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Attention Concord Homeowners! Call SERVPRO for Structural and Cosmetic Restorations after Damages Occur

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for No Mold, Water or Fire Damage Suffering in Your Concord Home

Why SERVPRO is the Restoration Service of Choice for Concord Residents

A Concord home is more than just a location and structure, which is why property damages can become a sensitive issue. Many homeowners have accumulated possessions over years or decades so are rightly devastated when dangerous water, fire, storm or mold-related incidents occur. Our restoration services are dedicated to restoring your contents rather than replacing them. We communicate openly and honestly with you throughout service, working quickly to ensure that these incidents pose as little inconvenience to you as possible. Our strong business ties with local adjusters, contractors, and chambers of commerce mean you may only have to deal with one company, throughout the process.

Mold
The presence of mold in a structure can do significant harm to the property overtime by infesting porous materials and spreading throughout the home. Sometimes, mold damage in Concord homes can occur from roof deterioration that allows water to seep into your attic space. Microbial infestations thrive on porous, warm materials like insulation and can quickly spread throughout. You may only notice the signs of mold growth later on when it begins to grow into ceilings or the upper top corners of your walls. It may only be noticeable by a musty odor in some regions of the house.

Once the indications of mold have been spotted in the property, you need to bring in professional restoration services. SERVPRO technicians are qualified to both assess and remediate microbial problems without resorting to expensive, time-consuming laboratory tests. The signs and smells of mold in your Concord home are enough to begin a procedure. We start by creating a containment area to control the spread of mold and avoid cross-contamination.

In your attic space, there are many different food sources for microbial fungi, including clothes, cardboard, untreated wood, insulation, and other materials. Usually, a porous material needs to be disposed of to avoid mold returning. Layers of insulation may need to be lifted for removal and replaced with uncontaminated insulation once the mold issue is under control. In situations where materials hold significant sentimental value, we may be able to restore them using Esporta washing machines. These industrial cleaners are capable of removing up to 99% of soiling from fabrics.

Fire
Housefires are an unfortunately common occurrence and can be the result of leaving on unattended a space heater, iron or stove. Restoring the damages left behind is far more complicated because materials combust differently, producing different types of smoke damages. Our restoration services for fire damage in Concord cover the removal of debris, cleaning contents and structure as well as deodorizing the property. If significant structural damage is sustained, SERVPRO can arrange for remodeling specialists to conduct repairs on your behalf.

Combusting materials can release toxic gases into the surrounding air, including carbon monoxide. Once the flames are extinguished, these harmful gases are significantly reduced, but inhaling soots from debris or surfaces can be harmful to your health. SERVPRO technicians can enter the affected area of your Concord home to remove charred debris as well as permanently damaged appliances to be safely disposed of according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.

When hot smoke contacts with cooler surfaces during a fire, chemical and carbon deposits are left behind in the form of smoke residues and soot. The fastest method of removing these smoke residues is by dissolving them in a cleaning solution, before wiping both solution and residue away. Deodorization of your property is included as part of our restoration services should an odor issue be present. Usually, once surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and dried, odors dissipate. If malodors remain SERVPRO can deploy thermal fogging equipment alongside spray-on air fresheners to find, mask or neutralize the offending odor.

Water
Dealing with large quantities of water in a home environment is a challenging task for professionals and should not be attempted without training, equipment, and expertise. Cosmetic damages- or those that are apparent to the naked eye- are often just the tip of the iceberg with slow leaks, interior plumbing issues or damage to the property's structural integrity at the heart of the issue.

A visual inspection of water damage in your Concord home may involve moving contents around, untacking carpets or viewing inside wall cavities with thermal imaging cameras. Restoration services need to be conducted thoroughly; otherwise moisture can reside unnoticed for weeks and months before causing permanent problems. SERVPRO technicians use proper drying techniques over the course of twelve hours to a few weeks- depending on severity- to resolve water problems rather than just cleaning them.

Fabrics in your home like carpets absorb moisture, weakening the carpet itself by up to 50% while also increasing humidity levels and subfloor moisture content. SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) float carpets by detaching the corners and placing rapid air-movers between carpet and subfloor. The process dries the underside of your carpets while raising the surface temperature of the subfloor below to draw out moisture. Replacing the subfloor mats and re-tacking the dry carpets is just one of the ways we can restore your home to a preloss condition.

