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SERVPRO Responds to All Kinds of Disasters

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Household debris is piled in front of homes in a neighborhood When a major storm or other disaster hits, SERVPRO has the size, expertise and skill to handle it and help people put their lives back together.

SERVPRO has played a major part in helping thousands upon thousands of home and business owners recover from major disasters, like tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and floods. During 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, we had more than 7,000 professional restoration experts working in the Houston area alone.

In just the last decade, we’ve been on the scene and helping people recover from the largest-scale disasters across the U.S., including:

  • 2018: California wildfires, including Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires
  • 2017: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
  • 2017: California wildfires
  • 2016: Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015: Carolina floods
  • 2014: Polar vortex
  • 2012: Sandy
  • 2010: Nashville floods

How do we do it? It all starts with our size: we are 1,800 franchises strong and have locations throughout the country. This means we have manpower and equipment at the ready to respond to the most threatening events.

A Strategic Response to Large-Scale Disasters

But it’s not just size that sets us apart: it’s our expertise and preparation. We have elite large-loss specialists and storm teams on standby, strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. One of our commercial operations managers supervises every large loss to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation—getting people back into their homes and businesses.

Not only can we respond quickly and comprehensively, we also are cost efficient thanks to our strategic placement of disaster response teams, coordination with local SERVPRO franchises and oversight of temporary labor. 

SERVPRO is the unique disaster recovery specialist that can truly handle it all, from a basement flood to wide-scale life-threatening natural disasters. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable!

We’re Here for You

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

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

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

Frozen Pipe Burst with Water Damage? Now What?

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water shoots out of a burst copper pipe Water damage from a burst pipe can be extremely costly and disruptive. Learn how to find and stop a leak fast—and how to prevent one!

A burst pipe—whether it’s a pinhole leak, a crack or a wide-open gap in your basement, laundry room, bathroom, kitchen or elsewhere—can lead to sizable and expensive water damage in your home: up to 250 gallons of water can flow in 24 hours. A residential water disaster is the second-most common insurance claim filed in the U.S. The average residential water damage claim is $10,000–15,000; total cleanup costs can range from $5,000 to $70,000

A frozen pipe is the most common cause of a rupture. When water freezes, it expands in volume by about 9 percent, and with tremendous force: the pressure inside pipes may go from 40 psi to 40,000 psi! No pipe can hold that much pressure, so it breaks open. The break may occur where the ice forms, but more often, it occurs where water pressure finds a weak spot in the pipe.

Other causes of a ruptured pipe include rust, improper installation and physical damage to the pipe.

You’ll reduce the costs of a burst pipe if you know how to catch a leak fast, how to stop it in its tracks and how to get the drying started without delay. (Of course, the best pipe rupture is the one that doesn’t happen, so be sure to read on for SERVPRO’s tips for ways to prevent a burst pipe.)

Heed the Warning Signs

Often, using your ears, eyes and nose will help you detect an existing or about-to-happen pipe break. Other ways to discover a leak are by paying attention to your water pressure and your water bill.

Listen for Strange Sounds

Broken pipes sometimes cause unusual sounds, such as bubbling, whistling, banging and clanking when you use the sink or flush the toilet. Bubbling can happen when air gets in the sewer line caused by the leak. Dented pipes can cause whistling sounds as the water tries to fit through the constricted section. If a leak has already happened, you might also notice a dripping sound within your walls when you run the water.

What’s That Smell?

If drains, sinks or other areas of your house emit odd odors, there's a possibility that sewage isn't being properly removed from your house through its pipes. And if the water from your faucets has an unpleasant smell, it could be a sign of corrosion or contamination in your plumbing system.

Look for the Signs

Bulging and discoloration of your home's walls and ceiling can indicate a burst pipe. A leaking pipe behind one of your walls can leave marks or dampness on the drywall. On a multi-story home, pipes running to upstairs bathrooms or laundry rooms can leak down into the ceiling. Depending on the location, you may need to remove the drywall or a portion of the ceiling to get to the damaged pipe.

If you spot bulges in an exposed pipe, that may mean the water is already frozen and expanding, which often causes a burst. If the pipe hasn't burst yet, you may be able to thaw the water before any damage happens.

Discolored water coming from your faucets can be a clue that you have a leak or may soon have one. Brownish water sometimes indicates your pipes are rusting, which often leads to leaks.

If the leak is bad enough or goes on for some time, you may see puddles, drips or gushing water coming out of the area. Follow the source of the water to get a good idea of where the leak is in the pipe.

