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How Much Knowledge Should One Have Before Attempting Mold Removal?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. Mold remediation should be handled by a professional outfit. SERVPRO has the technicians and equipment for any size job.

SERVPRO is One Of The Proficient Mold Removal Companies in Middletown

After noticing signs of mold growth in your home, you may contemplate starting removal immediately, considering a speedy removal is one of the established strategies of addressing mold attacks successfully. However, your response might worsen the problem if you are not well versed with mold development processes.

Involving mold removal companies in cleaning Middletown properties may be a better approach because they have sufficient resources and in-depth knowledge about mold development. The extra resources can help limit chances of worsening the outcome through simple mistakes like: 

Since every mold infestation is unique, SERVPRO prefers to assess affected areas before starting the removal processes. Through assessment, we can identify whether there is growth in hidden areas or the level of deterioration in materials, among other things. We also establish whether we need to set up containment barriers isolating some sections of the property. It is easier to choose practical removal approaches after the assessment. 

When seeking mold removal companies, you can consider SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain to enjoy quality service. Call us at (860) 826-5169.

What Does Water Cleanup in Middletown Properties Involve?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. Water cleanup is no easy task. SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced with the service needed for your home.

SERVPRO is Has Extensive Experience Resolving Challenges Arising during Water Cleanup 

Currently, Middletown City, Connecticut, is principally residential, although, in the past, it was an industrial center and a sailing port on the Connecticut River. The title Middletown was chosen in November 1653 because it lies approximately halfway between Saybrook and Windsor on the Great River. Initially, the town had been known as Mattabeseck after the Native American inhabitants of the area. 

The city has deep Italian roots and is considered as having the highest population of Italian Americans. It was a hub of Italian immigrants from the 1890s. Some of the evidence of the strong Italian heritage can be seen in some of the city’s facilities. For instance, Saint Sebastian’s church, located in Washington Street, is a replica of the original one found in Sicily. The main street is mostly a collection of restaurants, and many are Italian.

The Middletown Convenience 

As the city initially offered convenience as a midpoint for early travelers, it still offers several advantages to this day. Its central location within Connecticut makes it a prime place where you can readily get essential things or reach important places without struggling. For instance, within a two-hour drive, you can reach the heart of Manhattan or peruse quaint stores in Newport, among other places. 

In Middletown, you enjoy a mixed feeling of a small town and big city since it is an assembly of different cultures, including Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Irish, and Indian, among others. Work, school, and recreational activities make it feel like every resident knows each other. The surrounding also offers the perfect New England scenery including picturesque fall foliage and engaging activities such as picking pumpkins in local orchards.

Charming Activities for Locals and Visitors

Whether living in Middletown or visiting briefly, you can have much fun engaging in diverse activities within the city, including:

  • Sledding at Foss Hill

Foss Hill, located at the Wesleyan University, is a local landmark popular with people during winter since its slope offers a perfect location for snowboarding or sledding. The hill was named after Professor Archibald Foss, who lived next to the college cemetery in the mid-800s. 

  • Visiting local breweries

There are numerous breweries in the area, including Forest City Brewing, Powder Hollow Brewery, and Stubborn Beauty Brewing. Visiting their premises offers a chance to taste unique yet authentic American beer.

  • Visiting General Mansfield House

The small museum is worth a visit for anyone interested in learning the commercial and shipping history of the area. There are also personal stories about the American Revolution and artifacts such as uniforms preserved at the facility.  

How Does SERVPRO identify and Resolve Problems during Water Cleanup?

You might not associate water intrusion, especially from clean sources, with a need for extensive cleaning of your home.  However, once water interacts with the diverse materials in your house, issues might complicate the cleaning process.

If the intruding water affects upholstery, drapery, carpets, or wooden materials, various issues, including staining, discoloration, and bad odor, are likely to develop. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians use various approaches to prevent or manage problems, including:

  • Pretesting fabrics before cleaning upholstery and draperies
  • Expediting water removal to prevent mold development
  • Using powerful cleaning equipment for thorough cleaning

Our technicians also clean properties thoroughly, including using cleaning agents and rinsing soiled areas before drying the materials.  

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain can help you whenever the need for water cleanup arises. Call us at (860) 826-5169.

How Vital Is Protective Equipment When Restoring Flood Damage?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damaged garage Flooding restoration is no DIY project. SERVPRO trained and certified IICRC technicians are ready for the job 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Prioritizes Protection of Restorers and Occupants in New Britain Homes

Resolving the problems caused by a flooding incident can take time. The process might also pose some risks to the person doing restoration or the home’s occupants. Having the proper protective equipment not only ensures safety but also helps speed up the restoration work.

The protective equipment needed during flood damage restoration in New Britain is mostly the personal protective equipment worn by restorers. Containment materials might also be necessary to help prevent the spread of infectious wastes or biohazards such as raw sewage all over the property. 

