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How To Prevent Dryer Fires

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Dryer Vent Clogged with Lint and Dirt Give us a Call for Vent cleaning so that you dont have a fire!

Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association every year roughly 13,820 home fires are caused by clothes dryers? About 27 percent of these fires are due to the accumulation of lint in the dryer! Who would have thought that a third of the reason these fires occur is due to a failure to clean dryer vents! Not properly cleaning out your dryer vent can set you up for a serious fire hazard that can cause a lot of harm.

                Here are some simple tips to ensure the safety of you and your home:

  1. Clean out your lint filter after every load! Doing this will help prevent a fire but also dry your clothes much faster! The back of your dryer should also be cleaned because lint can at times build up in that area as well. The vent pipe/exhaust should also be emptied with a plumbers snake every few months as well to help avoid a lint fire.
  2. Proper use of your machine! You want to avoid over filling your dryer as well with too many clothes for a single load. You also want to avoid drying items that are made of plastic or rubber. You never want to put clothing in your dryer that has oil, gas, alcohol, or any other flammable products.
  3. Turn your dryer off! Always ensure your dryer is off before leaving your home or going to bed.
  4. Routine Maintenance! You want to inspect your equipment to make sure there is no damage or build up of lint. Also check outside venting for blockages from things like bird nests.

Dryer/lint fires are almost always preventable if you take the proper precautions. If your home has been damaged by a dryer fire, please call us, SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/ South Washington Counties at 518-677-3444.

Mitigation Vs. Remediation

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Tile with mold and sheetrock mold Give us a call if you have a mold problem! 802-375-1500

SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties often gets asked the question, “What is the difference between Mitigation and Remediation?”. So, let us help you clear up a lot of your questions when it comes to a disaster that happens either in your home or business.

What is Mitigation?

The actual definition of Mitigation is the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something. For example, if there was a water loss that happened, and an area was flooded and it had damaged your structure, SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties would mitigate the loss. This means we remove the effects materials and use drying equipment to help prevent any further damage in the coming future. I.e. Mold Growth.

What is Remediation?

Remediation is the act of remedying something, in reversing or stopping environmental damage. For example, if you have a lot of mold in an area, SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties will remove the mold and help prevent it from coming back by using industrial strength microbials and equipment to remediate the problem. Mold is a natural spore that can spread throughout an area, so it is best that the problem is dealt with at a professional level.

If you have any questions about the technical terms used in the restoration business, Give us a Call today! 802-375-1500

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Restaurant with equipment set up Give us a call if your Restaurant is under water! 802-375-1500

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties 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

SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties 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 arises in your business, give SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties.

SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties 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. For 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

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.