Recent Fire Damage Posts

Did you know there were different types of Smoke?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

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

Fire in your home? Here could be the cause

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

There are multiple things that can cause a fire to start. Some of the causes are listed below.

  • Cooking
    • 48% of all fired are caused by cooking.
    • Remember to turn off source of heat.
    • Have a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Candles
    • Never leave a candle unattended.
    • All materials should remain 12 inches away from all candles.
  • Heating
    • Do not put anything close to the heater.
    • Follow guidelines on how the heater can run.
  • Smoking
    • Never lay cigarettes, cigars, etc., down and forget about them.
    • Smoke outside to avoid any potential fires related to dropping or forgetting about them.
  • Electrical Fires
    • Make sure fireplaces and lighting are up to code and are safe.
    • Ensure alarms are replaced.

These are just some tips in order to prevent fires.  Others things to have in place in case of a fire is a route for you and your family.  Everyone in your family should know the rout and plan in place.  If you have the unfortunate event of a fire are your home or business, give SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties a call (802) 375-1500.

Did you know there were different types of Smoke?

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

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

Fire Safety Tips for Kids

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Give us a call if you need any help with cleaning and restoring your structure due to a fire. 802-375-1500

A fire is a devastating event that no one can count on happening. A top priority for parents in Bennington, VT is children’s’ safety. Below are just a few tips and information tid bits that will help children to be mentally and physically prepared for an emergency.

  1. Prevent your children from starting fires. The U.S Fire Administration estimates that 300 people are killed each year as the result of children playing with fire. So, keep matches or lighters out of your children’s reach. Use flameless candles inn your home rather then candles with an open flame.
  2. Install smoke alarms in your children’s bedrooms as well as on every level of your home.
  3. Have a fire escape plan and practice it twice a year! Practice what you would do if you woke up and there was smoke or smoke alarms were going off, practice a low crawl and meeting outside. Make sure your kids and all those in your household know how to dial 9-1-1!
  4. Visit a fire station! Visit your local fire station in Bennington, VT where your children will be able to see a firefighter in full gear before an emergency. Sometimes seeing a firefighter in full gear can be scary especially during a fire emergency so hopefully visiting a fire station will help your child feel less anxious if they have seen a firefighter’s apparatus before a true emergency.

When it comes to fire and kids’ safety, drills and discussions are essential. It is important to regularly review and revise your plans for what to do in case of a fire!

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.

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!

Summer Grilling Safety Tips!

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

fire up the BBQ Give us a Call for all you fire and water damage needs. 802-375-1500.

Every year when the weather gets warmer more and more people are outdoors using their grills! We can’t help it, with summer right upon us there is nothing better then being outside grilling some BBQ enjoying the warm weather! Unfortunately, on average every year roughly just over 10,000 home fires occur due to grills, hibachis, and barbecues. Here are some BBQ safety tips that will keep you and your home safe for your summer barbecuing season:

  1. Keep your grill away from any structures, such as your house, porch, or garage.
  2. Regularly clean your grill, grease is a major source of flare ups.
  3. Check for gas leaks.
  4. Always have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies.
  5. Never leave your grill unattended.
  6. Keep a spray bottle of water handy incase minor flare ups happen you can spray with water to instantly calm it.
  7. Never use your grill indoors!
  8. Keep children and pets away from grill!
  9. Always wait for your grill to cool off before attempting to move it.
  10. If using a charcoal grill always soak coals in grill with water after cooking.

These are just a few tips we thought you would find helpful while grilling this summer!

There are just a few tips we loved ones experience a fire please give us a call. We here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties are a team of highly trained professionals who are experts in Fire restoration. We are available 24/7 for all your fire restoration needs so give us a call at (802)375-1500.

Types of Fire Extinguishers and How to Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Types of Fire Extiguisher Give us a call if you have a fire in your home. 802-375-1500

Do you know that there are several different types of fire extinguishers? Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher in your home or business? A fire extinguisher is an especially important tool to have in case of a fire emergency. It is portable active fire protection device used to control or extinguish small fires. There are 3 different ratings of fire extinguishers, A, B, and C.  Fire extinguishers with a Class A rating are effective in fighting fires which involve paper, wood, and trash. Class B fire extinguishers are effective against fires involving liquids. And finally, Class C fire extinguishers are effective in fighting fires involving electrical equipment.

