Recent Water Damage Posts

Prevent a Flood with New Washing Machine Hoses

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Consider Adding a Drip Pan

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

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

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Prevent Air Conditioner Water Damage (Part 1): What You Can Do

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Routine checks of your air conditioning system can help you avoid water damage in your home.

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

Causes of overflow include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preventing Water Damage, Inside and Out

Water Damage Restoration

After Water Damage, Removing the Water Isn’t Enough

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Prevent Air Conditioner Water Damage (Part 2): What Your AC Tech Can Do

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Partner with your AC technician to keep your system in great shape—and prevent costly water leaks.

Ask your air conditioning technician to take care of a few basic tasks to maintain your AC system each year, and consider some upgrades. Not only will you avoid water damage from your AC system, you’ll enjoy better efficiency and cooler air flow throughout summer.

  • When the A/C condensation line is installed, avoid using elbow connections if possible and have the line run as close to vertical as possible
  • Have your HVAC unit professionally maintained each year. Your tech should check the air filter, the condition of the condensation line and the drains to eliminate blockages. Have your AC tech clean the condensation line at least once a year (or every six months if the system is used year-round)
  • Ask your technician to apply an algaecide to discourage build-up of debris in the drain lines. This will also prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which can spread throughout the system and pollute the air in your house
  • Install a condensation pump to help ensure excess water flows freely into the disposal drain
  • Consider installing a safety float switch, which will automatically shut down the power to an AC unit whenever condensation builds up and there is a danger of water overflow

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

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Be Prepared for a Flood

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

You can't change the weather but you can be prepared for a potential flood—making it so much easier to recover from.

You don’t have to live in a known flood zone to suffer sudden water damage in your home. Heavy rains, melting snow and inadequate drainage can also inundate a home with water. In fact, 25% of flood insurance claims occur in low-to-moderate risk areas.

What every homeowner should do is be prepared. Taking simple steps long before the water appears can make the difference between a quick recovery from a flood and a long, difficult aftermath.

Be Prepared

Find out the base flood elevation (BFE) for your property from the local authority that issues building permits. Use this figure as a guideline for preparing your home against high water.

Have an adequate amount of basic supplies on hand: plastic sheeting, sand and sandbags, plastic garbage bags, lumber, shovels and plywood. Prepare your own storm kit with this guide.

Install a backflow-prevention device in the main waste line of your plumbing system to prevent sewage and storm water from backing up into your home.

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Every spring, test your sump pump by filling the sump pit with water to ensure it switches on and operates properly.

Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.

When you remodel or upgrade, consider raising your heating and cooling systems and main electrical panel to a level higher than the BFE.

Be Financially Prepared

Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover flooding, so shop for separate flood insurance. If your carrier doesn’t provide it, call the National Flood Insurance Program at (800) 427-4661. Premiums average $400 per year. There is typically a 30-day waiting period for coverage to take effect.

Take an inventory of your belongings and write down brand names and serial numbers. Making a video or taking digital photos will help with your documentation.

Consider keeping insurance policies, deeds and other crucial documents in a safe place outside your home, such as a safe deposit box.

For additional information, visit fema.gov and search on “flood.”

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

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

Preventing Water Damage, Inside and Out

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

It's true: an ounce of prevention can prevent a pound (and so much more) of water damage!

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

Prevent Water Damage from the Inside

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

Prevent Water Damage from the Outside

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

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

Help Is Here

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

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Avoid Frozen Pipes

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

You can prevent nearly all frozen pipes from happening and save an average of $5,000 in damages

The best-case scenario for frozen pipes is to avoid them all together. You can make that possible by taking some simple steps. Read on to find some facts about the potential damage of frozen pipes and ways to keep your pipes flowing in the coldest weather.

What Many People Don’t Know About Frozen Pipes
The insurance company, State Farm, says a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe in your home can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold. Ouch.

