Not Enough Power?
One way to prevent a basement from flooding is to install a Sump Pump...right? This seems empirical, but simply having a Sump Pump is not enough. A Sump Pump can fail to perform properly at a moments notice resulting in a flooded basement. Therefore, it is important to make certain your Sump Pump is running and running well.
The main function of a Sump Pump is to prevent excess rain water or ground water from entering a basement or crawlspace by pumping the water away from the structure.
On average Sump Pumps last about 10 years.
Is your Sump Pump working effectively?
A few common factors of Sump Pump Failure include:
- Power loss/outage
- Blocked/frozen discharge pipe
- Bad float switch
- Too much water for the Sump Pump to handle.
Tip: If your home uses a Sump Pump, consider getting it tested regularly, and if you have questions about Sump Pump Failure, do not hesitate to contact us at (860) 826-5169.
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As you may know, SERVPRO is a Leader in Fire & Water Cleanup and Restoration, but when it comes to Post Construction Cleanup we also go beyond the scope of conventional cleaning practices.
Trying to clean fine dust particles, soot and all types of debris can be costly & time consuming. For large construction projects our professionals have the equipment & training needed to clean in the most efficient way.
Some of our most recent projects have been:
- Post Construction Cleaning of NEWLY developed Luxury Apartments
- Hotel Renovation Cleanup
- Commercial Soot Cleanup
- Roof Replacement Debris Cleanup
These services extend to residential customers as well. So, when it comes to your cleaning needs, do not hesitate to contact our office to see how we can help. Our direct line is (860) 826-5169.
Are you able to identify the source of water intrusion to your home?
If water is running from the base cabinets under the kitchen sink it would be safe to conclude that the source of water intrusion is the sink. However, contrary to this scenario, should flooding occur in an unfinished basement, it'd be difficult to draw a single conclusion as to what the source is.
In many instances (especially those where rainfall totals are high - or large amounts of snow is melting rapidly just outside the building structure) water may enter through a crack somewhere in the foundation. This type of loss is referred to as a "Groundwater loss" in our industry.
Sump pump failure can contribute immensely to these types of losses.
Typically, Groundwater losses are not covered under standard Homeowners Insurance.
TIP: If you have a sump pump in your basement be sure to have a backup power generator in the event you lose power during a Storm. This will keep your sump pump going and may prevent a Groundwater loss!
Hurricane season ends November 30th! Are you prepared?
Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, 2017 until November 30th. As a leader in damage restoration, we understand the importance of being 'Ready for whatever happens'. Below are some vital bits of information regarding hurricane stages & categories along with tips from our partners at the American Red Cross on how to keep your home and family safe before, during, and after a hurricane.
- Tropical Disturbance (Tropical Wave) Thunderstorms with very little wind circulation.
- Tropical Depression Thunderstorms with increased wind circulation
- Tropical Storm Thunderstorms with sustained maximum winds, intensified to 39-73 mph
- Hurricane Sustained maximum wind speed is 74 mph or greater
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:
- Category 1: 74-95 mph - Minimal Damage
- Category 2: 96-110 mph - Moderate Damage
- Category 3: 111-129 mph - Extensive Damage
- Category 4: 130-156 mph - Extreme Damage
- Category 5: 157 mph or more - Catastrophic Damage
Learn how to keep your family safe during a hurricane: Hurricane Safety
Top 5 Ways to Counteract MOLD GROWTH
What's the key ingredient for a successful mold problem? If you guessed water, you guessed right! Mold spores are ubiquitous, but that doesn't mean that you are involuntarily subject to a mold issue. Here are a few ways you can be proactive.
5 Ways to Counteract MOLD GROWTH:
- Clean gutters regularly
- Check your property for leaks
- Dry wet materials within 24 to 48 hours
- Run an exhaust fan in high moisture areas
- Keep indoor humidity levels below 45 percent
If you already have a mold problem, contact us to schedule an inspection. Our highly trained and certified professionals provide the remediation services you need.
