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SERVPRO Helps Portsmouth Properties Recover from Flood Damage

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged home Storms may cause flooding I the end. If so, SERVPRO is the team to call for storm restoration service for your property.

Portsmouth Property Owners Trust SERVPRO To Remove Flood Damage 

One significant contributing factor to the outcome of water damage cleanup in a home is the building envelope. If the envelope is not adequate, the weather outside can affect the drying of the interior. 

What is a Building Envelope?

When SERVPRO handles flood damage in Portsmouth properties, a term homeowners may hear is "building envelope." This term refers to the elements that separate the interior from the exterior and control the climate within the property, including: 

  • Roofs
  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Foundation
  • Windows

When SERVPRO techs are calculating the drying time, one of the many factors that have a bearing on the amount of time needed is how well the envelope stops humidity from coming into the home. When drying a structure affected by floodwater, limiting the influence of weather conditions outside the home is crucial. 

Because no structure can be airtight, the IICRC breaks the envelope description down into the three main types: loose, moderate, and tight. Tight is the best at keeping exterior weather conditions out of the home, and a loose envelope can have a direct bearing on drying times within a property. 

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300  supports the local Portsmouth area with flood damage cleanup.

Local Exeter Homes Trust SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

2/27/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire restoration is no easy task. SERVPROs technicians are IICRC certified for any size fire restoration service needed for your property.

SERVPRO Techs Restore Homes in Exeter With Fire Damage

Exeter was one of the country's early settlements when Reverend John Wheelwright purchased the land in 1638 from local Native Americans where the Exeter River met with tidal Squamscott, where the sub-tribe of the Pennacook nation resided. 

The Rev. Wheelwright wound up in the area after being exiled from his former home in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, a Puritan theocracy. Wheelwright had a sister-in-law considered a dissident for her differing religious views that he also sided with. When he left the colony to settle elsewhere, about 175 people traveled with him to what would later be Exeter. Wheelwright coined the name for the new settlement after the same name in Devon, England. 

In the early days of the township, the settlers farmed, hunted, and fished to support their community. In the mid-1640s, the first gristmill for grinding grains became operational. Soon, other forms of needed mills sprang up throughout the township, including sawmills for the much-needed creation of building lumber and barrel staves, the largest founded by Edward Gilman. The present-day American Independence Museum was a former home of the Gilman family and listed as a National Historic Landmark.

The Gilman family ran a powerful shipping empire and traded as far as the West Indies. A major incident occurred when the clipper ship owned by Governor John Gilman got boarded on the orders of Admiral Horatio Nelson for the Royal Navy. Upon finding out who the ship captain was, a member of the Gilman family, Nelson worked to settle the ship's captain's situation by offering him a glass of wine and paying for the cargo aboard in Spanish dollars.

Exeter was influential in the development of New Hampshire for several reasons, including:

  • It became the state capital in 1775 and remained so for 14 years
  • It had the highest percentage of African Americans living as members of the community in the state in the late 1700s 
  • In 1827, the Exeter Manufacturing Company used power to produce cotton that supported many other businesses and enabled the township to grow

What Types of Cleaning Methods Work Against Fire Damage in Exeter Properties?

Cleaning up fire damage in Exeter residences needs several different applications for the best outcome. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified choose specific cleaning agents and methods determined through testing and residue types. The three most common ways are:

  • Agitation equipment and techniques
  • Chemical applications
  • Time-based cleaning methods

Agitation removes soiling that is adhered to fibers or surfaces—some sub-types of agitation, such as devices that deliver water pressure, rotating brushes, and vibration. Hot water extraction on a carpet is one example of the professional equipment for removing smoke residues. Particularly in the case of wet smoke, chemical applications containing a solvent may be needed to release the residue's grip to various surfaces. Time-based cleaning methods require time to do the job. Leaving a solution on a soiled area gives the cleaner time to work to lift away the soot and smoke residues. Correct Dwell Time is crucial to optimize results.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 provides the fire damage restoration services local Exeter residents rely on.

Post-Flood Damage Repairs in Portsmouth

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO of The Seacoast is quick to get your flood damage under control.

Building contractors can ensure structural repair begins as soon as possible after a flood. 

Flooding can be an inevitable situation for many Portsmouth homes and businesses, specifically because of winter conditions like ice jams that can overflow creeks and streams. Once water exists inside your home, it can be a devastating force that reaches vital areas like supports and subflooring to make repairs and reconstruction inevitable to restore the impact flooding has on the house thoroughly.

Repairing a Flood-Damaged Portsmouth Home

With a team of licensed contractors and a division of restoration technicians, we can offer a broad spectrum of action for flood damage in Portsmouth homes. Repairs are often among the most critical activities that we can begin as a restoration unit. Exposure to natural flooding can often come with the threat of contamination and bacteria. Controlled demolition is an effective solution to manage what materials have been impacted by potentially compromised water. Other repairs include:

  • Board-up
  • Tarping
  • Utility repairs

Flooding can devastate homes, but our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team can make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call (603) 433-4300.

