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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Merrimack, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Merrimack today at (603) 262-9293 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Who Can I Call When My Amherst Kitchen Has Cooking Fire Damage?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

large blaze in kitchen fire Kitchens are the source of many house fires each year. Never leave cooking unattended.

Accredited Disaster Mitigation Technicians Can Clean Fire Damage in Your Amherst Home 

Kitchen fires in the Amherst area, depending on what is burning, can be slow-burning at low temperatures or fast-burning, high-heat flames that can diminish quickly with the help of a kitchen fire extinguisher. However, when fired throw proteins into the mix, these damages take on a new dimension of complexity that needs professional care for complete removal. 

When protein fire damage in your Amherst home’s kitchen has left behind hard-to-clean soot and foul odors, SERVPRO technicians stand ready to return your kitchen’s structure and contents to a preloss state. This team adheres to both local regulations and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for disaster mitigation to maintain your kitchen. 

What Sets Protein Residues Apart from Other Types of Fire Damage? 

When meat, poultry, or fish burns in a kitchen fire, it can impart almost invisible residues that are difficult to clean without professional intervention. Here is what you need to know about protein fires: 

  • Burnt proteins can leave behind a distinctly rancid, meaty odor that can worsen with time.
  • Protein residues require extra care to mitigate because they can penetrate porous surfaces more deeply.
  • Resealing or repainting may be needed to eliminate the smell, even with a professional-grade cleaning.
  • If your kitchen has suffered a protein fire, avoid contacting surfaces affected by residues to minimize the spread of foul odors. 

How Does SERVPRO Remove Protein Fire Damage From My Home? 

The most important aspect of removing protein residues is altering them so that we can perform cleaning more effectively. SERVPRO accomplishes this with the help of enzyme digesters that “eat” protein soils and make them into water-soluble byproducts for easy cleaning water, ammonia, or detergent solutions. 

SERVPRO of Merrimack wants to keep your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (603) 262-9293 to begin the mitigation process. 

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Can I Afford the Cost of Restoration?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Man consulting with SERVPRO technician No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

SERVPRO works with you and your Insurance company.

Once homeowners get over the initial shock of finding a water leak in their home, most begin to worry about the cost of restoration. How much are the restoration and repairs going to cost? Can their budget afford it? Can they cut any corners? Does their homeowner's insurance cover everything? These and other questions can quickly overwhelm people.

SERVPRO provides water damage services in Merrimack, as well as restoration and repair  and surrounding areas. We have been providing water damage services for many years. Our experience and technical certifications, combined with 24/7 availability and 4-hour response times, are aimed at mitigating the damage and controlling the total cost of recovery. There may be an additional cost and even health issues if homeowners do not take the proper steps to remove all moisture from their homes.

Making Informed Decisions

One of the first actions our crew chief takes upon arriving at your home is to complete an assessment of the damage. We make sure that the source of the water is under control, and we develop a plan to remove standing water, remove the moisture, and lower the humidity. If repairs are required, these can also be discussed with the homeowner and the insurance company adjuster. We prepare an estimate of the cost to complete all of this work.

Homeowners can quickly decide in conjunction with the insurance adjuster what action should be undertaken. Note that it is essential to act quickly to avoid long term damage to floors such as hardwood floors and also the growth of mold and mildew in your home. SERVPRO can deploy a team of people within hours of the initial leak to mitigate the damage.

Homeowners without insurance coverage must carefully decide what action to take. Delays or taking no action at all can lead to costly damage more significant than the initial cleanup and drying. Hardwood flooring can cup, crown, or crack, leading to total replacement. Cabinet structures may swell, become unsightly, and lose structural integrity. Worst of all, mold infestations may appear, leading to structural damage, health issues, and very unsightly looking conditions. All of these conditions can be much costlier to repair. SERVPRO can help homeowners understand these issues and make appropriate decisions for their situation.

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

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Why Is Standing Water a Concern for My Merrimack Home?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used in water damaged room When water invades your home, SERVPRO to the rescue! We know how to dry and restore your water damaged home.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Can Help to Remove Standing Water and Dry Your House Before Irreparable Damage Occurs

Following a flood or substantial water loss that could occur in your house, it is crucial to focus on removing standing water first. As much of a priority as this should be, many homeowners are ill-prepared for this mitigation step. To successfully achieve the removal of standing water in your Merrimack house, it involves the union of sophisticated extraction tools and experienced restoration technicians. 

Water removal for Merrimack homes involves the use of multiple extraction tools in our inventory. Finding the right tool for a specific job is a determination made during the scoping of the work to get done. During this initial phase that precedes mitigation, our crew chief and project manager can work with the customer to determine pre-existing conditions, the extent of the damage, and the most efficient extraction and drying solutions available. 

What Are the Main Risks of Standing Water in My Home?  

Standing water is an underappreciated threat to your home. Pooling water, regardless of its depth, can have destructive effects unexposed materials, contents, and other susceptible items. Addressing standing water first can help too limited some of the damaging effects that could take place, including: 

Structural Weaknesses  

Overexposure to standing water over extended periods can lead to a weakening of construction materials in your home. It is essential to note which materials might be deteriorating and highly saturated after water exposure. Saturation can make materials much more massive, which tests the limitations of fasteners like drywall screws and nails.


The movement of water throughout your home after a water loss incident can be a challenge to identify adequately. Getting ahead of this migration is vital, as it can limit how many materials and contents in your home become exposed to damage.


Much like heavier saturations can deteriorate materials like drywall, over saturation of materials like carpeting and wood flooring can lead to specific problems of their own. With prolonged exposure, water can penetrate the surface layer of carpeting, affecting both the padding underneath this layer and even penetrate the subflooring.

Excessive Demolition 

It is consistently a priority of our SERVPRO team to limit controlled demolition and later reconstruction of your damaged home. The fast response when the extraction is needed can help to mitigate the water loss event in Merrimack  and prevent unnecessary demolition when possible. 

How Can SERVPRO Remove Pooling Water?  

As briefly mentioned, the focus of our responding technicians is removing standing water from damaged areas of your home as soon as possible. Our team can go about this in several ways, and it varies based on the severity of the damage, the location of the standing water, and its depth. We have multiple tools to help in this regard, but the most commonly used are: 

  • Submersible pumps
  • Wet vacuums
  • Squeegee wands 

What Happens to Water-Damaged Items in My House?  

Content management is another vital aspect of the immediate work that we can do when we arrive at a water damaged house. By assessing the water damage to your personal property, we can make real-time drying decisions and recovery choices based on what these items need. In many situations, there are upwards of three primary categories the content recovery can fall into, including:

On-Site Relocation

Relocating items in a house to a safer area within the structure can be the most efficient method of protecting your belongings when no other damage is present. This solution is only suitable when no other physical damage is identifiable on the individual items.


Cleaning up individual belongings might seem like a tedious approach, but it can help to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for our customers. By drying and surface cleaning damaged items in the house, we can have items better prepared for replacement in the home following the completion of restoration and mitigation phases.

Off-Site Recovery 

In some situations, on-site recovery is not feasible. If more intricate cleaning and restoration are necessary, items can get relocated to our nearby SERVPRO facility for the attention they need. 

How Fast is Drying After Water Removal?  

While our team has much experience and training in drying sciences, there are too many variables to say with certainty how long drying processes typically take. We must determine where moisture exists and utilize our advanced tools to remove it from the house as quickly as possible. With equipment like high-velocity air movers and positive pressure systems, we can get you back in your home quickly after a loss incident. 

Water loss incidents can be a challenge to overcome, even for experienced restoration technicians like our SERVPRO of Merrimack professionals. Give us a call anytime that we can help with our sophisticated equipment and experienced technicians. We are ready 24/7 at (603) 262-9293.

Why Can't I Do Water Removal for My Carpet Myself?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

drying equipment on a brown carpet Merrimack Home Needs Some TLC after a Water Loss? Call SERVPRO--The Renowed Cleanup and Restoration Company. We Have Advanced Equipment!

DIY efforts can leave water behind in your Merrimack carpet, SERVPRO can remove the water completely

When water damage happens in a home that includes the carpeting, the timer starts ticking on the loss. This is because water degrades rapidly, and after 48 hours, the carpet will most likely be a loss and require removal and disposal.

What is the Difference Between DIY and Professional Water Extraction?

DIY water removal in Merrimack homes using standard household tools such as wet/dry vacs or mops has the potential to leave water behind. Other problems that can occur are:

  • Inability to extract water from under carpet can ruin the pad and backing
  • Tile and floating floors with water trapped underneath can delaminate
  • Cannot get water that migrated behind walls
  • Inadequate removal can lead to foul odors or mold growth

The professional extraction equipment used by SERVPRO gets chosen based on the type of surfaces they are working on. The techs use various types of extraction methods for the best outcome, using guidelines from the IICRC Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification for example, their portable pumps have the pulling power to remove deeply embedded water within both carpet and padding.

Drying Methods to Save Carpet

After the water removal efforts, the drying process is another difference. Household fans do not have the power that professional drying equipment possesses. Additionally, the techs use specialized methods to dry the carpet in place, such as floating. This application involves loosening one side of the carpet and positioning air movers to force air underneath. This dries the carpet from the bottom up.

When a small area of the carpet gets affected by water loss, the techs also utilize tenting where a plastic barrier gets positioned over the loss area and air directed into the wet carpet. In both applications, dehumidification equipment gets used to grab airborne water vapor and port it away.

SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 stands ready to help local properties with water removal needs 24/7.

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)

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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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Are Sump Pumps the Best for Damage in a Merrimack Store?

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

Wood counter of a store with the store shelves in the background. Water damage is nothing to play with, SERVPRO will walk you through every bit of the damage.

Let SERVPRO break down what your Merrimack store needs after water damage.

With a sprawling commercial property like a department store in Merrimack, substantial water loss incidents can quickly spread to affect a wide area of the building. As troublesome as this might seem, fast response to the emergency can limit the irreparable effect on your stock in the store and the possibility of restoring flooring and other shelving fixtures rather than tearing them out and letting our general contractors replace them. 

Many extraction tools can help in interior flooding scenarios where water removal for Merrimack department stores is vital. We strive to provide the best equipment for every disaster, and in many cases, the ideal tool for standing water loss incidents in your store is electric portable submersible pumps. These lightweight units boast a quiet, continual draw of standing water to a designated discharge point, allowing our SERVPRO team to gain control of a widespread water loss emergency effectively. However, sump pumps might not always be the best – or only – extraction equipment necessary to get the job done. 


While you can look to sump pumps to be a reliable option for any depth above two inches, even this small depth can still leave a substantial amount of water that air movers and dehumidifiers could spend weeks attempting to dry out. Instead, once down to the level where sump pumps can lose their prime, our SERVPRO technicians can switch to wet-vacs and light wands to remove the rest of the surface water. 


While standing water, in general, can be addressed by the portable electric pump, oversaturation of carpeting in the primary shopping areas of your store cannot get absorbed by this popular option. Instead, our professionals utilize weighted ride-on extraction units that can move consistently through the area. This approach is even more effective if our team can move racks of clothing, standalone shelves, and tables to other unaffected areas of the store to allow unhindered access for moisture removal.  

Your department store can need many things to look and feel like it did before the water loss incident, and our SERVPRO of Merrimack team is here to help. We have sophisticated equipment and drying tools to make water losses “Like it never even happened” when you call (603) 262-9293.

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Addressing the Cause and Effect of Mold in Amherst Homes

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Here to Help with Mold Remediation in Your Home

There is not an infinite amount of causes for mold growth and colonization, but present moisture and dampness can increase the likelihood for your Amherst home. As much as you might expect this situation to resolve itself, this is rarely, if ever, a probability. In most cases, the circumstances can worsen to the point of threatening the health and wellbeing of those most closely exposed to the active colonization. 

Over the years, we have managed to help countless residents with our mold remediation in Amherst properties. Our fast and confident response in their time of need helps to reduce the spread and severity of these conditions and helps our team to understand the cause and catalyst of the colonies better. Once you have reached out to our emergency response line, our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), can get to work. 

As premier restorers that have been proudly serving the area for many years, we understand that our job does not end with just removing mold colonies. We do, however, have advanced equipment and potent products to accomplish this. With our soda and media blasting, we can remove colonies from surfaces without damaging a substrate, we have controlled demolition techniques, and we have access to effective antimicrobial solutions and mold inhibitors. 

We do not remove active colonization without also looking for the cause of the moisture and dampness in the area leading to the spread of the organism. Whether this mold is found in the basement after persistent hydrostatic pressure inevitably gets through foundation walls into the lower levels of your home or ice damming on the roof that can lead to attic moisture – we can work with our customers to determine a cause and to help resolve this for the immediate future. We have a team of general contractors in-house that can make any necessary construction repairs and renovations to prevent recurrences happen seamlessly. 

Mold does not have to be a destructive presence in your home, especially with the fast and confident response you can expect from our SERVPRO of Merrimack team. Give us a call anytime that you discover mold in your home at (603) 262-9293.

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We Are Available Day Or Night In Amherst

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying the floors in this home Water damage effected the unfinished ceiling and insulation puddling to the basement concrete floor. We had the drying equipment necessary.

Quick, Effective, and Friendly Local Amherst Water Removal Services

Many potential situations could happen in your Amherst home that may lead to needing professional water removal services. It is nothing to be ashamed of; it happens to many people every day. Accidents happen. What is important is how you quickly you can respond to the water damage. After all, it is imperative to clean up a spill of any kind swiftly to avoid future problems. 

Imagine a scenario where the sink in your bathroom suddenly begins to leak and leaves your home in desperate need of local Amherst water removal services. It is essential to know where the water shut-off is in your home, in case a situation like this was ever to occur. Imagine how much worse the standing water in your bathroom would be if it took you significant time to turn off the water. 

Promptly calling for professional help is also important to prevent other problems from occurring, such as the growth of a mold colony. At SERVPRO, we understand how imperative it is to arrive at your home in a timely manner. For this reason, we can gather a team of our highly certified water damage restoration technicians (WRT) and send them to your location as quickly as possible. Our technicians use advanced equipment and can walk you through the process of remediation step by step, keeping you informed the entire time we work in your home. 

Once inside of your home, our SERVPRO WRT could quickly bring wet/dry vacuums and extractors to your bathroom to clean up the standing water damage. You may think that our job might be done once the puddle is gone, but that isn't necessarily true. To help ensure that water damage doesn't set in, SERVPRO can use dehumidifiers, heaters, and air movers to ensure that any excess moisture in your bathroom is removed, especially from the floor tiles. Once finished, we can return your bathroom to you, "Like it never even happened." 

If an accident leaves your home in need of water removal services, never wait. Reach out for SERVPRO of Merrimack by calling (603) 262-9293. No matter the time of day or night, we're ready to help. 

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Become Familiar With Signs of Merrimack Flood Damage

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

frozen vertical copper pipes When pipes freeze and burst, sometimes the damage is hidden behind walls until it’s evident. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Cleaning Up After Frozen Pipe Burst Flooding in Merrimack

Even though pipe leaks and bursts that can occur in Merrimack homes is a clean water incident, there are many ways that it can leave your property desperately needing extensive cleaning after drying completes. Reaching the point where cleaning practices can be useful is a challenge in itself, as many steps are necessary, including both the repair of your damaged plumbing lines, the extraction of standing water, and the thorough drying of all affected surfaces and materials.

Because there are instances in which controlled demolition can be more cost-effective than the time it takes to dry out and restore certain materials, frozen pipes flood cleanup in Merrimack homes is not the same from one job to the next. We strive to provide our customers with a comprehensive approach to restoration and recovery, including the repair of their damaged plumbing and any controlled demolition/build back that might be necessary to return a property to preloss condition. Between our SERVPRO water restoration technicians and general contractors, we can effectively make frozen pipe flooding “Like it never even happened.”

Extraction and drying are vital elements to the recovery of a damaged home, and we have numerous tools and technologies that can help in this regard. From our portable sump pumps to our selection of dehumidifiers and air movers capable of drying out affected materials, we can quickly regain control of a devastating situation. Certain materials that can become saturated in the flooding process, however, are challenging to restore with these drying practices. Wood trim and portions of drywall are an excellent example of this.

Cleaning up after interior flooding involves cleaning up the debris that controlled demolition can leave behind, but also the clearing of residues and other films present on exposed surfaces. We have potent cleaning products, including both disinfectants and antimicrobial options, to reduce the promotion of mold or fungal threats.

No matter how quickly frozen water lines can damage your home, our SERVPRO of Merrimack team can help with effective cleaning, drying, and reconstruction efforts. Give us a call anytime you need us at (603) 262-9293.
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Our Certified Technicians Have The Experience To Service Your Amherst Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

A wall in a home covered in mold We will restore your home to pre-damage condition, our experts will use advanced mold remediation equipment. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How We Train for Mold Remediation in Amherst Homes 

Addressing mold growth in your Amherst home should not be something that you leave to chance or to the inexperienced handymen that you might designate for other repairs and upkeep. As tempting as it might be to save yourself some money and work on removing mold colonies yourself, many lack the expertise and extensive training available to our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) obtaining their endorsements through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) 

Choosing among the professional teams in the area might not be as challenging as you might think, as many have built their names on false claims like mold removal instead of mold remediation for Amherst properties. We have an honest approach to the way that we do business, and our SERVPRO professionals cannot and do not remove all mold from your home, because mold spores exist naturally in nearly every environment. These microorganisms only become a threat when dampness feeds these spores and allows them to root themselves into organic materials in the immediate area. 

While the process takes up to 72 hours to complete, mold damage can often go unnoticed in its earliest stages, leaving homeowners contending with a much more substantial situation once colonies eventually get discovered. The education of our technicians involves the best approaches for removing active colonization, including our line of potent antimicrobial solutions, media blasting, sanding, and lastly, controlled demolition. Removing colonization is only part of the solution, however. 

Our technicians must also address the moisture and dampness concerns that allowed for mold organism production in the first place. Between our team of general contractors and our experienced SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), we can provide immediate solutions to dampness and moisture concerns, including plumbing repair, reconstruction, and rapid drying for lingering water loss effects. 

Because our technicians pursue an extensive training and educational path to obtain their AMRT certifications through the IICRC, we can offer a fast, confident, and knowledgeable response when mold gets discovered in your home. You can count on our SERVPRO of Merrimack remediators to help by calling (603) 262-9293.

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Why SERVPRO is the First Choice for Water Cleanup in Amherst Offices

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Trust SERVPRO When Your Amherst Office Space Needs Water Cleanup Services

A burst pipe could leave several of your Amherst office cubical spaces in dire need of water cleanup services. After all, a flooded office is no ideal space to get your job done. In fact, working is practically impossible.

Getting in touch with local Amherst water cleanup services is imperative for your office for more reasons than just not being able to do any work. Ruined computers and endangered physical files can back up your work for months and leave your clientele with no other choice but to look elsewhere for business. Furthermore, relocating your employees to another office space for a significant time can become quite expensive for your business. When water damage hits your property, quick response times can make the difference for your business, clientele, and employees.

Similarly, here at SERVPRO, we also believe in quick response times. No matter when your business needs our help, we work around your schedule. If the flooding in your office happens at 1 AM, we can be there as soon as possible, and be ready to remediate your property.

SERVPRO can start with removing any unsalvageable material, and we can create a log of lost items as we work to make an insurance claim easier for you. To clean up the water from the broken pipe upstairs, our highly trained technicians could use a few different advanced technological devices. We could use devices such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the puddled water.

Finally, should there be any water damaged drywall or floorboards, SERVPRO can remove them and dispose of them for you, putting them out for local pickup. We always want to ensure that the structure of your property is as dry as possible, so the chances of mold damage occurrence are meager. Once finished, we could return your office space to you, "Like it never even happened."

Whenever you need professional water cleanup services, never wait for help. Speak with SERVPRO of Merrimack by dialing (603) 262-9293. Day or night, our technicians are ready to keep the damage at bay.

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The Water Damage Remediation Mystery in Amherst Revealed

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged basement with bikes Water damage can quickly affect the structure of your home. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for water removal services.

Debris Removal and Cleaning after Water Loss in Amherst Homes

Structural damage is an unfortunate effect of substantial water loss incidents, and cleaning up these disasters in your Amherst home requires focused techniques. Clearing residues and removing damaged construction materials is a critical component to making loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Our team can identify problematic areas and materials that require replacement during our thorough inspection of the property when we first arrive.

The inspection and assessment of your property can help us to determine the best equipment, personnel, and products for water cleanup in Amherst homes. This assessment helps our SERVPRO professionals to formulate the best recovery plan tailored specifically to your house and the migration of water loss effects.

Saturation is one of the gravest concerns for our professionals, as we must identify the full scope of moisture damage to all affected materials and areas of the property. Lingering dampness can facilitate mold growth and amplify the spread and severity of other hazardous effects that could result from prolonged moisture exposure.

We have a full team of contracting specialists that can work alongside our certified water restorers to begin controlled demolition on affected surfaces throughout your home. From flood cuts in drywall to the removal of saturated carpeting, we have a full division of our SERVPRO team dedicated to safely removing damaged materials and reinstalling. Flood cuts and removed materials allow for more direct access with drying tools like our air movers, dehumidifiers, and the Injecti-Dry System.

Water exposure can leave residues and a film on surfaces that must get addressed, even if the material itself can remain installed. Our technicians have a great line of cleaning products that can remove these residues from surfaces, regardless of the type. We have chlorine-based cleansers for hard material like tile that is unlikely to become discolored by the composition of the cleaner. We also have many botanical-based options that have a more pleasant scent but do not compromise on strength and versatility.

Several steps must happen after a water loss incident to bring your home back to its original condition. Our SERVPRO of Merrimack team has the experience and equipment to handle these steps. Give us a call whenever you need us at (603) 262-9293.

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Three Types of Fire Damage That Affect Homeowners in Milford

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke and soot damaged contents on dresser Sometimes your treasures can be restored after a fire. Call SERVPRO today!

Things to Take Care of After a Fire Damages Your Milford Property

A fire is devastating, and when it occurs, an immediate response can prevent damage from spreading throughout your home. After a fire loss, you should assess the extent of the damage in the structures and contents of your home. It is also essential to learn if your insurance firm can compensate you for all the relevant destruction.

Fire damage in your Milford home can be of three types. All three kinds of destruction come with their issues, so it is crucial to understand what they are and how they can affect your property.

Flame damage

Various types of flame destruction can occur based on what caused the fire. For instance, an electrical fire can have a different effect on your house when compared to a fire caused by a naked flame like a match or candle. Improper restoration can cause unseen structural damage or hidden electrical problems. SERVPRO has expertise in restoring homes after any fire.

Smoke and soot damage

The destruction that soot causes is long-lasting and may hang around for weeks or months after extinguishing the fire. The smoke scent can linger on different structures in your house, including ceilings, walls, furniture, and flooring. Smoke turns into soot, and it may discolor surfaces in your home. Some smoke residues can cause some surfaces to corrode. Our technicians can wipe off light-colored painted surfaces, plastic surfaces, tops of furniture with finished surfaces, Formica countertops and fiberglass surfaces properly to eliminate residues. We can also use air scrubbers to remove the smoke scent from your home.