                To safely use a fire extinguisher, it is best to remember this acronym P.A.S.S. This acronym stands for a four-step process that is simple and easy to remember! Let us look at this step by step:

  1. (P)- Pull the pin while you hold the nozzle away from you
  2. (A)- Aim the rubber hose toward the fire
  3. (S)- Squeeze the handle which will release the extinguisher agent, this mixture comes out quickly and powerfully so make sure you have a tight grip and be careful!
  4. (S)- Sweep, you will want to use a sweeping motion aiming the nozzle from side to side

Keep everyone in your home and workplace safe with the proper knowledge and techniques of fire extinguishers. Safety is our number one concern here at SERVPRO of Bennington/Rutland Counties and if you have any other questions regarding the proper technique you can contact your local fire department for instructions. And if you or anyone you know experiences a fire, water, or mold damage please call us at 802-375-1500.

Candle Free Alternatives

3/7/2021 (Permalink)

Candle Safety Give Us for All Fire Restoration Needs. 1-802-375-1500.

Candles are lovely to have in your home, they bring wonderful aromas as well as a “homey” sense we all love. However, as great as they are over 15,000 home fires are caused by candles. These statistics are staggering. So, we here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties are happy to share with you some alternatives to the traditional candle jars.

  1. Essential Oil Diffuser

Oil diffusers are great! They can fill your room with therapeutic scents such as lavender, peppermint, and more. Each scent can have different health benefits such as helping to cope with anxiety.

  1. Reed Diffuser

Reed diffusers also use essential oils however the difference is that the reeds diffuse scents over several weeks and require not maintenance. No flames, no wax, or any sort of plug in.

  1. Fairy Lights

These are battery run or electricity run lights which are perfect for setting the mood without the need of a flaming candle. They come in several different colors as well!

  1. Wax Warmers

This is a flame free device that warms scented wax melts/cubes that can release smell they are also electrical, or batter powered.

  1. Flameless Candles

These are battery operated candles that give the appearance of having a flame! They provide that cozy atmosphere that you are looking for from a candle but without the risks that come along with a flaming candle!

                These are just a few options that we here at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties wanted to share with you. We hope everyone stays safe and if you ever have any fire, water, or mold needs please give us a call at (802)375-1500.

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!

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. 

Bennington, Vermont Smoke and Soot Damage Restoration

8/8/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our 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

The Many Faces Of Fire Damage

5/9/2020 (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.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Winhall, Vermont

4/24/2020 (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

Springtime Fire Safety In Manchester, Vermont

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

Tips for fire safety in the spring.

Here in southern Vermont, spring is peaking around the corner, hopefully!

When we think of home fire prevention, we think about the things we would normally keep an eye on during the winter months like space heaters, Christmas trees, fire places and ovens during cooking those big holiday meals. But spring time presents its own fire dangers.

For example, you may want to start up your outdoor grill after a long winter trapped inside to grill up some nice steaks.  Be sure to give your grill a good inspection before starting her up. Check the propane tank, and the gas line. Make sure everything is clean. If you’re using a charcoal grill, make sure that it’s started with the proper charcoal lighting fluid. And this maybe a given but put the grill in an open area with nothing flammable near it.

If you want to start up your fire pit, make sure all leaves and debris are removed from the pit, as those can create embers that can float into the air. And don’t throw anything like that in the fire. Always keep children away from open flames, and always keep a bucket of water next to you before you start the fire just in case of emergencies. 

If you happen to suffer from a springtime fire, give SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties a call at 802-375-1500

Fire Restoration in Manchester, Vermont

12/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage to your home or business can be a huge and unexpected bump in the road. At SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties, our disaster restoration experts will be there to help you clean up and restore your home or business to its preloss condition.  Our certified team offers customers professional restoration expertise while providing the highest level of integrity, quality and service, including but not limited to the following:

  • Work directly with your insurance company and assist you in the claims process
  • Deal directly with professional dry cleaners to get your clothing back to you quickly
  • Smoke and odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Structural cleaning with environmentally friendly methods
  • Cleaning and storage of personal belongings
  • Complete Demolition
  • Thermal Fogging and using Ozone on site or in our cleaning facility

Fire spreads a variety of chemicals and soot, depending on the source of the fire.  This creates challenges in cleaning and decontamination, which can be hindered if not done properly.  In addition, smoke can be caustic in nature resulting in the necessity for prompt removal to minimize damage to fabrics, ferrous metals, electronic devices, chrome and painted surfaces.  Our Disaster Restoration Experts are ready to respond 24 hours a day to start the cleaning and restoration process to help minimize the damage.

