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We Are The Right Choice In New Haven Water Damage Restoration

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Hardwood floors affected by water damage Our skilled technicians are ready 24/7 and have the state of the art equipment and advanced training to restore your home, call us right away.

Conditions Necessary to Freeze and Burst Pipes in New Haven Homes

Freezing pipes continues to be one of the most devastating and consistent loss incidents that New Haven homeowners can experience throughout the winter months. As preventable as these circumstances might often be, misinformation about how pipes can freeze, and which areas of the house are most susceptible to this loss incident. Freezing pipes can cause thousands of dollars in damage over just a short period, especially if you do not notice the situation right away.

Understanding the conditions necessary to freeze the pipes in your property can help to reduce the likelihood of water damage to New Haven homes. Better preventative measures can help our customers to experience less of the destructive properties of cold snaps and steep temperature drops. Here are some facts that can help you assess risks before catastrophes have our SERVPRO team on-site to assist.

  • While water freezes at 32 degrees, conditions must often drop below 25-28 degrees to solidify water inside of your interior plumbing.
  • Freezing points often exist where the service line feeding the house enters the basement
  • Insulating pipes reduces cold air exposure and frost formations and can often be sufficient for preventing freezing in most situations.

Despite the heating unit often being located in the basement levels, unless you use a wood or coal stove to heat the property, the basement remains one of the coldest areas of the entire house. In the most extreme temperature drops that the city can often experience through the winter months, this bitter cold can surround exposed pipes in this lower level and freeze the water inside.

Bursting pipes can deposit more than 100 gallons of water a minute onto the floor until the water supply gets severed. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with efficient extraction options, including our truck-mount pump for substantial standing water damage concerns. For the concrete flooring, we can utilize drying mats when the material has allowed moisture to penetrate beyond the surface. We also have a standing relationship with the Connecticut Reconstruction Services team, who can work to repair damaged plumbing and reconstruct any areas that need it.

However our SERVPRO of New Haven team can help after a water loss incident, give us a call at (203) 234-1100.

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Why Homeowners are Confident of Overcoming Property Damages here in New Haven.

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO will always show you the why when it comes to your New Haven damages.

Home repairs can come at the most unpredictable of times. SERVPRO of New Haven is here for the community providing emergency restoration services to commercial and private property. Our roster of experienced technicians covers mitigation and repair of the property after mold, fire, water, or storm-related damages. We are a fully-licensed asbestos mitigation provider with qualifications and permits for biohazard as well as trauma cleanup. Whenever the community requires emergency property repair, we are available via our twenty-four hour emergency help center. Contact us today. 

Storm

Exceptionally violent weather events can cause severe storm damage to your New Haven home. The combination of high winds with an increased risk of flash flooding can often result in damage to both structural contents and the structure of the home itself. These issues may present themselves as broken windows, roofing, or doors. You may find the lower levels of your property, including crawlspaces, become flooded, resulting in a potential biohazard concern. SERVPRO is available on call to assist you after a violent weather event.  

In the immediate aftermath of a storm, the main concern for New Haven homeowners is safety and security. Temporary relocation may be a necessity during hurricane season. SERVPRO can visit your property during this time and perform emergency board-ups of broken windows and doors to prevent unlawful entry or looting. We can also seal the weakened roof structure using temporary tarps to prevent rainwater from entering the property and causing further damage. 

Our restoration services are focused on mitigation and security. If your home requires structural repairs that go beyond the scope of SERVPRO restoration services, we can arrange for trusted general contractors on your behalf. We find this procedure can significantly reduce the stress of home reconstruction because you only need to work with one point of contact throughout the service. Once the restoration is complete, our New Haven team can complete your paperwork for a stress-free claim. 

Mold

While mold spores exist in all home environments, they can become problematic if they can breed on cellular rich surfaces. These surfaces may include wall-paper, drywall, or natural woods. Over time, a mold infestation can result in the rotting away of the structure without professional restoration services. Dampness is the main factor in uncontrolled mold damage in your New Haven home, and remediation procedure may require thorough drying of wall cavities to be completed effectively. 

When mold infests porous materials, the only way to prevent repeat issues is to remove altogether and replace the offending items. In some New Haven homes, asbestos may be discovered during inspection or removal of mold. SERVPRO is a licensed asbestos abatement company and can seal the affected area to prevent cross-contamination. We can then bring in air-scrubbing equipment to clear any asbestos fibers before placing asbestos in double-sealed biohazardous waste bags for safe, responsible disposable. 

