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Tips to Prevent Damage From An A/C Leak

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Air conditioner leaking water Air Conditioner leaks are slow but sure ways to cause water damage

Most homeowners don't realize that their air conditioners can cause water damage if not properly maintained. An air conditioner can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily. Ideally, this water drains into a collection pan and then into the sewer system, but if not, the overflow of water can lead to damaged floors and carpeting, and potentially, mold growth.

Causes of overflow include:

  • a clogged drain line
  • excessive condensation if the unit runs nonstop
  • evaporator coils that may freeze and defrost on a regular basis

Because most of the unit is typically hidden from view, you need to inspect it regularly. Do these three things to prevent costly water damage from your AC system:

  • change the HVAC air filter at least once a month—clean air filters help prevent the unit from overworking
  • check for excessive moisture on the condensation line
  • check to see that water is flowing from the opening of the condensation line directly to the drain

If your home or business suffers a flood, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 to provide immediate expert water 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.

Stop Appliance Leaks in Your Amston Home

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

leaking refrigerator appliance Refrigerator leaks can be costly if not stopped quickly.

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

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

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

Automatic Shutoff Valves for One or All of Your Water Appliances

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Reduce Fire Risk In Your Garage

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

open garage in upscale neighborhood Don't let your garage become a risk liability to your home

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 cleanup 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

Summer Fire Safety - Fire Pits and Campfires

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

outdoor fire pit Fire pits are a favorite part of summer when safety tips are carefully followed

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.

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

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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.

Your Home After Fire Damage

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Fighters Manchester homes can recover after a fire

It can feel devastating when your home suffers fire and smoke damage.  But by cleaning up sooner rather than later you can best prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue. Check these tips from The Institute for Inspection and Cleaning (IICRC):
•    Check with your insurance company to see if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered by your homeowner’s policy.
•    Practice safety first. Use a dust mask (like painters use) and gloves as you work.
•    Ventilate your home. Place a box fan in an open window to draw the air and dust out.

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•    Clean from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings, walls and fixtures, and work your way down to the contents of the room, then to the floor.
•    Vacuum floors and upholstery. Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a high efficiency filter. Otherwise, you risk blowing soot back into the air.
•    You may be able to launder draperies, clothing and machine-washable items. Use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid in the soot. Fine clothing should be professionally dry cleaned.
•    Most exterior walls (brick, stone, wood, paint, siding) and eaves can be cleaned by spraying with a detergent, agitating soot with a soft-bristled brush, pressure washing from bottom to top, then rinsing from top to bottom.

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•    If the damage and residue are heavy, it may be best to hire a professional to thoroughly restore your home and belongings. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield.
•    If the fire has warped or distorted the structure, consult a licensed general contractor.

Damage increases fire cleanup restoration costs rise the longer you delay neutralization, corrosion control, and cleaning.



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The professionals at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield are commercial property water damage restoration experts. We've served clients in
•    Andover
•    Bolton
•    Chestnut Hill
•    Columbia
•    Coventry
•    Ellington
•    Hebron
•    Hop River
•    Lebanon
•    Manchester
•    Mansfield
•    Mansfield Center
•    Somers
•    South Windham
•    Stafford
•    Vernon
•    Willington
•    Windham
•    Willimantic
And beyond

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Have a Fire Escape Plan Ready!

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Residential fire escape plan Fire escape plans include at least two exit plans and a meeting place

Typically, we think of our homes as a refuge from the outside world and the dangers it can pose—but don’t let that allow you to become complacent about the hazards within your home. The last thing many homeowners expect is a devastating house fire.

Yet, recent statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that upwards of 365,000 house fires occur in the U.S. annually. These fires can destroy a home and take lives in just minutes. In fact, thanks to the materials that make up many of our home furnishings, like carpets and upholstery, today’s home fires burn much hotter and faster than fires of a couple of decades ago. The truth is you and your family may have less than five minutes to escape a house fire!

When a fire is raging, you may not be able to think quickly or clearly enough to get your family out safely. Having a fire evacuation plan can mean the difference between life and death, so create and put your plan into action now.

  • Plan for everyone in your home. Are there young children and elderly family members living in your home? They may have trouble moving quickly in an emergency, and heavy-sleeping kids may not even hear a smoke alarm. Assign an adult to help them get out quickly. Involve your kids in creating your plan and make sure they understand how important it is.
  • Identify two ways out of each room.  This will typically be a door and a window. Check to be sure the windows and doors open easily and are not blocked.
  • Select an outside meeting spot. Pick a location out front a safe distance from your house (a neighbor’s house, your mailbox or a street or stop sign) where you will meet and wait for fire professionals to arrive. Emphasize that no one can re-enter the house.
  • Diagram it. Create a map of your home and mark the exits from each room as well as the exit routes from the house. Also identify the outside meeting place and the locations of smoke detectors.
  • Share the plan. Review the plan with everyone in the household, and with visitors and overnight guests.
  • Practice the plan. Practice and review your escape plan at least once a year at different times of the day and night. 

If the planned exit routes are blocked and family members cannot escape, close all doors between you and the fire, place a towel under the door, call 911 and wait for help at an exterior window.

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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

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Commercial Cleaning

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Business Cleaners Office SERVPRO cleaners don't miss a spot when they are in commercial properties.

In addition to providing disaster recovery services for your home or business, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield also offers commercial cleaning services. Count on us for thoroughness, attention to detail and reliability to keep your office, restaurant, retail store or manufacturing facility clean, safe and looking its absolute best!

