Archive for Water Damage Restoration

Happy New Year folks! Shawn here! For those of you who don’t know me already I am Al’s son, we run the company together, Ive been working with him for well over 20 years , we have over 50 years of combined restoration and cleaning experience! I haven’t posted any cleaning or restoration information in last 6 or 7 moths, so I will cover a little bit about everything here!

Al’s Absolute Best Restoration and Cleaning Services is ready, and excited for another year providing the absolute best services! Carpet and upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning and sealing, 24 HR emergency services including water damage, flood cleanup, sewage cleanup, fire and smoke damage restoration and ice dam water damage! Schedule your appointment now through January 20th for any day in 2017 and save $25.00! We don’t normally have discounts or coupons but this year is special, take advantage of the savings while they are here!

  WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION  Winter is officially here, this time of year usually brings in a lot of water and fire damage work. Most water damage comes from ice dams and frozen pipes that burst! Ice dams have caused problems all over the country especially in the last 5 years! If your don’t properly clean your gutter systems, to make sure they are free flowing and not full of debris your odds of getting an ice dam greatly increase! Most people who get ice dams get water damage, some wont notice the intrusive water and will see mold in the warmer months. If you have a bad ice dam with water entering your home you should call us immediately to minimize any damage.  As I mentioned above pipe breaks are another common cause for water damage, it is extremely important to ensure the heat is on and that you don’t run out of fuel or gas! Many insurance companies wont cover a claim if it is the negligence on the home owners part! Even when a home is properly heated you run the chance of pipes freezing and breaking, poor insulation, extremely cold temperatures and weak pipes are few main causes. You’ll need a restoration company such as us along with a good plumber to shut the water off and get the pipe repaired. You can always call us right away and we contact the best plumber in our network to service your pipes!

     CLEANING SERVICES  Winter is generally the slowest time of the year for carpet, tile and upholstery cleaning. These conditions make our job a little but more tough due to freezing water hoses and cleaning equipment. We have systems to help us battle the elements! We actually have a new zip door that keeps your heat and pets in the house while we have our cleaning hoses running through the front door! We always wear shoe covers on our feet, many customers comment on them and love that we put in the extra effort to care for their home! In these colder months people spend much more time indoors, cleaning carpets and upholstery greatly improves indoor air quality and helps with allergies. We can fix stains and odors from children and pets. We also clean all types of carpets and rugs no matter the material or age from cheap throw downs to very expensive fancy rugs, you can count us for all of your cleaning needs! Remember we also clean auto, boat and RV interior.

That’s it for now folks! We really hope to hear from you and see you soon! If you have any questions or comments please give us a call any time, we are always happy to help! You can reach us anytime at (860)537 1594 you may also email us at alsabsolutebest@gmail.com

    Have a fantastic year!

 

 

 

Dec
30

Ice Dams Cause Flooding Colchester, CT

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Ice dams on your roof can cause flooding inside your house ruining the structure and belongings. If water damage is not handled properly it can lead to major problems down the road, the biggest being dangerous mold. It is much better to take preventative measures to protect against ice dams and if you do have a flood don’t hesitate getting professional assistance.

Hello everyone! Business is a bit slower than usual, we wanted to take this slow period to wish everyone a very safe, and happy New Year! Many of us in Connecticut just experienced the first signs of winter with most of the state accumulating just over an inch of snow. Many people are preparing for a typical New England winter while others are hoping for very little to no snow. It seems that storms have been getting crazier and crazier lately and everyone should take steps to avoid ice damming this winter. We are still helping people with mold remediation caused from last year’s ice dams! It is very important to keep your roof free of snow, at minimum you should have no snow within 4 ft. of the gutters to prevent ice dams. We recommend using a roof rake, never go on the roof yourself.  In the event of intrusive water entering your home, it is a great idea to keep our phone number handy! You can call (860)537-1594 any day, any time and we will respond to your ice dam or water damage problem as soon as possible. This is very important to minimize the damages caused by the water. We can help to protect the contents of your home from ever being effected by the water, while minimizing the damage to the structure.

We have state of the art drying equipment, paired with years of schooling and over 20 years experience in the restoration and cleaning industry. Family owned and operated we aim to provide you with the most pleasant experience possible during a very undesirable experience. We work with all types of insurance, we also work for people who are not insured! The whole process can seem overwhelming, when you call Al’s with any ice dam or water damage problem you can rest easy knowing you are in good hands, we aim to please from start to finish! Don’t let ice dams cause flooding in your home this year!

