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Restoring Rafters Damaged by Fire in Your Farmington Attic

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage In Your Farmington Home Will Need SERVPROs Assistance

During a house fire in Farmington, firefighters often use hatchets and axes to open up sections of the roof. This helps them gain control of the fire more quickly, decreasing the amount of damage overall in the entire house. However, it also helps push smoke out through the attic, which can leave rafters coated in layers of soot. This soot becomes troublesome for several different reasons.

When firefighters do this to your Farmington residence, fire damage still occurs because their goal is extinguishing the fire as quickly as possible. The attic is not considered as part of the living space, and stored items often carry low priority. However, we want to mitigate all of the damage left behind after a fire, and this includes the unfinished wood rafters supporting your roof. Soot in the most isolated places can cause odors, and it can also hide the extent of damage wood sustains. Weakened wood can collapse under the weight of heavy snowfall, even after our building crew repairs the roof. 

After the roof is tarped and protected, we can start mitigating the damage by removing the soot from the rafters. Lighter deposits, like those found farther away from newly-made holes, usually come away from the surface of unfinished rafters and other frameworks with a stiff brush. We use a high-strength deodorizer to neutralize any remaining odors.

Smoke can cause damage in other ways than just physical deposits. Particles can burn the rafters just enough to cause damage when heated to extreme temperatures, but without them ever igniting anything. Doused by firefighters, these quickly cool off, but the damage remains. Finding out how much damage, however, is crucial to protecting your home’s roof. 

We use different methods, including wire brushing, to remove all of the charred wood, revealing undamaged wood again. Other methods used include blasting with baking soda or dry ice pellets, and also scraping and vacuuming simultaneously with small filtered hand devices. Many times, we use a combination of methods. Once we reach undamaged wood, we apply deodorizer mixed with duct sealer to protect the wood and keep odors from becoming a nuisance. A pigmented lacquer-type primer can be sprayed upon the exposed, raw wood lumber to contain the malodorous molecules.

SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley is always here to help families in Avon, Canton, and Collinsville after fire damage leaves their homes full of smoke deposits like soot and ashes. Call us at (860) 675-4500, 24/7, year-round, including weekends and holidays.

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SERVPRO of Farmington Valley Full-Service Restoration

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Service Vehicle side view The Residents of the Farmington Valley Area Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration of Their Properties after Fire, Storm, and Water Damaging Events

For Property Cleanup, Restoration, and Repair Services in the Farmington Area—Contact SERVPRO

We are the one-stop-shop for restoration services in our corner of Connecticut. We strive to provide every customer with an experience that exceeds their expectations, and that starts with our fast response to your emergencies as they happen. We have trained professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA), National Duct Cleaning Association (NDCA), National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI) and others. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and with our main facility in Unionville, we can reach damaged Farmington homes within hours of your call.
 
Water
 
We have more than 40 years of experience in the restoration fields, and one area where our SERVPRO team has become the most prepared is with water recovery needs for Farmington homes. Thorough inspections of water damaged properties are where our services begin, and we dispatch the appropriately qualified personnel to assess the current situation with advanced discovery devices, moisture meters, infrared imagery, and other tools. Depending on the affected material and region of your property, different equipment is necessary to make informed decisions about what personnel, products, and machines we need to address water loss effects present in your residence.
 
Water losses can become a dangerous situation for Farmington homes without the appropriate fast response. Within days, installed structural elements like drywall can become too severely damaged and heavy to stay attached to studs and framework. Our team encompasses both the professionals needed to address mitigation of your home like drying, and a crew of general contractors to perform controlled demolition to prevent continued wicking of your drywall material and flooring when conventional drying approaches cannot preserve them.
 
We have invested heavily in the right tools that can make the water recovery process more efficient and cost-effective for our customers. We utilize powerful tools like centrifugal and axial air movers, desiccant dehumidifiers, and even large drying mats that can protect installed materials in your Farmington property from needing removal and replacement. If these elements become too damaged, we have competent reconstruction specialists in our sister company, Nutmeg Restoration, to repair and reconstruct these compromised areas.
 
