Recent Storm Damage Posts

Power’s Out? What Will Your Family Eat?

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Stock Up on Staples

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

Healthy shelf-stable options include:

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

How Long Will Refrigerated Foods Last?

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

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

Keep the Menu Healthy

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO publishes educational articles on how you can protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

Batten Down Before the Storm Hits

Be Prepared for a Flood

Be Prepared for a Disaster

Your Emergency Plan: SERVPRO Suggestions on Steps to Take Now

Source: Consumer Reports

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

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

Batten Down Before the Storm Hits!

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Secure Your Outdoor Furnishings

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

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

Prune Trees and Shrubs

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

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

We’re Here for You

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

Other Helpful Blog Posts

SERVPRO publishes educational articles on how you can protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

Be Prepared for a Flood

Be Prepared for a Disaster

Prevent Summer Storm Damage

Your Emergency Plan: SERVPRO Suggestions on Steps to Take Now

Source: The Spruce

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

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

Pack a Medication Go-Bag for Emergencies

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Storing and Maintaining Your Go-Bag

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

We’re Here for You

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

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.

Be Prepared for a Disaster

Prevent Summer Storm Damage

Your Emergency Plan: SERVPRO Suggestions on Steps to Take Now

Source: Consumer Reports

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

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

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

Be Prepared for a Disaster

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can strike at any time. If you get a warning, make use of that precious time and prepare!

It’s essential to have a plan when a natural disaster looms! If you are ordered to evacuate, do so. If not, use your time wisely, and be prepared:

  1. Communicate where you are and where you will be to someone outside the affected area.
  2. Stay tuned to your local television or radio station or community alert system for emergency information.
  3. Check your emergency survival kit, which should be stocked with essential items.
  4. Collect emergency building materials, such as plywood, sandbags and waterproof tarps.
  5. Fuel up your vehicles and equipment. If you have an emergency generator, store fresh fuel in an approved container in a safe location.
  6. Have car chargers for your cell phone, smart phone and other portable devices and fully charge them before a storm.
  7. Secure all outdoor furniture and other objects or move them inside. 
  8. Know how to shut off the gas, electricity and water in your home or place of business. If you need to evacuate, turn off utilities before leaving.

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

We’re Here for You

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

Other Helpful Blog Posts 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.

Prevent Summer Storm Damage

Winter Snow Storm Preparation

Your Emergency Plan: SERVPRO Suggestions on Steps to Take Now

Source: The Travelers

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

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

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

Stay Safe in Your Home During a Thunderstorm

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

You're safest in a building during a thunderstorm. These tips will keep you even safer.

Summer is peak season for thunderstorms and lightning. If you’re at home when a storm hits, here are ways to stay safe:

  • Watching television or going online may seem like good ways to pass the time, but you should unplug televisions, computers and any other high-value electronics well before the storm hits.
  • Don’t touch electrical equipment or cords, including corded phones (it’s okay to use cell or cordless phones).
  • Stay away from windows, doors and porches.
  • Avoid taking baths or showers. Water conducts electricity so if lightning strikes your house, it may travel through water and shock you.

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

If you think your home has been struck by lightning:

  • Call 911 immediately and evacuate if you see fire or smoke. Ask your fire department to check for hot spots in your walls.
  • If you use gas for heating and cooking, contact your gas company or a licensed contractor to test for leaks before re-entering your home. Gas system components can be punctured by direct or nearby lightning strikes.

Important: If you are outside and hear thunder, stop all outdoor activities and immediately get into a building or a hard-topped vehicle for safety.

Help Is Here

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

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.

Prevent Summer Storm Damage

Thunderstorms & Lightning

Our DNA is Different

Source: Travelers.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

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

No More Ice Storm Damage from Winter Storms

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

You can prevent most ice damage from winter storms by thinking ahead

In the Manchester, Connecticut area you never know when a winter storm may threaten to bring ice damage to your home or business. Ice storms are hard to predict and harder to deal with.  You’re smart to take preventive steps to reduce or eliminate the risk of ice damage.

