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When Your Belongings Are Damaged by Mold

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Your Belongings Are Damaged by Mold Documents and photos are among the important water- and mold-damaged possessions SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield can restore.

Water and mold damage can affect not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield understands that mold damage to your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes and other belongings needs to be restored just as thoroughly as your home’s structure.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water or mold. Our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes. We first test your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their pre-damaged condition. We use several methods to clean your possessions, including:

  • Dry cleaning: used to clean light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet cleaning: effective for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and wipe: for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam cleaning: used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive cleaning: involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion cleaning: contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

For professional mold remediation of your home and its contents, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Electronic Cleanup

Water- and mold-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard–do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water! Your electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield electronics technician. Among the electronic devices we restore are:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers and tablets
  • Phones

Document / Photograph Drying

We take extreme caution to make sure water or mold damage does not destroy your valuable documents, such as photographs. Although some documents may never be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.
Depending on the type of documents and the level of water and mold damage, we use five methods for the restoration of documents:

  • Air drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer drying
  • Vacuum freeze drying
  • Vacuum thermal drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

If you need mold remediation of your possessions, our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) can help ease worry and confusion during the recovery process. We provide a detailed and accurate list of your belongings, beginning with a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

For professional mold remediation of your home and its contents, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service includes:

  • Pre-loss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information quicker claims settlement
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out allows for a quicker remodeling process while it protects your possessions from potential damage.

When the restoration is completed, we will coordinate the move-in. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

We’re Here to Help

When your personal belongings are damaged by mold, call a professional with a solid record of providing mold remediation in the Connecticut region: SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.8791, around the clock. At SERVPRO, we know the safest, quickest and most effective ways to help you remove mold contamination from your commercial or residential property.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

Every month on the SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield blog we publish educational articles on how Glastonbury and Wethersfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful:

7 Ways to Prevent Mold

Fake News About Mold

Source: SERVPRO.com

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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 professional mold remediation of your home and its contents, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Preventing Winter Water Damage to Your Home

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Winter Water Damage to Your Home Connecticut's cold, snowy and icy winters pose a real risk of water damage to your home.

Winter is not just coming—it’s here already! And with a New England winter comes the increased risk of damage to your home from water leaks. Whether caused by burst pipes, storm damage, rooftop ice dams or other cold-weather hazards, your winter will be a little easier if you prepare your home to withstand the challenges and remain water-tight.

Brace Your Home for Winter’s Storms

When the wind howls and the snow and ice pile up, damage to your house can happen quickly and unexpectedly. These tasks can prevent storm-related damage to your home.

  • Clean out the gutters, and disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off the inside valves that supply water to outdoor faucets.
  • Have a contractor check your roof to see if it can sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall. Repair roof leaks.
  • Remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house—or your neighbor's.

For professional water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Prevent Burst Pipes

Since water expands when it freezes, it puts unwanted pressure on pipes, which can cause them to burst. You may not know right away that you have a burst pipe, as the water has turned to ice, but once the temperature warms and thawing begins, leaking and flooding can occur.

Not only will these tips help prevent a big leak from a pipe that bursts, you’ll also save some money on your heating costs in the long run.

  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves. Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • Keep your home’s temperature set at a minimum of 55 degrees, and make sure your furniture isn't blocking your heating vents. If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
  • Close inside valves supplying water to outdoor faucets and hookups. Open outdoor faucets to allow residual water to drain, and keep them open during the cold weather months, while the water supply is turned off.

During cold spells, you’ll want to:

  • Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.

Avoid Ice Dams

Ice dams form when water from melted snow refreezes above your eaves or in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. Here’s how to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof:

  • Adequately ventilate your attic.
  • Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
  • Clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris.
  • Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

For professional water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

We’re Here to Help

If your home has suffered water damage from a storm, leak or burst pipe, call a professional with a solid record of serving the Connecticut region: SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.8791, around the clock. We will treat your water damage like the emergency it is by responding promptly, evaluating the situation and repairing the damage to your home and possessions.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

Every month on the SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield blog we publish educational articles on how Glastonbury and Wethersfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage. Here are some blog posts that you might find helpful:

7 Essentials After Major Water Damage

Safety After Basement Water Damage

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We’re Here for You

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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 professional water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Why SERVPRO's History Is Important To You

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO's History Is Important To You Trust. Experience. Expertise. SERVPRO provides them and more.

