Archived Water Damage Blog Posts
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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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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April showers can bring more than May flowers! Are you prepared?
A sufficient amount of rain can cause severe flooding, especially to the basement of your home. All it takes is an aperture in the foundation of your property. Are you prepared to handle flooding from heavy rains?
An ounce of prevention:
Things you need to know/do
- Know the phone numbers to your local emergency responders (Fire, water depts…)
- Know whether or not the sump pump in your basement is functioning properly
- Ensure that your gutters are clear and drainage is away from the dwelling
Also take some time to review your insurance policy before you have a loss.
If you need flood cleanup services, do not hesitate to contact our office at 860-826-5169. We offer 24 hour EMERGENCY cleanup services.
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Is your home prepped for Winter?
Being prepared for winter weather is essential. Here are a few things to consider before the bitter cold & snow arrive:
- Check for failing shingles
- Drain outside spigots (where pipes can freeze)
- Caulk window gaps
- Switch your screens for storm windows, and seal any drafty windows and doors
- Check for leaks in the attic
- Test your sump pump
- Make sure that paints or any flammable materials are stored away from heat sources in a closed metal cabinet.
- Clean dryer vents & chimney (regularly)
- Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor
- Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors
- Organize your garage. Clean and store summer garden tools.
- Check the supports, stairs, and railings on porches & decks.
- Make sure handrails can support someone slipping on snow or ice
*Source: Bob Vila
How to prepare for the Storm!
You can avoid many dangerous weather problems by planning ahead. To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:
Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit.
- Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways...
- Sand to improve traction.
- Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
- Sufficient heating fuel...Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
- Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
It's also good to have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
- Antifreeze levels
- Battery and ignition system
- Exhaust system
- Fuel and air filters
- Heater and defroster
- Lights and flashing hazard lights
- Windshield wiper equipment
- Install good winter tires
Please note: If bad weather is forecast, drive only if absolutely necessary. Make sure your tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions.