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Fork Painted Holiday Trees Hosted by the Laconia Library

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

A child with green paint all over him. Think of all the fun to be had with holiday crafts.

Laconia Families Enjoy Christmas Crafts Via Virtual Workshops

The Laconia Public Library is hosting a virtual event for families. Budding artists will use forks and fingers to create a delightful Christmas tree painting. The event takes place on December 8th at 3:00 PM on Facebook Live. You can pick up supplies when you call ahead and let the library know how many are participating. 

Check Out Some Holiday Books

The Laconia Public Library is opened to the public, but there are limitations. The following guidelines are in place for visiting:

  • Wear a mask
  • Stay 6 feet apart
  • One daily visit, up to 1 hour
  • No food or drink inside
  • Check in at the welcome station

Contact the library at (603) 524-4775 if you have any questions. 

SERVPRO Proudly Serving the Laconia Community

SERVPRO of the Lakes Region provides mold damage removal in Laconia and surrounding areas. Mold can impact any home if the conditions are right. It is not something you want to ignore, and attempting to remove it yourself can cause more damage. Let the mold removal professionals at SERVPRO handle it for you. Contact us at (603) 527-2518.

Laconia Residents Count on SERVPRO for Water Mitigation

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

A red pin on a map. Give us a call today, we are prepared and ready to assist your Laconia water damage.

When Water Intrusions Cause Problems in Laconia Homes Our Technicians Provide Professional Water Damage Services

The city of Laconia got its start with the Abenaki Indians. The area that is now The Weirs was once an Abenaki settlement known as Acquadocton Village. The colonists discovered several fishing weirs at the Winnipesaukee River outlet. One of the goals of early explorers was to trace the Piscataqua River up to Lake Champlain. Indian folklore mentioned the great rivers and lakes of Canada, and they hoped this path would lead to that discovery.

Endicott Rock Commemorates a Town

Endicott Rock is a local landmark that marks the event of the Endicott survey team surveying the location around 1652. In 1746, a fort was built in Laconia. The settlement of the fort did not take place until 1746 due to the hostilities between the French, English, and Native American allies. The town was known as Meredith Bridge at this time.

Industry Develops, and A Town Grows

Mill Street and Parade Street are two streets that were first to see business growth. Mill Street saw the development of grist and lumber mills in 1765. Taverns followed on Parade Street. The courthouse was built in 1822 and would later become the county seat. The Belknap Mill began in 1823 to manufacture textiles and is a museum today. When it comes to brick textile mills in the US, it is the oldest, unaltered facility. Locals

businesses that followed produced:

  •   Lumber
  •   Shoes
  •   Textiles
  •   Knitting machinery and needles
  •   Hosiery

While all that was welcomed into the city as it brought business and people, the biggest employer would be the Laconia Car Company. It started in 1848 and manufactured subway cars, rail cars, and trolley cars through the 1930s. In 1849 the railroad came to town and brought with it, not only freight but summer vacationers. Weirs Beach was a popular summer tourist spot. 

Laconia Incorporates 

When the town was incorporated in 1855, it was given the name Laconia. The city's name is thought to come from the old Laconia Company. This company was put together by John Mason. The Mason Proprietors' job during the colonial period was to sell land parcels. In 1893 Laconia went from being a town to officially incorporating as a city. 

The Great Fire of 1860

Two weekly Laconia newspapers would report one of the most devastating events in New Hampshire in 1860. On November 21, a fire struck in the early morning. The area impacted stretched from Water Street and Mill Street, the main business region, to the Winnipesaukee River. The only businesses to survive the fire was the Belknap Mill and the Ranlet Car Shops. The newspapers, Winnipesaukee Gazette and New Hampshire Gazette were burnt out too but were able to print with other papers' help. 

Indescribable destruction to Businesses

According to The Democrat, “It is a calamity whose full effects are not yet realized ... It will probably be a long time since buildings of the style and magnitude of those constructed will be erected, if indeed, they ever are.”

Rising winds spread the flames and fueled the fire. Cerro Gordo House caught fire, and the inmates barely escaped. The pail factory, sash and blind factory, and the box factory were engulfed. Five more buildings would catch fire from a gale that arose and swept the flames in their directions. Eventually, firefighting efforts were given up as the street itself was too hot. Three-fourths of the village businesses were destroyed in under three hours despite the effort of the townsfolk, firefighters, and neighboring towns. Sadly, the buildings that burned were destroyed in 1846 in another fire. The city learned to avoid building a large number of wooden buildings in one area. Brick buildings were critical. 

