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Destination Dining Plans Saved By Speedy SERVPRO Water Removal

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Destination Dining Plans Saved By Speedy SERVPRO Water Removal Make sure that your patrons don't find a new place to celebrate their important events by contacting SERVPRO after flooding at your restaurant.

Our Technicians Arrive Quickly to Tackle Drying Out Your Commercial Property After a Flooding Event

Quaint and imbued with decades of dining memories, fine restaurants housed in historic Hampton buildings are precious to their owners, the staff who work in them, and the loyal clientele who arrive for anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions. A significant water event can place all three groups of individuals in peril of losing a treasure. Our crews are up to the task of remediating the water.
 
The strain of a hundred years of fresh water flow finally breaks a vital pipe in your restaurant, pouring gallons upon gallons of water into your kitchen and food storage areas. Immediate commercial water removal in Hampton is essential to the continuation of your business, run for more than a century by your family. Our locally owned restoration company appreciates the severity of this crisis and responds as soon as possible.
 
You limit the damage by shutting off the water flow before we arrive to do a thorough assessment and begin the work of water removal and structural drying. Because many appliances in your kitchen are wired, power may be shut off. This is not a problem as SERVPRO’s submersible pumps and water extractors are truck mounted. Our technicians commence pumping and extraction operations while other workers take moisture measurements and use scanning technology to locate any hidden pockets of water.
 
Resolving the trapped water issue is crucial as if left in this warm and high-nutrient environment, mold could become a problem in as little as 48 hours. We work quickly and steadily, our goal to make the water removal the primary task by minimizing the secondary damage that typically arises when water stands. SERVPRO managers also work with you, the city inspectors, and your insurance company to make sure that the restaurant is up and running again as soon as the water is gone.
 
An intense session with industrial sized air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers reduces the moisture in the structure to normal levels. Only stone and tile floors were affected, meaning no carpet or rug remediation was necessary. Working as a team, SERVPRO and your staff look forward to welcoming diners again for their special events and romantic dinners.
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast is a committed member of our community, ready to assist with any water emergency. Call our staff at (603) 433-4300 immediately after a crisis to schedule an assessment.

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How to Handle Water Removal in Hampton Like a Pro

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Handle Water Removal in Hampton Like a Pro Hampton Water Removal with Squeegees and Pumps, Just Call SERVPRO

Simple, Call the Pros from SERVPRO for Cleanup and Water Extraction

A waterlogged property, whether from a busted pipe or flooding, is a total nightmare. Knowing what to do in case it ever happens, is critical to limiting damage to your property, here in Hampton. The first thing to do in such a case is, of course, water removal. If the water is not extracted promptly and efficiently, it can wreak havoc on your home and belongings.

As water removal is such a crucial step in damage control, you should only trust professionals with years of experience in the field. Thankfully, here at SERVPRO, we have a team of experts who can help you in water removal from your Hampton property to limit damage and start the restoration. Our technicians are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to get rid of the water as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What can you do?
Although our team of water restoration experts can get things to preloss condition for you in no time, there are a few things that you can do to limit the damage. Assuming a SERVPRO team of experts is already on their way, here are a few things that you can do in the meanwhile.

- The first things to do is to find the source of flooding and cut the water at its source. Turn off the main water supply to your property
- Unplug your devices if it is safe to do so
- Make sure that you have a place for the restoration crew to keep your moved furniture
- It can be tempting to turn on heat or fan in an attempt to dry the carpet but avoid doing it. Turning fans or heat can do more damage than good
- Never use a home vacuum pump or a similar device to remove water by yourself. Staying safe is your priority.

What happens next?
As soon as we receive a call from you, we can dispatch a team of water restoration experts to your property. Upon arrival, they can assess the situation, extent of damage and devise a plan. Water removal and restoration is a multi-step process that can take some significant amount of time. The process begins with extracting free-standing water and moisture from carpets, upholstery, and padding with extraction equipment.
We only use professional grade dehumidifying equipment, and our experts strive hard to get the humidity under control as soon as possible. SERVPRO experts also try to minimize secondary damage and mold growth as a result of the water intrusion.

Water removal is a tricky process that should be done by qualified professionals. At SERVPRO, you get to see first-hand, that expert service from talented and experienced professionals.

Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast today at (603) 433 4300 to speak to a representative about getting your property back in order after a water damage.

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What to Do Before Flood Damage in Hampton

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do Before Flood Damage in Hampton Taking steps to prepare for a flood can help to minimize the damage, SERVPRO can take care of the post-flood cleanup.

Steps to Take Before Flood Damage to Keep You and Your Family Safe

Flood damage is a frightening prospect for any homeowner. You do not know what to expect. Naturally, you hope to stay safe, but it is better to know what to do than to be caught short when a disaster happens. That is why SERVPRO recommends all Hampton homeowners get familiar with the following steps to take when you know a flood is coming.

