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Basement, Crawlspace, And Carpet Water Removal In Dublin

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Basement, Crawlspace, And Carpet Water Removal In Dublin Water emergencies occur when homeowners least expect them.

Water Removal

Water emergencies occur when homeowners least expect them. It could be a burst pipe, a flood, or a broken appliance such as a water heater or dishwasher. Regardless of the source, unexpected flooding puts your home at risk and requires immediate water removal action.

At SERVPRO, we offer advanced water removal services for residents in Dublin and its environs. When you call us, we provide a detailed outline of our processes and answer all your questions to help alleviate your anxieties. We tell you about your options, what to expect, and how we can help. Our technicians are professionally trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Our services include flood cleanup, sewage water removal, basement water removal, carpet water removal, and mold cleanup. The restoration process is designed to eliminate rot, rust, and mold damage from the flooded house. Our emergency water extraction equipment is efficient at pumping out excess water to prevent serious water damage on structural components and property therein.

SERVPRO understands that exposure to sewage damage, which may accompany the water leakage in certain instances, is a serious health hazard. Neglecting to clean up sewage water damage can lead to an unhealthy and dangerous environment. Our water removal experts use various techniques to extract excess water from the basement, crawlspace, and other places where it may have traveled. We also have industry-standard antimicrobial products that can kill any bio-hazardous contaminants in the water.

Flooded carpet, in particular, can contain mold and other microbes that have damaging repercussions on any material they colonize. Carpets that have sustained extensive water damage, or have been wet for more than 24 hours, should be removed. SERVPRO Professionals can wash the underlying floor with an antimicrobial solution to get rid of any bacteria lingering behind. Carpet mold damage is inevitable in areas prone to wet conditions if quick water removal services are not provided.

When you need a quick and reliable water removal service in your area, SERVPRO of Cheshire County is there to help. We have an emergency water damage and flood damage response team on standby 24/7, every day of the year. For any help, call us today at (603) 352-7251.

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Stopping Mold Damage in Dublin

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stopping Mold Damage in Dublin Moisture causes mold to grow along with a food source, such as drywall. If you discover mold growth on your walls, call SERVPRO to remediate.

How Mold Grows and Spreads in Your Home

Mold is nearly everywhere in Dublin. The only places you do not find its spores are surgical theaters and clean laboratory rooms. Fortunately, the mold is not a threat unless it has certain conditions.

Mold damage in a Dublin home happens when these spores come into contact with enough moisture and food at the right temperature range. Since that range is about 68 to 86 Degrees, that covers most homes in New Hampshire and around the country, year-round. To stop mold and restore the damage, SERVPRO technicians have studied each growth pattern and determined the best way to interrupt it.

Spores are dormant until they come into contact with water. It takes very little moisture to cause several to expand, extending hyphae out. These structures grow out over and into surfaces, searching for a food source like wood, cellulose, natural fibers like wool and cotton, and drywall. Since it is impossible to remove all of these materials, our technicians pull down and dispose of those pieces already infested.

The temperature range for mold growth is also the comfort range for homeowners, raising or lowering it past those levels is difficult and expensive. Those levels must be artificially maintained to prevent future growth, which would be even more challenging, especially in cooler months.

Because of these factors, SERVPRO concentrates on removing the moisture source and then cleaning existing mold. The source inside a home is usually from a dripping or otherwise damaged pipe. To find the source, we trace the mold growth to locate the starting point. It usually gives us the moisture source so we can identify it and repair the leak, be it a pipe or even minor damage to the roof. Our technicians can repair all of this, to include replacing a roof if needed.

Once we stop the leak, we use anti-microbial sprays to destroy the active spores. If we find infested building material, we remove and dispose of it. It is necessary to destroy the mold first as that lowers the chance of accidentally spreading spores as we remove the infested pieces from the house.

For more information on what SERVPRO of Cheshire County can do to clear your home of mold, call us today at (603) 352-7251. We are here for you through any other type of disaster.

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Professional Remediation of Smoke and Fire Damage can Save Your Dublin Apartment's Deposit

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Remediation of Smoke and Fire Damage can Save Your Dublin Apartment's Deposit Smoke and fire damage can make your apartment uninhabitable. Contact SERVPRO and we'll work on getting you back your entire deposit.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Handle Your Smoke and Fire Damage Emergency

Few landlords in Dublin deem 'normal wear and tear' to include smoked-up walls or charred carpet holes. Finding this kind of damage in a dwelling during a move-out inspection is often grounds for forfeiture of the deposit paid when you first moved into the unit. Therefore, restoring your apartment's interior when such situations exist becomes crucial to have your funds returned to you when moving to another location.
 
Renting an apartment can help you save money for larger purchases, but unrepaired smoke and fire damage in Dublin can take that all away from you. Smoke damage can cause the same problems. SERVPRO can remove the signs that a problem ever existed so you can present your former home to the landlord in as good, if not better, shape in which you first rented the unit.
 
We specialize in removing all traces of the damage like greasy cooking messes, cigarette smoke, small burn marks on carpets and other surfaces, and other visible evidence. Strong odors can also create problems with a landlord who believes that it could cause future tenants to refuse to rent the unit, but we can eliminate bad odors, also.
 
Because we maintain a high level of discreteness when dealing with our clients, you can rest assured that we never divulge your apartment's details to your neighbors. We also aim to provide the highest possible quality services, so we take the time to earn IICRC-backed certificates in Carpet Repair and Reinstallation (RRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT). Regardless of how bad you might think a situation is, we can help. When we finish, your apartment should look and feel “Like it never even happened.”
 
At SERVPRO of Cheshire County, we include the renters in our community as vital partners in our local economy. Without rental income, property ownership in our area would not thrive. For all your smoke and fire damage needs, contact us at (603) 352-7251, 24/7, every day of the year.

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Dealing With Flood Damage in Keene After A Storm

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing With Flood Damage in Keene After A Storm When floodwaters affect your entire region, it's time to call the trained technicians at SERVPRO to remediate the damage in your home.

Removing Water Correctly After Flooding is Key in the Remediation Process

Although the attention is directed South right now, flooding can happen along our Eastern coast just as easily. Successful restoration of homes and property after a hurricane or any other storm depends in part on how quickly a response team arrives and when they start working.

Cleaning up flood damage in Keene after a storm can take a significant amount of time. It is important that a homeowner can contact a service and receive an immediate response to their request. It is why SERVPRO maintains a Response Team on a 24-Hour recall.

