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Water Damage in Summer !!

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Summer !! Water Damage in Summer !!

Most homeowners who enjoy cool and comfortable temperatures indoors throughout summer (thanks to their air conditioning system) don't realize that air conditioners can sometimes cause water damage, if not properly maintained. When working at peak efficiency, an air conditioner can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily. Ideally, this water drains off of the condensation coil into a collection pan and then is disposed of automatically into the sewer system. However, if the drain becomes clogged, and the unit produces more water than it can easily handle, the overflow of water can lead to damaged floors and carpeting, in addition to creating unhealthy deposits of mold.

A clogged drain line is often a major source of creating water damage, but other causes include excessive condensation that occurs when the unit is running around the clock, in addition to evaporator coils that may freeze up and then defrost on a regular basis. Because most of the unit is typically hidden from view, unless regular inspections take place, water damage can be occurring on a daily basis and accumulating into hundreds of dollars worth of damage.

One of the best ways to avoid air conditioner water damage is to change the HVAC air filter at least once a month. This gives a homeowner the opportunity to observe whether or not there is excessive moisture collecting on the condensation line. Ensuring that an AC unit has clean air filters also helps prevent the unit from overworking, a situation that causes freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to water damage. It's also important to regularly check to see that water is indeed flowing from the opening of the condensation line directly to the drain as it was designed to do, especially during periods of very high humidity in the atmosphere.

When installing an A/C condensation line, avoid using elbow connections if possible and have the line run in as straight a vertical direction as possible to facilitate water removal from the unit. It's a good idea to get a professional air conditioning repair service to clean the condensation line at least once a year or every six months if the AC system is used on a year-round basis. A professional plumbing service can also install a condensation pump to help ensure the free flow of excess water into the proper disposal drain. A repair technician may recommend installing a device known as a safety float switch, which will automatically shut down the power to an A/C unit whenever condensation builds up and there is a danger of water overflow.

Professional maintenance of your HVAC unit on an annual basis can also help to prevent water damage by checking the air filter, the condition of the condensation line, as well as the drains to eliminate any blockage, or other problems. Ask about having your air conditioner service technician apply an algaecide to your system to discourage build-up of debris in the drain lines in addition to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which can spread throughout the HVAC system and pollute the air throughout the house.

Enjoy better efficiency and cooler air flow indoors  throughout summer by following the steps above to ensure you get the most out of your HVAC and air conditioning units.

Fire Safety on 4th of July

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety on 4th of July Fire Safety on 4th of July

The best way to protect yourself and your families is to not light fireworks at home. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public fireworks displays and leaving the lighting to the professionals.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that over 200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the months surrounding the July 4th holiday. Fireworks are awesome and fun to watch, but sometimes can be dangerous!  Please take a few moments to review the safety tips provided for you below:

  • Observe local laws.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never shoot a firework at or near another person.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse and soak them with water and discard in a safe manner.
  • Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially in a glass or metal container.
  • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
  • Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Review instructions for special storage directions.

Source : www.fema.gov

New London Water Damage Restoration

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage New London Water Damage Restoration New London Water Damage Restoration

A water damage restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture or fluid. Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process.  SERVPRO of New London is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service. There is no job too big or too small for us to mitigate in an efficient and thorough manner.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • E-Learning
  • Continuing Education Classes

The Main Causes of Water Damage in Your Home

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Main Causes of Water Damage in Your Home SERVPRO of New London, CT Water Damage Restoration Services

Water damage to your home, business or property can occur from many different sources: a leaky faucet, heavy rains or ruptured plumbing to name a few. If the water damage is cleaned quickly, damage can be minimal and reduce the headache and cost of consequence if left alone. If addressed quickly, water damage can be treated on most surfaces and materials. Depending on the severity of the water damage, some items may be completely non-salvageable; other things may just be permanently damaged. The difference between being able to recover something after destructive water damage could be a matter of a couple hours.

Areas in Your Home Most Susceptible to Water Damage

Kitchen Water Damage

Taps and faucets, dishwashers, refrigerators, and other kitchen appliances make the kitchen one of the areas of your home most at risk for water damage. Leaks in kitchen plumbing or appliances can inundate your kitchen with water, leading to extensive water damage.

Laundry Water Damage

Like the kitchen, the laundry room is another area of your home where appliances can potentially cause flooding and water damage. If your washing machine overflows or suffers a busted pipe, the water damage can become quite extensive.

Bathroom Water Damage

Bathrooms are another hot-spot for potential water damage. Porous surfaces, overflowing toilets, leaky plumbing and faucets and overflowing or poorly sealed bathtubs can all lead to water damage. Additionally, poor ventilation in the bathroom can lead to mold growth on porous surfaces, so it is advised you make sure that your bathroom is properly ventilated.

SERVPRO of New London, CT Water Damage Restoration Services

SERVPRO of New London, CT has emergency plans in place to meet the needs of any situation. Our technicians are trained experts in their specialized fields and provide a service of not only managing and restoring the environment to pre loss condition but providing extensive knowledge and information to all clients about the situation.

We understand the seriousness and potentially hazardous natures of sewage and water damage and have a working relationship with many of the major insurance companies.

