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Is Smart Fire Detection Technology Right for Your Home?

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

A smoke detector mounted on a ceiling Adding smart technology to your home's system of smoke detectors can give you even more protection from housefires.

Many of us are incorporating smart technology and devices into our homes: smart speakers, appliances, doorbells, lightbulbs and more. In addition to making your everyday life easier, smart home tech might actually be a lifesaver.

New devices and technologies are being developed all the time, but right now, you can install several fire prevention and detection devices that can stop a fire or minimize fire damage in your home. (Many homeowners can confidently install these devices themselves; if that’s not you, hire an electrician to do the installation and testing for you.)

Smart Smoke Detectors

Connected to an app on your smartphone, these devices can send a notification that smoke has been detected at your home, allowing you to alert authorities immediately from anywhere. Some smart detectors can be wired into a home security system, which can automatically contact your fire department. Other capabilities may include:

  • Turning on lights and offering verbal directions to help your family escape a fire
  • Turning off your HVAC system to reduce spread of smoke
  • Allowing a camera to be set up to record a fire event, providing evidence for your insurance claim

And, while this feature is not in the “lifesaving” category, many smart smoke detectors can send an alert to a smartphone if its battery level is getting low. That’s right: no more 3:00 a.m. chirping, no more hunting for the guilty detector and a chair to climb on, no more ripping the device off the wall and yanking the battery out, no more stumbling back to bed cursing.

Smart Batteries

Instead of buying a smart smoke detector, you can install smart batteries in your existing detectors. These will also send alarm and low-battery notifications to your smartphone.

Smart Heat/Fire Detectors

A smart heat detector does not replace a smoke detector, but because it uses a different way to detect a fire, it can be a good complement to your existing detectors, especially if you get a lot of false alarms.

Smart Kitchen Fire Prevention

The number one cause of home fires is cooking fires, and most of those start when someone leaves the kitchen while the stovetop is in use. A smart sensor uses motion sensing technology to shut off the stovetop if no one is in the kitchen for a specified period of time. It then detects when you return to the kitchen and restarts cooking.

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.

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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

Burst Frozen Pipe Cleanup in Suffield, CT

1/16/2021 (Permalink)

Burst Frozen Pipe Cleanup in Suffield, CT - basement flooding Burst frozen pipe cleanup in Suffield, CT causing basement flooding.

At SERVPRO, we understand that most burst frozen pipe cleanup in Suffield, CT homes can be challenging. Our team of professionals provides the assistance you need to handle your emergency. We respond fast with the workforce and the equipment to get the job done. 

When a pipe freezes and bursts, it requires immediate attention. Water flows throughout your home, leaving a trail of damage behind. When it pools in your coldest rooms, it sometimes freezes. The result is often a combination of water damage and ice damage. 

SERVPRO professionals give burst frozen pipe cleanup in Suffield, CT homes our traditional commitment. Our highly-trained staff remains on-call 24/7. We respond when you need us, and we arrive ready to do the work. Whether your problem begins with an appliance leak, a broken pipe, or a frozen pipe leak repair, we do the job quickly and professionally. 

SERVPRO Burst Frozen Water Pipe Damage Cleanup 

Timing is crucial when managing burst frozen pipe cleanup in Suffield, CT homes. If you plan to submit an insurance claim, the coverage issues are often complicated, but your duty to protect your property is clear. When we enter your home, we keep that in mind. We help protect your property by extracting flooding quickly, separating your contents, and drying wet areas before they freeze. 

To accomplish this, SERVPRO uses specially designed extraction, deodorizing, cleaning, dehumidifying, and drying equipment. We do what's necessary to protect your property and minimize the chances of further damage.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Before we begin on SERVPRO's burst frozen pipe cleanup in Suffield, CT homes, we conduct a thorough inspection. We walk through your home to document visible damage. We also search for areas where water might accumulate or freeze and cause hidden harm. Once we've inspected the areas involved, we establish a strategy to do the work quickly. 

Water Extraction

We quickly sort and separate damaged and undamaged property. This is an essential aspect of burst frozen pipe cleanup in Suffield, CT homes. When dry property remains in saturated areas, the water often damages items that could have been salvaged. 