We know from years of experience that arriving at a home within an hour after the request for help is worth days of work and potentially thousands of dollars. The faster we can pump out any standing water means that walls, floors, and carpets start to dry out that much quicker. Depending on the size of the structure, our technicians can finish the job in less than a day. Even in larger homes (i.e., a mini-mansion), we take no more than two.

With the water gone, we start work on two keys tasks; drawing out water trapped in carpets and wooden floors as well as drying out walls with excessive moisture. For carpets and floors, we deploy several types of water extraction wands. These vacuum tools are designed to remove water without causing harm to the nape of the carpet or further damage to the surface of wood floors.

Removing moisture from walls and ceilings is a time-consuming task, but doing it right means we do not have to remove and replace ceiling tiles or drywall. Removing moisture is also a cost-saving option in most cases. Technicians set-up dehumidifiers to draw water from the surrounding air. Our larger units can remove over 20 gallons from the air each day.

Other Response Team members establish air movers at key positions in the affected rooms. These devices direct warm, dry air across wet surfaces to force out the moisture where the dehumidifiers trap and remove it. Drywall is fragile when wet, so we carefully control the temperature of the air movers to avoid damaging it.

Using these techniques as part of an overall restoration plan means we can help you return to a dry, safe home as quickly as possible. When you need our services, call us at (603) 353-7251 immediately. The SERVPRO of Cheshire County Response Team is here to help.

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Understanding Washing Machine Leaks in Your Dublin Home

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Washing Machine Leaks in Your Dublin Home Washing machines are helpful especially if you have a family. Should yours leak from the supply or the machine itself, call SERVPRO to remediate.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly on the Scene of the Water Damage to Prevent Any Secondary Damages from Forming

When you have a washing machine installed in your home, it offers up a huge convenience in keeping your family’s clothes clean. However, you could have a huge mess on your hands if the washing ever backs up, overflows, or is installed poorly. In a short time, your laundry room floors and any rooms nearby can be saturated with water which uproots tile flooring, seeps into floor joists and walls, and permeates carpeting and padding. If you do not clean the water up right away, you have a breeding ground for mildew, mold, and must odors which can weaken your home’s structure if not treated.
 
When leaks happen from the supply line of your washer, the water which leaks onto the floors of your home is clean. Most other water, however, is filthy, whether it comes from the sewer pipes or current load of dirty laundry, and can spread bacteria and water to nearby areas, besides creating other water damage issues in Dublin. After a washing machine problem, the biggest challenge is cleaning up properly. You not only need to dry the area thoroughly, but sanitize it as well to prevent mildew, mold, and offensive odors.
 
SERVPRO, a professional water damage remediation company, can come to your rescue in a situation like this. It is in your best interest to give us a call when you are facing a water damage disaster, as we specialize in all kinds of water damage restoration. If the damage is not properly cleaned up and your home dried, even from a small event, you can be looking at a lot of damage to your home.
 
Other causes of your washing malfunctioning can be due to it not being properly installed. You need a professional service to ensure proper installation to avoid accidents such as this. Hoses on you washing machine may also fail due to age. Hoses have only an approximate lifespan of five years before they need replacing.
 
The water level switch may fail, especially if there is a kink, clog, or small hole in the hose. Alternatively, the water inlet valve can break and not stop the flow of water into the tank.
 
No matter the issue, SERVPRO of Cheshire County can be to your home quickly with professional grade equipment to extract the water from your home and dry it out again. Just get in touch with us at any time by dialing (603) 352-7251.
 
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Commercial Property Owners in Keene Turn to SERVPRO for Assistance with Fire Damage Restoration

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Owners in Keene Turn to SERVPRO for Assistance with Fire Damage Restoration Keene People and Places Trust SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO Is Always Ready to Assist with Emergency Smoke & Fire Remediation Services in Keene

Our team is currently working on a job in Keene where a 4-alarm fire caused severe damage to two apartments above a well-established men’s clothing store. After Southwest N.H. and Mutual Aid firefighters successfully doused the flames, the owners of the structure, the Wichland Family called in SERVPRO.

After a thorough inspection of the Keene area property, we found extensive fire and smoke damage, as well as some water damage. One of the apartments required a complete demolition and reconstruction while the below unit had significant problems caused by water used to get the flames under control. Fortunately, the fire spared the men’s clothing store, which opened without incident the next day.

While our restoration of this property is still underway, SERVPRO would like to thank the Wichland Family for the opportunity to provide them with excellent services and reiterate our commitment to the ongoing project. We would also like to express a sincere thank you for the heartfelt letter placed in yesterday’s Keene Sentinel; we are honored to be among those chosen to respond to assist with your emergency.  Derek and Ryan Paul owners of SERVPRO are touched by the Wichland Family's published "Thanks to our Community" kudos.

Without the support of our customers, SERVPRO would not have the trust of the community. We intend on continuing to provide property owners with a variety of emergency response services that include fire, water, and storm damage, as well as mold remediation throughout the area. Our technicians make every effort to provide you with solutions to problems that develop on your residential or business property and put our IICRC-industry certification, equipment, and resources to the test every day.

With staff and crews available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, we can quickly respond to many problems that affect members of our local community. We have technicians ready to handle any size job you have in mind while also having the ability to think outside of the norm to produce the quality results you deserve.

Contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County for assistance with emergency situations that occur on your property in Keene, Jaffrey and Rindge. You are not alone; we also live and work in this great community. We have quality professionals standing by ready to respond, immediately. (603) 352-7251

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Take Our Advice To Avoid Further Mold Damage In Rindge

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Take Our Advice To Avoid Further Mold Damage In Rindge Moisture and Mold Work Together to Damage Homes in Rindge--Get SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Tips Reduce the Re-occurrences of Mold Proliferation

Mold spores await just two substances to multiply and grow -- water and a supply of organic matter to eat. Limit one of them, and you keep microbial outbreaks from destroying your home. Talk to the experts in mold remediation at SERVPRO about helpful hints that keep mold from coming back.
 
When you survive an outbreak of mold, damage like this to your Rindge home is an experience you really prefer not to repeat. Take full advantage of both the experience and the expertise we hold with regard to mold and how it grows to take some practical steps that minimize the chance of it disturbing your life again after remediation.
 
