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Which Equipment Best Removes Standing Water After a Flood in New Haven?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Lifebuoy floating on kitchen Flooding and its damages can spread quickly throughout your residence.

Flood Damage in New Haven

Our SERVPRO team can help with useful extraction tools to make drying and cleaning efforts more efficient after flooding in your New Haven home.

Flooding can introduce many immediate threats to your New Haven home. Among the most severe and threatening of these, especially in natural flooding scenarios, is standing water. This pooling in areas of your residence can be challenging to remove without the right tools and approaches. However, our SERVPRO professionals can help with multiple options designed to manage this loss scenario quickly.

Despite how destructive flood damage in New Haven homes can be, many homeowners do not recognize the need for professional restorers as quickly as they should in many circumstances. The sooner that our experienced technicians can get to work on removing water and drying the house, the less damaging that migrating water and saturation can become. Mitigation and emergency services like extraction must begin as soon as our team arrives, and we have several approaches. Popular types of extraction tools include:

Pumps – With a submersible end that can generate a prime to pull standing water from a damaged area, these units are capable of moving thousands of gallons from damaged areas over brief periods.

Wet Vacuums – When water depths do not exceed two inches, wet vacuums and their various attachments can help to remove surface water and prepare the property for drying.

Weighted Extraction Tools – Carpeting can absorb high volumes of water before pooling begins on the surface. Weighted extraction units utilize the weight of our technicians to press the top layer and padding into the subflooring. The onboard vacuum removes moisture brought to the surface.

Are Submersible Pumps the Best Choice for Standing Water?

Submersibles are some of the more reliable and powerful tools in our water restoration inventory. The choice in which of these pumps suits the damage the best often falls to the present debris and solids in the standing water. Natural flooding can introduce substantial debris, silt, and other particulates that electric submersible pumps cannot easily pass, but that is more ideal for trash pumps and larger units like the extractor truck in our SERVPRO Green Fleet. Some of the most common choices for extracting substantial flooding in the house include:

Self-Priming Trash Pump - Trash pumps run on gasoline and diesel fuels, which can make them an ideal option where power is already limited, and other restorative devices can use it. These powerful extractors can pass smaller debris with a larger intake/discharge hose.

Electric Submersible Pump - These units are the standard for removing standing clean water in the house. When flooding occurs through breaches in the roof or openings in the house, we can extract thousands of gallons over a brief period with these capable units.

High-Pressure Pump - Similar in function to the electric pumps, high-pressure units can address a greater need for lift and head. These units cannot easily pass debris but can be excellent options for removing flooding in the basement, attic, or other areas that require an extended discharge.

When Do Professional Restorers Use Wet Vacuums?

With a manageable depth of two inches or less, the present water damage is still too considerable for time-efficient drying. Wet vacuums and their various attachments can help to finalize the removal of surface water. While these units can also be capable at greater depths and more substantial losses, when the standing water is enough to support the prime on submersible units, these have more power and a higher volume of output production.

What Are Weighted Extractors?

Water losses can often negatively impact many of the exposed materials in the house, and none can experience more of this damage than the flooring. Carpeting can get hit the worst, as it immediately absorbs migrating water and can become nearly fully saturated before showing pooling water on the surface. With clean water incidents where contamination is not a concern, it is often possible to dry and restore carpeted floors with the use of water removal tools and calculated drying approaches. Weighted extractors can have a role in this recovery, and these include:

    •    Stationary Units
    •    Ride-On Extractors
    •    Large Loss Recovery Tools

Flooding and its damages can spread quickly throughout your residence. Beginning extraction and drying efforts as soon as possible is an effective way to protect your home and its contents from irreparable damage. Give our SERVPRO of New Haven team a call today at (203) 234-1100.

What is the Safest Way to Restore my Home and Contents after Flood Damage?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

"flood zone" New Havens Storm damage needs SERVPRO’s tools and reliability.

SERVPRO Offers Nationally Certified Restoration Experts to New Haven Residents with Flood Damage.

What qualifications are needed to restore property flooding in New Haven?

Certifications can help you identify expert local restorers when you do not have time to do thorough research. Our technicians complete their training by receiving nationally recognized qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) body. Flooding can present considerable challenges to even the most experienced practitioners, which is why certifiable quality is essential to sourcing a good restorer. Our roster of technicians for flood damage in your New Haven home include water restorers (WRT,) Applied Structural Drying (ASD) experts, odor control (OCT) and applied microbial remediation (AMRT.) We can also provide specialist stone, masonry and ceramic tile cleaning technicians (SMT) and carpet cleaning technicians (CCT.)

What are the immediate concerns with a flooded property?

- Standing water can exert significant pressure on a structure and need to reduce immediately.

- Stemming water migration can lessen potential damages. 

- Securing a property from unlawful entry and theft

- Waterproofing your home using tarpaulins to prevent further water intrusion

- Bringing down relative humidity to avoid microbial growth issues

- Removing possessions from the reach of floodwaters and placing them in a designated dry room for specific restoration detail

- Acting quickly to control water migration and protecting wall cavities or subfloor from water exposure

How does controlling humidity prevent mold growth?