Downtown Manhattan Homeowners who Need Specialized Cleaning Solutions can count on SERVPRO for Support.

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage black Call us and let us work until your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

A fire in a Downtown Manhattan home can burn for a long time or just for a few minutes and still cause damage throughout the whole house. Many homeowners are genuinely surprised to see soot inside medicine cabinets and curtains of areas far from where the fire started. Only a professional restoration team can look at your needs and provide a comprehensive plan focusing on minimizing your loss.

To develop a plan for an Downtown Manhattan home with fire damage, call SERVPRO for our expert opinion. Our technicians arrive at your home, keeping in mind safety precautions and aiming for a full restoration with minimal disruption.

Once we inspect the area, we may recommend offsite services to clean and store items that would otherwise suffer more damage if left in the home. As a homeowner, you shouldn’t worry about the process's details, as our team documents and explains each step for your benefit.

Can flooring be saved after a fire?
Many factors come into play when deciding whether to restore or discard flooring materials following a fire. First and foremost, the proximity to the fire’s origin can dictate the severity of the damage, and our SERVPRO team acts accordingly. If safety is questionable due to the flames, then it is better to remove the flooring altogether. In some cases, items such as wall-to-wall carpets may be removed due to firefighters' water and extinguishing substances. However, if we can cost-effectively clean the residue, we can do some of the following:

    •    Use a rotary floor machine to agitate the residue and remove it
    •    Apply cleaning solutions to carpets and use machinery to help it permeate each fiber
    •    Incorporate air movers to evaporate water from hardwood flooring

At SERVPRO of Alphabet City/Downtown Manhattan, we know that restoration is a unique process, and each home deserves a personalized plan. Call us at (646) 665-4195 and let us work until your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

How Centrifugal Air Movers Work in Water-Damaged Exeter Homes

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment your home needs after a water catastrophe. Give us a call right away.

This integral drying tool has a distinct purpose in water damage restoration projects. 

Water damage can be one of the most challenging situations that your Exeter home faces in its life. Because water disasters can get out of control quickly, it is vital to get mitigation and restoration services started as soon as possible.

While water mitigation in Exeter might hinge on removing standing water, restoration encompasses multiple tasks from cleaning to thorough drying. Several tools are involved in drying your property after surface water removal, including:

  • Air movers 
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Portable heaters
  • Positive pressure systems 

How Centrifugal Air Movers Help Damaged Homes 

Centrifugal air movers provide a concentrated blast of warm air directed at a specific point unexposed building materials or contents. These units promote surface moisture evaporation, specifically at the spots where they are directed.

There are multiple tools and strategies involved in complete water restoration. When your home requires mitigation or recovery, you can trust our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team to help by calling (603) 433-4300.

Keeping Summer Tourism Thriving After Flood Damage to Portsmouth Properties

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Flooding quickly causes water damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Flooding can be devastating to area homes and businesses without skilled professional restoration.

For many of the settlements and townships that developed throughout New England, Portsmouth is one with a vast and colorful history. Settlers initially found the region agreeable for living conditions as early as 1630, though, at this time, the city was named for its most generous offering, strawberries. Over the years and centuries, Portsmouth would multiply to the nearly 22,000 residents living here today.

Portsmouth is one of the stops for Revolutionary legend Paul Revere warning of the British arrival with their warships. Many of the historic structures from this famous war of American history still stand today throughout Rockingham County. Portsmouth, however, is known for much more than just its ties to the American Revolution.

Attractions That Draw in Tourists to Portsmouth 

  • The Music Hall – With claims as to the oldest running theater in New Hampshire (being built in 1878), and one of the oldest in the United States, The Music Hall is a venue that can draw in a crowd. This venue has welcomed legends like Tony Bennett to the stage in its illustrious past and continues to be a space promoting independent music, comedy, and cinema. More than 130,000 people visit this historic site every year.
  • USS Albacore Museum & Park – This attraction is a museum that allows visitors to tour a decommissioned United States Navy submarine brought here in 1985. The USS Albacore receives many visitors every year and helps interested people see the living conditions and architecture of one of the most impressive military feats. 
  • Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse – This is a lighthouse originally in use starting in 1771, and it was one of only 11 stations established before the American Revolution. Over the years, this site had seen the lighthouse's reconstruction to promote modern engineering when repairs were necessary.
  • The Seacoast – Perhaps one of the most alluring attractions of the general Portsmouth area is the Seacoast in general. From harbors and piers, there are multiple activities for fishing, swimming, and other aquatic-based pleasures.