First and foremost, realize that even an industry leader like SERVPRO can never remove all mold spores from your house. Mold spores are an essential part of our environment, breaking down organic material so that it can be used again as nourishment for plants in the world around us. Some fungi directly improve the lives of individuals, examples being medicines, yeast for bread and molds for cheeses. These organisms usually live in balance with humans, and we inhabit the same places constantly.
 
The only way to keep your home free of unwanted and destructive mold colonies is to reduce the moisture that activates the spores. Our managers are eager to discuss strategies with you to limit the exposure mold spores in your home have to water. SERVPRO technicians know that just a small amount of water and 24 to 48 hours is all it takes to give mold a head start.
 
We suggest that after a water intrusion, contact SERVPRO restoration professionals before those 48 hours expire. Ignoring leaks or simply letting flood water recede are two of the most common reasons mold flourishes in a home. Failing to investigate unusual earthy or musty odors also put your home at risk of mold outbreaks as the organisms do not need sunlight to grow. Hidden mold colonies under appliances, in closets or between walls are remediable if you act when that characteristic smell announces a problem.
 
SERVPRO also counsels homeowners to install and use exhaust fans, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers appropriately and consistently in humid conditions. Mold grows easily when the air humidity tops 70 percent. Collections of damp articles are also mold breeding places, such as piles of damp laundry, wet outerwear that is not allowed to dry out and spills that puddle up without mopping.
 
SERVPRO of Cheshire County has practical advice to keep you from becoming a repeat mold abatement customer. Give us a call at (603) 352-7251 for a consultation to reduce your risk.

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Recurring Odor Issues After any Type of Commercial Fire Damage in Keene Hotels

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Recurring Odor Issues After any Type of Commercial Fire Damage in Keene Hotels Hotel rooms need to be free of unpleasant smells. If you have a fire or water damage event, contact SERVPRO to remove any lingering odors.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus on Remediating Fire Damage Including the Lingering Smell of Smoke

Hotel guests come from all different ethnic backgrounds and geographic locations and have specific reasons for traveling. Meeting hotel guests' needs and expectations include the normal situations as well as those that are highly unique. One that plagues hotel managers is complaints based on opinion, such as how a room smells.
 
Residents, tourists, and business executives who visit hotels in Keene can often detect smoke odors caused by past commercial fire damage. Any smoky-like odor can be highly disturbing to sensitive individuals. The root of an ongoing and steadily lingering odor can often be discovered quickly by SERVPRO professionals. Not all fire damage must be created by out-of-control blazes, and sometimes, guests fail to advise hotel staff of small fires that have happened. If a fire involved only removable items, the scent could still permeate walls, carpets, and draperies.
 
Depending on the odor's source, our technicians, relying on their IICRC training, can do one or more of several techniques that are long-lasting and quite effective. When carpeting is the source, injections into the carpet's pad with deodorizing liquid can be a highly effective solution. If fire damage has created a stench to envelop the walls, we can repaint them so they are resealed and fresh again. Draperies and upholstered items can be successfully cleaned at your hotel or our site, removing any unpleasant odors and imbued with a fresh scent again.
 
If guests complain to your staff about such situations, making sure that the problem is resolved can help prevent negative feedback posted online from adversely affecting future reservations. Showing a readiness, in addition to a willingness, to make things right for guests and to ensure their comfort can help your hotel's image. Guests in this type of situation are likely to be relieved that you are willing to do something, and possibly more prone to give your hotel and staff glowing feedback. Even if this is only on their social media profile, what they write can help many future guests decide to reserve a room at your hotel. This applies to fire damage-related issues and everything else that affects the quality of their experience.
 
SERVPRO of Cheshire County wants to help make your hotel as pleasant as it possibly can be for your hotel guests. If fire damage of any size has left behind unpleasant smells that are negatively affecting your guests, call us at (603) 352-7251. Our office is open 24/7, and we can help right away.

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Hurricane Effects In New England Cause Local Flooding in Jaffrey

7/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Effects In New England Cause Local Flooding in Jaffrey Too Much Water in Your Flooded Jaffrey Home? Contact SERVPRO for Emergency Service

Water Removal is Crucial to Mitigate Damage, Call SERVPRO

The entire East Coast of the United States braces each summer, concerned about the effects of tropical storms and hurricanes. Even in New Hampshire the force of a named hurricane making its way north can be shocking. SERVPRO awaits each hurricane season with confidence in its trained workers and specialized equipment.

Severe storms, moving up from the Caribbean still pack a punch days later, causing flood damage to your Jaffrey home. Persistent and heavy rains saturate the soil, and aging roofs and gutter systems discharge the water through your foundation into your basement. Several inches of water must be removed, a job for our professional restoration company. We can even supply portable and trailered-in generators to power our extraction equipment.
 
The power water has to damage dwellings is well known. SERVPRO knows how to rid your home of water and stop the damage from progressing. More importantly, we have the training and the experience to transform your living areas back to the condition they were in before the flood. The key to turning back the clock on flood damage is an immediate call to set up an inspection and to develop an individualized plan for your house.
 
Powerful truck mounted pumps, and water extractors remove standing water and pull lingering moisture out of carpeting or other floor coverings. Speed is essential when dealing with flood waters. If wetness remains even 48 hours, mold growth is possible in your basement. Residual moisture is monitored with precision instruments and reduced using air movers and dehumidifiers.
 
SERVPRO technicians also seek out hidden pockets of water, common in basements with cinder block construction. The cells in a block fill with water behind the face of the wall and feed mold if not removed. We have imaging technologies to find the hidden water and drain the areas with small holes drilled through mortar joints or at the bottom of individual blocks.
 
Often mechanical systems including heating and cooling are located in the flooded areas. SERVPRO evaluates if it is safe to operate the systems so recently immersed, and works with other contractors to restore their safe function. Families also store items in basements, and we help homeowners inventory and examine articles submerged. We offer advanced drying methods for non-washable items like electronics, books, and documents. This may range from freeze drying documents in a process called lyophilization to ultrasonic immersion bubble cleansing of soft fabrics.
 
SERVPRO of Cheshire County is ready to respond if heavy rains cause flooding in your home. Call (603) 352-7251 anytime, day or night, to schedule an inspection and service.

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Is It Possible To Prevent Mold Damage To Your Jaffrey Home?

