Recent Storm Damage Posts

Water Damage Repair Includes Sanitizing Your Newington Home

12/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Afraid your wood floors have been damaged by a Storm? No need to stress it, Let SERVPRO fix it.

Using Water Damage Repair to Undo a Storm's Effect 

When a disaster happens to your home in Newington, you want to go back to before the disaster happened, when things were clean and safe, secure, and familiar. SERVPRO can help your family do this with our professional water damage repair methods.

We carry out different activities when we work at a residence in Newington. Water damage repair work after a storm often requires sanitizing surfaces. We use approved agents for this, with many falling under the botanicals category. These are much friendlier to the environment and your home but perform excellently.

Surfaces can harbor pathogens and other debris. To make the affected area safe again, "Like it never even happened," we do the following:

  • Clear the area of debris
  • Rinse with water 
  • Apply sanitizing agent
  • Allow the area to dry

Debris might consist of nothing more than leaves or silt, or it could include heavier items or contain filth like sewage. We have the personal protective equipment for such instances. Because we work well as a team, this debris removal can happen quickly.

After we clear the area of solid debris, we rinse everything with clean water to flush out additional soiling. Any soil can harbor pathogens, and its presence also makes the sanitizing agent less effective.

We use spraying as a method for applying sanitizers. We might opt for spray bottles or a backpack-sized tank, depending on the size of the area we are treating. We scale it to the area needing to be treated, meaning you don't pay for materials we never use in cleaning up your property.

Afterward, we need the area to dry out. If necessary, we use an air mover to speed up drying. Sometimes turning the heat up a bit on your HVAC system is sufficient.

Once the area is clean and sanitary, we can move forward with tearing out destroyed materials, measuring for new ones, and getting those new materials installed.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford knows how to make a disaster a thing of the past for you. Call us at (860) 667-9191 for fast service.

Fixing Roof Leaks During Flood Damage Restoration in Newington

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water Falls Ceiling When a flood hits your property, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Assists with Flood Restorations in Newington

Your home could be at risk whenever a vicious rainstorm strikes the area. Excessive rains can saturate your roof, and a leak could form if there are any holes or worn-out shingles. Wind from the storm can also cause objects like tree branches or rocks to become airborne and crash into your structure, possibly causing a hole. Windows can also break during storms causing moisture to enter your dwelling.

Whenever your home in Newington suffers from flood damage, the problems can be worse than they initially appeared. Once H2O leaks into your house, it will follow gravity and get all of your contents and building materials wet as it makes its way to your flooring. Therefore, if the moisture entering your house comes from a leaking roof, the water can negatively affect several of your building materials and contents, including your ceiling, walls, flooring, and furniture.

Services we can offer after a flood affects your home:

  • Water Extraction Services
  • Repair Damage Caused by Ceiling Leaks
  • Fix Leaking Roofs
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Water Damage Debris Removal
  • Decontamination of Contents and Structural Components
  • Structural Deodorization

In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians can dry out and save your contents and building materials. But in other cases, we could have to remove and replace items like your ceiling, drywall, or flooring. Since moisture from the outdoors could contain contaminants, we must remove any porous building materials that get wet such as your carpet and pad. If your walls get wet, we can use an injection drying system to dry the inside of your wall cavity.

If you ever suffer from a roof leak after a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191.

Assessing Contents After Newington Flood Damage

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Caution WET FLOOR SIGN We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Contents Can Suffer Severe Flood Damage 

Floods are more common in Connecticut and our specific service area than most might think, making it essential to have a plan for restoration and recovery. SERVPRO responds quickly to these emergencies to protect your belongings from harm.

Where Is the Flood Damage?

The location of flood damage in Newington homes and businesses can play a part in the impact that these disasters have on the contents. For example, basements used for storage might ultimately be more costly in content restoration than unused attic space above a residence's second floor.  

How Are Contents Affected? 

The intruding water presents a formidable concern for any contents in the path of migrating flooding. Because we cannot often rule out contaminants and bacterial pathogens, many of our SERVPRO team's natural disasters are considered blackwater events. High category loss scenarios like these leave items at risk for: 

  • Water damage
  • Saturation
  • Contamination
  • Mold

On-Site Cleaning Strategies 

Flooding can pose substantial surface damage, including residual soils and contamination in some situations. Our formulated plan can sometimes include creating a clean work environment to restore damaged personal belongings, furniture, and contents on-site. While off-site restoration exists when necessary, local cleaning is more cost-efficient.

