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Is Residential Water Intrusion Unhealthy?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

A bathroom with the walling pulled off. Don't let a small amount of water take over your home, call SERVPRO today.

Water Spills Happen to Many Middletown Residents. SERVPRO Can Return your Home to a Sanitary State with Professional Water Cleanup. 

Why does water intrusion cause odor?

Middletown residents with a moisture issue in their homes may discover unpleasant odors in the affected area and beyond. The reason water causes odor is due to microbes. Microbes are microscopic organisms that live in water. Typical microbial microorganisms include bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Many microbial growth issues occur as a result of previous problems with water damage. SERVPRO can help mitigate these secondary damages by performing expert cleanup and applying biocides or antimicrobial chemicals to break down microbial organisms. 

What do microbes need to reproduce?

- A water or moisture supply. High humidity can provide the right conditions for microbial growth

- A food supply of organic matter which is abundant in residential building materials including woods or natural materials

- The temperature which creates the ideal conditions for growth

How can I get rid of microbial growth?

Using professional water cleanup in your Middletown home is the first step to controlling microbes. These organisms are a natural part of a home environment but lay dormant without moisture, causing no problems. We take care to dry a home thoroughly during water restoration to ensure that microbes return to an inactive state. We can accomplish this task by using advanced drying equipment and regularly monitoring humidity alongside wetness in your property. With moisture under control, we can then apply antimicrobial chemicals to restrict microbial growth further.

How is microbial growth controlled?

- Cleaning the affected area using detergents or biocides

- Drying the area thoroughly to ensure microbes remain dormant

- Treating the area with antimicrobial chemicals to break down organisms

Water intrusion can cause expensive secondary damage through microbial growth. To keep microbes under control, contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 530-4353.

Water Damage Restoration Middletown

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO for Middletown Water Damage Restoration Services

Give SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain a call now at (860) 826-5169.

In combination with another substantial metropolitan area that our team services, SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is a custodian for more than 125,000 residents in these two adjacent areas. Middletown is only a short 16-mile jaunt from Hartford, the hub of Connecticut. This proximity has generated a substantial boom in activity and growth over the centuries. Pre-dating the Revolutionary War, before America became a nation, our immediate area along the Connecticut River has been full of history and culture. Protected structural treasures like the Samuel Wadsworth Russell House on High Street here in the city become centerpieces for this detailed history and a reminder of how much the area has grown.

However, the region is just as susceptible to natural disasters like torrential rainfall or Nor'easter storms that can bear down on the state and the entire New England area every season. Whatever struggles your home or business faces, you can count on SERVPRO to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Middletown Area Emergency Water Removal, Cleanup, and Restoration

  • Locally Owned/Operated
  • Water Removal, Damage Cleaning, and Restoration
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Fire & Smoke Restoration and Cleanup
  • Commercial Mitigation and Restoration
  • Mold Inspections and Remediation
  • Fast and Reliable Local Experts (860) 826-5169.

Restoring Middletown Structures After Water Damages

One of the considerable challenges that restoration companies face when addressing water damages in Middletown is the effect of moisture on aging structures, much like the historical landmarks of High Street, like the Alsop House constructed in 1840. The immediate response that these structures, as well as single-family homes and businesses throughout the area, gets successfully met by our 24/7 availability of certified restoration technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Wesleyan University is one of the city's largest developments, offering education to thousands of students every year. Combined with Middlesex Community College, the two institutions provide room/board to more than 15,000 students. With each of these campuses featuring dozens of structures, an immediate response is critical to avoid the displacement of hundreds of students and reduce irreparable damage to historical landmarks that have now become repurposed into campus buildings.

Main Street was developed along with Wesleyan's financial backing and planning to bring more shops, restaurants, and art to downtown Middletown. These efforts have attracted more consistent visitors to the city, along with long-standing businesses and organizations like O'Rourke's Diner, the Oddfellow's Playhouse, and the Children's Circus of Middletown. With many trailered equipment and pre-stocked trailers, we can quickly and cost-efficiently mitigate losses to commercial structures for customers. Of course, when a fire or a mold infestation occurs within a commercial property, our technicians can respond to mitigate and restore.

Emergency Water Damage Scenarios for Middletown Areas

  • Nor'easter Storm and Flood Damage
  • Damaged/Leaking Roofs
  • Severe Winter Storms
  • Ice Damming and Frozen Pipes
  • Overflowing Drains, Toilets, and Sinks
  • Post-Fire Fighting Flooding
  • Damaged and Leaking Appliances, Water Heaters, and Plumbing Fixtures

Why Choose SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain?

Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

We have multiple technicians accredited in water restoration and cleanup niches, including:

  • WRT – Water Restoration Technician
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying
  • CDS – Commercial Drying Specialist
  • AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Our experienced professionals live here in Middlesex and Hartford Counties, giving us a fast and reliable response when you need it the most. Our quick arrival boosts our mitigation abilities and protects more of your property from irreparable harm.

Advanced Water Restoration Practices and Equipment

We have advanced technologies designed to track and monitor moisture pockets above and beneath surface materials. We can utilize several tools for ranging degrees of extraction and moisture removal. We can thoroughly dry structural components and contents from your home – and complete our efforts with extensive cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Want to know more? We can help. Call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain (860) 826-5169.

Also of Interest    Middletown Water and Mold Damage Restoration   New Britain Water Damage Repair

Why Would Controlled Demolition Be Necessary After Water Damage in Middletown?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

A bathroom with the drywalling removed around the flooring. Let SERVPRO help you determine what needs demolition in your Middletown office after water damage.

When your Middletown office complex suffers widespread water damage, it can deteriorate structural elements to require demolition. 

Coming back from a long weekend to your Middletown office and finding it flooded from a burst pipe or other disaster could be devastating. You need immediate restoration services provided by outfits like our SERVPRO team, but you must also determine if there is anything you can do to keep the business going while this recovery gets underway. Depending on the severity of the situation, it is possible to keep doors open in a limited capacity through containment and a fast response of our technicians. Controlled demolition and other emergency services have become a vital role in that effort. 

Water damage repair for the Middletown offices seeks to both reduce the spread and severity of the water damage, but also to protect exposed contents and structural elements when possible. Reconstruction is often a necessary component of restoration when drywall becomes exposed to standing water. While metal tracks and framing of commercial structures can resist rusting and water damage, outside materials like sheetrock and insulation are highly porous and quickly irreparably damaged. 

What is Controlled Demolition? 

Between our SERVPRO contractors and professionals on our roster and third-party subcontractors and trusted experts, we can perform actions like controlled demolition. This approach is specifically designed to remove compromised portions of construction materials from a property without removing unaffected or undamaged elements in the process. The careful calculation of drylines and damaged zones can make reconstruction and repairs more efficient. Controlled demolition is often an element of either emergency services that occur before even job scoping or during the earliest mitigation stages. The benefits of this demolition include:

  • Easier Access to Damaged Areas
  • Faster Drying of Moist Environments
  • Removes Compromised Structural Materials
  • Prepares Area for Reconstruction

Where is Water Damage the Worst? 

Understanding where the most damaged areas of your facility are can achieve multiple things, including showcasing where restoration and recovery efforts should be the most focused. A concentration of water damage effects can become devastating to the documentation of your office building or the equipment that you have in every individual workspace. Utilities stored within your building walls can often be one of the common origin points for water damage. With severe temperature drops overnight in an office, inadequate insulation could freeze and burst pipes. In fact, there are many different ways that these hidden pipes could be problematic, including:

  • Drips
  • Leaks
  • Sprays
  • Damaged Fixtures
  • Broken Plumbing

How Does Removing Saturated Material Help? 

Choosing controlled demolition is not a decision made lightly. The understanding that comes with discarding structural materials and construction elements is that it is more beneficial to proceed without them than to attempt to restore and dry them where they are. Sometimes this decision can get made for our technicians by elements becoming too saturated and collapsing or showing clear signs of warping, distortion, and bloating after prolonged exposure. Ultimately, removing damaged materials can do three things:

  • Slow the Spread – When materials that were once oversaturated are no longer installed, they cannot impact neighboring surfaces and materials with higher moisture content or transference. 
  • Preventing Mold Growth – Mold growth is not always entirely unavoidable with substantial loss events in your office building. How severe these situations become can shut down the facility if not appropriately contained.
  • Clean Foundation for Rebuilding – Removing damaged construction materials leaves a clean and stable base for reinstalling new elements when drying and cleaning complete. This allows reconstruction at a later point to be more efficient. 

Is Mold a Potential Problem? 