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is It Possible To Prevent Mold Damage To Your Jaffrey Home? Mold Remediation in Jaffrey? Call SERVPRO

Not Totally, So Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Mold Remediation

Mold is a serious issue for homeowners. Mold looks unsightly, often gives off a distinctive and unpleasant odor, and can even cause health effects or damage to your house and your belongings. One thing mold loves is a damp environment, and high humidity can be a factor in providing such an environment. Now you might say that New Hampshire is not as humid as, say, Florida or Louisiana, and that is quite correct. However, New Hampshire can still get quite sticky, and it can certainly rain plenty, both of which conspire to create an ideal breeding ground for fungus.
 
Perhaps you wonder if it is possible to prevent mold damage to your Jaffrey home. It is important to know how mold functions. Mold spores are microscopic and are present in many places indoors and outdoors. Spores can easily enter your home on your clothing or footwear, or in the fur of a pet. Spores are everywhere.
 
Some cleanup companies claim they can remove mold; do not trust them. It is not possible to eliminate mold completely. That is why we recommend calling SERVPRO: Our IICRC-certified technicians understand the science of mold growth and how best to contain it.
 
Our professional teams have all the equipment necessary to thoroughly clean your home of mold, including HEPA vacuums, air scrubber machines, powerful detergents, and even fogging machines. We use a range of cleaning actions including vacuuming, scrubbing, wiping and dipping to deal with fungus.
 
After your SERVPRO visit, is there anything you can do to help prevent a recurrence of mold? Yes, there are some things. One of the most important things is to keep the humidity in your home below 45, which you can do using a dehumidifier. Our team uses dehumidifiers to dry out your home to an acceptable level before we leave and we use moisture meters and probes to be sure we have done a thorough job.
 
Keep an eye on all areas of your home and deal with any damp immediately. Your house needs adequate ventilation to discourage mold growth, and you might also consider using mold retardant paints in areas such as your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. Sun filled rooms also discourage the growth of mold.
 
Although it is not possible to completely remove or prevent mold, you can discourage its growth by staying vigilant and by calling SERVPRO if you spot any growth. Contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County at (603) 352-7251 today for advice and assistance.

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Timely, Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services For Your Winchester Area Restaurant

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Timely, Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services For Your Winchester Area Restaurant Water damage in your restaurant's kitchen can definitely shut you down for a while. Call SERVPRO should you have a leak or other damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Take Pride in Quick and Thorough Water Damage Remediation at Your Business Location

A leaky roof, broken pipe, or malfunctioning appliances lead to dangerous situations that put your business at risk. Water can damage your merchandise, supplies, and equipment while also causing severe damage to your facility.
 
Significant commercial water damage can lead to closing your Winchester restaurant for good. At the very least, it causes a loss of revenue that most companies cannot do without these days. You need access to qualified professionals who are ready to provide you with the expert restoration services you deserve, a company that puts every effort into making damages on your property disappear, “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO technicians understand how unattended water damage continues to cause harm over time. Making it necessary to make quick, informed decisions, performing quality restoration services today, that saves you from significantly damaging problems, tomorrow. Remember, it takes as little as 48-hours for mold to enter the fray, creating changes to your indoor air quality and potential health risks for you and your customers.
 
At SERVPRO we take pride in our ability to erase the damage done by water, including damages caused by hidden problems. Our technicians put years of training, experience, and specialized equipment to work for you, ensuring the removal of all remaining moisture and a fast, effective drying process that you can count on to limit secondary damages that often develop over time.
 
SERVPRO teams work tirelessly to clean, deodorize, and repair every damaged item found on your property. Our experience gives us a unique perspective when it comes to cleaning delicate cooking utensils or high-dollar appliances. We also use an appropriate antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant to treat potential health risks, returning your property to a safe, healthy condition.  
 
By responding quickly, providing expertly trained technicians, and utilizing a variety of resources at our disposal, we deliver quality results for customers caught in terrible situations. Contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County to receive the services you deserve and get your business back up and running as soon as possible. (603) 352-7251

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Why Fire Damage Remains One of the Worst Catastrophes a Keene Area Home Withstands

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Fire Damage Remains One of the Worst Catastrophes a Keene Area Home Withstands Fire damage is not something that a family wants to experience. But if it does happen, SERVPRO can be your ally through the entire process.

SERVPRO Technicians React Quickly SO that Items can be Repaired Rather than Replaced

Your home may be built rock-solid, but fire can affect even the strongest and best-built homes anywhere in surprising and unexpected ways. When fire strikes, smoke is also produced. This smoke is not the only other aspect to a house fire besides the fire itself.
 
Keene area homes that suffer from having fire damage also have other problems. Smoke, as noted above, as well as water from firefighters' hoses, left-over chemicals, such as foaming agents, used to extinguish fires, and soot deposits are prevalent problems.
 
These different aspects of a fire and the efforts to put that fire out are why fire damage can be one of the worst types of damage a home might ever sustain. After a fire, and only when it is safe to enter, does a family often have their first look at how much damage has been done to their home and their personal belongings. Doing this can be a very traumatic event in a person's life, and this alone can add to the overwhelming feeling of loss.
 
At SERVPRO, even though we see this kind of destruction on a constant basis, we always know that the damage is new to our customers. We fully understand that it may seem insurmountable to the family, but we also can guide them in how to recover in the fastest manner possible. Because of the high possibility that water has damaged more than the structure but also much of the contents inside the home, contents that may have been irreplaceable, we always are available to explain the options available in restoring different types of materials. It is not only the home that needs to be restored after a fire. We also restore the home's contents.
 
When water has damaged photos, we have access to photograph restoration experts. Books? Not a problem, as we have lyophilization capabilities with other SERVPROs located nearby. Clothing soiled by soot and saturated with water? We can wash those items at our site so that mold and mildew have no chance to begin growing, creating more damage. Children's toys and furniture soiled and filthy because of the smoke that swirled around them? We have that covered, too, and can return them to a like-new state once again, where they are free of any grime or chemicals that could harm your children's health.
 
If your home has been through a fire, even a small one, we can help. Call us, SERVPRO of Cheshire County at (603) 352-7251, for more information on how we can help you and your family return home, safe and secure, once again.

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How Water Damage in Keene Affects Residential Walls and Ceilings

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage in Keene Affects Residential Walls and Ceilings When water damages your walls or ceiling, many factors including insulation must be considered for remediation. Call SERVPRO without delay.

