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Professional Fire Damage Restoration Yields Fast, Efficient Results in Newington

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. The corrosive nature of soot residue is no DIY task. SERVPRO trained professionals are here for all of your fire damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Returns Your Newington Home Back to Pre-Fire Condition with Our Proven Fire Damage Restoration Methods

Fast-moving flames from a fire within your Newington home create a path of devastation that DIY methods alone cannot handle. Due to the corrosive nature of soot residue, it is essential that smoke remediation begins sooner than later. Not only that, but the moisture left from water that first responders use to extinguish the flames can lead to secondary damage or the onset of mold growth. SERVPRO’s skilled fire and smoke damage technicians go the extra mile to ensure each phase of your house fire clean-up goes as smoothly as possible. Your home will be “Like it never even happened,” once we get done working.

In Newington, fire damage restoration is comforting with SERVPRO, bringing you added peace of mind when everything gets done right the first time. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) get thoroughly trained to handle each situation, adapting as needed while they work to ensure quality results. To handle fire restoration properly, some of the steps we may take include:

  • Smoke remediation to address dry soot particles or stubborn smoke residue that has settled on various surfaces.
  • Repair/replace charred building materials, including drywall, baseboards, trim, panel, wainscoting, and more. 
  • Thorough cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitization of surfaces to ensure no foul odors get left behind as a reminder of the fire event that took place.
  • Controlled demolition and surface refinishing, as needed. 

For all water & fire damage restorations, our crew works to repair versus replace to help save both time and money on your project. Some materials that may call for total removal and replacement include carpeting, vinyl flooring, ceiling tiles, wall coverings, fixtures, and more.

Contact SERVPRO of Newington/Central Hartford by calling (860) 667-9191; when you want fire damage restoration, you can trust!

Can Fire Damage Restoration Clean Newington Kitchens and Appliances?

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering everything When fire damage occurs in your kitchen, the situation needs a quick resolution. Contact our team to come out and quickly assess and remediate.

SERVPRO Has Professional Cleaning Agents to Restore Newington Kitchens Like New After Fire Damage

After a Newington kitchen has fire damage, particularly after a protein-based fire, there can be heavy smoke damage and residues. Homeowners should hand over this type of cleanup job to a professional restoration company for the best outcome.

One of the biggest reasons fire damage restoration by Newington homeowners is a bad idea is because not all residues left behind get cleaned in the same manner. High heat fires produce dry soot, which collects in corners and around the ceilings, sometimes producing soot webs. If wet cleaning products get applied, it can ruin a surface as this type of smoke damage needs to get gently lifted away using dry cleaning sponges. Protein and wet smoke residues leave a greasy film that sticks to surfaces. Often a solvent-based cleaner gets used to release its grip. After a kitchen fire, SERVPRO can:

  • Bring in a local expert to determine if appliances need repairs or are safe to operate
  • Negate cross-contamination from happening with airborne particulate 
  • Use solutions specifically made for cleaning appliances with smoke damage
  • Leave the kitchen "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 serves the Newington community for all types and sizes of fire damage restoration needs.

Taking Care Of Everything During Hartford Fire Damage Restoration

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damaged home Fire damage leaves a mess behind. Smoke and soot damaged are no easy task. SERVPRO has the equipment for any size disaster.

SERVPRO coordinates the moving parts of Hartford house fire clean up

One of the most daunting things about fire damage is realizing how many different things you need to worry about. Your walls and floors might have soot damage. There could be clothes, textiles, or electronics that are warped by the fire. Fire-fighting water and chemicals can soak into all kinds of materials, including wooden floors and furniture.

When it comes to fire damage restoration in your Hartford home, you need a smoke damage crew who can coordinate every part of the restoration effort. SERVPRO takes care of:

  • Prioritizing cleaning and restoration tasks, so things get fixed in the fastest and most helpful way.
  • Helping you sort out what is salvageable and what is not.
  • Testing fibers on sooty carpets, drapes, and upholstery, to determine the best and safest cleaning method. 
  • Taking pictures for insurance agents and talking with them on your behalf.
  • Working with other professionals such as electricians, plumbers, or decorators, to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Let SERVPRO take care of every aspect of your house fire clean-up. Do not wait – it is better to get in touch as soon as you can. Call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191.