Laconia Fire Fighting History

The Great Fire of 1860 was the incentive for establishing better fire protection and private fire brigades. Companies set them up, but they were made available to the public as well. By the 1870s, these private companies were all set with uniformed firefighters, firehouses, and modern equipment. The fire brigade was photographed in 1875 in Laconia. Their pride was a steam-powered water pump called an Amoskeag Steamer.  The fire company had grown by 1888 and had a hook and ladder and two horse-pulled wagons. The Weirs firehouse was built in 1894. Two more major disasters would take place:

  •   In 1902, the Masonic Temple and a livery stable were destroyed by an explosion.
  •   In 1903, the Great Lakeport Fire destroyed Lakeport

A City That Overcomes Adversity

Today there are over 15,000 people in Laconia. Over the years, they have faced tragedy with perseverance and faith that they can make it through. And they proved they can. They rebuilt, more than once, and came back stronger than before. Now visitors come each year to enjoy the many events Laconia has to offer. Laconia Motorcycle Week, or Bike Week, is one of the largest in the country. Competition heats up in the winter during the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby. 

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration to Laconia Homes

When fires hit a home and firefighters are needed, water and chemical removal are needed. People often do not think of water mitigation during a fire, but it needs to be addressed immediately. If let set, the water and chemicals from fire hoses can cause extensive damage. They are both caustic to surfaces they come in contact with and can cause secondary damage, such as mold. SERVPRO can extract excess water, clean up the chemical residue, and mitigate the fire damage. Fire and water restoration includes:

  •   Removing charred remains and unsalvageable content
  •   Water extraction with different pumps
  •   Drying structural elements and content
  •   Removal of smoke residue and soot
  •   Deodorizing the home
  •   Reconstruction and restoration
  •   Content cleaning

Our goal is always to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” We are proud of our city and how the neighbors handle problems when they occur. We are also proud to do our part in mitigating many of those disasters. Contact SERVPRO of the Lakes Regions at (603) 527-2518 for water mitigation in Laconia.

Enjoy the Belly Dance Class or Come Have Fun with Other Residents of Belmont

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Belmont Residents Should Consider Participating in the Socially Distanced Belly Dance with Andromeda

Interactions during the pandemic have been limited. Thankfully, on 23rd November, from 7:00 PM, you can join your Belmont neighbors and friends at Miss Maria's School of Dance located at Watertown, MA, 02472, and appreciate the ancient art of belly dancing. The event is open to everyone. Many virtual performance opportunities are available. Also, Belly Dance lovers who like watching the dance can come and have fun with a group of lovely ladies.

The Belly Dance begins with:

  • A soothing body warm-up
  • Moving into breaking down
  • Choreography

Those who want to learn the Belly Dance can pay $20 for 1 or 2 classes. However, if you enroll in more than three courses, you can enjoy a $5 discount per class and a free hip scarf.

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region affectionately welcomes you to the Socially Distanced Belly Dance with Andromeda. If your Belmont home has flood damage, we are the right company to hire. Our experienced and certified team members can restore your home to its preloss state. Talk to us today at (603) 527-2518.

Find Unique, Handmade Christmas Gifts in Belmont

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home with debris everywhere It will be exciting to see the community at the Holiday Craft Fair in Belmont!

Attend Lakes Region Holiday Craft Fair in Belmont on November 21st and 22nd.

Finding that perfect Christmas gift is sometimes a real challenge. Many people simply opt to give cash or mass-produced store-bought items. While convenient and more appropriate for children, these gifts may indicate to older recipients a lack of thoughtfulness. Conversely, handmade presents are special and signal that you put more effort into your gift-giving. So, leave a lasting impression on those you care about by picking them up a unique gift at the Lakes Region Holiday Craft Fair in Belmont. Important details about the event are as follows:

  • Event is at the Belknap Mall, located at 96 Daniel Webster Highway
  • Runs from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday the 21st and from 10 AM to 3 PM on Sunday the 22nd
  • Admission is free
  • Features handcrafted products from eighty exhibitors

In life, we accumulate various treasured possessions. These often irreplaceable mementos remind us of special times and people. SERVPRO of The Lakes Region understands. So, if you ever need fire damage restoration work done, rest assured that we have the right expertise and tools to do the job right. Call us anytime at (603) 527-2518 for help.

Why is Baking Soda Blasting the Right Choice for Crawl Space Mold Removal in Laconia?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

woman looking at mold on a wall Wherever you have a mold infestation in your home, professional mold damage remediation is the answer. Contact team SERVPRO for services.

