Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Damage Calls for Prompt, Reliable Service in Concord

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

flames on a black background SERVPRO can use hand tools and advanced equipment to restore your fire damaged home in Concord.

Concord Homeowners Deserve SERVPRO’s Proven Fire Damage Methods

It goes without saying that fire, even a smaller blaze in one room of your Concord property, can completely disrupt your life. This is why it is elemental to have a team in your corner focused on results and excellent service. SERVPRO understands all our customers' emotions with fire and water-related incidents, so we have perfected our practices, have the best equipment, and work fast. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Fire damage to your Concord home does not have to mean all is lost. SERVPRO works to help you regain control of your life and property so that you can get back to your routine. Our main goal is to restore all damaged areas and contents to their pre-fire condition. We do so with careful assessment, tailored planning, and a workforce of IICRC-certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT).

Your Belongings Deserve Attention and Meticulous Cleaning

After a fire, charring, soot, and smoke impact not only your structural and building materials but also your belongings. Our crew understands that your keepsakes, clothing, furnishings, and other items are what make your property a home. Because of this, we have proven methods for cleaning and restoration to restore versus replace whenever possible. This includes pretesting items to determine what can get salvaged and what is unsalvageable.

Some of the methods utilized during a fire restoration project may include:

  • Dry methods – This cleaning is often used for pre-cleaning or light soot residues.
  • Wet methods – This cleaning effectively tackles moderate or heavy soot residues and soiling.
  • Spray and wipe – This is good for any items that cannot hold up to wet methods.
  • Foam cleaning – This helps address furnishings with upholstered fabrics that could bleed or shrink with wet methods.
  • Abrasion cleaning – This works with the help of agitation to remove soilings from surfaces.
  • Immersion cleaning – This involves dipping contents into an immersion bath of a cleaning solution.

Odor Removal Counts in all Fire-Related Restoration Calls

Pungent odors are commonplace with fire-related emergencies, which means you need Odor Control Technicians (OCT) to handle all odorous particulates – making it "Like it never even happened." All walls, ceilings, woodwork, floors, and carpets require thorough cleaning. We never mask lingering odors using fragrance. Instead, we locate all odor-causing sources to eliminate them. To determine the proper one for your property, you can count on us to discuss all deodorizing options. Some deodorizing equipment and products include:

  • Odor-Counteractant Beads or Granules help to lessen the overall severity of lingering smells.
  • Air Scrubber portable units with HEPA filtration to remove chemicals, gasses, particles from the air.
  • Thermal Foggers put out a dense, large volume fog of solvent-based product that bonds to odorous particles to neutralize them.
  • Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) Foggers produce a fine mist by atomizing liquid deodorizer that penetrates areas where odor-causing particles settle.

Keep Your Project Organized with Our Move-out/Pack-out Service

Moving furnishings and other belongings out of the work areas might be necessary during the fire restoration process. Items get inventoried, carefully packed up, and transferred off-site for safe storage or additional cleanup. Pack-outs help to:

  • Streamline your cleaning and remodeling
  • Protect items from damage during the restoration

Once your restoration wraps up, all items stored off-site get moved back in.

SERVPRO of Concord realizes that any fire damage can lead to stress and heartbreak for a homeowner. We do everything possible to make the cleanup and reconstruction on your property seamless so you can get back to life as usual. Call us for emergency service by dialing (603) 225-2825, and we can mobilize our Green Fleet to your door within hours.

What Makes It Difficult to Clean-up After Fire Damage to Your Bow Home?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Roof Fire SERVPRO technicians fully understand the different factors that affect your home during a fire and how to properly clean them.

Factors Affecting the Fire Damage Cleaning Process

Not all fire damages are alike; while some are easier to restore, some can be quite a challenge. The cleanability of your property after fire damage depends on many factors, including the type of fire and the material involved.

Knowing these factors can make it easier for you to prepare for the extent and the time required for a complete fire damage restoration of your Bow home. Here is a closer look at some of these factors in detail.

The Type of the Surface Involved in the Fire

The type of surface involved has a significant impact on the cleanability of your home by SERVPRO professionals. While non-porous surfaces such as glossy enamel paint and vinyl wallcoverings are easier to clean, porous materials such as flat latex paint and paper wall coverings are more difficult to clean. The smoke and soot particles can penetrate the pores and cause damage that is notoriously difficult to clean. Similarly, if synthetic fibers and plastic material is involved, the thick and greasy smoke can cause significant damage compared to natural material such as wood.

Age of the Surface Involved in the Fire

Older surfaces are harder to clean compared to newer surfaces. As old surfaces such as paints, carpets, or wall coverings age, they develop pores that are a challenge to clean compared to more unique surfaces that do not have such pores.

Amount of Moisture

Moisture can also affect the ability of the smoke and soot residue to set and cause staining. Accordingly, if sprinklers were activated or surfaces were saturated with water due to firefighting efforts, the damage is more difficult to clean.

Temperature Changes

In some instances, if the smoke residue contains hot oils that are quickly cooled, they can form a film on the surface that can be difficult to clean.

Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience dealing with various kinds of damage. We use some state-of-the-art equipment to get the damage under control in no time.

Call SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 today to schedule an appointment and speak to one of our expert technicians regarding your restoration needs.

When Fire Damages Affect Your Bow Residence

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Roof Fire When the Fire Trucks Have Left, Call SERVPRO for Bow Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Has the Answers for Fire and Smoke Cleanup and Restoration

Of all of the disasters and unfortunate events that could occur on your Bow residence, fires are among the worst. No matter the severity of these incidents, there are always lingering effects that a homeowner must contend with to be able to move on with their life. While some of these effects might be on the lower end of the threatening spectrum, nearly all of them still require professional restoration services to remedy.

While you might not ever want to think about fire damages to your Bow home, this unfortunate event is something that several homeowners have to face at some point. With our efforts to respond rapidly to every call, our SERVPRO professionals are a wise choice for restoring the damage to your home. Our unique training in modern techniques and the latest equipment for fire damage repair and restoration makes us individually qualified to handle anything you might face after a blaze in your house.

From the moment that our professionals arrive at your home, we get to work on assessing the damage. There may be damages in your home that require boarding up or tarping over to protect them from further external damages; we prioritize this process. When the damage is too severe or widespread, a residential contractor must complete this repair before our restoration process can begin or continue. This inspection also looks for signs of water damage present in your home, a common side effect of the extinguishment effort.

Deodorization is a significant component to restoring a home after a recent fire because the noxious odor of smoke and charring can linger for a long time. Remedying this effect utilizes thermal foggers with a chemical compound that neutralizes this harsh scent on a molecular level, effectively removing it. Soot cleaning is another critical piece of the restoration process, as it affects surfaces and contents of your home that have been aesthetically marred by the recent fire. We set out to do this with sponges and high-powered vacuums to pull soot out of fabrics, textiles, and porous surfaces.

Finding a way to recover from a recent fire might not always be an easy thing to do. Still, with the proper professional assistance, it does not have to remain overwhelming for long. You can trust the experience and dedication of SERVPRO of Concord restoration specialists to help you overcome the damage and begin the process of moving on. Give us a call anytime you need us at (603) 225-2825.

What Should I Do if a Fire Burns My Concord Ceiling and Attic?

2/27/2022 (Permalink)

a house on fire with smoke and fire billowing from its windows After a home fire, there are charred remains and odors that need to be dealt with. Contact SERVPRO right away for fire damage remediation services.

For Fire Damage Mitigation Inside Your Attic in Concord, Call SERVPRO

Once flames light up inside your Concord home, the heat will rise, and the blaze will start torching your building materials that are above the initial source. Commonly, an inferno can engulf the components that make up your ceiling, attic, and roof.

How Can You Tell What Materials Will Have to be Removed and What Can be Saved?

