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Why Professional Restoration Services Are Needed When Floods Damage Laconia Homes

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water on floor, water damaging belongings Groundwater contains contaminants. Call SERVPRO to safely remove the water and restore your home.

Professional Cleanup of Flood Damage Makes the Difference in Laconia Homes

There are times it is okay to clean up water damage in your home. However, when there is the possibility that the water has sat longer than 24 hours, ran behind walls or under floors or is groundwater, you need to engage a professional restoration services company.  

Groundwater that causes flood damage to your Laconia home has the potential to be dangerous by containing microbes, chemicals, and sewage. All of which can make you ill if you come into contact with them.  

Prevention of Cross-Contamination

Because of the contaminated nature of floodwater, the technicians take fast action to stop areas of the home from having the possibility of coming into contact with the water in other areas. They may use containment methods around the work area or perform an organized pack out and remove undamaged furnishings out of the home to a secure location until the completion of remediation efforts.  

Fast Extraction of Flood Water

Eliminating the groundwater is the first course of action for SERVPRO technicians. They use portable pumps to remove any standing water that remains on the property.  

Removal of Water Damaged Materials 

During this phase, controlled demolition is standard as it may be necessary to remove water-logged sheetrock that has buckled or warped as it has zero restoration potential. Carpet soaked by groundwater is a hazard and requires removal. Specialized attachments assist in water removal from carpeting before cutting it into strips for easier handling and safe disposal. 

Returning the Home to Sanitary Conditions

After drying the property, SERVPRO technicians begin the process of disinfecting the home, so it is safe for habitation and ready for any needed reconstruction. The technicians have access to several professional quality antimicrobial and antibacterial solutions. These products surfaces left clean, including their own proprietary Orange and Green cleaners. Proactive mold treatments also occur during this phase to inhibit spore germination and growth.  

Contact SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 whenever you have flood damage in your property that requires fast action. Whether it is one room or the entire house, we are local, and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.  

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Our Mitigation Tips For Restoring Your Home In Belmont After A Flood

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Crews In Belmont Present Do-It-Yourself Mitigation Tips

During August, Belmont and the rest of New Hampshire are at risk of getting struck by severe thunderstorms. Stormy weather creates excessive rain and high-speed winds that can be the cause of flood damage on your property. Moisture can leak in from window or door seals as wells as seep in from the ground. If a tree branch or rock gets taken afloat by the wind, it can strike your window or exterior wall.

Once a hole in your structure is present, rainwater can quickly enter your home. As soon as you notice flood damage inside your Belmont house, it is wise to call in a restoration company such as SERVPRO. However, there are many things that you the homeowner can do to help speed up the mitigation process. The initial step you should take once you notice a problem after a storm is to find the source of the leak in your exterior structure.

When you figure out where the water is entering, it is wise to come up with a way to stop it from coming into your house. If the moisture is entering from one or your lower door seals, then it is possible to stop water from entering by placing towels or rags beneath your door. If one of your windows got broken, board it up or seal it off with plastic so that water stops entering.

After repairing the leak in your structure, you need to remove as much moisture as you can while it is still a liquid. For example, if you notice water on your linoleum kitchen floor, use rags or a mop to soak up the moisture. If your carpets get saturated, then you can suck up the water with a wet/dry vac.

The next step our SERVPRO team always takes once all of the liquid H2O is removed from your building is the applied structural drying or ASD process. You can help begin these procedures by helping speed up the natural evaporation and drying process. To start, you can set up fans in the wet areas of your home to create air circulation. Next, increasing the heat inside your house also helps increase drying speed.

If you ever get hit by a vicious storm in Laconia, Franklin, or Gilford, call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 to obtain service from our highly trained team.

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Faster Response Helps Limit Flood Damage in Laconia

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

When rainwater invades your home, count on SERVPRO.

Limit Flood damage with the help of SERVPRO

Even a simple flooding incident can have a significant impact on your home. One way to minimize the effects of flooding is starting mitigation efforts early. Even though flooding may fill a house with water in a few minutes, some aspects of the resulting damage take time to develop. For example, mold takes 24 to 48 hours to start developing. Staining and rust may happen faster, but not within minutes. Part of our professional flood mitigation strategy is a faster response when called to help affected Laconia homeowners. 

Some steps carried out early enough can prevent some aspects of flood damage in Laconia. If the flooding is caused by water from clean sources such as rainwater leaking into the house, it is possible to save contents such as carpets and upholstery, unlike cases involving contaminated groundwater. However, failure to react fast enough can lead to permanent damages such as stains from furniture items and colored fabrics such as area rugs resting close by. Our SERVPRO technicians help save your contents from damage through staining by moving any items that may cause stains. 

