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Frozen and Burst Pipe Cleanup in West Hartford, CT

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

A frozen pipe leaks When you have a frozen and burst pipe in your West Hartford home, call SERVPRO of West Hartford for complete professional cleanup.

As February 2021’s rare deep freeze in Texas shows, just about any American home is vulnerable to the kind of temperatures that can freeze and burst pipes. Here in West Hartford, we know all too well that a frozen and burst pipe can cause tremendous—and expensive—water damage! We at SERVPRO of West Hartford are ready with the expertise, equipment and years of experience to help you recover from even the most devastating water damage incident.

Not only does SERVPRO know how to stop water damage in its tracks and handle the cleanup from start to finish, we also know why pipes freeze and how you can prevent water damage from happening in the first place. Follow our guidance and you should be able to avoid costly damage from a frozen and burst pipe.

Why Does a Pipe Freeze and Burst?

Pipes that are exposed to bursts of below-freezing temperatures or to very cold temperatures for a long period of time are subject to freezing. Even pipes that are near an exterior wall that is subject to strong, steady winds can freeze from the wind chill. Typically, the pipes that freeze and burst are uninsulated and are located in unheated areas of the home. This includes:

  • exterior walls at the foundation of your home
  • foundation areas that have cracks or holes
  • foundation entry points for cables and plumbing
  • basements or crawlspaces
  • attics
  • garages
  • sinks that are against exterior walls
  • exterior hose spigots

While frozen and burst pipes are typically made of copper, PEX piping can also freeze, although it’s less likely to burst (unless it’s a PEX-aluminum-PEX combo).

It’s commonly assumed that it’s the ice blockage itself that bursts a frozen pipe, but that’s a misconception. The culprit is pressure, and lots of it—up to 2,000 pounds per square inch, or more than 1,000 times the usual—that builds up within the pipe. And the rupture usually happens not at the spot where the pipe has frozen, but between the freeze and a faucet.

As the ice forms in the pipe and the water molecules expand, the ice blocks the passage of water. That’s when the water pressure in the pipe increases. Now, the part of the pipe that is upstream of the blockage is usually not at risk of bursting, because the water can retreat back to its source. But the area of pipe that is downstream—and which feeds appliances and fixtures—can rupture from the excessive pressure, because the water has nowhere to go. And once the ice begins to thaw, the pressure inside the pipe increases quickly as the water begins to rush through the pipe again. In that respect, a frozen pipe is like a time bomb, just waiting to thaw before it bursts!

And when a frozen pipe bursts, several hundred gallons of water can flow from it every hour. Many homeowners return from a vacation only to find that a frozen and burst pipe has been pumping out water for days, resulting in ruined walls, floor, ceilings and possessions—not to mention thousands and thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs, reconstruction and cleaning.

(A note on the Texas freeze: in the northern parts of the U.S., pipes are usually well insulated, which reduces the risk of freezing and bursting. But in the south, pipes are not typically as well protected. So the rare freeze in a state like Texas can lead to more widespread cases of frozen and burst pipe water damage. Living in a colder zone, like West Hartford and central Connecticut, can sometimes have advantages!)

A Frozen Pipe Leaves Clues

The temperature has dropped. How do you know you might have a frozen and burst pipe? Do you see water on the floor? Puddles of water can be a clear sign that a frozen pipe has already burst. Even if a frozen pipe is hidden behind a wall or ceiling, certain clues may give it away.

  • Do you notice a difference in your water flow? You may have reduced water pressure in the sink or shower; water that is discolored; no water coming from a faucet; or a toilet that doesn’t fill after flushing.
  • Do you notice other signs? These may be dripping, whistling or bubbling sounds behind walls or within pipes; odd or unpleasant smells from drains; or water stains or discoloration on walls or ceiling.

If you detect any of these indications of a frozen and burst pipe, the next step is to hunt for it.

Hunting for a Frozen Pipe

Remember, you’re searching for a pipe that is most likely uninsulated and located in an unheated part of your home. Here’s how to start the hunt:

  • Turn on your faucets one by one. If none of the faucets work, the frozen blockage is most likely near the spot where the water supply enters your home. If most of your faucets work but one or more does not, the freeze is between the main water line and the affected fixture.
  • Next look at the pipe. Do you see an area that has condensation or frost on it? That’s where the blockage is. Or, feel along the length of the pipe. The ice will be the coldest spot.

Try to Thaw the Blockage Before It Leaks

Step one is to shut off the water at the main valve to your home. If you have metered water, your shutoff valve should be on one side of your water meter, usually in your basement or on an exterior wall of your house. If you have well water, the shutoff valve is on the side of the pressure tank toward the house.

