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What Unmitigated Flood Damage Does to Homes in Hartford

6/1/2024 (Permalink)

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Storms Can Damage more than Yard Decorations

After a severe storm, it is a good idea to check your home for any seepage or other signs of flood damage. Hartford homes are known to be built well, with many of them being well over a century old, but prevention is also well worth the small time investment.

Flood damage in your Hartford home that goes undetected, resulting in a lack of mitigation, can rapidly spread and develop into worsened destruction, including secondary water damage. The sooner you act, the less severe the consequences.

It can also become apparent through the development of:

  • Soggy flooring
  • Bad odors
  • Damaged walls

Soft floors can indicate deterioration of underlay, which early mitigation would have prevented. When timely mitigation and other restorative services do not happen, SERVPRO® can rebuild the floor to restore the affected area. Disinfecting the area still happens, although replacing carpeting is often required.

Flooding introduces microbes and other odor-causing substances into porous areas of your house. Most often, a delay in mitigation necessitates the removal of such materials. We take measurements to ensure minimal waste occurs when acquiring fresh replacement materials.

Warping, cracking, and other noticeable changes can occur when walls become damp or saturated during a flood. Sheets of drywall swell when wet. Any stress on such weakened material results in holes and broken pieces.

Flood damage requires a series of steps to restore a home. But with the right team and proper mitigation, we can ensure that your home is restored to its pre-flood condition, making things "Like it never even happened."

You need a team that can carry out delayed flood damage mitigation and guide you through each affected area and its severity. Call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 to ensure your home receives the attention it deserves.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Cleanup in Newington

4/3/2024 (Permalink)

faster to any size disaster servpro poster Our swift response mitigates fire damage to Newington properties. Our neighbors love us. SERVPRO is always Here To Help®

Fire Damage Cleanup and Repair Services

Many fires that occur in our homes in Newington are small and are extinguished quickly. However, they cause extensive soot and smoke odor damage to the immediate area of the fire that spreads throughout the entire home or office building. Homeowners must often move out of their homes until the smoke odors have been removed and all surfaces and contents are cleaned.

SERVPRO®can help with fire damage cleanup and repair in Newington after a fire damages your home or business. Small kitchen fires often deliver copious amounts of greasy soot and odor that cling to every surface and spread throughout the house. Open-concept homes are particularly susceptible, and HVAC systems carry soot and odors to the remainder of the home.

Our team can be on-site within four hours of your call, 24/7. After an initial assessment of the damage caused by the fire, we deploy the appropriate equipment to remove water and fire retardants and clear the air of circulating carcinogens and other airborne contaminants.

We remove any contents and any structure damaged by the fire. Our cleaning services crew cleans and disinfects every surface in your home or business:

  • All walls and ceilings are washed and cleaned
  • Floors, including carpets, upholstery, and cupboards are professionally cleaned
  • HVAC systems, including air ducts, are cleaned and deodorized
  • Deodorizing equipment is deployed to neutralize smoke odors generated by the fire in your home

We can also help with repairs and restoration. Our commercial services group coordinates all the trades and materials needed to return your home to its original condition “Like it never even happened.” Electrical, plumbing, drywall, flooring, and painting services are just a few of the potential services we provide to assist our clients in recovering from a fire damage event in their home or business.

Call for help with fire damage cleanup and repair at SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford and nearby areas. Call (860) 667-9191. Here To Help®

Water Damage Impacts in Newington Commercial Spaces

3/17/2024 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® mitigates Newington water damage

Newington town is in Hartford County, Connecticut. With its roots tracing back to the 17th century, this charming town has evolved into a vibrant community that seamlessly blends its rich past with a progressive present. Kellogg-Eddy House & Museum is a historic 18th-century dwelling that is a proud reminder of Newington's early days. The town offers a variety of amenities, addressing the needs of its residents and visitors. The Berlin Turnpike, a major commercial thoroughfare, is home to an array of shops, restaurants, and businesses, contributing to Newington's economic vibrancy.

