Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Damage Middletown – Cleaning Carpets

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Greenish blue carpet. Let SERVPRO clean your Middletown carpet from water damage.

We will walk you through the water damage in Middletown.

Many smaller water damage situations involved a small section of carpeting near the kitchen or bathroom. A leak occurs, and the water spreads to nearby rooms and before the water can be turned off. In these situations, SERVPRO has found that the entire room must be managed and not just the section of carpet that has become wet.

SERVPRO has helped many customers in Middletown with water damage situations from overflowing tubs and sinks in kitchens and bathrooms. On many occasions, we have found that the entire room must be cleaned and dried to return the room to its original condition. "Like it never even happened."

Drying the Affected Area

The crew chief always reviews the situation and recommends the best approach to dealing with the leak and wet conditions that exist. Initially, the area where the leak occurred must be processed. All water should be vacuumed or mopped up and dried.

Wet carpets should also be vacuumed with a wand-style vacuum to remove as much water as possible. The carpet may be raised in one or more areas to allow air to circulate under the carpet to dry the floor and underpad. Air movers may also be used to push air under the carpet to enhance drying.

Why Clean the Entire Room

Once the carpet is dry, the dried area can be noticeably cleaner than the rest of the room. The process of removing water from the wet area also removes existing soiling that may have been present.

Appropriate preparations to clean the remainder of the carpet in the room affected needs to be made. For example, remove lighter furniture from the room. More cumbersome furniture should be raised on blocks or left in place.

Standard carpet cleaning techniques can then be applied to clean the entire room, including wiping down baseboards, and hard floors adjacent to the carpet. SERVPRO also ensures cleaning solution is not sprayed onto curtains and furniture left in place.

Our SERVPRO crew chief can discuss all of these steps with you to determine the best approach to help deal with the water leak and subsequent cleaning needs.

Call SERVPRO of Middleton / New Britain at (860) 826-5169 for 24/7 services. We serve Cromwell, Berlin, Kensington, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

To learn more about Middletown, click here.

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.

More about New Britain.

Water Loss, High Humidity in Your Middletown Home? Just Contact SERVPRO for Professional Removal and Drying

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

High Humidity during a Water Loss in Your Middletown Home? Better Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Why Balanced Drying is Necessary after Water Damage in Middletown

After an incidence of water loss, your primary concern may be whether it is possible to dry all affected areas as soon as possible. While speed is essential when dealing with water damage, there is a need to balance the drying process to avoid other problems. We offer professional water damage mitigation that ensures balanced drying of your Middletown home.
 
For faster drying after an incident of water damage in Middletown, there is a need to increase temperature levels, boost air movement and extract moisture from the air. Balancing all these aspects is necessary for optimum drying. If the air movements and temperature levels are high, but the rate of extraction is too low, condensation can happen, transferring damage to other areas. Optimum temperatures are also necessary because warmer air holds more moisture increasing the evaporation rate. Our SERVPRO technicians use portable heaters or other sources of heat to maintain temperature around 70 to 90 degrees. We also make calculations to determine the number of dehumidifiers and air movers to use.
 
Porous materials such as wood in floors and other fixtures absorb water and swell. Leaving such water unaddressed can cause long-term problems such as warping, rotting or buckling. Fast drying, on the other hand, can cause cracking or splintering of floorboards. Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters to determine the actual levels of wetness in such materials allowing us to determine the correct rate of drying to deal with the effects of water damage "Like it never even happened."
 
It can be harder to dry property if the water damage results from a weather event because humidity levels might be high outside the house. Opening windows during the drying process to ventilate the rooms can lengthen the process by allowing moisture from outside the structure to filter inside. An unusual, but never desired effect, is "inside rain" when this high level of water vapor condenses. Our SERVPRO technicians use thermo-hygrometers to take moisture readings inside and outside the structure before starting the drying process to determine whether to use a closed drying system. We can also create drying chambers by hanging plastic sheets around the affected areas. The final walk-through with our client is done once we have reached our drying goals.
 
For balanced drying after incidents of water damage, call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain to assist. You can reach us at (860) 826-5169 any day.

More about our city by clicking right here.

Winter Roof Damage and Repair: How will you prepare your Middletown, CT home?

