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Flooding at Hartford Public Library

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

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Hartford Public Library experienced some flooding last week and needed a team to assist in restoring the library back to top shape! They called in the team at SERVPRO! When water damage strikes your business or property you can trust our locally trained technicians to handle it immediately and effectively.

Efficient Solutions for Enfield Water Damage Restoration

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Cleanup Involves Many Steps

Enfield continues to grow as one of the larger communities in Hartford County, with more than 42,000 residents from its humble start in 1679. Even more than in the past, homes are susceptible to damages and emergencies related to water in their properties. As a leading restoration outfit serving the county, SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield can work quickly to help with needed restoration solutions like:

  • Structural drying
  • Content restoration
  • Repairs
  • Water removal services
  • Surface cleaning

With Enfield water damage, our professionals need to respond quickly to help. We recognize the urgency of these disasters and have trained technicians available 24/7 to respond. Our Green Fleet of service vehicles stays stocked with needed equipment to help with mitigation and emergency services, such as extractors, demolition tools, and packing materials.

How Does Water Damage Happen?

The modern home has many ways that water and moisture damage occur, and property owners should be aware of these potential issues. Understanding the scope of the damage water can cause is a focus of the inspection SERVPRO professionals conduct to focus on restoration efforts yet to begin. Common causes of water emergencies in the home are:

  • Plumbing Issues – From breaks in the lines to damaged fixtures that steadily leak through wall systems and cabinets, plumbing is a common culprit for needed water restoration services.
  • Appliances – Water-fed appliances are more common than ever in homes, ranging from washing machines to dishwashers and refrigerators. Leaks from these units can spread fast and cover a wide area, making a fast response vital.
  • Flooding – Flood damage is common in Connecticut homes, especially those knowingly living at lower elevations. Flash floods or rising creeks and streams could infiltrate basements and cellars to affect the house.
  • Spills/Accidents – Human error accounts for a substantial volume of water damage restoration callout requests SERVPRO manages, from overflowing sinks and tubs to dozens of other possible scenarios.

Clearing Pooling Water from Flooring

When standing water is a concern for your residence, many exposed materials can be at risk. Our restoration team's most glaring mitigation obstacle is removing pooling from floors, which requires multiple extractors. We rely on trash pumps and submersibles for deep water removal to reach a shallow depth where wet vacuums are more suitable choices.

Removing Water Trapped in Materials

However, surface pooling is only part of the water damage obstacles for SERVPRO professionals. Specialty extractors and drying equipment is needed to pull moisture caught in flooring materials and structural cavities. Weighted extractors and carpet wands are essential for certain flooring types, while drying mats are effective with semi-porous installations like planks.

How Do You Achieve Thorough Drying?

Every restoration project involving water requires drying measures. The more widespread and involved the disaster, the more drying required. Centrifugal and axial air movers are at the heart of this mission, evaporating surface water into humidity for collection by placed dehumidifiers. We also account for the successes of drying measures by tracking moisture with tools like:

  • Detection devices
  • Thermal imagery
  • Moisture sensors

Are Damage Repairs Necessary?

Our general contractor license (0646584) allows many of the build-back services and repairs your home might need after water exposure. Often, homeowners are at a loss for securing additional contractors while restoration work is underway, and with SERVPRO, you do not have to. We seamlessly transition from cleanup to reconstruction to make water disasters in your residence "Like it never even happened."

Enfield water damage threats can rapidly impact homes and businesses in the area, making the quick response of SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield critical. We introduce containment measures and mitigation solutions to protect what matters most. Call us now at (860) 216-2785.

