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Wet crawlspaces and you

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

Wet foundational materials after heavy flooding This homeowner reached out to SERVPRO right after realizing she had an issue with her crawlspace,.

The crawl space of a home is often out of sight and mind, but it is a foundational element of your home, so it should be on your radar. While it might not seem like a big deal, a wet crawl space can have dire consequences for your home and family, primarily if it floods frequently. The crawl space contains the structural supports of the house and has direct access to its flooring beams. Consistent flooding can result in several issues, including:

  • Mold
  • Rot
  • Sinking
  • Foundation cracks
  • Structural integrity issues

A flooded crawl space needs to be taken seriously and you should contact  the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury as soon as possible to resolve the problem.

The Problems With a Wet Crawl Space

How often does your crawl space flood? A crawl space that experiences frequent floods can eventually lead to more significant concerns.

While water and moisture are not uncommon in crawl spaces, the maintenance of any water depth is problematic. See, under your house is the perfect environment for mold growth; it is dark, damp, and humid. While some people might not worry about mold under their house, it is concerning because mold can begin accessing other parts of the home through woodwork, gaps, vents, etc.

A musty odor is often the first sign of mold. When you can smell mold, it is a sign that it is reproducing and growing. You should contact a mold remediation specialist as soon as possible.

Water under your home can also lead to rot and soil displacement. Wood rot can lead to weak flooring and supports, threatening collapse. Soil displacement threatens the very foundation of the home, causing sinking and cracking.

Combatting Flooded Crawl Spaces

There are several steps a homeowner can take to prevent water from collecting under their house. First, you can install a sump pump to pump out excess water. Second, you can assess the slope of your yard. A yard should slope toward the street to prevent pooling against the foundation of your home. Third, you can examine the eaves and gutter, ensuring they are clean and working correctly. Finally, you can contact a remediation expert to look into the causes of your flooding problem.

When To Hire a Professional

The crawl space can become wet after heavy rains, but it shouldn’t flood. If you notice water sitting under the house and pooling, you should call for a property assessment. A remediation professional will assess things like a slope to determine the cause of the drainage problem.

When you use the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, you can have a rough assessment within eight hours of contacting the company. The best part is that our company is always open and we have teams monitoring the phones all the time. 

A wet crawl space is not normal, and if it is left alone, it can lead to several significant and potentially severe structural problems. Mold, rot, and sinking are only three of the threats water in a crawl space presents. The SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury has an excellent reputation for disaster response and can fix your crawl space concerns quickly. Contact us @ 802-497-1101

What to expect from SERVPRO

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

A water filled office at a retirement home in S. Burlington Our teams were onsite quickly after this sprinkler line gave way in one of our local retirement homes!

First and foremost, expect our 24-hour availability! Whether you are calling day or night, weekday or weekends, and even during the holidays, you can always expect to speak with a real person about the emergency you are experiencing. The SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is the top choice for many insurance agencies in Chittenden and Addison and Washington Counties!

Here is what you can expect during the first several hours after contacting the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury: 

 Quick Response - When a building has been damaged, the response time is an important factor in how time-consuming and how costly restoration will be. At SERVPRO we are always open, so you can expect to hear back within an hour after you have contacted us about the emergency. Once you have provided us with the necessary information, we will begin preparing to address the needs of the mitigation and the coordination of teams to the job site.

Arrival Time - Our technicians can be on-site to begin the restoration process within four hours. This fast response can make the difference if your home or commercial business has suffered a great deal of damage. Beginning the process more quickly will result in less damage overall which can end up not only preventing the need for contractors to come in and rebuild the structure, but saving costs for you, our customers as well.

Inspection/Verbal Briefing - Once our damage restoration specialists has arrived, they can inspect the home or business to determine the extent of the damage and decide on the best course of action to mitigate the issues moving forward. Our team has the ability to let you know in the emergency is claim worthy or not as well given that not all water damage is costly enough to hit a deductible. We will provide a verbal briefing to you and to an insurance carrier (if applicable) so that everyone involved is aware of what will happen next. Our team's quick 24-hour response will allow us to begin mitigation as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.

If you've experienced water damage in your home or business, call the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury as soon as possible and we'll get a team out right away! Reach us 24/7/365 @ 802-497-1101. 

Ready for the Cold?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Soot webs after a fire in this home in Burlington This is what soot webs look like!

The cold has arrived here in Vermont and that means a lot of our furnaces will be in use regularly. If you haven't already done it; scheduling a maintenance checkup for your furnace is a great place to start.

