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Preventing Fire and Fire Damage from Matches in Mt. Vernon

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Fire and Fire Damage from Matches in Mt. Vernon Mt. Vernon and Fire Damage Are No Match for SERVPRO Restoration

SERVPRO Is Ready for Restoration Following Fire Damaging Occurrences

Humans are fascinated by fire. This fascination can, unfortunately, happen at a young age, especially when a child has access to matches or a lighter. The leading cause of deaths by fire for young children is children playing with fire. What are the dangers in Mt. Vernon of children playing with matches?
House fires and fire damage in Mt. Vernon are one concern when it comes to children playing with matches. Your home can easily catch fire if a matchstick meets materials which are flammable like carpeting, clothing, newspapers, or draperies. These fires have the capability of trapping your family inside, leading to smoke inhalation and burns, and in the worst-case death.
When your home has suffered through fire, our SERVPRO staff can help you put your home back together again. We are professionally trained, and IICRC certified to clean up damage from fire, including damage done by firefighters.

Many fires started by children playing with matches are lit outside. Windy or dry conditions can turn quickly into a huge fire, especially if it is near forests or dry brush. Children are often not knowledgeable on how to put the fire out while it is still small enough to be contained, and might not report the fire, so they do not get in trouble.
Having open communication with your children about playing with matches and fires is essential in preventing these accidents from happening. Children should be taught that lighters and matches are not toys, and should only be handled by adults. Once they grow old enough to use matches, show them how to use them appropriately and to dispose of them after they are blown out. Lighters and matches should never be readily available to children.
When an accident does happen, SERVPRO is the one to contact. We have the tools and knowledge to be able to clean up and repair the damages done to your home after the fire is out.
Please do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Merrimack after a fire. The longer you wait, the more damage can occur from soot and smoke residues, so give us a call at (603) 262-9293 if you reside in the areas of Amherst, Milford, or Merrimack.

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Duct Work Maintenance in Merrimack Pays for Itself

9/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Duct Work Maintenance in Merrimack Pays for Itself Duct and Exhaust Maintenance Keep Businesses Hot or Not in Merrimack

SERVPRO Can Inspect, Clean, and Prepare Your HVAC Commercial System for the Winter Months Ahead

As the months finally start to cool, the HVAC duct work for every New Hampshire business needs inspection and maintenance. Lower temperatures at night in Merrimack mean that the metal duct walls begin to contract and expand with the changing seasons. Gaps form at the joints, and restraining brackets start to loosen.

Winterizing the duct work in your Merrimack business is usually a fairly quick process and saves money in heating costs every month. SERVPRO technicians are trained and have extensive experience in maintaining and repairing HVAC ducts; depending on the size and amount involved, we can inspect and repair each system over several days. For large warehouse or industrial facilities, our work crews can still get the job done in a week or less. Industrial structures that utilize furnaces for heating large volumes, puff back is always waiting to happen. Maintenance can keep your business in business.

In most cases, the repairs are relatively straightforward. To relieve pressure on the duct joints, our technicians tighten up the brackets holding the duct work in place. If the screws are beginning to pull out of the wood, we drill new holes and reset them. If tightening the ducts does not completely close the gaps, we bend the edges back into place, so the sections join tightly. For larger systems, it may be cheaper to replace the bent section than to spend time trying to repair it.

It is not just the cost savings that are important. If an interior wall is not heated properly, the bitter cold, we experience in January and February can freeze an inside pipe or flexible water line. When they burst or split, the flooding can quickly cause thousands of dollars in repair and restoration costs. If the spill happens over a weekend, business owners can open their doors on Monday to a disaster that may shut down their business for days or weeks.

Cooling temperatures mean that the HVAC system is dormant for many hours. It is the perfect time to contact us here at SERVPRO of Merrimack to inspect your duct work for maintenance and repair. To schedule an inspection, call us at (603) 262-9293 today.

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Get Help Turning The Wet Basement Of Your Amherst Home Into A Fully-Utilized Space

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Get Help Turning The Wet Basement Of Your Amherst Home Into A Fully-Utilized Space Basement Floods in Amherst, Call SERVPRO for Emergency Water Extraction and Cleanup

Your Amherst Basement Is Restored to Functionality with SERVPRO's Help

Wet basements occur in roughly 60% of all Amherst area homes, at one point you have had, or are going to have a problem with water or moisture in your basement. It can ruin the space, regardless of whether you use it for storage, or have taken the time to turn it into a fully-livable area. When you ignore moisture, it can eventually saturate your framework, lead to corrosion, mold, and rot.

