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Take Heed of Warning Signs in Somersworth to Prevent Fire Damage

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Take Heed of Warning Signs in Somersworth to Prevent Fire Damage 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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Professional Remediation of Fire Damage in Rochester Eases the Insurance Claim Process

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Remediation of Fire Damage in Rochester Eases the Insurance Claim Process 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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The Essentials Avoiding Further Damage After A Fire Damage Experience In Dover

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Essentials Avoiding Further Damage After A Fire Damage Experience In Dover 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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Fire Damage To The Contents Of Your Home In Rochester

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage To The Contents Of Your Home In Rochester 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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Reliable Ways of Preventing the Causes of Fire Damage in Dover

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reliable Ways of Preventing the Causes of Fire Damage in Dover 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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Why Fire Damage Restoration Services Are Viral For Rochester Residents

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wood Stove And Fireplace Damage Avoidance Tips For Your Rochester Home

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage Cleanup Goes A Long Way In Your Rochester Home


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

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

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

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

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

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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources


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

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Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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