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Special Circumstances Surrounding Flood Damage in White River Junction

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Special Circumstances Surrounding Flood Damage in White River Junction Flooding after a storm can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO today so that we can help you and your family through this disaster.

Professional Technicians Act Quickly After Flooding to Help Prevent Secondary Damages

Located at the meeting of the Connecticut and White Rivers, White River Junction is no stranger to residential flooding. Recently the Upper Valley experienced significant water overflow when heavy rains swelled the waterways, sending mud and debris as well as water into the community. A professional response is welcome as the intensity of the problem is beyond what an average homeowner can manage.
 
Flood damage in White River Junction that includes vegetation and earth slides increases the probability of contaminated water infiltrating your home. The tainted water can contain hazardous chemicals from many places upstream, including fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and roadway treatments. Add in silt and mud and you face hazards that are nearly impossible to remove without professional grade equipment. Our crews arrive with onboard pumps and extractors that manage the cleanup of this mess far better than any household tools. If the power is out, common and necessary in many cases to avoid electrical shock, our vehicles provide the electricity needed to operate the equipment.
 
Many of your neighbors may also have flooding problems. If faced with a large-scale demand for services, SERVPRO shines as a local company with access to a nationwide network of fully-equipped restoration professionals. Our technicians are highly trained, following industry best practices learned in classes approved by the Institute of Inspection, Restoration, and Certification. You can rest assured that the procedures used to rid your foundation of water and debris have been vetted by this international standards developing organization.
 
The SERVPRO crew attending to your flood damage contains the dirty water and other residues, disposing of them off-site and following local requirements for this dangerous waste. We move on to sanitizing the areas affected with appropriate antimicrobials. If your HVAC system is affected by the flood waters and debris, we inspect, clean, and seal the ducts, working alongside other contractors if repairs and replacement of operating parts are indicated.
 
Finally, we help sort through items stored in the flooded area. SERVPRO follows a precise protocol to inventory and pack out articles damaged. We stage them nearby or at our facility so you can make informed decisions concerning what to discard and what to clean, dry out, and restore. Ask about our document and electronic recovery services, and know we work with most insurers to limit your liability throughout the process.
 
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is a full-service restoration company, reachable at (802) 674-8004 any hour of the day or night. We await your call and have as our central mission returning the property of our community members to preloss condition.

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Cold Does Not Prevent Mold Damage In Your White River Junction Warehouse

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Cold Does Not Prevent Mold Damage In Your White River Junction Warehouse Mold can spread quickly in situations where items are packed closely together like a warehouse. If you suspect mold, contact SERVPRO for services.

Commercial Mold Remediation Needs to be Done Correctly to Impede the Constant Spread of Mold at Your Business Location

Mold damage is something all business owners want to avoid. Microscopic spores can quickly spread throughout any business premises and establish new colonies. Those new colonies then release more spores that can travel elsewhere in your White River Junction warehouse and establish new colonies, and so on it goes.
 
Warehouse owners looking to prevent commercial mold damage in White River Junction often find there is a lot of conflicting information out there about mold and how it works. One piece of misinformation SERVPRO hears a lot is that cold destroys mold spores. Many business owners think that if they keep the temperature low enough, the fungus cannot grow. However, the situation is not quite as simple as people think.
 
Mold, like many fungi, is a very resilient organism that can withstand all kinds of conditions. While it is true that UV light dries out and kills mold, low temperatures do not have the same effect. Some molds can even grow in temperatures that are not that much above freezing. Even if the temperature drops below where the fungus can proliferate, it does not die. The fungus simply goes dormant, but can quickly become active again should the temperature rise.
 
The right temperature alone is not enough to cause mold to grow in your warehouse. Fungi also need moisture and a good food source. Potential food sources include organic materials such as wood, drywall, cotton, linen, paper, and even some adhesives.
 
If you notice signs of mold in your facility, it is a good idea to call SERVPRO right away. Our IICRC-technicians are on hand to carry out thorough mold remediation and leave your business “Like it never even happened.”
 
Mold remediation includes setting up containment for the worst affected areas to prevent the spread of spores. We then remove as much visible mold as possible and use dehumidifiers, fans, and air movers to reduce the humidity and discourage regrowth. Our skilled staff is also on hand to advise you on how best to prevent the problem recurring.
 
For help with fungal issues in Brattleboro, Chester, Windsor, Wilmington and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004 today.