During every fire damage project in Concord, whether or not your structural components will have to be removed and replaced depends on how severely the item got burnt and how deep the charring went. Our SERVPRO technicians can conduct a thorough inspection of your building and determine which items we think we can save through sanding or sandblasting, refinishing, cleaning, and sealing. When the flames have consumed sections of your ceiling and made their way into your attic, we inspect the following building materials for issues:

  •   Acoustic Ceiling Tiles and Drywall- In most cases, if your ceiling tiles or drywall got anything more than just surface charring, the materials must be removed. In this case, we can remove just the burnt pieces of your ceiling and dispose of them in sealed plastic bags. If other parts of your sealing are coated in soot residues, then we can clean them with dry sponges or wet cleaning techniques.
  •   Insulation- If the insulation inside your attic got burned during the fire, in most cases, it must get removed. If your insulation is just smoke-damaged, it can be deodorized, but it is usually more cost-effective to remove and replace it.
  •   Trusses- When determining whether we can save your affected roof trusses or not, we follow the general quarter inch rule. If the charring is less than a quarter-inch deep, then we can sand down or sandblast the charring off. As a final step, we can then apply a specialized sealant paint to your entire attic to seal any foul odors.

If you ever notice that your attic got burned or smoke damaged after a fire, call SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 24/7.

Is There Hope of Removing Woodwork Charring After Concord Fire Damage?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

fire damage wall in kitchen SERVPRO can use hand tools and advanced equipment to restore this fire damaged wall in a Concord house--minimizing demolition

SERVPRO Restores Unique Structures Suffering from Smoke and Fire Damage in Concord

Fire damage afflicting Concord residences can pose painful choices. Although your family is safe, the architectural detailing that defined the homey feeling in your dwelling is at risk of loss due to the flames and heat. Can interventions short of tear-out and rebuilding of irreplaceable structures work to restore historically important structural components and fixtures?

What Strategies Does SERVPRO Offer for Significant Charring

Professional surface cleaning efforts rapidly deliver success when the Concord fire damage consists primarily of smoke and soot residues. Some responders immediately recommend the “easy” route of demolition and reconstruction if your home also suffered significant burning into building materials. SERVPRO instead always takes a restorative approach to disasters, so our assessors consider a more comprehensive range of options, including:

  • Moderate to aggressive mechanical scraping and sanding of affected wood structures to remove the charring
  • Use of abrasive tools and products to remove surface burn effects and residues
  • Selective and controlled demolition in circumstances where portions of original structural components or fixtures cannot be restored safely, retaining as much of the original materials as possible

How Does a Robust Restoration Mindset Deal with Lingering After Effects of Heavy Charring?

Suppose SERVPRO succeeds in restoring the structural integrity of your home’s interior. Will your relief be short-lived because of persistent malodors and obvious visual evidence of the aggressive charring removal? Our commitment to making it “Like it never even happened,” is not just a slogan; it is our mission. Expect:

  • Relentless attempts to eradicate smells, including:
  • Finding and removing all odiferous debris
  • Deep cleaning
  • Chemical changes to neutralize the odor-bearing particles through thermal or. ULV (Cold) Foggers or hydroxyl generators
  • Sealing of surfaces in selected situations to prevent vaporization of absorbed smells
  • Arrangement of professional refinishing for surfaces abraded through restoration efforts

Never count out the committed fire restoration team from SERVPRO of Concord. We employ many strategies to restore historic homes -- call us at (603) 225-2825 to explore your options

Removing Smoke and Fire Damage Around Your Bow Home's Fireplace

12/25/2021 (Permalink)

kids by the fireplace. Keep your most precious gifts safe from soot and smoke from a fire place. SERVPRO fire clean technicians have the training and know how for every job.

Preventing Fire Damage Caused by Your Fireplace

It is time again for chimney sweeps and fall weather. Homeowners in the Bow area who want to use their fireplaces this winter should prepare now. Chimney sweeps clean the interior of the chimney and points out problems that need attention from roofing specialists, as well as interior defects when they exist.

Bow area homes should have their fireplaces cleaned professionally to eliminate smoke residues and the risk of fire damage. Local chimney sweeps do not perform restoration of the exterior fireplace and mantel area. However, we can perform these and other services to help ensure that your fireplace functions perfectly when you use it and looks beautiful when it is idle.

Cleaning away smoke and soot from your fireplace's interior can expose any defects, which the chimney sweep likely already discussed with you. The mantel can brighten up your room after cleaning, of course, but the reduction in soot and creosote also reduces the number of carcinogens in your home. Even if this substance seems hard to the touch, continual use of your fireplace can heat these areas up and release toxins into the air.

How Far Can Fire Damage Travel in Your Bow Home?

You might be surprised to find out how far the soot from your fireplace can travel in the room. Even though it is not a typical fire that causes damage in a home, fires burning in the fireplace produce soot, smoke, and ashes. Most of this remains either inside the fireplace or leaves via the chimney, but microscopic amounts steadily escape into your living area each time you use your fireplace. Over time, these build up on your walls, woodwork, windows, and every other surface in the area.

At SERVPRO, we want to help homeowners ensure their homes are truly clean and safe for every family member. A fireplace is a source of inexpensive heat that helps regulate utility costs to many families during the harsh and cold New England winters. We can help you do this safely and with fewer risks to your family and home.

The professional team members at SERVPRO of Concord want to help you remain warm this winter while staying safe. Please call us at (603) 225-2825 to find out how we can assist you in doing that this winter. We always answer our phones, so you never need to wait for a response from us.

My Concord House Smells Like Smoke, What Can I Do?

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

fire and smoke damaged home Smoke and fire damage restoration services for your home need to be handled by SERVPRO. Our techs are ready at a moment's notice.

SERVPRO of Concord Can Help You Remove the Smell of Fire Damage!

One of the worst feelings a Concord homeowner can face is the aftermath of fire damage. You may feel hopeless and like you have lost so much, but never give up. There is help nearby, and the damage may not be as bad as it seems.

Imagine a scenario where, after extensive fire damage restoration, your Concord home finally looks like it did before everything happened. However, what can you do if it still smells like smoke, even weeks later? Sometimes restorations are not as thorough as they should be but don't worry. We're here for you at SERVPRO.

Why Does My House Still Smell Like Fire?

The malodor of burning plastics, wood, and other materials can linger in the air for weeks after a fire, and it could happen because:

  • The malodor was not dealt with on a particle level, using advanced equipment
  • Putrid smells linger behind on the walls, and sealant paint is needed
  • Bits of greasy soot may have been missed, trapping the odor

Here at SERVPRO, we're committed to removing all the signs of fire damage that we can. It is always our goal to leave your home feeling like it did before the fire happened. Our Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration-certified technicians can identify problem areas and use advanced equipment to remediate the damage.

What Can SERVPRO Do That The Previous Company Didn't?

Our technicians have access to advanced equipment that can help reduce and remove lingering odors. We can:

  • Use hydroxyl generators to eliminate volatile organic compounds from the air
  • Use thermal foggers to trap scent-causing particles and neutralize them
  • Set up air scrubbers with HEPA filters to filter the malodor out of the particles in the air and trap them
  • Use sealant paints

Here at SERVPRO, we want to help you make your home feel like it did before the fire.

If your home still smells like fire damage even weeks later, give us a call today! Dial (603) 225-2825 to speak with a representative of SERVPRO of Concord. We're ready to help.

How to Seal Up Smoke and Fire Damage in Concord Properties

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

house fire odors, man in gas mask SERVPRO eliminates house fire odors in Concord--Throw Away the Gas Mask

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Remediate Fire Damage

In recent years, the use of primers and sealers has become very common among fire damage restorers. While they are not suitable as a primary strategy, they can be very effective as a supplemental response to stains and odors. When a high-quality sealer gets applied to a wall or skirting board, for example, it traps the sooty residues inside.

It is something that conventional paints cannot do. They let smoke stains and odors seep back through the material while sealers block and bond settled combustion particles. They hide discoloration and minimize the transmission of unpleasant smells. For all of these reasons, SERVPRO regularly uses them when repairing fire damage in Concord homes.

Surface Preparation After Fire Damage

Most primers and sealers require a clean, smooth surface for a successful application. It is why SERVPRO spends time removing surface soot and caked-on grime before using any of these products. There are two types of combustion particles that develop after a fire. They are surface contaminants and settled residues.

