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SERVPRO of Meriden: Over 15 Years of Damage Restoration

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Image of team at SERVPRO of Meriden. Our team is always Here to Help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When your home or business sustains water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or storm damage in Meriden, Wallingford, or Southington, CT, you want to use a company that has enough experience and resources to handle the job.

As your local damage restoration service in CT with over 15 years of experience, you can trust SERVPRO of Meriden to handle any size disaster that strikes your property.

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Expert Damage Restoration Services in Connecticut

When SERVPRO of Meriden was opened by CEO, Mario Luciani in 2006, his goal was to create a team made up of only the most knowledgeable, dedicated, and ambitious professionals. Fast forward over 15 years later - This certainly rings true. 

SERVPRO of Meriden’s team is made up of industry experts, insurance specialists, highly trained project managers, and IICRC Certified teams.

You can trust that our team has all the experience, training, and resources required to handle any size disaster in Connecticut. 

One of the unique benefits of using SERVPRO of Meriden is how many members of our team have extensive backgrounds in the insurance industry, allowing us to help every step of the way throughout the insurance process.

If you need help filing a claim, we’re Here to Help! Our team even handles the entire insurance process for you, submitting all required documentation and more directly to your insurance company. 

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24/7 Fire Damage Restoration in CT

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration near me in CT. The aftermath of a fire in CT is overwhelming and emotional - And that's why SERVPRO of Meriden is there every step of the way.

24/7 Service For Fire Damage in CT

The aftermath of a fire in your home or business is overwhelming and emotional. It can be hard to figure out where to start, but you know you want your property back to normal as soon as possible.

When you need immediate fire damage cleanup in CT, SERVPRO of Meriden is Here to Help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Fire Damage Restoration Services in CT

When a fire damages your property, SERVPRO of Meriden understands how important it is to immediately start the restoration process. Not only does fast action minimize further damages, but it also helps to shorten the timeline for your property to return to pre-fire conditions.

With over 15 years of experience in fire damage restoration in CT, SERVPRO of Meriden is your local cleaning and restoration expert for fire and smoke damaged properties.

Our team has all the training and resources required to handle any size fire, smoke, or soot damage in CT - as well as putting everything back together.

Our industry experts will also handle the insurance process for you, directly communicating with your insurance company. We can even help you file your claim on site.

SERVPRO of Meriden's goal is to provide expert, efficient, and compassionate restoration services after a fire in your home or business. You can trust our team to make your fire damage in CT "Like it never even happened."

Our Fire Restoration Process

Every fire damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process for fire damage restoration services in CT stays the same in order to restore your property.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. When you call, one of our representatives will ask a series of questions about the fire damage to your home or business. This information helps us respond immediately with all the needed equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of the fire and smoke damage by examining the affected areas and by testing the adjoining rooms for smoke and soot damage. An accurate assessment is crucial to the planning process. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)

In many fire damage cases, it’s necessary to board up missing windows and walls and to place tarps on a damaged roof. This helps to maintain security and to protect against further damage. 

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

Your property’s ceiling, walls, floors, and other surfaces will likely have smoke and soot residue. We’ll use specialized cleaning products, equipment, and techniques to properly clean your home or business. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Any restorable items will be cleaned and sanitized. We’ll use a variety of specialized cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. Our professionals will also remove smoke and other odors using advanced air scrubbing equipment and fogging devices with deodorizers.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve relatively minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and painting, or it could include significant reconstruction of entire rooms.

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SERVPRO of Meriden Simplifies The Insurance Process For Our Customers

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Meriden handles the insurance process for residential and commercial customers in CT. SERVPRO of Meriden accepts and works with all insurance carriers. Our goal is to make the insurance process as stress-free as possible.

When your home or business in Meriden, Wallingford, or Southington CT is damaged by a fire, water damage, or flooding, the insurance process can be confusing to navigate.

If you’ve never had to file a claim before, the process can be a bit overwhelming to make sure it’s done right.

To assist in making a stressful time a little more simple, SERVPRO of Meriden handles and guides our customers through the entire insurance process.

