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Why Fire Damage Restoration Services Are Viral For Rochester Residents

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Fire Damage Restoration Services Are Viral For Rochester Residents Though a fire damage disaster in Rochester brings about a lot of stress, communication is vital during the restoration process.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

After experiencing a fire incident on your property, we recommend fire damage restoration services as the first step towards putting your home back in shape. Immediately after the disaster, it can be hard to think straight and make the right decisions – to some Rochester residents; all may seem lost. That is why contacting professional restoration service providers is highly encouraged.

Though a fire damage disaster in Rochester brings about a lot of stress, communication is vital during the restoration process. A professional service provider like SERVPRO patiently listens to the concerns of the customer before putting in place appropriate restoration measures. Open communication lines between our technicians and the customers make us satisfy the needs of a client. In most cases, customers are encouraged to be present when we are pre-testing the damaged property.

Cleaning the smoke residues that are the result of combustion is necessary. Our team begins by locating the residues and identifying their type. After that, an appropriate method is used to capture, remove and dispose of as per the local standards. During this process, we pretest your contents to find out what we can restore and the most suitable technique to use during the restoration.

When we come across loosely attached smoke residues, we can opt for vacuuming as a removal technique. Usually, we use vacuum-cleaning as the first step before other wet cleaning techniques such as dissolving. When using dissolving, our SERVPRO technicians use a liquid cleaning product to dissolve and loosen the bond holding the particles to the surface.

After a fire, there is a possibility that the smoke residues can mix with the fire extinguishing products and cause unpleasant smells. When faced with such situations, our SERVPRO team identifies the source of the odor and does deodorization. It is a process that eliminates the odor by neutralizing its source.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is a proven leader in storm, fire, mold and water damage restoration. Call us at (603) 743-4301 today and get professional services that you deserve.

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Wood Stove And Fireplace Damage Avoidance Tips For Your Rochester Home

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wood Stove And Fireplace Damage Avoidance Tips For Your Rochester Home A wood burning stove offers warmth as well as a certain ambiance to the home. Enjoy your stove while taking precautions. Contact SERVPRO after a fire.

Our Technicians Help You to Recover From a Fire While Offering Preventative Tips

Whether you use a woodstove as your primary heating source or simply enjoy the ambiance of a crackling fireplace, taking care to maintain and repair your wood burning appliances is crucial to preserving your Rochester home from the devastation of a fire. Taking the time to ensure that your fireplace or woodstove operates in tip-top condition is much less stressful than arranging for the restoration of a dwelling damaged by fire.
 
Installation
 
Adding a wood stove or fireplace to an existing home requires professional installation to minimize the risk of fire damage in Rochester. Familiarize yourself with local building codes and make sure the vendor sells stoves and inserts that comply with fire and building codes. Proper ventilation is the key to preventing smoke and carbon monoxide from spreading throughout your home. One thing that may not be obvious during installation is checking for overhanging trees or vines that could catch fire on the exterior the home. Chimney caps keep debris and curious critters from falling down the chimney and blocking the flue, sending smoke and soot drifting and threatening to ignite a chimney fire.
 
Maintenance
 
Be vigilant about checking for hotspots and crumbling seals on wood stoves. Your chimney requires an annual inspection and cleaning. We recommend you contract with a chimney sweep who is CSIA Certified; a CSIA certified chimney sweep with 10 or more years of service in New Hampshire is a CSIA Master Chimney Sweep. A thorough cleaning reveals issues like a heavy buildup of creosote or birds nest or other blockages that contribute to the threat of a chimney fire. The sweep also may find evidence of chimney fires or overheating of which you were unaware, weakening the chimney and making it more likely to burn again. Proper repairs must be made if this is the case.
 
Operational Safety Measures
 
Keep a charged fire extinguisher within reach of your wood stove or fireplace at all times. Store matches, lighters, and any accelerant far from the source of the fire. Indoor caches of wood need to be at least three feet away from the fire, minimizing the chance of a spark setting them ablaze. Window treatments; pillows, newspaper, books, and magazines; throws and blankets; and other decor or furnishings need have that three-foot safety space as well.
 
Take care to dispose of the ashes safely and appropriately. Clear out old ashes regularly to avoid their dispersal throughout your home when a new fire starts. Scoop cold ashes into a metal container and store outside, far from your structure.
 
