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Prevent a Fire at Your Small Business

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

A burned desktop computer and monitor Learn where and how commercial fires often start—and the common-sense steps you can take to prevent one at your small business.

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.

Source: The Hanover Insurance Group

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

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

How a Small Business Can Recover from a Hurricane

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

A sign says "Hurricane Season" against a background image of a hurricane. You'll get your small business up and running more quickly if you make a plan and gather information before a hurricane hits.

As we enter hurricane season, small business owners know that a damaging storm may cause facility and property damage that forces them to halt operations. It’s impossible to stop a hurricane, but you can prepare for the worst. In a disaster situation, it can really pay off to have done your planning ahead of time:

  • What resources can you turn to?
  • What steps will you take to return your business to operation?

You’ll be grateful, when your facility may be flooded and damaged by wind, if you have already made a plan and gathered information on key resources that can help you get back on your feet and get back to business!

Before the Storm

Before a storm is even in the forecast, there are several things you should do to position yourself to recover faster.

  • Do an inventory of your commercial facility and property, ideally including photos. This should be stored offsite or digitally in the cloud. Having this documentation will give your insurer the information they need to process your claim faster.
  • Identify local contractors, like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, who are reliable experts in restoring commercial property after storm and other damage. SERVPRO will even do an evaluation of your business at any time, so that you can be as prepared as possible for a natural disaster.
  • Gather (and store remotely) contact information for FEMA, SBA, your insurance agent, local fire and police, your local government, chamber of commerce, preferred contractors, employees and key customers.

After the Storm

Contact Your Insurer

Contact your insurance agent immediately after the storm blows over, to file a claim for your business, says the Insurance Information Institute (III). The sooner you start the process, the sooner your claim is likely to be paid.

Line Up Financial Aid

You can apply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for federal aid to start rebuilding. Submit a request by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Also consider applying for unemployment if you and your employees are out of work because of the hurricane.

An affordable disaster loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) can help cover expenses due to uninsured or underinsured hurricane-damaged property. Apply for a loan by mail, online or by visiting a local SBA disaster recovery center.

Get Local Business Counseling

Post-hurricane, you’ll have to make some important decisions on the fly. The SBA and your local government office and chamber of commerce can provide information and guidance.

Find Reputable Contractors

After a hurricane strikes, area contractors are often in high demand. If you haven’t lined up contractors pre-storm, talk to several contractors and get written estimates to compare.

Look out for scams during this time. Requesting money upfront or wanting to sign a contract immediately are red flags. Consider contacting the Better Business Bureau to help confirm the contractor is reputable.

Keep Employees and Customers Informed

Check in with your employees to make sure they’re okay. As you determine a realistic timeframe for reopening, you’ll need to communicate that directly to your employees.

Keep in touch with your customers via email or social media so that they know when you’re ready to resume operations, too.

Source: The Allstate Blog Team

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

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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How Would Your Business Handle a Natural Disaster? (Part 2)

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We’re Here for You

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

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

How to Reopen Your Commercial Building After It’s Been Closed

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Workers wearing personal protective equipment clean a business As you plan to reopen your business, it's essential to make customer and employee health and safety a priority.

The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily shuttered the doors of many businesses across the nation. As states reopen in stages, the top priority for business owners is to take all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. That will require both ensuring that your facility is cleaned and disinfected, but also that you have procedures in place to keep it that way once your business resumes operations.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Building

You should follow your state’s and the CDC guidelines on commercial cleaning and disinfecting. To do your own cleaning, you’ll need to have the right equipment, supplies and PPE for your staff. You’ll need to identify the high-touch surfaces and heavy-use areas of your facility. And you’ll need to develop clear procedures and training for your staff so that they stay safe and can continue keeping your building clean and disinfected as business operations ramp up.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield offers proactive pathogen cleaning for commercial facilities. With decades of biohazard cleanup experience, we are ready with the equipment, staff and knowledge to thoroughly clean and disinfect your building for your employees’ and customers’ safety. Our Cleaning Protocol Specialist will evaluate your needs and create a tailored program for your property. We even certify your facility as SERVPRO-cleaned.

General Reopening Tasks

While safety remains everyone’s top priority, it’s also important to evaluate your business property and determine how to effectively reopen. Although some businesses such as restaurants and medical facilities may require special reopening tasks, these steps will help the return go smoothly for most businesses.

