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Protect Your Devices in a Thunderstorm

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

An electrical outlet on a green wall Some low-tech, old-school steps can protect your most high-tech home devices from a thunderstorm's fury.

A big thunderstorm, packed with lightning, wind and rain, can do a lot of damage to your home, including starting a fire or knocking a tree onto your roof. While these are some of the obvious risks of a storm, there’s another kind of damage that deserves your attention: a powerful lightning strike that could destroy the high-tech gear inside your home, including TVs, computers, routers, modems, smart devices, and more.

If a bolt of lightning strikes a nearby electrical pole, the resulting power surge can ruin all of your electrical devices. A little preparation before the storm, however, can vastly reduce the chance for that kind of storm damage—and will cost much less than replacing all of your electronics after a storm!

Unplug Your Devices

It’s almost too obvious, but the easiest and most effective way to prevent lightning-induced damage to your tech devices is to unplug everything you can before the storm hits. Go from room to room and pull cords out of outlets. It’s a small hassle—after the storm passes, you’ll have to plug everything back in and reset some of your devices—but if your electronics aren’t receiving any power, they cannot be damaged by a surge.

(One exception to this may be your WiFi router—if that’s your only way to connect to the internet. You may need to get up-to-date forecasts and information to stay safe during a severe storm, so weigh that necessity against the cost of a new router.)

Tip: If you’re going on an extended trip, you’ll want to unplug all your devices before leaving.

Use Low Tech to Protect High Tech

Used for centuries, lightning rods are metal poles that you attach to your roof to keep lightning from striking more vulnerable parts of your home. This old-but-good technology remains an effective way to protect a home—and lightning rods don’t just keep lightning from making a direct hit on your house. They also draw the lightning away from nearby power lines and light poles, reducing the chances for a power surge. Putting a lightning rod on top of your home might seem old-fashioned, but it could save your high tech equipment.

Sorry, But Your Surge Protector May Not Save You

Surge protectors are great at protecting your electrical devices from minor power spikes. Unfortunately, most surge protectors can only handle surges up to around 4,000 joules—and the average lightning strike rings in at around 1,000,000,000 joules! No surge protector can handle an electrical strike that is more than 250,000 times more powerful than what is rated for.

Don’t get rid of your surge protectors just yet, though. Surge protectors still offer protection from distant lightning strikes and everyday power surges, so they are a worthwhile investment.

Source: Family Handyman

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Prevent a Fire at Your Small Business

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

A burned desktop computer and monitor Learn where and how commercial fires often start—and the common-sense steps you can take to prevent one at your small business.

In the hot and dry summertime, many business owners have good reason to be concerned about the risk of wildfires. The truth is, though, that a fire of any size or origin can interrupt your business, and if not caught and extinguished quickly, can be devastating not just to your property, but to the survival of your business.

According to a 2018 report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), nonresidential buildings have experienced a 5% increase in fires over the last decade, resulting in a 36% growth in claims.

Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, a professional disaster recovery company, to help you recover quickly and completely if a fire strikes your small business. We also are experts in remediating the water and smoke damage that often accompanies a fire.

Fire Prevention 101

Follow these basic fire prevention steps, just as you would at your home.

  • Equip your building with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers as required by local and state regulations.
  • Test detectors and extinguishers regularly, change batteries annually and replace equipment if it is defective or approaching its end of life.
  • Set up evacuation procedures, communicate them and hold regular emergency drills.

Why and Where Do Small Business Fires Start?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, these are the most common sources of commercial property fires—and steps you can take to help prevent them.

Cooking Equipment (29%)

  • Clean office kitchen areas daily.
  • Prohibit the use of hot plates.
  • Have stoves, ovens and other cooking equipment serviced at least annually by a qualified technician.      

Electrical Equipment (12%)

  • Move combustible materials, such as trash cans, paper and cardboard boxes, away from outlets, panel boxes or other heat-producing electrical equipment.
  • Regularly inspect appliance cords and check light fixtures, bulbs and displays for visible signs for damage.
  • Do not use extension cords unless absolutely necessary.

Heating Equipment (11%)

  • Have heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment serviced by a qualified technician at least annually and before each seasonal startup.
  • Never use portable space heaters.
  • Keep combustible materials at least three feet from boilers, furnaces and other heating units.

Arson (10%)

  • Establish a security program that controls access to your building. Add regular guard tours if appropriate for your facility.
  • Adequately light all areas of the property, including parking lots and garages.

