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Cutting Costs After Fire Damage

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Bloomfield Enfield Fire Damage Contents A bathroom is severely burned after a Connecticut house fire

Fire damage is terrible as it is. Let’s not make things worse by spending more money than necessary to restore your fire damaged home. Many times you can save money and keep property damage to a minimum through what’s called emergency mitigation services.

Saving Fire Damaged Possessions 
Fire damaged property that may look like it needs to be replaced may actually be recoverable. A fire restoration company can save many a heirloom. But act quickly. Prompt fire cleanup and restoration is important because the items found in your home—furniture, carpet, walls, drapes, and even ceilings—can absorb smoke. If too much time elapses between when the fire damage occurs and when fire cleanup occurs, the effects of smoke damage can last for months. 

Time Can Cost You Many Possessions
The more time between the fire and restoration the more costs you incur and the fewer items you can restore. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to save clothing, leather, books, photographs, kitchen items, furniture, and more.

Restored To Pre-Loss Condition
SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield cleans and deodorizes restorable items, sometimes to preloss condition. So don’t throw anything out until you’re certain it must be replaced. Save your property and save money. Now that’s a win/win!

Call SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield to discuss. We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that has saved property and saved money for the owners of fire damaged homes. Whether you're in East Hartford or Tolland; Bloomfield or Manchester; or anywhere in between, we can help.

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Keys to Rebuilding After A Commercial Loss

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Connecticut Rain downtown Bloomfield Storms affect local businesses

When your business or commercial property is damaged by fire, water, or storm, your immediate concern should be temporary protective measures. For example, a damaged roof should be covered  with roof tarps to prevent additional damage. And boarding up windows and doors can secure your business or commercial property until you can remove any water and debris.

After any storm use caution before entering your commercial property. Check for power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage. If any of your electrical equipment is wet, contact an electrician. Prepare loss information  for insurance claims and get independent estimates of the damages. 

Once you protect and secure your business or commercial property, professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield can begin the restoration process. You may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

Need Building and Reconstruction Services? Call (860) 216-2785

Three other critical steps business and commercial property owners should take are:
1. Protect Yourself From Contactor Fraud
Only hire licensed contractors to do repairs on your commercial property. Check with your local building department to ensure the contractor is licensed. If you hire a contractor, don’t pull the permits for them. If the contractor makes this request, it may be an indication that the contractor is not properly licensed.

2. Take Photographs Of All Damage
Photographs of the after-storm condition of your commercial property can provide proof of damage for insurance and other purposes. Take the photos immediately after the damage and before repair work begins. Keep all your receipts for insurance purposes.

Don’t wait for a storm to begin preparing. Take a complete set of photographs of your commercial property in its current condition to serve as “before” pictures. If and when a storm strikes your business you can take “after” pictures to show the full extent of the damage.  

3. Assess The Damage And Contact Your Local Building Department
After assessing the damage to your business or commercial property restoration, contact your local building department for information on the required building permits. Permits are always required for any demolition or permanent repairs, reconstruction, roofing, filling, and other types of site development. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield can simplify the commercial property restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save you time and keep your costs low. We offer a full range of restoration services that will get you back in business and bring your building and property back to full use.

We've served clients in Ellington, West Hartford, Avon, Springfield, Manchester, Hartford, Newington, Bloomfield, East Hartford, and beyond.

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Basement Water Damage? Follow These Steps

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Emergency Safety Tips

Whether you have burst pipe water damage, a water damaged floor, storm damage, water damage in your basement, or any other major water cleanup issue, your primary focus should be safety. After any major water damage consider:
• Is your house safe? If you’re not sure, don’t take a chance. Find somewhere else to stay until you’re certain your house is safe again.
• Are there electrical or "slip and fall" hazards? After major storms, these are some of the most prevalent dangers we see.
• Are you only doing things you know are safe? Don’t take risks.
• If you have water damage in the basement can you see what and where you are walking on. Don't walk on or near an area that doesn't have sufficient lighting.

• Are you trying to lift wet materials? If so, be careful. When items are soaked with water they become very heavy.

