Recent Fire Damage Posts

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!

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. 

SERVPRO is here to help!

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Soot filled basement Sometime smoke can adhere to organic materials in a home like wood. When this happens, usually intense cleaning or blasting is required.

When Fire or smoke unexpectedly fills your home or business, safety is the first priority! Make sure that you are able to get out of the building with the smoke lingering as quickly as possible. 

Once the safety issues are addressed, It's time to call the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury! Our teams of highly trained IICRC professionals can help you navigate getting your life back together after a damaging fire or smoke damage. We are trained specifically in several techniques to mitigate any remaining residues or odors in the home after fire or smoke take the building and can work with insurance companies to ensure a smooth work flow. 

From day 1 on the job site, our teams will be there to help you put things back together, and make sense of the chaos after a disaster.

If your home or business suffer a fire or a smoke damage, make sure the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is your first call to make things right. 

Call us anytime day or night @ 802-497-1101. 

Invasive Smoke Damage

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Charred elevator shaft This fire started in an elevator shaft the night before and SERVPRO Burlington/ Middlebury was the first team on the scene!

There’s no questioning the destructive nature of fires in both homes and businesses. All the while, we often forget fire’s often invisible accomplice, smoke, which can do just as much damage. Even though we may not be able to see the effects of smoke damage, it is important to understand that smoke is an invasive substance that merits more restoration efforts than what initially meets the eye. By learning more about smoke’s invasive nature, you can better understand the dangers it poses to homes and commercial business.

Why Is Smoke Invasive?

Seeping into cracks and crevices, smoke has many hiding places. For that reason, attempts at cleaning surfaces will only cause soot particles to smear. The porous quality of drywall also makes for another place in which smoke can hide. When smoke makes its way into drywall, it can also infiltrate insulation, which often results in a need for demolition work in order to eradicate smoke odor in the affected areas. Based on the nature of the affected contents, as well as their proximity to the fire’s source, the intensity of smoke damage may vary.

Surprising Effects of Smoke Damage

After a fire, you may discover shapes resembling spider webs on the walls and ceilings of your home or commercial business. These are not spider webs, but smoke and soot residue left behind by the fire. In this case, smoke damage is visible. However, this is not always the case. For example, the aftermath of protein fires is characteristically invisible, as they do not leave a trail of smoke or soot. This does not mean that they do not leave behind damage. Instead, there is still a lingering smoke odor and soot, which is acidic, and can corrode metal objects over time, risking long-term damage.

Why Is Demolition Necessary?

While smoke damage is sometimes invisible, it is important to consider that areas of homes or commercial businesses that have endured smoke damage may still require demolition for a thorough restoration. Demolition work is frequently necessary because scrubbing surfaces does not combat the hidden aspects of smoke damage. Smoke, soot, and smoke odor often take refuge in small cracks and crevices. Additionally, these substances can also sneak into the gaps separating drywall and interior firewalls in homes and businesses. Specifically, smoke odor may infiltrate insulation and hot, humid weather can cause the smell to re-emerge. Scrubbing only scratches at the surface of the much larger issue of invasive smoke damage.

How Do We Combat Invasive Smoke Damage at SERVPRO?

As soon as we arrive onsite at the scene of the fire, we immediately get to work removing charred or burned materials. Additionally, we “chase” the smoke through open areas in an effort to identify every room of the home or business to which the smoke has spread. In this way, we can take thorough inventory of every area requiring smoke damage restoration services. Because water frequently accompanies smoke damage, we also prioritize extracting water and drying the affected area. Continuing the restoration process, we utilize our specialized equipment in order to eliminate the smoke odor. The final step of our process involves sealing off small, difficult-to-reach cracks and crevices that contain lingering smoke odor, using a sealant.

Trust SERVPRO with Smoke Damage

If your Vermont home or business has endured a fire that has resulted in smoke damage, be sure to call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury right away at (802) 497-1101. Our 24/7 Emergency Services can guarantee that your smoke damage will be addressed immediately in order to reduce the spread and invasion of smoke. Our professional teams will arrive onsite quickly and get to work combating the issue, using our tried and trusted restoration techniques. From deodorizing affected areas to cleaning contents, we are capable of handling the entire restoration job from start to finish. You can trust SERVPRO to have you covered throughout the restoration, demolition, and mitigation processes.

