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Avoiding Water Damage at Home, for Residents of Portsmouth

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Owner and two dogs sitting in front of a SERVPRO sign Water damage in your Portsmouth home? Don’t let the moisture take over; call SERVPRO right away.

Preventing Secondary Portsmouth Water Damages with Mitigation Experts from SERVPRO

Many homeowners experience the debilitating effects of water intrusion during their ownership. Water issues can occur from many sources. Preventative measures, while effective, are often incapable of covering all the bases for water-related damages. SERVPRO is here to help put your home back together after an emergency.

Moisture migration can cause water damage in your Portsmouth home to spread from one area to another. As a general rule, wet moves to dry. In practice, liquid spillages often seep into wall cavities, reside beneath fittings or penetrate the subfloor. Professional water restoration services are helpful to homeowners because they combine knowledge of water theory with the practical skills and equipment needed to mitigate water damage. In its simplest form, mitigation is the prevention of further harm to a property experiencing a water intrusion event. Blocking furniture to lift above the water level, extracting liquid, controlling humidity, and drying cavities are examples of the emergency mitigation services we provide.

Effective Mitigation Can Help Prevent:

  • Liquid water or humidity from stagnating and causing microbial growth problems, including bacteria, mold, and virus growth.
  • Unnecessary replacement of wet materials, belongings, or home structures adversely affected by water intrusion.
  • Permanent damages to fixtures, building assembly, electrics, and belongings commonly associated with water emergencies.

The structure of your home may feel or appear like a cohesive whole. However, modern properties are constructed from numerous layers. They begin with foundations. These foundations are fitted with the framework, usually solid lumber, that organizes the space within your property into rooms, garages, and staircases. The final layer is gypsum board, drywall, or plaster, painted and decorated. Water impact can vary in severity but is usually measured by how far the moisture has migrated from the source and how deep it has penetrated the building assembly. Measuring equipment to determine the answers to these questions is commonly used once excess water is drained from the property. 

SERVPRO restoration technicians determine the extent of water migration in your home through moisture meters. Moisture meters come in two categories: penetrating surfaces or measuring surface temperatures. Penetrating moisture meters can be used on carpets, softwoods, or furnishings and have an inherent advantage in accurately determining the moisture content of those materials- usually displayed in a percentage. Non-penetrating moisture sensors are typically deployed on denser surfaces such as concrete and some types of hardwood. These sensors measure the temperature of the surface, which can often indicate how much moisture is residing in or behind the object. Sensors are more prone to false readings and may be used several times across the same spot to produce an accurate report.

Finding moisture is crucial in preventing future water-related issues from affecting your home. Many microbial growth issues like mold result from improper restoration following a water intrusion issue. SERVPRO uses advanced structural drying (ASD) technicians to ensure a home dries correctly and secondary damages are minimal.

Advanced Drying Equipment for Water Intrusion

  • Injectidry systems allow technicians to dry the cavities in your home without demolishing walls for access.
  • Rapid air-movers fitted with flex-hoses can often be adapted to circulate dry air beneath fittings and floorboards, ensuring the entire property is dry.
  • Thorough dehumidification of the home can reduce chances of water vapor damage which can cause excessive harm to your property.

Following a water emergency, contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham for water damage restoration at (603) 433-4300.

How Portsmouth Residents Restore their Homes after Fire Damage

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Home on fire with smoke billowing out the windows If your Portsmouth home suffers fire damage, call our professionals for assistance with remediation services right away.

SERVPRO Has a Proven Formula for Efficient Portsmouth Fire Cleanup and Restoration

A fire in your home can be a traumatic experience. Everyday household items like draperies, mattresses, or fabrics can quickly ignite and leave behind debris and malodors. Sorting through belongings can be an upsetting experience. However, with a professional fire damage restoration service, it is often possible to save many possessions and return the structure of your home to a preloss condition.

