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How Can I Repair a Sagging Ceiling in my Bristol Home?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in basement Protect your home from long-term damage.

SERVPRO is an Expert in Water Damage Restoration for Ceilings, Walls, Structure, and Contents in your Bristol Home

What causes ceilings to sag?

Water leaks that run between floors can often have a lasting effect on your Bristol home structure. Commonly, sagging ceilings occur beneath wet-rooms due to a water leak or insufficient sealant leading to moisture buildup inside the floor and ceiling cavity. Moisture in this region of the home can lead to noticeable yellowing of paintwork, cracking, and sagging, which can occur when boards become warped by absorbing moisture. It is not uncommon for homeowners to discover significant microbial growth issues, which may require specialist remediation in-between floor spaces. SERVPRO technicians are capable of independently assessing and restoring ceilings with water damage expertly. If you notice any symptoms, there could be a leak, and you should contact us right away.

How do you dry a ceiling or floor cavity?

When performing water damage restoration in your Bristol home, technicians may need to access a particular cavity or area of the subfloor. Usually, our team temporarily remove carpets, tiles, or floorboards to gain access to the subfloor. In situations where there is a long-term water issue, these methods are necessary to ensure that we can adequately clean and disinfect the area. We can also use air-moving equipment to circulate warm, dry air into the cavities and reduce the chances of microbial buildup. SERVPRO technicians can reinstall or replace any materials that we remove to access subfloors and leave your home in a clean, preloss condition.

What are the steps to fixing a sagging ceiling?

    •    Inspect the area using moisture sensors on both floor and ceiling
    •    Remove carpets, floorboards or tiling to gain access to the subfloor
    •    Thoroughly clean and dry the cavity using drying equipment.

Protect your home from long-term damage. Contact SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330.

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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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)

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Advantages of Soda Blasting Mold During Bristol Remediation

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

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

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

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

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

We Are The Right Choice For Your Bristol Water Damage Restoration

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

Rapid Professional Water Removal in Bristol Minimizes Mold Damage Risk

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

Efficient Extraction

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

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

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

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

Mapping Moisture Migration

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

Structural Drying Minimizes Mold Risk

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

Mold Remediation Services

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

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

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SERVPRO Takes On Commercial Water Removal in a Bristol Laundromat

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Expert Commercial Water Removal for Bristol Business’

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

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

Laundromat Insurance Tips

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

How SERVPRO Helps Businesses

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

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

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

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Flood Damage Incidents In Your Burlington Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

Mitigating Damage with Commercial Water Cleanup in Burlington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flooding In Burlington Home

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

Crawlspace Encapsulation for Repeat Flooding in Burlington Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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How SERVPRO Removes Water in Burlington

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Removal from Your Burlington Home 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ultimate Solution When Dealing With a Fire Damage Situation in Burlington

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

How SERVPRO Stops Burlington Homes From Smelling Like Fire Damage

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

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

Water Extraction Reduces Odors

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

Drying and Ventilation

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

Direct Smoke Odor Treatment Methods

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

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

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We Can Save Your Bristol Bistro With Fast Floodwater Removal

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

A Bristol Bistro Benefits from Fast Floodwater Removal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Fallen Trees Can Damage a Granby Home’s Roof

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Tree Removal

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

Roof Tarping

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

Mitigation

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

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

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

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Leaking Sprinkler Systems In Bristol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Burlington Homeowners Often Call SERVPRO for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Call SERVPRO, The Solutions Provider for Storm, Fire & Smoke, Water Damage or Mold Remediation When Your Bristol Home Needs Help

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Can Bristol Residents Get Their Homes Back to Pre-loss Condition Using SERVPRO Restoration Services?

Property disasters can strike at any time, causing unexpected damages to your property and contents. Most homeowners do not have the equipment or the qualifications to rectify these conditions themselves, which is why our locally owned and operated restoration services are available to both private residences and commercial businesses here in Bristol. It all starts with a phone-call to our twenty four hour emergency line. From there, our customer service team can arrange a call out with a certified local technician to assess the damage, reduce losses, and restore contents or structure.

Storm
Violent storms can cause havoc to properties in Bristol through unexpected flash flooding and contaminated water issues. Floodwaters are treated as infectious waste incidents since water can travel several miles before entering the property and absorb all kinds of pesticides, pathogens, and raw sewage along the journey. We provide a proven procedure for homeowners with storm damage here in Bristol as well as an established gameplan for the safe removal and restoration of contaminated water.

Infectious wastes encompass all kinds of harmful pathogens and bacteria. In water, these bacteria can become absorbed by porous materials creating a lasting health issue in your home. Since pathogens are hazardous to human health, SERVPRO restoration services can carry out the removal and disposal of infected structure or contents. Our technicians are equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) that allows them to safely enter an infectious waste site and carry out mitigation services.

Containment is an essential part of dealing with BioHazardous waste. It is not uncommon for inhabitants of the property to be relocated while work is carried out. We establish clean rooms and remove salvageable items to a safe location, allowing us to focus on remediating the structure. Using powerful disinfectants and other cleaning agents, our team can return the structure to a safe inhabitable space. Porous materials usually are demolished, allowing us to replace drywall, carpeting or fittings and guarantee your Bristol home is restored to a sanitary condition.

Water
Water incidents do not have to be extensive to cause water damage in your Bristol home. Often these issues reside in wall cavities or other areas of restricted access that can make thorough drying tough. SERVPRO technicians can use two unique systems to get your home back to its natural dry level. The first system is an open-system drying method, whereas the second procedure is known as a closed system drying method. Depending on the architecture, climate and damages are technicians can choose to use one or the other.