There are a few hurdles that make it tough to reclaim a wet basement in your Amherst home. However, with the help of a quality restoration company, you can rectify the situation. So, before you get trapped in a problematic situation that has you replacing carpeting, drywall, furniture, and other belongings, on a regular basis, think about these helpful hints that make dealing with moisture, easier.

Take the time to have a professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your basement for common problems. A trained eye can spot more, and we have the equipment to help locate hidden moisture that might cause problems in the future. All it takes is moist air circulating through the area, making contact with cool foundation walls, or uninsulated piping to create a clammy, uninviting atmosphere.

By controlling the humidity levels and condensation that enters your basement, you can avoid issues that create wet carpeting, or rust, and corrosion to appliances. You need to ensure that the area has enough ventilation and in some cases, install a dehumidifier that helps reduce the relative humidity, keeping your basement nice and dry. Water-proofing applied materials to the exterior, even below grade, can help prevent the intrusion of ground water.

Our professional technicians at SERVPRO can help you seal cracks in your foundation walls that allow ground water to seep in, install proper ventilation, and dehumidifiers that contribute to maintaining a quality environment.

SERVPRO technicians can also make repairs to your roof flashing, gutters, and downspouts that allow rain runoff to enter the area. We use waterproofing products designed to keep runoff away from your home and can go as far as improving the grading of your property, or install additional drainage, backflow valves, or even submersible pumps if necessary.  

Stop suffering from constant water problems in your basement, give SERVPRO of Merrimack a call, today. (603) 262-9293\

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Call SERVPRO for Water Removal From Your Amherst Boutique’s Carpet

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Call SERVPRO for Water Removal From Your Amherst Boutique’s Carpet Don't let water damage spoil the look of your boutique. Have SERVPRO of speed dial to handle any water damage emergency quickly to reduce problems.

Our Trained Technicians Follow a Proven Water Damage Restoration Process After a Disaster Event on Your Commercial Property

As a boutique owner, you know that creating a feeling of warmth and luxury for your customers is important. You have likely spent a long time getting your premises decorated and furnished to make just the right first impression. That is why water damage is so frustrating. It only takes one broken pipe or big storm to harm your premises and leave you unable to serve your customers.
Many boutiques have beautiful carpet that is part of the ambiance. In the event of commercial water damage to your Amherst boutique, water removal is likely at the forefront of your mind. After all, you do not want to pay out for a whole new carpet if you can avoid it.
Is it possible to save a rug from water damage? The good news is that yes, in many cases floor coverings can be saved if you call SERPVRO quickly so we can get to work straight away.
In our many years of experience, we have found that the key to successful carpet restoration is to remove as much water as possible before we start the drying process. We equip our IICRC-certified technicians with free standing, truck mounted, and submersible pumps that are capable of handling even high volumes of water. Our first step is to use the pumps to remove as much water as we can.
After we pump water out of the premises, we turn out attention to more in depth water extraction. We are always mindful of the risk of delamination during water removal. Delamination occurs when primary and secondary carpet backing become separated. It is much harder to save a carpet once delamination occurs.
We train our teams to extract water carefully and thoroughly. Careful extraction reduces the risk of damage. Thorough extraction makes drying quicker and easier and increases the chances of restoring your carpet to its former glory after water removal. We use tools such as wands to draw water out, and we make multiple passes to ensure we capture as much moisture as possible.
After extraction is complete, we turn our minds to drying. We use a combination of carefully positioned air movers and fans to encourage evaporation and dry out your carpet. We also use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity in your boutique and hasten the drying process.
Do not pay to replace your boutique carpet quite yet. Instead, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for help and advice.

