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Maintaining Your Smoke Detector Can Save Your Milford Home from Fire Damage

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Maintaining Your Smoke Detector Can Save Your Milford Home from Fire Damage SERVPRO Says Install and Check the Batteries in Your Milford Property Smoke Detectors

Holy Smokes!! SERVPRO Says Install Smoke Detectors in Your Milford Property

For early detection of fire in your Milford home, a smoke alarm is critical. Not only can it save your home from burning down but it can save you and your family. Many things can cause a fire. They include misuse of an appliance, smoking in bedrooms and faulty wiring. Others include curious children playing with candles, matches or lighters. No matter how or where having a well-maintained smoke alarm is key to the safety of your family and home.

A smoke detector is a handy device that can reduce fire damage to your Milford home. For this to be possible, installation of smoke alarms in the kitchen and hallways is a must. There are two types of detectors: ionization and photoelectric. Ionization detectors have a small chamber. This chamber contains a small electric current. If smoke enters the chamber, ion levels change. That leads to a drop in the electric current causing the alarm to sound.
For the photoelectric model, it uses a beam of light to sense the presence of smoke. This beam shoots in a straight line if smoke is not present. If smoke is present, the beam scatters. That activates the alarm. At SERVPRO, we tell homeowners to follow these tips to maintain smoke detectors.

Test the detector every month
We recommend the testing of smoke detectors at least once a month. This helps to determine if the battery is dead or if the alarm is working. To test the device, press the button until an audible alert tone sounds.

Replace the battery
If you find the battery is dead, we recommend you replace it. Check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to replace the batteries. You can always know if the batteries are running low. How? The detector emits a low beeping sound. But, be doubly cautious and follow the wisdom of replacing the batteries when you reset your clocks for Daylight or Standard Time.

Vacuum the detector
After testing or replacing the batteries, we also recommend vacuuming the detector. This helps to remove any cobwebs, insects and dust build-up. Use a soft brush attachment for this process.

Following the maintenance tips above should cut losses and possibly save your family. If an emergency or mishap does occur from fire, water or mold problem, call our SERVPRO of Merrimack 24/7 emergency line at (603) 262-9293.

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How Professionals Remove the Foul Smells From Your Amherst Home After a Flood

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Professionals Remove the Foul Smells From Your Amherst Home After a Flood After floodwaters recede, foul odors linger. SERVPRO can remove those odors.

How SERVPRO Handles Pungent Smells After Flood Damage In Your Amherst Home

Most Amherst homeowners are familiar with the bad odor that comes with flood damage. To make your home habitable again, secure the services of SERVPRO experts. By doing so, we take steps to remove the flood water, clean and restore your home. Afterward, we remove the bad odor by deodorizing your home.

Getting rid of flood damage in your Amherst home is not easy. The process is extensive and involves many steps. By hiring SERVPRO technicians, we can help to take care of the strong odor. Many sources contribute to the acrid smell in your home after flooding. Burst sewage pipes are one of the most common culprits.

If a municipal sewage line bursts, it is unable to transport the effluent, which results in sewage backup. When the effluent mixes with flood water and flows into your home, it generates an acrid smell.

SERVPRO experts categorize this water as black water. It contains harmful bacteria and can cause health effects. When it comes into contact with your furniture and carpet, the material absorbs the black water. Not taking proper measures leads to bacteria emitting an acrid smell. That is the disposal of the furniture or carpet.

Other sources of bad odor can be dead animals, mildew and pet waste.

At SERVPRO, we equip our elite team with deodorizing equipment. To get rid of the bad odor, we use thermal foggers and ULV wet foggers. This equipment sprays a deodorizing agent in your home.

Before getting started, we begin by identifying the source of the odor. Afterward, deodorization begins. What you need to know is that there is no all-in-one solution. We use many methods to make your home habitable again. They include masking agents, pairing agents, disinfectants, and sanitizers.

Also, we use electrically generated deodorizers, filtration and absorption agents.

At SERVPRO of Merrimack, no job is too big for our flood damage technicians. Our elite team can get rid of the pungent smell quickly. Doing so returns your home to its former glory. For immediate help, call our 24/7 emergency line at (603) 262-9293.

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Never Worry About Water Damage In Your Amherst Property Again With Help From The Professionals At SERVPRO

10/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Never Worry About Water Damage In Your Amherst Property Again With Help From The Professionals At SERVPRO While you cannot prepare for the possibility of internal flooding in your pizzeria, you should have a good idea of the team that can help you.

