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In A Disaster Time Is Precious

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

General In A Disaster Time Is Precious After a disaster, quick action can save you dollars and save your possessions

Have a fire? The flames, heat, smoke, and soot leave their scarring marks on your most valuable possessions. Have a bad storm? Your bedroom may then have a skylight thanks to a tree crashing through the roof. Experience flooding? That new in ground pool may be what you used to call your basement. Disasters like these are bad enough. What makes them worse is what can happen after you think all the damage is done.

A natural disaster’s initial damage only begins the ordeal. The damage can get much worse if you don't act quickly to repair and restore your property. For example, water does more damage the longer it sits in your building or walls or wherever. The damage caused by smoke and soot can often be reversed if you take the proper steps quickly.

Business Interruption: The Biggest Disaster

If a disaster affects your business time is precious because of a big/little thing called business interruption. Every day a natural disaster keeps your doors closed is another day of lost business revenues. That’s business interruption. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield works hard to get businesses restored so that the amount of hours you lose is kept to a minimum. This is so important. Studies show that for businesses the initial natural disaster is usually less costly than the business interruption that disaster causes.

Limit The Affects Of A Natural Disaster. Act Fast By Calling SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860-649-0836.

When you need natural disaster recovery done fast, done right, and done economically, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. We’re always available—24 hours a day, 365 days a year. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has handled just about any emergency restoration need you can imagine. We even do non-emergency tasks like carpet cleaning and mold removal.

Speed is practically our middle name. We arrive at your home or business quickly with the main goal of restoring you to full function as soon as possible. That’s why our corporate slogan is “Like it never even happened.” We’ve enabled businesses who thought they’d be closed for weeks to reopen in days. We’ve saved homeowners thousands by restoring valuable possessions they thought were lost to water, fire, smoke, or other damage.

A Wealth Of Natural Disaster Information For You

Every month on our blog we publish educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters and deal with them quickly and effectively when they occur. Here are a few you might find helpful:

10 Steps To A Safer Home

Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters

Fire Damaged Property? A Money Saving Idea

Home Disasters You Can Avoid

Why SERVPRO Excels

Many factors make SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield a great choice. We offer:

  • On site evaluation of your natural disaster recovery needs within four hours of you contacting us.
  • Highly trained staff with experience in all types of natural disasters.
  • 40+ years of experience as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider.
  • A network of 1,500 franchises nationwide so we can call in every resource you need.
  • Assistance with dealing with your insurer and filing a claim.
  • Local knowledge and resources—we know Manchester, Mansfield and the surrounding communities and we have relationships with other local organizations that can help in times of need.

 Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield also has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield IICRC Certified Ralph DiCristofaro 540 N. Main Street Manchester, CT 06042 

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10 Steps To A Safer Home

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Your home is your castle. Let’s keep it that way. Here are some ways you can prevent unexpected home disasters from happening. Preparation is always better than dealing with a disaster in your home. 
 

1. Know some fire hazards aren’t obvious.
You may be unaware of many of the items in your home that can cause a fire risk.  For example, lint build-up in your clothes dryer is a fire risk. Clean out the lint filter every time you use the dryer and check the exhaust pipe and vent weekly. Another surprising fire hazard is battery-charged appliances. They can overheat and produce flames. We know a family who keeps a large stock of paper goods in an open closet where a family member smokes. Go through your house looking for hazards like these. Check for anything that might be a fire hazard and take precautions.

2. Test for radon.
This colorless, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Test every three years. A tightly sealed home increases your risk.

3. Replace old electric blankets.
After 10 years heating pads and electric blankets can cause a fire hazard. Replace any heating pad or electric blanket that has a charred spot or a frayed or cracked electrical cord.

4. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every floor.
If your home is like most you probably have carbon monoxide alarms on the main floor and near the bedrooms. Fire prevention experts recommend also placing carbon monoxide detectors on other floors, including your basement.

5. Get rid of old space heaters.
Space heaters are a prime cause of home fires. Replace old space heaters with the newer models that turn off automatically if they tip over or get overly hot.

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6. Check for mold every 3-5 years.
Mold damages your respiratory and immune systems. Buy a do-it-yourself kit or hire SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to detect mold every 3-5 years.

7. Smoke only outside the house.
More fire deaths are caused by smoking inside the home than are caused by any other factor. If someone must smoke on your property have them smoke outside. Always dampen butts and ashes before throwing them away.

