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Our Water Damage Experts Can Dry Out Your Laconia Café

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Water Damage Experts Can Dry Out Your Laconia Café Our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (603) 527-2518.

Drying Out Carpets In Your Water Damaged Laconia Café

Business owners must always consider every investment that they make for their Laconia establishment and whether or not they make the right decisions to further profits. When disasters strike, even situations like water loss incidents, these same investments can come into question. Understanding the spread of the damage and how it can affect materials and installed components of your café can make a dramatic difference in how quickly these situations get addressed. Even flooring options like carpeting can become a magnet for saturation and widespread damages without the appropriate intervention and guidance from our Certified Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Technicians.

While carpets are a popular choice for flooring in cafes and other entertainment venues, they can also become the source and worst of the water damages that your Laconia property faces. Oversaturation can be a swift and detrimental situation, but our SERVPRO professionals can help. With our sophisticated equipment and expertise in water recovery, we can address water loss incidents efficiently, often avoiding unnecessary tear out and reconstruction.

Extraction is a key component to recovering carpeting in your café, especially in the heavily trafficked areas around tables and furniture where the carpeting might already have become soiled. We can address saturation concerns by implementing specialty equipment like our weighted extractors. These remote-controlled devices have high-powered vacuums attached to them, so as moisture gets brought to the surface, the machine can discharge it efficiently.

In many situations, protecting your carpets is no more than a matter of getting these materials dry. The longer the moisture and dampness persist, the more likely it becomes that you contend with mildew or mold. We have advanced drying techniques and equipment to address moisture concerns into the subflooring of materials. We can also take this time to properly clean and deodorize these carpets to prepare them for the final walkthrough to come.

We know how crucial it is to protect even the carpeted areas of your business from the damaging effects of a water loss incident. Our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (603) 527-2518.

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We Respond Quickly To Your Laconia Home Fire Damage Emergency

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Respond Quickly To Your Laconia Home Fire Damage Emergency After a fire we available 24/7 to take care of your restoration needs. Call us as soon as the fire is put out so we can get started.

Restore Your Laconia Home After Fire Damage By Hiring Fire Restoration Experts

Candles are one of the leading causes of fires in homes according to the National Fire Protection Association. Most of these incidents occur when a person leaves a lit candle unattended. The flammable materials near the candle can catch fire easily, which can lead to fire damage to a home. 

To deal with fire damage in your Laconia home, you can enlist the services of the IICRC certified technicians at SERVPRO. Our technicians can respond quickly to your call and begin the restoration process shortly after inspecting the affected area. We know that a response that stabilizes a home quickly ensures recovery of much property. The smoke and soot damage that often occurs after firefighters extinguish a fire with water or dry chemicals speeds up the corrosion and deterioration of a building and its contents.

Our fire damage restoration process includes offering smoke damage cleanup, mitigating damage, and water damage restoration. We also test the contents in a structure for recovery based on several factors like loss of use, the effect of heat and smoke, loss of value, replacement versus restoration cost, sentimental value and decreased life expectancy.

Our SERVPRO technicians use several types of advanced cleaning and restoration equipment, including air scrubbers and commercial ozone machines, to enhance air quality after a fire. We can also use our Esporta wash system to sanitize clothes and other textiles after fire damage. This system is safe for sanitizing items like clothes, shoes, leather, and stuffed animals.

We can also assist you with your claims. It is stressful to work with insurance companies while recovering from fire damage. Our technicians can work with your insurer to settle claims quickly. We can ease your anxiety during the recovery process by providing you with our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). This involves taking an inventory of the contents in every room so you can have a precise and detailed list of all your possessions. Our technicians categorize the contents as questionable, salvageable or non-salvageable to simplify the contents settlement process.

When a fire has damaged your home and its contents, SERVPRO of The Lakes Region can assist you with the restoration efforts. We can make your fire damage incident look “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (603) 527-2518 for prompt restoration.

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SERVPRO Says to Franklin Property Owners--Secure Professional Help for Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Says to Franklin Property Owners--Secure Professional Help for Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Franklin Homeowners Know When It Is TIme to Call SERVPRO for Storm Water Removal and Drying

Flood Damage Cleanup and Tips for Your Franklin Home

Spring rains can bring the danger of flooding to New Hampshire. Floodwaters pose dangers to people inside their homes and out. Knowing some of the significant dangers ahead of time can help you keep yourself and your family safe when flooding is imminent in your area.
 