Prevention is the first step to preventing Puff-back

Oil furnace puff back is a messy and potentially dangerous event in which smoke and soot are released into the furnace.

Puff backs often result in oily black "webs" of soot being distributed throughout the house, requiring extensive cleaning and sometimes professional restoration to clean up.


To better understand puff backs you should know what causes them and how they can be prevented.


Puff Backs

  • Puff backs occur when an oil-burning furnace doesn't ignite when it should.
  • Oil vapors build up in the ignition chamber, causing an explosion when the igniter finally triggers. The explosion blows soot and other debris through the furnace's exhaust system and into the heating system, which carries it into the house.
  • If the furnace is connected to a forced air heating system, the ducts can carry the puff back to every room of the house with an open vent.

Causes

  • The most common causes of the presence of this un-burned heating oil fuel are various sources of improper oil burner operation that leaves incompletely-burned heating oil at the end of one or more on-off cycles of the oil burner.
  • This can be caused by leaks in the oil system, bubbles in the oil line which expand and press oil out of the oil burner nozzle, the shutdown valve on the oil burner nozzle not working properly or a clog in the nozzle.
  • Each of these problems can result in oil leaking out of the nozzle and into the combustion chamber when it isn't in operation. Oil will accumulate in the chamber until it finally ignites with a puff back explosion.

Warning Signs

  • Most oil-burning furnaces in danger of having a puff back give off warning signs that should indicate a problem with the furnace.
  • Black soot on the furnace, walls or ceiling indicate that oil is burning improperly in the furnace and is leaking out of the unit.
  • Noises such as those made by the combustion chamber while it is burning may continue after the furnace has stopped, indicating that something is still burning within the furnace even though it shouldn't be.
  • Noises at the beginning of the burn cycle, such as a puff or bang, also indicate that unburned oil has pooled and ignited.

Preventing Puff Backs 

  • Preventing puff backs in oil-burning furnaces is largely a matter of performing regular maintenance on the furnace to keep it in proper operating condition.
  • Oil-burning appliances should be cleaned and serviced once per year, ensuring that the service person opens the unit and inspects it for signs of problems or damage.
  • Inspect the furnace periodically for signs of oil leaks, paying attention to any odd smells or soot in the furnace room.
  • You should also look for debris in the flue vent connector which could also be a sign of problems with the furnace.

Yearly maintenance by a professional can give you peace of mind and keep your oil furnace running smoothly and safely.

If you have any puff-back questions or this sounds like something you've experienced, give us a call today @ 802-497-1101

Fire Restoration in Vermont

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Bathroom Ceiling This homeowner called us right in after a fire broke out above her Bathroom when the exhaust fan malfunctioned.

SERVPRO Provides Expert Advice and Mitigation of Fire & Smoke Damaged Properties

Fire damage restoration can be a stressful time for any homeowner in Vermont. You have just experienced a harrowing incident, and it is understandable if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. However, if you know what to expect during this time, it can be a bit easier to stay on top of things.

Here at SERVPRO, our team of experts strives hard to help you get through fire damage restoration in Vermont as smoothly as we possibly can. Fire recovery is a multi-step process that takes time and patience. Here are a few things that you should expect from the process.

Assessment of the Damage

Assessing the damage is one of the first steps in restoration. The SERVPRO team of experts assesses the damage by visual inspection and determines the areas that need urgent attention. The team also determines the items that are restorable and the items that are not. Once they have gathered all the information, they provide you with a summary of the findings and also explain the best plan of action. You, and your insurance adjuster, if applicable, have the final say on salvaging or tossing building materials and belongings.

Extent of Cleaning

The SERVPRO team reviews the full extent of smoke, soot, and other fire damage. Our team has the skill set and experience to guide you through every step of the cleaning process. However, you have the final say regarding the extent of the cleaning. We help you to reach an informed decision by providing all the necessary information.

Deodorizing and Ductwork

Deodorizing is a huge part of fire damage restoration. We use ultra low volume and heat foggers that can tackle even the toughest of odors. In case you have a forced air heating system, our experts also examine the ducts for smoke and soot damage and provide you with options to deal with it.

Once you agree to the terms, our skilled professionals get to work and start the process of restoration. The time required for a complete restoration depends on the extent of damage and scope of cleaning.


Call the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury today to schedule an inspection @ 802-497-1101. Our experts are committed to helping you get your house to pre-fire conditions as soon as possible.

Is your business ready for whatever happens?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Water gloss Water glosses a retirement home recreation room floor

Have you stopped to consider whether or not your business is truly ready for whatever happens?