1. Assess Your Property

Designate a key employee to return to the facility before reopening to assess conditions, document damages and report back to management. 

  • Inspect the property’s perimeter for signs of trespassing and damage to the property and structure.
  • Look for signs of rodent and insect infestation.
  • Inspect the plumbing and turn on the water supply line to individual fixtures such as sinks and toilets.
  • Check HVAC air filters and replace if necessary.
  • If there were any severe weather events during the temporary closure, inspect the roof for signs of damage or pooling water.
  • Ensure that the fire protection system (smoke detectors, sprinklers) is in proper working condition.

  2. Address Any Damage

  • Report damage and/or related expenses to your insurance company.
  • Hire a licensed contractor to repair any damage.

3. Notify Service Providers and Partners That You Are Reopening

  • Fire and security alarm monitoring companies
  • Police department 
  • Insurance company
  • Cleaning and landscaping services
  • Customers and clientele

4. Upon Reopening

  • Review equipment/machinery startup plan with all employees.
  • Instruct employees to inspect their workspaces, tools, equipment and/or machinery used in their daily routine and report any damage to management.
  • Meet with all staff to review the reopening and compile a log of actions to be taken. 

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.

Sources: Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

If your commercial property is hit by a water, mold, fire, storm or biohazard disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

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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 commercial property is hit by a water, mold, fire, storm or biohazard disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

How Would Your Business Handle a Natural Disaster? (Part 2)

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

A business is flooded You can't stop a natural disaster from happening, but you can be prepared for it. Here's how to get your business ready.

With little to no warning, a sudden disaster—like a storm, flood, pandemic or wildfire—can hobble your operations and threatening the very survival of your business.

Part 1 of this series walked you through evaluating areas of risk. Now you’re ready to create the necessary plans to follow when disaster strikes. Your effort now will help you and your employees get through the immediate disaster, communicate to your customers, retain your data, minimize costly downtime—and get back to work.

4. Develop Your Emergency Response Plan

An emergency response plan spells out how you will protect employees and customers during the disaster, what you will take with you in an evacuation, where you will go, how you will communicate, and how you will continue to operate your business during and after the disaster. Share this plan with your employees and practice it—before a disaster strikes.

Before the disaster is also the best time to line up an experienced disaster remediation company like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to repair and restore any damage to your building and property.

5. Plan to Communicate

How will you keep in contact with employees and customers? Spell it out in your crisis communications plan. Identify a spokesperson for employees and customers (this may not be the same person). Take the opportunity now to prepare key boilerplate messages.

6. Guard Against Data Loss

Your business’s financial and other essential data, such as customer records, are at risk during a natural disaster. Prepare for it by regularly backing up your data, both onsite on a physical drive and offsite in the cloud.

Consider adding data compromise coverage to your business insurance policy to help with the financial or legal burden of date that is lost, stolen or accidentally released.

7. Create a Continuity Plan

Outline how your business will continue to operate after a natural disaster, including recovering lost data, communicating with customers and suppliers, and fulfilling orders and service contracts.

This plan may include obtaining business property insurance to cover substantial losses in the event of a covered claim and business interruption coverage  if you’re temporarily unable to do business after a covered loss.

Sources: Allstate.comReady.gov

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

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

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

How Would Your Business Handle a Natural Disaster? (Part 1)

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

A firefighter stands in front of a burnt building Disasters happen suddenly, but if you have created a disaster recovery plan, your business will have a better chance of surviving.

You have put in years of hard work and dedication to build and maintain your business. You likely have a plan for growth. But do you have a plan for a natural disaster—flood, hurricane, fire, blizzard, pandemic—that suddenly damages your property, puts your employees at risk and/or puts your company out of business for days or weeks or even longer?

Unfortunately, in 2020, countless businesses in America face a sudden disaster in the form of the coronavirus outbreak. While the disruption caused by this disaster would challenge any commercial venture, those businesses that already had a disaster plan in place are better positioned to survive.

Follow these steps to develop a realistic—and potentially business-saving—emergency response plan. A natural disaster is unavoidable, but the more advance planning you do, the more likely it is that your business will survive and thrive after the disaster.

1. Determine Your Risks

Which natural disasters are most likely to hit your area: tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, floods? Identify the most likely threat and start planning for that, then work your way down the list.

