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Resolving Long-Term Issues During Norwich Fire Restoration

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

IICRC logo, commercial trained Our SERVPRO team follows IICRC guidelines to ensure excellent fire damage restoration for Norwich area homes

Specific Fire Damage Effects Could Have Lingering Impacts on Norwich Homes

One of the reasons that fire damage must be combatted with urgency is its threat to homes and businesses. While acute damage is often the most severe and pressing of the concerns, long-term issues could result when the restoration is not conducted properly or to the fullest extent. Multiple potential problems could result.

Combustion Deterioration

Fire restoration in Norwich homes must resolve a spreading fire's impact on the structural materials exposed. Building materials are easily destroyed by spreading fires, but this damage is not always as visible and apparent as you might think. Careful inspections for structural integrity must often be done to avoid later issues.

Smoke Malodors

Smoke damage is another lingering concern for the household as well. Burning of specific materials can produce severe and offensive malodors that are difficult to remove. SERVPRO professionals take time to ensure that the appropriate deodorization practices occur so that the smoke smells of a former fire do not become long-term, intermittent struggles for the homeowner.

Water and Mold Damages

If a fire is improperly managed, it is likely that the methods used to extinguish the blaze were not fully restored, either. Lingering moisture and damp pockets can deteriorate exposed building materials and encourage the growth of mold colonies.

How Can SERVPRO Help?

Many look to our experienced fire restoration professionals of our team to help in several ways after a disaster. Our hands-on expertise and continued growth in this industry niche through coursework and programs designed by standard-setting organizations like the IICRC help us to be trusted technicians for:

  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire damage cleanup
  • Soot removal
  • Deodorization
  • Content cleaning

Fires can be destructive and devastating, especially when the initial effects of these emergencies are not dealt with appropriately. Give our SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County rapid response team a call now at (860) 887-0447.

Damage Migration During Water Restoration in Windham Homes

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

cartoon showing dry to wet with elephant Water leaks migrate in Norwich homes from Wet to Dry, SERVPRO restores properties, "Like it never even happened."

Drying Water Damage in Windham Homes Means Tracking Moisture Migration

Water damage restoration and recovery services encompass dozens of intricate tasks layered over one another to return a property to preloss condition. Ultimately, the objective of this process is to achieve comfortable living conditions and make the disaster ‘Like it never even happened.’

For water restoration in Windham properties, our technicians must utilize our knowledge of moisture behavior to increase drying time and productivity. Some principles of this primary water recovery effort include:

  • Wet goes to dry
  • Hot goes to cold
  • High pressure to low pressure

Wet to Dry

One of the easily witnessed drying principles is that wet conditions migrate to dry areas seeking a balance. Knowing that moisture travels a linear path to connected dry spaces can show technicians where drying tools should be placed to minimize the impact on the wall systems and flooring.

Hot to Cold

Manipulating the temperature can positively impact the restoration process, but fluctuations encourage moisture migration. Warm, humid air seeks colder, dry conditions. For this reason, it is beneficial to increase the total work area to include a perimeter that can be kept at similar temperatures to discourage moisture movement.

High to Low Pressures

Vapor pressure is one of the subjects of the psychrometry our SERVPRO team studies to understand moisture behavior and drying principles in action during restoration. Different environments in the house function at varying pressures, especially when rooms are undergoing drying processes. As the house attempts to regulate these changes by seeking a balance, higher pressures seek lower pressures.

Understanding these drying principles allows our SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County team to best utilize drying tools and products in real-time. When water damage events occur in your home, you can trust the fast response of our team to help when you call (860) 887-0447.

Flood Damage Cleanup for Norwich Crawlspaces

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

crawlspace with debris after water removal Water extraction from flooded crawlspaces in Norwich requires a rapid SERVPRO service, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Flooding Can Impact a Norwich Crawlspace and Related Materials Rapidly

While the crawlspace can help prevent flooding from directly impacting the main floor of your home, damage to this area is not without concerns. It is important to act fast to mitigate the situation and remove floodwater from a crawlspace as soon as possible.

Standing Water Concerns

Flood damage in Norwich crawlspaces first appears as standing water concerns, so this is the first phase of mitigation and restoration of these threats. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals approach the situation with powerful extraction and water removal devices from our supply like:

  • High-pressure pumps
  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Wet vacuums


Where standing water is a threat, saturation is also a concern. Direct water exposure leaves the structural supports for the house susceptible to absorption damage. Drying tools like air movers can effectively manage these threats, but only after extraction takes place and intruding water has been stopped.

Moist Conditions

Moisture is one of the main threats with crawlspace flood damage as any standing water can create high humidity conditions that promote the production of mold colonies. Mold and microbial presence are common threats after flooding, and this can be amplified when much of the moisture present is not removed efficiently. We have several dehumidification tools and approaches to help.

Encapsulation Options

 One of the advantages of SERVPRO restoration after a flooded crawlspace is our contractor license. Because of our fast response to these emergencies, we can implement strategies early like encapsulation that capitalize on the newly dried space and prevent future water penetration and flooding that could threaten the household.

Flooding is a rapidly developing situation for many homes and businesses throughout our counties. When this water infiltrates the space beneath your property, fast action is necessary to prevent greater harm to the property or its occupants. Our SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County team can help when you need it at (860) 887-0447. 

Three Truths About Soot Fire Damage in Willimantic Homes

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire with soot damage on the ceiling SERVPRO fire damage restoration services are top-notch. We will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

What Should You Know About Soot Fire Damage in a Willimantic Home?

Smoke and soot damages produce the most formidable obstacles for residences after a fire. Soot can be a hazard for health and a destructive presence to hosting materials where these soil deposits land. There are some important facts about soot damage that can influence restoration strategies.

Soot Does Not Go Away on Its Own

A myth about fire damage in Willimantic homes or businesses is that certain smoke and fire loss effects will dissipate naturally on their own. Every threatening or destructive result of fire damage must be managed in the restoration stages by professionals like our SERVPRO team to ensure a lasting recovery.

There Are Multiple Types of Smoke Damage

Because there are multiple types of smoke damage, there are naturally various types of restoration strategies. Each smoke and soot deposit type requires a specific approach to loosen and remove. These include:

  • Wet Smoke – Smoldering fires produce damp smoke, which generates a thick and dark soot byproduct.
  • Dry Smoke – Dry smoke results from high-heat fires, which produces a lighter-colored and thinner soot deposit on surfaces that is often manageable with chem sponges.
  • Protein Residues – A product of grease fires, solvents are necessary to lift thick greasy residues from surfaces like cabinets before wet cleaning.

Soot Should Be Handled Professionally

Many homeowners believe that cleaning up soot damage is as simple as using conventional cleaning products and mechanical actions to clear residues and deposits from affected surfaces. In truth, many of these residential remedies can chemically react with present soot and make it much more difficult to remove.

No one should attempt to clean or restore soot damage in their home on their own. These situations can rapidly get out of control, and professional restoration is recommended to help. Our SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County team is standing by at (860) 887-0447.

Saving Time and Money with Water Restoration for Norwich Homes

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO water damage equipment Water damage restoration for your property is a job for SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment for every service.

Professional Water Restoration Benefits Damaged Norwich Properties

It might be easy to consider the possibilities of DIY cleanup and restoration following certain water damage incidents, but this is rarely wise. Because of how rapidly water can absorb into porous materials, homeowners rarely know when water damage exists beyond the surface level and therefore do not address these concerns as they should.

Fast and Reliable Responses

A determining factor for professional water restoration in Norwich homes and businesses is the pace of our response to emergencies. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster – a statement that we have embodied with consistent availability and quick mobilization.

Leading Equipment for Mitigation

Not only does our team feature experienced professionals capable of managing the rapidly changing dynamics and conditions of a restoration project, but we also invest in the leading equipment to complete these jobs. Through each phase of restoration and mitigation, we provide efficient results using drying and cleaning products like:

  • Extractors
  • Air Movers
  • Drying Mats
  • Disinfection Cleaning Products
  • Heaters

Moisture Tracking Technology

Another benefit of the experienced SERVPRO professionals on our roster is the technologies we can bring to monitor and evaluate restoration progress. Thermal imagery, hygrometers, and moisture meters help track the presence and movement of moisture around the damaged area and through the structure, ensuring the appropriate placement of drying tools.

Repairs and Build Back

Professional water restoration from our SERVPRO professionals also features build-back services and needed repairs. Because we have a contractor license, we can complete controlled demolition and the placement of discarded materials to make it “Like it never even happened.”

There are many advantages to quickly reacting to water damage events by contacting experienced restoration professionals to help. Our fast response and experience ensure that mitigative strategies get underway immediately. Our SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County team is ready to help when disasters strike at (860) 887-0447.

Variables That Impact Mold Remediation for Norwich Homes

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO what to know about mold sign Mold remediation is no DIY project. Call the services of SERVPRO for fast and immediate work for your home.

Certain Conditions Influence Chosen Mold Remediation Tactics in Norwich Residences

Selecting the right mold removal strategy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. We must consider many variables and factors, which can allow us to select among popular remediation strategies such as:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Abrasive blasting
  • Sanding
  • Controlled demolition

The Severity of the Infestation

Depending on the severity of the microbial damage, mold remediation in Norwich homes will change accordingly. We must evaluate how damaged many of the hosting elements have already become and protect nearby surfaces from suffering the same fate. Often, mold remediation is a combination of approaches based on varying levels of damage.

Placement of the Mold Damage

Where mold can be found throughout the house is also another indication of the removal strategy that might help. Specific aggressive cleaning methods, including pressurized water, are not ideal for confined spaces or areas that might be difficult to dry rapidly. Instead, pressurized air for media blasting or sanding might be used.

Type of Hosting Material

The type of material affected must also play a part in choosing the right remediation strategy to help. Drywall, for example, has a little that can be done to preserve and protect it once mold sets into this porous material. The solution, in this case, would be controlled demolition.

Is It Worth Preserving?

When determining the salvageability of specific building materials and contents, an important question is whether the element is worth saving. There are several instances where replacing specific hosting building materials is more cost-efficient than attempting to remove the mold present and restore the damage done to the substrate.

Despite the urgency of active colonization, it is critical to carefully evaluate the situation and choose the most efficient removal option to limit the continued spread of these organisms in the house. Our SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County team can help with nearly all aspects of mold remediation when you call (860) 887-0447.

What Is Included in Fire Damage Restoration at Willimantic Homes?

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

tech wiping soot on wall Call us today!; Call SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County today at (860) 887-0447, if you need help with professional fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO Inspects Willimantic Residences and Removes Residues During Fire Restoration

Faulty wiring is a possible way for a fire to start in your home. Your home's wiring is not something that you often think about but some common signs that can indicate if the wiring is faulty include lights dimming when you use more than one appliance and frequently blown fuses. When fire damage devastates your Willimantic home, the experts at SERVPRO are here to help you recover.

The consequences of a fire can be disturbing to homeowners. Fortunately, our fire damage restoration services in Willimantic quickly address all developing issues. We help sort through the mess and return your home to its pre-damaged state.

Typical Procedures in Fire Damage Restoration

  • Inspection
  • Removing debris
  • Smoke and soot cleanup
  • Odor removal

Soot Residues Removal During The Restoration Process

Caution is necessary when entering a home after a fire incident. Even if there may be no serious structural damage, harmful aerosols from smoke may still hang in the air as they take longer to dissipate. SERVPRO technicians remove debris and sort out salvageable and unsalvageable contents. We label items using stickers or a dot system and place them in a visible location where a crew member can see them. We can scan and catalog items.

Soot residue is usually highly acidic and can cause discoloration of appliances, walls, and stain items. We first use a vacuum or sponge to pre-clean and remove excess soot residues and soils to make the standard cleaning more effective. Also, applying a thin oil film on metallic and stone surfaces such as countertops prevents corrosion and staining. We use innovative techniques to turn your property into its pre-damaged state. We can clean your carpet using different cleaning products to dislodge soot particles from the fibers.

Products Used For Fire Damage Content Cleaning Fall Under Different Categories

  • Volatile dry solvents
  • Dry cleaning solvents
  • Wood oil soaps
  • Carpet/upholstery cleaners

SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County provides thorough fire damage restoration, ensuring your home is free of smoke or any other damage. Call us at (860) 887-0447. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Is Quick Water Mitigation in Norwich Premises Necessary?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

Vacuuming Water For any type of water damage to your property you can count on SERVPRO to help. Just call (860) 887-0447.

Water Mitigation in a Norwich Facility Is Speedy with Help from SERVPRO

A loose-fitting pipe in the restroom of a Norwich office suite can lead to water leakage. The water can seep into other rooms in the facility, causing damage. It is vital to act quickly to mitigate the issue and prevent severe loss in such a situation.

Rapid water mitigation in a Norwich structure is important because long-term exposure to moisture can ruin most contents like printers, computers, and other sensitive electronics. Once moisture finds its way inside electronics, it corrodes internal components leading to failure. Our crew can also help move file cabinets and cover desks with plastic sheets to protect them from moisture.

You might be under the impression that tiles are waterproof and cannot pass water; however, the grout holding the tiles in place might be unsealed or chipped, allowing water to seep through, causing damage. To remove moisture quicker in these areas, SERVPRO technicians use drying mats. We also use extraction equipment to remove water in other places, making drying easier and less time-consuming. Our team inspects for serious issues like mold and mildew to prevent material deterioration.

