Recent Storm Damage Posts

Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in Meriden CT

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Storm Damage & Evacuation in Meriden CT.

Some of these items can be kept in a waterproof container (your emergency kit). Medications probably cannot, but you can have them ready to bring with you.

SERVPRO of Meriden suggests having these items prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home in Meriden.

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list

Some people in Meriden will also need to consider the following:

  • Make sure that at least one other person can get your medications & supplies
  • Have at least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
  • A list of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses
  • Hearing-aid batteries
  • Games & activities for children

If you have pets in Meriden, consider these items:

  • Pet food and toys
  • Toys or comfort objects
  • Vet information

Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged loved ones. All shelters allow service animals. FEMA for more details.

Emergency Kit for Evacuation for the Deaf, Blind, and Service Animals in Meriden CT

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

German Shepard dog looking to the left German Shepard

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Meriden

Low vision or hearing loss may make a power outage more difficult in Meriden. Evacuation may also be more difficult.

SERVPRO of Meriden has these tips:

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready.  You can also use it at home.

For people who have low hearing or deafness in Meriden, consider the following:

  • Extra batteries for hearing aids
  • TTY
  • If you Sign, have a pen and paper for people who do not know Sign
  • Backup batteries for any augmentative communication devices

For people who have low vision or blindness in Meriden, consider the following:

  • Use large-print or Braille on labels
  • Magnifiers or other assistive devices
  • White cane (if you use one)

Storm damage makes life more difficult for service animals too.

For people who have service animals in Meriden, consider the following: 

  • Food, water, and other supplies
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal

Be prepared for power outages from storms in Meriden CT

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Managing Without Power in Meriden CT

SERVPRO of Meriden has seen storm damage lead to power outages.  

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Meriden CT, 

be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • User generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up a plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery. You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.

Plan ahead for evacuation in the event of a storm for you and your pets in Meriden CT

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Storm Damage & Evacuation in Meriden CT

SERVPRO of Meriden has these tips for people in our community dealing with disabilities during an evacuation. You may want to consider, during times of flooding, to pack a bag to have ready in case the worst happens.

Plan for backup if you have your own car. A storm or flood may damage your car.

Ask your healthcare provider to suggest what specific devices you might need if you need to evacuate due to an emergency:

  • Where can I get medical supplies?
  • How I do get accessible transportation?
  • If medical help is needed, where would I go?
  • Does this facility have a disability ramp access?

Items to bring with you:

  • Written list for emergency contacts
  • List of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • Style & serial number of medical devices
  • Supply of medical equipment
  • Extra battery for a power wheelchair
  • Any cushions or padding
  • Wheelchairs, canes, braces, etc.
  • Medical bracelets
  • Medical insurance cards
  • List and/or supply of prescription medications

Our service animals are also affected by storm damage. For people who have service animals in Meriden CT.

  • Packing extra food, water, & other supplies for the service animal
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal

Plan for individuals with special needs

Thunderstorm preparedness in Meriden CT

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

thunder and lightning storm over a small town Thunder and lightning storm

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day.

You cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Meriden CT 
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of Meriden repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors”.  You don’t have to wait for the thunder.

If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside.

Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately. Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown.'' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car.

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path.

This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers. 

Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems.

A Year After the Connecticut Tornadoes

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Photo from Cathy Finlayson, a Marketing Rep at SERVPRO Meriden

On May 15th, 2018 Connecticut residents experienced some of the worst weather since 1989.

As many as 4 tornadoes touched down, winds picked up to 110 miles per hour at their peak, and hail the size of tennis balls rained down throughout New Haven county.


For Connecticut residents, this was an unusual and catastrophic event.

Trees fell, homes flooded, and wind and hail did major structural damage. Luckily, SERVPRO was there to help make it Like It Never Even Happened.

We helped countless Connecticut residents recover from the damage that ensued following these storms - including pulling trees out of houses!

You can’t predict the weather and you surely can't predict when a tornado will strike in Connecticut but what you can do when disaster strikes - CALL SERVPRO. Give us a call and we’ll make your emergency Like it never even happened.