Cleaning Up and Repairing Enfield Fire Damage

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

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We Seek Pre-Loss Condition After Fire Damage

With dozens of historical landmarks on the national registry and larger commercial properties in the area like Asnuntuck Community College, when disasters like fires occur, SERVPRO must act fast. A structure fire can leave your property contending with several layers of needed cleanup and recovery, with the largest hazard contributors being:

  • Ruined Materials
  • Debris
  • Smoke
  • Water Damage
  • Odors

The city’s emergency responders first address Enfield fire damage. When extinguishing is completed, we can be ready to enter the building and work on the required mitigation and restoration services. Preparedness during the earliest stages and mobilization after the first notice of loss ensure that this cleanup starts as it should when the property is deemed safe to enter.

Working with Your Insurance Provider

Fire damage can be widespread and destructive, whether your home or business. In most cases, restoring these disasters is a process moved through your insurance provider to secure needed funding for the project. As a preferred local vendor for insurance work with national and regional brands, we understand the required documentation and evidence to secure a damage claim approval and work fast to get the process green-lit so mitigation and restoration can start.

Reaching Homes Fast for Fire Mitigation

Extinguishing a fire does not stop the damage it can do to your home. Experienced restoration professionals must move fast from our warehouse with products, tools, and equipment to mitigate loss and protect what matters most to our customers. Some of the focal points of mitigative effort include:

  • Extraction – While you can appreciate the high volumes of water used to put out the fire in your home, this becomes another threat during the restoration process with standing water and pooling in several areas of the property. We have multiple extractors to manage these surface water threats to get other cleaning processes underway.
  • Removing Fire Debris – Shoveling out ash, soot, and building remnants can benefit the property in several ways. Not only does this expose structural defects from the fire damage covered by the debris, but it can noticeably reduce soot and smoke odor concentrations.
  • Managing Contents – Contents in your home can be the biggest priority for protection and preservation, as you cannot replace some items with a monetary value. We relocate some items, clean some on-site, and have technicians ready to transport harmed contents to our SERVPRO facility for more advanced cleaning.

How Damaging is Soot?

Soot is one of the more problematic byproducts of fire damage, and with the way it can spread to many exposed surfaces in the house, it creates a sizable concern for responding technicians. We must evaluate several factors to determine the needed cleaning products to help, including solvents and detergents. Dry smoke requires special products like chemical sponges to remove.

The Lingering Smoke Odors

Odors are another product of combustion that can overwhelm areas of your house. While surface cleaning and efforts like debris removal can help to reduce the severity of smells and malodors, the full deodorization and neutralization of these threats come with equipment from our inventory like HEPA products, hydroxyl machines, and oxidation units.

Who Does Post-Fire Repair?

Repairs and reconstruction are common after structure fires. Unlike other restoration companies, because we have a general contractor license (#0646584), we can complete the needed build-back services like demolition, patches, temporary construction, and full rebuilding of damaged areas in your house.

Enfield fire damage requires a fast and focused response from trained, certified professionals like our SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield team. We can help when disaster strikes at (860) 216-2785.

Why Enfield Mold Damage Should Be Resolved Quickly

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

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We Help Customers Through Mold Damage Threats

Mold is misunderstood and often not taken as seriously as it should be. Usually, homeowners see these microbial growths as more of a nuisance than a pressing concern for the property. As surfaces and building materials become hosts for colonies, the cost and time to remediate these conditions increases.

What Is the Truth about Mold?

To begin overcoming Enfield mold damage, homeowners must understand common misconceptions about microbial growth and how to handle these situations. Some of these include:

  • Is Complete Mold Removal Possible?

Mold spores occur naturally in almost every environment. Remediation is designed to remove any active colonization threatening the household but does not attempt complete spore removal. The operation cost would be high, and the success would be limited.

  • Can Mold Get Better without Intervention?

Part of remediation is eliminating the causes of mold damage. The situation will likely worsen if these are not addressed along with the removal of active colonies.

  • Can You Clean Up Mold Yourself?

DIY approaches might make sense for smaller projects, but when removing mold from residences, much can be missed or inadequately performed, which makes remediation better suited for professionals.