When you choose a doctor part of your decision depends on the doctor’s experience and track record of success, right? When you’re looking for a car mechanic you probably prefer one with lots of satisfied customers and many years in the business. And we bet you’d probably feel better selecting a financial advisor who has helped several friends you know achieve their financial goals.

All of this relates to why so many people who have water, fire, or storm cleanup and restoration needs choose SERVPRO. It’s about our history, our satisfied customers, and our track record of success.    

Ted and Doris Isaacson launched SERVPRO in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, California. They transformed the company into a franchisor of cleanup and restoration specialists. They were so successful that by 1988 they had 647 franchises. Twelve years later SERVPRO had grown to 1,000 franchises. Today we have 1,800+.

Awards & Recognition
After years of hard work, SERVPRO began gaining recognition and awards for quality service. One of the first was when The Nashville Business Journal named SERVPRO the Small Business of the Year in 1991. Entrepreneur Magazine ranked SERVPRO the #4 franchise opportunity overall and the #1 franchise opportunity in the restoration services category in 2016. And on and on.

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This is important to you because when a natural disaster strikes your home or business you want to work with a cleanup and restoration company you can trust and you know has the experience, personnel, and equipment to do a high-quality job. What are the services and the factors that have led to SERVPRO’s success? Here are a few:

• SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield works closely with insurance agents, property managers, and local fire/police departments to assist in community disasters
• We put your needs first. With SERVPRO, you are in charge. We work closely with your clients and always seek to meet or exceed expectations
• Among the many restoration and remediation services we provide are:

Building and Reconstruction Services

Commercial Cleaning Services

Commercial Services

Disaster Recovery Team

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

Mold Remediation and Restoration

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Water Damage Repair and Restoration

And there’s more. We can restore damaged items that may look like a complete loss. We can provide storage for your household items while your home is under reconstruction or renovation. If it has to do with cleanup or repair or remediation or restoration, chances are that SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield can do the work for you.   

For Disaster Cleanup Or Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO Of Glastonbury/Wethersfield At 860.633.8791.


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SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791
Fax 860.216.2762
24-hour emergency service

Commercial Restoration Is So Different

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Restoration Is So Different We do large business and commercial property cleanup and restoration projects

After fire, storm, or water damage, it’s one thing to cleanup and restore a residential home. It’s quite another to cleanup and restore a commercial property or business.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire, storm, or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean your property and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Commercial Properties Require Faster Restoration
Every hour you or your staff spend cleaning up your commercial business site is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield a call. Commercial businesses depend on us because of our
•    24-hour emergency service
•    Immediate response to any size commercial disaster
•    Experience handling water, fire, wind, chemical, and other types of disasters

If your business suffers a major loss, call (860) 633.8791.

Commercial Restoration Varies Tremendously
Another major difference between residential cleanup and restoration and commercial is the wide variety of commercial properties and needs. A commercial restoration may be an apartment complex where multiple units have been affected to various degrees and where each tenant will need to file a claim with their insurance. It takes a large cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO to deal with lots of tenants, various insurance companies, the property manager, and the apartment complex owner.

Or the business needing cleanup and restoration may be an office that cannot afford to stop work. In that case, the restoration company has to be mindful of  employees who need clear walkways, workable space at their desks, and minimal noise. We handle these and other types of commercial cleanup and restoration projects quickly, efficiently, and effectively.

Commercial Large Loss Division
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

SERVPRO has handled large business loss for many types of commercial clients including:
•    The hospitality industry
•    Property managers
•    Universities
•    Municipalities
•    The Pentagon

Emergency Building Services
When your business or commercial property has been damaged by a storm or water, your immediate concern may include temporary protective measures to prevent additional damages, like placing a tarp over your roof. For many damaged businesses and homes SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield can provide services like boarding-up, temporary fencing, pack out and move outs, and temporary warehouse space.

