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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Flood Damage in Portsmouth

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded living room. Don't try and handle this all alone. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation help.

Putting Our Industry Experience to Work for Flooded Portsmouth Homes 

Flooding can be a devastating natural disaster to impact Portsmouth homes. Even if this infiltration stays exclusively in areas like the basement, it can still have destructive effects on the entire property. Our professionals have extensive experience and training in flood and water loss recoveries, helping us to have the right response with the right tools whenever you need us.

People have trusted our SERVPRO name for years because of our commitment to helping our friends and neighbors through flood damage in their Portsmouth properties. Because we keep ready trailers stocked with water recovery tools for our water restoration call-outs, we also stay prepared for the possibility of flooding. We have premier extraction tools that can help to address both standing water in broad areas and confined spaces and inaccessible areas of the house.

Our industry experience helps us to better understand the needs of our customers and the needs of their properties during a flood loss situation. From the time that our professionals first arrive, we can begin a thorough examination of the property to determine the extent of the damage and what actions must get taken to return it to its original state. Because of our experience in these restoration projects, we can prioritize tasks to best protect installed materials and preserve affected contents more successfully.

We can set up our SERVPRO DryBook software for this project at this stage as well, allowing us to provide real-time progress reports about the recovery of your home. If your insurance company is involved in the flood recovery process, this documentation of milestones and progress can help to expedite approvals and keep all parties informed and content throughout the restoration process.

Our experience in the water restoration becomes invaluable to getting your home back to preloss condition quickly after flooding. We rely on our experience and industry-leading equipment to set us apart from our competitors and to overcome flood losses efficiently. Our SERVPRO of The Seacoast professionals can make your loss “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

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Greenland Area Homes Benefit from SERVPRO's Fire Damage Protocols and Methods

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

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Effective Cleaning Practices for Fire-Damaged Greenland Homes  

Cleaning is a vital element of every fire recovery project that our professionals undertake in Greenland and beyond. We have a responsibility to live up to our reputation along The Sea Coast by exceeding expectations with both our efficiency and thoroughness. Cleaning is not an area where you can cut corners and expect the satisfactory result that our brand guarantees after fire damage devastates your home. Understanding our practices in cleaning and restoring your home can help you to appreciate these phases when they happen within your property.

Restoring fire damage in Greenland homes requires multiple approaches often working simultaneously. From deodorization to air purification practices, you should know that recovering a fire damaged house requires trained personnel, our state-of-the-art equipment, and powerful cleaning and deodorizing agents developed especially for the use of our SERVPRO team in the field.
We use mitigating approaches for cleaning surfaces, especially those affected by residues and soot to make our final cleaning more successful. Precleaning can reduce the volume and thickness of residues and work to break soils loose from the material beneath. These practices often involve powerful vacuums and other tools that can allow wet or dry chemical sponging to follow successfully. Not allowing this precleaning phase to take place opens up the possibilities of smearing and staining of these surfaces, which even our experienced SERVPRO professionals cannot always recover.
We tailor our cleaning process specifically to the situation, and the surface affected, and do not use generalized practices that might not work in all circumstances. Cleaning is the phase that makes our efforts “Like it never even happened.” for your home, and that is why we invest into the latest equipment, tools, and products designed to help in this regard. With our inventory stocked in ready trailers at our facility, we can reach anywhere along our coastal service area within hours of your emergency call.
We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we have the experience and readiness practices to prove it. No matter when fire damages affect your home, you can count on our SERVPRO of The Seacoast fire restoration professionals to help. We have a full division of cleaning technicians that can help in every facet of fire loss recovery. Give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

How SERVPRO Removes Water From Auto Repair Shops

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Inside of auto parts store Water intrusion events into an auto garage can create a hazardous situation. SERVPRO has the know how to safely remove the water.

Precautions that Help During Commercial Water Removal in Exeter Auto Repair Shops 

When people bring vehicles to your auto repair shop, they expect solutions for a wide range of problems. A water loss incident can prevent you from serving clients when they are in dire need. In some cases, an incident can cause additional damages to the vehicles that they did not have when they arrived at your shop. Being cautious when handling spilled water at your Exeter auto repair shop can help deliver better results.  

