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Is Everything Covered in Soot in My Business After a Fire a Total Loss?

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Group match burning on a black background Fire damages can spread quickly throughout your business. Call SERVPRO to help remediate the damage.

SERVPRO technicians have professional equipment and cleaning agents to remove different types and levels of smoke damage in your commercial property 

The first look at your business space after a fire can be heart-dropping with charred items, a blanket of soot on surfaces, and a heavy odor. The faster you begin the mitigation efforts to see what has restoration potential through cleaning, the more possibilities of a better recovery after the event. 

How Can Items Get Restored from Commercial Fire Damage? 

When SERVPRO technicians handle the restoration services after commercial fire damage in a Bristol business property, their goal is to get the company back to regular operations as soon as possible. Through the use of their proprietary cleaning agents and specialized methods, the techs lift away both dry smoke and wet smoke from non-porous items, saving the business owner the cost of replacement.  

Other frequently seen actions during fire cleanup are:   

  • Removal of charred items
  • Relocation of undamaged contents off-site
  • Removal of restorable items to cleaning stations
  • Temporary repairs such as tarping a roof
  • Security measures to keep unauthorized persons out of the work-site
  • Inspection of the ductwork and cleaning if needed 

Odor control measures are a large part of the mitigation process. During the restoration services, SERVPRO techs run air scrubbers to assist in capturing airborne odorous soot particles. They also have a diverse array of applications to neutralize any remaining fire odors before the business reopens such as:   

  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Thermal fogging   
  • Time-release gel pellets  

Call SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 as soon as possible after commercial fire damage to get the cleanup and restoration services underway. The experienced techs have cleaning methods to help your property recover and save the cost of replacement materials and contents whenever possible.  

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Are All of My Belongings Ruined When Flood Water Soaks Them?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Green service vehicle The service vehicles of SERVPRO in Bristol are on the move again for a flood restoration project. Don't worry, Call SERVPRO.

Let SERVPRO Show You How Our Contents Recovery Technicians Can Transform Your Soggy Stuff Back to the Pride of Your Bristol Home

Bristol might be in for another rainy summer, and that can mean only one thing for some homeowners--flood waters that attack both structures and contents alike. Disaster recovery companies aplenty vie for the chance to help with knee-deep water in basements and soaked attics, floors, and walls. But who can help with the heart of your home--the furniture, household goods, and personal treasures and belongings?

Do Any Flood Restoration Businesses Take Care of What Is Inside My House, Too?

We have one overriding goal--to make it “Like it never even happened.” When flood damage overwhelms in Bristol, we understand that your concerns extend beyond a wet cellar and broken drywall. Often, the structural components of a flood-ravaged home can look even better than preloss after mitigation, remediation, and restoration. Unfortunately, it is hard to rebuild a photo album, recreate the afghan grandma crocheted, or find the exact Teddy that lulled your child to sleep after sustaining damage in dirty flood water.

Why Not Just Toss Things to Which You Have No Attachment?

When your insurance carrier reviews claims they are cognizant always that restoration is less costly overall. You certainly can decide to buy new, but you might not receive reimbursement for that choice in all cases. SERVPRO works as your liaison with your insurance company, and it is not uncommon for your agent to suggest reaching out to us initially because of the positive experience their other insured clients had with our team. We develop a system that keeps you, our skilled content technicians, and the insurer in the same loop. Sometimes all agree to discard and replace, but our approach trends toward employing continually evolving equipment and techniques in the restoration industry that bring back your damaged belongings to the look, feel, and function they enjoyed before the flood.

How Do We Record and Track Items Removed for Processing Elsewhere?

We use a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to develop a hybrid written and digital record of the belongings we pack out. Checklists, digital photos, and barcodes combine as a comprehensive way to keep tabs on your property, and document the efforts made to clean, dry, disinfect, and deodorize items.

What Are Some Surprising Things We Can Save?

