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Commercial Mold Damage Experts In Dover Spell Out The Four Steps To The Remediation Process

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Anytime you have a slow water leak, fungi can develop. Anytime you have a slow water leak, fungi can develop.

As buildings age, it is possible that places such as your assisted living facility in Dover can develop a small water leak that can lead to worse problems over time. If any organic materials such as wooden items inside your facility get wet, you might eventually be forced to have commercial mold damage restoration conducted by a professional company such as SERVPRO. We can arrive promptly and help you mitigate your issues with fungi.

Our SERVPRO team knows that mold can cause health effects and that keeping your facility sanitary is essential. During any commercial mold damage project in Dover, we use a standard set of procedures to reduce the chances of mold spreading to previously unaffected areas during the restoration process. We conduct our work processes in ways that allow you to keep your business functioning as usual.

During every mitigation project, our SERVPRO technicians always use the same following four procedures during the remediation process.

1. Establish Containment
The first step during the remediation process is to contain the work area so that spores released during the process do not spread across your building. We can use plastic to establish containment and air scrubbers to create negative air pressure inside the contained area. The air scrubber includes a HEPA filter that traps particles like mold spores and pumps out clean air.

2. Remove Mold Contamination
Anything that contains mold must be removed so that spores coming from the fungus do not keep getting released into the air. Sometimes surface fungi can be soda blasted or sanded off. However, if items such as your facility's drywall get contaminated, then the affected items could have to be removed and replaced. Any time we take away portions of your building's drywall that got contaminated by mold, we dispose of them properly inside a sealed plastic bag.

3. Clean Dust And Settled Spores
After the contaminated materials have been removed, spores could still exist inside the dust created by work processes. To clean the soil, we can use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter or wipe the dust off affected surfaces.

4. Dry The Materials
Once the mold contamination and spores have been cleaned and removed, we then dry out any wet building materials so that the fungus does not form again.

Anytime you have a slow water leak, fungi can develop. To make sure your assisted living facility remains to be a healthy place to stay after a fungal problem, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 any day of the week because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What You Need To Know About Water Damage Remediation in Portsmouth and Why

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

water damage in the bathroom Excess moisture can cause tile damage in the bathroom.  Contact SERVPRO for remediation and preventative measures.

Water Removal Need Announces Itself in Portsmouth Bathroom

When the tiles fall from the bathtub wall, it is usually excessive moisture that causes delamination, and some level of water damage tends to go hand in hand with that.

The wall around the tub in a first-floor bathroom in Portsmouth required water removal as a pipe had been leaking within the wall for some time, and finally, the tiles began popping off. SERVPRO technicians scoped the bathroom and found elevated moisture in most of the walls. 

The homeowner had been noticing water on the floor for several weeks but thought it was from her kids when they used the shower. Technicians found water was dripping through the missing tiles into the bathroom floor from the slow leak.

Controlled Demolition Actions 

The substrate behind the tile had excessive damage, and SERVPRO techs cleanly cut it away and found water underneath the bathtub, which was also removed to assist with their extraction efforts. 

Drying the Bathroom

Once the area under the tub and wall cavities had water removed, the techs moved on to the drying phase. They used air movers aimed within the walls. They set up tenting over the area where the bathtub was to ensure that dried entirely before the reinstallation of the tub happened. 

Cleaning and Disinfection

When a leak occurs over a long period, mold and musty odors are often an issue. SERVPRO techs have an array of cleaning agents, including professional-grade antimicrobials, to assist in inhibiting mold growth. If they find signs of mold, after remediation, they have antimicrobial sealants to halt any set up of colonies.