Surface contaminants get captured in a HEPA vacuum. It is a fast, effective way to remove large amounts of dry, dusty soot. Cellular rubber sponges pick up additional particles. The problem is that the tiniest particles tend to escape surface wiping because they are small enough to hide within microscopic dips and troughs.

Consequently, this kind of cleaning is usually a two-step process. These much smaller settled residues are, in most cases, water-soluble. So, the SERVPRO technicians can wet wash to prevent the electrostatic bonding of particles. For embedded dirt and soot, a degree of abrasion is necessary. If the stained area is sizable, we can power sand or grit blast it.

Sealer Application

Once the surface is as smooth and clean as possible, a sealer chemical gets sprayed onto the targeted area. The process may take some time because successful odor prevention depends upon the construction of a flawless membrane. There can be no gaps or holes in the sealant. The spray nozzle must be held perpendicular to the surface for even coverage.

It should be made clear that sealers and primers are not a magic cure. They are powerful and effective, but they age just like everything else. So, while your treatments should last a long time, you may need a respray several years down the line. If you require help with this or you have a poorly applied primer that needs fixing, SERVPRO is here to lend a hand.

SERVPRO of Concord has many years of experience handling smoke and fire damage. We are in your neighborhood and ready to assist with repairs whenever you need them. Call us 24/7 at (603) 225-2825 today.

Concord Residents Can Avoid Health Hazards with Expert Fire Damage Restoration

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

smoke from fire Smoke and fire damage restoration is no easy task. SERVPRO has trained technicians and all the equipment for any size disaster.

Does your Concord home have fire damage? Call SERVPRO for skilled restoration 24/7!

Once your home gets impacted by fire and smoke damage, the last thing on your mind should be DIY cleanup methods. There are many reasons why hiring skilled fire, and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) is the best way to go. Here at SERVPRO, we have the IICRC-certified technicians to ensure your Concord home gets restored to pre-fire condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that hidden health hazards may be lurking after a fire? Calling trained technicians to help with fire damage restoration in Concord gets you the cleanup and smoke remediation you need.

  • A structure with soot and smoke damage contains lingering residues that may be hazardous to your health and anyone else living in the home.
  • Foam, plastics, textiles, and other organic materials do not burn clean – leaving behind toxic deposits.
  • SERVPRO technicians approach house fire cleanup while wearing appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE).
  • Our restoration professionals know how to assess items that can get restored and determine what has become damaged beyond repair and restoration.

Water & fire damage restorations with SERVPRO of Concord help you get back on your feet faster. When you need rapid response and proven methods, call our Green Fleet to your door by dialing (603) 225-2825. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How Can SERVPRO Mitigate Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration in My Bow Home?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

bedroom with walls and bed covered in soot damage For fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO with the tools and equipment to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

From appliances to structures, SERVPRO offers house fire cleanups in Bow.

Professionals should only handle smoke and fire damage restoration to your Bow home. Fire damaged homes require a unique restoration process to avoid any long-lasting damage and unnecessary loss. It can be challenging to restore your home to its former glory, but professionals at SERVPRO can help you get your home back, “Like it never even happened.” Our professionals can begin accessing the damage and start the restoration process as soon as cleared to enter the premises.

Why should you trust professionals for house fire clean up in Bow?

It can be tempting to start the fire damage restoration process by yourself. However, any wrong steps you take can cause the problem to worsen. Here are a few things that might seem productive but can cause more harm than good.

  • Using abrasive cleaners, especially on your appliances, is not a good idea. Using such products can leave permanent damage to your expensive devices.
  • Scrubbing the deposited residue can drive the particles deeper into the surface, making it even more challenging to clean.
  • Using cleaners without prior knowledge about their contents can harm your property. SERVPRO experts have specific cleaning products that can be used on particular surfaces for the proper and efficient removal of the soot residue. We pre-test before applying these agents.

Our FRST fire and smoke damage technicians can clean the covers and exteriors of appliances and electronic devices, but we do not open them up for cleaning. If this is necessary, we can recommend a professional company.

You can contact SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 for effective fire and smoke damage restoration, 24/7.

Fire restoration for a Concord home? Call SERVPRO

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen with tan walls and white ceiling covered in soot damage SERVPRO can complete fire damage restoration when your home experiences fire and soot damage.

Concord Residents Trust SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration 

With an estimated population of nearly 44,000, Concord is the third most populous city of New Hampshire. The town was incorporated in 1733 and is home to some of the fascinating historic architecture. Concord is the home to the oldest state house where the legislature still meets in the original chambers, designed way back in 1815. Concord gained prominence throughout the 18th century, and one can still see the houses from the period in the north end of Main Street. The city quickly gained fame for its quality furniture, artisans, and granite quarries. Modern Concord is the center of health care, with many insurance companies calling it their home.

A notable building in the city is the Eagle Hotel on Main Street. This iconic hotel has been a landmark for Concord since its inauguration in 1827. US President Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, and Rutherford Hayes all have been guests in this picturesque hotel. Phenix hall is yet another impressive piece of architecture in downtown Concord. However, the old building was severely damaged and replaced by a new structure in 1893. The hall is often used as a multipurpose auditorium for political speeches and rallies, state fairs, and theatre productions. Notable speakers at the hall include Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

Tee off at the Beaver Meadow Golf Course

The Beaver Meadow Golf Course is considered to be one of the oldest courses in New England. The golf course is a pleasure for novices and professionals alike. The course has everything from sand traps, fairways to water hazards to let you test and improve your game. You can walk as you play or even rent a cart in this beautiful course located in one of the most picturesque backdrops NH has to offer.

Check out some other sites while you are here.

  • The SNOB (Somewhere North of Boston) Film festival started in 2002-offers local filmmakers a stage.
  • Capitol Center for the Arts
  • New Hampshire Historical Society
  • McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a beautiful science museum named after Christa McAuliffe, who lost her life during the 1986 space shuttle challenger disaster, and Alan Shepard, the first American in space.

SERVPRO can provide a full-service fire and smoke damage restoration

Having your home in Concord damaged by fire can be a devastating blow to any homeowner. Here are some initial steps you can take to begin the house fire cleanup process.

  • Contact a professional fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup company.
  • Have SERVPRO assess the fire and smoke damage once the firefighters leave.
  • Make sure that you are keeping your insurance company in the loop regarding the fire damage event.
  • Maintain a detailed record of everything you do during the restoration process.
  • SERVPRO can liaise with your insurance adjuster to simplify and assist with the claims paperwork.

SERVPRO professionals arrive after the firefighters leave the premises, typically within four hours. Our experienced technicians have years of experience restoring fire-damaged homes. We follow the guidelines of the IICRC, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. We use cutting-edge equipment to mitigate fire damage problems from smoke damage to deodorizing. Leave the fire damage restoration process to the professionals.

Call SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 for reliable and efficient fire damage restoration services for your Concord property.

Bow Residents Trust SERVPRO For Professional Fire Mitigation

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of fire damage. Call us today, we are always available.

Bow Properties Get Fire Mitigation Support From SERVPRO

Articles within a home get affected by more than the flames from a fire. The soot and smoke residues can cover objects and make them look like they have zero restoration potential when the opposite is true. 

SERVPRO techs handling fire mitigation in Bow homes know that looks can be deceiving when it comes to items covered in soot and smoke damage residues. The techs use their training to perform testing to determine the types of residues they are dealing with, so the best cleaning agents and methods get used. 

Several factors determine the outcome for items post-fire. The techs use different applications such as:

  • Agitation cleaning may use manual methods or machines
  • Chemical action cleaners usually solvent-based to loosen the grip that the soils have upon surfaces
  • Time-based cleaning agents that require a period of sitting on the residues to release them

SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 serves the local Bow community with all types of fire mitigation services. Through the use of their advanced training and equipment, the damage to the home is "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Saves Local Concord Residents Possessions and Structures After Fire Damage

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

House fire If you need professional assistance with fire damage, Call in the experts at (603) 225-2825. We are always available to help you!

