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Avoid Winter Water Damage in These 5 Home Areas

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Ice hangs off a frozen pipe Cold temperatures make your home especially vulnerable to severe water damage. Follow these tips to keep your home safe.

Water damage can be disastrous to homes and businesses during wintertime, especially during days when temperatures change, causing ice and snow to start to melt. Here at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield, we know that many of the worst kinds of winter water damage are preventable.

Here, we identify five areas of the home where leaking water can cause severe and costly damage to your home. Follow our guidelines to keep your property and belongings safe from a winter flood.

Pipes

A sudden or sustained drop in the temperature can cause the water in your pipes to freeze and expand, stressing the pipe and causing it to burst open. Prevent this winter water disaster by doing this before the weather turns cold:

  • Identify vulnerable pipes (those in non- or lightly-heated areas such as exterior walls, basements and garages).
  • Insulate or heat-wrap these pipes.
  • Periodically check your pipes for signs of damage or wear and tear. 
  • Turn off the water supply to outside lines, disconnect any hoses and cover the hose bibs.

When the cold snap hits:

  • Keep your home heated.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow heat to circulate.
  • Run a trickle of water through vulnerable pipes.
  • If you leave your home for even a couple of days during cold weather, turn off the water supply at the main shutoff.

Chimneys

Over time the brickwork and mortar of your chimney can develop cracks and gaps, causing leaks inside the chimney itself or in your attic or basement. Your chimney liner and cap can also leak as they age.

Check for loose mortar at least once a year, and look for any signs of water stains. You should have your chimney and fireplace or wood-burning stove cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep every year before the winter heating season begins.

Caulking

Most doors and windows are sealed with caulking to protect your home against wind and water. However, as temperatures rise and fall, caulking naturally expands and shrinks, and eventually wears out and crumbles, allowing water inside your home.

Check your caulking for cracks and damage at least once a year, ideally before the winter weather hits. 

Roofing

If the seams and flashing on your roof are worn out, this could lead to leaks when snow starts to melt, and you will end up with water damage in your attic, ceilings and walls. And if you don’t discover these leaks promptly, you can also end up with a hard-to-eradicate mold problem.

Have your roof inspected periodically, especially if it’s approaching the end of its guaranteed lifespan.

Gutters and Roof

If icicles form on your gutters, it’s much more than a pretty sight. It could also be a sign that you are at risk of developing an ice dam at the edge of your roof, which could cause water and mold damage to your roof, ceilings and interior walls.

Perhaps the most common cause of winter water damage, ice dams form when ice and water repeatedly thaw and refreeze, building up in a mound along the edge of the roof. You need to keep your attic cool enough so that snow and ice don’t have a chance to melt and refreeze on your roof.

To prevent ice dams:

  • Seal gaps between the attic and your living area.
  • Add extra insulation to your attic floor.
  • Vent your attic properly.
  • Allow melted snow and ice to run through your gutters and downspouts by clearing them of leaves and other debris.

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

We’re Here to Help

If you do suffer damage from a water disaster, you’ll need to act fast. Step one is to call an experienced water damage remediation company, such as SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield. We’re here to help when you have property and structure damage from a water disaster—and we’ll get the job done quickly and completely!

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SERVPRO: Your Weapon Against MRSA

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

MRSA bacteria seen through a microscope Stay healthy! MRSA is one of the biohazards that SERVPRO cleans and sanitizes at homes and businesses.

SERVPRO is known for its quick and thorough disaster remediation of fire, water, storm, mold and other damage at homes and businesses throughout the U.S. But you may not know that SERVPRO can protect people from dangerous and sometimes fatal MRSA infections! Because our professionals are trained to safely handle the worst biohazards, they know how to sanitize facilities to remove all traces of MRSA and other germs.

What Is MRSA?

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, is a common strain of bacteria, which can cause infections in the bloodstream, lungs, bones or soft tissues. Staph is typically curable with antibiotics, but some staph strains have become resistant to our most effective antibiotics—including methicillin—and are now much more difficult to eradicate. Usually, these MRSA infections take root in already-ill persons who are in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Another type of MRSA is often called a “superbug,” because it causes drug-resistant infections in previously healthy people. This type of infection is referred to as CA-MRSA, or community-acquired MRSA, and it usually manifests as a skin infection. You may have heard of CA-MRSA outbreaks affecting healthy adults and children in schools, gyms, locker rooms, prisons and other public buildings.

To prevent a MRSA infection, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises:

  • Keep wounds covered
  • Practice good basic hygiene
  • Do not share personal items, such as towels or razors
  • Launder soiled clothing
  • Clean surfaces that people may contact

How SERVPRO Fights MRSA and Other Biohazards

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. We have the necessary safety equipment, cleaning products and established procedures to transform unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

In the case of an active MRSA outbreak, our crews arrive ready to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and all contents to eradicate the bacteria. Because we stand ready around the clock to respond quickly to any disaster, a call to SERVPRO will reduce the time your facility will have to be closed, minimizing your loss of money and reputation.

Help Prevent a MRSA Outbreak at Your Commercial Property

Many commercial facilities at risk of a MRSA outbreak—such as schools, medical facilities, long-term care facilities, gyms, etc.—proactively contract with SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield for regular cleaning services. With SERVPRO’s crews at your facility, thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces on a regular basis, you will reduce your chances of experiencing an outbreak of MRSA or other infectious disease—and you’ll safeguard the health of your employees and customers.

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

8 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes at Your Business

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water pours from a ceiling light fixture in an office Help avoid costly water damage by taking steps before a big freeze puts your commercial property at risk from a frozen and burst pipe.

Frozen pipes are a leading source of commercial property damage during severe winter weather. If a pipe freezes and then bursts in your office, restaurant, warehouse or other commercial building, your business can suffer water damage costing tens of thousands of dollars—which can put you out of operation for days or weeks. Reduce your risk of winter water damage by taking these eight steps.

1. Keep the Cold Out

Seal windows, doors and other openings on exterior walls with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating the wall cavity.

Seal all wall cracks and penetrations including domestic and fire protection lines, electrical conduit and other utility service lines.

Insulate and seal attic penetrations, such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, and electric and mechanical chases.

Insulate recessed light fixtures in the ceiling to reduce heat entering the attic. Look for visible light inside the attic, and if present, insulate or seal. (If the space above a suspended ceiling is conditioned, there is no need for added insulation or sealing.)

2. Keep Your Pipes Warm

Insulate the pipes most vulnerable to freezing by using foam pipe insulation that wraps around them.

3. Install an Automatic Excess Flow Switch

Install an automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming domestic water line to monitor and provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve. Use wireless sensors near water sources.

4. Monitor Your Sprinkler Systems

Monitor your building’s sprinkler systems using a central station to provide early detection of a pipe failure. Heat your sprinkler control rooms.

5. Provide Backup Power

Install a reliable backup power source, such as a stand-by generator, to ensure continuous power and heat to your building. When a winter storm or cold spell is on the way, stock up on fuel for the generator.

6. Install a Temperature Monitoring System

Install a monitoring system that will notify you if the building’s temperature drops below a certain temperature. Set your thermostat to 55 degrees F or above.

7. Have a Disaster Recovery Expert on Call

Before a water disaster happens is the best time to research local companies, like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield, who will respond immediately and handle your building’s damage remediation from start to finish—getting you back to work as soon as possible.

8. Keep Water Running During a Deep Freeze

Set your faucets to drip during extreme cold weather. This will help prevent freezing of the water inside pipes, and if freezing does occur, will relieve pressure in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet.

Source: Disaster Safety

If your business suffers a water disaster from a frozen pipe that bursts, 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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Your Possessions Are Safe with SERVPRO

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

A piece of furniture is wrapped in plastic and is labeled with a QR-code If you've suffered a disaster at your home, SERVPRO will clean and care for your possessions securely and professionally.

Suffering a fire, smoke, water, sewage or storm disaster leaves you feeling so vulnerable, as both your home and your clothing, furniture and other treasured possessions may have been damaged or destroyed. SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield not only handles every aspect of restoring your home, we also treat your possessions with the utmost care.

