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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)

Microbes We know the steps to get your Newington home back from flood damage.

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)

A huge water spot in a room of a home after water damage struck We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! Our team has the experience, expertise and equipment to handle any size water damage disaster. Call us right away.

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)

room flooded after a storm We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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)

fire damaged home Don’t let fire damage take a catastrophic toll on your home, call SERVPRO today.

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)

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

Software That Helps Hartford Shops in Flood Loss Situations 

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

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

SERVPRO DryBook

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

Emergency READY Profiles 

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

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

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

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why Water Removal Must Happen Quickly in Hartford Homes

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

Containing Odor after a Fire Damage Event in Your Hartford Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fast Response to Flooding Emergencies in Hartford Homes

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

How SERVPRO Handles Commercial Flood Damage in Hartford Schools

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

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

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

Common issues we handle during flood cleanup:

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

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

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

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

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

Common Safety Hazards After Flood Damage In Hartford Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Portable Power Can Help with Fire Recovery in Hartford

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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