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After A Fire And A Sewage Backup SERVPRO Saves The Day

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO After A Fire And A Sewage Backup SERVPRO Saves The Day "This whole neighborhood was hurting after a sewage backup but we got it cleaned up fast."

“I love working at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield. I’m on a cleanup and restoration crew that’s dedicated, well-trained, multi-skilled, and fun to be around. And we get to do such interesting work that helps people get their homes back in good order and helps businesses get back in business. Here are two true stories about recent projects SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield worked."

West Hartford, Connecticut Sewage Backup

“This isn’t my favorite project to talk about. The smell was awful. The scene felt overwhelming when we arrived to find about ten houses surrounded by raw sewage from a pipe that clogged up and then backed up.  Many neighbors had sewage several inches deep in their basements. The SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield crew was on the scene pumping out the basements, removing damaged property, and cleaning up what we could restore. It was a big job, but with our contacts we can call in as much equipment and manpower as needed. We got it all done and the homeowners were so appreciative."

Dozens Homeless After Hartford Fire
“This job was amazing. It happened a few months ago when dozens of people lost their homes in a fire. The fire blazed through two separate multi-family buildings in Hartford, Connecticut. After we got clearance from the fire departments, we were quickly on the scene."

“The SERVPRO crew I was on spent the whole night and into the next day securing the property and personal belongings from the fire and water wreckage. That was like 36 straight hours of work. We did everything from turning off the electricity and water, boarding up the windows and doors, and removing hanging debris from the outside of the building."

“About 20 of the people were out of luck. They lost just about everything in the fire. They looked to us salvage what we could from their homes and personal belongings. Sifting through the ash and rubble we did find some items we could clean up and restore  for those poor people."

For Cleanup Or Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield At (860) 216-2785 Anytime

See Other Blog Posts   
Every month on the SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield blog we publish educational articles on how Connecticut 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 recent blog posts that you might find helpful:  

6 Top Fire Damage Restoration Tips

The Eighth Good Thing About Enfield

Mold: Before You Begin Mold Removal
 

Water Damage And Repair


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Enjoy Your Holidays

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Enjoy Your Holidays Especially at this time of year, we believe in giving thanks and spreading joy. Our office Christmas decorations help with that.

At SERVPRO we work hard and we celebrate hard. We believe the best companies do their work well but also know how to appreciate life and the holidays with the most important asset in any company-- employees.

This year at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield our employees challenged each other to see who could create the best Christmas wonderland in their office space. Most of us went wild with holiday decoration fun.

One employee's office features a snow pathway to his desk, Christmas presents, stuffed animals, and a colorful "JOY" sign.

Another employee wears her Santa hat, hung Christmas stockings, put down a glittering snow path way to her desk, and placed some of the most popular children's movie characters around her space. The Minions and Winnie the Pooh are bringing smiles to the office staff.

A third employee has made his brown desk look like the edges are dripping with frosting. At first glance some of us thought that desk was a gingerbread or cupcake desk, but we did not bite. A huge red bow dominates his main office wall. A row of bright poinsettia plants gives the office an outdoor feel.

Then there's the employee with many gold and silver stars twirling from her office ceiling. Over her desk is a snowy archway crowned with a bow. She's got Santa figurines and a snow globe. But in this office the favorite decoration by far is a huge box of candy canes. I wonder why.

A team of employees has taken a different approach. Their space is long and narrow with limited light (they need to limit the light for the screen work they do). Walk into their space and you're greeted with a ceiling and walls aglow with a few hundred colored Christmas lights. All the lights lead your eye to end of the space where you see a good-size fully decorated and lit Christmas tree.

Another well decorated area appears at the top of this post.

We think of this season as a time of thanksgiving and joy. In Bloomfield we have a lot to be thankful for and joyful about. Our staff consists of talented, dedicated, fun-to-work with people. Our clients are terrific. And business is growing strong.

Here in Bloomfield we hope you and your family, like us, will  enjoy and every holiday. May you have fun family times, wonderful gatherings with friends, and a great end to your year. And don't forget to try to top our Christmas decorations. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!   

