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People in New Haven can Marry, Exercise, and have Fun in a Safe Setting.

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

A rope course. It Adventure Ropes Course in New Haven has to be so much fun. Go burn some energy with the family.

Spend Some Energy Moving Your Body at It Adventure Ropes Course in New Haven

The extended duration of the current health crisis prompts New Haven residents to look for activities that comply with safety recommendations while taking into account the weather outside. 

It Adventure Ropes Course in New Haven offers precisely what your family needs. A safe place to visit and try a new activity, whether you swing, climb, or zip, you are sure to have a fantastic time. If you are looking for a place to celebrate a birthday or other event, this site inside Jordan’s Furniture can help you. Some things to consider as you plan your day-

  • Reservations are available seven days a week
  • The facility is open at 25% capacity to comply with health recommendations
  • Be on time.  Reservations are made for one or two hours depending on your ticket, and times are strictly enforced.

Just like individual behavior helps control the spread of germs, so does SERVPRO of New Haven help sanitize your home or business by providing flood water removal services. When we all work together to keep us healthy, our community becomes stronger. Call us at (203) 234-1100 and let us join you in making your home look “Like it never even happened.”

New Haven Businesses Benefit from Fast-Acting Disaster Cleanup

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green van parked at commercial site New Haven Commercial Properties Are Happy to See the SERVPRO Van Mitigating Their Water-Damaged Property

Call SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100 for IICRC-Accredited Commercial Mitigation and Restoration Services

New Haven is one of the largest and most historic cities in Connecticut. The Elm City is also the second most populous in the state, with Bridgeport being the largest. While the municipality of New Haven is home to an estimated 130,000 people, there Greater New Haven metropolitan area is home to over 850,000.

New Haven’s history goes back to America’s earliest days. Before European settlers entered the area for fur trading and the eventual establishment of an American colony, the Quinnipiac tribe was long established along Connecticut’s southern coast. Their primary sustenance came from fishing and maize.

English Puritans settled in the area in 1638, two decades after Dutch traders passed through and traded pelts and other goods with the Quinnipiac and is the first planned city in the United States. New Haven shared the honor of being a state capital with Hartford from 1701 to 1873 and was then consolidated in 1895.

Today, New Haven is most well-known as a hub of New England culture and cuisine and housing Yale University. Yale is by far the largest employer in the city and has been a significant contributor to the local economy and job market, especially during its expansion over the past century.

New Haven is also the headquarters of such organizations and businesses as:

  • Catholic fraternal organization The Knights of Columbus
  • Electrical equipment manufacturers Amphenol and Hubbell Incorporated
  • Publicly traded pharmaceutical corporations Achillon Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), Transpro, Inc. (TPR), and Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN)

New Haven History: Yale University, America’s Third Oldest College

Yale was founded on a movement that began shortly after the Puritans settled in New Haven. Connecticut clergymen, led by New Haven co-founder and Oxford University graduate Reverend John Davenport, lobbied to open a college that preserved European liberal education, much like the then-recently established Harvard University. After Davenport’s passing, this effort was spearheaded by Reverend James Pierpont in 1670.

In 1701, the state legislature approved a charter that would create a “Collegiate School,” a venue traditionally reserved for educated young men to go into such fields as politics and clerical study. The Collegiate School would be Yale’s official name until 1718 when it was moved to New Haven and named in honor of Welsh merchant and philanthropist Elihu Yale. Yale funded a significant portion of the construction of the New Haven facility and donated 417 books and a portrait of King George I.

The school expanded considerably during its first century, especially during the American Revolution, when enrollment spiked due to students being ruled exempt from military service. After the war, veterans attended Yale, further increasing the student body to over 200, a record for American universities at the time.

Yale’s proud legacy has produced a bevy of domestic and foreign dignitaries and leaders, including:

  • 500 members of Congress
  • Five Presidents of the United States
  • 45 Presidential Cabinet members
  • 49 Nobel Laureates associated with the University in various capacities

Apizza, a New Haven Invention

Apizza, pronounced “ah-beets”, is a culinary sensation unique to New Haven that is on par with the distinct pizza varieties found in New York and Chicago. The pizza is an offshoot of Neapolitan-style pizza, and even the name hearkens back to the Naples region.

The typical New Haven pizza is made from long-proofed dough that is turned into a coal-fired thin-crust delight traditionally served only with tomato sauce. Unlike most pizzerias across the country, “mootz,” or mozzarella, is considered a separate topping.