Contact A Water Removal Service
You’re wise to contact a professional water removal service like SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield. You want the job done right and right away. That’s what we do. Never hesitate to call for help.

Responding Fast To Flood And Water Damage
A SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield highly trained technician can respond immediately to water damaged basements and other flood or water damage at your home or business. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and safely.

The sooner the water is removed and the drying process begun, the better condition your home or business will be in. And the cost to repair water damage will be lower.

Call SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield to discuss. Call 860.216.2785. We’re the water removal service professionals who have saved property and saved money for the owners of flooded basements and water damaged properties. We've served clients in Ellington, West Hartford, Avon, Springfield, Manchester, Bloomfield, and beyond.

Where There's Fire There's Smoke...Odor

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Bloomfield Enfield Smoke Fire Damage Services Smoke damage can be insidious and difficult to treat alone.

Removing Smoke Odor From Clothing, Furniture, and Carpets

After a fire you’re eager to clean your home, but be careful. You may waste effort or even make things worse if you don’t use proper methods. Begin by contacting your insurance agent immediately after a fire. Then consult with a fire restoration expert like SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield. For dealing with the smell of smoke in clothing, upholstered furniture, carpets, and drapes, here are some tips.

Need Smoke Or Soot Removal Services? Call (860) 216-2785

After a home fire, several factors can influence the severity of the odor:
• Size of the fire: The larger the fire, the more materials have been burned, and the more smoke you’ll have.
• Length of exposure: The longer an area is exposed to smoke, the more deeply embedded the smoke odor can be in all porous materials.
• Size of the room affected: The smaller the room, the more intense and concentrated the smoke odor can become.
• The material burned: Different materials leave behind different odors. A wood fire smells differently than a fire that burns mostly plastic materials, for example. The type of materials affected may influence the type of products you need to remove the smoke odor.

Deodorize Before You Clean
Before you have anything cleaned, properly deodorize the affected items. We recommend you use professionals. A dry cleaner or professional fire restorer will tell you about counteractants. Counteractants are chemicals or additives that break up smoke molecules and eliminate the smoke odor. You need different counteractants depending on the material burned in the fire. Counteractants may be professionally applied to furniture, carpets, and drapes. Fire restorers also may provide them for laundering clothes.

Some professional fire restorers and dry cleaners use an ozone treatment to remove smoke odors. If they do the work in your home, they’ll put your smoke odor affected items under a tent while an ozone generator runs.

Household Remedies Only Provide Temporary Relief
Yes, you may think about using a household deodorizing spray or disinfectant but they provide only temporary relief from smoke odor. And, deodorizing sprays may interact with smoke odor and create an additional odor.

If it’s impossible for you to have your smoke odor infested items restored by a professional fire restorer, you might try one of these methods:

1. Dissolve one cup of dishwashing detergent—the type used in an
automatic dishwasher—in one gallon of warm water. Completely submerge the items and let them soak all night in your washing machine or bathtub. Drain and launder as usual the next day.

2. For items that can be bleached, mix 4 to 6 tablespoons trisodium phosphate (available from your hardware store) with 1 cup Lysol or household chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water. Add clothes, rinse with clear water, and dry.

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

We use a thorough fire damage restoration process:
Step1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Step 6: Cleaning and Repair
Step 7: Restoration

So call SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime, 24/7.

We've served clients in Ellington, West Hartford, Avon, Springfield, Manchester, Hartford, Newington, Bloomfield, East Hartford, Enfield, Simsbury, Coventry, South Windsor, Agawam, and beyond.

Connecticut Hurricanes 2022 - Are You Ready?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck Storm Bloomfield Enfield SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield is ready for any disaster

It’s easy to become complacent when storms and hurricanes haven’t been a recent threat. We tend to focus our weather prep on ice storms, blizzards, bomb cyclones. Still, it’s important that residents of Connecticut remember storms like Irene and Sandy and keep in mind that we are definitely not immune from catastrophic storms or hurricanes. At SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield we want to keep you safe and your home protected. If there is a catastrophic event and your home or commercial property in Connecticut sustains storm damage, we are here to help. Remember, we mitigate damage after the storm has passed.

