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Fast Flood Cleanup in Mansfield CT

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fast Flood Cleanup in Mansfield CT Fast Flood Cleanup in Mansfield CT

As winter progresses into spring, melting snow and heavy rains often cause flooding. After the waters recede, you need a flooded house clean-up as soon as possible. At SERVPRO, we’re experts at performing water damage cleanup and restoration. Whether you need a simple wet carpet cleanup or a full line of basement flood cleanup services, we respond 24/7 and we get the job done fast. 

When floodwater enters your home, it soaks everything in its path. It’s not usually just water. Floodwaters often contain sewage, dirt, bacteria, and harmful contaminants. You feel less stressed after the water drains away, but it usually leaves a wet, dirty residue behind. It’s a messy cleanup but the SERVPRO team arrives fast to meet the challenge.

SERVPRO Emergency Basement Flood Cleanup 

When SERVPRO professionals perform Flood Cleanup, we realize that timing is critical. That’s why we only send cleaning and restoration professionals to your home. Each one knows how to clean up water in a basement, remove dirt and debris, and eliminate the floodwater contaminants that can make your family sick. 

We use industrial-grade extraction, deodorizing, cleaning, and dehumidifying equipment. We bring only safe and effective cleaning and deodorizing solutions into your home. We work quickly to eliminate water before mold, mildew, and bacteria begin to grow. 

Flooded House Clean Up Assessment

The initial stages of our fast flood cleanup in Mansfield CT homes involves evaluating the damage and planning our work. Each flood leaves a unique pattern of damage behind. To determine your specific needs, we complete a walkthrough and inspection.

We look for areas that need black water cleanup and other specialty processes. We check for signs of water seepage beneath your floorboards and behind your walls. We determine the best strategy for returning your property to pre-flood condition. 

Separating Undamaged Property

Before we begin fast flood cleanup in Mansfield CT homes, we separate damaged and undamaged property. This allows us to prevent floodwater-soaked furnishings from contaminating property that remains salvageable. We quickly assess each item. We then remove it immediately to a dry location to perform necessary repairs and restoration.  

Water Extraction

Water extraction is a time-critical task. After floodwater recedes, your rooms and property usually remain wet, allowing mold, mildew, and bacteria to thrive. We begin the dry-out process by removing the water with industrial-grade extractors. We do wet carpet clean up and water removal from wet fabrics, upholstery, and other porous surfaces.

Drying 

We use industrial drying equipment to remove any remaining moisture. If porous surfaces remain moist, they encourage mold and mildew to grow. They release an odor that combines with floodwater residue to create an unpleasant smell. Airborne mold, mildew, and other post-flood contaminants move throughout your home. They sometimes irritate your lungs and cause medical difficulties. We minimize this problem by thoroughly drying out your home and property. 

Dehumidification 

Dehumidification is central to fast flood cleanup in Mansfield CT homes.  When your ambient air remains humid, the moisture eventually settles into your upholstery, wood, and other porous surfaces. We remove the moisture before it encourages mold, mildew, and fabric rot. 

To perform this step right, our team calculates your room dimensions, relative humidity, and temperature. These calculations help determine the number of industrial dehumidifiers necessary for the job. They also determine the best dehumidifier placement for maximum performance.  

Odor Removal 

When floodwaters recede, they usually leave an unsettling mix of odors behind. Dirty water, mold, mildew, sewage, and other scents combine to form an unbearable smell. Even after we dry out your home and furnishing, the smell can linger in the air and porous surfaces can absorb them. During our fast flood cleanup in Mansfield CT homes, we remove noxious odors with industrial scrubbers, foggers, and odor-neutralizing solutions. 

Repair and Restoration

Restoration and repair are the final steps of fast flood cleanup in Mansfield CT. We replace your drywall, restore flooring, paint walls, and perform other tasks. We also salvage, repair, or replace your furniture and decor as necessary. 

