Safety Tips for Driving in a Rainstorm
With summer rainstorms beginning to roll in we here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Washington Counties want all to stay safe this summer. So here are a few tips to think about when driving in a storm.
- Wait until the weather improves- if possible, wait for the conditions to get better especially if you do not feel comfortable driving during a torrential rainstorm.
- Ventilate your car while driving- rain causes humidity to increase causing windows to become foggy and make it difficult to see out of. Use your cars ventilation system to decrease humidity in your car.
- Use your windshield wipers- often many people forget that even in a light rainstorm wipers should be used, they are there for a reason!
- Have some supplies in your car- in an instance of an emergency make sure to have some extra food, water, and blankets always stored in your vehicle.
- Maintain a safe distance between other cars- in rainstorms it is more difficult to break so keep an extra distance between you and other cars, so it gives you more time to break.
- Avoid heavy breaking- do not slam on your breaks this can cause you to slide, be prepared and stop earlier then you would normally have.
- Turn on your headlights- in many states it is the law that during a storm you are to drive with lights on. This increases visibility between you and others.
- Slow down- always drive slower during a storm wet roads are very dangerous.
- Know the roads- carefully consider the path you are going to take; some routes are better then others during storms even though it may take you a longer way.
- Check your tires- before leaving ensure your tires are okay and safe to drive in, tires provide traction and keep you steady on the road.
These are just a few tips to consider when driving in a rainstorm. If you ever experience damage in your home from s storm do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties a call at 802-375-1500.
Mitigation Vs. Remediation
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SERVPRO of Bennington & 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 & 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 & 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.
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Different Types of Mold
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Hopefully you will never have to experience having mold in your home or business but sometimes it is unavoidable. Below are 5 common types of mold you may encounter in your home.
- Chaetomium- is usually found on drywall. Typically appears after a water damage that is not properly taken care of or taken care of in the proper amount of time. This type of mold usually makes your home have a musty odor.
- Fusarium- usually grows in colder wetter areas. It is usually found on carpets and similar fabrics. If not taken care of they can cause respiratory infections.
- Alternaria- is one of the most common molds found. You will usually find this type of mold in dark dimly lit areas such sink or shower.
- Serpula Lacrymans- this mold is usually fund outdoors but can also grow on wooden surfaces indoors.
- Stachybotrys Chartarum- more commonly known as black mold. And is usually identified by its musty smell and usually found in areas that are usually damp such as air conditioning pipes.
If you notice mold in your home or business do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties, please give us a call at 802-375-1500.
SERVPRO® Ready Gear
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SERVPRO Ready Gear.
SERVPRO® of Bennington and Rutland Counties, takes pride in our appearance. Our crews are ready to go in their Hero Ready Gear. Hero Ready Gear reflects the Brand with accents of SERVPRO® green, and integrates well with our vehicles and equipment. The main purpose of our SERVPRO® is to help our crews feel more comfortable and more tactical. This helps build a more positive mind-set about what the Franchise employees are doing.
The materials for the SERVPRO® Hero Ready Gear Uniforms was modeled after first responder tactical uniforms and designed to breathe and add more comfort for restoration crews. Wearing the new uniforms help reinforce Brand Consistency.
Research shows that customers notice and pay attention to the uniforms, and presentation of our Restoration Crews. As always, SERVPRO® holds the upmost respect when it comes to our customers and there is nothing more than making them feel like they can trust us with the work that we are doing.
Why Choose SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties
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We here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties greatly appreciate all of our customers. We know that we arrive at some of the most difficult times of their lives and it is our goal to make it "Like it never even happened." Here are a few recent testimonials from some of our recent customers.
