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Can the Floors of my Amherst Home Be Saved After Flooding?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is a Flood Damage Specialist that Can Help Assess and Restore your Amherst Home After an Emergency.

Are floors susceptible to water damage?

Finished floors in your Amherst home are among the most susceptible to water-related damages in a flood situation. It is essential to have a professional technician inspect the finish of your floor and any other aspects of the material assembly when performing a restoration. Since floor finishes can vary significantly from carpets to hardwoods and vinyl, it is vital that you have good knowledge of how floors are constructed and what are the best methods for drying or cleaning a particular material. Our technicians have significant experience working within residential properties and can effectively apply our drying systems to different materials.

Do floodwaters have a worse effect on carpets or wood?

The type of flood damage that is sustained in your Amherst home can depend on the material. Carpeting is among the most commonly used floor finishes in residential properties. Carpets can be made from nylon, polyester, or wool, with nylon being the most resilient material. Wooden floors are repairable in almost all flooding situations, providing restoration technicians are dealing with hardwood. Lighter constructions such as vinyl are typically inexpensive, which makes replacing them a good option when considering flood repair.

What methods are used to dry wet carpets?

  • In-place drying involves drying the material without disengaging the carpet and can be time-efficient especially in areas with heavy furnishings.
  • Drying the carpet flat is when restoration technicians remove both the carpet and dispose of the padding before leaving it to dry on the subfloor.
  • Floating a carpet involves disengaging a carpet and ventilating warm air on the underside to dry out both the laminate and the pad. An axial air-mover is ideal equipment for floating carpets.

 What are carpet pads?

Carpet padding is usually a rubber or sponge material placed directly beneath the carpet and directly above the subfloor. The general thickness, or gauge, of the carpet pad, can vary from home to home. When water enters a property, it can migrate through carpet fibers and laminate, which causes the carpet pad to absorb moisture. Generally, when this moisture absorption occurs, the most effective solution is to remove the pad altogether. SERVPRO technicians can remove the pad, cut it into smaller pieces, and place in double-sealed waste bags to remove the property. In many situations replacing the carpet the pad is unnecessary as existing carpet can be rolled onto a new pad.

How does water affect floor assembly?

  • Light exposure to moisture affects the finish- either carpet or floorboard solely.
  • Moderate water exposure may soak into the carpet pad below the floor which can lead to microbial growth or odor.
  • Significant water intrusion can affect the subfloor beneath the finish and pad requiring replacement or cavity drying.

Are hardwood floors ruined after flooding?

Properties with hardwood floors have a strong chance of restoration due to the resilience of materials like maple, oak, and birch. Often, these floorboards contain a water-resistant finish, which only wears over excess exposure to moisture. A hardwood floor is typically attached to the subfloor with vapor barriers in between to prevent condensation damages. SERVPRO can inspect these floors using a non-penetrating moisture meter to read water migration in the property accurately. Due to hardwoods' expensive nature, it is often better to restore them from even category three water damages. The steps to restore hardwood involve drying, cleaning, sanding, and then refinishing and can take several months to complete.

How can I prevent permanent damages to hardwoods after a flooding event?

When mitigating flood losses in an Amherst property, it makes sense to prioritize expensive materials. Water extraction takes place right away, and technicians may remove any coverings like carpet to save the wood. To prevent permanent damage, it is crucial to reduce the indoor humidity levels around the wood floors. The ideal humidity ratio for drying these floors is 35 to 40 grains per pound (GPP.) A desiccant dehumidifier that utilizes a silica gel can reduce indoor humidity and sustain it to the 35GPP required to save the floor. SERVPRO technicians stock both refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers for residential water issues.

How do professionals increase drying efficiency for wet flooring?

  • Pull air from the surface by using negative air-pressure or a drying mat system.
  • Push air beneath planks by positioning air-movers (this technique works best with mill grooved or sleeper system floors)
  • Creating a drying tent and directing hot, dry air directly into the affected portion of the floor

Water frequently causes damage to floor assemblies in residential flooding situations. Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293.

