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Stop Water Damage Fast by Knowing Where Your Shutoff Valves Are

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Pipes and a labeled shutoff valve Halt water damage in its tracks! You can do it if you know where your home's water shutoff valves are.

You’re in the middle of a water emergency—water is pooling, seeping or spurting from a fixture, pipe or appliance—and you need to stop the damage ASAP. This is when you’ll be grateful that you know exactly how to do that, because every minute that the water flows into your home, the more severe and costly the damage gets.

You can stop a water disaster in its tracks. Here’s what you need to know.

Whole House Shutoff

If you have metered water, your shutoff valve should be on one side of your water meter. The meter itself could be in your basement or on an exterior wall of your house; it may even be in a concrete pit out at the street where your house’s water line splits off from the utility main line.

If you have well water, the shutoff valve is on the side of the pressure tank toward the house. It’s a good idea to shut the tank’s electricity off when shutting off the water, so that the tank’s motor doesn’t burn out trying to adjust for a phantom loss of pressure.

Shutoff for Appliances and Fixtures

Sink: Look for the shutoff valves just beneath the sink, inside of the cabinet or vanity if there is one. Typically, the hot water valve is on the left and the cold on the right.

Toilet: Look beneath the toilet tank for the valve, which usually is identified by its ribbed oval handle.

Washing machine: Look for these valves (hot and cold) where the washer hoses are attached to the house supply lines, typically in a box recessed into a wall. (Pro tip: if you are leaving your home for more than a few days, turn off these valves to prevent a flood.)

Dishwasher: This valve will be in one of two places. Look under the kitchen sink for a shutoff valve near a reducer coupling on the ½-inch hot water line. Not there? Look in your basement between the ceiling joists directly beneath the dishwasher.

Once you have your water shut off, call SERVPRO of West Hartford for experienced water damage remediation. We’ll respond promptly, evaluate your damage, remove and restore your affected property, thoroughly dry your home, repair or reconstruct your structure, and restore everything to pre-water damage condition.

We’re Here for You

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

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

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of West Hartford
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.206.6141
24-hour emergency service

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

No Ice Dams: Prevent Water Damage to Your West Hartford Commercial Building

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Icicles dangle from a gutter beneath a snow--covered roof Beware! Icicles are a sign that you may be building up an ice dam on your commercial roof, which could lead to water damage.

With winter on its way, business owners and facility managers can save money and avoid water damage by preventing ice dams from forming. Icicles dangling from your building’s eaves may look picturesque, but they can pose a huge and costly problem if they cause water to back up under your roof, and run down through walls, ceilings and insulation into your business space, ruining furnishings and your structure along the way.

Briefly, ice dams form when snow on your roof is melted by warmer air in your structure. The meltwater trickles toward the gutter and refreezes. This happens again and again and eventually, you have a curb of ice sitting at the edge of your gutter, blocking meltwater and forcing it to back up under your roof shingles. That’s when the trouble—and water damage—start.

How to Prevent Ice Dams

The fundamental cause of ice dams is having a roof that’s too warm, so focus on insulating and venting the space just below your roof.

  • Insulate your building up to code to prevent heat loss through the ceiling.
  • Seal any areas where warm air leaks from the work space to the attic. Areas around masonry, pipes, electrical cables and HVAC ducts are all candidates for foam sealant. Scuttles and other openings can be covered with foil-lined foam board for extra insulation.
  • Vent the space between the insulation and the roof. Your system should include baffles at the eaves, soffit vents and a ridge vent (depending on your building’s roof style).

It’s always good practice to have your gutters cleaned out after leaves have finished falling and before the winter starts. A leaf-clogged gutter forms a physical barrier that makes it even easier for ice dams to form at the eaves of your roof.

Yet another option to prevent ice dams is to lay heated cables along your building’s roof in a zigzag pattern.