You might not realize how quickly water damages in your office building can become more palpable threats like microbial colonization. Mold is a destructive force that is often not taken as seriously as it should be. Within 48 hours of exposure to water damage and saturation, structural elements could facilitate mold growth. The formation of these colonies could ultimately require more demolition and repairs to the structure if not promptly addressed. With Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and our in-house contractors readily available, we can overcome these possible hurdles often before they get out of control through demolition, mold inhibitors, and drying.

There is no mistaking how devastating situations like plumbing breaks and appliance malfunctions can be for an entire office building. Rapidly spreading water effects can compromise structural elements and require preventative steps like controlled demolition to resolve. No matter what your office needs, our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team can help. Give us a call today at (860) 826-5169.

Does My Home Need Professional Water Removal Services?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

"Don't wait" Property owners breathe a sigh of relief when the SERVPRO green fleet swiftly arrives for water loss mitigation. Don't wait, call us right away.

Call SERVPRO of Middletown if You Suspect Your Home Needs Water Removal Services!

When a water removal emergency hits a Middletown home, many owners wonder if they can clean up the issue themselves. There is nothing wrong with a good DIY project. However, when it comes to removing moisture from your home, you may want to think twice. 

It is essential to rely on professional Middletown Water Removal services when you need them. Here at SERVPRO, we have access to advanced technological devices that allow us to swiftly get water out of your home. Our technology is industry-grade and powerful. Furthermore, we have access to other technologies that enable us to track down unseen moisture in your home. When it comes to anything that could severely damage your home if left unchecked, leave it to professionals. 

What Are the Pros of Relying on SERVPRO? 

There are many benefits to working with our technicians. You can feel confident in our services knowing: 

  • Our technicians are IICRC-certified (Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification)
  • We use advanced technology, designed to reduce excess moisture in your home as quickly as possible 
  • We want you to feel good with the services we supply and always can treat you like family 

We build our schedule around yours. If you need help, don't hesitate to call us. Our technicians can hurry to your house and begin an investigation of the water damage immediately. 

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remove Water From My Basement? 

Picture your sump pump failing during a heavy rainstorm. Your basement floods and leaves cold water covering the concrete floor. Here at SERVPRO, we could: 

  • Use truck-mounted wet/dry vacuums, to relocate the water elsewhere later
  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture from the air
  • Use flood drying mats to remove as much moisture from the pores of the concrete 

Should we believe your basement needed additional drying services, we could provide them. We always try to ensure that your home meets an appropriate moisture level. 

Never wait for help when you need it. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain by dialing (860) 826-5169. Our technicians are ready to help you. 

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My Basement Flooded, How Can I Start Getting the Water Out?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water SERVPRO is quick to get your flood damage under control. If you don’t act quickly, water damage in your home can escalate. Contact us right away.

SERVPRO Handles Flood Damage from Recent Storms to Quickly Remove Water from Your Middletown Basement.

Being the lowest point within your home, it is no wonder why a basement would be susceptible to water intrusion or flooding during a storm. Once this happens, you need to act quickly, yet careful to ensure everything gets handled safely. SERVPRO has skilled technicians who can assess the damage and work to remove water quickly and efficiently. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, so when you need us for your flooded basement, you can have a crew on-site in as little as four hours or less after you call.

What Happens if Water Sits Too Long?

When you have flood damage in Middletown, the water standing in your basement could harbor many contaminants. The longer the water stays, the more the damage sets in. Mold also colonizes and spreads within 24 hours after the initial water incident. However, with rapid response from our Green Fleet, you can ensure your basement and belongings get the attention they need.

Some of the ways that SERVPRO gets your home back to preloss condition includes:

  • The use of proprietary products and EPA-registered cleaning agents
  • Rapid water removal to limit the number of secondary water issues and structural damage
  • Industrial strength dehumidifiers and drying tools to remove moisture and bring down the relative humidity in the air
  • After moisture levels are back to normal, SERVPRO cleans, sanitizes, and treats the area using powerful anti-microbial agents to inhibit mold growth
  • Every step of the process is very carefully documented, and we are happy to work with your insurance provider to facilitate prompt execution of your claim

When you call SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain for help with flood damage, we take the burden off of your shoulders. We are always available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling (860) 826-5169.

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Our Dishwasher Flooded Our Middletown Diner – How Fast Can You Help?

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

"Come in we're open" We understand the need for continuing business as usual during restoration efforts. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Our Technicians Can Provide Emergency Water Mitigation Within Hours.

