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We Act Fast In Middletown After A Flood

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Removing Flood Damage from a Middletown Basement

Flooding is the most common natural disaster that occurs in the US today, and there is no part of the country that has not, at some point, experienced flooding. Basements, which are already prone to water damage, are especially vulnerable to flooding due to the massive amounts of water involved in ground floods, flash flooding, and related disasters. 

If your property in Middleton requires flood damage cleanup, SERVPRO's emergency-response team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to return your home to a preloss condition. Technicians receive extensive training in flood damage safety, odor removal, mold remediation, and biohazard cleanup. No matter what floodwaters bring into your home, these restoration pros can clean the damage and sanitize your basement. This SERVPRO also offers residential contracting services for homeowners (license #HIC.0652559).

Precautions to Take After Flooding

  • Extract water if it is safe to do so. If you find sewage or other contaminants in water, do not try to remove this on your own. Call a mitigation crew to take care of these flood damages. Sump pump systems, drains, wet/dry vacs, and mops can aid in removing smaller water damages. 
  • Check your gutters. Clogged gutters, drains, and downspouts are a common cause of basement floods, so keeping them clean is essential to prevent water from coming into your home. 
  • Freeze water-damaged documents. Drying these materials in the same way you would other items can warp and damage them further. 
  • Elevate items. Use water-resistant shelving and containers for personal effects and cinder blocks for furniture. 

SERVPRO Removes Flood Damage Odors

This team's odor control technicians (OCTs) can use a variety of deodorizing techniques to address different odor sources in your basement. Disinfection with EPA-registered biocides is essential to odor removal. Ultra-low volume fogging can saturate surfaces with water- or solvent-based deodorizers that are highly effective at eliminating odor-causing particles. If mold has developed in your basement from floodwaters, HEPA-filter air scrubbers can significantly improve indoor air quality and prevent the spread of mold spores. 

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain saves homes by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (860) 826-5169 for emergency-response service that starts within hours of your initial contact.

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Mitigating Water Damage In Middletown

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Mitigating Water Damage from Middletown Flooding Takes the Right Expertise

The potential for flooding is often on the minds of Middletown area residents, especially during the spring thaw. Many times, springtime creates the "perfect storm" for flooding along the Connecticut River. The melting snow draining off the mountains, combined with rain from seasonal showers, routinely leads to problems for those living in this area. Considering this, it's important to prepare beforehand and know whom to call when flooding issues arise at your home.

The initial shock of your Middletown home flooding can be quite traumatic, but it's important that you quickly get control of the situation. Luckily, limiting water damage in your Middletown location is as easy as making one fast call to SERVPRO. Within four hours of your call, our experienced experts will be on-site to start helping you assess, clean up, and limit further water damage. Using state-of-the-art equipment, like moisture sensors and meters, they will detect where water is coming from and how much of it different items have absorbed. This will enable them to effectively direct their efforts, thereby reducing recovery time and your overall costs.

After SERVPRO determines where water is seeping into your Middletown residence and how much it has damaged various things, they will get to work mitigating and preventing further property deterioration. Our trained professionals will first use extractors to remove water from upholstered items, carpets, and other flooring. Then, they will foster increased airflow and surface evaporation with air movers. Following this treatment, in order to facilitate greater evaporation, workers will proceed to remove excess water vapor from the air with dehumidifiers. These are, generally, of one of two types. One functions much like an air conditioner, drying the air by cooling it and reducing its moisture capacity. The other type utilizes drying agents that bond with water vapor to reduce airborne moisture. After the dehumidifying process, SERVPRO experts use deodorization equipment to eliminate odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew.

If and when a waterborne disaster catches you by surprise, rest assured that help is just a phone call away. Save yourself time and money by calling the seasoned professionals of SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169. We're here to help you, 24/7.

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Why We Are The Best Choice In Middletown After A Water Loss

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Our large dehumidifier and air mover working to dry this carpet Our large LGR low refrigerant dehumidifier working to remove high volumes of water vapor in this home after a water loss.

Professional Water Cleanup for a Middletown Laundry Room

Appliance failures are frustrating for any homeowner to encounter. Whether a cracked gasket on dishwasher creates leakage or a tear in a washing machine supply line gives way from wear and tear, the prospects of cleanup with consumer-grade products can be overwhelming to consider. Without fast and thorough removal, however, this moisture can cause even more damage to your home and its contents. 

