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How Important Is Moisture Management During Water Removal In Affected Exeter Homes?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" Water damage in your Exeter home? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Have A Deep Understanding of The Drying Process, Thus Making It Easier To Manage Moisture.

A leaking roof, burst pipe, or any other kind of water intrusion can leave considerable amounts of water into your property. Whether the intrusion happens in a matter of minutes or over an extended period, you might end up with unending moisture problems. SERVPRO has IICRC certified Applied Structural Drying technicians that help Exeter homeowners manage lingering moisture issues.  

Why is the moisture management aspect during water removal from Exeter properties challenging? 

Although water mostly exists in the liquid state, it changes to other states such as vapor depending on the prevailing conditions or where it is contained. Removal of water in its liquid state is easier because it only requires extraction equipment, mops, or other simple resources. In its other states such as when it is absorbed into materials, advanced techniques are necessary to facilitate water removal in Exeter, including: 

  • Manipulating air movements 
  • Changing temperature levels 
  • Changing the state of water from vapor or humidity back to liquid water 

Are there challenging situations when removing water in its liquid state? 

Although mops or towels provide the fastest way to respond to a water spill, the limitations become obvious when you realize there is too much water in the affected area or when the intrusion reaches cavities such as when it penetrates below tiles or wooden floorboards. Our SERVPRO technicians help overcome such challenges by using state of the art extraction equipment such as drying mats or injecti-dry systems to help complete the removal without creating other problems. 

How do factors such as temperature and air movements influence water removal? 

Many people understand the need for heat to help dry wet contents or building materials in the affected property. However, most do not know precisely how the process goes because certainly, the heat does not burn off the moisture.  

Heat influences the condition of the air surrounding the wet materials, and since air acts as a moisture container, it can help or impede the drying process. Increasing the heat levels allows the air to hold more vapor, and therefore moisture escapes from the wet materials to the air. For instance, at 70°F, the air might hold twice the level of moisture it can hold at 50°F, thus removing more moisture from the wet materials. 

Our SERVPRO technicians take humidity and temperature readings in wet rooms using thermo-hygrometers to determine whether temperature changes are necessary to sustain drying at the right speed. We can increase the temperature levels in your house through different means, including: 

  • Using portable heaters to heat specific areas 
  •  Exhausting warm air from dehumidifiers back into the wet rooms 
  • Using the HVAC system in the house to supply heat 

Why is it necessary to manipulate air movements during drying?

Considering that moisture escapes from wet materials to the air, especially when temperatures rise, you might wonder why additional steps such as air movement changes are necessary. There are several reasons why you need more air movements to help dry your wet house. 

  • The range of safe temperature which cannot damage other items is finite. 
  • Moisture that escapes into the air can condense when temperatures drop. 
  • The air volume in a room may not be sufficient to absorb all moisture. 

Since it is not practicable to raise the temperature indefinitely, the best alternative is to supply a steady stream of warm, dry air into the affected rooms to ensure all moisture is absorbed from wet materials. Our SERVPRO technicians help keep a constant supply of air by using air movers.  

Even with enough air circulation and heat, drying can still take long if the air circulating through the property is saturated with high humidity levels. For instance, if the air blown by air movers circulates within the same room or originates from another wet section of the property, it is less likely to help boost the drying process. Even when you open windows, there is a high chance that the air from outside has high humidity. Our technicians resolve this problem by using dehumidifiers, which extract moisture from the air, ensuring the air movers circulate dry air only within the interior of the property. 

What is necessary for effective dehumidification? 

  •   A proper ratio of dehumidifiers and air movers 
  • Correct placement of air movers are dehumidifiers 
  •  Sealing off the area to prevent interference from external conditions 

Our technicians position air movers at an angle that does not blow directly into dehumidifiers. We also ensure that dehumidifiers direct hot air towards the intakes of air movers. We close all windows and doors leading outdoors from the wet rooms. We can also create drying chambers using plastic sheets if necessary, to segment the wet area into smaller sections for enhanced drying. 

Proper moisture management helps prevent severe water damage to your property. Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 when you need assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Can My Hotel Carpets Be Restored After a Pipe Burst?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

person removing carpet padding and carpeting Don't let water damage close your hotel. SERVPRO has the know-how to quickly remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Can Efficiently Remove Water from Your Exeter Hotel

Exeter is home to many hotels providing luxurious rooms to travelers and those on vacation. If water damage from burst pipes impacts your hotel carpets, you need water mitigation quickly. You want as little as possible disruption to your guests coming in and out of the hotel. The last thing you want is guests writing bad reviews because of water issues. 

How Do You Restore Carpeting After Water Damage? 

More than just your carpets get impacted by water intrusion in your hotel. Hallways, staircases, and wooden structures such as the service desk can be damaged. Water restoration in Exeter involving carpeting begins with the right water extraction process. The proper extraction tools can remove water faster than drying alone. SERVPRO has trained water restoration technicians (WRT) who precisely know what is needed to restore your carpets.  

Stationary Extraction Tools  

While moving extraction tools help certain types of materials, they are not always the best thing for plush carpets. Stationary extraction methods involve using the technician's weight to apply downward pressure and push the water to the surface. The water then gets pulled through a vacuum system attached to the device. Our largest stationary units can cover 200 square inches at one time. Other extraction methods our WRT techs can use include: 

  • Portable or truck-mounted units
  • Carpet wands
  • Self-propelled extraction tools 

Leaving Your Hotel "Like it never even happened." 

Once the water gets extracted from your carpet and padding, the drying process begins. We use industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers in the correct ratio for optimum drying power. Our teams work quickly and efficiently to get the job done. You want to get back to business as soon as possible, and we want that too. 

For any commercial water damage needs, SERVPRO is here with a team of trained professionals; We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover – Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 for expert water restoration service. 

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How Can My Home’s Flood Damage Be Remediated?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Flood zone sign SERVPRO Leaves Your Flood Damaged Home in Portsmouth Only When It Is Dry and Ready for a Build Back.

Portsmouth Flood Damage Remediation Companies Employ Various Methods to Return Your Home to Its Pre-Flood Condition.

Residents of Portsmouth are no strangers to powerful coastal storms and the flooding they often cause.  Whenever this flooding affects you, it’s crucial that you quickly have it professionally cleaned up.

Portsmouth flood damage cleanup companies, like SERVPRO, have a time-tested process for safely dealing with the hazardous results of flooding.  This is important because if your home isn’t properly cleaned after such an event, it could lead to negative long-term health effects, substantial ongoing damage to your residence, and persistent foul odors.  In order to avert these adverse effects, our technicians do the following things:

Quickly remove standing flood water from your home with powerful extractors

Use ultra-low volume foggers to inject antimicrobials into affected surfaces

Neutralize airborne microbes with thermal foggers

Make interior temperatures less favorable for microbial growth with heated extractors and refrigerant dehumidifiers

Use dehumidifiers to lower interior humidity to less than 60%, slowing the proliferation of bacteria and fungi

Employ injectidry systems to dry difficult-to-access areas behind structural elements

After SERVPRO workers complete these steps, residents are better protected from potentially harmful health effects and their home is less susceptible to developing mold/mildew damage, dry rot, and unpleasant smells.

Why Should I Not Attempt to Clean Up Flood Damage Myself?

Floodwaters are generally dangerous waters that have flowed over various surfaces, picking up a multitude of hazardous substances.  These waters often contain one or more of the following:  animal or human corpses, human and animal excrement, and toxic chemicals.  It, therefore, takes the expertise and equipment of a company like SERVPRO to safely handle floodwater remediation.  If you attempt to perform one yourself, you risk getting sick and likely cannot effectively eliminate the harmful microorganisms that cause long-term home damage.  

With all that said, if your home is ever impacted by a flood, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 for help.

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What Structural Damages Can Exist After an Exeter Housefire?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

chair and furniture in room after burned Give our SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham team a call today at (603) 433-4300.

There are many repairs necessary after a fire moves through your Exeter property, and our contractors and restoration professionals can help.

Structure fires and repairs or reconstruction often go hand in hand for Exeter homes or businesses. The hotter the fire, the more rapidly it can spread through the structure and completely combust materials and structural elements in its path. Modern construction materials can burn more quickly and more completely than older homes. Depending on multiple factors, the amount of reconstruction or repair required for your emergency is unique.

Since our technicians and contractors first arrive, we are focused on each step necessary to address fire damage in Exeter residences. A careful evaluation of the property conditions upon arrival can help determine the steps required to provide a safe work environment for our responding technicians beginning mitigation work. Often, homeowners do not appreciate the full extent of structural damage because the entire property appears in disarray. Our SERVPRO team can help identify corrective actions and replacements necessary to make these fire losses “Like it never even happened.”

What Are Emergency Services?

Emergency services can be one of the most vital efforts that our SERVPRO team initiates when we first arrive at a damaged property. These efforts often precede mitigation and even job scoping to better protect the property from rapidly migrating conditions. Some of these initial tasks include:

    •    Temporary Construction Solutions - Openings in the exterior of your house can leave the property vulnerable to water penetration, animals, and other compromising situations. Our contractors work to seal up these breaches temporarily until full scale build back can occur.
    •    Debris Removal - The presence of debris and partially combusted materials can amplify conditions like lingering odors, smoke residues, and other harmful contaminants circulating in the environment.
    •    Air Quality Control - Particles moving throughout the damaged area can be harmful to those directly exposed without the appropriate personal protective equipment. Through the use of air scrubbers and other filtration tools, we can lower these risks.

How Can Our Contractors Contend with Man-Made Openings?

Firefighting efforts can often be more challenging than first responders expect upon arrival. These challenges require fast and direct solutions, where the structural boundaries hindering extinguishment might require removal. Man-made openings often occur through the roof or wall systems of the house, where the worst of the fire happens, to ensure that the water used for extinguishment reaches where it should. Once extinguishment completes, these openings must get addressed quickly to prevent conditions like flooding or animal infestations from happening. Our contractors can work rapidly on these temporary construction solutions, which include:

    •    Tarping
    •    Board Up
    •    Containment

Is Controlled Demolition Beneficial?

In addition to the full-scale build back that we can offer our customers after a house fire, controlled demolition is another beneficial service. Our licensed residential contractors can identify and remove overly damaged portions of exposed materials to prevent collapse or other safety concerns. Because controlled demolition is such a common element to the recovery of a property after a fire loss, it is essential to understand how this initial action by our contractors can benefit your property and the costs and time invested in restoration.

    •    Access to Damaged Areas – One of the immediate advantages of removing damaged portions of building materials is access to structural cavities where other concerns might exist, such as pooling water.
    •    Removing Compromised Materials – Many materials become partially damaged by the path of fire throughout the house, but do not combust entirely. These partially damaged surfaces can intensify odors and soot concerns in the house until the materials get removed, and the environmental hazards get addressed.
    •    Preventing Structural Hazards – Substantial structural concerns might not be immediately apparent in your house after a fire, especially with so many surfaces covered in smoke residues and debris present throughout the property. Controlled demolition focuses on areas that could become potential problems or hazards to those in the immediate area.

When Does Full-Scale Reconstruction Occur?

While much of the repairs and reconstruction work occurs during the mitigation phases, the final touches to your house often require rebuilding or replacing removed materials to return to preloss condition. Because we have in-house contractors that can respond along with our technicians, the transition from mitigation to reconstruction as a seamless process. Our customers do not wait for scheduling conflicts often encountered by pursuing subcontractors for construction after a fire loss.

With fires being the second most common call out that our restoration professionals address throughout the year, our response and experience in these matters can save our customers time and money. Give our SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham team a call today at (603) 433-4300.

What Should I Do Once Black Mold Has Developed Inside My Exeter Office Bathroom?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

mold on the wall If black mold starts to develop anywhere inside your office bathroom, call SERVPRO!

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Slow water leaks or spills in your Exeter office's bathroom can get organic materials wet and be the cause of fungal formations. Once fungi form structures called hyphae, develop and spread in all three directions. As the fungus grows, it releases spores into the air for reproductive purposes.

How can you remove the mold from my office and keep it from spreading?

Most professional mold removal companies in Exeter, including SERVPRO, follow strict guidelines set by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the EPA when mitigating fungal contamination. The following steps can be performed by our technicians to remove the fungi and keep it from spreading to previously unaffected areas of your house:

    •    Containment: One of our main goals during the remediation process is to prevent mold and its spores from spreading. Once a fungus develops, it releases spores into the air that can cause further contamination if it runs into a wet organic substance. Therefore, before we begin any mitigation efforts, we can set up a containment chamber with thick plastic to trap in any particle that is present in the atmosphere.
    •    Sanding/Sodablasting: If black mold is already visible inside your office's bathroom, then we can remove the formations. Depending on the severity of the contamination and the surface affected, we can either sand down or soda blast off the contaminants and then seal the affected surface with a specialized sealant like Killz. Soda blasting uses baking soda to strip out and chemically neutralize fungal formations.
    •    Applying Antimicrobial Chemicals: Some household chemicals such as bleach can help eliminate mold itself, but the spores created are best destroyed by using a phenolic such as Sporicidin. These chemical products can get applied to all of the surfaces inside your affected office bathroom.

If black mold starts to develop anywhere inside your office bathroom, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 immediately.

How do I Restore my Home After Water Damage?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

close-up of water damaged hardwood floors Water and handwood flooring don't mix. SERVPRO knows how remediate the issue and repair the damage.

The Best Way to Restore Your Exeter Home After Water Damage is to Call a Water Restoration Technician

Your home in Exeter probably boasts of historic character and the charm of fine craftsmanship. However, older homes may pose additional risks to their plumbing, which could lead to leaks. Even worse, some of the water leaking from an older pipe may not become apparent until you smell a musty odor or your water bill increases. By then, water has probably made its way through flooring, cabinets, and walls. Discoloration in your ceiling and peeling paint can also be symptomatic of a more significant problem.

Repairing water damage in your home in Exeter is a job for our water restoration technicians at SERVPRO. Our training and knowledge about the treatment of different materials such as wood, composite, and textiles are differentiators in our field. Whenever you face the consequences of excessive moisture, you must avoid using one cleaning product for all items, causing further damage or doing a poor job of restoring your home. It is best to leave the work to our expert team and rely on our fact-based restoration plan.

Can I save my hardwood floors after water damage?

Homeowners with natural or engineered wood floors often worry that water damage is equivalent to a total loss. However, our SERVPRO crew can take several steps towards preventing permanent damage. Ordinarily, hardwood floors change as humidity levels shift. Our goal is to reverse the effect of cupping or buckling by closely monitoring humidity levels and allowing the wood planks to return to their ideal state. A few extra steps may also entail-

  • Removing the floor's finish if it becomes an evaporation barrier
  • Increase beneath the floor airflow itself with minimal perforation of the floor finish
  • Create a drying chamber with a polyethylene tent when there's a need

Rather than jump to conclusions about your flooring state, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham for help. Our expert team is at your service by calling (603) 433-4300. Like you, we aim to want to leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Are There Ways to Protect My Home After a Flood?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Storm clouds and lightning After your home suffers flood damage, you need a team of professionals to assist you with cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

With a fast response and experienced technicians, our SERVPRO team can help your Portsmouth home return to preloss condition quickly. 

After a flood loss in your Portsmouth home, you can wonder if things will ever look and feel the same again. Standing water alone can cause devastation throughout affected areas of your home, providing an overwhelming sight for the DIY restorer. Our SERVPRO team can help with a fast response to these emergencies when you call and the equipment and expertise to manage the current conditions and return your home to its original state. 

While there are multiple degrees of flood damage in Portsmouth homes after a loss incident, several of the approaches necessary to restore the current effects are the same. We have pre-stocked trailers loaded with water restoration equipment like extractors, air movers, dehumidifiers, and potent cleaning products to help. Arriving quickly with these tools and technologies already in hand ensures that vital mitigation begins as soon as possible and that there are no further opportunities for irreparable structural damage. 

What Are the Main Threats of a Flood Scenario?

Every flood situation comes with threats and risks to your home and its occupants. In many ways, this disaster is one of the most devastating that can befall a home, and that is why our professionals stay ready to respond to these water restoration needs as soon as you need it. Understanding some of the main threats to your property can help you know why you need to secure professional restoration to protect your house. Some of these pressing concerns include:

  • Material Deterioration – Direct exposure to standing or migrating water after a flood can weaken construction materials. 
  • Microbial Threats – Moist and damp conditions created by the presence of floodwater and saturation of many materials can present the appropriate conditions for mold growth in as little as 48 hours. 
  • Contaminants – Natural flooding gets considered to be a blackwater incident, meaning that the likelihood of contamination and health threats are elevated. 
  • Structural Damage – The longer that materials stay exposed to water, the more likely that they become weakened and deteriorate.

Is There a Way to Help Before SERVPRO Arrives? 

Often, homeowners want to do more to help their situation as soon as possible once disasters like flooding strike. While We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and can often reach your property within hours of the first notice of loss, there are still ways to prepare for these possibilities and act when disasters strike in the small window before our competent professionals get there. Here is what you should do:

  • Emergency Plan – Emergency plans are an excellent way to prepare for any loss situation that could impact your property. It assigns all of the occupants of your house with a path and destination so that they can safely get out of the house during a disaster. 
  • Keepsakes and Heirlooms – There is no doubt that you have some irreplaceable valuables in your home that can become ruined by rising or spreading floodwater. If possible, in the earliest stages of this emergency, you can relocate some of your home contents to other areas of the property or take heirlooms and treasures with you when you vacate the house.
  • Turn Off Utilities If Possible – If it is possible for you to get to them safely, you can cut the electrical service throughout your home by severing the primary breaker in the box, shut off water service with a valve where the water comes from the meter into your home, and other similar steps. These steps prevent damage to these elements that can amplify the hazards or work to get done.

What Can I Expect from Professional Restoration? 

While there is an allure to cleaning and restoring your home yourself, this is rarely feasible with flood losses, as so many areas of your property can become damaged without you even realizing it. We have sophisticated equipment to track water migration and the success of drying and restoration solutions that we implement. We have multiple strategies that set our professional restoration apart, and people have come to trust our SERVPRO team thanks to our immediate actions after a flood, including:

  • Content Management
  • Extraction
  • Muck Out 
  • Drying 
  • Cleaning 

No matter how detrimental a flood loss situation can be, the right preparations and fast responses can make a substantial difference. Our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team can help with experience and capable equipment to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (603) 433-4300.

How Can I Get Rid of Smoke Odors After a Small Kitchen Fire?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire SERVPRO of The Seacoast is quick to get your fire damage under control.

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Odors are volatile molecules that people's noses sense when they are present in the air. Since fragrances are easily evaporative, they eventually go away or dissipate once the source gets removed; however, the removal process can take a long time.

What can cause smoke odors to exist?

During fire damage projects in Portsmouth, foul aromas usually get caused by burnt materials or soot residues that are present after the blaze gets extinguished. The first step our SERVPRO technicians take during the restoration process is to remove all charred items and clean any surfaces that contain soils and soot residues. Once we capture all soils, residues, and burnt materials, we dispose of them in sealed plastic bags, so other previously unaffected areas of your home do not get contaminated.

What do you do if unpleasant smells still exist after all soot residues have been cleaned and burnt materials have been removed?

In some situations, foul aromas can still be present after soots have been disposed of because the smoke can penetrate porous materials deeply. When this occurs, we can use the following products and equipment to deodorize your house:

 Odor Counteracting Beads- These are made of a special treated porous material that, as soon as the bag is opened, deodorant molecules get released into the air.

 Deodorant Granules or Pellets- These specialized pellets or granules are odor absorbers that act as a sponge and hold in odors.

 Water-Based Odor Counteractants- Specialized chemicals can be added to cleaning solutions that can help counteract malodor particles.

 Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) Misters-  ULV foggers break down water-based deodorants into a mist so the chemicals can penetrate porous materials.

 Thermal Foggers- Thermal machines break oil-based deodorants down even smaller so it can travel through your structure in the same way smoke did.

 Sealers: Specialized sealant paints can trap in malodor molecules.

If you ever smell smoke in your home after you have a small kitchen fire in Hampton or Exeter, call SERVPRO of the Seacoast at (603) 433-4300.

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My Exeter Hotel Has Mold. Who Can Help Me Remove it?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

hotel room with key in the door Make sure to contact SERVPRO at the first indication of mold damage in your hotel. We are available 24/7.

Call One of the Leading Commercial Mold Removal Companies in Exeter to Handle the Issue

Travelers typically expect a refreshing and clean hotel room to rest. What they do not expect is mold infestation. If your Exeter hotel has mold damage, you should hire a restoration company like SERVPRO to eliminate it so that your guests and employees do not experience health effects.

Why should I hire a professional mold cleanup service?

When you notice the signs of a mold infestation in your hotel, it is vital to seek assistance from commercial mold removal companies in Exeter. Although mold treatment devices and cleaners are available in hardware stores, you cannot be sure which ones are effective. Also, you do not want to expose yourself to mold. Professionals have proper training and advanced mold remediation products and equipment.

What causes mold to grow?

Mold enters a building as tiny spores that need moisture, nutrients, favorable temperatures, and oxygen to start growing, digesting, and destroying. Molds grow best in areas with lots of moisture or humidity. The bathroom is the likeliest place where mold grows in hotel rooms. Humidity and moisture from constant use allow mold to grow between the grout. Molds can grow on many surfaces, including:

  • Ceiling tiles
  • Wood
  • Paint
  • Wallpaper
  • Sheetrock
  • Carpet
  • Insulation

Hotels usually rely on repeat customers and word of mouth referrals to remain in business. Mold in your hotel can lead to loss of customers because of negative reviews. Our SERVPRO team can take the right measures to eliminate the mold.

What does mold remediation involve?

Mold remediation is the process of removing or cleaning up mold from an indoor environment. When removing mold, it is vital to understand that when you disturb it, its spores can get into other areas of the building, creating new mold problems. Before we remove the mold, we can build a containment using negative pressure. We also wear the right personal protective equipment and follow the stipulations of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) with regards to mold removal.

Our team can eliminate the mold by physically removing the affected porous materials and drying the environment effectively. We can also use disinfectants to remove some molds. Direct contact between certain molds and some disinfectants inhibits or slows mold growth.