3rd party damage

A house fire brings about other vulnerabilities and problems. For instance, the water that firefighters used to extinguish the flames can get absorbed in the drywall, flooring, and carpeting. Our SERVPRO technicians can use infrared cameras to check for hidden moisture and then dry the affected areas. Firefighters often use dry chemicals like sodium bicarbonate, monoammonium phosphate, or potassium bicarbonate to extinguish fires. These can leave a corrosive powder on the affected areas. We can clean up the powder quickly to prevent further damage.

After a fire loss, SERVPRO of Merrimack is ready to help you deal with it. We can work with you to restore your property to normal quickly. Call us today at (603) 262-9293.

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Some Warning Signs of Immediate Flood Damage Remediation Needed in Amherst

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement If your Amherst basement gets flooded you need help. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Beginning the Recovery Process Following Amherst Flooding

In an area positioned between multiple fronts capable of providing strong storm systems that can destroy Amherst properties, residents and business owners in the area must remain vigilant to the possibility of disasters like flooding happening with little warning. Those in lower-lying areas of the region are more at risk for these circumstances, but any property is susceptible under the right conditions. Once the storm has passed, many homeowners return to their properties to begin the tedious task of assessing the damage. 

Before you can address any of the flood damage in Amherst homes following a disaster, you need to follow specific steps. The more that you can familiarize yourself with the process of acquiring professional restoration assistance and working with your insurance company to come to a solution, the less time gets wasted in securing restoration and recovery services for your property. Our SERVPRO team helps customers as much as we help homes, so you can depend on our experience in disaster relief to help you navigate the hurdles in your path. 

As a premier restoration team in the region, we encourage homeowners to contact us directly when they first return to their damaged properties after a flood loss event. Though you might still wish to contact your insurance provider to see what coverage options you have regarding this situation, our team can already be at work mitigating your losses and protecting what structural elements we can. The longer that construction materials remain exposed to standing water and excessive moisture, the more they decay and deteriorate.

Our initial assessment of the property can help to provide your insurance company with the necessary documentation and photographic evidence needed to approve a damage claim you submit. Even when your provider can only cover the costs of specific recovery approaches, they still require this overall assessment and estimation of specific services to approve the filed claim. 

Only re-enter your property after a flood if you are sure it is safe to do so. Many new threats could exist that came in with the rising waters, and structural elements could have become weakened to the point of collapse. No matter how we can help, our SERVPRO of Merrimack team is here for you. Give us a call anytime at (603) 262-9293.

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A Swift Response Is Crucial When Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Amherst Property

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

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A Quick Response To Fire Damage In Amherst Helps Contain The Scope And Size Of Property Loss

Fire is unpredictable, and it can strike your Amherst property at any time. Dealing with fire and smoke damage can be an emotionally overwhelming and devastating experience. Fires ruin the things they come into contact with. They also cause secondary destruction from smoke odor, soot residues, and the water used to extinguish the fire. Therefore, you need to clean up your property as soon as you can.

Some problems that can occur if you allow smoke and soot to remain on specific structures and contents of your home include permanent discoloration, staining, and etching. After a fire damages your Amherst property, it is advisable to hire restoration professionals to perform the cleanup since this process can be daunting.  SERVPRO offers fire restoration services around the clock, and we can clean up your property so you can concentrate on recovering from the event. The fire and smoke damage restoration services we offer include:

Structural cleaning
We inset the affected structures to determine the degree of damage and then use specific equipment and cleaning products to clean and protect the different surfaces in your home. We use state of the art cleaning techniques like dry ice blasting, sanding, and HEPA vacuuming.

Contents cleaning
It is possible to salvage and restore many items that a fire has not destroyed directly. We can clean and restore items with smoke damage. Our crew inspects the contents of a house to determine the most appropriate cleaning methods. We provide both dry and wet cleaning.

Most times, we can clean up structures that soot has destroyed. However, in cases of severe charring, demolition is necessary. Our technicians remove the parts of a house that a fire has ruined like flooring, walls, cabinets, and flooring.

Our SERVPRO technicians often use various strategies to remove odors from a home. We can use pairing agents, which are chemicals that combine with odor particles to deal with bad scents. We also use equipment like Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers and hydroxyl generators to eliminate the malodors present in a building.

We itemize and inventory the fire-damaged contents of a house and take them to our facilities for cleaning and restoration. We maintain accuracy when packing, tagging, and listing contents. We bring back the items to a home after the restoration process.

After a fire damage emergency, a fast response is critical. SERVPRO of Merrimack has trained technicians who can respond to your fire loss with compassion and competency. Contact us at (603) 262-9293 for restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Discuss Long Term Solutions For Flooding In Merrimack

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

carpeted room with SERVPRO fans on floor As overwhelming as a flooded basement can be, our SERVPRO of Merrimack can help in many ways to return your home to normal.

Long Term Solutions For Flooding In Merrimack Basements

Basements in Merrimack homes are among the hardest of regions in your house to keep dry, and that can be a frustrating reality for many property owners. Even with waterproofing solutions both in the basement and outside of the blockwork, or the installation of diversion equipment like French drains, it still might be a considerable challenge to keep with subterranean level entirely dry. Worse still, breaches in the blockwork combined with hydrostatic pressures of underground water and moisture can flood your lower level. Even without heavy rainfall, individual homes in the area are at a nearly constant threat for flooding due to shifting underground springs.

Reducing the likelihood of this flooding in Merrimack basements is easier said than done and rarely something that homeowners can adequately handle on their own. While any property owner can apply compounds like hydraulic cement to stop the immediate flow of water, the installation of long-term solutions often demands expertise and experience that our SERVPRO professionals bring to the equation. We identify what your basement area needs to prevent recurrences while other team members work to extract standing water and dry out saturated masonry and concrete.

As a comprehensive team of experts in Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we can work alongside our licensed general contractors to provide a one-stop-shop solution for every phase of recovery your property must endure. Because we can take care of these aspects under one roof, we can save our customers time and money.

From grading the floor for more effective drainage to the installation of permanent fixtures like sump pumps and dehumidifiers, our SERVPRO professionals can help provide long term solutions that can keep this lower level dry. With our specialized equipment to remove standing water and to dry out saturated elements throughout the basement, we can make these loss events "Like it never even happened.”

As overwhelming as a flooded basement can be, our SERVPRO of Merrimack can help in many ways to return your home to normal. We’re here to help. Give our crew a call today at (603) 262-9293.

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SERVPRO, Amherst, Wine, and NO Mold--Our Goal

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Our ERP Protects Your Bodega in Amherst from Mold Damage

Vintage Wine is Great; Mold is Not in an Amherst Property

Amherst has much to offer in terms of entertainment. Regardless of your preferences, you are bound to find a restaurant, performance, or gallery to reflect them. It is also a great place to run a wine business, particularly one with the beautiful landscape of New Hampshire as its backdrop. With just a few personal touches, you can create a welcoming environment mixing good wine with good friends, music, and even art. The key to your success is providing an experience, one that touches every sense and leaves your customers feeling relaxed and happy as they leave your wine shop.

What you do not want in your winery is the smell of mold. Mold remediation in Amherst is not uncommon, given the climate and age of many structures, but you do not need to fall victim to the spread of bacteria and other micro-organisms. Our SERVPRO mold remediation technicians come equipped with the latest industry best practices to eliminate the issue. Relying on a professional crew can help you avoid a reoccurrence and acting fast is essential to a successful process. As soon as you see or smell something irregular, it is time to reach out to our team to take a look and offer their guidance.

Even before mold becomes an issue, you should protect your business by watching the following-

-Humidity. Track the moisture levels in your store and be mindful of any unexplained changes as they may point to a more significant problem. Our SERVPRO crew carries advanced moisture sensors to help you assess proper levels.

-Utilities.  Make sure your utility bill does not point to a potential leak. Even a small constant drip of water can become breeding ground for mold and close attention to your monthly charges can help prevent it.

-Prevention.  Ask your service provider to review air ducts regularly.  This simple task can prevent mold growth when kept clean and in good working order. Ask us about our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan to ward off potential losses from mold, fire, or water damaging events to your business.

SERVPRO of Merrimack is your guide through the mold remediation process. Just give us a call at (603) 262-9293 and let us leave your wine shop "Like it never even happened."

Our Trained Technicians Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Milford Home

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire damage our team has you covered. Our fire damage specialists have the equipment and expertise to handle any size fire.

Understanding Protein-Based Fire Damage Residues in Milford

Protein-based residues can become an issue in the kitchen or another cooking area without visible flames in your Milford home. The greasy film and unpleasant odor develop when anything with protein-rich ingredients is overcooked. Not precisely soot, the coating consists of the substances remaining after the meat, dairy, or eggs burn down to a fine, oily concentrate. Evaporation, not combustion causes the problem.

When the roast or chops went past well-done to charcoal-like, the resulting Milford fire damage looks different from the fine ashy or thick sticky soot of paper or electrical fires. You might think chucking the hardened meat into the garbage and airing out the house is the solution. 

Unfortunately, the evaporative process already sent tiny, oily droplets on air currents. Similarly to a more typical fire, the residues settle on cooler surfaces. If your HVAC system was operating, the oily mist hitches a ride and settles on walls, ceilings, and flat surfaces many rooms or stories away from the ruined meal.

SERVPRO technicians are familiar with this particular type of residue and can help remove it from any surface or item affected in your home by fire damage. The thin, almost invisible, and rancid-smelling debris attaches to many surfaces or materials. Clothing, wallpaper, window coverings, books, and furniture are all fair game for protein-based coatings and their odors.

Delay is not wise because the residues are corrosive and the stench long-lasting. Once you make the connection between the smell and the cooking disaster, SERVPRO crews can inspect all areas of your home. We seek evidence that the burned dinner remnants are now absorbing into porous materials of your home.

SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) are uniquely qualified to work through this challenge. They are trained to match cleaning products, tools, and methods to the residues. Protein-based residues need cleaners that break down the bond between damaged surfaces and the coating. Solvents and abrasive tools or products that have abrasive ingredients, or both, are often helpful.

If the highly-odoriferous protein residues continue to cling and smell despite our efforts, SERVPRO might recommend using specialized paints or coatings to seal the pores of the affected structures. Sealing prevents the odors from continuously vaporizing.

SERVPRO of Merrimack has trained technicians, products, and tools to manage all kinds of fire damage residues. Call us at (603) 262-9293 if an overcooked meal caused surface damage and a noxious smell.

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Merrimack Property Owners Can Benefit from SERVPRO's Commitment to Cleanup and Recovery after a Mishap or Disaster

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Goes the Extra Mile for a Merrimack Property Cleanup and Restoration Service

Trusting SERVPRO Professionals with Merrimack Restoration Service

We are much more than just a team offering restoration services to Merrimack and its surrounding areas. Our SERVPRO professionals have sought the best approaches to become indispensable to our customers, offering effective and efficient recovery, mitigation, reconstruction, remediation, abatement, and cleaning for any emergency that threatened a property. With decades in the industry, we can offer our clients the experience and confidence that other area businesses cannot replicate or mimic. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that begins with a full and practical plan to address the most pressing of concerns for our area, like water, fire, mold, and storm loss incidents.

Water Damage Restoration
We know how easily water damage in Merrimack homes and businesses can occur; that is why this is an area where our professionals stay prepared continuously to face and mitigate. With the service vehicles present in our Green Fleet, many of the production trailers remain stocked with a selection of our broad inventory of recovery equipment, tools, and products. This preparedness ensures that whenever disasters occur, our customers are not waiting on our team to get vehicles stocked and ready to roll out.

We have grown over the last few decades to become a premier choice for water loss recovery in the state, and that started with a goal for every restoration and mitigation project: to exceed our customer’s expectations. If we could change things for you, we could improve the reputation of our restoration team throughout the community. While we might specialize in water removal and cleanup for Merrimack homes, we have the experience and the confidence to overcome all of the detrimental effects of these emergencies.

Our technicians have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) This training not only prepares our crew to overcome the water damage in Merrimack homes, but it also gives the education to utilize necessary tools like portable generators and other equipment when every minute counts.

Fire Cleanup and Debris Removal
Fire is rarely contained naturally, and can continually affect a Merrimack home or business without the proper mitigation strategies occurring quickly. Smoke and odors are particularly detrimental to the building, as they can spread without hindrance until professional restoration and mitigation work have begun. Our SERVPRO professionals have experience in all areas of fire recovery, and with decades of experience under our belt, we can confidently put any customer’s home back on the right track to prompt and thorough restoration.

Our swift response by our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT) accredited through the IICRC can get cleaning, air filtering, and deodorization going right away in Merrimack properties. We invest heavily in sophisticated and cutting edge equipment to help in every phase of recovery, including:

-    Hydroxyl Generators
-    Thermal & UV Foggers
-    Negative Air Chambers
-    Ozone Machines
-    HEPA Vacuums
-    Chemical Sponges

As vital as it is to restore fire damage in Merrimack homes and businesses, it is equally critical to address the lingering concerns present with damaged contents removed from the property. We have a full division of content management professionals that can utilize sophisticated equipment in our nearby facility to remove soot and smoke residues, deodorize, and adequately clean damaged items and furniture removed during the pack-out process along with the initial damage assessment.

Mold Remediation
We offer a unique and full-service approach to mold remediation in Merrimack, unlike some other companies and services that you might encounter. These other options might suggest that they can “remove mold,” but these claims are often misleading and false. Our professionals can offer mold remediation, which addresses the specific concerns threatening both your house and its occupants, but does not claim to remove the full presence of mold in your home or wherever colonization might exist.

With more than 20 years working mold remediation, we know how to identify mold damage in Merrimack homes and how to design a response to these emergencies that is specific to your situation. It is this same dedication to our customers that have helped us to have such positive feedback for this service through organizations like the Better Business Bureau in the area.

Our SERVPRO team invests back into the services that we provide so that they become more efficient and productive whenever Merrimack homes and businesses are at risk. From supporting the full line of EPA approved antimicrobial and cleaning products we now use to protect our customers and their pets to our in-house industrial hygienist to test environments and double-check our efforts, we can make mold damage “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Floods, Snow, and Winds
Every part of our storm damage response for Merrimack homes centers on a fast and confident strategy with our competent, IICRC-Certified restoration specialists at the controls. We know how easily severe weather systems can compromise structural integrity, and that is why we have a full-service contracting division that can help with emergency board up and tarping services when needed to prevent further water penetration.

The general contractors on our team specialize in repairs, which is ideal when situations like flooding have occurred that require the reinstallation of removed materials and flooring. While this same division can effectively address full-scale build back and reconstruction, they are well equipped to replace specific materials in your Merrimack home, such as:

-    Hardwood flooring
-    Linoleum
-    Tile
-    Drywall
-    Plumbing

Our ability to handle flooding scenarios is also one of the reasons our storm response professionals are so experienced and stay prepared for severe weather events threatening the Greater Merrimack area. We can roll up to these emergencies with the full line of extraction tools and drying equipment, making short work of saturation and exposed areas. We have a restore before replacing mentality, ensuring that all materials and surfaces get restored entirely on-site when possible.

While we have solutions for every facet of recovery and restoration that your home or business might need, we can help. You can count on the professionalism, experience, and leading equipment of our SERVPRO of Merrimack team. Give us a call anytime at (603) 262-9293.


Preparing Your Commercial Business for a Disaster

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Fire Damage in Merrimack

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your Merrimack home can leave many lingering residues and odors. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Odor Removal in Your Merrimack Home 

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

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

  • Hydroxyl Generators 

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

  • Ozone Machines 

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

  • Thermal Foggers 

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

  • Material Removal/Cleaning

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

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

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Flood Damage Remediation Help for Your Milford Home

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage in Milford can be costly. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Mitigating Loss in Flooded Milford Basements 

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

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

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

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

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

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A Primer on How Dry Your Water Damaged Merrimack Home

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

A broken water line caused water to pool on the floor and travel to the subfloor. We used our injectidry system to remove water.

Steps Necessary for Thorough Water Removal in Merrimack 

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

After water damage we begin "dry" mopping and add an application of an antimicrobial agent, then the construction crew can start the rebuild.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water spills can quickly escalate, causing severe harm to the contents and structure of your property.

Using Rapid Water Removal To Mitigate Losses In Your Amherst Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage hit, our techs expedited the drying process after removing the water by drilling weep holes at the base of the wall.

Ensuring Effective Drying After Water Damage in Your Merrimack Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Merrimack wants to help ensure your family’s home receives skilled and complete cleanup and restoration after a fire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Can Water Damaged Documents be Restored in Merrimack?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can ruin important documents. SERVPRO has a freeze drying mobile unit to help mitigate the damage to your important records.

Drying Records and Storage Contents in Your Merrimack Office

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

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

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

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

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

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We Can Restore Your Flood Damaged Amherst Basement

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Drying Water Damage In Your Amherst Basement

Many Amherst residents combat moisture-ridden basements throughout the year. Some homeowners struggle to keep water penetration through their foundation in check, while others battle with moisture leeching in from the concrete flooring from saturated soil underneath the house. However the problem arises, caring for this situation quickly is essential to prevent damaging situations like mold growth from occurring, which can have devastating effects on the occupants of your home and structural elements like framing, supports, flooring, and drywall.

While many consider drying to be the primary focus for recovering your flood damaged Amherst basement, this is unfortunately only part of the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians can work quickly to begin drying out elements like the concrete and blockwork that have allowed moisture penetration but must also determine the source of the damage and find lasting solutions to prevent further exposure once our drying efforts complete.

With penetration through degrading and eroding foundation blockwork, our experienced professionals can apply compounds like hydraulic cement to seal up penetration points. This high-strength solution can resist highly pressurized water penetration to prevent it from getting into the basement at that specific point. Wicking concrete can be more challenging to resolve, and often requires the installation of diversion equipment like sump pumps to direct water away from the basement.

Often many times with basements that are partially or fully underground, preventing water penetration entirely is an endless task. Instead, to keep moisture levels below acceptable parameters for preventing mold growth and other concerns, the installation of a permanent fixture like a dehumidifier might also be advisable. These provide lasting solutions to remove the moisture from the basement consistently enough to prevent degradation of essential structural elements and help to prevent mold colonization in this area.

A wet basement might seem like a common staple to area homes but should get addressed as the serious problem that it can become for homeowners. Give our SERVPRO of Merrimack water restoration specialists a call today for our assistance to dry out your basement and provide solutions to protect your home moving forward. Give us a call today at (603) 262-9293.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Merrimack Business

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Our crew can be reached whenever you need us by dialing (603) 262-9293, so do please don't hesitate to ask us for help.

Commercial Flood Damage For Your Merrimack Business

When flooding occurs in Merrimack, many times the focus is on the residents who are displaced, and the damage done to their properties. However, many commercial buildings also suffer. Besides property damage and the possibly displaced employees, flooding in your jewelry store can create a loss of revenue and profits, damage to your inventory, a decrease in production and more.

Since you can’t stop the storms from coming, you should learn what to do to help safeguard your commercial structure in Merrimack from flooding and related losses. When the waters do come rushing in, and your building suffers flood damage, you need to enlist the help of a professional remediation company, such as SERVPRO. Our staff has the tools and training needed to help get your business back to looking the way it was before the flooding.

To protect your business, the first thing to do is to make sure you are covered. Commercial property insurance typically isn’t enough protection against flooding. Look over your policy and think about adding flood insurance.

When we arrive, the SERVPRO staff assesses the damages. In many flooding cases, we can remove merchandise and furniture as needed, such as jewelry and display cases in this case, to an off-site location while we restore the rest of the building. Truck-mounted pumps help us remove as much standing water as we can, then we can proceed with drying and restoring the rest of the building.

If your building is in a flood plain or low-lying area, you could be at a higher risk for flooding than those atop a hill. However, any location can possess vulnerabilities, and you should address any risks your building presents and shield it as much as you can against floods.

Floods aren’t always at record heights, but even small amounts of water getting inside can lead to damage. You can limit the destruction by sealing any weaknesses and cracks in your structure and adding a waterproofing layer to the building itself.

Make a plan as well in case a flood does occur. You can establish an emergency and plan to help protect your property, you and your employees including evacuation routes and offsite backup plans for any critical documents and data.

SERVPRO of Merrimack is always standing by to dry your business building in Amherst, Milford, or Mt. Vernon after flooding. Our crew can be reached whenever you need us by dialing (603) 262-9293, so do please don't hesitate to ask us for help.

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Ready for Summer Rains? SERVPRO is the Go-To for Merrimack Commercial Floods

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Get your SERVPRO ERP today by contacting your team at (603) 262-9293.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Damage Restoration After Heavy Summer Rains 

Extreme weather is becoming the norm in Merrimack as elsewhere. Warmer weather brings the threat of heavy rains like our area experienced in the recent past. It is better to be prepared than panicked when the water rolls into your commercial building. Now is the time to talk with us about devising a proactive solution to disaster.

Surviving a commercial flood in Merrimack depends on how quickly you line up a reputable water mitigation company. We designed a protocol for business owners and our most experienced project managers to consult before disaster strikes. Taking the time to share information, priorities, and an understanding of how professionals manage a commercial flooding scenario helps limit the eventual damage.

Investigating a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) is an investment in the sustainability of your riverside business. One of our managers visits your site, evaluating how a disaster might impact your property and operations. When we learn ahead of time about your layout, storage methods, essential equipment, and customer needs and expectations, our response in the event of a flood is personalized and optimized.

During the walkthrough of your business, we note the vulnerabilities and strengths of your current set up. Expect the SERVPRO team to make practical recommendations intended to keep flood damage to a minimum. We gain knowledge about items we might choose to pack-out and make recommendations to shield equipment and inventory from significant damage.

You give us the needed details by working through our mobile app. The Profile you build allows you to list priorities, nominate employee-agents to act on your behalf, share information about vendors and contractors who helped you build your infrastructure and systems, and designate SERVPRO as your preferred restoration partner.

If river or flash flooding does occur, you and SERVPRO are up to the challenge. A fast response and comprehensive recovery place you and your business in the best position to get through the trials of commercial flood damage. Your customers and clients maintain their confidence in the products and services you provide during the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Merrimack offers the Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) as a resource for local businesses threatened by flooding risks. Call us at (603) 262-9293 to start the process long before you need the help.

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Call Us If Your Carpet In Your Amherst Home Suffers Water Damage

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

Give our crew a call today at (603) 262-9293.

Effective Water Cleanup For Carpeting In Amherst Homes

Overflows that occur in the bathroom or the kitchen of your Amherst home can initially stay contained to the waterproof flooring common to the construction of these areas. After only a brief period, this water can begin to spread to neighboring rooms and seep through carpeting to affect subflooring materials and floor support materials. It is important to address water loss incidents quickly in your home, as lingering moisture can prove devastating to structural integrity and provide the conditions necessary for damaging effects like mold growth.

While you might require water cleanup for your Amherst home, your carpets require specialized tools and equipment to restore. Our SERVPRO professionals have a mindset when we begin a project to protect and preserve original materials when possible. With carpeting, there is a finite timespan between saturation and irreparable damage, so immediate action is vital to prevent tear out and replacement.

With water loss incidents, assessing the damage is an important step that happens as soon as our technicians arrive at your home. We can determine the spread of the water with moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery. As it is easy for carpet fibers to absorb spreading water, this damage can quickly move beyond the base of the material and into subflooring or structural elements beneath it. Extraction and drying efforts must begin as quickly as possible.

Our SERVPRO team arrives with our ROVER weighted extractor equipment that can roll over carpeted areas and force water to the surface for removal by the high-powered vacuum attached to the system. Once saturation gets reduced, our team can float the carpeted areas by allowing our high-velocity air movers to force heated air beneath the carpet and above the subflooring material to maximize efficiency.