If your Middletown residence requires water cleanup due to appliance failure, SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist you. Not only is SERVPRO dedicated to cleaning up your residence with cutting-edge tools and EPA-registered antibacterial solutions, but it also seeks to preserve your contents so you can save money after disaster strikes. Technicians work closely with both you and your insurance adjuster to ensure that an accurate claim is filed on your behalf. 

SERVPRO's Cutting Edge Technologies

SERVPRO technicians implement a broad spectrum of technologies and methods to restore your home after water damage occurs, including the following:

  • Moisture measurement technologies like penetrating and nonpenetrating sensors and meters, infrared imaging, and thermohygrometers
  • Extraction tools, including rovers, suction pads, mops, wet/dry vacuums, squeegees, sump pumps, and extraction wands
  • Centrifugal and axial air moving equipment, as well as low grain refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Air cleaning and odor removal tools, including HEPA-filter air scrubbers, EPA-registered antibacterial solutions, and thermal and ULV foggers

SERVPRO's Air Moving Equipment

Air movers are essential to the drying process after damage occurs. Centrifugal air moving equipment is necessary for pulling moisture out of surfaces after extraction and works in tandem with dehumidifiers to restore surfaces to their ideal humidity levels without damaging them. 

Axial air moving equipment consists of high-powered box fans that work best for exchanging indoor air as much 3,200 cubic feet per minute. Dozens of exchanges of air not only aid in odor removal, but it also ensures that the air clean and safe for occupants after cleanup is finished. Centrifugal fans are not designed for this type of high-powered air exchange, and axial fans would quickly overwhelm dehumidification equipment.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (860) 826-5169 for disaster cleanup today.

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How to Restore Fire Damaged Wooden Surfaces in Your Middletown Home

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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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 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 toward 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 there is exposure to high levels of heat- and staining. Blistering may present itself as a scorch mark on the surface of the wood, wear away 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 preloss 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 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.

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Winter Woes from Frozen and Burst Pipes? Middletown Homeowners Know that SERVPRO Repairs and Rebuilds, "Like it never even happened."

2/2/2020 (Permalink)

melting snow man with carrot nose and coal Did This Guy Freeze the Pipes Causing Them to Burst in Your Middletown Home or Business? SERVPRO Can Make It, "Like it never even happened."

Frozen Pipes in Middletown Homes and Businesses Can Lead to Burst Pipes

The winter months can bring about some extreme temperature drops and cold snaps for Middletown homes and businesses. Without the appropriate precautionary measures, it can be challenging to avoid the disasters that can arise from extreme cold entirely. During a power outage or heating system failure, freezing pipes that burst can be among the more serious of these potential disasters.  When the cracked pipes thaw, it can cause immediate flooding inside the house. Even with the prompt response that you can expect from our SERVPRO emergency response, a pipe split can deposit hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of water in the surrounding areas before you get the valve shut down.

Water cleanup for Middletown homes can present multiple obstacles after the event of a frozen pipe. One of the most considerable of these is identifying the full scope of the water present in your home after a pipe bursting. Frigid temperatures can find their way around inadequately insulated portions of plumbing and cause frozen pipes. As the liquid turns to a solid within copper and PEX pipe options, it expands with tremendous force, exerting pressure on the walls of the pipe. As the pressure builds, these frozen pipes can become burst pipes.

Immediate Concerns
The focus of any homeowner following a substantial water loss incident like this is both determining the extent of the present damage and working quickly to address the break in the plumbing. Our SERVPRO professionals can help in many aspects of mitigation and recovery, but structural concerns and the repair of your compromised plumbing lands in the competent hands of our in-house residential contractors certified through the State of Connecticut (#HIC.0652559.) From repairing joints of split, frozen pipe to replacing a small portion where burst pipes were a concern, this is one of the first restoration tasks as mitigation begins.

Emergency services for your home can include the removal of drywall and wood trim to gain immediate access to highly damaged portions of your property. In most cases, lengths of plumbing are not exposed and readily seen. Instead, they are routed in chases, within walls, above ceilings, and in subfloor cavities for unhindered pathways to various installed fixtures throughout the house. Burst pipes inside walls can allow a high volume of water to collect within this structural cavity, eventually saturating the drywall, framing, insulation, and other building materials, and then migrating on to other areas of the house. Often, this non-visible leakage can soak into and ruin drywall, framing, and electrical wiring.

