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Prevent Mold Buildup In Your Bennington/ Rutland Vermont Home or Business

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall If you experience a mold damage please don't hesitate to give us a call here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland. 802-375-1500.

Mold is something none of us want in our homes or businesses. Mold spores feed on dust, dirt, or other organic materials so it is important to thoroughly clean your home or business.  Below there are three areas to focus on to help to reduce the chances of mold buildup.

  1. General Surfaces

As stated, above mold can feed on organic material such as dust. Dust gathers around any surface if it is not cleaned frequently. Therefore, if dust is not regularly cleaned and continues to accumulate mold can begin to grow and feed on the dust. It is best to regularly clean your home or business to prevent this from happening.

  1. Carpets and Rugs

Carpet flooring can trap dirt, soil, and spores which people can bring in from outside. If carpets are not cleaned and left alone these particles can build up and eventually lead to mold buildup and growth. This can be prevented by regular carpet cleaning and vacuuming. Another option in addition to regular cleaning is to install mats at the entrance of your home or building so people can wipe their footwear immediately upon entrance.

  1. Air Vents

HVAC cleaning is also an area of extreme importance to regularly clean. Dust can gather inside of them and spread throughout your home or building. If mold is found this means that mold can easily through your duct system be spread throughout your home. To prevent this, it is best to get your HVAC system professionally cleaned which is something we here at SERVPRO offer. 

SVMC Essential Workers Charity Golf Tournament  

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Logo More details soon to follow! Give us a call at 802-375-1500.

We here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties are beyond thrilled to announce that on October 2nd, 2021 we will be hosting our first every Charity Golf Tournament! This tournament is benefiting South Western Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). We are especially grateful to all our essential workers at the hospital and are proud to support this wonderful cause!

SVMC has provided quality medical care for the Bennington area for roughly 100 years. It has nine total locations that service Bennington, New York, and Massachusetts. This year has been far from easy and even more challenging with the Covid 19 Pandemic. Yet, SVMC has provided excellent care to many in our local communities despite the many difficulties they have faced.

We are so looking forward to supporting the hospital in this charity tournament and we hope to see many of you there! Keep an eye out on our Instagram and Website where more details are soon to follow!

Tragedy Clean Ups With Care.

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Two crew members in PPE waving their hands. If a disaster strikes and you don't know what to do, give us a call and we will handle it for you.

When tragedy strikes such as a crime, not many people think about what to do after in regard to the mess that is left over. We here at SERVPRO however, are here to help. When a crime or other biohazard event causes a mess you need specially trained professionals to come down to do the proper cleanup. We here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties offer services that include:

  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Crime scene residues
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Blood cleanup
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Animal remains or waste
  • Meth lab cleanup

Biohazard cleanups include blood, bodily fluids, vomit, animal waste, used needles, and much more. In order to handle these sensitive and dangerous materials, one needs to be a trained professional who understands how to properly handle them, so they do not cause any harm to others around. Our team of highly trained professionals who are certified in biohazard cleanup are fully equipped with the proper tools, cleaning products, and materials to get the job done safely and returned to previous conditions. Our team has the proper personal protective equipment otherwise known as PPE, which they will wear for the entire duration of the job.

We understand that biohazard situations require more then just a great care for safety, but they all require a great deal of sensitivity. We are here to make sure the job is done quickly and cautiously to help you and your families during these difficult times. You never know what occurred that requires this type of cleanup, so we strive to treat each customer and job with the utmost compassion and kindness. If you or your loved ones need any sort of biohazard cleanup, please do not hesitate to call us SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at (802) 375-1500.

The Steps of Mold Remediation

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Affected room of mold and wallpaper Give us a call for all your Mold Remedation needs. 802-375-1500

Mold is a type of fungus. These tiny organisms can be orange, black, green, or white. Most types of mold prefer warm environments, but they can live and grow in any kind of environment. A lot of mold issues start in hard to access areas such as dark basement or attic corners that can be tough to spot. However, once you notice the problem it is time to contact mold cleanup and remediation professionals! We here at SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties have many years of experience in mold remediation and the proper skills and equipment to get the job done safely for you!

                The first step professionals take when preparing for mold cleanup is to establish containment! This could range from closing doors between the affected and non-affected areas or setting up plastic barriers and wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

                PPE includes specialized protective gear such as boots, the proper mask, gloves, and jumpsuits. This gear protects the technicians doing the work but also prevents the spread of mold spores throughout the rest of the home.