Of course, even the best laid plans to prevent ice damage may not eliminate all damage. The following steps will help you keep your repair costs down and allow you to keep your home or business as safe as from ice damage as possible.

Avoid what others do. Other people sometimes consider ice just a minor annoyance but ice can wreak major havoc to your home or business. Even small preventive measures can make a difference. If a winter storm is coming make sure you keep your windows shut, your water taps dripping, and your cabinets open. These steps can help prevent freezing and allow you to avoid burst pipes.

No more ice dams
When water freezes, melts, and then refreezes on the edge of your roof it can create an ice dam in your gutters and on the roof. Ice dams can cause water to leak into your home and damage ceilings, walls, insulation, and other areas. To prevent ice dams consider adding insulation to your attic. Keep your gutters down spouts clear. Be sure water drains at least 10 feet away from your home’s foundation. And make sure you insulate recessed lighting fixtures so they don’t heat up your attic. After a storm, if there is a large and heavy amount of snow (8 inches or more), remove it from your roof with a roof rake. Don’t use a regular rake, because you can damage the shingles and gutters.

For a 2-minute video on preventing ice dams watch the CBC’s “What you should be doing to prevent ice dams forming on your roof.”


Call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield for Cleanup and Restoration. Call (860) 649-0836.

Check your roof’s strength
Your roof can support a lot of weight. Most roofs in good condition can support about 20 pounds per square foot of snow. Homes in the Manchester/Mansfield Connecticut region and other extreme weather areas are often built to withstand much more. Ten to 12 inches of snow equals about 1 inch of water or about 5 lbs. per square feet of roof. So unless you have more than 4 feet of snow on your roof – assuming your roof is not old or damaged – you are unlikely to have a risk of a collapse.

But do check your roof from your attic. Look for daylight through the boards, dark streaks or stains, sagging or leaks or water damage. See problems? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield.

As we said earlier if you have 8 inches or more of snow on your roof you may want to remove it with a snow rake. If ice has caused structural damage ask a restoration service like SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield to look at it.

Protect pipes from freezing
No one wants to return home and find a pipe has frozen, burst, and flooded the home. But it happens all the time. Pipes in bathrooms and laundry rooms located near garages or exterior facing walls are especially vulnerable to freezing.

Close any crawl spaces and add extra insulation near any water pipes. Consider buying space heaters to keep questionable rooms warm if frigid temperatures hit. Never turn the heat off when you leave your home. Open the vanity doors so that air circulates and keeps pipes warm.

Call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield for Cleanup and Restoration. Call (860) 649-0836.

Prevent ice damage from becoming water damage
Left untreated, ice can lead to major water damage. Water can quickly ruin your carpets and personal items. Water damage can also cause mold and make structural damage worse. Whenever you notice water on the floor or on your walls, make sure to call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836). We can quickly clean up any ice or water damage and  get the area dried out to prevent or lessen the damage. Waiting too long gives the water chance to cause more problems, and you might even deal with more damage if the water freezes again.

More information about preventing ice damage is at AMVIC’s Prevent Ice and Snow Damage to Your Home.

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The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield also 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.

More Information On Our Blog
You can learn more by reading other posts on this blog:

Storm Damage in Manchester Rarely Minor

Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part II

Winter Snow Storm Preparation

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

Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part II

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Be safe and careful when you're dealing with winter storm damage

In part one of this post (“Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part I”) we talked about safety, assessing the damage, making a plan, and removing the debris. This post continues with more winter storm damage restoration suggestions.  

Water damage restoration
Even with Connecticut’s cold winter temperatures, a big issue with winter storms is water damage. Here’s how damage from melting snow and ice happens on your roof. Warm air rises from your heated living spaces, warming the shingles on your roof and any snow covering the roof. Next, the snow melts and drips down to the colder edges of your home’s roof where it refreezes as ice. Once the ice grows thick enough, it backs up further snow-melt behind it, causing water to seep under your roof shingles, and eventually into your home through leakage points.

How to prevent roof leaks
The best way to prevent water from winter storms from causing roof leaks is to insulate and ventilate your attic. You can also lower the risk of a roof leak by cleaning out your gutters and downspouts in late fall and by using a roof rake to remove snow from the roof's edges. A fourth tactic is to install heat trace cables in the gutters to keep melting snow flowing.

If basement flooding is an issue for your home or business, professionals can remove the water using a flood pump. Basements take on water not just due to flooding. Water in your basement can be from heavy rains, melting snow, burst pipes, and other causes. It’s important to remove stagnating water quickly so you avoid mold growth.

If You Have Questions About Winter Storm Damage Restoration Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860) 649-0836

Hail damage restoration
Hail can damage your home in three ways: When large hail storms crash into your windows or other vulnerable areas, when the ice causes tears or makes holes, and when the hail melts. Hail storms can result in ice dams. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can remove the ice dams around and in your home by using effective equipment designed specifically for this use. We can also repair the ice damage that may follow a hail storm or winter storm.

Roof repair
After a winter storm we find that roof repair is among the most common home restoration services needed. Your roof can get damaged in many ways: strong winds, a hurricane, heavy snow, flying debris, hail, and more. Repair your roof first before you work on water restoration in your home. Without the roof repair any other repairs inside your home may be in vain.

If your business has a flat roof, heavy hail damage and heavy rains can cause it to sink or cause seepage and create a roof leak. So, roof repair requires not only sealing the roof but also reinstalling new tiles and reinforcing the roofing frames.

If You Have Questions About Winter Storm Damage Restoration Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860) 649-0836

Prevent winter storm damage next time
If you have winter storm damage think about more than just repairing what was affected. Consider if there are relatively inexpensive ways you can help prevent storm damage from occurring again. Check your roof before winter and fix minor issues like a missing or damaged shingle. Be sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and in good repair.

Walk around your house and see if the land slopes away from your foundation. Sometimes it’s worth making trenches or installing a flood pump around you home to prevent water from a flooding river from entering into your home. These trenches can also drain ground water away from your home. Check outside doors for their ability to withstand winds and keep you dry inside.

Storm damage restoration expertise   
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters or deal with them effectively. We explain how to recover from property damage, and keep your home clean and safe. Here are a few blog posts you might find helpful:

Prevent Summer Storm Damage

Thunderstorms and Lightning

Winter Snow Storm Preparation

Here For You
The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, thunderstorm and lightning damage remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860-649-0836) anytime, 24/7.

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

Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part I

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent or reduce winter storm damage with these suggestions

In Connecticut a winter snow, sleet, wind, or ice storm can happen without warning and cause severe destruction of property. In particular, water damage from a winter storm can be devastating. If your home or business suffers winter storm damage SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield suggests you take the following steps.

Safety first
After any winter storm your first priority should be the safety of you and your family. Be aware that there are heighten risks after a storm. Power lines may be down. Drifting snow may place too much weight on a roof. Ice makes walking and driving hazardous. Melting snow and ice can cause flooding and leaking into your home. Before you inspect your home or business for winter storm damage check the local weather. Be sure it’s safe to go outside. Proceed with caution.

Assess the damage
In Connecticut after a winter storm, roof damage is the most probable type of damage. Check your roof for leaks, ice dams, more than 18 inches of snow, and broken tree limbs. You may even want to use binoculars to take a close look at the damage. Snow and ice will eventually turn to water so assess the potential for water entering your house. Look for water damage to walls, frozen pipes, and any pooling of water around your business or home.

Roof damage may include broken or cracked tiles or slate, dents in gutters or vents, split seams, and holes. The sooner you find the damage and repair it, the less damage your house will incur.

If You Have Questions About Winter Storm Damage Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860) 649-0836


Your home’s doors and windows are generally susceptible to winter storm damage from wind, hail, hurricanes, and in-flight debris. Look for any cracks, holes, glass shards, damaged doors, or damaged window frames. A professional damage restoration service like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can help you assess and estimate the restoration costs.

