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SERVPRO! Responding to all your property needs!
There is a lot going on in the country right now! We have the ongoing pandemic, civil unrest, and catastrophic, unparalleled weather events. SERVPRO of The Windsors understands these are unfamiliar and challenging times and we want to help! We are standing by and ready to respond to all emergencies. Keep reading for a quick recap of the issues SERVPRO is responding to both locally and nationally.
Water Damage Cleanup/Restoration – We are prepared with the equipment and staff to remove water quickly and efficiently from your property and mitigate subsequent damages.
Fire/Smoke Restoration – We can perform any necessary board up's, packing, or any other fire related service needs.
Mold Removal – Water damaged homes will be susceptible to mold, we can help.
Virus & Biohazard Cleanup – We provide COVID19 disinfection cleaning services to both residential and commercial properties.
We are available 24/7. Do not hesitate to call. We hope everyone stays safe.
Commercial Water Loss
"Like it never even happened!"
One loss our team responded to this week is a commercial water loss in Windsor, CT. A financial company with a large and beautiful building suffered from water damage caused by a water line to their instant hot. This type of loss is more common than people think. People are also surprised by how much water can be released when the machinery fails. Consider this your reminder to check the conditions of your lines and hoses!
This property we are remediating has over 7,500 square feet affected by the water. Our team came in straight away. We have extracted all the water, and have now set up drying equipment, pictured here. Notice the equipment is set up to prevent any interference to the business. The business has already been adversely affected by the water damage, SERVPRO of The Windsors works to prevent secondary damage, including business disruption. If your business experiences water damage, we can help keep your doors open too.
We are in for a rainy Christmas Day!
It would not be 2020 if Christmas Day did not have any commotion, am I right? The treat of the day will be hurricane-like winds, along with the heavy rains. Combine those two factors with the large amount of snow on the ground leftover from last week’s storm and there’s a chance you may have some new visitors this year, us, SERVPRO!
While we are taking a comedic tone, we know strong winds and heavy rain can really cause severe property damage. We wanted to take a moment to remind you, we will be available throughout the holiday to respond to any emergencies. We hope you do not need us but will be here if you do. We wish you all have a safe and happy holiday. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
Frozen Pipe Response Plan
Follow these quick and easy steps to address frozen pipes!
While we all hope to avoid frozen pipes in the winter. The reality is through all efforts pipes are going to freeze and water damage will occur as result. It is an unfortunate reality. If you should meet this fate it is better to be equipped with a response plan. So here are four quick and easy tips of action to perform if your pipes have ALREADY frozen over.
First, locate the water main shut-off valve and turn off the water
Second, open the faucet so thawing water can flow freely & relieve pressure
Third, warm the pipes w/ a space heater or hairdryer
Fourth, close faucets and turn on water
Fifth, check for leaks
After taking these initial steps you find leaks causing water damage follow the next two steps:
Protect your belongings
Call SERVPRO of The Windsors! We will take it from here.
Go with the (SERV)PRO’S!!
Protect your business by trusting professionals!
We trust specialists with our medical needs, vehicle needs, and even for the perfect floral arrangements. Across all areas, services are specialized. So when your business suffers property damage why should this be any different? Why would you trust your custodian with your remediation needs? Instead, call the experts. SERVPRO of The Windsor’s has a team with over a century of combined experience. Our team responds weekly to commercial property damage. No matter how big or how small the loss. We have seen countless unique scenarios and have never come across a job we couldn’t handle. We like to call ourselves Figure-it-outers! Where there is a will, there is a way! Each experience equips us with new information and insight we use to educate ourselves, colleagues, and customers. We then use the information as one more tool in our arsenal to better serve our customers. If you have a commercial service need please contact us today.
Knowledge is power, understanding is priceless. So we are here to share the top three most frequently asked questions and provide the answers! Keep reading!
Can you make the repair?
-No, we do not fix any toilet, plumbing, ice dam or similar issues. We come in to provide remediation after repairs have been made but we can make a referral to reputable service providers based on your needs.
Will my insurance cover this?
Most water damage is covered by insurance-toilet, and tub overflows, pipe breaks, ice damming etc. Condo insurance policies have greater limitations and losses involving sump pumps tend to need an additional endorsement on your policy for coverage. If you have questions regarding your insurance coverage, call us to discuss your specific loss, with decades of experience our office understands the ins and outs of insurance coverages.