Protecting Portsmouth Homes After Flood Losses

Flood damage to Portsmouth homes can be a devastating situation, especially when multiple levels of your property are impacted simultaneously. With flash flooding and quickly developing natural flooding situations a continual threat in Rockingham County, our SERVPRO team remains diligent to respond rapidly to storm damage and floods to protect as much of your property as possible.

Removing standing water with debris and solids requires specific tools and instruments such as trash pumps and truck-mount extractors. Once any water pooling is addressed, we can better identify structural hazards or other mitigation actions that must get taken to begin restoring and recovering your flood-damaged home.

As rapidly as flooding can occur and sweep throughout your home, our SERVPRO of the Seacoast team is ready to respond 24/7 to help. Give us a call today at (603) 433-4300.

Exeter Seacoast Artist Association Theme Shows

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A store next to a roadway. Exeter Seacoast Artist Association is having multiple shows for the next several months. Go out and support your local artists.

Let Me Show You What I Love on Display At – Exeter Seacoast Artist Association

The Seacoast Artist Association in Exeter, NH, is a volunteer organization supported by donations, sales commissions, and fees for exhibitions. The association meets monthly to promote art inspired by the seacoast of New Hampshire. They encourage artists in the pursuit of art and people of ages. One of its key initiatives is the Scholarship fund, which assists local high school seniors.

The Artist Association runs a variety of events every month. At this time, they are following local health guidelines. Receptions have not been scheduled; however, exhibits are proceeding, and interested parties may attend while abiding by social distancing guidelines. There are several theme shows scheduled in January, February, and March including:

  • Let Me Show You What I Love -  Jan 31 - Feb 26
  • We can Dream Can’t We - Feb 28 - Mar 26
  • Theme Show: The Colors of Spring - Mar 28 - Apr 30

Drop off and pick up times have also been scheduled for each theme. These shows are an excellent opportunity for local artists to place their work on display and patrons to view their latest creations.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, Dover-Rochester, and Durham provides fire damage assistance to Exeter urban and retail/business customers and surrounding areas. Call (603) 433-4300. We respond 24/7 to help with all your fire devastation needs.

Have fun Playing Trivia Over Zoom in Exeter

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Two people looking at a screen laughing. Trivia games are good for the mind, enjoy a fun night at home or in the office.

Exeter Chamber of Commerce Sponsoring Trivia Night

Trivia Night, sponsored by the Exeter Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Verizon Wireless and Liberty Mutual, is being held on Tuesday, Jan 19th, beginning at 5:00 pm. The trivia event will be held via Zoom, and there is no charge to attend the event, while relaxing in the comfort of your home or office. Test your knowledge, have fun, and connect with other business people and community members from Exeter and the area.

The rules will be explained, the day of the event; however, they are outlined below:

  • Three rounds
  • Four questions in various categories
  • Random Teams will be organized

Bring along your friends, family members, and co-workers. Please register in advance of the event. 

Once you have registered, details for connecting to the event will be provided. Don’t be surprised if some of the Trivia questions are about local events and historical happenings around Exeter.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, Dover-Rochester, and Durham provides flood damage services to Exeter residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (603) 433-4300. We respond 24/7 to help with all your flood damage needs.

Visit Portsmouth Historic Market Square

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

A town overlooking the water with snow on the ground. If you need any water damage assistance give SERVPRO of The Seacoast, Dover-Rochester, and Durham a call.

Experience Life as It Was in the Last 300 Years at the Portsmouth Strawbery Banke Museum

Portsmouth, NH, is a small city on the east coast, approximately 55 miles north of Boston. The town was a historic seaport and has become a popular tourist haven for Bostonians and surrounding areas. There are many historical places to visit, or visitors can chill at local restaurants or brewpubs.

Portsmouth has a long and varied history. Native Americans have lived in the Portsmouth area for thousands of years. A gentleman named Martin Pring was the first to write about the area in 1603, while the first settlers arrived almost 30 years later in 1630. Fishing, lumber, and shipbuilding became the primary industry; however, the town was deemed a strategic military site due to being close to the ocean. Paul Revere rode by horseback to Portsmouth, warning that the British warships were on the way in 1774.

Today, an international airport is bringing thousands of tourists every year to visit and admire the city's colonial architecture, which is being preserved by the Historic District Commission. The city is considered a distinctive destination, with a historic downtown core, attracting many artists and tourists to cafes, restaurants, and shops in the Market Square and waterfront area.

Cubs, Services, and Activities in Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a vibrant community with many families, community, and civic groups assisting the city's citizens. There are approximately 119 organizations providing support to the city and specific groups. Several of the main groups include:

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Museums
  • Health Groups
  • United Way of the Greater Seacoast
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Kiwanis
  • Art Associations
  • Historic Sites
  • Rotary

There are approximately 113 groups listed in the chamber's website's arts, culture, and entertainment section. There are restaurants, theater productions, museums, film festivals, breweries, and historic locations to visit.

