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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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