Sure, you may have your shelves stocked and your labels printed with restock orders on the way. But do you have a plan in place for when the unexpected happens and you’re stuck with picking up the pieces?

Disasters are a natural part of life here in Vermont. When you take into account the year, or better yet, the decade, we’ve had so far, it would be wise to consider how your business may be affected when these disasters strike. Whether it’s an unprecedented pandemic, a historic freeze or your average thunder, lightning and hail storms. In New England, we get it all. We even managed a hurricane once!

You may know SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury as your go-to disaster restoration company, which we are,  but do you also know that we specialize in helping your business get disaster ready as well? One of the ways we enjoy serving our community partners is by creating Emergency Ready Profiles, or ERPs, for their commercial properties. 

When our dedicated, local SERVPRO Representatives meet with local business owners and facility managers, we gather important materials such as building information, utility shut off locations, and key contacts. Not only is this information important as it pertains to the daily tasks of a facility manager, but it’s also pertinent in the event of an emergency or disaster when time is of the essence. 

One of the key benefits in setting up an ERP with our team is having all of your essential property information in one place. In addition to keeping such relevant information organized, your local SERVPRO representative will contact you periodically to update any changes to your profile. 

Becoming disaster-ready is a process and our team is eager to help you get started! To set up your free Emergency Ready Profile, call our office today to speak to one of our representatives and ensure that your business is "Ready for whatever happens", just like SERVPRO. 

Who we serve

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Devastates a building A hole in the ceiling was opened up in this loss from the fire below.

Customer satisfaction is key to our operations here at the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury. Our customers rely on our quick response and the assurance that our service professionals will take the appropriate and necessary measures to remediate any damage. If your home or business has suffered a significant amount of damage, our 1- 4- 8 service response policy can make all the difference in potentially saving hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars.  

We proudly serve:

Insurance professionals: Agents and adjusters are responsible for assisting with claims and providing customer care to their clients. Our partnership with these professionals is based on the rule of “restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary.” As a homeowner or business owner, trust that we will work closely with your insurance company to ensure a smooth process. 

Homeowners: Home is your place of peace, and the slightest disruption can throw everything out of sync. In the event of an emergency, we work with you to foster a smooth transition to make your house feel like home again. Within one hour of the initial notice of loss, a SERVPRO Professional will contact you to arrange service. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services, if necessary. Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate parties. Additionally, we also offer general residential cleaning services such as air duct cleaning, odor removal, and sanitation to ease the burden of maintenance while creating a place of comfort for you and your family. 

Businesses/Commercial Properties: Commercial emergencies cause interruptions in your business. We understand that this could result in a decrease in revenue and productivity. We work efficiently to ensure you are “back to business” as soon as possible. Like our residential services, we also offer duct cleaning and routine cleaning services to take one more thing off your plate.  

How do we achieve customer satisfaction? Part of our franchise mission is to “build a team of quality people....” This starts day one, instilling practical training methods in our employees to ensure customers receive the best service possible. Our professionals follow the IICRC (Institute of Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration, as well as seek educational opportunities both inside and outside of the workplace.  

If you have a disaster in your home or business and need the professionals that always have your back, call the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury @ 8092-497-1101

!Always Ready for the Storm

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Wet Basement Our teams were ready when this homeowner needed our help!

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. Call us at 802-497-1101

Why choose SERVPRO?

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Abandoned house issues This homeowner had SERVPRO on the case after he had inherited a home that he hadn't been to in years. Fortunately, SERVPRO helped get the house back!

Here’s why Vermont residents and business owners trust us to help them deal with the restoration process:

We can help with the entire process. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage. You want a restoration company that can cover all types of damage. Our team of experts has the tools needed to do your restoration work the right way.

We’re here 247. Getting started early on restoration efforts can make a difference. That’s why our team is here to help you when you need our services. Because our team is always available for emergencies, we’ll answer your call whenever you need us.

We believe in restoring items before replacing them. By working with you to meet your needs, we can help you find ways to save money on repairs. And in some cases approaching a job from a restoration mindset can help you save money on your homeowners insurance premiums in the future.

We are a local business. Because we’re a SERVPRO location here in Vermont, we combine the training, resources and equipment you would find at a large, growing company with the advantage of choosing a partner located in Vermont.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating, or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us to learn more about our restoration services. You can reach us 24 hours at (802)497-1101

Why we can help you with that mold issue!

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Neglected bathroom wall This photo is from our teams finding a neglected bathroom in a basement that had been experiencing several water damages over years.

