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What is the Best Way to Restore Fire Damaged Cabinets in Merrimack?

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

pan on stove beginning to catch on fire Kitchen fires happen quickly and are devastating. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

Cabinet Restoration for Kitchen Fire Damage in your Merrimack Home

Leaving a stove unattended in your kitchen can be a prime cause of house fire. High temperatures can result in animal fats or other forms of grease to ignite, resulting in rapid naked flames, which can damage both the stove as well as the immediate surrounding area. Often you may see severe blackening on the ceiling directly above the stove as well as soot or smoke residues on cabinets. Since hot smokes seek out cooler areas, there is a strong chance that interior cabinets may become soiled with smoke damages.

The impact of kitchen fire damage in your Merrimack home is likely to concentrate on appliances and fittings in the immediate vicinity. Removing these soots can be tricky without the requisite experience in dealing with different types of material and different types of smoke. Heat and pressure may also wear away finishes both on appliances and cabinet. These can then expose surfaces to soots, which can become ingrained. SERVPRO technicians recommend that homeowners not repair, clean, or restore the surfaces and walls before an inspection by professionals.

While SERVPRO promise to arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss, many homeowners may attempt to repair some damages themselves. We recommend that you lay down any protective sheeting like tarpaulin or old bed linen on surfaces and floors in the affected area. This process can help to prevent falling soots from causing damage. Minimizing foot traffic in the affected area may also be a useful consideration for homeowners while awaiting professional assistance.

In performing kitchen fire damage restoration, the first task of our restorers is to decide which items are salvageable and which are not. The outer layers of your cabinets may become charred beyond repair, in which case SERVPRO technicians may need to remove and dispose of the offending areas. Other aspects of a fitting may respond well to restoration. SERVPRO technicians can use sandblasting equipment to remove surface layers and embedded soots before re-finishing the surface appropriately. We always conduct pre-testing of materials before cleaning solutions, or other chemicals are applied to avoid causing further harm.

Kitchen restorations can be challenging without an in-depth knowledge of how to restore without risking further harm. Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293.

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When Water Damage Causes Water Growth in Merrimack

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged wall and floor. Mold growing on floor. Unchecked water damage can lead to mold growth. Inspect your home often for water leaks.

Water Damage Merrimack – Avoiding Mold Growth

Whenever water penetrates the structure of a home around windows and doors or perhaps there is a water leak, insufficient drying can lead to the growth of mold infestations. Mold spores are constantly in the air. Mold spores prefer warm moist conditions where there are lots of food sources typically found in homes.

SERVPRO has been providing water damage mitigation and recovery for Merrimack and surrounding areas for several decades. We  train our technicians to thoroughly dry the contents and structure of your home every time there is a water event. SERVPRO knows how important it is to limit moisture hot spots that can provide a perfect set of conditions for mold growth. We are available on a 24 hour / 7-day basis and usually on-site in less than four hours from the initial call.

Moisture and Mold

Initially, most consumers are concerned about the damage a water leak is doing to their carpets, their flooring, and exposed contents. Many attempts to dry their home themselves only to find a few days later, mold growing on surfaces within their home. Mold spores can develop high concentrations in a moist environment and cause health effects for many people with existing respiratory problems.

SERVPRO investigates all potential areas of your home to ensure that we return all moisture and humidity to normal levels. We use water extractors on carpeting, and utilize air movers to blow air under carpets, inside walls, and around furniture. The air absorbs moisture, which is then removed by dehumidifiers placed in your home.

We also check any areas where water may have seeped. For example, under the kitchen or laundry room cupboards, inside walls behind baseboards are checked using moisture meters. If we find significant moisture inside walls, we may drill holes in the walls near the floor to circulate air or make a flood cut to remove water and moisture inside the wall.

SERVPRO ensures that all areas of your home are dried before we leave. We also have contractor services available to help complete any repairs that are needed and avoid unnecessary delays.

Call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Milford, Amherst, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Real Truth Behind Storm Damage Remediation Services in Merrimack

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

flooded home living room with couch The rate at which flooding affects your home can be quite overwhelming. Contact our certified technicians for effective water removal efforts.

