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Protect Your Business from a Flood

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

An industrial building is surrounded by flood water A serious—or even minor—flood can put you out of business. Make plans and take steps now to minimize flood damage.

Even if your building is located in a flood zone, there are ways to reduce the chances that a flood will damage your commercial property. Thinking ahead and taking some steps to prepare are the keys to minimizing commercial water damage.

What You Should Know

Flood zone: Check your local flood map on FEMA.gov to see if your property is in a flood zone. (Remember, floods can and do happen outside of flood zones.)

Learn your BFE: Check the FEMA flood map or local government authorities to see if your building’s lowest floor is above the base flood elevation (BFE). If not, consider raising your structure to at least three feet above the BFE.

Flood insurance: If you are in or close to a high-risk flood zone (Special Flood Hazard Area), consider purchasing flood insurance.

What You Should Do Outside Your Building

Landscaping and drainage: Choose plants native to your area to help prevent soil erosion and improve drainage. Evaluate the slope of your property and your downspouts to be sure they direct water away from your foundation.

Fuel tanks: If you have fuel tanks on your property, anchor them to prevent damage to your building or other properties.

Barriers: Keep a supply of water-absorbent barriers, sandbags or tarps on hand to help divert water away from the building. If your building is below the BFE, consider adding watertight shields over doors and windows. If you repeatedly experience serious flooding, think about creating permanent flood walls around your property.

What You Should Do Inside Your Building

Electrical components: Help avoid system damage and electrical fires by raising electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring) above your BFE by at least one foot. Have a backup electrical power system that can take over in a flood-induced power outage.

HVAC: Protect your HVAC components by moving them to an upper floor or constructing a floodwall around the equipment.

Shut-off valves: Know where your cut-off valves are for gas, water and electricity.

Cracks and leaks: Seal cracks and utility pipe penetrations with urethane-based caulk, and apply a waterproof coating to exterior and basement walls, especially if you have had leaks.

Flood-resistant materials: Choose materials that resist water damage for carpeting, wall coverings and insulation.

Sewer backflow valve: Prevent sewage from backing up into your building by installing an interior or exterior sewer backflow valve.

Sump pump: Install a portable sump pump and connect it to a generator or battery for backup.

If your business is hit by a water, fire, smoke, chemical, mold or other disaster, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your commercial building and property after a natural disaster. We also offer year-round commercial cleaning services and HVAC maintenance. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield

Top 50 Franchise Nationally

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

If your business is hit by a water, fire, smoke, chemical, mold or other disaster, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Protect Your Business from a Fire

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

A commercial building is on fire Take action before a fire to prevent or minimize damage to your commercial facility from flames, smoke and water.

A fire can in your place of business can damage or destroy your equipment and structure, potentially putting you out of business, at least temporarily. Worse, a workplace fire can injure or kill you or your employees and customers.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield is ready to respond to your commercial fire disaster. We’ll arrive A.S.A.P. to evaluate your restoration needs, quickly put our expert crews to work remediating smoke, fire and water damage to your facility and property, then restore everything to pre-fire condition—all while coordinating with your insurer for a swift, smooth process.

There are several things you as a business owner or manager can do to either prevent a fire disaster from starting or minimize the damage if one does start.

Understand Your Risk

Learn about fire codes and standards by reading handbooks created by the National Fire Protection Association.

Ask your local fire department to help you develop a fire prevention plan and/or have a fire marshal assess your building for fire safety. Another option is to request fire risk assessment guidance from your building's property manager.

Be Equipped to Prevent Fires

Your building’s facilities and equipment should be the first line of defense in preventing a fire disaster.

  • An automatic sprinkler system will provide primary fire protection for your business. In fact, a sprinkler system is the best way to fight the spread of a fire, with a properly installed and maintained system proving to be 95% effective. If your facility doesn’t have one, consider installing one.
  • You should also have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every floor of your building, and all employees should know where they are and how to use them.
  • Pay attention to your power cords. Check them regularly and replace any damaged cords, connectors or insulation. Avoid using extensions cords or power strips.
  • Many appliances used in businesses, such as coffee machines and computers, can heat up and pose a fire hazard. Leave space around them so that they can cool down, and keep all appliances away from combustible materials, like paper or cloth. At day’s end, consider unplugging appliances, since many business fires occur after work hours in an empty and unmonitored building.

Get Your Employees on the Fire-Safe Team

Enlist your employees to be a key part of preventing and escaping fires at your workplace.

  • Choose an employee to be your fire prevention officer. This person will keep track of your safety plans and will supervise the response to a fire.
  • Create and communicate a fire emergency and evacuation plan, and post it in several locations in your facility. Include guidelines to assist disabled persons. Hold a fire drill at least once each year.
  • Provide each employee with an easily-grabbed emergency kit containing bottled water, a flashlight and a mask or cloth to protect against smoke inhalation.
  • Build a first aid kit, store it in a central location and make sure your employees know where it is.

If your business is hit by a water, fire, smoke, chemical, mold or other disaster, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your commercial building and property after a natural disaster. We also offer year-round commercial cleaning services and HVAC maintenance. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield

Top 50 Franchise Nationally

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

If your business is hit by a water, fire, smoke, chemical, mold or other disaster, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Keep Water Out of Your Basement

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Water flows from a home's gutter to its foundation Regular maintenance, repairs and smart planting can help prevent water from entering and damaging your basement.

You can live in your home for a decade or more, and never experience water damage in your basement, but that is no guarantee that it will never happen. Sometimes water enters a basement through condensation or seepage, but sometimes it enters in a gush after a heavy rainstorm or snow melt. The fact is, 98% of basements in the U.S. will be damaged by water.

The most obvious sign of water in your basement is a pool of water on the floor. Water can enter your basement from a leaking roof or through poor drainage outside your home. If you notice water accumulating after a storm, that’s a good indication that water is entering from outside the home.

Regardless of how it gets in, water in your basement can result in ruined carpeting, drywall and framing. It can even buckle flooring above the basement and lead to a stubborn mold infestation. Stains, discoloration, warping, sagging, peeling or bubbling of your walls, floors or ceiling are signs that you have water damage.

What to Do Outside Your Home

For every inch of rain that falls, a 1,500-SF roof sheds 1,000 gallons of water. Your goal is to keep that water outside of your home and basement.

It starts with the grading of your yard. Soil should slope away from your foundation for at least 4 feet, at the rate of 1 inch per foot. If your grading does not meet this standard, add soil to the perimeter of the house and rake it smooth.

If you suspect your property has a high water table, call a professional in to evaluate the situation and determine solutions.

Evaluate your lawn and plantings. Any type of flowers or shrubs close to your foundation can attract water, increasing the chances that water seeps into your basement. Keep small plants at least 12 to 18 inches from your foundation. Planting grass next to your foundation, on the other hand, is beneficial.

Trees should not be too close to your home, as the roots can damage the foundation, leaving cracks that provide a path for water to enter. Plant trees at least 10 or even 20 feet from your house.

Clogged roof gutters are a guaranteed way to encourage water to leak into your home’s foundation, so clean them out regularly. Add 4-foot or longer extensions to your downspouts and have them empty onto splash blocks to guide water away from your foundation.

What to Do Inside Your Home

There are a few tasks you can do to prevent greater damage if you do get some water in your basement:

  • Regularly test and maintain your sump pump, if you have one.
  • Patch cracks in walls and waterproof the walls to seal them.
  • Prevent condensation by running a dehumidifier.

When you have suffered a water 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 the people, skills and equipment to help homeowners recover from water damage and eradicate mold. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785 any time.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield

Top 50 Franchise Nationally

100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
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

Generator Safety After the Storm

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

A portable generator It's convenient to run a generator if you lose power after a storm, but you must follow safety guidelines to avoid a CO poisoning tragedy.

Enduring a natural disaster, like a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, flood or other big storm, is bad enough. Even worse is when that disaster leads to tragedy. In August 2020, Laura, a category 4 hurricane, hit the state of Louisiana with winds of 150 miles per hour and a storm surge of up to 15 feet. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power, and subsequently, numerous individuals lost their lives due to carbon monoxide poisoning created by unsafe use of generators.

As reported in The New York Times, “The electrical outages have been deadly, as several people who turned to generators to power refrigerators, lights and air conditioners have been overcome with fumes.

