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How Portsmouth Residents Restore their Homes after Fire Damage

11/23/2022 (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.

Avoiding Water Damage at Home for Residents of Portsmouth

11/23/2022 (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.

Preventing Recurring Mold Damage for Portsmouth Residents

11/23/2022 (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 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.

Facilitating Water Restoration in Portsmouth Properties

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

Water on wood Flooring Disaster may strike at any time. Call SERVPRO for the storm damage restoration services needed for your property.

Portsmouth Homes Overcome Water Damage with SERVPRO 

During a storm, a property is subjected to several forces that damage it through physical exertion or accumulation of moisture in the interior areas. Although all repair tasks are challenging, water restoration is particularly tasking since it involves several procedures to counter the smells, stains, and physical deterioration, among other issues. 

Crucial Restoration Procedures after Water Intrusion:

  • Cleaning
  • Drying
  • Teardown
  • Decontamination 

Water intrusion usually leaves properties soiled with debris, such as silt driven from outside the structure, or even biohazards like sewage if the storm causes a backup. Therefore, a significant part of Portsmouth water restoration is cleaning up sections of the property to remove waste. Our SERVPRO crews use various resources to facilitate cleaning - rotating brushes help clean hard floors, while extraction equipment is suitable for carpeted areas. We use regular detergents and disinfects like quaternary compounds and botanicals to deal with microorganisms that thrive in moist environments. 

Opening Up Enclosed Property Sections

Water damage is rarely confined to open and readily accessible areas. Moisture can wick through materials to reach subfloors, breach the ceiling, and run through wall cavities. Reaching these concealed areas is crucial to curtailing long-term deterioration. Our SERVPRO technicians use skillful approaches for convenient teardowns, thus opening the affected areas without causing too much damage. Having the right equipment also helps facilitate the process.

Helpful Resources for Controlled Demolition:

  • Drills to create vent or weep holes
  • Contractor bags for debris collection
  • Carpet razor knives 
  • Pry bars

Removing materials facilitates different restoration procedures. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians can drill small holes to release the water trapped inside walls or ceiling cavities. We can also make wider holes to facilitate warm, dry air ventilation into the enclosures to expedite drying. In other cases, removing large chunks of materials is essential. For carpeted floors, removing the carpet and pad before cleaning and drying the subfloor presents the best chance to limit contamination and odors. 

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham have the best resources to facilitate water restoration. You can reach us at (603) 433-4300. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Restoration of Portsmouth Properties Happens Fast with SERVPRO

9/26/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Coming Under Door We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like It Never Even Happened.”

How Do SERVPRO Techs Handle Structural Cleaning During Fire Damage Restoration of Portsmouth homes?  

Cleaning the structure is a big part of the fire damage restoration of your Portsmouth home. The goal of the SERVPRO technicians is to return the items to their pre-damaged condition during the restorative cleaning process.  

SERVPRO technicians conduct preliminary tests to determine the appropriate cleaning method during your Portsmouth property fire damage restoration. The method of choice should effectively remove the smoke and soot residues without damaging the structure or material itself. SERVPRO techs consider the following factors before they zero in on a method:

  • The type of smoke and soot residue- dry or wet
  • The extent of the damage
  • The type of surface- porous or non-porous
  • Chemical composition of the residue

What Types of Residues Are Left After Smoke Damage to Your Portsmouth Home? 

SERVPRO technicians encounter the following types of smoke and soot residues during house fire cleanup in Portsmouth:

  • Dry smoke residue
  • Wet smoke residue 
  • Protein residue

While dry residues are easier to clean, wet residues require unique cleaning products. Damp smoke residues can cause additional damage to your property if left to interact with the surfaces for a long time.  

How Do SERVPRO Techs Tackle Wet Smoke Residues? 

Eliminating wet smoke residues requires water-based or solvent-based cleaning products that can weaken the bonds between the residue and the surface material. SERVPRO techs also consider the pH and hydrophobic properties of the residues to design an effective cleaning method that is gentle on the surface being cleaned.  

Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300; our fire damage restoration techs are available 24/7.  

Need Help with Water Damage in Portsmouth? Call SERVPRO

8/20/2022 (Permalink)

dehu heavy equipment servpro poster SERVPRO arrives with heavy-duty extraction and drying equipment to mitigate the water damage in your Portsmouth home.

Role of air movers in SERVPRO’s water damage repair strategy in Portsmouth

Air movers play a pivotal role in SERVPRO’s restoration strategy after water damage to your Portsmouth home. The air movers that SERVPRO techs use produce high-velocity airflow to enhance the rate of evaporation.

SERVPRO techs use air movers to achieve two goals during water damage restoration to your Portsmouth home.

  • Replace the saturated boundary layer: As water evaporates from a surface, the air adjacent to it becomes cold and saturated, hindering further evaporation. SERVPRO techs use air movers to replace this boundary layer with a warmer, less saturated layer.
  • Recirculate dry air from dehumidifiers: Air movers also play a significant role in circulating drier, dehumidified air throughout the structure speeding up the evaporation.

How do SERVPRO techs select which air movers to use during water restoration in Portsmouth?

SERVPRO techs use several types of air movers during water clean-up from your Portsmouth homes. Typically, the air movers are rated by the air volume they can move in cubic feet per meter (CFM). However, the CFM value of an air mover does not indicate the airflow velocity that an air mover can generate.

The air velocity moving across the wet surface plays an important role in drying porous material containing large amounts of moisture. Hence, SERVPRO techs use feet per minute (FPM) or feet per second (FPS) as units to rate air movers. Most of the equipment used has a high CFM value without compromising the FPM value.

Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 if you need assistance with water damage restoration of your residential property.

Mold Damage Can Rapidly Grow in Your Exeter Home's Attic

8/20/2022 (Permalink)

pull down stairs to attic with mold Mold remediation by SERVPRO makes your Exeter home appear "Like it never even happened." No attic mold!!

SERVPRO Thoroughly Remediates Mold Damage

Microbial growth in any home needs special care when it spreads. The winter months do not slow microbial activity a significant amount.

By hiring professional mold damage experts, Exeter residents can eliminate one source of the damage and remediate an attic overcome by microbes. Although your family may rarely enter the attic, air ducts can carry spores away from the attic and into the living spaces of your home.

Remediation by SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians can help reduce the microbial population to reasonable numbers. Part of this involves washing and treating damaged materials and cleaning mold-inundated belongings stored in the attic. Because many attics do not include drywall materials, removing materials does not happen at the same level commonly found in living areas of a home.

Attics can easily harbor hidden mold, so we use devices that can detect higher levels of moisture. These areas easily allow microbial populations at very rapid rates. After locating all mold growth, cleaning the surfaces of microbial activity and treating the area, helps prevent further damage. Typically, an antimicrobial application helps in this preventative action.

Finding the source of water that permitted such growth to occur in the first place lets us stop any additional water from coming into your attic. These sources can include slow drips from ice damming, overhead water lines from new appliance installation or remodeling of your home, leaks around the chimney, or other sources. Each origin never precludes the presence of any others, so we always check thoroughly to ensure we find all possible sources.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham always keep the equipment and tools ready to combat mold damage and provide excellent mold remediation services to our local community. Call us at (603) 433-4300. Our services are available 24/7 year-round.

Keep Your Schedule With Water Damage Restoration Services For Your Exeter Venue

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Dining Area Our experienced technicians have gotten uniquely trained to handle all manner of water damages that could affect your property.

Water Damage Restoration Services

Venues and event centers are prevalent throughout Exeter and its surrounding areas, primarily because people always want a dedicated location to host large parties, events, and celebrations. As an owner of a business like this, your primary focus is keeping the facilities in top form for the next rental group that happens to get scheduled. An unexpected water emergency could significantly derail your profits and your reputation if you are not handling it promptly and professionally.

The trouble with running an event venue is that you cannot always account for the activities or the responsibility level of those who rent your space. This risk is typical of every owner of a business like this. Still, one fundamental mistake could leave your Exeter venue with substantial water damage. If you have hopes of preventing last-minute cancelations of your scheduled parties and events, you need to react to the problem quickly and with the professional assistance of SERVPRO.

Our experienced technicians have gotten uniquely trained to handle all manner of water damages that could affect your property, from the latest equipment to make the process more efficient to the current strategies that work best in the restoration world. Our restoration process begins with an inspection of the affected area to better familiarize the team and you, the business owner, with what has to happen to remedy the damages.