Our team of trained, experienced and professional experts understand and adhere to our stringent and tested procedures, maintaining that the main objective of any restoration job is to minimize damage by providing prompt, thorough action. Observing our methodology ensures the property is remediated and any contents are as close to their pre-existing condition as possible.

Water damage warnings and tips

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage warnings and tips Water damage warnings and tips

When flooding strikes our local area, lives can be disrupted and homes may experience water damage.

Important warnings about water damage:

  • Do not go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on!
  • Do not use electrical appliances while on wet surfaces.
    • Do not use an ordinary vacuum to remove water.
    • Do not lift tacked down carpet without professional help.

Help minimize additional water damage and costs by following these steps:

After experiencing water damage:

  • Use fans to circulate the air and assist drying,
    • Use dehumidifiers if available,
    • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting,
    • Wipe furniture dry,
    • Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod,
    • Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place small wood blocks under furniture legs,
    • Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings,
    • Open furniture drawers, closet doors and luggage to enhance drying,
    • Move photos, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location,
    • Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature,
    • Do not remove damp books from shelves. Leave tight to prevent pages from rippling,
    • Control interior temperatures with heat or air conditioning. Keep interior temperatures between 70º and 80º.

If you need water, fire, or mold restoration services, the professionals at SERVPRO of New London are here to help you! Call us at (203) 625-1363

What to do in a storm ?

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do in a storm ? What to do in a storm ?

Storms, a natural phenomenon caused by violent atmospheric disturbances occurring over land and water, represent a major potential threat to the entire population of the earth because of their prevalence, the size of areas devastated and the scale of the resulting damage.
 

- Keep calm and avoid panic.
- Assist neighbours and persons in difficulty, such as the wounded, children, handicapped and the elderly.
- Assemble everyone in the emergency shelter specially equipped for this situation, and keep a supply of drinking water.
- Listen to the radio but do not use the telephone without good reason, as this overloads the system.
- Do not leave the building, keep away from windows and display cases. Do not use a vehicle without permission from the rescue squads.
- Follow the instructions given by the authorities and by the intervening bodies, especially as regards the evacuation of people and livestock. If it is necessary to evacuate, cut off the gas, water and electricity supplies.
- Lock the door.
- If caught by the storm whilst outside or in a vehicle, leave the vehicle and seek refuge in the nearest building. If this is not possible, lie down in a ground hollow, a cave, or behind a solid mass of rock and protect your head from objects blown away by the wind. Cling onto the ground.
- During a thunderstorm protect yourself from lightning by keeping away from metal objects, switching off the electricity supply, telephone and television. Avoid standing up in an elevated area or sheltering under a tree. Stay in your car.

Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage?
Call Us Today (203) 625-1363

Source : http://www.icdo.org

What to do after a storm?

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do after a storm? What to do after a storm?

- Keep calm and do not panic.
- Stay at home or inside the building in which you have sheltered. Do not use vehicles because of traffic problems and danger from damaged buildings and roads.
- Listen to the radio and follow the authorities' instructions. Only use the telephone in an emergency.
- Check to see if there are people nearby which are wounded or in difficulty and assist them.
- Do not go near, touch or use damaged electrical installations, cables and wires and alert the
relevant authorities to the damage. The same applies to ruptured water or gas mains,
sewers, hydrocarbon pipelines and reservoirs holding chemical substances.
- Drink water only after having boiled it or used chlorine tablets to purify it.
In case of long electricity cuts regularly check the contents of refrigerating units and dispose of ruined foodstuffs.
- Collaborate, if required, with the rescue and assistance services and help with vital priority repairs and rehabilitation work.

Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage?
Call Us Today (203) 625-1363

Source : http://www.icdo.org

Professional Mold Remediation Services in Connecticut

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Professional Mold Remediation Services in Connecticut Professional Mold Remediation Services in Connecticut

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Where can I find mold?

Molds are fungi that occur naturally in the environment. Molds can be found almost anywhere. Molds may grow in different shapes and appear brown, yellow, green or black in color. The appearance of mold depends   on the species of mold present. Molds may be odorless or they may emit a strong or unpleasant odor (musty). Molds may also grow unnoticed above ceilings, behind walls, in attics and basements, or in crawl spaces.

What happens if I have been exposed to mold?

Exposure to mold can cause nasal and throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. If you think you have been exposed to mold, seek medical assistance.

How do I get rid of mold?

If you suspect that mold is present in your house or in your small business, you need to take corrective actions right away.

A homeowner or business owner may be capable of cleaning up molds contamination for smaller areas that are less than 10-square-feet, and have been affected by mold growth. For larger areas greater than 100-square-feet, a qualified contractor who has experience in mold or environmental contamination may be required.

For anyone performing mold removal or remediation work, remember to always wear protective gear, including gloves, protective clothing, mask and goggles. 

Where can I find or get more information about mold and mold removal?

Simply log in to our website and get more information.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (203) 625-1363

Storm Damage in New London, CT

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in New London, CT Storm Damage in New London, CT

Storm Damage in New London, CT

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of New London, CT offers 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year because we know that every hour you spend cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned to handle any size disaster.

Also, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and highly trained crews. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO of New London, CT.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call us today!

Commercial Building Cleaning Services in New London, CT

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building Cleaning Services in New London, CT Commercial Building Cleaning Services in New London, CT

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of New London, CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available throughout Connecticut 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of New London, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.