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Fight Mold, Mildew, and Rot - Get Mold Remediation Services For Your Amherst Area Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Fight Mold, Mildew, and Rot - Get Mold Remediation Services For Your Amherst Area Home Mold and mildew can show up quickly on your wall. Call us at SERVPRO when you first notice the damage and we'll come out to investigate the source.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training and the Equipment to Handle Mold Damage on Your Property

Mold and mildew growing in your attic, walls, or crawl spaces do quite a bit of damage to unprotected wood and building materials. If left unattended, mold can lead to rotten wood, affecting the structural integrity of your home.  
Discovering mold damage in your Amherst home is hardly the end. Never panic before having your home inspected by an expertly trained mold remediation specialist. Proceeding alone can cost you, especially when you remove materials or items that are restorable.  
Wet, warm, humid areas allow mold and mildew to grow rapidly, causing spotty outbreaks, black mildew, and mold colonies to appear. However, SERVPRO technicians can help you understand how far mold and mildew penetrate into each material and provide you with recommendations that reduce the costs of your restoration considerably.
Attempting to clean and disinfect areas affected by mold and mildew alone presents its own set of challenges. You need the right chemicals and how you clean, or handle things has a direct impact on the amount of contamination you endure. It is easy to do things wrong, causing you to spread growth to other areas not already affected.  
If you have had recent construction or repairs of any kind during a period of wet weather, it is easy for moisture to become trapped in your walls. Without the proper training, workers may assume that as long as wet lumber resides inside, it can dry on its own. When in fact the trapped moisture causes mold and mildew to grow.  
Without the proper equipment, it can be hard to get wood to dry out properly. SERVPRO gives you access to air movers, dryers, and an array of attachments that make reaching these areas easier. Our technicians also use infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers to ensure removal of every drop of water.  
SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency services, making us available when you need us to tackle damages in your home. We have several years of experience, top-quality technicians, and equipment to suit any size situation.
Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack to schedule your initial inspection, or begin your mold remediation, today. (603) 262-9293

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Limiting Loss For Local Amherst Veterinary Clinic

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Limiting Loss For Local Amherst Veterinary Clinic Continue caring for your pet clients in a clean, great smelling office by calling SERVPRO when you have a fire on the premesis.

Our Trained SERVPRO Technicians Focus on Recovery and Not Just Replacement

Modern small animal clinics feature a growing array of electronic equipment to diagnose and treat their patients. As with other electricity-powered machines, veterinary medical tools have the potential to start fires through improperly wired connections or faulty or overloaded circuits. No matter the cause, SERVPRO restores your animal hospital after a fire.
One of the diagnostic devices catches fire, and commercial fire damage spreads through your Amherst veterinary clinic. Unfortunately for you and your patients, smoldering wiring ends office hours. Your staff stopped the fire quickly with a chemical extinguisher, but a thick and unpleasant smelling smoke moved throughout your facility, including surgical suites and recovery areas. Our highly-qualified technicians know how to clean up the fire residues completely and safely, and restore fresh ventilation so that your business of caring for animals continues.
The SERVPRO crew arrives and ensures the clinic HVAC system halts operation. Our experts inspect the ductwork and arrange for a thorough cleaning, removing as much soot as possible using brushes and powerful vacuums. Areas impossible to clean are sealed using professional products and techniques learned in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) approved courses all our workers attend.
Surfaces covered with smoky and chemical extinguisher residues receive treatment appropriate to the characteristics of the coating deposited by the fire. Our crews use a systematic approach, spraying and wiping away the debris or carefully employing abrasive methods when the soot is sticky and difficult to remove. We understand your exam and treatment rooms must be sanitized, and your boarding kennels, offices, and lobby spaces require a restoration to preloss condition.
SERVPRO deodorization experts use one or more strategies to eliminate smoky smells. Animals are sensitive to the disturbing aroma left after a fire, necessitating comprehensive deodorization. We recommend removal of the damaged equipment's wiring as a first step and then use airborne deodorants. Thermal fogging, a procedure that requires a certified technician to complete, replicates the way the odors first pervaded and neutralizes them.
The medications and foods your office stocked before the fire are likely to be compromised by the smoke damage. We work with your insurer to make hard decisions about the supplies and treatments to be discarded. Our pledge is to have you back to caring for the community’s pet population swiftly.
SERVPRO of Merrimack helps you sort out the challenges an equipment fire poses for your veterinary practice. Call us at (603) 262-9293 as soon as your clinic is cleared by local authorities for fire restoration work.

