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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Laconia, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region today at (603) 527-2518 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do I Reduce the Risk of Pathogens in My Laconia Business?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a blue background To disinfect, SERVPRO uses products that meet EPA’s criteria for use and are appropriate to disinfect different surfaces where germs congregate.

Call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region for IICRC-Certified Cleaning Services!

Many businesses are worried about the spread of illness right now and for a good reason. Measures such as social distancing and paying particular attention to handwashing have been encouraged. They are measures to slow viral spread, but they may not always be enough.

Wondering what else you can do? SERVPRO of The Lakes Region works with essential businesses around their schedule in Laconia to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers. 

How can SERVPRO help out at my business? 

  • Identifying Touchpoints: Our expertly trained technicians can identify touchpoints in your business - places more likely to come into contact with human hands. Examples include entry doors, light switches, drawer pulls, and bathroom faucets. 
  • EPA-Approved Cleaning Agents: Environmental Protection Agency or EPA-registered antimicrobial products do not make effectiveness claims against pathogens unless the agency has examined data to support the claim and approve the label. Here at SERVPRO, our technicians use EPA approved cleaning products to help reduce the spread of pathogens. 
  • Deep Cleaning: Many people associate the term "spring cleaning" with this time of year. We do offer a one-time service option, but we deliver a deep cleaning service, to provide that extra peace of mind.

If you would like to talk to us about how we can help clean your business, do not hesitate to call us. Reach out to SERVPRO of The Lakes Region by dialing (603) 527-2518. 

To learn more about Laconia, click here.  

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water Damage in Laconia Homes

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Floating House We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your home. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Has Answers For You About Your Homes Water Damage

An estimated 14,000 individuals in the United States have a water damage event occur in their home or business every day. Also, an average of 98% of basements can expect some form of water loss during their service life. 

When water damage happens in Laconia homes, property owners often have questions. Here are some of the most common ones asked about residential water loss. 

Why SERVPRO?

It is impossible to tell just by looking at the structure and contents are by the water. SERVPRO techs have access to some of the most advanced moisture detection equipment in the restoration industry. These devices allow them to find embedded moisture under floors, within walls, and in other areas. This action alone assists in avoiding additional damages and mold growth. 

How Does Water Damage Happen?

Frequently seen internal causes are leaks, appliance failures, overflows, and sewage backups. Fixing small leaks in the structure and plumbing can help avoid significant scale water loss events in the home in the future.

Is the Need for Water Removal Considered an Emergency?

Absolutely. Building materials such as sheetrock and wood are absorbent and react in ways such as swelling or buckling, which damages the structure. Because of the need for expedited extraction, SERVPRO techs show up on-site to most properties within an hour from the initial call. When the water in the home is the result of a sewage backup, the contaminated nature of the spill needs a quick cleanup to limit loss.

What Steps Should Homeowners Take When a Water Loss Occurs?

As soon as the need for water removal occurs, homeowners should contact their insurance adjuster and inform them their next call will be to SERVPRO to start the extraction and drying restoration process. 

Does Insurance Cover All Water Loss? 

The short answer is no. The average homeowner's insurance policy covers loss through sudden or accidental water loss, such as a pipe burst or a washing machine dumping a tub of water in the laundry room. Each case is individual, and if you are not sure what elements your coverage handles, review it with your agent and make sure you know what is covered and what is not. 

At the first sign of any water damage, call the pros at SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518. The certified techs can remove the water and dry the property, so it is "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Follows Protocols to Restore Water Damaged Homes in Laconia

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Scoping a Water Loss in Laconia Homes for Efficient Recovery

Gathering information and data about a restoration project can help our SERVPRO team to provide efficient services in Laconia loss recovery. As challenging as situations like water losses can be, the proper planning in the early stages can ensure that the right steps get taken to reduce restoration times and costs wherever possible. Scoping a job is critical for this reason and precedes the arrival of our skilled field technicians to begin mitigation.