Earlier in 2019, SERVPRO rolled out a new digital inventory system that tracks your possessions while we clean and store them and repair your home. We know at a glance the location of your items as well as their status: being cleaned or in storage.

A Secure Process, End to End

SERVPRO cares for 100% of your possessions. The process starts at your home, where our project manager evaluates each item to determine the necessary treatment. While you watch, we photograph each item, then secure your furniture in blankets and fragile items in bubble wrap. Then we wrap everything in plastic, label it with your name and unique QR-code. Smaller personal items are boxed, photographed, sealed and labeled.

Once all is packed, you review and sign off on a tracking form that lists all the items with photos. Further on in the process, this list can form the basis of your insurance claim. We then load your wrapped possessions into storage containers or vaults (also labeled and QR-coded) and transport everything to our storage and operations facility in Bloomfield. Constructed in 2015, it is one of the largest SERVPRO warehouses in the nation.

With a scan, SERVPRO staff can immediately tell if a particular item needs cleaning, is being or has been cleaned (and when) or is waiting in a secure storage container. We entrust certain items, like smoke-damaged clothing, or unique possessions, like pianos or pool tables, to our network of reliable specialty cleaners. When a homeowner needs to retrieve items before the restoration is completed—documents for insurance claims or the contents of a kitchen, for example—we can quickly locate the items in our inventory system.

An Unbroken Chain of Custody

Once all items have been returned to your home, you review and sign off on the original tracking form to ensure that all your items are present, clean and in good condition. Thanks to our proven procedures and bolstered by our digital inventory system, we ensure an unbroken chain of custody while your possessions are in our care.

When your home and possessions have been damaged by a wind, water or fire event, nothing is more important than restoring everything “Like it never even happened.” Depend on SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to care for your possessions with the highest security and care!

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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Too Much Snow Can Collapse Your Roof

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Snow is piled high on a rooftop If too much snow piles up on your roof, your home could suffer structural damage or even a collapse. Follow these tips to avoid problems.

Winter storms in Connecticut can quickly dump a lot of snow and ice on the roof of your home or commercial property. The state's building code requires that residential roofs withstand snow loads of at least 30 pounds per square foot, which works out to about four feet of fluffy snow, two feet of dense snow or about six inches of water. This kind of snow load can lead to building damage and even collapse.

Buildings with flat roofs are especially at risk. Low-sloping roofs over porches, carports and additions (which can have undersize rafters) can be vulnerable, too. And the threat from the weight of heavy snow remains after the storm ends if cold temperatures prevent melting.

Take these steps to reduce the risk of roof damage and collapse in a winter storm.

Before the Storm

  • Inspect roofs for leaks or structural deficiencies.
  • Clear gutters, drains and downspouts of ice and debris.

After the Storm

  • Estimate the number of inches of snow on the roof, perhaps by looking for an area on the ground where snow buildup resembles what has piled up on the roof. Multiply it by 1.25 (the weight of 1 square foot every inch of snow with 25 percent moisture density). That’s your snow load.
  • Clear areas around downspouts so that water from melting snow has a path to flow away from the house or building.
  • Remove snow from side walls to prevent high snow mounds from pushing them in.
  • Clear snow and ice away from exhaust vents that go through exterior walls.

Important: Never put untrained people on roofs to clear snow. They could easily slip and fall to the ground or make contact with electrical wires while on the roof.

Signs of Damage or Roof Failure

  • Look for improper operation of doors or windows, deflection of ceiling finishes or exposed beams, roof leaks or sprinkler heads moved from their normal positions.
  • Temporarily shore up and brace dipping or sagging roofs or walls.
  • If you are concerned about your building’s condition, contact a structural engineer or your local building official for an assessment.

Source: The Hanover Insurance Group

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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4 Tips for Fire Safety

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

A burned stove in a kitchen Unattended cooking is one of the biggest causes of fires in the home. Prevent a disaster by following these fire safety tips.

While no one expects a fire in their home, the reality is that fire departments in the United States respond to a fire call every 24 seconds, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Follow these four fire safety tips that can help you and your family avoid being surprised by a fire disaster in your home. 

1. Cook safely

Cooking—especially unattended cooking—is the biggest cause of fires and injuries in homes, according to the NFPA.

  • Stay in the kitchen if you’re frying, boiling, grilling or broiling If you have to leave—even for a short time—turn off the stove.
  • Remain nearby if you are simmering, baking or roasting, and use a timer to remind you to check the food often.
  • Keep flammable items (oven mitts, dish towels, wooden utensils or food packaging) away from the cooktop.
  • Maintain a “kid-free zone” at least three feet around the stove or where any other hot food is being prepared (such as near a slow cooker).

2. Heat your home safely

As winter approaches, follow these heating safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment, such as a furnace, space heater, fireplace or wood stove.
  • Turn space heaters off before leaving a room or going to sleep.
  • Never leave pets or children unsupervised near a space heateror wooden stove, and keep them at least three feet away.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have your furnace and fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional before using them this winter.

3. Check your electrical cords

About 2,000 fires each year are due to damaged electrical cords, overloaded plugs or short circuits, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 

  • Purchase and use cords, power strips, etc. that are certified by an independent testing lab (check the label).
  • Check all your electrical cords for fraying, cracks or other signs of wear, and replace damaged cords or have them professionally repaired.
  • Use extension cords only when necessary and not for an extended period of time. Don’t run extension cords across doorways or under carpeting.
  • Avoid overloading outlets and power strips with more plugs than they are intended for.
  • Use cords labeled “for outdoor use” when using appliances or tools outside.

4. Test your smoke detectors

  • Test your smoke detectorsonce a month and change the batteries at least once a year (perhaps at the beginning or end of daylight saving time).
  • Replace any smoke detectorsthat are more than 10 years old. 
  • Install a smoke detector inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every floor in your house, including the basement.

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. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) any time.

Source: The Allstate Insurance Company

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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SERVPRO’s One-Stop Disaster Cleanup

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

For water, fire or any other type of damage, when you need experts to handle your disaster recovery, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield.

Recovering from a disaster—whether it’s water, fire, storm, mold or other damage—is stressful, but SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield makes it easier! We can take on as many of the details of your disaster remediation as you want, saving you from worry and work. With our experience, capabilities, expert staffing and all the right equipment, we are your all-in-one disaster cleanup experts, from beginning to end.

Rely on SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to:

  • arrive at your home or business promptly and evaluate your damage
  • act quickly to prevent more damage
  • photograph, document and pack out your possessions
  • thoroughly clean each item and store it in our clean, organized and secure facility in clearly-labeled QR-coded containers
  • remove all the damaged material from your structure
  • perform repairs or reconstruction
  • bring all your possessions back and restore your home or business to the way it was
  • coordinate your insurance claims process

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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Summer Fire Safety

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Enjoy your summer, but be sure to be safe—avoid fires and injuries from cookouts, fireworks and other outdoor activities.

We love summer for its vacations, parties and celebrations, but summertime also carries the risk of fires and injuries from fireworks and outdoor cooking.

Know how to prevent a burn while you enjoy cooking and other outdoor activities this summer:

  • Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill
  • Use long-handled barbecue tools
  • Keep a 3-foot safety zone around grills, fire pits and campfires
  • Keep a bucket of water near your grill, fire pit or campfire

Firework Safety

The best way to protect your family is to not use fireworks at home. A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that more than 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July Fourth holiday. Leave the lighting of fireworks to the professionals and attend public displays.

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

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Don’t Come Home to Water Damage!

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Take a few precautions before you go on vacation, and you may prevent a sudden flood in your home.

You’ve just returned from a relaxing summer vacation. What could be worse than opening your door and finding your home is flooded?

Unfortunately, this happens all too often: the second most common homeowner insurance claim is for water damage. Whether it’s from a ruptured washing machine hose, leaky supply line or burst pipe, the consequences can be devastating. And, if water has been present for more than 48 hours, you may also have mold damage.

