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How Do I Get a New Kitchen after this Horrible Fire?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

burned stairway in a home SERVPRO can get your fire-damaged Waterbury home on the road to recovery--FAST.

The First Step Is to Hire SERVPRO for Mitigation and Demolition of Your Ruined Waterbury Kitchen

Grease fires are a common threat to area kitchens and can happen unexpectedly. With the severity of these situations and the focus that homeowners should have to protect themselves and their families from the immediate threats, this fire can engulf your kitchen and make restoration without reconstruction impossible. Our SERVPRO team can carefully evaluate the entire damaged area to determine which areas can get preserved and protected and which materials must get discarded and replaced to reach pre-fire conditions.

I wonder what can be saved from my burned kitchen and appliances?

Coming into post-disaster recovery knowing that fire demolition and build-back for Waterbury kitchens is already necessary, our professionals can be more willing to include many of the grey area items into the demolition already necessary in the room. At a certain point, it can often be more cost-effective and beneficial for the customers to focus on rebuilding and repairing damages rather than going through the steps necessary to attempt to clean and deodorize these affected materials, with less than the desired effects? We can help.

What is scoping a fire loss?

Scoping is one of the preliminary tasks that happens before our SERPVRO technicians begin mitigation and recovery. Our project manager can walk through the damaged areas of your house and catalog ruined items and total losses, but also note the points where restoration practices could get employed to reduce further tear-out and reconstruction needs.

Controlled Demolition or Cosmetic Cleaning?

During mitigation, controlled demolition can help our team to reduce the harsh odors and structural dangers that exist. By clearing out compromised construction materials and contents, we can leave the area ready for reconstruction to begin as soon as mitigation efforts have completed.

Build-Back to Precondition or Improve with a Great Remodel?

Our SERVPRO team has a direct partnership with competent and qualified construction specialists in Connecticut Reconstruction Services (CRS.) After our technicians have completed pre-construction steps like clearing debris and performing controlled demolition, we can hand off the job to CRS to build back your kitchen like it used to be.

After a grease fire in your kitchen, your home needs several corrective actions. From deodorization to surface cleaning and recovery, you can count on our SERVPRO of Waterbury team to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (203) 757-5050.
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Why We Are The Best Choice In Waterbury After A Flood

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded basement in this home The stormwater flooded the basement of this house. We had the equipment to extract the stagnant water swiftly.

Comprehensive Repair and Restoration for Flooded Waterbury Homes

Flooding is a situation that can significantly impact Waterbury homes, threatening not only the structural integrity of construction materials but also the quality of air inside the property and the cleanliness of your home. After widespread flooding occurs in the area, restoration companies are likely to pop up everywhere, offering focused services ranging from water removal to drying or decontamination. Subcontracting out individual aspects of restoration and recovery after a flood can become undeniably expensive, but our SERVPRO team can help.

Unlike many others that you might have seen, our professionals can offer a comprehensive approach for recovering flood damage in Waterbury homes. We can oversee the restoration of a home in the area from the initial scoping of the work to get done through handing off the project to our immediate construction partners in the region, Connecticut Reconstruction Services (CRS.) Each phase of this restoration process that we seamlessly transition to can help to reduce total property loss and overall costs when the work completes.

Extraction 

Water removal is a vital element of any flood damage restoration project. Regardless of contamination threats or not, removing surface water can reduce the penetration and saturation of exposed materials to better protect them against migrating flood effects. We can utilize vital tools like:

  • Gas-powered submersible pumps
  • Wet vacuums

Drying 

Evaporative drying techniques can help our SERVPRO professionals to get a handle on the moisture and saturation of affected surfaces, contents, and structural elements in your house. Many tools are involved in this process as well, including:

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Positive pressure systems
  • Drying mats

Pre-Construction 

Before we hand off your home to CRS following the completion of our mitigation processes, we can determine where controlled demolition is necessary. By completing these steps before reconstruction begins, we can save you time and money on this step following immediately afterward.

Flooding can be destructive and overwhelming for your house, but our SERVPRO of Waterbury team can offer a full-service approach that ushers your property through nearly every stage of restoration. Give us a call anytime that you need it at (203) 757-5050.

