Our Fire Damage Experts Will Clean, Replace or Restore Your New Britain Home
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Cleaning, Replacing or Restoring New Britain Fire Damage
How our restoration professionals choose to treat each of the structural elements and construction materials in your New Britain home after a fire is vital to ultimately saving both time and money. These choices for each of the affected surfaces are not made lightly, as choosing incorrectly means a higher cost to our customers or a longer restoration time projects take. After a fire loss incident, some structural elements can get cleaned, refinished, or replaced entirely.
The choice between these options traditionally occurs during the initial inspection and planning phases happening before mitigation of fire damage in New Britain homes begins. Working in conjunction with insurance providers for our customers, we can catalog losses and maintain a record of all affected surfaces as well as pre-existing conditions. This information is valuable when determining the best possible approach for making these losses “Like it never even happened.” Our SERVPRO management can choose among three potential choices depending on the severity of present residues, charring, and blistering.
As much as our team focuses on restoration work that we can do, it is also essential to concede when controlled demolition and build back are the most cost-effective solutions for the customer. Overly damaged structural elements, construction materials, and contents can often benefit from replacement instead of costly restorative practices.
Resurfacing is an option for a select few items that could become damaged during a fire. Wood furniture, for example, can show surface damages that do not allude to more severe deterioration. When found quickly enough, refinishing is an option to restore these items.
Cleaning is the ideal approach for most lightly and moderately damaged possessions and construction materials throughout a fire-damaged property. Our SERVPRO team has potent cleaning products and practices for removing soot and smoke residues as well as eliminating malodors. We lean towards restoration over replacement whenever possible.
Understanding what to expect during the mitigation and restoration phases of fire recovery in your home can help our customers to have peace of mind about the work that needs to occur. You can trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team to help you through nearly any hurdle after a fire loss incident. Give us a call anytime at (860) 826-5169.
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Safety Tips to Help Protect your Durham Home from Fire Damage this Holiday Season
Keep your Holiday Season Warm and Cheery with These Fire Safety Tips
As winter is approaching in Durham, CT, it can bring with it blizzards, ice damage, basement flooding, water damage and leaking roofs. It may seem ironic, but winter is the season in which the majority of home fires occur. Over 50% of all home heating fires occur during December, January, and February. Heating equipment is a cause in nearly 1 out of every 7 home fires. We all have plenty on our plates dealing with the effects of snow & ice, and fires are the last thing we want to think about.
Listed below are several easy steps we can all take to prevent fires from ruining the holiday season:
- Keep flammable materials 3 feet or more away from any heat source. Heat sources can include, but are not limited to, fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters, and heated blankets. Look around any of the listed heat sources and read the product labels of all items next to the heat sources. Plug only 1 space heater into an electrical outlet at a time.
- Keep portable generators outside and away from all windows. A good rule of thumb is to keep generators as far from your home as possible, but be sure to keep them at a minimum of 15 feet away from your home. In addition to the fire hazard they present, they also emit carbon monoxide fumes.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm in your home. Not just related to winter fire, carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in your Connecticut home and tested at least once a month. Multiple detectors may be needed in some cases to stay safe. The layout of your home can effect the way smoke and heat move through your house, so Installing one detector per floor, including the basement, is a way to put safety first and avoid harmful contamination.
- Your chimney and vents should be inspected by a qualified professional each year.
Should you happen to suffer a fire loss this season keep in mind that we offer 24-hour emergency restoration services.
Here at SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain we have highly trained fire restoration technicians who are equipped to handle the worst fire damage. Not to mention, our SERVPRO technicians have the expertise to guide you through the overwhelming experience of fire damage.
For a stress free claims process, we'll work directly with your insurance company, helping to manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call 860-826-5169!
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Is your Business Prepared for Potential Winter Storm Damage in Cromwell?
Preparing Your Business for Winter Storms in Advance Can Prevent Costly Emergencies
All too often, winter storms can strike without warning. As property owners, it is easy to keep pushing off maintenance and winter preparation for one more week, one more day, and then WHOOSH, all of a sudden, the snow and ice arrive in towns like Durham, CT in full force.
It may seem tedious at first, but preparing your properties for winter is the best way to avoid winter-related damage and disaster. Being proactive (before disaster strikes) can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Taking precautionary measures is the best way to ensure that your Cromwell, CT property stays safe and secure throughout the long New England winter season.
Listed below are some important preparatory steps you can take to avoid property-related disasters:
Check your HVAC system:
Most commercial property owners agree that one of the primary steps to take for winter preparedness is to have your HVAC systems checked. Checking your HVACs throughout the year is optimal practice, but the winter especially. Fix any issues and make sure your systems are running efficiently before the heart of winter.