Laconia Homeowners Need Effective Mold Removal in Crawl Spaces

A crawl space plays a vital role in Laconia homes – it provides a buffer between your house and the damp, wet earth. As anyone who lives in the Lakes Region knows, there is plenty of rainfall in the area. The presence of so much rain makes it all too easy for crawl spaces to become wet, and once they get damp, the fungus can grow.

If you suspect fungal growth in the crawl space of your Laconia home, call for mold removal straight away. Mold thrives in damp, dark places like a crawl space, and if you do not treat it, it can:

  • Eat into the wood and cause rotting
  • Spread throughout the crawl space
  • Get from the crawl space into the rest of your home

How do you know there is mold in your crawl space?

You do not go into your crawl space every day! So fungus can grow there without you noticing. However, there are several tell-tale signs to look out for:

  • A musty smell in your Laconia crawl space – open the access hatch, and you will be able to smell it
  • Moisture inside the crawl space – use a flashlight to look for leaks, or water running on the walls or floor
  • Patches of mold – use that light source again and look for patches of mold, which might look like dark-colored dirt or dust growing on surfaces
  • High utility bills – if the moisture is caused by a leak somewhere in your home, you might notice higher than usual utility bills
  • Presence of pests – if you see damage to your crawl space hatch, such as from rats or other pests, that means moisture can get in there too

What should you do if you notice mold?

Call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at the first sign of trouble. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and it is our job to clean your crawl space and discourage the mold from spreading.

You can expect a callback within an hour of your first call, and we will arrive at your home within four hours. We will send experienced mold remediation technicians who know all the best industry standards and practices for dealing with mold.

Why does SERVPRO favor baking soda blasting for crawl spaces?

Media blasting is the technical term for projecting abrasive media against a surface at high speed. Most media blasting works by using compressed air to push the media out of the blasting machine at high speed. You might know it by its more common name of sandblasting.

We can use many different kinds of media for sandblasting, including ground-up nutshells, glass beads, silica sand, and steel grit. However, many of these media are highly abrasive and can damage the surface we use them on. They are suitable for heavy-duty jobs such as cleaning ocean liners but may not be the right choice for a wooden crawl space.

Baking soda is a highly effective blasting media that is ideal for crawl spaces because:

  • It is much gentler than other media blasting options
  • It is environmentally friendly and does not use harsh chemicals
  • The baking soda has deodorizing properties, which means it deodorizes as it cleans, helping to rid your crawl space of that “mold” smell
  • It is faster than hand scrubbing
  • The media blasting nozzle makes it easy to get into tight or awkward spaces

How does baking soda blasting work?

The baking soda particles strike the surface, scrubbing away mold particles. We can then wipe up the baking soda residue, along with the loose mold.

What else can SERVPRO do to help?

For heavy mold infestations on raw timbers like floor joists and beams in the crawl space our AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians can also do dry ice blasting. This takes two techs, one feeds dry ice pellets (like small bullets) into a hopper. The second crew member directs the pressurized pellets at the fungi, effectively scraping them from the substrate. The added benefit of this process is that the pellets sublimate (go directly from a solid to a gaseous state) leaving only the mold debris behind--and no water or moisture.

Media blasting is just one part of mold remediation. SERVPRO can also:

  • Measure moisture and humidity levels in your crawl space to check for underlying problems
  • Use HEPA vacuums to suck up mold spores
  • Set up a negative air system to vent contaminated air outside of your home
  • Set up drying equipment to make the area drier and less hospitable to mold spores
  • Use air scrubbers for further deodorization

What can you do to protect your crawl space from mold?

Mold loves moisture, so anything you can do to keep water from your crawl space will help prevent a recurrence. Insulate your crawl space with plastic sheeting and regularly check the insulation to make sure it is sound. Make sure the access hatch is well sealed and deal with any damage immediately.

Examine HVAC or other plumbing components in the crawl space regularly and fix any issues.

Check your downspouts – they should land at least six feet from your crawl space to reduce the risk of run-off getting into the area.

For help with mold in your crawl space, call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518.

How Do Laconia Property Owners Handle Water Damage Resulting from Deteriorated Old Piping?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property The structural damage that water causes can be expensive to repair if not handled by professionals.

Water Damage Restoration in Laconia Requires the Help of Certified and Experienced Professionals Like SERVPRO Technicians.

