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Characteristics of Smoke from Fire and Fire Damage in Your Jaffrey Home

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Characteristics of Smoke from Fire and Fire Damage in Your Jaffrey Home Dryers and lint can, unfortunately, be the cause of a fire in your home. Contact SERVPRO to discuss remediation and fire prevention tips.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Fire Process, and How to Best Remediate the Damage Left Behind

Not many people in Jaffrey consider the danger of their clothes dryer in regards to fires. Sometimes a faulty appliance is to blame, but many fires can be prevented with the proper venting of your dryer. Reduced airflow from lint accumulation provides the perfect conditions for a fire. Lint is extremely combustible, so keeping your dryer free of it is essential.
 
Many newer homes have dryers located away from an outside wall, which means they are vented longer distances, and there are more places for lint to gather. Your home could be at more risk for fire and fire damage in Jaffrey from a lint buildup if your dryer has more extended venting. If you have experienced a fire already, contact our professional staff at SERVPRO for help restoring and repairing your home.
 
When dealing with fire damage of any kind, we also deal with smoke and smoke damage. During a fire, as burning materials decompose, they release gases, solid particles, and aerosols which become suspended in the air. These suspended gases, particles, and aerosols make up smoke.
 
The invisible components of smoke are gases. Oxides of nitrogen are made when organic compounds burn, and sulfur dioxide is made when inorganic compounds burn. SERVPRO techs understand that some of the gaseous by-products from a fire, like hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, are very dangerous if people are exposed to the smoke during the fire. Once it has been extinguished, and the smoke has been dispersed and evacuated, gases are not a significant factor.
 
Besides fire gases, smoke consists of aerosols and fine particles as well. The solid particles of material that are not burned are usually small particles of carbon. Aerosols are very fine liquid or solid particles which are suspended inside gases. The particles, while suspended, are what makes smoke visible to us. They absorb odors, making soot stink.
 
Once smoke settles on surfaces, it is known as soot. These residues can contain different acids since sulfides and chlorides in smoke combine with humidity in the air or with moisture to make acids. Acidic soot residues cause corrosion and discoloration of materials over time.
 
Because of this, SERVPRO of Cheshire County works quickly to clean the residues from your home in Dublin, Swanzey, or Fitzwilliam after a fire, helping to prevent additional damage. As soon as the fire is out, contact us at (603) 352-7251 so we can restore your home in a timely fashion.
 
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Repairing Flood Damage in Keene

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Repairing Flood Damage in Keene When water from a sink or washer flood your home, water can get under the flooring requiring a professional restoration team.

SERVPRO is Here to Help When You Experience Flood Damage in Your Home

Despite being so close to I-95 and the coast, Keene homes still deal with flood damage from much more common, and boring, water sources. A rusted out water heater or a refrigerator with a split water line can pour hundreds of gallons across the floor as quickly as a major thunderstorm.

When this type of flood damage happens in a Keene home, the water level does not usually climb very high unless it happens in a basement where there is no place for it to drain. That usually means it spares the interior walls from the effect of being underwater for an extended amount of time. SERVPRO understands that this does not mean the home is fine, however.

When flooding starts in the kitchen, there is a risk the water gets into the seams of the linoleum and starts to soften the glue. There is little chance of the surface pulling away from the concrete underneath, but this does allow air and water pockets to form.

To stop this, SERVPRO specialists remove the water and then examine the surface for raised points or curling seams that indicate a potential problem. We start by turning off the water if the homeowner has not already. Next, we use a combination of pumps and extraction wands to draw the water off the floor and out of the home.

Once the floor is dry, we look for any raised spots in the linoleum. We accomplish this step quickly before the glue hardens, making it more difficult to eliminate any pockets. We try to force the bubble out of the nearest seam, but if this is not possible, our IICRC certified technicians carefully cut a slit in the middle of the bubble, insert a small amount of fresh glue, flatten it, and then trim the edges to fit together snugly.

Returning any home to its original condition is not a simple procedure. If you are dealing with the effects of flood damage in your home after a broken sink, failed clothes washer or another source, call SERVPRO of Cheshire County today at (603) 352-7251. We are here for you.

