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Do You Struggle with a Constantly Wet Basement in Merrimack?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

flooded basement cartoon, wood steps SERVPRO offers water removal and solutions for wet basements in Merrimack

Lasting Solutions for Wet Merrimack Basements

Some Merrimack homeowners struggle with keeping parts of their property dry throughout the year, which can cause damages and potential hazards for those living in the house. The basement can prove especially challenging when the house must contend with the saturated ground surrounding the foundation walls or water seeping up through the concrete floors to make the area persistently damp.

Finding solutions that can not only address the immediate concern of the wet basement in your Merrimack home but also help to safeguard it from moisture and water damage in the future is not as difficult as it might seem. With the proper professional assistance, like our certified SERVPRO technicians, we can address the immediate damage to the materials in this affected portion of the house and install equipment or modify the basement's layout to divert water.

Water Damage Restoration Steps

Our SERVPRO professionals first assess the severity of the situation by determining the full measure of the water damage. Next, we closely inspect exposed materials for any signs of mold growth to prevent spores from colonizing and causing more substantial damages to the basement. Finally, we can work to prevent any future growth of mold colonies by spraying potential host materials with an antimicrobial spray which makes the material uninhabitable for a colony to use.

While our crew works tirelessly to dry out the current saturated materials and environment, we also determine the best solutions to prevent recurrences moving forward. Assessing the structural weakness of block-work and repairing it can be an effective step. We can also install a sump pump and direct water and moisture to this device with new grading to the concrete flooring. This pump can successfully divert water away from the basement and only runs when it has water to remove, keeping it working better and saving you money on added utility costs throughout the years to come.

Many homeowners think of the immediate problem and address the damage that has already occurred rather than safeguarding for the future. Our SERVPRO of Merrimack response team can use the full measure of our talent and experience to restore your property and protect it from mold growth and water damage for the future. (603) 262-9293.

What To Do When the Fire Alarm System in Your Merrimack Bookstore Causes Mold Damage

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

open sign on door of store SERVPRO provides rapid water and mold cleanup and remediation to keep your Merrimack bookstore open for business

Mold Damage Caused by Your Fire Alarm System Malfunction

Finding mold damage in your bookstore is probably up on the list of things that you do not want to happen in your shop. Mold decays organic material, and because books are made from trees, it is not exactly ideal. Not to mention, mold can cause health effects.

Unfortunately, a false fire alarm can bring a lot of trouble to your bookstore and ultimately lead to mold damage in Merrimack. The sprinkler system soaks everything, and if you try to handle the water damage on your own without calling for professional help, it can cause even more problems for you in the long run. Should you miss any water, it becomes the perfect feeding ground for mold in as little as three days. Fortunately, it is not too late to call a restoration service company to handle the mold.

When you call SERVPRO, we make it our priority to get to your property as quickly as we can. We understand that many types of property damage are time-sensitive, and we have worked this knowledge into the same way we run our business. Mold damage can ruin your stock the longer that it stays in your store.

IICRC Trained Water and Mold Damage Technicians

When SERVPRO arrives at the scene, our IICRC-certified technicians can section off the area of your bookstore that is damaged. Creating a barrier makes it so the mold that we agitate cannot spread to another part of your store.

SERVPRO can box up any undamaged books, and we can take count of any that are ruined to make an inventory of what you lost. While we begin remediation, we can set up an air scrubber with carbon filters to capture airborne spores and neutralize the odor that mold leaves behind. We can use disinfectant to clean any mold from surfaces and an antifungal agent to help prevent regrowth.

Do not stop to consider what you can do when you find mold growing in your bookstore. Call (603) 262-9293 to contact SERVPRO of Merrimack. We strive to arrive swiftly so we can help return your store to its preloss state.

How Does a Whole-House Evaluation Help When Investigating Water Damage in Amherst?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

removed wall showing mold Why SERVPRO? When evaluating and inspecting we can also provide mold remediation for water damaged Amherst properties

Awareness of reasons a residence in Amherst needs water clean up is why SERVPRO delivers successful outcomes

Merely providing emergency services for Amherst water damage relief is inadequate, as the same crisis can recur if the contractor ignores the issues causing water incursions. Focusing on causes as well as remedies is why SERVPRO goes beyond water damage repairs to inhibiting future:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Basement flooding

Why Does SERVPRO Help Customers Avoid Repeated Water Emergencies?

