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Preparing Your Commercial Business for a Disaster

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

It is stated that about 50% of commercial business who run into a disaster never reopen after that disaster occurred. SERVPRO of Merrimack wants to help more business stay in business after an emergency happens and be there for support when needed. 

SERVPRO of Merrimack established an Emergency Disaster Program so that when a disaster comes, you will have a blanket of security in times of panic. This is a detailed description of where to go, when to take action and who you can call. An emergency ready profile is vital for your commercial business because a disaster could happen at any moment, and SERVPRO wants to help prepare our customers for any disaster that may come their way. The ERP, or emergency ready profile is a profile that will have all the necessary information you need to handle situations with disasters. No contracts are involved and it is at no cost to you or your business. We locate all the emergency numbers you may need and emergency action checklist for a step by step on what to do in a disaster. We also have provided the necessary utility shut off locations for all the gas, electric, heat, water and other important locations to know and understand how to turn them off. This is vital because in case of emergencies and panic, you may not know how to even shut off the source, which is important because the source needs to be shut off before any action can be done. It will also give you a complete property overview, showing where emergency exits are and where exactly you should leave the property when evacuating. 

Time is of the essence in cases of emergency, so it is important to act fast to eliminate anymore disaster from occurring. By having a plan of action, you can readily be prepared and act in a timely manner, and limit the amount of time you as a company are inactive. Not only does the ERP save you time, but money as well. We obtain all your insurance information so you have it readily available at your convenience as a mobile app also. We have detailed an insurance policy information in your pamphlet to inform our customers what their policy is and what is covered by insurance. It is important to keep in mind, safety first and to account for everyone in the building and make sure everyone is okay before moving on. Things get crazy and hectic and emotions run high when a disaster occurs, so SERVPRO of Merrimack wants to make this as easy as possible for our customers because we understand the hardships you might be going through at that moment. We can offer you all the services in the world to cleanup the damage, but the best service we can offer is helping you be prepared. 

SERVPRO wants the best for our customers and we know the best for them is the Emergency Ready Profile. SERVPRO of Merrimack always has your back when it comes to preparedness and the essentials when dealing with a disaster. 

The Different Forms Of Water Damage That Can Occur In Your Amherst Home

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Different Forms Of Water Damage That Can Occur In Your Amherst Home Call us at (603) 262-9293 for fast and professional service that you can depend on for excellent results.

Different Forms Of Water Damage Can Reduce The Value, Safety, And Appearance Of Your Home In Amherst

Living comfortably in your home in Amherst requires routine cleaning and also regular maintenance. Finding small leaks or drips along water lines means making the necessary repairs. Placing a pan or bucket underneath the drip can give you time to find a wrench and other tools, but you should not rely on this for more than a few hours, at most. Receptacles fill quickly, and spills from overflows or a knocked-over bucket can happen.

We want to explain how the different components of a home in Amherst might exhibit water damage or long-term exposure to moisture. Our building services department includes the restoration of flooring, helping save you money and preserve the look of your home.

Depending on the type of flooring, and many homes contain more than one style, water can cause permanent damage to wood floors, as well as tile and linoleum. Drywall, plaster, and paneling dry more quickly in the absence of vapor-barrier paints and wallpapers. Restoring furniture that you have invested in can cost much less than replacing the same pieces.

When wood floors soak up water, they can end up deformed. Crowning happens to wooden boards after water sits on the top and soaks in, swelling the top portion like a sponge. Cupping, on the other hand, comes from water sitting underneath and between the boards, raising their edges. This can lead to someone tripping over the uneven surface, increased accumulation of dirt, and uneven wearing of any carpeting or rugs laid over the area. Slow and steady drying of such floors removes the moisture and significantly decreases how much damage becomes permanent.

Where SERVPRO technicians find saturated or damp walls, we examine the interior for stagnant water, as this can cause a range of issues, including unwanted odors. Draining, when necessary, followed by drying the wall from the interior cavity with our Injectidry system. This can help bypass any vapor barriers that would block drying currents from our air movers. Rapidly drying walls and ceilings can keep damp drywall from falling apart, as well as minimize stains. Paneling generally responds well when dried quickly, with little warping or discoloration.

