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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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Water Damage In Your Bristol Home

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Most Bristol Homeowners Unaware of Gradual Water Damage

Sure, we all know relatively quickly when there is a major pipe rupture in our homes. This is certainly the stuff of most homeowners’ nightmares. The fear of having to overcome such a sudden catastrophic and costly event is enough to put fear into anyone. Of course, another, far less considered danger to your property is the gradual water damage caused by slow-leaking pipes and everyday condensation. These threats, while slow, can have the same impact on your property over time as a sudden major water leak.

The gradual water damage every Bristol homeowner eventually encounters results from many different sources. One of the most prominent of these is the everyday condensation occurring during and after hot baths and showers. Condensation can also occur simply from normal temperature variations within your house, especially in basements, throughout the year. When the hot air from baths/showers or rooms heated by daytime temperatures cools, it forms water droplets all over the area. As time passes, this recurring water causes fungus, mold, and mildew to form on surfaces. It also causes materials to warp, drywall to deteriorate, and leads to dry rot in wooden walls and furnishings. Another culprit of slow water damage in Bristol is unnoticeable slow-leaking pipes. Concealed behind walls and in cabinets, pipes with slight leaks do not produce enough water to attract your attention until it’s often too late. Rather than deluging your rooms, water from these leaks merely gets absorbed into walls, floors, and furniture. Unfortunately, this eventually leads to, among other things, drywall collapses and furniture warping.

The only real way to catch these silent, creeping issues in time is to have your home periodically inspected and treated. There are several Bristol area services, like SERVPRO, that can do this for you. SERVPRO has the specialized equipment, including moisture sensors and meters, which can precisely detect moisture levels in walls, baseboards, and carpets long before it can do any permanent damage. After detecting moisture, SERVPRO technicians can precisely locate what is causing the problem and fix it. Then, using dehumidifiers, we can dry the air and extract moisture from/restore affected materials. Afterward, our professionals can use ultra-low volume foggers to treat walls and other wooden items with dry rot-preventing fungicides. Our workers can also disinfect and deodorize affected areas with their foggers.

As a responsible homeowner, keep a watchful eye on your investment. Periodically have your home inspected for water damage. If you need help, call SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330.

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We Get You Back In Business After A Flood In Bristol

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Our drying and moisture removal equipment set up in a room of a home Our drying equipment works hard to remove the excess humidity and achieve normal moisture content before the build back after a flood.

Preparing Your Family Restaurant for Commercial Flood Damage in Bristol

Prepping food for your Bristol restaurant’s meals is a crucial aspect of keeping things running smoothly. Tables also need similar treatment to avoid shortages of condiments, napkins, flatware, and other necessities for soon-to-arrive diners. Foregoing this can inconvenience diners while creating a stressful situation for your staff. Preparing for disasters can provide similar benefits.

After your restaurant in Bristol sustains commercial flood damage, many things that you took for granted before no longer exist. The cleanliness of your establishment disappears, safe conditions no longer exist, food is now unfit to use, and you may wonder if reopening your doors is a possibility.

SERVPRO understands the needs of businesses in our area and can help you prepare for flooding, fire, and other types of damage that can befall any business and force it to close. We designed the Emergency READY Profile Plan to help businesses succeed after a disaster. This free Plan helps businesses recover faster, with less expense, inconvenience, and interruption. 

Flooding creates specific hazards that SERVPRO technicians train with the latest equipment and methods to help our customers in ways that benefit their business by reducing waste and solving the situation with both immediate and future protection of your building in mind.  

With a READY Plan, SERVPRO can respond that much faster to flooding or any other disaster (fire, water line breaking, mold, flood damage) and begin the mitigation process. Cleaning, disinfecting, removal of debris and soils, drying, and restoration all take time. Anything we can do to make this faster while saving as much of your equipment, supplies, and other inventory saves you money and increases the likelihood of a rapid and complete recovery.

SERVPRO of Bristol assists businesses in and near Burlington, CT, Plainville, CT, and New Hartford, CT with mitigation, restoration, and rebuilding services after flood damage and other disasters. Calling (860) 365-6777 to our 24-hour service line starts the entire process. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and strive to restore your business to normal operations as quickly as possible.

