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Keeping Your Commercial Roof Drainage System in Tip-Top Shape

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Your Commercial Roof Drainage System in Tip-Top Shape Keeping your business's roof drainage system in good condition will help prevent water damage.

Maintaining the roof of your business—specifically, its water drainage system—is an important key to avoiding costly damage to your building and property.

Your roof drainage system may include gutters, downspouts, interior drains and scuppers (outlets through a roof’s raised edge that allow water to drain). A well functioning system removes water from your roof efficiently during rainstorms; during the winter, it also allows melted snow and ice to safely drain.

Check It Twice

At least two times a year, in the spring and fall, do a thorough inspection and basic cleanup of your business’s roof. If you discover that routine maintenance is needed, this is the time to make repairs.

  • Clear the roof of any loose debris or objects, such as leaves or twigs
  • Trim trees away from the roof
  • Ensure that downspouts channel water away from your building’s foundation
  • Check all parts of the drainage system for leaks, and repair or replace if necessary

When you need water damage repaired fast at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Time for Some Gutter Talk

During your twice-yearly inspection, pay close attention to the condition of your gutters.

  • Clear gutters of any washed-down roofing granules
  • Check for standing water in the gutters. If caused by a blockage, clear out the debris. But if there is no blockage, your gutter may not be properly sloped to the downspouts
  • Make sure your gutters are made of non-combustible metal (to resist fires) and are securely anchored by gutter straps (to resist wind)

A well functioning rooftop drainage system is one of those building features you hardly notice until it malfunctions. Paying a little attention on a regular basis can prevent serious and expensive water damage to your commercial property down the road.

SERVPRO Can Help You Prevent Roof Trouble

Consider entering into a Priority Service Agreement (PSA) with SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, which includes these services to prepare your business for disasters and help you avoid them:

  • OSHA 10-hour training
  • Water and fire training
  • Construction evaluations
  • Disaster planning seminars
  • Emergency Ready Profile (for all your business locations)
  • Ice dam evaluations
  • Lead paint certification
  • Mold evaluations

Help Is Here

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.

When you need water damage repaired fast at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

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Manchester Area Businesses Receive Priority Service with a PSA

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Commercial Water Damage Experts

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Commercial Restoration Is So Different

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Source: Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

We’re Here for You

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

When you need water damage repaired fast at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Preventing Water Damage, Inside and Out

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage, Inside and Out It's true: an ounce of prevention can prevent a pound (and so much more) of water damage!

Costly and disruptive water damage can come from inside your home or business, or outside. The good news is that you can take some basic steps to prevent a water disaster from occurring in the first place.

Prevent Water Damage from the Inside

  • Inspect hoses and faucets. Check hoses to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers annually. Replace any that have cracks or leaks, and replace all hoses every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight.
  • Check pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any damage repaired immediately.
  • Shut off the water supply to the washing machine if you’ll be away from home for a week or more. You should never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.
  • Know the location of the main water shut off valve in your home. A water disaster happens fast, but if you know how to shut off the main water supply, you will save time, money and stress.
  • Install a leak detector. This will give you an early warning and precious time to respond to a leak.

Prevent Water Damage from the Outside

  • Caulk and seal windows. A tight seal will guard against water leaks during storms or downpours.
  • Inspect your roof. Look for missing, damaged and worn shingles.
  • Check your downspouts. Remove debris from downspouts and rain gutters. Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house.
  • Install gutter guards. Gutter guards help to prevent clogging so that water can flow easily from the roof and away from your home.
  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems. Be sure sprinklers and irrigation systems aren’t damaging the walls and foundations of the house. In winter, turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes.

When you need water damage repaired fast at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Help Is Here

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.

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We’re Here for You

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

When you need water damage repaired fast at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Our DNA Is Different

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our DNA Is Different With one call, a professional, compassionate and detail-oriented SERVPRO crew will be working on your disaster remediation as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is one of three franchises owned and operated by Ralph and Noemi DiCristofaro (the others are SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield and SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield). This management team has earned a ranking in the top 25 of SERVPRO’s 1,800 franchises for top sales performance for several years running. So what’s the secret? It’s in our DNA!