Make a plan
After you’ve done a complete winter storm damage assessment, write up a plan to restore your property. Realize what may look like minor damage to you on the outside may be more significant once you inspect closer. Winter storm damage can run deep, and it’s not easy for a non-professional to uncover all that needs repair. A professional restoration company can create a complete list by using devices that probe and discover any below the surface or hidden storm damage affected areas.

Remove debris
Next, clear and remove all the debris brought to your home or property during the storm. To avoid further wind damage and ice damage, the restoration crew can reinforce any weak structural walls and repair any holes, leaks, or other roof damage. If you desire, our SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield crews can also make improvements to protect your business or home from winter storm damage in the future. You may want to build your home’s ability to withstand ice and strong winds. Connecticut homeowners and business owners have consulted us to ask for ways to prevent ice dams or better protect doors and windows from severe weather.   


Storm damage restoration expertise   
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters and deal with them effectively, recover from property damage, and keep you home clean and safe. Here are a few blog posts you might find helpful:

7 Essentials After Major Water Damage

Storm Damage In Manchester Rarely Minor

10 Steps To A Safer Home

In part two of this post, “Winter Storm Damage Restoration Part II” we’ll talk about roof leaks, hail storms, roof repair, and preventing winter storm damage next time.

Here For You
The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, thunderstorm and lightning damage remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860-649-0836) anytime, 24/7.
SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
40 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call: 860.649.0836
Fax: 860.216.2762
24hour emergency service

Prevent Summer Storm Damage

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Summer storm damage can be as bad as winter storm damage

Yes, summers are full of vacations, nice weather, and days off, but eastern Connecticut still gets bad weather in the summer months. Summer often brings heavy, humid conditions, followed by furious storms. Moisture and rapidly rising warm air are the key ingredients to the 16 million thunderstorms that occur in the U.S. each year. A summer storm can clear the air and cool things off (at least for a few days), but our storms also provide intense wind, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, and the potential to destroy. Protect your home against damage from summer storms with these suggestions.

Fallen Trees

A raging summer windstorm can bring down large branches or trees. That’s a threat to your roof, garage, vehicles, power lines, and your family members. Take a walk around your property to check for dead or dying trees and broken or weak branches. Look for loosely attached limbs, rot, disease, or insect infestation. Hire a professional to trim your trees or if necessary, remove one or more.

Power Surge

In Connecticut and elsewhere, lightning can occasionally cause a power surge. A power surge is an unusually high amount of electricity briefly surging through your home’s wiring. Power surges can ruin or damage your sensitive electronic devices and appliances like computers, digital washing machines, and televisions. To prevent damage, install surge protectors. Do remember that surge protectors are not foolproof. If the forecast for your area includes severe weather, unplug individual devices or power strips from their outlet (rather than just switching them off).

For Summer Storm Damage Cleanup Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield At (860) 649-0836

Power Outage

Prepare for the inevitable – in eastern Connecticut summer storms frequently cause regional power outages that may take hours or days for the utility company to fix. To prepare, stock up on emergency lights and non-perishable, ready-to-eat food. Never use fuel-burning devices designed for outdoor use only, such as gas or kerosene grills, inside your home because they produce carbon monoxide, a gas that’s odorless, invisible, and potentially deadly.

Roof Damage

In the middle of a roaring summer thunderstorm, you want a good solid roof over your head. Summer storms can knock trees, power lines, or utility poles onto your roof, puncturing the roof or possibly causing structural damage. High winds can make small defects in your roof (like blisters, a missing shingle, or worn flashing) tear away or fail. Inspect your roofing regularly. That means at least twice a year and after any severe weather. Look for buckled, cracked, or missing shingles and other signs of wear and tear. You can inspect the roof pretty well using binoculars and keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground. If you find any damage, prompt roof repair will help keep you and your belongings dry and will help avoid the need for a more serious fix further on down the line.

For Summer Storm Damage Cleanup Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield At (860) 649-0836

Water Leaks or Floods

When rain or floodwater get into your home you risk severe damage to furniture, appliances, and other belongings, not to mention damage to the structure of the house itself. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield suggests that good preventive measures include sealing any cracks in your home’s foundation and walls. Also seal cracks you find next to windows and doors, and around your chimney and vent pipes. Clear dead leaves or other debris out of your gutters and downspouts, so that even a ferocious downpour will be directed away from the foundation of your home. If you have a basement, guard against flooding by setting up a sump pump.