“At least seven people have been killed by carbon monoxide from generators, including four members of a family found dead in a home in Lake Charles. A fifth member of that family was taken to a hospital. Their generator was in a garage and the deadly gas was able to seep into the house through a garage door that was left cracked open, [Lake Charles mayor Nic] Hunter said.

“Another man in Calcasieu Parish, which includes Lake Charles, died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator, as did an 84-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman in the same home in Allen Parish, to the northeast, said health officials, who warned people never to place generators in homes or in closed garages.”

The Basics of Generator Safety

Produced by portable generators, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can quickly turn deadly. It can take as few as 5 minutes for carbon monoxide to build up to levels high enough to kill, according to the National Institutes of Health.

SERVPRO recommends that you follow these guidelines to safe generator use to prevent CO poisoning.

  • Never run a generator in an enclosed space or inside a house. That includes your home’s basement and garage. Most generator-related CO poisoning is caused by generators that are run indoors or in partially enclosed spaces in which deadly levels of carbon monoxide builds up.
  • Set up your generator so that it has 3 to 4 feet of clear space on all sides and above. This will allow for enough ventilation to prevent a buildup of CO.
  • Locate the generator at least 20 feet from your house. Direct the engine exhaust away from windows and doors.
  • Also use a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector when you are running your generator to alert you quickly if CO is accumulating.
  • Never run your generator in the rain. Instead, set up a tent or canopy to shield it from the downpour while maintaining good ventilation.
  • Immediately leave your house, get to fresh air and seek medical attention if you or others show symptoms of CO poisoning, such as dizziness, headaches, nausea and tiredness. Stay outside until first responders determine your home is free from dangerous CO.
  • Consider purchasing a new generator that has a sensor that will detect dangerous levels of CO and automatically shut itself off.

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.

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 Bloomfield/Enfield

Top 50 Franchise Nationally

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

We Clean Up the Toughest Commercial Biohazard Messes

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Two workers wear hazmat suits in a warehouse SERVPRO knows how to quickly completely remediate the nastiest biohazard messes at your place of business.

Even the most careful business owner or facility manager can suffer a nasty biohazard situation, such as a sewage backup, chemical spill or bloody accident scene. Biohazard cleanup jobs are among the most challenging tasks for damage remediation companies to handle, but SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has deep expertise in cleaning out the worst biohazard situations.

We are ready to safely remove and dispose of biohazards from your commercial facility in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Commercial biohazard messes that SERVPRO tackles include:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scenes
  • Deaths by suicide, accident or homicide
  • Blood and bloodborne pathogens
  • Chemical spills
  • Meth labs

A biohazard mess can hit your facility suddenly and unexpectedly, putting the safety and health of your customers and employees at immediate risk. And biological and chemical contamination can present serious long-term health hazards. SERVPRO has the right training, procedures, tools and products to transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe workplaces.

As soon as you discover a biohazard situation, SERVPRO recommends that you follow the steps in our Biohazard Emergency Tips—Until Help Arrives guide to protect your employees and your property.

SERVPRO Now Provides Specialized Biohazard Cleanup for Viral Pathogens

In response to the increased risk of contamination by viral pathogens, SERVPRO has created a new defensive pathogen cleaning program, called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This program should not be confused with typical janitorial cleaning services. Based on our more than 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, it includes these unique components:

  • Consult: We evaluate the unique cleaning needs of your facility and create an appropriate program.
  • Clean: We use our own EPA-approved hospital-grade solutions to thoroughly clean all areas of your building. Our highly-trained crews meet or exceed the CDC-recommended cleaning and decontamination standards.
  • Certify: Once your facility has been cleaned, you receive a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield to display at your business, as well as digital icons for your website and marketing. This tells your employees, customers and the entire community that you have done everything you can to protect them from viral pathogens.

If your business is hit by a water, fire, smoke, chemical, mold or other disaster, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your commercial building and property after a natural disaster. We also offer year-round commercial cleaning services and HVAC maintenance. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield

Top 50 Franchise Nationally

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

If your business is hit by a water, fire, smoke, chemical, mold or other disaster, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Survive a Business Disaster with a Business Ready Plan

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

A business office has been damaged by a tornado A disaster can put you out of operation—and even close your doors forever. Prevent that with an emergency preparedness plan.