Another popular variety of apizza is the white clam pizza, which is served with garlic, cheese, clams, and bacon. The most legendary version of this pizza can be found at the restaurant that pioneered apizza: Pepe’s on Wooster Street.

Pepe’s was founded by Frank Pepe in the 1920s, with competing pizzerias opening not long after. While Pepe’s had humble roots peddling pizza from a pushcart, the facility today uses proprietary ingredients and vintage fixtures such as a well-seasoned oven that has been in the kitchen since 1936.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Water Damage from a Local Pizza Restaurant Kitchen?

SERVPRO technicians provide commercial water restoration for New Haven businesses 24/7, including all weekends and holidays, because disasters do not occur on a 9-to-5 schedule. Commercial properties, especially customer-facing establishments like pizzerias, benefit from SERVPRO’s adherence to local and federal sanitation regulations for eateries and the firm’s use of OSHA-approved biocides.

It is also crucial for technicians to observe a specific process for determining structural and contents drying goals for your facility in a water damage scenario. Depending on the location, factors that can affect drying include:

  • Which materials are affected by moisture? Drywall, metal, floor tiles, carpet, and upholstery all respond differently to moisture exposure. Metals can tarnish within the first 48 hours of exposure, while wood swells, warps, and cracks. Sheetrock can crumble and grow mold from prolonged saturation.

Each material has an innate humidity content. With this in mind, SERVPRO technicians carefully measure both relative and specific humidity with calibrated moisture measurement tools when formulating a drying plan.

  • Are microbes, stains, or odors present? Microbial growth, water damage odors, and stains from furniture finishes can add additional challenges to mitigation and restoration that SERVPRO must consider when sanitizing and extracting moisture. Extraction and sanitation are thorough so that drying and rebuilding services can be performed as efficiently as possible.
  • What is the layout of the affected area? The size and openness of an affected area also impact SERVPRO techs’ approach when drying a structure. Mitigation techs can erect polyethylene drying chambers to accelerate drying in more open areas. More contained spaces may require holes in wall cavities to encourage ventilation.

SERVPRO of New Haven ensures that disaster-affected businesses look “Like it never even happened.” Call (203) 234-1100 for rapid-response commercial cleanup and restoration.

Follow British Art and Culture from the 15th Century to the Present in the Heart of New Haven

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

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A New Haven Tour Worthy of Historiographers and Enthusiasts

The Yale Center for British Art lays the claim for having the most extensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Paul Melon presented the collection to the university back in 1929, giving anyone with general or academic interests a chance to take a closer look, right in the heart of New Haven. The November 20th event features the exhibition, Love, Life, Death, and Desire: An Installation of the Center’s Collections.

During the visit, you can sample various offerings that the museum has to offer, including:

  • Over 250 sculptures, 2000 paintings, 35000 manuscripts, and rare books
  • Masterpieces by renowned artists like George Stubbs, Joshua Reynolds, among others
  • A close look at the last building designed by Louis I. Kahn, the internationally acclaimed American architect 

Visitors need timed-entry tickets to participate. It is also crucial to travel light since backpacks, large bags, shopping bags, drinks, and food are not allowed.

SERVPRO of New Haven is well versed in the restoration of valuable or sentimental items after fire damage incidents in New Haven. Call us at (203) 234-1100.

What Causes Paint Bubbles on a Wall or Ceiling?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Paint bubbled on wall Contact SERVPRO professionals at the first sign of water damage in your home.

SERVPRO techs can use their advanced equipment to locate and restore your New Haven home from the damage done by hidden leaks.

A hidden leak making itself known is a situation no New Haven property owner wants to get presented with. However, the appearance of one or more paint bubbles can point to a plumbing issue in particular if the bubble continues to grow in size or other bubbles appear in the vicinity. Moisture is collecting within the paint and causing it to lose adherence to the surface. Before opening the wall or ceiling, SERVPRO techs use their detection equipment to "see" behind the sheetrock and look for other signs of water damage such as:

  • Musty odors
  • Visible mold growth on walls
  • Staining
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Deteriorated sheetrock

Should Homeowners Pop a Paint Bubble or Bring in Professional Water Restoration?

When the signs of a leak appear on the walls or ceiling of a New Haven home, water restoration is the best course of action. There can be many issues behind a paint bubble, and popping it is not advised. Until SERVPRO techs scope the area and see how widespread the moisture is within the wall cavity, there is no way of knowing if the paint bubble is the worst of the issue or if a more extensive problem lurks behind the scene. In some cases, removing the paint bubble and allowing it to drain, followed up by diagnosing the reason for the water collection and suggestions for repairs and prevention in the future, are standard procedures. 

When a leak remains undetected for a time, it creates an excellent opportunity for mold growth. If evidence of an infestation gets found, the techs need to remove the damaged sheetrock and insulation to open up the wall cavity for complete drying. Afterward, cleaning with antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants as needed ensures no return of the mold to the treated areas.

SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100 handles water restoration for local properties. The techs arrive quickly and make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

What Tools Work Best for Basement Extractions?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Basement with SERVPRO equipment SERVPRO of New Haven is the team to call when you need reliable water mitigation services.

Water in the basement of New Haven homes can be a challenge, but our SERVPRO team can help with advanced tools. 

Water damages happening anywhere in your New Haven home can leave you with a dire need for immediate actions like extraction and drying. While many homeowners believe that water disasters can get resolved using conventional drying approaches like absorbing water with towels and mopping up the floors, this is rarely the case. Especially in more challenging areas of your home like the basement or attic, specific provisions are necessary to handle standing water and adequately dry the area to prevent secondary conditions like mold growth. 

When you require water extraction from New Haven basements, this is not as straightforward as it might sound. For instance, you must often first consider the source of the damage to ensure that it has gotten sufficiently resolved before cleanup can be effective. Without identifying the source of basement flooding, you could only temporarily resolve the issue and leave the property vulnerable to continued damage. For substantial water damage in lower levels of the home, common culprits causing these concerns include: 

  • Flooding
  • Water Heater Malfunctions 
  • Appliances Breaking
  • Plumbing Ruptures / Pipes Freezing

How Soon Should Extraction Begin? 

There are countless layers of mitigation and restoration required after substantial water disasters impact area homes. The sooner our technicians can become involved in this process, the less widespread and ruinous water exposure and saturation become. Standing water can often be one of the direst of these concerns, as penetration into materials like carpeting or hardwood in finished basements can damage more than the surface materials. With extraction begins such a vital element to the house after a water damage incident, it is often one of the first actions taken even before job scoping and thorough planning occurs. 

What Tools Are Best for Basement Extractions? 

Removing standing water from the basement often requires more care and consideration than property owners realize. Especially in situations where this lower level is finished and a livable space of the house, choosing the right extraction tool can reduce the destruction that many porous, sensitive structural elements face. Because we strive to have the industry-leading tools to manage every facet of water restoration, there are multiple extraction and water removal tools in our inventory to help with damaged basements, including: 

  • High-Pressure Pumps – Because of the basements distance from many of our stationary submersible pump options and the rise of the discharge lines to remove trapped water, high-pressure pumps can be the preferred choice for the basement and attic extraction needs. 
  • Electric Submersible Pumps – Electric submersible pumps are among the most heavily used water removal tools in our arsenal beyond wet vacuums. Because of their portability and continued operation through hours of use, these tools can quickly manage standing water concerns. 
  • Self-Priming Trash Pumps – Sometimes, especially in situations like flooding, debris and solids become a concern for the extractor. Self-priming trash pumps can move solids in the water and continue to eliminate standing water simultaneously. 
  • Wet Vacuums – Because of their portability and base for various attachments, wet vacuums are a common staple for extraction and water damage recovery in the basement of your home. 

What Other Areas Must Get Inspected and Repaired? 

Simply removing the water from the basement floors is not sufficient to eliminate the present threat after a water disaster. Other areas undoubtedly require attention, cleaning, and drying. Inspecting several areas of your home during the job scoping phase can reveal potential concerns with multiple building materials and structural elements, including: 

  • Subflooring/Joists – With finished floors, especially, water penetration can happen quickly. Also, damage to plumbing or moist conditions can have a disastrous effect on exposed joists for the main floor of your home if ceiling materials were not installed.
  • Drywall - Both as ceiling and wall materials, drywall is among the most porous building components used in a finished basement. It rarely takes longer than 24 hours of direct exposure for these elements to become unsalvageable. 
  • Flooring – Whether it is vinyl plank flooring or carpeting, excess water can quickly overwhelm flooring material that isn't low-permeance like concrete. 

Water damages to your basement are not uncommon, though swift action is recommended to limit the severity of these situations. When you have a finished lower level, the timeline is even shorter to begin efforts like extraction and drying. Our SERVPRO of New Haven team can help to make basement water loss events "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime at (203) 234-1100.