Reduce Fire Risk: Keep Your Dryer Lint-Free

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Reduce Fire Risk: Keep Your Dryer Lint-Free A little lint in the wrong place can cause a fire hazard

Don’t you love the convenience of washing and drying your own clothes at home? The time, money, and energy you save is great. But SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield knows the handy convenience of a home dryer can turn into a fire risk.

Dryers Cause 14,000+ Fires
According to Consumer Reports, every year, firefighters across the country respond to about 14,630 home fires caused by clothes dryers. One-third of these fires is caused by an accumulation of lint, which means that not cleaning out your dryer vent can set you up for a dangerous situation. This is far more serious than the decrease in drying efficiency caused by partially blocking your dryer's duct work.

To avoid this risk and stop the build-up of lint fire, properly maintain your dryer. Regular maintenance means frequent cleaning and may require professional help when necessary.

Check For Lint Every Time
Every time you use your clothes dryer check for lint. Most dryers have a lint filter or screen that’s easy to access and clean by hand. It may take 10 seconds to clean it. Remember, lint is very dry and combustible. A fire can happen easily if the lint hiding inside your dryer ignites.

Do go beyond just cleaning the lint screen. Clean every part of the dryer where lint can accumulate. This means:
•    Removing lint from filter after every load.
•    Cleaning the pipe that vents your dryer to the outside once every three months.
•    Scrubbing the lint filter twice a year to remove buildup.
•    Replacing accordion-style ducts (these are risky because they can sag and allow lint to build up at low points and trap lint in their ridges. Use a rigid metal duct instead.)
•    Using duct connectors and metal clamps (or foil tape) to join sections of duct. Avoid sheet metal screws because they can catch lint and cause buildup.
•    Calling for professional cleaning if your dry times become longer.

Fire remediation experts advise cleaning the whole machine to reduce the chance of fire.

Check Your Dryer’s Ventilation System, Too

Your dryer’s indoor vent should be inspected before the dryer is installed to make sure that it’s not damaged. Protect the outdoor vent from weather and small creatures that enjoy making a home inside of it. That usually means covering the outdoor vent so that the vent stays open when the dryer is on (so that lint can escape) but closes when the dryer isn’t being used. By taking the entire ventilation system into account, you are less likely to experience a fire due to excess lint.

Fire Risk Assessment

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield can do a full house fire risk assessment for you. We can examine your dryer, the ventilation system, and other typical home situations that increase a fire risk. If you’d like, SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield can cleanup and/or reconstruct and repair any potential risks.

Call Ralph and SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield
Hundreds of people have called us for help with their fire, storm, and water damage issues. They tell us that three main reasons they choose SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield are because we:
    1. Respond immediately and work quickly
    2. Have experience and solutions for virtually any water or fire damage problem
3. Answer all questions and will help with insurance claims  

Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime, 24/7/365.

SERVPRO To The Rescue

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO To The Rescue At SERVPRO it can feel like we're in the Cavalry coming to the rescue

One of the great things about working for SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield is that we often get to do amazing work. Nothing feels better than helping a homeowner overcome damage from a roof collapse or major fire or mold infestation or water damage. At times it feels like we’re the Cavalry coming to the rescue.

Here are two recent examples.  

Burst Pipe Floods A Nonprofit’s 75,000 Square Foot Headquarters
Water flooded a 75,000 square foot Connecticut nonprofit agency in 2018 when a sprinkler pipe burst. The agency’s ability to serve their many clients and keep their employees safe were greatly compromised. SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield performed emergency water extraction of several inches of water. Then we completely dried the 75,000 square foot area with industrial dryers. We tested for mold and mildew. Our crew removed and replaced all damaged building materials.

During the work we discovered and removed hazardous asbestos and applied an anti-microbial spray. Because of our work the nonprofit was back serving clients within days. The building was safer and in better shape after we left than before the pipe break occurred.

