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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

Stay Calm And Call SERVPRO For Black Mold Remediation

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Stay Calm And Call SERVPRO For Black Mold Remediation When our mold remediation team arrives, they pinpoint the locations of suspected microbial outbreaks.

When Dealing with Black Mold Remediation, SERVPRO Will Help!

Say the words black mold and panic ensues. In reality, over 100,000 different types of mold spores potentially exist in commercial buildings. Rather than concentrating on the precise type of mold infesting your company, SERVPRO offers business owners a proven method for removing a current outbreak and limiting the recurrence of similar mold growth in the future.

The cleaning staff complains that black mold overruns your Merrimack health club. Streaks of fungal growth invade the locker room areas, particularly in the showers and changing areas. Their efforts are insufficient to eliminate the sight and odor of the mold. Individuals and families with children are the lifeblood of your swimming, workout, and running the complex. Keeping your staff and client safe is of the utmost importance. We know how to remediate microbial outbreaks, including issues with the dreaded black mold. Our staff comes to your rescue with efficient strategies to put mold concerns behind you.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a protocol to remove mold colonies in schools and commercial buildings safely and to minimize the likelihood they return. The mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO receive ongoing training in these methods. Following the instructions precisely gives commercial clients the best chance to conquer an ongoing mold problem. Our staff has not only the training but also the equipment necessary to effectuate proper EPA mold remediation. Routine cleaning procedures are inadequate to manage mold, especially within large areas and where HVAC systems threaten to spread the problem.

When our mold remediation team arrives, they pinpoint the locations of suspected microbial outbreaks. Containment of the colonies is crucial, and keeping the air in the remainder of the facility uncontaminated as the crew works to remove the mold is essential. We set up SERVPRO air scrubbers that use negative air pressure and a series of filters to trap offensive particles. The technicians remove the visible mold and investigate for hidden growth in other areas or within your club's venting, heating, and cooling systems. Sanitizing procedures follow. A search for the water source that fed the mold then ensues.

In a health club, water is everywhere. Our staff consults with our supervisors and you and your staff to ensure water drains away quickly, is properly treated in spas and pools, and that humidity levels remain below 60 percent. All of these efforts limit the possibility of mold regrowing within your facility.

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Reach out to SERVPRO of Merrimack when black mold overwhelms your attempts to keep it in check. Operators await at (603) 262-9293, ready to schedule an inspection and consultation.

SERVPRO Merrimack - Insulation removal

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Merrimack - Insulation removal Blown-in insulation (regardless if it is fiberglass or cellulose) breaks down over the years.

Insulation Removal in Merrimack Homes

Purchasing insulation is similar to the way people used to buy a savings bond; get what they need, put it someplace safe and then forget about it. That is not quite how it works; if your insulation becomes wet from a broken pipe or a storm that has worked its way under your roof and down your walls, you need to have it removed and replaced.

Once the blown-in insulation is soaked from a Merrimack storm, it becomes packed down; reducing its R-value. This value is the measurement of how quickly building materials (insulation and siding for examples) lose heat. A high R-value means the material is an excellent insulator and prevents the transfer of heat into a home or building. Insulation also loses R-value over time and due to other contamination. SERVPRO has developed a process to insulation removal based on decades of experience.

Blown-in insulation (regardless if it is fiberglass or cellulose) breaks down over the years. It does not happen quickly, but if you have owned your home for more than twenty-five years, cellulose insulation needs examination. Fiberglass insulation has a guarantee for a century.

Both varieties of insulation degrade and lose their heat resistance when birds or rodents find a way into the walls. Urine and feces break down the fibers very quickly. If the contamination is in an attic, the smell quickly becomes a factor as it spreads down and through your home. Even more dangerous to your family is the microbial threat that the presence of animal waste brings. Once our team members have removed the infested insulation, they thoroughly sanitize every crawl space and wall section using one or more of the anti-microbial agents available to us.

Each of our offices has an extensive inventory of equipment to ensure that we accomplish this with a minimal interruption to your life and home. We remove the contaminated insulation using a variety of vacuums and hoses. Every pound we remove from your home is collected into a specially designed filter bag that traps every fiber so our technicians can safely remove it from your property.


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Removing and replacing insulation is not an easy process, and certainly not one for a homeowner to try and accomplish. If your wall and attic blown-in insulation has become contaminated or is no longer protecting your home, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 today. We are here to help.

How We Remediate Fire Damage in Mt. Vernon

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How We Remediate Fire Damage in Mt. Vernon Many of the items that have been in your family for years can be restored after a fire. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

SERVPRO Certified Technicians Know the Correct Way to Treat Every Surface Damaged By Fire

Fire always produces more than smoke. When something burns, ash and soot are also produced. These two substances are carried through the air. They can damage anything they settle on. They continue to damage whatever they have landed on even after the fire is extinguished.

If your Mt. Vernon home has fire damage, it is crucial to the recovery of your belongings, and to that of your home, for remediation to begin as soon as possible, and by qualified experts. SERVPRO has employees who are certified Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (SRT) who understand the complexities of all aspects of restoring your home, and its contents, to a safe and comfortable state again.

