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Water Damage in Your Basement? SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties Is Here To Help!

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Extraction, Bennington Vt. GIVE US A CALL!!! 802-375-1500

A basement can flood or have a water damage at any given time, especially during a heavy rainfall. And we here in the Bennington/ Rutland County area are no strangers to heavy rainfall! What makes basements however so prone to flooding and water damages is that they are the lowest level of a home most times even below ground level. If a flood water is not handled quickly and properly it can cause severe damage to your home and structure.

                We recently remediated a water damage in a basement of a home in Bennington County. The customer called us quickly and we were able to get their home back to "Like it never even happened." It is worth making a call to SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties we are flooded basement specialists with the proper equipment and team of trained professionals who are eager to restore your home back to its original state!  We are available 24/7 and are a preferred vendor to many National Insurance Companies! We also use IICRC Restoration Standards and our technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques.

                So, a flooded basement? Call us at 802-375-1500! We are happy to help you with all your water damage needs.

SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties, explains what an Air Scrubber is.

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Bennington County Fire Restoration equipment SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties is keeping its customers and employees safe with the use of an Air Scrubber. Give us Call 802-375-1500

An air scrubber also known as a High Efficiency Particulate Air vacuum is a portable filtration system that removes particles, chemicals, and gases from the air within a given area. This piece of equipment draws in air from the surrounding environment and the air then passes through a series of filters to remove any contaminants that may be there.  Air scrubbers are essential during restoration jobs such as mold, dust asbestos, and fires where airborne contaminants are present and can disturb the restoration process. Air scrubbers use several different filters, a HEPA filter can remove 99.7% of particulates in diameter, Primary Filters are used to protect the HEPA filters, and charcoal filters are primarily used for fire damage jobs.

                We recently took care of a fire in a home in Bennington County that had a fire damage, and an air scrubber was needed during our fire damage restoration process. As explained above an air scrubber filters particles that are in the air well, when your Bennington home experiences a fire many large particles are still floating in the air. Smoke particles can be extremely dangerous to your health and your safety is our number one priority here at SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties which is why we always use the proper equipment when restoring your home or business.  However, these particles are not only dangerous to your health as well as our staff who are restoring your home but, they also produce a strong odor that is often associated with fires. If these particles continue to float in your home the home will stay contaminated making it impossible to restore.

SERVPRO uses air scrubbers not only for fire damages but also for mold jobs, sewage damages, and even at times when homeowners have respiratory problems that are due to poor air conditions. Please call us here at 802-375-1500 if you would like to know more about our services! We are always happy to help!

Water Damage in Your Basement? SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Is Here To Help!

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Bennington County basement flood Give SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland County a call if your basement gets flooded. 802-375-1500!

A basement can flood or have a water damage at any given time, especially during a heavy rainfall. What makes basements so prone to flooding and water damages is that they are the lowest level f a home most times even below ground level. If a flood water is not handled quickly and properly it can cause severe damage to your home and structure.

                We recently remediated a water damage in a basement of a home in Bennington County. The customer called us quickly and we were able to get their home back to "Like it never even happened." It is worth making a call to SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties we are flooded basement specialists with the proper equipment and team of trained professionals who are eager to restore your home back to its original state!  We are available 24/7 and are a preferred vendor to many National Insurance Companies! We also use IICRC Restoration Standards and our technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques.

                So, a flooded basement? Call us at 802-375-1500! We are happy to help you with all your water damage needs.

Recent House Fire in Arlington Vermont

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Arlington Vermont Kitchen Fire This photo was taken in Arlington Vermont, of a kitchen that recently had a fire loss and SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties is restoring it.

Recent House Fire in Arlington Vermont!

We here at SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties recently helped a family return their Arlington VT home back to "Like it never even happened." We recently took care of a home that was damaged due to a grease fire that originated in the kitchen.  The kitchen was severely damaged and required lots of demolition, but many other rooms were affected by the fire and needed to be cleaned as well. Our crew got out there immediately and the customer's home has been repaired!

According to the U.S Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting between the years 2014-2016 there were roughly 188,800 cooking related fires that cost about $463 million in property loss! And Grease fires are one of the most dangerous cooking fires! Here are some safety tips to help prevent kitchen fires!

  1. Before cooking make sure all spills have been wiped up and your burner is cool.
  2. Never add water to grease, water and oil do not mix and when added together the water will sink to the bottom and evaporate spreading your oil flame everywhere.
  3. Use a screen that can cover your pan and protect against splatters outside of the pan.
  4. Never leave your stove unattended!
  5. As soon as you see smoke remove pan immediately and turn off the heat source!
  6. If a flame occurs attempt to remove all oxygen from flame, for example cover with another pot.
  7. If unable to cover fire pour baking soda over it.
  8. Use a class B fire extinguisher to put out the flame
  9. Call 911 and evacuate your home as a last resort. If the above steps do not work, you should evacuate your home immediately and call 911.