Weather the Storm When Esporta Cleans Your Soft Contents in Merrimack

Storm damage comes to one of its crescendos during the spring and early summer in Merrimack. Torrential rains, high winds, and even the risk of tornadoes can be on tap. Toppled trees and utility poles break windows and doors, punching holes in siding. Roof and gutter damage can direct significant quantities of water into your residence, saturating contents, as well as structural components. 

Are Your Stored Items Vulnerable to Storm Damage?

It is impossible to predict what spaces inside your home can suffer from storm activity. No matter how diligently you try to shield contents, water has a way of migrating into unexpected places. Although you might rue your choice to store seasonal clothing, linens, sports equipment, and treasured personal belongings in attics or basements because of rainwater damage, we offer hope in Merrimack. Storm damage to soft contents cleans up when Esporta washing system technology is available.

Power Outages Can Increase the Potential for Secondary Damage

Any water making its way into containers can feed opportunistic mold spores, quickly growing into colonies that infest the stored materials. Textiles, padding, and even leather items provide a perfect surface and food source for various molds and mildews. After severe storms, complications like the shutdown of the electrical grid can accelerate cumulative soft content damage. HVAC systems grind to a halt, permitting humidity levels inside your home to rise. SERVPRO technicians learn that high humidity levels alone are enough to support mold growth, proven by opening a storage box or sports equipment bag to the smell of the telltale musty aroma. Exsporta’s pedigree is in smelly sports equipment cleanup. This lineage translates directly to efficient post-storm cleanup.

Computerized Application Avoids Errors

Our Esporta technicians receive advanced training in the proper operation of this unique soft content cleaner from the manufacturer. Various types of soft contents match up with specific temperature, time, and detergent additive recipes, all entered into the washing system’s digital keypad. The low alkaline detergents plus the innovative hydraulic action remove mold and odors, delivering SERVPRO’s customers an impressive “food grade” level of clean. Rather than bagging up thousands of dollars of possessions for the landfill, we return 90 percent of storm-damaged soft contents to you, clean, dry, and odor-free.

SERVPRO of Merrimack increased the odds for soft content cleaning success with our investment in the Esporta. After the storm passes, call us at (603) 262-9293 to access this remarkable washing system for your loss.

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We Get You Back In Business In Merrimack After A Flood

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

A ceiling caving in from flood damage Torrential rains can cause water to leak into your home causing significant damage after a storm. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Commercial Flood Damage Repair In Merrimack May Include Carpet Cleaning

If a big snowstorm hits the Merrimack area this winter, your construction company's office could suffer. When snow from the storm starts to melt it can turn into liquid H2O and find its way into your building, possibly causing you extensive commercial flood damage. Once your building materials and the contents inside your office get wet or saturated, problems can take place.

During a commercial flood damage project in Merrimack, moisture could have entered from the lower door seals after the snow melts. If this ever occurs, your carpets could get negatively affected. If your carpeting inside your business's office gets saturated, it could start to delaminate and have to be removed and replaced. In other situations, we can save your floors by extracting them and setting up drying equipment to remove all of the moisture.

Once the flood damage restoration work has been completed, professional restoration companies such as SERVPRO end the process with a final clean that can include various carpet cleaning methods. After your carpeting in your construction office gets wet, it can attract soils to it. Carpets can also get stained by dirt being in the water that entered from the outdoors.

When cleaning carpets after other restoration steps are complete, our SERVPRO technicians can start by moving all of the furniture within affected areas. For example, the chairs and desks inside your office may have to be moved if the carpets underneath them got wet and soiled. Next, we vacuum the entire area that we are planning on cleaning. Vacuuming can help remove dry soils that are on the surface of the carpet, such as sand, hair, or carpet fibers.

Once the furniture gets moved, and the area gets vacuumed, we then pre-treat areas that contain stains or high traffic areas with industrially specialized solutions. In some cases, this can involve scrubbing the stain with a brush and allowing the chemical time to set before cleaning. Next, we can begin the cleaning process using a carpet and upholstery detergent with a steam cleaner. After cleaning the area, we then run the machine on the carpets again with a rinse solution.

If you ever need professional help with your construction office after your building materials get wet, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Enhanced Success of Commercial Contents Fire Cleanup with Esporta System's Advanced Technology

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

"Come in we are open" sign We will you get back to business as usual. Call us anytime at (603) 262-9293.