Commercial Building Restoration

SERVPRO also does fast flood cleanup in Mansfield CT commercial properties. Our manpower, equipment, expertise, and technology allow us to clean and restore any type of commercial or industrial building. Our team responds to your emergency call 24/7. We work fast to minimize business interruption losses.  

Contact SERVPRO

We are a locally owned and operated SERVPRO franchise. We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. We’re committed to fast flood cleanup in Mansfield CT homes and businesses. When you call us, we respond immediately. We provide professional services, and we do the work for an economical water cleanup cost. 

For more information about Fast Flood Cleanup in Mansfield CT, give us a call at (860) 649-0836.

Water Damage Cleanup in East Hartford CT

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleanup in East Hartford CT - image of toddler floating through a living room Water Damage Cleanup in an East Hartford CT Flooded Home

Water Damage Cleanup in East Hartford CT

When a homeowner needs water damage cleanup in East Hartford CT, we understand that it's an emergency. At SERVPRO of Manchester / Mansfield, we've seen how water from a broken pipe or a leaking roof can seriously damage your home interior and furnishings. When frozen pipes rupture, water seeps into corners, crawl spaces, and interior wall spaces.

Even if you don't notice your hot water heater leaking, water can flow to lower floors, destroying your home decor and ruining treasured personal belongings. When you call us, our water damage cleanup team responds 24 hours a day. We arrive fast and we work efficiently. We clean up your water damage and protect your home and your personal property from further damage and deterioration. 

At SERVPRO, we rely on specialized equipment and expertise to perform the most thorough water damage cleanup available. We rescue your home, your furnishings, and your personal property from damage, deterioration, and destruction. We have the experience to handle even the most complex restoration project and the dedication to do it right.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Before we make recommendations for water damage cleanup in East Hartford CT, we inspect the affected areas. We do a complete walkthrough to document visible damage, and we search for areas with hidden problems. Once we determine what we need to accomplish, we establish a plan and discuss our recommendations with you.

SERVPRO Water Damage Cleanup 

When water enters your home unrestrained, it causes damage everywhere it goes. It saturates fabrics, wood, and other porous surfaces. It seeps into interior walls, flows beneath floor-coverings, and drips into electrical appliances. At SERVPRO, we’ve learned from experience that we can stop water damage by using our multifaceted approach. 

Water Extraction

When we do water damage cleanup in East Hartford CT homes, we begin by separating the wet property from the dry property to prevent additional damage. Next, we extract as much water as possible. 

Timing is critical when conducting water damage cleanup in East Hartford CT. Whether the water comes from a roof leak, frozen pipes, or a water main break, Our SERVPRO team removes the water as quickly as possible. We use specialized equipment to do the job thoroughly and fast. 

Drying 

After we remove as much water as possible, we use industrial driers and dehumidifiers to remove residual moisture. When a surface remains damp, mildew and mold settle in. They grow from spores that drift freely through the air. Wet or damp surfaces provide the perfect growth medium. Within days of a water damage event, you'll notice mold and mildew in the air. When you contact us immediately, we can interrupt the mold and mildew growth process before it damages your furniture, household furnishings, and other surfaces. 

Residual moisture also gradually warps or damages floors, drywall, interior floor and wall structures, and other porous surfaces. Timely notice allows our water damage cleanup crew to remove and dry out saturated items before damage starts. 

Dehumidification 

As we dry out your wet surfaces, moisture warms, evaporates, and lingers in the air. The moisture eventually resettles on porous surfaces, causing mold, mildew, and damage. To efficiently remove this moisture, the SERVPRO team measures a room’s size, relative humidity, and temperature. We use industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to circulate the air and remove airborne moisture. 

Odor Removal 

For our next step in completing water damage cleanup in East Hartford CT, we use industrial scrubbers, foggers, and other specialized equipment to remove offensive odors. We also use odor-neutralizing products to finish the process.

