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We Arrive Right Away To Begin Water Removal Restoration In Rochester

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

A wall covered in plastic as part of our water removal drying process With our training and advanced equipment and products, we can rapidly dry out soaked areas after a storm.

Water Removal Rochester – Overflowing Bathtub

We have many distractions in our lives. One client found out the hard way that taking a phone call while the bathtub was filling was not a good idea. The phone call was urgent and took longer than expected. She forgot about the bathtub until she noticed water running down the stairs to the main floor. The tub had overflowed with water pouring onto the tile floor and out into the hallway. The hallway leads to the stairs. She quickly ran upstairs to shut the water off after hanging up on her friend.

Her next call was to SERVPRO to get help with water removal in her Rochester home. We dispatched a team to her home immediately. Our technicians were concerned about the impact the water would have on her hardwood floors and stairs. She started to mop up as much water as possible to minimize the damage, while she was waiting for our team to arrive.

Consumers can help mitigate water damage from leaks and overflowing sinks or in this case, a bathtub.

  • Mop up water, use towels to blot up the water
  • Wipe water from furniture
  • Remove all items from the area and prop up wet cushions and upholstery
  • Place foil or blocks under the legs of furniture
  • Remove area rugs, especially those that are colored and might leak colored dyes onto the floor
  • Turn on the AC to help dry the home and remove moisture

Once we arrived at the customer's home, SERVPRO quickly vacuumed up all of the excess water. We dried the floors with mops and wiped down all furniture. Fortunately, the situation was brought under control quickly by the homeowner, and there was limited damage to other items in the upstairs hallway and the stairs.

The air conditioning had been turned on by the homeowner. We added dehumidifiers to help with water removal and additional moisture along with high capacity air movers to circulate the air and dry the flooring. The homeowner was concerned about her hardwood floors buckling due to the excess moisture. Fortunately, the combination of quick action, turning on the AC, adding dehumidifiers, and air movers lowered the humidity in the home quickly enough to avoid any damage to the floors.

Call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 for 24/7 service. We serve Somersworth and surrounding areas. Quick action reduces the damage from water spills. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Rochester Property Flooding Mitigation is Best Left to SERVPRO But......

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Road Flooding Leads to Property Damage in Rochester--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

A DIY? Guide to Effective Flood Damage Cleanup in Rochester

Floods wreak more havoc on properties than tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning combined. Flood-damaged homes often require repair and installation of new drywall among other structures. If your home has suffered flood damage, your primary concern should be your safety and that of your family. Avoid entering the flooded areas until government officials permit you to return to your home. Also, call utility firms and your insurance provider to inform them about the flooding.

Take photos or videos of your home to help substantiate your insurance claims. You should also assess your Rochester home for flood damage by looking out for structural damage like holes, warping, and cracked foundations. To prevent risks to your health, wear rubber gloves, waterproof boots, and waders before you begin the cleanup process.

Some first steps you should take during the flood cleanup process include:

•    Inspecting ceiling and cabinets that could fall over.
•    Removing debris and contaminated items.
•    Checking for clogs from mud or debris, which could lead to water stagnation in your drainage systems, toilets, and bathrooms.
•    Extracting water using shop vacs.
•    Opening the doors and windows to improve ventilation.
•    Using fans, dehumidifiers, and desiccants to dry out your home.

When you do all these things, do not let garbage pile up. Stacked rubbish can exacerbate contamination and attract insects or rodents. Avoid doing structural or electrical work yourself. Instead, hire experienced professionals to assist you. If your basement is flooded, avoid draining it too quickly because rapid pressure changes can cause the foundation to collapse.

With flooding, fast drying is crucial to prevent mold infestation and other issues. Immediate steps may include moving furniture and other belongings to dry areas, lifting carpets, and removing baseboards. This work is daunting for any homeowner, and it is, therefore, advisable to call in SERVPRO franchise professionals to help you with the cleanup and drying efforts.

The risk of further water damage occurring to your home increases with each passing day, making thorough and prompt action vital. We have special equipment that provides fast pump out, and our technicians are experienced in removing water and cleaning up a flooded property. We use powerful portable pumps to extract the water and then dry the house using air movers and dehumidifiers.

Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) take repeated measurements using moisture detection devices like moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermal hygrometers. With these devices, we locate the areas of a house that are damp and define how wet they are compared to average moisture levels. Thermo-hygrometers measure both the temperature and the relative humidity of a building, enabling us to determine if the drying process is effective. Our SERVPRO technicians follow up the drying process with decontamination and odor removal to return a property to its pre-incident state.

Floodwater can be a big problem in your home in Dover, Somersworth or the neighboring areas. When in need of flood cleanup services, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Are you in Over Your Head with Attic Fire Damage Restoration in Rochester?

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to remediate any fire damage in your home.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration for Rochester Homes 

Rochester is, perhaps, the small town most people think of when asked to identify a community in our state. Its location provides a beautiful place for families, and excellent access to everything else within a relatively short time. The idyllic setting does not stop the occasional disaster generated from a storm or a fire. 

To remediate fire damage to Rochester homes, SERVPRO response teams respond quickly to preserve the home and then take every necessary step to restore it and the property inside. With so many older homes here, a fire that starts in an attic among paper or clothing stored by previous generations is not an uncommon problem. When that happens, our FSRTs (Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians) have several issues they have to address immediately. 

First, a fire in the attic usually means roof damage. To temporarily protect the home, team members use tarps and plywood sheets to cover any areas exposed to the elements. If the weather is friendly, they may use the exposed opening to help dispose of any personal or structural property too damaged for restoration or repair. 

Second, there is the water left after the efforts of the firefighters. If the fire or smoke did not affect the insulation, the water compacts it, eliminating its ability to help control the interior temperature of the home. The compromised insulation and any pools of standing water can rot the wood making up the roof supports and even leak into the rooms below the attic. To remove it, SERVPRO team members use vacuums and pumps that can quickly draw out water and blown-in insulation. For rolled insulation, they use long-handled hooks to pull it out of the attic. 

Third, they clean and dry the now empty attic. In this tight, enclosed space, technicians spray a cleaning agent with an anti-bacterial component to eliminate odors and neutralize the corrosiveness of the residues. Next, they use a combination of dehumidifiers, air movers, and exhaust fans to eliminate excess moisture. 

Finally, team members replace insulation and repair the roof. If the damage was over most of the rood, it might be necessary to bring in a licensed roofing company to complete the job. 

Here at SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, our goal is to return each home to its preloss condition. As part of a larger community, we also help respond to our neighbors in Somersworth and the surrounding area. If your home recently suffered through a fire of any size, call us at (603) 743-4301 today to begin putting everything back to its original state. We are here for you. 

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SERVPRO Can Restore Wet Carpets and Contents

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Your Home and Carpets in Rochester? Call SERVPRO Fast to Preserve Your Property

Water Removal and Carpet Drying in Rochester   

Water from a leaking pipe or overflowing sink can damage a home quickly with the liquid spreading everywhere. Regardless of the cause, it is essential to shut the source of the water off as soon as you notice spillage in your home. Turn the faucets off if a sink is overflowing. Locate and turn the main water valve off to limit the amount of additional damage caused by a broken water pipe. Always confirm that it is safe to enter your home if there is deep pooling water.

SERVPRO can focus on water removal in your Rochester home quickly. Before entering the area, we first ensure that it is safe to do so. If there are electrical appliances involved, we ensure that the electricity is turned off before entering. We also want to protect the occupants from any potential hazard.

We understand how important it is to limit the water damage by removing anything that can cause secondary negative effects. For example, books and papers on a wet carpet can cause stain transfer. We remove these materials from the room and the wet carpeting. Furniture can also be relocated or blocked with wood or high-density foam to avoid rusting or warping from the metal feet of couches, chairs, tables or appliances.

SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRT) understand that extracting as much water as possible before using dehumidification equipment expedites the recovery time. Portable extractors are used in most cases to remove the water. Squeegees can be used on hard surfaces to push away as much water as possible. Elimination of all of the standing water allows your home to dry faster.

The best time to eradicate stains is while the carpeting is still damp. SERVPRO can attempt to remove the markings on the carpets carefully to avoid further damage to walls or baseboards. We can save a section of the carpet to assist in the selection of new materials for the restoration of the home. All discarded materials are placed in plastic bags to avoid further damage to unaffected areas.

Call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 for 24/7 treatment and help. We serve Somersworth and surrounding areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Get You Back To Business In Rochester After A Water Damage Disaster

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

The soaked carpet and the lower wall of this office building received SERVPRO service right away. We have the necessary equipment, call us right away.

What You Should Do When Your Cafe Needs Rochester Water Removal Services


A burst pipe, which causes water damage on your property, is nauseating for any business owner. In your cafe, the ceiling pipe running over your bar burst and spilled water onto expensive equipment, the countertop, and the flooring directly below. Suddenly, your cafe must close its doors and halt business, as the work environment is no longer safe to operate in.

When your Rochester establishment faces a water removal service emergency, call for help as quickly as you can to mitigate your losses and maximize the chances of successful remediation. The longer the water sits unchecked on your property, the more likely it is to do even more damage inside. Quickly addressing the spill makes it less likely that any water damage can set in.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand how crippling a loss of foot traffic can be for your business. For this reason, we try to arrive and to work fast so that you can reopen your establishment as swiftly as possible. When we arrive, we can jump right into work, gathering advanced equipment for the job from our signature green van. Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can use a variety of devices to begin the removal, such as:

-Wet/Dry Vacuum Units

-Wand and Rover-Mounted Extractors

-Portable Submersible Pumps

Once finished, SERVPRO can help you check if the espresso and other coffee machines are in working order. Having water spill onto electrical devices can cause shortage and water coming into contact with metal can cause rust. Should your business lose any equipment, SERVPRO can help you communicate with your insurance adjuster so you can file a claim for the damages inside of your business.

When your business finds itself in need of water removal services, never hesitate. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester by dialing (603) 743-4301. We're open 24/7.

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Somersworth Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Talk About How to Remove the Smoke Odors

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Removing smoke and soot is difficult. SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester has the training and experience needed.

Fire Damage Restoration And Odor Removal In Somersworth

One of the hardest aspects of your fire damage restoration involves using various pieces of equipment for odor removal. When facing the damage caused by a fire in your Somersworth home, using a licensed professional is the way to go for the best possible results.

Regardless of the size or severity of fire damage on your Somersworth property, the smoke residue always reaches further. You should expect to clean further into your home, even into the areas that were not touched by the flames of the fire.

SERVPRO technicians use multiple deodorization techniques to perform a deodorization service after a fire occurs. A single solution for all odor problems that a fire can produce does not exist. Some fires require fogging; others benefit from a direct spray or activated oxygen. Therefore, training and experience play a huge role in performing efficient deodorization.

SERVPRO’s odor control technicians (OCT) use personal protective equipment appropriate to the procedure. Respirators, chemical resistant gloves, eye protection, and protective clothing are often necessary to complete deodorization services in your home.

We have access to duct cleaning systems that contain all of the equipment, accessories, and attachments necessary to clean the ventilation system in your home. Brushes, augers, and air whips enable agitation and removal of soils from all parts of the system.

SERVPRO also uses hand pump-up and powered direct sprayers to dispense chemicals over severely charred structural components, fabrics, or carpets. Ventilation box fans help ventilate a structure after thermal fogging while ozone machines help oxidize residues and remove odors.

Strategically placed air scrubbers help restoration technicians remove airborne particles, eliminating odors and gases. The devices use High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) filters to pump clean air back into the affected area after a fire. 

The technicians at SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester regularly perform successful deodorization and restoration services throughout the area. We give you access to highly trained restoration technicians, advanced equipment, and quality resources you can count on to return things to normal after a fire. Have a problem? Contact our offices anytime, day or night, year-round; we are here to help. (603) 743-4301.

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How a Microburst Caused Major Flood Damage to a Dover Home

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

When the forecast is for storms, keep SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at the top of your contact list!

SERVPRO Handles Microburst Flood Damage in Dover Home

Flood damage is one of the most severe water events that can happen to a residential or commercial property. This type of water rates as a category three or black water event and requires special handling due to safety and potential health issues, should always be professionally cleaned up. 

Our SERVPRO emergency response team mitigated flood damage in a Dover residence caused by an intense thunderstorm known as a microburst. These storms can drop several inches of rain in a short period and backed up drainage systems quickly. The result was groundwater collected around the back porch area and drained through the backdoor into a home caused water damage. 

The homeowner took actions before our arrival that assisted with a more positive outcome from the water intrusion. He moved furniture in the room away from the flood water as it entered and blotted up what he could to keep spreading at a minimum. When our technicians arrived on site a short time later, we immediately scoped the room and found the damage localized to a single area of the room. 

Water migrates and travels quickly through porous things such as carpet and padding, and even though the homeowner had blotted up a portion of the water, the carpet had taken on a large amount of water and was very wet and heavy. With the homeowner's permission, we cut the carpeting into the strips and discarded it as it was not restorable. 

We extracted the remaining moisture and dried the room using both air movers and air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to assist in removing any airborne residual odors left behind by the water. Once the room attained drying goals, SERVPRO technicians thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the room to get it prepped for the installation of new carpeting. 

Flood damage should be addressed as quickly as possible to limit loss, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301, and our certified restoration specialists arrive within hours of your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Is Commercial Water Damage Cooking in Your Rochester Restaurant's Kitchen?

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Helping you keep your restaurant running during a water loss event is our goal. SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is always on call!

Commercial Water Removal Teams In Rochester Talk About Water Damage in Restaurants 

If water ever leaks out of a pipe or appliance inside your Rochester restaurant, many problems can result by not treating the issues promptly. Even small amounts of water getting into your dining area can force you to have to call in a professional commercial water removal company such as SERVPRO. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help mitigate your moisture-related problems. Our WRTs live locally and can respond to your residence shortly after your emergency call. We know that the quicker we can begin your commercial water removal project, the less likely your business could suffer from secondary damage such as mold growth.  

Whenever unwanted moisture enters places of your restaurant that are not designed to get wet, your building materials and contents can get ruined. Our SERVPRO team always does whatever we can to complete your commercial water removal project in Rochester promptly. The first step we take is to remove moisture before it soaks into structural components inside your building and evaporate into the air. During this initial extraction phase, we utilize heavy-duty extractors and other equipment to pull out as much water as we can while it is in liquid form. Once most of the liquid H2O gets removed from your restaurant's building materials and contents, we begin the applied structural drying or ASD phase.  

During ASD, our WRT utilizes specialized air movers and dehumidifiers to speed up the natural drying and evaporation process to remove moisture from all materials inside your restaurant. Once all building materials and contents inside your business dry to normal moisture levels, we begin the final cleaning stage. The final cleaning step is designed to return your building to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."  

When working inside your restaurant, we know that the atmosphere must look, feel, and smell clean so that the food you serve remains to be appetizing. To do this, we handle every minor detail of cleaning, and we often take further deodorization steps so that your restaurant keeps its pleasant, inviting atmosphere. If you ever have a water leak occur inside your dining room, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 seven days a week.

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Why SERVPRO is the Trusted Choice for Flood Damage Restoration in Rochester

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Spring and summer storms bring can cause flooding. SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is always available for your flood damage restoration needs.

Get Effective Drying After Flood Damage to Your Rochester Home

River flooding is a common risk in cities close to rivers. Snow-melt runoff can also occur if the snow that built up in the winter melts in the spring. It can go across the topsoil since the ground may be waterlogged and contribute river overflow, leading to flooding damage. 

Flood waters can ruin your home and personal possessions in various ways. Therefore, you should seek restoration services promptly if there’s flood damage in your Rochester home. Water damage can decrease the value of your home because of the telltale signs, which is not something you want if you plan to sell your home. Although you can paint over the stains that flood waters can cause, a home appraiser can see or smell other signs of untreated water damage like warped drywall. 

Water damaged drywall should be removed and replaced so it can blend in well. The minerals and chemicals in flood water can also react with the pipes in your walls and floors, causing leaks over time. A competent restoration company like SERVPRO can help you prevent further damage in your home. We respond to emergency calls promptly and work fast to extract any water that may be present and dry a home and its contents. 

We have sophisticated equipment designed to extract water from a house and dry it. Our team precisely knows what to set up depending on each project. We can use submersible pumps if there’s a lot of standing water in your home. If only a small amount of water is present, we can use wet/dry vacuums to extract it. Our equipment is safe to use in homes built with different materials. We use different types of drying equipment like high volume air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. 

Our SERVPRO team deals with real-time data obtained on the job site, meaning we make decisions based on accurate measurements. We do not guess how far secondary damage might have spread under floors or through walls. We can use penetrating moisture meters to gauge moisture inside wood framing, behind vapor barriers, and in structural voids. 

When there’s flood damage in your home, contacting SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is the right decision. We’re available 24/7/365, and our helpline is (603) 743-4301. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Water Cleanup Technicians In Rochester Tell The Public About Problems With Dishwashers

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Save the kitchen for cooking only. No room for Fungi.

Don’t get Fungi in your kitchen for so many reasons, call SERVPRO today.

Most houses in Rochester these days come equipped with an automatic dishwasher to make cleaning up after dinner much easier. These appliances do make life more convenient, but they can malfunction and cause problems that force you to call in a professional water cleanup company such as SERVPRO. When dishwashers break, they can spray water into your kitchen. Sometimes the water lines coming into the dishwasher can develop a slow leak which can put moisture into your house without you realizing it. If water cleanup does not get completed shortly after moisture spills out into your kitchen, secondary damage like mold growth can occur.

If your dishwasher leaks, your cabinets, and kitchen floor can both get wet and its possible the damage can go unnoticed. If water cleanup in your Rochester home does not get completed within 48 hours of the incident, then fungi can start to develop. But if you notify our SERVPRO team of professional restoration technicians, then we can begin mitigating problems so that no secondary issues occur. We have at our disposal specialized instruments that can check your building materials and see if they got wet or not. We can use these sensors to determine how far the moisture damage has gone and how wet various items inside your home got.

When the source of the damage is your dishwasher, many of the issues can be hidden behind the appliances and cabinets. Whenever dealing with these types of problems, we always pull out your dishwasher and test the buildings materials around the vicinity. If we notice that the backs of your cabinets got wet, then we can take steps to removed moisture from the wooden substances quickly before mold can develop.

When kitchen cabinets get wet, we can set up air movers to push air underneath them and dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of the air. If necessary, we can pull your kitchen cabinets out and dry the materials behind them. If you ever happen to have your dishwasher break, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 24 hours a day.

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If Your Rochester Business Experiences A Mold Infestation Call Our Crew For Help

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold infestations inside your business waste resources because many of your prospective clients throw such items away.

Commercial Mold Damage Wastes Informational Materials, Affecting Rochester Area Travel Agents

Providing clients with a variety of pamphlets and other materials to help them decide their next trip away from Rochester can also bring in new clients when they pass these on to friends and family. When people plan for destination weddings, family vacations, or spring break excursions, other individuals besides your direct clients often help with additional input and suggestions.

Agents relying on these visual reminders of your offerings can become less effective when commercial mold damage in Rochester leaves them feeling damp and smelling dank. Explaining trip details and perks to clients when they visit your agency often precedes handing out these informational flyers. However, moldy-smelling papers can make you look unprofessional.

Mold infestations inside your business waste resources because many of your prospective clients throw such items away. We use water and moisture detection equipment that gives us a thermographic view of the interior of your business. Because water keeps things at a cooler temperature than dry areas, we can see places that need drying out. Dry conditions keep mold from growing out of control and sends spores back into their dormant state.

On many jobs, we also find mold growing in hidden, obscure places near the sections that contain higher than average percentages of moisture. The procedure for removing such mold infestations depends on the composition of the affected materials. Our mold damage remediation specialists rely on their The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training to provide you with the information required to decide which options match your needs best. Remediation of mold damage can proceed with little interruption to your business's normal operations.

SERVPRO ensures that your business's interior becomes dry again and stays that way by sealing off leaks, drips, and other places where destructive water enters before we begin removing the mold that can cost you revenue. Leaving flyers, cards, and pamphlets in their original packaging during this time protects them and keeps them in perfect condition.

We work as quickly as possible. We understand that you do not control the dates and other promotional periods of hotels and resorts and that a gap in providing services to the public can affect your non-monetary rewards and bonuses. We work with you to avoid this as much as possible.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester enjoys providing needed services to local businesses and helping them thrive. Ensuring that existing mold damage and infestations do not affect your business in the future means our economy grows and stays sharp. Call us at (603) 743-4301 for skilled professionals who understand the needs of our area businesses.

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We Have The Proper Equipment and Experience To Handle Your Dover Home Restoration Needs Prpoerly

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Don't try and handle water restoration on your own, we are the professionals who are prepared to do the job right, call us right away.

Why Water Removal Services for Your Dover Home Should be Done by Professionals

It is a natural assessment that when you have water damage in your Dover home, it just needs to be able to dry out and then everything goes back to the way it was. However, water is a destructive element which creates not only immediate damage but also long-term deterioration to the structure of your home. A hazardous environment is made, and it progressively gets worse as time goes on. You may not even notice anything is wrong as the damage mostly happens inside walls, underneath your flooring, or in an attic space.

If you have recently had some water damage emergency, you need the help of a professional remediation company for water removal services in your Dover home. It might seem like a good idea to clean it up yourself, but there without the proper tools and knowledge, you could easily miss something hidden.

If you do not get help, several things can happen, the first being the growth of mold. It can move into your home in a stealth-like fashion, making coverage along the subflooring and inner walls. It thrives where there is humidity and moisture present and can multiply at an accelerated rate. Mold causes deterioration to wood and can cause health effects.

When SERVPRO staff arrives at your home, we find the source of the moisture and remove any standing water. Then we can use special moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to check for any hidden moisture in the walls, flooring, and ceilings. When all the moisture has been found, we finish the drying process by using dehumidifiers and air movers, checking on the machines daily to ensure the fastest drying times.

Other issues your home can suffer from unchecked water damage include dry rot. Although the wood used to build your home is sturdy and seasoned, too much exposure to water weakens the frame and compromises the stability of the structure. Eventually, you might start to notice cracks in the ceiling, walls, and floorboards throughout the interior of the house. Cracks get more pronounced as the shifting of the foundation happens, and your framework becomes more and more unstable. You might also find that doors and windows do not shut properly anymore, or at all.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester wants to make sure that your home in Somersworth, Dover, or Rochester is in excellent condition after any water damage emergency. Instead of trying to fix things yourself, please give us a call right away at (603) 743-4301 so we can ensure your home is dry and safe again.

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Did You Know That Floodwaters in Rochester Harbor Contaminants?

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Floodwaters contain bacteria from raw sewage and animal remains among others. Call SERVPRO to safely remove the water.

Preventing Contamination from Prolonging Effects of Flood Damage in Rochester

Flooding incidents present many problems that can leave your property uninhabitable after the waters recede. Among the problems likely to develop, is contamination if the process is not handled correctly, which can prolong the effects of a flooding incident unnecessarily. Hiring a professional to restore flood damage in your Rochester property can help manage contamination.  

Most of the contaminants left in a property after flood damage in Rochester originate far away if the incident involves rising waters. As the water flows over open spaces, it collects biohazards such as raw sewage and animal remains, pesticides, fuel oils, and industrial chemicals. Extracting standing water removes most of the contaminants, but some penetrate porous materials requiring extra steps for removal. Our SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered disinfectants and professional cleaning agents to clean slightly porous materials such as wooden floors. We also remove highly porous materials such as carpets and pad, cutting them into small pieces for safe disposal.  

In addition to dangerous contaminants, floodwaters also soil properties by depositing mud, silt and other debris. Dirty water can also stain fabrics, walls and other surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced washing equipment including pressure washers, multi-surface scrubbers and upholstery machines to clean different areas affected by the flooding incident "Like it never even happened."  

In some properties, especially the older ones, flooding can expose the occupants to dangerous materials. If the water penetrates the floor to reach subfloors, there might be a need to remove the top layer. Removing old floor tiles to dry subfloors can lead to asbestos exposure. Our SERVPRO technicians understand the risk posed by such a dangerous compound, so we check for its presence in floor materials and joint compounds. We are also equipped with the right PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to ensure safety during removal. We also observe OSHA standards for safe disposal.  

For safe removal of debris from flood-damaged properties in Dover and Somersworth areas, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester to assist. You can reach us at (603) 743-4301 any time.

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Spaceheaters, Fires, and Your Rochester Home

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Space heaters are a common cause of fires. Never leave them unattended.

Restoring a Home Office Affected by Fire Damage in Rochester

Early spring in New Hampshire is often quite chilly, especially at night. A college student staying up late to study may find it to be prudent to turn on her space heater this time of year. However, when the heating element malfunctions and causes a fire, it can leave hard-to-clean soot and odors that can add to the stress of upcoming final exams.  

If your space heater or other appliance cause fire damage in your Rochester home, SERVPRO offers 24/7 emergency cleanup that strives to restore your living space to its preexisting condition. Our technicians have the tools, training, and knowledge to address fire damage from appliances, as well as odors.  

After you call, we can have a team at your home within hours to evaluate the damage and clean surfaces to eliminate odor-causing particles. Brief, hot, oxygen-rich fires create dry smoke, leaving stains that a thorough manual cleaning purges. Whether you have soot stains on your walls, desk, or area rug, the professionals at SERVPRO have the means to mitigate damage to your possessions.  

Deodorization is a crucial aspect of fire damage cleanup. To keep fire-related odors from spreading throughout your home, our SERVPRO technicians can clean your ventilation system and eliminate odor-causing particles and soot by using tools such as brushes, and augers. Air whips knock soot loose, and vacuums collect the particles.  

Porous surfaces such as fabrics and wallpaper can also be magnets for both soot and odors. While synthetic fibers such as microfiber often take in more fire damage residue than natural fibers, they also prove much easier to clean than natural fibers. In cases where fire damage occurs in a contained space, our team can use a thermal fogger for general deodorization of surfaces.  

If you need 24-hour emergency cleanup for your disaster, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is ready to help. Call us today at (603) 743-4301.

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Is Your Dover Coffee Shop Brewing Water Damage?

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can quickly remove the water and get you back in the coffee making business.

Effective Extraction to Protect Your Dover Coffee Shop

For the expensive equipment that the baristas in your Dover coffee shop need to complete the often-complex orders of patrons to your business, you do whatever you can to protect these items, furniture, and structural elements from substantial damage after a water loss incident occurs. Without a full understanding of the spread and severity of this damage, many business owners might overlook the steps necessary to fully restore the property, leaving this equipment and the building at risk for continued degradation or compromise.

To protect the specialized equipment needed for espressos and other coffee orders in your shop, you need immediate mitigation from trained professionals like ours with the advanced water removal and drying equipment in Dover to preserve your investment. Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to respond quickly to emergencies like water loss incidents with the full measure of our equipment and experience to lessen the impact of this disaster on your business.

From the time that you call our professionals, our team can quickly roll out of the facility with several Green Fleet vehicles including our production truck stocked with effective equipment and an extractor truck. Standing water can continually penetrate exposed materials like flooring and furniture, so removing this excess water is critical from the time that our team first arrives at your building. This extractor truck can remove standing water fast at a rate of 300 psi compared to slower draws of our handheld equipment like wet-vacs and submersible pumps.

Our contents department focuses on the recovery of damaged items or at-risk equipment throughout your coffee shop. To protect these items, we often remove them from the area to our nearby facility for focused drying and cleaning efforts. In many cases, our SERVPRO professionals can protect this equipment from costly moisture damage with our pack-out process.

You have made a significant investment in the success and production of your coffee shop. To protect the building and its contents from the damages of a water loss incident, trust our SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester rapid response team. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime at (603) 743-4301.

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There are Different Reasons Behind the Development of Mold Damage in Your Dover Attic

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Excess Moisture Leads to Mold Damage in Dover Homes

Mold Prevention is Better Than Mold Remediation

The world is full of microbes. Mold is one of the most commonly known of these life forms. In Dover, attics can hold a multitude of these microorganisms. In most conditions, they create little damage, but when certain factors arise, fungi can begin growing out of control and create extensive damage to your attic. 
 
Dover homeowners who know how to prevent mold damage can protect their homes better than residents who do not understand how microbes react to indoor environments. Knowing why mold grows more rapidly can help to avoid the situations that allow mold damage to happen. Overlooking the attic of a home as a place of mold infestation happens quite often. However, it can be home to millions of individual microorganisms and their spores, simply waiting for the needed moisture to become active. 
 
One reason mold forms in an attic is because heat gets trapped inside. The snow that melts quicker in one area on your roof can help you determine where a ventilation blockage might exist. The heat inside your attic can also hold moist air, allowing for condensation and mold growth. Clearing away anything that blocks the vent system can eliminate this problem. 
 
Another situation involving an attic which you can investigate by looking at melted snow on your roof is missing or damaged insulation. When this happens, ice dams become more likely. Seeping water can provide mold the moisture needed to start heavy growth to occur. Replacing the insulation can prevent warm areas on the roof, and the subsequent damming. 
 
Ice damming on the roof is not the only reason a roof can leak. A series of cracks around the chimney, loose shingles, rodent activity and some other reasons can cause a roof to leak during even a short rain shower. Finding the leak might require a SERVPRO professional, but checking out your attic with the lights off on a bright sunny day can sometimes show where holes exist. Gently putting a wire or other stiff material through the hole can mark it on the roof for later repair work. 
 
Our experienced Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) can help point out other areas that can pose problems with mold damage. Prevention is always easier to implement than restoration and is less costly. Minimize the disruption in your family's daily activities and routines by preventing problems that microbial growth can cause. 
 
SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester has technicians who are always available to not only take your call but to provide experienced mold remediation and mold damage prevention. Contact us at (603) 743-4301 so we can help you in protecting your home.

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Eliminating Water Damage Odors in Dover

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

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 FoggingSERVPRO 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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Is the Snow Outside Damaging the Inside of Your Rochester Home?

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Excessive snow can cause roofs to collapse,bringing water damage inside your home.

Flood Damage Crews In Rochester Discuss Problems Associated With Blizzards

During the winter time in Rochester, storms can wreak havoc on your property. Sometimes blizzards can occur which can cause severe flood damage to your home. A blizzard is a vicious winter storm that brings about a combination of snow, wind and poor visibility. According to AccuWeather, the National Weather Service's official definition of a blizzard is a storm that brings with it snow, winds over 35 miles per hour and visibility of a quarter mile or less for more than three hours. The blowing snow conditions some of these storms cause can hurt your structure and force you to reach out to a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.  

Cold, winter weather can bring about many conditions that can cause many building problems. During the winter in Rochester, flood damage occurs quite frequently.  Winter weather can cause your water pipes to freeze and make them burst and spill water all over your house. Excessive amounts of snow can also ruin structural components that make up your home. If the snow that falls is extremely wet and it accumulates quickly, the weight of the snow can overload your exterior structure. Sometimes, snow can build up on your roof and possibly cause it to collapse.  

If the snow sitting on top of your building gets too thick, cave-ins can take place which can create a hole in your structure for moisture to enter. If the interior of your home gets exposed during a snowstorm, snow can get inside and negatively affect your building materials and contents. Once the snow melts inside your warm home, water damage can start to build up in your dwelling's interior.

If water starts to affect any of the objects inside your home such as your carpet or furniture, it is wise to reach out to the professionals at SERVPRO. Our highly trained team has experience restoring buildings with all types of problems. We are good at helping you with any disaster and making your home seem "Like it never even happened."  

If you suffer from problems after a blizzard, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 any time of the day.

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Our Team Will Restore Your Rochester Home When You Have Plumbing Failures

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Our trained technicians can restore your home after you have plumbing problems. There is no job too big for our experts and we are available 24/7.

Water Damage Technicians In Rochester Talk About Different Types Of Dehumidifiers

Plumbing failures inside your Rochester home are the most common type of problems that occur inside residential buildings. If a pipe breaks and leaks it can cause extensive water damage to your contents and building materials quickly. Even the smallest crack can spill hundreds of gallons into your house in a short amount of time. When water enters the interior of a building, it can cause two types of problems which are primary and secondary. Primary water damage occurs when moisture comes into direct contact with items inside your home and secondary issues take place when things get ruined that did not directly contact moisture.

Examples of secondary issues include mold growth and problems related to elevated humidity levels. The main goal of any water damage project in Rochester is to prevent secondary issues from occurring. Our SERVPRO technicians accomplish this by removing all moisture from your home as quickly as possible. We start by extracting water while it is in liquid form. Next, we complete the structural drying phase.

When drying out structural components, our SERVPRO team uses both air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers create air movement in a counterclockwise direction. The fans push air away from surfaces after moisture evaporates from wet materials. The dehumidifiers remove water vapor from the air and dispense it in liquid form.

When using dehumdifiers, we can either use a refrigerant or desiccant system. Both machines get utilized in different situations and differ in how they remove the moisture from the air. Refrigerant dehumidifiers work by pushing air across a chilled metal coil. The temperature of the coil causes condensation making the water drain out of the machine into a spill bucket. The warm, dry air dispensed is then used in the circulation made by the air movers.

Desiccant dehumidifiers work better to remove moisture from non-porous materials like concrete. They work by running the wet air across a silica gel. The gel attracts moisture particles; then the machines heat the gel so that the water drains out in liquid form. If you ever have water damage inside your home caused by plumbing problems, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 any day of the week.

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Hire a Professional or DIY: The Cost Effective Way to Remove Smoke Residue From Your Rochester Home

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage may appear to be easy to remove, but often require professional remediation.

Can You Clean Smoke Residue in Your Rochester Home on Your Own?

Fires can present many obstacles for homeowners and restoration companies to overcome in your Rochester residence. While our skilled technicians can help you through each of these steps needed to restore your property fully, many homeowners remain curious if they could reduce their out of pocket expenses by cleaning up some of this damage on their own before this assistance arrives. With effects like soot and smoke damage, many of these same homeowners believe that cleaning these areas on their own could provide the same level of quality and thoroughness, but at a fraction of the cost.

Now the real question becomes: is it possible to restore some of the fire damages to your Rochester home on your own without the assistance of skilled professionals? The short answer to this question is no, as most homeowners lack the awareness to the full scope of the damages to restore any facet of the effects entirely. Moreover, DIY approaches can often make the situation worse, ultimately requiring tear out and reconstruction for materials that otherwise would not have required it.

Soot and smoke damage specifically can lead to concerns for indoor air quality, which in itself can be a deterrent for homeowners to attempt to remove these effects on their own. Our SERVPRO professionals have a full measure of personal protective equipment that can keep us safe from damaging airborne effects and potential risks that exist in your home’s construction as we work to mitigate your loss upon our arrival.

Smoke residue comes explicitly to rest gently on the surfaces of materials in many cases, which requires a specific process to remove to prevent smearing and staining of the affected area. If staining has occurred with smoke residue or soot, it is challenging for even our experienced SERVPRO professionals to recover.

As tempting as DIY cleanup and debris removal might be, you should leave it to our SERVPRO of Dover – Rochester professionals. Give us a call 24/7 at (603) 743-4301.

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Our Team Has The Experience To Handle Water Damage In Rochester

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

If you have a leak call our experts we are available day or night 24/7 to help dry your home and allow you to get back to living.

Avoiding Water Disasters and Water Damage in Your Rochester Home

Consider the fact that you spend many hours away from your Rochester home. Whether it is for work every day, a family vacation, or a weekend getaway, many people are absent for an extended period. Imagine coming home to some sort of water disaster, where water is running down your stairs, or your living room ceiling has collapsed. Unfortunately, these events are not unusual.

When you experience a leak that is catastrophic or a small leak that has gone unnoticed for a while, the water damage that follows in your Rochester home can be devastating. That is why you need the assistance of a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. We have the experience you would expect and won’t waste time getting to your residence to help you.

Make it a habit to check any hoses leading to dishwashers, water heaters, refrigerator ice makers and washing machines each year. It is a good idea to purchase a water leak monitoring and shut-off system, as it can alert you to any issues with leakage. Hoses which have leaks or cracks need to be replaced right away and replace them all every five to seven years.

Check all the caulking and sealant around tubs and showers to ensure they are watertight. Seal then again if needed. If you have experienced a leak in your upstairs bathroom, there can be damage to the ceiling and room beneath it. SERVPRO techs can handle all the damage, using moisture sensors to find any hidden water inside the walls and ceiling, and replacing drywall and other materials that were damaged beyond repair.

When you are away on vacation, shut the water supply to your washing machine off, and do not leave the house while the dishwasher or washer are running. You should also know the location of the main shut-off valve in your home. If a damaged hose or a pipe burst, it can send water rushing into your home. Knowing how to shut off the main water supply quickly is essential in a case like this to save stress, time and money.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester can get to your home in Dover, Somersworth, or Rochester quickly after a water damage emergency occurs. Call us at (603) 743-4301 right away, any time of day or night, so we can help get your home dry again.

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Our Experts Can Detect And Destroy Mold In Your Rochester Hotel

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your guests happy by having a clean and kept pool. Our experts can restore this area after mold damage has been discovered.

Indoor Rochester Hotel Pool Can Facilitate Mold Growth

Throughout the year, your Rochester hotel sees a steady stream of guests that are all looking for a place to lay their head for the night. While many of the competitors in the area have various amenities designed to draw in customers, your indoor pool area offers year-round fun for travelers looking to unwind after an often long day on the roads. The problem with indoor pool areas is their likelihood of becoming a potential beacon for mold and fungal activities. 

While your pool area might see much activity from the guests at your Rochester hotel mold damage has the potential with wet conditions, moist environments, and the variables of human nature. To further explain, guests might get offered a convenient location for them to dry off and change back into their clothes, but many choose not to do this. Instead, they walk, dripping out of the area, onto elevators or stairs, and continue until they reach their rooms. 

This starting point for all guests vacating the indoor pool can affect the carpeted areas with a persistent saturation. Mold colonization can happen out of sight, such as underneath this carpeted area, and the musty odor of widespread damage can get masked by the often overwhelming scent of chlorination. Inspections from our SERVPRO professionals can help to determine with certainty if a problem exists or not. 

If mold damage gets discovered on your property, our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians can work quickly to remove the affected materials and restore the damage the organism has caused. The faster that we can remove mold growth from the area, the faster your pool area becomes available to the public again, and your rating does not suffer from online reviewers. 

As you strive to provide guests to the area with a place that is both accommodating and pleasant, an indoor pool area can offer year-round, temperature-regulated swimming fun. If you suspect moisture and dampness have allowed for mold growth to occur, give our SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester remediation specialists a call today ats (603) 743-4301.

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Is Heavy Snow Causing Your Roof to Leak into Your Rochester Home?

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy snow can damage roofs, leading to water damage inside your home.

Flood Extraction Technicians In Rochester Discuss Removal Procedures

After a snowstorm hits Rochester, it is possible that your home can suffer from problems with excessive moisture. Once the snow starts to melt, you might notice that your roof or exterior wall has leaked, forcing you to call in a professional flood extraction company like SERVPRO. When the snow comes down in full force, it is possible that the weight can break roof shingles or other building materials and allow moisture to leak inside. Once water makes its way into your house, it can ruin structural components and create situations where mold can develop. When dealing with flood extraction, we can remove moisture when it is in its liquid form and once it is water vapor.
 
To remove moisture, when it is in a liquid form our SERVPRO technicians use truck-mounted extractors and specialized attachment tools. Our highly trained team knows that it is quicker for flood extraction in Rochester to take place when water is in its liquid form than when it becomes water vapor. To begin the extraction phase, we first remove all standing water present. If the standing water is deep, we can use submersible pumps to put the moisture into a sewer drain. Next, we extract water from your floors and furniture using a truck-mounted or a portable extractor.
 
During the extraction phase, we start with standing water and then remove moisture from porous materials like carpet and fabrics. Our SERVPRO technicians attach various tools to the extractors for different materials.  We begin the rapid structural drying process after all liquid H2O gets removed from your contents and building materials.
 
Anytime organic materials like paper or wood get wet it is possible that mold can develop if the substances do not get dried out within 48 hours. When drying a structure, we utilize advanced technology and equipment that creates the perfect environment to speed up the natural evaporation process.
 
If you ever happen to notice wet contents or building materials after a snowstorm, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (863) 446-0258 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Rochester Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Cleanup and Restoration

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Ice Dams and Storm Damage in Rochester? Hurry Up and Call SERVPRO

Ice Dams Cause Flood Damage in Rochester

When the winter months are at their coldest, we tend to worry about the most immediate needs. Shoveling the driveway, making sure our heat works properly and watching our steps to avoid any icy patches. However, we may not be aware of the flood damage that may be brewing right over our heads. When the ice on the roof melts and freezes again, it creates what is called “ice dams,” which left unattended can cause water to flood your attic and leak along your walls, all of which could lead to expensive repairs.

Flood damage to your home in Rochester, as caused by ice dams, can be partially prevented by keeping your gutters clean and avoiding any exhausts from exiting into the attic. Insulation also plays a key role in maintaining proper temperatures, so ice dams are not created. So it is essential to be vigilant of that too. Regardless, sometimes even the best homeowners are not able to avoid the flood that can happen as a result of ice dams and they may be in need of professional help. This assistance is where SERVPRO becomes your greatest ally in restoring your home back to the way it was.

Being a homeowner, you may be tempted to try your hand at the drying process, but it is best to call in a team of experts such as ours. Aside from drying your attic and walls, our SERVPRO team can inspect the structure of your house and determine whether additional repairs are needed. Our specially trained technicians are also able to determine the equipment best suited to navigate the limited space in your attic while achieving the desired results. Our team can work on salvaging insulation if possible, and disposing of those materials that may pose a health hazard for you and your family.

One of the benefits of reaching out to a team of experts is the number of techniques at our disposal. Do not be surprised if our SERVPRO technicians decide to drill small holes into your walls as part of the injectidry process. With this process, we can use these small weep holes to efficiently move the air and heat through the wall cavities and attic space to achieve moisture reduction, which is essential in safeguarding the structural integrity and health of your home.

Whenever you experience flood damage to your home in Rochester, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603)743-4301. We are available 24/7 to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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How SERVPRO Removes the Smoke Odor From Your Rochester Home

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke, even from a small fire, can create an odor throughout your home.

Rochester's Fire Odor Damage Removal Experts Talk About Deodorizing Chemical Options

Many do not think about fire odor damage as being a serious problem but smells that linger can create unpleasurable situations in your near future.

The best solution is to call in our SERVPRO experts to assess the situation. We can eliminate the sources of things that create that not so appealing stench when we conduct fire odor damage restoration in Rochester. However, sometimes things can get a little tricky. An inferno can burn multiple fuels and reach many different temperatures. Because of this, our team can utilize many different methods to mitigate the problems.

For one deodorant blocks, gels and oils can re-odorize an area or an air conveyance system. These specialized blocks work as a masking fragrance. A masking fragrance is a substance that puts better smelling odors into the air to mask unpleasant smells.

Another deodorization method is to use deodorant granules. This method works as both a masking and adsorbing agent for fire damage odors. The granules adsorb odor from the air or absorb fluid containment.

General purpose deodorants can also be used to help extinguish burnt aromas. These chemicals can work as both masking and pairing agents. They work as an additive to general cleaning compounds and can be effective when cleaning walls.

Other effective masking and pairing agents include heavy-duty based deodorants. These are most commonly used when directly spraying charred wood or scorched wall surfaces. They can also be used during wet fogging processes. If you ever find yourself in need of removing foul odors created by smoke, you can call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 for all of your property restoration needs.

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How Mold Becomes Secondary Damage from a Water Loss Event in Rochester

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a common occurrence after water damage.

Responding to Water Damage in Rochester Before Mold Can Grow

One of your highest priorities after your home in Rochester sustains water damage should be to ensure that no mold growth results from the incident. Fungal spores can make existing damage worse and introduce new problems to your home that require drastically different damage restoration strategies and safety precautions than a water damage problem without any mold growth. Although SERVPRO is available to help if mold does begin to grow, it should take us less time and money to repair and restore your home without fungi added into the mix. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep most mold from growing in your home.

Call Us Quickly

SERVPRO has adopted a strategy of 24/7 readiness to react to water damage in Rochester because faster responses correlate to easier restoration procedures and fewer complications from additional variables like mold. All types of mold need a source of water to grow, but if we can arrive on the site and dry your home out before spores ever get a chance to grow, the risk of developing a fungal problem drastically decreases.

Separate Wet Objects

One of your first reactions after your home receives water damage should be to find wet objects and fabrics and separate them from each other. This simple action promotes fast drying and eliminates one of the primary sources of mold growth in a water damaged home. For improved results, you can also move objects outside if the weather is warm and the sun is shining.

Be Aware of Time

If you discover long-term water damage, such as a leak or flood in an area of the home you don't usually go to, be sure to let us know over the phone that the issue could have been ongoing for a long time. These long-term problems often already support some amount of mold growth, and if our initial response comes prepared, we can take care of both issues at once.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester can handle any water damage crisis fast enough to avoid additional complications. Call us at (603) 743-4301.

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Rid Your Rochester Home Of Mold Call The Experts

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can show up in the smallest spaces, call SERVPRO right away to keep your home safe.

Repairing Mold Damage from Attics and Crawlspaces in Rochester

The appearance of mold on ceilings in the upper-level of your home can be a symptom of further damages. Attics can go for months without being checked meaning a small leak or gap in your roofing can create the ideal conditions for mold growth, especially in the winter months when we expect heavy rainfall. These signs require professional remediation to prevent permanent damage to your home.

The fear of Mold Damage in Rochester properties can lead homeowners to invest heavily in laboratory mold testing or large-scale replacements. Here at SERVPRO we "always do what is right by the customer" by sending an IICRC mold assessment certificate holder to your property to help you decide what to do next. We use local technicians which reduces call-out times as well as giving you an honest opinion with tips on how to prevent damages recurring. 

The majority of properties in this community use soft wood paneling alongside fiberglass insulators. Both these materials are porous which can become infested with mold. SERVPRO technicians can remove these materials and dispose of them safely. Regarding drying the remaining structure, we can bring in a wide variety of equipment to help us complete the task as efficiently as possible. 

Mold that is left to its own devices can become heavily set into a wooden structure. Using advanced soda blasting techniques, SERVPRO can remove mold without causing unnecessary damages to the structure. We also commonly use rapid air movers to ventilate the space with hot-air and evaporate residual moisture. From there, it is merely a case of removing the moisture from the air with desiccant dehumidifiers and restoring natural humidity levels. 

The final step is a thorough deodorization of the affected area to help remove any unpleasant musty odors. We achieve this with water or chemical based foggers that are safe to use in a busy home environment. At the end of service, we can conduct a walk through with you to highlight areas of potential concern and the outcomes of our operations.

A professional, efficient and trustworthy restoration technician is not easy to find. Contact SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 for a service you can trust.

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Professionals Explain How to Remove Mold From Your Rochester Home

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Hidden mold is often found behind visible mold. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold.

Why SERVPRO's Mold Damage Remediation in Rochester Protects Your Home from Reinfestation

Mold is a highly persistent organism, and knowledge of the way it grows and obtains resources from its environment is why SERVPRO specialists retain the upper hand when providing homeowners in Rochester with remediation services. Our training and certification by the IICRC ensure you of our expertise and dedication to protecting your property.  

Although it is known for its beautiful and historic homes, mold damage in Rochester can become any homeowner's nightmare. We know how to make things clean and free of excessive mold by using internationally accepted methods the re-establish the healthy status of your home, which requires the removal of mold, damaged materials, and the water that provided sustenance to the microbes.  

We cut out any materials damaged by mold and then place them in double bags. These thicker bags keep both microbes in place and also keep dust and debris from spilling into other areas of your home. We also use HEPA filters, located in both our vacuums and air scrubbers, to remove any mold spores in the air. Negative air pressure chambers also use air scrubbers and are highly efficient tools of mold damage remediation.  

Eliminating the water that has nourished the microbes inside your home and allowed them to reproduce at an accelerated pace must occur to keep the problem from happening again. Infrared imaging devices show us water locations inside your house.  

Walls, ceilings, and other structures can hide small leaks from your view while existing uninterrupted for extended periods. We repair these problems when small, or if they prove substantial, we contact a licensed plumber whom we have partnered with in the past to provide reliable expertise to the situation. Al of this aids us in keeping your overall costs as low as possible.  

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester wants to make sure your home no longer has excessive mold that can cause mold damage and other problems inside your home. Call us at our 24-hour service line at (603) 743-4301. We answer calls every day of the year.

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Become Familiar With the Tell-Tale Signs of Mold Damage in Your Rochester Home

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can lurk behind cabinets or appear on open walls. Contact SERVPRO right away to remediate a mold infestation.

Remediation of Mold Damage in Rochester is Easier with Professional Help

Mold is primarily a moisture problem so when your Rochester property is infested, remediation efforts must involve removal of excess moisture. Mold spores, which are microscopic, exist everywhere, so it only takes the right conditions for growth to start. The conditions that include warmth, an organic food source, and oxygen are also readily available, so it only takes a spike in moisture to start growing. We have a team of AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation technicians, who can help you deal with infestations in your property effectively.

The early signs of mold damage in Rochester are not likely to reveal the true extent of the problem because infestations confined spaces such as wall cavities are likely to be more advanced than those in visible areas. By using equipment such as thermal cameras, our SERVPRO team traces all the areas where there is a water problem without tearing down walls. It helps us determine the level of effort needed when restoring the damage in those areas.

The process of restoring mold damage involves cleaning and drying moldy materials. We HEPA vacuum affected areas to remove loose debris then damp wipe to remove those that adhere to the surface. Any items and especially the porous ones that cannot be cleaned must be discarded. It is not possible to clean them because the hyphae grow deep into the material where it is hard to reach them. Our SERVPRO technicians also dry non-moldy items within 48 hours eliminating chances of development.

Mold debris spreads quickly, especially when using air movers to dry affected areas. Such debris can cause health problems, so our SERVPRO technicians wear PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, and also isolate affected areas using plastic sheets to limit the spread of such debris. We also observe IICRC mold remediation standards including correcting the original moisture problem ensuring that the problem does not recur quickly once we finish remediation.

Mold problems should not become a long-term nag. With help from SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, you can deal with the problem effectively. Call us at (603) 743-4301 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Professional Mold Remediation for Your Rochester Commercial Property

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Are mold spores like these hiding behind your walls?

Applying Advanced Technology to Commercial Mold Damage in Rochester

As a small business owner, keeping on top of property maintenance can be time-consuming. In some of the city's older buildings maintenance can often be taken out of your hands by the appearance of mold. For businesses that sell food or drinks, the odor of mold can be a health hazard and put off your customers. In these instances, it is essential to bring in a professional who not only removes the visible signs of mold growth but also tackles it at the source.

In our experience moisture residing inside walls or behind fittings causes commercial mold damage in Rochester. SERVPRO is a specialist in dealing with mold growth and uses advanced equipment to not only remove visible damage but also the damage you cannot see. Without taking this two-pronged approach, fungi can return again and again.

We use IICRC certified technicians in mold assessment and remediation. Laboratory testing can be expensive, so the visible signs of fungi or unpleasant odors are enough to begin the remediation process. As a local service with access to national resources we use state-of-the-art equipment to help get your business back to its best; making the damage "Like it never even happened."

Injectidry systems are one of the most effective ways of tackling mold at the source. This equipment requires some drilling into drywall to allow access for each injector. Injectors are then hooked up to a generator that blasts heated dry air inside the wall, evaporating moisture pockets and limiting the conditions for mold growth. As a business owner, using an approach like this can help to save money in the long run by dealing with the issue comprehensively.

Your SERVPRO technician can use a moisture meter to detect where moisture could reside as well as measuring indoor humidity levels and returning it to its natural state by deploying dehumidifiers in the affected area. As the service takes place you, the property manager, has direct access to a SERVPRO project manager who can guide you through each step as well as discuss the expected outcomes. 

Property maintenance is essential to maintaining a steady flow of revenue in your business by avoiding temporary closure. SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is available to businesses 24 hours a day at (603) 743-4301.

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Our Guide To Successfully Restoring Your Fire Damaged Home In Dover

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire ever takes place on your property in Dover, it is a good idea to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO.

Dover's Fire Damage Crew Discusses The Restoration Process

If a fire ever takes place on your property in Dover, it is a good idea to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. In many cases, the fire damage can get worse if it is not attended to quickly by experienced technicians. Soot residues can permanently stain surfaces and be harder to remove if not treated promptly. The longer burnt smells exist in a building, the more difficult they will be to remove. In some fire damage situations, water can be an issue if it was used to extinguish the blaze.

Since we know that time is vital, our SERVPRO team responds to every emergency call we receive as quickly as possible. Even though every fire damage project in Dover is different, our team always follows the same procedure to make sure all bases are covered. The process always follows a set of steps that ensure we do the best job we can.

The first step of our restoration process starts with the first phone call. Once you call us and tell us you have a problem we take all of your contact information and figure out as much as we can about your situation over the phone. We then schedule a time to come to your home and proceed to the next step.

Next, we arrive at your home and get the remainder of the information we need from you. We find out from you everything that happened so that we get a good idea of where we need to inspect. Then, we go throughout your house and inspect for problems. We also test affected areas and try to figure out if affected materials are cleanable or not.

We then make an initial estimate for you and your insurance adjuster that gives a good idea of the work involved. We outline what we think needs to be replaced and what we think we can save. Next, we schedule all of the working procedures with you and begin the restoration procedures.

When our experts finish the project, we always do a walkthrough with you to make sure the job is completed to your satisfaction. If you ever have a fire start inside your house, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 24/7.

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Water in Your Laundry Room: Is Your Rochester Home Getting Hosed From Your Washing Machine Hose?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let your washing machine cause this to happen. Check the hoses often.

You Need Fast Water Removal in Rochester after Your Washing Machine Slips a Hose

Getting laundry and other chores done around the house in Rochester can take up a large portion of your already busy day. Your family relies on things to run smoothly, though, and you do, also. Small maintenance tasks help keep you on top of things, but too often, these become forgotten and left undone. 

When such tasks involve your Rochester home's washing machine, a slipped hose can mean you need water removal services to get things cleaned up and dried out.  Some plumbing systems provide water directly from the water main to your washing machine, and water coming out of a slipped hose might not result in detectable pressure loss in other areas of your home.  These leaks mean your home can quickly become flooded with thousands of gallons of water before you discover the situation. SERVPRO is always ready to help solve problems like this for our customers, day or night. 

We use submersible pump units with hoses long enough to reach into your basement or other locations and get the water out quickly. Our team works together to increase our efficiency. We also rapidly set up drying equipment in a standby location so that as soon as we have removed the majority of the water, we can begin drying out your home's damp areas. 

To make sure we sufficiently dry your home's materials out, without over-drying, we compare readings taken with our moisture readings equipment to industry-approved guidelines. These help us restore the amount of moisture content so that future problems do not occur. Over-drying can also cause problems, as moisture seeks equilibrium. 

When materials become too arid, the loss of moisture can pull moisture from other areas of your home and make the air uncomfortable for occupants.  Overly dry conditions affect more than breathing. Environments that become excessively arid can change hair and skin, also. 

When you need water removal professionals, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester can help you. You can reach us by calling our 24-hour service line, (603) 743-4301, any day of the year.  We are ready to get things mitigated, so damage does not occur and you can get things back to normal quickly.

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Little Known Facts About Flood Damage in a Dover Home - and Why They Matter

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding overwhelms your living area, it is time to contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Your Home can Become Unsafe Because of Flood Damage in Dover

No matter how low a flood in Dover reached, a flood of any height damages the lowest part of your home. Your floor becomes the hardest hit during a disaster involving water, often rendering it unsafe as well as ugly. Not only is the potential for softened, weak areas high, but debris adds to the unsafe conditions.
 
Homeowners who own property that suffered flood damage in Dover need a company with experience in mitigating such disastrous effects. SERVPRO technicians perform both mitigation and cleaning to get homes ready for the reconstruction needed after a flooding event. Without this, reconstruction cannot take place. Crews need to work in safe conditions that are also dry and secure. Power tools and saturated floors do not mix well.
 
SERVPRO ensures that your home's condition becomes safe enough for the necessary work to commence. We accomplish this by setting up the equipment to restore a dry and arid state. This equipment includes handheld extraction units that pull water out of small areas, including inside closets and cabinets. Because we remove walled sections wherever the flood occurred, we do not need to drill drainage holes. However, like all materials, we save everything that we can for reinstallation later. This can include plastic or hard rubber baseboards.
 
We get all of the different flooring types cleared out and removed, along with other damaged materials. Airing out the interior of your residence so that we restore normal moisture content levels means getting closer to starting reconstruction work. Because microbial infestations happen in a short time after a catastrophe involving water, and flooding carries a high number of these microbes into your home, we work as quickly as possible.
 
We use desiccant machines inside enclosures we build specifically to dry out personal belongings, clothing, and smaller household furnishings. We also use hydroxyl gas in these enclosed areas. This treatment not only eliminates microbes, but it also gets rid of any odors lingering on such items.
 
SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is ready, 24/7, to help your family successfully recover after flood damage harms your residence. Call us at (603) 743-4301 so we can begin getting things back to normal in your home, “Like it never even happened.”
 
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Watch Your Rochester HVAC for Mold Growth! Call SERVPRO for Remediation

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture from Radiators and AC Units Can Lead to Mold Loss in Rochester Homes--Try Calling SERVPRO for Remediation

Ways Mold Invade Your House in The Rochester Area

The three essential factors that mold need to grow are nutrients, moisture, and time. Mold growth can start after 24 hours, and if it is left unmanaged, it can invade your home. Usually, mold damage begins after a significant flood, water damage, or untreated water in buildings. After all, nutrients are everywhere in our home, and it can facilitate the growth of mold. Plus, mold can create spores which can spread in the air. Both the mold damage and its spores can result in significant health issues, so it is vital to have an expert come in to inspect and create a strategy to eradicate most of the mold from your establishment.

Mold damage in your Rochester location can occur through the AC. If your air conditioner unit is not operating correctly and there is moisture left in there, the mold can grow and produce more spores. When the AC is turned on, the spores can circulate through the air. It is essential to do a regular maintenance check on your air conditioner to ensure that it is working correctly and that there is no mold growing inside. If you have survived the aftermath of a flood or water damage, the HVAC should be one of the things on the top of your list that you should inspect.
 
Because mold can be experts at hide-and-seek, it is essential to have a SERVPRO technician to come in for an inspection. They have high tech tools and equipment to detect the fungi. They can check your air conditioner unit to see if there is a buildup of molds or accumulating condensate. Our SERVPRO technicians are equipped with all the gloves and proper clothing for protection. They have all the wrappings and tools to contain the mold and to throw out any belongings that are unsalvageable. Plus, they can analyze your house to look for areas that are still wet. If the SERVPRO technicians detect any standing water in a location, they can begin the water removal process immediately to prevent further mold growth and damages.
 
If you are interested in mold remediation, you can give SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester a call at (603) 743-4301 for a consultation with our expert technicians.

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Take Heed of Warning Signs in Somersworth to Prevent Fire Damage

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mini stoves need to be maintained regularly to prevent possible fires. Call SERVPRO to clean up after any fire.

A Faulty Mini-Stove in Your Guest Quarters can Cause Fire Damage in Somersworth

Helping a relative get back on their feet in Somersworth can take a lot of work to do. When possible, setting up a place that separates your family from theirs can help everyone live under one roof. A mother-in-law suite accomplishes this nicely when finances permit. Other arrangements often work just as well, however.
 
When setting up a living area for someone in your home, taking precautions to prevent fire damage in Somersworth protects everyone in your family and theirs, as well as your property. Using a mini-stove can become a problem if it has not been stored in a dry location. Rust in the gas lines can cause leaks and possibly explode. If such accidents happen, fire damage can affect your entire home.
 
Soot can enter the heating or cooling vents and then filter through into other areas of your home. We turn these off to prevent the spread of soot particles. Using air scrubbers, we can remove loose particles that remain in the air. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can help ensure that the odor produced by the soot goes away. Thermal fogging can produce very nice results for the worst odors, including those caused by fire damage.
 
Smoke residue ends up coating every surface in your home, leaving it feeling tacky and sticky. SERVPRO crews clean this away and leave things feeling like they should, without any residue or build-up. We list all personal items and smaller household furnishings that we box up for cleaning at our facility. We maintain comprehensive records so returning items to where you had them before the fire can happen quickly and without any difficulty.
 
We must wash walls and ceilings that receive the most damage with special cleaning tools and chemical agents that cut through the soot and smoke residue so we can rinse these areas and leave them like new. We also extract the water that you or firefighters used to put out the fire. Preventing damage from moisture or allowing mold to profit from this type of accident can make your home sustain additional, but entirely unnecessary and wholly preventable, damage.
 
SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester understands that sometimes helping others out puts us in a bad spot. Fire damage can become one of these. However, we are here to help you get everything in your home and life “Like it never even happened” so you can continue helping bothers around you. Call us at (603) 743-4301, and our 24-hour service becomes available to you.

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Mitigation Of Water Damage Protects Homes In Dover

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Large spills and water line breaks can severely affect your Dover property.

Mitigation Of Water Damage

Large spills and water line breaks can severely affect your Dover property. Smaller intrusions might not gain your attention during their first occurrence. Some smaller leaks grow in size rapidly while others never become larger.

Dover residents can also find their homes affected by water damage when gutters malfunction and manage rainwater inefficiently. SERVPRO technicians can help resolve most of these issues, while we rely on trusted partners to assist with more extensive repairs. Regardless of where the water comes in, stopping its flow remains a crucial aspect of successful water damage mitigation.

The ability to stop the water from returning is essential to successful mitigation. We use highly sensitive instruments to help us determine the source of the water affecting and damaging your house. Zooming in on the entry point can also reveal other areas with water damage. We mitigate these also, removing damaged materials and cleaning up the grime that often develops in areas affected in this manner.

Small leaks in water lines can cause a small increase in your water bill every month, but the real cost involves the damage affecting your home. When materials crumble and fall apart, they can also create debris that clogs vacuum cleaners and pose a choking hazard to young toddlers. Vermin can also use openings in your home's exterior to make their nests and become a severe nuisance. Closing up these holes also prevents such infestations from continuing.

After we mitigate water damage and restore your home, we encourage our customers to contact us again in the event any signs of water damage reappear. While this remains unlikely in the physical sense, odors can develop in homes that have sustained water damage. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can help resolve this problem quickly and make your home smell “Like it never even happened.”

Concerned residents can contact SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester by calling (603) 743-4301. Qualified individuals answer our emergency services line 24 hours a day, every day, making it possible for our customers to always receive the quality they expect from the very first minute, and then throughout the entire project. Mitigating water damage and restoring your home can make your home whole again.

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Commercial Fire Damage Experts In Somersworth Talk About Cleaning Items Off-Site

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

It is always a possibility that a disaster like a fire can take place at your Somersworth gift shop.

Commercial Fire Damage

It is always a possibility that a disaster like a fire can take place at your Somersworth gift shop. Even if the blaze happens on a different floor of your building, commercial fire damage can still occur. When something burns inside another unit, things inside your store can burn as well. Smoke coming from the blaze above or next to you can also cause problems with your property. Both the heat and smoke coming from any building near you can cause commercial fire damage to your gift store.

Elements created during a fire such as excessive heat and smoke can create issues with both your building's structural components and the products inside your store. During every commercial fire damage project in Somersworth, our SERVPRO technicians separate the problems into two categories. Problems that occur with things permanently attached to your structure such as carpet and walls are considered structural issues. Any item that gets ruined that is not attached to the building such as shelving units, or your products is put into the "contents" category.

In many cases, a fire can ruin both building materials and your possessions. In these situations, our SERVPRO technicians usually choose to mitigate issues with the items separately. Your contents get cleaned either in unaffected areas of your property or at a third location. Moving items out of areas where the structure is burnt will reduce secondary problems caused during the cleaning or demolition process.

The first step we take when moving out your damaged contents is to make an inventory list of all affected items. Next, our SERVPRO crew carefully packs up each item and puts it in a labeled box. Then, the contents get moved out to a clean storage location. Once we are ready to clean or treat each item individually, we move your contents into a cleaning location that has been cleaned and disinfected.

We take special care of each of your products and ensure that they are clean of any soot or soils created by the fire. If foul odors remain inside your contents, then we can use an ozone machine or ULV fogger to deodorize the objects. If you ever get affected by a structure fire, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 24/7.

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Professional Remediation of Fire Damage in Rochester Eases the Insurance Claim Process

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Insurance Companies Point to SERVPRO for House Fire Cleanup and Restoration in the Rochester Area

SERVPRO Can Assist Property Owners with Insurance Claims Post House Fires

Fires, whether big or small tend to leave varying degrees of damages in different parts and contents of a house. It is either the heat or smoke produced that cause the damages, so even a small fire in your Rochester property can lead to significant repair and replacement costs. Many people might think that when a home has the right insurance cover, there is no need to worry about the costs involved. This is not entirely true, and the steps you take can affect the claim process and sometimes even the costs incurred.
 
After a case of fire damage in Rochester, our professional assistance puts you in a better position when claiming from the insurer. Having a list of everything lost in a fire helps when filing the claim. As part of the restoration efforts, our SERVPRO team separates the items in your house based on the level of damage. Items can be in three categories: salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable. This separation helps you create the claim list quickly. We are also able to differentiate between real and superficial damage such as smoke residue, which we clean eliminating the need for item replacement.
 
For smaller fires that do not consume the entire property, further damages might still occur after putting out the flames. Insurers expect property owners to take steps that help prevent further damage. While handling the cleanup and restoration, our SERVPRO technicians also help in different ways to prevent further damages. For example, when necessary we move contents from the affected property to a safer location. Move-outs eliminate chances of further damage and create room for more effective restoration of the affected areas.
 
Keeping proper records of all the costs involved is a vital part of the claim process. However, it is easier said than done since the records also have to be verifiable. You do not have to worry about record keeping when you involve the SERVPRO team from the start because we keep professional records that include photographic evidence of the damaged fixtures and contents. Our CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service documents the process to simplify your claim.
 
Working with a trained fire restoration team helps reduce the burden. You should call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301. We are available any time of the day.

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Keeping The Dampness Away After Flood Damage In A Somersworth Home

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and other intrusive water can damage a Somersworth home rapidly, showing visible signs immediately.

Keeping The Dampness Away After A Flood

Flooding and other intrusive water can damage a Somersworth home rapidly, showing visible signs immediately. Other damage that continues unabated within the hidden areas of a home's interior cavities can lead to severe infestations of microbes, allow insect pests to nest and burrow in softened materials, and create unwanted odors.
 
Residents in Somersworth might find that elevated humidity in their home continues to occur after they experience flood damage to their property. This can happen when small pockets of moisture in your home go undetected. One common location is lower surfaces in basement floors. SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians can get these areas dry for you and protect your home from the continued negative effects of damage from flooding.
 
Water that continued to seep into damaged areas of your home's basement after a flood can smell particularly dank because of the additional odors picked up from the soil underneath your home. Even though the soil can act as a filter, the water's odor and still smell foul, even though it no longer smells like floodwater. The soil around homes that experienced flooding can become so saturated their foundations sometimes move. The pressure can become extremely intense.
 
If flood damage seems to revisit your home again a short time after mitigation workers complete the initial work, we can help restore your home, so odors and continued damp conditions no longer occur. Desiccant machines can prove highly effective in these situations, as can our air scrubbers. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can run machines that produce either ozone and hydroxyl gases to eliminate odors from further bothering you and your family.
 
Eliminating dangerous excess moisture in your home accomplishes more than hindering the growth of microbial and other infestations and keeping your home smelling normal – it also protects occupants from inhaling damp air. SERVPRO technicians can quickly remove any additional materials damaged by this leftover flood damage, test and treat for any microbial activity, and also use different odor-controlling techniques that leave your home smelling “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester understands that flood damage can cause ongoing nightmares for residents, but we are here to help. SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, and we care about our neighbors and want to make sure the families in our community live in homes free of problems. For more information call us at (603) 743-4301 24/7, every day of the year.

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Leaking Plumbing Can Cause Mold Damage In Your Rochester Basement Game Room

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Plumbing is essential for your home, but when it leaks, it can cause problems such as mold damage.

Leaking Plumbing Can Cause Mold Damage

Plumbing is essential for your home, but when it leaks, it can cause problems such as mold damage. Above the ceiling tiles of your basement is the plumbing that runs through your home. When your game room is directly under plumbing that is leaking, mold can grow around the ceiling where the constant moisture is present.

One of the first signs that you could have mold damage in your Rochester home could be a musty and heavy odor. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, mold can also be physically seen, as small grey, blue, or green spots. Accompanied by the water stains on your ceiling tile, it may be easy to spot where the damage is occurring.

In order to protect the precious electronics, games, and expensive furniture in your game room, it is essential for you to call a damage restoration company. Leaving the mold in your home for long periods of time can lead to the structure becoming weaker. Mold can cause rot because it is responsible for the decay of organic materials. Additionally, mold can cause health effects.

When you call SERVPRO, we always strive to hurry to your residence. Our IICRC-certified technicians can bring advanced tools with them to fight the mold damage. Setting up a plastic barrier between the mold damage and the rest of your house is one of the first things our techs can do. Making sure that the mold spores cannot spread to a new home as we remove them is essential.

Once the plastic sheeting is set up, our SERVPRO technicians can set up an air scrubber with HEPA filters to run while we remediate the mold damage. Not only can it help combat the musty scent by neutralizing the particles that cause it, but our air scrubbers can filter out airborne mold spores. Once all the preliminary work is seen to, SERVPRO can begin to remediate the damage.

Our technicians can throw out the mold-infected ceiling tiles. The material is porous, and it is too hard to clean the mold off of them and guarantee that the colony is completely gone. We can use disinfectant to clean out the mold from the structure of your ceiling, as well as using an antifungal agent as a finishing touch to help prevent regrowth.

If you discover a leak has caused mold damage in your home, never wait to call for help. Phone SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester by dialing (603) 743-4301. We always aim to return your home to its pre-mold condition.

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Commercial Fire Damage Experts Of Somersworth Talk About How To Manage A Project

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Thousands of structural fires take place every year, many of which occur in the Somersworth area.

Commercial Fire Damage Experts

Thousands of structural fires take place every year, many of which occur in the Somersworth area. Fires take both homes and businesses as victims when they get ignited. Restaurants have a high rate of burn damage due to a large amount of cooking equipment present. Grease fires and burns caused by malfunctioning appliances are rather common with food service companies. Sometimes the blaze spreads quickly and causes excessive burn damage to appliances and structural components. Other times, the fire gets extinguished quickly, and the only problems that result are smoke related.

Any time even the smallest fires ignites inside your restaurant, problems with soot and smoke residues can occur. Our SERVPRO experts know that commercial fire damage in Somersworth can be expensive and cause your business a loss of revenue. We always make sure to work closely with you and your insurance company to find the most cost-effective way to complete the restoration work. In some situations, it may be cheaper to complete work overnight so that losing business does not have to be part of the claim.

From the minute our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your cafe, we work with you and your team when coming up with the initial project scope. We know that good first impressions matter, and we start off the work process in a professional manner. Our crew looks professional and well-trained when they enter a home and begin setting up for mitigation.

After the first day of the restoration process, members of our SERVPRO crew return to your business each day for monitoring. We inspect the work completed and the work in process. We also keep a record detailing what things are completed each day, and we take notes about any conversations that were had between our technicians and you or your insurance company.

Throughout the process, we stay in communication with the insurance adjuster as needed. If an issue arises or if we know our initial estimate is going to change, we contact your insurance company before we alter the scope of the project. Any time we have a conversation like that with a representative from your insurance company we take records of what went on during the conversation. If you ever suffer from damage caused by smoke or fire that started inside your commercial kitchen, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 24 hours a day.

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When the Dam Near Your Rochester Home Breaks During a Storm and Causes Flood Damage

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Your Rochester Property? Call SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

Volumes of Floodwaters in Rochester Properties? Call SERVPRO for Immediate Assistance and Water Extraction 

Having the East End Dam in your city can be useful for a variety of reasons, including drinking water and preventing flood damage to the area around the river. However, if a substantial rainstorm hits and the dam becomes overwhelmed and breaks, the water has no other option than to go into the river and cause floods.

As the rainstorm goes on, more and more water can creep into the lower level of your Rochester home and cause flood damage. By the time the storm is over, the mudroom of your home can be flooded up to your knees, and part of your stairway could be submerged. The best thing that you can do for your home, at this point, is to call for professional help as soon as possible.
 
SERVPRO makes it a priority to be at your home within hours of your call. We understanding that working fast prevents further damage. The timing makes all the difference. If we were to wait too long, your home could develop mold issues. The sooner that we get to your home and remove the water, the better. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
Depending on the volume of water that has made its way into your home, our technicians can bring equipment adequate to handle large or small amounts. If your home is suffering from an overwhelming amount of water, we can bring truck mounted pumps, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors. If the volume is small, SERVPRO can redirect the water away from your home while our technicians remove the water.
 
After removing the water, SERVPRO can investigate your belongings in the area and dry them out using tools such as dehumidifiers and air movers. To help prevent mold growth, we must return your home to an acceptable level of dryness, including your belongings. Shoes, jackets, and scarves can especially become mildewy if exposed to moisture for an extended period. Organic fabrics are a prime food source for fungi proliferation.

Dial (603) 743-4301 to get in contact with SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester. No matter the time of day or night, we are always available and ready to take your call.

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Mold Damage Technicians In Rochester Explain The Importance Of Rapid Structural Drying

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Ignore Water Leaks and Suffer Mold Damage in Your Rochester Residence--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Removal of Moisture and Dampness Help Mitigate and Prevent Mold Infestations

Sometimes a fungus can cause health effects for people in Rochester that did not know they were at risk. It is possible that microbial growth occurs inside your home but yet it goes unnoticed for a long time. Fungi develop when they have the ideal temperature, elevated moisture levels, an organic food supply, and time. In some cases, undetected contamination results from a part of your house that got wet on one occurrence during a flood or water leak, and it was in a place like your crawl space or basement that nobody enters on a regular basis. Other times, a water pipe, appliance, or your roof has a slow leak that you do not realize until it is too late.
 
The first thing our SERVPRO experts do once you notice signs of fungal development is to prevent moisture from entering the affected area by repairing the initial moisture source if it is minor. Once we determine how the mold damage at your Rochester residence happened in the first place, we are better able to give an accurate assessment of the overall project. We trace the water from its source and determine precisely what materials got wet and which ones got contaminated.
 
Once any organic materials inside your house including your possessions and the building's structural components show signs of contamination, remediation is necessary to both possibly save the items and prevent further growth in the future. In some scenarios, the mold has grown deep into the organic substance requiring that the object gets thrown away. An example of this is deep penetration of the hyphae (roots) into wallboard material. In other situations, our SERVPRO technicians can remove the contamination by scrubbing or sanding it off and vacuuming up the dust with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filtration system.
 
Once the fungi get removed from the affected objects, we spray the area with an antimicrobial solution to kill spores still present and to help prevent future infestations. The last step then is to dry out any organic materials within the affected region of the building so that microbes do not develop into mold directly after the first contamination was removed. Drying out structural items as quick as possible when they are wet is essential to prevent future mold problems.

Rapid drying should occur any time that moisture is noticed near organic substances such as paper, fabrics, or wood. If moisture levels in affected materials are returned to normal conditions promptly, then the chances of a fungus forming after a water leak are low. If you ever notice a wet section of your home, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 immediately.

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A Leaking Pipe Can Cause Water Damage In Somersworth

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Our trained SERVPRO technicians in Somersworth can start water damage restoration right away.

A Leaking Pipe Can Cause Water Damage

The pipe in your bathroom has a slow leak. You came home hours later after working out at the gym to find water standing on the bathroom floor. Of course, this is a troubling event to come home to, but there is professional help available. Calling us can prevent further water damage in your home.

Our trained SERVPRO technicians in Somersworth can start water damage restoration right away. Our experts can quickly assess the damage and begin removing water with vacuums or extractors. After, the water extraction phase, our techs start the drying process. Drying is a vital step because mold can grow if any moisture is left behind. Our techs may apply various methods that include air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers to dry the affected areas. Also, our crew may use heaters to speed up the drying process.

A leaking pipe can cause significant water damage if moisture seeps under floor tile, which is why contacting us is a wise decision. We have tools that can detect hidden moisture. If there is water under the flooring, our techs can remove it, which may prevent mold from growing. The wood subflooring beneath the tile may also have water damage. Our crew can use probes to check the flooring for moisture. If there is any water under the tile, our team can extract it.

You can trust that our SERVPRO team understands the value of your home. Plus, you can rely on them to work fast to return your bathroom to its preloss condition when possible. Within a few hours after contacting us, our team can begin restoring your home. We aim to start the job as soon as possible to prevent extensive damage to the affected areas. Our skilled team can adequately handle various water emergencies and can implement the correct measures to restore your home.

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester any time of the day or night at (603) 743-4301. Whenever possible, our trusted and experienced water damage techs can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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Removing Commercial Water Damage In Somersworth

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO if your office experiences water damage.

An effective plan created by SERVPRO for all water damage situations

We usually define the severity of water damage by the source of the water, the affected property, and how much or how large it is. For Somersworth businesses, this means a combination of clean or dirty water, how much entered the business, and how soaked did the property become before the owner contacted a professional restoration service.

Somersworth commercial water damage comes primarily from faulty plumbing or broken appliances. That can be a broken water line leading into the facility, a failing washer, or a blocked toilet that allows contaminated water to remain in the building, causing not just physical damage, but leaves odors that need cleaning as well. SERVPRO restoration crews train to deal with all of the damage that results from water intrusion.

When the water comes from a higher positioned source, the damage is often more extensive. A sprinkler system, even a malfunctioning one, sends out water over the entire structure. Depending on the interior of the building, it can mean additional drying time for brick, glass, and metal walls. If there are interior office spaces, then our specialists need air movers and fans to dry the interior building material before the excess moisture compromises it.

For more industrial facilities, SERVPRO technicians move directly to drying out the building. There is usually only a small amount of standing water, so our teams remove it quickly with extraction wands and then use long-handled squeegees to push it off the floors and out of the building. Our technicians use the same squeegees to pull down moisture off walls and windows. At the same time, other team members set up dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air; as much as 25 gallons per day, per device depending on the inside humidity level.

For traditional office settings, technicians have to deal with the interior material like drywall, ceiling tiles, and carpets. Here, our restoration teams use the dehumidifiers to remove moisture and the extraction wands to draw out water trapped inside carpets. They also well air movers and fans to force warm air up walls and over property while drawing out the inside, cooler, damp air.

Removing and remediating the effects of water damage can be an extensive process depending on the facility. Our task at SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is to help every owner reopen their doors for business as quickly as possible. If you need our services, call us today at (603) 743-4301.

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How Clogged Gutters Can Lead to a Flood Damaged Dover Home

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says: Clean Gutters Help Prevent Flooding in Dover Area Homes and Businesses

SERVPRO Advises on Prevention of Unnecessary Flooding to Your Home

The average homeowner has little idea about the implements that have gotten installed to divert water away from their Dover home. In fact, most of the homeowners in the area do not realize the importance of these devices until they stop working partially or entirely. The result from pooling water is often an influx of pressure against your aging home, testing its abilities to prevent this water from entering in through weaker areas. This battle is not always one that your house is going to win.

While there is very little that a homeowner can do to provide preventative maintenance and care to a french drain system circling their house, the gutter system is a different story. Ensuring that your gutters around your Dover home stay clear of debris and blockages can be a significant stride towards preventing flood damages. Failure to maintain this water diversion system can lead to pooling in the gutter, spilling down siding and adding a substantial amount of collected water against the sometimes vulnerable foundation. Ultimately, this requires water removal services by our SERVPRO professionals.

If you have already experienced the damage from a flood in the lower levels of your home, time is of the essence to get the right professional restoration team on the task. The faster you call, the faster our SERVPRO response team can dispatch technicians and equipment to preserve the contents of your home and prevent the problem from getting worse.

A thorough inspection reveals where our professionals must extract water from, the affected areas of your home and what must happen to restore these areas, and finally, the source of the damage. Locating the source can allow our technicians to repair this damage with hydraulic cement if possible, preventing further water penetration from these same points.

Water diversion systems exist to keep your home better protected from storm-driven and ground flooding. If you already face these damages, consider our SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester restoration specialists to help you to overcome the hurdles towards bringing your home back from this water loss incident. Give us a call anytime at (603) 743-4301.

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The Essentials Avoiding Further Damage After A Fire Damage Experience In Dover

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Almost all fires leave behind odors that settle on your upholstered furniture, clothing, draperies, and carpets.

The Essentials Avoiding Further Damage After A Fire

Determining that you can or cannot refurbish after a fire damage incident is critical when you need to prevent further damage. However, how can you start doing that when at the first place you do not know whether you can safely re-enter your home? That is why you need the input of professional fire restorers as a resident of Dover. The moment we arrive at the site, we perform an inspection that allows us to identify any existing hazards and device appropriate restoration procedures.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the need of enhancing air movement when attending to fire damage in Dover. To do this, we install fans to improve air circulation, and when the area is so warm, we may close the windows set up dehumidifiers to absorb the additional moisture. We normally use refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers at this stage. The dehumidifiers and fans also play a significant role when we are drying your carpets and draperies. It is important to thoroughly dry the items to reduce the chances of mold growth.

After a fire, the oily soot and land on draperies, carpets and other textiles and leave behind stains. To remove the stains from such items, our SERVPRO technicians perform heavy-duty vacuuming. After running the vacuum cleaner, we usually cover the textiles to prevent the surfaces from tracking other soil particles.

Almost all fires leave behind odors that settle on your upholstered furniture, clothing, draperies, and carpets. Despite that, there is nothing like having the same types of odor sources in all fires. That means our type of material that the fire burned helps our SERVPRO technicians to choose the deodorants we use to eliminate the odors. In some cases, we may run an ozone generator to break up the smoke molecules with the aim of eliminating the unpleasant smells.

At SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is fire, water, storm and mold damage remediation. Call us at (603) 743-4301 and benefit from our 24-hour emergency service.

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How Mold Tracks Into a Rochester Home

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in Your Rochester Home? Contact SERVPRO for Fast Cleanup and Remediation

Rochester Properties Benefit from SERVPRO Mold Remediation after Infestations

While the idea of stopping mold damage before it ever gets a chance to start growing may seem appealing, this may be difficult to achieve in practice. Mold, like other types of fungi, spreads by producing millions of microscopic spores that are resistant to harsh conditions and long periods of dormancy. Thousands of mold spores circulate in and out of your home every day, but a sudden influx of them can be a catalyst for a breakout infestation. Here are a few of the most common ways spores can get into an average home.

Air Currents
Most spores that end up causing mold damage in Rochester get into the home by riding on wind and air currents from the outdoors. While this is a natural and mostly unavoidable process, some variables can cause your home to be placed at a higher risk of infestation. If you regularly leave windows or doors open, even with an insect-proof screen, spores can enter the home in far greater quantities than if you keep most portals to the outdoors shut. Also, some parts of the year, especially the springtime and early summer, can contribute to a higher concentration of airborne spores.

Shoes and Feet
Stepping in patches of mold growth or even just mud can cause tens of thousands of spores to attach themselves to shoes or feet of anyone going in and out of the house. While doormats and mindful feet-wiping can help to contain mold from these sources, forgetfulness and pets can help bring the fungus into your home regardless. If you regularly spend time outdoors and off paved pathways, be sure to regularly clean your shoes to thwart any organisms looking for a free ride.

Used Furniture
Some of the worst mold damage SERVPRO technicians see often comes from furniture. Unfortunately, rather than handling the problem safely and responsibly, some homeowners may attempt to offload mold damaged furniture onto others by giving it away for free or selling at a substantial discount. Always thoroughly check any secondhand furniture purchases to make sure they are free of fungal infestations.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester provides expert mold damage remediation services for homeowners across the area. If you believe mold may have found its way into your home, call us at (603) 743-4301.

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Water Removal for Your Rochester Home

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you have water damage on your floor or it is seeping through the ceiling, one quick phone call to SERVPRO gets you the help you need.

Quick Drying Out of Your Water Damaged Property is Key to Our Professional Technicians

Sometimes water emergencies occur in your Rochester home with little to no warning. While you struggle to make sense of where the problem is coming from, the damage is starting to spread out into multiple rooms before you can successfully shut down the supply of water. Professional restoration is something that you already likely realize that you need, partly because water removal can prove challenging and taxing to do on your own, and also improperly cleaning up the mess can result in worse damages in the immediate future.

No homeowner ever wants to need water removal for their Rochester home, but if you find yourself in need of such service, it is best to reach out to a dedicated local team of certified professionals to help you through the process. Our SERVPRO technicians get thoroughly trained to deal with all aspects of water damage restoration, including extraction.

Depending on the severity of the problem that exists in your home, several types of equipment could get implemented to remove the water from the affected area. Less widespread damage can often get removed with the use of portable pumps and wet-vacs. More substantial damages often require our team to dispatch a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet to the scene to expedite the process.

Once the water has gotten pulled from the floors of the affected areas, drying is the step to follow. As with extraction, the process could use several pieces of equipment. Most often, air movers and dehumidification machines get used simultaneously to dry up surfaces and affected contents while moisture also gets removed from the environment. Sometimes specialized equipment is necessary for areas that are challenging to reach or that require more concentrated attention.

Removing water from your home is something that professional restorers like ours at SERVPRO of Dover - Rochester get well-equipped to handle. If you find yourself amid a water emergency in your home, do not hesitate to call our experienced technicians 24/7 at (603) 743-4301.
 
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After Sprinkler Problems, Commercial Water Removal Gear Restores Rochester Diners to Pre-Loss State

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes the equipment that is installed to protect your property, such as sprinklers, can malfunction and cause damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Understands That Time is of the Essence When Remediating Commercial Water Damage

Families visiting Rochester often enjoy a quick bite at a family-friendly diner to save money while still providing a decent meal to their children. Just as parents take necessary precautions to protect their children, many business owners install protective measures such as sprinkler systems to ward off disasters. Sometimes, though, these things instead create damage to the interior of your business.
 
When a sprinkler system malfunctions and sends water everywhere inside your diner, commercial water removal services in Rochester can get everything back to normal again quickly. Sprinkler systems thoroughly saturate an area to put out fires effectively before they can spread and grow. This aspect means that the water ends up everywhere, much like a rain shower inside your business. SERVPRO technicians can help keep the time your diner remains closed for repairs minimal, so your business recovers more easily.
 
After earning their IICRC-certificates, our professional technicians continually gain additional experience in restoring businesses of all sizes and industries. Our previous customers include hospitals, restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, and many others, providing our employees with a range of environments in which they develop new skills, work alongside our customers' employees, and learn how to avoid disrupting normal business activities. We want to help your business remain a vital part of our local economy and understand the many variables that affect your business' status.
 
Our water removal equipment handles the extraction of standing water, drying out of wet areas, and the elimination of elevated humidity in the air. Small-sized portable pumps that we easily operate by hand remove any accumulated water from your diner's floors. Getting the water removed from here makes things safer for us to work as well as removes a great deal of the water that can end up elsewhere if left alone.
 
Walls and other structures made of absorbent material dry out quickly when we use a desiccant machine, heaters, and air movers. Because this part of the water removal process further increases the humidity, we continually measure the amount of moisture. We track the progress from start to finish, so we know that everything rapidly dries out uniformly.
 
Because sprinkler systems can also suffer a broken line, which shoots water out in only one area instead of everywhere, we can also resolve this situation for you, as well. Elevated humidity happens in this situation, also, so we still measure these levels often.
 
SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester's technicians can help you continue providing the community with your delicious offerings, even after a disaster with your sprinkler system. With water removal services, your diner can get back to normal quickly. Call us at (603) 743-4301 so we can begin working on extracting the water and getting everything back to normal.

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Electrical Safety During Flood Damage Restoration in Your Rochester Home

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

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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Mold Damage Remediation in Rochester

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO prevents mold from spreading while cleaning and remediating mold damage in your home.

How Mold Forms and Spreads in Your Home

Sometimes mold inside your Rochester home can hide from you. Often a fungus develops when you have a slow water leak that you do not notice. Other times water leaks into an area without you realizing it causing fungi to form.

Inside buildings are suitable environments for fungal growth. SERVPRO's mold damage technicians in Rochester study fungi growth and understand how it behaves. Being knowledgeable about how a fungus acts inside a building helps us remediate the problem and prevent future growth.

To start, mold requires three things to grow in the first place. A fungus needs an organic food source, the proper temperature, and high moisture levels to grow and survive. Once fungi are present inside a building, it lets off spores that help it spread and recreate.

Therefore, any time water leaks inside your house mold can grow with the ideal conditions and the right amount of time. Most homes have many materials inside that serve as organic food for a fungus. Materials like wood and paper serve as food sources for mold.

Some types of fungus can form in extremely hot or cold temperatures. However, most molds like temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Most houses keep their room temperature at around 70 degrees, a temperature that provides the perfect environment for mold growth.

Whenever water sits inside your home somewhere, whether it is from a one-time incident that went unnoticed or a slow leak, mold will likely grow on drywall, wood or any other organic materials. In most cases, it takes high levels of moisture to be present for 48 hours for mold growth to occur. Once the mold has developed, it is not very difficult for its spores to travel to other areas and create problems.

Any time a fungus is present, it creates spores so that it can reproduce. These spores can quickly become airborne and float to other parts of the building. Spores then settle to other areas and if the conditions are ideal, mold forms in the other part of the house.

When mitigating issues with mold, we always take measures to prevent mold spores from getting to other rooms inside the house. We accomplish this by setting up a containment chamber around the work area. For professional help dealing with fungal issues, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 any time of the day.

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Fire Damage To The Contents Of Your Home In Rochester

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fires Are No Match for SERVPRO -- Need Help in Rochester--Give Us a Call

SERVPRO Can Often Salvage "Lost" Possessions from a House Fire

The tasks needed to recover from a fire in Rochester are many and varied. A homeowner may be overwhelmed by the visual extent of the damage to both the structure and the fixtures, furnishings, heirlooms, personal possessions, and household goods. Involving us at all levels of the restoration process brings order out of chaos.
 
As our crews attend to the structural fire damage to your Rochester home, you may be tempted to handle the harm done to the contents. Whether you make this decision because you want to limit costs, are uncomfortable about having strangers examining your belongings, or feel items clearly are ruined beyond repair we would appreciate the opportunity to show how our involvement can improve your fire damage restorations outcomes.
 
SERVPRO technicians train extensively in fire damage restoration techniques and use only proven cleaning and recovery products. Our employees receive certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international standards-developing entity. Our restorers learn strategies that clean deep and stop the process of deterioration fire residues begin. Blackened, tarnished, or covered in soot -- we have remarkable abilities to return your prized possessions to you in preloss, or better, condition.
 
We inventory and pack up damaged articles, taking them to off-site areas where we can review the damage and match problems with solutions. One type of fire damage that seems obvious after your ordeal but unanticipated beforehand is water damage. SERVPRO offers a full range of restoration services, fortunately including water damage recovery as almost every fire scene is soaked with the water used to douse the flames. Freeze-drying waterlogged documents, books, and pictures is a highly effective method of restoration we can offer. We also have connections with electronic restoration specialists to salvage water and soot damaged computers, televisions, and other devices.
 
Engaging SERVPRO’s services to help sort out the contents of your fire-damaged home is a wise move. With our experience and focus on restoration, we save many items you might have discarded because you did not have the perspective our technicians bring to the fire damage disaster. Take full advantage of our many skills, including working with your insurance for the most comprehensive coverage of the claims made for your fire damage recovery.
 
SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester is a multi-tiered fire restoration company, able to manage both structural and content damage. Call us at (603) 743-4301 for an evaluation of your restoration needs.

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What To Do When Your Kitchen Sink Leaks In Your Rochester Home

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Coming home after a long day to discover water damage in your kitchen is not an ideal way to spend your evening.

Water Damage Caused By A Leaky Kitchen Sink

Coming home after a long day to discover water damage in your kitchen is not an ideal way to spend your evening. The water has been leaking all day, and it has already begun to set into your beautiful hardwood kitchen floors. While you were away, the water continued to spread across the floor of the entire room. The situation has begun to cascade into a nightmare quickly, but luckily there is help nearby to prevent the damage from getting out of hand.

Our technicians are skilled and know how to remediate the water damage in your Rochester home. We can investigate the damage that your kitchen sink left behind as soon as we arrive at the scene. Depending on the intensity of the water damage, we can apply the correct drying method to ensure that your floorboards are devoid of harmful moisture. We use a combination of axial fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers to dry the air and your precious kitchen flooring.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand how valuable your home is and strive to return it to its preloss state. Within hours of your call to SERVPRO, our technicians can arrive and begin the water damage restoration process immediately. We strive to get the job started as soon as possible so that finishing the job can happen just as swiftly.

We can also investigate if the leaking sink has damaged the counter that the basin sits inside of as well as any of your other kitchen belongings. If the damage is remediable, SERVPRO can dry it out with the same methods that we applied to your flooring. It's our goal to return your home to the way you left it when you went to work.

When water damage strikes your home, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester region any time at (603) 743-4301. We are always open and ready to take your call so we can get our technicians to your home as fast as possible.

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Using Commercial Water Removal Services to Protect Your Rochester Foundry

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

After SERVPRO thoroughly removes the water, they then begin to clean up the damages left behind.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Remove Water and Restore Your Commercial Property

Factory employees sometimes work in hazardous conditions simply because of the type of projects involved in Rochester facilities. Some hazards can more easily happen, and preventing these may seem like an ongoing task. Other hazards take longer to accrue, with some of these situations caused by exposure of equipment to water.

Rochester factories can stop such damage by implementing the services of a commercial water removal company. When SERVPRO professionals arrive at a business that needs such services because of slow leaks, we start out by assessing the situation carefully. We use infrared thermographic sensors to detect the locations of all undesired water and trace this water back to their sources. Only after we eliminate the sources of the water do, we then begin to clean up the damage.

Slow leaks can cause copious amounts of damage to equipment and inventory, both raw and finished products. Removing the water through extraction equipment helps with visible water, but we must also gain control of any water in the form of elevated humidity.

Desiccant machines and powerful air movers help gain the control needed for such situations. We dispose of the water once collected in the machine's tanks and then recheck our meters for expected changes. Once these read normal levels, we can assure you that our work succeeded in restoring your building to normal conditions.

For large leaks and broken water lines, removing the water requires a pump truck and specialized extraction equipment. Once the source of the water no longer poses a problem, we can get started. After the extraction of the water occurs, we can help your employees wipe down machinery and fabrication stations as needed. As above, we use desiccant machines and other equipment to control the overall humidity within your factory.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester can be reached at (603) 743-4301 at any time, 365 days a year. Faster To Any Sized Disaster, SERVPRO wants to help all of the businesses in our community thrive even when up against situations requiring water removal services.

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Correctly Address Flood Damage In Your Rochester Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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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Reliable Ways of Preventing the Causes of Fire Damage in Dover

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Your chimney, heating equipment and wires need to be regularly inspected to help prevent fires. Should your home have a fire, contact SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Offers BOTH Remediation and Prevention Services

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reveals that fire damage causes the death of around seven people on a daily basis. The same report indicates that most of those fires come from the appliances we use when cooking and warming our homes. That is why as a resident of Dover you need to know how to prevent the various causes of fire and know the right steps to take when you face such an incident.
 
Inspecting your heating equipment can help you prevent fire damage in your Dover property. However, how are you going to do such an inspection when you do not have the right tools and skills for the work? That is where our SERVPRO technicians come in and help. We can inspect and clean your chimney regularly and advise everyone not to let flammable object to be near the heaters. We also discourage those who dry their shoes and clothes using heaters since they may overheat if left exposed for long and increases chances of a causing a fire.
 
Another red flag that our SERVPRO team looks at when securing your home from fire damage is looking at the electrical equipment. We check the presence of overloaded extension cords or outlets, frayed plugs or cables and whether you have electrical wires underneath heavy furniture. We understand that you need to replace some electrical cords after using them for some time and we help you do the replacement.
 
If there was a fire and fire-extinguishing agents are still on your property, we perform cleaning and examine your carpets for delamination. It is our work to remove the unsalvageable contents from the site and dry the area by putting in place air movers and heaters. Our SERVPRO technicians use thermal foggers and ultra-low volume foggers to dispense deodorants that neutralize particles that cause the odors. The deodorants also sterilize the area and hinder mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester works around the clock to address all fire-related disasters and make your property appear like "Like it never even happened." Call us at (603) 743-4301 when you need reliable cleaning and restoration services.

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Professional Water Damage Restoration Services For Somersworth Residents

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

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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Rochester's Experienced Mold Damage Team

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Washing machines are indispensable but can quickly cause damage in your home if leaks go unnoticed. Should you notice or smell mold, contact SEVRPRO.

Certified Technicians Arrive Equipped to Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Sometimes appliances such as your washing machine develop a slow water leak inside your Rochester home. When water drips slowly from a source, sometimes the damage is not noticed right away. Water that sits in an area for an extended period creates an environment conducive to mold growth.

The presence of mold is not always visible. However, if water has stayed in an area for a long time, SERVPRO's mold damage experts in Rochester are available to help. If you think there is even the smallest possibility that mold exists, then it is a good idea to call in the experts.

Any time water sits in one area for a while, mold growth has a chance of occurring. Mold needs an organic food source such as wood, moisture, and the right temperature to grow. Once mold grows inside your home, mitigating the damage is essential to keep the fungi from spreading to other parts of your home. If mold spreads to other areas, then damage to other parts of the home is likely.

It is essential to have an experienced mold restoration crew like SERVPRO to remove the existing mold inside your home because fungi can cause health effects. When a fungus forms, it creates microscopic spores so that it can reproduce. These tiny spores get airborne, then settle to other areas and form more mold. Our expert crews use specialized chemicals and equipment to prevent fungi from spreading.

Some household chemicals such as bleach kill mold but not necessarily the spores a fungus creates. Our IICRC certified team equips with the industry's best anti-microbial chemicals. The crew's chemicals are made to kill both the fungus and the spores it creates.

Our experienced specialists also take other measures to prevent mold spores from spreading to other parts of the house. When mitigation work takes place, a containment chamber with negative air pressure gets set up. The air is then is sucked out of the containment chamber and into an air scrubber with a HEPA filter. This way no spores get out of the area mold is present and cause problems in other rooms inside the home.

Any time you notice standing water sitting somewhere for too long or visible signs of mold, it is smart to call in the experts. To get help with any fungi related issue, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Rapid Response to Rochester Water Damage

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Customers depend on your store to pick up the items that they need before heading to an event. Contact SERVPRO right after an incident.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Business Quickly

For a Rochester business, any disaster can mean twice the loss. There is the damage to the building that needs repair and the inventory that needs cleaning or preserving to sell it. There is also the loss of sales income each day that the doors are closed to customers.
 
SERVPRO knows that Rochester commercial water damage does not have to destroy a business to shut it down. Many businesses operate on close margins and need to be open every day to ensure they can pay the rent, utilities, and their employees when the first of the month rolls around again. We do everything we can to remove water and reopen doors as quickly as possible.
 
In a small business like a convenience store, most of the goods are non-perishable. That is unless a broken sink sprays water across the backroom and shuts down a refrigerator case. Then, we have a very short amount of time to dry it out and return it to service.
 
Usually, we concentrate on drying the floors first, but this is a very unusual situation. The owner can stock the items in another case temporarily, but overstocking eventually lowers the temperature and results in more spoiled products. Even if the store can partially reopen, there is the nuisance factor, since customers who run in for a cold soda do not want to take it home to chill it. In this circumstance, SERVPRO technicians start immediately to dry out the case once we stop the source of the leak and remove any water from the floor with pumps and water extractors.
 
As long the water did not short out the motor, we can restore function within an hour or two by directing an air mover to force warm, dry air under the case and into the motor compartment. Once we finish with the air movers, a technician uses drying cloths to remove the last trace of moisture around the motor. As he or she takes care of this emergency task, the rest of the response team uses more air movers to completely dry the floor and dehumidifiers to lower the interior humidity.
 
Even when reopening to customers may take a day or two, many businesses still need a response of only hours or minutes to preserve their inventory. If you need our help, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester maintains an on-call 24-hour response team to take of whatever the need may be. Call (603) 743-4301 today to learn more.

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Why Fire Damage Restoration Services Are Viral For Rochester Residents

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

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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Resolving Flood Damage To Your Rochester Residence

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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Mold Damage Issues Do Not Disappear During The Winter In Somersworth

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage in Somersworth happens year round.

Mold Damage Issues

Of the many strains of mold that may take up residence in your Somersworth home, many are quite at home during the colder months of winter. Homeowners cannot afford to become less vigilant about mold growth because of a mistaken belief that the fungi need warm weather to grow and damage organic materials. We can help remediate current mold damage and offer solid suggestions on how to eliminate the conditions that foster mold growth.

Mold damage in Somersworth happens year round. In fact, some aspects of your home’s winter environment are very conducive to the acceleration of mold growth and eventual damage. For example, poorly or uninsulated exterior walls cause the warm, moist air inside your home to condense, offering the mold spores always floating or lying on surfaces within our homes moisture as the fuel to begin growth of one or more colonies. We are familiar with scenarios similar to this and have strategies to eliminate the water source.

During the winter months, many individuals run humidifiers because heated air can be drying, very irritating to mucous membranes. If the humidity in your home rises past 60 percent, the air itself can encourage mold growth. Limiting ambient humidity to 40 percent or less allows the relatively moist air to provide comfort yet does not generate enough water vapor to jump-start microbial infestations. SERVPRO technicians measure the moisture levels in both your home’s structures and air to help strike the balance needed.

Because windows and doors are closed in the winter, moist air generated by cooking, laundry, bathing, and showering is retained inside. If your dryer or cooktop are not directly vented outside, a buildup of moisture, and then mold, is possible. Correcting this situation with exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens and local code-approved ducts for dryers and HVAC systems with built-in humidifiers eliminate the moisture that causes molds to generate more spores and create the feathery or leathery evidence of mold. The SERVPRO technicians assigned to your remediation job know what to look for and how to eliminate the moisture.

SERVPRO mold remediators use the EPA protocol to contain and remove mold. We use negative pressure air scrubbers to avoid contaminating unaffected areas of your house with even tiny, moldy particles. The remediation we do is very effective in managing mold outbreaks if the moisture problems are also eliminated. Creating this balance makes for healthy air quality and limits the destruction of the organic materials molds use as nourishment.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester works with you to control mold damage throughout the year. If mold damage is suspected, call us for an evaluation and remediation plant at (603) 743-4301.

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Wood Stove And Fireplace Damage Avoidance Tips For Your Rochester Home

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

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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Why Inventory Matters When It Comes To Water Damage In Dover Restaurants

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

The ERP Can Mitigate Water Damage in Your Dover Restaurant and Keep Your Food Cooking

Restaurant Stock Costs Money, Protect Your Investment with SERVPRO's ERP Plan

Water damage is a risk for most restaurants. Most business owners take great care of their premises, but the best care in the world cannot always prevent a broken dishwasher, damaged roof, or leaking faucet. Water damage happens faster than you think, and for Dover business owners that means having to shut up shop for removal and cleanup.
 
SERVPRO recommends all restaurants in the Dover area take note of their inventory, in preparation for water damage. When a problem arises, it is too late to notice what is on the premises and what to move, save, or otherwise protect from moisture. Draw up a list of everything you have, before disaster strikes.
 
The best place to start is food and beverages. Keep an up to date inventory of all foodstuffs and drinks kept in your business. Take note of items that you need to move when a leak or spill happens. For example, you might relocate all your stores of baking ingredients to a different room if their location gets wet.
 
Know in advance what you have, and where to put it to get it out of harm’s way. Do not stop with perishables, however. Paper such as ledgers and wage slips is susceptible to water damage, and so is electronic equipment such as your computer, cash register, card reader, or telephone. Plan to move any vulnerable items as soon as you spot a leak.
 
One of the easiest ways to take stock of everything in your business is SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan. ERP is an app which is free to download. We recommend installing it on a tablet so you can walk through your business while you follow the on-screen instructions.
 
Taking inventory is helpful in other ways as well. Keeping an up to date list means you can better manage your stocks and buying cycle, which helps keep your business in good financial shape.
 
Do not forget to include your local SERVPRO representative as a contact in your Emergency Ready Profile. That way, you can contact us quickly in the event of water damage so we can act fast and restore your business “Like it never even happened.”
 
For help with water damage mitigation in Dover, Rochester, Somersworth and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 today.

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Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Rochester Home

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

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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Remediating Flood Damage in Rochester

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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Professional Water Removal Services For Hotel, Motel Managers in Dover

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Travelers look for a comfortable, great smelling room as a home away from home while on the road. Contact SERVPRO after a water emergency.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage as Well as Offer Preventative Measures for Your Commercial Property

As a hotel or motel owner in Dover, dealing with water issues can be a pain. However, with the right support, you can easily install a variety of flood and water control features that help keep water away from your building, limiting your damage during major events.

If you are among the multitude of property owners currently experiencing a need for commercial water removal services in Dover, give us a call for help. We are available 24-hours a day, our emergency response teams have access to advanced equipment and many resources that help get your hotel back to normal operations as soon as possible.  

Your local SERVPRO has experience in dealing with a variety of water removal situations. We offer water extraction, restoration, cleaning, and drying services that effectively mitigate water damage on your property. Our technicians can clean your carpeting and other upholstery items, as well as restore any furniture damaged by the event.

SERVPRO technicians go through each affected area thoroughly, with water extractors of all shapes and sizes. We can get into the smallest areas, leaving water with nowhere to hide. We offer full-service solutions while managing the entire restoration from start to finish.

Thinking ahead is always your best bet, and SERVPRO can help you do just that. We can perform many services such as the installation of additional drainage, grading, backflow valves, and submersible pumps. Our technicians also check your buildings gutters and downspouts to ensure they are in working order, all of which help you keep water away.

With an entire Green Fleet stocked and ready to deploy at a moments notice, there is no job too big or too small. We have experience in handling water removals in high-rise multi-floor hotels and smaller single story motels. The state of your business becomes our top priority; we take pride in offering valuable solutions that you can trust during an emergency.

Contact SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester to begin your properties' restoration, today. We help customers just like you throughout the Rochester, Somersworth areas. Call anytime, day or night; we have technicians standing by to assist. (603) 743-4301

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

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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Why Seek Professional Help For Mold Damage In Dover

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Once you recognize that there is an excessive amount of mold present in your home, it is time to call SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate.

Prevent or Combat a Mold Infestation With the Help of Our Certified SERVPRO Technicians

One of the complications, when water saturates your home's structure and belongings, is mold growth and damage. If moisture continues unabated, a Dover building can show signs of mold infestation within 24 to 48 hours. Proper cleanup of the mold must follow the procedures developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a task that is best completed by mold remediation professionals.
 
Mold damage in Dover is both unsightly and hazardous when found in a dwelling. The mold spores activate when they come in contact with a source of moisture, and they then multiply on organic surfaces like wood, drywall, and fabrics. Mold harms the surfaces where it is found, consuming the materials it inhabits which causes them to weaken. Our mold remediators receive advanced instruction in effective methods to remove current mold damage and ways to prevent future infestations.
 
When a mold colony grows, it produces additional mold spores which can cause health effects in individuals sensitive or allergic to these substances. Because of this possibility, it is crucial to deal with the outbreak in such a way that mold particles do not spread throughout your dwelling. SERVPRO invests in up to date equipment that contains the mold problem through negative air pressure and several HEPA filters. These air scrubbers are most effective when used by our certified personnel, who further protect themselves with personal protective equipment during the mold remediation.
 
Once the moldy area is contained with plastic barriers and air scrubbers, we remove the colonies and any surfaces the roots of the mold infiltrate. SERVPRO technicians are familiar with local requirements for disposal of this hazardous waste, and we discard the moldy materials carefully. We proceed to the application of antimicrobial treatments on non-porous surfaces within the moldy area to slow or halt the growth of further mold.
 
Before mold remediation completes, SERVPRO crews seek and eliminate the moisture source that led to the mold damage. Mold spores are always present, but without water they usually are benign. We find the leak or condensation and arrange to have this issue resolved so that excessive moisture disappears. Mold can proliferate just because of high levels of humidity in your home, so we work with you to lower ambient humidity to between 30 and 50 percent.
 
Count on SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester to have the crews and equipment to contain and remove active mold colonies in your home safely and quickly. If you suspect mold has taken hold in your property, call (603) 743-4301 for a speedy consultation and professional remediation plan.

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Be Aware Of The Hidden Signs Of Water Damage In Dover

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

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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Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

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."

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.

9 Positive Effects of Giving to Charity

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

You might be surprised to learn that, ultimately, it might be you who reaps some of the best rewards of your donation. Here are nine positive effects of giving to charity.

1. Experience More Pleasure
In research conducted by the National Institutes of Health2, participants who chose to donate a portion of $100 they were provided enjoyed activated pleasure centers in the brain. Although this experiment was controlled and scientific, it did show that donating money simply makes you feel better, which is something we can all benefit from.

2. Help Others in Need
We don't live in a perfect world, and there's never going to be a perfect time to give—but there are always people out there in need of help.

3. Get a Tax Deduction
If you give to an IRS-approved charity, you can write off donations on your tax return. Donating your cash is a great way to reduce the amount of money you send off to Uncle Sam, and for a good cause, to boot.

4. Bring More Meaning to Your Life
When you donate money to charity, you create opportunities to meet new people who believe in the same causes that inspire you. That, and making a real impact on those causes, can infuse your everyday life with more meaning. 

5. Promote Generosity in Your Children
When your kids see you donating money, they're much more likely to adopt a giving mindset as they grow up. 

6. Motivate Friends and Family
When you let your friends and family know of your charitable donations, they may find themselves more motivated to undertake their own efforts to give.

7. Realize that Every Little Bit Helps
You don't need $10,000 to make a difference in someone's life. In developing countries, even just a few US dollars could result in a week's worth of meals for a starving child, much-needed medical attention, and even improved schooling. 

8. Improve Personal Money Management
If you set a scheduled $100 donation each month for a particular charity, that can motivate you to be more attentive to your own finances in an effort to ensure you don't default or fall behind in your monthly donations. Anything that gets you to pay closer attention to your bank account is a good thing—especially when it helps those in need.

9. Give, If You Can't Volunteer
This might not necessarily be a positive effect of charitable giving, but if you're too busy to volunteer or otherwise donate your time, giving money is the perfect workaround. Never think that you can't improve someone's life or the world itself if your personal or professional schedule won't allow the time. Writing out a check is a simple way to show you're willing to help others in any way you can.

Do you know of any other positive effects of donating money to charity?

Movember

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

"Growing facial hair is fun. Helping out my fellow man by growing a flawless moustache is as good as it gets." -Tyson Bostrom

Since the beginning of the month, we have been contemplating the spirit of Movember whose origins are to raise awareness for men’s health issues. If you are interested, you can donate directly on the Movember.com website.

To a lesser and more entertaining extent, we thought this would be an excellent chance to show you the efforts of our fantastic Project Manager, Tyson. He believes strongly that cancer awareness and research is important for all cancers, and is quite excited to embarrass himself this month in the hopes of raising a few dollars. This is Tyson’s fourth year in a row participating in Movember.

If you would like to make a donation via Tyson’s page, visit https://us.movember.com/donate/payment/member_id/8610093/.

We would like to thank all who have already donated -- every penny makes a difference!     

Thank you!

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

It’s Thanksgiving week, and you’re probably looking forward to spend the weekend feasting with family and friends!

But before we get to the weekend, we want to spend some time saying ‘thank you’ to all those who’ve helped make our business what it is. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be so happy and successful doing what we love!

On that note, we’d like to give out a huge thank you to all of our customers for using our services, giving us feedback – both positive and negative, helping us build a better company and staying with us while we do.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hurricane Matthew

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

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.

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