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What To Know About Water Damage Repairs?

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Know About Water Damage Repairs? What To Know About Water Damage Repairs?

What kind of water damage repairs can a homeowner perform on their own? 

When floods or leaks infiltrate the home, they can cause serious problems right away. In addition to creating frustration, floods and leaks can foster mold or microbial growth and leave powerful odors behind. When the problem is small and superficial, it may possible for an ambitious do-it-yourselfer to fix the problem without professional help. 

When should a professional be hired to perform water damage repairs? 

Floods, storms and sewage backups can leave behind “black water,” which refers to any standing fluid that has contamination with hazardous material. This usually means fluid that has flowed from rivers, lakes, or other areas likely harboring microbes and harmful bacteria. It can also refer to fluid contaminated with chemical runoff, like oil or fertilizer, or fluid contaminated with sewage. Homeowners should not attempt to restore homes affected by this fluid as it can cause serious health problems in people not certified in its handling.

 Professionals should also handle the issue if a home has been affected structurally or if the problem is widespread. The longer the water is allowed to remain, the worse the problem will get, and it is imperative to begin restoration immediately. A single do-it-yourselfer will usually be overwhelmed by the sheer destruction a major flood or storm can cause.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Fire Protection during the Winter

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Protection during the Winter Fire Protection during the Winter

Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

As we know, many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

Winter is a time when household fires occur. It is a good time to remember to:

  • Buy and install smoke alarms on every floor of your home
  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Practice fire drills with your children
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector outside bedrooms
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that could burn, and turn them off when leaving the room or sleeping.

Commercial Mold Remediation in New London, CT

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Mold Remediation in New London, CT Commercial Mold Remediation in New London, CT

Mold Remediation is our business so you can get back to your business

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of New London, CT who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation because mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, the crew will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of New London, CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of New London, CT located in East Haven, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Services.

We are available throughout Connecticut 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. Plus, we are your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

Concerned about mold? Call us today!

Call SERVPRO of New London, CT at 1-800-734-3213

Commercial Water Damage Mitigation in New London CT

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Mitigation in New London CT Commercial Water Damage Mitigation in New London CT

SERVPRO of Branford, CT came to the rescue after an office building needed sewage water damage mitigation when sewer flooding leaked all over the building!

SERVPRO of Branford, CT did the water mitigation for this Category 2 Water Loss and Category 3 Water Loss providing emergency sewer water cleanup for disaster recovery during sewer water abatement.

SERVPRO water restorers get rid of water damage utilizing scientific water damage induction methods and replace and clean everything that was exposed to sewage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of New London is available 24 hours a day to restore your New London property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Hurricane Risks

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Risks Hurricane Risks

Hurricanes are the most dramatic weather events that strike U.S. coastal states. The primary sources of damage during a hurricane are high winds, flying debris, flooding and downed power lines. Cars, buildings, businesses and homes can all sustain serious damage by hurricanes.

The best measure to reduce the annual cost associated with the damage and devastation caused by hurricanes is to be prepared. There are many construction measures that can be taken to reduce the effects of hurricanes, such as storm shutters covering exposed glass and hurricane roof straps. Also, taking measures to be prepared for severe flooding can help to reduce the damage and costs associated with hurricane damage.

Typical hurricane seasons in the U.S. begin June 1st and end on November 30th. High risk areas include the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific coasts – this also includes Gulf States

SERVPRO of New London is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the New London community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be. 

Can mold grow on metal?

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can mold grow on metal? Can mold grow on metal?

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your New London home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Can mold grow on metal?

Wood buildings promote mold; steel buildings don’t. Mold actually feeds on any organic material, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. That’s one advantage of building with steel rather than wood: steel is inorganic. Mold cannot feed on steel. Wood is organic, and therefore a perfect food supply for mold and fungus.

When mold spores land on a damp area, they start to grow and spread, feeding on the substance they are on for nutrients. If the moisture source is undetected or ignored, the mold will continue to spread, digesting the wood, paper, carpet, insulation or any other organic material it can use for sustenance.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

Water Damage in Summer !!

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Summer !! Water Damage in Summer !!

Most homeowners who enjoy cool and comfortable temperatures indoors throughout summer (thanks to their air conditioning system) don't realize that air conditioners can sometimes cause water damage, if not properly maintained. When working at peak efficiency, an air conditioner can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily. Ideally, this water drains off of the condensation coil into a collection pan and then is disposed of automatically into the sewer system. However, if the drain becomes clogged, and the unit produces more water than it can easily handle, the overflow of water can lead to damaged floors and carpeting, in addition to creating unhealthy deposits of mold.

