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Restoring Fire Damage with a Multi-tiered Approach in Bristol

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trailer in a warehouse SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration for your Bristol home. We are Here to Help.

SERVPRO Has Experienced Fire Cleanup Technicians Just a Phone Call Away

Fires can cause extensive property damage. Often, these situations occur due to malfunctioning electronics, naked sources of flame such as candles and stoves, or issues with an indoor furnace. At SERVPRO, we believe in responding quickly to property emergencies and guarantee to arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss.

When confronting fire damage in your Bristol home, it is vital to take a multilateral approach. Disasters like this can affect your home in many different ways causing physical damage in the form of charred or burnt materials, cosmetic issues in the form of smoke deposits on surfaces, and odor issues. We ensure our technicians have completed certification in various restoration areas to combat this. Our current areas of expertise include odor control technicians (OCT), water restoration technicians (WRT), and fire & smoke damage restoration technicians (FSRT). Since combusting materials can release toxins into the home environment, our roster also includes health & safety technicians (HST) and lead renovations (RRRP) specialists for older properties. 

Using a multilateral approach is often achieved through stages. First, experienced technicians assess the property and pre-test materials to make informed decisions about salvageable belongings. Next, our team disposes of debris, including the organization of dumpsters or transportation of these materials to a separate waste facility. Once the space is clear of both non-salvageable and salvageable materials, we can begin performing the restoration. Drying any residual moisture from firefighting efforts is essential to combating smells and mitigating against further losses that the interaction of soot with moisture could cause. Cleaning is often performed in two stages. The first stage involves dry cleaning using light vacuum wands and dry sponges, followed by more nuanced cleaning products, including water-based detergents or chemical solvents. We can determine which cleaning products to use based on the type of smoke residue, either wet or dry.

Packing Out Belongings VS. Keeping Possessions On-site

  • The pack-out procedure is usually reserved for severe disasters and involves documenting belongings before transporting them to a separate storage facility.
  • All belongings stored in our climate-controlled warehouses are vetted thoroughly for potential vermin or pests and allocated to a specific area where they remain throughout restoration.
  • Technicians may decide it is more efficient to clean and restore items on site by creating a designated clean room and bringing in portable cleaning equipment.

Cleaning and disposing of items subjected to smoke and soot is the most effective method of odor neutralization in most cases. But sometimes, odors can persist after these stages are complete. SERVPRO has various ways to tackle stubborn, persistent burnt odors in your home. Again, we rely on a multilateral approach that includes masking agents to spray directly onto surfaces, fumigation with ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, or concentrated odor counteractant pellets. Odor particles are volatile, making finding a singular source of odor challenging and time inefficient. By adopting a multi-tiered approach, we can be confident of resolving an odor issue quickly and ensuring that your home is rid of any unpleasant reminders of the recent event.

Helping to Rid Your Home of Smoke or Burnt Odors

  • Since odors are volatile opening windows and doors to allow air circulation can help to reduce their impact. Additionally, industrial venting fans can further encourage circulation.
  • Smoke odors generally disperse within two to four weeks without any equipment or chemical products making masking agents a useful tool in the interim.
  • Odor perception is enhanced when moisture is present. Dehumidification and drying can help reduce the impact of odors in your home. 

We can help you return your home to a preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Bristol for fire damage restoration at (860) 582-3330.

Helping Residents of Bristol Overcome Water Damage

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

water damage on a concrete floor You need IICRC-certified technicians for any level of water damage in your Bristol home. Call SERVPRO today for help.

SERVPRO Can Help with Water Removal Following Pipe Leaks or Bursts

Water intrusion events require immediate attention to avoid excessive property damages. Fixtures that directly connect to supply pipes, such as washing machines, showers, and faucets, can result in large quantities of liquid entering the home if they malfunction. SERVPRO is here to help reverse the damages caused by leaks, pipe bursts, and faulty appliances.

The severity of water damage in your Bristol home is determined by the quantity of liquid entering the property and the length of time it remains wet. Moisture contains microbes that can proliferate in your home's warm, humid conditions. The proliferation of microbes leads to stagnation and forces restoration to encompass decontamination, which can be damaging to your home. Porous materials, for example, are particularly susceptible to moisture contaminants and may require demolition with prolonged exposure to stagnant water. Burst pipes can damage your home through the sheer quantity of liquid they release. A broken pipe can release thousands of gallons of water in twenty-four hours. SERVPRO is a licensed service that has the experience to help with contamination issues, flooding from burst pipes, or smaller contained damages relating to liquid moisture.

