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Restoration of Flood Damage Incidents in New Haven with Minimal Inconveniences

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Why You Can Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Home After Flood Damage Occurs

There is never a convenient time for a flooding incident. Apart from the financial loss and other problems that develop, restoration of flood damage incidents can create unique challenges or inconveniences. Hiring a professional restorer such as SERVPRO helps deal with the problem with minimal inconveniences. 

Restoration of flood damage in New Haven requires the effort of many people to help with tasks such as moving items, water extraction, and cleaning, among others. If you are wary of letting strangers into your home, getting people off the street to help you might not be a viable option, but working with professionals can help ease your privacy concerns since the workers are trained to relate with customers professionally. Our SERVPRO crews also have a variety of sophisticated equipment that reduces the number of people involved when restoring your home.

The processes involved in the restoration of flooded properties, including the movement of contents, demolition, and disposal of waste, can lead to loss of valuables. Our SERVPRO technicians keep proper inventories, which indicate where every item is. Categorizing items as salvageable, unsalvageable, or questionable in the early stages of the restoration helps ensure nothing is disposed of by mistake.

Finding unaddressed issues long after the restoration of an incident is a great inconvenience. Issues such as lingering odor or mold development after an incident, are undesirable outcomes, which indicate that an inadequately addressed incident. Our SERVPRO technicians take precautions not to leave unaddressed issues. We use sophisticated equipment to trace water intrusion patterns in hidden places such as subfloors and other cavities. We also open up walls by making flood cuts and remove porous materials to eliminate odor, contamination, and other problems. Deodorization of the affected property removes any lingering smells.

Reducing the inconveniences that develop during the restoration of flooding incidents in Hamden, North Haven, and West Haven helps minimize the stress associated with such incidents. Call SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Get You Back To Business In New Haven After A Flood

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

One of our vans with the sliding door open revealing the water extraction equipment inside Our trucks mounted with water extraction units used for suctioning up water from the damaged areas of the structure after a flood.

Removing Commercial Flood Damage from a New Haven Barbershop

Connecticut business owners may be surprised to find that the average commercial flood insurance claim can be more than $97,000. While that may be pocket change for large businesses, small businesses often have difficulty recovering from these types of disasters due to lost revenue and having to replace inventory and materials. Worse still, without proper mitigation, flooding can leave behind mold and other contaminants that can affect the quality and safety of your business.

If you are a small business owner looking for commercial flood damage mitigation in New Haven, your local SERVPRO has you covered. This IICRC-certified team of technicians is highly experienced in flood damage mitigation and restoration and is always ready to help business owners open their doors once more. SERVPRO employs state-of-the-art technologies such as infrared cameras, submersible pumps, and industrial-grade deodorizers to return your business to a sanitary, preloss condition.

Supplemental Flood Insurance Protection Tips

If your business is in a high-risk flood area along the coast or the Quinnipiac River, you may be familiar with NFIP's flood insurance policies. However, you may need supplemental insurance to cover specific items such as:

  • Business property or equipment used outside of the building, such as septic systems and cisterns.
  • Business vehicles, which are not covered under NFIP commercial flood policies. Your vehicle insurance can cover them as an endorsement.
  • Any damages to your building, inventory, or business property over $500,000. These require excess coverage.

Generally speaking, you absorb the financial damages from shutting down your business after a flood. However, some private flood insurance policies do cover financial damages from shuttering your business.

How SERVPRO Restores Your Business

When flooding occurs, it can be challenging for any business to bounce back, particularly small local establishments like barbershops. However, SERVPRO professionals get straight to work on extracting floodwaters and removing contaminated debris, such as rugs and other porous items, with the full knowledge of both you and your insurance adjuster. 

After removing the bulk of the water with a submersible or truck-mounted pump, restoration techs can use portable extractors to remove water from salvageable furnishings. These extractors feature three separate systems for heating, vacuuming, and pumping that work in tandem to thoroughly remove moisture and prepare your space for disinfection and drying. Drywall that is absorbed moisture can be prepared with weep holes and flood cuts to maximize ventilation in wall cavities and minimize the risk of mold proliferation.