  • Papers, Documents, Pictures

When water invades the storage area in your attic or basement after storm-related flooding, many items that you cannot replace are at risk. Boxes filled with awards, wedding albums and other pictures, documents from the historic (grandparents’ naturalization papers) to the necessary (handwritten wills) can look like pulp when you gingerly open the container.

How Do We Dry Papers and Photos?

Freeze-drying is an effective method for these fragile belongings. If there is a delay before our crew can arrive, stashing precious papers and photos in a deep freezer is a good strategy. Expect our technicians to ask you for a list of the items most essential to dry. We arrange for the wet papers or photos to undergo sublimation, whereby the frozen water is extracted to a vaporous state in a pressurized chamber, bypassing the liquid state.

  • Electronics

Many things run off of electronic circuitry these days, including obvious things like phones and computers, and also “smart” appliances.

How Do We Make Sure Electronics Dry Out for Use Again?

We work with electronics experts who assess whether your property is safe to operate. In our production facility or a dry area of your home, we build contained small drying chambers within which we can manipulate temperature, airflow, and humidity to ensure the workings and connections are at normal moisture levels.  

  • Toys and Other Beloved Soft Items

Although you can try to replace a much-loved blanket or an heirloom tablecloth, the reality is your family knows and feels the loss. Our content processing technicians have many strategies and plenty of patience and experience to get these items back to pre-damage condition.

How Do We Turn the Clock Back on Textile and Soft Item Flood Damage?

Our content cleaning specialists have a “can do” attitude, and valuable experience in the trade. We work hard to return treasured possessions to our valued customers using our on-site commercial wash systems, small drying chambers, immersion tanks, proprietary detergents, and other tools and products.

The entire team at SERVPRO of Bristol is on board with both sides of flood damage cleanup--at your home for structures and our facility or another staging area for contents. Call us at (860) 582-3330 to start the flood damage remediation process fast.

What Should I Do To Save Furniture after Fire Damage in My Bristol Home?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt home interior after fire Seeking help after fire damage can help you save your items.

SERVPRO Can Help You Respond Quickly and Correctly Boosting Chances of Saving Your Items in Bristol

When a fire breaks out, you have much to worry about, including whether your precious furniture items are likely to survive the incident. Apart from the cost of buying new ones, you might have family heirlooms or rare items that you cannot replace. SERVPRO assists Bristol homeowners in responding the right way to fires, helping save valuable items.

Does fire damage furniture items uniformly in Bristol properties?

Many factors influence the outcome of fire incidents in Bristol. Items can be damaged by exposure to smoke, heat, and flames from the fire, depending on the materials they are made from. Typical materials used in furniture include:
    •    Wood or MDF
    •    Glass or Acrylic
    •    Plastic
    •    Leather

Fires affect these materials differently. For instance, flames consume fabrics fast but may take longer to damage glass or solid wood. On the other hand, it is easier to resurface fabrics sections in items compared to wood.

The level of damage also depends on the period of exposure. Quickly putting out a fire limits the damage from heat, flames, and smoke. However, there is still a risk of damage from exposure to moisture and residues, such as soot if restoration is delayed.

Which restoration steps help save furniture?

    •    Cleaning
    •    Drying
    •    Resurfacing or refinishing

Damages such as the accumulation of residues on any type of furniture are easier to manage through cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians used a wide array of cleaning methods to achieve the objective since different materials interact with soils and cleaning products differently. Actions such as vacuuming and spray wiping help remove light residues while pressure washing or other deep-cleaning techniques help with deep soiling.

For the porous and semi-porous materials such as upholstery and wood, managing the moisture absorbed during cleaning or firefighting is crucial to forestalling severe problems. We take actions such as tenting cushions and boosting the drying process through dehumidification and evaporation.

