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Professional Tips for Cleaning Water Damaged Homes in Concord

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Living room and furniture under water Water damage in your home? SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning and Deodorization After Concord Water Loss 

Many necessary steps make up the final cleaning and recovery of Concord homes after a substantial water loss incident. As much as our experienced team worked to dry and restore these affected areas and materials, lingering residues and odors can make returning your home to its original condition a challenge. Our professionals have premier products and equipment to manage these needs, and we follow specific steps following drying to make water losses “Like it never even happened.”  

Cleaning and deodorization are correlating tasks for the restoration of water damage in Concord homes. We have extensively trained cleaning professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for water restoration and structural drying. These endorsements include an understanding of the values of proper cleanup and odor removal following these loss incidents to bring a property back to preloss condition.  

The cleaning of a house following the extraction and drying of water damage is vital for removing residues from surfaces. While many materials like drywall can become oversaturated and require removal, hardwood and tile flooring are more resilient when our SERVPRO team arrives quickly. In most cases, a residue film is all that gets left after even standing water threatens these materials. Waiting to secure professional restoration can often result in more widespread demolition to correct the damages, which in turn requires more post-construction cleaning.  

Many do not always think of the odor that pooling water can leave behind. The decay of affected materials and contents can often be enough to make comfortable living a challenge – even when the water damage itself did not require relocation. We have cutting-edge deodorization tools like thermal foggers and scented odor products that can neutralize odor compounds threatening your home and introduce a pleasant scent in its place.  

Cleaning up after a water loss incident can help to reduce present odors, and that is what makes these final steps of restoration so vital to the result. Our SERVPRO of Concord team has strategies to meet the demands of your damaged home through both mitigation and the final steps of restoration. Give our experienced water restorers a call today at (603) 225-2825.  

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Our Team Is Available 24/7 In Concord To Handle Water Removal

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment set out in the floor of this room after water damage struck We salvaged the walls, eliminating expensive repairs as we "tented" the hardwood floors to quickly restore this home.

Avoiding Problems That Can Occur After Water Removal in Concord Homes

Did you know the national average for water damage in homes shows that a water loss event is likely to occur at least once every eleven years? Commonly seen sources are from plumbing problems, appliance malfunctions, or structural issues such as hydrostatic pressure causing water in the basement.

Many issues can occur post-water removal in Concord homes, and SERVPRO technicians monitor the moisture levels in the room and look for signs of mold growth to halt infestations before they start. Inadequate drying has the potential to result in foul odors and weakening of building materials.

Why SERVPRO?

Each technician undergoes rigorous training in the restoration sciences, including hands-on situational experiences, so they learn the best practices for handling different types of loss. As advances happen in the restoration industry, the technicians engage in ongoing education to stay on top of the latest developments in both equipment and methods.

Water Removal Methods

When technicians extract water from a home, they have different equipment depending on the type of surfaces they are working on. Squeegees work great on tile and wood floors, while rovers and weighted extractor wands perform well for pushing the maximum amount of water out of carpet and padding.

Avoid Mold During Water Cleanup

It does not take much for mold spores to germinate, and SERVPRO technicians work proactively to inhibit any type of mold growth during and after water loss mitigation through the use of antimicrobial cleaning agents as well as sealants to avoid infestations.

Avoid Musty Water Odors

The lingering reminder of the water damage in the home may point to moisture remaining. To avoid this happening, SERVPRO technicians use different kinds of moisture detection equipment (dependent on the surface they are scoping) to confirm after drying, there is no residual moisture present. After drying, the surface wipe-down with their cleaning agents such as SERVPRO's own Orange cleaner leaves nothing but a fresh scent while it kills odor-causing bacteria.

SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 has the training and equipment for fast, efficient water removal. The emergency response team is available 24/7 to make the loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Using Science Means Effective Storm Water Removal and Drying in Concord

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

flooded country road with "Road Closed" signs SERVPRO Can Help Homeowners in Concord when They Are Confronted with these Signs by Their Properties--Road Closed Flooding!

