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Reduce Fire Risk In Your Garage

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reduce Fire Risk In Your Garage Don't let your garage become a fire waiting to happen

Where do you think most house fires start? You’re right if you think most fires start in the kitchen. But the garage runs a close second. Most garages have cars, trucks, mowers, and other gas and oil powered vehicles in them. You may be like the many people who work on their vehicles inside the garage. All this means your garage often has abundant amounts of gas, oil, oily rags, and other flammable materials in it.

And the garage tends to be a small, enclosed space so that if a fire does start it can engulf the entire space faster. One final point: Your garage may be also be an area that attracts clutter (newspaper, cardboard boxes, paper waste)  – some of which is flammable. In this environment, how do you reduce the possibility of fire damage?
 
When it comes to fire damage in your Manchester garage, we recommend that you be proactive. Being proactive is the best way to keep your garage and your home as safe as possible from fire. Here are a few tips:

1. Any fuels, fluids, or cleaners you keep in your garage should be sealed properly.
2. Store flammable materials away from other flammables. For example, don’t store your old newspapers underneath cans of motor oil.
3. If you use drills and other electrical devices in your garage do not overload the circuit box. And unplug every electrical device after use.
4. Keep a fire extinguisher in the garage in a place where you can easily reach it.
5. Clear out clutter. Doing so makes it safer to walk in the garage and it removes potential fuel for a fire.
6. Store any flammable liquids in small amounts. Store them far away from source of heat, like a space heater.
7. Keep any propane tanks outside, not in your garage. Propane tanks are designed and equipped to handle being stored outside.  
8. If a fire does damage your garage call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. We’re professionally trained to handle fire damage cleanup and restoration. We have the tools, experience, and knowledge to get your garage and home back to its pre-fire condition.

Smoke & Soot Damage
After a fire, there are several forms of damage including damage from smoke and soot, plus water damage from putting the fire out. SERVPRO technicians take care of all of it for you. We can restore anything salvageable, clean up the smoke and soot, and dry out the area and your possessions. Learn what you can do after a fire and what you should avoid.
 
Want professional advice on the fire risk and fire safety of your home? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield Today At 860.649.0836

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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, 24/7/365.


Your Emergency Plan: SERVPRO Suggestions On Steps To Take Now

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Your Emergency Plan: SERVPRO Suggestions On Steps To Take Now The best time to deal with a disaster is before it happens. Have a plan of action. [Photo by Marc Szeglat]

Of course, we’re biased, but we think you have many reasons to choose SERVPRO when it comes to cleanup and restoration services. One reason is that we’re interested in not just helping you deal with the effects water damage, fire damage, and other natural disasters. We’re interested in helping you reduce the likelihood of suffering damage in the first place.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield would love to prevent property damage. That’s one reason why we blog about prevention and preparation. The best property damage is the damage that never happens.

We want to put your interests first. No one wants to have to call us and have our beautiful green and orange trucks sent to their house because they’ve suffered a huge loss. Lots of property damage can be avoided or lessened with the right planning and preparation.

Reading this post and others can help reduce your need for cleanup and restoration services. Getting this free educational information is another reason to choose SERVPRO.

Preparation Reduces Your Risk

When an emergency or major natural disaster strikes it’s the people and businesses who are prepared who handle the situation best. Being prepared can reduce the damage, the cost, the risk, and the inconvenience. But many people don’t like to think about and plan for what to do if a disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield would like to make planning easier for you. Here are some steps to take now.

1. Create a family communication plan. Know how you will contact each other if a disaster or emergency strikes. Review what you will do in different situations. One idea that’s worked for SERVPRO clients: Have every family member call, text, or email the same relative or friend so you can easily know the whereabouts and condition of everyone. Use someone out of town because they might be in a better position to communicate among separate family members. Make sure everyone in the family knows the phone number.

2. Be prepared to decide whether it’s safer to stay where you are or leave. Understand and plan for both alternatives. Stay tuned in to a news source (internet, TV, radio) for any official emergency instructions. Use all available information to assess your situation. If first responders, like fire fighters, tell you to leave, follow their instructions.