Here in Connecticut, cold snowy winters can wreak havoc on a roof. But please be aware that summer storms–which tend to be fast and fierce–can be as serious as the worst blizzards.

After a Storm

If you have a summer storm you should inspect your property afterward for any damage. In particular, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield suggests examining your roof and exterior walls looking for things like:

  • Debris and ponding water
  • Cuts and punctures in the roof membrane
  • Edge metal pulled up
  • Damaged perimeter flashing
  • Missing or damaged HVAC equipment
  • Cracks or wear on exterior walls
  • Damage to skylights, domes, or windows

You can make other smart moves to reduce your risk of storm damage and damage from natural disasters. Other preventive measures can make you and your family much more comfortable should actual storm damage occur. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield suggests installing CO alarms on every floor of your house. And consider purchasing a generator as a standby source of electricity.

More Information   

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational articles on how Manchester and Mansfield area residents and businesses can protect themselves from storm damage and natural disasters and restore their property after a flood, fire, or other harmful event. We also try to give you ideas about resources in the greater Manchester and Mansfield community. Here are a few blog posts you might find helpful: 

Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters

Emergency Kit

Storm Damage In Manchester Rarely Minor

Thunderstorms & Lightning

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

Thunderstorms & Lightning

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Manchester, Bolton, Andover, Hebron, Columbia, Coventry, and Mansfield: Don't let a thunderstorm catch you unprepared

Every thunderstorm is dangerous. And every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States according to ready.gov.

Thunderstorms often come with other threats like tornadoes, high winds, and flooding. Lightning alone kills about 50 people each year in the United States. We want to give you some ways you can prepare for thunderstorms and lightning, survive a thunderstorm, and minimize any potential damage to your house or property.

1. Have an emergency kit and family communication plan in place.

Your emergency kit should contain the necessities you need to survive at home without power or to leave home if it becomes unsafe to stay there. Make sure all family members know where to meet if a storm separates you. Choose a place close to your property but off your property and safe.



2. Review your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Make sure you are covered for thunderstorm and lightning damage. If not, consider making changes.

3. Remove dead or rotting trees near your house.

In a thunderstorm or other type of storm, a weakened tree could fall and cause extensive damage.

4. Use surge protectors.

Electronics (your TV, appliances, computers, etc.) that are plugged in are susceptible to damage from the electrical surges a storm can cause. Plug your electronics into a surge protector and the surge protector into the wall. That gives you an extra layer of thunderstorm protection.

5. Stay tuned to weather reports.

Keep a weather radio or internet service on to listen for forecasts, watches, and warnings. Know the terminology. A thunderstorm watch means the weather is conducive to severe thunderstorms. A thunderstorm warning means a storm is occurring or will start soon and it poses a threat to life and property.

6. Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies.

In Connecticut check out the available classes at Red Cross Training.



If You Have Lightning or Thunderstorm Damage Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860) 649-0836

7. Get inside.

Before a thunderstorm or lightning strikes, get inside your home, a building, or hard top vehicle (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.


8. Shutter your windows.

Before a severe storm, place shutters or plywood over your windows and secure your outside doors. If shutters are not available, close your window blinds, shades, or curtains. They serve as a barrier should the window glass break.


9. Educate your children about disasters.

Be certain your kids know to come inside and stay inside whenever threatening weather (gray skies, thunder, heavy rains, lightning, etc.) approach.


10. Be prepared to lose power.

Have plenty of flashlights and batteries available. Avoid using candles because an open flame during stormy weather can be dangerous. Keep the flashlights where you can quickly find them even in the dark.


If You Have Lightning or Thunderstorm Damage Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at (860) 649-0836


11. Have a safe place to gather in your home and be sure everyone knows where that place is.

A safe place in a thunderstorm or lightning is an area in your home that’s away from windows and not in danger from falling trees. Often a windowless interior bathroom is a safe place.


