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Make a Food Plan for the Next Storm Outage!

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Snowstorms, ice storms, thunderstorms if severe enough all can knock out your power quickly. And we here in the Bennington and Rutland areas know a few things about storms! Sometimes power outages can last days or even weeks depending on how quickly the electric company is able to service your area. Having a stockpile can ease you and your families’ minds during such an event.

                One suggestion we have is to always keep the staples on hand. Do not be one of those pre-storm shoppers that runs to the grocery store and empties out all the bread and milk in the aisle! If you set aside the staples you need throughout the year you can avoid all the pre storm grocery store mayhem!

                Some essentials to have in your stockpile:

  • Bottled water
  • Protein bars
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Plant based milk
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • Canned beans
  • Canned fish
  • Canned meat
  • Canned veggies
  • Canned fruit
  • Rice

It is important to keep your refrigerator closed as much as possible. If you keep your refrigerator closed it usually can stay at a safe temperature of below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for roughly 4 hours. Freezers will stay cold for 24-48 hours as well if kept closed.

These are just a few tips on making a food plan for the next storm! The team at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties has specialized training and experience in storm damage restoration, water restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at 802-375-1500.

Mold Containment

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

During a recent mold remediation job at a Bennington Vt commercial establishment, we created an area of full containments to separate the mold affected areas from non affected areas. This helps prevent the spread of mold spores throughout the whole facility. Mold has a tendency to grow anywhere there is high moisture and easily can be transported from one room or surface to another. When our trained professionals come in they will use personal protective equipment to protect themselves from being exposed to the mold and also use these containments to prevent further spread of mold.  These containments consist of airtight layers of polyethylene that seals off the affected area. The containments act as negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. Before the mold remediation starts, it is important that the source of moisture (such as a leaky roof) is identified and fixed, otherwise mold may return.

Tips to Prevent A Sewage Backup

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

A sewage backup is something none of us want to experience! Unfortunately, many of us will face this unexpected disaster. However, we here at SERVPRO are here to help! We have the training and expertise as well as the equipment that is needed to help you in a time like this. Our team deals with sewage backups on a weekly basis and are ready at anytime 24/7 to help you and your family during these tough times. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to try and reduce your hances of encountering a sewage problem.

  1. Do Not Pour Cooking Oil Down Your Drains

Many people think that they can dispose of cooking oil down their toilets or sink drains. However, this is one of the worst things you can do to your drains! Cooking oil hardens in your drains and make it difficult for debris to drain causing clogged pipes which can lead to sewage problems. The best practice is to dispose of cooking oil into a heat resistant container and throwing it in your trash can once it cools off.

  1. Maintain Your Sewage System

Check your sump pump pit regularly for debris that could be sucked up into the pump causing damage. Ensure that the filter is there in order to prevent debris from getting inside the pump. You should also periodically have a professional sewer cleaning performed to remove debris that can accumulate in your sewer lines.

  1. Prevent Tree Root Damage

If your sewer lines are older you make want to consider replacing them with new plastic pipes. Plastic pipes are much more resistant to damage from tree roots. If tree root problems persist you may want to periodically trim your roots or remove trees that are too close to the sewer line.

                If you experience a sewage backpack in your home please do not hesitate to give us a call at 802-375-1500!

Know Your Hurricanes!

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

The best way to prepare for any sort of natural disaster is to educate yourself and understand them! Hurricanes are no different, when you are sitting at home  watching television and you see reports that a hurricane is coming you likely think, how bad is this storm and what do I need to do to protect myself and my family?

                One of the most common tools used to decipher and understand hurricanes is called the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This scale categorizes hurricanes based off their wind speeds primarily. There are 5 categories on this scale. Hurricanes reaching a category 3 or higher are major hurricanes with life threatening and significant potential for extreme damage.

                Category 1 hurricanes have wind speeds between 74-95mph. This level of a storm will likely cause minimal damage to your home. This speed of wind however can still lead to some damages and loss of power.

                Category 2 hurricanes have wind speeds between 96-110mph. Winds of this speed can cause an increase in damage to your home and property. Several trees may be down, roads can be shut down, and power outages will most definitely occur.