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The Importance of Fast Response to Mold Damage in Your Walpole Residence

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance of Fast Response to Mold Damage in Your Walpole Residence Finding mold in your home can be devastating. Contact our team at SERVPRO when you first see mold for a quick reply and great results.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene Ready to Remediate the Damage the Mold Infestation Has Caused in Your Home


You might surprise yourself to learn how many Walpole homeowners have little idea about the conditions that can allow mold and fungal growth in their house. While this occurrence is not something that is widespread by any means, the reality is that it can happen to any home at any time in the right conditions. Combatting these environments can help to ensure that your house stays mold free, yet for many, they do not realize that they have the appropriate environment for fungal growth until they already have colonies forming.
 
Mold damage in your Walpole home is nothing that you should put on the back burner and deal with at a later date. In fact, the more that gets understood about mold and fungus growth in your home, the more it gets attributed to health effects that could impact you and your family. This fact solidifies the need to have the situation resolved as quickly as possible, and done by professionals who have experience in mold removal and damage remediation.
 
Our SERVPRO mold remediation specialists get certified to the high standards of the IICRC. This training gives our technicians the latest methods and strategies for mold remediation for all varieties of mold and fungal growth. From the moment that our technicians arrive at your house, we begin sectioning off the affected area to prevent the spread of active spores to new areas of your home. This process involves shutting off your air conditioning or forced air heating and utilizing our negative air chamber and air scrubbing equipment to neutralize spores in the air.
 
Dehumidification is the next step to follow, which coincides with the removal of present colonies in the affected area. Our equipment deeply penetrates into the materials where the colonies seat, removing the entire organism and preventing further growth. Pulling the moisture from the air utilizes our large dehumidification equipment to efficiently do the job, though you might get encouraged to continue efforts on a smaller scale in this area of your home when the source of the moisture cannot get easily identified.
 
Finding mold growing in your home is not something that you want to allow to occur. With all that we know about the health effects that could result from exposure to mold and fungus, trust SERVPRO of Cheshire County to help you remediate the damage it has caused. Contact our specialists today at (603) 352-7251.
 
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Avoid Obvious Mistakes When Fire Damage Occurs in Your Keene Home

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Obvious Mistakes When Fire Damage Occurs in Your Keene Home Attempting to clean fire damage on your own can cause further damage to your home.

Rely on Professionals for Proper Fire Damage Remediation

Most of us are anxious to clean our homes after a fire damage incident, but did you know you might waste your time and cause further damage if you do not seek professional assistance? If you are insured, working towards reducing the claims is necessary at this stressing time. Not all buildings in Keene are safe to re-enter after such incidents; it is crucial first to do a pre-inspection.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you prevent further fire damage in your Keene property. If there is some water on your property, we work towards drying the area. We achieve this by installing fans and ventilation in the rooms. If the incident took place during warm weather, we could run a dehumidifier once we have shut all the windows. Sometimes when the weather is cold, we can opt to operate your heating system, and the cold air can help in moisture removal.

If you fail to thoroughly dry draperies, floors underneath and carpets, mold can start to grow and lead to permanent damage. We also know that copper and brass can corrode after exposure to smoke, so we use a copper cleaner to do the cleaning. As a safety measure, we wrap furniture legs using aluminum foil and remove oriental rugs from wet carpeting.

Soot is oily and to protect your household textiles, draperies and carpets from possible stains, our SERVPRO team attempts to remove it before deodorizing and cleaning items. When removing it, we may hold an operating vacuum cleaner nozzle just above the area with the stain. We avoid using an upright vacuum or vacuum attachments since the soot may be forced into the fabrics by the brushes.

Our team from SERVPRO also performs deodorization to remove smoke odor from draperies, carpets, and upholstered furniture. The deodorants that thermal foggers dispense eliminate the odors by neutralizing and breaking up their molecules.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is an industry leader in commercial and residential restoration. Call us at (603) 352-7251 when you need remediation services, and we can make it "Like it never even happened."

