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Our Professionals Discuss Soot Removal Strategies For Your East Hampton Home

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Soot Removal Strategies For East Hampton Homes

For as dangerous and stressful as fire loss can become for East Hampton properties, many homeowners still mistakenly believe that restoring and recovering the house afterward is a simple and straightforward process. Even with some training and ability, the average homeowner lacks the experience to manage multiple pressing effects within a fire-damaged house at the same time. Even approaches like soot removal are not universal and vary depending on the surface affected, the severity of the situation, and the location of these effects.

Fire damage in East Hampton always occurs in layers, often requiring the extensively trained Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) on our SERVPRO team. Our professionals have years of hands-on experience to combine with continued educational opportunities to be among the most knowledgeable in the industry. This expertise has given us multiple strategies for handling soot damage spread across the property as well.

Homeowners might believe that soot is much like any dirt or grime on the walls and that some elbow grease and the right cleaning products can quickly clear it right up. Due to the acidic nature of soot, it can begin affecting the composition of surfaces the longer it remains there, and can only set more deeply into the material when scrubbing occurs. Because of how widespread this effect likely is, smearing up multiple walls and surfaces attempting to clean soot can become a costly error.

Our SERVPRO team has unique products available to help maximize our effectiveness in removing this threat from your property. Our process begins with vacuuming loose sediment from the surfaces to reduce the thickness of the soot coating before we begin. Chemical sponges can get used wet or dry, and have become a staple in removing upwards of fifty square feet of soot damage on a given surface. These strategies are not as effective or guaranteed when a homeowner has already smeared, and potentially stained surfaces with DIY soot removal approaches.

Our professionals know how alarming it can be to see large areas of your home affected by soot or smoke residue, but our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain professionals can help. We can respond to these situations quickly and confidently, working efficiently to return your property to preloss condition. Give our specialists a call anytime that you need us at (860) 826-5169.

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How SERVPRO Provides Premier Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services for East Hampton CT Properties

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

East Hampton CT Home Suffered Fire Damage? Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup, Restoration, Pack-Outs, and Content Cleaning

East Hampton CT Homes and Effective Fire Loss Mitigation and Recovery

Fires, regardless of their origin and severity, present multiple hazardous and challenging consequences to overcome in your East Hampton CT home. Mitigating these concerns and returning a property to its pre-fire condition is the priority of our professional restorers upon arriving at your house. The cleanup and restoration services require premier, cutting-edge equipment, products, and techniques. Our fire recovery team continues to grow as more of our field technicians become certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT.) 

The many facets of fire loss recovery

Fire damage to East Hampton CT homes involves many processes and approaches for a successful restoration. Overcoming the damaging presence of soot, smoke residues, odors, and possibly water removal from the extinguishing efforts can be a challenging task. Content management and protection are among the most intricate and involved duties for even our skilled professionals to achieve. Our SERVPRO team works to assess the full scope of the damage and determine the most efficient approaches going forward.

If the house fire was limited in structural or cosmetic damage, the fire marshal typically allows our team to begin mitigation services as the fire trucks are pulling out. A rapid removal of charred building elements, fixtures, and contents minimizes the effects of moisture and odors and helps ensure an acceptable recovery from the blaze. We can also quickly secure the exterior of the structure from weather, animals, and trespassers. It is incumbent upon the property owner to limit potential safety hazards.

Fire Insurance, Authorizations, and a Plan

Our SERVPRO representative must receive work authorization before we can begin the recovery. This Service Authorization Form allows us to take immediate action, once signed. Protocols must be followed, and these commence with a survey and walk-through, a detailed scoping and an inventory summary that you, the homeowner, can present to your insurance adjuster. We work to preserve and protect and prevent on-going damage, but the final decisions on cleanup, demolition, restoration, and repair are decided by you and your agent.

Pack-Out Services Protect Treasured Possessions

Numerous homeowners can agree that the most considerable investments on their property are their belongings and personal treasures that may be impossible to replace. We have a comprehensive content management team that can carefully remove damaged or at-risk items from a home after documenting them with our CCIS Customer Content Inventory Service process. We transport the contents to our nearby facility for focused cleaning, deodorization, and safe storage. While in our care, we can use our advanced techniques and equipment to restore each item to its preloss condition, whenever possible. Once our technicians have completed the cleanup of water and fire debris from the residence, we can return the items and place them exactly where they were, "Like it never even happened."