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Flood Damage in Brattleboro May Be Result of Trend Toward Heavier Rainfalls in Region

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Brattleboro May Be Result of Trend Toward Heavier Rainfalls in Region If a storm causes your home to flood, call SERVPRO for fast and professional cleanup.

Flood damage cleanup after a storm

Intense rainfall, defined as more than two inches in a day, may be on the upswing in our area according to a Dartmouth study. These rain events cause flooding problems for homeowners. Living near the confluence of Vermont's West River and the Connecticut River exacerbates the risk at certain times of the year. Property owners need our trained technicians and leading edge restoration equipment when rain, sewer, or river water invades.

Weather patterns change and cause flood damage in the basement of your Brattleboro home. Recent summer rains saturate the soil surrounding your house, and as the inches add up, the water makes its way through your foundation. If the storm also featured high winds, damaging your roof or siding, it could multiply the ways water enters your home. You need help fast, and our core mission is the provision of flood damage restoration to the property owners of our community.

A complication of storm related flood damage is the level of contamination of the water you find standing in your lower level. Antiquated storm sewer systems in a city or town multiply the misery of homeowners when the relatively clean rainwater is joined with backed up sewage or runoff from roads and lawns. SERVPRO technicians are familiar with the three types of water, graded for contamination -- clean, gray, and black. We know how restoration protocols vary depending on the level of hazardous substances mixed into the flooding within your home.

Gray and black water threatens health and contributes to accelerated microbial growth in your home. The flood waters always need swift extraction, but tainted water also requires containment and proper disposal according to local codes. Our truck-mounted pumps and extractors collect the water so SERVPRO can discard it away from your home and clean water sources.

Contaminated water alerts our flood damage restoration team to use proper sanitization products as we extract the water and begin the drying process. Porous materials saturated with black water from sewage often need to be removed and replaced, although nonporous surfaces restore well with the right cleaning solutions and methods. Thorough drying of all affected areas is the key to limiting any mold growth or structural deterioration. We use powerful air movers and dehumidifiers after removing evident water to meet drying goals we set after measuring the moisture content of the air, structures, fixtures, and belongings.

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is ready for the challenges of an unusually stormy and wet season. Call (802) 674-8004 to have an experienced team of flood damage specialists on their way to your flood damaged home.

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Trustworthy Mold Damage Remediation in Brattleboro

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Trustworthy Mold Damage Remediation in Brattleboro Call the technicians at SERVPRO at the first sign of mold. We will investigate and put together a plan to remediate the damage fast.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate the Mold Damage and Help Prevent Future Mold Infestations

Mold sneaks up on almost every homeowner at some point. The raw materials for a colony to grow are available in abundance in virtually any home -- moisture, warmth, and organic nourishment and many, many mold spores. SERVPRO has answers to your questions about mold growth and a proven solution that eliminates the current colony and limits the risk of reinfestation.
 
You plan to welcome family and friends very soon, so you are horrified to find mold damage in your Brattleboro vacation cottage. Fungal growth is evident in a bathroom and a corner of one of your guest rooms, probably due to an ice dam that leaked water during the spring thaw. We know you need a fast but effective response, and we are ready with the industry standard Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols.
 
People sleep, shower, and bathe in these areas, so SERVPRO crew members set up a containment system including a multi-filter, negative pressure air scrubber first. The air scrubber vents any mold spore or particles out of the affected areas during removal of the colonies. Our crew assesses the condition of the surfaces underlying the mold to see if simply removing the mold is possible. Drywall may contain too many “roots” of the colony, requiring a piece to be cut out and disposed of with the mold. In the tiled bathroom simply removing the mold is commonly enough.
 
Both rooms then receive a sanitization treatment using industry approved antimicrobials. We do not recommend bleach or other DIY remedies as they actually feed the mold water, and only lighten the stain. SERVPRO crew members then patch the drywall, vacuum the area using high-powered equipment with HEPA filters, and touch up the repairs with paint. We also advise on strategies to deal with the ice dams next winter. If the moisture is not eliminated, mold will return.
 
You are now ready to open the doors wide for your visitors. Enjoy your time together knowing that SERVPRO made it all seem “Like it never even happened.”
 
Find mold when you open your retreat for the season? Call (802) 674-8004. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties awaits with the specialized equipment and trained technicians to rid your home of mold now and prevent it from coming back later.