With many steps necessary to entirely removing the water and moisture damage from an overflow or appliance malfunction, you need professionals that can arrive quickly with the tools and expertise to make a difference. Our SERVPRO of Merrimack water restoration specialists can make the damage in your home “Like it never even happened.” Give our crew a call today at (603) 262-9293.

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After A Flood In Your Amherst Home, You Need To Call Our Crew At SERVPRO Immediately!

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Call our crew as soon as possible after the disaster through our 24/7 helpline at (603) 262-9293.

What Your First Two Phone Calls After Flood Damage In Amherst Should Be

You should never wait to call for help after your home in Amherst suffers from flood damage. The faster that both insurance companies and damage mitigation specialists get notified of the problem, the sooner your home can become livable again and the fewer costs you should incur after all damage restorations have been completed. A phone call to each service can get your home and household on the path to recovery faster and with as little trouble as possible.

What To Tell Your Insurance Provider
When you call up your insurance provider to report flood damage to your home in Amherst, you should attempt to be as clear as possible when providing your information and a description of the situation while keeping the conversation brief. A summary of who you are and what happened is all that most companies want to know after a disaster, but if they ask additional questions, try to answer them to the best of your ability. Remember that insurance claims, investigations, and business dealings take time, so you do not need to settle everything on the same night of the disaster.

What To Tell SERVPRO
The moment you place your call, our systems start working to bring you the fastest and most effective response possible for your flood damage incident. To make sure our experts have the best possible understanding of what situation we are about to head into, try to describe in detail what you know happened to your home, and what you think might have happened. If any problems exist that might make the situation unsafe, such as flooded roads or downed power lines, be sure to let our professionals know over the phone, so we can prepare. You should also tell us who provides your insurance so that we can communicate with that company and make sure that all of our damage mitigation services get documented and can be used to make the claims process easier.

SERVPRO of Merrimack can help you control and recover from the effects of flood damage in your home. Call our crew as soon as possible after the disaster through our 24/7 helpline at (603) 262-9293.

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Why Our Professionals Are The Best At Tackling Mold Damage In Amherst

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians are IICRC certified and can safely remove mold from your home. We are available 24/7 so call us day or night and we will be there.

Skilled IICRC-Certified Technicians for Amherst Home Remediation

The discovery of fungal growth in your Amherst home has many owners turning to the internet for solutions that can save them money and allow them to care for their homes on their own. Unfortunately, with thousands of varieties of mold that could affect your property, solutions that can get found on the internet are not “one-size-fits-all,” which can lead to further structural damages or heightened potential health effects for those exposed in your house.

While professional mold remediation does cost money, it is often the only solution for removing harmful mold growth from your Amherst home and restoring the damages that the organism has caused. This effective approach begins with highly-trained IICRC-certified technicians that you can find on our SERVPRO rapid response team. This extensive training ensures that each of our professionals arriving at your home has the same knowledge and expertise to identify what the situation requires.

With inadequate “mold removal” strategies that you can find on your own, common practices only scratch the surface of the entire organism embedded in surfaces and materials throughout your property. While it might appear as though the work was successful, the organism continues to grow and spread beneath the surface, perpetually eroding and degrading the host material and continuing the potential health effects that result from exposure.

The extensive training that our SERVPRO professionals undergo to obtain their IICRC certifications for mold remediation is just the beginning for our knowledge of effective solutions for your damaged home. Our technicians continue training through ongoing educational opportunities both in-house and online to provide every customer with the most effective and efficient restoration work that their property requires amid a potential disaster like this.

As destructive as mold growth can be in your home, it is not something that you should leave to chance to remove. You can always count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Merrimack mold remediation technicians. You can reach our team 24/7 by calling (603) 262-9293.

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Are You Building a Fire With Your Merrimack Craft Supplies?

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Hot glue guns and other crafting supplies can cause fires.

When Art Projects Cause Fire Damage, SERVPRO Technicians Remove the Mess from Merrimack Homes

Putting together a project that shows off your creative, artistic side can help build memories with your children while helping them increase fine motor skills. Some can become perfect one-of-a-kind decorations for your Merrimack residence. The different instruments used during the making of these crafts require special handling to keep things safe.  

When your home in Merrimack sustains fire damage because of a glue gun that tipped over or a soldering gun that burned too hot, SERVPRO can help undo the damage and clean everything up for you. The use or nearby storage of flammable liquids used to thin paints or clean brushes, as well as low-temp plastics can make a small blaze violently expand.  

Both tables and floors see a lot of use as spaces where families work on art projects together. Both of these can burn during a fire, as well as become part of the way a tiny fire gets out of hand. When SERVPRO's fire damage specialists mitigate such damage, we know that melted plastics and other substances can mar surfaces if we allow them to remain adhered to surfaces for longer than necessary. We start work as soon as possible to get things clean. Removing melted on arts and crafts products from flooring or other surfaces helps restore your home's interior, but removing the heavy soot generated by synthetic products and containers is also required.  

Your home's contents in the vicinity can once again feel clean and look perfect after a thorough treatment in our ultrasonic equipment. After a quick bath in one of our machines, your beautiful items soon look new. This machine uses a bubbling action, generated by ultrasonic waves, that acts how hydrogen peroxide does when you apply it to a wound. It leaves the finishes such as paint and varnish intact while abrading dust, soiling, and soot.  

We also remove soot from durable, non-porous surfaces in your property, giving all your affected contents and any structures the attention they need to restore your home's interior “Like it never even happened.” When structures become damaged, and beyond restorable, we remove these, also, and ensure the area is ready for the installation of replacement materials.  

SERVPRO of Merrimack understands that building memories within your family is a significant activity that covers many areas. We do not want fire damage to diminish the fun you and your children have, so we work quickly to clean the damage up and remove all traces of what might have been a traumatic event for your family. Call us at (603) 262-9293, so we can help you get things back to how you want them.

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How to Take the Headache out of Water Damage Remediation in Your Merrimack Business

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your patrons loyal to your superb coffee shop by never displaying the closed sign due to water damage. Contact SERVPRO immediately.

Restoring Water Damage that Threatens Your Merrimack Coffee Shop

While it takes a great deal of effort to keep your Merrimack coffee shop moving at the pace of its customers, it can often be the areas you least expect trouble to provide you with a profit halting incident. Facilities like the bathroom are amenities for both your customers and employees to utilize, but this area can also be prone to damage from misuse or vandalism. When fixtures break naturally or get intentionally broken in the bathroom, it is important to begin cleaning up the resulting water loss as promptly as possible.

As your bathroom area is likely primarily tile, water damage in your Merrimack coffee shop can be less widespread with a fast response. Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to provide quick mitigation tactics to reduce the penetration of this pooling water through grouted joints in the tile flooring and damage to the drywall also used in the construction of the room.

With a fast response to the situation, our team can begin sopping up the water from the affected areas to reduce the penetration through vulnerable points in the tile. As this flooring material gets designed to be impervious to water, drying solutions beginning from the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives can keep water damage from affecting subflooring and concrete beneath the tile.

Drywall can absorb moisture quickly, especially when the broken fixture forces water back into wall cavities. Identifying this moisture involves thermal imagery equipment. It does not take long for sheetrock to become oversaturated, so using tools like our air movers, dehumidifiers, and the injectidry system can help to quickly drop moisture levels in these affected areas to preserve materials when possible.

With a higher volume of customers that rely on your baristas every day, it is important to have skilled technicians working to get your doors open quickly once you discover water damage in the bathroom. From initial cleanup and drying to reconstruction and plumbing repair, let our SERVPRO of Merrimack specialists help you restore your business. Give us a call today at (603) 262-9293.

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Blizzards Spell Big Trouble For Your Amherst Home

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

The high-speed winds and snow associated with blizzard conditions can create problems that are best mitigated by a professional restoration company.

Flood Damage Technicians In Amherst Talk About Problems Associated With Blizzards

The storms that come through Amherst in the winter time can be brutal. The high-speed winds and snow associated with blizzard conditions can create problems that are best mitigated by a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. Winds can blow snow drifts or other objects into weak spots in your exterior walls or windows. Any type of hole that gets created can become a portal for water to enter the interior of your structure. Moisture can then start to saturate your contents and building materials as well as cause other types of flood damage.

If snow builds up deep enough outside it is possible that moisture or snow will find its way into your building. If the snow gets into your house, it is wise to call in our SERVPRO technicians to complete flood damage restoration in Amherst. If the snow gets heavy enough, it could cave in your roof. If any snow or ice enters your home, moisture related issues can occur quickly as the snow heats up and thaws out. Water can then saturate your contents and building materials and cause them to lose their structural integrity.

If water or snow gets into your structure after a winter storm, our SERVPRO technicians start by making sure your structure is secure and taking measures to prevent more moisture from entering. Next, we begin removing as much of the snow or water while it is in its liquid form as possible. We accomplish water removal using a variety of tools including high powered vacuums and mops.

After we remove as much liquid and frozen H2O as we can, we begin the structural dry-out phase. During this step, we use specialized equipment to create an environment that is ideal for rapid drying and evaporation. We use heavy-duty box fans or air movers to create a circular movement of the air so that moisture keeps evaporating from wet materials to find equilibrium. We then set up dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and exhaust out hot, dry air to be used in the circulation.

If you ever notice excessive moisture after a storm, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 any time of the day.

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Why Swift Remediation is Needed to Prevent Water Damage to Your Milford Home

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

This damage was caused by an upstairs leaking toilet. The damage spread even to the flooring downstairs.

The Reasons Why SERVPRO's Water Damage Experts are Right for Your Milford Home

Milford homes experience water in all three forms. Water from overflowed sinks or leaky pipes, water vapor from hot showers and cooking, and even ice that forms on your roof can cause deterioration and other problems.
Taking care of your Milford home throughout the year includes preventing water damage, regardless of the form it takes, which is why SERVPRO's specialists train extensively, to ensure that we can effectively mitigate the effects of water, humidity, and ice. Our employees earn different certificates from the IICRC and arrive with industry-standard equipment when preparing to assist homeowners.
Once water enters your home's living space, breaking free from where it should only exist, damage begins to occur. This slowly spreads when leaks or drips are the sources, even if the damage seems inconsequential. Sudden problems involving large volumes of water are more easily seen and reacted to, but both types can damage a home and lead to secondary water damage. SERVPRO employees are also highly skilled in mitigating such issues, from stains on ceilings and mold in attic spaces.
Your home's various materials react to the presence of water in different ways, but we understand this, and the most efficient ways to make it all “Like it never even happened.” Our technicians are always ready to repair the damage and restore your home's integrity.
Ice dams and frozen gutters can force moisture into your home, and then spread downhill, while saturated ground near your foundation can increase your basement's humidity excessively. Ventilation systems can carry steam from the dryer to the basement to the upstairs, and everywhere in between, and along with it, spores that lead to microbial infestations. A leak under a sink can trickle down and across your floor, staining the ceiling below while weakening your floor. There is no reason to tolerate these deficits when we can easily make things right again.
Call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 to get things squared away in your home, quickly and efficiently. We are always ready to help you with water damage issues and other forms of deterioration your home might experience.

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How SERVPRO Remediates Mold in Your Amherst Home

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Is mold hiding behind your drywall?

Our Mold Remediation Services are Effective in Controlling Microbial Populations in Amherst Houses

SERVPRO invests significant amounts of energy, time, and money into training our employees and supplying the most effective equipment to put into our Green Fleet. We do this because we want to serve the people in Amherst to the best of our ability, effectively cleaning and mitigating homes from the effects of disasters.  

One way we do this in Amherst is by using highly effective mold remediation techniques. We want our customers to know that while there is no such thing as complete elimination of microbes from a house, we always do our utmost best to reduce the majority of microbes inside their home. Because spores regularly enter the house, controlling their ability to grow is what becomes crucial in our power to control the life cycle of mold within the confines of the home.  

To control mildew and mold, we must control their water intake, and the most effective way to do this is to eliminate it from your home. Without water, microbes become dormant and no longer release spores, nor spread in size. We must consider all sources of water, including condensation. Microbes do not require much water at all to become a problem.  

After our infrared thermal imaging cameras reveal damp areas and possible sources of moisture, we eliminate these and then dry the area. This step prevents future mold from surviving if newly released spores settle in the area.  

We then remove mold-covered materials, but only if we determine these have become damaged. When mold only covers the surface, we can clean these things instead. It is always more cost effective to restore structures through cleaning than it is to replace those same items. It also takes significantly less time, allowing us to finish more quickly that if we needed to wait for replacement materials to arrive.  

Before remediating contaminated areas of any mold damage, we build a temporary chamber to contain the microbes in the area. As we work, this machine runs continuously, creating a negative pressure, all while whisking dirty air through the device and then outside a window.  

Once done, we clean the area with HEPA-filtered vacuums. These trap any dust, mold, spores or other debris and leave the area safe, “Like it never even happened.” We apply a quick-drying liquid antimicrobial agent to kill off any residual microbes and prevent any newly settled ones from ever finding a supportive environment again.  

SERVPRO of Merrimack can help you keep your home free of an over-abundance of mold and mildew. Call us for professional mold remediation services. Our number is (603) 262-9293 and is answered 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Why SERVPRO of Merrimack Is a Restoration Leader

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Promises Complete Satisfaction to Restoration and Cleanup Treatments in the Amherst Area

Home and Business Owners in the Amherst Area Trust SERVPRO for Emergency Restoration Services

The foundation of our business is to provide our customers with the best possible service. What does that mean? Our customer is our boss, and we conduct the cleanup and restoration services to reduce the impacts of an emergency call for help, day or night. We aim to build a relationship of trust and security with our local residents even though each business dealing is a transactional matter.

When a commercial property owner, homeowner or renter from the Amherst area contacts our office, we handle it with compassion and understanding. This is the initial action in building a trusting relationship. We listen with empathy and gather relevant data so that we can speedily, within four hours or less, dispatch our Green Fleet to your property. This brief initial information gathering also helps to reduce stress from the caller knowing that they made the right choice. We understand the strain caused by a water, fire, or mold accident or disaster, as we place ourselves in the situation of the person on the other end of the line. We can instill confidence in our clients, and a sense of "everything is going to be okay," by committing to our promise of a prompt response and a compassionate and polite on-site experience.

SERVPRO crews that communicate directly with our customers during the initial visit understand the importance of the meaning of "a house is not a home." Your home is a sanctuary, a shelter and a place of security for you and your family. We appreciate each of our customers. Entrepreneur Magazine has recognized the dedication put forth by our franchise for its outstanding service and achievements.

Trust is a huge ingredient in our restoration business. Just as we are taught to “don't open the door to strangers” or “always be cautious when it comes to new people,” we take pride in putting you first, always. Another reason Why SERVPRO is an outstanding choice to help you through an accidental home emergency.

Home and business owners in Merrimack, Milford, and Amherst have come to expect a professional experience when you contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293. We pledge to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Provides Odor Control for Our Merrimack Neighbors

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Use a Clothes Pin for Odor Control in Merrimack--Call SERVPRO

Merrimack Household Odors, Whether Real or Imagined Need SERVPRO Service for Clean Air Quality

Smells can last a lifetime in your residence without even realizing the bad odors in your home. Surveys show that odors can catch the attention of the Hippocampus, in the brain and retain certain memories from that odor. Creating memories is always important because our memory recalls certain snapshots of our life, and with bad odors lingering around it can create bad memories associated with the house, and nobody wants that. Phantosmia, or imagined smelling of an odor, further complicates the issue.

SERVPRO can come in and remove those nasty odors around your Merrimack house and get it back to smelling fresh again. Bad odors can stem from fire & smoke damage, musty refrigerators, unwashed bedding or even your furry friend’s shaggy hair and dirty paws, so it is important to understand what you can do to keep those odors from lingering around the house.

The first trick is to eliminate the source of the smelly odors. Say the source is the nasty odor stemming from the smoking habits that was left behind by the previous owner. There are many do it yourself techniques you can use to try to get rid of that lingering smoke odor. However most times it does not eliminate the deep odor itself. When you call SERVPRO, we are there to respond as quickly as possible, and we have the tools and necessary equipment to take care of that smoke that was left behind and to locate the source easily.

SERVPRO uses a set of particular chemicals that we use to pre-spray the surface, and then we clean the surfaces thoroughly and intensely. We use orange and lemon scented chemicals to give the surfaces a proper fresh wash. After the washing of the walls, ceilings, carpets, and furniture is completed, we utilize a sealer to conceal the surfaces and keep them clean and free of the nicotine residue. The HVAC system will need to be cleaned out as well due to the piles of debris left from the smoke and odors in the air and clumping up in the vent registers. When the heat or A/C is turned on, all those particulates of smoke debris are just going to blow back into the house, causing the lingering smell of smoke to recycle throughout the home. After everything is heavily washed the SERVPRO team use chemicals to deodorize the smell entirely to keep those nasty smoke odors from destroying your new journey in your new home.

SERVPRO also has the availability to place HEPA air scrubbers with additional charcoal filters to help move the nicotine odor molecules out of the house as smooth and quickly as possible.
Fortunately for us, we have the world's best furry companions with us on this earth, unfortunately for us, they get dirty and bring in elements that can linger around the house for long periods. Creating those memories with your furry friends is so important for development, therefore clean and fresh odors are a must!  Pets do produce dander, dirt, dandruff and more grimy smells that come from the outside and bring them into your house. SERVPRO can come in and conduct a deep cleaning to get rid of the animal hair or fur to get the debris from spreading.

We have highly advanced vacuum wands and fully certified equipment that can eliminate those dirty odors and debris from your furry little friends. In any case of how the odors get into your house, they still are there. You can always call SERVPRO of Merrimack to help deodorize your home and get rid of those nasty lingering odors. We are open 24 hours 7 days a week and are ready to serve you and your furry little friends! (603) 262-9293 

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Do You Struggle With a Constantly Wet Basement in Merrimack?

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

Repeated water in your basement can cause damage over time. Call SERVPRO to discuss the water removal and remediation process.

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 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 right 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 layout of the basement to divert water.

Our SERVPRO professionals first assess the severity of the situation by determining the full measure of the water damage. We closely inspect exposed materials for any signs of mold growth to prevent spores from colonizing and causing more substantial damages to the basement. 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 prevent recurrences moving forward. Assessing the structural weakness of blockwork 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 how to 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 also protect it from mold growth and water damage for the future. (603) 262-9293.

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Are Mt. Vernon Homes Hosting Mold Colonies for the Holidays?

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow inside walls. It just needs a moisture source. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage.

Mold Remediation from Start to Finish in Mt. Vernon Properties

A small amount of moisture in the home can become a hotbed for microscopic fungi to reproduce. High humidity levels or heavy rainfall is a common cause of damp in certain areas of your home. Mold spores, which are ever-present in the home environment, can settle on these damp spots and proliferate in as little as 48 hours. Doing your homework and having a professional, qualified remediator on hand is an essential part of being a responsible homeowner.

Mold remediation in Mt. Vernon properties require training, certification, and expertise. Mold spores, by nature, spread easily riding on natural air currents in the home. An inexperienced technician can easily cause further damage by acting irresponsibly. At SERVPRO we use IICRC certificate holders to remediate the affected area and reduce the risk of problems recurring.

One of the first things we do on arrival is to cordon off the affected area. The removal of mold colonies involves agitating the affected area using wet, dry and solvent-based cleaning methods. The aggressive nature of this process can make mold spores airborne. SERVPRO can use physical barriers, in the form of plastic sheeting, or negative air pressure to prevent the infestation from spreading.

With the affected area suitably quarantined we can bring in equipment to help remediate the issue. As stated previously, mold requires moist environments to thrive. We find the source of moisture and dry it by strategically placing rapid air-movers in the affected zone. These machines blast hot air into crevices, cavities and between floorboards; thoroughly drying hard to reach areas in the process.

Where carpeting or fabrics show signs of infection, we can treat them with anti-microbial chemicals. This procedure is a preventative measure to ensure mold does not return after service. The remediation of walls and ceilings can damage paintwork. In these instances, we can apply an anti-microbial paint as a base layer to further reduce the likelihood of a long-term mold issue in your home.

Remediating is not easy, but it can be painless if you choose the right provider. Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack anytime at (603) 262-9293.

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

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Fast and Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services for Milford Residents

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Milford Home Clean Water Leak Cause--Call SERVPRO for Removal and Drying

SERVPRO Assesses the Water Loss and then Executes an Action Plan for Recovery

Property and homeowners dread water damage and its disastrous aftereffects. Broken pipes, leaky roofs, clogged toilets are some of the causes of such incidents. Fortunately, there are professionals in Milford and are always ready to return your home or property to its preloss state.
Our SERVPRO technicians conduct a pre-inspection of your Milford property during water damage restoration to determine the amount and size of the water loss and decide on the best mitigation procedures. Not all water events are the same, which means we have to select processes that are best suited to the situation at hand.
There are three categories of water that we might come across when working for you. Category 1 is mostly clean water or water that causes no health risk to humans. It may be as simple as a sink overflow or water from a broken pipe. Gray water or category 2 is contaminated water that has the potential to cause health risks, such as water from broken toilet tank, or a washing machine leak. If clean water is allowed to stand on a carpet or other surface, after several days it may degrade to gray water. Black water is Category 3 and is often associated with sewage problems, flooding, and exterior contaminants. The water is unsanitary since it contains disease-causing microorganisms and bacteria.
Another classification that our SERVPRO technicians use is assessing the class of damage. For instance, class 1 damage is the least harmful and easy to repair. Class 2 damage entails damage to property and furniture such as damaged cushions and carpets. Class 3 and 4 damage are more severe and could require specialized and advanced water removal and restoration procedures. These water losses can be water leakage between floors causing multiple points needing water cleanup and drying.
Our SERVPRO crew often don Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the remediation process since some safety concerns arise when dealing with such incidents. The selection of the PPE should include head, foot, and hand protection, hearing protection, disposable coveralls, disposable boots, respirators, and eye protection.
SERVPRO of Merrimack is a trusted leader in the industry, offering emergency services that meet the residential and commercial needs. Some of the services we provide include fire, storm, and mold damage. Call us at (603) 262-9293 and allow us to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Storm and Mold Infestations in a Merrimack Home

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Merrimack Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Storm Cleanup and Mold Remediation Services

Our Merrimack Customer Was Delighted with the SERVPRO Mold Remediation and Cleanup Service

Most people can expect hot, humid days that make for a lovely relaxing summer by the pool in July. However, on this fine day, the Merrimack New Hampshire area was struck with a rainstorm that dumped about four inches of water in an hour. This intense storm produced flooding and winds that affected numerous homes in the area.

One homeowner, in particular, had some unusual circumstances happen to her residence. Prior to this rainstorm which eventually produced a mold problem, this property in Merrimack New Hampshire was undergoing construction around the in-ground pool, leaving piles of dirt that surrounded the bulkhead leading into the basement.
The property owner decided to do laundry because of the inclement weather. When she walked downstairs, she immediately noticed that several inches of water had flooded her basement with standing water. She tried opening the laundry room door; however, the door would not budge. She had no idea what was causing the door not to open. She decided to call her grandson to come to the house and help her. Luckily, her grandson was handy, and he used a sledgehammer to knock a hole in the door. He was able to turn on the light in the laundry room, and he was shocked at what he saw. There was about a foot of dirt piled up in the laundry room in her basement carried in by the heavy rain and winds.