Staffed Facility, Advanced Cleaning Equipment, and Storage

We have ultrasonic submersible tanks in our facility that function on vibrations creating microscopic bubbles to completely clean porcelain ornaments, silverware, and other high-end soot-covered items. The exploding bubbles create abrasion-free cleaning of delicate items. We also have a full ozone chamber at our warehouse, allowing us to deodorize large lots of items simultaneously with the production of ozone that bonds with the molecular structure of odor compounds and neutralizes them. ?

Meaningful Structural Cleanup and Restoration

The obstacles and challenges of cleaning soot from the interior surfaces of walls, ceilings, furnishings, decorations, and possibly fine art are done on a case by case basis. Our technicians can use special sponges, vacuums, cleaning, and deodorizing products to complete the interior restoration. We may recommend hiring an independent curator for expensive artwork.

Our team understands the need to eliminate malodors after a house fire, the lingering effects after the fact, that can be difficult to remove. We can inspect, clean HVAC ducts with our advanced equipment and change the filters. A fogging of a deodorizing agent can improve the indoor air quality. The SERVPRO team has the experience, equipment, and goal to mitigate all the negative effects caused by a fire.

Deodorization, cleaning, and other restoration needs that your property has after a fire loss incident can be challenging for homeowners to face on their own. At SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are here to help you 24/7 by calling (860) 826-5169.

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Why SERVPRO is the Right Choice for Handling Fire Damage in New Britain

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team is prepared perfesionaly to handle your New Britain fire damage.

We understand the importance of cleaning your fire damage in New Britain.

Fire is powerful, destructive, and it can spread quickly while consuming everything in its path. Depending on how intense the fire is and how long it takes to extinguish it, your New Britain residence can suffer some scorching and smoke damage. Your home could require a deep clean of the contents, odor removal, and redecoration.

A major fire can lead to significant structural damage to your home and the loss of many of its contents. Restoring and rehabbing your New Britain home after fire damage involves several tasks. You need to work with professionals who know how to resolve the issues associated with a fire indent. That’s why SERVPRO is the right company to hire. We have the specialized knowledge, resources, and expertise to restore your property to preloss condition within a short time.

Our FSRT, Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration technicians can inspect all losses and document the condition of your property carefully. Several problems can occur if you do not address the presence of smoke and soot particles in your residence quickly. For instance, woodwork can discolor and weaken. Acid can ruin ceilings, walls, and wooden floors at a micro-level. You may not notice it at first, but wood can eventually crack, flake and scratch more easily if caustic substances have chemically weakened it.

The corrosive residues from smoke can combine with moisture and create weak acids. These acids may destroy the metal parts of your house and furniture, giving them an unpleasant appearance and diminishing their ability to carry weight. Our technicians locate smoke residues by inspecting the affected areas carefully.  We begin the inspection close to the source of fire and trace how far the smoke moved in a house. Our restorers also identify the type of surface and residues and choose a cleaning method that can remove the residues without ruining the surface. We use dry or wet cleaning processes to release and eliminate residue particles from the affected surfaces and dispose of them properly.

There could be water damage in your home because of firefighting efforts. Water in smoke-damaged areas can contain caustic substances that make it acidic. Our SERVPRO crew has the appropriate equipment for extracting the water, drying out your home and checking for hidden sources of moisture. Some of the equipment we use includes:

  •   Wet/dry vacuums
  •   Air movers
  •   Dehumidifiers
  •   Moisture sensors
  •   Moisture meters
  •   Infrared cameras

We also offer pack-out services for valuable possessions. We can carefully remove the items that fire, smoke, or water has ruined, clean them in our facilities, and return the restored items to your house. If the fire damaged some parts of your home like carpeting, hardwood, walls, attic, or ceilings, we can hire licensed subcontractors to repair, restore, or replace the affected materials.

