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Water Cleanup Gets Rid of Watery Conditions in Your Westbury Home

8/8/2023 (Permalink)

air movers on stripped floor in hallway SERVPRO provides expert water removal and drying services for our Waterbury neighbors. "Like it never even happened."

Water Cleanup & Mitigation Also Saves Belongings

Waking up in your home to standing water from a broken pipe happens more often than homeowners in Westbury might realize. SERVPRO® is always nearby with our water cleanup crew for such emergencies. A fast response reduces the overall situation into a more manageable one.

SERVPRO's experienced team knows the most effective water cleanup methods to protect your Westbury residence from the full impact of a broken pipe. Hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water can flood your floors in just a few minutes, causing damage as soon as it leaves the tube.

SERVPRO technicians want our customers to know these things about our services involving the cleanup of their property:

  • Microbes love water and take root (literally) at the first opportunity,
  • Cleanup includes your belongings, and
  • Decrease in structural damage.

Microbes are always present in our homes but are generally inactive in low-moisture environments. They easily thrive as soon as moisture increases. Extracting the water, applying potent anti-fungal agents, and removing moisture from your home can help put surviving microorganisms back into hibernation.

Your belongings took a while to accumulate. We know they are part of your family's comfort zone. We take several steps to ensure they don't sustain any additional damage. Moving them to higher ground and starting restoration services can keep damage from spreading and worsening.

Starting cleanup work after a disaster that submerged your floors prevents structural damage from worsening and spreading to new locations. Such water damage can include softer materials like drywall and carpeting or harder-to-damage elements like wooden framework or the concrete floor in your garage.

Starting cleanup and other essential services as soon as possible after a disaster helps get your property back to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened," with less hassle and a lowered cost.

Homeowners are encouraged to call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050 to clean up and mitigate the effects of any disaster, including those involving flood, fire, or mold.

Mitigating Waterbury Water Damage with Professional Efficiency

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in a water damaged hallway SERVPRO can mitigate the water damage to your Waterbury home, just call us for fast service.

SERVPRO Helps to Mitigate and Restore Water Damage

Waterbury is home to more than 110,000 people, making leak and stormwater events more common than many might believe. Our growing roster of technicians and specialists focuses on effective mitigation where necessary to protect property and contents however possible. Our commitment to safeguarding your home from unnecessary harm begins with the extensive training that our professionals receive in niches like:

  • WRT – Water Restoration
  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying
  • CDS – Commercial Drying
  • AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation

Because destructive standing water can spread so quickly, it is vital to begin the restoration of Waterbury water damage events as soon as possible. We have a large facility centrally located in New Haven County to accommodate disasters of all sizes, allowing our professionals to mobilize with service vehicles and appropriate equipment rapidly.

The Objectives of Emergency Services 

Few disasters require the immediate action that water leaks and flooding can need. To best provide needed attention and mitigating action to a household impacted by burst pipes or intruding water damage, there are several emergency services to help. With a combination of our contractor license and highly trained specialists, we streamline restoration and repair objectives with the first actions taken by our responding team. These might include:

  • Utility Repairs
  • Content Relocation
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Water Extraction

Effective Water Removal Services 

Removing standing water from a household requires several tools from our stock. Extractors and pumps available to our technicians are suited to several distinct situations, including challenging areas to reach, confined spaces, and other obstacles in home restoration. Surface water removal typically occurs with a combination of wet vacuums and submersible pumps, the size of the unit depending on the depth of the damage present.

Starting Widespread Drying Solutions

Depending on the size of a water damage restoration need, hundreds of drying tools could be necessary. We have axial and centrifugal air movers that directly introduce warm airflow across wet surfaces. Dehumidifiers pull moisture from the environment and keep humidity levels within acceptable parameters. We also use portable heaters that influence the temperature for faster and even drying.

Principles of Efficient Drying

SERVPRO technicians must balance several aspects to provide the most efficient pathway to a dry residence after water damage. These principles are manipulated individually with specific tools like air movers, dehumidifiers, portable heaters, and other evaporative drying equipment. To provide the most thorough and direct drying practices, SERVPRO professionals must focus on these three factors:

  • Airflow –  is the measure of direct air movement over moist surfaces or through open areas of a structure.
  • Temperature – this principle determines the rate at which molecules and particles move and chemically react.
  • Humiditythis is the measure of current moisture in the environment and consideration for water content to influence the atmosphere through practices like evaporative drying.

