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Moisture Removal and Drying in Mississauga Properties Are Critical during Storm Damage Mitigation

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Following Migration Patterns After Flood Damage in Mississauga

Homeowners experiencing flooding for the first time in Mississauga might express some surprise at the lengths we take to ensure we find all spaces the water invaded in your structure. Our technicians know that relying on a visual scan of previously flooded rooms and levels of your home is insufficient to assure that all water is evacuated and that no moisture remains. We use thermal imaging and moisture detecting devices to map the full contours of the flood water’s invasion.

Flooding Respects No Timeline or Barrier

Flood damage in Mississauga is common during snowmelt or heavy precipitation, but it is impossible to predict when these events will occur as weather patterns evolve. The Credit River and other streams and creeks in our neighborhoods also flood during the winter when ice dams form, sending freezing water across the landscape and through cinder blocks or concrete foundations into your basement.

Risks of Missing Hidden Water During Flood Mitigation and Remediation

Most foundations contain building materials with some degree of permeance, allowing water and vapor to intrude depending on the water pressure and the time the flooding surrounds the materials. Vulnerable areas like windows, vents, and walk-out doorways permit even more water to pass inside. Interior building materials can trap and obscure floodwaters. The fluids collect in the cells of cement blocks and rise between exterior walls and drywall, paneling, or lath and plaster. Water leaking into a basement can pool the above ceilings and percolate into hidden recesses behind appliances, heating and cooling systems, and storage areas. If SERVPRO technicians fail to follow the water migration paths both into the home and after it intrudes, moisture remains, causing progressive deterioration of building materials and creating conditions for secondary damage like mold growth. 

Detective Work Reaps Benefits

As our submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors move the bulk of the water out of your home, SERVPRO employees are looking for hidden water caches and saturated structural components. We use the following devices to track the water to devise strategies for removal and appropriate structural drying.

Thermal Imaging

We use special cameras that show temperature variations, assisting our trained and experienced crew members in isolating trapped pools of liquid water or heavily saturated materials.

Moisture Sensor

Used to detect moisture using probes in soft materials, these tools are particularly helpful in mapping the extent of migration but cannot collect data on the amount of moisture.

Moisture Meters

The meters determine the actual level of moisture in materials, which is essential for setting drying goals when compared to dry spaces in other areas of your home. Meter operation by trained individuals is critical, and frequent retesting is necessary to monitor progression toward drying goals.

Thermo-Hygrometer

This tool measures temperature and relative humidity, sometimes adding dew point capture ability. Data collected helps our technicians adjust airflow and temperature and aid in selecting and positioning dehumidification equipment during the flood damage drying phase.

SERVPRO of North Mississauga offers the trained crews and cutting-edge equipment to investigate and develop a plan and complete flood damage recovery. Call (905) 238-7376 immediately to get our team in place when floods threaten.

Mississauga Restoration Professionals Give Tips on Cleaning Fire Damage Residues

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Fire Damage Residues from Contents in Mississauga 

The residues deposited after a fire in Mississauga coat both structural surfaces and various furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions in your home. We have many strategies for returning the contents and the building materials in your home back to pre-damaged condition. Some of the techniques and methods we can use on-site. Others are available at our production facility. We consider packing-out items to take advantage of the specialized equipment and our experienced contents technicians.  

Dry Cleaning 

When your belongings suffer from light to medium fire damage in your Mississauga dwelling, the first step is dry cleaning. We use a range of tools and air pressure to remove light, ashy soils. Sometimes dry cleaning clears loose debris as a preliminary step before other techniques. Tools and equipment used include: 

  • Feather dusters
  • Dusting cloths
  • Dry cleaning sponges
  • Vacuuming
  • Pressurized air 

Wet Cleaning 

Moderate or heavy non-oily residues on your furnishings and belongings require cleaning with water or a water-based cleaning solution. The material must be durable enough to endure complete saturation without disassembling, stretching, shrinking, or otherwise distorting.  

Foam Cleaning 

Rather than soaking items, an adapted option is foam cleaning. Often used for cleaning upholstery, SERVPRO technicians develop a foam by agitating a water-based cleaning solution. We use a Tampico upholstery brush to dip into the foam and then dab the aerated suds onto the surface. Soil lifts off without significant wetting or color bleeding of delicate materials. 