Lots to Do

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage from the roof into the living room

Soon after the trauma of severe damage caused by the unwanted water associated with
storms and leakage from normal wear and tear or frozen lines; several different things start to
happen...

It is important to get started on the restoration processes as soon after the event as possible

Some of the circumstances that entail are or can be as follows:

  • Alleviating health problems caused by mol
  • Cutting out and repairing dry-rotted wood and/or wet, damaged drywall.
  • Stopping mold growth
  • Repairing damaged roofing materials.
  • Assessing and repairing structural damage
  • Dealing with legal repercussions
  • Patching/splicing water supply lines and drainage pipes


To take care of these and many other problems, we at SERVPRO of Meriden use only the newest hi-tech equipment available.

That's not all, along with a staff of top-notch professionals who are there to get your problem under control efficiently and with as little unnecessary stress as we can manage.

We’d like to make it “Like it never even happened."

Meriden Storm Damage Restoration

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Meriden Storm Damage Restoration

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.

SERVPRO of Meriden has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. 

SERVPRO of Meriden Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your Meriden home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

The SERVPRO of Meriden Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. 

SERVPRO of Meriden CT Disaster Recovery and Restoration Service in Meriden and surrounding, contact on 203-630-2273

Storm - Steps Before and After

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm - Steps Before and After

Insurance companies encourage you to take precautions and be ready to take action following a major storm. Your safety and swift recovery are the top priorities for both you and your insurance company. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and return to regular daily life after a catastrophic event.

What should I do before a disaster strikes?

  • Call or visit your insurance agent prior to a storm to discuss your policy.
  • Keep the name, address, insurance policy and claims reporting telephone number of your insurer and agent in a safe and easily accessible place.
  • Take inventory of your household items, especially valuables. Photograph and videotape items for verification and keep in a safe place such as a safety deposit box, and/or send copies of records to a trusted relative or friend who lives another state.
  • Read your insurance policy and know what YOUR responsibilities are. Know what is and isn't covered, such as flooding, and know your general/specific policy limits and deductibles.

A storm has hit and my house is damaged. Now what?

  • Find out the time limit on filing claims and notify your insurance agent in writing of the damage as soon as possible.
  • If there are holes in your roof or your windows are broken, be sure to cover them as quickly as possible so that wind and rain do not cause further damage.
  • Save receipts of what you spend and submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement.
  • Don't throw away any damaged items until an adjuster visits your home.
  • Photograph or videotape the damage for your records and the insurance company. Make a copy of your home inventory for your adjuster.

What kind of questions do I ask my insurance company?

  • Does my claim exceed my deductible? Make sure you know the amount of your deductible. In many coastal areas, deductibles may range from 1 to 5 percent of your home's value.
  • Will I need to obtain estimates for repairs or replacements? Before an estimate can be reimbursed, some companies may require an estimate to be approved first.
  • How much insurance is enough? Check if your policy pays replacement cost or actual cash value for a covered loss. If you have increased the value of your property, be sure to increase the protection for your property.
  • Does my policy provide reimbursement for additional living expenses when a property is determined to be uninhabitable due to damage? If you must evacuate the area, notify your insurance company and verify your insurance policy for coverage for temporary lodging. This provision helps pay for living expenses, restaurant food, overnight parking, and laundry services.

What should my insurance company be doing?

  • Once you have made a claim, the company will send you the necessary claim forms. Properly fill the forms out to avoid delays.
  • Your company will send out an adjuster to inspect your home. Make a list of structural damage to your home that you would like to show the adjuster.
  • Once you and your insurance company agree on the terms of your settlement, state laws require that your payment is sent promptly.
  • Damage to trees, shrubs and other plants during a hurricane or windstorm are not covered under a standard homeowners policy. However, insurance may pay to remove the debris from a fallen tree if it caused damage to a structure covered by insurance.

REPAIR YOUR HOME AFTER A STORM

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

fallen tree casing storm damage to connecticut home REPAIR YOUR HOME AFTER A STORM

REPAIR YOUR HOME AFTER A STORM

Bad weather of all kinds can affect your home, and cause structural damage, roof damage, content damage, and many more. no matter whether it’s a thunder storm or a hail storm.