“First time homeowners, bought our house 2 months ago, hadn't even moved in and we discovered the basement flooded with two inches of water from out hot water heater. I called SERVPRO after hours, had no idea what to do or if they were even the right people to call and Angela answered and immediately took over and calmed me down. She had them come over first thing the next day to start cleaning the water, told me about insurance and a plumber (this didn't even cross my mind, I was literally clueless). SERVPRO handled insurance for the cleanup and dried out the basement and I am so thankful for them.” - Melissa
“I would like to thank each and every one of you (Johnny, Tyler, Kyle, Chuck, Michael and Gabriel). When water damage happened 2 weeks before my surgery and the week I had to put my cat to sleep. I was overwhelmed and broken hearted. You came in and took control making a bad situation so much better. You all went above and beyond the call of duty and are a great asset to the SERVPRO Company. It is comforting to know people still care and exercise true customer service. No doubt I will be telling everyone of my wonderful experience with SERVPRO!!!” - Linda
“Wadley and his crew were fantastic. We would highly recommend this company and team to anyone” - Jean
“SERVPRO did a fantastic job for my family. When my relatives passed away in their home, Sarah in their front office was both highly professional and sensitive to the situation. Thanks to a meticulous proposal process we knew exactly what would be done and when. Dan and Megan blew me away with their honesty and thoroughness. After finding collection of gold jewelry in a pile of stuff that was supposed to be thrown away- they brought it to us without a second thought. A home that was badly damaged by neglect is now on its way back to being a place to gather for my family. SERVPRO has quality people and does great work. Thank you SERVPRO!”- Anne
If you experience a fire/water/mold/biohazard needs in your home or business, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are always happy to help our customers through all their emergency services needs. Call us at 802-375-1500!
Did you know there were different types of Smoke?
There are different components of a fire that can cause 2 different types of smoke damage within your home or business. Damage can be caused by both “wet” and/or “dry” smoke by materials such as the type of material burning, the level of oxygen present during the fire, and how fast and hot the fire is burning. SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties technicians are trained to identify and clean either smoke damage situation properly.
When a fire burns extremely hot and causes dry particles to be deposited on any remaining structure this is considered dry smoke. When a fire is a slow smoldering fire, which causes liquids to vaporize and seep into the remaining area, that is considered a wet smoke.
When dry smoke is the source of damage, cleaning generally is more manageable as well as odor more easily remediated. Wet smoke causing the damage can become more complicated and involves SERVPRO formulated solutions to remedy to stains and odor.
If you’ve had a fire in your home call SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland counties. Our experienced professionals are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week! (802) 375-1500
During this time of year, heavy rain and high winds can happen suddenly and lead to interruption of your everyday life. At SERVPRO we have experienced technicians available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help with any of your storm damage needs. We can hand damage caused by any severe weather including Freezing, Hail and Ice Storms, Lighting Strikes, Thunderstorms, high winds and flooding.
After you’ve experienced storm damage, we can help with the following services:
- Fast assessment of your damage and quick contact with your insurance
- Water Damage Restoration
- Flood Water extraction
- Emergency Board ups
There are several things you can look for after a storm to determine damage that has been done. Check your windows for shattered glass, broken panes, or damaged frames. Heavy rains can cause broken tree limbs and with those limbs come leaves and small branches, check to make sure these aren’t stuck and clogging your gutter. Take a walk around your home, make sure there are no holes, breaks or splitting which are common side effects of a bad storm.
If you experience storm damage call SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties! 24 hours a day 7 Days a week! 802-375-1500!
Water Damage Time Frames
One of the common problems in a home can be water damage. From leaking pipes to a flooded basement, water damage should not be ignored. If pushed aside, in the long run there could be more issues that arise. If you break water damage down on a hourly scale it helps provide understanding how urgent it is for a homeowner to contact a restoration company for help.
• First 24 Hours
When water damage happens in your home acting fast and contacting and emergency restoration company is imperative. The sooner the water restoration process begins the less potential issues it can cause to your home. The first 24 hours after a water leak has been noticed are the most important. In this time frame, the damage is still minimal, and the wooden parts of the home are still good. However, after that time frame has been exceeded, the wooden parts of the house will start to deteriorate.
• 48 Hours
After the first 24 house changes in your homes airflow will change drastically. It is easy for the water to retain humidity within the air and cause significant damage to the wooden parts of your home. This is the suggested time that restoration should be done as soon as possible.
