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

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water spot on ceiling after a leak “Like it never even happened.”

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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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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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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How SERVPRO Will Restore Your Bristol Home After Water Damage

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

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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With Water Damage - The Clock is Ticking!

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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.

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.

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