 

Flooded now? Call Al’s! (800)416-2620

 

 

 

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Mar
09

Ice Dams and Ice Dam prevention

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Ice Dam removal by Al's Absolute best LLC

Heating Coils caused this Connecticut Ice Dam to have an artistic look but could water be leaking back into this home?

Ice dam removal by Al's Absolute Best Cleaning and Restoration LLC

Here is another Connecticut home with heating coils and an ice dam

Ice dams can be removed by Als Absolute Best Restoration LLC

Heating Coils used to prevent Ice Dams may not be the answer in severe winters

Ice Dams and Ice Dam prevention is a big topic in the news right now and also the topic of this blog post.

In our travels to Connecticut homes with leaky ice dams we see other area homes covered in ice! In the picture to the left the home owner obviously had heating coils installed on the roof to prevent ice dams but as the picture shows there are two very large ice dams created by the same heating coils that were supposed to prevent ice dams!  A neighboring home also had heating coils installed and as you see, they still have a major ice dam problem on their roof!

Could the melting water from the heating coils penetrate the roof?

With the ice dam still intact on the gutter like you see in the picture, I would think that would be a strong possibility!

This is just something we have noticed in our travels, it seems that the folks who continuously maintained their roof after each storm had the least amount of Ice dams on their roofs.

At Al’s Absolute Best Cleaning and rsetoration LLC, we find that the best way to prevent ice dams is first to have adequate ventilation and insulation in your homes attic and second is to maintain your gutter system and be sure it is totally clean before winter sets in! Third would be to maintain your roof after each storm! If you see the tell tale sign of a water damage leak in your home caused by ice dams, broken pipes or water run off, give Al’s Absolute Best Cleaning and Restoration LLC. a call.

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Mar
07

Will an Ice Dam harm my roof?

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Ice dam forces water into a Connecticut home

An Al’s Absolute Best LLC, technician carefully removes snow from an Uncasville Roof with an ice dam causing leaks into the home

 

If you live in Connecticut chances are you have been battling Ice Dams this winter! In the picture to the left shows an Al’s Absolute Best LLC, technician carefully removing the snow from the roof of this Uncasville Ct. home. The picture also  shows the calcium chloride roof pucks that were placed at intervals along the ice dam to begin the melting process! It is important to at least break the dam by creating  channels in areas to stop the water from pooling behind the ice dam and forcing its way into your home.

Many homes have leaks around windows, or dripping from ceilings and folks have placed buckets and towels around to catch the dripping water, at Al’s Absolute Best LLC, we see all kinds of creative water catchers when we go to a leaky home with an Ice dam on the roof.

 

If you see a area where water has forced its way into your home by the lowly Ice dam, be aware that a small spot on the visible side of your wall or ceiling, means a bigger water damaged area hidden behind that spot. If you see these tell tale signs it is time to initiate a claim with your insurance carrier and give a reputable water damage restoration company like Al’s Absolute Best LLC, a call, so the situation can be remediated before mold begins to breed in your walls.

Below is a sketch of what an ice dam can do to the roof of your Connecticut home! As the sketch shows the melting water pools right behind the ice dam on your roof, then the water looks for the easiest route of travel which unfortunately is right back under your roofs shingles, where it refreezes breaking the adhesive backing between the shingles and allowing the water to flow back into your home where it runs along beams and down walls finally showing up where gravity brings it down into your home, this is why water from an ice dam can show up in the middle of your ceiling with no visible explanation of how it got there! That’s where the technicians at Al’s Absolute LLC cleaning and restoration shine, our state of the art thermal imaging cameras and moisture reading equipment will find the hidden damage caused by an ice dam on your homes roof! The good news is when the Ice dam is gone and the hot spring sun beats down on the shingles of your roof, the shingles will re-seal them selves and your roof often is undamaged!

 

 

What is an Ice Dam

This sketch shows what an Ice dam can do to your Connecticut home

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At least seven snow storms have hit Connecticut this winter and at least 2 more are on the way! Most Connecticut homes have huge piles of snow around their foundations and soon it will begin to melt, melting snow on frozen ground leaves water with no place to go but into your homeho and cause a flooded basement.

In most cases Intrusive ground water is not covered by insurance and since many people store valuable possessions in their basement now is a good time to make sure you get them up off the floor! Large plastic containers are great for storing valuable items to protect them from a flooded basement.