As a property owner, you know that water leaking into your Laconia property can cause a wide range of damages, including structural damage. Fortunately, if you act fast by contacting a reputable restorer like SERVPRO immediately, we can stop the damage from spreading. Water travels fast, and its secondary destruction begin to occur within 24 to 48 hours.

What should a property owner do after noticing the water leak?
A small leak can also cause significant water damage in your Laconia home if not addressed on time. However, you can take the steps below to minimize the damage:
    •    Turn off the main water supply into your property.
    •    Switch off electricity at the main if the water damage is extensive. That helps minimize the chances of electrocution.
    •    Move damaged contents to a dry area.
    •    Hire a plumber to fix the leak.

Where does mold growth occur?
Mold growth occurs within 24 hours in warm, dark, and wet areas like in bathrooms, behind drywall, ceiling tiles, and paper products. However, the airborne spores that mold releases can travel to other parts of your property, causing outbreaks in different surfaces. Our professional restorers can perform mold remediation in your property.

How do restorers limit mold spores from spreading?
SERVPRO technicians can use 6-mil polyethylene and PVC pipe to construct containment in the affected area. The containment helps to:
    •    Prevent contaminants from spreading to unaffected areas
    •    Protect the property’s occupants and our employees from breathing in the contaminants.
    •    Manage airflow from the unaffected area to contaminated areas.

After containment, we can use concrobium, which is a botanical product, to treat the affected area. The product acts against microorganisms and stops their development. Most property owners prefer the botanical product to chemical compounds. We can also remove and replace the affected materials.

What does the restoration involve?
When we get to your residence, we can conduct a thorough inspection and come up with a restoration plan. The plan may include water extraction, mold remediation, drying, and dehumidification using innovative equipment.

Is dehumidification necessary?
Most property owners think severe pipe leaks and floods only cause water damage. However, high moisture levels in the property's environment can also cause significant damage to your property. The moisture is capable of damaging your floors, drywall, and furniture. We can use refrigerant dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity in the air. The equipment lowers the humidity ratio in the affected property.

The structural damage that water causes can be expensive to repair if not handled by professionals. Contact SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 for assistance. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Does Flood Restoration Cover the Outside of a Building?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

cloud to ground lightning striking during storm Floodwater contaminates the inside and outside of your home. We have the equipment to clean the mud from every inch of your house!

Flood Damage Can Soil Both the Interior and Exterior of your Home. SERVPRO Can Perform Expert Restoration to Return your Home to a Pre-loss Condition

How can I clean the exterior walls of my home after flooding?

Flooding in Belmont can be extremely damaging, with highly contaminated waters contacting both the interior and exterior of your home. These floodwaters may contain human pathogens or biohazardous substances like raw sewage, and you should use a professional service to remove them. SERVPRO technicians can mobilize a range of powerful cleaning equipment to restore your home after a violent weather event. During an emergency, you can contact us out-of-hours via our twenty-four-hour phone line.

What equipment is useful for removing flood debris from a property?

  • Power washers are mounted, high-pressure washers that we use to clean exterior walls.
  • Electric spraying equipment can disperse large amounts of deodorants or cleaning fluids.
  • Dry vacuums fitted with high-efficiency particulate air-filters (HEPA) to remove dust from drywall or demolition.

Can power washers clean heavily soiled walls?

The dirt and grime that comes with flood damage in your Belmont home may not disappear with just high-pressure water washing. Power washers can be mixed with a cleaning solution to help break the connection between soiling and the wall surface. Frequently, our SERVPRO technicians opt for detergents that are water-based and emulsify bonded soils. If the mains water supply is inaccessible, our technicians can use a portable storage tank to provide water to the power washer for cleaning. These storage tanks are capable of delivering between 250 and 1000 gallons of water.

Which power washers work for residential flooding?

  • Power washers are measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) for the amount of water dispersed.
  • Residential restoration services usually use power washers with less than 2500 psi
  • They can be used to clean dirt from exterior walls or to clear driveways after flooding.

If your home becomes unsanitary due to flooding, contact SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518.

What is the Best Way to Avoid a Fire in a Garage?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Garage on fire SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home needs after a fire mishap. Give us a call right away.

SERVPRO techs have the training and equipment to help local Belmont properties recover from damage to their property and contents.