Help Is Here
The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, and natural disaster cleanup. Call us at 860.633.8791. We are ready to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791
Fax 860.216.2762
24-hour emergency service

11 Reasons Why So Many People Choose SERVPRO

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 11 Reasons Why So Many People Choose SERVPRO Our crews are ready and able to give you the best in cleanup and restoration services

Have you noticed? Drive by many homes or businesses that have suffered water, fire, storm or other damage and you’re likely to see a SERVPRO green and orange truck. Small businesses, homeowners, corporations – they all know who to call. Here are some of the reasons why.

1. Qualified
Our repair and restoration team members have the best training in the industry. Every team from SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield is experienced in cleanup and restoration and in answering all your questions. We come with the best equipment. Our results create a measurable difference. We live up to our motto and leave each cleaned up and restored home looking “Like it never even happened.”

2. Understanding
If you’ve suffered major property damage, SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield understands your situation. We’ve helped people and businesses get back to normal after so many sewer breaks, fires, floods, chemical spills, roof collapses, and more. We understand the fear and confusion major property damage causes. We understand how to keep costs down, repair the damage, and get you back to living your life. We understand that we need to listen carefully and make you feel as comfortable about the cleanup and restoration as possible.

3. Immediate
You can reach SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield any time: day or night or holiday. And when you contact us we respond within a few hours. The best way to limit damage is to start the cleanup and restoration process as soon as possible after the damage has occurred. That’s always what we strive to do.

4. Teamwork
We work with you and for you. You are in charge. You receive a complete explanation of the work we will do and why it needs to be done a certain way. Like you, we don’t appreciate surprises.

5. The Golden Rule Of Restoration
Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Everyone at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield practices the golden rule, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." We make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.

6. The Latest Technology
The past few years have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to restore your property to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.


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7. Insurance Claims Help
We provide an itemized loss inventory to maximize the accuracy and thoroughness of your insurance claim. You receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items. We often work with claim adjusters and insurers and can provide just what they’re looking for so you can get what you’re looking for (reimbursement).  

8. An Emphasis On Preventing Future Losses
Our services start with prevention. SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield will come to your business or home and do a review of how you can protect yourself, your family, your business, and your property from future losses. See our SERVPRO Ready Plan.

9. Approved, Certified, And Experienced
We’re trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our professionals attend SERVPRO continuing education classes. SERVPRO has been in business for more than 46 years.  Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry.

10. No Loss Too Small Or Too Big
Have multiple locations? No problem. Suffer a minor loss from water or fire or wind? We want to help. Have a massive, complex disaster to recover from? That’s within our scope of services, too. We have access to the other 1,800+ SERVPRO franchises when we need their help.

11. Neighbors
We live in or near your community. The people at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield know the roads, the neighborhoods, the services, the wonderful attributes, and other things that make this part of Connecticut so special to work and live in. Like you, we want our region to thrive so we’re highly motivated to do all we can to make this an even better place to be.

Call Connecticut's SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) anytime, 24/7.

More Information on This Blog
You can learn more by reading other posts this SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield blog:

Commercial Water Damage Is Usually Preventable. Here’s How.

Safety After Basement Water Damage

Storm Statistics & Facts For Your Safety

Your Safety After A Home Fire

Help Is Here
Questions? Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to discuss. Call 860.633.8791. We’re the mold, mildew, fire, and water removal service professionals who have saved property and saved money for the owners of flooded basements and water damaged properties. We serve homeowners and business owners in Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
Certified SERVPRO technicians
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Storm Statistics & Facts For Your Safety

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Statistics & Facts For Your Safety Know the facts about storms. Be prepared. Know what to do if disaster strikes.

The more you know about storms the better you can prepare to avoid the risks of storm damage. Glastonbury, Wethersfield, and our region of Connecticut experience a variety of different storms and natural disasters. The following statistics and facts will help educate you and may help prevent you from suffering the harshest consequences of storms and natural disasters.

The Connecticut State Department of Public Health says a natural disaster could happen in any part of Connecticut. Natural disasters include severe thunderstorms, flash floods, snowstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. If a major storm is coming, make sure you have flashlights, a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, and cell phones because you might lose electricity and phone service for a few days or even weeks.

Flooding: The Most Deadly Weather Hazard Across The Nation
According to the National Weather Service, in 2017 some 116 deaths were due to flooding.  In the U.S., other major weather-related causes of death in 2017 were: heat (107), rip currents (70), hurricanes (43), and lightning (16). In 2017 in Connecticut, the National Weather Service attributed 2 deaths, three injuries, and $1.44 million in property damage due to hazardous weather.