Knowing what to expect in the earliest stages of scoping and damage assessment can help our customers to stay at ease through every phase of addressing water damage to Laconia homes. The first notice of loss (FNOL) is the point where a customer reaches out to our emergency response team for help after a disaster occurs. From this point, we must move as efficiently as possible, gathering the appropriate information and employing the best techniques to get your home back to preloss condition quickly.

In most situations, scoping of the job begins quickly after the FNOL to ensure that we are getting the freshest look at the damaged areas and have the opportunity to slow the migration of water damage with mitigation steps to follow. We utilize this walkthrough as a chance to hear from our customers what their priorities are and how we can help them through the trying experience and keep them in the house throughout restoration when possible.

The collection of data and readings from moisture detection devices and a thorough visual inspection determines the SERVPRO personnel, equipment, and potential power needed for water loss recovery. It might be necessary to have our in-house team of experienced residential contractors perform drywall removal or muck out, or structural drying specialists work with advanced drying tools to restore installed construction materials before they become too damaged to preserve.

Water loss incidents can get out of control without the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region water restorers. No matter how we can help, from drying to clean up, give us a call today at (603) 527-2518.

Ultimate Effective Solutions For Water Damage Issues in Laconia

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

copper piping in a wall Copper pipes are great but they can still fail and spring a leak within your wall. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation efforts.

Why SERVPRO is the Company Homeowners Trust to Help Prevent Water Damage in Laconia

Avoiding a crisis that soaks your Laconia home can seem impossible, but we can help prevent one of the main causes. SERVPRO's technicians receive intensive training and gain extensive experience. These increase the level of insight into the causes behind preventable problems.

This is why SERVPRO is trusted by so many homeowners in Laconia who need water damage specialists. While we spend most of our time remediating and mitigating damaged areas, we also help homeowners prevent future incidents. 

Despite being safer, copper pipes can still become the source of problems. Corrosion of copper plumbing called pitting can lead to pinhole leaks. Although a pipe might only release a tiny stream of water to begin with, additional holes often quickly develop.

Pitting happens on the interior of the pipe, making it difficult to prevent. However, SERVPRO technicians know that certain conditions are more common in previous pipe failures. Spotting these can help guide you in knowing which copper pipes you might want to replace with brass or other plumbing materials.

A damp area in the floor, away from any visible water source, can signal that the pipe running underneath is spraying water onto the underside of the floor. Horizontal pipes are reported more often as leaking than vertical pipes. 

Areas near elbow joints also tend to rupture more often than in the middle of a length of pipe. The threads of the joints can also allow water to escape.

While cold water affects copper pipes faster than hot water, the opposite occurs with PVC pipes. Over time, PVC can distend and grow larger in diameter, eventually splitting and releasing large quantities of water.

One thing that plays a role in both copper and PVC pipe failure is the amount of pressure. This might come from too great a pressure, or pipes that are too small in diameter. Decreasing the plumbing's water pressure can reduce the likelihood of pipe failure, especially in newly installed plumbing. When a homeowner decides to replace plumbing, choosing the widest diameter offered by the plumbing contractor can protect your home. There are ways that high-pressure areas, such as the shower, can still exist.

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region wants to help your family avoid as many disasters as possible. Water damage is one of these. For more tips to prevent a disaster, or for expert assistance after a pipe breaks, call (603) 527-2518.

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Winning Tactics for Water Damage Remediation in Laconia Revealed

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged kitchen ceiling Water damage can cause plenty of stress. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage.

Using Airflow to Dry Out Damaged Laconia Homes

Multiple factors play a role in the effective drying of your Laconia home. While temperature and humidity levels are critical factors for our SERVPRO professionals to control when addressing moisture removal concerns, we also must consider the airflow in the affected space and how it can get manipulated to improve drying times and the ultimate result.

We have a full team of restoration specialists accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in water restoration (WRT) and structural drying (ASD), but these certifications alone do not ensure the removal of water, thus mitigating damage in Laconia homes. Our success in the restoration of water-damaged properties hinges on the use of drying sciences like psychrometry. Between a balance of temperature, humidity, airflow, and time, our professionals can recover the damage that water can do to your home.