A property that is professionally cleaned, dried, and disinfected is unlikely to experience persistent mold issues. By combining both containment and decontamination procedures, SERVPRO mold remediation technicians can bring microbial growth back under control. We may recommend you install vapor barriers beneath your crawlspace or have your plumbing and insulation checked to reduce the likelihood of returning mold and address the underlying causes. 

Water

A backed-up sewer pipe or nearby road overflow can cause water damage in your New Haven home. These types of property incidents are considered by restoration services to be biohazardous. There is a strong likelihood that your home may become flooded with herbicides, pesticides, raw sewage, or animal carcasses. SERVPRO has a dedicated team of biohazardous waste technicians to both remove and dispose of dangerous substances in line with state law.

You should avoid all contact with biohazardous waste and black water in your New Haven home. Where possible, you should attempt to seal off the room by closing doors to prevent potentially harmful sewer gases or pathogens escaping into other areas of the home. SERVPRO can arrive with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to both enter and decontaminate a biohazardous waste situation. 

We begin by removing as much water as possible, as quickly as possible. Contaminated water can spread or be absorbed by materials in the structure and contents of your home. The longer these materials are exposed to black water, the more likely it is they take on moisture and the pathogens within. Once the standing water is pumped out, we can begin the restoration service by shoveling or removing biohazardous waste into double-sealed disposal bags. SERVPRO can thoroughly disinfect the area as well as demolish and replace materials like drywall that may itself become contaminated. Thorough deodorization is included within the restoration service.

Fire

A property fire can leave behind large amounts of debris, soot, smokes, and odors. SERVPRO has an impressive reputation in restoring indoor air quality and removing soiling after fire damage in New Haven. Fire restoration cleaning combines different techniques, equipment, and expertise intending to return the structure of your home to a preloss condition. Restoration services consider structuring any permanently attached items in the home, such as doors, window frames, pillars, banisters, stairs, walls, and ceiling. 

Usually, when performing a fire restoration service, a SERVPRO technician aims to address structure and contents separately. Generally, contents are removed to a cleanroom or sometimes to an offsite facility for cleaning while the structural restoration is underway. Wet cleaning methods tend to be the most efficient and active, so, where possible, SERVPRO technicians aim to clean walls, ceilings, and flooring using solvent-based cleaning products.

Some materials in the home may become damaged further by introducing water or wet cleaning methods. We can use gentler dry cleaning techniques for a structure that may respond poorly to add moisture. You may also find that parts of your New Haven home are so severely damaged that they are beyond repair. SERVPRO can remove these items from the property and, as far as light construction is concerned, replace them with clean materials. 

While property emergencies are inconvenient, they need not be a permanent inconvenience. For restoration services relating to mold, storm, fire, or water, contact SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100.

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A Few Commercial Water Damage Mistakes in New Haven That You Should Avoid

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage New Haven – Swelling Subfloor Damages Tile

One of the reasons many owners install ceramic tile in commercial offices is that the tile can withstand lots of foot traffic and lasts much longer than carpeting. Tile also maintains the original finish and can be easily cleaned. Few people realize that tile can be damaged when a water leak floods a tile floor.

SERVPRO has been responding to commercial water damage incidents in the New Haven area for many years. Our team's experience and certifications allow us to provide emergency services to New Haven for water, fire, and storm damage whenever it occurs on a 24/7 basis.

Why Tile Floors May Crack

Whenever a water leak occurs, the water can spread rapidly over a tile floor. With nothing to absorb the water, such as a carpet, water may cover the entire floor in minutes. If the leak is identified quickly and repaired, many customers assume all that is needed is to mop up the surface water, allow it to dry for a few hours, and normal business activities can be resumed.

Tile and the grout are always sealed at installation. However, over time, cracks may appear in the grout, or there may have been areas that remained porous. Water sitting on a tile floor can seep in between the cracks or around edges to the subfloor below. Once the subfloor becomes wet, the wood may swell, placing pressure on the tile, causing further lifting or even cracking of tiles in the area.

SERVPRO can help remove standing water from your commercial building as well as test subfloors to ensure the floor is dry and not cause damage sometime later. If the subfloor can be reached from the floor below, drying from the bottom may be considered. Small holes can be drilled into the grout to assess the moisture levels. We also use non-penetrating meters to assess moisture levels.

Let SERVPRO help to prevent tile breakage or loosening. We can clean up after a water leak and monitor the subfloor to avoid potential future problems.