To help avoid a water disaster while you’re away this summer:

  • Test your sump pump and check for leaky pipes
  • Check and replace old or damaged supply lines to your washing machine, dishwasher, water heater and refrigerator
  • Turn off the water supply to your washing machine
  • Clean your gutters and drain pipes

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

If you returned home only to discover that a water disaster has occurred, don’t delay: call a water damage remediation company like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield. We’re here to help when you have property and structure damage from a water disaster—and we’ll get the job done quickly and completely!

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Keep Water Out of Your Home

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Taking some simple steps will help keep water from entering your home and causing water and mold damage.

Water damage is one of the most common and costly disasters affecting American residences, accounting for billions of dollars in losses to homeowners and renters each year. Here are some simple steps you can take right now (okay, this weekend!) that will go a long way toward preventing water damage to your home.

  • Caulk and seal windows to guard against water seepage
  • Inspect your roof for missing, damaged and aging shingles
  • Check downspouts. Remove accumulated debris and position downspouts to direct water away from the house
  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems. Be sure they are not damaging the walls and foundations of the house
  • In winter, turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes
  • Install gutter guards to prevent clogging so that water flows easily from the roof

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

If you do suffer damage from a water disaster, you’ll need to act fast. Step one is to call an experienced water damage remediation company, such as SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield. We’re here to help when you have property and structure damage from a water disaster—and we’ll get the job done quickly and completely!

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Power Outage Safety (Part 1): Before the Storm

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

The best way to weather the storm and a resulting power outage is to be prepared.

Storms, such as lightning and thunderstorms, often cause power outages that can last for many hours or even days. You can minimize inconvenience and maximize safety at home by being prepared for an outage.

  • Inventory the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for electrical medical devices and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures.
  • Have plenty of extra batteries on hand.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
  • Have a supply of nonperishable food and water. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member.
  • Place a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so you can check the temperature when the power is restored.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

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

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Power Outage Safety (Part 2): During and After the Storm

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

What to do when the lights (and every other electrical device in your home!) go out.

When a storm has caused a power outage, stay safe by following these tips.

During

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. Your refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours; a full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
  • Use food supplies that don’t require refrigeration.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
  • Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
  • Go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme.
  • Disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics. When power returns, momentary surges can cause damage.

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

After

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color or texture.
  • If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise.

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The Right Equipment for Water Damage Cleanup

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has the right equipment, staff and skills to quickly and completely clean up your water damage.

When you’ve suffered water damage to your basement, structure and property, the right water extraction tools are vital for timely, cost-effective drying and restoring.

To minimize water damage you must have accurate measurements of the air conditions—temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, dew point, etc.—so you can create the right atmosphere for efficient drying.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield uses equipment like moisture sensors, moisture meters and thermohygrometers to define how much moisture has been absorbed. We also use advanced equipment to verify that your basement or other environment has dried thoroughly.

Removing water quickly means the environment dries much faster, and the most effective way to remove moisture is extraction. SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield uses extractors to clean carpets, upholstery and floors after water damage. Our air moving and dehumidification equipment speeds up evaporation. And our deodorization equipment produces a mist that penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. Our water extraction teams also use ultra-low-volume foggers to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach places. 

We’re here to help when you have property and structure damage from a water disaster—and we’ll get the job done quickly and completely!

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

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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 a water or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Smoke Odor? Call a Professional

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

A professional fire damage restorer like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield knows how to completely remove lingering smoke odor.

After a home fire, the lingering odor may be severe, depending on the size and intensity of the fire, how long it burned and what burned. Using a household deodorizing spray or disinfectant provides only temporary relief from smoke odor—and deodorizing sprays may interact with smoke odor and create an additional odor.

It’s essential to work with a professional fire restoration company, like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield, to get the job done right.

SERVPRO uses counteractants—chemicals or additives that break up smoke molecules to eliminate the smoke odor. You need different counteractants depending on the material burned in the fire. Counteractants may be professionally applied to furniture, carpets and drapes and can be used to launder clothes.

SERVPRO may also use an ozone treatment to remove smoke odors. At your home, we’ll put your smoke odor-affected items under a tent while an ozone generator runs.

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. The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized fire restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. We can remove virtually any pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

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

How to Dry Out a Basement

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Professionals like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield have the right equipment and the know-how to clean up your water damage fast.

If your carpeted basement is flooded, follow these rules:

  • If the floodwater was clean (broken pipe, burst washing machine supply hose or a foundation leak), you can probably dry out and save your carpet.
  • But if you had a sewer backup, washing machine drain water spill or river flood, you need professional help. Pros are the only ones with the right equipment to get your basement dry and disinfected in the shortest possible time.

Either way, act fast! If the carpet isn’t dry within 72 hours, it’ll start to grow mold. Assuming your basement was flooded with clean water, here’s how you can do the cleanup yourself.

If your home or business suffers a flood, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791 to provide immediate expert water damage cleanup

Be Safe Above All

First, turn off the power to the basement. If you’re not sure which breakers power the basement, flip the main circuit breaker. If your electrical panel is in the basement, call an electrician to turn off the power.

Next, remove any extension cords and power strips from the floor and unplug or switch off all electrical appliances (washer, dryer, HVAC)—and if your appliances or furnace was under water, call appliance and HVAC specialists before plugging any of them back in. Ask the electrician (if you hired one) to repower the upstairs and inspect the basement receptacles to determine whether it’s safe to repower them. If not, you’ll have to buy several GFCI-equipped extension cords and run power from upstairs receptacles.

Next, remove all your valuable items from the basement. The longer they sit there, the more moisture they’ll soak up, and that means mold.

Time to Extract the Water

Don’t bother trying to dry out the carpet with a wet/dry shop vacuum—it simply doesn’t have enough power. Instead, rent an extractor (if available) or carpet cleaner, an air mover fan or two, and a large commercial dehumidifier. Rent the largest dehumidifier available (the big ones can remove up to 30 gallons per day, compared with 4 gallons for the largest home units).

Move the extractor slowly across the carpet to suck up as much water as possible. Don’t rush this step! Once the water is out, peel back the carpeting (watch out for the sharp nails) and remove the wet pad. (New carpet pad is inexpensive, so don’t waste time trying to dry the old pad.)

Lay the carpet back on the floor and fire up the air movers and dehumidifier. Keep the basement temperature at or below 75 degrees—a higher temp will accelerate bacterial growth and turn your basement into a petri dish.

If your home or business suffers a flood, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791 to provide immediate expert water damage cleanup

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The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has the people, skills and equipment to help homeowners recover from water damage resulting from a flood. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.8791 any time, day or night.

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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

If your home or business suffers a flood, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791 to provide immediate expert water damage cleanup

Your First Five Things After a Flood

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

A flood in your home is devastating. Here are five things you can do to get started on recovering from a water disaster.

Disaster has struck, your home is flooded and you don't know what to do first. Here’s a list of five essential tasks to start with that will make your recovery from a water disaster safer, easier and faster.

1. Avoid Further Damage

First, you need to cut power to your home. Locate your circuit panel and shut off all the circuits, even if the power feed to the house is currently off.

Visually inspect the exterior of your property. Look for signs of potential danger, like a collapsed roof. If you are not sure that the home is safe to enter, don't go inside. Flood water could:

  • Carry an electrical current to shock you or spark a fire
  • Introduce bacteria and microbes into your home
  • Make it harder to walk safely
  • Weaken the structure of your home

2. Gather Important Papers

It’s best to be prepared for an emergency by keeping your papers organized and easy to find. The documents you might need include:

  • homeowners’ policy records
  • documentation of flood insurance, if applicable
  • personal identification
  • proof of ownership

If you can get through the house safely, locate this information and take it to a secure offsite place.

If your home or business suffers a flood, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791 to provide immediate expert water damage cleanup

3. File a Claim

The claims process could take days or weeks, so you should begin as quickly as you can. Here’s what you may need to pay for:

  • determining the extent of damage
  • flooring removal and replacement
  • drying walls and foundation
  • replacing damaged electrical and plumbing systems

4. Document Everything

Take pictures and video, and write down any information you have about the condition of your home. If the property deteriorates after the initial damage (due to fire caused by flooding or from growth of mold, for example), update your record to reflect it.

Keep receipts for everything you buy as you recover from the flood, no matter how small the purchase.