Although DIY projects can be fun, cheap, and educational mold is not a good DIY project idea. Although there are tons of tips and tricks on how to "kill" mold, scientifically, it is not the correct way to deal with mold in a home. Wiping mold may look like it has been properly treated but the spore count can still be fairly high and can grow back without removing the source. SERVPRO of Burlington Middlebury suggests removing any porous material that has come in contact with mold. Your best option of getting rid of the mold on your drywall is to just cut out the area. There's nothing safer for the treatment of mold than to just remove the source and thoroughly clean. SERVPRO uses systems and environmental controls to accomplish this without contaminating other parts of the home. If the mold extends over to the framing of your house, the area would need to get wiped down, dried out, and completely cleaned to make sure the layer of wood that had the spores attached to it is completely mitigated. Mold can be very tricky and unpredictable. It is okay to ask a professional to come take care of this would-be DIY project. 

If you find mold in your home, Contact the professionals at the SERVPRO of Burlington Middlebury @ (802) 497-1101. 

SERVPRO Maintains 1-4-8

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Faster drying means more salvageable This homeowner called ufter a flooded basement and we were quick to respond and save most of their personal belongings

Disasters don't happen when it's convenient, but you can rely on us to get there because of our service response guidelines!

To learn more about our guidelines and why we're faster to any size disaster, check out our guidelines below.


SERVICE RESPONSE GUIDELINES

Damage of any kind to your business; especially fire or water damage, can be stressful for owners, property managers, employees and tenants.

Property damage, equipment damage, document loss and temporary business closure are just some of the concerns you may experience in a disaster here in Vermont. Timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate these concerns.

The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your business property and belongings.

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can prevent Fire/Water damage from creating long term problems.

1 - Within 1 hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury professional contacts you to arrange for services.

4 - Within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury professional is on-site to start mitigation services.

8 - Within 8 business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.


**Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Water Damage? 
Call Us Today at (802) 497-1101 or check out our website at SERVPRObtv.com

"Like it never even happened."

We know how to address Commercial spaces too

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Clean and Cut This supply warehouse had a line break over their offices, but lucky for them, SERVPRO of Burlington was on the scene!

Many commercial structures have a larger volume of water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines, and at a higher rate of water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is also greater than a typical residence. Commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls, or windows are commensurately greater in number.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators, and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage; like the growth of mold, maybe even more problematic due to the larger occupancy of the business or commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivities 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 the evacuation of the premises.
  • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms that produce flash flooding, rapid snowmelt, or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
  • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics, and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and prevention of secondary damage such as mold growth, contact the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury at (802) 497-1101.

SERVPRO does it right

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Rainbow over Servpro I snapped this photo at our local grocery store. Wishful for a better '21

Over the course of the last year, it has been easy to see the reasons why the services of those who are essential are much more valued. From doctors to plumbers to grocers and everyone in between, those of us still working on the frontlines have our resolve tested daily. 

But the one thing that I've noticed over the last year, is that our teams still remain dedicated to providing our customers with the very best quality of service possible every day. Regardless of changes in circumstance, our teams have continued, day in and day out to think about our customers first. To set aside their own concerns about the future or current events. To continue to focus on the one goal that we all come to work for: getting our customers back on their feet after a disaster. 

As the owner of this company, I cannot tell you how grateful and proud I am to all of my team members for continuing to do what is right through this year. It wasn't always easy, and it wasn't always a clear path, but when push came to shove, we came though for our customers. And that's exactly why our company continues to earn your business every year. 

2020 was a hard year for everyone, and I can't promise a better 2021, but if life hands you a disaster in your home or business, know that we'll be there for you, ready to help. 

You can reach us 24/7 at 802-497-1101 or email at office@SERVPRO10453.com.

Continuing Education

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Air scrubber Air scrubbers are a common tool we use on mold and fire mitigations to clean the indoor air while we perform the work!!

As the owner of this company, I'm a firm believer in training above all else. In my opinion and experience, proper training can maximize efficiency while eliminating mistakes. That is exactly why our teams are continually re-certified and examined by the IICRC, have continuous safety training and are always sent out in teams to continue to support and monitor each other for potential risks. 

Every day we come to work is another day that we see a new home or a new building that is completely foreign to us. Granted we've seen so many that its safe to assume consistencies along the way, but with each new structure is a new challenge, along with new risks. Our job is to minimize those risks on behalf of our customers and to make sure that the job process for correctly mitigating the issues in a home are followed completely. We do this by relying heavily on our training and experience in the field. I can confidently say that our teams haven't come across a mitigation that they couldn't handle in a very long time. 

For whatever you have going on in your home or business, SERVPRO has seen it. So don't worry, we'll be here to help when you need us. 