Call SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Mount Carmel, Spring Glen, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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When You Need Professional Cleanup Service In New Haven Call Our Experts

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Tackles Basement Flood Damage in New Haven

Many Connecticut homeowners may be considering remodeling their basement. On average, homeowners spend $62,834 according to 2014 figures. It is crucial to weigh this investment against the average losses from basement flood damage, which can be as much as $48,000.

If your New Haven residence requires rapid flood damage cleanup, an IICRC-certified SERVPRO crew is ready to take on the job. Both technicians and franchise owners alike receive extensive training in flood damage mitigation, as well as restoration of items whenever possible. Our emphasis is on your safety and comfort so you can enjoy your home restored to a preloss condition.

Preventive Measures for Basement Water Damage

  • Mind your water bill. While floods can be disastrous, other types of water damage can be easily detected by finding sudden increases in water costs. 
  • Do routine maintenance. If you install a sump pump in your basement, you can minimize damage from flooding and other types of water accumulation to a certain degree.
  • Protect your basement. Measures like automatic dehumidifier systems, thermal insulation, and drainage systems are excellent ways to minimize the effect of moisture on your basement.
  • Install sensors. Having water sensors in your basement allows you to be alerted as soon as moisture is detected. Some water sensors are even able to turn off power and close valves to minimize damage.
  • Repair cracks. One of the most common ways water infiltrates basements is through cracks in the walls or foundation. If you see a crack, repair it, no matter how small it is.

How SERVPRO Can Help

When SERVPRO technicians come to your home, they can get right to work extracting floodwaters from your basement. One of the primary concerns after extraction and before drying is stopping the spread of microbes. There are several methods that technicians can use to mitigate damage and other risks from microbes, including EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants, and controlling temperature, humidity, and pH levels. Vacuums with HEPA filters may be used to take care of airborne microbes that are as small as 0.3 microns in size. 

Extensively contaminated materials may require removal, and what is safely salvageable in a flood situation can be disinfected and dried accordingly. Technicians can discuss the disposal of items with homeowners and insurance adjusters to keep them informed throughout the cleaning process.

SERVPRO of New Haven is a team you can count on to make sure your home looks, "Like it never even happened." When you need professional cleanup service, you can call (203) 234-1100 any time of the day or night.

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Early Mitigation Steps for Fire-Damaged New Haven Homes

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO will take on your New Haven fire damage.

One of the most severe disasters that can affect New Haven homes is a fire. While these emergencies ultimately require professional restoration and remediation service, this cannot begin until the appropriate extinguishment process has been completed. In many situations, our SERVPRO team gets notified of the disaster, along with first responders, to have our qualified technicians mobilized and ready to step in with emergency services when firefighters have given the all-clear.

Recovering after a loss involves more than scoping the fire damage and odor in New Haven residences and working to overcome them. Early mitigation work can both reduce the severity of current damages and prevents worsening conditions from developing in the hours and days following the fire. There are a few specific steps that our team can implement immediately to help reduce the cost of restoration and shorten the timeline of recovery.

Many of the emergency services provided by our SERVPRO professionals get chosen for their ability to reduce harsh odors in a residence after a fire. Odors can often be one of the most significant challenges to face for even experienced professionals on our team, so reducing catalysts to the problem can help to make this deodorization process more streamlined and successful.

In many cases, removing charred and partially combusted items that can supply the region with noxious scents is a good starting point. Between the controlled demolition practices available to our customers through our licensed general contractors we have in-house to our content management department that can remove overly damaged personal belongings and seek to restore items not completely ruined, we have effective strategies for contending with fire and smoke odor origin points.

All of the immediate services for a fire-damaged home are vital to prevent further spread and deterioration of the structure. When it comes to reducing and eventually eliminating harsh odors, controlled demolition and content management can be useful starting points. No matter what your home needs after a fire, you can count on the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of New Haven team to help. Give us a call anytime at (203) 234-1100.

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Water Damage In New Haven Means SERVPRO to the Rescue

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

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When Water Damage Happens Under Cabinets in New Haven Homes

The two rooms in the house where the majority of water damage happens are the bathroom and the kitchen. One thing both of these areas have in common are built-in furnishings such as kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities. When this type of water disaster occurs in New Haven, how does removal happen?

When water damage happens in New Haven homes that affect a room with cabinets, you need professional mitigation. That is when you call SERVPRO because our technicians come to the rescue. We scope the damaged areas in your home to track the migration path of the water using our moisture detection equipment. In most cases, the toe kick (the board around the bottom of the cabinet where it meets the floor) requires removal to allow for water extraction and adequate airflow for drying. 

