Recent Water Damage Posts

A Malfunctioning Heater Has Caused Water Damage in My Property. Who Can Help Me to Remove the Water?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in the basement of a home, with SERVPRO equipment. Water damage to your Waterbury home can cause big issues, let SERVPRO help today.

Call a Remediation Company to Perform Water Removal in Your Waterbury Home

Water from a malfunctioning water heater can cause hazardous and costly damage in your Waterbury home when ignored for an extended period. That’s why you need help from a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. 

Between my insurance company and the restorers, whom should I call first?

You should contact your insurance provider first to inform it about the water intrusion incident, and then contact a restoration company. Your insurance company can advise you to hire SERVPRO to perform water removal in your Waterbury home. If it is necessary to take emergency measures to mitigate the water damage, you can sign an agreement and our restorers can begin the restoration process. Begin the water removal process within a short time can prevent secondary damage like: 

  • Mold infestation
  • Water spotting
  • Color bleeding
  • Swelling of wood flooring
  • Microbial growth

Our team can speak with and coordinate with your insurance adjuster, who may visit your home to inspect and document the damage. Our team can complete a report called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which inventories items in a house and categorizes them as non-salvageable, salvageable, or questionable. 

How much water can cause damage?

It takes only a few inches of water to cause damages to a home. Our technicians can minimize the harmful effects of water damage by providing prompt and reliable water removal. We can use portable pumps or wet/dry vacuums to remove the water. 

Can you dry my wet carpet?

We use state-of-the-art equipment and tools to speed up the drying process. If your carpet has absorbed lots of water, we can use a stationary tool to extract it. The tool needs weight to work effectively on porous surfaces. Therefore, our restorers can stand upon the device to provide the extra weight. We attach a vacuum system to the device to pull the excess water through the tiny holes. 

We can also use several centrifugal air movers to increase the airflow in the affected area. Airflow increases the rate of evaporation, even in the hard to reach areas. 

How can you disinfect my property?

We use approved techniques that offer protection against mold, germs, and odors. We can use a broad-spectrum disinfectant like Microban, which is both a quaternary compound and phenolic to eradicate microbes. The product is effective against different varieties of bacteria, fungi, and some viruses. In addition, the product helps us fight odors. Quaternary Compounds have a naturally pleasant smell that counteracts foul odors even without an added fragrance. 

Do not let water damage affect your daily way of life. Contact SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050 for reliable water removal services. We can make the water loss appear, “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Get Water Out of My Carpet in Waterbury?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged carpet Water damage can escalate quickly if not taken care of properly. Contact SERVPRO when this happens. We are available 24/7.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Have Powerful Extractors and Drying Tools to Restore Carpets in Your Waterbury Home. 

Many of the flooring types common to homes and businesses in Waterbury like hardwood, engineered wood, and carpeting, all have porous compositions that allow them to quickly and thoroughly absorb moisture and standing water. When carpet becomes saturated, there is a finite timetable before the damage is too significant to restore, and the upper layer and padding must get discarded and reinstalled.

Water removal for Waterbury homes involves the use of many tools and machines in our inventory. When SERVPRO professionals get involved, you are always getting industry-leading equipment, technologies, and techniques. Restoring your damp carpets can require the use of several extraction and drying tools. The faster that this situation can get managed, the better able to preserve affected carpet and exposed contents in your house.

How Do I Remove Water from Carpets?

You may not be alone to consider a DIY approach for extraction when your carpet absorbs water in Waterbury. With the sophisticated tools often required to manage this loss incident effectively, it is often more cost-effective and efficient to allow our SERVPRO team to do the work instead. We have skilled technicians accredited in many niches of the restoration industry, the bulk of these technicians acquiring both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) endorsements. Some of the advanced extraction tools our technicians use for carpeted floors include:

  • Carpet Wands – When it comes to removing water from carpeting, few extraction tools can outperform carpet wands. These attachments to extractors are specifically designed to pull water from both the upper layer and the padding beneath the carpet. 
  • Weighted Extractors – By utilizing the weight of the technician to press the carpet and padding layer against the subflooring, we can force moisture to the surface using a ride-on or stationary weighted extraction device.
  • Wet Vacuums – Wet vacuums are always one of the first tools that get used in the extraction of surface water, but this can also be a vital instrument in the removal of trapped moisture in carpet fibers.