Dishwashers can release gallons of water fast! If you own a business in Middletown, you need to be up and running, not closed due to a flooded kitchen. That’s where our expert technicians come into play. Emergency water mitigation intervention gets you busy serving your customers in no time.

Will I Need to Close My Business?

If you are in the food business cleanliness and safety are paramount. You do not want customers walking around puddles or seeing water seeping from under the woodwork. Slips and falls are a risk to employees and diners. Closing to allow the needed water damage restoration in your Middletown restaurant is the best choice for everyone involved. The great news is that SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster. We do not want your business to shut down any longer than necessary. 

Can My Equipment Be Cleaned On-site?

Depending on the scope of the water intrusion, it can be possible to do on-site cleaning. A dishwasher leak may not cause standing water as deep as some other situations would. Our technicians are equipped to mitigate commercial water damage. We do everything possible to prevent disruption to your facility. Some of the ways we handle on-site cleanup includes:

  •   Assessing flooring to determine if it can be repaired or needs replacing. SERVPRO can restore wood and linoleum flooring.
  •   Food prep equipment is moved out of the affected area and is deep cleaned.
  •   Sanitizers and disinfectants get used on all affected surfaces.
  •   Tables can be placed on blocks to get them away from the water. Chairs, stools and other items are relocated until the water extraction and drying is finished.

If your situation is such that the water damage is quite extensive and a pack-out is needed, our technicians carefully inventory the contents. Our Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) documents where each item was within the diner. The team returns everything to its proper place when the water damage restoration is complete.

What Type of Damage Happens?

When commercial properties get hit with a water intrusion, the flooring usually is damaged the most. Carpets and tiles that are glued down are in danger of excess moisture seeping into the substrate below. This is why it is crucial to seek emergency water mitigation as quickly as possible. Composite flooring is typically a loss. It soaks up water immediately and is more cost-effective to replace. Here are some other scenarios that can occur in a situation like yours:

  •   Sheetrock wicks up water rapidly. This can make it warp or buckle. SERVPRO has moisture detection sensors and probes that can determine where the water is located that is causing the problem. 
  •   Controlled demolition means less material to dispose of and smaller areas getting restored. Replacing a portion of drywall or sheetrock instead of an entire wall would be a good example.
  •   Foul odors are often a result of water damage. Mold and mildew can be a cause of the unpleasant smells. The team searches for hidden moisture and provides mold remediation if required.
  •   Immersion cleaning can be used for reusable items such as metal serving utensils, trays or glass dinnerware. It involves dipping the items into a bath of a cleaning solution. Ultrasonic sound waves create microscopic jet streams and high temperatures to agitate the solution and scrub the content. 

Dealing with Odors

The last thing any eatery wants is a nasty smell when customers come in for a meal. If the water damage has left foul odors, the crew often uses a combination of odor control techniques. Time-released gel pellets are perfect for on-going scent control. We can eradicate airborne particulates hydroxyl generators. If odors are on surfaces or embedded within the material thermal fogging helps remove them. Removing unpleasant scents is all part of the sanitizing process.

How Soon Can I Reopen?

To reopen, everything needs to be thoroughly disinfected and dried. SERVPRO technicians know how to use the right ratio of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your diner as quickly as possible. Moisture levels are monitored continuously to decide if any change needs to be made to the drying process. When everything is dry, then the techs sanitize all affected services. Then needed repairs to walls, floors or other structural components are finished.

You depend on your diner for your livelihood, and downtime is a loss of revenue. We understand how significant that is to you, your family, and the community. We are a local business serving the community too. Our expert team puts together a water damage restoration plan for your approval. We begin implementing it immediately upon approval. 

Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169 for professional water damage restoration service. 

How Many Contractors Do I Need to Clean Up a Water Loss in Middletown?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is ready for water cleanup and repair and rebuilding if needed.

SERVPRO Provides Full-Service Professional Water Cleanup in Middletown, Taking on Projects from Initial Assessment to Repairs and Build Backs, Streamlining the Process for Local Homeowners

A water loss can be one of the most disruptive events you experience in your Middletown dwelling. An overflowing bathroom sink or tub can soak the subfloor, risking migration of water to the walls and ceilings under the bath. You need a fast water removal response. Depending on the condition of the building materials affected by secondary damage from water spread, you might need partial or total replacement of the subfloor and repairs to walls and ceilings.

I Thought Ceramic Tile Floors Were Watertight -- How Did the Water Percolate Down?

