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Some Ways to Avoid the Spread of Mold in Your Amherst Business

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Some Ways to Avoid the Spread of Mold in Your Amherst Business If mold affects your business environment, the damage can spread quickly. Contact SERVPRO for containment and remediation services.

Commercial Mold Remediation Experts in Amhurst Stress the Importance of Containment

If a slow water leak ever develops inside your Amhurst distribution center, unnoticeable problems can occur. If organic materials inside your place of business stay wet for more than two days, it is possible that you will need a professional commercial mold remediation company like SERVPRO. A fungus only needs an environment with normal room temperatures, an organic food source, and moisture to thrive. Over time fungi can grow bigger and bigger and potentially cause more damage to your warehouse. Once microbes activate inside a structure, commercial mold remediation becomes necessary to prevent future issues.
 
Once a fungus forms, it builds structures called hyphae that release reproductive spores into the air that can contaminate areas throughout the building. Our SERVPRO team knows that one major part of commercial mold remediation in Amherst is to inhibit spores from causing fungi to form in other areas than the initial source. The key to accomplishing this is to contain the affected area. The first step to any fungal mitigation project is to build a containment chamber around the part of your warehouse that is contaminated so that no spores or hazardous dust particles created during the work process gets put in the building's airflow system.
 
We know that being in the distribution business requires a clean environment because items are constantly coming in and out of the center and they travel to many different areas. Packages that get contaminated by hazardous particles could cause extensive liability for your business. Anytime a problem with fungi occurs inside your distribution center it is important that we work quickly so that none of your packages or things coming in and out get affected. We also take extra measures to help make sure that all of your packaging and sorting equipment stays unaffected by contaminants.
 
Once any contaminated sections of your distribution center get properly contained with chambers made out of heavy-duty plastic, we begin removing any materials that got affected by the fungi. If you ever happen to notice microbial contamination at one of your company's distribution facilities, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 any day of the week.

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Merrimack Homeowners and SERVPRO Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipe

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Merrimack Homeowners and SERVPRO Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipe Why Suffer Frozen Pipe Damage and Water Loss in Merrimack? Call SERVPRO

Water Damage Cleanup from Frozen Pipes in Your Merrimack Home

Freezing temperatures have already set in for Merrimack homeowners, and with that drop comes substantial threats to the property without the appropriate precautions. Frozen pipes can swell and burst, causing significant damage to your home until you can get the supply stopped and professional restoration technicians called in to help clean up the mess and dry up the saturated elements.

While many Merrimack homeowners do not consider the persistent threat of water damage from frozen pipes, it affects many homes throughout our service area every year. Most often, the cause of this phenomenon is a lack of insulation on exposed pipes susceptible to the steep temperature drops. Without this protection and warmth provided to the plumbing, water can freeze quickly in the right conditions and damage the pipes, disconnect them at the joints, or cause them to burst entirely.

When an emergency like this occurs, a homeowner wants an understanding that calling in professionals means efficient service from a knowledgeable staff of trained technicians. With our SERVPRO team, you get our experienced crew of IICRC-certified water restoration specialists arriving with the full measure of extraction, drying, and plumbing repair equipment necessary to thwart the spread of damage throughout your home.

As a franchise that also offers licensed contracting work to our customers, you can appreciate the comprehensive approach to not only stopping the spread and continued damage from the present water through the affected areas, but a team of professionals with the expertise to fix the broken or compromised plumbing as well. This service can prevent you seeking secondary assistance that can delay the critical mitigation and restoration work that needs to happen to your home.

Frozen pipes might not happen to everyone, but when it happens in your home, you can trust in the experienced technicians we send to your aid to do what is necessary to repair the plumbing and restore your home entirely. Whenever disaster strikes, reach out to our SERVPRO of Merrimack rapid response team 24/7 by calling (603) 262-9293.

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Merrimack Fire Damaged Homes Do Need Odor Removal and Restoration--Contact SERVPRO

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Merrimack Fire Damaged Homes Do Need Odor Removal and Restoration--Contact SERVPRO Call SERVPRO to Remove Odors after a Fire in Your Merrimack Home

Drying Out and Deodorization are Essential Parts of Fire Damage Mitigation in Merrimack

Performing mitigation services to help restore damaged homes in Merrimack includes different approaches to the harm a home or business sustains. Two of these steps focus on the secondary results from the event.
 
Merrimack homes that sustain fire damage often end up with standing water and the presence of foul odors. Both of these problems require mitigation, in addition to the extraction of fire-damaged materials and belongings. SERVPRO technicians must remove all of the water used in extinguishing the flames, and also destroy the odors that pervade a residence after a fire. Smells come from the soot that spread, burnt materials, and the water, as well. Steam produced when water hits anything burning also creates a powerful odor by carrying pungent particulates.
 
We use machines that efficiently pull water out of your home by eliminating water vapor and moisture from the air and absorbent materials. Fans, desiccant machines, and moisture-trapping heated extraction units restore normal dry conditions quickly. Removing such moisture keeps areas of your residence that remained directly unaffected by fire damage from sustaining damage from the water. Microbial infestation and other secondary water damage types can occur in homes that do not receive such desiccation treatments after fire damage.
 