Are the Contents Salvageable?

Answering this question shows whether it is worth the efforts of our restoration team to refinish, resurface, repair, or restore damaged contents and personal belongings. Sometimes the homeowner can replace these items as part of the catalog of losses addressed with their insurance company, making it more reasonable to discard heavily compromised objects.

Your personal belongings and contents can be significantly damaged or even ruined by your home's flooding. As leading restoration professionals with effective mitigation strategies, we have direct approaches for protecting what matters most to our customers after a disaster. Give our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team a call today at (860) 667-9191. 

What is in the Floodwater in Your Newington Home?

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Flood in Neighborhood 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 whole 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. 

Around your Newington home with groundwater flood damage from rising creeks and streams or flash flooding scenarios, 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 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 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 our fast response SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team to make these flood effects “Like it never even happened.” When disaster strikes, you can contact our qualified professionals 24/7 at (860) 667-9191.

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

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Damaged Wood Flooring Drying out the flooring of your home after flood damage is a job for a team. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

With Many Types of Flooring in Newington Homes, Flooding can Affect These Materials Differently. 

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

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

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

What Happens When Subflooring Also Becomes Affected?

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

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

Don’t Let Winter Storm Flood Damage Ruin Your Hartford Property

2/20/2022 (Permalink)

a storm damaged house with a storm damage sign in front of it Facing storm damage and related flooding issues can be difficult. Contact SERVPRO for effective flood damage remediation services.

SERVPRO’s Storm Response for Flood Damage is Second-To-None in Hartford

You can only do so much to prepare for a storm in the Northeast because Mother Nature often has a way of wreaking havoc when least expected. Some warmer days during winter may bring a lot of rain mixed with sleet. If your ground floor or basement takes on water, you want to do whatever possible to address standing water. Whether there is a broken basement window, a lost seal around your bulkhead, or another issue, you can get the water removal services you need with SERVPRO.

Storm flood damage in Hartford can come in many forms. The good news is that SERVPRO is there to get you the cleanup and restoration you need to get your life back to routine quickly. Should you experience flooding during a freak winter storm or any other time of year, follow these steps:

  • Contact our local SERVPRO franchise, give us the details on your emergency, and have a crew deployed to your property
  • Make contact with your insurance provider to inform them of the nature of the emergency and tell them that SERVPRO is on the way
  • Aside from putting blankets or other barriers in place to keep water from moving into dry areas of your home, refrain from walking through standing water or putting yourself or other family members in harm’s way

Our Restoration Process

We carefully approach basement flooding and all storm flood issues with caution to ensure safety for our crew and all home inhabitants. We put containment barriers in place to limit the tracking of contaminants while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the project. We remove standing water, set up drying equipment, and work on debris removal to replace unsalvageable materials with new materials. We make it “Like it never even happened,” so you can enjoy your home once again.

Storm flood damage in winter, summer, spring, or fall is no match for SERVPRO of Newington/Central Hartford. Give us a call at (860) 667-9191 to learn more or have a team dispatched to your property.

What Is the Best Way to Manage Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Issues in Newington Homes?

12/5/2021 (Permalink)

When ice damming affects your property, quick action is necessary. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and formulate a remediation plan. Call now.

SERVPRO Can Help Manage Your Storm-Damaged Property Preventing Freezing Issues

Frozen pipes and ice damming may not be an issue when your property is intact. The pipes inside your house are not likely to freeze unless installed in unheated areas such as crawlspaces, kitchen cabinets, and garages. However, after a storm, other areas may be vulnerable too.

Frozen pipes and ice damming damage in your Newington home can worsen what the storm has already done. Water expands when frozen, putting immense pressure on what contains it. So metal and plastic pipes tend to burst when freezing occurs. Storms can shatter windows, blow off some shingles or create other openings which allow cold air to reach unwanted areas in your house, thus causing freezing in pipes. SERVPRO helps manage storm-damaged property preventing such outcomes.

