How Can I Get Rid of Smoke Odors After a Small Kitchen Fire?
There are many sources of kitchen fires, and even small fires can cause more damage than meets the eye.
For Fire Damage Restoration and Deodorization of Your Portsmouth Home Call SERVPRO
Odors are volatile molecules that people's noses sense when they are present in the air. Since fragrances are easily evaporative, they eventually go away or dissipate once the source gets removed; however, the removal process can take a long time.
What Can Cause Smoke Odors to Exist?
During fire damage projects in Portsmouth, foul aromas usually get caused by burnt materials or soot residues that are present after the blaze gets extinguished. The first step our SERVPRO technicians take during the restoration process is to remove all charred items and clean any surfaces that contain soils and soot residues. Once we capture all soils, residues, and burnt materials, we dispose of them in sealed plastic bags, so other previously unaffected areas of your home do not get contaminated.
What Do You do If Unpleasant Smells Still Exist After All Soot Residues Have Been Cleaned and Burnt Materials Have Been Removed?
In some situations, foul aromas can still be present after soots have been disposed of because the smoke can penetrate porous materials deeply. When this occurs, we can use the following products and equipment to deodorize your house:
- Odor Counteracting Beads- These are made of a special treated porous material that, as soon as the bag is opened, deodorant molecules get released into the air.
- Deodorant Granules or Pellets- These specialized pellets or granules are odor absorbers that act as a sponge and hold in odors.
- Water-Based Odor Counteractants- Specialized chemicals can be added to cleaning solutions that can help counteract malodor particles.
- Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) Misters- ULV foggers break down water-based deodorants into a mist so the chemicals can penetrate porous materials.
- Thermal Foggers- Thermal machines break oil-based deodorants down even smaller so it can travel through your structure in the same way smoke did.
- Sealers- Specialized sealant paints can trap in malodor molecules.
If you ever smell smoke in your home after you have a small kitchen fire in Hampton or Exeter, call SERVPRO of the Seacoast at (603) 433-4300.
Who should I call for Flood Damage in my Basement?
SERVPRO has the tools to remove all water from your basement.
SERVPRO Cleans Basement Flood Damage in Portsmouth
New Hampshire homeowners may be aware of the risks basements face when it comes to flooding, but they may be surprised to know that only 2% of basements never experience flood damage during their lifespan. While there are many preventive measures that you can take to minimize damage, when disaster strikes, it can be stressful and overwhelming to keep your family safe and salvage your home and belongings after it occurs. However, there is a team that can help.
When flood damage hits your Portsmouth basement, SERVPRO technicians are ready to bring fully-loaded trucks filled with cutting-edge equipment, EPA-registered biocides, and gas-powered generators to restore your home to a pre-damage condition. The Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-accredited pros handle everything from extracting floodwaters, waste, and debris from your basement to making necessary structural repairs to your property.
What to Maintain to Minimize Basement Floods
- Sealing tiles and foundation. Proper sealing is necessary to prevent water seepage and foundation damage.
- Proper downspout installation. If downspouts are too short, are clogged, or face the wrong way, floodwaters can quickly be redirected into your home through cracks in the basement.
- Drain tiles. This is the drainage system built around your home, like a curtain drain.
- Clean gutters. Much like your downspouts, gutters need adequate care to prevent damage and clogs that can eventually lead to water pooling in the basement.
- Sump pumps. Making sure your basement's drainage system is operational minimizes the risk of sewage backups and floodwater backing up into your home.
SERVPRO Restores Your Home
SERVPRO techs have the means to remove floodwaters, no matter how deep. Portable, back-mounted extractors, wet/dry vacuums, and mops are ideal for small-scale floods. Submersible, gas-powered pumps tackle floodwaters 2 inches or higher. Truck-mounted extraction systems remove large volumes of water: Anywhere from 60 gallons to well over 100 gallons of floodwater. After extraction, your basement can be sanitized with EPA-registered biocides and prepared for structural drying.