Water Removal At An Amherst Pizzeria Following Interior Flooding

Pizza is very popular throughout the world, so it is no doubt that your Amherst pizzeria sees a fair share of business every day of the week. The trouble with a steady schedule and a present demand on the utilities throughout your building is the persistent threat of stressing water lines and causing them to fracture or break. These same conditions could occur with failing insulation throughout the winter months. However it might occur, you need emergency restoration services to respond immediately.

Apart from the pressing need for water removal in this situation your Amherst pizzeria is facing, there are other concerns that you have to become aware of as well. From the moment that the water loss situation begins, the damage has started to spread throughout the wall cavity to affect both these immediate materials, adjacent rooms, and flooring. Our SERVPRO emergency response team can respond promptly to the situation to help you get the supply of water shut off and a solution in place to repair the break and restore the damage it causes.

From the moment that our dedicated professionals arrive at your business, we get to work on removing the present water from the area using sophisticated extraction techniques. With varying types of flooring materials between your kitchen area and a dining portion of the building, the methods of drying these components might vary between equipment like air movers, dehumidifiers and other industry-leading tools to draw saturation from these materials to prevent warping.

Our SERVPRO technicians pay close attention to contents within your shop that could be at risk from the high volume of water, such as your cooking equipment and seating options. As saturation and damp environments persist, these components could continually be at risk. Our assessment helps our team to determine where drying efforts are necessary first.

While you cannot prepare for the possibility of internal flooding in your pizzeria, you should have a good idea of the team that can help you overcome the effects. Our SERVPRO of Merrimack emergency response team can arrive anytime that you have a problem and help you through each step of our process. Give our professionals a call today at (603) 262-9293.

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Mitigation Reduces Damage After a House Fire In Milford

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Mitigation Reduces Damage After a House Fire In Milford Mitigation techniques after a fire in Milford will help you salvage some Irreplaceable Items.

Damage Mitigation Following a Milford House Fire

One of the things that many Milford homeowners understand about disasters and their effects is the importance of mitigation. While this might be a new word for many to learn, mitigation is an industry term for limiting the spread and severity of damages through the application of preventative measures and techniques. In situations where a fire affects your residence, this mitigation approach is critical to ensure that areas of your home do not continue to get affected by the symptoms of a recently extinguished fire.

Among the most challenging things that homeowners experience when facing fire damages in Milford is the effect that this disaster has on the irreplaceable items within their house. Photographs and keepsakes are among the sentimental items that retain no base reimbursement amount, and therefore, are among the hardest to reconcile when faced with a widespread loss. Fortunately, with the rapid response of our SERVPRO team, we can help you to preserve some of these items from getting ruined.

Our initial efforts when we first arrive at your home are to assess the full scope of the damage so that we can ensure we have the appropriate equipment and personnel available to complete the restoration process efficiently. At this same time, we work to install mitigation techniques throughout the affected areas to help limit the spread of damaging effects and to preserve areas and contents that remain at risk for continued damages.

One of the ways that our SERVPRO professionals achieve this is through a process known as pack-outs. This approach removes at-risk items from the house, keeping them safe from the persistent threat of damage while restoration gets underway. While they are out of the house, our technicians can carefully look at the items to determine if any of them require focused restoration techniques to repair.

Mitigation work is only successful when the professionals can promptly reach the site. Without knowing that you suffer the effects of a fire in your house, our SERVPRO of Merrimack technicians cannot help you yet to overcome or save it. Give our experienced team a call whenever you need us at (603) 262-9293.

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FAQ - SERVPRO Has the Answers About What You Should Know Concerning Water Damage in Merrimack and Amherst

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage FAQ - SERVPRO Has the Answers About What You Should Know Concerning Water Damage in Merrimack and Amherst Merrimack Homeowners Have the Questions and SERVPRO Has the Answers to Mold and Water Problems

8 Frequently Asked Questions That Worry Property Owners in Merrimack About Water Damage

1. How much does a water damage restoration cost?
A: SERVPRO provides a professional estimate after consulting with you free if charge. We document the damaged area, what components and possessions were damaged, and estimate the water mitigation cost. Many factors come into play like the time needed, the equipment deployed, and containment and barrier setups.

2. Are you submitting a claim with your insurance?
A: If you are submitting a claim, SERVPRO requires the claim number and the name of your insurance company. We can then directly interact with your insurer releasing you from undue stress. However, you are responsible for the deductible and a deposit if no coverage is available before we begin the restoration of your Merrimack property.