Call us at 802-497-1101 or email with questions at office@SERVPRO10453.com

Mold Everywhere!

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Tunnels We found mold growing in the crawlspace in a Vermont business after they had experienced a water loss that was hidden from them for quite some time.

Did you know that there are multiple, hundreds of thousands of mold spores floating around outdoors? Knowing the dangers of mold, it is quite frightening thinking about it, but what is more of a concern would be finding mold inside your own home. Mold is known to belong to the kingdom of fungi. It can appear to be plant like but cannot create its own food. It absorbs its nutrients from other organic substances. Mold can simply generate with water and something living – or even once living, like wood. Invitations of mold to your own home would consist of poor ventilation, moisture and water damages in which were not addressed immediately. In any areas of your home that moisture issues happen to occur, you want to be sure that you have a source of ventilation within that area. The consistent moisture and humidity will eventually cause mold. This is another reason to report any serious water damages right away. You may be able to clean the visible mess but sometimes the affected areas cannot be seen. 

SERVPRO Burlington/ Middlebury is here for you 365 day 24/7. If you have any questions or concerns due to recent water loss or any visible mold, do not hesitate to call us at 802-497-1101. Our team will always be there, ready to help.

Our 1-4-8 Protocol

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Tundra 2 Our trucks are always ready to go!

Damage of any kind to your Vermont business; especially fire or water damage, can be stressful for owners, property managers, employees and tenants. Property damage, equipment damage, document loss and temporary business closure are just some of the concerns you may experience. Timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate these concerns.

The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your business property and belongings. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can prevent Fire/Water damage from creating long term problems.

1 - Within 1 hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury Professional contacts you to arrange for services.

4 - Within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury professional is on-site to start mitigation services.

8 - Within 8 business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

**Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Water Damage?

Call Us Today - 802-497-1101

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 802 - 497 - 1101

Training Matters!

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Trucks on the way! Our trucks rolling to a job!

While there are many differences between the two fungi, mold and mildew both develop and thrive in moist conditions. A leaking roof, a window that doesn’t seal properly, and a basement with water damage caused by a broken pipe can all lead to the growth of mildew and mold. These issues are obviously much more pressing here in New England. In order to reduce the risk of health effects and damage to building materials, mildew and mold in the home or a business need immediate mold remediation. Your local SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is always ready to help!

Mildew vs Mold

Mildew and mold are both fungi. Fungi can live in many different types of habitats such as in soil, on vegetation, and on surfaces exposed to moist conditions like a wall or ceiling after flood damage. Fungi reproduce by spores and quickly can spread.

What is mildew? Mildew is mold in its early stage and often the term is used interchangeably with the word mold. That whitish-gray, powdery substance sometimes seen on the leaves of a plant is mildew. Mildew is a surface fungi that grows on organic material like plants and food as well as wood or fibrous items like:

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Cardboard/paperboard
  • Wallpaper
  • Fabric

How is it different from Mold? Mold ranges in color from green to gray, brownish and black. It may appear fuzzy, flat or even slimy. Green slimy mold may develop in the damp, shady areas of decks and even vinyl siding, while indoors, mold can develop on grout, tile and other surfaces found in and around bathrooms and other areas with high humidity and inadequate ventilation.

Pro Tip: Slimy mold on decks, fences and siding often can be removed using a pressure washer. Always wear proper safety protection when dealing with mold and working with tools.

Dangers of Mildew and Mold

In a battle between mildew vs mold, which presents more problems and danger? It depends on several factors.

The powdery mildew often found on the leaves of a houseplant, typically poses little danger to you, but it can harm the plant. However, anyone that suffers from mold allergies should avoid touching that mildew. If contact occurs, wash hands thoroughly and never touch your face/eyes/nose after coming in contact with mildew.

The Need for Mold Remediation

Mold and mildew, if ignored, can cause health effects and physical damage to a home or business. Mold found anywhere in a building, such as behind drywall, on insulation, around windows and along basement walls has developed because there is a moisture problem. To avoid further damage, it’s essential to locate and correct the source of the moisture and then remove all traces of mold.

Any home or business that’s suffered any type of water damage (from firefighting efforts, roof leak, burst pipe or flood) needs professional assessment quickly. Contact SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury immediately after any water disaster; mold can begin developing within 24 to 48 hours. Trust our IICRC certified technicians for a comprehensive mold remediation plan. Call (802) 497-1101.

IICRC Training Helps!

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy Trailer This homeowner was beside herself when we found a few different types of cultures of mold beneath her her carpet.