Property Owners in Concord Trust SERVPRO With Their Fire Damage Restoration Services

Everyone is alert during the holiday season to watch out for fires caused by improperly used lighting, candles left unattended, or Christmas trees that dried out. However, the season of winter carries with it several ways that cause fires in Concord homes. 

In many cases, fires get caused by structural issues and human error such as: 

  • Chimneys in poor condition with creosote buildup
  • Improper use of heating devices
  • Blocked or poor venting in smoke and hot-air pipes
  • Roof fires sparked from burning embers

Soft Coal Storage in Concord

Many Connecticut homes still rely on coal to heat homes; while this method has the potential to save money on heating, it also needs special handling for storage to ensure it is not a possible fire hazard. It is recommended that the bituminous (soft) coal get stored within non-combustible bins away from boilers, furnaces, and hot pipes. 

The Danger of Electrical Fires 

Nearly 51,000 homes across the United States have a fire caused by an electrical system. Some of these situations had the potential to get prevented. Concord homeowners should be aware of some early warning signs of a possible electrical fire, such as circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. If an outlet has visible charring or discoloration, it should not get used until it receives an industry professional inspection. Many homeowners that experienced an electrical fire stated that they smelled a persistent burning odor in their homes for a period before the fire occurred. Homes with outdated wiring or electrical panels should have them upgraded. 

Signs of Fire in Concord Homes

The early warning signs of a home fire before the flames are visible include the odor of smoke, and some residents reported popping sounds coming from the walls or attic area of their properties. If the door handle or door is hot, do not open it as it can create a rush of oxygen to an already burning fire and cause it to become more extensive and more hazardous.

What is the Best Way to Clean Fire Damage and Extinguisher Residues in Concord Homes?

Much like smoke residues require different cleaning applications depending on the type, the same goes for fire extinguisher residues. The cleanup in Concord properties post-fire damage is never a one-size-fits-all procedure. The mitigation needs to start quickly as the high acidic content of most types of extinguisher formulas can cause additional damage. 

SERVPRO technicians know that although the residues left behind by fire extinguishers have a similar look, they can differ in the needs for removal, and the techs test accordingly to ensure they know the type they are dealing with, such as: 

  • Monoammonium phosphate S
  • Sodium or potassium bicarbonate
  • Class D dry powder 
  • Class K wet chemical fire extinguishers 

The techs use several different types of cleaning methods to dry residues off surfaces carefully. This can be done using dry cleaning sponges to pick up both dry smoke and powdery residues. Wet smoke and residues usually require a solvent-based cleaning agent to release their grip on the surface.

Local Concord residents look to SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 for their fire damage cleanup and restoration services. 

When Property Fires Cause Smoke and Odor, Concord Residents Trust Us to Perform the Cleanup.

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

smoke coming out from under a door Fire damage can happen quite unexpectedly. Make sure your family and pets are safe and then contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO of Concord is Here to Help Residents Return their Homes to a Pre-loss Condition after Fire.

At the heart of New Hampshire is Concord. As one of the first 13 states in America, our community has a rich history that still attracts national attention when we host the first primary presidential election every four years. It is fitting that, as one of the original states of the Union, our community is home to several indigenous tribes, including Sokoki, Pennacook, and Winnipesaukee peoples, direct descendants of the Androscoggin and Pennacook nations who lived along the Merrimack River. Modern-day Concord stands out thanks to its thriving real-estate, craft beer, and a history that continues to influence the broader United States. Today, visitors come to experience the stunning gold-domed state house of 1819, explore the numerous hiking trails and enjoy theater at the Capitol Center for the Arts. 

Our state also goes by another name: ?The Granite State; in the mid-19th century, prospectors tapped into the abundant resources of their surroundings, creating quarries, at one point employing over 1,000 workers for mining and transportation, that remains to this day. We still produce some of the finest marble and granite for shipping all over the world. Swenson Gray granite is perhaps what we are most famous for and is the material used in the Library of Congress and parts of the Washington Monument. Over 350,000 cubic feet was taken from the Hollis Quarry and shipped to Washington for these buildings and, closer to home, the State House, Savings Bank, and Public Library are the most notable local buildings made from Swenson Gray Granite. 

New Hampshire (NH) by numbers

  • NH borders Canada, Maine, the Atlantic, Vermont, and Massachusetts, spanning over 9,000 miles of forestry, mountains, and rivers.
  • Concord, NH hosts the first in the nation presidential primary every four years as one of America's 13 original states and the ninth to ratify?
  • Manchester and Nashua makeup two of the biggest cities in New Hampshire, with Concord as the Capital City.

The Secret History of Concord 

Concord and wider New Hampshire was an active part of the abolitionist movement. In the 19th century, many African Americans passed through Concord and neighboring Portsmouth to escape slavery. The secret network of railways and safehouses through these smaller towns became known as the underground railway and is thought to have helped more than 30,000 people escape into Canada. New Hampshire is home to the abolitionist movement's critical figureheads, including Nathanial Peabody and William Lloyd Garrison. They helped to foster an anti-slavery coalition that spread across the state. We commemorate these activists' bravery at the New Hampshire Historical Society building on Park Street, which functions as an academic library and Museum to visitors all year round. 

Exploring nature in Concord and New Hampshire

Every year thousands of people visit Concord to experience the great outdoors. Our state features exquisite forestry, riverine flows, and mountainous peaks. There are endless opportunities for outdoor activities suited to all ages and skills. Among our favorites are the walking trails, kayaking, boating, golf, and biking trails.

  • Kayaking in Concord  rivals any other state in the US, with many ponds and lakes and five rivers. Beginners can rent equipment and gear from the Bear Brook State Park. At the same time, experienced thrill-seekers can engage with the white water challenges afforded by Henniker, Contoocook river, and Warner on the Black River.
  • Mountain Biking trails for both beginner and advanced levels are abundant in the forests and state-parks surrounding Concord. Dirt trails in the Fox State Forest and Hopkinton-Everett Reservoir attract world-class mountain bikers throughout the year. Our annual Mountain Bike Festival takes place a short ride away in Pats Peak Ski Area, Henniker, for enthusiasts. 
  • Concord offers some of the finest Golf Courses in the US for those who like to take things a little slower. The oldest public golf course Beaver Meadows and Canterbury Woods, are among our favorites.

The capital region is used to welcoming guests who stopover at the Lakes Region or the White Mountains. Downtown Concord offers a wide variety of foods and drinks for travelers. Storrs Street plays host to our very own Craft Brewing Company, and you can trip further afield to the Northwoods Brewing Company on the 1st New Hampshire Turnpike. Alternatively, tuck into some fine dining at Whiskey & Wine or the Tuscan Kitchen, located on Main Street.

SERVPRO Provides World-Class Cleanup of Fire and Smoke Damages for Concord Residents.

Housefires can occur from a variety of sources and can cause severe damage to your property and belongings. Naked flames from candles, unattended stoves, and furnace puff backs are among the most common non-lethal fires that can affect your home by staining walls or fittings with smoke residues and odors. Sometimes, water in the firefighting procedure can further exacerbate your home's condition by causing soots to become wet. To secure your home against further damages, it is best to enlist a qualified fire restoration service. SERVPRO has dedicated technicians that can enter your property, assess damages, and put in place vital restoration or mitigation procedures. We operate night and day to ensure that residents can reach us immediately after a property fire. 

Our services:

  • Expert assessment and documenting of the condition of the property as well as belongings. These testing procedures are endorsed by the institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration certifications' (IICRC) S500 guidelines. By testing the area, we can provide a working estimate and test the cleanability of items in the home. 
  • SERVPRO trucks are stocked with a full range of acidic and alkaline cleaning agents. We can dissolve stubborn soot using solvents to effectively remove them from walls, ceilings, and exterior walls. Our technicians have experience and expertise in applying these cleaning agents.
  • Our carpet cleaning range includes pre-conditioning of rugs and showcases cleaning for properties that suffer from severe fire damages. Rotary machines can often be used to buffer carpets and return them to their preloss condition after a fire emergency. 