Family Emergency Plans

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Family Emergency Plans For Fires

Always Be Prepared And Have A Family Emergency Plan

Do you have a Family Emergency Plan for your Vermont home?

One of the most important parts of your family's emergency plan should include a Fire Escape Plan.

A Family Fire Escape Plan is crucial to have in place and for every member of the family to be familiar with, before a residential fire occurs.  According to experts, people have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning building before it becomes impossible to get out.  Believe us… Every second counts!  In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.

In a survey conducted by the American Red Cross, only 26% of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.  Once a plan is developed, it is critical that everyone in the home understands the plan.  The best way to familiarize all family members with the plan is to practice it at least twice per year, especially if you have children.

The following steps can assist in developing and implementing a plan:

  • Ensure that all smoke detectors work and have fresh batteries.
  • Draw a map of each level of the home, showing all doors and windows.
  • Consider escape ladders for second floor bedrooms.
  • Choose an outside meeting place for when after you’ve all escaped.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own.  Have them do so, until they can do so unaided.
  • Practice the escape plan during both day and night hours.

SERVPRO of Burlington-Middlebury hopes that you and your family never have to experience the tragedy of a fire in your home.  In the event that it happens, we hope that an escape plan will help to keep your family safe.  If you do experience a fire please call your highly trained fire and water damage specialists at SERVPRO of Burlington-Middlebury to help make it “Like it never even happened.” (802)497-1101

Fire Prevention

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

FIRE PREVENTION TIPS

"It’s always good to find out you’re going to be working from home…

Unless you’re a firefighter."

According to the National Fire Protection Association (http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us), in 2015, there were 500,000+ structure fires causing $10+ billion in property damage! Structure fires were reported every 63 seconds!

Here are a few tips to prevent a fire at your Federal Way home or property, provided by the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-preparedness):

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Also, install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each separate sleeping area.
  • Check electrical wiring in your home.
  • Avoid overloading outlets or extension cords.
  • Make sure wiring is not under rugs, attached by nails, or in high traffic areas.

Have you checked your home or property for fire hazards recently? Have you had conversations with your family about what you would do in a fire emergency? What is your plan if a fire impacts your home?

SERVPRO of Federal Way specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire or smoke damage event and can help you get back on track after an incident.

If you have any questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage, call SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury (802) 497-1101

Let's get the soot out of here...

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Soot before and after Before and after of the soot on the stairs. Cleaning method is blasting!

Follow the Cleanup Guidelines Outlined by SERVPRO to Restore Your Home 

Seeing the damage from a fire can be a traumatic experience, and removing damaged or ruined items are often just the beginning of the restoration process. You should consider using a professional to clean soot and smoke residue and get your home back to normal. 

What is the first step in dealing with damage from soot and smoke residue? 

SERVPRO professionals have considerable training in identifying different kinds of residues and odor particles, which helps them pinpoint the ideal cleanup procedures for your fire damaged home.

What is soot, and what are the most common types of smoke residue? 

Soot is a smoke that has settled on surfaces as a residue. There are four different kinds of smoke residue: 

  • Dry smoke residues
  • Wet smoke residues
  • Protein smoke residues
  • Fuel oil smoke residues 

How does the type of residue determine the cleanup process? 

All fires burn differently, which means they leave behind different kinds of residues. Many variables determine what kinds of residues are left behind. Still, SERVPRO professionals have the experience to outline the best cleanup process, and they know which products are necessary to eliminate the specific residues. 

What is the best approach to remove residues? 

  • Find and identify the residues
  • Identify the surfaces on which residues are present
  • Capture and remove the residues
  • Properly dispose of the residues 

What are some of the cleaning techniques used on residues? 

We use both air and fluids to remove residues, depending on the residue types and where they are present. SERVPRO professionals may use vacuuming to remove some residues, while others are captured and dissolved in different cleaning solutions. SERVPRO professionals also understand how to remove these residues after completing the cleanup process. 

