Recent Water Damage Posts
Protecting Your Home From Potential Damage From Rainfall
Taking these simple steps can help protect your home from water damage during a storm or heavy rainfall
Storms can cause substantial damage to your home especially if your home isn’t prepared. Storms can produce high winds causing downed trees and power lines. There is always a potential when a storm hits that there will be damage to a property. Even a small roof puncture from a tree limb or a cracked window can be enough to allow rainfall to trickle (or pour) into your home. A downed tree can cause serious damage to your roof, siding and windows. Heavy rain also raises concern for flooding. Below are a few tips to help keep your home safe and dry in the event of a storm:
- Consider options to protect your windows and entryways such as adding shutters, rain diverters and storm doors
- Having a sump pump and dehumidifier handy can really help on days with heavy rain or high humidity
- Keep an eye on the trees closest to your home. Of course, you don’t want to cut into every tree but sometimes damage can be prevented by trimming back the trees that pose a threat
- Regularly check that rainwater is draining properly. If it isn’t, consider ways to redirect it such as adding gutters or consulting a contractor
- Regularly check your home for potential weaknesses especially in the roof, siding and windows. Even a small opening can let in rainwater so catching and repairing these issues before a storm hits is important and will save you money
If the latest storm has damaged your home don’t delay to act! Call us, we’re available 24/7 to help!
Preparing an Emergency Flood Kit
Heavy rainfall can quickly produce flooding conditions. Being prepared can help keep you and your family safe!
Storms and heavy rainfall can create a flood emergency rapidly. It’s important, especially if you live in a high-risk flood zone, to be alert for potential floods and to prepare yourself in case of a flood. Having an emergency pack or watertight plastic tote in an easy to access location prepared can help keep you and your family safe and at least prevent the added stress from having to search for needed items in a panic. Set aside some time and create a list of things that you would need in the event of an evacuation due to an emergency such as a flood. This list should include priority items like water and food (3+ days supply), first aid kit, medications (7-day supply), medical items and a flashlight. Listed below are additional recommended items to keep in an emergency pack:
- Rain gear
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Multi-purpose tool
- Copies of personal documents
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra set of house keys and car keys
- Map[s] of the area
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Spare batteries
- Personal hygiene/sanitation items
- Cell phone with charger/walkie-talkies
- Baggies/tightly sealed containers to help keep items dry
- Emergency blanket
- Baby supplies- bottles, formula, baby food, diapers
- Pet supplies
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for pictures of damage
- Extra cash
Tips To Protect You And Your Property Following A Water Loss
Water damage rapidly gets worse with time so be sure to call us in the event of a water loss at your home or business.
When your home or business suffers a water loss call our team and we will get there ASAP and help remediate your property. Here are some tips to keep in mind in the interim before our team arrives:
- Only eat food and drink water that you know is safe. If you suspect your water may have been contaminated, better to hold off until it is confirmed safe.
- In addition to only drinking water you know is safe, do your best to avoid coming into contact with contaminated water.
- Limit movement inside the property to what is necessary. Lots of foot traffic can lead to making conditions worse and spreading contaminants from rooms that are heavily soiled to ones that maybe weren’t.
- Avoid contact with appliances, electrical equipment or cords until you know that they are safe for use.
- Keep away from ceilings that are dripping or sagging.
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Flood Damage Safety Tips- Clean Water
Our excellent, highly trained team and top-of-the-line equipment can help make a water damage situation "Like it never even happened."
Floods can cause catastrophic damage to your property and can be very dangerous. It's important to understand the three different types of water in a flood situation. Clean water is water from a burst pipe or rainwater and is safe although it will become grey water if left untreated. Grey water is slightly contaminated water and has contaminants like bacteria. This water could be hazardous. The third type is black water which is highly contaminated and is filled with sewage, chemicals, bacteria and fungi. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind while waiting for professional help in the event of a flood involving clean water:
- Shut off circuit breakers for wet areas in the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not go in any rooms that have standing water as there is a risk for electrical shock.
- Don’t use a household vacuum to remove water- this also puts you at risk for electrical shock and could ruin your vacuum cleaner.