For Concord Properties, Positive Pressure System vs. Flood Cuts for Concord Cavity Drying

Flooding can be a hazardous and overwhelming situation for your Concord home. With how quickly damaging effects can spread throughout the lower levels of your property, including the basement and first floor, structural cavities can often be a transition point for migrating floodwater. There are several tools that we can use to address these threats in your household, and choosing among them gets based on multiple factors.

Overcoming flood damage in Concord homes often hinges on the inventory of advanced tools and equipment available to our SERVPRO team. With the speed of migration when the flow of floodwater is ongoing, a need for immediate action is vital. To stop this penetration of water through structural breaches like roof holes or broken windows, our division of licensed contractors can help with board up and roof tarping services. These same professionals can also help with drywall removal when necessary.
 
The removal of portions of drywall that has become affected by standing water is known as flood cutting. This process not only eliminates saturated areas of sheetrock installed in your house, but it can open up a direct pathway to the structural cavities that can hold water and lead to microbial threats, deterioration, and other hazards. Flood cutting allows for the direct application of air movers, specifically our low-profile centrifugal models, in instances where flood cuts might only be around a foot from the flooring.
 
In situations where we can address standing water quickly enough, and drywall or other wall materials do not need demolition and reinstallation, we can implement another strategy with our positive pressure systems. An example of this is our Injecti-Dry System, which gets used by drilling holes through the drywall behind removed baseboards and trim. Hoses for blowing heated air get inserted into the holes, effectively evaporating saturation and dampness for collection by refrigerant dehumidifiers working alongside our air movers.
 
The choice between these methods depends on the circumstances present after flooding and the condition of installed construction materials. No matter how severe these loss incidents can be, our SERVPRO of Concord team can make them “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (603) 225-2825.

Proven Tips to Flood Damage Remediation Success in Concord

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

flooded room with brown leather couch and tall lamp Regardless of the type of furniture in the room which is facing flood damage, calling SERVPRO will help to mitigate the situation. Call today!

How Flood Damage Affects Furnishings In Your Concord Area Home

Water can cause several problems for both upholstered and wood furniture items found in your home. Many of which require professional attention to overcome correctly. After a flood, it helps to get your furniture off of the carpet as soon as possible, whether that means blocking the furniture with wood or moving it out of your home entirely. 

Facing flood damage on your Concord area property does not need to be a difficult or stressful task. A technician can perform your restoration and help qualify restoration versus replacement costs for each affected item. Remember, it is our goal to take the proper steps to limit your losses and prevent any secondary damages that may occur. Avoid settling for anything less.

When dealing with upholstered furniture, SERVPRO technicians understand how to address the adverse effects often associated with flooding. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round, and provide professional cleanup and restoration services you can count on to return furnishings to a quality pre-flood condition. 

Water affects on upholstered furniture often include:

  • Swelling and cracking of furniture framing. 
  • A weakening of the frame, due to glue break-down, often leading to additional damage.
  • Fabrics listed as dry-clean only may spot, causing discoloration.
  • Dust covers often bleed when wet and sag, staining carpets, rugs, and flooring.
  • Metal backing on buttons can rust and stain.
  • Wooden, metal, or plastic legs can stain carpeting or rugs. 
  • Mildew growth may occur if not handled correctly.

SERVPRO teams use a variety of water removal equipment and rapid drying methods to reduce swelling and prevent cracking. Our quick response times make it possible to prevent glue break-down, stains, and rust. We even have specific spot removal procedures in place for preventing discoloration and use furniture blocking or move-out procedures to help limit any losses you might experience. 

SERVPRO technicians pay close attention to wood furniture, as well. We use specialized wood care products to help prevent spots, swelling, cracking, or weakening of joints. However, replacement is generally less expensive than restoration on items made of particleboard or laminates.