Twice As Many Male Deaths
Men die in storms much more often than women. For example, in 2015 men suffered 347 weather-related deaths while women suffered 165. So, percentage-wise 66% of weather-related deaths involved men, only 32% were women. The National Weather Service says this gender breakdown is typical. This may be because of the higher percentage of men who hold outdoor jobs such as construction and who take part in sports and other outside activities such as fishing and boating.

Avoid preventable injuries and preventable disasters. Call SERVPRO Of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860) 633-8791 for advice.

The Most Dangerous and the Safest States  
When it comes to property damage and economic cost, the Popular Science website says Florida often takes the greatest hit from natural hazards. A lot of this comes from hurricanes, but flooding and fires contribute as well. California comes in second for dollar losses, thanks to a combination of earthquakes, flooding, storms, and fire. The states ranked as safest from natural disasters are Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois. For total safety from all hazards, Connecticut often ranks among the 10 or so safest states.

Avoid preventable injuries and preventable disasters. Call SERVPRO Of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860) 633-8791 for advice.

What If Disaster Strikes?
Still, Connecticut has severe weather including flash floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, snow storms, tornadoes, and more. What if the worst happens in Glastonbury? If a storm or natural disaster puts you in in the path of impending disaster, SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield recommends evacuating from your home and contacting your insurance agent or insurance company immediately. Let them know how to reach you. In the event of a catastrophe situation, many insurance companies set up 24-hour emergency hotlines.

Insurance Adjusters Will Help
Insurance company claims adjusters--many equipped with laptop computers and cell phones--will start writing checks to pay the cost your temporary living expenses if you’re left homeless by a catastrophe. They’ll also quickly begin to provide funds to rebuild damaged homes. Some companies will open special claims centers. Contact your agent or company if you need additional living expenses while you are out of your home. Do keep all your receipts. Your out-of-pocket expenses during a mandatory evacuation are reimbursable under most standard homeowner insurance policies.

Give All The Facts To Your Insurance Agent
Your insurance agent will report the loss immediately to your insurance company or a qualified adjuster who will contact you as soon as possible to inspect the damage. Again, be sure to give your agent a phone number where you can be reached. Take photos of the damage. Photos will help with your claims process and will assist the insurance adjuster in the investigation.

Avoid preventable injuries and preventable disasters. Call SERVPRO Of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860) 633-8791 for advice.

Write An Inventory Of  Your Damaged Property
Be sure to make two copies of the inventory--one for yourself and one for the insurance adjuster. Your list should be as complete as possible, including a description of the items, dates of purchase or approximate age, cost at time of purchase, and estimated replacement cost.

Make Temporary Repairs
Don’t leave your property vulnerable to more damage. If you leave, cover broken windows, damaged roofs, and walls. Save your receipts for any supplies and materials you purchase. Your insurance company will reimburse you for reasonable expenses in making temporary repairs.

Get A Detailed Estimate For Permanent Repairs
Use SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to give you a written estimate of the cost of repairs to your damaged personal property. Give a copy to your insurance adjuster. The estimate should contain the proposed repairs, repair costs, and replacement prices.

More Information On Our Blog
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Avoid Thunderstorm & Lightning Damage

Natural Disaster Preparation

No More Ice Storm Damage

Help Is Here
Questions? Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to discuss. Call 860.633.8791. We’re the mold, mildew, fire, and water removal service professionals who have saved property and saved money for the owners of many storm damaged homes and businesses. We serve homeowners and business owners in Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield.

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IICRC Certified
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Certified SERVPRO technicians
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12 Fire, Smoke, & Soot Damage Tips

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 12 Fire, Smoke, & Soot Damage Tips Preparation and knowledge reduce your risk of fire damage

If you’ve never experienced a fire you may think the flames cause most or all of the damage. But smoke, soot, and water sometimes are just as damaging. Smoke kills more people than flames. Soot can ruin prized possessions. And the water fire fighters used to put out the flames can damage your property or create more cleanup concerns. Here are 12 important things to know about fires, smoke, and soot.