 Here are some tips to help mitigate damage of your residential property before the clouds roll in.

  • Do a full inventory of homes and contents – Go room by room with a video camera and taking photos with a digital camera or your cell phone to provide a quick inventory of collectibles, works of art, antiques and other irreplaceable items. Upload your photos to the cloud or email them to yourself so you maintain a virtual copy.
  • Collect insurance policies pertaining to the home. Familiarize yourself with what they do and do not cover. Call your insurance agent for a quick review of your policy.
  • Prepare supplies in case of a power outage or evacuation – stock up on essentials like batteries, bottled water, canned goods, flashlights, etc. Buy a wireless battery pack for your mobile
  • Clear all drains around the house and identify low-lying areas vulnerable to water and ensure that they drain away from basements and foundations.
  • Prepare to move all boats, RVs, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles or anything else that may be parked outside or in a non protected area.
  • Make sure that gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and drain away from the structure.
  • Landscaping should not allow water to collect next to the foundation of the building. Remove any damaged or low-hanging branches.
  • Inspect the seals of windows and doors along the frames to check for cracks and ensure they are not compromised in any way.
  • Look for items that can become projectiles during heavy winds and move them to a protected area or secure them in some manner. Disassemble playscapes or move outdoor toys to a place where they will not be susceptible to being picked up and hurled through the air by the wind.

Commercial properties can also take steps to mitigate the damage before the rain even starts.

  • Back-up all records and store the back-ups off site. Move hard drives to a higher ground where they will not be as susceptible to water damage. If possible, send vital documents to the cloud or another virtual storage service.
  • Have mops, buckets, tarps and a wet/dry vacuum on hand in case of leaks or flooding. Placing tarps over computers and other electronics can minimize damage later.
  • Move paper records into filing cabinets and leave the bottom drawers empty so that if water does flood the office, hopefully paper will be high enough to be protected.
  • Walk through the basement or any offices on a lower level to see what furniture, records or electronics could be compromised or damaged during any flooding, and move them to a higher location or place them in protective containers.
  • Take a video inventory of each office and its contents for insurance purposes.


At SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield, we are ready to help you recover your normal after storm damage. Weather events are getting more hazardous by the season and storm damage has become more of a “when” than an “if”
Our phones are open 24/7 to talk to a live agent. Call us at 860-216-2785 and one of our priority responders will be to your home to get a scope of the damage.

Are You Ready for 2022 Connecticut Storms?

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Damage and Flooding in Connecticut Hurricane Irene's storm surge caused major damage. By Cyclonebiskit https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16253690

Spring and summer bring many things—blooming flowers, green grass, fun vacations, and thunderstorms. None of us look forward to the last item on that list. Thunderstorms often come with other threats like tornadoes, high winds, and flooding. Lightning alone kills about 50 people each year in the United States. The Red Cross says that thunderstorms kill more people each year than either tornadoes or hurricanes. You can better weather any thunderstorm with a few preparations like these.

1. Remove any dead or rotting trees near your house. In a thunderstorm or other type of storm a weakened tree could fall and cause extensive damage.

2. Check your homeowner’s insurance. Make sure you are covered for thunderstorm damage. Does your insurance coverage meet your needs? If not, make adjustments.

3. Use surge protectors. Electronics (your TV, appliances, computers, etc.) that are plugged in are susceptible to damage from the electrical surges a storm can cause. Plug your electronics into a surge protector and the surge protector into the wall. That gives you an extra layer of thunderstorm protection.

4. Stay tuned to weather reports. Keep a weather radio or internet service on to listen for forecasts, watches, and warnings. Know the terminology. A thunderstorm watch means the weather is conducive to severe thunderstorms. A thunderstorm warning means a storm is occurring or will start soon and it poses a threat to life and property.

5. Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies. In Connecticut check out the available classes at Red Cross Training.

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

6. Educate your children about thunderstorms and other natural disasters. Be certain they know to come inside and stay inside whenever threatening weather (gray skies, thunder, heavy rains, lightning, etc.) approach.

7. Be prepared to lose power. Have plenty of flashlights and batteries available. Avoid using candles because an open flame during stormy weather can be dangerous. Keep the flashlights where you can quickly find them even in the dark.

8. Have a safe place and be sure everyone in your house knows where that place is. A safe place in a thunderstorm is an area in your home that’s away from windows and not in danger from falling trees. Often a windowless interior bathroom is a safe place.

9. Have supplies ready. A damaging thunderstorm may keep you from shopping for several days or longer. You may not have electricity. Have an emergency kit stocked with items like a weather radio, water, snacks, a flashlight, extra batteries, important phone numbers, and other essentials.

10. Read what the Red Cross has to say about thunderstorm safety.

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

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 storm water cleanup. Call SERVPRO of  Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime.

Fire Damage - Let the Experts Handle Your Home

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Bloomfield Enfield Fire Damage Restoration It's hard to see the damage that fire can cause to your home. Let SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield step in while you catch your breath.

Fire damage in your home can be traumatic and scary. After the smoke has cleared and the fire engines have left, you may feel tempted to just brush some soot away and try to go on with normal life. If you are lucky enough to clean up the soot that seems to sneak into every crack and crevice, you may be unaware that the lingering smoke damage and compromised air quality can affect your belongings, your pets, your family for long after the flames have been extinguished.

When there is an immense amount of smoke in your home, as there is after a fire, the effects may linger in unexpected places – clothes, furniture, carpet, even your walls. Along with the smoke, you risk inhaling absorbed soot or other particles left from burnt debris, extinguishing chemicals, and more. Your eyes, skin, sinuses, and even your lungs may feel the effects of smoke and fire damage.

Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield at 860-216-2785 immediately. We can have our priority responders to your property in under an hour, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Our responders will assess the damage, go over the scope of work and develop a game plan.

From there our crews get to work. First we will work with you to go through the contents of the damaged areas. We will assess and salvage any items in which the cost to restore them is less than the cost to replace them. The contents are removed from the property and taken to the SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield warehouse, locally owned and operated in Bloomfield, Connecticut. At our warehouse we clean, sanitize, and restore the items and then store them in our secure vaults.

Back at the house, our crews will extract any water that may have been a result of the fire fighters’ hoses, bust pipes, or other things that may have happened during the course of the blaze. It is vital to remove the water as soon as possible because sitting water can weaken the home’s structure and foster mold growth. After the excess water has been extracted we will use our state of the art equipment to continue drying the home.

Next comes our cleaning crews. The reviews speak for themselves as customer after customer has expressed their amazement at how quickly and thoroughly they work to remove soot from every affected area. We have the best equipment in the business to effectively eliminate odor contamination caused by the fire and the water.

  • “The team of women who spent hours cleaning everything in the house were thorough and so very polite and patient with this harried home-owner. A+ to everyone at SERVPRO and many thanks for returning our home to normal once again.” – Lisa B, Google Reviews

Then we begin the demolition stage. Our crews will remove portions of the home too badly damaged to salvage.  We understand that it can be hard to see even more of your home demo’ed but your project manager will work hand in hand with you to explain the entire process. It is VITAL to proceed with the demolition because dangerous bacteria and acidic soot can increase the extent of the damage exponentially.

Dealing with a house fire is hard, traumatic, and draining. Allow SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield to help you through the process of bringing your normal back, to make it "Like it never even happened." Our highly trained staff will work with your insurance company and with you to make this process as painless as possible.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield is Leading The Ranks!

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Bloomfield Enfield Entrepreneur Ranking Franchise Entrepreneur.com has released its 2022 franchise ranking and SERVPRO is #1 for cleaning and restoration - again!

According to Entrepreneur.com, one of the biggest business publications and websites in existence, SERVPRO has been ranked #8 in the 2022 Franchise 500 Rank and the #1 franchise in the cleaning and restoration industry for the 19th consecutive year. This means that one of the spaces most familiar with business practices, projected growth, and franchises chose SERVPRO to be listed in the top ten of all franchises in the world. This decision is based on factors like growth, financial strength, stability, and brand power. We are proud to announce that as of 2021, SERVPRO has grown 14.4% over the past 3 years. This growth is absolutely astronomical when you consider the economic and global conditions of the past three years. While SERVPRO as a whole is clearly thriving, we at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield are beyond thrilled to announce that we have been named in the top 12 of all SERVPRO franchises nationwide. We are committed to providing the highest level of customer service, to being faster to your disaster, and to have our clients tell us when we are done that their home is "Like it never even happened." Call the SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield offices at 860-216-2785 today to help you handle any water damage, mold remediation, commercial cleanings, and more. We are waiting for your call!

