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COOK SAFELY!

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking related fires. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you enjoy a safe holiday.

COOK SAFELY!

  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking
  • Never leave cooking food unattended
  • Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on
  • Keep flammable items such as pot holders, towels, food packaging; away from appliances and flame
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build up
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, rated for all types of fire, in a handy location

If a Fire should occur in your home, call the Clean up Team at 603.298.6942

IT DOESN’T TAKE A LOT OF WATER TO CAUSE PROBLEMS!

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage IT DOESN’T TAKE A LOT OF WATER TO CAUSE PROBLEMS! water damage

IT DOESN’T TAKE A LOT OF WATER TO CAUSE PROBLEMS!

It doesn’t take a lot of water to cause tremendous damage. Just an inch or two can destroy carpets and dry wall, warp wood floors, damage building components.

Water damage can be caused by many things:

  • Sump pumps
  • Water heater failures
  • Broken pipes
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker problems
  • Flooding due to heavy rain
  • Ground water seeping into the basement
  • Natural disasters

Even after the water seems to disappear, excess moisture can hide in your floor coverings, foundation, wood structures and walls—causing major damage to your property and creating the perfect environment for mold and other fungi growth.

But if you catch it in time, you can ward off a lot of the damage and save money and headaches down the road. It’s important that water is quickly removed and the property dried, ventilated and disinfected to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew and other microorganisms that are harmful.

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ARE YOU READY?

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial ARE YOU READY? ERP

50% The Percent of Businesses that may never reopen after suffering a disaster

As many as 50% of business close down following a disaster, according to the latest research.  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

EMERGENCY READY PROFILE

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 45 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Are Your Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans for a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you Ready for whatever happens?”

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FIRE SAFTEY!

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FIRE SAFTEY! Red Cross

What to do in a fire…..

House Fires

  • Call 911
  • If you suspect a fire, make sure everyone is out and safe, including pets.
  • Once out of the residence, stay out.
  • If you become trapped in a room, these steps are recommended:
  1. Keep door closed. Opening the door will decrease your chance of survival.
  2. Stay low to the floor. Smoke rises and fresher air remains lower to the ground.
  3. Wait by the window and identify your distress.
  4. Don’t hide under beds or in closets.
  5. Seal the bottom of the door with blankets or clothing to keep smoke out.

Apartment Fires

  • Residents may face two situations. The first is a fire in the apartment you live in. Second is a fire in someone else’s apartment. In either case, it is best to have a plan and know precisely how to respond.
  • If there is a fire in your apartment, it is important to slow the fire spread by closing the doors behind you, so other people will have time to evacuate the building.
  • Call 911 immediately, and then alert others in the building of the fire.
  • Activate the fire alarm if there is one.
  • Identify two exits out of your apartment, and make them known to other family members.

Multi-Story Building Fires

  • Do not use elevator.
  • Find evacuation signs in the stairwell landing that will give you information.
  • Fire doors in the halls should never be blocked for any reason.

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Video

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SECOND SIGN MOLD IS GROWING IN YOUR HOME AFTER A WATER DAMAGE!

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SECOND SIGN MOLD IS GROWING IN YOUR HOME AFTER A WATER DAMAGE! mold

SECOND SIGN MOLD IS GROWING IN YOUR HOME AFTER A WATER DAMAGE!

The second sign mold is growing in your home after a water damage. Persistent/Stubborn Mold in Grout.  As we all know, mold and mildew grow quickly in the bathrooms of our homes, particularly in shower grout and joints between the floor and bathtub. But if you notice dark discolorations and mold that reappear even after cleaning with bleach, you may have a serious mold infestation elsewhere in your home. Mold spores are carried through the air, and mold seeks out areas that will allow it to grow and flourish, particularly bathrooms.

Water damage may have contaminated your crawl space, basement, or HVAC system and duct work, spreading spores every time you turn on your system. It is imperative that you call in a professional water damage cleanup team to evaluate your home for mold infestations.

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942 in the Upper Valley and surrounding area, or 603.444.7900 for the Littleton surrounding areas. Our service technicians are trained in mold remediation and will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold growth. In the event mold is found, we can determine the best route for remediation.

SERVPRO CARES

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton cares about proper restoration of your structure. In most water damage situations excessive mold growth is not a problem and SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton can safely restore your building to preloss condition. The need to address the presence of mold can only be determined by an on-site, indoor environmental inspection.