Turn to SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury to remove soot and smoke residue after a house fire. Call us at (802) 497-1101 to schedule an assessment and get an effective cleanup. 

Cooking Nightmare? Let us help!

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt Stove Fire started on the stove top!

Making popcorn on the stove is a fast, easy way to prep snacks for movie night with the family. When your skillet suddenly catches fire during cooking and leaves soot and unpleasant odors from fire damage stuck to your walls and ceiling, however, it can put a damper on the evening before it even starts. 

When cooking mishaps leave damage to your home's walls, it can be difficult and time-consuming to clean on your own. Our team at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury, however, can address the mess in hours with a restoration-focused approach to save you time and money. 

After calling SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury, our 24-hour emergency response team can survey the damage in your kitchen. Once evaluated, our technicians endeavor to clean your walls and ceiling thoroughly. Dry or wet cleaning methods may be used depending on the amount and type of soot on your surfaces. If nearby kitchen windows or objects affected by smoke, odors, or residue, our team takes care to clean those, as well. The casings on electronics such as kitchen appliances are also cleaned to ensure that fire damage does not lead to future electrical failures. 

Cooking fires, in particular, can leave residues and unpleasant odors in unexpected places that can linger for long periods. Deodorization after cleaning eliminates odors from smoke and burnt food particles. Factors that determine the method of deodorization include the type of smoke and soot affecting property and structures, the material that has burnt, and the amount of space that has been impacted by the fire. In confined spaces, the use of thermal foggers makes for effective odor removal via a dense fog filled with deodorizing solution. This solution binds to and eliminates particles that create odors.

SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury is ready to respond to your disaster cleanup needs. Call (802) 497-1101 to request our services today.

Do you have soot or water damage after a fire?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Stove after a fire The source of a kitchen fire

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building may never return to normal. While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately, and this means that it shouldn’t be attempted by a homeowner on his or her own.  The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury should be called on-site immediately.  We can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but we must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause. 

The only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be extremely thorough. Ash residue is easily disturbed and can spread through the building with ease, causing nearly everything to need restoration. The experts at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury will identify what can and cannot be salvaged, and will remove any built-up ash residue that is coating surfaces. Over time, ash builds up in layers, and may eventually form into a lacquer-like consistency. Once this is done, the restorers will locate the source of the odor, and treat it with specialized detergents that are formulated for neutralizing this kind of odor. Once materials are treated, they may be sealed off to prevent any further odor from permeating the air in the future.


For more information on the services that SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury provides regarding water and fire damage cleanup for your commercial or residential structure, please visit us at:

or call us today at (802) 497-1101

Prevent a fire in your home...

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have a person in your life who may be a hoarder?  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions.  The large amount of possessions fill the home and prevent the normal use of the space.  Living space becomes cluttered making it unusable as the space was designed.  Hoarding can lead to fire hazards in the home.

Why Hoarding Increases Fire Risks:

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous.
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire.

How Hoarding Impacts First Responders:

  • Hoarding puts first responders in harm’s way.
  • Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter.
  • Responders can be trapped in a home when exits are blocked. They can be injured by objects falling from piles.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse.
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter impedes the search and rescue of people and pets.

SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury has experience with cleaning hoarding homes.  If a family member is struggling and you need assistance, please call our office at (802) 497-1101.  We will be happy to assist you in making your home a safe place.

Always ready!!

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

New Tundra One of our new response vehicles!

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury can help you prepare just in case as well as take care of your existing fire damage, so if you need an estimate for fire damage, Call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury at (802) 497-1101.

Inspection and Pretesting
The SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury Professionals pretests from the type of cleaning that will be appropriate for your type of fire damage, while inspecting the property to determine the extent of fire damage and the scope of cleaning needed, restoration, and repairs.

