Weatherproofing Your Home for Winter
We hope these tips help you stay warm this winter!
When the temperature dips down in the winter months it’s important to keep your home safe and warm. Here are some tips to help weatherproof your home to help protect it against Jack Frost:
- Insulation makes a huge difference in cutting your energy costs and keeping your house warm. Important areas to insulate are exterior walls as well as the attic. Having well insulated walls, ceilings and floors throughout your house will help you tremendously in your battle against the winter chill.
- Repair roof leaks and remove any tree limbs that could fall on your home during a storm.
- Cover your windows with weatherproofing plastic or install storm or thermal-pane windows to reduce heat loss and drafts
- Caulk and weather-strip windows and doors.
- Hang thermal curtains from your windows.
- Insulate water lines that go along exterior walls.
We hope these tips help you stay warm this winter! If there's ever a need for remediation services this winter call us. We are available 24/7
Congrats Jake on Your New IICRC Certification!
Awesome job Jake!
Jake is one of our Project Managers and has been a valuable part of the team here at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties for over 13 years. Jake has become our mold mitigation expert over the course of his career here. Recently he completed the latest Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) 4-day training on top of the line mold and sewage remediation techniques. This is a great step forward for our business as we are always focused on continuing education so that we can consistently provide customers with the best of the best in service. We are proud to share that Jake excelled in the training and now has the following certification: AMRT-Applied Microbial Remediation Technician. Fantastic job Jake!
Jake also holds the following certifications through IICRC: WRT-Water Restoration Technician and SRT-Smoke Restoration Technician.
Tips To Keep You And Your Coworkers Healthy Through Cold & Flu Season
Our team hopes you have a healthy and happy holiday season!
Cold and flu season will be here before we know it. Before cold weather illnesses attack your office with a vengeance, it’s never a bad idea to revisit simple but important ways to stay healthy:
- An Apple A Day. Eating healthy is one of the key components to warding off illness. Fresh fruits and veggies, healthy fats and proteins and foods packed with the nutrients help in our bodies’ defense against illness. It can be tempting with the holidays upon us to eat junk and comfort foods but everything in moderation is key. Instead of poking around the candy dish at reception, keep healthy snacks like fresh fruit, trail mix or jerky at your desk.
- Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug. Drinking enough water is one of the best and easiest ways to stay healthy so take a couple extra trips to the water cooler!
- Gesundheit! Covering your sneezes and coughs will be greatly appreciated by your co-workers.
- Sing the birthday song. Ok, singing this song will only annoy your co-workers. But singing it in your head or counting to 30 every so often while washing your hands is one good way to remember to slow down to thoroughly wash your hands. Maintaining good hygiene is a key component to keeping you and those around you healthy.
- Remember that coat rack aka the treadmill? As the weather grows colder it’s easy to fall into hibernation but staying active is another important part of staying healthy. So dust off that yoga mat, lace up your sneakers and get into a routine of at least little bouts of exercise a couple times a week!
Our team hopes you have a healthy and happy holiday season!
Water Losses Come In All Shapes & Sizes
Water damage can be caused by all sorts of unfortunate events including a fish tank that springs a leak.
When you think of a water loss at a residence, what probably comes to mind first is a flood, storm or other natural occurrence. Or maybe you think of a leaky roof or a basement filling with ground water from a heavy rainstorm. What probably doesn’t come immediately to mind is a broken aquarium, a leaking waterbed mattress (does anyone use those anymore?) or a dishwasher gone amuck. Water damage can be caused by all sorts of unfortunate events. Regardless of how a property starts taking on water SERVPRO is here to help. Our crew will act fast to assess the situation, prevent further damage and extract the water. Using our state of the art equipment and moisture meters we will quickly restoring your property following a water loss.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is a full-service restoration company, reachable 24/7 at (802) 674-8004.
What To Do After A Fire At Your Home
If disaster strikes, call us anytime at (802) 674-8004
Home is often a place of refuge from a long, busy day and a place of relaxation with family, friends or a much-needed day to yourself. Home is where your daily routines begin and end. Having a housefire can disrupt your daily routine and be very traumatizing. Although your world turns upside down after a fire loss, it is important to get a plan in place to help you recover your home. The quicker that you can secure professional restoration services to begin mitigation and restoration on your home, the less time that this process usually takes to complete and the sooner you can get back to your daily routine.
Once first responders have put out the fire, we can help assess the scope of work that will need to take place in order for you to enjoy your home again. Our estimators and mitigation team will arrive quickly to help begin putting together the necessary documentation your insurance provider will need to approve the claim. After the necessary documentation and communication with your insurance company has taken place, our team of highly-trained technicians will work efficiently to restore your home.