This resident decided to call a company to give her an estimate on removing the dirt and the contents that were affected by this storm. She was not pleased with this company’s estimate, so she decided to call SERVPRO of Merrimack. With a free estimate screening and the price almost half of the other company, she knew SERVPRO was the better option based not only on the cost but the professionalism of the entire inspection and estimate. Our crew arrived within several days to start the cleanup and restoration of our customer's property.

Unfortunately, mold had acquired on the baseboards in her basement. Our crew came in and first removed the foot of dirt from the laundry room. Then the team had to remove the contents that were affected, including the couch, TV, tables and many furnishings that showed mold growth and water damage. This process took quite some time because of the materials in the basement had to be handled with care.

The SERVPRO crew then had to demo (demolition) all the walls that had mold on the baseboards. We neatly made these flood cuts four feet up and four feet across to make sure all the wet and contaminated wallboards were removed and discarded. We then steam cleaned the entire basement, insured the affected areas were dried to our drying goals, and then applied an antimicrobial agent to help prevent future mold development.  

Our client had some health issues, so we did our best to disinfect the basement to mitigate any possible health effects from the mold. We then topped it off with a pleasant scenting fogging.

The cleanup and mold remediation took a little less than a week to finish which is standard for this service. Our customer was very pleased with the results; she said she felt "Like it never even happened," and she would always recommend SERVPRO of Merrimack to all her acquaintances. Need help? Call us at (603) 262-9293.

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Count On SERVPRO To Solve Your Merrimack Water Damage Woes

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

The Team at SERVPRO of Merrimack ready to assist with your water damage event.

Personal and Professional attention during a water damage incident

When water intrudes into your Merrimack home, the catastrophe it creates can be overwhelming. Since 1998, SERVPRO of Merrimack is the partner you need to help you through the multiple steps necessary, from stabilizing the situation through cleanup to a complete restoration. Our highly qualified technicians and dedicated office staff treat each customer seeking assistance with compassion and respect, understanding that your water crisis is unique and worthy of our full attention.

Upon arrival, the crew chief listens carefully as you relate the circumstances leading to your water damage emergency at your Merrimack dwelling. Our response matches the category of water involved and the area of your property affected. We communicate openly with you about the plan we design to remove the water and dry out the structural components and contents of your home. Crew members answer any questions you have. They refer any concern they cannot resolve immediately to others in our company who investigate and find a solution -- no excuses permitted.

SERVPRO employs appropriate industry standards developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to transform the water damaged spaces and contents of your home back to preloss condition. Our approach is not “one size fits all.” We use our training and experience to craft a custom response that takes into consideration your priorities, our conversations with your insurance carrier, and the likelihood of the most successful results. Our equipment is top-notch, and our understanding of the dynamics of applied structural drying theory and practice unmatched in the industry and our geographical area.

We pledge to complete every task required to leave your home “Like it never even happened” after our efforts. Our team takes over 800 water damage cases from start to finish per year, but you can rest assured your issues are not merely statistics to us. The fear and frustration you feel when water invades are real, and you honor us when you choose our team to push past panic to an action plan. Expect to enjoy your dry and comfortable home fast after we use proven cost and time effective strategies to get you there.

Let the professionals from SERVPRO of Merrimack show you why our services exceed the minimal expectations of water damage recovery industry. Call (603) 262-9293 day or night to begin the journey from devastation to restoration.

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Professional Mold Remediation Removes Existing Microbes, Protecting Milford Homes from Reinfestation

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Safe Removal and Protection from Mold Growth in Your Milford Home

SERVPRO Provides Safe Solutions to Remove Mold from Properties

Many homeowners finding microbial colonies in their Milford residence might feel tempted to solve the problem themselves. However, in situations involving areas larger than a ten square foot space, microorganisms can become much more of a problem later in the absence of professional remediation.
More problematic situations can occur in Milford when mold remediation is done incorrectly or not as thoroughly as the situation requires. One such example involves cleaning mold stains and infestations with a bleach solution. Instead of killing the mold beneath the surface, primarily when used on drywall, the water ends up providing existing mold with nutrients and moisture while the bleach only removes the stains on the surface.
SERVPRO mold remediation specialists use chemical agents and industry-approved methods to do the work correctly the first time. Bleach not only comes in molecules too large to penetrate into the wall, but its chemical vapors can irritate the lungs. Our methods physically remove the mold in a much safer manner.
Sprays work well for killing mold, making it more easily cleaned up and removed from most surfaces. Hard-to-reach areas can pose some issues, so we use dry ice or baking soda to blast the mold off surfaces. Any particles on the floor that have not been suctioned up with the pressurized device, we can then use a HEPA vacuum to remove them from your house's interior.
Because spores can still exist in the air, we use both negative air pressure in may situations involving mold remediation, as well as air scrubbers (a crucial part of negative air pressure systems) in other areas. These scrubbers clean the air by trapping loosened mold particles, spores, dust particles, and other microscopic things found floating in the air in their built-in HEPA filters. In conjunction with the above efforts, we can quarantine the treated area with poly sheeting. Once complete, we can protect your home from future infestations by spraying antimicrobial chemicals in mold-prone locations. These special chemical agents render the area less hospitable for future spores that do find their way to the same location.
SERVPRO of Merrimack also serves Amherst and Mt. Vernon by providing expert consultations and mold remediation services. Contact us so we can partner with you in protecting your home from an overabundance of microbial activity. Our number is (603) 262-9293.

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Why Deodorization Counts During Water Cleanup In Milford

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

After experiencing a water damage event, there is a need to seek water cleanup services to return your property to its preloss state.

Why Deodorization Counts During Water Cleanup

After experiencing a water damage event, there is a need to seek water cleanup services to return your property to its preloss state. It all starts by extracting the high volumes of standing water which might be on your property, as well as the water which might be in the hard to reach areas. To track the moisture, we use devices such as infrared sensors. Odor removal is equally vital since the moisture problem may make organic contents to rot. We're going to discuss some of the deodorization techniques we use when attending to such events in Milford.

The source of the odors in your Milford property determines the odor removal procedures we use during water cleanup. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians use injection methods when it is necessary to dispense small quantities of the deodorant into spots in your upholstery or carpets. We do this by using either an injection needle or a pump. We prefer this technique when it is impractical to lift the carpet to access the backing material or padding.

Direct spraying is another deodorization technique that our SERVPRO technicians use during water damage restoration. In this process, we use powered sprayers or hand pumps to apply disinfectants. Since this method can wet surfaces, we use it when discoloration is unlikely or is not of great concern. To neutralize odor particles in the hard to reach areas, we can use wet fogging. In this method, we use ULV (ultra-low volume) foggers to dispense tiny deodorant particles into such areas. We are careful not to over-fog to prevent damaging furnishing with moisture. Where necessary, we use drop cloths to protect vulnerable surfaces.

Our SERVPRO technicians use appropriate safety gear to stay protected during deodorization. We use protective clothing, eye protection, chemical resistant gloves, and respirators. During fogging, pets and all people without the protective gear must be out of the site.

At SERVPRO of Merrimack, we use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call us at (603) 262-9293 to benefit from our industry proven 24-hour emergency services.

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Why Choose SERVPRO Fire Restoration For Your Mt. Vernon Home

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your Mt. Vernon residence can leave you unsure of how to save the contents of your home and preserve its structural integrity.

Fire Restoration

A fire in your Mt. Vernon residence can leave you unsure of how to save the contents of your home and preserve its structural integrity. Most homeowners can concede that restoring the damage to their home is simply too great a task to handle on their own and choose to seek out reputable and experienced restoration professionals instead.

Finding the right professionals to handle the fire damage in your Mt. Vernon residence boils down to which reputable company is willing to ensure that the job gets done safely, correctly, and above all else, efficiently. While there might be several options you can choose from, here are some considerations that might set our SERVPRO team apart.

Rapid response times help to mitigate damages that your home experiences even after a fire have gotten extinguished. This pre-emptive effort helps to keep overall restoration costs down and limits the amount of time the process takes overall. One of our SERVPRO mottos is to be Faster To Any Size Disaster, which is more than just a catchphrase.

Another process that sets our restoration team apart from some of the other options that exist for you to choose is our commitment to the contents of your house. We work quickly to determine at-risk items and remove them from the affected areas of your home for faster and more concentrated restoration efforts, but also to keep further damages from occurring to the items themselves.

These items get cleaned and deodorized individually, along with closer inspection to determine their need for restoration. Once the project nears completion in your home, these cleaned and restored individual items removed from your house get returned to their original positions.

There are many companies that you can choose from when it comes to fire restoration in your home. Our crew works to provide the best quality service encompassing the work that we do in your home and our commitment to providing the best in customer consideration. If you experience a fire in your home, trust our SERVPRO of Merrimack team to help you get things back to pre-damage condition. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (603) 262-9293.

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Animal Feces Cleanup And Removal In Merrimack

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Safe and Sanitary Raccoon Latrine and Animal Feces Cleanup in Merrimack

Trust SERVPRO to Decontaminate Your Merrimack Attic After Raccoon or Other Critter Presence

One of the attractions for visitors to New Hampshire is the variety of woods and wildlife throughout the state. For Merrimack homeowners, that same wildlife can cost them a lot if it gets into their home and tries to make it theirs as well.

Much of the damage is not physical destruction from chewing or nesting in Merrimack homes. Animal feces cleanup takes a large share of the hours a SERVPRO crew puts into the task. It also can result in the lion share of the costs.
If an animal nests in an attic, then it is a fairly simple matter to call animal control to have it removed. If caught quickly, then the raccoon, rodent or other creature has not had time to foul it with urine or feces. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t usually realize there is a problem until a new generation of pests is born in the insulation.
By this point, enough feces and urine have been dropped inside the attic to infest the insulation. The animal waste compresses the insulation, reducing the capability of it to keep the home cool in the summer. That means higher utility bills.
There is also the health concern for owners and residents. The Hantavirus can be present in rodent waste which causes lung damage and muscle aches. Histoplasmosis is another respiratory infection found in bat and bird feces that can be just as dangerous. Raccoon latrines are a treasure trove for Baylisascaris procyonis, a roundworm that can be harmful to people. These contaminated areas should be removed by SERVPRO technicians outfitted in PPE personal protection equipment and trained in biohazardous cleanup.
To remove these threats to our fellow residents and homeowners, our technicians start with disinfection. As they enter the attic, they spray an anti-bacterial agent across all surfaces to kill viruses. If there is a large number of feces and urine, each technician wears a breathing mask, rubber boots, and may put on a protective suit if needed, as noted above.
Next, they use a commercial vacuum attached to a long hose and a sealed bag to draw the contaminated insulation outside the home. Once technicians remove the majority of the insulation and feces, they go over the entire attic with long-handled scrapers to remove every trace of the material. When they remove all the material, they spray down the attic surfaces again with the anti-bacterial agent to kill any remaining threats.
At SERVPRO of Merrimack, our goal is to put you back inside your home the moment it is safe. If you can hear the steps of little critters overhead, call us today at (603) 262-9293 for an inspection. We are here for you.

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Protecting The Contents Of Your Milford Office Building When You Need Water Removal

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Preserves and Restores Water Damaged Items in Milford Offices Swiftly

SERVPRO Strives to Protect and Secure from Water Damage Elements within a Milford Office Structure

Your office building in Milford might service multiple clients from many different brands and companies. The primary areas of this building offer a broad range of expensive computers and machines, not to mention hard copies of client information and agreements likely spanning back several years. A significant water emergency in your building jeopardizes the employees' ability to work there, and also the investment and the sensitive information mentioned above.

When you come in and discover a high volume of water in your Milford office, your first instinct should be to reach out for professional water removal services. Not only can our SERVPRO team respond quickly to your emergency, but we also have services in place to help you preserve both your equipment and documents amid the disaster before restoration completes.

With a service that our technicians provide known as pack-outs, our team removes all of the equipment and contents of your facility in jeopardy of becoming damaged by the present water or its potential effects. The items get moved to a nearby facility or even another part of the building we are working in, keeping them safe as the water removal and subsequent restoration get underway.

Once the water has gotten removed, and the area is thoroughly dry, our SERVPRO team brings these items back into where they had gotten removed from earlier. For an office building, this kind of assurance can help you to keep your client information secure and unharmed, and protect the substantial investment that your firm has made in the equipment that you use every day.

Finding significant water damages in your office building is nothing that any business owner or manager can handle on their own. With the need to keep your business running for the clients that you serve, as well as to protect and restore the building that becomes threatened by the pooling water, our professionals can help. You can count on our SERVPRO of Merrimack water restoration specialists to respond quickly, even amid your emergency. Give us a call anytime at (603) 262-9293.

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Remedying The Wet Basement In Your Milford Home

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Milford Area Basements, Storms, and the Solution for Water Removal and Drying--SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Dehumidification and Water Removal from Wet Basements

While your Milford home is no stranger to substantial storms moving through the area, the ability of your house to ward off the damaging conditions should be a constant concern you have. Arguably, most homeowners do not even realize that their foundations have become compromised until the water is already leaking or pouring into their homes. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to face on your own.

While your basement area might not get the same kind of heavy traffic that the rest of your house does, it is still important to ensure that this area stays dry. A wet basement in your Milford home can cause considerable damage in a short period, not to mention allow for worsening conditions like microbial growth. The physical deterioration of furnaces and heavy appliances like washers and dryers can also occur.

From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we begin assessing the full scope of the damage to your basement area. Namely, we are looking for the source of the dampness or present water and aim to repair this breach. Thermal imagery can indicate the presence of water trapped in the blockwork of your foundation, which gives our technicians an opportunity to drill weep holes to drain out these blocks and reseal these holes with hydraulic cement.

Portable sump pumps can extract the present water if it pools throughout the basement. Drying the area is one of the most critical steps to any of our water restoration work, and in these cases, concrete flooring often requires specialized equipment to remove embedded moisture. Our SERVPRO professionals use LGR dehumidification equipment to draw out moisture from the concrete slowly as not to damage its integrity. The key to successful dehumidification is monitoring and drawing out the trapped moisture in a steady manner.

While there are plenty of reasons why your basement might be persistently wet, you can always count on our professional restorers to help you identify the source and remove the water. We have the tools and experience to help prevent this problem from recurring and to restore the damage it has caused. You can reach our dedicated SERVPRO of Merrimack team anytime by calling (603) 262-9293.

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What To Do When The Fire Alarm System In Your Milford Bookstore Causes Mold Damage

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold damage in your bookstore is probably up on the list of things that you absolutely do not want to happen in your shop.

Mold Damage Caused By Your Fire Alarm System

Finding mold damage in your bookstore is probably up on the list of things that you absolutely 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 Milford bookstore and ultimately lead to mold damage. 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 very way we run our business. Mold damage can ruin your stock the longer that it stays in your store.

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.

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Professional Mold Remediation Restores Amherst Homes to a Healtheir, Pre-Loss State

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

We respond to your call for mold remediation services quickly in order to save you money in having to replace items. Call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand How Quickly Mold can Destroy Your Property

We want our Amherst homes to provide a safe and healthy haven for ourselves and our families. Protecting occupants from the outdoor climate and other hazards requires not only a high level of structural integrity to keep unwanted things at bay but also that nothing inside poses a risk, either.
Homeowners can prevent one type of health effect from happening to their families through mold remediation services in Amherst. SERVPRO's team of IICRC-certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can efficiently perform the cleanup work and restorative repairs needed in homes suffering from microbial infestations like mold and mildew.
Microbes can become attached to almost any surface in your home, from walls and ceilings, including in their interiors, inside appliances, on your children's toys, clothing and household textiles (including upholstered furniture and bedding), and many other things that turn your house into your family home. One of the reasons that SERVPRO responds quickly to such calls is because we want to prevent as much damage as possible that mold infestations can create.
Stains from microbes can appear on walls, ceilings, paneling, cabinetry, and trim within your home. Cleaning alone does not remove the hyphae, which are small, root-like parts of the mold, and it is this part that creates the stains. Our technicians remove the microbes and then treat the area with antimicrobial agents. Painting over the area when physical damage has not yet occurred can save homeowners money and time over the replacement costs. However, we must begin soon after mold damage begins for this to option to remain effective. Once deterioration begins, only replacing such materials can adequately restore a home.
Mold remediation can help protect your family from the health effects of mold by eliminating the bulk of your home's microbial population. Your children do not need to face exposure to mold-contaminated toys, carpeting, or other items in your home. After proper remediation, your home can once again provide the safety and protection you want for your family.
SERVPRO of Merrimack can send a highly qualified team of mold remediation specialists to your Milford or Mt. Vernon home to bring your residence back to a healthy state that greatly benefits your family. Call us at our local emergency services hotline number, (603) 262-9293, to speak with a technician who can answer your questions and schedule an appointment with you for an initial assessment.
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Why You Need Urgent Water Removal Services When Your Amherst Bakery Floods

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Our trained team of IICRC-certified technicians can arrive at your property very soon after your call to address the flood damage in your bakery.

Water Removal Services

No one ever plans to find flood damage at their business when they unlock the doors to open during the early morning. Finding stagnant water that leaked inside your property through a hole in your storeroom ceiling, which was made worse during the previous night's storm, can seem like a nightmare. Your stored equipment is in danger of water damage and the food supplies inside the room are thoroughly soaked and need to be thrown away. More importantly, the water inside needs to be removed as soon as possible, or it is likely to do further damage to the structure of your building. Swiftly hiring professional services can reduce the chances of other unpleasant discoveries in the future, such as mold.

Our highly trained team of IICRC-certified technicians can arrive at your property very soon after your call to address the flood damage in your Amherst bakery. No matter the time, when you need our services, we can send a team to you. Your schedule matters to us, and we understand that closing your doors for only half of the day is far more beneficial for you, if it is possible.

Our SERVPRO techs bring advanced technology with them on every job. Depending on the volume of water that needs to be removed, we can pick and choose the best tools for the job. SERVPRO can bring portable pumps, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors to your property to remove the water as swiftly as possible.

Getting the water out fast is our highest priority as we do not want to allow it time to cause further damage to your property. Once we remove the water, we can clean up your space and throw out any spoiled foodstuff and clean your equipment. Our final task is for our techs to use more trade-tools to dry out the structure of your storeroom.

Do not debate your options when you find flood damage on your property. Get the job done fast by calling SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293. We strive to get to your home as quickly as possible.

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Addressing The Mold You Discovered In Your Amherst Home

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in Your Amherst Home? Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Amherst Property Owners Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

For as common as fungal and microbial growth can be to Amherst homes, it is surprising how so many homeowners are not fully aware of how this problem can arise. It is very simple for mold to seat and colonize in your home, and it has nothing to do with the cleanliness of the house. Moisture present in the atmosphere combined with an organic food source and the warmth most people tend to keep their homes heated (or cooled) to is all the conditions necessary for this damage to occur. It is crucial as a homeowner that you keep an eye out for mold growth or damp areas of your home that could allow a colony to form.  
While you might not necessarily think that mold damages are all that considerable of a concern for your Amherst home, there are many reasons why you want to address this issue as soon as you can. For starters, mold has gotten attributed to potential health effects for you and your family who find themselves exposed to the growing colonies. This does not even address the kind of structural damage and destruction that a thriving colony can do to construction materials in your home and personal belongings, including clothing.
The best solution for mold present in your home is to seek out the professional expertise of our AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO. Our team has the training and equipment to help you reduce the risk of this colony continuing to spread throughout your home and to work to remove these colonies from the places they have taken root.  
The process begins with the isolation of the affected area to prevent spores from moving to different organic materials nearby. Your air conditioner or heater has to get turned off for the remediation process to prevent these same spores from circulating well out of the affected areas. Sanding and soda blasting are typical approaches for removing the colonies present, though it depends on the severity and size of the colonies our SERVPRO team faces.  
Mold in your home is something that you want to address as soon as you can. This growth can affect both your health and the structural integrity of your home. Trust in the remediation technicians we have at SERVPRO of Merrimack to help you through every step of this involved process. Give us a call anytime you need us at (603) 262-9293.

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SERVPRO Brings the Heavy Treatments Needed for Basement Water Removal in Amherst

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Extracting Water Swiftly from Amherst Basements Mitigates Damages--Says SERVPRO

Amherst Basements Get Fast Water Loss Mitigation When SERVPRO Is Called

Some of the heaviest water removal work in Amherst that SERVPRO does can be attributed to basement flooding and pooling. As the lowest point in many local buildings, basements gather large volumes of water that require the sort of heavy machinery and manpower we typically reserve for only the most pressing and severe situations. We pledge to take every measure necessary to return your home to a livable, comfortable state, but those measures may include one or more of the procedures outlined below.

Water Extraction
Some of the most time-critical water removal work we do in Amherst may involve water extraction, the process whereby we use industrial-strength pumps to displace significant volumes of water in a short amount of time. Even light flooding may sometimes warrant the use of the types of motorized extraction tools used by SERVPRO professionals. We pump any water we can out to the street, where it can safely flow into a drainage system or low-lying area away from your home. If the water has specific contaminants, then we must pump it into containers for disposal off-site. Typically, we may also employ some of the vehicle-mounted pumps typically reserved for large commercial and residential spaces. Submersible, portable sump pumps are often used to begin bulk water extraction.

The potential for water damage does not go away as soon as we extract standing water. In the dark, isolated confines of a basement, any moisture still in the area can cause expensive damage for long after the initial disaster. We use a two-pronged approach to handle difficult drying situations. Portable, configurable air movers create strong directed air currents in the room to quickly dry out materials and surfaces. However, to finish the job, we also need to use dehumidifiers that collect airborne water droplets and place them in organized, manageable storage containers. With this flexible system, we can overcome basements of most shape or size, even when complex floor plans and difficult drying situations may be present. Weep holes may be drilled to extract water and residual moisture from cement blocks. We may recommend to our customer to install a permanent dehumidifier and sump pump. Dampness must be eliminated to help prevent the growth of mold colonies.

SERVPRO of Merrimack has the resources available to get your home back to normal faster and with less expense than you ever thought possible. Call us as soon as disaster strikes at (603) 262-9293.

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Drying And Restoring A Wet Basement In Merrimack

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Wet or Flooding Basement? Call SERVPRO for Help

Water Seepage and Intrusions Get Help from SERVPRO

Unless they have finished it out, most Merrimack homeowners do not spend much time in their basement except to wash clothes and put away the Christmas decorations. For most of the time, this benign neglect does not harm. After a storm or plumbing issue, however, it can lead to several costly problems.
A wet Merrimack basement can result in personal property loss, structural damage, and even mold. SERVPRO teams dry the basement as quickly as possible and stop water from becoming an issue again in the future to prevent this.
To start with, our technicians use pumps and extraction wands to remove standing water from the basement. Then, they lift and dry any carpets on the floor. If there are none, the team members set up air movers to blow warm, dry air over the surface of the floor to speed up the drying process. Once they begin, other members place a dehumidifier in the basement to draw water from the air and surrounding materials like drywall and personal property.
Now, one of our inspectors looks for where the water is leaking into the basement. If it is a minor leak, our specialists can repair it or even replace a connection. If the leak is a major issue, SERVPRO always recommends using a licensed plumber or contractor.
If the water is seeping in from the outside, it may be necessary to seal the basement. If the floor is unfinished dirt, we encapsulate it by first leveling the floor and then sealing it using polyethylene sheets to serve as a vapor barrier. Technicians push them into place and extend them up onto the walls, then seal the edges to the concrete using two-sided, foundation tape or polyurethane caulk.
If the basement has a concrete floor, our team uses the polyurethane caulk to seal any leaks or seeps and then cover the entire surface with hydraulic cement. They do the same for leaks and seeps discovered in the walls. These two sealants form an excellent bond against water getting into the basement again.
At SERVPRO of Merrimack, it is our goal to restore every wet basement to its original, dry condition. If you are dealing with this situation, or any other water problem in your home, call us today at (603) 262-9293. We are here for you.