  • The full extent of the smoke and fire damage. How many materials are affected by smoke or fire? What is the proper method for cleaning? Will your personal belongings need to be relocated while your house is restored? These are just a few of the decisions that must be made to get your property back "Like it never even happened."
  • Unaffected areas - It can be vital to protect areas that were not affected by soot and odor before the damage spreads to these areas. It will save you money, and will also protect your valuables from secondary damage.
  • What materials can be restored and what materials must be replaced. Are the smoke residues cleanable? Who is completing the inventory of items that are damaged beyond repair? Fire damage pretesting is vital. A complete inventory is invaluable! How long will the cleanup take? We'll let you know what to expect.
  • The most effective cleaning methods. What procedures will restore the damaged materials?

Pretesting also allows the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury Professionals to focus on saving precious items or keepsakes on your behalf.

Once the fire damage mitigation begins, the Franchise Professional will keep you informed and answer your questions, all while working to help make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Nicotine Damage requires extra care!

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Acquiring a home through purchase or inheritance in Vermont can mean cleaning up the accumulation of dust, in many cases. Older homes can also hold thick films of smoke residue from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. Painting over these often suffices in covering the discoloration nicotine can cause, but not in all cases.

When inspecting your home for its condition, finding nicotine stains might not seem as bad as most cases of fire damage in Vermont. However, the way smoke travels within a home can mean that nicotine became trapped in areas that you might not expect. SERVPRO's specialists look at nicotine stains on walls, ceilings, and other structural elements like smoke from a fire. While the fire might not exist in the traditional sense, every time someone lit a cigar or other nicotine-producer, a bit more staining occurred.

Depending on the severity of staining, we use different techniques. Dry sponges can remove residue, as can misting with a liquid agent that dissolves sticky substances, which is then wiped away, along with the nicotine and tar. Heaver staining might have become permanent, requiring us to apply primer before repainting those surfaces.

Nicotine can also affect vintage and older furnishings. Rugs, draperies, and upholstered furniture from years gone by can retain nicotine and other components from cigarettes. Not only does this dull the appearance of these textiles, but it can also produce a musty, unpleasant odor. We clean these items with gentle methods that do not damage older textiles but still provide effective results.

When heirloom items take on odors like this, we can deodorize them in specially made chambers where ozone, thermal fogging, or other methods can eliminate the substances that cause the offensive odors. We also use these methods on areas of the home, when needed, as these provide excellent results.

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury works throughout Vermont. Call us when you need professionals with extensive experience in the elimination of fire damage from your property. Our 24-hour services number is (802) 497-1101, which we answer every day of the week, including all holidays.

In case of a fire:

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Household and Apartment fires can be different to handle. Residents in an apartment building may face two situations. Either the fire could be in your apartment. OR the fire could be in another apartment in the building.

  • CALL 9-1-1
  • Make sure everyone is out and safe, including pets.
  • Once you leave the fire do NOT go back in.
  • Alert others in the building.
  • Activate the fire alarm, if there is one.
  • Close doors behind you, this will slow the spread of the fire.
  • If you are in a multi-story building, do NOT use any elevators.
  • If you become trapped in a room, these steps are recommended:
  1. Keep door closed. Opening the door will decrease your chances of survival.
  2. Stay low.
  3. Wait by the window and identify your distress.
  4. Do NOT hide under beds or in closets
  5. Seal the bottom of the door with blankets or clothing to keep the smoke out
  • Exits should never be blocked.
  • Have and know a fire escape plan.

Types of smoke:

  • Wet SmokePlastics and Rubbers= Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry SmokePaper and Wood= Fast burning, high temperatures,
  • Protein Fire ResidueProduced by evaporation of materials rather than from a fire. Discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

How should a fire damage be cleaned up? Call SERVPRO!

If a house sustains a fire, it is important that you get the proper clean up so the soot, ash and water do not wreak havoc on what is left. It is bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to put the fire out can cause secondary damage.

The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents from the store. This could cause more damage, as the chemical agents could react with the residue and cause more or even permanent damage and also toxic fumes.

Our crews are IICRC certified to handle these types of clean ups. 

Call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury @ 802-497-1101 with any questions. We are available 24 hours a day!

Facts about Fire!