Next, open up all the faucets to relieve pressure in the pipes.

Then, you can start thawing the blockage, slowly and gently, using a hair dryer, heat lamp, portable heater, electric heat tape, electric heating pad or towels soaked in hot water. Start at the faucet or fixture and work back to the blockage.

If you have determined that the frozen pipe is behind a wall, you can turn up your home’s heat or use an infrared lamp to heat the wall where you think the leak is lurking. You can also cut an opening in the wall (which you can patch later) to allow your home’s warm air to circulate directly around the blockage.

Find Leaks, Large and Small

Once the blockage has been thawed, you need to determine if there are any leaks. (You may see or hear water dripping or running even before you start looking for leaks, and that’s an obvious sign that you need to act fast.)

  • Start by turning on the water at the main valve. Puddles? Drips? Sound of water rushing in your walls? These are all signs of a frozen and burst pipe. Turn the main water valve back off immediately.
  • If there are no obvious signs of a big burst, start looking for a smaller leak. Look at the seams and joints of the suspect pipe and run your fingers over those areas to check for dampness.
  • If everything is still dry, turn on each of your faucets in the house to check for low water pressure, which can indicate a small leak in that pipe.

Stop Leaks, Large and Small

Your goal is to avoid water damage to your home, so any size leak must be dealt with promptly. (If you have water on the floor, consider shutting off electricity to your home to avoid the risk of electrocution. Also, clean up the standing water promptly to reduce the chances of falling—and to prevent more water damage.)

Large Leaks

A circular sleeve clamp that’s lined with rubber will stop the leak in a frozen and burst pipe pronto, but you’ll need to have the correct size (or an assortment) on hand.

You can make a temporary waterproof seal with a length of flexible rubber from an old heater or radiator hose. Slide the old hose over the leak, protect it with a small block of wood and clamp it into place with a C-clamp.

Smaller Leaks

  • Tightly wrap sturdy duct tape around the pipe to make a temporary fix.

As soon as you stop the flow of water with one of these temporary patches, call a water damage remediation company to get the repair and cleanup process started ASAP.

SERVPRO’s Water Damage Restoration Process

If you have suffered water damage from a frozen and burst pipe, you need to get the damage cleaned up fast. Why?

  • Water damage gets much worse the longer it sits before cleanup.
  • Water can soak further into walls, floors and ceilings, weakening your structure.
  • Furnishings and possessions can become soaked and ruined.
  • Mold can grow within 48 hours.
  • You’re probably not the only homeowner with a frozen and burst pipe, so reputable companies will book up fast.

So if you are looking at a frozen and burst pipe water damage cleanup and remediation job, call SERVPRO of West Hartford. With our years of experience, our top-notch corporate training based on industry-best principles, our professional equipment and products, and our employees’ skill and concern, you are assured of West Hartford’s most thorough water damage cleanup work.

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.

This is SERVPRO’s water damage remediation process, which may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks:

Inspection/assessment: We visually inspect and run tests to determine the extent of the water damage from the frozen and burst pipe and the level of moisture in your home. Then we create a plan for the complete restoration of your water-damaged home and property.

Temporary protection: We may need to set up tarps and board up areas of your home to prevent further damage. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may need to temporarily move from your home.

Water removal/extraction: As soon as the restoration plan is approved, we begin removing water with powerful pumps and vacuum units. By quickly removing hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water, we can avoid more water damage and mold growth.

Drying/dehumidifying: After water extraction, the remaining water is more difficult to remove. We use our specialized equipment to take space, temperature and relative humidity measurements to determine the number and placement of air movers and dehumidifiers needed for complete drying.

Cleaning/sanitizing: Once the water is thoroughly removed, we sanitize and remove odors from your structure. We also clean, sanitize and deodorize any of your possessions and furnishings that were affected by the water.

Restoration: Our ultimate goal is to restore your home or business to its pre-damage condition as swiftly as possible. This may include making repairs or reconstruction to your structure, replacing flooring, painting, etc. It also includes returning your cleaned possessions and furnishings, so that your home is just like it was before the frozen and burst pipe.

More thoughts on surviving water damage remediation:

  • Even if you can physically remain in your home while the cleanup is underway, you may want to consider relocating. The work is very loud and messy, and you may have pets, young children or older family members who would be safer and more comfortable at a hotel or a family member’s home.
  • File a claim for the frozen and burst pipe damage with your homeowner’s or renters’ insurance company as soon as possible. You’ll need to describe and visually document the damage, provide a list of affected items, and collect receipts for services and purchases tied to the restoration. SERVPRO of West Hartford will work closely with your insurer to speed up and smooth out the process of successfully closing your claim.