Smoking (5%)

  • Prohibit smoking in the building.
  • Place non-combustible containers outside entranceways for disposal of smoking materials.
  • Install smoke detection equipment in areas that may be used for unauthorized smoking, such as bathrooms and closets.

Source: The Hanover Insurance Group

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Be Ready for a Storm Before It Hits

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

A house in a thunderstorm A summer storm—hurricane, tornado or thunderstorm—can knock out your power and severely damage your house. Do these five things to prepare now!

Any time of the year is a bad time to get hit by a storm that can damage your home or knock out your power. Summer storms—such as hurricanes, tornadoes and powerful thunderstorms—can be a real challenge if you’re not ready for them. You and your family will weather the storm much more easily and safely if you prepare by having some key supplies on hand well before you need them.

1. Food & Water

Make it a practice to keep a two-week supply of nonperishable food and water on hand. Foods, such as canned and boxed food and other staples, should be high in calories and nutrition and not require refrigeration, water or special preparation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends having at least one gallon of water per day for each member of your family. Store your food and water in a cool, dry and dark place. Periodically, check the expiration dates and discard and replace expired items. If you have a pet, store a two-week supply of your pet’s food, too.

2. Lights & Electronics

Summer storms are notorious for causing power outages. If your power fails, you’ll want lighting and a way to power your phone or other electronic device. Keep on hand several flashlights and a compact lantern—as well as a supply of batteries. When you know a storm is on the way, fully charge your phone and devices—and if you have one or more power banks, charge them up, too.

3. First Aid Kit

If you suffer minor injuries during or after a big storm, you may not be able to call on busy first responders for help. Be prepared to handle basic medical care on your own with a first-aid kit that includes bandages, gauze, a cold compress, scissors, tweezers, a seven-day supply of necessary medications and more. Store these essentials in a portable carrying case so you can grab and go if you need to.

4. Documents & Records

You may have to evacuate your home or deal with insurance claims after a storm. Gather your important identification papers and other documents, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, marriage certificates, adoption papers, passports, naturalization documents, wills, living wills, powers of attorney and property deeds/titles. Store everything in a portable waterproof, fire-safe security chest. If there’s room, include important DVDs, portable disks and flash drives, too.

5. Cash & Gas

You should always have a supply of cash tucked away at home for an emergency. (If you have the means, build up a separate supply of easily-accessible funds that you can tap after a storm disaster to cover sudden expenses.) Gas up your vehicles before the storm hits to avoid long lines and the possibility of a gas shortage.

Just a few hours of preparation, long before the clouds arrive, will help you and your family stay safe and comfortable through a hurricane, tornado or severe thunderstorm and its aftermath.

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Summer Fire Safety (Part 1: Grilling)

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Burgers cooking on a gas grill Make sure your food's well done, not your house! Pay attention to grill safety precautions to prevent a fire that could jump to your home.

Summer is the time of the year for outdoor parties and celebrations, but it also carries increased risk of fires started by outdoor cooking, fire pits and campfires. Part 1 of this article will give you important safety guidelines for grilling food outdoors.

  • Gas grills cause almost 9,000 structure and outdoor fires each year in the U.S.
  • An average of more than 18,000 Americans are injured each year by grill fires.
  • 97 percent of grill fires occur between May and August.

General Grill Safety

  • Only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors. This will minimize the risk of fire and exposure to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation.
  • Position the grill several feet away from house siding and deck railings. Don’t locate it under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic. Keep children and pets from the grill area by creating a three-foot safety zone around the grill.
  • Use long-handled barbecue tools. Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.
  • Periodically clean out the grease or fat that has built up in trays below the grill.
  • Keep a bucket of water near your grill.

Charcoal Grills

  • At the start of grilling season, make sure your grill is clean and free of ash and grease.
  • Purchase the appropriate starter fluid and store it out of reach of children and away from heat sources. Never use any flammable or combustible liquid other than charcoal starter fluid.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals or kindling have been ignited.

Propane Gas Grills

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to set up the grill and maintain it.
  • At the start of grilling season, check the burners for clogs, make sure all hoses and connections are secure, and restock the propane if needed.
  • Check the propane cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A soap and water solution applied to the hose will bubble up to reveal escaping propane. If you detect a leak, turn off the tank and grill. If you can stop the leak, don’t use the grill until you have it serviced by a professional. If the leak won’t stop, call the fire department.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not attempt to move the grill.
  • Use only propane cylinders manufactured after April 2002 with overfill protection devices (OPD).
  • Never store propane cylinders in buildings or garages.

