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SERVPRO of The Windsors: No Job Too Tough!

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

crawlspace, four foot high, tight space with green air movers in place, servpro logo. A Look at a crawlspace SERVPRO recently remediated after a sewage loss.

In our profession we see a great many things…somethings we wish we hadn’t!  As part of our remediation services, we find ourselves working in tough conditions.  Some days we work in homes without power in the cold of a northeastern winter. Other days we are working in extreme heat in attics during the peak of summer.  Some days we work in huge warehouses where the walk from one end to another feels like a voyage. Other days we work in crawlspaces without enough height to stand. Then there are of course the jobs involving sewage, blood, or other biohazardous waste.   Oh, the joy!

The thing about our team is despite all that I have mentioned, we never turn down or walk away from a job. There is no job too difficult or too gross for our team of experts! We do it all, whether it be squeezing into small spaces, to diving into the filthiest of jobs. There is nothing we are not prepared to handle!  If you find yourself dealing with a mess, give us a call. We have a team ready to take on the challenge, so you don’t have to. 

In the News, Part 16! SERVPRO Encourages Connecticut Property Owners to Prepare Now for Severe Spring Weather

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

photo of a newspaper, white with black scripet, servpro logo, reading in the news Keep up with SERVPRO of The Windsors!

East Windsor, CT, (Grassroots Newswire) 03/10/2020— According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), flooding is the most common natural disaster in the U.S.1 Antonio Senese of SERVPRO of The Windsors wants local home and business owners to know that the approaching spring season is notorious for flood-producing weather, so now is the time to prepare for the unpredictable.

“The water damage caused by a broken pipe, malfunctioning clothes or dishwasher, backed up gutters, or damaged roof is typically limited in scope and pretty straightforward to deal with,” says Senese. “Depending on where you live and work, however, you may also be at risk for flooding caused by rain, melting snow, coastal storms, storm surges, overflows of dams, ice jams in rivers, or a severe spring storm. Those are the types of flooding risks you need to plan for in advance.”

While some areas are more prone to flooding than others, FEMA warns that everyone lives in an area with some flood risk, so it’s important to understand your risk and take the appropriate steps to prepare. You can discover the flooding risk for your specific home or business address here2, but even those who live in a “low flood risk” zone should heed weather warnings. Here are some of spring’s common flood- related weather hazards and where they are most likely to occur.

  • Thunderstorms: The Southeast sees the greatest number of thunderstorms while the West Coast sees the fewest. They occur most often in the spring and summer months during the afternoon and evening hours but can occur anywhere and anytime. These powerful storms can dump large amounts of rain in a short period of time, resulting in flooding and power outages. In an average year, the U.S. experiences about 100,000 3
  • Snow Melt: Areas of the U.S. that receive a lot of snowfall are subject to flooding from snow melt. As warming temperatures melt the snow on top of frozen ground, water can pour into basements and flood yards and streets. Communities downstream of heavy snowpack areas are at flooding risk from streams and rivers swollen with melted snow and Communities along rivers are subject to flooding due to ice jams that block the river’s flow.
  • Coastal Flooding: Flooding events during or following a coastal storm are common, but changes in average sea level and ongoing development have led to a new phenomenon for coastal communities—Blue Sky or Sunny Day Spring is one of the times when this phenomenon occurs, when the Moon’s orbit brings it closest to the Earth, and the Moon, Sun and Earth align, resulting in extraordinarily high tides. Coastal flooding is most common along the Northeast and Gulf Coasts.

“It’s great to look forward to the warmer days of spring, but it’s also important to remember that this change in the weather can trigger some unsettled and even dangerous weather,” says Senese. “Prepare now for the risk of flooding events by making an emergency plan for meeting up with loved ones, storing fresh water in the event of water supply contamination, having fresh batteries on hand in case of power outages, and stockpiling non-perishable food.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, floodwaters can pose several health risks and cause injuries, infections, chemical hazards, and more.4 Never drive through flooded roadways, and avoid contact with floodwaters when possible as it may contain downed power lines or electric current from a home or business; human or livestock waste; household, medical, or industrial hazardous waste; debris; or wild animals such as rodents and snakes. If the water has entered a structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is also to be considered black water and could be hazardous to your health.

“If your home or business is affected by a flood, remember, quick action is critical to minimizing damage and long-term health risks,” Senese says. “Add SERVPRO of The Windsors to your contact list in your phone. We’re here to help.”

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of The Windsors please contact Antonio Senese at 860-627-0763 or AntonioS@SERVPROthewindsors.com. For more information on SERVPRO, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

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1 www.fema.gov/news-release/2004/08/16/flooding-americas-1-natural-hazard

2 www.floodsmart.gov/flood-map-zone/find-yours

3www.nssl.noaa.gov › education › svrwx101 › thunderstorms

4www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including: 2018 California Wildfires, 2018 Hurricane Michael, 2018 Hurricane Florence, 2017 Hurricane Irma, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2016 East Tennessee Wildfires, 2016 Hurricane Matthew,

2016 Louisiana Flooding, 2016 Houston Flooding, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding,

2014 Polar Vortex, 2013 Colorado Floods, 2013 Alberta, Canada Floods, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee.