                Category 3 hurricanes have wind speeds between 111-129mph. Significant damage will be done to most homes such some roof damage. Power outages will occur lasting several days typically with this high level of a storm.

                Category 4 hurricanes have wind speeds between 130-156mph. Storms of this category are very deadly and destructive. Significant damage that is sometimes irreparable will be done to your home and property.

                Category 5 hurricanes have winds that are greater than 157mph. This is the highest category of a storm on this scale. A storm of this caliber is highly destructive leaving buildings, homes, and even entire residential areas uninhabitable for weeks or even months.

                We here at SERVPRO can help you prepare for any storms that lay ahead by completing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Please call us if you have any questions we are always here to help. We can be reached at 802-375-1500. 

Media Blasting

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

What is media blasting? Media blasting is the use of compressed air, abrasive media and a specialized machine that removes debris such as char from a surface. This method is a quick way to prepare a surface for refinishing or painting. We typically use this method during fire damages when we need to remove char off surfaces such as walls and framing.

There are several different types of media that can be used such as glass, garnet, or silicon carbide. Each of these mediums are for different uses. Glass bead media is the most common used. It is usually made from recycled glass and is used to remove things like paint and result off of surfaces. Garnet is also a popular media although it is not as abrasive as other medias it is very effective for areas covered in light debridement such as charring. Silicone Carbide is one of the toughest abrasive media you can get. It is fast cutting and can even be used for carving hard metals or stones.

Recently we were working on a fire damage that had some charring and needed some media blasting. Check out the photos below for some before and after looks at the soda blasting, we did! If you or someone you know experiences a fire damage, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 518-677-3444 and we will handle all your fire damage needs!

What About Your Ducts?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that the air ducts in your home can have an impact on your health! Air ducts provide an especially important function they circulate air from your heating and cooling systems into each of the rooms in your home. The air that you and your loved ones breathe in circulates through those ducts’ multiple times a day! So naturally, you would want those ducts to be as clean as possible so the air that filtrates through them will also be clean!

Air duct cleaning involves the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems. This included the supply and return air ducts and registers, grills and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, drip pans, fan motor and fan housing, as well as the air handling unit housing.

If not properly maintained these components of your air duct system may become contaminated with dust particles, pollen, and other debris. Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprits in poor air quality. Proper cleaning can reduce the allergens and irritants and improve air quality and breathing. 

Having your ducts professionally cleaned can also remove unpleasant smells and odors. Odors from pets, cleaning agents, paint fumes, tobaccos and even mold contribute to odors in air ducts. And every time your duct system is on these odors repeatedly flow through your home. A professional cleaning removes all odor trapped particles and freshens the smell in your home!

Ductwork that has heavy build up and debris also restricts and can block the air flows efficiency. This forces your system to have to work harder to cool or heat your home, decreasing the efficiency.

We here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties have the state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to clean your ducts and HVAC systems properly and professionally. Please give us a call at (802)375-1500 and we will be happy schedule and appointment to inspect your duct system and schedule the cleaning!

How Clean is Clean?

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

How clean is Clean? Image of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned table toppers. Give us a call for all your cleaning needs. 802-375-1500

Did you know there are different “levels” of clean? There are 3 levels of clean. First being sanitizing, disinfecting, and sterilization. We here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties pride ourselves in our cleaning and making your home or business back to "Like it never even happened." We specialize in water, mold, fire restoration, as well as biohazard and carpet cleanings. Below are the three different levels of cleaning.

  • Sanitary- when things are sanitized that means soils and microorganisms are removed to point that general health of humans is protected. Sanitizing lowers the number of germs that are on surfaces to a safe level.
  • Disinfecting- is when at least 99% of the soils and microorganisms are removed from a surface or object and killed.
  • Sterilizing- removes 100% of soils and organisms on surfaces and objects.

So if you or your loved ones are looking for the SERVPRO clean way please do not hesitate to give us a call at (802)375-1500.