"Like it never even happened."

Whether it is the homes for the thousands of residents in Waterbury or more extensive facilities like Saint Mary's Hospital, we understand the urgency of mitigation and restoration for our customers. We appreciate the need to get back to normal as fast as possible, and we prioritize a swift response with our knowledgeable staff.

Waterbury water damage events overwhelm households and businesses rapidly. Our professionals remain ready to respond to these emergencies 24 hours a day at our warehouse facility. We are a trusted name for mitigation and restoration services after water and flood loss effects. Give our SERVPRO of Waterbury team a call today at (203) 757-5050.

Water Cleanup in Waterbury Happens Fast with SERVPRO

2/8/2023 (Permalink)

Floor With Water Damage Looking for a restoration company? Look no further, SERVPRO is just a call away.

SERVPRO Saves Time and Money on Water Damage Cleanup

Water damage can happen for many reasons, such as burst pipes, ceiling leaks, or plumbing issues. Regardless of the cause, it can be destructive if water cleanup in your Waterbury home does not happen quickly. SERVPRO techs use state-of-the-art technology and equipment to restore your home to its preloss condition. 

The water cleanup in your Waterbury home begins with SERVPRO techs assessing the extent of the damage. We use moisture sensors, thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, and thermos-hygrometers to detect the hidden moisture in the structural component to formulate the best restoration strategy.  

The Role of Air Filtration Devices (AFDs) in Water Restoration 

There is always a risk of microbial contamination after a water damage incident. Consequently, it is important to accelerate the drying while preventing contaminants, if present, from escaping to unaffected areas of the building. 

AFDs perform a dual function during the restoration of water-damaged properties- they move and filter the air at the same time. Most ADFs that SERVPRO techs use are fitted with HEPA filters that can trap airborne contamination particles and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the filter. SERVPRO techs can control the aerosolization of contaminants while maintaining high evaporation rates with the AFDs during the drying process. 

Drying Systems During Water Damage Repairs

SERVPRO techs use two types of drying systems when restoring water damage to Waterbury homes:

  • Open system: In this system, the affected area is left open to the air, and dehumidifiers are used to remove excess moisture
  • Closed system: This involves enclosing the affected area in a sealed chamber, where dehumidifiers and air movers control the humidity and circulate the air. A closed system is used if restorers suspect contamination.

Call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050; our techs are available 24/7 to answer any question you might have.

Proven Tips for Cheshire Water Damage Remediation

8/14/2022 (Permalink)

a broken copper pipe with water leaking from it Has a broken pipe leaked water throughout your home? Contact SERVPRO immediately for effective water removal and drying services.

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 overuse 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.

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

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

water in kitchen 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 exacerbate the problem. Hiring a professional restoration company should ease the burden because of the advanced training and experience to 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 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 damage. 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 surface 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.

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

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

servpro equipment in a water damaged house When a burst pipe brings inches of water into your home, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation efforts.

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 and 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.”

What Difference Do Mold Removal Companies Make in Waterbury Homes?

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

Mold In Bathroom Let our fast response team at SERVPRO of Waterbury eliminate further mold growth.

SERVPRO Ensures Mold Remediation in Waterbury Does Not Create Problems

Mold can affect any part of your Waterbury home. The best way to deal with the mold inconveniences is to prevent it from developing by drying any moisture from leaks and ventilating the house. Since prevention does not always work, you need solutions once the problem sets.

Engaging mold removal companies help Waterbury homeowners in many ways since the contamination may have some hidden aspects. SERVPRO provides comprehensive services addressing the problem "Like it never even happened." 

Vital services when addressing mold damage include:

  • Assessment
  • Handling contaminated items
  • Cleaning

Mold shows itself through various signs such as musty odors and spots on surfaces. After noticing these signs, it is essential to assess the property revealing how extensively the issue spreads. It is also vital to establish whether the mold is only on the surface or is deeply embedded in materials. Contamination starts when spores settle on surfaces and then sprout hyphae which penetrate organic materials to absorb nutrients.

