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Is It Wise to Handle Mold Damage in My Waterbury Home Myself?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

mold covered door and walls Mold will spread like wild fire within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO technicians are experienced in the latest mold remediation services.

The best practice is why SERVPRO uses EPA mold remediation procedures.

Waterbury homeowners who work hard to keep their premises clean might inadvertently intensify mold growth. Mold spores are always present, causing little harm as long as excess moisture does not linger. Cleaning up spills, attending promptly to plumbing or roof leaks, and ensuring relative humidity remains below 60 percent all help limit the proliferation of mold, which requires a source of moisture. Suppose mold begins growing in a damp area like a bathroom. Scrubbing with soap and water or even diluted bleach solutions can provide the mold with additional moisture to rebound and continue growing.  

How Do Professionals Abate Mold Growth and Damage?

Mold damage in Waterbury residences responds well to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols. The successful track record of this approach is why SERVPRO crews receive training in this step-by-step method:

  • Location of moldy areas
  • Containment of workspace with 1.6 mil polypropylene, often with additional assistance from a negative pressure air scrubber
  • Donning of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect unaffected areas from crew member’s tracking
  • Mechanical removal of mold colonies with brushes and scrapers
  • Controlled blasting of porous materials like drywall with soda or dry ice to remove and incapacitate mold organisms
  • Cleanup of debris by HEPA-filtered vacuums and spray and wipe techniques
  • Application of EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit mold regrowth

The most successful outcomes take advantage of mold remediation research, why SERVPRO of Waterbury uses the EPA-designed process. Arrange an evaluation by calling (203) 757-5050.

Can SERVPRO Professionals Deodorize Fire Damaged Cheshire Shops?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged commercial building Don't let a fire in your building set you back any further. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for fire restoration services 24/7 365 days a year

Elimination of smoky smells makes your retail space more inviting.

Lingering fire-related smells are not only annoying to business owners, but they can also affect your financial success if customers find them odious and head down the street to a competitor. Although masking agents that cover up the smell offer a short-term fix, exploring evolving technologies that work through chemical reactions to neutralize the smell is a sustainable alternative.

How Do Professional Odor Control Experts Deliver Results?

Even if the evident fire damage in Cheshire businesses is minimal, the smell of a fire prolongs the event. If the blaze occurred in a snack shop or staff kitchen area, the protein-based malodors could be pervasive, although the residues causing the smells might be nearly invisible. No traces of the soot can remain when the goal is to eradicate the smells caused by incomplete combustion or dehydration of fuels. To this end, SERVPRO technicians:

  • Seek out, bag, and dispose of all fire debris (even hidden in cavities or elsewhere)
  • Deep clean surfaces to remove the bulk of the soot particles carrying the odors
  • Consider sealing surfaces of porous structures where absorbed odors continuously vaporize (drywall, wood trim)
  • Replace some porous materials, including insulation
  • Switch out filters in HVAC and other air circulating systems
  • Use advanced odor-fighting technologies:
  • Thermal fogging -- pairing odor-bearing particles with combusted deodorants to neutralize odors
  • Enzymatic treatments for organic residues
  • Hydroxyl generators are emitting particles that bond with malodorous soot and change their chemical composition to eliminate smells. 

Trust SERVPRO of Waterbury to help get your business back in operations by eliminating pervasive fire damage odors. Schedule an assessment at (203) 757-5050.

When Pipes Leak Who Helps Waterbury Residents with Water Removal?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Plumbing leaks can be very destructive to a home. When it occurs you need the professional help of SERVPRO and their IICRC certified technicians.

Solutions after plumbing fails - why SERVPRO leads the industry.

Before colonization, the general area now called Waterbury was home to Indigenous Peoples with Algonquin origins. After changes occasioned by King Philip's War, the fledgling town relocated to the east of its original space to the Mad River banks. The Algonquin name was "Matetacoke," translated to "the interval lands." Its Anglicised name became "Mattatuck." When admitted to the Connecticut Colony in 1686, another name change, this time to Waterbury, reflected the many waterways, including the Mad River, emptying into the Naugatuck from both sides of the valley. The settlement was slow to expand until the brass industry took advantage of its water power.

Was Brass Milling and Manufacture a Lucrative Industry for Waterbury?

By the time Waterbury incorporated in 1853, the city was known as the "Brass Capital of the World." The high quality and durability of the brass manufactured in the city helped build a solid reputation for the firms milling and rolling the composite metal. Brass and copper from Waterbury reached many areas of the United States, including Nevada's Boulder Dam.