8. Place critical papers in a fireproof box.
You may want to include your identification papers (like your Social Security card, passport, and birth certificate) in a fireproof box. Consider adding financial records, family photographs, and emergency cash in small bills.

9. Keep trees and shrubs away from your roof and foundation.
Dead branches hanging over your roof can fall and create damage. Shrubs that brush against your house can bring an outdoor fire right into your home. Roots from trees planted too close to your foundation can interfere with your basement floor or foundation walls.

10. Keep gutters, fireplaces, chimneys in good repair and clean.
Water builds up in clogged gutters, drains, and downspouts. It can then find its way into your house. That’s a disaster.  Also, have a professional inspect your chimney and fireplace once a year. During the year you can use binoculars to examine the outside of your chimney for any cracks or signs of damage. Your chimney flue should be cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.    

For Cleanup Or Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield At (860) 649-0836

More Steps To A Safer Home  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how you can help protect your home or business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, smoke, chemical, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful: 

Cleaning Your Home After Fire And Smoke Damage

Home Disasters You Can Avoid

Home Fire Safety Checklist

Call On Us
We’re here to help you. The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in virtually all aspects of cleaning up after water, sewer, fire, smoke, wind, chemical, or other similar natural disasters.  Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

Call On Us
We’re here to help you. The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in virtually all aspects of cleaning up after water, sewer, fire, smoke, wind, chemical, or other similar natural disasters. 


SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters Protect your business by having an emergency plan in place

Saving time and money through a lack of planning doesn’t work in business. It also doesn’t work in minimizing the costly effects of natural disasters. Smart businesses do think and prepare for common disasters. Those businesses also don’t fool themselves into thinking the business property and employees are well protected when they’re not.

Emergency Plan
Most commercial businesses understand the importance of having a written emergency plan. A plan like the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile can help prevent or minimize a disaster. It can keep costs down. And after disaster strikes an Emergency Ready Profile can help you get your business back in business sooner. But just having a plan isn’t enough.

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Creating a plan like the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile eliminates some risks. For example, thinking through and acting on an emergency plan might cause your business to get rid of dangerous chemicals that currently are stored on site. Or creating your Emergency Ready Profile could identify a serious flaw in your building evacuation plan or a weakness in your sprinkler system so you can correct it before damage occurs. But businesses with an emergency plan sometimes rest too easy.


Why Having A Plan Isn’t Enough
Your business needs to keep the emergency plan up-to-date. You cannot create an Emergency Ready Profile and let it sit on a hard drive or shelf somewhere without further thought. Say for example that you built a comprehensive emergency plan two years ago. Since that time your business has added new machinery housed in a new addition to your facility. The plan must be updated to take into account the new addition and machinery. Or imagine your business has grown and you’ve added 10 new employees. How will they be made aware of the emergency plan? Will the addition of new employees mean you need to adjust your emergency evacuation procedures? 

How To Keep Your Emergency Plan Effective
Here are a few things your business can do if your emergency plan isn’t current:
1. Review your plan every year. Look for gaps.
 Are all facilities covered?
 Are the phone numbers and contact information for emergency responders up to date?
 Have you made renovations that should be noted in the plan?
 Have you added or moved hazardous material or valuable equipment?
2. Conduct training for the team charged with implementing the plan.
3. Make sure all the key players know how to immediately access your business’s emergency plan. 
4. Have SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield analyze your plan.
5. Ask a new facility manager or other key employee to test your business’s emergency plan.
 Does the plan make sense to them?
 Would they add or change anything?
6. Re-evaluate who’s in charge of the plan.
 During a natural disaster you want the decision-makers to be people who remain calm.
 The disaster team should know the plan and be able to make quick decisions.
 Your team should also know how to actively engage others and give clear direction.  

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7. Run a disaster drill.
 Conduct a mock exercise around the table with all the key players.
 Or conduct a full scale mock disaster around your facility.

Plan To Prevent Or Minimize Disasters
You protect lives, save money, and guard your business best when you plan for disaster before any disaster happens. Having a complete emergency plan, including an Emergency Ready Profile; having a trained disaster team in place; and knowing the steps you will take does more than bring peace of mind. It helps protect your business and your employees from the huge personal and business costs involved in a major disaster.

Disasters Permanently Close 50% Of Businesses
When a natural disaster strikes, one out of every two businesses never returns to the marketplace. And of those businesses that do recover, half go bankrupt within three years. The commercial businesses and facilities that do survive disasters are usually those with an up-to-date and well thought out emergency plan in place before the flood, storm, fire, hurricane, or other disaster strikes.

More Home Disaster Prevention Information  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how you can help protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, smoke, chemical, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful: 

Business Emergencies In Manchester
Businesses: Prevent Water Damage
Fire Damaged Property? A Money-Saving Idea
Home Fire Safety Checklist

Call On Us
We’re here to help you. The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in virtually all aspects of cleaning up after water, sewer, fire, smoke, wind, chemical, or other similar natural disasters. You can create your own Emergency Ready Profile with us in less than an hour. That time could save you days of business interruption and help keep the cost of any damage from a disaster down. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

We protect businesses and facilities in many towns including:
  Andover  Hebron
Bolton   Manchester
  Columbia  Mansfield
  Coventry  Storrs


SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Fire Damaged Property? A Money-Saving Idea

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damaged Property? A Money-Saving Idea Act quickly and you can often save money and possessions after a fire.

A fire in your home or business is terrible. The damage can overwhelm you, but don’t let that happen. By acting quickly and making good decisions you can often save money and save some possessions that at first you thought you had lost forever.

How To Save Some Valuables
The more time between your fire and the restoration, the more costs you incur and the fewer items you can restore. At SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield we know that—depending on the extent of the fire damage—people have saved valuable possessions that looked like a total loss. SERVPRO clients have saved clothing, leather, books, photographs, kitchen items, furniture, and more.

Must Replace? No, It’s Restorable
Fire damaged property may be burnt or smoke-filled. You may think the best thing to do is to throw things away. Actually, a professional fire restoration crew can often point out items that are recoverable. But prompt fire cleanup and restoration is important because the items found in your home—furniture, carpet, walls, drapes, and even ceilings—can absorb smoke. If too much time elapses between when the fire damage occurs and when fire cleanup occurs, the effects of smoke damage can last for months.

Good As New
SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield cleans and deodorizes restorable items. Sometimes we can restore them to preloss condition. Don’t throw away any valuables until you’re certain they must be replaced. Save your property and save money. That’s a win/win!
Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to discuss.

Call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield At 860.649.0836.

We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that has saved property and saved money for the owners of fire damaged businesses and homes. Whether you're in Bolton or Coventry, Andover or Hebron, Columbia or Mansfield, we can help.

Every fire, smoke, and soot damage event is different and requires a unique solution, but SERVPRO’s general process stays the same. At SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield here are the steps we follow after a fire damage emergency.


Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest crew with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your business or home to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and  protect against further damage, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on any damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately. We remove the majority of the water. Then we use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Smoke and Soot Removal
It’s critical at this stage to remove the smoke and soot from all surfaces—ceilings, walls, and others. Fire does the initial damage. Damage from smoke and soot can be just as devastating.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield will clean all of your restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your possessions to pre-fire condition. We also can remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. Or restoration may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

You can save money and possessions when you use trained professionals immediately after a fire. You’re back in business or back in your home faster with less damage when you act quickly.

More Home Disaster Prevention Information  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how you can help protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, smoke, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful: 
After Water Damage Removing The Water isn’t Enough
Home Fire Safety Checklist
Smoke And Fire: Timeline Of How Fast Damage Occurs
You’ll find more educational essays on disaster prevention and cleanup on the blog at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield.


SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Home Disasters You Can Avoid

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

General Home Disasters You Can Avoid Fix a small problem before it becomes a big problem

You cannot stop a hurricane, flood, fire, or other disasters but you can avoid many types of mini-disasters. When you proactively deal with these minor headaches you can prevent or lessen the impact of many major headaches later. Don’t let these little issues fester and grow and become sparks for huge problems. 

1. Overgrown trees and shrubs

Signs: Do tree branches extend over your roof? Are large bushes growing close to your foundation? Do you have tall within feet of your foundation? These are some signs that your house may be unnecessarily endangered.

Act now because: In a storm large tree branches can fall on and damage your roof, siding, and windows. Trees that grown too large too close to your home or business can grow roots underneath the foundation and cause the foundation to uplift. Roots from bushes and trees can sometimes penetrate existing cracks in your foundation. Even healthy trees can fall on your home if they’re tall enough and are struck by lightning or hit by high winds.