SERVPRO of The Seacoast provides mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (603) 433-4300 for a reliable rapid-response service.
What Steps Can I Take to Prevent Water Damage in Portsmouth During the Winter?
Winterize your home before winter's coldest temperatures set in.
SERVPRO Can Provide Water Extraction Services in Portsmouth if your Pipes Freeze
During the wintertime, it is common that temperatures will drop below zero, and at some point, snow will start to fly. Most people who have lived in the country's colder states know that winterization can be the key to having a good, stress-free winter season. During the fall, there are several steps homeowners can take to prevent water damage issues.
Since frozen pipes and ice damming in Portsmouth are two major causes of water leaks during the cold fall and winter months, doing a few vital tasks before it gets cold can prevent one of these disasters. For one, it is a wise idea to inspect your roof to see if there are any cracked, curled or missing shillings. If your roof already leaks, you might not notice it until after the first snowstorm when the snow starts to melt.
It is also wise to ensure no leaves, pine needles, or other debris are in your gutters. If moisture cannot freely flow into your gutters, then ice dams can form and cause your roof to leak. Draining your hoses or any other water lines running outdoors, such as your sprinkler system or pool supply lines, can also prevent your pipes from freezing inside your house. You should also turn off the inside valve that supplies water to your outdoor fixture if possible.
However, even if you take all the necessary steps, mishaps can still occur. If you still suffer from a water leak in the winter, our SERVPRO technicians can help. Our highly trained team is trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and we can provide fast 24/7 service. We can use the industry's most advanced technology to assist you with the following:
- Water Extraction
- Repairing Water Damage Issues
- Attic Mold Inspections
- Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
- Fixing Leaking Ceilings
If you notice a leak after the temperature drops below freezing, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300.
How Do I Clean My House after Flood Damage in Portsmouth?
SERVPRO provides groundwater extraction, demolition, cleanup and disinfecting of Portsmouth storm damaged properties
Flood damage cleaning is a multistep process, and SERVPRO can help with skills and other resources.
When your Portsmouth home floods, you have to address a wide range of problems, including deep soiling, contamination, and bad odor, to restore the home to its pre-damage condition. Even from casual observation, you are likely to identify several problems that need immediate attention, whether it is your expensive upholstered furniture submerged in filthy water, appliances filled with murky water, or layers of mud or silt inside your house. Although the ultimate goal is to address all the issues, deciding what to start with is not easy.
How do professional restorers determine what step to prioritize?
Because of dealing with numerous flood damage incidents in Portsmouth, professional restorers develop systemic procedures that help determine the steps necessary in each situation and how to schedule them. Some of the crucial issues our SERVPRO technicians consider include:
- The type of items the flood affects
- Perceived chances of further deterioration
- External factors connected to the flooding
Flooding can damage some items permanently, even after minimal exposure. Carpets and upholstered furniture may be damaged irreparably by exposure to contaminants due to the porous nature of their constituent parts. Our crews are, therefore, likely to focus initial efforts on salvageable contents such as appliances. When scoping the property, we also try to establish the level of deterioration likely to occur and use it as a basis for determining the steps to prioritize. A factor like the amount of standing water left in the building has greater ramifications than the inconvenience it causes to anyone wading through. Such water continues to intrude on surfaces or materials, worsening the damage. Therefore, removing the water or moving items away from the flooded areas have top priority over other steps, unlike a case where the floodwater drains out of the home immediately. One external factor likely to influence the restoration process is the time it takes water outside the structure to recede.
Which steps does a typical flood cleanup exercise involve?
- Discarding soaked and contaminated materials
- Removal of foreign materials such as mud and silt
- Applying antimicrobial agents
- Scrubbing walls and floors
As the floodwaters flow into your property, it soaks into different materials, leading to deterioration. Structural materials such as sheetrock, insulation, and wallpaper develop various problems when exposed to water. Since cleaning and drying cannot restore them to the pre-damaged state, the best action is the immediate removal of the wet sections for disposal. Apart from dealing with the wetness, removal also prevents additional problems such as wicking of moisture from the wet areas to the drier ones.
