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Preparing For a Flood- Emergency Pack
Keep a first aid kit in an easy to reach spot in your home and be sure to check it periodically to keep it stocked.
A flood can happen extremely fast and cause an unbelievable amount of damage. It is a good idea to keep emergency items packed and ready to go in the event of an emergency such as a flood. Set aside some time and put together a list of things that you could need in the event of an evacuation due to an emergency such as a flood. This list should include priority items like water and food (3+ days supply), first aid kit, medications (7-day supply), medical items and a flashlight. Below are some more recommended items to keep in an emergency pack:
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Spare batteries
- Multi-purpose tool
- Personal hygiene/sanitation items
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell phone with charger
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map[s] of the area
- Baby supplies- bottles, formula, baby food, diapers
- Pet supplies
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra set of house keys and car keys
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for pictures of damage
Tips to Avoid Frozen and Burst Pipes
A Burst Pipe
Below are a few tips to help you prevent frozen pipes in your home:
- Occasionally allow a slow trickle of water to run from your kitchen and bathroom faucets if the temperature really plummets. This will keep water moving through the pipes and make the pipes less likely to freeze.
- Set your thermostat to a consistent temperature. A cold snap is not the time to dial the heat back to save on energy costs.
- Open kitchen and vanity cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
- If you’re leaving your home for more than 24 hours during a cold snap, consider asking a friend or relative to check in on your home to make sure everything is OK.
- In the fall, once the temperatures outside start to go down, it's a good idea to disconnect your garden hose from the exterior faucet and to turn off the water going to that exterior faucet.
Wilmington Furniture Gets a Reprieve from SERVPRO after a Water Loss
It's Not Magic. SERVPRO'S Skilled Technicians Use Formulated Products for Upholstery Cleaning After a Water Loss in Wilmington
Saving Upholstery Items after Water Damage in Wilmington
A water spill in your Wilmington home can leave you with a big restoration bill considering water affects a wide range of materials in the items affected by the incident. Knowing how each item is affected can help you take the right steps during restoration. We offer professional restoration services that can help you save articles that you would otherwise lose due to lack of proper information and resources.
A case of water damage in your Wilmington home is likely to have a significant effect on upholstered items because of the different materials used to make them. The framing, which is usually wooden, is prone to swelling and cracking when exposed to water especially over extended periods. Water also breaks down the glues used to strengthen joints messing with the sturdiness of the furniture items after the water loss incident. Since frames are hidden beneath layers of other materials, you might not even realize there is a problem until you notice the outcome. By using moistures sensors with probes, our SERVPRO technicians can detect such deep moisture migration and take countermeasures before significant damage occurs.
Water loss incidents also cause various kinds of stains on upholstery items. Dyes on dust covers are likely to bleed leading to staining. Upholstered buttons have a metal backing, which tends to rust causing stains. Finally, water spotting is common in dry-clean-only fabrics. Our SERVPRO technicians deal with stains when items are still wet because letting then dry causes the stains to settle. If only a section of an item is soaked, we might wet the entire item before drying it to eliminate water lines.
The growth of microbes such as mold or mildew is also likely in upholstery items after water affects them. Since the spores that cause microbial growth are omnipresent, the best way to counter such growth is to remove the source of water and dry the items fast. Using high-speed air movers and dehumidifiers, our SERVPRO technicians help reduce chances of mold growth.
Water can ruin your expensive upholstery items if you fail to take the right steps. Call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties to help. You can reach us at (802) 674-8004. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Why You Should Pick SERVPRO When Your Wilmington Home Experiences A Water Damage Disaster
We have to dry the building to lower chances of mold damage.
Factors To Consider When Choosing Water Restoration Methods For Your Wilmington Property
There is no universal way that restorers use when attending to your water damaged property. Each site has different needs, and it is the extent of the problem at hand that guides us on choosing the restoration methods to use. Remember, water extraction from your property is not enough, your structure’s carpeting and insulation still need attention, and we have to dry the building to lower chances of mold damage. Here, we cover some of the procedures we use when performing restoration services in Wilmington.
