Recent Water Damage Posts

Flood Damage- July 2023

7/21/2023 (Permalink)

Before and after photo of a flooded basement. For assistance with flood damage restoration, contact the team that's faster to any size disaster.

It's been a chaotic couple of weeks for Team Green as we assist clients who were affected by flooding. It had been a rainy summer anyway, but with the heavy downpours and soaking rain from the past couple of weeks, it proved to be more than the local rivers, brooks, and streams could handle. Tremendous, devastating flooding has occurred throughout southern New Hampshire and the entire state of Vermont.

Our local crew, along with assisting neighboring franchises, have been working feverishly to assist local residents who have experienced flood damage to their property. Water extraction, demolition of damaged building materials, removal of affected belongings, thorough drying, and cleanup: SERVPRO of Cheshire County is here to help and make flood damage "Like it never even happened." If you are in need of emergency cleanup and restoration following the recent flooding, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help!

Water Damage Mitigation: Containment is Key

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

Four pictures each with plastic sheeting being used on a restoration project. Water damaged properties can be dried more efficiently by "containing" affected areas from non-affected areas during the drying process.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County handles emergency water damage cleanup and restoration following a variety of different types of mishaps. Every water damage restoration project is a little different from the last, but the methodology and science of drying the structure is consistent: remove standing water, determine what areas have been affected, remove damaged materials that CANNOT be salvaged, dry the areas and materials that CAN be salvaged. This is a simplified example of course.

Having the right equipment for these projects is very important. Extraction units, high-powered air movers, dehumidifiers, moisture detecting meters, and one item that may not be as hi-tech, but is equally important: plastic. Plastic sheeting to be more specific. Plastic sheeting is used regularly on water mitigation projects. It can be used to protect furniture or belongings. It can be used as a protectant on floors and flat surfaces. Additionally, plastic sheeting can be used to create barriers or "containment.” Containment is key in preventing cross- contamination. When demolition is being performed in one part of the building, the containment will prevent dust and debris from contaminating the unaffected part of the building.

When it comes to the drying process, containment is a key piece to improve drying time. For example: if a large room has water damage, but the damage is confined to half of the room, our machines can dry the area quicker by making the room "smaller." This is done by setting up containment, ceiling to floor, and containing our drying efforts only to the specific parts of the room that are wet. There is no need to dry the areas that are not wet and thus by shrinking the room, air movers and dehumidifiers can dry the affected areas quicker.

Although dehumidifiers and air movers tend to get all the credit when properly drying a structure following water damage, plastic sheeting is another key component in the drying process!

Water Damage Mitigation: Washing Machine Mishap

11/20/2022 (Permalink)

Room with washer and dryer and green commercial drying equipment. SERVPRO of Cheshire County is available 24/7/365 to assist with your water damage emergency.

This recent water damage mitigation project performed by the SERVPRO of Cheshire County Team was the result of a broken supply line to a residential washing machine. For no other reason but age and wear and tear, the supply line broke and ultimately burst which then leaked for an extended period of time while the occupants were at work. The water traveled laterally across the manufactured wood floor causing it to curl and lift. Additionally, the water spread to walls, some of which were external with insulation behind the drywall. The flooring was removed along with damaged drywall, affected insulation, as well as the saturated cabinets. The remaining standing water was extracted, and commercial drying equipment (commercial air movers and dehumidifiers) was installed to thoroughly dry the remaining building materials.

After a couple days of thorough drying, the drying equipment was removed, and the area is now clean and prepped for reconstruction.

Residential Water Damage: Dishwasher Failure

10/28/2022 (Permalink)

Over 90% of water mitigation projects managed by our SERVPRO of Cheshire County team are the result of interior, man-made, breaks or failures. Take a moment and consider all the areas in a home that have water in some capacity. Bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, utility rooms, heating pipes, sewer lines, air conditioners, just to name a few.

In a recent water mitigation project handled by our team, the kitchen was the room where the damage occurred, and an expired dishwasher line was the culprit. The property owners returned home to discover a flood in their kitchen which had migrated into the living room, down the hall, and into two neighboring bedrooms. Our team was contacted, and we dispatched a crew to begin mitigation services. Water extraction, removal of base cabinets, drywall, insulation, and flooring were removed. Large dehumidifiers were installed along with fans to thoroughly dry the affected areas.

Once the areas were completely dried and cleaned, our equipment was removed, and the property was all set for reconstruction. By contacting SERVPRO of Cheshire County, the water damage was addressed quickly and properly to prevent any further damage from taking place.

Residential Water Damage: Toilet Supply Line Failure

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

View inside a bathroom following removal of drywall, vinyl floor, and sink vanity. When building materials such as drywall and flooring are damaged beyond repair, they are removed in order to dry the materials behind or below.

Recently, the SERVPRO of Cheshire County Team was contacted to assist with a water mitigation project caused by a broken toilet supply line. The damage occurred in a one-story residential home, with an unfinished basement. Unfortunately, the supply line broke, began to leak, and was not discovered for multiple days. The bathroom, where the line ruptured, along with the neighboring rooms, sustained substantial water damage.