As the floodwater fills your house, it is likely to deposit materials collected outside, including silt, mud, and leaves. In most cases, manual removal is the only way to get rid of such materials. Our SERVPRO technicians bring shovels, plastic bags, and other tools to the damage site to handle the removal conveniently.
Many of the soils left on surfaces such as walls and floors adhere to the material or cause staining. Cleaning such materials can be challenging. Our crews use a combination of manual scrubbing with brushes or dusters and chemical action from professional cleaning agents. For large surfaces such as the floors in several rooms, we can use automated tools such as rotating brushes to ease the workload.
How do I tell what is contaminated?
The presence of contaminants in floodwater increases the burden you have to bear after your home floods. Contamination is high when an incident involves groundwater because such water collects materials over vast areas. Typical contaminants might include:
- Farm or industrial chemicals
- Heavy metals
- Fuel oil
- Biohazards including sewage
The water dumps these contaminants on the contents or surfaces it affects, so you should treat the entire property as contaminated and use personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves, boots, and other protective material when venturing in or performing clean-up tasks. The level of contamination left on different materials differs. For non-porous materials such as metal or plastics, the contamination is only on the surface. Cleaning such items thoroughly and use of disinfectants helps remove all traces of contamination. Porous and semi-porous materials can retain some traces of contamination even after cleaning, so they must be handled carefully.
Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the items in your house to determine whether to dispose of or keep them. We consider whether an item is made from porous materials and whether it is exposed directly to contaminated water. Apart from physical observation, we use advanced tools such as luminometers to test surfaces for organic contamination.
Cleaning up a flooded house presents many challenges. Assistance from SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham can help you deal with any incident, "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (603) 433-4300.
Are Wet Properties Expensive to Repair in Exeter?
SERVPRO's advanced inspection and mitigation equipment prevents secondary water damage to Exeter homes
Residents of Exeter Can See Expenses Spiral when Water Damage Strikes.
SERVPRO is a qualified restoration service that can mitigate costs and repair your home.
Why do wet properties deteriorate?
Water problems can degrade over time, causing extensive harm to your Exeter home. When dry materials are exposed to moisture, it can affect their structural integrity and promote harmful microbial activity. The combination of water exposure and microbial growth can lead to long-term problems affecting building materials, drywall, and fabrics in the home. If you discover water intrusion, it is vital that you contact your insurer right away. The first three days of a water emergency are central to the overall cost of restoration. SERVPRO technicians can enter the property, assess potential damages, mitigate damages, and begin repairing your water-damaged Exeter home. A standard water restoration from start to finish typically takes between two and five days to recover with professional help.
Is rising humidity harmful to a property?
One of the causes of water damage in your Exeter home may be rising humidity levels. When large bodies of water enter an enclosed environment, it begins to evaporate. Evaporation leads to higher levels of humidity within an indoor environment. When this humid air comes into contact with cold, dry surfaces, it condensates. This condensation effect can quickly lead to the ceiling, wall cavity, or upper floor damage. The more moisture in the air- relative humidity- can slow down the evaporation process overall, leading to more water exposure and a more extended restoration project. SERVPRO technicians typically bring in humidity controls at the first opportunity to mitigate further damages in a wet property.
What effect does condensation have on the property?
- Damp spots can quickly become hotbeds for microbial activity, including fungi, viruses, or bacteria
- Inner wall cavity damage can stagnate, causing unpleasant odors and cracking paintwork
- Damage to drywall, insulation, or paintwork is often discernible through discoloration
How does water restoration begin?
The first question that a professional water restoration technician asks is what is wet. We usually start at the source of water intrusion, which is generally identifiable as a slow leak, faulty appliance, or cracks leading to rainwater intrusion. From here, our technicians can work outwards to understand the extent of water migration. Sometimes it is necessary to use advanced measuring equipment to understand the scope of water migration truly. These may include the use of thermal imaging cameras or boroscopes. If a technician suspects that migration has reached wall cavities, we may need to perform a demolition to expose the hole and assess its insulation. Wet materials like insulation or drywall are typically inexpensive to replace and can be reinstalled by a qualified SERVPRO technician.