Read Part 2 of this article for guidelines for safely enjoying a fire pit or campfire.

Source: The Hanover Insurance Group

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Summer Fire Safety (Part 2: Fire Pits and Campfires)

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

A fire burns in a fire pit Use your fire pit or campfire safely, and you'll have lots of good memories. Follow our advice to avoid an out-of-control fire.

This time of year, Americans look forward to gathering around a fire pit or campfire with friends and family. But what can be an enjoyable evening can turn into a fire tragedy if you’re not careful. In Part 2 of this article, we address how to safely enjoy your fire pit or campfire (Part 1 covered safety while grilling food).

Fire Pit Safety

With the increasing popularity of fire pits, knowing how to use them safely has become even more important. Follow this advice when setting up and using a fire pit.

  • Keep flammable material and fluids, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene and charcoal lighter fluid, away from the fire pit while in use.
  • Never use flammable fluids such as gasoline, alcohol, diesel fuel, kerosene and charcoal lighter fluid to light or relight fires.
  • Exercise the same precautions you would with an open fire.
  • Don’t wear loose fitting or flammable clothing such as nylon.
  • Keep a three-foot safety zone around the fire pit. Do not allow children to use the fire pit. Keep children and pets away.
  • Don’t burn trash, leaves, paper, cardboard or plywood. Avoid using soft wood such as pine or cedar that can pop and throw sparks. Seasoned hardwood is best.
  • Don’t overload the fire pit. Before starting the fire, make sure that the lid will still close to extinguish the fire in an emergency.
  • Check the wind direction before you light the fire.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose or bucket of water nearby.

Campfire Safety

Follow these tips to stay safe around your campfire.

  • Don’t build a fire in hazardous, dry conditions or if the campground, area or event rules prohibit campfires.
  • Use an existing fire ring if available.
  • Choose a site that is at least fifteen feet away from tent walls, shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. The site should not have low-hanging branches overhead.
  • Keep a three-foot safety zone around the campfire.
  • Keep a bucket of water near your campfire.

When you’re ready to put out your fire, follow these guidelines:

  • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
  • Pour lots of water on the fire; drown all embers, not just the red ones. Pour until hissing sounds stop.
  • Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel. Make sure everything is wet and cold to the touch.
  • Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers.
  • If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix dirt or sand with the embers and stir until all material is cool. Do not simply bury the fire, as the fire can smolder and catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

Source: The Hanover Insurance Group

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What to Do If Your Washing Machine Leaks (Part 1)

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

A washing machine is surrounded by water A leak or flood from your washing machine can really damage your home—and fast! Take these steps immediately to minimize the damage.

If you suffer a flood or leak from your washing machine, the damage to your home can be extensive! A broken washing machine hose can spew up to 500 gallons of water per hour if not stopped. So first, stop the water, then figure out what caused the leak. Finally, get going on the cleanup, because the longer water sits on your floor, the worse the damage gets.

Shut Off the Water Supply and Electricity

Whether it’s a flood or a puddle, the first thing you need to do is to stop the flow of water. Shut off the water supply to the washer. The hot and cold shutoff valves are located where the house-supply lines meet the washer hoses. Often this is in a recessed wall box located adjacent to the washer.

Once you’ve stopped the flow of water, mop up any standing water. This will help prevent slips and falls while you’re working on your machine. It will also reduce the chances of water damage to your home and furnishings, and help prevent mold growth.

Next, cut the electrical power to the washer at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Don’t just pull the power plug in the back of the washer because its cord could be exposed to standing water and you could be shocked. If the leak is substantial, shut off the electricity to your home, too.

Empty the Washer

Remove the wet laundry—this will also remove some of the standing water from the washer, which will help drainage problems. Refer to your owner's manual for model-specific instructions. If the standing water is hot, wear rubber gloves. Place the items in a bucket and wring them out over a sink in the laundry room or kitchen.

Now you are ready to find the source of the leak and either fix it, call in professional help or replace your washer. Read Part 2 of this article for your next steps. 

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Source: SFGate.com

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What to Do If Your Washing Machine Leaks (Part 2)

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

A split washing machine water supply hose A burst water supply hose is a frequent cause of a sudden washing machine leak. Here's how to find the source of the water damage and address it.

Part 1 of this article showed you the actions to take as soon as you discover a leak or flood from your washing machine. Now that you've halted the damage, investigate the source of the leak.

