The story of Catamount Carpet Cleaning Inc.
Hello everyone, This winter has been crazy with water damage and mold remediation. This job is in a mansion located on top of a mountain in Vermont. We were called in several years ago for the same problem. There is a missing bit of insulation in the outside wall that lets in a small stream of frigid air. The water lines are located over the dining room. Unfortunately, the owners left the water pump on and when it froze and thawed it ran the well dry and burned out the pump. the flooring is a specialty hardwood and very expensive to replace. To compound the job the driveway is about a half mile long and very steep. We had a major snowstorm last night and will probably not get back to check equipment for at least 48 hours. The owners have decided to use spray foam insulation this time and my guess it will take care of the issue. Folks, it only takes a small opening to let in enough cold air to freeze pipes. When leaving shut off the water pump and leave the heat on at least 55 degrees. The heat was on 65 degrees in this home but the break was in the ceiling where it didn’t matter. You must have someone checking your vacation home on a weekly basis. This is cheap insurance and could save you thousands of dollars in damages. That’s it for now, enjoy the rest of the winter and stay warm and dry.
Hello everyone, I wanted to show what happens when you poison mice in your home instead of trapping them. If you start smelling what seems like dead animals decaying in your home it is because they are. The poison says on the box that the rodents will seek water and leave the house to die. What they do is bring the bait back to the nest and feed it to their young. They all die in the wall cavity and if their is a water intrusion into the home, the adults stay there and die as well. I have seen where the damage that is created can costs thousands of dollars to fix. If you see yellow discoloration spots on a drywall ceiling it is probably a dead mouse decaying and leaching through. We pulled down a ceiling in a home that had more than thirty dead mice in the ceiling alone. When you walked into the home the smell of death was overpowering. So trap and don’t poison. Another thing to be aware of when redoing a bathroom with drywall. Don’t put in standard drywall. Use a moisture resistant drywall. See attached photos of what happens over time with the mold growth in a wet environment. Those are some tips to save you a lot of aggravation and money. have a great day until the next time. So long.
Hello all, We received a water damage call for a flooded home in the country. It was a broken plastic flex fitting in a water line that ran above the 5/8 drywall ceiling. What a mess when we discovered two feet thick blown in cellulistic insulation. Not only is this a project but the builder put up the drywall ceiling, then put split logs for beams that attach themselves in such a way that you can’t get the wet sheetrock from under the beam. I don’t know how they will get new drywall ceilings under the beams to install. This will be a challenging job.
Plenty busy now with duct cleaning,mold remediation,carpet cleaning and water damage. That’s it for now. Going to bed because morning comes really early around here. Peace Don
Well, those are some tips for you to get prepared for winter, hope we don’t see you for emergency services but if you need us we will be there. Stay warm ,enjoy the snow and I will talk to you later. Peace Don
Hello everyone, The phones stopped ringing in January and let me tell you it was a very uncertain winter. We had very little snow in Vermont and not much cold weather. Our water damage restoration as well as our carpet cleaning fell off dramatically. A lot of businesses in our area are failing because of the devastation of hurricane Irene and the bad winter. We are more fortunate than most. I had laid off several employees in May , which is traditionally one of our busiest months for cleaning, after mud season. We were finding that nobody has any money in the area. The inns and resturants are barely surving and the seasonal rental market was way off this past winter. The phones are ringing and we have been booking jobs like crazy recently. It looks like we are over the hump. Jane and I spent six weeks in St. Maarten in April and May, so we are definitely recharged and giving it 100%. I heard from many of my peers in the restoration field and they to had a slow winter. We are continuing to do all the necessary marketing and it is paying off. Thats all for now . We are cleaning all the carpet in a local college this week end. Halalujeh!
Hello everyone, Well spring has come early to the northeast this year. Just about all the snow is gone from our property. Usually we still have about five feet or more this time of year. The lack of cold weather has put our business in a slow preiod but now it is picking up nicely. People are looking to get thier carpets cleaned and hopefully mud season will be over soon. We are doing some mold related work for some clients and we have a tentative fire restoration project coming up. If that goes through we will have five people working for about five weeks.Jane and I are off to St. Martin for six weeks. We are going to see if it is doable and if so we will arrange to go to the islands for the entire winter season next year. The pussy willows are blooming and the ice is off our pond. The crayfish are starting to come out of the mud. Global warming? I hope everyone has had a successful season. We are running our childrens camps this year. You can check it out at www.magicalearthretreats.com for more info. If you have a child that would like to be a part of this amazing experience please contact us. We are looking forward to a rewarding summer season. Thats about it for now. Also if you are looking for some inspirational short videos to start your day, you can go to Wisdom with the Wizard on Facebook. Peace Don
Getting things done
Hello everyone, We had been sucked into a false sense of belief that perhaps we would not have a snowy winter this year. Our only snowfall was in the end of October and we received 15 inches. The contractors in the area that rely on snow were definitely hurting. The lack of snow and cold weather has affected our business as well. Well, that all changed last night when we received about 8 inches of fresh snow and colder temperatures. We also had a mix of freezing rain and high winds. Everyone is happy today, so much of the local economy depends on snow here in southern Vermont. People are still recovering from the devastation from Hurricane Irene . It will take a long time for things to get back to normal. We had been extremely busy doing mold remediation work that appeared after the hurricane. Now that winter is here, be sure to take care of your property to prevent serious water damage . If you have a second home , the cheapest insurance , in my opinion, is to have someone check your home on a weekly schedule. There are low temperature alarm systems available to contact you in case the power goes out in your home. I suggest keeping the heat on 55 degrees minimum to prevent freeze ups. Shut off the water pump and drain the pipes by opening all the faucets. This will prevent thousands of gallons of water flowing like a river through your home.
If a disaster does befall your property, call a plumber immediately and then a certified water damage company like our’s to start drying out your home. Time is of the essence in preventing further damage. we offer a 24 hr/ 7 day a week response for emergencies. You can go to www.catamountcarpet.com to see other steps you must take to protect your home and contents. One other note that most homeowners are not aware of. Some insurance adjusters or companies try to steer the companies that they have contracted with to do the restoration job. It is not unlike the automobile body shop industry. In most cases the company with the relationship with the insurance company has the interest of the insurance company as its main focus. we,at Catamount Carpet and Restoration, always have the best interest of the homeowner as our main focus. Do your due diligence and check references and