Spray and Wipe 

A diluted cleaning solution sprays over residues and suspends the soiling. SERVPRO employees use cloths or sponges to wipe off the key and the dissolved or emulsified debris. The choice to spay and wipe limits the saturation but permits more of the surface to make contact with the cleaning solution than foaming cleaning. 

Abrasive Cleaning 

Two ways of using abrasive materials are helpful. SERVPRO workers can choose a cleaning product with abrasive ingredients. Or we can apply any cleaning solution with an abrasive material such as steel wool or a scrubbing pad. To avoid damaging the affected surface, we take great care with the abrasives, loosening residues but maintaining the integrity of the materials. 

Immersion Cleaning 

Submerging durable items into a cleaning solution contained in a tub or basin is immersion cleaning. After a dwell time, we use brushes or towels to remove the loosened fire damage debris. We train some of our SERVPRO technicians in ultrasonic cleaning. Articles are submerged in a tank of cleaning agents, and high-frequency sound waves create an emotional reaction, millions of bubbles imploding, resulting in high temperatures and microscopic jets of agitating and scrubbing solution. 

SERVPRO of North Mississauga has your contents’ cleaning needs covered after fire damage. Call us at (905) 238-7376 to schedule an assessment.

SERVPRO Provides Water Cleanup for Residents of Mississauga

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Need Help Cleaning Up and Drying After a Water Leak in Mississauga – Call SERVPRO

The majority of homes in Mississauga have basements, often finished, with laundry facilities located on the first floor or in the basement. Whenever there is a water leak or overflow, the water can cause a great deal of potential damage on the main floor and the basement if the water is not removed quickly. Flooring materials on the main floor are exposed to water. The water travels to the room below, causing ceiling materials and basement flooring to be exposed to high moisture levels.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup, drying, and restoration services to Mississauga residents and business clients. We use high-capacity water extractors to remove water and moisture from carpets and hardwood floors. Moisture sensors can detect moisture inside walls and ceilings. We open access points in walls and ceilings to remove water and dry the area if necessary.

Mold can begin forming colonies in as little as 24 hours after a water leak with the right conditions present. We urge all of our clients to take action immediately to remove the excess water and call our team to properly dry all structures and contents exposed to water after a leak. Mold can cause health effects. Moisture is absorbed by wood products, causing swelling, buckling, and warping if all moisture is not removed.

Our team uses specialized water extractors to remove water from hardwood floors to prevent absorption by the wood. Our high-capacity dehumidifiers and air movers will dry the contents, including carpets and underpads.

SERVPRO water cleanup services include:

  • Water removal services
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage
  • Basement water removal and cleanup

Call the water cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO of North Mississauga and nearby areas for water damage assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (905) 238-7376.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in Mississauga

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire and Water Cleanup in Mississauga Commercial Buildings

Whether the damage from a fire in your commercial Mississauga building is caused by the fire, the sprinkler system, or the fire retardants used by the fire department, the impact on your business is significant. Customers and employees are shut out, and the time it takes to clean up and make repairs can add up. It is time to call for help from the experts at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO provides commercial fire damage cleanup and repairs in Mississauga. While the fire department arrives and extinguishes the fire, the sprinklers often control the fire and soak everything in your building. In addition, the fire department breaks through walls and even the roof to verify that embers have not spread in between rooms or adjacent structures. The water, fire retardant, damaged walls, ceilings, and burned materials must be removed before restoration can begin.

Our SERVPRO team can be onsite less than four hours from your call. We mobilize the equipment and expertise to deal with fires in commercial buildings. Water extractors and dehumidifiers to dry the space. We use advanced technologies to locate moisture and remove it before it causes secondary damage. We use cleaners specifically designed to deal with the type of soot and smoke residue that must be removed from everything.

After removing materials damaged by the fire, we can also help with repairs, avoiding delays in finding skilled resources. Our building services teams can repair and restore damaged areas of your building to return your operation to full service as quickly as possible. We also establish barriers, if possible, to separate damaged and undamaged regions to help resume the partial operation of your business.

Our SERVPRO services include:

  • Fire and smoke damage cleanup
  • Fire damage restoration and repair
  • Water damage cleanup
  • Adherence to local fire codes

Call SERVPRO of North Mississauga and nearby areas for fire damage repair and restoration assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (905) 238-7376.

SERVPRO of Mississauga Can Remediate Water Damage

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Cleanup in Mississauga Is Close By

Having an appliance suddenly break down and leak onto your floor could make anyone worry about the possibility of water damage. Imagine a scenario where the water supply line of your washing machine breaks and causes a mini flood in your upstairs laundry room. The pooled water can sink into every nook and cranny in sight. Before long, it can travel along with the frame of your home and soak other floors without warning, leaving a trail of damage in its wake. 