Equipment and Techniques for Under-Cabinet Water Removal

The floors and walls under cabinetry can be a challenge. There are sometimes multiple layers of sheetrock. Some cabinets have a backing material, while others are directly next to the sheetrock. Either way, extractor wands assist in the fast removal of moisture and help prep the area for the setup of air movers. 

When a wall received saturation, such as in the case of a pipe break or supply line leak, SERVPRO technicians often drill weep holes into the walls to assist with drainage and drying. In cases where the sheetrock has non-restorable damage, it is cut away to halt any further wicking of moisture. 

Specialized Drying Equipment Lessens Loss

The type of materials that make up the cabinetry determines in large part how restorable the unit is. Composite or pressed wood tends to fare poorly upon extended exposure to water and can be a loss, while hardwood cabinets often have a better outcome to restoration methods. SERVPRO technicians use equipment such as the InjectiDry, a unique configuration of hoses that forces warm, dry air under the cabinets, wall cavities, and other compact spaces as needed, to ensure they dry completely. 

SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100 has the equipment and experienced, certified technicians who can make the water damage in your home seem, "Like it never even happened."

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Heaters Are Essential To Water Recoveries In New Haven

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Heaters Are Vital to New Haven Water Recoveries in Winter

During the winter months, our SERVPRO team faces some of the most substantial volumes of water loss incidents throughout New Haven. Because of cold snaps that can damage plumbing to ice damming building along the eaves of rooftops, the frigid conditions can lead to multiple avenues that damage your home with moisture and direct water penetration. Finding the most effective strategies for drying up these damages is vital to protecting your home.

Many homes throughout the region are no strangers to the use of portable heaters in the winter, but a similar technology can get used by our professionals to address water damage in New Haven residences better. Direct heaters have multiple functions in a home after a water loss incident, and that is why it arrives with our technicians dispatched to these emergencies at any hour of the day.

Our technologies harnessing direct heat to more efficiently evaporate saturation and moisture are a vital element to our drying efforts at any time of the year. Our experts can make this process even more efficient through tenting procedures that utilize our thick 6mil plastic sheeting taped down and held in place with sandbags. The objective with tenting is creating a small work area where equipment like our dehumidifiers, drying mats, air movers, and even direct portable electric heaters can better serve their specific purposes.

While the manipulation of the temperature can help to increase the rate in which drying can occur, our portable heating units can also be vital for your home in situations where power gets lost. Under substantial water loss scenarios, homes must temporarily sever their electricity to prevent danger to the family or our SERVPRO professionals until extraction and recovery complete. Our field generators can produce the power to keep our customers warm while water loss restoration continues in the drying zone.

We're always doing what we can to help our customers through traumatic emergencies that can damage homes and their occupants. Our electric heaters can help speed up drying and make the restoration more comfortable for our customers, even amid a substantial loss incident. Give our SERVPRO of New Haven team a call anytime you need us at (203) 234-1100.

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SERVPRO Provides Real-World Solutions to Mold Remediation in Hamden Commercial and Industrial Sites

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Restoring Normal Indoor Air Quality after a Case of Commercial Mold in Your Hamden Office

Mold has a musty smell, which can make your Hamden office uncomfortable. Apart from the smell, mold also releases spores and other debris into the air, which can have adverse health effects on the occupants. Even if mold colonies are not in view, such as when they develop in wall cavities or above the ceiling, their effects on the IAQ is the same as when developing in the open.

Restoring indoor air quality after discovering commercial mold in your Hamden office requires an understanding of how the problem develops. When materials in a building are wet or damp over extended periods, bacteria and mold colonize these materials. The growth process releases microscopic airborne particles, while the Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds produced, release the musty odor associated with mold. Mold can also develop in the HVAC system, which further compromises the air quality in your office. Poor air quality is often the root cause of a "sick office."

Removing all mold colonies and debris from the structure is the first step towards improving air quality. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches, including:

    HEPA Vacuuming
    Damp Wiping
    Wire brushing or other forms of agitation
    Removal of porous materials

Vacuuming helps remove loose debris and spores from surfaces. The use of HEPA filtered vacuums helps because they capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3-micron, ensuring none of the spores and mold debris escapes into the air. Damp wiping helps remove debris adhering to the surfaces in the affected areas. It also helps kill spores and prevents further growth, especially when we use cleaning agents with antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. In case of massive growth on porous surfaces, removing the material is necessary because cleaning procedures cannot remove the root hyphae that penetrate below the surface.