Some actions that can help combat frozen pipe damage include:

  • Boarding up openings
  • Heating uninsulated spaces with portable heaters
  • Managed thawing of frozen pipes

Unlike pipe freezing, ice dams develop outside the structure. Normally, ice dams take time to develop since sufficient snow must accumulate along the eaves. However, during a snowstorm, the accumulation rate is faster. The ice dam causes water to back up  (from the snow thaw) and intrude into the house. 

Other issues caused by ice dams include:

  • Torn gutters
  • Loose shingles
  • Water damage, including peeling paint and warping

Safe removal of ice dams helps prevent unnecessary damages to the structure. SERVPRO can provide the resources you need for such removal. For instance, instead of hacking away the accumulated ice with chisels or using salt, which can be detrimental to various materials, our IICRC-certified technicians use safer alternatives such as directing cold air under the roof with a box fan. The approach causes freezing of any water leaking into the house. We can also help implement other steps that help insulate the ceiling space, ensuring no heat reaches the bottom of the roof.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford can help you deal with any cases of frozen pipes and ice damming damage. Call us at (860) 667-9191. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Hazards Exist with Basement Floodwater in Hartford Homes?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

When a storm hits your basement and floods it out. Call the team at SERVPRO for all of your storm damage mitigation services needed.

Flooding can Introduce Several Threatening Hazards to Hartford Properties. 

When a flood enters the basement of your home, Hartford properties can suffer the presence of more than a pool of floodwater. The faster that our SERVPRO professionals can remove these threats, the less destructive these disasters can be for the property. 

Threats of Standing Water in Basements 

Standing and trapped water can often be one of the pressing indicators of flood damage in Hartford homes. The rapid reduction of pooling water is critical in reducing moist conditions that facilitate microbial threats. Regardless of the type of flooring in the basement level of your residence, we have extractors and attachments for these units to manage surface water quickly, such as:

  • Squeegee Wands 
  • Wet Vacuums 
  • Carpet Wands 

Removing Contaminants and Bacteria 

Natural flooding can introduce many threatening substances and contaminants to the house. Intruding groundwater gets treated as a blackwater event, including sewage, chemicals, and bacteria. Cleaning surfaces and contents utilize strong sporicidal products and disinfectants in our inventory to neutralize these threats before greater harm and volatile conditions result. 

Microbial Growth and Degradation

One of the potential threats of basement flooding is the facilitation of microbial threats and mold colonies. Microbes and spores are naturally occurring in nearly all environments, awaiting moist conditions to have ideal conditions for colonization. Treating surfaces with antimicrobial products can often inhibit this growth and the subsequent structural degradation. 

Flooding is not a unique restoration need for area homes and businesses, so it is something that our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team stays prepared to handle. With our commitment that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we can meet the needs of damaged properties with efficient water removal, drying, and cleaning options. Give us a call today at (860) 667-9191.

De-Stress by Hiring Skilled Flood Damage Technicians After a Hartford-area Storm

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage remediation services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate help!

SERVPRO Ensures Hartford Locals Get Quality Results When Faced with Storm Flood Damage

Flash flooding and wind damage during a Hartford storm can happen in the blink of an eye. The last thing anyone wants is to find out that you have even more time and money that you need to invest after DIY clean-up goes awry. Additionally, hiring a fly-by-night team to address the damage usually means having to call in a trusted flood restoration team to fix their mistakes. SERVPRO is locally owned and operated so that you can feel confident in the work that we do. Big or small projects, day or night, you can have a team at your door within hours.

Flood damage after recent Hartford storms could leave you wondering if you can get your property back to normal. We work quickly at SERVPRO to ready our Green Fleet so that we can arrive to begin our assessment. Until we can get to work on interior issues, you can count on us to handle board up and tarping to address a leaking roof from storms or other breeches that make your property vulnerable to the elements. Once we get started on flood restoration, we will include steps like:

  • Removal of all standing water
  • Drying your interior, including areas behind walls, under flooring, and more
  • Dehumidification and moisture detection
  • Complete sanitizing and deodorization
  • Controlled demolition to repair or replace unsalvageable materials, as needed

Addressing Relative Humidity

Interior humidity can become an issue with any water damage remediation project. With summertime storms and excess moisture within your home, relative humidity (RH) must get restored to normal levels to prevent secondary damage and mold growth from becoming an issue.

