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Prompt and Effective Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services to Milford Business Owners

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

The Gregg Crossing Bridge in Milford, New Hampshire. Business can take a hit in sales when a fire is in the equation. Call SERVPRO for the fire restoration services needed to get you back into the game.

With Decades of Experience, SERVPRO Technicians Offer High-Quality Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services in Milford

Milford is a small town on Souhegan River in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. It is the manufacturing and retail center of a multi-town area that people unofficially refer to as the Souhegan Valley. According to the 2010 census, the area is home to a population of 15,115.

According to the 2010 census, Milford, which is the town center, has a population of 8,835. Located between routes 13 and 101A of New Hampshire, the town is defined as the Milford Census-Designated Place.

The Town's History

In 1794, Milford separated from Amherst. Similar to several towns Named Milford across America, the name comes from a mill on Souhegan River that people had built on a ford.

Before the town was established, the location was home to many granite quarries. People used the stones harvested from these quarries to build pillars for the United States Treasury located in Washington, D.C. At the back of a $10 American bill, one can clearly see the pillars. However, if the bill is redesigned, it is not clear if the pillars can remain. Nicknamed "The Granite Town," the town has only one small operating quarry as of 2017.

In the 19th century, the town developed many successful textile mills like most riverside towns in New England. In the Second World War, the industry left New England. However, Milford continued to be the commercial and retail center for most surrounding towns. Some of the leading employers included:

  • Hendrix Wire and Cable Inc., a cable manufacturer
  • Cirtronics Corporation, a contract manufacturing company
  • Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., a casting company

A firm in Milford known as Alene Candles was among the first companies in 2018 to apply "conscious leadership" in the manufacturing production setting.

The town also hosts the Milford State Fish Hatchery. Besides, the town is also home to Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club. The club was built on the previous property of the private theater American Stage Festival, which is now bankrupt. 

Most slaves who managed to escape from slavery sought refuge on the Underground Railroad at Milford. The town was also home to Harriet E. Wilson, who published "Our Nig” a semi-autobiographical novel. In 1859, she also published "Sketches in the life of a Free Black," It is the first novel published by an African-American woman in the country.

The Milford Oval's shape is not oval or square but triangular. In American parlance, the name "square" denotes a town irrespective of geometry. The name "oval" has been in existence since the 19th century when it was oval. The town center is the Oval, with its centerpiece being the Pillsbury Bandstand, and its backdrop is the Souhegan River. The Oval's traffic flow has been a series of three one-way streets and three intersections for many years. This results in an uncommon argument where vehicles going into the Oval have the right of way over vehicles that turn left to go through the Oval. In the 1980s, this treatment was reversed to conform to traffic norms where vehicles in the Oval have the right of way over those entering the Oval. 

Milford culture

The town is famous for its early October "Pumpkin Festival." The event, which attracts more than 35,000 people, is held on a three-day weekend between Friday and Sunday. The festival has various attractions, which include:

  • Music stages
  • Carved pumpkin lighting
  • Food trucks
  • Wine tasting
  • Craft air
  • Haunted trail
  • Fireworks around the Oval

The Geography of Milford

According to the United States Census Bureau, Milford covers 66 kilometers square (25.3 sq mi). 65 kilometers square (25.2 sq mi) of the total area is land while 0.26-kilometer square (0.1 sq mi) is water, which covers 0.24 percent of the town. Souhegan River drains Milford town. The highest point of the town is 248 meters (814 feet) above sea level. This is close to its western border on Boynton Hill summit.

The town's demographics

According to the 2010 census, the town hosts 15,115 people in 5,929 households. Also, the census recorded a total of 6,295 housing units. 5.8 percent or 366 of these units were vacant at the time. 35.7 percent of the household had children below the age of 18 years at the time.

25 percent of the town's population were below the age of 18. While 7.8 percent were between the age of 18 and 24. 39 years was the median age, and in every 100 women, there were 95 men. 

Between 2011 and 2015, the estimated annual income for each household was around $64,576. The average family had a median income of approximately $80,241. The income per capita of Milford was $32,918. About 5.8 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Fires in Milford

Fires in Milford are a relatively common occurrence. According to data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System in 2018, fire departments in New Hampshire reported 198 fires. The national average was 9.8 injuries and 2.5 deaths per 1,000 fires. When a fire occurs, calling professional restorers soon after the firefighters put it out helps prevent costly secondary damage.

How do SERVPRO restorers conduct commercial fire damage restoration in Milford?

A fire in a business location such as a retail store can be devastating. It can lead to loss of inventory, and damage to the building, making it difficult to conduct business. When the unfortunate happens in your retail store, contact a reliable restoration company like SERVPRO within 24 hours to avoid closing your business doors for an extended period. We have expertise in performing commercial fire damage restoration in Milford. Our restoration team is available around the clock and ready to respond to our customers' distress calls.

Since we understand how devastating the secondary damages of fire can be and how fast the damage can spread, we respond within the shortest time possible. Our technicians begin with inspecting the affected area to determine the most effective technique and equipment to use.

We can take the following steps to minimize damage and speed up the restoration process:

  • Securing the facility from harsh weather and possible intrusion.
  • Identifying salvageable items and remove those damaged beyond repair.
  • Ventilating the business to remove the smoke and soot residues in the air
  • Cleaning all affected surfaces, including floors, permanent fixtures, and ceilings using approved products. This helps prevent acidic soot from causing more damage.
  • Deodorize all salvaged contents in the business using state-of-the-art cleaning and sanitation equipment. Our technicians can clean and decontaminate the HVAC system to eliminate pollutants and ensure it functions properly.

We work fast and effectively to make sure you open your business doors as soon as possible.

Fire damages in your business should not lead to extended interruption of your daily operations. Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for fast and efficient commercial fire damage restoration "Like it never even happened." 

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