If there is fire damage in your Middletown, Cromwell, or Berlin residence, contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain for restoration services. You can reach us at (860) 826-5169. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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New Britain Deals with Mold Remediation by Calling in SERVPRO

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Problem with Mold Growth in Your New Britain Offices? Try Calling SERVPRO for Remediation

Removing and Disposing of Commercial Mold Damage Materials in Your New Britain Business

A property manager needs to stay abreast of issues that may affect staff or customers. Uncontrolled mold growth can pose a health risk as well as creating an unpleasant environment by giving off musty odors and soiling nearby by furniture, walls, or ceilings. Running a business requires time and attention, so the last thing you need is a property issue taking away from the day to day processes of your company.

Our services offer quick responses and professional remediation for commercial properties with mold damage in New Britain. We cover large structures like schools as well as smaller single room occupancies. Depending on the scale of your business, SERVPRO can dispatch a crew chief or a full-team of technicians to remediate the property of bothersome mold issues that allows you to get back to running your company.
 
Mold spores proliferate when they come into contact with moisture. The source of the problem can be something like a slow leak, or even a seemingly harmless water spill that has seeped into cavities or materials. Our commercial units can remove flooring to assess the condition of the subfloor and check wall cavities using advanced moisture measuring equipment like thermal imaging cameras.
 
Recurring mold problems are a nightmare for businesses resulting in short-term closures every time microbial growth returns. Persistent mold issues in food establishments can be particularly troublesome. SERVPRO safeguards against recurring damages by applying chemical treatments to all affected areas once they are thoroughly clean. Some of these chemical agents are specially formulated for SERVPRO. Our AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians have the experience and the certification from the IICRC Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification to secure properties.
 
Temporary closures after microbial infestations can impact business revenues. Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169 to remediate the effects efficiently.

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Don’t Just Sit There! Start Fire Damage Remediation in Middletown Today With SERVPRO

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be costly and invasive if not dealt with properly. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

We Use Different Types of Cleaning Agents when Mitigating the Soot from Fire Damage in Middletown Homes

A large percentage of restoring a damaged home in Middletown involves cleaning both the contents, the structural components, and the structure itself. Stripping these of the soot deposited by the smoke often reveals a lot less damage than what the homeowners previously thought existed.

When mitigating a Middletown home of smoke and fire damage, we use different cleaning liquids to get the job done fast. We know our customers want to get moved back into their home, and getting everything safely clean again takes special equipment as well as some elbow grease.

We use general surface cleaners for wet cleaning of a majority of the surfaces found in a home. These include countertops, walls, ceilings, many wallpapers and paneling types, appliances, and several varieties of furniture. These types of cleaning agents have a low pH, so they do not strip surfaces of their finishes while we remove the soot.

SERVPRO knows you want your windows, mirrors and Formica countertops sparkling again. We have a specially-formulated glass cleaner that gets the job done. We know how to get these streak-free, as well.

For cleaning up heavily soiled items, or where we found copious amounts of greasy soot, we rely on heavy-duty cleaners. These get metal components of stoves and furnaces clean again. When your carpet contains soot, we use this, mixed with a super-concentrated shampoo, to make your carpet beautiful again.

When your home contains natural stone or brick, a fire and its smoke can leave these looking like a complete loss. Many tiles and their grout can leave you with the same impression after a fire. However, SERVPRO technicians use strong acid cleaners to pull soot out of the pores and get these materials clean again.

For switch plates and other items on your walls, we have a thick liquid creme cleaner that pulls soot off surfaces and leaves them free of grime. For wood, we depend on another creme explicitly designed for clearing the pores of wood of soot that otherwise might leave discoloration and stains.

One of our most gentle cleanser types is based on oxidation. These can remove stains, as well as soot. We trust this type of cleanser to help us mitigate many kinds of damage because of the way stains disintegrate and odors diminish.

While we use personal protective equipment when using these cleaners, SERVPRO wants you to know that either these dry without a residue or that we rinse the cleansing agent off the surface we cleaned. Your family's safety is of utmost importance to us, and our goal is to eliminate all hazards before you move back home.

For fire damage mitigation, including the removal of smoke and soot deposits, call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169, 24/7, 365 days a year. We know how to efficiently reduce the impact of smoke and soot to homes in the Cromwell, Berlin, and Kensington areas.

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Our Advanced Equipment Will Save Your Flood Damaged Home In New Britain

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Our team is ready to provide quality restoration services throughout the Cromwell, Berlin, and Kensington areas, call today (860) 826-5169.