Give SERVPRO of Concord a call for access to flood damage restorers with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification in your area - today. (603) 225-2825

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Our Experts Can Help With Smoke Damage From Your Concord Chimney

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

fire isolated over background We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Smoke Damage from the Chimney In Your Concord Home

Many older buildings in our service area still have working chimneys and fireplaces. Tar and creosote may have built up on the inside of the chimney after years of use. Occasionally the tar and creosote catch on fire, causing a chimney fire, which can have devastating consequences if not dealt with quickly. The fire department has lots of experience putting these fires out, however in the process sometimes cause damage to the home.

SERVPRO has been in business in Concord, providing fire damage restoration for over two decades. We have dealt with almost every situation that can be imagined. Our team's experience and training provide our customers with rapid recovery and restoration while mitigating the overall damage.

Damage from Chimney Fires
At the very least, firefighters have tramped through your home with their gear tracking in dirt and water. However, there has been a fire in your chimney, which usually means smoke damage throughout the house. Hopefully, they were able to douse the fire before the fire spread from the chimney into your home or sparks ignited your roof and caused even more damage. There may also be fire retardant chemicals around your fireplace and on your roof.

Restoration vs. Replace
The objective at SERVPRO is always to restore your home vs. replace furniture, personal items, and flooring. This approach reduces the total losses of the fire claim with your insurance company. Quick action by our team with air movers can remove the majority of smoke residue from the home before it has a chance to settle and adhere to soft and hard surfaces.

The restoration team identifies the type of surface and the type of smoke residue in your home. Factors such as temperature, agitation levels, chemicals involved, and time form part of the decision regarding how to clean each item and remove smoke residue.

Fast action can significantly reduce the damage from smoke residue in your home. We aim to return your home to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Bow, Penacook, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Crew Will Spot and Prevent Water Damage in Your Concord Home

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in a home caused by a leak Call us today at SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825, and we can take a look for you!

Spotting and Preventing Water Damage in Concord

Fall is often known for the rainy season in New England, so this means that you may be worried about dealing with the fallout of water damage in your Concord home. If there is more rain in the forecast, all homeowners should know what they are up against to protect their property.

Excessive rain can have a massive impact on both homes and businesses. The great news is that you can look to the help of trained professionals at SERVPRO for preventing and treating water damage in Concord. These are a few examples of how water can turn into a significant issue:

Freezing

When the water cools, it expands instead of shrinking to create a variety of problems if you have even the smallest leak that is festering. Cold weather sets in, and the leaking water can freeze and cause damage. Water expanding as it freezes in an area can allow more water to come in or materials to crack. Susceptible areas include wood framing, your roof, the home’s foundation, and more.

Solution: SERVPRO can come to your home to inspect for potential water damage around your crawlspace, basement, and attic to determine if anything is out of the ordinary. If there is damage to your insulation, flooring, ceiling, and other areas, we can find it!

Soil Saturation

Any soil that becomes oversaturated for an extended period can damage the trees around your home. The roots of trees have a difficult time holding steady in overly saturated soil. If there is high wind mixed with excessive rainstorms, they could topple onto your vehicle or structures on your property.

Solution: Walk around your property regularly to inspect the ground. If necessary, SERVPRO recommends consulting tree care professionals for trimming or removal of any trees that seem precarious.

Excessive water intrusion and water damage due to heavy rains do not have to be a big issue. Call us today at SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825, and we can take a look for you!

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Steps to Take During Commercial Water Removal in a Concord College

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

A room with a bunch of sinks, yellow ceiling and checked floors. We know more than just the basics when it comes to your Concord water damage.

SERVPRO will take on your Concord water damage no matter how deep the water gets.

Several disasters can occur in a college, including water damage. Since many buildings exist in an institution of higher learning, the dangers of water damage vary. For example, a water intrusion problem in the administrative block can differ from one that occurs in a gymnasium or lecture hall. Students and staff members can face various risks during a water loss.