And many people don’t know other facts about frozen pipes. For example, did you know:

  • Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates?
  • Frozen pipes affect a quarter-million U.S. families each winter?
  • Pipes can freeze in homes with either plastic or copper pipes?

Frozen pipes are all too common, especially considering the damage they cause is largely preventable.

$5,000 Typical to Repair Frozen Pipe Damage
Water damage from bursting pipes is one of the most common homeowners insurance claims, with an average claim cost of about $5,000. Repairing the actual broken pipe is often the least costly part of the damage frozen pipes cause.

The damage to fixtures and home finishes from water spurting from a ruptured pipe is what runs up your bill. When a frozen pipe bursts you often must repair the flooring, drywall, and anything left on the floor.

Why Pipes Burst
When water freezes it expands. That’s why a can of soda explodes if you put it in a freezer to chill quickly and forget about it. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If the water expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes, and major damage begins.


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Preventing Frozen Pipes
So what can you do to avoid frozen pipes? First know what causes frozen pipes. The three central causes of frozen pipes are quick drops in temperature, poor insulation, and thermostats set too low. So, make sure your heating system is working properly and that vulnerable pipes, like those that run close to your exterior walls, are insulated.

If you go away for several days in the winter leave the heat on. The Insurance Information Institute recommends setting your thermostat at 65 degrees. Have someone check your home and property, if you can. If you expect to be away for extended periods — say, you go South for the winter — have your water turned off.

Others actions you can take to help prevent frozen pipes are:
•    Consider insulating pipes in your crawl spaces and attic
•    Keep your garage doors closed if you have water supply lines in the garage
•    Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
•    Wrap pipes in heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables. Use produces approved by an independent testing organization like Underwriters Laboratories
•    During severe cold turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night
•    If you need to be away from home, consider draining your water system before you go
•    Identify the locations of shut-off valves so that you’re prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts

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What If Your Pipes Do Freeze?
First, turn off the flow of water. That prevents further damage. To do that you need to know ahead of time where your main water shut-off valve is. Clearly mark it with a bright sticker. You may have to find it in the dark.

Next, call a plumber or contractor like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to conduct an initial water damage and repair assessment.  

You should also take photographs to document the initial damage for your insurance company. Hold onto the broken pipe because your insurance company may want to inspect it.
 
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Remember, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is here to help. We work on frozen pipes and severe weather damage. You can call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield anytime, 24/7. At SERVPRO we’re trained in many restoration services. We know the safest, most advanced, and quickest ways to help you recover from frozen pipe and other damage to your home or business.

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Water Contamination

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

If you have doubts about whether your water is contaminated, don't take a chance. Read the tips here.

While water contamination in Connecticut has not be a frequent issue, it’s always best to be prepared. Consider what financial advisors tell us about the stock market: past performance is no guarantee of future results. No water issues in the past does not mean no water issues in the future.

Dangerous chemicals or other unhealthy substances can contaminate water after a water system failure, hurricane damage, flood damage, terrorist attack, accident, or in other ways according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Hazardous chemicals, human waste, or animal waste can get in to a Connecticut water supply and make the water dangerous to drink.

Check the Water’s Color, Smell, and Taste
If a Connecticut water emergency occurs your water company or local officials will tell you if your drinking water is not safe to drink. The Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparedness says that if your water has an unusual change in color, smell, or taste, or has floating pieces in it don’t use it or drink it.

Disinfect Flooded Wells
If you are a Connecticut homeowner or business owner in a flooded area and have a private well that has flooded, consider that well contaminated. Always have a flooded well disinfected. To be safe, treat your water or use bottled water until you disinfect the well. You can find more homeowner information about flooding, wells, and cleanup at the Department of Public Health’s page on this subject.


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Treating Unsafe Water
What if you’re told to treat your drinking water? Don’t take risks. Use treated or bottled water for all your cooking, washing fruits and vegetables, brushing teeth, making baby formula—all water uses. Use treated water to wash your hands before you cook.