Commercial Fire Cleanup and Restoration In Merrimack

When a fire damages the interior of your Merrimack, Amherst, Milford, or Mt. Vernon multi-use commercial building, the aftermath feels overwhelming. Your own enterprise’s space and contents suffer smoke and soot damage as do the retail, restaurant, and office space you rent to other businesses. Fortunately, structural cleaning and deodorizing in the 21st century is a highly-developed and continuously improving process, our team rapidly clearing away soiling and odors from most building materials and surfaces to reinvigorate your business.

Contents Cleaning Evolves

Similar cleaning success with the many soft items among the smoke and soot-damaged contents of your flagship location in the past was less certain. With a heavy heart, you might have agreed to send the banquette cushions, wall hangings, window coverings, table linens, and other soft contents of your destination restaurant to the landfill. Before you relinquish the custom-made decor that defines your bistro’s ambiance, consider this. We impressively improved the odds of favorable outcomes for commercial soft contents fire cleanup in Esporta with our investment, the premier textile restoration system available to the disaster recovery industry. 

Esporta Represents a Soft Contents Cleaning Revolution

Unlike a traditional industrial washing machine, Esporta’s design holds soiled items stable during processing, reducing incidental and friction-based damage. Specially formulated cleaning additives are phosphate-free and highly efficient, using half the water of conventional equipment to deliver 90 percent of soft contents back to pre-smoke and soot loss appearance and function. The innovative system arrives at these remarkable results through a computer-controlled, multi-stage process. It employs a combination of hydraulic action and environmentally friendly detergents to restore items to Food Grade Clean, removing 99 percent of contaminants.

Fire Damage Includes Water Loss and Bio-Contamination

Extinguishing a fire in your commercial space can leave filthy, Category 3 water, a broad range of toxic residues, and the chance of microbial infestation. The heat and structural damage can cause ruptures of pipes and subsequent backup of waste. The patented Esporta Wash System is scientifically proven to clean not only soot but also the residuals of water damage, food spoilage, sewage, water damage, and biohazards like molds, mildews, and waste-borne pathogens

Firefighting Equipment Esporta Cleaned

The First Responders, our brave FireFighters, are in the thick of things when extinguishing the blaze at your building. The Break-Out Gear that they don for protection against the heat, flames, soot, smoke, and water embeds with this contaminated debris. Many fire stations turn to SERVPRO to periodically Esporta Clean this protective equipment. The benefit of cleaning and sanitizing rather than tossing save our local municipalities expenses and keep our firefighters always looking sharp.

Fast Turnaround

Because we have eliminated the need for subcontractors and intermediaries for specialized soft content cleaning, we control the pricing, process, and speed of completion. Our team of Content Cleaning Technicians (CCT) embraces the Esporta technology, excited for the opportunities opening up to save you and your insurer time and money as we save your business property, one item at a time. 

Give SERVPRO of Merrimack the chance to transform the contents of your fire-damaged business back to “Like it never even happened,” with the cutting-edge Esporta system. Call (603) 262-9293 to explore how we can save your business without discarding thousands of dollars-worth of soiled textiles and other soft items. 

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Our Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Merrimack Business After A Water Damage Disaster

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

A hallway full of our air movers drying the carpet The array of air movers and dehumidifiers are drying out the walls and carpeting in this property. We are available 24/7 so don't hesitate to call.

Commercial Water Damage Merrimack – Wet Carpet and a Leaky Window

Imagine the surprise a guest of a motel recently received when he and his wife got out of bed one morning. Not only did the couple not get a lot of sleep due to the lightning and thunder the previous night, but the couple was also surprised to step onto a wet carpet. The carpet was soaked, and the water was cold as well. Fortunately, their clothes and suitcases were not on the floor.

SERVPRO responds to commercial water damage incidents in Merrimack and surrounding areas. The motel owner faced refunding the night's charges to the couple and taking that particular room off the availability list for at least a week.

Cleaning & Drying the Carpet

While the storm had moved on, there was still the wet carpet, and of course, the window needed to be repaired. It was not obvious where the leak occurred; however, the occupants recall a driving rainstorm that seemed to come straight at the window.

SERVPRO can respond to situations like these on a 24/7 basis and usually within 4 hours of calling our office. While the owner is making arrangements to have the window looked at, we can remove water and moisture from the carpeted floor using a weighted extractor. A weighted extractor is a heavy-duty water vacuum with a technician riding on it to add extra weight to squeeze every last drop of water from the flooring material.

