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Understanding How Smoke Behaves Helps Us Remediate Fire Damage To Your Gilford Home

7/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding How Smoke Behaves Helps Us Remediate Fire Damage To Your Gilford Home Smoke & Fire Cleanup in Gilford? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Uses the Latest Methodologies to Grapple with Smoke & Fire Damage

A home fire is a shocking and frightening experience. The cleanup afterward can be very stressful for homeowners. Your home does not feel like your own when there is still visible fire damage, which is very upsetting. It is natural to want to get back to normal as soon as you can after a blaze. SERVPRO is on hand to remediate fire damage and get you back on the path to normalcy.
 
When dealing with fire damage to your Gilford home, it is important to contact remediation experts who have a thorough understanding of combustion and are equipped to deal with the cleanup in the most efficient way. We train our technicians in the theory of fire and smoke, so they understand what to look for during the assessment of your property, and how best to clean it.
 
The way smoke behaves during a fire affects which parts of your home suffer the most damage and therefore need the most thorough cleaning. Here are some things our professionals need to be aware of when assessing your home.
 
Because hot air rises, smoke also rises, which means that ceilings are often particularly affected by smoke damage. Ceilings directly over the place where the blaze started are particularly susceptible to smoke damage. As smoke fills each room and reaches from the roof down to the top of the door frame, it spreads through the door (even if it is a closed door) into the next room.
 
Another aspect of smoke behavior that helps SERVPRO assess the damage to your house is the way smoke behaves in regards to temperature. Smoke migrates towards cooler surfaces (this is the hot goes to cold principle), and thus colder surfaces collect more smoke deposits. For example, because closets often have a lower temperature than the surrounding room, it is normal for them to collect more soot.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians use their knowledge of smoke behavior to assess the post-fire situation in your home and draw up the most efficient cleaning plan. We use a range of cleaning actions, including scrubbing and rubbing, using detergents to encourage the grime to slide off the surface, and immersion techniques for smaller items. We also have access to specialist storage and cleaning facilities where soft items such as bedding or drapes are washed using state of the art Esporta washers.
 
Soot damage remediation helps your home feel like your own again. Call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 for help.

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Belmont Flood Damage from Different Types of Water

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Belmont Flood Damage from Different Types of Water Belmont Carpet Flooded? Call SERVPRO for Swift Service and a Dry Home

SERVPRO Can Extract Contaminated Water from Your Belmont Home After a Storm

Much of the destruction we restore in homes comes from water. Most of that comes from threats inside the home; specifically, broken water pipes and failing appliances. Usually, the water from these incidents is Clean and removed with a standard restoration plan. If the water is Gray or Black, then additional steps must be taken.

Removing water and restoring order to a flood damaged Belmont home requires a professional service with training and experience. SERVPRO has decades in the restoration business and has developed a plan to deal with each of these three categories of flood water.

Clean Water is treated water that which contains no waste. The sources for this type of flooding are a burst pipe, an overflowing sink or tub, or a defective appliances. An example would be when a homeowner returns after a weekend trip to find the water dispenser on their brand-new refrigerator has failed. The flooding is not deep, but it does leave water over several rooms. Fortunately, Clean water poses few health risks and the only loss here would be the carpet pads and perhaps one or more carpets.

Gray Water is used water that contains waste, but not human waste. It can be Clean Water that after sufficient exposure absorbs chemicals, dirt, and debris. Sources for this flooding are an overflowing washing machine that spills across the floor or a toilet overflow that does not contain solid waste. Gray water does not spread disease, but direct contact could make a person sick. Losses here are the carpet pads and carpets. The pads may be cleaned under certain circumstances, but it is rarely ever cost-effective to thoroughly clean carpets with even this small level of contamination. In addition to pumping out the water, our technicians spray and clean the affected surfaces with an anti-microbial agent to ensure a clean result.

Black Water is unsanitary and contains human waste in most incidents. Sources for this type of contamination are backed-up sewer lines and failed septic tanks. The source may be floodwaters or streams that have picked up contaminants along their journeys. Our technicians must wear protective boots, clothing, and gloves when dealing with this category of flood water. We do not recommend anyone else come into the home until we have finished work. Unlike Gray, Black Water can spread disease if left untreated long enough. Depending if the local sewer system is functioning, we may have to pump out the water into a truck and dispose of it at a treatment plant. Everything Black Water contacts must be cleaned with a biocide or an anti-microbial agent and allowed to dry. Once done, we inspect it and clean again if necessary.