Fire
 
From the time that our professionals first arrive at your fire-damaged Farmington home, we have to work immediately to determine how severe the present damages are and implement containment protocols to keep the situation from getting worse. Effects like soot and odors can continually spread, coating surfaces and permeating materials to become a steadily more complicated concern to inevitably overcome. Reducing the spread of these effects can reduce overall recovery times and help the restoration to cost less money overall.
 
We have IICRC-certified professionals accredited in multiple facets of the fire restoration niche, including Odor Control, Fire & Smoke Restoration, Carpet Cleaning, and Rug Cleaning. Our experience in these areas can help us to continue being the restoration company that can handle all of the effects of a disaster in house, without requiring our Farmington customers to seek out subcontractors or spend more money out of pocket for fire restoration and cleaning.
 
Our success is tri-fold. We are always looking for ways to improve our response time to fire emergencies. We are always looking to improve our inventory of powerful recovery tools and equipment. Lastly, we are continually training and improving our knowledge to exceed both industry standards and the expectations of our Farmington customers.
 
Storm
 
With the location of our service area sandwiched between so many potential storm fronts throughout the year, there are no seasons that Farmington homeowners do not risk exposure to destructive systems. Our professionals have developed a fast response to these emergencies, offering both real-time construction solutions and mitigation strategies designed to save our customers money and time. We know how destructive these storm systems can be, so we do not waste any time reaching your property and getting our trained team repairing the damages.
 
One of the most helpful restoration services that our SERVPRO team can offer is our emergency repair and temporary construction solutions. With violent storms capable of destroying homes, let alone leaving them vulnerable to flooding and other detrimental conditions, you need fast and reliable patches for your Farmington home. Not only can these reconstruction specialists offer tarping for damaged roofs and board up services for holes in the house or broken windows, but they can also help with areas like temporary fencing, tree removal, and portable power solutions that can all play a role in severe weather emergencies.
 
Among the most challenging storm damages to Farmington homes are flooding disasters. Once breaches exist, or when waters rise to threatening levels outside the property, areas of your residence could become susceptible to penetrating water. Our technicians have experience in these tense situations, providing capable extraction equipment, rapid drying solutions, and other recovery options.
 
Mold
 
The discovery of mold growth in your Farmington home might be alarming at first, but with a full roster of certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) through the IICRC, we can approach these scenarios with skill, knowledge, and confidence. Addressing the cause of mold growth should often happen before the removal of present colonies to not continue allowing the hazardous conditions that can facilitate mold growth. Ideally, you want to significantly reduce moisture and dampness in the affected area, often through the deployment of air movers and dehumidifiers.
 
Containment is another factor that our professionals must consider when contending with mold damage in Farmington homes. Through both physical barriers like zipper locks and plastic sheeting to the use of powerful machines like negative air units and air scrubbers, we can regulate the spread of active spores that can increase the difficulty in removing the presence of the organism and its colonies.
 
Remediation is an effective solution to mold growth as it seeks to remove colonies and protect the hosting materials as much as possible. In situations where colonization persists long enough to degrade and deteriorate the material hosting the colony, we have controlled demolition and reconstruction solutions that can help. Nutmeg Restoration, a trusted and proven partner, has experienced professionals ready to roll out quickly to help with any structural concerns in Farmington homes after mold growth.
 
You have choices to make when it comes to restoration services. Our SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley team has the experience, a fast response, and industry-leading equipment to help any disaster you face. We can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (860) 675-4500.

Thorough Cleaning Applications for Fire Damage and Odor Control in your Farmington Home

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

A home with fire damage on the windows of the home, and SERVPRO employees working in the yard. Fire damage to your Farmington home can be very scary, let us help.

SERVPRO is prepared to help you through your Farmington fire damage.