Insulate water pipes:
Dealing with burst pipes is a nightmare. Throw in snow and ice, and the problem gets infinitely worse. Water damage (leaking roofs, flooded basements, and mold) can be both expensive and destructive. Thus, winterizing your water pipes and irrigation system is of the utmost importance. Be sure to hire a professional to conduct an inspection of all plumbing systems your commercial property, such as:
- fire sprinkler systems
- restroom plumbing
- exposed pipes
Be sure to properly insulate all exposed pipes and shut off all water systems that are not being used during the winter.
Get rid of snow & ice:
Ensure that your property is ice-free. Clean and salt all parking lots, sidewalks, stairs, and entrances (in and around your property). Keeping tenants and guests safe from black ice and slippery spots is a must!
All of the steps needed to prepare your property for winter can require and investment of time and money. However, in the long run, taking these precautions is the best course of action. All too often, we wait until problems are knocking at our door. Why wait to react to an emergency when you can be proactive and avoid it altogether?
Even with astute planning, winter can bring unwanted gifts to home and property owners. SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain is locally owned and on 24-hour emergency call. In case of leaking roofs, basement flooding, ice damage, water damage and whatever else winter may throw at you, our highly trained restoration technicians will have your property back to pre-damage condition and get you back back in business during the holiday season.
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Some of the Biggest Problems With New Britain Water Damage Situations
Whatever the source of water damage in your home, SERVPRO can help mitigate the situation and remediate the damage. Call right away.
Monitoring Makes Drying More Efficient in New Britain Homes
Hitting specific goals and milestones throughout a restoration project can help to keep New Britain homeowners informed about progress and educated about the steps necessary to recover their damaged properties. As challenging as water loss restoration can be, customers are more at ease with each phase of these efforts with tangible documentation of the drying, extraction, and cleaning processes. Our team uses brand-exclusive software known as DryBook to document and record our milestones with home restoration after a water loss incident.
Water damage in New Britain homes can vary from one property to the next in severity and needed actions, so having a useful tool that keeps our technicians, customers, and their respective insurance companies aware of conditions is vital to efficient results. The software does more than just detail the efforts of our SERVPRO team, however. There are many applications for this program.
Gathering Initial Data
Though the software that we use gets billed as an informative tool meant to showcase the progress of our drying and recovery efforts after a water loss incident, it is also the same program used to house all initial findings. Any damaged areas of the house, a running catalog of lost contents, and other vital information all become accessible to our SERVPRO technicians working on your house.
Regular atmospheric and moisture content readings help to gauge the success of specific drying ventures, including the placement of equipment like dehumidifiers and high-velocity air movers. The results from readings can also determine how well specific units are performing in their given area of the water-damaged property. A slow moisture removal might indicate a need to try a different approach for efficient results.
Monitor Progress Towards Desired Results
Because moisture content and atmospheric readings get taken from the unaffected areas as well as the work zones, we can regularly compare these two findings to determine our progress in making water losses “Like it never even happened.”
Our DryBook software is exclusive to our brand and has become a vital tool in helping our customers, and our technicians, to always know the status of an active restoration project. When disaster strikes your home, you can count on our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team to help however you need. Call us today at (860) 826-5129.
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Mitigation and Remediation of Hardwood Floor Water Damage in Middletown Commercial Space
Damaged floors in Middletown, no worries SERVPRO can help.
Let us save your Middletown floors from water damage.
Named Middletown in 1653, our community boasts many buildings with histories that stretch back for a hundred years or more. The characteristics of rustic or elegant hardwood flooring brings warmth and a sense of permanence to retail outlets, restaurants, and institutions in the area. When a water loss occurs because of aging plumbing or appliance breakdown, saving your venerable floors from permanent damage is one of our focuses.
Understanding Water Migration
A break in a freshwater pipe can happen without warning in your Middletown shop, the water damage spreading out sometime far from the origin under a sink or behind a wall. Naturally, the floors take the brunt of the harm, with water moving across the surface and seeping into cracks and crevices. The seepage makes it appear as though the water disappeared. On the contrary, as the subfloor and joists become saturated, they prevent the top hardwood layer from drying out completely. Lingering moisture causes stips or planks to swell, distorting the surface with cupping or crowning. If left unaddressed, the flooring becomes permanently damaged, requiring removal and replacement at great expense and loss of historical integrity.
