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Visit the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Hartford Is Home to the Residence of Samuel L. Clemens

Literary favorites like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer have been delighting readers for decades. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, alias Mark Twain, was a prolific writer who was quite eccentric. Some of his best-known works include:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • Life on the Mississippi
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • A Tramp Abroad
  • A Connecticut in King Arthur’s Court

The Twain family lived in this home from 1874 – 1891. It is a fascinating architectural wonder. The tour is a guided tour, and masks are required. Tickets are:

  • Adults - $21
  • Seniors - $19
  • Children 6 – 11 - $11
  • Children under 6 -free.

You can currently take a virtual tour as well. Hours are Monday – Sunday: 10 Am – 4:30 PM.

If you wonder what a good “water restoration company near me” would be, we invite you to check out SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford. Contact us at (860) 667 – 9191 for more information.

Newington Businesses Depend on SERVPRO for Fire Recovery Services

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

crew moving equipment in front of truck Need help with fire damage in your Newington business? Here is your answer--SERVPRO!

If You Need Fire Recovery – Bistro, Restaurant, or Other Eatery – We’ve Got You Covered

In colonial days large-sized barrels were known as “pipes”. They were used in trade, and Newington was a primary source of the staves needed to make the pipes due to the abundance of forest land. The area became known as Pipestem Swamp. It was later called Cow Plain and then West Farms due to being used for a cow pasture, and then an expanse for new farms. In 1721 it was granted the name Newington which means “new town in the meadow”. It certainly was an apt name for this quaint village. Along the way, some interesting things occurred:

  • The town was incorporated in 1871
  • The precursor to the Berlin Turnpike began in 1878
  • American Radio Relay League is located here
  • In 1812, Levi Lusk established a tavern on the turnpike
  • The first telephone was installed in John’s Gish Store in 1883
  • Trolley service started in 1894
  • It cost $0.05 to ride the trolley into Hartford
  • Connecticut’s first tuberculosis sanitarium was established in 1911
  • Berlin Turnpike renames the Hartford/Newhaven Turnpike in 1942

Today Newington is a thriving community with many bistros and restaurants. Residents and visitors alike can satisfy their taste buds by dining at:

  • Goldburgers
  • Joey Garlics’ Newington
  • Cora Cora
  • Rooster Co.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Yannis Pizza Restaurant
  • Mykonos Mediterranean Restaurant
  • Lucky Lou’s Bar & Grill
  • The Sloppy Waffle
  • The Little Cake Café
  • Restaurant Bricco
  • Casa Mia on the Hill
  • Taj Al Sham Cuisine
  • Chef’s Dog House
  • Sophia’s Breakfast & Lunch

That is just a sampling of the wonderful variety of food one can enjoy.  The town is full of diverse flavors and international cuisine.

Mill Pond Falls

One of the favorite places to see in the area is Mill Pond Falls. This lovely waterfall is known as “the smallest natural waterfall in the US. Each fall, a local festival is held celebrating the waterfall. It all began in 1860 when a sawmill was constructed on Mill Pond. Back then, the town was part of the city of Wethersfield.  Sawmills played a crucial part in the making of the pipe staves, and the building of the mill did much to promote the local economy.

Water is needed to run a sawmill, and Mill Pond was the perfect location. While the sawmill no longer exists, the falls remain a source of local history and beauty. They are featured on the Newington Town Seal. Mill Pond Park was built around the falls, and folks can:

  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Fish
  • Swim in a public pool.
  • Stop and rest in the gazebo
  • Enjoy the gardens
  • Picnic
  • Listen to concerts
  • Play basketball, baseball, tennis, or soccer
  • Relax with the kids at the playground
  • Hike the trails
  • Grab a bite from the concession stands

Mills Pond Park is a great place to spend the day. You can reserve picnic areas for local functions. There is an activity to enjoy for everyone in the family. If you ever wanted to learn how to play Cornhole or participate in a league, the park is the place to do it.

Newington Celebrations

During the summer, the town hosts the Newington Extravaganza, and visitors can enjoy boating around the pond. Weddings and other ceremonies often place in the beautifully landscaped garden area. It is a favorite for photoshoots as well. In the fall, the Waterfall Festival takes place. It is a time of reflection and fun. Vendors of all kinds gather to share their goods, music groups from local schools can be enjoyed, and various organizations sponsor different events. One of the main events is the “Artist’s Chalk Walk”. Kids and adults compete against each other for prizes, and the residents vote for the winners. It’s an event the whole town looks forward to each year. Everyone can be an artist, at least during this special day.

Other special events throughout the year include:

  • Kindness Counts
  • Halloween Party
  • Motorcycle Madness
  • Edythe and Harry Mandell Summer Concert Series
  • Touch-a-Truck
  • Night of Lights
  • Visits with Santa
  • Winter Wonderland

Mills Pond Park never lacks for something to see and do. Whether you are going out for a meal, looking for a lazy day in the park, or a special event for the entire family, Newington offers the opportunity.

The Thankful Tree – A Reminder of the Past

The town of Newington owes much to the sawmill that is long gone and the little waterfall that powered it. They have recognized this over the years, and on April 17, 2010, planted a magnificent Crimson Maple. It stands in front of the waterfall as a place of reflection and reminds residents of the need to be thankful for what has been given.

What is the Purpose of a Fire Restoration Company Like SERVPRO?

Our main goal is to help businesses through a difficult time. How we do that is through our fire restoration services. We mitigate fire damage to local businesses by providing cleanup, repair, and restoration. This includes:

  • Doing a thorough scope of the commercial facility
  • Establishing a plan of action based on the findings
  • Removal of debris or charred materials
  • Mitigate residual water, odor, and soot damage

We strive to return your bistro to preloss conditions whenever possible. As the proprietor, our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) work with you to determine the best action to rebuild the eatery.

Fast Response Time

Responding rapidly to any commercial fire is vital. The longer water, soot, and smoke residue sit, the more damage they do. The chemicals used in putting out the fire needs to be cleaned up, and the building has to be dried out. Secondary damage such as mold can occur if immediate remediation does not occur. Our technicians work as quickly as possible to lessen the fire’s impact.

What Type of Problems Does SERVPRO Deal with on Commercial Properties?

Our Green Team mitigates a variety of issues when it comes to business fires. What we do also depends on how destructive the fire was and how much of the building was impacted. Smoke can spread rapidly and cause damage to non-impacted regions. But the three main problems we handle include:

  • Residual Water
  • Soot Removal
  • Smoke Odors

Serving Up Delicious Meals

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford wants you to do what you do best - serving up tasty food to the many customers who rely on you. By providing fire recovery, bistro type eateries can open faster when using SERVPRO. Contact us at (860) 667-9191. We enjoy good food and want to help keep your doors open.

What Happens When Flooring in Your Newington House Gets Damaged by Flooding?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

torn up hardwood flooring because of flood damage Drying out the flooring of your home after flood damage is a job for a team. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

With many types of flooring in Newington homes, flooding can affect these materials in different ways. 

Natural and storm-damage flooding can impact Newington homes more often throughout the year than many property owners realize. When your house gets damaged by these disasters, you want fast and reliable actions to get taken.

Flood damage to Newington homes often centers on where flood water collects. Because of this, flooring materials are often the most severely impacted by these disasters and require extraction, drying, and cleaning. Some of the common flooring materials our SERVPRO team helps to restore include:

  • Carpet – Carpeting is among the most common flooring types in modern residences, and due to its high porosity, it can quickly become overwhelmed by floodwater. While tools like carpet wands can sometimes manage surface moisture concerns, it does not typically pull water out of padding material underneath.
  • Hardwood – Despite finishes that might slow the initial absorption of water into individual planks in wood flooring, cellulose in wood attracts moisture to the point of swelling and warping the units.
  • Vinyl Plank – The growing trend with vinyl plank is a finished surface and a water-resistant core, though this does little to protect subflooring over a prolonged period of exposure. 

What Happens When Subflooring Also Becomes Affected?

While it can be costly enough when surface materials become too damaged by standing water, saturation can often move moisture beyond this layer you can see. Subflooring underneath the carpet and hardwood is also sensitive to water exposure, and its porous composition requires tools like drying mats to recover. If unsalvageable, these elements must also get removed and reconstructed by our in-house contractors.