Cleaning and Sanitizing 

We complete our water damage cleanup process by cleaning and sanitizing air and surfaces with specialized equipment and professional-grade solutions.

Repair and Restoration

When the SERVPRO team completes your water damage cleanup in East Hartford CT, we also restore your home to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration sometimes includes drywall replacement and repair, wall-painting, structural adjustments, furnishing replacements, and other tasks.  

Commercial Building Restoration

The SERVPRO team also performs commercial water damage cleanup in East Hartford CT. We handle any clean-up and restoration job regardless of the size or the type of facility. We work fast and efficiently to minimize business interruptions. 

Contact SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield

We are a locally owned and operated SERVPRO franchise, and we’re committed to water damage cleanup in East Hartford CT. When you call us, we respond quickly to your water damage emergency. For information about water damage cleanup in East Hartford CT, give us a call at (860) 649-0836.

A Sump Pump Helps Prevent Basement Water Damage

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

A sump pump in a basement Water in your basement—whether from a slow leak, a rainstorm or a failed appliance—can cause lots of damage if you don't have a sump pump.

If you have never had a water problem in your basement, count yourself as lucky. Many times, water getting into your basement is a slow and steady issue, with more or less constant seepage. But other times the water can flood your basement quite suddenly, after a heavy rainstorm or a basement appliance leak. Either way, you’d be wise to consider installing a sump pump in your basement.

What’s a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a water-activated pump that sits either in a pit (that’s the sump) in your basement floor or just above the floor. When enough water collects in the sump pit, the pump is triggered to turn on and pump the water into a pipe that discharges outside your home.

Do I Need a Sump Pump?

We at SERVPRO think that having a sump pump is a wise investment even if you don’t have evidence of water regularly entering your basement. That’s because a heavy or long-lasting rainstorm, a sudden flood or a severe snowmelt can bring water into your home even when it’s been dry for decades. Also, if you have a water heater or washing machine in your basement, these appliances can fail and leak all over your floor, ruining any items you have stored there. Having a sump pump gives you a fighting chance to prevent a water disaster.

What Kind of Pump Should I Buy?

Since having a reliable sump pump can make the difference between a dry basement and severe water damage, we recommend that you first research your purchase to settle on a pump that is of high quality and well reviewed. Some other considerations:

  • Submersible or pedestal: a submersible pump can be covered with a lid, keeping debris out and noise in
  • Cast iron or plastic: a cast iron core will last longer with less heat buildup
  • Mechanical or pressure switch: a mechanical switch is superior
  • Screen or no screen: a no-screen intake design will reduce clogs
  • Impellor or no impellor: an impellor will also reduce clogging
  • Solid or non-solid float: a solid float can’t get waterlogged, stay on and burn out your pump’s motor
  • Alarm or no alarm: an alarm will alert you when the water reaches a certain level, potentially saving you from a flood

One More Recommendation

Consider purchasing a second pump and either keep it on hand or have it installed next to the first one as a backup. Even better, if this pump has a battery back-up, it will work in case of a power outage, which often accompanies a large storm.

We’re Here for You

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

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

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield

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

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

Be Safe After a Flood

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

A house surrounded by floodwater Beyond causing damage to your home and property, a flood also creates many dangers that lurk in the floodwater. Stay safe with our tips.

Hurricanes and other storms can cause floods that span communities and even regions. After the storm, you will likely be eager to begin the cleanup and restoration of your home and other property, but know that while the storm may have passed, the danger of flood damage remains. Floodwaters can hide all manner of risky objects and substances.

Know the Dangers That Lurk

The floodwater itself will be far from pristine. Chemicals and random objects will have been swept into the water, so you must take extreme caution when entering floodwater.

Electrical Hazards

Thanks to the strong winds that accompany hurricanes and other powerful storms, electric lines are often lying on the ground or beneath floodwater. Walking or driving through flooded areas puts you at risk for electrocution. Avoid approaching any downed power lines that you can see. Keep away from the water and report the downed line to local authorities.

