Hurricane season is here!
Hurricane preparations aren't just for our neighbors in the South!
We do not get very many hurricanes here in New England, but that doesn't mean that we should ignore them! We need to prepare for the season as well. We very often feel the tail ends of these storms, and with that comes wind and WATER. Often times, A LOT of rain. We may not need to batten down the hatches so to speak, But we DO need to protect our homes from potential WATER and STORM damage.
Here are some steps that you can take to prepare and protect your home.
Inspect and Repair Your Roof
A leaky roof can cause a lot more damage to your house than unsightly water stains on the ceiling. Roof leaks keep attic insulation wet, which can lead to rot and mold.
The unseen damage caused by roof leaks is often worse than what meets the eye, so it’s important to have it fixed as soon as possible. Having a reputable roofing contractor inspect your roof, check for undetected leaks, and make any needed repairs can prevent more costly damage down the road.
Document Your Possessions
Take a picture or video of your possessions. This is invaluable for Insurance claims after the storm.
Keep all important records and documents in water proof containers and if you can, maintain a digital copy of all important records and keep them in a waterproof safe or safety deposit box away from your house.
Trim Your Trees
To help prevent storm damage to your home, it’s important to trim tree branches that are growing near or hanging over your home to prevent them from breaking and crashing through the roof or damaging your siding during a storm.
Check to make sure all trees and large shrubs are alive and well, and remove any dead limbs or unhealthy plants.
Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
It’s important to make sure to keep your gutters clean, repair any gutter leaks, and check regularly to see that they drain properly.
In addition, inspect your downspouts, remove any downspout clogs, and use splash blocks or downspout extension pipes to make sure the water is directed well away from your house foundation.
Protect Your Foundation and Basement
To help keep your basement dry and prevent flooding around your home, make sure the ground slopes away from your home’s foundation by at least 6” over the first 10’. In addition, consider having a sump pump installed in your basement to remove any ground water that may seep in.
In the case that water does find its way inside your basement, leave a 1/2″ to 1” gap between the bottom of the drywall and the basement floor to prevent moisture from creeping up the wallboard and causing mold to grow within the walls. Hide the gap with strips of wood molding or rubberized floor trim.
If you have appliances, such as a washer and dryer or a furnace in your basement, make sure that they are high enough off of the basement floor level to avoid damage.Consider putting them on cinder blocks.
Even with the best preparations in the world; Mother Nature sometimes wins! If you find your home has suffered STORM and or WATER damage contact SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton. We are prepared and READY to handle your needs. To contact us Click here.
Like it never even happened.
Winter is approaching fast! Prevent Storm Damage today!
What You Need to Know About Preventing Winter Storm Damage
We all love a snow day!! But the reality is that major winter storms can wreak havoc in our everyday lives, causing inconvenience, discomfort and expensive damage. Keep your home protected from these disruptions by following these tips.
Keep gutters clear
- This keeps ice from building up in the gutters and contributing to the formation of ice dams, which may cause water to back up underneath shingles.
- Trim trees and shrubs back far enough so that they will not rub against or fall onto your roof or siding, even if weighed down with snow and ice. Remember, safety first. Call a professional if you need help.
Inspect the roof
- Keep an eye out for damaged shingles and roof flashing that can allow water and ice into your home.
- Ventilate the attic and insulate the attic floor to stop warm air in the house from melting snow and ice on the roof.
Check your Chimney
- Wind and heavy rains can lead to a leaky chimney and related water damage. Be sure your chimney has a chimney cap installed, and have the brick and mortar inspected periodically.
- The freeze/thaw cycle will eventually cause cracks.
- If your chimney is leaning, Get it repaired.
Invest in a roof rake
- If large amounts of snow accumulate on your roof, consider using a roof rake to remove some of the load that can cause leaks and even lead to collapse.
- Check for loose or missing shingles.
- Look for exposed water supply lines that are located in unheated areas and exterior walls. Wrap them with an insulating pipe sleeve or heat tape to stop the pipes from freezing and bursting in very cold weather.
- Let water trickle from faucets connected to exposed pipes that run through unheated spaces to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air circulation around the pipes.
Find the main water valve
- Know where the main water valve is located (typically in the basement or outside near the curb) so you can turn water off quickly if a pipe bursts.
Keep walkways clear
- Ensure personal safety after a storm hits by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, steps and driveways. Treat these surfaces with rock salt or deicing products.
- For more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways, visit the EPA website for a complete list of recommended products. https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/products
To learn more about storm damage cleanup and restoration, contact: SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942
Living in New Hampshire or Vermont we don't see very many tornadoes.
However, you can never be too careful, and being prepared for ANY storm disaster is always a good idea! Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, we need to be ready for windstorms, flash flooding, hurricanes and strong thunderstorms.Hurricane season usually runs from June 1 to November 30th.Here are some safety precaution tips for strong thunderstorms.
Act Now to be Prepared
- Know the county in which you live and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.
- Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Battery operated radio.
- First aid kit and manual.
- Emergency food and water.
- Non-electric can opener.
- Essential medicines.
- Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards.
Before the Storm
- Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors.
- If a storm is approaching, keep a NOAA Weather Radio or AM/FM radio with you.
- Postpone outdoor activities if storms are imminent.
- Check on neighbors who require special assistance: infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
During the Storm
- Remember: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.
- Move to a sturdy building or car. Do Not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, or in convertible automobiles.
- If lightning occurs and sturdy shelter is not available, get inside a hard top automobile and keep the windows up.
- Get out of boats and away from water.
- Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances not necessary for obtaining weather information. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Use phones only in an emergency.
- Do not take a bath or shower.
- Turn off air conditioners. Power can overload the compressors.
- Get to higher ground if flash flooding or flooding is possible. Do Not attempt to drive to safety. Most flash flooding deaths occur in automobiles.
- If you are caught outdoors and no shelter is nearby.
- Find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
- If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
- If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible; minimize your contact with the ground.
After the Storm
- Check on neighbors who may require special assistance: infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
- Avoid all downed power lines. Assume that all have live electricity.
- Continue to monitor NOAA Weather Radio and your local media for latest weather updates.
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How to prevent water damage
Whether it's a little water or a lot of water, the damage can be costly!
Protecting your home from water damage!
Ensure Good Drainage. Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.
Clean your gutters routinely
A clogged gutter will send cascades of water down the side of your house, damaging your siding and foundation.
Ensure your downspouts direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.
Make sure your yard is sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation. That slope keeps water from getting down right next to your foundation, where it could cause walls to lean, crack the masonry, and create leaks. (For crawl spaces, keeping water away makes sure excess water doesn’t pool underneath your floor, making for damp conditions that encourage mold, rot, and insects.)
But don’t let the soil get too dry, either. Long dry spells let the soil around your house dry out and shrink. A big rain may make the soil expand, putting pressure on your foundation walls. In a drought, run a soaker hose at least 6 inches from the foundation and 3 inches under the soil to keep the soil from contracting and expanding.
Test Your Sump Pump Regularly
How to test your sump pump:
Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Watch for the “float” (similar to the float in your toilet) to rise, which should turn on the pump. Then watch to make sure the water level falls.
Test your backup pump the same way, but unplug the main pump first.
If you don’t have a backup pump — or a generator — and are on municipal water, get one that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water, your only option is the battery kind.
Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them.
Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all.
How to check for leaks:
Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.
At least once a year, inspect your roof. Repair missing, loose, and damaged shingles. Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing.
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Some facts about mold
Mold in the home
- Mold or mold spores can be found virtually everywhere. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores. You can, however, control growth by controlling moisture.
- Mold will begin to grow 24-48 hours after material becomes moist so call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/ Littleton AS SOON AS your water loss is discovered!
- Optimum indoor humidity is 30-60%
- Ways to facilitate optimum humidity level: Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
- Increasing ventilation Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
- If you see mold on hard surfaces; clean with water and detergent and dry thoroughly.
- If mold contaminates a porous material, the item often needs to be removed and discarded. If the material is deemed salvageable, it must be completely dried, properly and thoroughly cleaned and sealed to ensure removal/encapsulation of the contaminant.
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When Storms or Floods hit our Communities SERVPRO is READY!
When Storms or Floods Hit
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Our Communities, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel form a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams
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Mold can grow under multiple conditions present in our buildings every day. Moisture, however, is the foremost factor that causes mold growth.
- Mold spores live and grow through moisture and high levels of humidity. If these conditions are not addressed immediately - within 48 hours, mold will continue to return. These fungi can also produce a musty odor. We specialize in water and mold mitigation and restoration. Our advanced mold remediation equipment and restoration processes help to detect and handle the source of the water problem.
- Each mold infestation requires a particular solution. Our highly trained professionals use an exacting system of inspection, assessment, containment, air filtration, removing mold infested materials, disinfecting, and cleaning your belongings. We can perform various types of minor and major repairs. To save our customers stress, time and costs expense, SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton can handle the entire mold remediation service. We can handle the initial damage mitigation and the rebuilding, including sanitizing and deodorizing of all affected areas. Our AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, are IICRC certified, with advanced corporate and franchise training. We are also experienced in dealing with your insurance company, and we can assist you in these matters if applicable. We can even assist you with your paperwork for your claim.
- Call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton with any questions that you may have. We are available with 24-hour emergency service – including holidays. We are locally owned and operated, which means when you call us, we can respond quickly with the help that you need. Don't try to tackle a mold situation yourself call the pros at SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton. (603) 298-6942.
What to do when a fire strikes!
When fire strikes..Fight back!
A catastrophic event doesn't knock on your door first; Rebuilding your life AFTER A FIRE comes with uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of your property.
Flames cause damage, ash, soot and smoke residue.
There are many types of smoke.
Wet Smoke - Plastics and Rubbers Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry smoke - Paper and Wood Fast burning, high temptures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue- Produced by evaporation of materials rather than from a Fire. Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
From a little fire to a total loss SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton professionals will beable to help you in the unfortunate event that your home or business gets ravaged by fire.
The most important thing to remember AFTER A FIRE in your home or business is to contact SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton 603.298.6942
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SERVPRO EMERGENCY READY PROGRAM
Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)
Be Prepared with the SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Program
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens”
In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.
Disasters and emergencies always strike without warning. Preparation is an important key for making it through any size disasters. It is best to plan ahead before any disasters strikes.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens."
In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO Ready App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device, making help just a few clicks away.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster,
Whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes.
Call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942 to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in your future.
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There is no such thing as a small disaster!
Small water leak
With any leak it's the water you don't see that can cause the most damage!
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton will occasionally receive calls from customers with concern and worry about possible mold growth. Upon inspection it will be noted that they had a small water leak "some time ago" that they chose to try and mitigate themselves.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton professionals are trained to safely clean and restore homes and businesses utilizing the following procedures:
•Identify the Source/Type of water
•Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
•Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises for hidden moisture
•Perform emergency water extraction
•Move and block furniture and contents
•Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide service
•Apply necessary treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)
•Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment
•Dispose of Refuse
There is NO Such Thing as a SMALL DISASTER!
Especially when a small leak now could blossom into a large claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. Instead of trusting intrained eyes, help ensure the value of your property by calling SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton professionals have the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in.
To help SMALL LEAKS from becoming BIG PROBLEMS, call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942
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