Water rain across vinyl and carpeted flooring, spread from wall to wall, and eventually wicked up the drywall to the point they were unsalvageable. Following a thorough extraction of standing water on both the main level and basement, SERVPRO technicians proceeded with demolition of affected building materials. Drywall, trim boards, carpet, carpet pad, vinyl flooring, and even the bathroom vanity were surgically removed, bagged, and discarded from the home.

Following demolition, commercial air movers and dehumidifiers were installed to dry the exposed building materials such as subfloor, wood studs, and the concrete basement floor. Once the areas were dry, they were thoroughly cleaned and deodorized.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County: here to help and make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Water Mitigation: Moisture Detection

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

Moisture Detecting probe taking a reading from a wet wood subfloor. Moisture detection is a vital step in the water mitigation process.

From excessive ground water flooding your basement, to a broken pipe, an expired water heater, or a failed washing machine supply line, water damage to your property can be caused by many things. In each case, two facts are consistent across the board: it's never planned, and it's never convenient. At SERVPRO of Cheshire County, we do our best to make the cleanup and restoration process following water damage as painless as possible. 

One of the most critical steps in the water damage mitigation process is moisture detection. Sometimes determining what areas of the property have been affected by water is obvious, but most times it may require further investigation as to where the water has traveled. SERVPRO of Cheshire County is equipped with a variety of devices and moisture detecting equipment to ensure all affected areas are tracked, documented, and dried thoroughly to prevent secondary damage such as rot and mold. SERVPRO of Cheshire County professionals use moisture detecting meters that can detect water through multiple levels of building materials such as flooring, drywall, tile, paneling, insulation, cabinetry, and more. In situations where it may be difficult to access a surface that is in question, our team uses an infrared camera which can show areas of cold temps where water has traveled. Thermo hygrometers are used to measure temperature and humidity within a space to better create a drying plan based on the environment where the water damage occurred. The hygrometer also helps in determining how well the area is drying and if we need to modify our drying strategy. 

These are but a few tools the SERVPRO of Cheshire County Team has at its disposal for the moisture detecting phase of the water mitigation process. Determining what areas are affected is one of the most important steps in mitigating water damage in a residential or commercial property.  

Water Mitigation Pros: Here When You Need Us!

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Wood floor showing cupping from prolonged water damage. Big or small, unexpected water intrusion can cause substantial damage to your property.

Property damage from water intrusion takes on many different forms whether it be in a residential or commercial setting. When a pipe breaks, a roof leaks, an appliance fails, or flood waters rise, the damage can be minor, or quite substantial. In any case, SERVPRO of Cheshire County is prepared to take on whatever kind of water damage you may face. Our team of trained professionals carry out the following procedures to make sure your property is thoroughly dried, clean and when necessary, prepped for repair:

  • Identify the type of water
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises for hidden moisture
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Move and block furniture and contents
  • Inspect carpet/carpet padding and proved service
  • Apply necessary treatments such as disinfectants and deodorization
  • Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment
  • Dispose of damaged debris

When contacting SERVPRO of Cheshire County, rest assured you've contacted the area's industry-leading team to handle your water damage emergency. Working hard to make water damage to your home or commercial property "Like it never even happened."

Unwanted Moisture: Proper Treatment is Critical

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Worker dressed in protective suit setting up air filtration machine. When not treated properly, unwanted moisture within your home or commercial property can lead to further damage.

With the onset of summer weather comes a variety of weather conditions when, in the right set of circumstances, can be potentially harmful to your home or commercial property. Heavy downpours, rising waters, and high humidity to name a few.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County professionals handle water damage every day and know prompt action is required to prevent unwanted water damage leading to mold growth. If you are experiencing an ongoing moisture/water problem, you should be alert for the following:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems
  • Excessive humidity

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

For more information on water damage and how it correlates to potential mold growth, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Cheshire County. We're here to help!

Kitchen Sink Leak

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Before and after of kitchen area prior to demolition and following demolition. Kitchen area before mitigation, and after mitigation. Demo, drying and cleaning. Ready for repairs.

One of the most associated forms of water damage is "flood damage." Water damage occurring from an outside water intrusion from heavy rains for example. But most water damage service requests we receive are a result of interior breakage, backups or overflows. Take a minute and think about all the different places throughout your home or property that have a water source. Quite a few, right?

In this recent water damage project, the culprit was a break to the supply line under the kitchen sink. Unfortunately, the line ruptured during the day when the property owner was not home, thus allowing the water to run for several hours. Water penetrated the wood flooring, damaged cabinets, and traveled down into the finished basement area below. The water wicked so far up the walls, they needed to be removed. Cabinets were disassembled and discarded along with the flooring which had cupped beyond repair. The insulation behind the drywall was saturated and was also discarded. Appliances, countertops and even the kitchen sink were disconnected and relocated. Commercial drying equipment was installed during the mitigation process to thoroughly dry the affected areas. The areas were thoroughly cleaned, dried and are now ready for repairs and reconstruction.