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Learn About Fire

  • Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill 
    a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
  • Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than 
    flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire 
    deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

Before a Fire

Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan!

Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan. Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:

  • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • A secondary route might be a window onto a neighboring roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

Smoke Alarms

  • A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
  • Test batteries monthly.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.

During a Fire

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
  • If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out. Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your 
    hands. Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out. If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother 
    the flames with a blanket or towel. Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry 
    cloth. Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.

After a Fire

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by fire.
  • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. DO NOT 
    attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company.
  • Try to locate valuable documents and records.

You will need a Fire Damage and Restoration team. Contact SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury @ 802-497-1101 - 24 hours a day.

Fire Damage Help

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

When there is a fire in your home or business it can be a devastating loss. Did you know that even after the fire is out, smoke can still damage other areas of the property? The smoky odor from a fire can make the entire home or business smell horrible and smoke damage and if left untreated, can often exceed fire damage in repair and replacement costs. Fire damage repairs must begin quickly to maximize effectiveness and minimize loss due to smoke damage. 

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury answers the call and immediately moves into action 24/7. Recognizing the trauma and emotional upset that occupants suffer, we work quickly and considerately to mitigate fire and smoke damage on salvageable property, such as household items, fixtures, metals and other contents. Our state-of-the science techniques and cleaning processes often prevent replacement costs, thereby reducing costs. Fire and smoke damage restoration requires knowledge and skill; our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to do the job right.

Our trained professionals determine the full extent of fire damage, including the impact of smoke, heat and residues from fire and smoke. We keep home and business owners informed, helping to overcome their loss and restoring hope by explaining what can be saved and how, in a way property owners can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do.

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury's fire damage treatment always includes respectful handling of property as if it was our own. We take extra care and the necessary steps to protect the floor and personal belongings. 

After a Fire...

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

After a house fire, you are anxious to enter your home, but do not touch the carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture or clothing. They are likely covered with soot, which is oily, and it stains easily. Soot includes fine black particles, consisting mainly of carbon, as well as acids, chemicals, metals, soils and dust. Its removal should be handled by SERVPRO, professional fire remediation experts.

A common residential fire results in the burning of a variety of materials, from wood, paper, plastics, foams, fabrics, wool, wood products, synthetics and asbestos containing materials. Fire damage to Vermont residential and/or commercial buildings will result in soot contamination. Exposure to soot may occur via the eyes, skin, inhalation and ingestion.

Airborne soot particulates are invisible, thus after a fire you may unknowingly be affected. Soot particles can enter the bloodstream and cause a variety of health issues. Firefighters today are very well-trained in safety, plus they were protective gear, yet they experience a higher incidence of respiratory problems than the public.

After a fire is extinguished, there still exists some safety risks. Soot is just one of the secondary fire residue risks, which cause damages. Not all soot residues are the same. There are different types of soot which are easier to clean than other types. SERVPRO professionals will clean any of four different types: dry smoke, wet smoke, protein smoke, and fuel oil smoke residues.

Industry issued safety equipment are essential in reducing possible exposure to dangerous soot conditions, including water related health problems from firefighting efforts. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury use IICRC professional tools and industry approved remediation methods. Our knowledge and expertise are at the heart of a thorough and safe fire restoration. Call us at (802)497-1101 and let us help restore your property back to normal.

Heater reminders as we head into winter

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Working in a charred attic

Recently, The SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury was called to a fire that took place in a local Vermonters apartment after she had tried to dry some of her clothing on top of her space heater. The mess that resulted was in need of some major attention.

Space heaters that require fuel should be handled and used with extreme caution. While fuel powered space heaters are more efficient at heating a large space, there are certain things you must do to protect yourself from a potential fire. 

Never (ever) leave space heaters running without supervision. It's understandable that you don't want to come home to a cold house, but leaving a space heater running with no one around is extremely dangerous.Space heaters may overheat which could ignite the fuel and cause a fire.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your home safe:

1: Always make sure the space heater is turned off before refueling

2: Remove the space heater from the residence before refueling. Never refuel inside the house!