- Don’t go into rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
- Watch your step- the floors could be slippery.
- If you decide to move any items that are wet, be careful as wet items can be deceptively heavy! If you aren’t sure you can safely move an item, it is best to wait for help.
- Assess the situation and always put safety first.
Quick Tips to Prevent Frozen & Burst Pipes
Here are some quick and easy tips to help prevent frozen and burst pipes:
- Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Keep the thermostat set to a consistent temperature, especially during a cold snap.
- Open kitchen and vanity cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
- If you’re going to be away more than a day during a cold snap, it doesn’t hurt to have a trusted friend or family member check in to ensure all is well.
- Once the seasons start to change and temperatures outside start to drop, it's a good idea to disconnect your garden hose from the exterior faucet. Also, be sure to turn off the water supply going to the outdoor faucet.
Winter Isn't Over Yet NH- Be Wary of the Potential for Ice Dams!
Illustration of An Ice Dam
Here in NH, winter is about over but it’s important to keep in mind the potential for ice dams as they can cause significant and costly damage to your home or business! An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and keeps melting snow from draining off of the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home or business and cause damage. There are several ways to prevent and deal with ice dams but every home is different– consult a professional as needed. Having a roof rake on hand to clear snow off the roof following a storm is one thing you can do to prevent ice dams and protect your home.
Do You Know What to Ask When Your Dublin Home is Facing a Water Damage Emergency
Regardless of whether the water came from an inside or outside source, drying out your property is our top priority. Call SERVPRO right away.
Five FAQs Dublin Residents Ask About Water Removal
As a Dublin resident faced with water damage, knowing more about the causes, what to do, how to overcome the problems and many more can help avert the crisis. To help you with these, here are the top five FAQs commercial property and homeowners have about water removal.
What are the causes of water damage?
As water removal experts in Dublin, we have identified the following causes of water damage: pipe leak, pipe burst, faulty appliance or leaking roof. If you are a commercial property owner, water can also infiltrate your business. Causes include poor drainage, roof leaks, appliance malfunction or pipe bursts.
What are the effects of water infiltration?
When water comes into contact with your walls and floor, absorption occurs making the structure damp. This promotes mold growth. If left unchecked, a colony of mold grows behind the wall. If your home has hardwood floors, they are likely to warp and buckle too. Also, your carpets are likely to delaminate due to the water.
What should I do if water infiltrates my home or business?
The first step is to contact your insurance adjuster. Next, take a few pictures which act as evidence and present them to the insurance adjuster. Do not attempt to remove or move anything. Finally, call our water removal specialists.
Should I attempt to remove the water?
Mopping up a small puddle of water made by your faulty appliance or leaky pipe is okay. If the problem is extensive, leave it to SERVPRO water removal experts. As a property owner, you lack hygrometers and other equipment to detect moisture in your walls, floors, and ceiling. Also, you lack the knowledge our experts have to detect the source of the problem and presence of mold.
Should I move out of my home or close my business during water restoration?
Yes, we recommend you move or close your business until your property is dry and safe. Doing so also eliminates the chances of coming into contact with the water and mold. That is not all. The equipment we use can be noisy as it dries your home or business.
SERVPRO of Cheshire County water removal technicians are at your beck and call. We respond fast to any water emergency and help avert further damage to your home or business. Also, we use advanced water removal and drying equipment to restore your home back to its pre-water damaged state. If you have more questions, call our 24/7 emergency line at (603) 352-7251.
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Homeowners Need Water Cleanup After Disasters Strike In Jaffrey
Mold and mildew are always present but can suddenly increase in dampened situations like this.
Water Cleanup After A Disaster
Jaffrey is often a pleasant area to raise a family in, but disasters can strike even here. Many of these require specialized knowledge and expertise to mitigate appropriately. Improper or partial mitigation can create additional damage or allow existing conditions to spread and worsen.
IICRC-certified professionals from SERVPRO provide services to Jaffrey residents after disasters, and many times we begin with water cleanup measures. We have attended to a wide range of disasters which requires water removal and cleanup before other mitigation methods could commence.