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SERVPRO Can Locate Hidden Water Damage in Waterbury Retail Spaces

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Clothing being displayed at clothing store Water can damage your retail store and inventory. SERVPRO has the know how to dry and restore your business quickly.

Discovery of Hidden Water Damage in Your Waterbury Retail Space 

Whether you sell your wares in a space in a modern mall or out of a historical property in Waterbury, your business longevity might have more to do than you realize with persistent but unnoticed water losses in your building that could predate your occupancy. A remodeling project or search for the source of that unpleasant smell you worry might turn customers away can reveal months or even years of water incursion you had no idea existed. 

Work with a Full-Spectrum Disaster Response Firm 

The experience and training we bring to the water damage your Waterbury commercial property suffered are second to none. Because of our extensive water mitigation and remediation background, we are uniquely qualified to get to the ultimate source of your water loss woes. Our work over the years in everything from 100 plus year-old structures to 21st century modular construction means we know water and its endless pathways of migration.  

Experience Supported by State-of-the-Art Detection Tools 

When we arrive to scope out your water damage, we rely not only on our knowledge but also on sensitive water and moisture detection tools. Thermal imaging permits us to use temperature variants to locate collected fluids. Moisture detectors and meters alert us to the presence and quantity of absorbed water in a porous material. Once we sketch out the perimeter of the water intrusion, we often can contain that space allowing you to continue offering goods and services in unaffected spaces on your premises. 

Mitigate the Damage 

SERVPRO uses barriers and targeted extraction to limit the additional spread of water. To prevent the drift of debris, residues, and odors out of the project workspace, we often use 6 mil polyethylene and negative pressure air scrubbing technology to seal off the partitioned area. Aggressive pumping and extraction is the key to fast and permanent water restoration. If needed, we employ carefully considered partial demolition techniques to release water and open up the wet cavities for efficient drying strategies. 

Rebuilding Services  

Our contracting division steps up to rehab, replace, and repair water-damaged materials. Demolition rebuilding also need not be subcontracted, saving you stress, time, and money. 

SERVPRO of Waterbury is a one-stop resource for businesses struggling to recover from water damage. Give us a call at (203) 757-5050 to explore your options. 

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Snow Storm Damaged Roof in Waterbury--Call SERVPRO for Mitigation and Repair

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

workers sheathing and replacing a roof in waterbury From Storm and Snow Damaged Home in Waterbury to a Full Reconstruction--Call SERVPRO

Heavy Snowfall Can Compromise Waterbury Roofs

During the winter months here in Waterbury, it is not at all uncommon for homes to experience such substantial snowfall that it exceeds the limitations of what roofs can hold. That is why you can see many of your neighbors doing what they can to clear off their roofs whenever possible to prevent prolonged stress on the joists and roof support material. The longer that excessive weight pressures these structural elements, the weaker they become when the next heavy snowfall occurs.

You might be wondering what you can do when this breach has already occurred, and you are dealing with flooding and roof damage to fix in Waterbury households like yours. In most situations, it is the most cost-effective for you to reach out to the fast-responding technicians of our SERVPRO team to begin emergency services and mitigation as quickly as possible. The faster this process can begin, the less overall property damage that you can anticipate.

Emergency Services

Roof tarping and board up services are among the chief processes that must occur when our team first arrives at a damaged residence. These steps can happen even before the full inspection of the house for damages, as the situation can continually worsen with these areas exposed to outside elements.

Mitigation

Once it has become determined what personnel, equipment, and processes are necessary to restore your damaged home, our SERVPRO professionals can get to work on mitigation. In most situations, this mitigation involves cleaning up debris from the roof collapse, extracting standing water, and moisture that came into the house and drying up lingering moisture and saturation concerns.

The Next Steps

The full restoration of your home is unlikely until the roof has gotten repaired. Our partnership with the reputable Connecticut Reconstruction Services allows us to seamlessly transition between mitigation and reconstruction to give you your home back faster than you might have expected.

Heavy snowfall is a destructive burden for many homes every year in our area, and if it has caused problems for your home, give our SERVPRO of Waterbury team a call today at (203) 757-5050.