There is one exception. Adults and older children do not need to use treated water to shower or bathe. They just need to not swallow or get untreated water in their mouths. However, infants, toddlers, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems should be bathed using treated or bottled water.

Three ways you can make contaminated water safe to drink and use are:
1. Boil your drinking water at a rolling boil for one minute. Before boiling, make sure the water is clear of any debris or pieces.
2. Add eight drops of liquid chlorine bleach to every gallon of clear water or 16 drops to every gallon of cloudy water. Do not use household bleach that has perfumes or ingredients other than sodium hypochlorite. Mix the water and bleach well and let it stand for at least 30 minutes before you use it.  
3. Add water purification tablets per the directions on the tablet package.


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For more, go to the American Red Cross’s Water Treatment page.

Water Damage and Water Damage Restoration Information
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. Many of our blog posts deal with water issues:  

7 Essentials After Major Water Damage

25 Tips On Floods

Flood & Sewage Dangers Most People Don’t Know About

Water Damage Restoration

How SERVPRO Excels
Many factors make SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield a great choice for fire and water cleanup and restoration. We offer:
• Highly trained staff with experience in many types of natural disasters
• Local knowledge and resources—we know your community and we have relationships with other local organizations that can help you in times of need
• A network of 1,800 franchises nationwide so we can call in any resource you need
• On site evaluation of your natural disaster recovery needs within four hours of you contacting SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
• Help working with your insurer and filing your insurance claim
     
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7 Essentials After Major Water Damage

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Act quickly and intelligently after major water damage

After any major disaster we all find it hard to think straight. Emotions, loss, and confusion can cloud the mind. But water damage brings lots of potential health and safety hazards that we must respond to quickly and intelligently. Here are seven essential things to do if you suffer major water damage.

1. Stay Clear Of The Water

Don’t go in water at all until a professional has done an assessment of the dangers that lurk in the water in your home or business. The water may be contaminated and dangerous to your health.


2. Avoid Electrical Hazards

Stagnate flood water could be carrying electrical currents from electrical appliances that are running in the basement or from the source of the flood. People who do mitigation for water in the home regularly have the attire and equipment to avoid electrocution, and to remain safe while extracting the water out of the home. Water in business properties that contains electrical currents is a serious liability concern.


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3. Start Mitigation and Drying Quickly

Mold can grow around a water-damaged space in just 24 hours. Start your mitigation and drying process as quickly as possible. This will minimize the water damage and get you back in your home or business faster.

4. Businesses Need to Minimize Legal Concerns
Water damage and mold in business properties can cause legal concerns. If you have mold after the water has been cleaned up, the toxic air could be considered an unsuitable working environment. After the water’s removed, the area must be sealed and sanitized to contain and kill the mold. The mold can get into the ducts and spread throughout your ventilation system if it isn't taken care of properly. After major water damage businesses are wise to call in a professional water damage restoration company.

5. Check For Structural Damage
If water in business spaces or water in home residences sits for too long, it can start to deteriorate the materials and compromise the building. This can make the business or house unsafe to live or work in. Soggy beams or crumbling concrete could cause the house or building to cave in. You may want to have a structural consultant look at your business or home especially if you don't know how long ago the water damage began. Other materials around the house will also be damaged, so be sure to remove and replace any materials that you feel aren't stable or safe.


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6. Check For Sewage Contamination
At first you may not know where the water is coming from. Even heavy rains or melting snow can contain sewage in the water. Inhalation of raw sewage is toxic and dangerous, and the mitigation and the water damage repair and restoration company will be capable of dealing with the contaminated water, without jeopardizing your or their health.

7. Inspect And Test Before You Repair and Restore

While quick action is important, thoroughness is, too.  You don’t want to rush repairs and restoration without first carefully assessing all the water damage. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield excels at this. We determine the full scope of your water damage before anything else. Our inspection and tests not only determine the extent of damage but also how far the moisture has traveled. Thorough water damage assessment is key to ensuring proper and complete restoration.

