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Some Ways to Help Avoid Secondary Damages in White River Junction After a Fire
Even if the fire only affected one room in your home, contact SERVPRO right away for effective fire damage restoration services.
What to do After Fire Affects Your White River Junction Home
As traumatizing as a substantial and widespread disaster might be to your White River Junction home, having a plan in place to help you recover your loss and restore the property is critical. The faster 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.
Once first responders have left the scene and the blaze has gotten extinguished, you get your first look at the fire damages to your White River Junction property. It is at this point that you realize what you need is a team of highly-trained technicians that can work efficiently to return your home to the way it used to be. Our SERVPRO emergency response team can help.
It has always been a focus of our franchise for our technicians to have access to the best training available for fire restoration. For this reason, every member of our fire recovery team has IICRC-certifications for fire and smoke restoration, as well as training in areas like soot mitigation and odor removal. With the widespread effects fire can have on your property, the ongoing training of our SERVPRO technicians can prove invaluable.
Before you contact your insurance company to begin the claim process, our SERVPRO team can help preliminarily to assess the full scope of the damage and comprise an estimate regarding the cost of the work and the length of time expected to complete it. With our 24-hour response team, our estimator and mitigation team can arrive fast to help begin compiling the necessary documentation your insurance provider needs to approve a damage claim.
Our fire recovery team thrives on our ongoing training through in-house programs and e-learning opportunities to make each of our technicians as experienced and educated as possible to minimize restoration times. Our SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties response team can arrive quickly with our industry-leading equipment to mitigate the immediate losses and set up a plan to restore your property fast. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (802) 674-8004.
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Lyophilization!! What Is That? Ask SERVPRO to Salvage Your Business Records for Your Wilmington Firm
SERVPRO Saves Water Damaged Documents for Wilmington Business Owners
Restoring Your Valuable Documents during Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Wilmington
If you are running a business and it accidentally experiences a water loss incident, there is a need to be concerned. You should never take chances if there were books and other documents in the office. We can analyze the situation and determine the most suitable method for drying your items. It is critical to continuously communicate with the owner since we need to act and make decisions quickly to prevent further damage. Though it is hard to restore books to their earlier state, we can help your Wilmington business from entirely losing valuable documents.
Commercial water damage restoration services in Wilmington aim to protect your records from further damage and make them as whole as possible. The five common methods that our SERVPRO technicians use to dry documents include vacuum thermal-drying, vacuum freeze-drying, freezer drying, and air-drying. There are specific considerations we look at when selecting an appropriate drying method. They include the document’s value, the source of water, the degree of damage, exposure time, and the available personnel and equipment.
When we are drying the document, we rely on a method known as sublimation - a technique by which solids change into vapor form without undergoing through the liquid state. To achieve that, we first place the documents in a freezer. Freezing stops further damage and gives our SERVPRO time to determine the best restoration procedure. Lyophilization, the process of freezing, and creating a vacuum for rapid extraction, can be successful under certain conditions. We always advise our clients to have digital backups of relevant records.
If there is a need to remove some documents from the building during the restoration process, we take an inventory - which means none of your items can get misplaced and lost. During this stage, the customer identifies the most critical documents to dry. Restoring documents is so sensitive, and owners are advised to act as quickly as they can to limit chances of mold growth. In the case of contaminated water from flooding, there are few options for salvaging the paper items.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has the skills and expertise to restore valuable items after a water damage disaster. We use specialized equipment when offering our 24-hour emergency services to both residential and commercial property owners. Call us today at (802) 674-8004 and have all your concerns addressed.
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Why You Should Pick SERVPRO When Your Wilmington Home Experiences A Water Damage Disaster
We have to dry the building to lower chances of mold damage.
Factors To Consider When Choosing Water Restoration Methods For Your Wilmington Property
There is no universal way that restorers use when attending to your water damaged property. Each site has different needs, and it is the extent of the problem at hand that guides us on choosing the restoration methods to use. Remember, water extraction from your property is not enough, your structure’s carpeting and insulation still need attention, and we have to dry the building to lower chances of mold damage. Here, we cover some of the procedures we use when performing restoration services in Wilmington.
The carpet in your Wilmington property is likely to suffer from latex deterioration or delamination after the water damage event. Carpets have a secondary and a primary backing, and the two are held together by latex - which is an adhesive material. Though the backing deteriorates with time, the soaking can make the backing to separate in a process known as delamination. Also, the strength of a carpet reduces by 50% when it is wet. Our SERVPRO technicians are keen to avoid excessive folding as it is one to things that lead to delamination. We also assess the quality of the padding after a water event and recommend a replacement if necessary.
The insulation of your building may lose its insulating power after a water event. If the structure had fiberglass insulation, it could still be re-used after cleaning since it never loses its insulating power even after contacting water. With the help of nonpenetrating and penetrating moisture meters, our SERVPRO technicians determine whether the water in the ceiling or enclosed wall cavities. We can ventilate drywall cavities by removing the baseboards and drilling holes between the studs and forcing air through the holes. By doing that, we increase the rate of evaporation.
As evaporation takes place, more moisture is added to the air, and we have to perform dehumidification to remove the additional water vapor. We have to balance the two processes and come up with a Balanced Drying System.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties can work with a client's insurance provider for a stress-free restoration process. Contact us by calling (802) 674-8004 when your property experiences, storm, mold, water, or fire damage and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Cleaning Up from House Fires and Billowing Smoke Damage in White River Junction? Don't Fret--Call SERVPRO for Recovery Help
SERVPRO Says Protect Your White River Junction Home from Fire Damage with Installed Smoke Detectors
Fire Damage Restoration Can Make Your White River Junction Home Feel Like Home Again
Families that have experienced fire damage incidents know the kind of loss that such disasters bring along. Whenever your home experiences a fire, you have to remain calm and make the right decision to prevent additional damage and salvage what might end up being unrestorable. The White River Junction area is not an exception to house fires and residents need to learn the role that restorers play during such incidents. Additionally, we are advised to take advantage of the available information during this National Preparedness Month to always stay ready to face such events.
Assessment and cleanup are among the first things that our SERVPRO team performs when attending to any home fire in White River Junction. If for instance the fire starts from your garage and spreads to other parts of the building, some sections of the structure might be a complete loss, and other rooms of the home might be restorable. The assessment allows us to determine what is restorable and what is necessary to replace. It is our work to haul away the charred and the smoke damaged ceilings, floor, and walls. We can then also focus on odor control.
Let us cover some of the cleaning methods that our SERVPRO technicians use when restoring your home. We use dry cleaning techniques when removing non-grease particles and soils from surfaces. During this technique, we use dusting cloths or feather dusters to brush or wipe surfaces and remove surface dust. Vacuuming is an example of a dry cleaning technique that we employ to remove particulate soiling and light debris.
Usually, we perform dry cleaning before we can start performing wet cleaning procedures. When using the previous technique, we use a cleaning agent or water to saturate the surface or item that we are cleaning. If the content or surface is likely to degrade by being overly saturated when we use spray and wipe - a wet cleaning method that controls the cleaning agent that we are applying to a surface.
SERVPRO highly recommends to have smoke detectors strategically placed within your home as an early warning for house fires. When extensive structural damage needs signifcant remolition and removal, we can pack-out personal items and furnishings for off-site cleaning and storage. We can tag using barcodes to document the movement of all removed items. We do whatever is necessary to make you feel "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has the right expertise, equipment, and training to handle your cleaning and restoration needs. Call us at (802) 674-8004 and benefit from our 24/7 emergency services.
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Dealing With Water Damage From A Broken Pipe? SERVPRO Has A Solution
When water emergencies arise, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties will be there to help!
We Provide Water Cleanup Services In Wilmington
Excess water in the home can come from various sources such as a broken pipe or busted water valve. It can also come from a leaking line on a household appliance such as a washing machine or dishwasher. Whatever the case, by the time you notice the water breach, there may be a mess in your bathroom or kitchen. Contacting trained professionals to extract the water right away is the right thing to do. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and can help reduce damages to your property.
SERVPRO water cleanup restoration services in Wilmington are reliable. Our techs have various types of equipment at their disposal that includes portable and trunk-mounted extractors, pumps, wands or vacuums to remove water. Once they extract the water, our team checks the structure for hidden moisture. They may utilize probes and sensors to locate trapped moisture such as under the flooring or behind the baseboards. Standing water can cause wood rot, mold growth and can ruin floor tiles, which is why it is wise to let skilled professionals handle the job.
After the techs remove water from your home, they can begin the drying phase. Our SERVPRO technicians may employ industrial air movers or axial fans to dry the affected areas. Air movers and fans help increase evaporation by reducing moisture inside the structure. Also, the technicians may utilize heaters to speed up drying. Dehumidifiers may also be put in place to reduce moisture in the atmosphere.