If you are unfortunate enough to experience a house fire, you can gain our trained technicians' assistance. Contact SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825.

Why Do I Need Help with Cleanup After a Fire?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home After a fire incident takes place. You can trust that your home is in good hands with the experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO’s Skilled Technicians Use Industry-Proven Methods at Your Concord Home to Execute Effective Fire Damage Restoration.

Any fire damage within your Concord property can bring about post-event residue and hazardous chemicals. Expert restoration services help clean these stubborn residues and ensure that your interior is left like before the fire incident. Our SERVPRO crew also takes future hazards such as mildew and mold growth into consideration, which might develop if any moisture lingers from first responders extinguishing the flames.

Why Can’t Fire Restoration Be a DIY Project?

There are several reasons that make skilled fire damage restoration in Concord better than do-it-yourself methods alone, including:

  • Industrial-grade vacuums pull up all traces of soot, smoke, chemicals, and ash.
  • Odor eliminators quell odorous particulates from burnt substances like wood, plastic, and other materials.
  • We perform a detailed inspection to help us identify and then safely remove any salvageable items for cleaning.
  • We know what items are beyond repair and dispose of them properly.
  • Controlled demolition using skilled building and reconstruction services allows us to replace any studs, drywall, window panes, and subflooring that had to get removed. 
  • Our fire and smoke damage restoration technicians take steps to secure any areas during the renovation by way of plastic sheeting or other protective measures.

Each of these aspects points to the utter importance of calling in the help of restoration pros whenever you have a fire, big or small, within your home. It is vital that you consider all of the hazards involved with fire cleanup and know that our crew always arrives wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Even a small kitchen fire extinguished quickly can leave behind odorous materials that bring a constant reminder of the incident. 

We are Faster to Any Size Disaster here at SERVPRO of Concord, and you can count on us for 24/7 emergency service should you require fire damage restoration. To have a crew deployed to your property, call us at (603) 225-2825.

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How Can A Fire In My Concord Home Start?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage In Concord Can Be Caused By The Combustion Of Various Items.

Structural blazes happen more frequently than you can imagine, and your home in Concord could be at risk if an accident takes place. Once a spark ignites, fire damage can quickly occur due to the heat and smoke coming from the burn. Once your contents and building materials ignite, the flames can start consuming other items nearby as fuel. The quicker the flames get extinguished, the fewer problems with burnt and charred materials can occur.

Much of the fire damage in Concord that takes place gets caused by the smoke created by the blaze. During a structural burn, some of the items consumed as fuels combust or instantly turn from a solid to a gas with the application of heat. However, other particles only get partially combusted and get released into your house's atmosphere in the form of smoke. When the smoke coming from your structural blaze is still hot, it rises toward your ceilings and then flows to other rooms inside your building. But, once it contacts cooler surfaces such as the building materials that make up your walls and ceilings, it can harden in the form of soils and soot residues.

When mitigating fire or smoke-related issues, a professional company such as SERVPRO knows that understanding how the blazes burn is vital. Combustion occurs when material burns, and then they get quickly turned into a gas. However, combustion is not a given process, and many of the materials partially combust and turn into smoke. Smoke can consist of solid particles, gases, and aerosols. 

Our SERVPRO technicians know that the gases inside smoke consist of by-products generated, such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide. But, once the flames get extinguished, these gases stop causing a threat to your building's occupants. The aerosol particles inside smoke consist of a combination of fine solid particles and gases. These aerosols are what absorb malodor particles and cause unpleasant aromas to exist after the blaze gets extinguished. 

Understanding how articles fully and partially combust is a key to restoring damage caused after your structural burn. If you ever need professional assistance after items burn inside your home, call SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 24/7.

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What Can I Do After a Fire Loss to Begin Cleanup in Concord?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home You can reach us by calling (603) 225-2825, and we will send out a team promptly to start with an assessment.

If You Suffer Loss from Fire Damage, SERVPRO Comes to the Rescue to Restore Your Concord Home

Any size fire leaves significant damage to your home, and you need to act as quickly as possible so that you can minimize the loss. If you wait too long after the fire gets extinguished before cleanup begins, you are left with pungent lingering odors. Additionally, the water used to extinguish the fire poses a potential hazard to materials in your home and possible mold growth. Calling in the help of trained experts ensures that your home is back to normal, so it seems, “Like it never even happened.”

What Should I Do After the Fire is Extinguished?
If you are dealing with fire damage in Concord, SERVPRO is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for emergency restoration. Debris throughout your home, along with airborne threats, can hinder restoration and makes DIY methods nearly impossible. We can perform a walkthrough assessment of your home once it is deemed safe to record conditions and identify the best steps to proceed. We also bring advanced tools and equipment that allow us to get rid of stubborn residue from soot and smoke. Early mitigation helps cut back on the severity of the damage as well as the potential for long-lasting, hazardous effects.

What Can Your Company Do to Help with Restoration?
We pay close attention to any areas of the home where smoke and soot residue may have gotten through cracks and crevices. All damaged materials and debris gets removed so that we can begin the restoration and replacement process. A plan is put into place that allows us to utilize our resources in the most effective manner possible, including:

    •    Pack out services for the removal of personal belongings to be cleaned in detail at our facility.
    •    Soot removal from all surfaces that helps inhibit corrosive action.
    •    Assignment of technicians to address the cleaning of ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
    •    Inspection of all structural elements to ensure safety.
    •    For smoke odors that got into the wall cavities, we remove the first few inches of insulation within the walls to be replaced with new insulation.

Why Can’t I Address the Fire Damage on My Own?
It is difficult to thoroughly remove charred debris and rid your home of stubborn odors from soot and smoke residue. Just a few reasons why professional intervention is recommended after a fire include:

    •    The residue and debris left from a fire loss can be very toxic. Our team comes with all of the personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to safely manage the job.
    •    There are often significant amounts of water or chemicals used to extinguish the fire. This must be addressed right away with the help of our expert extraction techniques and tools to speed up the process.
    •    Various portions of your structure, including the floors, walls, and ceilings, call for a professional assessment to determine whether or not they are stable.
    •    The methods and cleaning agents used to address soot cleanup vary depending on the surfaces impacted and the materials that burned in the fire. Our team is fully trained following the standards set form by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle any size fire damage project.
    •    We have EPA-registered cleaning agents and disinfectants that allow us to safely and effectively clean and deodorize your home at the end of the restoration.

What Cleaning Methods are Used to Restore My Interior?
SERVPRO is trained to formulate a plan that best suits the unique fire loss situation at hand. We perform an assessment, and technicians are instructed on each step to provide you with the best results.

    •    Wet Cleaning: is done to address hard surfaces that are not easily damaged by water. Technicians may use a combination of water and specialized cleaning agents to strip away smoke and soot residue, leaving the surface clean and refreshed. If necessary, we also have ultrasonic cleaning machines that use ultrasonic waves that pass through an aqueous solution made up of mild detergent, softener, and water. High-frequency sound waves create pressure that results in millions of bubbles to loosen grime.
    •    Dry Cleaning: is done to clean items that may become damaged when they come into contact with water, which includes electronics, antiques, and books. In some cases, our skilled technicians carefully use sponges, brushes, and towels to loosen soot and residue from your belongings.

There is nothing like knowing that you have a trained team on your side to help once you suffer from fire damage in your home. Give our technicians a call at SERVPRO of Concord, and we can send out a team 24/7 to get started with your emergency restoration needs. You can reach us by calling (603) 225-2825, and we will send out a team promptly to start with an assessment.

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Fire Damage And Restoration In Your Concord Home

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Professional Results for Safe Fire Damage and Restoration in Concord

A structure fire can start small and then turn into a significant catastrophe within minutes. The longer it takes to extinguish the fire, the more damage and debris is left behind. Working with a professional team for restoration, such as SERVPRO, helps you to ensure that the cleanup process gets underway promptly. After all, the more time that burnt materials sit around, the longer all of the pungent odors linger.

