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Bristol Home Has a Mold Problem? Not a Problem if You Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation!

2/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Advantages of Soda Blasting Mold During Bristol Remediation

Abrasive cleaning techniques can be a reliable method of remediation in Bristol homes. While there are multiple layers of a microbial threat to remove when colonization starts, including both the physical mold organism growing on the material and the harsh musty odor that gets emitted from active growth, there are efficient strategies to address both of these conditions. Cleaning up mold effects on relatively undamaged construction materials requires a focused cleaning tactic involving compressed air and varying media.

Soda and media blasting can both diminish the microbial threat in your house and help to reduce widespread controlled demolition during mold remediation of Bristol properties. While many circumstances might demand the removal of overly deteriorating construction materials like drywall and wood trim, prompt response with the right techniques can reduce total property losses from expanding microbial colonies. Soda blasting requires sophisticated equipment and trained technicians, which is an advantage that our accredited SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) bring to the table after the discovery of mold damage in your house.

Using compressed air along with baking soda, walnuts, sand, or other media options, we can begin to remove surface mold and even underlying concerns beyond the top layer. Soda blasting can be instrumental in removing seated portions of mold colonies, affecting the entire hyphae of the organism. The objective of this abrasive cleaning technique is to remove surface concerns without damaging the substrate underneath.

While media blasting as a whole cannot serve as a deodorization action, the use of these techniques can help to reduce the severity and spread of musty odors in the house. Much like volatile compounds that can emit from active colonies, distinctive odors are also a concern that can penetrate porous surfaces, fabrics, and soft materials. Abrasive cleaning can remove the colonies, which can noticeably reduce the concentration of unwanted scents, as well. For the same reason, we often keep an open box of baking soda in the fridge.

 Mold colonization can lead to health effects for those exposed, so remediation should begin as soon as possible when you discover these threats in your house. No matter how our AMRTs can help, give our SERVPRO of Bristol rapid response team a call today at (860) 582-3330.

We Are The Right Choice For Your Bristol Water Damage Restoration

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

 Mold and water damage going up the wall and carpet of this stair case When you experience significant water damage, you can count on our crew. We are available 24/7, so call us right away to prevent further damage.

Rapid Professional Water Removal in Bristol Minimizes Mold Damage Risk

Bristol homeowners who fail to arrange for fast mitigation and remediation after a water loss can be in for distressing secondary damage. The window of time to avoid mold growth is distressingly short -- spores can absorb moisture and begin multiplying within 24 to 48 hours. Engaging the services of our professional Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) gives you an excellent chance of extracting water and drying out moisture before a mold infestation takes hold.

Efficient Extraction

When a plumbing or appliance mishap necessitates water removal in Bristol, our initial focus is selecting the equipment and methods that promise fast and thorough extraction. As our project manager evaluates the extent of the water migration from the initial intrusion, crew members begin emergency measures.

If the water is deeper than two inches, gas-powered submersible pumps are positioned to off-load water through hosing out of the structure.

As the water level lowers, we add wanded extractors, suctioning liquid from surfaces.

Our truck-mounted models feature high capacity and on-vehicle generators. Portable extractors are essential as well, permitting our technicians to move freely into confined spaces and suction water from recessed areas.

Mapping Moisture Migration

Removing visible water damage is only phase one of our restoration project. SERVPRO crew leads coordinate moisture detection and measurement using sensitivity probes to define the reach of the water loss. Water moves away from the original leak or accident, percolating into subflooring and seeping through crevices and porous building materials to take up residence in obscured cavities.

Structural Drying Minimizes Mold Risk

Permitting hidden caches of water or moisture in saturated structural components to linger is sure to fuel a mold outbreak. Mold spores are always present, awaiting a bit of water, a day or two of dwell time, and organic matter for nourishment. Many conventional building materials provide sustenance for the microbes when wet, including drywall, wood framing and subsurfaces, some types of insulation, and hardwood floors and trim. The SERVPRO team uses the moisture data collected to release trapped water and establish drying goals for various structural components. We position air movers to accelerate the evaporation of water from structures. Temperature adaptations and removal of water vapor help strike a balance needed to dry out your home, accomplished with heaters and dehumidifiers.

Mold Remediation Services

As we complete the water removal project, including structural drying, SERVPRO employees are vigilant in searching for any signs of mold growth. If we find mold, our skilled remediation specialists devise an abatement plan to contain and remove the active colonies, finishing with disinfection using EPA-registered antimicrobials.

