Recent Posts

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.  

24 Hours Emergency Cleanup & Restoration

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services 24 Hours Emergency Cleanup & Restoration Two of our service trucks responding to a commercial water loss.

SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Chittenden County and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe 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 - 802-655-7797.
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 Winooski/Stowe 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)?

SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe 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.

IICRC Certifications

Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
This four-day course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform these procedures in the field while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants on your property.

Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)
Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively using monitoring devices, extraction systems, and drying equipment. This three-day course includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training to develop technical and practical drying expertise.

Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)
This two-day course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques for residential and commercial applications.

Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)
Technicians will learn about types of smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings. This two-day course also includes instruction on odor and deodorization concepts.

Odor Control Technician (OCT)
Technicians learn to address odors and deodorization techniques. This one-day course covers odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources.

Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)
Technicians learn fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods. This two-day course also covers identifying upholstery cleaning problems before fabrics shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.

Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)
This three-day course covers the concepts of water damage and its effects in residential and commercial settings. Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

Why should carpets be professionally cleaned?

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why should carpets be professionally cleaned? A recent carpet cleaning at a local restaurant. The RX-20 has multiple spray jets and vacuums allowing over 650 passes per minute.

Carpet Cleaning: The Pros

1) Prolongs the life of carpeting. Truck mounted hot water extraction can increase the life of carpets significantly. Waiting too long to remove soils from the carpet can cause the fibers to become damaged making it impossible to remove.

2) Protects indoor air quality. Carpets act as a filter and accumulate soils, food particles, dust, pollen and other contaminants. Cleaning your carpets regularly helps keep the air you breathe clean.


3) Makes carpets easier to maintain. When carpets are cleaned on a regular basis most dry soils can be removed with regular vacuuming. 


4) Enhances the appearance of any room.

What can happen if carpets are not cleaned by a professional? 

If carpets are not cleaned by a certified professional they may over saturate the carpet allowing mold and other microbial growth to happen. The carpet may also become damaged if improper equipment is used. The carpets may actually become dirty much faster and require more frequent cleaning due to not being rinsed properly.

Call our office to discuss your carpet cleaning needs. We offer a great service for a very reasonable rate!

Understanding Mold

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Mold in the basement is a common problem for homeowners due to being damp and humid.

Mold is a problem that homeowners have been dealing with for centuries. When there is a greater concentration of mold spores is when mold becomes a problem.

Mold needs three things to thrive: a source of food, an ideal temperature and moisture. Mold will feed on dirt and dust which is present in every home. Most homes are kept at a temperature that is ideal for mold growth. As for moisture? Moisture can come in more than one form. Most people believe that you need to have experienced some kind of water damage (i.e. flooding, burst pipe, etc.) to encourage mold growth. While that can be true, especially if remediation isn't done within 24-48 hours, this is not always the case. If your home has a relative humidity of 60% or higher, mold can grow in your home regardless if you have experienced a water damage or not. A musty smell is usually the first sign that you have mold in your Vermont home. 

Finding mold in your home or business can be panic inducing, that is what we are here for. We have a great, professional team of highly trained technicians to make your mold problem "Like it never even happened."

If you have a mold problem - ACT QUICKLY - mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause.

Call our office to schedule an inspection 802-655-7797.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. 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.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe

SERVPRO of Winooski/ Stowe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

 Call our locally owned and operated office for immediate response, 802-655-7797.

5 Ways To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Ways To Protect Your Home From Water Damage Immediate Response available for water damage cleanup. Call our office anytime 802-655-7797.

 

Water damage can be a disaster - to your home, and your health. We're sharing the steps you can take to prevent its havoc on your home. Get prepared here.

Water damage — also known as the last two words a homeowner wants to hear when it comes to their home. There's nothing worse than walking into a flooding or leaking house.

And, with 40% of homeowners saying they have experienced loss from water damage and billions of dollars in property losses recorded every year, water damage causes a significant amount of loss that could have had the chance to be prevented.

However, don't panic just yet! Did you know that 93% of water damage can be prevented?

There are many things homeowners you can do to prevent water damage. It's just a matter of knowing what to do.

By staying on top of leaks and taking the proper safety measures, we can defend ourselves from the stress and money loss caused by water damage to keep us happy and healthy.

Ready to take some notes? Here are the 5 precautionary measures you'll need to keep your home free from the dangers of water damage.

1. Stay on top of leaks

If you come across a leaking water source in your house, it should be tended to as soon as possible. Trust us when we say the effort it takes to fix a little leak outweighs the amount of money and loss you'll experience when the leak gets worse.

It's usually not a matter of how but when. Leaks don't just magically go away.

Nothing is worse than putting it off and experiencing the consequences of mold, mildew, rot and insect damage that could result.

Putting this off could also jeopardize your homeowner's insurance coverage. Did you know that most companies won't cover you if the leak could have been avoided and taken care of?

So, be sure to inspect the following things regularly to ensure you're not missing a leaking spot anywhere:

Refrigerators
Washing machines
Dishwashers
Toilets
Windows
Ice makers
Roofs/ceilings
Walls
Anything connected to a water line
Look for any discolored or brown spots under or around these areas. These are indicators for leakage. Also look for any cracked walls or loose shingles on the roof. These should be fixed quickly and are usually grounds for leaks and water damage to follow.