Water can ruin the structures and contents of the affected buildings, and slips and falls can happen because of wet and slippery floors. Performing commercial water removal in a Concord college can prevent the risk of electric shock and health risks from contamination in the water. It can also prevent secondary damage such as rotting, oxidation, and mold growth. To clean up and dry the affected areas quickly and adequately, you can work with a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

In the unfortunate event of water damage at a college, notifying the facility manager is vital. The operations manager can take the following steps while waiting for professionals to arrive:

  • Determine the source of the flooded water. It could be from sink overflows, broken pipes, or other issues.
  • Stop the source of the water leak.
  • Determine if there are any other risks at the facility like electrical hazards, slip hazards, and other injury risks.
  • Communicate to students and staff at the college about the disaster.

When we arrive, we can handle the job efficiently since we have advanced equipment and experience. We can inspect the affected buildings thoroughly to document the water category. Our restorers can document primary damage, pre existing damage, and potential secondary damage. Preexisting destruction can include rotting flooring and peeling paintwork.

We can also determine which materials are salvageable and the level of personal protective measures to take. We use moisture detection devices to find the location of saturation. We can inspect everywhere the water could have moved through the buildings. Our SERVPRO crew can complete the cleanup and drying process quickly to prevent secondary damage. We can also apply disinfectants like formaldehydes, phenols, quaternaries, chlorines, and alcohols to affected areas such as floors and walls to kill microbes.

After a water loss incident, you need prompt, professional aid. SERVPRO of Concord can help restore your college to preloss state. Call us at (603) 225-2825. We can deal with the water loss to make it “Like never even happened.”

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Types of Cleaning Products Used in Cleanup for Concord Homes

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Soapy bubbles on blue surface. SERVPRO will have your home properly clean from water damage in Concord.

We know how serious water can contaminate your Concord home.

We never settle for a singular approach to any effect that our professionals must overcome after a disaster strikes your Concord residence. With cleaning being a vital element of every restoration project, we understand the value and worth of pursuing the best possible cleaning agents and products to make this task efficient and safe. After water damage, surfaces can become marred, and residues can get left behind.

We do not expect our customers to know our cleaning products and the wide range of antibacterial agents that we employ when performing water cleanup in Concord homes. Part of the training and ongoing education that we encourage for our technicians involves recognizing the threats present in damaged property and the best products to use to address them. We classify our cleaning agents into specific categories, and some of the most popular options include:

Botanicals 

We understand the need and want for businesses and homeowners to have a greener approach. Even with the cleaning of the property, our SERVPRO professionals can take an active stance on the effect to the environment by the use of specific botanical-based cleaning agents, disinfectants, and antimicrobial sprays.

Chlorines

Chlorine-based cleaning agents are powerful options that can be highly effective for the removal and elimination of bacteria, viruses, and germs. These products can even help to reduce the presence of fungi, which can be an effective antimicrobial effort after a widespread water loss incident. As potent as these options might be, they do not come without some risk of use, namely the potential to strip dyes and finishes from certain surfaces and materials. Additionally, without the appropriate ventilation, this cleaning product can be a health hazard.

Quaternary Ammonium 

These options are the ones most readily selected for disinfection purposes by our SERVPRO professionals, as they have a wide range of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and contaminants that they can eliminate. This substance mixes easily with certain detergents, which can allow them to be more versatile with their application in a home after a loss incident.

Cleaning up your home from the residues and debris that water losses can leave behind involves our qualified team and the advanced products available to them. No matter when disaster strikes, you can count on our SERVPRO of Concord team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (603) 225-2825.