Although flash floods sometimes occur, in many cases, there is a warning of flooding. Local news and weather stations frequently predict lousy weather or flood damage, so the local community in Hampton knows what to expect. Here are some steps to take as soon as you hear a flood is on the way.

Prepare to evacuate if necessary. Fill your car with gas. Put together an emergency kit with flashlights, nonperishable food, clean bottled water, money, first aid items, and three days’ dose of any medications you and your family take. Locate your nearest evacuation shelter and plan your route there.

If you have time, the American Red Cross recommends filling plastic bottles with clean water for drinking and filling tubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing clothes.

Many people do not realize that fire is a risk during a flood – a compromised propane tank can cause a blaze. Turn off all propane tanks. Floods can also damage electrical items in your home. SERVPRO recommends unplugging all electrical items and moving them to a high point in your home if you can.

Move all valuables to the highest point in your home that is practical. It is a good idea to keep all essential documents in a watertight box so that they stay safe in the event of flooding.

Stay tuned to local radio or TV at all times if possible, to keep up to date with the latest developments and any emergency instructions.

SERVPRO is on hand to help with post-flood cleanup. We extract water from your home and focus on drying it out so you can return to your life “Like it never even happened.”

For help with flood damage in Portsmouth, Hampton, Exeter, Greenland and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 today.

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Cold, Wet Weather Increases Chances of Mold Damage to Historic Houses in Hampton

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cold, Wet Weather Increases Chances of Mold Damage to Historic Houses in Hampton When you suspect the mold in your attic is making its way down to other living spaces, it's time to contact SERVPRO for their thorough remediation.

SERVPRO Finds and Fixes the Source of the Mold in Your Home

Attics in the cold winter weather seem to stand still in time, but any microorganisms inside remain active. Ice dams and snow accumulation can work against Hampton homeowners when shingles develop weak areas. Microbes that receive even small amounts of water from melting snow trapped overhead by ice buildup can become highly active. The cold only inhibits their growth slightly.

To help protect Hampton properties from extensive mold damage, SERVPRO technicians apply a unique anti-microbial agent, Concrobium, to at-risk surfaces. Concrobium is safe around children and pets, but deadly to microorganisms.  

The microorganisms already present when an application takes place become encapsulated. As it dries, any microorganisms covered slowly become crushed, rendering them inert. Other microorganisms, including spores, that travel to the treated area later cannot obtain the moisture necessary to grow because of the chemical composition of the anti-microbial agent.

Even in somewhat small areas, we can protect against the effects of mold damage. We can apply Concrobium in a spray, as a fine mist, instead of painting it onto walls. Because it contains no bleach or other strong-smelling chemicals, residual odors do not cause problems like other chemicals might.

When mold affects an attic, the problem might seem as if it should not spread to other areas of the home, but vents can permit this to happen. Furnace activity causes slight air currents inside your attic, and these can lift up loose spores.  

Whenever spores become airborne inside your living space, they can colonize any other areas of your home where moisture accumulates. Windowsills often gather a great deal of moisture from condensation. Windows which receive little natural sunlight often experience much more mold activity than windows facing East or West. Other places where infestations can grow quite rapidly include in and around unwashed laundry, under sinks, and inside closets with damp outerwear.   

SERVPRO of The Seacoast is always ready to help property owners fight microbial infestations by removing mold damage and helping provide the protection needed to prevent future problems. Contact us at our local number, (603) 433-4300, for our 24-hour, 7-days a week service.

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What Is Soot And Why Does It Form After Fire Damage To Hampton Homes?

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Is Soot And Why Does It Form After Fire Damage To Hampton Homes? Fireplaces Can Cause Smoke Damage and More to a Hampton Residence. Need help? Call SERVPRO

Clean Up from Fire & Smoke Damage Calls for Professional Help

Dealing with soot is one of the most time-consuming parts of fire damage restoration. Residue quickly settles on all kinds of surfaces after a fire, and the cleanup is a genuine struggle for homeowners in Hampton who are dealing with the aftermath of a blaze. However, what is soot, why does it form after the fire?

Soot is the fine brown or black powder that clings to and discolors surfaces in the home after fire damage in Hampton. Soot is what gives items that charred and blackened look. Smoke is a by-product of the incomplete combustion of materials; as wood, paper, plastic and other materials burn during a house fire, they produce residues and release particles into the atmosphere.
 
The composition of soot makes it slightly sticky, which means it clings to surfaces and is difficult to remove. As well as looking unsightly, this residue reduces air quality, and a smoke-damaged house does not feel like a home. SERVPRO is on hand to help with fire damage cleanup and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
 
Whether or not an item is salvageable after smoke damage depends on how porous the material is. It is far harder to clean residue from a weathered and aged wooden table than it is to clean it from a smooth glass or polished metal surface.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians arrive ready to thoroughly assess your property and devise the best cleaning plan for you. We advise you on which items are salvageable from soot damage and which are not. SERVPRO trains our technicians in a range of cleaning techniques and equips them with everything they need to scrub, scrape, and wipe soot from the surfaces in your home.
 
After cleaning, we set to work deodorizing your home as well. We understand that it is hard to settle back into your house when it smells of smoke. We have thermal foggers, ozone generators, and air scrubbers on hand to rid your home of smoky smells and leave it fresh once more.
 
For help with soot and smells in Greenland, Exeter, Portsmouth, Hampton and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 today.

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Dealing with Inventory Loss in a Commercial Flood Damage Situation in Exeter

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Dealing with Inventory Loss in a Commercial Flood Damage Situation in Exeter Exeter Proprietors Rely on SERVPRO for Fast Response to Flooding by Using the ERP Plan

Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Stock Damage

Inventory management is an important task for any store that sells goods in Exeter. A proper inventory management system monitors sales, generates reports about the stock on hand, and schedules replenishment of products. A storm, sudden or not, can lead to inventory loss due to the flood damage incurred. When this happens, you should adjust your books to reflect the shrinkage and then call a good restoration company to assess and remedy the situation.
 
If your warehouse or store has been hit by a storm, you may sustain considerable inventory loss that can compromise your business. When this happens, SERVPRO can send a team of commercial flood removal experts to Exeter for assessing the situation and restoring your property. We follow IICRC guidelines in every emergency, thus ensuring a smooth and efficient restoration process.
 
Inventory loss occurs when the stock count is less than the original number that the business carries on its books. While some flood damage situations can ruin merchandise beyond repair, SERVPRO can salvage particular property most of the time. One way you can reduce inventory loss is protecting your stock from commercial flood damage beforehand. This involves conducting periodic inspections of your store and then repairing it as needed. Ask us about our ERP Program, the Emergency READY Profile Plan.
 
Commercial flood damage caused by as a storm is considered a casualty loss. SERVPRO can help you sort out the damaged items from your inventory without adjusting the value of goods sold. We can also perform tasks such as document restoration ( with a freeze-drying process called lyophilization) and water damage repair, which are essential for the continuity of your business.
 
Our catalog includes water removal from walls, furniture, ceilings, sub-floors, ducts, and carpets. We have specialized moisture detection equipment that can come in handy in areas where standing water is not immediately visible. If the water remains unattended for too long, SERVPRO has a team of mold remediation experts who can treat the mold growth that is bound to occur.
 
 As a long-term member of your community, SERVPRO of The Seacoast offers 24/7 commercial flood damage services and is ready to respond to your emergency anytime. Call us at (603) 433-4300.

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Full-Service Solutions To Mold Damage Found In Your Portsmouth Area Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Full-Service Solutions To Mold Damage Found In Your Portsmouth Area Home Mold Usually Requires Professional Help for Remediation--Rely on SERVPRO

Remediation Is More Complicated Than Wiping Up a Mold Stain

Mold reproduces by devouring organic materials used to construct your home. They prefer dark, damp, humid areas and create small, lightweight seeds, called spores. These seeds travel through the air, gaining access to portions of your Portsmouth home through open airways, or by catching a ride on your shoes or even a household pet.  

Mold spores can usually survive for a very long time, even before settling on an acceptable surface. However, after finding an adequate site, molds rapidly develop into large contaminated areas within 24 to 48-hours, continually spreading throughout your Portsmouth area home, causing mold damage as the growth process continues.   

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that any homeowner experiencing mold growth should seek professional help removing any standing water or wet materials found on your property, as they serve as breeding grounds for many microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, and mold. Whether you experience a freshwater flood, sewage back-up, roof leaks, or plumbing issues, mold and mildew can develop soon after.

A qualified mold remediation specialist, like those offered at SERVPRO, can provide you with the professional services you need to remedy the problem and even give you tips that help prevent mold growth in the future. It takes a keen eye and advanced equipment to combat mold found on your property, especially on larger areas where there may also be hidden dangers that exist. SERVPRO’s mold remediation specialists use physical methods to remove contaminated materials, following strict guidelines to contain the affected area, preventing further spread and limiting exposure to clean sections of your home. We pay close attention to furniture, upholstery items, bedding, and toys, using advanced cleaning and disinfection techniques to restore contents if at all possible.
 
SERVPRO technicians may inspect every section of your home to determine how far the contamination has spread, eliminating potential problems one at a time before installing new materials that make your home look like new again.

Contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast for full-service solutions throughout the Portsmouth and Exeter areas, we are here to help. Dial (603) 433-4300 for fast, efficient services.