Water damage in Newington is a silent threat that can wreak havoc on commercial spaces, affecting everything from structural integrity to customer perception. In the face of such challenges, SERVPRO emerges as a beacon of hope, offering comprehensive solutions to minimize the far-reaching impacts of moisture damage. The immediate response of our SERVPRO professionals is crucial in mitigating structural damage. With our expertise, advanced equipment, and rapid deployment, we can swiftly assess the extent of water damage, address the source, and implement effective strategies to prevent further harm. This prompt action can be the key to avoiding costly repairs and business interruptions.

Concern for businesses dealing with moisture damage

  • Business interruptions
  • Equipment and machinery damage
  • Mold growth
  • Product deterioration

Water damage can compromise the integrity of goods, especially those stored in vulnerable areas or on the ground level. Paper products, electronics, textiles, and perishable goods are particularly susceptible to water exposure, leading to degradation, warping, or contamination. Swift response from SERVPRO crews, comprehensive restoration services, and a proactive approach mitigates the immediate damage.

Equipment to Help with Water Mitigation 

SERVPRO professionals are equipped with advanced tools and technology to mitigate water damage in various commercial settings effectively. The specific equipment used may vary depending on the extent and nature of the water damage.

 Some common types of equipment that SERVPRO might deploy

  • Water extractors
  • Thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters
  • Dehumidifiers and air movers
  • Drying mats

SERVPRO technicians are trained to assess the specific needs of each water damage situation and deploy the appropriate combination of equipment to ensure thorough and efficient restoration. Air movers, for instance, enhance the evaporation of moisture from wet surfaces and materials.

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford mitigates water damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (860) 667-9191.

Professional Mold Removal Companies in Newington

12/22/2023 (Permalink)

mold spores growing on a white wall If you find mold in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately to have it removed by certified technicians. We're available 24/7.

SERVPRO® Brings Expert Mold Remediation to Local Properties

Mold, the unwelcome intruder in many Newington homes, creeps silently into spaces where it's least wanted. It thrives in damp, dark areas, often going unnoticed until the unmistakable signs of its presence become visible. While not every whisper of mustiness signifies a mold problem, it's time to act when the evidence of mold is clear.

In a typical residence, mold can take root in places like basements, crawl spaces, and attics, where humidity levels are hard to keep in check. The discovery of mold encroaching upon floorboards, wallpaper, or storage boxes in such an area isn't just disheartening; it's a call to act. SERVPRO is the top choice among mold removal companies in Newington

Common Damage from Mold 

The havoc wrought by mold in Newington homes can be extensive, presenting issues such as:

  • Deterioration of wall integrity as mold digests wall materials.
  • Peeling and bubbling wallpaper.
  • Damage to flooring that may buckle or warp.
  • The ruination of stored items, including papers and personal belongings.

How Mold Remediation Works

To address these concerns, SERVPRO brings to Newington homes their professional approach to mold remediation, employing:

  • A thorough inspection assesses the full extent of mold damage.
  • Advanced containment procedures to prevent mold spread during cleanup.
  • Use of air filtration devices to capture airborne mold spores.
  • Careful removal and disposal of mold-infested materials.
  • Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing of affected areas.
  • Application of antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to thwart future mold growth.

Air Quality Measures

The technicians use high-quality equipment like HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers, which are vital in purging microscopic mold spores from the air. These tools are essential in maintaining indoor air quality during the remediation process. Furthermore, SERVPRO's commitment to restoring Newington properties extends to the use of infrared cameras to detect hidden moisture that could harbor mold colonies, ensuring no area is left untreated.

A mold infestation must be remediated so it is "Like it never even happened." Newington residents trust SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 among mold removal companies.

Preparing for Water Damage Restoration at Your Newington Home

12/21/2023 (Permalink)

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Smooth Water Damage Repairs in Newington with SERVPRO®

Water intrusion in your Newington property creates many problems, including damaging structural materials and furniture. Damages can also occur from your attempts to restore the affected areas if you use the wrong approaches. Hiring a professional service such as SERVPRO for water damage restoration projects can prevent adverse outcomes.