We can arrive at your residence within hours after you contact us to start the cleanup process. It is our policy to extract water and dry structures quickly. We do this to prevent mold growth and to lessen damages to the property. When possible, our crews can restore homes to their preloss condition.
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It is our goal to respond fast and to make it look, “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties water cleanup team is close by and here to help. Contact us 24/7 at (802) 674-8004 any time.
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Restoring Your Brattleboro Church Following Flood Damages
Our team can utilize equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from wall cavities to prevent secondary hazards like mold growth.
Restoring Your Church After A Flood
Your Brattleboro church services many residents throughout the community often several days a week. Even without being used 24/7, elements of the building are prone to wear and tear throughout the drastic weather changes from season to season. At-risk components of your building, such as lightly insulated plumbing, might weaken throughout freezing winter months and entirely separate through expansion in the warmer months to follow.
The resulting flood damages to your Brattleboro church might not get noticed immediately due to the sporadic use of the building, which can allow for widespread concerns. Water can move quickly and affect many areas of your church in a brief period, yet prolonged exposure poses even greater concerns for those responsible for the upkeep and maintenance. In any flooding situation, professional restoration like our SERVPRO team can help you resolve the situation quickly.
Flooding can do major damage to structural components, but if you contact our technicians immediately, our rapid response team can help to mitigate some of these losses before areas of your church become irreparably damaged. Part of this practice is our pack-out process which removes items that could be at risk for further damage from the area for concentrated restoration work and safeguarding until the building gets restored to preloss conditions.
Another thing that our SERVPRO professionals can do to help you overcome this situation is to guarantee that the job gets done correctly. With flood cuts (where lower portions of drywall get removed throughout affected areas and later replaced), our team can utilize equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from wall cavities to prevent secondary hazards like mold growth.
While you might never get prepared to face a natural disaster or accident which causes flooding in your church, having the right team of professionals ready to help can take a lot of the weight off of your shoulders. You can count on our SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties technicians to arrive quickly and work to limit your loss and restore your church completely. Give us a call 24/7 at (802) 674-8004.
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Professional Packing Equipment Helps Fire Damage Restoration Experts in White River Junction
When fire affects an area of your home, contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage and clean your possessions properly.
Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped to Help Remediate Fire Damage in Your Home
How we treat our customers' belongings in White River Junction reflects on our integrity as individuals and as a company. We always make sure that we treat your belongings as if they were those of a family member or close friend – always with extreme care and never with a flippant attitude.
When a family home sustains fire damage in White River Junction, the personal belonging and other contents inside the home also suffer. These require expert cleaning and deodorization treatments to become safely usable again. To perform the mitigation and restoration that the home needs structurally, we often must make more space available for our mitigation and restoration crew members.
Packing up possessions to make space also protects those same possessions from accidental harm. When we arrive to start work, we bring not only our restoration and mitigation equipment, but also the necessary tools to pack your items up safely, securely, and professionally.
Because your home's electricity might still not function when we begin, we come with our own generators to power our tools. This allows us to use portable lighting, rechargeable tools, necessary heaters, and the like. You do not need to provide us with any materials to perform packing up services.
We also bring new boxes, packing materials, pads for furniture and other heavy objects, tables, ladders, and dollies. Each of these items serves its purpose, sometimes several times, and without these, we might experience difficulty doing the work needed.
We also inventory everything that we pack up, label the boxes appropriately and provide you with copies. These sheets provide us with information on the status of each item, even in large collections. The information includes which room the contents came from, also. As each employee knows that updating these sheets maintains crucial information for our valuable customers, we can assure you that using these can always assist you when you need to locate something, particularly when you unpack items after you move back into your home.
After a fire in Ludlow, Springfield, or Woodstock, contact the professionals who can restore your home at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties by calling (802) 674-8004. We realize that many homeowners need guidance after a disaster, and we can help you understand the complexities of the mitigation and restoration process from start to finish as we work to make everything “Like it never even happened.”
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Summer Storms and Flood Damage in Your Wilmington Residence
Our technicians restore storm damage "Like it never even happened."
Watch Out For Summer Storms - Flood Damage Can Occur
Summer brings plenty of beautiful warm weather to Wilmington, often in stark contrast to our freezing winter weather. Mixed in with sunny days come showers and storms that keep our lawns and parks green. Some storms cause problems though, especially when trees fall on homes or debris blocks drains on neighborhood streets.
If your home in Wilmington experiences flood damage because of summer weather, SERVPRO can help get things back to normal. Your family home can sustain severe damage in untouched areas merely because of the increase in humidity. Water evaporates when temperatures rise, and this water vapor then seeks equilibrium, forcing its way into drier materials. Any dry surfaces act like magnets to water vapor, while conversely, moisture acts trapped by these same materials later.
Because of this, SERVPRO does not stop at simply removing damaged materials and cleaning things up after flood damage affects a home. We also remove the left-over moisture. Airing things out without using air movers, desiccant machines, and moisture meters can leave many hidden issues behind. Air movers draw the moisture out while desiccant machines collect moisture. We use our moisture detection equipment to keep tabs on our progress.
Concrete and brick can retain enormous amounts of water, even though they seem non-porous. Their porosity is responsible for their breakdown during winter freeze-overs. Melting snow seeps into cracks only to freeze overnight or during cold snaps. The water expands as it freezes and forces small cracks to expand. Over time, this can cause walkways and patios to deteriorate. Flood damage can cause this dilemma to occur in your garage unless we remove the water flooding left behind.
SERVPRO wants to provide the best services possible to all our customers. Preventing damage remains more inexpensive, and less time-consuming than repairing the damage wrought by flooding, as well as other disasters. Fully mitigating the damages can prevent such problems from becoming a reality and keep your expenses reasonable low.
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SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has the professional and skilled technicians needed to mitigate any degree of flood damage successfully. Ludlow and West Dover residents can rely on us to make their homes livable again after any disaster. Contact our skilled technicians at (802) 674-8004 when your home needs professional mitigation experts.
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Our Mold Damage Team In Wilmington Can Remove Mold In Your Home
When you have a mold infestation in your home, you may need professional restoration services.
When you have a mold infestation in your home, you may need professional restoration services. You did notice a significant presence of mold in your bathroom. Calling professionals to remove mold can help save your home and may stop mold from spreading to other areas in your house. It is best to act fast because mold can spread quickly and can cause health effects.
SERVPRO mold damage restoration teams in Wilmington use advanced remediation equipment and techniques to restore your home. Plus, our services can make the environment in your home safe and clean. It takes a minimal amount of moisture for mold to expand and spread. Our teams are trained to prevent mold growth by first stopping the source of water in the home. Typically, a plumbing leak or pipe burst is the culprit. Our technicians can make repairs to stop some leaks. If there is a major plumbing problem, we recommend contacting a licensed plumber.
The next step our crew takes involves neutralizing and removing any existing mold in your home. In most cases, the techs spray the affected surfaces with an anti-fungal cleaning agent and then wipe down the surfaces with either a dry or damp sponge. If there is a thick layer of mold, our crew can employ a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove mold spores. The technicians may also use air scrubbers to clean the air and to eliminate odors. Also, they may use dehumidifiers to help reduce moisture inside the structure.
After the team removes mold from your home, they dry the structure and contents in the area to stop mold from growing back. Plus, they may utilize air movers to pull in warm, dry air and to remove moisture. The team may also strategically place axial fans in the affected areas to push damp air from the structure and to speed up drying.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties mold damage services can restore your home to its preloss condition when possible. Call us 24/7 at (802) 674-8004.
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Experts Help Prevent Secondary Damage When Restoring Fire Damage in Wilmington
SERVPRO Salvages Many Fire-Damaged Furnishings in Wilmington--Call the Professionals
Wilmington House Fires Results Can Be Mitigated with the Help of SERVPRO
There is always a chance of a fire starting in different parts of the house. Statistically, kitchens are the most likely sources of uncontrollable fires in many homes. It is not surprising considering there is often a flame or a heating appliance in use, and the fact that it only takes thirty seconds for a small, uncontrolled flame to turn into an unmanageable blaze. Although it is possible to extinguish many home fires before they consume the entire structure, they still cause considerable damage. The property can be further harmed during the restoration process.
The best way to deal with fire damage in Wilmington is to involve a professional from the moment the flames die down. Many people opt to deal with the damage first and only involve an expert when overwhelmed. You should call SERVPRO immediately to benefit from our extensive experience gained over the years from dealing with home fires. We train our technicians to salvage properties without causing further damage, whenever possible.
