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Smoke Restoration: Content Cleaning

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Before and after photos of a ceramic jar. Before is heavily smoke damaged, after is clean, bright and looks brand new. Smoke restoration of personal contents is an important and meticulous part of the fire restoration process.

Following a fire, mitigating smoke damage can be one of the biggest challenges during a restoration project within a residential or commercial property. Not only does the structure of the building require cleaning, but restoring building contents is a huge part of the cleaning and deodorizing process. Everything within the property affected by smoke or soot is carefully and meticulously cleaned by SERVPRO of Cheshire County professionals. Furniture, rugs, books, cabinet contents, wall hangings and much more are all cleaned and deodorized during a fire or smoke restoration project. 

Restoring contents is often times less costly than replacing or refinishing them. Plus, many belongings are so much more than simply "contents" to property owners and hold considerable sentimental value. We at SERVPRO of Cheshire County always aim to restore rather than replace whenever possible. 

Our industry-certified technicians are able to determine the best method of cleaning for contents of all varieties, materials and finishes. All of our cleaning products are developed and created by SERVPRO. For more information SERVPRO contents cleaning please contact us anytime!  

Winter Storm Reminders

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Outside of a commercial office after a heavy snow fall. Winter is here. Be sure to have your home, business and vehicle prepared for the cold and snowy months ahead!

Winter has arrived here in the Southwestern New Hampshire and with it we have the arrival of heavy amounts of snow, freezing temps and potentially treacherous driving conditions. It's important to be prepared for these types of conditions specifically when it comes to your home and your vehicle. Here are a few reminders for the winter ahead.

  • Prepare an emergency car kit: cell phone, phone charger, batteries, hats, coats, mittens, window scraper, shovel, water and snacks, and jumper cables.
  • Stay off roads unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you must drive, remember to leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Service and maintain generators.
  • Rake snow from the edge of roofs to avoid possible ice damming.
  • Insulate exposed or vulnerable water lines in your home.
  • Repair roof leaks.
  • Caulk and weather strip windows and doors.
  • Prune tree branches that could potentially damage your property during a winter storm.
  • Keep a stocked first aid kit easily accessible.
  • Have your home's furnace checked and serviced yearly by an HVAC specialist to ensure it is working as it should.
  • Have your chimney or flue inspected by each year by an experienced inspector.

Remember these pointers as we batten down the hatches for a long, cold New England Winter. If your property experiences a fire, smoke or water emergency, please contact the professionals hear at SERVPRO of Cheshire County and we'll be happy to assist you. We're available 24/7/365 to make your emergency "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO? Community Involvement

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Two gentlemen shaking hands as 1 is receiving a plaque in recognition of an award. SERVPRO of Cheshire County Co-Owner Derek Paul (right) receiving Affiliate Recognition Award from MRBR President.

As a locally owned and operated family business, we at SERVPRO of Cheshire County feel very strongly about getting involved in our local community. We can't help but getting out there and meeting the people in the area who make our community great.

We are active in local organizations and associations. We are members who participate in area chambers of commerce such as the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce. We are also affiliate members of the Monadnock Region Board of Realtors and the Contoocook Valley Board of Realtors. By participating in these local groups, we have the opportunity to meet other business professionals, learn about their operations, needs and priorities so we can better assist them in the event of an emergency.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County feels very strongly that the best way to get to know your neighbors is to get out there and say hello. We've been fortunate to have built strong relationships with so many great businesses and community members over the years and look forward to building even more!

Faster to Any Sized Disaster

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Black & white photo of an entire staff of employees standing in front of open overhead door of warehouse. SERVPRO of Cheshire County: Faster to any sized disaster.

When a client experiences a fire, smoke, water, sewage or biohazard emergency, swift and immediate response is crucial. The longer these disasters of this nature go untreated, the greater the possibility for secondary property damage. Once a fire has been extinguished, the pipe has been repaired, or the water has been turned off, the clock is ticking to begin repairs. No one responds quicker than SERVPRO of Cheshire County.

Once notified of the event, SERVPRO of Cheshire County will be onsite within 4 hours (often times sooner than that) to commence emergency mitigation services.

SERVPRO uses state of the art equipment and industry approved techniques which can save their clients time and money. 

SERVPRO of Cheshire County understands the importance of speedy response which is why they are available 24 hours a day/365 days a year for emergency response. For commercial properties, quick response means limiting business interruptions and minimizes tenant displacement.

When you experience an untimely disaster, be sure to contact the times disaster cleanup and restoration leader, SERVPRO of Cheshire County!

Commercial Services: Educational Facilities

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Black pickup truck with SERVPRO Job Trailer attached in front of a large brick school providing emergency services. Making emergency damage at educational facilities "Like it never even happened."

Here at SERVPRO of Cheshire County, we feel strongly that learning for students should not be interrupted or paused due to any type of disaster. When a disaster occurs at an educational facility, they can be very complex and timely response is of the utmost importance.

Our goal as emergency mitigation professionals is to limit downtime for students and faculty as much as possible. We will be onsite at the school upon receiving the initial call within 4 hours and in most cases, much less than that.  

SERVPRO of Cheshire County has resources to handle emergency fire, water, smoke, sewage or biohazard damage events at schools of any size. Our professionally trained team is mindful of legal and environmental concerns and will take any and all precautions necessary when entering the facility for service.

