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How a Rapid Response Helps New London Fire Damage Recovery

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

wiping down soot covered walls Smoke, Soot, and Fire Damage in New London homes get the SERVPRO treatment--"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Acts Fast for Fire Damage Mitigation

 Fires are widely destructive and compromising, so it is vital to have a team of technicians willing to respond fast to help. Our centrally located facility allows us to reach all of New London County rapidly after the first notice of loss.

New London fire damage can impact a range of structures, from the homes of nearly 30,000 residents to commercial facilities like Mitchell College. We work fast to help, having various trained professionals in niches like:

  • Fire Restoration (FSRT)
  • Odor Control (OCT)
  • Water Restoration (WRT)
  • Carpet Cleaning (CCT)
  • General Contracting

When Can SERVPRO Enter the Property?

In many cases, our experienced team is notified of active fire disasters as they happen and can prepare to enter the structure as soon as possible. We must wait for the work of first responders to complete and their go-ahead to enter the building. As a preferred vendor for insurance work and the urgency of fire loss scenarios, we are often prepared to enter before getting cleared.

Early Fire Damage Mitigation

Mitigation is the combination of actions taken by our SERVPRO FSRT-Certified technicians to limit damage to the house and its contents after a fire or other disaster. Emergency services combine the talents of our experienced restorers and licensed contractors to meet the initial demands of the property. Some of the most common mitigative actions taken by our professionals include:

  • Temporary Board-Up - This process sees our experienced contractors sealing over structural vulnerabilities to the outside to prevent secondary damage when water or animals enter a house.
  • Debris Removal - Combustion creates ash, smoke solids, charred materials, and bulk collapsed structure in a residence. Debris removal is vital to increasing restoration completion time and limiting soot and odor concentrations. 
  • Controlled Demolition - When the structure poses an immediate risk to the safety of responding technicians or house occupants, our licensed contractors can perform needed controlled demolition services.
  • Water Removal - With the high volume of water used to extinguish the blaze, many rooms of the house could likely be overwhelmed with water damage and the effects of the fire. 

Setting Up Staging and Containment

After fire damage, loss effects can spread quickly in the house. Containment barriers and filtration equipment can help establish a set perimeter of a work zone. Similarly, we can create a staging area for equipment and content management to limit cross-contamination with undamaged areas of the house.

How Has Soot Damaged the Structure?

Soot is one of the more common byproducts of structure fires generated when fuels only partially combust. This incomplete burning is widespread, so soot generation can be heavy depending on environmental conditions and other factors. The type of smoke damage ultimately influences the needed cleaning approach to help resolve the issue. Some kinds of smoke damage include:

  • Wet Smoke
  • Dry Smoke
  • Proteins
  • Furnace Puffback

Rebuilding After Fire Damage

Few fire loss events do not require some form of build-back or reconstruction. With the expected repairs necessary after restoration, having a team licensed to complete this work can be beneficial. While many are still waiting to schedule openings for vetted subcontractors, SERVPRO continues to complete the steps that make it "Like it never even happened."

Between the coordination with insurance providers and the multiple layers of needed restoration and recovery following New London fire damage, it is necessary to lean on the experience of professionals. When you contact our SERVPRO of New London team, you get the full measure of the training our FSRT-Certified technicians receive to be knowledgeable assets in the field during emergencies. Call now at (860) 443-2222.

Effective New London Water Damage Restoration and Cleanup

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers and air mover drying carpet Dehumidifiers and air movers help mitigate water damage in New London homes. SERVPRO makes it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO’s Fast Water Damage Recovery Solutions

From spills to leaks, flooding to burst pipes, water disasters are happening all the time. We must act fast when these threats occur to protect impacted homes and properties and minimize expenses for the customer. This fast action is one of the many benefits of hiring a full-service restoration team like SERVPRO.

When New London water damage occurs, many steps and phases are necessary to restore and recover the property. From single-family homes to massive structures like Connecticut College, we keep our Green Fleet stocked with needed restoration equipment to help like:

  • Extractors
  • Air Movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Deodorants
  • Cleaning Products
  • Mold Inhibitors

Emergency Contracting After Water Damage

There are initial construction and repair needs for the house after water emergencies. Not only can drywall become quickly overwhelmed by water exposure and begin to sag or collapse, but access is often needed to the damaged portions of plumbing so that SERVPRO professionals can restore water service.

Water Removal Services

Removing standing water is one of the first steps in mitigating loss for homes after leaks and burst pipes. Pooling is likely to occur with higher volumes of water, and a combination of equipment gets used to manage these threats and remove surface water concerns to get drying underway. Often pumps and vacuums are needed to achieve the complete water removal services necessary.

Surface Drying Solutions

Initially, the drying focus targets the surface of exposed materials like drywall, flooring, and ceiling assemblies. Air movers propel blasts at wet surfaces to begin the evaporation process. With the rising relative humidity in the structure from air mover use, dehumidification units get placed to counteract changing environmental conditions and complete the exhausting or collection and removal of water in the air.

Specialty Drying Equipment for Water Damage

While air movers and dehumidifiers combine to manage the bulk of the moisture concerns in a building, there are many applications for specialty tools. Certain equipment in our inventory is ideal for specific situations and materials, including:

  • Carpet Wands – These attachments and extensions of wet vacuums and extractors pull moisture from the carpet and padding layers of installed flooring.
  • Weighted Extractors – Using the weight of the restorer or a roving model, layers of carpeting and padding become pressed against the subflooring, and moisture is squeezed to the surface for extraction.
  • Drying Mats – Hardwood floors water and moisture extraction. Placing these units across several planks can pull moisture to the surface layer through capillary suction.

Preventing Mold Damage

It is essential to focus on the necessary steps to prevent the development and spread of harmful mold colonies. Because spores exist naturally in the environment, moisture and ideal temperature ranges create conditions that facilitate microbial growth and threaten hosting materials. While much of the restoration process has addressed moisture and water concerns, applying mold inhibitors to sensitive surfaces can be an added measure of protection against potential growth.

Water Damage Repairs Necessary

Making water emergencies “Like it never even happened” often comes down to needed repairs and reconstruction. Having a capable team of contractors with a license on our roster lets us complete many build-back services usually required after restoration. Replacing drywall and repairing compromised plumbing are among the most frequent needs, though our license allows a wide array of construction work.

New London water damage is frequent for the more than 28,000 residents that our SERVPRO of New London team stays ready to help 24/7. We understand the urgency of these scenarios and the rapid degradation of materials and belongings. We are prepared to mobilize at the first notice of loss when you call (860) 443-2222.

Lasting Recovery After New London Mold Damage Discoveries

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO mold remediation containment Mold remediation in New London by SERVPRO ensures a high level of removal, restoration, and build-back. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Manages Mold Damage Remediation and Its Causes

As a seaport city, humidity and high moisture content are common concerns for every home and business. New London County is home to thousands, and when mold and microbial threats impact structures, fast action is needed to help. The process starts with recognizing the triggers of mold development in your house, which can include:

  • Unmanaged water damage
  • Moisture penetration
  • High humidity
  • Leaks
  • Poor ventilation

With so many causes of New London mold damage, including the proximity of many homes and businesses to the Thames, we are ready to respond to these situations as they happen. It is essential to act on suspected mold development in a residence as unchallenged organisms continue to spread and the problem can worsen.

How Does Mold Damage Threaten Homes?

Microbial growth and development pose a significant threat to the household. A few focuses should encourage homeowners to act quickly when they recognize mold development in their properties.

  • Structural damage - Even with limited exposure, colonies use organic matter as a food source. Moving organisms destroy building materials. 
  • Challenging living conditions - Another concern is the living conditions for residents. While structural deterioration is troublesome, harsh malodors can make comfortable living impossible.
  • Continually spreading colonies - It is important to note that mold continues to spread and impact new materials when it forms. 
  • Moisture damage - The conditions that facilitated mold growth can continue to degrade and deteriorate nearby materials until repaired.

Is Mold Damage Easy to Identify?

When you suspect mold might be growing in your home, many do not immediately choose to pursue professional remediation. Instead, they seek confirmation of the existence of mold before securing professionals to remove colonies. There are a few signs that microbial growth could exist and be actively spreading in your residence, including:

  • Spotting
  • Odors
  • Damp Surfaces
  • Structure Damage

The Remediation Solutions for Mold

Remediation and mold removal are never a one-size-fits-all approach. Countless variables require detailed inspections that determine the ideal technique. Using SERVPRO's experienced AMRT-applied microbial remediation technicians ensures quality service. While surface cleaning is one of the more favorable solutions and the least invasive, this is not effective if the mold has penetrated beyond the outermost layer of the hosting material. We provide a combination of cleanup and recovery to help remove active mold colonies in homes and businesses. Typically, an antifungal application after the cleanup helps ensure a minimal chance of reoccurrence.

