Recent Storm Damage Posts

When storms rip our lives apart

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When storms rip our lives apart 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)

Storm Damage Storms in Vermont 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)

Storm Damage Always ready for Storm! 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)

Storm Damage Storms can happen in a flash 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)

Storm Damage Fact vs. Fiction 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)

Storm Damage Frozen Pipes 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.