Open system drying involves using outdoor air to dry an affected area. During warmer periods of the year, an open-system method can be time-efficient and effective. The core principle of open-system drying is to promote evaporation using drying equipment like box fans, rapid air-movers, and temperature, then exchanging the evaporated moisture in the air with drier air from outside. Typically, the exchange is done by opening windows and encouraging fluid air movement using centrifugal motion.

Closed system drying involves creating a concentrated drying area and using dehumidification equipment to create an air exchange. This method can be productive during colder periods of the year, or when there is restricted access to the affected area. The principles are generally the same, although closed system drying allows for more temperature control. At higher temperatures, the air holds more moisture, which can speed up the drying process. Desiccant dehumidifiers are then placed in the work area to remove that moisture from the air and avoid humidity related issues like mold growth.

Mold
Microbes are bacterias, fungi, and viruses that are so small they are invisible to the naked eye. A microbial growth incident may involve microscopic mold spores that germinate in moist, humid conditions creating large, visible colonies. Mold Damage in your Bristol home does not necessarily make your home unsafe; in fact, there are beneficial properties to mold such as the antibiotic penicillin. However, they can create unpleasant odors, soiling as well as a negative impact on your indoor air quality.

SERVPRO operate advanced assessment and remediation services for mold incidents using technicians local to the Bristol area. Our team can remove microscopic spores from your home using air scrubbers with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters to remove potential contamination issues. We place these air scrubbers in the property during service to ensure that mold issues do not recur after service has finished.

For every homeowner, the concern with finding mold colonies in the property is the tendency for recurring problems. SERVPRO can find the source of the issue- usually a slow leak or moisture pocket- and either shut off or efficiently dry the affected area. The drying procedure is a vital step in preventing the recurrence of mold growth, but we always treat each home with Biocides and anti-microbial chemicals to make it difficult for mold to return. Where mold has affected walls or ceilings, we can repaint them using an anti-microbial paint for the base-layer which provides a further guard against persistent problems in your Bristol property.

Fire
Particulate odors are unpleasant and can be absorbed into furnishings or reside in cavities after fire damage in your Bristol home. These odors can range from mild aromas to pungent smells depending on the types of material that combust. Generally speaking, synthetic materials or animal fats give off stronger, lasting odors that need to be treated using powerful deodorizing chemicals. SERVPRO offers odor control as part of our fire restoration services to remove or neutralize, malodor.

Many challenges are facing a SERVPRO odor control technician (OCT) in a fire-damaged property. Not only are smoke-related malodors difficult to find, other factors, such as water used in firefighting procedure, can loosen or release odors from furnishings and other porous materials. High humidity levels also cause odor to become more apparent. The principle of removing odors involves recreating the method of dispersal that spread the odor initially. We can do that using two distinct methods.

Malodors are often carried through smokes which contain all kinds of chemicals including monoxide and other possible carcinogens.  SERVPRO uses thermal ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to disperse a chemical pairing agent into the affected area or throughout the home. These pairing agents bond with odor-causing particles causing them to drop to the floor where they can be cleaned away. The second method is using spray-on odor masking agents. These liquid deodorants are suitable for use on furnishings or fabrics that may have absorbed odor particles through the water. Frequently, drying the structure can help to reduce the impact of odors in your home and remove an unpleasant reminder of the fire incident.

SERVPRO of Bristol offers advanced restoration services to residents of Bristol suffering from fire, water, mold or storm property damages. Contact us today at (860) 582-3330.

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Stain And Discoloration Management Is Crucial After A Water Damage Incident In Your Burlington Home

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Stain And Discoloration Management Is Part Of Water Damage Restoration In Burlington

Dusting the furniture in your Burlington home after a party involves clearing away drinks and other items. When a watermark on a wooden table shows up, treating the wood right away keeps the damage from becoming permanent. This is true of many kinds of damage and why we strive to mitigate a house and its contents as rapidly as possible.

Homeowners in Burlington notice signs of water damage in many forms. Discoloration and staining make things look dirty, no matter how much you clean. We use different cleansers and other products to undo the damage caused by water from broken pipes, overflowed sinks and tubs, and other sources of water. Our building services department can handle plumbing issues, making our work more cost-effective for you.

Besides showing up as stains, water damage can materialize in other ways. Windowsills and door frames can deteriorate or warp, decreasing security and strength. Many stains can hide or mimic the look of microbial infestations on walls and ceilings. Cabinet doors and other varnished wood can peel and flake, leaving them bare and unprotected.
SERVPRO’s water damage technicians (WRT) use unique formulations that eliminate stains and other signs of the presence of water. After excessive moisture in the area decreases to non-damaging amounts, we can start working on restoring finishes on wood and removing stains from other surfaces.

Our building and reconstructive services can plane down warped window frames and doorways, so they open and close correctly. New locking mechanisms to replace previous ones can restore security. Sealing with a stain blocker and then repainting often suffices. However, severe deterioration might require the installation of new frames.

We might use a stain blocker on walls and ceilings. Slow leaks in overhead locations can cause discoloration. Because of the unevenness, this staining might look like mold or mildew. Instead, the color comes from the bleeding-through of minute particles in the drywall itself. Once dry, we can paint over the stain blocker and have your home looking beautiful again.

Where the finish on cabinets and doors show peeled away areas, the wood can become overly dry, and the pores can enlarge, allowing dirt to enter. Abrasive soils can wear down wood from the inside, as well as create significant discoloration. We use a creme paste to remove the topmost layer of varnish gently, so a new coating of varnish or other sealer applies evenly.

SERVPRO of Bristol’s specialists can be found working on homes and businesses in Plainville, New Hartford, and around Pleasant Valley. When stains and discolorations are making your home uncomfortable, call us at (860) 582-3330. We can help mitigate and restore your home, so water damage disappears, “Like it never even happened.”

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Take the Stress Out Of Water Damage Remediation in Plainville With SERVPRO

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

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Plainville Plumbing Has Failed Me!

Imagine that the plumbing in your old Plainville home suddenly decides to quit on you by cracking and allowing water to seep into your carpet, your beautiful hardwood floors and your furniture.  Every step you take, you feel the squish of your shoes as you notice the water impregnating your walls as well. Your well-meaning friends may come over with a rented wet/dry vacuum and reassurances that they will get everything back to normal.  However, eliminating water from your home can be more complicated than you realize.

A professional service such as SERVPRO is the answer to your water damage needs, even if you think your job is not big enough to warrant a team of experts.  Without expert advice, you run the risk of leaving water remains within wall cavities or under flooring materials which can cause problems in the future.  Excess humidity is prime real estate for mold and bacteria, and they thrive in this environment. By using the tools and techniques available to our team, you can prevent complications.  

Even though our SERVPRO crew is the one holding infrared moisture sensors, wand extractors and drying mats, homeowners also play an essential role in the water removal process.  For starters, identifying and repairing broken plumbing is essential. Until the leak is under control, you cannot achieve a successful job. Second, you should protect your dry belongings by moving them away from the soaked through rooms.  Along the same line, you should encourage air circulation by opening windows and plugging in any fans or dehumidifiers at your disposal.  Even the rented wet/dry vacuum is a good idea; it is just not thorough enough to protect you from other threats.

SERVPRO of Bristol is at your service regardless of the size of your disaster.  Our staff is available 24/7 by calling (860) 582-3330, and we have the formal instruction and field experience to back up our water restoration efforts.  Like you, we aim to restore your home with as little disruption as possible, so pick up the phone and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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How Professionals Dry Water Damaged Factories in Burlington

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can shudder a factory. SERVPRO has the experience and training to get your factory back into the production process.

Standard Equipment Used for Commercial Water Removal and Drying Out of Burlington Factories

An incident involving a deluge of water from a broken pipe or clogged sink can leave your factory in Burlington soaked. Increased water vapor can dampen materials and equipment that avoided the initial onslaught. Because of this possibility, we use sophisticated equipment to locate elevated amounts of moisture.

The different types of equipment we use when mitigating factories and other businesses in Burlington make our commercial water removal methods more efficient.  This equipment helps save our customers money and reduces downtime significantly. When we work non-stop at mitigating a disaster's scope, we also decrease the damages experienced.

Helping our customers stabilize their business helps increase the likelihood of a full recovery. Such catastrophes can cause the closure of different stages along a factory's production line, increase the possibilities of slip and fall accidents, and change the interior environment into one more conducive to developing microbial decay and odors.

We use extraction units to pull water up out of carpet and padding, preventing it from spreading out to any additional areas. Powered by the strength of our pump trucks, these crucial pieces of equipment, either in the form of mats or portable units we maneuver by hand, extract low-level standing water. Deeper levels of water, often seen in flooding, deserve our submersible units. Regardless of the depth of water on your factory's floors, we have an answer to the situation.

Because of the vertical nature of walls, we must use equipment that uses a different mechanism to draw out any absorbed water. Air currents pull moisture from the surfaces of walls and ceilings (except where trapped water exists) through normal evaporation. Increasing the rate of evaporation with the use of air movers or box fans angled at the walls forces water located deeper in the materials to come to the surface steadily. Once there, it also ends up in the air as water vapor.

Another one of the equipment pieces that we heavily rely on is the desiccant machines. These strip air passing through them of the water vapor and expels it as dry air. In a standard setup, we direct air currents, so they push dry air across wet surfaces and then push that now-wet air toward a dehumidifier. When possible, we also utilize open windows to decrease the need for dehumidification.

To remove water when walls and ceilings trap it inside building cavities, we drain a series of tiny holes in as inconspicuous an area as possible. When the water drains off, we can hook up machinery that pumps dry air into the enclosed space. Drying such locations prevents mold without needing to dismantle any materials, which can involve repainting surfaces.

SERVPRO of Bristol wants to help make your factory operational again after a disaster. Water removal techniques come into play in much of our restoration work. Call us at (860) 582-3330 when your business needs experts who understand the implications affecting your company. We serve Plainville, New Hartford, and Pleasant Valley, day and night, year-round.

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Our Storm Damage Professionals Will Work To Restore Your Burlington Home 

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage needs a quick and efficient response. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Flood Loss Prevention for Burlington Homes

Flooding can be a devastating and destructive situation for multiple Burlington homes simultaneously, which makes it all the more tempting to remedy these conditions on your own and avoid having to reach out to professional restoration technicians. Unfortunately, many residents and property owners lack any experience or safety training to prevent injury or exposure to potentially contaminated standing water. Flood loss prevention solutions, however, can help you to reduce out-of-pocket expenses and irreparable damage at the earliest onset of flooding.