Doing a routine checkup around these places that have leak potential will prevent any long-term damage. It might be a hassle but it'll pay off in the long-run.

2. Inspect water sources regularly

Making sure that your water sources are working properly is key to the prevention of water damage. When talking about "water sources," we mean your irrigation system, sump pump, hoses, etc.

If you use an irrigation system for your sprinklers, land and/or crops, you'll want to inspect it routinely to make sure it's in top-notch working condition. Experiencing damage with these systems can result in gallons of water loss and hefty prices.

A sump pump is usually located in the basement of your home and it's purpose is to remove any excess water that has built up due to a storm or flooding. Performing checkups on your pump every year and during storms will limit any water damage from building up.

If it's working properly, the water will float and then you will see the water level recede. Kind of like how a toilet works. The whole point of a sump pump is to do the job of getting rid of any water build-up.

If you're having problems with your pump working slowly or not working at all, it'll be a good idea to invest in a dehumidifier for your basement. These keep the flooding and humidity down to a minimum.

3. Keep the correct water pressure

Water pressure is the force at which water enters your pipes. I'm sure you've heard of people talking about the difference in water pressure when taking showers at different places. This is where you can notice the difference.

But, did you know that too high of a water pressure in your home could cause major water damage?

Household water pressure should flow between 35 and 80 psi (pounds per square inch) and you can check this number by purchasing a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store.

When using the water pressure gauge, turn off any appliances or machines that use the water supply and attach it to the outside faucet connected to your main water supply. This will give you a reading of where your pressure is at.

If the pressure put on your plumbing pipes is too high, it could result in leaks and even worse, pipe breakage. High water pressure puts a strain on your appliances, so it should be taken seriously.

And, good news — once you have this gauge setup, you will be able to check it regularly. Fluctuations in your water pressure aren't always obvious, so catching it before it can start to do damage can fix major problems!

4. Educate yourself on your water devices

Many homeowners don't take the time to educate themselves about water devices contained within their home until they experience water damage first-hand and have no other choice. Which is understandable, it's usually not the first thing we think about when buying a new home.

However, it's a great idea to learn about where your water main lives. Your water main is a pipe that usually lives underground that connects your household's main water supply to the source.

Knowing the location and the details around your water main is important because if it cracks, the water will continue to flow to the surface until it is fixed. Resulting in lots of flooding, and depending on where the pipe breaks, your house could be experiencing the side effects.

Water hoses are also something you should be knowledgeable about. Standing water left in hoses have the potential to turn into ice, leaving you with water blockage. In turn, this could create a pipe to burst if not taken care of.

Be sure to disconnect your water hoses when not in use. Especially during the winter time in a cold climate, where there is a greater chance for the water to freeze.

5. Clean gutters and downspouts consistently

The maintenance of your gutters and downspouts is crucial in taking control of water damage. These are the contraptions on the outside of your home that carry the rainwater from your roof to the ground.

You can imagine the problems that would arise when these aren't working properly — for example, spillage onto the siding of your house and the roof that could cause rotting.

Gutter maintenance: Make it a point to clean your gutters a couple times a year, especially if you are experiencing heavy rain and snow. Clean any loose debris that may cause blockage and that could prevent the flow of water to the ground.

Downspout maintenance: Make sure water is able to flow through your downspouts and they are pointed away from your home. The water should be going at least five-ten feet away from your house to keep the water flow as far away as possible.

Next time it rains or snows, you won't have to worry about water damage if your gutters and downspouts are routinely taken care of.

Don't let water damage get you down

As you can see, water damage comes in a variety of forms. And, it usually happens when you're least expecting it.

Actively monitoring your water pressure, ensuring proper water drainage, educating yourself on water supply systems, and checking and fixing water leaks are five easy ways to keep water damage from wreaking havoc on your homes.

With water damage being the second most popular insurance claim filed in the U.S., it's clearly something all homeowners struggle with. Let's bring this number down by pursuing prevention tactics to be happy and healthy in our homes.

If you are experiencing water damage issues in your household, contact SERVPRO of Winooski / Stowe. We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property from water damage.

We can help water complications from interrupting your life with our 24-hour emergency service!

SERVPRO of Winooski/ Stowe 802-655-7797. 

Does Your Stowe Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Stowe Home Have A Mold Problem? In Vermont, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold 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.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe 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

     

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

     

 

 

Chittenden County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Chittenden County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service Call anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 802-655-7797

SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Chittenden County and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe 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 - 802-655-7797.
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 Winooski/Stowe 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)?

SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe 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.

IICRC Certifications

Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
This four-day course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform these procedures in the field while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants on your property.

Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)
Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively using monitoring devices, extraction systems, and drying equipment. This three-day course includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training to develop technical and practical drying expertise.

Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)
This two-day course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques for residential and commercial applications.

Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)
Technicians will learn about types of smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings. This two-day course also includes instruction on odor and deodorization concepts.

Odor Control Technician (OCT)
Technicians learn to address odors and deodorization techniques. This one-day course covers odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources.

Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)
Technicians learn fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods. This two-day course also covers identifying upholstery cleaning problems before fabrics shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.

Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)
This three-day course covers the concepts of water damage and its effects in residential and commercial settings. Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.