Upholstered furniture in your home contains more wood than just the visible trim. The frame, hidden inside the upholstered areas, can succumb to water damage by cracking, splitting, or warping. These changes can ruin your furniture and make it unsafe to use. We use drying chambers to ensure even and complete drying of your furnishings. Glossy wooden surfaces often require an application of lemon oil to restore their natural balance and prevent stripping away of the finish.

SERVPRO of Merrimack’s skilled technicians know how to make your home “Like it never even happened” after water damage takes its toll on your property. Call us at (603) 262-9293 for fast and professional service that you can depend on for excellent results.

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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Fire Damage in Merrimack

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Fire Damage in Merrimack Fire damage to your Merrimack home can leave many lingering residues and odors. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Odor Removal in Your Merrimack Home 

While there are many lingering effects after a fire loss incident in Merrimack homes that property owners can overcome with elbow grease and the right focused cleaning efforts, there are other symptoms that ensure that returning a house to preloss condition is a significant challenge. Odor damages, for example, can spread far beyond an ignition source to affect multiple areas of a home, even rooms otherwise unaffected by the disaster. Reducing or eliminating the presence of these harsh scents often requires a higher grade of cleaning agent and units designed for deodorization in the restoration industry. 

When overcoming fire damages in Merrimack homes like lingering odors, SERVPRO professionals like ours must utilize multiple pieces of equipment. The best approach for professional deodorization gets determined by the severity of the condition, the affected materials, and the timeline to protect the rest of the household. While there are multiple units and approaches available to our professionals, the most commonly used by our team are: 

  • Hydroxyl Generators 

These machines utilize both an onboard HEPA filtering system and produce free radicals to break down the molecular structure of foul odors on contact. These units are safe to use around people, pets, and softer materials. 

  • Ozone Machines 

These units (and the larger chambers at SERVPRO facilities) produce a gas comprised of three oxygen atoms. These irregular compounds bond with odor molecules to neutralize them. This practice is not safe to use around humans and pets. 

  • Thermal Foggers 

As you might expect from the name, thermal foggers generate heat which vaporizes a compound the fogger can use. In these applications, the fogging solution is a highly effective deodorization agent. This practice is ideal for open areas and softer materials. 

  • Material Removal/Cleaning

Cleaning can help to noticeably reduce the presence of harsh odors in a fire-damaged area of your home. It is always the last resort of our SERVPRO professionals to allow for material removal and later replacement, and this decision only gets made with areas too severely damaged to preserve. 

While there are some aspects of fire damage that homeowners can address on their own when first responders leave the scene, symptoms like odors pose a much more challenging obstacle to overcome. Let our SERVPRO of Merrimack team help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (603) 262-9293.

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Flood Damage Remediation Help for Your Milford Home

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Remediation Help for Your Milford Home Flood damage in Milford can be costly. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Mitigating Loss in Flooded Milford Basements 

With the common construction of basements as the foundational support for Milford homes, it is an area that many local property owners must maintain and manage against a nearly constant threat of moisture or dampness. Additionally, these areas are also the most susceptible when natural flooding occurs and can develop penetration points for pooling exterior water to find a pathway into the basement. Combatting these conditions requires a fast response from competent and qualified restoration specialists. 

There are many different threats when flood damage in Milford basements occurs. The first of these risks that homeowners must contend with is the effect that standing water has on the contents and stored belongings of this area of the house. Many property owners use this lower level as a storage space, and when flooding occurs, all of the belongings and possessions here can become at risk. Many of these objects are irreplaceable and hold sentimental value, so preserving them is vital, and our contents department can address these concerns with our mitigation phase. 

We have a climate-controlled warehouse to store all removed items from a property in the pack-out process that coincides with a thorough inspection and damage assessment of the house. Both damaged and at-risk contents get carefully packed up and transported to our SERVPRO facility nearby for focused cleaning, deodorization, disinfection, drying, and organized storage. 

Mitigating loss in the basement of your home requires more than protecting belongings, however. Many construction materials remain at risk or already have become devastatingly exposed to the standing water, making widespread controlled demolition and reconstruction a necessity. We have a full range of restorative reconstruction services, including drywall installation, and carpet, hardwood, and tile repair. With the right response to the emergency, our SERVPRO general contracting division and technicians work together to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

You might not be able to fully prevent flooding from happening in the basement of your home, but you do have a choice on the team that can help you to set things back to preloss condition. Give our SERVPRO of Merrimack professionals a call today at (603) 262-9293.