Understanding your role in limiting Burlington home flood damage starts with appreciating when a situation has gotten out of your control. While you have initial tasks that can limit loss, the full recovery of your property is often a very intricate and involved process. Our SERVPRO professionals have years of experience and accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to be among the most reputable and knowledgeable for all area customers in their times of crisis.

Multiple initial steps can get taken that can reduce the devastation from invading water and its pooling effect in some regions of the house. By working through some or all of these suggestions, you can help professionals like our SERVPRO team to work even more efficiently in restoring your damaged property fully.

  • If you have preventative products like sandbags or barriers that you can still safely install and use, it can reduce the volume of floodwater that penetrates the property.
  • Remove all items from rooms that are most likely to suffer flood effects. Even those out of direct exposure can still become damaged by an increase in humidity and moisture content levels.
  • Close vents and registers where possible and shut off your air conditioning or heating so that it does not circulate potential contaminants, mold spores, or other particulates.

While it is challenging for homeowners to address the full measure of flood damage to their properties on their own, you can count on the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of Bristol team. We have the skills and resources to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (860) 582-3330.

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

7/29/2019 (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 as well as possessions that may be irreplaceable. Our professionals communicate with you every step of the way and 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 simply 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 find out 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 removing the odor but, 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 smokes 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 at a later date. 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.”

For 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 preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 now.

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Now Hiring Veterans at SERVPRO of Bristol

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Now Hiring!

SERVPRO of Bristol is hiring for production positions at our Franchise to military veterans. We understand that you possess teamwork experience, values, commitment, and leadership that can provide both meaningful employment for you with future potential while enhancing our brand. We urge you to read the following brief job specification, benefits, and advancement opportunities.

The leading provider of Fire and Water Damage Restoration Services, SERVPRO of Bristol, has an immediate opportunity for a production technician. We are seeking a hands-on, self-motivated individual who is comfortable working in challenging circumstances, engaging with new people, with excellent communication abilities, and who is a serious multi-tasker. Are you ready?

Our Benefits Package can include and not limited to the following:
-Competitive compensation
-Overtime after 40 hours/week
-Bonus pay for on-call response
-Unlimited resources for training
-Earned well days
-Health insurance availability
Paid Field Certifications and Education


A Qualified Applicant Requirements:
-Driver' license and clean driving record
-Willingness to undergo random drug screening and a background check
- Interior demolition experience, the ability for heavy lifting, in good physical health
-Excellent communication skills with customers and crew members

We are a family-owned and operated business for over 42-years and seek veterans to join our team. We specialize in disaster recovery, which requires adhering to techniques, instructions, and protocols. We expect that you are reliable and on-time and can work a rotating, on-call emergency response schedule. With your best attitude, we pledge to provide all the tools and training needed for your success.


This Water Damage Restoration Technician position is full-time, and the salary offered is from $12.00 to $20.00 / hour.

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

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

If you manage to get through most of Burlington homeownership without a significant water loss, 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 to complete a thorough assessment. No two water emergencies are the same, so it is crucial to ascertain all the aspects of each scenario. 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 as its goal returning the structure and fixtures to normal 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 then 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 the migration of water with wanded extractors, then changing 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 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 enhances 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.

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Why Professional Water Damage Restoration Services are Necessary in Plainville

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bristol is equipped and ready to handle all of your water damage restoration needs.

Training Makes a Difference for Water-Damaged Plainville Homes 

Why Plainville homeowners should entrust their properties to the skilled approaches of professional restorers after water loss incidents is a question with multiple answers. In many cases, DIY enthusiasts with both skill and resources can do much of the same things that even technicians certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can do. It is the extensive training and continued education into modern practices, new approaches, and the latest equipment and products that set our crew apart from even skilled homeowners. 

Understanding how our SERVPRO professionals can help the water damage in Plainville homes begins with an appreciation for the accreditation required to become a field technician in our organization. Our staff must undergo extensive coursework and training to obtain endorsements as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and in Applied Structural Drying (ASD), which is the foundation of our water recovery division. Also, many of these same qualified technicians have additional training in niches like Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) to address secondary effects that could develop in a home like mold growth. 

While it might be hard to beat a homeowner to damage on their property, what we can offer is a thorough experience with the cutting-edge tools, products, and equipment our specialists use to restore water loss incidents. We have made substantial investments into bulking our equipment inventory up with the most modern and useful tools in the restoration industry to ensure that projects are as efficient as possible. 

Our training and experience with years of water recovery efforts help us to better address the specific concerns of your home after a disaster. While every situation is different, our SERVPRO team can approach loss incidents with confidence and precision.

From our powerful extraction and drying tools to our roster of cleaning technicians to help make loss incidents “Like it never even happened,” our SERVPRO of Bristol team can help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (860) 582-3330.

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Fast Action Is Crucial After A Flood In Your Bristol Property

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Sites Recover Faster When SERVPRO Mitigates The Flood Damage Affecting Bristol Area Retailers

Water of any type can damage retail stores in Bristol. Flooding brings about other risks that keep shops closed longer than the water from a broken pipe. Bacteria and other pathogens get lodged into cracks and crevices in floorboards, as do the sediment washed into buildings. A multitude of issues happens across the entire building and addressing each in its entirety is the only way to reopen a closed store.

Retailers and shop owners in Bristol affected by commercial flood damage have different ways of reacting to such disasters. They can minimize the costs associated with recovery efforts by using a service that does both mitigation and restoration. Another way is to already have a plan to respond to both isolated disasters and those that happen to our community. SERVPRO takes our community's business health seriously.