One of the reasons your water damage restoration efforts in Newington might cause harm is poor preparation before you embark on the process. When you are poorly prepared, you react to issues as they develop rather than anticipate them and thus, you may leave materials exposed longer or create hazards. SERVPRO follows well-laid-out procedures ensuring the process runs smoothly.

Necessary Preparation Steps

  • Safety evaluation
  • Identifying water sources
  • Establishing the damage extent
  • Assembling the required equipment

A water-damaged property has wide-ranging safety issues, including live electrical conduits, piling debris, and slippery surfaces. Actions like turning off main switches and unplugging appliances before venturing into the property improve safety. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians take further steps, such as using Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters when connecting electric-powered equipment and circuit analyzers to address electric risks. Organizing wastes using large trashcans and zip-tying cables and hoses minimizes other hazards.

Locating the Source of Water Damage

Water damage manifests differently - it might be concealed within wall and ceiling cavities or affect open areas. Another typical variation is the source of water that damages your property. Thorough probing is essential to identify and address the sources unless there is a readily apparent source, such as leaks from a faulty appliance. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment for such probing.

Tools That Help Locate Water Sources

  • Acoustic listening devices that reveal leaks or flowing water within walls or floors
  • Pressure testing equipment that probes the integrity of plumbing pipes
  • Moisture mapping tools that visually represent moisture meter readings
  • Thermal cameras that rely on temperature differences to identify hidden moisture

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford can eliminate any guesswork in water damage restoration at your property. Call us at (860) 667-9191. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Seek Fire Damage Restoration Services in Newington

12/20/2023 (Permalink)

BLAZES DURING COOKING IN A KITCHEN If a gourmet meal turns into a kitchen fire in your Newington home, call SERVPRO. We're faster to any size disaster.™

Fire Damage in Newington Homes Requires  Help from SERVPRO®

After experiencing a minor kitchen fire, homeowners may wonder whether it's necessary to enlist the services of professionals for fire damage restoration. Opting for a reputable restoration company like SERVPRO can be a wise choice in avoiding costly repairs.

It's crucial to recognize that fire damage in your Newington property can extend beyond what's immediately visible. Smoke can remarkably infiltrate all areas of a property, even those seemingly unaffected by the fire. Our SERVPRO team can fully restore your home to its pre-fire condition.

Upon arrival, our highly trained professionals can thoroughly assess the property to determine the most effective methods for fire damage restoration. SERVPRO experts respond to the challenges created when smoke odors and residues affect different materials and surfaces to ensure a comprehensive repair. To ensure success, we adapt basic cleaning concepts to the specific situation. We have:

  • Several ways to agitate surfaces
  • Several products to produce chemical reactions.
  • Various cleaning products for using dwell times and heat to eliminate residues. 
  • Industrial-grade mechanical devices

The combustion byproducts, such as soot, possess highly acidic properties that can lead to discoloration of materials like metal, plastic, vinyl, and cloth if not promptly and correctly removed. Our initial step involves categorizing salvageable items from those that are beyond repair. At SERVPRO, we maintain a well-equipped workshop with advanced products and equipment capable of restoring salvageable items throughout the restoration process.

Following a meticulous assessment, our cleaning process commences. We utilize a variety of safe cleaning products suitable for different surfaces. We employ all-surface and wall cleaners to address surfaces like wooden furniture and ceilings, which are susceptible to smoke and soot discoloration. Our primary aim is the complete removal of soot from these surfaces.

Fire damage may not always be immediately apparent, but its effects can become irreversible.  Keep handy a small fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink. To avoid the need for extensive and costly repairs, call SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford immediately at (860) 667-9191. We're Faster to any size disaster™. 

