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Fire Damage Recovery In Burlington

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Science of Soot Removal: Why SERVPRO Succeeds at Burlington Fire Damage Recovery

The resolution of fire residues in your Burlington home requires a comprehensive knowledge of the characteristics of different types of soots and the elements of cleaning. The intensive training our managers and technicians receive from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) prepares our crews to match the tough soling after a fire to precisely the solution needed, why we are confident and consistent in our approach.

Post-Fire Cleaning Is Not Always Straightforward
After the stress and the fear of a household blaze, the last thing you need is hard to reverse mistakes made during fire damage restoration in Burlington. The dark soiling found on surfaces all over your home after a fire can smear and grind into walls and ceilings if not removed appropriately. Not only do these cleaning errors result in persistent staining, but the odors carried by the soot particles also remain embedded, causing issues for the long term.

Capturing and Removing Residues
When the burns hot and the materials are paper and wood, the resulting ash is relatively simple to vacuum or dry sponge away. Lower temperature burns of plastics and rubber deposit a sticky, thick soil that adheres closely. Cleaning involves dissolving the soot and loosening it from the surface. The need to know how to select the correct combination of cleaner and method is why SERVPRO’s team can deliver excellent results. We determine whether the soil is water-soluble, or not, and in need of a solvent, by pre-testing.

Surfaces Respond Differently As Well
The bond between soot and its surface requires us to determine too whether the wall, floor, ceiling, or other structure can withstand either a water-based cleaner or solvent. Dissolving the soot is an excellent result unless the cleaner also dissolves or distorts the surface from which we want the soot released. Advanced training is why SERVPRO technicians can anticipate challenges during fire damage cleanup and devise ways to overcome them. We take care as we consider the other elements of cleaning, such as temperature adjustments, agitation, and dwell time. Cleaning must achieve a balance that avoids damaging surfaces while releasing and rinsing away soot.

Extensive training and hands-on experience are why SERVPRO of Bristol can clean up fire damage without destroying the underlying building materials. Call us at (860) 582-3330 to see the difference our highly-qualified team delivers.

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We Are Available 24/7 For All Your Burlington Water Cleanup Services

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Axial fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers working to remove the remaining moisture from this commercial building The axial fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers are hard at work removing the remaining moisture in this business center.

Mitigating Damage with Commercial Water Cleanup in Burlington

Regardless of what business you are in, protecting the contents of your commercial space at all times is essential. Commercial and industrial buildings often house equipment, furniture, files, and many other materials that are easily damaged with water intrusion of any kind. Calling the experts at SERVPRO to help orchestrate your water cleanup helps you to get your commercial space back to good as new before you know it.

When your Burlington space requires commercial water cleanup, we can get to work immediately to help minimize the loss and potential hazards. Professional water cleanup helps you to get your business back on track so that you can protect your investment and your employees. The sooner that you begin water removal efforts, the more damage is prevented. Our team understands that the contents of your building are essential to the livelihood of your business, so we work swiftly yet carefully to ensure the best results.

At SERVPRO, we are the Commercial Drying Specialists (CDS) that you need to tackle water intrusion after an interior accident or the onset of floodwaters. We understand the complexities of drying, especially on a larger commercial scale. If you have a clean water cleanup, it may be safer than gray or black water, but an immediate response is still critical.

When you call our team for commercial water damage cleanup, we can come out to do a full assessment and start with extraction processes. After the water is brought down to a manageable level using pumps, we can then get to work with handheld vacuums to bring up the rest. Mold and moisture love infiltrating porous materials, so we take the extra time to look for water under carpeting, flooring, tiles, and behind the walls. If your water damage came from an undetected leak, there could also be extensive damage behind the walls and under the subfloor that we can address by pulling up materials for replacement. 

After all the moisture is removed from your commercial space, SERVPRO technicians get to work with cleaning and disinfecting using specialized products to kill off microbes and keep foul odors from developing.

For all commercial water damage and cleanup needs, you can count on our certified technicians at SERVPRO of Bristol. Whenever disaster strikes, call us 24/7 for emergency service at (860) 582-3330.

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Flooding In Burlington Home

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

flooding after a storm Give our SERVPRO of Bristol team a call for more information about encapsulation and how it can help.

Crawlspace Encapsulation for Repeat Flooding in Burlington Homes

You might not realize the negative effect that your crawlspace can have on your Burlington home. Many property owners live in lower-lying areas, making flooding an unfortunate certainty for many of these houses, especially in the space beneath the structure. Crawlspaces promote the circulation of air throughout your home and provide access to utility hubs beneath the residence. In situations where flooding occurs, this exposure of your house could be damaging or even hazardous.