A flooded basement in the spring when the ground water table is high will remain flooded until the ground water subsides even if we pump the flooded basement out, they fill right back up to the ground water level in most cases!  If you have a flooded basement, that is a finished room with drywall, carpet and furniture, you need to have a reputable restoration company like Al’s Absolute Best LLC, come to your rescue to help minimize damages caused by your flooded basement. Flooded basements happen every spring but after severe winters such as the one we are still experiencing thousands of Connecticut homes will have a flooded  basement. It is always a good idea to have a submersible water pump and 100  feet of garden hose to pump water from your flooded basement outdoors and far enough away from your home so that it cant re-enter your home!

A flooded basement

Example of a Flooded Basement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take precautions now to help minimize damage in the event of a flooded basement!

 

 

 

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Feb
23

Shoveling Roofs in Connecticut

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roof shoveling is dangerous and excerting

Justin Tuttle a technician from Al’s Absolute Best LLC, is   shoveling roofs in Connecticut

If you live in Connecticut chances are your roof is covered in snow, you probably have ice dams and could be experiencing intrusive water in your home. Shoveling roofs is extremely dangerous and exerting work but if your home is in danger you must do your best to remove the ice and snow from your roof. At Al’s Absolute Best LLC, we often find ourselves on leaky Connecticut homes              shoveling roofs and removing ice, when our technicians are shoveling roofs they use plastic bladed shovels with no metal lip and shovel downward with the lay of the shingles, leaving an inch or so of snow on the roof but removing the bulk of the weight thus leaving your home in a much safer condition! We feel the best way is to shovel roofs is to do the entire roof not just the first few feet because in some cases a new ice dam forms at that point. When shoveling roofs keep in mind where you are dumping the snow because melting snow at the base of your house on the frozen ground forces ground water into your home which is a big problem each spring and ground water in your home is not generally covered by insurance companies. A roof rake can be a big help when shoveling roofs but they tend to break under the heavy loads of snow we have been experiencing while shoveling roofs this season.

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It’s February 2015 Connecticut has been hit by several major snow storms and the Ice dams are back with a vengeance! If you haven’t had experience with the lowly ice dam I will briefly explain what ice dams are and what they can do to your home. Ice dams are just what they sound like a dam made of ice usually at the edge of your roof on the gutter but different circumstances can cause ice dams to form farther up on your homes roof. The snow on your roof is actually fuel for the ice dam, the snow acts as an insulator allowing escaping heat from the roof of your home to melt the bottom layer of snow creating flowing water even in bitter cold temperatures that runs down the peak of your roof and pools up behind the ice dams on your homes roof. Water having almost a mind of it’s own  finds the easiest route of travel which unfortunately can be right back into your home.

Many times water shows itself in the home and many times remains hidden in the walls of your home becoming a possible breading ground for mold. At Al’s Absolute Best LLC, the most common call from intrusive water from ice dams is “water is leaking in around my window”, just a few drips of water coming from the window could indicate more damage inside the walls.

Ice dam forces water into home

Water forced into home by an ice dam remains hidden in wall

 

 

 

 

This photo shows a wall effected by water from ice dams but there was no evidence of water in the home, the wall felt dry to the touch but ice dams forced water into the walls soaking the sheathing and insulation thanks to the expertise of Al’s Absolute Best LLC’s trained water damage technicians the hidden damage was found and addressed before mold could begin to breed inside the wall.

 

Sometimes water shows up on the ceiling of your home, Ice dams can actually force water into the home where it runs along rafters and beams dripping well away from the point where the ice dam exists.Ice dam water spot, showing up as spots on your ceiling, these spots can leak on and off during the frequent temperature changes of the winter season.

 

If you encounter any of these symptoms, have ice dams on your home and feel like there could be intrusive water forced into your home by ice dams give a reputable water damage restoration company, like Al’s Absolute Best LLC a call! Al’s Absolute best works directly with homeowners insurance companies!

 

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Feb
06

Ice dam removal from CT roofs

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Remember back in 2010 when Connecticut was over run with Ice dams and  many folks had not even heard of such a thing as an Ice Dam on a house? Now many homes have a roof rake handy and are ready to battle the ice dams and snow on their roofs. Here is a brief article we posted in 2010 unfortunately the methods for fighting the dreaded Ice dam have not changed much since this article was originally posted, one exception is puck shaped Calcium Chloride cakes that you can toss up on your roof and they melt a track right through the ice dam and into the gutter.

New England is known for rapid weather changes and that presents a perfect environment for an ice dam to form on your roof top which could cause all sorts of damage to your New England home. An ice dam is formed by the snow on your rooftop melting and re-freezing, which blocks or “Dams” the path of water produced by the melting snow, water that could run down the side of your house causing ice and water damage and if it has no other place to go it will eventually intrude into your home causing both interior and exterior water damage.