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Commercial Flood Damage in a Discount Store in Brattleboro

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage in a Discount Store in Brattleboro Call SERVPRO at the first sign of damage so that we can remediate the issue quickly and get your store back in business.

SERVPRO Technicians Know that Time is of the Essence When Dealing with Flooding on Your Commercial Property

Having customers frequent your discount store is a necessary part of doing business, but even the best customers can create accidents at times. Restrooms and drinking fountains can cause flooding when there are problems with clogged sinks or backed up toilets. Broken water lines to both restroom facilities for customers and in the break room for employees can create flooding, also.
 
Residents in Brattleboro love shopping for the best deals, but commercial flood damage can keep you from providing special offers to them. Being locally owned, we know that even one store by itself can impact our area's economy, so helping you make everything “Like it never even happened” again helps everyone.
 
Flood damage from overflowing sinks or broken pipes is relatively clean and simple to remove and extract from your store compared to water coming from a toilet. Water from the latter source also requires additional decontamination so that your store's interior is once again clean and sanitary, and incapable of spreading pathogens capable of causing disease or illness.
 
No matter what size your store is, or how contaminated the water that has flooded your store is, our technicians implement the knowledge they have gained from their IICRC training to mitigate all of the damage. This also pertains to the case of clean water that becomes contaminated before our arrival, as the water can change from Category 1 to Category 2 when it comes into contact with different substances, or even to Category 3 if that contact is long enough or the substance is highly detrimental to human health.
 
After extracting all standing water and ensuring that we have removed as much moisture as we can, we then use dehumidifiers, heaters, and air movers, which are very powerful and slightly larger-than-normal fans, to restore normal levels of humidity in the air. Cleaning up any of your damaged inventory is also part of our services. You need products to offer your customers, and they need to be in pristine condition. Items that are beyond restoration can be listed in an inventory sheet so you can more easily obtain reimbursement from your insurance agent's office.
 
For large catastrophes and small snafus, call your local mitigation and restoration experts, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties. Our number is (802) 674-8004, and answered at all hours, day or night, every day of the year. When you have flood damage, we can help get you back up and running quickly, so your regular operations can return to normal soon.

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How Mold Spores Spread and Cause Damage To Your Brattleboro Home

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Mold Spores Spread and Cause Damage To Your Brattleboro Home Containment Barriers Set Up By SERVPRO Help Prevent the Circulation of Mold Spores in Your Brattleboro Home

SERVPRO Uses Contamination Barriers to Reduce Mold Circulation

Mold is a common problem for homeowners. Nearly any home is a potential breeding ground for mold. The fungus likes damp environments, and all it needs to feed is organic matter, which could include drywall or furnishings!
 
SERVPRO teams are experts in mold remediation, and we know that when it comes to minimizing mold damage to your Brattleboro home, one of the most important things is to prevent the spread of spores. Here is a primer on how mold spores spread and how we help to avoid their spread so we can better remediate any damage to your home.
 
Mold is a type of fungus, and like most fungi, it reproduces by spreading spores into the immediate and further away environments. The mold that grows in a bathroom, kitchen or laundry room will by its very nature attempt to spread further into the house by releasing single cell spores that are far too tiny to be seen with the naked eye. In fact, mold spores are even smaller than pollen grains – that gives you an idea of how small they are.
 
So how does the fungus spread? Most of the time it spreads by way of the spores getting airborne and traveling from room to room. The route might be from one doorway and into another room, or the route might be via the HVAC system. There is also a risk of the mold being carried by animals on their coat, or even on occupant’s clothes.
 
We train our remediation experts to be aware of the dangers of spores spreading through the air. Our technicians take precautions to prevent movement of mold from the contaminated area into other areas of your home.
 
When you call SERVPRO, one of the first things we do is establish containment around the affected area. We use heavy duty plastic sheeting to seal off the area, and we also cover vents and ducts. We set up a negative air machine with powerful HEPA filtration that is capable of trapping the tiny spores so they cannot re-enter the room. The contaminated air is vented outside your home.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians set up safe working and decontamination areas to ensure we do not carry mold from a zone to another. Because mold is present in the environment it cannot be eradicated; however, our professional remediation service is your best bet for reducing mold and discouraging regrowth.
 
For effective mold cleaning and containment, call SERVPRO of Windham and Windsor counties at (802) 674-8004 today.