We Act Fast In Waterbury After A Fire Disaster

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

A microwave in a kitchen that is covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire A kitchen fire started in a microwave oven and we used our specialty cleaning products to begin restoration right away.

When Your Waterbury Home Needs Reconstruction After a Fire

Fires can be a destructive force in your Waterbury home and allow for substantial structural damages that cannot get easily repaired and restored. In many scenarios following house fires, construction materials like drywall, flooring, ceiling tile, trim, and more can combust and begin to fall apart. Resolving to the knowledge that reconstruction is sometimes the only feasible recovery option left for highly damaged areas can get your property on this path as promptly as possible.

Our SERVPRO team can work to limit your losses by responding to both fire damage and build back for Waterbury homes quickly. We know that longer waits often mean higher losses, and that is why our technicians can mobilize right away to reach your residence often within hours of your initial contact. As with any fire loss, there is a waiting period where the responding fire department still has control of the extinguishment process and has not relinquished the property back to the owners.

Controlled demolition is a common element of fire damage recovery, as many of the construction materials in the path of the spreading fire have become irreparably damaged. Removal opens up the area for more focused cleaning, deodorization, and repairs of areas that are less severely impacted by the blaze. Debris removal and selective demolition processes can also pave the pay and prepare the home for the rebuilding phase to follow mitigation by our SERVPRO technicians.

For the reconstruction of a fire-damaged home to complete the restoration, our professionals relinquish control of the job site to the competent contractors of Connecticut Reconstruction Services. CRS contractors can follow right behind our preparation work to seamlessly transition into the final stages of recovery for the customer.

Between cleaning, debris removal, soot removal, air quality concerns, and lingering odors, there are many elements of recovery that our SERVPRO of Waterbury team must address after a structure fire. When reconstruction is necessary, we can help prepare your home for this build back to ensure that it goes as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Give us a call at (203) 757-5050.

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How Leaking Water Heaters Cause Water Damage in Waterbury

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

leaking water heater Water heater failure is a significant source of water damage. Inspect your water heater often for signs of leaks.

Removing Water Heater Related Water Damage in Waterbury 

Most homeowners can expect about 8 to 12 years out of their current water heaters, and even slightly longer with regular maintenance and care. However, three-quarters of water heaters experience failure before the 12-year mark, and the average household leak can cause an average of 10,000 gallons of water loss per year. Not only is this costly for homeowners, but it can be damaging to their homes. 

If your Waterbury residence has experienced water damage related to a water heater or boiler, SERVPRO technicians can assist you in restoring your residence to a preloss condition. Your local SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, so that you can minimize loss and maximize savings with the help of a team trained to meet the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. 

Maintaining Your Water Heater 

  • Check the pressure relief valve.This safety mechanism prevents an excess of pressure buildup in your water heater. To find the pressure relief valve, look for a switch on the side of your water heater with a discharge pipe made of copper or plastic. Place a container underneath the discharge pipe and lift the lever. 
  • Take a look at the anode rod. Both electric and gas water heaters have anode rods, which attract corrosive minerals to preserve the tank. Replace it once every five years. 
  • Flush the tank annually. This practice helps to prevent mineral sediment buildup that can rust your water heater. To flush the tank, turn off both the power and cold water supply. Open the hot water tap and pressure release valve, and keep a hose and bucket handy to drain the water until it is clear and free of sediment. Turn on the cold water supply and repeat 

SERVPRO Eliminates Odors & Moisture

When SERVPRO technicians come to your residence, they use a variety of tools to monitor the extent of moisture damage to the structure. These include penetrating and nonpenetrating sensors and meters, as well as thermohygrometers, which monitor both temperature and relative humidity.  

Professionals use readings from multiple devices in tandem with psychometric calculators and charts to determine the best course of action for drying the space. If your water heater is in a large open area, drying chambers may be erected with plastic sheeting to facilitate faster and more effective drying and restore surfaces to their typical moisture values. 

SERVPRO of Waterbury is proud to provide mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. When disaster strikes in your home, contact us at (203) 757-5050 to have a crew on-site within hours. 