So, if you have questions about our mold remediation process or need services, call us at 860-826-5169.
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What's that smell? SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain Offers Odor Removal And Deodorization
What's the best way to remedy foul indoor odors? Sure, venting the structure may help. Cleaning is also effective. Though, there are certain odors that are a little difficult to get rid of.
Odors that may require deodorization:
- Animals/Animal Feces
- Raw Sewage
- Pet Urine
SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain offers odor removal and deodorization to eliminate offensive odors. We understand that these odors can come from a number of sources both inside & outside a structure (and in some cases - a motor vehicle).
We help to identify the source to ensure proper removal of the odors. No masking! No short cuts! If you need help identifying a structural or vehicular odor call us today to schedule an assessment. (860) 826-5169
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Smoke & soot damage giving you problems? SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain can handle it!
After the smoke clears, the soot damage becomes visible. That's where our experts come in. We assess the damage to determine the type of soot as well as the best approach to begin cleaning efficiently.
After a fire:
- Watch out for electrical hazards
- Stay clear of heavy wet building material
- Avoid cleaning any affected walls, floors, etc.
- Refrain from coming into contact with soot covered items
- Restrict movement in the affected areas (as soot particles can settle deep into upholstery)
Every fire loss is unique and requires a specialized cleaning method. SERVPRO is the brand you know & trust when it comes to damage restoration & cleanup.
If you have smoke or fire damage, we have a solution.
Call now to speak with one of our professionals! (860) 826-5169
SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain Can Help Your Educational Institute
SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain's goal is to make sure that your academic environment is safe & suitable for your students. We have the expertise and training to help with cleaning challenges that go beyond the scope of regular janitorial services.
- Professional Water Removal/Extraction
- Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
- Post Construction Cleaning
- Biological Hazard Cleanup
- Odor Identification
- Mold Remediation
- Sewage Cleanup
- and More
Our fast turn around time and effective cleaning techniques will guarantee minimal interruption to your classroom setting. Through proper mitigation & remediation, we'll provide a clean and healthy environment in a timely fashion.
SERVPRO is the brand you know and trust! Having a qualified company saves time and also keeps costs low. SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain can provide this continuity by supervising the full range of services that will bring your establishment back to full functionality.
If you have questions about our services or want to schedule an assessment for future services call us at 860-826-5169.
Compulsive Hoarding Cleanup: SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain Can Help!
Don't confuse hoarding with the hobby of collecting. They are two completely different things. Though they both share the common act of holding on to specific items, collectibles tend to have immense value and are stocked in an organized fashion. On the other hand, hoarded items tend to lack value, but hold a psychological attachment making it difficult to discard nonessential articles. The disorganized clutter that follows is often a clear indication that professional cleaning services are needed.
You need a company that understands the psychological aspect of hoarding. Our professionals have the compassion, training, and certification needed to handle any sized hoarding cleanup project. Call us if you have questions about our procedure or if you or someone you know is in need of a professional deep clean, bio hazardous remediation, and/or toxic waste removal. We specialize in restoring homes and apartments for those displaced due to hoarding. Call today 860-826-5169
Sewer backups: What are the common causes? How can SERVPRO Help?
Have you ever experienced a sewer backup? If not, you’re not missing out on anything. They can be extremely smelly and hazardous…but what causes a sewer backup?
Some of the most common causes of sewer line backups:
- Cities with merged sewage/storm water systems (when there’s heavy rainfall – can result in a backup)
- Blocked drain (from pouring viscous substances like oil & grease down your drain)
- Blockage in the main sewer line (from damaged pipes or soil settlement)
- Items that don’t flush well other than human waste
As with any other type of loss, prompt cleanup is crucial after a backup occurs. We want to help you minimize secondary damage & avoid health risk. That’s why we offer 24 hour emergency cleaning services. Trust the team that’s ‘faster to any size disaster.’ Contact our office at 860-826-5169
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