Extraction Tools Used in Water Removal

  • Light wands
  • Portable extractors
  • Dry/wet vac
  • Drying mats

What the Water Extraction Process Involves

Water extraction is a crucial step SERVPRO undertakes to prevent extensive damage to your business, and with special extraction tools, our SERVPRO crew can ensure all water is removed. Our team uses a dry/wet vac to remove standing water and extract water from carpeting. Its long hose allows us to reach tight spots and corners. After removing the water, we use drying equipment to remove moisture from the materials.

Drying Equipment for Moisture Removal

  • Structural cavity drying equipment
  • Axial / Centrifugal air movers
  • Dehumidifiers

SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County expertly handles water mitigation to prevent material damage. Call us at (860) 887-0447. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Happens During Fire Damage Restoration in Norwich Premises?

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The first step to resolving fire damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County.

Fire and Smoke Damaged Norwich Commercial Properties Benefit from SERVPRO Services 

The interior of a car parked by several other vehicles in a Norwich auto repair shop suddenly caught fire. It burned several other vehicles and deposited soot and smoke in the interior. Fortunately, none of the petroleum products ignited during this episode, thereby preventing damage to the structure and expensive tools and equipment. The fire department had arrived at the scene to inspect the fire damage, and then the shop manager called SERVPRO to clean up the burned contents and remove the pungent smoke odor.

The dangers of a fire do not just end once the flames are out. Professional fire restoration in your Norwich premises necessitates deep-cleaning techniques to return your shop to its preloss condition. Remember, you have to deal with the smoke and soot on the walls, ceilings, floors, and items in your store. SERVPRO can provide man-lifts to wipe down all soot residues. Precautions are also necessary.

Cleaning Takes Various Procedures

  • Multiple ways of agitating surfaces
  • Regular and special cleaning products
  • Immersion

Cleaning up and Removing Smoke Residue

SERVPRO technicians adapt unique cleaning concepts to each situation to successfully clean the property because smoke residue and odor affect surfaces and materials differently. The cleaning process should break the bond between soils and surfaces.

How To Loosen Smoke Residue From Surfaces

  • Lubrication
  • Mechanical action
  • Chemical action
  • Suspension and dispersion            

Due to some materials being more porous than others, the soot can penetrate below the surfaces. To clean soot off, we first use a strong vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove loose particles and avoid redistributing them into the air. This leaves us with only small amounts of stain and soot to clean with detergents. We also apply cleaning products that can chemically alter some residues, and we can easily remove soils on the affected materials or surfaces.

SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County ensures thorough fire restoration to your property. Our business is here to keep you in business. Call us at (860) 887-0447. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Basic Processes Necessary to Resolve Flood Damage in Norwich Properties

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

cartoon, man in flooded office Flooded commercial buildings deserve SERVPRO's We're Faster To Any Size Disaster response to mitigate damage to Norwich areas businesses

SERVPRO Enhances Flood Restoration of Norwich Businesses with Superior Equipment and Skills

Property damage from floodwater is considered category 2 or 3 loss since it involves significant contamination levels. Dealing with flood damage requires various actions, including mitigation to stop further deterioration and restoration to save materials. Several processes are necessary to restore preloss conditions at your Norwich property.

Some actions have to be prioritized when managing flood damage in Norwich businesses since they can change the restoration trajectory. Such priority should be directed to any action that minimizes or reverses deterioration and prevents secondary issues. Since SERVPRO has significant resources like state-of-the-art restoration equipment, we can effortlessly accomplish tasks.

Some specific actions that you should give priority include:

  • Extracting excess water
  • Providing humidity control
  • Protecting contents
  • Controlling contaminants

The intruding flood water can affect your belongings by wetting, soiling, or contaminating them. They might also stand in the way of other processes, especially when you want to extract water or spray disinfectants. A sound content protection plan ensures they do not stand in the way or incur unnecessary damages. Moving contents to a secure area within the property or blocking them with safety materials are some easy steps that offer protection. Our SERVPRO technicians can also help move out items to an offsite facility.

Removing the intruding water from open areas and hidden sections are essential. The input from our SERVPRO technicians is better felt when handling extraction in basements, stairwells, crawlspaces, and interstitial spaces where unique skills and specialized equipment are necessary to facilitate water removal. One of our goals is to minimize water damage to retail goods and equipment whenever possible.

Controlling the contamination resulting from flooding takes several approaches. Before applying biocides and other chemicals, our technicians inspect the affected areas to determine hindrances that might limit their effectiveness. Porous materials like carpets, pads, drywall, and insulation are difficult to decontaminate once soaked in floodwaters. Our SERVPRO technicians demolish affected areas to remove such materials, fixtures, and assemblies.

Dealing with flood damage presents many challenges, but assistance from SERVPRO of Norwich and Windham County makes it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (860) 887-0447.