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SERVPRO Handles the Biggest Storms and Natural Disasters

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Man adjusts equipment in a truck SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is part of a national team of experts in major storm damage cleanup.

We’ve all seen the headlines, and many of us have experienced it firsthand: hurricanes, tropical storms and other storms are getting bigger, happening more often and causing much more damage. The wind speeds are often greater, and sometimes, hurricanes or tropical storms linger over an area, shedding vast amounts of rain. Even worse, one storm is often followed by another, with little time to recover in between.

The result? Americans are suffering more frequent and intense storm damage than we used to. The need for experienced, professional storm damage restoration is growing, too. And in the aftermath of a big storm, lots of homeowners need lots of help to repair, rebuild and restore their homes and possessions.

As a nationwide expert, SERVPRO has a well-deserved reputation for coming to the rescue after a major storm. That’s because more than a decade ago, SERVPRO created a division devoted solely to handling damage from large-scale storms and natural disasters.

The SERVPRO corporation, headquartered in Gallatin, Tennessee, learned a lot in its response to the 2010 Nashville floods. We used that experience as a motivation to create a network of skilled teams to handle large-scale, widespread disaster cleanup. Now, we strategically position Disaster Recovery Teams in anticipation of major storms and disasters. Staffed by the best of the best of SERVPRO’s storm damage remediation pros, the Disaster Recovery Team is ready to respond 24 hours a day, every day.

What Our Major Disaster Recovery Experience Means to You

Even if your storm damage isn’t caused by a major regional disaster, you still benefit from SERVPRO’s large-scale disaster expertise. The SERVPRO corporation has learned so much about the best way to respond to disasters over the decades, and that expertise is reflected in the rigorous training that our professionals undergo. Our standard operating procedures also evolve as we learn from responding to intense, overwhelming disasters.

And, as one of more than 1,800 SERVPRO franchises across the United States, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can call on our fellow franchisees for needed equipment and staffing.

Rest assured that SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has the expertise, technology and equipment to handle even biggest and the smallest flood and storm cleanups in north central Connecticut!

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

Trust SERVPRO for Storm Damage Cleanup

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO van drives down a street Help is on the way! Professionals from SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield arriving at your home after you've had storm damage is a welcome sight.

Storms, by their nature, can be unpredictable—and so can the damage they leave behind. After a tropical storm or hurricane, you may lose a few roof shingles or end up with a completely flooded house. A big thunderstorm may knock out your power for a few hours or send a tree crashing through your window. And a winter storm might leave you to shovel your way out or cause a frozen pipe to burst and flood your basement.

Whatever happens, know that SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is ready with the skilled staff, tools and products to quickly halt and clean up your storm cleanup. After a storm, when many of your neighbors have suffered damage to their homes, too, be ready to call the north central Connecticut experts at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield.

“The massive storms that blew through the area caused severe water damage in my home. I had no clue that my room had a leak until I discovered standing water in my home. I called SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, and they were able to come out and do a full assessment of the damages immediately. I was very pleased with how they handled everything and delivered satisfying results.”—Sarah in Hebron

“The SERVPRO team from Manchester/Mansfield gave us excellent customer service and courteous, timely, great work! They got rid of all the fallen branches and took care of our roof. The property looks good as new.”—Sue C. in Manchester

“After the amazing service I received from SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, I will definitely be recommending them to anyone who is in need of mitigation services, and will definitely go to them again if I have any other emergencies. Their communication was above and beyond, and their storm damage restoration services were, as well. The project manager was super helpful and informative throughout the process.”—Julian in Mansfield

“9.5 out of 10 because the staff was polite and helpful throughout the duration of the job. They were prompt and attentive to my concerns, and the crew clearly explained the mold and restoration process with knowledge and professionalism. I will use them again for future needs and I will recommend SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield.”—Zack in Manchester

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

What Our Water Damage Cleanup Services Look Like to Our Customers

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water covers a basement floor In a water damage emergency, you can rely on SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to restore your home and property, from start to finish.

Getting water in your house is never a good thing. At the least, it’s an annoyance that has to be cleaned up and dealt with to prevent more water damage. But at worst, water in your home—either from a damaged appliance, a flooded basement, a leaky roof or other means—can be an urgent, devastating problem that causes up to tens of thousands of dollars of damage.

When your home sustains water damage, you need a trustworthy, experienced water cleanup company that can respond swiftly to begin turning the tide (so to speak!) and start getting your home back to normal. In Manchester, Mansfield and surrounding towns, that expert water damage remediation firm is SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. We have the years of experience, the highly-trained crews, the equipment and products and the tested procedures to stop your water damage in its tracks, evaluate the scene, develop a plan and get to work on quickly restoring your home and possessions to before-damage condition.