We help with prevention efforts that protect a business from the costly harm that flooding causes retail stores by offering our Emergency READY Profile. The READY Profile puts all of the crucial information in one place where it is always available to both managers and our office. It takes only a few moments to access, showing our crews the location of power boxes and other important information specific to your building. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster when responding to a crisis, but having such information means we can begin mitigation faster than we could otherwise.

Another way SERVPRO helps to save companies money is by mitigating the damaged areas and restoring as much as possible in favor of replacing materials. The cost of replacing materials can reach much higher than restoring them. Having a company that can provide all the services needed saves money and provides a continuous service that speeds up the entire process.

Many business's inventory survives the initial flood, so we need to protect it from succumbing to the high humidity that happens inside buildings with large amounts of water. We provide temporary warehouse storage that can keep your unscathed inventory and office equipment safe. This also helps our mitigation experts in cleaning your building and gives them additional space for machinery.
As soon as we finish getting the damage eradicated, our restoration crew can begin making things like new for you. Your business's recovery from flood damage means you can reopen a store that is safe for both your employees and your customers.

When flooding and other terrible weather damages your retail shop in Burlington, Plainville, or New Hartford, call SERVPRO of Bristol at our 24-hour service number, (860) 582-3330. We're here every day of the year, without exception.

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Plainville Homeowners Know to Call SERVPRO when Storms Affect Their Properties

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Badly Weathered Roof Shingles Can Cause Flooding Problems in Plainville Properties--SERVPRO Can Dry Out Your Home

Isolated Flood Damage in Your Plainville Home Can Happen after Hail Storms

In the summertime, why worry about the winter? It is wise to be prepared. Hail storms hurtling ice at your home in Plainville can leave vehicles, lawn furniture, and other outside structures dented, showing the power of hail and your roof can also suffer. If a damaged roof only looks unharmed because you do not see any visibly loosened shingles, rain from the next storm can drench your home through an opening in the roof.

Helping homeowners cope with various disasters, including mitigation of flood damage in Plainville, SERVPRO knows how to help when rainwater coming in through the roof causes serious problems. Hail hits more than your roof and the items around your lawn and driveway, however.

Hail can also dent gutters and cause them to drain incorrectly. Once damaged like this, rainwater can splash up against our home's exterior and leak into the wall's interior. Moisture barriers in exterior walls can make it more difficult for trapped water to evaporate during the drying part of the mitigation process. Hail can damage the sides of your home, also letting water into these enclosed spaces.

SERVPRO uses standardized methods designed to get these areas dry, just like the rest of your home. Where we can drill small openings for our Injectidry's tubing so we can force warm, dry air into interior walls, we need to dismantle and separate a wet exterior wall's components. Some of the components found inside exterior walls may be salvaged like insulation, while we need to throw others away and replace them. Many forms of insulation that become wet no longer can protect your home like they did when first installed. Closed-cell insulation is the only one that does not suffer from the presence of water. Saving other kinds of insulation in nearby areas can happen as long as we get the wall dried out quickly before moisture invades that area. There is always the threat of mold development.

We have everything we need to mitigate damage, including equipment to both air-dry your property and to wipe things clean wherever needed. Carpeting and tile, as well as wood floors that got soaked fare better with overhead sources of flood damage than those that sustain flooding coming underneath your doorway. We give floors the attention needed to keep existing damage from becoming permanent. Our advanced mat drying system for hardwoods can save many a floor for our customer, and money and inconvenience, also.

SERVPRO of Bristol can help homeowners by mitigating all forms of flood damage, including that caused by storms, hail, and other forces of nature. Contact us by calling (860) 582-3330, which is our 24-hour service line. We are always here to mitigate the damage affecting homes in Pequabuck, Bakersville, and New Hartford.

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How to Remove Fire Odors From Your Plainville Home

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

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 of 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 much 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 make sure 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.

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Water Damage Can Be Insidious In Onset In Your Burlington Home

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

A burst pipe can cause a huge water damage problem in your Burlington home. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Unexpected Water Damage Problems in Burlington Solved by SERVPRO

Water troubles can be brewing in your Burlington house unnoticed. Small leaks under a sink, behind a wall or around the sides of a poorly caulked tub eventually become bigger issues. By the time a homeowner realizes that water has soaked into fixtures and structural components, significant harm can need attention. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)- trained technicians are ready to address any water loss in your home fast.

When we arrive at your Burlington abode, our experienced crew assesses the water damage. Because pipes and drains hide within building cavities behind walls and under floors, we employ sensitive moisture measuring and thermal imaging devices to map out the perimeters of the saturated building materials. We want to stop the migration of water to even more unaffected spaces as well as to dry out the wet areas.

If we discover pooled water under cabinets or between walls, pumps and extractors from our fully-stocked SERVPRO service vehicles remove it. We disassemble kickboards beneath fixtures and consider controlled demolition of the lower sections of walls to gain access to the water. Periodic reuse of detection devices ensures we make progress and avoid missing damaged areas.

Water can make its way through layers of hardwood and even ceramic tile if the grout is missing or cracked. SERVPRO uses negative air pressure equipment to suction water from several levels of flooring. We attach floor mats to the surface, connect hoses to the mats, and pulling the water out with extractors for power.