The carpet in your Wilmington property is likely to suffer from latex deterioration or delamination after the water damage event. Carpets have a secondary and a primary backing, and the two are held together by latex - which is an adhesive material. Though the backing deteriorates with time, the soaking can make the backing to separate in a process known as delamination. Also, the strength of a carpet reduces by 50% when it is wet. Our SERVPRO technicians are keen to avoid excessive folding as it is one to things that lead to delamination. We also assess the quality of the padding after a water event and recommend a replacement if necessary.
The insulation of your building may lose its insulating power after a water event. If the structure had fiberglass insulation, it could still be re-used after cleaning since it never loses its insulating power even after contacting water. With the help of nonpenetrating and penetrating moisture meters, our SERVPRO technicians determine whether the water in the ceiling or enclosed wall cavities. We can ventilate drywall cavities by removing the baseboards and drilling holes between the studs and forcing air through the holes. By doing that, we increase the rate of evaporation.
As evaporation takes place, more moisture is added to the air, and we have to perform dehumidification to remove the additional water vapor. We have to balance the two processes and come up with a Balanced Drying System.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties can work with a client's insurance provider for a stress-free restoration process. Contact us by calling (802) 674-8004 when your property experiences, storm, mold, water, or fire damage and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Dealing With Water Damage From A Broken Pipe? SERVPRO Has A Solution
When water emergencies arise, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties will be there to help!
We Provide Water Cleanup Services In Wilmington
Excess water in the home can come from various sources such as a broken pipe or busted water valve. It can also come from a leaking line on a household appliance such as a washing machine or dishwasher. Whatever the case, by the time you notice the water breach, there may be a mess in your bathroom or kitchen. Contacting trained professionals to extract the water right away is the right thing to do. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and can help reduce damages to your property.
SERVPRO water cleanup restoration services in Wilmington are reliable. Our techs have various types of equipment at their disposal that includes portable and trunk-mounted extractors, pumps, wands or vacuums to remove water. Once they extract the water, our team checks the structure for hidden moisture. They may utilize probes and sensors to locate trapped moisture such as under the flooring or behind the baseboards. Standing water can cause wood rot, mold growth and can ruin floor tiles, which is why it is wise to let skilled professionals handle the job.
After the techs remove water from your home, they can begin the drying phase. Our SERVPRO technicians may employ industrial air movers or axial fans to dry the affected areas. Air movers and fans help increase evaporation by reducing moisture inside the structure. Also, the technicians may utilize heaters to speed up drying. Dehumidifiers may also be put in place to reduce moisture in the atmosphere.
We can arrive at your residence within hours after you contact us to start the cleanup process. It is our policy to extract water and dry structures quickly. We do this to prevent mold growth and to lessen damages to the property. When possible, our crews can restore homes to their preloss condition.
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It is our goal to respond fast and to make it look, “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties water cleanup team is close by and here to help. Contact us 24/7 at (802) 674-8004 any time.
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Hiring an Expert for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Wilmington Can Keep Down Costs
SERVPRO Removes Water, Ice, and Snow from Wilmington Properties and Mitigates the Damages--Fast
SERVPRO Provides Professional Water Removal Services
When your property is flooded, it is a double tragedy since you have to deal with the costs of removing the water and restoration of contents to their preloss state. Although nobody would blame you for trying to minimize expenditure, cutting out professionals from the process is not a good cost-cutting measure. It is unlikely that you can reduce any immediate expenses and there is a possibility that you can mishandle the process leading to further expenditure in future costs.
When dealing with water damage in Wilmington, you need input from experts even when the cases seem minor. Unlike your casual observation, the expert can evaluate the true extent of the damage. For example, if water from a leaking sink has spilled on the floor, it might have seeped into the baseboards. So, even if you save money by drying the surface yourself, you can incur significant expenses in the future fixing mold or even structural issues. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on sensitive moisture detectors to identify sections where water has seeped below the surface, and moisture has accumulated.
The most important aspect of dealing with water damage is fast reaction swift water removal. Although you might start draining water as soon as your property is flooded by an appliance failure, the method you use may not be fast enough. Compare using a mop and bucket to a technician using a pump or wet/vac to extract the water from affected areas. Our professional grade equipment does the job faster and more effectively. Our SERVPRO experts also have the training to mitigate the water damage with less stress and inconvenience to you.
You probably do not know this, but 'dry' is a relative state. Without the right tools, you might not know whether you have dried your property or its contents sufficiently to avoid problems such as rot or mold growth. When our SERVPRO technicians restore your property, they also take measurements from other unaffected areas, a baseline, to ensure that standard moisture content levels have been achieved.