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What to Do When You Discover Mold Growing In Your Amherst Clothing Boutique

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can Save Your Clothing Boutique in Amherst from Closing Permanently--Contact SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Your Customers Shopping During the Mold Remediation

Mold is a common occurrence all over the country, and unfortunately, mold damage is something very real that can impact your business. While the back room of your clothing boutique is not typically a place customers would roam, having mold growing near your stock is never safe for business. Mold can cause health effects, and it can also bring a musty odor with it. Musty odors and new clothes do not go hand in hand, and it can turn customers off at a swift rate. Luckily, there is professional help nearby to deal with the small mold problem in the back room.

Our IICRC-certified technicians can handle the damaging mold on your Amherst property whenever it best suits you. We understand how important it is for you to keep the doors of your business open and we strive to be unobtrusive as possible while keeping the flow of your business natural. Our technicians are flexible and can work around your schedule, at all hours. If it is needed, we can work while your store is closed to keep out of the way during business hours.
Our SERVPRO technicians can section off the part of your store that has been infested with mold damage. It is essential to separate the area because mold spores become airborne once again when agitated and can then attach themselves to new surfaces. To be as thorough as possible, SERVPRO uses antifungal agents to eradicate mold spores.
After cleaning the mold, our technicians can employ the use of air scrubbers to neutralize the musty scent left behind. If dampness caused by water damage was the source of your mold problem, SERVPRO could use advanced equipment to dry out the area. Making sure the environment has been returned to standard levels of humidity helps reduce the chance of mold growing again.
If mold damage has struck your business, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293. 24/7 we can take your call and send our technicians to your property to get the remediation process started.

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When Storm Damage Causes A Wet Basement In Your Merrimack Home

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

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Damp Basements Lead to Many Problems--Call SERVPRO

There are several times every year where severe weather systems can leave your Merrimack home at risk for storm damages. From the torrential storms throughout the winter leaving untold heaps of snow on your roof to the coastal storms gathering strength as they head inland towards the area, you might never be entirely ready for what the next storm system could do to your home. It has been a year of too many Nor'easters.
While there are undoubtedly some serious issues that could present themselves immediately, there are other concerns that could take a little while for you even to notice. One of these circumstances could be a wet basement in your Merrimack home. Over time, storms and the damage they cause can wear down and dramatically impact the effectiveness of your home’s foundation and basement walls. This situation inevitability causes some serious concerns for your house, even if initially the effect does not seem that extreme.
Wet basements offer some pressing concerns that should inspire you to act. One of the largest of these concerns is the possibility for mold growth in these areas where moisture is now getting introduced in already warm and likely humid environments. Adding more dampness and moisture from penetrating water coming through your foundation only gives the mold spores present in the environment more of a food source to seat and colonize.
Fortunately, SERVPRO can help you through this unfortunate circumstance and help you to dry out this area once again. From the time that we arrive at your home, our team gets to work quickly in identifying the places where water is currently penetrating the block walls and entering the basement area. Once the vulnerable spots have gotten identified, these areas can get adequately sealed up with hydraulic cement.
Drying out the area is one of the most efficient ways of preventing mold growth, as this vastly limits the food this fungal organism requires to grow and thrive. This process often consists of using large air movers and industrial strength dehumidification equipment to pull all of the moisture from the environment.
While it might not seem like a big deal at first, you should take a wet basement seriously and do what you can to correct the problem before the situation worsens. Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at the first sign of moisture where it should not be. We can be reached 24/7 by calling (603) 262-9293.

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SERVPRO Cleaning Fire Damage in Amherst

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO can thoroughly clean smoke and odor residues left behind after a fire.

SERVPRO Categorizes Fire Damage into Three Categories: Minor, Medium, and Major

After a fire, most of the damage to Amherst homes comes from smoke and odor residues that rest on and even penetrate some surfaces like building material and furniture. To fully clean and remove them requires not just experience, but also the right tools.

SERVPRO places fire damage to Amherst homes into three categories: Minor, Medium, and Major. We make this determination for odors and smoke residues depending on how far out they extend from the fire point of origin and how strong the odor or how thick the residue is in each room.

With Minor damage, odors are mild and usually removed with the same cleaning agents we use smoke residues on ceilings, floors, walls, and furniture. The residues themselves are normally light-to-moderate in this category and are limited to only a few rooms. Our technicians can remove all of these with sponges or cloths and hand-spraying a cleaning agent when needed.

Medium damage happens with hotter fires. They produce stronger odors, thicker residues, and spread them throughout more of the home. In this category, a cleaning agent is needed to break up the residues to remove them. Simply cleaning the building material and property does not eliminate all odors in this category, so SERVPRO technicians use an additional deodorizing agent to destroy the odor-causing particles.

To get rid of them, SERVPRO technicians use pressure sprayers and injectors to distribute deodorizing agents. The pressure sprayers are excellent for covering large surfaces such as kitchen walls or living room carpets with either a deodorizer or a cleaning agent. We use the injectors to apply a small amount of deodorizer directly into a small stain in carpets or upholstered furniture.

Major damage occurs close to the fire’s point of origin. Odors are exceptionally strong, and standard deodorizers do not remove all of them. If the fire burned hot enough to cause structural damage, then the smoke residues are exceptionally thick here and spread through the entire home. The level of residue makes removal of building material like drywall cheaper than attempting to clean it. The same may apply to furniture and other personal property due to the extent of the damage or the cost of cleaning.

For heavily covered property, we use an immersion tank to soak and remove the residue in a cleaning agent. We do this only for items not further damaged by soaking. To remove the odors when the usual agents do not work, our technicians bring in an ozone machine. This device generates a gas that oxidizes the odor particles. This gas alters them and removes the odor completely. The drawback to using an ozone machine is we need to evacuate the home of people, pets, and any items made from natural rubber until we finish the procedure.

Restoring your home after a fire is not a quick process, but SERVPRO of Merrimack is here with you at each step. If you need our services, call us at (603) 262-9293 today.

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Inspecting and Mitigating Flood Damage in Amherst Homes

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Floodwater, clear or not, needs to be immediately removed from your home to help prevent mold. Contact SERVPRO immediately after an event.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Experience to Investigate the Extent of the Damage That Flooding Caused in Your Home

Any part of your home can succumb to flood damage in the event of a storm or heavy rainfall. Protecting your family and your belongings against these types of events can save you a lot of money in the long run. One way to prepare for flooding disasters is having a reputable water damage restoration company at hand.
At SERVPRO, we have a wide range of resources that can reverse flood damage in Amherst as soon as it happens in your home. Our technicians are highly trained and certified by the IICRC, meaning that our methods are up to scratch with industry standards. Our goal is to return your property to pre-damage condition as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened."
Some flood damage to the house may be apparent, while other structural damage may need closer inspection. SERVPRO technicians can inspect your home for different types of damage. These include warping and distortion of such structures as floor boards, severe wood rot in lumber structures, wet insulation, paneling, plaster, and wallboard, and roof damage such as defective flashing, holes, cracks, and missing shingles.
Even if the floodwater is clear, it could contain various contaminants such as chemicals or sewage. For this reason, SERVPRO professionals always use and advocate for personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves, waist-high waterproof boots, and waders during the flood damage restoration process. It is also advisable to discard any food that might come into contact with the flood waters.
Mold growth can occur within 48 hours of flood damage, so it is important to remove wet contents such as bedding and carpeting as soon as possible. Items that have been wet for less than 48 hours may be salvageable, but you may need to decide whether they hold enough sentimental or monetary value beforehand. While mold is beneficial in nature, it can cause health effects in the house.
Time is limited when you experience flood damage to your home. SERVPRO of Merrimack is on call 24/7 to provide quick and efficient flood damage restoration services. Call us today at (603) 262-9293.

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Finding A Solution For Your Wet Merrimack Basement

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Sump Pumps Mitigate and Can Prevent Water Damage to Basements in Merrimack--SERVPRO Advice

In Merrimack Basements, Water and Moisture Removal Are in the Field of SERVPRO Expertise

You might think that your basement gets built like a fortress, impenetrable and sturdy. Well, possibly the when your Merrimack house got constructed, but time has a way of wearing things down and causing them to fail in areas. Once even small amounts of water can penetrate portions of your foundation, the passing fluid breaks away and erodes more and more of the mortar joints holding the blocks together. Soon the small amount of water that could find its way in has become quite a high volume. The hollow cells of the block can also hold and hide large amounts of water and moisture.
Before you know it, you desperately need help combatting the wet basement area of your Merrimack home. While initially, the shock of pooling water in your basement (or even just excessive dampness) might seem overwhelming, when you know whom to call to help, the task is anything but insurmountable.
Many people are unaware of how professional restoration services can help them to overcome trouble they might experience in their basements. Our SERVPRO technicians are concerned primarily about getting the area dried out and restoring the damage to vulnerable areas that have allowed for water penetration. The restoration job itself is not complete without providing lasting solutions to keep the same thing from happening again shortly.
While instances of flooding in your basement are best remedied with the use of equipment like sump pumps, preparing for this kind of gear is something that is also best left to professional outfits. Proper installation requires the flooring in the basement to be adequately graded to move water to the pump's location, even though most of the work that a sump pump does is removing water that pools along your home (or underneath it) and prevent it from getting into the basement.
In many cases, even with the source of the water damage handled by our SERVPRO technicians, it is advisable to utilize dehumidification equipment in the basement. This device pulls the moisture out of the air and can prevent compounding disasters like lingering water damage with fungal growth. Sufficient ventilation and a keen eye can prevent problems from occurring.
Finding the right solution for your wet basement is not a decision that you have to make alone. You can trust the experience and professionalism of the technicians we have at SERVPRO of Merrimack. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 by calling (603) 262-9293.

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The Appropriate Steps to Take When You Find Black Mold in Your Amherst Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Finding black mold in your home can be scary, but the professionals at SERVPRO are trained and equipped to remediate the damage.

Trust SERVPRO When You Are in Need of Mold Damage Remediation

Finding any mold growing in your Amherst home can be traumatic enough, but some typically generate a more immediate of a response. The truth is, nearly all kinds of mold are very similar to one another, the difference is how they present themselves in your home. With none of them being something that you want to leave to grow and thrive in your residence, you should be thinking about the right remediation team to call to help you set things right and remove the current mold colonies growing in the affected areas of your house.

When you discover black mold in your Amherst home, it is about as problematic as any other variety and should get handled entirely. Professional remediation services can help not only to remove the current colonies that are growing and thriving but also work to eliminate the source of the moisture necessary to feed the mold spores in the air and create the thriving organisms. Our SERVPRO team gets specially trained to handle black mold and any other variety of fungal growth, both to remove its colonies and to prevent the spores from spreading to new areas of your home.

Isolating the problem area is one of the first steps that our technicians take when we enter your home because it is critical that the problem does not get worse than it already is. This process gets accomplished through the use of negative air chambers around the affected area so that spores circulating through the air during the scrubbing of the damaged surfaces get neutralized and become unable to leave the vicinity.

Preventing the moisture is another critical component of the remediation process. While our dehumidification equipment can quickly pull the moisture from the air and resolve the immediate threat, locating the source of the moisture is an important step as well. This assessment helps to prevent future mold growth by repairing whatever damage exists which permits water and moisture to enter the environment.

As you can see, our experienced remediation specialists have the right focus and equipment to resolve your mold damage situation quickly and professionally. When you discover black mold or any other kind of damage to your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Merrimack. Our experienced team is available 24/7 at (603) 262-9293.

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Qualified Experts Providing Water Removal Services in Amherst

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

When your dishwasher overflows, it can be overwhelming to remedy the situation. Contact SERVPRO and let our team remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Dry Out Your Property Before Restoration Begins

One of the most common problems homeowners in Amherst face is a faulty dishwasher overflow. If this occurs in your home, it is imperative to call a professional water removal company who can make sure the water does not have an opportunity to penetrate your floor or walls.

Settling for a quick clean up job and having your washing machine replaced just hides a severe problem that you should never ignore. Should you experience a dishwasher overflow, there are a few things you can do to ensure a proper water removal occurs in your Amherst area home.

Remember, the flooded area is hazardous and can lead to injury. Avoid entering your kitchen to avoid unwanted problems, also, avoid touching the machine as you may cause further drainage. However, you can switch off the power supply at your electrical control panel by flicking a circuit breaker.

Calling a company, like SERVPRO, gives you access to the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to get the situation under control fast. We can help move furniture, carpeting, and other household items to prevent further damage and use water extractors to remove excess water quickly and efficiently returning your kitchen to normal.  
SERVPRO also provides air-movers and additional techniques that makes drying the affected area, easier. We can dry the entire space, and help you limit any losses you might experience as a result. Our technicians can also offer suggestions to help you avoid future overflows.  

SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified water removal specialists are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to provide you with quality water removal services you can count on to rectify water emergency situations that occur on your property. Never take the chance of leaving behind water that can cause future problems that affect the quality of life you and your family experience in your home.

Obtain access to qualified personnel from SERVPRO of Merrimack after experiencing any water intrusion in your home. Our company is locally owned, providing professionals who proudly serve members of our community including the Milford and Mt. Vernon areas. Our technicians provide expert water removal, cleaning, and restoration services you can trust. (603) 262-9293

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Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Milford Home

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rainfall can cause sewer pipes, underground drainage, and street drains to overflow.

You Can Rely on SERVPRO Professionals to Fully Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

Floods can sometimes develop slowly in Milford, allowing you to react. The most common kind of flood, overland flooding, happens when streams or rivers overflow their banks. Heavy rains can also cause water in sewer pipes, underground drainage, or street drains to exceed what they are made to carry normally. Flash floods can also occur, usually after very heavy rains and a levee or dam break. It is more dangerous because of the volume and speed, plus the water is usually filled with rocks and debris.

No matter the reason for flooding in your Milford home, flood damage has to be handled quickly to avoid additional damage being done. It is an overwhelming situation to be dealing with, so it is highly recommended that you allow our professionals at SERVPRO to help you get the water out of your home and dry it back out. We are experienced in flood damage remediation and can get the job done right.

We start a damage review as soon as we get to your property. Before we begin any work, we give you an estimate of the costs of restoration. We then work efficiently and quickly to begin removing the standing water with truck-mounted pumps. By doing this, mold growth is reduced, since this procedure speeds up the drying time.

It may look like your home is dry after massive amounts of water have been removed, but it is not dry yet. We might have to replace carpets, as well, to avoid additional damage to the subflooring. We use air movers, dehumidifiers and fans to speed up the drying process, and we are as thorough as possible to avoid mold growth. Any hidden water in your flooring, walls, or even ceiling is detected with moisture meters, hygrometers, or infrared cameras.

After flood damage, unpleasant odors can linger. We may need to extract these from furniture, upholstery, clothing or other possessions. We also include carpet cushions and carpeting, and clean everything with disinfecting and sanitizing products and treatments. Germs are eliminated with our antimicrobial treatments.

Lastly, we repair or rebuild damaged parts of your home with the help of other specialists we contact to help us.

SERVPRO of Merrimack makes sure to dry and clean your home in Amherst, Milford, or Mt. Vernon thoroughly after flood damage, plus make sure your home is sanitized, cleaned, and repaired if needed. Just give us a call at (603) 262-9293 anytime you need our assistance.

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Milford Residents Learn What to do Both Before and After Fire Damage Occurs

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

After your family is safe and the fire fighters have left, contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation efforts.

Professional Remediation Companies Like SERVPRO can Help You Before a Fire With Prevention Tips and After a Fire With Remediation and Restoration

Fire damage can occur in your Milford area home quickly, without warning. A simple mistake turned tragedy as you and your family flee from your burning home, hoping beyond hope that everyone survives.

Moving forward after disaster strikes your home takes guts, fire damage in Milford is no joke. Whether you experience a small kitchen fire or a full structure fire, the aftermath can be rather extensive, easily leaving you feeling hopeless and depressed. However, what you choose to do both before and after can make all of the difference in the length and success of your home's recovery.  

It is essential for you to prepare every member of your family for this type of emergency situation, regardless of how minimal the chances are that you may experience one yourselves. We can give you the tools necessary to understand which steps to take and help you prepare for incidents such as these.  

SERVPRO could perform a full inspection of your home, helping you locate potential problems and help prevent significant losses when tragedy strikes. The more you become aware of about your surroundings, exits, and safety equipment, the more likely you are to take the proper actions to protect your property.

By having a relationship with your local SERVPRO before experiencing a disaster you can take advantage of our READY PROGRAM. By developing an Emergency READY Profile, you obtain an immediate plan of action, understand what to expect in advance, and receive timely mitigation to circumstances that directly affect your restoration process.  

The SERVPRO READY PLAN APP is available for your phone, computer, laptop, tablet or alternative multi-media device. With it, we can help you prepare, provide a no-cost assessment of your property, allow you to share critical information needed in the event of an emergency and help you minimize the amount of time needed to return to your home.

Learn more about what SERVPRO of Merrimack has available to help you overcome extreme situations that may occur in your home, call today. (603) 262-9293

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Restoring Water Damages to Your Mt. Vernon Apartment Building

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can quickly affect several properties at the same time in an apartment building due to all the rooms and areas being connected.

Help Keep Tenants Safe By Calling SERVPRO When Water Damage Affects Your Apartment Buildings

Your Mt. Vernon apartment building is home to several families that directly count on you to handle problems as they arise. As the owner of the building and landlord to those leasing properties inside, most of the maintenance and upkeep of the facility falls to you directly or to whomever you choose as a subcontractor for the tasks. You might not always be in preventative maintenance mode on your building, but failure to keep up with the plumbing inside can create some costly problems for you.

Water damage to your Mt. Vernon building can happen in several ways. You can have a compromised roof that buckles under the weight of heavy snowfall and ice that has not melted away. Appliances like washing machines in a central location for tenant use can overflow or malfunction. Pipes can freeze and burst, or just become too old to handle the fluctuating pressures and disconnect. Any of these scenarios can result in water damage to the building, but not only this, you have to clean the mess quickly before it affects the families living in the building directly.

Since all of the rooms and areas connect via walls, ceilings, or floors, it is not hard to see how a water emergency might quickly affect several properties at the same time. In these situations, restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team can significantly reduce the damage that could occur and work fast to restore what has already happened.

Locating the source of the problem is the first step in our SERVPRO technician’s initial assessment of the situation. If the problem was the plumbing, the water gets turned off to that section until the plumbing can get repaired. A hole in the roof can be boarded up or tarped to prevent further element interference while the restoration occurs and the area is getting prepped for reconstruction.

With so many families and tenants to think about in your Mt. Vernon apartment building, call the restoration specialists that you can trust. SERVPRO of Merrimack has an emergency response team that is available 24/7 to handle any water emergency that you might have. Give us a call today at (603) 262-9293.

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Removing Mold Damage in Amherst from Different Spots and Environments

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Mold from Porous Surfaces in Amherst Homes Can Be Difficult--Call on SERVPRO for Remediation

Varying Steps for Different Mold Infestations Is Key to a Great Remediation

When SERVPRO technicians begin to remove mold spores, growth, and material from your home, they must go through a lengthy and intensive process to ensure that they do the job right. Without thorough work, the mold may still run rampant throughout the home and require additional treatments in the future. We make it a point to properly clean up mold damage in your Amherst home the first time through a multifaceted, complex, and carefully planned approach. While each situation may have different details, we usually must treat an infestation in these three ways.

Air Filtration
One of the most crucial parts of the SERVPRO process of mold damage remediation in Amherst is air filtration. Most mature colonies release millions of microscopic spores into the air that can circulate inside your home and spread to other rooms. While removing every one of these spores is impossible, "scrubbing" all but a few is a standard process in many mold damage cases. We utilize HEPA vacuums and other high-end industrial tools to eliminate as many airborne spores as possible, as quickly as possible. The use of negative air pressure equipment greater enhances this effort.
Removing Mold from Surfaces
Mold attached to a surface in your home such as a floor, wall, or ceiling must be approached differently from a fungus on movable objects. Here, we cannot usually move the surface in question, and must instead utilize specialized treatments and tools such as high-powered UV lights to kill the colony and safely remove it from a surface. Once all visible growth is gone, we then sanitize the area to kill off spores still in the area.
Objects and Furniture
Objects that can be moved and carefully treated are often subjected to a different treatment regimen than structural damage sites. Our technicians are trained in many different cleaning techniques to give different objects ideal care and attention. In some cases, we may also bring in a specialist to evaluate and work on sensitive objects such as artwork.

SERVPRO of Merrimack is a local provider of expert mold damage remediation and restoration services. Call us any time of day or night at (603) 262-9293.

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Trusted Fire Damage Restoration Services for Residents of Milford

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians respond quickly and act fast to restore your home after fire damage leaving it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Different Types of Fire Damage and the Procedures Needed to Clean Them

Cleaning up your property after experiencing a fire damage incident can be stressful since you might not have the right tools and expertise. As a resident of Milford, you need to learn the various options when faced with such an incident. One of the recommended steps to take is hiring professionals to restore and clean your property. In fact, you are advised to contact them as soon as the disaster strikes.

Communication is essential when dealing with fire damage incidents in Milford. That is why a licensed service provider like SERVPRO highlights the various steps it takes when restoring your property. The first thing that our technicians do is to analyze the type of fire and the level of the damage. The kind of damage is what determines the restoration procedure that we use to restore your property.

Before the restoration can start, we address the safety concerns of the site. Apart from checking whether there is any danger posed by the building's electrical system, we inspect whether the ceilings, walls, roofs and other such areas are intact. Since the combustion process produces smoke and soot, we fully understand the theory of fire and that helps us when choosing the right procedures when doing the restoration.

Dependent on the residues that are left behind after the fire, we can decide to use fluids or air to remove them. If the residues are dry and loosely attached to the surface, then our IICRC-certified technicians might choose to vacuum the target area. When the residues have mixed with moisture and removing them by vacuuming is not possible, we can dissolve them using a cleaning agent and later on flush and rinse the surface.

Once our SERVPRO team has cleaned your property, deodorization then follows to address any odors that might be present. We also dispose of the residues as per the local and state requirements.

SERVPRO of Merrimack is an experienced service provider that offers storm, water, fire and mold damage restoration services. Call us today at (603) 262-9293 to learn more about our professional services.  

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Problems Caused By Flood Damage That An Amherst Property Might Experience

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Various events can cause flooding in our area, but we help many homeowners when they encounter such disastrous circumstances.

Problems Caused By Flood Damage

Weather-related damages that an Amherst home might suffer range from slight warping of framed screens or missing shingles on a roof to massive flooding throughout the entire home. Various events can cause flooding in our area, but we help many homeowners when they encounter such disastrous circumstances.

Amherst homes can suffer flood damage whenever nearby bodies of water overflow. The Souhegan River can push water along smaller streams, and copious amounts of snow can melt quickly and then flow downhill into residential areas.