Storm
When rainstorms breach your property, the resulting flooding can be exceptionally damaging to structure and contents. Restoration services for storm damage in Concord need to have a tried and tested gameplan to control the extent of the loss. SERVPRO technicians are qualified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and trained to the highest standards. During predicted extreme weather events, our rapid response units are ready to help you in a time of crisis.

Eliminating excess quantities of water needs to happen quickly to avoid permanent losses. Using submersible gas pumps, SERVPRO can remove a practically limitless amount of water in one go. Once standing water drops below two inches, truck-mounted extractors can be brought in to get rid of the remaining moisture. After that, the next step is to dry the structure thoroughly using dehumidifiers and rapid air-movers. This process can be time-consuming but is vital to avoiding secondary damages like mold growth.

During the restoration service of your Concord home, SERVPRO technicians can inventory contents and outcomes to be passed on to your insurer. This process takes the workload away from the homeowner because you only have to deal with one point of contact throughout the service. A walk-through is conducted at the end to show you specific of restoration as well as the predicted outcomes, meaning you stay in the loop from start to finish.

SERVPRO of Concord is a tried and tested restoration service that has gained a leading reputation in the community. Contact us today at (603) 225-2825 for mold, water, fire or storm-related property losses.

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Water Damage in Concord from Leaky Appliances

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Split Pipes (sometimes frozen) Cause Much Water Damage in Concord

Concord Residents Call Upon SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

Most of us think of flooding in rainy weather and burst pipes when people talk about water damage in Concord. However, homeowners often call in the team here at SERVPRO due to a malfunctioning clothes washer or dishwasher.

Water lines break, and hoses wear out. The result is standing water on kitchen and utility room floors, warped linoleum, and stains on the wall. How can you avoid these mishaps? Experts say homeowners who do regular inspections avoid many types of water damage issues in Concord. A good rule of thumb is once every season and before you go on vacation. 
 
This inspection should include a look at pipes under the sink and around the outside of the dishwasher, including along the door and on the floor. Check the hoses on your clothes washer and the outside of your water heater. If you notice excess condensation, drops of water, and problems with the materials of your floor or wallboards, don’t hesitate to call in a plumber. 
 
If you already see signs of water damage, call the experts here at SERVPRO. We are trained to meet the standards and best practices of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, respected throughout the cleaning and restoration field. We have years of hands-on experience, and cutting-edge machines and cleaning agents to return your home to its original condition. Our emphasis is always on restoring your possessions and furnishings, replacing them only if necessary. 
 
Drying is key to successful restoration work. After extracting as much water as possible, SERVPRO technicians use powerful air movers to speed drying and help moisture evaporate. We use the movers in conjunction with dehumidifiers, which remove moisture from the air. With our advanced training, we know how to calculate the right type and number of equipment to use to get rid of moisture in the affected space.

We can help with any water emergency at SERVPRO of Concord, (603) 225-2825. Our technicians are here to assist with all types of water damage, 24/7.

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Fire Damage Restoration Services After a House Fire in Concord

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can get out of control very quickly. Once you and your family are safe and the fire is put out, give SERVPRO a call for remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate All Aspects of Fire Damage in Your Home

It only takes a few seconds for a small flame to grow into a full-blown inferno. In as little as half a minute, a small fire can turn into a life-threatening disaster. It can ravage a home and put the lives of the occupants into major risk within no time. In fact, studies have shown that fires claim more American lives every year than all the natural calamities in the U.S combined. Additionally, the damage left behind can amount to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The increased usage of flammable materials in the house has not made the situation any easier. 
 
If your property sustains fire damage in Concord, you can trust SERVPRO to restore the items in your home. We have industry-leading equipment for quick and efficient smoke odor and vapor removal. Additionally, our IICRC-approved technicians have many years of experience and know how to use different cleanup methods for different situations. 
 
Water used to extinguish the fire can soak the floors and walls of the house. We must remove this water and dry the structure thoroughly to prevent wood rot and mold growth. Soot from the fire, on the other hand, can saturate and stain your upholstery. In this case, professional restoration requires combining various chemicals, equipment, and techniques to salvage the furnishings, draperies, carpet, and linens. 
 
Smoke odors from the fire damage can pervade virtually anything in the home, including clothing, rugs, linens, and furnishings. The smoke can also damage the air ducts in the structure, triggering foul odors every time you turn on the air conditioner or furnace. It is essential that we clean up and repair the ducts before using the HVAC system again. 
 
On certain fire damage occasions, SERVPRO technicians use ozone treatments to repair the smoke damage. This process requires tenting and treating the contents or even the entire house. We may use chemical sealers to fix smoke damage on flooring, drywall, and air ducts. Chemical additives can come in handy for treating smoke-damaged textiles such as carpets and draperies. Most floors, ceilings, and walls usually need strong chemicals to get rid of soot before repainting or re-carpeting them. 
 
Fire is a very destructive element that can decimate your house very fast. As a locally based fire damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Concord can arrive quickly to restore your property. For emergency services, call us anytime at (603) 225-2825. 
 
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Mold Damage Cleaning in Bow

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians have the professional equipment to remediate mold damage found in attics and crawlspaces.

Mold Damage Remediation for Hard to Reach Spaces of Your Home

The township of Bow is in a great location. We are far enough inland to usually miss the worst of the coastal weather and just close enough to larger cities like Concord to enjoy small-town life without losing any of the benefits of a larger city.

Being a picturesque, small town does not protect Bow from mold damage, however. With decades of experience in New Hampshire, SERVPRO is ready to defend our community from this quiet disaster that still causes millions in cleaning, repair, and replacement costs every year. Since our area has a relatively high level of humidity throughout the year, our office makes use of our extensive inventory of chemical cleaners and equipment to eliminate the threat mold presents.

When it comes to damage, most of what mold spores affect is structural property. In older homes like many that make up our community, mold can go undetected for years. The many crawlspaces and dead spaces created by renovation over two centuries are difficult to get into and examine for mold or insect infestations.

For areas like this, SERVPRO technicians use an anti-microbial agent combined with a fogging machine. This device forces the chemical cleaner into small regions and wood joints where a spray would be unable to penetrate. The fog begins killing the mold spores on contact. The few that do survive retreat to an inert state and present no threat to a home or its residents.

In attics and other more easily accessible areas, we use a hand pump or powered sprayers to deploy liquid anti-microbial agents. As with the fog, the chemicals begin killing the mold on contact.

If the mold has expanded into the walls and other support structures, we are licensed to remove and replace posts and support beams up to the point where a new roof may be needed. Work such as installing new, interior wall frames or ceiling supports we accomplish in a few days, leading up to a couple of weeks, depending on the size of the home.

Taking care of our community is the top priority for SERVPRO of Concord. As a locally owned office, the homes we clean and repair are our friends and neighbors. If you need us, call (603) 225-2825 today.

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Are You Making These Types of Fire Damage Remediation Mistakes in Bow?

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

When your home is facing fire damage due to candles, it is time to contact the certified and experienced SERVPRO team to remediate the damage.

Safe Candle Usage and Why SERVPRO is the Right Choice for Fire Damage in Your Bow Home

Candles are a great way to liven up any room in your Bow home by adding some warm light and fresh scents. However, if you do not use them carefully, they can also create devastation. Understanding the dangers of candle use and knowing how to use them safely helps to prevent a tragedy in your residence.

Fire damage to your Bow home is not something that you should try to handle on your own. You not only have the damage from the flames, but also settled smoke and soot, plus smoke smells, to clean. That is why SERVPRO should be called in for help. With our experience and trained staff, we can restore your home in a timely fashion to prevent additional damage.

Overall, fires from candles are not as destructive or prevalent as the ones caused by kitchen or heater incidents. More than half of home fires related to candles begin when the candle was placed too near combustible material like a drape or a curtain. Some of the most common items which are ignited from candles are cabinets, bedding or mattresses, clothing, or blinds and curtains.

SERVPRO techs must deodorize all odors left behind, besides restore the damage done. Odor molecules are quite volatile and vaporize easily. They dissolve and carry odor vapors to your nose when humidity levels are high. Therefore, odors in humid air seem strong than those in dry air. High temperatures also let odors penetrate surfaces more easily. Weather conditions, therefore, impact how evident odors are and require us to be even more thorough when removing them.

Taking precautions while using candles can help keep you and your family safe. Always place candles on stable furniture where pets and children cannot knock them over, and do not fall asleep when a candle is burning. Before lighting, trim wicks to ¼ inch, and use holders that are noncombustible to catch the dripping wax.

Keep hair and clothing away from an open flame and do not use candles near paper, holiday decorations, flammable liquids, blinds, books, curtains, lampshades, bedding, clothing, and other combustibles. If there are any compressed air tanks in the home, do not use the candles near them, either.

SERVPRO of Concord can come to the rescue when your home in Bow, Penacook, or Concord suffers from fire damage. You can call us anytime at (603) 225-2825 when tragedy strikes so we can help you make your home look as if it never happened.

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When Your Items Are Damaged After A Fire In Your Bow Home Our Experts Have The Equipment To Restore It To Pre-Damage Condition

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our 24-hour services line, (603) 225-2825, is here for you, 365 days a year.

Why SERVPRO Uses Ultrasonic Technology To Clean Sooty Items Recovered From Fire Damaged Homes In Bow

Our goal in any job is to make the customer's Bow area home exactly “Like it never even happened.” Many disasters destroy more than the structural framework and severely impact the contents. Decades ago, many of the items lost in a fire could not become usable again, no matter how much cleaning occurred. Now, we have the technical ability to restore many things that homeowners would need to replace.

We take pride in explaining to our customers why SERVPRO uses ultrasonic technology to restore the majority of their items from soot contamination that happens as part of fire damage in Bow. We use this technology because it is suitable for so many different things. The main requirements that an object must meet include its ability to become submerged in water and afterward, our ability to dry it quickly.

In a similar manner to hydrogen peroxide that cleans debris from a wound, the bubbles produced by the intense vibrations in our ultrasonic machine lift foreign matter and substances away from the surface of anything placed inside the basket and submerged in the water. This process can take a bit of time when surfaces hold a thick layer or the item contains extensive grooves and other indentations, but the results are much less labor-intensive and more uniform than work conducted manually.

Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FRST) understands the stress families experience when not only their home is affected by fire damage, but their most prized possessions seem lost forever. Knowing that we can restore both keepsakes and everyday items for you makes our work incredibly satisfying from both a professional and personal level. Our work in restoring your belongings with our ultrasonic machine is enhanced by the way we inventory these items as we pack them up for transporting to our facility, eliminating losses and ensuring that we make a notation detailing any newly discovered damage.

SERVPRO of Concord wants to help families in the surrounding area, including Penacook, to recover as quickly and as painlessly as possible when fire damage causes ruin to their homes and belongings. Our 24-hour services line, (603) 225-2825, is here for you, 365 days a year.

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SERVPRO Brings in the Heavy Equipment to Dry Your Concord Home

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Long after the water recedes, the effects of water damage are still being felt. SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to restore your home.

Professional Mitigation for Flooding in Your Concord Home

Whenever disaster strikes your Concord home, you want to make sure that the items and contents within the house get protected from the substantial risks present. Within a brief period, circumstances like flooding can spread throughout the property and affect not only these contents you wish to protect from harm but also countless structural components and materials that could oversaturate and ultimately fail. Taking care of the situation quickly is critical, but that requires advanced equipment used by experienced and highly trained technicians like ours.

Once flood damages have affected your Concord home, your entire property is at the mercy of a timeline where the situation continually gets worse for the structure and the items inside of it. Immediately, materials begin to soak up pooling water as they become exposed. Throughout a day, surfaces like drywall can become so overly saturated that they distort and erode. Fast action is necessary to prevent this degradation of your home. 

Our SERVPRO professionals have the industry-leading equipment to make a difference. We strive to have advanced technology designed to make water restoration and mitigation more effective and efficient, which saves you money and time but also makes the job easier for our experienced technicians on-site. From the moment that we arrive, our team begins by assessing the damages your home has sustained and determining which of the extraction tools is necessary to overcome the excess. For substantial damages, our gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted pumps can remove water fast. 

Drying the area is a critical component to slowing the damage before official restoration work begins. Our technicians utilize air movers to force moisture out of saturated materials and dehumidifiers to collect vaporized dampness and remove it from the area. Both of these machines integrate dry heat back into the environment, improving the efficiency and speed of overall drying efforts. 

Our equipment plays a big role in the work that we do for our customers when recovering from flooding. You can count on our SERVPRO of Concord emergency response team to help preserve the structure and contents of your home with our quick response and advanced equipment. Give us a call today at (603) 225-2825.

Concord’s nickname is ‘the city in a coma.’  Click here for more fun facts about Concord.