Once standing water exits your home, SERVPRO focuses on techniques mastered by team members certified by the IICRC, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification,  for Applied Structural Drying (ASD). Creating a restorative drying environment requires leveraging the scientific principle that wet moves to dry. We position air movers and heaters to reduce your home’s interior humidity, facilitating the movement of absorbed moisture out of porous building materials into the drier air. Our commercial-grade dehumidifiers then absorb or condense the water vapor created for permanent removal.

SERVPRO of Bristol is ready for your water damage needs, invested in the training and the equipment for the job. Call us at  (860) 582-3330 when you suspect an unseen water loss.

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We Develop A Plan And Act Fast To Provide Burlington With The Best Restoration Services

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Our water damage specialists will respond quickly which will prevent mold growth, limit further damage, and reduce your restoration cost.

Reliable Professional Results Explains Why SERVPRO Is the Answer for Burlington Water Damage

When a water loss interrupts your comfortable life in Burlington recovery from the mayhem momentarily seems impossible. Partnering with our water emergency mitigation crews pushes aside that helpless feeling fast. Our highly-qualified technicians have the skills, training, and specialized equipment to manage any water disaster. Providing solutions to the harm water causes is a cornerstone of our company, a significant reason why we exist.

Water damage in your Bristol home can result from leaky roofs or plumbing, appliance malfunction, or inattention. An overflowing tub, dishwasher breakdown, or heavy rains all share the tendency to soak into carpeting, drywall, hardwood floors, or ceiling tiles, among other fixtures or structural components. A rapid removal of standing water and reduction of lingering moisture absorbed by materials in your home is the best way to limit permanent damage. These tasks are difficult to compete as a DIY project, which is why engaging our services is a wise move.

When we arrive to evaluate the scenario at your dwelling, an experienced crew leader assesses the water damage. Extensive training developed the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) forms the foundation of our employees’ water loss mitigation approach. The research-based strategies we employ are why SERVPRO delivers on our promise to make it “Like it never even happened.”

A plan is developed swiftly, and our technicians begin water removal as soon as possible. Every minute counts during water damage mitigation, which is why SERVPRO vehicles carry a full complement of pumps, extractors, and drying equipment. No delay is necessary for deploying our commercial-quality equipment. Measurement of moisture levels and scanning for hidden pockets of water updates our crew who then adapt to address the data.

Structural drying follows water removal, and the careful charting of moisture readings in porous material is why SERVPRO can design effective drying perimeters. Air movers and heaters force water out of structural components, wet to dry, and our high-efficiency dehumidifiers contain the resultant water vapor for disposal outside your home.

Training, experience, and cutting edge equipment are why SERVPRO of Bristol halts water damage and returns your home to preloss condition. Call us at (860) 582-3330 for a speedy consultation.

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Is Water Damage Keeping Your Bristol Office From Doing Business?

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Has your office experienced a water damage event? Call SERVPRO of Bristol to remediate you flood damaged property.

Critical Steps Professionals Take during Commercial Water Removal in Bristol Offices

Water intrusion in an office may not be an everyday event. However, if it does happen, it can leave widespread damages. The steps taken immediately after identifying the problem can have a significant impact on the outcome of the entire incident.  One way to manage the level of damages left in your property after the incident is to call a professional water restoration team immediately because they have advanced equipment and training to handle the removal.

The resources needed for commercial water removal in Bristol offices differ depending on the intrusion sources. An intrusion from the roof affects many items including ceilings, contents and floor materials. There might be a need to protect contents if stopping the source is not possible immediately. Our SERVPRO technicians can install plastic sheets to protect contents or isolate severely damaged areas.  Some water sources such as burst pipes might also dump significant amounts of water in the affected areas necessitating the use of advanced extraction equipment. We use truck-mounted or portable water extractors depending on the situation.

Apart from pooling on the floors, the water that spills permeates different materials necessitating additional removal steps. Glued down carpets which are a common feature in many offices absorb water readily. They can also bubble due to loss of adhesiveness. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the situation and determine whether to remove the carpet or do in-place extraction of the water.

After a case of water intrusion, a considerable amount of moisture remains after the initial extraction steps. Drying such moisture requires an increase in evaporation rate and extraction of humidity from the air. Professionals use air movers and dehumidifiers for this purpose. Our SERVPRO technicians can also use plastic sheets to isolate smaller areas to improve the rate of drying. We call such isolation, creating drying chambers. We also do calculations to determine the number of dehumidifiers and air movers to use.

To respond appropriately after water intrusion in your Burlington, Plainville or New Hartford office, call SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Is Your Bristol Home Ready for Spring Flooding?

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Spring rains can bring flood damage. You can trust the SERVPRO brand to restore your home.

What to Expect During Bristol Flood Damage Mitigation

At first glance, flood damage can look overwhelming. If there is one positive, it is that the faster you start the cleanup efforts, the more potential for saving building materials and items affected by the excess moisture.

When SERVPRO handles flood damage in Bristol homes, the priority is to identify where the water has affected in the home and remove it. Even though our emergency response teams arrive within hours after the initial phone call, there is often little to no standing water, and that can also be an issue. Drywall is notorious for wicking water, and it can pool behind baseboards and cause secondary damages such as mold and foul odors.

We use different types of moisture detection devices to determine the areas that need to be dried. We certify our SERVPRO technicians in the science of psychrometrics or the study of air and water vapor. The preparation for the drying phase is a detailed process to ensure no extra residual moisture remains. We make flood cuts in the drywall that is retaining moisture. Generally, our technicians use probes or thermal imaging to determine where the moisture has penetrated and cut several inches above that area to ensure adequate air flow during drying. We set up specific configurations to direct airflow into small spaces such as behind baseboards when necessary.

