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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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