Flooding can be a damaging presence to most flooring types inside your home, making it vital to move quickly when flooding exists in the house. Our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team has technicians and contractors ready and available 24/7 to help when you call (860) 667-9191.

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What is the Timeline After Discovering Mold in Newington?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall next to an outlet 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, which 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.
  • Other 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.

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How Does SERVPRO Handle Electrical Hazards in a Flooded Home?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

"Danger shock risk" Safety is our First Priority When Dealing with Water Intrusion in Newington Homes.

Safety is our First Priority When Dealing with Water Intrusion in Newington Homes.

If you enjoy fall festivals, Newington is the place to visit. Mill Pond Farm is the main focus of this quaint autumn celebration. Thousands of families attend and enjoy the event. Newington is also home to over 30,000 people, many of whom are homeowners. Water intrusions happen all the time in these homes. From burst pipes to broken water heaters, water can pour into these homes, causing all kinds of destruction. 

What are Some of the Electrical Risks Involved in Water Damage?

Whenever you have water intrusion, you have environmental hazards. There are structural hazards, hazardous materials, and electrical hazards. Water damage restoration companies in Newington, such as SERVPRO, are trained to handle all types of water damage situations. We put safety first in every circumstance. 

Water & Electricity Don’t Mix

There is nothing more dangerous than mixing water and electricity. When our crews arrive at a water damage scene, electrical hazards are among the first things they look for on the premises. There are many ways moisture can come into contact with electrical elements. These can include things such as:

  • Roof leaks or upper-level pipe leak causing water to seep into wall wiring.
  • Water intrusions deep enough to come in contact with receptacles and plugs.
  • Electrical appliances in standing water. 

Many electrical items get shorted out when coming in contact with water. But our technicians have seen some pretty strange things such as a light bulb, fully submerged, completely lit. You can never be too careful.

Safety Precautions

The power distribution panel is one of the first things technicians check. All circuit breakers get turned off. If the homeowner can safely shut off these currents before SERVPRO arrives, it is helpful. It may not be necessary to shut electricity down completely, if all areas are not affected. The water inside wall cavities or places where there are electrical outlets can pose a hidden danger. Our technicians implement the following:

  • Signs get posted warning of electrical hazards
  • Have the power turned off at the outside source if needed
  • Use a generator when no electricity is available
  • Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) to detect too much current
  • Use heavy extension cords for heavy equipment
  • Avoid using metal objects that might come in contact with energized circuits
  • Determine where electrical elements such as wiring are located before drilling or cutting into structural components
  • Never turning on electrical appliances or fixtures that have been exposed tO water or while standing on wet surfaces.
  • Make sure electricity is off at the box before unplugging wet items.

All of these safety measures are part of our water damage restoration service. Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified crew members are trained in the highest level of safety precautions. 

Restoring Your Home

Once the safety of the premises has been established SERVPRO can move on with restoring your home. Water extraction is the foremost issue. Not only do you need the water removed for safety reasons but to prevent secondary damage. Depending on the amount of water spillage, it can spread rapidly to unaffected areas relatively quickly. SERVPRO uses a variety of water extraction techniques, including different pumps, rovers, and squeegees. Moisture meters and probes help detect where the moisture is and how the drying process is working. Air movers and dehumidifiers move and pull dampness and moisture from materials and the air. The building and contents are returned to preloss condition whenever possible. 

What Can Be Restored?

In serious water intrusion, water damage can occur that may be overwhelming. Many times, homeowners do not realize how much can be saved. Our technicians are professionals at water restoration and can help you decide what can be salvaged and what needs to be tossed. Some of the items our teams can restore include:

  • Furniture, wood, and upholstered
  • Carpets, rugs, and drapes
  • Family photos and paperwork
  • Toys
  • Household goods
  • Heirlooms

We always restore and replace whenever possible. It may be more cost-effective to replace certain things like ceiling tiles. While valuables can be costly to restore, depending on the item, it can be worth it for the emotional value alone. 

Keeping your family and our workers safe during the water damage restoration process is of the utmost importance. Next comes giving you back your home, “Like it never even happened.” Disasters, big or small, do not happen when it is convenient. We are here 24/7 to help with any water damage that occurs in your home. 

Contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 for professional water damage restoration service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Do I Get Smoke Residues and Odors Out of My Newington Home?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt house after the fire. Our goal is to put your home back to a safe condition, ready for occupation, as quickly as we can.

To Restore Your Newington Home After a Fire, Call SERVPRO

It Looks Like the Fire Destroyed My Kitchen, Where Do You Start?
Fire damage in Newington homes looks, and is, incredibly bad. Much of the damage, however, is on the surface where SERVPRO response teams train extensively to remove smoke residues and the odors they cause.

Some of the Residues Are Stuck to The Countertops and Appliances, How Do You Get Those Off?
Our response teams start by wiping down every affected surface with a dry sponge or cloth. This initial step removes the top residue layers as dry particulates without further damage to items already soaked from efforts to extinguish the fire. It also allows team members to inspect the property for which cleaning agents and tools are needed to complete the task.

Next, specialists capture the smoke residues. If possible, they remove more residues as dry particulates using a soft brush to loosen them from the surface and then a vacuum to capture and remove them from the home.

For thicker, dry layers and sticky, wet residues, specialists use a cleaning agent to separate them from the surface and suspend them in a solution. If needed, they use a stiff brush to agitate the layers off surfaces for easier removal.

Removing the residues eliminates the source of odors, but smoke can penetrate deeply into surfaces during the fire. For lingering odors, specialists use deodorizing agents on affected surfaces to eliminate or cover remaining residue traces.

What About Physical Damage at The Origin of the Fire?
Every SERVPRO response team has specialists trained to rebuild your home. Team members can perform major tasks such as rebuilding the kitchen sub-flooring, or simpler efforts such as replacing drywall and repainting it to match the original look.

To schedule a response team for your home, call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 today. Our goal is to put your home back to a safe condition, ready for occupation, as quickly as we can.

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

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians 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 their 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 as well as 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.

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Can My Carpet Get Restored After Flooding in My Newington Home?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen with items floating in it Flood damage in your home can cause you a load of problems. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO techs bring years of experience and comprehensive training to every restoration job in Newington for the best outcome

Watching flood water flow into your Newington home can be frustrating, mainly when it keeps coming faster than you can clean it up. Once inside, the water runs along walls and attempts to run down following the path of least resistance. This is how flooding can affect so many areas of a home in such a short period. Carpet, in particular, may require removal and disposal depending on a few factors:  

  • If the floodwater was rainwater or groundwater
  • How rapidly the cleanup and extraction began
  • Testing indicates the presence of harmful elements
  • Self-cleaning methods such as the application of bleach 

What is the Proper Way to Handle Flood Damage?  

When flood damage happens in your Newington residence, it is crucial to begin the cleanup as soon as possible after the water enters your home. Contact your insurance carrier and get approval to bring in SERVPRO. The technicians are available 24/7 and arrive quickly on-site. Until the water in your home gets tested, avoid coming into contact with it and close off the entrances to the area. Until the technicians arrive, it is permissible to do the following if you can do so safely:

  • Remove valuable items
  • Gather essential documents including homeowners coverage
  • Get any medications or pet food needed
  • If you cannot enter the area of the home where floodwater is present, the crew chief will get anything you need from the interior of your home.

Testing the Water is a Preliminary Step  

The techs obtain water samples on arrival to determine the presence of bacteria, pathogenic elements, or sewage. The appropriate type of treatment gets used on the water to lessen the hazards of handling it during extraction and disposal.

Controlled Demolition is a Standard Part of Flood Cleanup  

When flood water needs removal in Newington, the techs use their scoping equipment to pinpoint the water. Certain building materials such as sheetrock show signs of deterioration rapidly after water exposure by beginning to buckle or warp. The technicians use their moisture detection devices to measure above the waterline left by the floodwater and cut off the ruined portion. This is one of many types of controlled demo actions that work to lessen the number of repairs or further damage to the home. Wet sheetrock, particularly in ceilings, can create a safety hazard, and the techs remove it to ensure no one gets hurt during the restoration services.

Carpet can cause injury due to its weight when it has absorbed a large amount of water. The techs extract the water and then cut the portion that needs disposal into easy-to-handle six-inch pieces.

Hardwood flooring can have multiple outcomes after encountering floodwater. Much like sheetrock, time is crucial. The longer the floorboards have exposure to water, the more they absorb. This leads to swelling, cupping, and crowning. The technicians take each hardwood flooring restoration on a case by case basis as different factors affect the outcome. The sooner the extraction and drying begin, the most potential for a positive outcome. Composite floorboards usually deteriorate upon contact with water and have little to no possibility for reuse after damage from flooding.

Tile and laminate flooring has varying degrees of damage that can occur. One of the most common with standard tile squares is the delamination and loosening of the tile after the excessive moisture conditions seep under and ruin the grip the tile has to the substrate. Single sheet laminate flooring often has good water repellent qualities. Still, when water runs under the edges or behind baseboards and goes under, it generally needs removal to dry the area underneath.

Ceramic tile flooring often has one of the best outcomes after flooding as long as the seal on the grout-line remains intact. While the tile is slightly porous, SERVPRO technicians have specific cleaning agents developed for use on tile and grout. If needed, the reapplication of sealant once the mitigation efforts complete.

When the technicians ascertain articles within the property require disposal, the item gets carefully recorded, photographed, and noted whether the homeowner or adjuster gave their permission for removal. The technicians put these actions into a complete report that the homeowner can use to expedite the filing and decision on any insurance claims pending due to the flooding in the residence.   

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 has the training and professional equipment to handle any size and type of flood damage in your home. The certified techs can restore your home to its pre-flood condition and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Deodorizing After a Living Room Fire

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

after a fire- fire alarm with battery out and stuffed animal laying in debris Fire leaves damage from the blaze, smoke and soot. Call the professionals at SERVPRO to help you recover.

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 that 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 carpet 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 both 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. 

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Should I Clean Fabric in Newington After a Water Leak?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a stainless steel pipe Water leaks can ruin drywall in your home. Call SERVPRO for professional water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Cleans Drapes and Upholstery in Newington

After being away from your Newington home for a few days, finding a leak may leave you wondering what you should address first when you begin the restoration process. An unattended water leak from an upstairs bathroom may damage everything from your drywall to your textiles, including your curtains and upholstered furniture.

Should I Work on Spot Removal Before or After Technicians Clean the Fabric?

When dealing with your water-damaged Newington home, spot-checking fabric might be the furthest thing from your mind. However, it is essential first to check and treat heavily soiled areas or spots. Even before spot treating, technicians pretest the surface to make sure the dye does not run, and the upholstery or drapery fabric can sustain cleaning without damage. If the material is sensitive to water, technicians use a cleaning solution like Solvent Spotter, and if it is not sensitive, they typically use SpotER or Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner. Our restoration specialists may also vacuum the surfaces to remove any dry soils before treating with solvents.

What Are Some Things to Remember About Cleaning Upholstery and Drapery?

  • To protect nearby areas and furniture, use a tarp for protection. 
  • It is critical to identify the type of fiber and remember that no two fabrics require precisely the same cleaning. 
  • Technicians have a variety of techniques to choose from, ranging from mild to aggressive when heavily soiled.
  • Allow proper dwell time to ensure adequate cleaning action. 
  • Rinse using clear water or SERVPRO's specially formulated Fabric Rinse and Color Set. 

Our home specialists take great care in restoring your curtains and upholstered furniture. If the cleanup also requires cleaning rugs and carpets, our technicians wait until the area is completely dry before repositioning your furniture.

For 24/7 assistance after a water leak, contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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What Should I Look for in a Mold Remediation Service?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on walls and ceiling damaging a dining room Our SERVPRO Team Can Remediate the Mold Damage in Your Newington Home--Your Local Company Is Here to Help!

SERVPRO Ticks All the Right Boxes for Newington Residents in Need of Mold Remediation

Even the most well-cared-for homes in Newington can suffer from structural damage, mold growth, leaks, or any other problems that can plague homeowners. When trouble strikes, it is good to know you can rely on a company like SERVPRO.

Many Newington residents need mold remediation at times.

Mold can very quickly grow inside a home, and it should never be left unchecked. If spore growth is not attended to, it can cause a range of nasty effects, including:

    Structural damage to walls or floors
    Health effects
    Unsightly black mold patches
    Peeling wallpaper or paint
    An unpleasant moldy odor

What should I look for in a mold remediation company?

It is essential to call in a professional company if you suspect a mold issue in your home. Professional services train their staff to handle a mold outbreak. A reliable service will send a team equipped with all the necessary tools and products to contain the outbreak and make your home a much safe and secure place.

However, not all mold remediation companies are created equal. SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford recommends you check out the following three points before hiring someone to help you with mold.

1. No false promises
Many companies advertise complete mold removal – do not listen to this false claim. To understand why these claims are wrong, we must understand mold and how it spreads. Mold spores are naturally present in all environments, both indoors and out of doors. The spores are microscopic, which means they can spread sight-unseen to all kinds of spaces, including:

    HVAC systems
    Drywall and wall cavities
    The surface of clothes or boots
    Pet fur

Because mold spores are so tiny and so easily spread, it is impossible to eliminate all mold from your home. However, do not despair – a reliable mold remediation company can still do a lot to remove mold, dry out your home, and discourage mold from reappearing.
We emphasize remediation rather than removal because we know that remediation is a healthier and more effective long-term strategy.

2. Properly trained staff

If you are going to trust someone in your home, you want to know they are adequately trained for their job. SERVPRO has an extensive staff training program starting with putting our owners through a thorough fifteen-day hands-on training at our corporate training headquarters. All of our training is accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

We do not stop at the initial training, however. We ensure our SERVPRO teams receive ongoing support and training to keep them updated on industry standards and best practices. The ECTP Employee Certification Training Program is just the initial step.

3. Focus on containment


Because mold organisms are so small and spread so quickly, containment is a vital part of mold remediation. The SERVPRO containment process dramatically reduces the spread of fungi throughout your home and makes the remediation process more effective. As well as using physical barriers such as plastic sheeting to seal off the affected area, we also use advanced techniques such as bringing negative air containment so mold cannot escape.

What about my belongings?

SERVPRO understands that you are concerned about your personal effects, and want to be sure they are protected during mold restoration proceedings. That is why taking care of your belongings is one of the cornerstones of our service.

If your clothes, personal effects, documents, or soft furnishings such as sofas and drapes are affected by mold, we have the know-how to take care of them. We train our teams in cleaning procedures such as wet and dry cleaning, foam cleaning, soaking, and abrasive cleaning.

You are also welcome to take advantage of our Contents Claims Inventory Service, which helps you draw up a thorough inventory of your damaged items. Our contents service helps ease the burden on you when it comes to dealing with your insurance company. And of course, we assist you with this process.

How do I know a service is thorough enough?

One of the most important things to look for in a mold remediation service is thoroughness. That means that the company you employ takes care when assessing your situation, takes care of every aspect of remediation, and makes sure you are satisfied. Check out our large number of referrals and reviews from satisfied neighbors.

Our teams do not just assess mold by sight and smell. We use equipment such as moisture meters to check for hidden damp patches and unseen mold problems. We plan our work carefully for maximum effectiveness, and we take care of deep cleaning and drying your items.

We consult with you at every stage of the process, and after your mold remediation is complete, we provide a walk-through with you to make sure you are satisfied with our service. We are prepared to answer all your questions.

If you need a thorough and effective mold remediation service that takes care of everything for you, call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191.

Who Can Restore the Water Damage in Hartford Business Offices Fast?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

"Hartford" Hartford Businesses Love the Cleanup and Restoration Services Received from SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Supports Local Businesses by Offering Top of the Line Water Damage Restoration Services Round the Clock Every Day of the Year.

Water damage in office buildings catering to Hartford's insurance industry needs a quick turn-around. Regardless of the source of the damage, your business center requires rapid water removal and structural drying to protect meeting and work spaces and the data and electronic equipment that are the foundation of modern business operations.

How Quickly Can I Expect a Response to a Water Loss Emergency?

