pick up some of the water, but it runs behind baseboards where it gets wicked into sheetrock. Tile and carpeted flooring can require removal to dry the subfloor. 

Why SERVPRO?

No matter if your regular laundry day is at 3 AM or 3 PM, SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to your home for any necessary water extraction and drying services. After the initial phone call, the team arrives within four hours to begin the cleanup needed. The techs undergo extensive training and adhere to the best practices as taught through The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  

Fast Restoration Services 

In the case of this washing machine malfunction, the techs removed the washer and dryer from the laundry room as the subfloor showed that it took on water according to their moisture detection equipment, which meant the tile flooring required removal to open up the subfloor. Still, the techs saved the tiles for cleaning and reinstallation. They also removed the baseboards and drilled weep holes to assist with drainage.  

Drying the Laundry Room

SERVPRO techs have many types of specialized equipment for drying. Drying mats are especially useful for forcing warm, dry air into the subfloor to force embedded moisture out. Air movers and Injecti-Dry worked to dry the floor joints and the rest of the laundry room. The techs carefully monitor the loss area during drying to ensure that measurements confirm it attains the preset goals for measurable air moisture. Once dry, the techs wipe down the area and ensure it is ready for the reinstallation of the tile and a new washing machine to get laundry day back to normal.  

Contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 when you need water removal. With their equipment and years of experience, the technicians have the skills necessary to make the water loss, "Like it never even happened." 

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Eliminating Commercial Water Damage In Your Newington Property

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing 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. Not only do water and mold damage cost over $2.5 billion to repair each year, but 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 has occurred. SERVPRO also offers e-learning opportunities for employees as well as 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 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 also 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.

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 that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The Challenges of Restoring Fire-Damaged Hartford Attics

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

A home and garage with a partially collapsed roof with fire damage, as well as a door and windows boarded up. SERVPRO will accept the challenge of fire damage in your Hartford home, we know how hard fire in your home can be.

Fire damage in your Hartford home can be challenging, let us help. 

Fire losses in Hartford homes can present multiple hurdles for our experienced SERVPRO professionals to overcome in returning a house to preloss condition. With soot and smoke coating surfaces, as well as a need for reconstruction and debris removal, technicians responding to your fire loss have several mitigation tasks to begin to reduce losses for the customer. When these fire effects exist in a challenging structural design, such as slanted ceilings of the attic or dormer outlets, restoration can be even more complicated.

Despite layout and design obstacles that might exist for restoring fire damage in Hartford attics, we still have premier deodorization, cleaning, and filtration equipment to help this process. One of the first challenges that our technicians must face when addressing fire loss effects in the attic is the presence of stored items and belongings in this space. Even without a working knowledge of the value of these items, swift removal of these possessions can often protect them from irreparable smoke and soot damage.

Content management is only part of the work that your attic needs, however. Because most of the exposed construction materials in this area are porous, untreated woods, it can be highly sensitive to direct damage from odors, soot, and other airborne particulates. Irregular shapes and crevices can add to the challenge of removing the residues from these surfaces and adequately addressing the odor concerns with deodorizing equipment. Clearing soot can often involve the use of chemical agents to dissolve or emulsify soiling for a rinse removal.

Deodorizing the attic can also prove problematic for the same inaccessibility concerns. The use of ULV fogger and thermal fogging machines can help to disperse a neutralizing vapor throughout the attic space and into the porous exposed wood surfaces. This deodorizing fog can penetrate beyond the surface of damaged materials to neutralize trapped odor molecules.

When fires originate or profoundly affect the attic space of your home, this can come with specific obstacles for our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team to overcome. With experience and cutting-edge equipment, we can make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (860) 667-9191.

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For Newington Homeowners, Flood Damage is a Threat Year-Round

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Save Your Home From Flood Damage in Newington

When it comes to potential flood damage, the threat is not limited to any particular season. Along with the onset of ice and snow in the winter, storm systems year-round are cause for alarm when they bring excessive moisture and rain. The best thing to do is ensure that you have a team of trained technicians that you can call at a moment’s notice to address the damage from floodwaters.

SERVPRO technicians know how to address seepage and flooding from the ground, causing harm to your home. We are available to tackle whatever needs you may have when it comes to flood damage in Newington, taking all of the stress and hassle out of such a trying situation. 

When you get hit with flooding during colder months, the top layer of the ground can freeze, and an icing coating develops. We have experienced crews trained to deal with flood remediation and mitigation so that you can get your house back to normal fast. Our training and experience from assessment to implementation of our tried and true techniques make the event “Like it never even happened.”

Know the Cold Weather Risks with Flooding

Any supply lines running throughout your exterior walls, crawlspace, out-buildings, or your slab foundation bring the potential for internal flooding. SERVPRO technicians often deal with water freezing in plumbing lines leading to a rupture of connections and piping. Even a steady drip coming from a slight fracture in a pipe can turn into a significant flooding event. Unless you catch it early, the damage could be worse than overland flood conditions. 

Always Consider Potential Contamination

Even during the winter, the flood water in your basement might have microbial contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the floodwater source and how long the water has been pooling inside the home before determining the category. Whenever water hides within building crevices for a day or longer, dangerous mold growth is a possible hazard no matter what the temperatures might be. We employ best practices and industry standards to help contain, remove, and then dispose of floodwaters in your home along with biohazards within. 

