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Storm Damage Services

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

WIND STORM HITS VERMONT

The past several days have been challenging for many local property owners throughout Vermont. When something like this happens, you don’t have to face it alone. Choose storm remediation services you can trust with SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe. Temporary power, temporary heat, water extraction, structural drying, tree removal and temporary board ups to name a few. If you have experienced damage resulting from a storm we are here to help.  

When you hire SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe that specializes in addressing emergency issues, you can rest assured that your property is getting the professional treatment it needs to get back into the shape it was prior to disaster striking. 

We work primarily in the following counties:

•    Chittenden County
•    Franklin County
•    Grand Isle County
•    Lamoille County
•    Washington County

If you don’t see your county listed here please Contact Us to see if we are able to service your area. 

Give us a call... you'll be glad you did!!

Air Scrubbers and Negative Air Machines

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Air Scrubbers and Negative Air Machines An air scrubber set up with ducting creating negative air during mold remediation.

An air scrubber is a portable filtration system. These units allow you to clean and control the air in a work area without contaminating other areas with dirty air. Air scrubbers are important on restoration jobs when airborne contaminants are present or will be created/disturbed during the restoration process such as mold, dust, lead, gases and odors. An air scrubber is a stand alone unit that sits in the middle of a room with no ducting attached. The air is filtered and recirculated which greatly improves the air quality. The same unit can be used for negative air although it requires ducting. The air scrubber uses ducting to remove contaminated air from a sealed containment area. The filtered air is exhausted outside of the containment area. This creates a vacuum effect (negative air pressure) which helps limit the spread of contaminants to other areas inside the structure. Multi-filtration to include primary HEPA filter, 1st stage pre filter, 2nd stage pre filter and activated carbon filter. 

Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Process Extensive damage throughout caused by faulty 40+ year old range.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Winooski / Stowe have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (802) 655-7797

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Mold Remediation & Restoration

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation & Restoration Mold growth due to a leaking fresh water pipe to the washing machine.

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your Stowe home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Winooski / Stowe can inspect, assess and remediate your property.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (802) 655-7797

Understanding Mold

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Storm Damage Emergency Tips

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Emergency Tips This flooded basement was caused by a recent rain storm.

What you can do until help arrives

 After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (802) 655-7797

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Commercial Water Damage

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Water damage to a commercial office building caused by a water cooler on the fourth floor.

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Water is capable of penetrating into any space and can take advantage of every little crack causing damage to the structure. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Our team at SERVPRO of Winooski Stowe has the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water damage and get you back to business.  Call us to mitigate the damage and ensure there are no lingering health threats for you and your employees once the moisture is gone. If your commercial property is in need of cleanup and repair contact our office today, 802-655-7797 or 802-253-0008.

Storm Damage Cleanup

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Cleanup Always available, always ready to help.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today 1-802-655-7797

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

Why Choose a SERVPRO Franchise Professional?

 They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

Why Clean Air Ducts?

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Why Clean Air Ducts? Dirt and debris before cleaning.

The best answer... because they get dirty.

The air ducts in your home provide a very important function. They circulate the air from your heating and cooling system into and out of each room, which allows for consistent interior comfort regardless of the season. The air that cycles through your ducts is the same air that completely fills your living environment and it is the same air that you and your family breathe. As such, you want the air to be as clean as possible.

Over time dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores and other bacteria get trapped in your home and reduce your indoor air quality.

Several factors that increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • Water or smoke contamination to the home or HVAC system.
  • If you own pets. Pet dander can skyrocket the amount of contaminants present in your duct system and necessitate a more frequent cleaning.
  • Offensive odors from the HVAC system.
  • Evidence of insect or rodent infestation.
  • Mold, mildew or microbial growth.
  • Your home has undergone upgrades or renovation. Remodeling and constructions generates a huge mess and loads of it will end up in your ducts. It's a good idea to get a duct cleaning after any major (or even minor, depending on the nature of the job) remodeling. 
  • Sensitivity to allergens. If you, or anyone in your home, suffers from allergy related complications, a duct cleaning should be in order fairly frequently.
  • You've recently moved. If you've moved into a new place, it's a really good idea to start things off right with a clean duct system. Odds are, it hasn't been cleaned in ages!

If you need it clean, call our team, SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe 802-655-7797. 

Fall Carpet Clean & Deodorize SPECIAL!!

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Fall Carpet Clean & Deodorize SPECIAL!! Mention this blog post to get $25.00 off your next cleaning.

When is the last time you have had your carpets cleaned? It's crucial that you stay on top of carpet maintenance. We recently posted about the benefits for professional carpet cleaning and currently are offering special rates for both commercial and residential jobs. 

At SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe we use state of the art equipment to ensure the most effective results. Truck mounted hot water extraction combined with an RX-20 allows over 650 passes per minute. The unique rotating action cleans carpet fibers from different angles while not over wetting, improving drying time dramatically. The incredible scrubbing action releases even the most deeply embedded soils while fluffing and restoring carpet fibers.

Remember neglect or improper care can lead to premature and costly replacement. Keep your carpeting in good shape with regular cleaning from us. 

Call our office today and mention this blog post to receive our Fall Discounted Rates, 802-655-7797. 

Cleaning Nicotine (Cigarette Smoke) From Your Home

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Cleaning Nicotine (Cigarette Smoke) From Your Home Nicotine removal from walls prior to painting.

A home occupied by smokers will collect nicotine residue on the walls and other surfaces. Cleaning and deodorizing a home that has tobacco stains can be a real nuisance. It can be time consuming if the stains are throughout the entire home. Heavy nicotine staining may also require priming and repainting. However, you cannot simply apply a coat of paint on top of the stains. The nicotine and tar will seep through. Cleansers that cut grease help cut through nicotine stains. 

Cleaning the entire home is key. It's important to include a deep cleaning of ceilings, walls, floors, trim, cabinets, doors, light fixtures... all structural material from top to bottom. Cleaning and Deodorization is one of the many services we offer. Call our office for more information or to schedule an estimate.