If you experience water damage to your home or commercial property, contact the water mitigation team that's faster to any sized disaster: SERVPRO of Cheshire County. Making water damage "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage: Be Prepared

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

River flooding over under a red covered bridge. Being prepared for flooding can make a big difference when it comes to property damage. Always do your best to plan ahead.

Occasionally, floods can develop slowly, and forecasters can anticipate where a flood will occur days or even weeks before. On the other hand, flash floods can occur within minutes and sometimes without any sign of rain at all. Being prepared can save your life and give you peace of mind.

If you have access to sandbags or other materials, use them to protect your home from flood waters if you have sufficient time to do so. Filling sandbags is very time consuming, so it is to your benefit to have them filled ahead of time.

Consider having a professional install check-valves in your plumbing to prevent flood waters from backing up into the drains of your home. Make sure the sump pump is working and consider having a backup. Testing your sump pump is always a good idea. Make sure your electric circuit breakers, or fuses, are clearly marked for each area of your home.

Remember, it is always easier to prepare for an emergency before it happens, not during. If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of being affected by a flood, don't hesitate to reach out to the water mitigation professionals at SERVPRO of Cheshire County. We're here to make flood and water damage "Like it never even happened."

When The Water Source Fails

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Bathroom faucet with a broken valve spraying water. No matter the cause, SERVPRO of Cheshire County is ready to make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Water damage can come in a variety of different forms and take on various levels of severity. Flood, or ground water, tends to be the most associated source of water damage in residential and commercial properties. Flood damage can be catastrophic and create extensive damage, but as far as total service calls relating to water damage, SERVPRO of Cheshire County receives far more calls due to a water source failing or breaking. Think about all the places within a property where water passes through. It's a lot when you consider all of them. Over time, or due to an unforeseen issue, these areas or items could potentially break or fail. Here are some examples:

  • Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Baseboard heat
  • Hot water heater
  • Boiler
  • Toilet
  • Ice maker supply line
  • Sinks
  • Sprinkler system

If you experience water damage due to one of the aforementioned items leaking or breaking, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County to ensure the affected areas are dried properly and in a timely manner. We're here to help!

Residential Water Mitigation Project

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Side by side photos of a water damaged hallway, before and after demolition. Commercial drying equipment and strategic demolition of water damaged materials were required to thoroughly dry this property.

Subzero temperatures, high winds, followed by warm temps and even heavy rain created an overflow of water damage services calls throughout the month of January and the first half of February. Recently, the SERVPRO of Cheshire County Team was called upon to mitigate a residential property following multiple pipe bursts throughout the building. The water damage to the property was extensive and required a complex plan of action for three contaminated levels. During mitigation, our crew utilized commercial air movers, commercial refrigerant dehumidifiers, constructed containment to concentrate the affected areas and protect non-affected areas, and surgical demolition of affected ceilings walls and flooring was performed to properly dry the home.

Following the mitigation of the damaged portions, the entire area was thoroughly cleaned and moisture detecting meters were used to ensure all areas were dry. Dry, clean, and ready for repair!

Frozen Pipe Prevention: Reminders

1/22/2022 (Permalink)

Image of a copper water pipe bursting and spraying water. As the temperature drops below freezing, be mindful of these important reminders to help reduce the risk of frozen pipes.

The days of lounging out on the patio and around the pool are a distant memory when the calendar approaches the end of January. Single digit and even subzero temperatures are not an uncommon occurrence at this point in the season. This bitter cold can lead to one of the winter's familiar causes of property damage: frozen pipes. When pipes become frozen, and eventually thaw, there is a strong likelihood for the pipe to split, thus resulting in water damage to your home or commercial property. Here are a few important reminders as to how you can prevent your property's pipes from freezing.

  • Remove hoses from exterior water spickets and turn off the water supply going to them.
  • Keep thermostats at a consistent, warm temperature especially during an extreme cold snap.
  • In the case of a secondary or unoccupied property, make sure the property is properly winterized.
  • Open cupboard or cabinet doors under sinks, particularly those located on an exterior wall, to allow warm air to reach the supply lines to the sink.
  • During a cold snap, allow a slow drip from faucets to prevent water from freezing.
  • Garage doors should be kept closed as much as possible, especially if the garage contains water supply lines.
  • Make sure pipes in crawlspaces or particularly cold areas are properly insulated.
  • When leaving your home or property for a period, make arrangements with a friend, neighbor, or relative to make regular checks to ensure no damage has occurred within the space.

If your home or commercial property experiences a pipe burst and requires water cleanup and mitigation, do not hesitate to contact the local experts at SERVPRO of Cheshire County. Here to make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Water Mitigation: Truck Mounted Extraction Units

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

Collage of photos including truck mounted extraction units. SERVPRO of Cheshire County consistently utilizes the best equipment in the industry to provide the highest level of service to our clients.