A Donut Shop Caught Fire – What Does SERVPRO Do to Help?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Our Professional Technicians Provide Emergency Mitigation and Help You Re-open Your Business as Soon as Possible.

Everyone loves donuts. Your customers want to drive up, grab their coffee and donuts, and get back on the road. If a fire occurs, it can mean days of downtime and loss of revenue. FEMA states that in 2018 roughly 30.6% of all non-residential fires were cooking fires. Fast fire mitigation is needed in the New Haven donut shop to get the doors open and the donuts frying.

How Does a Fire Restoration Company Help Businesses?

When a fire occurs in a business, a fire damage restoration company in New Haven is encouraged, and may be required by your insurance, to mitigate the damage. Our technicians help you put your business back together. Cleaning, restoration, and repair are all part of the process. The basics of the restoration process include:

  • Scope and assessing the damage
  • Removing debris such as charred remains
  • Soot, residual water, and odor mitigation

Our professional fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) work closely with the owner to decide what mitigation efforts are best for rebuilding his business. Each situation is unique and calls for different approaches to the problem. Our goal is to clean the entire donut shop and leave it, “Like it never even happened.”

Rapid Intervention is the Key

Our fast response minimizes damage and loss in many cases. Dealing with the smell quickly is one of the first things we tackle. The foul odors can permeate walls, fixtures, and furniture. Removal of the debris and soot is needed immediately to aid smell removal. Deodorization is done to a greater level later on. 

It is also critical to remove soot as quickly as possible because it can damage anything it comes in contact with. The faster it's cleaned up, the less replacement instead of restoration there is. Water from firefighters is a potential source for damage and mold. Water extraction and drying help prevent damage to the home and content. Our teams understand the need to work fast but also the need to do the job thoroughly. They provide the right balance for fire damage restoration.

Contact SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100 for professional fire damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can SERVPRO Restore My Antique Sofa After Flood Damage?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

green antique couch Storm-Damaged Antique Heirlooms or Furnishings? We Respond Swiftly to Salvage Contents for Our New Haven Customers.

New Haven Residents Are Concerned About Flood Damage to Irreplaceable Antiques

Anyone who has enjoyed antique shopping in New Haven knows how much fun it is to find an excellent piece of furniture full of character. Sometimes you come into possession of an antique from a friend or relative. Antiques lend something unique to the atmosphere of a home and are often beloved by the homeowner.

In the event of flood damage in your New Haven home, it is natural to worry about your beloved antique sofa. After all, you cannot just go to the nearest furniture store and buy another. Do not despair – SERVPRO technicians can use various techniques to save your favorite seat from floodwaters.

How does floodwater affect antique furniture?

Floodwater can cause several problems:

  • Wood frames can swell and even crack as they absorb water – sofas may be especially vulnerable to this, because of the way their frames join together
  • Delicate upholstery can bleed color or become blotchy
  • Mold can grow on the wooden surfaces, or inside cushions and seats

It is essential to deal with flood damage immediately. If you leave it, there is more opportunity for mold to grow in and on your sofa, water stains can settle in more deeply, and cracking and swelling can worsen.

How does SERVPRO save the sofa frame?

Our technicians know that antique wood can warp under the strain of floodwater – and they also understand that rapid drying is dangerous. If we dry your couch too quickly, it could be at greater risk of damage.

We dry your sofa frame in three stages:

  • First, we mop up surface water from the legs and seat, being careful not to cause color bleeding
  • Second, we position air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers in the room and around the sofa to dry it
  • Third, we use moisture meters and thermo-hygrometers to monitor moisture and humidity as we proceed

We train our technicians to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification standards, which means they know how to carry out drying at the correct speed to get results without damaging the wood.

We can also carry out light refinishing of the wood if necessary.

What about the upholstery and cushions?

SERVPRO understands how disheartening it is to see your favorite seat damp and bedraggled looking. Thankfully, we have ways to tackle water-logged furniture.

We have a range of cleaning materials we can use to cleanse cushions and upholstery and leave them free of mottling. Depending on the material, we might employ:

  • Wet fogging
  • Water extraction
  • Spot cleaning

Our technicians know just how to tent cushions for maximum drying efficiency. Once the cushions are tented, we can place air movers and fans around them to blow air across the material, triggering evaporation and drying. We can also place dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in the surrounding air.

What about color bleeding?