How Mold Spread Is Assessed

Mold tends to develop more in hidden areas such as wall and ceiling cavities. Assessment should reach all these areas, which can cause significant physical damage to the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians use non-invasive approaches such as drilling small holes in suspected areas then using borescopes to inspect the hidden places. Probing surfaces such as drywall with a hard tool like a screwdriver establish the level of deterioration since severe infestation makes drywall crumbly.

Although mold presence is a problem, you can trigger other problems when attempting to resolve the issue. Proper handling and using the correct cleaning approaches are essential steps. Our SERVPRO teams can help you tackle these processes without causing problems such as cross-contamination. 

Helpful actions include in controlling mold include:

  • Prioritizing residue capture methods such as vacuuming
  • Using dry cleaning methods to prevent re-infestation
  • Erecting containment barriers

SERVPRO of Waterbury is one of the established mold removal companies you can turn to when your home is contaminated. Call us at (203) 757-5050.

Need Help with Damage Repair in Your Cheshire Home? Call SERVPRO

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged room; flood cuts along wall Sometimes we need to make flood cuts to thoroughly dry water damage.

Cheshire Homeowners Can Count on SERVPRO for Fast and Efficient Water Damage Repair

Unmitigated water damage can become a huge problem, potentially leading to microbial contamination and even jeopardizing the structural integrity of your home. Hiring professionals like SERVPRO for water damage repair of your Cheshire home can help you prevent the situation from going out of hand.

Some of the most common issues that SERVPRO techs encounter during water damage repair of Cheshire homes include:

  • Water-soaked carpets and pads
  • Water seepage behind the walls 
  • Warping of hardwood floors 

One of the first goals of the water restoration is to get as much water out of the property as quickly as possible.

How do SERVPRO Techs Extract Water During Water Restoration of Cheshire Homes?  

Several pieces of equipment are available for water extraction, but it takes an experienced professional to grasp the most efficient for a given situation. SERVPRO techs consider several factors like the amount of water to be removed and the power availability to decide which equipment to use in your flooded Cheshire home.  

Techs Use Various Extraction Tools to Remove Water from Floorings, Such as Extraction Units, Light Wands, Deep Extraction Tools, and Submersible Pumps.  

What are Deep Extraction Tools? 

Deep extraction tools are commonly used to extract water from carpets and pads. These devices compress the carpeting and padding, squeeze out the water and vacuum it out. Most of these devices allow the restorers to 'ride' on them to provide additional weight. Deep extraction tools are most effective when water damage is confined to a small area. If more water needs to be removed, SERVPRO techs use submersible and trash pumps.  

Call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050 for further assistance and any questions regarding water damage restoration.  

How Does SERVPRO Handle Water Removal Around Waterbury Kitchen Cabinets?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

flood cuts in drywall, equipment working SERVPRO water damage mitigation services are second to none. Call now for the service needed for your home.

SERVPRO Techs Perform Water Cleanup in Waterbury Properties

In Waterbury homes, there are two rooms most likely to receive the brunt of water damage. The first is the bathroom, and the second area of the house is the kitchen. Both of these rooms have cabinets, and the cleanup gets handled in similar ways.

When water removal services occur in Waterbury homes, SERVPRO technicians work to limit the house's disruptions and work around structural elements whenever possible. However, if water migrated behind or under cabinets or vanities, they may require controlled demolition to dry the wall cavities. Leaving behind moisture can result in secondary damages that have the potential to be costly.

Tracking water damage within a home is something SERVPRO technicians spend time doing to ensure they get all the water in the house. Different detection equipment has varying uses such as infrared cameras, probes, and visual inspections, the technicians can locate the different areas within the worksite that require attention. After finding cooler areas via an infrared camera, the technicians may remove the toe kick at the bottom of a kitchen cabinet to determine the moisture levels present and if seepage into the subfloor occurred. If the cabinets show signs of warping or are structurally unsound, the techs may need to remove them.

SERVPRO technicians rely on many professional water removal techniques and equipment such as: 

  • Use of attachments to get water underneath cabinets 
  • The use of weep holes in walls to avoid further deterioration
  • Use of controlled demolition on walls, ceilings, and cabinetry that is beyond restoration

SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-505 serves the Waterbury community for all types and sizes of water removal needs. The trained and certified technicians are available 24/7. 

