Recent Storm Damage Posts

Hurricane Prep!

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting Your Roof During a Hurricane

Protect your roof. Consider hurricane straps to ensure your roof is bolted to the rest of your house. And inspect your roof tiles or shingles to make sure they are secure. Use roofing cement to fix any loose tiles to prevent them from becoming lethal projectiles during a storm and damaging the underlying roofing material. Seal any areas where wires enter the home, minimizing the chance of water damage during heavy wind and rain.

Trim your trees. Broken limbs could land on your (or your neighbor’s) roof/house or become missiles that can break windows during a storm. If your tree damages your house or a neighbor’s house, your insurance cover the damages, but it may pay only a portion.

If your home is damaged during a Vermont area storm, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury @ 802-497-1101

Dealing with Flood Water

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Types of Contaminated Water after a Storm

Should you experience a flood in your home after a storm, our team of technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year @ 802-497-1101 for any emergency situations that arise. We are the trusted name in safely and properly restoring homes and businesses in Vermont. 

Storm + SERVPRO

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are known to cause widespread damage throughout the United States, especially in the Southern Plains and Southeast. But how much do we truly know about these destructive entities that tear through our homes and businesses?

Here are a couple of quick facts about tornadoes:

  • The average tornado travels Southwest to Northeast but have been known to move in any direction.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm but can occur at any time.
  • T. Theodore Fujita devised the F0-F5 Scale for tornadoes in 1971.
  • In 2006 the National Weather Service unveiled the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale).
  • A tornado normally appears transparent until it picks dust and mud from the ground.
  • The USA averages around 1,200 tornadoes every year, more than any other country.
  • In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction. In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a counterclockwise direction.

Signs of Danger

  • Dark, green tinted sky
  • Large hail
  • Low-lying rotating cloud
  • Loud roar similar to a freight train

We are in the peak of tornado season here in Alabama and encourage everyone to be weather aware. Have a family plan in the event of a tornado warning. Know where your safe areas are wherever you are. If you are ever affected by a tornado call us at SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury @ 802-497-1101

SERVPRO Acts Quickly!

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

When a disaster strikes your home here in Vermont, it is imperative to respond quickly in order to prevent further damages and complications. Fires, mold growth and floods from broken pipes, overflows or heavy storms – all such disasters must be dealt with in a timely manner. If not handled immediately you could experience on or more of these issues:

  • If water-damaged structures and contents are not dried out quickly and correctly, potential health risks can develop. Mold can begin to grow within the first 24 to 48 hours after the flood.
  • Excessive water can cause: rusting in metals, corrosion in electronic components, cracking, splitting or warping of furniture items, color bleeding or transfer in fabrics, furniture stains and secondary damage to upholstery, drapery, clothing, wallpaper, photos and papers.
  • Fire or smoke damaged properties can also experience irreversible damage, regardless of the size of the fire. Soot residue is highly acidic and can pit or corrode the metal in doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, etc. It can also etch glass in windows, mirrors and cabinets, causing them to look soiled and cloudy. Moreover, plastics, appliances, fabrics and vinyl windows can become discolored.
  • Thesafety and security of the home can be compromised. Windows and doors may become weak and function improperly, wet materials may collapse and electrical installations and components can be a health hazard when they come in contact with water. Slips and falls are also potential dangers.

If you’re not sure how to act after experiencing water, fire or mold problems in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury at 802-497-1101. We have a team of restoration professionals here in Vermont ready 24/7/365 to help you.

Flooding

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in Vermont can come from all types of sources. Broken pipes, sprinkler systems, flash floods and more. Floods are the most common, widespread disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even out in the desert -there is always potential for flood damage. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, does not mean you never will. 20% of flood insurance claims come from low-risk or no-risk areas. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the United States.

Floods can be caused by all kinds of storms and disasters. Flooding can cause more damage in the US every year than any other type of disaster. 

 Number one rule....Stay away from flood waters. If the water is up above your ankles, "turn around, don't drown." 

If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go the other way. If you get caught on a flooded road and water is rising quickly around you, get out of the car and go the higher ground as fast as you can.

If your home or business is affected by flooding call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury 24 hours a day @ (802) 497-1101.

After The Storm

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Any type of natural disasters can be scary, especially if they affect your home, business or your loved ones. Although it’s scary to think about, there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike your home, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and more.  If one of these unfortunate events does happen, you don’t want to find yourself unprepared! Discover the most important steps to take following a major disaster so you and your family are able to recover quickly and safely.  

1.     Check The Damage

As soon as the calamity has died down, check yourself and any family members to make sure no one is hurt. If you have any nearby neighbors, see if they are in need of any help. Turn off the gas and electricity in your home if it safe to do so, and avoid entering your home for a while, as there could be damage to your floors or ceilings that could cause them to collapse.