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How SERVPRO of Meriden Simplifies the Insurance Process

One of the benefits of using SERVPRO of Meriden for your fire or water loss is that many members of our team have extensive backgrounds in the insurance industry, which gives a unique ability to help you navigate every step of the process.

We Can Help File Your Claim

If you’ve never filed an insurance claim before, it can be a little confusing. If you need assistance, a Project Manager can help you file your claim while on-site, and even speak with your insurance company.

On the other hand, you may not be sure if your loss will be covered by your insurance company. As insurance industry experts, our Project Managers can almost always confirm whether or not your damages would be covered by insurance. 

If something is up in the air, our team will directly communicate with your insurance company to resolve coverage.

We Directly Communicate With Your Insurance Company

Your Project Manager and our team will directly communicate with your insurance company to help determine coverage, get approvals for needed work, and resolve any issues you may have.

SERVPRO of Meriden also handles the entire claims process, submitting all needed paperwork, photos, estimates, and more directly to your insurance company. This takes a large amount of work and stress off of you.

Preferred Vendors

In fact, SERVPRO of Meriden is a preferred vendor for many national insurance companies like Chubb and Travelers. This means that your insurance company trusts our services, and recommends us to assist with the damages in your home or business.

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SERVPRO of Meriden: BBB A+ Rated

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

BBB A+ Rating Seal for SERVPRO of Meriden SERVPRO of Meriden is your local BBB A+ Rated damage restoration company in Connecticut!

SERVPRO of Meriden is proudly a Better Business Bureau Accredited business, with an A+ Rating from the BBB!

Our team is always looking for more ways to provide excellent service to our customers throughout Wallingford, Meriden, and Southington, CT, and our rating shows just that. 

What Does the Better Business Bureau Do?

For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. 

BBB Accredited Businesses support the mission and vision of BBB, and their dues and contributions allow BBB to offer its information and services to consumers at no charge. The Better Business Bureau is not affiliated with any governmental agency.

What Do BBB Ratings Mean? 

BBB ratings represent the BBB's opinion of how the business is likely to interact with its customers.

The BBB rating is based on information the BBB is able to obtain about the business, and is significantly influenced by complaints received from the public. BBB seeks and uses information directly from businesses and from public data sources.

Ratings are based on the following criteria: 

  1. Business's complaint history with BBB
  2. Type of business
  3. Time in business 
  4. Transparent business practices
  5. Failure to honor commitments to the BBB
  6. Licensing and government actions known to the BBB
  7. Advertising issues known to BBB

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Water Damage Restoration: 7 Frequently Asked Questions

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration near me in Connecticut When you experience water damage in Connecticut, you may have may questions about the process and insurance. Our team answers your questions here!

As your local water damage restoration company in Connecticut, SERVPRO of Meriden receives many questions regarding the water restoration process, costs, and insurance coverage. 

To help out our local home and business owners, we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions about water damage and answered them ourselves! 

Should you have any other questions about water damage in Connecticut, feel free to call our office 24/7! 800-734-3213

Answers To Your Water Damage Restoration Questions

How much does SERVPRO charge for water damage restoration services? 

The cost of water damage cleanup services in Connecticut is dependent on many factors, making it hard to create a generalization on what SERVPRO charges. 

Factors that affect cost include:

  • Size of area affected
  • Type of building materials affected
  • Amount of water
  • Category of water (Category 1, 2 or 3)
  • Amount of equipment needed
  • Need for mold, lead or asbestos testing
  • Need for mold, lead, or asbestos removal
  • Whether or not there is a need for demolition

Since there’s such a wide range for the cost of water damage restoration services (average $1,000-$10,000, SERVPRO of Meriden provides free estimates to all customers. Our Project Managers will also explain the restoration process in detail with you. 

Does homeowner’s insurance cover water damage? 

When it comes to water damage, your insurance coverage is dependent on the cause of your loss. Damages must be sudden and unforeseen, and not caused by lack of maintenance or neglect. 

  • Not-covered water damage: Your basement floods after heavy rains. Flooding caused by natural disasters is not covered by standard policies, and requires additional flood insurance.

Does SERVPRO take insurance? 

Yes, SERVPRO of Meriden accepts all insurance carriers. SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for many major insurance companies in Connecticut and the United States. 

Once you’ve filed your insurance claim, our team handles the rest of the insurance process. This includes taking photos, communicating with your insurance company, and settling your claim directly with them.

How long does water damage restoration take? 

The length of the restoration process is dependent on the amount of flooding, extent of water damage, whether or not demolition is required, and simply how long it takes to complete dry building materials. 

For a smaller water damage project, the restoration process can take as little as 3-5 days. For larger amounts of damage, it can take weeks. Your Project Manager will clearly explain the restoration process timeline when you call SERVPRO of Meriden. 

How does SERVPRO restore water damage? 

Our team at SERVPRO of Meriden creates a specialized plan for every water damage project. However, the general process remains the same. Our team closely inspects your property using advanced moisture detection equipment and quickly begins the restoration process.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Can carpets be restored after water damage? 

Many times carpets can be saved and restored after water damage, but this depends on the type of water damage sustained and whether or not mold has begun to grow. 

To save carpets, our team will rip out the carpet padding and position fans underneath the carpet to completely dry it out. 

Will mold grow after water damage?

Because mold thrives on moisture, it can develop in as little as 48 hours after flooding, water leaks, or water damage. However, this doesn’t mean it has to grow after flood damage!

If you take fast action when your home or business is damaged by water leaks or flooding, you can avoid the growth of mold and mildew. If your property does develop mold, our professional mold removal specialists in Connecticut can handle the removal. 

Have Questions or Need Help With Water Restoration in Connecticut? Call SERVPRO of Meriden 24/7 - 800-734-3213

24/7 Water Damage Restoration in Connecticut

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

24 hour water damage restoration near me in connecticut Whenever you need assistance with water damage in Connecticut, SERVPRO of Meriden is ready to help 24/7.

Local Flood and Water Damage Restoration in Connecticut

For over 15 years, SERVPRO of Meriden has provided flood damage cleanup and restoration services to countless homes and businesses in New Haven County and across Greater Connecticut. When you're looking for water damage restoration companies in CT, SERVPRO of Meriden is Here to Help, 24 hours a day.

Fast 24-Hour Emergency Service

Whenever you need SERVPRO of Meriden, we'll be there. Flooding and water emergencies can happen at any time, and that's why we're on call 24/7, 365 days a year.

IICRC Certified Water Restoration Experts

SERVPRO of Meriden's team is made up of highly trained and IICRC certified water damage cleanup specialists. We have the experience and resources needed to quickly restore your property to normal conditions and answer any questions or concerns.

Free Damage Inspection and Estimate

A Project Manager can carefully inspect the water damage in your Connecticut property. On site, they determine the type of water damage, identify all areas that have been affected and provide a water damage cleanup estimate free of charge.

Directly Bill Your Insurance Carrier

SERVPRO of Meriden directly communicates with your insurance company for billing and filing matters, making a stressful time easier for you.

Water Damage Restoration Services in Connecticut

When it comes to flood cleanup or flood remediation in Connecticut, SERVPRO of Meriden's water damage restoration services can make your disaster seem "Like it never even happened."

Water Removal and Flood Cleanup

Whether you're dealing with flooding from a burst pipe, water heater, or after heavy rains, our team can provide rapid water cleanup services. Whether there's four feet of water in your basement or your carpet is saturated, SERVPRO of Meriden will provide complete water extraction services in your home or business.

Advanced Moisture Detection

SERVPRO of Meriden utilizes moisture detection equipment that allows us to find all areas of 'hidden' moisture in your home. A visual inspection isn't enough when it comes to water damage, as what seems dry may actually contain high levels of moisture.

Drying and Dehumidification

Taking the proper steps to dry your property after flood damage is extremely important to avoid structural issues or a widespread mold contamination. SERVPRO of Meriden utilizes advanced, commercial grade drying equipment in your home or business to ensure all moisture is removed.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

SERVPRO of Meriden cleans, repairs, and disinfects restorable items and materials that sustain water damage using a number of restoration techniques. Your property receives a sanitizing treatment to ensure no dirt, harmful bacteria, or mold spores are left behind.

Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Meriden can completely restore your home once the water damage repair process has been completed. Our in-house construction team can handle anything from small repairs to major reconstruction services.

Other Water Damage Services

What To Do After Water Damage or Flooding in Connecticut

While waiting for your water restoration company to arrive, there are steps you can take to prevent further damage to your home:

  1. Be aware of any safety hazards, such as electronics or contaminated water
  2. Find the source of water
  3. Stop the source if possible
  4. Try to clean up water with mops, buckets, or towels
  5. Open windows and turn on fans to circulate air
  6. Move wet items if possible

Common Causes of Water Damage

There's many causes of water damage in Connecticut, ranging from extreme weather to faulty plumbing:

  • Heavy rains during the summer can cause flooded basements
  • High winds or storms can damage your roof and cause leaks
  • Freezing temperatures in the winter cause pipes to freeze and burst
  • Ice damming on your roof
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Toilet overflows
  • Clogged gutters
  • Old or faulty appliances
  • Leaking showers

When is Water Damage Restoration in Covered by Insurance?

When It's Covered:

Your insurance company will cover water damage when it is deemed sudden, unanticipated, or accidental. Examples include:

  • Supply line hose suddenly breaks
  • Your dishwasher suddenly floods your home

When It's Not Covered:

Your insurance company will not cover damages that could've been easily prevented or result from poor maintenance. If you ignore a problem that would be covered by insurance and file a claim years later, it's unlikely they will cover the cleanup or repairs. Examples include:

  • You let your toilet leak for years, causing the ceiling to cave in
  • Heavy rains cause your basement to flood

For 24/7 Water Damage Restoration in Connecticut, Call SERVPRO of Meriden - 800-734-3213

SERVPRO Coronavirus Cleaning in Meriden, CT

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

coronavirus disinfection services near me meriden ct When your workplace needs Coronavirus Cleaning, SERVPRO of Meriden has the resources and experience to help.

As a trained and certified biohazard remediation company, SERVPRO of Meriden can provide Coronavirus disinfection services when your workplace experiences a COVID-19 exposure or needs proactive cleaning.

Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is guided by CDC, EPA, and OSHA guidelines - Meaning you'll receive the professional disinfection services needed for your business by highly trained SERVPRO professionals.

SERVPRO Coronavirus Cleaning, Sanitizing & Disinfection Process

When you call SERVPRO of Meriden for sanitizing services, a biohazard remediation specialist will consult, clean, and certify that your workplace or business has been sanitized and disinfected. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program ensures your space gets the specialized cleaning services needed for COVID-19 clean up.

Step 1: Consult

The first step in the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is a consultation with a member of our COVID-19 team. Your team member will ask questions and address any concerns to fully understand your cleaning and disinfection needs. Every business and building is different, which causes the need for specialized solutions to clean, sanitize, and disinfect for the Coronavirus.

Your program will be based on the following criteria:

  • Business type (Restaurant, office, warehouse, etc.)
  • Size of space
  • Number of high-touch points
  • Foot traffic within the building
  • Congestion points in the building
  • Whether or not sensitive equipment is present
  • Whether you need proactive cleaning services or defensive cleaning after a COVID-19 exposure

Our team can provide different cleaning plans based on specific situations or exposures. At the end of your consultation, you will receive a free estimate of our services based on the different plans created for your workplace.

Step 2: Cleaning, Sanitizing & Disinfecting

Whether you need a proactive cleaning in your Meriden, CT workplace, SERVPRO of Meriden can provide same day service, 24 hours a day. Our IICRC Certified biohazard team cleans and disinfects your workplace per the standards set by the CDC (Center of Disease Control) using all of the equipment at our disposal. Our team also understands the proper steps to disinfect both porous and non porous surfaces and the importance of specifically addressing high-touched surfaces.

While cleaning, SERVPRO of Meriden utilizes a hospital grade disinfectant on the EPA List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus. Our team utilizes SERVPROXIDE when providing Coronavirus cleaning for your workspace, which is in the EPA's lowest toxicity category and is safe for even direct food contact surface use.