Fast response is not a perfect solution for every aspect of flood damage. However, it is possible to reverse some of the adverse effects before they cause permanent damage. For example, our SERVPRO technicians work on any stains found on upholstery or carpets while the items are still wet because removal is easier at such a stage. Also, water extraction and drying help reverse swelling or other related problems affecting wooden materials. 

Microbial growth poses a serious threat after a flooding incident. Microbes develop when water is left to sit over extended periods. Most flooding incidents also involve groundwater, which has various contaminants, including biohazards such as raw sewage, which increase the risk further. Sanitizing the affected areas is essential for the safety of the occupants. Our SERVPRO technicians use professional cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties to stop or limit the growth of microorganisms. 

A faster response makes a huge difference after a flooding incident in Belmont, Franklin, or Tilton. Call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 to assist. 

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Your Franklin Home Can Be Saved After A Flood

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Dial (603) 527-2518 as soon as you can after the flood so we can help avoid additional damage being done to your property.

Flood Damage Restoration For Your Franklin Home

Floods can be destructive and unpredictable and can happen in regions that don’t always see much rain. Apart from the physical damage to your home in Franklin, experiencing a flood can be a very emotional time. If you have not prepared yourself and your family for a flood, recovering from one can also be costly, stressful, and slow going.

A few hours spent preparing your Franklin property before a flood, making an emergency kit, and drawing up a flood plan can assist you in dealing with the after-effects of the flood. Either way, cleaning up flood damage requires help from the professionals. SERVPRO, an experienced remediation company, is always here to assist you. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We understand that after a disaster like this, time is also of the essence.

Knowing the flood risks in your area is the first step to being ready. You can check with your local council about records or flood plans that detail the problem areas. You can also speak to authorities about relocation routes and centers. If your area is prone to flooding, think about alternatives to carpeting in your home, and prepare an emergency flood kit with necessary documents and any needed medications.

Floodwaters are known as Category 3 or black water. Floods cause severe damage to your contents and your structure. Floodwaters carry debris and silt of all kinds, so SERVPRO techs have to be very careful when restoring your property and we need to remove this debris. The water can also contain sewage and chemical contaminants. Carpeting and other porous materials have to be replaced when they are contaminated with black water.

To prepare for a flood, you should also make a household flood plan and keep a visible list of emergency numbers posted. Check your insurance policy as well to see if you are covered for flood damage. When a flood is imminent, you can take precautions if you have time such as securing hazardous items, rolling up rugs, and moving furniture, valuables and electrical items to a higher level. If you need to relocate, take any pets with you or move them to a safer place.

After flooding in your home in Tilton, Gilford, or Laconia, SERVPRO of The Lakes Region can come to your home to help dry it out, so you have a safe living space again. Dial (603) 527-2518 as soon as you can after the flood so we can help avoid additional damage being done to your property.

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

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

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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Franklin Flooding?? Don't Wait--Call SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Cleanup

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Floodwater Removal for a Franklin Property Is More Than a Walk in the Park

Flood Damage Restoration for Your Franklin Home and Causes of Floods

Floods are some of the most common natural disasters across the country, and your residence is not exempt from being at risk for flooding. Floods can, unfortunately, turn disastrous and cause much damage to property and force people from their homes. There are several causes of overflows and knowing some can help you to understand how to prepare for one.
When water has ravaged your area for whatever reason and caused flood damage to your Franklin home, you need the help of professionals. At SERVPRO, we have the training, skill, and knowledge to get your home dry again. We understand that time is of the essence after a disaster like this and We're Faster To Any Aize Disaster.
Most places receive rainfall each year, with more being recorded in peak rainy seasons. Rainwater is usually absorbed into the ground where it goes underground, and some of it evaporates back into the atmosphere. The rain sometimes becomes excessive and winds up being higher than absorption and evaporation rates, causing the extra water to overflow onto the surrounding area and create flooding. SERVPRO technicians can help you dry your home out if this has happened in your area. With the use of truck-mounted pumps, industrial fans, and dehumidifiers, we can have your residence back to the way it was in a short time whenever possible while avoiding other damage such as mold growth.
Occasionally, the rate at which water flows to a lake or river exceeds the rate at which water leaves these bodies of water. It causes them to spill over their banks and eventually flow over the nearby land. Heavy rainfall can create all of this, as the fast rate of falling water can overwhelm the local bodies of water. Drainage, and the flow of water dictate the severity of flooding.
Some areas are more prone to floods compared to others, as floods tend to follow patterns. If you know where these areas are around you, it makes you more aware and able to prepare ahead of time, especially if you live in one of these locations. If you live in a high flood zone area, we recommend that you have special flood insurance to mitigate monetary losses.
SERVPRO of The Lakes Region knows how to handle a flood emergency in your home in Tilton, Gilford, or Laconia. It is essential that you give us a call at (603) 527-2518 as soon as the storms subside so we can help you get your life back in order.

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Some Warning Signs of Contaminated Floodwaters in Your Franklin Home

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Stay safe when flooding affects your home and contact SERVPRO for water removal and restoration services right away.

The Danger of Black Water in Flood Damage and How to Restore it Using a Franklin-based Provider

An overflowing road can cause contaminated water to travel downstream and into your property. Black Water needs professional attention because it can contain harmful pathogens, raw sewage, animal carcasses or herbicides. Once it has entered your home full-scale restoration work is necessary. However, it is imperative that you avoid entering, or coming into contact with the water, at all costs. Your possessions can be restored; your personal safety is of much more importance.

The scale of flood damage to Franklin properties can often be difficult to mitigate. SERVPRO has technicians with IICRC certificates to perform a full restoration. We work with a restore over replace mentality. However, in the case of Black Water that is not always possible. Contaminated water is by nature a health and safety concern, so anything that comes into contact with it needs removal and, in most cases disposal.

SERVPRO can remove sections of drywall to clean behind wall cavities or lift carpets to inspect your subfloor. As far as your possessions are concerned, there is a bright side. Thanks to our external cleaning facilities we may be able to help restore valuables to preloss conditions. Where this is possible, we create an inventory of all pack out items as well as their condition and replace them to you as soon as we can.

Dense materials can be submerged in a solvent and treated with ultrasonic cleaning equipment. Fabrics can be cleaned using Esporta Machine, machines which are made to restore up to 90% of damages. We cannot guarantee your possessions. However, we can promise to use the latest technology, our extensive expertise, and our experience to try to restore them to their preloss conditions.

SERVPRO is one of the few providers that operate locally with access to national resources. We train our first responder technicians to ensure they mitigate as much loss as is possible. We also operate a 24-hour emergency call line to guarantee you can reach us in a time of need.

For an honest, emergency restoration service, contact SERVPRO of the Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 today.

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The Benefits Of Hiring SERVPRO To Mitigate Your Flood Damage Disaster In Belmont

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

After the basement in your Belmont property sustains flood damage, we start mitigation by extracting the water.

Mitigation Of Flood Damage In Your Belmont Home's Basement Restores Your Extra Living Space

Water always travels downhill on non-porous surfaces, meaning when your Belmont neighborhood floods, your finished basement is also soaking wet. Flooding can create severe damage in areas like basements, including to electrical systems, but SERVPRO works with local electricians to restore homes after such disasters.

After the basement in your Belmont property sustains flood damage, we start mitigation by extracting the water. Standing water in a basement might drain away if given enough time, but this also allows additional damage to occur. We want to prevent as much damage as possible from affecting your property. We use high-powered pumps to quickly remove water so we can start getting your home dry again.

Many times, basements contain boxes of stored belongings, and we can clean soiled items, get them dry, and re-box everything for you. As we do this, our Contents Division team ensures that corresponding inventory sheets remain accurate and continually updated for your convenience. Any losses receive proper notation of the type of damage and other relevant information regarding their unrecoverability.

When flood damage Flood damage affects walls regardless of their location in your house. Restoring, as opposed to complete replacement, is often possible if only slight wetness from a small leak took place. When flood damage comes from a river that crested and spilled over near your neighborhood, the replacement of soaked walls and carpets must take place to restore the's safety of your home.

Once we have removed all saturated walls, we can start airing out your home. Using strong air movers, we can direct heavily loaded air out of your home. This prevents moisture and water vapor from accumulating elsewhere, including other levels of your property. Once water vapor travels to another section of your home, it can become trapped there and begin causing damage of its own. Restoring more arid conditions helps prevent the spreading of damage.

Because microbial populations flourish quickly within suddenly damp environments, we equip our air scrubbers with HEPA filters. The ability of these filters to further help us prevent and control the level of damage a home sustains from flood damage, and its related effects make them invaluable to our customers and us.

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region has the IICRC-certified professionals your flood damage situation needs. We work in the Tilton and Gilford areas, also, and are only a call away when you need us most. Contact our 24-hour service line, any day of the year, by calling (603) 527-2518.

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Basements Are Common Places For Flood Damage In Franklin

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Basements seem to be a prime location for water to affect because gravity pulls water into them.

Common Places For Flood Damage

The season when thunderstorms riddle the Franklin area is here. The weather can go from pleasant to disastrous quickly. Any time severe storms hit the region, numerous problems can take place. Rainstorms this time of year can bring about a lot of water in a short period. Excessive rain can flood your yard possibly causing water to enter your home. Basements seem to be a prime location for water to affect because gravity pulls water into them. Window wells can fill up causing windows to start leaking from the seals. High-speed winds can also blow rocks or tree branches into basement windows causing water to flow into your house. In some cases, water can come in from door seals on the main level of the building and leak into the lower level basement.

Whenever water enters a structure due to a severe thunderstorm, the basement gets inspected for potential issues. Many cases of flood damage in Franklin prove that problems with basements are common. Our SERVPRO technicians are experienced in dealing with several different issues relating to storms. However, when basements get affected, the negative effects can be more extreme than when water enters other levels.

Anytime excessive moisture enters a building the first thing our SERVPRO restoration crew does is repair the source of the structural leak. If the water comes in from lower door seals, then they get blocked off so that water cannot continue to enter. If the source of the damage is moisture coming in from a basement window, then we can first use a sump pump to extract water from the window well. After the standing water inside the well gets removed, we then board up the window so that rainwater cannot get into your home and create more problems.

If water enters your lower level either from a window or from above, the damage has the potential to be very extensive. When water comes from a window, our SERVPRO experts test the drywall and window frame for moisture from the point of entry down. If water enters your basement from the ceiling, then building materials from the top of the level down to the floor must get tested for moisture content.

The more water that enters your home after a storm the worse the damage can get. As soon as you notice wet building materials or contents after a storm, it is wise to call in the professionals immediately. For prompt 24 hour assistance, call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518.

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A Severe Storm With Excessive Rain Could Flood Your Lakeside Belmont Home

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Sail through flood damage restoration with SERVPRO

Remediating your home after flood damage

While living lakeside is terrific during the heat of summer, it is not always so fantastic when a storm rolls in and the excess water causes flood damage to your home. The intense winds from the storm can find a weakness in your home and make an entryway for itself, perhaps through a cracked window or a door that does not close properly. It is wise to call for help as soon as you learn your home has flooded. Waiting could actually cause further damage to the structure of your home and your belongings. Fortunately, when freak-storms and accidents happen, there is help near you that can intercede.

The first employee of ours that can get to your Belmont home to access the flood damage is our Estimator. Our Estimator can tell you their first impression of the damage and the likely solution our team of IICRC-certified technicians could take to remediate it. Think of the Estimator as the communication line between our team and you; they can keep you informed while we work and answer any questions you may have about the damage in your home.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home, they can focus on removing the flooded water first. We use advanced tools such as portable submersible pumps and extractors to remove the excess water. Should the volume of this water be exceptionally grand, we can bring truck-mounted versions of the same tools that can absorb even more water.

Once SERVPRO removes the immediate water problem, we can focus on cleaning up any debris from the storm and assessing your belongings. While it is rare to lose belongings in this situation, our technicians can keep a list to make insurance claims easier for you. Our final task is to dry out your home, and once everything is dry and clean, your home can hopefully feel as it did before the flood damage.

When a storm floods the lake next to your home and then your house, do not delay. Call (603) 527-2518 to reach out to SERVPRO of The Lakes Region. We prioritize arriving at your home as swiftly as we can after your call.

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How to Save Your Floors during Flood Damage in Laconia

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Stormwater from Tile Flooring While Protecting Your Laconia Residence

SERVPRO Salvages Storm Damaged Flooring During Cleanup and Water Removal

If you live in an area that is prone to flood damage, panicking should not be an option when you face such incidents. When working with restoration professionals, you can salvage your contents and prevent further damage since all that you need is the right skills and experience in this area. We are going to cover some of the steps we perform to restore floors and some sections of your structure when grappling with flooding situations in Laconia.

If your Laconia home has ceramic tiles, after a flood damage incident, there are chances of the water penetrating into any available cracks. When that happens, the subfloor may expand or warp and make the tiles to loosen or break around the joints. Our SERVPRO technicians can help in drying the floor by drilling holes and setting up space heaters to enhance moisture evaporation. By using a penetrating moisture meter, we closely monitor the drying process and make sure we achieve the right moisture levels. The physical structure dictates the exact method of drying.