Second Annual First Responder Bowl Champions!

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Photo reads "Hilltopper Football 2019 First Responder Bowl Champions" photo of team members in the background Western Kentucky Hilltoppers win the second annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl!

Did you tune in? If not, you missed a good game! If you did, we hope you enjoyed it, we sure did! In addition to the thousands who tuned in, over thirteen thousand people attended the game!

It was a good turn out to see the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Western Michigan Broncos face off for the first time in more than seventy years!

We will leave it to the well-versed sports broadcasters to break down the details but even a novice football fan would recognize it was an interesting game, with several irregular things happening! If you missed the game live be sure to check it out online!

We don’t want to spoil it on you, but we do want to say congratulations to the winners!

With a final game score of 23 to 20 the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Win the second annual SERVPRO First Responders Bowl! Congratulations to both teams for their efforts and to our champions the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers for the victory!

We hope you all enjoyed the game! Stay tuned next year for the third annual First Responder Bowl!

SERVPRO's Second Annual First Responder Bowl

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

White Background with Orange SERVPRO logo reads "First Responder Bowl" In black with Blue and Red underline Join SERVPRO in special recognition of Brent Manley & First Responders countrywide

SERVPRO’s First Responder Bowl is an annual college football game that SERVPRO hosts to honor the sacrifices and support the men and women who keep our communities safe by playing our first line of defense every day give. This year's First Responder Bowl is only days away! Kick-off goes down on December 30th, at 12 pm.

The crowds will gather at The Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the Southern Methodist Campus at University Park in Dallas, Texas. Join SERVPRO of The Windsors in enjoying America's favorite past time! This year, for the first time ever, we will see the Kentucky Wild Cats go head to head against the Western Michigan Broncos!

During the game, this year we will celebrate firefighter Brent Manley. Brent is the First Responder who will receive special recognition this year. We will celebrate Brent for his selflessness, bravery, and service during a presentation on the field.  Brent helped save multiple lives from rough waters during a beach trip.  Sadly, there were 7 lives lost during the rough tides, the number would have been greater without Brent.

SERVPRO has provided Brent Manley with airfare, accommodations, and tickets to attend the game so we can celebrate his heroic actions. Be sure to tune in to applaud Brent with us. 

If you are living or visiting in Texas or will be visiting tickets can be purchased at https://www.firstresponderbowl.com/first-responders-1If you are unable to attend, but want to offer your support and gratitude to our everyday heroes all across the USA you can purchase a “Sponsor a Responder” ticket for only $15.00 at the same website provided above!

Emergency Water Damage Tips

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Silver sink plumbing leaking water on grey background with SERVPRO of The Windsors Photo Turn off the water source as soon as possible!

Having any loss is devastating and responding when you’re in a state of panic is not always easy. When you have a water loss there are some steps you can take to prevent further and secondary damage. Here are some emergency water damage tips that the experts here at SERVPRO of The Windsors have gathered that can help you take action immediately after a water loss while you wait for our emergency response team to arrive:

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting.
  • Most importantly, call SERVPRO of The Windsors at 860-627-0763.

Pet Holiday Safety Tips

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Golden retriever lying on floor in front of Christmas tree tangled up in a string of colorful lights Follow these tips and keep your fur babies safe this season!

Our pets are our very best friends and to some, we even refer to them as our fur babies! Just as our own children we would do any and everything to keep them safe. When you are expecting a child you "childproof" your home. You go out and purchase outlet covers, place sharp objects in higher places, put safety knobs on ovens and doors, use special knick-knacks to keep your cabinets from opening. When it comes to childproofing the options are endless! So, this season we want to discuss how to keep our fur babies safe. Here are a few tips to consider when purchasing and setting up your Christmas tree & décor.

  • 1. Plastic Ornaments are safer than Glass ornaments. Not only can they be choking hazards, but if broken, shards of glass can injure mouths, paws, and other body parts!
  • 2. Don’t add chemicals to keep the tree hydrated
  • 4. Stabilize tree with pet activity in mind
  • 5. Stay away from tinsel- If you just can’t resist the sparkle of tinsel be sure to hang it as high out of your pets reach as possible!
  • 6. If you choose to buy a live tree- Keep the area around the tree free of pine needles, if ingested they can potentially puncture your fur babies’ intestines or cause an upset stomach
  • 7. Holly and mistletoe are poisonous to dogs & cats
  • 8. Burning candles smell great but should be placed on high shelves or mantels. You can also try an alternative like a wax warmer.

