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Flooded Basement Cleanup in Hebron

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded basement If you have a flooded basement in Hebron, CT, follow these tips to clean it up. Or call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for quick, complete cleanup!

Your Hebron basement can flood any time of year. In the summer, it often happens after a heavy rain or when a water appliance, such as a washing machine or water heater, fails. Either way, standing water in your basement can damage the foundation of your home and ruin furniture and stored property. And if not thoroughly dried out (ideally within 48 hours), your basement can become infested with mold. That’s why Hebron homeowners should act quickly if a basement floods.

Check Outside Your Home First

If the source of the flooding isn’t obvious, check your home’s exterior for signs of damage from floods, heavy rain or even a fallen tree. While you’re outside, if you notice downed power lines or smell gas, call your power company before you enter your basement.

Be Safe: Shut Off Your Utilities

With water on the basement floor, the risk of electrocution or other injuries is very real, so you need to turn off your electricity and gas before you start cleaning up. Call your utility company and have them shut off the power and gas to your home or call a pro to do it. Only in an emergency should you do it yourself.

Remove the Water

Substantial flood water puts enough pressure on your basement walls that removing all the water at once can actually cause the walls to crack and even collapse. Pump a few inches or feet of water out and mark the height, then wait 24 hours. If the mark is under water, wait another 24 hours, then repeat the pumping and mark the level again. Do this until the water level stops rising, then pump out the water in increments every 24 hours until your basement is water-free.

Once the water is out, open windows and doors. Set up fans to circulate the air. Your goal is to lower the moisture level as fast as possible.

Clean Out the Muck and Water-Damaged Items

Remove all the wet or water-damaged furniture, carpeting, furnishings and objects from your basement. Ideally, you can set them outside to dry in the sun. It’s essential that you dry your possessions thoroughly to prevent mold infestation. Most likely, though, after a major basement flood, you’ll have to discard a lot of what you had in your basement.

Shovel and broom out mud and sediment. Disinfect your basement walls and flooring with a mixture of bleach and water. Wash grates and vents in the bleach solution and replace moisture-affected filters.

Call SERVPRO to Handle Your Flooded Hebron Basement

As you can see, a heavy flood in your basement can be very difficult to clean up correctly. A professional water damage remediation company like SERVPRO will dry out your basement and property quickly to prevent mold; will be able to salvage and restore furnishings and personal items that you don’t have the ability to; and will identify and repair structural damage that you may miss. You’ll have complete confidence that the damage is 100% cleaned up when you call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for basement flood damage cleanup.

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in water damage remediation, fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

If your home or business suffers a flood or other water damage, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 for immediate expert water damage cleanup

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SERVPRO publishes educational articles on how to protect your home or business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield

53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If your home or business suffers a flood or other water damage, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 for immediate expert water damage cleanup

SERVPRO Repairs Storm Damage in Northern Connecticut

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

A tree fell onto a house This tree crashed onto a Stafford home, causing water and structural damage. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield cleaned up the storm damage ASAP.

Among the specialized services provided in northern Connecticut by SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is storm damage repair. With our 24-Hour Emergency Service, our experienced pros can quickly be at the scene of a water, fire or structural damage emergency at your home or business. Once we arrive, we evaluate the situation, take fast action to prevent further damage from occurring and put our seasoned crew to work on remediating the damage to your structure, furnishings and possessions. And, SERVPRO can work with a homeowner’s insurance company to streamline the processing and payment of a storm damage-related claim.

These are just a couple of examples of how SERVPRO acts fast to make sudden storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Intense Storm Caused Damage Inside and Outside of a Stafford Home

A storm barreled through Stafford, CT with intensely powered winds, which caused a tree to fall over in the homeowner's yard. On the way down, the tree broke windows and damaged the front porch of the home. The broken windows allowed water to get into the house, which in turn damaged the floors.

Once the storm was over, the homeowner was quick to call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to come and clean up the damage. SERVPRO quickly and efficiently repaired the structural damage to the windows and porch caused by the falling tree. We also completely remediated the water damage inside the house, drying everything out quickly to prevent a potential mold infestation. 