As long as the grout and any caulk along walls and around fixtures are intact, tile floors shed water well. If the grout or caulk is cracked or missing in places, you require professional water cleanup in Middletown. The subfloor is porous, and, when wet, drips onto the ceiling tiles or drywall below. Staining and even pooling of water then occur though not a drop of water is visible in the bathroom.

What Steps Need Competition to Manage Water Migration?

When SERVPRO arrives, a visual check one level below locates the water incursion in general terms. Water does travel away from origin sites on pipes, wires, and structures, so we use moisture detection and metering tools to trace the path and the levels of absorbed and perhaps collected water. We also check the bathroom, using the detection tools, and maybe pulling up a few tiles to evaluate water saturation. Then we:

    •    Release pooled water with weep holes
    •    Pop-out ceiling tiles to enhance water removal and subsequent drying
    •    Use portable extraction equipment to suction the released water
    •    Establish moisture drying goals

What Does Drying Look Like?

We position air movers to sweep moisture away from saturated surfaces and maintain a temperature optimal for evaporation. Drying occurs in the bathroom and upwards from the floor below. Dehumidifiers capture the vapor for disposal.

Now I Have Holes -- What Is the Plan to Fix That?

We are licensed as general residential contractors, so we repair smaller holes and replace tiles or drywall if needed. If the subfloor needs replacement or tiles resetting, we do that as well. New grout (sealed) and caulking prevent future incidents.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is ready for water cleanup and repair and rebuilding if needed. Explore your options for a wrap-around restoration by calling (860) 826-5169.

Does My Middleton Home Need Decontamination After A Flood?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in the kitchen “Like it never even happened.”

If Your Middleton Home Is Hit by Storm Damage and Flooding SERVPRO’s Trained Biohazard Recovery Team Can Handle the Cleanup

Middleton is subject to flash flooding and other storm problems that can put homes at risk. One of the concerns with flooding from storm waters is "black water." Blackwater is contaminated water and needs special treatment.

Why is Black Water a Health Risk?

When any business or home in Middleton experiences flood damage from storms, black or dirty, water is a serious concern. Flash flood waters flow down city streets, over lands, and into homes. The water carries anything in its path, including dirt, debris, chemical, fertilizers, sewage, and things like bacteria. Once the flooding has stopped, the standing water left inside a home can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms.

How Do You Handle the Cleanup?

SERVPRO has Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians who are trained to deal with biohazard situations such as black water. They also have the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Bio-Recovery Association (ABRA) certification. They will use the proper PPE equipment when cleaning up and provide the sanitization and disinfecting required. One of the products we use is SERVPROXIDE. It is:

    •    A proprietary hospital-grade disinfectant registered with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
    •    A stabilized chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial
    •    Has the EPA's lowest toxicity rating
    •    Fragrant free

Flash flooding is nothing to take lightly. The contaminants that come into your home with storm damage can be deadly to you and your family. Ensure your home is safe from all the nasties that can cause health issues by contacting SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169. We are licensed and bonded. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Do I Have to Throw Away Furniture Covered in Soot?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Soot covered desk Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO technicians can clean up the aftermath of a fire to both your Middletown home and its contents.

That first look at your home after a fire can make you feel overwhelmed with where to start first on the cleanup. One of the best moves you can make is to hand-off the task to a professional restoration services company. The reason is this: if incorrect cleaning methods get used on soot-covered surfaces and furnishings, you can render the item without reuse potential and wind up costing yourself more money in terms of purchasing replacements. 

What are the Three Main Areas Techs Set-Up During Fire Damage Restoration?

SERVPRO techs approach all fire damage restoration jobs in Middletown properties with compassion and professionalism, as they know they are assisting homeowners in one of the worst times of their lives. The techs arrive intending to use their cleaning skills and advanced equipment to limit the loss to the homeowner. There are a few specific areas that get set up:  

  • Containing the loss area to minimize cross-contamination
  • Setting up a cleaning station for restorable items
  • Designating a space to place loss items for approval from the homeowner or adjuster

Furniture can be expensive to replace, and the techs have specialized wood soaps and solutions to eliminate smoke damage on the wood. Many factors determine if the furniture can get renewed through detailed cleaning efforts such as if the furniture is solid wood and if it has damage from the heat. Composite wood furnishings tend to fair poorly to both water and heat exposure and are frequently a loss. In cases of the removal of heavy coverage, the furniture may need staining as a final step. 

Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169 for assistance with any size fire damage restoration needed in your home. The technicians arrive quickly and work to bring your property to its preloss condition. 

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Should I Call A Professional Fire Damage Restorer in New Britain to Remove Smoke Residues?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire “Like it never even happened.”

Professional Smoke Damage Restorers Like SERVPRO Have Sufficient Resources to Work Faster When Restoring Your Property

Although fires are generally known to be destructive, the actual damages to the property result from separate factors, for instance, flames consume materials; heat melts, or causes superficial changes, while smoke deposits layers of residues on materials. If the incident at your New Britain house involves a minor or smoldering fire, the damage is predominantly from the smoke. Thus, you might be unsure whether to clean it yourself or involve a professional.

What constitutes smoke damage after a fire incident?

When fire damage loss in New Britain results from smoke effects only, you can expect issues like:
    •    Staining of surfaces
    •    Corrosion of materials by residues
    •    Strong odors
    •    Widespread residues within the property

Compared to other aspects of a fire, damage from smoke may seem friendlier to deal with since it does not consume the materials it affects. However, once you start the restoration, the process you expected to be simple can prove tasking. For instance, smoke readily spreads around the property through every opening or crack. Therefore, it can reach areas far from the source, increasing the cleaning workload.

Our SERVPRO technicians are well versed with the effects of smoke, so we anticipate most of the aspects that might surprise you. We understand that extended exposure to smoke residues can stain granite or other stone surfaces permanently, or corrode metals and metallic finishes. We can help you preempt such outcomes by pre-cleaning vulnerable materials and applying protective substances such as a thin oil film. We also expedite the cleaning process, thus minimizing exposure.

How tasking is the process of removing smoke residues from a house?

Cleaning smoke residue from surfaces is not difficult because, in most cases, it only takes agitation with a material such as a cleaning rug soaked in a detergent or other cleaning agents. However, several factors can complicate the process, including:
    •    Vastness of the area covered by residues
    •    Presence of residues in hard-to-reach areas
    •    Impingement or penetration of residues on surfaces
    •    Unique physical or chemical properties of the residues

When you consider the total surface area of walls, ceilings, floors, and contents that you have to clean, you may realize that the restoration task is not as easy as it might appear. The fire might also deposit varying residues in different sections of the property, necessitating the use of different cleaning approaches. For instance, lipophilic residues may require oil-based cleaning agents to remove, while the rest, you can clean with water-based cleaners.

Our SERVPRO technicians help because we have access to a ton of resources, including a variety of cleaning agents to remove different types of soils. We also have equipment such as ladders to ease access and automated machines such as roto pads, which quicken the removal of heavy residues.

Which areas of the property are hard to reach when removing smoke residues?

In an ideal situation, the smoke residues would only accumulate on accessible surfaces such as the wall and ceiling surfaces facing the room or contents. However, smoke behavior rarely results in ideal outcomes. The colder temperatures inside wall cavities attract smoke as it is driven by convectional currents. In the hidden areas, it accumulates on materials such as insulation, which increases the difficulty of the cleaning process. Hot smoke can also embed residues deep into porous or old materials meaning that wiping the area is not a sufficient removal process.

Cleaning a wall or ceiling cavity requires demolition to access the materials within the space. Our SERVPRO technicians are well versed with controlled demolition of light materials such as drywall without causing unnecessary damages, ensuring we resolve an incident, “Like it never even happened.” Since cleaning insulation can be more expensive than replacement, we remove around 3 to 4 inches of the soiled top insulation layers and inspect the rest for smoke odor before adding a new layer.

Cleaning porous areas where we expect residue penetration beyond the surface can present challenges when using standard methods. Our technicians use advanced approaches such as applying absorbent powders, which sop up residues. We then vacuum the area to remove the powder and absorbed residues. The method is helpful when dealing with soiling on porous materials such as:
    •    Concrete
    •    Brick
    •    Marble
    •    Upholstery
    •    Fabrics

In the case of stubborn soiling, we can also combine the powder with a solvent to increase efficiency. For such usage, we can pre-treat the area with the solvent before applying the powder. Alternatively, we can mix the powder and the solvent to make a paste that we apply on the soiled areas to remove residues beyond the surface.

Dealing with smoke damaged property in Middletown, Cromwell, or Berlin can be more challenging than you expect. Call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.