Efficient fire damage restoration in Portsmouth depends upon the organizational experience of technicians. No two household fires are the same. However, it is possible to follow the same detailed procedure for taking home from a burnt-out ruin back to an inhabitable space. After less extreme fire damaging events, we can immediately inspect and begin mitigation steps to preserve, restore, and not replace burned furnishings, fixtures, and assemblies. Our tried and tested response ensures that technicians can deal with the numerous challenges presented by a property disaster like this. Our work begins when you pick up the phone to speak with one of our trained phone handlers. You can provide a notification of loss, and we can schedule a call out to your property. Our team can guarantee that we reach your home within four hours of receiving your call in emergencies.

The Planning Stages of a Restoration Project

  • On arrival, our IICRC-certified technicians can review any information with you on-site and provide the necessary information on insurance, loss management, and any forms you need to fill out.
  • A consultation and pre-testing phase allows us to get a more accurate picture of the damages and our techniques to reverse them.
  • We can then present your insurance adjuster with a restoration plan and timeframe. Provided you are satisfied, we can begin as soon as you sign an authorization to begin services form.

The early phases of restoration are critical. It ensures that you are kept in the loop regarding work requirements, but it also allows us to organize the service most efficiently. Using the pre-test results, we can then coordinate the delivery of dumpsters for fire debris, removal vans for items that need to be packed out, storage locations for belongings, and equipment. Standard equipment in fire damage restoration relates to air quality. In moderate to severe fires, it may be necessary to bring air filtration devices (AFDs) to ensure that any particulate matter is safely filtered out from the property. Odor control devices such as foggers and misters may be crucial to remove your home's burnt smell. In some situations, advanced equipment like hydroxyl generators can be a valuable tool in returning your home to preloss conditions.

Performing Effective Restoration in your Home

  • Production scheduling involves providing you and your insurance adjuster with accurate time frames for each restoration process. These may include drying the property, storing possessions, and cleaning rooms of soot or smoke residues.
  • Job management and monitoring are essential tasks that measure our predicted time frames against actual progress. Monitoring progress helps us to ensure we meet our predicted timeframes.
  • All restoration services end with a detailed walkthrough of the property with the homeowner. We can refer to our job file, production scheduling, and job management records with you and answer any questions you may have.

A house fire is a challenging situation for any homeowner. We are here to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. Contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham for fire damage restoration at (603) 433-4300.

Preventing Recurring Mold Damage for Portsmouth Residents

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Mold damage on a white ceiling No matter the scope of the mold damage in Portsmouth, our team will be able to remediate the area "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technicians Can Help Neutralize Microbial Growth

Mold usually occurs in homes that have moisture problems or damp spots. As your property ages, it becomes more susceptible to these issues, becoming more apparent during heavy rainfall, seasonal temperature changes, or plumbing malfunction. Microbial growth does not always go away by itself. Sometimes, professional remediation is required to return your home to its normal condition.

It is helpful to remember that mold damage in your Portsmouth home is not inevitable. Professionally trained and licensed technicians in the area can help to ensure microbial growth does not become a permanent issue. At SERVPRO, we like to reassure homeowners that microorganisms are not scary. Modern antibiotics like penicillin are derived from molds, and spores naturally occur in almost all indoor spaces. At the same time, we understand that unchecked microbial growth can be a problem for homeowners as it produces odor, damages decor, and can be unhygienic. The transition from being an unnoticeable part of the home to an issue requiring remediation occurs when spores settle in moist or humid regions of your property. Micro-organisms thrive in moisture, which allows them to grow and reproduce. We are here to correct the moisture problems in your home, remediate growth and remove infested materials.

How Unchecked Fungi Can Damage your Property

  • Microbes release microscopic particles into the air space of your home, which can create malodor. Indoor air quality is often a focal point of effective remediation.
  • Digestive enzymes that allow microorganisms to process organic matter into energy for growth can take a toll on decor. Common signs include weakening drywall or discoloration.
  • Mold reproduces and grows in short cycles that take around 72 hours. Due to these short growth cycles, micro-organisms can rapidly spread from one area to another.

Lab-testing different types of microbes is a time-consuming task. We believe that the visible symptoms of mold are enough to justify remediation, but we are happy to work with both indoor environmental specialists and industrial hygienists during any project. However, our crew chiefs and remediation technicians can handle most household issues without external assistance. We rely on scientifically proven protocols to remediate microbial growth, endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC). Below are the core protocols supported by these two restoration bodies.