Concerned About Emergency Preparation? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield Today. Call 860.649.0836

3. Have a kit that can sustain you and your family in place for three days. Your kit should have a gallon of water per person per day, three days of non-perishable foods (like protein bars, dried fruit, and canned food), medicines you need, flashlights with batteries, blankets, and more. The American Red Cross and other places have ready-made kits and extra supplies available. Prepare another, smaller kit to take with you if you have to get away.

4. Create a plan to get away. Plan how you will assemble your family and anticipate where you will go. Choose several different destinations in different directions in case the natural disaster or emergency blocks one destination. Always keep half a tank or more of gas in your car. Become familiar with alternative routes as well as other means of transportation out of your area.

5. Know the emergency plans at school and work. Talk to your children’s schools and your employer about emergency plans. Find out how they will communicate with families during an emergency. Talk to your neighbors about how you might work together to be safe.

For more information go to the Homeland Security website ready.gov

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

Connecticut Disaster Facts & Preparation

In A Disaster Time Is Precious
 
Your Natural Disaster Questions Answered

Remember, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is here to help. We work on water damage, storm damage, fire damage and other severe weather damage. You can call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield anytime, 24/7. At SERVPRO we’re trained in many restoration services. We know the safest, most advanced, and quickest ways to help you recover from frozen pipe and other damage to your home or business.

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

Avoid Frozen Pipes

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoid Frozen Pipes You can prevent nearly all frozen pipes from happening and save an average of $5,000 in damages

The best-case scenario for frozen pipes is to avoid them all together. You can make that possible by taking some simple steps. Read on to find some facts about the potential damage of frozen pipes and ways to keep your pipes flowing in the coldest weather.

What Many People Don’t Know About Frozen Pipes
The insurance company, State Farm, says a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe in your home can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold. Ouch.

And many people don’t know other facts about frozen pipes. For example, did you know:

  • Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates?
  • Frozen pipes affect a quarter-million U.S. families each winter?
  • Pipes can freeze in homes with either plastic or copper pipes?

Frozen pipes are all too common, especially considering the damage they cause is largely preventable.

$5,000 Typical to Repair Frozen Pipe Damage
Water damage from bursting pipes is one of the most common homeowners insurance claims, with an average claim cost of about $5,000. Repairing the actual broken pipe is often the least costly part of the damage frozen pipes cause.

The damage to fixtures and home finishes from water spurting from a ruptured pipe is what runs up your bill. When a frozen pipe bursts you often must repair the flooring, drywall, and anything left on the floor.

Why Pipes Burst
When water freezes it expands. That’s why a can of soda explodes if you put it in a freezer to chill quickly and forget about it. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If the water expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes, and major damage begins.


Concerned About Frozen Pipes? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield Today. Call 860.649.0836

Preventing Frozen Pipes
So what can you do to avoid frozen pipes? First know what causes frozen pipes. The three central causes of frozen pipes are quick drops in temperature, poor insulation, and thermostats set too low. So, make sure your heating system is working properly and that vulnerable pipes, like those that run close to your exterior walls, are insulated.

If you go away for several days in the winter leave the heat on. The Insurance Information Institute recommends setting your thermostat at 65 degrees. Have someone check your home and property, if you can. If you expect to be away for extended periods — say, you go South for the winter — have your water turned off.

Others actions you can take to help prevent frozen pipes are:
•    Consider insulating pipes in your crawl spaces and attic
•    Keep your garage doors closed if you have water supply lines in the garage
•    Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
•    Wrap pipes in heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables. Use produces approved by an independent testing organization like Underwriters Laboratories
•    During severe cold turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night
•    If you need to be away from home, consider draining your water system before you go
•    Identify the locations of shut-off valves so that you’re prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts

Concerned About Frozen Pipes? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield Today. Call 860.649.0836

What If Your Pipes Do Freeze?
First, turn off the flow of water. That prevents further damage. To do that you need to know ahead of time where your main water shut-off valve is. Clearly mark it with a bright sticker. You may have to find it in the dark.

