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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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Is Mold Damage Common During the Colder Months in Dublin?

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Damage Common During the Colder Months in Dublin? Steam from a hot shower can cause mold damage.

The Different Ways Mold Can Grow During Winter Months

People often believe that mold only grows when temperatures are warmer, thinking that winter in Dublin is a “mold free” time. With nearly 100,000 different strains exhibiting different growth requirement, mold can take you by surprise. We offer strategies to correct conditions that encourage molds to multiply and have the skills and experience to remove current colonies.

A house buttoned up for the winter in Dublin ironically may provide better conditions for mold damage than the same dwelling in the summer. When windows and doors are tightly closed, your home has a harder time maintaining a balanced humidity level. The steam from cooking, showering, and laundering contributes the moisture needed for mold spores to activate and grow. Our mold remediation team employs EPA protocols to rid your home of existing mold and educated suggestions to reduce the risk of future infestations.

Another way mold takes hold during the winter relates to the level of insulation near your roof line and the condition of your gutters. If your upper interior spaces leak warm air because of inadequate insulation or missing seals along joints, any built up ice and snow in your gutters may melt, force itself under shingles, and leak into your attic or upper living spaces. The trapped slushy mixture is called an ice dam, and SERVPRO inspectors often identify the clogged problem area by noting the spectacular icicles hanging from the affected gutters and downspouts.

Water soaking into an attic may go unnoticed long enough for mold to grow, typically after 24 to 48 hours. As the water migrates downwards, the mold follows, finally becoming visible as staining or leathery or feathery colonies on ceilings or walls. SERVPRO remediation experts use moisture monitors and scanning devices to locate the dampness or hidden pockets of water feeding the mold damage.

We contain the moldy areas, using plastic sheeting and advanced technology like negative pressure air scrubbers that filter and vent the mold particle-filled air to the outside. Then SERVPRO technicians remove and bag the mold, including any porous building materials, fixtures, or personal possessions infiltrated with the fungi. The moldy debris is disposed of according to local regulations for hazardous waste.

Then the SERVPRO crew members review the various reasons mold is finding sufficient quantities of moisture, and make suggestions to reduce winter interior dampness significantly. Examples include using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom, and ensuring that your clothes dryer vent is clear and exhausting to the outside. Eliminating ice dams include clearing and repairing gutters and downspouts while concurrently upgrading insulation and sealing heat leaks in your home’s upper levels.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is your mold remediation partner every season of the year. Set up an evaluation and schedule the remediation by calling (603) 352-7251.

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Smoke and Fire Damage from Matches in Keene

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Fire Damage from Matches in Keene A simple match can cause fire damage to your home, call SERVPRO immediately after the fire is out if you experience a house fire.

SERVPRO's Highly Trained Technicians Understand the Smoke Damage Left Behind by a Fire

Some children in Keene have a fascination with fire, and the opportunity to play with matches presents a huge temptation. However, it is a dangerous situation as well, since most children do not realize how easily a fire can start and how quickly they can spread throughout a home. Many times, fires are caused by children playing outside with matches and the wind catching fire.

Matches need to be kept out of reach of any children, but sometimes accidents still happen. Fire and fire damage to your Keene home from matches is an unfortunate and hard lesson for anyone to learn. Once the fire is out, your home needs the help of professionals to get it cleaned and repaired back to its original state. SERVPRO has the training and tools to get the job done correctly and in a timely fashion.

One thing we have to fully understand about a fire is the smoke damage that is left behind. As smoke travels from its source, it flows around your home and obstructions with the air current which arrives it. Each thing in the way tends to pick up residues from the smoke as it passes by, acting as a filter. The farther the smoke travels from the source, the fewer residues it has.

SERVPRO techs know that smoke follows airflow patterns throughout your home, spreading residues within the structure. Convection currents many times follow the direction of heating mains and tubing in homes where hot water heating is. Smoke goes upward behind radiators, which results in more substantial deposits on walls right about these units.

Some areas of your home get more smoke residues than others because of the airflow pattern. The cavity above a suspended ceiling can also serve as an air return and have heavier smoke deposits than the ceiling underneath it. The cavity can spread residues to a broader area of the home as well.

Closed doors do not stop smoke. We might find heavier concentrations around or under closed doors, around the edges of carpets, and around cracks. As the smoke flows around and through cracks, it deposits heavier concentrations of residues.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County understands all the places to check for smoke and soot residues so that we can thoroughly clean your home after a fire to make it safe again for you and your family. Residents in the areas of Swanzey, Dublin, and Fitzwilliam should call us as soon as the fire is out at (603) 352-7251.

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How Can Professionals Help Deodorize Your Walpole Home After a Flood?

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Can Professionals Help Deodorize Your Walpole Home After a Flood? Walpole Flooding Can Destroy Carpets, Call SERVPRO for Fast Water Removal

Foul Smells Often Accompany Flooding Incidents, Get Water Removal Fast

Water damage after a natural disaster such as a storm, hurricane or floods can have a long-lasting impact on your Walpole home. Even after the standing water is removed, the residual moisture can cause many problems if not properly eliminated. One such problem is odors.

Here at SERVPRO, our IICRC certified technicians work round the clock to eliminate residual moisture and odor from your Walpole home after flooding. We use multiple strategies to eliminate even the strongest odors lingering after water removal. Here are some of the methods that our technicians use to help your home smell like home again.  

Deodorizing carpets
Carpets are notorious for developing a dank, foul smell after a flooding incidence. If the water is severely contaminated, the flooring material must be discarded. The odor can linger on long after the water is removed from your property if proper measures are not taken during the process.

SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered disinfectants to sanitize both carpet and the underlying floor and eliminate the odor at its source. We also use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers and Thermal Foggers to combat tough-to-eliminate odors.  

Odor problem can be quite a huge problem if your upholstery is damaged during the flooding. SERVPRO technicians use some of the strongest deodorizers to combat upholstery odors. We understand that upholstery fabric can be delicate and use caution while cleaning and deodorizing such materials. Soft brushes and foams are often employed for cleaning.

Hard surfaces and floors
Even hard surfaces such as hardwood flooring and floorboards can develop a smell after flooding. We use EPA-registered disinfectant and foggers to eliminate odors from such surfaces.  

Walls, ceilings and other areas
Although walls and ceilings do not pose a significant odor problem, we make sure that they are treated with disinfectants and deodorizers to prevent any future issues. Our technicians also use deodorizing pellets to eliminate any sharp scents resulting from accumulated water.

The best way to eliminate odor problem is prompt water removal. Most issues arise due to inefficient water removal and drying.
Call SERVPRO of Cheshire County at (603)352-7251 today to schedule an appointment with our experienced and trained experts and get rid of that odor once and for all.

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