Quickly Overcoming Mold Damage Threats

With the fast response of SERVPRO professionals, mold concerns can be rapidly addressed. Often, it is pressing to overcome the spread of these threatening situations and their acute effects that could make comfortable living impossible. We work in many capacities, including

  • Preventing Spread – Early mitigation helps prevent spores from spreading to other areas of the property. Containment often involves physical barriers.
  • Protecting Contents – Removing mold can be challenging when working around a house full of contents, even when these items are not at risk of mold exposure. We can relocate or clean personal belongings from your home as needed.
  • Structural Assessment – Mold can destroy hosting materials, so the earliest stages of mitigation must serve to inspect these affected surfaces for permanent structural damages.
  • Overcoming Water Threats – Mold development is possible with water intrusion into your home's living space. SERVPRO professionals assess this infiltration and how to repair it.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Mold?

Removing mold is the primary function of the IICRC-certified remediation team arriving at the house to help. Without removing the surface mold found throughout the house, the situation worsens, and microbial colonization spreads to sensitive hosting materials of the property. There are multiple remediation options based on factors like the severity of the infestation and the location of damaged construction materials. Approaches include:

  • Surface Treatment
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Sanding
  • Controlled Demolition

Musty Smells Are Expected During Cleanup

Both signs that mold damage might exist, and one of the more challenging obstacles of remediation is the harsh, musty smell generated by active colonization. Spore activity can create a discernible odor that is strongest closer to the infestation. For this reason, homeowners can often use this sign to indicate hidden mold growth. Remediation professionals utilize deodorizing equipment, oxidation, and masking products to help.

Repairs Needed After Mold Threats

Microbial growth overwhelms and destroys organic matter used as a host. Over time, these structural elements degrade and deteriorate, requiring replacement to restore integrity. Moreover, controlled demolition is often a more direct and proven method for removing set-in mold colonies from porous materials. Our general contractor license can help with these needed repairs and build-back services.

Enfield mold damage can be a threatening and stressful situation for homeowners. We work fast to provide the most comprehensive remediation solutions, including containment and mitigation. Give our SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield specialists a call today at (860) 216-2785.

SERVPRO Provides Water Restoration Services in Enfield

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

water drops on wood flooring From small spills to large flood causing water damage--Enfield homeowners rely on SERVPRO for extraction and drying.

Why Should Water Restoration be Completed Quickly by SERVPRO in Enfield?

Many consumers assume that they can open the windows and let the wet carpet or hardwood floor dry on its own after a plumbing water leak in Enfield. Small water leaks may dry completely after a few days. Larger amounts of water may be absorbed by porous materials causing swelling, warping, buckling, and loss of structural integrity if not dried properly.

SERVPRO provides water restoration and drying services to Enfield consumers and homeowners. We recommend contacting us immediately. SERVPRO can be onsite within four hours of your call, assess the situation, and provide appropriate guidance regarding how to proceed based on your specific situation.

Porous materials such as carpets and fabrics absorb water quickly and can also be dried promptly. The carpet under padding may take longer to dry. This is due to being covered by the carpet. It may need to be exposed for the under pad to completely dry.

Various Flooring Compositions

Semi-porous materials such as plywood subfloors, hardwood floors, and cabinets take longer to absorb moisture and also take longer to dry. Removing all traces of water before these surfaces have an opportunity to absorb moisture and begin swelling can avoid significant secondary damage. Subfloors can lose structural integrity. Hardwood floors swell and buckle, often requiring replacement. The same applies to cupboards, especially those made from compressed wood products.

Immediate action by SERVPRO utilizing a combination of weighted water extractors, suction pads, air movers, and dehumidifiers can prevent this type of secondary damage. Our clients appreciate the quick service, especially when they know the importance of preventing secondary water damage.

SERVPRO provides water restoration services, including:

  • Water clean-up in basements, ceilings, and main floor areas
  • Water removal services
  • Water damage repairs and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield for water restoration services. We provide service to Enfield and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (860) 216-2785.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Fire Damage Repair and Restoration in Bloomfield

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Verifies Commercial Fire Damage to Structures in Bloomfield

A fire in a commercial building in Bloomfield can be devastating for the business, employees, customers, and suppliers. They are all folks that depend on your business to reopen quickly after a fire. However, dealing with the fire's damage and the firefighters' efforts to quash the fire can be overwhelming. Often structural elements are damaged in the fire.