SERVPRO of New Haven can provide you with service that makes your business look, "Like it never even happened." No matter when disaster strikes in your business, you can call (203) 234-1100.

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Our Certified Experts Are Committed To Restoring Your New Haven Home After A Flood

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Wet hardwoods in a house after a flood Our experts have the training, equipment, and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition after a flood hits your home.

Repairing Hardwoods After New Haven Flooding

After flooding occurs in a New Haven home, you are quick to work towards assessing the damage and the steps you can take to return your property to preloss condition. Flooding, even without contamination concerns, can pool along the floors of the levels affected, allowing it to saturate into materials like carpet fibers or porous wood. Hardwoods are more water-resistant and can exist in flooring, cabinets, and other furniture.

Despite the lower porosity of hardwood furniture and construction materials, contamination or delays in drying flood damages require us to replace hardwoods in New Haven homes. Our SERVPRO professionals can assess the widespread effects of migrating flooding with moisture meters and probing detection devices. Surface meters can show when trapped water exists in wood materials, often without a need for probing. When visible swelling and warping begin, there is no reversing this condition, and controlled demolition must occur.

Flooring

Wood flooring can be one of the first areas of your home affected by natural flooding. While surface water can remain above the wood planks for a short period, absorption inevitably begins. Once contaminated water begins to bond with the cells in the wood, there is no preserving the flooring. Our partners at Connecticut Reconstruction Services can replace wood flooring and subflooring materials once our SERVPRO technicians have removed damaged areas and decontaminated remaining structural supports and joists.

Cabinets 

Base cabinets can come into direct contact with pooling floodwater, but hung cabinets can also get damaged when water enters through the roof after storm effects. While particleboards can show damage and deterioration quickly after a flood, hardwood cabinets can resist penetration for longer spans. Once saturation occurs, it is crucial to act quickly to remove these flood damaged elements to prevent the development of mold. We can remove these units entirely to better dry structural cavities and drywall behind to prepare the kitchen or bathroom for new materials to get installed.

Hardwood can resist absorption of penetrating floodwater, but once it has saturated beyond the surface, our SERVPRO of New Haven professionals must work on controlled demolition solutions to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (203) 234-1100.

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Is Your New Haven Home in Need of Fire Damage Restoration? SERVPRO Handles the Entire Process!

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Preparing a Fire-Damaged New Haven Home for Full Reconstruction 

Fire losses can leave a New Haven home disheveled and destroyed in many ways. It is the job of our experienced restoration professionals not only to take the necessary steps to restore the property as best as we can but prepare the structure for the build back and reconstruction to come. Many structure fires require repair and rebuilding, but this can only happen once our SERVPRO professionals have addressed the other immediate concerns of the property. 

Airborne threats and debris are hindrances to the restoration of fire damage in New Haven residences. With advanced tools, equipment, and products, our technicians can record conditions during our initial walk through to identify the specific practices and products necessary to return a home to its preloss state. Fire effects can spread quickly between soot, odors, smoke, and debris. The right steps taken early can help to reduce the severity and concentration of specific hazardous effects, primarily when structural compromise already exists. 

One of the critical practices that must occur quickly after a fire loss is debris removal. Removing rubbish and the remnants of burned construction materials and contents can help to reduce the source of soot and odor circulation in the house. Our SERVPRO technicians can then deploy air cleaning equipment like our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to trap particles and contaminants with the HEPA filtration system and noticeably reduce odors. 

We take the initiative to prepare your home for the build back and reconstruction it might need by performing controlled demolition. This practice not only exposes other areas of your house that could use restoration attention but provides a seamless transition between our mitigation efforts and the build back of our industry partner Connecticut Reconstruction Services. 

Fires can be a devastating force for area homes that can leave structures in need of immediate restoration attention and later reconstruction. Our SERVPRO of New Haven team can work to restore salvageable areas of the property while preparing destroyed areas for full-scale build back to come. Even with so many layers of fire loss effects, our technicians can make these disasters “Like it never even happened,” by calling (203) 234-1100. 

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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)

man tries to stop water squirting from the kitchen faucet When you cannot stop water and it ends up all over your kitchen or bathroom, call SERVPRO to clean up.

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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