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West Hartford Fire Damage Occurs In Many Ways

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

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What a Home Needs After Fire Damage

A fire can be dangerous for homeowners, from overloaded circuits to grease flare-ups in the kitchen. It can be difficult to picture how SERVPRO can restore such damage to its original condition.

West Hartford fire damage can happen swiftly and overwhelm homes and businesses. The destructive capacities of structure fires present pressing hazards and threats for responding technicians, making our swift response a necessary element of the services we provide. Our 24/7 availability allows us to begin mitigation as soon as possible.

What Does Fire Mitigation Mean?

Mitigation is one of the critical elements of the restoration process, as this encompasses all of the initial actions SERVPRO takes to protect the house. There are many priorities in the early stages of recovery. We seek to provide several beneficial outcomes:

  • Less Fire Debris – Clearing heaps of ash, soot, and other remnant debris is one of the initial steps to improve conditions after fire damage.
  • Better Air Quality – Post-fire conditions are volatile and overwhelming. With circulating soot and carcinogenic particles, air quality improvement is a priority.
  • Removed Hazardous Materials – Destroyed bulk materials, charred remnants of building elements, and weakened structural supports can require removal to protect workers and house occupants.
  • Reduced Malodors – Smells are a common byproduct of fires, but it is important through cleaning and filtration to reduce the severity of these malodors.
  • Protected Contents – Through relocation or on-site cleaning, we work to protect the items that matter most to our customers. 

The Advantage of Controlled Demolition

Many do not understand the demolition process and why it is vital after fire damage incidents. Initial property inspections can often show structural compromise throughout the building. To prevent this from getting worse and more materials becoming impacted and affected, our SERVPRO team uses our general contractor license and experience to carefully and confidently remove ruined construction elements. By removing damaged materials, we can more accurately inspect the rest of the property and prepare the residence for reconstruction to follow after cleanup.

Removing Soot After Extinguishment

Soot is one of the more widespread and visibly concerning products of a housefire. As challenging as this might appear, our technicians come equipped with many products and tools to lift soils and remove them from supporting substrates. A careful evaluation of the condition of hosting materials starts this process. We work through several strategies like surface cleaning, soda/media blasting, and even controlled demolition to overcome the present fire damage.

Post-Fire Smells

Malodors are a common byproduct of combustion but can be a challenge to overcome and remove without advanced tools and potent deodorizing products. Our professionals' early cleaning actions can help reduce the severity of these smells, though this will not remove the smoke scent entirely from the property. Neutralization often must include tools in our inventory like ULV or thermal foggers, hydroxyl machines, and more aggressive deodorizing methods.

When Should Repairs Take Place?

Many restoration companies ask customers to pursue vetting and securing a general contractor for any repairs and reconstruction needed on the property after restoration. This process could continue for weeks or more, and you still might not get the price you want or the timeline you hope. Our SERVPRO team has a general contractor license allowing us to transition from restoration to reconstruction quickly.

West Hartford fire damage is always stressful and can be a traumatic experience for homeowners. Our SERVPRO of West Hartford team understands how important it is to get you back to normal life, so we work around the clock on restoration and repairs needed. Give us a call when disasters strike at (860) 206-6141.

Constant Principles of Fast West Hartford Water Damage Cleanup

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Quickly Manages Water Damage

Water emergencies encompass most of the service calls our restoration firm receives throughout the year. Because we expect a higher volume of these work orders over other services we provide, we can confidently keep production vehicles and service trucks stocked with tools and equipment to help manage threats like:

  • Burst Pipes
  • Spills
  • Broken Appliances
  • Leaks
  • Flooding

It is urgent to rapidly address West Hartford water damage, whether it is a residential or commercial threat. With the size of our restoration team and our experience, we are equipped to handle these emergencies of all sizes, responding quickly to get mitigation and emergency services started when necessary.

Why Mitigation Should Start Fast

With water damage, it is important for mitigation and emergency services to start as soon as possible. Wet environments do not improve independently, mainly when structural damage occurs. We must prioritize several mitigative steps when our team first arrives. Water removal, content management, and mold prevention are often at the top of this list.