In most cases, restoring your home is a matter of removing the standing water and drying out your carpets and floors. When the flooding is contaminated, you need a professional service that ensures your home is clean and safe to live in once again. Dehumidifiers, air movers, and heaters may also be deployed to ensure that your home appears "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region stands ready to help neighbors here in New Hampshire put their house back together. Call us at (603) 527-2518 today.

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Think Ahead - Protect Your Laconia Area Restaurant Against Water Damage Today

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Think Ahead - Protect Your Laconia Area Restaurant Against Water Damage Today Count on SERVPRO to Keep Your Water Damaged Lilburn Business Open

Ask SERVPRO About Our Emergency Ready Plan to Combat Water Damage to Your Place of Business


You set your restaurant up with everything necessary to meet your guest's needs. You have a fully stocked kitchen, complete with cooking equipment such as gas or electric ranges, combination ovens, toasters, and microwaves. You installed fryers and oil filtration systems, along with specialty cooking equipment like grills, pasta cookers, rice warmers, and crepe makers.  
 
Everything is going well the day you open your Laconia area business; water damage has never been farther from your mind. Your customers are happy, your food is great, things could not be better. That is until all of the equipment you installed and the increased traffic causes a pipe to burst, pouring hundreds of gallons of water into your kitchen. Of course, this situation is something that you might have avoided if you spent a little time preparing your building, along with everything else.   
 
Water issues like this happen far more often than you might think. Some business owners are excited about getting all of their new equipment installed in time and are in such a rush to open their new business that they forget that the building might need some attention too. If you take the time to contact a qualified restoration company, like SERVPRO, we can help you avoid situations just like this one.  
 
SERVPRO does far more than help you recover after an emergency situation occurs on your property. We often make recommendations that help you avoid damaging situations altogether and limit the losses that you experience even before things get out of control. Making the decision to contact us gives you access to highly trained restoration technicians with years of experience backing them while also providing us with an opportunity to gain useful information about your company that helps us respond to emergency situations sooner. By accepting our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, we offer a mobile app ERP and more to help prevent and mitigate potential losses.
 
SERVPRO technicians can perform an inspection that helps determine if any portion of your building has a problem that needs professional attention including pipes, fixtures, valves, connectors, or washers that are simply too old to handle the load. We can help you locate improperly installed appliances, warn you about problems that you might have overlooked and assist with getting things under control before significant damages can occur.  
 
SERVPRO of The Lakes Region stands ready to perform any repairs or services necessary to help you maintain control of your property and can prepare your building to combat unexpected situations. Our technicians are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year. Schedule your initial inspection today. (603) 527-2518

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Laconia Mold Damage Happens for Specific Reasons

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Laconia Mold Damage Happens for Specific Reasons Spores and Mold Damage in Laconia Can Get Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Remove Mold Growth Factors Through Remediation


Many homeowners and renters are reluctant to deal with mold. Many of them mistakenly believe that mold infestation means that they have somehow kept a dirty home and are responsible for it. Poor housekeeping is not the reason; mold spores are inside every home and structure except for sterile rooms such as operating theaters and some types of laboratories.


SERVPRO understands that mold damage to Laconia homes only begins when spores have enough moisture to expand and grow. They still do not spread unless they have a food source and the surrounding temperature is in the correct range. To stop, clean, and remove mold, it is important for us to know the details of how growth happens.

A single mold spore is smaller than a mustard seed; it is microscopic. A mass can contain hundreds of spores but is no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. They stay in the mass and inert unless they somehow break away. Even a rush of air from an air duct can cause it. As they spread, some of them eventually encounter moisture.

Spores quickly absorb water and expand by sending out hyphae, a network that grows like roots over or into a surface depending on the material. If the hyphae grow into the material, it usually serves as a food source also. Drywall, ceiling tiles, and wood panels are the food sources that spores seem to prefer. Hyphae that stay on the surface form new masses which eventually break up and spread the infestation further. All they need now is the right temperature. SERVPRO techs also point out that growth is enhanced by the lack of sunlight.