“The water damage my house endured left me absolutely devastated, but SERVPRO was there for me and took care of the issue, all the way down to the tiniest of details. They were knowledgeable, professional and respectful. I felt as though they truly acknowledged me as an actual human being, and not just a business client. They helped me keep my head up during this hard time.”—Henrietta in Somers

“SERVPRO was there to help me during a very difficult time. We knew right away that they would take great care of us from the very start. They not only did their job to the highest of standards, they were also very pleasant and reassuring. They made me feel heard and had empathy for my situation. They couldn’t have handled it any better and I am so grateful for their assistance.”—Ralph in Columbia

“We were in need of a carpet replacement after the hot water heater broke and caused water damage. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield came to the rescue, and the crew was knowledgeable and professional. Your member Justin was exceptional. Thank you for the help!”—Ginny Weston in Stafford

“The SERVPRO team of outstanding professionals delivered with the highest quality of service to remediate the significant water damage event in my home. Their on-time delivery to a planned schedule, cleanliness, respect, professionalism, follow-up and outstanding communication every step of the way was absolutely outstanding. They have truly mastered the art of outstanding customer service. FIVE STAR RATING *****! Thank you to the SERVPRO team, from the receptionist answering the telephone to the entire project management and remediation cleanup team.”—Cynthia G. in Storrs

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

How SERVPRO Helps Commercial Customers

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Shelves of products in a warehouse When your business suffers water, fire, storm, mold or biohazard damage, call on SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to get to back to work fast.

You know how damaging it can be to have to close or scale down your business operations when a sudden facility emergency—like a flood, fire or mold issue—occurs. Well, so do we. Here at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, we are ready to respond to your emergency. We have the people, equipment, training and procedures to answer your call fast, evaluate the situation, create a plan to remediate the damage and get to work at getting you back to work!

“From start to finish, the project manager sent to work with us from SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield went above and beyond and handled our crisis in the most professional and courteous way possible. She knows everything there is to know about restoration, but also is knowledgeable about the insurance and business side of things. She worked around our needs so that we could keep our lives as on-track as possible. We were so happy with how everything came out, and will be referring people to SERVPRO for sure.”—Mark in Storrs

“Whenever I have an emergency, I call SERVPRO right away. They are always reliable and ready to help. Everyone I’ve ever interacted with from SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has been delightful and knowledgeable. They always get the job done and leave the place better than they found it, and always show great attitudes and manners. This makes all the difference to me. I will always recommend SERVPRO to others.”—Dennis in Amston

“We had a large commercial loss and the team at SERVPRO responded immediately. Their crew was very professional, clean, and quiet. The sewer line break caused a massive amount of sludge throughout the building and SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield prevented a lot of future damage.”—John in Marlborough

“I want to thank Brandy and her team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for the attentiveness and courteousness they had toward us in our time of need. Thanks to you, we were able to recover from the warehouse fire, and our family business survived. Your hard and considerate work saved us. We will recommend you to anyone in need. Thank you, SERVPRO.”—Dmitri in Somers

“I was happily surprised at how fast SERVPRO’s response was to my water damage situation, even though I've never had to deal with water damage before at my business. I was impressed that they even put in the effort to find ways to make the restoration more affordable for me. All the staff were very knowledgeable and showed care for me as a customer. I would recommend them to others in need of the same services, 10/10.”—Sally M. in Willington

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

Prepare for the Next Hurricane

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

The remains of a storm-damaged house. Take steps to prepare for a hurricane and you'll better protect your family and your home or business from injury and damage.

’Tis the season … the hurricane season, that is. Seems like it starts earlier each year, and is busier, too, with stronger storms. That means you should take weather forecasts seriously and be prepared to protect your home and family from a powerful windstorm. Follow the basic guidelines in this article, and you’ll be ready to handle a hurricane.

Get Your Home or Business Ready

You want to make sure your home or business facility is able to withstand high winds and wind-driven rain. Pay attention to these four areas to prepare for a hurricane.

  • Roof: Roofs are particularly vulnerable to strong winds, and a damaged roof will allow water to enter your home or building. Before the storm, check your roof to make sure that no shingles are missing or damaged. You may want to hire a roofing pro to examine your roof and replace or repair any weak areas.
  • Gutters: To help prevent flooding, make sure your gutters are in good shape, secured to the structure and not clogged. A roofing professional can take care of this, too.
  • Windows: Consider adding hurricane shutters to your windows to protect them from strong winds. As an alternative, you can cover windows and doors with sheets of plywood secured to the frames.
  • Exterior: Hurricane-force winds will turn unsecured objects into projectiles, causing more damage if they strike your home or business. Bring garbage cans, furniture and other large objects inside if possible or lash them down.