When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your property, they first inspect contents and separate items into different categories. This categorization separates items that need cleaning from those that survive the fire in perfect condition. Other categories might include items that need further scrutiny and the damaged ones that require replacement. Since our experts start the recovery process systemically, it shortens the time taken and minimizes further damages. Our CCIS, Contents Claim Inventory Service provides our take on the damage with you and your insurance adjuster, who make the final call.
It is said where there is smoke, there is a fire. The inverse is also true, and in most home kitchen fires, smoke causes considerable damage, too. The smoke moves to various parts of the structure fast so you might think the damage is more extensive than it actually is. When our SERVPRO technicians inspect your home, they establish the best ways to remove the layers of soot deposited in different parts of the structure without damaging it further. Proper cleaning is necessary compared to taking shortcuts such as painting over soot-covered cabinets, ceilings or other fixtures. Such shortcuts can present further problems in future, including bad odors and material degradation because some forms of soot are acidic.
Involving a professional service to help in cases of fire damage clearly improves the outcome. If you call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004, our staff visits your property and helps kick-start the restoration process from the point of knowledge to minimize secondary damage and where possible, restore it to its preloss condition.
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Hiring an Expert for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Wilmington Can Keep Down Costs
SERVPRO Removes Water, Ice, and Snow from Wilmington Properties and Mitigates the Damages--Fast
SERVPRO Provides Professional Water Removal Services
When your property is flooded, it is a double tragedy since you have to deal with the costs of removing the water and restoration of contents to their preloss state. Although nobody would blame you for trying to minimize expenditure, cutting out professionals from the process is not a good cost-cutting measure. It is unlikely that you can reduce any immediate expenses and there is a possibility that you can mishandle the process leading to further expenditure in future costs.
When dealing with water damage in Wilmington, you need input from experts even when the cases seem minor. Unlike your casual observation, the expert can evaluate the true extent of the damage. For example, if water from a leaking sink has spilled on the floor, it might have seeped into the baseboards. So, even if you save money by drying the surface yourself, you can incur significant expenses in the future fixing mold or even structural issues. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on sensitive moisture detectors to identify sections where water has seeped below the surface, and moisture has accumulated.
The most important aspect of dealing with water damage is fast reaction swift water removal. Although you might start draining water as soon as your property is flooded by an appliance failure, the method you use may not be fast enough. Compare using a mop and bucket to a technician using a pump or wet/vac to extract the water from affected areas. Our professional grade equipment does the job faster and more effectively. Our SERVPRO experts also have the training to mitigate the water damage with less stress and inconvenience to you.
You probably do not know this, but 'dry' is a relative state. Without the right tools, you might not know whether you have dried your property or its contents sufficiently to avoid problems such as rot or mold growth. When our SERVPRO technicians restore your property, they also take measurements from other unaffected areas, a baseline, to ensure that standard moisture content levels have been achieved.
It is clear that involving a WRT water damage restoration technician does not necessarily increase your cost. When you call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004, we respond quickly to mitigate the damage and even offer advice.
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Gray Water Backup Can Flood Your Wilmington Home
Flooding from Storms Can Mean Damage to Wilmington Homes--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup
Wilmington Properties Can Suffer from Flooding in Many Ways
Most of the homeowners in Wilmington have an adequate understanding of their respective plumbing that brings fresh water into their homes, and ushers used water and sewage back out of it. Many homes have all of these outlets tying in together as they exit the house, but many residences have a separate line for wastewater and another for sewage removal.
It is important to know what the set up is for your house because if something goes wrong, you have to understand whom to call to fix the problem. While many residents in the area would choose to reach out to our SERVPRO team for the restoration end of the problem you might face, the issue itself could require tradecraft specific to intricate plumbing or the municipality could have an issue with their main lines and are unaware. Ultimately, flood damages can occur in your Wilmington home when your gray water/wastewater line backs up. Often, storm-induced flooding does not allow for the egress of water from the plumbing.
Fortunately, this does not directly feed sewage back into your home if you do not have these lines combined. Often, issues with gray water lines originate from something too large to pass through the lines outside of your home wedging tightly and blocking the passage of the water. The result is this same water backing up through your lines and overflowing onto the floors around sinks and appliances.
While not sending any more water through this line can eliminate the situation getting any worse, it is best to seek out the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO restorers to help get started on cleaning up the mess and disinfecting your home while the repairs and blockage clearing occurs. We can respond quickly to the situation, helping to mitigate substantial damages.
When you have any kind of line backing up into your home, it is best to get the situation resolved as efficiently as possible. If you are unsure as to what is happening or where it is coming from, trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties restoration specialists and hazardous materials team to handle the situation for you. Give us a call right away at (802) 674-8004.
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Cleaning Up Commercial Water Damage from a Leaky Toilet In Your Wilmington Diner
SERVPRO Provides Fast Water Removal and Cleanup for Wilmington Commercial Restrooms and Office Buildings
SERVPRO Quickly Responds to Water Removal and Cleanup in Businesses and Small Shops
Bathroom fixtures including toilets can leak at many points. It only takes one small leak to make a big mess in your diner's restroom in Wilmington. Once deterioration of flooring and other components in your bathroom starts, the destructiveness only becomes worse until we mitigate the problem.
In Wilmington, we can repair the commercial water damage brought on by malfunctioning sinks or toilets. Having this work done early on prevents current damage from becoming worse. Restoring the area to a safe condition protects your employees and patrons from unnecessary risks. SERVPRO undertakes work like this on a regular basis.
Removing damaged areas so we can restore your diner's bathroom floor and lower walls can often expose mold and mildew infestations in the immediate area. When we encounter this, we can also provide practical solutions to the problem by removing all of the moisture-laden materials and performing a few others methods. However, the visible presence of microbial activity before our arrival on exposed surfaces should make a call to us a priority for restoration work from both mold and water damage.
Our technicians perform the work at times that work best for you, so if you need us to work during slower times, we can do this for you. Doing so reduces the amount of frustration for your staff and guests, as well, and we do everything possible to keep you and your customers happy with our services. We understand that you do not want a work in progress around food served to the public.
As for the cause of water damage in a restroom, leaks can come from anywhere and often need very little repair work to stop them from causing any more problems. Doing so also keeps your water bill at a level that reflects your actual use of this resource. For major plumbing repairs, we can follow the contractor for the cleanup and restoration service immediately.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties offers services 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Call us at (802) 674-8004 for the restoration services your diner or retail shop needs to get rid of water damage and other problems in White River Junction, Stratton, and West Dover.
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Harsh Wilmington Winters Can Lead To Flood Filled Summers
SERVPRO can respond quickly, even sometimes amid the flood itself, to help you start cleaning up the mess and preventing similar circumstances.
Harsh Winters Can Lead To Flood Filled Summers
With the warmer months finally ahead throughout the Wilmington area, homeowners are just not getting to see the full effects of a very harsh winter on the exterior of their houses. While freezing, thawing, and excessive weight can ultimately lead to roof failures, these are not the only places you should look to fully assess the defenses of your residence against the coming summer onslaught of rainfall.
In many cases, these freezing temperatures have been known to cause considerable damages to both the siding on the house and the gutter system intended to divert water away from pooling by the foundation. In either of these cases, heavy rainfall could find its way to areas inside and outside of your Wilmington residence (where they can pose a threat) and lead to a disaster like flood damage.
Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly, even sometimes amid the flood itself, to help you start cleaning up the mess and preventing similar circumstances. Leaks through your foundation can get patched over with hydraulic cement while the entire structural integrity gets better assessed.
For any area of your home, extraction is often a needed practice to pull water from the affected areas efficiently. While the process typically involves tools such as wet-vacs with extraction wands and portable sump pumps, there are times where more heavy-duty equipment must help.
Drying the area, especially in the basement, requires some additional steps at times. While a lot of the drying can happen with the use of air movers and specialized dehumidification equipment, extra steps like drilling weep holes in the block to allow for drainage and more thorough drying with other equipment like our injectidry dry system.
With such little warning as flood damages often provide, it is no wonder that so many homes in the area find themselves at the mercy of torrential storms. Several inches of rainwater can have a dramatic impact on your house and wallet, especially when you do not take the opportunity to reach out to our SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties flood restoration specialists. Give us a call today at (802) 674-8004.
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Cleaning Mold Damage In Wilmington Homes
Mold damage can happen in any home.
Cleaning Mold Damage
Wilmington is a picturesque ideal of small-town Vermont. Visitors to the Hagley or Nemours come away amazed at what they find in our little community. Residents never want to leave, but even here mold can surprise and temporarily drive out even the most loyal citizen.
Mold damage can happen in any Wilmington home. SERVPRO technicians understand that mold growth has nothing to do with keeping a clean home since mold spores are in every home. Spores only need a source of moisture, food, and a temperature range between 68 to 86 degrees to expand through a residence.