Next, call a plumber or contractor like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to conduct an initial water damage and repair assessment.  

You should also take photographs to document the initial damage for your insurance company. Hold onto the broken pipe because your insurance company may want to inspect it.
 
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Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how Manchester and Mansfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful:  
 
Businesses: Prevent Water Damage

Flood & Sewage Dangers Most People Don’t Know About

Water Damage Restoration

Water Disaster? Use the Pros

Remember, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is here to help. We work on frozen pipes and severe weather damage. You can call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield anytime, 24/7. At SERVPRO we’re trained in many restoration services. We know the safest, most advanced, and quickest ways to help you recover from frozen pipe and other damage to your home or business.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836

24-hour emergency service

No More Ice Storm Damage from Winter Storms

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage No More Ice Storm Damage from Winter Storms You can prevent most ice damage from winter storms by thinking ahead

In the Manchester, Connecticut area you never know when a winter storm may threaten to bring ice damage to your home or business. Ice storms are hard to predict and harder to deal with.  You’re smart to take preventive steps to reduce or eliminate the risk of ice damage.

Of course, even the best laid plans to prevent ice damage may not eliminate all damage. The following steps will help you keep your repair costs down and allow you to keep your home or business as safe as from ice damage as possible.

Avoid what others do. Other people sometimes consider ice just a minor annoyance but ice can wreak major havoc to your home or business. Even small preventive measures can make a difference. If a winter storm is coming make sure you keep your windows shut, your water taps dripping, and your cabinets open. These steps can help prevent freezing and allow you to avoid burst pipes.

No more ice dams
When water freezes, melts, and then refreezes on the edge of your roof it can create an ice dam in your gutters and on the roof. Ice dams can cause water to leak into your home and damage ceilings, walls, insulation, and other areas. To prevent ice dams consider adding insulation to your attic. Keep your gutters down spouts clear. Be sure water drains at least 10 feet away from your home’s foundation. And make sure you insulate recessed lighting fixtures so they don’t heat up your attic. After a storm, if there is a large and heavy amount of snow (8 inches or more), remove it from your roof with a roof rake. Don’t use a regular rake, because you can damage the shingles and gutters.

For a 2-minute video on preventing ice dams watch the CBC’s “What you should be doing to prevent ice dams forming on your roof.”


Call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield for Cleanup and Restoration. Call (860) 649-0836.

Check your roof’s strength
Your roof can support a lot of weight. Most roofs in good condition can support about 20 pounds per square foot of snow. Homes in the Manchester/Mansfield Connecticut region and other extreme weather areas are often built to withstand much more. Ten to 12 inches of snow equals about 1 inch of water or about 5 lbs. per square feet of roof. So unless you have more than 4 feet of snow on your roof – assuming your roof is not old or damaged – you are unlikely to have a risk of a collapse.

But do check your roof from your attic. Look for daylight through the boards, dark streaks or stains, sagging or leaks or water damage. See problems? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield.

As we said earlier if you have 8 inches or more of snow on your roof you may want to remove it with a snow rake. If ice has caused structural damage ask a restoration service like SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield to look at it.

Protect pipes from freezing
No one wants to return home and find a pipe has frozen, burst, and flooded the home. But it happens all the time. Pipes in bathrooms and laundry rooms located near garages or exterior facing walls are especially vulnerable to freezing.

Close any crawl spaces and add extra insulation near any water pipes. Consider buying space heaters to keep questionable rooms warm if frigid temperatures hit. Never turn the heat off when you leave your home. Open the vanity doors so that air circulates and keeps pipes warm.

Call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield for Cleanup and Restoration. Call (860) 649-0836.

Prevent ice damage from becoming water damage
Left untreated, ice can lead to major water damage. Water can quickly ruin your carpets and personal items. Water damage can also cause mold and make structural damage worse. Whenever you notice water on the floor or on your walls, make sure to call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836). We can quickly clean up any ice or water damage and  get the area dried out to prevent or lessen the damage. Waiting too long gives the water chance to cause more problems, and you might even deal with more damage if the water freezes again.

