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4 Things to Have Before the Storm

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Plastic bin packed with food, water and other supplies to survive a storm. Setting aside a supply of food, water and essentials means you'll have an easier time surviving a storm and the resulting damage.

The time before a big storm hits is critical! Don’t wait for the governor to declare a state of emergency and don’t get caught scrambling or waiting in long lines to prepare. Stock up now—and have an easier time getting through the storm.

1. Lights & Batteries

When the power fails, you’ll need an alternative light source and the batteries to power it. Consider a lantern that is compact, yet offers abundant light. Lay in an ample supply of batteries for the lantern and for flashlights and portable radios as, well.

2. Food & Water

Aim to keep a two-week supply of food and water for storm-related emergencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends storing at least one gallon of water per day for each member of your family. Include foods that are high in calories and nutrition, and that don’t require refrigeration, water or special preparation, such as canned food, dry mixes and cupboard staples. Keep your stores in a cool, dry place—dark, if possible. Monitor the expiration dates and replace as necessary.

3. First Aid Kit

Be ready to handle minor injuries, because emergency workers will be stretched thin during a major storm. Have a first-aid kit on hand in a portable carrying case with bandages, gauze, a cold compress, scissors, tweezers and more.

4. Documents & Records

Recovering from a storm disaster is hard enough—and it’s even harder if you can’t prove who you are. Protect your important identification documents, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, marriage certificates, adoption papers, passports, naturalization documents, wills, living wills, powers of attorney and property deeds/titles, in a portable waterproof, fire-safe security chest. If there’s room, you can also store important DVDs, portable disks and flash drives.

When you have suffered damage from a storm at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup, fire and smoke damage restoration services and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) any time.

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When you have suffered damage from a storm at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Call SERVPRO for Commercial Biohazard Cleanup

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Workers in hazmat suits clean a biohazard-contaminated workplace. A biohazard contamination in your commercial space requires remediation by experts like SERVPRO, who follow all OSHA and health regulations.

Trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills or other biohazards at your place of business can happen suddenly and must be dealt with quickly and professionally. Call on SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to safely remove and dispose of biohazards in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants at your commercial building can pose serious health consequences for your workers and customers. SERVPRO has the right training, procedures, tools and products to transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe workplaces.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations, including:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scenes
  • Deaths by suicide, accident or homicide
  • Blood and bloodborne pathogens
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Meth labs

If your commercial property encounters a biohazard situation, follow our Biohazard Emergency Tips—Until Help Arrives guide to protect yourself and your building. And remember: we are available 24 hours a day for your emergency.

If your business suffers a biohazard contamination, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) any time.

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Call 860.633.8791 
24-hour emergency service

If your business suffers a biohazard contamination, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

With SERVPRO, Your Business Can Handle the Largest Disaster

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

The specialists on the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can respond to the largest disasters 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

You prepare your business for just about any challenge, but a large-scale disaster like a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, fire or flood means recovery efforts have to be fast and comprehensive. The Disaster Recovery Team at SERVPRO will get you back to work as soon as possible.

SERVPRO’s specialized Commercial Large Loss Division stands ready to respond A.S.A.P. to any size or type of disaster. Our elite specialists are prequalified, thoroughly trained and equipped, and located strategically throughout the U.S.

Our disaster experts respond immediately, gather information, travel to the disaster, set up equipment and a command center, use the resources of our more than 1,800 SERVPRO franchises, and hire and supervise temporary labor as needed. Best, we are ready to respond to your emergency, no matter how large, around the clock, 365 days a year.

When the worst happens and you fear that all is lost—when you watch your store burn or your warehouse fill with flood water—know that the Disaster Recovery Team at SERVPRO is standing by to help you rebuild and recover.

For disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) any time.

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24-hour emergency service

For disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Older Homes Pose Unique Fire Risks

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Heed these warning signs of an outdated electrical system to help prevent a fire in your older home.

If your house is more than 40 years old, unseen fire risks may by lurking in outdated wiring. Almost 50,000 electrical house fires occur each year in America. Many of these tragedies can be prevented with a routine inspection.

These are the warning signs of a failing electrical system:

  • flickering or dim lights
  • frequent power outages
  • sparks
  • smoke
  • unusual sounds like sizzles or burning smells
  • any kind of electrical shock
  • damaged insulation
  • warm or hot outlets or switches
  • a shrinking television picture
  • reliance on extension cords for everyday use

If you see any of these warning signs or you can't remember the last time your electrical system was inspected, don’t delay! Hire a licensed and insured electrician or electrical inspector to prevent a fire disaster in your home.

When you have suffered a fire or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

We’re Here to Help

After a fire, the team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield uses specialized fire restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791 
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered a fire or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

What To Do Immediately After Storm Damage

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

You'll recover from storm damage faster if you have a strategy in place to stay safe and act fast.

When a big storm threatens, have a strategy to deal with damage and safety hazards immediately after the storm. The upheaval may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, back to normal.

First, Be Safe

  • Be very cautious around physical hazards such as collapsed roof materials, damaged windows, collapsed walls or standing water
  • Beware of broken glass, exposed nails and other sharp objects on the property
  • Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas
  • Contact a reputable property restoration company like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to secure your property and make it safe for your family’s use
  • To prevent mold growth, dry out furniture, carpeting and building materials within 48 hours
  • If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored

Speed Up Your Insurance Claim

Immediately notify your insurance agent about the damage to your home. If it is safe to move around your property, photograph or video the damage so that you have a record for your insurance company, helping you receive faster and more complete claims processing.

Seek Federal Disaster Assistance

The federal government may have declared your area a disaster area, meaning you’ll be eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When you have suffered damage from a storm at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup, fire and smoke damage restoration services and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) any time.