Core Principles for Effective Household Remediation

  • Containment uses physical and atmospheric barriers to prevent airborne mold spores from traveling from one part of the home to another. The containment protocol is usually achieved with thick polyethylene sheeting and negative air pressure machines.
  • Demolishing and disposing of porous, infested materials. Some of these materials may include parts of the building assembly such as drywall and insulation, which SERVPRO can replace once areas are fully-remediated.
  • Production controls dovetail with containment protocol. These include personal protective equipment (PPE) and decontamination rooms to prevent spores from traveling via technician's clothing or equipment. We may also use EPA-registered antimicrobial spraying to stop mold from passing through the stages of growth during remediation.

Ensuring that fungal colonization is not a recurring issue in your home requires trained remediation technicians. Contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham for mold damage remediation at (603) 433-4300.

Need Fire Damage Restoration After a Fire – Call SERVPRO

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

scorched, burnt kitchen assemblies Kitchen fires often require SERVPRO expertise for restoration and remodeling--We make our Portsmouth customers feel, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration and Cleanup in Portsmouth

Many homeowners in Portsmouth want to begin cleaning up after a fire immediately. There may be damage in a small area from the fire; however, smoke residues and odors cover walls, appliances, and furniture. Attempts at cleaning using the wrong cleaning agents and materials can cause additional damage to the surfaces, embedding soot particles in fabrics.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services to residents of Portsmouth and surrounding areas. We remove smoke odors, clean all surfaces and remove soot and smoke residues from walls, appliances, and cupboards. Small kitchen fires often require controlled demolition in the immediate area of the fire, cleanup of fire suppression chemicals, and debris removal.

Fires in kitchen areas produce a variety of smoke residues. Some are greasy and cling to everything, while other residues produced by hot fires are light and fluffy. The soft, fluffy resides are easy to remove and can be vacuumed. Greasy residues must be removed using appropriate chemicals to dissolve the particles and absorbent cleaning materials to avoid causing the residues to adhere tightly to the surfaces they reside on. Applying the correct cleaning agents and methods removes soot and smoke residues.

Let SERVPRO help you with all of your smoke damage cleaning and fire damage restoration. Our technicians are experienced professionals. We can be onsite within four hours of your initial call for assistance, work closely with your insurance company and have a policy of cleaning and restoration rather than replacement. Many of our customers appreciate this approach, especially when family heirlooms and mementos are involved.

SERVPRO provides the following services related to fire incidents:

  • House fire clean up
  • Fire and smoke damage cleanup
  • Fire damage restoration

Call the fire damage restoration specialists from SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham and nearby areas for assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (603) 433-4300.

Factors Affecting Restoration of Your Hampton Home After Flood Damage

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

groundwater flooding buildings SERVPRO extracts floodwaters in Hampton homes--then restores through controlled demolition and drying.

Team SERVPRO Has Drying Out Your Home After a Storm Down to a Science

Flood damage due to heavy rains, storms, or any other natural cause can have a devastating impact on your Hampton home. The floodwater can enter your home and damage the aesthetics, even the structural integrity.

 SERVPRO professionals can help you flood-damaged Hampton home in no time. However, the success rate and the time required for the restoration depend on several factors. Our IICRC certified technicians use a multifaceted approach to eliminate the water and the residual moisture and prevent significant damage to your home. Here are a few factors that affect the restorability of your home after a flood damage incidence.

 The amount of floodwater involved 

 One of the first factors dictating the restorability is the amount of water involved. Understandably, the more water involved, the more time it will take to remove it. It is crucial to remove the stagnant water from the property, but it is equally important to eliminate the excess residual moisture. SERVPRO professionals use state-of-the-art equipment to eliminate this moisture and prevent secondary damage after a flood.

The standing water is removed using equipment called extractors. They are available in multiple sizes, from truck-mounted to hand-held. The extractors pump out the liquid water in no time, but they can not eliminate the residual moisture from the air; the dehumidifiers do that job.

The dehumidifiers are equipment that can remove excess water vapor from the air. SERVPRO technicians use this equipment to dry the air and prevent secondary damage such as mold growth.