2. Learn from Experts

Visit reputable sources of planning information, such as Ready.gov , FEMA and the American Red Cross. The Red Cross’s Ready Rating program offers free online disaster preparedness planning, and many of their chapters also provide free CPR and first-aid training for small businesses.

3. Project the Impacts on Your Business

Next, conduct a business impact analysis (BIA), which will help you develop and refine plans for emergency responses, crisis communications and business continuity. Explore the potential effect a disaster could have on your business, including lost or delayed sales and income or increased expenses from repairs. Review and build upon your existing customer communication, inventory management and record-keeping practices.

Next: Create the Disaster Recovery Plan

Once you have completed researching and analyzing risks and the potential impacts of a disaster, you can draft a series of plans to help you respond if a natural disaster hits your business. Your plans will cover these areas:

  • Emergency response
  • Communications
  • Data management
  • Business continuity

See Part 2 of this series for guidance on creating and implementing these plans in the event of a pandemic, fire, flood or storm disaster.

Sources: Allstate.comReady.gov

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

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

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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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

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
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

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

Mold Remediation Checklist for Commercial Buildings (Part 1)

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Clean any water or moisture up within 48 hours to prevent mold damage at your commercial building.

If you suspect your commercial building harbors mold, follow these steps to determine the nature and scale of the problem. As you work, keep your building occupants informed about your mold remediation process. And if you have a medium- or large-size mold problem, select an experienced remediation manager such as SERVPRO of Mansfield/Manchester.

Ask:

  • Does your building have a history of moisture problems?  Are there hidden sources of water? Is the humidity high enough to cause condensation?
  • Are building materials or furnishings visibly damaged? Have building materials been wet more than 48 hours? 
  • Have building occupants reported musty or moldy odors or health problems?

Investigate:

  • Check any signs or reports of mold. Clean up small mold problems and fix moisture problems before they become large problems.
  • Identify any and all sources or causes of water or moisture. Note the type of water-damaged materials (wallboard, carpet, etc.) and measure the size of the affected area.
  • Check inside your commercial building’s air ducts and air handling units.

Read Part 2 of this article for the best ways to eradicate mold in your commercial building.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized mold remediation training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your commercial building or property. 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
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If you suspect mold contamination at your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Mold Remediation Checklist for Commercial Buildings (Part 2)

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Medium or large mold problems should be handled by an experienced mold remediator like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield.

Now that you have evaluated the mold problem in your commercial building and decided to tackle the job, follow these steps to eradicate the mold.

Dry out any wet materials within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Use personal protection equipment (N-95 respirator, gloves and goggles) to fully protect workers. Use containment equipment to protect your building and its occupants.

Use the most appropriate cleanup methods. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests:

  • Method 1: Wet vacuum. Steam cleaning may be an alternative for carpets and some upholstered furniture.
  • Method 2: Damp-wipe surfaces with plain water or a water-detergent solution (use wood floor cleaner on wood); scrub as needed.
  • Method 3: After the material has been thoroughly dried, use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum. Dispose of the HEPA vacuum contents in well-sealed plastic bags.
  • Method 4: Remove water-damaged materials, seal in plastic bags and dispose. HEPA-vacuum area after it is dried.

If the job is too big or complicated for you to complete safely and effectively, hire a professional remediation company, such as SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, who has the experience and training to fully restore your commercial mold damage.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized mold remediation training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your commercial building or property. 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 you suspect mold contamination at your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Call on SERVPRO for Commercial Restoration

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

From the first sign of trouble to getting you back to work, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can handle your commercial disaster remediation.

If your business has suffered a water, fire, smoke, mold, storm or other disaster, one call to SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield will get you back in operation as soon as possible. We have the training, experience and equipment to handle large commercial emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield will respond quickly to clean your property and manage your restoration project through to its completion.

Avoid Downtime and Lost Revenue

Every hour spent cleaning up your commercial business site is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We act fast with the right resources, staff and training to minimize your losses and get you back in action ASAP.