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A Primer on How Dry Your Water Damaged Merrimack Home

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Primer on How Dry Your Water Damaged Merrimack Home A broken water line caused water to pool on the floor and travel to the subfloor. We used our injectidry system to remove water.

Steps Necessary for Thorough Water Removal in Merrimack 

Water damage happens fast considering a burst plumbing line or a faulty appliance can release gallons of water inside your home in a matter of minutes. When done correctly, water removal can help restore the home to its preloss state. Several processes are necessary to achieve the intended goal.  

Water keeps moving through gravity and other forces once it spills, so thorough water removal in Merrimack is only possible after identifying all wet areas. Scoping the areas affected by spilled water is easier said than done, considering water filters into concealed areas and is absorbed by porous materials. Our Water Restoration Technicians (WTR) from SERVPRO, rely on their training and sophisticated equipment to trace excess moisture and locate wet areas. We check humidity levels inside and outside the structure using thermo-hygrometers. We also have thermal cameras to find wet areas concealed behind walls or other solid materials.  

Various methods can help remove water from a flooded house. Choosing the right method helps expedite the process reducing the impact of the incident. The main removal methods are extraction and evaporation. Each method also has different ways of accomplishing the task. For instance, to ease extraction, our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts providing easier access to water trapped in wall cavities. We also use a variety of equipment, including portable and truck-mounted water extractors depending on the amount of water we find at the loss site. We also use specialized equipment, including injectidry systems, which help remove water trapped in concealed areas such as subfloors without tearing down overlying materials.  

Water loss incidents drive the humidity levels in a house to levels higher than usual. Humidity levels exceeding 50% not only make it uncomfortable for the occupants but also increase the chances of mold growth. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on advanced equipment such as low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers to extract excess moisture from the air. We also have air movers that help increase the evaporation rate quickening the drying process.  

For proper management of a water loss site, call SERVPRO of Merrimack to help. You can reach us at (603) 262-9293 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How We Dry Out Your Amherst Home After A Water Loss Incident is a priority,

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How We Dry Out Your Amherst Home After A Water Loss Incident is a priority, After water damage we begin "dry" mopping and add an application of an antimicrobial agent, then the construction crew can start the rebuild.

Water Removal in Amherst Homes Prevents Secondary Damage to the Structure and Contents

Discovering that your home has sustained damage resulting from a water leak can be devastating, and fixing water-damaged structures is expensive. Plumbing issues often cause water damage and that’s why it’s crucial to inspect your home’s plumbing system regularly to ensure there are no issues with pipe joints and hoses.

The effects of water loss can be felt gradually or almost immediately depending on the volume of water involved and how long it sits in a home. To prevent further destruction of the structure and the contents of your home, working with experts who offer water removal services in Amherst is imperative. Drying out your home after a water loss incident is a priority, and SERVPRO franchise professionals can help you achieve this. We can dry your items and home to salvage many possessions and prevent mold infestation and rust.

Water can cause the wooden furniture to get discolored, weaken or swell, or the paint on it to chip. It can also cause electronics to malfunction immediately or even lead to electrical hazards. If electronics like TVs, stereos, microwaves, and computers are exposed to water, we can unplug them, disconnect any backup batteries and remove trip breakers or fuses. Our crew can then remove the electronics from the affected area, use shop vacs to extract stagnant water from the floors and wipe excess water from the electronic equipment. If you suspect that the equipment is ruined, we can contact a competent electronics vendor to test and restore it if possible.

If water has intruded into electronic media like DVDs, and CD-ROMs, our crews can set up a dehumidification chamber to lower the relative humidity to 25%. We can work with companies that clean and repair electronic media. Water may also ruin books and other documents in your home. Our SERVPRO crew can save critical documents from getting lost completely. During water removal we use document drying methods like freezer drying, dehumidification, air drying, and vacuum thermal drying to prevent further destruction and dry the books or documents to the best condition possible.

Following a water loss incident, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 to minimize structural repairs to your home. We offer emergency water damage restoration professionally and promptly, to the satisfaction of our customers. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Rapid Response Will Save Your Amherst Home After A Water Damage Disaster

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Rapid Response Will Save Your Amherst Home After A Water Damage Disaster Water spills can quickly escalate, causing severe harm to the contents and structure of your property.

Using Rapid Water Removal To Mitigate Losses In Your Amherst Home

Water spills can quickly escalate, causing severe harm to the contents and structure of your property. Equally, microbial presence in water can create health concerns for those in the home or lead to more extensive mold remediation requirements further down the line. Acting quickly in the wake of a burst pipe or attic leak is essential to containing potential damages. A professional service with highly trained technicians could help to mitigate losses and avoid expensive replacements.

Requirements for water removal in Amherst can vary depending on the size and scale of the job at hand. However, using local services is useful in any size disaster because they reduce call-out times. SERVPRO has the resources to deal with larger scale restoration as well as minor issues involving water. Our remit is to act quickly to remove moisture from your home and thereby mitigate against costly permanent harm to structure or contents.

Restorers working on a clean water emergency can enter your property, remove debris, possessions and conduct vital safety checks. These checks could include alerting you to loose wiring, weakness in floors or ceiling as well as potential contamination hazards. SERVPRO provides personal protective equipment (PPE) to staff members allowing them to enter a flooded property safely, even where contaminated materials like raw sewage may be present.

A proper drying procedure needs establishing in the advent of a clean water emergency. If large amounts of water have migrated, we may set up smaller drying zones using physical barriers like plastic sheeting. These zones allow us to concentrate our drying efforts resulting in a smarter, more efficient service. Where large quantities of water are present throughout the home, SERVPRO mobilizes submersible gas powered pumps that transport water to nearby open sewer points. Once standing water levels drop below two inches, we can bring in water extraction units for targeted removal of residual moisture and pooling.

Our local service has access to national resources in the restoration of water-related property damages, contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 to arrange service.

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We Have The Equipment To Restore Your Merimack Home After A Water Damage Disaster

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Have The Equipment To Restore Your Merimack Home After A Water Damage Disaster When water damage hit, our techs expedited the drying process after removing the water by drilling weep holes at the base of the wall.

Ensuring Effective Drying After Water Damage in Your Merrimack Home

Certain appliances in homes increase the risk of water damage. Many homeowners deal with water loss after a refrigerator leaks. This usually occurs when the refrigerator’s defrost drain has a clog or freeze. When this happens, you need to thaw the ice and use hot water to flush your drain.

After discovering water damage in your Merrimack home, it is crucial to hire a professional to remove the water and begin the restoration process within 48 hours. Companies that offer remediation services like SERVPRO can help you prevent excessive destruction and reduce the risk of fungus, mold, and bacteria multiplying in the affected areas.

To dry your home effectively, it is vital to ensure that air is moving naturally by opening windows and doors for better air circulation. You also need to open the cabinet and closet doors to speed up drying. Our technicians can use shop vacs to remove excess water from your home. Some of these vacuums are designed to remove water damage from rugs and carpets. We also use high-speed fans to increase air circulation to expedite drying.

Dehumidifying is the other crucial aspect of the drying process because it helps eliminate water vapor from the air. We have both large and portable dehumidifiers and they are most effective when used in a room with the windows and doors shut to keep humid outdoor air from entering the room. A dehumidifier in a closed room can minimize the relative humidity to a low of 20 percent, meaning that if your home has a wood floor, the dehumidifier can pull moisture from the wood.

Our SERVPRO technicians monitor the drying process closely and establish moisture content goals. We create the normal equilibrium moisture content (EMC) and the dry standard. Our technicians measure the moisture content of the items in the unaffected areas to come up with a dry standard. We can use a moisture meter to check the moisture content of baseboards, walls, ceilings, padding, furniture, subfloors and other water-damaged materials. Our goal is to dry a structure and its contents to make the damage look “Like it never even happened.”

When there is water loss in your home, SERVPRO of Merrimack is ready to assist you in drying the affected areas. Contact us anytime at (603) 262-9293 for prompt restoration services.