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Dealing With Mold Damage in Amherst

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing With Mold Damage in Amherst Mold can infest your home. SERVPRO can help get the situation under control with a certified process.

SERVPRO's Four Step Process is Effective for Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold spores are in every home in New Hampshire. They are harmless most of the time, and it is just not cost effective to remove them except for ‘clean rooms’ that are needed for surgery in hospitals and some types of manufacturing. They are a threat only when there is the right mixture of moisture, temperature, and a food source.

When it comes to removing and remediating the effects of mold damage in Amherst homes, SERVPRO has developed four steps necessary to the process. We do not use all four for every task, but we follow each one carefully when we do.

Establish Containment – If there is a danger of spreading mold to unaffected areas of the home, our technicians seal the HVAC vents to prevent spores getting into the ductwork. They then install plastic sheeting to serve as containment barriers and set up decontamination rooms for when they enter or exit the affected areas. Finally, they establish negative air pressure to force spore-contaminated air out of the structure.

Remove Mold Contamination – Actions in this step depend on the type of material in the affected area. The porous material is tough and costly to clean, so it is removed and normally discarded. Examples include carpeting, fabrics, insulation, and drywall. Nonporous materials can be cleaned using vacuums with special HEPA filters or wiped down using dry or wet cloths. If the mold growth is very thick, it may be necessary to use a chemical cleaner and vacuum before and after to remove larger particles.

Clean Dust and Settled Spores – After vacuuming, more spores settle out of the air on clean surfaces. Technicians wipe down these surfaces from top to bottom. For flat surfaces, they wipe them off toward the negative air machines to take advantage of the airflow out of the structure. We repeat this step as often as needed.

Dry the Materials - We set up dehumidifiers to dry the air and rearrange the air movers to force airflow over property and structural surfaces to dry them. Technicians remove materials that have absorbed a significant amount of moisture from the affected areas to begin the drying process while others remove the mold.

Cleaning and restoring your home after a mold infestation is a detailed process and requires a professional service. SERVPRO of Merrimack has decades of experience in Hillsborough County and is ready to help. Call us today at (603) 262-9293.

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Amherst Wet Basement Solutions

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Amherst Wet Basement Solutions SERVPRO Can Help with Water Proofing Your Amherst Basement

SERVPRO Can Utilize Many Techniques to Help with Moisture and Water Conditions in Basements and Crawl Spaces

Basements usually serve two purposes. There is extra storage for holiday decorations and the like or as an extra living area or bedroom. It works out well for homeowners until water begins leeching in from the outside of the structure, making it unlivable. Unfortunately, this is common for many basements in New Hampshire.

Removing standing water from a relatively small area is simple, but it is only a temporary measure. SERVPRO understands that a permanent solution to a wet, Amherst basement requires more than just pumping out water and setting up a dehumidifier. If we do not block the source of water, more leaks and damage are going to happen. To accomplish this, we recommend waterproofing or encapsulating the cinder blocks which make up the foundation along with the basement walls and floors.

Our technicians start the waterproofing process by filling seams and cracks with hydraulic cement. This sealant is an excellent barrier against further leaks. We then apply masonry cement over the basement walls. This coating is waterproof and establishes an efficient seal against seepage and leaks through cracks too small for the naked eye.

We recommend waterproofing the outside of the foundation as well. We carefully expose the outside walls and apply a thick layer of liquid rubber or similar product. This sealant helps to provide a dry basement against extreme weather and flooding unless the foundation is somehow cracked or the house shifts off its original position.

Encapsulation is the preferred method for basements with a dirt floor or smaller areas like crawlspaces. Technicians install a water vapor barrier by reinforcing polyethylene sheets with a polyester mesh. This approach effectively seals off the walls and floor from moisture bleeding into the basement. Our team then secures the sheets and mesh into place using a polyurethane caulk or two-sided, foundation tape. If needed, they also install a frame that holds everything in place. For difficult environments with excess humidity, it is standard procedure to install a permanent dehumidifier. Encapsulation is an excellent, low-cost method to secure the basement for additional storage while also improving indoor air quality.

Preventing water intrusion does more than just add storage or an extra room. Proper waterproofing and encapsulation also increase the value. If you have water in your basement currently or want to prevent future intrusion, call SERVPRO of Merrimack today at (603) 262-9293. We are here to help.