When preparing for cleanup and other flooding-related restoration tasks in New Britain properties, SERVPRO ensures there are sufficient protective resources, including:

  • A range of PPE like rubber boots, respirators, bodysuits, and chemical resistant gloves
  • Materials such as 8-mil plastic sheets to set up containment
  • EPA-registered disinfectants  
  • Appropriate trash containers or bags

With the protective equipment, our SERVPRO technicians can wade into the flooded house immediately and complete some tasks such as moving some of the affected contents before they develop severe damages. Such response reduces the overall work needed to restore the property, thus improving turnaround time.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain helps residents deal with emergencies like flood damage conveniently. Call us at (860) 826-5169 for assistance.

Smoke and Fire Damage in Middletown

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Any size fire in a home is a devastation. Call the pros at SERVPRO for the fire restoration service to get your home back to preloss condition.

Can odors from fire damage in Middletown be removed?

Even a small kitchen fire can distribute smoke and odors from the fire throughout your home in Middletown. Grease fires spread oily soot in the kitchen and other areas. A working heating system can blow smoke and odors through the HVAC to all areas of the home.

SERVPRO responds to fire damage events in Middletown within 4 hours of being called. Our team understands how stressful a fire can be and that it is essential to immediately remove odor-causing materials. We also remove chemicals and water that may have been used by the fire department to quell the fire.

The amount of fire damage and subsequent efforts needed to restore your home after a fire depends on the size, the type, and the cause of the fire. However, our team of fire damage experts follows a tried and true process to mitigate the damage and restore your home.

  • Inspect and assess
  • Board up and roof tarp if needed
  • Remove water and dry.
  • Remove smoke and soot from all surfaces.
  • Clean and sanitize
  • Repair and restore.

Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain for fire damage service to Middletown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (860) 826-5169.

Carpet Drying and Water Mitigation in New Britain

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. The removal of water damaged carpet can be unhealthy. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services needed.

When should you remove wet carpets? SERVPRO has the answers!

New Britain lies 9 miles southwest of Hartford and is nicknamed the "Hardware City" for its history in manufacturing and Stanley Black & Decker's headquarters. The area was first settled in 1687 and named the city of New Britain in 1871. Noted for several historical activities and inventions:

  • Reputation as the Hardware Capital of the World in the early 20th century
  • The wire coat hanger was invented in 1869 by O.A North of New Britain
  • Developed basketball dribbling at the New Britain YMCA
  • Developed racquetball in 1954 at the YMCA

Exciting Sites and Things to Do in New Britain

  • New Britain Museum of American Art
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • New Britain Industrial Museum
  • Walnut Park
  • Walnut Hill Rose Garden
  • The Polish District
  • Breweries – Alvarium Beer Company, Five Churches Brewing

New Britain Museum of American Art

The New Britain Museum of American Art contains approximately 8,274 items in its collection, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs. There are colonial and federal portraits and many works from artists representing significant artists and American Art movements. The museum is open during the current health restrictions. However, visitors are encouraged to make appointments and only spend 90 minutes in the museum.

Visitors can also explore the museum digitally via their emuseum feature. The collection is organized alphabetically by artist and exhibition, making it easy to find specific exciting exhibits.

New Britain Industrial Museum

Covering over 200 years of industrial innovation and celebrating the inventions and tools manufactured in New Britain factories. Visitors are amazed at the plethora of devices and instruments. There is something for everyone, whether it is something made for the kitchen or tools in the workplace.

Walnut Park and Walnut Hill Rose Garden

Frederick Law Olmsted created Walnut Hill Park and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The park was commissioned in 1870. The Walnut Hill Rose Garden was added in 1929 and has gone through many evolutions. Recently the Friends of Walnut Park Rose Gardens have rebuilt the rose garden making it an exciting place to visit. A rose garden is a trendy place for celebrations and weddings. Volunteers are needed to help with cleanup, organizing, and supporting the annual rose garden festival.

Breweries – Alvarium Beer Company, Five Churches Brewing

There are many bars and eateries in the area. However, two exciting places to mention are the Alvarium Beer Company and Five Churches Brewing. Both brew great beers, especially if you enjoy craft beers with different flavors.

Drying Carpets In-Place

Quite often, carpets are exposed to water from leaks in bathrooms or kitchens. The water is seeping from the room and soaking the rug and the underpad, and the subfloor. SERVPRO prefers to dry the carpet without removing it. There are several advantages to this approach:

  • There is less disruption
  • Carpet suffers less damage
  • Less chance of the carpeting delaminating

There are situations where the carpet must be removed, for example:

  • Exposure is greater than 72 hours
  • Evidence of mold
  • Carpet installed over hardwood floors, laminates, or multiple subfloors
  • Gray or black water damage
  • Presence of sensitive items

Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain for water mitigation service to Middletown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (860) 826-5169.