What equipment can be used to fix water migration issues?
- Structural cavity drying equipment like Injectidry systems can help to dry a property without requiring demolition
- Drying mats cover a large surface area and are useful for drying floors made from vinyl, laminate, or masonry
- Adaptations to dehumidification or air-moving equipment to allow hot, dry air to circulate into the home's hidden recesses
How do technicians know when a property is dry?
The drying of a property is an exact science. SERVPRO technicians use thermal hygrometers to measure the humidity of the affected area. We can then compare that to unaffected rooms as well as outdoor air. The readings taken from an unchanged room become the dry goal. SERVPRO can then use air-movers and other drying equipment to match an unaffected area's dryness with the affected area. It is equally essential for technicians to monitor the effectiveness of a drying system. Different properties have different shapes and architectures, which can all affect drying. By returning daily to monitor drying outcomes, crew chiefs can adapt the drying setup in your home for maximum efficiency. Tailoring our approach this way helps to ensure that Exeter residents suffer minimum inconvenience following water restoration.
When is a water restoration project finished?
- When the dry goal of the affected area is met
- Once a SERVPRO technician conducts a walkthrough with you to explain outcomes and services
- After equipment is removed and any damaged materials are either cleaned, restored, or replaced
Can restoration services help with insurance?
Generally, a restoration crew chief works closely with an insurance adjuster. SERVPRO is a transparent, professional company that records any work carried out in a digital inventory. These works ensure that there is access to accounts in real-time. At the end of a service, our technicians can pass the details of restoration onto your insurance provider to complete a 'stress-free claim.
A wet home can continue to sustain damages after the source of moisture is contained. Contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 now.
Who Offers Reliable and Accessible Portsmouth Flood Damage Assistance?
Our "Office Staff" says Relax since our SERVPRO production crew is doing a great job of restoring your Portsmouth flood-damaged home
SERVPRO is a local company with nationwide resources for Portsmouth flooding restoration
Nor'easters and hurricanes form under different conditions and areas of the Atlantic Ocean, but both types of storms target coastal New Hampshire, causing severe flood damage in Portsmouth. The destruction can destroy exterior and interior building materials and the contents of your home, as well as inflict similar wind and water damage on neighboring housing.
What Should Portsmouth Residents Look for in a Reputable Flood Restoration Contractor?
During the storm in Portsmouth and the immediate aftermath, you can feel utterly overwhelmed with the scope of the water clean up needed. Do not let panic impel a decision to hire an itinerant company operating out of a vehicle or two, following storms from community to community with hard-sell tactics. This can leave customers like yourself to fend for themselves if promises are unkept or lingering flood moisture issues occur. Contracting with your local SERVPRO instead offers:
- Licensed and certified project managers, crew leads, and technicians
- Swift, in-community response with minimal wait times and a brick and mortar presence, streamlining the crisis response and permitting ongoing support
- Scalable capability, permitting us to help you and your neighbors by accessing our nationwide network of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained partners
- Comprehensive storm-related flooding interventions, including:
- Tarping and board up emergency services
- Water damage repairs
- Basement flooding cleanup and water removal
- Cleaning up after a sewer backup (a common complication when municipal sanitary waste systems cannot handle flooding quantities)
- Mold inspections, remediations, and removal if indicated (mold can take hold after 24 to 72 hours of residual moisture)
- Disinfection using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered antimicrobials
- Applied structural drying, including determination of appropriate drying goals and continuous monitoring of drying progress
Engage the flood damage removal and repair services of SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham when your home suffers a battering from seasonal coastal storms. We are on alert 24/7, awaiting your call at (603) 433-4300 today, and looking forward to supporting you into the future.
Get Prompt and Efficient Fire Damage Restoration in Exeter
Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are top-notch. We have highly trained and experienced technicians for any phase of fire damage mitigation.