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Flood Damage in Portsmouth After a Storm

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Portsmouth After a Storm Contact SERVPRO right after a storm and flooding for best results. The longer that you wait, the more damage there will be.

SERVPRO's Fast and Efficient Response Dries Out Your Property and can Prevent Secondary Damages

As we are all seeing on the news this week, extreme weather can drop millions of gallons of water into a relatively small area overnight. It overcomes river banks, levees and dams in less than a day with people’s homes sitting helplessly in the way.

When flood damage in Portsmouth is from a storm system, there is the additional threat of contaminated water to homes. There are soil and other debris not present with a broken hose from a dishwasher. That can mean more property has to be replaced rather than restored which translates to thousands of dollars in additional costs. This situation makes the cleaning services offered by SERVPRO just as important as water removal.

Our first action to clean and restore property is to get it out of the water. Since the items sit on the floors, for the most part, merely removing the water is not enough. Our response team places furniture and other items on wood or cinder blocks. Raising the property gets it off carpets and wood floors which prevents wood finishes and paints from leaving stains. It also helps water to drain and puts airflow over and under the property.

Next, we inspect everything. If there is any soil or other contaminants found on the surface, we start cleaning immediately. If it does not spread and stain more of the surface, our specialists use brushes to remove heavy soil. Brushing is effective on hard surfaces like bookcases and tables, but may not be possible on fabrics like curtains, drapes, and upholstered furniture.

When it comes to cleaning, every SERVPRO office has access to a nationwide network of antimicrobial cleaners and commercial detergents. In the decades we have been in the restoration business, we have found very few stains that cannot be removed by our technicians. The EPA approves everything we use for residential purposes. For those items heavily soiled and stained, we use a special immersion tank that forces bubbles into the cleaning solution and over and through the property.

Cleaning up after a storm is not a fast or easy process. At SERVPRO of The Seacoast, we have the experience and training to put your home back together and return it to its original state so you can return to your life before the storm. Call us at (603) 433-4300 today.

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Portsmouth Water Damage to Homes Occurs Daily

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Portsmouth Water Damage to Homes Occurs Daily Portsmouth Homeowner Makes the Call to SERVPRO for Water Removal

SERVPRO Advises on Mitigating Damage in Your Portsmouth Property, Then Call Us

Flooding in a home is usually an internal issue. Most of the water that spreads over floors and causes other problems for Portsmouth homeowners and residents come from broken plumbing or failed appliances such as water heaters and dishwashers.
 
When water damage to Portsmouth homes happens, the first step is to get the water out. SERVPRO has decades of experience in New Hampshire to quickly accomplish this using highly trained personnel and the most up-to-date equipment in the restoration industry. We use commercial grade pumps and even bring in our generators or generator trucks to ensure an uninterrupted power supply when needed.
 
We never recommend to customers that they attempt major or even minor restoration tasks. There are, however, a few items they can take care of safely and immediately. Some they can accomplish even as they call our SERVPRO office. We can provide IICRC certified technicians to quickly restore your water damaged structure.
 
First, turn off the water. If the damaged pipe or appliance is putting out a constant flow of water, cut it off at the source or shut off the main water leading into the house.
 
Second, shut down the power. We recommend doing this from outside of the house if there is any chance that the water has gotten high enough to get into the electrical sockets. Besides damage to the outlets, there is the risk of electric shocks.
 
Third, move only items that can quickly suffer or cause damage. Some varnishes and other finishes on furniture rapidly dissolve when exposed to water. These items need to be removed from the house or at least set on blocks to avoid staining carpets, rugs, and wood floors. Keep in mind that water is heavy and an upholstered sofa can absorb enough so that two people cannot even move it.
 
When it comes to removing water and restoring the effects left by the damage it causes, you need to contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast. Regardless if it is a split water line in an Exeter garage or a rusted-out water heater in Greenland, we are here to help. If you need our services, call today at (603) 433-4300.

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Homeowners: Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Below-Freezing Weather

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

 As the weather dips into colder temperatures, it is crucial to protect your home’s water pipes against freezing. Untreated pipes in your basement and crawlspaces can be an expensive and scary scenario for any homeowner.

Why Frozen Pipes Are a Problem

Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.


A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.


In the U.S., frozen pipes cause significant damage every year, but they often can be prevented. Taking a few simple steps, even now, may save you a lot of aggravation and expense.

Prevention

There are three common causes of frozen pipes:

1. Quick drops in temperature
2. Poor insulation
3. Thermostats set too low

Luckily, there are a number of preventative steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Check the insulation of pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If Your Pipes Do Freeze ...

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • If your house or basement is flooding, turn off the water valve and call 1-800-SERVPRO.
  • Do not touch or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water due to electrocution concerns.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Every year, many building fires are caused by people trying to thaw frozen pipes. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • Again, if your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on and call 1-800-SERVPRO. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55°F.