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Why You Need Professional Help in Dealing with Mold Damage to Your Amherst Property

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Need Professional Help in Dealing with Mold Damage to Your Amherst Property Mold Patches on Your Amherst Home's Wall and Carpet? Call SERVPRO for Remediation and Restoration

SERVPRO Provides Remediation to Mold Infestations

Dealing with mold damage can be stressful for any homeowner in Amherst. Damp weather, flood or water damage can form a conducive environment for the mold to grow and thrive right under your nose. Mold can quickly spread if you do not act fast wreaking havoc on your property and can adversely affect your health as well.
Considering seeking professional help as soon as you spot signs of mold damage on your Amherst property. If left untreated, mold can quickly spread to various areas of your home causing a wide-spread damage that can be a nightmare to restore. Here are some reasons you are better off seeking professional help for mold remediation.
1. It is easy to spread mold: If you are not careful, you can quickly spread the mold in your entire house trying to clean it in no time. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained to contain the mold damage to the affected areas. We use containment barriers and other precautions to minimize the spread of the contamination.

2. Eliminating the moisture is the key: Mold thrives in damp and moist places. If you do not remove the moisture entirely, the spores in the air can cause secondary growth. Here at SERVPRO, we use powerful dehumidifying equipment to eliminate moisture and restore the humidity to pre-damage levels. Our professionals also use various moisture sensing equipment to ensure that the moisture level of the affected areas is under control even after the completion of the whole process. Our AMRT technicians can ensure proper drying and moisture elimination.  

3. Disposing of the contaminated material: Disposal of the contaminated material such as drywall, carpet or studs safely is critical to limit the spread the infestation. SERVPRO professionals have training and experience in proper handling and disposal of the mold contamination. If you try a DIY approach, chances are, you might end up spreading the mold to new places and worsen the situation.

Seeking professional help for mold remediation is essential. Professionals have the required training, technical skills, and experience that make mold remediation sometimes easy and fast but always safe.
Call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262 9293 today to schedule an appointment. Talk to our experts to learn more about strategies for mold remediation that meet your needs.

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Cleaning Up Fire Damage After a Fire from an Electric Blanket in Milford

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Up Fire Damage After a Fire from an Electric Blanket in Milford It is important to follow the safety guidelines when using a heated blanket in order to prevent fire damage to your home.

The Different Techniques Used to Remove Fire Damage from Your Home

Electric blankets are great for keeping you warm and toasty in the coming cold months in Milford. However, they can also cause fires if they are not appropriately used or well-maintained. If you choose to use it all night long, you must ensure the blanket is equipped with thermostatic controls for safety. When not in use, the blanket should be stored flat to prevent overheating from damage to the internal wiring.

If an electric blanket has caused a fire and fire damage in your home in Milford, you have various levels and types of damage left behind to deal with. Rather than trying to do the cleanup on your own, contact our professionals at SERVPRO, who have the knowledge and training needed to deal with all types of damages from a fire.

In fire damage restoration, our cleaning process must break the bond between the soils and surfaces they adhere to. The actions we use to loosen soils include mechanical action, lubrication, chemical action, and suspension and dispersion.

Often, agitation is an effective method to dislodge soils from surfaces they are attached to. When smoke residues adhere to surfaces, using mechanical action before other cleaning actions can be successful. We use mechanical action as an initial step to pre-clean excess dry, non-greasy residues from a surface before putting either water-based or solvent-based cleaning products.

The action of making something slippery is lubrication. Our goal here is to break the connection between the soil and surface by making soils slide into the cleaning solution.

Chemical actions happen when a substance chemically changes or alters another substance. Many times, a SERVPRO tech applies a cleaning product to alter some residue chemically. The changes made to the residues let us remove them from a material or surface.

The most common cleaning action is loosening soils, then suspending and dispersing them in a cleaning product. Then we extract soils along with the cleaning product. Suspension occurs when a soil dissolves in a cleaning product it mixes with, or when soils emulsify in a cleaning product they do not mix with.

After a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Merrimack can be trusted to thoroughly clean and repair the damages. If you reside in the areas of Amherst, Milford, or Merrimack, you can reach us by dialing (603) 262-9293.

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When Flood Damage Restoration Needs Special Equipment to Be Completed in Amherst

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Flood Damage Restoration Needs Special Equipment to Be Completed in Amherst Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup and Water Removal in Amherst

Standing Water Requires Special Removal and Drying Services

Torrential rainfalls are a common occurrence in Amherst during the rainy seasons. While they are a blessing in their own way, they can also cause significant losses to local homeowners. The resultant floods can sweep cars and other items away, and even compromise the structural integrity of your home.