With any restoration process that we take on, SERVPRO technicians work quickly to ensure we return your home to the preloss condition. We are experts when it comes to fire damage in Concord, making sure that you can re-enter your home to get back to your daily life sooner.

Whenever something burns within a structure, soot residue, smoke, and burnt particles linger and create pungent, unpleasant odors. Even when moving quickly to remove burnt, charred materials, further deodorization might be necessary to rid your home of all foul odors.

SERVPRO technicians start by securing the building, inspecting your property thoroughly to rule out any potential safety hazards. Once the area is deemed safe, we remove all fire-damaged items and double-check to ensure no moisture is left behind from extinguishing the fire. Many materials and items may have to be removed and replaced, but there are times when our technicians can save items by cleaning and disinfecting.

In a situation where building materials like wooden studs are charred less than ¼ of an inch, we fix it by removing the charred portion. We then seal the item, refinishing if necessary. Should the materials only be slightly charred, we can sand them, use steel scrub brushes to remove the burnt portion, or use dry ice blasting or soda blasting for effectively removing all the damage.

Regardless of the level of fire damage that you are faced with, our team of restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Concord makes it look, “Like it never even happened.” If you need immediate help to get your household back to normal after a fire, please give our experts a call at (603) 225-2825, and we can send a team out as soon as possible.

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Our Experts Can Help With Smoke Damage From Your Concord Chimney

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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Call Our Fire Damage Technicians If Your Bow Home Experiences A Disaster

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Call (603) 225-2825 immediately after the fire truck drives away to ensure a speedy and favorable outcome.

Separate And Conquer Fire Damage In Your Bow Home

No matter how hard you and your family members try to simplify, the quantity of furnishings, household goods, and personal items in your Bow home is significant. When even a small fire takes hold, those who extinguish it cannot worry about the effect chemical fire retardants and water might have on your possessions. Once the fire is out, not only do the structural components of your home need cleanup, but the contents need specialized attention as well.

After the first responders release it back to you, arrange for our team to assess your Bow home’s fire damage. The sooner we arrive on your scene, the better the chance for our joint success. We might recommend a pack-out of both damaged and seemingly untouched contents as part of the comprehensive mitigation and remediation plan. Moving your possessions shields them from the residues disturbed and drifting during the on-site tasks. Soot is finely grained yet corrosive and abrasive, capable of accelerating damage to your portable possessions. Contaminated water also threatens to harm the contents further.

SERVPRO employs the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to document what we move out using detailed lists, digital photos, and barcodes. The system permits us to share with you and your insurance company the evaluation of every item our production facility technicians complete and the next steps they suggest to clean, dry, deodorize, and restore the items.

As SERVPRO technicians complete processing of each item using their Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training they package and store the goods in our climate-controlled storage area. We select different techniques appropriate to clean and dry different articles, following industry best practices. Examples include ultrasonic immersion tank cleaning for intricately detailed decorative items or window blinds. Freeze drying halts deterioration of papers and photos, removing water by skipping the liquid phase through the application of carefully controlled pressure in a vacuum.

The SERVPRO crews working at your home are unimpeded by furniture and boxes, able to rapidly remove the dirty water, clear away soot, determine whether charred surfaces need replacement, and follow a multi-step protocol to deodorize the space.

Allow SERVPRO of Concord to serve your fire damage remediation needs better by sorting tasks between on-site cleanup and production facility pack-out strategies. Call (603) 225-2825 immediately after the fire truck drives away to ensure a speedy and favorable outcome.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Concord After A Fire Disaster

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

After the fire is put out, soot remains and we have the equipment and training to restore your home of this damage and the odor it causes.

SERVPRO - Eliminating Fire Damage In Concord Homes

With I-89, I-93, and I-393 running through it, Concord is truly a crossroads community for our state and much of New England. Steady growth with an emphasis on family and education makes it a wonderful place to live. Only a major disaster like a fire can disrupt that life.

Returning to that beautiful, life means quickly eliminating the effects of fire damage in Concord to each residence. SERVPRO response teams train to take care of the obvious, physical damage left by the heat and flames of a fire, and the less obvious problems created by smoke and the soot residues left behind after the fire.

Property directly affected by heat and flames is usually beyond repair or so changed by the fire that it requires immediate disposal. Take the ceiling and interior walls after a kitchen fire as an example. The material usually is sheetrock or drywall panels, which is an affordable and excellent building material that lasts for decades, but very fragile when burned or soaked by the water used to extinguished the fire.

Because of its value, disposing and replacing it is cheaper and faster than attempting to patch and restore it. SERVPRO team members can quickly demolish affected panels, replace them, and apply a fresh coat of paint. The same restoration method applies to tiles used in drop ceilings and other materials like paneling and linoleum.

Quickly disposing fire damaged property also helps team members exert cleaning efforts only on the salvageable property. Since the residue particles are tiny, other companies might pass by an area or item that looks clean. Our technicians, however, know that these particles eventually stain almost every surface and the odors left behind can linger for years.

They begin cleaning by wiping down each surface with a dry sponge or cloth. Where needed, team members use a cleaning agent that also serves to eliminate odors. If the odors are exceptionally pungent, they also have access to chemical agents designed to cover and eliminate them. For odors that penetrated deep into the house, technicians use an ozone generator to create particles that can go just as profound to breakdown and eliminate them.

At SERVPRO of Concord, the goal is to help each homeowner return to a clean and safe home as swiftly as possible. If you and your home have been through even a small, quickly extinguished fire, contact us at (603) 225-2825 today to make sure there are no lingering effects that can spoil your life here in the Granite State.

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Our Crew Of Fire Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Bow Home To Pre-Damage

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Concord is available 24/7 to handle fire damage in your home of any size.

SERVPRO Turns Back The Clock On Small Scale Fire Damage In Bow Home

Fire damage can leave behind multiple issues. It's not uncommon for our technicians to deal with smoke, soot, foul odors, water damage and sometimes smoke webs.

SERVPRO received a call to mitigate fire damage in a Bow home. The fire itself burned a small area in the room and extinguished quickly by firefighters. The homeowner began cleaning the room and noticed wiping smeared the smoke, along with the formation of cobwebs up in the corner of the room. In addition to being difficult to remove, the soot carried a pungent odor.

On arrival at the home, our technicians contained the area and tested the smoke to determine the proper type of cleaning method. It tested as wet, which is the calling card of fires where synthetic materials burn. The smoke of this type of fire is wet, sticky, smeary and challenging to remove. Smoke webs sometimes referred to as "smoke tags" are another feature commonly seen with this type of fire, generally deposited in the somewhat cooler ceiling corners of the room.

We used extractors to remove as much excess moisture as possible and removed the charred building materials using controlled demotion techniques. The goal of SERVPRO is always to restore fire loss items for homeowners rather than have them replaced, and each item in the room was inspected for restorability potential through our proprietary methods. Air movers and dehumidifiers quickly lowered the moisture in the room to predetermined dryness standards.

Then, we cleaned the soot and smoke webs using the damp sponge method to pull up the residue and leave surfaces clean and sanitized. After we complete cleaning, that is often enough to eliminate smoke-odors from a room. When it is not, our SERVPRO techs possess certifications in the science of odor control. We have specialized equipment and methods such as thermal fogging or Hydroxyl generators to remove odors at the molecular level.

SERVPRO of Concord is available 24/7 to handle fire damage in your home of any size. Call us at (603) 225-2825, and our certified technicians arrive on-site within hours of your initial call because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Can Restore Your Air Quality After A Fire In Your Bow Home

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Give our crew a call today at (603) 225-2825.

Clearing Indoor Air Quality Threats In Your Fire-Damaged Bow Home

Fires can pose significant risks to your Bow property that make it unsafe or even impossible to manage damage assessment or fire debris removal on your own. In most cases, it is already advisable to seek out the training and expertise of professionals like our fire restoration team, but this is, even more, the case when it comes to managing potential indoor air quality concerns that could cause health effects to those directly exposed. With the fast response of our professionals with air purification equipment, we can manage these threats quickly to get mitigation, reconstruction and restoration work moving as promptly as possible.