Flood damage after a storm is something best left handled by skilled technicians. SERVPRO of Newington/Central Hartford is available 24/7 for emergency response by calling (860) 667-9191.

Do Hartford Homeowners Have to Wait for Flood Damage to Recede Before Bringing in SERVPRO?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Has your home recently been affected by a flood? Team SERVPRO can help with the right equipment and certified technicians to handle the job.

SERVPRO Techs Can Perform Water Cleanup As Soon As Hartford Property Owners Call

After storms bring heavy rains, the need for flood restoration in Hartford properties can be an issue. Many homeowners mistakenly believe they must wait until the water recedes to begin the cleanup; however, that is not the case.

SERVPRO techs can start flood damage restoration in Hartford residential properties as soon as the property owner calls in a request. Standing water is no match for the techs' professional water removal equipment on these types of jobs.

The technicians determine if the water in the property is groundwater or clean rainwater from a roof or window leak. In cases of groundwater, special actions need to happen, such as:

  • Treatment of the water with professional biocides
  • Containment to inhibit the spread of airborne water vapor
  • Safe extraction and disposal following municipal guidelines for biohazard wastewater

It is not uncommon for SERVPRO techs to run air quality measures such as air scrubbers and set up negative air chambers to port particulate elements off-site. 

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 is ready to assist property owners in Hartford with flood damage cleanup and water removal services as needed, available 24/7.

Are There Risks With Basement Flooding in Newington Homes?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage restoration by SERVPRO is second to none. We have all the manpower and equipment for any size disaster.

Our experienced flood restoration team must carefully extract water from Newington basements.

Several feet of standing water is possible in the house's basement levels, making a substantial obstacle for our responding technicians to overcome. When outside flooding has infiltrated the property, standing water surrounding the structure can impact the softness and saturation of soil against blockwork and foundational materials. Our technicians extract water and look for signs of physical damage forming or structural changes like:

  • Bulging materials
  • Leaks and water running
  • Missing/damaged mortar joints

Are Repairs Necessary During Flood Restoration? 

By removing flood damage in Newington homes in stages, we can better regulate when repairs or reconstruction is necessary. Flood damage and water damage repairs often coincide, as long exposures to moisture can deteriorate sensitive building materials like drywall and wood framing.

From the extraction of standing water after basement flooding to the possible repairs your property might need, our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford is a one-stop-shop for restoration and recovery. Call us today at (860) 667-9191.

How Long Does it Take to Dry a Wet Basement?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage is no DIY project. Call the pros at SERVPRO for the storm restoration service you need for your home.

SERVPRO Uses Psychrometric Science to Speed Up the Drying Process in your Hartford Home

A flooded basement can be tough to dry because it is an enclosed space with limited ventilation. There may also be restrictive access points making it challenging to bring in regular extraction and pumping equipment. 

A flooding basement in your Hartford home often requires pragmatism to ensure a clean solution. SERVPRO technicians can mobilize high-pressure submersible pumps which have sufficient lift capacity to transport water uphill and out of the property. Our technicians can use dehumidifiers, heaters, and air-moving equipment to control the indoor atmosphere of your basement. Using psychrometric controls, we can increase the evaporation rate and speed up the removal of residual moisture.

  • Water in enclosed spaces can cause liquid damage and vapor damage.
  • Using equipment to manage humidity, airflow and temperature is essential to quick drying times.
  • We monitor drying progress at regular intervals to ensure optimal drying conditions in your home. 

Get a quick resolution to a flood situation. Contact SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford for help with a flooding basement at (860) 667-9191.

Are You Concerned about Flood Damage in Newington?

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

Even a Small Amount of Water can Cause Flood Damage

Newington is a small, charming town in Connecticut with just 30,562 people. Newington is best known as a handy residential suburb for nearby Hartford, but it has an appeal all its own. The town offers a relaxed pace of life and a picturesque place for visitors with its quaint tree-lined main street and pretty historical buildings.

