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FedEx Mold Mitigation

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial FedEx Mold Mitigation Mold in the shower of FedEx women's bathroom.

Our local FedEx office and warehouse located in Williston, VT had SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury perform a mold mitigation on both their men's and women's bathrooms. This project started as a emergency water loss and during the restoration process the technicians found mold in both of the bathrooms, especially around the shower areas. SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury was able to get the job done quickly and efficiently without bothering the staff and customers at FedEx while allowing them to stay open and operate during their usual hours. We we're allowed a whole year to finish the project, but our hard working technicians had it done within two weeks (one week per bathroom) during not only FedEx's time of business but during SERVPRO's regular business hours as well. This is an example of a large commercial mitigation that SERVPRO was able to handle and have done in a timely manner.

Colorlab Cosmetics

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Colorlab Cosmetics Drying out during the water restoration process

A cosmetics factory, Colorlab Cosmetics, located in Williston, VT had an emergency water loss over night. The employees didn't know about the loss until they were walking into work the following morning. A pipe had burst in the factory over night and flooded through the warehouse, the office, and the storage areas leaving a huge mess of water and make up stains. Not only did SERVPRO of Burlington/Williston respond immediately to restore the water loss, they had did a thorough clean because of all the make up/ingredients that were damaged and stained into carpets and walls. Like with many other water losses, after inspecting the building mold was found. At this time, the large water loss turned into a mold mitigation as well. By the time SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury was finished it looked "Like it never even happened." and even better than before the loss.

Home Depot's Fire and Safety Day

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Home Depot's Fire and Safety Day SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury's van parked at Home Depot's Fire and Safety Day

SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury was invited to join local police, fire crew, American Red cross, and many more at the home depot parking lot located in Williston, VT on Saturday October 14th 2017. This expo was created to allow community members to walk around and meet the members of the different teams/companies and learn more about what they do. The event had workshops available for kids to learn and be hands on while allowing them to see the inside of the different types of vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and our very our own SERVPRO van/truck mount that we use for large water losses and for jobs that require us to bring a lot of equipment. SERVPRO members handed out SERVPRO rubber ducks to kids, and for the adults we had coffee tumblers available. These types of events allow us to get to know community members, give them more insight to what it is we do, and also gives us a change to advertise and give out free items and business cards.

The Mold Remediation Process

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Remediation Process Containment set up for mold remediation in a residents bathroom

Every situation with mold differs from the amount of mold, location of the mold, and the types of materials affected. Each scenario has a different solution but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below is the usual SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury process for a “typical” mold remediation or mitigation.

Emergency Contact –

802-497-1101

The mold restoration process begins when you call us. Even if you are unsure if mold is present, our techs will come to your location and will be able to tell you if there is mold and if it needs to be mitigated and what steps to further take. If you smell or suspect mold don’t hesitate to call. Our representative will also ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary steps to continue.

Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment -

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. We also have tools to help determine moisture inside walls and areas we can’t visually see. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury will be able to build an estimate for the work to be done and will inform you of all pricing and the process from beginning to end so that the customer knows what to expect.

Mold Containment -

The professional techs at SERVPRO will start the mitigation process by using various containment procedures depending on the particular mold job to prevent the further spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold. This is another misconception about mold – a lot of residents will direct fans to blow towards the mold thinking that it will help dry out the area when they’re actually blowing the mold spores around and allowing them to settle in other areas and grow more mold.

Air Filtration -

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our technicians to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested  Materials-

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth. Many people don’t realize that mold mitigation usually requires cutting out of walls and ceilings and think that cleaner is all that is needed.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings -

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Restoration -

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury does not do any of the rebuilding as it’s a conflict of interest for both us and the customer. Small restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. Although we do not do the rebuilding process – SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury has many reliable resources to refer you to of contractors and other local companies that we have worked with and have had good experiences working with in the industry.

With these steps, SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury will have your mold problem looking "Like it never even happened.”

Understand Mold

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understand Mold Mold present in residents bathroom

Microscopic mold spores exist just about everywhere, both outdoors and inside. Sports causes it to be impossible to remove all mold. Some restoration businesses advertise they specialize in “mold removal” and even promise to their customers that they will remove all mold, which leads to disappointment and non-realistic expectations. SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury has certified technicians that explain how your mold mitigation process needs to be handled as each is different depending on the situation, type of mold, and where it’s located. Our techs make sure our customers know what to expect before, during, and after the process. Mold isn’t always visible with the eye and can produce allergens and irritants that you’re not aware of. If you suspect mold you should call us to inspect your home or business. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float around in the air and can enter your home through open windows and doors, or vents for A/C and heat. It’s possible the spores can even hitch a ride on your pets or your clothing.
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water as they feed off moisture.
  • May produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold will keep returning.
  • Bleaches and other cleaners that advertise to kill or clean off mold only remove mold from the surface temporarily and does not kill the spores which is why the mold will keep growing back.
  • Mold often produces a strong and must odor.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Commercial Services

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Services A loss due to a snow storm that made it's way inside a senior living facility. SERVPRO responded immediately to ensure the well being of the seniors.

SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury offers cleaning and the restoring of commercial properties no matter if it’s a small locally owned business or a huge corporation. We have technicians with the training and experience needed to handle any of your property needs. Along with the trained techs, we also have the most effective equipment to get the job done. SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury has all the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. Some examples of commercial properties that have used our services include:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Stores
  • Large Big-Box Stores
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Hotels
  • Churches
  • Schools

Whether it’s a large mold mitigation, water loss, fire, or just a small carpet clean SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury is just a call away at 802-497-1101

Have an emergency? - Call SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

General Have an emergency? - Call SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury Equipment used by SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury

SERVPRO of Burlington & Middlebury has certified techs who are on-call to provide 24/7 emergency service to residence and will always respond in a timely manner. We are dedicated to arrive to any-sized disaster as fast as possible. No matter what time it is, the team at SERVPRO will respond to your restoration and cleaning needs to make it “Like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO of Burlington & Middlebury franchise also offers the same emergency services to commercial businesses as well, large or small.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Call us at any time and we will be happy to assist you – (802) 497-1101

Fire Season is Approaching

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Season is Approaching House Fire in South Burlington, VT that called SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury for fire restoration services.

Tips to avoid a house fire this winter season:

Turning on the stove for heat is not a safe source to keep warm. In the case of an emergency situation where the power goes out and you need to keep warm you should have extra blankets ready along with sleeping bags and warm winter coats or extra layers of clothing.

Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters are also good back up sources of heat as long as they are never placed near water, on top of or too close to furniture and drapes (should be at least three feet away), and children and pets should never be left unattended while heaters are in use. It's also a good idea to use space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Kerosene heaters should be checked with your local fire department to make sure that they're legal with your town or city.

When using a fireplace always make sure the wood is completely dry even slightly damp wood can catch fire.

An electric generator should never be used indoors or even inside your garage due to risk of inhaling carbon monoxide. A generator should also never be placed near the air intake of your home to also avoid poisoning and must be completely dry along with other appliances.

It is best to store gasoline outdoors to lessen the risk igniting fire.

Incase a fire does occur in your home you should have the following safety equipment ready and easily accessible: fire extinguisher, smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector are working (its a good idea to change the batteries before winter to ensure it works through the season).

Possible Health Effects Caused By Exposure to Mold

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Possible Health Effects Caused By Exposure to Mold Mold growing on clients wall

It's important to have mold removed from in your home as some people are allergic or more sensitive to mold than others. These people can experience symptoms including - itching and or watering of the eyes, coughing, skin irritation and/or breathing issues. Those with occupations that expose them to larger amounts of mold for extended periods of time can also have more severe reactions such as a high fever. Also, those who have lung diseases are at a higher risk of infections and can even develop fungal infections in their lungs if exposed to mold for prolonged periods of time.

Inside of your home there are some ways that you can control mold growth by- controlling humidity, fixing leaky roof, windows, and/or pipes, as well as ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas where moisture occurs. Lastly, if leaks or flooding does occur, a thorough cleaning and drying after is necessary to avoid health risks.

5 Tips for Getting Rid of Lingering Smoke Odor

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Tips for Getting Rid of Lingering Smoke Odor Smoke can leave carcinogens in your home if not adequately removed

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Dealing with the effects of smoke damage is never easy—especially when it comes to the smell that’s left behind. Once smoke permeates a structure, removing its strong odor generally proves to be an arduous task. According to the professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury, there are some steps that can be taken to eliminate or significantly reduce the unpleasant stench of smoke. The Williston, VT, based company stresses the importance of timeliness when trying to remove the smell of smoke.

Here are some helpful techniques for getting rid of the pungent scent:

5 Tips to Remove Smoke Damage Odor

1. Dispose of Unsalvageable Items

Unfortunately, there are often items too damaged by smoke to be saved. Getting these things out of the house immediately will greatly minimize the remaining smell. Carpet, insulation, and drywall are a few things to check in particular for odor and smoke residue.  

 

2. Wash Down All Hard Surfaces

All hard surfaces should be washed down carefully with a solution that includes water, white vinegar, and dish soap or shampoo. Using a clean rag, wipe down countertops, tables, shelves, baseboards, windowsills, cabinets, and light fixtures and mop all solid flooring surfaces.

3. Blow Fresh Air Into Each Room

While opening all the doors and windows will help a little, it’s more effective to get fresh air circulating inside as many rooms as possible. This is why it’s better to set up large fans on the exterior of the home and blow the outdoor air in. Focus on different rooms at a time for the best results.

4. Clean Clothing & Furniture Thoroughly

It’s common for clothing and furniture to hold the smell from smoke damage, so extra efforts must be taken to deodorize them. Clothes can be put in a bag with baking soda before being washed with a mixture of detergent and vinegar. Upholstered furniture should go through a deep clean to extract the odor completely from fibers.

5. Hire a Professional

Because of how challenging it is to remove the smell of smoke, the job is often better left in the hands of a professional. They have the proper equipment and knowledge to go through the process without causing more harm.  

If your home has been impacted by smoke damage, it’s essential to get to work right away to erase the smell or you run the risk of living with it forever. Contact SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury at (802) 497-1101, or visit them online to learn more about their fire restoration services.