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Winter in New England can be beautiful: The gentle flakes drifting to the ground during the first snowfall. Taking the children sledding and ice-skating. Helping your grandchild build their first snowman. Holiday cheer. The tastes and smells of your family recipes. Although the season is joyous, winter has a harsher side we must prepare for. Relentless storms. Icy roads and stairs. Frigid days and nights. Preparing our homes for the winter can be tedious; it feels like the leaves were just raked up off our yards in Middletown and all of a sudden they’re covered in a blanket of snow. As homeowners one of the most common problems that winter brings is roof damage and leaking roofs. The last thing we want to deal with is water damage during the winter. In addition to the costs and labor involved, leaking roofs invite a host of problems:

  • Structural Deterioration
  • Insulation Damage and Mold
  • Fire and Shock Hazards

Leaking roofs are preventable and there are several steps you can take to prevent damage to your home before the winter season moves in for good:

Get a roof inspector to look at your roof and attic:

A trained inspector will look for cracked or loose seams, failing sealants, gaps and separations, as well as punctures in the roof that may not be visible from the ground and offer solutions to fix any problems they may detect.

Clean your gutters:

All of the leaves, acorns, and other autumn debris eventually will create clogs in your gutters and downspouts if not cleaned properly. If clogged, melting snow and rainwater could potentially overflow and damage your roof, trim, and siding. Once all the leaves have fallen, take the time to give your gutters a thorough cleaning; your house will thank you for it later!

Check around the house:

Another great preventative measure to take to prep your house for winter is to do a walk around of your property and make sure that there aren’t any hazards that pose a threat to your home. Hanging tree limbs, adjacent buildings, debris caught in gutters, faulty power lines. Being proactive is the best way to prevent disasters.

In case of roof damage and leaking our SERVPRO professionals are highly trained water restoration technicians.  When you may suspect your Middlefield home has roof damage, call SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain.

SERVPRO is on emergency call 24 hours a day in case the worst case scenario does happen.

Locally owned and operated we will happily and expertly handle any leaks that winter may give you as an (unwanted) gift. Call 860-826-5169! 

We're always 'Here to Help!'

Winter is coming to Berlin, CT! Staying on top of mold: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst!

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

All too often in life we react to problems rather than taking preventative measures. Medicine, natural disasters, and car troubles just to name a few. Being prepared and staying on top of potential household problems is a lot easier (and cost-effective!) than trying to deal with it once it has gotten out of hand. Along with frozen pipes, melting snow, and stubborn ice, the chances of basements flooding or roofs leaking during the winter season is at a high. Where there is flooding and water damage, mold is never far behind. Mold is one of the first and foremost problems we should prepare for and be aware of during the winter. Mold can grow on almost any surface where moisture is present, however, it grows best in musty, damp environments, (just like the conditions found in most of our basements here in Middletown!) Once mold invites itself into our homes, getting rid of it can be quite a hassle. It spreads through airborne spores and once it starts growing, it can live almost anywhere. Here are a few simple steps to take to avoid mold ruining your holiday season:

Keep all your prized possessions in plastic receptacles...

However simple this may sound, we have witnessed (and have been the recipient) of flooding that has ruined clothing, books, furniture, and electronics.  Head to your favorite local hardware store and stock up on waterproof plastic containers (with lids). This simple purchase could save you thousands of dollars in valuables, as well as your possessions with priceless sentimental value.

Keep your possessions on shelving units...

Another simple yet effective means of preventing mold from destroying your things in case of basement flooding is to build or purchase a simple shelving unit that keeps all your valuables above water level.  If your basement has flooded before, this should be easy to identify, but any shelf taller than 3 or 4 feet should do the trick. If the worse happens, it will be easy to relocate all of your items to a dry, warm environment where they can be saved from any effects of mold.

Get experts in to check your basement...

Getting people trained to look for warning signs is a great way to stay ahead of flooding. A qualified SERVPRO professional is a great resource to check for any pre-existing mold. Often times mold is hard to, if not impossible, to spot without firsthand experience.

In the event of a flood, our SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain professionals are just a phone call away (860-826-5169). Our experienced staff are efficient, knowledgeable, and are experts at handling any problems that may result from winter flooding. Don’t let winter kick you around! By following these simple steps you will be well on your way to keeping you and your valuables safe and sound.

An Ounce Of Prevention: 4 Common Plumbing Problems near Hartford County

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

These are 4 of the most common plumbing problems linked to potential water & mold issues.

Water Heater Malfunctions Replacing a water heater can be expensive, but regular maintenance can ensure its longevity. It’s always best to contact a professional, reputable company when getting an expensive appliance serviced.

Pipe Leaks Leaky pipes lead to mold. A leaking pipe can go unnoticed for months depending on where the pipe is located. Visual inspections can help avoid a long-term leak, which can possibly restrict mold growth.