More information about preventing ice damage is at AMVIC’s Prevent Ice and Snow Damage to Your Home.

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

More Information On Our Blog
You can learn more by reading other posts on this blog:

Storm Damage in Manchester Rarely Minor

Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part II

Winter Snow Storm Preparation

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
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22 Tips on Preventing Fires From Home Heating, Candles, And Electrical Sources

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 22 Tips on Preventing Fires From Home Heating, Candles, And Electrical Sources You can greatly reduce the possibility of a home fire by following some simple safety tips we can teach you.

Home Heating Fire Prevention Tips
Home heating equipment (fireplaces, wood stoves, space heaters, etc.) causes a good percentage of winter fires. It’s a leading cause of home fire deaths. In a recent U.S. study, space heaters accounted for four out of five (80%) home heating fire deaths. Yet, some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires:
1. Make sure all fuel-burning equipment (e.g. gas furnaces and ranges, wood stoves and fireplaces) are vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (C.O.) poisoning.
2. Keep anything that can burn three feet or more away from heating equipment.
3. Don’t use extension cords with portable space heaters – plug space heaters directly into outlets.
4. Only use space heaters that have a switch that will shut off if the unit tips over.
5. Have your heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
6. Use a sturdy fireplace screen in front of your fireplace to stop sparks from flying into the room.
7. Place fire ashes in a covered, non-combustible container and douse the ashes with water.

Want more tips on preventing fires? Have SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield do an inspection. Call 860-649-0836 anytime.

Candle Fire Prevention Tips
Candles, although appealing for the ambiance they can create, are a significant cause of home fires. They are one of the leading causes of home fire deaths.  More than one-third of home candle fires start in the bedroom, and more than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle. So, please:

8. Use battery powered artificial candles instead of candles with an open flame.
9. If you do use old-fashioned candles with an open flame, put them in candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
10. Keep candles one foot or more away from anything that can burn.
11. Always blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
12. Avoid using candles in rooms where people may fall asleep.
13. Never burn a candle if medical oxygen is used in the home.

Want more tips on preventing fires? Have SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield do an
inspection. Call 860-649-0836 anytime.

Electrical Fire Prevention Tips
14. Use lamp bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage (there is usually a sticker on the lamp).
15. If you have a fuse that blows or a circuit breaker trips often; if your lights flicker or dim; or if some electrical outlets or switches feel warm, have a qualified electrician do an inspection. These are often warning signs before a major disaster.
16. Power strips with circuit breakers can be useful tools to temporarily plug several items into an electrical outlet, but if used incorrectly they can cause a fire. The use of power strips and multi-plug outlets increases the draw of electricity through your home's wiring. Before creating additional electrical demand, ensure that your wiring is in good repair and capable of carrying the additional load.
17. Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas, to reduce the risk of electric shock.
18. Run extension cords around carpets, not under them. A cord under a carpet can heat up and cause a fire.
19. Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
20. Make sure all electrical devices you purchase are approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
21. Never put water on an electrical fire. Use baking soda or a Class C (electrical) fire extinguisher.
22. Know where your breaker box is and how to operate it. Make sure your breakers are properly marked for convenience and safety.

Want more tips on preventing fires? Have SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield do an inspection. Call 860-649-0836 anytime.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield serves businesses and home owners in Columbia, Coventry, Ellington, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Vernon, and Willington.

More Safety Information   
Every month the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog publishes educational articles on how to protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, wind, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts on safety issues that you might find helpful:  

4 Ways To Prevent Fire

Home Disasters You Can Avoid

Home Fire Safety Checklist

25 Tips On Floods

Contact Us Anytime
In Manchester, the team at SERVPRO has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield anytime at 860.649.0836.

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

Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part II

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part II Be safe and careful when you're dealing with winter storm damage

In part one of this post (“Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part I”) we talked about safety, assessing the damage, making a plan, and removing the debris. This post continues with more winter storm damage restoration suggestions.  