We here at SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties have the skills and proper products/equipment to restore your homes that have been impacted by a fire. If you experience a fire in your home or business, please call us at 802-375-1500. 

Mold Remediation in Bennington County Basement

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Bennington County, Vermont Photo taken from a basement in Bennington County Vermont of black mold.

SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties offers mold remediation services. Mold is a type of fungus that can grown in many different types of environments. These small organisms can be black, white, orange, green, or purple.  Mold remediation signifigantly reduces the mold spore count back to safe baseline levels. We here at SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties have all the proper protective equipment as well as products and machinery that are equipped to handle any sort of mold damage you may have in your home or buisiness. Mold tends to grow best in moist environments so here are a few tips to check in your home that could potentially help you from having a mold damage.

                Be on the watch for the following in your home:

  1. Plumbing problems- common leaks such as from a toilet or a sink may go unnoticed and can cause mold growth. Be sure to check areas lie these regularly
  2. Flooding- if your home is flooded due to heavy rain be sure to have your home dried out by professionals to make sure no moisture is left behind and mold cannot grow. We here at SERVPRO Bennington and Rutland Counties are well equipped to handle your water mitigation needs as well.
  3. Roof leaks- keep your roof in good condition, making sure there are no leaks. And frequently check you attic yearly for moisture build up.
  4. Foundation problems- Soil that is around your home should always be sloped downward and away from your home to prevent water from entering your basement and flooding.
  5. Wipe down walls- after you shower moisture sits on those walls which can lead to mold growth. Best way to prevent this is wiping those walls down with towel or sponge every time after you bathe.
  6. Air flow- be sure that there is enough air flow in your home, exhaust fans can be used in your kitchens and bathrooms to vent outside your home.
  7. Humidity- keep the humidity levels in your home less than 50%
  8. Natural light- allow the sun into your home, mold grows best in dark environments so natural light can help prevent growth.

If you need mold remediation done in your Bennington County home please call us at 802-375-1500 and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Bennington and Rutland County Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program of Bennington and Rutland Counties SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! 802-375-1500

SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties is proud to be a part of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned—a cleaning and disinfecting program that SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties offers to commercial locations during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC) program is to provide our communities with a way to know that a structure has been cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected to minimize harmful pathogens. This is a level of clean that goes far beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. Being able to reopen business is just the beginning of our new journey and way of life. Employees may be hesitant to return to work, and customers may wonder whether the businesses they visit are a safe environment. So, when businesses choose SERVPRO, their employees, customers, and community can rest assured that they have selected a “higher standard of clean”—Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. If a structure is sanitized and disinfected as part of the CSC program, a window decal shield will be left at the structure, as well as a separate window decal which should be dated by SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties to let everyone know when it was last sanitized and disinfected.

If your business is getting ready to reopen and you want to give you employees and customers peace of mind that your business what Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, then give us a CALL! 802-375-1500

SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland are the Storm Damage Experts

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Remediation

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. 

Storm damage in Bennington and Rutland Counties, Vermont can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition.  

Placing your trust in SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling.   

Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties.

Call 802-375-1500 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

TIPS on How To Prevent Mold Growth in Rutland Vermont

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties, Vermont has released tips on the six steps to help prevent the growth of mold after water damage has occurred.

14,000 people daily are affected by water damage. It is important to know how to eliminate conditions in which mold may grow and infest the home to help prevent the growth of molds.

All homeowners who have recently experienced water damage should be concerned about mold, as it can grow rapidly. Worse yet, it doesn’t take much water for it grow and it can be much deadlier than expected. The sooner an infestation is taken care of, the better.

Here are six tips to help reduce the likelihood of mold growth:

Remove the water as quickly as possible.

Use a wet or dry vacuum to soak up as much water as possible. This limits the possibility for the mold to grow.

Use fans to dry the floors and carpets faster.

It may take several days for fans to completely dry water damage. Leave them on constantly for at least a few weeks to help circulate cool and fresh air as well as speed up the drying process.

Dehumidify the affected room.

Mold grows in moist, warm and dark areas. Dehumidifying the room helps cool the air and limit mold and mildew growth. Any equipment you can use to dry the air and ground will be useful in mold prevention.

Steam-clean your carpet.

Steam-clean any and all carpets to properly sanitize and wipe out any spores which may have started growing. Any water-damaged carpet padding may need to be replaced, but is still much cheaper than having to entirely re-carpet the house.

Sanitize walls and baseboards.

Anything that has been touched by storm water should immediately be sanitized. Clean any hardwood floors, walls, or other surfaces with soap, water, chlorine, and bleach to minimize mold growth.