With the direct available access to the supports and subflooring of your house from the crawlspace, flood damage in Burlington properties can have a destructive effect. Some of your neighbors have undoubtedly insulated this underlying area of their structure to prevent circulating cold air from penetrating aging flooring materials. Without this circulation of air, the house is easier to heat and cool over the year. Encapsulating your crawlspace is another crucial step homeowners should consider when flooding can be a threat.

Excessive moisture and direct water exposure can lead to the rotting and deterioration of wood supports and framework. This same elevated moisture content can promote the growth of microbial threats on joists and flooring supports running the entire length of the crawlspace. Active mold colonization can spread quickly, which can even infiltrate the upper living space. Our SERVPRO team can work to remove the immediate flooding effects and design an encapsulation plan that can keep this space dry and free of fungal threats for the future.

Encapsulation is the application of thick 20mil plastic sheeting on all exposed surfaces, even the bare ground. Before this gets installed, the area is thoroughly dried with air movers and dehumidifiers, followed by a treatment of antimicrobial sporicides on all organic materials. This step inhibits any mold growth that might have developed in the immediate future. Every structural face gets covered, and in situations where flooding can still be a concern for structures, we install diversion equipment like permanent sump pumps with floats for as-needed water removal.

Flooding can be a destructive force, and it can also be a nuisance to those with crawlspaces in flood-prone areas. Give our SERVPRO of Bristol team a call for more information about encapsulation and how it can help. You can reach us 24/7 at (860) 582-3330.

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How SERVPRO Removes Water in Burlington

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Removal from Your Burlington Home 

There is often more to water removal than meets the eye. Even a small water leak in your kitchen has the potential to seep into places you least expect it. Homeowners do not necessarily think about water settling in cupboard cracks or under tile flooring. However, there is potential for long-term damage under your floors or behind your cabinets if you do not remove the water right away. There is also a dangerous potential for mold infestations. 

Water removal in Burlington completed by professionals is the most thorough. You may be able to use towels to sop up some of the standing water from a burst pipe in your home. However, the trained SERVPRO technicians can remove water to ensure no lingering secondary damage. 

SERVPRO technicians remove water by making several passes with extractors and use air movers to direct air into wall cavities, and in some cases, under flooring. Although tile flooring may appear completely dry if there is any structural vulnerability in the grout, there is the possibility of the moisture trapped underneath the tiles. Failing to remove the excess moisture could rot floorboards, creating further damage to your home. 

Through the use of air moving drying equipment that directs air into small spaces through the use of vents, hoses, and blowers, moisture levels decrease. Pushing air with high velocity helps dry any remaining moisture from out of the way places within the room. Air movers are an essential part of water removal. 

Water removal is not complete without the simultaneous use of dehumidifiers. In cases of excess water, the ambient moisture levels usually need to be brought down below 60 percent. Dehumidifiers curtail the amount of moisture in the air, bringing down the humidity ratio, which increases the rate of evaporation of moisture within the room. The air evaporates into the air, and the dehumidifier continues to remove it from the air until the room and contents are dry. 

Contact SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330. We are accessible 24/7/365 to take care of your water removal needs. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Ultimate Solution When Dealing With a Fire Damage Situation in Burlington

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

large home with blazing fire coming from the roof When facing fire damage in your home, it’s important to contact a company who will also deal with residual odors.

How SERVPRO Stops Burlington Homes From Smelling Like Fire Damage

One of the worst things about fire damage, is the residual odors that often linger long after the charred materials and clean up for the property have occurred. The fact is, the residents do not have to learn to "just live with it" as smoke odors are a sign of incomplete fire mitigation in the home.

The removal of fire damage in Burlington homes is a multi-layered process. The ambient air quality after the fire loss cleanup and recovery efforts is a significant concern for SERVPRO technicians. They work hard during each phase of fire loss restoration to ensure foul odors do not remain within the home. 

Water Extraction Reduces Odors

When water is part of the fire fighting efforts, if any moisture gets left behind, foul odors and even mold with its own musty calling card have the potential to complicate the fire loss restoration process. SERVPRO technicians carefully scope the property and extract the water before moving on to the drying and odor treatment applications. 

Drying and Ventilation

SERVPRO technicians utilize both containment and negative air chambers as needed to keep soot from traveling via ductwork or foot traffic to other areas of the home and helps lower odors. They also run air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filtration to improve air quality further. Technicians then wipe down all surfaces in the fire loss area to remove all traces of smoke residues.

Direct Smoke Odor Treatment Methods

There are times when residual odors remain after drying and hand cleaning surfaces. SERVPRO has a diverse array of odor control equipment to assist in the eradication of pungent smoke odors in the home. For porous items that may retain smokey odors, applications such as thermal fogging work to eliminate odors in things such as carpet and upholstered furnishings. For capturing airborne particulate, hydroxyl generators safely bind with odorous soot and neutralize it. 

SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 stands ready 24/7 to help local property owners bounce back from fire damage through the use of state of the art technology and extensive training to make the fire loss in the home "Like it never even happened."

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We Can Save Your Bristol Bistro With Fast Floodwater Removal

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

sidewalk cafe with outdoor tables Having a clear response plan to disasters helps ensure your business recovers.

A Bristol Bistro Benefits from Fast Floodwater Removal

The jumping Bistro in this Connecticut town is back open for business after that terrible rainstorm. This proved to be a welcome relief to the regulars and respite to the travelers stuck by the flooding.

Any incident of commercial flood damage that affects Bristol businesses can have a catastrophic outcome if not properly managed. Although most of the damage might happen immediately after the storm breaches the structure, secondary problems, including mold, air quality issues develop as water sits in the structure.

The proprietor of this Bristol Bistro, recognizing that flooding can shut his business down, quickly utilized the ERP mobile app plan that SERVPRO had set up for just such an emergency. The patrons are relaxing, enjoying the music along with a drink and snack, not knowing the foresight that allowed this evening to happen.

The booths, tiled flooring, and bar show no signs of water, mud, or odors, thanks to SERVPRO's rapid response to the urgent call for help from the head barista, who was aware of the Emergency READY Profile Plan and more importantly, how to use it. The plan has three main aspects starting with incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity.

As part of the response to the incident, taking various steps such as moving contents and creating protective barriers over contents with plastic sheets proved helpful in limiting the areas affected by water intrusion. Safety also forms part of the response plan, which is why our crews prioritized actions such as turning off power mains and using Electrical Circuit Testers to confirm whether there were risks of electrocution, especially on wet surfaces.

With the ERP plan, performing the disaster recovery steps such as water extraction, cleanup, and drying was straightforward because it contains crucial information like the total surface area of the bistro as well as the total square foot of the floor. Supplementary information such as architectural plan and floor materials also made it easier to execute the entire process.

Having a clear response plan to disasters helps ensure your business recovers. Call SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 to help develop a comprehensive response plan. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How Fallen Trees Can Damage a Granby Home’s Roof

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

tree trunk on top of roof causing damage Whether a tree has damaged your roof during a storm or other storm related damage has occurred, contact our team at SERVPRO.

Storm Damage Remediation is Crucial to Your Granby Home. Learn Why!

Severe weather events that can threaten Granby homes do not always damage your home in ways that you might expect. With harsh winds and torrential rainfall, aging or dying trees can uproot or split, allowing it to fall into your house. The roof of your property was not made to sustain blunt impact and can give way and collapse in these strike zones.

How storm roof damage to Granby homes gets addressed is what sets our professional restoration team apart from the competition we face in the area. We have a comprehensive approach to restoration and recovery, supplying both accredited technicians for water or cleaning restoration inside the house and a team of licensed general contractors on-site with our sister company Nutmeg Restoration. This full team of professionals focuses on addressing three primary areas of focus when contending with tree damage.

Tree Removal

One of the many services offered by our experienced team is removing the tree that has caused structural damage. This initial effort removes continued threats to your property and allows our contractors to get to work on repairing structural concerns.

Roof Tarping

Emergency construction solutions are a vital element to restoration and recovery in its earliest phases. To reduce or entirely prevent flooding or water exposure, our roof tarping service encompasses the entire damaged portion of the roof. The use of 2x4 wood planks prevents tarp removal by the wind and creates a seal so rain and moisture cannot penetrate the barrier.

Mitigation

If water damage exists inside of the house, these situations must get addressed immediately to reduce the threat of secondary effects like mold growth. Even without moisture or flooding concerns, our cleaning technicians can work on debris removal and damage assessment inside to prepare the home for the full-scale reconstruction to follow.

Many unfortunate storm damage scenarios can compromise the roof of your family home. Even though this situation can be stressful and challenging, you can trust in the comprehensive approach of our SERVPRO of Bristol team to help. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (860) 582-3330.

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A Leaking Sprinkler System Can Cause Major Damage To Your Bristol Home

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Leaking Sprinkler Systems In Bristol

Some residential condos started as commercial properties and were then converted to condos and sold to homeowners. Since these condos were initially commercial buildings, sprinkler systems were installed. After many years the plastic piping providing water to each sprinkler head may begin developing pinhole leaks. Water slowly leaks onto the ceiling and eventually into the living space.

SERVPRO can respond to these water removal situations in Bristol. The ceiling fills with water and begins to sag. In some cases, water leaks through the light fixtures onto the floor below. Since water has been present for an unknown period, mold may develop, and the ceiling material becomes waterlogged.

Ceiling Removal and Repair
Although there is a pinhole leak in the pipe, water can spray over a large area of the ceiling. It may also seep through the ceiling some distance from the actual leak. Repairing the leak often involves replacing a large section of pipe. Replace the pipe and connections joints due to the age of the pipe.