3. What product sanitizes and disinfects the affected elements after a water loss?
A:  We use SERVPRO's proprietary decontamination products on the stricken areas to reduce the likelihood of microbial growth and for cleanability. The chief decontaminant product is SERVPRO Oxide, an EPA registered chlorine dioxide based disinfectant and stabilizer. This chemical requires no personal protective equipment PPE during treatment, is safe for use on all surfaces, and of course for people and your pets.

4. Can I remain at home during the drying process?
A: The short answer is yes; if the residence is safe. The safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority. Each case is different depending on the severity of the damage and is evaluated on its own problems. We help you to remain in your residence when feasible. However, if deemed hazardous, we can suggest to your insurance company to provide you with a temporary relocation. The drying equipment can be loud, and usually must run for several days continuously during the dry-down period, to achieve our drying goals. This is your personal decision.

5. Can a SERVPRO team respond quickly to an emergency loss?
A: We average about 2 hours after receiving the phone call on site to do emergency services and start the recovery process right away. However, we do need a signed Service Authorization Form prior to beginning the mitigation.

6. What is the drying process for water damage?
A: The drying process begins with the crew stopping the water flow if it is on-going. The crew checks for any electrical hazards to avoid shocks or worse. Our technicians can extract any pooling water from the wet areas and use moisture measuring and detection equipment as well as psychrometrics to discover the moisture in the wall cavities and the air. The SERVPRO crew can formulate a drying plan to determine the best methods of restoration for your home. We can then place a variety of drying systems and equipment, including air movers and commercial grade dehumidifiers, to completely dry the materials and environment. The entire drying process typically takes about 3-5 days to complete. And we document the results for your carrier.

7. Does all water damage cause mold?
A:  Each water damaging event presents an opening for mold to grow from dormant spores or other microbial growth. The source and type of water (clean, gray, or black) the volume of the water, the ambient temperature, and the length of time the moisture has been present all have a direct bearing on the amount and types of microbial growth species. It is critical to take action as soon as you understand that a water damage loss has occurred.

8. How long before microbial growth starts to grow?
A: Depending upon the conditions, but in most cases, microbial growth can start within 72 hours after a water loss. Swiftly responding is crucial to prevent the spread of microbial and other organisms.

SERVPRO of Merrimack has the answers to your questions and the solutions to your problems by calling us at (603) 262-9293.

The Advantages Of Hiring SERVPRO To Remediate Mold Damage In Your Amherst Home

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Advantages Of Hiring SERVPRO To Remediate Mold Damage In Your Amherst Home If you have noticed a moldy smell or visible evidence of mold growth contact SERVPRO!

How To Remove Mold Damage From Your Amherst Property

Notice a musty odor or visible growth spots in and around your home? These could be signs of the proliferation of mold spores and can cause health effects. Unfortunately, the noticeable signs of mold microbes tend to be symptoms of a larger problem. Moisture can build up from a variety of sources in a household. Moist and humid environments provide the ideal conditions for mold growth which can start growing in as little as 24 to 72 hours.

Homes that have mold damage in Amherst can benefit from rapid assessment and treatment. The tell-tale signs could include a distinct musty odor in certain areas of the house as well as visible staining or soiling on your possessions. Sometimes, mold can grow in areas of the house you rarely visit such as an attic or crawlspace for several months before spreading into other areas of the home.

A professional remediation service not only removes the surface signs of mold but also gets to the route of the problem, preventing recurring issues. SERVPRO technicians are trained to recognize and treat mold using a range of equipment. Valuable fabrics or clothing can be sent to an external center for restoration and permanent structure like paneling or softwoods can be treated by soda blasting; a soft abrasive method that uses compressed air to clear away mold without damaging the structure.

One of the priorities in mold remediation is finding the source of mold. Spores expand rapidly but, for a proper restoration, need to be traced back to initial growth spot. This can be caused by a leaking pipe, heavy rainfall or issues with structural integrity in older homes. By treating the source with anti-microbial sprays and reducing humidity levels, SERVPRO can lower the likelihood of mold returning after a service.

Musty odors can be dealt with using foggers. At SERVPRO we use equipment with odor neutralizing chemicals to remove unpleasant smells around the home. In large scale services, we have the option to bring in ozone generators to permanently alter the surrounding atmosphere and remove odor particles for good.

If you have noticed a moldy smell or visible evidence of mold growth contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for expert home restoration.

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Checking for Asbestos Abatement in a Merrimack Home

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Checking for Asbestos Abatement in a Merrimack Home SERVPRO Advises Merrimack Customers on the Ramifications of Asbestos in Their Dwellings

In Merrimack Houses, SERVPRO Adheres to the Law with Asbestos Sampling Before Demolition or Renovation

What is the story concerning asbestos? This fibrous mineral, when established in a structure, is safe enough until it is demolished and the fibers become airborne. The terrible cancer known as mesothelioma is just one of the hazards associated with this mineral. Lawyers love class action suits, but our job at SERVPRO is to prevent the spreading of the potentially cancer-causing materials by following the law.