Micro-organisms like mold need three conditions to grow: food supply, temperature, and moisture. A home is full of potential food for microbes, especially wet fabrics, insulation, or drywall. The relative humidity typically rises in a property with large amounts of water in it due to evaporation. To dry a property, we need to encourage evaporation by increasing the temperature, allowing air to hold more moisture than in cooler conditions. The combination of drying efficiently and preventing microbial growth is a fine balance. SERVPRO technicians take regular measurements of indoor humidity using hygrometers to ensure that mold reproduces slowly during the restoration. Slowing mold growth allows us to focus on drying efficiently without risking an uncontrolled microbial outbreak. 

How can you rid a property of microbes after flood restoration?

Microbes are a natural part of all home environments, which makes removing them impossible. However, microbes are not bothersome unless they reproduce in an uncontrolled environment. Our AMRT technicians can focus solely on preventing mold growth using a combination of chemical agents and drying principles. The most effective precaution against mold growth is to dry the affected area quickly and control humidity levels over night. By working together with ASD technicians, they can prevent an infestation from occurring and restore the property to its normal, sanitary condition.

What steps can you take to control mold growth during flood restoration?

- Dehumidification to maintain indoor humidity below 60 grains (of moisture) per pound (GPP) keeps microbial growth under control. 

- Using biocides or antimicrobial chemicals on high-risk areas to prevent mold from moving through growth stages during the cleanup

- Paying close attention to water migration, dripping or leaking which could cause damp spots and attract mold spores

- Thorough cavity inspection and drying to avoid mold buildup behind walls, floors or ceilings

How can I speed up evaporation in a room without natural ventilation or light?

Water evaporates quicker when there is plenty of dry air in the room. A general rule of thumb for encouraging evaporation is that wet always move to dry. However, the more water that evaporates, the more saturated the surrounding air becomes, reducing drying times. When dealing with a room with lots of residual moisture, evaporation can create a vapor barrier between dry air and the surface, which leads to slow drying. SERVPRO technicians use air-moving equipment to maintain constant air motion through a flooded property. Moving air allows wet surfaces to evaporate into dry air. Combining a heating element increases overall air temperature, which allows it to absorb more evaporated moisture speeding up the drying process. 

When can you start structural or contents restoration for a flooded property?

Once damage mitigation is complete with the property is clean and dry, we can begin to perform a restoration. Restoring a property can involve replacing any building materials that were non-salvageable and as buffering carpets or repainting walls. Our technicians combine the restoration phase with preventive measures that can protect your home against secondary damages. These procedures include using antimicrobial or odor sealing primers on walls and carpets to ensure that you do not incur further costs in the future. 

Taking a property through restoration from start to finish requires organization and qualified restoration professionals. Contact SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100.

Help for Selecting a Professional Restoration Service After Flooding in New Haven

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water on floor Spring rains bring the potential of flooding. Should the rains invade your home, know that SERVPRO is always available to take your call.

Identifying Reputable Restoration Teams After New Haven Flooding 

Flooding in New Haven homes can be overwhelming and leave many homeowners so fixated on fixing the immediate issues that they do not approach the situation with a clear mind. Many predatory companies can pop up amid natural disasters that we have seen in the area. As much as we can be a positive responder to these emergencies, we hope to keep our neighbors from befalling the unfortunate scam artists that appear after a storm. 

Knowing how to identify reputable restoration teams from these fake companies is not always easy, especially when you are under the stress of flood damage in your New Haven home. There are a few key differences that should help these fraudulent restoration teams stand out against accredited professionals in the industry like our SERVPRO team. 

Paying Upfront for Services  

One of the most considerable red flags that should inform you that you are not speaking to a legitimate restoration company is the request to pay money upfront, even part of the final bill. Our company does not ask for money until the work gets finished, and this is discussed throughout the restoration process to keep everyone on the same page. 

Unknown to Your Insurance  

After flooding, many local insurance companies reach out to our team directly on behalf of their clients and properties because we are a recognized name in quality restoration. If your insurance company has not heard of the team you are considering, there is a chance they are not as renowned as they might pretend to be. 

Undocumented  

Accredited restoration teams like our SERVPRO team have a business license complete with insurance for the work that we do in homes throughout the area. After flooding, many things could happen to your home in even the earliest stages of restoration. Choosing an uninsured and unlicensed restoration team leaves you vulnerable to even greater financial disasters. 

Flooding is a scenario that is more common than many homeowners might believe. When you need reputable and reliable service during an emergency, you can always count on our SERVPRO of New Haven professionals to help. Give us a call at (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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When You Need Professional Cleanup Service In New Haven Call Our Experts

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Wet hardwood floors due to flood damage in this home We are locally owned and operated and our experts have the training, equipment, and experience to restore your home 24/7.

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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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 Certified Technicians Are Prepared For Your New Haven Flood Restoration Services

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Professional Flood Damage Management in New Haven

When heavy rainfall stresses storm sewers and residential gutter and downspout systems in New Haven, the result can be flooded lower levels, basements, foundations, or crawl spaces. Extreme weather patterns during the mid to late summer can result in many inches of rain falling in a short period. Repeated storms “training” rainwater over the same locale over hours or days also exposes areas to flooding. Our team can help you remove the influx and dry out your home to prevent secondary damage.