Are Kitchen Appliances Saveable after a Fire?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen fire When a fire strikes in your kitchen, do you have the knowledge to fix it? SERVPRO techs are IICRC certified for the job.

SERVPRO Provides Dedicated Fire Damage Restoration Services to Newington Residents

Kitchen fires are among the most common to affect homeowners in the US. Your kitchen is likely full of appliances that may be expensive to replace. A kitchen fire could cause cosmetic or physical damage to your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, compactor, and freezer. SERVPRO can often restore these items to reduce your claim expense.

Conducting fire damage restoration of appliances in your Newington home relies on understanding the composite materials. Cleaning glass, metal, Formica, or plastics can often be achieved with a detergent as these materials are non-absorbent. However, some smoke residues may require high alkaline cleaning solutions, which require expertise to avoid causing inadvertent damages to the surface material.

  • Using high alkaline products requires the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), including eye goggles and chemical resistant gloves.
  • Some high alkaline cleaners can cause damage if left on the appliance. Ensure alkalines are rinsed thoroughly.
  • If the heat has caused a yellow finish, applying wood creme paste can be an effective restoration method.

Protect your appliances and your claim's expenses after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford for fire damage restoration at (860) 667-9191.

Take a Tour of Newington's American Radio Relay League Next January

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle and technician outside job site. Smoke and fire damages shouldn't be restored by amateurs. SERVPRO has the latest technology and IICRC certified technicians for the job.

The ARRL Run Tours of its Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut

The ARRL is a non-profit organization that was initially established in 1914. The headquarters in Newington, Connecticut open to the public for tours of this American Institution. Membership in the group supports the venture, dedicating itself to educational programs for communities across the United States. At the same time, a typical tour through the studios shows visitors everything from ancient, titanic-era broadcasting systems to the modern amateur radio operators and emergency communications. While tours are perhaps unsuitable for very young children, teenagers and adults can explore the various recording rooms and equipment while even broadcasting their own amateur radio communications. 

  • The ARRL is run and funded by over 165,000 radio operators who contribute to the organization's maintenance.
  • As a non-profit, much of the activities center on educational programs and bringing new members into the world of amateur radio.
  • Learn the essential function of the ARRL through United States History by emergency broadcasting.

Leaving a stove unattended could cause smoke or fire damages in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191.

Hartford Depends on SERVPRO When Fire Strikes

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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We are a Fire Damage Restoration Company Helping Hartford Homeowners Recover Their Homes

The fourth-largest city in Connecticut, Hartford, is the insurance capital of the world. It is also the capital city and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Founded in 1635, Hartford is home to several facilities that are among some of the oldest in their category as well. They include the Wadsworth Museum, Bushnell Park, and the Hartford Courant. For many years after the Civil War, it was the wealthiest city in the country. Sadly, now it ranks as one of the poorest. 

Home to Native American Tribes

Like many cities across the country, Hartford was home to various Indian tribes. They inhabited the area in and around Hartford and were all part of the Algonquin Indians. They include:

  •   Podunks – east of the Connecticut River
  •   Poquonock – north and west of Hartford
  •   Massacoes – Simsbury area
  •   Tunxis – West Hartford and Farmington
  •   Wangunks – to the south
  •   Sauklog – in Hartford

Dutch Traders Build a Fort

The Dutch were the first Europeans to explore the area. Adriaen Block led the group in 1614. In 1623, Dutch fur traders returned to the location and established a trading post. They were also fortifying the spot for the Dutch West India Company. This was in the Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood that exists today. The fortification erected was called Fort Hoop. A Pequot chief sold the land around the fort to Jacob Van Curler in 1633. A handful of families and some soldiers lived there, and in 1654 the fort was abandoned. Today the area is known as Dutch Point.

English Migration Soon Overwhelms the Dutch

There were only a few dozen soldiers at the Dutch outpost. They didn’t overly concern themselves with English migration into the area. It was not long before the English outnumbered the Dutch. The outpost known as the House of Hope was still in place, but English settlers slowly took over. Peter Stuyvesant negotiated a permanent boundary that would separate the Dutch in English in 1650.  The English representatives he met with agreed, and a line was designated that was over 50 miles from the original settlement.