Locate the Leak

Finding the leak starts with observing. Pull the washer away from the back wall to gain access to the hoses. Examine the hoses and connections for dripping or leaking water. Tighten the connection for the hot and cold water supply hoses that run from the back of the washer to the shutoff valves. You may need to replace the hoses—and if they are more than 5 years old, do it anyway.

Check to be sure that the single drain hose, usually located between the two water supply hoses, is secured in place on both ends.

If you are confident that you have solved the flooding by tightening or replacing water hoses, go ahead and run a test. Plug the machine back in and turn the power back on at the circuit breaker. Run a regular wash or rinse-only cycle (with no laundry or detergent) and watch closely for leaking or flooding.

Although a common cause of a sudden leak is a burst hose, washing machine floods can also originate from the base of the washer. The fix could be as simple as re-leveling the washer. If the problem is more serious, you may need to call in an appliance repair specialist or consider replacing the washer—note that the average life span of a washing machine is 5 to 7 years.

Repair Water Damage

Finally, you need to tackle the water cleanup and repair any damage to flooring, drywall or furnishings and possessions. It’s essential that within 48 hours you dry your home, because that’s when mold may begin to grow.

When you experience water damage in your home from a washing machine or any other source, call the pros at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. We are experts at water disaster remediation and we will get to your home fast, stop the leak and clean up the damage to restore your home to its before-disaster condition.

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Source: SFGate.com

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.

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53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
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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

Get Your Home Ready for Summer’s Storms

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

A roof with missing shingles Examine and secure your home and property now before a hurricane or other windstorm causes costly damage.

Roofing, garages, doors and windows are all vulnerable to damage from the strong winds of hurricanes and tornadoes. Replacing those components—or rebuilding your home entirely—are major expenses to be avoided if possible. And don’t forget that your car may also be damaged by wind!

This article will help you protect your home and property from wind damage before a storm or hurricane hits.

A Stronger Garage Door

Garage doors are considered the weakest part of a home in a windstorm. In fact, most residential hurricane damage starts with wind entry through these doors.

If your garage doors are made of lightweight materials, they may be quite vulnerable to high winds. Ideally, garage doors are windowless, less than 9 feet wide and rated to withstand more than 50 pounds of pressure per square foot. Check for a pressure rating sticker on the inside of your garage door. If the sticker shows a rating of 50 pounds or less—or you don’t see a sticker at all—consider purchasing new wind-resistant doors.

A Protected Roof

Don’t wait for an impending storm to make sure that your roof is protected against wind damage. Have it professionally inspected:

  • Shingles should meet or exceed the local building code, be rated high in wind and impact resistance, and be fitted tightly together and properly nailed down
  • Roof sheathing should be securely nailed down and seams sealed and waterproofed
  • Any attached HVAC units should be securely installed

Secured Windows and Doors

If your region is prone to hurricanes and heavy storms, consider installing impact-resistant windows, which are designed to withstand forceful winds.

Strong winds can rattle any exterior door that’s not properly secured. You should inspect your home’s doors:

  • Check hinges for missing screws. How many hinges are there? Three provides more strength than two
  • Check the threshold to make sure it’s tightly screwed into your house, not just the door frame

Consider installing new wind-resistant doors that have a high design pressure (DP) rating, which measures the wind force a door system can withstand.

Safely Stored Vehicles

If possible, park your vehicles inside a garage or storage building before a storm arrives.

If you must park outside, stay away from objects that could cause damage, such as branches, lampposts and power lines. Never park vehicles under a tree if a storm is on the way.

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

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How a Small Business Can Recover from a Hurricane

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

A sign says "Hurricane Season" against a background image of a hurricane. You'll get your small business up and running more quickly if you make a plan and gather information before a hurricane hits.

As we enter hurricane season, small business owners know that a damaging storm may cause facility and property damage that forces them to halt operations. It’s impossible to stop a hurricane, but you can prepare for the worst. In a disaster situation, it can really pay off to have done your planning ahead of time:

  • What resources can you turn to?
  • What steps will you take to return your business to operation?

You’ll be grateful, when your facility may be flooded and damaged by wind, if you have already made a plan and gathered information on key resources that can help you get back on your feet and get back to business!

Before the Storm

Before a storm is even in the forecast, there are several things you should do to position yourself to recover faster.