If you spot unexplained water or sinkholes, call a professional right away to investigate. A break in the water main leading into your home can cause a sinkhole or puddles in your yard near the source of the leak.

Pay Attention to Your Pressure and Your Bill

A hole in a pipe means less water comes through to your faucets, which can cause a decrease in the water pressure that you notice when you wash your hands, fill your sink or take a shower. Lower water pressure can also increase clogs in your toilet or sinks because the decreased water pressure can't push everything down the pipes. A sudden or unexplained drop in pressure could mean water is leaking somewhere in the system. In the case of frozen pipes, you might notice that no water comes out of the faucet.

If you've been using the same amount of water as usual but your water bill suddenly skyrockets, it might indicate a leak. To investigate, turn off all appliances that use water, and don't use any faucets, toilets or other sources of water. Look at the water meter, and after 30 minutes, look again to see if it moved at all during that time. If it did, you have a leak.

If your rising water bill or dropping water pressure indicates a leak, your next task is to figure out if it's inside or outside your home. Shut off the main water valve coming into the home and watch your water meter. If it stops moving, your leak is likely inside the house, but if it continues moving, the source is likely a water main leak outside the home.

You Found a Leak … Now What?

First, Shut Off the Water and Start the Cleanup

Your first step is to shut off the main water valve to your home. Open a faucet after you shut off the water main to relieve any remaining pressure in the pipes. (You might also need to shut off the electricity as well, depending on where the leak occurs and how big it is.)

Grab a mop, buckets and a shop vacuum to start getting rid of the water to reduce the chances of greater damage to your home and furnishings and the potential for mold growth.

Stop the Flow of Water

Try these quick fixes—like plumbing first aid—that can slow or stop a leak in a pipe long enough for a qualified plumber to come to your home.

To temporarily stop a pinhole leak, apply pressure to the opening by wrapping duct tape around the pipe. In many instances, the tape will supply enough pressure to seal the leak until help arrives.

If duct tape doesn’t stop the leak, place a piece of flexible rubber (such as an old radiator or heater hose) as a patch over the leak and clamp it in place. It’s a good idea to place a block of wood over the piece of rubber before fastening the clamp. The block of wood will spread the pressure and help prevent the pipe from collapsing. Place the stationary part of the opening of the C-clamp against the pipe (opposite the location of the leak) and the screw part of the C-clamp against the block of wood. Tighten the screw until it’s snug.

Another, even better option is to use a sleeve clamp, which can stop everything from pinhole to larger leaks. A sleeve clamp consists of two semicircular pieces of metal about 3 inches long that, when put together, completely surround the pipe (like a sleeve). You’ll have to buy one to fit your specific pipe size. Wrap the damaged section of pipe with the provided gasket material, then surround the gasket-wrapped pipe with the two semicircular clamps. Finally, tighten the screws that connect the two halves of the sleeve clamp.

Dry Your House Out

Once you or your plumber has stopped the flow of water and you’ve done basic cleanup, you need to dry out your home. An experienced water disaster remediation company like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can do all the work and restore your home and property to their before-disaster condition. If you choose to do the work yourself, follow these tips.

Remove pools and puddles of water with a wet/dry vacuum. The more water you remove with this method, the less water will have to dissipate naturally. For hard-to-reach places, use a mop to soak the water up.

Open windows to vent moist air out and place several fans around the area to circulate the air and send moisture out the windows. If you don’t have an HVAC system or dehumidifiers, the more air circulation you can achieve with open windows and fans, the faster your house will dry.

Turn on one or several dehumidifiers to remove the water from the house. Dehumidifiers work best in enclosed areas, so close windows when they are in use. If the water is confined to a certain area, such as a bedroom or bathroom, place the dehumidifier inside and close the door. Remember to empty the water tank periodically.

Your HVAC system is a giant dehumidifier! The air conditioner sucks humidity from the air, so start by setting it to cool your house. Next, when your home has cooled, turn the heat on until it reaches 80 degrees—warm air evaporates and holds more moisture than cool air so by doing this, you saturate the air with moisture. Once 80 degrees has been reached, turn the air conditioner back on to remove the saturated air from the house. Repeat this process until the house has dried.

Take wet furniture outside to dry in the sun or place it in a closed room with a dehumidifier to remove the water. If the burst pipe has saturated your indoor carpeting (unless it’s a thin covering over a bare wood floor), you must remove it to keep mold and mildew from forming.