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FIGHT FIRE THIS FALL

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FIGHT FIRE THIS FALL Fire Extinguisher

Fight fire Safely

A fire extinguisher can be a life saving tool when used correctly. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends individuals are properly trained in order to use and maintain an extinguisher. USFA says an extinguisher should only be used if:

  • You have alerted other occupants and someone has called the fire department;
  • The fire is small and contained to a single object, such as a wastebasket;
  • You are safe from toxic smoke produced by the fire;
  • You have a means of escape identified and the fire is not between you and the escape route; and
  • Your instincts tell you that is is safe to use an extinguisher.

Choosing the Proper Fire Extinguisher for Your Needs

Class A: For use with fires involving ordinary combustible materials such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.

Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline and oil.

Class C: Suitable for use on fires involving appliances, tools or other equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.

Class D: For use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.

Class K: For use on fires involving vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are becoming more popular in the residential market.

Watch a short fire video here

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Thunderstorms in New Hampshire

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorms in New Hampshire Thunderstorms

Today’s Topic is Thunderstorms!

Summer in NH brings those triple H days – hazy, hot, and humid! On days like those there’s nothing more welcome than the arrival of a late-afternoon thunderstorm, leaving in its wake cool, refreshing air, scrubbed clean of haze and pollution.

Thunderstorms need three things:

  • Moisture—to form clouds and rain.
  • Unstable Air—relatively warm air that can rise rapidly.
  • Lift—fronts, sea breezes and mountains are capable of lifting air to help form thunderstorms.

More Facts about thunderstorms:

  • Thunderstorms may occur singly, in clusters, or in lines.
  • Some of the most severe occur when a single thunderstorm affects one location for an extended time.
  • Thunderstorms typically produce heavy rain for a brief period, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for thunderstorm development.
  • About 10 percent of thunderstorms are classified as severe—one that produces hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter, has winds of 58 miles per hour or higher, or produces a tornado.

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RESTORING YOUR BUSINESS

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

RESTORING YOUR BUSINESS AFTER A WATER DAMAGE!

Flooding, storms, broken or frozen pipes, sprinkler system mishaps, can all cause numerous issues that require knowledgeable and quick response. We understand that every minute spent mitigating a loss is a minute of lost revenue and productivity.  Our IICRC certified technicians are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns, we work quickly to assess each situation and isolate the damaged area.  SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton strive to fully restore the damaged area as quickly as possible, to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

If your business happens to suffer any intrusion of water, call the professionals of SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton.  Rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and tools to fully restore your facility.

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FLASH FLOODING!

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage FLASH FLOODING! Microbursts

What is Flash Flooding?

A flash flood is a rapid flooding of geomorphic low-lying areas: washes, rivers, dry lakes and basins. It may be caused by heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or meltwater from ice or snow flowing over ice sheets or snowfield.

During A Storm or Heavy Rains:

Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.

Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.

  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

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MICROBURSTS!

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage MICROBURSTS! Microbursts

Microbursts What Are They?

Dennis Mersereau explains

Microbursts, also called "downbursts," are a sudden downward burst of wind from the base of a thunderstorm. The air can rush towards the ground at speeds of 60 MPH before impacting the surface and spreading out in all directions. Winds at the surface can exceed 100 MPH in the strongest microbursts, often causing extensive tree and building damage.

As the name suggests, microbursts tend to affect a small area, no larger than a few square miles in most cases. The intense damage these wind events leave behind can cause residents to think they had a tornado. While weak tornadoes and microbursts can produce similar amounts of damage, there is a marked swirl in tornado debris on the ground when viewed from above, while microbursts produce damage in a starburst pattern, with straight-line winds radiating away from the point of impact.

Two Types of Microbursts

There are two types of microbursts—dry microbursts and wet microbursts—each native to certain parts of the United States.

Dry Microbursts

Drier climates, such as Denver, experience dry microbursts. Dry microbursts hit the ground without any precipitation, making them virtually impossible to see unless they kick up dust and dirt at the surface. Dry air entrainment is basically the only process driving these wind events.

Wet Microbursts

East of the Rockies, especially in the southeastern United States, wet microbursts are dominant. Wet microbursts form from both dry air entrainment (causing cold air to sink towards the ground) and water loading (weight of the rain dragging the air). Seen from a distance, wet microbursts look like an upside-down mushroom cloud—a narrow rainshaft extending from the cloud to the ground, with a large burst of wind-driven water and dirt puffing away from the point of impact at the surface.

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