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Cleaning Middletown Fire Damage without Delay

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

sponge removing fire damage from a white wall Removing all traces of fire damage is challenging. You can rely on our team in Middletown to completely restore your home.

Our Fast-Responding SERVPRO Team Handles Middletown Fire Damage 

One of the unique attributes of our SERVPRO restoration team is our continual availability. As the roster grows, there is no time of the day when experienced fire restoration professionals are not available to help with emergencies. We are a trusted name in recovery and cleanup, having a team comprised of multiple accreditations and certifications from the IICRC, such as: 

  • FSRT – Fire Restoration
  • UFT – Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning
  • OCT – Odor Control
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying

Addressing fire damage in Middletown homes encourages a combination of fast action to mitigate loss and calculated restoration processes capable of protecting the structure and its contents from irreparable harm. 

What Caused the Fire? 

The underlying cause of the fire can often give responding technicians an idea of the type of damage to expect throughout the property. Additional factors include:

  • Smoke Type 

Depending on the affected combusted materials and the type of fire, the composition of the soot and smoke deposits on surfaces can change dramatically. 

  • Affected Materials 

The type of surface impacted by fires and smoke directly changes the required restoration practice to return to preloss condition. Soft materials, for example, cannot often endure harsh alkaline cleaners and aggressive cleaning treatments. 

  • Secondary Damages 

We must be mindful of when additional damages exist beyond the immediate impact and influence of the fire itself. Beyond smoke damage and soot deposits, building materials and house contents can also be damaged by water used to put out the fire. 

  • Salvageability

Another critical decision is whether or not affected contents, or building materials are worth preserving and restoring. Elements like drywall, for example, are often cheaper to replace than to take the time involved to dry, clean, and repaint the smoke-damaged surfaces. 

Focuses on Efficient Fire Damage Cleanup

The restoration process has multiple pressing concerns, so removing fire damage directly correlates to several specific focuses of responding technicians. These efforts are necessary to restore comfortable living conditions for the household and prevent the situation from worsening as the restoration processes continue. Specific focuses include:  

  • Debris 

Removing debris and ash from the floors and horizontal surfaces of the household is a necessary first step in mitigating losses and preventing further fire damage to a residence. 

  • Soot

Partial combustion can create smoke solids that become a formidable obstacle for restoration professionals. Soot deposits on surfaces require a combination of cleaning practices to resolve in many cases. Depending on the composition of the residues, they might require aggressive measures like controlled demolition. 

  • Smoke Odors 

Malodors are created by the same processes that generate soot damage, but these molecules and compounds can often travel much farther than smoke solids. We have effective deodorization practices and products to neutralize offensive smells after extinguishment. 

  • Structural Damage

Our general contractor license proves beneficial when repairs, build-back, or other reconstruction efforts are necessary. The destructive capacities of fires leave homes needing some degree of repair in many cases. 

SERVPRO is Ready to Help

Having a team prepared at all times for emergencies helps to protect your home or business from otherwise avoidable harm. As with all disasters and restoration needs, the faster our experienced professionals can reach the damaged site, the better it can do for the property. As a preferred insurance vendor for the area, many companies reach out to our administration even while the fire is still being extinguished to ensure we are ready to enter and mitigate loss as soon as we have clearance from the first responders. 

When fire damage in Middletown homes and businesses occurs, you can trust in the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team. Our FSRT-Certified professionals are ready to help 24/7 at (860) 826-5169.

Cleaning and Drying Middletown Water Damage

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Dehumidifier connected to plastic sheeting drying a water damaged floor Water damage restoration in your Middletown home is a job for SERVPRO. Our techs are ready 24/7, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Professionals Restore Water Damage to Middletown Homes Fast

There is a finite timeline for restoration when water emergencies and loss events threaten your home or business. Effects continually migrate, seeking an equilibrium of temperature, pressure, and water content. Experienced professionals must mitigate loss with immediate emergency services like:

  • Repairs
  • Content relocation
  • Extraction
  • Temporary construction

Water damage for Middletown homes must be addressed immediately. As qualified and certified water restoration professionals, our SERVPRO team has 24/7 availability to get mitigation started as soon as disasters strike.

How Was Your Home Damaged? 

The way a property becomes damaged is essential to the methods used to restore and recover the house. Burst pipes, for example, require a range of tools for water removal and drying porous exposed building materials.

Is There Water Damage You Cannot See? 