Our project managers will support you throughout the entire restoration process, informing you every step of the way.  Property damage by fire, smoke and especially water must be treated promptly and efficiently to ensure the best results and prevent further damage.  We are available 24 hours a day,365 days a year including holidays for any emergency. At SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties, our IICRC certified team will make sure your loss situation is handled correctly and professionally to minimize discomfort, inconvenience and unnecessary additional costs. We specialize in insurance claims and we'll even bill the insurance company directly so you have one less thing to worry about.

We know a home or business disaster such as a fire is a traumatic event.  No one expects a fire to happen to them, and therefore they frequently are unprepared for what they must do to help return their lives back to normal.  Our goal is to help you regain control to make your damage "Like it never even happened."

Call us at 802-375-1500

In the Aftermath of a Fire - "Do's" and "Don'ts" in Vermont

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

In the Aftermath

After a fire occurs, you should quickly react and take steps to restoring your Rutland County, Vermont Home.  The reason being, fire damage commonly results in broken windows and exposed walls to the outside elements and can cause further damage if not addressed.  Home Owners usually try to save themselves some money here, but if not educated on this specialty situation they can actually cause permanent damage.  We recommend your first step is to call SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at (802) 375-1500.

Steps We Take

There are multiple steps we take to restoring your home.  We start with removing the source of the odor, follow up with cleaning what is left, and last deodorizing.  During the first stage we remove anything that can give off that smell of fire which can include the structure and contents.  After we have removed all of this we move to a cleaning process.  In our cleaning process we remove the soot with a special rubber sponge.  Any other item will rub the soot in and permanently stain the contents.  The last major step we take in the remediation process is deodorizing.  We use a special "Fog" machine that kills the particles that leave that nasty fire smell behind.  

Our Experience

We have posted our past jobs on our website and Facebook pages.  You can check out our work on our "Before and After" and our feedback on our "Testimonials" links.  Also be sure to check out our Facebook page for further information.

Bennington, Vermont Smoke and Soot Damage Restoration

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our 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

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.

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

Springtime Fire Safety In Manchester, Vermont

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Always use fire safety when grilling in Manchester, Vermont!

Here in southern Vermont, spring is peaking around the corner, hopefully!

When we think of home fire prevention, we think about the things we would normally keep an eye on during the winter months like space heaters, Christmas trees, fire places and ovens during cooking those big holiday meals. But spring time presents its own fire dangers.

For example, you may want to start up your outdoor grill after a long winter trapped inside to grill up some nice steaks.  Be sure to give your grill a good inspection before starting her up. Check the propane tank, and the gas line. Make sure everything is clean. If you’re using a charcoal grill, make sure that it’s started with the proper charcoal lighting fluid. And this maybe a given but put the grill in an open area with nothing flammable near it.

If you want to start up your fire pit, make sure all leaves and debris are removed from the pit, as those can create embers that can float into the air. And don’t throw anything like that in the fire. Always keep children away from open flames, and always keep a bucket of water next to you before you start the fire just in case of emergencies. 

If you happen to suffer from a springtime fire, give SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties a call at 802-375-1500

Fire Restoration in Rutland, Vermont

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage to your home or business can be a huge and unexpected bump in the road. At SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties, our disaster restoration experts will be there to help you clean up and restore your home or business to its pre loss condition.  Our certified team offers customers professional restoration expertise while providing the highest level of integrity, quality and service, including but not limited to the following:

  • Work directly with your insurance company and assist you in the claims process
  • Deal directly with professional dry cleaners to get your clothing back to you quickly
  • Smoke and odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Structural cleaning with environmentally friendly methods
  • Cleaning and storage of personal belongings
  • Complete Demolition
  • Thermal Fogging and Ozoning on site or in our cleaning facility

Fire spreads a variety of chemicals and soot, depending on the source of the fire.  This creates challenges in cleaning and decontamination, which can be hindered if not done properly.  In addition, smoke can be caustic in nature resulting in the necessity for prompt removal to minimize damage to fabrics, ferrous metals, electronic devices, chrome and painted surfaces.  Our Disaster Restoration Experts are ready to respond 24 hours a day to start the cleaning and restoration process to help minimize the damage.

Our project managers will support you throughout the entire restoration process, informing you every step of the way.  Property damage by fire, smoke and especially water must be treated promptly and efficiently to ensure the best results and prevent further damage.  We are available 24 hours a day,365 days a year including holidays for any emergency. At SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties, our IICRC certified team will make sure your loss situation is handled correctly and professionally to minimize discomfort, inconvenience and unnecessary additional costs. We specialize in insurance claims and we'll even bill the insurance company directly so you have one less thing to worry about.