After a house fire, homeowners can sometimes require special services to restore their possessions and structural contents. Smoke travels quickly through a home environment and can deposit hot ash onto tough to reach places like stairwells, light fittings, or drapery rods. When temperatures rise, so does the air pressure in an indoor environment. That can mean that soot is forced into small recesses or cavities. Any gaps, such as sockets or ceiling infrastructure, can become caked in odor-causing ash, smoke residues, and soot deposits. 

Indoor air quality can become adversely affected by fire damage in your Farmington home. You may breathe in microscopic soot particles or find unpleasant burnt odors throughout the areas of your house. Odor can come from numerous sources and be tough to pin down. Your best opportunity to overcome malodors is through thoroughly removing soot from all areas of the property. SERVPRO technicians can identify where soot deposits are likely to be found and conduct an inspection of your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit.

Odor Control Technicians (OCT) are a vital part of SERVPRO's restoration roster. We can remove fittings like socket housing, as well as drapery rods or ventilation ducts. These openings create a small enclosure and increase air pressure, which can drive soots into these spaces. By removing them, SERVPRO can safely dissolve bonded soots from the surface using oil or water-based cleaning fluids. The materials themselves can be replaced relatively cheaply or sent for immersion cleaning. 

Immersion cleaning is an advanced restoration technique. Dense items that can withstand submerging in a cleaning fluid are suitable options for immersion cleaning. When the machine is switched on, sound waves passing through the solvent produces bubbles. Thousands of these bubbles burst against the item creating friction, pressure, and temperature. Items capable of withstanding the pressure benefit because the removal of bonded soiling is total. Often, thorough cleaning of contents and structure can remove odors more effectively than deodorants. 

Thoroughly removing troublesome soot or smoke deposits is only achievable with professional training and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley at (860) 675-4500.

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Flood Damage In Avon

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by storm Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Should I Worry About Electricity When My Avon Home is Flooded?

A reputable company to tackle flood damage is essential to the restoration of your home after a water event.  Many homeowners are distraught when they face the extent of destruction outside water can cause to your home, and being at a loss for next steps is not uncommon.  A simple rise in water levels due to weather-related events can trigger a series of consequences that put your home in the path of the inevitable.  As much as you think that a pump and store-bought disinfecting agents are sufficient to bring your house back to mint condition, in reality, the restoration process is not simple.

Our SERVPRO team is ready to help you wade through the reality of flood damage in Avon.  Our staff trains specifically with industry experts to understand the intricacies of removing all traces of water and debris from your home.  A call to our 24/7 hotline is all you need to enlist the professional help of our crew and take prompt action to protect your home and personal belongings.  With us by your side, you can feel confident that knowledge and experience drive the restoration of your home.

Aside from the apparent need for extracting water from your home, water restoration jobs entail understanding where other risks may lie.  For example, there may be damage to your structure because of the flood, as well as a real threat of electrical hazards as soon as water touches your home.  Our SERVPRO team is well aware of the conductivity of water and takes safety precautions to avoid possibly lethal situations.  Cutting the electricity at its source, be it inside or outside the home, can sometimes be insufficient to protect your property, which is why we also employ technology designed to interrupt the power to any equipment if the electrical current is outside of normal levels.  Throughout this process, you can trust our expert technicians to take all necessary precautions to preserve your safety.

Flood damage is not only about water coming into your home but about understanding and anticipating any threats it may cause.  When you call SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley at (860) 675-4500, you reach a team of skilled technicians ready to identify those vulnerabilities.  Our goal, like yours, is to leave  your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Experts Discuss Common Areas To Check For Mold In Your Avon Businesses

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

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Common Places to Check for Commercial Mold Damage in Avon Businesses

Commercial mold damage has the potential to occur in any business property if the conditions are right. Regular property inspections and maintenance are the first line of defense in keeping mold infestations at bay.

When doing a regular inspection of your Avon property for signs of commercial mold damage, it is a good idea to create a checklist as you go and add to it as you find additional areas to monitor. For example, if the roof leaks and your building has attic storage space, it would be wise to include that area in a monthly walk-through after the completion of repairs.