While many fire damage effects threaten your Bow home after the disaster, many of these require focused cleaning and traditional restoration efforts to overcome. Our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the concerns of indoor air quality threats like soot and smoke particulates, chemical residues and vapors, and other contaminants. With our fast response with filtration equipment, our team can work to quickly reduce the presence of these threats in the breathable air.

One of the ideal machines that arrive with our Green Fleet to fire-damaged homes is our hydroxyl generators. These devices have a two-fold effect on environmental threats. With an onboard HEPA filter, the machine can begin trapping harmful particulates and debris in the air. These devices are also ideal for preliminary odor reduction, which can be a common effect to battle with widespread fire damages.

Ozone generators also provide this same effective two-fold air quality purification, with a greater ability to reduce harsh odors and eliminate them permanently. Often our SERVPRO professionals choose these units when people and pets are not in the home for the restoration and recovery. These machines are not safe to use in these situations.

While it might be tempting to perform a damage assessment or preliminary cleanup of your property on your own, you cannot always anticipate the indoor air quality threats. Let our SERVPRO of Concord rapid response team make all of the fire damage effects “Like it never even happened.” Give our crew a call today at (603) 225-2825.

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Do You Struggle With Fire Damage in Bow After a Heating Unit Fire?

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Space heaters are often necessary when it gets cold. But they can cause fire damage when they are not attended. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Cleaning and Removing Space Heater Fire Damage in Bow Homes

At this time of year, Bow residents are more interested in staying warm and saving money than worrying about a disaster like a fire. Cold nights and distracted homeowners though, can be a dangerous combination.
 
A space heater is a useful, money-saving way for residents to stay warm. The fire damage in Bow that can result from leaving one unattended needs a professional restoration team like SERVPRO to clean the damage and put everything back together.
 
In most space heater fires, the damage begins with the floor where the device failed or tipped over. Because of this, the physical damage from heat and flames results in more property that our technicians dispose of, rather than clean and remove smoke or soot damage. Depending on how long the fire burned, the damage can extend to the subfloor, and require more demolition and disposal. If there was a carpet or rug over the floor, it requires disposal as well. Team members can replace the sub-floor and floorboards if required.
 
Next, SERVPRO technicians examine nearby walls and ceilings for damage. Since the fire started at a lower point, more floor trim and drywall panels are physically affected. Team members remove the damaged panels for disposal, and then an inspector checks the wall framing behind them.
 
If they discover scorch marks on the wall framing, then technicians have options depending on the severity of the burned material. For surface damage only, they can use hand or powered sanders to remove the burned material without affecting the structural integrity. Covering the wall framing with new drywall only hides the physical marks. The burned material eventually begins to exude smoke odors and then the entire piece, and any new drywall soon requires replacing as well.
 
Every fire can be devastating to a homeowner. At SERVPRO of Concord, our goal is to restore every home to its pre-damage condition. If you are working through the results from a recent fire, contact us today at (603) 225-2825 to schedule an inspection or a service call from one of our teams.
 
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How Our Crew Of Professionals Restore Your Bow Home After A Fire

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

When entering a fire damaged building, personal safety should be a priority.

Industry Proven Services In Bow To Restore Your Fire Damaged Property

When entering a fire damaged building, personal safety should be a priority. It is meaningless to try salvaging your items and put your body and that of our team on the line. Our restoration team puts on latex gloves, eye protection, and respirators. In incidents where water is used to extinguish the flames, molds may grow and subject occupants to possible health effects if the water is not removed. That is why immediate response counts a lot when addressing such incidents in Bow.

We reduce the number of times our experts handle your items when your Bow property experiences a fire damage event. Soot particles are very small, and they can stick to the contents or even penetrate further with every single touch. The abrasive nature of soot can also lead to further damage through scratching. When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at the site, we perform an assessment and record the condition of your damaged items. Such information is useful when contacting your insurance provider to seek for the necessary compensation.

Our SERVPRO technicians start by using a dry cleaning technique to remove the dry soot particles resting on dry surfaces. If we use a wet cleaning technique at this point, we may drive the soot further into your contents and make them hard to remove. Through HEPA vacuuming, we can remove the loosely attached smoke particle from surfaces. When vacuuming, we make sure the nozzle does not come into contact with the surface.

If there is oil or wet soot in the building, our SERVPRO technicians use a wet cleaning method. For instance, we can use damp-wiping to clean the soot from the surface. We first perform a pre-test before selecting the cleaning agent that we use to wipe surfaces. Some cleaning product may chemically react with certain surfaces and lead to further damage. After thoroughly cleaning the surfaces, we apply a disinfectant to deactivate any present mold spores.

SERVPRO of Concord is a trusted company that offers 24-hour emergency cleaning and restoration services. Our highly trained technicians use advanced equipment to make your business or home "Like it never even happened." Call us at (603) 225-2825 and benefit from our industry-proven services.

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Cleaning and Removing Fire Damage to Bow Homes

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

If your home has had a fire, contact SERVPRO to assess the structure and contents. The remediation process will start right after an investigation.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Damage That BOTH Smoke and Soot Can Cause to Your Home

Homeowners in Bow tend to worry more about storms than fires, but the weather this summer increased the risk for many residences. In a smaller town, fires may burn slightly longer since there is not a robust system of firehouses to support each other when multiple incidents happen.
 
Even with a longer burning fire, damage to Bow homes is still primarily smoke and soot-related. SERVPRO restoration teams examine key factors that help them determine what methods, tools, and products are needed to restore as much structural and personal property to its original, pre-fire condition.
 
First, technicians determine the type of surface. Non-porous surface, such as enamel paint, marble countertops, and metal covered appliances like refrigerators, resist penetration of smoke and soot residues. It makes them easier to wipe down and clean than porous surfaces such as latex paint, wood furniture, and wallpaper.
 
Next comes the age of the surface. New paint, fabrics, and carpets are more resistant to smoke residues than older materials. That makes them not only easier to clean, but also to remove odor-causing particles.
 
SERVPRO technicians also determine the temperature level in a fire. Higher levels of heat can warp and expand furniture items and force air pockets or bubbles into varnishes and paint. They also allow odor-causing particles to penetrate deeper into the wood. Highly heated air also moves through a home more rapidly than cooler air, spreading residues farther and causing more damage.
 
Moisture affects surfaces as well. Even a thin layer of water on a countertop can make residues harder to remove and even stain or ‘yellow’ surfaces more intently than if residues settle on a dry surface.
 
As they remove damaged property, the type of material which burned tells specialists what residues to expect. Synthetics such as plastics and carpet fibers leave a thick, sticky residue. It is difficult to remove without strong cleaning chemicals and a stiff brush or another agitation tool. Natural materials burn more quickly and evenly, leaving behind powdery residues on surfaces which can be cleaned with a dry sponge and a mild cleaning agent when needed.
 
Our restoration goal at SERVPRO of Concord is to return the personal and structural property of each home to its clean, pre-fire condition. If you have lingering odors or other effects from a recent fire, call us at (603) 225-2825 today to schedule an inspection.

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Letting an Expert Fix Fire Damage in Your Bow Home Reduces Anxiety

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

House Fire Cleanup and Smoke Odor Removal Needed for Your Bow Home? Call SERVPRO

Bow Odor Control Post House Fires Needed? Contact SERVPRO

Whether it is a small kitchen fire or a faulty electrical outlet that bursts into flames unexpectedly, you have to admit there is a moment of anxiety that only passes when the embers die down. Although small, such a fire can develop into a full-blown blaze that could bring down the entire structure. For many Bow homeowners, the initial panic only gives way to real worries once the smoke clears. Even a small fire can cause widespread damages because of the heat and smoke produced. We offer professional assistance and advice that helps homeowners deal with the mess in a stress-free manner.
 