Ice Dam Forming on A Ct Roof

Ice Dam Forming on A Ct Roof

. One factor contributing to the formation of an “ice dam” on your home is the heat of your attic melting the snow on your roof with the outside temperatures still below freezing level; another contributing factor would be the well known rapid temperature changes of our New England climate. Last but not least an “ice dam loves clogged gutters.” We at Al’s Absolute Best Cleaning & Restoration Services love the challenge of structural drying and completing restoration projects caused by “ole mother nature” but there are some precautions you can take to limit your chances of the dreaded “ice dam”. Adequate and properly installed insulation and ventilation systems are a must. Some things to have available would be: Ladder Shovel Roof Rake for Snow Snow melt (Calcium Chloride ONLY others may stain your roof) In the event that you have an “ice dam” form on your roof top there is an easy way to effectively break it up and save yourself from water and ice damage to your home. First you will want to take a look around the house for more ice dams. You can do this from the ground or using the ladder but only to gutter level, no need to go on to the roof in most situations. Next using the shovel or better yet the long handled “Roof Rake for snow” remove any snow that you can reach. Now use the Calcium Chloride ice melt, the best trick for applying it is by using a pair of pantyhose.Take a pair of pantyhose and pour a container of Calcium Chloride ice melt into them then separate and tie them off individually, place one filled pantyhose leg on each ice dam, making sure to go from the roof across the dam and hang over the gutter, this will usually melt the dam within 12 -24 hours. Don’t forget to take the pantyhose off your roof when it all melts, who knows what your neighbors may think! ICE DAM REMOVAL COLCHESTER CT

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Jun
09

Hartford Flood Restoration

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If you are looking for a “Hartford Flood Restoration” professional. You’ve come to the right place! Al’s Absolute Best has been servicing Hartford and surrounding areas for over 20 years. When it comes to commercial or residential Restoration or cleaning needs Al’s Absolute Best is highly recommended by people with the highest standards! We’ve worked for CEOS, CFO’s , we even have a personal video testimonial from Robert Irvine himself!
There are many reasons why you could need a Flood Restoration professional in Hartford, Hurricanes and torrential down pours have become a common occurrence. In the winter ice dams, frozen pipes and melting snow cause flooding across the state. Whether you have a toilet over flow, sewage backup, leaky roof, broken pipe, cracked foundation or water damage from sprinklers.
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Al’s is available to suite your needs 24/7 , we specialize in dealing with insurance companies, so you can count on us if you are using insurance or paying out of pocket. We are a family owned and operated restoration and cleaning service. We’ve helped thousands of people with their cleaning and restoration needs. If you have any questions about flood restoration give us a call for FREE expert advise! 860 537 1594 or 800 416 2620

If you choose Al’s Absolute Best for your Hartford Flood Restoration needs, you are choosing a company that has the ability to complete your job from start to finish. We can do any necessary demo, all the drying, mold prevention, and even the re-build if necessary along with the final cleanup. There aren’t many companies out there that take the job from start to finish. When you use Al’s you also get the best value, the best customer service and the best service experience. We take pride in our work, and our A+ BBB rating!

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Flood Damage CT. Drying experts can prevent mold in your home’s future.
Al’s Absolute Best LLC, are experts that can guide you through the whole process and even asist you by working directly with your insurance company. Al’s Absolute Best LLC, are your Consumer advocate restoration professionals!

A frozen pipe caused this flood damage in a Guilford Ct. home!
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Here is a letter from the same homeowner! Her Water damage job was fairly large effecting 2 floors and 5 rooms!

letter from happy client

A very happy client sent us this letter in 2014


As I type this blog post thousands of homes have flood Damage in CT, frozen pipes, Ice dams and melting ice and snow that can’t escape into the frozen earth is the cause of all these flood damage calls, that are flooding our office and the office’s of restoration professionals across the state.
It’s actually hard to find someone that is trained in water damage to come out right away in a time of crisis like this.
At Al’s Absolute Best LLC. we strive to be as quick as possible to any water damage emergency. Al’s Absolute Best LLC, can even come out and see if you have hidden flood damage in your home.
When you have a flood damage emergency you can always count on Al’s Absolute Best LLC, to make you feel that your flood damage emergency is under control asap!
Click this video link below to see Al’s Absolute Best LLC Respond to an emergency Water Damage situation!

“When seconds count call us first”

We have provided water damage remediation services to the home in the video on 2 occasions! We don’t like to see our clients suffer through additional water damages but we have many repete emergency clients and that say’s were doing something right!
Al’s Absolute Best LLC,Is a family business that has been serving the CT area for over 17 years!

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