Signs of Mold Infestation
Mold can exist anywhere; there are elevated humidity levels and something organic to consume. Inspect walls, ceilings, and floors in each room for slow leaks. Bubbled paint and warped sheetrock are other tell-tale signs that there is water damage present. Mold colonies often present as small circular dots, and colors range from green to white to black.

Mold infestations give off an unpleasant, musty odor. Even if there are no visible signs of mold, if you smell this type of scent in an area, have it investigated. For food service production or retail, it is crucial to maintain a clean and healthy environment. Local negative inspections or reviews can stigmatize your business as being unwholesome.

What to Do if You See Indications of Mold
It is vital to bring in professional assistance for mold remediation. Spores from existing colonies can spread during the cleanup, and cross-contamination is a threat. SERVPRO technicians contain and carefully abate visible mold as well as address the issues causing the infestation.

They will also check the ambient humidity and use moisture detection equipment to ascertain likely areas favorable for mold growth. Proactive treatments include using air movers and dehumidifiers to dry existing colonies as well as the application of antimicrobial cleaners. After abatement of dried colonies, SERVPRO technicians frequently use antimicrobial sealants to ward off any regrowth in previously treated areas.

Call SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley at (860) 675-4500 for assistance with commercial mold damage. The certified technicians remediate any size mold problem and leave your property, “Like it never even happened.”

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Some Ways to Avoid Simsbury Flood Damage Situations From Escalating

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

flooded driveway area with a garage Flooding can happen quickly and leave you needing mitigating circumstances. Contact SERVPRO immediately.

Heating Surfaces to Concentrate Drying Efforts in Simsbury Homes

Keeping a firm grasp on the most effective drying strategies is part of how we can effectively manage flood loss situations damaging Simsbury homes. With how quickly those situations can get out of control, especially natural flooding scenarios, often multiple extraction and drying tactics are necessary to return the property to preloss condition. For specific points that require focused drying attention after extraction and general drying practices have already started, we can utilize heating techniques. 

The application of heat is nothing new to our traditional drying practices, though a more concentrated use can have a more direct effect on flood damage in Simsbury homes. Portable heaters are devices capable of focusing blasts of direct heat onto specific materials that can expedite the drying process in specific situations. Most often, the heaters that our SERVPRO team uses warm up coils inside the unit and transfer that heat into airflow moved by the air mover function of the electric heater. 

This process is very effective in the limited applications that we use it for, as it can allow for much faster evaporation of moisture in saturated construction materials and contents. Wood materials are the most accepting of this treatment, and the positioning of electric heaters around saturated wood framing and structural elements can make the drying process efficient enough to protect these fixtures from requiring removal and reinstallation. 

Direct heating is not ideal for all situations, however. Though flooding can often affect many surfaces and contents throughout a property, electric heaters can often harm the material itself. Improper use can lead to deterioration, so careful considerations get made before their application in drying situations by our production manager. 

Portable electric heaters can offer rapid evaporation of saturation in wood materials and similar structural elements, helping the overall recovery process after flooding to be more efficient. Let our SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley team show you all the ways we can make flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (860) 675-4500.

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Handling Commercial Fire Damage In a Simsbury Office Building Quickly Minimizes Losses

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

A brick building with fire, soot, and smoke damage. Fire damage to your Simsbury business is serious let SERVPRO help you all the way.

SERVPRO will help your Simsbury office get back to normal after a fire.

Fire is one of the most threatening and devastating disasters that can occur in commercial buildings. When you consider all effects and elements, fires in office buildings are highly destructive due to their impact on the lives and daily duties of employees. Many office buildings hold hundreds of staff and several companies that all benefit from being under one roof, making it a perfect setting for conducting business.

In the event of commercial fire damage in your Simsbury office building, panic and chaos can arise. The most apparent consequence of a fire in an office building is the destruction to the property itself, equipment like computers, and printers as well as furniture. The daily operations of the businesses in the affected areas can stop until the fire restoration is complete.