The world of emergency mitigation is ever evolving. Advancements in equipment and procedures continues to improve making mitigation and the restoration process quicker and more effective. SERVPRO of Cheshire County continuously researches ways to better serve our clients.

On the topic of water damage, commercial air movers and dehumidifiers are becoming more effective at drying and are half the size and weight they were years ago. Another piece of equipment that has improved immensely over the years are truck mounted extraction units. Extraction units are the first piece of equipment that are used in a water mitigation project that involves standing water or saturated carpets and/or hard surface flooring. Truck mounted extraction units have significantly more extraction power than a portable extraction unit. That is not to say portable units aren't utilized in certain situations. They are especially useful in getting places a truck mounted unit is not able to.

When responding to a water damage emergency, our truck pulls up to the property at which point an extraction hose is unreeled and brought to the furthest point of the building that has been affected. Using a "wand" attachment, water in the affected areas is extracted and collected in the waste tank which is also housed inside the truck. With the suction strength of the truck mounted unit, we can reach points far from the truck including up multi levels of a building. The suction power also allows for maximum extraction of moisture from carpeting.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County has several truck mounted extraction units within their fleet to better serve our clients with the most effective and state-of-the-art equipment. Remove as much water from the affected property as quickly as possible. That's the goal. We're here to help and make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Industry Leading Training: Water Restoration

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Training session for drying wood floor. Our emergency mitigation staff undergo an extensive hands-on style training as well as a classroom certification course in water restoration.

As a leader in emergency cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of Cheshire County recognizes that technology, equipment, and the science of drying evolves and advances all the time. SERVPRO Technicians, Project Managers and even its owners, learn drying processes and techniques through classroom style certification courses as well on hands-on training. SERVPRO of Cheshire County employees strive to obtain accreditation through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Our team member's training includes learning and utilizing psychrometry, which is the science of drying, when properly drying a residential home or commercial property following a water damage emergency. Applying proven drying techniques and incorporating state of the art drying equipment are paramount in returning a water damaged building to preloss condition.

Be sure to contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County when you experience a water damage emergency. Our highly skilled and professionally trained staff will make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage-Large or Small We're Here to Help!

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial dryers lined up and arranged in rows. SERVPRO of Cheshire County has the equipment, trained staff and availability to handle water damage mitigation of any size.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is the area's leader for emergency cleanup and restoration. Equipped with a certified and trained staff, 24-hour availability, and industry-leading equipment, no other service provider can match our ability to quickly and properly mitigate property damaged caused by water. 

SERVPRO of Cheshire County has the capacity to handle water damage mitigation of any size. From a one room cleanup in a home, to a largely affected, multi-level commercial property, we've got you covered! We have a large supply of commercial air movers, dehumidifiers, extraction trucks and everything else necessary to get your property dry and back to normal as fast as possible.

Be sure to contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County when your home or business experiences an untimely water emergency. We're here to make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

The Role of a Dehumidifier

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Green dehumidifier placed on a warehouse floor. Large or small, SERVPRO of Cheshire County has a variety of dehumidifiers to dry any area damaged by water.

Water damage to a home or commercial property takes on a variety of different forms and levels of severity. From a toilet overflow to a burst pipe, a failed water heater, roof leak, ice maker supply line and so on. In each instance, the general scope of services for water mitigation is similar: Remove the excess water, remove heavily damaged building materials or belongings determined to be unsalvageable, and dry all affected areas. One of the key pieces of equipment used during the drying process are dehumidifiers.

The main role of the dehumidifier (or DH for short) is to remove moisture from the air. While air movers help to evaporate water/moisture, the DH turns the moist air into a liquid and then pumps the water out into a drain or collection bin. The DH takes in warm air which is sent through its coils by way of a fan. As the warm air passes through the cold coils of the DH, the moist air condenses and is turned into a liquid as previously mentioned. SERVPRO of Cheshire County has a variety of dehumidifiers for jobs of all sizes and severity. 

During the warm, humid months of Summer, it is recommended to install and run a dehumidifier in damp parts of your home, specifically the basement, to greatly help reduce humidity levels which can help to prevent the colonization and growth of mold. 

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is here to assist with water mitigation at your home or commercial property. Available 24/7 to make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Restoration: "Speeding Up Mother Nature"

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Several bright green air movers stored on a shelf. Skilled utilization of state-of-the-art equipment, technology and processes ensure your water damage will be dried thoroughly and quickly.

When dealing with water damage to a home or commercial property, timeliness is of the utmost importance. The professionals at SERVPRO of Cheshire County have the equipment and technology to dry your property thoroughly, and more importantly, FAST! Our team has the tools of the trade and the know how to "Speed Up Mother Nature." 

What do you mean, "speed up Mother Nature" you ask? A wet property will eventually dry on its own without the use of drying equipment and moisture removal as the environment always seeks its equilibrium. Wet materials naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only when the air is, indeed, drier. The problem, this process often takes way too long and thus opening the possibility for secondary damage, such as mold. With the use of the best drying equipment in the industry, SERVPRO of Cheshire County Professionals can "speed up Mother Nature's" natural drying process on hardwood floors, difficult-to-reach wall cavities, small, confined spaces other building materials.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County also utilizes high-tech monitoring equipment to ensure a property is drying out drying out quickly and successfully.