How long does it take to remove mold?

The time it takes to remove mold depends on various factors like where the mold is growing, how much mold is present, and the materials it is growing on. Mold removal can take anywhere from one to five days.

If you need to remove mold from your hotel, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300. Our staff is certified in mold remediation and mold removal by the IICRC.

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How Do I Remove Water from Different Flooring Types?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floor being removed Water quickly damages flooring materials. Depending upon the scope of damage, sometimes the floor can be salvaged.

SERVPRO has the Knowledge for Flooring Restoration After Portsmouth Water Loss Events

Your Portsmouth home has many different flooring types, and our SERVPRO professionals have different tools and equipment that can help to restore these after water losses. Many materials compose the construction of your home's flooring, walls, and ceiling systems. Different strategies are necessary to remove water and moisture from these structural elements because so many materials make up your Portsmouth home. Our team of professionals has extensive training and experience to provide the ideal approach for whatever wet surface we encounter. 

Recognizing what tools are best for actions like water removal in Portsmouth homes gets determined during the initial evaluation and damage assessment. Scoping the job is a process where our project manager and crew chief work with the customer to identify preloss conditions and pre-existing conditions so that we can return the property to its original state as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. 

Can You Remove Water from Carpeting?  

In areas like your living room and bedrooms, carpeting is one of the typical flooring types encountered in area homes. When migrating water reaches the fibers of carpeted floors, this moisture can get quickly absorbed. It is critical to remove water from carpeting as soon as possible so that moisture does not penetrate the padding and, eventually, the subflooring material. When reconstruction is necessary, the cost of recovery amplifies. Some of the water removal tools and practices for carpeted floors include: 

  • Carpet Wands – Wands are fierce attachments for wet vacuums and extractors that can pull water from the surface layer and the padding of carpeted floors. These tools are wise choices when the padding is getting replaced. 
  • Weighted Extractors – Stand on and ride on extraction tools can force the surface layer of carpeting and the padding together against the subflooring. This action forces moisture to the surface for an onboard vacuum to remove. 
  • Floating Practices – By placing a centrifugal air mover between the top and padding layers of carpeted floors, we can dry both of these materials simultaneously in a floating process. 

Is Wood Flooring Salvageable After Water Damage?  

The composition of wood surfaces, especially flooring, makes it a sensitive material to standing surface water. Absorption can happen quickly, which can be disastrous if the water does not get removed quickly. Within as little as 48 hours, saturation can reach the point where it begins to warp and distort wood planks, leaving no option but removal and replacement. Some of the approaches for drying wood floors include: 

  • Air movers
  • Drying Mat System
  • Tenting 

Does Standing Water Damage Tile?  

Many homeowners believe that tile flooring is impenetrable, even to standing water in Portsmouth. While it is far more difficult for water to breach even the grout joints between floor tile, a small opening or breach in this water-tight seal can allow penetration to the mortar bed and subflooring material. The water beneath tiling can be destructive and hard to detect initially. Our SERVPRO team can address potential concerns with a simple three-step formula for removing water: 

  • Extraction – We cannot determine the damage that standing water has done in areas like the kitchen or bathroom until we have removed it. There are multiple extractors, but often wet vacuums and electric submersible pumps are the common implements. 
  • Surface Moisture Meter – With pooling water addressed, our technicians can work to determine the damage to tile flooring and other exposed materials. Finding moisture pockets often falls to a surface moisture meter device or probing tool to identify if damp areas exist beneath the top layer. 
  • Drying Mats – If pockets of moisture get detected with thermal imagery and surface meters, we can lay drying mats to slowly draw moisture from the mortar bed and subflooring materials to preserve and protect these areas. 

Does SERVPRO Replace Flooring?  

We can offer effective solutions for extraction and drying after a full-service restoration and recovery team after a water loss incident. While we strive to restore before replacing, this is not always possible. We have a full team of licensed residential contractors that can repair and reinstall flooring materials that required discarding from water damages. In this way, we can seamlessly transition between mitigation and repairs to get you back to normal life as soon as possible. 

While you might not be able to avoid water loss incidents, you can choose the team that oversees your property's restoration and recovery. No matter what materials become affected by water exposure, our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team can help. Contact us today at (603) 433-4300.

Help Protect The Seacoast Community with SERVPRO

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

green gloved hand spraying  liquid out of a blue bottle onto a countertop SERVPRO cleans homes using EPA-registered disinfectants.

SERVPRO is here to help the Seacoast area!

Like the rest of the nation and much of the world, the Portsmouth area is in high alert due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is strange to think that in just a couple of weeks, we went from our regular lives to maintaining social distance and working from home, but Governor Sununu has been clear. We must take every step to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. Children, adults, and the elderly are all vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, so we must do our best to keep it away from our homes.

Residents can reach out to our SERVPRO crew to help disinfect your Portsmouth home or workplace. Contrary to other companies offering cleaning or disinfection services, it’s something we are trained and certified to do.  We have been we offer cleaning and sanitizing services for years. Our staff trains specifically to address cleanup situations with biohazard threats.

To date, there is no specific protocol proven to eradicate the virus from frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, kitchen counters, and bathrooms. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is encouraging the use of hospital-grade, EPA registered disinfectants typically used to remove certain pathogens. Our standards of service include the use of EPA registered cleaning solutions suitable for this kind of work. As the CDC releases new recommendations, we adapt and apply them as appropriate.

In your home, you get to decide what you do to protect your family in this crisis. However, some entities, such as schools and nursing homes, require a third party to verify the effectiveness of the cleanup process. SERVPRO is prepared to coordinate services with any relevant entities as required. Our technicians are professionals in our field and accustomed to high-stakes situations, so dealing with potentially hazardous microbes is nothing new for us.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham are your resources at home and work. Call us at (603) 433-4300 and let us add a layer of protection for your loved ones.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Portsmouth, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast today at (603) 433-4300 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Where Can I Find Portsmouth Water Cleanup Services?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

A white laundry room with a folding table and iron. SERVPRO will be there Portsmouth, no matter where the water damage is located.

Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast Today For Expert Water Cleanup Services!

Owning a home in Portsmouth comes with many responsibilities, including reaching out for water cleanup services when a significant spill occurs. Now that spring is here, many people have found that some of the pipes in their homes didn't survive the winter. Imagine yourself in this situation. Picture a pipe just broke in your basement laundry room. What would you do? 

Immediately reaching out for local Portsmouth water cleanup services could save your home exponential costs and further damages. You may think that with some hard labor, and a wet/dry vacuum, you could clean the water up yourself. It is not impossible, but time is essential to factor into your calculations. The longer that water damage sits addressed, the more problems it can cause for you. 

What Can Standing Water Do to My Basement Laundry room?  

Many people own unfinished basements. However, unfinished does not mean unmanageable. Unaddressed water could cause: 

  • Calcium deposits to rise from the concrete floor and efflorescence
  • Mold growth due to activated spores
  • Damage to the framework and insulation of your home

Leaving water to its own devices for any amount of time is unwise. The best thing you can do for the longevity of your home is to reach out for professional help. 

How Can SERVPRO's Services Help Me? 

Here at SERVPRO, we have entire teams of water damage restoration technicians ready to help you. Furthermore, we can: 

  • Quickly travel to your home at any time, on any day
  • Use advanced technology to clean up and reduce moisture levels in your home 
  • Help you take inventory of your belongings and file insurance claims 

Here at SERVPRO, we believe in helping you. 

If you feel like your home might need water cleanup services, get help right now! Communicate with SERVPRO of The Seacoast by dialing (603) 433-4300. We're open and here for you. 

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How Can I Remove Salt Water From My Portsmouth Home?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

house with furniture out of place and walls peeling from flood damage When flood damage occurs in your home it can be hard to take care of. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damages.

Salt Water Removal In Portsmouth is a Job for a Professional Service

Living close to the water is idyllic. Whether you enjoy swimming, the seashore, or life on a yacht, the calming effect a body of water can have on your soul is like nothing else. Recent weather events teach us that we are vulnerable to the elements, and a rise in water levels can cause saltwater to reach your home.

When you live in Portsmouth, and you face flood damage, you must call a professional service to assist you in the restoration process. Saltwater can seep into your crawl space and other areas of your home, causing corrosion and weakening of structural elements. Anticipate and resolve damaging consequences by reaching out to SERVPRO as soon as the emergency happens. Our team is available 24/7 to meet your needs.

Is saltwater flooding different from freshwater?

Flooding in your home can be devastating, regardless of its source. Ocean water adds a layer of complexity due to its salty nature, which can be corrosive to your home. Your furniture, paint, flooring, and the foundation of your home may suffer as a result of the water. Our professional services at SERVPRO can help you address the needs of each area of your home by taking a targeted approach to the restoration and cleanup.

Many of our customers are surprised to find out that a thorough restoration process requires much more than extracting water. It is a continuous evaluation of humidity levels and gradual extraction of water accompanied by ancillary services focused on restoring the contents of your home. Through this period, our crew at SERVPRO can take action such as-

  • Isolating essential documents and prepare them for freeze-drying or other document preservation processes.
  • Removing carpet and other porous surfaces that pose a threat to the overall health of your family.
  • Pumping water from your home using varying sizes of pumps and extractors and observing environmental recommendations and regulations.

For a full evaluation and action plan, SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham are at your service. Call us at (603) 433-4300 and let us work for you. Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 


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How do I clean my house after flood damage in Portsmouth?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" Storm damage in your Portsmouth home? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.

Flood damage cleaning is a multistep process, and SERVPRO can help with skills and other resources

When your Portsmouth home floods, you have to address a wide range of problems, including deep soiling, contamination, and bad odor to restore the home to its pre-loss condition. Even from casual observation, you are likely to identify several problems that need immediate attention, whether it is your expensive upholstered furniture submerged in filthy water, appliances filled with murky water, or layers of mud or silt inside your house. Although the ultimate goal is to address all the issues, deciding what to start with is not easy.

How do professional restorers determine what step to prioritize?

Because of dealing with numerous flood damage incidents in Portsmouth, professional restorers develop systemic procedures that help determine the steps necessary in each situation and how to schedule them. Some of the crucial issues our SERVPRO technicians consider include:

  • The type of items the flood affects
  • Perceived chances of further deterioration
  • External factors connected to the flooding

Flooding can damage some items permanently, even after minimal exposure. Carpets and upholstered furniture may be damaged irreparably by exposure to contaminants due to the porous nature of their constituent parts. Our crews are, therefore, likely to focus initial efforts on salvageable contents such as appliances. When scoping the property, we also try to establish the level of deterioration likely to occur and use it as a basis for determining the steps to prioritize. A factor like the amount of standing water left in the building has greater ramifications than the inconvenience it causes to anyone wading through. Such water continues to intrude surfaces or materials, worsening the damage. Therefore, removing the water or moving items away from the flooded areas have top priority over other steps, unlike a case where the floodwater drains out of the home immediately. One external factor likely to influence the restoration process is the time it takes water outside the structure to recede.

Which steps does a typical flood cleanup exercise involve?

  • Removal of soaked materials
  • Removal of foreign materials such as mud and silt
  • Removal of contaminated materials 
  • Scrubbing walls and floors

As the floodwaters flow into your property, it soaks into different materials, leading to deterioration. Structural materials such as sheetrock, insulation, and wallpaper develop various problems when exposed to water. Since cleaning and drying cannot restore them to the pre-loss state, the best action is the immediate removal of the wet sections for disposal. Apart from dealing with the wetness, removal also prevents additional problems such as wicking of moisture from the wet areas to the drier ones. 

As the floodwater fills your house, it is likely to deposit materials collected outside, including silt, mud, and leaves. In most cases, manual removal is the only way to get rid of such materials. Our SERVPRO technicians bring shovels, plastic bags, and other tools to the loss site to handle the removal conveniently.

Many of the soils left on surfaces such as walls and floors adhere to the material or cause staining. Cleaning such materials can be challenging. Our crews use a combination of manual scrubbing with brushes or dusters, and chemical action from professional cleaning agents. For large surfaces such as the floors in several rooms, we can use automated tools such as rotating brushes to ease the workload. 

How do I tell what is contaminated?

The presence of contaminants in floodwater increases the burden you have to bear after your home floods. Contamination is high when an incident involves groundwater because such water collects materials over vast areas. Typical contaminants might include:

  • Farm or industrial chemicals
  • Heavy metals
  • Fuel oil
  • Biohazards including sewage

The water dumps these contaminants on the contents or surfaces it affects, so you should treat the entire property as contaminated and use personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves, boots, and other protective material when venturing in or performing clean up tasks. The level of contamination left on different materials differs. For non-porous materials such as metal or plastics, the contamination is only on the surface. Cleaning such items thoroughly and use of disinfectants helps remove all traces of contamination. Porous and semi-porous materials can retain some traces of contamination even after cleaning, so they must be handled carefully.

Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the items in your house to determine whether to dispose of or keep them. We consider whether an item is made from porous materials and whether it is exposed directly to the contaminated water. Apart from physical observation, we use advanced tools such as luminometers to test surfaces for organic contamination. 

Cleaning up a flooded house presents many challenges. Assistance from SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham can help you deal with any incident, "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (603) 433-4300.

Who should I call for Flood Damage in my Basement?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water in basement SERVPRO Leaves Your Flood Damaged Home in Portsmouth Only When It Is Dry and Ready for a Build Back.

SERVPRO Cleans Basement Flood Damage in Portsmouth.

New Hampshire homeowners may be aware of the risks basements face when it comes to flooding, but they may be surprised to know that only 2% of basements never experience flood damage during their lifespan. While there are many preventive measures that you can take to minimize damage, when disaster strikes, it can be stressful and overwhelming to keep your family safe and salvage your home and belongings after it occurs. However, there is a team that can help. 

When flood damage hits your Portsmouth basement, SERVPRO technicians are ready to bring fully-loaded trucks filled with cutting-edge equipment, EPA-registered biocides, and gas-powered generators to restore your home to a preloss condition. The Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-accredited pros handle everything from extracting floodwaters, waste, and debris from your basement to making necessary structural repairs to your property. 

What to Maintain to Minimize Basement Floods

  • Sealing tiles and foundation. Proper sealing is necessary to prevent water seepage and foundation damage.
  • Proper downspout installation. If downspouts are too short, are clogged, or face the wrong way, floodwaters can quickly be redirected into your home through cracks in the basement. 
  • Drain tiles. This is the drainage system built around your home, like a curtain drain.
  • Clean gutters. Much like your downspouts, gutters need adequate care to prevent damage and clogs that can eventually lead to water pooling in the basement. 
  • Sump pumps. Making sure your basement's drainage system is operational minimizes the risk of sewage backups and floodwater backing up into your home.

SERVPRO Restores Your Home

SERVPRO techs have the means to remove floodwaters, no matter how deep. Portable, back-mounted extractors, wet/dry vacuums, and mops are ideal for small-scale floods. Submersible, gas-powered pumps tackle floodwaters 2 inches or higher. Truck-mounted extraction systems remove large volumes of water: Anywhere from 60 gallons to well over 100 gallons of floodwater. After extraction, your basement can be sanitized with EPA-registered biocides and prepared for structural drying.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham provide mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (603) 433-4300 for reliable rapid-response service. 

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What is the Best Method to Clean Fire Damage Off My Portsmouth Kitchen Walls and Ceilings?

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Incorrect cleaning methods on smoke residues can ruin surfaces, SERVPRO has specialized cleaning agents and techniques to remove smoke damage in Portsmouth properties 

When a cooking fire happens, the smoke damage can be the worst of it. In particular, a smoking pan is the worst as it can leave residues on the stove, walls, ceiling, and porous items rapidly. Unless cleanup happens, problems such as:

  • The spread of pungent odors to other areas of the home
  • Need for ductwork cleaning due to soot
  • The ruin of porous items with inadequate cleaning 

Why is Fire Damage from Cooking Fires So Difficult to Remove? 

When a protein fire occurs in a Portsmouth home, the fire damage left behind is nearly invisible. When meats, fish, and eggs burn, they turn into a fine mist that coats surfaces all over the kitchen. Soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see, so it is impossible to clean them away using visuals to find them. However, as long as they remain on-site, foul odors accompany them.  

What Are Some Tactics for Cleaning Away Cooking Fire Odors 

SERVPRO techs use a multi-layered approach to the cleanup of smoke and fire damage in Portsmouth kitchens. 

  • The use of air scrubbers to capture airborne particulates
  • Testing residues and choosing solutions to release their grip on surfaces
  • Immersion cleaning for non-porous items with smoke damage 

Odor Control is a Crucial Part of Fire Loss Mitigation 

Even when there is little to no charring in a kitchen, the techs from SERVPRO know that odor-causing soot particles may need neutralizing. They have various odor control applications and use them according to the treatment level required. Frequently used methods include thermal fogging, which works particularly well when porous items such as window treatments and upholstered items show evidence of smokey odors. 

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 can clean up and restore any size fire damage in your home with their advanced equipment and restoration methods. 

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We are Your Seacoast Cleaning Professionals

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

technicians standing in front of green van Your Seacoast Professionals In Proper Personal Protective Equipment Keeping You and Themselves Safe and Healthy

SERVPRO is Here to Help During this Time of Need

As we experience this global pandemic of coronavirus, we want to remind our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest level of cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are able and equipped to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have over 53 years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff can perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surface areas such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

There may be some additional areas within your home or business that also need cleaning and disinfecting which we can help you determine upon completion of our inspection. 

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call our expert technicians today – SERVPRO of the Seacoast 603-433-4300

Portsmouth Restoration Professionals Give Advice for Drying Water Damage

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in front of school No matter the size or scope of your water damage, our Green Fleet is always on call.

Drying Decisions for Portsmouth Homes After Water Losses 

We would estimate that with every water emergency that threatens a Portsmouth residence, there are hundreds of drying decisions that must get made in real-time. Mitigation is one of the most vital elements of recovery and restoration, and this phase is where most of these drying decisions are necessary. Understanding the concerns and the position of our SERVPRO restorers can allow you to appreciate several of these challenging categories. 

Water damage in Portsmouth homes can affect the property in countless ways, so a thorough inspection and committed extraction and drying can help to reduce unnecessary losses. Considering how widespread the damage can become after only a brief time, several immediate decisions must get made while our restoration professionals begin mitigation tasks, including: 

  • Debris removal
  • Extraction of standing water
  • Focused drying with air movers
  • Cleaning surfaces and contents 

Salvage vs. Reconstruct 

One of the steadiest choices that a responding technician must address in these situations involves whether it is cost-effective to attempt to dry saturated material or tear it out and replace it with new materials altogether. Our in-house SERVPRO general contractors can help by including controlled demolition in with other mitigation. 

Efficient Drying  

Choosing the right path for drying out water damaged materials and contents is a vital decision as well. While all options have some level of potential successes, finding the most efficient approach is something that saves the customer and time and money. From air movers and drying mats to positive pressure systems and carpet wands, our team can help. 

Structural Weaknesses  

Issues like sagging ceilings and deteriorating wall systems pose a more significant threat to your home and its occupants. Without addressing these structural concerns with our in-house contractors, your family might be at risk of collapses. 

Many drying and recovery choices must get made on every water loss emergency that threatens area properties. The decisions made by our competent staff can save our customers time and money. No matter how our SERVPRO of The Seacoast restoration specialists can help, you can reach us 24/7 at (603) 433-4300. 

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Why We Are The Best Choice In Portsmouth After A Flood

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

Our heated air mover and flat-lay tubing pushing water vapor outside this property Our heated air mover and flat-lay tubing pushed the water vapor to the outside of the property.

Why SERVPRO Performs Certain Activities During Flood Damage Restoration in Portsmouth 

Flooding causes a wide range of harm to any structure, including residential properties in Portsmouth. SERVPRO takes specific steps to mitigate the damage caused by contaminated water with the goal of returning your property to preloss condition. To make such mitigation highly cost-effective, we perform specific activities that produce certain and expected results. 

Keeping costs as low as possible for our customers in Portsmouth with effective flood damage mitigation services is why SERVPRO takes specific steps and activities. No two houses are identical, and even similar homes can experience differences in how they become damaged during the same flood. We follow only those procedures needed by your property. 

Scaling our services to your exact needs also helps the restoration process come to a completion as soon as possible. Because flood damage can make unsafe to live in your home, accomplishing the situation's goals as swiftly as possible helps reduce shelter costs, as well as the multitude of inconveniences related to such alternative living arrangements.

The structural components of your home vary in how they retain moisture. Your belongings also play a role in how much water content stays in your house after we pump out standing water. Evaporation happens continually and instead of letting this hinder our progress, we use it to our advantage. We continually monitor the amount of moisture in the air so we know when to increase air movement or heat. The readings also tell us when we need to increase the number of desiccant machines or change the direction of our air movers or axial fans.

Belongings and furnishings made of more absorbent materials typically retain more moisture during a flood, even if kept dry during the incident. We check your belongings for this, and monitor drying progress of damper items. When needed to stave off the development of odors or other damage, we build an on-site drying chamber which we can use to make drying happen at an accelerated and highly controlled rate. We can easily remove any items that become dry first so nothing ever becomes too dry.

You can count on SERVPRO of The Seacoast to provide you and your family with tailored flood damage mitigation and restorations services, making your property “Like it never even happened.” Call (603) 433-4300 for prompt, professional service from highly skilled technicians.

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Prevent and Mitigate Portsmouth Water Losses with SERVPRO's ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

App ERP shown on a tablet SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) Has Commercial Properties in Portsmouth Ready for Water Damaging Occurrences

Be Proactive Before Commercial Water Damage in Portsmouth

Business owners in Portsmouth plan for many contingencies. Employees call in sick or quit, equipment breaks, income ebbs and flows, suppliers fail to meet deadlines, seasonal demand disappoints, or surprises. One crucial concern under the radar until it demands attention is an unexpected water loss. Whether leaky plumbing, storm activity, or appliance malfunction drives the disaster, the future of your business depends on minimizing harm and a fast remediation.

