PuroClean Managed Services has Expanded to support The Upper Valley

On July 1 we have added new office/warehouse on 226 Holiday Avenue in White River Junction.

It is staffed with five technicians that are ready to serve The Upper Valley. While growth is good, customer service is better. Our growth intends to be very deliberate and with select carries and agencies to allow for a controlled ability to service those clients and ensure the highest levels of customer service. We are all very excited about the move into The Upper Valley and look to make it our second home.

If you have questions about the services we offer or would like to discuss what we can do to support your needs please do not hesitate to call us. Our core services of FIRE & WATER Damage restoration, SMOKE and MOLD REMEDIATION are all available out of White River Junction, VT based team. Of course 24 X 7 X 365!

Thank you for all your support.

D. Depot

General Manager
PuroClean Managed Services

Winter in Vermont

We have had it pretty easy this year, higher temperatures and lack of snow cover are not what we are used to up here in the North Country. My only concern is what does that mean for the rest of the year, and winter by no means is over, it could turn very quickly. As a skier I would like to see a lot more snow on the slopes, but the mountains are doing a great job keeping the hills open and the man made is doing the trick. As a restoration company winter can always be a little tricky, equipment freezes, our vehicles take a beating and work load increases. We are keeping on top of things and ready to serve our customers.

I hope you all stay safe, drive based on road conditions and enjoy winter in Vermont!

DarrelCoffee Mug Logo

Ooh, that smell – it might be coming from water-damaged walls!

Many Vermonters will remember the Lynyrd Skynyrd song from the late 70’s “Ooh, that smell.” As spring approaches, you definitely do not want to be reminded of this catchy tune. A weird smell in the house, especially one that appears after sustaining some water damage, can spell disaster.

Water damage from a flood or frozen pipes usually manifests first in a big pool of water covering the floor and carpets of your home. This kind of visible damage is no fun, but clean up can be pretty straightforward. Things start to turn south, though, when the moisture begins to wick up the walls. Drywall, made of a gypsum core and a cardboard-like paper exterior, is like a thirsty sponge. It can wick water up to thirty inches! While most water damage is often visible, sometimes walls do not show signs of  moisture, especially on the inside where insulation and low air circulation can hamper evaporation. This is when things can escalate to the development of harmful molds and:

“Ooh, that smell
Can’t you smell that smell?”

But you can stop that progression. A restoration professional can mitigate your journey down that particular olfactory memory lane with proper moisture metering, a good drying system, and the right know-how. A typical water damaged wall remediation might include the use of:

Infared imaging devises – to pinpoint the moisture and potential areas for mold growth
High Capacity Air Movers – to remove the water molecules from the surface of the wall, allowing further evaporation to occur as quickly as possible
Low Grain Refrigerant dehumidifiers – state-of-the-science drying equipment that reduces the humidity levels and facilitates drying, thus helping prevent the occurrence of mold
Inner-wall Drying Systems – force air into the wall cavities through small holes made in the wall above the sill plate – often the best and fastest way to dry walls with water damage
Daily Monitoring – moisture measurements to determine when the materials are successfully dried

The successful drying of water-damaged walls is not just a matter of mopping up. Even if you love Southern rock, when it comes to water damage in your home, hire a professional and keep “Ooh that smell” on the radio instead of in the walls of your home.

image source morguefile.com

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Kitchen Safety

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide this year and cooks all over Vermont are wracking their brains about the menu. Will it be brisket or turkey? Latkes or mashed potatoes? Will you serve rugelach or pumpkin pie? Family-centered holidays can pose plenty of challenges to our etiquette and sense of humor, add menu conflicts and the green bean casserole might just hit the fan.

Whatever menu you choose will involve some kind of oil or fat and extreme heat – a combination that makes Vermont firefighters quiver in their boots. Let’s take a look at some menu mainstays from each tradition:

Part of the magic of Hanukkah is the oil itself: according to the Talmud, there was only enough sacred oil for one day’s lighting of the menorah and yet the flames burned for eight days! This is why the holiday is celebrated with fried foods such as latkes. Ever drop batter into sizzling oil? Be careful! Thanksgiving on the other hand is less about the oil and more about the drippings. The popularity of turkey fryers just increases the potential for trouble.

Keep your family safe during these delicious holidays with the following recommendations from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • Pay attention to what you’re cooking! Even if you are tempted  to mingle with guests or check on the football scores, stay at your post! Most cooking fires are the result of negligence. For that reason, never leave your cooking unattended. If you must sneak out of the kitchen even for a second, designate someone to keep an eye on things for you.
  • Keep any food packaging away from burners or heat sources. Wrappers have the potential to catch fire and spread to other areas of the kitchen and home.
  • If you’re using cooking oil, heat it up slowly and keep a close eye on it – cooking oil has the potential to ignite quickly.
  • Even though you’ll want to dress comfortably, don’t wear baggy clothing or shirts with loose sleeves around the stove or oven! Loose clothes and sleeves are susceptible to catching fire and more prone to catch on the handles of pots and pans!
  • Grease fires are always possible on a food-related holiday, so keep a lid nearby in case you need to smother one in the kitchen.
  • The simplest thing to keep in mind regarding fire safety is also the most overlooked: smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly to ensure they’re functioning properly. They should be placed on all levels of the home, especially outside of sleeping areas.

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have not occurred together on the same date since 1888 and they wont meet again until 2070. The happy union of these two great food-centered occasions makes for some wonderful culinary possibilities. Let’s make sure none of them catches fire!

PuroClean Vermont wishes you and yours a happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful Hanukkah!

image source: http://morguefile.com/archive#/?q=candle&sort=pop&photo_lib=morgueFile – file0001485388365.jpg

As cold weather approaches, Vermonters risk water damage from frozen pipes

Vermont dodged the potential water damage and destruction of Hurricane Sandy, but even a typical Vermont winter can pose problems to the homeowner. Frozen water is the culprit behind one of the most frequent property damage complaints we hear in Vermont in winter: frozen water pipes.

Anyone who has ever tried to chill a can of soda in the freezer knows that water expands when it freezes. When water freezes, its volume increases by as much as eleven percent (11%). This expansion causes a huge amount of force against the soda can. Eventually the can will explode and cause a mess.

The same kind of expansion can happen behind the walls of your home – when water freezes in the pipes. The force created by expanding frozen water can break concrete or even steel! Even a small amount of water can cause big problems.

Let’s look at two common scenarios that can lead to frozen pipes and resulting water damage: Unoccupied homes (many Vermonters winter in the south) and power outages.

Proper winterizing is key if you leave your home for extended periods in winter. It is essential that the pipes are completely drained, small amounts of water can remain in low points in the lines. We recommend the use of an air compressor to blow out the lines.

Winter wind and snow and ice storms can and often do cause power outages. Most heating systems depend on electricity to keep things running. So when the power goes out, so does the heat. In this case, prevention by proper insulation is the best cure.

In both situations, the resumption of water through the pipes of your home is critical. This is when an attentive homeowner should try to detect any damage so that it does not lead to greater problems. When the power comes back on, or when you come home from Florida, make sure you pay close attention. Listen for spraying water, look for water spots. Most plumbing lines reside out of sight, in the walls of homes, so it is very important to proceed cautiously.

Your home may need a little CPR – at PuroClean this means “Controlling, Protecting and Restoring”. Contact us. We will mitigate your loss to prevent further damage.