After the mold has enough time to grow, restoring infested or damaged items can require specialized equipment and cleaning agents. Removing mold from carpets can especially be difficult.
Mold usually find its way into a carpet after a flood, either from a storm or plumbing failure. The water causes mold spores to expand and begin searching for a food source. Often, both the carpet fibers and the glue can feed mold. To remove the mold, SERVPRO technicians use a water extraction wand, an anti-fungal cleaner, and a shampooing machine.
They begin by removing the water trapped in the carpet. The extraction wands can remove most of the water, leaving a tiny amount of moisture. If there is a pad underneath the carpet, our team members raise the carpet, roll it to one side, and dispose of it. Pads deteriorate quickly and are cheaper to replace than to spend any time attempting to clean and dry them.
After removing the mold contaminated water, specialists unroll the carpet and use the anti-fungal cleaner in the shampoo machine to clean the carpet nape and remove as much of the mold as possible. They follow-up with the extraction wands again to draw out any remaining water.
To prevent mold from expanding and growing again, our technicians dry the carpet. To complete the task, they raise the ends of the carpet and use a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to force warm air under and over the carpet while drawing out the damp air under the carpet and the remaining moisture from the nape.
At SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties, our goal is to return every Vermont home to a clean, safe condition. If you need our restoration services, call us today at (802) 674-8004 to schedule a visit.
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Commercial Water Damage Experts In Wilmington Talk About Desiccant Dehumidifiers
SERVPRO Can Dry Out Large Commercial Buildings in the Wilmington Area with a Trailered-In Desiccant Dehumidifier. We Do It Right!
Moisture and Water Removal Are Key to Restoring Businesses
If severe weather or a malfunctioning appliance ever occurs at your Wilmington auto shop, many different types of problems can take place. Water can cause things like cause foul odors, ruin structural materials, or cause mold to develop. All of these conditions can create problems with your business functions and possibly a loss of revenue.
Whenever a loss occurs, removing standing water and excessive moisture is vital. During any commercial water damage project in Wilmington, rapid drying takes place so that microbial growth does not occur. The quicker moisture is removed from a building, the fewer problems it can cause with contents and structural materials. Metal tools and devises can suffer from rusting.
The first step to water removal after a mishap takes place, is to extract as much water as possible. If there is standing water that is more than two inches deep, our SERVPRO technicians set up submersible pumps that pull the water into a sewage drain. Any other moisture that remains gets sucked up using our specialized extraction system.
After our SERVPRO crew thinks they have removed as much water as possible, they begin the drying process. Rapid drying involves an air moving and dehumidification system. Air movers create a circular airflow within the affected area whereas dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and damp surfaces and lower the room's relative humidity.
Depending on the situation, our SERVPRO restoration team has the choice of using either a refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifier. Refrigerant dehumidifiers use cold metal coils to cause condensation to lower humidity. Desiccant systems use a much simpler method to pull moisture from the air. Typically, a gel-like silicone substance absorbs airborne water droplets.
Desiccant dehumidifiers use more electricity but can operate at lower temperatures than refrigerant systems. Desiccant systems intake wet air and run it across specialized water absorbing silica gel. The machine then creates heat to run across the gel and evaporate the water from the silica. Next, the system exhausts out the air outside of the building.
Desiccant dehumidifiers get used mostly in specialty situations that take place at your auto shop such as drying concrete. When working at your place of business, we always make sure that our operations do not inhibit your company's everyday functions. Whenever a water-related issue occurs at your auto shop or other place of business, call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004 24/7.
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A Quick Look At Mold Remediation For Your Wilmington Home
Areas of the home affected by mold can be sectioned off like this to avoid contaminating other areas of the home.
How water can lead to Mold damage in your home
Many things can allow for water damages to your Wilmington home. While you try to safeguard your home from some of these occurrences, accidents and disasters occur. The real trouble comes when many homeowners determine that they can clean up this water sufficiently on their own and do not opt for professional restoration. Conventional cleaning and drying methods can prove inefficient against substantial water damages, allowing the area to stay moist and damp.
Inefficient drying leads to persistent dampness and moisture ridden areas of your home once affected by the water. Without drying these areas thoroughly, you have opened the door for mold damages to affect your Wilmington home. Again, this is something that many homeowners believe they can remedy on their own, but this would also be incorrect.
Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians get certified to the highest standards put out by the IICRC. Our training and expertise allow us a significant advantage when it comes to remediating the mold damages that you experience in your house. This process begins with fully understanding the widespread nature of the mold growth and sectioning off this area to prevent further spreading of the colonies.
While our SERVPRO professionals work to remove the colonies from the surfaces and items they seat on, we also work to remove the lingering dampness and moisture from the affected area. This approach prevents similar occurrences from happening in the immediate future. The drying and dehumidifying permit our technicians to assess damages to structural components from the initial water damage, as well as address further steps that may need to get taken to prevent growth again.
Finding mold growing in your home is not something that any homeowner wants to experience, but moisture and dampness can often lead to that conclusion quickly. Trust our SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties mold remediation specialists to help you to determine all of the damage you face and the most effective approach for removing mold and restoring the damage. Give us a call anytime at (802) 674-8004.
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Water Damage Requires Mitigation to Prevent Worsening and Spreading in Your Wilmington Property
When you are facing a water line break in your home, water damage is inevitable. Contact SERVPRO right away for drying out and remediation services.
Team SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage Whether it Comes in From an External or Internal Source
Summer weather brings natural warmth to our area, and this lets Wilmington residents leave windows and doors open, so fresh air can gently flow through our homes. Summer also brings rain showers and thunderstorms, meaning any forgotten windows might let rainwater come in, instead.
Homeowners know that other situations can lead to water damage in their Wilmington homes. Broken water lines and backed up plumbing can also lead to problems. Unless a professionally certified team steps in and provides the necessary mitigation, this damage continually worsens and spreads through a home.
Our technicians receive extensive training and earn different certificates from the IICRC. They become experienced by working with our other employees, as well as the employees of other franchises when larger-scaled jobs require more than one franchise. This experience provides our customers with the skills needed to clean up and restore any sized mess your home might suffer.
Regardless of the original location of intrusive water, damaged materials and belongings can occur anywhere in your home. We know how to find the precise place with different water and moisture detection equipment, and we also can remove such water, moisture, and humidity before it can further damage your home.
The already existing damage can cause problems for your family. Walls made of sheetrock and drywall can crumble because of the deterioration water so easily causes to these materials. This can result in dusty conditions that ruin vacuum cleaners, and make your home look and feel constantly dirty. Wallpapers and trims can peel away, sometimes in small bits and pieces, posing choking hazards. When we encounter such situations, we remove the damaged material while leaving any undamaged areas untouched. This reduces waste and keeps our customers’ costs reasonable.
SERVPRO of Windham and Windsor Counties’ 24-hour service line, (802) 674-8004, is a local number for the communities of Brattleboro, White River Junction, Chester, and surrounding areas. If your home’s interior begins to suffer from water damage, call us so we can mitigate the damage and protect your home.
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When Your Wilmington Home’s Foundation Allows Flood Damages
If you find your home was unprepared for severe weather, call SERVPRO to help restore your home "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO’s Trained Teams Act Fast to Restore Your Home after Flood Damage
While Wilmington homeowners are not strangers to severe weather, especially throughout the winter months, yet homes get impacted in disastrous ways by this inevitable force all the time. One of the ways that homes most often get affected by these severe weather systems is through flooding, either widespread throughout the region or localized from house to house based on which residences have compromised construction and vulnerable penetration points for water to pass through.
You might not even realize that these vulnerable points in your home's construction exist until you get posed with a potential flooding situation happening outside. This event tests the mettle of your foundation and makes short work of any weaknesses that could exist in the mortar joints, the block themselves, or in the footer beneath your home. Within a short period, all of these penetration points can allow unabated water to access the inside of your house, posing considerable flood damages to your Wilmington residence.
Fortunately, SERVPRO is always available to help you even amid a crisis. When you call our emergency response team, we work to dispatch a team of experienced technicians quickly to help avoid prolonged exposure of this pooling water to structural components of your home. The longer that these materials get exposed to the standing water, the weaker and more compromised they become, in some cases requiring removal and replacement for the restoration to get deemed successful.
As you might have guessed, extraction is a vital component of the flood restoration process. No other facet of our restoration can occur until the standing water gets removed via pump trucks from our SERVPRO fleet or wet-vacs with extraction wands. Once this process gets completed, our team can get to work on thoroughly drying the area and assessing the stability and strength of the structural components of your home that could be in jeopardy.