Overcoming the Musty Malodors

While musty smells can indicate active mold colonization in a household, this odor persists after remediation steps in many cases. It is only after the application of powerful products and deployment of effective deodorization equipment that this formidable restoration obstacle is fully managed. Foggers and hydroxyl machines often combine for the greatest impact on post-mold recovery.

Mold Damage Repairs to Help

Repairs are a common need after mold organisms spread in a structure. Hosting material can become irreparably harmed, especially high porosity elements like drywall. We can provide the needed build-back services and structural repairs appropriate to return a residence to its original condition with a general contractor license. Our experience in this regard can make us suitable choices for restoring and repairing even historic properties in New London like the Joshua Hempsted House.

Overcoming and eliminating New London mold damage concerns involves several steps and actions by our experienced team. Our SERVPRO of New London team is here to help, from clearing surface mold threats to neutralizing lingering malodors. Call us when you need us at (860) 443-2222.

Mold Inspection Services in New London Help Track Damages

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

Mold In Upper Corner of Wall For fast and efficient service call SERVPRO of New London at (860) 443-2222.

Professional Mold Inspection in New London

Many homes will experience mold growth in their lifetime, and this is nothing that you should choose to live with for any length of time. Microbial colonies are destructive to structural integrity and can threaten your household with their rapidly spreading capabilities. Professional inspection services can help track the presence of mold.

Can You Find Mold on Your Own?

While there is a necessity for professional mold inspection in New London properties when you suspect a threat, there are ways that homeowners can determine their need for remediation services preemptively. Specific signs often accompany early mold development, such as spots on the surfaces of drywall and wood trim or musty malodors that overwhelm small spaces of your home can be strong indicators of a microbial presence.

Professional Inspection Services

While there are signs that mold damage might threaten your home, it is often better to get final confirmation or the complete picture of this impact from our professional inspectors. Through air sample testing and thorough visual evaluations, we can track the migration of organisms and determine where remediation attention is needed and how to contain the current threat to avoid further contamination and infestation.

When You Find Mold, What Do You Do?

The discovery of mold can be alarming and stressful, especially when you are unclear on how to proceed. With experienced and leading remediation specialists on our roster, we can help you find the best mold removal solution to return your home to pre-damaged condition as soon as possible. We carefully evaluate the situation of hosting elements to choose among several possible remediation methods:

  • Antimicrobial Products
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Sanding
  • Controlled Demolition

Microbial growth can be a substantial threat to your home or business. Knowing where you stand with these possible threats can ensure you are better prepared to face what you must do with remediation specialists. Give SERVPRO of New London a call to help at (860) 443-2222.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration New London is Better with Certified Professionals

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

Flames with Ceiling Extinguisher Disaster may strike at any time in New London. Call SERVPRO for the fire damage restoration services needed for your property.

SERVPRO Offers Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in New London

A fire at your commercial property can impact more than just the building’s structure. It can ruin equipment or inventory and displace workers. Outside of the typical fire and smoke damage, water damage can occur. 

Professionals performing commercial fire damage restoration in your New London property can assure you that your inventory, building, tenants, and employees are safe. At SERVPRO, we aim to restore commercial properties quickly while causing minimal disruption to business activities. Our restoration process includes these steps: 

  • Assessing the fire damage
  • Board up and tarping services
  • Water removal
  • Removal of smoke residues
  • Cleanup

Assessing the Damage 

Our SERVPRO technicians can inspect your property and document the damage. We can also determine what to save or discard and the most appropriate restoration process. 

Board Up and Tarping Services

Our team could board up all vulnerable parts like broken windows and doors and apply roof tarps if the fire ruined roofing materials. This helps prevent additional damage from weather, vandalism, and debris. 

Water Removal

Suppose your commercial property has standard commercial-grade sprinkler systems installed. In that case, each sprinkler head can discharge about 20 to 40 gallons of water every minute from detecting the fire until it shuts off. Our SERVPRO technicians can use powerful extractors to remove the water and dry the affected areas using air movers and dehumidifiers

Removal of Smoke Residues

The type of materials burned affects the aerosols and smoke particles a fire produces. Natural materials like paper, dry wood, cotton, and cork usually produce powdery, dry, small, and non-smeary residues. Artificial materials like foam rubber, plastics, and similar polymers make significant, wet, and easily smeared residue particles. Our SERVPRO team can remove smoke residues from the salvageable structures and contents. 

Cleanup

Cleaning the retail property is an essential step before tenants move back or employees return to work. It ensures that the building is livable and everything in it is clean, safe, and structurally sound. 