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What to Do When Water Damage Becomes an Immediate Issue in the Keene Area

3/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Do When Water Damage Becomes an Immediate Issue in the Keene Area MIshaps Often Lead to Water Damage in Keene Homes--Call SERVPRO for Help

Rely on SERVPRO for Fast Water Removal Service

It is not an uncommon story: something has gone wrong in your home, and it has caused water damage. Whether this damage was caused by a broken sump pump, washing machine, too much rain, or anything in between, you need not worry about your Keene home. Professional help is not far.

A variety of complications can cause water damage in Keene. If too much rain falls this spring and that rain overwhelms your sump pump, flooding can occur as a result. Flooding in your basement can cause considerable damage to your property, as the basement contains the foundation of your home. For the protection of your home, it is crucial to address this issue immediately. This type of water damage can continually add to future structural problems.

Luckily, SERVPRO is nearby. Our IICRC certified technicians are excellently trained and reliable. Our technicians specialize in water damage restoration and can work swiftly and professionally. Not only can we efficiently remove all of the water from your property but can implement advanced drying techniques to ensure that no lingering moisture can cause further damage. Water removal and drying affected areas work in tandem.

We can address all types of water damage in your home. We are certified and capable of skillfully removing moisture from delicate items such as your floorboards or even your drapes. No matter the situation, if your property is damaged, we know the solution to the problem.

SERVPRO works with you to make sure all of the water damage in your home is well documented. We do this to make communications with your insurance company more manageable as we are willing to assist you with the claims paperwork. We want to make sure that you have the most stress-free experience possible while we handle the restoration of your home and restoring it "Like it never even happened."

Here at SERVPRO, we strive to achieve a level of excellence that enhances our reputation as trustworthy leaders in the field of cleanup and restoration services. We want to better the community by providing a service that is always punctual, professional, and effective. Your home is safe in our hands.

If your home suffers from water damage of any kind, do not wait. You can rely on SERVPRO of Cheshire County for 24/7 service. (603) 352-7251

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The Identification and Quarantine Processes for Mold Damage in Walpole

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Identification and Quarantine Processes for Mold Damage in Walpole Containment Barriers and PPE--Personal Protection Equipment--Readies SERVPRO for Mold Remediation to Properties in Walpole

SERVPRO Establishes Containment Barriers During Mold Remediation Services

When SERVPRO representatives arrive at your home in Walpole to combat mold damage, the first thing they do is attempt to identify the source of the problem and establish a quarantine. From there, we can be relatively confident that mold cannot spread any farther in the home, and that we can concentrate our efforts on a smaller problem area. However, this is often easier said than done, as many quarantine arrangements can be complex and challenging to set up. Furthermore, locating the exact location and spread of mold is difficult without the aid of complex tools like moisture detecting thermohygrometers.

While you may have a general idea of where the mold damage to your Walpole home may have originated from, the nature of our work requires exact measurements, locations, and readings. Our moisture detection equipment and certified mold remediation training enable us to identify accurate locations, shapes, sizes, and spreads of fungal colonies in the home, even those that have not yet reached maturity and would be impossible to detect for the average homeowner. The focus of our work is to eliminate the threat of the mold, and without thorough detection, we cannot accomplish this goal. SERVPRO is a mold remediation company and not a mold assessor.

Once we have a clear picture of where the fungus is and how far it has spread, we can establish containment procedures for isolation purposes. By assembling plastic or poly sheeting, we can limit the migration of mold dust and spores into unaffected areas of the home. Depending on the size of the infestation, this can be over a single corner of a single room, a larger area, entire rooms at a time, or even the entire building. While we understand that quarantines can be an inconvenience for your household, they are essential if we hope to complete our work. We do our best to keep cleanup and remediation times to a minimum as we strive to make the entire process easier for you.
 
SERVPRO of Cheshire County provides mold remediation and related services to communities in the local area. If you have identified signs of mold damage in your home, contact us at (603) 352-7251.

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Water Removal from Basement After Heavy Rains in Dublin

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Removal from Basement After Heavy Rains in Dublin Basement flooding can damage many things that you have stored as well as any exercise equipment. Contact SERVPRO for quick action.

