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Large Loss Solutions For Vermont Businesses!

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

What's Left - image of dark floor After heavy rains, Some Vermont basements need our help!

Pumping out the Standing water is the initial action that must occur before other mitigation and restoration actions can happen. After flooding or burst pipes, pooling can be substantial and require credible solutions that remove high volumes fast, like a pump truck or submersible unit. Standing water and trapped moisture must get removed from:

  • Carpets
  • Hardwood flooring
  • HVAC system
  • Wall materials
  • Ceiling Cavities
  • Insulation

How Can We Prevent Content Losses After Water Exposure?

Protecting furniture, stock, inventory, documents, and other items is an objective of water removal in Vermont buildings. Cleaning textiles and carpets cannot happen without first removing standing water, but this also applies to on-site drying efforts with tools like axial air movers and dehumidifiers. In many situations, it is an efficient practice to remove contents to allow larger scale drying equipment for a faster resolution on moisture extraction and evaporation with warm air exhaust.

Water removal hinges on a quick response. Our SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury team will show We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster when you call us @ 80-497-1101.

Quick Response with Fire Damage is critical

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Hidden - image of open door This is the difference between having your doors open vs. closed in a fire.

The city of Burlington, Vermont is the queen city here in our state. While still relatively rural compared to many other cities within the country, Burlington is considered one of the best places in Vermont to combine both the city and the scenery. From the bustle on Church Street to the incredible views of the Adirondacks from the pier, Burlington has a lot to offer anyone.  

Despite all of the advantages of living in our beautiful state, disasters still happen to people and buildings here, and companies like your SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury stand ready to face the challenges along your side. From Flash Floods to immense droughts to freezing pipes, Vermont has a wide array of ways to damage our structures. That's where the pros at SERVPRO come in!

The Cleanup After Fire Damage Can Be Extensive – Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Vermont Home of Business

Vermont residents can trust our IICRC certified teams to handle the cleanup necessary after a fire. We are available 24/7 and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster to ensure you have prompt, reliable help when you need it.

Some common questions we field at SERVPRO when it comes to fire damage cleanup in Vermont include:

  • Will we still be able to smell smoke after the cleanup?
  • How can I file a claim for the fire damage?
  • What will it cost to repair and replace damaged materials?
  • What should I do with my clothes?
  • Do I need to move out?

These are all initial questions we can immediately help you with when you call us. Our trained team specializes in the management of disaster situations and can remove the stress put on building owners. Our crew works fast to eliminate secondary damage, which cuts costs and makes the process faster. We are available to ensure your claim filing goes off without a hitch and always provide our clients with fair pricing.

Fire damage cleanup is better and faster than DIY, so call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury @ 802-497-1101 when you need assistance!

Roof Damage

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

This happens from above! Image of roof damage. Water from above makes for a difficult cleanup

Vermont roofs take a beating in every season. But spring can be the most destructive. With dramatic changes in atmospheric pressure, strong winds can kick up at a moment’s notice.

If your roof has vulnerable spots, especially along edges and corners, strong winds can sneak under your shingles and blow them off. Once your shingles loosen, your roof is compromised. 

To avoid wind damage, have your roof inspected and updated regularly. The key is to have this done before storm season sets in. 

If you can, use impact-resistant materials. Also, keep the trees surrounding your home trimmed to prevent loose or dead branches from falling on or being blown onto your roof. 

But what if a wind storm has blown off your shingles? What do you do? 

  1. Document the full extent of the damage. Do not clean up or making any temporary repairs.
  2. Call a roofing company or contractor to inspect the roof and get an estimate for repairs. If you aren’t sure who to use, contact your public adjuster for help finding a trusted contractor. Remember, you don’t have to take the first estimate you receive, so try different contractors if you’re not happy with the first estimate.
  3. Call your homeowner’s insurance company to report the damage and file a claim.
  4. Depending on the extent of the damage, contact a reliable company, like SERVPRO to tarp your roof and prevent further damage. 

If you find yourself in need of storm damage repair and cleanup, give SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury a call at 1-802-497-1101. With 1,700 locations in the U.S. and Canada, we respond faster to any size disaster. Representatives are available 24/7.

Be safe!

Water damage can happen to anyone

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Mat System This is our floor drying system in action! It comes in handy when trying to dry our floors and wall cavities!

Nobody ever thinks it can happen to them, but it can. Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting and the effects more extensive. Many commercial structures have a larger volume water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is greater than a typical residence, as well. Also, commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number, as well.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like the growth of toxic mold may be even more problematic than in a home due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health effects may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.

Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

  • Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
  • Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water.  Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
  • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes, rapid snow melt or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
  • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Vermont's humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and to prevent secondary damages such as mold growth, contact SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury @ 802-497-1101.

Lightning - Fact VS Fiction

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Truck Ready to go!

According to the US Federal Emergency Management Acgency (FEMA), an average of 60 people every year are killed by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured. Many times this injuries are due to misinformation.

Here are a few most common myths about lightning:

Myth: If it's not raining there is no danger from lightning.

Fact: Lightning can occur up to 10 miles outside of a rainstorm.

Myth: If you are inside, you are 100% safe from lightning.

