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

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

SERVPRO’s Four Methods for Eliminating Water-Borne Odors

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

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

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

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

For those fabrics and other surfaces, we have Wet 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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Our Team Will Restore Your Rochester Home When You Have Plumbing Failures

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Team Will Restore Your Rochester Home When You Have Plumbing Failures 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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Is Heavy Snow Causing Your Roof to Leak into Your Rochester Home?

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Is Heavy Snow Causing Your Roof to Leak into Your Rochester Home? 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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Professionals Explain How to Remove Mold From Your Rochester Home

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Professionals Explain How to Remove Mold From Your Rochester Home 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)

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