Storm Shattered a Window on the First Floor of a Northern Connecticut Home

It was a homeowner’s worst nightmare: while a couple was away from their home for several days, high winds from a powerful storm broke a window in their living room. Days went by and the owners never knew about the ever-worsening water damage to their walls and floor. Imagine their shock when they returned!

They immediately called SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield and we responded quickly, assessed the damage and began an intense dry-out effort, monitoring moisture levels and using powerful drying and dehumidifying equipment in a battle against further water damage and mold. The homeowners and SERVPRO are happy to report that the battle was won and the damage was completely remediated!

If your home or business suffers damage from a windstorm or other natural disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in natural disaster and storm damage cleanup, water damage remediation, fire restoration services and chemical cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

SERVPRO publishes educational articles on how you can protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If your home or business suffers damage from a windstorm or other natural disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Avoid Water Damage and Save Money at Your Tolland Business by Maintaining Your HVAC Systems

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

A dirty HVAC duct cover Save on energy costs and avoid water and mold damage when SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield does preventive HVAC maintenance at your Tolland business.

A commercial HVAC system—which heats, cools, humidifies/dehumidifies, filters and circulates the air throughout your facility in Tolland—is easy to forget about when it’s working as it should. However, a system that leaks or allows too much humidity can create water or mold damage in your building.

Even a system that’s performing adequately can lose efficiency over time, costing you extra money in energy expenses. In fact, HVAC systems, combined with your lighting, are the biggest energy consumers in the average commercial building.

That’s why it’s important that you regularly maintain your HVAC system. With a little routine preventive service, your HVAC will be more efficient and will last longer. It’ll also be less likely to break down or leak—and that can save you lots of time, money and hassle.

Schedule Preventive HVAC Maintenance Twice a Year

Get into a routine of scheduling preventive HVAC maintenance in the spring for cooling systems and in the fall for heating systems. The idea is to tune up the systems to run efficiently throughout the subsequent heating or cooling season.

Choose a commercial HVAC professional such as SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to perform preventive maintenance. If the HVAC pro discovers that repairs are necessary, it can be done immediately without losing any time.

During the maintenance visit, the professional should inspect, clean, lubricate, adjust or replace (if necessary) these parts of the HVAC system:

Outdoor

  • Coil and cabinet
  • Drain pans and condensate lines
  • Compressor
  • Fan motor and blades
  • Control box, switches, wiring and safety controls
  • Refrigerant

Indoor

  • Blower assembly and housing
  • Evaporator coil, drip pan and condensate lines
  • Belts
  • Burner assembly
  • Ignition system
  • Safety controls
  • Heat exchanger
  • Flue system
  • Control box, wiring and connections
  • Air filter
  • Duct system

Check Your HVAC System Throughout the Year

In addition to the twice-a-year maintenance visits, you or your maintenance staff should keep an eye on your HVAC system at more frequent intervals throughout the year.

Air Filters

Using clean, high-efficiency, pleated air HVAC filters can lower energy consumption by up to 15%.

  • At least once a month: inspect the air filters to be sure they are not clogged.
  • Every three to six months: replace the air filters.

Programmable Thermostats

  • At the start of the heating and cooling seasons: check and adjust the settings if necessary.
  • Every month: check to be sure that the thermostat is working well.

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire—or needs routine cleaning or deep cleaning and decontamination services—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 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 Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational articles on how you can protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire—or needs routine cleaning or deep cleaning and decontamination services—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

Remove Mold from Your Manchester Business

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on an interior wall Mold in your Manchester commercial building can be tough to get rid of. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to remediate it once and for all.

You don’t have to have a major flooding event at your East Hartford business to end up with a major mold problem. That’s the deal with mold: all it needs is a little moisture and it can grow without you knowing about it. Then, you can be left with a persistent and treatment-resistant mold infestation. And when mold spores grow into colonies, they can produce allergens and irritants, affecting your employees’ and customers’ health. You don’t need that at your commercial building!

You may not see it, but mold is everywhere. Microscopic spores float through the air, both in and outside your commercial building. Once those inactive mold spores meet a water supply—and again, it doesn’t take much water—within 48 hours you could have a mold infestation.

But if there’s no moisture, there’s no mold growth. So, the first line of defense against a mold problem at your business is to eliminate sources of moisture.