Lastly, check affected furniture for any signs of mold growth that may have begun

Check all furniture for water damage, and remove the furniture from wet flooring. Water damage may hide itself under carpets or rugs, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the home.

Even following the above steps, it is likely that a mold infestation may still be present in the home. If any visible signs of mold are noticed, then an infestation/colonization has occurred. For any extensive mold damage situations, it is best to call in the professionals, such as SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties.

Water damage and mold remediation solutions

SERVPRO is the leading company in fire damage, and mold remediation areas. They are constantly investing in the latest training for mold remediation so that they can meet any customer service needs. Call SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at 802-375-1500

SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties Provides Great Solutions to Storm Damaged Properties

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes several days of heavy rains follow one after the other, greatly increasing the possibility of home flooding. Rivers and streams rise with the added precipitation, threatening nearby homes, and another flood risk indicator is the saturated soil. SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties is ready to help local homeowners reverse the lasting effects of flood damage.   

One storm front follows another, pushing the capacity of the ground to absorb more water. This train of storms means water flows downhill into your home’s walkout lower level, and you notice more moisture seeping in through the foundation. Do not wait for the rains to stop before calling us about the flood damage to your home.

Our crew arrives with truck-mounted pumps and extractors, powerful and ready to start removing water even if the storm knocked out local power lines. Work begins after we ensure electricity is not live in the flooded area -- safety first for you and the SERVPRO restoration crew. The water collected may be contaminated with fertilizers, pesticides, and animal waste, so we contain and dispose of it under local regulation.   

Technicians sanitize the surface with appropriate antimicrobials as others operate the extractors on carpeting. SERVPRO workers receive advanced training on how to remove the most moisture without stretching or tearing the carpet fibers from the backing. The impure flood water is difficult to pull out of the padding and may accelerate mold growth. Usually, we remove and replace the padding as it is cost effective and because of the risk of retained impurities contributing to secondary flood damage.   

The SERVPRO team positions air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce lingering moisture quickly. Throughout the process, we measure moisture levels to ensure we hit appropriate drying targets. Because the flooded space is partially within the home’s foundation, we check the perimeter for additional seepage and hidden pockets of water in cinder blocks or behind paneling or drywall. We do not consider the restoration job finished until all evidence of excess moisture disappears and measurements are within the normal range.   

We move furnishings and stored personal belongings out of the flooded area for evaluation and to allow easier cleanup of the floors and walls. SERVPRO inventories items transferred and consults with you to help determine what to dry and restore and what to discard. Important documents and treasured pictures and heirlooms respond best to a freeze drying restoration procedure and need to be stabilized off-site swiftly.   

Rely on SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties to respond fast and efficiently to your home’s flooding issues. Our staff awaits your call at (802) 375-1500 to schedule an estimate.

Mold Damage Source in Bennington & Rutland Counties

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is everywhere. The spores that form mold growths are in the air and inside every home and business. The only exceptions are ‘clean rooms’; surgical theaters for example or some electronic assembly chambers.

If you want to understand mold damage in your Rutland, Vermont home, it is necessary to know how mold expands and grows anywhere in the right temperature range with sufficient moisture and food.  

Mold starts as a tiny spore, usually airborne. Each one is tinier than a mustard seed, and a mass of thousands is smaller than the head of a pin. When these airborne spores settle on a surface, they remain inert unless they come into contact a source of moisture. The initial amount of water does not need to be more than a few drops, that is all it takes for spores to expand and extend hyphae.   

These extensions spread across surfaces to expand the new growth. When they find a food source, hyphae grow into the material; normally construction items like drywall and ceiling tiles. They sustain the growth and speed expansion as well.   

Most mold grows at a range of 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Since this is the temperature range for most homes in North America year-round, fungi growth is a problem in Fall and Winter as well as Spring and Summer. Obviously, the best way to stop mold growth is to turn off the moisture since it is also the starting point of the growth. Then we eliminate the source, be it a leaking pipe, pooled water under a damaged section of roof, a severe flood, or something else.  

With the mold halted, we begin cleaning and removal. First, we isolate the area as best as possible; this prevents accidental contamination of other, clean parts of the house. After an initial pass with commercial grade vacuums to pull up loose spores, we remove all building material and personal property with mold. Depending on the item and the amount of mold involved, we clean it on-site, at our facility, or dispose of it.    For mold on the structure, we use a variety of anti-fungal agents and tools to kill and remove surface mold. If the spores have grown just below the surface, we remove the piece or cut away the affected section if structural integrity remains uncompromised. 

Stopping mold and removing the damage from your home is not a simple task. At, SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties we have the personnel, training, and equipment needed to ensure we do it as quickly as possible and still provide a safe environment for you and your family to return home.

If you need us, call today at (802) 375-1500.