Step 3: Certify

When you choose SERVPRO of Meriden for Coronavirus cleaning and disinfection, our credibility as a biohazard cleaning company can provide better peace of mind for your employees and customers. Part of the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is that you will receive stickers, window decals, signages, and electronic logos to show your business has been deep-cleaned.

When you have our logo on your door, you're signifying you've chosen a higher standard of clean that follows CDC guidelines for health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Common Questions

Is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned the same as a 'deep cleaning' by a janitorial service?

No, it is not. Our Coronavirus services are guided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention updates and are performed by biohazard specialists. SERVPRO of Meriden has been providing sanitizing and disinfection services well before the COVID-19 pandemic for trauma, crime scene, or chemical spills - Meaning we have the experience needed for Coronavirus Cleaning compared to your standard janitorial service.

Can you provide ongoing Coronavirus Cleanings?

Yes, we can. Once a plan has been created with your COVID-19 team member, it will remain in our system. You can contact us as frequently as you would like or set up scheduled reoccurring cleanings during your consultation.

Do you charge for a consultation?

No, we do not. Our team will provide a plan to you as well as an estimate for cleaning free of charge. Call into our office anytime to get started - 800-734-3213

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Water Mitigation: What Is It?

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

large question mark with text: what is water mitigation? Water damage mitigation refers to taking steps to prevent further damage to your home after flooding or a water leak.

When you experience flooding or water damage in your home, you may come across the term "water mitigation" when it comes to restoring your home to pre loss conditions. But what is water mitigation and what does it entail? Is it the same as water restoration?

Here, we will review just what water mitigation is and the process that it entails.

Water Mitigation Definition

Mitigation refers to the process of making something less severe, dangerous, painful, harsh, or damaging. 

Thus, water mitigation refers to taking steps to lessen the impact of water damage or flooding in your home. The goal during mitigation is to prevent further damage, so that more of your property can be salvaged or be unaffected.

Mitigation does not refer to restoring your property to pre-damage conditions - that would be classified as water damage restoration services. But, mitigation and restoration do work hand-in-hand, with mitigation first and restoration following.

Water Mitigation Services

The water damage mitigation process is not one size fits all, as every water damage event is unique. But, the process does have a framework that is adjusted based on your damages:

  1. Determining The Cause & Type of Water Damage
  2. Water Cleanup
  3. Cleaning & Disinfecting
  4. Drying & Dehumidification

1.  Cause & Type of Water Damage

Before a water damage company like SERVPRO of Meriden can perform any emergency services, they must know the cause and category of your water damage. This is so they can make sure to create the proper mitigation plan for your property. The cause of water damage will determine if any repairs are needed before cleanup can begin. The category of water damage will guide how to clean up and what materials can be saved rather than thrown away.

For example, if your water damage was caused by a broken sewage pipe in your basement that is actively pouring out raw sewage, the first step in preventing further damage would be to have the pipe fixed or stopped as soon as possible. Any necessary repairs should be made to stop the source of your damage from causing more.

Then, the type or category of water damage would be identified to guide your cleanup. In this case, sewage would be considered Category 3: Black Water, which is extremely hazardous when you come into contact with it without the proper protective equipment. The presence of black water changes how the company can remove it, clean up, sanitize, and determine what materials can be salvaged.

2.  Water Cleanup

The next step in the water mitigation process is water removal. In an emergency flooding situation, extracting water as soon as possible will help reduce damages to walls, floors, and ceilings. Rapid water cleanup also helps prevent water from migrating to other areas of the home and causing further damages. The goal of water cleanup is to lessen the impact of flood damage as much as possible.

3.  Cleaning & Disinfecting

During water mitigation, cleaning and disinfecting refers to a wide range of processes. This can include cleaning salvageable contents, cleaning and disinfecting affected areas, and taking steps to prevent mold growth. The scope of this step depends on the cause and category of water damage in your home.

For example, a sewage pipe breaks would require much more cleaning and disinfection than a water heater leak. The sewage pipe is Category 3 water, while the water heater would be Category 1: Clean Water and not require intense cleaning & disinfection.