Our owners, as well as the rest of the team, value customer service and customer satisfaction. Providing skilled services with integrity is why SERVPRO invests in crew member training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This certification plus first-hand experience in applying learned techniques help our team identify vulnerabilities in your Amherst home’s structure and contents to a repeated need for water removal services.

What Underlies Amherst Water Damage Remediation Needs?

Tracing the roots of residential water intrusion requires knowledge of water behavior inside a structure and the effects moisture has on a wide range of building materials and contents. Persistence in determining water damage causation is why SERVPRO is an industry leader, resolving water damage restoration projects entirely. We have solutions for water crises tracing to dozens of circumstances of which Amherst homeowners are unaware, including:

  • Seasonal issues such as ice dams or in-ground sprinkling configurations
  • Fixture or hardware failures, such as poorly installed or broken gutters and downspouts
  • Appliance and climate-control equipment risks, such as leaky hoses, clogged drains, or improperly calibrated HVAC systems

Taking all factors into account is why SERVPRO of Merrimack conquers the trickiest water damage remediation and mitigation scenarios. Call us at (603) 945-9826 for a thoughtful approach to your water damage restoration needs.

Sump Pump Failure in Merrimack After a Storm

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded basement with water everywhere Flooding in your basement can quickly cause extensive damage. Contact our SERVPRO team for effective water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Can Extract Storm Damage

Basement flooding is a common threat in New Hampshire, even in normal weather. With the ability of rain to enter your basement, it may need 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 flood damage. 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.

Basement Flooding Cleanup

We start by bringing in one or more pumps from our equipment inventory to remove standing water. If the power has been interrupted, technicians can bring a generator as a temporary energy source. 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.

Water Damage Extraction 

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 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 sure 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 the damaged property. Your main circuit breaker should be on the outside of your home and marked. If it is not, or if you are not sure, 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 sure 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.

Water Damage Prevention & Restoration In Merrimack

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

puddles of water on the floor of a basement Water damage at your business location can literally stop production. One quick call to SERVPRO can get the remediation process started.

We Work Hard to Prevent and Remediate Water Damage

Every year, all year round, the elements affect your commercial building in ways that you don't understand. When you add the possibility of human error, you have the potential of being struck by a disaster that would instantly bring your business to a halt. You want to take care of your commercial property correctly, but if the damages to your property aren't visible, where do you start?

Get your property inspected by our expertly trained commercial water damage specialist in Merrimack. We work with you to ensure that your property can make it through the year without causing you more problems than it should. Our technicians can provide you with the services you need to provide your employees with a healthy working environment and be there for you when a situation happens that is out of your control.

Inspecting for Water Damage

Minor visible signs are everywhere. Without the proper training, they are hard to catch. But, at SERVPRO, our extensive training provides us with a unique perspective that helps us prevent common maintenance issues from causing significant damage to your commercial property and the valuables that you rely on every day.

SERVPRO technicians can inspect your roof for leaks or possible hazards and perform the maintenance needed to ensure that you don't have any problems with leaks. Your ventilation system, HVAC, ducting, seals, and venting need regular inspection and servicing to remain in good working condition. Allow us to make sure that everything is in proper working order.

You may be wondering why you should go looking for trouble if it hasn't reared its ugly head. At SERVPRO, we have technicians specializing in dealing with every aspect of maintenance and restoration of your commercial property. We can catch problems before they get to the point of becoming something more that has the chance of causing significant harm to your commercial assets that could cost a lot more to repair in the long run.

Working hard to provide you with fast and efficient service, we pride ourselves on arriving within four hours of your initial call. We go right to work and make sure that you are fully informed along the way to help decide which steps best fit your situation.

There's no reason to let simple maintenance issues become something more. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Merrimack today to prevent a problem from developing tomorrow. 24/7 (603) 262-9293

How Do You Identify Visible and Invisible Mold Damage in Your Amherst Property?