At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly experienced technicians that are specifically trained for flood damage restoration projects in Amherst. Our tools and techniques are chosen according to IICRC guidelines, ensuring that the cleanup process goes smoothly and efficiently. Our goal is to restore your property to its original state as best as possible, "Like it never even happened."
There are many pieces of flood damage restoration equipment required to complete the job correctly. This field is complex and takes a lot of expertise and technology to do right. Before entering the site, SERVPRO workers must wear special clothing to protect themselves. Additionally, we must bring tools and heavy equipment for removing moisture from the air and drying out the interior.
Disinfectants and chemical cleaners are also useful in flood damage restoration, as well as moisture detection devices for spotting problem areas. In cases of severe water damage, SERVPRO technicians may use certain demolition tools to remove compromised materials quickly. These include axes and sledgehammers. In other cases, we may use a pressure washer to clean out the areas that sustained significant flood damage.
Natural floods can cause three types of flood damage. If the water comes from a sanitary source, it belongs to category 1 and does not require protective clothing most of the time. It is not common to have uncontaminated water post flooding. If it has some contaminants, it is placed in category 2. The third category refers to any standing water that is thoroughly contaminated. In any case, it is always best to include protective clothing in a restoration equipment kit.
To this end, SERVPRO professionals use PPE (personal protective equipment) that consists of safety goggles, rubber boots, rubber gloves, full body protective gear, and a respirator designed for areas with high moisture levels. The respirator, in particular, is important because it prevents our technicians from inhaling airborne contaminants, such as mold, during the restoration process.
If you find yourself in a flood damage situation, SERVPRO of Merrimack has got you covered. We offer 24/7 emergency services to residents and neighboring towns to ease the stress of floods and other natural events. Call us today at (603) 262-9293.

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Water Removal from Your Wood Flooring in Amherst

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal from Your Wood Flooring in Amherst Drying out wood flooring properly requires expertise that our certified technicians possess. Contact SERVPRO to begin drying out and restoring.

Team SERVPRO Removes Water From Your Property Quickly and Efficiently for Best Results

When you have had flooding of any kind, particularly over wooden flooring, in your Amherst home, it is essential that you get the water extracted right away. The longer it remains, the more damage is done to your floor. Wood contains moisture naturally, but it expands when it absorbs excess moisture, and the boards can start to warp. Eventually, buckling can take place, and if the moisture remains long enough, you must replace your floor.
When needed, water removal in your Amherst home needs to be done right away. The best thing to do is to trust the professionals at SERVPRO to help you, rather than trying to do it yourself. Our staff has the tools and knowledge to efficiently take care of the problem quickly and save your wood floors.
We waste no time after arriving at your home in extracting the water. If there is any carpeting over it, it must be removed first, along with the padding. Finished wood flooring sometimes returns to its usual shape once drying is done and can be restored. Your floors should not be sanded until they are totally dry since drying continues and could cause the floor to expand or contract further.
SERVPRO techs may need to put dehumidifiers or air movers in the area to ensure that the floor is dried completely. Then, the floor can be refinished and/or sanded. We use a nonpenetrating moisture meter to find any wet areas, and Teflon coated probes of a penetrating moisture meter to figure out how much moisture content is in the layers at the wettest point. We explain all our procedures first, so you know what we are doing and why.
Our machines for drying are checked on daily to make sure they are drying the floor properly. We may need to reposition them to get the most efficient drying time.
SERVPRO of Merrimack is well-trained in drying your wooden floors after a flooding incident. If you reside in the areas of Amherst, Milford, or Merrimack, give us a call right away at (603) 262-9293.
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Removing Mold From A Wet Basement In Merrimack

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold From A Wet Basement In Merrimack A wet basement in a Merrimack home can also result in mold growth.

Mold Removal From A Wet Basement

A little water in the home can be unpleasant, but it can also cause structural and personal property damage if ignored. Merrimack residents can find themselves with an expensive repair and restoration bill unless they act quickly.

A wet basement in a Merrimack home can also result in mold growth. Since the air in most basements is cooler and moister than the rest of a house, it is a perfect breeding ground for a mold infestation. To stop and remove it, SERVPRO lowers the humidity and clean visible mold from surfaces.

We set-up a dehumidifier to reduce the air moisture content. Once it is down to normal levels, mold spores return to an inactive state and no longer pose a threat. With that achieved, our technicians use a chemical cleaner, sponges, and cloths to remove any mold we find. If the growth is very thick in some places, we may use a specially designed vacuum with a HEPA filter. This filter is designed specifically to remove and trap mold spores.

The best way to stop mold, of course, is to prevent it. Since mold only needs a small amount of moisture to expand and grow, SERVPRO technicians look for the smallest source. The most common ones are drips from damaged or unprotected pipes and seepage from outside the home.

Even a finished basement usually has exposed pipes overhead. A leak from a cracked connection invariably drips water onto support beams where it helps mold spores expand and begin to feed on the wood. The same occurs when exposed pipe drip condensation. Our technicians can fix these connection issues in just an hour or two and wrap insulation around an exposed pipe in a matter of minutes.