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SERVPRO is Committed to Restoring Damage to Historic Homes in White River Junction

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO is Committed to Restoring Damage to Historic Homes in White River Junction We take pride is restoring rather than replacing. Talk to one of our project managers about restoring your home after water damage.

Quick Response and Trained Staff is How We Succeed in the Water Damage Restoration Business

Any time water incursion threatens a person’s home with permanent harm it is an individual crisis. When the at risk dwelling has more than a century of history, the water damage imperils continuity of community and extended family traditions, as well. Our local SERVPRO franchise takes pride in protecting the venerable homes in the area.
 
Water damage to your White River Junction home can be complicated by the age and history of the building. The current water issues may stem from a burst pipe, but when our restoration teams evaluate the scene decades of unrestored water damage hides behind walls and under flooring. We work with you to determine how extensive the restoration plan becomes, especially as we communicate with your insurance company to limit your actual personal expenditures.
 
Upon arrival at your home, the SERVPRO crew first ensures the water to the leaking pipe is shut off. Water damage to the structures and contents of your home has the potential to be very intense, sometimes urging local authorities to condemn the property. Our mission is to turn back the pages of your water damage story, returning your home to its preloss condition. To save you money as well as honoring the history and charm of your historic home, a focus on restoration rather than tearing down and replacing damaged areas is key.
 
Once water stops flowing, we evaluate the situation and design a restoration plan. Standing water is pumped or extracted using our professional grade equipment. Moisture levels within walls, floors, and ceiling are measured precisely, and drying goals established based upon our technicians’ industry-vetted training and certification. Air movers and dehumidifiers start the work of drying, with other strategies added as needed. If a hardwood floor is soaked through to sub-layers, drying mats may be used, and air movers aimed upwards from a level below, for example.
 
Specialized skills like electronic or document drying are available from SERVPRO if water damages stored records or personal belongings. We discuss the added costs completely and work with homeowners to inventory and treat such items as desired by you and as recommended by your insurer.
 
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties earned a reputation for professional yet compassionate restoration services in our communities. When water damage strikes your first call to (802) 674-8004 is a positive step towards regaining your preloss life.

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Do Not Let Flash Flooding Leave You Without A Plan in Brattleboro

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do Not Let Flash Flooding Leave You Without A Plan in Brattleboro Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO quickly to help restore your home after storm damage and flooding.

SERVPRO Technicians are Equipped to Tackle Your Storm Damage Emergency

Weather patterns are changeable, and any home is at risk for a sudden incursion of water. Our local waterways and lakes swell with heavy rains, and low-lying areas or sections of town near large expanses of paving find inches of water seeping or pouring into basements, crawl spaces, and walk-out living areas. SERVPRO is ready to assist whenever flash flooding imperils your property.
 
Several inches of rain falling within a day or two inflicts serious flood damage on your Brattleboro home. Even if you installed a sump pump, the rapid incursion overwhelms the system and possibly damages its components. Our full-service trucks offer industrial grade submersible pumps and water extractors that operate off our vehicles. This is perfect for situations where the power is out or using electricity in your sodden lower level is risky.
 
Our staff trains for emergencies like this, able to put a proven flood abatement plan in operation immediately after arriving at your home. A SERVPRO project manager assesses the layout of the affected area and then the technicians get to work, extracting the standing water and vacuuming as much moisture out of flooring and floor coverings as possible. A quick reaction from you combined with a fast response from us means limitation of secondary water damage issues. Even a lag time of a day or two allows microbial growth to begin and deteriorates some building structures and many fixtures and personal belongings beyond even professional efforts to restore.
 
Our emphasis is restoration. We pledge to use every strategy possible to bring your home back to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” Expect us to dry out as much as we can in place, minimizing interruptions to your quiet enjoyment of your living spaces. Our staff measures the moisture content of structures, contents, and the air throughout the restoration process, determining drying goals and monitoring our progress towards achieving them. Carpeting and drywall respond well to properly placed air movers and high-efficiency dehumidifiers. We may use a garage or other outbuilding to assess contents of boxes stored in the affected areas and any furnishings drenched by the flood. Proper techniques to restore these items often result in saving most of your property, as long as you engaged our services early.
 
Flooding does not need to mean ruin. Let SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties restore your home with an immediate call to us at (802) 674-8004.