What Problems Can a Fire Cause in my Amherst Home?

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Our team at SERVPRO of Merrimack is your best resource when disaster strikes.

Your Amherst Home Can Face Many Problems Following a Fire. Call SERVPRO to Help You Sort Through the Damage and Restore It

Home fires can leave many consequences behind, and your Amherst home could need help to restore it. Even the smallest of flames can burn drywall, create enough soot to cover all the surfaces in your home and leave behind a pungent smell. When a fire happens, your best approach is to call a professional restoration service who can take a comprehensive approach to leave your home in its preloss condition.

The reasons why you should call SERVPRO when there's fire damage in your Amherst home are plentiful. For one, our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle fires damage of all sizes. Besides our expertise, we also have access to equipment made specifically for our industry and suited to perform an efficient cleanup process. When necessary, our staff goes as far as packing and moving your belongings to an alternate location where we can clean them while your home's structural elements are being treated. In sum, we become a one-stop team for all your needs after the incident.

What are the typical challenges after a home fire?
The majority of homes show soot on top of all surfaces, including items inside cabinets and window frames. Even if the fire happens in a well-defined area of your house, the impact is widespread. Our SERVPRO team addresses all issues, including irritants in the air, which we counteract by wearing personal protective equipment and using air scrubbers to help purify it. In terms of the actual cleanup, we employ one or a combination of the following:

    •    Solvents- best for any soot already stuck on the surfaces and needing a prolonged application
    •    Chemical agents- our team tailors their use to the organic or inorganic nature of the item to prevent damage due to abrasiveness
    •    Cleaning equipment- adds a mechanical solution to clean each surface

Our team at SERVPRO of Merrimack is your best resource when disaster strikes. Call us at (603) 262-9293 as soon as the emergency occurs and let us mitigate your loss until your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

Should a Homeowner Try to Remove Mold on Their Own or Hire a Mold Removal Company in Merrimack?

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

black and yellow mold damage under pulled up corner of  lavender wallpaper Don’t panic when you discover a mold infestation in your home. Contact SERVPRO to mitigate the situation.

Research-Based Detection of the Moisture Problem Fueling Fungal Growth and a Long Term Plan to Inhibit Microbial Rebound Are Reasons Why SERVPRO Stands Out Among Mold Removal Companies in Merrimack

Mold issues are common in residences in Merrimack, just like elsewhere in the Northeast. Understanding how a mold outbreak gets its start clarifies how vulnerable nearly every household is to fungal damage. Mold spores are tiny, invisible to the naked eye. They float on air currents and track into homes on footwear, pets, and clothing. As long as no consistent water source is available, the spores stay dry and simply coexist with the occupants of a home, inert, drifting in the breeze or settling on surfaces and furnishings.

How Do Inconspicuous Mold Spores Become Troublesome Mold Colonies?

Spores are impossible to eradicate, but reputable mold removal companies in Merrimack do not attempt or promise to rid a home of the spores. Instead, appropriately trained and certified mold remediation technicians focus on breaking the cycle of active mold growth. Mold growth can occur rapidly, needing only 24 to 48 hours of exposure to a water source to start dividing and multiplying. It is critical for you not to ignore water incursions based on seemingly minor circumstances such as:

  • Slow drips in plumbing under sinks and in walls
  • Clogged air conditioning drains and seeping condensation coils
  • Repeated spills near pet feeding areas
  • Precipitation blowing in through open windows and doors
  • Mudrooms where foot and outerwear do not dry out entirely because of inadequate ventilation
  • Steamy kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas without exhaust fans or inconsistently used equipment 

Removing rapidly multiplying colonies is one crucial step, but focusing only on removal is inadequate. Vigilance in managing moisture and using scientific principles to inhibit continuous reinfestation are why we follow the protocols of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when taking on your mold concerns.