You can feel confident that our team at SERVPRO of Newington/Central Hartford to address flood damage regardless of the size or scope of the loss. When you give us a call at (860) 667-9191, we can send out a team as soon as possible to get to work.

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No Matter The Damage Newington, SERVPRO Has You Covered

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle parked with a SERVPRO employee standing next to the vehicle. Let SERVPRO help you through all of the damages your Newington area.

Newington we have your community covered in all aspects of damage.

Much of our success over the years can get attributed to our pursuit of setting our team apart from the competition in every possible way. From our fast response during a disaster to our team of loyal, educated technicians accredited in nearly every niche of the restoration industry, we have managed to build a strong reputation with Newington home and business owners. With more than 80 years of combined service experience, we have developed an effective strategy rooted in expectation-exceeding results and a drive to make customers for life. With our education and experience, we can handle the effects of water, fire, mold, flood, and storm damages, but we can also address more complex threats like subrogation, biohazards, and lead abatement. 

Storm 

Because of our positioning in the country, we do not have a mild season where we cannot get hit with powerful and devastating storm systems. From the destructive Nor’easters to the hurricanes and flash flooding the area has seen, Newington homes stay at risk throughout the year. Addressing any of these concerns involves a team of professionals capable of restoration and cleaning, along with professionals licensed to address any structural concerns with temporary solutions and later full-scale reconstruction. 

Our team of general contractors can also arrive as timely as our restoration specialists, and with the ability to help with continued damage threats like flooding. Our crew works quickly to establish structural breaches like roof damages, missing windows, missing siding, and other concerns. The division of contractors can work to temporarily cover and repair these penetration points in your Newington home with boards, tarps, and other materials. 

One of the most destructive outcomes of storm damage to Newington homes is flooding. When structural breaches exist, or waters rise outside your property, you could soon contend with several inches or more of standing water. Our SERVPRO team can move quickly against these emergencies, arriving with premier extraction tools like our portable pumps and extractor trucks. We also have hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers at our disposal to make even large losses manageable. 

Mold 

One of the unfortunate side effects of storm damage and water damage in Newington homes is the production of mold colonies. Since spores exist naturally in nearly every environment, the only thing that these microorganisms need to colonize is the appropriate warm, moist conditions. With units like wood burners, oil furnaces, and heat pumps in the basement level of area homes, mold production has the ideal conditions to grow any time of the year when damp conditions exist. With health effects that could result from exposure to these colonies, it is vital to move quickly on perceived organism development. 

Remediation is a large portion of the work that our SERVPRO team does throughout the year. Mold damage in Newington homes and businesses is more common than you might think, and we have extensive experience and training in the ideal solutions that work. We have cutting-edge tools and potent botanical products that are easy on the environment but suffocating to microbial threats. 

Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), giving them advanced training and techniques for eliminating colonies and protecting the occupants of the house. No matter how severe mold damage in Newington homes might be, our AMRTs can make these losses “Like it never even happened.” 

Water

There are many causes of water damage in Newington homes, making it something that our professionals must always stay prepared to face. It is one of the only restoration niches that our SERVPRO team perpetually plans for, leaving many of our production trucks in our warehouse stocked with air movers, dehumidifiers, specialty drying equipment, cleaning products, and supporting items like lay-flat sheeting for tenting and other applications. 

Drying your Newington home is not something that can typically happen right away, but with our rapid drying equipment, we can provide a more efficient approach than you can do on your own. We have high-velocity air movers that can force moisture out of materials like drywall for collection by our whole-house desiccant systems. These moisture removal tools convert air from the damaged area into a warm, dry exhaust to assist with the drying process even further. 

Flood cuts are a necessary element to thorough drying at times in Newington homes, and we have an in-house division of qualified contractors to oversee controlled demolition. Removing damaged drywall can allow for a more stable drying of structural cavities and help to make the reconstruction and installation of new drywall paneling more efficient and cost-effective. 

Fire

Any fire restoration task that our SERVPRO team undertakes begins with a thorough assessment and inspection of a Newington home or business. We must fully understand the damage and its severity so that we can determine the appropriate personnel, equipment, and approach to take to return your property to preloss condition. As overwhelming as fire losses can be at times, we help to take the time to walk our customers through the process as much as possible to put you at ease. This extra care is vital to our business model because it helps you to understand why tasks are essential and that our team has your property’s best interest at heart. 

Content management is a considerable portion of the work that we do after a fire, and this involves taking at-risk belongings in your Newington home and moving them to an unaffected space in the house or our facility nearby. We have an ultrasonic submersion tank in our warehouse for effective soot cleaning and an ozone chamber for the collective deodorization of many objects simultaneously. 

Without the intervention of our team to begin air quality purification, deodorization, cleaning, debris removal, and soot removal, the conditions in your Newington home after a fire can continue to get worse. Not only can our professionals arrive at the property quickly to begin our assessment and subsequent mitigation efforts, but we can work with your insurance provider to expedite the claims process, so there are fewer delays and hang-ups in the restoration work to come. 

No matter how many restoration companies you can find in the area, few have the reputation and the loyal customer base that our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team does. With our experience and fast response in a crisis, we can help you to overcome almost any loss your home might experience. Give us a call at (860) 667-9191.

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Flood Damage In Your Hartford Office

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in commercial property Call us at (860) 667-9191 to schedule an evaluation and discuss the opportunities available.

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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