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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:



Piece of art


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.   

Enjoy a Day with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Middletown

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mr. & Mrs. Clause Come Visit with Mr. & Mrs. Clause in Middletown.

Bring Your Family and Spend the Day with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Middletown This Festive Season

Have fun with the Santas this festive season with your family and friends. The event is meant to bring magic This Christmas season for children of all ages. On December 19, it takes place at Lyman Orchards Golf Course, 1741 Pub and Grill, starting from 10 AM to 3 PM.  

Bring your cameras to capture This special occasion with Santa. Attendees can enjoy all kinds of meals from the a la carte menu, which include: 

  • Nutella and Marshmallow Breakfast Pizza 
  • Candy Cane pancakes with Maple Syrup
  • Strawberry Snowman French Toast 

The menu has a wide range of other delicious meals. The event organizers are following all cleaning and sanitizing protocols. The set guidelines for these uncertain times, including social distancing and the use of masks, are all in place for guests' safety.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain welcomes you to the festive holiday brunch. If you have fire damage in your Middletown home, we can help you to restore it. Talk to us today at (860) 826-5169.  

Fast Response to Middletown City Residents' Restoration Emergencies

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians If your home needs water remediation and repair, contact our certified professionals at SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Provides Professional Water Damage Restoration Services to Property Owners in Middletown 

Middletown is located alongside the Connecticut River in the central part of Middlesex County. The English settlers incorporated the city in 1650 as a town and named it Mattabeseck, its original Native American name, after local indigenous people called the Mattabesett. The settlers were among the tribes that spoke Algonquian languages along the Atlantic coast. In 1953, the colonists renamed the settlement.

Middletown city was included within the boundaries of Hartford County on May 10, 1666. The English settlers incorporated the central settlement as a distinct city from the town in 1784. In May 1785, the settlers included both within the newly formed Middlesex County. Middletown city was consolidated with the town in 1923, leading to extensive city limits.

Originally, the city was a sailing port, which later turned to be an industrial center on the Connecticut River. Now the city is largely residential. The city's downtown is on Main Street, a typical retail, dining, and bar district. Before eliminating the county government set up in 1960, Middletown city was the headquarters of Middlesex County since 1785. According to the census conducted in 2010, the city had a population of 47,648. 

The History behind the city of Middletown 

In 1646, the General Court drew up plans for the colonial settlement. In 1650, the area received its first migrants who came from Connecticut colonies. In November 1653, Connecticut's General Court renamed the area from "Mattabesett" to Middletown. The name Middletown was inspired by the area's position on the Great River between Windsor and Saybrook. 

For the first colonial Puritans, life was complicated. Clearing the bushy land, building houses, and farming on the rocky soil was a harrowing ordeal. The society was rigorous. Some legal offenses such as incorrigible stubbornness of children, blasphemy, witchcraft, and cursing or smiting of parents within Connecticut colonies were punishable by death.

The Middletown area developed to be the largest and prosperous settlement within Connecticut in the 18th century. Before the American Revolution, one-third of the area's residents involved themselves in merchant and maritime activities in the thriving port. 

During the America-British relations strain in the 19th century, the port's decline began resulting from trading restrictions that led to the 1812 War. Due to the war's restrictions, the port did not recover. Most men from the city became well known after participating in the war. Thomas Macdonough, the Middletown's Commodore, led the American Forces on Lake Champlain to victory in 1814. That discouraged the British from invading New York. New England families continued to migrate west to New York and areas around the Great Lakes in search of more available land after the war.

Middletown city today

The city has in recent decades, focused on improving the comforts and needs of its residents. Commercial development has been of significant help in raising fund services since 1931, when the city established a planning board.