English Colonies Settle and Develop the Area

The English, who started arriving in 1635, settled upstream of Fort Hoop. Over 100 settlers would be led to the area by Governor John Hayes and two Puritan pastors, Samuel Stone and Thomas Hooker.  They brought 130 head of cattle with them. The town was called Newtown originally but was changed to Hartford in 1637. It was named after the hometown of Samuel Stone, Hertford, England.  In 1633 Hooker also started the town of Windsor. 

Determining the Government in Hartford

While they came from the Massachusetts Bay Colony when they established the baby colony, they were out of the charter’s jurisdiction. They needed to decide how they were going to be governed. Thomas Hooker would preach a sermon that was the basis for the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. This was ratified in 1639 and stressed self-rule rather than ceding that to a higher power. The belief is this sermon was the foundation for the Connecticut Constitution and the United States Constitution as well. 

Hidden in an Old White Oak

The Charter Oak was located in the original settlement area. In 1662 colonists hid Connecticut’s Royal Charter to keep it from being confiscated by the English governor-general. This oak tree is the emblem on the Connecticut state quarter. A monument to the oak tree can be seen at the corner of Charter Oak Street and Charter Oak Place.

New England to Secede

Delegates from the five New England states met on December 15, 1814, at the Hartford Convention. Their topic was the secession of New England from the US. Slavery was one of the main concerns. The Beechers, a famous abolitionist family, lived in Hartford, one of the leading centers of abolitionist activity. 

The Beecher Family & Anti-Slavery Movement

Reverend Lyman Beecher was a Congregational minister who was an important representative of the anti-slavery movement. He delivered powerful anti-slavery sermons. His son, Henry Ward Beecher, was a noted clergyman in his own right. He not only fought against slavery but supported women’s suffrage and the temperance movement. His daughter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, was the author of the controversial Uncle’s Tom Cabin.

The Wide Awakes 

The Wide Awakes were a group of abolitionists that supported Abraham Lincoln. Hartford was the first site of this movement when it started in 1860. They put together parades with fireworks, music, and torch lights. The parades were as much social events as they were political. They began as part of Lincoln’s visit to the city but eventually became part of 19th-century political campaigns.

A City Full of History

Today much of the history of Hartford can still be seen through the buildings and monuments. Many structures can be toured and enjoyed. It is a city rich in culture and history. 

SERVPRO Proudly Serves 

the Hartford Community

When a fire occurs in a home, it can cause problems even if it is a small one that was contained quickly. Smoke residue can travel rapidly throughout the home and spread into the tiniest of cracks. SERVPRO is ready to provide fire damage restoration to any Hartford home impacted by fire. We can provide mitigation for any size fire. Our technicians provide:

  •   Emergency mitigation including boarding up services
  •   Removal of charred and burnt debris 
  •   Determining the type of soot
  •   Cleaning impacted surfaces with agitative methods 
  •   Wiping down surfaces with appropriate cleaning agents
  •   Repairing and restoring structural elements 
  •   Pack-out and removal of content for cleaning if needed
  •   Deodorization using HEPA vacuums and other methods

Each situation is different, and all of the above may not be required in every situation. Our technicians are experts at determining the exact plan of action needed. SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford can provide professional fire damage restoration to homeowners. Contact us at (869) 667-9191. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

To Restore Your Newington Home After a Fire, Call SERVPRO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deodorizing After a Living Room Fire

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

What Deodorization Methods are the Most Appropriate for My Newington Home

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

The Newington SERVPRO Team Cleans and Deodorizes 

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

Do I Need to Wet or Dry Brush My Couch?

SERVPRO Determines the Best Cleaning Technique by Spot-Testing the Fabric 

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

What Other Methods Help Deodorize My Furniture?

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

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

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

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Does Minor Fire Damage in Newington Require Professional Cleanup?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Why not tackle the job myself?

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

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

A Fire Restoration Plan that Brings Peace of Mind

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

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

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


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

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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

Call SERVPRO to Handle the Fire Damage in Your Newington Home

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

What should I do first?

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

How can I be of help during the mitigation procedure?

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

Should I move out during restoration?

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

Should I take anything with me?

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

  • Personal documents
  • Medications
  • Personal documents 
  • Artwork

How do you combat the persisting smoke odors?

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

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

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The Best Way to Deodorize Fire Damage Odors in Newington

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

Deodorizing After Fire Damage in Your Newington Home 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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