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

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Have Odors in Your Greenland Home from Flood Damage? SERVPRO is Your Solution 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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Become Familiar With SERVPRO's Proven Storm Damage Remediation Process in Hampton

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Become Familiar With SERVPRO's Proven Storm Damage Remediation Process in Hampton 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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Drying The Wall Cavities Of Your Hampton Property After A Flood Damage Experience

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying The Wall Cavities Of Your Hampton Property After A Flood Damage Experience 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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Storm Damage To Your Hampton Home Can Permit Flooding

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage To Your Hampton Home Can Permit Flooding 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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Overcoming Flooding In Your Hampton Finished Basement

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Overcoming Flooding In Your Hampton Finished Basement 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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Understanding the Factors Affecting Restoration of Your Hampton Home After Flood Damage

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding the Factors Affecting Restoration of Your Hampton Home After Flood Damage 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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Understanding the Deodorization Process After Flood Damage to Your Hampton Home

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding the Deodorization Process After Flood Damage to Your Hampton Home 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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Restoring Flood Damage in Hampton

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damage in Hampton 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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What to Do Before Flood Damage in Hampton

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do Before Flood Damage in Hampton 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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Flood Damage in Portsmouth After a Storm

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Portsmouth After a Storm 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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Hurricane Matthew

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Matthew 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.