The humidity and temperature 

 The humidity and the temperature play a crucial role in the drying process. A combination of high temperature and low humidity works the best for efficient drying. The ideal temperature to promote faster drying and hence faster restoration is around 70 to 80 degrees. The ideal humidity, on the other hand, is below 50%. 

 If both the temperature and humidity conditions are met, drying occurs faster, and restoration takes less time.

 Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 today to schedule an appointment with one of our restoration experts.

Water Removal and Drying in Your Portsmouth Home

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

orange moisture SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment and specialized sensors to mitigate water damage in Portsmouth

SERVPRO Utilizes Sensors to Restore Standard Moisture Levels and Mitigate Water Damage

A leaking refrigerator/freezer in your Exeter home can happen for several reasons. If the defrost drain freezes, the water overflows the drain trough and drips down to the bottom compartment, eventually leaking onto the floor. The water tank assembly can also begin leaking. These leaks can be challenging to find, but a leaking tank requires replacement. Also, if you have a water dispenser and ice maker, the inlet valve can become loose or cracked, allowing water to leak.

SERVPRO can restore water damaged Portsmouth homes. We have all the right tools for this, and our staff has been specially trained and certified.

When your home has suffered water damage, our goal is to return all the affected materials to their normal moisture content levels. We use moisture meters to find the actual moisture content of different materials to help us determine if your structure is dry. Penetrating moisture meters have probes to test inside wall cavities and underneath the flooring. Penetrating meters also test separate layers. Non-penetrating meters have sensors that do readings when placed on the surface of materials.

SERVPRO technicians must use the moisture meters properly. We ensure that the meter we are using is set to the surface we are testing. A moisture meter set for drywall, for example, does not accurately read moisture content in wood materials. The relative scale is used to determine readings for non-wood materials and the wood scale to determine readings for wood. If possible, we can establish a baseline of moisture content from material from an unaffected area of the structure.

 We also use thermo-hygrometers to measure both the relative humidity and temperature. We let the meter adapt to air conditions in the room before taking the reading, then in conjunction with a psychrometric calculator or chart to figure out the specific humidity. Readings of air for four areas are used, including the areas unaffected, the areas affected by moisture outside the home, and the exhaust being processed through the dehumidifier into the affected area.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham have the tools to ensure that your home is thoroughly dry again after cleaning up the water damage. Contact us at (603) 433-4300.

Off-Site Fire Restoration Content Cleaning for Portsmouth Shops

4/23/2022 (Permalink)

esporta washing machine SERVPRO provides pack-outs for content preservation and cleaning with our Esporta washing system. Portsmouth counts on SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Professionals Clean Fire Damage from Portsmouth Shop Stock

Fires affect structures of all sizes, so whether it is a large box store or a boutique for specialty items, the same urgent fire damage restoration service is mobilizing to help. We can provide several mitigative solutions to protect your property and its contents.

The Pack-Out Process

Fire restoration for Portsmouth shops can often prioritize the need to protect the contents and wares of the facility to protect the investment of property management. For this reason, our SERVPRO team has a pack-out process that gathers all exposed items for focused cleaning, drying, and deodorization. Relocated inventory can include:

  • Wares
  • Furniture
  • Clothing

Submersion Tanks

Soot adheres rapidly to solid surfaces and non-porous elements like glass, porcelain, and similar compositions. Cleaning up after soot exposure at our SERVPRO facility can utilize our ultrasonic tanks that loosen and remove soot soils on these objects to restore their original appearance.

ESPORTA Wash

Soft materials impacted by soot and smoke solids must be gently cleaned and restored. Unlike the submersion tanks and how they can help hard surfaces, our ESPORTA Wash system delicately lifts soils from fabrics and soft materials for a deep clean without abrasive or aggressive mechanical action.

Ozone Chamber

Another obstacle for our restoration team with the items pulled from damaged shops is the exposure to airborne smoke odor compounds. These molecules can become trapped in porous elements like clothing and upholstery, making it vital to have an effective deodorization approach to manage multiple items simultaneously. Our ozone chamber does just that.

Protecting the wares and inventory of your shop after a fire damage incident is valuable. We appreciate how disruptive and destructive these events can be, so we prioritize any option to make the restoration process and recovery efforts more streamlined and cost-efficient. Give our SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham teams a call for large loss fire recovery at (603) 433-4300.