Naturally, you do not want the colors on your antique sofa to bleed, which would ruin its looks. SERVPRO of New Haven technicians will test an inconspicuous part of your couch before applying cleaning solutions. We test both for color running across the fabric and for pigment bleeding out of the material.

Our teams are experienced in handling delicate upholstery and know how to choose the best cleaning method and solution for the job.

Should I worry about mildew?

No – we understand the risks of mildew growth and take steps to mitigate those risks. We do not close out the project until we are satisfied that your sofa is thoroughly dry. We can also apply microbial agents to the frame and cushions to further discourage mold or mildew.

Will my sofa smell damp afterward?

We know that damp odors are a severe concern for our customers – they have told us that one of the most challenging things about water damage is the lingering smell. That is why deodorization is the final stage of any flood damage operation.

When it comes to odors, a good rule of thumb is to use dry or wet treatments, depending on the smell source. So if the source is fire, we would use hot, dry thermal fogging. For water, we use wet fogging. The wet fogger machine sprays a fine mist of deodorizing and cleaning compounds that can penetrate even hidden nooks and crannies.

Because the fogger wets the material evenly, it can also help fight water stains – it is easier to get good results when drying an entire cushion rather than the affected part only.

We can also use air scrubbers, carbon filters, and odor eating pellets to enhance deodorization.

If you are concerned about your antique furniture after a flood, call SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100.

Can Smoke Odors Get Reduced During Cleaning and Restoration In New Haven?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

 Interior of house burned by fire After a fire, there are many restorative steps to returning the property to preloss condition.

After a fire, smoke odors in your New Haven home can be overwhelming without specific steps and actions to reduce its severity.

Fire restoration and cleaning can take weeks for New Haven homes after a substantial loss. Whether the occupants' relocation is necessary or not, there are specific effects that linger in the house, like noxious smoke odors, that make it a challenge for those still living in the home or even our SERVPRO team sent to begin restoration and recovery.

Fire damage in New Haven homes requires several approaches to remove entirely. Deodorization is a vital effort of our fire restorers, but the process often occurs as one of the final actions taken to recover a house. Foggers, ozone generators, and hydroxyl machines are all necessary tools in this process. However, there are other approaches that we can take before deodorization to reduce the severity and pungency of smoke and burning smells.

What Other Options Exist Beyond Deodorization?
Because deodorization is one of the final steps of the restoration process for fire-damaged homes, we often rely on other strategies to reduce the severity of burning odors in the house. Some of these approaches include:

    •    Odor Counteractant Beads – These products are made of a porous material infused with odor counteractant solvents. By placing these near the intake of air conditioning units, we can spread a pleasant fragrance throughout the property while work continues.
    •    Deodorant Granules – Unlike beads, these products absorb odors in the air. We place these granules in the path of air currents and the furnace and air conditioning intake.
    •    Debris Removal – Often, just removing the build-up of debris and ash in a property after a structure fire can reduce soot and smoke concerns.

After a fire, there are many restorative steps to returning the property to preloss condition. Our SERVPRO of New Haven team can help your home through each phase when you call (203) 234-1100.

How Can the Progression of Water Damage Threaten New Haven Homes?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

dehu, tube and tent drying hardwood SERVPRO Works Hard to Salvage Water Damaged Hardwood Flooring in New Haven with advanced equipment and methods

Depending on the exposure and saturation of structural elements, water can cause irreparable damage that requires tear-out and reconstruction.

Many New Haven homeowners might not think of water damages as devastating threats to a property, especially when the initial impact seems superficial. Without adequately addressing water damage or its effect on the exposed materials and contents, the situation could become more widespread and severe than it might initially appear. Addressing these concerns often requires sophisticated technologies designed to track the migration of water damage throughout a house, including in the structural cavities and beneath flooring surface layers.

When you consider the multiple layers and levels of water damage restoration for New Haven homes, you might not appreciate the extent of work involved in removing all the moisture threats present when water begins to move, saturate through porous materials, and increase the humidity. There comes the point where restoration for soaked materials like wood flooring is not possible, and that comes with recognizing the stage of water damage present.

  • Surface Water – Surface water is when the damage in a house is still lying on the top of the flooring and accessible by squeegee wands, carpet wands, and other extraction/drying tools. 
  • Trapped Water – When water begins to penetrate beyond the finished layers of wood plank flooring to saturate the individual planks, it is still possible to use floor drying mats, “tenting” with polypropylene sheets, and other equipment to preserve these flooring elements. 
  • Bound Water – When water molecules chemically bond with the planks, distortion, and warping occur. 