Water damage restoration
Even with Connecticut’s cold winter temperatures, a big issue with winter storms is water damage. Here’s how damage from melting snow and ice happens on your roof. Warm air rises from your heated living spaces, warming the shingles on your roof and any snow covering the roof. Next, the snow melts and drips down to the colder edges of your home’s roof where it refreezes as ice. Once the ice grows thick enough, it backs up further snow-melt behind it, causing water to seep under your roof shingles, and eventually into your home through leakage points.

How to prevent roof leaks
The best way to prevent water from winter storms from causing roof leaks is to insulate and ventilate your attic. You can also lower the risk of a roof leak by cleaning out your gutters and downspouts in late fall and by using a roof rake to remove snow from the roof's edges. A fourth tactic is to install heat trace cables in the gutters to keep melting snow flowing.

If basement flooding is an issue for your home or business, professionals can remove the water using a flood pump. Basements take on water not just due to flooding. Water in your basement can be from heavy rains, melting snow, burst pipes, and other causes. It’s important to remove stagnating water quickly so you avoid mold growth.

If You Have Questions About Winter Storm Damage Restoration Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860) 649-0836

Hail damage restoration
Hail can damage your home in three ways: When large hail storms crash into your windows or other vulnerable areas, when the ice causes tears or makes holes, and when the hail melts. Hail storms can result in ice dams. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can remove the ice dams around and in your home by using effective equipment designed specifically for this use. We can also repair the ice damage that may follow a hail storm or winter storm.

Roof repair
After a winter storm we find that roof repair is among the most common home restoration services needed. Your roof can get damaged in many ways: strong winds, a hurricane, heavy snow, flying debris, hail, and more. Repair your roof first before you work on water restoration in your home. Without the roof repair any other repairs inside your home may be in vain.

If your business has a flat roof, heavy hail damage and heavy rains can cause it to sink or cause seepage and create a roof leak. So, roof repair requires not only sealing the roof but also reinstalling new tiles and reinforcing the roofing frames.

If You Have Questions About Winter Storm Damage Restoration Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860) 649-0836

Prevent winter storm damage next time
If you have winter storm damage think about more than just repairing what was affected. Consider if there are relatively inexpensive ways you can help prevent storm damage from occurring again. Check your roof before winter and fix minor issues like a missing or damaged shingle. Be sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and in good repair.

Walk around your house and see if the land slopes away from your foundation. Sometimes it’s worth making trenches or installing a flood pump around you home to prevent water from a flooding river from entering into your home. These trenches can also drain ground water away from your home. Check outside doors for their ability to withstand winds and keep you dry inside.

Storm damage restoration expertise   
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters or deal with them effectively. We explain how to recover from property damage, and keep your home clean and safe. Here are a few blog posts you might find helpful:

Prevent Summer Storm Damage

Thunderstorms and Lightning

Winter Snow Storm Preparation

Here For You
The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, thunderstorm and lightning damage remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860-649-0836) anytime, 24/7.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
40 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call: 860.649.0836
Fax: 860.216.2762
24-hour emergency service

Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part I

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part I Prevent or reduce winter storm damage with these suggestions

In Connecticut a winter snow, sleet, wind, or ice storm can happen without warning and cause severe destruction of property. In particular, water damage from a winter storm can be devastating. If your home or business suffers winter storm damage SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield suggests you take the following steps.

Safety first
After any winter storm your first priority should be the safety of you and your family. Be aware that there are heighten risks after a storm. Power lines may be down. Drifting snow may place too much weight on a roof. Ice makes walking and driving hazardous. Melting snow and ice can cause flooding and leaking into your home. Before you inspect your home or business for winter storm damage check the local weather. Be sure it’s safe to go outside. Proceed with caution.

Assess the damage
In Connecticut after a winter storm, roof damage is the most probable type of damage. Check your roof for leaks, ice dams, more than 18 inches of snow, and broken tree limbs. You may even want to use binoculars to take a close look at the damage. Snow and ice will eventually turn to water so assess the potential for water entering your house. Look for water damage to walls, frozen pipes, and any pooling of water around your business or home.