Innovative Water Removal and Drying Techniques
Rather than disassembling the wet floor, SERVPRO employs a pressurized Injectidry system to remove water from beneath the floorboards and behind trim. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians seal floor mats to areas where moisture was detected using thermal imaging or probes. Hoses connect the mats to negative pressure (suction) from extraction equipment, pulling liquid from all the layers. Holes drilled into baseboards permit suction to address hidden water, as well. When liquid water is gone, the absorbed moisture evaporates with the help of warmed air movement using a similar configuration. Dehumidifiers then condense or absorb the water vapor for collection and disposal outside your commercial space.
A Restorative Mission
SERVPRO approaches water damage challenges with a concentration on returning commercial properties to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” Especially important when your shop has an ambiance that rehabbing or remodeling cannot replicate, turning the clock back on water damage through skillful mitigation and remediation action is our goal to get you back to business fast.
SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain has skilled technicians and cutting edge equipment to resolve your commercial water damage woes. Contact us at (860) 826-5169 for an evaluation of your scenario.
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We Discuss The Importance Of Tinting During The Drying Process In Middletown
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How a Tinting Approach Can More Effectively Dry Middletown Homes
We are regularly training and educating our technicians in changing tactics and approaches to minimize time and cost to our customers in Middletown. Because of how destructive water damage can become, we evolve our drying and recovery process to provide a thorough result. We are currently working to bring all of our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) up to speed on a procedure known as tinting.
Understanding what this process is and how it can benefit you is critical to putting your mind at ease during the turbulent time of implementing water drying in Middletown residences. We have multiple approaches that have helped to quickly dry out damaged materials and contents in the years we have served the area, but tinting involves the use of lay-flat poly sheeting to form a tent and duct. These are already an integral part of our efficient, rapid drying solutions, so this sheeting can always get found stocked in water recovery ready trailers.
One of the advantages is that it can limit the spread of water vapor throughout the residence. Our SERVPRO professionals must always focus on containment with water loss incidents, and these drying zones created with sheeting prevent vapors from reaching untouched regions. A reduction in moisture present in the environment can also limit mold growth as well.
By forming a duct from a dehumidifier to a tented area, extra air exhausted goes right to the damaged material to dry it more efficiently. Also, our SERVPRO technicians deploy these methods to remove excess moisture from the specific tented area like you would expect an industrial-grade desiccant to do. The result between all of the shared equipment and installed sheeting is a more efficient drying process that can protect installed flooring from requiring removal and replacement.
We are consistently evolving the way we restore and recover to ensure that we always offer our customers the most efficient and cost-effective approach available for their disasters. No matter how severe water loss incidents can become, our premier equipment and approaches like tinting can help. Give our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team a call today at (860) 826-5169.
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How Storm Damage to the Exterior of Your Home Brings Water Inside Your Middletown Home
Damaged shingles can cause water to leak into your home. Inspect your roof often,
Weathering on a Home in Middletown Might Look Rustic but Underlying Problems need Restoration
Some of the older homes in Middletown exhibit a rustic facade. While cozy-looking to many people, such an appearance can signal damage to the inside of exterior walls. Other parts of the residence might also contain damaged materials. SERVPRO's technicians know how to locate such damaged places, and our building crew assists us with many of our restoration projects.
Wooden exteriors on your home or garage should protect the interior of your Middletown property from storms and other harsh weather. When rain or snow get inside, the water can ruin the insulation and any other elements of your exterior wall's construction. Any moisture inside wooden shingles or trim can freeze during cold snaps and push or warp these exterior items.
Wherever the roof lets in water, moisture can trickle down, which can happen inside walls, or dripping down along visible portions. Sometimes the water seeps into and through ceilings and upper walls. We work with different qualified professionals to repair the roof and siding so we can get the interior components dry again. Until the exterior shell of your home keeps out precipitation, damage can return with every storm that passes through the area.
We use infrared technology to locate still-damp areas in your walls and ceilings. When exterior walls hold moisture, they can produce cold spots in your home during the winter because the insulation becomes compromised. These under-insulated areas can also let heat into your house during the summer. Adding insulation can help lower your utility bills.
When ceilings show stains, drying the area, followed by primer and then paint, can make the room seem like new. We have the equipment to make the entire process happen quickly and very efficiently. The trim in a room, such as chair rails or baseboards, might also need cleaned up and re-nailed to ensure a tidy look.
While nailing a few shingles or sections of siding back into place, if caught early enough, can prevent any damage, catching them in time rarely happens. Most homeowners do not have the equipment needed to locate every out-of-place item. Obvious ones, however, can lead to the discovery of adjacent ones threatening to come loose.
However, SERVPRO is always here to help you protect your property, so you do not need to worry about damage becoming worse or spreading. Our building services crew is licensed under Residential Contractor License # HIC.0652559 and can perform these tasks for you. Roofing is a dangerous job because it requires handling weighty items on a ladder.
SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain provides skilled restoration services for flood and storm-damaged homes in Cromwell and around Berlin. Call us at (860) 826-5169 when you want to protect your home from the effects of bad weather.
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Why You Need Our Trained Restoration Specialists In New Britain
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Hotel Water Damage Containment in New Britain
Two equally essential goals can compete or collaborate when your New Britain hotel suffers from water damage. The damage inflicted by plumbing leaks, appliance breakdowns, pool and spa overflows, and guest misadventures must be addressed fast to avoid permanent harm. At the same time, the ordinary operations of your lodgings need to proceed to prevent disturbing your guests and threatening your financial stability. We have solutions that meet both goals, sacrificing neither.
Divide and Conquer
When water damages your New Britain hotel panic among the members of your management might ensue. Your top-notch cleaning staff finds themselves stretched, unable to respond to both daily housekeeping tasks and the onslaught of water-related emergencies. Take care of both by engaging our specialized services to mitigate and remediate the water damage while regular maintenance carries on.
What to Expect from Our Water Damage Responders
Every water damage scenario is unique, but SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training provides an agenda that we adapt for your circumstances. The initial assessment by experienced project managers provides the information needed to create a plan that ticks all the boxes--containment followed by mitigation, and remediation. We also ready the water damaged spaces for any rebuilding needed.
We take steps immediately after assessment to contain the water-damaged area, using plastic sheeting to establish the work-are perimeter. To limit the drift of debris and residues, SERVPRO crews often employ a negative pressure air-scrubbing system. The suction action of the scrubber seals the edges of the containment area while forcing the interior atmosphere through HEPA filters to trap contaminants and reduce odors.
Our commercial-grade pumps and extractors arrive on the same vehicles that brought our technicians. No delay is necessary as SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) get right down to business. We can halt the migration of water across carpeting using wanded extractors to hold the line. Members of the crew search for water in hidden recesses using thermal imaging. We might choose controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts to access and remove trapped water. Otherwise, these fluids could continue moving through building cavities to damage areas far from the original leak, overflow, or burst pipe.
Remediation in Anticipation of Full Restoration
Weighted extractors help us remove water from carpets, allowing us to dry them in-place. SERVPRO crews monitor moisture levels of fixtures and structures, evacuating as much liquid water as possible before setting up drying perimeters with air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.
SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain partners with commercial customers, managing the water damage while your operations continue mostly unimpeded.
We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and can be reached at (860) 826-5169.
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When Disasters Target Middletown, SERVPRO has the Restoration Services You Need
This is just some of our equipment. No matter if your home is historic or newer construction, SERVPRO has the tools to restore your property.
SERVPRO Professionals Provides Restoration Services for Water, Fire, Mold, and Storm Damage in Middletown
With an area rife with historical significance dating back to Colonial America, we hold our SERVPRO restoration team up to high standards regarding the preservation and restoration of all Middletown homes and businesses. Because of the varying demands of these structures throughout the year, our team of professionals needed to become as diverse as the areas we serve and better educated our competition. We strive to exceed your expectations through the development of swift recovery solutions for every niche of the industry, including water, fire, mold, and storm loss scenarios.
Fire Damage Restoration
Because fire cleanup is a highly requested service of our recovery team, this has become a focus of our technicians. We have worked to perform these tasks more efficiently and better equipped each time and continually raise the bar for the standards our customers have come to expect. Fire losses can become a problematic situation for homeowners attempting recovery on their own, including structural compromise and a continual spread of effects like soot and smoke odors. Our fast response to these emergencies can help protect your Middletown property.
With fire loss being such a standard callout of our SERVPRO team, we must remain equipped to address these emergencies at all time. We have invested in the top tier equipment available in the industry and continue to upgrade and advance this arsenal of tools, equipment, and products as the restoration practices change. We utilize powerful machines like negative air units, chem sponges, HEPA vacuums, and ozone generators to return Middletown homes and businesses to preloss condition.
Our area has many historic properties that require special attention when addressing even secondary effects like soot and smoke odors. We strive to offer an intricate recovery solution for damaged older properties, prioritizing the preservation of original construction materials with rapid cleaning and restoration. No matter how severe fire loss incidents can be in your Middletown home or business, our professionals can make it “Like it never even happened.”
Water Damage Restoration
You cannot predict the likelihood of water loss incidents and the devastation they can have to Middletown homes and businesses. All of our field technicians obtain the acquisition of a Water Restoration Technician certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) With numerous professionals having this experience and education, we can ensure that no customer ever waits for the vital recovery and mitigation work that their property needs.
