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Professional Water Damage Restoration Services For Somersworth Residents

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Water Damage Restoration Services For Somersworth Residents Water Leaks Lead to Damage in Somersworth Properties

Identify, Assess, and Removal of Water Mitigate Damages--SERVPRO Can Help

Dealing with water damage on your Somersworth property does not always have such a straightforward answer. However, having a licensed professional team on your side can help you find the best way to correct the situation you face, assess the damages accurately, and lead to a substantially better recovery.

A qualified water damage restoration company visits your Somersworth home, investigates actual damages, and helps you determine which steps to take. Some companies may give you round-about figures. However, without seeing the damage first-hand, no one can tell you how expensive your water damage restoration may cost.

A company, like SERVPRO, whom you call to perform restoration services on your property need to assess the damages. Depending on the discoveries made during your inspection, an IICRC-industry certified technician categorizes your situation in one of three ways - "Clean Water," "Grey Water," or "Black Water."
 
 Clean Water - Generally consists of fresh water leaks or possibly rain water. The cleanest and safest water to handle.

Grey Water - Water containing some contamination levels, usually from a broken appliance. The liquid may contain detergents or simply clean water that has absorbed dirty particles from a carpet, roof insulation, as examples. This presents minor health risks, but still requiring additional resources to remove and dry.

Black Water - Extremely contaminated-water requiring advanced care and handling procedures, such as sewage, groundwater containing fertilizers, chemicals, or flotsam from an overflowing stream or river. Any porous materials damaged by this substance typically cannot be cleaned or restored and are discarded

SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians take the length of exposure, which category, and the size or type of the affected area to determine how long your water damage restoration process might be. Specialized surfaces, total square footage, and the equipment needed to dry the property all come into play. The longer you take to seek professional help has a significant impact on the affected area, so avoid hesitation when at all possible.

SERVPRO offers a variety of cleaning and restoration services that help return your home to a quality preloss condition. We keep you informed throughout the restoration process and coordinate with you and your insurance company to ensure you get the quality and results you deserve.  

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester has technicians available 24/7, 365, day or night to respond to your request for help, call today. (603) 743-4301

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Eliminating Water Damage Odors in Dover

1/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Eliminating Water Damage Odors in Dover You can not eliminate water-borne odors with candles, you can rely on SERVPRO to properly rid your home of all water damage effects.

SERVPRO’s Four Methods for Eliminating Water-Borne Odors

When it comes to removing the effects of flooding in a Dover home, most of our efforts are centered around taking out any standing water with pumps and extractor wands. Then we draw out the remaining moisture in the carpets and floorboards. Most of the work after that is lowering the humidity in a home to prevent rot, loss of building material, and to prevent mold growth.

However, to remove every effect of water damage in Dover, SERVPRO also treats the odors left behind after a burst pipe, or a rusted-out water heater leaves water throughout a home. It may seem like a minor area, but untreated odors do not simply go away over time. Untreated odors eventually ruin property and make a house unlivable. To prevent this, we have developed a series of methods which deal with every type of odor and property.

For smaller, odor generating spots on upholstered furniture or in carpets, our preferred method is Injection. We use a needle to force a deodorizing agent into the stain. The method is very useful not only for eliminating water-borne odors but for pet odors also.

For larger spots or stains, we engage in Direct Spraying. Our tools for this method are either a hand sprayer or a powered, portable spray device. It is very effective to remove almost any odor, but spraying does soak the surface, making it risky to use on fabrics where the color can run or fade.

For those fabrics and other surfaces, we have Wet Fogging. SERVPRO restoration specialists use an ultra-low volume or ULV fogger to generate tiny particles of deodorizer. These particles bind to the odor particles, which neutralizes them. We still watch surfaces closely to prevent using accidental soaking.

When any amount of moisture is a risk, we use Dry Fogging. Here, we force a deodorizing agent through a heating coil. The coil vaporizes the chemical, so it penetrates much farther into an item. The particles generated are also more effective to bind with and destroy odor-causing particles. This method works well on water-borne odors as well as smoke odors.

Eliminating the odors from water damage is as important as any other type of restoration. You cannot eliminate these odors with candles or a new coat of paint. If you want to preserve your home and its contents, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 today. We are here to help.

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Insulating Pipes: Protect Your Rochester Home's Plumbing from Water Damage

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Insulating Pipes: Protect Your Rochester Home's Plumbing from Water Damage Frozen Pipes Cause Water Damage to Rochester Homes

Rochester Properties, Preparation, and Insulation Can Prevent Water Problems Says SERVPRO

Would you like to prevent water damage to your Rochester home? You should be thinking about weatherproofing your indoor pipes. The bottom line is this: harsh winters equal freezing water, and that water freezing inside of your home’s plumbing can spell all manner of trouble for you.