What Can You Do When an Accident Causes Water Damage in Your Mississauga Home? 

A fast reaction means everything during a water damage emergency. You can prevent further damages by quickly: 

  • Shutting off the water supply to your house 
  • Immediately calling for professional services
  • Locking any pets away so technicians can move about freely 

Here at SERVPRO, we have built our entire business model around getting to your home when you need us. From your first call, our goal is to get our technicians out of our facility and to your home. Our highly trained water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can use our signature green vans to arrive at your home as quickly as possible. 

How Can You Find All the Spilled Water in My House? 

A washing machine leak can spill a lot of water into your home, and it doesn't have any issues moving about. Here at SERVPRO, our techs are trained to look for signs of water damage and can use advanced technological devices to look for hidden pockets of water. Our techs can use various techniques and devices to find water, such as:

As our technicians probe your home, we can locate the pockets one by one and use wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove any standing water. 

If you think you need water damage remediate, get help immediately. Get in touch with SERVPRO of North Mississauga by phoning (905) 238-7376. We're always ready for you. 

Water Damage Fast Response in Mississauga

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Mississauga Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Water Mitigation

Water damaging incidents can often be one of the most typical service calls our SERVPRO team receives for Mississauga homes and businesses. Understanding how quickly the situation can get out of control, we always strive to provide a fast and deliberate response no matter what day or night these disasters occur. We have an experienced roster of technicians ready to utilize modern practices and advanced equipment and technologies to dry and restore damaged structures.

Water damage for Mississauga homes can vary considerably from one site to the next, from a pipe bursting after steep temperature drops to a leaking sink fixture that deteriorates kitchen cabinetry; what it takes to restore the disaster depends on the situation at hand. Before determining what personnel, equipment, and practices are necessary, the job hinges on the inspection and evaluation of our crew chief and project manager. They scope the work to get done. This thorough assessment can help the customer, their home insurance provider, and our responding technicians know what is necessary to make water problems “Like it never even happened.”

Preparedness for Emergencies 

Preparing for disasters before they happen is not guesswork but a calculated response to the likelihood of water emergencies occurring as they continue to happen consistently. So our SERVPRO professionals keep our inventory of recovery tools, and advanced detection devices stocked year-round to address these emergencies as they happen. Having production vehicles ready to mobilize at the first sign of a disaster can shave hours off of response times and help to preserve and protect more of your damaged Mississauga property.

Staying prepared also involves maintaining the equipment we use every day to restore and recover damaged homes and businesses. Our team cares for our inventory of tools and equipment through upkeep, cleaning, and repairs as necessary. Ineffective tools on a job site slow down production and prevent our team from accomplishing our goals efficiently.

Highly Qualified Technicians 

Any restoration company can write up pamphlets or shoot commercials telling you that they are the best, but in the end, it comes down to more than talking. Our SERVPRO team does more than the bare minimum to produce qualified restoration technicians. That starts with the training and coursework required for our professionals to obtain accreditation in their respective niches. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the industry standard for practices and technician education. They are the chosen educator for our newly acquired talent and provide continued education coursework online and in-house to push our team always to be the best.

Extraction Tools 

One of the first actions that our professionals must take when reaching a water loss incident is removing standing surface water from the scene. Pooling water can be a continual threat to exposed materials and contents. The standing water can also produce hazards like an electric shock or slip/fall concerns for those in the damaged area, so removing this surface water as quickly as possible is the priority for our responding professionals.

As part of our preparedness for water loss emergencies, our READY trailers stay stocked with our popular extractors, such as:

  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Gas-powered trash pumps
  • Wet vacuums and wands
  • thermal imaging devices

Depending on the severity of the situation, any of these extraction tools might get used on a restoration task. We also have truck-mounted extraction systems that roll out with our Green Fleet for substantial depths or widespread concerns. These engine-driven water removal machines can continually pull water from a home's flooring at 300 psi, allowing our SERVPRO team to move thousands of gallons from Mississauga properties within hours of arrival.