SERVPRO is Emerging as One of The Most Reliable Water Restoration Companies in Waterbury

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the training and experience for any size water damage restoration services for your home.

Waterbury Homeowners Can Save Their Homes by Hiring Water Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO 

Water restoration companies like SERVPRO understand the building systems, assemblies, and related physical laws to restore your Waterbury home successfully. SERVPRO restorers have the experience and expertise in restoring various building materials used in the construction of your home. 

SERVPRO is among the few water restoration companies in Waterbury with IICRC certified crew with advanced water restoration equipment. The main goal during water damage remediation is to restore the material, including building material and assemblies, rather than replace it. Some of the most commonly affected structural components of your home are the ceiling and wall assemblies. Various materials can make up a ceiling or wall assembly- drywall, plaster, wallpaper, and wood and timber framing.

How do SERVPRO Restorers Repair the Damaged Drywall During Water Cleanup in Waterbury Homes?  

The drywall of your Waterbury home readily absorbs and releases moisture. SERVPRO technicians begin the restoration process by determining the water-damaged area using a non-penetrating moisture meter. The speed at which drywall releases moisture depends on the paint on the surface (latex versus enamel) or the type of wall covering (vinyl wall covering versus paper). 

Latex-covered drywalls dry quicker when SERVPRO techs use dehumidifying and air moving equipment than the enamel-covered drywall. Vinyl wall covering may retard the rate of evaporation as it is not porous. SERVPRO techs might need techniques such as perforating or removing the vapor retardant material to dry such walls. 

It's important to note that according to the IICRC S500 standard, drywalls that have incurred damage by category three water (heavily contaminated) are not restorable and need to be removed.  

Call SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050 if you have any water damage repair and remediation questions.

How Does Moisture Influence Fire Damage Restoration in Waterbury Homes?

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Water damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Pre-loss condition is what we strive for.

SERVPRO Takes Preemptive Action to Avoid Complications during Water & Fire Damage Restorations

When a fire and water damage affects your Waterbury home, is also likely to develop, especially when firefighters spray significant amounts of water into the building or if internal fire suppression from a sprinkler system kicks in.  Water can damage materials or worsen the fire damage in your Waterbury home.

A significant percentage of fire damage restoration in your Waterbury home may involve removing residues such as soot from contents and vertical or horizontal surfaces within the structure. The presence of moisture creates obstacles such as staining underlying materials eliminating the efficacy of physical residue removal. Apart from the wetness in materials, the humidity in the air can create problems because once it combines with heat and smoke residues, it causes yellowing of materials. SERVPRO technicians have significant experience addressing moisture-related issues after fire damage.

Moisture issues can have a significant impact on the outcome of: 

  • House fire clean up
  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire restoration

SERVPRO technicians take various steps to control moisture damage at fire loss sites. Setting up dehumidifiers soon after arrival helps bring down the humidity levels within the building. Our technicians also cut away soaked materials such as drywall and insulation, thus reducing moisture migration through wicking. 

Water damage at a fire loss site may also develop by over-wetting items during the cleaning process. Such unnecessary secondary damage is avoidable. Our SERVPRO technicians opt for cleaning and deodorization methods that do not soak materials.

Cleaning methods that ensure items remain dry include:

  • Cleaning surfaces with chemical sponges
  • Blast cleaning 
  • Vacuuming

SERVPRO of Waterbury helps manage any issues that develop during fire damage restoration. Call us at (203) 757-5050. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Points Should Not Be Overlooked During Water Removal from Cheshire Properties?

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

water damage on ceiling; water stains on ceiling Often leaks upstairs cause water damage downstairs. SERVPRO is standing by to remediate water damage in Cheshire.

No Issue is Trivial for SERVPRO When Performing Water Damage Repairs in Cheshire Homes

Water intrusion from burst pipes or other sources creates significant problems, especially in Cheshire homes. In many cases, people focus on substantial issues like material deterioration during water removal. However, it pays to address the seemingly trivial problems.

A factor like the level of relative humidity is a crucial consideration during water removal from your Cheshire home. Condensation, the transfer of water damage from areas exposed initially to the water spill to other structural areas, is an issue with high humidity. Elevated humidity also creates a conducive environment for mold development. SERVPRO ensures the relative humidity levels in the house remain in the acceptable range throughout the removal process. We use thermo-hygrometers to take readings from each room and set up dehumidifiers for control if the levels exceed 50%.