Action to consider: Trim back branches so they don’t come within five feet of your roof. Consider replacing overgrown bushes with smaller ones and plant them at least six feet from your foundation. Ask a tree expert to consult with you on the health of large trees on your property and whether they pose a threat to your home or business.  Read this for more about tree dangers.


2. An Aging Roof

Signs: Cracked, curled, or missing shingles mean your roof is near its life’s end. Leaking may soon start or even be in progress in areas where you can’t notice it. Other signs include cracks in the flashing around chimneys, skylights, roof valleys, and the rubber boots around vents.

Act now because: If your roof doesn't provide a proper barrier to rain and snow, water can find its way to your home's drywall and insulation, leading to rot and interior water damage.

Action to consider: You might be able to replace a shingle here and there, or patch leaky flashing. But if your roof is more than 20 years old, it's probably time for a new one. If it's an asphalt shingle roof with only one layer, you might be able to add a second layer over it, lowering the project costs significantly.

3. Rainwater Runs Or Pools Where It Shouldn’t

Signs: When it rains the water pours over your gutters and/or puddles along your foundation walls.

Act now because: Water can quickly damage or ruin siding and foundation walls. If it pools around your foundation it will eventually find its way inside your home and damage floors, walls, and more.

Action to consider: Inspect all your gutters. Remove all clogs and patch any holes You can clear clogs yourself, but if your metal gutters are corroded, talk to a pro about replacing them.

Want Help? Call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield At 860.649.0836.

4. Ants, Termites, Or Other Pests

Signs: If you see rotted wood in the sill plate that sits on top of the foundation and cast-off wings along window sills and walls you’re seeing evidence of termites. Piles of sawdust along baseboards are a sign of carpenter ants.  

Act now because: Tiny as they are, termites, ants, and other insects can cause major structural problems if left to nosh on your home's wooden framework.

Action to consider: Call an exterminator. Check for accreditation on the database of the National Pest Management Association (pestworld.org). If you’re thinking of hiring an exterminator get quotes from two or three so you can compare prices, customer service,  and professionalism.

5. Cracks in your home’s foundation

Signs: Do you have cracks in the concrete, especially cracks that are wider than 3/16 inch? Do you have a wall that’s bulging and buckling?

Act now because: An unstable foundation can compromise the entire structure of your business or house.

Action to consider: You can probably fill hairline cracks with an epoxy injection system. But if the cracks seem to be getting bigger consult a structural engineer.

Want Help? Call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield At 860.649.0836.

6. Mold and mildew

Signs: Musty odors, dank air, and black mold spores growing on surfaces such as your bathroom ceilings.

Act now because: Any surfaces that harbor extensive mold (including drywall, carpet, and ceiling tiles) need to be removed. If you don’t remove moldy surfaces eventually mold spores will be released into the air, causing allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

Actions to consider: If you catch them early, patches of mold less than 10 square feet can be treated with a homemade solution of one cup of chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Wear an N-95 disposable respirator, goggles, and heavy-duty gloves. For larger outbreaks, or if the ventilation system is contaminated, call in a mold-remediation pro like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield.

More Home And Business Disaster Prevention Information  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles about how you can help protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful: 

Business Emergencies In Manchester
Cleaning Up Chemicals Or Biohazards
Home Fire Safety ChecklistYour Insurer Will Help After A Disaster

You’ll find more educational essays on disaster prevention and cleanup on the blog at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield.

Your Natural Disaster Cleanup and Restoration Service
SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has expertise in natural disaster preparation, cleanup, and restoration.  If you suffer fire, water, mold, chemical, or storm damage, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime. We've served commercial businesses and homeowners in Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Hebron, Manchester, and Mansfield. 

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Business Emergencies In Manchester

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Business Emergencies In Manchester In Manchester and elsewhere, being prepared for a natural disaster is a huge factor in keeping the damage and costs down.

No business owner likes to think about disaster. But being prepared for a natural disaster and having an emergency plan can save time, money, and even lives.

What if a storm severely damaged your business? Would you and your business employees know what to do? Would you act quickly and do the most important tasks first? For businesses in Manchester and the region, here are some ways you can become more prepared.