Flooding might not be entirely uncommon for the area, but it is still something challenging to contend with in your home That is why you should trust in the reliability and experience of our SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties professionals to help you remove the water and clean up the mess. Give us a call anytime you need us at (802) 674-8004.
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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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Saving Your Home from Flood Damage in West Dover
Flooding can affect the flooring, low-lying structures, and contents inside your home.
SERVPRO Offers Thorough Flood Damage Restoration Services
West Dover homes can experience flooding during the winter months, especially during warmer days. Flooding affects flooring and other low-lying structures the most inside a home. Personal belongings also suffer significantly from flooding, even if never submerged.
For residents in West Dover, flood damage is often a new experience and can feel extremely traumatic. SERVPRO technicians help people recover from this kind of flooding event so they can move forward with their lives. Flooding affects homeowners and renters equally when it involves personal belongings.
Boxing up the contents of both your home and your garage separates your undamaged items from the ones requiring specialized care from our specialists. We label each box so you can quickly locate everything when we finish mitigating the flood damage. As we clean the damaged items, we ensure that we also dry them thoroughly before placing them in a new box. This practice hinders mold and mildew growth on newly cleansed items.
Laundering items such as clothing and smaller floor coverings can remove contaminants when we use particular disinfecting agents. To protect your family and minimize the risk of health effects, it is crucial that we disinfect all surfaces. We include cabinets when these do not require replacing, as well as any other durable surfaces. Bathtubs, shower stalls, doors and their frames, and air vents can harbor pathogens unless we clean these thoroughly. Removing water and debris, along with drying out your home, helps, but sanitary conditions provide crucial protection.
Extracting soggy materials to make room for replacements or drying them depends on various factors. Some materials, such as carpeting, can hinder the drying efforts for the rest of the dwelling. Because we rarely find it cost-effective to spend time restoring carpeting and padding, removing it and drying the floor solves two problems simultaneously – reducing a significant source of humidity and ensuring that new carpeting rests on an arid surface.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties works with all residents needing help recovering from flood damage and other disasters. We are always ready to help those in our community in ways that count, so they can soon move forward with their lives at home “Like it never even happened.” Our 24-hour service line is (802) 674-8004, making help only a phone call away.
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Removing Unsightly Mold Damage Around Windows and Exterior Doors of Your Wilmington Residence
Moisture and Mold Readily Grow on Wilimington Windows - Call SERVPRO for Remediation
SERVPRO Handles Mold Remediation and Helps Protect Your Home
Homeowners in Wilmington often invest in their home's functionality and appearance with various home improvements. Maintaining a home's clean look helps reduce stress as well as decreasing the likelihood of some illnesses caused by a build-up of grime and dirt.
Sometimes, as a home in Wilmington ages, but homeowners should not confuse mold damage with natural wood discoloration and fading of painted areas. Mold can grow on the exterior of your home as well as inside. No matter where microbes grow, professional remediation can help protect your home and your family's health.
SERVPRO employs dedicated professionals who care about your family and your home. We do everything we can to restore all types of damage. Mold colonization can produce extensive disintegration when it grows. However, before this damage taking place, the ugly look of microbial activity alerts many homeowners to its presence.
When mold grows around doors and windows, which many experts state hold the highest populations of mold in the homes they treat, it can seem like a sign of aging or dust accumulation. Mold and mildew do not easily brush off without leaving at least a stain. Dust in these areas rarely stains the surrounding walls.
An Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) can help you determine the extent of any mold activity and how best to proceed. An aggressive approach is often the most suitable, however, because of the way mold colonies and spores can spread when handled. We use negative pressure containment methods to filter out these unwanted particulates as we work at removing moldy materials.
When materials only show mold activity, prior to sustaining extensive damage, we remove the mold only. Detailed cleaning of your home's window frames and other aspects of your architecture help keep mold from coming back later. Sealing with an antimicrobial agent provides additional protection.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is locally owned and operated and can be contacted at (802) 674-8004. Our 24-hour services can help you clean up mold damage and protect your home from this and other types of damage.
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Reacting to Flood Damages in Your Wilmington Grocery Store
SERVPRO technicians quickly extract flood water and restore your grocery store to get your doors open faster.
Quick Response Can Save Your Store from Further Damages and Costs
Windham and Windsor counties have become very familiar over the past several years with severe weather situations and the lasting impact they can have on the area. Wilmington is one area in particular that has several lower lying floodplains, leaving many homes and businesses to contend with this severe weather threat in the worst of ways. Running a grocery store in Wilmington when flooding occurs can open up a very extensive list of problems that you have to face.
For starters, the flood damage to your Wilmington grocery store likely requires you to have to shut down the building until the situation can get restored to previous (normal) conditions. The longer you wait to seek professional assistance, like what our emergency response team here at SERVPRO can provide, the more you are losing in profits from having the doors closed to the residents of the area.
Given that your business was not the only one affected by the flooding of the region, people are going to be looking to stock up on groceries and supplies that you have in your store to endure the situation until they can have their messes resolved. The understanding of the importance of your facility should encourage you to act quickly to restore the damages to your building before things have an opportunity to worsen.
Another thing to consider would be the products that you have currently stocked on shelves throughout the entire store. As waters rise or are allowed to persist unabated, these products become unsellable and require being thrown out. The damage to your products further cuts into the profits for the store, which solidifies the need for professional restoration our SERVPRO team provides.
With the right tools and experience, our technicians can quickly extract the water from the area and help you to save the products on your shelves that have not been affected by the flood and to get your doors back open for those who need to restock their own supplies. Give SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties a call today at (802) 674-8004.
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Dealing with Water Damage in Wilmington
It is important to call SERVPRO as soon as you discover standing or leaking water to prevent further damage.
Seek SERVPRO’s Help to Remediate Water Damage in Your Home Quickly
Most water intrusion to Wilmington homes is the result of broken plumbing or a leaking roof. Intrusion results in indoor flooding which can be just as damaging and expensive as storm flooding unless a homeowner responds quickly.
Water damage to Wilmington homes is not a common occurrence, but leaks and seeps can happen to every homeowner or resident. SERVPRO has decades of experience supporting Vermont home, condo, and apartment owners who find themselves underwater. We maintain a 24-hour, on-call response team to ensure every home in our community receives the best support possible.
We first inspect the home to determine the services needed. That tells us what equipment to bring in, how many restoration crew members are needed, and gives us a rough estimate of time and cost to provide to the customer. As the inspector does his job, crew members stop the source of the water and isolate the affected area if possible. It takes only minutes to turn off the water main, disconnect a broken appliance, or block a leaky pipe.
Now, we remove standing and excess water. If the flooding is over an inch deep, SERVPRO starts with commercial grade water pumps to drain and remove it. For amounts under an inch, technicians use extraction wands. These devices are adjustable to match the surface and can draw water from carpets and wood floors with damaging them.
With the water out of the home, we begin to dry carpets, floors, and walls. Crew members set up box fans at exit points to draw the cool, damp air and blow it outside. We replace this with warm, dry air generated by air movers that we direct to blow across floors and carpets. We can even direct these devices to force air up walls to carefully dry sheetrock panels without causing them to crumble.
IICRC-certified technicians increase the speed of the drying process with dehumidifiers. These machines draw moisture from the air and nearby property at a rate of up to 25 gallons per day. The reduced air moisture content or humidity means the air movers operate more efficiently.
Even if you do not have standing water in your home; you still need to stop every leak in your home and quickly remove the excess moisture. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has worked to protect area homes for almost two decades and provides you with the fastest service possible. If you need us, call our office today at (802) 674-8004 to schedule an appointment and inspection.
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Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services Within Wilmington
It is important to call a qualified restoration company immediately after a fire has damaged your home.
SERVPRO Offers Specialized Cleaning Procedures for Fire Damage Cleanup
Stains and carbon particles are in most cases left behind after a fire damage incident. Failure to attend to them early enough with the right restoration procedures may lead to more damage and in some incidents achieving the desired level of cleanliness might fail. That is why residents of Wilmington area are advised to contact a qualified cleanup and restoration company immediately after a fire occurs.
Fire damage in Wilmington requires specialized cleaning procedures - whether the particles are loosely or tightly attached to the surfaces. Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians inspect the fire incident and select the most appropriate cleaning procedure. The primary cleaning actions that we use include suspension and dispersion, chemical action, mechanical action, and lubrication.
Usually, our SERVPRO team uses mechanical actions before attempting other cleaning procedures. We use the procedure to target non-greasy particles which are likely to dissolve in liquid cleaning agents. On the other hand, technicians use lubrication to weaken the bond joining the surface and the residue. When that happens, the cleaning product easily removes the particles from the surface.