Checking for Mold Damage in Middletown Buildings

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. Mold will spread like wild fire within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified for any size mold remediation service needed.

Why is it essential to remove mold damage in Middleton Homes?

Mold spores are everywhere in the environment, waiting for the right conditions to multiply. They look for

  • Warm,
  • Moist conditions with
  • Where organic food is readily available.

Spores can last a long time until there is a water leak or poor air circulation with the right conditions for growth.

If you suspect mold growing somewhere, call SERVPRO to check for mold damage in your Middleton home or commercial building. Many customers tend to wait until the situation becomes serious. Mold infestations can damage structures and the contents of a building.

There can also be some health effects for some people. At the very least, your customers or family may notice a musty smell whenever they walk into the area. More significant health reactions are possible and should be assessed by a medical professional.

SERVPRO professionals can assess your home or business for the presence of mold and suggest precautionary measures to protect your family. Our team will wear protective PPE gear while removing damaged contents and materials.

Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain for mold damage service to Middletown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (860) 826-5169.

Support Youth Theater in Middletown

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

empty movie theater seats SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the amazing performances from the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater!

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown Provides a Canvas for Youth Artistic Expression

As Middletown residents leave 2020 behind and embrace a fantastic 2021, our youth is invited to participate in the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater. Committed to fostering young performers' growth, Oddfellows offers several programs open to a diverse population, including at-risk and underserved youth. Although many programs have shifted to virtual, for the time being, they are still going strong, including the following-

  • Up on Your Feet Series- for ages 6-11 focusing on physical activities.
  • Virtual Mainstage Production- for ages 11-14, participants will ultimately create their own work while attending theatrical workshops.
  • Circophony: The Movie- older participants (ages 12-20) can join this workshop and hone their juggling, acrobatic, and dance skills. Group rehearsals will take place weekly.

Keeping safe doesn’t mean we need to stop our lives. At SERVPRO, we apply that same principle as we address mold damage to businesses in the area. As much as possible, we minimize the disruption of daily operations while we perform our work with state-of-the-art techniques.

Let SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain be a part of a successful 2021. Call us at (860) 826-5169 whenever you need restoration services and let us work for you until your space feels, “Like it never even happened.”

Local New Britain Beer Challenges your Taste Buds

1/23/2021 (Permalink)

a cup of beer against a black background It will be exciting to see the community enjoying the beer at Alvarium!

Alvarium Beer in New Britain is sure to Please the Most Sophisticated Beer Drinkers

You don’t need to leave New Britain to enjoy a safe and pleasant time in a setting like no other. A visit to Alvarium reminds you of the town’s manufacturing origins and invites guests to view how beer is brewed locally. Fresh beer and cider are offered daily and feature flavors native to our city, such as wildflower honey and more exotic tones of caramel and cacao. If you are a fan of the beer company, you can find its product in selected stores throughout the region. A few things to remember as you visit-

  • Masks are required
  • There is no standing at the bar
  • Each visit has a 90-minute limit due to reduced capacity
  • Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis

At SERVPRO, we also try to preserve our local character by protecting the homes around us. Whenever there is flood damage, you can call our expert team to extract water and debris while treating your home for residual damage. 

SERVPRO of Middletown/ New Britain is your local resource when water disasters arise. Call us at (860) 826-5169 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Visit Middletown for a Taste of New England’s Beauty

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

water damage stains on ceiling of a room Water damage can affect your home from any direction. Contact our team 24/7 for your emergency needs.

Whether you’re Exploring on your own or in a Group, Middletown has Something to Offer for All Tastes

Along the Connecticut River, Middletown is in Middlesex County, just south of Hartford. The town dates back to the 1650s when English settlers incorporated it. Before its incorporation, the Mattabesett occupied the territory and called the area the Mattabeseck. Even though the site is mostly residential now, at its inception, it was an industrial hub. As one might expect, Middletown owes its name to its location as the halfway point between Saybrook and Windsor.

In the 1700s, Middletown grew strong, and most of its inhabitants participated in trade made more manageable by its proximity to the water. Even though working the land was not easy, the town managed to be prosperous. Slavery has its place in Middletown's early economy, where African slaves from the Caribbean joined the society as laborers and domestic help. However, the advent of trade challenges, which ultimately caused the War of 1812, negatively affected the area. Much of its business was lost due to trading hurdles. Although firearms manufacturing shortly relieved the town from an economic downturn, the industry did not remain in Middletown for long. In the 20th century, Middletown was the home of many immigrants, starting with Irish arrivals fleeing the Great Famine, and later Italians, Polish, and Germans also joined the community. Much later, in the 1980s, people from Southeast Asia came into town to settle down.