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Businesses: Prevent Water Damage

Flood & Sewage Dangers Most People Don’t Know About

Water Damage Restoration

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Flood & Sewage Dangers Most People Don't Know About

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Many don't realize the biggest dangers after a flood or sewage backup

Ask most people in the Manchester/Mansfield area the greatest dangers after a flood or sewage back-up and they’ll offer a wrong or at least incomplete answer. Most people will mention disease first and that’s a big one. But most people don’t realize that perhaps an even greater danger after a flood or sewage backup is the risk of electrocution or explosion.

Here are ideas and guidelines to keep you safe after a flood or sewage back-up.

1. Don’t enter a flooded basement or light a match until the utility companies have shut off the gas and electric service.

2. If flood waters or sewage enters your basement, you must clean properly to prevent you and your family from becoming sick or injured.

3. You’re smart to call in a professional to handle sewage or flood waters.

4. Contact your local health department for advice and assistance. You can also find good sources online like the EPA's Septic Systems Web site.

How to Clean and Sanitize
5. Drain all flood waters and/or sewage by natural draining or pumping.

6. Remove dirt, soil, and debris from surfaces that came in contact with flood waters.

7. Wash down all walls, floors, and surfaces that the flood water or sewage touched with clean, warm or hot water and a low suds detergent.

8. Rinse again with warm or hot water.

9. Sanitize by rinsing walls, floors, and surfaces using one of the following mixtures:
2½ tablespoons (tbs) of Lysol/Pine Sol per gallon of water used, or
8 tablespoons (tbs) of laundry bleach (i.e., Clorox, Roman Cleanser) in each gallon of water used.

10. Open windows or use fans to air out the area.

11. Prevent tracking flood debris and sewage into clean areas.

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Guidelines For A Flooded Area With Gas Or Electricity Present

12. Have the utility companies shut off the gas and electricity.

13. Don’t touch the fuse box or any plugged in cords or appliances until your electricity is shut off.

14. If an electrical appliance motor or its controls are submerged under water, don’t start it until you’ve talked to the dealer or service company.

15. Never relight your gas appliances until the gas company has checked them. Make sure all pilot lights are on before relighting burners. Don’t light matches until the gas is turned off.


What To Do If You Have A Septic System

Once floodwaters have receded:

16. Do not drink well water until it is tested. Contact your local health department.

17. Do not use the sewage system until water in the soil absorption field is lower than the water level around the house.

18. Have your septic tank professionally inspected and serviced if you suspect damage. Signs of damage include settling or an inability to accept water.

19. If sewage has backed up into the basement, clean the area and disinfect the floor. Use a chlorine solution of a half cup of chlorine bleach to each gallon of water to disinfect the area thoroughly.

20. Pump the septic system as soon as possible after the flood. Be sure to pump both the tank and lift station.

21. Do not compact the soil over the soil absorption field by driving or operating equipment in the area. Saturated soil is especially susceptible to compaction, which can reduce the soil absorption field's ability to treat wastewater and lead to system failure.

22. Examine all electrical connections for damage before restoring electricity.

23. Be sure the septic tank's manhole cover is secure and that inspection ports have not been blocked or damaged.


Be Careful with Foods

Contaminated foods can make you and your family sick. Here’s how to handle your foods after a flood or sewage event:

24. Destroy and discard all contaminated bottled and boxed foods.

25. You can keep canned goods (including home canned jars) if you clean them thoroughly. Scrub with soap and water. Use a brush around the rim of home canned jars. Submerge in chlorinated water for 15 minutes (1 ounce of bleach per gallon of water).A ir dry to prevent rusting.

26. You can keep food stored in a freezer if the power is off for less than two days and if the freezer is full and not opened.

27. Food stored in a refrigerator will keep for 4-6 hours after losing power, depending on how warm the room temperature is. Do not open the refrigerator unless absolutely necessary. You may add ice to the refrigerator if you know it will be turned on soon.

