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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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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.

When Disasters Target Middletown, SERVPRO has the Restoration Services You Need

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in warehouse This is just some of our equipment. No matter if your home is historic or newer construction, SERVPRO has the tools to restore your property.

SERVPRO Professionals Provides Restoration Services for Water, Fire, Mold, and Storm Damage in Middletown 

With an area rife with historical significance dating back to Colonial America, we hold our SERVPRO restoration team up to high standards regarding the preservation and restoration of all Middletown homes and businesses. Because of the varying demands of these structures throughout the year, our team of professionals needed to become as diverse as the areas we serve and better educated our competition. We strive to exceed your expectations through the development of swift recovery solutions for every niche of the industry, including water, fire, mold, and storm loss scenarios. 

Fire Damage Restoration

Because fire cleanup is a highly requested service of our recovery team, this has become a focus of our technicians. We have worked to perform these tasks more efficiently and better equipped each time and continually raise the bar for the standards our customers have come to expect. Fire losses can become a problematic situation for homeowners attempting recovery on their own, including structural compromise and a continual spread of effects like soot and smoke odors. Our fast response to these emergencies can help protect your Middletown property. 

With fire loss being such a standard callout of our SERVPRO team, we must remain equipped to address these emergencies at all time. We have invested in the top tier equipment available in the industry and continue to upgrade and advance this arsenal of tools, equipment, and products as the restoration practices change. We utilize powerful machines like negative air units, chem sponges, HEPA vacuums, and ozone generators to return Middletown homes and businesses to preloss condition. 

Our area has many historic properties that require special attention when addressing even secondary effects like soot and smoke odors. We strive to offer an intricate recovery solution for damaged older properties, prioritizing the preservation of original construction materials with rapid cleaning and restoration. No matter how severe fire loss incidents can be in your Middletown home or business, our professionals can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Water Damage Restoration

You cannot predict the likelihood of water loss incidents and the devastation they can have to Middletown homes and businesses. All of our field technicians obtain the acquisition of a Water Restoration Technician certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) With numerous professionals having this experience and education, we can ensure that no customer ever waits for the vital recovery and mitigation work that their property needs. 

Even amid a crisis, our restoration professionals can respond with a fast response that features the full measure of our advanced inventory of extraction and drying equipment. Our team can reduce the saturation to installed construction materials with these units. We can also perform specialized drying and recovery tasks like restoring documents, books, and other possessions in your Middletown home. 

We have a full team of licensed (#: HIC.0652559) general contractors that can help you through the additional repairs that water damage in Middletown homes requires. Carpet repairs are among the most common of these tasks. Our team can remove portions of this flooring as needed where our weighted extractors and air movers cannot adequately dry and restore. 

Mold Remediation

When water loss incidents do not get addressed as promptly as they should, or when Middletown properties have dark and damp areas like cellars and basements, mold growth can become a threat. The development of these colonies in your home can present health effects to those exposed, requiring a combined effort from our IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT). Together, these professionals can address both the cause and effect of mold growth to bring your property back to pre-mold condition quickly. 

We have employed our skilled AMRTs all over Middletown, including vacant properties and historical regions. No matter what property requires this remediation, we approach it in the same way. We have a restore before replacing mentality, so we utilize practices like soda blasting that can remove the organism embedded in structural elements and construction materials without damaging the substrate. 

When we cannot avoid the removal and replacement of damaged elements, we can utilize our team of licensed contractors to begin controlled demolition. Our restoration professionals continue other mitigation tasks like deodorization, cleaning, and air quality improvement. Mold damage in Middletown homes and businesses can be troublesome to overcome, but our experienced and qualified SERVPRO professionals can help. 

Storm Damage Restoration

We have helped recover hundreds of properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene. In recent years, these storms have powered through the Connecticut coastline and compromised Middletown homes and businesses. Our fast response has helped to reduce much more substantial out-of-pocket expenses for our customers. When these storms present a threat to the residents we serve, we have a team of disaster relief specialists that stay on call 24/7 to address any risks that could affect structures in our area. 