Stay out

Although you may be tempted to try and get your possessions, or to see just how bad the damage after a storm really is, it’s probably not safe.

Wait until a professional has had a look and deemed it safe for you and your family to return before going back in.

You’ll also need to think about transport if your car keys were in your home.

Call your insurance company

Call your insurance company as soon as you can, and let them know that your home has suffered significant damage after a storm.

Your insurance company will tell you what to do, and how to find a contractor to repair your home.

SERVPRO work with the majority of insurance companies, so we can help you file your insurance claim, and get started on cleaning your home quickly prior to construction company start work.

Find somewhere to stay

Whilst you might be able to stay with friends or family, if they don’t live locally, you may not be able to.

Knowing whether your insurance policy will pay for hotel rooms for your family is important. You don’t want to be left out of pocket.

Clothes and other essentials

You’ll need to speak to your insurance company and see what to do about clothes and other essentials like toiletries.

You may need to ask about food and sustenance too, so that you can all eat. Whilst eating out at restaurants might be fun for the first couple of days, it can soon get expensive.

Children’s entertainment

If you’ve got young children then you’ll want to make sure that they have plenty to keep them occupied.

Whilst a coloring book and some pens, a cuddly toy or something to read might impress younger children, older children are likely to want their creature comforts and electronic gadgets that they’re used to.

Trying to maintain your children’s routine can be nearly impossible if you’re not at home, so you’ll need to be prepared to compromise and to cut them some slack too.

Our advice

Once you’ve spoken to your insurance company, you’ll know what you can and can’t do, have some idea of how long it’ll take, and you’ll know what your policy does and doesn’t cover.

SERVPRO of Meriden work around Connecticut after the storm, so we’re able to help you.

Need help or advice? Contact us today on 800-734-3213

Storm Damage Restoration in Meriden CT

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoration in Meriden 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.

SERVPRO of Meriden has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. 

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your Meriden home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

The SERVPRO of Meriden Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. 

SERVPRO of Meriden CT Disaster Recovery and Restoration Service  (800) 734-3213

Understand Thunderstorms 

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Understand Thunderstorms 

On a hot summer day the surface of the Earth is heated by the sun. The Earth's surface heats the air just above the surface through the process of conduction.

The action of warm air rising and cold air sinking (convection) plays a key role in the formation of severe thunderstorms. If the warm surface air is forced to rise, it will continue to rise, because it is less dense than the surrounding air. In addition, it will transfer heat from the land surface to upper levels of the atmosphere through the process of convection.

Two of the most important ingredients for thunderstorm formation are instability (unstable air) and moisture.

There are three main types of thunderstorms; orographic, air mass, and frontal.

Supercell thunderstorms occur when very strong updrafts are balanced by downdrafts. This can allow the storm to persist for many hours. In a supercell, a moist, unstable body of warm air may be forced to rise by an approaching cold front.

The result is a strong, persistent updraft of warm moist air. Speeds in an updraft can be as fast as 90 miles per hour! The air cools as it rises. Water vapor condenses and forms cumulus clouds. When condensation occurs, heat is released and helps the thunderstorm grow.

At some point, condensation high in the cloud (now in the form of water droplets and ice) falls to the ground as rain. A cold downdraft forms as the rain falls.

SERVPRO of Meriden has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today 800-734-3213

How to develop an emergency plan before tornadoes

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

How to develop an emergency plan before tornadoes

What types of emergencies could affect you or your property?

  • Who will be part of the plan – adults, children, elderly relatives or others with special needs as well as pets and livestock.
  • The location and layout of your property.
  • At least two ways to exit your house.
  • Where you will go if you are unable to get home?
  • What will you do if there are road closures or blockages?
  • Whether your insurance cover is adequate?
  • Putting together an emergency kit, including important contact numbers for getting help and staying in contact with friends and neighbours.

Practising your plan to make sure everyone knows what to do. The middle pages of this booklet outline how to put your emergency plan together.