Moisture + Mold = Trouble at Your Manchester Commercial Facility

While you can’t ignore a burst pipe or a flood caused by a storm, you may not even know about a dripping pipe, a leaking toilet or a little seepage from your roof. Even humidity that’s higher than normal (more than 45%) can lead to mold growth. Unfortunately, in these situations, a mold infestation has plenty of time to take root. 

One clue to a hidden mold problem in your Manchester commercial facility is the presence of a musty odor. If anyone in the building reports this, don’t ignore it—start hunting for mold. Do you have condensation in any part of your building? If so, your humidity may be too high. It’s a good idea to check your pipes, roof and water fixtures periodically for leaks and signs of moisture. Inspect your building’s ductwork and HVAC systems at regular intervals, too.

If you find any signs of mold, don’t wait to attack it. Remember, it just takes 48 hours for mold to grow in a moist environment. 

Need Mold Remediated for Good at Your Manchester Business? Call SERVPRO

You may be able to clean up small moisture problems and eradicate the accompanying mold by yourself. Unfortunately, if you don’t thoroughly remediate mold in your commercial facility, it may come back … and come back again. To be sure you’re attacking the mold problem once and for all, call an experienced mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. We employ highly trained water and mold damage experts:

  • microbial remediation specialists
  • water damage restoration technicians
  • structural, upholstery and fabric drying techs
  • odor control technicians

SERVPRO will first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building, then begin the remediation process. By the time we leave, your commercial facility will be restored to its pre-damage condition.

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire—or needs routine cleaning or deep cleaning and decontamination services—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 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 Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational articles on how you can protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire—or needs routine cleaning or deep cleaning and decontamination services—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

Stop Appliance Leaks Fast in Your Amston Home

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

A leaking water heater Halt water damage from leaking water appliances quickly by installing automatic water shutoff valves in your Amston residence.

Your home water appliances—washing machine, water heater, toilet, sink, dishwasher, refrigerator and so on—can work perfectly for years, then suddenly develop a small leak, or worse, start gushing lots of water in your Amston house. Because your water appliances are fed by water from either a municipal supply line or your own well pump, once a leak starts, there's enough pressure to keep it going. Unfortunately, if you don’t spot a leak quickly, it can go on and on, causing a lot of water damage in your home.

If you happen to catch the leak quickly, you can turn off either the water valve that supplies the appliance or failing that, your house's main shutoff valve. But if the leak starts when you're out of your house or asleep—or you just don’t notice it—the water damage will have time to get much worse.

A simple device, costing as little as $200, can spare you that fate, literally saving you $10,000 or more in water damage remediation. An automatic water shutoff valve can detect an appliance leak and immediately shut the water off, stopping the leak in its tracks.

Automatic Shutoff Valves for One or All of Your Water Appliances

You set up the electronic water shutoff valve by placing water sensors on the floor in spots that are at risk of a leak—typically next to your water appliances. Once a sensor detects water on the floor, it sends a signal to close the ball valve on the water supply line, stopping the water flow.

You can choose a water shutoff valve that includes several sensors for multiple appliances, which trigger a shutoff of your house’s main water supply. With a whole-house shutoff valve, you’ll place sensors in various locations throughout the house to detect leaks near all vulnerable water appliances.

Or you can choose a one-to-one device, which will turn off one appliance’s supply line when the sensor detects a leak at that location. Typically, these are used at the appliances most likely to leak, such as the toilet, water heater and washing machine. You may also consider using shutoff valves to monitor your refrigerator, freezer, water filtration system, humidifier or sink.

A Little Water Damage or a Lot in Your Amston Residence: Call SERVPRO

Water damage in your home can be expensive and the cleanup can be very complicated—even creating a relentless mold problem if you don’t get your home thoroughly dried within 48 hours. So, even if you catch an appliance leak early, you’ll have complete confidence that the damage is 100% cleaned up when you call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for home flood damage cleanup.

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in water damage remediation, fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

If your home or business suffers a flood or other water damage, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 for immediate expert water damage cleanup

Other Helpful Blog Posts

SERVPRO publishes educational articles on how to protect your home or business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield

53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If your home or business suffers a flood or other water damage, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 for immediate expert water damage cleanup

When DIY Projects Go Wrong, Call SERVPRO

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water pooling on a basement floor Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield if your DIY project goes bad, or if you're considering DIY-ing your water or fire damage.