 When demolishing affected areas, it is possible to release mold debris, further compromising the indoor air quality in your office. Our SERVPRO technicians take various steps to prevent this, including creating isolation zones and running negative air pressure machines during demolition.

Quality indoor air quality is necessary for comfort and maximum productivity in the office. Call SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Regulating Humidity Levels After Hamden Flood Damage

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor of a room. Your Hamden home can go back to normal after a flood.

Let us help you through the flood in your Hamden community.

Hamden homes call for immediate attention to extract water in the event of a flood. Our team of trained technicians at SERVPRO can help you to protect your home and your family from potentially hazardous conditions. We offer a range of containment and cleanup strategies that help to keep microbial threats to a minimum.

Something that remains vital after a flood event is controlling the humidity by containing the area. We have proven methods we use for addressing flood damage in Hamden and the surrounding areas. Our team can quickly get inside to work on drying out construction materials and structural elements using the latest equipment and technology. Dehumidification is done to not only mitigate water and moisture damage from the flooding but also to help keep secondary damage from forming due to prolonged exposure.

While homeowners often turn to dehumidifiers within the drying zones, there is more to effective drying and moisture control. Such units are elemental for the drying process, but SERVPRO technicians know that proper leveling of the moisture content in the air can speed up restoration efforts. Once the area is disinfected and cleaned thoroughly, our team can then employ the use of air movers to dry the space efficiently.

Something that only flood damage and water restoration professionals know is the proper way to create negative pressure in the drying zone. SERVPRO technicians can use hydroxyl generators and negative air chamber units to help clean environmental contaminants by way of HEPA filtration. This technology works to trap and exhaust these contaminants outside the home. When using these specialized units strategically, we can manage relative humidity and dehumidify your home to limit the impact of secondary water damage. The impact includes the potential hazards involved in mold growth.

We know that flood damage is a situation that can be both hazardous and costly for any homeowner. SERVPRO of New Haven has teams at the ready for mobilization 24/7 to help if disaster strikes. All you have to do is give our staff a call at (203) 234-1100.

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Our Professionals Can Save Your Fire Damaged Garage In Hamden

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Garage Fire Damage in Hamden Can Be Mitigated By Professionals

Garage fires are not something the average homeowner has to consider every day, but according to the US Fire Administration, approximately 6,600 garage fires occur in the United States every year. The most prevalent cause of these fires is electrical failure. A light with faulty wiring that catches fire near flammable materials like a wooden workbench can be all it takes for fire damage to affect your home.

When fire damage occurs in your Hamden residence, SERVPRO technicians and franchise owners have extensive training in cleanup and safety.  Commercial-grade materials and comprehensive education mean that homeowners get a safer, more thorough clean that protects their home and possessions.

Tips for Preventing Garage Fires
• Keep your garage clean. Not only does clutter make it easier to address a fire when it happens, but it also means fewer materials available to stoke the flames.

• Store flammable materials separately. Put aerosols, motor oil, propane, paint, and other flammable items in a shed or other area unconnected to the home.

• Avoid overloading outlets. Overloaded outlets are one of the most frequent causes of garage fires, so be mindful of electricity use to minimize risks. Using extension cords can create additional risk for wire failures that can start a fire.

• Install a heat alarm. Many garages do not have smoke alarms and may set them off accidentally due to hot temperatures or exposure to dust and fumes. Heat alarms can alert you to unusual changes in temperature that indicate a fire more reliably.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Possessions
After a team reaches your home, they can get started right away on addressing soot, fumes, and residues generated by a garage fire. SERVPRO uses a variety of advanced cleaning techniques to restore items, including wet and dry cleaning, immersion in eco-friendly cleaners, and much more. If your tools and home repair items are covered in soot, ash, or residues, a combination of immersion, abrasives, spray cleaning, and other techniques may be utilized for restoration.

Lingering odors are common after a fire and can be combated with a combination of industrial cleaners, adequate ventilation, odor counteractant beads, and commercial-grade deodorization. If air is particularly dirty, HEPA air scrubbers can catch odor-causing particulates as small as 0.3 microns in size.

SERVPRO of New Haven is Faster to Any Size Disaster, no matter when it occurs in your home. Call (203) 234-1100 today to get speedy and reliable emergency service.

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