Flood Damage Takes Many Shapes

Flood damage in New Haven does not always stem from an overflowing waterway. “Flash floods” are a phenomenon experienced in many places when torrential rainfall collects on roadways or washes from elevations, acting like a creek or river breaching its banks. The effect is similar, with residences in the path vulnerable to inches to feet of water intruding, submerging crawl spaces or filling the lowest story of a house with highly contaminated water.

Contamination Requires Professional Action

Relatively clean water is already incredibly damaging to conventional building materials. Porous structures crumble, wood warps, metals rust, and the stage is set for destructive microbial growth. When sewage, yard and road chemicals, organic debris, dirt, and a host of other solids and dissolved substances add to the mix, safety and health concerns increase. SERVPRO is poised 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist members of our community in collecting, containing, and disposing of contaminated water fast, following local hazardous waste regulations.

Cleaning and Disinfection Using EPA-Registered Products

After containment and disposal of contaminated flood waters SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians clean the affected surfaces with products tested and registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We also use EPA-registered disinfectants to kill and inhibit the growth of the wide range of pathogens that contamination can introduce into your home. 

Efficient Structural Drying

After water removal, cleaning, and sanitization SERVPRO technicians utilize principles learned during the IICRC-approved Applied Structural Drying (ASD) course. We measure moisture levels, establishing baselines that help us determine and work toward implementation of drying goals. Heat and the action of air movers encourage absorbed water to vaporize. Then our high-efficiency dehumidifiers capture the moisture for disposal.

SERVPRO of New Haven is your resource when residential flooding presents a challenge. Call us at (203) 234-1100 to set up an evaluation after heavy rains infiltrate your home.

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Don’t Try and Tackle Flood Damage in Your New Haven Residence Alone

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage to your New Haven home can be tiresome to deal with alone. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Responding to Several Aspects of Flood Damage in Your New Haven Home 

You may consider a storm as a single event, but it can damage your property in many ways. Lighting and falling debris such as tree branches can punch holes in the roof while the strong winds can blow up windows. All these problems create ways for water to reach the interior of your house and cause widespread damages. A fast response can help save your New Haven home when such an incident happens. 

Protecting the property from further deterioration is a crucial step when responding to flood damage in your New Haven home. Various steps can help you achieve your intended goal of protecting the property from further damages. Sealing any openings can help prevent keep out weather elements, while quick water extraction helps prevent problems associated with unfettered permeation of water. Our SERVPRO technicians help by boarding up the house and installing roof tarps securing it. We also bring high capacity water extractors to remove any standing water quickly. 

Storm waters affect building materials in many ways. The materials on the floor such as carpets, tiles, or floorboards bear the brunt because no matter where the water breaches the property, it is likely to end up on the floor. Contaminated water soaks into carpets ruining them completely through staining and contamination. Wood expands when it absorbs high amounts of water so floorboards can buckle at the joints or rot if not dried properly. Our SERVPRO technicians remove the existing carpet and pad for disposal. We also help install the new one when cleanup is over. We also use various moisture detection and drying equipment to remove moisture, including: 

LGR Dehumidifiers 

Centrifugal Air Movers 

FLIR Thermal Cameras 

Moisture meters 

Thermo-hygrometers 

Flooding incidents leave properties dirty with a combination of debris from damaged items within the structure and materials swept in by ranging water or strong winds from outside the structure. A thorough clean up is, therefore, necessary to restore the property to its preloss state.  Our SERVPRO technicians clean all affected contents, including furniture, draperies, and upholstery. We also clean floors, walls, and other parts of the structure to achieve sanitary levels. 

Consulting a professional restorer can help you deal with any aspect of flood damage. Call SERVPRO of New Haven at (203) 234-1100 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Damage from a Storm: Go Big and Go Green

3/4/2016 (Permalink)

If you have ever had a weather related emergency, such as a flood, tree fall, pipe burst you may have experienced the frustration of calling for help only to find you would be put on a list and gotten to when you’re gotten to.  If you have not had a weather or event related issue at your home or business, good.  If you ever do, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

1)     Everyone you reach out to, whether a plumber, tree company or SERVPRO wants to help you and as quickly as possible.

2)     When an area is affected, whether by a microburst, hurricane or deep freeze, the damage is common.  In other words, if your pipes freeze when the temperature drops from 40 to seven over a 24 hour period, the same thing is happening all around you.

3)     Immediate response resources in an area are always limited.  Your plumber of 15 years can not hire additional crews overnight, as much as he would like to.

So when this occurs, it pays to Go Big.

At SERVPRO of New Haven, our first question is always: Is the source fixed or do you need help fixing the source? As the largest SERVPRO in Connecticut, we work with a huge network of trades people and labor and can often recommend someone to help out.  Once the source is fixed, our large trained staff supplemented by experienced labor and euqipment sources from all over the tri-state area will be rolling.  

Whether its factory fire, burst water heater or a tree on a house, We are Ready for Whatever Happens.