Regulating humidity is essential when addressing problems caused by:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Emergency services water damage
  • Leaking roof from storms

Contamination is a common issue after water intrusion. Most people only think of contamination if the water source is not clean. However, microbial growth is typical on wet surfaces or if water is left to sit for too long, turning clean water loss to greywater loss or greywater loss to black water loss. Our SERVPRO technicians incorporate antimicrobial chemical agents when cleaning surfaces after extracting water to eliminate contaminants. 

SERVPRO of Waterbury has intricate knowledge of the water removal processes, ensuring we handle every problem that arises. Call us at (203) 757-5050 when you need help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Looking for Water Restoration Companies in Waterbury – Call SERVPRO

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Don't allow water to take over your home. Call our experts for help today.

Emergency Services Water Damage Restoration Companies in Waterbury – Call SERVPRO

Hazardous materials present safety challenges for all water restoration companies in Waterbury. Water leaks from pipes in the ceiling or walls of older homes may damage older insulation materials and the drywall, requiring removal and replacement before drying.

SERVPRO franchise companies provide water restoration services to Waterbury residents and business owners. Our professionals are trained to recognize dangerous substances in walls and ceilings, such as asbestos. We always take the proper precautions to protect our clients and employees from exposure.

Before water restoration can begin in these circumstances, qualified subcontractors must remove and dispose of hazardous materials. We urge our clients to follow the same guidelines as our employees when they encounter asbestos-containing materials. Avoid:

  • Cutting or sawing the material.
  • Hammering or breaking the material.
  • Drilling or piercing the material.
  • Sanding, brushing, scrubbing, or otherwise agitating the material.
  • Removing, loosening, or moving the material.

Once your home is certified to be clear of all asbestos materials, SERVPRO can continue with all water damage restoration activities.

Call SERVPRO of Waterbury for water restoration companies in Waterbury and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (203) 757-5050.

What are the Long-term Effects of Water Intrusion in a Home?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. When water damage shows its ugly face, SERVPRO has the answer you need. Their technicians are IICRC certified for any size water restoration service.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Services in Waterbury Can Mitigate Loss and Conduct Effective Restoration

Waterbury is one of ten large cities in the New York metropolitan area. The town is fondly nicknamed the "brass city" due to its prominent role in manufacturing brass products, clocks, and watches. Set against Connecticut's backdrop, the region has a long history as an early settlement on the East Coast of America and a significant player in the American Revolutionary War. Today, a population of 110,336 makes Waterbury the second most populous city in New Haven County. Despite its dwindling manufacturing trades, Waterbury remains one of the larger cities in Connecticut State.

Waterbury's early modern history was somewhat modest, with a recorded population of just 5,000 people for the first one hundred years of its founding. The Naugatuck River's interconnecting waterways, which gives the city its name, were prone to regular flooding, which kept population and settlements low for the first two-hundred years of Waterbury's existence. However, in the nineteenth century, the growth of the industrial revolution, and its technology, allowed the city to harness the nearby waterways to power their brass-producing factories. The prominence of manufacture manifested as a soaring population that laid the foundation for the city today.

  • The Mattatuck Museum on Prospect Street was founded by the local historical society and gathers exhibits telling the ten villages' story and their growth into modern-day Waterbury. The collection includes American master artists to historical artifacts and features rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
  • The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on West Main Street is a stunning example of local architecture. Built-in 1928, the design reflects the period architecture of the Italian Renaissance, with much of the flourishes inspired by the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.
  • On East Main Street is the Palace Theater which features architecture from the same early twentieth-century period. The traditional playhouse has fantastic acoustics and a rotating program of festive plays, contemporary plays, and classic shows.

SERVPRO Can Restore your Waterbury Home after Water Intrusion

When a property is exposed to large quantities of water, it can cause severe damage and requires professional equipment to speed up drying, mitigate losses and ensure your home returns to a preloss condition. 

Professional water restoration in Waterbury can help you to reclaim your home after a water intrusion event. Our team is ready to mobilize portable water extractors and submersible pumps to eliminate standing water quickly. Following initial mitigation, our use of air-moving equipment and dehumidifiers can help to reduce secondary vapor damages through complete drying. 