Because the floodwater may have damaged your home’s electrical system, you should have the system checked by an electrician before turning on lights or running electrical appliances.

Debris

As floodwaters rush down hills and through communities, they pick up objects, such as tree branches, metal objects—just about anything that’s not too heavy—and sweep them along. These random items can be sharp enough to gash you, so wear sturdy rubber boots, gloves and eye protection if you have to walk through floodwater.

Critters

Another reason for caution around floodwaters is that they quickly become a home to animals such as snakes and rodents. Even smaller pools of standing water can harbor lots of disease-causing mosquitoes, so empty out buckets, pools and gutters.

Chemicals and Waste Contamination

Frankly, floodwaters are often filthy, with sewage, oil and chemicals mixed into the brew. Avoid acquiring infections, gastrointestinal illnesses and rashes by staying out of the water, or if you have to wade through, gearing up with boots, gloves and goggles. And don’t use your home’s water supply to drink, cook or bathe until it’s been tested for safety.

Post-Flood Cleanup Safety Tips

As you begin the overwhelming task of cleaning up after a flood, follow some basic guidelines to avoid injury and illness.

Prevent Injury

  • If you receive a cut, puncture or other wound while you’re cleaning up, drop everything and seek medical attention.
  • Don’t expose wounds to floodwater. Clean the wound frequently with soap and water, and change the dressing often. If your wound becomes reddened, painful, swollen or oozes pus, or you develop a high fever, seek immediate medical attention.

Prevent Illness

  • It’s so basic, but wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water. Do not eat or drink without washing up first.
  • At day’s end, wash clothing that has been in floodwater separately from your other clothing.

We’re Here for You

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

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

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield

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

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

What to Do If Your Washing Machine Leaks (Part 1)

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

A washing machine is surrounded by water A leak or flood from your washing machine can really damage your home—and fast! Take these steps immediately to minimize the damage.

If you suffer a flood or leak from your washing machine, the damage to your home can be extensive! A broken washing machine hose can spew up to 500 gallons of water per hour if not stopped. So first, stop the water, then figure out what caused the leak. Finally, get going on the cleanup, because the longer water sits on your floor, the worse the damage gets.

Shut Off the Water Supply and Electricity

Whether it’s a flood or a puddle, the first thing you need to do is to stop the flow of water. Shut off the water supply to the washer. The hot and cold shutoff valves are located where the house-supply lines meet the washer hoses. Often this is in a recessed wall box located adjacent to the washer.

Once you’ve stopped the flow of water, mop up any standing water. This will help prevent slips and falls while you’re working on your machine. It will also reduce the chances of water damage to your home and furnishings, and help prevent mold growth.

Next, cut the electrical power to the washer at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Don’t just pull the power plug in the back of the washer because its cord could be exposed to standing water and you could be shocked. If the leak is substantial, shut off the electricity to your home, too.

Empty the Washer

Remove the wet laundry—this will also remove some of the standing water from the washer, which will help drainage problems. Refer to your owner's manual for model-specific instructions. If the standing water is hot, wear rubber gloves. Place the items in a bucket and wring them out over a sink in the laundry room or kitchen.

Now you are ready to find the source of the leak and either fix it, call in professional help or replace your washer. Read Part 2 of this article for your next steps. 

We’re Here for You

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

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

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield

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

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

What to Do If Your Washing Machine Leaks (Part 2)

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

A split washing machine water supply hose A burst water supply hose is a frequent cause of a sudden washing machine leak. Here's how to find the source of the water damage and address it.

Part 1 of this article showed you the actions to take as soon as you discover a leak or flood from your washing machine. Now that you've halted the damage, investigate the source of the leak.