Roof damage may include broken or cracked tiles or slate, dents in gutters or vents, split seams, and holes. The sooner you find the damage and repair it, the less damage your house will incur.

If You Have Questions About Winter Storm Damage Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860) 649-0836


Your home’s doors and windows are generally susceptible to winter storm damage from wind, hail, hurricanes, and in-flight debris. Look for any cracks, holes, glass shards, damaged doors, or damaged window frames. A professional damage restoration service like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can help you assess and estimate the restoration costs.

Make a plan
After you’ve done a complete winter storm damage assessment, write up a plan to restore your property. Realize what may look like minor damage to you on the outside may be more significant once you inspect closer. Winter storm damage can run deep, and it’s not easy for a non-professional to uncover all that needs repair. A professional restoration company can create a complete list by using devices that probe and discover any below the surface or hidden storm damage affected areas.

Remove debris
Next, clear and remove all the debris brought to your home or property during the storm. To avoid further wind damage and ice damage, the restoration crew can reinforce any weak structural walls and repair any holes, leaks, or other roof damage. If you desire, our SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield crews can also make improvements to protect your business or home from winter storm damage in the future. You may want to build your home’s ability to withstand ice and strong winds. Connecticut homeowners and business owners have consulted us to ask for ways to prevent ice dams or better protect doors and windows from severe weather.   


Storm damage restoration expertise   
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters and deal with them effectively, recover from property damage, and keep you home clean and safe. Here are a few blog posts you might find helpful:

7 Essentials After Major Water Damage

Storm Damage In Manchester Rarely Minor

10 Steps To A Safer Home

In part two of this post, “Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part II” we’ll talk about roof leaks, hail storms, roof repair, and preventing winter storm damage next time.

Here For You
The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, thunderstorm and lightning damage remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860-649-0836) anytime, 24/7.
SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
40 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call: 860.649.0836
Fax: 860.216.2762
24hour emergency service

Water Contamination

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Contamination If you have doubts about whether your water is contaminated, don't take a chance. Read the tips here.

While water contamination in Connecticut has not be a frequent issue, it’s always best to be prepared. Consider what financial advisors tell us about the stock market: past performance is no guarantee of future results. No water issues in the past does not mean no water issues in the future.

Dangerous chemicals or other unhealthy substances can contaminate water after a water system failure, hurricane damage, flood damage, terrorist attack, accident, or in other ways according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Hazardous chemicals, human waste, or animal waste can get in to a Connecticut water supply and make the water dangerous to drink.

Check the Water’s Color, Smell, and Taste
If a Connecticut water emergency occurs your water company or local officials will tell you if your drinking water is not safe to drink. The Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparedness says that if your water has an unusual change in color, smell, or taste, or has floating pieces in it don’t use it or drink it.

Disinfect Flooded Wells
If you are a Connecticut homeowner or business owner in a flooded area and have a private well that has flooded, consider that well contaminated. Always have a flooded well disinfected. To be safe, treat your water or use bottled water until you disinfect the well. You can find more homeowner information about flooding, wells, and cleanup at the Department of Public Health’s page on this subject.


Faster to any size disaster.  Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836.

Treating Unsafe Water
What if you’re told to treat your drinking water? Don’t take risks. Use treated or bottled water for all your cooking, washing fruits and vegetables, brushing teeth, making baby formula—all water uses. Use treated water to wash your hands before you cook.

There is one exception. Adults and older children do not need to use treated water to shower or bathe. They just need to not swallow or get untreated water in their mouths. However, infants, toddlers, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems should be bathed using treated or bottled water.

Three ways you can make contaminated water safe to drink and use are:
1. Boil your drinking water at a rolling boil for one minute. Before boiling, make sure the water is clear of any debris or pieces.
2. Add eight drops of liquid chlorine bleach to every gallon of clear water or 16 drops to every gallon of cloudy water. Do not use household bleach that has perfumes or ingredients other than sodium hypochlorite. Mix the water and bleach well and let it stand for at least 30 minutes before you use it.  
3. Add water purification tablets per the directions on the tablet package.