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Ultimate Solution to Commercial Flood Damage in Waterbury

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooded basement of a building When the basement of your commercial space is flooded, structural damage can quickly develop. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate the damage.

How Emergency Services Keep a Flooded Waterbury Restaurant Open

Storms that impact Waterbury buildings, many surviving years of continued abuses from nature with their original brick construction, can leave your business vulnerable to penetrating water. When debris or hail breaks through the roofing material to create a breach, runoff and collecting water on the flat rooftop can find its way into this opening and down to the main floor with your restaurant. To keep your business going at this point, your response is critical.

Invading water can find the most natural path to the main floor of the building, meaning that resolving flood damage to Waterbury restaurants involves several actions from our SERVPRO professionals dispatched to your address. Notifying professional restorers like ours of the situation as quickly as possible can help to establish containment barriers at the penetration points to reduce the migration of flooding throughout the restaurant.

Even if the penetration point has developed above a portion of the dining area or the food prepping stations, our barriers and emergency services can reduce water intrusion to allow your business to stay open and serving customers throughout the rest of the shift. Once you have closed up for the night, we can focus on the louder and more direct mitigation tasks like full-on extraction and structural drying techniques.

Because you do not want to risk and contamination of the food that you are making when demolition and reconstruction occur, we can work with you to establish a reasonable timeline for both the restoration process and the reconstruction process with an industry partner Connecticut Reconstruction Services. Between mitigation and the transition into the rebuilding that the property needs after the storm damage, we can get your doors back open quickly after a flood loss.

Our fast response in a flooding situation can help your restaurant to continue serving customers, and, depending on the severity of the situation and what your building needs, possibly continue doing so during restoration. It is our business to get you back in business, and you can trust our SERVPRO of Waterbury team to do it. Give us a call today at (203) 757-5050.

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Removing Floodwater From Your Cheshire Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooding after a storm We have powerful tools and effective strategies to protect your property and make these flood effects “Like it never even happened.”

Clearing Out Floodwater from Cheshire Crawlspace

The crawlspace of your Cheshire home serves a vital purpose to the protection of your residence and a central location for utility shut-offs and valves. Because many homes have foregone the construction of full basement levels for a more cost-effective crawlspace, the threats that exist with floodwater penetration do not lessen with the design change. Instead, for flood impacts in this limited space beneath your first floor, our SERVPRO professionals must get creative with our state-of-the-art equipment.

Working in confined spaces like a crawlspace requires deliberate actions and efficient approaches to limit further flood damage to Cheshire homes. Our technicians can help in several ways, including removing the floodwater present beneath the house and protecting the property against similar recurrences. Because we have a standing relationship with the reputable Connecticut Reconstruction Services, we can offer a full-scale approach to removing flood effects and addressing these threats moving forward. To finalize the service, the installation of a sump pump and encapsulation of the earthen-surface and timbers can mitigate future flooding. Improved indoor air quality and protection of infrastructure utilities are added benefits to this one-time investment.

While our professionals have access to multiple extraction tools and machines, few of them are highly effective in confined spaces. High-pressure pumps and electric sump pumps provide the most immediate and continuous removal of floodwater when solids are not present. If debris is present or suspected, we must set up less portable equipment like our gas-powered trash pumps. These removal tools have larger intake and discharge lines – allowing for continued suction and prime on the line despite solids.

Protecting the flooring and supports of your first floor is critical. Materials like the OSB board can quickly absorb moisture become overly damaged with exposure to floodwater. With the area extracted, we can utilize practical drying approaches like centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers. Spraying exposed or damp surfaces with antimicrobial agents and sporicides can help to eliminate bacteria and mold spores that might exist on these surfaces to prevent other hazards.

Because of the confined space, the crawlspace beneath the first floor of your home presents unique challenges for our SERVPRO of Waterbury team after a flood. We have powerful tools and effective strategies to protect your property and make these flood effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (203) 757-5050.

