Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Damage is Serious

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

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 impacts 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.

Faster remediation means less damage

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster remediation means less damage SERVPRO on the Scene!


It doesn’t take a lot of water to cause tremendous damage. Just an inch or two can destroy carpets and dry wall, warp wood floors, damage building components.

Water damage can be caused by many things:

  • Sump pumps
  • Water heater failures
  • Broken pipes
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker problems
  • Flooding due to heavy rain
  • Ground water seeping into the basement
  • Natural disasters

Even after the water seems to disappear, excess moisture can hide in your floor coverings, foundation, wood structures and walls—causing major damage to your property and creating the perfect environment for mold and other fungi growth.

That's Where the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury comes in. If you catch it in time, you can ward off a lot of the damage and save money and headaches down the road. It’s important that water is quickly removed and the property dried, ventilated and disinfected to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew and other microorganisms that are harmful.


24 Hours, always on

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hours, always on SERVPRO Systems in action!

Vermont's 24 Hour Emergency Service

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Vermont. 

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage and complicate the remediation process. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today802-497-1101

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury has the specific water damage training from the IICRC and field experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions to help us prepare to help you:

*Your name and contact information

*Your insurance information (if applicable)

*The street address of the water-damaged home or business

*When did the flooding or water damage occur?

*What caused the water damage (if known)?

*What Materials are affected?

*How many rooms do we need to prepare for?

*What are the approximate sizes of those rooms?

*Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Why water must be handled quickly

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why water must be handled quickly Water can be very intrusive!

Why SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is a better choice:

Vermont water damage restoration is a term used to refer to the process of repairing and restoring a home after an event that resulted in water damage, such as a flood or fire. Numerous aspects of your home can be impacted by water damage, and it's critical that you act fast if you want to prevent further structural damage. Secondary Water Damage in Vermont can be extensive and severe and may even present a threat to the health of you and your family. In order to prevent this, it's recommended to hire a water damage remediation service so these professionals can get to work on restoring you home as soon as possible. 

Water Damage Remediation Dries Your Home

Following a flood or house fire, thoroughly drying out your home is the most critical part of Remediation process. This is so important because significant additional damage can occur as a result of secondary water damage. This can include the growth of mold and mildew and the development of spores, which can be a serious threat to your health. It can also cause wood to warp and rot, creating a safety hazard, and moist wood also encourages termites. The most effective way to protect against this is to ensure that your home is dried as thoroughly and quickly as possible. This can be done using dehumidifiers, water extraction and air movers. Air movers support evaporation through constant airflow, dehumidifiers pull moisture from the air and extraction can be used to get rid of puddles and excess water. 

Hire a Water Damage Remediation Professional

Getting your home dry is just one small element of the total water damage remediation process. Any event that results in water damage can destroy property, cause bacterial and parasitic contamination and often requires working with your homeowner's insurance company. By hiring a water damage remediation service, you will have several contractors working on various aspects of your home at once to help speed up the restoration process and get you back into your home sooner. If you neglect this essential step, mold, mildew and other hazardous substances can develop in the areas of your home that you never see, such as inside walls and ceilings, beneath carpet, behind baseboards and inside of crawlspaces. 

Be Sure Your Homeowner's Insurance Policy Covers Water Damage Remediation

In many cases, homeowner's insurance companies will pay for a flood or water intrusion or other repair work you have done on your house. However, this can depend strongly on where you live, which insurance carrier you purchased your policy from and the exact terms and conditions of your policy. To find out whether your insurance policy covers all or part of the cost of cleanup after water damage, you should contact your provider.

Water damage remediation is an extremely important step to take following a flood, house fire or other event that causes water damage to your home. Standing puddles of water can prove extremely hazardous and can promote the formation of mold, mildew and their spores as well as other substances that threaten the health of you and your family. It's imperative that you begin thoroughly drying your home immediately after water damage has occurred, and hiring a water damage remediation service to do it for you is the best choice you can make. To find out more about water damage remediation, please call your homeowner's insurance carrier.

Water Damage Restoration

Pipes leaking or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

  • Flooding caused by severe weather
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Sink, bathtub or toilet overflow
  • Sewage backup

When you are dealing with your Vermont water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove water quickly. The drying process is closely monitored and documented to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. We are standing by 24/7 to help remedy any water damage emergency you might encounter. Call 802-497-1101 and we will be on our way.

Even SMALL Amounts of Water Can Cause BIG Problems!

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Even SMALL Amounts of Water Can Cause BIG Problems! Drying mats and a fan being used to remove moisture from the wood flooring after a water loss

It doesn’t take a lot of water to cause significant damage to your home. Just an inch or more can destroy carpets, floors, dry wall, and warp wood floors. Furniture and other contents can also be damaged if not removed and dried in a timely manner.