Dry air is one of the essential elements of drying any saturated material. In this same way, less damp air spaces around these moist materials can help air movers and other drying elements to be more productive. A constant airflow can allow for nearly continuous removal of moisture from the surface of the material involved. Air movers are the ideal tool for vaporizing trapped moisture and surface dampness. These devices can not only evaporate free water in affected materials but eliminate the boundary layer.

Boundary layers are a space of cold air just above the surface of moist material. This cooler space exists from the evaporation process. Without moving this cold air away from the surface, further drying practices are ineffective. Air movers can displace this layer with warmer, drier air to continue the evaporation process for moisture removal by our positioned dehumidifiers in the house.

Restoration and recovery are areas where our professionals excel because we have the education and ongoing training to be a reputable choice in our region. Whenever you contend with water loss incidents, let our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region team show you how we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (603) 527-2518.

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Laconia House Attacked by Mold and Unwanted Water? Why Not Call SERVPRO for Remediation and Restoration

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

emergency sign over hospital entrance For Emergency Water Removal and Mold Remediation Services in Laconia Here Is Why SERVPRO Is the Answer

SERVPRO Has the Requisite Expertise to Mitigate Water Damage in Your Laconia Residence

Frozen, leaking, or broken pipes are all inconveniences that produce headaches for Laconia homeowners. The water damage that frozen pipes cause can be significant because they often allow water to get to the walls and ceilings of a house. Broken pipes can cause gallons of water to flood the bathroom, kitchen, or living room.

When you notice water damage in your Laconia residence, SERVPRO can help you prevent it from worsening. Our technicians have the training, advanced equipment, and expertise to dry your water-ruined home properly. A water intrusion incident can cause severe destruction to the building materials and items in your home if you do not resolve it correctly. Some of the issues you may deal with after water pools in your house include:

Ruined carpeting and upholstery
Water causes the latex backings and fibers of carpeting to weaken, making them more susceptible to wear and tear. In the worst-case scenarios, carpets can delaminate and require replacement.

Fire hazards
Water may short-circuit the power system of your home, creating sparks that might ignite drywall, wood, and fabrics. Electrical shock or worse can result from entering unsafe areas.

Mold infestation
Mold thrives in damp conditions where organic matter to feed on is present. It can cause health issues to the residents of a home along with degrading structural elements.

After a water loss incident, you may not locate and recognize all the damage. It is challenging to know which areas require extra work or replacement. Our team can advise you on how severe the destruction is and how we can remediate it.

We can restore your property to its preloss state. Our priorities are quality, safety, and exceptional customer service. We offer rapid restoration to prevent moisture from seeping in walls, furniture, and appliances. Our team can work on different parts of your home using advanced water extraction equipment.

If mold has started growing in your property, our SERVPRO team can remove it safely. We can choose the proper mold removal method based on the surface the fungi are located. If the affected material is non-porous, such as metal, plastic, or glass, we can clean it. We can then HEPA vacuum the surface if it is dry or damp wipe it with a detergent solution if the mold is growing on a layer of organic debris. If mold is growing on porous materials such as drywall, carpeting, fabrics, or insulation, we can remove and discard them. But, only if we cannot restore these mold-infested materials. Our team can then dry your home effectively using air moving and dehumidifying equipment.

A complete water restoration process considers all the essential details that may remain unnoticed and cause further problems in the future. Call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 for effective water restoration services.

Our Mold Damage Technicians Can Restore Your Belmont Property

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold and moisture buildup on wall of a house Give our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region team a call anytime at (603) 527-2518.

Is Mold Always a Total Loss Situation for Belmont Properties?

Mold can be a highly damaging situation that threatens not only Belmont homes but also the occupants of the residence as well. Choosing the right professionals to remediate this situation is vital to protecting as much of your property as possible and preventing circumstances where extensive tear-out and reconstruction is more cost-effective than restoration. Mold damage does not always need to be a total loss for your home, and that begins with securing the right qualified technicians at the first sign of trouble.
 