Locate the Leak

Finding the leak starts with observing. Pull the washer away from the back wall to gain access to the hoses. Examine the hoses and connections for dripping or leaking water. Tighten the connection for the hot and cold water supply hoses that run from the back of the washer to the shutoff valves. You may need to replace the hoses—and if they are more than 5 years old, do it anyway.

Check to be sure that the single drain hose, usually located between the two water supply hoses, is secured in place on both ends.

If you are confident that you have solved the flooding by tightening or replacing water hoses, go ahead and run a test. Plug the machine back in and turn the power back on at the circuit breaker. Run a regular wash or rinse-only cycle (with no laundry or detergent) and watch closely for leaking or flooding.

Although a common cause of a sudden leak is a burst hose, washing machine floods can also originate from the base of the washer. The fix could be as simple as re-leveling the washer. If the problem is more serious, you may need to call in an appliance repair specialist or consider replacing the washer—note that the average life span of a washing machine is 5 to 7 years.

Repair Water Damage

Finally, you need to tackle the water cleanup and repair any damage to flooring, drywall or furnishings and possessions. It’s essential that within 48 hours you dry your home, because that’s when mold may begin to grow.

When you experience water damage in your home from a washing machine or any other source, call the pros at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. We are experts at water disaster remediation and we will get to your home fast, stop the leak and clean up the damage to restore your home to its before-disaster condition.

We’re Here for You

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

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

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield

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

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

Stop Water Damage from Your Household Appliances

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded laundry room Routine maintenance can help you avoid a water disaster from one of your kitchen, bathroom, basement or laundry room plumbed appliances.

Every day, without thinking about it much, you use many of your home’s plumbed appliances: sinks and faucets, tub/shower, toilets, dishwasher, washing machine, water heater, refrigerator. But a sudden plumbing problem can be a disaster, with water leaking (sometimes undetected) and causing severe damage to your home and possessions.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield recommends that you periodically (once or twice a year) take a close look at your appliances and plumbing fixtures, to catch and fix problems before they become costly emergencies.

Focus your attention on the three major types of appliances and fixtures: the kitchen, the bathroom and the basement/laundry area.  It’s good to know how long an average household appliance lasts, so you can replace an aging appliance before it fails:

Washing machine              5–7 years
Dishwasher                          7 years
Refrigerator                          7 years
Water heater                      15 years

How to Prevent Leaks with Monitoring

The best way to avoid expensive water damage is to prevent a leak from happening, or to stop it as soon as it starts. Leak detectors and alarms catch leaks as they start. Some of these devices will shut off water to your appliance or home at the first sign of a leak.

  • Battery-powered leak alarms have a sensor that is placed on the floor next to plumbing fixtures and appliances, such as washing machines and water heaters. You can also place a sensor on your basement floor to warn you if water is seeping in from outside or if your sump pump has stopped working. Water leak alarms are effective only if you hear the alarm and turn off the water.
  • Wired leak detectors also use wireless water sensors to detect water leaking from an appliance. Wired models can be connected to an automatic shutoff valve on your main water line or at individual appliance shutoffs. Some versions can also be wired into a centrally monitored alarm system or automatically alert your phone when a leak is detected.
  • A water flow sensor can be installed on a home's main water line and programmed to allow normal water flow. If water flow exceeds a specified amount, a valve will close to stop the flow.

How to Prevent Leaks in the Kitchen

Dishwasher

  • Observe your dishwasher as it runs. If it fills slowly, there may be a problem with the water supply hose or its shutoff valve. If it drains slowly or if water remains in the bottom of the dishwasher after the cycle is over, check the discharge hose for clogs or pinching.
  • If you spot water beneath the appliance, remove the kickplate below the dishwasher door. Run the dishwasher and look under the machine for water leaks at the hose clamps or along the hose. If a connection is loose or the hose cracked, tighten any loose fittings or replace the damaged hose with a new manufacturer-approved one.

Refrigerator

  • Inspect the water supply hose for signs of wear and replace it if needed.
  • If your refrigerator has a water dispenser and ice-maker, replace the filter twice each year. A clogged filter can block water and lead to a leak.