DIY (do it yourself)—taking on your own home repair and improvement projects—is a huge multibillion dollar industry, which means that lots and lots of Americans are tackling their own work. DIY can save homeowners a lot of money, but unfortunately in many cases, it can lead to more expenses and hassle than hiring a pro in the first place.

Improvenet, which is an online referral service for remodelers, surveyed 2,000 homeowners about DIY successes and failures. Surprisingly, almost two-thirds of the respondents had regrets about taking on at least one of their DIY projects. And in a third of those instances, the homeowner ended up calling in a professional to fix their mistakes—meaning that roughly one out of every five DIY-ers in the survey had a project go so wrong that a pro had to redo their work!

Wait, there’s more: one out of twelve respondents had actually damaged their own home with DIY projects, and one in sixteen had caused injury to themselves or a family member or friend while DIY-ing.

DIY After Water or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO Instead

After a water disaster, such as basement or appliance flooding, many homeowners attempt to do the cleanup and repair themselves. Unfortunately, without the right equipment, such as powerful wet vacs, air movers and sensitive measuring devices, most homeowners simply can’t remove all the water quickly enough to prevent further damage, creating the potential for a hidden mold infestation. The pros at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield know exactly what to do—and they do it fast and completely so you can put the water damage behind you.

Even a small fire at your home can create lingering damage that’s difficult for a DIY-er to fully eradicate. First there are structural questions: is your home safe or will you need extensive repairs? Then there are cleaning issues. A fire leaves not only damage from the flames, but also from the smoke, soot and the water used to extinguish the flames. That can be a mess that requires specialized cleaning methods and products. The smell alone from a fire can linger and permeate every object in your home. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield will not only assure that your structure is safe, they will clean and deodorize everything in your home, including your clothes.

So, whether your damage is from a fire or water disaster—or from a DIY project gone bad—call SERVPRO for the quickest and best damage remediation services. We even work with your insurer to speed up your claims!

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has the training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home or business after just about any disaster. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

If you need fire, smoke, water, storm, biohazard or mold remediation at your home or commercial building, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Other Helpful Blog Posts

SERVPRO publishes educational articles on how to protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If you need fire, smoke, water, storm, biohazard or mold remediation at your home or commercial building, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Top Rated Sewage Cleaning Company in Manchester CT

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Top Rated Sewage Cleaning Company in Manchester CT Top Rated Sewage Cleaning Company in Manchester CT

When sewage backs up into your home, you should never try to handle it on your own. Sewage water doesn't just cause damage. It often creates a serious health hazard. SERVPRO professional sewage cleanup services eliminate the contamination that can make you sick. We’re the best sewage cleaning Company in Manchester CT because we have the expertise to return your home to its pre-sewer damage condition. 

Even when sewage looks like harmless water, it sometimes contains bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These and other microorganisms cause multiple health issues. The best way to minimize your risk is by distancing your family and pets from contaminated areas while we complete our emergency sewage cleanup process. 

At SERVPRO, we have earned our reputation as a top-rated sewage cleaning company in Manchester CT.  

  • We are SERVPRO-trained, sewage damage restoration professionals.

  • We respond to your sewage cleanup call 24/7. 

  • We work fast to minimize damage and deterioration.

  • We use specialized equipment and effective cleaning solutions.

Quality Sewage Cleaning Company in Manchester CT

Water from a sewage backup behaves like ordinary floodwater but it’s far more dangerous. Waterborne contaminants in sewage cause a long list of diseases. These include stomach flu, giardiasis parasites, hepatitis A, and many others. When a backup occurs, our sewage cleanup professionals clean up the sewage and eliminate these disease-causing contaminants. 

You may experience a sewage backup in your basement, but backups also affect plumbing in other areas of your home. When water enters your home, the color indicates the nature and extent of your sewage contamination. 

  • Clear Water: Clear water doesn’t usually contain high levels of raw sewage. Still, it creates perfect conditions for bacteria, mold, mildew, and other contaminants to develop and thrive.

  • Gray Water: Sewage often changes water from clear to gray. It’s usually untreated sewage, which can cause multiple health problems. Touching or ingesting gray water can make your family members and pets sick.  