One of the unfortunate aspects of mold damage in Belmont homes is that many property owners do not recognize a problem until it has taken root. To combat mold growth at this point is to hit these growing colonies with the full measure of our remediation techniques, products, and personnel. Our SERVPRO professionals have vast experience in restoring damaged elements and remediating mold colonization throughout The Lakes Region, and it begins with our training and education through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) We have specialists trained in mold remediation, water restoration, and applied structural drying to address all stages of mold loss.
 
Reducing the damage that mold colonization can do in your home hinges on how quickly homeowners react to the developing situation in their house. By contacting our SERVPRO team quickly, we can mobilize our personnel and cutting-edge equipment to begin mitigation and remediation work as soon as our team arrives. We have the personal protective equipment that can keep our team safe, as well as air filtration tools to minimize the spread and severity of mold migration.
 
As a trusted name for restoration and recovery in the area, we stake our reputation on showing that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. No customer should wait for the vital remediation efforts their home needs, and occupants of the house become exposed to potential health effects by being around active colonization.
 
We know how crucial addressing mold growth in your home is, and that is why you can count on our fast response and state-of-the-art equipment to manage the situation. Give our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region team a call anytime at (603) 527-2518.

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When Disaster Strikes Laconia – Here Is Restoration You Can Trust

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

For all your damage restoration needs in Laconia, count on SERVPRO.

For All Types of Disasters, SERVPRO is Here to Help

We are one of the leading restoration firms in the state of New Hampshire. This success stems from our honesty and integrity with home and business owners in Laconia and the surrounding areas. We have grown for close to thirty years, attracting the talents of new technicians, while retaining our quality craftsmanship and insistence on exceeding your expectation every step of the way. We know that disasters do not wait for ideal times to strike, so you can count on our SERVPRO team to help you manage water, fire, storm, and mold loss incidents fast and cost-effectively. 

Storm Damage

With a 24-hour emergency line continuously staffed, there is never a time when our customers are not able to directly reach out to our rapid response team. This information is critical when storm damage affects Laconia properties. With the geographic location of our service area, we are at risk for multiple potential natural disasters from flooding and tornadoes to Nor’easters. 

Because of the severity of many of these situations, evacuations often play a role in keeping Laconia families safe in a time of crisis. We have partnered with the American Red Cross to help in these efforts while simultaneously offering every customer the same efficient and knowledgeable response to the needs of their property in this trying time. We can even address large loss scenarios with the aid of our regional and national partnerships with our parental brand.

Flooding is a typical result of Laconia storm damage, and our SERVPRO professionals have the training and the tools to overcome it. We can quickly assess which machines suit your specific flooding situation, and work to extract this standing water with vacuums, pumps, and other water removal tools. We work quickly to prepare your home for material-saving thorough drying efforts. 

Water Damage

We know that once water loss incidents have occurred, many Laconia residents and business owners do not have the time to shop around for quality restoration services. Making these plans ahead of time can ultimately save time and money on the recovery efforts your property needs. We have advanced practices that address far beyond the immediate extraction and drying concerns of your home to exceed your expectations. 

Even with smaller scale loss incidents, the contents and personal belongings of your home can become at risk for irreparable damages. Especially for items that you consider irreplaceable, it is critical to have a preventative approach to protect these possessions from water damage affecting Laconia properties. Our SERVPRO professionals have unique training to become elite content management technicians that can safely transport items to our nearby facility and utilize the full measure of our equipment and products to help. 

Inside your Laconia home, our professionals work on getting the damage dried immediately. A fast process here can prevent distortion and deterioration of materials, but also reduce or eliminate staining from areas more prone to this response after exposure. We can double-check our successes and progress in the drying of your property with our advanced detectors that can showcase any errant moisture. 

Mold Remediation

We are not a team that is going to have you waiting long for the remediation that your property needs if you have discovered mold damage in your Laconia residence. We understand how vital a fast response is with these situations, as the organism does not slow its progression or destruction without deliberate counteractions. Our professionals have extensive training not only to become knowledgeable Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), but also in vital secondary endorsements that help in removing the colonization and threat such as Water Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), and Commercial Drying (CDT.) 