 An Emergency Checklist

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has a top line action checklist built especially for events involving severe water or fire damage. Most of the items apply to many other types of storms and disaster. All of the items are designed to keep your business employees safe and help reduce business interruption (the time your company is out of business because of the results of a disaster).  

 1. Be Out In Front: Be Alert And Stay Informed

When severe weather is approaching or other potential danger is near your Manchester business, stay tuned in to those sources that give you the latest local information. Usually, that means listening to local weather reports or news reports. Think about precautions you may want to take before the emergency hits. That could include things like moving your business vehicles to higher ground, turning off utilities, disconnecting electrical equipment, sending employees home, and other steps.

2. Safety First And Always

Make your employees’ safety your first priority. That includes items like having a business evacuation plan, identifying designated meeting places outside your building, appointing team leaders who can keep track of employees, keeping all safety equipment in good order, and more.

3. Stop Damage At Its Source

A disaster may originate in your building or on your property. If so, you may be able to reduce or stop the water, fire, smoke, chemical, or other damage with fast action. For example, if a chemical leak starts a fire, shut down the source of that chemical. Stay safe and do not hesitate to call the local fire, police, or other authorities.

4. Notify Your Emergency Contacts

Have a list of the places you need to call in an emergency and call them immediately. Depending on the situation, your emergency contacts might include the Manchester Fire Department and the Manchester Police Department. The list should be readily available throughout your facility. A small team of employees should be trained in when to call, who to call, and what information to gather before making the call.

5. Call SERVPRO

Every week, sometimes every day, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield responds to residential and business emergency situations. We know what to do to keep you, your employees, and your business property safe and minimize damage. After a natural disaster strikes, our goal is to make your business fully operational again as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 24/7. Call 860.649.0836.

6. Notify Key Contacts

Key contacts are different than emergency contacts. Emergency contacts are community or governmental resources that will help you deal with the damage or disaster. Key contacts are people like your property manager, insurance agent, maintenance crew, and others you need to inform and who can offer restoration, clean up, repair, or other types of help after the disaster is over.

7. Secure Your Business Property

Once it’s safe to do so, secure your building and property. That might mean putting tarps over a damaged roof, covering broken windows, or doing other tasks that will protect your property from further damage.

8. Have Before Photos And Take After Photos

You will improve your ability to collect full damages from your insurance company by taking pictures of everything the water, fire, or other elements damaged. It’s also good to have pictures of how your building and property looked prior to the damage for comparison sake.

9. Write An Event Summary

Details build your case with your insurance company. Write down as many significant facts as you can: time of the damage, extend of the damage, actions you took, and more. Not only does this help advance your insurance claim, it can also help you decide what worked well and what you need to change the next time you have to respond to an emergency.

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10. Review Emergency Plans Frequently

Create an emergency plan and train a small group of employees in how to implement the plan. Just like fire drills are a good idea, having a mock disaster run through can help prepare people while identifying any missing elements or opportunities to improve the plan.

 More Safety Information    Every month we publish educational articles on how to protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, chemical, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts from our site and our sister site (SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield) that you may find especially helpful:  

Businesses: Prevent Water Damage

Home Fire Safety Checklist

Chemical Spill Safety

Water Disaster? Use The Pros.

Call On Us

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in virtually all aspects of assessing and cleaning up after a natural disaster. Rely on the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836 anytime, 24/7. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield IICRC Certified Ralph DiCristofaro 540 N. Main Street Manchester, CT 06042

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Home Fire Safety Checklist

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home Fire Safety Checklist Do a safety check around your home

This quick checklist can help you reduce the risk of fire in your home and protect your family.

• Keep matches and lighters away from children.
• Check electrical appliances for loose or frayed cords.
• Be sure to never place electrical cords under rugs or carpets.
• Don’t overload any electrical outlet.
• Make sure none of your lamps or fixtures are in contact with any fabric.
• Install GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets near water sources like your kitchen and bathrooms.
• Have your furnace inspected every year by a licensed professional.
• Keep any space heaters away from flammable items like curtains, reading material, and bed sheets.
• Equip your fireplace with a metal fire screen or heat-tempered glass doors.
• Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected every year.

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Safety Equipment
• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in each sleeping area.
• Change smoke alarm batteries every year and keep the alarms in working order.
• Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
• Install a carbon monoxide alarm on every floor of your home.
• Keep at least one working fire extinguisher in your home and make sure everyone knows how to use it and where it’s kept.
• Consider keeping emergency safety ladders in all bedrooms above the ground floor.

