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What to Do Before Flood Damage in Hampton

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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.

Visit https://hamptonnh.gov/ for more information about Hampton.

Limiting Mold Damage in Exeter

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Limiting Mold Damage in Exeter  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)

Why SERVPRO 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. 

Click here for more information about the city of Hampton. 

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

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

Exeter was first settled in 1638 as Squamscott.  Click here to read more.

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

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Has Water Damage Left an Unpleasant Odor in Your Exeter Home? 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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Exeter Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO's Advice for Mold Prevention

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Exeter Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO's Advice for Mold Prevention 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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The Biggest Problems With Water Damage in Greenland Homes

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Biggest Problems With Water Damage in Greenland Homes 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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