5. Begin the Repair Process

As soon as possible, remove the water from your home and completely dry the structure and your possessions. You can try to do this yourself, or hire a specialized professional disaster remediation company like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to do the job quickly and thoroughly.

If your home or business suffers a flood, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791 to provide immediate expert water damage cleanup

We're Here For You

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has the people, skills and equipment to help homeowners recover from water damage resulting from a flood. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.8791 any time, day or night.

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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

If your home or business suffers a flood, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791 to provide immediate expert water damage cleanup

Mold Remediation Checklist for Commercial Buildings

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage or excess humidity in your commercial building can cause mold growth in just 48 hours.

If you suspect your commercial building harbors mold, use these steps as a guideline to determine the nature and scale of the problem, and then, the best way to eradicate it.

Start by Asking Some Questions

  • Does your commercial building have a history of moisture problems?  Are there hidden sources of water or is the humidity high enough to cause condensation?
  • Are building materials or furnishings visibly damaged? Have building materials been wet more than 48 hours? 
  • Has the building been recently remodeled or has building use changed? Has maintenance been delayed or the maintenance plan been altered?
  • Have building occupants reported musty or moldy odors or health problems?

First, Investigate

  • Investigate any signs or reports of mold. Clean up small mold problems and fix moisture problems before they become large problems.
  • Identify any and all sources or causes of water or moisture problems. Note the type of water-damaged materials (wallboard, carpet, etc.) and measure the size of the affected area.
  • Check inside your commercial building’s air ducts and air handling units.
  • Keep your building occupants informed about your mold remediation process.
  • If you have a medium- or large-size mold problem, select an experienced remediation manager such as SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield.

If you suspect mold contamination at your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Second, Remediate

  • Dry out any wet materials within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Use personal protection equipment (N-95 respirator, gloves and goggles) to fully protect workers. Use containment equipment to protect your building and its occupants.
  • Use the most appropriate cleanup methods for moldy items. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests:
    Method 1: Wet vacuum. Steam cleaning may be an alternative for carpets and some upholstered furniture.
    Method 2: Damp-wipe surfaces with plain water or with water and detergent solution (use wood floor cleaner on wood); scrub as needed.
    Method 3: High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum after the material has been thoroughly dried. Dispose of the contents of the HEPA vacuum in well-sealed plastic bags.
    Method 4: Remove water-damaged materials and seal in plastic bags while inside of containment, if present. Dispose of as normal waste. HEPA vacuum area after it is dried.

If the job is too big or complicated for you to tackle safely and effectively, hire a professional remediation company, such as SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield, who has the experience and training to fully restore your commercial mold damage.

We're Here For You

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized mold remediation training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your commercial building or property. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.8791 any time, day or night.

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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

If you suspect mold contamination at your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

10 Ways to Prevent and Survive House Fires

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

These 10 tips from professional firefighters can help you prevent a fire from damaging your home—and help you escape if one does occur.

Many housefires can be prevented and survived. Keep yourself and your family safe with these best practices provided by professional firefighters.

1. Show Us Your Number

Firefighters and first responders need to find your home quickly in an emergency. House numbers should be at least 4 inches tall, visible from the street, visible at night and unobstructed from all angles.

2. Hold Regular Fire Drills

Make a family escape plan and practice it. Start your drill in sleeping areas with the lights out. Practice staying low and crawling through your emergency exits. Meet at a pre-selected meeting place outside.

3. Inspect Extension Cords

Inspect cords and discard any that get hot with use or are visibly damaged. Make sure your cords are properly rated for the job and aren’t pinched behind or beneath furniture.

4. Cool Your Ash

Treat all fireplace ashes as if they’re still burning. Put them in a metal container, close it with a tight-fitting lid and let the ashes cool outside at least 10 feet from your home or other structure.

5. Avoid False Alarms

Make sure your fire alarm system is installed by a licensed professional, test it monthly and keep it clean of dust and debris.

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

6. Allow Space for Space Heaters

Give space heaters at least 3 feet of clearance on all sides. Never leave a space heater unattended and keep children and pets a safe distance away.

7. Learn What to Burn

Don’t burn trash or paper in a fireplace. Tiny particles of burning paper can float up your chimney and onto the roof or into the yard, posing a fire risk.

8. Use the Right Extinguisher

A 2.5-pound Class ABC multipurpose dry chemical extinguisher will put out many types of household fires that involve wood, paper, plastics, liquids, electric appliances or electrical outlets.

9. Use That Extinguisher Correctly

Remember a simple acronym: PASS. Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze and hold down the handle, and Sweep from side to side and front to back.

10. Inspect Gas Grills Annually

Check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a soap-and-water solution to it, then open the valve to the propane tank. If you see bubbles, close the gas valve and have the grill repaired before using it.

We're Here For You

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized training and experience in fire damage restoration, storm damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial services and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.8791 any time, day or night.

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

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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 fire or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

When Others Can’t Do the Job, Call SERVPRO

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Crews from three SERVPRO franchises responded to this scene in 2018 and handled most of the cleanup. Photo credit: Mikaela Porter / Hartford Courant

Raw sewage floating down the street ... five feet of water in basements ... more than 20 homes flooded. What a disaster! Fast, professional remediation is needed and soon!

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield recently partnered with two other nearby SERVPRO franchises (owned by the same management team) to successfully tackle a water disaster that numerous other disaster remediation companies couldn’t handle. On October 3, 2018 water and sewer lines in West Hartford, Connecticut were being replaced when a 60-foot-long section of new pipe liner collapsed after a rainstorm. The resulting blockage forced waste water to gush into the street. Before long, the basements of almost two dozen homes in the neighborhood were flooded and four families were displaced.

Call in the SERVPRO Cavalry!

The first SERVPRO teams to arrive found a nasty scene: the street and many driveways were flooded with dark, foul water and multiple homes were inundated with the reeking biohazard. The crews went into action, pumping out basements, drying out structures and property and removing damaged items.

When you need disaster remediation—big or small—at your home or business, SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

All three SERVPRO franchises owned by Ralph and Noemi DiCristofaro (SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield and SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield) sent crews and equipment to tackle this extraordinary and rapidly-worsening disaster. Together, these franchises own thousands of pieces of equipment and scores of vehicles, and employ more than a hundred professionals. Those resources of equipment and manpower allow us to respond rapidly to disasters of just about any size and type.

Biohazard Cleanup Pros to the Rescue

One key to our success on the West Hartford sewage disaster was our expertise in biohazard cleanup. All our crews are up to date in OSHA training and state health regulations. They were ready for even the toughest job!

Although other disaster remediation companies were called to the scene, each one dropped out of the project after initial work—they couldn’t keep up with the amount and difficulty of the remediation efforts needed.

In the end, SERVPRO cleaned the majority of the affected houses, drying and disinfecting structures and property. On this incredibly challenging and urgent disaster, SERVPRO safely and promptly restored homes, property and lives.

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 (860.649.0836) any time, night or day.

When you need disaster remediation—big or small—at your home or business, SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

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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 need disaster remediation—big or small—at your home or business, SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Our Unique DNA

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield's attention to detail and accountability make all the difference when you have suffered a disaster.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield is one of three franchises owned and operated by Ralph and Noemi DiCristofaro (the others are SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield and SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield).

For several years now, this management team has been ranked in the top 25 of SERVPRO’s 1,800 franchises for sales performance. How do we do it? Our unique DNA!

Our different DNA here at SERVPRO stems from being a hands-on family-run business. Ralph and Noemi are involved with every aspect of their three SERVPRO franchises, and their focus on accountability and attention to detail makes all the difference!

We Hold Our Employees Accountable

Our employees are responsible for their actions. Each SERVPRO worker—in the office or the field—understands that they are often working for people who are stunned and vulnerable after suffering a fire, water, storm, mold or other disaster. Here’s a sample of what our customers say about our employees:

  • “I am grateful to have such a kind, caring and professional person as you to help on our house cleaning project.”
  • “It was a pleasure dealing with them from start to finish.”
  • “From the time SERVPRO arrived (at night and working through the night) we all felt that everything would be okay.”
  • “... very courteous and kind and did a fantastic job. I’m thankful to have had these two courteous, competent and good workers come to my home.”