Our different DNA here at SERVPRO stems from being a hands-on family-run business. Ralph and Noemi are involved with every aspect of their three SERVPRO franchises, and their oversight and guidance set the tone for every employee.

Our Employees Are Accountable

We hold all our employees accountable for their actions and make sure they understand that they are often working for people who are stunned and vulnerable after suffering a fire, water, storm, mold or other disaster. Here’s a sample of what our customers say about our employees:

  • “They were compassionate, informative and dependable ... they treated me like I mattered.”
  • “They treated me as more than just a client.”
  • “They were compassionate, informative and dependable. It is in the times of emergency you need someone to help keep you calm ...”
  • “Everyone was so helpful, kind, hardworking and compassionate.”

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Every Detail Matters

Beyond their customer-centric attitude, our employees take every detail seriously. It starts with prompt arrival and rapid evaluation, and carries through the entire damage remediation process. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield employees handle your home or office and your affected possessions with care and professionalism:

  • “Your team did an excellent job, diligently cleaning everything, and the results exceeded our expectations.”
  • “They were meticulous and did not leave a stone unturned.”
  • “More than pleasantly surprised at how quick their response was and how thorough they were ...”
  • “... extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and committed to serving their customers at the highest level possible. They are extremely responsive and have a great sense of urgency.”

That’s the DNA of SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield in action! When you have a water, fire, smoke, mold or storm damage disaster, trust our leadership, accountability and attention to detail to make it like it never even happened.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield brings its unique customer-centric DNA to water damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup, fire and smoke damage restoration services and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time, night or day.

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

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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

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

We Do the Jobs That Others Can’t

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We Do the Jobs That Others Can’t More than 20 homes suffered water damage from this large sewer break in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Sewage floating in the street ... five feet of waste water in basements ... almost two dozen homes affected. Now that’s a disaster, and one that demands swift and thorough action!

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield recently partnered with two other nearby SERVPRO franchises (owned by the same management team) to clean up a water disaster that numerous other disaster remediation companies couldn’t handle. It began on October 3, 2018 in West Hartford, Connecticut when the region’s water authority was replacing old water and sewer lines. A 60-foot-long section of newly-installed pipe liner collapsed after a rainstorm, causing a blockage that forced waste water into the street. The basements of more than 20 homes up and down the street were flooded, some by up to five feet of water, and four families were displaced.

Expertise in Biohazard Cleanup Needed!

When the SERVPRO team was called to the scene, they discovered a street filled with brown water and homes inundated with the foul-smelling biohazard. They set to work pumping out basements, drying out structures and property and removing damaged items.

When you need disaster remediation—big or small—at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Crews and equipment from all three SERVPRO franchises owned by Ralph and Noemi DiCristofaro joined forces to tackle this extraordinary and rapidly-worsening disaster: SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield and SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield. Our sizable resources of equipment and manpower mean we can respond quickly to disasters of just about any size and type: thousands of pieces of equipment, scores of vehicles and more than a hundred professionals. Essential to our work on the West Hartford sewage disaster was our expertise in biohazard cleanup: we are trained in and adhere to all OSHA and state health regulations.

Although other disaster remediation companies were called to the scene, each one dropped out of the project after initial work—they simply weren’t up to the task. In the end, SERVPRO cleaned the majority of the affected houses, drying and disinfecting structures and property. On this incredibly tough and urgent job, SERVPRO safely and promptly restored homes, property and lives.

Help Is Here

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

When you need disaster remediation—big or small—at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

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We’re Here for You

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

When you need disaster remediation—big or small—at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

We Make Your Insurance Claims Easier

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We Make Your Insurance Claims Easier SERVPRO provides complete disaster restoration services, plus we make your insurance claim process as stress-free as possible.

Recovering from a disaster (be it water, fire, storm, mold or other damage) is hard, but SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield makes it easier. We do this by handling as many of the details of your disaster remediation as possible so you don’t have to worry as much. With our experience, capabilities, quality staffing and all the right equipment, we are your one-stop disaster cleanup experts, from beginning to end.