Forgetting to shut off the water when filling up a sink or tub can easily soak your floor, especially if you leave home shortly afterward. This water is considered clean and poses few health risks if we attend to it immediately. Broken water lines and slipped or broken water lines to appliances often douse a home with substantially more water than an overflowed tub would. Toilets that overflow and their outcome depends on additional factors.
Flooding, of course, requires water cleanup services as soon as entering a home becomes safe again. This situation requires many more precautions and work that an interior overflow requires. Water cleanup, removal of destroyed drywall and flooring, and subsequent sanitation and re-organization of the contents in a flooded home can make things safe again for occupants.
Backed up sewer lines or malfunctioning sump pumps can make a basement a mess. Water cleanup in these situations becomes a necessity because many microbes can become airborne and cause undesired health effects in people. Mold and mildew are always present but can suddenly increase in dampened situations like this.
After a fire, water left behind by firefighters can keep areas of a home that never burned unsuitable for occupation. Water can also weaken floors. SERVPRO's water cleanup and removal methods solve these situations and allow other mitigation of damages to proceed.
SERVPRO of Cheshire County has the IICRC-certified professionals your home needs after any disaster. Call our team at (603) 352-7251 when your home needs help getting back to normal. We provide services to the residents of Rindge and Swanzey and nearby areas when they need water cleanup professionals.
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Why Professional Restoration Is Better Than DIY Methods For Water Damage In Your Dublin Home
Water damage to your home requires immediate attention.
Why Professional Restoration Is Better Than DIY Methods
There is a dramatic difference between small messes in your Dublin home and ones that inevitably require professional restoration to clean up. While you can usually easily tell the difference between the two, it is important to understand the risks associated with improperly or inadequately cleaning up and drying water damages to your house.
Regardless if this was just a simple error on your part or something completely out of your control, water damage to your Dublin home require immediate attention. Not only do you jeopardize weakening construction materials used to build your home, but persistent dampness could allow for mold growth in as little as three days.
Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals are available anytime that you need us. Our extensive training and high certification standards ensure that we can handle any situation efficiently. From the moment that we arrive at your house, we get to work on assessing the full scope of the damage with a thorough inspection.
While many of the instances that we encounter only require mopping and light extraction/drying efforts, most substantial water damage might be present. To ensure that all of the moisture and dampness get completely removed, our SERVPRO technicians utilize thermal imagery. This equipment allows our team to look inside of wall cavities, under flooring and above ceiling spaces to properly identify problem areas.
Drying the area is one of the most important aspects of restoring water damage in your home. This step is where a lot of DIY homeowners fail, leaving moisture to weaken structural components in their house continually. Our professionals utilize heavy duty air movers and dehumidification equipment to extract all of the moisture present in the affected areas.
Overcoming water damage in your home does not have to be an overwhelming ordeal. Learning to identify simple messes from more complex ones can save you a lot of trouble and money, choosing to use professional restoration services to prevent prolonged and worsening damage. You can count on our SERVPRO of Cheshire County restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess quickly. Give us a call today at (603) 352-7251.
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Drying Up Water Damage in Your Dublin Home
Plumbing leaks can often happen unnoticed over time until you finally gain sight of the damage. Call SERVPRO when you see or suspect water damage.
Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped With Tools to Help Efficiently Dry Out Your Water Damaged Home
Water loss incidents in your Dublin home might not be a common thing to see, but it is wise to prepare yourself for what you would do if it does occur. While you might get overwhelmed at first at the water spreading out through certain areas of your home, the right restoration approach can ensure that your residence returns to its original condition more efficiently.
While there are many reasons that you might experience water damages in your Dublin residence, among the most common of these is complications with the plumbing system. Everything from a persistent leak to the full out rupture can cause damage to areas of your home, and restoring this damage is a process that you should entrust to professionals who can get it done correctly and efficiently.
Entrusting this task to our SERVPRO professionals is a wise decision, as our team all must get trained to the high standards of both our company and the IICRC for restoration techniques for the industry. This fact can assure you that our technicians get well equipped to handle any situation we face.