  • Black Water: Dark water from a sewage line usually contains high levels of untreated sewage. Touching or ingesting black water or contacting contaminated surfaces can cause disease. If contaminants become airborne, inhaling them can also make you sick.  

Our Sewage Removal and Cleanup Services

When you need a residential sewage cleaning company in Manchester CT, SERVPRO responds 24/7. We arrive with specialized equipment, industrial solutions, and protective gear. We employ a multi-step sewage cleanup process to do the job right. 

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Our sewage cleaning company in Manchester CT begins cleanup by assessing the damage. We do a quick walkthrough, looking for areas of visible and hidden damage. Once we identify your problems, we begin cleanup, repair, and restoration.  

Separating Property

When sewage water enters your home, it doesn’t contaminate everything. We search for undamaged, uncontaminated property and move it to a safe dry location. This reduces your financial loss by preventing wet contaminated personal property from damaging dry property. 

Sewer Water Cleanup and Extraction

We are a professional sewage cleaning company in Manchester CT. We understand that water removal is critical so we get it done as quickly as possible. When furniture, fabrics, flooring, and other porous surfaces remain saturated, they continuously deteriorate. Mold, mildew, and other contaminants grow and thrive. We minimize this possibility by using industrial water extraction equipment to remove water as rapidly as possible. 

Drying Out Your Property

Extraction removes most of the sewage-contaminated water but residual dampness often causes additional problems. Damp surfaces dry over time, but mold, mildew, and other contaminants take control very quickly. We avoid this by completing the drying process with industrial dryers.

Dehumidifying the Air 

Moisture often lingers in the air even after the dry-out. It dampens previously dried surfaces and provides an environment for contaminants to grow. We implement a precision dehumidification process that prevents this. We measure the area and calculate the relative humidity and room temperature. This helps us place the right number of industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to eliminate airborne moisture. 

Sanitizing and Odor Removal 

As a professional sewage cleaning company in Manchester CT, we take every precaution to provide the best results possible. We complete our sewage removal services by sanitizing and removing any tell-tale sewer odor from your home. Our crew uses industrial equipment and odor-neutralizing solutions to accomplish this final cleaning step. 

Restoration and Repair Services

Our sewage cleaning company in Manchester CT completes a range of restoration tasks so you won’t have to hire multiple contractors. We repair drywall, resolve structural issues, and we replace carpeting and decor. We return stored property to your home and we salvage or dispose of damaged items. We complete every task to restore your home to the way it was before your sewage backup.

Commercial Sewage Cleaning Company in Manchester CT

At SERVPRO, we have the expertise and manpower to complete the most complex commercial water damage and sewage damage restoration projects. We can handle your commercial property cleanup regardless of its size. Our cleanup professionals respond to your emergency call 24/7. We work fast to minimize your business downtime.  

Contact Our Sewage Cleaning Company in Manchester CT

Contact SERVPRO to learn more about our sewage cleaning company in Manchester CT. We are IICRC Certified. Give us a call at (860) 649-0836.

Protect Your East Hartford Business from Spring Flooding Damage

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded office with table and fire extinguisher Don't let your East Hartford business flood this spring! Take steps now to prevent commercial water damage.

Over the last few years, it’s become more and more obvious that extreme weather is here to stay! That brings a much greater risk of flooding for your East Hartford and central Connecticut area business. Even if you’re not located in a flood zone, you could be at real risk of getting lots of water in your business, especially during the springtime.

Simply put: flooding can occur anywhere, and with little warning. That’s why you have to be prepared to protect your building and your business operations from a sudden flood. In the spring, the cause is typically a heavy rainstorm, but it can also be a less intense storm that goes on for several days. Either way, your East Hartford business could suffer a damaged building, ruined inventory, lots of unproductive downtime and cleanup costs.

Evaluate Your Flood Risk

Even though floods can happen anywhere, it’s helpful to know if your businesses is located in a flood zone. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a searchable flood map that lets you check. You definitely should have business flood insurance if you’re in a flood zone, but because of the unpredictability of extreme storms, consider purchasing flood insurance even if not in a flood zone. (If your business is outside the flood zone, your policy premium will be substantially lower, too.)