Once the storms have subsided, and your Franklin home is underwater (or just drenched from the groundwater), you need the help of a professional remediation company to clean up the flood damage. SERVPRO staff have all the necessary tools and training to get the job done quickly and efficiently while keeping everyone safe.
 
Floodwaters can be dangerous both during and after the flooding. Keep an eye on media outlets to keep updated on the situation in your area. Having a battery-operated radio is a great way to do this, especially if the power goes out. If your home is at risk for flooding, you might need to shut off your water and power ahead of time. You can check with authorities or utilities for additional guidance and information.
 
Since storm-damaged structures can pose hazards, SERVPRO technicians proceed with caution when we arrive at your home after flooding. Long-term exposure to water can weaken building materials such as drywall and flooring. We keep you and your family out until we can be sure it is safe.
 
If water has entered from above from a breach in the roof or broken windows on another level, we check for any trapped water in ceiling cavities. The drywall becomes softened when wet, and the ceilings could fall in. Weep holes are drilled carefully into the ceiling to free any trapped water. We are also careful to watch out for any broken glass, exposed nails, splinters or any additional objects which are sharp and could be found in the water in a damaged building. Standing water does cause slip and fall accidents.
 
After a flood, you should also never use any electrical appliances in your home which have been in the floodwaters. Do not eat any food that has come into contact with the waters, either.
 
At SERVPRO of The Lakes Region, safety is our first concern once your home in Tilton, Gilford, or Laconia has become flooded. Reach out to us once the storms have subsided by dialing (603) 527-2518 so we can make your home dry and safe again.

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Is Mold Taking Over Your Franklin Dry Cleaning Business?

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Mold Taking Over Your Franklin Dry Cleaning Business? Mold frequents warm, humid environments. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold.

Tackling the Challenge of Commercial Mold Damage in Franklin Dry Cleaning Facilities

Mold develops fast when there is excess moisture on surfaces or higher than normal levels of humidity. Mold colonies can develop on building materials, furniture and even fabrics, which is a significant problem in a dry cleaning facility because such infestation can lead to patches on surfaces and a musty smell. It is hard to convince people that your facility can clean their items if such conditions prevail.  

Mold colonies tend to develop in areas out of sight, so by the time you realize there is mold damage in you Franklin dry cleaning facility, the problem could be severe. Learning to spot initial signs such as the presence of a musty smell and spots on surfaces can help you take abatement measures early. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you check for wet areas in concealed spaces using FLIR thermal cameras. We can also help establish whether relative humidity levels are higher than usual using thermo-hygrometers.  

In many cases, mold damage is confined in a section of the property unless an extreme event such as flooding causes it. Identifying affected and unaffected areas can help structure the remediation process to focus only on damaged areas. Keeping the business running or minimizing the downtime is crucial to avoid disappointing your clients. Our SERVPRO technicians create exclusion zones and clean rooms to prevent cross-contamination during remediation. Such measures also help the facility to keep serving customers.

Dealing with mold requires a combination of steps such as removing excess moisture, cleaning up debris and killing spores to prevent immediate recurrence. Our SERVPRO technicians identify the moisture source in your facility and then use drying equipment such as LGR dehumidifiers and air movers to dry it. We also use professional cleaning agents with anti-microbial properties to help kill spores.  

In case of mold infestation in your Laconia, Belmont or Tilton dry cleaning facility, call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region to help with proper abatement. You can reach us at (603) 527-2518 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Real Truth About Fire Damage and the HVAC System in Your Belmont Home

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Real Truth About Fire Damage and the HVAC System in Your Belmont Home Fire damage can affect many parts of your home. Contact our certified professionals and allow our expertise to work for your particular situation.

HVAC Concerns in Your Fire-Damaged Belmont Home

With so many homeowners constantly running their HVAC system in some regard between heating and cooling their Belmont property, the effects of a disaster like a fire can gain access to many areas of your home. While many fires can often stay relatively contained to specific areas of your property, the movement of air through the ductwork of your home can allow soot, smoke residues, and even harsh odors to gain access to every room with access to this system. Not only does this mean more work for the restoration specialists that arrive to help, but it also can indicate the ducts themselves have suffered the effects of the fire as well.