SERVPRO Technicians Are Trained to Remediate Different Types of Affected Materials After Water Damage

The first stage of water damage repair is restoring safety to the site and preparing it for work. Once movable items and debris are offsite, the next step is to extract water from the structural materials. However, the exact method of treatment depends on the nature of the material (level of porosity) and how long it has been wet.

Water damage in Keene homes affects walls and ceilings differently because they are made up of various substances. Some get substantially weaker when wet and start to crumble and degrade. They are very hard to salvage. On the other hand, some other materials stand up well under pressure and SERVPRO thoroughly dries and restores them.

Wallboard

Most modern homes contain wallboard as a covering for walls and ceilings as well, sometimes. The problem is that it is very porous and soaks up water like a sponge. If wet for an extended period, it becomes increasingly weak and may disintegrate upon contact. For this reason, SERVPRO normally discards damp wallboard.

Plaster

Plaster is a tougher material and can survive water damage if it is not too severe. The material is a slow dryer, but given enough time, cutting holes in the wall is one way to achieve this. Holes are made on both sides of an interior wall so that the technicians can circulate clean air and regulate the humidity.

Insulation

There are three forms of insulation, and they all respond to water in different ways. Styrofoam is the hardiest material. Often, it can be quickly cleaned with a hose and left to dry independently. Cellulose insulation is very sensitive and does not lend itself well to wet or dry cleaning. It can hold on to water for long periods, so it is best to replace it. Fiberglass insulation may be salvageable if the liquid is clean and is not likely to contain any contaminants.

Wood

When given space and time to dry naturally, wood normally bounces back its original shape. The problem here is that, if the wall contains multiple layers, they may dry at asynchronous rates. It is one of the leading causes of separation when the layers detach from one another. Wood sills and studs are relatively easy to paint over or cover with fresh wallboard. If this is a suitable option, it reduces the risk from any leftover contaminants and, therefore, makes it less likely that the material gets discarded.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is your number one choice for water damage repairs. We are a local service so you can expect a fast response. Call us 24/7 at (603) 352-7251 for more information the variety of repairs available.

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Get Help With Mold Damage In Your Cheshire Home When You Need It Most

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Get Help With Mold Damage In Your Cheshire Home When You Need It Most Keene Property Mold Damaged Walls Get Remediation and Cleanup from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Assessments and Remediation of Mold Infestations in Cheshire


Roof leaks expose your home to outdoor elements, providing water access to various areas. If left untreated for more than 24 to 48-hours, mold growth is likely to occur. When you find a problem with your roof and are unsure of how long the problem has existed, you want to protect your family properly by hiring a company you trust to perform a mold assessment immediately.
 
You can minimize the losses you experience from mold damage found on your Keene area property by acting fast. Have a professional technician determine the extent of exposure found on your property and let them get to work now, not later. They can help you protect furniture, electronics, and other personal items found in the affected area. Get the help you deserve to reduce any losses you experience and help get things back to normal quickly.
 
Mold damage can cause significant problems. Various surfaces, both hard and soft, found in your home; including walls, ceiling, carpets, drapes, floors, subfloor, and structural components can all become exposed. It is important to have a trained professional, such as our SERVPRO mold remediation specialists, locate and repair moisture sources causing the problem. You may have leaks in several locations resulting from broken shingles, torn flashing, or clogged gutters, all of which require specific attention to rectify.
 
SERVPRO AMRT technicians can perform most services necessary to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition, controlling mold growth, and help get things under control in the quickest, most efficient way possible. We can produce results that reduce indoor humidity levels and control conditions that expose your home to mold growth. We can provide any necessary cleaning and disinfection methods necessary to return your living environment to a safe, healthy one that you and your family can enjoy. "Like it never even happened."
 
Our technicians track down hidden problems, reduce risks associated with exposure, and take the time to explain our services in detail. SERVPRO technicians never offer services you do not need and communicate openly during your entire restoration process. We even help with your insurance claim paperwork to make everything as stress-free as possible.
 
Give SERVPRO of Cheshire County an opportunity to provide you with the services you deserve to get mold damage in your home under control. Call anytime, day or night; we are available when you need us. (603) 352-7251

May is Building Safety Month

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services May is Building Safety Month Call SERVPRO of Cheshire County today to get your building emergency ready!

What is building safety month? 

Building Safety Month was founded in 1980 by the International Code Council. The council originated to encourage builders and building owners to adopt modern building code and to ensure compliance among builders worldwide in order to promote public safety. A diverse network of over 57,000 partners nationwide including government municipals, non-profits, corporations, and private organizations all come together to address issues and safety concerns regarding the structures where we work, play, and live. 

By following modern and up to date codes and regulations provided by the International Code Council (ICC), builders and property owners can help break the cycle of our local communities suffering repeat damage and injuries caused by natural disasters. Additionally, by ensuring your business or home is up to code you can help protect the environment and preserve our natural resources. 

Following the ICC's codes and regulations can help promote a safe environment however, chaos and confusions are often the by product of a disaster. With the help of your local SERVPRO Franchise you can help reduce some of this chaos. By having an Emergency Ready Profile in place, you have the chance to reduce damage in an emergency. For example, a sprinkler head can produce 8-24 gallons of water per minute. Do you know where the shut off valve is in the event of a malfunction? A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan is a comprehensive document which contains the exact location of shut off valves and vital contact information. Additionally, our Emergency Ready Plan can be accessed via our iPhone and Android mobile app 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because disasters don't stop just because it's not business hours. For more information about our Emergency Ready Plan, contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County today!  

Eliminate Harsh Odors By Spring Cleaning

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Eliminate Harsh Odors By Spring Cleaning Your local SERVPRO franchise can help you eliminate harsh odors so you can finally smell the fresh spring air!

Birds are chirping, and the air smells fresh and clean. It's officially Spring and with the warmer weather comes the annual tradition of spring cleaning! Whether it's your home, business, or office, the environments we interact with on a daily basis may be requiring some extra tender love and care after the harsh New England winter. Similarly, maybe you are selling a home and want to relinquish years of cigarette or pet odors that just won't go away. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate even the worst odors. 


SERVPRO Franchise Professionals do not cover up lingering odor with a fragrance instead, they seek them out and neutralize them at the source. SERVPRO's own proprietary line of cleaning products are used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Additionally, any item that can be restored in the affected area will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. 


