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Fires Happen, Even in the Colder Weather

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fires don’t just happen in hot weather. They can happen anytime, even in the winter months.  The first 24-48 hours can make all the difference between restoring and replacing. Responding quickly, with the right tools and equipment, we can get your business back up and running or back into your home as quickly as possible.

Here are 5 of the most common Fire causes in the winter months:

  • Candles- Keep candles away from flammable objects. Careless candle placement is the leading cause of fires in the US.
  • Space Heaters- Just like candles, space heater fires are common. Most due to clothing, curtains, or other flammable objects placed too close to the heaters. Need to keep flammable objects AT LEAST 3 feet from heaters.
  • Fire Places- Always make sure to put out the fire before you leave your home or go to bed at night. Always keep a watchful eye while gas or logs are burning.
  • Over-worked Electrical Outlets- Heating appliances require a large amount of electricity. You should only have 1 heating appliance plugged in to an electrical outlet at a time.
  • NON Working Smoke Detectors- Smoke detectors are your biggest and fastest help in a fire! Be sure to check your smoke detectors. They need to be fully functioning and have fresh batteries for winter months. Batteries should be changed at least TWICE a year. Daylight savings time is a good way to remember to change your batteries. However, your smoke detectors should be tested once a month, and replaced every 7-10 years.

What to do in the case of a fire:

  • Try not to panic
  • Tell everyone in the house
  • Have a pre-planned exit plan, use it as safely and as quickly as possible
  • Smoke rises, so stay low or crawl. The air is cleaner and will be easier to breathe
  • Do not try to gather possessions or valuables
  • If it is possible, close the door to where the fire is, and close each door as you leave the room. This will help slow the spread of the fire.
  • Be careful when you have to open a door, tap quickly or touch with the back of your hand. If the knob is hot, DO NOT OPEN IT, good chance fire is on the other side
  • Do not go back into the building
  • Find a safe place near the building and wait for help to arrive
  • Do NOT go back in to the building

 6 Things you need to do after a fire:

  • Call your insurance company immediately
  • Ask about restoration companies, like SERVPRO, that can help with the cleaning, boarding windows and other construction.
  • When it is safe to re-enter your home, separate damaged items from undamaged
  • Save undamaged property and items from further destruction.
  • Cooperate FULLY with the insurance companies investigation
  • Find somewhere to stay if you cannot stay in your home safely

If you should fall victim to the unfortunate event of a fire call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942

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Broken Water Pipes

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Here in New Hampshire and Vermont we are, or should be used to the fluctuating temperatures.

During extreme cold, which we have recently experienced much of, water freezes. Even water in your pipes throughout your home. When water freezes, it expands, which builds pressure. When the pressure is to great, the pip will burst, causing water to go everywhere!!

Here are a few tips on keeping pipes thawed in during the cold weather:

  • Letting faucets drip. Although it may not stop pipes from freezing it will help the flow, which will help keep pipes from bursting.
  • Store hoses inside, when possible.
  • If you notice a frozen pipe, you can use a hair dryer, heating pad, hot wash clothes, or space heaters to help thaw them.

Here are 4 Signs that you have a frozen pipe:

  • Temperture- water tends to freeze with temperatures 32 degrees and lower.
  • Frost- If you can see frost on your pipes
  • No water- If you have little or no water coming from a faucet, chances are your pipe is frozen.
  • Smell- If there are odd odors coming from the faucet or the drain.

What can you do if your pipes burst:

  • Shut off water- Make sure to shut water off from the main shut off, not just the location
  • Electricity- Sometimes it is best if you shut off the electricity as well.
  • Call a plumber
  • Remove water-If you are able to, or call SERVPRO

Here at SERVPRO Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton we are certified to help, and make it "Like it never even happened." For more information Click here

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POST-CONSTRUCTION CLEANING

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

There’s nothing quite like a finished construction or remodel project! After weeks or months of chaos and messes, your project is finally done and ready to show off. But wait, what about the DUST?

During the process of construction, whether it is a new home, or a remodel, basically every square inch of the home gets covered in a film of dust. If you’ve ever tried to clean up sheetrock duct or the fine sawdust left from the finish work, you know it’s easier to fit a square peg in a round hole. It seems impossible to sweep, wipe, or vacuum post construction dust without simple stirring it up and re-spreading. We have the solution!

With our specialized products and equipment, we can make that finished project shine;

  • Air Scrubbers
  • Hepa Vacs and filters
  • Duct Cleaning Vacuum
  • High Pressure Steam Clearers
  • SERVPRO RBT Drywall Dust Remover, Amor Guard and Wall and All to name a few.

A good post-construction clean targets these areas;

  • Outside of the structure
  • Walls, windows and Ceilings
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Counters, Cabinets and Drawers
  • Bathrooms
  • Floors

So when your project is complete and in need of dust busting, who you gonna call? 

SERVPRO!  

603.298.6942

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ICE DAMS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE!

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

As winter approaches, we all want to be prepared. What we never seem to prepare for is ice damming. What is ice damming? An ice dam is formed when you have a lot of heat loss through your roof, causing snow to melt and run down and freeze as it gets close to the edge of the roof. This can be seen by blocks of ice on the edge of a roof, or large icicles that hang from the roof. Simple enough to explain, however they can cause big damage.

When you get an ice dam, the snow that continues to melt will get trapped by the dam and have no place to go, and can then back up under the shingles causing a leak. Many roof leaks in the late winter/early spring are from ice dams.

To prevent ice dams, and of course the latter water damage, the first step is to limit the amount of heat loss through your roof. Making sure you are insulated well enough is key. You will then also want to rid of the snow on the bottom of the roof before it turns to ice. If you already see ice dams forming, you can try and cut through the ice to make channels for water to flow off the roof, or on warmer days use warm tap water to assist in melting, however, this is a temporary fix. 

If you happen to suffer a water damage caused by ice dams, call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942

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

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

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

The third sign mold is growing in our home after a water damage is Discoloration Spreading on Drywall. Even if saturated drywall was removed after the flood, there is still a chance that mold is growing behind walls, in insulation, and throughout your HVAC system. If you find any areas of darkness or mold growth on your drywall, call your locally owned and operated  SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton immediately. We will be happy to help you determine the scope of mold infestation and come up with a mold remediation plan.

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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HOLIDAY FIRE SAFTEY!

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Although the weather is colder, fires in the home are still a huge risk.

Its Christmas time, people are putting up decorations, lights, and Christmas trees.

Christmas trees cause approximately 200 home fires per year, which result in approximately 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and around $14.8 million in property damage.

Christmas decorations have caused approximately 840 home structural fires, 3which have resulted in about 2 deaths, 36 injuries and $11.4 million in damage. 

This doesn’t mean don’t decorate your home for the holidays, it just means, please be careful, and use the necessary precautions!

When decorating your home and tree this holiday season, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Examine all of your cords. Make sure there are no tears, and that all the prongs are intact.
  • Do not overload extension cords, and if plugs call for 3 prong, get a 3 prong extension cord.
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green, needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Place the tree at least 3ft away from any heat source, (EX: fireplace, radiators, heat vents, candles or lamps.)
  • Do not block exits with tree.
  • Make sure with a real tree you are watering it daily.
  • When decorating, replace any bad cords or lights that are damaged.
  • Make sure to turn off lights when leaving the home or going to bed.
  • After Christmas, dispose of the tree properly.

We at SERVPRO, hope you have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

If you should fall victim to the unfortunate event of a fire call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942

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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.

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