Flood Damage Equipment Used To Restore Your New Britain Home

The equipment used to perform flood damage restoration in your New Britain home has a significant part in the quality of the restoration you receive. Everything from vacuum cleaners to ozone machines, training to personality, all have a hand in providing excellent results.

It is essential for homeowners to learn everything about the type of flood damage affecting their New Britain property. You want to use skilled restoration technicians who are willing to answer any questions you might have to quell any concerns that come up during the restoration process. Knowing more about the type of equipment used can also be interesting.

SERVPRO technicians make sure that you understand what is happening in your home. We explain our services in detail and answer all of your questions before moving forward. Our equipment is essential to providing excellent results, even something as simple as our vacuum cleaners. We use lightweight vacuums designed with separate brush drive motor and vacuum motor that are perfect for dry, or embedded soil removal.

SERVPRO also uses portable and truck-mounted extraction units for cleaning carpets, upholstery, or removing standing water from your structure after a flood. With variable heat control, a separate solution tank & pump, vacuum, and waste recovery tank, our portable extractors hold up to 12 gallons of wastewater at a time. Out truck-mounted extractors and submersible sump pumps make removing copious amounts of water quicker and even more efficient than ever before.

SERVPRO’s drying technicians put dehumidifiers and air movers to work to remove unwanted moisture from your home. Dehumidifiers remove evaporated water from the air and provide a continuous supply of warm, dry air to the affected section, which speeds up the overall drying process. Air movers circulate the air produced by dehumidifiers throughout the structure and help enhance the evaporation process. Technicians strategically place this equipment to achieve the best possible results.

Contact our staff at SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain to obtain full-service solutions and 24/hr emergency cleaning and restoration services that fit any situation that may occur on your property. Our team is ready to provide quality restoration services throughout the Cromwell, Berlin, and Kensington areas, call today (860) 826-5169.

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The Science Behind Professional Water Removal in New Britain

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is equipped to handle any water loss event that you might have.

Why Understanding Water Properties is Crucial for Water Removal in New Britain

Water intrusion in unwanted areas of your New Britain home can lead to a wide range of problems, some of which might develop immediately, while others take time. Immediately after the water spill, the main problems include soiling and staining of fabric materials. Over time, other serious problems such as mold, rotting, and other severe forms of material deterioration develop. Proper and fast water removal can help minimize the effect such incidents have on your property.

Executing fast water removal in New Britain requires sophisticated equipment because water permeates through different materials or wicks into wall cavities and other concealed areas immediately after spilling. Any water pooling on surfaces requires equipment with sufficient lift capacity for quick removal. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on a wide range of extraction equipment, including submersible pumps, portable water extractors, and truck-mounted water extractors. Submersible pumps are very efficient for removing water deeper than two inches.  

The speed of water removal depends on what form the water is during removal. The most common ways are removal in liquid form and evaporation, which utilizes air movements. From training and experience, our SERVPRO technicians understand that extraction is 1200 times more effective than evaporation. We, therefore, bring different types of extraction equipment to the worksite, ensuring we reach every drop of water possible before embarking on drying procedures, which helps expedite the process.  

Drying the home to finalize mitigating the effects of water loss is necessary to prevent mold and rot from developing. Unlike extraction, which is mainly a speed intensive process, drying is more of a delicate balancing act. A very high rate of evaporating puts too much moisture in the air, which can lead to condensation if the dehumidification rate is moderate. Some materials, such as wood can also develop problems such as cracking if the drying rate is too fast. Our SERVPRO technicians set drying goals, which involves calculating the correct number of air movers and dehumidifiers for balanced drying.  

For proper removal of water from your property, call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why SERVPRO Restores Flood Damage in Middletown Faster

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

This is why you need SERVPRO.

Why let any flood damage ruin your day? Call SERVPRO today!

Flooding can happen any time, whether it is the result of a severe weather event such as a hurricane or regular occurrences such as torrential downpour. What matters is the steps you take after the incident to restore the property to its preloss state. We aim to provide fast results as part of our professional flood mitigation services, so our crews undergo regular training to equip them with the necessary skills.