Call SERVPRO of West Hartford to Clear the Dam and Repair the Damage

If you do end up with an ice dam at your commercial building, SERVPRO will be there quickly to safely remove the dam. Then, we’ll evaluate damage to your facility; thoroughly dry out your building, items and furnishings; clean and restore your possessions; repair your damaged structure and roof; and restore everything back to pre-water damage condition.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of West Hartford has specialized training and experience in commercial water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford (860.206.6141) any time.

For commercial water, fire, smoke, mold, storm or other disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of West Hartford
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.206.6141
24-hour emergency service

For commercial water, fire, smoke, mold, storm or other disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

Why You Need SERVPRO of West Hartford to Clean Your Commercial Building

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

A desk with computer monitor, phone, coffee cup, plants SERVPRO of West Hartford's routine commercial cleaning keeps your building regularly disinfected—protecting workers' and customers' health.

Why hire SERVPRO of West Hartford to do routine cleaning of your commercial building?

In a word: filth.

In several words: your office or other place of business is harboring plenty of germs, putting the health of your employees and customers at risk every single day.

Filth? Really? Afraid So

Just because you may not see the dirt and germs doesn’t mean they’re not there. Let’s take a look at one small area of a commercial facility: the desk. Here are some unsettling facts about the typical desk:

Are you feeling flush? Desks are more than 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

Eat it and weep. Desks contain 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen table.

Can we talk? A desk phone is covered with 25,000 germs per square inch.

Gee, only the items you touch the most. The germ hotspots on a typical desk are the phone, keyboard and mouse.

Dude! C’mon. Men’s desks contain 20% more bacteria than women’s desks.

Get out your disinfectant wipes. 64% of workers clean their desks once a month or less.

Why SERVPRO? Don’t You Just Clean up Damage from Water and Fires?

Of course, you can always count on SERVPRO of West Hartford for commercial disaster cleanup after you’ve suffered a flood, fire, storm damage, mold, biohazard contamination and more. But we’re not just for emergencies. SERVPRO also keeps numerous West Hartford workplaces clean and safe all year long.

With our routine commercial cleaning services, our crews use the same skills, tools, reliability and attention to detail to make sure your office, manufacturing facility, restaurant, hotel, school, medical facility or retail store is not only looking its best, but is thoroughly clean and disinfected.

We tailor our cleaning services to your business’s needs, whether small or large. We also offer specialized cleaning services, such as biohazard/ sewage, air duct/HVAC and odor removal.

Among the many kinds of commercial facilities we clean are:

  • small and large office buildings
  • high- and low-rise residential buildings
  • small and large retail stores, including big box stores
  • medical offices and facilities
  • schools
  • restaurants
  • hotels and motels
  • manufacturing and industrial facilities
  • government and military workplaces

With SERVPRO of West Hartford handling your routine commercial cleaning, you’ll gain a superior level of cleanliness and a safer environment for your workers.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of West Hartford has specialized training and experience in commercial water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford (860.206.6141) any time.

For commercial water, fire, smoke, mold, storm or other disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of West Hartford
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.206.6141
24-hour emergency service

For commercial water, fire, smoke, mold, storm or other disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

SERVPRO Honored for Efforts to Hire Vets

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

U.S.Department of Labor HIRE Vets Gold and Silver Medallion Awards SERVPRO of West Hartford is proud to be part of a company that recently earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award for our support of veterans.

On November 10, 2020 U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia awarded SERVPRO Industries, LLC as a Gold Award recipient of the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor. The federal HIRE Vets (Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans) Act Medallion Program recognizes job creators who successfully recruit, hire and retain veterans.

“We are proud to receive this award as symbol of our commitment to hiring the brave men and women who served our country,” said SERVPRO Veterans Programs Specialist Jamie Peters. “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."

We here at SERVPRO of West Hartford are honored to be a part of a company that supports our veterans by putting their unique talents to use and working with them to build productive and satisfying careers.

About the HIRE Vets Medallion Award

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is earned by leading businesses that demonstrate unparalleled commitment to attracting and retaining veterans. The Award is 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.