When water comes into contact with painted concrete, the surface may blister, or flake and repainting may be necessary. Scraping and preparing the surface can be required. Remember, concrete is porous, and chalk-like calcium sediments may appear on the floors once the water wicks up. If the dirt or debris is left unattended to, it may lead to mold growth. Our SERVPRO technicians use HEPA vacuums to clean such surfaces, and after that, we apply an EPA-certified disinfectant.

After a water event, asphalt tiles which are a form of resilient tiles may have a strong bond with the concrete. Despite that, in some cases, white films may appear, and our SERVPRO technicians can clean such areas. If your home has vinyl tiles and it happens that water penetration has occurred to the underneath concrete, the tiles may separate. In such a situation, Our SERVPRO technicians recommend a replacement. Even when the subfloor is yet to warp, in instances of crawl spaces with plywood sheathing, we can determine if there is some hidden moisture in the structure through the use of non-penetrating moisture meters and sensors.

At SERVPRO of The Lakes Region, we use state-of-the-art restoration and cleaning equipment to attend to water, fire, mold, and storm damage. Call us at (603) 527-2518 and allow us to return your property to its earlier state, "Like it never even happened."

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Flood Damage Restoration for Your Belmont Home

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding after a storm or from a leak in the home is never something that is expected. Keep SERVPRO on speed dial so that we're just a call away.

Professional SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Dry Out Your Flooded Property

A flood emergency in Belmont can happen at any time. Oversaturated ground around your home, storm sewer backup, or an overflowing river or stream can bring the rainwaters into your home when you least expect it. Whether there are only a few inches of water in your home or several feet, you need to act fast to get your home dry again to avoid further damages.
A flooding disaster and flood damage in your Belmont home is not a task for you to tackle on your own, however. You need help from professionals like our staff at SERVPRO. We are specially trained to handle these situations in a timely fashion, and we have the industrial tools to pull the water from your home and dry it out again.
Once we have extracted all the standing water from your home, we need to dry the structure. Airflow is one of the essential tools that we use. Efficiently drying requires knowing the right techniques for using airflow.
SERVPRO techs have to think about where to place the dehumidifiers in regards to where the air movers are. Air movers should not blow air into the back of a dehumidifier directly. Dehumidifiers put out dry, hot, air. The hot air can be used to dry areas which are hard-to-dry, like pillars, walls, or any other areas that are saturated. The bigger the unit, the more hot air it makes. We aim the air toward an air mover and direct the hot air so that it reaches wet materials.
Something else we can do is place an air mover under carpeting that was affected to improve the drying time. We vent the carpet so air can escape. Floating carpets lowers the drying time and lets the floor underneath dry as well. We are careful not to run the air mover at too high of a speed to avoid damaging the carpet, and we reattach it to the tack strip to stop it from flapping, so it does not delaminate or damage any surrounding walls.
When drying out your home in Tilton, Franklin, or Laconia after flooding, SERVPRO of The Lakes Region takes care to arrange our equipment to lower the drying time as much as possible, avoiding further damages. Reach out to us at (603) 527-2518 right away after a flood so we can begin work as soon as possible.

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What a Fast Call To SERVPRO Gets You For Basement Flood Damage In Franklin

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region provides 24/7 flood damage mitigation and restoration services to the local community.

Flood Damage Cleanup And Restoration

Water naturally flows and collects downhill, and when floodwaters enter your home during a storm, they typically follow that same rule and seek out the lowest point in the area. If you have a basement, it may be highly likely to fill with water and take on significant flood damage during a storm in Franklin.

While there is often little you can do to prevent water from reaching deep into the lower levels of your home; you can make a great deal of difference in how difficult it is to remove that water if you get help fast.

SERVPRO's Mitigation Strategy
SERVPRO franchises nationwide operate on a strategy of mitigation, where we respond to flood damage in Franklin and similar communities quickly and on a 24/7 basis to ensure that floodwaters do not have sufficient time to sit, collect, and cause further damage. The sooner you place a call to us, the sooner we can respond and get your home the treatment it needs to avoid further damage. Proper application of mitigation techniques could end up saving your thousands in restoration costs later on.

What We Do On Arrival
Once you place your first call, our technicians should be on the scene within four hours ready to handle the situation. They first evaluate the extent of damage before attempting to stop any further water from entering the home. Once these preliminary tasks are done, they can begin to pump water out. The extraction process is relatively simple: we use industrial strength water extractors to pump large volumes of water out of the building in as little time as possible, eliminating the threat of standing water. After all, water is removed from the basement; we can begin to set up additional drying measures such as air movers and dehumidifiers to remove additional soakage in the area.