Portsmouth Water Damage to Homes Occurs Daily

4/23/2022 (Permalink)

MAN READING PAPER WHILE CEILING LEAKS WATER Our Portsmouth neighbor is call SERVPRO for water removal to mitigate the damage in his home, "Like it never even happened."

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 comes 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, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham. 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.

Overcoming Flooding in Your Hampton Finished Basement

4/23/2022 (Permalink)

sandbags holding out flooding After Sandbag Failure Post Flooding in Hampton, Call SERVPRO for Restoration, "Like it never even happened."

Hampton Area Basement Storm Water Intrusion Requires Expert Extraction and Drying--Call SERVPRO

More disasters could adversely affect your Hampton home than many homeowners here take the time to consider. With the right planning and preparations, these potential disasters do not have to be so threatening to your home, though most do not think over the damage that severe weather and water diversion have on their home until this same damage already occurs.

One of the disasters that many homeowners in the area face is the regular threat of flooding from severe weather situations. The basement levels of your home likely got constructed to withstand much of the pressure from external water pooling and underground springs, but when you have water diversion implements fail (or not exist at all), this pressure gets harder and harder to hold back from pushing through the blockwork of your foundation. The ensuing flood damage to your Hampton home likely becomes widespread and challenging to contend with on your own.

Since so many homes in the area have finished basements, the damage is even harder to contain and limit when unabated water pours through cracks and splits in the blockwork. Flooring is often affected the worst by the flooding, though several inches of drywall from this floor towards the ceiling often require removal to both access cavities that need more concentrated cleanup and drying efforts and to replace unsalvageable drywall to complete restoration.

While extraction is a critical component of our restoration process, of equal importance, is our drying efforts. This approach typically utilizes air movers and dehumidifiers, though sometimes specialized equipment like drying mats and our injectidry system are a requirement to penetrate moist or damp areas inaccessible to conventional tools thoroughly. Blockwork hollow cells often contain hidden pockets of water or moisture that must be extracted.

The more that you know about your house, the better prepared you can be for storms that are persistently a threat throughout the area. Trust our SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham flood restoration specialists to help you overcome the water damage and return your home to its original condition. Give us a call 24/7 at (603) 433-4300.

Why Does My Exeter Home Smell Like Smoke if I Never Had Fire Damage?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

cord plugged into outlet, cord is burning Even small electrical fires can leave behind a strong smoke odor if not properly remediated

Call on SERVPRO if You Are Experiencing the Effects of Fire Damage in Your Home

Some homes may exhibit signs of smoke damage despite lacking any apparent reasons why. Even with no tobacco consumption or history of fire damage, an Exeter home may still have a heavy smoke smell either in a small area or across the whole building. When SERVPRO comes to help reverse the damage, we not only solve the problem but also find out what caused it to avoid similar disasters in the future. Here are some of the reasons we may discover for your home's smoke odors.

Past Owner Habits

Despite the assurances of past homeowners and real estate agents, some unfortunate new residents may find their Exeter home fire damaged thanks to the bad habits of the old tenants. Some may have been longtime smokers, exposing the structure's materials to decades of tobacco smoke, and others may have failed to report or repair fire damage at any point in the home's life. If we find that the smoke smell originated well before you took up residence, we can help work with insurance companies to ensure that you are not held accountable for others' failings.

Electrical Failures

While some electrical failures and malfunctions result in a large fire, others may create smaller blazes that fail to spread beyond a small area. In some cases, a medium-sized fire may rage in an unseen part of the home but never find its way into any other space. While these situations can be somewhat complicated by burnt rubber and other potentially toxic substances, our technicians are well-trained to handle any eventuality.

Old or Poor Heating

All types of heating can be vulnerable to fire damage. While your heating system may have never gone through a proper fire, small overloads and issues may pile up until smoke residue becomes noticeable throughout the home. SERVPRO technicians are experienced with all varieties of HVAC systems and are most familiar when combating an issue of this sort.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast is ready anytime, any day, and any season to help locals recover from the effects of fire damage. Call us 24/7 at (603) 433-4300.