After a fire in your Belmont garage, it can be disheartening to see the amount of cleanup needed to use the space again. Unlike most fire restoration jobs, this is one type where the property owners can frequently remain on-site during the cleanup. This is because usually, there are no vents from the house leading into the garage, so there is no chance for the soot to spread into the ductwork of the home. For attached garages, as long as containment measures get applied to the entrance from the interior of the house to the garage,  most potential for cross-contamination gets avoided. Organization in your garage is one of the best ways to prevent a fire, using methods such as:  

  • Shelving to keep clutter to a minimum  
  • Never storing flammable chemicals in the vicinity of anything electrical or with a potential to spark  
  • Keeping gas cans with fumes out of the area  
  • Ensuring outlets are not overloaded
  • Keeping products with VOCs out of the closed environment of the garage

What is the Process for Handling Stubborn Fire Damage Residues?

Once the charred items get removed from the site with fire damage in a Belmont home, SERVPRO technicians work on cleaning the surfaces in the house. Attention to the surface is as essential as the type of smoke damage being removed. The techs carefully test surfaces to ensure the chosen method of removal has no adverse effect on the article getting cleaned. Just as some surfaces can get damaged by the use of water, others can deteriorate after exposure to certain solvents. The three critical steps in using solvents to dissolve residues are:   

  • Wash the surface with the solvent; this action suspends the particles
  • Rinse the surface from both solvent and smoke residues being careful about the disposal
  • Dry the surface 

This type of cleaning brings responsibilities towards the community and environment for safe disposal of the cleaning solvents used in this type of fire and smoke damage removal. SERVPRO techs are always careful to adhere to local, state, and federal regulations. Some of the main rules are:  

  • The solvents can never get disposed of within the sewer or septic system as the dry-cleaning solvents, in particular, is an industrial waste product  
  • Also, the cleaning wastes should never get disposed of in storm drains or gutters
  • Wastewater used in cleaning that does not contain solvents can get disposed of through a treated sewer line, toilet, or utility sink  

What are Other Methods for Removal of Soot?  

After SERVPRO techs handle the restoration services for damage from a fire in a garage, this can include a large amount of controlled demolition resulting in removing the sheetrock and insulation if present. Whenever stubborn smoke residues remain, there are other methods besides liquid cleaning solutions to remove them from the surfaces, particularly on the wood framework. The techs have access to high-powered equipment to perform abatement; one of the most popular is soda blasting. This uses sodium bicarbonate (yes, baking soda) delivered at a high velocity to remove any soot still adhering. Another tactic that gets used in the same fashion uses ice pellets. The removed material that gets then extracted gets picked up using hand vacuums to ensure all of the residues get removed.       

Prepping for rebuilding is a must during the restoration services. Before repairs or reconstruction can occur on a fire-damaged garage or any other part of the home, the worksite must be free of soot, charred materials, and smoke odors.   

The odor control phase of the restoration services can take many forms, and frequently the technicians need to take a multi-layered approach to ensure there are no signs of the previous fire that occurred. The techs use air scrubbers to improve air quality during the mitigation process, along with the detailed hand cleaning that the techs perform, the use of specialized equipment assists in the permanent removal of pungent fire odors. Two of the most typically seen tactics involve thermal fogging for eradicating embedded odors present and the use of hydroxyl generators to remove airborne particulate and neutralize it at the molecular level.   

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 is the premier choice for fire damage restoration no matter where within your property the fire occurred or how widespread the damage is. The trained, certified techs bring the know-how and expertise along with state-of-the-art equipment to make the home disaster, "Like it never even happened."

The Laconia Store Next Door Has Water Damage – Should I Be Worried?

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

ripped up ceiling revealing pipes Water damage to your shop can cause business to cease. Contact SERVPRO for professional water damage remediation to get your shop up and running.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Unique Circumstance of Commercial Buildings – We Can Track the Water and Provide Water Removal in Your Laconia Jewelry Store

When you share space in a strip mall, you run the risk of being a victim to the circumstances of your neighbors. The store mentioned had an HVAC leak that caused water damage overnight. The jewelry store runs the risk of needing water damage services at the Laconia location.

How Can You Trace the Water Movement?

It can be disheartening to come into work and discover a water intrusion. You can spend hours trying to determine the source only to discover it came from next door. Our trained technicians use state-of-the-art tools to trace the path of the meandering water. Moisture can collect in walls and other cavities that you cannot readily see. To find the hidden water and provide the needed water mitigation in your Laconia shop, we use the following:

  • Moisture Meters – penetrating and non-penetrating meters evaluate moisture levels
  • Moisture Detectors – used to find wet areas
  • Thermo-hygrometers – measure relative humidity and temperature
  • Thermal imaging – exposes possible trapped water
  • Borescope – used to look inside cavities and around tight places

Can You Help with Water Damage?

Our technicians can extract water from the premises. Drying equipment such as professional air movers and dehumidifiers aid in the drying process. If the walls have water damage, our crew is trained to use the proper drying techniques. This can include drilling precisely placed holes at the base of the wall. Carpets can be cleaned and restored. Affected display cases are salvageable as well.

When you need fast water mitigation, SERVPRO is here to help. Downtime for your store means loss of revenue. We work with you to prevent as much disruption to your jewelry store as possible.  Contact SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 for expert water mitigation service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Does My Laconia Factory Need Mold Removal?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

blank conveyors on a blurred factory background Your business needs to run smoothly and has no time for mold. Contact our team for effective mold removal services.

Laconia Business Owners Are Looking For Reliable Mold Removal

Anyone who owns a factory in Laconia knows that looking after such large buildings can be a challenge. From damaged roofs to structural problems and even flooding, many things can pose a challenge for factory owners.

Mold removal in Laconia is another challenge facing local factories. Does your factory need mold removal?

What is mold?

To understand the impact of mold on your factory, let us begin with the basics – what is mold?

Mold means fungi that grow together in hyphae – a type of cellular thread-like structure that joins all the spores together. Mold is a naturally occurring growth, which is most commonly seen on spoiled food or growing in patches in damp buildings.

Mold can grow anywhere that has moisture, food, and oxygen. Fungi can grow on:

  • Foodstuffs such as cheese and bread
  • The surface of damp smooth materials such as around taps or on shower curtains
  • On wallpaper or in the grout between ceramic tiles
  • Building materials such as wood and drywall
  • Fabrics such as leather, cotton, clothes, drapes, and carpets

Where might mold grow in my factory?

Most factories do not have much in the way of office furniture. However, mold can grow on walls, floors, ceilings, wood, drywall, and windows and doors. If a factory building is damp, it can provide a ripe breeding ground for spores.

Mold smells and looks unpleasant and can have health effects. If left untreated, it can spread further and grow on more surfaces. That is why SERVPRO recommends calling a mold removal team as soon as possible.

Are there any particular species of mold to look for?

It is not especially important to know which species of mold are present. SERVPRO trains our teams to handle any commercial mold infestation in Laconia. However, some of the species most likely to grow in a factory include:

  • Stachybotrys chartarum – when people think of mold they are usually thinking of this black mold whose growth is easily spotted
  • Chaetomium grows in drywall that has suffered water damage and causes a musty smell around your factory
  • Aureobasidium grows on wood and materials such as painted walls or wallpaper and has a pinkish black spotty appearance

Visible patches of green, black, or brown spores or slime are clear signs that your factory has mold. However, SERVPRO of The Lakes Region urges you to be aware of other signs of mold. These include damp patches on walls or ceilings and a musty odor.

If you suspect mold growth in your commercial premises, give SERVPRO a call as soon as possible. We train our technicians to handle any mold situation, and we’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can SERVPRO rid my factory of mold?

No – mold is a naturally occurring substance, and it is not possible to completely eradicate it. Please be wary of any company that promises total mold removal.

However, do not worry – there are many steps we can take to remediate your mold problem. Our teams can clean mold from surfaces, deep clean porous surfaces, use negative air filtration to remove mold from the air, and thoroughly dry your factory to discourage further growth.

What is the mold removal process?

The first step in mold removal is an assessment of the situation. We liaise with you to let you know our findings and our proposed plan of action – nothing will happen to your business premises without your say-so.

Next, we set up containment to keep the spore outbreak in one place and discourage spores from spreading further into your business. We also use negative air filtration to pull microscopic mold from the air and vent it outside your premises.

We remove any mold-infested materials that we cannot salvage.

Once the mold is contained, we set to work scrubbing and cleaning every mold-infested surface to remove as many spores as possible.

If your factory needs repairs such as replacing drywall or removing and replacing damaged brickwork, our team is on hand to carry out the restoration.

We also take care of odor removal, so you do not have to worry about lingering musty smells.

Should I make a disaster plan in advance?

You cannot predict when a disaster will happen in your business, including a mold infestation. That is why we recommend the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP). ERP is a popular tool for preparing for fire or flood, but it is also useful for mold. Simply download the app, set up your free account on a PC, and follow the on-screen prompts.

You will carry out a walkthrough of your business and take note of details such as water shutoff points and emergency contact details. You can also add us as a contact for remediation, and put in your insurance details. ERP means that if you spot mold, you can take action quickly.

For help with mold removal in your factory, call SERVPRO of Laconia at (603) 527-2518.