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MOLD IN YOUR HOME?

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO Help!

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 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. (603) 298-6942.

IMPROVE YOUR AIR QUALITY!

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Duct Cleaning Can Help!

The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but you can help change that! Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority.  In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

For more information on duct cleaning or to schedule an appointment contact SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942

IS YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED?

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial IS YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED? ERP

Take Action!

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. It’s true, overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult, but with the right restoration company and team on your side, working hand-in-hand with your insurance company, the chance of your Upper Valley Company surviving is pretty high!

Depending on the size of the fire, and the amount of damage, some businesses that have come to SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton for help have reopened just days after the fire happened. Thanks to innovations in smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and cleaning in general, it is possible for crews to start work nearly immediately after the fire department clears the scene, and have things back up and running in no time. Although, again, that all depends on the severity of the fire. But no matter the severity, recovery is possible!

Take Action before a disaster happens to your business with SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton FREE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens."

To learn more call 603.298.6942

PUFF BACK!

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage PUFF BACK! Soot Webs

Puff Back!

 Puff backs are explosions that occur when oil-burning furnaces don't ignite properly due to system oil leaks, clogs or other problems. If a furnace connects to a forced-air system, the soot and smoke from a puff back is distributed through the duct system to every room it serves. It contaminates the air and leaves a grimy, sticky residue on virtually every exposed surface. A puff back creates an overwhelming mess, and if it's not cleaned promptly and properly, it can cause permanent damage to a home's contents and serious health problems for those who live there. 

It's almost impossible for a non-professional to fully restore the environment after a puff back. Most common cleaning methods and products are ineffective, and those who try to use them may find that they only make things worse. For example, vacuuming drives soot deeper into carpeting and upholstery, and this often causes permanent stains. Without professional cleaning and restoration, residual soot can cause corrosion on metal fixtures and even electronic devices throughout the home. 

Without the proper equipment and personal protection devices, exposure to the tiny, oil-based particles can result in a variety of potential respiratory illnesses, skin or eye irritation, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Long-term exposure caused by inadequate cleaning after a puff back may result in an increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular problems.

Fortunately, cleaning companies that specialize in smoke and fire restoration, such as SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton have the IICRC training, knowledge and expertise to handle puff back clean-ups in a safe and effective way. Professional cleaning guards homeowners against exposure to toxic substances and restores their home's contents without causing further damage. Hiring a professional cleaning company such as SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton also reduces liability if a puff back occurs in a commercial building. Whether a puff back disaster affects a home or a business, professional intervention reduces loss and ensures the best possible outcome.

To learn more about our fire damage clean-up process click here.

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AVOID WATER DAMAGE FROM ROOF LEAKS!

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

  • Have a professional roofing company inspect your roof if it is aging. Identify concerns such as dislodged, missing or curling shingles. These are signs of a compromised roof that may be susceptible to leaking and winter water damage.
  • Monitor the trees surrounding your property. Icy branches or ones bogged down by heavy snow are a damage risk to your roof and property.
  • Don’t let anyone clear your roof from snow. We witnessed many fly-by-night “companies” damage roofs while trying to clear the roofs of ice dams and snow. Hire a company that are professional, established and properly insured.

Winter Water Damage Summary

Frozen pipes, ice dams and roof leaks are the leading causes of winter water damage in New England. Following the tips listed here should help avoid the need for costly water damage repairs. In the event of a winter water damage emergency, know that there are professionals available to help.  SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton specializes in helping families and business recover from property disaster. This includes water damage from leaking roofs and burst pipes. SERVPRO of Lebanon/Littleton/Hanover works with all local and national insurance companies and specializes in property damage claims. 

To learn more about what to do until SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton help arrives click here.

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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

To learn more about how SERVPRO can help in your cleaning needs click here

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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.

To learn more about mold remediation click here

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