Ways to Prevent a Burst Pipe

Since the majority of pipes burst after they freeze, your goal is to keep pipes from freezing in the first place, and that means keeping your pipes warm.

When the temperature drops and your pipes are at risk, take some or all of these steps.

  • Leave the doors to cabinets, vanities, closets and pantries open so that the room air can warm the pipes.
  • Set up fans to blow heat into cold rooms or your crawl space. Keep the garage door closed if there are water supply lines there.
  • Heat the most vulnerable pipes (usually in basements and crawl spaces or near exterior walls) with a hair dryer. Leave the faucet on while you apply heat.
  • Place a lamp with a 60-watt bulb in a potential problem area to warm the walls and pipes. Make sure there are no combustible materials near the bulb.
  • If the water pipes are freezing inside the exterior wall, cut an opening in the wall to expose the pipes to the home's warm air. Place fiberglass insulation behind the pipes, between the pipes and the home's exterior wall. The hole in the wall can be covered later with a hinged door or a panel that can be removed during cold spells.

Even before the temperature drops, do some preventive work to get your pipes ready to handle the cold.

  • Check for exposed pipes in unheated areas of your house, like your basement, attic, garage, crawl space and under bathroom and kitchen sinks. Insulate both hot and cold water pipes with pipe sleeves or heat tape.
  • With rigid foam insulation, close and seal all foundation vents that are near water pipes.
  • Insulate the foundation walls and the ends of the floor joists with rigid foam insulation.
  • Make sure your home's exterior walls are insulated. Caulk and seal around doors, windows, house faucets and outside outlets.
  • If you have a sprinkler system and/or swimming pool, drain it per the manufacturer's or installer's instructions.
  • Before the cold season starts, turn off the water valves to outdoor faucets, but keep the outside valve open to let any remaining water escape.
  • If you go on vacation during the winter months, leave your heater on, set to at least 55 degrees.

If you do experience a frozen pipe but manage to avoid a rupture, check for pinhole leaks or cracks after the pipe has thawed.

A Note on Insurance

If a pipe bursts in your home, your homeowners insurance may help cover plumbing repair and replacement bills and help cover repairs to damage to the structure up to the limits of your policy. Likewise, your personal property coverage on your policy can help pay to repair or replace your damaged or destroyed belongings (furniture, clothes, electronics and more). With some coverages, you may be reimbursed for additional living expenses like food, a hotel and transportation if you have to move out while your house is being repaired. Coverages vary, so you’ll need to determine what specific expenses your homeowner’s policy will reimburse.

However, if a pipe bursts due to your own neglect or lack of maintenance—like failing to leave your heat on while you're away on winter vacation, for example—or through normal wear-and-tear, you could be responsible for paying repair bills.

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

We’re Here for You

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

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.

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Sources: Family Handyman, esurance, Home Maintenance for Dummies 2nd Edition, SFGate, HGTV, Hunker, Costhelper.com

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, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 for immediate expert water damage cleanup

Protect Your Home from Storm Water Runoff

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water flows off the edge of a house's roof All that water has to go somewhere! Here are several ways to direct storm water runoff away from your home.

In the natural environment, storm water runoff is absorbed by soil, evaporates into the atmosphere or flows into bodies of water, such as streams, lakes or rivers. But on your property, storm water runoff can quickly overwhelm natural and man-made systems, leading to flooding and property damage.

Some ways to manage storm water runoff on your property include planting trees and other vegetation, building rain gardens and installing rain barrels or cisterns to collect roof water. Consider these additional aspects of managing runoff, which can point to some long- and short-term improvements to your home and yard that can prevent expensive water damage after a storm.

Evaluate Your Property

During or right after a storm, go outside and observe how water flows on your property. Note the different grades and slopes and whether they divert the flowing water away from your home. Look for low spots where water pools and identify any steep slopes that show signs of surface erosion.

Add Permeable Surfaces

Rain that falls on roofs, driveways, patios, roads and other impervious areas moves at greater speeds and can pool, eventually flooding your home. Consider replacing impervious areas with water-absorbing surfaces, such as permeable paving stones or pavers.

Direct Water Away from Your Home

Your roof gutter downspouts, driveways, walkways and patios should direct runoff away from your house to areas that can absorb or slow the surface flow, such as landscaped areas. If your driveway or other impervious surfaces have a negative pitch back toward the house, consider installing trench or area drains to divert water away from the house.

Keep Your Basement Dry

Basements that are prone to water intrusion should have a water collection system in place, such as a sump pump system with a battery backup. Consider elevating your home’s mechanical systems or installing curbs around finished areas and storage areas.

