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Types of Storm Damage in Vermont

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties customers are in an area where they could experience the following types of storm related damage: 

Hurricane Damage

There are two chances of getting hit by a hurricane in Vermont: Fat and Slim. But storms are getting stronger and more frequent (and the hurricane center is tracking them better). Hurricanes can and do cause problems and property damage in Vermont. They can wash away your driveway and flood your basement.


Tornado Damage

Local residents do not normally experience tornadoes, but it is possible to have  tornado anywhere. The tornadoes experienced locally are usually small and only last for short times. The damage they can do during that time is extensive. 

Flooding Damage

Flooding is a concern in and around  Vermont, especially after heavy rainfall or storm activity.


Hail Damage

Hail damage can occur at any time. Hail is formed by strong rising air currents that carry the rain drops high enough for them to freeze into ice balls before falling as rain. Hail can range in size from the size of a normal rain drop to softball and even larger sized hail. 


Lightning Damage

Lightning can strike a property during a storm causing the structure to catch on fire. When this happens wiring is often burnt and systems within the home may fail. It is important to call emergency services immediately to put out any fire caused by a lightning strike. 

The SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties team pride themselves on providing excellent customer service during the customer's time of need and works closely with insurance companies to make the entire process as easy as possible. Call us 802-375-1500

We Are Pleased To Announce That We Do Service The Williamstown, North Adams & Clarksburg, Massachusetts Area

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

We are pleased to announce that we do service the Williamstown, North Adams and Clarksburg, Massachusetts area in Water, Fire and Mold Damage Restoration. 

Mold is a vital piece of nature, assisting with the disintegration of natural matter and the recycling of supplements in biological systems. While outdoor mold is fundamental, mold developing inside present’s health risks and can bring about property damage. Molds recreate by method of minor airborne spores that travel essentially anyplace, even in our homes.

Despite the fact that there are hints of mold spores indoors, they require the right "ingredients" to produce mold. Unfortunately, the conditions for mold development are found in many homes: a nourishment source, (for example, drywall, rugs, and wood), warmth, lack of light, enough time to develop, and above all, dampness. Since dampness is a fundamental factor in mold development, here are the most common culprits that cause heightened dampness in homes:

Flooding can cause a measurable amount of water into your home, bringing on serious water damage and conceivably cause mold development inside 24-48 hours. Calling an expert restoration professional such as SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties promptly is your best defense with regards to mitigating water damage and preventing mold development.

- Increased humidity can happen in homes from multiple sources — muggy climate, persistent rain, cooking, showering, and so on. To help prevent development of mold growth in your home, ensure your home is all around ventilated and keep the humidity below 55 percent.

- Deficient ventilation leads to increased humidity, and due to this, mold development and different issues like indoor contamination. Try to open entryways as well as windows when viable and to utilize fans as needed.

Leaking pipes are a typical issue in homes and should be settled promptly. In many cases, leaks are hidden from view, such as inside walls or above the ceiling, so make a point to investigate wall and ceiling stains routinely.

Roof leaks are additionally a way for water to saturate your home and cause mold. In the event that you see water stains on the ceiling, check for water damage in the attic and have your roof assessed and repaired at the earliest opportunity.

- Condensation happens when warm dampness loaded air interacts with chilly surfaces. Condensation can be seen on walls, windows, solid floors or metal pipes. Reduce condensation by adjusting the humidity in your home.

- Basements give astounding conditions for mold development because of poor ventilation, cooler temperatures (that advance condensation), and incessant water leaks and flooding.

- Mold can also grow in various unexpected areas in the home, which can make mold remediation more difficult.

To schedule a FREE mold inspection contact our professional experts at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at 802-375-1500

The Many Faces of Fire Damage

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

If your property in Bennington or Rutland County, Vermont suffers from fire damage, you should talk to someone on our team. We are experts at minimizing current damage and keeping damage from increasing in severity. Even after a fire has been extinguished, its effects can continue to grow. We can stop that with state-of-the-art equipment.