There are times when changing the chemical formula of the sticking substance is necessary for cleaning to happen. That is when we use chemical action oriented cleaning products. If we are dealing with soils that need loosening, suspension and dispersion may be an alternative. During this cleaning technique, the soil or target particles can dissolve or emulsify in the cleaning product.
To ensure the selected cleaning procedure works efficiently, the technicians take into consideration the various cleaning elements - temperature, agitation, chemical action and time. For instance, the cleaning products’ rate of reaction increases by raising the temperature. Additionally, agitation can be used to spread cleaning agents and dislodge some of the particles. Mostly, the kind of products that restoration professionals use determine the deodorization and cleaning time.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is a trusted leader in storm, mold, fire, and water damage restoration. Call us today at (802) 674-8004 to learn more about our services.
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The Need For Professional Water Damage Restoration in Wilmington
Leaks and Water Removal in Wilmington Properties Gets Help from SERVPRO
Wilmington Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate the Effects of Water Intrusion
There are many forms of water damage that residents of Wilmington should expect. Roof leaks and pipe bursts are some of the mishaps that may cause water intrusion and lead to the destruction of your property. When that happens, you need emergency restoration services to restore your property. We are here to let you know why working with IICRC certified professionals is a top choice.
Identifying the source of the water and controlling it is one of the tasks which restorers from a service provider like SERVPRO that operates in Wilmington perform. Depending on the level of dampness, specialized tools like dehumidifiers may be used to minimize additional water damage. The aim is to lower the humidity as the water is removed from your facility and not negatively impact unaffected items and surfaces in the structure.
When water intrusion takes place, standing water may result. With time the water might spread to other parts of the building and destroy properties such as books, records, upholstery, and carpets. In some instances, wooden furnishings soaked with water might swell and finally disintegrate. Even the metallic surfaces may not resist damage when exposed to much water. That is why SERVPRO restoration technicians should be contacted as soon as possible to remove the standing water.
To recover the contents and documents after a water damage incident, the necessity to package and move them to a secure location might arise. Our SERVPRO technicians offer pack-out for storage and cleaning on top of their proved restoration procedures. Where necessary, we sub-contract our partners who use modern technology to inspect the possibility of recovering your optical disks, hard drives and all sorts of electronic media. Additionally, our professionals clean HVAC systems and air ducts with the aim of reducing the risk of contamination and possible health effects.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is a trusted leader in mold, fire, water and storm damage restoration. Call us at (802) 674-8004 and get the emergency restoration services that you deserve.
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Large Appliance Failures Could Mean Water Removal for Your Wilmington Restaurant
SERVPRO Removes Water and Moisture Keeping Wilmington Restaurants Open
SERVPRO Can Help Get Your Business Back in Business After Water Damage
As a restaurant owner, you know that to succeed and profit, you have to bring many people through the doors. When you are amid a disaster causing water damage to any area of your eatery, this could immediately impact the productivity of your Wilmington business. Instead of working around the problem, it is better to address the issue and restore the damage, so your restaurant does not have to close itself off to potential customers.
When your cooling units or your freezer malfunction, the damage is not exclusively in the loss of the fresh food items that you have stored inside. In many cases, when a freezer loses its power for even a short period, it can result in a great deal of water as the ice and food inside begins to thaw. Since you cannot run a successful kitchen with this kind of a mess, you should be thinking about our local SERVPRO team of experienced specialists to mitigate your losses by starting water removal on your Wilmington restaurant immediately.
Having the kind of skills and equipment that we do, our staff can quickly assess the damages and begin the restoration process on the same day. With water removal, it is critical moving as quickly as possible. The longer that you wait to correct the problem, the more risks you are taking with more extensive damage and lingering symptoms, not to mention the business suffering overall as a result.
In any situation with water damages, removal and drying efforts are among the first steps to be taken. Removal involves pumping out of the area using everything from portable submersible pumps to larger industrial-sized mounted pumps on specific vehicles in our SERVPRO fleet. Heating fans trained on the remaining water dries the area, which gives our team a chance to assess what needs to be done to remedy the damage entirely.
Large commercial appliances are not built to last forever. Sometimes their malfunctioning can cause a severe risk to your stream of business and productivity, and so these problems should be solved quickly. Our SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties emergency response team is available 24/7 at (802) 674-8004.
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Fire Damage from Malfunctioning Furnaces in Wilmington Homes
SERVPRO works with other professionals and can have your vents and fire damage cleaned the same day you replace your furnace.
SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Fire Damage Cleanup
House fires are the number one cause of fire damage in Wilmington, but a malfunctioning furnace can also create similar problems. When furnaces misfire internally, puff-back happens, and this indicates a failing furnace.
Property owners who find sooty deposits near heat vents in their Wilmington homes should be aware that this is a type of smoke and fire damage. While the fire remains contained inside the furnace, the explosions every time the furnace starts can eventually wear the furnace down, leading to a significant catastrophe.
When puff-back happens each time the furnace starts, the deposits can build up in thicker and thicker amounts. This can lead to a creosote residue inside the ducts leading to your living space, in addition to the tell-tale signs outside and around the vents' openings on your walls. Creosote is a highly flammable substance, and when enough of this exists inside your ducts, only a small spark needs to land inside to start a fire.
Because of this build-up of creosote, having a new furnace installed is rarely enough to keep your family safe. The ducts also require cleaning, as do the vents and the areas around them. We perform these types of services for many homeowners in our community. When a wall contains substantial damage, beyond the accumulation of soot and creosote, we can replace that section of wall and repaint the area.
Puff-back is something that homeowners should not ignore. Replacing the furnace and having the area cleaned the same day is possible. SERVPRO works with other professionals in providing the services homeowners need so they receive the best possible services from both the other professionals and us. Our goal is to keep you and your family both safe and comfortable in your home. Preventing disasters from becoming realities is part of this, as well.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties are IICRC-certified technicians, striving to make your home a safe and secure one. Call us at any time at (802) 674-8004. We are available every hour of the day and night, 365 days a year to help you prevent catastrophes like fire damage.
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Flood Damage Needs The SERVPRO Touch In Wilmington
When water is not properly guided away from you home's foundation, flooding can result. Maintain your home and call SERVPRO should you face flooding.
Our Technicians Follow the Path That Flooding Took in Your Home to Find Hidden Water
This fall has inundated the Wilmington area with some of the heaviest rains seen in recent years. When torrential rain falls, your house and belongings suffer the real risk of significant flooding. A professional flood damage team has the skills, experience, and equipment to get your waterlogged home back to preloss condition.
Flooding in your Wilmington home is perplexing, particularly if this is your introduction to the problem. Many homeowners think because they are not near a river, lake, or stream flooding cannot happen to them. Unfortunately, this is not the case, especially when days of persistent rain saturates the ground surrounding a home. We are familiar with the seepage into foundations that happens in these circumstances and can devise a plan to remove the water fast and restore the damage done quickly.
Water seeping through cinderblock or concrete foundations can hide in recesses and between the foundation and paneling or drywall in a finished lower level. Our technicians receive advanced training in methods to locate and then release and evacuate pockets of moisture. Expect to see SERVPRO workers measuring moisture levels and perhaps using scanning technology to find any remaining water. Many methods help clear out this residual, including drilling holes in joints, taking out sections of wallboard, and extracting from above if wands can be inserted and reach the water.
Sanitization and drying occur next, with SERVPRO crew members applying efficient products to inhibit microbial growth and positioning air movers and dehumidifiers. If necessary, we pack out belongings as the work progresses so good choices can be made to dispose of or dry out personal possessions.
Often in the fall, clogged gutter exacerbates the problems heavy rains present. Water overflows drains and pours down the sides of your home, creating more opportunities for moisture to make its way into your dwelling. As the SERVPRO crew works to pump out and extract the water in your basement, we take note of any runoff complications we see because of a damaged or poorly working drainage system. Our goal is always to leave your home looking and feeling “Like it never even happened.” We also want to help you avoid a similar situation in the future.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is poised to help you with seasonal flooding in your home. Call (802) 674-8004 to schedule a consultation and constructive response to a difficult situation.
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Mold Damage Versus Mildew in White River Junction
Whether you discover mold or mildew in your home, you can rely on SERVPRO for advice and remediation services.
Whether You Experience Issues with Mold or Mildew, SERVPRO Can Help
Most homeowners dread mold damage. The tell-tale black or green patches and accompanying musty smell are a sure sign that the spores have found a place to grow in your home. The fungus that is not dealt with spreads further causing more damage, and can even cause health effects or reduce the value of your home. That is why SERVPRO recommends calling us as soon as possible. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we train our technicians to carry out thorough mold remediation in White River Junction.
Sometimes our customers ask us about the difference between mold damage and mildew in their White River Junction homes. Although mold and mildew are both kinds of fungus, they are quite distinct from one another, and knowing the difference helps you discern which is present in your home.
