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How to Prepare for a Flood

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prepare for a Flood How to Prepare for a Flood

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.

You will likely hear weather forecasters use these terms when floods are predicted in your community:

  • Flood/Flash Flood Watch—Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.
  • Flood/Flash Flood Warning—Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

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How to Prepare for a Flood

You’ll be better prepared to withstand a flood if you have the following items available – packed and ready to go in case you need to evacuate your home

  • ·  Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid kit [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  •  Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

Fire Damage from Power cords

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from Power cords Fire Damage from Power cords

Power cords on electrical appliances that are moved frequently receive a lot of abuse. These include vacuum cleaners, floor polishers, power tools and other portable appliances. Often, the damage occurs at the plug (i.e., a missing ground prong on a three pronged grounded plug).

Damaged and ungrounded power cords pose serious hazards to users of the appliance including electrical shock and risk of fire. Missing ground prongs on power cord plugs usually result from users pulling on the cord to remove the plug from the outlet instead of handling the plug directly.

In some cases, the plug may be pulled from the wire covering, exposing the inner wires to damage. Power cords can become frayed or damaged from heavy use, age, or excessive current flow through the wiring.

When a power cord is damaged, the appliance should be removed from service and the cord replaced as soon as possible to reduce the risk of electrical shock, electrocution or fire. Cord damage can also result when the cord is pinched, caught between or punctured by heavy objects such as legs on a desk. This damage could lead to a short circuit and result in a fire. Also, cords placed under stress, such as when a heavy appliance is hung by its cord, could eventually cause damage to the cord or plug.

For greater detail on power cords, please see www.compliance.gov.

Reduce Fear this Halloween

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

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Reduce Fear this Halloween

Halloween is a fun-filled time for children, but there are many dangers associated with the holiday unrelated to ghouls, goblins and witches. Parents need to take the necessary Halloween safety precautions to make sure their children remain safe while still having fun. Check out our infographic on safe costume choices to help keep kids safe on Halloween.

Drive Safely as it gets Darker

Daylight Saving Time ends every year on the first Sunday in November. This means it starts to get darker earlier. As we set our clocks backward by one hour in most areas of the country, here are some tips for driving at night.

Green Cross Tip: When you change your clocks, it's also a great time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Storm Damage Restoration in Branford CT

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restoration in Branford CT Storm Damage restoration in Branford CT

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. Severe storms including hail storms, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes cause billions of dollars in damage in the United States every year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and unprepared. When preparing for a storm, it is important to have a storm plan and make sure everyone in your home knows the plan, in case of emergency.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of Branford, CT offers 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year because we know that every hour you spend cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned to handle any size disaster.
Also, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Branford 

Water Damage Restoration Service in Branford, CT

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Service in Branford, CT Water Damage Restoration Service in Branford, CT

A water damage restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture or fluid. Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process.  SERVPRO of Branford is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service. There is no job too big or too small for us to mitigate in an efficient and thorough manner.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO of Branford Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • E-Learning
  • Continuing Education Classes

Any Water Damage issues in Branford, Contact SERVPRO of Branford.

Prepare Your Organization In Response To a Disaster

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Prepare Your Organization In Response To a Disaster Prepare Your Organization In Response To a Disaster

Hold a Tabletop Exercise

A tabletop exercise is a facilitated discussion about what your organization would do in response to a disaster.

The exercise leads participants through a simulated disaster scenario and prompts them to examine their plans, policies, and procedures without disrupting the work environment. It allows for a facilitated discussion of roles, procedures, and responsibilities in the context of a simulated emergency scenario.

The goals for the exercise are as follows:

  1. To assess your organization’s ability to respond using your current plans, policies, capabilities, and resources; and 2. To help identify improvements that could make the difference in keeping your people safe and continuity of operations after a disaster.

For organizations that do not currently do this type of planning, conducting this exercise as part of your America’s PrepareAthon! Day of Action can be an important next step in improving your organization’s preparedness and resiliency.