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Winter Flooding in Bristol, SERVPRO Explains Frozen Factors

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

ice and snow dams on valley of roof down to the ground SERVPRO Helps Mitigate the Damage from Storms and Ice Damage in Bristol

SnowMelt and RainWater: A Combination Leading to Flood Damage in Bristol

Central Connecticut residents tell many stories of severe flooding during all times of the year. Bristol experiences significant damage as the tail-end of hurricanes or summer trains of thunderstorms roar through the community, often filling basements and crawl spaces with contaminated overland floodwaters. The transition between winter and spring adds the potential for a substantial “bump” in flood water quantity, including in the Pequabuck River, because of snowmelt. Winter’s freezing and thawing cycles, forming roof-edge ice dams, can also quietly allow severe water damage rivaling flooding to compromise your home from the top down.

Late Winter Storms Increase Flooding Risk
After months of winter storms and snowmelt, flood damage in Bristol is not unusual. The ground is still frozen in late winter, unable to absorb water. As the ice and snow melts, subsequent sleet and rainstorms add to the moisture load, which then flows into homes rather than soaking into yards and other green spaces.

Cold Weather Flood Remediation Challenges
Even if daytime temperatures rise, overnight temperatures remain at or below freezing. Crawl spaces, in particular, require flood water removal adaptations as much of the moisture forced inside presents as ice, slush, or snow. SERVPRO technicians need to shovel out the partly and completely frozen water to halt further damage when it begins to melt.

Ice Dams--A Unique Type of SnowMelt Flood Damage
SERVPRO technicians responding to mysterious flooding of lower levels look upwards during investigation and evaluation, especially if icicles dangle. When warm air rises through inadequately insulated and sealed joints between the roofline and the cold outdoors, any build-up of icy snow or an ice dam melts a bit, leaking back into your home. Over an extended period, the water flowing silently down between interior and exterior walls can collect in substantial quantities, eventually breaking through ceilings or bubbling wallpaper or paint. It also can accumulate behind baseboards, seeping through to damage floors and soak carpeting on many levels.

Storms, snow, and water can all result in flood damage that SERVPRO of Bristol can help you conquer. Call us at (860) 582-3330 to see what our talented and trained crews can do.

Cleaning Fire Damage In Your Bristol Home

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Using Agitative Cleaning to Enhance Fire Damage Recovery in Your Bristol Home

Soiling or smoke residues that are left on walls, ceilings, and surfaces after a fire are made up of thousands of individual particles. Temperature changes generate pressure that can force these particles onto, or into, surfaces. While a sturdy finish like varnish or paint may be able to repel some of these particles, the constant barrage can also wear away the finish allowing soots to bond with the surface. Sometimes, merely washing a surface can set soots which react to moisture and can make the surface tougher to clean. The trick to restoring a home properly is to find ways of loosening soots from surfaces before washing them off using wet products.

The first instinct when performing home fire damage restoration in Bristol is to apply water and soap mixtures to the surface. At SERVPRO, we advise against using water in the cleaning process until the removal of loose soots is complete. Water-based cleaning products can have the opposite of the intended effect by spreading soots around, setting them into surfaces, or causing colorfast bleeding and dripping. Rather than focus on wet-cleaning, our fire, and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) use agitation.

Agitation is an effective method for loosening soils before removing them. Dry soots may not yet be bonded with a surface, and providing light vacuuming over soiling can be extremely useful in tackling minor damages. Agitation is possible directly onto a dry surface or for use in combination with a cleaning solution. The goal is to move the surface as much as possible and with it any smoke residues. These loose residues are then far more likely to respond well to more direct washing or cleaning.

In some situations, a homeowner can achieve excellent results by using brushes, scourers, or dry sponges directly onto the affected area. Where there are significant amounts of soiling, SERVPRO can deploy mechanical agitation equipment. Rotating brushes can clear a heavily soiled surface much quicker than manual cleaning. Equally, air pressure hoses for indoor soils or water pressure for outdoor can be capable. Some charred elements of structure may benefit from sandblasting, which removes both soot and surface to provide a clean, smooth finish.

Dry cleaning can be the number one factor in restoring a home to its preloss condition and avoiding further damages. Contact SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 now.

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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)

sign for mold remediation project taped to a plastic containment barrier SERVPRO Contains and Isolates Mold and Spores during Remediation in Bristol Homes to Prevent Cross-Contamination--Why Not Get It Done Right?

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)

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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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