It is clear that involving a WRT water damage restoration technician does not necessarily increase your cost. When you call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004, we respond quickly to mitigate the damage and even offer advice.
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Water Damage Requires Mitigation to Prevent Worsening and Spreading in Your Wilmington Property
When you are facing a water line break in your home, water damage is inevitable. Contact SERVPRO right away for drying out and remediation services.
Team SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage Whether it Comes in From an External or Internal Source
Summer weather brings natural warmth to our area, and this lets Wilmington residents leave windows and doors open, so fresh air can gently flow through our homes. Summer also brings rain showers and thunderstorms, meaning any forgotten windows might let rainwater come in, instead.
Homeowners know that other situations can lead to water damage in their Wilmington homes. Broken water lines and backed up plumbing can also lead to problems. Unless a professionally certified team steps in and provides the necessary mitigation, this damage continually worsens and spreads through a home.
Our technicians receive extensive training and earn different certificates from the IICRC. They become experienced by working with our other employees, as well as the employees of other franchises when larger-scaled jobs require more than one franchise. This experience provides our customers with the skills needed to clean up and restore any sized mess your home might suffer.
Regardless of the original location of intrusive water, damaged materials and belongings can occur anywhere in your home. We know how to find the precise place with different water and moisture detection equipment, and we also can remove such water, moisture, and humidity before it can further damage your home.
The already existing damage can cause problems for your family. Walls made of sheetrock and drywall can crumble because of the deterioration water so easily causes to these materials. This can result in dusty conditions that ruin vacuum cleaners, and make your home look and feel constantly dirty. Wallpapers and trims can peel away, sometimes in small bits and pieces, posing choking hazards. When we encounter such situations, we remove the damaged material while leaving any undamaged areas untouched. This reduces waste and keeps our customers’ costs reasonable.
SERVPRO of Windham and Windsor Counties’ 24-hour service line, (802) 674-8004, is a local number for the communities of Brattleboro, White River Junction, Chester, and surrounding areas. If your home’s interior begins to suffer from water damage, call us so we can mitigate the damage and protect your home.
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Water Damage Equipment Used in Wilmington
Materials can get ruined beyond repair if unwanted moisture sits in your home for too long. Call SERVPRO for fast and thorough water removal.
SERVPRO Can Return Your Water Damaged Home to Its Pre Loss Condition
Any time unwanted moisture gets inside your Wilmington townhome, mitigation is possible with the necessary equipment. If water sits inside your townhouse for too long, then it is possible that materials get ruined. Mold often develops in areas with high moisture if the problem does not get fixed within 48 hours.
To get rid of moisture within the 48-hour time period, specialized equipment and techniques are needed. SERVPRO's water damage technicians in Wilmington use top-of-the-line drying and extraction equipment. The proper tools of the trade help return moisture levels to normal in a short period.
After the initial problem gets fixed so that water is no longer pouring into the building, the extraction process begins. If there is a lot of moisture present, then we use a truck-mounted extractor to pull water out of carpet and upholstery. If the work area is in a tight spot that is difficult to get to, then we use a portable extractor. The type of extraction tool used to suck up water depends on the type of work surface and possibly changes with each different situation.
Once our IICRC certified technnicians extract all of the moisture possible, the last step is to speed up the natural evaporation process with specialized drying equipment. However, before we set up the air movers and dehumidifiers, we use monitoring equipment to see how wet things got compared to unaffected areas inside the townhome. Depending on the surface that gets tested we use various types of monitoring devices.
To test the presence of moisture in soft, porous materials such as carpet and upholstery, we use a moisture sensor. Moisture sensors consist of a handle and long rod with two prongs on the bottom. The two probes stick into the soft material and detect whether moisture is present or not. If moisture is present in the material getting tested, then the sensor beeps, and a light blinks.
Moisture meters get used to test moisture levels in materials such as wood or drywall. We test materials around the affected area and compare the readings with moisture levels of the building in areas that are not affected. The two readings give our technicians a moisture level goal so that they know when the drying process is complete.
The comparison of the two moisture levels also helps us determine how much equipment and time is needed to reach our moisture level goals. For professional help returning moisture levels to preloss conditions call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004 any time of the day.
