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Mold Everywhere!

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Tunnels We found mold growing in the crawlspace in a Vermont business after they had experienced a water loss that was hidden from them for quite some time.

Did you know that there are multiple, hundreds of thousands of mold spores floating around outdoors? Knowing the dangers of mold, it is quite frightening thinking about it, but what is more of a concern would be finding mold inside your own home. Mold is known to belong to the kingdom of fungi. It can appear to be plant like but cannot create its own food. It absorbs its nutrients from other organic substances. Mold can simply generate with water and something living – or even once living, like wood. Invitations of mold to your own home would consist of poor ventilation, moisture and water damages in which were not addressed immediately. In any areas of your home that moisture issues happen to occur, you want to be sure that you have a source of ventilation within that area. The consistent moisture and humidity will eventually cause mold. This is another reason to report any serious water damages right away. You may be able to clean the visible mess but sometimes the affected areas cannot be seen. 

SERVPRO Burlington/ Middlebury is here for you 365 day 24/7. If you have any questions or concerns due to recent water loss or any visible mold, do not hesitate to call us at 802-497-1101. Our team will always be there, ready to help.

Our 1-4-8 Protocol

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Tundra 2 Our trucks are always ready to go!

Damage of any kind to your Vermont business; especially fire or water damage, can be stressful for owners, property managers, employees and tenants. Property damage, equipment damage, document loss and temporary business closure are just some of the concerns you may experience. Timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate these concerns.

The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your business property and belongings. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can prevent Fire/Water damage from creating long term problems.

1 - Within 1 hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury Professional contacts you to arrange for services.

4 - Within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury professional is on-site to start mitigation services.

8 - Within 8 business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

**Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

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Training Matters!

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Trucks on the way! Our trucks rolling to a job!

While there are many differences between the two fungi, mold and mildew both develop and thrive in moist conditions. A leaking roof, a window that doesn’t seal properly, and a basement with water damage caused by a broken pipe can all lead to the growth of mildew and mold. These issues are obviously much more pressing here in New England. In order to reduce the risk of health effects and damage to building materials, mildew and mold in the home or a business need immediate mold remediation. Your local SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is always ready to help!

Mildew vs Mold

Mildew and mold are both fungi. Fungi can live in many different types of habitats such as in soil, on vegetation, and on surfaces exposed to moist conditions like a wall or ceiling after flood damage. Fungi reproduce by spores and quickly can spread.

What is mildew? Mildew is mold in its early stage and often the term is used interchangeably with the word mold. That whitish-gray, powdery substance sometimes seen on the leaves of a plant is mildew. Mildew is a surface fungi that grows on organic material like plants and food as well as wood or fibrous items like:

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Cardboard/paperboard
  • Wallpaper
  • Fabric

How is it different from Mold? Mold ranges in color from green to gray, brownish and black. It may appear fuzzy, flat or even slimy. Green slimy mold may develop in the damp, shady areas of decks and even vinyl siding, while indoors, mold can develop on grout, tile and other surfaces found in and around bathrooms and other areas with high humidity and inadequate ventilation.

Pro Tip: Slimy mold on decks, fences and siding often can be removed using a pressure washer. Always wear proper safety protection when dealing with mold and working with tools.

Dangers of Mildew and Mold

In a battle between mildew vs mold, which presents more problems and danger? It depends on several factors.

The powdery mildew often found on the leaves of a houseplant, typically poses little danger to you, but it can harm the plant. However, anyone that suffers from mold allergies should avoid touching that mildew. If contact occurs, wash hands thoroughly and never touch your face/eyes/nose after coming in contact with mildew.

The Need for Mold Remediation

Mold and mildew, if ignored, can cause health effects and physical damage to a home or business. Mold found anywhere in a building, such as behind drywall, on insulation, around windows and along basement walls has developed because there is a moisture problem. To avoid further damage, it’s essential to locate and correct the source of the moisture and then remove all traces of mold.

Any home or business that’s suffered any type of water damage (from firefighting efforts, roof leak, burst pipe or flood) needs professional assessment quickly. Contact SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury immediately after any water disaster; mold can begin developing within 24 to 48 hours. Trust our IICRC certified technicians for a comprehensive mold remediation plan. Call (802) 497-1101.

IICRC Training Helps!

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy Trailer This homeowner was beside herself when we found a few different types of cultures of mold beneath her her carpet.

Mold reproduces by devouring organic materials used to construct your home. They prefer dark, damp, humid areas and create small, lightweight seeds, called spores. These seeds travel through the air, gaining access to portions of your Portsmouth home through open airways, or by catching a ride on your shoes or even a household pet.  

Mold spores can usually survive for a very long time, even before settling on an acceptable surface. However, after finding an adequate site, molds rapidly develop into large contaminated areas within 24 to 48-hours, continually spreading throughout your Vermont home, causing mold damage as the growth process continues.   