Faster to any size disaster.  Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at  860.649.0836.
 
For more, go to the American Red Cross’s Water Treatment page.

Water Damage and Water Damage Restoration Information
Every month on our blog, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters and deal with them quickly and effectively should they occur. Many of our blog posts deal with water issues:  

7 Essentials After Major Water Damage

25 Tips On Floods

Flood & Sewage Dangers Most People Don’t Know About

Water Damage Restoration

How SERVPRO Excels
Many factors make SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield a great choice for fire and water cleanup and restoration. We offer:
• Highly trained staff with experience in many types of natural disasters
• Local knowledge and resources—we know your community and we have relationships with other local organizations that can help you in times of need
• A network of 1,800 franchises nationwide so we can call in any resource you need
• On site evaluation of your natural disaster recovery needs within four hours of you contacting SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
• Help working with your insurer and filing your insurance claim
     
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5 Ways To Prevent Mold

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 5 Ways To Prevent Mold To stop mold growth, pay special attention to your bathroom

Mold isn’t always bad. Did you know mold is essential in making brie and penicillin? Mold also is required for the decomposition of organic matter in nature. But mold in your house? That’s a whole different story, especially when you realize it often grows undetected in your home.

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

So, what can you do to prevent mold from growing in your house? The Mother Nature Network has some good tips. Here are five actions that will help.

1.    Identify problem areas in your home and correct them.

You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make your house mold-resistant. Do a moisture audit of your home. Where do things get wet? Does your home’s basement flood? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? Do you have frequent condensation on an upstairs window?

Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters. Or it may be a matter of major excavation and waterproofing. Whatever the case, address the problem now. It might cost some money up front, but it will surely be more costly down the road if mold continues to grow unchecked.

2. Dry wet areas immediately.

Mold can't grow without moisture. Wherever you see water or moisture take care of it right away. Clean up that seepage into the basement after a heavy rainfall. Stop the moisture of the leaky pipe. Dry up the spill on the carpet within 24 hours or less. After a flood you definitely need to be sure to thoroughly dry everything affected by the flood waters.

Everyday occurrences need attention, too. Don't leave wet items lying around the house. Dry the floor and walls after you take a shower. Remove wet clothes from the washing machine immediately and hang them to dry. Dry your clothes outside or in an area that features good air flow.

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3. Clean with all the right tools.

No matter how successful you are at preventing mildew and mold from growing you will still have some. To clean mold in the fastest and most effective way make sure you have latex or rubber gloves, buckets and brushes, a vacuum with brush attachment, a mop and sponges, nonammonia detergent, soap, or a commercial cleaner, disinfectant chlorine bleach, and furniture polish. You won’t need all of these tools all of the time but they will all come in handy sometime.

4. Give your bathroom special attention.

Few rooms in your home see as much moisture and humidity as your bathroom. Be sure your bathroom stays well-ventilated. Use an exhaust fan to help circulate the air and remove moisture more quickly. Spread your towels out after use so they dry more quickly. Don’t keep many containers in the shower (cleaning is then easier and the air circulates better). Wipe down the shower with a clean towel or squeegee after its last daily use. Choose shower curtains that dry and clean easily to help avoid soap residue, which fosters mold.

If mildew does accumulate on your shower curtain wash it in a solution of 1/2 cup liquid disinfectant to 1 gallon of hot water. Rinse with a mixture of one cup lemon juice and one cup salt to a gallon of hot water. Wash with detergent and bleach (using color-safe bleach on color fabrics). Rinse the shower curtain in clear water.

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5. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.

Sometimes daily activities encourage the growth of mold in your home. Be sure that the way you  cook dinner, take a shower, or do a load of laundry doesn't invite mold to grow. Provide proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and other high-moisture areas. Vent appliances that produce moisture (clothes dryers, stoves) to the outside (not the attic). Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers, especially if you live in a humid climate. Make sure your AC units and dehumidifiers don’t produce moisture themselves by checking them and cleaning them as directed by the manufacturer. If your home is energy-efficient it may hold in moisture. If so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.