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Water Removal From Your Wilmington Kitchen
SERVPRO is always on call and ready to assist you with water removal in Wilmington.
Kitchen Water Removal
Kitchens are a common place for mishaps to occur. Your Wilmington kitchen has water running to the sink and sometimes to the dishwasher as well. At times pipes or other things break, causing water to spill into your kitchen.
If you notice that water has covered your kitchen floor, the first step is to repair the leak. SERVPRO is always on call and ready to assist you with water removal in Wilmington. Once the problem gets fixed, and water is no longer getting into the kitchen, the mitigation process begins.
In a kitchen, there are some things that water can damage. The first thing water most likely effects are the flooring. Water can also ruin kitchen cabinets. Other things that get damaged when soaked in water are possibly kitchen appliances and furniture.
What the first thing an IICRC certified water restoration company like SERVPRO does is extract all of the standing water present in the kitchen. Our experienced restoration team uses advanced extraction equipment to vacuum up all of the water in the kitchen. After all of the noticeable water is removed, the area will be tested for moisture levels.
If a high level of moisture is present in the air or parts of the kitchen like the flooring or cabinets, then drying must occur to prevent mold growth. If there are high moisture levels present, our water damage team then comes in and puts furniture in the area up on blocks so that air can dry water present underneath. The team then sets up air movers and dehumidifiers in the region to dry up the rest of the water present.
Our water removal experts then return to your home and check the moisture levels on a regular basis. If moisture levels are not dropping as fast as they should, then more drying equipment gets added to the room. Our professionals always make sure that the wet areas of your kitchen get dried fast enough so that fungi cannot form.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties knows exactly what to do to complete the water removal process effectively. Anytime you notice water is a problem in your kitchen call us at (802) 674-8004 for help 24/7.
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Dealing with Water Damage in Wilmington
It is important to call SERVPRO as soon as you discover standing or leaking water to prevent further damage.
Seek SERVPRO’s Help to Remediate Water Damage in Your Home Quickly
Most water intrusion to Wilmington homes is the result of broken plumbing or a leaking roof. Intrusion results in indoor flooding which can be just as damaging and expensive as storm flooding unless a homeowner responds quickly.
Water damage to Wilmington homes is not a common occurrence, but leaks and seeps can happen to every homeowner or resident. SERVPRO has decades of experience supporting Vermont home, condo, and apartment owners who find themselves underwater. We maintain a 24-hour, on-call response team to ensure every home in our community receives the best support possible.
We first inspect the home to determine the services needed. That tells us what equipment to bring in, how many restoration crew members are needed, and gives us a rough estimate of time and cost to provide to the customer. As the inspector does his job, crew members stop the source of the water and isolate the affected area if possible. It takes only minutes to turn off the water main, disconnect a broken appliance, or block a leaky pipe.
Now, we remove standing and excess water. If the flooding is over an inch deep, SERVPRO starts with commercial grade water pumps to drain and remove it. For amounts under an inch, technicians use extraction wands. These devices are adjustable to match the surface and can draw water from carpets and wood floors with damaging them.
With the water out of the home, we begin to dry carpets, floors, and walls. Crew members set up box fans at exit points to draw the cool, damp air and blow it outside. We replace this with warm, dry air generated by air movers that we direct to blow across floors and carpets. We can even direct these devices to force air up walls to carefully dry sheetrock panels without causing them to crumble.
IICRC-certified technicians increase the speed of the drying process with dehumidifiers. These machines draw moisture from the air and nearby property at a rate of up to 25 gallons per day. The reduced air moisture content or humidity means the air movers operate more efficiently.
Even if you do not have standing water in your home; you still need to stop every leak in your home and quickly remove the excess moisture. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has worked to protect area homes for almost two decades and provides you with the fastest service possible. If you need us, call our office today at (802) 674-8004 to schedule an appointment and inspection.
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The Need For Professional Water Damage Restoration in Wilmington
Leaks and Water Removal in Wilmington Properties Gets Help from SERVPRO
Wilmington Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate the Effects of Water Intrusion
There are many forms of water damage that residents of Wilmington should expect. Roof leaks and pipe bursts are some of the mishaps that may cause water intrusion and lead to the destruction of your property. When that happens, you need emergency restoration services to restore your property. We are here to let you know why working with IICRC certified professionals is a top choice.
Identifying the source of the water and controlling it is one of the tasks which restorers from a service provider like SERVPRO that operates in Wilmington perform. Depending on the level of dampness, specialized tools like dehumidifiers may be used to minimize additional water damage. The aim is to lower the humidity as the water is removed from your facility and not negatively impact unaffected items and surfaces in the structure.
When water intrusion takes place, standing water may result. With time the water might spread to other parts of the building and destroy properties such as books, records, upholstery, and carpets. In some instances, wooden furnishings soaked with water might swell and finally disintegrate. Even the metallic surfaces may not resist damage when exposed to much water. That is why SERVPRO restoration technicians should be contacted as soon as possible to remove the standing water.
To recover the contents and documents after a water damage incident, the necessity to package and move them to a secure location might arise. Our SERVPRO technicians offer pack-out for storage and cleaning on top of their proved restoration procedures. Where necessary, we sub-contract our partners who use modern technology to inspect the possibility of recovering your optical disks, hard drives and all sorts of electronic media. Additionally, our professionals clean HVAC systems and air ducts with the aim of reducing the risk of contamination and possible health effects.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is a trusted leader in mold, fire, water and storm damage restoration. Call us at (802) 674-8004 and get the emergency restoration services that you deserve.
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Water Removal in Wilmington Can Save Your Belongings
Wilmington Water Removal--Call SERVPRO for Fast Extraction with Squeegees and Power Pumps
Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Related Damages in Wilmington
What starts as a tiny trickle under your sink in Wilmington can eventually lead to a major leak. You end up with standing water in the kitchen or bathroom, damaging floors, walls, fixtures, and furnishings.
The water removal experts at SERVPRO in Wilmington recommend that you get any leak, however small, repaired as soon as possible. But we know how surprisingly fast drips and seepage can grow and damage your home. Then give us a call right away. The quicker we can start the water removal process, the less extensive the damage and cash can be.
Sizable amounts of standing water and moisture in the air, typical when pipes spring a leak, are a serious problem. In most cases, the do-it-yourselfer cannot carry out a thorough job in the tight timeframe needed to save your belongings. At SERVPRO, we have the equipment and expertise to do a comprehensive job quickly. We have technicians certified by the (IICRC) Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, one group that sets standards for our industry.
Drying is key to successful water damage restoration. The process is far more complicated than just sopping up water with towels and turning on a fan. Three major factors are involved, starting with removing standing water, called extraction. We have industrial strength pumps to remove the water rapidly. There is value in extracting as much water as possible since it shortens the drying time significantly.
The next factor is controlling the humidity by removing water in the air with our dehumidifiers, and it happens in conjunction with the third component, air movement. Not to be mistaken for a fan, an air mover is a specialized piece of equipment which pushes wet air away from floors, walls, furniture, and other surfaces. It is a high-velocity device.
Using our equipment, expertise and industry best practices for extraction, air movement and dehumidifying, we can restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."
Let SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties handle water removal for you. Call us 24/7 at (802) 674-8004 when you have a water emergency. We are strategically located to serve Brattleboro, White River Junction, and the general vicinity.
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SERVPRO is Committed to Restoring Damage to Historic Homes in White River Junction
We take pride is restoring rather than replacing. Talk to one of our project managers about restoring your home after water damage.
Quick Response and Trained Staff is How We Succeed in the Water Damage Restoration Business
Any time water incursion threatens a person’s home with permanent harm it is an individual crisis. When the at risk dwelling has more than a century of history, the water damage imperils continuity of community and extended family traditions, as well. Our local SERVPRO franchise takes pride in protecting the venerable homes in the area.
Water damage to your White River Junction home can be complicated by the age and history of the building. The current water issues may stem from a burst pipe, but when our restoration teams evaluate the scene decades of unrestored water damage hides behind walls and under flooring. We work with you to determine how extensive the restoration plan becomes, especially as we communicate with your insurance company to limit your actual personal expenditures.
Upon arrival at your home, the SERVPRO crew first ensures the water to the leaking pipe is shut off. Water damage to the structures and contents of your home has the potential to be very intense, sometimes urging local authorities to condemn the property. Our mission is to turn back the pages of your water damage story, returning your home to its preloss condition. To save you money as well as honoring the history and charm of your historic home, a focus on restoration rather than tearing down and replacing damaged areas is key.
Once water stops flowing, we evaluate the situation and design a restoration plan. Standing water is pumped or extracted using our professional grade equipment. Moisture levels within walls, floors, and ceiling are measured precisely, and drying goals established based upon our technicians’ industry-vetted training and certification. Air movers and dehumidifiers start the work of drying, with other strategies added as needed. If a hardwood floor is soaked through to sub-layers, drying mats may be used, and air movers aimed upwards from a level below, for example.
Specialized skills like electronic or document drying are available from SERVPRO if water damages stored records or personal belongings. We discuss the added costs completely and work with homeowners to inventory and treat such items as desired by you and as recommended by your insurer.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties earned a reputation for professional yet compassionate restoration services in our communities. When water damage strikes your first call to (802) 674-8004 is a positive step towards regaining your preloss life.
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Hobby Turned Tsunami in Brattleboro
Don't let a tank break cause extensive damage to your living area. Call SERVPRO for technicians to arrive quickly to your home to start remediation.
SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Remediate Your Water Damage
People rarely think about how devastating random water accidents inside the home are. Major flooding or storm damage are the situations that come to mind, yet it is more likely some other event causes significant water harm. Fortunately, SERVPRO makes no distinction as it offers its help, providing top notch water damage restoration regardless of the source of the problem.
You and your family enjoy a large saltwater aquarium in the family room. That enjoyment turns to despair when the tank breaks, sending more than 100 gallons of mineral and fish filled water onto your carpeted floor. This water damage is not within the ability of you, the Brattleboro homeowner, to manage. This type of spill needs the expertise of our well-trained and certified technicians to resolve.
It may come as a surprise, but even a properly maintained aquarium contains contaminated water. The minerals and chemicals used to bring the water to the right level of salinity are good for the fish, but not necessarily safe for you and your belongings. Also, the water potentially brims with bio-contaminants, including bacteria, algae, viruses, and fungi. Do not delay contacting the SERVPRO team after a tank breaks. Aquarium water is termed “gray,” moderately compromised and needing specialized cleanup. Waiting even 24 to 48 hours transforms gray water to black, a much more dangerous type. The change is due to microbial proliferation.
SERVPRO limits the hazards presented if we respond fast to the water damage. Our trucks hold powerful extractors that pull the tainted water out of carpeting and off floors efficiently and speedily. Our staff evaluates the quality of the water to determine whether local rules require us to follow special protocols for disposal of the water.
We then determine if the carpeting is salvageable. If it can be sanitized, our crew uses a biocide to clean and disinfect the soiled floor covering in place, allowing appropriate contact time, and using the hot water extraction cleaning method. It is likely we remove and replace the padding, an inexpensive safeguard against lingering health concerns. The cleaned rug and floor need further drying time, and we place air movers and dehumidifiers only after the rug is decontaminated to avoid the spread of infectious materials.
You need the experience and skills of SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties for unique water damage challenges. Call our dispatchers at (802) 674-8004 for round the clock assistance.
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Science of Water Damage Restoration
SERVPRO of Cheshire County has the latest equipment and industry-leading training to handle water damages of any size.
DID YOU KNOW there is actually a science to drying out a the structure of a building? Being well trained in Psychrometrics is essential in restoring a water damaged home or business to preloss condition. While an initial reaction may be to clean up the mess and install a fan or two in the affected area, the professionals at SERVPRO of Cheshire County are trained in the science of drying and follow detailed industry-approved standards to reduce the chances of secondary damage. If your business or home suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Cheshire County can perform the following:Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent further damage.Measure the amount of moisture in in affected materials and will monitor whether they are drying effectively.Expedite the drying process by installing state of the art drying equipment.
Why is it important to speed up the drying process? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment constantly seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, the natural drying process is slow and therefore is a greater chance of secondary damage occurring before it is completely dry.
SERVPRO of Cheshire County have the equipment, tools and expertise to move this process along, including equipment specifically designed for drying hardwood floors, tough-to-reach areas inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of Cheshire County also uses the latest monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific method to effectively dry your home or business.
The bottom line? SERVPRO of Cheshire County's water restoration professionals have the training, staff and equipment to make water damage "Like it never even happened."
Windham & Windsor Counties 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Understanding Water Types
Understanding Water Types
When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Damage from Contaminated Water
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.