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Be Prepared for a Big Storm

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Aerial view of a flooded neighborhood When a big storm is heading your way, use the time to prepare your property and plan to evacuate, if you need to.

Here comes hurricane season! A hurricane or other major storm can threaten your life and destroy or severely damage your home and property. You can’t stop the storm, but you can be prepared.

  • Tune into your local TV or radio station and community alert system for emergency information.
  • Check your emergency survival kit, which should be stocked with essential items.
  • Fully charge your car chargers for your cell phone, smart phone and other portable devices.
  • Secure all outdoor furniture and other objects or move them inside. 
  • Collect tools and emergency building materials, such as plywood, sandbags and waterproof tarps.
  • Fuel up your vehicles and equipment. If you have an emergency generator, store fresh fuel in an approved container in a safe location.
  • Know how to shut off the gas, electricity and water in your home or place of business. If you need to evacuate, turn off utilities before leaving.
  • Tell someone outside the affected area where you are and, if evacuating, where you will be.

If you have suffered damage from a storm or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

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The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in storm damage restoration, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial services and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

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If you have suffered damage from a storm or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Does Your Commercial Building Harbor Mold?

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

A technician cleans a large mold infestation from a wall. If you catch and treat mold early, you can avoid a big mold remediation job.

If found too late (and 48 hours after a leak can be too late!) a mold infestation in your commercial building can be costly and time-consuming to eradicate. Catch and treat a potential mold problem early!

Ask these questions:

  • Does your building have a history of moisture problems? Fix them now!
  • Have building occupants reported musty or moldy odors or health problems?
  • Do you regularly check your commercial building’s air ducts and air handling units?
  • Is the humidity in your building high enough (above 45%) to cause condensation?
  • Are building materials or furnishings visibly damaged? If they have been wet more than 48 hours, act fast and call for help immediately. 

Clean up small mold problems and fix moisture problems before they become large problems. If you discover a larger mold infestation, select an experienced remediation manager such as SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized mold remediation training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your commercial building or property. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

If you discover a mold infestation at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

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Certified SERVPRO technicians
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If you discover a mold infestation at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Commercial Fire Cleanup When You Need It

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO crew cleans a fire-damaged workshop. The owners of this workshop called on SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield for cleanup after a fire. They were back in business A.S.A.P.

Recently, SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield helped two local businesses recover from fire damage. Read more to learn how we can help your fire-damaged workplace recover “Like it never even happened.”

Workshop Fire

When combustible dust in this workshop caught a spark from a machine, a fire was ignited. Fortunately, the fire didn’t spread to the rest of the building because the employees were trained to suppress the flames until emergency help came.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield arrived soon after the fire was put out by local firefighters. We assessed, mitigated and restored this disaster in no time, minimizing damage and downtime.

Warehouse Fire

A fire struck this warehouse when airborne dust caught fire. But unlike the workshop fire, considerable damage occurred. SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield arrived on the scene as soon as possible to mitigate the damage and restore the customer’s warehouse back to working order within a few days.

Warehouse and workshop fires are a real hazard to both your business and your employees. That’s why SERVPRO urges employers to thoroughly train workers to respond to a fire and to provide them with the equipment needed. And if a fire should strike your place of business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield as soon as possible to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

We're Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in fire damage restoration, storm damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial services and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

When you have suffered a fire or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

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IICRC Certified
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Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.216.2785 
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered a fire or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Prevent Air Conditioner Water Damage

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Check on your air conditioning system regularly, and you'll prevent or catch a problem before it becomes a water disaster!

A home air conditioning system working at peak efficiency can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily, which should drain into a collection pan and then into the sewer system. However, if the drain becomes clogged and the unit produces more water than it can handle, the overflow of water can damage floors and carpeting—and cause stubborn deposits of mold.

Because most of the unit is typically hidden from view, water damage can cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage before you know it. Follow these steps to avoid costly water damage—and get more efficiency from your AC system.

  • once a month, change the air filter and check the condensation line and the drains
  • have a professional air conditioning repair service clean the condensation line once or twice a year
  • consider installing a safety float switch, which will automatically shut down the power to an AC unit whenever condensation builds up, or a condensation pump to help ensure the free flow of excess water

We're Here For You

The team at SERVPRO has the people, skills and equipment to help homeowners recover from water damage and eradicate mold.

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100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
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Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.216.2785 
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered a water or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

7 Ways to Reduce Fire Risk in Your Garage

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Take these smart steps to reduce your risk of experiencing a fire disaster in your garage.

The second most common location of house fires (after the kitchen) is the garage. Many people keep gas, oil, oily rags and other flammable materials in their garages—not to mention cars, trucks, mowers and other gas- and oil-powered vehicles.

Your garage may also contain flammable clutter, such as newspapers, cardboard boxes and paper waste. Finally, the garage tends to be a small, enclosed space, so that if a fire does start it can engulf the entire space faster.
 
You can reduce the risk of fire damage in your garage by following these tips:

  1. Seal any fuels, fluids or cleaners you keep in your garage.
  2. Store flammable liquids in small amounts and far away from sources of heat, like a space heater.
  3. Store flammable materials away from other flammables.
  4. Clear out clutter.
  5. Keep propane tanks outside, not in your garage.
  6. Don’t overload the circuit box when using drills and other electrical devices in your garage. Unplug every electrical device after use.
  7. Keep a fire extinguisher in the garage.

We're Here for You

If a fire does damage your garage, call SERVPRO. We’re professionally trained to handle fire damage cleanup and restoration. We have the tools, experience and knowledge to get your garage and home back to its pre-fire condition.

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100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
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Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.216.2785 
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered a fire or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Get Rid of that Lingering Smoke Odor

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke odor after a house fire is tough to get rid of. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield to have it professionally eradicated.