• A Week Later
After a week, the water can easily reach the details of your home that are known to be difficult to dry, and the wooden parts of the home will be very vulnerable. With humidity, it can easily reach parts of your home on the higher floors.
• A Few Weeks later
Water damage will significantly increase after a couple weeks. There is a possibility of areas of your home to collapse as well as mold beginning to grow in affected areas that were not fried on time. If not addressed the water can easily seep into walls and floors of your home.
• Benefits of Calling SERVPRO as soon as possible
SERVPRO can provide emergency services 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We handle things such as water extraction and drying of water inside the home. If mold starts to grow we can also help with the mold cleanup. Water damage can occur in any home, no matter the structure.
Water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Bennington and Rutland Counties today 24 hours a day 7 days a week! 802-37-1500
Why It Is Important to Get the Ducts at Your Business Cleaned!
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Duct cleaning yearly is relatively small investment that could save you money in the long run. Plus, you could get the added benefits like breathing clean air, increase the safety and comfort of your home, and help the environment while boosting your overall peace of mind?
Preventive Maintenance Benefits.
Regular Duct Cleaning maintenance is said to reduce the risk of costly breakdowns by as much as 95%. Just like having a vehicle, if you drive over the recommended miles of an oil change, you could be asking for trouble. That is why the standards are set for regular maintenance of vehicles. Well, the same applies to duct maintenance. Cutting energy bills, extending system life, and adhering to warranty benefits are all benefits of routine duct cleaning.
The EPA reports that level of airborne pollutants in a home may be five times higher than outdoor levels. For anyone that suffers from respiratory issues, you are allowing yourself to be at higher risk if ducts are not cleaned properly. Unfortunately, we all share our homes with various substances that we would rather not breathe. The common indoor allergens include dust, pollen, mold, a cigarette smoke. If any of these allergens are part of daily life, you should really think about getting your duct cleaned. Therefore, preventive maintenance helps ensure that the warm or cold air pumping through your vents is as clean and well-filtered as possible.
Typically, we depend on our air systems to keep us comfortable all year round. Hot Air in the winter and Cold in the summer. Therefore, if we think about it, generally our air systems are working every day, all day long, and all year round. Routine maintenance helps your system produce and distribute the air more evenly and steadily.
Safer home environment
We have all heard the awful stories of how someone went away on vacation and returns to a frozen, and damaged house with broken pipes, and water damage everywhere. The cost of this tragedy weighs heavily of an owner. Routine maintenance will help safeguard you against the possibility of carbon monoxide. The most common cause of carbon monoxide leaks is a cracked heat exchanger. Routine Maintenance typically includes a carbon monoxide test.
Peace of Mind
In the end, the benefits of routine duct cleaning give you the comfort of knowing that if something goes wrong, you’ve already taken the preventative measure to make any situation as painless as possible.
If you are an owner that is interested in getting a duct cleaning, Give Us a Call at 802-375-1500 or email us at Office@SERVPRO10299.com and would be happy to help you.
Storms = Many types of damages
Spring is right around the corner, and the Stormy season brings a wide range of storm types. Any one of these storm types could cause damage to your home of business. To be prepared, it is important to know the different damages that a storm can cause. These storms come with wind, flooding, and lightning that can cause damage to your home.
Heavy rain during the Spring season can cause river flooding. The warmer weather can clear up Ice Jams, and cause leaky basements, roofs, or windows. Our team can assist in your cleanup process after flood damage has occurred.
Severe storms can also include wind damage. High winds can cause roof damage, from shingles being removed, or even missing parts of a roof that may loosen flashing. These things can cause leaks to your home or business that can produce damp, moldy conditions. One of our restoration experts can help property owners address storm damage more effectively.
Many times a storm brings the loud sounds of thunder which means lightning is striking. There may be objects attached to your home or business that can attract a lightning strike which in return could cause a fire. A single lightning bolt can reach temperatures of 30,000 kelvins (53,540 degrees Fahrenheit). The large amount of static electricity charges in a lightning strike cause about 2% of all fires.
We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for your storm damage needs. (802) 375-1500