How to Prepare for Water Emergencies

The perfect solution for commercial water damage in Portsmouth is to avoid it. Unfortunately, plumbing lines and appliances age and exteriors cannot withstand every severe storm. There are common-sense steps a business owner can take to limit the harm to structural components, contents, and operations. Here are a few ideas you and your staff can implement:

  • Locate important documents off-site in secure storage or digitize
  • Encase records in waterproof bins and store away from plumbing and spaces prone to flooding
  • Dedicate space for inventory above flood lines and far from plumbing, windows, and doors that could admit water
  • Raise equipment off the floor
  • Ensure all staff know the location of the main water shutoff
  • Invest in regular inspection and maintenance of water risks such as plumbing, roofs, gutters, and appliances

Partner with Us -- the Emergency READY Plan (ERP)

SERVPRO offers a unique safeguard for our commercial customers. Contact us far in advance of any water event and schedule a no-obligation assessment of your physical layout and a discussion of how you conduct business. We use this information in a couple of ways to ensure a water disaster does not destroy your life's work:

We make recommendations for adaptations you put in place now to reduce the effect of any water damage on your day-to-day routines and money-making opportunities

We outline a plan of attack in case water damage occurs, personalized for your needs and space. The plan permits our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)--trained managers and technicians to begin responding immediately if the worst happens.

We allow you to share additional details through the use of our mobile app, creating your Emergency READY Profile. The two documents together are a concise digital document accessible 24/7 for our crews.
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham exemplify the "READY" in your ERP. Develop a collaborative answer to water or other disasters for your business with one call to (603) 433-4300.

The Complete Guide to Understanding Fire Damage Remediation in Portsmouth

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

yellow fire line across property Facing fire damage can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for effective fire damage remediation efforts by certified technicians.

Portsmouth Homes Do Not Have to Smell Like Fire Damage

When a fire loss happens in a Portsmouth home, it most definitely leaves a calling card. Not only with charred structure and contents, but a very distinctive odor is typical. 

Even a small amount of fire damage can leave significant odors in a Portsmouth home. In cases where the HVAC was running post-fire, odorous soot can be resident within the ductwork and require cleaning. Techs put up plastic containment barriers around the work area to limit the spread of soot.

Type of Fire Can Determine Odor Level 

Kitchen fires are frequent contributors to foul odors after a fire. When a protein, such as a steak on a grill pan, catches on fire, the fats vaporize and deposit on all nearby surfaces in a nearly invisible, but very pungent residue. Often in this type of loss, there is not much in the way of charring but a significant need for odor control. Other types of fires have the smell diminished by the removal of burned items and using air scrubbers to capture airborne soot particles.

Surface Cleaning 

Repairs and reconstruction cannot occur in the home until the smoke odors get neutralized. SERVPRO techs have access to a broad array of professional-grade agents that include solvents for sticky residues to release their grip on surfaces. The removal of the smoke damage goes a long way to diminishing odors.

Ductwork Cleaning

When a fire occurs in a home, the ductwork is one of the most neglected areas. During the fire, hot hair expands, it pushes into not only porous objects but also open vents and enters the ductwork. In the case of a fire loss that occurred in a single area of the property, if the HVAC ran post-fire, there is an excellent chance odor-causing soot particles are now resident within the ductwork. SERVPRO technicians can clean and restore the ducts and improve the air quality in the home.

Standard Odor Control Measures

When dealing with fire odor removal, the techs have access to numerous types of equipment. In some cases, the techs need to use a multi-layered approach to ensure the complete deodorization of the home happens. 

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 are ready to clean up and restore your property and contents from any size fire damage and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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How Winter Weather Causes Flooding in Portsmouth

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in water damaged commercial building Snowmelt, frozen pipes, and ice dam can cause water damage to your property. We are always on call for emergency restoration,

Winter Flooding in Your Portsmouth Bed and Breakfast 

Many potential threats could always lurk during the extreme weather expected during the winter months here in Portsmouth. Biting cold snaps rarely deter travelers from stopping by your bed and breakfast as they take in the sights of New England in the winter. However, flooding in your accommodating house can lead to cancellations, bad reviews, and damaging publicity. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to manage these emergencies quickly to reduce the spread and severity of the situation when possible. 

While snowmelt alone can lead to some compromising flood damage to Portsmouth homes and businesses, there are more direct paths for substantial water losses. The more aware you are of your B&B’s potential inadequacies in areas like insulation, the better able to protect it from these debilitating disasters when conditions become ideal for permitting them. 

Ice Dams 

It is always ideal to ensure that your bed and breakfast stays adequately heated for the patrons using your facilities for the evening. Inadequate insulation on the attic floor can make heating your upper rooms a challenge but also overheat the attic space, which can lead to ice damming on the roof. This phenomenon is a result of melting snow by heating the roof internally in frigid temperatures outside. This frozen dam continues to back up, damaging shingles and allowing water to flow back into the property. 

Frozen Pipes  

The basement area of your house is often the most susceptible to freezing, and when pipes burst, it can be impossible to provide adequate service to your guests. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with fast water extraction and drying techniques, but this cannot recover damages fast enough to preserve a ruined reservation. It is important to know the condition of your pipes and how well insulated they are against cold snaps. 

Water loss incidents inside of your bed and breakfast can be damaging to your reputation. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, so if you are already dealing with a flood loss in your house, we work to make sure that it does not affect more of your reservations moving forward. It is our business to get you back in business, and our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team can help by calling (603) 433-4300. 

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Understanding Moisture Damage Levels for Portsmouth Homes

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Why You Need Help Fixing Water Damage In Your Portsmouth Home

Depending on how quickly our professionals can get notified of water loss concerns in your Portsmouth home, we can encounter water damages in various stages of progression. How we respond to these conditions differs from one material to the next. Yet, there are many instances where we can still protect and restore damaged structural elements in your home with the introduction of the right drying process.

The presence of moisture after a loss incident is not unexpected, but water removal for Portsmouth properties involves more than addressing the visible surface water concerns. Our team's professionals have extensive training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to understand the various stages of water damages to materials like wood flooring. Depending on the state of progression, drying can range from simple to impossible.

Surface Water

This phase is where all water losses begin before they can penetrate the outer layer of materials and start the absorption process. In a surface state, water can get extracted and dried without considerable difficulties. Utilizing equipment like air movers after extraction, we can reduce the possibility of penetration by beginning evaporative drying immediately.

Free Water

Our SERVPRO team also has a range of potential solutions when the water has penetrated beyond the outer layer of a material like the wood flooring and has not yet caused physical damage to the affected element. Addressing this layer of moisture involves a combination of higher temperatures, steady airflow, and low humidity.

Bound Water 

As the name would suggest, this is the phase where water has become chemically bonded with the cells of wood materials. Once this occurs, the wood materials can show signs of deterioration, swelling, or warping. At this stage, even our advanced drying techniques cannot reverse the physical harm to the flooring.

Knowing the stages of water damage for exposed materials can help our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team to provide the right solutions at the right time. No matter how we can help after a water loss incident, you can reach our team 24/7 by calling (603) 433-4300.

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Take the Stress Out of Finding Remediation Services in Portsmouth With SERVPRO

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling with hanging sheetrock Water damage can quickly destroy the structure and contents of you home. Contact our SERVPRO team to jump in and mitigate the situation.

Complexity of Restoration Projects Is Why SERVPRO's Response Ranks Highly in Our Community

When your Portsmouth home suffers damage from water, fire, mold, or storms, the most successful mitigation and remediation outcomes occur after a speedy, professional response. Although a homeowner can manage some aspects of a property loss, the risks of progressive deterioration or secondary damage are significant if the restoration industry's best practices are not observed. Our ability to manage the demands of even a complicated restoration scenario is why customers appreciate our skills. 

Water Damage

Residents report many maintenance issues and malfunctions that result in a water loss in Portsmouth. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians are prepared to protect your investment and minimize the disruption following a water emergency. Most common among the causes of water damage are plumbing leaks and appliance malfunctions, which usually present as an urgent crisis. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, ready to manage even large quantities of water efficiently when a sudden emergency occurs.

Other water incursions can be harder to discern, often the result of small leaks in pipes, condensation from air conditioners, long term seepage from ice dams or minor roofing fails, or a host of other unnoticed issues. Our training, experience, and advanced moisture detection equipment is why SERVPRO locates the once small water incursions that eventually create significant damage. 

Our team members' comprehensive understanding of the science of psychrometry, a precise term for drying, is why we follow a research-based protocol for every water damage or flooding scenario we encounter. During the first phase of a water loss project, we emphasize thorough extraction. Reducing the fluid present when structural drying commences increases the efficiency of our efforts and decreases the amount of time taken to bring moisture to normal levels.

Fire Damage

Nothing can prepare a Portsmouth resident for the terror and destruction a fire brings. Even a relatively minor fire poses a tremendously challenging cleanup prospect. The soils or soot created during the fire float on air currents, often landing many rooms or levels away from the site of the blaze. Some soot is quite evident and straightforward to locate, dark in color or ashy and floating like dust. Some kinds of soot drape down like cobwebs, easy to spot.

Protein-based soot, created by an evaporative process during a kitchen fire, is a common type of fire damage in Portsmouth as elsewhere. It is harder to see, but horrible to smell. It forms an almost transparent, extremely adhesive coating on surfaces anywhere it drifts in your home. Our ability to locate any soot is why a call for a post-fire inspection is critical.

SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) are familiar with all types of soot, prepared to manage each safely and efficiently. One household fire can produce different types of soot, so our certified employees are well matched to a job that requires frequent reassessment throughout the project. We ensure that soot removal employs the proper products and techniques according to the characteristics of the residues.  

We also take steps to keep occupants safe from the spread of toxic residues inevitable in a fire damage mitigation and remediation project. Negative pressure air scrubber equipment helps seal off a work area draped with heavy-duty plastic. HEPA filters trap airborne contaminants and vent the air to the outdoors. Our crews don personal protective equipment (PPE) during the job to avoid tracking soot through unaffected areas. The consistency we show in protecting you and your family is why SERVPRO garners high marks from customers.

Mold Remediation

Residents know the worry that accompanies a whiff of a musty odor or telltale signs of mold growth in a damp corner in Portsmouth. Often homeowners think microbial growth is a sign of poor housekeeping. On the contrary, mold spores seek the water most people use when tidying up. Failure to dry out areas after deep cleaning provides the perfect environment for mold growth, similar to that found when water losses are incompletely dried.

Ironically, residents of Portsmouth using self-help mold damage removal methods like the use of a diluted bleach solution also can make things worse rather than better. The solution might lighten the mold stain but does not reach into porous materials completely, failing to kill all of the hyphae or branchlike mold roots. Residual water in structural materials then feeds the mold, creating a rebound effect.

Our certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) comprehend the challenges of mold damage abatement. We follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols, why SERVPRO can deliver successful remediation results. Our process is to:

  • Contain the mold area during the project to prevent drift
  • Remove the mold colonies using mechanical means like scraping, brushing, and soda blasting
  • Assess whether some porous materials must also be removed
  • Bag and dispose of moldy materials per local regulations
  • Clean up debris with HEPA-equipped vacuums
  • Disinfect the affected space with EPA-registered antimicrobials

We also find the moisture source fueling the mold outbreak, helping to arrange for repairs or enhanced ventilation. A mold spore-free outcome is impossible to promise, but our efforts reduce dry spore counts to normal levels.  Vigilant moisture control avoids the growth cycle that causes the infestations.

Storm Damage

Extreme weather patterns are becoming more and more common in all areas of the United States, and Portsmouth is no exception. Heavy rains, high winds, and storm surge contributes to a pattern of severe property losses connected to storm activity. The damage done to your home might be extensive. Holes in exterior structures require urgent securing to limit further damage. Rain and flood water can invade, harming building materials and contents. Significant contamination of your premises by sewage, chemicals, salt water, and other pollutants can occur.

Recovering from these challenges requires highly-qualified professional assistance. The need for expert coordination of the various phases of mitigation and remediation is why SERVPRO is your best partner at a stressful time. Our team of experienced managers and conscientious technicians have the training and the commercial-grade equipment to respond promptly, plan appropriately, and implement immediately. 

Expect your house to receive swift boarding and tarping attention as the inspection and planning ensue. High-efficiency pumps and extractors remove vast quantities of water, and we contain contaminated fluids for lawful disposal. Trapped water found using infrared imaging releases through controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts and drilled or punched holes, always best performed by a trained expert. Disinfection is mandatory, and we use only EPA-registered products.

Structural drying completes on schedule, with moisture level baselines established using probes. We monitor the drying to hit the mark, neither under nor over dried. Our technicians position heaters and air movers to evaporate water absorbed by structures, and dehumidifiers to condense and absorb moisture for permanent disposal.  

Rely on the professionals from SERVPRO of The Seacoast for all of your disaster mitigation and remediation needs. Call us at (603) 433-4300 for prompt and comprehensive help to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Do You Know How to Remove Oily Soiling From Your Fire Damaged Exeter Home?

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on ceiling and walls Smoke and soot damage are difficult to remove. We have the cleaning agents and expertise to remove all types of soiling.

Removing Oily Soiling from Exeter Homes After a Fire 

The combustion of materials when a structure fire moves from one room to another can leave various residues and sediment throughout your Exeter property. Removing these layers of carbon and debris from affected surfaces is a process that must get done carefully using sophisticated tools and potent cleaning products. The wrong approaches, such as inappropriately cleaning oily soils from materials, can lead to staining and irreparable damage. 

Oils that exist on surfaces must get sufficiently evaluated by our professionals when the scoping of the job determines the extent of fire damage in Exeter properties. The purpose of this inspection and evaluation is to assess the severity of the soiling. Depending on the depth and heaviness of the present oily soil, various approaches, products, and techniques are necessary. 

Light Soiling  

As you might already have learned through various stages of your life, oil and water do not mix. Therefore, special considerations must get made for how fire damage soiling gets removed when it is oil-based. If the soil is light enough on a surface, it is possible that these particles can get emulsified with the application of water-based detergents. The detergents can attach to this soiling and pull it away from the surface and get rinsed clean. 

Heavy Soiling  

Heavy soils present more significant obstacles for our SERVPRO technicians. The right approach here can help to prevent a need for removing damaged construction materials and structural elements. In many situations, the answer is dissolving. Unlike emulsion, heavier soils do not react positively with water-based detergents. Instead, solvents are a better solution because they can work to dissolve residues that are not water-soluble. We have many potent solvents to choose from depending on the type of material hosting the oily soil. 

Cleaning up damaged surfaces after fire loss incidents can be a challenge for even the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team. With a combination of water-based detergents and solvents, we can work to remove oily substances to protect and restore damaged materials and contents throughout your home. Contact us anytime at (603) 433-4300. 

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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. 

Why SERVPRO?

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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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)

Yellow caution tape with fire line do not cross wording SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home in Greenland--One Step at a Time.

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)

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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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Exeter Homeowners Call Out to SERVPRO for Fire and Soot Cleanup and Restoration

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Hey Exeter Property Owners--for Matchless Fire Damage Cleanup, Soot Removal, and More--Call SERVPRO

Locating Soot Damage Throughout a Damaged Exeter Home

After a fire loss event in your Exeter property, damages can spread quickly from the ignition point. The worst of the symptoms and hurdles to overcome for professional restoration specialists occur within the first 24-48 hours, making it critical to reach out to accredited professionals as promptly as possible. We have extensive experience in restoring fire loss incidents, including the use of advanced equipment and technology to address the widespread concerns like smoke residue and soot. Locating the full extent of this damage can help us to clean up the house sufficiently before more areas, contents, and structural elements become affected.

Soot and other fire damages can spread quickly throughout your Exeter residence, regardless of the cause of the blaze. Our SERVPRO professionals work to respond immediately to these emergencies, as every second counts when combatting the movement of soot, smoke residue, and other airborne contaminants and debris. We have cleaning technicians ready to mobilize immediately to get mitigation and recovery efforts started in your house right away.

Our technicians begin any restoration project with a thorough and complete assessment of the damages, loss, and affected contents of the property. Not only is this documentation and evidence necessary to secure insurance damage claims from your provider, but it also helps us to maintain an accurate track record of completed tasks and what restorative actions are still necessary to make fire loss effects “Like it never even happened.”

We have sophisticated equipment to help identify the presence of soot and smoke residues in areas that are inaccessible, such as air ducts. With the use of our boroscope cameras, we can see the entirety of the duct network, noting whether any threats exist within this system. We can also utilize similar technology to search other inaccessible areas where soot and smoke particulates could have penetrated.

Our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team has commercial-grade cleaners and chemical sponges to begin addressing widespread soot damage concerns along with the rest of the mitigation your property needs. Whenever disasters strike, you can give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

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Basement Flood Extraction and Drying in Portsmouth Homes

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your basement, extra living space turn into a Harbor.

Let SERVPRO help you keep that extra living space dry as possible.

The basement area has served a specific purpose for many Portsmouth homeowners over generations of time, though now many of these same properties have finished this area to convert it into usable living space. With new construction materials like drywall and vinyl wood flooring, the battles that many homeowners face with moisture and dampness in this lower area become even more taxing and potentially damaging. Without the appropriate measures taken to prevent moisture penetration and seeping dampness from beneath the flooring or from the foundation blockwork, homes can find themselves allowing flood effects into the property during severe weather events.

Protecting the affected materials and structural elements in the basement of your Portsmouth home after flood damage can often be more complicated than you might think. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training and education from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to become certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) capable of handling all facets of restoration and recovery when flooding occurs in your house. We can also dispatch qualified personnel to address potential mold effects that could result from prolonged moisture and dampness.

Whenever the point of penetration is, swelling and bloating of the affected construction materials like drywall and flooring can happen in as little as a day. Addressing these structural concerns is a priority of our SERVPRO professionals and is a considerable portion of our mitigation strategy that begins with our arrival at your house.

In many situations, the need for extraction and the threat of contamination can cause our technicians to remove saturated materials from the basement to better access the worst of the damage. We can then directly remove standing water in wall cavities or other affected areas without access limitations. Our contractors have years of experience in the building trades, allowing us to repair and reconstruct removed areas of your finished basement quickly.

While basements are more often used as additional living space in modern construction throughout our area, addressing flooding in these areas of the property must happen quickly. Our SERVPRO of The Seacoast professionals have the experience and equipment to make flood effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

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SERVPRO Saves Exeter Residences from Extensive Water Damage with a Rapid Response

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Forgot the Running Water in Your Exeter Home's Sink? Try Calling SERVPRO to Limit the Damage

An Overflowing Sink Can Leave Your Exeter Home in Critical Need of Water Removal Services  

Having a sink overflowing into your bathroom is never a good thing and can lead to your needing to call professional water removal services. In the case of your home, your faucet broke, and water has been non-stop flowing from the tap. As your sink overflows, water can spill into your bathroom and then it can make its way out into the hallway from underneath the door. Water moves fast, so it is essential for you to be quick as well.

Calling for the help of professional Exeter water removal services, as soon as you find the problem, can help reduce the overall damage that your home experiences. Furthermore, immediately shutting off the water in your house can help ensure that your sink stops the spillage from continuing.

When you call SERVPRO, we always make sure to arrive at your home as soon as we possibly can. We understand that time is critical for your home and that situations like this can cause any homeowner anxiety. We always arrive promptly, so you no longer have to worry. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
When SERVPRO arrives, we can immediately begin to assess the problem and devise a plan to get the water out as quickly as possible. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) techs can begin to extract the water using wet/dry vacuums or other suitable portable devices. SERVPRO always comes equipped with advanced technology that has been designed to remove the problem swiftly.
 
Once the standing water has been removed, SERVPRO can use thermal imaging technology to search for pockets of water. After finding a couple between the surrounding walls, we can drill tiny holes and push air-blasting tubes inside. Blasting the inside of the walls with dry air, while using devices like dehumidifiers outside, ensures that all sides of the wall are being addressed. It helps minimize the possibility of mold growth and helps get your home up to the appropriate moisture levels for your region.
 
When water suddenly impacts your home and needs to be removed, always act fact. Get in touch with SERVPRO of The Seacoast by calling (603) 433-4300. Night or day, we're just a phone call away.

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Should Fixing Flood Damage in Portsmouth Take 60 Steps?

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can accumulate quickly. Don't wait for things to subside, contact SERVPRO today.

Get Prompt Flood Damage Restoration for Your Portsmouth Home

The risk of flooding is increasing worldwide because of climate change, especially in low-lying and coastal areas. Climate change also plays a role in rising seas and extreme weather events like heavy rain. Flood water can severely damage your home, leading to heavy financial losses.

When the flood waters recede, your home may have mud, silt, and hazardous materials like pesticides, sharp debris, and microorganisms. Therefore, you need prompt flood damage restoration for your Portsmouth home. Quick remediation prevents additional damage to water-soaked structures and contents. You can trust the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home to its former condition. We respond to calls quickly and work fast to dry out the structure and contents. We handle any water damage emergency.

We use advanced equipment like pumps and wet/dry vacuums to extract as much water as possible from a structure. We spend enough time extracting the water so that drying can take place much faster. Porous materials like drywall and most kinds of flooring absorb water, and it may not be apparent. This water does not have a way to exit your property can continue spreading to the walls, ceilings and beneath the flooring. It can damage several rooms because of the interconnected walls. After some time, the walls can warp or swell subtly, and their integrity can decrease. Walls or ceilings may collapse and hardwood flooring can buckle, requiring replacement.

Our SERVPRO technicians can remove water from porous materials through proper drying and dehumidification. To dry rooms faster, our technicians heat them to 60 to 90 degrees since hot air holds more moisture. We then use dehumidifiers to remove the evaporated moisture from the air. We also use air movers to move the air in the affected rooms. Air movement is critical for drying. The air in water-damaged rooms slows evaporation because it is usually humid and damp. We blow the damp air out and bring in the warm, dry air to expedite drying. Our technicians also use tools like moisture meters to measure moisture levels. We can adequately dry the affected areas.

When there is flooding in your home, SERVPRO of The Seacoast is nearby and ready to assist you to dry it out. Contact us 24/7 at (603) 433-4300 for restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Professionals Can Restore Your Exeter Apartment Building To Pre-Damage Condition After A Water Damage Incident

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Contact us today at (603) 433-4300 for restoration services.