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the ceiling in the corner of a room Finding mold in your home needs not cause a panic situation. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 to remediate the mold damage.

SERVPRO Can Prevent Future Mold Damage in Your Amherst Home?

Indoor mold removal in Amherst is important to prevent possible health effects on the occupants. Since we understand the risks of coming into contact with the mold, our SERVPRO technicians wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment during the remediation process. For mold to start growing, its spores must come into contact with sufficient moisture. Since the spores are almost everywhere, stopping the water is key. While it is possible to come across visible mold, we have the experience to identify invisible mold which might be hiding in hard-to-access areas.

How Our SERVPRO Technicians Stop The Moisture Sources During Mold Remediation in Amherst?

Before our SERVPRO technicians can start doing mold removal in your Amherst property, we must identify the origin of the moisture causing its growth. We can check the windows, roof, and building envelope for possible leaks. Once we identify the sources, we fix the leaks immediately. To prevent chances of future leaks, we eliminate wet spots and condensation points by performing the following:

  • Vent appliances that generate moisture to the outside area
  • We make sure the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning drip pans do not have any obstructions and are clean
  • Maintain an indoor relative humidity of between 30-50%
  • Do piping insulation
  • Ensure high occupancy areas have adequate ventilation

SERVPRO of Merrimack offers 24-hour emergency mold remediation services to residents of Amherst and its environs. Call (603) 262-9293 to work with a trusted industry leader.

How We Salvage Items With Fire Damage in Merrimack

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

smoke from a fire Smoke and soot damage from a fire is not a DIY project. Our techs are ready at a moment's notice.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

Practically all fire damage events are destructive, leaving homeowners with ravaged homes and destroyed belongings. While a blaze is capable of ruining a broad range of possessions, it's also possible to keep the contents of your home out of the trash heap.  

If you are a homeowner dealing with fire damage in Merrimack, you probably think that many of your possessions are a lost cause. However, when you call SERVPRO, we work to restore your belongings and save you money. Here is how we salvage a variety of items, even those affected by fire damage.  

Electronics and Appliances 

It is not just flames that can destroy electronics and appliances, but the soot and smoke left over after a fire emergency has ended. Soot and smoke can erode metals and finishes, wreck circuitry, and make appliances and electronic devices malfunction. Our SERVPRO technicians will carefully assess your electronics to see if they can be salvaged and then rid them of damaging soot deposits. This cleaning is only done to the exterior covers. For actual electronic repair work, we can refer you to a competent partner.

Books and Documents 

Even if flames did not directly contact your paper documents and books, smoke could leave them with markings and odors that stick. We have industry-leading tools that can restore paper of all types, even collectibles. The method that we use will depend upon how fragile the document or book is -- the sooner you call SERVPRO after fire damage has occurred, the greater the chances that we can salvage delicate items. 

Rugs, Carpet, and Furnishings 

Though it may appear to be ruined by water from fighting the fire or smoke and soot, don't automatically assume that your area rugs and carpet will have to be thrown out. Though we may need to replace your carpet pads, we're usually able to clean, deodorize, and restore a wide variety of rugs and carpet types. We can eliminate many odors by placing hydroxyl generators to purge the air of odor-causing particulates as we go about our tasks of fire damage restoration.

At SERVPRO of Merrimack, we're well equipped to help get your home and possessions back in good shape after any fire emergency. Call us 24/7 at (603) 262-9293, and we can assess the damage and offer professional services.

How To Assess Flood Damage In Amherst Properties If Asbestos Is Present

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage And Asbestos

When dealing with flood damage restoration, it is not all about repairs. First, the technicians have to determine the extent of the damage to pick the safest, most effective techniques. This is an essential part of service for all homeowners, but it is crucial for those with asbestos in their property.

The SERVPRO team is trained to work safely around toxic materials like asbestos. Your health and well-being are a top priority, so when we repair flood damage in Amherst, we always carry out a full inspection before starting repairs. This gives us a chance to identify any potential hazards and develop an efficient, effective plan to neutralize or avoid them.

Keep reading to find out why our moisture reading devices are safe for use in all properties, even if they contain asbestos.