SERVPRO provides Bloomfield commercial fire damage assessment, controlled demolition, repair, and restoration services for our Bloomfield commercial clients. SERVPRO works closely with our clients to ensure that your return to full operations is accomplished as rapidly as possible.

Whenever a fire damages a building, one of the initial activities is to assess the structure's integrity to verify that it is safe to enter the building and does not pose a risk to our clients and our technicians. If a building is severely damaged, we may need to arrange for an engineer to inspect the building and verify the integrity and soundness of the structure. Since this is a demolition/construction site, everyone is expected to wear hard hats and work safety boots for personal protection.

SERVPRO removes all damaged material for disposal and cleans and dries all surfaces to remove smoke odors. Our building services team provides all the reconstruction activities required to rebuild and restore your building for a fast return to full functionality. We can save you time and reconstruction costs by coordinating all the trades during restoration.

SERVPRO services cover the full suite of restoration activities to keep your business in business:

  • Fire damage restoration and repair
  • Smoke remediation
  • Water and chemical retardant cleanup

Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield for commercial fire damage services. We provide service to Bloomfield and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (860) 216-2785.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Mold Remediation Services in Enfield

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Eliminates Moisture Sources During Enfield Commercial Mold Remediation

The strong odor of mold comes as a surprise to many business owners in their Enfield commercial buildings. Our clients may not realize they have a high moisture or water leak problem until they notice the smell or observe a mold colony in an area seldom visited. Mold spores need moisture, warmth, and organic material to form a colony, all available in our buildings and offices. A mold colony can materialize in as little as 24 hours once the right conditions are in place.

SERVPRO provides commercial mold remediation services to Enfield business customers. Our mold remediation services include an assessment of the infestation, its size, the source of moisture, and a plan to remove the infestation while protecting other areas of your facility. Clients are advised if specific inspection and documentation protocols are required based on local and state laws and the size of the infestation. We can provide advice and guidance based on your situation.

Barriers are installed to prevent mold spores from migrating to other areas of the premises during the removal and remediation process. This approach allows businesses to continue operations in other areas of the building. SERVPRO also locates the source of moisture. Our building services team can assist with necessary repairs to eliminate the water source and prevent future mold infestations.

Our technicians are skilled in all aspects of mold remediation, including odor control, fabric leaning, drying techniques, and water damage restoration. We work closely with our commercial clients and their employees to complete remediation quickly to minimize the impact on your business. Our services include:

  • Mold inspection, remediation, and removal
  • Black mold damage repairs
  • Water and mold damage restoration

Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield for mold remediation services. We provide service to Enfield and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (860) 216-2785.

SERVPRO Saves Bloomfield Businesses from Effects of Mold Damage

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

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The Role of Isolation in Restoration of Mold Damage in Bloomfield

An effective isolation protocol is one of the most important aspects of controlling mold damage in commercial properties in Bloomfield. It is critical to establish robust containment systems that allow the restorers to remediate the contamination without spreading it to the unaffected areas of the building.  

SERVPRO techs use various types of containment systems during the restoration of mold damage in Bloomfield commercial properties. A typical system consists of a barrier made using-

  • 6-mil polyethylene sheeting
  • PVC pipes 
  • wood framing
  • spring-loaded expansion poles

The barrier prevents the airborne spores and the contaminated debris from leaving the affected area. 

The Mold Remediation Process 

SERVPRO techs negatively pressurize the contaminated areas relative to the clean rooms after erecting the isolation barrier to prevent cross-contamination due to airborne spores. We use air filtration devices fitted with HEPA filters to establish the negative pressure zones. The HEPA filters are 99.97% effective in preventing particles of 0.3 microns or larger, including most fungal spores, from leaving the containment zone.  