Tips For Handling Commercial Water Damage In An Exeter Apartment Building

An apartment building can sustain water damage because of burst pipes. The water can ruin flooring, walls, ceilings and the possessions of your tenants. Water in an apartment building can also force multiple tenants into hotels if it pools in the adjoining apartments.

Water can also have a safety impact on the apartment building if it enters electrical fittings and a health impact if mold grows. Commercial water damage repair for your Exeter apartment building requires a knowledgeable and experienced company to be confident that your tenants are comfortable and safe. The SERVPRO team has experience with water damage restoration of any size and is ready to assist you in restoring your apartment building.

Dealing with water loss is stressful, especially when the comfort of other people depends on how you deal with it. Our technicians know that the well-being of your tenants is important to you. Some tenants may be impatient or put out of their dwelling until we can repair the damage. We can remove the water and dry your building quickly to minimize the inconvenience to you and your tenants.

Our SERVPRO technicians also know that apart from the initial structural damage from the water loss itself, it is likely for more permanent structural damage to occur if water enters the structure of the building. It can jeopardize the integrity of the foundation and materials. Cosmetic damage like yellowing may also cause stains and reduce the market value of an apartment building. We can clean up the water quickly to prevent this from happening.

We have state-of-the-art equipment like truck-mounted vacuum units and pumps that remove water efficiently. We also have dehumidification and air moving equipment that enables us to dry the affected areas thoroughly. Air movers create airflow across carpeting, pads, and furniture to speed up the evaporation of moisture. Our technicians can also use hygrometers and moisture detectors to monitor the drying process to ensure proper moisture removal in your apartment building. We can also use infrared cameras to find moisture that may not be apparent behind ceilings and walls.

When there is water damage in your apartment building, SERVPRO of The Seacoast is ready to assist you to extract the water and dry the affected units. Contact us today at (603) 433-4300 for restoration services.

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We Use State-Of-The-Art Equipment To Restore Your Portsmouth Home

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

We restored this Portsmouth house from soot and smoke damage in every room of the house with our expertise and equipment.

Discover How to Remove Fire Damage Odor from Your Portsmouth Home Effectively

Stubborn smoke odor is one of the detrimental consequences of fire damage. It can linger in your house for a lengthy period, compromising the air you breathe. If your home has a smoke odor, you should take steps to eliminate it effectively and quickly. Removing the smoke scent is challenging for the tiny smoke particles stick to all household surfaces and get embedded into porous materials like fabrics, carpeting, furniture, books and even paint. Removing the scent requires specialized cleaning equipment.

It is advisable to hire a fire restoration company like SERVPRO to remove fire damage odor from your Portsmouth home. Our experts can assess the situation and select the most appropriate remediation method while ensuring safety. We use state-of-the-art equipment like ozone generators to eradicate smoke smells. These machines generate ozone, which consists of three oxygen atoms. Ozone reacts with odor-causing molecules to oxidize residues and eliminate the scents.

Ozone can harm living things because of the way it combines with water. It may cause nausea and headaches among other health issues. SERVPRO technicians remove all living things from the area before setting up an ozone generator and sealing the rooms to prevent dissipation. After the deodorization process, ozone returns to the normal oxygen molecule quickly, without leaving residues. We also use high-velocity fans to ventilate the area until the smell of ozone is gone.

When it is not safe to use an ozone generator, our technicians use hydroxyl generators. These generators use ultraviolet light to produce hydroxyl, which is useful for removing fire damage odors. Hydroxyl generators do not affect the health of plants, pets, and humans. We can also seal porous surfaces that have absorbed smoke such as unfinished, raw wood. At times, odor remains in confined areas after the deodorization process is complete. In such a situation, our technicians can ventilate the confined space, place an activated unit in it overnight or thermal-fog the whole structure if necessary. Our goal is to deal with the fire damage odor to make your home smell “Like it never even happened.”

If your home has fire damage odor, SERVPRO of The Seacoast can assist you in eliminating it. We have years of experience in dealing with smoke odors. Contact us any time at (603) 433-4300 for fire restoration services in Portsmouth, Exeter, and Hampton.

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What to Avoid When Your Library in Hampton is Facing Water Damage

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

The library is an environment that needs to be free of moisture. Contact team SERVPRO should your library face water damage.

Pack-outs Protect PCs and Literature in Your Hampton Library

Whenever water loss incidents occur in your Hampton library, you need to react quickly to protect the investment that you have made in the countless novels and publications throughout the building. With how quickly water effects can spread throughout the library, many areas can become affected over a brief period. Reaching out to professional restoration technicians can help to not only protect the structural integrity of the building but also offer effective, rapid solutions that can protect the contents of the facility as well.

Water damage in Hampton can present a hazardous condition for the contents of your library. Moisture itself can be substantially damaging to books and other literature that you might have in the building, making it pressing for the right personnel to work quickly on mitigation tactics that can protect them. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to water loss emergencies, arriving with the full measure of our effective extraction and drying equipment and IICRC-certified recovery team.

Once our team first arrives at your library, we must assess the spread of the damage throughout the building to begin establishing containment. We can stop the spread of water damage with the right barriers and running equipment. During this assessment, our Contents Department can begin to remove contents and publications at risk of exposure to moisture and direct saturation. We can work to get these either to a point where water damage can no longer affect them, or take them to our nearby facility for focused drying and storage.

This recovery solution is also vital for electronics that you have in the computer lab portion of the building. With these public access PCs, moisture and dampness in the vicinity can penetrate and ruin internal wiring and motherboards, causing the computer to suffer irreparable damage. The pack out procedure can help our SERVPRO team to protect these items in your library as well.

While you might have many concerns when water loss incidents occur, protecting your investment in the library with its electronics and works of literature must be a priority. Our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team can quickly protect these items from the detrimental effects of water damage. Give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

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What to Do Before Flood Damage in Hampton

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Taking steps to prepare for a flood can help to minimize the damage, SERVPRO can take care of the post-flood cleanup.

Steps to Take Before Flood Damage to Keep You and Your Family Safe

Flood damage is a frightening prospect for any homeowner. You do not know what to expect. Naturally, you hope to stay safe, but it is better to know what to do than to be caught short when a disaster happens. That is why SERVPRO recommends all Hampton homeowners get familiar with the following steps to take when you know a flood is coming.

Although flash floods sometimes occur, in many cases, there is a warning of flooding. Local news and weather stations frequently predict lousy weather or flood damage, so the local community in Hampton knows what to expect. Here are some steps to take as soon as you hear a flood is on the way.

Prepare to evacuate if necessary. Fill your car with gas. Put together an emergency kit with flashlights, nonperishable food, clean bottled water, money, first aid items, and three days’ dose of any medications you and your family take. Locate your nearest evacuation shelter and plan your route there.

If you have time, the American Red Cross recommends filling plastic bottles with clean water for drinking and filling tubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing clothes.

Many people do not realize that fire is a risk during a flood – a compromised propane tank can cause a blaze. Turn off all propane tanks. Floods can also damage electrical items in your home. SERVPRO recommends unplugging all electrical items and moving them to a high point in your home if you can.

Move all valuables to the highest point in your home that is practical. It is a good idea to keep all essential documents in a watertight box so that they stay safe in the event of flooding.

Stay tuned to local radio or TV at all times if possible, to keep up to date with the latest developments and any emergency instructions.

SERVPRO is on hand to help with post-flood cleanup. We extract water from your home and focus on drying it out so you can return to your life “Like it never even happened.”

For help with flood damage in Portsmouth, Hampton, Exeter, Greenland and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 today.

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Limiting Mold Damage in Exeter

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can spread quickly through a home if the conditions are right. Should you see or smell mold, contact SERVPRO for an investigation of the cause.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Infestations and Help Prevent Any Recurrences

Mold spores are equal opportunity damage causing agents, affecting homes old and new in Exeter. Understanding the life cycle of the more than 100,000 strains of mold that may co-exist with you is crucial to your quest to stop the spores from becoming active and growing colonies. We educate and remediate, striving to keep your home free of activated and multiplying mold. 
 
Your home has all the components necessary for mold damage in Exeter present at all times. Although this statement may seem defeatist and disturbing, it is true. Mold spores float on air currents with your other household dust and settle on surfaces throughout your home. As long as they remain dry, the presence of all these spores is of little concern. Only when they absorb excess moisture and begin to grow and produce more spores is there an issue. Our remediation specialists manage these growing concerns and work with you to stop the cycle. 
 
The State of New Hampshire requires any company promising to help residents with mold outbreaks to be certified by a third party. SERVPRO owners and technicians hold certifications from the IICRC in Mold Mitigation, Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry, and the crew members we send to your home are all Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists. We follow the EPA protocols of containment, removal, off-site disposal, and sanitation to rid your home of currently growing colonies. 
 
More importantly, we spend the time necessary to locate the source of moisture that feeds mold spores initially, creating the probability of repeated infestations. SERVPRO knows the key to mold elimination over the long term is moisture elimination. Sometimes it is an obvious water issue like a roof leak, ice dam, or plumbing fail. Other times the cause is more subtle -- a few tablespoons of the dog’s water spilled in the mudroom daily that causes the subfloor to mildew, overly high humidity in a sick baby’s nursery, a dirty drip tray under the refrigerator. Until we find the water or moisture, we have not completed our mold remediation successfully. 
 
Once the mold is gone, we also help clean up the staining or peeling of paint, or other reminders that mold used to live here. SERVPRO pledges to return your home to pre loss condition, down to a fresh paint job or a thorough deodorization of any lingering musty smells. 
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast is your partner in remediating mold. Call our 24-hour number, (603) 433-4300, for assistance whenever you discover a mold problem and want certified and caring technicians to assist. 

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Understanding the Deodorization Process After Flood Damage to Your Hampton Home

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

After facing a flooding event, contacting SERVPRO is your best bet towards total remediation including any lingering odors. Call right away.

SERVPRO Professionals First Dry Out Your Flooded Home and Then Tackle Remaining Issues Including Odor

Even after the floodwater is cleaned and residual moisture is taken care of following flood damage, the odor can linger on for quite some time. The flood water from heavy rains and storms is often filthy and can cause your home to reek if it is not appropriately mitigated. 

Professional restoration experts use a variety of techniques and strategies to combat the odor problems after flood damage to your Hampton home. Whether the odors are real or imaginary, SERVPRO technicians can eliminate them using some of the best deodorizing equipment on the market. Here is some of the equipment that is used in the deodorization process following a flood. 

Ventilation box fans 
One of the most critical factors that cause odors after a flood is moisture content in the air. If the air has a high relative humidity, the door vapors can dissolve in the moisture and reach the nose making them more noticeable. As a result, drying the air can reduce the perception of odors to a great deal. Ventilation box fans achieve this by drying the contents and helping to ventilate the rooms after application of deodorant. 

Pressure sprayer/ Electric sprayer 
Technicians often use pump-up or electric sprayers to dispense deodorizing compounds and masking agents at a pressure of around 50 psi. This equipment allows the deodorizing agent to be sprayed directly onto the surface being deodorized. 

Portable ozone machine 
An ozone machine generates a form of highly reactive oxygen called ozone, that can neutralize many odor-causing molecules in the air. Chemically speaking, ozone reacts with the odor-causing molecule and oxidizes them. It is a great technique to eliminate the toughest of odors after a flood, but it can be used only in case of a move-out. All people, pets, and plants need to be evacuated from the premises before SERVPRO technicians can use this technique. 

Air scrubbers 
Air scrubbers can remove many airborne odor-causing particles and gasses from the air. The device works by drawing in the air through a series of HEPA filters trapping the odor-causing particles. The filters can eliminate particles as small as 0.3 microns in size with an efficiency of 99.97%. 

Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 today to schedule a free consultation regarding your restoration needs. 

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SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Fire Damage in Your Greenland Home

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Small kitchen fire but don't want to handle the clean up alone? Call SERVPRO for any size fire damage restoration needs.

Small Scale Fire Damage Leaves Big Odor Problem in Greenland Home

Fires that do not do much in the way of actual fire damage may seem like something a homeowner could take care of on their own, but they should not. The reason has nothing to do with the water cleanup, but rather the smoke and soot that permeated porous materials and left an odor and a residue that cannot be just wiped away.
 
When SERVPRO tackles the odor left behind from fire damage in a Greenland home, we first determine if there is any residual moisture left in building materials or possessions and ensure the area is thoroughly dried using our specialized techniques. Then our certified technicians access how much the odor has spread and implement measures to contain the smell and particles from any further spreading by setting up containment around the area.
 
SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians are specialists in eliminating offensive odors and have many resources to attacking stubborn scents left behind by a fire. Our technicians perform a complete wipedown of affected areas using professional grade cleaners with both wet and dry sponges as determined by the type of residue. We often use HEPA filtered air scrubbers with an additional activated charcoal filter can capture odor-causing particles as small as 0.3microns.
 
If the smell left behind proves stubborn, thermal fogging a very effective method we utilize to eliminate unpleasant scents. The thermal fogger delivers a solvent-based deodorizer that is heated and the dry fog acts in the same manner as smoke from a fire. The vaporized solution permeates and neutralizes foul odors in porous items and building materials leaving no trace of smoke odors.
 
Foul odors do not have to be a reminder of fire damage in your home. Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 and talk to one of our certified technicians. We are available 24/7 to come to your house and eliminate unpleasant odors leaving your home without a trace of smoke odor "Like it never even happened."

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If You Have Water Damage Issues In Your Exeter Home, Call The Crew At SERVPRO For Assistance!

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

When you need water cleanup, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300.

When You Need Water Cleanup In Exeter

Even on the most beautiful, sunny spring morning water damage can happen. A burst pipe in your basement does not need to ruin the gorgeous weather or your family heirlooms. Do you know where the shutoff valve is for your home in case an emergency strikes? Time is of the essence when water is running. SERVPRO can send technicians to turn off the water or to stop a minor leak, though we are not plumbers. We can use our advanced equipment to remove the water fast. Our water cleanup technicians are uniquely qualified and up to date on the latest techniques.

When you need water removal in your Exeter home right away, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. The project manager will assess your needs and can even help you determine whether you need temporary housing. Regardless of how deep the water, we can extract it all. SERVPRO's IICRC certified technicians can locate any hidden moisture pockets to help mitigate future damages. We can restore your subflooring and check the walls for mold. We can even deodorize in case it wasn't "just" water in the burst pipe.

Every basement is a little bit unique. SERVPRO can send over everything you need to get your basement back to its preloss condition. Don't rent a shop vac and haul buckets full of standing water up the stairs. We have liability insurance and all our specialists participate in ongoing education in IICRC industry standards. Let us handle it.

Our crew is a leader in the industry, and we are ready when disaster strikes because we have been around since 1967. We can assess what to save and what needs to be removed, though the final decisions rest with you and your adjuster. Excellent restoration can help save your money and your valuables. We even work to keep your claims costs low while still giving you excellent service. Our top goal is always to make it “Like it never even happened” and put property owners back in control of their homes. We can assist with the paperwork so you can focus on your family.

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your life back. When you need water cleanup, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300.

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Are You Prepared for Snowmelt Flooding in Exeter?

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Spring rains and snowmelt are a recipe for flooding.

Snowmelt Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Exeter Home

As the winter comes to an end and spring blooms, melting snow can cause flood damage in your home if your city has sustained a heavy winter. Positioned at the bottom of a hill or a slope, the chances of flood damage for your home grow significantly, as gravity dictates that the water would flow downward. Most homes in these situations have defenses for this, such as sump pumps laid in their basement to redirect snowmelt-waters away from the house. However, sometimes, defense mechanisms can fail.  

Calling for help as soon as you find the flood damage in your Exeter basement is best. Unfortunately, the flood damage in your home did come from a sump pump failure, causing puddles of water to form around the drain. In severe cases, it can flood the entire floor of your home. The reason why it is essential to call for aid, as soon as you can, is because leaving water-based damage for any length of time can lead to future problems developing in your home. Furthermore, allowing more damages to develop only makes the problem more expensive to solve. Dealing with it quickly not only ensures the best price but also increases the chances of smooth remediation.  

SERVPRO Franchise professionals understand how stressful finding flood damage inside of your home can be. As a result, we always make an effort of arriving at the earliest time possible after we get your call. Once we arrive, our SERVPRO techs can get to work right away and use advanced technology to solve the issue.  

To remove the standing water, SERVPRO Franchise professionals can use a combination of portable pumps, even submersible if the water is significant in volume, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors. All of these devices are designed to get the water out of your house as soon as possible. Depending on the location and situation, SERVPRO can either redirect the water away from your house or remove it via truck. Once the water is gone, we can focus on using drying equipment to ensure that your home is at the proper moisture level that it should be, relative to the climate of your location.  

If snowmelt causes flood damage in your home, always get help right away. Speak with SERVPRO of The Seacoast by phoning (603) 433-4300. 24/7, we are open and ready to get the job done.  

Daniel Chester French, who sculpted the figure of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial, was born in Exeter. Read more here

Did Water Damage Leave an Unpleasant Odor in Your Exeter Home?

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause odors. Call SERVPRO Franchise professionals to deodorize your home.

WHY SERVPRO’s Water Removal Techniques Can Make a Difference in Your Exeter Home  

If you have been asking yourself WHY SERVPRO should be your preferred water removal service provider, then read on. After a water damage incident, one thing that we check for is the odor. To neutralize the unpleasant odors, our technicians adopt various tactics. Firstly, we determine the cause of the odor. As water comes into contact with organic materials, rotting may take place and lead to the formation of the odors. At the same time, the odor can emanate from wet materials that are not thoroughly dry. Our services certainly come in handy in eliminating odor in your Exeter property. 

To deal with the odor problem, our SERVPRO technicians in Exeter start by determining the source of the odor. In most cases, the smell usually emanates from multiple sources; thus we employ different methods in the deodorization process. To perform the job satisfactorily, we have the latest technical equipment and a vast wealth of knowledge on how to deal with such situations. 

When removing the unpleasant smell from water damage, our SERVPRO technicians understand that one type of deodorization agent cannot fight all types of odor. For that reason, we use different types of deodorants to eliminate the different types of odor. Depending on the situation we are dealing with, we may decide to use thermal foggers or ULV foggers to dispense the deodorants. 

There are different types of deodorants that our technicians use. They include masking agents that cover the smell with a pleasant smell. We can also use filtration and absorption agents which combine with the odor particles causing them to fall on surfaces that we later on clean. After deodorization, we can apply disinfectants to inhibit the growth of mold. 

SERVPRO of The Seacoast has a track record in eliminating bad smells from both commercial and residential properties. Be sure to reach us at (603) 433-4300 to benefit from our proven services.

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Important Facts To Prevent A Mold Infestation From Taking Over Your Home In Exeter

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Seacoast wants to help homeowners protect their property from invasive microbes that cause mold damage.

Facts That Can Help You Prevent Mold Damage From Harming Your Exeter Home

Some microbes can easily cause costly harm inside your house in Exeter. SERVPRO wants to help you prevent this from happening by giving you some information about mold and mildew that helps to keep these microorganisms under control.

Once your property in Exeter suffers from mold damage, you might be surprised at how effortlessly it can spread from one region to another location. Here are some facts about microbes that can shed some light on these prolific but tiny living things that we share our homes with, no matter where we live.

First, complete eradication of mold and mildew is not possible. No matter how much we try, nor which equipment types we use, mold and mildew, and their spores continue as a presence in almost every inch of the planet. As tiny as they are, the weakest air currents and deposited elsewhere. They travel on clothing, pets, food, books, bags, and anything else that goes from one place to another.

Second, it is not their absence that protects your home from mold damage, but the elimination of excess humidity. Elevated amounts of water vapor in the air give microbes the necessary changes in their environment to gain access to cellulose. Without moisture, microbes cease to grow. SERVPRO uses special tools to measure the amount of moisture your home's structure contains and also how much water vapor the air holds. Part of our work involves reducing these so mold cannot return after we finish remediating your home.

Third, after an incident involving a water loss, you only have 24 to 48 hours before mold and mildew begin forming in visible patches. Containing the water and drying the affected area prevents this growth from occurring. This is why we use not only air movers to dry out saturated interiors, but also air scrubbers. Trapping microbes coming into the area can significantly reduce the amount of mold and mildew we see later.

Household bleach contains substantial amounts of water, and microbes get a drink from its contents. When used on porous materials like drywall, only the water molecules are small enough to pass through the pores of the drywall coverings. The bleach's molecules are too large to do this and remain on the surface. Bleach cannot penetrate to kill microbes hidden in a wall. Now provided with fresh water, microbes unexpectedly but quickly proliferate.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast wants to help homeowners protect their property from invasive microbes that cause mold damage. When you find mold damage more massive than the size of a twin mattress, you need experts like those at SERVPRO. Call us at (603) 433-4300 any time, day or night, year-round.

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Has Water Damage Left an Unpleasant Odor in Your Exeter Home?

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can leave unpleasant odors.

WHY SERVPRO’s Water Removal Techniques Can Make a Difference in Your Exeter Home

If you have been asking yourself WHY SERVPRO should be your preferred water removal service provider, then read on. After a water damage incident, one thing that we check for is the odor. To neutralize the unpleasant odors, our technicians adopt various tactics. First, we determine the cause of the odor. As water comes into contact with organic materials, rotting may take place and lead to the formation of the odors. At the same time, the odor can emanate from wet materials that are not thoroughly dry. Our services certainly come in handy in eliminating odor in your Exeter property.  

To deal with the odor problem after water damage in Exeter, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals start by determining the source of the odor. In most cases, the smell usually emanates from multiple sources; thus we employ different methods in the deodorization process. To perform the job satisfactorily, we have the latest technical equipment and a vast wealth of knowledge on how to deal with such situations.  

When removing the unpleasant smell, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals understand that one type of deodorization agent cannot fight all types of water damage odor. For that reason, we use different types of deodorants to eliminate the different types of odor. Depending on the situation we are dealing with, we may decide to use thermal foggers or ULV foggers to dispense the deodorants.  

There are different types of deodorants that our technicians use. They include masking agents that cover the smell with a pleasant smell. We can also use filtration and absorption agents which combine with the odor particles causing them to fall on surfaces that we later on clean. After deodorization, we can apply disinfectants to inhibit the growth of mold.  