SERVPRO would remove all of the furniture in the room and place protective coverings over the floors before removing the ceiling material. Any liquid water would be mopped up first before removing the ceiling. We remove all of the materials from the ceiling in these situations, and our technicians can conduct a complete assessment. Our SERVPRO technicians can check for mold, damage to the structure, and the wiring/light fixtures.

Moisture Removal
Often repairs to the sprinkler system occur at the same time. We can install air movers that are directed towards the ceiling to dry the joists. Dehumidifiers can be placed in the room to remove humidity from the air and bring the moisture levels down to normal levels.

Repair the ceiling once the sprinkler system is repaired, and everything is dry. We can clean the floors and return all the furniture. Our objective is to make your home as good as new, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Burlington, Plainville, New Hartford, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Burlington Homeowners Often Call SERVPRO for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen range fire damaged, soot and smoke stains SERVPRO Says--Do Not Despair After Fire and Smoke Damage to Your Bristol Home! We Can Help.

Even a Small-Scale Fire Can Bring on Significant Odor Damage in Burlington

Any fire that doesn’t leave much visible fire damage can seem like it is easy for the homeowner to address. However, it is essential to look past the task of water cleanup to tackle the soot and smoke that permeates all porous materials leaving behind both residue and odor.

SERVPRO technicians can table any odors that fire damage in Burlington leaves behind. We can come out to your home to assess the building materials to determine if residual moisture is present. Proper drying helps while also using specialized techniques, and our certified technicians work to assess the span of the odor. We can then implement measures that help to contain particles and smell to keep them from spreading out and contaminating other areas.

Our specialists are odor control technicians (OCT) at SERVPRO, helping to eliminate any offensive odors. We have a variety of resources for taking on stubborn smells that fire leaves behind. A complete wipe down of any affected areas can be done using high-grade cleaners with dry and wet sponges depending on the residue present. We also have air scrubbers using HEPA filter technology along with activated charcoal filters that encapsulate even the most minuscule odor-causing particles.

Should there still be stubborn smells left behind, SERVPRO technicians can implement thermal fogging technology to help eliminate any unpleasant scents in the home. A thermal fogger works by releasing a heated, solvent-based deodorizer. This dry fog process works just like the smoke from a fire, permeating and also neutralizing any lingering odors present in building materials and porous items. Special preparation is needed before this odor-defeating action takes place.

Never let foul odors linger from fire damage throughout your home. Call us today at SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3300 to speak with one of our knowledgeable office staffers. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to visit your home for unpleasant odor elimination to make it just "Like it never even happened."

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Indications You Might Have Bigger Concerns After A Fire In Your Burlington Home

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Signs You Might Have Bigger Issues Than Fire Damage in Your Burlington Home

When a home has fire damage, it leaves behind many issues beyond charring and smoke; numerous hazards have the potential to crop up due to inadequate cleaning.

Sometimes when SERVPRO assists Burlington homeowners with fire damage cleanup and restoration, it is not uncommon for technicians to find signs of previous cleaning efforts. This presents significant challenges for restoring the home because incorrect cleaning methods cause more harm to surfaces and finishes.

DIY Fire Cleanup May Cost You
To save money or time, homeowners frequently attempt the cleanup of smoke residues on their own. This is often a mistake; for example, using liquid cleaners on dry smoke residues drives it deeper into surfaces. Scrubbing thick, oily residues leaves damage on the surface and pushes the soot into cracks, rendering it more challenging to remove. Signs of improper cleanup are smears and staining on surfaces and a smoke odor.

Signs of Inadequate Water Cleanup
Extinguishing a fire leaves behind copious amounts of water that requires removal. It migrates quickly under floors, behind baseboards and walls requiring drying. Leaving this moisture behind sets the home up for mold growth and foul odors. SERVPRO technicians use a diverse array of moisture detection equipment to ensure water is not overlooked.

Signs of Mold
Mold is always a danger after a fire loss in a home. Water wicked into sheetrock leaves it in a weakened state and creates a perfect environment for mold spore germination. It can start as fast as 24-hours and once established, mold colonies spread quickly. Technicians lower ambient humidity to unsustainable levels for mold existence, abate any colonies and follow up with the application of antimicrobial products.

Signs of Cross-Contamination
If the HVAC is running or traffic continues through the fire loss area in a home, odor-causing soot spreads throughout the house and requires cleaning. The tip-off is the smell of smoke in areas of the home without fire damage. SERVPRO technicians use containment and in some cases negative air chambers to stop cross-contamination during fire damage cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO of Bristol is always ready to clean up and restore fire damage for local property owners. Our technicians are trained, certified, and available 24/7 at (860) 582-3330.

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