Seeking help after fire damage can help you save your items. Call SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Do I Deal with Bristol Water Removal in The Middle of A Cold Season?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from pipes underneath sink Leaking pipes can quickly cause water damage. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

SERVPRO Has the Resources to Expedite and Minimize Inconveniences during Water Removal in Your Bristol Home 

A leaking pipe or other sudden water intrusions during the cold season are a significant inconvenience. Even if they do not cause significant damages, handling the cold water during removal can feel like torture. Pipes burst readily in colder seasons because water expands when it freezes, increasing pressure inside the pipes leading to failure, especially at the joints. 

What would a good response plan to cold weather water loss involve? 

Water removal from Bristol homes during cold seasons may not vary significantly from the other seasons. However, there may be extra inconveniences, so the removal plan should address them. Our SERVPRO crews use different approaches to achieve this, including: 

  • Minimizing demolition
  • Using a closed drying system
  • Expediting the restoration 

Demolition to remove wet wall materials or other structural components is a typical step during water removal. However, since you need your house well insulated to keep out the cold, it is good to avoid unnecessary demolitions. Our technicians use non-evasive methods such as inspecting surfaces with thermal cameras to locate the wet areas and demolish only the affected areas. 

Faster removal of surface water is necessary to resolve the incident fast. Combining different removal methods can help. Common options include: 

  • Wet-vacuuming
  • Mopping
  • Draining trapped water 

Does the cold weather affect the drying stage of restoration? 

After removing surface water, focus shifts to drying materials. Drying involves evaporating moisture from the materials into the air, removing the air, or extracting the moisture from the air. For the process to run smoothly, the air in a room should have a higher temperature and lower humidity. Opening windows and doors to air their wet house would have a minimal effect during cold seasons. Our SERVPRO technicians use a closed drying system that utilizes air movers to speed up evaporation and dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air. 

SERVPRO of Bristol handles water removal in any season. Call us at (860) 582-3330 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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What Should I Do if the Water Heater Ruptures and Floods My Bristol House?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

excess water on the floor of a kitchen If a water damage situation occurs in your kitchen, be sure to contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage. We are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Responds Fast When Broken Appliances Require Water Removal in Bristol

Although storm damage and overland flooding in Bristol grab the headlines, statistics bear out that most water losses in residential properties link to burst pipes or malfunctioning appliances. Just because a leaking water heater or a faulty pump in a washing machine is a commonplace problem does not mean the damage possible is not severe. Hiring a water damage mitigation and remediation company familiar with the extraction of significant quantities of fluids is the first step.

How Much Water Can Escape from a Broken Appliance?

The need for water removal in your Bristol home after an appliance malfunction is urgent. For example, if you think about the capacity of a traditional tank water heater providing hot water for showers, dishes, laundry, and handwashing for a family, 50 to 75 gallons is typical. A top-loading washing machine uses 40 gallons, while a front-loading machine uses 20. Dishwashers come in lower at 4 to 6 gallons. If the tank, drum, or outside housing ruptures on any of these appliances, that amount of water flows out, creating a substantial mess even if you notice the event immediately.

What Happens if the Appliance Breaks Overnight or When You Are Away?

Most appliances are plumbed directly into a supply line. If the water is not shut off, it continues to flow into the appliance. Water heaters draw from the line response to the outflow, and the supply water then adds to the gallons already spilled. If a pump continues operating in the clothes or dishwasher, the same additive effect occurs. If no one is at home or near the appliance, hundreds of gallons of water fill the space of origin and then spread throughout the rest of your home causing additional water damage issues in Bristol.

How Does a Water Restoration Company Stage the Recovery from Appliance Overflows?

Safety Concerns a Priority

When the SERVPRO team arrives, the initial concern is always safety for you and your family and our technicians. Our project manager arranges to shut off the water supply if you have not completed that already. Electricity to the affected areas might also be shut off to prevent shock or electrocution. Our crews take care to scope out slip, trip, and fall issues, including searching for submerged debris that could cause injury. If the water collected above living areas or the workspace, we evaluate the need to punch holes to release the water to avert ceiling or wall collapse.

Emergency Services

Once safety concerns are addressed, our crews begin rapid removal of the standing water. If electricity is shut off in your residence, our gas-fueled and submersible pumps avoid delay in our response. After the water level dips below two inches, our truck-mounted heavy-duty extractors also can operate off generators. Team members systematically move through the wet spaces, using wanded attachments to suction up liquids. Squeegees push the decreasing quantity of water towards the extractors.

Moisture Detection and Metering

Our technicians use their Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training to sketch out the extent of the water migration using sensitive devices first to locate and then to measure the remaining moisture. Thermal imaging also helps detect the presence of trapped water. Moisture data is charted to provide a baseline for the final stage of water removal, structural drying.

Eliminating Trapped Water

The final stages of a water removal job involves evacuating moisture not easily extractable. Two main challenges present:

Releasing Trapped Standing Water

Water can collect in a wide range of building cavities, untouchable by pumps, and truck-mounted extractors. When we locate these caches, a number of strategies permit success:

        • Portable extractors with wand extenders can improve efforts in confined spaces.
        • Controlled demolition such as partial removal of drywall or paneling (flood cuts) or drilled or cut holes release hidden water for removal.

Evaporating Absorbed Moisture from Structures

Our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians determine drying goals based on the moisture data gathered earlier, including moisture levels in similar materials in an unaffected area of your home. We strike a scientifically-based balance of air movement, temperature, and humidity that facilities the movement of moisture from building materials into the air as a vapor. The vapor then is collected and discarded. Equipment operated to achieve the balance and effectuate the removal includes:

  • Air movers
  • Heaters
  • Dehumidifiers

Our crew monitors the process, counting on the homeowner to leave the equipment on and in place to reach the drying goals.

How can SERVPRO of Bristol help after your home floods because of an appliance malfunction? Call us at (860) 582-3330 and learn how our trained, experienced, and well-equipped employees can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Bristol, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Bristol today at (860) 582-3330 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Water Cleanup in Bristol

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water flooding on living room parquet floor in a house For expert carpet drying and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330.

Are Professional Restoration Services Necessary for a Water Emergency in Bristol?

Water can adversely affect carpets, floorboards, wall cavities, and doorways. Sometimes water-related problems can lead to further issues like mold. To ensure you avoid secondary damages, contact a Bristol-based water restoration firm.

Can I salvage wet carpets after a water emergency?

Carpet fibers can become weak with exposure to water, which leads to ripping and tearing. You may also experience issues with delamination and microbial growth. However, providing that you initiate a restoration procedure early, there is a strong chance of being able to recover your carpets without requiring a replacement. Homeowners that use professional services for water cleanup in Bristol have a strong chance of recovering water losses because they are using qualified water restorers. The latter can inspect the issue and implement the necessary recovery equipment.

What is the process for carpet restoration?

    •    Inspect the carpets and use a moisture probe to ascertain whether water has reached the carpet pad
    •    Carefully detach the carpet using the appropriate tools and inspect the underside for delamination or mold issues
    •    If water has not permeated the subfloor or carpet pad, you can float the carpet using an air-mover to circulate warm air beneath the carpet
    •    If water has permeated the carpet, remove the carpet pad, cut it into small pieces and place in a double-sealed waste bag

How can I dry a wet carpet without detaching it?

Detaching a carpet is generally the fastest method to drying it because it allows airflow to circulate on the underside of the carpet. However, in some rooms, the time it takes to remove furniture may negate the drying time. SERVPRO technicians can perform in-place drying using a weighted extraction tool to circulate the perimeter of the carpet and working inwards. In-place drying is useful when the water has not permeated the carpet pad and can be less time-consuming than other methods of carpet restoration.

For expert carpet drying and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330.

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What Kind of Hardwood Fire Damage in Bristol Can Be Restored?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

flames engulfing hardwood floor Depending upon the amount of damage, some hardwood furnishings can be restored.