After separating your property, we bring in our specialized extraction equipment. Our team then removes the water before it has a chance to cause damage or freeze. The faster we complete the process, the more property we save. 

Drying 

When a porous surface becomes saturated, it requires extraction and drying to remove all the moisture. Moist surfaces provide an ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow. Within days, you can smell it on porous surfaces and in the air. 

To achieve optimum drying, we use drying equipment in every affected room. Our industrial equipment dries your property, stops ice from forming, and prevents mold and mildew from causing permanent damage. 

Dehumidification 

After extraction and drying, moisture often lingers in the air. Excess water settles into your furniture, flooring, carpets, and other porous surfaces. Then gradually damages your property and provides an ideal environment for mold and mildew. To minimize the risk of this additional damage, the SERVPRO team dehumidifies the air.

We calculate room-size, relative humidity, and temperature in each affected area. The data helps us determine the number of industrial dehumidifiers we need and where to place them. The process removes the humidity from your home and helps to prevent ongoing damage. 

Odor Removal 

Each frozen pipe burst homes' recovery process doesn't end when the moisture is dry. Next, we complete the SERVPRO deodorizing process to remove the odors that soaked properties leave in the air. Our team uses industrial scrubbers, foggers, and odor-neutralizing products. 

Cleaning and Sanitizing 

Effective burst frozen pipe cleanup in Suffield, CT homes, requires cleaning and sanitizing all affected surfaces. The SERVPRO team performs these tasks using specialized equipment and professional-grade solutions. 

Repair and Restoration

Burst frozen pipe cleanup in Suffield, CT homes, inevitably require restoration and repair. We do wall reconstruction, drywall replacement, painting, and other repair and restoration tasks. We also salvage, repair, or replace home decor and furnishings. We work professionally to restore your home to its previous condition. 

Commercial Building Restoration

SERVPRO professionals also perform commercial burst frozen pipe cleanup in Suffield, CT. We have the workforce, expertise, technology, and equipment to manage any size job in any facility. We work quickly to minimize business downtime. 

Contact SERVPRO

We are a locally owned and operated SERVPRO franchise, and we're committed to recovering homes. When you call us, we respond immediately, and we get the job done fast. 

For more information about burst frozen pipe cleanup in Suffield, CT, give us a call at (860) 649-0836.

Water Damage Cleanup in Granby CT

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleanup in a Basement in Granby CT Basement Water Damage Cleanup in Granby CT

Water Damage Cleanup in Granby CT

When you call SERVPRO for water damage cleanup in Granby CT, we arrive ready to get the job done. We’re on call 24/7 because when water damages your home, it’s an emergency.

A broken pipe or a leaking roof can release a damaging stream into your home. Water settles into porous furnishings, floors, and decor and begins causing damage immediately. Without prompt cleanup, water deteriorates fabric, wood, and other surfaces. It stains upholstery, carpeting, and draperies, and leaves behind damp areas where mold and mildew thrive. 

At SERVPRO, we are cleanup and restoration professionals. We understand that water from a broken pipe or a leaky roof can cause significant damage in a very short period of time. When you call our team for water damage cleanup in Granbury CT, we take steps to save your home from further damage.

Our team brings in specialized equipment and solutions to maximize our efforts. We are highly trained professionals who get the work done right every time.  

SERVPRO Water Damage Cleanup 

When water flows into your living areas, you don’t care how it got there. You just want it gone. Whether your problem started because of pipes freezing or a hot water heater leaking, you just want your home livable again. Until your flooring, walls, furniture, and home furnishings are dry, clean, and odor-free, it doesn’t feel like home at all. 

When you need water damage cleanup in Granby, CT, our team arrives fully prepared to do the job. We implement a multi-step process to restore your home as quickly as possible.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Before we begin residential water damage cleanup in Granby CT homes, we conduct a thorough inspection. We do a walkthrough, looking for obvious and not-so-obvious damage. This is an important step as water not only saturates surfaces in the open, it also finds its way into hidden spaces. Once we determine what we need to accomplish, we establish a strategy for completing your water damage cleanup and discuss our recommendations with you.

Water Extraction

 We separate your wet and dry property before we begin water extraction. This allows us to minimize the damage that occurs when wet and dry property come into contact because they share the same space. We use specialized industrial equipment to extract as much water as possible. 

Drying 

We use industrial driers to remove the remaining moisture. When surfaces finish drying naturally, they often stay damp, allowing mildew and mold spores to settle in and grow. Damp surfaces provide the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Within days of a water release, you will notice the scent throughout your home. Industrial driers remove moisture completely. This eliminates disrupts mold and mildew growth before it damages fabric and surfaces in your home.  

Dehumidification 

When you have water-saturated areas in your home, moisture lingers in the air. It increases when water evaporates as we dry your property. Eventually, moisture settles on porous surfaces allowing problems to continue.

To effectively dehumidify your home, the SERVPRO team measures each room’s size, relative humidity, and temperature. We use these factors to calculate the correct number of industrial humidifiers and air circulators to place in each room. 

Odor Removal 

Odor removal is our next step in completing water damage cleanup in Granby CT homes. We remove offensive odors with industrial scrubbers, foggers, and other specialized equipment. We use odor-neutralizing solutions to finish the deodorization process.

Cleaning and Sanitizing 

To complete our water damage cleanup in Granby CT homes, we clean and sanitize each room. We perform this task using specialized equipment and professional-grade solutions.

Repair and Restoration

When the SERVPRO team completes your water damage cleanup, we perform the repairs necessary to restore your home. This sometimes includes drywall replacement, painting, structural repairs, furnishing replacements, and other tasks.  

Commercial Building Restoration

The SERVPRO team also performs commercial water damage cleanup in Granby CT. We handle all clean-up and restoration jobs regardless of building size or facility type. Our staff works fast and efficiently to minimize business interruptions. 

Contact SERVPRO

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

SERVPRO + Veterans = A Winning Combination

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

U.S. Labor Department's HIRE Vets gold and silver medals SERVPRO recently earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Gold Award in recognition of our commitment to employing military veterans.

SERVPRO Industries, LLC was honored to receive a 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Gold Award at a recent ceremony held at the U.S. Department of Labor. Selected in recognition of its longstanding commitment to hiring and working with veterans to build durable careers, SERVPRO has long recognized the value of the diverse skills veterans often gain through their military service.

SERVPRO Veterans Programs Specialist Jamie Peters acknowledged the honor: “We are proud to receive this award as a symbol of our commitment to hiring the brave men and women who served our country. SERVPRO Industries, LLC prioritizes hiring veterans because we share like-minded values, dedication and selfless mentality to serving others. Veterans are a good fit for us, and we are committed to developing these veterans within the company. They make us a better organization, and we are thankful for their service."

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield is proud to be a part of a corporation that recognizes and values the work of military vets. Locally, we are committed to creating an environment where vets can build enduring careers that are productive and satisfying.

About the HIRE Vets Medallion Award

Overseen by U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia in November 2020, the federal HIRE Vets (Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans) Act Medallion Program honored 675 companies and organizations that consistently recruit, hire and retain veterans.

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is awarded to businesses that demonstrate unparalleled commitment to attracting and retaining veterans. The Silver and Gold Awards are based on a number of criteria, ranging from veteran hiring and retention to providing veteran-specific resources, leadership programming, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs.

About SERVPRO

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,800 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your residence or commercial building and your property after suffering damage from a fire, storm, water, mold or biohazard disaster. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, 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

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

Frozen or Burst Pipes Leading to Water Damage? Why SERVPRO is Your Best Option

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Rubber boots in a pool of water inside a home A frozen or burst pipe can mean big water damage trouble. Here's why calling SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield will get you back to normal ASAP.

It may have started with a sudden gush or a slow seeping, but if you discover a frozen or burst pipe in your home, you need to act quickly to minimize the water damage to your structure and possessions. A few things you’ll want to do immediately are:

If your pipe is frozen:

  • Shut off the water at the main house valve and open all the faucets in your home to relieve pressure.
  • Warm the connecting pipe (with a hair dryer or electric heating pad) to slowly thaw the ice blockage.
  • Check for leaks.