Identifying the full spread of mold damage can often require specific environmental testing, though visual inspection and other sensory clues like harsh, musty odors can often be a reliable indicator of colonization. Knowing where moisture and dampness are can identify the source of the water damage that allowed the growth, so our technicians utilize high-tech detection tools to pinpoint the most likely points of mold damage in Laconia properties. 

An essential step for remediation, beyond the removal of colonization and its effects on the property, is ensuring that mold growth does not return to your Laconia home or business. With long-term solutions to keep the structure dry and the application of potent antimicrobial agents, we can often reduce the chance of recurrences. 

Fire Damage

Fire loss incidents present substantial levels of risk for all Laconia properties and can become a costly and time-consuming situation to overcome without a fast response from trained professionals. With multiple layers of effects to contend with, our SERVPRO professionals are a wise choice for recovery efforts because of our extensive training through the IICRC in Fire & Smoke Restoration, as well as several other endorsements that can help with premier cleaning during and following mitigation. 

Soot damage is one of the most pressing concerns for any size incident, as this fire damage in Laconia can be a substantial challenge to remove without staining the surface beneath it. Removing this residue is one of the primary objectives of our responding professionals, as failure to address these conditions quickly can lead to them continually getting worse. Removal is not a one-size-fits-all solution, as soot can cling to various types of materials and possessions. Chemical sponges and soda blasting are two useful strategies our team uses to reduce and ultimately eliminate soot presence. 

Because your insurance claims often play a vital role in the recovery of fire damage in Laconia properties, you can find some peace in the close partnerships we have with local and national insurance providers. This union can help to expedite claims processes and quickly meet the demands of these companies to get work started on your home rapidly after a fire. 

There is often no avoiding specific disasters that can threaten the area and your property specifically, but there are well-trained professionals that can help. Let our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region team help you to make any loss situation “Like it never even happened” by calling (603) 527-2518.

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Stopping Mold Damage in Laconia

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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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Why Our Rapid Response Team Is the Leader In Laconia

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Don't try and handle water damage yourself call our experts. We have the right equipment, expertise and we are available 24/7.

The Risk of Unprofessional Water Restoration in Your Laconia Home

Many Laconia homeowners strive to handle all of the issues that occur in their homes on their own, including the restoration and repair that could be necessary following water loss incidents. As tempting as it might seem to avoid the costs of professional restoration, situations like these often have widespread effects that can stretch far beyond what you can easily see. The result is restoration work that only gets partially completed, and moisture and dampness continue to affect structural elements and materials throughout your home adversely.

There are many concerns with DIY cleanup and restoration of water damage to your Laconia home. The first and most glaring of these concerns is the possibility of doing the job inadequately. Without an understanding of the full extent of the damage, like our SERVPRO team can determine with the use of moisture detection and thermal imagery, you might not address all of the problem areas thoroughly enough.

Another concern with attempting restoration work on your own is a lack of understanding when materials have become too saturated and water damaged to get preserved. Even being able to dry structurally compromised materials does not make them strong enough for load-bearing roles. Our SERVPRO professionals can diagnose structurally compromised materials and structural elements, and can also reconstruct your home as needed with our licensed, experienced contractors on our team.

Finally, some water loss incidents require expertise and skill to overcome. In situations like hardwood flooring and tile restoration, moisture content monitoring and controlled drying are critical to protecting the function and appearance of the affected material. Our team has both the equipment and the experience to handle all of these situations quickly to ensure that minimal tear out and reconstruction is necessary.

It can be tempting to consider DIY cleaning and drying, but saving money does not outweigh the risks of responsible and thorough mitigation and restoration work. You can count on the rapid response of our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region professionals whenever disaster strikes. Give us a call anytime at (603) 527-2518.

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What to Avoid When Facing Water Damage in Your Belmont Home

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage situations can happen very quickly, leaving you minimal time to react. Have SERVPRO on speed dial so that we can arrive right away.