1. According to Fire Rescue 1, Every year more than 3,800 people die fire related deaths in the U.S. Approximately 18,300 people are injured every year in fires. Most of these fires could have been prevented by practicing proper fire safety and having fire alarms.

2. More people die from inhaling smoke than from the flames. Never think that if you avoid the flames you are safe. Fire can suck all of the oxygen from a room and replace it with poisonous smoke and gases before flames even reach a room. Many times people die from lack of oxygen before the fire reaches their room.

The Dangers of Soot

3. A coating of fine, black dust, soot, is created when wood, coal, or oil-based substances are burned. These carbon particles float into the air and settle anywhere. Inhaling soot can cause severe lung deficiencies or even death.

4. If soot contaminates items in your home or business, a fire restoration service provider like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield should assess the damage to see if restoration is possible.

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5. Soot produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons are responsible for gene mutation for particular groups of genes. They can cause birth defects and increase the chances of getting cancer.

Fire Alarms Save Lives

6. Approximately two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes where there’s no working fire alarms. Your chance of dying in a home fire is cut in half if you have working smoke alarms.

7. Spraying water on a typical home fire is a great way to extinguish the flames but the water itself can cause great damage. Make sure, after the fire is out, that your home or business is completely dried. If you don’t, mold, mildew, and other consequences will lead to further damage and loss. This is one reason why SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield uses industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to dry saturated carpets, padding, furniture, and any other wet items.

8. Mold colonies can begin to grow just 48 hours after water damage occurs. The combination of fire, water, and mold damage to your commercial property or home could result in a complete loss if not handled properly.

9. Be careful if you decide to do some cleanup after a fire by yourself. Wear heavy-duty gloves, safety goggles, and a face mask. Carefully cover your nose and make sure your safety glasses have no place for dust or soot to get into your eyes. Be sure your local fire department authorities say it’s safe for you to go into the house or structure.

Our Heroes: Firefighters

10. Firefighters are heroes. But before to save people and houses they often have to break windows and cut holes in roofs. As a fire burns, the fire moves up and down and across, growing quickly. Firefighters break windows and cut holes in roofs to provide ventilation that slows the fire’s growth. Ventilation also helps get rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see where they’re going. The holes and broken windows help firefighters fight the fire more quickly.  

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11. Firefighters sometimes have to cut holes in walls, too. That’s necessary for the fire department to be certain the fire is completely out. Fire departments don’t want to risk leaving a fire that’s not visible but is still active inside the walls or in other hidden places.

12. If you have a fire, get a copy of the fire report. In most areas, a fire report is a public document. Ask for it at the fire department or fire marshal’s office. The fire report will help you with information that your insurance company and other official offices may request.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? For more, see Home Fire Safety on the American Red Cross website.

Questions?
Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to discuss. Call 860.633.8791. We’re water damage remediation and fire damage remediation professionals serving homeowners and business owners in Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield.

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SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
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Fax 860.216.2762
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Why Bleach Isn't The Answer For Fighting Mold

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Bleach Isn't The Answer For Fighting Mold There are much better ways to get rid of mold than using bleach

Got mold? It’s a common issue. And most people think the common answer of using bleach to get rid of mold is the best answer. Wrong. We’re about to give you four major reasons why bleach is not the most effective choice to rid your home or business of mildew or mold.

1.    Bleach won’t kill mold on porous surfaces. It may even help mold grow.
Yes, chlorine bleach can kill surface mold. But mold can grow deep roots within porous surfaces including drywall and wood. Those roots will not be affected by bleach. The bleach you apply remains on the surface while the water in the bleach goes deeper and can feed the mold growth.

2.    Bleach loses its effectiveness over time.
Do you know how old the bleach is that you’re using? That’s important because chlorine bleach rapidly loses its effectiveness. Try leaving a glass of chlorinated water out on the counter for a few days. You’ll find the chlorine will evaporate. This happens within bleach containers as well. Evaporation means that it will be hard for you to determine the true potency of your chlorine bleach solution because the chlorine can escape through plastic. Perhaps the chlorine bleach you’re using has been sitting at the store, or in your home for months or longer. That will lessen its power to perform.