Is it Possible to Dry Saturated Carpets?

It does not often take more than 48 hours for heavily saturated carpeting to become irreparably damaged. Even with efficient extraction solutions, it is essential to get drying started as soon as possible to prevent prolonged moisture exposure. From microbial growth to deterioration, dampness that does not get thoroughly addressed with our drying tools can be hazardous to the structure and its occupants. Drying your carpeted floors involves several approaches and specific tools, including:

  • Drying Zone – Establishing a drying zone is one of the most effective methods of managing a loss incident and maximizing the production of extractors, drying tools, and other restorative actions. With physical barriers, increased temperature and airflow can better evaporate trapped moisture in carpet fibers.
  • Centrifugal Air Movers – Low profile centrifugal air movers play a vital role in drying both carpet and the padding underneath it. If caught quickly enough, extraction and drying can prevent costlier repairs of the subflooring. Migrating water can often get addressed by floating the carpet, which can dry both top layers simultaneously.
  • Dehumidifiers – Dehumidifiers are always a staple of effective drying in your home, and recovering carpeted floors are no different. Desiccants can remove moisture from the environment and exhaust heated, dry air back into the affected area to increase drying output further. 

Do Carpets Need Cleaning After Water Losses?

When you do not have to remove and replace carpeted floors after a loss incident, there are some advantages to taking the added steps in helping these materials look their best. In many situations, carpets were already compromised and soiled by years of foot traffic. If you do not regularly pursue professional carpet cleaning for your residence, you can improve the look and feel of your flooring.

Our SERVPRO professionals would recommend this service for many reasons, primarily because migrating water can create films and residues on the flooring. For hardwoods and tile, cleaning products with citrus bases can renew the finish. Carpeting requires processes like hot water extraction and preconditioning. Carpet cleaning is beneficial because it:

  • Increases Vibrancy
  • Removes Soiling
  • Eliminates Residues 

Damages to flooring in your home are often challenging to avoid because water often collects against these surfaces after a loss. With prompt extraction of saturated carpeted floors and efficient drying practices with centrifugal air movers, our SERVPRO of Waterbury team can prevent unnecessary discarding and later replacement of carpets. No matter what assistance you or your home need after a water loss, you can contact our technicians at (203) 757-5050 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Does Fast Water Extraction Lessen the Damage to My Home?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

hanging debris from ceiling What! Water damage in your Waterbury ceiling? Call SERVPRO

 You Need to Mitigate Water Damage Quickly to Save Your Waterbury Home

The containment of all potential hazards within your home is critical if you get hit with a water loss in Waterbury. Calling in the help of skilled technicians gives you the resources that you need to make sure that your interior is restored quickly. At SERVPRO, we have a trained team that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to come out to your property for an emergency call. Whether you had a pipe burst or a leak from a broken dishwasher, we can make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Initiating a phone call to us at SERVPRO deploys a team ready to start an assessment of your water damage in Waterbury. We act fast to make sure that water migration does not cause harm to other rooms within your home. Water tends to follow a path to dry areas, which often slows down restoration and often calls for sophisticated equipment and invasive measures. We come in to locate all of the sources of moisture and employ light wand extractor tools, dehumidifiers, air movers, and industrial axial fans that speed up the drying process and facilitate better airflow.

Water Restoration Planning

How our team acts in the initial steps of the water damage project sets the tone for the entire restoration. We work quickly to assess the damage to determine the best course of action. SERVPRO arrives onsite with trucks equipped with tools, pumps, and all of the chemicals necessary for water removal, moisture detection, and disinfection. After the interior of your home is thoroughly dried, we then use pressure sprayers or misters with anti-microbial compounds on your carpeting and upholstery.

Mold Mitigation

Water damage in the home brings the potential for harmful mold and mildew growth. These living organisms thrive in high-moisture conditions, such as those after a water loss. We work to inhibit mold growth by removing the colonies from hard materials and demolish and tear out elements that are not salvageable. Fortunately, we also provide a complete service by building back to preloss condition. This includes detailed cleaning of all surfaces with specialized cleaning agents, known as fungicides and antimicrobials. We ensure that the affected materials are ready for rebuilding. These products also help to keep foul odors from developing.

SERVPRO of Waterbury is available for cleanup and restoration when you have water damage in your home. By calling (203) 757-5050, it sets a team in motion to arrive at your home promptly.

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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Did Your Waterbury Home Experience a Water Loss Event? Call SERVPRO!

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

water pooling on kitchen floor SERVPRO is always on call to handle any type of water loss event impacting your home.

Precautions That Help Resolve Water Damage Incidents in Waterbury with Minimal Secondary Issues

Water intrusion into your Waterbury home is likely to damage several areas or contents. Sometimes, damages happen during the restoration process, should you make mistakes. When a team of professional restorers work on your property after a water loss incident, it is possible to accomplish the intended goal without causing unnecessary damages.

Fast evacuation of water is the primary solution to help keep water damage incidents in Waterbury manageable. Reducing time reduces the percentage of secondary damages that develop. Rapid extraction requires the right equipment. However, in some cases, it also necessitates the demolition of some areas to create better access to the water and speed up drying. It is possible to break items or damage materials during the demolition process.

Removal of carpets and pad is the most common form of demolition after water loss incidents. Because of their porous nature, carpets hold on to water lengthening the period it takes to dry the loss site. Taking the right precautions helps ensure the carpet remains intact during removal and reinstallation. Our SERVPRO technicians use knee kickers and carpet awls when detaching the carpets. When we need to make seams, we cut the existing ones instead of cutting new seams next to the old ones.

It is likely for water to saturate the wall cavities affecting insulation and other wall components. Different types of insulation react differently to water exposure. Drying insulated wall cavities requires proper ventilation. Our SERVPRO technicians remove the baseboard trim to facilitate proper ventilation. Drilling vent holes between the wall studs create access points to affix hose tips for specialized wall ventilation equipment, which facilitate drying, preventing long-term problems such as mold development. The small holes at the bottom of the wall can also help drain out water from the wall cavity eliminating the need to tear down entire wall panels.

Mitigation of water loss is a delicate process requiring the right approaches to get the right outcome. Call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050 to help manage the incident at your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Planning Is Vital When Dealing With A Water Damage Issue In Cheshire

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged wood flooring “Like it never even happened.”

Planning Can Expedite Water Removal from Your Cheshire Home

A burst plumbing line can dump inches of water into your house within a short interval. After the initial response to the emergency, such as turning off the mains or fixing the leak, it is crucial to make proper water removal plans to ensure faster resolution of the problem, reduce damages and prevent future problems.

Scoping the Loss Site
Before you start water removal from your Cheshire home, you should scope all affected areas to establish any challenges that might arise later on. Although water may spread uniformly across the house, differences in the types of materials found in different parts of the house can lead to different outcomes. For example, the impact on a carpeted area differs from that of an area with wooden floorboards. Our SERVPRO technicians establish the areas where water might have the most significant impact and prioritize extraction or removal of the material at risk.

Choosing Universal Solutions
The removal process can be accomplished in different ways. Choosing solutions that solve more than one issue helps cut down the time needed to finish the job, among other advantages. For example, using a weighted tool to extract water from a porous surface such as carpeted floors can help eliminate the need to remove the carpet first.  The weight of the tool squeezes water from the material whole the lift mechanism helps remove it.  Our SERVPRO teams have different types of weighted water extractors, including Ride-on HVE Rovers and water claws.

Having a Cleanup Strategy from the Start
Water loss incidents leave properties soiled in different ways, including making dyes in fabrics to run and forming debris from deteriorated materials. Combining cleanup and water removal helps reduce the time needed to resolve the problem. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts to remove wet drywall, insulation, and other debris from the walls. Opening up walls also helps release water that flows into the wall cavities.

Water loss incidents can disrupt everything, but with the right strategy, you can resolve everything fast. Call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050 to help execute a plan that resolves the incident, “Like it never even happened.”

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Proven Tips for Cheshire Water Damage Remediation

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

A graphic depicting water flooding a basement from a broken supply line. It is several inches deep Water damage can affect many parts of your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Monitoring the Drying Process Guides Us During Water Cleanup Jobs in Cheshire

After we receive a call about a property in Cheshire with a broken pipe or other situation with water out of place, we arrive ready to not only remove the water and clean up the area but also to monitor the entire situation to its conclusion. Our equipment includes high-tech detection devices that make it possible to restore our customers' property completely.

Residents with water cleanup needs in Cheshire might also have problems because of basement drains that back up, flooding, or an overflowing appliance. When water comes from a dirty source, or if it sits too long and deteriorates to a Category 2 or 3, we also use highly effective disinfectant agents. 

We reserve these more powerful chemicals for jobs that require it because over-use can lead to pathogens building a tolerance against them. Responsible use of disinfectants and other cleaning agents is highly important to all of us at SERVPRO. Whenever possible, clearing away soiled areas with water and manual labor keeps costs low and has a decreased effect on the environment.

Often, rinsing with hoses under concentrated pressure removes enough foreign matter that we can then use sponges and squeegees to wipe surfaces down. After this, applying disinfectant again eliminates any leftover microbes. We want to reduce your family's risk of experiencing unwanted health effects as much as possible. 

Restoring carpeting that got damaged in a flood or other Category 3 event cannot adequately remove all microbes and make it safe again. Replacement options include new carpet and padding, tile flooring, wooden varieties, and linoleum. In bathrooms and kitchens, we generally recommend non-carpet or wood choices. Tile and linoleum can withstand exposure to water better than the other two and cost less if a disaster were ever to happen again.

While SERVPRO experts clean up and dry out your home and any affected belongings, we also keep a log of the progress. Doing this helps us know when we must make adjustments. While our experience and training help us determine the best angles and locations to position our drying equipment, variations in a home's structure and air movement can affect our machines' efficiency. Drying things out to normal moisture content percentages is a crucial part of cleanup because microbes require excess moisture to carry out their life cycle. A dry environment prevents hospitable conditions for microscopic life from existing and is crucial to maintaining a healthy environment.

After monitoring shows that our cleanup and drying work succeeded, our building department's crew can paint where needed and install new flooring and other materials. This additional work helps make your house “Like it never even happened.” again.

SERVPRO of Waterbury also serves Prospect and Wolcott, as well as the area around Honeypot Glen. Call us at (203) 757-5050, so we can help with water cleanup, drying out, and restoring your property. 

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Here is The Ultimate Method To Water Damage Remediation in Your Waterbury Residence

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration can be a lengthy process. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Managing Different Aspects of Water Damage in Your Waterbury Home

When a water pipe bursts in the ceiling or other elevated location within your Waterbury home, it can lead to significant losses. In many cases, inaction or taking the wrong actions is what exacerbates the problem. Hiring a professional restoration company should ease the burden because the advanced training and experience they have, ensure corrective steps are taken expeditiously. 

Water damage in your Waterbury home can manifest in different ways depending on several factors. For instantaneous incidences, the ceiling panels may sag, or bubbles might appear. In case of slow leaks, the paint can darken forming large patches. These issues manifest because the absorbed water causes expansion, which weakens the natural bonds in the material. Chemical reactions can also happen, interfering with the structural integrity of the material. For example, wet rot occurs readily in timber and derivative products if the absorbed water pushes moisture content over 30%. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the loss site to establish the broader implications of the visible signs. 