You've Had A House Fire - Now What?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Bloomfield Fire Soot Cleaning Fire damage is insidious and trying to handle your own fire damage repair in Connecticut will be overwhelming. Call us at 860-216-2785 and let us help

If you have had a fire in your home, you may be feeling overwhelmed and more stressed than you’ve experienced before. After the fire department has gone, you may find yourself asking “What’s next?” The fire damage may be obvious, as well as the immediate water damage from the firemen’s hoses but the chemical agents and remnants can cause secondary damage well after the fire trucks have driven away.

At SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield we understand the instinct to want to start doing things, to rent a steam cleaner or buy a bottle of cleaning spray and start trying to handle the mess yourself. What you don’t realize is that you may be exacerbating the problem. Cleaners and chemical agents can react with residue and create toxic fumes that could permanently ruin your home, make you very sick, or worse.

So what do you do when you’ve had fire damage? Call us at 860-216-2785 and call your insurance company. Because of our dedication and commitment to making your home look and feel “like it never happened” SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield is listed as a preferred vendor to most insurance companies in the Connecticut area.  Your insurance company will assign you an adjuster and reach out to us, or you can call us directly at 860-216-2785. Our emergency responders can be on site within an hour of your call. They will talk you through the process of what needs to be done, the general scope of work and give you a verbal estimate, all for no cost.

From there we can step in while you catch your breath. Our 24/7 crews are extensively trained in safe and efficient ways to return your home to as normal as possible. Our office staff is well versed in working with insurance companies and adjusters. Our project managers are there to answer your questions and make sure you are on the same page and comfortable with the process.

 SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield completely understands that a house fire was not a situation that you expected, wanted, or likely prepared for. From the initial demo until the last little piece of decoration is cleaned of soot, we will be with you every step of the way.  We have the equipment like air scrubbers which can remove the lingering smoke odors from rugs and couches. Our fire cleanup crews will blow your mind with how quick and thorough they are. Just read one of the reviews left by a recent customer :

“SERVPRO never let me down. They did an amazing job with my garage, it was caught up with some fire and the smell from it was horrible. And also everything was drenched from the firefighter’s efforts to put out the fire. SERVPRO crews really took the time to eliminate the odor and dry everything up. Incredible crews. I will definitely recommend your services to everyone I know.”

We are a locally owned company with national resources and we take great pride in all of the services we provide. We are proud to offer

  • Water damage restoration services
  • Fire damage restoration services
  • Mold remediation
  • Storm damage restoration
  • Commercial Cleaning Services

SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield will be faster to your disaster and can take your fire emergency from “disaster” to “did that even happen?”

Commercial Restoration Services in Northern Connecticut

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Room with tables and dehumidifiers No Job Is Too Large

When water strikes your business it is never a convenient time. And every hour you spend cleaning up your business is money and productivity lost. So, if you have an emergency at your Connecticut business, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield. One of our highly experienced personnel will be at your location quickly to provide the assistance you require. "Like it never even happened," we'll restore your commercial property to pristine condition. 

No Job Is Too Large

At SERVPRO we are equipped with best of the best in restoring large losses. Our state of the art large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and placed throughout the United States to handle any disaster small or large. All large losses are supervised by our commercial operations manager to ensure timely communication and large loss mitigation.

Overview of Commercial Services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is here to help no matter the conditions. Whether you are experiencing damage from a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood the SERVPRO team is there when you need us most. We have teams on standby and are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

We're Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in water damage remediation, fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860.206.6141) any time.

If your home or business suffers a flood, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield today at 860.206.6141 for immediate water damage cleanup and restoration of your structure and property

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