Give SERVPRO the Chance to Bring Your Built-In Wood Furnishings Back to Life in Bristol 

Beautiful cabinets, buffets, and woodwork are desirable elements, creating comfortable surroundings. After a fire, structures like walls and ceilings can be restored or replaced without changing your home's ambiance. Losing the unique styling of built-in cabinetry or original trim causes distress professional fire restoration professionals can avoid. 

Can Damaged Wooden Cabinets Be Saved After a Fire? 

The skills mastered by our highly-trained managers and technicians offer successful strategies to resolve significant hardwood fire damage suffered by Bristol properties. We consider the level of staining caused by smoke residues as well as blistering and other distortion from the heat of the blaze when determining our approach. 

How Do Professionals Clean Fire-Damaged Hardwood? 

SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) have three options to clean up smoke and soot damaged hardwood furnishings and fixtures.  

Does Fire Damage respond to Dry Cleaning? 

We clean loose, ashy residues, and the pre-cleaning of almost all types of fire damage using dry cleaning methods. The tools employed include: 

  • Vacuums
  • Feather dusters
  • Dusting cloths 
  • Dry cleaning (chemical) sponges
  • Soft and stiff brushes
  • Art gum erasers 

Special Notes:  

Unfinished and unsealed wood must be dry cleaned as other methods might force residues and odors into the pores of the wood. 

What Types of Fire Damage Responds to Wet Cleaning? 

Moderate levels of fire residues adhering to surfaces need wet cleaning to loosen, dissolve, and suspend the coatings. Suggested products include: 

  • Low alkali surface cleaners
  • Mild detergents specialized for hardwoods like wood oil soap 

Special Notes:  

Cleaning strokes must follow the grain of the wood. 

What Fire Damage Needs Partial Refinishing? 

Dense concentrations of fire residues require the cleaning techniques and products to adapt. To break the bond between the soot and the hardwood surface, we add the following aids:

  • Solvent-based cream cleaners
  • Extra-fine grade steel wool applicators

Special Notes:  

Skilled technicians adjust pressure and amounts of cleaning products to minimize harm.

Post firefighting watermarks can disappear using semi-refinishing. 

Let SERVPRO of Bristol use industry-leading protocols to restore hardwood fire damage in your home. Call us at (860) 582-3330 to schedule an evaluation. 

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Where Do I Start To Cleanup Commercial Fire Damage In Bristol?

4/18/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 handles commercial fire damage in local properties of any size.

SERVPRO has decades of experience handling fire loss in local Bristol commercial properties

When a fire happens, particularly in a commercial property, whether it is an apartment building or a warehouse or a professional apartment building, it needs specific types of cleaning for the best outcome. It can be overwhelming to see charred items pushed towards the middle of the room and saturated with water. Then there is the smoke damage on walls. Prioritizing the restoration of the property can be confusing for where to begin.

What is the Best Way to Remove Smoke and Commercial Fire Damage from Walls and Ceilings in My Business?
A lot can go wrong if you choose to work on commercial fire damage in your Bristol property yourself. Commonly seen additional problems created by incorrect cleaning methods include:
    •    Liquids applied to dry smoke causing it to stain surfaces
    •    Scrubbing of soot on walls driving it in deeper
    •    Missed water damage wicking into sheetrock and seeping under flooring into the subfloor
    •    Leaving charred items behind leaves soot odor in the property

How to Reduce Fire Odor Through Cleaning
Soot produces smoke odors after a fire, and since particles smaller than the human eye can see are common, it is nearly impossible to clean away the fire odors without some professional help. When SERVPRO techs handle cleanup in Bristol commercial properties, one of the things the techs do immediately on arrival is to scope the property to determine the scale of the fire loss. Items that appear too charred for restoration services through cleaning methods undergo a detailed documentation process, including photographs before approved disposal off-site.

Air scrubbers are a big help for reducing odors, and the techs frequently run them during the entire mitigation process so they can continually capture soot particles.