Can Components like Wood Flooring Get Repaired After Damages?

Often when warping and swelling around the seams has begun, protecting the planks is not possible. Controlled demolition can remove only the compromised portions of flooring to make reconstruction more efficient and cost-effective. If we can sand and refinish crowns or cupped edges of floor planks, we can salvage these boards. We always strive to restore and not replace.

Water damages can be threatening to a property if not addressed quickly. Our SERVPRO of New Haven can show We're Faster To Any Size Disaster when you call (203) 234-1100.

Why Does SERVPRO Use Containment During Mold Remediation?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

wallpaper being pulled back to expose mold It is difficult to detect hidden mold colonies. SERVPRO has the expertise to remediate the mold damage in your home.

New Haven Homeowners Can Rely on Us to Control the Spread of Spores

People living in New Haven know that the upkeep of a house is a significant undertaking. There are always items needing repairing or replacing, and there is a list of chores each week. Some jobs require professional help, and you need a company on which you can rely.

If you need mold remediation in New Haven, SERVPRO is your go-to remediation company. We put our technicians through a comprehensive training program, which is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification certified. Our services are available all day, including on holidays, so you know we have always got your back.

Proper containment procedures are an essential part of our technician training. But what is containment – and why does it matter to you?

How does mold travel?

To understand the necessity of containment, it helps to know how mold travels. Mold spores are microscopic. The mold growth you see as black patches is a network of tiny tube-like filaments called hyphae. A mold colony comprises many hyphae, and the mold grows and lives in areas that provide moisture and a food source.

Unfortunately, mold does not just stay in its colony. Tiny mold spores can break free and become airborne. Once the mold is in the air, it can attach to clothes, bags, shoes, and even pets. It can also enter the home through doors and windows. If the breakaway mold spores find another location with moisture, oxygen, and a food source, they can form a new colony.

How does containment help?

Containment makes it harder for mold spores in New Haven to leave the affected area. If it is harder for spores to go, they are less likely to travel and set up a new colony in another part of your home.

Containment does not only stop mold spores, however. It is also helping to prevent the spread of:

  • Silica dust
  • Asbestos
  • Lead-based paint
  • Leftover soda crystal particles from soda blasting 

Containment means we keep the contamination in one area, which makes it easier to handle and produces better long-term results for you.

What exactly is containment?

There are two main types of containment.

We use limited containment for smaller areas (usually less than 100 square feet). SERVPRO technicians wrap the affected area in a single layer of polyethylene sheeting. We use tape to seal up all windows, doors, ducts, and vents to close off potential exit points. The sheeting contains a slit for entry and exit covered by a flap when not in use.

We use full containment in larger areas, or more severe cases of mold. Full containment includes two layers of polyethylene sheeting and the addition of a decontamination area. SERVPRO employees use this area to decontaminate themselves and their equipment before entering the rest of your home.

Are there any other benefits of containment?

Yes. As well as stopping the spread of mold or other harmful particles throughout your home, containment:

  • Prevents further damage to your property by making it harder for spores to find a new home elsewhere
  • Makes the cleanup process much easier
  • Ensures we carry out mold remediation in the safest possible environment

What about air filtration?

Air filtration is an essential part of containment. We use powerful air scrubbers, equipped with HEPA filters, to pull microscopic spores from the air and trap them. The HEPA filters are small enough to capture tiny mold spores, as well as other airborne contaminants.

In some cases, we also use negative air machines. While air scrubbers are self-contained units, negative air machines vent the contaminated air outside of your home. They create a vacuum to prevent mold from becoming airborne and escaping.

Does containment stop mold?

It is impossible to ensure that mold will never take hold in your home again. Because it can enter through doors, windows, on your clothes, or your pets, we cannot truthfully say it will not come back. However, containment means that the mold spores in the currently contaminated area cannot spread. And if they cannot spread, they cannot set up new colonies.

Containment is highly effective for treating the current mold infestation and discouraging spores from traveling elsewhere. We also use moisture meters and sensors, and thermal-hygrometers, to monitor moisture levels in the affected area, so there is less moisture to feed mold.

We also use highly effective cleaning procedures such as baking soda blasting to clean away as many visible colonies as possible. The combination of containment with effective remediation makes your home much less friendly to mold spores and removes existing colonies. If you need help with mold remediation, give SERVPRO of New Haven a call at (203) 234-1100.