Getting Air Moving in the Work Zone

Airflow is among the most critical elements to effective and efficient drying from our SERVPRO team. Without circulation and direct blasts of air, evaporation occurs slower, and impacted materials are more likely to suffer irreparable harm. Some of the tools or processes used to orchestrate controlled airflow include:

  • Axial Air Movers – High-velocity air movers like our axial units blast at wall systems and ceilings with warm, continuous air to promote steady evaporation.
  • Centrifugal Air Movers – Unlike axial units that impact a broader drying zone, centrifugal machines target a specific point on a wet surface to increase the evaporation at this designated position.
  • Ventilation - While air movers push blasts of air at a particular point, ventilation systems pull wet air from the workspace and exhaust it safely outside to decrease humidity.

The Importance of Temperature

There are many advantages for SERVPRO professionals to manipulate the temperature of the workspace when contending with water damage. Warmer temperatures escalate many processes, making most of the restoration actions we provide a faster solution. Portable heaters can be positioned within the work areas to ensure that wet surfaces can be warmer and that these machines impact the full enclosed zone for drying. There are several advantages to increasing temperatures, such as:

  • Less vapor barrier
  • Faster drying
  • Increased chemical reactions

Managing Moisture Content in the Environment

Another one of the drying principles relies on managing and reducing moisture content in the air. Humidity can be one of the contributors to threats like mold growth and can slow or even stop the drying process entirely when the relative humidity percentage reaches its peak. Regulating these conditions involves the application of dehumidification units throughout the property to absorb or collect moisture grains from the atmosphere. Sensors and detection equipment keep a continual watch on the progress and effectiveness of these instruments.

Do Water Damage Repairs Need to Happen?

The destructive capacities of water, especially when it is not immediately removed or dried, cannot be overstated. Moisture and dampness can destroy building materials and contents, leaving many homes needing repairs and reconstruction beyond the restoration work started. We have a general contractor license that can help in these efforts beyond early mitigation actions like controlled demolition to provide utility repair, build-back, and other needed restorative solutions.

West Hartford water damage can strike quickly and definitively compromise homes and businesses in the community. As dire as circumstances can be when emergencies occur, we have a rapid response team to ensure we get mitigation started right away. Give our SERVPRO of West Hartford professionals a call at (860) 206-6141.

Why You Should Act Fast with West Hartford Mold Damag

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Understanding Mold Damage in Your West Hartford Home 

When moist conditions persist in your home, the result could be microbial growth and damage. Overlooking these effects could be costly, disruptive to your everyday life, and even hazardous. We work to help homeowners isolate problem areas and repair them during thorough remediation and removal.

Addressing West Hartford mold damage means mobilizing experienced professionals on our team to help. We understand how alarming these organisms can be to find in your house, so we thoroughly educate our roster to accommodate even Large Loss concerns that could affect area commercial structures. Through the IICRC, our SERVPRO team has numerous niche accreditations to help, including:

What Causes Mold?

Microbial growth occurs when specific environmental conditions are met to facilitate colonies. Not all areas of your home can support mold, but many can. Persistent moist areas of the property, such as the basement and the attic, are common sites to experience microbial growth. With limited traffic to these storage or utility areas, colonization might go unnoticed for extended periods and spread considerably.

Is Mold a Threat to Your Residence?

Finding mold in your home, or suspecting mold damage exists, is not often met with the urgency it should be. Developing microbial colonies can destroy hosting elements like building materials, as these organisms use organic matter as a food source. The result is the deterioration of structural elements in your home.

Is Mold Growing in Your Home?

Identifying mold damage in your home is vital for securing remediation professionals. You might want to wait for confirmation before calling experienced technicians. Often, signs that point to development include physical spotting on surfaces like drywall, a musty smell overwhelming an area of your home, or persistent moisture that lingers for several days. All of these can be strong indicators of microbial development in the house.

How Does SERVPRO Remediate Mold?

The remediation process is not one-size-fits-all. Careful considerations must get made about environmental conditions, hosting materials, and the impact of specific remediation solutions before choosing the best approach. Options can include:

  • Surface Cleaning - Exterior treatments for hosting materials are the standard first step in removing mold infestations and microbial damage. Antimicrobial and sporicidal products can effectively eradicate surface colonies and prevent further development.
  • Sanding - Hand and power sanding are ideal for materials hosting mold colonies like wood framing. Sanding removes thin layers of the outermost exterior to remove infestations.
  • Media/Soda Blasting - Abrasive cleaning techniques can often effectively remove surface mold that has begun to penetrate beyond the outermost layer.
  • Controlled Demolition - While other remediation methods are considered before demolition, this approach is a final solution against deeply embedded mold damage.