First, let us look at what both types of fungus have in common. The first thing is, of course, that they are both a kind of fungus; also, they both like to grow in moist areas of the home and can grow on a range of surfaces including paper, leather, drywall, or even food.
What are the differences? Mildew is a surface fungus that is classified as either downy or powdery. Mildew is usually either white or gray in appearance, although it can turn yellowish or even brown as it grows. Mildew is most likely to grow on crops or flowering paths; however, it is possible for it to grow in the home as well.
Mold is usually fuzzy or slimy in appearance and manifests as much larger patches than mildew. Mold colonies appear black, green or brown in appearance, and the growth is not merely a surface fungus – it can cause underlying surfaces to rot.
Whether your problem is with mold or mildew, SERVPRO is on hand to offer advice and remediation services. Mildew can often be cleaned using soap and water. Mold, however, requires professional remediation. Our IICRC-certified technicians tackle every stage of remediation from establishing containment and removing visible mold, to lowering humidity to discouraging regrowth.
For help with fungal growth in Ludlow, Stratton, Chester, White River Junction and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Windham / Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004 today.
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Expert Fire Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Wilmington Area Home
Entering your residence after a fire can be dangerous without the right support.
Expert Fire Damage Restoration Services
Walking back into your Wilmington home after experiencing fire damage for the first time can be devastating. Everything you worked so hard for looks destroyed and you have no idea where to turn for help.
Everything about the experience seems somewhat overwhelming, making recovering from fire damage in your Wilmington area home even that much harder. You need access to a restoration company that understands your situation and can provide you with the equipment, resources, and experienced personnel necessary to recover quickly.
Entering your residence after a fire can be dangerous without the right support. You can slip, trip or fall, cause additional damage, or even become ill due to exposure from unknown substances. SERVPRO uses a variety of personal protective equipment while inspecting your property after a fire. We maintain a safe, secure work site and understand how to keep your restoration moving forward while protecting everyone involved.
Smoke and water damage can be rather extensive, where the majority of your home experiences limited amounts of damage. Without access to the proper services, many of your items may require replacement even though it is possible to repair them. SERVPRO technicians have specific services designed to adjust to your particular situation, minimizing your losses and saving personal belongings you may have thought lost. Never give up on an item before a professional restoration technician has an opportunity to inspect it, you may be surprised by what we can do.
Your furniture, carpeting, flooring, and other household contents all require particular attention after a fire. It takes a trained professional to determine whether or not items remain safe to restore, or if you would be better off replacing an item. Each service that SERVPRO provides works towards limiting your losses and keeping costs down. We also work with your insurance provider to ensure you obtain the results you deserve.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has technicians available 24-hours a day to assist, and since we are locally owned, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and provide excellent services you can count on during an emergency. Let us be there when you need us, call today (802) 674-8004.
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Water Removal in Wilmington Can Save Your Belongings
Wilmington Water Removal--Call SERVPRO for Fast Extraction with Squeegees and Power Pumps
Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Related Damages in Wilmington
What starts as a tiny trickle under your sink in Wilmington can eventually lead to a major leak. You end up with standing water in the kitchen or bathroom, damaging floors, walls, fixtures, and furnishings.
The water removal experts at SERVPRO in Wilmington recommend that you get any leak, however small, repaired as soon as possible. But we know how surprisingly fast drips and seepage can grow and damage your home. Then give us a call right away. The quicker we can start the water removal process, the less extensive the damage and cash can be.
Sizable amounts of standing water and moisture in the air, typical when pipes spring a leak, are a serious problem. In most cases, the do-it-yourselfer cannot carry out a thorough job in the tight timeframe needed to save your belongings. At SERVPRO, we have the equipment and expertise to do a comprehensive job quickly. We have technicians certified by the (IICRC) Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, one group that sets standards for our industry.
Drying is key to successful water damage restoration. The process is far more complicated than just sopping up water with towels and turning on a fan. Three major factors are involved, starting with removing standing water, called extraction. We have industrial strength pumps to remove the water rapidly. There is value in extracting as much water as possible since it shortens the drying time significantly.
The next factor is controlling the humidity by removing water in the air with our dehumidifiers, and it happens in conjunction with the third component, air movement. Not to be mistaken for a fan, an air mover is a specialized piece of equipment which pushes wet air away from floors, walls, furniture, and other surfaces. It is a high-velocity device.
Using our equipment, expertise and industry best practices for extraction, air movement and dehumidifying, we can restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."
Let SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties handle water removal for you. Call us 24/7 at (802) 674-8004 when you have a water emergency. We are strategically located to serve Brattleboro, White River Junction, and the general vicinity.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
Hobby Turned Tsunami in Brattleboro
Don't let a tank break cause extensive damage to your living area. Call SERVPRO for technicians to arrive quickly to your home to start remediation.
SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Remediate Your Water Damage
People rarely think about how devastating random water accidents inside the home are. Major flooding or storm damage are the situations that come to mind, yet it is more likely some other event causes significant water harm. Fortunately, SERVPRO makes no distinction as it offers its help, providing top notch water damage restoration regardless of the source of the problem.
You and your family enjoy a large saltwater aquarium in the family room. That enjoyment turns to despair when the tank breaks, sending more than 100 gallons of mineral and fish filled water onto your carpeted floor. This water damage is not within the ability of you, the Brattleboro homeowner, to manage. This type of spill needs the expertise of our well-trained and certified technicians to resolve.
It may come as a surprise, but even a properly maintained aquarium contains contaminated water. The minerals and chemicals used to bring the water to the right level of salinity are good for the fish, but not necessarily safe for you and your belongings. Also, the water potentially brims with bio-contaminants, including bacteria, algae, viruses, and fungi. Do not delay contacting the SERVPRO team after a tank breaks. Aquarium water is termed “gray,” moderately compromised and needing specialized cleanup. Waiting even 24 to 48 hours transforms gray water to black, a much more dangerous type. The change is due to microbial proliferation.
SERVPRO limits the hazards presented if we respond fast to the water damage. Our trucks hold powerful extractors that pull the tainted water out of carpeting and off floors efficiently and speedily. Our staff evaluates the quality of the water to determine whether local rules require us to follow special protocols for disposal of the water.
We then determine if the carpeting is salvageable. If it can be sanitized, our crew uses a biocide to clean and disinfect the soiled floor covering in place, allowing appropriate contact time, and using the hot water extraction cleaning method. It is likely we remove and replace the padding, an inexpensive safeguard against lingering health concerns. The cleaned rug and floor need further drying time, and we place air movers and dehumidifiers only after the rug is decontaminated to avoid the spread of infectious materials.
You need the experience and skills of SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties for unique water damage challenges. Call our dispatchers at (802) 674-8004 for round the clock assistance.
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Help to Make Cold & Flu Season: Like it never even happend!
A thorough, professional cleaning is a great way to limit the possibility of illness at your commercial building this cold and flu season!
Has cold and flu season taken a toll on your office staff? SERVPRO of Cheshire County is here to help you make this year’s illness, “like it never even happened.” When your office needs go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can call on SERVPRO for prompt service. We know that the key to a successful business begins with a happy and healthy staff so, whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best. Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we will strive to restore your business to a healthy working environment.
Additionally, ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. SERVPRO of Cheshire County professionals routinely inspect heating, ventilation and air conditioning units (HVAC) so, make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or commercial building this winter. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
- Other contaminants
Our professionals will make suggestions about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of you and your system. Call us today for a professional cleaning using state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and professionals trained to the highest standards. All of us at SERVPRO of Cheshire County wish you a safe and healthy remainder of this cold and flu season.
Waste No Time With Sewage Backup
Damage to this basement was caused by a sewage backup.
Hosting a holiday gathering with family and friends can often be stressful which is why SERVPRO of Windham and Windsor Counties is here to help you avoid a major problem. With homes hosting more guests than usual, there are a few steps you can take to help reduce your risk of a potential backup.
Cooking: With cooking being a staple of the holidays, it's more imperative to be cautious as to what exactly goes down your drain. You should avoid putting grease, cooking oil, sauces, and fibrous vegetables (celery, lettuce, and onion peels, etc.) down your drain. Additionally, pasta, potatoes, rice, coffee grounds, and egg shells are potentially hazardous as well. A good mantra to abide by is, when in doubt, throw it out!
Toilet Tissue: Remind guests to avoid flushing anything except toilet tissue down your toilet. Many common bathroom items such as paper towels, feminine products, and diapers should not be flushed down as they don't disintegrate the same way toilet tissue does. It may be helpful to keep in mind that the drain which connects your home to the main sewer is usually no bigger than four inches wide.