After a home fire, you may experience a lingering odor of smoke, which may be severe, depending on the fire’s size, intensity, duration and source of fuel. You could try a household deodorizing spray or disinfectant, but you’ll get only temporary relief, and the spray may interact with the smoke odor to create an additional odor.

Instead, you’re better off hiring a professional fire damage restorer like SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield. We have the training and equipment to completely remove lingering smoke odor.

SERVPRO uses chemical or additive counteractants to break up smoke molecules and eliminate the odor. We’ll select the appropriate counteractants depending on the material burned in the fire and will professionally apply them to furniture, carpets and drapes—even clothing.

Another method SERVPRO uses to remove smoke odors is an ozone treatment, in which we place your smoke odor-affected items inside a tent while an ozone generator runs.

When you have suffered a fire or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

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The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized fire restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. We can remove virtually any pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

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We serve Bloomfield, Enfield, Suffield, West Suffield, East Granby, Granby, North Granby, West Granby, Hartland, West Hartland, Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, Somers, Ellington, Tolland and Vernon, Connecticut.

100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
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Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.216.2785 
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered a fire or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Do These Five Things After a Flood

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Do these five things fast to minimize damage, hazard and expense after you suffer a flood.

Disaster has struck, your home is flooded and you need to figure out what to do—quickly! These five essential tasks to start with that will make your recovery from a water disaster safer, easier and faster.

1. Halt the Damage

Cut power to your home at the circuit panel. Inspect the exterior of your property for signs of potential danger, like a collapsed roof. If you are not sure that the home is safe to enter, stay outside.

2. Gather Your Documents

Be prepared by gathering your important papers ahead of time, including:

  • homeowners’ policy records
  • documentation of flood insurance, if applicable
  • personal identification
  • proof of ownership

3. Create a Record

Document the condition of your home through words, pictures and videos. If the property deteriorates after the initial damage, update your information. Keep receipts for all your repair-associated purchases and expenses.

4. File Your Claim ASAP

The sooner you start the insurance claims process, the sooner you’ll get your expenses covered.

5. Begin Repairs

As soon as possible (ideally within 48 hours), remove the water from your home and completely dry the structure and your possessions. A specialized professional disaster remediation company like SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield will do this job quickly and thoroughly.

When you have suffered a flood or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

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The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has the people, skills and equipment to help homeowners recover from water damage caused by a flood. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785 any time.

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100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
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Call 860.216.2785 
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When you have suffered a flood or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

How to Choose a Sump Pump

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Follow these tips to purchase a sump pump that will serve you well for years, preventing storm damage that can flood your basement.

If you get water in your basement when it storms, a sump pump can prevent some serious damage. Take these factors into consideration when selecting a pump:

  • Choose a submersible pump over a pedestal pump if your sump basin has the space. Submersible pumps allow the sump pit to be covered with a lid, reducing pump noise and keeping debris out of the pit.
  • Buy a pump with a cast iron core, not one made of plastic. Cast iron helps to dissipate heat to the surrounding water, lengthening the life of the pump.
  • To minimize the chance of clogs, the pump should have a no-screen intake design coupled with an impellor that can handle solids up to ½-inch in diameter.
  • The switch should be mechanical, not a pressure switch, and the float should be solid.
  • Look for a pump with an alarm that tells you when the water reaches a certain level.

Once your pump is installed, ensure your peace of mind by performing routine maintenance each spring.

If you have suffered damage from a storm or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

We're Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in storm damage restoration, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial services and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

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100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
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Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.216.2785 
24-hour emergency service

If you have suffered damage from a storm or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Ride Out a Thunderstorm Safely—At Home

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

When thunder rumbles, get inside fast! Once inside, follow these tips to be even safer in a storm.

Summer is peak season for thunderstorms and lightning. If you’re outside and hear thunder, immediately stop all outdoor activities and go inside a building or hard-topped vehicle.

You're safest inside during a thunderstorm, but there are ways to be even safer in your home:

  • Unplug televisions, computers and any other high-value electronics before the storm hits.
  • Don’t touch electrical equipment or cords, including corded phones (using cell or cordless phones is safe).
  • Stay away from windows, doors and porches.
  • Don’t take baths or showers—water conducts electricity.

If you think your home has been struck by lightning:

  • Call 911 immediately. If you see fire or smoke, leave the house. Ask your fire department to check for hot spots in your walls.
  • If you use gas for heating and cooking, contact your gas company or a licensed contractor to test for leaks before re-entering your home to be sure no gas system components were punctured by direct or nearby lightning strikes.

If you have suffered damage from a storm or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

We're Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in storm damage restoration, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial services and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

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100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
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Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.216.2785 
24-hour emergency service

If you have suffered damage from a storm or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Don’t Ignore Your Commercial Roof Drainage System

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Regular maintenance of your roof drainage system, like cleaning out gutters, will help you avoid water damage to your commercial property.

You hardly notice a well-operating rooftop drainage system—gutters, downspouts, interior drains and scuppers—until it malfunctions, damaging your building and property. Paying a little attention on a regular basis can keep your drainage system removing water efficiently—and prevent expensive water damage.

At least twice a year, in the spring and fall, do an inspection, cleanup and, if needed, repair of your business’s roof.

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

During your inspection, pay close attention to your gutters.

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

If you have suffered a flood or other water disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

We're Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in storm damage restoration, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial services and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

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We serve Bloomfield, Enfield, Suffield, West Suffield, East Granby, Granby, North Granby, West Granby, Hartland, West Hartland, Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, Somers, Ellington, Tolland and Vernon, Connecticut.

100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.216.2785 
24-hour emergency service

If you have suffered a flood or other water disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785