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3.    Bleach is toxic.
Chlorine bleach produces fumes that pollute the air and can become harmful to humans and pets. Chlorine bleach also generates a by-product called dioxin, which is linked to cancer. If you use bleach over time you can build up these pollutants in your environment.

4.    OSHA and the EPA recommend not using bleach to kill mold.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), stopped recommending the use of bleach for dealing with mold problems. And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated their guide as well, removing the suggestion to use bleach to kill mold.

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So, bleach can kill surface mold but it won’t touch the roots. You can use bleach to temporarily kill what’s on the surface but treating mold with bleach alone is not effective in the long run. You won’t know how potent the bleach you use is and using it means exposing yourself to harmful fumes. And major consumer protection organizations do not recommend bleach.

Get Rid of Mold Issues for Good

Specialists in professional remediation can be your best bet when it comes to getting rid of mold for good. Our crews at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield use special cleaners and equipment to get rid of mold, including spores. We can identify the full extent of your mold infestation and treat mold-infested areas safely and effectively.
 
More Information   
SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield publishes educational articles on how Glastonbury area residents and businesses can protect themselves from mold and natural disasters and restore their property after a flood, sewage spill, fire, or other harmful event. We also try to give you ideas about resources in the greater Glastonbury and Wethersfield community. Here are a few blog posts you might find helpful:  

7 Ways to Prevent Mold

Fake News About Mold

Safety After Basement Water Damage

Contact Us Anytime
In Glastonbury the team at SERVPRO has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield anytime at 860.633.8791.

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No More Ice Storm Damage

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage No More Ice Storm Damage Ice dams are a sign of potential damage to your gutters and roof

With some planning and preparation, you can prevent a lot of ice storm damage. But even if an ice storm damages your house you can do things that will keep any future damage at bay. So, read how to keep your repair costs down and make your home safer from ice damage.

Start by never considering ice storm damage a minor concern. Ice can do major, costly damage. SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has seen small actions have a big impact. For example, when you know a storm is coming check to be sure your windows are shut. If the weather might be freezing cold, consider keeping your water faucets dripping. Keep cabinets that hide your home’s water pipes open so more heat will reach the pipes.

Ice Dams
When water freezes, melts, and then refreezes on the edge of your roof it can create ice dams in your gutters and on the roof. Ice dams can cause water to leak into your home and damage ceilings, walls, insulation, and other areas.

No More Ice Dams
To fight ice dams, add insulation to your attic. Make sure you insulate recessed lighting fixtures so they don’t heat up your attic. The Family Handyman has some good tips and illustrations about how to prevent ice dams. After a storm, it helps to remove the snow from your roof with a roof rake. That’s especially important if 6 inches or more of snow falls on your roof. Don’t use a regular rake so you won’t damage your home’s shingles and gutters.


Roof Strength

It’s a good assumption that your roof (if it’s in good condition) can support about 20 pounds of snow per square foot. Homes in the SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield region and other extreme weather areas are often built to withstand more. Ten to 12 inches of snow equals about 1 inch of water or about 5 lbs. per square feet of roof. So, unless you have more than 4 feet of snow on your home’s roof – assuming your roof is not old or damaged – you’re probably safe from a roof collapse.

No Roof Collapse
Do check the condition of your home’s roof. From your attic, can you see daylight through the boards? Are there dark streaks or stains that could indicate previous leaks or water damage? Does the roof sag? You may want to ask a professional to check your roof’s condition. SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Enfield can help (860.633.8791).   

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Gutters
Unblocked, free-flowing gutters are key to keeping water and ice from piling up in your gutters and on your roof and causing damage. Clogged gutters can back up and flood your home or saturate the ground and damage the foundation.

No More Clogged Gutters
Clear your gutter of debris. If you do this yourself, make sure you properly brace the ladder and wear gloves for the chore. Your down spouts should drain water at least 10 feet away from your home’s foundation. Perhaps you need to trim branches that have grown over your roof and deposit lots of leaves in your gutters. And make sure you remove any tree limbs that could fall.

Plumbing
It’s no fun to return home only to find a pipe has frozen, burst, and flooded the house. Yet this happens often to SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield customers. Pipes in bathrooms and laundry rooms located near garages or exterior facing walls are especially vulnerable to freezing.