SERVPRO of New London can manage your property’s recovery. We dedicate ourselves to integrity, reliability, and superior quality service. Call us at any time at (860) 443-2222.

Contact Professionals to Take Care of Storm Flood Damage in New London

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

Chair Float In House Flood Flood damage? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

Storm Flood Damage in New London Requires SERVPRO’s Help

Few things can match the damage that comes after a flood. When your house is affected by a flood, taking quick action to contact professional flood damage restorers is vital if you want to save it from more damage and make sure it is safe for you to live in it again.

If your New London home has storm flood damage, SERVPRO is the solution to your problems. We are a team of highly-trained professional restorers armed with advanced technology to deal with any situation in your house. Some of the ways how flooding can affect your home are:

  • It can cause emotional hardship in dealing with situations that might come from anxiety, grief, anger, fear, sadness, and frustration.
  • Damage to your property, of which 99% results from water damage, can happen to your equipment, belongings, vehicle, and other possessions.
  • An economic downturn might happen if your insurance policy does not cover damage due to flooding.

SERVPRO has self-priming trash pumps that help us extract all the standing water and slurry in your house so that we can begin the process of drying and restoration. This helps prevent the damage from spreading over your home to unaffected areas.

To dry all materials to normal conditions, our SERVPRO team can use a range of air movers to blow in blasts of warm air into the affected area to evaporate the water still embedded in the structures of your building and the materials affected. Our main goal here is to get them back to normal levels.

 To ensure no moisture remains in the areas hidden from the site, SERVPRO has structural cavity drying equipment that allows our restorers to direct airflow into wall cavities. The equipment replaces moist, cool air with drier, warmer air, which increases the temperature of the surfaces, lowers the vapor pressure, and increases the evaporation rate. 

To prevent your house from losing its value after flood damage, contact SERVPRO of New London at (860) 443-2222 for fast and efficient restoration services. We can make the storm flood damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

Water Cleanup in West Mystic is Easier With Expert Assistance

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

Tile Removed Due To Water Damage Afraid your wood floors have been damaged by water? No need to stress it, Let SERVPRO fix it.

Hire SERVPRO for Water Cleanup in Your West Mystic House

Water damage not only makes your house unavailable to you for a good amount of time but also leaves you with a massive process of cleaning up and restoration, all of which are not cheap undertakings. Doing all the work alone might take a long time, at which time the damage might spread or cause some complexities.

You do not need to worry since SERVPRO can effectively perform water cleanup in your West Mystic residence. We can complete the process efficiently and as fast as possible and at a reasonable cost. When you hire a professional water damage restorer, you can expect the following:

  • A rapid restoration process that keeps the damage from spreading.
  • Professionals have a safe remedy for mold.
  • The professionals can detect important details that a layperson cannot see since there is always more than meets the eye.
  • Reducing losses that might increase if the water damage is left untreated.
  • You get professional advice on your home’s condition and how to complete the restoration process.

Once we inspect the affected area, our SERVPRO team can determine which extraction equipment can provide sufficient water removal. We can use light wands, extraction units, submersible pumps, or deep extraction tools to remove the water. Our restorers remove as much water as possible so that evaporating and dehumidifying the remaining moisture takes a shorter time. 

We also have air filtration devices (AFDs) that act as air movers and filters. They have high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove particles that have become airborne, mostly when dealing with a mold colony, at which point we use them as air scrubbers. They also come in handy during the drying process since it helps our SERVPRO team control the number of contaminants being aerosolized due to the air movement we induce. The AFDs help create negative and positive air pressure during water damage restoration processes.

The water cleanup process is effective if handled immediately after the incident. Contact SERVPRO of New London at (860) 443-2222 for effective round-the-clock cleanup services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

When Fire Restoration Can Be a Challenge in New London Homes

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

fire damage room Fire restoration for your New London home should be handled by SERVPRO. We are the choice you want.

What Slows Fire Restoration?

The restoration process after a fire should begin as soon as possible. With how quickly fire loss effects spread from the ignition point through several house rooms, mitigation is critical to contain these conditions and prevent harm to the structure and its contents. However, some circumstances can slow down the recovery process.

Are Damaged Surfaces Wet?

Fire restoration for New London homes and businesses relies on understanding affected materials and the best approach to resolve the damage. One of the obstacles to this cleanup is a damp structural element or object. Wet environmental conditions or moist materials can influence the kind of smoke damage the house combats. Wet smoke is a challenge to remove, so SERVPRO works fast to manage moisture concerns before more areas of the house are impacted.

