Recent Storm Damage Posts
Some Warning Signs of Contaminated Floodwaters in Your Franklin Home
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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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Sewage Cleanup and Restoration From Flood Damage in Gilford
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
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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