A clogged drain line is often a major source of creating water damage, but other causes include excessive condensation that occurs when the unit is running around the clock, in addition to evaporator coils that may freeze up and then defrost on a regular basis. Because most of the unit is typically hidden from view, unless regular inspections take place, water damage can be occurring on a daily basis and accumulating into hundreds of dollars worth of damage.

One of the best ways to avoid air conditioner water damage is to change the HVAC air filter at least once a month. This gives a homeowner the opportunity to observe whether or not there is excessive moisture collecting on the condensation line. Ensuring that an AC unit has clean air filters also helps prevent the unit from overworking, a situation that causes freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to water damage. It's also important to regularly check to see that water is indeed flowing from the opening of the condensation line directly to the drain as it was designed to do, especially during periods of very high humidity in the atmosphere.

When installing an A/C condensation line, avoid using elbow connections if possible and have the line run in as straight a vertical direction as possible to facilitate water removal from the unit. It's a good idea to get a professional air conditioning repair service to clean the condensation line at least once a year or every six months if the AC system is used on a year-round basis. A professional plumbing service can also install a condensation pump to help ensure the free flow of excess water into the proper disposal drain. A repair technician may recommend installing a device known as a safety float switch, which will automatically shut down the power to an A/C unit whenever condensation builds up and there is a danger of water overflow.

Professional maintenance of your HVAC unit on an annual basis can also help to prevent water damage by checking the air filter, the condition of the condensation line, as well as the drains to eliminate any blockage, or other problems. Ask about having your air conditioner service technician apply an algaecide to your system to discourage build-up of debris in the drain lines in addition to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which can spread throughout the HVAC system and pollute the air throughout the house.

Enjoy better efficiency and cooler air flow indoors  throughout summer by following the steps above to ensure you get the most out of your HVAC and air conditioning units.

Fire Safety on 4th of July

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety on 4th of July Fire Safety on 4th of July

The best way to protect yourself and your families is to not light fireworks at home. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public fireworks displays and leaving the lighting to the professionals.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that over 200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the months surrounding the July 4th holiday. Fireworks are awesome and fun to watch, but sometimes can be dangerous!  Please take a few moments to review the safety tips provided for you below:

  • Observe local laws.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never shoot a firework at or near another person.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse and soak them with water and discard in a safe manner.
  • Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially in a glass or metal container.
  • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
  • Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Review instructions for special storage directions.

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New London Water Damage Restoration

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage New London Water Damage Restoration New London Water Damage Restoration

A water damage restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture or fluid. Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process.  SERVPRO of New London is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service. There is no job too big or too small for us to mitigate in an efficient and thorough manner.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • E-Learning
  • Continuing Education Classes

The Main Causes of Water Damage in Your Home

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Main Causes of Water Damage in Your Home SERVPRO of New London, CT Water Damage Restoration Services

Water damage to your home, business or property can occur from many different sources: a leaky faucet, heavy rains or ruptured plumbing to name a few. If the water damage is cleaned quickly, damage can be minimal and reduce the headache and cost of consequence if left alone. If addressed quickly, water damage can be treated on most surfaces and materials. Depending on the severity of the water damage, some items may be completely non-salvageable; other things may just be permanently damaged. The difference between being able to recover something after destructive water damage could be a matter of a couple hours.

Areas in Your Home Most Susceptible to Water Damage

Kitchen Water Damage

Taps and faucets, dishwashers, refrigerators, and other kitchen appliances make the kitchen one of the areas of your home most at risk for water damage. Leaks in kitchen plumbing or appliances can inundate your kitchen with water, leading to extensive water damage.

Laundry Water Damage

Like the kitchen, the laundry room is another area of your home where appliances can potentially cause flooding and water damage. If your washing machine overflows or suffers a busted pipe, the water damage can become quite extensive.

Bathroom Water Damage

Bathrooms are another hot-spot for potential water damage. Porous surfaces, overflowing toilets, leaky plumbing and faucets and overflowing or poorly sealed bathtubs can all lead to water damage. Additionally, poor ventilation in the bathroom can lead to mold growth on porous surfaces, so it is advised you make sure that your bathroom is properly ventilated.

SERVPRO of New London, CT Water Damage Restoration Services

SERVPRO of New London, CT has emergency plans in place to meet the needs of any situation. Our technicians are trained experts in their specialized fields and provide a service of not only managing and restoring the environment to pre loss condition but providing extensive knowledge and information to all clients about the situation.

We understand the seriousness and potentially hazardous natures of sewage and water damage and have a working relationship with many of the major insurance companies.

Our team of trained, experienced and professional experts understand and adhere to our stringent and tested procedures, maintaining that the main objective of any restoration job is to minimize damage by providing prompt, thorough action. Observing our methodology ensures the property is remediated and any contents are as close to their pre-existing condition as possible.