Damage can be found even after small fires. These can happen anywhere in the home. They remain small when someone is present and can extinguish the fire before it can spread. The kitchen and bathroom are the most common, with the laundry room and garage coming in second. Bedrooms, living and dining rooms, and hallways can also have fires take place, but these areas are the least common. Patios are also prone to having fires, especially if outdoors cooking is done, or children experimenting with a range of items, from fireworks to magnifying lenses


Fire damage can range from discolored concrete and natural rock outside to charred walls and scorched carpets inside. Drywall can suffer additional damage if water is heavily applied when there is a fire, although drywall should resist small, low-temperature fires. Paneling and wallpaper will burn, however, no matter what it is applied to as a covering. 


Kitchens can experience scorched counter tops and cabinets, which need either repairing or replacing. If the cabinet doors are warped from the heat and then the cold from putting the fire out with either water or a fire extinguisher, they are typically replaced as needed. Then the remaining ones are cleaned. If floors have been soaked with water in the effort to extinguish the fire, we at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties are equipped, and experienced, in getting it dry quickly so that underlay and any support beams are not damaged.

We can also create and provide an inventory list of damaged items. We can list which items are damaged beyond repair, salvageable, or undetermined for insurance purposes.


If you've had a fire in your Bennington or Rutland County area home causing damage, don't try repairing the area yourself. You need to call us at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at (802)375-1500. We’ll help you get your home’s beauty back on center stage and put the fire behind you.

April Showers Can Bring Septic System Backups to Rutland, Vermont Homes

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

April showers bring May flowers, however, here in Bennington and Rutland County, Vermont area, heavy rains can be rough on a home's septic system.  On days like today, when rain is falling onto already wet ground, septic problems can be common.

When there is great deal of rain, the drain field in your yard can become saturated and stop the water from flowing out of your septic system as designed. Because the water has no exit point, it can eventually make its way back into your home. The waste water can travel back through the pipes and through your drains and toilets, causing an overflow.  If you have sewage backup through one of your drains, that is a clear sign that your septic system is malfunctioning.  

Other signs of a failing septic tank are: 

  1. A Foul Odor: A clear sign that your septic tank needs inspection is the presence of odors in your house, outside near your septic tank or near the pipe ventilation system. We all know the smell of the methane gas escaping, similar to rotten eggs, so it's not hard to identify! 
  2. Soggy Ground: Saturated areas around your septic tank may also indicate a problem. Excess moisture can be a sign that your tank is full or the drainage pipes are damaged.  
  3. Slow Drainage: If you have a slow draining sink, tub or toilet, it is a warning sign that your septic system is  malfunctioning.  
  4. Gurgling Sounds: If you notice that there is a gurgling sound when you flush the toilet, that is a common sign of septic system failure.  
  5. Contaminated Well Water: Well water tests that show results of high levels of nitrates or coliform bacteria are of concern, as they indicate that untreated sewage is seeping into the ground.  

If you notice any of these signs in your home, we recommend that you call a septic system repair contractor to inspect your system and identify the cause. It could be a blocked line from tree roots, an improperly installed leach field, a clogged filter or a full septic tank that requires pumping. Having the problem repaired before it causes damage to your home is the goal! 

In the event that there is already a backup at your home, call SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at 802-375-1500.

Sewage floodwaters contain bacteria and pathogens that should be cleaned by restoration professionals. The SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties crew has the training and equipment to clean up and sanitize your home and belongings. 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Winhall, Vermont

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties 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 Bennington & Rutland Counties 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)-375-1500

Water Damage Restoration in Manchester Center, Vermont

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Of Bennington and Rutland Counties provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Rutland & Bennington, Vermont. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Techniques
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Today - 802-375-1500

Residential Services:

Whether your Bennington or Rutland home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our Technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best.

Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services 

Commercial Services:

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Bennington or Rutland property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration 

Water Damage in Manchester, Vermont

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Manchester, Vermont Extracting water from carpets in Manchester, Vermont

Whether you purchase a brand new home or have something with a little more history, water entering your home can cause a great deal of stress and take a severe toll on your living environment. Humidity, condensation, and water intrusions are all things that every Manchester, Vermont homeowner has to face at some point in their lives.