4.  Drying & Dehumidification

The last step in water mitigation is completing the drying process. Drying wet, but salvageable materials helps make the restoration process much less costly and severe. Mitigation companies will use commercial grade air movers, dehumidifiers, and drying mats to help cut down on restoration costs in your home. Depending on the extent of your flooding or water damage, some materials may still have to be thrown away, but an experienced water mitigation company will be able to save as much as possible.

What Comes After Water Mitigation?

Clearly, your home will not be brought back to normal conditions after the water mitigation process. After mitigation, water damage restoration is needed to repair and restore your home. 

Water damage restoration companies do the following:

  • Replace damaged walls or flooring
  • Perform mold remediation as needed
  • Conduct moisture testing to ensure all issues are addressed
  • Replace any materials that were temporarily taken away, such as wall trims or carpeting

While water mitigation and restoration are separate processes, they can and should be performed by one water damage company. 

This will help ensure that your home is restored in a seamless process. If you find a company that only provides mitigation services, consider searching for one that provides restoration and mold remediation services as well. This will just help ensure that your property is brought back to pre-damage conditions as soon as possible.

Thanksgiving Safety: Tips For 2020

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving dinner with text over it Thanksgiving safety: tips for 2020 There are a few new safety precautions households should take when preparing for Thanksgiving Day in 2020.

The Thanksgiving holiday may look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're still cooking a turkey dinner, we've put together this list of holiday & turkey safety tips to help ensure you have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving dinner in 2020.

1.  Be sure to practice proper food safety.

Handling poultry incorrectly is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness outbreaks. This phenomenon rises around the holiday season due to increased gatherings and cooking of large meals. You can prevent food poisoning by doing the following:

  • Properly thaw your turkey. Thaw it by putting it in the refrigerator in a container, leaving it in a plastic bag in the sink with cold water, or in the microwave. Do not leave the turkey out to thaw on the counter. According to the CDC, if you leave a turkey out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, the temperature becomes unsafe and harbor bacterial growth.
  • Keep cooking areas clean. Raw poultry can contaminate surfaces it touches with bacteria. Be sure to keep raw poultry away from other food items and clean the area you prepared it in afterwards.
  • Cook the turkey completely through. Your turkey must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees or higher to be safe to consume. Pick up a food thermometer so that you can accurately check the temperature of the turkey. To check for the safe minimum internal temperature, insert the food thermometer into the center of the stuffing as well as the thickest parts of the breast, thigh, and wing.
  • Make sure the stuffing is cooked too! Bacteria from the raw poultry can survive in the stuffing when it is not brought to 165 degrees. Cooking stuffing separately from your turkey can help ensure it is safely cooked.
  • Don't leave food cooking unattended. Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year for home cooking fires. Make sure someone is always in the kitchen, the cooking space is clear of flammable objects, and that a fire extinguisher is nearby.

2.  Follow turkey deep frying safety.

Accidents when using turkey fryers have become so common that the National Fire Protection Association actually advises against their use. If you still choose to go with the deep fryer, just be sure to follow these tips:

  • Keep outdoor dryers more than far enough away from your home, deck, garage, or any other items.
  • Be sure that the turkey is COMPLETELY thawed before putting it in the fryer.
  • Make sure your fryer has temperature controls sot hat you can help avoid a fire.
  • Have baking soda or a grease-rated fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire. DO NOT put water on a Turkey grease fire.
  • Wear oven mitts to protect your hands and arms from the hot oil.

3.  Practice proper COVID-19 safety on Thanksgiving Day.

As the world continues the fight against the Coronavirus, the CDC has released a list of considerations and recommendations for having a Thanksgiving gathering in 2020. While the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and kept many away from their family members, we still must consider how to modify our holiday plans to prevent the spread of the virus.

The CDC recommends the following for your Thanksgiving gathering during COVID-19:

  • Celebrate virtually or only with members of your own household for the lowest risk of spreading the virus.
  • Consider the levels of COVID-19 in your area or areas guests are coming from.
  • Host an outdoor gathering if possible to reduce risk of spread.
  • If having an indoor gathering, keep it small and open windows to increase ventilation.
  • Have one person serve food so that everyone is not touching the same serving dishes or utensils.
  • Try to practice social distancing: Stay 6 feet apart, wear masks, wash hands, don't share items, and follow local laws and regulations.
  • Do not attend or host a Thanksgiving fathering if you or someone you know has symptoms, been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are in a high-risk group.