After removing all of the water damage, we introduce air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the room further and return the motel room to normal humidity levels. SERVPRO understands the urgency of completing the work quickly in cases like these as well as the need to minimize disruption to other guests. We can work closely with the motel manager to minimize any disruption as much as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Milford, Mt. Vern, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Proper Drying Can Save Your Water Damaged Home In Merrimack

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring We know what it takes to make such an incident seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Proper Drying of Your Merrimack Home after Water Damage Can Prevent Further Destruction

A water intrusion problem can destroy most of the structures and contents in your home and hazardous to the health of your family. Dealing with water damage in your property can be a hassle, but SERVPRO can help. We are the restoration experts Merrimack residents turn to when water has penetrated their homes.

Regardless of what has caused water damage in your Merrimack residence, our technicians can provide effective restoration solutions, which include assessing the damage, providing cost estimates, and performing cleanup and repairs. Our team can fix the underlying issue and restore your property to its original condition.

After a water loss incident, the subflooring, baseboards, and drywall, among other surfaces, can absorb water. Both primary and secondary damage can occur when water pools in your home. Primary destruction happens when materials come into contact with water. Secondary damage occurs when materials are exposed to water vapor. Materials that readily absorb water vapor from the air and hold on to it are likelier to sustain secondary water damage. They include upholstery, carpet, and insulation.

To dry affected surfaces, it is necessary to use high-velocity air movers to speed up the release of absorbed water into the air. Dehumidifiers are also required to remove the excess moisture from the air to create conditions for efficient drying and help protect your property. A combination of factors determines the time it takes to dry a property completely. They include:

    •    The location of the water damage
    •    The duration that water sat in a property
    •    Types of affected building materials
    •    Weather conditions

Our SERVPRO team monitors the drying equipment to ensure it achieves the optimal results within the shortest time possible. The drying equipment should remain on for the duration of time it takes to dry the affected materials. If necessary, we can adjust the temperature in your home to the right setting for proper drying conditions. Avoid changing the settings or shutting off the HVAC system because doing so can prolong the drying process.

During the drying process, you may smell unusual odors. Increased humidity and heat can lead to increased smells, which could be emanating from the drying building materials. You should not confuse them with the scent of mold. As humidity levels drop and the drying process continues, the odors often subside on their own. We can also use deodorizers to reduce these effects.

Do not let a water intrusion incident stress you out. Call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for prompt water cleanup and drying services. We know what it takes to make such an incident seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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Why You Really Need SERVPRO’s Expert Technicians When Dealing with Storm Damage in Amherst

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

flooded residential area Quick action on your part after flooding can really pay off! Contact Team SERVPRO immediately for water removal and remediation services.

Getting Over Flood Damage in Amherst 

After a flood, the cleanup tends to be overwhelming, and knowing how to handle the remnants of the floodwater and debris is crucial when it comes to mitigating further damage within your home. As the floodwater recedes, it leaves behind silt and debris, possibly containing disease-causing organisms and potentially dangerous chemical contaminants.  Left unattended, there is potential for extensive damage to the structure of your home and the contents, including deterioration of the drywall and upholstered items. If not dealt with quickly, the microorganisms left behind in the wreckage may also cause future health issues.  

If you find your home with flood damage in Amherst, the certified professionals at SERVPRO are readily available to assist with the post-flood cleanup and restoration process. We understand that cleanup needs to happen in a timely matter to ensure the least amount of damage as possible. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Flood water is considered black water (category 3 water) and is unsanitary. Cleanup and disinfecting after black water contamination requires strict safety precautions and compliance with OSHA standards on workplace safety. Carpet contaminated by black water may need to be replaced, although restoration is the goal for the SERVPRO team. Extra care is taken with any valuable area rugs using a four-step process; cleaning, soaking in biocides to kill dangerous organisms, re-cleaning and then drying the rug. 

Many typical household cleaners are antimicrobial; however, they often do not kill the fungi and bacteria typically found in a flood situation. SERVPRO technicians use specialized cleaners, including phenolic disinfectants and chlorine. The alcohol in phenolic disinfectants ensures effectiveness in killing bacteria and fungi found in floodwater. The bleach in chlorine acts as a germicide against bacteria, viruses, and mold making it a powerful microbial cleaner for use in floodwater. Technicians consider each specific situation when creating a restoration and cleanup plan. 