Our contractors can remove even full panels of drywall when necessary to gain unrestricted access to damaged portions of frozen pipes or damaged plumbing for repair and drying. Freezing pipes can lead to both direct burst pipe portions, but also long weak points in hard PVC that might exist in homes that had plumbing repairs decades ago. Repairing damaged portions of the plumbing is also critical, as this can often meet the conditions necessary for the residents to remain in the house while recovery occurs.

Widespread Threats
Because pipes can burst and then thaw beneath the subfloor or in other structural cavities, frozen pipes can become ruptured pipes without realizing the immediate threat. Instead, this water damage spreads unnoticed throughout a broad area of the house and can lead to irreparable damage to finish materials like drywall, wood flooring, and carpet. Resolving these issues begins with an adequate understanding of the loss through the application of moisture detection devices like surface moisture sensors and meters, hygrometers, and thermal imagery.

The farther that the moisture and dampness spread from the initial break, often the greater the need for reconstruction and build-back. While we do have competent, certified contractors that can do more than manage controlled demolition and clear out debris, we also have highly trained and experienced restoration professionals. Rapid extraction and focused drying efforts can have a considerable mitigating impact when implemented soon after plumbing failures. By reducing the time the water has to migrate through the structure, and the length of time building materials remain wet, our skilled SERVPRO team can reduce the mess, cost, and time to restore a home to its preloss condition.

Still, another concern for your property after the rupture of frozen pipes is the possibility of microbial development in the days following the initial incident. If this burst pipe occurs in an area unnoticed by the occupants of the home or business, several days could pass before anyone discovers a problem. Mold growth can begin after 48 hours of damp conditions in wet organic matter exposed by the migrating water. Materials such as drywall, wood trim, framing, and flooring are all susceptible to damage from microorganisms until our SERVPRO remediators can address these problems as well.

Why Professional Restoration Is Wise
In many cases following frozen pipes that develop into burst pipes, you have little time to react in the stopping of the flow of water, removing standing water, and then drying out the water loss zone. The situation can quickly get out of control and demand the experience and advanced tools available to professional restorers like our SERVPRO team. Choosing the expertise of our technicians can mean a more significant recovery of complete belongings and construction materials.

Merely saying that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster does not show you how committed the team is to help you through this time of turmoil and damage in your home or business. We have a centrally located facility for the Middletown and New Britain area so that we can arrive within our service region promptly at any time of the day or night. From the first notice of a water loss when you recognize frozen pipes have burst, we can often respond within minutes to provide you peace of mind in knowing that our certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) personnel are on the way.

Our commitment to providing residential and commercial customers effective and efficient service begins with the high levels of training and education that our technicians receive. While most of our restorers have years of hands-on experience to contribute to their grasp of work needed in the field, continued coursework can grow and expand the knowledge of our team in the rapidly changing world of restoration and recovery. We follow the best practices of the IICRC--Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

The winter season can invite cold snaps into the basement, crawl space, and other vulnerable areas of your property where exposed copper and plastic plumbing are vulnerable. Our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team can help to make a substantial water loss incident “Like it never even happened.” We have efficient extraction, drying, and build-back to help return your property to normal. Give us a call today at (860) 826-5169.

Middletown Business Under Real Water? Call SERVPRO for Removal and Drying

1/18/2020 (Permalink)

image of a figure slipping and falling SERVPRO Says Prevent Slip and Falls from a Water Loss in Your Middletown Place of Business--Call Us for Extraction and Drying

Let SERVPRO Address the Water Damage in Your Middletown Commercial Space

If your plumbing springs a leak or an appliance fails and spouts water, you need to call the professionals quickly. Taking action and calling SERVPRO ensures that you get your commercial Middletown space back to normal so that regular business resumes. The longer you wait, the more costly and dire the situation becomes.

For the most exceptional results when you have commercial water damage in Middletown, you have to call the experts. Only the pros have the skills, experience, and the right equipment and techniques to ensure your space is dried adequately so that mold and mildew don’t stand a chance. Once you call us, SERVPRO is ready to start the water removal and restoration process so that you can focus on your business.

Using our professional services for mitigation helps cut back on water-related problems from festering. This means decreasing loss risk for your equipment and inventory, as well as lessening the chance of hazards from slips and falls. We know that you need to make your commercial space “Like it never even happened,” and we have the manpower and methods to get the cleanup finished in a timely fashion.