Saving $30,000 For Bloomfield Homeowner
Also, in 2018, a Bloomfield, Connecticut homeowner suffered a major water loss behind expensive kitchen cabinets. Most cleanup and restoration crews would have done the easy, standard fix. They would just cut through the cabinets to fix the plumbing. But we don’t do just standard work without investigating to see if there’s a better solution.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield chose to save the cabinets by cutting through the pipes below the cabinets. Making this creative decision made the pipe repair work a tad more expensive ($800) but it saved the kitchen cabinets that the homeowner had paid $30,000 for. You should have seen the smile of relief on that homeowner’s face.

For Cleanup Or Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO Of Bloomfield/Enfield At (860) 216-2785 Anytime


See Other Blog Posts   
Every month on the SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield blog we publish educational articles on how Connecticut 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 recent blog posts that you might find helpful:  

Basement Water Damage From Condensation

Types Of Storm Damage

Why Many Insurance Agents And Adjusters Use SERVPRO


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Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002
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Certified SERVPRO technicians
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Basement Water Damage From Condensation

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Basement Water Damage From Condensation You can stop water damage from condensation. Learn how.

Not all basement water damage is caused by runoff from rain, storms, and melting snow. Sometimes your basement water damage is from condensation. Here’s how to diagnose the problem and deal with it.

Water Droplets A Sign of Condensation
Also called sweating, condensation shows up in your basement as water droplets, wet spots, or puddles on your basement floor or basement (foundation) walls. Condensation happens when moist, warm air hits cool basement foundation walls or uninsulated cold-water pipes. The result is often damp carpets, rusting appliances, and an unpleasant clammy climate in your basement. In crawl spaces, condensation encourages wood rot and insect attack, and can buckle and delaminate plywood.

Nonprofessionals can easily confuse a condensation problem with runoff or subsurface water damage. Before you treat your basement for condensation, make sure you have correctly diagnosed the problem.  To identify condensation, tape foil over damp spots and check those spots after a day. If moisture forms on the outer foil face, water is condensing from the air and you have a condensation problem. If moisture forms on the foil underside, water is seeping in from outside and you have either a runoff or a subsurface seepage problem.

If You Have Water Damage Call SERVPRO Of Bloomfield/Enfield At (860) 216-2785

Another way to diagnose a condensation problem is to observe if you have obvious flows of water after each rain. If the problem isn’t worse after a rain but you have a persistent dampness in your basement, your problem may be basement condensation rather than water leaking through the walls. And if the dampness seems to be a hot-weather problem, basement condensation is the likely cause.

Easy Solutions First
Try solving your condensation problem with the simple, inexpensive solutions first. If you have a full basement, air it out by opening windows and running fans. Then consider installing a dehumidifier. You can buy a good heavy-duty one for $250-300. The dehumidifier can process 50 pints in 24 hours. If possible, place the dehumidifier near easy drainage. If there is a basement shower that gets a lot of use, install a basement exhaust fan that draws the damp air out of the house.

During colder months, turn up the heat in the basement. Be sure your clothes dryer vents to the outside with no duct leaks. And don't dry clothes on a line in the basement or store wet firewood in the basement.

When Air Circulation May Be The Problem
If the condensation in your basement is modest, and you have no obvious sources of excess moisture, increasing air circulation may resolve the problem. Some basements don’t have air-conditioning vents. It’s often a simple matter to create a couple of vents. If you already have vents, make sure they are open.

A more expensive and complex solution to a basement condensation problem is to reduce the extent to which moist air contacts cool surfaces where that air can condense. This means insulating exposed duct work, pipes, and walls – anywhere that water tends to condense. If the moist air can’t reach the cool surfaces, it won’t release water as condensation.

Another effective but costlier solution This Old House recommends is to damp-proof your basement walls with a waterproof coating. Or apply a crystalline penetrant that clogs concrete pores.

Solutions like these solve the majority of basement condensation problems. If you continue to see moisture after trying these solutions, then you're probably not dealing with condensation.

If You Have Water Damage Call SERVPRO Of Bloomfield/Enfield At (860) 216-2785

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield knows of one homeowner who had basement water damage because the property needed a swale. Houses on hilly sites can use a shallow trench with gently sloping sides, a swale to catch and divert runoff away from the house. Once this homeowner created a swale the basement water damage stopped.