A full list of local clubs, art, culture, and entertainment associations can be found on the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce website. There are many attractions and activities to consider when visiting Portsmouth or perhaps going on a staycation in the city. Many residents are surprised about what they learn about their city. A few to consider are covered in the following paragraphs.

Strawbery Banke Museum

With over 30,000 artifacts, 32 historic buildings spread over 10 acres' in downtown Portsmouth, and the museum creates the atmosphere of what it was like to live and work in what was known as the Puddle Dock neighborhood. There are traditional crafts, several hands-on activities, and preservation programs. Stories by role players tell the audience about life over the past 300 years, making it as real as possible.

Market Square, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Market Square in the city center of Portsmouth is a favorite attraction. The small quaint streets, many local shops and restaurants, and nearby historic venues make this location a great starting off point. Many of the buildings lining the square were built in bygone eras adding character to your visit to the area.

Every year, the city hosts Market Square Day featuring live music, a 10k race, and many other festivities.

USS Albacore Museum

The museum is temporarily closed for the season, following health requirements. If you have not visited the museum in the past, add it to your list for a future visit. The Albacore was a research submarine used by the navy to test many top-secret experimental features currently in use on modern subs.

Visitors can enter the submarine and experience life on the sub.

  • Look through the periscope,
  • Enter the control room
  • Visit the engineering space,
  • Check out the bunkrooms 

As part of your self guided tour, listen to crew members as they performed their duties while at sea.

Governor John Langdon House – 1784

Considered a National Historic Landmark, the home of Governor John Langdon, built in the 18th century, is an exceptional Georgian mansion with receiving rooms on a grand scale. The home conveys the story of the early days of the colony, Portsmouth, and the state of New Hampshire during the mercantile boom and Colonial Revival period. Beautiful gardens and a 100-foot arbor lead to a secluded pavilion.

Restaurants, Brew Pubs and Entertainment

There are many interesting historical venues to visit; however, once you have seen the museums, the theaters, and the historic homes, it is time to try out one of the many restaurants or brewpubs in the area, depending on your interest. 

Labelle Winery, Cisco Brewers Portsmouth, Earth Eagle Brewing, Beara Brewing Co., Great Rhythm Brewing Company, Liar's Bench Beer Company, Red Hook Brewery, the Portsmouth Farmers Market, Tea and Apothecary, Portsmouth Bike & Brew, LLC are listed by travelers as some of the places visitors and locals may want to visit.

Restoration from Water Leaks Is One of Our Strengths

Our SERVPRO team has been providing restoration services since 1967 in the city of Portsmouth and the surrounding area. We provide water restoration, and we also cover fire, mold, storm services, and cleaning for residential customers and business companies.

We look after the initial mitigation work – water removal, drying, cleaning, and sanitizing. Also, SERVPRO of Portsmouth and the Seacoast simplifies the water restoration process by also looking after rebuilding damaged areas:

  • Remove and Install drywall
  • Repair flooring – hardwood and tile
  • Painting
  • Repair or install new carpets

Business and residential customers can save time and reduce the total cost of water mitigation and restoration by combining services from one company like ours. One SERVPRO team can supervise and implement all of the activities required to bring your home or business back to full functionality, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, Dover-Rochester, and Durham provides water restoration assistance to Exeter urban customers and retail/business companies, and surrounding areas. Call (603) 433-4300. We respond 24/7 to help with all your water restoration needs.

Exeter Seacoast Artist Association Exhibit

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Exeter Seacoast Artist Association Exhibit Enjoy beautiful works of art with others in the community as SERVPRO completes a mold inspection for your commercial business.

Body of Work by Local Exeter Artists

Seacoast Artists are running exhibitions in December, showcasing local artists. The theme is “Big Gifts in Small Packages” and will be held on Dec 16 from 10 am until 5 pm. Some of the artists will showcase their body of work. There are gifts for the holidays for everyone in the family. The exhibit is free to visitors and is being held at 130 Walter St., Exeter.

Interested customers can:

View works online

Examine Body of Work by several artists

Artists are providing art meeting the Big gifts, small packages theme – prices are under $100

There are additional shows in Jan 2021

The Colors of Grey – Jan 2nd Additional shows to be scheduled.

The Big Gifts, Small Packages theme includes artwork no larger than 11” by 14,” including the frame and packages of three small works of 5” by 7,” including the frame. The show is open to members and non-members. This event is an excellent opportunity to purchase beautiful artwork and support our local artist community.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, Dover-Rochester, Durham provides mold inspection services to Portsmouth residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (603) 433-4300. We are available 24/7 to help with all your mold inspection needs.