SERVPRO of The Seacoast has a track record in eliminating bad smells from both commercial and residential properties. Be sure to reach us at (603) 433-4300 to benefit from our proven services.

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How Secondary Fire Damages affect your Portsmouth Home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

It is important to quickly begin mitigation after a fire to minimize secondary damages.

Secondary Damages After a Fire in Your Portsmouth Home

As damaging as a fire can be to your Portsmouth home, there are also secondary effects that a homeowner has to be concerned about as well. From the time that firefighting efforts begin to put out the structure fire, many provisions get taken to quell the flames as quickly as possible. These might include man-made access points into vital areas of your property, water damage effects, or even mold growth after several days of persistent moisture and dampness.

While often the fire damage effects that impact your Portsmouth home can be challenging enough to overcome, professional restoration technicians also have to contend with these additional effects present after widespread damages have occurred. Our SERVPRO team can offer comprehensive restoration solutions beginning with the initial inspection of the full scope of the damage and work to get done and continues through reconstruction and final restoration efforts.

Initially, our professionals work to mitigate loss on your property by removing at-risk items from the damaged areas of the property. These get taken to a safe location nearby for concentrated cleaning efforts, deodorization, and drying by our SERVPRO contents department. This step occurs while debris removal and demolition occurs within your home, overseen by our licensed contractors that ultimately reconstruct these removed portions of your property.

To combat secondary effects like water damage from firefighting efforts, we can work to dry out damaged areas of the property that can get preserved with the use of our air movers and LGR or desiccant dehumidifiers. For access holes cut into the exterior of the home to allow firefighting in ideal locations, our contractor can offer emergency board up services and eventually rebuild these portions before restoration work begins.

After a fire, it can be difficult for homeowners to know how to proceed with restoring their homes to their original conditions. You can count on our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team to respond quickly with the expertise to take care of your property from inspection through reconstruction and restoration. Give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

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What Can You Do About WATER DAMAGE in Hampton Right Now? Call SERVPRO!

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Getting a quick response to your water damage emergency is crucial to help prevent mold from setting in. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Where to Turn for Water Removal in Your Home in Hampton

It is surprising how quickly water can seep into your furniture, saturate your carpet and completely permeate your floors. What may start as a small entry of water into your home can quickly cause great damage and leave you with an urgent need to come up with a water removal plan immediately! When time is of the essence, it is extremely important that you reach out to experts who know what and how to return your home to its pristine condition.

When you need water removal services for your Hampton home, you will do well in calling our SERVPRO team and allowing our Green Fleet to apply its expertise to save your home. Our specially trained technicians will arrive with water removal equipment ranging from high-powered pumps to more manual options so we may remove standing water as well as smaller accumulations in nooks and crevices.

Throughout this process, our team is constantly monitoring the levels of moisture in your home, always with the goal of obtaining a reading that is appropriate for your structure and belongings. The principles of psychrometry, which allow us to understand how materials, temperature, air and humidity interact, guide our technicians through their steps as they remove excessive moisture and begin drying your home and its contents.

Although the process may seem long, it is important to be thorough and at SERVPRO we monitor our progress continuously. Once we enter the drying phase, we utilize air movers, dehumidifiers and other appropriate equipment to help us not only remove unnecessary moisture, but also salvage as many of your belongings as possible. We also enlist the help of air scrubbers to minimize dust and other air-borne bacteria. It is our attention to detail that gives you peace of mind in knowing that we are doing everything we can to make your home look like nothing ever happened.

At SERVPRO of the Seacoast we are equipped to respond to your emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our highly trained technicians are promptly dispatched to begin the water removal process as soon as possible while protecting your home’s structural integrity and your belongings. All you need to do is make the first call – reach out to us at (603) 433-4300 and let us be your advocate.

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Exeter Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO's Advice for Mold Prevention

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Understands the Role Moisture Plays in Mold Infestations in Exeter Homes

Why SERVPRO's Experience in Preventing Mold Damage Helps Homeowners in Exeter

When molds and their microscopic spores settle on the surfaces inside a home in Exeter, a few different things can happen. They can come into contact with a dry surface and eventually end up on the floor where regular housekeeping chores eliminate them. They also might land on a moist surface and start a small colony of actively growing microbes.
 
Why SERVPRO technicians take small colonies seriously upon finding them in an Exeter home is because mold damage happens quickly, spreads rapidly, and can also cause health effects in occupants. We want all of our neighbors to live in a home free of excessive mold, and one way to do this is through mold remediation.
 
Our services are thorough and based on honesty. We explain to customers that we cannot eliminate all mold and spores inside their home. Doing so is not possible for different reasons. One reason is that mold and spores exist everywhere, including the fresh, clean air from the outside. This air pushes mold and spores into your home continuously. One of the most heavily infested areas of a home includes the window sills of opened and partially opened windows. Your clothing also carries microbes into your dwelling. Pets are also guilty of doing the same.
 
The main culprit in houses that suffer from mold damage is not the microbial population itself. Instead, the reason behind such problems is the presence of uncontained water. Our remediation team uses state of the art technology to detect unknown sources of water and moisture and to determine how widespread these areas range. Our moisture meters reveal how saturated any material in question is, giving us a reasonably accurate idea of how long drying the area might take.
 
Following lost water back to its source allows us to remedy the problem with a quick repair. These simple repairs keep the area dry and less prone to future colonization by microbes. Reducing, or where possible, eliminating, water and moisture also take care of many mold problems before they can reoccur. For fungal infestations that are persistent, we suggest to the homeowner to seek a contractor for this service.
 
Merely eliminating the damage caused by mold is only part of SERVPRO's mold damage mitigation and remediation services. We also treat affected areas with an antimicrobial liquid to prevent future regrowth. Educating our customers on how mold and other microbes behave can also help avoid situations that permit microbial reinfestation.
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast helps customers successfully cope with mold damage in their home. Call us at (603) 433-4300. We are always ready to help you by answering questions and providing you with expert guidance.

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Our Crew Can Help Restore Your Mold Damaged Home In Exeter

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold remediation is a quality way to protect your home from continued damages.

What To Expect From Mold Remediation In Your Exeter Home

The less that Exeter homeowners know about services like disaster recovery or mold removal for their home, the less likely they become to actively seek it out when they need it. Often homeowners do not have the time to waste when their home has gotten affected by mold growth, as this situation does not get better on its own. Instead of scouring the internet for information about what you can expect from mold remediation services hired to restore your property, you can learn what you can expect from our team when they arrive at your address.

Recovering mold damage in your Exeter property is not something that can happen overnight, and often these processes take a few days at minimum to complete. These factors depend on the severity and spread of the damage, whether areas of your home must get removed and later replaced, and how our contents department determines the risks associated with the individual items and belongings in the affected areas of your home. These same factors play a part in determining the cost of the remediation.

While inspections are the first step in the remediation process, as they help to determine parameters for the work to get done, they also help a homeowner to determine if the estimated cost of restoration is worth getting their insurance company involved. Our professionals set up containment of the affected areas of your property and remove any contents, belongings, items, and removable materials from the area to prevent further damages. These removed items get stored in a safe area once they have gotten cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized by our SERVPRO professionals.

Whether through the removal of the material or the removal of the organism with our advanced techniques like soda blasting and sanding, we work to eliminate the presence of the mold colonies in our containment area. Along with this step, we seek to locate the source of the moisture that allowed the mold growth to occur and dry up this damage entirely to prevent recurrences.

Mold remediation is a quality way to protect your home from continued damages. Give our SERVPRO of The Seacoast remediation specialists a call today at (603) 433-4300.

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SERVPRO Will Rescue Important Files When Water Damage Strikes in Exeter

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Confidential paper work destroyed by water damage.

Quick Extraction to Save The Contents of Your Exeter Clinic

With a medical facility servicing the Exeter residents, you have many obligations to the patients and the staff to protect their information and records if disaster strikes. While many of the modern facilities have upgraded to using a digital format for record-keeping, most clinics and medical buildings predate this change and have a storage area with many hard copies of patient records and other sensitive data. When a water loss incident occurs somewhere in the facility, these stored items might be a top priority to protect and remove from harm’s way as efficiently as possible.

What you need in this situation is a professional restoration team that can offer fast water extraction for your Exeter facility, but also can remove these sensitive documents from the area to protect them from the present water damage. If they have already become affected by the water loss incident, our SERVPRO professionals have strategies and equipment to safely dry these documents to return them to your building once the restoration has completed.

Ideally, our SERVPRO professionals would strive to reach the emergency in your building promptly enough to remove these stored records from the area before the water damage could affect them. Our experienced technicians can take these boxes to a nearby facility for storage and safekeeping until the moisture and dampness throughout the property have gotten eliminated and it is safe to return them without the threat of effects like mold growth occurring.

When the documents and records have gotten affected by water damage, we have strategies that can help to preserve the information and the physical copy of the document itself. Freeze drying equipment flash dries these documents inside of a vacuum, which can protect the ink on the pages and keep them from smearing or becoming illegible.

While you cannot always prevent unforeseen circumstances like water loss incidents, protecting the sensitive information of your patients is a critical endeavor. Our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team can respond quickly to your emergency with the tools and experience to help. Give us a call at (603) 433-4300.

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Have Odors in Your Greenland Home from Flood Damage? SERVPRO is Your Solution

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

The team at SERVPRO of The Seacoast can get rid of smelly odors "Like it never even happened."

Mitigating Flood Damage to Control Odors in Your Greenland Home

Water of any type can create odors inside your Greenland home. These odors can increase in strength as the water becomes dirtier. Floodwaters and sewage might occur in a small, localized area in your home but create foul odors that you can detect anywhere you go inside your house.

SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians (OCT) help homeowners in Greenland make their homes smell nice again after a flood damage disaster. Flooding can create extremely difficult odors, and even after successful mitigation and restoration, these heavy scents can continue to permeate your home's structure. Microorganisms, organic matter, pollutants, and soils from the flooding event can cause these odors, as well as chemical reactions that take place between the water and the substances in your property.

Many times, homeowners wish for our SERVPRO technicians to use ozone to eliminate the odors caused by flood damage that affected their property. We have a better option. Hydroxyl gas is equally effective and has added benefits that make using it safe to use in damp areas. Expert guidance recommends against using ozone in damp areas, among other situations.

Ozone can cause permanent color changes to damp fabrics and carpets, and it can also harm plants, pets, and people who occupy affected areas during treatment. Hydroxyl is less damaging than ozone. It can eliminate odors in damp conditions without causing changes to color, is safe enough for regular activities to take place, and produces excellent elimination of odors. The sole drawback is that it requires additional time to work, whereas ozone works more rapidly. However, this tradeoff becomes negligible when taking into consideration the fact that work does not need to stop at all while we use hydroxyl generators. Choosing ozone requires everyone to vacate the area, including those performing mitigation work.

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SERVPRO of The Seacoast can help your family after a disaster tries to ruin your home. Odor control is a crucial aspect of flood control mitigation. Call us at (603) 433-4300, so we can perform the work needed to make your house feel like home again.

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The Biggest Problems With Water Damage in Greenland Homes

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Pipes can break or continuously leak water into your cabinets. Should your kitchen have water damage, call team SERVPRO for services.

The Right Equipment to Overcome Water Damage in Greenland Homes

From faulty appliances to plumbing leaks, there are many potential sources for damage to your Greenland home. While seemingly minor incidents might appear as situations a homeowner could restore and clean up on their own; this is often inaccurate. Within a few moments of exposure to water, construction materials like flooring, cabinetry, and walls all begin to absorb the water and adversely react. Overcoming these effects takes advanced technology and highly trained technicians responding to the situation as promptly as possible.

Water damage in your Greenland home can happen almost anywhere in the house, but recovering this situation follows a concise timeline. Our SERVPRO professionals remain available to our customers 24-hours a day, even on the holidays, to ensure that we can contest these conditions as they happen on your property. This response is vital in helping to prevent secondary effects from occurring such as mold growth.

Our water restoration specialists obtain their IICRC certifications through extensive training and hands-on education to become top responders in the field. We encourage all of these employees to continue honing their craft through available in-house and e-learning educational opportunities. This added information can help each of our technicians to be knowledgeable in the most efficient and effective approaches to restoring your home and mitigating loss upon our arrival.

The advanced technology that we use benefits our customers by offering fast drying approaches that penetrate materials like flooring and drywall. Our high-powered air movers force moisture out of materials to get collected by our industrial-strength dehumidification equipment. Thermal imagery cameras can help our SERVPRO team on-site to determine where concentrated drying efforts are necessary by identifying present moisture pockets in inaccessible areas.

Restoring water damages within your home is nothing that a homeowner should leave to chance. Our SERVPRO of The Sea Coast rapid response team has the advanced equipment and extensive training to protect your home and restore the damage it has sustained. Give us a call today at (603) 433-4300.

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How Space Heaters Can Spark a Blaze in Your Greenland Home

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Portable heaters, like this one, can cause fire damage to your home. Inspect your heaters before using them!

When a Space Heater Causes a Fire in Your Greenland Home

Keeping your family warm in Greenland over the winter helps ward off colds and the flu, but also costs money. Keeping smaller areas warm becomes very cost-effective. To do this, the use of space heaters often come into play. Older ones do not have the same safety features that manufacturers now add to almost all newer models.  

Using an older space heater significantly increases the risk of your Greenland home sustaining fire damage. Even without tipping over, such heaters can contain minor flaws that make them unnecessarily dangerous. If your home catches fire, SERVPRO is always ready to mitigate fire damage and make everything “Like it never even happened” for you and your family.  

Fires caused by heaters generally affect the floor in the area and any nearby furnishings. When we arrive, we check the area to ensure that any support beams in the floor do not have any extensive charring. We work closely with insurance agents on this type of situation, so you know that everything possible is done to restore the integrity of your home. Deep charring can significantly weaken the wood and cause floors to sag. This curving of the floor can create problem areas on the floor's surface.  

We remove burned materials and items from the area and clean away the soot that continually produces a smoldering scent. Additional deodorization may help eliminate heavier odors and keep the air fresh smelling. Once topical soot no longer covers surfaces, we can tent the area and deodorize it with hydroxyl gas. This produces a permanent effect, as it causes a permanent change in the chemical composition of the particles that produce undesired odors.  

Our employees have earned various IICRC certificates and understand the best methods of restoring a home after a disaster. Different components of a home can suffer damage in different ways, and we continually train to keep our skills honed and up-to-date. We mitigate damage to carpeting, tile, linoleum, and wood floors, walls and ceilings, personal belongings, and also household furnishings. Fire damage affects all of these in specific ways, and each requires different mitigation methods.  

SERVPRO of The Seacoast wants to help your family enjoy winter in your Exeter or Hampton home. If fire damage occurs, call us at (603) 433-4300, so we can help you regain control of your home and your life.

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Our Experts Can Help You Restore Your Flood Damaged Furniture In Hampton

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

We can extract the water, clean the dirt, dry the structure, and perform necessary repairs.

Commercial Restoration Services In Hampton To Salvage Your Furniture

Commercial flood damage restoration services are meant to help a business to return to its normal operations after the disaster. To get your business to pre-damage condition, you need to act quickly and minimize further damage, get the dirt removed from the building and have the damaged areas repaired. We are going to look at how we can help you restore the furniture of your Hampton business after the unfortunate water event.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your Hampton business to perform commercial flood damage restoration, we have to find out if the property is safe to re-enter. We also have to evaluate the damage and record everything since your insurance provider may need a report before making any compensation. When restoring your furniture, we must inspect to find out what is restorable and what is unrestorable. Sometimes, it is not the water that causes all the damage; excess humidity can also cause some degree of destruction.

Where possible, we can move the furniture to a dry location to enhance the drying process. If the furniture cannot be moved because of its weight or any reason, we place a wood block or aluminum foil under the legs. By doing that, we prevent contact with the wet carpets. If upholstered furniture was wholly submerged in the water, its fabric coverings may form favorable conditions for mold growth and become hard to salvage. They can be saved if it was a slight flood, so, we separate colored items from the upholstery fabrics to limit chances of color bleeding.

Our SERVPRO technicians hose off the dirt and mud from furniture before drying can take place. Drying the wooden items under the direct sun is not a good idea since wood is likely to warp. To speed up the drying process, we can disassemble drawers, doors, and back panels. In case they are stuck, we wait for the wood to dry and shrink before taking them off.

Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast when you need to return your business to its normal operations after facing any size disaster. We can extract the water, clean the dirt, dry the structure, and perform necessary repairs. To get an immediate response from an industry leader, call (603) 433-4300.

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The Real Truth Behind Water Damage in Your Hampton Attic

10/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in your attic can quickly cause structural issues and a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate.

Options for Restoring a Water Damaged Attic in your Hampton Home or Business

Water damage in the attic area may lead to mold growth, wood rot and structural damage. Professional help can stop the leaks from a ruptured sprinkler or plumbing lines and put in place measures to prevent potential future recurrence. When we are restoring your attic, we start by inspecting the entire roof construction and determine whether the roofing has been affected in any way. The inspection allows us to know whether it is necessary to repair or replace some of the structural items in your Hampton home.
 
Accessing an attic is one of the challenges that our SERVPRO technicians face when performing water damage restoration in Hampton. Though some are easy to access, some have less space, which means we can only carry limited equipment to the site. The moisture may make plaster and sheetrock to start sagging. To increase accessibility and reduce the drying time, we have to remove any damaged sheetrock. If there is wet fiberglass insulation above the wet sheetrock, saving and drying it may be possible.
 
We use large insulation vacuums to remove and restore the insulation. When working on smaller sites, we may decide to do bagging. The process of removing the sheetrock and insulation may generate much dust. To prevent possible spread to other parts of the building, we have to contain the attic area. We can achieve that by putting the site under negative pressure. In all our work, we always communicate with the adjuster and the client.
 
If the moisture is coming from a broken water heater or humidifiers, we can check whether it is possible to repair the appliances or recommend a replacement. We can use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity in the area and introduce air space heaters to help dry the site. By performing deodorization, we can address the odor problem if rotting had already taken place.
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast has skilled technicians and uses specialized equipment to do the job the right way the first time. If you need emergency services when you face water, fire, storm, and mold damage, call (603) 433-4300 to enable us to make it "Like it never even happened."
 
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Become Familiar With SERVPRO's Proven Storm Damage Remediation Process in Hampton

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

If your home suffers from flooding after a storm, get to safety and then quickly contact SERVPRO to dry out your flooded property.

What Hampton Homeowners Should Expect From Flood Damage Clean-up

The walls, roofs, ceiling, and foundation protect Hampton homeowners from floods. Problem is these structures can give in when you least expect it. In that case, you now have to deal with flood damage. The good news is that by taking the right steps immediately, you can avert further damage to your home. Here is what to expect from flood damage clean up.
 
Inspection of your home
Flood damage in your Hampton home can promote mold growth and structural problems. To prevent this, contact SERVPRO flood mitigation experts. As trained technicians, the first step we take is to inspect your home. Afterward, we use hygrometers and moisture detectors to measure moisture content and damage to your floors, ceiling, walls, and baseboards. To find hidden water behind ceilings and walls, we use infrared cameras.

Water extraction
Using advanced water removal equipment that includes gas powered pumps and truck mounted units, we remove any standing water from your home. Simply put, we remove hundreds or even thousands of gallons of standing water from all rooms. By doing this, we help to fast-track the drying time and prevent secondary damage. The time taken to remove water depends on the total amount of standing water and the size of your rooms.

Monitoring and drying
The drying process begins after the removal of the standing water. In this phase, SERVPRO IICRC certified and flood damage specialists are going to dry your home. High-speed air movers and dehumidifiers circulate airflow in your home and fast-track the drying process. During the drying stage, monitoring and documentation are done. This involves checking the dehumidifier’s intake, humidity levels, and output temperatures.

Once drying is complete, we remove the water extraction and drying equipment. We also clean your furniture, clothing and other belongings before moving your stuff back in your home. Now, your home is safe to use.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast is a leader in flood damage and mitigation and we help families overcome the devastating setbacks caused by floods. To restore your home back to its pre-flooded state, call our 24/7 emergency line at (603) 433-4300.

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Our Professional Guide To Smoke And Fire Damage Restoration In Hampton

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can be frightening for homeowners.

We Cover Smoke And Fire Damage Restoration In Hampton

Fires can be frightening for homeowners. Plus, they can cause structural damage to your home and may destroy many of your belongings and furniture. Luckily, you can find experienced professionals close by that are here to help. You can trust us to work fast and to have the right tools and equipment to restore your home when possible.

Smoke residues can also be a factor when there is a fire in your home. Our fire damage restoration in Hampton can help prevent further damages to your property and may save many of your personal belongings. It is a good idea to get in touch with us right away. Waiting to contact us may result in higher restoration costs and could lead to widespread damage to your home. Our IICRC certified technicians can first inspect the structure for problems and then make minor repairs. If necessary, you may need to call a contractor for large-scale damages.

After the inspection, our crew may employ several methods to remove soot, dirt and smoke residues from the affected areas. The techniques our techs utilize may include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and agitation. To clean walls, floors, and ceilings, our team may use industrial cleansers to remove soot and smoke residues. Also, air scrubbers, fans, and thermal foggers may be put in place to reduce strong smoke odors from the structure. Plus, the crew may use ozone machines to clean the atmosphere inside the home. These devices help neutralize and reduce lingering smoke odors by pushing odors from the structure and pulling in clean air.

The degree of damages varies and may require a variety of techniques to complete the job. Our technicians are well experienced and can restore your property when possible. You can trust our techs to respond quickly and to make it look like “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of The Seacoast fire damage restoration services can return your property to its preloss condition when possible. We are available 24/7 so give us a call at (603) 433-4300 at any time.

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Adequate Disaster Preparation Can Diminish Opportunistic Mold Damage In Your Greenland Residence

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Microbes need water to thrive, and when unwelcome incidents involving water happen.

Mold Damage Preparation

Preparing for disasters this month means many families, schools, agencies, and others across the USA are practicing the skills needed to prevent loss of life, injuries, and unnecessary property damage. Greenland residents are encouraged to develop emergency response plans with their families, as well as at work and school.