Why do I need a Home Emergency Plan? Emergencies can happen any time, and can have a big effect on your life. Many people think they don’t have time to make a plan, or that they don’t need one. Experience shows that those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of the emergency and may recover quicker afterwards. Taking the time to think about emergencies and making a plan helps you to think clearly, have a greater sense of control and make better decisions when an emergency occurs.

Storm Cleanup in Connecticut

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Cleanup in Connecticut

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 Meriden, 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.
At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and highly trained crews. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (203) 601-6746

Storm Damage Repair in Connecticut

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Repair in Connecticut

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. 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 Meriden, 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 of Meriden 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.

At SERVPRO of Meriden, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and highly trained crews. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO of Meriden, CT.

What should you think before hiring a contractor?

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

What should you think before hiring a contractor?

It’s the contractor you pick that makes — or breaks — your remodeling project. Finding the right contractor for your job will determine the quality and timeliness of the work, and the amount of emotional and financial stress you’ll have to deal with. To make sure you’re getting the best work from a contractor, here are few guidelines.

  • Check work history and references. Ask for a list of references to determine if the contractor is familiar with your type of project. A contractor should be able to give you names and phone numbers of at least three clients with projects like yours. Ask each client how long ago the project was and whether it was completed on time.
  • Find out if the contractor is insured. Ask for copies of insurance certificates and make sure they’re current, or you could be held liable for any injuries and damages that occur during the project. The Federal Trade Commission recommends contractors have personal liability, worker’s compensation and property damage coverage.
  • Prepare a written contract agreement with anyone you hire. It should specify the work to be done, techniques to be used, and the price breakdown for both labor and materials. An agreed-upon timeline is also a good idea.
  • Never pay in full for all repairs in advance, and do not pay cash.
  • Don’t be pressured into making an immediate decision with a long-term impact. Although you may be anxious to get things back to normal, avoid letting your emotions get the better of you. Make temporary repairs if needed. Storm/flood damage victims should never feel pressured to make a hasty decision or choose an unknown company. Always do your research!

Need Storm or Flood Restoration Service?
Call Us Today (203) 437-7895

CT Storm Damage Restoration

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

CT Storm Damage Restoration

In Connecticut property damage caused by severe weather can be devastating to your family or business, and repairing it can be a complex undertaking. To get storm damage repair completed quickly and safely, you need a professional restoration service company that specializes in bringing your home back to its preloss condition.

From tarping your roof to water removal and structural drying, SERVPRO of Meriden can help you.

Cleanup & Repair:

Whatever wind damage you have experienced, we are fully equipped to help. Contact us for:

  • 24/7 emergency services
  • Storm damage assessment
  • Water damage repair
  • Wind damage repair
  • Emergency board up
  • Tree Removal
  • Structural stabilization
  • Reconstruction services
  • Insurance claim assistance

If your Meriden Connecticut property has experienced damage from a storm, call the experts. We work with a variety of home insurers and can help you determine whether your damage is covered. We can also help with filing paperwork to keep your costs down. Don’t let a storm damage your property value! Contact SERVPRO of Meriden!

Free no obligation Storm Damage inspection in Meriden CT

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Free no obligation Storm Damage inspection in Meriden CT

Free Damage inspection, a detailed damage report. 

When it comes to storm damage, there are several types of damage for each area of your home. It is recommended that you act quickly and have a certified and experienced Storm Damage Specialist begin remediation services immediately. SERVPRO of Meriden will perform a full, home damage inspection to include moisture readings onsite. Many times, a homeowner is not aware of the affected areas especially roof damage.

You will learn a great deal about your home's condition, repair options and even how we work with your insurance company to provide the highest quality of repairs by professional contractors and installers.

Contact SERVPRO of Meriden today to schedule and learn more about our Professional Storm Damage Cleaning, Drying and Remodeling!

Steps to Take Immediately After Storm Damage!

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Steps to Take Immediately After Storm Damage, SERVPRO of Meriden.

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding, and powerful winds can cause roof damage plus downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roof materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact a reputable property restoration company to help secure your property and make it safe for your family’s use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living conditions.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, photograph the damage so that you have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to back to pre-storm condition or better. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, back to normal.

At SERVPRO of Meriden, CT Storm Damage Restoration, we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered a small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke disaster.