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Professional Mitigation Helps Protect Families after Disastrous Flood Damage in Dublin

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Mitigation Helps Protect Families after Disastrous Flood Damage in Dublin SERVPRO Says Keep Your Family Safe from Flooding in Your Dublin Home

SERVPRO Can Offer Excellent Flood Water Removal and Cleanup and Restoration Services

Living in Dublin provides everyone with loads of lovely scenery and fantastic changes between seasons. Sometimes these changes bring undesired events to our front door, and then over the threshold.
 
If your Dublin residence happens to face flood damage, you know your home needs immediate professional mitigation that can stop the progression of a flood's destruction. Flooding is only the beginning of such a catastrophe. How you respond to this terrible event can determine the outcome that your home experiences. When you call us, We're Faster To Any Sized Disaster, meaning we also finish the work more rapidly. Quicker response from us helps minimize many of the different possible types of damage from ever developing, saving you money, as well.
 
Extracting the water left behind after flooding can reveal enormous amounts of silt and mud caked onto not only your floors but underneath furniture and inside cabinets. We remove this filth and clean your household furnishings. This may include a pack-out to our dry facility for cleaning and storage. Afterward, we proceed to dry things out and then begin restorative work, including odor control management. The many stages of mitigating after flood damage may seem complicated, but our highly experienced IICRC certified employees deliver results that make your home safe and comfortable once again.
 
Many items and materials become so damaged that protecting your family requires disposal of them. Typically, the final say on discarding elements rests with you and your insurance adjuster, if one is involved. While we can sanitize your entire kitchen, including cookware and serving sets, all food items that came into contact with the floodwaters can make your family seriously ill if they consume this potentially contaminated food. This disposal includes all canned goods, even though they may seem impenetrable. Groundwater from floods is always considered Black Water, full of bacterial, fecal, and chemical components.
 
SERVPRO of Cheshire County's professionals are ready to serve the area from Walpole through Keene to Rindge and all the way 'round our beautiful county whenever flood damage affects a home. Call us at (603) 352-7251 so our friendly mitigation specialists can assist your family in returning to a beautiful home once again.

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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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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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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.  

Upholstery
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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Restoring Dublin Flood Damage

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Dublin Flood Damage Let SERVPRO help you make the decision about what furniture to save or let go and restore your home after flood damage.

SERVPRO Helps Make the Decision to Restore or Replace Your Furniture After a Flood to Keep Your Home Safe and Clean

After a significant storm, Dublin residents have to make tough decisions. The resulting floods turn what were once family heirlooms into a pile of scrap. Bedroom sets and other furniture older than some cities in our country are now worth little more than firewood.

Dublin flood damage decisions can be even more difficult, but getting assistance from a professional remediation company helps. SERVPRO has helped many of our neighbors determine what is salvageable and what has to be thrown out. For items salvaged, we can also work with the major insurance companies to make sure you get what your policy owes you.

We make our recommendations based on guidelines issued by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). As an example, a sofa that was in the water just up to its legs causes some minor damage and perhaps ruins the finish on the legs. It is relatively minor in cost, and an insurance company signs off on the repair work.

If the sofa was in deeper water and the upholstered material has begun to shrink, or the color has begun bleeding into the water, it is not replaceable without significant expense. In most cases like this, insurance companies determine it is cheaper to replace the item rather than attempting to restore it.

If the owner still decides to restore it, SERVPRO can do that. We make sure the customer understands that there are no guarantees because of the damage, but if they agree, we do our best to return the item as close to its pre-flood condition as possible.

We use air movers to dry the legs and the upholstery. The machines can be adjusted to gently blow warm air over the wood and fabric to prevent warping and shrinkage. There is little to do for lost color pigments, but if the location is near the bottom of the sofa, it may not be too noticeable and is acceptable to the customer. Technicians can also refinish the legs to match the original color.

Our goal is to help you put your home back together. It sometimes means making hard decisions and letting go of a few items to make a safe, clean home for your family once again. If you are in this situation now, call SERVPRO of Cheshire County at (603) 352-7521 today. We are here for you.

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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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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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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."

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.