28. Throw out anything with an unusual color, odor, or if a perishable food is above 45° F internally.

More Sewage And Flood Information   

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational articles on how Manchester area residents and businesses can protect themselves from natural disasters and restore their property after a flood, sewage spill, or other natural disaster. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful:  

25 Tips on Floods
After Water Damage Removing The Water Isn’t Enough
Chemical Spill Safety
Sewer Back-up Dangers

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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

Water Damage Restoration

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Quick action when you have water damage can save cost and restore your home as good as new

Water damage is a major way Manchester area homeowners and business owners lose property value and incur major repair and restoration expenses. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield knows that water damage emergencies can be both traumatic and costly for you, your business, and your family. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost for water damage repair across the nation is $2,154. That’s why it’s critical for water damage restoration professionals to immediately assess and fix any water damage problems.

Causes of Water Damage
Sometimes your appliances can be the culprit. A malfunctioning washer or other appliance can cause more harm than good. When your washing machine, dishwasher, sink, or toilet flood, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can be there to fix the problem and repair water damage quickly. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has experience with water damage restoration from nearly every cause you can imagine:
• Overflowing sinks, bathtubs, toilets, or showers
• Backed up sewage and septic tank lines
• Leaking or frozen water lines or pipes
• Washing machine or dishwasher overflows
• Heavy rain or storms
• Melting ice or snow
• Flooding from cresting rivers, streams, or other sources


For water damage restoration call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860-649-0836

Highly Trained Staff
The SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield staff is highly trained in water damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your business or home from water damage. Our training program includes:
• IICRC Training
• Employee Certification Training
• Initial Franchise Training
• E-learnings
• Continuing Education Classes

Advanced Equipment
One factor that distinguishes the professionals at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is our advanced equipment. To do a water damage restoration project correctly requires the right equipment. Our advanced equipment means your water damage can be repaired faster and more completely. Among the tools we can call on are:

• Desiccant Dehumidifiers  
• Extractors
• Moisture Meters
• Moisture Sensors
• Refrigerant Dehumidifiers
• Thermal Foggers
• Thermohygrometers
• Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers

Always Available To You
SERVPRO OF Manchester/Mansfield is always available to you. We offer 24/7 emergency services 365 days a year. Whatever the cause of the water damage in your home or business, we offer a full menu of service options to restore your property. You’ll also find many educational essays on our blog that can help you tackle water damage and other issues:

25 Tips On Floods
Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters
Sewer Backup Dangers
Storm Damage In Manchester Rarely Minor

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

For water damage restoration call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860-649-0836

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield will do a water damage assessment for you. We can extract water and dry affected areas and furnishings. We’ll assess and get rid of any mold issues. If water’s leaking somewhere we’ll find the leak and present you with a solution that will stop the leak. We can reconstruct and repair any damage and will even help you with your insurance claim filing.

Why People Choose SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
Hundreds of people have called us for help with their water damage issues. They tell us that three main reasons they choose SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield are because we:
    1. Respond immediately and work quickly
    2. Have experience and solutions for virtually any water damage problem
3. Answer all questions and will help with insurance claims

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is also skilled in natural disaster prevention and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

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

25 Tips On Floods

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Every flooding situation needs to be taken seriously.

Floods are among the most common, most costly, and most dangerous weather disasters. Even areas without heavy rain can experience extreme flooding if the area upstream has lots of rain. Rains that are light can cause flooding if the light rain continues day after day. Keep these tips in mind to avoid the dangers of floods.


Take Any Flooding Situation Seriously

1. Face reality. Flooding causes more deaths in the United States than any other natural disaster. Don’t take any flood lightly. Act early and be thorough.
2. Just six inches of rapidly flowing water can cause you to fall and be taken down stream. Don’t cross rapidly moving waters even if you think you know the terrain.
3. Cars can be swept away by as little as a foot of water. Never try to drive through flooding waters.
4. Identify local waterways that threaten you and preplan several evacuation routes from both your home and your business.
5. Talk with your family about what to do if a flood watch or warning is issued. Discussing floods ahead of time helps reduce fear, especially for younger children.