In many cases, drying is the most crucial component to restoring water damages, and our SERVPRO professionals can accomplish this step in a few different ways. Typically, the drying occurs with the combined use of air movers and dehumidification equipment, though specialized tools like our drying mats for flooring or injectidry system for inside walls could also get implemented in this process.

Running a venue in the area is only successful when you can continue to meet the needs of the client base you have without compromise. This fact requires you to seek professional restoration, like what our experienced technicians at SERVPRO of The Seacoast provide, for any water damages you face. If you are looking at the effects of a recent water emergency on your property, give us a call today at (603) 433-4300.

The Need for Deodorization in Your Hampton Home Following Fire Damages

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in room Fire damage can leave behind smells that are not pleasant. Contact SERVPRO to deodorize your property after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand That Remediating Fire Damage Includes Combating Odors Left Behind

While no one likes to think about unfortunate events like fires occurring in their Hampton homes, it is critical to know what to do when a disaster strikes. While many might consider the damage from smaller fires to be something they can repair on their own, there are many reasons why choosing a professional restoration outfit is always a better decision.

Fire damage to your Hampton home might present itself in several ways, but none of them will be easy to live with and work around. This reality makes a fire in your home something that is difficult to move on from and move forward with, which leaves you struggling to restore the damages that you discover, and possibly unaware of the full extent of the devastation that the recent fire left behind.

The initial inspection that takes place by our SERVPRO professionals can help our team (and you, the homeowner) better understand the full scope of your home's damage. This process also helps our technicians to design a specific plan to combat these effects from the fire and to work towards making your life at home comfortable again as quickly as possible.

Symptoms such as noxious odors often get addressed first because they pose some of the most considerable threats to living in a home after a recent fire. These lingering foul smells can get combated with the use of thermal foggers. The dense chemical compound in our foggers engages the scent lingering in the affected areas of your home on a molecular level, effectively neutralizing them on contact. After this process, the area is left without a scent at all and can get tailored to the homeowner's liking.

Deodorization might be a small piece of the restoration process for you to know and appreciate. Still, it is a typical thorn in the side of homeowners recovering from a recent fire in their house. For this and every aspect of restoring your home from the fire damages that it suffered, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast. You can reach our experienced restoration technicians anytime at (603) 433-4300.

Full-Service Recovery and Cleaning After Portsmouth Flood Damage

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Neighborhood Street Flooded Don't let flood damage take over your property, Call SERVPRO at (603) 433-4300.

Are Contaminants a Factor in Flood Damage? 

Flooding is a highly stressful and traumatic situation for homes in the area, and this can get amplified when you consider the possibilities of contamination. Floodwater penetrating a structure can often introduce debris. We assess the possibilities of contaminants and begin work immediately to protect your house and its occupants from exposure if this type of loss exists. 

Is the Water Contaminated?

When our professionals first arrive to assess flood damage to Portsmouth homes, we must also determine the likelihood that contaminants could exist. Natural flooding, or rather the penetration of groundwater from outside the house into the living space, is nearly always considered to contain substances and matter that make it a threat to those exposed. Labeling floodwater as a blackwater, or category three loss event, means that our SERVPRO professionals believe that threatening substances exist, such as:

  • Chemicals
  • Sewage
  • Organic Matter

Removing Contaminated Contents

Exposed contents cannot always be cleaned, especially when they are porous. An item-by-item evaluation shows how technicians can restore certain belongings at our SERVPRO warehouse and where discarding could be the best option in other cases. 

Removing Contaminants

Removing the contaminants is often the product of removing the building materials or contents exposed. Carpeting, for example, must be pulled along with the padding underneath it. Wood trim and drywall must be cut out and discarded. 

When Surface Cleaning is Possible

Non-porous items are possible to protect rather than requiring the complete demolition of the property. Masonry and concrete are good examples of hard surfaces that can be cleaned and restored rather than removing the materials. Sanitizing products are suitable for this process, destroying any pathogenic threats of these installed materials. 

Trust our SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham teams to help with recovery and mold remediation. Give us a call today at (603) 433-4300.