Be Aware of High Water Tables

Have your sewer or septic system checked by a professional. If the groundwater rises too high, it can affect the efficiency and operation of the system, which may lead to a sewer backup or waste leaching above the ground or back into the house.

Seal Your Envelope

Make sure that your house’s exterior—its envelope—is maintained, including roofing, flashings, weather barriers, windows, doors and sealants.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm 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.

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Source: The Travelers

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 storm or other natural disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

A burned clothes dryer Regularly cleaning your clothes dryer's lint screen and exhaust duct is essential to preventing a fire.

Clothes dryers account for thousands of home fires each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). When lint builds up in a dryer or its exhaust duct, it can block the flow of air and cause excessive heat buildup—resulting in a fire.

Prevent a potentially deadly fire disaster in your home by following this advice:

Clean and inspect the lint screen/filter before or after each load of laundry

If your clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or you notice drying times are longer than normal, the lint screen or the exhaust duct may be blocked.

Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically

Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is running to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If not, the vent or exhaust duct may be blocked, and you may need to disconnect the duct to clear the blockage (reconnect the ducting before using the dryer again).

Have your dryer professionally inspected

Each year, hire a qualified technician to make sure your dryer is properly vented and that the vent and chassis are free from lint.

Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter

Maintain a 36-inch clear space around the dryer. Clean behind the dryer, and keep the laundry area neat and clutter-free, with no combustible objects near the dryer.

Replace plastic or foil ducts

Exhaust ducts should be installed at least 6 inches from combustible materials. Use UL-listed rigid or corrugated metal duct or spiral-wound aluminum flex hose.

Properly vent gas-powered dryers

This will prevent a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends having the gas line and connection inspected annually by a professional.

Cover your outside wall damper

Cover your damper to keep out rain, snow, dirt and to deter birds and small animals from nesting in your vent, but don’t use wire screen or cloth, which can collect lint and clog up the vent.

If you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, 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 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.

Source: The Hanover Insurance Group

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

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

Power’s Out? What Will Your Family Eat?

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Plastic bins filled with nonperishable food and supplies. Keep a supply of nonperishable food on hand to help you feed your family during a power outage caused by a storm.

When a strong thunderstorm, hurricane, tornado or snowstorm hits your area, you can lose power—and that outage can last for days. How will you feed your family? Follow these tips for weathering storms and outages safely and nutritiously.

Stock Up on Staples

Avoid a panic trip to the grocery store by shopping for staples while the weather is still clear. Periodically pick up extra non-perishables throughout the year, and keep a manual can opener in your home. Rotate the items occasionally so that your stock is fresh. Then, when a storm is in the forecast, check your stocks of food and plan what to eat first.

Healthy shelf-stable options include:

  • low-sodium canned beans
  • vegetables
  • fruit (packed in fruit juice)
  • breakfast cereal
  • peanut butter
  • pouches of fully cooked whole grains
  • nuts
  • whole-wheat crackers
  • snack bars
  • shelf-stable milk or plant milk (the kind sold in aseptic boxes)
  • bottled water

How Long Will Refrigerated Foods Last?

A closed refrigerator will maintain a safe temperature—below 40° F—for about 4 hours, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. A full freezer will stay cold for 48 hours, and 24 hours if half full. (A quick way to fill up your freezer to gain another 24 hours is to fill containers with water and freeze them.) 

Although often stored in the refrigerator, bread, butter, fresh fruit and vegetables, jelly and hard cheeses (such as cheddar) will keep for days at room temperature.

Keep the Menu Healthy

For interesting and nutritious meals, combine canned fish or meats, pouches of precooked grains, vegetables, beans and fruits to make fresh salads and sandwiches.

Apples, avocados, citrus fruit, carrots, celery, cucumbers, grapes, green beans, peppers, snap peas and tomatoes can be eaten raw and will be good for days unrefrigerated. These fruits and vegetables will not only sustain you, but as good sources of fiber, they will keep your body running smoothly.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm 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.

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Source: Consumer Reports

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 storm or other natural disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Batten Down Before the Storm Hits!

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Outside furniture and plants on a home's deck. If not brought inside or anchored, your outdoor possessions could be severely damaged—or become dangerous projectiles.

If a storm or hurricane is approaching, everything you own outside your house that isn't bolted down is at risk of being damaged or blown around. Follow these tips to protect your property from becoming wind-tossed projectiles.