How Professional Dry Your Newington House during Water Damage Repair

5/4/2023 (Permalink)

Flood Zone Sign When a flood hits your property, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO’s Drying Techniques for Your Newington Home

A roof leak or flash flood can readily spread water around your Newington property but removing it takes considerable effort. Extracting the spilled water and drying wet materials are two challenging tasks to restore your property to its preloss state. Faster and more thorough drying is one of the reasons to engage a professional water damage repair service like SERVPRO.

Since drying is one of the finishing processes for water damage repair in Newington properties, you might trivialize it more than other processes. However, leaving unnecessary moisture traces can complicate an incident causing severe deterioration. SERVPRO crews closely manage the restoration and are attentive to the drying process.

Steps that ensure a property is thoroughly dried

  • Sufficient extraction
  • Sustained evaporation
  • Balanced humidity control

Water has unique characteristics that make it harder to remove from a property. First, it turns into humidity as temperatures change. Secondly, many materials readily absorb it, so significant volumes released into your property may seem to disappear after some time. However, the absorbed water only complicates the problem since it triggers damage to materials and makes drying more challenging. 

How Different Processes Improve Drying

Improved extraction procedures remove a higher percentage of moisture from materials minimizing the work necessary for the other processes. If you are wondering how much difference is involved, estimates put physical water extraction at 1200 times more efficient than dehumidification. That is why SERVPRO invests in sophisticated vacuum extractors to minimize the time we take to dry your home. 

Despite the efficiency extraction offers, the final water remnants in structural wood, fabrics, and upholstery require evaporation for efficient drying. Evaporation is a relative process that depends on the temperature and movement of the surrounding air. Improving temperature and air currents boosts evaporation rates, thus enhancing drying. Our SERVPRO crews use different devices to manipulate these conditions for sustained evaporation.

Equipment that enhances evaporation:

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford has the resources to facilitate successful water damage repair. Call (860) 667-9191. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Phases of Newington Water Damage Mitigation and Remediation

4/3/2023 (Permalink)

Equipment drying a water damaged floor Our industry-certified technicians in Newington are equipped with the latest water damage restoration equipment like the Injectidy System.

Research-Based Protocols Help SERVPRO with Effective Water Removal in Newington

Water damage in Newington poses a challenge for property owners. First, locating and then strategizing to eliminate the destructive moisture reliably delivers the desired results when following a research-based process. Trained technicians are vital during the evacuation of all excess water and follow up with applied structural drying to avoid secondary damage.

Who Establishes Best Practices for Restoration Professionals?

Newington water damage must resolve quickly to prevent progressive deterioration and secondary issues like mold and rusting of metal supports and fasteners. SERVPRO supports our managers and crew members through comprehensive coursework and hands-on opportunities from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is an international standards-setting and education entity, continually exploring and updating the most advantageous moisture control and elimination strategies.

What Causes Water Damage in Newington?

Homes and commercial businesses are loaded with appliances on all living and storage levels, threaded with plumbing lines, and protected from the elements with a broad range of exterior building materials. Damage from compromised waste or supply lines or winds and precipitation, as well as lack of upkeep, can destroy both the structures and contents inside a building when one or more of the following occur:

  • Burst pipes
  • Roof leaks from storms or delayed maintenance
  • Gutters and downspouts are missing, damaged, or improperly installed
  • Appliance malfunction

When your property experiences any of the above events, substantial quantities of water can spread and create adverse effects throughout building materials and contents.

How Does SERVPRO Approach Water Damage Scenarios?