Entering a flooded part of a property can be dangerous and requires attention to detail and experience. Our technicians wear thick, chemical-resistant gloves, full-body suits, and n-94 masks as part of our personal protective equipment. Steel-capped boots help protect technicians from debris, broken floorboards, exposed nails, and broken glass. Careful attention to slip and trip or electrical hazards from exposed wiring is equally essential. When working in a wet property, our equipment is run through ground circuit fault interrupters to prevent short-circuiting or other malfunctions during the extraction phase. To tackle potential contamination issues, we cut away sections of drywall from the lower portions of the wall and replace them with clean drywall once the area is appropriately disinfected and sanitized to a safe level.

Home Maintenance and Preventing Water Intrusion

  • Checking that pipes are correctly insulating ahead of the winter months can reduce their propensity to split or crack.
  • Clearing gutters from leaves or debris ensure that blockages do not backup causing harm to your home.
  • Maintenance of appliances and hardware such as sump pumps can help to reduce the likelihood of malfunction.

The most effective mitigation tool in a restoration technician's arsenal is a practical understanding of the science of psychrometry. Psychrometry relates to how moisture, air, and materials act together. In a home environment, the practice of psychrometry could be through dehumidification, air movement, or heating. All of these practical techniques help to encourage fast drying through evaporation. However, drying the property as efficiently as possible is a balancing act. Warm air, for example, can hold more moisture than cool air. But once the air is saturated with moisture, the speed of evaporation is significantly reduced. This process is why dehumidifiers are often essential equipment alongside air movers or heating elements when attempting to dry a property. 

The Mitigative Benefits of Correctly Drying a Property

  • Thorough drying of a property can help to reduce secondary damages, including the growth of bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
  • Ensuring that humidity levels remain below 60 grains per pound reduces the chance of vapor damage that condensates inside walls or ceiling cavities.
  • Many materials in a home environment are significantly weaker and more prone to breakage when wet.

If your home suffers from a burst pipe or malfunctioning appliance, contact SERVPRO of Bristol for water damage restoration at (860) 582-3330.

The Right Response to Mold Damage for Bristol Residents

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO car in front of a home You know who to call if you find mold in your Bristol home. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for mold damage remediation help.

SERVPRO in Bristol Has Expert Mold Remediation Technicians

Microorganisms are a natural part of any indoor environment. However, like fungi, some microbes can proliferate rapidly in parts of the home and become a nuisance. Molds are fungi that produce unpleasant odors, damage decor, and spread quickly from one area to another. If you suspect fungal growth on your property, it is wise to contact microbial remediation professionals as soon as possible.

Remediating mold damage in your Bristol home can be time-consuming and ineffective without the proper training and equipment. Identifying the root cause of a microbial growth issue can be challenging, but ensuring your home makes a full recovery is essential. If you cannot identify the source of the issue, there is a strong chance that the problem returns a few days after cleaning. Microbes have a short life cycle which can see a single spore grow to a full-size colony within 48 to 72 hours. Full-size colonies can produce between 200 and 500 reproductive spores meaning that a minor microbial problem can lead to exponential damage over just a few weeks. Spores can become airborne or travel on clothing, footwear, and belongings. Practicing diligence by avoiding moldy areas of the home or reducing potential airflow can help slow the spread of an infestation. 

One of the core principles that we work toward for remediation technicians is containment. Containment prevents spores from spreading via airways or clothing from one home area to another. Since many of the strategies used to eliminate infestations involve demolishing materials or utilizing abrasive cleaning methods, there is a strong chance of spores becoming airborne during the remediation process. We use common-sense practices, such as changing out of personal protective equipment (PPE) when moving between affected and unaffected areas of the home. Other methods involve more advanced strategies such as placing negative air pressure machines in close vicinity when demolishing drywall. Negative air pressure machines use a vacuum to pull surrounding air into a storage space. These machines are handy at removing airborne spores from the air into a controlled area where they can be disposed of responsibly. 