Commercial businesses depend on us because:

  • we provide 24-hour emergency service
  • we offer immediate, appropriately-scaled response to any size of commercial disaster
  • we are able to call on the resources of our owner’s two additional local franchises (SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield and SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield), including 1,000+ pieces of equipment and 100+ skilled professionals
  • we handle all aspects of the remediation job, from inventory and pack-out through coordination of your insurance claim process

When your commercial facility suffers a water, fire, storm, smoke or mold disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Emergency Building Services

Once the initial damage to your commercial facility has been evaluated and remediated, count on SERVPRO of Mansfield/Manchester to get you back to work fast. One of your first concerns may be temporary protection to prevent the initial damage from growing worse.

We will make temporary fixes, like placing tarps over a damaged roof or boarding up a broken window, while you plan the permanent repairs. With our emergency building services, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can help prevent and reduce damage and get your property restored faster.

No Job Too Big

No job is too big for the SERVPRO team, thanks to our SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division. These elite large-loss specialists are strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

SERVPRO has handled large business losses for many types of commercial clients, including:

  • the hospitality industry
  • property managers
  • universities
  • municipalities
  • The Pentagon

When your commercial facility suffers a water, fire, storm, smoke or mold disaster, 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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SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational articles on how Manchester and Mansfield residents and business owners can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

Business Owners: Do a Size-Up After a Natural Disaster

Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters

Business Emergencies in Manchester

We Are Ready for Anything!

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 your commercial facility suffers a water, fire, storm, smoke or mold disaster, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Keeping Your Commercial Roof Drainage System in Tip-Top Shape

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

Other Helpful Blog Posts from SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield

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.

Manchester Area Businesses Receive Priority Service with a PSA

Businesses: Prevent Water Damage

Water Disaster? Use the Pros

More Helpful Information from SERVPRO

You may be interested in these articles from SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield and SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield.

Commercial Water Damage Experts

Business Emergency Action Checklist

Commercial Restoration Is So Different

“I Overlooked These Factors in Commercial Water Damage”

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

Business Owners: Do A Size-up After A Natural Disaster

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Businesses that do well after a natural disaster strikes are those that have prepared well for emergencies

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


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

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

Use More Than Your Eyes and Ears

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

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

Trust Your instincts

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

How To Do A Size-up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters

Businesses: Prevent Water Damage

Manchester Area Businesses Receive Priority With A PSA

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

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

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

Meeting Business Specialty Cleaning Needs

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

We provide specialty cleaning services for businesses of all types

Many cleaning services do not have the equipment, training, or experience to meet commercial specialty cleaning needs. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield does. We provide specialty cleaning services ranging from cleaning air ducts and HVAC to removing biohazard contaminants and restoring your commercial business after vandalism. We have the specialized training, staff, and products to keep your commercial or business property clean, safe, and healthy.

Business Cleanliness Helps Profitability
Think of the times you visited a business for the first time and found it dirty, messy, or cluttered. Did you ever go back? Probably not. And what impression of the business did its lack of cleanliness leave you with? A business that isn’t clean communicates to people that no one cares. Physical appearance and cleanliness are important if you want to attract customers and keep them coming back. 

Keeping your business clean and looking its best means surpassing standards with unique specialty services. Your business represents you—you want it to make a positive impression. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield wants every inch of your business to sparkle and shine. From cleaning office upholstery to making storefront windows crystal clear to removing odors and deodorizing, our crews provide a range of specialty cleaning services that enhance both your working environment and your image.

Our commercial specialty cleaning services include:


•    Air Ducts and HVAC


Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems that are not maintained can circulate dust, pollen, odors, dirt, debris, and other contaminants.

Many commercial ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, industrial chemicals, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your commercial property.

At first glance, hard flooring appears to be easy to clean, maintain, and restore. That’s basically true but, hard floors tend to have soil accumulate over time. Eventually you’ll need professional cleaning to remove this buildup.


•    Biohazard and Sewage

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Questions? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 24/7 at 860-649-0836.

Even if your business has the highest-quality carpet and upholstery it can show soiling over time. Protect your investment. Call us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

We carefully inspect and test fabrics to determine which of SERVPRO’s five cleaning methods is best suited to the fabrics in your offices and facilities.

Questions? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 24/7 at 860-649-0836.


Following IICRC Standards
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. SERVPRO professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

  Your Wealth Of Information 

Every month on our blog, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters, how to deal with disasters, how to protect your property with quality cleaning, and other related topics. Here are a few short educational articles on our blog that might help you and your commercial business:  

Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters

Business Emergencies In Manchester

Businesses Need Clean Air

Manchester Area Businesses Receive Priority With A PSA

Ready To Serve You  

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield also has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, natural disaster cleanup, specialty cleaning, and other commercial services. Call

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836  anytime--24/7/365.