Sink Drains

  • Let water drain out of the sink while you look underneath at the strainer area and the P-trap. If there is seeping, you may need to tighten the P-trap fittings, or replace the strainer basket if it leaks or is corroded. If your sink drains slowly, it may be clogged, so disassemble and clean the P-trap or branch drain.
  • Periodically, clean the kitchen sink drain by running a mild homemade drain cleaner through it.

Faucets

  • A leaky kitchen faucet is the single most common plumbing repair. Watch your faucet carefully as you operate the lever, and repair the faucet if it requires it. A dripping faucet is more than an annoyance—it can slowly cost you hundreds of gallons of water each year.

Garbage Disposal

  • Inspect the drain connections where the dishwasher discharge connects to the disposal and where the disposal discharge runs to the sink drain. Tighten connections or replace the gaskets if they show signs of leaking. A foul smell from your garbage disposer means it should be cleaned. Follow the manufacturer's advice for routine maintenance.

How to Prevent Leaks in the Bathroom

Bathroom Faucets

  • Check your sink, tub and shower faucets regularly for leaks. If you spot any drips, replace the faucet or worn washers or cartridges.
  • Weak water pressure or an irregular spray pattern may indicate a calcium buildup on the aerator. Remove the aerator and soak it in vinegar or clean it manually.
  • Act fast and call a plumbing expert if you notice signs of water damage in the room below the tub and shower supply lines. Hidden behind walls, even a small leak can cause major damage over time.

Bathroom Drains

  • Don’t wait for your tub, shower or sink drains to get clogged, which can back up and cause leaks. Periodically, disassemble drain traps and remove hair and debris. At the same time, you can also snake out the branch drains to remove more distant clogs.

Toilets

  • Remove the toilet tank lid and watch what happens as you flush. If your toilet continues to run rather than shutting off at the end of the flush cycle, it’s wasting water. Fixing a running toilet may be as simple as replacing a worn flapper.
  • If your toilet rocks slightly when you sit on it, or if you notice water seeping around its base, you may need to replace the wax ring that seals the toilet base to the drain opening.

Caulking Around Bathroom Fixtures

  • Not technically plumbing, failing caulk around tubs and showers can allow water to get behind walls and under floors. Periodically check the caulk beads along floors and walls and seal any gaps or cracks with fresh caulk, and replace all the caulking every few years.

How to Prevent Leaks in the Basement and Laundry Area

Water Heater

  • Check the floor near the base of the water heater for leaks, which may be caused by a faulty temperature and pressure (T and P) relief valve or a bad drain valve. Also look for signs of water leaking from the cold water inlet pipe and hot water exit pipe above the water heater.
  • Every few years, the water heater tank should be flushed to remove sediment from the bottom of the tank, which can lead to clogs and leaking. You can do this yourself or hire a professional.

Washing Machine

Periodically, turn off the water supply and pull the washing machine away from the wall to do an inspection.

  • Check the fill hoses for signs of wear. If any of the rubber hoses are beginning to bulge, replace them immediately—a burst hose (especially if you are away from home) can cause expensive water damage. Replace worn or even slightly damaged hoses as soon as possible.
  • Check for loose connections at all the valves. If loose, tighten the connections of the drain hose, the water hose to the washer valves, and the water hoses to the inlets. Also, test the valves themselves and replace them if they do not completely stop the flow of water when shut off.
  • If your washer shakes while it spins and agitates, water may spill out onto your laundry room floor. Re-balance the machine by adjusting the pedestal, leveling the floor or re-leveling the machine itself.
  • If water escapes during the spin cycle, but the machine is level, check the hoses for clogs, which will send water flowing onto your laundry room floor instead of down the drain pipe. Clear the clog by first softening it with hot water then fishing it out with a straightened wire hanger.