Accessorize Wisely
 
Invest in a screen to keep your fireplace sparks from flying out and igniting nearby objects or fixtures. The screen also keeps children and pets out of harm's way. Choose wood carefully -- seasoned hardwood burns cleaner. Buy fireplace pokers and other tools for durability and fireproof characteristics, not merely for their beauty.
 
Partner With A Local Fire Damage Restoration Firm
 
SERVPRO technicians train for the possibility that despite all your care, a fire inside your home or within your chimney may damage your property. We offer the experience and skills to restore all areas of your home damaged by a wood stove or fireplace catastrophe.
 
If your home suffers damage from a chimney, woodstove or fireplace disaster, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester awaits your call to (603) 743-4301. We work fast and with a restoration focus, returning your home to preloss condition as soon as practical.

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Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Rochester Home

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Rochester Home SERVPRO is available 24/7 for your fire damage woes.

Fire Damage Cleanup Goes A Long Way In Your Rochester Home


Even when we are extra careful, tragedy can strike. A fire in your Rochester home can break out due to a crimped or frayed electrical cord. If it is caught quickly, the damage can be contained to one room. However, you still have plenty of cleanup and repairs that need to be addressed. It is not something you should attempt on your own, as there are many aspects to fire damage cleanup.

When a fire disaster has struck your Rochester home, it is essential that you get professional help as soon as possible. Contact our staff at SERVPRO once the fire is out so we can assist you in getting your home back to its usual condition. We have the tools and experience needed to work quickly, but efficiently.

The goal of mitigation is to secure your structure and stop further damage. Mitigation can include boarding up openings if needed, winterizing the plumbing to stop pipes from freezing and establishing a temporary source of electricity to the home. Emergency drying is needed if your home is wet from fire-fighting efforts.

SERVPRO technicians focus on cleaning smoke residues from your home and deodorizing odors which are given off by residues. If there are items which cannot be cleaned, we discuss this with you and replace or repair anything needed. Sometimes, items need to be packed out and moved to a different location for cleaning and storage when the building is not secure, or it is too damaged for on-site cleaning.

For specific items like electronics, expensive artwork, refinishing furniture or dry-cleaning clothing, we work with other specialists.

We occasionally need to perform reconstruction on structural components that are damaged by the fire beyond the point where they could be restored to preloss condition. It can also require different skills than standard home remodeling, so in this case, we work with other licensed contractors as well.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester can handle your fire damage, small or large, and get your house back in shape. Residents in the areas of Rochester, Dover, or Somersworth can give us a call anytime at (603) 743-4301 after a fire emergency.

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Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage Fire Damage in the basement of a local Church. The Church is a historical building built approximately 120 yrs ago & is home to 2,500 parishioners.

Fire and smoke damage to your home or business can be a huge and unexpected bump in the road.  SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience in the fire and smoke restoration business.  At SERVPRO, our disaster restoration experts will be there to help you clean up and restore your home or business to its pre-loss condition.  Our certified team offers customers professional restoration expertise while providing the highest level of integrity, quality and service, including but not limited to the following:

  • Work directly with your insurance company and assist you in the claims process
  • Deal directly with professional dry cleaners to get your clothing back to you quickly
  • Smoke and odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Structural cleaning with environmentally friendly methods
  • Cleaning and storage of personal belongings
  • Climate controlled storage
  • Complete Demolition
  • Thermal Fogging and Ozoning on site or in our cleaning facility

Fire spreads a variety of chemicals and soot, depending on the source of the fire.  This creates challenges in cleaning and decontamination, which can be hindered if not done properly.  In addition, smoke can be caustic in nature resulting in the necessity for prompt removal to minimize damage to fabrics, ferrous metals, electronic devices, chrome and painted surfaces.  Our Disaster Restoration Experts are ready to respond 24 hours a day to start the cleaning and restoration process to help minimize the damage.

Our project managers will support you throughout the entire restoration process, informing you every step of the way.  Property damage by fire, smoke and especially water must be treated promptly and efficiently to ensure the best results and prevent further damage.  We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including holidays for any emergency. At SERVPRO, our IICRC certified team will make sure your loss situation is handled correctly and professionally to minimize discomfort, inconvenience and unnecessary additional costs. We specialize in insurance claims and we'll even bill the insurance company directly so you have one less thing to worry about.

We know a home or business disaster such as a fire is a traumatic event.  No one expects a fire to happen to them, and therefore they frequently are unprepared for what they must do to help return their lives back to normal.  Our goal is to help you regain control to make your damage "Like it never even happened."