With prompt response and industry-leading service, you can be sure your educational facility will be ready for class to continue quickly and safely. SERVPRO of Cheshire County has assisted at a variety of different types of educational facilities such as:

  • K-12 Schools
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Dormitories
  • Event and Sporting Arenas
  • Libraries
  • Daycares/ Pre-K Facilities

SERVPRO of Cheshire County: always ready to assist in making your educational facility's emergency "Like it never even happened."

Ice Dams: Dreaded Winter Hazard

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Snow and ice buildup on the edge of a roof on a red house causing large icicles to form. Be sure to clear snow buildup around the edge of roofs to reduce the possibility of ice buildup.

Happy Holidays! It a very festive time of year but along with the holidays comes freezing cold temps, snow storms, sleet and ice. The elements can certainly make the short days seem long and can also pose serious threat to your home or property. Ice dams are one of these winter storm concerns.

Ice dams build up on the eaves of sloped roofs in buildings that are heated. Melting snow, stemming from heat loss in the building, causes snow to melt and run down to the edge of the roof where the surface is below freezing, and ice begins to build. That ice buildup can cause damage to rain gutters, shingles and eventually the interior of the house. Here are a few tips on how to combat the forming of ice dams on your property.

  • Ventilate Eaves and Ridge Vents
  • Vent exhausts from kitchen ducts, bathroom and clothes dryer are properly vented outside rather than into the attic
  • Add insulation to the attic
  • Seal and insulate air ducts
  • Add steel flashing around the chimney
  • Caulk around vent pipes and electrical cables with a fire-stop sealant
  • Use roof rake to clear excess snow from the edge of roofs

Winter Storm Worries

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Wide shot of red commercial building in the middle of a snow storm with cars parked out front. Snow storms are inevitable in New England and being prepared for the snow and freezing temps is a must.

Winter weather can bring more issues than the common slippery roads and snow covered sidewalks. If you live in a part of the country such as New England, temperatures dropping below freezing in the winter comes with the territory. With freezing temperatures comes the possibility of freezing pipes which can result in significant water damage to your home or commercial property.

Frozen pipes occur when exposed to freezing temps such as outside your home, or in basements, attics, garages, crawlspaces, or along exterior walls. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but usually the rupture is caused from the backflow of pressure between the water source and the blockage. 

If your home or commercial property experiences a burst pipe caused by the extreme cold temps that surround a winter storm, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County to professionally assist with water mitigation. Our team will be sure to thoroughly dry and clean the affected areas to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Choose SERVPRO? Here's Why:

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Three green SERVPRO vehicles in front of brick commercial building with cones in front of the trucks. SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 to respond to your commercial or residential emergency. Ready for whatever happens!

Whether it's a fire, smoke or water damage emergency, you may be asking yourself "why should I choose SERVPRO if Cheshire County over another disaster restoration company. Were glad you asked! Here are just a few reasons why SERVPRO is the premiere emergency restoration company.

  • Over 50 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry.
  • More than 1,800 franchises. Each are individually and locally owned and operated.
  • Meticulous communication throughout the entire cleaning and restoration process to keep you informed every step of the way.
  • Equipped to handle projects ranging from single family homes to skyscrapers.
  • Faster to any sized disaster. SERVPRO responds within a few hours of initial call to avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize interruption time for tenants.
  • Professional equipment and industry leading techniques which can save time and money. 

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will work hard to restore your property and its contents to pre loss condition, quickly, safely and effectively. 

Professionally Mitigating Water Damage: Why It's Important

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Room which has flooring and base of walls removed with two large dehumidifiers in the room to dry. Building materials that are too saturated to be properly dried can be neatly and effectively removed in order to dry other damaged areas.

Unwanted water intrusion to your home or property is not only inconvenient, it can be severely damaging. It may seem like a simple solution to remedy but it's important to know that even a small amount of water damage can be significant. The flooring may be only the start of areas that have been affected. Here are several other areas of a building that can be affected and therefore would need to be addressed in the mitigation process.

  • Interior side of drywall
  • Carpet and padding
  • Subflooring
  • baseboard, commonly made of wood
  • Interior section of drywall
  • Insulation inside wall cavity
  • Wall framing
  • Floor joists
  • Sheathing
  • Basement
  • Cabinetry
  • Basement or crawlspace

Each of these areas, if not properly mitigated, can become significantly damaged. SERVPRO of Cheshire County has industry leading equipment to inspect, thoroughly dry and clean any and all building materials that may be affected during a water damage emergency. Contact us anytime to assist with your emergency. We're always ready to help!

Flood Facts

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

High flood waters of a river has caused a double stone arch bridge to collapse. Rising river waters become incredibly destructive when they crest their banks. Buildings, trees, and even bridges are no match for their power.

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. No matter where you may live, floods can can pose a significant threat. Whether you are near mountains, coastlines, along city streets or near a river, the threat for flooding is all around us. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, houses in the United States 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage. Businesses face similar risks by flooding. Here are some statistics regarding flood damage in the US:

  • More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto related often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.
  • Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood- especially at night when it's difficult to see.
  • The principal causes of floods in the western U.S. are snowmelt and rainstorms.
  • The principal causes of floods in the eastern U.S. are hurricanes and storms.
  • Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster.

If a flood strikes your home or business, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County. By doing so, you can trust that you've contacted a company with decades of experience in the industry who uses cutting edge equipment and has highly trained personnel to assist with your property damage. SERVPRO will stop at nothing to make your flood damage "Like it never even happened." Available 24/7/365.