SERVPRO of Meriden wishes everyone in our community a safe and healthy Thanksgiving Day this year in 2020! 

What Should You Do When There's Sewage In Your Basement?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

brown raw sewage in shower of basement due to a backup from the drain Sewage can even come up through the shower drain in your basement.

Here at SERVPRO of Meriden, we've seen a lot of downright gross things. Our experiences have let us become the experts in cleaning up sewage. Here, we will share what we know on what you should do when you have a sewage backup in your basement.

Need immediate assistance with sewage cleanup in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington or the surrounding areas? Call SERVPRO of Meriden 24/7 - 800-734-3213

How to Handle Raw Sewage in A Basement

NEVER come in contact with sewage water.

Water from sewer backups, toilet overflows, or drain backups is considered black water, meaning it is contaminated water that can make you seriously ill and can pose of health risk if you come in contact with it or ingest it.

Wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

If you do need to enter the area affected, you should be wearing the proper protective equipment to ensure your safety. If cleaning up a small amount of sewage yourself, be sure to be wearing rubber gloves, a mask, and coveralls if you have them. Do not doubt the seriousness of the bacteria and viruses that may be present is sewage water.

Turn off the water.

Don't flush any toilets, run sinks, or drain tubs if possible. Using water may make your backup worse.

Clear the backup.

Before you can start cleaning up sewage, you want to make sure whatever caused the backup or overflow is resolved so it doesn't happen again. You may need to use a plunger to unblock the drain or call a plumber to snake out the blockage.

Call your insurance company.

Sewer backups aren't always covered unless you have an additional policy covering it. In our experience, many sewage backups in basements are covered by homeowners insurance. If there was nothing you could have done to prevent the backup and it came through some sort of drain in the basement, it will likely be covered.

Open windows and doors.

Let your home or business air out by opening windows and doors to the outside. This will help with some of the odor and ventilate the area.

Call a sewage cleanup service.

Using restoration services after a sewage backup is usually the best option to take in the long term, especially when you file a claim with insurance and the cleanup will be covered. Water damage restoration companies can make sure that all contaminated water is removed, your basement is properly sanitized, and that the drying process is completed to prevent mold growth.

Can You Cleanup Sewage By Yourself?

You should be weary of cleaning up a sewage backup by yourself. It's possible to make yourself ill, not properly clean and sanitize affected areas, and if water damage isn't attended to properly mold may begin to grow in your basement. If properly protected, a homeowner could clean a small sewage backup.

But, if you don't use a sewage backup cleanup service like SERVPRO of Meriden, you may also not be able to get rid of any unwanted odors in a timely manner. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment such as air scrubbers to ensure any contaminates are taken out of the air and no longer produces odors or a risk to your health.

Need Help? Call SERVPRO of Meriden - 800-734-3213

SERVPRO of Meriden is a 24/7 damage restoration company specializing in fire, water, mold and COVID-19 services. Whatever your damage, we will work hard to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO for Proactive Cleaning Needs?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – A Defensive Cleaning Program

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Meriden today at 203-630-2273 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Meriden Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning - 800-734-3213

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Meriden today!

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Together We Restore your Home in Meriden CT

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs cleaning ceiling of soot using special mops Team SERVPRO no matter what the challenge

Life is full of mishaps and other unwanted stress creators such as storms or fires. But, we can work together to lower chances of storm or fire damages. 

Your part.

Preparedness is a necessary tool in your efforts to protect your home in Meriden.

Be prepared for the worst when times are the best. Don’t wait until the wind is whipping at speeds of forty miles per hour outside before you start making calls and buying batteries. Use our tips in other blog posts to help prevent home fires!

Our part.

SERVPRO of Meriden promises to answer when you call. Our staff is highly skilled and knowledgeable and will be able to answer every one of your questions or concerns. The same goes for when our staff is in your home or business. Don't hesitate to ask any questions!

SERVPRO of Meriden's goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you at all stages - during the first call, estimate, demolition, restoration, or going through insurance - we are here for you. 

Who Should I Use for Restoration Purposes in Meriden CT?