Would you know—step by step—what to do to save your business and quickly resume operations after a flood, fire, biohazard contamination, hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster? (And it’s not just natural disasters: human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence and acts of terrorism, while technology-related hazards include the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.)

After a disaster, close to half of all businesses shut down. Help your business be one of the survivors in case of disaster by having an emergency preparedness plan—a Business Ready Plan—in place.

The Business Ready Plan provides an immediate plan of action that will help managers and owners of commercial property minimize business interruption after a disaster. You’ll know what to do, how to do it, what resources to call on and how to communicate and make decisions in case of emergency, when quick action counts.

How It Works

As you develop a Business Ready Plan for your business, you create a clearly defined plan of action to take in case of emergency, with the goal of minimizing business interruption and maximizing your odds for survival.

Your no-cost Business Ready Plan includes:

  • An assessment of your facility and normal business operations.
  • Creation of a concise Profile Document with the most critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A step-by-step plan to help you restore operations following a disaster.
  • Identification of your preferred disaster mitigation and restoration provider, so that you don’t waste valuable time researching contractors and getting quotes after a disaster.
  • Development of the chain of command for making decisions and authorizing work.
  • Identification of key facility details, such as shut-off valve locations, mechanical system details and priority areas of the building for rapid restoration.

We Partner with the Pros

Business Ready Plan partners with SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield,  specialists in property damage cleanup. SERVPRO’s expertise includes cleanup of fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying, as well as mold mitigation and removal. Our Large Loss Division handles the cost and operations of large commercial disaster recovery projects.

Business Ready Plan also partners with SANTE Property Damage Restoration, which specializes in restoring property after a disaster. Our skilled professionals will be at your site quickly to evaluate the damage, secure your building to protect it from further damage or intrusions, and then get to work restoring your building to its preloss state—even while you continue to operate your business.

Ask yourself: are you ready for the unexpected? Can your business survive a sudden disaster? Call (800) 345-4552 for your FREE Business Ready Plan.

If your business is hit by a water, fire, smoke, chemical, mold or other disaster, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your commercial building and property after a natural disaster. We also offer year-round commercial cleaning services and HVAC maintenance. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield

Top 50 Franchise Nationally

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

If your business is hit by a water, fire, smoke, chemical, mold or other disaster, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785

6 Signs You Need Water Damage Restoration Services

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

water damage restoration services Water damaged wall with mold.

In 2017, the total amount of insurance payouts for water damage was $13 billion, with the average claim costing around $10,000. The commonality of water damage means you need to know the signs of water damage so you don't end up paying a ridiculous amount of money.

Read on for six signs you may need water damage restoration services.

1. Stained Walls

The most common sign that you need water damage restoration services is discovering discolored walls or ceilings. This is not a sign of paint aging. You have water damage.

Water will dry between leaks leaving minerals and salt to leave a discolored look on the walls. If you have dark paint, stains can be less noticeable. Look for brown, yellow, green, or orange discoloration in this case.

You may find that your ceilings are the most common place you see discoloration. This does not mean stains cannot occur on the walls or floors too. Anywhere that has pipes, can cause discoloration from a leak.

2. Smelling Mold

If you sense a strong odor throughout the house and it reeks of mold, you have water damage. A water service restoration service should be called right away if you have a moldy smell.

If the smell comes from the walls, the room may feel damp too. Through water damage restoration, the smell can be eliminated by removing all of the excess water.

3. Warped Flooring

One of the most noticeable water damage signs is having warped flooring. When water gets into the subflooring, you will see and even feel it.

Depending on the material of your floor, it could rise or become uneven. Sometimes the floor will break away from the foundation and sink.

Water Damage Cleanup is needed to get under the flooring and remove all of the water.

4. Wall Damage

Wall damage is not the same as discoloration. A leaky pipe could lead to your wall peeling or bubbling up. Soft walls are a sign that there was recent water damage.

If you can visibly see damage on a wall from a leak, it is likely the leak has gone unnoticed for a long time. This means you will need immediate water damage restoration services.

5. Moldy Baseboards

Moisture building up in the home usually comes with mold. Baseboards on a wall could have subtle mold growth that means you have water damage.