3: Allow the space heater adequate time to cool down. Refueling a space heater while it is still hot can cause an explosion. If you spill gas onto one of the hot parts of the space heater, it could easily ignite.

4: Make sure to check if the space heater you are using is approved for indoor use. Most fuel powered space heaters are designed for outdoor use only!

5: Always be sure to double check that your home fire extinguishers are charged and that the expiration date has not passed.

6: Do not place space heaters on carpets or other flammable fabrics. Make sure the space heater is not in a confined space where it may overheat

7: Electric space heaters should never be plugged in if the room is damp. Humid air can caused the space heater to short, leading to an electrical fire.

8: Always make sure that electric space heaters are plugged into an outlet. Extension cords increase the risk of shorting.

9: Before purchasing any space heater, make sure that the space heater has passed safety tests in the United States. The easiest way to tell is to check for an Underwriters Laboratory Label (UL).

Remember, if something seems amiss with your heaters Vermont, call a professional. Better safe than sorry!

SERVPRO Handles Fire!

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

On the scene

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. Give us a call at 802-497-1101

SERVPRO + IICRC

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Charred remains

If a house sustains fire damage, proper cleanup is crucial as the ash, soot and water will wreak havoc on what remains.  It’s bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to extinguish it can cause secondary damage.  The remnants will continue to do damage long after the flames are extinguished.

The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents available at the store.  Unfortunately, this will barely make an impact on the problem and could cause bigger issues.  Chemical agents could react with the residue and cause permanent damage, and in some cases, they may cause toxic fumes.  Fire damage cleanup is one of the most difficult jobs out there, and it should be left to a professional for the best results.

When selecting a firm that does the restoration, consider what type of training they have. Do they have health and safety certifications? Are they experienced in a wide range of repair? Do they have proof of proper insurance and licenses?  The company that has the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) fire and smoke restoration Certified Firm meets all of these expectations and conditions. An IICRC-certified firm understands the need for a quick response.  Immediate action is necessary because the longer the delay, the harder and more costly the job will be as reactions within the damaged material can continue to occur. The fire may be gone, but the ash, soot and smoke odors that remain can continue to do harm. At the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury we use our knowledge of fire restoration to accurately test the damage and apply the proper repair techniques to bring the items back to preloss condition when possible.

Also, when hiring an IICRC certified firm like the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury,  you can be sure that they are up to date with the latest technologies and techniques. In order for these firms to keep their certification, they are required to take continuing education programs.  So when confronted with fire damage cleanup, choose the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, an IICRC-certified professional.

Fire Professionals

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Soot

Fire and smoke damage to your home or business can be a huge and unexpected bump in the road.  SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience in the fire and smoke restoration business.  At SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, our disaster restoration experts will be there to help you clean up and restore your home or business to its preloss condition.  Our IICRC certified team offers customers professional restoration expertise while providing the highest level of integrity, quality and service, including the following:

  • Work directly with your insurance company and assist you in the claims process
  • Deal directly with professional dry cleaners to get your clothing back to you quickly
  • Smoke and odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Structural cleaning with environmentally friendly methods
  • Cleaning and storage of personal belongings
  • Climate controlled storage
  • Complete Demolition
  • Thermal Fogging and Ozoning on site or in our cleaning facility

Fire spreads a variety of chemicals and soot, depending on the source of the fire.  This creates challenges in cleaning and decontamination, which can be hindered if not done properly.  In addition, smoke can be caustic in nature resulting in the necessity for prompt removal to minimize damage to fabrics, ferrous metals, electronic devices, chrome and painted surfaces.  Our Disaster Restoration Experts are ready to respond 24 hours a day to start the cleaning and restoration process to help minimize the damage.

Our project managers will support you throughout the entire restoration process, informing you every step of the way.  Property damage by fire, smoke and especially water must be treated promptly and efficiently to ensure the best results and prevent further damage.  We are available 24 hours a day,365 days a year including holidays for any emergency. At SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, our IICRC certified team will make sure your loss situation is handled correctly and professionally to minimize discomfort, inconvenience and unnecessary additional costs. We specialize in insurance claims and we'll even bill the insurance company directly so you have one less thing to worry about.