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

Basement Flood Cleanup in West Hartford CT

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Basement Flood Cleanup in West Hartford CT Basement Flood Cleanup in West Hartford CT

At SERVPRO, we’re serious about basement flood cleanup in West Hartford CT homes. When floodwaters enter your home, it’s an emergency that can’t wait. By the time the water reaches your basement, it’s picked up dirt, leaves, and sewage along the way. When the water recedes, it leaves behind debris, and bacteria that can make your family sick. If your basement and furnishings remain wet, mold, mildew, and noxious odors become an added problem. 

At SERVPRO, our professionals treat your home with care. We respond 24/7 to dry out and clean up the mess. We bring the manpower and the equipment to do the job right. 

SERVPRO Basement Flood Cleanup

When we do basement flood cleanup in West Hartford CT, we understand that time is a critical factor. To minimize your financial losses, we must dry out your home and property before the floodwater damages everything. Our highly trained professionals arrive quickly when you call. We bring industrial-grade extraction, deodorizing, cleaning, dehumidifying, and drying equipment to provide the SERVPRO water damage cleanup services you need. We begin by inspecting the damage and planning our work.

Flooded House Clean Up Inspection

We do a walkthrough to inspect your home and assess your needs. We search for areas that require black water cleanup. We look for places where water may have seeped into your flooring or behind your walls. After we assess the existing damage, we begin working to protect your home and furnishings from additional deterioration. 

Removing Undamaged Property

When we perform basement flood cleanup in West Hartford CT, we separate damaged and undamaged property to reduce the cross-contamination risk. When floodwater-soaked items and dry items share the same storage area, you can easily lose everything in your basement. We prevent this from happening by quickly separating your property. We move salvageable property to a dry location and proceed with restoration as necessary.

Water Extraction

After floodwaters recede, it takes a long time for your property to dry naturally. We boost the drying process by removing the water with industrial-grade extractors. We do wet carpet cleanup and remove water from upholstery, carpeting, and other porous surfaces. 

Drying 

As we continue the process of basement flood cleanup in West Hartford CT homes, we bring in our industrial dryers. The SERVPRO team quickly dries out any remaining moisture. This prevents mold and mildew from growing.

When surfaces remain damp, mold and mildew thrive. They combine with other contaminants and spread an offensive odor throughout your home. Mold mildew and floodwater contaminants can irritate your family’s lungs and cause medical issues. 

Dehumidification 

When our team performs basement flood cleanup in West Hartford CT homes, we also remove humidity from the air. Without this final step, humidity can dampen porous furnishing, allowing mold and mildew to grow. We remove the moisture with our professional dehumidification process. 

We calculate your basement dimensions, relative humidity, and room temperature. These measurements help us determine how many industrial dehumidifiers we need. They also help us place equipment in the right locations for optimum dehumidification.  

Odor Removal 

Floodwaters leave behind a mix of unpleasant odors. Dirt, sewage, and other contaminants in floodwater often generate an unbearable odor. Even after we dry everything in your home, the odor often lingers in the air until we remove it. We accomplish this task with industrial equipment and safe, effective cleaning solutions. 

Repair and Restoration

As we finish the process of basement flood cleanup in West Hartford CT homes, we complete our restoration efforts. Our SERVPRO team repairs and restores the damaged areas we identified during our walkthrough. We remove and replace drywall, restore flooring, paint walls, and perform other repair and restoration tasks. We salvage, repair, or replace unsalvageable furniture and decor. 

Commercial Property Flood Cleanup

At SERVPRO, we also perform commercial flood cleanup in West Hartford CT. We clean, repair, and restore your business property no matter how big or small. Our team of professionals is available 24 hours a day. We work fast to minimize business downtime and financial losses.  

Contact SERVPRO

We are a locally owned and operated SERVPRO franchise. We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. We’re committed to professional basement flood cleanup in West Hartford CT homes and businesses. We will help you work with the insurance company if you have Flood Insurance. When you call us, we respond immediately and we perform our services for an economical water cleanup cost. 

For more information about basement flood cleanup in West Hartford CT, call us at (860) 206-6141.

How to Escape a Fire in Your West Hartford Home

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

A diagram showing how to escape a house fire During a housefire is not the time to figure out how to get your family safely out of your home. Do it now by following our guidelines.

Deep down, no one expects to have a fire break out in their home, yet that’s exactly what happens to more than 365,000 homeowners each year in the U.S. In a matter of minutes, our sanctuaries can become deathtraps!