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

Manchester Area Businesses Receive Priority With A PSA

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Use a Priority Service Agreement to get some SERVPRO services at no cost

It pays to build business relationships. We work with all types of  businesses and commercial properties but those that have a prior relationship with us get some bonuses.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield provides fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce your business interruption costs and your recovery costs. But if your business has a Priority Service Agreement (PSA) with us, you receive some services at no cost:

•    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

Why Businesses Choose SERVPRO

Businesses and commercial property owners choose SERVPRO for many reasons. Here are a few:


•    Experience: 45+ years of experience as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider
•    Training: IICRC Training, Employee Certification Training, Initial Franchise Training, e-Learnings, Continuing Education Classes
•    Reach and size: We’re nearby and have 1,800 franchises nationwide
•    Speed: Being nearby and having lots of locations means we get to you faster. Faster response usually means less damage done and more of your money saved.
•    Capability: We handle jobs of all sizes. Check out our Commercial Large Loss Division and our Disaster Recovery Team.
•    Services: We provide many services other restoration and cleanup companies don’t: move outs with construction restoration, contents claim inventory, document drying, and more.


Business Ready Plan


Another free service SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield provides is a Business Ready Plan. As many as 50% of businesses that suffer a natural disaster go out of business. They never recover. The majority of businesses that survive have a preparedness plan like our Business Ready Plan before any disaster strikes.
Pre-planning serves as an “insurance policy” providing you with peace of mind. Knowing your business is ready for whatever happens can communicate trust to your clients and employees. They know that even if disaster strikes your business, they don’t necessarily have to be affected.


Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield

We’re the fire restoration, water restoration, and cleanup company that saves property and saves money for commercial properties and businesses. Whether you're in Willington or Coventry, Hebron or Tolland, Somers or Stafford, Columbia or Ellington, Mansfield or Manchester, or anywhere in between, we can help.


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

Businesses Need Clean Air

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Businesses and commercial buildings can take some simple steps and have a big impact on the quality of indoor air

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Many spend most of their working hours in an indoor office. Doesn’t that make you want to assure that the air in commercial buildings and businesses is clean and healthy?


It’s a fact that indoor air quality is important to business owners, building managers, tenants, and employees. The air we breathe impacts our health, comfort, productivity, and well-being. Yet many times indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air.

Dirty Air in Buildings Increases Illnesses

EPA studies show that indoor environments sometimes have levels of pollutants that are higher than levels found outside. Pollutants in commercial buildings and other indoor environments can increase the risk of illness. The EPA, states, and independent scientific panels have consistently ranked indoor air pollution as an important environmental health problem. While most buildings do not have severe indoor air quality problems, even well-run buildings can sometimes experience episodes of poor indoor air quality.



Building Air Quality Questions? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860) 649-0836


Simple Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Businesses and commercial buildings can take some simple steps and have a big impact on the quality of indoor air:

•    Remove anything that block air vents or grilles
•    Comply with the office and building smoking policy
•    Decorate with plants. Water and maintain them properly
•    Dispose of garbage promptly and properly
•    Store food properly
•    Avoid bringing anything into the building that could release harmful or bothersome odors or contaminants
•    Notify your building or facility manager immediately if you suspect an indoor air quality problem

Building Air Quality Questions? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860) 649-0836


Suggestions for Office Managers

Building managers and office managers have many responsibilities. Assuring indoor air quality should be one of them. Here are some ideas on how office managers and others can fulfill that responsibility:

•    Maintain a good working relationship with building management on indoor environmental issues
•    Ask tenants and employees to alert you to any air quality issues they notice
•    Place office furniture and equipment with air circulation, temperature control, and pollutant removal functions of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in mind
•    Work with building management whenever responsibility for design, operation, and maintenance of the ventilation system is shared
•    Establish an effective smoking policy that protects nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke
•    Avoid procedures and products that can cause indoor air quality problems
•    Integrate indoor air quality concerns into your purchasing decisions
•    Make sure the building manager uses only necessary and appropriate pest control practices.  Non-chemical methods are usually preferable.
•    Work with building management and the contractor before you remodel or renovate to identify ways of keeping building occupants’ exposure to pollutants to a minimum and to ensure that the air distribution system is not disrupted
•    Encourage building management to develop a preventive indoor air quality management program following guidance issued by EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).                  