You can rely on SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to:

  • arrive at your home or business promptly and evaluate your damage
  • act fast to prevent more damage
  • document and pack out your possessions
  • thoroughly clean each item and store it in our clean, organized and secure facility in clearly-labeled QR-coded containers
  • remove all the damaged material from your structure and perform repairs or reconstruction
  • bring everything back and restore your home or business back to the point before the disaster occurred

When you need water, fire, smoke or mold disaster remediation at your home or business—and want less stress when filing your insurance claims—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Stress-Free Insurance Claims

Beyond all that, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield will create complete documentation of the damage to your home or business, as well as the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage—on a spreadsheet with photos. Further, our expert staff will work directly with your insurer, communicating closely with you at all times, and handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is a smooth and swift process.

To keep up with the latest insurance developments, we maintain affiliations with the New England Claims Executive Association and the Risk & Insurance Management Society. In fact, many insurance companies recommend us to their clients because our reputation is so solid and they have found us to be so professional to work with.

Our goal is to provide you with a stress-free insurance claim process—because if you’ve suffered a disaster, you simply do not need any more hassles. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield will get your life back to normal as soon as possible!

When you need water, fire, smoke or mold disaster remediation at your home or business—and want less stress when filing your insurance claims—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Help Is Here

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

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We’re Here for You

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

When you need water, fire, smoke or mold disaster remediation at your home or business—and want less stress when filing your insurance claims—call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

We Are Ready for Anything!

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We Are Ready for Anything! SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has the right equipment and people to tackle your disaster restoration job, whether it's large or small.

Disasters—whether from a fire, storm, wind, leak or flood—come in all sizes. And while many other disaster restoration services will tell you they can handle it all, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield truly can. From the smallest to the largest damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is ready, willing and able to restore your damaged property to pre-incident condition—like it never even happened!

We Have More Capacity

We can do this because we have built up substantial capacity to respond to your fire, storm, smoke, mold and water disaster. You may not have known this, but SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is one of three SERVPRO franchises in the central Connecticut region owned and operated by Ralph and Noemi DiCristofaro (the others are SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield and SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield). Ralph and Noemi are hands-on, motivated and skilled managers who have been recognized as among the top owner/operators of the 1,800+ SERVPRO franchises in America.

When you need disaster remediation—big or small—at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Being able to call in the resources of two other top-performing local SERVPRO franchises means we’re ready for just about anything! We can get to you faster, and we allocate staff and equipment as needed to tackle the really big, urgent jobs. Among the three franchises, Ralph has at his disposal thousands of different pieces of equipment and dozens of trucks and other vehicles. In fact, on the first cold snap of this year, we handled so many emergency calls for cracked and burst frozen pipes that we had 1,000 air handlers installed and drying out customers’ homes and businesses in Connecticut and Massachusetts—at one time!

We Were Ready For This Job!

Late in 2018, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield pitched in on a dramatically difficult clean-up job in West Hartford, Connecticut, where a collapsed sewage pipe flooded the basements of more than 20 homes with raw sewage. While several other disaster remediation companies were also hired to clean up, in the end it was the partnership of Ralph’s three SERVPRO franchises that accomplished the lion’s share of the work.

When you need disaster remediation—big or small—at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Help Is Here

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

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SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational articles on how Manchester and Mansfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

What Does SERVPRO Do and How Did SERVPRO Start?

Resolve Cleanup & Restoration Problems with the Right Equipment & Expertise

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Technology Advantage to SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield

We’re Here for You

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

When you need disaster remediation—big or small—at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Removing Mold From a Carpet

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold From a Carpet Mold remediation is a tough job, so act fast if you spot mold on a carpet.

A damp carpet—whether from a leak, a spill or your favorite pet—can create mold growth in a matter of days, putting you at risk of health complications. If the affected spot is less than 5 feet in width, you may want to tackle it yourself, but anything larger will require treatment by professionals like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, because the mold has likely spread to the underlay or flooring.