Soot and ash affect different surfaces in a variety of ways. It may seem that hard surfaces should be able to withstand any damage from soot and that cleaning these would be an easy, simple task, but this is not the case. Deposited soot often feels greasy to the touch, but soot, in actuality contains highly corrosive chemicals.
In addition to these harmful chemicals, soot and ash also contain microscopically fine particles that can ruin the sheen on hard surfaces, including metal, leaving them dull and unsightly looking. The methods to remove soot deposits depend largely on the type of materials that burned to produce the soot. Combined with the water and steam from firefighters, soot can penetrate into upholstery and other household fabrics. Our Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians (UFT) are able to restore your furniture to pre-fire condition.

Restoring your belongings is only part of the process of restoring your home after it has been damaged by a fire. Structural aspects should be restored to their original state, free of both fire and smoke damage. All traces of water need to be eliminated, as well, or water damage can become an issue in the future. Carpeting and padding must be replaced with either new carpet or with another type of flooring. Walls are not complete without baseboards, and all outlets need to be checked for safety.

Fire affects a home in many ways. The professionals at SERVPRO of Merrimack have the experience required to make things right again. We can be contacted by calling (603) 262-9293 at anytime you have fire damage.

Sump Pump Failure in Merrimack After a Storm

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Sump Pump Failure in Merrimack After a Storm Sump Pump Failure Leads to Flooding in Basements, Call SERVPRO for Water Extraction

Storm Water Flooding Can Be Extracted by SERVPRO

Basement flooding is a regular threat in New Hampshire; even in normal weather. Our recent rain and snow have been anything but normal this year and stress why every home with a basement also needs a sump pump.

Failure of a sump pump can happen at almost any time. It is important to maintain it just like any other item in your Merrimack home to prevent flooding. SERVPRO doesn't typically repair or replace a failed sump pump, but we do have a 24-hour, experienced, response team to restore your basement to a clean, dry state after the worst happens.

We start by bringing in one or more pumps from our equipment inventory to remove standing water. If the power has been interrupted, technicians will bring along a generator as a temporary source of energy. If the task is going to be extensive, we provide a generator truck for continuous support. Once the water is pumped out, our inspector examines the floor and walls for structural problems that need to be fixed before moving on.

Next, technicians remove everything from the basement. They help you determine what is salvageable and what needs to be thrown out, the final decision rests with you and your insurance adjuster. Once that is completed, the response team sets up air movers and exhaust fans to begin drying out the surrounding air, walls, floor, and trim. If the air is extremely humid, we deploy dehumidifiers to get a quicker response.

If the floor is carpeted, our technicians draw out the trapped water with commercial grade water extractors. To dry out the damp fibers and the pad underneath (if there is one), they deploy specialized heaters which are designed to dry fibers and pads completely without harming either one. The specific conditions of the flooding will dictate if these flooring materials can be salvaged.

Before we arrive, there are two things you need to do; stay out of the basement and make certain the power is off. If the water covers the electrical outlets, there is a significant risk of being electrocuted once power is restored if you are standing ankle-deep, trying to sort through damaged property. Your main circuit breaker should be on the outside of your home and clearly marked. If it is not, or if you are not certain, wait for our response team to arrive and take care of it.

The effects of a sump pump failing are expensive and messy. Clean-up requires a professional restoration team to make certain everything is done quickly and efficiently. If you need our services, SERVPRO of Merrimack is here to help. Call us today at (603) 262-9293 to start the process.

SERVPRO Water Removal Milford, New Hampshire

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Water Removal Milford, New Hampshire Leave Traps in Milford Gutters Help Prevent the Need for Water Removal

Bodies of Water in Milford Can Cause Water Damage, Be Prepared

Flooding is a concern for our area of New Hampshire. The Souhegan River does not crest its banks more often than other waterways, but when it does, the results can be disastrous for the community.

Water removal from your Milford home can be an extensive process. That is why SERVPRO also responds to calls for an inspection that helps you prepare your home before the worst can happen. Our inspector also provides a list of steps you can take to protect your home from the next storm before we arrive.

One of the most common means water gets into your residence are the drain gutters which become choked with leaves and other debris before the rainy season starts. Gutters need to be check once a month and then every 2-3 weeks once Autumn arrives, and the leaves begin to fall. Water that doesn't drain properly runs down into the foundation. Ice dams can be prevented with sufficient attic insulation.
Maintaining the drainage system also means keeping it intact. Gutters that have separated from the roof allow water to pour down the side of your home uninterrupted. This flow is the method by which water finds its way into your attic. Reinforcing the gutters and drainpipes is something you can do, or we can handle for you after the inspection.

When the weather is severe enough to overcome preparations, we maintain a 24-hour response team to put your home back together. Training for our technicians meets the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards and comprehensive corporate training. Each team maintains an extensive inventory of pumps to remove water regardless of the size of the house. If the power is still knocked out, they also have a series of generators that provide a constant source of electricity as we work to return your home to its original state. With this equipment in place, we complete most gross amounts of water removal in a single day or less.

To ensure elimination of every trace of the water, team members use water extraction wands and other tools as well as dehumidifiers to draw out any remaining moisture. They accomplish this to protect flooring and walls as well as fabrics and other personal property. Extraction also lowers the air moisture content which stops mold growth.

The weather looks good for the next week, so before the next rain causes Birch Brook to rise, call SERVPRO of Merrimack to schedule an inspection to prevent water damage to your home. Contact us at (603) 262-9293 today.