What Were the Most Common Goods Manufactured by the Brass Companies Congregating in Waterbury?

At first, brass manufacturers produced buttons and clocks. The land around the city was ill-suited to farming, and the brass cottage industry was an alternative to agriculture. Brothers Abel and Levi Porter moved to Waterbury and joined pewter button makers Henry, Silas, and Samuel Grilley in 1802 as Abel Porter and Company. Using a direct fusion process to join zinc and copper to create the metal, they opened the first rolling brass mill in the nation using Naugatuck and Mad Rivers' strength. High demand for military notions and medals encouraged the company to start with buttons, particularly uniform buttons. Still, over the next century, they and other companies branched out to make various metal items focusing on brass and later copper:

  • Novelties
  • Decorative accessories and tableware
  • Sheet brass
  • German silver
  • Brass and copper wire 
  • Brass tubing
  • Copper pipe
  • Plumbing supplies

What Happened to the Brass and Copper Industry in Waterbury?

During World War II, the US government was on a desperate search for war materials, and the city produced shell and gun casings. Eventually, Chase Brass and Copper Company, LLC, the last prominent Waterbury brass working company, moved to Montpelier, Ohio, after the war-time demand relented.

Why Does SERVPRO Top the List for Help When Old or Failing Plumbing Leaks?

Complete water removal in Waterbury requires an investment in training and an extensive inventory of specialized equipment to rid homes of standing fluids and lingering moisture. Dedication to industry best practices is why SERVPRO acquires the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for all workers. Our fleet of service vehicles delivers the following crucial machinery to every water emergency project:

  • Submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted and portable extractors
  • Air movers
  • Heaters
  • Dehumidifiers 

Although it is unlikely today that antique plumbing fittings from the "Brass Capital of the World" cause water removal urgency, the ability to manage even that scenario is why SERVPRO of Waterbury should be your first call. Reach us at (203) 757-5050.

Learn to Find a Healtheir You in Waterbury

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

basement flooding and sewage problem brick wall Want to make your Waterbury home safer and healthier after a flooding and sewage problem? Call SERVPRO

Discover the advantages of essential oils in a free local workshop.

If you have ever been curious about what essential oils are and how they can help you to lead a more positive, healthier life, then you now have the opportunity to get these questions answered. Experienced experts can walk you through the use of oils and provide some guidance and help into what products might be best for you and what ails you.

With the stresses of 2020 still fresh in the rear-view mirror, do not miss the opportunity to learn how to lead a fuller, more natural life. The workshop covers many questions like what oils are, how they work, and how they are natural remedies to common ailments. You can reserve your spot for the February 2nd, 2021 event by contacting the Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown (203) 596-1000.

Flood damage to Waterbury homes can cause significant stress, but our experienced team can make it “Like it never even happened.” From extraction and decontamination to content restoration, our SERVPRO of Waterbury team is available 24/7 at (203) 757-5050.

Cheshire Residents Can Unwind with Feel Good Fridays

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

open garage door, soot inside, car in driveway SERVPRO treats your vehicle to a clean garage after a fire-damaging and sooty event--in all of Cheshire and the surrounding areas!

Sports Rock of Waterbury offers a fun way to welcome your weekend.

Because it is so conveniently located along with the Lakewood Lanes here in Waterbury, Sports Rock Bar & Lounge provides various beers and cocktails to appreciate while you hit the lanes. On Friday, January 27th through closing time in the earliest hours of January 28th, thirsty patrons can experience the allure of many on-tap beverages with their favorite friends and family.

The weekend always starts with Feel Good Fridays featuring hours of live entertainment provided by DJ Big Cuzz. There’s no cover to come and enjoy some classic rock music in a safe and distanced way. For more information, you can call Sports Rock Bar directly at (203) 574-5131.

Some classic rock can burn up the stage, but if you are dealing with a need for fire damage restoration in your Cheshire home, you should leave it to the professionals. We have skilled technicians certified in deodorization, soot removal, and fire damage cleanup to return your property to preloss condition. Give SERVPRO of Waterbury a call today at (203) 757-5050.

Preserving Waterbury's Future by Protecting the Past from Water Damage

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Professional water restoration companies like our SERVPRO team can help with mitigation and recovery.