Preventing Recurrences

Among the advantages of having professionals capable of completing the general contracting work associated with mold recovery is preventing recurrences. Some vulnerability in a home's construction allows the intrusion of water and moisture into a living space. Addressing these concerns through competent and experienced contractors ensures that we can prevent similar situations from environmental conditions that were never fully resolved. Our professionals can help in many ways, including:

  • Controlled demolition
  • Structural repairs
  • Containment
  • Utility repairs
  • Reconstruction

West Hartford mold damage is a threatening situation often underappreciated by those experiencing the growth. Our experienced remediation professionals work quickly to overcome spores and colonies in the house to help you get back to comfortable living conditions. Give our SERVPRO of West Hartford team a call when you need us at (860) 206-6141.

Get Help With Commercial Fire Restoration in West Hartford Apartment Buildings

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Commercial Fire Restoration in West Hartford is Faster With SERVPRO

After a fire damage incident in an apartment building, a landlord's responsibility includes handling unit and building structural damage. You must keep the property livable. Hiring trained and certified technicians to fix the fire damage is vital because no two fires leave a building's structure the same. 

Expert fire restoration involves using special professional tools and proper cleaning techniques. You can count on SERVPRO for ethical and efficient commercial fire restoration in your West Hartford apartment building. Over the years, we have assisted property owners and tenants in recovering from fires in multi-unit properties. 

Our SERVPRO team can restore the property to normal in no time to prevent the loss of tenants. The kinds of destruction you can expect after extinguishing a fire include: 

  • Charring – The chemical process of incomplete combustion of particular solids when subjected to high heat. Heat distillation eliminates volatile organic compounds and water vapor from the matrix. The black carbon material that remains is char. 
  • Soot – Soot is the carbon byproduct of burned materials. It can be acidic and ruin textured and porous surfaces. 
  • Rust – Rust can corrode metal objects and cause certain items to become irreparable. It can also increase the risk of the electrical devices causing electrical shock. 
  • Water damage –Building sprinklers and firefighters' water can add to a property's structural degradation. 
  • Odor – The mixture of burnt materials and smoke creates a putrid smell. 

After confirming that the affected units are safe to enter, our SERVPRO technicians can perform an assessment. We can determine how far the smoke and flames penetrated the structure and how extensive fire cleanup can be. Our technicians can clean all the affected areas. 

After proper cleaning, Our SERVPRO restorers can use different products and equipment to eliminate the smells. One of the products we can use to control odors is odor counteracting beads. These products consist of a specially treated porous material permeated with solvent-based counteracts. They give off pleasant fragrances to freshen up the areas we are treating. 

After an apartment fire, you can feel overwhelmed. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford at (860) 206-6141 for efficient fire damage restoration. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Hire SERVPRO for Commercial Mold Remediation in West Hartford

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

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What Commercial Mold Remediation in West Hartford Involves

When your commercial building’s ventilation system is not functioning at its best level and there are high temperatures, mold can grow because of higher humidity levels. Old buildings are most vulnerable to these attacks. Mold not only risks the structural integrity of your property but also causes bad odors and possible destruction of your merchandise. 

To do away with the menace, contact mold remediation experts as soon as you notice the mold. SERVPRO has highly trained remediation professionals equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to perform commercial mold remediation in West Hartford properties in the shortest time possible. Different types of molds exist depending on the geographical location. 

Our extensive experience is enough to put you at rest; we can handle any situation.

SERVPRO is aware of some of the areas that might have unwanted moisture levels that might lead to mold growth, and they include:

  • Freezers and refrigerators in the kitchen.
  • HVAC equipment such as compressor lines, HVAC vents, and AC drain pans.
  • Entryways like windows and doors allow humid or hot air, causing condensation.
  • Trash cans that have been left unemptied.
  • Carpets and rugs trap moisture from shoes.
  • Leakages in walls, roofs, or pipes.

Our remediation teams have the appropriate PPE. SERVPRO also has equipment that enables our team to determine how adverse the infestation is, which gives us better insights on the path to follow for full remediation. Non-penetrative moisture meters come in handy when determining whether our drying process has restored all structures and equipment to normal moisture levels to avoid its growing back.

SERVPRO also has the equipment for establishing negative airflow on the affected area to avoid contaminating the unaffected parts of your business property. Our air scrubbers are an assured way of having fresh air since they filter out all airborne microbes.