Final Restoration Touches

Once the bathroom wall and floor verified dry on the tech's moisture detection equipment, they began to put the bathroom back for the homeowner. Reseating the bathtub and the vintage ceramic tiles could be reused after cleaning and disinfection, saving the homeowner the cost of buying new tiles.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 for fast water removal from your property. The technicians are available 24/7 and arrive in their green service vans with every piece of equipment needed to restore your home to its pre-water loss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Some Shortcuts to Flood Damage Remediation Success in Exeter

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

flooded living room with couches Effective and efficient water removal is what your home needs after flooding. Call SERVPRO right away after a flood damage event.

Handling the Elevated Levels of Humidity Related to Flood Damage in Exeter 

Water takes different forms, determined by the environment, particularly the temperature. While it is normal for your Exeter residence to contain moisture in the air, flooding does more than just get your floor and lower portions of the walls wet. Water vapor increases dramatically as the floodwater evaporates. Wherever it comes into contact with cooler surfaces, it condenses, forming tiny droplets, and then evaporates again whenever air currents whisk the moisture back into the air.

This can cause an Exeter home significant flood damage in areas away from the initially affected area. If contact with water or extreme humidity can cause damage to some material or item in your home, it needs protection after a flood happens, regardless of its location inside your home. Second stories, attics, and lofts might get packed in advance of a flood to protect things downstairs, but this cannot protect everything from the increased water vapor destined to fill flooded houses.

Odors can also permeate items stored for their protection. Out-of-place water, such as you might have after a broken pipe leaks or a sink overflows, often creates noticeable odors. When clean water produces odors, you only need to imagine how badly a home with flooding can begin to smell. These odors can also permeate clothing, bedding, and furniture stored upstairs, as well as the carpeting. 

SERVPRO understands the many ways that flooding can hurt your property, and we work diligently to take care of the situation. Wiping windows dry on the interior of your home reduces a good portion of the moisture condensing on cooler surfaces. Other items where we might find large amounts of condensation range from fine china to tools. China might become discolored and tools can rust, making them unsightly or difficult to use. 

Air movers that create a continuous and strong air current within your home keeps water vapor from condensing and lets us trap it in our desiccant machines. Fogging treatments can combat both odors and microbes that would otherwise take over your house. Our building team works alongside us as they remove damaged materials, check the electrical wiring and other components, and reinstall walls and carpeting. 

SERVPRO of The Seacoast works on making homes in Portsmouth, Hampton, and Greenland “Like it never even happened” after flood damage takes place. Call our 24-hour services line, (603) 433-4300, for fast, reliable service.

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SERVPRO has the Equipment for Water Damage Restoration in Portsmouth

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water leak causing pooling to begin on living room floor Even a seemingly small water leak can cause large amounts of damage. Call us today to restore your home!

Proper Equipment Utilization to Ease Water Damage Restoration in Portsmouth

When water loss incidents affect a property, the main concern is how to remove the water and dry moisture restoring preloss conditions. The outcome of a restoration exercise depends on several factors, including how quickly it starts, as well as the availability of resources. Our SERVPRO, teams rely on availability and proper use of equipment to ease the restoration process.

The intensity of water damage incidents in Portsmouth may vary depending on the cause of the spill. Significant amounts of standing water left in a property over an extended period worsen the situation. Our SERVPRO teams use different types of pumps to remove such water fast. We can rely on experience or make calculations to determine the amount of water needing the extraction to determine the right pump. We might also consider whether the water is over 2 inches deep to determine whether a regular or submersible pump would be best for the job.

After dealing with stagnant water, the challenge shifts to drying wet materials and equipment. The drying process requires improved evaporation rates and extraction of humidity from the air. Equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers help complete the process faster. However, before setting up the drying equipment, our SERVPRO technicians first establish the level of wetness in different materials. For example, using moisture meters, we can establish the moisture percentage in wooden materials, and, thus, the drying effort needed to restore the standard moisture content, which is around 10%.

Having the right equipment helps with the restoration, but only if they are correctly set up. Our SERVPRO technicians set up one air mover per room for optimal evaporation. We also add one unit for every 50-70 SF of the wet floor. Pairing air movers with the right number of dehumidifiers help ensure balanced drying preventing secondary damages.

Water damage can have long-term effects if not adequately addressed. Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 to benefit from our wide range of sophisticated equipment. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Are The Leader In Exeter Flood Damage Restoration

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying a slink disaster caused by a leak in this basement We had the equipment necessary to handle restoring this house when it suffered a small, spritzing leak from the adjacent sink.

Why Call SERVPRO For Help With Flood Damage In Exeter

The fallout from a flood can leave your home in disarray for a long time to come, especially if you do not know all of the proper steps for remediation. Working through flood damage with the help of trained professionals gives you the results you need, fast. 

When it comes to flood damage in Exeter, you might think that all of the water extraction tools available are the same. SERVPRO wants you to know that there are multiple choices for water removal based on the severity of the water infiltration and the scope of the project. When you suffer a flood loss, we can come out to your home to do a full assessment and get started on remediation as soon as possible. 


Our technicians are highly trained, and we employ a variety of options for water removal and remediation after a flood. The technology we use far exceeds the capacity of any store-bought pumps or vacuums, and we use specialized processes to eliminate moisture throughout your home. 

In many flood damage recovery scenarios, our technicians have access to multiple extraction devices to get the job done. We have robust, electric submersible pumps for deep water removal. Once the water levels subside, we can switch over to wet vacs with light wands to bring up all of the excess water. We must develop an approach that is tailored to your unique situation to rid your home of moisture in the fastest, most efficient manner possible.

When it comes to oversaturated carpets, we have specialty extractors that force moisture out from the padding below, as well as the subflooring. If our technicians get to work fast enough, this technology reduces the need for new carpet installation.

Get in touch with SERVPRO of The Seacoast today by calling (603) 433-4300 to deploy a team of technicians to your home. We are faster to any disaster, and our teams are available 24/7.

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Did You Know That SERVPRO Effectively Remediates Fire Damage in Exeter?

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged picture frame and home contents Regardless of how the fire started, SERVPRO can help with mitigating the situation and remediating the fire damage - including lingering odors.

How Ozone Chambers Help Content Management for Exeter Homeowners

Content management is a considerable aspect of the fire recovery work we offer to Exeter property owners after a loss incident. As quickly as fire effects can spread throughout a property, personal belongings and possessions often get caught contending with the worst of these symptoms, including smoke odors. With pack-out procedures, we can take these damaged items to our nearby SERVPRO facility for focused cleaning and recovery efforts.

Fire damage in Exeter homes requires the skills and expertise of our highly trained technicians to overcome, as many scenarios are too potentially threatening to the health of homeowners to address on their own. After loss incidents, airborne threats can make it challenging to complete damage assessment and cataloging of loss for your personal belongings. Our team can work quickly to determine the full scope of the damage to the structure and earmark personal belongings for removal by our content management professionals.

In our warehouse, we have many tools designed to make the cleaning and recovery of incoming items as efficient and effective as possible. Advanced equipment like our ultrasonic submersion tanks present an innovative solution for soot threats to possessions, but one of the most remarkable features available to our SERVPRO team is our ozone chamber. This sealed region of the facility is a vital space for helping to overcome widespread smoke odors present in furniture, soft materials, and other removed items from your fire-damaged property.

Much like our units used within residences and businesses, the production of ozone is the catalyst for odor neutralization. This chemical compound features an additional oxygen molecule that can bond with odor compounds and neutralize it on contact. Because of its gaseous nature, ozone can permeate surfaces to address stubborn scents trapped in the damaged materials.

We have many tools that can play a vital role in the ultimate recovery and restoration of your home. As challenging as fire losses can be to overcome, we have advanced in-house and on-site tools to help. You can reach our certified SERVPRO of The Seacoast fire restoration specialists anytime by calling (603) 433-4300.

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We Offer Fast And Reliable Water Removal Services In Exeter

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

 Water damaged drywall We removed the water damaged drywall, dried and sanitized the exposed wall cavity, and rebuilt the area. "Like it never even happened."