Mold reproduces by devouring organic materials used to construct your home. They prefer dark, damp, humid areas and create small, lightweight seeds, called spores. These seeds travel through the air, gaining access to portions of your Portsmouth home through open airways, or by catching a ride on your shoes or even a household pet.  

Mold spores can usually survive for a very long time, even before settling on an acceptable surface. However, after finding an adequate site, molds rapidly develop into large contaminated areas within 24 to 48-hours, continually spreading throughout your Vermont home, causing mold damage as the growth process continues.   

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that any homeowner experiencing mold growth should seek professional help removing any standing water or wet materials found on your property, as they serve as breeding grounds for many microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, and mold. Whether you experience a freshwater flood, sewage back-up, roof leaks, or plumbing issues, mold and mildew can develop soon after. 

An IICRC certified mold remediation specialist, like those offered at the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, can provide you with the professional services you need to remedy the problem and even give you tips that help prevent mold growth in the future. It takes a keen eye and advanced equipment to combat mold found in your home or business, especially in larger areas where there may also be hidden dangers that exist. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury's mold remediation specialists use premeir industry standards and methods to remove contaminated materials, following strict guidelines to contain the affected area, preventing further spread and limiting exposure to clean sections of your home. We pay close attention to furniture, upholstery items, bedding, and toys, using advanced cleaning and disinfection techniques to restore contents if at all possible. 
 
SERVPRO technicians may inspect every section of your home to determine how far the contamination has spread, eliminating potential problems one at a time before installing new materials that make your home look like new again.

Call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury today for a full-service solution and remember, we are always here to help. Dial (802) 497-1101 for fast, efficient services.

We love you New England!

Selling your home? Ask how SERVPRO can help!

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke This home had and issue with smoke in the basement

Are you selling your home? Do you have realtors and inspectors coming in and checking things out?

We get calls from homeowners all the time that have had inspections done and realize they have a few things to take care of. Many times the caller doesn't know how to take care of these things, and that's when they call the professional staff at SERVPRO to get the job done! 

SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury can help with things you may not have even thought about.

  • Dryer duct cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning
  • General cleaning
  • Mold inspections

Selling your home can be stressful, and our staff here at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury want to set your mind at east. Let us help you with a few less things to worry about. 

Give us a call at (802) 497-1101 and let us worry about it for you!

Be ready for colder weather!

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Here in the Northeast, we fight some seriously cold temperatures. Are you prepared if a pipe breaks in your home? 

We have many customers who have vacation homes here in Vermont, and they aren't here during the winter months. Most people ahead of leaving for the winter, turn their heat down and close it up for the season. What they don't know is that by doing so they are at risk of freezing pipes, and a world of other problems. 

Here at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury, we are ready to take those calls. Even if you are 1000 miles away in your hometown, and not at your home here locally. We will be with you every step of the way, from the first phone call right down to making sure your home gets put back together. 

Taking your time counts!

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Containment for mold is crucial to prevent the spread of spores throughout the home.

The SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury knows that mold remediation is best left to the experts. Most of us will see evidence of the nasty fungus appearing in the form of black spots on shower curtains or orange film that circles the drains in our homes. In such cases, a simple cleaning goes a long way toward removing mold.

When excess moisture from water damage, water intrusion, floods, pipe breaks, standing water, ground water or overflows are left unattended to, the wet air creates an environment for rapid mold growth; a problem that will certainly require professional attention. Since mold can make you sick, especially if you have asthma or allergies, using an emergency cleaning service is the smartest way to go.

  • Where Is Mold? The truth is, mold exists everywhere and complete removal is impossible. Microscopic mold spores float on air, and may even travel indoors on your clothing or pets. When mold accumulates, however, you’ll often notice it even if there’s no visible trace. A potent musty, odor is a good indicator of a mold infestation.
  • What Does Mold Remediation Entail? Mold remediation often involves addressing sources of moisture that fuel its growth. The cleanup experts at SERVPRO Burlington/ Middlebury move quickly to isolate the affected area using advanced techniques and equipment. From there, mold removal, air filtration and the next best steps can begin.

If you’ve run into a problem with mold in your home or business in Vermont, and are in need of mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury by calling (802)497-1101. Our caring staff can make the difference in a bad experience to help you get back where you need to be quickly.  Visit SERVPROBTV.com to learn more about the many ways they tackle other cleanup and restoration projects when disasters strike. 

Because we care

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold like this is pretty common in Vermont.