Water expanding (through becoming a solid) inside of your pipes can result in the pipes bursting apart. This will leave openings or completely separated portions of pipe that can flow water directly onto the floors, inside of walls, or even cause flooding issues for lower levels of houses. While water damages to your Rochester home might be easy repairs for our team here at SERVPRO, this is an unfortunate restoration bill that potentially could be avoided.
 
With winter being an annual certainty, there is never a wrong time to prepare your plumbing. Buy insulating sleeves that fit over the pipes completely. Ensure that all portions that you can access are covered, leaving no exposed areas to be adversely affected by the cold. Another preventative measure for especially cold areas of your home that have plumbing running through the walls or ceilings, is to purchase a low-cost space heater. This can allow you to control better the warmth reaching those pipes and prevent freezing.
 
If you do encounter ruptured plumbing, causing any matter of water damage to your home, you can help yourself out by shutting off the service line feeding water to the house. This valve is regularly located where your water service line comes into your home from the water meter on your property. Shutting that valve can prevent water from continually pumping through the broken pipe, and keep the current level of damage from getting any worse.
 
At SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, we have the skills and the experience to restore your home quickly. If you are dealing with any manner of water damage, give us a call 24/7 at (603) 743-4301.

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Be Aware Of The Hidden Signs Of Water Damage In Dover

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Be Aware Of The Hidden Signs Of Water Damage In Dover SERVPRO Tips for Water Damage in Dover Homes--Keep Checking for Leaks and Stains

SERVPRO Suggestions to Spot Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage is something no homeowner wants to face. A leaking appliance, broken washer hose or a plumbing problem can all-cause water damage. Leaks that are not treated harm your Dover home and cause structural damage. Unchecked water problems even carry a risk of mold growth.
 
SERVPRO recommends that homeowners in Dover check for hidden signs of water damage. There are obvious signs such as a pool of water on a floor or drips running down an internal wall. Visible signs of leaks are your cue to call us straight away – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. However, there are some hidden signs of water damage to look for, too. Watch out for these, and you could save yourself a lot of time and expense.

Water stains – if there is a rusted looking stain on your ceiling, there might be a leak. Check out your ceilings regularly for stains or water marks.
 
Peeling wallpaper or raised paint – a leak behind a wall often causes wallpaper to peel away from the surface, and it might also create raised lines or spots in the paint.
 
Swollen wood – water causes wood to swell. SERVPRO finds that for some of our customers, the first sign of a leak is a swollen wooden door or cabinet.
 
Wet patches without a spill – if you notice damp patches in your carpet or on your wood or tile floors, pay attention. Sometimes a wet patch simply means a spill that no one told you about, but sometimes it means a leak.
 
Dark grout on tile floors – water damage causes the grout to get wet and even grow mold, which results in darker coloration. Keep an eye on tiled floors, especially around the toilet, tub, dishwasher, or in the laundry room.
 
When you notice one of these signs of hidden water damage, SERVPRO is on hand to help remedy the situation. We carry out a thorough assessment of your home, including the use of moisture meters and probes to test for moisture inside walls, behind cabinetry, and under floors. Our IICRC-certified technicians are equipped with extraction wands, pumps, dehumidifiers and air movers to handle the moisture and restore your home quickly.
 
For help with leaks in Dover, Rochester, Somersworth and the surrounding area, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 today.

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Homeowners: Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Below-Freezing Weather

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

 As the weather dips into colder temperatures, it is crucial to protect your home’s water pipes against freezing. Untreated pipes in your basement and crawlspaces can be an expensive and scary scenario for any homeowner.

Why Frozen Pipes Are a Problem

Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.


A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.


In the U.S., frozen pipes cause significant damage every year, but they often can be prevented. Taking a few simple steps, even now, may save you a lot of aggravation and expense.

Prevention

There are three common causes of frozen pipes:

1. Quick drops in temperature
2. Poor insulation
3. Thermostats set too low

Luckily, there are a number of preventative steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Check the insulation of pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If Your Pipes Do Freeze ...

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • If your house or basement is flooding, turn off the water valve and call 1-800-SERVPRO.
  • Do not touch or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water due to electrocution concerns.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Every year, many building fires are caused by people trying to thaw frozen pipes. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • Again, if your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on and call 1-800-SERVPRO. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55°F.