Recent Storm Damage Posts

How Can I Get Floodwater Out of My Basement Without a Sump Pump?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

standing water in basement Basement flooding is common in this area. SERVPRO has the tools and euqipment to restore your home.

SERVPRO has the Professional Equipment to Tackle Any Size Flood Loss in Your Milford Basement 

Watching floodwater enter your basement is an exercise in frustration made even worse when your sump pump cannot handle the amount of water, or you never had the option for one. It is crucial to bring in professional help for water cleanup to minimize the loss to the contents and building materials in those cases.     

I Have More Than Two Inches of Water in My Basement, What Should I Do About the Flood Damage?    

As overwhelming as seeing flood damage in your Milford basement can be, there are many actions homeowners can take before SERVPRO arrives that can assist in lessening the loss such as: 

  • Turning off the electricity to the home if there is any danger of water coming into contact with outlets
  • Removal of boxes and items on the floor in the basement if it is safe to do so
  • Gathering clothes, medicines, money, and valuables if you need to stay elsewhere during the cleanup 

Once the techs arrive on-site, they have submersible and truck-mounted extraction units that make short work of the water removal needed. For muddy or slurry debris carried in with the floodwaters, we can set up powerful trash pumps for extraction.  

Can My Carpet in My Finished Basement Get Reused After Floodwater Cleanup?    

In most instances, glue down carpet that has had exposure to floodwater is a loss and requires disposal. The concrete substrate underneath needs to dry thoroughly before any new adhesive flooring sticks. SERVPRO techs accomplish this by using their advanced extraction equipment and then using the drying power in their air movers and industrial dehumidifiers to dry the basement as quickly as possible. 

When flood damage happens, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293. Our team of professionals stands ready to assist local property owners 24/7 and make the water loss in their homes, "Like it never even happened." 

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How Do I Know My Home is Safe After a Flood in Milford?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

water damage red sofa Our emergency response specialists are available 24/7 so that we can begin work as quickly as possible and eliminate potential issues before they occu

SERVPRO Flood Restoration Specialists in Milford Conduct a Hazard Assessment Before Performing Work

After a flood in your Milford home, one of the first considerations is that of safety. You want to make sure your home does not present any impending danger for your family. Our technicians assess the damage and potential hazards so that they can best restore your home to preloss conditions. Our technicians strive to create a safe and healthy structure while they work on your home.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Address Hazards?

The very nature of flood damage in Milford presents hazardous conditions. Excess water can create slip and fall conditions at the least, and structural damage at the worst. It is essential to keep both workers and occupants safe during restoration work. Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) specialists use their knowledge and expertise to safely remove excess water through extraction, drying, and dehumidification.

What Are Some Common Solutions to Hazards After a Flood?

    •    Floodwater is contaminated black (level 3) water that can present health risks. Technicians safely extract and dispose of the water according to local regulations while wearing appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
    •    Water can create electrical hazards; technicians make sure electrical equipment is unaffected and not impacted before using electricity, disconnecting when necessary.
    •    Technicians address overhead or inadequate lighting hazards by creating an engineering solution. They can remove the overhead materials causing potential danger or bring in temporary lighting.

Flooding dangers are not always predictable and can pose an immediate threat. Our emergency response specialists are available 24/7 so that we can begin work as quickly as possible and eliminate potential issues before they occur. For assistance, Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Harsh Weather Conditions Can Force You To Leave Your Amherst Home

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

living room flooded with floating chair and no one above “Like it never even happened.”

What should I do after Evacuating my Amherst Property in a Storm?

Severe weather conditions can force you to evacuate your Amherst home temporarily. SERVPRO can help to secure and restore the property until it is safe to return.

What services are available for homeowners that are temporarily relocated due to a storm emergency?

Our services operate within the margins of first responders and remodeling for homes with storm damage in the Amherst. One of the hardest challenges homeowners face during testing weather is the stress of temporarily evacuating their homes. It can be tough to focus on work or life when you are unsure of the safety of your property and possessions. Our team incorporates general contractor training programs (OSHA) into our qualifications and expertise. OSHA qualifications mean we are capable of performing emergency remediation and reconstructive restoration. After speaking with your insurance provider, you should immediately contact a restoration service to reduce the chances of further loss or looting while your property is vacant.

What can I do to secure a property that is currently vacant due to a violent weather event?

Professional restorers can enter, scope, and seal a property that is temporarily vacated due to weather-related emergencies. Setting up security in and around your property can help to deter criminal activities while the home is vacant. SERVPRO restorers can set up clear signage as well as boarding up broken windows or doors using robust materials to prevent unlawful entry. Also, our technicians can prevent further water intrusion by sealing upper levels from the elements. These may include installing temporary tarpaulins over any gaps in roofing or structure that stop rainwaters from entering the property. At the ground level, our team can block entrance ways to prohibit further water intrusion from the roads or neighborhoods.

How can I protect my possessions after temporarily vacating my home during a storm?

Leaving your home in an emergency can force you to leave most of your possessions behind. As part of our emergency services package, we can offer residents secure storage for their contents during the restoration. While it is more convenient and less time-consuming to keep contents on-site, there are some situations where contents could become damaged or unsafe in a storm-damaged structure. A move-out process involves creating a digital inventory of the contents in your home. We enlist professional movers to transport these items to a climate-controlled warehouse for cleaning, drying, and storage until we can safely bring them back to the structure. Our team makes a note of the location in the home of any contents that require removal so we can put them back in their original position when they are ready to return to the property.

What contents restoration services can I expect from a move-out?

    •    Dry cleaning of fabrics and textiles
    •    Decontamination and cleaning
    •    Storage in a climate-controlled warehouse
    •    Immersion cleaning for dense items
    •    Esporta washing that can remove up to 99% of soils
    •    Deodorization of textiles and contents that are odorous
    •    Full accountability, insurance protection, and security while items are in storage

Do I need to wait for an insurance adjuster estimate before starting an emergency restoration?

We work closely with insurance adjusters when performing any restoration works on a property, and usually producing estimates is done before work begins. However, in storm-related damages, it can be challenging to produce a full estimate until emergency services at the property are complete. Often properties with significant water intrusion are impossible to fully-assess before reducing the standing water levels. Equally, there may be structural damage that is not immediately apparent until further restoration and inspections are complete. Most of the time, emergency restoration is already underway before a resident receives an estimate. By performing mitigation tasks as quickly as possible, we can reduce the chances of further harm coming to your home.

What kind of hidden damages can occur in a property with significant water intrusion (flooding) and storm impact?

    •   Flooding of the properties cavities including floors and ceilings
    •    Warping of the structural frame which can require remodeling or reconstruction
    •    The extent of water migration. Blackwater migration can result in significant demolition and reinstallation of building materials to return it to a preloss condition.
    •    Mold or other microbial growth-related damages
    •    Condensation water damage. For example, water migration from a crawlspace with no vapor-barriers
    •    Damages to the electrical or plumbing systems within the home

The impact of storm damages to a property can often feel overwhelming to a homeowner. Many potential sources of damage can make restoration a significant undertaking. Our technicians are here to help mitigate against expensive or permanent damages to both your home and contents. By performing timely emergency and mitigation procedures, we can bring down the overall expense of your claim as well as reducing the time-frame to return your home to a preloss condition.

If you are temporarily relocated from your home due to a storm, contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When Storm Damage Causes A Wet Basement In Your Merrimack Home

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO and Basement Waterproofing for the Merrimack Area

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

OSHA And EPA Safe
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.

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.

Extraction

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.

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.