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Are All of My Belongings Ruined When Flood Water Soaks Them?
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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.
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.
We Act Fast In Bristol 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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Winter Flooding in Bristol, SERVPRO Explains Frozen Factors
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.
Flood Damage Incidents In Your Burlington Home
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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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Flooding In Burlington Home
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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 Fallen Trees Can Damage a Granby Home’s Roof
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.
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.
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.
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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Our Storm Damage Professionals Will Work To Restore Your Burlington Home
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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Plainville Homeowners Know to Call SERVPRO when Storms Affect Their Properties
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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Is Your Bristol Home Ready for Spring Flooding?
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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SERVPRO Provides a Comprehensive Flood Damage Restoration for Our Bristol Neighbors
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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