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Fire Damage Restoration Process in Meriden

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage in a home with servpro logo Don't let fire damage devastate your home. Give us a call to restore your property to pre-fire condition.

A fire can be devastating for your home or business.

After the fire is out, you may be left with multiple areas of damage. The fire may have compromised the structure of the building, soot and smoke damage can effect walls and furniture, and you may face water damage from putting the fire out.

So, where do you start after the flames are out?

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Meriden can restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

We specialize in fire and water damage remediation and restoration. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire or water damage to help lessen the damage, limit further damage, and reduce restoration costs.

We’re open 24/7, 365 days a year to respond to your call.

Don’t wait if you have fire damage, call today.

Causes of Water Damage

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

discoloration on a white ceiling from water damage The discoloration on this ceiling is due to water damage from above.

What are the causes of water damage? Well, water damage comes in many shapes and sizes; some that are easy to identify and others that are not. Knowing the common causes of water damage can help prevent damage to your home. The earlier you can identify water damage, the less work will have to be done by a water damage restoration company to restore your home. This minimizes cost and time displaced from your home or business due to repairs.

Causes of Water Damage Include:

Leaking or Burst Pipes

Leaking or burst pipes are common causes of water damage. These issues can come from changes in water pressure, temperature changes, or the deterioration of old pipes. In the winter, uninsulated pipes can also freeze and burst.

Plumbing Issues

These kind of water damage issues can be hard to detect until there is clear water damage on your walls or ceilings since pipes and hoses are usually hidden within walls. Keep an eye out on your water bill and periodically check for leaks under sinks, toilets, and around showers to find possible plumbing issues that can cause water damage.

Old or Worn Household Appliances

Did you know the average washing machine supply hose fails after just 8.7 years, and 75% of water heaters fail within 12 years? The hoses on these appliances should be changed when you can see any sort of wear to prevent them cracking and leaking everywhere in your home. Look out for all of your other appliances which have water hookups as well, like refrigerators with ice makers.

HVAC Units

HVAC units are also a common cause of water damage. When not maintained, moisture can build up creating not only water damage, but space for mold and mildew to grow and spread around your home. 

Sewage Backups

Clogs in drain lines or heavy rains can cause sewage to backup into your home through floor drains, toilets, and sinks. This type of water damage should absolutely be handled by water damage specialists to correctly decontaminate, sanitize, and restore rooms affected by sewage water.

Now that you know several major causes of water damage in home and businesses, you can prevent unmitigated damages to your home. But, if disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Meriden with any water damage issues.

No job is too big – we have the experience and resources necessary to restore your home to pre-damage conditions

We’re open 24/7 and waiting for your call. 800-734-3213

Commercial Loss Preparations in the Meriden Area

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks in front of a commercial building SERVPRO of Meriden is faster to any size disaster!

Surviving a big commercial property loss successfully takes planning. Fire, water, or storm damage is unpredictable and can happen to any property at any time. 

Consider taking these steps with SERVPRO of Meriden to be prepared if you are faced with a commercial loss:

  • ERP - The Emergency Response Plan 
    • We make an Emergency Response Plan for your specific property. The plan permits us to collect information before a disaster strikes your business. That means we are already set to get work if your property suffers a loss.
  • Pre-disaster consultation 
    • We will visit and inspect your commercial property so that we know what to expect if you suffer a loss.
  • Response Time ALPHA 
    • You're our Emergency Response Plan (ERP) Client, our 1st priority whether its a big weather event like a hurricane or tornado. Our crew will be on-site fast.

Call SERVPRO of Meriden if your commercial property suffers any damages which require our mitigation.

Available 24/7 365 days a year.

What Is The Commercial Water Damage Process?

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Large office building with SERVPRO trucks outside for water damage cleanup and repair. SERVPRO of Meriden is faster to any size disaster - even large office buildings!

When your business or commercial property has water damage, it may be overwhelming to figure out where to start.

SERVPRO of Meriden will assist you every step of the way in restoring your commercial property. We understand that every hour of our work is an hour of lost work for your business. Because of this, our goal is to be as efficient and non-intrusive as possible while restoring your property. 

To clear up any uncertainties, SERVPRO of Meriden will always answer any questions or concerns around the process. 

Water Damage Restoration Process:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection & Water Damage Assessment
  3. Water Removal / Water Extraction
  4. Drying and Dehumidification
  5. Cleaning & Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

Our technicians are available 24/7 for emergency services and will respond day or night. We even offer free estimates and will help you through the insurance process. 

Call SERVPRO of Meriden for any Commercial Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration Needs.


First Annual Coat Drive in Meriden

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

boxes of donations for local shelters; servpro marketer unloading servpro van to drop off donations We were able to donate 13 boxes full of winter coats to different shelters in the Meriden and New Haven, Connecticut area!

This year, SERVPRO of Meriden started its first annual coat drive for homeless shelters in our area!

On our very first year, we exceeded our monetary goal of $500 and we were able to collect over 80 coats. All together, using the monetary donations and the physical donations, we were able to donate 120 coats to local shelters in the Meriden and New Haven, Connecticut area! Donations ranged from children's coats to both men and women's jackets. 