12. If you’re outdoors, reduce your risk of being struck by lightning.

Lightning’s unpredictability increases the risk to individuals and property. Your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600,000 but could be reduced even further by following safety precautions. If you are in a forest, seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees. In an open area, go to a low place such as a ravine or valley. Be alert for flash floods. On open water, get to land and find shelter immediately.


13. Read what the Red Cross has to say about thunderstorm safety.

You’ll find more information at sites like ready.gov, also.   


Disaster Preparation & Recovery Information   

Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters and deal with them effectively, and recover from property damage. Here are a few blog posts you might find helpful:

Emergency Kit

Storm Damage In Manchester Rarely Minor

Winter Snow Storm Preparation

Your Natural Disaster Questions Answered

Here For You
The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, thunderstorm and lightning damage remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860-649-0836) anytime, 24/7.

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

Winter Snow Storm Preparation

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a big snow storm catch you unprepared.

A huge snow storm is coming. How do you prepare so that your home will suffer little or no damage? How do you keep your pipes from freezing? How do you know if your roof can support the weight of a few feet of snow? Will ice dams present a problem? What if you lose power?  Don’t wait to discover the answers to these and other snow storm questions. Prepare before a snow storm or blizzard hits you. A major snow storm can dump snow so hard and fast that you suddenly find a giant blanket of white hanging over your house and you have to just hope the house survives intact.  

Time And Safety
One great recommendation is to heed early weather warnings. Another is to be safe. If you have 48 hours to prepare you’re going to get a lot more done than if you wait until the snow starts falling. You may not realize how heavy snow can get. Snow is hard and heavy to shovel if it has a high water content. Don’t do anything that may risk your health or safety. Try to stay off ladders and the roof. Use a snow rake and stay safely on the ground.  

Wet Snow Could Weigh 21 Pounds Per Foot
Fluffy, fresh snow can weigh as little as three pounds per square foot compared with 21 pounds for wet, heavy snow, according to FEMA. Ice weighs more: 57 pounds a square foot. Most roofs can support 20 pounds per square foot of snow, according to USA Today. And don’t forget about ice. An inch of ice equals about a foot of fresh snow, so 4 inches of ice on your roof could mean trouble. The steeper your roof, the less snow will accumulate. But if a portion of your home’s roof is flat, such as over a porch, take extra care to prevent snow and ice buildup there during a snow storm. 

Don’t Let Water Pipes Freeze
To best protect your water pipes during and after a snow storm you need to think way ahead. If temperatures drop too low in your house during a power outage or your furnace malfunctions, your pipes can freeze and burst and cause extensive damage. So keep your house warm by using a generator or another alternative source of heat like a wood or coal stove. Seal your home’s doors and windows to hold in heat. Insulate any openings in your attic (vents, plumbing stacks, access doors, etc.). And wrap insulation around your pipes.  

Prevent Ice Dams
Ice buildups at the roof edge or around drains keep melting snow from draining properly. This backs up, or dams, water into walls, ceilings, and insulation. Inspect your roof's drainage, keep gutters and downspouts clean, and trim trees to keep leaves to a minimum. Add insulation above the ceiling and increase roof ventilation to make the roof area warmer and prevent ice buildup. You can even install self-regulating heat cables on gutters, downspouts, and roof drains. 

Use Caution With Alternative Heat Sources
Space heaters -- including electric, gas, pellet, and wood stoves -- can be great alternatives to constantly running the furnace and heating the entire house. The nonelectric heaters can also be helpful if the power goes out -- taking the heat with it -- during a snow storm, blizzard, or other harsh winter weather. But take care when installing or placing heaters. Make sure they meet safety standards and codes. Know how to use and maintain them. Otherwise, you risk a fire. 