Did you know that there are multiple, hundreds of thousands of mold spores floating around outdoors? Knowing the dangers of mold, it is quite frightening thinking about it, but what is more of a concern would be finding mold inside your own home. Mold is known to belong to the kingdom of fungi. It can appear to be plant like but cannot create its own food. It absorbs its nutrients from other organic substances. Mold can simply generate with water and something living – or even once living, like wood. Invitations of mold to your own home would consist of poor ventilation, moisture and water damages in which were not addressed immediately. In any areas of your home that moisture issues happen to occur, you want to be sure that you have a source of ventilation within that area. The consistent moisture and humidity will eventually cause mold. This is another reason to report any serious water damages right away. You may be able to clean the visible mess but sometimes the affected areas cannot be seen. SERVPRO Burlington/ Middlebury is here for you 365 day 24/7. If you have any questions or concerns due to recent water loss or any visible mold, do not hesitate to call us at 802-497-1101. Our team will always be there, ready to help.

Because we have the knowledge!

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Our company has the know how to find mold...Even when its hiding!

Mold lives and grows everywhere. It’s something we encounter every day without even being aware of it.

So, what makes mold a problem?

When there is moisture inside your home (usually caused by a leak) or commercial property, mold can grow quite quickly even if you don’t see visible signs of it. It’s so important to hire an experienced mold remediation specialist like SERVPRO at the first signs of mold presence to get rid of the problem right away before it spreads. Once mold begins to spread, it can affect every area of your home or business and can cause health risks to you, your family, your pets and your staff.

SERVPRO® of Burlington/ Middlebury specializes in water mitigation and mold remediation. It’s the cornerstone of our company. We know how to thoroughly and effectively remediate your mold to acceptable levels (it's impossible to get rid of mold completely because it exists everywhere and can come in whenever you open the door or window).

Dos and Don’ts

DO – Get a mold assessment from an industrial hygienist. Mold assessors are not the same thing as mold remediators. SERVPRO® of Burlington/ Middlebury  specializes in mold remediation. A mold assessor is someone who tests for mold by taking air samples, swabs, photos, etc. and provides us with the protocol for remediation. Even if you see visible signs of mold growth, a mold assessment tests for mold that you can’t see and can tell you what kind of mold is present and in what quantities. Not every mold spore is the same.  Some are more dangerous than others. There may be mold in the air, in your air vents, in clothing, etc. A mold assessor will tell us at SERVPRO® of Burlington/ Middlebury, how far that mold reaches inside of your property, so we can accurately reduce all the mold and prevent it from coming back.

DON’T – Spray bleach on it and walk away. We have heard so many stories over the years of people spraying all sorts of things from bleach to disinfectant spray, etc. to try to get rid of the mold themselves. Mold has roots like a tree. Killing surface mold does not kill the mold inside your wall. Sure! It lightens up and you can smell that bleachy smell and think that you’ve gotten it. But let a few weeks pass and you’re right back at square one. Our SERVPRO® of Burlington/ Middlebury team of experts have been trained in the proper procedures of how to effectively reduce all the mold and keep it from returning. Call us. That’s what we’re here for.

DO – Have someone house sit for you while you’re away. Even if you don’t have pets, the winter season here in Vermont is notorious for wreaking havoc on your homes and businesses even if there isn’t obvious damage. It doesn’t hurt to have someone check in on your home from time to time. There’s nothing worse than to be a seasonal resident coming home for the holidays only to find black spots on everything in your home! Staying on top of things is the best way to keep mold away from your home and your belongings.

DON’T – Call a fly-by-night mold remediation company. SERVPRO® of Burlington/ Middlebury has been in the mold remediation business for over 50 years. Our reputation for being one of the best mold remediation businesses in Vermont has given us a name you can count on when you need us.

Professional help with Industry Certifications!

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Containment is just one of the many things that we're trained rigorously for!

Mold reproduces by devouring organic materials used to construct your home. They prefer dark, damp, humid areas and create small, lightweight seeds, called spores. These seeds travel through the air, gaining access to portions of your Portsmouth home through open airways, or by catching a ride on your shoes or even a household pet.  

Mold spores can usually survive for a very long time, even before settling on an acceptable surface. However, after finding an adequate site, molds rapidly develop into large contaminated areas within 24 to 48-hours, continually spreading throughout your Vermont home, causing mold damage as the growth process continues.   

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that any homeowner experiencing mold growth should seek professional help removing any standing water or wet materials found on your property, as they serve as breeding grounds for many microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, and mold. Whether you experience a freshwater flood, sewage back-up, roof leaks, or plumbing issues, mold and mildew can develop soon after. 