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Emergency situations need quick reactions.

When a home or business in Meriden has a water, fire or mold emergency, you must act fast to lessen damages. Choosing the right company to take care of your home or business may be stressful or confusing. But, these situations can be handled with the right professionals and tools.  

So, Who Should I Choose?

 When choosing your clean-up or restoration specialist, consider a few important things: 

  • Convenient location
  • 24/7 availability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency
  • Honesty
  • Experience
  • Up-to-date equipment

SERVPRO of Meriden is the answer. 

In a problematic or chaotic situation, remember, we’re here to help. SERVPRO of Meriden is made up of business owners, homeowners, and renters just like you. So, we understand your needs. 

SERVPRO of Meriden's promise is to provide the same quality of service that we, as your neighbors, would expect in our own homes.

Ease your Burden when Disaster Happens in Meriden CT

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

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When disaster strikes…

For many, your home in Meriden represents a lifetime of hard work and is a place where roots are important. A home is your sanctuary after a long day at work. Its where your family gathers to create memories for years to come. 

But - when severe storms, fire or mold strike, you may face one of the most stressful experiences of your life. 

This is why SERVPRO of Meriden is here for you. Our professionalism, rapid response time, and non-intrusive cleanup will help lessen the burden of your disaster. We want to help you carry the load.  

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, we are on call with trained professionals and high-grade equipment.  

Our goal is to keep you moving forward with as little worry as possible in Meriden.  

Please contact us online or at  (203) 601-6746

Sharing the SERVPRO History in Meriden CT

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO?

Ted Isaacson opened the first SERVPRO in 1967 in Sacramento, California selling his first Franchise in 1969.  In 1988 the SERVPRO headquarters moved to Gallatin, Tennessee. SERVPRO now has over 1700 Franchises in the United States and Canada.

Why SERVPRO of Meriden? 

Each franchise is an individually owned and operated company.  We have advanced expertise in numerous areas of mitigation and restoration services. 

We work directly with most insurance companies, and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Technicians at SERVPRO of Meriden will document every step so you are confident that your home or office is in the right hands. 

What does SERVPRO do?

SERVPRO provides:

  • Residential & Commercial cleanup of:
    • Water & flood damage
    • Fire damage
    • Storm damage
  • Mold remediation
  • Restoration services

SERVPRO of Meriden also performs these specialty services, including:

  • Biohazard
  • Sewage
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
  • Vandalism and Graffiti
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Carpet and Upholstery

SERVPRO is Ready to Help in Meriden CT

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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1700+ reasons why…

In the beginning, there was a painting business in California and from that SERVPRO was born. There are now currently over 1700 stores from our Atlantic Seaboard to our Pacific Frontier.

Over seventeen hundred franchises tell the tale. We have grown phenomenally and are continuing to grow. Your business in Meriden has been the cornerstone of that growth and we recognize that.

Because of you, we strive to always put our best foot forward. Whether bagging up hazardous waste or speaking with insurance adjusters, our efforts are and always will be to give you our best.

Over five decades…

Without experience, the best intentions are fruitless. We, here at SERVPRO of Meriden have experience. In fact, we’ve got over five decades of professional cleaning and restoration know-how scattered across the country.

The staff at our franchises are well trained and professional when performing their duties and/or assessing your situation. If and when you are facing the discomfort of a high-stress situation; find us online or call us at (203) 601-6746 and we will put those years of experience to work for you.



Disaster Preparedness

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Don't be unprepared

The worst thing an individual or company can be leading up to a catastrophic occurrence
is unprepared.

When your property’s value is on the line and/or people’s lives are at stake, being at a loss for action is an uncomfortable position in which to find yourself.

To avoid that discomfort, we at SERVPRO of Meriden have done our homework in the effort to gather the information that can protect you, our neighbor.

We regularly check and update information pertaining to your local interests with regards to things like weather, insurance contracts, and property laws concerning safety and maintenance codes/requirements.

That same readiness becomes a much more powerful tool when national resources must be brought to bear in an emergency.

When the moment is pivotal, and the situation calls for cool-headed expertise, call us—we’re nearby. (203) 601-7835