How Can I Prevent Soot and Fire Odors From Spreading Throughout My Property?
When SERVPRO techs handle fire loss restoration in commercial property, they turn off the HVAC as soot can get pulled into the ductwork and set up containment as needed. Standard containment tactics involve the covering of doorways and vents with a heavy-weight plastic to form a barrier between the work area and the rest of the building. In other cases, the techs can set up negative air chambers to port away soot and help improve the air quality during mitigation.

What is the Best Way to Clean Smoke Damage From Surfaces?
The surface the residue is on is a significant consideration as some cleaners can mar surfaces. Before cleaning, the techs test the residues to find the best application in regards to both the type of smoke as well as the surface it was left behind on. Broadly defined, smoke residues from a structure fire that does not involve proteins, fit into two categories:
    •    Dry Smoke-has a dry, powdery appearance and gets addressed using pick-up methods first before cleaning the surface with wet cleaning agents.
    •    Wet Smoke-has a greasy appearance and smears easily. It can be difficult to remove without the assistance of a solvent-based cleaner.

Odor Control
The majority of fire loss in Bristol properties leaves behind some type of fire odor that needs addressing. No one wants to live in an apartment building or work in an office that looks great but smells like smoke. That means soot is actively present and can be an irritant if left unmitigated. The techs have several different methods for odor control. In many instances, there is a need to overlap methods such as time-release gel pellets after thermal fogging or running a hydroxyl generator to ensure that neutralized odors stay that way. When soot cannot get removed from walls and ceilings through standard methods, the techs often apply a sealant and recommend repainting over the area, so there is no sign of the previous fire loss through sight or smell.

Prepping for Repairs and Reopening
Once the property gets its restoration services completed, the tech makes a note of the repairs that need to happen to bring the structure back to its preloss condition. Commonly needed repairs include the installation of carpet or tile, new sheetrock, or paint walls and ceilings.
If any equipment has potential damage from the effects of the fire, SERVPRO techs can arrange for an industry professional to inspect electronics before reuse to ensure they are safe.

SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 handles commercial fire damage in local properties of any size. The certified technicians clean up the loss and restore the property to its pre-fire condition using their proven techniques and advanced equipment.

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We Act Fast In Bristol After A Flood

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Three of our drying equipment machines drying the room after a flood Our crew can remove and discard the ruined sheetrock in your home after a flood. We are available day or night, so don't hesitate to call us.

What Should I Prioritize In Case of Flood Damage in My Bristol Home? 

An Experienced Restoration Team Like SERVPRO Evaluates Loss Sites Quickly Establishing the Best Response

Although a flooding incident might leave your home resembling a scene from a warzone, it is possible to restore preloss conditions fast by responding correctly. For most people, the biggest challenge is not knowing which actions to prioritize during the restoration. Through the training and experiences our technicians have, we can help you structure the restoration process in a way that minimizes secondary damages, addresses hazards, and improves the turnaround time.

What actions typically have top priority?

Although each flood damage incident in Bristol is unique, some issues recur in many incidents and thus require immediate attention. Some of the steps that help deal with such issues include:

  • Identifying structural hazards or other risks at the loss site
  • Boarding up the property for protection
  • Water extraction
  • Partial or complete content move-outs

The damage caused by flooding to a structure happens in stages, so prioritizing actions that can prevent or minimize the damages that occur in later stages is helpful. For example, problems such as mold growth take at least 24-48 hours to start developing. The growth is also gradual, and therefore quick action limits the damage likely to occur. Our SERVPRO technicians help by extraction water fast or performing other steps such as removing carpets, drywall, insulation, and other structural materials that favor mold development.

Are there high-priority actions unrelated to property damage?

A flood-damaged property poses many risks to anyone who ventures in to perform restoration activities or otherwise. Injuries from electrical faults or slipping on slick surfaces are highly likely. Our SERVPRO technicians try to prevent such outcomes by taking actions such as:

  • Checking for electrical faults
  • Marking hazardous areas such as slippery floors
  • Checking for structural weakness

SERVPRO of Bristol can help you streamline flood damage restoration. Call us any time at (860) 582-3330. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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