SERVPRO is a Reputable Company that Offers Fire Damage Restoration in Exeter
It is arduous to deal with a fire disaster, and restoring a home after a fire is challenging. The process of reconstructing a property after a fire needs to be done with extreme care and caution. Apart from the fire itself, the chemicals or water used to extinguish the flames can intensify the destruction. It would be best if you had an expert restoration firm such as SERVPRO to handle the situation.
To perform efficient fire damage restoration in your Exeter home, we begin by evaluating the damage and assessing it correctly. This enables our technicians to decide on the strategy to adopt and how to approach the restoration process. We remove the debris and the chemicals used to fight the fire. We also clean the chemical agents used to douse the flames carefully without harming the building materials.
From the moment you hire SERVPRO, we can provide you with ongoing updates until we complete the restoration process. We also provide accurate estimates based on the services we recommend to ensure that your home returns to its preloss state. When you choose us for fire restoration, you can experience other merits, including:
- Water damage restoration services
- State-of-the-art equipment
- Pack-out services
- Emergency board-up services
In a loss environment, there may be different kinds of smoke residues. These residues contain solid particles that consist primarily of carbon. Our SERVPRO technicians choose the cleaning method that can remove the type of smoke residues present effectively. We identify the kind of surface that is affected to determine which cleaning products and cleaning methods are ideal to use on the surface.
We take care to preserve the surfaces or materials we are cleaning. If a material cannot withstand the cleaning process, it is unrestorable. Smoke residues usually bond with the surfaces they contact. We can use wet and dry-cleaning procedures to release residue particles and carry them away from the ruined surfaces. Our SERVPRO crew then disposes of cleaning waste and debris in the right manner.
Reach out to SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 for fire restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Trust Professionals for Mold Remediation in Portsmouth
Mold with grow like wild-fire within the first 48 hours. SERVPRO mold remediation specialists have the equipment for the job needed for your property
SERVPRO Has the Expertise to Provide Effective Mold Remediation in Portsmouth
Mold usually grows in humid, damp spaces in any part of a building after water damage. It can easily grow in kitchen areas, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and basements. At SERVPRO, we know that handling a mold infestation might be challenging. Regardless of your situation, we can help.
Our team can perform mold remediation in your Portsmouth residence satisfactorily. Our technicians are extensively trained in providing restoration services. We know where to check and how to remediate mold without spreading excess spores or mycotoxins into the air. It is essential to measure the size and extent of the apparent mold issue. Generally, mold contamination can be divided into:
- Small – Less than ten square feet of mold.
- Medium – Ten to a hundred square feet of mold.
- Large – Over a hundred square feet of mold.
Our SERVPRO team uses advanced techniques and tools to remediate mold. For instance, we can perform containment using heavy-duty plastic sheets, residue-free tape, and extendable poles to quarantine the area with mold. Containment helps to prevent mold spores from getting into other parts of the home.
Our technicians can also vent the containment area with tubes connected to air scrubbers. The machines suck air from the containment, filter it and expel it outside the home. Apart from purifying the air, air scrubbers also create negative air pressure in the containment area. This means that air moves directly from your house into containment through the air scrubber and is released to the outdoors.
When our SERVPRO team enters the containment area, we wear protective gear. If porous items such as carpets and drywall have mold, we remove them. Our team uses various power and hand tools to carefully and neatly remove these materials. Completing this step properly is essential because it makes it easier for us to rebuild the area. We place the moldy materials in heavy-duty plastic bags and use tape to seal them.
After our SERVPRO team is satisfied with removing all mold materials, we can use vacuums fitted with HEPA filters to clean the containment area. We vacuum all surfaces to snag as many mold fragments and mold spores as possible.
When you need mold remediation services, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300.
Reasons to Hire Professionals to Perform Water Mitigation in Portsmouth Homes
SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the knowledge and experience for any size water damage restoration project.