What makes it worse is the fact that many home furnishings—such as carpets, upholstery and furniture—are now made of materials that can burn extremely hot and fast. This means that while twenty or thirty years ago, you would have had around fifteen minutes to escape your home, now you may have less than five minutes. Every second counts when a fire breaks out, especially at night, and especially when you’re in shock and under extreme stress.

That’s why you should make a plan now for your family to safely evacuate your home in case of a fire. Create the plan by answering these questions, then make sure your entire household understands it and practice it at least once a year—more is better.

  • How will you get out? Identify two ways out of every room, typically a door and a window—both of which should open easily and not be blocked.
  • Who needs to get out? Does your household include young children and elderly family members? Assign an adult to help them get out quickly. Children may sleep so deeply that they don’t hear a smoke alarm, and older or disabled folks may have trouble moving quickly.
  • Where will you go? Meet in front of your home a safe distance from your house—maybe in a neighbor’s yard, at your mailbox or by a street or stop sign. There, your family will wait for firefighters to arrive—and not re-enter the house for any reason.
  • What does the plan look like? Draw a diagram of your house, with the exits from each room and the exit routes from the house clearly marked. Also note the locations of smoke detectors and your outside meeting place.
  • Does everyone know the plan? Everyone in the house, including visitors and overnight guests, should be familiar with the escape plan. Household members should practice the plan one or more times a year, including during the nighttime. 
  • What if the plan doesn’t work? If your exit routes are blocked, close every door between you and the fire, stuff a towel under the door, call 911 and wait by a window.

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

Busted Pipe Cleanup in West Hartford, CT

1/16/2021 (Permalink)

Busted Pipe Cleanup in West Hartford, CT Busted Pipe Cleanup in West Hartford, CT

At SERVPRO, we're always available for busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT homes. We understand that a broken water pipe isn't that difficult to fix, but the mess a pipe leak leaves behind is often costly. Water saturates furniture, dribbles down walls, and drips into your appliances. During cold winter temperatures, ice damage causes additional issues.

SERVPRO is committed to 24/7 response, so we're here when you need us. When you call, we arrive quickly. We bring the right equipment and the right professionals to do the job. 

SERVPRO Busted Pipe Damage Cleanup 

In wintertime, busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT homes often experience more than just a water damage problem. When the temperatures dip below zero, it also becomes an ice damage issue. Our goal is to remove the water and dry your home, so ice becomes less of a concern. SERVPRO responds fast to protect your property and stop the damage. We assess the situation and determine your cleanup and restoration needs. We use specially designed extraction, deodorizing, cleaning, dehumidifying, and drying equipment to perform each task right. 

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Our SERVPRO professionals understand that locating the water-soaked areas in your home is often as challenging as cleaning them. When we begin our busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT homes, we start with a walk-through. We search for signs of both visible and hidden damage during our inspection. 

Whether the water flows from an appliance leak or a busted copper pipe, it has the potential to cause severe damage. Water flows through your home, and it seeps into gaps and crevices throughout the affected area. Once we locate all of your water-soaked regions, we take steps to return your home to its pre-water leak condition. 

Water Extraction

Before we perform water extraction, we sort and separate damaged and undamaged property. This process is an important step when performing busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT homes. When wet and dry property remains in the same space, wet fabrics, upholstery, and other saturated porous surfaces can damage salvageable items. After separating your property, we use specialized extraction equipment to remove the water before it causes additional damage. 

Drying 

Our team uses drying equipment to remove any remaining water. When porous surfaces remain moist, they provide an ideal environment for mold and mildew. Even if you can't see it, you can smell the odor as mold and mildew monopolize the porous surfaces in your home. 

Dehumidification 

We dehumidify each area to remove moisture from the air. Dehumidification is a simple but essential part of busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT homes. Fabrics, flooring, carpets, and other porous surfaces absorb moisture when it remains in the air. The SERVPRO team removes the water to prevent additional problems. 

We calculate the area, relative humidity, and temperature in each room. The data allows us to calculate the number of industrial dehumidifiers we need for the job. It also helps us place the dehumidifiers for better performance. 

Odor Removal 

Deodorization is another essential service we perform during busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT homes. Water-saturated rooms often hold a lingering, mildewy scent, even after removing the water. When you live with the smell, you eventually get used to it, but visitors never do. The scent remains in the air you breathe. It settles into your clothing, furniture, and other porous surfaces. Our team uses industrial scrubbers, foggers, and odor-neutralizing products to remove these unpleasant odors. 

Cleaning and Sanitizing 

Before we conclude our busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT homes, we thoroughly clean and sanitize your house. We use specialized equipment and safe, professional solutions in all affected areas and surfaces. 