Middletown city is an essential government administrative center. From 1798 during the creation of Middlesex County to 1965, the city has been the county seat. The city hosts Middlesex Superior Court, while the Judicial District is still that of the former county court. The other county activities were distributed to other towns or centralized to the state. The city extracted some of the former county buildings but left some state agency buildings like the Department of Social Services around Main Street Ext. The city's Probate Court district includes towns of:

  • Middlefield
  • Haddam
  • Cromwell
  • Portland

 A city that natures talent and rich in culture

Middletown is home to the famous youth theater group known as Oddfellows Playhouse on Washington Street. It welcomes kids of all ages across the state interested in learning theater skills. The theater group also runs Children's Circus of Middletown, which helps kids learn circus skills and organizes a free show that sees almost a thousand guests.

Also, the city is home to the Kidcity Children's Museum. The museum is in a renovated and expanded property of former Judge Elmer. The property was moved from its current location down to 400 feet in Washington Street. Kidcity is somewhere kids between 1 and 8 years come to learn through play with their parents.

The city is also home to several parks and nature walks, including:

  • Wadsworth Falls State Park
  • Middletown Nature Gardens
  • Smith Park
  • Guida Farm Conservation Area

The most popular one is Harbor Park, a recreational area of 2.6 acres on the Connecticut River. The park includes a Boardwalk, nightclub and restaurant, seasonal boat excursions, fishing, and crew boathouses of Middletown High School and Wesleyan University. The Harbor Park also hosts the July 4th festivities and, in October, the Head of Connecticut Regatta event.

Water damage in Middletown

Water damage in Middletown residences can occur fast and create destruction, which seems beyond repair. Various problems contribute to water damage, including washing machine or dishwasher overflow, roof leaks, and burst pipes. Thankfully, if you employ the right water damage restorers, you can save time, money, and effort.

Why rely on SERVPRO restorers when water damage occurs in your Middletown property

Water damage restoration is a challenging task and does not only involve the drying of visible water. Since water travels fast and on various surfaces, porous materials can absorb water beneath the surface. If the damage is severe, materials such as carpeting, drywall, and fiberfill insulation can get destroyed beyond recovery.

After water damage occurs in your property, restoration should begin immediately. Standing water creates a conducive breeding environment for bacteria and mold growth. The two can cause health problems for your family. Fortunately, if you contact SERVPRO technicians within 24 hours, we can help minimize the damage and get your property to its former glory.

We have a team of highly skilled and experienced restorers who have certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our technicians also have access to the latest equipment and tools and approved products to handle water damage of any magnitude successfully. We use special techniques during the restoration process to minimize damage and get you back to your regular routine in a brief period. 

Our water damage restoration process includes:

  • Inspecting the property to analyze the damage
  • Excess water removal
  • Drying the affected area
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Deodorization

Every step we take during restoration serves an essential purpose to remove all the water, moisture, and contaminants.  

If there is water damage in your property, contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain for professional restoration. We can make the incident seem, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (860) 826-5169.     

Find a Way to Stay Fit and Meet Your New Britain Community

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

fire truck red and ready New Britain properties get help from SERVPRO for fire damage restoration after the fire trucks leave

Running, jogging, and walking are ways that people can let off some steam and work to get in shape, and many from New Britain are enjoying the CommUNITY Run.

When you get out in the fresh air and set your mind on the tasks of running the 3-5 mile course laid out, you need some determination and encouragement to see it through. The CommUNITY Runs are all about networking people together from New Britain and Hartford to Middletown and beyond. Even with the pandemic restrictions affecting every live event, precautions and preventive measures exist to keep the runs going safely.

Runs begin at 6:30 now that events have been opened up to groups of 100 people in Connecticut. Just sign in and get your route and start walking, jogging, or sprinting your way through it with so many others from the community.

If you are racing around to find the best restoration professionals for fire and smoke cleanup in New Britain homes, you can count on our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain. We are available 24/7 at (860) 826-5169.

Analyzing Middletown's Most Famous Attractions and Structures

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

tech in tyvek suit SERVPRO of Middletown technician dons a tyvek suit and respirator to grapple with a mold problem

With a history dating back before the American Revolution, Middletown has many attractions that are one-of-a-kind.