Reputable Companies Like SERVPRO Have the Expertise to Perform Water Mitigation in Portsmouth
When water damage happens to your property, you can find yourself in a highly stressful situation. Avoid hiring a company that charges twice the market rate for water damage repairs because this can add to your anxiety. SERVPRO uses cutting-edge technology and equipment to handle water damage in a cost-effective manner.
We have a team of skilled technicians who use innovative techniques to perform water mitigation in Portsmouth homes. At SERVPRO, we also offer:
- Immediate response to avoid further losses
- Restoration process free of hiccups.
- A licensed and well-trained team of restorers.
When you deal with water damage in your Portsmouth property, your repairs may appear to be in good shape at first, but you may see signs of trapped moisture after a while. Consequently, you may have to do more work and recover these costs from your insurance provider, which may be more difficult.
SERVPRO's team of restoration professionals employs advanced drying technology, along with special heaters and dehumidifiers to eliminate remaining moisture. For rapid, successful drying, we can use centrifugal air movers and indirect-fired furnaces to deliver dry air and heat directly to wet materials and to the building's interior structure. The procedure significantly increases evaporation.
Our goal is to dry affected properties within the shortest time possible. The drying process has the chance to take several days, depending on the intensity of the damage. During the drying process, our SERVPRO team can monitor the affected areas of your property closely to ensure that we meet the drying goals.
If not addressed promptly, water damage can reduce your property's value. Contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham for reliable restoration to make it "Like it never even happened." Our 24-hour helpline is (603) 433-4300.
How Our Experts Handle Fire Damage In Your Hampton Home
SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration.
Guidelines On Handling Fire Damage In Your Hampton Home
The flames from a fire of any size can create dangerous conditions in your house quickly by damaging furniture, cabinets, countertops, tiles, and appliances in minutes. After extinguishing a fire successfully, the amount of destruction left to handle can be overwhelming. Therefore, it is vital to use fire restoration services to return your property to its pre-fire damage condition.
After a fire damages your Hampton residential property, soot and smoke can travel and penetrate other rooms, ruining carpeting, paint, upholstery, clothing, draperies, and other belongings. Ventilating your house is a vital first step to cleaning up after a fire. You can start the remediation process by taking the following steps:
- Wear gloves like household dishwashing gloves, pants, and long-sleeved shirts before cleaning up the surfaces with soot and smoke residues to avoid skin contact.
- Wear personal protective gear like a dust mask to avoid breathing in airborne particles such as ash.
- Ventilate your property by opening the windows and doors to eliminate odor and smoke.
- Dispose of burned debris to eliminate scents.
- Use cooking oil to wipe metallic finishes, preventing staining and rusting.
You should also not hesitate to seek help from SERVPRO franchise professionals. Our restoration team has extensive training in dealing with fire damage. We understand that the destruction may be more severe than it appears, and we know where to check to prevent the need for future restoration services.
Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can arrive at your house within an hour of receiving your call and assess the damage. This allows us to determine the fire restoration services required and then work diligently to restore your property. We have the tools and equipment needed to remove soot and smoke from your property. Smoke and soot can cause stains and discoloration on walls and ceilings. The acidic residues in soot can ruin the interior of your property and countless belongings if you do not eliminate them rapidly.
Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup
Our technicians can loosen smoke residues from different surfaces using mild, moderate, or heavy agitation. For mild agitation, we can use brushes, vacuums, feather dusters, or compressed air. For moderate agitation, we can use dusting cloths, dry cleaning sponges, or cleaning towels. If your house has a significant amount of smoke residues, our crew can remove them using tools that produce heavy amounts of agitation like Roto pads and brushes, sandpapers and steel wool, and blasting equipment that blasts some type of media against the soiled surfaces.
Your property could also have water damage because of burst pipes or the water that firefighters used to stifle the flames. Our SERVPRO technicians can extract the water using shop vacs and dry the affected areas using air moving and dehumidification equipment.
When a fire happens in your home, call the team of highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of The Seacoast for fire restoration services. You can reach us at (603) 433-4300. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.