Newington’s history stretches back to 1636 when settlers set up homes in “West Society,” an area known for being rich in timber. In the early nineteenth century, Levi Lusk established a tavern, which was the first of several taverns and hotels in the area, which encouraged more people to visit. 

Come and Visit the Smallest Natural Waterfall in America

The people of Newington are incredibly proud of Mill Pond Falls. The falls are the smallest natural falls in America, with a drop of just 5 meters. Mill Pond Falls was named for a sawmill built nearby in 1860, and they appear on the town’s official seal today.

Mill Pond Park, where the falls are located, offers plenty for visitors throughout the year:

  • Relaxing walks through the woods and down to the falls, with a footpath and viewing area above the water.
  • Enjoy fishing or biking, or swim in the public pool.
  • Join in the Newington Extravaganza in summer, when visitors can ride boats past the falls.
  • Visit at Christmas to see the area around the falls adorned with lights.
  • Stop by the crimson maple Thankful Tree and take a moment to find gratitude for the good in your life.

Newington is so proud of Mill Pond Falls that it even hosts a celebration in their honor every year. The Waterfall Festival has taken place every year since 2000 and features over 70 local vendors of crafts, arts, food, and beverages. The festival also includes a “chalk walk” where budding artists of all ages are encouraged to create chalk masterpieces on the sidewalk, and the winners get a prize.

However, Newington is not just about the waterfall! While you are here, do not miss the opportunity to take in some other historic sites:

  • The Kellog-Eddy Historic House Museum is an excellent example of authentic Federal architecture. The two-story wooden house is five bays wide and features an original portico.
  • Newington Junction features a range of striking homes from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century and is the most historically significant part of town.
  • W1AW, also known as the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, is the flagship location for amateur radio in the united states.

Help for Flood Damage of all Sizes

Mill Pond Falls provided power for an entire sawmill despite its size – a little water can go a long way. This is true of flooding, too. A small amount of water can:

  • Soak into carpets or floorboards.
  • Damage plaster or wallpaper.
  • Leave watermarks on upholstery.

It is tempting to try and clean up small amounts of flood damage yourself. However, floodwater can contain health hazards, and a small amount can damage your home. SERVPRO technicians have the tools and knowledge to quickly assess the situation, mitigate any dangers, and draw up a drying plan.

If you need help with flood damage, big or small, call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191.

Celebrate the Holidays in Newington with the Night of Lights

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Green Fleet can ride along with the fire trucks during the Hartford Holiday Parade

Newington Residents Can Kick Off the Holidays with this Fun Event

The entire family will want to head to the Town Center for a fun holiday frolic. Dunkin’ Donuts is sponsoring free sleigh-wagon rides, and there are other sponsored events taking place as well. The celebration includes:

  • A fire truck parade
  • Refreshments
  • Guest speakers
  • Carol sing
  • Ice sculpture carving
  • Video game truck (sponsored by Rooster Co.)
  • Giant Connect Four shoot
  • Zap a Mole
  • Cash Cube (sponsored by Wings Over Newington)
  • Bonfire with S’mores

Newington will be decorated for the Christmas season, and the annual tree lighting takes place at this event. And what would the festivities be without a visit from Jolly Old Santa himself?  It all takes place Saturday, December 7th, at 5:00 PM.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team members cannot wait to kick off the holidays. If you see any of our Green Team sipping hot chocolate or visiting Santa, be sure and say hello. And if you need flooding restoration, contact us at (860) 667-9191.

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

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What is the Proper Way to Handle Flood Damage?  

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

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

Testing the Water is a Preliminary Step  

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

Controlled Demolition is a Standard Part of Flood Cleanup  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Happens to my Newington Possessions During Flood Restoration?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding damages your personal possessions. SERVPRO knows how to restore your flood damaged property.

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

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

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

Are my possessions safe off-site during flood restoration?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

Contact SERVPRO, the Flood Damage Mitigation Professionals

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

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

Our Technicians’ Relative Certifications Include:

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

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

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

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

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

What Hazards Does Our Service Help to Prevent?

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

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

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

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

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

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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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Use Our Experience with Flood Damage Remediation in Hartford to Boost Your Success

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Different Types of Monitoring Necessary During Flood Damage Restoration in Hartford

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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