Damp Winters Can Lead to Mold Damage in the Attic of Your Wilmington Residence
Mold in Wilmington Attics Get Professional and Safe Remediation When SERVPRO Does the Job
No Matter the Season, SERVPRO Remediates Mold Infestations in Homes
Wet winter weather can bother even the best of us in Wilmington, but it can also pose problems for your home. Ice dams can create watery problems inside your attic. As your home's heat rises, this moisture quickly evaporates.
Wilmington homes can eventually sustain mold damage, especially in the attic, when temperatures over the winter fluctuated considerably. Ice dams can quietly damage shingles and the roof's structure underneath, allowing only a minute amount of water inside the attic. Even if you never noticed stains on ceilings or other signs of intrusive water, mold damage can quickly get out of control in less-used areas of your home, especially the attic.
Our technicians can help restore your home, from the attic to the ground, and fend off mold damage. Microbes do not require much moisture to support their life cycle, so we begin there. We eliminate the availability of water so microbes can no longer grow. This includes the presence of moisture in materials and belongings, as well as humidity in the air.
After we restore your home's interior to a dry state, we can begin extracting mold particles, mold-damaged materials, and cleaning your belongings of mold. Vacuums with various attachments and HEPA filters extract microbes from even the most delicate items you store in your attic while keeping the mold in our vacuum's tank.
Air scrubbers help keep the air from transporting mold to other areas in your attic, and because we seal off the area, these should not find their way into your living space. Because attics typically include unfinished wood, we know that these microbes can reach deep into the rough surfaces of your roof's structure. We treat these places with antimicrobial agents that quickly dry to a safe but effective, albeit somewhat invisible, coating.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties works in the West Dover, Ludlow, and Stratton areas, and can help you restore your home's attic after mold damage threatens to destroy your family's keepsakes. Call us at (802) 674-8004, any day of the year for assistance at our 24-hour service line.
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Deodorization of Soot and Smoke After Fire Damage in Your Wilmington Home
Call SERVPRO to Treat Smoke Odors After a Wilmington House Fire
House Fires Generate Problematic Smoke and Odor Cleanup and Restoration Needs--Call SERVPRO
A majority of electrical fires in the Wilmington area are caused by faulty outlets and appliances that are old and outdated. Other fires begin by faults in appliance cords, switches, and receptacles. Do not ever use appliances with frayed or worn cords that can send heat onto surfaces which are combustible like curtains, floors, and rugs, as this can spark a fire. Other hazards including running a cord underneath a rug or taking the ground plug off a cord to use it in an electrical outlet with two prongs.
Any electrical fire in your Wilmington home can leave behind a great deal of fire damage that needs to be addressed right away. Letting smoke and soot remain creates additional damage, as the soot is acidic and eats away at surfaces. Call on our professional staff at SERVPRO for help as soon as the fire is out. We have all the necessary training and tools needed to clean and restore your home after a fire properly.
Part of cleaning up after a fire is deodorizing the affected areas in your home from the soot and smoke odors. We can remove the source of the odor instead of deodorizing it if it is charred or damaged enough. Removing charred structural materials before we deodorize is helpful in combating the smells. Debris that is contaminated with smoke residues can keep giving off smoke odors or soils if it is not removed.
SERVPRO technicians check each room of the house, not just where the fire happened, to see how far odors have penetrated. The entire structure may sometimes need to be cleaned, along with the contents, to remove all remnants of smells. Small particles of odor-producing residues continue to permeate the air until neutralized.
A deodorizing smoke or fog is most effective after a fire, as distributing the aerosols to a surface in a similar manner to the way that odor-causing substances penetrated the surface works the best. We then seal surfaces exposed to malodors when required for more severe situations.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties thoroughly cleans your home in Ludlow, Stratton, or Springfield after fire damage to mitigate all smoke and soot odors. Contact us at (802) 674-8004 once the fire is out so we can get your home restored as quickly as possible.
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Water Damage Equipment Used in Wilmington
Materials can get ruined beyond repair if unwanted moisture sits in your home for too long. Call SERVPRO for fast and thorough water removal.
SERVPRO Can Return Your Water Damaged Home to Its Pre Loss Condition
Any time unwanted moisture gets inside your Wilmington townhome, mitigation is possible with the necessary equipment. If water sits inside your townhouse for too long, then it is possible that materials get ruined. Mold often develops in areas with high moisture if the problem does not get fixed within 48 hours.
To get rid of moisture within the 48-hour time period, specialized equipment and techniques are needed. SERVPRO's water damage technicians in Wilmington use top-of-the-line drying and extraction equipment. The proper tools of the trade help return moisture levels to normal in a short period.
After the initial problem gets fixed so that water is no longer pouring into the building, the extraction process begins. If there is a lot of moisture present, then we use a truck-mounted extractor to pull water out of carpet and upholstery. If the work area is in a tight spot that is difficult to get to, then we use a portable extractor. The type of extraction tool used to suck up water depends on the type of work surface and possibly changes with each different situation.
Once our IICRC certified technnicians extract all of the moisture possible, the last step is to speed up the natural evaporation process with specialized drying equipment. However, before we set up the air movers and dehumidifiers, we use monitoring equipment to see how wet things got compared to unaffected areas inside the townhome. Depending on the surface that gets tested we use various types of monitoring devices.
To test the presence of moisture in soft, porous materials such as carpet and upholstery, we use a moisture sensor. Moisture sensors consist of a handle and long rod with two prongs on the bottom. The two probes stick into the soft material and detect whether moisture is present or not. If moisture is present in the material getting tested, then the sensor beeps, and a light blinks.
Moisture meters get used to test moisture levels in materials such as wood or drywall. We test materials around the affected area and compare the readings with moisture levels of the building in areas that are not affected. The two readings give our technicians a moisture level goal so that they know when the drying process is complete.
The comparison of the two moisture levels also helps us determine how much equipment and time is needed to reach our moisture level goals. For professional help returning moisture levels to preloss conditions call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004 any time of the day.
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What to Do When a Curling Iron Causes Fire Damage in Your Wilmington Home
Leaving your curling iron on in the bathroom can sometimes cause damage especially if you and your family have left for the day. Call SERVPRO.
Team SERVPRO Takes Care of BOTH Small and Large Scale Fire Damage
Everyone has had those mornings when they are so tired that they are running on pure instinctual memory. However, this can be an issue when forgetfulness leads to fire damage in your home. Unfortunately, it is often too easy to leave your curling iron plugged in and running when you are tired. Going to iron out your shirt for the day may not seem like a long time away from the curling iron, but it can be just long enough to cause a small fire in your bathroom.
The towels, skin care products, and toothpaste in your residence can get quickly burned up in the small fire in Wilmington. While the fire might not cause any catastrophic damage to your bathroom, the blaze can cause terrible odors and soot that is in desperate need of cleaning. Fortunately, there is help nearby to assist in the clean up from this unfortunate accident.
Here at SERVPRO, we strive to get to your home as quickly as possible after receiving your call. However, in the meantime, we can recommend tips to help you keep the smelly soot inside of your bathroom, like keeping the door closed until we arrive. SERVPRO technicians can inspect the damage done to your bathroom and then get to cleaning up the mess that the fire left behind.
Once we clean the surfaces of the walls, mirror, and furnishing of your bathroom, we can help you create an inventory of what you lost. Afterward, our technicians can employ the use of advanced technology to rid your home of the smelly scents from the fire. We use tools like hydroxyl generators, which neutralize smells by chemically changing the compounds of the odors. With the use of such technology, we can make you feel "Like it never even happened."
When you have a fire in your home, large or small, call SERVPRO of the Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004. We answer your calls 24/7 so that we can return your home to its preloss condition as soon as possible.
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SERVPRO for Stopping and Reducing Commercial Water Damage in Wilmington VT
Large and Small Grocery Stores in Wilmington Trust SERVPRO to Remove Unwanted Water and Moisture
Water Problems Are Quickly Resolved When SERVPRO is Called In, Anytime--Day or Night
Wilmington businesses often deal with problems not seen in private homes. Since each day the doors are closed means a loss of income, the expenses can quickly add up, even if the owner has a very robust insurance policy in place to protect his Vermont business.
For produce stores and other markets, Wilmington commercial water damage often centers around the loss of inventory. SERVPRO restoration teams can quickly move in and start the processes needed to clean and dry shelves and other storage units as well as preserve items on the shelf for sale once we can reopen the doors to customers.
The source of water damage for a number of enterprises is often a failed fire suppression system. Since it is designed to reach every surface, that also makes the system, unfortunately, very successful in soaking property and inventory until it shuts off automatically, or the owneror an employee turns it off manually.
Usually, our first task in a commercial building is to remove any standing water before starting another process. In this situation, team members also start drying shelves, storage racks, and other units by hand as we bring down the water level. We do this, so we have a clean, dry area to store undamaged inventory.
SERVPRO technicians next establish air movement and lower humidity to begin drying inventory and property as soon as possible. We can start this with a combination of air movers, dehumidifiers, and exhaust fans. If the air outside the market is drier than the inside, we open every door and window possible and install a high-powered axial fan. These devices draw out the damp, cold air and force it outside the structure.
Our technicians also use the air movers to generate warm, dry air to replace what the axial fans removed. We can direct the airflow of these devices over inventory and structural property to carefully dry them out without causing additional damage. We use the dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air, which helps the fans and air movers work more efficiently.
These are just the first steps we take, but they are what has to be done to preserve any items at all inside the facility. If you have water damage in your business, call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties today at (802) 674-8004. We are here for you.
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Cleaning Mold Damage In Your Wilmington Home
Moisture is always the cause of mold growth in Wilmington homes.
Cleaning Mold Damage
Moisture is always the cause of mold growth in Wilmington homes. It cannot grow on its own, as it requires a wet environment. Therefore, if you control moisture in your home, you control the growth of mold. Typically, mold occurs for three main reasons – direct water intrusion such as a roof leak, poorly sealed windows, and plumbing leaks, indirect water intrusion from moisture wicking up from damage concrete or the ground, or intermittent water intrusion from condensation from things such as vaporizers or humidifiers.
Mold growing inside your Wilmington home can cause mold damage to structural parts of your home and personal property, but it can also cause health effects. Mold’s very nature is to decompose matter, so detecting it and addressing it early on is the best thing. If you leave it alone, mold eventually destroys whatever it is growing on. Our trained staff at SERVPRO are experienced in remediating mold growth and stopping the source of moisture which started it.
As we prepare to remediate the mold from your home, we first entirely suit up with white, head-to-toe suits, respirators, booties, and goggles. We do this to protect us from the potentially toxic mold and from breathing in any of the spores during remediation. The affected area is contained before we begin our process, so mold does not spread to unaffected areas of your home.
SERVPRO techs spray the area that is affected by old with a biocide. It is an EPA-approved liquid that kills mold. Beach is not approved by the EPA, so you should not attempt to do the mold cleanup yourself. Performing this first step usually takes less time than the next step.
Encapsulation involves spraying the affected area with a kind of whitewash or pain that encapsulates the remaining spores of mold. We spay well beyond the moldy area to make sure that no more mold continues to grow. If porous materials such as drywall were affected, they might need to be removed and disposed of, as the mold is difficult to clean from them.
Your structure is then dried to stop further mold growth. Dehumidifiers without much airflow can be used for this step, as the usual air-movers used for drying can just spread the mold further.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties knows how to carefully proceed with mold remediation in your home in Ludlow, Chester, or Stratton so as not to make the problem worse. Reach out to us at (802) 674-8004 as soon as you realize there is a problem so we can stop the mold before it continues to spread.
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How SERVPRO Handles Flood Damaged Carpeting in Wilmington
SERVPRO Cannot Always Salvage Storm-Damaged Carpets in Wilmington Properties
Storm Damaged Materials Can Sometimes Be Salvaged
Carpeting is often one of the first things to go when your home suffers flood damage in Wilmington. If water can pour into the area and seep deep into the materials making up your carpeted floors, it can cause heavy and permanent damage to a large area or even an entire room. Water can cause warping and shrinkage to the carpet itself, upend tack strips, oxidizing materials, and create mold colonies that could cause health effects. Here are some of the steps SERVPRO technicians take to help restore your carpet after a flood, when it is feasible.
Whether the disaster has just abated or if your home has taken flood damage in Wilmington over the course of weeks, most types of carpeting are highly likely to retain water until our technicians arrive. If the water is contaminated with exterior groundwater and debris, the covering may not be salvageable. We use mechanized, high-powered pumps called extractors to remove large volumes as quickly as possible. Once water volume is at a manageable (but still significant) level, we shift our focus to the use of air movers, high powered machines that create directional air currents to pick up any remaining moisture in and underneath the carpet. If not heavily soiled, we can lift the carpet from the edges around the tack strip and "float" heated air beneath to enhance the rate of evaporation. Count on our IICRC certified technicians to give the best effort to salvage the flooring fabric.
Restoring and Repairing Damage
Removing water is only half of the battle against a flood-damaged carpet. SERVPRO technicians often must apply restorative treatments or suggest the installation of replacement materials. Many carpets can delaminate, separate into the nap and base material necessitating discarding and replacing. In some cases, mold growth may also cause enough damage to warrant its treatments and safety precautions. While we try to save as much as we can before replacing anything, carpet restoration often involves a relatively high amount of fresh materials. However, no matter what path we take, our cleaning processes and restorative techniques ensure that any carpeting laid down is soft, fresh, and aesthetically appealing.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is a local authority on flood damage mitigation and restoration work. Call us 24/7 at (802) 674-8004.
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Restoring Fire Damaged Homes in Wilmington VT
Fire Damage Cleanup in Wilmington Meets Its Match with SERVPRO
The Process of Smoke & Fire Cleanup and Restoration Depends on the Degree of Damage
Wilmington homeowners and residents often have to deal with multiple types of damage after a fire. There is, of course, the material that burned. After that, there is the damage that residues cause when smoke and soot settle onto property surfaces. Then, there is the damage caused by firefighters and fire suppression systems when water and extinguishing chemicals are used to stop the fire.
These different types are also factors in determining the level of Wilmington fire damage. SERVPRO categorizes the various water, smoke, and burn damages into three levels. We do this to understand what tools and methods each task requires. After an inspector determines the damage level, our trained response teams can immediately get to work and begin the restoration process.
Minor Fire Damage is primarily smoke related. The residues are only found in a few rooms near the source of the fire and not spread throughout the entire home. Technicians use dry and wet methods of cleaning to remove light-to-moderate amounts of residues from personal property, floors, walls, and ceilings. Items like books may need replacing, and there may be a small amount of repainting needed near the origin point of the fire. Preventing fire is the best bet.
Medium Fire Damage requires more effort to remove smoke residues which are moderate at least and spread throughout more of the home. Dry cleaning methods are not as useful, and wet cleaning methods require more chemical cleaners instead of water to remove them. Smoke odors are very noticeable at this level and may require specific cleaning chemicals to eliminate them. The damage from flames and the heat are more severe than in minor damage, so structural material like drywall, floor trim, and ceiling tiles may require disposal and replacement.
Major Fire Damage involves the destruction of the home's structure. Wall framing is charred and has to be removed and replaced before hanging new drywall. Smoke residues are spread throughout the entire home and may be severe enough to require our SERVPRO team members to dispose of structural and personal property rather than expend the effort and resources in an attempt to clean them. When the damage is this extensive, we may have to board up broken windows and damaged doors to secure the home from further damage. Smoke odors are strong enough that we use an ozone generator to neutralize odor particles, eliminating them.
Depending on the heat, items burned, and the efforts of the fire department, restoration of your home can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If you need our assistance, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is here to help return your Vermont home to its original state. Call us today at (802) 674-8004 to schedule a visit.
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Remove Water Damage From Your Office Building in Wilmington and Surrounding Communities
Office buildings can face water damage from both an outside or an inside event. Should your office building face water damage, contact SERVPRO.
Team SERVPRO is Standing By Ready to Remediate Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event
Water damage can happen in your Wilmington area office buildings at any time. With problems that often lead to the possibility of health effects for your employees or clients, as well as content and structural damage to your building, it is imperative for you to get water damage under control just as soon as possible.
Having commercial water damage occur on your Wilmington area property means one thing – you have to close for business until someone has an opportunity to address the damages. Which means that the services you regularly offer to clients come to a halt, leading to a loss in productivity, or revenue for your company that you simply cannot afford to lose.
Every emergency water situation that occurs on your property has a solution; you just need access to qualified professionals to get the job done right. SERVPRO has fully-certified IICRC technicians who use a variety of water extraction, location, and detection equipment to remove even the most stubborn pockets of moisture throughout your building. Sprinkler problems, plumbing leaks, roof, wind, or storm damage are all easy to fix when you have experienced professionals on your side.
SERVPRO’s expertly trained technicians use infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, air-movers, and attachments to dry the entire affected area, offering additional services that ensure proper recovery, cleaning, and deodorization. We help prevent mold growth, address harmful bacteria, and give specific attention to details that you might not find anywhere else.
“We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster,” with 24-hr emergency response teams that provide you with the care and consideration your business needs and deserves. SERVPRO Technicians help you determine which steps to take to recover, limiting your losses and helping you return to normal operations as fast and efficiently as possible, maintaining communications that keep you informed throughout the restoration process.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties proudly provides services throughout Brattleboro, West Dover, Ludlow, and Stratton. Call now to learn more about how your company can benefit from our services and get the help you need, today. (802) 674-8004
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Water Removal From Your Wilmington Kitchen
SERVPRO is always on call and ready to assist you with water removal in Wilmington.
Kitchen Water Removal
Kitchens are a common place for mishaps to occur. Your Wilmington kitchen has water running to the sink and sometimes to the dishwasher as well. At times pipes or other things break, causing water to spill into your kitchen.
If you notice that water has covered your kitchen floor, the first step is to repair the leak. SERVPRO is always on call and ready to assist you with water removal in Wilmington. Once the problem gets fixed, and water is no longer getting into the kitchen, the mitigation process begins.
In a kitchen, there are some things that water can damage. The first thing water most likely effects are the flooring. Water can also ruin kitchen cabinets. Other things that get damaged when soaked in water are possibly kitchen appliances and furniture.
What the first thing an IICRC certified water restoration company like SERVPRO does is extract all of the standing water present in the kitchen. Our experienced restoration team uses advanced extraction equipment to vacuum up all of the water in the kitchen. After all of the noticeable water is removed, the area will be tested for moisture levels.
If a high level of moisture is present in the air or parts of the kitchen like the flooring or cabinets, then drying must occur to prevent mold growth. If there are high moisture levels present, our water damage team then comes in and puts furniture in the area up on blocks so that air can dry water present underneath. The team then sets up air movers and dehumidifiers in the region to dry up the rest of the water present.
Our water removal experts then return to your home and check the moisture levels on a regular basis. If moisture levels are not dropping as fast as they should, then more drying equipment gets added to the room. Our professionals always make sure that the wet areas of your kitchen get dried fast enough so that fungi cannot form.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties knows exactly what to do to complete the water removal process effectively. Anytime you notice water is a problem in your kitchen call us at (802) 674-8004 for help 24/7.
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