SERVPRO understands the inherent dangers and hazards that result from asbestos exposure in the Merrimack area of New Hampshire. Our technicians, when requested to demolish or renovate homes must ascertain the year the house was erected. Asbestos had many uses in home construction prior to 1985. Why so? It was a cheap fire-retardant and thermal and acoustical insulator found in many homes for different reasons. Old floor and ceiling tiles, roof shingles, joint compound, and thermal insulation for wrapping boiler and pipes, and even textured paint were some of its uses. It was very versatile until the party ended with the determination that the fibers were carcinogenic.

Our main goal is to assure the safety of our clients and our technicians as well during deconstruction of a property. Asbestos contains the mineral Chrysotile that is fibrous and is woven together for many uses. When these fibers become airborne and are inhaled or ingested, asbestos can be very harmful and dangerous. But by law, from that 1985 date and earlier dwellings required an Asbestos Sampling performed by an outside, certified company before services could be rendered.

If the sampling is negative, the crew can go forward with the project and start the selective demolition or renovation knowing the safety of the residents and our team are secure from this mineral and its dangers. If the sampling comes back positive, SERVPRO must refer our customers to a third party company that is approved by the homeowner's insurance company to isolate and contains the asbestos, so it does not spread through the air. This testing takes several days during which work cannon commence. This is the law, and we follow the law.

We want our customers to understand this process before the technicians show up for work. Knowing information before going to start the job is always vital. We wanted to let you know this information first and foremost, so there are no problems in the future regarding this regulation.

SERVPRO of Merrimack works and strives for job site safety and never jeopardizing the well-being of our customers. We are ready to help 24/7 by calling us at (603) 262-9293.

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Red Fire Trucks Leave Your Milford Property as the SERVPRO Green Fleet Arrives to Clean Up the Mess

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Red Fire Trucks Leave Your Milford Property as the SERVPRO Green Fleet Arrives to Clean Up the Mess SERVPRO Techs Are Holding the Ladder at this Milford House Fire--Waiting to Start the Cleanup

Getting Rid of Fire Damage in Milford Real Fast

Fire damage can be very detrimental. Even if you are not in the house, the aftermath can still be very traumatic. Fire damage can destroy all the structure and foundation of your home. Your furniture, carpets, floor, walls, belongings, and many other items can be gone in a full-blown house fire. Fortunately, most events are not catastrophic. If you postponed the fire restoration process, the destruction from smoke damage could get worse. That means, the longer you wait to address the issue, the more repairs that you might have to deal with along with a higher cost.
 
Fortunately, you can reduce costly repairs in the long-term from fire damage in Milford if you contact a cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO. A restoration service often has experts and advanced tools and equipment to restore your home. They can try to save as many personal belongings, furniture, appliances, clothing, and any item as they can. We can document and take pictures of everything as a written record. Once the restoration is complete, we can return all salvageable furniture and appliance to your home. It is essential to work as quickly and carefully as possible to get your home back to its normal state, "Like it never even happened."
 
SERVPRO can send skilled technicians promptly to your site. They can begin the mitigation process to secure the structure and prevent further issues. The mitigation service may even include winterizing the plumbing to avoid frozen pipes, provide temporary electricity to the structure, and boarding up openings to secure the area. Most articles and appliances that are wet from the firefighting procedures can be dried off by the technicians. After the mitigation process, the techs can clean the area from smoke residues with special sponges and detergents. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians can also relocate possessions for additional cleaning and storage at our plant. All pack-out items are tagged and barcoded. We can alleviate some of the pressure and stress with your claim and work with you and your insurance provider to reach an equitable solution.

There is a variety of cleaning processes such as dry cleaning, electronic cleaning with a partnered company, furniture refinishing, cleaning expensive artwork with a curator or third party and ultrasonic bath cleaning at our facility. Upon completion, SERVPRO techs can do a final walk-through to make sure that you are satisfied with the results.
 
If you need experts to restore your home from fire damage, then call SERVPRO of Merrimack at 603-262-9293 for a consultation and 24/7 emergency help.