Controlling the Spread of Dissolved Chemicals  

Caution is necessary during commercial water removal from affected Exeter Auto repair shops because the water might dissolve oils and other chemical agents used in day-to-day operations. Relying on lifting mechanisms such as water extractors and pumps is better than using mops and buckets because they limit the transfer of agents throughout the property. Spreading may not seem like a big deal, but it can prolong the cleaning process. Our SERVPRO technicians use water extractors with storage tanks to ease removal without spreading contamination.  

Managing Humidity Levels  

High humidity levels can be detrimental to the vehicles left at your store. It can cause different kinds of deterioration to car upholstery, including the development of mold. It can also cause rust in components with metallic parts. Once the water spills, evaporation starts, which increases relative humidity levels in your repair shop. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to extract moisture from different materials restoring normal humidity levels. For instance, doing calculations helps ensure we place the right number of air movers and dehumidifiers to manage humidity.  

Inspecting Hidden Areas 

Once water spills, it spreads quickly throughout the affected premises. A proper inspection can help identify whether such water reaches hidden areas where it can cause long-term problems. Our SERVPRO crews use advanced equipment such as FLIR thermal cameras to identify wetness in concealed areas. We can also use advanced equipment such as injecti-dry systems to remove such hidden moisture while minimizing the demolition needed.  

Managing a water loss situation in your auto repair shop can be tricky. Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 to help. Our combines skills and equipment ensure we handle the incident, "Like it never even happened." 

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Our Water Damage Professionals Can Save Your Hampton Home

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

A leak caused significant water damage to a home in Hampton. Here at SERVPRO of The Seacoast, we want to return all of our neighbors to a dry, safe home as quickly as possible.

Water Removal Efforts For Hampton Homes

Being midway between the coast and I-95, Hampton is not just an excellent place to live, but a great location for tourists as well. While storms may occasionally interrupt normal operations, homeowners know that most of their issues result from a failed appliance or broken pipe.

To eliminate those issues and alleviate any damage in Hampton, water removal in area homes is key. For SERVPRO restoration technicians, that means getting in quickly to pump out standing water and draw it out of carpets and wood floors. It can also mean special actions like pumping out and drying crawlspaces where needed.

In one home, a broken inlet pipe spilled water through a home while the family vacationed over the Labor Day weekend. It flooded the kitchen and then spread out through the entire first floor. Eventually, the water worked its way through the floors and several inches collected underneath. The owner called within minutes, and a response team arrived to inspect and begin work almost immediately.

Team members started with the interior of the home. These efforts can push more water into the crawlspace, so it has to wait. Since this is treated or ‘clean’ water, SERVPRO team members pump everything directly into the nearest drain or sewer access if needed.

After completing removal efforts on the first floor, technicians began on the crawlspace. They went in through the access hatch in a closet with a hose connected to a pump. After it started running dry, a technician crawled in with an extraction wand to remove the rest of it from the corners. Finally, they used a dehumidifier over several days to lower the air moisture content to normal levels to eliminate the risk of wood rot in the sub-floor supports.

Since the problem started in the kitchen, team members found that the water had gotten under the linoleum. Over several days, they lifted it, cleaned off the ruined glue, and dried the floor underneath. Once completed, they applied a new layer of adhesive, and carefully pressed it back into position.

Here at SERVPRO of The Seacoast, we want to return all of our neighbors to a dry, safe home as quickly as possible. Our office also serves Exeter and Greenland, so if your home in any of those communities suffered a water intrusion, call us 24/7 at (603) 433-4300 to start the restoration process.

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What Everyone Must Know About Storm Damage in Portsmouth

8/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage can accumulate rapidly. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Coastal Challenges Worsen Flood Damage in Portsmouth

The Piscataqua River delta hugs Portsmouth on its journey to the Atlantic. Rising sea levels are a concern in the area, and when heavy storms sweep through storm surge is part of the challenge if a home floods. Groundwater near the ocean and freshwater rivers that empty into the sea already experience heightened levels of salt and other minerals. The denser saltwater pushes into the estuary beneath the outflowing river water, making its way upstream.

The aftermath of a fierce summer storm in Portsmouth causes flood damage in the lower levels of your home. Professionals should always manage flooding recovery. The water is, by definition, contaminated, possibly toxic and in need of containment and appropriate disposal as hazardous waste.

Added salt and minerals can accelerate and increase the damage water does on its own. Wood framing and other cellulose-based building materials can weaken because of the salt load, showing the effects even after extraction and drying. Delignification, a process where the glue-like substance that holds the cells together is reduced or removed, is an additional stress when salt contaminates the floodwater. SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians are familiar with saltwater complications and adapt mitigation and remediation strategies to respond to the issue.

Our experienced project managers assess your flood damage, directing crews to secure the exterior if necessary. Water deeper than two inches pumps out, then we continue the floodwater removal with high-efficiency extractors. Our SERVPRO technicians might flush with freshwater if our experts deem it necessary. Because the floodwater likely contains other contaminants like sewage of road and lawn chemicals, we clean the affected surfaces thoroughly and treat with EPA-registered antimicrobial products.

Throughout the project, we monitor moisture levels and seek to find hidden water in building cavities and cinder block cells. We use a range of solutions to release trapped water, including drilling holes in mortar joints and making flood cuts in paneling or drywall. Once SERVPRO is sure all standing and pooled water is gone, our IICRC-certified Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians use moisture data to determine drying goals. We place air movers and heaters to facilitate the movement of water out of structural components into airborne vapor. Heavy-duty dehumidifiers remove and collect the water for permanent disposal outside of your home.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast stands with you after flood damages your home. We have the training, equipment, and experience to make it “Like it never even happened” with one call to (603) 433-4300.

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How Our Experts Handle Fire Damage In Your Exeter Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach us at (603) 433-4300. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Guidelines On Handling Fire Damage In Your Exeter 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 Exeter 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 expansive 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 it rapidly.

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.

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Let The Professionals Handle Commercial Flood Damage Remediation in Portsmouth

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial flood damage in Portsmouth should be dealt with properly. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Clean and Contaminated Commercial Flood Damage Restoration for Portsmouth Business Owners

Out of hours property damages need immediate attention to avoid temporary closures and minimize loss of revenue. In a customer-facing service, the presence of malodors, staining, or closure can have a significant impact on your business reputation. We offer a rapid response unit for commercial property owners to call in times of emergency. Highly trained technicians can be dispatched to remove large quantities of water or contamination issues that go beyond the remit of your in-house janitorial team. 

A business owner needs professional restoration for commercial flood damage in Portsmouth. These issues can be the result of a backed-up sewer point, resulting in contamination with health and safety concerns or the result of unpredictable natural weather events. Our crew chiefs have Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration certifications (IICRC) that help them to perform professional, efficient services to the local business community. 

Our primary concern is the safety and integrity of your commercial property. On arrival, SERVPRO technicians can carry out a scoping procedure to test for structural integrity or potential safety hazards. Hazards could include submerged electrical wiring or waterlogged floors and ceilings, which could result in an unsound structure. These safety checks are essential to carrying out a sufficient restoration. 

Where raw sewage is concerned, extra care must be taken to avoid cross-contamination. SERVPRO can set up physical barriers and quarantine certain areas to localize the issue. Wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), a technician can then move in to remove contaminated materials and dispose of them in line with state and federal guidelines. 

Utilizing a wide range of sanitizers, disinfectants, and other chemical agents SERVPRO can restore your place of business to its preloss condition and make it safe for both customers and staff. Generally, contaminated materials can be shoveled out, while gas pumps help to remove standing water. At the end of service, thorough deodorization can make the damage "Like it never even happened." 

For assistance in clean and contaminated water emergencies, contact SERVPRO of the Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 today. 

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We Have The Expertise To Restore Your Exeter Home After A Water Damage Disaster

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water destroy your home call the experts at SERVPRO! We are locally owned and operated, ready 24/7, and Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Vital Is Professional Water Removal for Exeter Homes?

Water loss incidents occurring in Exeter homes always have the potential to get out of control without the right actions occurring quickly. As much as the average homeowner would like to save their time and money off affording professional restoration services, this is often the most credible solution to the situation. Still, for actions like extraction and water removal, how vital is it to seek out the expertise and advanced equipment of restoration professionals?

Knowing what you need for water removal in your Exeter home starts with discovering the answers to three key questions:

How severe is the current damage?
What types of materials have become exposed to standing water?
Can someone else do this faster and more thoroughly to better protect my home?