2.     Finding Food and Shelter

Food and water are vital for keeping your strength up, so start your search for necessities as soon as you can. If your home no longer has running water, you can obtain it through emergency sources, such as rainwater, your hot water tank, your toilet reservoir, or ice cube trays. If you have food that needs to be cooked, you can cook it over a fire in your chimney or use a grill outside. Shelters are usually assembled by the Red Cross in emergency situations for those whose homes are too damaged to stay in; look for one of these if you feel your home is dangerous. Local churches and community services, are also good resources for any needs you might have in these dire situations.

3.     Be Cautious

Disasters always leave a trail of destruction behind; be wary of contaminated floodwaters, fallen power lines, or any criminals taking advantage of all the chaos. Don’t turn the gas back on in your home, as there could be a leak, and make sure your house is ventilated if you’re cooking over your fireplace.

4.     Recovering Important Information

One of the last steps of disaster rehabilitation and recovery is to salvage as many of the important documents from the wreckage, such as your insurance policies, birth certificates, driver’s license, deeds, wills, financial statements, and any other precious information. Although these procedures might be difficult, it will help you and your family recover from this crisis as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury with all Your Disaster Rehabilitation Needs!

If a disaster has affected your home, call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury for all your cleanup needs! Our disaster restoration services are available 24/7, 365 days per year; they include water and flood damage cleanup, mold remediation, odor control, reconstruction services, trauma cleanup, and fire and smoke damage cleanup. Don’t wait another moment if your home has been devastated; call us today at 802-497-1101.

When storms rip our lives apart

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

A wet basement after a storm has rolled through

When a major storm passes close to the house, the home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair.

There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but an IICRC certified company like the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. In many cases,  governmental agencies could condemn the structure if the microbial threat is too great.

The main reason a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight.

Professional restoration services can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes.

A family can prepare for professional cleaning by getting rid of these items before the technicians arrive, but be sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing. Once professionals arrive at the building, they will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is always ready to help Vermont families affected by devastating storms. We know when you need us, nothing else comes beforehand, and that's why we're always ready, 24 hours a day @ (802)497-1101

It’s important for a family to hire professionals to help with the damage from a storm that are certified through a reputable organization like the IICRC. Technicians trained in this area know how to find compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them.

Storms in Vermont

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes we have to be lumberjacks

It seems like this year, rain isn’t the only thing leaving its mark on our homes. Storms are still whipping through our towns and communities causing power outages and home damage. According to the National Storm Damage Center (NSDC), damage caused by trees during severe weather account for over $1 billion in property damage. Broken limbs or trees can cause mass amounts of damage to your property if they make contact. Such damage can be done to roofing, siding, windows and even structure to the home, causing lots of expensive repairs. Unfortunately there is no way to stop the unpredictable weather, but there are ways to prevent damage from happening to your home.

Start by assessing trees close to your home. Any loose hanging or broken limbs should be addressed to prevent possible damage to your home or vehicles. Saving trees is important for the environment, but keeping your home and family safe is even more important. However, if a damaged tree is within reach of causing damage, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If the limbs of a tree do happen to cause damage to your home, getting the exposed parts of your home covered and repaired should become a priority as the longer a home is exposed to the elements, the more likely it is to suffer secondary damages. That's where the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury comes in. We're always ready to come and help 24 hours a day @ (802)497-1101.

Always ready for Storm!

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO to the Rescue!

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.

Storms can happen in a flash

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

We've got this one!

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

Fact vs. Fiction

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

This was a close one!

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.

Frozen Pipes

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

This is a pipe from a local business that had burst and caused a water loss due to freezing temperatures.

This winter has been an especially cold one with temperatures often dropping below the freezing level. Due to this, SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury has experienced a high volume of emergency water losses caused by freezing pipes, often leaving behind major disasters in homes and businesses.

Be Prepared:

  • It is important to know where your water shut off is located. In the case of a frozen water pipe burst, you will first want to stop the source by shutting off the water immediately.
  • Insulate exposed pipes, especially if they are in unheated rooms.
  • Leave open bathroom and kitchen sink cabinet doors during extreme cold spells to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • During below zero weather, keep a slow trickle or constant drip of water flowing through faucets. Water is less likely to freeze if it is constantly traveling rather than sitting in the plumbing.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
  • If you plan on being away from your property for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set the thermostat to at least 55°F.DO NOT turn your heat off completely.

If You Discover Frozen Pipes:

  • First sign of freezing is reduced or slow moving water flow from a faucet.
  • Do not use an open flame device to try and thaw the pipes.
  • Methods you can try to unfreeze the pipes on your own include using a hair dryer, heating pad or hot towels, heat lamp or portable space heater.
  • Make sure to keep the faucet open when treating the frozen pipes.
  • Check additional pipes and faucets for freezing.

When a Frozen Pipe Bursts:

  • Shut off the water at the main valve.
  • Contact your local plumber to repair the broken pipe.

Call your local water restoration professionals, SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. If winter weather causes water damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury.