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Electrical Safety During Flood Damage Restoration in Your Rochester Home

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Electrical Safety During Flood Damage Restoration in Your Rochester Home SERVPRO Says Cut Your Power Source During Flooding of Rochester Properties

SERVPRO Says Safety First, Then Water Extraction and Cleanup

If you reside in an area of Rochester that is at high risk for floods, there are measures you can take to minimize the risks and prevent property damage associated with flooding. When you know heavy rains are coming, you can use sandbags to divert the flow of water away from your home. Rain gutters and other drainage systems installed in your home are a good idea as well. If you make sure to keep your gutters and downspouts free of trash, leaves and other debris, they can help divert rainwater away from your home. Maintenance is crucial for an effective drainage system.
 
Grading your lot so that ten or so feet of ground that surrounds your home is sloped at least six inches also helps to funnel rainwater away from your property. If disaster strikes, and you still are dealing with water and flood damage inside your Rochester home, it is imperative that you act quickly. Our staff at SERVPRO understands how important this is, so we do not waste time getting to your property once you call us for help.
 
In every water damage situation, environmental hazards are present. They can include structural, electrical, and waterborne hazardous materials. Water conducts electricity, so pairing water and electricity can be very dangerous. Potentially, there can be electrical hazards all over on a water damage job site. In the case of flooding, water can enter into the wiring system, so common sense is used when we deal with electricity.
 
The first thing SERVPRO techs check is the power distribution box. All the breakers are on the panel, or breaker box is turned off. If only part of your home was affected, we turn off the circuits that provide power to these damaged areas. It is especially crucial for us to do so if water is inside electrical outlets or wall cavities, or if any electrical outlets are located on the floor. We may even need to have a licensed electrician perform an inspection.
 
Sometimes, it is necessary to shut off the main power source where it enters your home. The power usually can be turned off at a meter found outside. Cutting the power at the meter may require assistance from the local utility company. SERVPRO provides portable and trailered generators for emergency use.

When SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester needs to restore your home in Rochester, Dover, or Somersworth after flooding, we ensure that the working environment is safe from electrical hazards. When you call us at (603) 743-4301 for help, you know you are getting an experienced and knowledgeable company doing everything we can to keep you and your family safe.

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Correctly Address Flood Damage In Your Rochester Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Correctly Address Flood Damage In Your Rochester Home Flooded Basement in Rochester? Call SERVPRO to Mitigate the Storm Damage

That Means Call SERVPRO for Emergency Floodwater Removal and Even Advice

To correctly address flood damage in your home, you need to understand how the water entered and obtain the proper drying, restoration, and repair services. Despite what some homeowners say, basement flooding is a real possibility in any home, even for those that do not live near a floodplain or river.

It helps to understand that water runs from high to low-ground, which means that the basement of your Rochester home is most likely to receive flood damage. The main culprit in most basement floods is rain, where excessive amounts of water overload gutters, downspouts, and drainage systems, saturate the ground around your basement and push through your foundation.  

A suitably waterproofed basement in your home can protect you from suffering some damage. However, the slope of your yard and any installed landscaping, severely impact the effectiveness of drainage systems installed in your home. SERVPRO can inspect your entire property, giving valuable recommendations that help protect your home during flood events. You are not alone; our expert technicians can help discover existing problems and help you prevent significant damage or loss. We can offer our ERP Program le lessen the likelihood of significant storm damaging effects. We can even help you with your insurance claims paperwork.

If you find yourself facing flooding in your home, even after preparing as much as possible, SERVPRO technicians can help. Never hesitate to give us a call, time plays a severe role in the restoration process, making every minute count when dealing with water in your home. We can put advanced water removal equipment to work for you, using both portable hand-held and truck-mounted extractors to remove all unwanted water on your property.

SERVPRO can help make the complete drying, cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorization process as quick and efficient as possible. We put years of training and experience to work for you, utilizing hygrometers, dehumidifiers, fogging equipment and advanced cleaning methods to ensure quality results in your home after a flood. It is entirely possible for us to restore furniture, appliances and other household goods, including personal belongings that you might have thought you lost forever.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester provides quality cleanup and restoration services throughout Dover, Somersworth and surrounding areas. We provide our customers with full-service solutions to water, fire, storm, and mold problems anywhere on their property, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, call today. (603) 743-4301.

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Resolving Flood Damage To Your Rochester Residence

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Resolving Flood Damage To Your Rochester Residence While many Rochester homes have adequately prepared for the possibility of flood damage, there are no guarantees for any measures that you take.

Flood Damage To Your Residence

Rochester homes are no strangers to significant storms through certain parts of the year. The unfortunate side effect of a lot of these storms coming on a regular basis is the possibility of flash flooding. When the terrain is too saturated to absorb the rainwater, and it is coming at a steady flow, many homes can be within the path of significant flood waters that happen with very little warning.

While many Rochester homes have adequately prepared for the possibility of flood damage, there are no guarantees for any measures that you take. With the invasive nature of water to find any weak point in your foundation or structure of your home in general, there are no assurances that the precautions that you have taken are going to be enough. With the unpredictable nature of flash flooding, you can have a dire situation in a matter of just a few minutes.