Among the most troublesome products of DIY restoration is learning later that all the water damage was not adequately managed and removed. Preventable damage and destruction are not easily distinguished during restoration without technologies and products like our SERVPRO team uses. After surface drying, hidden water caches in structural cavities and damp pockets can still exist. Sensors and thermal imagery play a considerable role in the continued direction of drying efforts until the situation is resolved.

How Does Water Damage Get Dried? 

The most critical process of responding technicians is drying out trapped moisture and environmental moisture content from the residence. The full spectrum of restoration actions requires selecting from hundreds of drying tools and products from our stock. We invest in modern technologies and equipment to ensure the most efficient recovery approaches for our customers. Key tools for water restoration include:  

  • Extractors 

Surface water management begins with eliminating pooling on flooring and within structural cavities. We have multiple extraction units to eliminate standing water threats. 

  • Air Movers

Air movers are among the most heavily used drying tools in our inventory. We can place them several feet from one another, chained together to limit the necessary power supplies. These units run warm air across moist surfaces to promote evaporation.

  • Dehumidifiers 

Regulating the relative humidity and moisture content is critical in productive evaporation and drying. The placement and frequency of dehumidification units can be beneficial in reducing moist environments. 

  • Heaters 

Raising the temperature of a work area is almost always beneficial for drying and cleaning water emergencies. Warming surfaces cause faster molecular movement for increased evaporation and reduce contact times necessary for cleaning surfaces.

Issues with Elevated Humidity

Water emergencies raise the humidity in a property through direct moisture exposure from the leak or damage event and the indirect production of water vapors when evaporation gets underway on moist surfaces. If left unresolved, higher concentrations of moisture content and humidity produce connected threats to the structure like mold development and material degradation.

Full-Service Water Damage Restoration

With so many actions necessary to return a property to preloss condition through water restoration and beyond, having a capable team of accredited professionals to provide these needed services is time-saving and cost-efficient. Along with our contractor license to complete controlled demolition and required repairs after recovery, we arrive with a capable roster of certified professionals trained in several niches of the industry like:

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

Water damage in Middletown homes can be a highly disruptive and destructive event. When disasters strike, trust our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call today at (860) 826-5169.

Mold Damage in Middletown Homes Must Be Rapidly Addressed

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician removing mold damaged drywall Call SERVPRO when you first notice moisture or mold damage in your Middletown home. Our team is trained in safe and effective mold remediation.

SERVPRO Remediators Can Restore After Mold Damage in Middletown Properties

Mold is as misunderstood as it is hazardous to homes and businesses. With how rapidly this damage can occur and spread throughout a structure, it is essential to have a team of remediation professionals ready and able to help as soon as these threats are discovered. We prioritize a fast response to emergencies and have AMRT-Certified technicians on stand-by to help 24/7. 

Breaking Through Myths of Mold 

Mold damage in Middletown homes can be a destructive and hazardous development, especially when considering the spread of misinformation on the internet. Without being armed with the correct information and knowledge, homeowners can misjudge the importance of swift action when regulating the conditions of the house and remediating active mold colonies. 

  • Natural Dissipation

It is commonly believed that mold will dissipate without direct action from remediation professionals. This is an unlikely resolution without resolving the moisture issues and clearing out active colonies. 

  • DIY Cleaning

While there are merits to DIY cleanup for minor incidents in your home, mold comes in thousands of varieties that require various methods and approaches to remove thoroughly. Surface cleaning with chlorine-based products is not always sufficient. 

Is Professional Remediation Necessary? 

Professional remediation like our SERVPRO team can provide benefits for multiple reasons. The primary advantage is the knowledge of our roster to rapidly manage changing conditions in a residence to address active mold damage and prevent recurrences. We provide:

  • Thorough drying of moist areas
  • Advanced remediation solutions, including repairs 
  • Experienced and knowledgeable remediators 

What Are the Ideal Methods for Mold Damage Removal?

No one set remediation solution for eliminating and eradicating mold and microbial threats on a property. Several factors contribute to what becomes the ideal mold removal tactic, which might include:

  • Antimicrobial Products

The initial approach attempted when mold damage impacts homes and businesses is to apply antimicrobial and biocide products to the materials. In many cases, this can eliminate organisms on the outermost portion of drywall, wood, and other organic matter. 