Keep Up With The Weather News

6. Copy your important documents (financial information, social security cards, birth certificates, passports, marriage certificate, etc.) and store them in a remote location like a bank safe deposit box.
7. Consult with your insurance agent about your coverage. Do you have flood insurance? Do you need flood insurance?
8. Have a weather radio, smart phone app, or other means to receive flood warnings and weather updates. Keep it close and turned on.
9. Follow all appropriate flood warnings by the National Weather Service, local media, or any official authority issuing instructions due to an impending flood.
10. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

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Prepare Your Home Before You Leave It

11. In case you must leave your home quickly have an emergency bag ready by the door or where you can quickly retrieve it. Your emergency bag should include personal hygiene items, water, snacks, spare cash, a flashlight, and anything else that you or your family might need to stay safe for 72 hours or longer. Plan on at least a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food.
12. Take photographs of every room in your home or business. Be certain to capture the most valuable and hard to replace items (artwork, cars, jewelry, etc.). Store the photos on a portable device like a flash drive or memory card. Keep that device in your emergency bag.
13. If you have a sump pump make sure it’s working. Consider installing a battery-operated backup, in case of a power failure.
14. Clear debris from gutters and downspouts. You want heavy rain to fall outside your house not be directed inside your house through clogged gutters.
15. Move outdoor furniture or decorative items inside. Move important, valuable items upstairs.

Avoid Flood Waters And Power Lines

16. Turn off water, gas, and electricity at the main shut-offs and unplug electrical equipment.
17. Before you leave your home or business lock all doors and windows.
18. Avoid flood waters. They’re usually toxic and filled with hazardous materials and bacteria.
19. Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
20. Avoid downed power lines that could go unnoticed in water, on the ground, or on a chain-link fence.

Evacuate

21. Evacuate to a safe location. Be sure to take your weather radio or other means of keeping up with the weather news with you.
22. Stay away from animals. They may be afraid and defend themselves aggressively. 
23. Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flood danger.
24. Stay calm so you’ll think better. Panic doesn’t help.
25. If you have pets the Red Cross recommends consider a pet emergency kit.


Here To Help
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, 24/7.

You can find more educational information on the blog at our sister site, SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield.

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

After Water Damage Removing The Water Isn't Enough

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

After water removal you need dehumidification.

Maybe you've had a flood, sewage overflow, rain leak, or other water disaster. Whatever caused the water damage it isn’t enough to just remove the visible water. Your floors and walls may look dry when the standing water you can see is gone, but they may still be still wet to the touch. After water removal you need dehumidification.

Most building materials (plaster, drywall, wood, etc.) are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage.

Get Rid Of Moisture. Call SERVPRO Today At 860.649.0836

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield technicians can manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. We use specialized equipment, including industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water and other moisture retained by building materials. Our professional technicians carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials in your home or business return to acceptable drying goals.

Without this process of dehumidification you can suffer more unseen damage and live in an unhealthy, mold-infested environment.


Don’t Cut The Drying Process Short
We can dry your carpets in 24 hours. Moderately wet drywall dries in 1-3 days. Other materials like hardwood flooring, plaster, concrete, and wood may require 7-10 days to dry.  Contractors and claims professionals who promise to dry your home or business in three days are ignoring basic scientific principles. Don’t short change the drying process.

Use A Scientific Process
Structural drying is a scientific process that requires professional water damage training and the use of specialized instruments.  Your property’s damage is very site-specific. One solution does not fit all. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield water damage technicians are highly trained in psychrometrics, the science of drying, and always use IICRC S500 industry standards for professional water damage restoration.