More Water Damage Information On Our Blog
You can learn more by reading other posts about water damage and water damage cleanup on this blog:

Dehumidification After Water Damage Cleanup

FEMA’s Take On Restoring Flood Damage In Bloomfield/Enfield

Preventing Water, Plumbing, & Other Disasters During The Holidays

The Surprising Danger In A Flood Or Sewage Backup

Water Damage Dangers

Water Shut Off

Help Is Here
The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime. We are proud to serve our local communities including Glastonbury, Marlborough, Portland, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield

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Basement Water Damage Begone!

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Basement Water Damage Begone! Basement water damage can often be prevented so you don't face a costly cleanup

According to This Old House, if you have a soggy basement, you're among the majority. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates 60 percent of U.S. homes have wet basements, and 38 percent run the risk of basement mold.

1,000 Gallons for Every Inch of Rain

The water usually comes from rainfall and melting snow. Think about this: A house with a 1,500-square-foot roof sheds 1,000 gallons of water for every inch of falling rain. You may also have rising groundwater, which may even be fed by an underground spring. Once the water accumulates around your foundation, it works its way inside through cracks, joints, and porous material.

Before you call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield you may want to tackle the problem on your own. Here are some tips on drying out your basement and keeping it free from water damage.

Safety First
Is it safe for you to tackle the water damage? If you’re not sure, don’t take a chance. Find somewhere else to stay and call in the professionals until you’re certain your house is safe again.

One way to judge the safety issue is finding out whether you have electrical or "slip and fall" hazards. Don’t walk through your water damaged basement if you can’t see what you’re walking on. Stay out of areas that lack sufficient lighting. And if you try lifting wet materials be careful. When items are soaked with water they become very heavy.

If You Have Water Damage Call SERVPRO Of Bloomfield/Enfield At (860) 216-2785

Water Damage from Runoff
If you know the water damage is from runoff the probable cause is rainwater or melted snow that isn't routed away from your house. A damp crawl space or wet basement walls and floors just after a storm or as snow melts are telltale signs the problem is runoff. Runoff percolates through porous topsoil and then stops at the compact soil near the base of the foundation. Hydrostatic pressure forces the water through gaps or cracks in walls and footings. Water also moves through porous walls by capillary action.

Carefully inspect your basement, looking for where runoff can enter. Check that the ground outside your basement foundation slopes away from your house at least one inch vertically for every foot of horizontal travel. Be sure downspout runoff isn't pooling or percolating into the soil near your home’s foundation during a storm, and that downspout seams aren't leaking.

Fix Cracks

Patch and seal any cracks you find in your basement walls or foundation. Use a polyurethane masonry caulk for small cracks. For 1/4-inch or larger cracks, use hydraulic cement, which expands as it dries.

Your driveway curbs should channel rain and other runoff to the street, not onto your property. You can also check for unsealed cracks in your driveway. Driveway cracks can allow water to collect below grade.

If You Have Water Damage Call SERVPRO Of Bloomfield/Enfield At (860) 216-2785

We know of one homeowner who had basement water damage because the property needed a swale. Houses on hilly sites can use a shallow trench with gently sloping sides, a swale to catch and divert runoff away from the house. Once this homeowner created a swale the basement water damage stopped.

More Water Damage Information On Our Blog
You can learn more by reading other posts about water damage on this blog:

FEMA’s Take On Restoring Flood Damage In Bloomfield/Enfield

Saving Water Damaged Electronics

The Surprising Danger In A Flood Or Sewage Backup

Water Damage Dangers

Water Shut Off

Help Is Here
The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of  Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime. We are proud to serve our local communities including Bloomfield, Enfield, Granby, Hartland, North Granby, Salmon Brook, Suffield, Thompsonville, and West Granby.