In The News Part 15! The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Kicks Off December 30

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

stack of news papers with SERVPRO Logo headline reads News New Press Release Annual college bowl game honors the everyday heroes in hometowns across the country

East Windsor, Connecticut (Grassroots Newswire) December 10th, 2019 -- SERVPRO is proud to present the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, scheduled to kick-off on December 30, 2019, at 12:30 ET at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in University Park, Texas. This is the second annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, and it honors the sacrifice and service of those who stand as the first line of defense in local communities – the brave men and women who respond when the unexpected or the unthinkable happens, says Antonio Senese of SERVPRO of The Windsors. This year’s game, televised by ESPN, will feature     Kentucky Wild Cats and Western Michigan Broncos.

This year, SERVPRO asked their franchisees nationwide to submit the name of a local first responder to be considered for special recognition at this year’s game. SERVPRO has selected one first responder from this group of nominees to be honored with an award during a presentation on the field at the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. In addition to the award presentation, SERVPRO will provide the selected first responder with complimentary airfare, accommodations, and tickets for the game.

Even if you can’t attend the game, you can still participate. East Windsor area residents who wish to honor the dedication of these hometown heroes across the country may purchase a “Sponsor a Responder” ticket for $15 at https://www.firstresponderbowl.com/first-responders-1 to help send a first responder to the game for free. According to Senese, SERVPRO’s goal is to distribute more than 10,000 complimentary SERVPRO First Responder Bowl tickets to first responders and their families nationwide. Everyone who chooses to “Sponsor a Responder” will be recognized on the stadium’s video board during the game.

First responders—including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue teams, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents, and military personnel— may register to receive complimentary tickets at https://reservations.aresttravel.com/attraction/single/7045/1425.

“Every day, across the nation, ordinary people making an extraordinary commitment to their friends and neighbors to put themselves in harm’s way when the unexpected happens,” said Rick Isaacson, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, LLC. “The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is one way we celebrate these dedicated first responders and their families as the hometown heroes they are.”

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened.” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of The Windsors, please contact Antonio Senese at (860)627-0763 or AntonioS@SERVPROTheWindsors.com For more information about SERVPRO, please visit https://www.SERVPRO.com.

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 1,700 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.

Storm Abel Has Arrived!

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Green background that reads "Storm Alert" with the SERVPRO of The Windsors Logo above it SERVPRO of The Windsors is here 24/7

Well, here it is! The first snowfall of 2019 and the first day of winter has not yet arrived! Abel arrived Sunday afternoon dumping as much as 7 inches of snow in some parts of the state!  As he progresses through today there will be a mixture of freezing rain fluctuating with more snow. Expected snowfall ranges from 2-4 inches all the way up to 12 inches in the northwest part of the state!

We know these winter storms can sometimes cause property damage.  Stay ahead of property damage in through the cold winter by maintaining your heat, keeping pipes in good functioning order, remove snow safely from your roof to avoid ice dams or large amounts of snow sitting on your roof for extended periods of time as all of these can cause water damage. A few other tips to ensure winter safety-please take extra caution during your commute, check your oil levels, and make sure there is enough fuel in your vehicles.

SERVPRO of The Windsors is here to help you 24/7 with any of your property damage needs this season.

SERVPRO of The Windsors Goes Above and Beyond

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of a shed that caught fire beside a picture of the backyard once shed was removed Before and After of Shed Fire!

As seen in the before photo this shed is the aftermath of a fire, the cause of which remains unknown. Our office received the call for this loss and responded immediately. The customer requested that we remove and discard of the shed and the lawn equipment it contained. Upon completion of removing the shed, one of our team members noticed that the fence too had been affected by the fire. He also noticed that our customer was a dog owner and the fence which was currently being patched up with plywood would not suffice in safely keeping our customers' furry friends in his yard so without being asked Jose went ahead and repaired our customers shed. Here at SERVPRO of The Windsors, we put our customers and their needs first and this very demonstration proved just that to be oh so true!

T.U.R.K.E.Y Safety Tips!

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Cooked Turkey with different cooking utensils, seasonings, and veggies scattered around it reads"lets talk turkey safety" Talk Turkey Safety With SERVPRO of The Windsors!

Thanksgiving … a day of gratitude, family, and feasting…what’s not to enjoy! We have come up with a few tips to help keep you and your family safe while preparing your meal! Avoid holiday upset by practicing fire safety this holiday season!

Thaw your turkey safely by placing it in a leak-proof plastic bag in a sink full of cold water (replacing the water every 30 minutes)

Use different cutting boards and utensils for meats and vegetables to avoid the risk of cross-contamination.

Remember your oven should never be below 325?? F when cooking a turkey, to ensure your turkey cooks evenly and any harmful bacteria have been destroyed.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy and all smoke detectors functional.

Ensure someone remains in the kitchen when food is actively cooking.

Youngsters and pets should be kept at least 3 feet away from all hot surfaces!

Most importantly have fun & cherish these moments as a family together. Be grateful & enjoy your feast!