SERVPRO Industries, LLC was honored with 674 other companies across the country that have shown a commitment not only to hiring veterans but to ensuring that these employees have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service.

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 West Hartford has specialized training and experience in home and commercial disaster restoration, including fire restoration and cleanup, natural disaster and storm damage cleanup, water damage and mold remediation, and chemical and biohazard cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford (860.206.6141) any time.

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Hartford at 860.206.6141

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 West Hartford
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.206.6141
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Hartford at 860.206.6141

3 Things to Know About Smoke Detectors

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

A hand reaches to test a smoke detector Avoid severe fire damage to your West Hartford home by buying, installing and maintaining your smoke detectors the right way!

You know how important it is to have working smoke detectors in your West Hartford home. They give you and your family a fighting chance to escape a house fire. Unfortunately, because our home furnishings have become more flammable over the years, you actually have very little time to escape a fire: only 3 to 5 minutes!

So, while every one of us has cursed a chirping smoke alarm in the middle of the night, that annoying little device may just save your life. There are a few things to know about smoke detectors that will make them more effective—and hopefully, less irritating.

The Right Kind

Start by buying the right kind of detector. You’ll have a few choices to make:

  • Battery or hardwired: The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends that your detectors are interconnected through wiring or a wireless signal. This way, if one alarm sounds, they will all sound, waking your family up throughout the house. In fact, new homes are required to have hardwired interconnected detectors with battery backup. The alternative is to buy battery-based detectors.
  • Ionization or photoelectric sensor: Photoelectric sensors better detect smoldering fires, and ionization sensors better detect flames. The ideal is a dual-sensor smoke detector, which alerts you promptly to both kinds of fires. Or, you could invest in both kinds of detectors and install them throughout your house.
  • With or without CO detector: You can buy dual-models that combine a smoke detector with a CO detector, or you can purchase each kind of detector.

The Right Place

Where you install your detectors makes a difference in their operation:

  • Install a detector inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. There should be at least one detector on each floor of your home, including the basement.
  • The detector should be installed on the wall, 12 inches or less from the ceiling.
  • Keep detectors at least 10 feet from cooking appliances and 3 feet from bathrooms, to avoid false alarms from steam or cooking smoke.

The Right Upkeep

Maintaining your smoke detectors is essential to their effectiveness:

  • Replace the batteries once a year, ideally when you change your clocks forward or back.
  • A chirping detector is annoying, but it’s telling you to replace the battery or replace the entire unit. Don’t just unplug and ignore.
  • Test all your smoke detectors each month. In case of failure, replace the battery or the whole unit.
  • Replace all your detectors after 5–7 years for a combination smoke/CO detector or 10 years for a smoke-only model.

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of West Hartford has specialized training and experience in fire restoration and cleanup, as well as natural disaster and storm damage cleanup, water damage and mold remediation, and chemical and biohazard cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford (860.206.6141) any time.

If your home or business suffers damage from a fire, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of West Hartford
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.206.6141
24-hour emergency service

If your home or business suffers damage from a fire, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

Fire Safety Throughout Your West Hartford House

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Flames shoot out of a toaster Knowing the dangerous spots in your West Hartford home—and taking simple safety measures—can help prevent fire damage from occurring.

Every year, there are upwards of 350,000 home fires in our country, and the results can range from inconvenient to disastrous. Avoid fire damage and destruction by knowing the areas of your home that pose the greatest risks—and following our tips to prevent a fire from starting.

Your Kitchen

About half of all house fires begin in the kitchen, so be especially careful when using your cooking and other appliances.

Oven and Stovetop

  • Most fires start here, so keep these appliances as clean as possible to prevent greasy residues from becoming fuel.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking and don’t leave pots and pans unattended on the stovetop.
  • Keep fabric, paper and other flammable items away from sources of heat.

Toaster or Toaster Oven

  • Stay in the room when you are toasting.
  • Regularly clean crumbs from your toaster.

Microwave

  • Never microwave flammable materials, including aluminum foil, certain plastic containers (check the bottom markings) and Styrofoam.

Dishwasher

  • Heating elements in an older dishwasher can overheat and spark a fire, so have yours inspected or replace it.

Your Living and Family Rooms

Living and family rooms contain many flammable objects, including furniture, curtains and drapes, lamps and electronics—and many of these newer items burn hotter and faster than those made 20 or 30 years ago.

Candles

  • Don’t leave the room when burning a candle.
  • Always fully extinguish the flame.
  • Keep children away from candles.
  • Keep candles away from flammable items.

Fireplace

  • Annual maintenance of your fireplace is essential. Call a certified chimney sweep to clean, inspect and repair any damage.
  • Use a metal or glass fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying out, and keep rugs away from the hearth area.
  • Fully extinguish the flames and properly dispose of the ashes.

Your Bedrooms

Your home’s bedrooms should be sanctuaries, but because they contain so many flammable objects—mattress, bedding, curtains, clothing—they can quickly become an inferno.

Smoke Detector and Escape Plan

Mattress

  • Mattresses made prior to 2007 may not be flame retardant, so consider replacing yours.

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of West Hartford has specialized training and experience in fire restoration and cleanup, as well as natural disaster and storm damage cleanup, water damage and mold remediation, and chemical and biohazard cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford (860.206.6141) any time.

If your home or business suffers damage from a fire, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of West Hartford
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.206.6141
24-hour emergency service

If your home or business suffers damage from a fire, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

SERVPRO Puts Safety First at Your Fire or Water Damage Restoration Job

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Employees in a classroom training session We focus on safety at SERVPRO of West Hartford so that we're always ready to respond to your fire or water damage emergency.

Responding to our customers’ emergencies—whether caused by fire, water, storm, biohazard or mold damage—poses risks for our own crews, both at the job site and in our central Connecticut warehouse and headquarters. To make sure that our professionals are always ready to respond to your emergency, we have instituted high standards for employee safety, and we back that up with training, equipment and a process for continuous improvement.

Our safety program begins with our safety coordinator, Rhonda, who has more than two decades of experience in construction and warehouse management. She knows that even small lapses at the worksite can cause real danger and injury, and she has worked to make our safety program better than ever.

Just in the last year, SERVPRO of West Hartford has seen these new safety initiatives:

General Safety Measures

  • All our training programs and videos are now offered in English and Spanish.
  • Rhonda meets with the crew chiefs every month to review the previous month’s safety stats and to make plans for improvement in training and policies.

Equipment and Product Safety

  • Each crew carries a binder that documents our cleaning products, with appropriate applications, required safety equipment and usage instructions. With this information right at the job site, our workers are prepared to answer customer questions.
  • Each truck is checked daily for its fire extinguisher, first aid kit and eyewash station. Each truck also carries duffel bags with hard hats, goggles, safety vests, shoulder dolly straps for lifting heavy objects and the cleaning products binder.
  • Crew members are trained to accurately fit-test and wear N-95 respirator masks.
  • Each worker is trained to safely lift heavy loads with shoulder dolly straps.

Vehicle Safety

  • Every crew is assigned its own truck, which improves their familiarity with and safe usage of the vehicle.
  • Workers are trained in the safe operation of forklifts.
  • All SERVPRO trucks and forklifts are inspected daily.

Fire Safety

  • Our crews are trained in the safe usage of fire extinguishers, generators and third plug adaptors.
  • Fire extinguishers are inspected and marked with the date, ensuring they are always ready to be used.
  • Each piece of equipment and each truck is equipped with a third plug adaptor so that our grounded equipment can be safely used in older homes.

Blood-Borne Pathogen Safety

  • Training in the safe handling and disposal of blood-borne pathogens has been updated and enhanced.
  • Each crew is issued a blood-borne pathogen duffel bag with hazmat suits, gloves, needle containers, tweezers and sealable bags for waste.
  • Secure metal containers are located outside of our facility where bagged blood-borne waste is deposited for final disposal by our vendor.

