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Cleaning Middletown Fire Damage without Delay

6/16/2022 (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

6/16/2022 (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

6/16/2022 (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.

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 

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. 

Airflow

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. 

Temperature

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.

We Discuss The Importance Of Tinting During The Drying Process In Middletown

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor Give our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team a call today at (860) 826-5169.

How a Tinting Approach Can More Effectively Dry Middletown Homes

We regularly train and educate 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 this process 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 using 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 be stocked in water recovery-ready trailers.

One of the advantages is limiting the spread of water vapor throughout the residence. Our SERVPRO professionals must always focus on the containment of water loss incidents. These drying zones created with sheeting prevent vapors from reaching untouched regions. A reduction in moisture present in the environment can 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, as 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 how 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.

Checking For Mold Damage In Middletown Buildings

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician Mold will spread like wild fire within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified for any size mold remediation service needed.

Why Is It Essential To Remove Mold Damage In Middleton Homes?

Mold spores are everywhere in the environment, waiting for the right conditions to multiply. They look for

  • Warm,
  • Moist conditions with
  • Where organic food is readily available.

Spores can last a long time until there is a water leak or poor air circulation with the right conditions for growth.

Call SERVPRO to check for mold damage in your Middleton home or commercial building if you suspect mold growing somewhere. Many customers tend to wait until the situation becomes serious. Mold infestations can damage structures and the contents of a building.

SERVPRO professionals can assess your home or business for the presence of mold and suggest precautionary measures to protect your family. Our team will wear protective PPE gear while removing damaged contents and materials.

Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain for mold damage service to Middletown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (860) 826-5169.

Some of the Biggest Problems with New Britain Water Damage Situations

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

water leak with water puddling on hardwood floor 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 helpful 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 home.

Documenting Readings 

Regular atmospheric and moisture content readings help gauge the success of specific drying ventures, including the placement of equipment like dehumidifiers and high-velocity air movers. The results can also determine how well the units perform 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 and 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 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) 826-5169.