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Why Mold often Returns, Causing Additional Mold Damage, to Brattleboro Residences

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold often Returns, Causing Additional Mold Damage, to Brattleboro Residences Getting rid of mold can be tricky for a homeowner. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold for thorough remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians are Extensively Trained in Methods of Mold Remediation

Finding mold on a discarded toy or old book often means the item is cleaned a bit more thoroughly and then left to dry. Even if there are no visible mold stains left behind, the chances all traces of mold having been removed are small. The same goes for when mold is discovered on a wall or other part of your home.
 
In Brattleboro, cleaning items and structures in your home affected by mold damage is often not enough to fix the underlying problem. Mold cannot grow unless it has sufficient moisture. Many of the methods that are touted as DIY solutions for mold growth within the home contain water. Instead of killing mold, these methods are actually encouraging mold to grow. Often, the water in these remedies comes from the bleach used, and the 'eradication' of the mold is in reality just a stripping of the color from the mold.
 
Sunlight can kill mold, which is why hanging white sheets on the clothesline outside can make them seem that much whiter. Not every day is full of sunshine, though, and mold is often found in the colder, rainier months, making that solution unusable on the days many people feel more inclined to clean the interior of their home.
 
Cleaning with a bleach solution seems as if it would work, but the bleach does not penetrate into the same locations that the mold's hyphae are at, leaving them intact, and worse, the water does penetrate, remaining there to hydrate the mold. This is why mold growth often returns and often, even more prolifically than before. The mold is not having the same type of reaction bacteria has come to be known for - resistance to antibiotics. In the case of mold, instead of it becoming resistant to bleach, it is only reacting to its newfound source of water.
 
At SERVPRO, we have many types of specialized equipment that can help decrease the chances of mold being able to return. Our training and experience are always ongoing, ensuring we know the latest in technological developments regarding mold, its containment, and how to restore structures and items damaged by its growth. When we are unable to contain it for removal, we have a spray that encapsulates mold at the microscopic level as the liquid dries.
 
If you have found mold damage in your home, or think there may be a problem with mold and want to stop any problems before they happen, call us. We are SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties, locally owned and operated, making us Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our number, (802) 674-8004, is always answered, regardless of when you call.

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Brattleboro Fire & Smoke Damage Actions

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Brattleboro Fire & Smoke Damage Actions Concord Smoke Odors Eliminated with the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides an Array of Equipment to Eliminate Smoke Odors


The effects of a house fire can take weeks or even months to overcome. Fortunately, few fires destroy a home or even cause major, structural damage. Restoration costs normally come from the results of the smoke from burning materials and the soot left behind.

Most fire damage to Brattleboro homes come from smoke and soot, but the lasting effect for many owners and residents is the odor. Removing smoke and other fire-related odors are challenging and require a professional company. SERVPRO has the experience to know that leaving furniture out overnight and throwing a new coat of paint over walls and the ceiling only masks odors temporarily. It is why we have an extensive inventory of equipment designed just for this purpose.

Electric Pressure Sprayers – Our technicians use these to dispense chemical cleaners and deodorizing agents at a rate of 50 psi. They spray the cleaners and agents directly onto the surface of the structure, carpets, and fabrics that have heavy smoke and soot residues.

Ventilation Fans – These industrial box fans move air at high velocities, from 3000 to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute. They are especially useful to ventilate a home that is wet from the actions of the firefighters by introducing dry air from outside of the home to displace the moisture air and dry surfaces the air moves across. These axial fans are used when there is no danger of smoke being circulated to unaffected areas of the house.

Ozone Machines – These devices generate a gas of O3 molecules that react with odor-causing molecules in the air. This action oxidizes the molecules, altering them and removing the odor. We evacuate the home of people and pets and remove items made of or containing natural rubber which deteriorates in the presence of ozone. When the process is complete, the ozone gas reverts to normal oxygen, leaving no residues. While smoke restoration is on-going, it is safe to deploy hydroxyl generators which also alter the chemical nature of the odors.

Injectors – We use special pumps and large needles to inject small amounts of deodorizers into confined stains on carpets and furniture upholstery. It is our preferred method instead of pulling up a carpet or sending a sofa off to be recovered. For large spaces, like attics or isolated rooms, we can also perform a thermal fogging which allows the odor destroying particles to follow the path of the odorous smoke particulates.

These pieces of equipment are just a few of the devices we have available to us. The goal for SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is to return your home to its original condition. "Like it never even happened." We want to help you put the damage and the memory of your house fire behind you. Call us today at (802) 674-8004 for an inspection and free estimate. For more info please visit:


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