Every day a business is not operational, no revenue is generated. That loss can take days or even weeks to recover. In instances where fire damage repair takes weeks, the business losses may be unrecoverable and have to be accounted for in financial reports and statements.

The contents that survived the flames may sustain damage in the aftermath of a fire because of smoke and soot. It is essential to begin the cleanup and restoration process immediately after the unfortunate event. With SERVPRO technicians, you can expect a swift restoration process that can get you back in business faster than you anticipated.

Our technicians can inspect your business premises to determine the extent of the destruction. We can also find out which contents to save and which ones need repair or replacement. We remove the ruined items that are unsalvageable such as building materials, insulation, and carpets.  We can also remove the water used to extinguish the flames and start cleaning up the affected areas. Our technicians can use different products to clean structural surfaces and contents. They include:

  • General surface cleaners – They are suitable for wet cleaning a wide range of surfaces such as painted ceilings and walls, hard surface furniture, plastics, and paneling.
  • Heavy-duty cleaners – They are ideal for eliminating stubborn soils and heavy grease.
  • Glass cleaners – They consist of a combination of cleaning agents and solvents and can eliminate soils without streaking. Our technicians can use them to clean Formica surfaces and window glass.

Cleaning up after a fire also involves removing smoke smells.  These scents reduce after the removal and cleaning of fire or smoke damaged materials. Our SERVPRO crew can eliminate the remaining odors using the most suitable deodorization techniques.

Do not let fire damage affect your business operations for a long time. Call SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley at (860) 675-4500 for efficient restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Tips for Resolving Water Damage in Avon Homes

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged ceiling, drain hole in ceiling to let water drain No matter the source of water damage, SERVPRO has teh equipment and knowledge to restore your home. Call us today!

Water Damage in Avon Ceiling Needs Special Attention 

When water damage occurs on the upper level of a home, there are many considerations to ensure the cleanup and restoration is complete. Common culprits of this type of accident are washing machine malfunctions, plumbing pipe breaks, and forgotten bathtubs, to name a few.  

The water damage in Avon homes is not always clean water. Sometimes it is due to toilet backups, and water loss with sewage in the mix carries a rating as a class three biohazard, which means it needs professional cleanup for safety reasons.  

Safety First

When water loss happens in the home, only do the following actions if it is safe to do so. 

  • Remove small objects and valuables from the room
  • Take down art and photos and get them to a safe, dry area
  • If water compromised upholstered furnishings, prop the cushions up 
  • Saturated area rugs may be too heavy to move, wait until help arrives 

When There is Sewage or Toxins

If there is a likelihood the water in the home contains sewage or chemicals, do not come into contact with it. Close off the area to avoid cross-contamination and inform the SERVPRO team upon arrival so they can take the proper safety precautions. 

Locating Water Between Floors

SERVPRO technicians use their moisture detection equipment to nail down the exact location of water within wall cavities and floor joists. The ceiling of the floor below may weaken or even fall if the water exposure is significant enough. The technicians cut away dangerously weakened ceiling sheetrock to both inhibit further wicking of moisture and encourage more airflow within the floor joists. 

Thorough Drying Makes the Difference

Drying mats are specialized pieces of equipment that direct airflow into flooring and unique configurations using plastic tubing connected to open areas in ceilings force in warm, dry air from below. This method effectively dries the spaces between levels in a home and negates secondary issues such as mold or foul odors. 

SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley at (860) 675-4500 is ready to assist local homeowners with any water damage in their homes. They have the equipment and experience to make the water loss, "Like it never even happened.

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Pop Quiz: How Should Water Damage in Avon Schools Be Remediated? Call SERVPRO!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage Experts in Avon Describe The Monitoring Process

If a pipe inside your Avon private school ever develops a leak in it, moisture can spread throughout your building quickly. Whenever a plumbing failure occurs, it is wise to call in a professional commercial water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. However, there are some steps that you and your maintenance staff can take to help speed up the mitigation process.