Most mold spores expand and grow in the range of 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. This range expands a bit if there are significant sources of moisture and food. There are a few molds that grow in temperatures as low as 32 degrees or as high as 122 degrees. Unless it is the dead of winter, mold can grow and remain a threat anywhere in New Hampshire.

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region is prepared year-round to help you confront and remove mold from your home. Call us today at (603) 527-2518 for an inspection and free estimate. 


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Spring Cleaning Should Include Removal of Signs of Puff-Back, a Type of Fire Damage, in Laconia

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Spring Cleaning Should Include Removal of Signs of Puff-Back, a Type of Fire Damage, in Laconia Damage prevention includes assessing the state of appliances on a regular basis. Soot around your furnace is an indicator and a risk. Call SERVPRO.

Fire Damage Prevention Includes Assessing the State of Your Furnace

When a furnace begins to malfunction, sometimes one of the signs of this is a loud bang, followed by a spewing of soot from the furnace. Much of this soot is initially contained within the ducts, only to be released into the air. When the soot hits the room along with the heated air, the soot particles can still be extremely hot from being in the furnace and burn the walls near heat vents.
 
Laconia residents might notice darkened areas around heat vents, and possibly even air intake vents if their furnace had problems over the winter, and this kind of fire damage is often overlooked during spring cleaning. The soot does not exist only on the walls outside of vents, but also inside the ducts. Hot ash can burn holes in ducts, even if they are made out of metal. These tiny holes can create fire hazards in the future, as well as allow pests to have greater ability to travel from one area of your home's interior to other areas.
 
SERVPRO technicians know how to effectively clean the locations affected by what is really minor fire damage, and the ducts that are involved, also. The ducts can develop build ups that are highly flammable, much like the accumulations that chimneys can develop. Leaving this substance inside your air vents is not only potentially dangerous, but it can be unhealthy and also produce ongoing odors that are highly unpleasant, particularly when the temperature rises over the upcoming summer.
 
As we clean, any defects in your ducts are noted for future repairs. If your air conditioning system uses the same ducts, this, and the cleaning itself are crucial to maintaining your indoor air quality at optimal levels.
 
After cleaning the area outside of the vents, painting can be done if desired. We also clean the vents so that they look like new again, free of dust build-up and grime. Carpeting below vents often collects debris, as well, and we can clean these areas for you, also. As with any fire damage, an entire home can be affected in various locations that may only seem unrelated. We have experience that helps us understand these patterns, and eradicating the problem wherever it exists.
 
By calling us, SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518, you can gain the experience we have gained from working on large and small fire damage situations, as well as the expertise obtained by our training and certification processes. Put our IICRC certificates to work for your home, and enjoy the healthy benefits of a cleaner home.

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Laconia Water Damage Restoration Has Different Options

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Laconia Water Damage Restoration Has Different Options Water Damage in Laconia Homes Rely on SERVPRO for Drying and Restoring

SERVPRO Technically Deals with Damages Caused by Water to Your Property in Laconia

Ordinary cleaning services are not up to the challenge of restoration when significant amounts of water harm your home. Water can linger, and secondary damage can occur, exposing your house to permanent problems. SERVPRO offers the trained staff, powerful equipment, and industry leading practices to deliver the best result.
 
A phone call distracts, and a relaxing bath instead becomes a crisis, the overflow causing water damage to both levels of your Laconia home. Clean up is not completed with a bucket and mop as the water leaks through the bathroom floor and soaks the ceiling and wall below. A call for our comprehensive services removes the water and reverses the deterioration caused by the seepage through building materials.
 
SERVPRO’s ASD, applied structural drying technicians, arrive swiftly, ready to begin a series of tasks proven to restore your bathroom and the area below to their preloss condition. Our fully equipped trucks hold the tools necessary to extract any water remaining in the bathroom and to initiate and complete necessary drying.
 