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region provides 24/7 flood damage mitigation and restoration services to the local community. Should your home be damaged in a major storm, call us at (603) 527-2518.

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Overflowing Lakes Cause Flood Damage to Gilford Homes

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding from a lake can quickly run off into surrounding homes. Contact SERVPRO should you find your house flooded and request remediation efforts.

Our Technicians Use Specialized Equipment and Cleaners to Remediate Flooding After an Event

Situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake, Gilford residents have two large lakes to enjoy. When either of these two bodies of water overflows their boundaries, flooding of area homes and businesses can happen quickly.

Homeowners can protect their homes from the effects of flood damage in Gilford by acting quickly after a flood occurs. SERVPRO professionals can help by cleaning and restoring a home and its contents. As a surge of water takes over and spreads out, a diverse amount of debris, silt, sand, mud, and other items get carried along by the current.  

With a decreased amount of force behind receding floodwater, debris remains deposited inside homes. We start by removing this left-behind debris and then dry and clean your home, so it is once again “Like it never even happened.” Specialized equipment and machinery help us carry out this work, and high-technology meters keep us informed about our progress.

Using special cleaners and unique application methods help us quickly clean your home, so we restore it to sanitary levels again. Your family should live in a house that poses no microbial risks that can cause health effects. Nobody needs to live in a home where every surfaces seems gritty and covered with a thin layer of fine sand, either. Removing this with special equipment does take time, but we act as quickly as possible.  

Drying your home after a flood can pose unique problems, so we take specific steps that minimize the time involved. Carpeting suffers so much damage from flooding that we must remove it so we can dry the floor in preparation for the installation of new carpeting. The equipment used to dry sub-floors, as well as wood floors, parquet, and other semi-porous materials includes specialized mats. These mats heat the area upon which we place them, and the attached extraction mechanism pulls the moisture out of the floor. This water ends up in collection chambers for easy disposal.  

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region understands that while our local lakes provide immense enjoyment and family time, they can also create problems. We are ready to help you whenever your home experiences any flood damage, from any source. Call us at our 24-hour number, (603) 527-2518 to find out more about how we can restore your home.

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Sewage Cleanup and Restoration From Flood Damage in Gilford

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Damage after a storm can be overwhelming. Contacting SERVPRO quickly after a storm can start the remediation process immediately.

Our Certified Technicians Arrive Ready to Put Together an Action Plan to Deal With Storm Damage at Your Home

Storms are known for causing water damage to homes and businesses through heavy rainfalls. However, floods caused by severe rains can also cause sewer backup in the drain pipes. These backups, when left alone, can lead to costly damage and numerous health implications.
Once the storm is over, contact SERVPRO immediately to deal with the contaminated water. We offer 24/7 flood damage cleanup services for water damaged properties in Gilford. With many years of experience, our IICRC-certified technicians can restore your house back to normal, “like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO treats three types of water damage in this situation: clean, black, and gray water. Black and gray are the most dangerous. Grey water contains contaminants such as fungi and bacteria and includes aquarium water, wash water, and urine. Inhaling spores from bacteria and fungi can make you sick or trigger allergies.
Black water contains dangerous chemicals, waste products, and other life-threatening contaminants. Black water damage situations always come with disease-causing agents like viruses, fungi, bacteria, and parasites. In addition to triggering allergies and diseases, exposing yourself to microbes from black water can also cause toxic poisoning.
While clean water contains limited contamination, it can create favorable conditions for bacteria and fungi growth over time. Warmer temperature and high humidity after storm damage promote these conditions. As such, we have to dry any part of the structure contaminated with “clean” water as well.
Sewage contains all types of viruses. These viruses can enter your body by consuming contaminated foods/drinks, touching your mouth with contaminated hands, and inhaling airborne viruses. Once in the body, they can cause diarrhea, infections of the eyes, respiratory tract, intestines, stomach, and even liver inflammation. Parasites (such as tapeworm) and dangerous bacteria (such as E.Coli and Salmonella) can also compromise your health and immune system.
The bad news is that your family may be at risk of sewage contamination when a flood comes knocking. The good news is that SERVPRO of The Lakes Region, which is locally based, can arrive promptly to clean up the flood damage. Call us anytime at (603) 527-2518.

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Belmont Flood Damage from Different Types of Water

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

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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