If the water pooling in the ceiling drips to the contents, it transfers dust and other debris it collects to them, necessitating content cleaning as part of damage restoration. Some contents like upholstery present challenges when cleaning because immersing or spraying them with high-pressure water can worsen the damages. Our SERVPRO technicians help with general as well as specialized content cleaning tasks. We even have specialty Upholstery Cleaning Machines with wash and rinse features, and better agitation than handwashing, for effective removal of soils and debris. 

Water loss incidents leave varying types of physical damage to the structure. They can affect surfaces finishes, drywall, or even floor materials such as carpets. Restoration may require controlled demolition to remove the affected materials for replacement. Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors with probes to check the level of wetness in different materials, determining what to remove and what to restore through drying. 

Seeking help from a professional can help you manage water loss situations in your Cheshire, Prospect, or Wolcott property better. Call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050 to help you. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Flood or Water Damage: What Do You Do

2/5/2017 (Permalink)

When you have water damage, you will quickly decide “Do I need help?” and “Who do I call for a flood?”

Consider these common scenarios: A second floor supply line leaks and water pours through the downstairs ceiling and soaks hardwood floors; A pipe bursts on first floor and water soaks carpets and the tile on the kitchen floor; You come home to a house soaked with humidity with wet walls, saturated a saturated ceiling and standing water in the basement.

Clearly in these cases, you call SERVPRO Team Randolph for help.

But what if the damage is not as obvious and you are tempted to mop, towel and fan. Here are a few things to consider:

Wet Seeks Dry: This means that water is always trying to seep into dry building materials and contents.  Depending on how long the water has been there the moisture can cause warping, delamination and the staining.  Just as it takes time for moisture to find its way into flooring and drywall, it takes time and a strategy to get the water back out. The Experience, Education and Equipment of a professional mitigation company are often required.

Secondary Damage from a Water Loss Can Exceed the Original Damage: The Insurance Industry has a thick book of suggested guidelines for contractors dealing with water damage.  Experience has shown that house floods ruin finishes, compromise the bones of a home and create a health hazard. 

Team Randolph Has Seen It Before: We address variations of the situations described above hundreds of times a year.  The only common factors are water and the worry that things are going to be fixed.  We understand water and we understand that no matter how familiar your issue is to us, it is scary, frustrating and upsetting to you. 

In the rare case we come across a situation we have not seen before, we can reach out to our SERVPRO network for guidance and advice. SERVPRO is the largest and most trusted company by consumers nationwide.

For SERVPRO Team Randolph there are no impossible messes. The cleanup begins with a call.

Beware the Penetrating Power of Bitter Cold

2/8/2016 (Permalink)

We find trouble wherever it lurks

Roof and insulation issues don't reveal themselves on warm, sunny days.  The next couple of weeks are going to be bitterly cold with swirling wind and snow.  With cold, wind and snow will come pipe bursts, ice damming and other unfortunate breakdowns.  

SERVPRO of Waterbury and our sister company Connecticut Reconstruction Services stand ready to put your home or business back in pre-loss condidition.

Our professionals follow IICRC protocols to make sure that your structure is fully restored and there are no secondary concerns, like mold.  Not only will the structure be like new but you will receive everything you need to file a claim with your insurance company if you choose.

Our process includes: identifying all the sources and types of water; monitoring of atmospheric and material considitions for drying analysis; a comprehensive diagnostic inspection for trapped or hiddent moisture; removal of wet materals; removal or containment of furniture; carpet and Pad service; application of disinfecting and deodorizing agents if necessary; utlization of specialized drying equipment; and disposal of refuse.

While the mitigation is taking place, CRS works with your insurance carrier so there is a seamless transition from cleaning to repair.   The same team sticks with you the whole way.

We don't wish ourselves on anyone but when issues come up, we are ready to help.