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

Why Many Insurance Agents And Adjusters Use SERVPRO

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Many Insurance Agents And Adjusters Use SERVPRO We aim to make the insurance agent's and the claim adjuster's jobs easier

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has worked with many insurance agents and claim adjusters. We understand your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down while providing the best services possible for your clients. Here are a few reasons we’re trusted by so many insurance agents and adjusters:

Fast Emergency Response
Restoring commercial or residential property is the first priority at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield. Your insurance client will appreciate our immediate response and you will know we’re doing everything we can to limit the damage and the costs.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense
Like insurance agents and claim adjusters, we know restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Our goal is always to restore whenever possible and replace only when necessary. That’s why SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield performs pretesting on every loss so we can determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service
SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield can provide insurance agents and claim adjusters with an itemized loss inventory. We give you an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items. Your work is made simpler and clearer because we provide you with a complete and accurate picture of the incident.

Electronic Claims Information
Our corporate Claims Information Center provides the fast, accurate information you need to make sound decisions, including:
•    A complete electronic job file (by email or on paper)
o    First notice of loss
o    Detailed estimate
o    Digital loss photos
o    Scanned forms and paperwork
•    Informative reports (including job cost data) to improve results
•    Performance comparison to industry standard

Superior, Time-Tested Training
Effective training is the best way to help ensure your clients receive the service they deserve. All SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield crews are trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration. We also conduct continuing education classes.  

Vendor Qualification Compliance and Professionalism
If you call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield, we will use only qualified vendors to service your clients. Our commitment means you receive:
•    Access to the SERVPRO National Call Center to achieve prompt handling of your claims
•    Assurance that our crew uses industry best practices
•    Efficiencies through our insurance and file documentation requirements
•    The benefits of our quality assurance program

Serving Adjusters and Your Clients
A SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield professional's job is to reassure your clients, perform quality service, and report to you quickly. We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim. We don’t want you to have to deal with problems from vendors. Working with you, we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss you’re assigned. We offer you 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file within hours. SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield’s documented, measured performance increases value for you, your agency, your managers, and your clients.

Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO leaders in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. The SERVPRO System is geared to achieve customer satisfaction and mitigation results, adding to your competitive advantage.


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The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, natural disaster cleanup, and natural disaster restoration. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime, 24/7.

Other Blog Posts You May Want To Read

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Bloomfield Storm Damage: Is It Ever Minor?

Disaster: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

Getting Insurance Company Help After A Disaster

What Causes The Most Homeowner Claims? Surprise!

We serve homeowners, businesses, and organizations in Bloomfield, Granby, East Granby, Enfield, Hartland, and Suffield.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro, Nat Landon, Ron DeFeo
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.216.2785 24/7/365

Bloomfield Hardware Store Fire Cleanup

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Bloomfield Hardware Store  Fire Cleanup Here's a true store of a hardware store that suffered major fire damage and yet was back functioning at 100% within 10 days.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield wants you to be able to reopen your business as soon as possible after a fire or any natural disaster. Here’s an example of how we helped one Bloomfield, Connecticut business do just that.

When a car crashed into a Bloomfield, Connecticut hardware store in August 2018 the car burst into flames. The car fire quickly became a commercial building fire. The hardware store was an independent shop with a business owner who could ill afford to be out of business for very long.

On Site within an Hour

After the fire was out, the business owner called SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield around 5 p.m. We arrived on the scene within an hour. Our crew talked to the business owner, surveyed the damage, and created a plan to restore the building. Before nightfall we covered four holes in the hardware store roof with temporary tarps to prevent further damage. We secured six broken store windows so the store would be protected from the elements, vandalism, and from any potential burglary for the night. We also filled several barrels with broken glass.

First, Keep the Business Open

Early the next morning a full SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield crew arrived. A first priority was to section off the damaged portion of the hardware store so the remainder of the store could be safely opened for business. Another top priority was to remove the smoke smell and the soot damage. Members of the SERVPRO crew loaded hardware store furniture and equipment onto a truck for delivery to our Bloomfield warehouse. Tables, chairs, electronic equipment, and more were professionally cleaned and restored at the warehouse. 

Test for All Major Issues, Don’t Just Deal with the Obvious

Our commercial building restoration process always includes testing the site for potential issues that may not be a part of the damage but are still important to eliminate. As part of that process we tested the hardware store for asbestos.