Either way, mold spreads rapidly, so act fast! An anti-fungal spray designed to kill mold, available in retail stores and home centers, is a better option than bleach, which can discolor carpet. Tools you’ll need include a facemask and eye protection, rubber gloves, a stiff bristle brush, dustpan and trashbag, rags, an antifungal spray and a dehumidifier.

Step 1
Put on a facemask, eye protection and rubber gloves before you start. Ventilate the space by opening windows or, if possible, remove the rug and take it outside. If you can’t remove or lift the carpet, treat the visible surface mold.

For professional mold remediation services, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Step 2
If possible, lift the carpet until you reach the affected area and examine the backing. Backing with substantial mold growth of more than a few feet in width needs to be replaced. Either throw out the carpet or cut off the mold-covered area plus a 12-inch margin and insert new carpet. Remove and replace the portion of underlay or carpet pad, too.

Step 3
Scrub the surface of the carpet with a dry, stiff bristle brush to remove the visible mold spores. Brush these into a dustpan and discard in a trash bag. (Do not vacuum—that will spread spores to other areas of your home.) Scrub the back of the rug as well, if you can reach it.

Step 4
Thoroughly saturate the moldy area and a 6-inch margin with anti-fungal spray (must be safe for carpets and have a “mold barrier” or mold prevention). Cover both the front and back, if possible, and the area of the floor beneath the moldy portion. Let the anti-fungal spray sit for one hour, then blot with a clean, dry rag.

Step 5
Let the carpet dry completely, which will take at least 24 hours. You may improve drying by closing your windows, turning up the heat in the room, and running a dehumidifier. Do not use a fan, as that will spread the mold spores, and don’t walk on the area or allow pets near it while it’s drying.

Step 6
Clean the bristle brush and dustpan by scrubbing with hot soapy water, then spraying with anti-fungal treatment and allowing it to dry completely. Bag and throw out the rag and rubber gloves.

For professional mold remediation services, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Step 7
Once the carpet has dried thoroughly, repeat Steps 4, 5 and 6, using a clean rag to blot (discard after blotting). Once the carpet has dried a second time, run the dehumidifier for a few more days to remove mold spores from the air.

After the carpeting has dried fully, you should be mold-free, but check the spot every day or so for a month to make sure that mold hasn’t returned.

We’re Here to Help
When you don’t want to tackle the tough job of mold remediation, call a professional with a solid record of serving the Connecticut region: SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836, around the clock. At SERVPRO, we know the safest, quickest and most effective ways to help you remove mold contamination for good and reduce the mold in your commercial or residential property.

Other Helpful Blog Posts
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how Manchester and Mansfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful: 
5 Ways to Prevent Mold
Don’t Kill Mold with Bleach
7 Essentials After Major Water Damage
Source: BobVila.com

We’re Here for You
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

For professional mold remediation services, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Fire Restoration Fundamentals

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Fundamentals Even the smallest house fire requires thorough fire restoration efforts to completely clean your home and possessions.

If you’ve suffered fire damage, you know that restoring your home and property is challenging. First, you need to decide whether you’ll do the restoration on your own or hire highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work, like the professionals at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. If you choose to do the work yourself, these are the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration.

Fire Damage Restoration Basics: Think Clean
Until your house is restored, limit your activity and movement in the house. This helps prevent soot particles from being ground into upholstery and carpets. Change your HVAC filter and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. Wash hands often so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

Protect your possessions by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. Wash both sides of the leaves on your houseplants. Finally, determine the best cleaning method for each particular job (for example, clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil).

Remove Smoke Damage from Walls
With any fire you’ll have some smoke damage to your walls, wall paper and paint. If the smoke damage is not too extensive, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach. Because soot is greasy, dust as much of it off before trying to scrub a surface clean. Before repainting, make sure all surfaces are clean and thoroughly dry first.

Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration at 860.649.0836

Get Rid of Mold and Mildew
The water used to put out your fire also introduced the real risk of mold and mildew into your home. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew, because they can cause serious health problems, and it’s difficult for a nonprofessional to be sure he’s clean up all the areas affected.

Because mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls and vents, the most important thing to do is to air out every room and clean out all vents and filters.