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

We Focus on the Details

From our prompt arrival and rapid evaluation, through the entire damage remediation process, our employees take every detail seriously. SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield employees handle your home or office and your damaged possessions with care and professionalism:

  • “They arrived on time, got to work and did a great job. Quick, thorough and clean!”
  • “They are a very professional organization and make it easy to understand what needs to be done and why, and help to make it all fit into your schedule and just get the job done.”
  • “They explained in detail the steps and were very helpful.”
  • “We are so pleased with the outcome. The house sparkles.”

That’s the DNA of SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield in action! When you have a water, fire, smoke, mold or storm damage disaster, trust our leadership, accountability and attention to detail to make it like it never even happened.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield brings its unique customer-centric DNA to 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, night or day.

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

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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

When Your Belongings Are Damaged by Mold

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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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 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)

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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Why SERVPRO's History Is Important To You

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

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.   

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Commercial Restoration Is So Different

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

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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11 Reasons Why So Many People Choose SERVPRO

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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Storm Statistics & Facts For Your Safety

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

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
You can learn more about storm damage and storm damage cleanup by reading other posts on this blog:

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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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12 Fire, Smoke, & Soot Damage Tips

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

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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Why Bleach Isn't The Answer For Fighting Mold

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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.

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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)

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.

Questions about commercial water damage? We’re experts. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.9781.

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.

Questions about commercial water damage? We’re experts. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.9781.

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.

Commercial water damage? Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield. Call anytime 24/7 at 860.216.2785.

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7 Ways To Prevent Mold

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

You can greatly reduce the chance of mold damage by taking some simple steps

Mold spores love to spread and they do easily. No matter how great you clean you cannot get rid of all mold. Adding to the problem is that mold can grow anywhere--carpet, clothing, food, paper, and in places you can't see like the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above your home’s ceiling tiles. Here are some ideas:


1. Equip your home with mold-resistant products.

Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. Traditional drywall is composed of a gypsum plaster core pressed between plies of paper. Mold-resistant drywall is paperless — the gypsum core is covered in fiberglass, making the surface highly water-resistant. Moisture-resistant drywall is especially valuable in areas prone to wetness, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and kitchens.

Not only is traditional drywall more susceptible to mold than the paperless kind, but it is also difficult to rid of mold, and removal and replacement can be expensive. Mold-resistant gypsum board is also available; the core of the drywall is developed in such a way to prevent moisture absorption, and thus prevent mold growth.

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2. Monitor humidity indoors.

The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. You'll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of moisture (for example, turn off a humidifier if water appears on the inside of nearby windows).

3. Direct water away from your home.

If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

4. Freshen your fabrics and upholstery.

Avoid sending mold spores into the air and throughout the house by first taking fabric and upholstery that's mobile outside. Brush off as much of the mildew as possible. Then treat these pieces individually as follows.
•    Fabric should be laundered in chlorine bleach and hot water. If chlorine bleach is not a safe option for the material, soak it in oxygen bleach and hot water for a half hour, then wash as directed. Take it outside to dry in the sun if possible.
•    Upholstery that you can't take outside should be vacuumed first. Replace the vacuum bag or take the canister outside to clean. Then mix 1 cup of ammonia with 1 cup of cool water. (Chlorine bleach and ammonia should never be combined due to the resulting toxic fumes.) Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stains with the ammonia solution. Blot until all the liquid is absorbed. Repeat the process until the stain disappears. To remove the resulting ammonia solution, sponge the area with cold water and blot. Dry thoroughly with a fan or hair dryer set on cool.

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5. Clean or repair roof gutters.

A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

6. Improve air flow in your home.

According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.


7. Keep mold off household plants.

They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house. Instead of getting rid of your plants, try adding a bit of Taheebo tea to the water you give to your houseplants. The oil of this tree, which withstands fungi even in rain forests, helps hinder mold growth in plant soil and can be found at natural food stores.

Bonus: Learn your local climate.


Finally, educate yourself on your region's climate — be it the cold and wet Northeast, the hot and wet South, the hot and dry Southwest, or the cold and dry West — and how it responds to moisture. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mold prevention. Knowing what works for your climate and your home is an important first step.

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

Fake News About Mold

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, 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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Businesses Rebuild Successfully After Property Damage

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fast, smart action can help any business recover from fire, storm, or other natural disaster property damage

Glastonbury and Wethersfield businesses that suffer major property damage can rebuild economically and successfully. But it does involve following a few basic guidelines.

When your business or commercial property suffers damage from fire, water, wind, or other natural causes, your immediate concern should be ways to protect your property from more damage. When a storm is over that doesn’t mean the potential for damage is over. For example, broken windows should be boarded up. Compromised doors should be secured from more weather damage and (if possible) from entry. A damaged roof should be covered with roof tarps.

Be Careful About Entering

At SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield we always advise business owners to use caution before entering a damaged commercial property. After major damage always get the go ahead to enter from the fire department, police, or other immediate responder in charge. Check for power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage. If any of your electrical equipment is wet, contact an electrician.

You do want to get in as soon as you can so you can prepare loss information for your insurance claims and get estimates of the damages. Take your time examining the property and write down all the damage so you can present a complete list to the insurer.

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Once you protect and secure your business or commercial property, professionals at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield can begin the restoration process. Many business owners need reconstruction work to get their property back to its preloss condition. Other critical steps business and commercial property owners should take are:

Call your insurance company


Your insurance agent should be among the first people you contact about any commercial property damage. He or she can be extremely helpful. Insurance agents go through the process of dealing with property damage all the time. They’re experts at assessing damage and making sure you do what you need to do to properly file and collect an insurance claim. Each insurance company has certain policies and procedures you want to be certain to follow.

Thoroughly examine the damage and talk to your local building department


After assessing the damage to your business or commercial property, contact your local town building department for information on the required building permits. Permits are always required for any demolition or permanent repairs, reconstruction, roofing, filling, and other types of site development. Regulations vary from Glastonbury to Wethersfield to Rocky Hill to other towns.

Protect your commercial property and yourself from contactor fraud


Only hire licensed contractors to do repairs on your commercial property. Check with your local building department to ensure the contractor is licensed. If you hire a contractor, don’t pull the permits for them. If the contractor makes this request, it may be an indication that the contractor is not properly licensed.

Take photographs of damage caused by the storm or weather event
Photographs of the after-storm condition of your commercial property can provide proof of damage for insurance and other purposes. Take the photos immediately after the damage and before repair work begins. Keep all your receipts for insurance purposes.


Prepare long before a storm hits

Don’t wait for a fire, flood, storm, or other natural disaster to begin preparing. Take a complete set of photographs of your commercial property in its current condition to serve as “before” pictures. Date those photographs and store them off site. If and when a storm strikes your business, you can take “after” pictures to show the full extent of the damage. 

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The professionals at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield can simplify the commercial property restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas of your business property. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save you time and lower your costs.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield provides a full range of commercial building restoration services that will get you back in business and bring your building and property back to full use. This is one reason why SERVPRO uses the line, “Like it never even happened.”

We serve business owners in Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield.

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Your Safety During A Home Fire

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

If fire strikes, you need to act fast, be calm, and stay smart

Fire doesn’t ring the doorbell. Fire doesn’t announce it’s coming. Fire surprises you. Here are some tips to keep you safe even if fire sneaks up on you.

  1. React as soon as you see fire or smoke or hear your smoke alarm go off.

Try to exit your home as safely as possible. Do not try to grab your phone, valuables, or other important possessions. Leave directly and immediately. Your only concern is to get yourself and others out of as fast as possible. Nothing else is as important as this.

  1. Stay calm.

If you rush or panic you won’t make the best decisions in a fire. Stay calm and think logically. You may be in charge of family members or others. Be aware of any other people in the fire and lead them to safety. Listen carefully to what they tell you and deal patiently with urgent situations first.

  1. Check doors for heat.

During a fire don’t go through any closed door until you feel it with the back of your hand. Feel both the bottom and top of the door. If it feels hot do not open it. Opening a hot door puts you at risk of being burned. You may also add fuel (oxygen) to the fire. Find another way out.