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Preparing for Flood Damage in Amherst

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Flood Damage in Amherst Flooding Help Needed in Amherst? Call SERVPRO for Professional Water Removal and Results

Amherst Property Owners Rely on Swift SERVPRO Services to Remove Stormwaters and Mitigate Damages

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is about putting a game-plan together in readiness for the stormy season. Communities, usually the first on the scene, are encouraged to check their insurance plans for coverage against natural disaster and practice lifesaving skills like CPR. For many citizens across America, September is a month to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
 
Homeowners need to be diligent in the preparations against flood damage in Amherst. As rainfall increases so too do the pressure on drainage systems, pipes, and sewers. Road floods are an area of particularly high-risk which can quickly lead to flooding on the 1st floor, in the garage or an underground cellar.
 
SERVPRO extends a 24-hour emergency call line to all property owners who have experienced flood damage. We promise to arrange a service within one hour of the notification of loss. A trained water technician can be onsite within 4 hours and can start mitigating loss almost immediately.
 
We train our technicians to carry out a detailed inspection of the affected area for potential hazards, electrical or structural, as well as an assessment of water. What we are looking for is Black Water, or in other words, water that has been contaminated by sewage or debris which pose health and safety concerns.
 
Extracting excess water from sub-floors, crawlspaces, and the affected area is the first point of operation. SERVPRO can deploy truck-mounted water extractors to remove hundreds of gallons of water quickly. Extraction is followed by industrial strength wet /dry vacuums to deal with any remaining pooling.
 
The next step is to begin rapid drying. Moisture saturation of floorboards or other structural areas can become a severe issue and cause secondary water-damage like mold, damp or mildew. We can place air-movers in the affected area which blast out rapid currents of hot air to evaporate moisture from difficult to reach areas. De-humidifiers can be used to extract the moisture from the air and achieve a satisfactory level of dryness.
 
Furniture, fittings or upholstery need to be thoroughly cleaned. We can usually carry this out onsite, but when flooding is extensive or if structural damage is found, we may need to transport your possessions to a remote location, clean them, and return them later. We offer a well-organized pack-out service to preserve, clean, and store personal items and furnishings off-site.
 
The final step is to use desiccant chemicals to deodorize your home and neutralize odor particles. Once a SERVPRO technician is satisfied that your home is clean, dry and all equipment removed, we can conduct a walkthrough with you to show you what work was carried out and where.
 
If your home suffers from wet weather this autumn and winter, use SERVPRO of Merrimack for a professional restoration. Our emergency number is manned 24 hours a day at (603) 262-9293.

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East Merrimack Water Loss and Mold Remediation Services

9/8/2018 (Permalink)

Trust SERVPRO for Prompt Mold and Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Disasters can occur at your residence when away on vacation. Washing machines are great for doing laundry, but when they fail and start leaking when the resident is not home, the water loss can be significant.

This water and mold damaged happened in East Merrimack, New Hampshire, when the supply line ruptured in our customer's home. Luckily for her, she returned to her residence in time to notice the damage and stopped the leak before it spread throughout the structure. However, the standing water had been there long enough causing some water damage and microbial growth.

The mold damaged the baseboards in the hallway, the living room, bedroom and laundry room closet. The carpets in the hallway also had moisture in them that showed the homeowner that she needed to call an expert team for help. She decided it was best to call SERVPRO to extract the water and remediate the mold infestation in her residence.

When our SERVPRO project manager arrived on site, he stated confidently that the water damage had been there for a while because of the mold found on the baseboards of the hallway and the saturated, weakened walls in the laundry room. The technicians first removed the residence’s contents to prevent further microbial growth to these items in her home. Once all the contents were removed, the project manager and his crew extracted the moisture from the carpet using specialized equipment. Air scrubbers were placed in the hallway to help purify the air along with LGR dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels in the air and the walls. Both these pieces of equipment allowed for a quicker water restoration process. The crew used industry-leading, fully certified equipment to clean up and restore the property.

Selective deconstruction was then done to the walls of the hallway and the laundry room to stop the spread of the microbial growth and uncover the source of the growth. It is crucial for our technicians to find the origin of the mold growth and demolish only those walls to minimize costs and inconveniences while ensuring the safety of the residents.  The techs focused their attention on the hallway baseboards and the laundry room closet where the mold was most prevalent. Our AMRT techs applied an antimicrobial spray along the perimeters of the treated area to reduce the chance of future microbial growth. Mold colonies and spores once exterminated and removed, set the next phase--rebuilding to make our customers feel "Like it never even happened."

Our crew took about two days to complete the job, pleasing our customers that SERVPRO of Merrimack is effective and efficient. We always take pride in knowing that the owner of the building was very satisfied with the work done to the apartment complex. Rely on us, 24/7 to remove unwanted water along with microbial growth. 603) 262-9293

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