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Biohazardous Conditions Exist with Blown-In Insulation Removal from a Merrimack Property

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazardous Conditions Exist with Blown-In Insulation Removal from a Merrimack Property SERVPRO Removes and Replaces Insulation in Merrimack Homes for a Safer Environment

SERVPRO's Blown-In Insulation Removal and Replacing Is Accomplished Safely

There are several reasons to remove insulation from attics and walls. Over time, it deteriorates and its ability to control temperature decreases. Older insulation is not as efficient as the insulation currently sold, even if it has not deteriorated, so there is a cost saving. Finally, insulation that has become contaminated by raccoons, rodents, birds, and other pests deteriorates and compacts, making it both useless and a health hazard.

Regardless of the reason why blown-in insulation removal in Merrimack or anywhere else in New Hampshire needs a professional service company, try SERVPRO. Our technicians have years of experience in removing insulation from a vast number of private homes and commercial structures. We understand the difficulties and the dangers when it comes to removal.

First, there is the physical danger. Older insulation is made from a type of fiberglass that gets into eyes and under skin very easily. Homes with this insulation require eye protection and a face mask at a minimum during removal. Basic coveralls and protective gloves keep our restoration crews safe while vacuuming out an attic or reaching down into walls.

If the insulation in your home is older than thirty-five years, there is the possibility that it is asbestos-laced. Any work around loose asbestos fibers requires breathing gear and a protective suit and gloves. This is a biohazardous cleanup situation requiring HAZMAT gear and EPA licensing. Although we do our best to make sure our work does not affect the rest of the home, it may be necessary to keep everyone out until we finish the job. When the attic has been disinfected with fogging agents, the installation of new material is possible.

There is the danger of contamination from animal urine and feces. Depending on the pest, there are viral threats such as the Hantavirus and Histoplasmosis. Family pets are at risk from ringworm which is a threat whenever raccoons are present.

You should always consider an experienced, professional company when removing insulation. SERVPRO of Merrimack is ready to assist our neighbors in increasing their energy efficiency and improving the health and safety of their homes. Call us today at (603) 262-9293 to get started.

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Combatting A Wet Basement With Services Available In Merrimack

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Combatting A Wet Basement With Services Available In Merrimack Basement Waterproofing Helps Prevent Water Damage in Merrimack Properties--New and Old

SERVPRO Provides Solutions to Water Damaged Basements and Crawl Spaces

A consistently wet basement feels and smells unpleasant, on top of posing health risks to your family and diminishing the value of your home. If left untreated for too long, excessive moisture can cause damage to your floors, walls, foundation, structural integrity, and even damage your roof.

Get professional help when dealing with wet basement issues in your Merrimack home. While some problems have a simple solution, others require a more aggressive approach. A quality restoration company can help you decide which solution best fits your situation.
SERVPRO technicians often find that downspouts and roof gutters play a significant role in wet basement issues. Improper installation or damaged downspouts and gutters give water access to your home. However, gutter extensions, additional drain pipes, and proper grading can help eliminate the problem and improve runoff.
If the problem persists after reshaping the landscape and installing additional drainage, have your basement inspected by professionals and get the help you need. SERVPRO’s expertly trained technicians can plug gaps, cracks, and other openings with hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulking.
Installing additional drains such as footing drains, or a curtain drain can help with water problems caused by ground water. These drains help divert water traveling underground away from your home. If standing water is the obvious culprit, SERVPRO technicians can install interior drain systems, sump pumps, and backflow valves eliminating damaging problems and protecting your home better.
Waterproofing the walls of your basement is also an option. There are concrete waterproof coatings available that permanently adhere to concrete or masonry walls. You can also use silicate-based concrete sealers on painted surfaces in finished basements.  
If you simply want to get straight into the best possible solution to your problem, basement encapsulation services involve installing vapor barriers throughout to eliminate moisture problems. While usually the most expensive alternative, basement encapsulation helps prevent a variety of common basement issues while also increasing energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality of your home. Always consider a fixed dehumidifier to reduce the moisture content of the building elements and air in your basement.
SERVPRO of Merrimack can offer you these services and much more. Take advantage of our experiences and call today to discuss available options and get the help you need to address current problems in your home. (603) 262-9293