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Stopping Mold Damage in Laconia

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Identifying Oxidation as a Result of Water Damage in Belmont

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

How to Detect Oxidation in Your Water Damaged Home

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

Discoloration

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

Smell

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

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

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

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Spring Cleaning Should Include Removal of Signs of Puff-Back, a Type of Fire Damage, in Laconia  Damage prevention includes assessing the state of appliances on a regular basis. Soot around your furnace is an indicator and a risk. Call SERVPRO.

Fire Damage Prevention Includes Assessing the State of Your Furnace

When a furnace begins to malfunction, sometimes one of the signs of this is a loud bang, followed by a spewing of soot from the furnace. Much of this soot is initially contained within the ducts, only to be released into the air. When the soot hits the room along with the heated air, the soot particles can still be extremely hot from being in the furnace and burn the walls near heat vents. 
 
Laconia residents might notice darkened areas around heat vents, and possibly even air intake vents if their furnace had problems over the winter, and this kind of fire damage is often overlooked during spring cleaning. The soot does not exist only on the walls outside of vents, but also inside the ducts. Hot ash can burn holes in ducts, even if they are made out of metal. These tiny holes can create fire hazards in the future, as well as allow pests to have greater ability to travel from one area of your home's interior to other areas. 
 
SERVPRO technicians know how to effectively clean the locations affected by what is really minor fire damage, and the ducts that are involved, also. The ducts can develop build ups that are highly flammable, much like the accumulations that chimneys can develop. Leaving this substance inside your air vents is not only potentially dangerous, but it can be unhealthy and also produce ongoing odors that are highly unpleasant, particularly when the temperature rises over the upcoming summer. 
 
As we clean, any defects in your ducts are noted for future repairs. If your air conditioning system uses the same ducts, this, and the cleaning itself are crucial to maintaining your indoor air quality at optimal levels. 
 
After cleaning the area outside of the vents, painting can be done if desired. We also clean the vents so that they look like new again, free of dust build-up and grime. Carpeting below vents often collects debris, as well, and we can clean these areas for you, also. As with any fire damage, an entire home can be affected in various locations that may only seem unrelated. We have experience that helps us understand these patterns, and eradicating the problem wherever it exists. 
 
By calling us, SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518, you can gain the experience we have gained from working on large and small fire damage situations, as well as the expertise obtained by our training and certification processes. Put our IICRC certificates to work for your home, and enjoy the healthy benefits of a cleaner home. 

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Cleaning up Flood Damage After a Storm in Your Laconia Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

The Drying Process for Flood Damage Cleanup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why Our Rapid Response Team Is the Leader In Laconia

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Our Rapid Response Team Is the Leader In Laconia  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)

Why SERVPRO What to Avoid When Facing Water Damage in Your Belmont Home 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)

Why SERVPRO Could You be Making a Mistake When You Ignore the Tell-Tale Signs of Water Damage in Your Franklin Home? 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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