How to Prevent the Spread of Mold in Your Home

  • Try to reduce foot traffic into rooms with musty odors or visible signs of microbial growth, and always wash hands or parts of you that come into contact with the infestation.
  • Reducing ventilation in areas with infestation by closing doors and windows to block airflow.
  • Avoid disturbing colonies without first placing vital containment protocols that reduce spreading.

Chemical action is becoming an increasingly helpful tool for remediation professionals fighting against microbial growth. There are several categories of chemical agents that, in theory, can reduce growth or destroy microorganisms themselves. Biocides are poisonous substances that, with controlled usage, can eliminate microbes. Common biocides include the herbicides or pesticides used in agricultural maintenance. Anti-microbial agents are also designed to kill microorganisms. The household product bleach is considered an anti-microbial agent. Using chemical agents should be completed sparingly if possible. For example, technicians may take extra care when selecting a chemical action if pets are on the property. Equally, some chemical agents are less effective on wet materials, which should also be considered when attempting to eliminate mold.

Alternatives to Chemical Remediation

  • Dehumidification can be a valuable tool in remediation.
  • SERVPRO utilizes refrigerant (cooling) and desiccant (gel) technologies in dehumidification.
  • Controlled demolition and disposal of infested materials.

If microbial infestation affects your home, contact SERVPRO of Bristol for mold damage remediation at (860) 582-3330.

Count on SERVPRO for Commercial Water Removal in Your Bristol Hotel

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Drying Floor For fast and efficient service call SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330.

Commercial Water Removal in Bristol Demands Expertise

If your hotel experiences water damage, you must take care of the situation quickly to get back in business. Every booking you cancel impacts your revenue. Hotel water intrusion incidents can soon escalate to significant expenses for the company.

Humidity and moisture promote wood rot, structural damage, mold, and peeling paint. So, call a restoration firm that offers effective and fast commercial water removal in Bristol hotels. Effective water removal can prevent damage to electronics, furniture, and the possessions of hotel guests. SERVPRO has expertise in supporting the commercial sector’s unique water removal needs. 

We know the importance of ensuring that your business is structurally sound and operational. Some tailor-fit commercial water cleanup services we offer include: 

  • Assessment 
  • Water extraction
  • Dry out 
  • Dehumidification
  • Mold remediation
  • Building repair 

Assessment 

Our SERVPRO crew can examine the affected areas to determine the severity of water damage. We can also use equipment like borescopes and inspection cameras to look into cavities to determine the presence of visible contamination and examine the construction method. It can be expensive to repair holes like telecommunication chases if they are dismantled for inspection. 

Water extraction

We can use extraction tools to remove water from carpets, furnishings, and upholstery before beginning the cleanup process of these items. We can also deep clean other materials and surfaces like laminate and wood floors to restore them to their original condition. 

Dry Out 

Our SERVPRO team can work quickly to dry out the affected spaces using air movers to prevent further destruction. Air movers help improve evaporation at the surface level. 

Dehumidification

We can place dehumidifiers in the affected areas to help draw moisture from floors and walls. 

Mold Remediation

It is common to experience mold infestation following a water intrusion incident. SERVPRO can use effective techniques to eliminate mold. 

Building Repair 

To complete the restoration process, we can repair or rebuild affected floors, ceilings, or walls to restore your hotel to a preloss state. 

As a hotel owner or manager, you can trust SERVPRO of Bristol to provide adequate water removal services. Contact us at (860) 582-3330 for expert water remediation and customer service. 

Burlington Homeowners Often Call SERVPRO for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

After Fire On Stove 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 determine 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 eliminate any offensive odors. We have various 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) 582-3330 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 "Like it never even happened."

A Brief Explanation Of Our Water Damage Process In Your Burlington Home

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Living Room Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Bristol to safely and completely remove water threatening the integrity of your home.

Anatomy Of A Residential Burlington Water Removal Project

Suppose you can get through most of Burlington homeownership without a significant water loss. In that case, the mechanics of professional water evacuation and structural drying can seem overwhelming. Understanding the whys and hows of water mitigation and remediation helps push past the stress and confusion that accompanies the aftermath of broken plumbing, malfunctioning appliances, and storm flooding. Here is a brief explanation of the tasks, tools, and methods used to rid your residence of water.