Outstanding water damage restoration in Hartford businesses depends on speed, skill, and state of the art equipment. Our local presence and the many years of experience in the restoration industry represented by our managers and technicians meet or exceed your expectations of fast and competent water damage recovery services. Highly efficient water extraction and drying equipment are always available to our crews, permitting us to achieve the goal of "Like it never even happened," swiftly and successfully.

I Prefer to Be Proactive -- Is There a Way to Plan for Water Damage Restoration?

SERVPRO encourages our commercial customers to consider developing an Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP) in collaboration with seasoned project managers. Although it is preferable that the disasters for which an ERP prepares never occur, having a plan in place has many advantages:

  • Restorers have detailed information about your business's physical layout and operations before arriving to respond to a crisis
  • Restoration professionals make preloss suggestions to minimize or avoid water damage to structural components or contents after assessing your space -- adapting as suggested can save time and expense 
  • Business owners or building managers can designate a chain of command, designating individuals who can direct restoration if you are unavailable

Rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford when water damage threatens to overwhelm your business operations. Call us at (860) 667-9191 for rapid restoration and consider working with us on a proactive ERP now.

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How Soon Should I Call Someone for Storm Flood Cleanup in Newington?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

water covering floor SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford works to limit the loss and restore your interior to pre-flood conditions.

Flood Damage from a Storm at Your Newington Property Should Be Addressed Quickly to Limit the Loss

Storms are unpredictable, and they often leave much devastation in their path. When you have flooding on the first floor of your home, you need to call skilled technicians to perform extraction and drying techniques. SERVPRO also takes measures to inhibit mold growth in your Newington home while addressing potential odors that often linger after a water loss event.

We Have Water Flooding Our Sunroom and Living Room, What Sort of Damage Am I Dealing With?

Standing water and moisture impacts various surfaces within the flood-zone, which is why you need IICRC-certified technicians to assist with flood damage in Newington. It is best to keep the following in mind as we assess the damage throughout your property:

•    Floodwater often carries a broad spectrum of contaminants that must get treated carefully.
•    Within as little as 24 to 48 hours post exposure to flooding, mold, and mildew begins to reproduce.
•    Water from a flood incident may start to corrode certain metals and warp wood furnishings.
•    Structural materials are also at risk, including drywall, carpeting, floorboards, and your electrical system.

When you call SERVPRO to your flooded home, we arrive quickly to formulate a plan of action to facilitate water removal and drying. We always work with the idea that it is better to restore rather than replace, so we do whatever possible to salvage your contents and building materials.

If you are concerned about the cleanliness of your home post-flood, rest assured in knowing that we use EPA-approved cleaning agents to work on sanitizing all surface areas impacted by the event. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Do you want to tackle flood damage in your home to save yourself time and money? SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford works to limit the loss and restore your interior to pre-flood conditions. Call (860) 667-9191 any time of day or night for emergency service.

Is SERVPRO the Right Choice After Water Loss in Your Newington Home?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

water overflowing from an orange sink Water damage is not simple to take care of yourself. Contact SERVPRO for professional grade remediation for your home.

As a reputable restoration team, we work to earn our place in the industry with our fast response, attention to detail, and focus on keeping costs to a minimum for our customers.

There is no great surprise that there are multiple restoration companies that you can choose whenever water damage threatens your Newington home. Despite the number of companies you can choose between, there are various reasons why potential customers should consider our accredited SERVPRO team's experience and response. We are an organization working to consistently better our response, our education in various niches of the restoration industry, and the satisfaction of our customers.

Restoring water damage in Newington homes is not a one size fits all solution for the property. Each structure must get carefully assessed and evaluated by our competent project manager and crew chief to determine what processes and equipment are necessary to make water loss incidents "Like it never even happened." Knowing what to expect when you reach out to our team can help to streamline the process, and get information where it belongs so that our Green Fleet can roll out with the right tools and personnel.

What Can You Expect When You Call?

Adding a personal touch amid an emergency that threatens your home can be a calming presence despite the stress of the situation. We can accomplish this with real people helping you through each phase of your problem through the complete restoration and recovery of water damage in your Newington home. This entire process begins with a single phone call, where you share the details of the last incident, how it started, and what damage you have recognized. Here is what you can expect when you call for assistance any time of the day:

  • Staffed Emergency Line – Real people answering your call when you need it is the first impression that we wish to make with our customers. Your emergency matters, and we are here to help. 
  • Mobilizing Technicians – With the information that you provide during the first notice of loss, we can begin assembling our technicians and equipment to reach your home as quickly as possible.
  • READY Trailers Rolling Out – We have pre-stocked trailers in our warehouse filled with water restoration equipment such as extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers, and other specialty drying tools.

What Are the Advantages of a Fast Response?

Just saying that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster means nothing to our customers. What matters more than this catchy slogan is the actual response during a crisis. When loss incidents threaten your home, there is often a 48-hour window in which specific exposed materials and contents can get recovered. With a commitment to reach your home within hours of the first notice of loss, we can provide our technicians with a considerable amount of this timeline to preserve as much of your home and its contents as possible. Because we reach your home quickly, we can begin vital efforts such as:

  • Emergency Services – Emergency services often precede mitigation and even the job scoping phase because these actions prevent the immediate and devastating loss. This would include temporarily sealing structural breaches, repairing plumbing, and extracting standing water.
  • Mitigation – These efforts are designed to minimize the damage that you experience after a water emergency.
  • Content Management – Protecting your belongings is a vital service that we take seriously. We have in-house strategies for the restoration and recovery of your possessions. However, when these are ineffective, we also can relocate these items to our SERVPRO facility for focused cleaning and safe storage.

Who Is Coming to Restore My Water-Damaged Home?

The education and continued training of our technicians is among the top priorities of our entire team. The majority of our technicians on our roster have water restoration training and certification, meaning customers do not have to wait for experienced and confident professionals. We have well-trained technicians available to respond 24/7. Among the numerous standard-setting companies that endorse and train our competent technicians are:

  • IICRC – Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification 
  • ABRA – American Bio Recovery Association 
  • OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration 
  • NORMI – National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors

We seek to provide a comprehensive approach for water restoration in your home. Because there are hundreds of potential causes for water loss incidents, experience and hands-on training that you get with our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team become more valuable than ever. No matter how we can help, from emergency services to cleaning and restoration, you can reach us 24/7 at (860) 667-9191.

How Seriously Should I Take Water Damage?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Construction Site: Neat Clean Crawlspace, Floor Joists, and Pony Wall Inspect your crawl space often for signs of water damage.

Water Damage to Your Newington Home Can Pose a Serious Threat to Your Health

Residents of Newington often risk their health and the safety of their homes by failing to address water damage and leaks promptly. Whenever there is standing water in your home, you risk creating a suitable environment for bacteria to multiply, including mold. Calling a professional water restoration team can help you resolve the situation and set the stage for a healthy home.

In Newington, water restoration services are our specialty at SERVPRO. Our team arrives at your home once you call our 24/7 hotline and share your situation. Regardless of appearances, all households benefit from a thorough evaluation following a water event. Sometimes the damage is not apparent, such as when drywall soaks up water and becomes weaker. Still, our water restoration equipment and technicians can help decide regarding the scope of the damage.

Where does water damage hide?

Depending on your specific circumstances, water might collect in your basement or even your crawl space. Using advanced imaging, such as infrared technology, our SERVPRO technicians can help determine where the problem areas are in your home. As necessary, we tap into our expertise and industry best practices to pump water from under your home and restore normal humidity levels. Among the equipment we use to achieve this goal, you can find:

  • Submersible pumps
  • Air movers and circulators
  • Dehumidifiers

When space is an issue and equipment does not fit, our crew may explore creating a point of entry above the crawl space or utilizing a flex house to aid the extraction process. Throughout this process, we typically wear personal protective equipment to protect us from bacteria and debris living under your home.

Relying on our SERVPRO of Newington/ Central Hartford for help is a sound decision. Our team's experience and knowledge help mitigate your loss in terms of time and money. Call us at (860) 667-9191 and let our team leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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Does Minor Fire Damage in Newington Require Professional Cleanup?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

smoke stained stove in kitchen after fire Kitchen and stove fire damage needs to be handled right away. Contact our experienced SERVPRO team for effective remediation services.