If you want services that can see business activities in your commercial property running in no time, contact SERVPRO of West Hartford at (860) 206-6141. We provide effective mold remediation that makes the infestation seem “Like it never even happened.” 

Fire and Soot Damage Can Make Your West Hartford Home Unlivable

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

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We Restore Fire and Soot Damage in West Hartford

When a fire ravages your West Hartford home, it can cause all sorts of problems. A serious house fire could severely harm household contents and leave behind residues and foul odors. In the aftermath of a fire, acidic residues could discolor and damage structural elements and furnishings. Moreover, they are likely to spread odors throughout your residence.

SERVPRO’s been helping West Hartford residents restore fire and soot damage for over ten years. We have provided them with complete house fire clean-up services, including thorough smoke remediation and fire restoration work. As a result, SERVPRO has gained a reputation as the go-to company for fire, soot and smoke damage remediation. A brief listing of our cleanup services is as follows:

  • Expert evaluation of fire-impacted areas and materials to determine what can be saved and what needs to be replaced
  • Removal of dry, wet, greasy, or charred-on residues from household surfaces using industry-approved methods and state-of-the-art equipment
  • Sanitization of ventilation networks using HVAC cleaning systems to prevent the further spread of fire and smoke-related particles around your home
  • Thorough deodorization of your residence and its contents with cutting-edge foggers, injection devices, and industrial-grade deodorants
  • Complete restoration, including the rebuilding of destroyed rooms, replacement of irreparably damaged contents, and the repainting of fire-impacted surfaces

Considering all this, it is no wonder why SERVPRO has consistently been rated one of the best fire damage restoration firms in the West Hartford area.

If you suffer a residential fire, remember that your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of West Hartford are always here. Rest assured that we can often return your home to its pre-fire state in less time than other local services. Call us at (860) 206-6141 whenever you need fire and soot damage remediated.

Commercial Water Damage Comes in Many Forms in West Hartford

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Handle West Hartford's Worst Water Damage

A water leak at your West Hartford business could cause all sorts of damage. Such a water issue will likely leave standing water on the flooring, impact subflooring, and harm all the building materials it contacts. Moreover, it might foster the growth of harmful microorganisms that could cause health effects, undermine the structural integrity of your facilities, and produce foul odors.

As one of West Hartford's leading commercial water damage restoration firms, SERVPRO has routinely dealt with the effects of severe water-related events. Our highly-skilled technicians have provided emergency water damage services in the aftermath of such situations as catastrophic basement flooding, episodes involving burst pipes, and those associated with severe ceiling leaks. With that said, SERVPRO has often been called to remediate:

  • Standing water, ranging from puddles to feet-deep pools, that cover and seriously affect flooring and subflooring
  • Water-logged structural elements, like ceilings, walls, and floors, and severely water-impacted furnishings
  • Interiors filled with discoloring mold growths and structure-destroying dry rot that require extensive clean-up and restoration work
  • Thoroughly destroyed areas where water has collapsed ceilings, weakened walls, and undermined the structural integrity of floors
  • Businesses suffering from persistent, difficult-to-eliminate odors related to water damage

With this extensive hands-on experience, we endeavor to improve our services continually. As a result, SERVPRO has become one of Connecticut's fastest, most efficient water damage restoration firms. This means that we are better able to save the businesses we serve more time and money than other area remediators.

Considering this, we hope you remember your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of West Hartford whenever you need water damage restoration work done. Call us anytime at (860) 206-6141 for assistance. We are ready for your call whenever you need us, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Effective Fire Damage Restoration Saves West Hartford Residents

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Quality Fire Damage Restoration in West Hartford

The time it takes to restore your fire-damaged West Hartford residence depends greatly on the firm you hire to do the work. This is true because a company’s training, experience, and equipment all contribute to its effectiveness in dealing with fire damage and completing restoration. Therefore, many area residents have benefitted from SERVPRO’s efforts.