It’s ironic that in most cases of commercial fire damage restoration a huge issue is water—the water used to put out the fire. At the Bloomfield hardware store, we used negative air machines and large commercial dehumidifiers to dry the site. It’s critical that the drying process go beyond removing visible water and moisture. After commercial fires, water and moisture are often hidden inside walls or other hard to reach places. We do a thorough exam to make sure no moisture is left behind. Doing so eliminated potential mold and mildew problems later. Our commercial-grade negative air machines and industrial dehumidifiers dry materials more thoroughly and much faster than lesser equipment.    

As other SERVPRO crew members became available, we added them to the hardware store crew to sped the restoration process. The list of required actions was long. It included scrubbing soot from floors, walls, and fixtures; cleaning duct work; and removing and replacing ceiling tiles.

Clean, Repair and Reconstruct Inside and Out

While some crew members worked on these interior issues, others repaired the four holes in the hardware store roof and replaced the six storefront windows. Within about 10 days SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield had the store’s furniture and equipment cleaned, restored, and back in place. All the damage had been repaired and, in some cases, the “new” store was of even higher quality than the existing store before the fire. The hardware store never had to close its door completely and was up and running as if the car accident and fire had never happened within those 10 days. Fast action by the business owner and by SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield kept the business’s lost revenues to a minimum and kept insurance costs down.  

When you have a fire, any downtime threatens the life of your business. Employees who cannot work may find new jobs. Customers who depend on your goods and services may seek alternative suppliers. Lost revenue may affect capital investments, shareholder confidence, and the bottom line. Don’t let any of this happen to you. Start restoration as soon as possible with a professional crew that has the training, equipment, and experience to do the job right.

More Information on Our Blog

You can learn more by reading other posts on this blog:

Business Emergency Action Checklist

Commercial Specialty Cleaning

Workplace Safety & OSHA

Your Commercial HVAC System

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, and natural disaster cleanup. Our staff is highly trained in commercial building restoration services. We study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield

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

Your Commercial HVAC System

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Commercial HVAC System A little attention and maintenance can get you years of more use out of your commercial HVAC system

Never take your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for granted. Try working without air conditioning in 90-degree weather or without heat in freezing temperatures. No one wants to do that. Too many businesses don’t think about their HVAC until it breaks down and a major inconvenience can’t be avoid. That inconvenience often comes with a major bill to pay.

Once a year or so, hire a professional to inspect your HVAC system. If maintenance is needed, that same company can take care of it right away without any inconvenience to you or your employees.

Some businesses have an HVAC inspection done every fall and again in spring. Those are times when the HVAC had just gone through a major season and the strain is more likely to have caused small potential issues to start rising. An HVAC professional will inspect and clean all of your unit’s wiring and mechanisms. That’s a major challenge for anyone without the training or expertise.


For HVAC, Cleanup, Or Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO Of Bloomfield/Enfield At (860) 216-2785 Anytime

How to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC System
As a business owner, you can perform several simple maintenance chores that can prolong your system’s life, increase its efficiency, and potentially save you from the cost of a major breakdown at just the wrong time:
• Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system
• Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass
• Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
• Inspect refrigerant lines for leaks or cracking every month
• Replace air filters every 90 days
• In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier
• In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on

3 Annual HVAC Tasks

On a yearly basis you can perform these three important tasks:
1.    Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery
2.    Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground
3.    Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture

For HVAC, Cleanup, Or Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO Of Bloomfield/Enfield At (860) 216-2785 Anytime

Caring for your HVAC properly throughout the year will keep your work environment air quality and atmosphere pleasant. That will keep your employees and others who visit your building happy. Routine HVAC maintenance will also save you money by improving and maintaining the energy efficiency throughout your building.

Research Before You Buy

If you do have to buy a new HVAC system do your research. Start with some articles like 4 Top Tips To Finding The Right Commercial HVAC System by Sierra Air Inc.

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield is always ready to inspect and maintain your HVAC system. And we’re here to answer any questions. We’re also trained and experienced in large cleanup jobs like fire damage, water damage, mold remediation, and more. Call us today at 662-690-6502.

Check Out Other Blog Posts   
Every month on the SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield blog we publish educational articles on how Bloomfield and Enfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm, or other damage. We also talk about the communities we serve, like we did in this post. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful:  
Business Emergency Action Checklist

Businesses: September Is Emergency Preparedness Month

Clean Air in Commercial Buildings

Commercial Water Damage Experts

Hardwood Floors For Businesses: The Best And The Worst

Help Is Here
The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, and natural disaster cleanup. Our staff is highly trained in building services and property damage restoration. We study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro, Nat Langan, Ron DeFeo
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.216.2785
24-hour emergency service

Types of Storm Damage

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Types of Storm Damage Storm damage can often be prevented or lessened if we just plan ahead

Here in the Bloomfield/Enfield region of Connecticut we can suffer from many types of storm damage. Some of those are wind damage, flood damage, and hail damage. Here are a few quick tips to consider should storm damage hit your home or commercial property.

Wind Damage Restoration
Hurricanes often cause severe wind damage. Your roof is particularly susceptible. Roof damage from strong winds may lift roof shingles, cause cracks, or remove part or all of the roof. Harsh winds and rains can shear away asphalt tiles. Flying debris can also cause cracks and holes in your roof and siding. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners and business owners after a disaster, especially because a roof leak may not be obvious.

Roof Leaks

Why are many roof leaks and roof damage hard to detect? The storm may loosen flashing without creating a problem that’s easily visible to the eye. Loose flashing can cause another roof leak even weeks after the initial storm damage. A small roof leak can produce damp, moldy conditions inside your home or business. You best bet is to secure roof repair immediately after the wind damage. Doing so can prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage restoration expert, like the professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield, will help assure the homeowner or business owner receives a comprehensive roof assessment and roof repair services when hurricane or wind damage hits the Bloomfield-Enfield area.

Flood Damage & Recovery
If your home or business is near water or in a low-lying area, flood water damage is a risk. Heavy rains and flooding may cause water damage many miles from the coast or from any large body of water. If the land around your home or business cannot absorb the additional water flooding may happen. Even homes and businesses at higher elevations can sustain flood damage if frozen pipes break. Flood pump failures contribute to basement flooding and contaminated ground water in some Connecticut locations, too.

Flooding may also disrupt your municipal water system. Experts need to assess ground water and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Hiring a storm restoration firm, like SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield may allow you to begin your cleanup process even before water restoration occurs. And don’t forget-- cleaning before water restoration often proves essential yet challenging.

By relying upon a trained water damage restoration specialist, you'll usually obtain faster storm remediation. These experts may suggest ways to help mitigate flood water damage in the future, for instance, by requesting backup flood pump installation.

Hail Damage & Recovery
Hail may be the most overlooked cause of major storm damage. Hail can damage not just your roof but also your siding, exterior walls, and any detached sheds or outbuildings. You may think you’ve survived a hail storm but do know that hail damage is difficult to identify. Again, you’re wise to hire a storm damage restoration professional to inspect your roof, exterior walls, and outbuildings for damage. Dark spots on your roof are areas where the roofing granules have been knocked away. These weakened spots can lead to other more extensive problems such as leaks and cracks. Cracked and chipped siding is also a sign of hail damage.

Impact Damage & Recovery
In a major storm practically anything can become a creator of damage to your home or business. Think about trees. Your home may survive storm damage only to have a tree on your property succumb to the wind, hail, or rain and fall onto your house. A neighbor’s outdoor lawn furniture can become wind-blown projectiles. Extreme wind pressure turns regular outdoor items into tools of destruction. After storm damage, the professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield do a walk around to look for the signs of these types of unusual damage.

More Storm Damage Information On Our Blog

You can learn more by reading other posts on this blog:

Bloomfield Storm Damage: Is It Ever Minor?

Prevent Ice Damage To Your Home

Thunderstorm Preparation

What Recent Massive Storms Have Taught Us

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, and natural disaster cleanup. Our staff is highly trained in building services and property damage restoration. We study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime.

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