  • Aggressive Surface Action

Several options exist for more aggressive and abrasive methods of removing mold that has begun to penetrate beyond the main surface layer of hosting material. Sanding and scrubbing can effectively reach just beyond this surface layer, though more abrasive methods are sometimes necessary with media blasting equipment. 

  • Controlled Demolition

When the other strategies are not effective means of removing active mold colonies from your residence, a final resort and effective approach is controlled demolition. This process removes exposed materials entirely, negating lengtheir remediation solutions altogether. 

SERVPRO Completes Repairs and Reconstruction

Our contractor license is among the chief advantages of choosing the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO team for remediation and restoration services. With so many mold removal efforts requiring repairs and reconstruction, having a qualified division of professionals to accomplish this during the remediation processes is critical. We can save customers time and money on the recovery their properties need by keeping these sub-services in-house. 

Addressing mold damage in Middletown homes involves a fast and reliable response from professionals of our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team. We can help remediate and repair your home after infestations. Call today at (860) 826-5159. 

We Get You Back In Business In Middlefield After Water Damage Strikes

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Our LGR low refrigerant dehumidifier removed high volumes of water vapor in this home after a water damage disaster.

What is the Best Way to Tackle Commercial Water Cleanup in My Middlefield Office?

SERVPRO Speeds Up Water Removal to Get Your Middlefield Business Up and Running Quickly

Coming into your business in the morning and finding water flooding the office is a situation that often causes panic. SERVPRO can ensure that this emergency is under control with our prompt response times and proven methods for water removal.

When you call us to your office for commercial water cleanup in Middlefield, we act fast to halt the migration of water while ensuring that your office does not become overrun with mold and mildew. 

How can SERVPRO make sure that my office is free of destructive moisture?

  • Our fleet is equipped with powerful water damage extraction tools and truck-mounted vacuum units to pull the moisture from your office interior, including the carpeting and padding below.
  • We bring in air movers to create the perfect amount of airflow and desiccant dehumidifiers that pull water vapors from the air.
  • After we use thermal imaging tools to ensure all moisture is gone, we apply powerful disinfectants to all surfaces to inhibit dangerous mold and mildew growth. 

SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain is available to handle all of your commercial water cleanup concerns. Call our team at (860) 826-5169, so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

How to Restore Fire Damaged Wooden Surfaces in Your Middletown Home

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Chair On Fire When fire damages your home, SERVPRO is always on call to restore your home. Call us today!

Restoring Wooden Finishes and Furniture after Fire Damage in Middleton 

Contents cleaning can become an arduous task after a fire in your home. Since you are dealing with many different types of material, your choice of cleaning method and the product is correctly is essential. Many wood surfaces in your home, such as tabletops, cabinets, bookshelves, or chests, may have a finish of lacquer, varnish paint, or wax. These finishes can make woods more resistant to heat or smoke, and odor. However, the type of finish can have a limiting effect on the cleaning products we can use to remove soots or other types of damage. 

When wooden furnishings are affected by fire damage in your Middleton home, there are many different considerations for a restorer. While some areas of the furniture may have to finish, others may not. Unfinished wood, likely to be in the interior of cabinets, absorbs smoke and odor more quickly because it is naturally porous. However, finishes themselves may wear away in the presence of a fire, which leads to spotting staining or discoloration. 

SERVPRO technicians can inspect furnishings on-site to understand the breadth of the fire damage. When inspecting a piece of wood, we are looking for both the extent of blistering- which can occur when exposed to high heat levels- and staining. Blistering may present itself as a scorch mark on the surface of the wood, wear away the finish and allow particles to enter the wood pores. Staining may be when the finish remains intact, but wet particles from synthetic smokes could permanently stain the surface. 

When there is significant blistering or staining, SERVPRO may need to refinish the furniture to provide an even color balance across the furniture and return it to a pre-damaged condition. Refinishing involves removing soot, soiling, and finish from the furniture altogether. Dry smokes can often need vacuuming. However, wet-smoke damages may need dissolving in a solvent to remove them effectively. Once the surface is clean, we sand it down using either hand-held sandpaper or through soda and sandblasting machines. The sanded surface often needs refinishing to provide an even coloring and finish similar to how the furnishing was before the fire. 

Managing and restoring furniture requires expertise; contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169.

Likely Flood Damage Problems in Your Middletown Home

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Street Don't let flood take control of your property. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO Skillfully Manages Middletown Flood Repair

Flooding is known to cause widespread interruptions in an area by cutting off communication lines and road networks. Apart from the general effects of flooding in the Middletown area, you can also expect problems within your home. Regardless of the known issues in the area, the flood damage in your home may present many unique aspects that challenge you.