In most cases of fire damage in Bow, salvaging contents for restoration and cleaning up the areas affected by smoke and heat are some of the top priorities. Calling SERVPRO lightens the load for you because our technicians know the best methods to use for such cleanup. For example, our cleanup crew makes the right call whether to use dry or wet cleaning techniques. Even though both are viable cleaning methods, making an incorrect choice may lead to further damage or lengthening of the process unnecessarily. Think of the extra drying time that wet cleaning introduces to an area whereas dry wiping does not require such additional time.
 
We train SERVPRO technicians to understand combustion processes clearly so that they can take appropriate actions. Although all fires emit smoke, its chemical composition differs based on the materials that burn. For this reason, different methods might be required to deal with the soot and other residue left in areas affected by the smoke. Our crew members have the necessary tools and cleaning agents to remove the soot and restore any affected area to preloss conditions, whenever possible. "Like it never even happened."
 
Apart from soot and other residues left on surfaces, fires can leave smoke traces all over the property. While smoke appears to be just a gas, it also includes suspended particles and aerosols from the burnt materials. Opening windows might not get rid of all the smoke traces; it can even exacerbate the odor problem. SERVPRO technicians understand this and therefore deodorize the affected zones to ensure a habitable environment once restoration is over. Different techniques and tools such as hydroxyl generators are used to deodorize the affected areas thoroughly.
 
Unlike handling a fire cleanup process on your own, calling SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 gives you total peace of mind.

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Leaving A Candle Unattended In Your Bow Bedroom Can Cause Fire Damage

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Leaving a candle unattended on your vanity table for even a few moments can lead to a fire starting in your bedroom.

Fire Damage Caused By A Candle

Sometimes you can be forgetful, but it is never a good thing when forgetfulness leads to fire damage in your home. Leaving a candle unattended on your vanity table for even a few moments can lead to a fire starting in your bedroom. It is exceptionally easy for the fire from your candle to spread elsewhere if you leave it sitting next to your open container of cotton swabs for makeup application. In just a few minutes, the fire can spread from your candle to your makeup and skincare products, leaving a bubbling mess of cosmetic goods, greasy stains, and soot behind in its wake.

While most fires that happen inside the homes of everyday people are rather small, even a small blaze can leave significant fire damage behind in your Bow home. Makeup and skincare products are incredibly expensive, so even a small and contained fire can do hundreds of dollars worth of damage. If you are someone who collects cosmetics or works in the industry, it could be thousands.

Losing many of your cosmetic products can be upsetting, but it is crucial that you call for professional help as soon as the fire in your home is extinguished. SERVPRO makes it a priority to arrive as quickly as possible. Getting the call out as soon as you are able can help make that a reality. If we can get to your home swiftly, we are more likely to perform a successful remediation.

Once SERVPRO arrives at your home, we can go through the remains of the fire with you and make an inventory of all of the products that you lost so you may submit an insurance claim. After cleaning up the charred bits and ruined containers, our technicians can begin to remediate the damage left behind.

SERVPRO techs can use tools like thermal foggers to help neutralize the odor the fire caused. To handle the adhered soot and stains left on your vanity table, we can use lubricative cleaning methods to lift the grime away. SERVPRO's goal is to leave your home in the condition it was in before the fire took place.

Forgetfulness can be embarrassing when it causes a fire, but never allow it to let you hesitate. Reach out and contact SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825. We are open 24/7 and ready to take your call.

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Fire Damage from a Space Heater in Your Bow Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Space heaters can be very dangerous and should be kept away from flammable objects.

SERVPRO is Here to Help if a Fire Starts in Your Home

In the colder winter months in Bow, homeowners commonly use some type of portable space heater for one reason or another. Using them in bedrooms at night is one popular use. However, many people do not think about the potential dangers of these heating devices when they are misused. You need to keep anything combustible away from the heater, and if something fell onto it or close to it while you are sleeping, a slow fire can start.

Before you know it, your bedroom could be filled with smoke, even from a small fire. The fire damage your Bow home sustains needs to be taken care of right away. The soot and smoke damage left behind can continue to do damage after the fire is out. Our staff at SERVPRO are always standing by to help you after a disaster like this. We can get it cleaned up for you in a timely fashion so you can get back to life as usual.

Fire damage creates several different challenges when it comes to cleaning it up. A building that has burned includes various complicated reactions between various elements. These include how much oxygen, heat, and moisture are present, the kind of material being burned, the kinds of smoke that are present, the airflow patterns in the building, and what kinds of surfaces are impacted by heat and smoke.

When it comes to surfaces, SERVPRO understands that porous ones let particles and odor permeate deeper and are a lot more difficult to clean. Surfaces that are nonporous, such as glossy enamel paint and vinyl wall coverings, are easier to clean than paper wall coverings or flat latex paint. Synthetic fibers attract greater concentrations of residue than natural fibers. However, synthetics clean better than natural fabrics.

Also, the older the surface is, the harder it can be for us to clean. Heat causes surfaces to expand and then become porous. Odors and residue can penetrate surfaces more efficiently. It does not matter whether it is fabric, paint, or carpet. As old paint deteriorates, for example, it becomes more porous, and its adhesion is weakened.

SERVPRO of Concord has the training and tools to clean the fire damage in your home in Bow, Penacock, or Concord correctly and thoroughly. Reach out to us at (603) 225-2825 when you are dealing with damage left after a fire.

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Wintertime Fire Damage Concerns In Bow

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Candles are also a common fire hazard, especially if knocked over at gatherings or neglected and allowed to burn down to a non-protected surface.

Fire Damage Concerns

Winter is finally coming around the corner after a long, warm autumn in Bow. When the weather changes, it is likely to occur quickly. Prepare for the increased fire risks of our winter temperatures, holidays, and storms ahead of time to avoid inconvenience and even tragedy. Line up a restoration company in case a crisis happens despite your planning.

Changes In Interior Climate Control
The best time of year to check out the condition of furnaces and heat pumps is now. A problem or malfunction of your heating system is the second most common cause of fires in the United States. The three winter months beginning with December, and ending with February see the most house fires traceable to heating. Not surprisingly, space heaters are a common appliance in roughly 40 percent of home heating fire disasters. Use with caution, and never unsupervised, especially with children or pets in the area.

Snow And Ice Storms
Severe storms featuring sleet, slush, heavy snow, and strong winds increase fire risk in a number of ways. The temperature often plummets, causing us to turn up the heat or switch on the space heater. Winter leads the rest of the year in the number of home fires, with heating issues reported in 1 out of every 6 fires. The ice and snow stress electrical lines, resulting in downed wires that can spark a fire.

Generator Issues
Downed wires impel prepared homeowners to use safer standby or riskier portable generators. In recent years the improper use of generators during the three month winter season is responsible for half the generator-related deaths in a year. Although many of those deaths are due to a buildup of carbon monoxide, fires also spark, particularly when a transfer switch is not used and extension cords covered in snow and slush snake outdoors to deliver the power to a home.

Home Holiday Decor
Real pine garlands and trees are highly flammable. Inexpensive strings of lights are prone to shorts, which can be a real disaster when the lights drape over a Christmas tree. Candles are also a common fire hazard, especially if knocked over at gatherings or neglected and allowed to burn down to a non-protected surface. Take care to shield candles and place on non-flammable holders. Keep away from pets and children and avoid the edges or surfaces and draperies or other fabric when displaying.

SERVPRO of Concord hopes your winter months are merry and bright, but if a fire damages your home, give us a call at (603) 225-2825. We are experts in fire damage restoration and will devise a plan that gets your house back to preloss condition.

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A small fire can cause a lot of damage

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke damage to the home after a small fire.

This home in Lyndeborough had a small fire but it caused a tremendous amount of smoke damage through out. SERVPRO of Concord was called in to clean up the aftermath. It takes team work to restore a home back to it's original condition and SERVPRO of Concord has just that team to get it done and get it done right. Having a fire in your home can be a traumatic experience and leave you feeling that you have no control in your life. We can help restore that feeling of control by guiding you through the process and answering all your questions and help you take control of your life again. If you or anyone you know experiences any type of fire or smoke damage call the experts at (603)225-2825.