We cannot defeat Mother Nature, but we can speed up Mother Nature's natural process of drying. Making water damage, "Like it never even happened." 

How to Keep Your Basement Dry

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial drying equipment drying out an unfinished basement. SERVPRO of Cheshire County, here to make your basement water damage "Like it never even happened."

Basements here in New England have tend to be damp and are a primary location within a home for moisture. Contributors to this are the changing temperatures over the course of the year (condensation), poor drainage around the home, and in many cases basements house water heaters, pipes, water filtration systems etc. that can occasionally fail. Here are a few helpful reminders and tips on how to combat dampness and moisture in your home's basement.

  • Regulate your basement's humidity by installing a dehumidifier. We recommend running a dehumidifier during the warm months of the year, roughly from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
  • Maintain and check your submersible pump regularly to be sure it is functioning properly to remove excess water.
  • Make sure your homes drainage system is working properly and ensure rain gutters, downspouts and diverters are clear.
  • Reseal basement windows if necessary to prevent leaks and moisture intrusion.
  • Basement bathrooms should be equipped with exhaust fans to eliminate excess moister following a shower.
  • Waterproof paint can be a cautious and effective measure to protect your walls from water damage.

If your home's basement becomes damaged by excessive water, be sure to contact the emergency restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cheshire County.

Importance of Rain Gutters

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Looking up a house from under the rain gutters. Keeping your rain gutters clear of debris is a key step in preventing water damage.

Here in New England, there is no shortage of different types of weather. Snow, ice, sleet, subzero temperatures in the Winter months and heat, humidity, downpours, thunder, lightning, and flooding in the Summer. What's the old saying: "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait 5 minutes." 

Rain can be a major factor in property flooding especially during a substantial summer downpour or thunderstorms. One way to better equip your property from water intrusion during a rainstorm is by installing rain gutters. Rain gutters are a key component in your property's water management system. During a significant rainfall event, rain gutters channel water flow from your roof, down the downspouts and divert it away from the building. Without rain gutters, water will drain off the roof of the building and directly to the ground below which can lead to saturation around your foundation or base of the property thus eventually resulting in water damage. 

It is also important to keep your rain gutters clear of leaves and other debris for them to drain excess water properly. Be sure to inspect and clean your gutters on a regular basis.

If you experience water damage to your home or business, be sure to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Cheshire County. Here to make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Industry Leading Water Mitigation

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Two green SERVPRO trucks parked in front of a residential home. SERVPRO of Cheshire County professionals are available 24/7 for emergency water damage cleanup.

When your home or property is damaged by water, you want to be sure to select the right mitigation professionals to handle the cleanup. SERVPRO of Cheshire County has been serving Southwestern NH for over 40 years. We have built a trust in our local community by providing the absolute best in emergency mitigation. Here are some of the ways we have done so:

  • Uniformed franchise professionals who are punctual, and courteous
  • Clear, concise communication throughout the entire job process
  • Following industry guidelines to properly mitigate and restore damage to the property
  • Utilization of state-of-the-art instruments and tools for inspection, detection, extraction, drying and dehumidification
  • Timely response and project completion to eliminate the possibility of secondary damage to affected areas

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is ready and available 24/7/365 to assist with your water mitigation emergency. Ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

Different Categories of Water

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Residential room with pool table and commercial dryer with base of wall cut open to properly dry. Different categories of water call for different courses of action when mitigation water damage.

As professionals of emergency water mitigation, SERVPRO of Cheshire County recognizes and understands the importance of the different categories of water as defined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or I.I.C.R.C. The IICRC is responsible for writing the standard and guidelines in many areas of emergency restoration. Knowing how to properly mitigate water damage depends on the category of water. Different categories of water may call for different courses of action during mitigation.

Category 1: Examples include: water supply lines for toilets, appliances, melting ice or snow, and tub or sink overflows with no contaminants present.

Category 2: Examples include: discharge or overflow from washing machines or dishwashers, toilet overflows which contain urine but no feces, broken aquariums, or punctured water beds.

Category 3: Examples include: Raw sewage, flood or seawater, ground surface or rising water from rivers/streams, or wind-driven rain. 

These are but a few examples of each Category of water. Knowing the correct water category will determine the correct method of mitigation in each situation. The professionals at SERVPRO of Cheshire County are certified in Water Restoration and will ensure each water damage project is handled properly for any category of water.

What to Do Following A Water Damage

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Office space being dried by using commercial air movers and dehumidifiers. From a minor leak to a major flood, SERVPRO of Cheshire County is ready to assist with your water damage emergency.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is ready to assist at your commercial or residential property in the event you experience a water damage emergency. We're but a phone call away and will be on-site quickly to begin water mitigation services.

