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How a Rapid Response Helps New London Fire Damage Recovery

8/4/2022 (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

8/4/2022 (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

8/4/2022 (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.

When Fire Restoration Can Be a Challenge in New London Homes

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

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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)

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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.

Realistic Drying Goals for Water Damage in New London Shops

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Efficient Water Damage Drying is Our Priority

With the importance of sufficient drying and the many tools and products involved in this process, mitigation and restoration work must start immediately when your shop suffers water damage. Our SERVPRO professionals work directly with the property management and the insurance company to set up estimated timelines and costs to keep everyone aware of what to expect.

Setting Realistic Drying Expectations

Setting realistic and achievable drying goals for water damage in New London stores is important for your employees and customers. Property owners need to realize that, in most cases, sufficient drying does not happen overnight. We work to produce the most efficient and direct results for commercial structures, which means several objectives like:

  • Achievable timeline
  • Continual monitoring
  • Mold prevention
  • Surface cleaning

Measuring Success of Drying Tools

Drying is not a set-and-forget process for our restoration professionals. This procedure introduces dozens of evaporation tools and dehumidifiers into the workspace that must combine efforts to produce the intended results. Using moisture meters and hygrometers, we can continually track water damage and humidity to document the impact these machines have on the process.

Adjusting to Increase Production

Technicians will continually monitor air movers and other drying equipment to ensure they are as productive and efficient as our crew chief anticipates. In some cases, units might require rearranging, additional machines to be added, or even times where equipment can be removed to maintain the timeline necessary for appropriate drying and restoration.

There are many considerations and factors that influence the pace and production of drying processes. We prioritize the fastest and most thorough structural drying of businesses to get your doors back open after a disaster. This is an evolving process beginning as soon as we arrive. Give our SERVPRO of New London team a call when disasters strike at (860) 443-2222.

Understanding Smoke Damage for Fire Restoration in New London

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

fire damage home Smoke damage restoration is no easy task. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

Smoke Can Be a Formidable Fire Restoration Hurdle

Fires are universally damaging and threatening situations for homes and businesses alike. Smoke can impact the home in many ways, both during the combustion of materials in the house and after the fire gets extinguished. Our focus as an experienced restoration company is to help manage the damage that smoke can do and return your property to preloss condition.

What is Smoke?

Fire restoration for New London properties centers around the impact of smoke. But what is smoke? This is a byproduct of combustion when burning materials decompose into gas and solid particles. This combination becomes aerosolized, and the particles stay suspended in the environment until they adversely impact the residence.

What Impacts Combustion Rates?

The pace at which materials burn and the degree to which these elements get destroyed plays a part in how much smoke and related soot damage SERVPRO professionals must address. Several factors can influence the combustion rate with materials, such as accelerants being introduced during the burn or atmospheric conditions causing fire to move at a slower, smoldering pace. The event conditions change the thickness and presence of smoke and soot after extinguishment.

Types of Smoke Damage

Understanding these various smoke types can show where specific restoration and cleaning approaches are best. The same methods are not ideal from one kind to the next and, in some cases, could result in irreparable surface impact.

  • Dry Smoke - Produced by high heat fires, characterized by a thin and chalky residue.
  • Wet Smoke - Moist, thick residual deposits that solvents must often remove.
  • Furnace Puffback - Ionized soot damage from an oil furnace that often appears like black spider webs.

After fires, restoration should begin as soon as possible to overcome the many types of smoke damage. SERVPRO of New London can help. Call us today at (860) 443-2222.

Replacing Materials in West Mystic Homes After Flood Damage

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

Man in yellow boots standing in flood Flood damage restoration for your Mystic home should be handled by SERVPRO. Our technicians have the training and experience needed for every phase.

Does Flood Damage Require Reconstruction?

Flooding is a devastating threat to area homes. From infiltrating water in the basement to severe storms that allow flooding from the roof, there are many ways that your property could be impacted. Our fast response helps evaluate the need for reconstruction and repairs after flood infiltration.

Assessing the Threat and Reach of Flooding

Flood damage in West Mystic homes can spread rapidly and impact dozens, or even hundreds, of surfaces. It is up to our responding SERVPRO team to evaluate the risk of exposure and catalog loss. When contamination is a concern, directly impacted materials must be considered for removal and replacement.

Controlled Damage Where Necessary

Flooring, wall systems, ceiling assemblies, and other materials exposed to potential contaminants of intruding floodwater should be removed. This is especially true for those porous by composition, so they absorb the water rapidly like drywall and carpeting.

Salvageability of Non-Porous Materials

Non-porous materials can be cleaned, even when exposed to potential contaminants from groundwater infiltration. Our inventory has multiple disinfectants, sanitizing compounds, and agents to overcome bacterial pathogens and other threats. Cleanable surfaces can be plentiful, but common home construction materials include:

  • Tile
  • Concrete
  • Ceramic
  • Glass

Full-Service Professionals to Help

In addition to our experience and training with the repairs and reconstruction needed in your home, we have the same professionals ready and able to get mitigation and restoration started as necessary. We work fast to secure the structure and provide needed cleaning and disinfection processes.

Flooding in your home can directly impact and ruin building materials and contents. Swift action is critical to prevent more of your home from suffering the same fate. As leading restoration professionals, we are ready 24/7 to help when disasters strike. Give our SERVPRO of New London team a call as soon as possible at (860) 443-2222.

Choose Experts in New London for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s Commercial Fire Damage Restoration is the Best in New London

Whether you are in charge of a small retail location, a commercial kitchen, or a large-scale production facility in New London, you need to be prepared to address emergencies like fire and water damage. Any business that gets hit with fire damage could face a significant loss. However, having a team like SERVPRO on your side will help you to cut back on downtime and the cost of your fire restoration claim. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – helping area businesses get back on their feet with professional fire cleanup and reconstruction.

Preparation is vital if you want to prevent the need for commercial fire damage restoration in New London. SERVPRO recommends:

  • Regular inspection and testing of all smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler system components.
  • All cords, electronics, devices, machinery, and electrical outlets are assessed.
  • Ensure your staff has proper fire emergency protocols to follow.
  • Keep our number handy should you need our Green Fleet dispatched to assist with fire and smoke remediation.

Should a fire emergency occur, SERVPRO is on the scene and ready to start within as little as four hours of your initial call. Our crew chief will perform a complete assessment once first responders clear your commercial space as safe. We select the best equipment and measures to help us bring your business back to pre-fire condition, including air scrubbers to handle malodors and debris removal so that we can replace charred materials with new materials using controlled demolition. 

We Can Be Your Insurance Liaison

SERVPRO is here to help ensure all the paperwork for your commercial fire insurance claim is filled out and ready for your insurance provider. 

Contact SERVPRO of New London whenever you require fast, efficient commercial fire damage restoration. You can reach us day or night, 365 days a year, by calling (860) 443-2222 or requesting help online.