If your pipe has burst:

  • Shut off the water at the main shutoff valve and consider shutting off the electricity, too, for safety.
  • Clean up standing water to stay safe and prevent more water damage.
  • For a pinhole leak, try patching it quickly with duct tape or by clamping a flexible rubber patch over the hole. For a larger leak, try a sleeve clamp sized to your pipe.

The Damage is Done … Now What?

As you stand looking at the water spewed by your burst pipe, one of your most important decisions is to hire a reputable water damage mediation company. Here’s why SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield is your best option to clean up after your frozen or burst pipe.

We are fast

When it comes to water damage from a burst pipe, the faster the cleanup starts, the better the results. Within one hour of your call, we will schedule our service, and we’ll be at your home within four hours to begin mitigating your water damage.

We are experts

When you hire SERVPRO to handle your water damage, you’re hiring people with the industry’s best training, experience, technology and equipment. Our crew members undergo extensive and rigorous water restoration training and certification. As a Top 50 SERVPRO franchise (out of more than 1,800 nationwide), SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has a solid record of exceeding customer expectations. And our warehouse in Bloomfield is filled with equipment that extracts water and thoroughly dries your building, furnishings and possessions. We use moisture sensors and meters, water extractors, air movers, dehumidifiers and deodorizers.

We do it all

When it comes to water damage, SERVPRO handles the whole job of restoring your home and possessions to their pre-damage condition—from evaluating the water damage, to repairing your house, to cleaning your personal items. We guarantee an unbroken chain of custody for all your possessions, and we even work with your insurance company to ensure a smooth and rapid claims process. So when a pipe has burst, you can count on SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield to get you back to normal ASAP.

 We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your residence or commercial building and your property after suffering damage from a fire, storm, water, mold or biohazard disaster. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, 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

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

Clean and Sanitize Your For-Sale House

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

A clean living room with a shiny wood floor Before you list, cleaning and sanitizing by SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield can help your house sell faster and for more money.

Did you know that SERVPRO offers a unique way to help you sell your house faster—and potentially for a higher amount? Our professional cleaning and sanitizing service will set your home apart from the competition—especially in the midst of a pandemic.

Give your potential buyers the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your house is as clean as it can be. That tells them something about the way you have cared for your home over the years. You want home buyers to leave your house after a showing eager to put in a bid!

Another way our deep cleaning may make your sale easier and faster is our mold check-up. If we find any traces of a mold infestation, we can quickly begin to treat the problem. Nobody wants mold, but if it isn’t discovered until your home inspection, a mold problem will hold up the selling cycle and cut into your selling price.

A Thorough Cleaning and Sanitizing

SERVPRO is prepared to clean and sanitize your home because we are ready to do that level of cleaning at a moment’s notice. After all, we are the experts at all kinds of disaster cleanup, including the toughest biohazard and pathogen cleanup. Our crews are thoroughly trained and equipped to handle the most challenging jobs.

Our workers prepare for your job by gearing up in one-piece personal protective suits with hood and boots, and wearing individually fit-tested N-95 respirators. They quickly and safely destroy pathogens with our proprietary hospital-grade cleansers and disinfectors. They first seal your house and fog it with disinfectants that penetrate into crevices. Once that stage of the work is done, the crew does the hands-on work of cleaning and sanitizing the high-touch surfaces and objects in your home, including:

Throughout

  • Carpets
  • Tile, laminate and hard-wood floors
  • Drapery and blinds
  • Handrails
  • Doorknobs and window hardware
  • Light switches

In the Kitchen

  • Countertops and tabletops
  • Appliance handles
  • Cabinets and pulls
  • Sink and faucet

In the Bathroom

  • Vanity, sink and faucet
  • Shower and tub
  • Toilet
  • Cabinets and pulls

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your residence or commercial building and your property after suffering damage from a fire, storm, water, mold or biohazard disaster. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, 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

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

What to Do If You Have Emergency Water Damage in Bloomfield CT

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Water Damage Cleanup Emergency Water Damage in Bloomfield CT

Did you know that hurricanes cause an estimated $4.6 billion in emergency water damage per event? And that’s just the damage caused by storms! It’s not even counting things like overflow, burst pipes, and sewage backup. Emergency water damage is scary because it can ruin properties and affect the inhabitant’s health.

