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Fire Damage? Give us a call, you will be happy you did!

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage? Give us a call, you will be happy you did! Taken at a recent fire loss in Chittenden County.

If your home or business is the victim of fire damage, we can help. Our thorough plan is designed to maximize productivity and minimize stress for you. Proper remediation by our experts here at SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe will save you time, money, and stress.

  • Inspection- Our goal is to satisfy the property owner from arrival to departure. We explain the entire process to you, and we walk you through every step to ensure you are completely comfortable before we begin.
  • Minimize Loss- Perform emergency services to limit secondary damage to property
  • Pretest- Identify what can be restored and what will need to be replaced. Our restoration experts are highly trained to restore valuables. 
  • Produce- Our final goal to provide the highest level of customer service and to produce the best results in the restoration industry.

If you have questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage, call SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe at 802-655-7797 or 802-253-0008. 

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready!

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe 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.

Faster Response

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 anywhere in the 802, 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 802-655-7797 or 802-253-0008

Preventing Water Damage to your Home

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage to your Home Whether it be a small leak or a big disaster, we are always ready to help, 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. 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home. 

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 Winooski/Stowe 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 – 802-655-7797 or 802-253-0008. 

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Commercial & Residential Carpet Cleaning

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial & Residential Carpet Cleaning This photo was taken at a local restaurant during a recent carpet cleaning. You can clearly see the difference from before & after.

When is the last time your carpets have been cleaned? If your carpets are in need of a deep clean, give our office a call at 802-655-7797. Not all carpet cleaning companies are alike. We use state of the art equipment and get the job done right the first time!! Truck-mounted carpet cleaning machines are the most powerful extraction machines on the market and are all we use. They have higher water temperatures and higher PSI that allows the steam and cleaning solution to penetrate deeper into your carpets. They also have the greatest suction power which will allow less water and residue to be left in your carpets at the end of a job.

Our team members have decades of experience between them. SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe has been serving Chittenden County and beyond since 2007. 

We are committed to setting an industry standard.

We know you will be thrilled with the results and customer care that are so important to our company. It is our guarantee!

Call us anytime, 802-655-7797 or 802-253-0008. 

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

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 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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe 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 – 802-655-7797

Sewage Clean & Restoration

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (802) 655-7797

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Winooski / Stowe will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Chittenden County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Chittenden County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in several counties throughout Vermont.

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)?

About SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe

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.

Restoring Fire Damaged Contents

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Fire Damaged Contents Due to extensive smoke damage and a large amount of contents a pack out/move out was required.

No matter the size, a fire in your property is devastating. When your home or business suffers damage by water, fire and mold your contents is an area of concern that we take just as serious as the property damage itself. Time is of the essence when dealing with fire and smoke damage to your property. We will preserve, restore and save your belongings. If the damage is extensive and the structure is in need of significant repairs a pack out may be required. Some items may not be restorable and will require replacement. All salvageable items will be moved off site to our climate controlled facility. Cleaning and deodorization will be completed restoring your belongings to pre loss condition. Items will be stored and ready to move back into your home after the structural repairs are complete. 

SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe provides Vermonters with solutions to property damage losses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For immediate service call 802-655-7797 to discuss your fire and smoke restoration needs.