SERVPRO can help your family, and your home, after any type of flooding event. Flood damage requires a proper and prompt response to prevent the spread of destruction and disease. Our employees receive extensive training that results in the attainment of IICRC certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). These certificates ensure that our technicians know and understand how a flood can affect your home, and the proper mitigation methods to use to rectify the damage.

No matter where the water came from, we can get it removed and restore your home's dryness once again. Working as a team, we work as quickly as possible to

    •    clear your home of debris (pathogens to mud, sand, and silt to larger items)

    •    remove materials that we cannot restore (carpets and warped or buckling materials)

    •    sanitize your home's surfaces

    •    combat the development of odors.

We must remove anything that can hold moisture from your home. Moisture allows microbes to flourish, and this can cause severe problems for your family home. Soil and mud, as well as carpeting, padding, drywall, insulation, and other now-saturated materials, can all create the perfect environment for mold, mildew, bacteria and other pathogens. Removing these items removes the water and these microorganisms' chance to thrive. Other items, such as broken shards of glass, twisted metal, and broken boards, can pose safety risks.

After we begin restoring the dryness your home requires, we can concentrate on sanitizing your home. Wiping down surfaces, including walls and shelves and removing caked and dried on mud around door frames makes your home ready for your return. Deodorizing the living area, so you do not experience the dank smell that many floods leave behind helps your family quickly recover from the flooding event and move forward. Our goal is to help make everything “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Merrimack has the dedicated professionals who can restore your home after any degree of flood damage. SERVPRO is always available to answer your call at our local number. Contact us, 24/7, 365 days a year, at (603) 262-9293, for our 24-hour, round-the-clock services.

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Commercial Water Damage from a Leaky Refrigerator in Your Amherst Deli

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

If you notice a leak in your commercial kitchen, call SERVPRO immediately to assess and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Thoroughly Dries Your Commercial Space after Water Damage

Leaks in your commercial kitchen are not always indicative of a sink or dishwasher leak. A refrigerator that is faulty in your Amherst deli can be to blame, even if there is no water maker or an ice dispenser. A puddle of water inside or underneath the fridge indicates a problem which needs attention right away. Not only can it slow down your operations, but it can also halt them altogether if you do not have a properly working refrigerator to keep your foods fresh.

Commercial water damage is a serious problem since it creates a loss of money when you have to close up shop for a time or slow down operations. You rely on your Amherst deli to provide you with your daily living expenses, so you should contact us at SERVPRO right away if you realize you have a broken fridge. 

Most water damage we encounter comes from defective appliances or broken water pipes. These problems can flood your business fairly quickly, especially if you are not present when it begins. The amount of water that the leak puts into your building is significant, along with the source of the water.

With a leaking refrigerator, the water is clean, or category one. Clean water is treated water which does not contain waste products, so it is safe to work with and around. 

Once we have the source of the leak fixed and the standing water extracted, it is time to dry your structure out again. Using air movers positioned for optimal drying, we can have your shop dried back out quickly. SERVPRO technicians are trained on airflow and how the machines need to be placed so that the air is circulating in a circular pattern to dry the structure evenly.

For trying to dry areas, ventilation is essential. Walls are the most common areas that require ventilation. Slight wicking of water on walls near the baseboard is standard but does not necessarily mean water is inside the walls.

We remove the baseboards if water is inside the walls. We then drill a 1 ½” hole between each stud in the wall at the level of the baseboard. The holes are drilled through one side of the wall, so air is forced up into the wall cavities as it enters. We force air into the wall by attaching an air mover to a wall venting system.

SERVPRO of Merrimack ensures your building is thoroughly dry again before leaving the job. Businesses in the areas of Mt. Vernon, Merrimack, or Milford should call us right away at (603) 262-9293 if you have a water damage emergency.

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Expert Cleaning & Restoration Services To Battle Fire Damage In Your Amherst Home

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

No matter how severe the fire damage may be, our SERVPRO team will be here to help your home get back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO Has The Expertise and Experience To Restore Your Amherst Home

The smoke generated by a fire in your Amherst area home can produce far more damage than the flames of the fire itself. Heat creates swirling plumes of smoke that stain your walls, driving smoke to other rooms, leaving soot and debris on a variety of unprotected surfaces.

Each surface in your Amherst home affected by smoke receives ongoing fire damage long after the flames are out. Depending on the surface, smoke residues eat away at protective coatings, eventually making contact with and damaging the material underneath. Without extensive knowledge, training, and specialized equipment, treating each surface can be somewhat tricky, leading to losses you might otherwise have avoided.

Making the call to SERVPRO gives you access to IICRC-industry certified technicians with vast knowledge and experience treating and cleaning a variety of surfaces found in your home.

We safely restore plastic, wood, metal, and fabric items regularly, giving you the ability to limit any losses you experience after a fire occurs on your property. By using chemical-sponges, EPA-registered disinfectants and other devices at our disposal, our cleaning technicians can save many items you thought lost forever.

SERVPRO cleaning and deodorization technicians help return the contents of your home to a quality pre-damage condition. We remove stains, smudges, and blemishes on many types of materials using advanced cleaning methods and equipment. Our technicians use various methods to remove deeply seeded smoke odors that linger forever without the proper treatment; we help remove these odors and help improve your indoor air quality after an event.

SERVPRO technicians are available throughout the area 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, regardless of when tragedy strikes. We have an entire Green Fleet, stocked, and ready to respond to your call for help. You can count on us to deliver quality, efficient services that repair, restore, or even rebuild, using technicians qualified in every aspect of household restoration.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack for full-service solutions to emergency situations that may occur on your property, or schedule your home’s initial inspection, today. (603) 262-9293

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Why You Need Professional Help in Dealing with Mold Damage to Your Amherst Property

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Patches on Your Amherst Home's Wall and Carpet? Call SERVPRO for Remediation and Restoration

SERVPRO Provides Remediation to Mold Infestations

Dealing with mold damage can be stressful for any homeowner in Amherst. Damp weather, flood or water damage can form a conducive environment for the mold to grow and thrive right under your nose. Mold can quickly spread if you do not act fast wreaking havoc on your property and can adversely affect your health as well.
Considering seeking professional help as soon as you spot signs of mold damage on your Amherst property. If left untreated, mold can quickly spread to various areas of your home causing a wide-spread damage that can be a nightmare to restore. Here are some reasons you are better off seeking professional help for mold remediation.
1. It is easy to spread mold: If you are not careful, you can quickly spread the mold in your entire house trying to clean it in no time. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained to contain the mold damage to the affected areas. We use containment barriers and other precautions to minimize the spread of the contamination.

2. Eliminating the moisture is the key: Mold thrives in damp and moist places. If you do not remove the moisture entirely, the spores in the air can cause secondary growth. Here at SERVPRO, we use powerful dehumidifying equipment to eliminate moisture and restore the humidity to pre-damage levels. Our professionals also use various moisture sensing equipment to ensure that the moisture level of the affected areas is under control even after the completion of the whole process. Our AMRT technicians can ensure proper drying and moisture elimination.  

3. Disposing of the contaminated material: Disposal of the contaminated material such as drywall, carpet or studs safely is critical to limit the spread the infestation. SERVPRO professionals have training and experience in proper handling and disposal of the mold contamination. If you try a DIY approach, chances are, you might end up spreading the mold to new places and worsen the situation.

Seeking professional help for mold remediation is essential. Professionals have the required training, technical skills, and experience that make mold remediation sometimes easy and fast but always safe.
Call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262 9293 today to schedule an appointment. Talk to our experts to learn more about strategies for mold remediation that meet your needs.

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Cleaning Up Fire Damage After a Fire from an Electric Blanket in Milford

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to follow the safety guidelines when using a heated blanket in order to prevent fire damage to your home.

The Different Techniques Used to Remove Fire Damage from Your Home

Electric blankets are great for keeping you warm and toasty in the coming cold months in Milford. However, they can also cause fires if they are not appropriately used or well-maintained. If you choose to use it all night long, you must ensure the blanket is equipped with thermostatic controls for safety. When not in use, the blanket should be stored flat to prevent overheating from damage to the internal wiring.

If an electric blanket has caused a fire and fire damage in your home in Milford, you have various levels and types of damage left behind to deal with. Rather than trying to do the cleanup on your own, contact our professionals at SERVPRO, who have the knowledge and training needed to deal with all types of damages from a fire.

In fire damage restoration, our cleaning process must break the bond between the soils and surfaces they adhere to. The actions we use to loosen soils include mechanical action, lubrication, chemical action, and suspension and dispersion.

Often, agitation is an effective method to dislodge soils from surfaces they are attached to. When smoke residues adhere to surfaces, using mechanical action before other cleaning actions can be successful. We use mechanical action as an initial step to pre-clean excess dry, non-greasy residues from a surface before putting either water-based or solvent-based cleaning products.

The action of making something slippery is lubrication. Our goal here is to break the connection between the soil and surface by making soils slide into the cleaning solution.

Chemical actions happen when a substance chemically changes or alters another substance. Many times, a SERVPRO tech applies a cleaning product to alter some residue chemically. The changes made to the residues let us remove them from a material or surface.

The most common cleaning action is loosening soils, then suspending and dispersing them in a cleaning product. Then we extract soils along with the cleaning product. Suspension occurs when a soil dissolves in a cleaning product it mixes with, or when soils emulsify in a cleaning product they do not mix with.

After a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Merrimack can be trusted to thoroughly clean and repair the damages. If you reside in the areas of Amherst, Milford, or Merrimack, you can reach us by dialing (603) 262-9293.

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When Flood Damage Restoration Needs Special Equipment to Be Completed in Amherst

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup and Water Removal in Amherst

Standing Water Requires Special Removal and Drying Services

Torrential rainfalls are a common occurrence in Amherst during the rainy seasons. While they are a blessing in their own way, they can also cause significant losses to local homeowners. The resultant floods can sweep cars and other items away, and even compromise the structural integrity of your home.

At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly experienced technicians that are specifically trained for flood damage restoration projects in Amherst. Our tools and techniques are chosen according to IICRC guidelines, ensuring that the cleanup process goes smoothly and efficiently. Our goal is to restore your property to its original state as best as possible, "Like it never even happened."
There are many pieces of flood damage restoration equipment required to complete the job correctly. This field is complex and takes a lot of expertise and technology to do right. Before entering the site, SERVPRO workers must wear special clothing to protect themselves. Additionally, we must bring tools and heavy equipment for removing moisture from the air and drying out the interior.
Disinfectants and chemical cleaners are also useful in flood damage restoration, as well as moisture detection devices for spotting problem areas. In cases of severe water damage, SERVPRO technicians may use certain demolition tools to remove compromised materials quickly. These include axes and sledgehammers. In other cases, we may use a pressure washer to clean out the areas that sustained significant flood damage.
Natural floods can cause three types of flood damage. If the water comes from a sanitary source, it belongs to category 1 and does not require protective clothing most of the time. It is not common to have uncontaminated water post flooding. If it has some contaminants, it is placed in category 2. The third category refers to any standing water that is thoroughly contaminated. In any case, it is always best to include protective clothing in a restoration equipment kit.
To this end, SERVPRO professionals use PPE (personal protective equipment) that consists of safety goggles, rubber boots, rubber gloves, full body protective gear, and a respirator designed for areas with high moisture levels. The respirator, in particular, is important because it prevents our technicians from inhaling airborne contaminants, such as mold, during the restoration process.
If you find yourself in a flood damage situation, SERVPRO of Merrimack has got you covered. We offer 24/7 emergency services to residents and neighboring towns to ease the stress of floods and other natural events. Call us today at (603) 262-9293.

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Water Removal from Your Wood Flooring in Amherst

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

Drying out wood flooring properly requires expertise that our certified technicians possess. Contact SERVPRO to begin drying out and restoring.

Team SERVPRO Removes Water From Your Property Quickly and Efficiently for Best Results

When you have had flooding of any kind, particularly over wooden flooring, in your Amherst home, it is essential that you get the water extracted right away. The longer it remains, the more damage is done to your floor. Wood contains moisture naturally, but it expands when it absorbs excess moisture, and the boards can start to warp. Eventually, buckling can take place, and if the moisture remains long enough, you must replace your floor.
When needed, water removal in your Amherst home needs to be done right away. The best thing to do is to trust the professionals at SERVPRO to help you, rather than trying to do it yourself. Our staff has the tools and knowledge to efficiently take care of the problem quickly and save your wood floors.
We waste no time after arriving at your home in extracting the water. If there is any carpeting over it, it must be removed first, along with the padding. Finished wood flooring sometimes returns to its usual shape once drying is done and can be restored. Your floors should not be sanded until they are totally dry since drying continues and could cause the floor to expand or contract further.
SERVPRO techs may need to put dehumidifiers or air movers in the area to ensure that the floor is dried completely. Then, the floor can be refinished and/or sanded. We use a nonpenetrating moisture meter to find any wet areas, and Teflon coated probes of a penetrating moisture meter to figure out how much moisture content is in the layers at the wettest point. We explain all our procedures first, so you know what we are doing and why.
Our machines for drying are checked on daily to make sure they are drying the floor properly. We may need to reposition them to get the most efficient drying time.
SERVPRO of Merrimack is well-trained in drying your wooden floors after a flooding incident. If you reside in the areas of Amherst, Milford, or Merrimack, give us a call right away at (603) 262-9293.
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Removing Mold From A Wet Basement In Merrimack

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

A wet basement in a Merrimack home can also result in mold growth.

Mold Removal From A Wet Basement

A little water in the home can be unpleasant, but it can also cause structural and personal property damage if ignored. Merrimack residents can find themselves with an expensive repair and restoration bill unless they act quickly.

A wet basement in a Merrimack home can also result in mold growth. Since the air in most basements is cooler and moister than the rest of a house, it is a perfect breeding ground for a mold infestation. To stop and remove it, SERVPRO lowers the humidity and clean visible mold from surfaces.

We set-up a dehumidifier to reduce the air moisture content. Once it is down to normal levels, mold spores return to an inactive state and no longer pose a threat. With that achieved, our technicians use a chemical cleaner, sponges, and cloths to remove any mold we find. If the growth is very thick in some places, we may use a specially designed vacuum with a HEPA filter. This filter is designed specifically to remove and trap mold spores.

The best way to stop mold, of course, is to prevent it. Since mold only needs a small amount of moisture to expand and grow, SERVPRO technicians look for the smallest source. The most common ones are drips from damaged or unprotected pipes and seepage from outside the home.

Even a finished basement usually has exposed pipes overhead. A leak from a cracked connection invariably drips water onto support beams where it helps mold spores expand and begin to feed on the wood. The same occurs when exposed pipe drip condensation. Our technicians can fix these connection issues in just an hour or two and wrap insulation around an exposed pipe in a matter of minutes.

Seepage is hard to find and requires an inch-by-inch inspection of the basement walls. We seal any cracks we find with a special, hydraulic cement and then cover the basement walls with a layer of masonry cement. Both applications are excellent barriers against leaks with the second one being completely waterproof.

If you suspect there is mold in your basement, or you want to prepare it against a future threat, contact us today. SERVPRO of Merrimack has decades of experience protecting homes in New Hampshire and is ready to help you. Call (603) 262-9293 today.

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Drying and Sealing a Wet Basement in Merrimack

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to thoroughly inspect your basement for water damage and seal it to prevent flood damage.

Preventing Flood Damage in Your Basement

Fall is here now, and it is time to check basements for leaks and seepage. Merrimack has been fortunate this year when it comes to weather, but that does not mean it is OK to skip regular inspections and maintenance.

Dealing with a wet basement in Merrimack is not the worst disaster to work through, but it can still be a nuisance at best and an expensive nuisance at worst. SERVPRO has the know-how to not just clean and dry your basement, but to help you stop future water intrusions as well.

A wet basement usually has two sources: a leaky pipe draining into the basement or seepage coming in from outside the foundation. Our technicians are trained to remove and replace most interior leaks. We can accomplish this within a few hours while major leaks or pipe replacement could take a day or two. Once we stop the source of water, we use water extraction wands to remove water trapped in carpets or cracks on the floor. As we perform this task, other members of the restoration team set up dehumidifiers to dry the surrounding air.

When the water is coming in from the outside, we recommend two options, depending on the type of basement. If the area has a dirt floor, we recommend encapsulation. With this process, SERVPRO technicians seal the floor with polyester mesh reinforcing polyethylene sheets. This water vapor barrier is very effective at preventing moisture bleeding up from the ground. We secure the sheets to the walls of the basement using either two-sided, foundation tape or a polyurethane caulk. If needed, we also install a frame along the bottom of the walls for extra support.

If the basement has a concrete floor, then we recommend waterproofing. Our IICRC-certified technicians seal every crack and seam in the basement with hydraulic cement. It forms a near perfect barrier against leaks. Once it is dry, we apply masonry cement over the entire surface of the basement walls. The coating itself is waterproof and forms a very efficient seal against cracks too small to see and seepage that can come in between cement blocks and mortar.

Regardless of the type of basement, SERVPRO also recommends sealing the outside walls. We dig out around the foundation, clean the walls, and then coat them with a thick layer of commercial grade liquid rubber. It is an excellent sealant, even in extreme weather, and does not leak unless the foundation somehow cracks or the house shifts off of the pad.

With any disaster, the best way to stop it is to prevent it from happening. SERVPRO of Merrimack is ready to help you seal your basement from future water intrusions and to remove any water that could be in your basement now. For more information or to schedule an inspection, call us today at (603) 262-9293.

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SERVPRO Restoration & GreenSky Financing Available for Merrimack

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Merrimack Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO Restoration and GreenSky Lending Services

Merrimack Homeowners Turn to SERVPRO for Restoration and GreenSky for Lending

If you have recently suffered through a flood, fire, or mold infestation, we understand that the only thing worrying you as much as restoring your home is how you are going to pay for it. Fortunately, we have some good news.

SERVPRO has recently partnered with the GreenSky lending company to help you put your Merrimack home back together. We take the burden of removing mold, water, and fire damage off your shoulders while our new partner lifts the financial concern.
We sought out this solution after assisting customers who tried to save money by doing the demolition, cleaning, and restoration themselves. In every case, the homeowners or residents simply added to the problem and found themselves with a larger bill; sometimes much larger.
GreenSky has processed over $8 Billion of installment loans to home and business owners who need help to put their property back to its original state. This Atlanta based lending business specializes in restoration based installment loans and has developed a system that lets them process the loans quicker than most other lenders. Depending on your need and qualification, you may get up to $55,000 to cover restoration costs.
Our office personnel have recently completed GreenSky’s financial and software training and can help you however you may want to make your application. The program provides us with several options: In our office, over the phone with GreenSky or filling out an online form that can be processed in just a few minutes while you sit in our waiting room.
The third option is an incredible mobile app. With it, one of our trained technicians can take your information at your residence or business and have you approved for an installment loan before we finish unloading our equipment. Within an hour or two, we can have you set up with an 84 to 96, month loan (7 or 8 years) at a payment that can be as low as $79 a month.
Once approved for a loan, there is no need to use it immediately. GreenSky knows that the restoration process takes time and gives you four months to use it. That gives you the breathing room you need to make the right decisions on repairing your home and whether to restore or replace your personal property.
At SERVPRO of Merrimack, we do everything possible to keep costs to a minimum, but costs can still run into a year’s salary very quickly. For more information on what we can do for your home and how GreenSky can help, call us at (603) 262-9293 or visit us at http://www.SERVPROmerrimack.com.

Preventing Fire and Fire Damage from Matches in Mt. Vernon

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mt. Vernon and Fire Damage Are No Match for SERVPRO Restoration

SERVPRO Is Ready for Restoration Following Fire Damaging Occurrences

Humans are fascinated by fire. This fascination can, unfortunately, happen at a young age, especially when a child has access to matches or a lighter. The leading cause of deaths by fire for young children is children playing with fire. What are the dangers in Mt. Vernon of children playing with matches?
House fires and fire damage in Mt. Vernon are one concern when it comes to children playing with matches. Your home can easily catch fire if a matchstick meets materials which are flammable like carpeting, clothing, newspapers, or draperies. These fires have the capability of trapping your family inside, leading to smoke inhalation and burns, and in the worst-case death.
When your home has suffered through fire, our SERVPRO staff can help you put your home back together again. We are professionally trained, and IICRC certified to clean up damage from fire, including damage done by firefighters.

Many fires started by children playing with matches are lit outside. Windy or dry conditions can turn quickly into a huge fire, especially if it is near forests or dry brush. Children are often not knowledgeable on how to put the fire out while it is still small enough to be contained, and might not report the fire, so they do not get in trouble.
Having open communication with your children about playing with matches and fires is essential in preventing these accidents from happening. Children should be taught that lighters and matches are not toys, and should only be handled by adults. Once they grow old enough to use matches, show them how to use them appropriately and to dispose of them after they are blown out. Lighters and matches should never be readily available to children.
When an accident does happen, SERVPRO is the one to contact. We have the tools and knowledge to be able to clean up and repair the damages done to your home after the fire is out.
Please do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Merrimack after a fire. The longer you wait, the more damage can occur from soot and smoke residues, so give us a call at (603) 262-9293 if you reside in the areas of Amherst, Milford, or Merrimack.

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Duct Work Maintenance in Merrimack Pays for Itself

9/2/2017 (Permalink)

Duct and Exhaust Maintenance Keep Businesses Hot or Not in Merrimack

SERVPRO Can Inspect, Clean, and Prepare Your HVAC Commercial System for the Winter Months Ahead

As the months finally start to cool, the HVAC duct work for every New Hampshire business needs inspection and maintenance. Lower temperatures at night in Merrimack mean that the metal duct walls begin to contract and expand with the changing seasons. Gaps form at the joints, and restraining brackets start to loosen.

Winterizing the duct work in your Merrimack business is usually a fairly quick process and saves money in heating costs every month. SERVPRO technicians are trained and have extensive experience in maintaining and repairing HVAC ducts; depending on the size and amount involved, we can inspect and repair each system over several days. For large warehouse or industrial facilities, our work crews can still get the job done in a week or less. Industrial structures that utilize furnaces for heating large volumes, puff back is always waiting to happen. Maintenance can keep your business in business.

In most cases, the repairs are relatively straightforward. To relieve pressure on the duct joints, our technicians tighten up the brackets holding the duct work in place. If the screws are beginning to pull out of the wood, we drill new holes and reset them. If tightening the ducts does not completely close the gaps, we bend the edges back into place, so the sections join tightly. For larger systems, it may be cheaper to replace the bent section than to spend time trying to repair it.

It is not just the cost savings that are important. If an interior wall is not heated properly, the bitter cold, we experience in January and February can freeze an inside pipe or flexible water line. When they burst or split, the flooding can quickly cause thousands of dollars in repair and restoration costs. If the spill happens over a weekend, business owners can open their doors on Monday to a disaster that may shut down their business for days or weeks.

Cooling temperatures mean that the HVAC system is dormant for many hours. It is the perfect time to contact us here at SERVPRO of Merrimack to inspect your duct work for maintenance and repair. To schedule an inspection, call us at (603) 262-9293 today.