While many effects can result from fire damages in your Belmont home, addressing these concerns is rarely something that a homeowner has the expertise to handle on their own. Our SERVPRO rapid response team is available 24/7 with the industry-leading mitigation equipment and IICRC-certifications as Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians to help you through every phase of recovery.

From the time that we first arrive, we must assess the full scope of the damage to the property. During this inspection, we can use sophisticated equipment to see the complete ductile network in your home and the effects of the fire throughout these shafts and corridors. With cleaning specialists with certifications in HVAC service and cleaning, we can begin to address these concerns quickly.

We have high-powered vacuums, drill-powered hard bristle brushes, and other advanced tools to break sediment and residues loose from the walls of the ducts to get fully removed. We can also work to address the widespread effects that the HVAC system has allowed to spread throughout the house such as soot, smoke particulates, and odors.

Fire recovery has multiple steps, but our comprehensive restoration that we offer our customers can handle every stage without delays. To make fire damage “Like it never even happened.” in your home, give our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region rapid response team a call 24/7 at (603) 527-2518.

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SERVPRO Provides Water Loss Cleanup and Restoration to Portsmouth Properties

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Provides Water Loss Cleanup and Restoration to Portsmouth Properties Moisture Cannot Hide from a SERVPRO Thermal Imaging Camera in a Portsmouth Property.

Portsmouth Water Damage Effects

If you have suffered water damage to your property, you know how important deodorization can be. Water, even after removal, can leave behind foul or sour odors. Many homeowners think that simply mopping up a spill, with no water visible, is the end of the story. Finished? Not always the case.
 
If your residential property in Portsmouth has been affected by water damage from a busted pipe or a broken appliance, our team can extract the water, dry out all wet zones, disinfect and deodorize so that you and your family can get on with your routines. You can rely on our professional staff to handle the situation professionally and respectfully because we understand that each incident is unique and we aim to leave you satisfied after the final walk-through. "Like it never even happened."
 
Our SERVPRO technicians first identify the source of the water, by inspecting the property and utilizing moisture meters and infrared camera imaging when needed. Our teams have advanced equipment so they can effectively deal with any water damage situation and restoration. You can relax and feel safe as our team extracts all the water and moisture from your home.

When SERVPRO technicians arrive on the scene, usually within four hours, the green vehicle is stocked with cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitizing products along with a lot of equipment. Neatly stacked are air movers, dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, foggers, mops, buckets, squeegees, and much more.

SERVPRO response times are second to none as we adhere to our slogan--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Many of our WRT water restoration technicians have IICRC certifications and on-going in-house training to keep up with the latest advances in the water damage cleanup and restoration industry. We are your neighbors and take pride in helping with any water-damaging emergency or even a scheduled cleaning of your carpets.

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region is your solutions provider when unwanted water has invaded your property. We can help 24/7 by calling (603) 433-4300.

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Stopping Mold Damage in Laconia

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Stopping Mold Damage in Laconia Mold spreads quickly. If you notice spots of mold or the smell of mold, call the technicians at SERVPRO to investigate the damage and remediate.

Our Trained SERVPRO Technicians Use the Applicable Chemicals to Combat a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold is the quiet, unnoticed disaster. Few homeowners or residents pay it enough mind, but large mold colonies and infestations cost people millions every year in cleaning and restoration costs. 
 
Stopping mold damage in a Laconia home requires antimicrobial and other chemical agents to either kill the spores or force them back into an inert state. Each SERVPRO has access to a national network of cleaners approved for use by the EPA and the state of New Hampshire. 
 
Commercial Disinfectants destroy 98 percent of the organisms on affected surfaces in Laconia homes. Among the types of disinfectants our technicians use are alcohols, chlorines, formaldehyde, and phenols. 
 
Fungistats and Mildewstats reduce the rate of growth of fungi on organic materials such as leather, paper, and textiles (cotton and wool). One of the advantages of using them is that they do not damage or stain surfaces. 
 
Sanitizers are very efficient in reducing mold microbial levels to a range determined as safe by health agencies. They are particularly useful in bathrooms and kitchens but have to be regularly used, or mold may return under the right conditions. 
 
Sporicides are excellent for controlling bacterial and fungal spores. We use them strictly according to the manufacturer directions as they can be health hazards in large concentrations. 
 