Among the workplaces we clean are:

  • small and large office buildings
  • high-rise office and residential buildings
  • small and large retail stores and big box stores
  • restaurants
  • hotels and motels
  • manufacturing and industrial facilities
  • government and military workplaces

SERVPRO’s commercial cleaning crew brings these benefits:

  • an improved business image
  • a safer environment for your workers
  • skilled personnel using industry-best equipment, products and procedures

SERVPRO will tailor our cleaning services to your needs. We even offer specialized cleaning services, including biohazard/ sewage, air duct/HVAC and odor removal.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is here to help you keep your workplace clean, safe and productive for your employees. We’ll make your business shine!

For commercial cleaning and disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

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.

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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.

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Prevent Fire Damage At Your Business

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Business Fire Commercial fires mean losing more than just equipment. It can erase years of hard work in an instant

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.

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

Help Is Here

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

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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.

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Replacing Washing Machine Hoses - Easy Steps To Prevent a Flood

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Basement Flooded Washing Machine Washing Machines cause massive damage and flooded basements

The most vulnerable parts of your washing machine are the hoses. Washers are typically sold with rubber hoses—but these hoses can burst with no warning, spewing hundreds of gallons of water in only one hour! Luckily, there’s a quick, easy and affordable way to prevent a flooding disaster from happening in your home.

Avoid a laundry room water disaster by replacing your washer's old rubber hoses with steel-jacketed ones that won’t split open. Buy hoses that are at least 60" long—that length will make it easier to move and service your washer.

  • Remove the old hoses: Turn off your hot and cold water valves, unplug the washer’s electric cord, and remove the drain hose from the drain. Lay a towel down and use a stillson (pipe) wrench to remove the hot and cold hoses from the back of the washer and from the water supply.
  • Clean the filter screens on the back of the washer with a brush.
  • Install the new steel braided hoses: screw them on to the back of the washer with your fingers and then tighten with the wrench.
  • Connect the new hoses to the water supply, matching hot and cold. Open the valves, check for leaks, reconnect the drain hose and plug the washer back in.

Tag the new hoses with the date you installed them. Then, check your hoses every six months and replace them once they are five years old.

Add Another Layer of Protection

Installing a plastic drip pan is another fairly simple way to avoid costly damage from a laundry room flood—in fact it’s required in second-floor laundry rooms. The pan sits under your washer and catches small leaks. Select a pan with a drain so that any water that collects can be diverted to a floor drain. You'll need a helper and perhaps a dolly to set the washer gently onto the pan so you don’t crack it.

Once the pan is in place, check it for accumulated water after each load of laundry.

If your home or business suffers a flood, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 for immediate water damage cleanup and restoration of your structure and property

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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 any time. Someone is available 24/7 for your emergencies.

Businesses - Prevent Water Damage

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Crew Entering The SERVPRO Crew is ready for anything!

In most cases you can prevent water damage at your business. But it requires planning and preparation. Being prepared can save you large expenses and more importantly, keep your business running so there’s not business interruption.

In general, if your commercial property fits one or more of these descriptions your building may be at higher risk for water damage:
•    20+ years old
•    High-rise with multiple tenants or units
•    Uses newer construction materials
•    Is exposed to seasonal extremes or geographic-based events
•    Has not been properly maintained
 
Your best bet for preventing water damage is to have a written, up-to-date water damage prevention program. If you need one and don’t have one, here’s a quick checklist of some items to consider:

1. Have A Plan
Have a building emergency response plan in place. Conduct annual drills.

2. Inspect The Roof
Check the commercial building’s roof for: sealants around the HVAC systems, flashing around skylights, stack vents, drains, downspouts, and other rooftop elements. Is everything in good condition? Are there pools of water? From inside the building do you see water stain marks? From inside can you see daylight where you should not see it?

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3. Inspect The Windows
Check your business’s windows annually for tightness, weather-stripping, broken or cracked panes, weak flashing, and other signs of wear.

4. Check Exterior Walls
Are all openings (plumbing, heating, lighting, fire alarms, vents, etc.) sealed against water?  Do the walls themselves need re-pointing or sealing?

5. Fix Small Issues
Repair small leaks promptly. And analyze the cause of any leaks to see if they are symptoms of a system-wide problem.

6. Keep The Maintenance Crew Informed
Instruct occupants, employees, and other people who regularly use your commercial building to immediately notify maintenance when any type of dripping, leakage, or clogged drains are found.

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7. Keep Pipe Records Updated
Be sure pipe diagrams or prints up to date and that they show the location of valves for all liquid carrying systems. Make certain your building maintenance staff knows where the diagrams are kept and that the diagrams are well labeled and easy to reach.

8. Check Shut Off Valves
At least once year check all shut off valves. They should be closed and reopened and lubricated as needed so you know they can be quickly closed during an emergency.

9. Train Your Staff
 Have someone available on all shifts trained to respond immediately to any leak or water damage. And have someone immediately available at all times with authorization (24/ 7) to call and bring in the professional clean up and restoration companies like SERVPRO of Manchester.

10. Do Regular Maintenance
Create a systematic maintenance schedule. Include a written plan for maintenance updates of your commercial property, the building’s equipment, and its systems. Proper maintenance prevents excessive wear and tear and helps avoid catastrophes.


We Have More Ways To Help You
The professionals at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield are commercial property water damage restoration experts. We've served clients in:

•    Bolton
•    Chestnut Hill
•    Columbia
•    Coventry
•    Ellington
•    Hebron
•    Hop River
•    Lebanon
•    Manchester
•    Mansfield
•    Mansfield Center
•    Somers
•    South Windham
•    Stafford
•    Vernon
•    Willington
•    Windham
•    Willimantic
And beyond
   
 Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.