An experienced IICRC-certified SERVPRO project manager arrives at your Newington property and assesses the circumstances. Although interventions might look similar from job to job, we must scope out your home or the commercial space layout. We need to identify any confined areas and recesses or cavities where fluid can hide. Mapping the location of utility lines and evaluating for hazards such as slip and fall, electric shocks, trapped fluids that could collapse structures, and exposure to toxic substances like asbestos or lead help us protect occupants and crews. Determining the level of contamination, Category 1 (least) and 3 (most), is critical. It must occur before emergency services begin. Once we control for the safety hazards, our technicians:

  • Secure exterior damage
  • Position submersible pumps, including trash pumps, for rapid removal of fluids deeper than two inches
  • Operate truck-mounted extractors and portable extractors to evacuate, contain, and dispose of as much liquid water as possible
  • Employ moisture detection and metering tools to trace the migration from the visible incursion sites and establish structural drying goals
  • Use advanced technology such as negative pressure Injectidry-systems and floor mats to pull moisture from multiple layers of building materials in floors and building cavities
  • Consider controlled demolition, including flood cuts between wall studs and punched weep or drilled/sawn holes to drain hidden water and improve airflow for drying

Does SERVPRO Perform Structural Drying Services?

Lingering moisture can fuel a mold infestation or promote continuing destruction of wet building materials. Drying with professional-grade equipment ensures that Newington water damage resolves completely. We use a scientifically-designed configuration of low-profile air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to accelerate the evaporation of excess moisture absorbed into structural components and fixtures. Our team monitors the drying process, periodically measuring the moisture content of affected materials and comparing it to the goals established earlier. Only when moisture levels reach the numbers of similar materials in non-damaged areas of your property, do we cease the drying process.

Have confidence that SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford is ready to provide fast and professional water damage restoration. Call (860) 667-9191for a reliable assessment and practical recovery plan.

Reliable and Prompt Newington Fire Damage Restoration

4/3/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Is a Leading Provider of Newington House Fire Cleanup

Managing the aftermath of Newington fire damage is an overwhelming experience for most property owners. Knowing you can call on a reputable restoration company to handle all aspects of cleaning and deodorizing structural components and contents is a great relief. You can leave the restoration in capable hands and work on other pressing post-crisis recovery issues for you and your family.

What Training and Resources Does SERVPRO Offer Customers?

The smoke and soot that contaminates the air and covers the surfaces after Newington fire damage requires specialized strategies to clear it away without permanent harm to the underlying surfaces. SERVPRO commits to enrolling workers in a comprehensive manager and technician training course from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC training prepares work crews to manage everything from safety hazard evaluation and controls through water and fire damage residue removal, finishing with drying and malodor elimination. All strategies learned have a core of extensive research. SERVPRO uses effective EPA-registered cleaning products and tools throughout the restoration project to rid surfaces of different types of fire damage soiling.

How Does SERVPRO Apply IICRC Fire Damage Restoration Fundamentals to Your Property?

Our crews employ the knowledge mastered during IICRC classes to remove the contaminated firefighting water as a first step. Technicians classify the dirt and grime left after the combustion of various materials and match the residues to the appropriate techniques and cleaning products, tools, and tactics to dissipate, dissolve, or emulsify it for capture and disposal. Common types of residues left after the heat and flames paired with the most productive removal approaches include:

  • Dry soot is loose ashy remnants created when wood and paper burn. Vacuuming, brushing, chemical (dry) sponging, and pressurized air work well to dislodge the residue. It responds poorly to water or oil-based cleaners, which tend to smear the ash.
  • Wet soot forms a thick, sticky coating consisting of tiny particles of combusted plastic, rubber, or textiles. The closely adhered soiling is vulnerable to loosening by water or oil-based cleaning agents, wiping, scrubbing, or rinsing away depending on whether the residue is water or oil-based (like removes like).
  • Protein-based soot consists of dehydrated foods, fats, and oils superheated during a kitchen fire. The highly malodorous residue encases surfaces as a transparent lacquer-like material, tenaciously attached. Solvents and abrasive tools help break up the soot for removal.

Can SERVPRO Eliminate Smoke Odors?

