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

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Why Do I Have to Worry About Hidden Moisture?

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

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

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

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

Why Can’t I Use a Wet/Dry Vacuum?

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

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

What Does Water Migration Mean?

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

What is a Controlled Demolition?

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

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

Smart, Complete Drying is Essential

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

Reconstruction and Restoration

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

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

Strategy for Maximizing Water Damage Remediation in Hartford

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

clogged gutters in pouring rain When your home has clogged gutters, water damage can quickly follow. Contact SERVPRO to investigate, assess and then remediate the damage.

Clogged Gutters Cause Water Damage to a Hartford Home

Gutters are crucial for maintaining a dry, leak-free structure. All it takes is some clogging to bring water into your home. This moisture can seep through cracks in exterior walls, foundation, and basements to saturate structural materials and create an environment that can host mold and other bacteria. 

If your Hartford home has suffered water damage due to clogged gutters, downspout issues, or other structural maladies, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to provide you with service that aims to restore your residence to its preloss condition. Technicians, staff, and franchise owners alike receive extensive training, certification, and continuing education opportunities through SERVPRO's comprehensive learning modules to ensure that all employees are knowledgeable and better able to assist homeowners with all of their needs after a disaster occurs. 

Tips for Maintaining Your Gutters

  • Clean your gutters regularly. Check to make sure that they are clean and free of debris. Use leaf guards to cover gutters where trees overhang the roof line.
  • Secure the gutters properly. If needed, replace gutter spikes with screws using a cordless drill for better support.
  • Apply silicone caulk to seal leaks. You can use a garden hose to check the joints and seams for potential leaks that could affect the integrity of your gutters. Clean the affected area before applying caulk.
  • Keep your downspouts in good shape. Keep them clear of debris and make sure that they point away from your home.
  • Monitor the water runoff from your downspouts. You can use downspout extensions, irrigation pipes, or splash blocks to ensure that water is diverted away from the structure.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

When SERVPRO professionals come to your home, they thoroughly inspect the affected area for water damage. A variety of moisture measurement tools are used to evaluate the source of leaks and the extent of damage to materials. This equipment can include infrared cameras to see behind structures, penetrating and nonpenetrating sensors and meters, and hygrometers that can evaluate air temperature and humidity to maximize accuracy in calculating drying times and conditions.

From there, technicians focus on extraction with portable, back-mounted water removal equipment to prepare the affected area for drying. Walls and ceilings may have weep holes or small cutouts drilled in them to maximize ventilation during the drying process. If fiberglass insulation has been affected by water damage, technicians may be able to salvage it after using a specialized insulation vacuum to collect the material and dry it separately from the structure.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (860) 667-9191 for rapid disaster cleanup that can start within hours of your initial contact.

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The Final Stages of Water Restoration In Newington

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Water cleanup is always one of the steps of recovery after a disaster in your home.

The Final Stages of Water Restoration for Newington Homes

Finalizing the efforts of our water restoration technicians working in your Newington home means returning each of the exposed areas to their original condition. Cleaning is a vital restoration element that is key to improving the aesthetics of a house before the structure gets turned back over to the property owners. In these final stages of restoration, following any reconstruction and rebuilding efforts, our SERVPRO team has several cleaning practices that can finish our recovery efforts.

Water cleanup in Newington homes can be a general term for many of the restoration steps required to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Most often, it refers to the cleaning and residue removal of installed materials using an array of capable tools and potent products. Understanding the varying approaches could help prepare you for recognizing the need for these steps in the final phases of water restoration.

Residue Removal
Residues do not exclusively exist with flood and fire loss incidents, as the degradation of materials and other factors can leave a damaging film on the surface of other exposed areas of the house. We have many cleaning practices like foam and wiping off surfaces that can address these concerns as long as they have not gotten absorbed into porous materials beyond the top layer.

Post-Construction Cleaning
After many water loss incidents, it is possible that reconstruction and build back are necessary. As you might expect, construction projects of any kind create dust and debris. With dry vacuums and many conventional cleaning practices, we can wipe down walls and surfaces to provide a finished product after build back.

Cleaning Floors
Cleaning up surfaces like wood flooring and carpets can also be a focus of our SERVPRO team after a water loss incident. Using deep carpet cleaning equipment for hot water extraction and thymol products to restore the original sheen of finished wood, we can improve the look and feel of affected materials after water losses.

Water cleanup is always one of the steps of recovery after a disaster in your home. Our SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford team can help with a fast response and capable equipment. Give our professionals a call today at (860) 667-9191.

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

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why Water Removal Must Happen Quickly in Hartford Homes

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Portable Power Solutions for Water Removal in Hartford Homes

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO Provides Newington Homeowners with Water Loss Cleanup and Restoration

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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