Fact: A home or business is a safe place to seek shelter from a thunderstorm, as long as you avoid conduits of electricity, including phones with cords, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors, and windows.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly. For example the Empire State Building gets hit at least 100 times per year.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you'll be electrocuted

Fact: The human body does not store electricity

Call the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury if lightning damages your home in a storm. 24/7 help is just a phone call away @ 802-497-1101.

Storms can happen anytime

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Good thing SERVPRO Burlington was there to save the day!

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre storm condition.

Faster Response Guaranteed!

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit New England, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,750 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today @ 802-497-1101

Always Ready for the Storm

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Wet Basement SERVPRO was on site right away after this retirement home in Burlington called us for help!

The weather in New England can be unpredictable. You never know when a severe thunderstorm, blizzard, or other natural disaster is going to blow through town.  When it does, storm damage can happen fast. Gusting winds knock down structures, hail can damage roofs, lightning strikes can fall trees, debris can fly into buildings and ongoing rain can flood offices. When something like this happens, you don’t have to face it alone. Choose locally owned SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury for service you can trust.  For years SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury has been serving Vermont communities providing fast, reliable and professional service.

Your Resource for 24/7 Emergency Support

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means you can call us any time, day or night, when facing weather-related damage. What’s more, we will send an expert crew immediately to help. Our quick response to emergency situations not only gives you help right when you need it, but also it can result in lower storm damage repair costs and/or limited contents damage for your business or home.

How Our Expert Storm Damage Restorations Solutions Work

The production staff at Burlington/ Middlebury has the expertise and experience required to minimize potential damage and secure your property. Once you contact us about a specific natural disaster or weather damage restoration project, here is how our process works: 

  1. A SERVPRO Production Manager or Crew Chief is on site within 2 hours of your emergency call.
  2. Our team assesses the weather-related damages at your site.
  3. We create a plan for restoring your property to its preloss condition.
  4. We mobilize the specialized equipment required to mitigate secondary damage and loss.
  5. SERVPRO production team monitors the situation throughout the entire restoration process.

When you need work done at your property, SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury stands ready to provide you fast and effective storm damage cleanup and relief.

3 Types of Fire

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Bad Lamp Smoke from nicotine can be especially difficult to clean

Fire damage has more than one face. The actual burning of a building’s structure is the first thing to come to mind, but the consequences linger even after the flames are extinguished. Learn more about the different kind of damage from SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury, located in Williston, VT.

The 3 Types of Fire Damage

1. Damage From Flames

Did you know there are multiple kinds of damage from flames? Fire burns differently depending on its cause, and the damage from one started by an electrical issue may look different from one that resulted from cooking oil. A restoration specialist will have to work accordingly to make sure the structure of your building is intact and safe for you to inhabit.

2. Smoke Damage

The effects of smoke last well after the air clears. Not only does smoke damage discolor the surfaces in your building with ash, but it also leaves strong and unpleasant smells behind. Fortunately, a restoration company can remove the remnants of smoke damage.

3. Damage From Other Substances

Fire opens a building up to a variety of vulnerabilities. The water used to extinguish a blaze leaves its own mark, with water stains or mold becoming a real possibility. If chemicals were involved in the fire, these need to be cleaned up so as not to be a continuing danger. Holes in the outer walls of a building can also lead to rain and outside debris getting in, all of which have to be dealt with.

If your home or business has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury is there for you. Call them at (802) 497-1101 for 24-hour emergency service from a trusted part of the community. More information about their fire restoration services is available on their website.

5 Steps to handle smoke Damage

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Trucks This fire took a second floor ladder save to put it out!

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. 

3 primary causes for water damage

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Drying Plans! Our equipment in full force on a large clean water loss

Unfortunately, basement flooding and the resulting water damage are all-too-common phenomena for homeowners. However, if you familiarize yourself with the top causes of water damage, you will be able to safeguard your home and save yourself the time, money, and inconvenience of dealing with a property disaster in the future. For over 40 years, SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury has helped clients throughout Vermont restore their homes in the wake of flooding, fires, and other catastrophic events. If your basement sustains water damage due to flooding, put your trust in these fully insured water extraction and mold remediation experts.

When you understand the primary causes of basement flooding and water damage, you’ll be in a much better position to effectively protect your home. Below, SERVPRO has listed a few of the most common causes of water damage:

Top 3 Causes Of Residential Water Damage

Unsealed Walls & Floor

To ensure flooding does not afflict your home, it’s a good idea to waterproof the walls and floors of your basement. The vast majority of water damage to basements results from improperly sealed openings and cracks, so have the professionals apply a high-quality sealant to err on the side of caution. 

Clogged Gutter System

Clogged downspouts and gutters are another major cause of basement flooding and water damage. When excess rainwater cannot drain, it will seep through your soil and foundation, entering your home. To protect your basement from flooding, inspect and clean your gutters and downspouts regularly.  

Sewer Backup

Heavy storms may cause your sewer system to overflow and back up into your home via sinks, toilets, and drains. To prevent water damage caused by sewage backup, hire professionals to install backwater valves that will redirect water away from your home during inclement weather.

When you need affordable and effective solutions for water damage to your property, enlist in the restoration services provided by SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury. Give them a call at (802) 497-1101 today to speak with a helpful staff member about scheduling water extraction or mold remediation for your basement. Visit them online to learn more about their many home restoration services.