Once that call is made to our staff of emergency restoration professionals, here are a few recommendations that can help to limit further damage, while our team is in route to your property.

  • Whenever possible, shut off the water source.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Remove oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do NOT use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting. 
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Please contact us for more tips on what to do following a water damage emergency. At SERVPRO of Cheshire County, we're here to help!

Water Damage Restoration: Your Trusted Choice

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Rear of van loaded with commercial drying equipment. SERVPRO of Cheshire County has the correct tools of the trade to properly mitigate water damage of any size.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is the trusted choice for insurance professionals, property managers and real estate pros for fire & water cleanup and restoration in  Southwestern New Hampshire. This trust has been built based on quality, honesty, expertise and timely response. For over 40 years, SERVPRO of Cheshire County has proven they can deliver at the highest level, when it comes to emergency restoration.

Whether from a flood, a broken appliance, burst pipe or expired utility, SERVPRO of Cheshire County's process for water damage mitigation is unparalleled and will ensure your property is taken care of correctly. 

  • Inspection: Our professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review their findings with the property owner before beginning services.
  • Emergency Services: Steps will be taken by our staff to protect your home or business as well as personal belongings and other contents from further damage by extracting excess water and prepare for drying. 
  • Monitoring: To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, one of our professionals will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated with you throughout the drying process.

Please don't hesitate to contact our office with more questions regarding water damage restoration. We look forward to helping make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

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!

Homeowners: 4 Steps to Take When Water Damage Occurs

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen with severe water damage to the ceiling Here are some important steps to take when assessing water damage in your home.

From a broken pipe to a , there are many reasons why your home might face sudden water damage. While these events are concerning, acting quickly can help you reduce the amount of water damage restoration that you’ll need. To help you protect your home and minimize repair costs, here are several strategies to follow when these emergencies happen.

How Should Homeowners Handle Water Damage?

1. Locate & Stop the Source of Water

As soon as you notice a problem, locate the source of the moisture and try to keep the water from spreading. For example, if the issue is coming from a broken pipe, shut off the coordinating water supply valve. Or, if you have a roof leak, put a bucket under the problem area and a tarp around the area. Next, call a professional contractor to provide a permanent fix.

2. Contact Your Insurance Company

After stopping the issue, you should begin filing a claim with your insurance provider. They will likely require pictures and documentation of the damage, so photograph the affected area and send them when requested. The sooner you take this step, the easier it will be to evaluate the damage and receive compensation. In some cases, homeowners insurance policies will cover the cost of water damage restoration and necessary repairs.

3. Remove the Moisture

Next, you should call water damage restoration professionals to clean up the water and all traces of moisture from the home. This will prevent stains and mildew from spreading to other areas, minimizing the damage that the water can cause. Your restoration company will use high-powered extraction tools to clean and protect your carpet. These professionals will also employ large fans to dry out surfaces while they are working.

4. Look for Signs of Mold

When your contractors leave, look around the affected areas for signs of mold. Typically, you will notice green or black spots on moist surfaces and a musty odor in the room. Without prompt attention, mold will spread throughout the house, causing health effects. However, mold can also cause structural damage, as it eats organic material. Fortunately, mold remediation services will remove the fungal growth and prevent it from returning.

Mold in Your Home Due to Unnoticed Water

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

A wall covered in mold inside a home Mold can vary in severity and can spread over a large area as seen on this wall from an old abandoned home.

When water goes unnoticed in the home, it can lead to the growth of mold. Mold is a fungus that grows in wet, dark environments, and it can thrive anywhere these conditions are present. It is a particular hazard in the home, where people often spend the majority of their time. But the first step to mold removal is to recognize the signs of an infestation. Below, get to know some common types of household mold and their signs and characteristics.

A Guide to Common Household Mold

  1. Alternaria

Alternaria is the most common form of allergenic mold. You will mostly find it in damp areas, especially around bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and leaking pipes. It is dark in color, either gray, brown, or black, and has a velvety texture. It is known to spread quickly. Reduce the risk of Alternaria growth by promptly fixing all plumbing leaks. Shut off all taps every time you use them, and wipe up the moisture from walls and floors after showers and baths.

2. Chaetomium

Chaetomium grows in walls, roofs, and flooring that have experienced water damage, often from leaks or burst or broken pipes. The mold starts out as a whitish color and grows darker over time. It also has a cotton-like appearance and a musty, stale odor. If you’re unsure of the source of the water damage causing the infestation, a mold removal professional can help you pinpoint the cause.

3. Penicillium

Penicillium is blue or green in color and tends to flourish in water-damaged environments. Its spores are known to travel through the air, where they can be breathed in. Minimize the chance of Penicillium growth by eliminating high humidity in the air. A dehumidifier can help in this process, and you should also address leaks in a timely manner.