Air movers are more powerful than fans and perform a function no regular fan could do. They force air at high speeds across surfaces, and this causes the water vapor to rise where one of our dehumidifying methods capture and expel the moisture. Then, thorough cleaning with our antifungal and disinfectant solutions drastically reduces the potential for mold after the fact.

SERVPRO of Bristol is ready to help you with flood damage cleanup in your home. Call us at (860) 582-3330, and our technicians can be on-site quickly because we are "We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster."

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How Our Crew Restores Your Burlington Home To Pre-Damage Condition

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Get your home back after property damages, contact SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 today.

Advanced Mitigation Methods For Properties With Fire Damage In Burlington

A property is not just bricks or mortar but a collection of memories and possessions; often, put together over several years or even decades. That is why a property fire can be so upsetting for homeowners. Not only is there the stress of making sure everyone is safe but also the prospect of discarding the things that made it a home, not just a house. We are a leading restoration provider that works with a restore over replace mentality that can get your home back to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Our duty in helping homeowners overcome fire damage in Burlington is to bridge the gap between firefighting services and getting your home back to its best. As restoration technicians, we enter the property, check for safety hazards, remove charred materials or debris, deodorize and clean. In major fires, we can prepare a job site for third-party contractors to enter safely while also carrying out crucial mitigation tasks.

A conventional method of firefighting procedure is to douse flames with water. Unfortunately, porous surfaces can absorb that moisture and set residual smokes or soots into the fabric. SERVPRO responds quickly to these issues by drying the affected area properly and applying foam cleaning methods to prevent soiling to upholstery or furniture from becoming permanent.

Mitigation against water or soiling is time-sensitive which is why it is essential to use professional services to restore your property from smoke or soot damages. Possessions are often salvageable with the right care. SERVPRO can use immersion cleaning for dense materials. Immersion cleaning methods are useful in restoring valuable metals by using ultrasonic technology. Equally, Esporta washing machines can remove up to 90% of soft contents.

SERVPRO can take personal items including artworks, photos, ornaments or fabrics to an external cleaning facility. Your technician can create an inventory of items as well as damages sustained to be passed on to your insurance adjuster or third-party to guarantee you only deal with one company throughout service. Get your home back after property damages, contact SERVPRO of Bristol at (860) 582-3330 today.

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How SERVPRO Will Restore Your Bristol Home After Water Damage

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We will restore your carpets after water damage has effected your home. We have the equipment and techniques and we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO - Water Cleanup Procedures For Bristol Residents

With its location in the middle of our state, Bristol enjoys the benefits of being near the coast without having to suffer through the storms. Despite its ideal location, that does not mean residents do not deal with water intrusions from broken pipes and other plumbing failures.

When dealing with an inside water problem like a broken, shut-off water heater valve, water cleanup in a Bristol home can be simpler. SERVPRO response teams do not have to deal with soil and other contaminants that reside in water that enters through a flood.

That does not eliminate cleanup though. Depending on which appliance failed, there can still be rust, food scraps, or even human waste if the problem was a backed up toilet or failing septic tank. When that happens, the water is contaminated or ‘black’ and a health threat. To eliminate the problem, our personnel use shampoos and other cleaners containing anti-bacterial and anti-microbial chemicals.

If the water was not from one of these two sources, then it is considered ‘clean.’ This water makes up most of our service calls for residential water intrusions. After quickly removing any standing water, SERVPRO technicians use shampoo machines and mild cleaning agents to clean any carpets that absorbed the water. The cleaner eliminates the threat of active mold as well as helps lift out anything trapped in the carpet.

After cleaning, team members roll up the carpet to remove the pad underneath. Pads disintegrate quickly after absorbing any liquid, so water cleanup and replacement are much more cost-effective than attempting to dry them. Most insurance companies also support this option.

With the pad removed, technicians unroll the carpet for drying. They lift it at opposite sides and use an exhaust fan to draw out moisture and damp air at one end while installing an air mover to replace it with warm, dry air. By carefully adjusting the temperature and speed of the air flow, they can quickly finish without causing delamination or separation of the carpet layers.

At SERVPRO of Bristol, we understand that proper cleanup involves much more than renting a shampoo machine and spending your weekend walking on butcher paper after you finish. Every home deserves a professional response to any water intrusion, no matter the size or its origin. Call us at (860) 582-3330 today to get started restoring your home. We are here for you.

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Bristol Basement Do Not Like Floods! SERVPRO They Do Like!

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Bristol Basements Hate Flood Water, But They Love SERVPRO

Extraction and Drying Equipment for a Flooded Bristol Basement

Basements are a common element in many homes, but they are also a frequent location for flood damage to occur. While you might not have the expertise or equipment to manage effects from a disaster like this, extraction and drying are vital components to begin the process of returning your property to preloss condition. Our professionals can arrive quickly with the full measure of our industry-leading equipment designed to make restoration more efficient by protecting your property and reducing loss.

We have IICRC-certified restoration specialists that can arrive quickly to begin flood removal efforts in your Bristol home. Our SERVPRO technicians have extensive training and education to obtain their certifications for water restoration, disaster relief, and mitigation tactics. We encourage each member of our experienced team to pursue educational opportunities to further their knowledge in the industry and provide customers with exemplary service that exceeds their expectations.