  • Do an inventory of your commercial facility and property, ideally including photos. This should be stored offsite or digitally in the cloud. Having this documentation will give your insurer the information they need to process your claim faster.
  • Identify local contractors, like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, who are reliable experts in restoring commercial property after storm and other damage. SERVPRO will even do an evaluation of your business at any time, so that you can be as prepared as possible for a natural disaster.
  • Gather (and store remotely) contact information for FEMA, SBA, your insurance agent, local fire and police, your local government, chamber of commerce, preferred contractors, employees and key customers.

After the Storm

Contact Your Insurer

Contact your insurance agent immediately after the storm blows over, to file a claim for your business, says the Insurance Information Institute (III). The sooner you start the process, the sooner your claim is likely to be paid.

Line Up Financial Aid

You can apply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for federal aid to start rebuilding. Submit a request by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Also consider applying for unemployment if you and your employees are out of work because of the hurricane.

An affordable disaster loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) can help cover expenses due to uninsured or underinsured hurricane-damaged property. Apply for a loan by mail, online or by visiting a local SBA disaster recovery center.

Get Local Business Counseling

Post-hurricane, you’ll have to make some important decisions on the fly. The SBA and your local government office and chamber of commerce can provide information and guidance.

Find Reputable Contractors

After a hurricane strikes, area contractors are often in high demand. If you haven’t lined up contractors pre-storm, talk to several contractors and get written estimates to compare.

Look out for scams during this time. Requesting money upfront or wanting to sign a contract immediately are red flags. Consider contacting the Better Business Bureau to help confirm the contractor is reputable.

Keep Employees and Customers Informed

Check in with your employees to make sure they’re okay. As you determine a realistic timeframe for reopening, you’ll need to communicate that directly to your employees.

Keep in touch with your customers via email or social media so that they know when you’re ready to resume operations, too.

Source: The Allstate Blog Team

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How to Reopen Your Commercial Building After It’s Been Closed

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Workers wearing personal protective equipment clean a business As you plan to reopen your business, it's essential to make customer and employee health and safety a priority.

The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily shuttered the doors of many businesses across the nation. As states reopen in stages, the top priority for business owners is to take all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. That will require both ensuring that your facility is cleaned and disinfected, but also that you have procedures in place to keep it that way once your business resumes operations.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Building

You should follow your state’s and the CDC guidelines on commercial cleaning and disinfecting. To do your own cleaning, you’ll need to have the right equipment, supplies and PPE for your staff. You’ll need to identify the high-touch surfaces and heavy-use areas of your facility. And you’ll need to develop clear procedures and training for your staff so that they stay safe and can continue keeping your building clean and disinfected as business operations ramp up.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield offers proactive pathogen cleaning for commercial facilities. With decades of biohazard cleanup experience, we are ready with the equipment, staff and knowledge to thoroughly clean and disinfect your building for your employees’ and customers’ safety. Our Cleaning Protocol Specialist will evaluate your needs and create a tailored program for your property. We even certify your facility as SERVPRO-cleaned.

General Reopening Tasks

While safety remains everyone’s top priority, it’s also important to evaluate your business property and determine how to effectively reopen. Although some businesses such as restaurants and medical facilities may require special reopening tasks, these steps will help the return go smoothly for most businesses.

1. Assess Your Property

Designate a key employee to return to the facility before reopening to assess conditions, document damages and report back to management. 

  • Inspect the property’s perimeter for signs of trespassing and damage to the property and structure.
  • Look for signs of rodent and insect infestation.
  • Inspect the plumbing and turn on the water supply line to individual fixtures such as sinks and toilets.
  • Check HVAC air filters and replace if necessary.
  • If there were any severe weather events during the temporary closure, inspect the roof for signs of damage or pooling water.
  • Ensure that the fire protection system (smoke detectors, sprinklers) is in proper working condition.

  2. Address Any Damage

  • Report damage and/or related expenses to your insurance company.
  • Hire a licensed contractor to repair any damage.

3. Notify Service Providers and Partners That You Are Reopening

  • Fire and security alarm monitoring companies
  • Police department 
  • Insurance company
  • Cleaning and landscaping services
  • Customers and clientele

4. Upon Reopening

  • Review equipment/machinery startup plan with all employees.
  • Instruct employees to inspect their workspaces, tools, equipment and/or machinery used in their daily routine and report any damage to management.
  • Meet with all staff to review the reopening and compile a log of actions to be taken. 

Help Is Here

In addition to offering commercial cleaning services, 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.

Sources: Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

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Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

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