As such, it’s important to take care of it as soon as possible. But exactly what should you do when you discover water damage? And is all water damage serious? If you have these types of questions, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about dealing with this home problem. Let’s get started!

What Are the Different Types of Emergency Water Damage?

Before we begin, it’s important to first go over the different types of emergency water damage. Keep in mind that the extent of the damage is often determined by the type of water in the house.

There are three types of water: white, grey, and black. Blackwater, which contains fecal matter, is the greatest cause for concern. You can learn more about them by checking out this guide here. However, it’s vital to remember that even the smallest leak is capable of developing into a dangerous mold. So, all water damage should be handled with abundant caution. 

Sewer Backup

Sewer backup occurs when raw sewage is forced into your home through pipes and drains. Generally, this is one of the more costly types of damage since it almost always involves black water. There are a variety of things that can cause this type of water damage. More often than not it’s caused by a large block in the city sanitary main or aging pipes.

However, it can also be caused by natural events like storms. This happens when leaves or other debris block the gutter system. The result is a backup entering the home. 

Overflow Damage

Overflow occurs when water escapes from appliances. This can be caused by clogs, like when a toilet overflows from a clog. However, it can also be caused by machines that are beginning to break down. For example, when a water heater breaks down it can discharge water and flood an entire area.

Most of the time the water that comes out of this type of situation is greywater. However, in some cases, it can also be black water. Often people associate overflow with appliances like dishwashers and toilets. However, you’d be surprised by the number of household appliances that can cause flood-like conditions. 

Flooding 

While sewer backup and overflow can cause flooding, the term refers to a specific type of water damage. Officially, flooding involves water that enters your home from a source that overflowed. Generally speaking, a flood isn’t localized to one house. It affects acres and acres of land. As such, the term is reserved for the type of flooding that accompanies hurricanes and other rough storms.

Flooding can contain a mixture of grey and black water, depending on the area where it hit. These are generally the most serious types of water damage because they can cover rooms, floors, and even the entire property, in water. 

Construction Damage

Construction water damage occurs when buildings undergo major construction. For example, if a roof is damaged, then there may be a large hole in it for an extended period.

During this time a rainstorm can cause water to enter the home. Generally, this type of damage is the least serious. However, it can still cause serious damage in the form of mold if left unattended. Temporary solutions like tarps and buckets are a good way of protecting against this construction water damage until you can get it fixed. 

What to Do When You Discover Emergency Water Damage

When you discover emergency water damage there are typically a million things running through your head. What should you do first? Call someone? Deal with the water?

It can be easy to panic and make a potentially dangerous mistake. Luckily, in this section, we’ve broken down what you should do into six easy steps you can follow. Just make sure to follow these tips, and you should be fine. 

1) Make Sure Everyone is Safe and Stop the Water

The most important thing is safety. Emergency damage caused by flooding presents a potentially dangerous situation, especially if it comes in contact with electrical devices. Contact with charged water can cause serious injury or even death. As such, if the situation is serious, then you should evacuate yourself and your family from the area.

If you can, then you should try to get any valuable objects you don’t want to lose — things like family jewelry, cash, or heirlooms. However, remember that no material possessions are worth your life. It’s not worth it to try and risk your safety for these objects. You can make the situation safer by turning off the main power and all the individual fuses.

You should do this even if your power isn’t working. However, don’t try it if you can’t safely access the power controls. Next, you should try to stop the flow of water. More water means more damage, so the quicker you can stop it.

If you can’t access your home, or you can’t identify the source of water, then you immediately contact a professional. Once you do, they’ll immediately walk you through the water damage restoration process

2) Remove the Standing Water (If Possible)

The longer that standing water is left sitting, the more damage it will do. As such, if you have the means, then you should try removing it yourself. You will require a sump pump to deal with standing water. If there isn’t much water, then you may be able to get away with a wet vac.

However, before you begin, make sure that you first put on protective gear. This includes things like a respirator, rain boots, and rubber gloves to protect you from the contaminants in the water. When using a sump pump you should find the lowest spot possible in the flooded area. In some instances, you’ll need to lower the pump down with a rope.