The contributions we received this year were absolutely amazing. Thank you to all of our generous donors for contributing to our first annual coat drive!

If you missed out on donating - no worries! We will be sure to get the word out for our second annual coat drive next year.

Commercial Water Damage Prevention Tips in Meriden

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

skyline of commercial buildings Water damage tips for commercial buildings

Equipment and parts age and deteriorate. Accidents happen. Things break and fail. If and when water-management equipment or plumbing in your facility breaks or leaks, it can result in high water damage restoration fees. To avoid commercial water damage, the key is maintenance and inspection.

You should habitually inspect all plumbing that you can see, test sump pumps, check and clean outdoor downspouts and gutters that drain water away from your building. Make sure your roof is in great shape and repair any damage.

Everyone that manages a commercial property can agree that a water leak is the one of the most costly damage to repair. Many times, water damage restoration can cost thousands of dollars to clean up when there's a problem.

Let your local experts handle this. We can be contacted at 1-800-374-3213

Prevent Christmas Tree Fire Damage in Your Meriden Home

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

decorated christmas tree with servpro logo and text "christmas tree fire safety tips" Stay safe from fire damage this holiday season!

It’s fun to decorate your home for the holidays, but holiday decorations like Christmas trees and lights can increase your risk for a home fire.

Did you know:

  • More than one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • A heat source to close to a Christmas tree causes one in every four of holiday fires.
  • Nearly half of all holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

To prevent fire damage in your home this holiday season, SERVPRO of ­­­­Meriden recommends following these fire safety tips.

  1. If buying a real tree, choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. This will lower the risk of fire due to a dry tree.
  2. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source: fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
  3. Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. This is a fire hazard.
  4. Add water to the tree stand and be sure to add water daily. A dry, dying tree increases risk of fire.
  5. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

SERVPRO of Meriden hopes that you will follow these Christmas tree fire safety tips to stay safe this holiday season!


Buying Commercial Property for Your Company

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

the arm of a person in a suit with keys in their outstretched hand over another outstretch hand ready to receive them The keys to your commercial property

Commercial Property can be the best investment you'll ever do. If you’re successful in your business or you’re starting, you should ask yourself, Should you buy a piece of property for your company?

Purchasing commercial real estate can be really involved, even for professionals. It’s just not identical to purchasing a home. It takes a period of time, planning, and research.

Owning commercial real estate is a determination you must weigh really cautiously, and every scene is different for every situation. In the right condition, it could be a smart financial choice, with the expected payoff great too.

There's no 1 formula or one-size-fits-all plan of action to buying commercial property, there some typical guidance to follow to start. Be really clear about objectives, know what you want. For more information visit the SBA or your local bank for details.

Commercial Restoration Services in Meriden CT Area

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

2 shops along main street. From Main St to the board room

If your company or commercial property gets hit by a catastrophe, you’ll want a restoration firm with years of real-world commercial experience and the means to restore your possessions, inventory, and property to its prime condition.

SERVPRO of Meriden has over 13 years of knowledge and experience in commercial and restoration. We offer:

Water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold damage restoration and storm damage restoration specifically for commercial property.

We take pride in topnotch cleanup and restoration services to a broad range of commercial facilities and properties such as:

Office Buildings
Hospitals & Medical Centers
Shopping Malls
Apartment Buildings
Factory Buildings
Universities and Schools

We have a talented technical staff with the skills, training, and instruments needed to restore and recover your business SERVPRO of Meriden also offers disaster preparation to assure that you are guarded in case potential damage comes your way.

At SERVPRO of Meriden, we never close. We are open 24/7 365 days a year. We are here for you at 800-734-3213.

Ice Dam Removal: What is an Ice Dam?

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Graphic of roof with ice dam damage and water damage This info graphic shows how an ice dam can create water damage in your home.

In the cold winter months of New England, it is not unusual for snow to be covering your roof, or to have icicles hanging along roof eaves for most of the season. It snows all the time up here! Unfortunately, what looks like a ‘winter wonderland’ may actually be damaging your home.

What is an Ice Dam?

An Ice Dam forms when melted snow refreezes at roof edges and can form with even as little as 1 or 2 inches of snow.

Three things are needed for an ice dam to form:

  1. Snow
  2. Heat to melt the snow
  3. Cold to refreeze melted snow into solid ice.

How Can Ice Dams Damage Your Home?

Ice Dams dislodge the shingles of your roof, making way for water to enter your home. The under-layer of the ice dam continuously melts and re-freezes due to the warmth of your roof, resulting in water entering your home.

This leads to:

  • Water-stained ceilings
  • Peeling paint
  • Trapped moisture in ceilings, walls & insulation which creates room for mold and mildew to grow
  • Ruin gutters and make them sag.

Altogether, the water damage from ice dams can affect the structure of your home.

What Should You Do?

To completely remove an ice dam without damaging your roof, it is likely best to call specialists like SERVPRO® of Meriden. We have specialized equipment to safely and easily remove ice dams. We’re available 24/7 for emergency service. Call us today.

Source: UMass Amherst