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of West Hartford has specialized training and experience in home and commercial disaster restoration, including fire restoration and cleanup, natural disaster and storm damage cleanup, water damage and mold remediation, and chemical and biohazard cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford (860.206.6141) any time.

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Hartford at 860.206.6141

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 West Hartford
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.206.6141
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Hartford at 860.206.6141

Avoid a Chimney Fire in Your West Hartford Fireplace

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Flames shoot out of a house's chimney The fire damage caused by a chimney fire at your West Hartford home can be devastating. Avoid it by setting a cleaner fire in your fireplace.

It’s so comforting to enjoy a crackling wood fire in your fireplace, especially with beloved family and friends gathered around. But that fire you are enjoying could eventually contribute to the biggest risk of a chimney fire: built-up creosote on the walls of the chimney.

What is a Chimney Fire?

Chimney fires are frequent and costly: each year more than 25,000 of them result in upwards of $125 million in damage to American homes. In a chimney fire, built-up creosote inside the chimney can itself catch fire. When that happens, you may hear cracking and booming from your fireplace, and in the worst cases, flames can shoot through the walls of your chimney to light your home on fire! The fire damage can be expensive—and deadly.

The way to prevent a chimney fire is to keep your chimney clean. Creosote is produced every time you burn a fire and condenses onto the walls of your chimney. If it is allowed to build up to more than a ¼-inch thickness, you need to have your chimney professionally cleaned by a chimney sweep. The sweep will remove the creosote and any debris, and will also inspect your chimney for cracks or other dangerous defects. It’s a best practice to have your chimney cleaned annually before the heating season begins.

Build a Safer Fire

Another important way to avoid a chimney fire is to set a clean-burning fire. Follow the steps below for a clean, hot fire that won’t deposit a lot of creosote inside your chimney:

  • Open the damper so that air moves quickly, swiftly carrying smoke up and out of the chimney
  • Don’t use too much firewood
  • Use only seasoned (dried for six months or more) hardwood
  • Use twigs and small branches for kindling
  • Use torn, crumpled newspaper or pine cones for tinder

The best, hottest and cleanest fires are built according to the top-down method. It may seem counterintuitive, but start your fire by placing the largest logs at the bottom and work your way up to placing the smallest logs on top. Lay your kindling and tinder on top of that. When you light the fire, it will catch on top and burn its way down.

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of West Hartford has specialized training and experience in fire restoration and cleanup, as well as natural disaster and storm damage cleanup, water damage and mold remediation, and chemical and biohazard cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford (860.206.6141) any time.

If your home or business suffers damage from a fire, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

Other Helpful Blog Posts

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

SERVPRO of West Hartford
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.206.6141
24-hour emergency service

If your home or business suffers damage from a fire, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

A SERVPRO-Cleaned Home Is More Attractive to Buyers

11/21/2020 (Permalink)

A man and woman stand among moving boxes A proactive cleaning and sanitizing by SERVPRO can help your house sell faster.

Even in a hot real estate market, if you’re selling a house, you want to make sure your property stands out from the crowd. Now, in a time of pandemic, having the cleanest home possible is a clear advantage, one that you can gain by calling on the cleaning and sanitizing services of SERVPRO or West Hartford.

Having the cleanest possible home may offer these advantages to a seller:

  • Increased buyer peace of mind
  • Easier-to-pass home inspection
  • Potential increase in sale value
  • Potentially faster sale

What SERVPRO Cleans

When you hire SERVPRO of West Hartford to clean and sanitize your home before it goes on the market, we focus on high-touch areas, including:

In the Kitchen

  • Cabinets and pulls
  • Appliance handles
  • Countertops
  • Tabletops
  • Sink, faucet and soap dispenser

In the Bathroom

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

Throughout Your Home

  • Light switches
  • Doorknobs and window hardware
  • Hallway and stairwell hand rails
  • Carpets
  • Hard-surface and wood floors
  • Drapery and blinds
  • Ceilings and walls
  • HVAC system and ductwork

How SERVPRO Cleans

Our crew members are experts in pathogen and other biohazard cleanup. We have the training, gear, procedures and products to safely and completely clean and sanitize your home.