Home Escape Plan
• Identify two ways out of each room, including any basement rooms.
• Create an escape plan and practice with the entire family.
• Make certain everyone in the family knows and abides by the rule: In case of fire, get out of the house and stay out.
• Select a family meeting place.


For home safety advice call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield Today At 860.649.0836

More Safety Information  
Every month we publish educational articles on how to protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, chemical, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts from our site and our sister site (SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield) that you may find especially helpful: 
16 Ways To Make Your Home And Family Safer
Chemical Emergencies: Preventing Them And Handling Them
Oil Furnace Dangers And Solutions Wood Burning Stove And Fireplace Safety

Call On Us
The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in virtually all aspects of preventing, assessing and cleaning up after a natural disaster. Rely on the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836 anytime, 24/7.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Cleaning Up Chemicals Or Biohazards

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleaning Up Chemicals Or Biohazards Chemical spills and biohazards affect tens of thousands of businesses and homes every year.

Somehow people see the danger in fires and tornadoes and floods more readily than they tend to see the danger in spilled chemicals or biohazards. In a way, that makes chemicals and biohazards even more dangerous because we may not use as much caution around them as we do with other natural disasters.  And chemical spills are a frequent problem. Dangerous chemical spills and biohazards affect tens of thousands of homes and businesses every year.

A biohazard is a biological substance that's dangerous (unhealthy or unsafe) to people or the environment. Many biohazards are made of bacteria or other microorganisms. Medical waste, sewage backups, pesticides, animal byproducts, and contaminated flood waters are other examples of biohazards. A chemical spill is when a chemical is accidentally released. In the case of non-toxic chemicals, dealing with a spill can be straightforward, since the spill simply needs to be cleaned up. Some common spills involve diesel fuel, paint products, and pesticides.


Leave The Area
After a toxic chemical spill or biohazard event, leave the site. Don’t return to the site until you know it’s safe or until you know exactly what you’re dealing with and have the proper equipment to protect yourself and perform the cleanup.  Call emergency service personnel if the situation may be life-threatening. Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated. And turn off the HVAC system if the hazard involves sewage damage.

Biohazard Don’ts
•    Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
•    Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
•    Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
•    Don’t use your television or other household appliances.
•    Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
•    Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Major Vs. Minor Spills
In general terms, a major spill involves a substance that is flammable, reactive, or toxic. Any chemical or biohazard event is major if so much has been spilled that you cannot clean it up or if anyone has been exposed to a dangerous chemical. A minor spill is one involving a substance of low to moderate danger that no one has been exposed to and that you have the right equipment and training to clean up. 

More Home Disaster Prevention Information  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how businesses and homeowners can protect themselves from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful: 
Chemical Spill Safety

Water Disaster? Use The Pros.

You might also want to explore the educational information on our sister franchise’s blog, SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield. Some recent posts are:

Home Protection Guide

Preventing A Home Fire: A Checklist

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


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Here For You
In the Manchester/Mansfield office the SERVPRO team has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, commercial services, biohazards, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 860.649.0836 anytime, 24/7.

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540 N. Main Street
Manchester, Connecticut 06042
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After Water Damage Removing The Water Isn't Enough

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage After Water Damage Removing The Water Isn't Enough After water removal you need dehumidification.

Maybe you've had a flood, sewage overflow, rain leak, or other water disaster. Whatever caused the water damage it isn’t enough to just remove the visible water. Your floors and walls may look dry when the standing water you can see is gone, but they may still be still wet to the touch. After water removal you need dehumidification.

Most building materials (plaster, drywall, wood, etc.) are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage.

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SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield technicians can manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. We use specialized equipment, including industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water and other moisture retained by building materials. Our professional technicians carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials in your home or business return to acceptable drying goals.

Without this process of dehumidification you can suffer more unseen damage and live in an unhealthy, mold-infested environment.


Don’t Cut The Drying Process Short
We can dry your carpets in 24 hours. Moderately wet drywall dries in 1-3 days. Other materials like hardwood flooring, plaster, concrete, and wood may require 7-10 days to dry.  Contractors and claims professionals who promise to dry your home or business in three days are ignoring basic scientific principles. Don’t short change the drying process.