                Next comes the tear out. Mold spreads and feeds and causes a lot of damage to the structure of your home. For example, when cleaning black mold technicians will tear out dry wall and other materials to prevent further spreading. Once most of the mold affected areas and materials have been removed your technician will then use specialized cleaners and disinfectants to remove the rest of the mold and we will do our best to prevent new growth.

                Another important step in preventing further spread of mold is to dry out wet materials. Mold thrives in humidity so by decreasing the level of humidity and moisture new mold spores cannot develop into colonies.

                We here at SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties are here to help you with all your mold remediation needs. We have technicians who are specialized and certified in mold remediation who are eager to help you and return your home to looking "Like it never even happened."

Hurricane Week and Flash Floods?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Satelite image of a Hurricane Give us a Call for all your Storm Emergency Needs. 802-375-1500

What is a flash flood? A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas, usually caused by heavy from sever thunderstorms, hurricanes, or collapsing of human made structures like dams. The National Weather Service defines flash flooding as flooding that begins within 6 hours of heavy rainfall.  They also recommend people get out of the area of the flash flood and not attempt to face it or cross its paths.

                What makes these floods so dangerous is how rapidly they can occur and how fast moving the water can be. Flash floods are serious and many loose their lives yearly from them. There are several steps however you can take to keep you and your family safe during a flash flood!

  1. Have an emergency plan and kit ready to go.
  2. Follow evacuation orders immediately.
  3. Stay up to date on weather forecasts.
  4. Do not attempt to walk and or drive near flooded areas.
  5. If it is too late to evacuate your home call 911 and move to the highest point in your home.

We here at SERVPRO know the seriousness of flash floods and we are always here to help. If you’ve experienced any water damage due to a recent storm, give SERVPRO Bennington and Rutland Counties a call and well make sure to make it "Like it never even happened."

Summer Grilling Safety Tips!

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

fire up the BBQ Give us a Call for all you fire and water damage needs. 802-375-1500.

Every year when the weather gets warmer more and more people are outdoors using their grills! We can’t help it, with summer right upon us there is nothing better then being outside grilling some BBQ enjoying the warm weather! Unfortunately, on average every year roughly just over 10,000 home fires occur due to grills, hibachis, and barbecues. Here are some BBQ safety tips that will keep you and your home safe for your summer barbecuing season:

  1. Keep your grill away from any structures, such as your house, porch, or garage.
  2. Regularly clean your grill, grease is a major source of flare ups.
  3. Check for gas leaks.
  4. Always have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies.
  5. Never leave your grill unattended.
  6. Keep a spray bottle of water handy incase minor flare ups happen you can spray with water to instantly calm it.
  7. Never use your grill indoors!
  8. Keep children and pets away from grill!
  9. Always wait for your grill to cool off before attempting to move it.
  10. If using a charcoal grill always soak coals in grill with water after cooking.

These are just a few tips we thought you would find helpful while grilling this summer!

There are just a few tips we loved ones experience a fire please give us a call. We here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties are a team of highly trained professionals who are experts in Fire restoration. We are available 24/7 for all your fire restoration needs so give us a call at (802)375-1500.

Summer Vacation Plans? Protect Your Home From Water Damage While You Are Away!

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Hawaii Beaches Give us a Call if you have an emergency and can't get to it. We are here to help! 518-677-3444

Summer 2021 officially kicks off June 21st, 2021! And with summer usually comes a vacation. We all could use a vacation and the last thing you want to worry about on vacation is a water damage in your home when you return. One of the most common causes of home water damage during the summer is when a family leaves to go on vacation. We leave our homes empty for days, weeks, and some people even months and the tiniest of leaks left unchecked can cause a substantial amount of water damage that can be devastating!

                In order to prevent water damages from occurring while you are on vacation it is important to prepare your home! We here at SERVPRO have some tips to ensure the safety of your home!

  1. Turn off the main water. Turning off the water main to your home will avoid water pressure from building up in your pipes and weaken them.
  2. Turn off your water heater. This prevents your water heater from having any problem while you are away.
  3. Drain your pipes. Running faucets in your home will ensure that the pipes are alleviated of any pressure.
  4. Have a friend or neighbor check on your home. With so much that can go wrong when we are away from our homes having someone to check on your house will be the best way to sure any situation that unfortunately can occur will be handled quickly and this will decrease the amount of damage that can happen.