Many disasters that occur in the Greenland area involve water which, when left unmitigated for too long, can create situations that increase the chances of mold damage. Microbes need water to thrive, and when unwelcome incidents involving water happen, these microbes waste little time becoming a problem for homeowners.

SERVPRO technicians certified by the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) know the most effective techniques to mitigate microbial infestations rapidly. Our skilled employees ensure that the containment of infested areas within your home lasts for the duration of the job, protecting uncontaminated areas from possible soiling and infestation. Because moisture in the house can allow other colonies to develop while we concentrate on visibly affected areas, we use air scrubbers that remove spores that might already exist in your residence's air.

Removing that excess moisture, particularly after a disaster that brought water into your property, also must happen. Directly responding to every aspect of mold damage stemming from a previous disaster means more thorough remediation of the mold damage and effective measures to prevent reinfestation. Complete restoration of your residence's normal humidity levels and the elimination of excess microbial particles helps get things back to normal, just “Like it never even happened.”

Preparing for possible disasters beforehand can help protect your home in the first place, however, and when water never poses a problem, microbes can never begin growing out of control to cause excessive mold damage later. While September is National Preparedness Month, protecting your property should take place continuously. Obtaining materials to help you do this from the Red Cross can facilitate the task of developing plans and collecting needed information.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast desires to help families in all types of disasters, including those that cause mold damage. Call us at (603) 433-4300 for more information about how we can help you protect your home.

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A Leaky Roof Could Cause Water Damage To Your Hampton Pub

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is never something that is attractive to business.

A Leaky Roof Could Cause Water Damage

Water damage is never something that is attractive to business. When the stagnant water has caused an unsightly stain on your ceiling, and even dripped through onto customers, your reputation is bound to be impacted. To avoid losing customers, and to reduce the chances of further property damage, it is wise to contact a professional for help as soon as you can.

The quicker that capable technicians can respond to the water damage inside of your Hampton pub, the more likely a successful restoration can occur. Ignoring the problem could lead to mold damage in the structure of the attic space above your pub. Continuing to ignore the problem could lead to rot and potential violations of municipal safety codes. Addressing the problem swiftly can save you further expenses in the long run and improve the reputation of your business.

When you reach out to SERVPRO, our technicians always go the extra mile to arrive at your business as soon as possible. Our experts aim to work around your schedule and keep out of sight and mind. If you would prefer our technicians to work through the night, we can do so. We always strive to be as unobtrusive as possible to your business and foot traffic.

To handle the water damage inside of your pub, our technicians can remove the stained paneling from your ceiling. We can set up advanced technology designed to improve airflow through your attic space, such as ventilation fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers. Using all of these specialized tools in conjunction creates an environment that fosters evaporation. Drawing out the water can bring the moisture levels of your pub back down to an acceptable amount and prevent further damage from occurring.

Furthermore, here at SERVPRO, we strive to be as helpful as possible and can put you in contact with a contractor who can fix the leaky patch of your roof.

If your business suffers water damage, never wait to contact help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of The Seacoast by dialing (603) 433-4300. It doesn't matter the time or day; our experts are available to help you.

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Preventing Water Damage Over the Winter in Your Hampton Residence

9/2/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare Your Hampton Home for Winter Cold and Ice--SERVPRO Says Prevent Water Damage

Preparation for Prevention Is Sounder than Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Later

While summer weather still keeps us warm in Hampton, it may seem too early to consider the effects of winter weather on our homes, but it is better to prepare now than wait. There are several different ways that winter weather might cause problems for homeowners. Taking care that your roof and gutters are in good shape now can prevent some of the worst effects you might otherwise experience.

The roof of your Hampton home helps ensure that water damage does not become a problem for you. Keeping it in good shape can mean you never experience the costly problems that can otherwise develop in your home. Your gutters can help keep problems from forming, from your roof all the way to the foundation.
 
Insulation and other materials under your shingles also need to function properly and stay in excellent shape to protect your home. A small leak in a roof can cause the insulation to compress and prevent less heat from escaping your home. This added heat in the attic can lead to ice dams forming on your roof's edge during the winter, which later creates even more problems with water entering your home through the roof. Stains on walls and ceilings as well as the destruction of drywall can soon happen.
 
When gutters twist or come loose, their capability to direct water correctly becomes a problem. Gutters that become blocked can create mini-waterfalls along the side of your house. Downspouts can cause water to puddle around your foundation, as well. Seepage into the basement can follow, adding to your woes.
 
Solving these problems now, while the weather remains warm for another month or two, can prevent water damage from harming your residence. If you already notice these problems from previous winters, SERVPRO strongly recommends that remediation now is better than water damage later, so get things fixed.
 
Water stains marring your walls can look “Like it never even happened” after our

technicians

test to ensure walls retain no excess moisture and then apply a suitable primer, followed by your choice of paint. Damaged sections can give way to new drywall, resulting in a perfect room again. Protecting your property from water damage also serves to protect it from microbial infestation and musty odors.
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast has the professional team you need to help you clean up and mitigate water damage and its effects, no matter the cause. Contact us at (603) 433-4300.

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Drying The Wall Cavities Of Your Hampton Property After A Flood Damage Experience

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage is weather-related and results from flooding or storms after it rains heavily.

Drying Your Wall Cavities After A Flood

Flood damage is weather-related and results from flooding or storms after it rains heavily. Such incidents can be severe or mild and the longer your contents remain exposed to the wetness, chances of mold developing increase - something that leads to more damage. On top of the damage, odors challenges may result, and there is a need to work with professional restorers. We are looking at the procedures we use to dry the wall cavities of our Hampton property after such an experience.

Moisture gets trapped within the wall cavity of your Hampton home when a flood damage event takes place. It is essential to remove the trapped moisture to prevent secondary damage. In most cases, it is a challenge to dry wet walls since they usually have different finishing on their surfaces, which means our SERVPRO technicians have to choose an appropriate technique depending on the situation at hand. For instance, we may decide to use an air mover to blow dry air along the surface when we are dealing with walls with flat paint and a single layer of wallboard.

If the walls have multiple layers of wallboard or have vinyl wallpaper coverings, our SERVPRO technicians may consider drilling holes to enhance the flow of air into the cavities. Increasing the air flow into the small spaces speeds up drying since the rate of evaporation also increases. If necessary, we may warm wall surfaces using direct heat and introduce dehumidifiers at the site.

Some situations may force our SERVPRO technicians to remove the base of the baseboards and then drill holes into the wall around the floor level. When we do that, we may mark the base's top using a pencil. It helps us to avoid extensive repairs by only replacing the base, and we usually cover the holes using baseboards. If we are dealing with extensive moisture damage, we may decide to remove all wet insulation and wet wallboard.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast is a restoration industry leader that offers cleaning services, water, fire, mold, and storm damage restoration. Call us at (603) 433-4300 to benefit from our 24-hour emergency service.

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Mold Damage Should Never Stress You When As A Resident Of Hampton

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

A successful mold damage remediation process is normally determined by the remediation plan that restorers put in place.

Mold Damage In Your Home

A successful mold damage remediation process is normally determined by the remediation plan that restorers put in place. It all starts when restoration technicians assess the degree of the mold problem and the damaged items. We outline the procedures to use to fix the moisture problem and the suitable PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to use when returning your Hampton property to its earlier state. Different situations demand different remediation plans due to the varying complexity and level of contamination.

When dealing with mold damage incidents in Hampton, our SERVPRO technicians turn off all HVAC systems in the structure. We do this to prevent spreading the mold spore to clean areas. In cases where we trace some contamination near its intake system, we follow the EPA standards to clean the air ducts. We can also replace the contaminated filters at the end of the remediation process.

While in some situations it can be easy to identify mold growth, it is not always the case. Sometimes it can grow in hidden areas such as at the backside of wallpapers, drywall, in utility tunnels, in pipe chases, and inside the ductwork. Our SERVPRO technicians observe caution when investigating mold damage in hidden areas. For instance, if we disturb the mold that is growing beneath wallpapers can lead to the unwanted release of spores and possibly further damage.

Mold cleanup is part of the remediation process, and the method we use depends on the surfaces and items that we are cleaning. If we have to collect water from carpets, floors and other hard surfaces, then we can decide to use wet vacuuming. We do not use this method when cleaning porous contents. Scrubbing and wiping is also an option when removing mold damage from non-porous or hard surfaces. We use a disinfectant during this process to prevent a possible re-occurrence.

At SERVPRO of The Seacoast is an industry leader in fire, storm, mold, and water damage restoration. Call SERVPRO at (603) 433-4300 when you need experienced restoration technicians to return your property to its preloss state.

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Controlling the Odors Fire Damage Leaves Behind in Greenland Residences

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Greenland Area Homes Get Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration Swiftly When SERVPRO Arrives

Greenland Fire & Smoke Odor Removal Are Cornerstone's of a SERVPRO Service

Odor-causing particles from the fire's smoke quickly end up in locations far from the fire's location. Because these areas do not contain fire damage, we do not need to remove anything from your Greenland area home. However, hidden particles continue producing the smoky scent of the fire. SERVPRO has the technicians and the equipment to rid your home of this odor permanently.
 
If your Greenland area home sustains fire damage, we can help you with all of your fire and smoke restoration needs, including odor elimination. Sprays and air fresheners only mask the smell without eliminating its cause. No matter where smoke particles hide, they disintegrate and break down, ending up in the air again. When you breathe them in, you smell them as smoke and burnt materials. Smoke is full of partially burned minuscule pieces of the things from within your home, and some of these may have carcinogenic properties. Smelling a smoky odor can become more than a minor inconvenience.
 
SERVPRO employees become certified by the IICRC in several different areas of restoration technology. Using this knowledge, our technicians use odor-neutralizing methods to remove these particles' ability to enter back into your home's air currents. Keeping them out of the air your family breathes keeps them from noticing these malodorous particles.
 
To remove hidden odor-producing smoke particles, we can implement thermal fogging. This method causes the physical bonding between chemical agents and unwanted particles from the fire. The powerful jets of steam penetrate into the same locations the hot smoke went during the blaze. Bonding occurs quickly, providing our customers with the permanent elimination of problematic odors. This technique must be used cautiously to prevent the deterioration of vinyl, plastics, and rubber materials.
 
If used immediately after a fire, air scrubbers can make the air healthier for your family by significantly reducing the amount of soot in the air before it ends up deposited on surfaces or inhaled. While this does not eliminate all of the soot, it can make things safer for more sensitive individuals, especially if they need to retrieve belongings. HEPA filters work well in conjunction with odor-eating activated charcoal filters. We work hard to improve the IAQ indoor air quality for our customers.
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast can help you control odors caused by fire damage and other disasters. We serve Exeter and Hampton, ensuring that the families in our communities live in homes that pose no risk to the health of the occupants. Contact us at (603) 433-4300, our emergency service line for this and any other kind of disaster.

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What You Can Do When You Find Mold Damage in Your Hampton Home After a Vacation

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

No matter the scope of the mold damage, our team will be able to remediate the area "Like it never even happened."

What to Expect When Mold Damage Strikes Your Hampton Home

You are always bound to forget something when packing for your vacation, but forgetting to close a bedroom window can lead to mold damage. Being away for two weeks while it rains off and on allows for water to breach your home. It can continuously soak your belongings and the structure of your house, which gives mold spores ample moisture to feed off of and expand. Fortunately, there are professionals close to you who can help.

When you find mold damage in your Hampton home, it is essential to call for remediation services as quickly as possible, as mold causes health effects. Additionally, mold also leaves behind a musty smell and has the power to rot organic materials. For health safety reasons, when you find mold, you should allow professionals and remediate it for you.

When SERVPRO arrives at your home, we can swiftly inspect the mold damage and then identify a remediation strategy. The first step to containing the problem is to set up plastic sheeting so the spores cannot spread while the colony is being removed. SERVPRO can block vents and any doorways to contain the problem.

Afterward, we can use tools such as air scrubbers to purify the air of foul odors and airborne mold spores while we work on removing the mold colonies from your bedroom. To remove mold from nonporous surfaces, SERVPRO can use disinfectant and scrub them away. However, when mold grows into porous surfaces, that is not enough. The drywall has to be removed, but SERVPRO can help you find a contractor who can fill the gaps left behind.

To help ensure that mold does not regrow, we can use dehumidifiers to get the moisture levels in your bedroom at an acceptable rate. Afterward, we can spray antifungal agents to help further ensure there is no regrowth.

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Should an accident cause mold damage in your home, do not hesitate. Dial (603) 433-4300 to reach out to SERVPRO of The Seacoast. No matter the time, we are always ready to help you.

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Any Commercial Water Damage Jobsite in Hampton Could Contain Structural Hazards

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Your construction company office needs to be hazard free for you to be able to safely meet with potential and current clients. Call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive on the Damage Scene Quickly to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages From Forming

Having your construction company's office located on the first floor of a multi-level office complex in the center of Hampton has its advantages and potential risks. The advantages include easy access to the ground level making it easier to move large items in and out. One major setback to being on the bottom floor has to do with the law of gravity. Any problems that take place on floors above you can potentially negatively affect your office as well. If a water leak takes place on any of the floors above your level, the moisture will be pulled down the building by gravity. When water pours into your office from above, several problems can take place.
 
Any time excessive moisture gets into a structure, it can create various safety hazards to exist inside the building. The first step in dealing with every commercial water damage job in Hampton is to inspect the area for the presence of safety hazards. For example, water coming from the ceiling can cause light fixtures to fill up and short out. Water conducts electricity, so if electrical wiring or light fixtures get wet, it can be dangerous.
 
Despite the electrical hazards, water can also cause structural components to fall apart and create risks. When certain materials get saturated, they lose their structural integrity. Materials that make up your ceiling such as drywall can break and fall creating safety hazards for your employees. Wet drywall can also fall into gas pipes and create a leak. If any of these conditions exist inside your place of business, we block off the area to foot traffic.
 
If the water coming from offices above yours collects on top of your drywall ceiling, our SERVPRO technicians drill drain holes into the material to let the moisture leak out, hopefully preventing saturation. However, other problems resulting from water that make your structure dangerous are not mitigated as easily. Moisture can cause particle board subfloors to weaken creating falling hazards. Broken glass and other debris created by the water leaking and coming downstairs can also present hazards for our SERVPRO team and your employees.
 
Before beginning any work, our SERVPRO professionals repair any hazards or block off the area until the problem gets fixed. We strive to ensure the safety of your workplace throughout the entire restoration process. If you ever see safety hazards inside your office after a water leak, call SERVPRO of The Sea Coast at (603) 433-4300 any time.

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Storm Damage To Your Hampton Home Can Permit Flooding

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

There are many different types of severe weather systems that can cause damage to your Hampton home.

Storm Damage To Your Home Can Permit Flooding

There are many different types of severe weather systems that can cause damage to your Hampton home. Depending on the time of year, systems can roll in from the Atlantic, or sweep up or down across the northwest with an unmatched intensity. While flooding situations from rising water levels or oversaturated ground can continually be a threat through the rainier seasons, the kind of damage they can do to the inside of your home is often ushered in with physical damage to your roof and siding.

Damage to your roof and siding often occurs as a result of high winds and torrential rainfall combined. Hail and falling trees or other tall fixtures on your property can also attribute to damage significant enough to allow water to enter your house unabated. The resulting flood damage to your Hampton residence requires a rapid response from experienced professionals for both water removal and structural restoration.

Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals have specific training in all manners of flood damage and how best to restore these effects. One of the initial steps in our process is to eliminate the possibility of the damage getting worse. This assurance gets accomplished by sealing up the penetration points by boarding them up, tarping over them, or with the application of hydraulic cement.

Removal of the water is the heart of flood restoration, and our SERVPRO professionals work quickly to eliminate all of the pooling water in the affected areas of your home. With portable sump pumps, wet-vacs with extraction wands, and even high volume pump trucks, our technicians fixate our efforts on preparing the area for the drying to come.

Drying is another critical component, and this is also accomplished in a multitude of ways. From air movers and dehumidifiers working on open areas to specialized equipment to eliminate moisture in wall cavities, above ceilings, and in the flooring material, thoroughly drying the area is essential to a successful restoration job.

While no homeowner gets fully prepared for witnessing flood damage affecting their home, having a professional restoration team that can respond quickly can make all of the difference. Our SERVPRO of The Seacoast technicians is available 24/7 by calling (603) 433-4300.

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Water Removal In Hampton Includes Restoring Paper Documents

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration for Books and Documents in Hampton Needed? Call SERVPRO

Difficult Water Damage Restoration to Documents May Be Successful

Water flowing into the home can damage carpeting, wall sand flooring. It can also affect valuable documents and books. Calling professionals to dry your important papers such as insurance, birth certificates, and mortgage documents is recommended. They are well trained and skilled and use proper techniques to dry documents in your home, whenever possible.

SERVPRO water removal in Hampton includes restoring and drying documents and electronics when possible. Techs work with homeowners to speed up the process and to determine the best method for drying wet and damaged items. Consulting with property owners is essential because making quick decisions helps minimize the degree of damage to documents. Technicians can prevent further damage to items, but whatever existing damage is present cannot generally be restored. However, contacting professionals may help save vital documents from total loss.
 
Water-damaged books and paper documents will have some degree of damage, which makes it impossible to restore items to their preloss condition. Our restoration process focuses on eliminating additional damage to materials as well as returning them to the best state possible. SERVPRO uses five methods for document drying, air-drying, dehumidification, freezer drying, vacuum freeze-drying and vacuum thermal-drying. Before we select the right method to use, we consider the value of the documents and the level of damage. Lyophilization may be offered as a method to attempt to salvage papers and photographs and books.
 
We also take into account if the water is clean, gray or black and the length of exposure of the documents to moisture. When clean water is the source and if we find paper items within 48 hours, we freeze or dry them. Freezing documents prevents further damage and gives us time to determine the correct drying procedure to use. We keep a complete list of items we remove from the home and encourage homeowners to be there during the inventory and pack-out phase so they can to inform our techs as to which pieces they want us to attempt to restore. Document restoring can be expensive and time-consuming. We explain the cost of each drying method so homeowners can decide if they wish to proceed.
 
Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 if you need water removal restoration services for paper documents. We are available 24/7.

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Expert Restoration Of Retail Water Damage In Historic Hampton

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

The team at SERVPRO is ready to roll to your water damaged building.

When water damage affects your business, call SERVPRO for restoration

Nearly four hundred years after the township’s charter, Hampton remains a vibrant community and beachside destination. Local retailers, restaurants, lodging, and other enterprises depend on both local and visitor traffic daily. Downtime connected to water loss affects business sustainability. Working with an established restoration company eases concerns about permanent damage to the property and business relationships.

Our town is a one-of-a-kind, as is your business situated in a historical Hampton building. Water damage is a challenge wherever it strikes, but when the structural components and contents of affected premises carry the weight of more than a century of tradition everyone stands to lose. Our highly-qualified technicians employ up-to-date methods, equipment, and products to ensure continuity in the community as we restore your business investment.

The water damage in a commercial building can have an immediate cause like broken plumbing, and then reveal longer-term issues found when SERVPRO project managers complete an in-depth assessment. We begin removing water with pumps or industrial-strength wand extractors. As those tasks get underway, our team takes moisture readings of structural elements and scans for hidden recesses that contain water. The data noted helps us determine drying goals and also helps locates spaces where we need to release the water and expose the dampness behind walls, under floors, or above ceilings.

Once the now visible water exits your business's spaces, SERVPRO stages air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to regulate moisture. Our crew members use their combines experience and knowledge of typical moisture levels of a broad range of building materials and contents to guide the progress. A balance of temperature, ambient humidity, and air movement comes together to normalize any excess moisture found in your business. We revisit decisions about the spacing and operation intensity of the drying equipment and make our best effort to contain our work so that your business can remain open for commerce or customer services to some degree during restoration.

If the current crisis and vestiges of past water damage remain even partially unresolved, you risk progressive deterioration of supporting structures, fixtures, and decor. Unabated water harm also threatens your commercial property with the possibility of microbial growth, including dry rot of the heirloom floors and woodwork that lend such charm to your retail or other space.

The team at SERVPRO of The Seacoast has years of experience in dealing with water damage in a business setting -- both current and the footprints of former unmitigated water issues. To improve the chance of a successful outcome, contact us at (603) 433-4300 immediately upon discovery of water losses.

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Overcoming Flooding In Your Hampton Finished Basement

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Misconceptions About Mold Growth In Your Exeter Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

For mold spores to thrive, they only require persistent moisture or dampness as well as warmer temperatures.

Misconceptions About Mold Growth

Many Exeter homeowners do not fully understand mold spores and their behavior, so in turn, they also do not fully understand the ease with which these spores can seat and colonize in a home. While better appreciating the risks to your home, you can better prepare against potential risks, but there are some circumstances like fungal growth that can strike and grow unnoticed for some time if traffic through the area is not high.

Mistakenly, many homeowners have thought that the presence of mold could get attributed to the cleanliness of a home, but this is not the case. For mold spores (which naturally occur in the environment indoors and outside of your house) to thrive, they only require persistent moisture or dampness as well as warmer temperatures. With these rudimentary conditions that many houses already meet throughout multiple time periods of the year, your Exeter home remains at risk for developing mold damage.

Fortunately, our SERVPRO technicians work to keep the situation contained as much as possible from the moment that we arrive at your home. While the initial inspection is a critical element all on its own, preventing the spread of active spores to new areas of your property is a high priority. Our equipment can do much of this job on its own, though air circulation appliances like a heater or AC unit must get shut down for the remediation process.

The SERVPRO professionals assigned to your homework to remove the present mold colonies quickly, but simultaneously seek out the cause of the damage. Preventing this dampness and moisture is paramount to keeping mold from growing a short period after removal again. This process could improve small repairs to areas of your home. For more substantial fixes and reconstruction efforts, you must seek out the expertise of a residential contractor.

It might not be simple to eliminate mold from your life, but with our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team of remediation specialists, you no longer have to suffer its presence. Call SERVPRO anytime at (603) 433-4300.

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After Fire Damage Scathes Your Greenland Home's Garage, Restoring It Protects Your Property

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

We have the training, experience, and equipment to restore the fire damage done to your home and garage.