Air scrubber, outfitted with HEPA and charcoal filters remove still-airborne soot particles, keeping the air clean and odor-free while we work. Restoration of a healthy indoor air quality is crucial for the well-being of occupants. These machines further protect a home after fire damage from the additional risk of exposure to mold spores that quickly flourish after exposure to water used in firefighting efforts. To finish odor control efforts, we often choose to use thermal fogging for its strength in penetrating areas directly invaded by smoke during a fire. We use agents that bind chemically to soot particles and make them too heavy to re-enter the home's air currents and become noticed as bad odors. During the actual work, we can also place hydroxyl generators to neutralize foul odors.
 
SERVPRO of Merrimack works with residents in Mt. Vernon and Milford, also, in mitigating fire damage in homes and other residential properties. Contact us to help restore your dwelling by calling (603) 262-9293. Our service line is answered 24/7 throughout the year.

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Is Mold Being Stored in Your Merrimack Attic

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Is Mold Being Stored in Your Merrimack Attic Attics have an ideal environment for mold. Inspect your attic regularly and call SERVPRO at the first sign on mold.

Contending with a Moldy Attic in Your Merrimack Property

With the winter setting in around your Merrimack home soon, preparing for more massive snowfalls and the damage they could impose on your property is a wise venture. Your roof is particularly susceptible to the collection of snow, which could ultimately exceed the weight and support limitations of this defensive structure. When a roof becomes compromised, moisture and water flow can penetrate the vulnerable points to cause interior damage like mold growth.

A disturbing reality about mold damage in your Merrimack attic is that many homeowners do not know about the problem until it spreads to affect more areas in the floors below. By this point, the organism has spread readily throughout the attic space and likely caused significant damages to the structural elements and contents stored in this space. You need a team of professionals that can arrive quickly with the right equipment to remove the growth and begin to return your property to the pre-mold condition.

With the severity of a discovery of mold growth on your property, having a team of professionals available whenever disaster strikes is critical to minimizing the time it takes to restore and remediate the conditions. Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians have the IICRC certifications and experience to make short work of mold growth in your home, and we are available 24 hours a day to help you.

Ultimately resolving mold growth in the attic of your home relies on our SERVPRO technicians and our equipment to eliminate excessive moisture, locate the source of the damage, and keep the mold from spreading to new areas while removal techniques get employed. We utilize tools like our dehumidifiers and air movers to draw out the moisture and remove it from the area. Our professionals can spray unaffected and lightly affected surfaces with antimicrobial solutions developed in SERVPRO labs to prevent further growth and spread.

Overcoming mold damage in the attic space of your home is not something that you can face on your own, but our SERVPRO of Merrimack professionals can help you. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (603) 262-9293.

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When A Flood Damages Your Amherst Home, You Need Our Team Of Specialists To Help!

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When A Flood Damages Your Amherst Home, You Need Our Team Of Specialists To Help! You can trust that when you contact us at (603) 262-9293, you are getting a knowledgeable crew who also cares about you and your safety.

Flood Damage Cleanup For Your Property In Amherst

Flooding in Amherst from heavy rainfall can cause local streams and creeks to overflow, flooding roads, properties, and even homes. The heavy winds that usually accompany these storms can uproot trees, causing even more significant damage. If your home has experienced flooding, it is something you need professional help with quickly once the storms subside.

Flood damage cleanup for your Amherst home is something that needs to be done in a timely fashion to prevent further issues but also needs to be done safely. At SERVPRO, our staff is trained to be able to restore your home and possessions without risk to your family or our workers. The proper safety equipment helps us to do so.

When your home has floodwaters invade it, there may be potential hazards we need to be careful of so we can keep everyone safe. Personal protective equipment is available to all workers on site to ensure safe working conditions.

SERVPRO techs wear gloves to protect hands from absorbing substances or getting contaminated with microorganisms. The kind of glove can be selected based on its ability to protect against the hazards and conditions of the work environment. When certain materials cannot be restored, demolition is needed. We might also need to expose trapped and hidden moisture. Heavy-duty gloves help protect hands during the demolition and removal of structural materials.

Eye protection is worn to protect from punctures from flying particles or burns from corrosive substances. If extensive mold growth has occurred, mold spores can infect the eyes, so we wear full-face respirators or goggles. Head protection is also needed if there is any danger of falling objects or confined spaces. Hard hats are regularly inspected to ensure the shell and suspension system are in good condition.

We also use rubber boots to protect from electrical hazards or coming into contact with harmful substances. Boots can be equipped with steel shanks for the ball of the foot, steel soles for the whole sole, or steel toes.

We are also careful in flood situations to ensure the power is turned off. Various kinds of circuit testers are available, and we can use one to tell whether a circuit is grounded and protected by a GFCI.

At SERVPRO of Merrimack, one of our main priorities is keeping you, your family, and our workers safe during a flood situation at your home in Amherst, Milford, or Mt. Vernon. You can trust that when you contact us at (603) 262-9293, you are getting a knowledgeable crew who also cares about you and your safety.

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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.