What Are the EPA’s Mold Remediation Directives?

We approach all water damage issues with transparency and integrity, which is why SERVPRO concentrates on proactive interventions designed to minimize the chances that mold growth in Merrimack takes hold. Our mission is not to return to your home repeatedly to manage mold but to give you the knowledge that empowers you to avoid most mold problems. Before we can start you off on a clean slate, we proceed per the EPA as follows:

  • We locate the mold -- often with your help as you point out the feathery or leathery growth or notice the unmistakable musty smell.
  • We contain the area:
    • Wrapping the affected space in 1.6 mil polyethylene, frequently supported by plastic conduit
    • Installing a negative pressure air scrubber to seal the perimeter of the containment chamber and to force airborne mold particles through HEPA filters before exhausting to the outdoors
  • We mechanically remove the mold organisms through:
    • Brushing
    • Scraping
    • Controlled blasting with soda or other gentle abrasives that also incapacitate the continued growth of the mold’s invasive filaments or “hyphae”
  • The contained space is cleaned of moldy debris, including any porous material too infiltrated to remediation. Wipe down and vacuuming with HEPA-filtered equipment reduces the spore levels to the “normal” measurement of the average home.
  • The debris is double-bagged and disposed of as hazardous waste following local rules and regulations.
  • Topical EPA-registered antimicrobials treat the affected surfaces to kill residual spores and inhibit fast regrowth.
  • We might recommend sealing surfaces with paint-like primers impregnated with EPA-registered antimicrobials for another “layer” of protection from mold rebound.

How Do Professionals Manage the Moisture?

A mold removal project is incomplete unless the water damage or lingering moisture issues that caused the mold damage are addressed. We are very experienced in discovering the cause of water loss and following the migration of fluids and absorbed moisture far from the original crisis site. To do this, we:

  • Visually inspect, looking for staining, peeling paint, and bulging building materials
  • Use moisture detection and metering devices to map out and evaluate the intensity of any remaining liquid or absorbed water 
  • Provide water removal or structural drying services
  • Help you arrange for repair of leaks in roofs, plumbing, or appliances
  • Help assess high humidity concerns that can lead to mold growth and recommending strategies such as:
  • Installation of exhaust fans
  • Adjustment of HVAC systems
  • Improving ventilation 
  • Adding constant or periodic dehumidification to the affected areas 

We do not consider remediation complete until we find and arrange for the elimination of the water damage behind mold growth, why SERVPRO of Merrimack delivers sustainable results. Call (603) 262-9293 for a consultation and learn what we can offer as a long term solution for mold growth removal.

How Can I Isolate Some Sections Of My Merrimack House During Water Removal?

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Is One of the Premier Water Removal Services in Merrimack That Can Help Take Care of All Your Needs in Case of Water Intrusion

Once you discover a water spill at your home, several things run through your mind, including how to stop the source, remove the water, and take care of any necessary repairs. Apart from these routine issues, you might also have unique needs, such as isolating some sections of your Merrimack property during the restoration process.

What reasons could prompt seclusion of some sections in a home?

Water removal exercises in Merrimack are unique at each property and in every incident. The incident at your home may present some unique challenges that prompt you to desire seclusion of some areas. Some typical reasons include:

  • Residency purposes
  • To prevent the unchecked spread of unwanted materials
  • To create a temporary but safe storage section

You may be worried about the implications of staying in a wet house, including the possibility of developing respiratory issues but, at the same time, want to save the cost of seeking alternative accommodation. Safeguarding the sections of the property unaffected by the water spill can ensure you achieve both goals. 

Is containment sufficient in safeguarding the desired areas?

Establishing containment around specific areas of the property is an excellent way to achieve the desired seclusion. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you create the right type of containment using suitable materials that create airtight barriers. For instance sealing off openings such as doors or hallways to separate some rooms or sections of the property from the affected areas, thus locking out moisture or debris from spreading, is easier with supplies such as:

  • Spring-loaded poles 
  • 4 or 6-mil plastic sheets
  • Zip lock doors
  • Painters tape

With these materials, such containment is easy to set up, taking only a few minutes to construct. As one among the leading restoration companies in the area, we reuse most of the materials we use to set up containment in properties, thus spreading the acquisition costs around rather than burdening a single project.

Apart from limiting moisture from spreading, do containments help water removal in any way?

The drying phase of water removal involves accelerating evaporation, among other processes. If such evaporation drives the humidity level in the air too high, materials with hygroscopic properties such as gypsum or upholstery fabrics in unaffected sections of the property can reabsorb the evaporating moisture, thus recreating the problem. Containing the wet areas creates an opportunity to maximize evaporation efforts without the other problems, thus improving the turnaround time of the entire removal process.

Is containment sufficient in limiting water movement?

Once water leaks into a property, it spreads from the original access point in a couple of ways including:

  • Surface flow
  • Capillary action
  • Evaporation 

Containment mostly helps stop humidity laden air from circulating all over the property.  It might also help prevent some surface flow to a certain degree. Our SERVPRO technicians incorporate other water removal procedures depending on the conditions at your property. For instance, if there are pools on the floors, expediting water extraction is helpful. We have access to sufficient units of water removal equipment, including:

  • Portable extraction units
  • Deep extraction tools
  • Light wands
  • Drying mats

Sometimes the source of the spreading moisture is hidden away in a wall or floor cavity. Containment alone is not a viable solution for such a problem. Our technicians find resourceful ways to deal with such moisture reservoirs to ensure the removal of the moisture threat to the entire property. For a non-invasive approach, we use structural cavity drying equipment to remove the moisture.  The process only requires drilling small holes at the base of the walls, which can help release any water trapped in the cavity. Later we use the holes as the access points for the cavity drying equipment to direct airflow into the wall cavity. The systems replace the moist cold air trapped in the cavity with warmer dry air, which absorbs more moisture, thus promoting drying. 

In the case of water trapped within the floor assembly, we can use drying mats, which help pull water beneath tiles or wooden floorboards. Removal using drying mats is not only practical but also helps avoid irreversible damage that other methods can cause on hard surfaces such as tiles or hardwood. The mats create an airtight seal with the floor surface allowing a high lift extractor to suction the water from the floor through the allocated openings. 

When you have unique challenges caused by water spills, SERVPRO of Merrimack is one of the best restoration companies in the area that you can call for assistance. You can reach us at (603) 262-9293 so that we help you deal with any challenge, "Like it never even happened."

Are the Disinfection Measures Enough?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a red background Cleaning and sanitizing are both keys to helping stop the spread of viruses.

Let’s consider grocery stores in Merrimack and throughout New Hampshire. They’re open as an essential service company. We can easily understand how frequent cleaning and disinfection throughout the store and its equipment are so very important to the health of employees and customers alike. Good news -- recent statistics indicate that preventative cleaning and disinfection are having a positive impact. By the way, when you shop at a store, be sure to practice social distancing.

Professional Cleaning Offers an Advantage

The SERVPRO team can help any business that remains open, by performing supplemental cleaning in Merrimack and using commercial equipment to apply hospital-grade disinfectants. 

 How can SERVPRO of Merrimack help to make cleaning more efficient?

  • Specific strategies for each location,
  • Flexibility with work schedule
  • Experienced in CDC, EPA, OSHA protocols
  • Workforce to complete a project of any size

Our SERVPRO of Merrimack team is available to discuss your needs. Give us a call today at (603) 262-9293.


DISCLAIMER. Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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.

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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Addressing the Cause and Effect of Mold in Amherst Homes

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Corner of a closet with the drywall covered in mold Kick Mold out of your house with help from SERVPRO.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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