Even amid a crisis, our restoration professionals can respond with a fast response that features the full measure of our advanced inventory of extraction and drying equipment. Our team can reduce the saturation to installed construction materials with these units. We can also perform specialized drying and recovery tasks like restoring documents, books, and other possessions in your Middletown home.
We have a full team of licensed (#: HIC.0652559) general contractors that can help you through the additional repairs that water damage in Middletown homes requires. Carpet repairs are among the most common of these tasks. Our team can remove portions of this flooring as needed where our weighted extractors and air movers cannot adequately dry and restore.
When water loss incidents do not get addressed as promptly as they should, or when Middletown properties have dark and damp areas like cellars and basements, mold growth can become a threat. The development of these colonies in your home can present health effects to those exposed, requiring a combined effort from our IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT). Together, these professionals can address both the cause and effect of mold growth to bring your property back to pre-mold condition quickly.
We have employed our skilled AMRTs all over Middletown, including vacant properties and historical regions. No matter what property requires this remediation, we approach it in the same way. We have a restore before replacing mentality, so we utilize practices like soda blasting that can remove the organism embedded in structural elements and construction materials without damaging the substrate.
When we cannot avoid the removal and replacement of damaged elements, we can utilize our team of licensed contractors to begin controlled demolition. Our restoration professionals continue other mitigation tasks like deodorization, cleaning, and air quality improvement. Mold damage in Middletown homes and businesses can be troublesome to overcome, but our experienced and qualified SERVPRO professionals can help.
Storm Damage Restoration
We have helped recover hundreds of properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene. In recent years, these storms have powered through the Connecticut coastline and compromised Middletown homes and businesses. Our fast response has helped to reduce much more substantial out-of-pocket expenses for our customers. When these storms present a threat to the residents we serve, we have a team of disaster relief specialists that stay on call 24/7 to address any risks that could affect structures in our area.
Flooding is a common threat when structural breaches occur, or torrential rainfalls present a situation where natural floods can affect many homes and businesses simultaneously. As dangerous and destructive as these situations might be, our SERVPRO professionals understand the value of a fast and confident reaction. We can mitigate your loss with remediation tactics that reduce standing water and begin drying out saturated structural elements as soon as we arrive. We can also employ our contractors to perform real-time emergency construction solutions like boarding, tarping, and temporary fencing for damaged Middletown properties.
As part of a large loss recovery team, we can address storm damage in Middletown properties where many other restoration companies do not have the resources at their disposal. We have a massive roster of qualified professionals and a deep inventory of recovery tools and equipment with our pooled resources with other SERVPRO branches. There is no job too big for our team.
No matter what disaster strikes or when you can count on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain recovery specialists. You can reach us anytime, 24/7, by calling (860) 826-5169.
Water Damage Middletown – Cleaning Carpets
Let SERVPRO clean your Middletown carpet from water damage.
We will walk you through the water damage in Middletown.
Many smaller water damage situations involved a small section of carpeting near the kitchen or bathroom. A leak occurs, and the water spreads to nearby rooms and before the water can be turned off. In these situations, SERVPRO has found that the entire room must be managed and not just the section of carpet that has become wet.
SERVPRO has helped many customers in Middletown with water damage situations from overflowing tubs and sinks in kitchens and bathrooms. On many occasions, we have found that the entire room must be cleaned and dried to return the room to its original condition. "Like it never even happened."
Drying the Affected Area
The crew chief always reviews the situation and recommends the best approach to dealing with the leak and wet conditions that exist. Initially, the area where the leak occurred must be processed. All water should be vacuumed or mopped up and dried.
Wet carpets should also be vacuumed with a wand-style vacuum to remove as much water as possible. The carpet may be raised in one or more areas to allow air to circulate under the carpet to dry the floor and underpad. Air movers may also be used to push air under the carpet to enhance drying.
Why Clean the Entire Room
Once the carpet is dry, the dried area can be noticeably cleaner than the rest of the room. The process of removing water from the wet area also removes existing soiling that may have been present.
Appropriate preparations to clean the remainder of the carpet in the room affected needs to be made. For example, remove lighter furniture from the room. More cumbersome furniture should be raised on blocks or left in place.
Standard carpet cleaning techniques can then be applied to clean the entire room, including wiping down baseboards, and hard floors adjacent to the carpet. SERVPRO also ensures cleaning solution is not sprayed onto curtains and furniture left in place.
Our SERVPRO crew chief can discuss all of these steps with you to determine the best approach to help deal with the water leak and subsequent cleaning needs.
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