With a growing population, Waterbury has continued to provide a stable place to live in work for thousands of residents. Once a booming part of the brass industry, much is changed in the recent decades for the city, though the population has not dwindled as a result. Despite the fact that our town motto, 'What Is More Lasting Than Brass?' seems less pertinent, it is more a statement of the community's longevity and its adaptability to the changing of times. Water damages can substantially impact historic and protected properties throughout the county, so having the fast response and knowledgeable technicians of our SERVPRO team to help is valuable for many property owners. 

Protected Properties of Historical Significance 

Because the city's history began in 1686 as an incorporated town, many structures and areas throughout the region bear historical significance. Many New Haven County areas in the greater New Haven region of Connecticut have ties to the American Revolution and other prominent periods of American history. There are protected landmarks and buildings that require unique restoration and recovery approaches when contending with water disasters like flooding or a plumbing leak. Determining the best strategy in terms of cost efficiency and protecting original construction materials ultimately requires experienced professional water restoration companies. Some of these unique and historic properties in New Haven County include:

  • Palace Theatre – There's already been many resources and money put aside to renovate and remodel this theater to its original glory. First constructed in 1922, the theater had an excellent run of successes until the mid-80s. With a passionate group of individuals looking to provide a greater depth to live entertainment in the city, the structure was able to reopen its doors in 2004 and has seen steady successes since.
  • Downtown Waterbury Historic District – Much of the buildings found in this protected area of downtown Waterbury were constructed in the late 19th or early 20th centuries. The total area features more than 130 protected buildings stretched out over 75 acres. This cross-section of the city was first recognized for its historical significance by the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
  • Benedict-Miller House – This is one of the massive manors that point to a time of prominence and industry for the city of Waterbury. The home was built for tycoon Charles Benedict, a recognized name in the brass work production. Built in 1879, this is one of the few grand houses remaining in the Greater New Haven area. You can see the Queen Anne style, complete with brick and wooden paneling, on Hillside Avenue.
  • George S. Abbott Building – On the convergence of North Main and Cooke Streets, you will find a property less than an acre in size that features a five-story building that has stood in this place since 1899. Most locals might remember a long-standing tire shop in the base of this building that once had a fifty-year run ending in 1980.  
  • Elton Hotel – This is one of the oldest and most recognized hotels in Waterbury constructed in 1904, to replace a different accommodation destroyed in a fire two years earlier. The building has seen multiple celebrity guests throughout its lifetime, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, John. F. Kennedy, and James Thurber, who is said to have written his most famous story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" during his stay.

Protecting the Heritage and History of Waterbury

Museums and cultural centers are both vital to protecting the stories and legacies of some of the area's most famous residents and visitors. Many structures have filled this role, and our SERVPRO team has helped provide efficient water restoration services to commercial properties. Some of the local museums and iconic locations include:

  • Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center – This facility showcases the art and creations of those who were born or spent part of their lives in Connecticut. The collection features work from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. 
  • Holy Land USA – This was one of the most fantastic attractions for all of Connecticut during the 60s and 70s, as it was a theme park unlike any other most had seen. While it was closed for nearly 30 years, the park reopened to great success in 2014.
  • Brass Mill Center – Perhaps one of the most well-known locations for Waterbury is this massive shopping venue. Constructed from the remnants of brass production facilities, the name was a testament to what was discarded to build the new center.

When Only Professional Water Restoration Companies Can Help

Water restoration is not often a situation that can get resolved by a determined homeowner but instead requires sophisticated equipment and technologies. Identifying the damage is among the first steps of professionals arriving at the compromised property, and this involves various detection devices and discovery tools to isolate moisture pockets and dampness.

  • Hygrometers
  • Thermal imagery cameras
  • Moisture meters

When standing water exists, professionals are expected to resolve this situation with our advanced extraction equipment inventory immediately. Depending on the severity of the case, it is often necessary to utilize multiple extraction devices to accomplish the mitigation expected. Electric submersible pumps can manage much of the surface water concerns before drying, but some instances require more direct approaches like high-pressure pumps for high-rise accommodations and apartment buildings like the Elton Hotel.

Depending on the damage done, drying your home might require contractors to implement controlled demolition to access damp areas and moisture pockets for direct impact with air movers, dehumidifiers, and other evaporative drying approaches.

No matter how water disasters happen in your home, you can count on the fast response of SERVPRO of Waterbury to help. As a leader among water restoration companies in Waterbury, we can make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (203) 757-5050.