Along with deodorizing, SERVPRO of Cheshire County also offers the following cleaning services: 



  • Carpet Cleaning 

  • Upholstery and Drapery Cleaning

  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning 

  • Hard Flood Cleaning 

  • HVAC and Air Duct Cleaning 


For a cleaning backed by state of the art equipment and professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today to schedule your Spring Cleaning! Whatever your Spring Cleaning needs, SERVPRO of Cheshire County has you covered! 

What's Lurking in Your Ducts?

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your home or facility should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home. Over time, different contaminants or foreign objects can enter and collect in your air ducts that may diminish the indoor air quality of your home or office or cause other damages to your HVAC system. 

A routine part of your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional's repertoire is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). By keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean you can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which in turn may help you save money. Similarly, duct cleaning may not always be necessary. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained on how to properly inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This simple inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork. 

Below you will find the steps to the SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System an industry leading and cost efficient method: 

  • Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, your SERVPRO Franchise uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. 
  • First, our technicians use a roto scraper which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct in order to remove debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16 gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean. 
  • Sealant or coating may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns and filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt. 

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County today!

Emergency Evacuation Kit

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

Community Emergency Evacuation Kit You never know when you will need your emergency evacuation kit so don't delay and make one today.

Disasters can happen in the blink of an eye, which is why it is imperative to be prepared. The American Red Cross recommends having the following items packed and ready to go in an easy to carry bag in the event of a sudden evacuation. 



  • Water- 3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day

  • Food- 3+ day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food 

  • Flashlight 

  • Battery powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) 

  • Extra batteries 

  • First Aid Kit 

  • Medications (7 day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane) 

  • Multipurpose tool 

  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items

  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)

  • Cell phone with chargers 

  • Family and emergency contact information 

  • Extra cash 

  • Emergency blanket

  • Map(s) of the area

  • Tool/supplies for securing your home

  • Extra set of car keys and house keys 

  • Extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes

  • Rain gear 

  • Insect repellent and sunscreen

  • Camera for photos of damage 


Additionally, some members of your house hold may require extra items for example: 



  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl) 


Being prepared is vital to ensuring your family's safety and all of us at SERVPRO of Cheshire County are here to make any disaster, "Like it never even happened." 

Mother Nature: Beautiful Disaster

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Mother Nature: Beautiful Disaster SERVPRO of Cheshire County provides emergency response services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mother nature in New England, with its vibrant fall colors and vast landscape, is breathtaking. However, despite all its beauty, we are often the subject of particularly harsh natural disasters. Storm and flood damage can be especially devastating and immediate action is needed in order to minimize your damage and make even the worst disaster, "like it never even happened." You'll need a company you can trust to rise to the occasion. SERVPRO of Cheshire County has almost 30 years of experience handling even our most historic storms, which is why you can always rely on us. Additionally, with a network of over 1,700 franchises across the country, we have the resources to handle any size disaster. SERVPRO franchise professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm related emergencies. 

Our technicians are highly trained water damage specialists with expertise including, but not limited to, water damage restoration and applied structural drying. However, we understand that water and storm damage affects much more than just the structure of your home or business but, it also affects your belongings. We know that your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home and that valuable business documents cannot be replaced. This is why our franchise specializes in restoring damaged contents versus replacing them. When your valuable documents including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO franchise professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. All of us at SERVPRO of Cheshire County are dedicated to help you make any disaster, "like it never even happened."

Help to Make Cold & Flu Season: "Like it never even happened"!

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Help to Make Cold & Flu Season: "Like it never even happened"! A professional cleaning is a great way to help minimize the chance of illness at your commercial property this cold and flu season!

Has cold and flu season taken a toll on your office staff? SERVPRO of Cheshire County is here to help you make this year’s illness, “like it never even happened.” When your office needs go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can call on SERVPRO for prompt service. We know that the key to a successful business begins with a happy and healthy staff so, whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.  Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we will strive to restore your business to a healthy working environment.


Additionally, ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. SERVPRO of Cheshire County professionals routinely inspect heating, ventilation and air conditioning units (HVAC) so, make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business this winter. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:



  • Dust

  • Pollen

  • Odors

  • Dirt and debris

  • Other contaminants


Our professionals will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of you and your system. Call us today for a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and professionals trained to the highest standards. All of us at SERVPRO of Cheshire County wish you a safe and healthy remainder of this cold and flu season.

2017 Resolution: Be Prepared

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

General 2017 Resolution: Be Prepared With our mobile app, you can now access vital information about your building that may save you from costly repairs.

With the turning of a new calendar year, most individuals have a plan to better themselves. However, you may be forgetting an important aspect of your resolution: a plan to better your business in the case of a disaster. Approximately fifty percent of businesses that have a disaster may never reopen. Being prepared is imperative in order to keep your business running all year long. This is why many local businesses, including ours, have completed a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile. This thorough document includes vital information about your building including emergency contacts, shut off valves, and priority areas. Preparation is key to having your business survive even the worst disasters. Lastly, this year we are taking our Emergency Ready Profile to the next level by including complimentary access to our app. Now, you can electronically store and access your profile on your smartphone or tablet because we know disasters won't wait. With 45 years of restoration and mitigation experience including over 1,700 franchises nationwide, SERVPRO is here to help you make any disaster, "Like it never even happened." Don't delay and call your local SERVPRO franchise today for your free business assessment. 

The 2016 SERVPRO CWWC Food Drive Results!

12/23/2016 (Permalink)

Community The 2016 SERVPRO CWWC Food Drive Results! Thank you to everyone participated in our 3rd annual food drive!

Our third annual collaborative food drive is in the books and we couldn't be more humbled and amazed at the generosity of our business partners who contributed. Together, we donated a total of 1,048 pounds of food to the New Hampshire and Vermont food banks. 

Between the two states, about 300,000 individuals turn to their local food bank for assistance. We are so beyond grateful to the following businesses for their participation: 

 

A.H. Rist Insurance. All State Insurance- Ted Harris. Bellows-Nichols Insurance.

Bob's Fuel. Campbell & Boyd. Cheshire Oil. Clark-Mortenson Insurance.

Finn & Stone Insurance. Galloway Real Estate. Greater Falls Insurance. 

Hill Family Insurance. Kapiloff Insurance. Keating Plumbing & Heating.