  • We use refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers to remove residual moisture from home.
  • Our IICRC certified technicians can use moisture sensors to detect potential water migration behind walls, floorboards, and ceilings.
  • Portable heaters and generators can be installed on-site to allow for smooth workflow of restoration. 

Avoid expensive damages with water intrusion. Contact SERVPRO of Waterbury for water restoration at (203) 757-5050.

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

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

flood cuts in bedroom after water damage SERVPRO can mitigate the water damage to your Waterbury home, just call us for fast service

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.

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.

What Are Some Telltale Signs of Water Damage in Waterbury?

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home SERVPRO of Waterbury is your answer when you detect humidity in your home.

Waterbury Homeowners Suspecting Water Damage to their Property Should Call a Professional Water Restoration Company for Help

Sometimes homeowners in Waterbury find themselves facing excess humidity for no apparent reason. They may observe slight cupping of hardwood floors, discoloration on the walls, or even an odd smell. Even when in doubt, it is better to call an expert team to assess the situation than sit and wait for the issue to worsen. Every minute an element of your home sits in water or humidity, the chances of its foundation weakening or mold spreading increase.

If you suspect your Waterbury home needs repairs due to water damage, call SERVPRO as soon as possible for a comprehensive inspection and assessment of the situation. Our team is not only available around the clock, but it also counts with state-of-the-art tools able to probe into crevices and hard-to-reach areas and determine whether humidity levels are outside expected ranges. When we arrive at your home, we apply the theory learned under industry experts and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as well as our field experience. All you need to do is place your trust in us and let us restore your home as the situation requires.

Can homes be restored after prolonged water exposure?
Once our SERVPRO crew inspects your home, it may determine that water has been leaking for a while, seeping into drywall, delaminating floors, and damaging items stored in closets. If this is the case, we can use several tools designed to extract water, such as submersible pumps, wand extractors, and truck-mounted pumps. We supplement their power with air circulators and dehumidifiers that help water evaporate and restore humidity levels. As we wrap up the job, we may do some of the following:

    •    Spray anti-microbial solutions to prevent the growth of mold
    •    Apply deodorizing techniques to get rid of any lingering smells
    •    Restore documents and photographs damaged by the moisture

SERVPRO of Waterbury is your answer when you detect humidity in your home. Call us at (203) 757-5050 as soon as you notice the issue and let us put our experience to work, so your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

Why Is My Refrigerator Leaking Water?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking Refrigerator Faulty appliances like a leaking refrigerator can quickly cause water damage in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for assistance.

SERVPRO techs know the damage that a slow leaking appliance can leave behind in your Waterbury home.

It can be frustrating to find water collecting on your kitchen floor. When a refrigerator leaks, there are a few main reasons why this occurs: 

  • Leaking water line inlet, to the water dispenser or ice maker
  • Make sure the power is on, lack of electricity can cause water to drip from defrosting items or overflow the defrost drain
  • Clogged water or defrost drain  

What Type of Water Damage Repair Should I Expect After a Leaking Appliance?  

After the refrigerator gets fixed, the water damage repair in your Waterbury home should occur as soon as possible, as there is the potential for mold growth and other issues. In the case of a long-standing leaking problem, the water can swell and damage the floor covering and subfloor. 

SERVPRO techs can use their moisture detection equipment to determine how far into the subfloor or sheetrock water has migrated. This enables the techs to perform any necessary water removal and set up the best setup for their drying equipment to ensure the area gets dried completely. 

The drying process gets monitored carefully, and the SERVPRO techs take readings during, and after to be sure, all the moisture gets removed. If any signs of mold growth are found, the techs have professional anti-microbial cleaners and abatement technicians to dry and remove any existing colonies. Afterward, the application of a sealant ensures that the mold will not return to the remediated area. 

After the situation gets mitigated, the techs may suggest the installation of dampness detectors around the home in hard-to-see places so small problems can get caught before they turn into significant issues. 

SERVPRO of Waterbury at (203) 757-5050 when you need cleanup and water damage repair. The technicians can identify issues caused by the moisture and return your home back to normal through the use of their advanced equipment and methods. 

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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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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 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. 

Our Team 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 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.