Knowing the severity of the situation you face can help you to quickly determine whether it is within your skill set to restore. Often water removal tools available to homeowners have limited strength, so widespread saturation can be too much for portable wet-vacs or even submersible pumps. Equipment from a broader inventory, like our SERVPRO professionals can access, can address standing water promptly throughout every affected area of the property.

Secondly, you need to understand where the water damage has spread and what materials have become affected by the standing water in your home. There are specialized tools certified technicians can use that can help to remove water and saturation from carpeting, authentic hardwood flooring, drywall, and even concrete board underneath tile.

Conceding a situation is beyond your resources and skills to help can be a challenge for many homeowners, especially those accustomed to handling problems on their property as it arises. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with a thorough evaluation to walk you through what actions can fully restore your house and get things back to normal quickly.

Gaining an understanding of the emergency in your house can help you to quickly decide if our SERVPRO of The Seacoast rapid response team can help. No matter the source or the severity, our full-service approach to water loss recovery can make these situations “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

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How Our Professionals Can Return Your Exeter Home To Pre-Damage Condition After A Water Damage Disaster

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Proper Water Removal In Your Exeter Home

Effective water removal methods are key to restoring items after a water event. Professional services are required when you need the job to be done in the right way. It ensures your home and property is left both clean and dry. This article addresses some of the concerns that property owners in Exeter experience when such incidents happen.

The equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use when performing water removal procedures in Exeter makes the difference. Water removal is the first step we perform when we start performing restoration procedures. We have to look at the depth of the standing water and whether the site is accessible or not. We use portable water extractors when removing water from an area that does not have enough space to place massive water extraction tools such as truck-mounted water extractors.

When water remains in place for some time, some parts of the structure such as walls and their insulation are likely to be affected. We can use moisture meters to determine the content of moisture in the waters. Normally, we have non-penetrating and penetrating moisture meters. Our SERVPRO technicians have the skills of determining the right tools to use. If the structure is adversely affected, we may go ahead and remove the baseboards. After removing them, venting the walls cavities is possible as part of the restoration process.

It is the work of SERVPRO technicians to inspect the insulation of your property. The insulation power lessens, and some can be matted after the water event - which occurs in most porous insulation. Though it is possible to restore fiberglass insulation, it is not always the case. We check whether the level of the water is above the sill plate before making appropriate restoration measures. Our experts have done this before, and we know the challenges we need to overcome when doing this work.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast is ready to help you perform proper water removal in your home. Our skilled technicians are highly trained, and we use the state of art equipment to do the work. Call us today at (603) 433-4300 for quality services.

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Concrete Solutions for Drying Cement in Portsmouth

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water can damage concrete as it retains water and is challenging to dry.

Flood Damage Technicians In Portsmouth Explain How To Dry Out Concrete 

This spring season much of the country has seen an elevated amount of severe weather meaning that the Portsmouth area could be the victim of thunderstorms throughout the summer season. If there are large amounts of rainfall, there is a chance that your residence could become the victim of excessive flood damage. Once the water starts to build up outside, it is possible that rainwater can find its way into your dwelling. Wet structural components and other materials can cause the relative humidity level inside your house to rise. When the indoor humidity level is high inside your home, other items become at risk of receiving secondary flood damage.  

During flooding situations, exterior walls can often become the first part of your building that gets impacted. When mitigating flood damage in Portsmouth, our water restoration technicians or WRTs at SERVPRO work towards eliminating moisture as soon as possible so that secondary issues do not arise. The first stage of mitigation usually involves extracting the water while it is still liquid. Once all standing water and moisture inside your porous materials like carpet get removed, our next step is the applied structural drying or ASD phase.  

During ASD our SERVPRO WRTs utilize advanced technology and specialized equipment to create an environment that is conducive to rapid structural drying. Most of the time, we can accomplish this by setting up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. However, in some cases, when we are dealing with certain types of materials, we must take other measures to dry out your contents or building materials after flooding.  

Concrete is a non-porous substance, but once it does get wet, the items can be challenging to dry out. Some houses contain cinder block or concrete exterior walls that can hold moisture on the inside. When dealing with cinder block walls, we often drill holes in a mortar joint towards the bottom of the wall to drain water out of the wall cavity. We can also set up desiccant dehumidifiers to help pull moisture out of the concrete materials. 

If you ever suffer damage after your neighborhood floods, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 any day of the week.  

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