Sump pump

  • If your home has a basement with a sump pit and pump, check periodically to make sure it is operating properly. Fill the sump pit with water from a bucket and watch to make sure the pump activates to remove the water.
  • Consider an emergency backup battery system so that your sump pump will operate during power failures. It will also sound an alarm when maintenance is needed or a battery problem is detected.

If You Have a Leak or Flood

There’s no mistaking a sudden leak from a toilet or other appliance, which can flood your home with water. But there are more subtle signs of a looming water disaster that you also shouldn’t ignore: puddles around the bases of tubs, toilets and showers or beneath the water heater, dishwasher and clothes washer.

Shut Off the Water Supply

Whether it’s a flood or a puddle, stop the water from leaking by shutting off the water supply to the appliance—or if necessary, the whole house. Knowing where your shutoff valves are and how to use them can save you time and a lot of water damage. (If the leak is substantial, shut off the electricity to your home, too, to prevent an electric shock.)

Whole house valves:

  • Well shutoff: look on the house side of the pressure tank. (Cut power to the tank so it doesn't detect a phantom pressure loss and burn out trying to compensate.)
  • Metered water shutoff: look on either side of the water meter, which may be in the basement, mounted on an exterior wall or even out by the street. This will typically be a gate-type valve, with a round knurled handle, requiring several full clockwise rotations to turn off. In newer homes, it could be a ball valve.
  • Whole house hot water shutoff: There should be a valve on the hot-water outlet of your water heater. (If there isn't a valve here, you or your plumber should install one.)

Appliance valves:

These supply stops usually have a small round or oval handle that you turn clockwise two to four full turns to shut off the flow of water.

  • Toilet shutoff: The shutoff valve, found under the toilet tank, typically has a ribbed oval handle.
  • Sink shutoff: These shutoffs usually sit beneath the sink, within the cabinet or vanity if you have one. The hot water valve is usually on the left and the cold water valve on the right.
  • Dishwasher shutoff: Look first under the kitchen sink to locate the valve on the 1/2-inch hot-water supply line leading to the dishwasher. If it’s not there, go to your basement and look for it between the ceiling joists just below the dishwasher.
  • Washing machine shutoff: The hot and cold shutoff valves are located where the house-supply lines meet the washer hoses. It’s a good habit to always close the valves when leaving home for an extended period.

Repair Water Damage

Once you’ve stopped the flow of water, clean up any standing water. This will help prevent slips and falls, reduce the chances of water damage to home and furnishings, and minimize the odds of mold growth.

Then within 48 hours, you need to dry your home and repair any damage, because that’s when mold may begin to grow, leading to an even tougher cleanup.

Remember, any time you experience water damage in your home—from a flooded basement to an overflowing toilet—call the pros at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. Experts at water disaster remediation, we have the resources and skills to get to your home fast, stop the leak and clean up the damage, restoring your home to its before-disaster condition.

We’re Here for You

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

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53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
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Call 860.649.0836
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Prevent Basement Water Damage This Spring

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

A basement with water damage Keep your basement dry and damage-free with our advise on protecting, repairing and waterproofing it.

Fully 98% of Americans’ basements will experience water damage at some point. With the spring comes an increased risk of basement flooding and water damage from melt water and spring rainstorms. The key to preventing that is to keep water away from your home’s foundation and close up any potential cracks or leaks.

Located below grade and surrounded by soil, basements are typically the area of a home most at risk for water damage. Soil releases water it has absorbed during rain or when snow melts, and the water can end up in the basement through leaks or cracks. Among the problems caused by wet basements are peeling paint, mold contamination, building rot, foundation collapse and termite damage.  

Protecting, repairing and waterproofing your basement will greatly reduce the risk of damage caused by moisture or water. The most common causes of wet basements are poor roof drainage and improper site grading. 

Divert Water Away from Your Foundation

Your goal is to prevent basement water from pooling near your home. Water should be able to flow freely away from the foundation instead of toward it, and should not be collecting in pools.