4. Stachybotrys

Stachybotrys is another word for black mold, but its color can range anywhere from dark green to inky black, and its texture is slimy. It thrives in moist areas with high humidity. Like other types of mold, Stachybotrys starts with some type of water damage. Aim to keep the household dry and the humidity low, and have all plumbing issues repaired right away. Never try to remove Stachybotrys by yourself. Special equipment and protective wear are required, so schedule remediation by a mold removal professional.

A mold remediation team will ensure any of the above dangers are eliminated from your home. SERVPRO of Cheshire County has been serving the Westmoreland, NH, area since 1978. They offer mold removal services, as well as fire and water damage restoration and biohazard cleanup. They work with both homes and businesses to keep environments safe and comfortable. Call (603) 352-7251 or visit them online to request a quote.

Water Damage Due to Appliance Failure

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

A dishwasher overflowing in a kitchen A broken dishwasher can cause disastrous residential water damage.

Think of all the appliances in your home that are connected to a water supply. Now think of all oh the hoses, pipes, valves, etc. that can fail unexpectedly. Appliance failures are responsible for more than 30% of all residential flood claims. Dishwashers alone have a 20% failure rate in the first 3 to 4 years of being used typically due to a damaged supply or drainage line. Coming in as one of the top leading sources of residential water damage are washing machines. More than half of all claims are caused by supply hose failure. If your home has a sump pump, there are several ways that it can fail including: loss of power, dirty water, missing/broken valves, frozen/clogged lines, and more. A sump pump failure can be disastrous and cause massive damage to your home. When thinking about toilets, we know that clogging followed by an overflow is quite common, making up about 1/3 of all water damage caused by toilets. Another appliance to periodically check on is the refrigerator, especially ones with an ice maker. These can be easily damaged resulting in possible water buildup, and you will also want to have the water lines inspected annually. There are ways to prepare for water damage such as leak detection systems, especially with a shutoff to the main water supply. Check your hoses, supply lines, valves, etc. annually and plan to replace if you see any damage or cracking.

Make sure to call your local SERVPRO as soon as you discover water damage to reduce further damage to your home.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County: (603)-352-7251

Water Loss, Big or Small

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

A dishwasher overflowing with water in a kitchen A dishwasher overflow or leak can cause serious water damage.

When you think of a water loss at a residence, what probably comes to mind first is a flood, storm or other natural occurrence. Or maybe you think of a leaky roof or a basement filling with ground water from a heavy rainstorm. The kitchen is usually home to a lot of the appliances that can cause serious water damage such as the sink, refrigerator or the dishwasher. Other things in the household that may not come immediately to mind is a broken aquarium, a leaking waterbed mattress- does anyone use those anymore? Water damage can be caused by all sorts of unfortunate events, big or small. Regardless of how a property starts taking on water, SERVPRO is here to help. Our crew will act fast to assess the situation, prevent further damage and extract the water. Using our state of the art equipment and moisture meters we will quickly restoring your property following a water loss.

Emergency Water Damage Tips - Before Help Arrives

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

picture of a damaged ceiling with large hole and sheetrock peeling off. We are available 24/7 to assist with emergency water damage restoration services.

A household flood can be devastating and it’s easy to give in to panic. Take a deep breath, make sure everyone is doing ok and tackle what needs to be done one step at a time. Below are important things to do following a flood in your home:

  • Shut off the water source. If you are able to do so safely, shut off the water source immediately or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source for you.
  • Cut power to wet areas of building. If access to the main electrical panel is safe from electrical shock, turn off all breakers for wet areas of the building.
  • Avoid unsafe areas. Do not enter any areas where electrical equipment, outlets, breakers or switches have been exposed to the water. Always keep away from anything that poses a threat of electrocution.
  • Do not use your household vacuum to try to clean up the water. Our equipment is specially designed to suck up water where a regular vacuum is not and may lead to electrocution.
  • Use caution with rooms that have wet ceilings and walls. Do not enter a room that has a ceiling sagging from retained water. Also, don’t turn on any light fixtures or fans that are in a wet ceiling or wall.
  • Check that any vital medications are safe.
  • Save any items of value/sentimental importance that are safe to get to and move them to a dry location.
  • Place wood blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet if you are able.
  • Call for help. We are available 24/7 to assist with emergency restoration services. (800) 352-7251. The first 24 hours following a water loss are critical because being proactive helps in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Also contact your insurance carrier ASAP. Write down anything that is important (i.e. a claim number) to remember and keep that information handy.
  • While you wait for help to arrive, remove as much access water as you are able by mopping and blotting.

Emergency Water Damage Tips - Before Help Arrives

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

picture of a damaged ceiling with large hole and sheetrock peeling off. Blue backrgound. We are available 24/7 to assist with emergency water damage restoration services.