We start by removing any standing water followed by taking up any moisture that may be trapped in your carpeted flooring, underneath countertops, desks, furnishings, and other content. We dry everything completely by placing air movers and dehumidifiers strategically to remove moisture from the air. Everything is deodorized after drying is complete, and oils or emollients are applied to protect certain surfaces as needed.

The common mistake many individuals make is failing to look for hidden moisture after a water loss incident. SERVPRO technicians use special detection tools that employ thermal imagery to ensure no moisture is left within the nooks and crannies of your commercial space. If any materials have been removed during restoration, our team replaces everything and provides your business looks as good as new so that you can resume regular activities.

Do you have questions about the services that we offer to address commercial water damage? We invite you to give us a call at SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain at (860) 826-5169.

Local Middletown Flood Damage Remediation Services

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Preventing Water Damage in your Middletown Home after a Storm

Heavy rainstorms can lead to flood damage in your Middletown home through various ways of entry. A severe enough storm, with significant wind speeds, could topple a tree on top of your home. Or, a window that was accidentally left often can be the perfect means of entrance. No matter how the water gets inside your home, you must quickly respond to it to prevent further damages. 

Imagine a scenario when your home suffers flood damage in Middletown. A heavy rainstorm and a weak spot in your roof are a combination that can lead to unfortunate outcomes for your home. As you slept through the night, the rain beat down on your roof. However, over your sitting room, your roof allowed flood waters to leak through and cause damage. 

Following gravity, the water trickled down through the attic from the roof. It progressed to the ceiling of the sitting room and then down the back wall, causing stains and leaving damage. Upon waking up and finding many puddles of water in the room and a sodden carpet, it would be evident that you need professional help. 

Here at SERVPRO, we're committed to helping you as fast as we can. After speaking with you about your problem, we can gather a talented team of highly certified flood damage remediation experts. We always make it our goal to arrive at your home as quickly as we possibly can after receiving your call. However, after any storm, there could be roadblocks such as fallen trees or floods.  

Once SERVPRO arrives, we could begin to work immediately. We could start with an investigation and use devices, such as thermal imaging cameras, to map out all of the problem areas of your sitting room. After our brief investigation, we could remove stagnant water from your carpets using extraction wands and rovers, as well as wet/dry vacuums. With our knowledge of the room, and where remediation is needed, we can help you avoid extra expenses and the growth of mold damage. SERVPRO is always serious about helping you. 

If you ever find yourself needing professional flood damage remediation services, call right away. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain by calling (860) 826-5169. We're always prepared to help. 

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We Are Ready 24/7 In New Britain After A Fire Disaster

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Restoration In New Britain Involves Various Elements Of Cleaning

Even small blazes inside your New Britain apartment complex can cause your unit problems. For example, heat or smoke coming from an inferno burning inside another unit could cause some types of fire damage to exist inside your dwelling. The most common incident to occur is that smoke coming from a fire in another part of your complex gets into your structure and leaves behind soils and soot residues.

Most fire damage projects in New Britain require an extensive amount of cleaning. Sometimes, charred materials can be removed by agitation and cleaning methods. Also, when things get burnt, charred materials can build up on other surfaces. Smoke can also cause soot residues to exist on any surface it contacts.

When residues exist after fire damage, our SERVPRO technicians utilize various techniques and chemicals to clean and remove all soils present. However, all of the methods involve the four following elements of cleaning, which are temperature, agitation, chemical action, and time or TACT.

  1. Temperature

Since the hotter molecules are, the faster they move (for the most part), the cleaning works better at higher temperatures. However, cleaning products have certain temperatures where they work best, and the products can get too hot to where the ruin the surfaces they are cleaning. Higher temperatures can also reduce the surface tension of water-based solutions and allow the products to dissolve soils better.

  1. Agitation

Agitation can be defined as moving the surface, the solution being cleaned, or both. Agitation can be used by our SERVPRO team to free or dislodge soils.

  1. Chemical Action

When using chemical action to dissolve soils, the key principle to remember is that like dissolves like. Therefore, water-based solutions work best on water-based residues, whereas oil-based solvents are most effective when battling oily soils.

  1. Time

The amount of time it takes for the soils to dissolve and the chemical actions to work properly is called the "dwell time."