Drying Equipment 

Removing the most pressing threats like standing water might be an obvious place to begin the mitigation process, but drying is less straightforward. There are numerous tools used to restore construction materials and contents after saturation has started. At the heart of the drying process, you find two main pieces of equipment:

 Air Movers 

High-velocity air movers are the cornerstone machine of evaporative drying techniques used in water damage restoration. These machines are two main types, allowing our technicians to direct heated, dry air at either direct points on a surface or item (centrifugal units) or to impact the totality of a water-damaged room (axial units.)

Dehumidifiers 

The use of air movers and other evaporative drying equipment increases the relative humidity and moisture content in the environment. Dehumidifiers like our desiccant and low-grain refrigerant (LGR) models can help to collect this moisture in the air to maximize drying.

While these two types of equipment are at the heart of drying processes in every Mississauga home or business, we also have other moisture removal tools and equipment to help in this process. Combining these pieces of equipment can help provide efficient and effective recovery of water-damaged properties. Beyond air movers and dehumidifiers, other drying equipment includes:

  • Drying mats
  • Positive pressure systems
  • Negative pressure systems

In-House Contractors

Many water leak incidents that impact area structures can be a destructive force, requiring more than extraction and drying to resolve. As a full-service restoration team, our SERVPRO response includes both mitigation technicians and a capable crew of licensed residential contractors. These building trades professionals can help with controlled demolition and reinstalling discarded materials once this stage is reached in the restoration process. By offering reconstruction and restoration, we can save customers time and money on the recovery that their property needs by streamlining the process.

Water losses can be a debilitating situation for many of the homes and businesses in the area. With the time-sensitive nature of these disasters, it is critical to get help as quickly as possible. You can reach our SERVPRO of North Mississauga rapid response team anytime you need us by calling (905) 238-7376. We have skilled technicians and an extensive inventory of recovery tools to help.

Need Mould Remediation in Mississauga?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO responds rapidly to abate mould damage in Mississauga commercial buildings

Taking care of your business premises can be vital to ensuring consistent progress and minimal loss of revenue. The last thing any business needs is temporary closure, so acting quickly at the first signs of microbial growth is crucial. Common signifiers for microbial growth could be discoloration of ceiling tiles or peeling paint. It can also be walls that are cracking, warping, or bubbling in places. Generally, signs of unwanted moisture in premises are equivalent to the symptoms of mould. Our services include licensed mould remediation specialists that can evaluate and remediate your premises to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. We can help your business with:

  • Mould infestation
  • Commercial mould inspection
  • Mould remediation

Performing commercial mould remediation in Mississauga requires special safety equipment. It may be safe for staff to remain working in your business premises, depending on the extent of mould infestation. Remediation that disturbs mould, such as demolishing drywall, can create an air particulate problem as mould spores become airborne. However, SERVPRO technicians are experts at containing parts of the premises with mould and allowing access to other areas. Mould spore containment can help prevent the spread from affected to unaffected areas. Mould barriers include:

  • Using thick polyethylene sheets, physical barriers are set up by sealing vents and entranceways. Physical barriers typically include decontamination chambers at entrance points. 
  • Equipment barriers can involve the use of negative air-pressure machines. Negative air pressure draws airborne spores through a set of filters to remove them from the affected area.
  • High-efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are industrial standard and can remove particulate matter as small as 0.3 microns- for reference, a human hair is around 70 microns.

SERVPRO understands the crucial rapid remediation of mould infestations can save inventory from contamination and capital investments like equipment and structural assemblies.

If your business is affected by mould, contact SERVPRO of North Mississauga for mould remediation at (905) 238-7376.

Are Electrical Fires Common in Malton?

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Electrical Fires Are a Common Cause of House Fires and Often Require Fire and Smoke Clean-up from Professional Services

Our homes are full of electrical devices. Cookers, televisions, sockets, and light switches are among the most common in our homes, but lithium-powered products like cell phones, laptops, and speakers have been added to the mix in recent years. If these electrical items are tampered with or malfunction, they can cause a property fire. Signs of faulty wiring or fire hazards in your home can include regular fuse or power outages, the need to daisy-chain extension cords, or having to switch one device off before turning on another. Devices can also cause fires due to their lithium batteries. The main concern is that these devices can combust rapidly if exposed to high temperatures for long periods. Should a fire happen, we can help you with:

  • Smoke and odour removal
  • Fire debris removal
  • Fire cleaning

Conducting fire and smoke clean up in your Malton home is driven by the type of fire and what materials burned. Electrical fires often result in wet, greasy smoke deposits because they are usually constructed from synthetic materials. Woods and other organic matter tend to burn quickly and leave dry smoke. One of the top methods for avoiding a fire is to keep potential fire hazards away from potential fuel sources. Leaving an active extension cord on soft furnishing, for example, can be a common cause of property fire. To repair property after an electrical fire, you may need solvent chemicals to remove certain smokes and alternative power sources for cleaning equipment.