Your First Port of Call in a Water Removal Emergency here in Belmont

Clean water emergencies are time sensitive. Once water enters the home, it begins to saturate any fabrics, furnishings, fittings or floors causing staining and weakening materials by up to 50%. That is only the damage you can see. What you cannot see is that water is flooding wall cavities as well as your subfloor. The reason our community contacts us in an emergency like this is that we provide a comprehensive solution that is fast without sacrificing being thorough.

The core principle behind water removal in Belmont properties is to dry the affected area as quickly as possible. Water extractors are 1,200 times quicker at drying wet floors, walls, and furniture than dehumidification. SERVPRO has both truck-mounted and portable extraction wands that are powerful enough to remove hundreds of gallons of water but light enough to avoid causing damage during application.

Where there is extensive flooding, we can utilize submersible gas-powered pumps which use open sewer points and are therefore capable of removing an unlimited amount of water from property. During service, a SERVPRO technician is seeking to mitigate loss at every opportunity. Removing carpets as well as subfloor pads is an essential part of reducing the likelihood of permanent damage. Carpets can be re-attached whereas subfloor pads are inexpensive to replace and can be disposed of properly by your technician.

Every home has specific vapor barriers in the form of wallpapers, fitted furnishings, and subfloor. We tackle these barriers by placing rapid air movers in the affected zone. We can measure how well the structure is drying by using moisture meters as well as testing humidity levels in comparison with other areas of the house. This measuring process ensures we leave every service with the property fully-dry reducing the occurrence of secondary damages.

At the completion of service, our technicians can help to lay the foundations for the prevention of mold or mildew growth. Dryness is our primary method, but we can also apply anti-microbial paints to walls as well as treatments for carpets and other soft fittings. Our commitment to "always doing what is right by the customer" is what drives us to go the extra mile and ensure we do not have to make a repeat visit after a water cleanup operation.

In an emergency, act quickly by contacting SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518.
 
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Could You be Making a Mistake When You Ignore the Tell-Tale Signs of Water Damage in Your Franklin Home?

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can occur quickly or happen over a longer period of time behind walls or ceilings. Call SERVPRO for remediation services.

Why SERVPRO Technicians Make Water Removal a Priority in Franklin

When an accident occurs to someone in Franklin, reacting appropriately can mean the difference between recovering quickly or sustaining more harm. Homes, while not living things, can also become affected by damaging circumstances. A large investment for anyone, protecting your residence includes helping ensure you regain control of any damage or other harmful situations.
 
This is why SERVPRO makes sure to assist homeowners to prevent severe property damage in Franklin. We use our extremely effective water removal techniques to help make affected homes “Like it never even happened.” once more. Our success comes from not only our equipment and training, but also our ability to work as teams in water removal, drying of materials, and restoration of our customers' personal belongings and household furnishings.
 
We do much more than pumping the water out when we answer a call. We make sure everything is just as it should be again. We do not stop working on a home until everything is dry again, according to standard industry measurements of moisture content. Most of the contents in your home, under normal circumstances, do contain small amounts of moisture, and we aim to match this percentage whenever we perform water removal services. Once we do finish, minor variations manage to work themselves back to their natural equilibrium again, much as they did prior to the incident that caused a water emergency in your house.
 
Restoration of your family's personal belongings happens quickly because we work in teams. Depending on what came into contact with the water, we might work at your home or pack up and take your affected belongings to our facility. If we opt for working at our facility, we provide you with inventory sheets so you can quickly locate any specific possessions once we return everything to you.
 
Where water soaked or sprayed your furniture, appliances, or other contents, we dry and check for damage. Changes in coloration of fabrics might become permanent, but special treatment techniques, including brushing, might lessen the effect. Slower-drying materials like wood can dry faster and more evenly if we place these items in a drying chamber. It also reduces the amount of exposure to mold and mildew.
 
There are many reasons why SERVPRO of The Lakes Region is the choice many homeowners make in the Belmont, Gilford and Tilton area when they need water removal experts to help them restore their homes after an accident or flood. Call us at (603) 527-2518 whenever your home needs dedicated professionals to protect it.

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