  1. Have everyone stay low.

Smoke and heated gases rise. You want to stay away from them. Tell family members to crouch or crawl and stay low. This will reduce the chances of anyone inhaling smoke or dangerous gases.

Questions about a fire risk or fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.8791

  1. Before using a fire extinguisher, make sure these four conditions are met.

Often, you’re better off to let professionals handle any fire. Only use a fire extinguisher when:

1) The fire is confined to a small area, and is not growing

2) The room is not filled with smoke

3) Everyone else has exited your home or the building

4) The fire department has been called

  1. Keep a safe distance.

Remember most fire extinguishers can reach 8 to 12 feet. Stay as far away from the fire as you can.

  1. Use PASS.

Fire fighters recommend the PASS method when working with a fire extinguisher:

P: Pull the pin and hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you. 

A: Aim low. Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S: Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

S: Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

  1. Is the fire bigger than you are?

One general rule is if the fire is bigger than you are, it’s too big for you to put out safely. Call your local fire department

  1. Face the fire.

Fires are unpredictable. Don’t turn your back on a fire. Conditions can quickly change. Always be aware of the fire’s size, condition, and position.

Questions about a fire risk or fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.8791

  1. Observe the smoke.

You need to do more than avoid the heat and flames. You must avoid the smoke, too. More turbulent smoke means more dangerous fire conditions. Is smoke pushing out of the top of a door? Then do not enter. Does the area contain significant amounts of smoke? Then the fire probably exceeds your ability to handle it. Call your local fire department.

  1. Have everyone meet at a designated meeting place.

Your family or employees should have a specific place well away from your home or business that you will meet at in case of a fire. Knowing where to meet and having two or more ways to get there reduces the risk of leaving someone behind or not knowing where everyone is if you evacuate your home or building.

  1. Can’t get out? Stay in a fire-free, smoke-free room with the doors closed.

If smoke, heat, or flames block every exit route, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the local fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help. Yell for help.

Other Blog Posts About Fire  
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We Help With Fire Safety

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Natural Disaster Preparation

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Our crews have information that can help you prepare for any natural disaster.

How do you reduce your risk and minimize the damage from a flood, hurricane, tornado, blizzard, or other natural disaster? Being prepared is one key according to the Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparedness. Based on this publication from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, here are some tips.

What To Do Before Any Natural Disaster
We recommend you always have an emergency supply kit ready. The Red Cross explains what your kit should contain. And know what the major weather terms mean. A severe storm watch means dangerous weather may happen. A severe weather warning means a storm is on the way and you should seek shelter right away. Stay tuned to a reliable local weather forecast so you’ll know the latest about conditions. Most important may be that if emergency officials tell you to evacuate you should do so. Make arrangements in advance for a place you can stay for a few days. That place should be out of the weather pattern your home town is experiencing.

Flash Flooding
If there’s the threat of a flash flood, move quickly to higher ground. Water rushing at you in a flood can easily knock you off your feet. The water doesn’t have to be very deep to knock you down if the current is strong. If you’re in a car and water comes around you, get out and move to higher ground right away. Cars can be swept away in just two feet of moving water.   

Blizzards
Weather forecasters are usually good about letting you know ahead of time if a blizzard is coming. Avoid driving during or before a blizzard.  Be sure you have enough food and supplies  to last a few days. Plan on not having electricity or phone service.

If there’s snow, make sure inlets and outlets for your furnace and other appliances are not blocked. You want to avoid ventilation problems and carbon monoxide build-up. Also be sure your car’s tail pipe (exhaust) is clear of snow or ice before you start the car.

To Restore Your Property After A Natural Disaster Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at (860) 633-8791

Tornadoes
A tornado warning means you need to take shelter immediately. If you’re in your car, stop. Never try to outrun a tornado. Get out of the car and lie flat, face down in a low area. Cover your head and wait for the tornado to pass by. If you are home, go to your basement, storm shelter, or a room near the middle of the home. In a tall building go to the middle of the building to a stairwell or hallway. The middle of the building is less likely to experience damage.

Hurricanes
When Glastonbury or Weathersfield (your immediate area) experiences strong winds, thunder, and lightning that may indicate a hurricane is coming. Hurricanes may have winds of 75 miles per hour or more. Hurricane season in Connecticut is June 1 through November 30. If you receive a hurricane-warning, take shelter right away or evacuate if you’re told to do so. You can learn more about what to do before and after a hurricane at ct.gov/hurricane.  

After any natural disaster, SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield is here to help. We’re also available to consult with you about natural disaster preparation. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.8791) anytime, 24/7.

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Fake News About Mold

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

We can eliminate the myths about mold and clean up your property

People have some strange ideas about mold. You may hear things about mold that sound good but are not true. So you can understand the truth about mold SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield is correcting these six fake news items.   

Mold Fake News #1: Clean Off The Area Where You See Mold And You’re Safe
The truth is that mold can become latent and reactivate. You may not see any mold after you clean up but mold can still be there. Tiny mold spores replicate every 24 hours and often grow back. Mold grows due to a source of water, so you must locate and eliminate all sources of water to the mold-infected area. You’ll have a much easier time cleaning off hard surfaces - with water and detergent and then drying the surface. But absorbent materials (like ceiling tiles and carpeting) often require more than surface cleaning. Also know that moving mold around often spreads spores and increases risks to your property and its occupants.

Mold Fake News #2: Bleach Kills All Mold
Not true. Bleach can kill certain kinds of mold on nonporous surfaces. However, bleach does not  kill all kinds of mold on every type of surface. In particular, bleach’s effectiveness on porous surfaces like wood is poor at best.


Mold Fake News #3: Mold Presents The Same Health Risks To Everyone
The truth is that some people are more sensitive to mold than other people are. For them, inhaling or touching mold spores can cause allergic reactions, including sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. People with serious mold allergies may have more severe reactions, including shortness of breath. In people with asthma who are allergic to mold, breathing in spores can also cause asthma attacks.
Other people who may be more sensitive to the effects of mold include:
•    Infants and children
•    The elderly
•    People whose immune systems are compromised due to HIV infection, cancer, liver disease, or chemotherapy
•    People with chronic lung disease

For Mold Assessment or Mold Remediation Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at (860) 633-8791.

Mold Fake News #4: Mold Causes Sinusitis, Infections, And Immune System Damage
There’s no clear-cut evidence that sensitivity to mold causes chronic sinusitis. And superficial fungal infections (like toenail fungus or jock itch) are not the result of exposure to mold in your home or workplace. Superficial fungal infections generally result from fungi that develop inside the warm, moist environments found in shoes or tight garments. There’s also no credible evidence to suggest that environmental exposure to mold damages your immune system.

Mold Face News #5: Your Insurance Will Cover Mold Contamination
The insurance industry is concerned about the escalating and often unpredictable costs associated with mold testing and remediation. In fact, almost every residential insurance provider and most commercial property insurance policies now excludes coverage for loss or damage caused by or resulting from a "fungus"--which can be defined to include mold. Take no chances. Ask your insurance agent if your insurance covers mold damage.

For Mold Assessment or Mold Remediation Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at (860) 633-8791.

Mold Fake News #6: Some Surfaces Never Attract Mold
Wrong again. Mold can grow on any surface that has water and humidity present. If a material sustains water damage, mold will likely grow. In fact, in areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting. It’s more difficult to remove moisture and mold from carpet than from hard surfaces.

Mold Fake News #7: It Takes Weeks Or Months For Mold To Become A Problem
Don’t believe it. In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. It does not take weeks for mold to start causing health effects and significant damage to your property. Deal with any mildew or mold issue as soon as you see it.

Mold Fake News #8: Mold Can Be Completely Eliminated
Some mold remediation companies will promise to remove all mold. For the average homeowner or business owner, this is virtually impossible. Unless you need to maintain a clean room, which is used for surgery or semiconductor development, complete mold elimination is too costly and unnecessary for any home or building. Mold spores are omnipresent in the world. The best thing to do is to control moisture and react quickly to flooding by drying out water-damaged materials. Remember, some types of mold can grow and become a problem in as little as 48 hours.