$893 Million In Property Damage
According to recent estimates from the National Fire Protection Association, home fires involving heating equipment caused $893 million in direct property damage and 400 civilian deaths in 2011. Often, these fires are caused by equipment that wasn't kept clean or was placed too close to something that could ignite. The association offers these heater safety tips.
• Keep flammable items, such as paper or bedding, at least 3 feet away from the heater.
• Buy a heating unit approved by a recognized testing lab (such as Underwriters Laboratories).
• Install the equipment according to local codes and manufacturer's recommendations.
• Use a licensed contractor.
• Make sure the heater vents to the outside so carbon monoxide won't build up indoors.
• Keep the vent clean and unclogged.
• Install carbon monoxide detectors.
• Have a qualified professional inspect and clean your heater annually -- before winter snow storms or blizzards hit. 

Disaster Preparation Information  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters and deal with them quickly and effectively should they occur. Here are a few you might find helpful: 

10 Steps To A Safer Home

Home Disasters You Can Avoid

Storm Damage In Manchester Rarely Minor 

Here For You
The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield 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 (860-649-0836) anytime, 24/7. 

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

Storm Damage in Manchester Rarely Minor

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Even weak storms can cause major damage in small geographic areas

Calling storm damage in the Manchester/Mansfield area minor is a little like calling surgery minor. Storm damage is only minor when it doesn’t happen to you. Some storm damage in the Manchester area may seem slight, but even weak storms can cause major damage in a small area.

Storm damage as minor as having a small tree fall in your backyard or losing a few roof shingles can hurt. Both of these situations and many other minor storm damage events require repairs. Left alone, minor damage (like a slow water leak or a little foundation crack) can worsen over time. Preventing minor storm damage from becoming a major issue can stop higher repair bills and keep you safer.

It’s like that tag inside your shirt that rubs against your neck. That’s a small problem. But try wearing that shirt for hours. The longer you feel a slight rub, the more major that slight rub becomes, right?

 For Minor Storm Cleanup Or Restoration Needs: SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield. Call 860.649.0836.

Ignoring Minor Storm Damage Can Lead To Major Damage

Manchester/Mansfield homeowners and business owners who don’t repair minor storm damage often are forced to face much greater damage in time. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can make minor repairs before they become major headaches. Fix cracked windows before they break. Stop minor water leaks before they grow. Get rid of that small patch of mold before it dominates the wall. Make small repairs at little cost so you can avoid big repairs later at major cost.

Rodent Invitation

Any opening (missing shingles, peeling siding, etc.) is an invitation for water, insects, rodents, and more. Once inside a hidden portion of your home (like a crawl space or attic) some rodents  will gradually find their way into other areas of your business or home. And if your doors or windows are damaged or compromised, you’re at an increased risk for burglaries.

Extensive Restoration Training

At SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield we have extensive training in all aspects of repairs and restorations. That’s true for both residential and commercial properties. We have completed jobs of all sizes over the years, and we can successfully handle any size disaster, including the one you’re facing. Our certifications cover the many different cleaning and restorative types of work that storm damage can cause.

For Minor Storm Cleanup Or Restoration Needs: SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield. Call 860.649.0836.

Having the training required to professionally repair your home's siding, roof, basement, foundation, and other components is important. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can restore your home or business to its previous beautiful condition.  

Check Out Other Blog Posts   

Every month SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational blog posts on how Manchester/Mansfield area businesses and residents can protect themselves from disasters. We want to educate you on how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm, and other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful: 

            10 Steps To A Safer Home

            Chemical Spill Safety

            Home Fire Safety Checklist

Your Business’s Emergency Ready Profile

You might also want to explore the educational information on our sister franchise’s SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield’s blog.

 We’re Here To Help

Here at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield we often work with business owners and homeowners to prevent storm damage or to repair storm damage. The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in water restoration services, natural disaster prevention, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime.

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

Ice Dam presentation

2/1/2016 (Permalink)

Steve Bennett speaking to the group

Back in December, SERVPRO of Manchester-Bolton had the opportunity to do one of the things we love to do. We got to speak in front of the CT Valley BNI group about winter weather. We offered some tips on how to prevent ice dams, what to do if you have an ice dam, and how to choose the correct vendor/contractor to assist with the clean up and restoration. We love being able to speak to groups and offer information that we feel is helpful to business and homeowners alike.