Why Choose SERVPRO As Your Water Restoration Team? - Our Drying Equipment

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

7000 Dehumidifier Give us a call if you home needs some drying out. 802-375-1500

Water damages in Bennington & Rutland Counties can occur from several sources in your residence from a faulty appliance to a leaking pipe. With so many avenues that could allow for water damage, you need a team of professionals with the expertise and the training to handle all the obstacles that might stand in the way of a fully restored property. Our SERVPRO team is a group of highly trained professionals who go through extensive training to obtain water restoration certifications. Our team not only includes our amazing staff but also includes our state of the art equipment!

                Our drying equipment for water damages mainly comes down to two pieces of equipment, our air movers and our dehumidifiers. Air movers are used to increase air flow and to move air across wet surfaces which accelerates evaporation and speeds up the drying process! Dehumidifiers on the other hand, pulls water and moisture from the air using condensing coils. Both pieces of equipment are essential “members” of our water damage team!

                If your Bennington & Rutland County home or business experiences a water damage, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are a 24/7 emergency service team who no matter the day or hour are always here to help.  We take pride in restoring your home or facility back to "Like it never even happened." So please give us a call at 802-375-1500 for all your water damage needs!

Know Your Hurricanes!

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Tree on a House in Cambridge Ny Give us a Call for all your storm damage needs. 802-375-1500

The best way to prepare for any sort of natural disaster is to educate yourself and understand them! Hurricanes are no different, when you are sitting at home watching television and you see reports that a hurricane is coming you likely think, how bad is this storm and what do I need to do to protect myself and my family?

                One of the most common tools used to decipher and understand hurricanes is called the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This scale categorizes hurricanes based off their wind speeds primarily. There are 5 categories on this scale. Hurricanes reaching a category 3 or higher are major hurricanes with life threatening and significant potential for extreme damage.

                Category 1 hurricanes have wind speeds between 74-95mph. This level of a storm will likely cause minimal damage to your home. This speed of wind however can still lead to some damages and loss of power.

                Category 2 hurricanes have wind speeds between 96-110mph. Winds of this speed can cause an increase in damage to your home and property. Several trees may be down, roads can be shut down, and power outages will most definitely occur.

                Category 3 hurricanes have wind speeds between 111-129mph. Significant damage will be done to most homes such some roof damage. Power outages will occur lasting several days typically with this high level of a storm.

                Category 4 hurricanes have wind speeds between 130-156mph. Storms of this category are very deadly and destructive. Significant damage that is sometimes irreparable will be done to your home and property.

                Category 5 hurricanes have winds that are greater than 157mph. This is the highest category of a storm on this scale. A storm of this caliber is highly destructive leaving buildings, homes, and even entire residential areas uninhabitable for weeks or even months.

                We here at SERVPRO can help you prepare for any storms that lay ahead by completing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Please call us if you have any questions we are always here to help. We can be reached at 802-375-1500. 

Specialized Drying Equipment to Save Your Bennington & Rutland County Hardwood Floors

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Before/During/After Give us a call if your hardwood floors like this before photo. 802-375-1500

Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to your home that are awfully expensive and that you would want to preserve! However, when hardwood flooring gets wet during a water damage it can cause serious problems. Even if the water is cleaned up immediately, the water may have already penetrated the flooring. If the water penetrates the flooring it travels under the floorboards which can cause them to swell and to buckle. It can take roughly 48 hours for visible signs of water damage in wood flooring and in many cases this damage can be irreversible which means the flooring will require replacement if it cannot be salvaged. As we stated before, timing is essential when evaluating water damaged hardwood flooring, the length of time the floor is wet is a critical factor. If the flooring dwells in water too long, it is possible for the board to warp and buckle so severely that they can break. Rapid response is critical!

                This is where SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties comes in to help! We here have the proper state of the art drying equipment specifically designed for saving hardwood floors. The system is called a “Trapped Moisture Ventilation System”. It works by placing plastic mats on wet hardwood flooring and using suction to dry the moisture out of the floors. This drying process usually takes around 3 days or more to return the moisture content of the floor back to normal. And in most cases, you will not even need to refinish your hardwood floors!

                SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Please do not hesitate to give us a call immediately at (802)375-1500 we are a 24/7 emergency service who are always here to help!