Sterilants are the strongest chemical we use. They destroy all microorganisms they have contact with, so our technicians are even more careful with them than with the sporicides. A common sterilant in many households is chlorine bleach. The sterilants we use are stronger than household chlorine, which makes them excellent on metal surfaces like sinks and faucets since the chemical does not pit the surface but kills virtually everything on it. 
 
Ridding your home of mold damage is just as important as restoring it after a fire or flood. SERVPRO of The Lakes Region knows from experience that if left untreated for too long, mold can cause enough damage that it may be more cost-efficient to pull down a house in Belmont or Tilton and rebuild. If you need services or only suspect there may be a problem, call us today at (603) 527-2518 to schedule an initial visit. We are here to help. 

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Identifying Oxidation as a Result of Water Damage in Belmont

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Identifying Oxidation as a Result of Water Damage in Belmont One way to identify oxidation is to look for discoloration, such as red rust on a metal pipe.

How to Detect Oxidation in Your Water Damaged Home

Some metals can react with water in a process known as oxidation. When these materials come into contact with water, they may chemically reform into a new, entirely different material. The most well-known form of oxidation is rust, but many other metals and materials can oxidize as well. Oxidation can sometimes be one of the costliest forms of water damage to reverse in Belmont homes because the objects and fixtures affected may be very difficult to repair or replace due to their metallic composition. Here are a few ways you can know if metal surfaces in your home have oxidized.

Discoloration

The easiest way to identify oxidation as a byproduct of water damage in your Belmont home is to look for discoloration on the material. The vast majority of oxidized materials have a different color from the original metal. For example, rust is red while iron is gray, and copper's brownish hue becomes a light green. SERVPRO technicians are trained to recognize different colors and what they may mean, but your focus should be on finding any unusual colors. In addition to color changes, most oxidized metals lose their luster and appear as dull and perhaps misshapen materials. Thus, if the metal is visible, identifying oxidation is simple.

Smell

Some oxidized materials may omit strange and distinct odors. This can be an important way to discover oxidation in places not directly visible, such as in pipes and metal structural components. In general, keeping watch for strange smells in your home is an excellent way to identify damage early, as you may find signs of mold growth or other forms of water damage that would otherwise go unnoticed until they cause far more damage.

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region provides expert and quality home restoration services to all local homeowners in need. If your home has been affected by water damage, please contact us at (603) 527-2518.

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

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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Cleaning up Flood Damage After a Storm in Your Laconia Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Cleaning up Flood Damage After a Storm in Your Laconia Home If a tree falls on your home during a storm, SERVPRO can properly remove the water and return your home back to its normal condition.

The Drying Process for Flood Damage Cleanup

The storms passing through your area have caused you to prepare your home, bringing in anything that could be flung around by wind and covering any plants that are delicate. You think you have prepared well, but then you hear a deafening crash as your neighbor’s tree falls through your roof and creates a huge hole for the storm to come in. Flood damage in your Laconia home results, as the storm is long and heavy.

While there is no preparation for a situation like this, there is a solution. In these cases of flood damage to your Laconia home, the insurance likely must pay for your damages. Flood damage in your home can be quite disconcerting and destructive. At SERVPRO, we completely understand and take your situation seriously, which is why we move fast to come to your home after you contact us.

Our technicians are professionally trained and IICRC-certified to handle flood damage from storms in a timely and thorough fashion, returning your home to its normal state as soon as possible. The disruption an event like this causes needn’t be prolonged for you and your family. We also understand that drying out your home and its contents quickly is important to prevent additional damage such as mold growth.

Four points determine how much time is needed for proper drying. They include the amount of water needs to be evaporated, the temperature, how much humidity there is, and how much air movement there is. We keep in mind the wet goes to dry rule, which means moisture moves from wet materials to drier ones, or wet air to drier air to find equilibrium. The dry air absorbs moisture from wet surfaces, and dry surfaces absorb moisture from the wet air. The four factors all affect the process of we going to dry.

SERVPRO staff uses industrial pumps first to remove the standing water, then dehumidifiers to evaporate the rest of the moisture. If needed, we also use portable heaters to raise the temperature in the affected areas between 70 to 80 degrees for the best results and fastest drying time. Air movers are also used to bring warm, dry air into your home and speed drying. The position of these movers is changed daily if needed until your home is thoroughly dried.

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region are experts at handling flood damage. When your neighbor’s landscaping ruins your day in the areas of Belmont, Franklin, or Laconia, give us a call right away at (603) 527-2518.

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