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

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

How Can Items Get Restored from Commercial Fire Damage? 

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

Other frequently seen actions during fire cleanup are:   

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

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

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

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

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.