We know a home or business disaster such as a fire is a traumatic event.  No one expects a fire to happen to them, and therefore they frequently are unprepared for what they must do to help return their lives back to normal.  Our goal is to help you regain control to make your damage "Like it never even happened."

Call us at 802-375-1500

In the Aftermath of a Fire - "Do's" and "Don'ts" in Vermont

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

In the Aftermath

After a fire occurs, you should quickly react and take steps to restoring your Rutland County, Vermont Home.  The reason being, fire damage commonly results in broken windows and exposed walls to the outside elements and can cause further damage if not addressed.  Home Owners usually try to save themselves some money here, but if not educated on this specialty situation they can actually cause permanent damage.  We recommend your first step is to call SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at (802) 375-1500.

Steps We Take

There are multiple steps we take to restoring your home.  We start with removing the source of the odor, follow up with cleaning what is left, and last deodorizing.  During the first stage we remove anything that can give off that smell of fire which can include the structure and contents.  After we have removed all of this we move to a cleaning process.  In our cleaning process we remove the soot with a special rubber sponge.  Any other item will rub the soot in and permanently stain the contents.  The last major step we take in the remediation process is deodorizing.  We use a special "Fog" machine that kills the particles that leave that nasty fire smell behind.  

Our Experience

We have posted our past jobs on our website and Facebook pages.  You can check out our work on our "Before and After" and our feedback on our "Testimonials" links.  Also be sure to check out our Facebook page for further information.

Bennington, Vermont Smoke and Soot Damage Restoration

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our 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

The Many Faces Of Fire Damage

5/1/2018 (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.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup Rutland Vermont

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

This smoke damage affected the ceilings, walls, drapes, furniture in this Rutland, Vermont home.

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

HVAC Air Duct Cleaning Servicing Manchester, Vermont

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

"Before" and "After" Duct Cleaning in Manchester, Vermont

SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties  offers HVAC air duct cleaning using negative pressure to Manchester, Vermont and surrounding Northsire towns.

Cleaning Under Negative Pressure

As cleaning agitation proceeds inside the ductwork, dislodged particulates are sucked out of the duct and into the vacuum receptacle. Working under negative pressure prevents contamination of household air during the cleaning process as well as later, when loosened contaminants left in the ducts might infiltrate living spaces after the system is restarted. The vacuum force itself also enhances the cleaning action of the tools.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (802) 375-1500.

Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage in Bennington & Rutland Counties, Vermont

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage to your home or business can be a huge and unexpected bump in the road. At SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties, our disaster restoration experts will be there to help you clean up and restore your home or business to its preloss condition.  Our certified team offers customers professional restoration expertise while providing the highest level of integrity, quality and service, including but not limited to the following:

  • Work directly with your insurance company and assist you in the claims process
  • Deal directly with professional dry cleaners to get your clothing back to you quickly
  • Smoke and odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Structural cleaning with environmentally friendly methods
  • Cleaning and storage of personal belongings
  • Complete Demolition
  • Thermal Fogging and Ozoning on site or in our cleaning facility

Fire spreads a variety of chemicals and soot, depending on the source of the fire.  This creates challenges in cleaning and decontamination, which can be hindered if not done properly.  In addition, smoke can be caustic in nature resulting in the necessity for prompt removal to minimize damage to fabrics, ferrous metals, electronic devices, chrome and painted surfaces.  Our Disaster Restoration Experts are ready to respond 24 hours a day to start the cleaning and restoration process to help minimize the damage.

Our project managers will support you throughout the entire restoration process, informing you every step of the way.  Property damage by fire, smoke and especially water must be treated promptly and efficiently to ensure the best results and prevent further damage.  We are available 24 hours a day,365 days a year including holidays for any emergency. At SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties, our IICRC certified team will make sure your loss situation is handled correctly and professionally to minimize discomfort, inconvenience and unnecessary additional costs. We specialize in insurance claims and we'll even bill the insurance company directly so you have one less thing to worry about.

We know a home or business disaster such as a fire is a traumatic event.  No one expects a fire to happen to them, and therefore they frequently are unprepared for what they must do to help return their lives back to normal.  Our goal is to help you regain control to make your damage "Like it never even happened."

Call us at 802-375-1500

In the Aftermath of a Fire - "Do's" and "Don'ts" in Vermont

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

In the Aftermath

After a fire occurs, you should quickly react and take steps to restoring your Rutland County, Vermont Home.  The reason being, fire damage commonly results in broken windows and exposed walls to the outside elements and can cause further damage if not addressed.  Home Owners usually try to save themselves some money here, but if not educated on this specialty situation they can actually cause permanent damage.  We recommend your first step is to call SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties at (802) 375-1500.