Mold is uncommon in a room with windows unless there is water damage. If you spot a moldy baseboard, you can peel it back to see how much damage there is.

6. High Water Bill

If there is an unusual spike in your water bill, something could be wrong. If you are unsure why your bill has all of the sudden gone up, it may be worth it to get your pipes checked out.

Leaks can come from a lot of different places which makes them hard to find. Check the toilets, sinks, and the main water supply. These areas will affect the amount on your bill the most.

Get Water Damage Restoration Services Now

If you are experiencing any of these six issues within your home, you need to get water damage restoration services now. Getting a leak taken care of as soon as possible can save you from further damage on your walls, floors, and even furniture. Don't wait, call the professionals right away.

For more information on water damage restoration services, contact us today.

Enjoy Your Fire Pit and Campfire … Safely!

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

A fire burns in a fire pit Enjoy your fire pit or campfire with friends and family—but follow our basic safety guidelines to prevent a fire disaster.

It’s summer and that means friends and family gather around campfires and fire pits to share the dancing flames, conversation, laughter and maybe even s’mores. But while you’re enjoying the fun, you must heed some basic safety rules to make sure the flames don’t spread and turn pleasure into tragedy.

Whether it’s a fire pit or a campfire you’re enjoying, you’ll want to take these important precautions to prevent a fire disaster.

Starting the Fire

  • Don’t use flammable fluids—lighter fluid, gasoline, alcohol, diesel fuel or kerosene—to light or relight fires.
  • Don’t start a fire on a windy day.
  • Seasoned hardwood is the best fuel. Soft woods, such as pine or cedar, can pop and throw sparks, so don’t use them. Don’t burn trash, leaves, paper, cardboard or plywood.

When setting up and using a fire pit:

  • Don’t overload the fire pit. Make sure you can close the lid to extinguish the fire in an emergency.
  • Your fire pit should be at least ten feet away from buildings, trees, shrubs and other flammable objects.

When setting up your campfire:

  • Don’t build a fire in dry conditions or if a fire is prohibited. Use an existing fire ring if there is one.
  • Your fire should be fifteen feet or more away from tents, shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. Look up to make sure there are no low-hanging branches overhead.

Enjoying the Fire

  • Have a fire extinguisher, garden hose or bucket of water nearby.
  • Establish a three-foot safety zone around the fire and make sure children and pets stay out of the zone.
  • Keep flammable material and fluids far away from the fire.
  • Don’t wear loose-fitting or flammable clothing, such as nylon.

Extinguishing the Fire

The risk doesn’t end until the flames and embers are 100% out.

  • If time allows, let the fire burn completely to ashes.
  • Pour water on the fire until you no longer hear hissing sounds. Make sure all the embers are doused, not just the red ones.
  • With a shovel, stir the embers to make sure all are wet and cold to the touch.
  • If you don’t have water, cover the embers with dirt or sand and stir until everything is cool. Don’t just bury the fire and walk away, as the fire can smolder and reignite.

When you have suffered a fire 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 fire restoration and cleanup, as well as natural disaster and storm damage cleanup, water damage and mold remediation, water and mold damage, and chemical and biohazard cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) any time.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

SERVPRO publishes educational articles on how you can protect your home and business from fire, water, mold, sewage, storm, natural disaster and other damage.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield

Top 50 Franchise Nationally

100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
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

Where Are Your Home’s Shutoff Valves?

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

A pile of tags labeled "SHUT OFF" If you have a sudden water emergency in your home, you can minimize the damage if you know where your shutoff valves are.

Often without warning, you can experience the bane of homeowners everywhere: a burst or leaky pipe, or even a flooding appliance. Maybe it’s a toilet that seeps or a washing machine hose that splits. Maybe it’s a water stain on a wall, indicating a leaking pipe, or maybe that pipe bursts clear open! Whichever way it happens, you’re in for potentially costly water damage. At that point, your best line of defense is to quickly stop the flood by shutting off the flow of water at its source.

Even if you turn off the shutoff valves at the first sign of trouble, you may still suffer water damage to your home. For everything from a small leak to a water disaster that spans several floors of your home, call on an experienced disaster recovery company like SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield, which has specialized training, expert staff and the latest equipment to help you restore your home and possessions.