Another helpful government resource is the Ready Campaign, which has a number of tools you can use to create a business continuity plan. This plan to recover in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency will include identifying risks; identifying critical business functions; taking steps to protect against damage to those business functions; and testing and training to make sure you can spring into action when needed.

A key part of your continuity plan is to line up a water damage restoration specialist, like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. We’ll respond promptly to your emergency, remove the water and fully restore both your building and property to get you back to work A.S.A.P.

Harden Your Facility Against Floods

Because basements are the most vulnerable part of any building when it comes to floods, take these steps to keep water out of your commercial facility.

  • Check your building’s basement for signs of leaks. Seal visible cracks, route water from downspouts away from your foundation and grade the area around your building to direct water away. If you have evidence or a history of serious leaks, install a waterproof membrane to your foundation and a drainage system outside.
  • Install and maintain a sump pump, ideally with battery backup so that it works even when the power goes out.
  • Protect equipment, inventory and records by relocating them to a higher part of your building.
  • Install sewer backflow valves—nobody wants to cope with floodwater mixed with sewage!
  • If you have fuel tanks, anchor them.

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire—or needs routine cleaning or deep cleaning and decontamination services—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 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 Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational articles on how you can protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire—or needs routine cleaning or deep cleaning and decontamination services—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

Welcome Your Customers Back with a Clean and Sanitized Building

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

A Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned decal on the window of a business Reassure your customers that you have their health and safety in mind by having SERVPRO clean and disinfect your commercial building.

Business owners throughout Connecticut are gearing up to welcome back many of the folks who haven’t been shopping and dining in person as much during the pandemic. People have been deeply rattled by the anxiety and fear of living through such a challenging time, and while many are eager to resume regular activities, many consumers remain concerned about just how safe a particular business is.

To gain insight into consumer attitudes about cleanliness, SERVPRO commissioned a survey* last year asking if the way a business cleans its facilities would affect willingness to dine or shop there. The results were clear.

  • More than 80% believe businesses should clean more aggressively and thoroughly than they did pre-pandemic
  • 71% think the businesses they visit should be cleaner than their own homes
  • 76% think that the cleaner a business is, the better managed that business is
  • 70% say they try to reduce exposure to the coronavirus when out in public

Turn to SERVPRO to Meet Your Customers’ Expectations for Cleanliness

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has long provided routine commercial cleaning services as well as our specialized high-level biohazard cleanup and decontamination emergency services. That’s why you can trust us to bring a higher standard to clean to your business facility.

In 2020, SERVPRO launched Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, a new service for business and homeowners that provides deep cleaning, disinfecting and cleanup after a COVID-19 exposure. By incorporating defensive viral pathogen cleaning methods, this program far surpasses standard janitorial cleaning practices.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is based on our 3Cs:

  • Consult: We determine your business’s specific needs and create a unique cleaning service
  • Clean: Our crews use our proprietary EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning solutions and meet or exceed CDC cleaning and decontamination standards
  • Certify: Demonstrate your commitment to having the cleanest, safest facility possible by displaying the shield in your window and using our digital emblems and other collateral in your marketing

That Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned decal isn’t just another sticker, by the way. Our survey also demonstrated that 64% of consumers are more likely to patronize a business that displays a “professionally cleaned” decal than one that doesn’t.

So now, as you get ready to welcome back your customers and greet new ones, give them the assurance they’re looking for. Show them proof that you have done all you can to create a safe and healthy environment with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire—or needs routine cleaning or deep cleaning and decontamination services—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

We’re Here for You

 The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 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 Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

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SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire—or needs routine cleaning or deep cleaning and decontamination services—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

*Proprietary study prepared by Message Factors, Inc. Results are based on experiences and perceptions of 1,000 consumers surveyed May 2020.

Avoid and Minimize Basement Flooding Damage in Somers

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded basement If your Somers or north central Connecticut basement floods, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for complete water damage cleanup and remediation.

Welcome to spring, which many homeowners in Somers and north central Connecticut reluctantly know as “Basement Flooding Season.” Those famous April (and March and May) showers bring more than flowers—they bring the risk of lots of water entering your basement and causing lots of property and structure damage. Basement flooding is no joke, but there are ways to avoid it and ways to minimize the damage if it happens.