A fire at your home can be devastating but our team of kind, knowledgeable professionals will work efficiently to get you back in your home quickly and safely. If disaster strikes, call us anytime at (802) 674-8004. We are always here to help.
Protecting Your Home From Ice Dams
Ice dams can cause substantial damage to your home's roof.
Kids are back to school, leaves are changing and pumpkin flavored…everything is back… that can only mean one thing. Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. It is important to take this time to prepare for winter and take the steps needed to protect you and your home. One thing to keep an eye out for once the snow arrives is the potential for ice dams. Ice dams can cause significant damage to your home. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof, keeping melting snow from draining. The melted snow backs up behind the dam and can leak into your home. This can become a costly concern. There are a few different ways to prevent and deal with ice dams but it’s not a bad idea to consult a professional if you’re unsure which method to go with. Keeping a roof rake handy to clear snow off the roof following a storm is one thing you can do to prevent ice dams and protect your home.
Bi- Chamber Business After Hours at VINS Nature Center
VINS is a wonderful area leader in environmental education and wildlife conservation with excellent programs to educate guests of all ages!
Had a great time on Wednesday, September 11th at the Business After Hours with the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce! A huge thank you to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) for hosting this memorable get-together! VINS is an area leader in environmental education and wildlife conservation and is headquartered on 47 acres in Quechee, Vermont. Thank you to the excellent staff for hosting and for a tour of your facilities including the incredible Forest Canopy Walk which is near completion! Can't wait to come back sometime to see the Forest Canopy Walk after it is finished this fall!
Also, a quick shout out to Maple Street Catering for the delicious appetizers spread at this event!
To learn more about the Vermont Institute of Natural Science visit their website:
Basic Fire Safety For Your Household
Knowing basic fire safety can help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Every year there are over 360,000 fires in the United States. That’s around 1000 fires a day! Fires ruin countless homes every year. Sometimes these house fires can be prevented by implementing these important fire safety tips in your home:
- Install an adequate amount of smoke detectors and fire alarms in your home. Also, be sure to regularly check that your alarms are working properly and keep up with replacing the batteries
- Teach your children basic fire safety rules
- Flammable items should be kept a safe distance from lit candles, fireplaces/woodstoves and stovetops
- Don’t leave cooking food unattended
- Turn off appliances when you are done using them. If you leave home then realize you can’t remember if the iron was turned off and unplugged it’s always better to be safe than sorry by returning home to ensure that it’s off.
- Make sure to always keep lighters, matches and fire starters out of reach of children
- If you smoke, smoke outside.
In the event of a fire, always put safety first. When you are ready for help putting your home back together, call us at (800) 352-7251. We are here to help.
Is Your Home Storm Ready?
When a storm rolls in so does trouble!
When a storm rolls in so does trouble! Storms can produce high winds causing downed power lines, debris and downed trees. There is always a risk when a storm hits that there will be damage to a property. While every situation may not cause catastrophic damage to your home, even a small roof puncture from a tree limb or flying debris can be enough to allow substantial runoff and torrential rainfall to pour into your home. A falling tree can cause serious damage to your roof, siding and windows. Heavy rain can also cause concern for potential flooding. Below are a few tips to help keep your home safe and dry in the event of a storm:
- Regularly check your home for potential weaknesses especially in the roof, siding and windows. Even a small opening can let in rainwater so catching and repairing these issues before a storm hits is important and will save you money
- Consider options to protect your windows and entryways such as adding shutters and storm doors
- Keep an eye on the trees closest to your home. Of course, you don’t want to cut into every tree but sometimes damage can be prevented by trimming back the trees that pose a threat
- Regularly check that rainwater is draining properly. If it isn’t, consider ways to redirect it such as adding gutters or consulting a contractor
- Having a sump pump and dehumidifier handy can really help on days with heavy rain or high humidity
If the latest storm has damaged your home don’t delay to act! Call us, we’re available 24/7 to help!
Tips to Help Protect You and Your Home in the Event of a Water Loss
Water Damage Gets Worse With Time. It's Important To Act Quickly!
When your home suffers a water loss call us and we will get there ASAP to help. Below are some tips to keep in mind in the interim before our crew arrives:
- Don’t touch appliances, electrical equipment or cords until you know that they are safe to touch.
- Limit movement inside the property to what is necessary. Frequent foot traffic can cause conditions to worsen and spread contaminants from rooms that are heavily soiled to ones that maybe weren’t.
- Only consume food and water that you know is safe. When in doubt, it’s best to hold off until it is confirmed safe.
- In addition to only drinking water you know is clean, do your best to avoid coming into contact with contaminated water.
- Stay away from ceilings that are dripping or sagging.