Visible flood damage problems in Middletown homes get most of the focus. For example, any pools of standing water or soils like sewage and mud prompt you to take action quickly. However, invisible issues can also be equally urgent. SERVPRO can help you identify any hidden yet critical issues in your recovery plan.

The main flooding issues

  • Contamination
  • Structural breaches
  • Material deterioration 

If your property is affected by groundwater, it is heavily contaminated with hazardous chemicals and pathogens. Even if the water recedes, the dangerous materials remain within the structural areas and contents affected. Porous materials like carpets, insulation, and drywall are particularly vulnerable since they are contaminated to the core. Cleaning and applying decontamination agents is not viable to resolve the contamination. Our SERVPRO crews help remove carpets safely and cut away sections of drywall that were submerged.

Structural Issues From Flooding

It is not uncommon for a house to be left standing even after being flooded by several feet of water. The only exception is when an incident involves fast-moving water. However, the affected house is left with many structural damages. Shattered windows, roof cave-ins, and foundation cracks are some likely flood damage outcomes. Our SERVPRO crews can help assess the structure’s stability and implement stop-gap measures to address critical damages. 

Actions that mitigate damage

  • Installing roof tarps
  • Availing auxiliary power
  • Spraying disinfectants
  • Boarding up openings

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain can help you respond to any issue after flood damage. Call us at (860) 826-5169 for assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Restoration in Middletown Properties - SERVPRO Can Help

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Flame Close Up Don’t let your property be a victim of fire damage, SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is only a call away.

Fire Damage Repair After an Incident in Middletown 

Any negligence in the kitchen can lead to a fire. For example, you may leave a gas knob unknowingly turned on. Later, if you bring a lighter close to the stove, a fire ignites suddenly. What could have been a routine day at your home instantly becomes a disaster. Cleaning up the aftermath can be a bigger hassle.

Even if the damage may not look severe, having professionals manage fire damage restoration is paramount as they help check for damages in hidden areas, including the electrical system. The SERVPRO, the Middletown fire restorations team, is available 24/7 with powerful tools and processes to restore your home to a preloss state as soon as possible.

Hidden areas prone to smoke damage:

  • Gas lines
  • Ductwork
  • Crevices

Cleaning Porous Wooden Surfaces

Cleaning requirements usually vary depending on the severity of the fire. Smoke and soot deposits attach to surfaces and fabrics in other areas of your home. Unfinished wood, for example, the insides of cabinets, does not have a protective sealer or varnish; hence more vulnerable to smoke or soot damage than finished wood. These surfaces absorb a lot of soot and smoke residues, making them very difficult to clean.

When cleaning unfinished wood, it is advisable to eliminate loose soot using a dry sponge before wiping the surface with a cloth dipped in a cleaning solution. A clean water rinse follows before lightly sanding the areas with fine-grit sandpaper to remove any remaining soot stains.

Cleaning Up After A Kitchen Fire May Entail:

  • Identifying salvageable and unsalvageable items
  • Removing kitchen cabinets and drawers to access the interior space
  • Wiping down stainless steel appliances, plastic, and painted surfaces
  • Sanding away charred areas and soot stains

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain has specialized cleaning materials and the extensive experience required to complete fire restoration efficiently. Call us at (860) 826-5169. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Our Technicians Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your New Britain Kitchen After A Flood

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Middletown Car Our team has the experience, expertise and equipment to restore your home after a flood. We act fast to prevent further damage.

What to Do When a Storm Causes Flood Damage in Your New Britain Kitchen

Severe storms can be frightening, but they can also cause flood damage to your New Britain home. In the case of your home, a thunderstorm rolled in with the change of season and brought heavy rain with it. The floodwaters entered your home through an open window, flooding your kitchen around the sink and counter-toe-kicks.

Waking up to find a puddle in your New Britain kitchen, causing flood damage, is never a fun way to start your day. However, the quicker you reach out for help, the better it can be for your home. Swiftly addressing any water-based damage can prevent further damages from developing, such as mold damage. For this reason, and for the sake of being comfortable in your home, you should reach out for help right away.

Here at SERVPRO, we prioritize your schedule. Whenever you need us, night or day, weekend or weekday, it does not matter. Our technicians are available and ready to help.