The effect an incident of flood damage in Middletown has on your property might depend on the time you take to respond. Since water migrates through gravity action and absorption by porous materials, taking too long can worsen the situation. Even in situations when it is not possible to remove the intruding water, trying other solutions is crucial. Our SERVPRO technicians respond fast because we have fully equipped storm trailers ready to deploy at a moment's notice. We also arrange for contents pack outs to our climate-controlled warehouses in case we cannot remove water fast enough.

Removing water from a flooded home requires skills and the right equipment. Some tasks require more than one type of equipment to accomplish. For example, after using a water extractor or a pump to lift water from the floors, other equipment such as injecti-dry systems might be necessary to remove water trapped in wall cavities or other concealed areas. Our SERVPRO teams have a wide range of equipment in our production trucks to ensure we finish the process fast and minimize any teardown done to the structure.

Most flooding incidents leave houses heavily soiled and contaminated, especially when the intrusion involves groundwater. While it is possible to clean most of the affected items, for the highly porous ones, the best option is disposal because it is not possible to remove all traces of contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians have vast experience cleaning up flooded homes, so we identify items for cleaning and those that require disposal immediately. We remove carpets, pad, and insulation, among other materials.

For a quicker restoration of your flooded home, call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain to help. You can call us at (860) 826-5169 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Specialized Equipment Necessary For Middletown Flood Damage Restoration

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Streamlines Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup in Middletown for Less Downtime

Water damage of any type is disastrous for your business. Along with the structural damage and loss of contents, there are secondary issues such as mold and foul odors that can occur — worst of all, the downtime of the business or organization during remediation.

When SERVPRO works on commercial flood damage for Middletown business properties, our goal is two-fold. We have streamlined the process for mitigation of water damage, so there is as little downtime as possible for your business, and through our proprietary methods, we can restore more contents that previously may have been written off as a loss.

Upon arrival at the site, we immediately scope the property to ascertain all areas of water migration and begin extraction efforts as fast as possible. SERVPRO has specialized equipment for water extraction such as weighted extractor heads that pushes deeply embedded water to the surface for removal or highly maneuverable Rover stand-on units that use the weight of the technician to force the water upwards for fast extraction.

Our technicians spend time removing as much water as possible from the property because this extra effort significantly speeds the time need to dry the property. Whenever possible, we attempt to dry large furnishings in place by placing them on blocks, so there is as little disruption as possible to work environments.

Mold and foul odors after mitigation a water loss event and our technicians hold numerous certifications in the restoration sciences including Odor Control Technician and Mold Remediation Specialist. We know the signs of potentially favorable conditions for mold and how to inhibit mold colonies from setting up home. Our technicians have different techniques and equipment for neutralizing any residual odors, so your business or organization smells as fresh and clean as it looks.

Our goal is to assist property owners in mitigation commercial flood damage and get back to normal operations with as little disruption as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169, we have the tools and training to handle any type of damage from flooding and arrive soon after your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Technicians Will Respond Quickly To Your New Britain Home After A Fire

5/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Fast Response To New Britain From Trained Fire Loss Professionals

When fire loss incidents occur in your New Britain house, time is of the essence to get qualified and experienced professionals to your address to begin overcoming these effects and returning your property to normal. While there are multiple facets to the recovery that your home needs, you do not need to seek out the assistance of a dozen different restoration outfits specializing in various niches of the mitigation and recovery that your home requires. Our professionals have unique qualifications and continued training to make them among the most knowledgeable in the industry for whatever fire loss effects have damaged your house.

Our experts strive to provide each client with the most experienced and confident professionals to overcome fire damage in their New Britain properties. A disaster like this can often be stressful and traumatic, so it is important to get the right personnel started on effective mitigation and recovery tactics as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with a wide array of tools and machines designed to begin overcoming the damaging effects of a fire with our initial visit to the property.

Our SERVPRO team undergoes extensive training through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to become accredited Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT.) Both of these certifications can help to address different facets of recovery in your damaged house.

In addition to the extensive training required to obtain certification through the IICRC, our team also continues their education in their respective fields through both in-house and online training and coursework opportunities. These additional programs can help our entire team of professionals to stay knowledgeable with the changing tactics, equipment, and approaches to restore fire loss efficiently and effectively.

We know that a fast response in these emergencies is critical, but even more important is providing our customers with a team of restoration specialists that can confidently address the effects of a fire loss in their home. Give our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain rapid response team a call 24/7 at (860) 826-5169.

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