Take Care of Your Sewer Line: Many homeowners don't realize they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the main sewer line attached to a home or property. Over time, a main sewer line can deteriorate, crack, collapse, or even become obstructed. Also, be mindful of any soggy spots in your yard, especially if it hasn't rained recently. This could indicate a leak in the water line. You should contact your municipality or sewer department immediately with any questions or issues regarding your line.
Time is of the essence in any disaster however, that is even more accurate with sewage or black water damage. With foul odors and bacteria in the air, it's important to act fast to minimize secondary damage. SERVPRO of Windham and Windsor Counties is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you restore your property.
The 2016 SERVPRO CWWC Food Drive Results!
Thank you to all of our gracious contributors for your support!
Our third annual collaborative food drive is in the books and we couldn't be more humbled and amazed at the generosity of our business partners who contributed. Together, we donated a total of 1,048 pounds of food to the New Hampshire and Vermont food banks.
Between the two states, about 300,000 individuals turn to their local food bank for assistance. We are so beyond grateful to the following businesses for their participation:
A.H. Rist Insurance. All State Insurance- Ted Harris. Bellows-Nichols Insurance, Bob's Fuel, Campbell & Boyd, Cheshire Oil, Clark-Mortenson Insurance, Finn & Stone Insurance, Galloway Real Estate, Greater Falls Insurance, Hill Family Insurance, Kapiloff Insurance, Keating Plumbing & Heating, Lawrence & Wheeler Insurance, Liberty Mutual- TJ Kelly, The Masiello Group, Muse & Associates Realty, Nationwide-Frazer, The Parker Agency, RE/MAX Town & Country- Keene, The Richards Group-Bellows Falls, State Farm- Greg Carlson, State Farm- Craig Vickers, Swanzey Oil and Woodstock Insurance.
Thank you so much for your support. Merry Christmas to all and best of luck in 2017!
Keep Your Holiday Lights Festive, Not Frightful
Santa made an early visit to SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties!
The holiday season is a time for gathering with friends and family to enjoy precious moments and quality time. As the weather outside turns frightful, we rely on the warmth of our homes to host these gatherings with loved ones. Lights, candles, and decorations are part of what makes the holiday season so magical, however, if you are not careful, that magic could turn dark.
SERVPRO and the American Red Cross have teamed up to offer some tips to help you reduce your risk of a fire in your business or home this holiday season.
- Keep Christmas trees, candles, and any other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and do not use any light strings or other holiday decorations with frayed electrical cords.
- Before going to bed or leaving your property, ensure tree and holiday lights are unplugged.
- Extinguish candles before before leaving a room or going to bed and never use lit candles to decorate your tree.
- Keep curious pets and young children away from Christmas trees and only use sturdy tree stands.
- When using your stove top, keep anything that can catch on fire away from the area such as: pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper/plastic bags, food packaging, towels or curtains.
- After guests leave, designate one person to walk around the home/property to ensure candles and other smoking materials are properly extinguished.
If disaster does strike during the holidays, SERVPRO of Windham and Windsor Counties is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to make it "Like it never even happened," We wish you a merry and bright holiday season.
2106 SERVPRO CWWC Holiday Food Drive Has Begun!
SERVPRO CWWC Co-Owner, Derek Paul, displays one of the collection boxes for this year's food drive.
As the calendar flips from November to December, you can be sure of a few things: the holiday season is here, the threat of snowfall looms, and the SERVPRO CWWC Holiday Food Drive is about to kick off! This the 3rd annual holiday food drive, again with the participation of local businesses, hopes to be the most productive and successful event to date. Since its inception in 2014, SERVPRO CWWC's Food Drive has grown not only in community participation, but total food collection and donation. Last year, 25 businesses from South Western, NH, Southern VT and Northern, MA helped to collect over 1,200 pounds of non-perishable food items which were delivered to NH and VT Food Banks. This year, SERVPRO CWWC is working together with 27 businesses in the area in hopes of collect 1 ton of food items to be donated!
The collection boxes will be at each of the participating business locations until pick up day on December 19th. For a complete list of the participating business locations, please check out our Facebook page. Our office in Westmoreland, NH also has a collection box for your convenience. We hope to see you soon and thank you for your generosity!
Understanding The Behavior of SMOKE
The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restorations and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows your local SERVPRO Windham & Windsor Counties to focus on saving your precious items.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may no know about smoke:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber)-Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood)-Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)-Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)-While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue)- Special loss situations require special care.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Celebrate Safely With A Recipe For Safety
Safely Celebrate the Holiday Seasons!
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the national Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It's important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire-oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, and towels or curtains-away from the stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windham Counties wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.
National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month. In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. During National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties professionals want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.
How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing.
Develop a Business Continuity Plan
Your organization's risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope and location. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. Also establish procedures for succession of management.
Review Insurance Coverage
Insurance policies vary: Make sure to check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover.
Prepare your Emergency Planed
Your employees and co-workers are your business' most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, employee’s emails and other communication tools.
Practice the Emergency Plan
The ability to evacuate workers, customers and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a small strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.
Secure your Facility and Equipment
Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.
Improve Cyber Security
Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest of business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don't open e-mails form unknown sources and use hard to guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protections updates known as patches regularly.
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) to help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens." The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business. You can access the ERP online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app. Or call your local SERVPRO franchise professional to establish your Emergency READY Profile.
How to Celebrate Summer Safely
CELEBRATE SUMMER SAFELY
Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms—especially during July. Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!
Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Keep children and pets away from grill area.
Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
Never leave your grill unattended.
When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
Anyone using fi reworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fire reworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
Firework Facts Facts
Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
In 2013, sparklers caused 41%of fireworks injuries.
On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.
*Most recent statistics available—provided by the NFPA.
Science of Water Damage Restoration
SERVPRO of Cheshire County has the latest equipment and industry-leading training to handle water damages of any size.
DID YOU KNOW there is actually a science to drying out a the structure of a building? Being well trained in Psychrometrics is essential in restoring a water damaged home or business to preloss condition. While an initial reaction may be to clean up the mess and install a fan or two in the affected area, the professionals at SERVPRO of Cheshire County are trained in the science of drying and follow detailed industry-approved standards to reduce the chances of secondary damage. If your business or home suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Cheshire County can perform the following:Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent further damage.Measure the amount of moisture in in affected materials and will monitor whether they are drying effectively.Expedite the drying process by installing state of the art drying equipment.
Why is it important to speed up the drying process? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment constantly seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, the natural drying process is slow and therefore is a greater chance of secondary damage occurring before it is completely dry.
SERVPRO of Cheshire County have the equipment, tools and expertise to move this process along, including equipment specifically designed for drying hardwood floors, tough-to-reach areas inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of Cheshire County also uses the latest monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific method to effectively dry your home or business.
The bottom line? SERVPRO of Cheshire County's water restoration professionals have the training, staff and equipment to make water damage "Like it never even happened."
Emergency Supply Kit
Sever weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Know your risk of severe weather, and take action to better prepare yourself. Proactive planning can save your own life and the lives of others.
Knowing Your Risk
The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Build an Emergency Supply Kit
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Hygiene items
- Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
Be an example
Once you have taken action to prepare for sever weather, share your story with your friends and family. Use social media to encourage and inspire others to do the same.
Windham & Windsor Counties 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 802-674-8004
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Windham & Windsor Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 802-674-8004
Office Spring Cleaning Tips
Spruce up your space
Birds are chirping and the temperatures have warmed up—spring is finally here! Spring cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.
SERVPRO® of Windham & Windsor Counties can help get your facility in tip top shape. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include: upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and odor deodorization.
A clean environment is a healthy environment! Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don’t worry, SERVPRO® of Windham & Windsor Counties has the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time!
Spring Cleaning Your Workspace
- Divide Your Workspace Into Zones:
Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
- Keep Only What You Need At Arms Length:
Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you’ve established for them.
- Sort Your Catch-All Drawer:
Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn’t being used.
- Eliminate Digital Clutter:
Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files–with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.
- Create A Daily Paper System:
Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled “To Read,” “To Do,” and “To File.” Establish set days for each, so that you don’t get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.
- Disinfect Regularly:
Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fi ngerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.
Tips provided by Forbes, The Dangers of a Messy Desk.
When Storms or Floods hit Windham & Windsor Counties, SERVPRO is Ready
Pictured is our fleet in response to a flooded commercial building in Southern, VT following Hurricane Irene in 2011.
SERVPRO ofWindham & Windsor Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Here are a few reasons why SERVPRO of Windham and Windsor Counties should be the company you call when disaster strikes.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Windham & Windsor Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 802-674-8004
Windham & Windsor Counties Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Windham and Windsor Counties for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 802-674-8004
Understanding Water Types
Understanding Water Types
When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Damage from Contaminated Water
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.