We can arrive at your home within hours of your initial call, sporting our signature green vans or trucks. Our technicians always bring advanced industry-grade equipment to combat flood damage. Some devices that you may see include:

  • Wet/Dry Vacuums
  • Flood Drying Mats
  • Extractors
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Axial Fans
  • Heaters

Using all of these devices simultaneously creates an environment that encourages excess moisture to evaporate. Flood drying mats are beneficial for hardwood floors, which could bubble, crack, split, or swell with the introduction of excess moisture.

Our SERVPRO technicians can start by removing the excess water with our wet/dry vacuums and extractors. Because the floor was so close to your cabinets, we can go ahead and remove the toe-kicks and pull any water out from underneath. Furthermore, we could also use thermal imaging technology to check for any hidden pockets of water. Once we finish removing the excess water, we can set up any drying equipment as needed to return the moisture levels in your home to an adequate amount.

If a sudden and intense storm brings flood damage to your home, never wait. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain by phoning (860) 826-5169. No matter the day, we're ready to be there for you.

We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Middletown Home After Water Damage Strikes

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in home Contact SERVPRO to effectively tackle the water damage in your property. Call now!

Controlling the Drying Process in Your Middletown Home 

Psychrometry is a science familiar to every one of our qualified water restoration technicians working for our SERVPRO team and a field of expertise that can protect Middletown homes after water loss incidents. As quickly as these situations can get out of control, even for experienced professionals like ours, containment and environmental control are vital factors in maximizing the efficiency of the drying process. 

To many property owners, water damage in Middletown homes requires some fans, towels, and a mop to correct. In truth, many factors can play a substantial role in the effectiveness of specific drying techniques. Our understanding of environmental conditions and the spread of current water loss effects can be critical in overcoming these damages to make these water emergencies “Like it never even happened.” 


Humidity is one of the most direct obstacles that can affect the progress and efficiency of drying efforts in residence. When moist air is often a concern, the solution is a ‘closed’ drying system in which all windows and doors around the damaged area are shut to prevent any outside influence on indoor humidity. At the same time, refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers work to remove the present moisture. 


Stagnant air can slow the progression of drying efforts as well. Directing airflow in a channel that brings dry air in and expels moist exhaust to the outside is vital to increase the rate at which drying completes. 


Our SERVPRO professionals have to respond to many water loss incidents in the middle of winter. We can see first-hand how vital focused heat can be in drying up water-damaged areas of your house. We have portable electric heaters that can directly influence the temperature of wet materials and the entire drying zone. 

Environmental factors play a serious role in the speed and efficiency of drying efforts for your home. With the right focus and attention to these details, we can save our customers time and money on the restoration work their house needs. Give our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team a call whenever you need us at (860) 826-5169.

Prompt Restoration After Commercial Fire Damage in Middletown

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Five Flames On Black Background Call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169 for fast and efficient service.

Middletown Businesses Can Trust SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

When you run a business, you want to create an inviting atmosphere for everyone that walks through your doors. Whether you have a retail space in Middletown or an office building with regular clients, a fire can leave devastation that seems imaginable to come back from. There will be a loss of contents charred by the fire, but you also must address pungent odors from smoke and soot residue. SERVPRO's fire remediation team knows best practices for handling your commercial property's cleanup, reconstruction, and deodorizing.

Any odors present during fire damage restoration in Middletown will present a challenge. However, our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) know how odorous molecules penetrate various materials and your structure. Therefore, we know precisely how to begin odor elimination by selecting the best methods and products. 

As We Work Through Your Commercial Property, We Will:

  • Remove all debris and odor sources – everything gets disposed of according to local guidelines.
  • Thoroughly clean all surfaces with odorous residues – this includes walls, ceilings, counters, cabinets, displays, HVAC components, and more.
  • Recreate whatever conditions brought on odor penetration – we have ultra-low volume (ULV) equipment that puts out a deodorizing fog that binds with odor particles for easier removal.
  • Seal any surface areas with exposure to foul odors – this may include sealing ductwork or painting walls.

Our team also sets up powerful air scrubbers that include HEPA filtration during our restoration process. These units are excellent for pulling tiny particles from the air. Before we finish the project, all surfaces throughout your commercial building get cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized. We make your interior "Like it never even happened," so there is no lingering reminder that a fire occurred within your place of business.

Do you need help with commercial fire damage restoration? Look to our IICRC-certified team at SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain. We are available 24/7 by dialing (860) 826-5169.