Never dive down into flood water to place the sump pump. Once you get most of the water out of the area, open all the windows and doors in your house to let air start circulating. If you want more tips on what to do immediately after flooding, then check out our guide on dealing with water damage. 

3) Document the Damage and Contact Insurance Company (If Applicable) 

After you deal with the standing water, it’s important to document the extent of the damage with detailed pictures. This step is important even if you don’t have insurance. You can send them to repair and restoration professionals to quickly give them an idea of what they’re dealing with.

If you have water damage insurance, then you should contact your agent as soon as possible. The quicker you get in touch with them, the faster you can get access to your claim. Once you have them on the phone allow the agent to walk you through the process. Most of the time you will need to make a detailed list of the damages caused by the water.

Also, ask about samples. Some insurance companies require samples of water damage, like a moldy piece of rug. You should also keep receipts of all your expenses during the cleaning process.

Some insurance providers will even cover things like motel bills during the nights when you can’t stay at the house. Unfortunately, many insurance companies don’t cover flooding that occurs during storms or other natural events. Usually, this requires a separate policy. 

4) Clean Up to Protect Your Health

Now it’s time to start cleaning up your home. The first thing you should do is get rid of any debris that may have entered. Make sure you are careful of any potentially dangerous debris like sharp objects, fecal matter, and mud. If the damage is extensive, then it may not be safe to live in your home.

During this time you should also move your furniture and electronics to a safe place where they can dry out. Once you remove as much physical debris as you can, spray down the area with clean water. Now it's time to prevent mold growth. Mold typically develops within a day or two of contact with water.

As such, time is of the essence. Remove any carpets from the area. Mold is next to impossible to remove from carpet fibers. Then, disinfect all hard surfaces with a bleach solution. However, typically families can set up a clean room, that’s untouched from damage. You can live in this room until all the serious restoration and cleaning has been finished.

However, organizations like the AFHH recommend not having children in your home during this process. Unfortunately, even the most thorough DIY cleaning isn’t enough to stop the water from absorbing into your drywall, floor, and ceiling. As such, you will need to consider hiring restoration services. 

5) Begin the Restoration Process

Even the most thorough DIY cleaning process likely won’t be enough to entirely rid your home of water damage. As such, we highly recommend hiring a professional to check the extent of the damage. The individuals are knowledgeable enough to spot hidden damage that will get worse if left unchecked.

You can find these types of companies through your insurance provider or on your own. Typically, if you go through your insurance company, then they’ll give you references you can use. However, if you aren’t insured, or you don’t want the insurance company’s reference, then you will need to find a company on your own.

So how do you find a company you can trust? One way is by making sure that they’re certified with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or the IICRC. IICRC’s standards ensure that only respectable companies can become certified. 

How to Prevent Water Damage in the Future

If you suffered expensive repairs because of water damage, then you probably want to know how you can prevent it in the future. While there is no 100% effective solution, there are practical measures you can take to reduce the extent of damages. For example, consider replacing the floors in flood-prone rooms with waterproof material like concrete, tile, or stone.

You should also check for leaks and cracks around your property. Water can easily enter through these areas so make sure you seal them. If your water damage was caused by faulty pipes or appliances, then you should replace or repair them.

You can also stop potential seepage by rearranging your storm drains and gutters. Make sure these things are facing away from the house so that water doesn’t get in the basement or into the foundation. If your basement is prone to flooding, then you should consider putting appliances on risers. This will protect things like your washing machine and dryer from small floods. 

Do You Need Help With Emergency Water Damage? Contact SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield

We hope this article helped teach you what to do when you discover emergency water damage. When it comes to this type of property damage, preparation is key. Unfortunately, even the most prepared individuals can be taken by surprise. When you feel overwhelmed by home damage, then get in touch with a professional like the SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield.

When it comes to protecting our Connecticut communities from water damage, you won’t find a more trained team of specialists. We offer 24/7 emergency services that will get to you faster than any other company. Don’t let minor water damage turn into a massive problem by ignoring it. Contact us today and let us help you get your life back to normal. 