Secure Your Outdoor Furnishings

Bring your patio furniture, outdoor toys, container plants, pool cleaning and gardening equipment inside to prevent damage to your house or other parts of your property. Anchor heavier outdoor objects that can't easily be brought inside to something solid with rope, bungee cord, chains, etc.

If possible, bring gas or charcoal grills inside. Important: never use grills inside or store propane tanks inside your home or garage! Chain propane tanks in an upright position to a secure object away from your home, so they don’t get lifted by winds.

Prune Trees and Shrubs

Ideally, you prune dying and weak branches of trees and shrubs throughout the year as part of your regular yard maintenance. If not, do this before the storm to prevent branches from being tossed by powerful winds.

If your home or business suffers damage from a 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.

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Source: The Spruce

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 natural disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Prevent a Flood with New Washing Machine Hoses

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Washer and dryer in a flooded laundry room Replacing your rubber washing machine hoses with braided steel ones will greatly reduce your risk of a water disaster in your home.

A burst washing machine hose can spill hundreds of gallons of water in just one hour! Prevent a water disaster by replacing your washer's old rubber hoses, ideally with steel-jacketed ones that can't split open. It’s an easy process that most homeowners can handle and it can pay big dividends in reduced flood risk.

  1. Remove the old hoses
  2. Clean the filter screens
  3. Install new braided hoses (60" length is recommended)
  4. Reconnect to the water supply

Check your hoses every six months and replace them every five years (tag hoses with the date you installed them so you won't forget).

Consider Adding a Drip Pan

A drip pan under the washer will catch any leaks (and is required in second-floor laundry rooms). Buy a pan with a drain so any water that collects can be diverted to a floor drain. You'll need a helper and perhaps a dolly to lift the washer gently onto the pan so you don’t crack it.

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

We’re Here for You

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

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.

Preventing Water Damage, Inside and Out

7 Essentials After Major Water Damage

After Water Damage, Removing the Water Isn’t Enough

Source: This Old House

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, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 for immediate expert water damage cleanup

Commercial Cleaning by SERVPRO

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO doesn't just do disaster cleanup. With our commercial cleaning services, we'll keep your workplace looking its best year-round!

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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Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

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

Caring for Your Commercial HVAC System

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Regular maintenance in the off-season can save you from an inconvenient and expensive HVAC repair.

Too many businesses ignore their HVAC system until it breaks down and becomes both a major inconvenience and a major expense.

Once or twice a year in the off-season, hire a professional such as SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to inspect your HVAC system and clean your unit’s wiring and mechanisms. If maintenance is needed, it can be done right away without inconvenience to you or your employees. Routine HVAC maintenance will also save you money by improving energy efficiency throughout your building.

What You Can Do

Performing several simple maintenance chores will prolong your system’s life, increase its efficiency and potentially save you from a major breakdown at the wrong time:

  • Install a high-efficiency, pleated air filter
  • Keep your heating and AC units free of pollen, leaves and grass
  • Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines for leaks or cracking every month
  • Replace air filters every 90 days
  • In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier
  • In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on

For HVAC, cleanup or disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is highly trained in building services as well as property damage restoration. We study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

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We serve Amston, Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield and Storrs, Connecticut.

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

For HVAC, cleanup or disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Pack a Medication Go-Bag for Emergencies

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared for a sudden natural disaster emergency with a well-stocked medication go-bag.

A well-stocked medication go-bag can save your life during a hurricane, flood, fire or other emergency. But don’t wait until a storm threatens.

Whether you buy a kit from a drugstore or build it yourself, keep a medication go-bag on hand that includes: 

  • At least seven days’ worth of over-the-counter and prescription medications you take on a regular basis
  • A copy of your health insurance card
  • An antihistamine for allergic reactions
  • Pain relievers
  • Stomach, antacid and antidiarrheal remedies
  • Antiseptic wipes; an antibiotic ointment; and bandages, gauze and tape, for treating burns, cuts and wounds
  • Mosquito repellent and aloe gel, hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion
  • Eyewash solution
  • Water-purification tablets
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Thermometer

If you and your family have special medical needs, keep a more sophisticated kit—stocked with hearing aids with extra batteries, an epinephrine auto-injector, glasses, contact lenses or syringes, for example.

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

Storing and Maintaining Your Go-Bag

Pack the items in an easy-to-carry, water-resistant kit, and store it in a dry, cool place in your home. Check the kit regularly and replace any out-of-date or damaged supplies. 

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.

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SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
We serve Amston, Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield and Storrs, Connecticut.

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 natural disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836