Lawrence & Wheeler. Liberty Mutual- TJ Kelly. The Masiello Group. Muse Realty.

Nationwide-Frazer. Parker Agency. RE/MAX Town & Country- Keene.

Richards Group-Bellows Falls. State Farm- Greg Carlson. State Farm- Craig Vickers. 

Swanzey Oil. Woodstock Insurance

 

Thank you so much for your support. Merry Christmas to all and best of luck in 2017!

Waste No Time With Sewage Backup

12/22/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Waste No Time With Sewage Backup Whether it’s a fire, water, sewage, biohazard or mold emergency or the cleaning of carpets, floors, air ducts etc., we are ready for whatever happens!

Hosting a holiday gathering with family and friends can often be stressful which is why SERVPRO of Cheshire County is here to help you avoid a major problem. Believe it or not, sewage backup is a common holiday problem. With homes hosting more guests than usual there are a few steps you can take to help reduce your risk of a potential backup. 

Cooking. With cooking being a staple of the holidays, it's imperative to be cautious as to what exactly goes down your drain. You should avoid putting grease, cooking oil, sauces, and fibrous vegetables (celery, lettuce, and onion peels, etc.) down your drain. Additionally, pasta, potatoes, rice, coffee grounds, and egg shells are potentially hazardous as well. A good mantra to abide by is, when in doubt, throw it out! 

Toilet Paper. Remind guests to avoid flushing anything except for toilet paper down your toilet. Many common bathroom items such as paper towels, feminine products, and diapers should not be flushed down as they don't disintegrate the same way as toilet paper does. It may be helpful to keep in mind that the drain which connects your home to the main sewer is usually no bigger than four inches wide. 

Take care of your sewer line. Many homeowners don't realize that they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the main sewer line attached to a home or property. Over time, a main sewer line can deteriorate, crack, collapse, or even become obstructed. Also, be mindful of any soggy spots in your yard, especially if it hasn't rained recently. This could indicate a leak in the water line. You should contact your municipality or sewer department immediately with any questions or issues regarding your line. 

Time is of the essence in any disaster however, that is even more accurate with a sewage backup. With foul odors and bacteria in the air, it's imperative to act fast to minimize your damage. SERVPRO of Cheshire County is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you restore your property.

Keep Your Holiday Lights Festive, Not Frightful

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

General Keep Your Holiday Lights Festive, Not Frightful Santa made an early visit this year to SERVPRO of Windham and Windsor Counties!

The holiday season is a time for gathering with friends and family to enjoy precious moments and quality time. As the weather outside turns frightful, we rely on the warmth of our homes to host these gatherings with loved ones. Lights, candles and decorations are part of what makes the holiday season so magical however, if you are not careful, that magic could turn dark.

SERVPRO and the American Red Cross have teamed up to offer some tips to help reduce your risk of fire in your home or business this holiday season. 

  • Keep Christmas trees, candles and any other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and do not use any light strings or other holiday decorations with frayed electrical cords.
  • Before going to bed or leaving your property, ensure tree and holiday lights are unplugged.
  • Extinguish candles before leaving a room or going to bed and never use lit candles to decorate your tree.
  • Keep curious pets and young children away from Christmas trees and only use sturdy tree stands.
  • When using your stove top, keep anything that can catch fire away from the area such as: pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper/plastic bags, food packaging, towels or curtains.
  • After guests leave, designate one person to walk around the home/property to ensure candles and other smoking materials are properly extinguished.

If disaster does strike during the holidays, SERVPRO of Windham and Windsor Counties is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to make it "Like it never even happened." We wish you a merry and bright holiday season!

2016 SERVPRO CWWC Food Drive Has Begun!

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

Community 2016 SERVPRO CWWC Food Drive Has Begun! SERVPRO CWWC Co-Owner, Derek Paul, displays one of the food donation boxes for this year's drive.

As we turn the calendar to December, three things are certain: the Holiday season is upon us, the snow will be flying soon, and the SERVPRO CWWC Holiday Food Drive is about to kick off! Now in its 3rd year, the SERVPRO CWWC Holiday Food Drive is a collaborative effort captained by SERVPRO of Cheshire, Windham and Windsor Counties to collect non-perishable food items for donation to New Hampshire and Vermont Food Banks. In the first year of the food drive, SERVPRO CWWC worked together with 8 different businesses and was by all accounts a complete success. Consistently gaining momentum since year one, the 2016 Food Drive has the support of 26 businesses throughout South Western NH, Southern VT and Northern, MA. Last year, over 1,200 pounds of food items were donated to NH and VT Food Banks. This year, our goal is to collect and donate 1 ton!

The collection boxes will be at each of the participating locations until December 19th. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for a list of the business locations to find a donation box near you. You can always stop by our Westmoreland, NH office to make a donation as well. Hope to see you soon, and thank you for your generosity!

Happy Holidays!

Is Your Property New England Winter Ready?

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is Your Property New England Winter Ready? SERVPRO of Cheshire County is here for you on call, 24/7, 365 days a year.

With the farmer's almanac calling for a classic New England winter, it's imperative to ensure your home or business is cold weather ready. 

By taking the following precautions you can protect your property from costly weather related damages. 

  • Winter weather such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow cause cause things such as tree limbs, branches, and power lines to fall which can potentially cause damage to your property and even cause personal injury. 
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper working order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building and clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.  
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. 
  • By simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing, you can reduce your risk of having your pipes freeze. For pipes that lay under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm air to circulate around the pipes. If your building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. 
  • Ask your local SERVPRO Franchise about completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. This program is at no cost to your facility and provides you with a plan to get back to business faster following a disaster. 

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is here for you when winter weather strikes. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season! 

Understanding The Behavior of SMOKE

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of Cheshire County professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restorations and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows your local SERVPRO Cheshire County to focus on saving your precious items.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber)-Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood)-Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)-Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)-While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue)- Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Celebrate Safely with a Recipe for Safety

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Celebrate Safely with a Recipe for Safety Celebrate Safely

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the national Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It's important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire-oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging and towels or curtains-away from the stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

September is National Preparedness Month

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage September is National Preparedness Month September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. During National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO of Cheshire Counties professionals want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing.

Develop a Business Continuity Plan

Your organization's risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope and location. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. Also establish procedures for succession of management.

Review Insurance Coverage

Insurance policies vary: Make sure to check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover.

Prepare your Emergency Planed

Your employees and co-workers are your business' most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, employee’s emails and other communication tools.

Practice the Emergency Plan

The ability to evacuate workers, customers and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a small strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.

Secure your Facility and Equipment

Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.

Improve Cyber Security

Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest of business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don't open e-mails form unknown sources and use hard to guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protections updates known as patches regularly.

SERVPRO has an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) to help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens." The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business. You can access the ERP online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app. Or call your local SERVPRO franchise professional to establish your Emergency READY Profile.

Tips on how to Celebrate Summer Safely

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips on how to Celebrate Summer Safely CELEBRATE SUMMER SAFELY

 Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July. Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren't considered. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer.Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are diaster-free!

  • Propane and Charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railing and out from under the eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fire reworks that may be left oer as they may still be active.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Fireworks Facts

  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
  • In 2013, sparkers caused 41% of fireworks injuries.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

Science of Water Damage Restoration

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Science of Water Damage Restoration SERVPRO of Cheshire County has specialty drying equipment for many different types of building materials and circumstances.

DID YOU KNOW there is actually a science to drying out a the structure of a building? Being affluent in Psychrometrics is essential in restoring a water damaged home or business to preloss condition. While an initial reaction may be to grab a few towels or a mop to clean up the mess and install a fan in the affected area, the professionals at SERVPRO of Cheshire County are trained in the science of drying and follow detailed industry-approved standards to reduce the chances of secondary damage. If your home or business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Cheshire County will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent further damage.
  • Measure the amount of moisture in in affected materials and will monitor whether they are drying effectively.
  • Expedite the drying process by installing state of the art drying equipment.

Why is it important to speed up the drying process? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment constantly seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, the natural drying process takes too long and therefore is a greater chance of secondary damage occurring before it is completely dry.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County have the tools, equipment and expertise to move this process along, including equipment specifically designed for drying hardwood floors, tough-to-reach areas inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of Cheshire County also uses cutting edge monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific method to effectively dry your home or business.

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Cheshire County's water restoration professionals have the training and equipment to make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Building an Emergency Supply Kit

4/26/2016 (Permalink)

Sever weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Know your risk of severe weather, and take action to better prepare yourself. Proactive planning can save your own life and the lives of others. 

 Knowing Your Risk

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards. 

 Taking Action

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place. 

 Build an Emergency Supply Kit

  • Water (one  gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Be an example

Once you have taken action to prepare for sever weather, share your story with your friends and family. Use social media to encourage and inspire others to do the same. 

Does Your Cheshire County Home Have A Mold Problem?

4/14/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 603-352-7251

Office Spring Cleaning Tips

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Office Spring Cleaning Tips Spruce Up Your Space

Birds are chirping and the temperatures have warmed up—spring is finally here! Spring cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.

SERVPRO® of Cheshire County can help get your facility in tip top shape. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include: upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and odor deodorization. 

A clean environment is a healthy environment! Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don’t worry, SERVPRO® of Cheshire County has the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time!

Spring Cleaning Your Workspace

  • Divide Your Workspace Into Zones:

Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

  • Keep Only What You Need At Arms Length:

Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you’ve established for them.

  • Sort Your Catch-All Drawer:

Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn’t being used.

  • Eliminate Digital Clutter:

Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files–with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.

  • Create A Daily Paper System:

Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled “To Read,” “To Do,” and “To File.” Establish set days for each, so that you don’t get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

  • Disinfect Regularly:

Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fi ngerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.

Tips provided by Forbes, The Dangers of a Messy Desk.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -603-352-7251

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Cheshire County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Cheshire County

SERVPRO of Cheshire County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Understanding Water Types

3/31/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Water Types Understanding Water Types

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.

  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.

  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.

  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.

  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

 Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.

  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.

  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

New Drying Equipment

2/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage New Drying Equipment New drying equipment delivered!

To keep up with the high demand from frozen pipes due to cold snap SERVPRO of Cheshire County, NH and Windham & Windsor Counties receives new drying equipment.

SERVPRO CWWC in the news!

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO CWWC in the news! Front Page of The Monadnock Shopper January 2016

SERVPRO of Cheshire County, NH and Windham & Windsor Counties, VT was recently featured on the front page of the Monadnock Shopper. 

Keene Sentinel Reader's Choice: Best Local Cleaning Service

11/11/2014 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Keene was awarded "Best Local Cleaning Service" at the first annual Keene Sentiel Reader's Choice Award!

SERVPRO of Keene Attends VIAA Conference

11/11/2014 (Permalink)

In September, SERVPRO of Keene attended a conference for the Vermont Insurance Agents Association in Burlington, VT. SERVPRO of Keene is an associate member of the VIAA.

SERVPRO of Keene Helps Local Library

11/11/2014 (Permalink)

Recently, a local library experienced water damage and were in need of timely and professional assistance. SERVPRO of Keene responded in a flash and began the drying process. The Library was able to reopen with hardly any disruption to its regular business.

SERVPRO of Keene Distributes Fire Prevention Coloring Books to Local Schools

11/11/2014 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of Keene Distributes Fire Prevention Coloring Books to Local Schools Mason is enjoying coloring while learning about fire safety!

October is National Fire Prevention month and this year SERVPRO of Keene looked to increase the awareness of fire safety to some of the area's students. SERVPRO of Keene distributed Fire Safety themed coloring books to kindergarten and first graders in 7 local schools.

SERVPRO of Keene Visits Davids House

12/16/2013 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Keene recently visited David's House in Lebanon, NH and donated materials that were a part of the facility's holiday wish list. David's House can provide lodging for up to 20 families that have children that are receiving treatment at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

SERVPRO of Keene Technicians Receive New Certification

11/13/2013 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Keene Technicians Receive New Certification Dustin Oliva (left) and Cory Bourassa (right) receiving their WRT Certification.

SERVPRO of Keene Production Manager Dustin Oliva and Crew Chief Cory Bourassa recently attended IICRC training in which they received their Water Restoration Technician (WRT) certification.

SERVPRO of Keene Employees Renew Certifications

11/13/2013 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Keene Employees Renew Certifications Ryan Paul (left) and Derek Paul (right) receiving their updated SRT Certification from IICRC.

Ryan and Derek Paul recently attended IICRC training to renew their Smoke Restoration Technician certifications. Ryan and Derek Paul also hold certifications in Water Restoration Technician and Ryan in Air System Cleaning Specialist.

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