Ways to Avoid Basement Flooding in Your Somers Home

Direct Water Away from Your House

Rain’s gonna rain, but there are some things you can do to keep that water out of your basement, and one of them is to make sure the water stays away from your foundation in the first place.

This starts with the way your property is graded, or sloped. Ideally, your yard is graded so that it slants away from your home on all four sides. It doesn’t have to be a sharp slope, but it should be obvious to the eye that there is a slight angle away from your foundation.

Take a look at your property after it rains. Are there areas where water pools or ponds? If these areas are adjacent to your foundation, you should take action. If you need to have your property graded, you’re better off hiring a professional to do the job right. You’ll be glad you did the next time it pours.

Another important way to keep water away from your basement is to have a properly set-up drainage system, i.e., your gutters and downspouts. Your gutters should be properly sloped (a gutter professional can check and adjust that for you) and should be clean of leaves and other debris. If you can do so safely, you can use a ladder and do the cleaning yourself, but you may be better off calling a pro.

On the other end of the drainage system, it’s essential that your downspouts direct rainwater away from your foundation. Again, the grade of your yard will help carry water away. You should have concrete or plastic splash blocks positioned beneath the end of the downspout to shunt water away from the foundation. It’s also a good idea to add downspout extenders, which can be flexible or rigid, so that the water isn’t deposited right at the foundation, but several feet away.

If you have a basement window that is partially below grade, you should protect it with a window well cover so that rainwater doesn’t flow directly into the well and work its way inside.

Stop the Flood Quickly

If water does get into your basement, there are a couple of ways you can get a jump on stopping the flooding before it causes a lot of damage.

One way is to have one or more water sensors placed on your basement floor. These will detect a pool or flow of water entering your basement, and sound an alarm and/or send a notification to your cell phone, giving you a fighting chance at minimizing water damage.

Another old reliable way to combat basement flooding is to have a working sump pump installed and ready to go. With a sump pump set into your basement floor, any water that reaches it will flow into the pit. When enough water has entered the pit to trigger the pump’s float, the sump pump kicks on and pumps the water out of the basement and away from your foundation. As long as your pump is in good working condition, the pump will keep going until most of the water is removed, whether you’re home or not. The key is to have your sump pump periodically checked and maintained, which could make the difference between a damp basement and several feet of water in your basement. (Also consider a battery backup for your pump, so that it will still work in a power outage.)

What If Your Somers Basement Floods?

You woke up to a flood … you came home after a vacation … you walked downstairs to check on things …

Whatever the circumstances, you discovered inches or even feet of water throughout your basement, with appliances flooded and furniture and possessions soaked. Your first instinct may be to run down and get to work, but don’t do that quite yet. You need to take some safety measures before you do anything, because a flooded basement poses some real dangers.

Be Safe

First and foremost, you must shut off the electricity and gas to your basement. (If you are not sure how to do that, call an electrician or SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield—we’ll get out to you right away.) Do this to eliminate the risk of receiving an electrical shock.

Walking in water also poses slip-and-fall hazards, so wear sturdy rubber boots and be cautious as you walk around your basement. In addition to the boots, also wear thick rubber gloves to protect your hands as you reach into the water to begin cleaning up.

And as you do your cleanup, remember that water-soaked materials are very heavy. Carrying too heavy of a load can cause long-term damage to your back. Clear your possessions out a little at a time, and don’t try to lift too much at once.

How to Clean Up a Flooded Basement

Once you (safely) enter your basement, here’s what to do:

If the water is still entering your basement, try to determine the source. It could be through a window frame or a crack in the foundation. If you find the place where water’s getting in, try to plug the gap, perhaps with towels or cloths.

If your basement has a drain, check to see if it’s clogged. Unclogging that will help the water leave your basement on its own. Likewise with a jammed sump pump, getting the pump working again will speed up the process of getting rid of the floodwater.

Next, look up. Is the ceiling wet or sagging? If it’s sagging, don’t even enter the room. If the ceiling is wet, don’t turn on ceiling lights or fans.

Use a wet vac if you have it, or towels and mops to remove the water. Once most of it is gone, soak up the remaining water with towels.