In most mold-affected commercial properties in Bloomfield, a pressure differential of about 5 Pascals between the contaminated and clean areas is enough to prevent the movement of spores. 

Once the techs set up the containment with the negative pressure, they begin mold remediation. The type of service required for each content item may be categorized in one of the following three ways-

  • Restoration: Items that SERVPRO techs clean to remove contamination
  • Disposal: Techs dispose of items with heavy contamination or when replacing them does not outweigh the cost of remediation 
  • Preserve with risk assignment: Techs can restore irreplaceable items can with a risk assignment 

We work hard to restore  your establishment “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield at (860) 216-2785; to talk to one of our mold specialists. 

Enfield Residents Trust SERVPRO for Storm Damage Restoration

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO state of the art sign SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the training and experience for every phase of storm damage restoration.

Using Heat to Accelerate Drying After Storm Damage 

Successful restoration of storm damage to your Enfield home is contingent on restorers being able to remove moisture as fast as possible. The longer the moisture stays in contact with the various surfaces, the more damage it can cause. 

SERVPRO techs use several techniques to accelerate drying during the restoration of storm damage to your Enfield home. From altering the moisture content of the air to increasing the airflow across the wet surfaces, SERVPRO techs manipulate the drying conditions to draw the moisture out. Temperature is one of the most efficient ways to accelerate drying after water damage. 

Heating and Cooling Equipment for Water Damage Restoration 

Increasing the temperature enables the drying air to hold more moisture, speeding up the drying process. SERVPRO techs use the following pieces of equipment to change the temperature of the drying air in your water-damaged Enfield home-

  • Portable electric heaters: Techs use these to direct heat toward a particular area within the building rather than heating the entire airspace. As these heaters require electricity, they might not be useful during a storm damage cleanup if there is a power outage. 
  • Indirect-fired furnaces: These use kerosine or diesel and produce significantly more heat than portable units. Techs use indirect-fired furnaces to heat a large area of the affected structure. 
  • Direct expansion units: These commercial heat exchange units can provide heating and cooling. The DX units can also provide humidity control in the water-damaged area of the building.   

While SERVPRO techs use portable heaters and indirect furnaces in residential buildings, the direct expansion units are used in commercial properties. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield at (860) 216-2785; our techs are available 24/7 to assist you. 

Water Damage Restoration in Enfield is Fast with SERVPRO

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Drying Structural Cavities During Water Damage Restoration

Structural cavities behind walls, ceilings, or cabinets can be challenging to dry after water damage to your Enfield home. SERVPRO techs use various drying and ventilating systems to replace the cool, moist air from these cavities with warmer and drier air. 

The most common ventilating system that SERVPRO techs use to dry cavities after water damage to your Enfield homes consists of vents or hoses attached to air movers. Restorers direct air into the cavities by drilling small holes in walls or ceilings. After drilling the holes, techs can either push air into the cavity or draw air out.  

Using Negative or Positive Pressure to Dry Cavities During Water Cleanup 

Once the SERVPRO techs identify trapped or hidden moisture inside a structural cavity in your Enfield home, they have the following two options to dry the structure-

  • Applying positive air pressure
  • Applying negative air pressure 

Whether the restorers apply negative or positive pressure depends on the individual situation and the extent of moisture present. Positive pressure is achieved when the drying air is pushed into the cavity. The forced air can improve the circulation and increase the temperature of the surfaces helping them to dry quicker. 

Another method of drying the cavities involves drawing out the cool, moist air from recesses after water damage. SERVPRO techs use this method only if there is no visible contamination exists. 

When drilling holes into the structure is not feasible or practical, the techs use drying mats to draw out the moisture. Restorers often use drying mats to remove water below tiles or under hardwood floors. 

We are committed to helping you when you need it the most, so call SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield at (860) 216-2785 for fast and efficient service. Remember, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.