Enjoy A Modern Take On The Nutcracker In Waterbury This December

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers in bedroom drying it out. Flood damage can be extensive. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the flooding restoration services to get your home back to preloss condition.

A Fun Update On A Modern Classic That You Can Enjoy From Your Waterbury Home

The Palace Theater in Waterbury has an extra special treat for all performing arts lovers this December: The Hip Hop Nutcracker. This is a delightfully modern and joyful twist on the festive classic that the whole family can watch together.

  • It opens with a short set from Hip Hop legend MC Kurtis Blow.
  • Features a dozen star dancers accompanied by a DJ and a violinist.
  • Moves the action from 19th century Germany to modern-day New York.

This evening-length production was recorded live at the New Jersey Performing arts center. Screening is on December 20 at 3 PM and is streamed straight to your home.

General and VIP tickets are available. General tickets cost $25, and you must view it at the scheduled time. VIP tickets cost $50 and let you watch within a 48-hour window. VIP tickets also include admission to a live-streamed chat with the show’s creators.

It is good to stay home and warm at this time of year when bad weather can cause flooding. If you need help with flood damage, call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050.

Come and Visit The Home Of The Mickey Mouse Watch, and So Much More

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Union City Clock Tower. Fire can cause major damage to ones home. Call SERVPRO who have the IICRC certified technicians and equipment to handle the job for you.

Waterbury has a long history to tell about.

Waterbury has a long history. Settlers founded it in 1674, in an area which is now known as Town Plot. These days Town Plot is well-known for its Italian culture and is famous for holding a four-day feast every July. Visitors during the feast love the fried dough, pastries, Italian ices, and sofrito sandwiches.

The city of Waterbury took a while to get up and running. There is not much arable land in the area, making it difficult for the early settlers to grow food and raise animals. Constant flooding, along with disease outbreaks, caused trouble. However, by the mid-nineteenth century, Waterbury was a thriving and industrious town. The city became known as the "City of Brass" thanks to its booming brass industry. The industry drew people from a wide geographical area, and Waterbury gained a reputation for high-quality brass production.

A City Of Firsts

Brass is not the only thing Waterbury has to be proud of. The city boasts several "firsts." For example:

  • St Joseph's Church, established in 1894, was the first Lithuanian worship community in Connecticut and is the second oldest Lithuanian church in the country.
  • Waterbury native Fr. Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus near Waterbury, in New Haven. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal service order, with nearly 2 million members worldwide.
  • One of the first-ever full-length motion pictures with sound was produced in the area by Waterbury native William Henry Bristol. He invented the Bristolphone to record sound and movement simultaneously, and it was used in over 100 cinemas across the country. Bristol also created a pyrometer for recording high temperatures and an audio phone, which changed the face of public address systems. Bristol is one of Waterbury's most industrious sons – he was awarded almost 100 patents in his life.
  • Victor Zembruski's Polish Eagles radio show was first broadcast on Waterbury Radio Station. The show is now known as The Zembruski Family Polka Hour, and it is one of the longest-running shows on American radio.
  • Dr. Anthony Vastola formed the nation's first Unico Club in Waterbury in 1922. The Unico Club, whose name is Italian for Unique, is now the country's largest Italian-American service organization.

A City Of Clocks

Another thing Waterbury is famed for is its history of clock making and its magnificent clock tower! 

The brass makers Benedict and Burnham formed the Waterbury Clock Company in 1854. The Company made a significant impact on the clock making industry in North America:

  • At one point, it was the largest maker of clocks for both national and international sales.
  • They invented the Jumbo watch (based on P. T. Barnum's famous elephant) as a cheaper alternative to pricey clocks. The Jumbo was first trialed in New York City, where it caught the attention of Robert H. Ingersoll.
  • The Company supplied Ingersoll's Robert H. Ingersoll & Bro Company with the Ingersoll Yankee. The Yankee was a one-dollar pocket watch that became so popular it was nicknamed "the watch that made the dollar famous."
  • In the 1930s, they partnered with Walt Disney to produce the famous Mickey Mouse watch. Waterbury unveiled the watch at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933, and it quickly became immensely popular. Waterbury had struggled financially before making the watch due to unscrupulous salespeople flogging their watches as loss leaders and plunging the company into the red. The Mickey Mouse watch became their first million-dollar selling line and turned the Company's future around. 

The Waterbury Clock Company eventually became the Timex Group USA, one of the world's best-known timepiece manufacturers.