Repair and Restoration

To finish our busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT homes, we complete previously identified restoration projects. The SERVPRO team also does wall reconstruction, drywall replacement, painting, and other repair and restoration tasks. Lastly, we salvage, repair, or replace personal property and decor. 

Commercial Building Restoration

SERVPRO also performs busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT commercial properties. Also, we provide the workforce, the expertise, the technology, and the equipment. We can handle any size job in any commercial facility. We arrive fast when you call, and we do the work quickly to minimize your downtime. 

Contact SERVPRO

We are a locally owned and operated SERVPRO franchise, and we're committed to busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT homes and businesses. When you call us, we respond immediately to perform water line leak cleanup, water damage cleanup due to leaking pipes, and other water cleanup problems. 

For more information about busted pipe cleanup in West Hartford, CT, give us a call at (860) 649-0836.

Water Damage Cleanup in West Hartford CT

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Cleanup in West Hartford Connecticut - image of woman with bucket of water Holding a Water Damage Flood Cleanup Bucket in West Hartford Connecticut

Fast Emergency Water Cleanup in West Hartford CT

When you need water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT, the professionals at SERVPRO of West Hartford respond immediately. A water leak can begin anywhere inside or outside of your home. A leaking roof, a water main break, or a plumbing system malfunction can cause a slow stream of water or a sudden flood. Water moves rapidly from simply saturating your interior to causing extensive damage.

When water runs out of control in your home, it's an emergency that requires immediate attention. Unfortunately, when you stop the flow, the emergency doesn’t usually end. Without professional cleanup, water and moisture continue damaging your home and personal property.

SERVPRO professionals respond 24/7 when you need water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT. We arrive quickly and we take your request seriously. We understand that without immediate cleanup, water begins damaging and destroying everything it touches.  

SERVPRO Water Damage Cleanup 

At SERVPRO, every member of our team is a trained professional. When we perform water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT homes, we arrive fully-equipped with specialized extraction equipment, industrial dryers, dehumidifiers, and cleaning solutions. Our goal: stop the damage, prevent further deterioration, and return your home to its pre-damage condition. 

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Before we begin water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT homes, we inspect the damage and establish a plan. We conduct a thorough home walkthrough and look for visible and hidden damage. Once we understand the extent of your water damage problem, we recommend a strategy to accomplish the necessary clean up.

Water Extraction

When we do water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT homes, water extraction is usually the first step. First, we separate wet furnishings and property from dry items. This helps minimize cross-contamination damage to items that didn’t get wet. We then extract as much water as possible from saturated fabrics, furniture, flooring, and home furnishings. 

Timing is always critical when conducting water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT. Whether the water comes from a clogged drain, frozen pipes, or a flooded basement, our SERVPRO team uses efficient extraction equipment to remove the moisture as quickly as possible. 

Drying 

As water-saturated surfaces usually remain moist after we remove most of the water, we must dry the rest. Mildew and mold thrive when airborne spores land on damp surfaces. Within days of a water leak, you begin to smell a mild odor in the air. Depending on the heat and humidity, mold and mildew grow quickly out of control. If the growth process is allowed to continue, it destroys interior surfaces and personal property that could have been saved.

We disrupt the mold and mildew growth process before it causes irreparable damages to your home. We use industrial driers to remove residual moisture from damp surfaces.  

Dehumidification 

Even after we complete our drying and extraction operations, moisture often lingers in the air. It eventually resettles onto porous surfaces and causes mold, mildew, and additional damage.

The SERVPRO team removes this moisture by calculating the room’s size, relative humidity, and temperature. We then place an appropriate number of industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to circulate the air and remove airborne moisture. 

Odor Removal 

We continue our water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT homes with a professional deodorizing process. Our team uses industrial scrubbers, foggers, and other specialized equipment to remove lingering odors. We use odor-neutralizing products to finish the job.

Cleaning and Sanitizing 

We finish our water cleanup operation by sanitizing air and surfaces using specialized equipment and professional-grade solutions.

Repair and Restoration

When the SERVPRO team completes your water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT, we restore damaged areas of your home. This sometimes includes drywall replacement, wall painting, structural repairs, and home furnishing replacements.  

Commercial Building Restoration

The professionals at SERVPRO also perform commercial water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT. We handle any clean-up and restoration job regardless of the facility. We get the work done fast to minimize business interruptions. 

Contact SERVPRO

We are a locally owned and operated SERVPRO franchise, and we’re committed to water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT. When you call us, we respond fast. We're there when you need us and we get the job done fast.  

For information about water damage cleanup in West Hartford CT, give us a call at (860) 649-0836.

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

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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