Middletown and the entire Middlesex County is rife with history, culture, and a heritage dating back centuries. While Middletown was initially one of the most profitable ports in the 1700s and 1800s, the War of 1812 would ruin this once-profitable industry and trading permanently. Adaptation and evolution were necessary, and even to this day, Middletown continues to grow and change with new residents and leadership. The gentrification of younger residents has also helped keep the prominent retail locations relevant and modern without ever compromising the area's historic appeal. Some of the buildings and landmarks have become protected properties in a national historical database, which have become some of the most alluring and attractive structures for those visiting the town.

Wesleyan University

Perhaps one of the longest-standing institutions and businesses for the Middletown area is Wesleyan University. This school has stood since 1831 and continues to provide quality education to this day. Its founding in the 1800s by Methodist leaders can showcase the choice in the name of Wesleyan, as the founder of the Methodism sect of Christianity was one John Wesley. As a liberal arts college with Division III athletics, the average attendance between undergraduates and postgraduates is just over 3,000.

Despite its smaller size, this institution has been one of the most influential schools in the country when you consider the achievements of its most aspiring alumni and faculty, including:

  • Fulbright Scholars
  • MacArthur Fellows
  • Nobel Laureates
  • Guggenheim Fellows
  • Truman Scholars
  • Pulitzer Prize Winners
  • Rhodes Scholars
  • Members of the US Congress
  • Presidential Cabinet Members
  • Governors
  • CEOS and Founders of Fortune 500 Companies

For this reason, Wesleyan University is among the most respected and known institutions throughout the world. Its status has made admittance exclusive, bringing many to Middletown to meet with university administrators and see the respective historic buildings that make up the beautiful campus.

Oddfellows Playhouse

The mission and ultimate objective of the Oddfellows Playhouse is to introduce the youth of the region to the performing arts in ways that can build credible skills, encourage creativity, and benefit the community. The organization started in 1975 and, since then, has continually been Connecticut's foremost youth theater. Every year, the theater helps more than 1200 pupils find their voice and presence on the stage.

In 1994, through immense community support for the program that had been functioning nearly 20 years at this point, allowed Oddfellows to purchase the historic building where it now resides downtown. This space features a modest-sized performing center with a stage and 110 seat audience. Also, there are areas for rehearsals, the lobby/gallery, prop storage and a professionally equipped light/sound booth. Anyone coming to Middletown would be remiss to overlook live performances from the group, as the ever-changing troop of performers has successfully performed more than 350 plays and specials.

O'Rourke's Diner

O'Rourke's has been a staple of Middletown since 1941. A few short years after opening, the diner would get the iconic Mountain View diner car that would be the way it continues to look to this day. The restaurant has become among the most well-regarded in the city, likely for its nostalgic appearance and affordable dishes. It is a fitting relic of Americana that works well with its placement in the Main Street Historic District of Middletown.

Its historical significance allowed the diner to get featured in many write-ups about Connecticut and New England's best eateries. Guy Fieri would also feature O' Rourke's on the hit television show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Despite a devastating fire that rallied the community to raise money for a complete renovation and repair totaling more than 350,000 dollars, the diner still has its original appearance, attractive aesthetic, and authentic menu.

Historic Homes of Middletown

Throughout New England, there are thousands of properties protected by National Historic Site statuses. Middletown has several historic districts, the most noteworthy of these being the Main Street area. Here you can incorporate properties like the Oddfellows Playhouse and O'Rourke's Diner along with many of the structures that have been adopted into the campus for Wesleyan University that are, in fact, older than the school.

Protecting these properties and the thousands of single-family homes throughout Middletown has become one of the priorities of our experienced SERVPRO restoration team. With 33 homes and commercial structures that made the National Register of Historic Places within Middletown's city limits, many buildings are worth your time to explore and learn about when you visit. Some of the most famous protected constructions include Alsop House, Samuel Wadsworth Russell House, Town Farms Inn, and the Wadsworth Estate.