Seepage is hard to find and requires an inch-by-inch inspection of the basement walls. We seal any cracks we find with a special, hydraulic cement and then cover the basement walls with a layer of masonry cement. Both applications are excellent barriers against leaks with the second one being completely waterproof.

If you suspect there is mold in your basement, or you want to prepare it against a future threat, contact us today. SERVPRO of Merrimack has decades of experience protecting homes in New Hampshire and is ready to help you. Call (603) 262-9293 today.

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Drying and Sealing a Wet Basement in Merrimack

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying and Sealing a Wet Basement in Merrimack Call SERVPRO to thoroughly inspect your basement for water damage and seal it to prevent flood damage.

Preventing Flood Damage in Your Basement

Fall is here now, and it is time to check basements for leaks and seepage. Merrimack has been fortunate this year when it comes to weather, but that does not mean it is OK to skip regular inspections and maintenance.

Dealing with a wet basement in Merrimack is not the worst disaster to work through, but it can still be a nuisance at best and an expensive nuisance at worst. SERVPRO has the know-how to not just clean and dry your basement, but to help you stop future water intrusions as well.

A wet basement usually has two sources: a leaky pipe draining into the basement or seepage coming in from outside the foundation. Our technicians are trained to remove and replace most interior leaks. We can accomplish this within a few hours while major leaks or pipe replacement could take a day or two. Once we stop the source of water, we use water extraction wands to remove water trapped in carpets or cracks on the floor. As we perform this task, other members of the restoration team set up dehumidifiers to dry the surrounding air.

When the water is coming in from the outside, we recommend two options, depending on the type of basement. If the area has a dirt floor, we recommend encapsulation. With this process, SERVPRO technicians seal the floor with polyester mesh reinforcing polyethylene sheets. This water vapor barrier is very effective at preventing moisture bleeding up from the ground. We secure the sheets to the walls of the basement using either two-sided, foundation tape or a polyurethane caulk. If needed, we also install a frame along the bottom of the walls for extra support.

If the basement has a concrete floor, then we recommend waterproofing. Our IICRC-certified technicians seal every crack and seam in the basement with hydraulic cement. It forms a near perfect barrier against leaks. Once it is dry, we apply masonry cement over the entire surface of the basement walls. The coating itself is waterproof and forms a very efficient seal against cracks too small to see and seepage that can come in between cement blocks and mortar.

Regardless of the type of basement, SERVPRO also recommends sealing the outside walls. We dig out around the foundation, clean the walls, and then coat them with a thick layer of commercial grade liquid rubber. It is an excellent sealant, even in extreme weather, and does not leak unless the foundation somehow cracks or the house shifts off of the pad.

With any disaster, the best way to stop it is to prevent it from happening. SERVPRO of Merrimack is ready to help you seal your basement from future water intrusions and to remove any water that could be in your basement now. For more information or to schedule an inspection, call us today at (603) 262-9293.

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SERVPRO Restoration & GreenSky Financing Available for Merrimack

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Restoration & GreenSky Financing Available for Merrimack Merrimack Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO Restoration and GreenSky Lending Services

Merrimack Homeowners Turn to SERVPRO for Restoration and GreenSky for Lending

If you have recently suffered through a flood, fire, or mold infestation, we understand that the only thing worrying you as much as restoring your home is how you are going to pay for it. Fortunately, we have some good news.

SERVPRO has recently partnered with the GreenSky lending company to help you put your Merrimack home back together. We take the burden of removing mold, water, and fire damage off your shoulders while our new partner lifts the financial concern.
We sought out this solution after assisting customers who tried to save money by doing the demolition, cleaning, and restoration themselves. In every case, the homeowners or residents simply added to the problem and found themselves with a larger bill; sometimes much larger.
GreenSky has processed over $8 Billion of installment loans to home and business owners who need help to put their property back to its original state. This Atlanta based lending business specializes in restoration based installment loans and has developed a system that lets them process the loans quicker than most other lenders. Depending on your need and qualification, you may get up to $55,000 to cover restoration costs.
Our office personnel have recently completed GreenSky’s financial and software training and can help you however you may want to make your application. The program provides us with several options: In our office, over the phone with GreenSky or filling out an online form that can be processed in just a few minutes while you sit in our waiting room.
The third option is an incredible mobile app. With it, one of our trained technicians can take your information at your residence or business and have you approved for an installment loan before we finish unloading our equipment. Within an hour or two, we can have you set up with an 84 to 96, month loan (7 or 8 years) at a payment that can be as low as $79 a month.
Once approved for a loan, there is no need to use it immediately. GreenSky knows that the restoration process takes time and gives you four months to use it. That gives you the breathing room you need to make the right decisions on repairing your home and whether to restore or replace your personal property.
At SERVPRO of Merrimack, we do everything possible to keep costs to a minimum, but costs can still run into a year’s salary very quickly. For more information on what we can do for your home and how GreenSky can help, call us at (603) 262-9293 or visit us at

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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