Enmeshed within the history of Middletown is Wesleyan University, founded in 1831. Today it houses over 3,000 liberal arts students on a picturesque campus offering a diverse student population and advanced research. The University owes its name to John Wesley, founder of Methodism. It was precisely the Methodist movement and its focus on education that prompted this vital institution's creation. Although it has since forgone its Methodist designation and expanded its academic offerings, the University’s emphasis on innovative learning is still alive today.

The Middlesex County Historical Society

There is no better place to visit than the Middlesex County Historical Society to understand Middletown, its origin, and its place in history. Focused on preserving the history of Middletown and Middlesex County, it achieves its mission through different mediums.

  • Art- the Historical Society owns paintings and artifacts dating to the origins of the area. Housewares, landscapes, and other period pieces are on display for visitors to explore.
  • Photographs- the collection of photographic evidence of the city’s growth dates from its earlier days to pictures of life today. It documents natural disasters, daily life, milestones, and numerous events that make up Middletown’s history.
  • Archives- documents, including court recordings, letters, and minutes of relevant meetings, are included in the archives. The diaries of local personalities and records from civic and government organizations are also counted among the collection and help tell the story of the area.

The Historical Society has also created the Middletown Heritage Trail, which allows the visitor to take a self-guided tour through town. The most relevant historical landmarks in the city are clearly marked, and visitors are encouraged to learn about their significance through the literature available at each site. Group tours are also available by contacting the Historical Society for arrangements.

Entertainment in Middletown

Middletown has a privileged location along the Connecticut River banks, and outdoor activities take advantage of this beautiful landscape. Trails are available along the waterfront as well as in proximity to the many tributaries in the area. Additionally, the city has preserved more than 2,400 acres of open space for its residents.

Aside from natural formations, Middletown’s downtown is ideal for a stroll. The eclectic collection of shops, plus wide sidewalks and a pleasant view, have earned Main Street national recognition. The town’s gastronomic offering is also notable and evidence of the confluence of cultures that inhabit Middletown. On any given day, music, art and entertainment are on display for all to enjoy. For more information on Main Street happenings, make sure to follow Downtown Middletown on social media.

Middletown has a lot to offer if you are planning a special event such as a wedding or family reunion. Once again, its scenery makes an ideal backdrop to your celebration, and the numerous outdoor venues allow flexibility in decorating them to match the occasion. Lady Katharine Cruises offers a unique option by carrying your special occasion down the Connecticut River while you celebrate. Lodging is available throughout the city in historical places that now enjoy the comforts of modern life. The Inn at Middletown and Wadsworth Mansion are great examples of the meeting of historic architecture with today’s services.

Middletown has also been named one of the “100 Best Small Arts Towns in the United States.” The Middletown Commission on the Arts was established in 1972 to encourage the arts in the community. It works with local artists and organizations to support budding artists, performances, and exhibitions. Programmatic opportunities are made possible year-round in a variety of venues.

Protecting Middletown Homes and Businesses

Water damage to Middletown building structures is not uncommon. Although one might think the city’s proximity to the water is the culprit behind any water damage, in reality, routine wear and tear in our homes can easily disrupt our lives. All it takes is a leaky pipe or a broken window to cause water damage, and relying on a professional water restoration company is the best way to reverse the damage.

SERVPRO staff is trained in the latest techniques and industry best practices to restore your home after a water incident. Our industry-grade equipment, including drying mats, air circulators, and extractors of various sizes, help us tailor an action plan to your needs. Our fleet is knowledgeable of environmental practices and readily available 24/7 for your convenience.

SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain is your resource for water removal and ancillary issues such as drywall replacement and floor restoration. Call our knowledgeable team at (860) 826-5169 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Zoom Event Meant for Middletown Residents to Interact and Have Fun

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

zoom meeting Join in on the fun With other Middletown residents, in a zoom meeting from the comfort of your own home.

Join Other Middletown Residents in This Online Event Where Anything Goes in the Comfort of Your Home

In these uncertain times, it is essential to avoid physical interaction. However, that does not mean that you cannot have fun with your neighbors and friends.

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, located at 605 Main Street Middletown, presents an online event hosted by Ashely Hamel. This is an excellent way to have a great time with friends online. The event takes place on December 28th. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 PM, and the open mic from 7 PM lasts to around 10 PM.

As the event’s name suggests, Anything Goes Open Mic provides you with the opportunity to share a:



Poem

Song

Piece of art

Story

Share a joke



Between 8 PM and 8:15 PM, attendees can share Moments of Gratitude to encourage and build positive energy. The cost of attending the event is $5.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain warmly welcomes you to the Anything Goes Open Mic online event. We support businesses that make such events possible. If there is flood damage in your Middletown business, our professional restorers can help you bring things back to normal so you can open your business doors in a brief period. Talk to us today at (860) 826-5169. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.