No Burst Pipes
Close any crawl spaces and add extra insulation near any water pipes. Consider buying space heaters to keep questionable rooms warm if frigid temperatures hit. Never turn the heat off when you leave your home. Open vanity and cabinet doors so that air circulates and keeps pipes warm.


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Hoses and Outside Faucets
Don’t believe anyone who tells you it’s fine to leave your garden hose attached and outside faucets on during winter. Cold weather causes water to expand. When that happens in a pipe, hose, or faucet, they break.

No Water in Outside Hoses and Faucets
Before winter, disconnect all your garden hoses and drain your outside faucets. If your home has a separate shut-off valve for external faucets, turn that valve off. Know where the main waterline shut-off is for your house so, if a pipe breaks, you can immediately turn off your home’s water supply.

Pretty to Look At, Pretty Disastrous to Clean Up After
Ice can look beautiful. But left untreated on your roof or in your gutters, ice can lead to major water damage. Water quickly ruins carpet and personal items. Water can cause mold and make structural damage worse. Get to water damage and ice damage quickly. You will get the area dried out faster and prevent or lessen the damage. Waiting too long gives the water chance to cause more problems.

More Information on This Blog
You can learn more by reading other posts this SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield blog:

Commercial Water Damage Is Usually Preventable. Here’s How.

Natural Disaster Preparation

Safety After Basement Water Damage

Help Is Here
Questions? Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to discuss. Call 860.633.8791. We’re the mold, mildew, fire, and water removal service professionals who have saved property and saved money for the owners of flooded basements and water damaged properties. We serve homeowners and business owners in Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield.

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"I Overlooked These Factors In Commercial Water Damage"

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial "I Overlooked These Factors In Commercial Water Damage" Avoid a preventable business shutdown by preparing for potential commercial water damage events

After major water damage at his business, the business owner said, “I messed up. I did not think about all of the major reasons for commercial water damage. My business wasn’t prepared. Don’t make the same mistakes I did.”

Like this business owner, many commercial property owners think all commercial water damage is caused by floods, massive rains, and storms. Weather events, storms, and flooding do shut down businesses and create major water damage in commercial buildings. But there are other major factors of commercial water damage. If you don’t prepare for them your business is more likely to suffer major damage. Here are five frequently overlooked causes of commercial water damage.   
 
1. Faulty kitchen appliances and other equipment
Restaurants and catering businesses sometimes suffer water damage from old or faulty appliances and equipment. Any business with appliances or equipment that use water could suffer water damage. Have staff routine check your appliances for any signs of wear or leaks. If an appliance fails and spews water across your commercial building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may return to your business and face a water damage emergency.

2. Neglected pipes and plumbing
Just like in a home, the plumbing system in a commercial business can fail. A broken pipe, frozen pipe, faulty plumbing, or minor leak can result in major water damage in just a few hours. At least once a month you or a staff member should do a quick visual scan of your business’s plumbing. Are there signs of rust? Is a spot under a pipe wet? Do you hear a drip? The best way to prevent major plumbing issues is to resolve minor issues fast.

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3. Outdated sprinkler systems or water heaters
We know of a church in Connecticut that had a sprinkler system that was well beyond the legally required replacement date.
Some older office and retail buildings have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems.

While sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty, not well maintained, or in need of replacement. Many a time a poor sprinkler system has damaged commercial inventory and business assets and shut down business. Check your sprinkler system to make sure that it’s not faulty or in need of repair or replacement.


Water heaters in commercial buildings can crack or lose their seal because of high pressure. You want to follow the manufacturer guidelines and flush your water heater regularly so it will work properly.

4. Backups from sewer lines
Sewer backups are another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated black water which can cause health issues and ruin products and office furnishings.

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5. Leaking roofs
One of the more obvious ways commercial buildings suffer water damage is through an old or leaky roof. Inspect your business's roof frequently (at least every six months) to make sure it does not need to be reseal. Be sure the roof drains properly. Even small leaks should be fixed immediately.

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More Information On Our Blog
You can learn more about commercial water damage, commercial fire damage, and other issues by reading other posts on this blog:


Businesses Rebuild Successfully After Property Damage

Businesses: Some Things In Life Are Still Free With A PSA

Commercial Water Damage Is Usually Preventable. Here’s How.
 
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