How Hot Was the Fire?

The heat of the fire can be an influential component of the cleanability of certain surfaces and materials. High heat disasters create turbulent smoke currents, impacting many exteriors as the fire rages. Pressure is also a consideration in these conditions, as the hottest fires can propel smoke solids at vertical surfaces with high velocity.

Composition of the Material

The type of material impacted will also make a difference in how readily they can be cleaned after fire damage. Non-porous materials are consistently salvageable, making some of the easiest building elements to restore after soot damage products like:

  • Concrete
  • Tile
  • Synthetics
  • Vinyl coatings

A Material's Age

Older building materials and contents can be a factor in the washability of impacted surfaces. The older these materials are, the more corrosive soot deposits can cause irreparable harm. Aging structure and contents are part of evaluating the property's damage when SERVPRO first arrives.

Fires can be stressful, but our SERVPRO of New London team has the knowledge, equipment, and certified restorers to help. Give us a call at (860) 443-2222. 

Water Damage Behavior Impacts Restoration in West Mystic Homes

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work Water damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now!

Water Damage Migration Must Be Managed

 Mitigation is the first attempt SERVPRO professionals have at protecting the property and its contents from extensive damage. Water movement is a continuous process after a disaster occurs, and understanding this migration and how it happens can help our technicians devise a suitable defense for preventable damages. Principles of water migration include:

  • Wet goes to dry
  • Hot goes to cold
  • High pressure to low pressure

Dampness Seeks Dryness

Water continues to move until equilibrium is reached, or water damage in West Mystic homes gets dried and cleaned up. The movement of moisture is a natural process where environmental conditions seek to level out. The most direct way that this can happen is wet areas of the house migrating to dry areas. This knowledge encourages our SERVPRO team to establish effective containment measures to prevent this migration however possible. 

Warm Seeks Cold

Temperature manipulation can be a critical element of the drying process, but variances in cold and warm areas in the house can cause moisture to move. Warm always migrates to cold. To combat this in a drying phase, SERVPRO professionals warm surrounding regions of the work zone to a similar temperature to promote focused drying where needed.

High Pressure Seeks Low Pressure

Vapor pressure is another consideration for how water damage will act in a property after leaks. The drying process changes the kind of pressure surrounding specific materials and different rooms of the house. Areas of higher pressure, which can also occur with warmer temperatures, seek lower pressure by absorption through the wall systems or humidity migration.

The expected movement of water damage can influence restoration practices and mitigation solutions provided by our SERVPRO of New London team. Understanding what to expect allows our team to prepare suitable restoration and recovery options that minimize reconstruction needs. Call now at (860) 443-2222.

Early Measures to Improve New London Mold Remediation

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO office Mold remediation is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for the help you need. We are ready at a moment's notice.

Slowing Microbial Spread for Fast Mold Remediation

Water and flood damage can often lead to mold growth and microbial threats. When colonies exist in your house, spores can spread fast to migrate the organism throughout the structure. Early actions by SERVPRO professionals can slow this process.

Containing the Colonies

Mold remediation for New London homes must first focus on containment efforts to slow the movement of spores. Microbes find many pathways through a residence when active colonies exist, so initial containment measures are a barrier to opening to other house rooms and the HVAC system's returns and vents. 

Sporicidal Agents and Inhibitors

Powerful products can also protect surfaces and contents from hosting mold colonies. Sporicidal agents used to eliminate active organisms on the surface of hosting materials can also serve as inhibitors to developing colonies.

The Need for Effective Drying

Drying can also be a way to make areas of the house less favorable for mold development, thereby stopping the movement of spores to new areas of the home. Air movers and dehumidifiers can regulate moist surfaces and environmental humidity, bringing them below the dampness level necessary to facilitate mold growth.

Starting Mold Remediation for Homes

After successfully slowing the progression of microbial spores in residence, we can focus on remediation efforts. Removing active colonies as thoroughly as possible is vital, as lingering mold organisms can continue to impact and damage the hosting materials. There are several possible mold removal strategies used by our SERVPRO team, including:

  • Cleaning
  • Dry ice blasting
  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Sanding
  • Material removal

Early actions can help to reduce the pace of microbial migration in the structure. We prioritize efforts to minimize the destruction colonies can cause, and containment is a large component of this focus. Our SERVPRO of New London team can help with fast remediation solutions when you suspect mold development in your house. Call now at (860) 443-2222.