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Get Help Turning The Wet Basement Of Your Amherst Home Into A Fully-Utilized Space

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Basement Floods in Amherst, Call SERVPRO for Emergency Water Extraction and Cleanup

Your Amherst Basement Is Restored to Functionality with SERVPRO's Help

Wet basements occur in roughly 60% of all Amherst area homes, at one point you have had, or are going to have a problem with water or moisture in your basement. It can ruin the space, regardless of whether you use it for storage, or have taken the time to turn it into a fully-livable area. When you ignore moisture, it can eventually saturate your framework, lead to corrosion, mold, and rot.

There are a few hurdles that make it tough to reclaim a wet basement in your Amherst home. However, with the help of a quality restoration company, you can rectify the situation. So, before you get trapped in a problematic situation that has you replacing carpeting, drywall, furniture, and other belongings, on a regular basis, think about these helpful hints that make dealing with moisture, easier.

Take the time to have a professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your basement for common problems. A trained eye can spot more, and we have the equipment to help locate hidden moisture that might cause problems in the future. All it takes is moist air circulating through the area, making contact with cool foundation walls, or uninsulated piping to create a clammy, uninviting atmosphere.

By controlling the humidity levels and condensation that enters your basement, you can avoid issues that create wet carpeting, or rust, and corrosion to appliances. You need to ensure that the area has enough ventilation and in some cases, install a dehumidifier that helps reduce the relative humidity, keeping your basement nice and dry. Water-proofing applied materials to the exterior, even below grade, can help prevent the intrusion of ground water.

Our professional technicians at SERVPRO can help you seal cracks in your foundation walls that allow ground water to seep in, install proper ventilation, and dehumidifiers that contribute to maintaining a quality environment.

SERVPRO technicians can also make repairs to your roof flashing, gutters, and downspouts that allow rain runoff to enter the area. We use waterproofing products designed to keep runoff away from your home and can go as far as improving the grading of your property, or install additional drainage, backflow valves, or even submersible pumps if necessary.  

Stop suffering from constant water problems in your basement, give SERVPRO of Merrimack a call, today. (603) 262-9293\

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Call SERVPRO for Water Removal From Your Amherst Boutique’s Carpet

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage spoil the look of your boutique. Have SERVPRO of speed dial to handle any water damage emergency quickly to reduce problems.

Our Trained Technicians Follow a Proven Water Damage Restoration Process After a Disaster Event on Your Commercial Property

As a boutique owner, you know that creating a feeling of warmth and luxury for your customers is important. You have likely spent a long time getting your premises decorated and furnished to make just the right first impression. That is why water damage is so frustrating. It only takes one broken pipe or big storm to harm your premises and leave you unable to serve your customers.
Many boutiques have beautiful carpet that is part of the ambiance. In the event of commercial water damage to your Amherst boutique, water removal is likely at the forefront of your mind. After all, you do not want to pay out for a whole new carpet if you can avoid it.
Is it possible to save a rug from water damage? The good news is that yes, in many cases floor coverings can be saved if you call SERPVRO quickly so we can get to work straight away.
In our many years of experience, we have found that the key to successful carpet restoration is to remove as much water as possible before we start the drying process. We equip our IICRC-certified technicians with free standing, truck mounted, and submersible pumps that are capable of handling even high volumes of water. Our first step is to use the pumps to remove as much water as we can.
After we pump water out of the premises, we turn out attention to more in depth water extraction. We are always mindful of the risk of delamination during water removal. Delamination occurs when primary and secondary carpet backing become separated. It is much harder to save a carpet once delamination occurs.
We train our teams to extract water carefully and thoroughly. Careful extraction reduces the risk of damage. Thorough extraction makes drying quicker and easier and increases the chances of restoring your carpet to its former glory after water removal. We use tools such as wands to draw water out, and we make multiple passes to ensure we capture as much moisture as possible.
After extraction is complete, we turn our minds to drying. We use a combination of carefully positioned air movers and fans to encourage evaporation and dry out your carpet. We also use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity in your boutique and hasten the drying process.
Do not pay to replace your boutique carpet quite yet. Instead, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for help and advice.

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Fight Mold, Mildew, and Rot - Get Mold Remediation Services For Your Amherst Area Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold and mildew can show up quickly on your wall. Call us at SERVPRO when you first notice the damage and we'll come out to investigate the source.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training and the Equipment to Handle Mold Damage on Your Property

Mold and mildew growing in your attic, walls, or crawl spaces do quite a bit of damage to unprotected wood and building materials. If left unattended, mold can lead to rotten wood, affecting the structural integrity of your home.  
Discovering mold damage in your Amherst home is hardly the end. Never panic before having your home inspected by an expertly trained mold remediation specialist. Proceeding alone can cost you, especially when you remove materials or items that are restorable.  
Wet, warm, humid areas allow mold and mildew to grow rapidly, causing spotty outbreaks, black mildew, and mold colonies to appear. However, SERVPRO technicians can help you understand how far mold and mildew penetrate into each material and provide you with recommendations that reduce the costs of your restoration considerably.
Attempting to clean and disinfect areas affected by mold and mildew alone presents its own set of challenges. You need the right chemicals and how you clean, or handle things has a direct impact on the amount of contamination you endure. It is easy to do things wrong, causing you to spread growth to other areas not already affected.  
If you have had recent construction or repairs of any kind during a period of wet weather, it is easy for moisture to become trapped in your walls. Without the proper training, workers may assume that as long as wet lumber resides inside, it can dry on its own. When in fact the trapped moisture causes mold and mildew to grow.  
Without the proper equipment, it can be hard to get wood to dry out properly. SERVPRO gives you access to air movers, dryers, and an array of attachments that make reaching these areas easier. Our technicians also use infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers to ensure removal of every drop of water.  
SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency services, making us available when you need us to tackle damages in your home. We have several years of experience, top-quality technicians, and equipment to suit any size situation.
Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack to schedule your initial inspection, or begin your mold remediation, today. (603) 262-9293

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Limiting Loss For Local Amherst Veterinary Clinic

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Continue caring for your pet clients in a clean, great smelling office by calling SERVPRO when you have a fire on the premesis.

Our Trained SERVPRO Technicians Focus on Recovery and Not Just Replacement

Modern small animal clinics feature a growing array of electronic equipment to diagnose and treat their patients. As with other electricity-powered machines, veterinary medical tools have the potential to start fires through improperly wired connections or faulty or overloaded circuits. No matter the cause, SERVPRO restores your animal hospital after a fire.
One of the diagnostic devices catches fire, and commercial fire damage spreads through your Amherst veterinary clinic. Unfortunately for you and your patients, smoldering wiring ends office hours. Your staff stopped the fire quickly with a chemical extinguisher, but a thick and unpleasant smelling smoke moved throughout your facility, including surgical suites and recovery areas. Our highly-qualified technicians know how to clean up the fire residues completely and safely, and restore fresh ventilation so that your business of caring for animals continues.
The SERVPRO crew arrives and ensures the clinic HVAC system halts operation. Our experts inspect the ductwork and arrange for a thorough cleaning, removing as much soot as possible using brushes and powerful vacuums. Areas impossible to clean are sealed using professional products and techniques learned in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) approved courses all our workers attend.
Surfaces covered with smoky and chemical extinguisher residues receive treatment appropriate to the characteristics of the coating deposited by the fire. Our crews use a systematic approach, spraying and wiping away the debris or carefully employing abrasive methods when the soot is sticky and difficult to remove. We understand your exam and treatment rooms must be sanitized, and your boarding kennels, offices, and lobby spaces require a restoration to preloss condition.
SERVPRO deodorization experts use one or more strategies to eliminate smoky smells. Animals are sensitive to the disturbing aroma left after a fire, necessitating comprehensive deodorization. We recommend removal of the damaged equipment's wiring as a first step and then use airborne deodorants. Thermal fogging, a procedure that requires a certified technician to complete, replicates the way the odors first pervaded and neutralizes them.
The medications and foods your office stocked before the fire are likely to be compromised by the smoke damage. We work with your insurer to make hard decisions about the supplies and treatments to be discarded. Our pledge is to have you back to caring for the community’s pet population swiftly.
SERVPRO of Merrimack helps you sort out the challenges an equipment fire poses for your veterinary practice. Call us at (603) 262-9293 as soon as your clinic is cleared by local authorities for fire restoration work.

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Dealing With Mold Damage in Amherst

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can infest your home. SERVPRO can help get the situation under control with a certified process.

SERVPRO's Four Step Process is Effective for Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold spores are in every home in New Hampshire. They are harmless most of the time, and it is just not cost effective to remove them except for ‘clean rooms’ that are needed for surgery in hospitals and some types of manufacturing. They are a threat only when there is the right mixture of moisture, temperature, and a food source.

When it comes to removing and remediating the effects of mold damage in Amherst homes, SERVPRO has developed four steps necessary to the process. We do not use all four for every task, but we follow each one carefully when we do.

Establish Containment – If there is a danger of spreading mold to unaffected areas of the home, our technicians seal the HVAC vents to prevent spores getting into the ductwork. They then install plastic sheeting to serve as containment barriers and set up decontamination rooms for when they enter or exit the affected areas. Finally, they establish negative air pressure to force spore-contaminated air out of the structure.

Remove Mold Contamination – Actions in this step depend on the type of material in the affected area. The porous material is tough and costly to clean, so it is removed and normally discarded. Examples include carpeting, fabrics, insulation, and drywall. Nonporous materials can be cleaned using vacuums with special HEPA filters or wiped down using dry or wet cloths. If the mold growth is very thick, it may be necessary to use a chemical cleaner and vacuum before and after to remove larger particles.

Clean Dust and Settled Spores – After vacuuming, more spores settle out of the air on clean surfaces. Technicians wipe down these surfaces from top to bottom. For flat surfaces, they wipe them off toward the negative air machines to take advantage of the airflow out of the structure. We repeat this step as often as needed.

Dry the Materials - We set up dehumidifiers to dry the air and rearrange the air movers to force airflow over property and structural surfaces to dry them. Technicians remove materials that have absorbed a significant amount of moisture from the affected areas to begin the drying process while others remove the mold.

Cleaning and restoring your home after a mold infestation is a detailed process and requires a professional service. SERVPRO of Merrimack has decades of experience in Hillsborough County and is ready to help. Call us today at (603) 262-9293.

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Amherst Wet Basement Solutions

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Help with Water Proofing Your Amherst Basement

SERVPRO Can Utilize Many Techniques to Help with Moisture and Water Conditions in Basements and Crawl Spaces

Basements usually serve two purposes. There is extra storage for holiday decorations and the like or as an extra living area or bedroom. It works out well for homeowners until water begins leeching in from the outside of the structure, making it unlivable. Unfortunately, this is common for many basements in New Hampshire.

Removing standing water from a relatively small area is simple, but it is only a temporary measure. SERVPRO understands that a permanent solution to a wet, Amherst basement requires more than just pumping out water and setting up a dehumidifier. If we do not block the source of water, more leaks and damage are going to happen. To accomplish this, we recommend waterproofing or encapsulating the cinder blocks which make up the foundation along with the basement walls and floors.

Our technicians start the waterproofing process by filling seams and cracks with hydraulic cement. This sealant is an excellent barrier against further leaks. We then apply masonry cement over the basement walls. This coating is waterproof and establishes an efficient seal against seepage and leaks through cracks too small for the naked eye.

We recommend waterproofing the outside of the foundation as well. We carefully expose the outside walls and apply a thick layer of liquid rubber or similar product. This sealant helps to provide a dry basement against extreme weather and flooding unless the foundation is somehow cracked or the house shifts off its original position.

Encapsulation is the preferred method for basements with a dirt floor or smaller areas like crawlspaces. Technicians install a water vapor barrier by reinforcing polyethylene sheets with a polyester mesh. This approach effectively seals off the walls and floor from moisture bleeding into the basement. Our team then secures the sheets and mesh into place using a polyurethane caulk or two-sided, foundation tape. If needed, they also install a frame that holds everything in place. For difficult environments with excess humidity, it is standard procedure to install a permanent dehumidifier. Encapsulation is an excellent, low-cost method to secure the basement for additional storage while also improving indoor air quality.

Preventing water intrusion does more than just add storage or an extra room. Proper waterproofing and encapsulation also increase the value. If you have water in your basement currently or want to prevent future intrusion, call SERVPRO of Merrimack today at (603) 262-9293. We are here to help.

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Biohazardous Conditions Exist with Blown-In Insulation Removal from a Merrimack Property

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes and Replaces Insulation in Merrimack Homes for a Safer Environment

SERVPRO's Blown-In Insulation Removal and Replacing Is Accomplished Safely

There are several reasons to remove insulation from attics and walls. Over time, it deteriorates and its ability to control temperature decreases. Older insulation is not as efficient as the insulation currently sold, even if it has not deteriorated, so there is a cost saving. Finally, insulation that has become contaminated by raccoons, rodents, birds, and other pests deteriorates and compacts, making it both useless and a health hazard.

Regardless of the reason why blown-in insulation removal in Merrimack or anywhere else in New Hampshire needs a professional service company, try SERVPRO. Our technicians have years of experience in removing insulation from a vast number of private homes and commercial structures. We understand the difficulties and the dangers when it comes to removal.

First, there is the physical danger. Older insulation is made from a type of fiberglass that gets into eyes and under skin very easily. Homes with this insulation require eye protection and a face mask at a minimum during removal. Basic coveralls and protective gloves keep our restoration crews safe while vacuuming out an attic or reaching down into walls.

If the insulation in your home is older than thirty-five years, there is the possibility that it is asbestos-laced. Any work around loose asbestos fibers requires breathing gear and a protective suit and gloves. This is a biohazardous cleanup situation requiring HAZMAT gear and EPA licensing. Although we do our best to make sure our work does not affect the rest of the home, it may be necessary to keep everyone out until we finish the job. When the attic has been disinfected with fogging agents, the installation of new material is possible.

There is the danger of contamination from animal urine and feces. Depending on the pest, there are viral threats such as the Hantavirus and Histoplasmosis. Family pets are at risk from ringworm which is a threat whenever raccoons are present.

You should always consider an experienced, professional company when removing insulation. SERVPRO of Merrimack is ready to assist our neighbors in increasing their energy efficiency and improving the health and safety of their homes. Call us today at (603) 262-9293 to get started.

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Combatting A Wet Basement With Services Available In Merrimack

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Basement Waterproofing Helps Prevent Water Damage in Merrimack Properties--New and Old

SERVPRO Provides Solutions to Water Damaged Basements and Crawl Spaces

A consistently wet basement feels and smells unpleasant, on top of posing health risks to your family and diminishing the value of your home. If left untreated for too long, excessive moisture can cause damage to your floors, walls, foundation, structural integrity, and even damage your roof.

Get professional help when dealing with wet basement issues in your Merrimack home. While some problems have a simple solution, others require a more aggressive approach. A quality restoration company can help you decide which solution best fits your situation.
SERVPRO technicians often find that downspouts and roof gutters play a significant role in wet basement issues. Improper installation or damaged downspouts and gutters give water access to your home. However, gutter extensions, additional drain pipes, and proper grading can help eliminate the problem and improve runoff.
If the problem persists after reshaping the landscape and installing additional drainage, have your basement inspected by professionals and get the help you need. SERVPRO’s expertly trained technicians can plug gaps, cracks, and other openings with hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulking.
Installing additional drains such as footing drains, or a curtain drain can help with water problems caused by ground water. These drains help divert water traveling underground away from your home. If standing water is the obvious culprit, SERVPRO technicians can install interior drain systems, sump pumps, and backflow valves eliminating damaging problems and protecting your home better.
Waterproofing the walls of your basement is also an option. There are concrete waterproof coatings available that permanently adhere to concrete or masonry walls. You can also use silicate-based concrete sealers on painted surfaces in finished basements.  
If you simply want to get straight into the best possible solution to your problem, basement encapsulation services involve installing vapor barriers throughout to eliminate moisture problems. While usually the most expensive alternative, basement encapsulation helps prevent a variety of common basement issues while also increasing energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality of your home. Always consider a fixed dehumidifier to reduce the moisture content of the building elements and air in your basement.
SERVPRO of Merrimack can offer you these services and much more. Take advantage of our experiences and call today to discuss available options and get the help you need to address current problems in your home. (603) 262-9293

Stay Calm And Call SERVPRO For Black Mold Remediation

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

When our mold remediation team arrives, they pinpoint the locations of suspected microbial outbreaks.

When Dealing with Black Mold Remediation, SERVPRO Will Help!

Say the words black mold and panic ensues. In reality, over 100,000 different types of mold spores potentially exist in commercial buildings. Rather than concentrating on the precise type of mold infesting your company, SERVPRO offers business owners a proven method for removing a current outbreak and limiting the recurrence of similar mold growth in the future.

The cleaning staff complains that black mold overruns your Merrimack health club. Streaks of fungal growth invade the locker room areas, particularly in the showers and changing areas. Their efforts are insufficient to eliminate the sight and odor of the mold. Individuals and families with children are the lifeblood of your swimming, workout, and running the complex. Keeping your staff and client safe is of the utmost importance. We know how to remediate microbial outbreaks, including issues with the dreaded black mold. Our staff comes to your rescue with efficient strategies to put mold concerns behind you.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a protocol to remove mold colonies in schools and commercial buildings safely and to minimize the likelihood they return. The mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO receive ongoing training in these methods. Following the instructions precisely gives commercial clients the best chance to conquer an ongoing mold problem. Our staff has not only the training but also the equipment necessary to effectuate proper EPA mold remediation. Routine cleaning procedures are inadequate to manage mold, especially within large areas and where HVAC systems threaten to spread the problem.

When our mold remediation team arrives, they pinpoint the locations of suspected microbial outbreaks. Containment of the colonies is crucial, and keeping the air in the remainder of the facility uncontaminated as the crew works to remove the mold is essential. We set up SERVPRO air scrubbers that use negative air pressure and a series of filters to trap offensive particles. The technicians remove the visible mold and investigate for hidden growth in other areas or within your club's venting, heating, and cooling systems. Sanitizing procedures follow. A search for the water source that fed the mold then ensues.

In a health club, water is everywhere. Our staff consults with our supervisors and you and your staff to ensure water drains away quickly, is properly treated in spas and pools, and that humidity levels remain below 60 percent. All of these efforts limit the possibility of mold regrowing within your facility.

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Reach out to SERVPRO of Merrimack when black mold overwhelms your attempts to keep it in check. Operators await at (603) 262-9293, ready to schedule an inspection and consultation.

SERVPRO Merrimack - Insulation removal

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Blown-in insulation (regardless if it is fiberglass or cellulose) breaks down over the years.

Insulation Removal in Merrimack Homes

Purchasing insulation is similar to the way people used to buy a savings bond; get what they need, put it someplace safe and then forget about it. That is not quite how it works; if your insulation becomes wet from a broken pipe or a storm that has worked its way under your roof and down your walls, you need to have it removed and replaced.

Once the blown-in insulation is soaked from a Merrimack storm, it becomes packed down; reducing its R-value. This value is the measurement of how quickly building materials (insulation and siding for examples) lose heat. A high R-value means the material is an excellent insulator and prevents the transfer of heat into a home or building. Insulation also loses R-value over time and due to other contamination. SERVPRO has developed a process to insulation removal based on decades of experience.

Blown-in insulation (regardless if it is fiberglass or cellulose) breaks down over the years. It does not happen quickly, but if you have owned your home for more than twenty-five years, cellulose insulation needs examination. Fiberglass insulation has a guarantee for a century.

Both varieties of insulation degrade and lose their heat resistance when birds or rodents find a way into the walls. Urine and feces break down the fibers very quickly. If the contamination is in an attic, the smell quickly becomes a factor as it spreads down and through your home. Even more dangerous to your family is the microbial threat that the presence of animal waste brings. Once our team members have removed the infested insulation, they thoroughly sanitize every crawl space and wall section using one or more of the anti-microbial agents available to us.

Each of our offices has an extensive inventory of equipment to ensure that we accomplish this with a minimal interruption to your life and home. We remove the contaminated insulation using a variety of vacuums and hoses. Every pound we remove from your home is collected into a specially designed filter bag that traps every fiber so our technicians can safely remove it from your property.


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Removing and replacing insulation is not an easy process, and certainly not one for a homeowner to try and accomplish. If your wall and attic blown-in insulation has become contaminated or is no longer protecting your home, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 today. We are here to help.

How We Remediate Fire Damage in Mt. Vernon

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Many of the items that have been in your family for years can be restored after a fire. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

SERVPRO Certified Technicians Know the Correct Way to Treat Every Surface Damaged By Fire

Fire always produces more than smoke. When something burns, ash and soot are also produced. These two substances are carried through the air. They can damage anything they settle on. They continue to damage whatever they have landed on even after the fire is extinguished.

If your Mt. Vernon home has fire damage, it is crucial to the recovery of your belongings, and to that of your home, for remediation to begin as soon as possible, and by qualified experts. SERVPRO has employees who are certified Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (SRT) who understand the complexities of all aspects of restoring your home, and its contents, to a safe and comfortable state again.

Soot and ash affect different surfaces in a variety of ways. It may seem that hard surfaces should be able to withstand any damage from soot and that cleaning these would be an easy, simple task, but this is not the case. Deposited soot often feels greasy to the touch, but soot, in actuality contains highly corrosive chemicals.
In addition to these harmful chemicals, soot and ash also contain microscopically fine particles that can ruin the sheen on hard surfaces, including metal, leaving them dull and unsightly looking. The methods to remove soot deposits depend largely on the type of materials that burned to produce the soot. Combined with the water and steam from firefighters, soot can penetrate into upholstery and other household fabrics. Our Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians (UFT) are able to restore your furniture to pre-fire condition.

Restoring your belongings is only part of the process of restoring your home after it has been damaged by a fire. Structural aspects should be restored to their original state, free of both fire and smoke damage. All traces of water need to be eliminated, as well, or water damage can become an issue in the future. Carpeting and padding must be replaced with either new carpet or with another type of flooring. Walls are not complete without baseboards, and all outlets need to be checked for safety.

Fire affects a home in many ways. The professionals at SERVPRO of Merrimack have the experience required to make things right again. We can be contacted by calling (603) 262-9293 at anytime you have fire damage.

Sump Pump Failure in Merrimack After a Storm

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Sump Pump Failure Leads to Flooding in Basements, Call SERVPRO for Water Extraction

Storm Water Flooding Can Be Extracted by SERVPRO

Basement flooding is a regular threat in New Hampshire; even in normal weather. Our recent rain and snow have been anything but normal this year and stress why every home with a basement also needs 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 flooding. 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.

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

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

SERVPRO Water Removal Milford, New Hampshire

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Leave Traps in Milford Gutters Help Prevent the Need for Water Removal

Bodies of Water in Milford Can Cause Water Damage, Be Prepared

Flooding is a concern for our area of New Hampshire. The Souhegan River does not crest its banks more often than other waterways, but when it does, the results can be disastrous for the community.

Water removal from your Milford home can be an extensive process. That is why SERVPRO also responds to calls for an inspection that helps you prepare your home before the worst can happen. Our inspector also provides a list of steps you can take to protect your home from the next storm before we arrive.

One of the most common means water gets into your residence are the drain gutters which become choked with leaves and other debris before the rainy season starts. Gutters need to be check once a month and then every 2-3 weeks once Autumn arrives, and the leaves begin to fall. Water that doesn't drain properly runs down into the foundation. Ice dams can be prevented with sufficient attic insulation.
Maintaining the drainage system also means keeping it intact. Gutters that have separated from the roof allow water to pour down the side of your home uninterrupted. This flow is the method by which water finds its way into your attic. Reinforcing the gutters and drainpipes is something you can do, or we can handle for you after the inspection.