Next, assess the damage to your structure and property. Here’s where you will do a lot of lifting, so be careful not to hurt yourself. Remove furniture, and if wet, put it in a place where it can dry, ideally outside on a sunny day. Do the same with your possessions.

Drying Out Your Possessions

Your goal is to dry your possessions and furniture in under 48 hours. Anything longer than that means that mold and mildew may start to grow, and that means that your items may have to be discarded.

  • Empty boxes of objects, discard the boxes and dry the items separately
  • Take wet books and magazines off the floor to dry
  • Hang up fabric, fur and leather clothing
  • Remove and prop up cushions and upholstery to speed up drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture and carpeting to prevent stains
  • Do not use any wet appliances, such as a TV or computer—you’ll need to have them checked by an electrician
  • Pull up and remove carpeting and padding

Drying Out Your Structure

Again, your goal is to have all the moisture out of your basement within 48 hours to prevent the potential growth of mold, which brings its own challenges to eradicate.

Start by getting the air in your basement moving: open windows and doors, and set up multiple fans to keep the air circulating (fresh air in, basement air out). If you own a dehumidifier, run it in the basement to drive down the humidity and hasten drying.

Or, Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to Clean Up the Water Damage From Your Flooded Basement

If the amount of water in your basement is more than a foot or so deep, consider calling a professional water damage remediation company like SERVPRO. With flooding like that, many of your possessions will have been soaked, as well as flooring and furniture. That’s a situation that requires sophisticated knowledge and equipment to remove the moisture quickly—and to prevent a mold situation from exploding.

We do this kind of work day in and day out, so our crews at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield have the training, experience, equipment and procedures to quickly and completely clean up flooded basements. Our proven water damage cleanup procedures have made life easier for countless homeowners in Manchester and central Connecticut. Let us do the same for you.

SERVPRO: The Pros at Water Damage Restoration in Somers and North Central Connecticut

In addition to drying your basement, we excel at restoring contents damaged by water or mold. Our “restore versus replace” approach can help you save money while preserving important irreplaceable possessions.

We pre-test your possessions to determine what can be restored, then we use several methods to do the cleaning and restoration:

  • Dry cleaning: appropriate for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet cleaning: used for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and wipe: for delicate items that would be damaged by wet cleaning
  • Foam cleaning: appropriate for fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive cleaning: for stubborn damage where the item can withstand agitation
  • Immersion cleaning: a 360° cleaning in which the item is submersed in the cleaning product

When damaged by water, electronic items—such as TVs, DVD players, tablets and computers—can become a shock risk, so don’t turn these items on. We will act quickly to prevent further damage. Our qualified electronics technicians will clean the exterior of these devices to help halt corrosion and damage, then clean and inspect the electronics.

If your basement water damage affects important documents—such as personal or medical records, books, correspondence and photographs—SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield knows how to tackle the delicate process of restoring these often-fragile items. While some of your documents may not be restorable, we have the expertise to save a great many of them—and we even offer the option to have them digitized. 

Another way we smooth the water disaster recovery process is with our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). This is a detailed digital bar-coded record of your possessions, which allows us to immediately locate any of your property as it’s being restored in our warehouse. Additionally, the inventory makes it easier to document your insurance claims for a quicker and more accurate payout.

If Your Basement Water Damage Creates a Mold Problem

We are experts at mold remediation, thanks to our high-level training, appropriate specialized equipment and experienced staff. We begin the mold remediation process with an inspection and assessment to detect both visible and hidden signs of mold. If mold is found, we go into action:

  • Mold containment: To prevent the spread of mold spores, we use advanced containment methods, like creating negative air chambers and negative air pressure
  • Air filtration: We utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to remove mold spores from the air
  • Removal: We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. If necessary, we will remove and dispose of mold-infested materials, such as drywall and carpeting
  • Cleaning contents and belongings: We use a variety of techniques to clean and disinfect furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing and other restorable items affected by mold. We then remove odors with fogging equipment
  • Restoration: Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet, or it may require major reconstruction

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in water damage remediation, fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

If your home or business suffers a flood or other water damage, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 for immediate expert water damage cleanup

Other Helpful Blog Posts

SERVPRO publishes educational articles on how to protect your home or business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield

53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If your home or business suffers a flood or other water damage, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 for immediate expert water damage cleanup