Clean, Repair or Replace Flooring
Your floors and carpets absorb the worst of the damage from the water used to put out a fire. In almost every case, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield recommends that you pull up and replace any water-damaged carpets. Because water can seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood, you must address this to prevent further damage down the road. If you have experience with flooring, you can lift it up and clean under it--but you may want to call a professional fire damage restoration company to assist you.

Clean Your Clothing
Cleaning smoke damage from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire. Make sure you don’t smear the greasy soot into the clothing or just throw the smoky clothes into the wash. Dry cleaning is often the best way to clean smoke-damaged clothing. Try to find a local dry cleaner who has experience with post-fire laundry. More tips on removing smoke odor can be found in our blog.

Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration at 860.649.0836

Give Your Dishes Special Attention
Because your dishes are in contact with food, they must be thoroughly cleaned after a fire. Scrub all dishes well, soak them in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and then scrub again. If a dish, pot or pan won’t come clean, throw it out, especially rubber or wooden dishes that absorb smoke.

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

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

4 Ways To Prevent Fires
Home Disasters You Can Avoid
Home Fire Safety Checklist

We’re Here for You
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
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How To Stay Safe In A Fire

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Stay Safe In A Fire In a fire stay calm and follow fire safety guidelines like these

A fire can occur at almost any time. If you know and practice some basic fire safety rules you can greatly increase the likelihood of avoiding the worst from a fire. Here are 10 quick fire safety tips to remember.

1. Stay calm.
When you stay calm you think better. Don’t react without thinking of the consequences.

2. Don’t open hot doors.
In a fire, before you open a door feel it with the back of your hand. Feel it from the bottom to the top. If the door is hot the fire maybe right on the other side of the door. Opening that hot door puts you at risk of being burned and adding fuel (oxygen) to the fire.

3. Get down low.
You can best avoid smoke and heated gases if you stay low. The lower you are, the less likely you are to inhale smoke and dangerous gases.

4. Know if it’s safe to use a fire extinguisher.
In most cases, let professionals handle the fire. Only use a fire extinguisher when: 1) the fire is confined to a small area and is not growing, 2) the room is not filled with smoke, 3) everyone else has exited the building, and 4) the fire department has been called.

5. If you use a fire extinguisher, keep a safe distance from the fire.
Most fire extinguishers can reach 8 to 12 feet. Stay as far away from the fire as you can.

6. Use the PASS method.
P: Pull the fire extinguisher pin and hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.  
A: Aim low. Point at the base of the fire.
S: Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
S: Sweep the nozzle from side to side.


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7. Never fight a large fire.
Only professionals can safely fight a large fire. Here’s a general rule of thumb: If the fire is bigger than you are, it’s too big for you to put out safely. So, you may be able to handle that pan burning on the stove. But the floor to ceiling curtains engulfed in flames is too much for a non-professional.

8. Keep the fire in front of you.
Never turn your back on a fire. During a fire, conditions can quickly change. Stay aware at all times of the fire’s size, condition, and position.

9. Read the smoke.

More turbulent smoke means more dangerous fire conditions. If smoke is pushing out of the top of a door don’t enter that room. If an area is full of or filling fast with smoke the fire probably exceeds your ability to handle it. Call the professionals.

10. Have a designated meeting place.
Your family or employees should have a specific place well away from your home or business that you will meet at in case of a fire. Knowing where to meet and having two or more ways to get there reduces the risk of leaving someone behind or not knowing where everyone is if you evacuate your home or building.

If you can’t find a safe way to exit a burning house or building, stay in a fire-free, smoke-free room with all the doors to that room closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.

Perhaps most important: When fire breaks out leave quickly, stay out, and call for help. Do not go back inside for anything.

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

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Reduce Fire Risk In Your Garage

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Smoke & Soot Damage
After a fire, there are several forms of damage including damage from smoke and soot, plus water damage from putting the fire out. SERVPRO technicians take care of all of it for you. We can restore anything salvageable, clean up the smoke and soot, and dry out the area and your possessions. Learn what you can do after a fire and what you should avoid.
 
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