SERVPRO quickly comes into a flood-damaged home and removes contents from the floor, flood cuts the drywall where necessary to effectively dry the structure, and uses cleaning agents and specialized equipment to clean and dry the storm impacted areas. 

SERVPRO of Merrimack makes it "Like it never even happened." Contact us at: (603) 262-9293 for assistance 24/7.

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Some Warning Signs of Fire Damage Issues in Milford

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

fire and smoke on electric wire plug in indoor, electric short circuit Whether the fire damage stems from an electrical issue or started in a different way, team SERVPRO has you covered.  Call today.

Get The Fire Damage Restoration You Need In Milford

Something that no homeowner expects to happen is a fire, but this is often an unfortunate and tragic event. Few emergencies are as catastrophic and costly as a house fire, but it can help to hire trained professionals to assist with the restoration process. 

To address fire damage in Milford, you can trust our team at SERVPRO. We have trained restoration professionals that work hard to clean the soot and smoke left behind after a fire. Rather than immediately removing your walls and other materials, we formulate a plan to do our best to clean everything using a range of tools, agents, and trusted methods. 

Surface Cleaning

Spraying and wiping most surfaces is often the first order of business when our SERVPRO technicians start the cleanup process. Water or cleaning agents can be used to help break down any fire damage residues that are left behind. Another option is foam cleaning on materials where the color could run, including drapes, curtains, and upholstery. 

Absorption Cleaning

In the event that there are items in the home that are too fragile to be cleaned with water or cleaners that are solvent-based, absorption techniques can be used. SERVPRO technicians put down a layer of fine powder that helps to absorb and pull up residue so that it can be vacuumed away without causing surface damage. The same cleaning powder is also beneficial for use on porous surfaces, including marble, concrete, and brick.

Immersion Cleaning

Whenever fragility or color fastness is not an issue, our technicians can immerse items in an ultrasonic cleaning tank that helps to break down residues for easier removal. This tool uses sound waves to create agitation that forces bubbles over surfaces and throughout woven fabrics. Due to the nature of the immersion cleaning process, it is usually used after all other cleaning methods are exhausted. 

These and other methods are waiting whenever you need help with fire damage restoration. To set a team into action, give us a call at SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293. We can send our technicians out to your location as soon as possible to get started.

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How SERVPRO Uses Direct Heat to Help Dry Water Damaged Merrimack Homes

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

significant water damage on ceiling and walls A pipe burst in the ceiling and caused significant damage below. We were able to restore this home and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Direct Heat Benefits Efficient Drying in Merrimack Homes  

During the winter months, Merrimack homes become very susceptible to water loss incidents. In many cases, drops in temperature can expose inadequate insulation on plumbing fixtures. Addressing these concerns as they happen can often fall to the fast response and reliable results of our SERVPRO team. We have effective practices for efficient drying after water losses, and choosing these strategies can save our customers time and money.  

Specific tools available in our arsenal help to maximize drying and evaporative efforts against water damage in Merrimack homes. Electric heaters are vital to drying and restoration, especially in the worst of the winter months. There are multiple benefits to the use of direct heating functions that can get positioned at specific surfaces, fixtures, and structural elements.  

One of the first advantages of the use of direct electric heating units is the impact that these devices can have on the surfaces. With substantial water loss incidents like bursting pipes in the winter months, heating units can increase the temperature of specific positions on the saturated materials to speed up the drying process. Warmer temperatures promote faster evaporation of trapped moisture and water.  

Portable electric heaters also present the ability to help make the house more comfortable for our customers or our technicians throughout the restoration process. Harsh winter conditions can disable power to properties, which can lead to pipes bursting from dropping indoor temperatures. Our SERVPRO team can provide a trailered generator to utilize portable power to dry your home and heat it throughout this challenging time. Because these larger generators can provide substantial power, we can run larger heating units for the house along with direct electric heaters to increase drying productivity.  

The winter months can often spell disaster for many area homes falling susceptible to cold snaps that can freeze and burst water lines. Our SERVPRO of Merrimack team has sophisticated equipment and technologies to help maximize drying efforts and make water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (603) 262-9293. 

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