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Concord Basement Flooding Woes? Let's End It with a Call to SERVPRO

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Overhead view of a sump pit and the pump in a basement Sump Pump-Regrading-Flooding in a Concord Basement Gets Help from SERVPRO

Lasting Solutions for Regularly Flooding Concord Basements

Water penetration in subterranean levels of your Concord home is an unfortunate circumstance that many homeowners have to battle year after year. From natural flooding situations through the penetration of water and moisture through the groundwater with hydrostatic pressure, our professionals help to manage these loss emergencies quickly to get spreading symptoms under control. In many cases, just drying up the damage is insufficient to what the property needs to prevent recurring flooding in the years to come.

Flood damage in Concord home must often get addressed and overcome before these permanent solutions can get implemented and successfully installed. Our SERVPRO professionals can meet with you to determine the best approach both to clear up this damage through both extraction and rapid drying machines. Additionally, our moisture detection devices can identify saturation pockets and vulnerable areas of your home’s construction to indicate the best solutions for better protecting your basement.
 
French Drains
One of the time-honored solutions to reduce the pressure of water and moisture against the blockwork of your residence is through the installation of a French drain system. This perforated pipe can help to grab moisture in the ground-runoff from your house and direct it away from your home’s foundation.
 
Trenching and Re-Grading Concrete Flooring
Much like the installation of additional drainage around the exterior of your home, redirecting water flow and preventing situations like leeching from concrete floors is another positive step our SERVPRO team can help homeowners make. We can regrade the slope of flooring or force standing water to a drying or diversion tool.  
 
Installation of Permanent Drying or Diversion Equipment
Dehumidifiers are a common choice for permanent fixtures that must get installed and used in the damp basement of homes. In some circumstances, the only practical option remaining is a dehumidification unit like our desiccant or low grain refrigerant option set to residential specifications.  
 
Sump Pumps that are permanently installed in the basement can channel any water intrusion from the gathering sump to the exterior of the structure. Ask us about the many options available to prevent future groundwater flooding into our basement.

Flooding can be a bothersome situation, especially when you are trying to accomplish part of the work yourself. No matter how severe the situation, or how widespread, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Let our SERVPRO of Concord team help however you need by calling (603) 225-2825.

We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Bow Home After A Fire

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Living room bar cabinets covered in soot and smoke damage The photo shows the master bedroom suite which did not suffer any actual fire damage but soot and smoke damage affected this room of the house.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration For Bow Homes

With the Merrimack River as its Eastern border, Bow residents usually think floods when talking about local disasters. Despite the proximity, more homeowners find fires to be a more damaging and costly problem.

Fortunately, most fire damage in Bow and in general does not result in the complete loss of the home. SERVPRO restoration teams often find themselves spending more time and effort to clean a residence of smoke and soot, rather than pulling down walls or constructing a new roof. Damage comes in the form of residues left by the smoke and soot. To remove them, team members use a variety of methods, tools, and agents.

Surface Cleaning techniques include spray and wipe and foam cleaning. Spray and wipe is the first action technicians use on most surfaces. They can use water or a cleaning agent to break down residues for fire damage removal. SERVPRO technicians use foam cleaning for the same results on items where the color might run like furniture fabrics and curtains or drapes since it uses far less water.

Absorption is an excellent method to clean items too fragile for water or solvent-based cleaners. Here, our technicians apply a layer of powder that absorbs the residues and then vacuum up everything without damaging the surface. The cleaning powder is also very useful on difficult, porous surfaces like brick, concrete, and marble.

When there is no concern about colors running or fragility, and the item is covered heavily in residues, technicians immerse the item in a tank of cleaning and then use Ultrasonic Cleaning to break them down for removal. A device generates sound waves to agitate bubbles and force them through fabrics and across surfaces. It is an extreme method of cleaning, and we use it only when other methods cannot get the job done.

These are only several of the methods available to SERVPRO of Concord restoration teams. To return homes to their original, pre-fire condition, we use every possible method and cleaning agent at our disposal. If you have had a recent fire here or in other areas like Penacook, start the restoration process by calling us at (603) 225-2825 today. We are here for you.

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