The first thing our team does when responding to a Burlington water removal job is complete a thorough assessment. No two water emergencies are the same, so it is crucial to ascertain each scenario's aspects. Then, we develop a plan for both removing the water and drying out the structure. These phases are both essential and interrelated.

Every water mitigation and remediation project has its goal of returning the structure and fixtures to average moisture levels. The more liquid water removed at the beginning of the job, the faster and more efficient professional drying efforts can be. SERVPRO invests in commercial grade pumps and wanded extractors to accomplish rapid and extensive water removal. Water depths two inches or more respond well to pumping, and the extractors suction the remaining visible water.

If carpeting covers any wet floors, SERVPRO Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians first mitigate water migration with wanded extractors, then change to weighted tools to start the in-place remediation. Many passes, carefully executed to avoid stretching, tearing, and delamination, eventually pull out as much fluid as possible.

Baseline moisture measurements taken with pin and pinless meters provide data throughout the project, keeping technicians informed and on track. SERVPRO also uses thermal imaging technology to locate any hidden caches of water that are collected in cavities between walls, beneath floors, or above ceilings. Weep holes or other controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts give us access to the water and enhance drying efforts when they begin.

Structural drying involves air movers, heaters, and evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers. Our technicians plan a drying perimeter, adjustable as water moves from building materials into the air as a vapor for capture and disposal.

Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Bristol to safely and completely remove water threatening the integrity of your home. Call day or night to schedule a consultation at (860) 582-3330. 

How to Remove Fire Odors From Your Plainville Home

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage on wall Soot and ash deposits also leave an odor that penetrates surfaces. SERVPRO of Bristol has the technology to remove the smoky odor.

Why Odor Removal is a Big Part of Our Professional Fire Damage Restorations in Plainville

There are many aspects of fire damage mitigation and restoration work that require specialized training and equipment to handle, but one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of our work is odor removal. Our treatments include intense odor removal work to leave your home looking and smelling "Like it never even happened." Removing the smells of smoke and fire from your home requires the use of highly specialized fogging machines and specially-designed odor-neutralizing chemicals that our technicians train for weeks to use correctly. Conventional household air fresheners and odor masking agents fail to cover the smells of smoke - but why?

Part of the problem lies in just how much smoke, and ash fire damage in Plainville creates. The small cans of air fresheners and odor-eliminating chemicals you can purchase off store shelves would have to be spread impossibly thin to cover all of the odor-causing particles present in a fire-damaged home. SERVPRO technicians use thermal fogging machines that create a thick cloud of odor neutralizing agents to ensure that no part of your home retains any foul odors. These machines can even reach into cracks, pores, and other microscopic refuges for odors in your home.

However, even if we stocked our fogging machines with as many store-brand cleaning agents as possible, we would not be able to provide very effective odor elimination services. SERVPRO stocks only the most efficient odor reduction agents on the market, some of them designed and used exclusively for our technicians. We even change up the exact mixtures we use depending on the volume and chemical properties of smoke and ash in your home to ensure that we apply the right treatments every time.

SERVPRO of Bristol provides thorough and experienced fire damage mitigation and restoration services for homes in the area. Call us 24/7 after a fire at (860) 582-3330.

SERVPRO Provides a Comprehensive Flood Damage Restoration for Our Bristol Neighbors

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling Damage SERVPRO Can Salvage Your Bristol Home from a Storm Damaged Roof

Bristol Homes Suffer Flooding from Stormy Weather

Severe weather systems are anything but an uncommon occurrence facing Bristol homes and businesses. Yet, these same situations continue to damage properties throughout the region with every passing high-powered storm. Strong winds can pose threats by picking up objects and hurling them around, which can break windows, damage siding, or puncture already vulnerable roofs. These instances could be flooding if this wind has gotten accompanied by torrential rainfall.

While you cannot predict when a strong wind can damage portions of your Bristol home, the resulting flood damage that could result can get reduced with fast response by trained professionals. Our SERVPRO team prides itself on being available to our customers 24/7, ensuring that no matter what time disaster strikes, we can arrive with the equipment and expertise to help immediately.

As a team that offers both quality restoration services and reconstruction through licensed contractors on our crew, we can provide comprehensive service to our customers in their time of need. This ability to keep our team constantly moving toward the finished product can get the job done more quickly and with fewer out-of-pocket expenses. We can transition quickly between mitigation, reconstruction, and restoration, preventing delays that you might otherwise endure to locate reputable contractors on your own.