Conducting the right procedures during your commercial water damage project in Avon, quickly after the leak occurs, can help you save many of your building materials and contents. Many times, a plumbing failure can happen overnight, which can give the leak time to spill hundreds of gallons of liquid H2O into your school's building. If you ever happen to walk into an indoor flooding situation, it is wise to get your maintenance staff started on mitigation procedures quickly.

First, your crew should work towards mitigating any potential safety hazards. Anything that could harm one of your building's occupants needs repairing, or the area should get blocked off and closed to all foot traffic. Next, it is wise to work towards removing any visible water. Moisture can be mopped up and squeegeed from hard surface floors and vacuumed up from carpeted surfaces.

Once your maintenance and janitorial crew have extracted as much liquid water as they can, it is wise to begin drying out your contents and structural components. It can help to remove the chairs and desks from any wet floors. Once you have the affected area clear of furniture and other contents, you can set up fans to create air circulation.

Once you have taken the first steps of water extraction and drying, it is then wise to get help from a professional company like SERVPRO. One value we give to being invited to help you with your project is our testing and monitoring capabilities.

We can start by testing your contents and building materials to see how wet they are. We test both affected and unaffected areas so that we can determine a drying goal. After achieving the goal, we return to test every day until reaching the final drying goal and all moisture levels return to what they were before the water leak occurred.

We can work with your maintenance team to make sure the best job possible gets completed. For professional help with testing and monitoring, call SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley at (860) 675-4500 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Trained And Experienced Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Farmington Home

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

air movers on shelves in our warehouse We have the state of the art equipment to restore your home after a flood. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Focus on Floor Tile Flood Damage Potential in Farmington

Flooding after seasonal storms in Farmington puts many residential structural components in harm's way. Floors in the flooded areas take a real beating. Sometimes floors and floor coverings survive the ordeal intact if efficient water removal, cleaning, and disinfection procedures occur promptly. Other times you might face the disruption and expense of a floor or subfloor tear-out and replacement, especially if the materials are particularly vulnerable to moisture or contamination levels are high.

Laminate Floor Products Nearly Always Require Replacement

Although cost-effective and easy to install, laminate flooring rarely makes it through flood damage in Farmington. The stone or wood-like grain is comprised of photographic coverings layered over resins and fiberboard. Flood water saturates and then separates the layers. The surface rapidly distorts, creating hills and valleys. Demolition and replacement is the only solution.

Concrete Floors Hold Up Well

The concrete floors often found in flooded basements absorb water but usually do not crack or distort during structural drying strategies. Fluids might wick up, depositing a residue on the surface that wipes or brushes clean. SERVPRO crews are vigilant when clearing off concrete surfaces to avoid mold growth. We apply EPA-registered disinfectants and develop a method to dry a wet subfloor that contributes to the moisture rising to the concrete surface. Asphalt tile on concrete with flood damage usually maintains a firm bond, but vinyl tile might not fare as well. Separation of vinyl from the concrete signals the need for replacement.

Ceramic Tile Endurance Linked to Grout Integrity

If a ceramic tile installation is intact, including sealed grout throughout, SERVPRO crews can pump out or extract the water without migration of the fluids. Any cracks in the grout, however, permit water to soak into the subfloor. As the subfloor swells after the introduction of the moisture that porous surface can warp. Distortion of the subfloor can further crack the grout and cause tiles to come loose.

Subfloor Conditions Are the Key

Our crew uses sensitive detection devices to measure the moisture levels in the supporting subfloor surfaces. Failure to reduce excess subfloor water saturation exposes the various types of tiles to damage, breakage, or movement. If possible, SERVPRO attempts to dry out subfloors from below. If access is blocked or limited, strategic removal or lifting of tiles helps us direct warm, moving air to reduce the moisture content.

If the flooded spaces in your home pose floor tile damage challenges, SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley has trained and experienced technicians with the equipment to overcome the problems. Call (860) 675-4500 to start the process of evaluation and project planning.

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