Professional SERVPRO Cleanup Can Clear Up Hidden Problems in Your Newington Home

Not all fires destroy a home. Kitchen fires in Newington are a common source of minor fires. These are fires that are contained and swiftly brought under control. Once everyone is safe, and the blaze is out, your best option is our emergency mitigation team.

Why not tackle the job myself?

With the fire damage in your Newington residence contained, it may seem cost-effective to either clean up yourself or have a general cleaning service take care of it. But there are problems which may have occurred that you wouldn’t think of or can’t see. Our experienced fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) look for issues such as:

  • Apparent damage – this is easily detectable and assessed
  • Secondary problems – not as detectable – this can include the spread of smoke or soot
  • Fire residue – can spread to other areas of the home
  • Water damage – a result of suppressing the fire. 

A Fire Restoration Plan that Brings Peace of Mind

Restoring your home after a fire requires immediate mitigation. Our SERVPRO teams are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained. With this training, you can have peace of mind knowing your home is in the hands of technicians who are experts. Here is a sampling of how they will take care of your fire damage restoration.

  • Water removal and drying if water is present.
  • Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces using specialized equipment and techniques.
  • Check the HVAC systems to determine if soot or smoke has circulated to other rooms.
  • Check for fire residue and take steps to remove the residue.
  • Deodorizing where needed using industrial air scrubbers and foggers
  • All restorable items and structures are cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected.
  • Restoration – doing the final steps such as replacing carpets or repairing drywall to leave you home “Like it never even happened.”

 Minor fires require major help. Contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667 – 9191 and let us take care of your restoration problems. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.


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Commercial Water Damage Newington

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

wood flooring coming up from flood Don't let your business in Newington take a hit from a storm. Call the professionals in SERVPRO to mitigate all of your storm needs.

How Much Does Commercial Restoration Cost to Businesses?

Costings Can Vary Dramatically for Water Damage Depending on How Quickly Mitigative Procedure Begins.

Use a Newington Restorer to Ensure your Business Makes a Full Recovery.

Who is liable for commercial property damage?

There is a wide range of policies available for commercial premises, but coverage can differ significantly between properties. Your insurance may cover plumbing issues, for example, but not flood incidents or heavy rainfall. Checking your coverage for accidental damages is a prudent move, and you should arrange a policy to cover drainage issues, sprinkler malfunctions, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units, which are all familiar sources of water emergency for Newington businesses. Equally important is to ensure you engage with professional restorers as early as possible to limit potential losses. Sometimes, water issues can force a temporary closure with lost revenue coverage available from business interruption insurance. SERVPRO endeavors to complete restoration at your commercial property on time and budget. 

What categories of water damage are there for business premises?

  • Category one water emergencies represent the least amount of water intrusion, with less than five percent of building materials absorbing moisture. These may be the result of a slow leak, sewer backup or other confined plumbing issue
  • Category two is for water intrusion that affects between five and forty percent of the building. These may include ceilings, floors, drywall, and baseboard. Category two covers water migration throughout a building rather than in one contained area
  • Class three represents the most considerable amount of water absorption into materials. It usually covers long-term water damage that may have lasted several hours or days, for example, a burst pipe that is not noticed over the weekend.
  • Class four water impact is when water intrusion penetrates all levels of building construction, for example, in a flood situation where there are significant amounts of standing water and migration.

How do you know how much equipment to use for water restoration?

Equipment calculations are a precise science with each piece of equipment used concerning the levels of water saturation in materials and the amount of air per cubic feet in the building. Most restoration involves using a combination of air-moving equipment and dehumidifiers in a closed environment. Closed environments allow technicians to have more robust control of indoor conditions, which can aid in setting up a drying zone. When calculating equipment, technicians need to balance the number of air-movers with the number of dehumidifiers to ensure drying is as efficient as possible.

Do restoration services need to use mains electricity?

Powering equipment is usually sourced from the premises mains to ensure that devices can run overnight and reduce the overall time of restoration. However, in some cases with water intrusion, it can be unsafe to rely entirely on infrastructure electricity. SERVPRO can bring industrial generators to a commercial site as an alternative power source. Temperature is an essential component of the drying procedure. Our technicians can use portable heaters to raise the temperature of larger spaces or create smaller drying zones by using plastic sheeting held with sandbags and inflated using an air mover.

What methods are there to control odor in wet premises?

  • Direct deodorization could include fogging equipment, misters as well as pressure sprays and odor neutralizing pellets
  • Air scrubbing equipment can be an effective way of removing unpleasant odors while restoring indoor air quality. Air-scrubbers use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove odor and contamination from an indoor environment
  • If the building is evacuated, we may use an ozone generator. Ozone generators use unstable o3 gases which permanently alter an indoor atmosphere and eliminate odors

When do I receive an estimate for insurers?

It is not uncommon for restoration to begin before the property manager receives an estimate. However, a written authorization to begin the service must be signed off. Usually, the drying process is well underway by the time an estimate is produced. The reason why estimates are given after work begins is that certain mitigation procedures need to be undertaken straight away to reduce harm. The other reason is that it can be challenging to assess the true damages that water causes to a building using visual inspection. Often there is a thorough measuring process to understand how far the water has migrated into surfaces. SERVPRO record outcomes in a digital dry book. The Dry Book provides a precise record of the work and extent of damage that can be accessed by both the policyholder as well as an adjuster. At the end of service, our crew chiefs or project manager can conduct a walkthrough with you referencing the dry book to explain work completed.

When your business suffers water intrusion uses an experienced commercial provider to restore the damages. Contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 337-2043.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Newington, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford today at (860) 667-9191 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Happens to my Newington Possessions During Flood Restoration?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rain on roof Flooding damages your personal possessions. SERVPRO knows how to restore your flood damaged property.

Floodwaters are Frequently Categorized as Blackwater Emergencies and Pose a High Threat to your Possessions; SERVPRO has Storage Protocols to Protect your Contents During Flood Restoration

What types of storage are available for my contents in a flood situation?

There are two protocols for contents when restoring flood damage in your Newington home. The first covers on-site cleaning for minor to moderate floods. SERVPRO technicians can designate a clean room in your property and set up safe storage conditions. These conditions involve controlling humidity using dehumidifiers, placing polyethylene sheeting on the ground, and placing items separately on top of sheets. The second storage protocol is to remove contents from home altogether and store them at an external facility.

Are my possessions safe off-site during flood restoration?

When it is necessary to remove contents from a flooded property altogether, our technicians begin by recording an inventory of items and conditions. We then enlist professional removers to transport them from the site to our climate-controlled warehouse. Before storing any contents, we perform a thorough inspection of microbial infestation, vermin, and pests. Your possessions are at no risk of cross-contamination from other items during storage.

What are the advantages of removing contents from a flooded property?

  • By removing items from the affected area, we can mitigate many loss-causing events
  • A clear property can make access for restoring, equipment or remodeling less restrictive
  • The conditions for efficient drying are less challenging to implement in a property without items

How do I get my property back from off-site storage after flood restoration is complete?

Move out services include transporting away from, and returning to, your home. Using our digital inventory recorded during the move-out, technicians can replace items in the correct rooms to limit any inconvenience. Contents can be returned to the property as soon as the required restoration and remodeling are complete. Pass the paperwork detailing the costs of removal onto your insurer for a stress-free claim.

For help managing your contents during flood restoration, contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191.

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My Newington Home Has Fire Damage, What Do I Do?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

A burnt computer printer and desk. Let SERVPRO take on your Newington fire damage.

Call SERVPRO to Handle the Fire Damage in Your Newington Home

Handling fire damage is a burdensome task and can overwhelm property owners. However, no matter how severe the damage is, it is essential to act fast to begin the restoration process. Engage with restoration experts like SERVPRO to minimize costs and downtime.

What should I do first?

After a fire, you ensure everyone is safe, and then contact our restoration team. We have decades of experience and we can handle fire damage in your Newington residence competently. We respond to the damaging effects of smoke and soot using state-of-the-art equipment and tools as well as edge cutting techniques. 

How can I be of help during the mitigation procedure?