Clogged Drains Landlords are often privy to the damage caused by clogged drains. Drains can clog easily when items that are not suitable for flushing/rinsing get disposed of improperly such as grease, solid foods, hair and personal care products. It’s important to keep drains clear of unnecessary debris.    

Sewer System Backups If you’ve never experienced a sewage backup, you’re probably not aware of how smelly a situation it is. Getting the source of a sewage back up repaired immediately and properly is crucial. Residents in Middletown, New Britain, Cromwell, Haddam, East Hampton, Kensington, East Haddam, Durham & Berlin Connecticut call our office at 860-826-5169. Our professional staff answers questions about sewage, cross contamination, we even schedule cleanup services.  

As with any loss or damage to your property, always review your insurance policy and speak with your agent prior to placing a claim.

We’re always ‘Here to Help!’

Not Enough Power?

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

One way to prevent a basement from flooding is to install a Sump Pump...right? This seems empirical, but simply having a Sump Pump is not enough. A Sump Pump can fail to perform properly at a moments notice resulting in a flooded basement. Therefore, it is important to make certain your Sump Pump is running and running well.

The main function of a Sump Pump is to prevent excess rain water or ground water from entering a basement or crawlspace by pumping the water away from the structure.

On average Sump Pumps last about 10 years.

Is your Sump Pump working effectively?

A few common factors of Sump Pump Failure include:

  • Power loss/outage
  • Blocked/frozen discharge pipe
  • Bad float switch
  • Too much water for the Sump Pump to handle.

Tip: If your home uses a Sump Pump, consider getting it tested regularly, and if you have questions about Sump Pump Failure, do not hesitate to contact us at (860) 826-5169. 

We're always 'Here to Help'!

Sewer backups: What are the common causes? How can SERVPRO Help?

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fresh rain

Have you ever experienced a sewer backup? If not, you’re not missing out on anything. They can be extremely smelly and hazardous…but what causes a sewer backup?


Some of the most common causes of sewer line backups:



  • Cities with merged sewage/storm water systems (when there’s heavy rainfall – can result in a backup)

  • Blocked drain (from pouring viscous substances like oil & grease down your drain)

  • Blockage in the main sewer line (from damaged pipes or soil settlement)

  • Items that don’t flush well other than human waste


As with any other type of loss, prompt cleanup is crucial after a backup occurs. We want to help you minimize secondary damage & avoid health risk. That’s why we offer 24 hour emergency cleaning services. Trust the team that’s ‘faster to any size disaster.’ Contact our office at 860-826-5169


We’re always ‘Here to Help’!

April showers can bring more than May flowers! Are you prepared?

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Cracked concrete

A sufficient amount of rain can cause severe flooding, especially to the basement of your home. All it takes is an aperture in the foundation of your property. Are you prepared to handle flooding from heavy rains?


An ounce of prevention: 


Things you need to know/do



  • Know the phone numbers to your local emergency responders (Fire, water depts…)

  • Know whether or not the sump pump in your basement is functioning properly

  • Ensure that your gutters are clear and drainage is away from the dwelling


Also take some time to review your insurance policy before you have a loss.


If you need flood cleanup services, do not hesitate to contact our office at 860-826-5169. We offer 24 hour EMERGENCY cleanup services.


Remember we’re always ‘Here to Help’!

Is your home prepped for Winter?

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Winter home

Being prepared for winter weather is essential. Here are a few things to consider before the bitter cold & snow arrive:

  • Check for failing shingles
  • Drain outside spigots (where pipes can freeze) 
  • Caulk window gaps
  • Switch your screens for storm windows, and seal any drafty windows and doors
  • Check for leaks in the attic
  • Test your sump pump
  • Make sure that paints or any flammable materials are stored away from heat sources in a closed metal cabinet.
  • Clean dryer vents & chimney (regularly)
  • Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor
  • Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors
  • Organize your garage. Clean and store summer garden tools.
  • Check the supports, stairs, and railings on porches & decks.
  • Make sure handrails can support someone slipping on snow or ice

 

*Source: Bob Vila

How to prepare for the Storm!

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

Bitter cold

You can avoid many dangerous weather problems by planning ahead. To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit.

  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways...
  • Sand to improve traction.
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
  • Sufficient heating fuel...Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

It's also good to have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

  • Antifreeze levels
  • Battery and ignition system 
  • Brakes
  • Exhaust system 
  • Fuel and air filters
  • Heater and defroster 
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights 
  • Oil 
  • Thermostat 
  • Windshield wiper equipment 
  • Install good winter tires

Please note: If bad weather is forecast, drive only if absolutely necessary. Make sure your tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions.

*Source: Ready.gov