  • Portable lighting powered by generators is necessary for properties where an electrical fire has resulted in a temporary power outage.
  • Dry solvent chemicals are frequently used to break down the bond between wet smokes and surfaces at a molecular level.
  • Enlisting an electrical repair professional is essential if the fire was caused by faulty wiring running through your home.

Faulty electrical equipment accounts for an estimated 50,000 fires each year in North America. Contact SERVPRO of North Mississauga for fire and smoke clean up at (905) 238-7376.

What Is the Process for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Mississauga?

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO in Mississauga Is Here to Help Organize and Execute Commercial Fire Damage Restoration for Local Business

Large commercial buildings can require high-scale restoration when subjected to an accidental fire or another disaster. Gymnasiums, warehouses, and storage units can all fall victim to fire and, if the building is at the time vacated, these fires can rage for several hours, causing extensive harm. SERVPRO is a restoration service with the requisite human resources to help commercial property managers return their business entities to a preloss condition. One of the core factors affecting the length of restoration is the size of the building and its access points. Buildings with high ceilings, thousands of square feet to cover, and drop ceilings or plenums often require more complex restoration solutions. We are here to help with:

  • Warehouse fires
  • Commercial fire damage
  • Commercial restoration

Ceilings ranging from ten to twenty-five feet are common problems commercial fire damage restoration teams face here in Mississauga. Smoke travels quickly through open spaces where there is lots of oxygen and can leave behind residues or odours on any surfaces that make contact with the smoke. In some restoration projects, our team has had to build temporary scaffolding to allow access to the upper points of a large commercial premises. Drop ceilings, commonly made from acoustical tiles, create a cavity between the outer and suspended ceiling that often builds pressure in a fire, making it difficult to access the inner points. Our team can remove these ceilings to allow access and hand-clean any ducts, piping, or electrical wiring before replacing the suspended ceilings tiles with new material.

  • High-value items can often return to a preloss condition with hand-cleaning. Hand-cleaning can be applied to framed pictures, certificates, documents, or sculptures.
  • Plywood can be placed on flooring with scaffolding built onto the plyboard preventing additional damage.
  • Laminate floors in commercial buildings require immediate attention to avoid becoming water-damaged by fire fighting

We are here to help get your business back on its feet following a fire. Contact SERVPRO of North Mississauga for commercial fire damage restoration at (905) 238-7376.

How Do Storms Increase the Risk of Flood Damage in Mississauga?

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

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No Matter the Source, SERVPRO Can Respond to Mississauga Seasonal Flood Damage

Recently massive flood damage in Mississauga occurred during a snowstorm after a snow plow hit a fire hydrant. The broken hydrant poured vast quantities of water into roadways, taking many hours to clean up. This unique disaster serves as a reminder that flooding can threaten Mississauga residences 365 days a year and that storm damage can take many unexpected turns during its relentless paths toward damaging area properties.

How Can SERVPRO Help Keep Your Family Safe During Storm-Related Basement Flooding? 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, arriving as quickly as possible to scope out the circumstances required for Mississauga flood restoration. The crucial first phase include a safety assessment during which an experienced SERVPRO project manager checks out the following, among many other hazards:

  • Ceilings and walls for trapped water heavy enough to collapse structures and injure occupants
  • Characteristics of the flood waters, always considered Category 3 or most contaminated, but that can contain:
  • Biohazards such as asbestos or lead-based painted surfaces now broken apart and with the dangerous substances uncontained
  • Infectious organisms from sewage, either washing in from flooded roadways or backing up from waste pipes in your home

If flooding damage is severe enough, we work with your insurance company to cover the expense of alternative housing until your flood-battered home returns to a secure and sanitized condition.

Does SERVPRO Then Begin Emergency Services Related to Water Damage?

As soon as SERVPRO puts controls in place for the safety hazards presented, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews begin the water removal, cleaning, disinfecting, and applied structural drying. We take every step necessary to make storm flooding “Like it never even happened.”

Count on SERVPRO of North Mississauga for rapid mitigation and remediation of residential flooding. A quick call to (905) 238-7376 lines up both an assessment and emergency services for water damage.