How much will remediation cost?
Pricing varies based on many factors-square footage involved, cause of the damage, building materials involved etc. No two claims are alike so it’s impossible to give real costs. However, we bill use insurance mandated software and work with the property owner and insurance providers to receive approval before any costs are incurred.
Understanding Fire Damage-Smoke vs. Soot
Smoke vs Soot-Do you know the difference?
When we talk about fire damage, people often have misunderstandings. After a property suffers a fire there can be a variety of secondary damage. The damage often includes water damage, caused by the extinguishing of the fire and a combination of smoke and soot damage. People commonly mistake soot and smoke as the same things, they are not. Continue reading to learn more about smoke and soot.
Smoke – Smoke is the result of combustion. Smoke contains solids, liquids and gases. If
smoke contains hot oils, which are cooled rapidly, they can form a film on surfaces that can be difficult to remove.
Soot – Soot is the solid residues as a result of combustion. Soot is the part of the material that did not burn, called the product of incomplete combustion.
If your home suffers from smoke or soot damage, we can help. Call us today for your emergency needs or an obligation free consultation.
Roof Snow Removal
Ice Dams are a leading Cause of Property Damage!
Bracing for the impending weather, I went through my own checklist and confirmed all my supplies are in order and readily available. I’ve pulled out all my winter gear and tools: gloves, hats, boots, shovels, salt, and a snow rake. The snow rake is an underused game changer in a homeowner’s home maintenance toolbox. (With limitations, primarily property height.) Snow rakes are used to remove snow from roofs. If you don’t own one, now is the time to acquire your own.
Removing snow from your roof is an important step in avoiding ice dams which result in a tremendous amount of property damage each year. We’ve seen ice dam insurance claims reach tens of thousands of dollars! So be sure to get that snow off the roof!
When doing so here are some best practice tips to follow:
- Don the proper gear-gripping and undamaged footwear, harnesses when possible, gloves to avoid frostbite
- Do not begin your raking at the top, instead begin with overhangs and then slowly work your way up to, this will avoid snow build up which makes it difficult to remove.
- Do not pull too much snow at once
- Do not use a metal shovel/rake which may damage your roof, use a plastic shovel/rake instead
- Use quality tools- Roof rake should be textured on the blade which will limit the scraping of the roof and thus preventing damage.
- Do not go on a roof when it’s still snowing
If raking and/or shoveling becomes too dangerous, consider hiring a snow removal company. These unexpected costs aren’t ideal but trump risking injury and or property damage. If through all your efforts you are still faced with ice dams, we can help! Season’s greetings!
Seasonal Vehicle Maintenance
Here's an example of mold growth in a vehicle! Eek!
Most people are mindful of their home maintenance, especially here in New England as we embrace the changing seasons and weather elements. But what about seasonal car maintenance? In our line of work, we handle all remediation. So our resume includes water, fire, and mold damage in vehicles too! That may be surprising to some people but when you think about it maybe it shouldn’t be. If your anything like me you live part-time in your car. Many of the things we do in our home we do in our car though perhaps more infrequently! We spend hours a week in our vehicles, eat, sleep, and sometimes even change clothes in them! the vehicle is a tiny home after all!
When there’s so much activity in our vehicles and exposure to the elements there’s similar threats to our vehicles as to our home. Here’s some tips to seasonal car maintenance!
- Flush the cooling system and replace coolant
- Inspect and replace wiper blades as needed
- Replenish windshield fluid
- Keep car free of bio debris (food, leaves, etc.)
- Check and maintain proper tire pressure
- Install winter tires
- Apply a wax layer to your vehicle
No Snow Days Off!
Are you ready for the heavy snow we are getting this week? There is going to be so much that snow forecasts are past measuring inches and are measuring by the foot now! The good news for our customers is SERVPRO does not have snow days. We are always open rain, snow, weekends, after-hours, and holidays. Your business cannot close, so we don’t either! If you experience any issues due to the bad weather, we are ready to help. Broken pipes, leaking roof, saturated foundations, ice dams, wind damage, we are ready to respond to it all. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Take one more preparation step by adding us to your emergency contact list! If you need us, we will be standing by.