You’ll be ready to respond to a water disaster in your home if you know where all of the shutoff valves are located and how to operate them.

Locate Your Whole House Shutoffs

Main Shutoff Valve

The location of this valve will vary depending on if you have metered water or a well.

  • Metered water: the shutoff valve will be on one side of the water meter. The meter itself may be in your basement, on an exterior wall or close to the street in a concrete "meter pit."
  • Well: the valve will be on the side of the pressure tank nearest the house. (When you shut off the main valve, also cut power to the tank to prevent the motor from burning out trying to compensate for the loss of pressure—then remember to turn the power back on when you restore water flow.)

Hot Water Shutoff Valve

The hot-water outlet on your water heater should have a valve that controls your home’s hot water. If your water heater lacks a valve, have one installed.

Locate Your Appliance and Fixture Shutoffs

  • Toilet: Look on the toilet under the tank for this shutoff valve, which usually has a ribbed oval handle.
  • Sink: Look under the sink, inside the vanity or sink cabinet. Typically, the hot water shutoff valve is on the left and the cold water valve on the right.
  • Dishwasher: You may need to check in a couple of spots for this shutoff valve. First, look on the 1/2-inch hot-water sink-supply line that leads to the dishwasher under the kitchen sink. Not there? Go to your basement, stand below the dishwasher and look up. Find the supply line that runs along the ceiling joists and check for a shutoff valve.
  • Washing machine: You’ll find these valves (one for hot and one for cold) at the spot where the house-supply lines meet the washer hoses. Tip: Close off these valves when you leave your home for more than a few days.

When you have suffered a water 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 the people, skills and equipment to help homeowners recover from water damage and eradicate mold. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785 any time.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield

Top 50 Franchise Nationally

100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
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

What Not To Do in a Thunderstorm

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

A lightning bolt in the sky above houses Whether you're outside or in your home, here is a list of essential things NOT to do when lightning is in the area.

Each year, about 400 people are struck by lightning in the United States. Now, about 90% of those people survive, but many have lingering injuries and burns. Getting hit by lightning is not something you want to do!

Check this list of what not to do if lightning is present and you’ll greatly reduce your chance of being struck by lightning.

What Not To Do If You’re Outside

Stand Out in the Open

When the thunder roars, go indoors! Try to get inside an enclosed building, which is the safest place to be. But if you are caught outdoors with no shelter available, crouch down low, with as little of your body as possible touching the ground.

Stand Under a Tree

Due to their height, trees attract lightning as it travels to the ground. The human body, unfortunately, conducts electricity even better than a tree does, so if you're near a tree, the lightning can jump from the tree to you. Avoid this very dangerous situation!

Lie Down on the Ground

You never want to be the tallest target if you’re caught out in a thunderstorm. But don’t lie down on the ground in an attempt to make yourself shorter. By stretching out on the ground, you actually make yourself a bigger target.

Sit on Concrete

Concrete, really? Yes, stay away from concrete, because buried within most concrete to strengthen it is metal rebar or wire mesh, both effective conductors of electricity.

What Not To Do If You’re at Home

Stand Near a Window

Stay away from windows during a thunderstorm because many windows contain metal parts that can attract lightning.

Use a Landline

While it is safe to use a cellphone (if it’s not plugged into a charger) during a thunderstorm, do not use your landline. Lightning can travel through the phone lines and electrocute you.

Keep Your Computer Plugged In

Even a top-rated surge protector can’t withstand a direct lightning strike, so unplug your computer and other devices, and consider unplugging appliances, too. If it’s plugged into an outlet, it’s at risk of being damaged by an electrical surge.

Use Small Appliances

Any appliance—iron, blowdryer, etc.—that’s plugged into an outlet can carry a current from a lightning strike, so don’t use or even be near a small electrical appliance.

Take a Bath or Shower

If lightning strikes near your house, powerful currents can travel through the pipes in your home and electrocute you in your bath or shower. Get cleaned up after the storm!

Wash the Dishes

For the same reason, don’t wash dishes during a thunderstorm. The dishes can wait.

Do Laundry

You definitely do not want to be near your washer and dryer during a thunderstorm! These appliances are connected to your home’s electrical system and they are metal, so lightning can run right through them and electrocute you.

Source: Bob Vila

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