While you are exploring Waterbury's clock-related history, do not forget to stop by the Union Station Clock Tower. The station is now home to Waterbury's daily newspaper, but its impressive clock tower still stands tall. At 254 ft high, the tower dominates the Waterbury skyline and can be seen for miles around. The tower features a clock face on each side, with 5 ft tall Roman numerals. The tower is also adorned with fierce she-wolf gargoyles. 

Waterbury Knows How Devastating Fire Can Be

Unfortunately, in a large city with many industrial companies, accidents are bound to happen from time to time. In 1902, Waterbury's downtown area suffered a terrible fire that destroyed many businesses.

The fire began around 6:30 in the evening, and because there were high winds that day, it spread quickly throughout the downtown district. Some of the businesses lost that night were:

  • Davis' Cigar Store
  • A Salvation Army Barracks
  • A Turkish Bathhouse
  •  Reid & Hughes Dry Goods Store
  • Cannon & Webster's Drug Store

The fire claimed 42 buildings before the firefighters could extinguish it, and it is the worst fire in Waterbury history. The blaze crossed streets and leaped from building to building, causing $2 million worth of damage.

Although there are still some surviving buildings from before the fire, much of downtown required rebuilding. As a result, the current downtown area is an eclectic mix of styles from the 19th and 20th centuries.

SERVPRO Is Faster To Any Size Disaster

If your home suffers fire damage, you need a fire damage cleanup crew that is prompt and reliable. That is why SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster – we aim to arrive within four hours of your first call.

Fire can damage a buildings in many ways. There is structural damage, such as burned beams, supports, and insulation. The roof or floor might be left unstable. 

There is also soot damage, which can be hard to eradicate. Soot is caused by incomplete combustion of materials during a fire, which leaves behind a sticky black residue. Some soot is powdery and easy to brush away, but some soot is much stickier and more tenacious. If the fire is in the kitchen, there may be protein soot, which is the most noxious and challenging residue type to clean.

Our teams are equipped to handle fire damage of every kind. We begin by making sure the area is stable and safe to work in, and we take care of immediate issues such as the need to put a tarp over the roof. Then we set to work scrubbing and brushing away the soot until your home is clean.

For a fire damage cleanup service you can trust, call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050.

The Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum Welcomes You To A Tour In Cheshire This December

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Several air movers in a hallway closet drying it out. Water damage can be a hassle when it comes to clean up. DIY project this is not. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services.

Have A Day Out With A Difference In Cheshire

How would you like to enjoy some childhood nostalgia in Cheshire this winter? Come along to the Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum and be amazed by their extensive collection of childhood toys and characters.

  • View the extensive collection of a staggering 80,000 items.
  • See childhood collectibles from the 1870s onward.
  • The collection includes TV memorabilia, advertising characters, cartoon characters, and an animation art gallery.
  • See the world’s most extensive collection of California Raisins.
  • Barkers is the only official CelebriDucks museum in the world and houses an extensive collection.

Museum tours must be booked by contacting the museum to choose your date and time. Tours last an hour, and there are slots available from 11 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Saturday. Tours are suitable for groups of five or less and cost $20 per group.

Water damage is bad news for any business. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Waterbury is here to support local businesses with all their water cleanup needs. Call us at (203) 757-5050.

Learn More About Cheshire History with a Cheshire Historical Society Tour

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Chesire Town Hall We are always on call to serve the community of Cheshire. Call us for your emergency water damage restoration needs.

Visit a Historic Cheshire House And Step into the Past 

The Cheshire Historical Society is passionate about keeping the history of Cheshire alive through museum exhibits, talks, and programs. Come and see Cheshire history for yourself with a tour of the Hitchcock-Phillips House. This Georgian-style home dates back to 1785. The Cheshire Historical Society has been its caretaker since the 1970s. Visit the Hitchcock-Phillips House for yourself and see:  

  • An Aaron Willard banjo clock from the 19th century.
  • A chair designed especially for the comfort of men wearing swords
  • A grandfather clock from 1775
  • A traveling desk belonging to President Millard Fillmore
  • A restoration of a boy’s room from the 1960s

And many other treasures besides. Tours take place on Sundays at 2:15 PM and 3 PM and are by appointment. 

The winter months can damage your pipes – especially if you are out of the house and get cold. If a burst pipe leaves you in need of water removal, SERVPRO of Waterbury can help. Call us today at (203) 757-5050.