More Information On This Blog
You can learn more by reading other posts on this SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog:

7 Dirty Places You Need To But May Not Ever Clean

Don’t Kill Mold With Bleach

Mold Facts


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In Manchester the team at SERVPRO has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield anytime at 860.649.0836.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
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Ralph DiCristofaro
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
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Business Owners: Do A Size-up After A Natural Disaster

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Business Owners: Do A Size-up After A Natural Disaster Businesses that do well after a natural disaster strikes are those that have prepared well for emergencies

If a fire, storm, flood, or other natural disaster hits your commercial property don’t panic. Don’t waste time considering what you should do. Have an emergency plan in place and do your own size-up.


What’s a Size-Up?
Some firefighters and emergency medical technicians recommend you get an overall perspective of the emergency, disaster, or situation. It’s too easy for business owners to be totally consumed by the visual impact of the natural disaster on the commercial property. Whatever appears to be worst to the naked eye is often accepted as the worst of the damage. This aspect of human nature comes into play after and during emergencies. It’s like coming upon a car accident and immediately attending to a person yelling for help because their foot is trapped underneath the car without first noticing that another person is unconscious inside the car and bleeding from a head injury. Staying clear-minded, being objective, and taking in the entire scene is tough but necessary. Before you act, gather as much information as you can.
 
Ask yourself three questions:
    1. What has happened?
    2. What is happening now?
    3. What is going to happen?

You can respond with more appropriate action if you fully understand what’s happened. You need to consider your own health and safety in the current situation and what may happen next.

Use More Than Your Eyes and Ears

Don’t rely only on your eyes and ears. Gather information from all five of your senses plus your instinct. What do you see? What’s the extent of the damage? Is anyone yelling for help? Can you hear a dangerous sound like gas leaking or water running? Do you smell smoke or anything suspicious? Is something hot to the touch or cold or abnormal? Is there an odd taste in your mouth (that could mean you inhaled an irritant)?

We’re Ready to Help Businesses Prevent Disaster or Respond to Disaster. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 24/7 at 860.649.0836  

Trust Your instincts

Even if you don’t have obvious evidence to take a course of action, many experts suggest that if it feels like you should do something (leave the area, get on higher ground, shout out for others, etc.) it might be wise to follow that gut feeling.

How To Do A Size-up

Here are some steps for doing a size-up:
1. Gather facts.
What happened? Where are people and are they safe? Does anyone need help? Is the danger over?

2. Assess damage.
How extensive is the damage? Which parts of your business are damaged? Could there be other damage you can safely check for in another area of the building or business?

3. Consider probabilities.
What’s likely to happen next? How can your actions positively affect the outcome? Are there steps you can safely take right now that could prevent more damage (like shutting off the power or pulling the fire alarm).  

4. Assess your abilities to handle the situation.
Are you safe where you are or should you move? What are you trained and equipped to do? Who do you need to call to get the right type of help?

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5. Establish priorities.
What’s most important to do first? Second? Next?

6. Take action.
Considering all the information you have, create a plan, make decisions, and take action. But do keep safety in mind.

7. Evaluate progress.
At regular intervals stop and think about your progress. Are your goals being met?  Should you change your course of action?
 
Educational Information For Businesses  
Every month on our blog, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters and deal with them quickly and effectively should they occur. Here are a few other blog posts you might find helpful:  

Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters

Businesses: Prevent Water Damage

Manchester Area Businesses Receive Priority With A PSA

You have lots of resources on the web that can help you be prepared for a natural disaster. On the Red Cross website under “Get Help” you’ll find at least seven essays on emergency preparation. The website for the Department of Labor’s  OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has a large emergency preparedness and response section.

Contact Us Anytime
In Manchester the team at SERVPRO has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield anytime at 860.649.0836.

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