Get Rid Of Moisture. Call SERVPRO Today At 860.649.0836

Drying And Restoration Step By Step
Our water damage restoration techniques include:
•    Removing standing water and recovering your assets
•    Measuring moisture and recording all damage
•    Detecting any leaks (non-invasively)
•    Drying your home or business structure by technical means
•    Restoring machinery, electrical appliances, equipment and furniture, files, and documents
•    Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting to destroy micro-organisms and mold
•    Removing or neutralizing odors

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, mold, smoke, or other similar damage. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

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
Chemical Spill Safety
16 Ways To Make Your Home And Family Safer
Your Insurer Will Help After A Disaster
Home Protection Guide

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

Water Disaster? Use The Pros.

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Acting fast after water damage can limit the damage and restore your property more quickly at less expense.

How much long-term damage water does to your home or business depends a lot on you. After a water disaster (flood, leak, storm, ice melt, sewage flow) at your home or commercial property you need to act fast. Acting fast can limit water damage and restore your property more quickly at less expense.  

Excessive standing water can pose health hazards, ruin valuable property, damage furniture and art, and weaken the structural integrity of your home or business. We recommend you hire a  professional water removal service. Here are four reasons why you should depend on professionals like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield:

1. What Looks Dry May Not Be Dry
You may not be safe even after the visible water is removed. Furnishings and buildings can soak in and retain excessive levels of moisture. That promotes microorganism development and fungi growth, even when you don’t see any water. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield uses a professional drying process that includes specialized air movers and dehumidifiers. It’s a surer, more thorough, and faster way to remove water and moisture. We continue the drying process until moisture measurement inspections indicate the ambient air humidity is back to normal.

2. Prevent Dangerous Bacterial Growth
Standing or slowly dripping water attracts microorganisms. These forms of bacteria can breed very quickly. Moisture is the driving force allowing growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. A thorough drying is essential to assure your health and safety.

Concerned About Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield Today At 860.649.0836

3. Salvage Your Possessions
Materials and furniture exposed to excessive water must be carefully evaluated. A SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield professional can evaluate and explain to you what’s safe to keep and what must be discarded. We use a proprietary software technology called CCIS to inventory each room. We list categories of not-salvageable, salvageable, and questionable items and materials  for you and your insurance adjuster. Then you can decide how to proceed with your water damage restoration process. We strongly believe in restoring rather than replacing your possessions whenever possible. Restoring rather than replacing keeps your costs down. Restoring sometimes gives people back possessions they thought were gone forever.

4. Protect Your Health And Safety
Attempting to remedy water damaged possessions and materials on your own can cause physical stress and unwanted, unknown exposure to health hazards such as category 3 water. Category 3  is the worst classification of water. It means the water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested. You may hear category 3 water called black water. Sources of category 3 water include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth. Whether your water is category 3 or not, safety clothing, gear, equipment, and know-how are essential aspects leading to a safe and effective water damage restoration process.

What Should You Look For In A Water Removal Company?
• Industry experience and leadership
• A reputation for professionalism and customer service
• 24/7 emergency services
• IICRC-certified technicians, with extensive supplemental training
• A free estimate, action plan, and work with your insurance agent

For More Water Damage Information
Here are links to other blog posts at our sister site (SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield) on how to prevent or deal with water damage:
    Commercial Hardwood Floors & Water Damage
    Drinking Water Emergencies
    Flood Preparation & Procedures
Preventing Water, Plumbing, And Other Disasters During The Holidays
Water Damage & Repair
Your Water And Natural Disaster Cleanup and Restoration Service
Our expertise is disaster preparation, cleanup, and restoration.  If you suffer fire, water, mold, chemical, or storm damage, 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

Businesses: Prevent Water Damage

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

To prevent water damage have an emergency response plan in place.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

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

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

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

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

For More Information
Here are links to more water damage information at our sister site, SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield:
   Flood Preparation And Procedures
    Water Damage? 4 Reasons To Hire A Professional
    Water Damage And Repair
To learn more about SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, please see these blog posts:
    Donation to a Local Fire Department
    Tri County Alliance Of Realtors Affiliate Night

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

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

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