Using professional water removal methods can help prevent a variety of damages in your Manchester Center, Vermont area home. Regardless of the source of the problem you face, a company that provides these services can efficiently assist with protecting essential documents, furniture, appliances, carpeting, and personal items affected by this type of event and help you restore your home to its former glory.

SERVPRO’s fully-certified IICRC water removal and restoration professionals have access to a variety of water removal and drying equipment. Portable hand-held or truck-mounted extractors of various sizes make drying and cleaning carpeting, flooring, and upholstery items more successful and give you a higher chance of significantly reducing possible damages caused by water intrusions in your home.

SERVPRO technicians can put the extractors heater, pump, and vacuum system to use, providing you with both damage mitigation and restorative functions for many contents found in your home. If you have over two inches of standing water, we can put submersible pumps to work, extracting a higher volume, faster and help dispose of any possibly contaminated water the correct way. 

SERVPRO is locally owned, open 24/7, 365, proudly providing water removal, cleaning, and restoration services you can count on to get your home water-free, fast. We can explain our services in detail, keep you informed throughout the removal process and communicate with your insurance company to make the entire situation is as stress-free as possible.

SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties offers expert water removal and restoration services throughout the Manchester, Vermont area, providing quality solutions to members of our local communities that help make your house feel like a home again. Call us anytime, day or night for qualified help you can trust. (802) 375-1500

Mold Facts for Bennington County Vermont Residents

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Facts for Bennington County Vermont Residents It only takes 48 hours for mold spores to begin to spread. Contact SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties!

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials.

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (802)375-1500

Have Smoke Odor? You Need An Ozone Generator!

3/30/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Have Smoke Odor? You Need An Ozone Generator!   SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties Ozone Generator of Odor Removal

Ozone treatments are one of the best tools for removing odor caused by smoke damage. One question we get asked frequently is whether ozone treatments are bad for furniture and other possessions. I hope that this blog answers that question.

What is an ozone generator?

An ozone generator is a machine that generates the molecule ozone (O3), a highly reactive molecule that reacts chemically with the particles it comes into contact with. Professional restoration companies and some dry cleaners use industrial ozone generators to remove the smoke odor from furniture, clothes and other belongings after a fire.

How does it work?

Ozone works to remove odors by chemically changing the structure of the molecules in the smoke that are creating the smell. The extra oxygen atom attaches itself to the other molecules to create a new molecule that is non-offensive—and non-smelly—in a process called oxidation. As a gas, ozone can clean anywhere air is allowed to flow. That’s one of the features that makes it so effective in removing odors that other cleaning techniques just can’t touch.

The more smoke damage has been done, the more ozone is needed to eliminate the smell. There need to be enough ozone molecules to react with all of the offending molecules in order for the treatment to be successful.

So, is it bad for my stuff?

Ozone is the most effective way to remove odor caused by smoke damage. Professional restoration contractors can control the temperature, humidity, and treatment time carefully for maximum positive effects. In short—no, ozone is not bad for your belongings, as long as it is being controlled by a professional. The reason this is important is because professional restorers know and understand the power of ozone. 

Many people think that they can clean their clothes after a fire by washing them multiple times. But this will not remove the smoke odor. Ozone is also cleaner than other methods because it does not leave any byproducts or residue that need to be cleaned later.

As a form of oxygen, ozone itself is not dangerous. However, if overexposure occurs it can be harmful to lungs. This is another reason to allow a professional to perform the ozone treatment. They have the right equipment in place to protect themselves during the process, and once your items are returned to you, they are safe to be in your home.

Contact SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at 802-375-1500 for more information on using ozone for odor removal.

SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties is Faster to Any Size Disaster

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

We are dedicated to being "Faster to any size disaster". This is our commitment, to be there when you need us most.

Here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties, we are here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” if one of those disasters comes your way. With over 1,700 independently owned and operated Franchises, you can trust the team in green to get your property— and life—back to normal. We’re only a call away!

Faster to any size disaster. This is not just another tag line for SERVPRO—it is a commitment to be there when you need us most.

Whether you are a small business or home owner facing minor fire or water damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties has the resources needed to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume business as usual.

If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at (802) 375-1500.