Flooding is a common threat when structural breaches occur, or torrential rainfalls present a situation where natural floods can affect many homes and businesses simultaneously. As dangerous and destructive as these situations might be, our SERVPRO professionals understand the value of a fast and confident reaction. We can mitigate your loss with remediation tactics that reduce standing water and begin drying out saturated structural elements as soon as we arrive. We can also employ our contractors to perform real-time emergency construction solutions like boarding, tarping, and temporary fencing for damaged Middletown properties. 

As part of a large loss recovery team, we can address storm damage in Middletown properties where many other restoration companies do not have the resources at their disposal. We have a massive roster of qualified professionals and a deep inventory of recovery tools and equipment with our pooled resources with other SERVPRO branches. There is no job too big for our team. 

No matter what disaster strikes or when you can count on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain recovery specialists. You can reach us anytime, 24/7, by calling (860) 826-5169.

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

5/25/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain rapid response team a call 24/7 at (860) 826-5169.

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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After A Fire In Your Middletown Kitchen Call Our Team For Help!

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Our team is available 24/7 to mitigate damage to your residence.

Mitigating Oven Fire Damage In A Middletown Kitchen

Easter Sunday is a perfect day for sitting the family down for a nice supper. However, when food scraps on your oven's heating element catch fire, it can cause fire damage and foul odors that are unappetizing for any family get-together.

If roasting your Easter ham results in accidental fire damage in your Middletown kitchen, SERVPRO technicians stand ready to assist you and restore your home to its preloss condition. “Like it never even happened.” Our professionals know that emergencies do not wait for regular business hours, so we are available 24/7, including all holidays. No matter what your emergency is, our response is immediate, and we can have a team out to evaluate the damage in your home within hours. Quick response to disasters is key to preventing long-term damage and property loss.

When proteins from meats such as ham are burned in a fire, it can impart a foul odor and nearly-invisible residues that can cause staining to some surfaces if left unchecked. SERVPRO technicians can thoroughly clean surfaces in your kitchen to mitigate odor while cleaning soot. This step is also vital to ensuring the effectiveness of deodorization and preventing residue from corroding plastics and metals in your home. Our technicians also use agitating tools and portable vacuums to clean out your kitchen's vents to prevent the spreading of odors.

Our team has a bevy of tools available for deodorization, such as HEPA air scrubbers that can catch particles from surfaces and in the air as small as 0.3 microns. Odor control technicians can use thermal foggers expel a dry, smoke-like solvent that binds with particles to eliminate odors at the source. After deodorizing, ventilation box fans are used to cycle air through the home quickly to remove odors and ensure that the air indoors is clean.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is Faster to Any Size Disaster, so if you need our services, call (860) 826-5169. Our team is available 24/7 to mitigate damage to your residence.

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When Your Middletown Home Experiences Water Damage, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (860) 826-5169 and let us prepare your home for the upcoming months; we work hard to make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Is Your Middletown Home Ready For Spring?

Enduring long winter months makes us appreciate the beauty of spring and summer even more, and we eagerly await their arrival. Our home also goes through its seasonal adjustments, and this can sometimes cause water damage as pipes freeze and then thaw, leaving us with leaks, wet wall cavities, and living areas. Thankfully, professional help to restore your home and protect it from the elements is just a phone call away.

SERVPRO is your best ally when there is water damage to your home in Middletown. Our services begin the minute you call our 24-hour hotline, and our Green Fleet is dispatched to your home. Upon arrival, we assess the extent of the damage and identify areas of priority for our team. Timing is vital when dealing with the aftermath of a leak, and the best way to mitigate your losses is to reduce the time water is saturating the structure of your home and your belongings.

Most homeowners may not realize that water extraction is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Our SERVPRO crew pays close attention to the affected surfaces and employs specialized equipment to restore appropriate moisture levels. Leaving a surface excessively dry, for example, a hardwood floor can cause further damage which is also true for excessive moisture, which can cause buckling. Monitoring the humidity level of each material is of paramount importance in our work. When extracting water, our SERVPRO team may use different types of pumps, from truck-mounted to handheld ones, all to achieve the optimal extraction for the surface we are cleaning. Our work is not complete until we also dry each surface thoroughly. Drying could include a technique in which we drill holes into your walls to encourage air movement into your wall cavities to ensure no water deposit is left unaddressed.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is at your disposal to make sure your home is ready to leave winter behind. Call us at (860) 826-5169 and let us prepare your home for the upcoming months; we work hard to make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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