Get Your Family Ready

A storm brings with it the possibility of injury or illness. You should have on hand a fully-stocked emergency kit that can keep your family safe for at least several days. It should include:

  • First aid supplies
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Fully charged cell phones
  • Pain relievers and medications taken regularly
  • Important paperwork (for identification and to file insurance claims, if necessary)
  • Cash

A power outage, often lasting many days to a week or more, frequently accompanies a strong windstorm like a hurricane. Prepare to hunker down and survive several days without power by taking these steps:

  • Have on hand a minimum of three days’ (and up to two weeks) worth of canned and nonperishable food.
  • Set aside a gallon of water per person per day.
  • Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest temperature before the storm hits. A closed refrigerator keeps food safe for 4 hours, and a full freezer will keep food frozen for 48 hours.

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

Biohazard Cleanup in East Hartford

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

"Biohazard" symbol If your East Hartford commercial facility is hit with a biohazard situation, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for quick, complete cleanup.

Ugh. The business you own or manage in East Hartford has been hit with a biohazard contamination. It could be a sewage backup, a hoarding situation, a blood spill or a chemical contamination. Whatever the source, you know you need to act fast to get it cleaned up, and follow rigorous procedures to get it completely cleaned up, prevent further contamination and protect the health of your employees and customers.

In other words, you need a skilled professional biohazard cleanup company like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to do the job. Our crews are trained to safely remove and dispose of biohazards according to OSHA and health regulations, using all the necessary safety gear and cleaning products.

Why SERVPRO Should Be Your First Call

The truth is, a biohazard situation is not only a challenging cleanup job, it is often a dangerous and even emotional situation. That’s why we treat your property and the people involved with respect and empathy. At SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, we've seen it all, and we can clean it all.

No matter when your biohazard situation begins or is discovered, we will be there to evaluate the problem and begin work, thanks to our around-the-clock availability. Our qualified professionals are ready to respond and turn your contaminated facility back into a clean and safe place.

In the immediate aftermath of a biohazard emergency, follow our Biohazard Emergency Tips to protect yourself and your property.

Many Kinds of Biohazards

Among the many types of biohazard situations we clean up are:

  • Sewage backup
  • Crime scenes
  • Accidental deaths, suicides and homicides
  • Bloody accidents
  • Hoarding situations
  • Animal waste and/or remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Drug labs

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups aren’t just gross, they bring harmful bacteria and viruses into your commercial facility. SERVPRO removes the sewage and contaminants and completely dries, disinfects and deodorizes your building and furnishings.

Accidents and Crime Scenes

The blood, body fluids and other contaminants often found at crime and accident scenes can pose a serious health risk—in addition to being disturbing. SERVPRO crews are pros at cleaning up swiftly, properly and respectfully to return your facility to its pre-incident state.

Illegal Drug Labs

The chemicals used to make illegal drugs, such as meth, can be extremely hazardous, so we follow federal and state guidelines to properly and completely clean all surfaces.

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

SERVPRO Repairs Summer Storm Damage in Columbia, CT

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Storm water flows past houses Storm damage to your Columbia, CT home or business means a difficult cleanup job. Call SERVPRO for start-to-finish professional storm damage cleanup.

Summer is storm season in Columbia, Connecticut. Powerful thunderstorms, damaging rainstorms—even tornadoes and hurricanes—can hit almost without warning, and the result can be wind or water damage to your home or business. Winter storms are known to cause a lot of damage in central Connecticut, but summer storms can cause flooding and structural damage that can be equally expensive and challenging to clean up.

The Problem with Stormwater

When it enters your structure and causes damage to your building, furniture and possessions, stormwater can be extra difficult to deal with.

In a storm, your Columbia home or business may get drenched. With furniture, flooring, structure and your personal items soaked, you’re going to have a tough time getting everything completely dried out. And if you don’t—if any moisture lingers—mold or mildew may start to bloom in just 48 hours.

Unfortunately, stormwater often enters your home or business after flowing down roads and hills. It is frequently polluted with chemicals and oil, and may contain bacteria and other pathogens, which can cause illness or injury.

SERVPRO Provides Start-to-Finish Storm Cleanup

If your home or business is damaged by a summer storm, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for complete storm damage remediation services.

But we’re not just local. SERVPRO is also the national expert in storm damage cleanup and restoration. In fact, SERVPRO strategically positions Disaster Recovery Teams in anticipation of major storms and disasters.