These tips are from a free EPA booklet on the EPA website, "An Office Occupant's Guide to Indoor Air Quality."

Find More Information On Our Blog
You can find more educational information in these essays on our blog:

Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters
Business Emergencies In Manchester
Businesses: Prevent Water Damage
Chemical Spill Safety


Call On Us

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

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

Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Protect your business by having an emergency plan in place

Saving time and money through a lack of planning doesn’t work in business. It also doesn’t work in minimizing the costly effects of natural disasters. Smart businesses do think and prepare for common disasters. Those businesses also don’t fool themselves into thinking the business property and employees are well protected when they’re not.

Emergency Plan
Most commercial businesses understand the importance of having a written emergency plan. A plan like the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile can help prevent or minimize a disaster. It can keep costs down. And after disaster strikes an Emergency Ready Profile can help you get your business back in business sooner. But just having a plan isn’t enough.

Need Expert Disaster Preparation Advice? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield At 860.649.0836

Creating a plan like the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile eliminates some risks. For example, thinking through and acting on an emergency plan might cause your business to get rid of dangerous chemicals that currently are stored on site. Or creating your Emergency Ready Profile could identify a serious flaw in your building evacuation plan or a weakness in your sprinkler system so you can correct it before damage occurs. But businesses with an emergency plan sometimes rest too easy.


Why Having A Plan Isn’t Enough
Your business needs to keep the emergency plan up-to-date. You cannot create an Emergency Ready Profile and let it sit on a hard drive or shelf somewhere without further thought. Say for example that you built a comprehensive emergency plan two years ago. Since that time your business has added new machinery housed in a new addition to your facility. The plan must be updated to take into account the new addition and machinery. Or imagine your business has grown and you’ve added 10 new employees. How will they be made aware of the emergency plan? Will the addition of new employees mean you need to adjust your emergency evacuation procedures? 

How To Keep Your Emergency Plan Effective
Here are a few things your business can do if your emergency plan isn’t current:
1. Review your plan every year. Look for gaps.
 Are all facilities covered?
 Are the phone numbers and contact information for emergency responders up to date?
 Have you made renovations that should be noted in the plan?
 Have you added or moved hazardous material or valuable equipment?
2. Conduct training for the team charged with implementing the plan.
3. Make sure all the key players know how to immediately access your business’s emergency plan. 
4. Have SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield analyze your plan.
5. Ask a new facility manager or other key employee to test your business’s emergency plan.
 Does the plan make sense to them?
 Would they add or change anything?
6. Re-evaluate who’s in charge of the plan.
 During a natural disaster you want the decision-makers to be people who remain calm.
 The disaster team should know the plan and be able to make quick decisions.
 Your team should also know how to actively engage others and give clear direction.  

Need Expert Disaster Preparation Advice? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield At 860.649.0836

7. Run a disaster drill.
 Conduct a mock exercise around the table with all the key players.
 Or conduct a full scale mock disaster around your facility.

Plan To Prevent Or Minimize Disasters
You protect lives, save money, and guard your business best when you plan for disaster before any disaster happens. Having a complete emergency plan, including an Emergency Ready Profile; having a trained disaster team in place; and knowing the steps you will take does more than bring peace of mind. It helps protect your business and your employees from the huge personal and business costs involved in a major disaster.

Disasters Permanently Close 50% Of Businesses
When a natural disaster strikes, one out of every two businesses never returns to the marketplace. And of those businesses that do recover, half go bankrupt within three years. The commercial businesses and facilities that do survive disasters are usually those with an up-to-date and well thought out emergency plan in place before the flood, storm, fire, hurricane, or other disaster strikes.