Testing For Water Migration 

At SERVPRO, we use a range of methods to determine the level of water migration after flooding. The most common method is the pinhole test, which is carried out with a small electronic device. This is inserted into structural components (drywall, wood, or attic insulation), creating a tiny hole. The device penetrates the material and measures the level of moisture.

Avoiding Toxic Materials 

If you know or suspect that the flood-damaged material contains asbestos, you should tell the SERVPRO technicians when they arrive onsite. Do not worry because the pinhole test is highly unlikely to disturb toxic substances. The hole created is too small to dislodge toxic spores, and the technicians can take special precautions to make sure that this does not happen.

OSHA And EPA Safe 

We can be confident of our flood damage repairs' safety because we regularly review them following industry standards. All moisture reading and flood restoration techniques are designed to keep asbestos levels within the EPA and OSHA limits. In the improbable event of a disturbance, immediate steps will be taken to contain the area and make it safe again.

If you have recently endured flooding in your home, get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO of Merrimack. We can help you make fast, effective repairs, even if your property comes with challenges like asbestos or other toxic materials. Call us 24/7 at (603) 262-9293.

Merrimack Residents Count on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration of Their Homes

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

fire flames Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for the help your home needs.

Fire Damage at your Merrimack Home? SERVPRO is Just a Call Away

Fire Damage can be a traumatic event for any homeowner in Merrimack. The soot-covered walls, ceilings, and damaged content can be overwhelming to witness, but SERVPRO is there for you. Our fire restoration experts reach the site in no time and begin accessing the water and fire damage and planning the restoration right away. 

Fire damage restoration of your Merrimack home must be planned and executed meticulously to remedy the situation without incurring secondary damage. SERVPRO technicians focus on the following protocol to maximize results in a minimal time frame. We aim to eliminate the fire and smoke damage and restoring your home to a preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

How do SERVPRO Techs Perform Structural Cleaning during House Fire Cleanup in Merrimack? 

Once SERVPRO restorers access the damage at your Merrimack home, they prepare a plan to start the structural cleanup. The choice of the cleaning method depends on the material involved.

  • Washable: Smoke-damaged materials that can be wet cleaned are called washable. We use water or solvent-based cleaners on such material to eliminate soot and residue. 
  • Non-washable: Material that can be damaged by water or solvent-based cleaners is deemed non-washable. Technicians clean such materials using dry cleaning methods such as sponge cleaning, vacuuming, and brushing.

The type of residue also dictates which method SERVPRO technicians use. For instance, oil or grease-based residue requires a dry solvent cleaning agent and dry residues don't. 

Call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for round-the-clock assistance.

Does an Amherst Home Need Decontaminated After a Flood?

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

tech in a white suit Tyvek SERVPRO technicians don Tyvek Suits during biohazard cleanups after flashflooding in Amherst homes

If your Amherst residence has flood damage SERVPRO’s trained biohazard recovery team can handle the water cleanup

Flash flooding in Amherst and other storm problems can put homes at risk. One of the significant concerns with storm flooding is “black water.” This type of water is contaminated and needs special handling.

Why is Black Water Hazardous?

Flood damage in Amherst greatly impacts homes where the floodwaters go raging through. Flooding carries dirt, debris, pesticides, chemicals, and microbes with them. When the flooding has stopped, the standing water becomes a breeding ground for all kinds of unsanitary things.

How is Flood Restoration Handled?

Our IICRC certified technicians understand biohazardous situations. They are also OSHA and ABRA-certified. They have the proper PPE to use when cleaning and provide the disinfection and sanitization needed. SERVPROXIDE is one of the agents we use, and it:

  • Has the lowest toxicity rating from the EPA
  • Is a proprietary hospital grade disinfectant
  • Is registered with the EPA
  • Is a stabilized chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial
  • Is fragrant free

The contaminants that cause the need for sewage cleanup are not to be taken lightly. Ensure your home is safe by calling the pros. We handle:

  • Leaking roof from storm damage
  • Basement flooding
  • Flood restoration
  • Water damage repairs

Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for professional flood damage services.