When the weather is severe enough to overcome preparations, we maintain a 24-hour response team to put your home back together. Training for our technicians meets the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards and comprehensive corporate training. Each team maintains an extensive inventory of pumps to remove water regardless of the size of the house. If the power is still knocked out, they also have a series of generators that provide a constant source of electricity as we work to return your home to its original state. With this equipment in place, we complete most gross amounts of water removal in a single day or less.

To ensure elimination of every trace of the water, team members use water extraction wands and other tools as well as dehumidifiers to draw out any remaining moisture. They accomplish this to protect flooring and walls as well as fabrics and other personal property. Extraction also lowers the air moisture content which stops mold growth.

The weather looks good for the next week, so before the next rain causes Birch Brook to rise, call SERVPRO of Merrimack to schedule an inspection to prevent water damage to your home. Contact us at (603) 262-9293 today.

Professional Services Available To Treat Mold In The Attic Of Your Mt. Vernon Home

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Grows in a Damaged Mt. Vernon Attic

SERVPRO Information on Mold Problems in Your Mt. Vernon Home's Attic

If you are like most people, storing your Christmas decorations is likely one of the few times you enter your attic every year. Making it nearly impossible to notice maintenance issues or poor weather conditions that cause damage to your roof, leading to mold growth forming in your attic.
As the year progresses, unless something happens to draw your attention to the issue, you are unlikely to hire a qualified professional to perform an inspection for mold in the attic of your Mt. Vernon home, leaving you with significant mold damage that you do not even know exists.
Situations like these require access to a company with expertly trained professionals that can locate the source of moisture, repair the problem and perform any necessary mold remediation services to correct the situation properly, someone like SERVPRO.
If the company that you use decides to perform mold remediation and clean up services without locating and repairing whatever is causing the moisture to exist, other microscopic spores can return when the right conditions exist, creating the same problem, time after time.
At SERVPRO, we find that most moisture problems in your attic exist due to roofing repair issues or improper ventilation. A pipe running through your attic may have a slow leak, or there could be a blocked or broken vent, or may not be enough vents to ventilate the attic properly causing the humidity to rise and excessive condensation to exist. In the cold season, ice damming is often the cause of water intrusion and damage which can also lead to mold proliferation.
The professionals at SERVPRO use a variety of methods to locate roof leaks and provide you with qualified professionals to perform a proper inspection to assist with identifying any discolored insulation or wood in your attic consistent with mold contamination. The inspection requires navigating through the entire attic, visually inspecting rafters, sheathing, joists, roof valleys and other areas that are highly susceptible to roof leaks.
If skylights, chimneys, windows and vents exist, or any portion of the building materials that are dissimilar in nature come together, the area needs to be checked for leaks and sealed properly. Even if you have a vapor barrier installed, a check for excessive condensation should detect if moisture exists that might lead to mold problems.
Air travels up, and any moisture produced by activities such as cooking, bathing, using a clothes dryer or dishwasher can cause moisture to rise to your attic. Without the proper ventilation, this moisture becomes trapped and leads to mold problems forming in your attic.
Keep safety in mind and contact a professional from SERVPRO of Merrimack today, give us the opportunity to inspect your mold problem thoroughly. Contact us today. (603) 262-9293

Why You Should Be Concerned with Water Removal Speed in Mt. Vernon

1/22/2017 (Permalink)

Rust Is a Result of Water Damage in Mt. Vernon

Rapid Water Extraction Mitigates Water Damage to Your Property

Floods can cause massive damage to any home they hit, causing immediate damage but also leaving behind copious amounts of water which can go on to cause further problems. Even if there isn't any standing water, which is to say water with measurable depth, there are damaging spots of water left in a flood's wake, whether it is in a puddle, soaked into materials, or merely in the air. SERVPRO brings large, industrial-grade tools such as water extractors and air movers to water removal jobs to get everything out as quickly as possible, to avoid these costly types of damage.
One of the most noticeable effects of slow water removal in Mt. Vernon water damage is warping of flooring and other materials. When some materials are faced with sudden, high volumes of water and become soaked through, they are liable to warp heavily. We help to minimize these effects by treating wood and other materials early on. If warping does occur, it may be repairable, but often makes the restoration job much more complex and expensive.
Mold growth is one of the biggest reasons to seek fast treatment for water damage in your home. Almost all mold damage that would normally result from a flood is avoidable if water is removed quick enough. On the other hand, slow responses can lead to massive mold infestations that can cost thousands more to remediate. Hiring a well-equipped and broadly certified company like SERVPRO means that you will have extra lines of defense against mold damage, such as specialized mold-resistant products and on-hand staff capable of dealing with mold as its symptoms appear.
One component of our water removal process is dehumidification. While this may seem a time and money-intensive process with little reward, it is critical in preventing metals from oxidizing. Many metals can tarnish and weaken when exposed to high levels of humidity and water, including materials like iron which are used commonly and widely throughout American homes. Some oxidation can completely ruin materials like pipes and mechanical equipment, so thorough dehumidification is a step in the water removal process that is relevant.
SERVPRO of Merrimack is an experienced local damage restoration company with the credentials and equipment to save your home from even the most severe floods and water damages. Call us 24/7 at (603) 262-9293.

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

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO team is trained to work safely around toxic materials like asbestos.

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 so that they can pick the safest, most effective techniques. This is an essential part of the service for all homeowners, but it is particularly important 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 come up with 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), where it creates 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 simply too small to dislodge toxic spores, and the technicians will take special precautions to make certain that this does not happen.

We can be confident of the safety of our flood damage repairs, because we regularly review them, in accordance with industry standards. All moisture reading and flood restoration techniques are designed to keep asbestos levels within the limits set by the EPA and OSHA. In the highly unlikely 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 on (603) 262-9293.

What Can Be Submitted in the SERVPRO ERP System in Mt. Vernon

12/26/2016 (Permalink)

Be prepared for any potential damage at your business location by using the SERVPRO ERP. Call SERVPRO today to learn more!

SERVPRO Allows You to Get Prepared with the ERP System

The SERVPRO ERP system allows business owners to maintain profiles for their businesses, with separate information and details for each location. This makes it easy for companies or landlords with multiple physical locations to watch out for to manage their properties in times of disaster, and get appropriate information to us quickly. There are many options available when you create an Emergency Ready Profile, and although none are mandatory, we allow you to submit everything from technical drawings to contact lists to legal documentation.

Building Plans and Technical Documents

Especially for Mt. Vernon commercial water damage in apartments and other tightly-packed businesses, submitting building plans, blueprints, and technical documentation greatly assist our technicians when they are on-site and beginning mitigation. SERVPRO asks that you submit anything that could be helpful to us, from floor plans to breaker locations and from wiring configurations to vent arrangements. There are innumerable documents that may or may not exist for each building, and the more we have access to, the better we can identify threats and the quicker we can work.

Legal Documentation and Insurance Files

Although some legal documents should stay private, the ERP system allows you to upload any relevant information to our servers to make white-collar operations smoother and get better response times from associated law and insurance firms. This is especially important for insurance work, as we work closely with insurance providers and adjusters, and preexisting documents for yours will invariably be helpful.

Contact Information and Local Services

By submitting lists of contacts and perhaps local associates, you are able to help us to be in better touch with all relevant parties in cleanup proceedings. Tenants and investors can be notified and updated on the situation, local contractors can be reached out to more quickly, and our renowned communications expertise can be fully put to use.

SERVPRO of Merrimack has the fast response times, passionate customer service, and high-quality equipment necessary for perfect business restorations. Give us a call at (603) 262-9293 for our help or to learn more about our ERP system.

How We Salvage Items With Fire Damage in Amherst

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

Book Burning in Amherst? Call SERVPRO to Clean Up the Fire Damage

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

Practically all fire 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're a homeowner dealing with fire damage in Amherst, you probably think that many of your possessions are a lost cause. However, when you call SERVPRO, we'll work to restore your belongings and save you money. Here's how we salvage a variety of items, even those affected by fire damage.
Electronics and Appliances
It's not just flames that can destroy electronics and appliances, but the soot and smoke that's left over after a fire emergency has ended. In fact, 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 didn't 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.

Three Reasons Why Unoccupied Properties Are A Major Source of Mold Damage in Amherst

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Mold damage can grow quickly. Call SERVPRO today to assess and remediate.

Tips to Follow to Prevent Finding Mold on Your Property

There are many reasons why a property might be left to stand unoccupied. The former tenants may have moved out in a hurry, after having trouble paying their bills. Or, the previous occupant might have died. It could just be a victim of hard times and a harsh economy.

Whatever the reason, unoccupied houses pose a challenge for future tenants. Mold damage in Amherst is often found in vacant properties, where damp has set in and spores have accumulated. The experts at SERVPRO have dealt with many restoration cases like this. These properties often require extensive mold repairs before they can be reused.

If you own or are primarily responsible for an unoccupied property, SERVPRO is on hand to help you clean, dry, and fully restore it. This guide to mold restoration will explain why it tends to thrive in this kind of environment.

Lack of Supervision

The most obvious reason is a lack of monitoring. Mold develops in the presence of moisture, and even a small amount of humidity in the air can encourage its growth. Ordinarily, things like condensation on window panes and minor faucet leaks are managed by the occupants. In a vacant home, however, they go unheeded and damp spreads through walls, floors, and ceilings.

Poor Air Circulation

When properties are left vacant, all of their windows and doors are closed. This impedes the healthy circulation of air and prevents heat from escaping as it normally would. Mold requires heat and moisture to survive and spread. If the air is not moving, it collects water. This is why mold damage experts use sophisticated air moving devices and dehumidifiers to capture the moisture and circulate clean air.

Organic Materials and Debris

Mold spreads much more quickly in homes which contain a lot of wood and natural fibers. It feeds on these materials. If any food waste has been left in the building, this could also be a natural accelerator. The first thing that remediation and restoration experts do is clear the environment it of organic waste (this includes old food, moldy carpets, and damp fabrics).

How to Get the Mold Damage Restoration Process Started

The first thing that you need to do is call the SERVPRO team. Generally, restoring an empty property is much simpler, because there are fewer valuables to protect. We can inspect the house and install industrial air movers, dehumidifiers, and fans right away. If there is any furniture, electronic equipment, artwork, or paper documents that you wish to preserve, you can discuss this with your technicians.

SERVPRO of Merrimack is a locally based company. We are highly trained and have access to state of the art drying, cleaning, and restoration equipment. If you need to fix up a mold damaged property in a hurry, we can help. Call us 24/7 at (603) 262-9293.

How Applied Structural Drying Can Help to Heal Storm Damage in Milford Properties

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Drying is key after flooding. Call SERVPRO quickly to get started!

Complete Drying can Help to Prevent Secondary Damage

The term Applied Structural Drying refers to one of the most sophisticated methods used by modern water damage restorers. It provides a non-evasive form of drying after structural components in a home have been compromised by flooding.

A series of highly specialized tools are used, in a sequential manner, to extract the moisture from materials like drywall and return them back to their original condition. ASD is critical because it allows homeowners to recover from storm damage in Milford properties and keep the cost of water damage low by salvaging as much as possible.

This guide to the four key stages of Applied Structural Drying will explain why it is a powerful weapon in the fight against storm damage.


The first stage of ASD is always straightforward and complete extraction. If you choose to work with the experts at SERVPRO, you’ll benefit from a fast and speedy response. We understand that the longer standing water remains, the more destructive it gets. So, our technicians will start packing up pumps and heading out to your location as soon as we’ve taken your call. The pumps are powerful and can remove liquid at a surprisingly rapid rate.

Evaporation by Airflow

The next stage is to bring in industrial air movers and high powered fans. These machines are placed around the damp area and circulate clean, dry air throughout the space. In some cases, the carpet is lifted, in order to dry out subflooring materials.

Evaporation by Dehumidifiers

Any vapor or moisture in the air is then captured with the use of dehumidifying devices. These machines circulate the heavy, wet air and direct it over specific ‘collection’ components. The water molecules are either cooled until they become liquid again (and can be contained) or they are passed into a silica gel desiccant.

Temperature Regulation

This final stage doesn’t actually represent the end of the ASD process. It occurs throughout. The SERVPRO technicians must work hard to maintain an optimal temperature in the rooms where the dehumidifiers and air movers are placed. Some machines operate most efficiently under certain conditions and they are sustained while drying is being carried out. A portion of your home may need to be sectioned off and contained in order to achieve this.

If you would like to learn more about the tools and machines used for storm damage restoration, you can easily get in touch with our team. They have spent years dealing with both minor and very severe cases of water damage. SERVPRO of Merrimack is based in your area, so we are the best choice for emergency repairs. Call 24/7 at (603) 262-9293.

Commercial Water Damage Prevention & Restoration In Merrimack

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial properties can suffer damage. Call SERVPRO today to assess and remediate!

We Work Hard to Prevent and Remediate Business Damage

Every year, all year round, the elements affect your commercial building in ways that you don't totally 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 will 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 will be there for you when a situation happens that is out of your control.
Small 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 regular 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. Give us an opportunity 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 it's ugly head. At SERVPRO we have technicians that specialize 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 a fast and efficient service; we pride ourselves in arriving within four hours of your initial call. We'll 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

Do you know the two different types of smoke

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know that there are two different types of smoke? Wet and dry.

Wet smoke - Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today - SERVPRO of Merrimack 603-262-9293

Merrimack, NH Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and Soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • the type of smoke may greatly affect restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke- wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Merrimack will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.


Restoring Your Merrimack, NH Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Nashua, NH commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Weather we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damage area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Therefore, when an emergency situation in your business arises, give us a call anytime and we will be there as fast as we can with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Merrimack 603-262-9293

Does Your Merrimack Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Mold remediation reduces the mold spores count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is not true. Consider the mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home or business through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today-603-262-9293

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

This flooded basement was caused by heavy rain.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Merrimack basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 603-262-9293

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Merrimack and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 603-262-9293!

24/7 Emergency Water Damage Service

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Merrimack is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 603-262-9293

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Merrimack has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Merrimack

SERVPRO of Merrimack specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call on SERVPRO of Merrimack to help with your water damage

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Merrimack provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-including all holidays.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Merrimack arrives as quickly as possible and that is when they start with extracting the water. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1-24

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 week

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal things begin to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

So if you have an emergency, call SERVPRO of Merrimack. 603-262-9293


When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Merrimack is ready!

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Merrimack specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Nashua, NH, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country, that are strategically located throughout the United States. Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to any storm or flood damage in Merrimack, NH.

How To Prepare Your Chimney For The Winter!

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Your chimney is part of your home, which needs cleaning too.

Fall is here! The temperature is mellowing into a more comfortable range, leaves have already started to fall off the trees. Before we all know it winter will be knocking at our doors! So lets get started on talking about cleaning your chimney in anticipation of cooler nights. Some of you might not know this but chimney's need cleaning at least once a year, more often if yours sees more use than average. Fall is a great time to check because you don't want to start a fire for the first time in the winter without performing maintenance. If you are unsure about if your chimney needs sprucing, all you got to do is take a flashlight and look into your chimney. Take a knife and scrape a bit of soot off of the wall, if it is more than 1/8 inches thick then get your gloves on because it's cleaning time!

If this is your first time your fireplace is seeing cleaning materials, be sure to check for nesting animals and critters who may have made a home there!

The next step is to measure the chimney. It's okay to overestimate but try to be as accurate as possible. This can be accomplished by climbing on the roof and measuring down or measuring up through the fireplace. The size and shape of the flue is important to jot down as well. It can be round or square, 6" or 8".

Now it's time to get all your cleaning materials together. Chimney brush, goggles, a broom and dustpan and also the most important thing is a face mask. Cleaning from top down with weighted brush requires up and down motions as you scrape away debris. Cleaning from the bottom up requires a partner on the roof to help scrub with a pulley system. After your chimney is all cleaned, you have to be careful when sweeping and discarding the debris. Now your chimney is ready for winter nights!

Fire Damage Is More Than Just A Loss.

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

Having a fire can be a disaster.

Having a fire inside your home or business is the last thing anyone would ever expect to happen to them. It's more than just a loss, it can be a disaster. It leaves behind so much damage and soot, some people don't even know how to go about a cleanup after a fire. Calling SERVPRO is the answer, we have experience and skills backing us up with training and certification to have your home or business looking "Like it never even happened." We clean anything that comes to mind, doors, windows, cabinets, furniture, personal belongings, carpets, area rugs, even metal accents. We also remove and bag any linens to be washed so it will be free of any soot and so you don't have to worry about having that fire scent. Even though cleaning up after a fire can be a complicated process, there isn't anything SERVPRO can't do.

The Difference Between Mold and Bacteria

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Molded Fruit

While mold and bacteria are often grouped together, they are actually two very different organisms. Both occur naturally in nature but certain types of molds and bacteria may be harmful to humans.

Size. Molds are typically a lot larger than bacteria and possess hyphae or long, multi-celled filaments. Bacteria are generally smaller and more numerous in size but less complex.

Cellular structure. Molds are fungi and bacteria are not. Fungi are considered eukaryotes which means their DNA is enclosed in a nucleus (often referred to as a proper or well-defined nucleus) which is separated from their cytoplasm. The nucleus of a bacteria cell is not separated from their cytoplasm making them prokaryotes. What makes fungi cells complex are all the structures within their cell that bacteria cells do no possess.

Growth. There are two types of fungi which are important to consider when talking about growth; filamentous and yeasts. Fungal yeast reproduce by budding and filamentous fungi reproduce by branching or elongation. Bacteria on the other hand, regenerate by binary fission which means each parent cell divides into two smaller cells, typically of similar sizes.

Food and nutrition. Bacteria are autotrophic in that they have the ability to produce their own food via light or chemical energy and they are heterotrophic as well meaning, they can take in energy from other organisms for food if need be. Fungi are a type of heterotroph called saprophytes which get their energy from dead organic matter.  This is why fungi are often found in soil or on surfaces that are in the process of decay.

Fungi and bacteria often come with a negative stigma but don’t forget about all the good they do! They release and create nutrients to provide energy for our ecosystem, are used in the fermentation of chemicals, the production of food and even in our bodies to make certain vitamins. Remember, not all molds and bacteria are created equally. While different, they are necessary to our ecosystems and way of life. Also dont forget if you run into a mold situation give SERVPRO of Merrimack a call!! 603-889-2311

New and Improved Equipment

7/31/2015 (Permalink)

After attending the National SERVPRO convention, SERVPRO of Merrimack has decided to invest in some of the new equipment that was shown on display.  SERVPRO of Merrimack has invested in 10 new state of the art air-scrubbers and 10 new, more efficient dehumidifiers.  

These new pieces of equipment will allow SERVPRO to better purify and rid the air of any harmful substances such as microbial spores.  Along with the air purification equipment the new dehumidifiers will help to dry out an area or room more efficiently.  These tools enable a faster and more efficient cleanup to any disaster. 

SERVPRO Merrimack Attends SERVPRO Annual Convention

7/27/2015 (Permalink)

The National SERVPRO convention is the best way for SERVPRO of Merrimack to stay up to date with the latest equipment and techniques that come out every year.  There are always awesome new pieces of equipment that will help us clean any disaster faster and with more efficiancy.  It is great to be able to meet up with new and existing franchise owners, talking and exchanging new innovative ideas for the company.  

Just about every supply company out there has a new and improved piece of equipment they like to show at this convention.  However, this year it seemed that Pheonix was at the top of their game.

Social Media

7/24/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Merrimack has recently been entering the social media world.  We are trying to enhance our ability to help anyone who needs it.  With out multiple social media pages it allows the customer to access our services more easily.  This also enable the customer to get a better feel for who we are as a company and who each of our employees are as people.  Please check us out at any of our social media pages for a better look at SERVPRO Merrimack and the occasional DIY for home improvements.

Twitter:  SERVPRO9271

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American Biohazard Recovery Certification

6/12/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Merrimack became American Biohazard Recovery cetified during the Summer of 2014.  ABRA has set the industry precedent with a golden standard.

"ABRA is an international association of crime scene clean up, trauma scene, hoarding clean up & meth lab clean up recovery professionals who are dedicated to upholding the highest technical, ethical and educational guidelines  of the biohazard remediation industry."

"Our trusted members of the American Bio-recovery Association (ABRA) are here to help relieve you of the emotional trauma.  The Nation's most qualified seicalized contractors network is here to provide you and your loved ones peace of mind and relief."

SERVPRO of Merrimack is proud to be an ABRA certified company and will continue in the persuit of the highest quality of specialized biohazard recovery.

SERVPRO of Merrimack Becomes an IICRC Certified Firm

8/29/2014 (Permalink)

Our Framed IICRC Firm Certification

SERVPRO of Merrimack recently became an IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm. The IICRC sets the industry standards for the Cleaning and Remediation industry, of which SERVPRO is an industry leader. The following is from the IICRC official website (http://www.iicrc.org).

”IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the cleantrust logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

IICRC Certified Firms must:

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC actively pursues relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC-certified service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.”

SERVPRO of Merrimack is honored to count itself among the select organizations to receive this certification. We will continue to offer the same standard of excellence that you have come to expect, but now we have the IICRC stamp of approval to back that up.

18th Annual Show of Dreams

7/31/2014 (Permalink)

The High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Food Bank recently participated in the 18th Annual Show of Dreams, a car show featuring many unique and antique British cars, and split the profits among the two charities. The show took place at the Alvirne Hill House Field in Hudson New Hampshire. The High Hopes foundation is an organization dedicated to offering life changing experiences to chronically and seriously ill children in the state of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of New Hampshire, serves as the only food bank in the state of New Hampshire. The owner of our franchise, Kevin Lee, volunteered for the event not only because of his interest in antique cars, but also because of his strong belief in giving back to the communities that we service. The show was a great success, seeing many attendees and a lot of fun had by all (not to mention the money raised for these two noble charities).

Helping Hannah Help Haiti

7/22/2014 (Permalink)

Hannah at the "Feed the Need 5K"

SERVPRO of Merrimack is committed to helping our community, even when that means helping our community to help those abroad that are less fortunate. Recently, SERVPRO of Merrimack donated towards the aims of a high school senior who was trying her best to make a difference in the world. Hannah, a high school senior from Nashua, NH, organized the “Feed the Need 5K,” which helped raise money for a lunch program in Haiti. According to Hannah, the 5K raised nearly $8,100 and 500 lbs. of food for the charity. SERVPRO of Nashua is proud to have supported Hannah in attaining her goal to help others and to help serve the communities in which we are a part.

Spring Cleaning Promotion!

4/11/2014 (Permalink)


After a long winter and cold weather, spring is finally upon us! Start off spring cleaning the right way with this $50 carpet cleaning gift certificate courtesy of your friends at SERVPRO of Merrimack.

This promotion is running until July 1st, so hurry up and cash in on the savings! Just print out this flyer and call to schedule an appointment today.

Please feel free to use this $50.00 gift certificate, compliments of SERVPRO of Merrimack, on any of the following services:

- Area rug cleaning with scotch guard protection. (Includes oriental, wool, and karastan rugs. Excludes silk rugs.)

- Carpet cleaning with scotch guard protection.

- Stone, porcelain, tile and grout cleaning.

- Stone and grout sealing.

- General cleaning and/or detailed cleaning of your home.

- Cleaning, organization and removal of unwanted items from your basement, garage or attic.


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