Even without the need for extraction, drying is one of the most critical elements to water damage restoration in your home. This process is thorough, as any lingering moisture or dampness could continue to weaken structural components or create the appropriate conditions for mold and fungal growth.
Many tools get used by our SERVPRO technicians in the drying process from air movers and dehumidifiers to weighted extractors and our injectidry system. These implements get used to ensure that all of the present moisture gets removed from every area, including wall cavities and subflooring. Thermal imagery double checks the work that we do to ensure that all of the moisture is gone.
You can never prepare your home for the possibility of water damages, but you can put a plan together to call the right team to help you clean up the mess. Our SERVPRO of Cheshire County water restoration specialists are available 24/7 by calling (603) 352-7251.
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Repairing Flood Damage in Keene
When water from a sink or washer flood your home, water can get under the flooring requiring a professional restoration team.
SERVPRO is Here to Help When You Experience Flood Damage in Your Home
Despite being so close to I-95 and the coast, Keene homes still deal with flood damage from much more common, and boring, water sources. A rusted out water heater or a refrigerator with a split water line can pour hundreds of gallons across the floor as quickly as a major thunderstorm.
When this type of flood damage happens in a Keene home, the water level does not usually climb very high unless it happens in a basement where there is no place for it to drain. That usually means it spares the interior walls from the effect of being underwater for an extended amount of time. SERVPRO understands that this does not mean the home is fine, however.
When flooding starts in the kitchen, there is a risk the water gets into the seams of the linoleum and starts to soften the glue. There is little chance of the surface pulling away from the concrete underneath, but this does allow air and water pockets to form.
To stop this, SERVPRO specialists remove the water and then examine the surface for raised points or curling seams that indicate a potential problem. We start by turning off the water if the homeowner has not already. Next, we use a combination of pumps and extraction wands to draw the water off the floor and out of the home.
Once the floor is dry, we look for any raised spots in the linoleum. We accomplish this step quickly before the glue hardens, making it more difficult to eliminate any pockets. We try to force the bubble out of the nearest seam, but if this is not possible, our IICRC certified technicians carefully cut a slit in the middle of the bubble, insert a small amount of fresh glue, flatten it, and then trim the edges to fit together snugly.
Returning any home to its original condition is not a simple procedure. If you are dealing with the effects of flood damage in your home after a broken sink, failed clothes washer or another source, call SERVPRO of Cheshire County today at (603) 352-7251. We are here for you.
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What to Do When Water Damage Becomes an Immediate Issue in the Keene Area
MIshaps Often Lead to Water Damage in Keene Homes--Call SERVPRO for Help
Rely on SERVPRO for Fast Water Removal Service
It is not an uncommon story: something has gone wrong in your home, and it has caused water damage. Whether this damage was caused by a broken sump pump, washing machine, too much rain, or anything in between, you need not worry about your Keene home. Professional help is not far.
A variety of complications can cause water damage in Keene. If too much rain falls this spring and that rain overwhelms your sump pump, flooding can occur as a result. Flooding in your basement can cause considerable damage to your property, as the basement contains the foundation of your home. For the protection of your home, it is crucial to address this issue immediately. This type of water damage can continually add to future structural problems.
Luckily, SERVPRO is nearby. Our IICRC certified technicians are excellently trained and reliable. Our technicians specialize in water damage restoration and can work swiftly and professionally. Not only can we efficiently remove all of the water from your property but can implement advanced drying techniques to ensure that no lingering moisture can cause further damage. Water removal and drying affected areas work in tandem.
We can address all types of water damage in your home. We are certified and capable of skillfully removing moisture from delicate items such as your floorboards or even your drapes. No matter the situation, if your property is damaged, we know the solution to the problem.
SERVPRO works with you to make sure all of the water damage in your home is well documented. We do this to make communications with your insurance company more manageable as we are willing to assist you with the claims paperwork. We want to make sure that you have the most stress-free experience possible while we handle the restoration of your home and restoring it "Like it never even happened."