Our SERVPRO licensed contractors on the team arrive with the rapid responders to offer services like emergency board-ups and tarping. Minor repairs for other pressing concerns before the situation worsens by allowing more water to flow through unabated. We can do complete reconstruction projects to repair roofs, structural elements, plumbing, windows, and siding. We can also offer tree removal for felled trees or branches that affect your property after the storm has passed.

Storms can damage your home in many different ways, most of which are beyond your capabilities to repair or restore on your own. You can always call our SERVPRO of Bristol rapid response team for the full measure of our expertise and equipment at (860) 582-3330.

Order of Water Damage Repairs for Bristol Homes

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Pipe leak Call your local professionals at SERVPRO of Bristol to ensure your home is dry and sanitary.

SERVPRO Performs Several Water Damage Repairs 

Understanding the expected course of repairs and reconstruction after water damage can allow homeowners to be more confident in their work. As overwhelming as structural damage can be, we have licensed professionals capable of working quickly to help.

Controlled Demolition and Discarding Material

Water damage repair for Bristol homes must first start with controlled demolition. Heavily saturated materials must often be demolished and discarded to access damaged plumbing or structural cavities. Commonly impacted materials include:

  • Drywall
  • Flooring
  • Carpeting
  • Subflooring
  • Insulation

Plumbing and Fixture Repairs

As commonly as water pipes can cause the damage that affects your home, these are a focal point of repairs necessary. Homeowners need water service to their property, and this is compromised if a pipe is broken or leaking. We can replace portions of the plumbing, connections, fittings, gaskets, and fixtures to stop the unfavorable conditions.

Wall System Reconstruction

With the plumbing repaired, we can work on rebuilding the removed wall system allowing access to the pipes and fixtures. Insulation can be reinstalled, and any supporting material like wood framing gets replaced where necessary. In most cases, the outside of wall systems is covered with drywall, finishing the rudimentary build back of this full assembly.

Refinishing Surfaces 

As important as the repairs are to the house after water and flood damage, we must also take several necessary steps to finish the newly installed surfaces. For example, contractors must finish the drywall by sealing its seams and over screws for a smooth finish ready for primer and painting. This is how our SERVPRO team makes water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Water exposure usually requires some degree of repair and reconstruction after substantial disasters. Our SERVPRO of Bristol team can help with licensed contractors to quickly repair the home and get you back to normal life. Call now at (860) 582-3330.

After A Fire In Your Burlington Home, Our Professionals Can Save Your Damaged Possessions!

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Salvaging Contents By Enlisting Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services In Burlington

Households are full of memories and valuables that have been built up over several years or decades. It is why a house fire can be so emotionally taxing for a homeowner who risks losing not only money but sentimental items. Our fire restoration technicians work with a restore over replace mentality that saves expense and possessions that may be irreplaceable. Our professionals communicate with you every step of the way. They can even help you with insurance paperwork by creating an inventory of items and conditions in the home.

A homeowner with fire damage in Burlington may be tempted to restore items themselves using household cleaning products. Unfortunately, on some smoke residues, household products spread staining around or push soots deeper into the material. SERVPRO uses a sublimation method that involves dissolving the soots in a solvent before wiping away both solvent and residue. We pre-test materials to determine whether soiling is oil or water-based and match our chemical agents to suit each type and ensure the best results.

The vast majority of smoke residues left behind by fire are present on walls and ceilings. During cleaning, paintwork may be worn away, especially if the smoke residues require chemical agents to remove. Removing soiling is essential to remove the odor. Still, once the property is clean and dry, a SERVPRO technician can repaint or refinish surfaces to get your home back to its pre-incident condition.

In slow-burning fires, usually the result of a synthetic material combusting, hot smoke can pressure surfaces for an extended period resulting in the wearing away of varnish or other wood finishes. SERVPRO can deploy sand or soda blasting techniques to remove thick soots before refinishing the wood later. At the end of service, our inventory of goods and services can be passed over to your insurance adjuster, reducing paperwork and letting you get back to your everyday life “Like it never even happened.”

A homeowner dealing with soots or smoke residues should prioritize professional restoration services to gain the best chance of restoring contents and structure to a pre-damaged condition. Contact SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 now.