Our team can use advanced equipment and products that help us restore building materials  and valuable items safely. You can help in the restoration process by setting aside valuable items such as electronics to prevent further damage. That allows our technicians to be more efficient during recovery. 

Should I move out during restoration?

That depends on the extent of the damage. Once we inspect the property and find that the structure is unstable or the supply of either electricity or water is affected, you have no choice but to move temporarily. When your house has fire damage, expect noise disruption, and smoke odor. It is entirely your decision to either move or stay. 

Should I take anything with me?

When moving out, it is essential to carry personal items with a high monetary value such as: 

  • Personal documents
  • Medications
  • Personal documents 
  • Artwork

How do you combat the persisting smoke odors?

Even after a thorough cleaning, smoke odor can persist in your property. Our team of technicians can use thermal foggers to deodorize your property. The fog goes where smoke went and eliminates the odor.

When a fire happens in your property, do not stress over the situation. Call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford  at (860) 667-9191 for efficient restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.    

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What Do Professionals Do to Clean Up Water in My Newington Home?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking on kitchen floor Water damage in homes can put a burden on your family. Contact SERVPRO to mitigate water damage.

When You Call SERVPRO to Address Water Damage Found in Your Newington Home, You Get Prompt, Reliable Service

Water loss events leave Newington homeowners wondering what steps to take next. You may have slight damage that presents with staining on your ceilings or walls. There are some incidents like a burst pipe that sends vast amounts of water into your home and through a variety of hidden spaces. Calling in the professionals to handle the restoration helps give you peace of mind that no moisture lingers and causes mold or mildew to develop. This is where our skilled technicians at SERVPRO are trained and ready to help!

Why Do I Have to Worry About Hidden Moisture?

To efficiently address water damage in Newington, our team works fast to inspect and remove any materials that have absorbed a great deal of moisture. Failure to do so causes secondary damage and the potential for harmful microbial growth. Once we arrive at your property, we:

  •   Perform a detailed inspection
  •   Formulate a plan for restoration
  •   Remove any standing water
  •   Extract moisture from carpeting, flooring and behind walls
  •   Implement drying and dehumidification practices
  •   Perform controlled demolition, if necessary
  •   Use moisture detection devices to find hidden pockets of moisture
  •   Thoroughly clean, sanitize, and disinfect your interior

Our team must work fast because your belongings and porous materials take on water and rapidly:

  •   Become contaminated with pathogens and microbes
  •   Begin staining from the colors transferring from bleeding
  •   Start to distort, warp, and swell
  •   Produce foul odors

Why Can’t I Use a Wet/Dry Vacuum?

In slight water loss situations in Newington, a wet/dry vacuum may be able to pull up visible water. However, it is the hidden moisture that is concerning. Our team leaves no stone unturned, and we ensure all water is removed from your interior to move forward with the drying process. Just a sampling of the tools that we bring with us for our water restoration technicians (WRT) to use include:

  •   Truck-mount extraction equipment for removing hundreds to thousands of gallons of water
  •   Submersible pumps for standing water over two-inches deep
  •   Portable pumps
  •   Light-wand extractors
  •   Movers, or ride-on units, which use the weight of our technicians to push the carpet down to pull water out

What Does Water Migration Mean?

Water dispersed into your home migrates to drier spaces. Our skilled technicians follow the path of migration to ensure all areas get addressed adequately. We have a range of moisture detection tools that help to measure both humidity levels and moisture under floors and behind walls. What this does is help us to ensure that no water is left behind so that additional damage festers.

What is a Controlled Demolition?

Various materials throughout your home have the potential of recovery with proper drying methods. If mitigation starts fast enough, hardwood flooring has the potential for full restoration. If you have a composite wood floor or subfloor, it deteriorates quickly after being exposed to water for an extended time. Our technicians remove the damaged flooring so that it can be replaced. Drywall tends to wick significant moisture as well, so flood cuts are made to remove unsalvageable portions. This also helps to expose the wall cavity to enhance dry times.

In situations where the wood flooring seems salvageable, our team may put down dehumidification mats hooked up to a system of air hoses. This complex system enhances drying times to restore the flooring and speeds up the overall drying process.

Smart, Complete Drying is Essential

Our skilled technicians monitor drying in your Newington home to make sure that the levels of indoor humidity fall under the range for germination of mold spores. This also helps us to avoid musty odors from developing. After your structure is deemed dry, we then work to meticulously clean and sanitize all surfaces with our EPA-registered, proprietary disinfectants. All of this is done to ensure that you have a clean slate so that the reconstruction can begin.

Reconstruction and Restoration

In any instance where the flooring gets removed, flood cuts were performed, or there were holes drilled in your walls to facilitate drying, reconstruction must begin. SERVPRO offers everything that you need for recovery and rebuilding to ensure your home looks as good as new. To restore your home to preloss conditions, all damaged materials that were removed get replaced, and it ends up looking, “Like it never even happened.” This will include new flooring, new drywall, new baseboards, new paint, and whatever else is necessary to bring your interior back to normal.

Whether you have hidden water damage behind walls or your flooring needs particular attention, you can trust that our technicians at SERVPRO of Newington/Central Hartford take care of it for you. Call us at (860) 667-9191, and we will send out a team as quickly as possible to begin the assessment and restoration.

Why Should I Call for Restoration Services After a Flood?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Home with flood water inside We can get your property back to the state it was in before the unfortunate incident.

SERVPRO Gets Your Prompt Flood Damage Mitigation to Bring Your Newington Property Back to Pre-Loss Condition

Floodwater infiltrating your home is an emergency that you never want to hold off on before mitigating the loss. Whether you have a crawlspace or a basement , water coming in during a flood can cause a significant amount of damage. Not only that, but this water can contain a variety of contaminants that make it best to call in the help of trained professionals to have all of the moisture safely removed.

What Type of Damage Can Flood Water Cause?

For flood damage in Newington, the level of destruction depends on the amount of water, as well as your contents and materials inside the home.

  •   If you have resilient tile flooring like vinyl, water loss can cause the tiling to delaminate and lift
  •   Water can wick up the sheetrock throughout your home, which calls for strategic flood cuts to remove the damage and open up the cavities for drying
  •   Partial or total loss of carpets, padding, or hardwood flooring depending on the success of restoration efforts; typically black water contamination requires discarding of porous flooring

Why Should I Call SERVPRO for Help?

Our IICRC-Certified team of water restoration technicians (WRT) arrives at your property promptly so that we can get started on mitigation and planning.

  •   Upon arrival, we assess the water loss. This not only gives us a plan to start but also tells us what equipment is needed for the job.
  •   Water testing might be required to determine what chemicals, bacteria, and other contaminants might be an issue.
  •   Containment is necessary to help us ensure no cross-contamination takes place throughout your home.
  •   We bring along powerful truck-mount and submersible pumps along with wet/dry vacuums, air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers so that we can execute drying promptly.

SERVPRO of Newington/Central Hartford is the team to call when you need help with flood damage. Water can cause significant damage the longer that it sits, so call us at (860) 667-9191, and we can get started on restoration right away!

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How Can I Sanitize My Newington Restaurant After It Suffers From Flood Damage?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

empty restaurant After experiencing flood damage in your Newington eatery, our SERVPRO technicians can contain the affected areas.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Can Clean And Apply Disinfectant Anything That Got Wet Inside Your Newington Restaurant

Restaurants are one type of business where you must maintain a clean building as a part of health code standards. If muddy waters enter your dining room due to flooding, then there is a chance that harmful contaminants could have got into your place of business.

What Special Precautions Get Taken To Help Reduce Contamination?

    •    Containment: After experiencing flood damage in your Newington eatery, our SERVPRO technicians can contain the affected areas so that contaminants cannot spread throughout your structure.
    •    Cleaning the air: Once a containment chamber is set up in the affected regions of your building, we can then attach an air scrubber to it that creates negative air pressure and will capture any airborne microorganisms.
    •    Removal Of Contaminated Items: Since the water entering your dining room from the outside could be contaminated, we must remove any porous items that got wet such as your carpets or chairs.

What Other Steps Can Be Taken To Remove The Contaminated Water?
Once all porous items have been discarded and containment has been established, we can then extract any remaining standing water using submersible pumps or heavy-duty extractors. Once all of the liquids have been removed, we can then start the applied structural drying or ASD step. During the ASD process, we can set up air movers and dehumidifiers that help speed up the natural evaporation and drying process.