Using the basic elements of cleaning soils can help us restore your home to the way it was before the blaze, "Like it never even happened." For professional assistance when restoring your house, call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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You Can Count On Our Experts To Restore Your Middletown Business After A Flood

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A large LGR low refrigerant dehumidifier woking in a room to remove high volumes of water vapor This large LGR low refrigerant dehumidifier is woking in the room of this property to remove high volumes of water vapor after a flood.

Get Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup in Middletown 24/7

Even with adequate coverage, Connecticut business owners can still find themselves vulnerable to flooding. According to United States government statistics, the average commercial flood claim for the last ten years was approximately $33,000. Annual property damage due to flooding added up to more than $6 billion on average. 

If your business has been affected by commercial flood damage in Middletown, SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to your business to extract floodwaters, thoroughly disinfect surfaces with OSHA-approved, EPA-registered antimicrobials, and dry your facilities with contemporary disaster mitigation technologies. Technicians work hard to ensure that your building is restored to a preloss condition so that you can get back to business as usual.

Integrating Elevation & Floodproofing into Your Business

  • Install flood shields on your property. Using flood barriers on your property is a smart way to minimize the damage that can come in from entrances to your facility.
  • Store your electronics accordingly. Keep electronics like routers, space heaters, and televisions elevated on shelves, mounted on walls, or use other storage methods to keep them elevated at least two to three feet above the floor.
  • Add watertight shields to windows. Over time, window sealants loosen up, which can allow water into your business without you knowing. A watertight seal can guard against this as well as flooding.
  • Stock up on sandbags. If landscaping, drainage systems, and structural measures fail to accommodate flooding adequately, sandbags are highly absorbent and an excellent complement to your prevention measures during a flood.
  • Consider perimeter drainage and landscaping. Something as simple as a rain garden, asphalt around the perimeter, and some smartly-designed slopes can help redirect water away from your business.

How SERVPRO Restores Your Business

When SERVPRO comes to your facility, technicians can get straight to work on moisture detection and extraction. If you have a flooded lobby, break room, or waiting room with carpet, the carpet may need removal to protect against microbe proliferation. Unlike most water damage situations, flooding requires disinfection before drying to prevent the spread of microbes through the air. 

If you have a roof leak or other disaster during severe storms that can contribute to flood damage, SERVPRO can also set up air movers and dehumidifiers to dry above ceiling tiles. After disinfection and drying, remaining inventory and salvaged furniture can be moved safely back into your facility.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is dedicated to serving the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (860) 826-5169 today for cleanup you can count on for your business.

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High Water Flooding in New Britain Calls for Credible, Professional Cleanup and Restoration--SERVPRO Is Ready to Help!

12/22/2019 (Permalink)

two-story house saved inside a life-preserver Flood Insurance and SERVPRO -- What Is Needed By New Britain Homeowners after a Storm

Accountability and Transparency in New Britain's Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services

Flood Damage New Britain
In a flood situation, a great many of your contents and personal items can be lifted or strewn across the structure. You may also find floating debris, damaged light furniture, or fittings. These scenarios are invariably tough to face as a homeowner, making you feel overwhelmed. While it is true that there is a seismic task ahead to restore your home, it is not unmanageable. You should contact your insurance provider as soon as possible and contact us with notification of loss to begin your restoration journey.

There are several areas of difficulty concerning flood damage to your New Britain home. SERVPRO is here to ease the burden of a homeowner with a flooded property. First, you need to sign an authorization to perform services with our project manager or SMR sales and marketing rep to allow us to begin mitigating loss and restoring the damage. We record all information throughout the service to inform you of our work as well as to guarantee transparency and accountability.

We may ask you questions about pre-existing damage in the home, such as prior water incidents or microbial growth. We can also ask you about any valuable items that may need targeted restoration, such as jewelry or heirlooms. These items can often be restored later in the service using specialized cleaning machinery or chemicals. It is vital during this phase to communicate as much as possible with your technician.

With all the information in hand, our technicians can give you the correct safety advice as well as the details of our service or predicted outcomes. Here at SERVPRO, we always provide a working timeframe to give customers an idea of the task at hand and to plan their lives accordingly. Some flooded properties can take several weeks to recover, although you may be able to use many areas of the house while service is underway. A copy of restoration documentation can be given to you as well as passed onto your insurance provider for a stress-free claim.

Organization is essential to overcoming flood scenarios. For a professional, accountable service, contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169.