More Home Disaster Prevention Information  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how you can help protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, smoke, chemical, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful: 

Business Emergencies In Manchester
Businesses: Prevent Water Damage
Fire Damaged Property? A Money-Saving Idea
Home Fire Safety Checklist

Call On Us
We’re here to help you. The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in virtually all aspects of cleaning up after water, sewer, fire, smoke, wind, chemical, or other similar natural disasters. You can create your own Emergency Ready Profile with us in less than an hour. That time could save you days of business interruption and help keep the cost of any damage from a disaster down. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

We protect businesses and facilities in many towns including:
  Andover  Hebron
Bolton   Manchester
  Columbia  Mansfield
  Coventry  Storrs


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

Business Emergencies In Manchester

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

In Manchester and elsewhere, being prepared for a natural disaster is a huge factor in keeping the damage and costs down.

No business owner likes to think about disaster. But being prepared for a natural disaster and having an emergency plan can save time, money, and even lives.

What if a storm severely damaged your business? Would you and your business employees know what to do? Would you act quickly and do the most important tasks first? For businesses in Manchester and the region, here are some ways you can become more prepared.

 An Emergency Checklist

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has a top line action checklist built especially for events involving severe water or fire damage. Most of the items apply to many other types of storms and disaster. All of the items are designed to keep your business employees safe and help reduce business interruption (the time your company is out of business because of the results of a disaster).  

 1. Be Out In Front: Be Alert And Stay Informed

When severe weather is approaching or other potential danger is near your Manchester business, stay tuned in to those sources that give you the latest local information. Usually, that means listening to local weather reports or news reports. Think about precautions you may want to take before the emergency hits. That could include things like moving your business vehicles to higher ground, turning off utilities, disconnecting electrical equipment, sending employees home, and other steps.

2. Safety First And Always

Make your employees’ safety your first priority. That includes items like having a business evacuation plan, identifying designated meeting places outside your building, appointing team leaders who can keep track of employees, keeping all safety equipment in good order, and more.

3. Stop Damage At Its Source

A disaster may originate in your building or on your property. If so, you may be able to reduce or stop the water, fire, smoke, chemical, or other damage with fast action. For example, if a chemical leak starts a fire, shut down the source of that chemical. Stay safe and do not hesitate to call the local fire, police, or other authorities.

4. Notify Your Emergency Contacts

Have a list of the places you need to call in an emergency and call them immediately. Depending on the situation, your emergency contacts might include the Manchester Fire Department and the Manchester Police Department. The list should be readily available throughout your facility. A small team of employees should be trained in when to call, who to call, and what information to gather before making the call.

5. Call SERVPRO

Every week, sometimes every day, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield responds to residential and business emergency situations. We know what to do to keep you, your employees, and your business property safe and minimize damage. After a natural disaster strikes, our goal is to make your business fully operational again as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 24/7. Call 860.649.0836.

6. Notify Key Contacts

Key contacts are different than emergency contacts. Emergency contacts are community or governmental resources that will help you deal with the damage or disaster. Key contacts are people like your property manager, insurance agent, maintenance crew, and others you need to inform and who can offer restoration, clean up, repair, or other types of help after the disaster is over.

7. Secure Your Business Property

Once it’s safe to do so, secure your building and property. That might mean putting tarps over a damaged roof, covering broken windows, or doing other tasks that will protect your property from further damage.

8. Have Before Photos And Take After Photos

You will improve your ability to collect full damages from your insurance company by taking pictures of everything the water, fire, or other elements damaged. It’s also good to have pictures of how your building and property looked prior to the damage for comparison sake.

9. Write An Event Summary

Details build your case with your insurance company. Write down as many significant facts as you can: time of the damage, extend of the damage, actions you took, and more. Not only does this help advance your insurance claim, it can also help you decide what worked well and what you need to change the next time you have to respond to an emergency.

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10. Review Emergency Plans Frequently

Create an emergency plan and train a small group of employees in how to implement the plan. Just like fire drills are a good idea, having a mock disaster run through can help prepare people while identifying any missing elements or opportunities to improve the plan.

 More Safety Information    Every month we publish educational articles on how to protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, chemical, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts from our site and our sister site (SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield) that you may find especially helpful:  

Businesses: Prevent Water Damage

Home Fire Safety Checklist

Chemical Spill Safety

Water Disaster? Use The Pros.

Call On Us

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in virtually all aspects of assessing and cleaning up after a natural disaster. Rely on the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836 anytime, 24/7. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield IICRC Certified Ralph DiCristofaro 540 N. Main Street Manchester, CT 06042

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Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

12/9/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Contact our office today for a FREE Emergency Ready Profile for your business.