How Mold Remediation Occurs in Area Businesses

Mold can be one of the most challenging conditions that home and business owners must contend with, as the presence of microbial threats can be hazardous to exposed customers. Addressing these concerns immediately can reduce the spread and severity of the organism, especially when our SERVPRO professionals can establish containment barriers.

Remediation seeks to remove active colonization threats through several specific approaches. With traffic and cross-contamination concerns contained with barriers and poly-sheeting, our professionals can work to regulate temperature, airflow, and moisture content in the drying zone to being evaporation to make mold removal tactics on hosting materials more effective and successful. Some of the most effective remediation approaches include:

  • Surface cleaning with antimicrobial products
  • Soda/media blasting
  • Orbital sanding and sandblasting
  • Controlled demolition

With contracting license #HIC.0652559, our team can offer full-scale build back and repairs for compromised structures like your downtown business. We understand that with multiple historic districts in the city, a fast and knowledgeable response can prevent far costlier restoration and renovations of these landmark properties with controlled demolition, repairs, and containment.

Mold does not have to be a devastating force in your business. We have skilled Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) capable of remediation and mold removal for SERVPRO of Middletown businesses. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (860) 826-5169.

Enjoy the 35th Holiday on Main Street’s Magic of Middletown Celebration

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

town seal SERVPRO provides flooding cleanup services to our Middletown neighbors

The holiday season is upon us, but for many, the celebrations do not begin until they have been to Main Street Middletown for the annual festivities.

Christmas is more than presents under the tree. For many of the residents here in Middletown, it is getting together with their friends and neighbors celebrating the season every weekend until Christmas morning. This year’s festivities begin with a virtual tree-lighting ceremony happening online on November 27th. The subsequent weekends until December 25th feature an array of fun and memorable events.

Our beautiful Main Street structures come to life with lights, holiday music, and other delightful decorations. Check out vendors setting up shop along the street, a gnome scavenger hunt for the whole family, a decorated car parade, and more. Experience the holidays with all of Middletown this year at the 35th annual Holiday on Main Street celebration.

When flooding rears its head after severe winter weather, you need efficient flood water removal for your Middletown home. Our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team is available 24/7 at (860) 826-5169.

What Are the Ways to Remove Water After a Flood in Middletown?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Living room and Dining Room Flooded For 24/7 assistance after a flood, Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169.

SERVPRO Extracts Water from Your Flooded Home in Middletown Using Advanced Equipment

Recovering after a flood in Middletown is an overwhelming task. Once you recover from the initial shock, you may want to contact professionals for home restoration and water removal. Trained SERVPRO professionals remove floodwater using truck-mounted or portable extraction equipment. They make enough passes to extract the largest amount of water possible before using heavy-duty air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture.

Why is Floodwater Contaminated?
During Flood cleanup for your Middletown property, you should understand the different categories of water. Clean water (category 1) is water that comes out of a faucet or a non-contaminated plumbing leak. Gray water (category 2) is slightly contaminated, like water that comes out of a toilet without any solid matter or soapy dishwater. Blackwater (category 3) is contaminated water containing sewage or unknown organic matter. Floodwater fits into this category because it passes over the ground, potentially exposing it to various contaminants, before coming into your home.

What Precautions do SERVPRO Technicians Take When Removing Contaminated Water?
    •    Technicians wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when handling items contaminated by floodwater.
    •    Technicians dispose of collected blackwater in accordance with local regulations.
    •    Technicians are mindful of keeping residents safe during the restoration process.

How Do Technicians Find Hidden Pockets of Water?
    •    The SERVPRO flood restoration team extracts as much water as possible with portable extraction equipment, including wands that can fit into small spaces in your home.
    •    Technicians use moisture sensors and detection equipment to find hidden moisture. Some moisture sensors have probes to penetrate surfaces, so we do not have to cut into wall cavities unless necessary.
    •    Infrared camera imagery is useful in discovering possible damp voids within walls.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!