Is There Anything Else That Can Be Done To Ensure My Building Is Disinfected?

    •    Final Clean: Once everything is dried out, we then conduct a final cleaning that consists of vacuuming up loose debris and scrubbing surfaces with water-based detergents.
    •    Sealing: If your subfloors, wooden studs, or other items got wet, we could spray them with specialized sealant paint.
    •    Applying Disinfectant: Before and after the cleaning process, we can apply antimicrobial agents with a pump sprayer that can kill pathogens.

To make sure your restaurant is clean and sanitized after a flood strikes the town, call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 24/7.

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How Can Nor'easter Flood Damage Be Handled in Newington?

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home If you ever do suffer flood damage, call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 for help.

Contact SERVPRO, the Flood Damage Mitigation Professionals

The Newington area is especially susceptible to the effects of yearly Nor’easters.  These massive storms, typically moving up the East Coast between September and April, bring with them heavy rains and powerful winds.  During these stormy periods, several inches of rain usually falls; much of it inevitably ends up in the Connecticut River.  Since our town is low-lying and near the river, residents often suffer storm-related flood damage and need professional cleaning and restoration services.

When Faced with Storm Water-Related Damage, What are My Options?
There are several Newington flood damage mitigation services, but they are not of equal quality.  Some do not possess the right equipment to effectively handle all situations.  Others do not have highly trained and experienced technicians with the right certifications for your particular issue.  SERVPRO, however, has all of these things and can deal with almost any water problem you may have.  We have industrial-strength water extractors, pumps, dehumidifiers, air movers, injectidry systems, and foggers to fully eliminate your storm-connected issues.  Our professionals are among the most highly trained and experienced in the industry.

Our Technicians’ Relative Certifications Include:

    •    Water Damage Restoration (WRT)
    •    Health and Safety (HST)
    •    Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
    •    Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT)

How Do We Mitigate Your Flood Damage?
SERVPRO acts quickly to mitigate current and limit additional flood damage at your Newington residence.  We expertly handle various related problems, including:

    •    Removal of Standing Flood Waters
    •    Professional Disinfecting of Affected Areas
    •    Expert Removal and Disposal of Hazardous Impacted Materials
    •    Skilled Drying of Affected Surfaces, Including Ceilings, Walls, and Floors
    •    Effective Deodorization of Your Entire Home

Within four hours of your call to us, we are on-site to evaluate your particular situation.  If necessary, our technicians use submersible pumps and powerful truck-mounted extractors to remove several feet of standing floodwater from your home.  After removing the water, they spray disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) around your house to hinder microbial growth and lower potential health risks.  Once the initial disinfecting is complete, workers use rakes and shovels to remove any remaining mud and debris.  They expertly remove and dispose of carpets, padding, drywall, and furnishings contaminated by floodwaters.  Afterward, using pressure washers and antimicrobial sprays, technicians clean and further disinfect structural components.

How Do Our Professionals Effectively Dry Your Home and Prevent Further Damage?
Once SERVPRO workers have cleaned and disinfected your Newington residence, they get to work on thoroughly drying your home and preventing further floodwater damage.  In order to dry indirectly affected interior walls, we drill holes in them and use an injectidry system.  An injectidry system connected to a dehumidifier pulls in moisture-rich air from your home’s interior, while blowing warm, dry air into damp spaces behind walls and ceilings.  Strategically-placed air movers further aid evaporative drying around your house by blowing water-saturated air out and replacing it with drier, more absorptive air.  Our technicians dry exterior walls by drilling holes in their bases and tops to facilitate airflow.

What Hazards Does Our Service Help to Prevent?

    •    Harmful bacterial growth
    •    The growth of dry rot-causing fungi
    •    Mold proliferation
    •    The spread of mildew
    •    Sickening odors

What is Done to Ensure Work is Complete?
SERVPRO has many tools at its disposal to ensure that its work has been effective and is complete.  First, before they start, technicians establish a drying goal based on locally acceptable equilibrium moisture contents and those of things in unaffected areas of your home.  At different intervals during their work, our experts test the moisture level of your residence’s air, structural elements, and furnishings.  Using advanced thermohygrometers, they monitor the air’s temperature and relative humidity.  This enables them to maximize evaporative drying and determine when the air has reached normal humidity levels.  At different points, technicians employ moisture meters and sensors to monitor moisture levels in structural elements and furnishings.  The job is complete once all readings are within the goal range.

After SERVPRO Finishes, Will There Be Any Lingering Smells?
We work tirelessly to eliminate the unpleasant odors associated with flood damage.  SERVPRO employs high-tech foggers to deodorize even the most difficult to reach areas of your Newington home.  When our experts encounter surfaces, they cannot effectively deodorize, they seal them via various methods like painting.  However, there are occasions, particularly during hotter, more humid weather, when unpleasant odors can reappear after we have treated them.  In those cases, we can return and help homeowners eliminate recurring smells.

Destructive northeastern storms, while often unpredictable, occur yearly in Connecticut.  As a result, there is a high probability that you might be affected by one soon.  If you ever do suffer flood damage, call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 for help.

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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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Our Flood Damage Experts Discuss Assessing Contamination and Threats In Hartford

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

Assessing Contamination and Threats in Hartford with Job Scoping

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Team That Reliably Removes Fire Damage in Hartford

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Filing a Claim After Fire Damage

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

Be sure to include the following information in your claim:

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

How SERVPRO Restores Your Home

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

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

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

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

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage Affects Wood Flooring In Your Hartford Area Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Different Types of Monitoring Necessary During Flood Damage Restoration in Hartford

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

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

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

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

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

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Quick and Easy Remediation For Fire Damage

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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How Hartford Homes Can Benefit from Ozone Deodorization

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage is Not Always Just Water in Hartford Properties

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

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

Why SERVPRO?

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

Pack Out Assists in Saving Possessions

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

Floor Cleaning Tools

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

Drying Actions to Lessen Loss

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

Cleaning and Disinfection

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

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

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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)

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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)

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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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Portable Power Solutions for Water Removal in Hartford Homes

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Let us show you the power in your Hartford home.

SERVPRO has the power to knock out all your water issues.

There are many times in which water loss incidents can become so substantial for Hartford homes that other utilities and services running to the property also become compromised. Most often, households can lose their electricity, cable, and phone service when electronic hubs and equipment get overly exposed to spreading water or moisture. Even with the water damage quickly moving throughout the property, there is little that even our experienced technicians can do without power. 

Part of our fast response in emergencies to begin water removal in Hartford homes is ensuring our SERVPRO technicians arrive with the full measure of recovery tools and equipment they need to complete the task. We cannot anticipate the loss of power for disasters, but we do have solutions that can help to provide stable electricity to help homeowners and our technicians through the earliest stages of mitigation until the power can get restored by the utility company. 

There are multiple ways that solutions like portable generators and trailer systems can benefit your restoration project in a house, and some of these include: 

  • Provides electricity to run multiple units, including extraction tools, air purifiers, and drying units. 
  • Allows for lighting to get installed temporarily on stands throughout the affected areas of the work area. 
  • Helps customers to complete their departure efforts safely and efficiently. 

Portable power solutions can help our SERVPRO professionals to start work immediately on your water-damaged home. Faster response means fewer materials that get saturated and ruined by standing water concerns in the house, and a constant recovery process even in fluctuating electricity conditions. Even with tasks like helping customers to finish gathering irreplaceable items and possessions before their departure safely, preparedness for any emergency condition is critical. 

We work to provide every customer with an immediate response to the hazards of water loss incidents. From our powerful extraction equipment to our cleaning and drying approaches, you can count on our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (860) 667-9191.

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Newington Storm Water Penetration? Call SERVPRO for Help

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in Newington!! What to Do?? Easy, Call SERVPRO for Extraction and Clean Up

Benefits of a Fast Response after Flooding in Newington

Flooding is a dangerous situation for Newington homeowners, as the resulting damages can spread quickly throughout the residence and cause substantial saturation and degradation. While these conditions are correctable with the right equipment and expertise, you must react quickly to the situation to get experienced personnel on-site and working towards the restoration of the property. Our professionals can help you.

