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SERVPRO of Burlington ready for Commercial

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Soot Damage Soot lurking near lights after a heavy fire in a machine shop in downtown Burlington.

SERVPRO Provides Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup for Commercial Buildings in Vermont

In many situations, fires can be extinguished relatively quickly in a Vermont commercial building. However, the fire department must ensure that the fire is extinguished and not lurking in recesses or ceilings. They may demolish or open up areas to check, leaving a lot of secondary damage. In addition, there are smoke residues on everything in the place. Building managers need to begin cleanup and restoration as soon as possible to return the commercial space to normal operations.

SERVPRO Burlington/ Middlebury provides fire damage restoration services for Burlington and surrounding areas. Once the fire department leaves, it is time for our professionals to take over and restore your building to its preloss condition. Damaged drywall and insulation are bagged and removed. We inventory commercial contents as they are either cleaned or removed for disposal. Items that can be cleaned of smoke residues and restored are moved to a staging area for later use.

Our building services team can assist with fully restoring your building after cleaning, drying, and odor removal is completed. We coordinate and handle the entire process saving your company time and expenses to return your commercial building to normal operations as fast as possible.

Our SERVPRO team is dedicated to providing the help you need after a fire:

  • We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup
  • Full range of building restoration services to save you time and money

We also provide emergency protective measures such as boarding up damaged windows and doors and placing tarps on the roof to prevent further damage from weather and animals.

Call the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury for commercial fire damage restoration in Burlington and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call us @ (802)497-7436

Kitchen Safety Tips!

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Suppression System This Company knew that one of their top priorities was fire safety in their commercial Kitchen so they installed a high tech fire suppression system!

Restaurant kitchens are filled with open flames, electrical equipment, and fast-moving employees, which unfortunately can all serve as fire hazards. In fact, the National Fire Data Center reports that the United States suffers from approximately $165 million in damages every year, with the cost of each fire ranging from an average of $1,000 to $60,000, depending on the severity. More than just property damage, fires threaten the safety of your employees, customers, and profitability of your business as a whole.

Even though accidents happen, you want to make sure that you and your team are best suited to prevent a disaster before it occurs and minimize any possibility of harm.  

Here are some of the top fire safety tips for restaurant owners:

Know The Risks of Your Facility

You should take time to inspect any unique risks or hazards in your facility. This includes taking note of potentially flammable liquids, electrical equipment, or combustible materials. When inspecting your property, make sure that all fire safety equipment, like fire extinguishers, are up to date and in the correct place.

Regularly Inspect Fire Extinguishers and Equipment

For fire extinguishers, you should check their functionality at least once a month and up to fire code standards. It is important to test fire alarms and make sure they are functioning properly to alert your staff and customers in case of an emergency. This also includes inspecting your exit signs and emergency lights to ensure they work if the power is cut off. Making sure all of these measures are functioning properly can ensure the safety of everyone.

Conduct Staff Training

Around 75% of Americans have never actually operated a fire extinguisher. For fire safety, all of your staff should go through hands-on training, so they know what to do in an emergency. In some cases, local fire departments may be willing to conduct fire safety training with your team. Your staff should also be aware of basic kitchen fire safety tips such as never throw water on a grease fire, clean up grease regularly, and the proper storage of flammable liquids.

Install a Fire Suppression System in the Kitchen

Due to the fact that over half of restaurant fires occur as a result of mishandling of equipment, a fire suppression system is necessary to control these accidents. A fire suppression system is used to control or extinguish fires and release clean gases to put out a fire when a hazard is detected. Your fire suppression systems should be inspected and maintained by a professional at least twice a year. These automatic systems can be a literal life saver during an emergency.

At the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, we have decades of experience in fire damage repair and restoration. When disaster strikes, we are the local company that you can count on to make things right. If you experience a fire in your Commercial Kitchen make sure SERVPRO of Burlington is your first call @ (802)497-7436.

Maintaining Sewer Drains is Important!

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Drain Back Up This company called us right in when they realized that the drains in their facility were not operating correctly!

Blocked sewer drain is relatively common in commercial properties!!

 Backed up sewers can cause thousands of dollars in damage to floors, electrical systems, walls, etc. Learn about the most common causes of sewer backups, and what you as a commercial property owner can do urge your residents or your co-workers of steps to take to ensure there are no sewer line issues. Be aware of these four things that may be an indicator you have a sewer line problem.