Powerful air movers accelerate the drying of walls, ceiling, and floor. We look carefully at the soaked materials, particularly drywall, to check for crumbling. If insulation is present and wet we typically recommend replacement as it is inexpensive to switch out and challenging and time consuming to dry completely. Water saturated insulation typically also mats and flattens out, losing the ability to function as desired. Other structures that appear solid, yet damp, receive the drying treatment. Measurements of moisture content guide the length of time the air movers and dehumidifiers work. The latter equipment are matched to the required performance and may be LGR, low-grain refrigerated units, or gel-based ones to capture and remove air moisture. Occasionally we add heated air to the mix to reduce the moisture within the affected areas.
 
Properly dried structures and fixtures and installations, such as carpets, are cleaned of any residue as one of the final steps taken by our crew. Touch ups with paint and inspections to ensure trim, floors, and walls or ceilings are free of buckling and gaping help us keep our pledge to leave your premises "Like it never even happened."  SERVPRO stands by this mission statement, helping you retake control of your life after this mistake.
 
Homeowners in the know contact SERVPRO of The Lakes Region when water damage strikes. One call to (603) 527-2518 gets our experienced team in motion to restore your home.

Protect Your Investment - Your Home

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

All to often people run into problems when it comes time to sell their home. When you list your home with a real estate agent you must divulge if you have had past water damage, mold issues or any other type of damage to the home. This information can make or break the sale of your home. Having the proper documentation can make all the difference. SERVPRO technicians are fully trained to identify, document and restore all the damages that have affected your home so that when it comes time to sell your home you are protected and have piece of mind knowing we are there to stand behind our work. Specialized equipment, moisture meters, picture documentation, detailed estimation and communication ensures that nothing will be overlooked. If your ever in need of clean up services be sure to call the professionals at SERVPRO. 

Not All Cleaning & Restoration Companies are Alike!!!

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

General Not All Cleaning & Restoration Companies are Alike!!! Water Damaged Gym floor is restored with specialty equipment.

What makes one company different from the next? Could it be experience? Attention to detail? State of the art equipment? How about a clear vision? Here at SERVPRO we feel all of these is what makes a company stand apart from the rest. With over 1,600 offices nationwide and award winning Corporate training and support SERVPRO is the leading Cleaning & Restoration company in the country. SERVPRO provides an extensive list of services such as Fire, Smoke & Water damage Clean Up, Bio-Hazard Clean Up, Sewer Damage Clean Up, Duct Cleaning, Mold Remediation Services and much more. Providing 24 hour emergency service you can rely on SERVPRO to be there when you need us. The next time you have the need for any type of clean up services call the people you know you can trust. Call the experts at SERVPRO. "Like it Never Even Happened."

Mold. How Bad Could It Be?

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold. How Bad Could It Be? Mold on drywall such as in this situation should be removed by experienced professionals like SERVPRO

Mold inside your home or business can cause many problems. Today's structures are built energy efficient meaning that they are air tight and air is not exchanged as well as in older homes. The air inside your structure might have more contaminants than you think. Once mold has developed inside a structure it is very important that the area be sealed off from other unaffected areas so cross contamination is limited. Trained & Certified SERVPRO technicians will evaluate the mold problem in order to determine what steps to take to properly re-mediate the mold.   Only trained professionals like SERVPRO should attempt to remove mold from inside a dwelling. Proper equipment and proven techniques can successfully return your home or business back to it's original condition. If you have the need for mold removal don't settle for just anyone. Call the professionals you can trust. Call SERVPRO!!! 

Hidden Moisture = Big Headaches

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hidden Moisture = Big Headaches This finished basement flooded but with the TEAM from SERVPRO onsite immediately it was restored back to normal in days.

All to often homeowners are told "it's just a little water, clean it up yourself". Sometimes advise like that can create BIG HEADACHES!!! Moisture that seeps deep into wall cavities and sub-flooring can cause mold to develop if not dried out properly and potentially cost thousands of dollars in unnecessary clean up down the road. Let the Professionals from SERVPRO evaluate your home or business and make sure that all the moisture has been addressed giving you peace of mind knowing that it has been taken care of in the most detailed manner. You will receive documentation proving that the property has been returned to its original state. Next time you experience a water damage to your home or business call the TEAM that does it all. SERVPRO "Like It Never Even Happened".