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Our Crew Can Restore Your Home In Merrimack To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Crew Can Restore Your Home In Merrimack To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire SERVPRO of Merrimack wants to help ensure your family’s home receives skilled and complete cleanup and restoration after a fire.

After A Fire, SERVPRO Helps Your Family With Cleanup Services In Merrimack

When thick smoke darkens your home in Merrimack during a fire and firefighters douse everything with their hoses, your home becomes an unsafe mess. Smaller fires do much the same thing but in a more concentrated area.

SERVPRO can help you make your home livable again after a fire in Merrimack with their cleanup and restoration services. Our certified employees work in teams in restoring your home. Cleaning of soot-covered elements of your home and your family’s belongings, removal of materials destroyed in the fire, and repainting areas along with the installation of new materials make your home safe again, “Like it never even happened.”

We clean everything according to its composition. Getting the layer of soot off these items means that they no longer risk becoming marred and dull. Some items need a vacuum to remove dry soot, while others need wipe-downs with damp cloths or smaller tools. Some items require more intricate cleaning which we can perform with an ultrasonic bath.

We go through your home and place burned items in bags for disposal. This protects your home, the rest of your belongings, and anyone who comes into contact with the area. When structural components become affected like this, sharps points like nails, screws, other fasteners and even glass can create additional hazards.

Some items may seem too damaged to restore, but if the sentimental value is high, let us know. You know your belongings best, and we want you to experience as little stress as possible while we work on your home’s contents.

After we have removed the water used by firefighters and cleaned up your home, we can begin making the necessary restoration work. We measure the location that new materials must occupy and cut them accordingly. This reduces waste and excess expense. We prime areas slated for repainting, to seal in odor-causing soot and keep it from affecting your home. Flooring cleanup happens first, but new replacements occur last. Making things safe for cleanup work to commence and then waiting until all the work finishes prevent floors from experiencing any of the wear and tear that might make them look less new before your family can enjoy their appearance.

SERVPRO of Merrimack wants to help ensure your family’s home receives skilled and complete cleanup and restoration after a fire. During such a stressful time, we understand your family needs expert assistance from people who care about making this tragedy a thing of the past. Call our crew at (603) 262-9293, so we can help speed up recovery.

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Can Water Damaged Documents be Restored in Merrimack?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Can Water Damaged Documents be Restored in Merrimack? Water damage can ruin important documents. SERVPRO has a freeze drying mobile unit to help mitigate the damage to your important records.

Drying Records and Storage Contents in Your Merrimack Office

With so many offices fitting into smaller plaza properties throughout Merrimack, many owners have had to get creative with storage and hard copies of documentation. With groundwater and moisture being such a common issue with homes and commercial properties throughout the Northeast, storage of these documents and contents in basement areas can often lead to unexpected damages. Recovering from these effects requires a team of professionals adequately trained in the restoration of water-damaged documents and contents, which requires both specialized equipment and the experience of our trained IICRC-Certified restoration technicians.

Many business owners do not realize the ramifications or consequences of a wet basement until the water damage has spread throughout the entire Merrimack office space. Without the experience to successfully and entirely protect and dry damaged documents and paperwork, owners often do more harm than good to these affected contents. Our SERVPRO team has on-site and off-site solutions for recovering damaged records affected by a wet basement.

When our SERVPRO professionals first arrive at your plaza office building, we work quickly to identify the source of the moisture in the area. We must dry out the water damaged areas of your building and set up the appropriate approach to prevent the same situation from occurring again in the immediate future through sealing off vulnerabilities for moisture to penetrate the basement or identifying water leaks or breaks in plumbing moving through this portion of the building.

Freeze drying is an effective approach to completely removing moisture from affected records and documents without allowing them to become too badly damaged as they would with conventional cleaning approaches. With many of these documents getting written with pen ink, moisture can cause these words to bleed on the pages if the situation does not get addressed quickly. Best of all, we have the means of freeze drying with a mobile unit, ensuring that your documents do not have to leave the vicinity to get restored.

Quick drying damaged documents can be an effective means of protecting your records and documents damaged in basement storage when moisture and dampness get out of control. You can count on our SERVPRO of Merrimack professionals to make these damaging effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (603) 262-9293.

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