  • Install and maintain gutters and downspouts so that they route rainwater and snow melt far enough away (at least 10 feet) from your home.
  • The finish grade should be sloped away from the building for 10 to 15 feet. Even out low spots to prevent pools of water from forming.
  • If one or more sides of your home faces an upward slope, create shallow ditches (called swales) to direct water around to the downhill side.

Repair Foundation Cracks and Holes

If leaks or seepage is occurring in the basement, water and moisture are most likely entering through small cracks or holes, which may have been caused by poor workmanship during construction, water pressure from the outside or settling of your house. 

Check your entire basement for moisture, leaking or discoloration, indicating where water may be entering through cracks or holes.

  • Fill small hairline cracks and holes with a mixture of epoxy and latex cement.
  • Fill cracks larger than 1/8-inch with mortar made from one part cement and two parts fine sand, with just enough water to make a fairly stiff mortar. Press the mortar firmly into all parts of the cracks and holes to eliminate air bubbles. 
  • If water is being forced through walls or floors by outside pressure, chisel out a bit at the mouth of the crack and all along its length. Then cut a dovetail groove along the mouth of each crack, and apply the mortar thoroughly. 

Seal the Walls and Floor

Once you’ve diverted all runoff away from the foundation and repaired all cracks and holes, apply a waterproof sealant as a final measure. This will also help prevent water vapor or gas from penetrating into your basement. Experts recommend using sodium silicate, a water-based mixture that will penetrate the substrate by up to 4 inches. 

If your home or business suffers a flood or other water damage, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836 for 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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53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

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

Frozen Pipe Burst with Water Damage? Now What?

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Heed the Warning Signs

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

Listen for Strange Sounds

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

What’s That Smell?

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

Look for the Signs

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

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

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

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

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

Pay Attention to Your Pressure and Your Bill

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

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

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

You Found a Leak … Now What?

First, Shut Off the Water and Start the Cleanup

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

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

Stop the Flow of Water

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

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

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

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

Dry Your House Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ways to Prevent a Burst Pipe

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Note on Insurance

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

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

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

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

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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)

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

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

HVAC Units 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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Preventing Water Damage, Inside and Out

Water Damage Restoration

After Water Damage, Removing the Water Isn’t Enough

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Be Prepared for a Flood

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Flood in house 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.

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

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.”

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Preventing Water Damage, Inside and Out

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Sink Leaking Pipe 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

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

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Avoid Frozen Pipes

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

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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Certified SERVPRO technicians
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Water Contamination

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Splash 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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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:  



How SERVPRO Excels
Many factors make SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield a great choice for fire and flood 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
     
Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
Call us (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7. We're proud to serve all our local communities including: Columbia, Coventry, Ellington, Hebron, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Vernon, Willington.

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100 Peters Road
Bloomfield, Connecticut
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7 Essentials After Major Water Damage

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Droplets 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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Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how Manchester and Mansfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm, or other damage.

Help Is Here

Remember, we’re here to help. We are commercial property water damage restoration experts. We've served clients in Columbia, Coventry, Ellington, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield, Somers, Tolland, Vernon, and Willington. Call SERVPRO Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
40 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
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Flood & Sewage Dangers Most People Don't Know About

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage Flood Downtown 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). Air 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:  

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

Water Damage Restoration

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician with Homeowner 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 flood damage restoration 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:


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)

Lake Flooding 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.

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)

Flood Damaged House 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 a need for mold damage cleanup.

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. 

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)

Water Disaster Flood 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 cleanup 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.

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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


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)

Technician with Customer 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.

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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.


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The professionals at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield are commercial property water damage restoration experts. We've served clients in:

•    Bolton
•    Chestnut Hill
•    Columbia
•    Coventry
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•    Lebanon
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•    Mansfield
•    Mansfield Center
•    Somers
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•    Windham
•    Willimantic
And beyond
   
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