Use A Scientific Process
Structural drying is a scientific process that requires professional water damage training and the use of specialized instruments.  Your property’s damage is very site-specific. One solution does not fit all. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield water damage technicians are highly trained in psychrometrics, the science of drying, and always use IICRC S500 industry standards for professional water damage restoration.

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Drying And Restoration Step By Step
Our water damage restoration techniques include:
•    Removing standing water and recovering your assets
•    Measuring moisture and recording all damage
•    Detecting any leaks (non-invasively)
•    Drying your home or business structure by technical means
•    Restoring machinery, electrical appliances, equipment and furniture, files, and documents
•    Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting to destroy micro-organisms and mold
•    Removing or neutralizing odors

We’re here to help you.

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in virtually all aspects of cleaning up after water, sewer, fire, mold, smoke, or other similar damage. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

More Safety Information   
Every month we publish educational articles on how to protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, chemical, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts from our site and our sister site (SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield) that you may find especially helpful:  
Businesses: Prevent Water Damage
Chemical Spill Safety
16 Ways To Make Your Home And Family Safer
Your Insurer Will Help After A Disaster
Home Protection Guide

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Chemical Spill Safety

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Chemical Spill Safety Never re-enter your home or commercial property after a chemical spill until emergency crews say it's safe to do so.

Floods, storms, hurricanes, and other disasters often cause chemical spills. You never want to re-enter your home or commercial property after a chemical spill until emergency crews have completed their work and the buildings are considered safe. Even then, the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency advises you to take precautions like:

  • Look carefully for and avoid leaking containers, especially of chemicals like caustic drain cleaners and chloride bleach.
    •    Keep other people and pets away from leaking or spilled chemicals.
    •    Clearly mark and set aside unbroken containers until they can be properly disposed of.
    •    Leave damaged or unlabeled chemical containers undisturbed whenever possible.
    •    Don’t turn on drinking water pumps (risk of electric shock) or use the septic system until you have it inspected.
  • Avoid flood water. Often, flood water is contaminated with raw sewage or hazardous chemicals.

 

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  • Don’t combine chemicals from leaking or damaged containers. Doing so may produce dangerous or violent reactions.
    •    Don’t dump chemicals down drains, storm sewers, or toilets.
    •    Never attempt to burn household or business chemicals.
    •    After a chemical spill open all the windows.
     

What If You Smell Gas?

If you smell gas or hear the sound of escaping gas, don't smoke, light matches, or operate electrical switches. Don't use either cell or conventional telephones or create any other source of ignition. Leave the home or building immediately. Leave the door open and any windows that may already be open. Notify emergency authorities. Don't return to the building until you are told by authorities that it is safe to do so.


Stay Away from Building Materials

Avoid walking over or otherwise disturbing building materials. Building materials may contain hazardous chemicals or components such as asbestos. These materials, when carried by the air, can be breathed in and cause adverse health effects. Staying away can prevent physical injury and other health issues. If you suspect that asbestos containing materials may be present in your building or home, do not enter. 

 

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Possible Asbestos Materials

According to the EPA asbestos mainly affects the lungs and the membrane that surrounds the lungs. Breathing high levels of asbestos fibers for a long time may result in scar-like tissue in the lungs and in the pleural membrane (lining) that surrounds the lung. Asbestos-containing materials often include the following:
•    Boiler/pipe insulation
•    Fireproofing
•    Floor tiles
•    Asbestos roofing
•    Transite boards used in laboratory tabletops and in acoustics in auditoriums, music rooms and phone booths

Federal, state, and local personnel are often deployed to affected areas to establish debris-management programs, including household hazardous waste collection and disposal programs. These efforts may take days or weeks to come to all communities. In the meantime, the EPA urges people to exercise caution. Report any concerns to your local environmental, health, and waste disposal authorities.

 

More Safety Information   
Every month we publish educational articles on how to protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, chemical, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts from out site and our sister site (SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield) that you may find especially helpful:  

Businesses: Prevent Water Damage

16 Ways To Make Your Home And Family Safer

Your Insurer Will Help After A Disaster

Home Protection Guide: 29 Tips To Protect Your Home Or Business From Financial, Structural, and Natural Disasters

 

Call On Us

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in virtually all aspects of assessing and cleaning up after a natural disaster. Rely on the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836 anytime, 24/7.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service