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

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Avoid Thunderstorm and Lightning Damage

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure when it comes to dealing with lightning and thunderstorms

Ah, the joys of spring! Leaves return to trees. Grass turns lush and green. Flowers bloom and paint the landscape with bold color. But then there are spring thunderstorms. Thunderstorms often don’t come alone. Thunderstorms often feature lightning. They also often bring with them other threats like high winds, tornadoes, and flooding.

Lightning alone kills about 50 people each year in the United States. The Red Cross says that thunderstorms kill more people each year than either tornadoes or hurricanes. You can lessen the threat of a thunderstorm and avoid thunderstorm damage by:

1. Using surge protectors.

Electronics (your TV, appliances, computers, etc.) that are plugged in are susceptible to damage from the electrical surges a thunderstorm can cause. Plug your electronics into a surge protector and the surge protector into the wall. You’ll gain an extra layer of thunderstorm protection.

2. Removing dead or rotting trees near your house.

In a thunderstorm, or other type of storm, a weakened tree could fall and cause extensive damage to your home and property. You might also want to make your shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches.

3. Bringing things inside or under shelter when a severe thunderstorm is in the forecast.

Can you protect your expensive flower planter by temporarily storing them in a shed? Can that new glass top picnic table be relocated to the basement before the storm hits?

4. Checking your homeowner’s insurance.

Make sure you are covered for thunderstorm damage. Does your insurance coverage meet your needs? If not, make adjustments.

5. Tuning into weather reports.

Keep a weather radio or internet service on to listen for forecasts, watches, and warnings. Know the terminology. A thunderstorm watch means the weather is conducive to severe thunderstorms. A thunderstorm warning means a storm is occurring or will start soon and it poses a threat to life and property.

6. Taking a training course in first aid and learning how to respond to emergencies.

In Connecticut check out the available classes at Red Cross Training. Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms.


If You Have Thunderstorm or Lightning Damage Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at (860) 633-8791

7. Being prepared to lose power.

Have plenty of flashlights and batteries available. Avoid using candles because an open flame during stormy weather can be dangerous. Keep the flashlights where you can quickly find them even in the dark.

8. Educating your children about thunderstorms and other natural disasters.

Be certain your children know to come inside and stay inside whenever threatening weather (gray skies, thunder, heavy rains, lightning, strong winds, etc.) approach.

9. Having a safe place and making sure everyone in your house knows where that place is.

A safe place in a thunderstorm is an area in your home that’s away from windows and not in danger from falling trees. Often a windowless interior bathroom is a safe place.


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10. Having emergency supplies ready.

A damaging thunderstorm may keep you from shopping for several days or longer. You may not have electricity. Have a survival kit stocked with items like a weather radio, water, snacks, meals in a can, extra batteries, important phone numbers, and other essentials.

11. Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods.

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You can learn more by reading other posts on the SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield blog:

Fight Fire By Knowing Your Enemy

Safety After Basement Water Damage

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

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

You can prevent most water damage at your business or commercial building

Ask the experts. They’ll tell you that most commercial property and business water damage does not have to happen. Smart commercial property owners know how to prevent most water damage and they know that preventing the damage saves them time and money.  Here are some of the ways you can keep water damage at your business or commercial property to a minimum.

1. Talk to your team about water damage awareness

Train your employees and/or tenants to report any signs of water damage, no matter how small the leak. Solving small issues now often prevents larger, more costly issues from happening later.

2. Frequently check potential problem areas like windows, roofs, and exterior walls

Check your commercial building windows for tightness, weather-stripping, broken or cracked panes, weak flashing, and other signs of wear.

Closely examine your building’s roof. Are sealants intact around HVAC systems? Is the flashing around skylights, stack vents, and other rooftop elements in good condition? Is there no water pooling on the roof? Are drains and downspouts in good condition? From inside, do you see water stain marks? Can you see daylight when inside where you should not see it?

Check exterior walls to make sure all openings (plumbing, heating, lighting, fire alarms, vents, etc.) are sealed against water. See if the walls themselves need re-pointing or sealing. Check under sinks, angle stops, supply lines, shut off valves, water filtration systems, and in mechanical rooms.  Schedule regular clean outs of main lines and air conditioning units in your building.

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3. Monitor contractors

Monitor the work of outside contractors and vendors when that work may affect your commercial building’s piping systems (sprinklers, water, etc.)

4. Inspect storage tanks

Frequently check the condition of any liquid storage tanks or vessels (hot water tanks, boilers, fuel oil tanks, etc.) inside your commercial building, mechanical penthouse, and on the roof.

5. Keep pipe diagrams and prints current

Be sure pipe diagrams or prints are up to date. Make certain they show the location of valves for all
liquid-carrying systems. Tell your building maintenance staff where the diagrams are kept. Keep the diagrams well labeled and easy to reach.

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6. Always keep safety first

Take quick action whenever a leak or water damage issue is discovered. This includes turning the power off, shutting off the water supply at the source of the leak, and protecting contents that could be damaged.

7. Have a designation responder on site

Have someone available on all shifts who is trained to respond immediately to any leak or water damage. This person should have authorization (24/7) to call and bring in a local high quality professional clean up and restoration company like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield.

8. Be particularly proactive if your commercial building is prone to water damage

In general, if your commercial property fits one or more of these descriptions your building may be at higher risk for water damage:


•    20+ years old
•    High-rise with multiple tenants or units
•    Use of newer construction materials
•    Exposure to seasonal extremes or geographic-based events
•    Deferred maintenance of structure and systems

9. Inspect thoroughly after a major storm

Perform a full building inspection after every major storm to look for damage. If you find any problems, schedule repairs promptly.

10. Conduct routine maintenance on schedule

If you don’t have one already, create a systematic maintenance schedule. You should have a written plan for maintenance updates of your commercial property, the building’s equipment, and its systems. Proper maintenance prevents excessive wear and tear and helps avoid catastrophes.

Questions?

Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to discuss. Call 860.633.8791. We’re the 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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Safety After Basement Water Damage

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Fight Fire By Knowing Your Enemy

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding how fires start is a great way to prevent them

Your best way to prevent fire is to understand the conditions fire needs to exits. A fire cannot happen unless four elements are present. Take away or prevent one of these four elements and you can protect yourself from fires at your home, business, or anywhere. So, what are the four elements and what causes them to occur?

Heat

Heat is necessary for a fire. Unfortunately, heat can build up and start a fire in many ways. A fire in your home or business may start by flammable material coming in contact with a flame, too much friction, or mechanical generation (like with your car’s spark plugs). Heat can jump from an area where you want it (in a fireplace or stove, for example) to somewhere you don’t want it in one of three ways:


1. Direct contact: The heat source touches another object. A flame reaches a piece of paper.
2. Radiation: Heat can travel in an electromagnetic way. That’s like when you put your hands near a campfire. You don’t touch the flame or fire but you still receive the heat.
3. Convection: The heat transfers from one location to the next by the movement of fluids. This is what happens when a stove burner heats a pot of water.


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Fuel

No matter how much heat you have, you won’t have a fire if there’s nothing to burn. All fires require fuel. The fuel can be wood, fabric, gasoline, ethanol, hydrogen, butane, or one of many, many other substances.

Oxygen

A third element every fire needs is oxygen. The air we breathe is about 21 percent oxygen. That’s enough to support combustion but oxygen itself does not burn. Air with a greater percentage of oxygen in it will burn more intensely.   

Now here is a fire prevention key that many people don’t know. Ask most people what you need for a fire and many will list the three elements we just talked about. But you can have the right amount of heat, fuel, and oxygen and still not have a fire. What is this fourth element?


Chemical Reaction

The first three elements must be in an environment where a chemical reaction will occur. That type of chemical reaction happens when the exact mixtures of heat, fuel, and oxygen blend in the right concentration. That cause ignition, the chemical reaction, the fire.

Take away any of these four elements and you can prevent or stop a fire. Spraying water on most fires, for example, removes the element of heat and stops the fire. Shutting off the value to the burner on your gas stove takes away the element of fuel. If you put a lid over a grease fire in a frying pan you eliminate the oxygen and stop the fire.

For fire prevention tips see the American Red Cross’s Home Fire Safety section and the National Fire Protection Association’s safety tips sheets.  


Your Help Is Here

For questions about fire, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield. We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that saves property and saves money for the owners of fire damaged homes and businesses. Whether you're in Glastonbury or Marlborough, Portland or Rocky Hill, Wethersfield or anywhere in between, we can help. You might also want to read some of other blog posts:

Reduce Your Fire Damage Costs

Safety After Basement Water Damage

Sewer Backups Demand Fast Action

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791
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Safety After Basement Water Damage

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

After water damage in your basement, Use good safety procedures.

Any home or business can suffer water damage in the basement. It might be caused by a burst pipe, a storm, a leaking appliance, a flood, or one of many other common causes of water damage. Remember this first of all: If your basement has water damage SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield recommends you keep safety as your number one priority. Here are a few quick tips.

Is your house safe?
If you’re not sure, don’t take a chance. Find somewhere else to stay until you’re certain your house is safe again.

Do you have electrical or "slip and fall" hazards?
After major storms in the Glastonbury/Wethersfield area, we see a lot of these hazards. Often, electrical power to even severely flooded homes is still live. A saturated environment with standing water that is close to energized electrical outlets, submerged wiring, and wet appliances is dangerous to you both during and after a flood. Slip and fall hazards include items submerged in the water that you can’t easily see and flooring area that may appear relatively dry and even but is actually uneven or wet enough to not safely support your footfall.
 
Are you only doing things you know are safe?
Some homeowners want to dig right in and start making repairs before they know the extent of the water damage and how best to fix the damage. Don’t take risks. Make a full assessment of the damage and tackle only those repairs you know how to do well.

Can you see?
If you have water damage in the basement can you see what and where you are walking on? Don't walk on or near an area that doesn't have sufficient lighting.

Are you trying to lift wet materials?
If so, be careful. When items are soaked with water they become dangerously heavy. You might also do further damage to an item that is water soaked by trying to lift or move it.

Contact A Water Removal Service
With any major basement water damage you’re wise to contact a professional water removal service like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield. You want the job done right and right away. That’s what we do. Never hesitate to call 860.633.8791 for help.

Why Us?
A SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield highly trained technician can respond immediately to your water damaged basement issue. Our service crews have the experience, expertise, training, and equipment to restore your home or business quickly and safely. The sooner the water is removed and the drying process begun, the better condition your home or business will be in. And the cost to repair water damage will be lower.

Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield to discuss. Call 860.633.8791. We’re the 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
Call 860.633.8791
Fax 860.216.2762
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Sewer Backups Demand Fast Action

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Handle a sewer backup as carefully and quick as you'd handle a fire or flood disaster

It may not seem like a sewer backup is in the same class of crisis as a fire or flood but it can be. If your sewer backs up you need to act fast. Sewer backup problems are major health hazards and emergencies. Sewer water is often packed with viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illnesses.

Start by knowing what type of sewer water backup you have:


Clean Water

If your sewer backs up from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet professionals consider the backup clean water. But if you don’t treat clean water quickly it can become a more serious problem. If it sits too long clean water can degrade into gray water (category 2) or black water (category 3).


Gray Water

Experts use the term gray water to describe a sewer line backup that’s contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. You have gray water (category 2) if your backup is from a washing machine overflow; a toilet overflow with some urine (no feces); or a dishwasher overflow. This type of sewer water backup can quickly degrade into black water (category 3) if not treated. Again, quick action is important.


Black Water

At SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield and throughout the industry, this term describes grossly contaminated water. Sewer drain backups like this could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Be certain you and your family avoid all contact with black water. You have black water when you have flooding from rivers or streams; water from beyond the toilet trap; water from the toilet bowl with feces; or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Prevent Sewer Backups

Your main sewer line can become clogged, which can cause sewage backups in your home. If the backups just from one toilet, sink or tub it may be a clog in that drain. If, however, every flush creates a sewage backup in your home, you likely have a blockage in your main sewer line. Most of these clogs can be prevented by a few simple steps:
•    Don’t use your toilet as a waste basket--Flushing facial tissues, napkins, diapers and other waste down your toilet creates clogs.
•    Use your garbage disposal wisely--Avoid dumping large quantities of anything that can become lodged in your sewer line down your garbage disposal.
•    Don’t pour grease down your drain--Grease and fat, although liquid when poured down your drain, can harden within your plumbing, collecting debris and creating a stubborn clog.

We Can Help

Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield whenever you have sewer backup problems. We’re trained in the safest, most advanced, and quickest ways to eliminate all sewer backups and restore your property completely.  From Glastonbury to Portland, Wethersfield to Marlborough and anywhere in between, we can help.


SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
Certified SERVPRO technicians
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Fax 860.216.2762
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Businesses: Some Things In Life Are Still Free With A PSA

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

With a SERVPRO Priority Service Agreement you receive some free services.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce your business interruption costs and your recovery costs. And with a Priority Service Agreement (PSA) we will provide some services at no cost:

•    Construction evaluations
•    Disaster planning seminars
•    Emergency Ready Profile (for all your business locations)
•    Ice dam evaluations
•    Lead paint certification
•    Mold evaluations
•    OSHA 10-hour training
•    Water and fire training

Businesses and commercial property owners choose SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield for many reasons. Among the major reasons are:

•    SERVPRO has more than 45 years of experience as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider.
•    We’re nearby and we have other franchises near you, too. In fact, we have 1,800 franchises throughout the nation.
•    More locations mean we get to you faster. Faster response usually means less damage done and more money saved.
•    We handled jobs of all sizes. Our Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration.
•    We provide many services other restoration and cleanup companies don’t: document drying, move outs and construction restoration, contents claim inventory, and more.

Business Ready Plan

Another free service we provide is a Business Ready Plan. Did you know that as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster? Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place like our Business Ready Plan.

Pre-planning serves as an “insurance policy” providing you with peace of mind. Knowing your business is ready for whatever happens can communicate trust to your clients and employees. They know that even if disaster strikes your business, they don’t necessarily have to be affected.


Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield. We’re the fire restoration, water restoration, and cleanup company that saves property and saves money for commercial properties and businesses. Whether you're in Glastonbury or Marlborough, Portland or Rocky Hill, Wethersfield or  anywhere in between, we can help.

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Ralph DiCristofaro
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Reduce Your Fire Damage Costs

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Quick action is a key to keep fire damage restoration costs down.

Having your home or business damaged by fire is awful. And costly. SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield can restore your property, clean it up, and tell you about ways to keep costs down and the quality of the work high.

Act Quickly

The more time between your fire and the fire damage restoration the more costs tend to go up. A big reason for that is that some fire-damaged possessions can be saved but only if you act quickly. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that you won’t be able to restore valuable possessions. What can be saved? Well, that depends on the extent of the fire damage, but at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield we can often save clothing, leather, books, photographs, kitchen items, furniture, heirlooms, and more.

You Don’t Just Have Fire Damage
After a fire, the damage is because of the fire, right? No, not necessarily. Many homes and businesses suffer additional damage from smoke, soot, and even the water firefighters must use to put out the fire. Be sure to treat your property for possible smoke and soot damage. While you’ll recognize if water damage is also a problem, you may not recognize the extent and seriousness of smoke and soot damage. Smoke and soot can damage most household items. Those items include furniture, carpet, walls, drapes, and even ceilings. Again, act quickly. If too much time elapses between when the fire damage occurs and when fire cleanup occurs, the effects of smoke and soot damage can last for months.

Our Goal: To Restore Your Property To Pre-Loss Condition

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield cleans and deodorizes restorable items, sometimes to preloss condition. After our restoration you may not be able to tell which items were affected by the fire and smoke and which were not. Don’t throw anything out until you’re certain it cannot be restored and must be replaced. Save your property and you save money.

Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield

We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that saves property and saves money for the owners of fire damaged homes and businesses. Whether you're in Glastonbury or Marlborough, Portland or Rocky Hill, Wethersfield or  anywhere in between, we can help.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791
Fax 860.216.2762
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