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We Are The Right Choice In Waterbury Water Damage Restoration

1/11/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet in a home soaked by water damage Our water damage specialists are ready to respond 24/7 and we have the equipment and training to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Eliminating Home Office Flood Damage in Waterbury

Working at home presents unique challenges for both small business owners and sole proprietors. Not only is it necessary to maintain your home, but it is also crucial to ensure that your work materials are safe from disaster when it occurs. However, disasters are not always so predictable, and flooding, in particular, can wreak havoc on documents, electrical appliances, and furniture.

If your Waterbury home office requires emergency response flood damage mitigation, certified SERVPRO technicians are just a phone call away from extracting floodwaters and restoring your home to a preloss condition. This crew works closely with property owners and insurance adjusters to ensure that the cleanup and restoration addresses their needs while maximizing safety for occupants. Because flooding can bring in microbes and other contaminants, technicians work carefully to eliminate these and ensure that structures are sanitary once more.

Faster To Any Size Emergency

With disasters like flooding, delaying is not an option. That is why SERVPRO has over 1,700 US and Canadian franchise locations that are owned by local community members. This crew is available 24/7, even during holidays, and can respond to disasters quickly with pre-stocked service vehicles and production trailers. We provided full-service cleanup and flood damage restoration through complete build backs of structurally or cosmetically damaged properties.

How SERVPRO Mitigates Flood Damage

One of the most crucial parts of restoring any home office is the salvaging of documents and devices that are needed for the business to run correctly. SERVPRO technicians receive training in both document drying and restoration, as well as electronics drying and cleanup. While many porous surfaces, like carpet and curtains, may need to be removed to prevent contamination to the structure, electronics and documents can often be successfully cleaned and restored. 

Most document drying methods that SERVPRO uses involve sublimation — that is, the changing of matter from a solid to a gas. Lyophilization or cryodesiccation are terms used to explain this method. Many drying methods involve freezing your papers to prevent water from further warping or staining them. Because floodwaters are also such a sanitary concern, SERVPRO uses a gamma irradiation process to destroy microbes and successfully sterilize documents. They can also digitize your photos and documents so that you always have access to copies in the event of a loss.

SERVPRO of Waterbury strives to provide the community with service that is Faster To Any Size Disaster. For disaster cleanup that you can count on, call (203) 757-5050 today.

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Fire Recovery In Your Cheshire Home

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

fire causing damage to home Preventing the migration of fire loss effects begins with the deliberate actions of our SERVPRO of Waterbury restoration technicians.

Preventing Cross-Contamination During Fire Recovery in Cheshire

Fire loss incidents can get much worse when the effects can spread throughout your Cheshire home. Often structure fires can remain contained to a specific room or region of the house, but it is open pathways and even traffic of occupants in the house that can help to move soot, smoke, and odors to new areas of the property. Preventing this cross-contamination is a vital step for effective and cost-efficient fire damage recovery in your house.

Our professionals begin this commitment to reducing cross-contamination in your fire-damaged Cheshire home with the initial walkthrough and scoping of the damage. Our project manager gets trained to recognize damaged areas from uncontaminated flooring, so this representative of our SERVPRO team can wear shoe covers to prevent tracking soot and smoke residues back into unsoiled carpeted or hardwood areas. It's vital that we do not make recovery efforts any more challenging than they already can be after a fire.

We strive to reduce the spread of smoke and soot effects by establishing containment barriers as well. Temporary plastic sheeting walls prevent aerosolized soot particles, odors, and other contaminants from reaching unexposed areas of your household. Building this containment zone can help to eliminate the spread of these effects, but also allows for separate areas to get built-in as decontamination areas for our professionals to remove soiled over clothing and become a staging area for dirty equipment until restoration completes.

With widespread concerns, where structural compromise exists throughout the residence, we can focus on preparing the area for reconstruction and renovation. During this phase, it is also crucial for our SERVPRO technicians to avoid affecting unsoiled areas by carefully cleaning where necessary before our build back partners, Connecticut Reconstruction Services, arrive to complete the repairs and remodeling after the fire.

Preventing the migration of fire loss effects begins with the deliberate actions of our SERVPRO of Waterbury restoration technicians. With careful planning and design of the work areas, we can eliminate cross-contamination and reduce overall restoration costs for our customers. Give our professionals a call anytime at (203) 757-5050.

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