An IICRC certified mold remediation specialist, like those offered at the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, can provide you with the professional services you need to remedy the problem and even give you tips that help prevent mold growth in the future. It takes a keen eye and advanced equipment to combat mold found in your home or business, especially in larger areas where there may also be hidden dangers that exist. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury's mold remediation specialists use premeir industry standards and methods to remove contaminated materials, following strict guidelines to contain the affected area, preventing further spread and limiting exposure to clean sections of your home. We pay close attention to furniture, upholstery items, bedding, and toys, using advanced cleaning and disinfection techniques to restore contents if at all possible. 
 
SERVPRO technicians may inspect every section of your home to determine how far the contamination has spread, eliminating potential problems one at a time before installing new materials that make your home look like new again.

Call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury today for a full-service solution and remember, we are always here to help. Dial (802) 497-1101 for fast, efficient services.

We love you New England!

We are the industry leading professionals

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Making sure your home is not compromised during a mold mitigation!

While there are many differences between the two fungi, mold and mildew both develop and thrive in moist conditions. A leaking roof, a window that doesn’t seal properly, and a basement with water damage caused by a broken pipe can all lead to the growth of mildew and mold. These issues are obviously much more pressing here in New England. In order to reduce the risk of health effects and damage to building materials, mildew and mold in the home or a business need immediate mold remediation. Your local SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is always ready to help!

Mildew vs Mold

Mildew and mold are both fungi. Fungi can live in many different types of habitats such as in soil, on vegetation, and on surfaces exposed to moist conditions like a wall or ceiling after flood damage. Fungi reproduce by spores and quickly can spread.

What is mildew? Mildew is mold in its early stage and often the term is used interchangeably with the word mold. That whitish-gray, powdery substance sometimes seen on the leaves of a plant is mildew. Mildew is a surface fungi that grows on organic material like plants and food as well as wood or fibrous items like:

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Cardboard/paperboard
  • Wallpaper
  • Fabric

How is it different from Mold? Mold ranges in color from green to gray, brownish and black. It may appear fuzzy, flat or even slimy. Green slimy mold may develop in the damp, shady areas of decks and even vinyl siding, while indoors, mold can develop on grout, tile and other surfaces found in and around bathrooms and other areas with high humidity and inadequate ventilation.

Pro Tip: Slimy mold on decks, fences and siding often can be removed using a pressure washer. Always wear proper safety protection when dealing with mold and working with tools.

Dangers of Mildew and Mold

In a battle between mildew vs mold, which presents more problems and danger? It depends on several factors.

The powdery mildew often found on the leaves of a houseplant, typically poses little danger to you, but it can harm the plant. However, anyone that suffers from mold allergies should avoid touching that mildew. If contact occurs, wash hands thoroughly and never touch your face/eyes/nose after coming in contact with mildew.

The Need for Mold Remediation

Mold and mildew, if ignored, can cause health effects and physical damage to a home or business. Mold found anywhere in a building, such as behind drywall, on insulation, around windows and along basement walls has developed because there is a moisture problem. To avoid further damage, it’s essential to locate and correct the source of the moisture and then remove all traces of mold.

Any home or business that’s suffered any type of water damage (from firefighting efforts, roof leak, burst pipe or flood) needs professional assessment quickly. Contact SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury immediately after any water disaster; mold can begin developing within 24 to 48 hours. Trust our IICRC certified technicians for a comprehensive mold remediation plan. Call (802) 497-1101.

Because we're ready to help you!

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Moldy Drywall Sometimes, Mold growth can be very interesting!

Microscopic mold spores exist just about everywhere, both outdoors and inside. Sports causes it to be impossible to remove all mold. Some restoration businesses advertise they specialize in “mold removal” and even promise to their customers that they will remove all mold, which leads to disappointment and non-realistic expectations. SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury has certified technicians that explain how your mold mitigation process needs to be handled as each is different depending on the situation, type of mold, and where it’s located. Our techs make sure our customers know what to expect before, during, and after the process. Mold isn’t always visible with the eye and can produce allergens and irritants that you’re not aware of. If you suspect mold you should call us to inspect your home or business. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float around in the air and can enter your home through open windows and doors, or vents for A/C and heat. It’s possible the spores can even hitch a ride on your pets or your clothing.
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water as they feed off moisture.
  • May produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold will keep returning.
  • Bleaches and other cleaners that advertise to kill or clean off mold only remove mold from the surface temporarily and does not kill the spores which is why the mold will keep growing back.
  • Mold often produces a strong and must odor.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

When you have concerns in your home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury to help you get backon your feet! Call 802-497-1101