If you or your loved ones experience any kind of water damage, we here at SERVPRO are available 24/7 for all of your water restoration needs. We have state of the art equipment as well as IICRC water mitigation experts who will be there at any time of the day to help you in a time of need. Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you experience a water damage at 518-677-3444. We are happy to help!

Why Your North Rensselaer/ South Washington County Business Needs an Emergency Ready Profile

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Ipad of with ERP Download the app! Call us 518-677-3444

Business owners are under a lot of stress and have a lot to worry about, but how to handle an emergency should not be one of those concerns. Your business needs a SERBPRO ERP. 

An Emergency Ready Profile or an ERP, is a plan that is put into place specifically for when an emergency strikes. An example of a type of an emergency could be a fire in your business or a pipe breaking and flooding your business, etc. Although not all catastrophes cannot be prevented having an ERP in place works to prevent situations from escalating. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan application is designed for commercial use and is geared towards property and risk managers as well as business owners.

                Having an ERP helps to preparer you in a sense that the more you know what t expect during any kind of emergency leads to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water, storm, and fire damage can affect your business.  Our ERPs include

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise profile which contains critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO franchise as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identify the line of command for work to be authorized and started.
  • Identifies your facilities shut off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contacts.

We here at SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/ South Washington Counties are happy to provide you with access to our mobile app to take full advantage of this NO COST service and we would be happy to provide your business with an ERP. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (518)677-3444 at any time for an appointment. Keep your business up and running with peace of mind and an action plan in place. We are in business so you can stay in business!

Summer Storms are Just Around the Corner!

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Storm Logo SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties want you to be safe this summer. 802-375-1500

Did you know that thunderstorms are most likely to occur in the spring and summer months? Just because the weather is nice and warm does not mean that summer storms are not dangerous! As of June 20th summer is officially here so now is the time to start thinking about how to prepare for summer storms. Follow these simple tips below to be more prepared!

  1. Keep cash on you.
  2. Fill your gas tanks and any extra gas tanks that you have.
  3. Ensure you have plenty of drinking water handy and nonperishable foods.
  4. Charge your mobile devices.
  5. Have extra chargers that you can charge your device with incase you lose power.
  6. Keep a light source on you such as a candle or flashlight.
  7. Have ice on you and store some in a cooler in case the power goes out.
  8. Move your vehicles away from trees.
  9. Make sure your pets are secure and protected, ensure you have enough food and water for them.
  10. Strap anything outside that could fly away such as a grill, tables, and chairs, etc.
  11. Steer clear from windows which could easily break at any moment.
  12. Avoid taking baths and showers.
  13. Always keep a first aid kit in your home.
  14. If your town is evacuating because of a storm if you have time board up and secure your windows and any other openings of your home.
  15. Avoid electrical wires especially if you are experiencing a water damage as well.

These are just a few helpful tips that may help you and your loved ones during a summer storm. If you do have damage to your home or building and need assistance, please give SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties a call at 802-375-1500. We are available 24/7 for all your water, fire, mold, storm, and biohazard needs.

Tips and Tricks for Mold Remediation

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Affected wall with Mold Give us a call for your Mold Remediation 802-375-1500

Mold is a type of fungus. These tiny organisms can be orange, black, green, or white. Most types of mold prefer warm environments, but they can live and grow in any kind of environment. A lot of mold issues start in hard to access areas such as dark basement or attic corners that can be tough to spot. However, once you notice the problem it is time to contact mold cleanup and remediation professionals! We here at SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties have many years of experience in mold remediation and the proper skills and equipment to get the job done safely for you!

                The first step professionals take when preparing for mold cleanup is to establish containment! This could range from closing doors between the affected and non-affected areas or setting up plastic barriers and wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

                PPE includes specialized protective gear such as boots, the proper mask, gloves, and jumpsuits. This gear protects the technicians doing the work but also prevents the spread of mold spores throughout the rest of the home.

                Next comes the tear out. Mold spreads and feeds and causes a lot of damage to the structure of your home. For example, when cleaning black mold technicians will tear out dry wall and other materials to prevent further spreading. Once most of the mold affected areas and materials have been removed your technician will then use specialized cleaners and disinfectants to remove the rest of the mold and we will do our best to prevent new growth.

                Another important step in preventing further spread of mold is to dry out wet materials. Mold thrives in humidity so by decreasing the level of humidity and moisture new mold spores cannot develop into colonies.

                We here at SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties are here to help you with all your mold remediation needs. We have technicians who are specialized and certified in mold remediation who are eager to help you and return your home to looking, "Like it never even happened."