SERVPRO Technicians Methodically Dry Out Your Flooded Basement and Lower Overall Humidity to Prevent Secondary Damages

Your basement in Dublin can flood at any time, even if it has never happened before. Most flooding occurs during heavy rainstorms. The flooding can occur from flow or seepage through your foundation floor or walls. Basements are inherently prone to flooding, as they are the lowest level of your home and usually partly or entirely below ground level. Rain can seep into your home through poor lot grading or an unmaintained foundation with cracks in it.
 
When rainstorms have caused flooding in your Dublin home basement, you need to act fast to get the water removal done. Water is quick to damage any belongings you may have stored in this area of your home, and additional damage, such as mold growth, can begin shortly after an area is saturated. SERVPRO is always standing by with the training and tools to help get your home dry again fast.
 
Getting your home dry fast is essential, and four factors affect how much time is needed for drying which includes how much water needs to be evaporated, the temperature of the area, humidity, and air movement.
 
When temperatures are between 70 and 90 degrees, drying occurs faster since hot air can hold more moisture. If heat is not available, SERVPRO staff may use portable heaters. The temperature in affected areas should ideally be between 70 and 80 degrees.
 
The more water we pump or extract from your structure, the less we have to remove with dehumidifiers. Liquids are faster and easier to remove than gases, and physical extraction is 1200 more times efficient than dehumidification. We use a submersible pump if there are two or more inches of standing water in your basement. We spend the extra time extracting to reduce drying time later. If there is carpeting in your basement, removing the pad first helps to speed things up.
 
Relative humidity is how much moisture is present in the air at a given temperature. Dehumidifiers are the most efficient way for us to lower the relative humidity. They remove the evaporated moisture from the air and return the affected area to its normal humidity levels.
 
The last thing important to drying is air movement. Air in your water damaged basement usually is humid and damp, slowing evaporation. When we blow the damp air out and bring in warm, dry air, it speeds up the drying process. We position the air movers correctly to help us and change the location of them as drying progresses to promote thorough, even drying of all surfaces.
 
SERVPRO of Cheshire County has the proper tools and experience to dry your basement in Swanzey, Walpole, or Fitzwilliam back out again after rainwaters have seeped in. As soon as you realize a problem, give us a call at (603) 352-7251 so we can get there fast and avoid further damage.

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Lingering Effects From A Small Fire In Your Jaffrey Bank

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Lingering Effects From A Small Fire In Your Jaffrey Bank Don't Burn Up Your Bank Inventory in Jaffrey, Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Electrical fires can happen at a moment's notice and without giving off much of a warning. When it comes to professional establishments like the Jaffrey bank you manage, even a small electrical fire that sparks could lead to a high-stress situation. While your primary concerns rest with the sensitive information and money that you have on site, lingering effects from the fire can make it difficult for you to conduct routine business.  
 
When you are recovering from fire damage to your Jaffrey bank, getting things restored quickly is very critical to your overall business model. As a bank, you can always get assured that people are going to come into your establishment on a regular basis regardless if they have new business or not, but having your doors open is an overall statement of the dependability of your brand and convenience to your customers who bank regularly with you.  
 
While the extinguishing efforts were minuscule for a small electrical fire to your building, there are lingering effects which make it difficult for the employees and clients to want to be around. The odor is usually one of these lasting effects that make it hard to run a business, but SERVPRO has the tools and expertise to handle this symptom quickly and efficiently.  
 
With the use of a dense fogging machine, our SERVPRO technicians release a chemical compound onto the materials, surfaces, and air in the affected area where the fire occurred. The chemical itself is odorless, and when it interacts with noxious scent molecules present in the area, it neutralizes these molecules. Then a pleasant scent can be sprayed to enhance the ambiance and indoor air quality.

Smoke and soot damage might not be excessive in a localized electrical fire, but cleaning the area gives your building back its presentable appearance. Depending on the severity of the damages and its thickness, our technicians utilize scrubbers that run with a wet solution or dry to remove this film from the surfaces in the region of the fire.  
 
Your bank is a staple of the community that gets used every day that you are open, and it is because of this that you should seek out the professional assistance of our SERVPRO of Cheshire County team whenever you are facing an emergency situation like this. You can reach our certified restoration specialists anytime by calling (603) 352-7251.