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that any homeowner experiencing mold growth should seek professional help removing any standing water or wet materials found on your property, as they serve as breeding grounds for many microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, and mold. Whether you experience a freshwater flood, sewage back-up, roof leaks, or plumbing issues, mold and mildew can develop soon after. 

An IICRC certified mold remediation specialist, like those offered at the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, can provide you with the professional services you need to remedy the problem and even give you tips that help prevent mold growth in the future. It takes a keen eye and advanced equipment to combat mold found in your home or business, especially in larger areas where there may also be hidden dangers that exist. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury's mold remediation specialists use premeir industry standards and methods to remove contaminated materials, following strict guidelines to contain the affected area, preventing further spread and limiting exposure to clean sections of your home. We pay close attention to furniture, upholstery items, bedding, and toys, using advanced cleaning and disinfection techniques to restore contents if at all possible. 
 
SERVPRO technicians may inspect every section of your home to determine how far the contamination has spread, eliminating potential problems one at a time before installing new materials that make your home look like new again.

Call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury today for a full-service solution and remember, we are always here to help. Dial (802) 497-1101 for fast, efficient services.

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Selling your home? Ask how SERVPRO can help!

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke This home had and issue with smoke in the basement

Are you selling your home? Do you have realtors and inspectors coming in and checking things out?

We get calls from homeowners all the time that have had inspections done and realize they have a few things to take care of. Many times the caller doesn't know how to take care of these things, and that's when they call the professional staff at SERVPRO to get the job done! 

SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury can help with things you may not have even thought about.

  • Dryer duct cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning
  • General cleaning
  • Mold inspections

Selling your home can be stressful, and our staff here at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury want to set your mind at east. Let us help you with a few less things to worry about. 

Give us a call at (802) 497-1101 and let us worry about it for you!

Be ready for colder weather!

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Here in the Northeast, we fight some seriously cold temperatures. Are you prepared if a pipe breaks in your home? 

We have many customers who have vacation homes here in Vermont, and they aren't here during the winter months. Most people ahead of leaving for the winter, turn their heat down and close it up for the season. What they don't know is that by doing so they are at risk of freezing pipes, and a world of other problems. 

Here at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury, we are ready to take those calls. Even if you are 1000 miles away in your hometown, and not at your home here locally. We will be with you every step of the way, from the first phone call right down to making sure your home gets put back together. 

Retail store basement flood

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storage Room Keeping items off the floor could prevent them from damage!

One night over the summer, we received a call that a retail bookstore had discovered a flood in their basement. We dispatched our team and headed down to their location. 

Upon arrival, we discovered that it was in fact two retail stores. The customer who called has the bookstore and the neighboring unit was a clothing retail store, luckily owned by the same person.

We extracted the water, took care of the inventory in both stores, and set our equipment up to dry the two units. After a few days both of the stores were dry and happy to be open. 

Because the owner caught the flood fairly quickly, none of the inventory was damaged, and they were able to operate as normal. 

As a business owner, if you know your building is prone to flooding, or backups remember to check the basement regularly. Make sure inventory and valuables are off the ground and out of the line of fire. 

Is your business prepared for an emergency?

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Bathroom Ceiling Mold When something like this happens, and ERP means we already have a plan!

Here at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury we offer a program called ERP's or an Emergency Ready Profile. What does this mean for you as a business owner? 

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

As a part of the community SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury wants to help you make sure you are prepared when disaster strikes. We want all of our community members to feel safe and taken care of. So don't wait for disaster to happen, call SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury today and let us help you take the worry away! 

Fire in local manufacturing plant

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damage on the walls This fire started as a chemical fire

What happens when you have a fire in your place of business?! You call SERVPRO to get the job done!

When a local manufacturing business had a fire in their warehouse, they knew to call SERVPRO and we would be there every step of the way. 

Just as the local firefighters were rolling out in their firetrucks, our fleet of SERVPRO vehicles was rolling in. Ready to get to work, our crew started by assessing the damage. In order to make a plan to get this business back on it's feet and running again, we would need to know a few things. First, what caused the fire? Were there chemicals involved? Next, what was used to extinguish the fire? Having these two pieces of information are key as there are multiple ways such as water, and or foam used to extinguish different fires. 

When water is used to extinguish the fire, we then have to think about secondary damage caused by the water, not just the fire itself. Checking for moisture in different areas of the building is crucial to not having problems in the future. 

Our crew jumped right in and began the cleanup process, and within no time this company was up and running again.... Like it never even happened!

Gear up!

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen after water damage, puddles still sitting on the counter Kitchen of apartment A, the more heavily affected

We received a call that a couple of apartments below a pizza restaurant had a recent pipe burst. No big deal, we can be right there and get this place dried out. That is what we do, right? 

As soon as we opened the door, we knew this has been an ongoing problem. The front door was swollen and hard to open. Immediately as you open the door the odor, and the physical signs of bacterial growth were obvious. At this point we knew what we were going to have to do. This was going to be a big project, as it affected two apartments at the very least. A pipe had gotten clogged somewhere in the lines, and shot water out of the kitchen for a VERY long time!