Being a national expert means that we’re never overwhelmed by a major storm. As one of more than 1,700 SERVPRO franchises across the United States, we can call on our fellow franchisees for needed equipment and staffing.

We possess the expertise, technology, and equipment to handle even the biggest flood and storm cleanups. Our crews include technicians who specialize in water damage restoration and applied structural drying. They are trained in evaluating storm damage, precisely measuring moisture in the air and using the latest drying technology to fully remediate the damage to your home or business.

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

Install Your Smoke Detectors in These Locations

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

A smoke detector Having the right kind of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the right places in your house can save your life and your home!

A house fire is a scary and dangerous thing. If you suffer a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for professional fire damage cleanup services. We show up ASAP to examine the scene and make a plan, then we clean, repair and restore your home, furnishings and personal items, removing all traces of soot and smoke, including smoke smell. When we’re done, you’ll know that everything is back to pre-fire condition.

To give yourself a fighting chance to minimize a house fire and get your family out safely, you need working smoke detectors throughout your house. There are specific locations where you should install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and there are multiple types of detectors to choose from.

Key Locations for Smoke Detectors

You’ll have to calculate the appropriate number of smoke detectors, based on where they should be installed. Hang the detectors high on the wall or on the ceiling in these locations:

  • Inside every bedroom
  • Outside every sleeping area
  • At least one on every level (including finished attics and basements)

Install carbon monoxide detectors in these locations:

  • Outside every sleeping area
  • In the basement
  • At least one on every level
  • Near (but not inside) attached garages

Choice of Technologies in Detectors

Smoke Detectors

When shopping for smoke detectors, you’ll notice that there are three basic types. Different types combat different kinds of fires (fast-burning with lots of flames versus slower-burning with lots of smoke).

  • Ionization detectors are designed to detect hotter, faster fires with lots of flames.
  • Photoelectric detectors are better at detecting slower, smokier fires that smolder.
  • Dual-sensor smoke detectors use both technologies to detect and alert you to flaming and smoldering fires.

SERVPRO recommends purchasing dual-sensor smoke detectors, which work on both types of fires. Otherwise, purchase a combination of ionization and photoelectric detectors.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

CO detectors can save your life when they detect silent, deadly carbon monoxide gas in your home and sound an alarm.

Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Combination detectors will detect both smoke and carbon monoxide. However, they usually use either ionization or photoelectric technology, so you should purchase an assortment of this type of detector to protect yourself from both smoldering and flaming fires.

We’re Here for You

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

If you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

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 you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Purchase the Right Kind of Smoke Detector

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

A smoke detector Consider these options when you purchase smoke and carbon monoxide detectors—the decisions you make could save your home and your life!

When you shop for smoke (and carbon monoxide) detectors for your home, you’ll actually have a surprising number of choices to make. Maybe you’ve purchased a new home and are starting fresh with new detectors. Or perhaps you are replacing your old detectors piecemeal (typical smoke detector lifespan is ten years; carbon monoxide detectors need to be replaced at five to seven years) or all at once. Either way, read this article for a walk-through of features to consider when you’re making your purchase.

Consider These Features

1.  Know What’s Required

Start by checking your local regulations. Your state or town may specify what types of smoke detectors  to use, as well as where they should be installed.

2.  Always Choose UL-Approved Devices

In the store, check the packaging for the Underwriters Laboratories label, which guarantees that your smoke or carbon monoxide detector meets or exceeds accepted safety and operations standards.

3.  Wired or Battery?

Battery-operated detectors are easy to install by yourself, and they will still work during a power failure. Hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed by an electrician and tied into your home’s wiring; they usually have backup batteries.

4.  Standard or Smart?

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors alert you to problems when you’re away from home, but they can be expensive and don’t always give you complete protection. You may want to supplement smart detectors with some additional dual-sensor smoke detectors.

5.  What About Interconnected Detectors?

Interconnected smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will sound alarms at every unit in the house when any single device detects smoke or carbon monoxide. This is a big advantage in a larger home with multiple floors. The system can be connected with wiring or wirelessly; newer homes may even be pre-wired. Before you buy, check with the manufacturer to see which detector models will work together.

(Note that interconnected detectors are required for a home sale in many states.)

6.  What About Voice Alerts?

Because children tend to sleep more deeply than adults, they might not even hear a conventional alarm. Even though it’s not been proven to be more effective, some detectors use a voice alert to warn you of a fire.

If you suffer a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for professional fire damage cleanup services. We show up pronto to evaluate the damage and map out a plan, then we clean, repair and restore your home, furnishings and personal items, removing all traces of soot and smoke, including smoke smell, leaving everything back in pre-fire condition.

We’re Here for You

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

If you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

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 you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

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.

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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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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