Our team arrives in personal protective suits with integrated hood and boots. Each worker wears an individually fit-tested N-95 respirator. We only use hospital-grade cleaning and disinfecting agents that safely and effectively kill pathogens.

Once at your home, the crew will seal your house and fog it with disinfecting products that will penetrate deep into crevices. Next, our pros will spread out to do direct hands-on cleaning and disinfecting of the high-touch and flat surfaces throughout your home.

Got Mold?

While we’re on premises cleaning and disinfecting your home, SERVPRO can also perform a thorough check for any hidden mold. If we find any problem areas, we can immediately begin to eradicate the mold colony, preventing costly delays or losses in selling price—a likely result if a mold problem is discovered later in the selling process.

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of West Hartford has specialized training and experience in home and commercial disaster restoration, including fire restoration and cleanup, natural disaster and storm damage cleanup, water damage and mold remediation, and chemical and biohazard cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford (860.206.6141) any time.

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Hartford at 860.206.6141

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 West Hartford
100 Peters Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.206.6141
24-hour emergency service

When you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Hartford at 860.206.6141

Is There Mold in Your Commercial Building?

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

A technician works to remove mold from drywall Mold problems are tough to get rid of, so call SERVPRO of West Hartford to remove mold from your commercial building once and for all.

Forty-eight hours is all it takes.

Just that short amount of time, and moisture in your commercial building can create a stubborn mold problem that takes real effort to clean up. Unfortunately, you often don’t even know that water is accumulating and brewing a colony of mold spores that can take root in your property, infiltrating your structure and everything in it—including the air you breathe.

Here’s the problem: mold spores are everywhere. These microscopic particles float in the air, both inside and outside structures. They enter buildings in several ways: through windows and doors, through your HVAC system or by hitching a ride on clothing. Once inside your building, mold spores just need to be activated … by moisture.

Just Add Water

When mold spores come into contact with water (a lot or a little), they start to grow and if not caught quickly, can eventually form colonies and surge out of control.

The moisture may come from an obvious flood of water, but sometimes, the source is a small, barely noticeable leak, such as a damaged water fixture that’s dripping or a faulty roof that’s allowing water to seep in. And sometimes, the moisture is the result of condensation from a too-humid building—creating a perfect environment for mold.

In a way, not having an in-your-face leak puts you at a disadvantage as a business owner, since the mold can get a head start without you ever noticing. That’s why you need to know the signs to catch and stop a mold problem at your commercial facility.

What Are the Signs of Mold Growth?

For starters, don’t ignore a history of moisture problems in your building. Check trouble spots regularly for unseen moisture. Also check your ductwork and HVAC systems, which are common locations of mold buildup. Obviously, if you spot any wet areas, puddles or condensation, you need to act fast—the clock may have already started on that 48-hour mold incubation timeframe.

Perhaps the biggest clue to a mold problem is what your nose tells you. That musty, moldy odor is unmistakable. Even if you haven’t noticed it, pay attention if employees or customers mention an odor. Take it seriously, too, if anyone in your building develops headaches or trouble breathing, because that can be a sign of mold infestation.

What To Do If Mold is Present?

Because mold is tricky to remediate, you’re better off turning to an expert than trying to clean it all up yourself. It’s hard for a non-professional to know if all the mold is gone, and you could find yourself redoing the job. The experienced experts at SERVPRO of West Hartford will bring in the people, equipment and techniques to quickly and completely eradicate your mold problem.

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The team at SERVPRO of West Hartford has specialized training and experience in commercial water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford (860.206.6141) any time.

For commercial water, fire, smoke, mold, storm or other disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

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For commercial water, fire, smoke, mold, storm or other disaster restoration needs, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141