Lingering smoke smells can prolong the agony of Newington fire damage for property owners. Soot particles carry the odor, and when they settle into cracks and crevices, the stench continues to undermine your quiet enjoyment of your property, even long after water and soot residue removal appears complete. When fire debris removal and deep cleaning are inadequate to eliminate smoke and soot odors, SERVPRO tries the following options until deodorization is successful:

  • Ozone treatments transfer an “extra” oxygen atom of the ozone molecule (O3) to the odor molecules, changing their chemical makeup and neutralizing the odor through oxidation.
  • Hydroxyl generators use ultraviolet (UV) energy to generate and diffuse hydroxyls and organic oxidants safely. Hydroxyls react with the volatile organic compounds (VOC) that cause odors to change into inoffensive-smelling substances and neutralize their stench.
  • Thermal fogging recreates the conditions that created the malodorous soot, pairing the smelly particles with combusted deodorants to eliminate the smoky smells.

Count on SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford when you need fast and effective fire damage mitigation and remediation. We are available 24/7 at (860) 667-9191.

Skilled Professionals Required for Newington Mold Damage Recovery

4/3/2023 (Permalink)

Containment zone setup in a mold damaged building Mold damage in your Newington home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Reliable Newington Mold Remediation and Moisture Management Are Why SERVPRO Succeeds

Mold damage for Newington property owners can feel constant worry, mainly when diligent efforts to remove growing colonies and their distinctive musty odor fall short. Hiring professional remediators is not a luxury. It is a decision that protects your structure and contents, offering a sustainable outcome that is easier on both your pocketbook and peace of mind.

Why is SERVPRO an Excellent Choice for Property Owners Seeking Microbial Removal and Control?

Understanding how mold damage occurs in Newington is crucial to gaining a better resolution. The unpleasant and musty smell plus the dreaded sight of black or multi-colored fungal organisms spreading across surfaces frustrates property owners who have tried valiantly to curb the overgrowth. Our commitment to educating customers about the conditions that lead to outbreaks supports the reasons why SERVPRO delivers long-lasting microbial harm resolution:

  • Spores always in the environment grow into full-fledged colonies when they absorb water.
  • Access to oxygen and organic material or surfaces accelerates the spread of the organisms.
  • Light is unnecessary for the fungi's robust spread, making building cavities likely locations for infestation.
  • Lack of available moisture halts spore germination, which is why SERVPRO's expertise in water damage mitigation and remediation is uniquely valuable for inhibiting further mold damage.

Is Moisture Management the Sole Solution for Mold Remediation?

Although eliminating moisture and completing water damage restoration is the foundation of ongoing control and prevention, a plan for removing active colonies is also necessary. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted extensive research on the most effective methods to remove existing organisms and prevent further microbial growth and harm in schools and commercial buildings. The successful protocol developed based on the research is also applicable to residential infestations; why SERVPRO uses the EPA recommendations:

  • Prepare technicians through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training in various water damage and drying specialties and as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT).
  • Provide and require the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) so technicians work safely and avoid tracking debris into other areas.
  • Inspect the customer's property, locate the growth and damage through the owner's observations, and test if a hidden spread is suspected.
  • Contain the affected workspace by wrapping with 1.6 mil polyethylene, sealed with the assistance of negative pressure air scrubbing technology that also traps drifting spores and other residues in HEPA filters before outdoor exhausting
  • Choose whether to use a broadcast spray of EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions to reduce the workspace's airborne spore.
  • Mechanically remove the organisms with brushes, scrapers, and other abrasive tools from non-porous surfaces.
  • Consider employing controlled media blasting with soda, dry ice, or corn cobs to scrub fungi from porous building materials and hinder the embedded hyphae (root-like fungal structures) from mold damage rebound.
  • Vacuum and wipe up residues for double bagging and lawful disposal as hazardous waste.
  • Treat now-cleaned surfaces and materials with EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit mold damage from returning.

Why Does SERVPRO Offer Mold Remediation as A Core Service?

The many organic structural components, fixtures, and contents in Newington properties suffer mold damage, risking deterioration that can weaken and even collapse the materials.

Experience with moisture management is why SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford stands apart as a mold damage remediation expert. Call (860) 667-9191 to schedule a personalized evaluation.