SERVPRO, a well-known fire damage restoration service in West Hartford, has been helping local homeowners save time and money on remediation work for over a decade. Our talented technicians consistently provide them with top-notch fire and smoke damage services like house fire cleanup, smoke remediation, and fire restoration. Once onsite at your fire-damaged home, SERVPRO’s team of skilled professionals:

  • Thoroughly inspect your property and evaluate its fire-related issues so they know where the problems are, what it is going to take to fix them, and how long the process might take
  • Set up high-velocity box fans and air movers to rapidly push out smoke-fouled air and replace it with fresh outdoor air
  • Place air scrubbers and ozone machines around your residence to remove or neutralize remaining airborne smoke particles
  • Remove soot and fire residues from the interiors of air ducts with high-tech HVAC cleaning systems
  • Employ innovative, dry, wet, or abrasive techniques to eliminate residues from household surfaces and protect them from further discoloration and other damage
  • Use powerful foggers to neutralize foul smoke odors with commercial-grade deodorants and injection devices to treat upholstered furnishings similarly

In all of these ways, we work to restore your home to its pre-fire state in less time than other services can.

Keeping all of this in mind, feel safe knowing that SERVPRO of West Hartford is ready to help you with any fire damage restoration work you need to be done. Call us anytime at (860) 206-6141 for assistance.

Supervising Fire Damage Restoration at Your West Hartford Premises

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Unburdens Your West Hartford Fire Repairs

Recovering from fire damage is a delicate process that requires the proper balancing of several factors, including time, people, and costs. It would be best if you had good supervision to get everything right and facilitate restoring your West Hartford establishment to its preloss state.

Of the three highlighted factors, managing people during fire damage restoration of your West Hartford premises is perhaps the least of your concerns since you would expect them to exercise their free will and common sense to take appropriate actions. However, in the aftermath of property disasters, employees and customers might not know what to do. Besides handling restoration, SERVPRO offers essential supervision to ensure the process runs smoothly, saving time and money.

Essential supervision actions 

Most of the damages caused by fires are apparent to everyone. However, some aspects of the damage, such as the hazards they pose or the work needed to resolve them, are not always apparent. SERVPRO crew chiefs explain the expected restoration timelines and the actions necessary to facilitate restoration. For instance, pre-cleaning surfaces and applying protective substances are essential in the immediate aftermath of the incident to prevent secondary damage like soot stains and corrosion. Later on, some structural areas may need to be demolished.

Dealing with people

The people visiting your business during fire restoration need direction so they do not hamper the recovery efforts or expose themselves to the hazards such an environment poses. Safety for everyone is a priority, so our SERVPRO technicians set up warning signs around the loss site. We can seal off some sections by boarding them up or setting up containment barriers.

Keeping proper records is essential before and during fire repairs. Records help track progress and costs. They also make the process of filing insurance claims much more straightforward..

Essential records after a fire loss

  • Photos and videos
  • Content inventory list
  • Claims list

SERVPRO of West Hartford offers quality management of fire damage incidents. Call us at (860) 206-6141. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Managing Water Damage on Carpeted Floors of West Hartford Homes

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Thorough Water Cleanup by SERVPRO in West Hartford Homes

Any water leak can harm your West Hartford property, especially if significant time passes before you fix the source or extract the pools of spilled water. Floor materials such as carpets are particularly vulnerable since water pools on the floor. You can save your carpets by taking decisive water restoration steps.

Before starting any water restoration process in your West Hartford home, you should understand the damage a particular water leak might cause. Otherwise, your actions might worsen or create new problems. SERVPRO is well versed in carpet cleaning, drying, and general management, so that we can help.

Common water damage on carpets

  • Staining from bleeding dyes
  • Delamination when glues deteriorate
  • Bad odor
  • Soaked padding
  • Matting fibers 

You would not want to end up with an eyesore after a mere pipe leak because your carpet is stained. The most likely cause of staining would be the dyes from other fibers in the surroundings, such as draperies or area rugs resting on the carpets. Resins or rust from furniture legs can also cause problems. Our SERVPRO technicians prioritize removing such items from carpeted areas before taking other water restoration steps.

Choosing water restoration processes

Water makes carpets vulnerable in many ways, like deterioration of the glues bonding the fibers to the backing. Wet carpets also lose up to 50% of their tensile strength and are thus prone to stretching and tearing. Damaging your carpet while attempting restoration would be devastating. Therefore, caution is necessary when choosing a cleaning or drying procedure.

Factors influencing restoration choices 

  • The knowledge level
  • Homeowners needs
  • Level or type of damage

The work crews from SERVPRO are well informed in restoration techniques like cleaning through hot water extraction, in-place drying with deep extraction tools, and floating carpets, thus quickening the process and salvaging materials that hold significant value for the homeowner.

SERVPRO of West Hartford manages any water restoration challenges you might face addressing any damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (860) 206-6141.