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Drying Behind Cabinets After Flood Damage in Your Walpole Home

1/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying Behind Cabinets After Flood Damage in Your Walpole Home Cabinets can harbor mold if not dried out correctly. Make sure that the kick board is removed and checked for moisture after an event in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Different Techniques to Dry Out Your Property Based on Where the Floodwaters Pooled

The weather in Walpole, just like anyplace else, can be unpredictable. You never know when severe rain or thunderstorms can blow through town. Besides wind and lightning strikes, torrential rains can also be a problem, causing flooding as the rain comes down faster than it can properly drain. When something like this occurs in your neighborhood, you do not have to face it alone.
 
Flood damage to your Walpole home from storms can be overwhelming to deal with. After your home floods, there is much work to be done in getting it back in order. That is why SERVPRO is always available to help you when you need. We can get to your home quickly, and we have the training and equipment needed to take care of the water and damages in your home.
 
Drying walls and floors behind or under cabinetry can be tricky. Walls behind cabinets take more time to dry since there are multiple layers of the cabinet back and drywall. The cabinets’ construction affects drying. If there is no back, we may be able to drill holes in the wall so air can circulate into the wall cavity. Once the wall is dry, we cover or patch the holes.
 
If the walls were exposed to moisture for an extended period, and the sheetrock could loosen, SERVPRO techs think about drilling holes in the top of the wall, which lets greater airflow into the wall cavity. If the wall is an exterior wall, the fiberglass insulation might also be saved using this technique.
 
The space below the cabinet is known as the toe-kick. It is usually made of a material which is less expensive than the cabinet boxes. Base molding could be mounted on the front of the toe kick. We remove the base molding and drill holes in the toe-kick to provide airflow under the cabinet. The area is treated with the right biocide, and then we use a vent system to force dry air back into the cavity of the toe-kick. Once the drying process is complete, the shoe molding or base are replaced.
 
SERVPRO of Cheshire County takes time to dry and clean all areas of your home thoroughly so that your home in Jaffrey, Chesterfield, or Troy is safe again after flood damage. Just get in touch with us at (603) 352-7251 any time you need us.

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Commercial Water Damage in Your Coffee Shop Ceiling in Keene

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in Your Coffee Shop Ceiling in Keene SERVPRO has commercial grade equipment and training to properly remediate water damage found in your business.

Minimize Damages by Calling SERVPRO at the First Sign of Water Damage

If you are noticing ugly yellow stains on the ceiling in your Keene coffee shop, you are dealing with water damage. Not only are these stains an eyesore, but the discoloring means you have either interior or exterior leaking. It does not go away on its own and just grows worse if unattended. Some other signs include musty odors, peeling tape joints, and an increase in mold growth.

Somehow, water has made its way into your ceiling and caused commercial water damage in your Keene business. The likely cause is a pipe or roof leak. Either way, the help of professionals is needed to get to the bottom of the issue and clean up the mess. SERVPRO is the right company to call, as we not only have the right equipment and training, but we work quickly so your business can be in full operation again as soon as possible.

Our team first identifies where the water damage started in the first place and then work with professional utility companies and plumbers to ensure your building is secure against any more loss or damage. We remove any debris and hazards and then start removing the water from your commercial building.

Once SERVPRO staff have removed all the standing water, we start the structural drying process using the latest techniques and industrial equipment. As part of the cleanup process, we also use special treatments to stop the growth of mold on your property. If we find the mold to be already growing, we can clean up and remove the mess. Your property is also decontaminated to stop any more issues with mold, and we work alongside certified environmental hygienists to get tests and clearances, so you and your staff have peace of mind.

Once your building is dry and clean, we can start repairing the areas of your property which suffered the damage from the water leak. We work with your insurance company to determine whether sections of drywall, cabinetry, or flooring have to be removed and replaced, or if they can be restored.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County takes the job of restoring your business in Swanzey, Fitzwilliam, or Walpole seriously. We do not waste time in getting to your property after you call us at (603) 352-7251, so you do not sustain any more damage.

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