This Playbook provides guidance on how to hold a tabletop exercise to help your organization assess and improve its ability to maintain or reestablish operations when affected by a flood. Many individuals within your organization can lead this effort: a senior leader, an employee, a facility manager, a human resources manager, or a program manager.

Use this Playbook, How to Prepare for a Flood, and the companion slide deck available on www.ready.gov/prepare to help you.

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Mold Remediation in North Branford, Connecticut

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

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A mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your residential property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up, is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Branford CT who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation. Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated.

SERVPRO professionals can respond swiftly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, the crew will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to its preloss condition.

When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Branford CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning of floors or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Branford located in East Haven, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your home look its very best.

We are available throughout North Branford Connecticut 24 hours a day. Our expertise includes residential restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying in North Branford. Additionally, we are your best resource for mold remediation in North Branford.

What to Do When the Fire Alarm Sounds?

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do When the Fire Alarm Sounds? What to Do When the Fire Alarm Sounds? SERVPRO or Branford CT

A smoke detector will emit its shrill warning if a fire breaks out at your home. You’ve heard that sound in fire and life safety drills. You flash back to tips you picked up as kids. You recall those fire protection pamphlets and those things you read while surfing the web. These are some of the things that might roll through your mind in the first few seconds after hearing that sound. The adrenaline is flowing and you know you must act fast. 

Alarms don’t just happen. Always assume a fire alarm is the real thing. Fire alarm systems and smoke detectors are sensitive and effective. Yeah, sure, some prankster could have pulled a fire alarm box. Maybe someone heating up a snack in the break room got careless and smoke set off a smoke detector. Perhaps you’ve neglected something on the stove or in the oven. These thoughts might come to mind too, but now is not the time for second guesses. This is the time for immediate fire protection action. 

Regardless of where you are, home or work, stay alert and action-oriented. Do not panic! Get ready to evacuate. If your keys, purse and cell phone are handy, grab them. If at work, don’t worry about those knickknacks and photos in your work area; don’t think about taking time to deal with your computer. Your building is probably equipped with sprinkler systems. These will minimize damage. If you are in a multi-story building look for that exit sign and head for the stairway, forget about the elevator. If you are at home, get out as soon as possible. Things are replaceable, your life isn’t. 

In case of a fire in your home, get outside quickly and move safely as far away from your home as possible. In any environment you are likely to be surrounded by highly flammable objects. Fire is fast. 

Regardless of where you are fire and safety services professionals will arrive quickly. Stay out of their way; do not attempt to assist them. They are well trained professionals, fighting fires and saving lives is their business and they are very good at what they do. Listen to what they say, follow their instructions. 

No one wants to think they may become the victim of a fire but fire can happen anywhere, anytime. Prevention and preparation are your best weapons. Use them well!

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Branford Disaster Recovery Team

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

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After a smoke or fire damage your home's ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning or replacement. Your experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Branford will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products require to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure.

Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Branford professionals may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.

In other cases, SERVPRO of Branford will clean to "prepare for painting." This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a SERVPRO representative, please call us at (860) 222-0379 or visit our website or Facebook Page

Mold Remediation technicians in Branford CT

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

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Mold Growth in Your Home

Depending on how much and how toxic the mold is, Mold Remediation technicians may recommend a thorough cleaning of HVAC systems to remove mold spores and toxins from the air in the home.

SERVPRO of Branford , CT is Connecticut’s leading mold removal and sewage contamination damage remediation company that operates across Connecticut that has built it’s reputation on excellence.

Our skilled mold and sewage remediation technicians operate nationwide and carry-out essential drain and sewage spill clean-up services 24 hours a day. If you have a blocked or overflowing drain, toilet leak, backed up drain, mold issues, fire damage or flood water damage, regardless of the time of day or location, we will provide superior service quickly and effectively to ensure our clients get back to their lives as pain free as possible.

Our expert sewage remediation and restoration technician teams are equipped with the most advanced drain and SERVPRO of Branford  equipment and will respond to your call immediately.