A household flood can be devastating and it’s easy to give in to panic. Take a deep breath, make sure everyone is doing ok and tackle what needs to be done one step at a time. Below are important things to do following a flood in your home:

  • Shut off the water source. If you are able to do so safely, shut off the water source immediately or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source for you.
  • Cut power to wet areas of building. If access to the main electrical panel is safe from electrical shock, turn off all breakers for wet areas of the building.
  • Avoid unsafe areas. Do not enter any areas where electrical equipment, outlets, breakers or switches have been exposed to the water. Always keep away from anything that poses a threat of electrocution.
  • Do not use your household vacuum to try to clean up the water. Our equipment is specially designed to suck up water where a regular vacuum is not and may lead to electrocution.
  • Use caution with rooms that have wet ceilings and walls. Do not enter a room that has a ceiling sagging from retained water. Also, don’t turn on any light fixtures or fans that are in a wet ceiling or wall.
  • Check that any vital medications are safe.
  • Save any items of value/sentimental importance that are safe to get to and move them to a dry location.
  • Place wood blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet if you are able.
  • Call for help. We are available 24/7 to assist with emergency restoration services. (800) 352-7251. The first 24 hours following a water loss are critical because being proactive helps in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Also contact your insurance carrier ASAP. Write down anything that is important (i.e. a claim number) to remember and keep that information handy.
  • While you wait for help to arrive, remove as much access water as you are able by mopping and blotting.

Staying Safe During A Flood

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

picture of a white colonial home partially submerged by flood water, dark blue background When Water Damage Strikes We Are Available 24/7 to Assist With Emergency Restoration Services.

Did you know that nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas? Did you also know that reports in the last five years, that all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods? Even if you have never experienced a flood before, that doesn’t mean you never will. Of the most common and widespread natural disasters, floods are right there near the top. Even small floods can cause substantial damage and can become dangerous quickly. It is important in the event of a flood to remember safety first. Below are tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Keep away from floodwaters. Remember that just six inches of quickly moving water is enough to possibly sweep you off your feet. If you come to running water that is over your ankles, carefully turn around and find another way.
  • Rapid currents can also sweep away large, heavy items like cars. Many vehicles can be swept away with less than two feet of water! Travel should be avoided if possible but if you are out on the road and it appears to be flooded, turn around and go a different way. If you get caught on a flooded road and the waters are rising quickly around you, leave the car for higher ground and ideally, dry, safe shelter.
  • Keep children away from the water. Kids tend to be curious and may not understand the risks of contaminated water or running water.

If your home or business is affected by a flood or any other cause of water damage, call us anytime at (800) 352-7251. We are available 24/7 to assist with emergency restoration services.

The Do's & Don'ts of Dealing With Water Damage

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

picture of water on a wooden floor with orange and blue background if you need water damage restoration services in the Westmoreland, NH, area, turn to the experts at SERVPRO of Cheshire County today.

During the winter, the freezing temperatures and unpredictable weather can put your home in a vulnerable position. Pipes can burst, flooding your living space, or melted snow could leak in through your roof. If you’ve never handled a situation like this, learn more about what to do and not do, and when it’s time to work with a water damage restoration crew.


Shut off the water if possible.

If a frozen pipe bursts and is spewing water into your home, first, try to cut off the water at its source. This would be the water main shut-off valve, which is often located in the basement or along an exterior wall. Turn off all the water flowing into your house by rotating this valve clockwise. This will minimize the amount of water damage restoration required.

Remove wet area rugs.

Carpeting that has been water damaged can be difficult to dry out when stapled to the floor. However, area rugs are easy to lift and hang up for adequate ventilation. Even if you don’t plan on keeping the rugs, removing them allows the flooring underneath to dry.


Vacuum excess water.

You might have heard that water damage professionals use “vacuums” to quickly collect the water. However, these aren’t ordinary vacuums—they’re designed to pick up liquids. If you use your household vacuum, you could be at risk of electric shock when the water makes contact with the electrical current powering the machine.

Wait to call professionals.

While shutting off the water main will help mitigate the damage, you can’t fully restore your home alone. Only a professional water damage restoration crew will have the tools and techniques to remove all the moisture and sanitize the space to prevent mold and mildew growth. If drywall or other structural elements are affected, technicians can also conduct the repairs necessary to make your home safe again.

If you need water damage restoration services in the Westmoreland, NH, area, turn to the experts at SERVPRO of Cheshire County today. Since 1978, we have been restoring properties ravaged by water, fire, and mold to pristine condition. We’re also available 24/7, so you can rest easy knowing help is only a call away. Call us anytime at (603) 352-7251 for immediate assistance.

Protecting Your Home From Potential Damage From Rainfall

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

rain falling while dark out with blue background behind image 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!

(800) 352-7251

Preparing an Emergency Flood Kit

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Derek wearing yellow rain gear holding umbrella 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

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

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.

For more on this and to contact our team call us at: (800) 352-7251

We are available 24/7 and are here to help.

Flood Damage Safety Tips- Clean Water

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipe

Here are some quick and easy tips to help prevent frozen and burst pipes:

  1. Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  2. Keep the thermostat set to a consistent temperature, especially during a cold snap.
  3. Open kitchen and vanity cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

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

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

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

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

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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Understanding Washing Machine Leaks in Your Dublin Home

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

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?

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

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

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

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

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)

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)

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.