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We serve East Glastonbury, Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, South Glastonbury and Wethersfield, Connecticut.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791 
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered damage from a storm at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Cleaning Services

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Your workplace will shine when you use SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield's commercial cleaning services.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield offers commercial cleaning services? We are total professionals when it comes to thoroughness, attention to detail, safety and reliability!

When you contract with SERVPRO for your commercial cleaning, you’ll enjoy:

  • an improved business image
  • a safer environment for your workers
  • options tailored to your needs
  • highly trained personnel using top-of-the-line equipment and products
  • specialized services if you need them, including biohazard/ sewage, air duct/ HVAC and odor removal

Among the workplaces we clean are:

  • small office buildings
  • high-rise and large office buildings
  • apartment and high-rise residential buildings
  • restaurants
  • hotels and motels
  • small retail stores
  • large retail and big box stores
  • manufacturing and industrial facilities
  • government and military workplaces

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield is here to help you keep your workplace clean, safe and productive for your employees. We’ll make your business shine!

For commercial cleaning and disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Help Is Here

In addition to offering commercial cleaning services, the team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) any time.

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SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
We serve East Glastonbury, Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, South Glastonbury and Wethersfield, Connecticut.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791 
24-hour emergency service

For commercial cleaning and disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Keep Your Sump Pump Humming

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Regular maintenance of your sump pump will pay off during a storm … when your basement DOESN'T flood!

If you’ve ever had a flood of water in your basement after a storm, you know the value of a sump pump. A sump pump sits either beneath or above the floor of your basement and pumps out water that collects in the sump basin, discharging it to the outdoors.

But a sump pump does you no good if it’s not working when a storm hits and water gushes into your basement. Do these tasks at least once a year to stay dry:

  1. Clean and lubricate the pump. Unplug the pump, disconnect it from the discharge pipe and pull the pump out of the sump. Hose away any debris on the screen at the pump’s base and rinse off its housing. Lubricate the pump bearings, if required.
  2. Inspect the check valve. If the internal flap doesn’t swing freely, flush it out, and if you see mineral deposits, soak it in vinegar.
  3. Test the float switch. Pour a few gallons of water into the sump. If it comes on and sucks out the water, the switch (and pump) are good to go. If not, repair or replace the switch.
  4. Press the outlet’s test and reset buttons (per code, a sump pump has to be plugged in to a GFCI receptacle).
  5. Got a backup battery? Top up its cells with distilled water.

When you have suffered damage from a storm at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup, fire and smoke damage restoration services and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) any time.

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SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
We serve East Glastonbury, Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, South Glastonbury and Wethersfield, Connecticut.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791 
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered damage from a storm at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Pay Attention to Your Commercial HVAC System

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

A breakdown of your HVAC system during the cooling or heating season will be costly and disruptive. Avoid trouble with some routine maintenance.

Don’t forget about your HVAC system—if it breaks down at the wrong time, it will be both a major inconvenience and a major expense.

You can prolong your system’s life, increase its efficiency and potentially avoid a breakdown by doing some routine maintenance:

  • Install a high-efficiency, pleated air filter and replace it every 90 days
  • Clear your heating and AC units of pollen, leaves and grass
  • Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines for leaks or cracking every month
  • In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier
  • In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on

In addition, once or twice a year in the spring or fall, hire a professional such as SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to inspect and clean your HVAC system. If maintenance is needed, it can be done right away without inconveniencing you or your employees. Another bonus: routine HVAC maintenance will also save you money by improving your building’s energy efficiency.

For HVAC, cleanup or disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup, fire and smoke damage restoration services and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) any time.

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We serve East Glastonbury, Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, South Glastonbury and Wethersfield, Connecticut.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791 
24-hour emergency service

For HVAC, cleanup or disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Your Appliances Can Be a Fire Hazard

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Save your family from a fire disaster by following these home appliance safe usage tips.

Home appliances make all of our lives easier, but they are potential fire hazards. Follow these tips for safety when using any electric, gas or heat appliances:

  • Regularly clean, inspect and maintain appliances, especially those 15 years or older
  • Only run appliances when you're at home

Oven/Stovetop

  • Keep it clean—baked-on grease and residue can easily cause grease fires
  • Never leave food cooking on a stovetop unattended
  • Keep fabric (such as a dishcloth) away from heat and flame

Microwave

  • Don’t heat food or materials that are flammable, such as aluminum foil, Styrofoam or some plastic containers

Toaster/Toaster Oven

  • Clean it regularly—crumbs can accumulate and stick to the bottom of the toaster
  • Never use unsupervised—the heating elements can become faulty over time and may not turn off

Clothes Dryer

  • Keep vents and filters clean by removing lint after each use
  • At least once a year, clean the lint from the exhaust hose at the back of the dryer

When you have suffered a fire or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

We’re Here to Help

After a fire, the team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield uses specialized fire restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791 
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered a fire or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

A Better Insurance Claims Process with SERVPRO

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

We are experts at filing and expediting insurance claims to improve our clients' disaster recovery experiences.

If you’ve suffered a disaster at your home or business, you simply do not need any more hassles! That’s why our goal is to provide you with a stress-free insurance claims process. SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield is determined to help get your life back to normal.

To make your insurance claims process as smooth and swift as possible, SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield will:

  • create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business
  • document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage on a spreadsheet with photos
  • work directly with your insurer, communicating with you at all times
  • handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be

Behind the scenes, SERVPRO stays current with the latest insurance developments by maintaining affiliations with the New England Claims Executive Association and the Risk & Insurance Management Society.

We are proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their clients because working with us makes their jobs easier.

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup, fire and smoke damage restoration services and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) any time.

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We serve East Glastonbury, Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, South Glastonbury and Wethersfield, Connecticut.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791 
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791