Full-spectrum water removal, drying, and mold remediation services provide successful results for the customers of SERVPRO of Bristol. Call (860) 582-3330 to schedule an evaluation of the best practices needed to resolve your water loss.

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SERVPRO Takes On Commercial Water Removal in a Bristol Laundromat

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Expert Commercial Water Removal for Bristol Business’

When running a business like a laundromat, water damage is always a risk. Without thorough professional mitigation, this damage can affect appliances, flooring, walls, subflooring, and much more. In the right conditions, even small disasters can breed mold and other microbes and put customers, appliances, and structures at risk.

If your Bristol business requires commercial water removal services from an experienced team, you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO to get the job done right the first time. SERVPRO's extraction tools, EPA-registered antimicrobials, and industrial-grade drying equipment all work together to restore businesses to their preloss conditions. Certified technicians work closely with property owners and insurance adjusters to ensure that cleaning is done to code.

Laundromat Insurance Tips

  • Double-check your insurance policy. It may cover replacing washers and dryers, but may not cover the full cost of water damage due to appliance failure. When itemizing damages, be sure to look at floors, walls, assets that may have been damaged, and paperwork. Also, be sure to account for lost earnings.
  • Look over your lease. This is an important step, as insurance requirements and the burden of responsibility are usually detailed in your contract. Have your attorney review your leasing papers with you to ensure accurate interpretation of legal terminology.
  • Compensate your workers. If you have staff on-site handling tasks like folding or drying, it is necessary to have workers' compensation included in the insurance policy. Make sure to have adequate funds available in case a customer files a claim against you due to water damage.

How SERVPRO Helps Businesses

SERVPRO uses a multi-pronged approach to clean up water, remove odors, and dry structures after a disaster occurs. Depending on the extent of the damage, technicians can use everything from portable, back-mounted extractors and submersible gas-powered sump pumps to truck-mounted extraction equipment to thoroughly remove water and prepare the space for drying. 

After removing water, carefully-placed air movers and dehumidifiers can work in tandem to dry out the structure. As parts of the space get increasingly dry, polyethylene drying chambers may be set up to accelerate the drying process. In the event of odors or further cleanup necessities, SERVPRO also utilizes OSHA-approved antimicrobials, as well as commercial-grade deodorizing equipment, to get you back in business.

SERVPRO of Bristol serves the community because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (860) 582-3330 for disaster cleanup service at any time of the day or night.

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Flood Damage Incidents In Your Burlington Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Call SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 to help respond to any incident, “Like it never even happened.”

Crucial Services SERVPRO Offers After Flood Damage Incidents in Burlington

Flooding incidents in Burlington might hit when you least expect them. The great news is that you can rely on professional restoration companies such as SERVPRO to manage any challenge that the incident causes.

Although all flood damage incidents in Burlington involve water intrusion into a property, they also vary in many ways, so there is a need for the team mitigating the loss to have the resources to respond to a wide range of issues. Our SERVPRO technicians can help with issues such as:

    •    Securing the property
    •    Removing standing water
    •    Removing and disposing of biohazards
    •    Handling hazardous materials
    •    Drying materials or contents
    •    Deodorizing bad odors

The need to secure a property after flooding arises if there are shattered windows, torn roofs, or other unexpected openings left by flying debris, strong winds, or other factors prevalent during the flooding incident. Our SERVPRO technicians secure the property in different ways, including boarding up, installing roof tarps, or even setting up containment zones using 6-mil plastic sheets inside the property.

Many flooding situations involve hazardous materials or even biohazards. Removal and disposal of such materials need special attention because they pose health risks. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves, boots, and respirators, among others allowing us to handle the process safely. We also have resources that help with the storage of materials before disposal, including plastic bags and trashcans.

Since the principal issue with flooding is water, having sufficient capacity for extraction and drying is crucial. Our SERVPRO technicians use a variety of water extraction equipment, including specialized ones such as self-priming trash pumps, submersible pumps, and high-speed pumps, depending on the conditions at your loss site. We also have the necessary drying equipment to manage moisture intrusion in different parts of the building. For example, air movers and dehumidifiers help reduce humidity in the air and materials. We also have cavity-drying equipment in case there is moisture in the hidden parts of a property.

Flood damage requires different resources to resolve. Call SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 to help respond to any incident, “Like it never even happened.”

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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)

Open SERVPRO van showing water extraction equipment Our technician is getting ready to use high velocity water extraction equipment in this home.

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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