We know a home or business disaster such as a fire is a traumatic event.  No one expects a fire to happen to them, and therefore they frequently are unprepared for what they must do to help return their lives back to normal. Callus 24 hours a day @ (802)497-1101. Our goal is to help you regain control to make your damage "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damages

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can be gradual too!

Fire Damage

After a house fire, you are anxious to enter your home, but do not touch the carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture or clothing. They are likely covered with soot, which is oily, and it stains easily. Soot includes fine black particles, consisting mainly of carbon, as well as acids, chemicals, metals, soils and dust. Its removal should be handled by SERVPRO, professional fire remediation experts.

A common residential fire results in the burning of a variety of materials, wood, paper, plastics, foams, fabrics, wool, wood products and synthetic containing materials. Fire damage to Vermont residential and/ or commercial buildings will result in soot contamination. Exposure to soot may occur via the eyes, skin, inhalation and ingestion.

Airborne soot particulates are invisible to the human eye usually only .4 microns in size, thus after a fire you may unknowingly be affected. Soot particles can enter the bloodstream and cause a variety of health issues. Firefighters today are very well-trained in safety, plus they were protective gear, yet they experience a higher incidence of respiratory problems than the public.

After a fire and after its flames are extinguished, there still exists some safety risks. Soot is just one of the secondary fire residue risks, which cause damages. Not all soot residues are the same. There are different types of soot which are easier to clean than other types. SERVPRO professionals will clean any of four different types: dry smoke, wet smoke, protein smoke, and fuel oil smoke residues.

Industry issued safety equipment are essential in reducing possible exposure to dangerous soot conditions, including water related health problems from firefighting efforts. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury use IICRC professional tools and industry approved remediation methods. Our knowledge and expertise are at the heart of a thorough and safe fire restoration. Call us at (802) 497-1101 and let us help restore your property back to normal.

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury knows how to deal with fire losses effectively and how to remove noxious odors and prevent them from returning to your home. When you've suffered a fire in your home, don’t hesitate. Contact the Fire Remediation people At SERVPRO Burlington Middlebury. 

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury has more than 45 years worth of experience under 1 roof in this industry and we have the expertise to deal with fires safely. 

Call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury 24/7. Contact us at 802-497-1101 for all your fire, water, mold, smoke damage or other cleaning needs.

Leave Smoke Damage to the Professionals

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a basement fire

Once a fire is extinguished, you may think your home is safe to enter again. However, instead of diving into the cleanup on your own, it’s imperative you enlist the help of a professional. Putting out a fire isn’t the only thing a homeowner should call in backup for—consult a restoration company like SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury to remedy the resulting water and smoke damage.

When your house catches on fire, it’s not just the heat of the flames that damage your home and belongings. The water and chemicals firefighters use to put out fires—as well as the smoke and soot that followed—can have a significant effect on your dwelling. Even if the fire was contained and only reached a small area of your home, smoke can easily travel throughout your home and soak into the walls, carpets, upholstery, drapes, and clothing.

Thinking about throwing away any items that have been ruined to speed up the process? A restoration company should still be called in to take a closer look. If smoke damage is left unattended, it will lead to corrosion, etching, and discoloration, as well as lingering odors throughout your home. Since discoloration can become permanent within a matter of hours, it’s crucial to schedule a professional inspection as quickly as you can.

Once contacted, the restoration company will come in and take a look at the materials in your home that were damaged by the fire and smoke. After assessing which items can be salvaged, they will begin to remove any ash residue and musty odors. The process of removing and neutralizing these strong odors is extremely complex, so leave this job to the professionals.

To avoid expensive repairs down the line, call the experts at SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury at (802) 497-1101 as soon as the smoke has cleared. Visit them online for more information about their water and smoke damage services.

Fire Season is Approaching

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

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).

5 Tips for Getting Rid of Lingering Smoke Odor

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

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. 

 

3 Major Types of Fire Damage

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury have the skills, knowledge, tools and experience to get your home restored quickly!

 


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.