Be aware of any odor around drains. If after clearing a clog you smell sewer gas, you may want to call a plumber for an inspection, as strong sewer smells can be an indicator of issues further in the line. 

Clogged Drains :

A blocked sewer will not only cause unpleasant odors to occur in your building, but the blocked pipe can also cause frequent clogging of your drains and toilets. This problem may also cause sewer backups into your facility. 

Indentations in Landscaping:

Also, while you may not have any clogging issues, it is still possible that your sewer lines have failed. Pipe breaks may cause indentations in your landscaping, like divots in the lawn. If the break is severe enough, it is possible that sewage is leaking into the grounds of your property. Eventually, this can also lead to a sewage backup in your building. 

Deformations in Landscaping:

In addition to indentations in the lawn, you may notice perpetual puddling in certain areas. You may also see that areas of your parking lot have sunken or cracked along with sidewalks. Depending on how close the break is to your building, you may even notice cracks in the foundation. These issues often require the expertise of a disaster restoration specialist to resolve, which depending on your insurance policy may be covered. Be proactive! Here are two things to do on a day to day basis to ensure there are no sewer problems for you and your commercial property. 

  • Properly dispose of grease.

Cooking oil should never go into the drain. You should let the grease cool off and then dispose of in the garbage can.

  • Properly dispose of paper products.

Paper towels, feminine hygiene products, cloth diapers, and hygienic wipes, etc. do not deteriorate quickly and can become a major problem.

If you have an issue with your sewer lines backing up into your building, Call a plumber immediately, then, call the professionals at the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury @ (802) 497-1101!

Essex Warehouse Set Straight

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Fixed Warehouse This Skiing Supply company called us in quickly and we had them back on their feet within hours!

This Essex warehouse suffered a water damage when the head of a water sprinkler broke.  Approximately 50,000 sq feet were affected in a matter of minutes.  These business owners decided to wisely contact the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury to handle their their commercial water loss.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

The SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Water Damage or Flooding in your building? Call Us Today @ (802)497-1101

Steps to correct Fire Damage

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Open floor plan This roof caved in after a mechanical fire started on the roof.

Dealing with the odor following a fire can be offensive and difficult to eliminate. After even the smallest kitchen fire, odor particles permeate throughout your home into every nook and cranny, creating long-lasting smells. While airing out your home does assist with ventilation, which helps with odor control, it is not enough to eliminate malodor after a fire.

Fire and Odor Removal in Vermont is difficult at any time of year, but summer and winter present unique challenges. The weather can have an impact on odors after a fire. During winter, it may be difficult to properly ventilate your home, especially if it was a minor fire where you do not need to leave your house. Having open windows and doors to ventilate is not possible if you are trying to function in your home. During summer, the odor may present itself again due to a rise in humidity.

Removing Fire Odors

There are four basic procedures for deodorization. There is not a one size fits all method since odor problems tend to be unique and do not always come from one source. SERVPRO restoration technicians create a plan to suit your individual needs following a fire.

First, it is imperative to remove the odor source instead of trying to deodorize the source. Technicians identify and remove charred materials before deodorizing. Debris may give off smoke odors if it is contaminated. Although every situation is different, this first step of removal is standard with most fire restorations.

Then, SERVPRO Technicians clean surfaces containing odor-causing residues. Odor particles may keep generating if not adequately cleaned. If the fire in your kitchen was a grease fire, there might be a lot of residue on the stone, vent hood, filters, walls, etc. All of these things need cleaning to ensure deodorization is effective. Sometimes, the whole house needs cleaning since smoke odors often penetrate throughout the structure.

The third procedure is to recreate the conditions that caused odor penetration, except instead of smoke clouding, the house technicians use a deodorizing fog or "smoke" from a thermal fogger to attack the odors. This procedure is for the most offensive and stubborn smells as residents and pets need to vacate the home during fogging. The last method of sealing is also reserved for difficult situations. Technicians seal surfaces by painting over walls to trap malodors under the fresh coat of paint, or they seal duct surfaces within the air handling system that are unreachable.

The above procedures to eliminate malodors after a house fire are typically linked with mechanical means. During the cleanup segment of the service, hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers are often deployed in strategic interior locations to physically change the chemical composition of airborne particulates and compounds.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury @ (802) 497-1101. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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.