Here at SERVPRO, we strive to achieve a level of excellence that enhances our reputation as trustworthy leaders in the field of cleanup and restoration services. We want to better the community by providing a service that is always punctual, professional, and effective. Your home is safe in our hands.
If your home suffers from water damage of any kind, do not wait. You can rely on SERVPRO of Cheshire County for 24/7 service. (603) 352-7251
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An Answer For Water Damage Occurring In Your Keene Area Home
When a Squeegee Isn't Enough, Call SERVPRO for Water Removal in Keene
SERVPRO Can Inspect and Treat Water Intrusions to Mitigate Damages
With all of the hazards and unexpected problems that can arise after experiencing a water problem in your Keene area home, it helps to obtain a trained professional. We can help you avoid common dangers while helping you prevent secondary damages from forming.
If you are facing water damage on your property in Keene, give us a call. Our IICRC certified technicians are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, whenever tragedy strikes. Just remember, time is your worst enemy, the faster you act after a water problem occurs, the more likely you are to have a successful recovery.
It only takes a small amount of water to cause significant damages to your home. Even if you think you cleaned everything up before the water had time to set in, SERVPRO technicians can help you be sure. We have access to infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other testing equipment that makes locating water hidden in your home an easy task.
With the training we receive, the equipment we have access to, and many years of experience dealing with water problems just like this gives SERVPRO technicians a leg up. Our training helps us understand how to handle a variety of contents found in your home, allowing us to save many of your belongings and personal items that others might consider lost.
It is our job to ensure your water damage restoration is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. SERVPRO technicians make every effort to provide you with quality, efficient services while producing excellent results. We take our job quite seriously and enjoy helping the members of our community when they need us the most. Whether you have plumbing problems, a leaky roof, broken pipe, or faulty appliance, we can help. We have highly trained technicians, advanced technology, and years of experience in the cleanup and restoration industry waiting to assist now.
Contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County to obtain the services that best fit your situation and get started on your road to recovery as soon as possible. (603) 352-7251
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Two Drying Systems To Dry Your Water Damaged Bathroom In Dublin
Water damage in your bathroom needs the help of a professional team, so it is cleaned up thoroughly and quickly.
Drying Your Water Damaged Bathroom
When you wake up to discover you have water damage in your Dublin bathroom, it is not a good start to the day. Whether the water all over the floor is from a toilet that is overflowing or a leaking sink, this issue needs to be taken care of right away. Water sitting on the floor in a bathroom upstairs can leak through the ceiling down below and cause more damage, flooring and subflooring can be destroyed, and mold can begin to grow in a day or two.
Water damage in your Dublin bathroom needs the help of a professional team, so it is cleaned up thoroughly and quickly. SERVPRO staff can help you anytime you are in need. We are trained and certified to take care of water damage of all kinds. To properly dry a structure, we must remove moisture from the air. To achieve a balanced drying system, we use two systems – An open system and a closed system.
A system that is open exchanges the air inside your home that is moist with the outside air that is drier. To exchange air, we open windows and use air movers or fans to ventilate the structure. The method used here only works when outside air has fewer grains per pound than inside air. For the best drying conditions, the outside air should be of a higher temperature and a relative humidity that is low. The difference between the specific humidity of outside and inside air is essential as well.
A closed drying system closes the affected area of the home off from the air outside and from areas which were unaffected. SERVPRO techs use dehumidification equipment to dehumidify the inside air. For it to work, we have to control the indoor environment with dehumidifiers and air movers. It is easier to dry smaller areas, creating a drying chamber by hanging plastic sheeting around areas affected by water damage or closing windows and doors. Air conditioning could also be used to help dehumidify.
SERVPRO of Cheshire County takes the drying of your home seriously. We have the training and equipment to do the job efficiently and quickly, so do not hesitate to reach out to us at (603) 352-7251 when you have a water damage emergency in the areas of Dublin, Keene, or Rindge.
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Basement, Crawlspace, And Carpet Water Removal In Dublin
Water emergencies occur when homeowners least expect them.
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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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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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.
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 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.
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.
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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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!
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."
SERVPRO of Cheshire County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
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
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
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.