Common causes of water damage:

  • Water heater failures
  • Leaky roofs
  • Broken pipes
  • Washing machine over flow
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Over flow of bathtub/sinks
  • Toilet/sewage backup
  • Ice maker leak
  • Ground water seeping into the basement (especially due to melting snow)
  • Heavy rain fall
  • Natural disasters
  • Sump pump failures

Here in Vermont, we find that a lot of homeowners like to try and take care of disasters themselves before calling for help. The problem with this is that after the mess is cleaned up and the water appears to be gone, moisture can seep into your floor coverings, carpet pads, foundation, sheet rock, wood structures and walls—causing more problems for your home. These areas create the perfect dark and wet environment for mold to grow which will call for expensive mitigation services later down the road.

If you catch the water within a timely manner (preferably within 24 hours), you can avoid some of the damage which ultimately means saving money and time in the future. It’s important that water is removed as soon as possible and properly dried by SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury’s certified technicians and our equipment. After drying, we ventilate and disinfect to prevent the growth of bacteria, mildew, fungi, and other microorganisms that can be harmful to you and your family.

If you are unsure what to do until SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury arrives visit our page:

Getting Ready for Spring

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

After the cold frigid winter many look forward to the warmer spring weather, but with that rise in temperature can come considerable water damage to your home or business. Not only does spring showers make the possibility of flooding in your home increase, snow has also been melting causing higher levels of ground water. Follow these tips to help protect your home from water damage during the wet spring season that’s ahead:

  1. Clear gutter and drains: Clogged gutters can cause water to spill over the sides and down the walls of your home and end up a messy flood. The water will surround your home and can seep inside through cracks and leaks in the foundation. Take the time to clean the gutters out and clear them of any and all debris before the rainy season begins.
  2. Ground water: Melting snow can also pool and seep into your foundation. Be sure to check corners or joints where the wall meets the floor for any seepage.
  3. Improperly positioned downspouts: Ensure downspouts are positioned away from your home. If necessary you can use an extender to direct water further away from the foundation.
  4. Cover air vents: Another common way water finds its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy or continuous rain is in the forecast, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside. 
  5. Check sealant surrounding doors and windows: Make sure that any gaps, holes, or cracks in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This is a common reason for mildew to grow on windows/doors and their casings.
  6. Ice damming: As heat rises, ice will melt as it warms and refreezes when temperatures drop. With this combination, water can start to build within the eaves troughs and under roof shingles. If it has nowhere else to drain, the water can enter from the roof into your home through the insulation and walls, causing water damage and even mold if not taken care of. Remove any ice or snow from your eaves troughs so water can flow freely. If you wish to remove snow from your roof, do so safely. Alternatively, it is best to hire a professional to safely clear snow and ice. If the extent of ice damming is significant, consider contacting a professional roofer or gutter-cleaning expert.

If the unfortunate event happens and water does find it's way into your home, give SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury a call (802-497-1101) as soon as possible. Our certified technicians are available to assist you 24/7.

What are the causes of a sewer back up?

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

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Sewage backups are nobody’s favorite topic of conversation, especially those who are dealing with the problem in their home. A sewer backup in your plumbing line can cause just as much water damage as an actual flood, so it’s vital that all homeowners know the potential causes of one and the best way to go about handling the situation.

3 Common Causes of Sewer Backup

1. Clogs

The main drain pipe in your house can easily get clogged. You can determine the root of the issue by narrowing down the problem areas. If you’re only experiencing clogs with one sink or toilet, the problem is likely isolated to one pipe. However, if you’ve noticed all the plumbing systems have gotten increasingly worse, your main sewer line could be blocked. To avoid such a problem, treat your pipes with care. Don’t flush any foreign objects down the toilet, keep your garbage disposal clear, and never pour grease or fat down your sink drains.

2. Exterior Factors

While you may assume that problems with your sewer line can only come from inside the house, outside components may also factor in. For example, tree roots can grow into the pipes, causing large holes and potential blockages. Trees may also coil themselves around the pipe system, essentially crushing it under the weight of the tree, which damages the entire pipeline and directly affects your plumbing.

3. Damaged Sewer Lines

Sometimes, the root of a sewer backup comes from the pipe system. If your home is old or hasn’t been renovated for years, it’s possible the drainage system has been overworked and damaged over time. Take this problem seriously. Instead of trying to fix the problem yourself with a cheap chemical solution, call your plumber to avoid further damaging the pipes.


In Williston, VT, SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury is the go-to resource for sewer backups. With a licensed team and a proven record of success spanning 40 years, they will keep your home safe from any plumbing or water damage. Visit them online or give them a call at (802) 497-1101 for more information.


Top 4 Home Water Damage FAQ's Answered

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

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Like any damage caused by the elements, water damage affects not only your house’s appearance but also its very foundation—along with the health of your family. That’s why, the moment you notice water damage in your home, you should take the proper measures to determine the best course of action. SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury is a restoration company in Vermont that specializes in water damage repairs. With over 49 years in business, they have the experience needed to help local homeowners recover from unexpected flooding.

Top 4 Home Water Damage FAQs Answered

1. How Soon Should I Call My Insurance Company?

Call your insurance company as soon as you experience any water damage. Take sufficient photos of the damage to your home for evidence. Also, if the flooding means you have to stay at a hotel or make immediate repairs, hang on to your receipts for potential reimbursement later.

2. How Can I Stop Water From Leaking Into My Home?

If water is still leaking into your home, you must find the source as soon as possible. It may be coming through your roof via missing shingles. If that’s the case, carefully climb onto your roof and cover any areas that are missing shingles with a plastic garbage bag to keep the rain out. If the water is entering your home through the pipes, quickly find your main shut-off valve and turn off your water supply. Professionals can help you take the next step in making repairs.

3. What Should I Do About My Electronics?

If you’ve experienced flooding, you should unplug your electronics immediately. Any water that falls or collects near used outlets could create a dangerous situation that would call for a full home power shut-off. After your home’s been cleared of any standing water and has been fully repaired, consult an electrician before you attempt to use any electronics that may have gotten wet.

4. Should I Make Repairs Myself?

No, you should never attempt to repair water damage yourself. Always call a professional restoration company to inspect and clean your house before arranging for repairs. SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury, for instance, will remove any remaining standing water using their advanced water extraction technology and then dry your house using reliable and effective equipment. Using their knowledge of mold remediation, their trained staff will know what to look for to ensure your home remains a healthy and safe environment.

Take action as soon as you experience water damage. Call SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury at (802) 497-1101 to schedule any water extraction or home repairs you may need. Visit their website for additional information about their services.


Top 3 Ways to Prevent Flooding & Standing Water

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Top 3 Ways to Prevent Flooding & Standing Water Be prepared and know who to call when disaster strikes


Unexpected flooding is a particularly common disaster over the winter, when the chances of precipitation and inclement weather increase dramatically. Destroying roofs, causing house leaks, and ruining drywall, it’s certainly on the list of homeowners’ worst fears—but there are ways to prevent it. Below, SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury, Vermont’s leading water extraction and mold remediation team, would like to explain some of the most important ways you can protect your home from accidental flooding.

Top 3 Ways To Prevent Flooding & Standing Water Damage

1. Prepare Your Pipes For Winter

Over the winter, the portions of your plumbing that are above ground are more prone to freezing, and the pressure difference this creates sometimes causes pipes to burst open. You can avoid this by insulating your pipes with foam and by keeping your kitchen and bathroom cabinets open so heat can reach the pipes. On particularly cold days, it’s also smart to let all your faucets run at a trickle, which will help relieve the pressure difference created by frozen pipes. By preparing your plumbing, you’ll also prevent potential water damage from occurring when the ice thaws.

2. Regularly Clean Out Gutters

One of the most common, yet easily preventable, sources of standing water is blocked gutters. When left full of debris, your gutters will end up spilling onto your roof, cause ceiling leaks when the water seeps through the shingles. Sometimes, clogged gutters can also cause foundation damage.

3. Schedule Regular Roof Inspections

One of the most important home maintenance tasks you can do is schedule annual roofing inspections. This inspection will allow you to keep track of potential leaks, shingle damage, and other problems that could lead to accidental flooding or standing water damage. Wouldn’t you rather replace a few shingles than replace your entire roof deck? Don’t let widespread standing water damage force you to do the latter.

As much as we try to prevent water damage, it may still happen anyway. If you experience accidental flooding and need immediate water damage remediation, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury at (802) 497-1101. For details about the Vermont-based professionals and their 24-hour emergency services, visit them online.


The 3 Steps Involved in Remedying Basement Flooding

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage The 3 Steps Involved in Remedying Basement Flooding Don’t let a flooded basement send you into a panic. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury today!

Though it’s not the kind of problem many homeowners ever anticipate dealing with, you may face a flooded basement one day. There are many potential causes for flooding, but regardless of the cause, one of the first things you should do is get in touch with a qualified local water extraction team. Doing so will minimize water damage, saving you a lot of money in the long run.

After a flood, there are some basic safety steps you should take to ensure your family remains healthy and your home remains in good shape, including:

  • Wash Up: When a basement floods, you and your family may be exposed to unclean water or sewage. As such, always shower or bathe thoroughly to wash away any pollutants after exposure to flood water.
  • Schedule Service: Get in touch with a local team that handles emergency water extractions and explain the situation. You might also need to contact a plumber to diagnose the cause of the flooding. In the future, you may need a mold remediation team to come by and address any growth that results from water damage.
  • Document The Damage: After the water has been removed, take photos of all damaged belongings and call your insurance company to see if they cover this type of water damage.

Don’t let a flooded basement send you into a panic. When you get in touch with the right pros quickly, you can fix the problem quickly, too. If you ever need water extraction services in Vermont, reach out to SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury. As the top name in the business, they’ll deliver quality results. Contact them online to learn about scheduling services, or call (802) 497-1101.


Top 3 Causes of Water Damage

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Top 3 Causes of Water Damage Don't let water damage get you down! Call on the water damage specialists at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury today!


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

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

Top 3 Causes Of Residential Water Damage

Unsealed Walls & Floor

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

Clogged Gutter System

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

Sewer Backup

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

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