SERVPRO is The Answer When it Comes to Greenland Fire Damage Restoration 

Many things can catch fire or start one around your home in Greenland. The same situation exists in your garage. The addition of cans of oil, motor fluids, and other flammable liquids adds to the severity often experienced in a fire.

Blazes affecting residences in Greenland often cause extensive fire damage. The structural damage can include lapses in security. Door locks made of plastic components can easily melt during the fire. Glass windows often break. Because the doors and windows are keeping intruders out, as well as providing protection from heat, cold, rain, and pests, no longer function like they should, your property's security disappears.

Restoring your property can take time. SERVPRO's team covers fire damaged homes, garages, and sheds with heavy-duty tarps to keep the rain out, but this does little to protect against other invasive entities. We can install temporary fencing to keep intruders at bay, as well as discuss installing new locks on your doors. Because drying out your property from the firefighters' hoses must also happen, boarding up your windows might become counterproductive. We can discuss options with you, such as storing your more valuable items at our secure, off-site facilities.

Placing your belongings in a secure area can keep them protected, plus provide us the space needed during restorative work. Materials and equipment both take up space, so freeing up space lets us work more efficiently. In short, this can mean we finish faster and with better results. Once we complete the work and do the final walk-through with you, we can then return your property to you so you can place it back in your garage.

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Overflowing Tub Can Cause Water Damage In Your Exeter Home

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage from a Bathtub in Exeter? Don't Paws, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Removal

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Damage with Rapid Water Removal

An overflowing bathtub is a common cause of water damage in many Exeter homes. If this happens to you, calling a professional to handle the job is advised. We are highly skilled and trained and have the expertise to correct the problem properly. Typically, one of the main issues to cope with when a tub overflows is damaged flooring. If it is not handled promptly and if the right methods are not applied, floor tile can become permanently damaged, which can be extremely expensive to replace.
 
SERVPRO technicians arrive at your Exeter residence for water removal within a few hours after you give us a call. You can expect our crew to have the necessary equipment and to be well prepared to secure and restore the water damaged areas in your home. First, the excess water on the bathroom floor is extracted by specialized vacuums and pumps, if needed.
 
Secondly, the technicians check the subflooring for moisture. Generally, floor tiles are waterproof, but water can seep in and around grout lines or fixture seals. Our technicians can dry the subfloor from underneath to preserve the tiles and to ensure dryness. However, if this is not possible, the technicians may have to remove the tiles. Trapped moisture can cause flooring to buckle or warp and can cause mold to develop, which is why our technicians dry the tile and subflooring completely.
 
Our SERVPRO team can place industrial-grade axial fans and air movers in the right position to cover all angles in the affected area and to pull the moisture from the flooring and subflooring. In addition to drying the floor and subflooring, our technicians check the affected ceiling for any signs of water damage.
 
The ceiling below the tub and walls are also part of the cleaning and restoration process in your home. The technician uses specialized equipment to dry the ceiling and walls. You can trust us to remove all moisture from the ceiling so that the ceiling does not sag. When we are done, you can trust your bathroom to be restored and your ceiling, walls, and floor to be structurally sound. When needed, we can puncture weep holes into the ceiling material to release water if the volume is that large. Typically, this results in a partial, controlled demolition to remove the non-salvageable ceiling panels.
 
You can reach our SERVPRO of The Seacoast branch at (603) 433-4300. Contact us right away if you experience any type of water damage issue in your home such as an overflowing bathtub.

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

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

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 all 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 one that is typical of every owner of a business like this, but 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 entire 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 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 effects from a recent water emergency on your property, give us a call today at (603) 433-4300.

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The Need for Deodorization in Your Greenland Home Following Fire Damages

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

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 Greenland homes, knowing what to do when a disaster like this strikes is critical to overcoming the damage and moving on with your life. While many might consider the damage from smaller fires to be something that they can repair on their own, there are several reasons why choosing a professional restoration outfit is always a better decision to make.
 
Fire damage to your Greenland home might present itself in several different ways, but none of them are going to 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, 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 from our SERVPRO professionals can help our team (and you the homeowner) to better understand the full scope of the damage that your home faces. 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 combatted 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 has occurred, the area is left without a scent at all and can get tailored to the liking of the homeowner.
 
Deodorization might be a small piece of the restoration process for you to know and appreciate, but it is something that 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.
 
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Appliance Caused Flood Damage In Hampton

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Don't wait until it's too late to restore your laundry room from flood damage! Call the pros at SERVPRO of The Seacoast!

Appliance Malfunction in Hampton Homes Can Result in Flood Damage

Sometimes when it gets freezing outside in Hampton, pipes freeze and break. Cold weather also possibly effects appliances. In some properties, the washer and dryer are in the garage or a laundry room that is not insulated as well as the rest of your home. When the temperature outside drops below freezing water inside a washing machine or a joint at the valve sometimes breaks allowing water to affect the area.

Water filling into your laundry room is a problem that requires quick mitigation so that mold growth does not occur. SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Hampton have experience in dealing with appliance-caused issues. First, the washing machine gets turned off and fixed so that water does not continue to leak out of it.

Next, all of the appliances in the room including the washing machine either get moved or placed onto foam blocks. Then, extraction occurs as we use our equipment to vacuum up any water in the area. If the water is deep, a sump pump gets used to suck up the standing water. Other times, we use either a truck-mounted or portable extractor with a specialized tool to extract water from furniture or flooring.

After we pull all of the moisture out of the floor and contents, we begin the structural drying phase. SERVPRO's restoration technicians first use their sensors and meters to see where moisture is present in the laundry room. Then, we set up air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out any water present within a 48-hour period to inhibit any mold growth.

After our technicians are comfortable with the humidity and moisture levels inside your laundry room, we complete a final cleaning and deodorization phase. We make sure any affected materials that possibly cause foul odors get removed. We use multiple chemicals and methods whenever we attempt to remove any pungent smells.


Our technicians have a plethora of chemicals that fight smells in many different ways. Some chemicals absorb odor-causing particles while others mask them with better-smelling aromas. For professional assistance with deodorization of your home, call SERVPRO of at 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Understanding the Factors Affecting Restoration of Your Hampton Home After Flood Damage

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can be overwhelming to you and your family. Have SERVPRO on speed dial to arrive quickly after a storm and begin the drying process.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The humidity and temperature
Both the humidity and the temperature play a crucial role in the drying process. A combination of high temperature and a low humidity works the best for efficient drying. The ideal temperature to promote faster drying and hence faster restoration is around 70 to 80 degrees. The ideal humidity, on the other hand, is below 40%.
If both the temperature and humidity conditions are met, drying occurs at a faster rate and restoration takes less time.

Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 today to schedule an appointment with one of our restoration experts.
 
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Watch Out For Avoidable Mistakes When You Face Mold Damage In Exeter

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores cannot thrive without the presence of water in your Exeter property.

Mold Damage In Your Home

The buildup of indoor moisture from high relative humidity, plumbing, and roof leaks may lead to mold damage. When the relative humidity is kept low, chances for condensation to take place reduce, and that means there are no appropriate conditions for fungi to grow. Mold spores cannot thrive without the presence of water in your Exeter property.

It is necessary to take precautionary measure when dealing with mold damage in Exeter because it can cause health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the level of contamination and choose the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the job. When the area is extensively contaminated, we prefer a half-mask respirator, full body suits, and chemical resistant gloves. For light levels of contamination, an N95 respirator can be good enough.

We are careful not to spread the contaminant to clean areas, and if we have to disturb the mold when cleaning the site, we make sure containment procedures are already in place. Containment also helps limit mold exposure to the occupants and our SERVPRO team. If the area we are working on is small, we practice limited containment. Otherwise, we do full containment when the place is more than 100 square feet.

After disturbing the mold, spores and dust might settle on porous and non-porous surfaces. When that happens, we do damp wiping and HEPA vacuuming to do the removal. We first determine the airflow direction and clean areas towards that path, and the cleaning process starts from the structure's top towards its bottom.

When drying the items and rooms, our SERVPRO technicians some methods such as using air movers may be necessary if we believe they might spread the spores. We first remove any wet objects from the area to speed up the rate of evaporation and after that setup dehumidifiers to lower the humidity. Since dehumidifiers do not have much airflow, it is not a concern to use them at this stage.

At SERVPRO of The Seacoast, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it strikes your home or business property. Call us at (603) 433-4300 when you need to be served by a proven industry leader.

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

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Even small electrical fires can leave behind a strong smoke odor if not properly remediated.

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

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

Past Owner Habits

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

Electrical Failures

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

Old or Poor Heating

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

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

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Mistakes To Avoid During Water Damage Events In Hampton

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Prevents Extensive Water Damage from Happening with Rapid Removal in the Hampton Area

When Your Hampton Home Suffers Water Intrusion Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Damages

Water damage usually is more than what comes to your mind when you read the phrase. While we only expect to deal with water, there is more destruction that results whenever such incidents hit our property. Mold and electrical hazards are part of the expensive damage that your Hampton structure may experience during those stressing moments.

You might make a mistake if you look at the surface and imagine it is the only water damage challenge to address in your Hampton home. The work of  SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians is to look beyond the obvious and trace that water which might be under the carpets and walls. The use of specialized tools such as moisture meters and sensors makes that possible. With these devices, we can conduct a thorough inspection that allows us to identify the content of moisture on your property and specific locations.
 
Another mistake that most homeowners make is attempting to pump the water from a flooded basement. While it appears to be a straightforward job, there are hidden dangers that need professional intervention. For instance, wet foundation walls and ceilings might collapse as a result of water damage. We inspect all that before we can start the restoration process, and if necessary we perform necessary demolitions to prevent any possible hazards during the process.
 
After pumping out all the standing water, it is time to begin the drying process. At that stage we set-up dehumidifiers and air movers. It is important to call our SERVPRO team as soon as you can to increase the chances of salvaging most of your contents. For instance, if you delay and we find out that the drywall and flooring have 25 - 50 % moisture, retrieving them might not be possible. Once drying is complete, we clean the surfaces and sanitize them using antimicrobial agents to decrease the chances of mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast responds to all sizes of disasters, whether reported in commercial or residential premises. Call us at (603) 433-4300 and be served by a proven industry leader.

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Your Portsmouth Office Isn't Free From Water Damage Risks

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire sprinklers are essential to an office environment but they can flood properties if there is a break or malfunction. Contact SERVPRO immediately.

Professional Technicians at SERVPRO Respond Quickly to Your Commercial Water Damage Emergency

While office buildings in Portsmouth lack many water damage risk factors common to other local businesses, many different disasters can still befall even the most prepared companies. Between restroom overflows and malfunctions, pipe leaks and ruptures, sprinkler malfunctions, and other possible problems, your office may be more likely than you think to incur water damage at some point in the future. Here are a few of the most common and severe problems we see in offices locally and nationwide.

Restroom Overflows
Even if your building is equipped with high-quality restroom fixtures, they can still malfunction and cause substantial commercial water damage to your office in Portsmouth. Plumbing issues primarily result from ill-maintained fixtures and water lines, but can sometimes occur in perfectly functional and maintained objects, as well. If a restroom disaster seems like too much for your staff to handle, call us quickly to prevent additional damage to the area.

Water Line Ruptures
While water lines rarely rupture without good cause, when they do encounter problems, it can be an enormous problem for your office if such a rupture should happen. Water lines are often highly pressurized, and even a small break can quickly inundate an area in water and cause moderate flooding. If you believe that a water line or main has incurred damage in your office building, contact SERVPRO immediately so that we can handle the issue with expert care.

Sprinkler Problems
While fire safety sprinklers can be an essential defense against fire damage, they also have the potential to cause water damage throughout the structure. Worse still are sprinkler malfunctions, which can trigger when an object comes into contact with the sprinkler or another malfunction occurs. Try to get the sprinklers shut off as quickly as possible if it is a false alarm, and be sure to call us in as soon as possible so that we can start removing moisture before additional damage can result.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast is ready around the clock to respond to your company's call for help. Contact us at (603) 433-4300 for our expert, low-cost and high-quality services.

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

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Your attic could be hiding mold colonies causing problems for you and your family.

SERVPRO Thoroughly Remediates Mold Damage

Microbial growth in any home needs special care when it spreads. Airborne spores can cause health effects in Exeter residents, and the winter months do not slow microbial activity a significant amount. During the colder season, the flu, colds, and allergies can all cause confusion and disagreement regarding the best treatment for individuals suffering runny noses and other undesirable symptoms.

Exeter residents can eliminate one source of the sniffles by hiring professional mold damage experts to 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 for 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 then treating the area, helps prevent any further damage.

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's installation or remodeling of your home, leaks around the chimney, or other sources. Each source never precludes the presence of any others, so we always check thoroughly to ensure we find all possible sources.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast always keeps the equipment and tools ready to combat mold damage and provide excellent mold remediation services to our local community. If the moisture from winter storms overfed mold in your attic, call us at (603) 433-4300. Our services are available 24/7 year-round.

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How to Conveniently Handle a Fire Damage Disaster in Hampton

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage needs to be handled right away before the soot destroys more of your property. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation efforts.

Knowing the Options After Your Home Faces a Fire Gets You Top Notch Remediation Results

It is wrong to think that scrubbing the soot off the walls and cleaning the floors is all you need after a fire damage incident. There are hazardous materials that result from such challenges which need removal services and other contents which require an inspection to determine whether they are salvageable or not. That is why we advise Hampton residents to work with professionals in the restoration industry to prevent avoidable mistakes.
 
Given that fire damage disasters in Hampton are unpredictable, you need to know your options. We recommend that you immediately contact a certified restorer like SERVPRO. Further damage is preventable by calling a professional as soon as the disaster strikes, and that means most of your contents at that point are salvageable.
 
The soot deposits that you usually see on the walls after a fire never tell the entire story. When left unattended to, they can penetrate into the walls and make the metal reinforcements to corrode. When that happens, the structural integrity of a premise is under question, and it is something that our SERVPRO technicians can work to prevent.
 
If there is still some considerable heat on your property and we still have to do the cleaning, we know the right cleaning products to use in such a situation. While in some cases the heat can increase the rate of chemical reaction and thus enhance the cleaning process, that is not always the case. Different cleaning products are efficient at specific temperatures, and we remember that when restoring your property.
 
After a fire, smoke residues may mix with fluids and lead to the formation of odors. While some sources of the smells are easy to trace, it can be hard to locate others. Our SERVPRO technicians will first identify the causes of the odors and then perform deodorization to neutralize the unpleasant smells. Our restoration process follows the regulations of the state and is approved by IICRC.
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast responds fast to all storm, mold, fire and water damage disasters. Call us at (603) 433-4300 and be served by an industry leader.
 
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Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup In Your Hampton Bookstore

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rains in Hampton can wreak havoc on your Hampton bookstore.

Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup

Heavy rains in Hampton can wreak havoc on your Hampton bookstore. Not only do water and books not mix, but floodwaters getting into your structure can cause damage to the building itself and cause you to have to shut your doors for a time while you clean up. You cannot always avoid these things from happening, but you can at least prepare for such a disaster by storing things such as important documents in sealable plastic bins up and away from the floor.

If you experience commercial flood damage inside your Hampton business, you need the assistance of professionals with the cleanup and repairs. SERVPRO are the ones you should call. Our crews disinfect, clean and dry out your building using the latest in technology and tools. Training, high-powered equipment, and experience make us the company to trust with your valuable merchandise and the integrity of your building.

We use truck-mounted pumps to extract any standing water, and place fans and dehumidifiers to dry your property quickly to prevent additional damage like mold growth. Moisture meters are also used to keep track of the moisture content in your structure to ensure that we get the levels back down to normal. After all the moisture is removed, we can start any restoration of merchandise, plus demolition, and reconstruction of your building if it is needed.

Dehumidifiers, heat, and fans are used in the drying process and get all the moisture out of your structure. We monitor these devices daily and move them around to ensure the fastest drying time. The combination of air and heat movement helps us get any moisture out of the walls and floors as well. Our dehumidifiers remove the moisture from your building.

SERVPRO of the Seacoast work efficiently and quickly so that you can open the doors of your bookstore again and not lose much business in Exeter, Greenland, or Portsmouth. We understand that a disaster like this is very stressful, so we work to relieve that stress as much as possible when you call us at (603) 433-4300.

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Water Removal and Cleanup From a Leaking Refrigerator/Freezer in Your Exeter Home

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Leaks from Fridges or Tubs Means SERVPRO Restores an Exeter Water Damaged Home

SERVPRO Utilizes Many Types of Sensors to Restore Standard Moisture Levels

A leaking refrigerator/freezer in your Exeter home can happen for a few different reasons. If the defrost drain freezes, the water overflows the drain trough and drips down to the bottom compartment, eventually leaking onto the floor. The water tank assembly can also begin leaking. These leaks can be difficult to find, but a leaking tank requires replacement. Also, if you have a water dispenser and ice maker, the inlet valve can become loose or cracked, allowing water to leak.
 
If your refrigerator/freezer has started leaking in your Exeter home, especially if it has gone unnoticed for a while, you need water removal services. SERVPRO has all the right tools for this, and all our staff has been specially trained and certified as well. We can have the water removed from your home and dry again in a timely fashion to prevent further damage.
 
When your home has suffered water damage, our goal is to return all the affected materials to their normal levels of moisture content. We use moisture meters to find the actual moisture content of different materials to help us determine if your structure is dry. Penetrating moisture meters have probes to test inside wall cavities and underneath flooring. Penetrating meters also test separate layers. Non-penetrating meters have sensors which make readings when they are placed on the surface of materials.

SERVPRO technicians must use the moisture meters properly. We ensure that the meter we are using is set to the surface we are testing. A moisture meter set for drywall, for example, does not accurately read moisture content in wood materials. The relative scale is used to determine readings for non-wood materials and the wood scale to determine readings for wood. If possible, we can establish a baseline of moisture content from material from an unaffected area of the structure.
 
We also use thermo-hygrometers to measure both the relative humidity and temperature. We let the meter adapt to air conditions in the room before taking the reading, then in conjunction with a psychrometric calculator or chart to figure out the specific humidity. Readings of air for four areas are used including the areas unaffected, the areas affected by moisture, outside the home, and the exhaust being processed through the dehumidifier into the affected area.
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast has the tools to ensure that your home is thoroughly dry again after cleaning up the damage. Doing so ensures your home in Exeter, Hampton, or Portsmouth does not suffer from additional damage such as mold growth, so give us a call when you need us at (603) 433-4300.

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Restoring Flood Damage in Hampton

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Flood damage causes your hardwood floors to buckle and become uneven, SERVPRO can restore your floors "Like it never even happened."

The Effects of Flooding on Your Floors and Subfloors

Flooding costs in Hampton and the rest of New Hampshire run into millions of dollars each year. It grows worse when homeowners ignore the effects until they feel floors give under their feet or they can see the colors bleeding from their carpets.

That is why Hampton flood damage, or anywhere else, always begins underfoot. Wood floors start to warp and buckle in only several days. SERVPRO technicians prevent this by removing standing water quickly and drawing moisture trapped in the floorboards. If we do not, the wood damage is only the beginning. The sub-floor under floorboards and carpets is a perfect environment for mold spores to expand and grow.

When damage does happen, SERVPRO restoration teams have to tear out and remove the flooring, taking care to prevent spreading any mold spores onto other property or into rooms not already contaminated. If there are undamaged pieces, team members attempt to remove them without causing secondary damage. If there is enough to make it feasible to the homeowner, we reuse it in areas along walls where we can hide it under floor trim or furniture.

Now, we examine the sub-floor. Damage from water and mold is usually minimal, so we normally accomplish this part of the job in just a few days. If the damage is more than minimal, then removing it could take over a week. In extreme cases, it is quicker and cheaper to remove the entire sub-floor immediately and replace it than spend time trying to save a small amount of wood. If this happens, we may have to bring in jacks and screws for extra wall support until we lay in the new sub-floor. Technicians work quickly, but take the time needed to do it right.

If the sub-floor is not level, then the wood floor we install on top of it starts off already buckled and with other problems. Putting in a new wood floor is simpler by comparison. We check our lines and joints carefully with each board to prevent gaps and carefully use sanders to ensure a completely level surface.

Restoring your home after a flood is a complicated process, but SERVPRO of The Seacoast has the training, tools, and experience to put it back together. For more information on how we can help you and your home, call us today at (603) 433-4300.

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When Heating Your Home Creates Smoke And Fire Damage In Hampton

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Heating a home is essential to keeping its interior warm, but doing so can also create hazards.

Smoke And Fire Damage In Your Home

During the winter in Hampton, homeowners heavily rely on their furnace to keep their home warm. Many older homes still have working fireplaces, which many residents use to keep specific rooms warmer and more inviting for themselves and guests.

Either kind of heating source can create smoke and fire damage in your Hampton home. Furnaces experience puff back when they begin to fail, due to misfiring and incorrect timing of their internal mechanisms, while fireplaces can emit smoke and ashes when materials fail to burn hot enough. Creosote can accumulate in chimneys, forming another dangerous fire hazard in the home.

Heating a home is essential to keeping its interior warm, but doing so can also create hazards. Furnaces that misfire can start fires inside their heating ducts, just like chimneys can catch on fire when buildup along their interior walls ignites.

SERVPRO assists many families to live in safer homes, free of smoke residue caused by fire damage from poorly functioning furnaces and partially blocked fireplaces. We already remove smoke and soot buildup as a crucial part of our fire damage restoration services. However, removing soot and smoke residue caused by incomplete burning of materials in the fireplace is a more difficult task than removing soot caused by wood-based fires.

Many families place precious photos and other memorabilia on or near their fireplace mantles. These items can soon become covered with a dense layer of fine ash and soot. We can efficiently clean away this grimy layer, protecting your belongings' finishes from further deterioration and increased etching. We can give other surfaces in the area a clean, fresh look, as well, with a thorough cleaning that removes any buildup.

After you have replaced the furnace, we can make your home fresh again by removing the deposits left behind on walls and ceilings. The area around the furnace and heat vents on walls receive the majority of residue from such problematic furnaces.