Our SERVPRO technicians have seen all manner of flood damage and know the appropriate process it takes to successfully and completely remove the water from your home. Our foremost concerns rest on preventing the problem from getting worse while our restoration efforts are underway, so our technicians work to determine the entry point for the flood waters and prevent further penetration from this point. This process ensures that the removal efforts and subsequent restoration are both successful and completed as quickly as possible.

Removal of the pooled water is just the first step in our intricate restoration process. Our mission is to make it like the incident never happened, which encourages our SERVPRO professionals to take additional steps to assure that you are delighted with repairs and water damage restoration in your home.

Do not allow flood waters to ruin the contents of your house by attempting to get rid of the flood waters on your own. Our experienced staff can efficiently remove the water and restore the damages to your home. We leave it, in many cases, more secure than it was before against future flooding threats. Give SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester a call anytime at (603) 743-4301.

Visit https://www.rochesternh.net/ for more about the city of Rochester.

Remediating Flood Damage in Rochester

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage in Rochester After flood damage, SERVPRO's first step is to complete an inspection of your home to properly mitigate the damage.

SERVPRO's Thorough Flood Damage Restoration Process

Being just minutes from the coast makes flooding a regular occurrence in Rochester. If it is not the storm itself, how it affects nearby creeks and Baxter Lake can cause millions of dollars in clean-up and repair costs each year.

Remediating the effects of flood damage in Rochester requires a quick response and trained personnel to put residents back to their homes as fast and safe as possible. To meet this demand, SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour response team. We have the latest in training approved by the restoration industry and access to a nationwide network of equipment.

We start each call with an inspection of the home. We check to ensure the power is off before entering the home in case the rising water compromised the electrical system. The inspector determines how high the water has risen to ensure our team has the proper equipment and how long the home has been under water.

Next, we take out the water. Our IICRC-certified technicians use commercial grade pumps to remove water over two inches in depth. For amounts lower than that we use water extraction wands to draw out all visible water. These same wands also draw out water trapped inside the carpets and floors. In most cases, we complete pumping out water in less than a day.

To try and preserve the carpets and floors, we remove the pad underneath for disposal. If there is no pad, we attempt to dry underneath the carpet using air movers and exhaust fans at opposite ends of the room or hallway to force warm, dry air across the surface.

For wood floors, we examine the floorboards for warping. Technicians drill several holes in the corners or remove a floorboard to perform a visual check. They insert a hose connected to an air mover to dry out underneath the floorboards if there is water present.

Carpets and floors take most of the damage in a flood, but SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is ready to prevent the loss of structural property. If you need our services or have questions about what we can do to return your home to its pre-flood condition; call us today at (603) 743-4301.

For more information about Rochester, visit https://www.rochesternh.net/.

Will My Dover Home be Flood Damaged in the Next Storm?

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Will My Dover Home be Flood Damaged in the Next Storm? If your home is at a lower elevation, it is more likely to experience flooding.

Three Reasons Your Home May Flood During a Rainstorm

New Hampshire has a relatively wet climate, meaning rain and snowstorms are frequent throughout the year. Why, then, do some cause flood damage in Dover, while other seemingly worse storms cause minimal damage? There are many qualities of a storm that contribute to its flood risk, and raw rainfall numbers can sometimes be misleading as a determiner of flood risk. While deluges do almost always cause some amount of flooding, even less than an inch of rain can potentially lead to significant flooding in the area. Here's how you can tell if your home might flood in a future storm.

Unstable and Saturated Soil

Saturated or unstable soil has significant potential to cause flood damage in Dover. When the soil has been upturned on a large scale or saturated with water, its ability to absorb and contain rainwater decreases sharply. Construction sites or past landslides near your home could increase the likelihood of your home flooding in future storms.

Home Elevation

If your home is on a hilltop, the chances of it flooding are much lower than other nearby areas. Conversely, SERVPRO sees an increased rate of flooding for homes at lower elevations or in flat areas. Homes that are higher relative to the surrounding area are less likely to flood. Note that raw elevation has little say in this, as even a home that is five thousand feet above sea level may still flood if most of the community is at a higher elevation.

Rainfall Levels and Location

Heavy rain is the most impactful factor behind whether your neighborhood floods and how severe the damage is, but the location of that rainfall can be equally important. Rain that falls directly on your home or uphill from it is likely to be much more dangerous than storms concentrated further away or on lower-elevation areas.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is ready 24/7 to respond to reports of storm flooding in the local area. We get there faster and begin treatments sooner to help eliminate damage at its source. Call us at (603) 743-4301.

For more information about Dover, visit http://www.ci.dover.nh.us/.

Hurricane Matthew

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Matthew Two feet of water filled the downstairs of this apartment during Hurricane Matthew.

Our crews are finally coming home in time for Thanksgiving! They have been helping clean up in North Carolina after the mess Hurricane Matthew left behind.  This picture shows damage in an apartment building before we performed services. 

SERVPRO has the best Storm Team in the country, equipped to mobilize wherever disaster strikes. Our franchise is proud to play a part in helping people all over the nation in need of assistance.