For the high-caliber employees that we dispatch to your home, we equip them with high-powered tools and machines to make mitigation and restoration phases of recovery faster and more cost-effective. With a flooded basement, many residents often have to face several inches of standing water. Our SERVPRO team arrives with several levels of extraction equipment from our portable electric sump pumps and wet-vacs to high-volume extraction equipment like our trash pumps and extractor truck-mounts.

The objective is to remove all excess water as promptly as possible to gain an understanding of the severity of the damage facing the rest of the basement and to begin water loss mitigation. With moisture detection equipment, we can find the ideal location to set up air movers and dehumidification units. These two machines together can work to force moisture into the air and collect that vapor into a tray for removal from the premises. Drying concrete is a slow and exacting process to ensure that drying goals are met.

Overcoming the obstacles of a flooded basement is nothing that a homeowner should face on their own. With our advanced equipment and experienced professionals, you can count on SERVPRO of Bristol to make this damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (860) 582-3330.

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SEVRPRO Mitigates Water Damages in Offices in the Bristol Area with a Fast Response

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Bristol Businesses Count on SERVPRO's Training, Skills, Team, and Advanced Devices for Full Water Damage Remediation at the Work Place

Effective Water Removal and Drying for Your Bristol Office

Regardless of how the water loss incident occurs in your Bristol office building, you have too many clients and employees to allow the situation to persist for long. You need a team that can respond quickly to the emergency with the equipment and expertise to make a difference fast. Our professionals have a 24-hour available response to any emergency or disaster, making sure that you never have to wait for the effective mitigation and restoration work that your building requires during a spreading water loss incident.

While you undoubtedly have a custodial staff that is adept at handling minor matters that could arise in your Bristol office, water damage is not a situation that you should leave to traditional cleaning methods. Water can spread quickly, saturating materials like carpeting and drywall almost immediately. Within a brief period, this saturation can render a porous material like sheetrock unsalvageable, making a prompt response from our SERVPRO team essential to limiting out-of-pocket expenses for recovery.

For areas like your carpeting, water removal techniques require our advanced equipment like the ROVER weighted extractor. This machine can force water from the carpets and subflooring to the surface for extraction by the high-powered onboard vacuum system. In many cases, with the right timely response to the emergency, the carpeted areas of your office can get preserved and restored entirely with no need for replacement.

Our team of IICRC certified technicians can also move around desk, furnishings, fixtures, and expensive electronic equipment to dry areas of the office suites. Blocks can be placed under heavy desks and other furniture for protection again water damage that ruins finishes and can rust.

Extractions and drying of exposed elements like drywall and the cavities behind them require specialized equipment like our high-velocity air movers, our dehumidifiers, and our injecti-dry system. These can help to eliminate the need for removing portions of the drywall to access and dry out moisture in the space behind them. We can check our progress with the use of our thermal imagery cameras that detect moisture pockets.

Many steps are part of the restoration of water damage in your office space. The faster that you can reach out to professionals like our SERVPRO of Bristol team, the quicker your office can return to routine operations. You can count on our fast response, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, by calling (860) 582-3330.

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SERVPRO Provides a Comprehensive Flood Damage Restoration for Our Bristol Neighbors

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

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 of their own by picking up objects and hurling them around, which can break windows, damage siding, or puncture already vulnerable roofs. The result for any of 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 a 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 towards the finished product can get the job done more quickly and with less 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 we have on the team arrive with the rapid responders to offer services like emergency board ups, tarping, and minor repairs for other pressing concerns before the situation can get worse by allowing more water to flow through unabated. We can do full reconstruction projects to repair roofs, structural elements, plumbing, windows, siding, and 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.

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Our Fleet is Ready to Roll

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a photo of our fleet, ready to roll!

SERVPRO of Bristol is centrally located in Farmington, Connecticut. We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. Because we are locally owned and operated we are close by and ready to respond to your cleaning or restoration needs. SERVPRO  provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to having the fastest response time to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians, project managers and crew chiefs can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency.Bristol,Plainville,Burlington,Forestville,or anywhere in central Connecticut.We are here to help,Call Now 

  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

With Water Damage - The Clock is Ticking!

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Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bristol provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Bristol arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Bristol

SERVPRO of Bristol specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Types of Smoke Damage

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A fire is a devastating event for any business or homeowner. We at SERVPRO of Bristol are experts at understanding the types of smoke and the damages they leave behind. This knowledge ensures that our customers receive the best possible care and expertise throughout the cleanup process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bristol will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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Bristol Building Services

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When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Bristol can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Bristol  can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Bristol  can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair

Plainville Commercial Cleaning Services

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Bristol for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

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Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Bristol offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Residential Cleaning Services - Bristol

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Bristol has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – 860.582.3330

Residential Cleaning Services include:

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

Air Duct Cleaning

We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

Odor Removal

Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up

Our experts are ready to assist in the clean up of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home. Find out more about our franchise professionals.

Water Damage Plainville, Ct.

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bristol  is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today  860-582-3330

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bristol  has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Bristol

SERVPRO of Bristol specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold?

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 860-582-3330

Water Damage Event?

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Bristol commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Bristol

SERVPRO of Bristol specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Smoke and Soot

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bristol will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 860-582-3330

Bristol Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Bristol basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 860-582-3330

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Bristol and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the tust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 860-582-3330

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Bristol Home.

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bristol will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 860-582-3330

Restoring Your Bristol Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Bristol commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Bristol

SERVPRO of Bristol specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Does Bristol have a mold problem?

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 860-582-3330

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