Steps We Take

There are multiple steps we take to restoring your home.  We start with removing the source of the odor, follow up with cleaning what is left, and last deodorizing.  During the first stage we remove anything that can give off that smell of fire which can include the structure and contents.  After we have removed all of this we move to a cleaning process.  In our cleaning process we remove the soot with a special rubber sponge.  Any other item will rub the soot in and permanently stain the contents.  The last major step we take in the remediation process is deodorizing.  We use a special "Fog" machine that kills the particles that leave that nasty fire smell behind.  Febreeze does not last!

Our Experience

We have posted our past jobs on our website and Facebook pages.  You can check out our work on our "Before and After" and our feedback on our "Testimonials" links.  Also be sure to check out our Facebook page for further information.

Bennington County, Vermont Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our 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

Fire Damage Repairs in Vermont

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Has your home recently been damaged by fire? If so, we bet you’re eager to get started improving your property. Most people who suffer fire damage want their lives and their homes to return to normal as soon as possible. But many don’t know the costs. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to repair smoke and fire damage is $5,844.

Fire damage can make areas of your home unusable until the fire damage has been repaired. More extensive fire damage may make your entire home unsafe. You may have to live elsewhere  until cleanup and repair work gets done. No matter how minor or significant the fire damage restoration work is, you want to know how long it will take. The timeline depends on the restorative process and whether you take the opportunity to do remodeling at the same time.

Starting Fire Damage Repair Work
It can be difficult to determine how and where to get started with fire damage repair work. The first step in the repair process is to remove water from the home if firefighters used water during the extinguishing process. Perhaps, a kitchen fire left chemical residue for cleanup. Water extraction can be completed by the professionals from SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties quickly and affordably. We arrive in our green vehicles stocked with equipment and supplies to surmount any cleaning and restoration need you have. Then, you can begin the repair process and decide which items you want to replace and which ones need repair.

 

SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield can also suggest to you and your adjuster what items and materials are salvageable. Keep in mind that smoke damage can also be a problem, and some items, such as carpeting and your HVAC system may need to be professionally cleaned to remove the smoke odor from your home.

Get Professional Help
Repairing your home after you have suffered fire damage is not something that you want to attempt on your own. A fire damage restoration project requires a considerable amount of time and energy to complete.

SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties can help you restore your property in minimal time with minimal costs. Our IICRC cleanup and restoration certified technicians have the skills and assets to do a quality job. We are a locally owned and operated fire damage repair franchise. We can also help with mold, storm, chemical, or water damaging events to your property.

Call SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties At (802) 375-1500 Anytime

SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Killington, VT

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Caused Pervasive Odor in this Killington home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our 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

Tips For Recovering After A Fire

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties can help after a fire.

It is all to easy to think that it can't happen to you, there is no way you could be the victim of a devastating fire.

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reports that there were 365,500 home fires in the United States in 2015.

That's an average of over 30,000 fires per month. These fires resulted in over 2,000 deaths, 11,000 injuries and over $7 billion in damage.

If you have suffered the unthinkable, here are some tips to help you put the pieces back together.

Get Medical Treatment - Getting everyone out of the house during a fire or other emergency can be a harrowing experience. During your evacuation, you may suffer injuries.

No matter how minor you injuries may seem, be sure to have them checked.  This will help reduce any chances of infection.

Get Emotional Help - This is something that is equally as important as the physical healing you may need. A disaster such as a fire can effect people differently.

Some of the emotions you and your family may experience include fear, shock, disbelief, grief, anger, guilt, anxiety and/or depression.

Remember, children also process traumatic events differently than adults, so be prepared to provide them with additional support if necessary. Your local Red Cross can help find you the help you need.

Rebuilding Your Home - It is extremely important to never enter your home after a disaster until inspectors have determined that it is safe to do so.

Get in touch with your insurance agent to help determine the extent of the damage and get a claim open immediately so you can begin to put the wheels in motion for rebuilding or replacing your home.

Finding Professional Contractors - No matter what repairs are needed for your home, always be sure to use reputable contractors to complete the work. Any contractors you choose should have extensive experience repairing homes after a fire or disaster.

Your local chamber of commerce is a good place to start locating the professionals best suited for your needs.

If you have suffered a fire in you home, the professionals at SERVPRO of Bennington & Rutland Counties are only a phone call away. We will jump into action immediately to help you and your family back on track.