Addressing Standing Water in Exeter Finished Basement Bathroom

The push to make subterranean levels of Exeter homes additional living space increases the value of a property and helps to alleviate situations where families would otherwise be outgrowing their houses. With so many homes throughout the area featuring these finished areas now, our SERVPRO professionals began to prepare for water loss incidents that could infiltrate these rooms and recreational spaces.

A need for water removal in Exeter homes might be more likely than many property owners think. The bathroom in your finished basement is among the closest fixtures to the service line entering your home from the meter pit outside, making it a potential point of rupture or malfunction when pressure fluctuations from the main line occur. Air hammers, or pockets of air that can get into service lines, can separate portions of plumbing and create a substantial mess until you can get the supply line shut down.

Standing water does not stay in one place for long. The migration of these water damages from a ruptured clean water toilet line or sink fixture can spread quickly throughout neighboring rooms. Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to your call, helping to slow this progression and protect many of the affected construction materials and contents in this lower level of your property.

We have top-tier extraction tools that can help with several inches of standing water, such as our truck-mount pump. This powerful option is the workhorse of our restoration services, removing higher volumes of water at 300 psi. By starting drying efforts as promptly as possible, we can often complete much of these tasks within 72 hours. We can double-check our efforts with infrared imagery to ensure that we have removed all lingering moisture pockets before calling our job complete.

We strive to provide your home with the fast and reliable service that can reduce the need for controlled demolition and reconstruction. We know how quickly scenarios like these can get out of control, and that is why you can reach our SERVPRO of The Seacoast water restorers 24/7 by calling (603) 433-4300.

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Call Us Day Or Night For All Your Portsmouth Flood Damage Restoration Needs

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

a flood cut to a room suffering flood damage When a burst water line floods the floor, and the liquid is soaked into the lower level of the sheetrock, SERVPRO techs can do a "flood cut."

Dependable Delivery of Flood Damage Recovery in Portsmouth: Why SERVPRO Is on Your Speed Dial

After a substantial storm or series of storms, the damage done to your Portsmouth home can be demoralizing. High winds can tear off shingles and detach flashings, permitting vast quantities of water to pour inside. Meanwhile, rainwater saturates the ground around your foundation, seeping through the cinder block, stone, brick, or concrete construction. Flash flooding results from heavy downpours, adding inches to the waters collecting at your lowest level. We manage it all, why our number should be your first call.

Water Quantities Beyond Consumer Grade Equipment

With rain soaking several levels of your house, flood damage in Portsmouth needs a coordinated and well-trained crew to achieve successful results. Because wet always seeks dry, the fluids can spread extensively throughout your home. The flow trends downward into your lowest levels, whether it is a basement, crawlspace, or walkout living space. Along the way, however, porous materials absorb the water. Moisture also wicks through cracks and crevices into building cavities throughout your home. Extracting and drying enormous quantities of water requires commercial-grade equipment, why our team is uniquely qualified to help.

Flood Water Contamination

By definition, flood damage is contaminated. It can contain human and animal waste from backed-up sewers. Chemicals and industrial residues also are in the mix. Storm surge adds saltwater and debris. Our employees are trained and certified in appropriate containment strategies and are up to date on lawful disposal sites and protocols. Professionalism in flood damage follow-through is why SERVPRO is a disaster restoration industry leader.

Fast, Scalable, and Reliable Response

We live and work in our service area, here for you today and available to answer concerns later. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and have multiple crews and quantities of equipment available to handle your crisis. Our responsiveness and deep roots in the community is why SERVPRO immediately comes to mind when you cope with a flooding emergency. You can rely on us to assess and plan for all aspects of your flood damage scenario. Our implementation is second to none.

Trustworthiness and a proven track record are why SERVPRO of The Seacoast delivers the flood damage remediation industry’s best practices and results. Call us day or night at (603) 433-4300 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Infrared Cameras Aid In Commercial Flood Damage Restoration In Exeter

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

A man holding a briefcase standing in water. We can show you how our restoration for your Exeter building flood damage solves all your problems.

Let SERVPRO show you the ropes when it comes to your Exeter Commercial flood damage.

If Mother Nature ever decides to wreak havoc on your office building in Exeter by sending a vicious storm your way, rainwater could get into many places inside your structure. Whenever our SERVPRO team conducts commercial flood damage mitigation procedures, we know that half the battle is finding what got wet. If water enters your office complex from the ground up, many of your building materials like your subfloor or wall studs can retain moisture.

Wet structural components can be hidden behind carpet or wall coverings. When conducting commercial flood damage mitigation in Exeter, our SERVPRO technicians use advanced technology and specialized tools to determine where the moisture went once it entered your office complex after the storm. We can use a wide variety of different moisture sensors and meters to detect the presence of water in drywall, wood, or carpet. However, certain areas could be wet that might be difficult to test using penetrating meters.

Especially when dealing with storm-related problems at your office building, an infrared camera can come in handy during the inspection process. Thermal imaging with these cameras can help us find where the rainwater could have gone. The camera works by showing the temperature of surfaces in different colors for hotter and colder materials.

Thermal imaging can enable us to find wet materials by showing us temperature changes. When moisture contacts a surface, the temperature often changes and remains different than unaffected areas. When water evaporates from a wet surface, the temperature of the material drops, water can also hold thermal energy longer than dry surfaces so wet surfaces could also show up as being warmer than other dry materials.

Unlike moisture meters, infrared cameras do not cause any destruction to your office complex because it eliminates the need to puncture holes for probes. Thermal imaging is also useful when detecting difficult areas such as high, hard to reach ceilings. Using thermography also allows our SERVPRO  crew to detect moisture contents in more areas of your office in a shorter amount of time.

If your office building in Portsmouth, Hampton, or Greenland ever suffers after a severe storm, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300. We can return your office complex to the way it was before the storm struck, "Like it never even happened."

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Cleaning Up After Flooding in Your Portsmouth Apartment

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Apartment building flooded on the sidewalk up to garage doors. SERVPRO is very knowledgeable when it comes to flooding in your Portsmouth community. Let us help.

Let us show you the way with your Portsmouth flooding.

Powerful storms are nothing new to the residents of Portsmouth, and property owners work to limit how destructive these weather events can be with a prompt response from professional restoration technicians. From hurricane-level threats making landfall from the Atlantic Ocean to the threats that can even attack the coast from the Piscataqua River, cleaning up after destruction and the related flooding of an apartment is a challenging situation.

Cleaning is a critical element to every recovery project that our SERVPRO team undertakes, and it has the same level of importance with flood damage in Portsmouth apartments. Strong systems pouring in from the coast often bring fierce winds that can not only endanger seafaring trades but can also circulate debris to break windows and cause widespread structural damage to the apartment building. Considering the torrential rainfall that can accompany these weather events, a breach like a broken window is the ideal opening to allow runoff and direct water exposure.

Addressing this situation often requires the use of confined space extractors like our light wants and portable sump pumps. Even when the building has lost power, we can utilize these submersible pumps that we can run off of generators. The ideal situation is to limit excessive discharge and lead hoses to the floor we are working on, so we work to have the specific extraction and drying tools helpful to your apartment explicitly.

Cleaning up the glass is also part of the process, and our team has a full roster of qualified cleaning technicians able to address each hazardous effect in your home after a flood loss. From clearing the broken glass to using our potent products to clear residues, dirt, and debris from surfaces, we offer a full-service approach to recovering your residence. We can even supply experienced general contractors to help with emergency board up and later full reconstruction of the apartment if necessary.

Flood damages to an apartment building put multiple properties at risk simultaneously. You can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of The Seacoast to help. Give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

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