While flood damage in any Newington home can be devastating and destructive, a fast response from trained professionals like our SERVPRO team can have a positive effect on this outcome. We have powerful mitigation tools for extraction and drying that can reduce the spread of the flood damages and can work to improve the condition of many exposed construction materials and structural elements. It is critical for qualified professionals to respond immediately, even amid a flooding crisis, to get this work started.

Our team has a ready trailed stocked with modern extraction and drying equipment designed to make short work of flooding effects. While even the most advanced tools and technology cannot reverse the effects of water damages, prompt response with these machines can limit how widespread the destruction of flooding can be for your property. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to these emergencies, working quickly to establish containment and to understand the full scope of the damage to get drying equipment set up in optimal locations.

Another reason that a prompt response is valuable for your home after a disaster like this is repairing penetration points where floodwaters got into the house. With a team of licensed general contractors with years of experience in the building trades, we can help to repair damaged areas of your property to prevent further penetration of moisture and water from the current storm system or ones yet to arrive.

It can be challenging to think quickly amid a disaster like flooding, but reaching out to our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team can help to protect your home and its occupants. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (860) 667-9191.

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Fast Extraction Is Crucial When Dealing With Water Damage In Your Hartford Warehouse

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Fast Extraction Solutions For Your Hartford Warehouse

Hartford is among the top five biggest cities through the state, with more than 120,000 people, and as a result, has bustling commercial districts and remains a hub of business. Your warehouse stores inventory for multiple franchise locations, and can also serve as a distribution center for specific items shipped directly to customers. With the speed of business and how reliant, the parent company is to your facility, your warehouse functions 24 hours a day. When disasters like flooding occur, you need a fast and effective response to protect your employees, your building, and the vital stock and inventory.

Protecting the items within your Hartford warehouse from impending flood damage requires precision and a carefully orchestrated plan completed with trained professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have a contents department that can work immediately to address the pressing risks to the stock, inventory, equipment, and documents that you have in the facility. With full trailers and trucks that arrive at your building along with our rapid response team, we can begin moving at-risk items out of the facility for focused cleaning/disinfection, drying efforts, and safekeeping in a climate-controlled environment.

Even with the bulk of threatened contents getting removed or relocated to a safer part of the facility, our professionals must also address the standing water throughout the building. With the open floor plans of your warehouse, water damage can spread considerable distances unhindered. The extraction must happen through the use of several pieces of equipment, often beginning with our powerful truck-mounted options.

We can then pursue other damaged areas of the property with our other extraction tools such as our submersible pumps, wet-vacs with extraction wands, and similar choices. Once our SERVPRO team successfully removes the standing water, they can get to work on protecting the warehouse with rapid drying solutions.

With the city being a hub for activity for the entire state, a disaster like flooding can halt production and compromise the reputation of the company you represent. Let our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford help keep your business going even after a disaster by calling (860) 667-9191.

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What is in the Floodwater in Your Newington Home?

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Floodwater can be contaminated with biohazards. Don't come into contact with floodwater unless you are wearing protective clothing.

The Risks of Natural Flooding in Your Newington Home

Natural flooding is a grim situation for Newington homes, especially considering that these disasters can affect multiple properties simultaneously. With the combined resources of our full Large Loss Recovery Team, our crew can handle all of these loss incidents spread throughout the Greater Hartford area with efficiency. There are many hazards associated with natural flooding and its effects on a property, and these concerns must also get addressed by the competent restoration specialists that you choose to help. 

With groundwater flood damage from rising creeks and streams or flash flooding scenarios around your Newington home, the risk for contamination is high. High volumes of water necessary to facilitate the powerful waves of flooding spreading throughout the community must take many paths to converge together eventually. These routes allow the water to pick up all manner of contaminants, including dead animals, mud, sewage, chemicals, and bacteria. 

With a risk of contamination, our biohazard cleanup team is part of the flood mitigation and recovery process for your house. We can work to assess what potential risks exist and the best approach to containing the spread of the effects to prevent further contamination of new areas of your property. This containment begins with effective extraction approaches with the array of water removal equipment available to our SERVPRO professionals. 

In many situations, construction materials like drywall become exposed to potentially contaminated water and must get removed. This response is the same for many flooring materials like carpets and vinyl planking. Controlled demolition techniques can expose dampened structural elements beneath drywall and flooring materials so that our SERVPRO technicians can address bacteria with our green antimicrobial and disinfection agents. 

Many problems exist when natural flooding finds its way into your home. You can count on the fast response and the experience of our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team to make these flood effects “Like it never even happened.” No matter when disaster strikes, you can reach our qualified professionals 24/7 at (860) 667-9191.

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Don’t Stress Over Fire Damage Remediation In Your Newington Home

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke residue from fire damage can linger forever if not cleaned correctly. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Containment Practices for Fire Damage in Newington Homes

Many Newington homeowners, unfortunately, experience the often-devastating effects of a fire loss incident in their property. In these situations, it is critical for residents to act quickly to secure the appropriately skilled professionals to address these spreading concerns and ultimately return the house to pre-fire condition. Our team has extensive experience and training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as fire and smoke restoration specialists as well as odor control technicians. This training helps us to understand the best approaches to overcome hazardous effects quickly in your house after this disaster.

We know the investment that you have in your Newington home and its contents, and that is what makes fire damage such a destructive force. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly to begin protecting and removing affected contents, furniture, and possessions from the house so that vital mitigation work can begin. With symptoms that often follow fire loss incidents like widespread soot and smoke residue, as well as harsh odors that can become embedded in fabrics, construction materials, and other areas, recovering this damage is a challenging task.

Even with the extensive training and experience that our professionals have in combatting fire loss effects, these efforts can often become steadily challenged without effective containment solutions. After a fire, our SERVPRO professionals can often utilize advanced machines like hydroxyl or ozone units, even air scrubbers, all with HEPA filters that can begin to address airborne contaminants, particulates, and odors.

The fast response of our technicians to a fire loss incident also allows us to set up physical containment barriers as well with thick plastic sheeting. These sealed off areas can prevent the penetration of odor molecules as well as airborne soot and smoke residue particulates.

While many homeowners often fixate on structural concerns after a fire loss incident, there are many steps vital to addressing all of the effects after these disasters. You can count on the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (860) 667-9191.

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SERVPRO Provides Newington Homeowners with Water Loss Cleanup and Restoration

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says to Newington Property Owners--Call Us for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Air Circulation, Deodorizing and Controlling Microbial Growth after Water Damage in Newington

The presence of excess moisture in the home can be a catalyst for extensive property issues. Sometimes these problems manifest in mold growth. Other times, the steady weakening of the structure alongside stagnation can require general contractors to work onsite. We are a restoration team that can remediate these issues before they become too severe, using industry-leading training, equipment, and experience.

Our team has helped the community overcome water damage in Newington properties for many years. The process begins with an easy phone call to the SERVPRO twenty four hour emergency contact line. From here, our staff can arrange an appropriate service by gauging both the scale and severity of the task at hand. We can send a technician or a crew to your property within four hours of notification of loss and have on-call technicians for out of hours emergencies.

Safety is the priority in any home emergency. Our restorers can spot potential hazards, loose electric wires as well as assessing the level of water contamination and whether or not it is likely to become more severe. Starting from the source of water- usually, a damaged or split pipe- SERVPRO technicians work outwards using detection equipment including thermal imaging cameras and moisture sensors to discover the source of the water and to the extent of its movement.

The proper drying of a property ensures that you are protected from microbial growth, water stagnation and mold as well as assisting with odor removal. The critical method of drying property is establishing air circulation through the affected area. By drilling small holes underneath fittings or beneath skirting, SERVPRO can pump warm air into wall cavities, establish an airflow, and ensure the property is dry inside and out.

Managing water issues in your property are more complicated than removing the visible signs of moisture. We adopt a holistic approach that tackles odor, dries your property, and controls microbial growth. Where necessary, we can thoroughly deodorize your home and apply anti-microbial treatments as an added layer of protection after water damages. Our team always strives to restore and not replace water-damaged materials and content.

When in need of assistance, contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191.

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