Leak in Basement? Get the Water Out Fast with a Sump Pump

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

A sump pump in a basement You can stop a basement water disaster in its tracks with a high-quality, reliable sump pump. Here's why and how to buy one.

Never had a water leak in your basement? Good for you, but don’t relax just yet. Many homeowners know they have a slow, minor leak and they deal with it as needed. But so many others have a perfectly dry basement … until they suddenly don’t. This kind of water disaster often happens after a heavy rainstorm or a severe snowmelt overwhelms your outside drains, sending water into your basement. A basement flood can also occur if an appliance in your basement, such as a water heater or washing machine, leaks.

Even without an indication that you may have a water problem in your basement, SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield recommends installing a sump pump to prevent a sudden flood from damaging your property and structure.

A water-activated sump pump sits either in a pit (or sump) in your basement floor or just above the floor. Water collects in the sump pit (slowly or rapidly, depending on the leak), and when it reaches a certain level, the pump turns on and pumps the water outside your home.

What Kind of Pump Should I Buy?

A reliable, well-working sump pump can keep your basement dry and prevent severe water damage. You should only purchase and install a sump pump that is well reviewed. If you’re not handy, have it installed by a professional.

SERVPRO also advises that you consider purchasing a second pump for backup in case the first one fails or is overwhelmed by water. You can either store the backup pump nearby or have it installed next to the first one. Consider, also, choosing a second pump that has a battery backup. That way, if the power goes out, as it often does during a big storm, this second pump will still work.

We recommend choosing a sump with these features:

  • A submersible pump (which sits in the sump pit) can be covered with a lid to keep debris out and block operating noise
  • A pump with a cast iron core will last longer than one with a plastic core
  • A pump with a mechanical switch will be more reliable than one with a pressure switch
  • A pump designed with no-screen intake and an impellor will experience fewer clogs
  • A solid float is preferred because it won’t get filled with water and burn out your pump’s motor
  • A pump with an alarm offers more protection from a flood by alerting you that water has exceeded a set level

When you have suffered a water 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 and eradicate mold. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785 any time.

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

SERVPRO Restores Documents After a Disaster

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

A pile of water-damaged documents Among the possessions damaged in a fire, water or other disaster are documents, photos and other paper items. Let SERVPRO help restore them.

A water, fire, biohazard or mold disaster has hit your Bloomfield home or business, and not only is your structure damaged, but so are your possessions—including important documents, photographs, books and other papers. You may think these fragile items are a total loss, but with our rigorous training, experienced staff, quality equipment and supplies, and the latest advanced techniques, SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield can recover and restore many damaged paper items.

SERVPRO knows that time is of the essence when it comes to mitigating damage to your possessions. That’s why we arrive quickly to evaluate your disaster and create a plan to begin remediation ASAP.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield offers document restoration services to individuals with small residential damage, all the way up to large commercial losses. Our range of services includes drying, cleaning, disinfecting, deodorization, re-jacketing and digitizing. We perform our restoration services in our secure warehouse facility, under 24/7 surveillance (and adhering to HIPAA standards) to provide extra security for your sensitive information.

How We Restore Your Documents

Among the documents we can restore are:

  • Paper documents, including letters
  • Personal and business records
  • Books and magazines
  • Photographs, including film and negatives
  • Business files
  • Blueprints and maps
  • X-rays

SERVPRO uses the latest technologies to restore your documents. Depending on the type and extent of damage, we use:

  • Vacuum freeze-drying, the same method used by the Library of Congress to repair its historical books and records. It’s also the only document restoration technique approved by the National Archives and Records Administration and the General Services Administration.
  • Gamma irradiation to sterilize documents that have been damaged by floodwater or sewage, and may have been exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides or other harmful chemicals.

We Can Digitize Your Documents, Too

Once the restoration is completed, we offer the option to digitize your documents, photos, records, etc. When we convert your important papers to digital format, you get the benefit of:

  • Instant access to your records on a variety of devices
  • The ability to quickly and easily share your records, documents and photographs
  • Less space needed for storage
  • A digital backup that is protected from future water or fire damage

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your residence or commercial building and your property after suffering damage from a fire, storm, water, mold or biohazard disaster. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785.

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, 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

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

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