As buildup from fireplaces and malfunctioning furnaces accumulates on surfaces in your home, the particles in the residue begin to deteriorate. As this natural process proceeds, these loosened particles can affect occupants' sense of smell and possibly aggravate pre-existing respiratory ailments.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast wants to work with you in making your home free of smoke and fire damage. We use the right tools with hard-working cleaning agents that make such work quick and efficient. Our 24-hour service is always available to our customers by calling (603) 433-4300 any day of the year.

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Destination Dining Plans Saved By Speedy SERVPRO Water Removal

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure that your patrons don't find a new place to celebrate their important events by contacting SERVPRO after flooding at your restaurant.

Our Technicians Arrive Quickly to Tackle Drying Out Your Commercial Property After a Flooding Event

Quaint and imbued with decades of dining memories, fine restaurants housed in historic Hampton buildings are precious to their owners, the staff who work in them, and the loyal clientele who arrive for anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions. A significant water event can place all three groups of individuals in peril of losing a treasure. Our crews are up to the task of remediating the water.
 
The strain of a hundred years of fresh water flow finally breaks a vital pipe in your restaurant, pouring gallons upon gallons of water into your kitchen and food storage areas. Immediate commercial water removal in Hampton is essential to the continuation of your business, run for more than a century by your family. Our locally owned restoration company appreciates the severity of this crisis and responds as soon as possible.
 
You limit the damage by shutting off the water flow before we arrive to do a thorough assessment and begin the work of water removal and structural drying. Because many appliances in your kitchen are wired, power may be shut off. This is not a problem as SERVPRO’s submersible pumps and water extractors are truck mounted. Our technicians commence pumping and extraction operations while other workers take moisture measurements and use scanning technology to locate any hidden pockets of water.
 
Resolving the trapped water issue is crucial as if left in this warm and high-nutrient environment, mold could become a problem in as little as 48 hours. We work quickly and steadily, our goal to make the water removal the primary task by minimizing the secondary damage that typically arises when water stands. SERVPRO managers also work with you, the city inspectors, and your insurance company to make sure that the restaurant is up and running again as soon as the water is gone.
 
An intense session with industrial sized air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers reduces the moisture in the structure to normal levels. Only stone and tile floors were affected, meaning no carpet or rug remediation was necessary. Working as a team, SERVPRO and your staff look forward to welcoming diners again for their special events and romantic dinners.
 
SERVPRO of The Seacoast is a committed member of our community, ready to assist with any water emergency. Call our staff at (603) 433-4300 immediately after a crisis to schedule an assessment.

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How to Handle Water Removal in Hampton Like a Pro

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Hampton Water Removal with Squeegees and Pumps, Just Call SERVPRO

Simple, Call the Pros from SERVPRO for Cleanup and Water Extraction

A waterlogged property, whether from a busted pipe or flooding, is a total nightmare. Knowing what to do in case it ever happens, is critical to limiting damage to your property, here in Hampton. The first thing to do in such a case is, of course, water removal. If the water is not extracted promptly and efficiently, it can wreak havoc on your home and belongings.

As water removal is such a crucial step in damage control, you should only trust professionals with years of experience in the field. Thankfully, here at SERVPRO, we have a team of experts who can help you in water removal from your Hampton property to limit damage and start the restoration. Our technicians are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to get rid of the water as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What can you do?
Although our team of water restoration experts can get things to preloss condition for you in no time, there are a few things that you can do to limit the damage. Assuming a SERVPRO team of experts is already on their way, here are a few things that you can do in the meanwhile.

- The first things to do is to find the source of flooding and cut the water at its source. Turn off the main water supply to your property
- Unplug your devices if it is safe to do so
- Make sure that you have a place for the restoration crew to keep your moved furniture
- It can be tempting to turn on heat or fan in an attempt to dry the carpet but avoid doing it. Turning fans or heat can do more damage than good
- Never use a home vacuum pump or a similar device to remove water by yourself. Staying safe is your priority.

What happens next?
As soon as we receive a call from you, we can dispatch a team of water restoration experts to your property. Upon arrival, they can assess the situation, extent of damage and devise a plan. Water removal and restoration is a multi-step process that can take some significant amount of time. The process begins with extracting free-standing water and moisture from carpets, upholstery, and padding with extraction equipment.
We only use professional grade dehumidifying equipment, and our experts strive hard to get the humidity under control as soon as possible. SERVPRO experts also try to minimize secondary damage and mold growth as a result of the water intrusion.

Water removal is a tricky process that should be done by qualified professionals. At SERVPRO, you get to see first-hand, that expert service from talented and experienced professionals.

Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast today at (603) 433 4300 to speak to a representative about getting your property back in order after a water damage.

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Cold, Wet Weather Increases Chances of Mold Damage to Historic Houses in Hampton

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

When you suspect the mold in your attic is making its way down to other living spaces, it's time to contact SERVPRO for their thorough remediation.

SERVPRO Finds and Fixes the Source of the Mold in Your Home

Attics in the cold winter weather seem to stand still in time, but any microorganisms inside remain active. Ice dams and snow accumulation can work against Hampton homeowners when shingles develop weak areas. Microbes that receive even small amounts of water from melting snow trapped overhead by ice buildup can become highly active. The cold only inhibits their growth slightly.

To help protect Hampton properties from extensive mold damage, SERVPRO technicians apply a unique anti-microbial agent, Concrobium, to at-risk surfaces. Concrobium is safe around children and pets, but deadly to microorganisms.  

The microorganisms already present when an application takes place become encapsulated. As it dries, any microorganisms covered slowly become crushed, rendering them inert. Other microorganisms, including spores, that travel to the treated area later cannot obtain the moisture necessary to grow because of the chemical composition of the anti-microbial agent.

Even in somewhat small areas, we can protect against the effects of mold damage. We can apply Concrobium in a spray, as a fine mist, instead of painting it onto walls. Because it contains no bleach or other strong-smelling chemicals, residual odors do not cause problems like other chemicals might.

When mold affects an attic, the problem might seem as if it should not spread to other areas of the home, but vents can permit this to happen. Furnace activity causes slight air currents inside your attic, and these can lift up loose spores.  

Whenever spores become airborne inside your living space, they can colonize any other areas of your home where moisture accumulates. Windowsills often gather a great deal of moisture from condensation. Windows which receive little natural sunlight often experience much more mold activity than windows facing East or West. Other places where infestations can grow quite rapidly include in and around unwashed laundry, under sinks, and inside closets with damp outerwear.   

SERVPRO of The Seacoast is always ready to help property owners fight microbial infestations by removing mold damage and helping provide the protection needed to prevent future problems. Contact us at our local number, (603) 433-4300, for our 24-hour, 7-days a week service.

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What Is Soot And Why Does It Form After Fire Damage To Hampton Homes?

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fireplaces Can Cause Smoke Damage and More to a Hampton Residence. Need help? Call SERVPRO

Clean Up from Fire & Smoke Damage Calls for Professional Help

Dealing with soot is one of the most time-consuming parts of fire damage restoration. Residue quickly settles on all kinds of surfaces after a fire, and the cleanup is a genuine struggle for homeowners in Hampton who are dealing with the aftermath of a blaze. However, what is soot, why does it form after the fire?

Soot is the fine brown or black powder that clings to and discolors surfaces in the home after fire damage in Hampton. Soot is what gives items that charred and blackened look. Smoke is a by-product of the incomplete combustion of materials; as wood, paper, plastic and other materials burn during a house fire, they produce residues and release particles into the atmosphere.
 
The composition of soot makes it slightly sticky, which means it clings to surfaces and is difficult to remove. As well as looking unsightly, this residue reduces air quality, and a smoke-damaged house does not feel like a home. SERVPRO is on hand to help with fire damage cleanup and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
 
Whether or not an item is salvageable after smoke damage depends on how porous the material is. It is far harder to clean residue from a weathered and aged wooden table than it is to clean it from a smooth glass or polished metal surface.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians arrive ready to thoroughly assess your property and devise the best cleaning plan for you. We advise you on which items are salvageable from soot damage and which are not. SERVPRO trains our technicians in a range of cleaning techniques and equips them with everything they need to scrub, scrape, and wipe soot from the surfaces in your home.
 
After cleaning, we set to work deodorizing your home as well. We understand that it is hard to settle back into your house when it smells of smoke. We have thermal foggers, ozone generators, and air scrubbers on hand to rid your home of smoky smells and leave it fresh once more.
 
For help with soot and smells in Greenland, Exeter, Portsmouth, Hampton and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 today.

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Dealing with Inventory Loss in a Commercial Flood Damage Situation in Exeter

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Exeter Proprietors Rely on SERVPRO for Fast Response to Flooding by Using the ERP Plan

Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Stock Damage

Inventory management is an important task for any store that sells goods in Exeter. A proper inventory management system monitors sales, generates reports about the stock on hand, and schedules replenishment of products. A storm, sudden or not, can lead to inventory loss due to the flood damage incurred. When this happens, you should adjust your books to reflect the shrinkage and then call a good restoration company to assess and remedy the situation.
 
If your warehouse or store has been hit by a storm, you may sustain considerable inventory loss that can compromise your business. When this happens, SERVPRO can send a team of commercial flood removal experts to Exeter for assessing the situation and restoring your property. We follow IICRC guidelines in every emergency, thus ensuring a smooth and efficient restoration process.
 
Inventory loss occurs when the stock count is less than the original number that the business carries on its books. While some flood damage situations can ruin merchandise beyond repair, SERVPRO can salvage particular property most of the time. One way you can reduce inventory loss is protecting your stock from commercial flood damage beforehand. This involves conducting periodic inspections of your store and then repairing it as needed. Ask us about our ERP Program, the Emergency READY Profile Plan.
 
Commercial flood damage caused by as a storm is considered a casualty loss. SERVPRO can help you sort out the damaged items from your inventory without adjusting the value of goods sold. We can also perform tasks such as document restoration ( with a freeze-drying process called lyophilization) and water damage repair, which are essential for the continuity of your business.
 
Our catalog includes water removal from walls, furniture, ceilings, sub-floors, ducts, and carpets. We have specialized moisture detection equipment that can come in handy in areas where standing water is not immediately visible. If the water remains unattended for too long, SERVPRO has a team of mold remediation experts who can treat the mold growth that is bound to occur.
 
 As a long-term member of your community, SERVPRO of The Seacoast offers 24/7 commercial flood damage services and is ready to respond to your emergency anytime. Call us at (603) 433-4300.

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Full-Service Solutions To Mold Damage Found In Your Portsmouth Area Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Usually Requires Professional Help for Remediation--Rely on SERVPRO

Remediation Is More Complicated Than Wiping Up a Mold Stain

Mold reproduces by devouring organic materials used to construct your home. They prefer dark, damp, humid areas and create small, lightweight seeds, called spores. These seeds travel through the air, gaining access to portions of your Portsmouth home through open airways, or by catching a ride on your shoes or even a household pet.  

Mold spores can usually survive for a very long time, even before settling on an acceptable surface. However, after finding an adequate site, molds rapidly develop into large contaminated areas within 24 to 48-hours, continually spreading throughout your Portsmouth area home, causing mold damage as the growth process continues.   

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that any homeowner experiencing mold growth should seek professional help removing any standing water or wet materials found on your property, as they serve as breeding grounds for many microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, and mold. Whether you experience a freshwater flood, sewage back-up, roof leaks, or plumbing issues, mold and mildew can develop soon after.

A qualified mold remediation specialist, like those offered at SERVPRO, can provide you with the professional services you need to remedy the problem and even give you tips that help prevent mold growth in the future. It takes a keen eye and advanced equipment to combat mold found on your property, especially on larger areas where there may also be hidden dangers that exist. SERVPRO’s mold remediation specialists use physical methods to remove contaminated materials, following strict guidelines to contain the affected area, preventing further spread and limiting exposure to clean sections of your home. We pay close attention to furniture, upholstery items, bedding, and toys, using advanced cleaning and disinfection techniques to restore contents if at all possible.
 
SERVPRO technicians may inspect every section of your home to determine how far the contamination has spread, eliminating potential problems one at a time before installing new materials that make your home look like new again.

Contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast for full-service solutions throughout the Portsmouth and Exeter areas, we are here to help. Dial (603) 433-4300 for fast, efficient services.

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Flood Damage in Portsmouth After a Storm

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO right after a storm and flooding for best results. The longer that you wait, the more damage there will be.

SERVPRO's Fast and Efficient Response Dries Out Your Property and can Prevent Secondary Damages

As we are all seeing on the news this week, extreme weather can drop millions of gallons of water into a relatively small area overnight. It overcomes river banks, levees and dams in less than a day with people’s homes sitting helplessly in the way.

When flood damage in Portsmouth is from a storm system, there is the additional threat of contaminated water to homes. There are soil and other debris not present with a broken hose from a dishwasher. That can mean more property has to be replaced rather than restored which translates to thousands of dollars in additional costs. This situation makes the cleaning services offered by SERVPRO just as important as water removal.

Our first action to clean and restore property is to get it out of the water. Since the items sit on the floors, for the most part, merely removing the water is not enough. Our response team places furniture and other items on wood or cinder blocks. Raising the property gets it off carpets and wood floors which prevents wood finishes and paints from leaving stains. It also helps water to drain and puts airflow over and under the property.

Next, we inspect everything. If there is any soil or other contaminants found on the surface, we start cleaning immediately. If it does not spread and stain more of the surface, our specialists use brushes to remove heavy soil. Brushing is effective on hard surfaces like bookcases and tables, but may not be possible on fabrics like curtains, drapes, and upholstered furniture.

When it comes to cleaning, every SERVPRO office has access to a nationwide network of antimicrobial cleaners and commercial detergents. In the decades we have been in the restoration business, we have found very few stains that cannot be removed by our technicians. The EPA approves everything we use for residential purposes. For those items heavily soiled and stained, we use a special immersion tank that forces bubbles into the cleaning solution and over and through the property.

Cleaning up after a storm is not a fast or easy process. At SERVPRO of The Seacoast, we have the experience and training to put your home back together and return it to its original state so you can return to your life before the storm. Call us at (603) 433-4300 today.

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Portsmouth Water Damage to Homes Occurs Daily

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Portsmouth Homeowner Makes the Call to SERVPRO for Water Removal

SERVPRO Advises on Mitigating Damage in Your Portsmouth Property, Then Call Us

Flooding in a home is usually an internal issue. Most of the water that spreads over floors and causes other problems for Portsmouth homeowners and residents come from broken plumbing or failed appliances such as water heaters and dishwashers.
 
When water damage to Portsmouth homes happens, the first step is to get the water out. SERVPRO has decades of experience in New Hampshire to quickly accomplish this using highly trained personnel and the most up-to-date equipment in the restoration industry. We use commercial grade pumps and even bring in our generators or generator trucks to ensure an uninterrupted power supply when needed.
 
We never recommend to customers that they attempt major or even minor restoration tasks. There are, however, a few items they can take care of safely and immediately. Some they can accomplish even as they call our SERVPRO office. We can provide IICRC certified technicians to quickly restore your water damaged structure.
 
First, turn off the water. If the damaged pipe or appliance is putting out a constant flow of water, cut it off at the source or shut off the main water leading into the house.
 
Second, shut down the power. We recommend doing this from outside of the house if there is any chance that the water has gotten high enough to get into the electrical sockets. Besides damage to the outlets, there is the risk of electric shocks.
 
Third, move only items that can quickly suffer or cause damage. Some varnishes and other finishes on furniture rapidly dissolve when exposed to water. These items need to be removed from the house or at least set on blocks to avoid staining carpets, rugs, and wood floors. Keep in mind that water is heavy and an upholstered sofa can absorb enough so that two people cannot even move it.
 
When it comes to removing water and restoring the effects left by the damage it causes, you need to contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast. Regardless if it is a split water line in an Exeter garage or a rusted-out water heater in Greenland, we are here to help. If you need our services, call today at (603) 433-4300.

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Homeowners: Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Below-Freezing Weather

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

 As the weather dips into colder temperatures, it is crucial to protect your home’s water pipes against freezing. Untreated pipes in your basement and crawlspaces can be an expensive and scary scenario for any homeowner.

Why Frozen Pipes Are a Problem

Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.


A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.


In the U.S., frozen pipes cause significant damage every year, but they often can be prevented. Taking a few simple steps, even now, may save you a lot of aggravation and expense.

Prevention

There are three common causes of frozen pipes:

1. Quick drops in temperature
2. Poor insulation
3. Thermostats set too low

Luckily, there are a number of preventative steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Check the insulation of pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If Your Pipes Do Freeze ...

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • If your house or basement is flooding, turn off the water valve and call 1-800-SERVPRO.
  • Do not touch or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water due to electrocution concerns.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Every year, many building fires are caused by people trying to thaw frozen pipes. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • Again, if your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on and call 1-800-SERVPRO. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55°F.

 

9 Positive Effects of Giving to Charity

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

You might be surprised to learn that, ultimately, it might be you who reaps some of the best rewards of your donation. Here are nine positive effects of giving to charity.

1. Experience More Pleasure
In research conducted by the National Institutes of Health2, participants who chose to donate a portion of $100 they were provided enjoyed activated pleasure centers in the brain. Although this experiment was controlled and scientific, it did show that donating money simply makes you feel better, which is something we can all benefit from.

2. Help Others in Need
We don't live in a perfect world, and there's never going to be a perfect time to give—but there are always people out there in need of help.

3. Get a Tax Deduction
If you give to an IRS-approved charity, you can write off donations on your tax return. Donating your cash is a great way to reduce the amount of money you send off to Uncle Sam, and for a good cause, to boot.

4. Bring More Meaning to Your Life
When you donate money to charity, you create opportunities to meet new people who believe in the same causes that inspire you. That, and making a real impact on those causes, can infuse your everyday life with more meaning. 

5. Promote Generosity in Your Children
When your kids see you donating money, they're much more likely to adopt a giving mindset as they grow up. 

6. Motivate Friends and Family
When you let your friends and family know of your charitable donations, they may find themselves more motivated to undertake their own efforts to give.

7. Realize that Every Little Bit Helps
You don't need $10,000 to make a difference in someone's life. In developing countries, even just a few US dollars could result in a week's worth of meals for a starving child, much-needed medical attention, and even improved schooling. 

8. Improve Personal Money Management
If you set a scheduled $100 donation each month for a particular charity, that can motivate you to be more attentive to your own finances in an effort to ensure you don't default or fall behind in your monthly donations. Anything that gets you to pay closer attention to your bank account is a good thing—especially when it helps those in need.

9. Give, If You Can't Volunteer
This might not necessarily be a positive effect of charitable giving, but if you're too busy to volunteer or otherwise donate your time, giving money is the perfect workaround. Never think that you can't improve someone's life or the world itself if your personal or professional schedule won't allow the time. Writing out a check is a simple way to show you're willing to help others in any way you can.

Do you know of any other positive effects of donating money to charity?

Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in the basement of a local Church. The Church is a historical building built approximately 120 yrs ago & is home to 2,500 parishioners.

Fire and smoke damage to your home or business can be a huge and unexpected bump in the road.  SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience in the fire and smoke restoration business.  At SERVPRO, our disaster restoration experts will be there to help you clean up and restore your home or business to its pre-loss condition.  Our certified team offers customers professional restoration expertise while providing the highest level of integrity, quality and service, including but not limited to the following:

  • Work directly with your insurance company and assist you in the claims process
  • Deal directly with professional dry cleaners to get your clothing back to you quickly
  • Smoke and odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Structural cleaning with environmentally friendly methods
  • Cleaning and storage of personal belongings
  • Climate controlled storage
  • Complete Demolition
  • Thermal Fogging and Ozoning on site or in our cleaning facility

Fire spreads a variety of chemicals and soot, depending on the source of the fire.  This creates challenges in cleaning and decontamination, which can be hindered if not done properly.  In addition, smoke can be caustic in nature resulting in the necessity for prompt removal to minimize damage to fabrics, ferrous metals, electronic devices, chrome and painted surfaces.  Our Disaster Restoration Experts are ready to respond 24 hours a day to start the cleaning and restoration process to help minimize the damage.

Our project managers will support you throughout the entire restoration process, informing you every step of the way.  Property damage by fire, smoke and especially water must be treated promptly and efficiently to ensure the best results and prevent further damage.  We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including holidays for any emergency. At SERVPRO, our IICRC certified team will make sure your loss situation is handled correctly and professionally to minimize discomfort, inconvenience and unnecessary additional costs. We specialize in insurance claims and we'll even bill the insurance company directly so you have one less thing to worry about.

We know a home or business disaster such as a fire is a traumatic event.  No one expects a fire to happen to them, and therefore they frequently are unprepared for what they must do to help return their lives back to normal.  Our goal is to help you regain control to make your damage "Like it never even happened."

Movember

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

"Growing facial hair is fun. Helping out my fellow man by growing a flawless moustache is as good as it gets." -Tyson Bostrom

Since the beginning of the month, we have been contemplating the spirit of Movember whose origins are to raise awareness for men’s health issues. If you are interested, you can donate directly on the Movember.com website.

To a lesser and more entertaining extent, we thought this would be an excellent chance to show you the efforts of our fantastic Project Manager, Tyson. He believes strongly that cancer awareness and research is important for all cancers, and is quite excited to embarrass himself this month in the hopes of raising a few dollars. This is Tyson’s fourth year in a row participating in Movember.

If you would like to make a donation via Tyson’s page, visit https://us.movember.com/donate/payment/member_id/8610093/.

We would like to thank all who have already donated -- every penny makes a difference!      

Thank you!

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

It’s Thanksgiving week, and you’re probably looking forward to spend the weekend feasting with family and friends!

But before we get to the weekend, we want to spend some time saying ‘thank you’ to all those who’ve helped make our business what it is. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be so happy and successful doing what we love!

On that note, we’d like to give out a huge thank you to all of our customers for using our services, giving us feedback – both positive and negative, helping us build a better company and staying with us while we do.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hurricane Matthew

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Two feet of water filled the downstairs of this apartment during Hurricane Matthew.

Our crews are finally coming home in time for Thanksgiving! They have been helping clean up in North Carolina after the mess Hurricane Matthew left behind.  This picture shows damage in an apartment building before we performed services. 

SERVPRO has the best Storm Team in the country, equipped to mobilize wherever disaster strikes. Our franchise is proud to play a part in helping people all over the nation in need of assistance.

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