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Fire hazards in the kitchen

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

frying pan on fire on top of stove Kitchen Fire!

Our kitchens are the hub of most homes and a place to gather together, But our kitchens are also the most dangerous room in the house when it comes to fire!

According to the NFPA, Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

Follow these Safety Tips for Cooking

Staying in the kitchen to keep watch over what is cooking is not the only fire safety tip you should be following.

  1. Watch out for your clothing. If you are wearing long, flowing sleeves or big, baggy clothing, it could catch on fire if you aren’t careful and it comes into contact with an open flame or a stove’s hot surface. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.
  2. Watch the items that are placed around or on the stovetop. Kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking are quick to catch fire. Ideally, anything flammable needs to be moved away from it.
  3. There needs to be a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen. Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home near your kitchen. Be sure that you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.
  4. Hot grease should not be thrown in the garbage can. While the grease may not be on fire, it may just be hot enough to cause something in the trash to ignite and burn. Let the grease cool for a while before disposing of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the “smoke point” temperatures of oils you cook with. Never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.
  5. Create and establish an escape plan in the event of a fire. Who wants to thinks about worst-case scenarios? Nobody, but it’s better to be prepared should an emergency occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How do I choose a restoration Company?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

bright orange and green SERVPRO sign with black lettering on it Why should I choose SERVPRO?

We hope to never have to deal with a burst pipe, flooded basement or other water damage in our home or buildings.

Unfortunately; sooner or later it happens to us all.

 Here are some helpful tips for choosing the right commercial restoration company.

  1. Check for certification: IICRC promotes high standards, ethics, advance communication and technical proficiency amongst restoration services. All SERVPRO franchises are IICRC certified.
  2. The more services the better: Ideally, you should choose a restoration company that not only offers water damage restoration services but also provides other services such as mold damage remediation. Mold remediation is an important part of restoration work and any reputable restoration company should provide this service.
  3. Emergency services: The key to effective restoration after water damage is a quick response. It is important to look for a water damage restoration company that is operational 24/7 and provides emergency services. Water damage can strike at any moment without warning.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton also offers reconstructive services. It's our goal to be with you from start to finish.

For more information about our services give us a call today at 603-298-6942.

Skyler Says..Do you need help?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

young girl kneeling in room that is under reconstruction Post Construction clean up

Skyler Says..

Are you renovating your home? Having trouble with the cleanup?

When the remodel is done, you're left with a beautiful brand new space that is covered with a layer of construction dust that is nearly impossible to get rid of on your own.

If you’ve ever tried to clean up sheet rock dust 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 and the tools to make it shine!

Like it never even happened

Skyler Says..Do you need help before the snow arrives?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

girl standing in yard filled with garbage and junk Let's get ready for Winter!

Skyler Says...

Do you need some help with cleanup before the snow falls? But you don't have time to get it all done?

Winter storms can be beautiful and festive; Winter storms can also be dangerous! Winter storms often bring with them high winds that can cause a lot of damage. Making sure that the outside of your home and yard are clear of any debris that could turn into a projectile is imperative!

Don't sweat it, SERVPRO has got you covered! Give us a call today at 603-298-6942 and we'll come out and get you ready for Winter.

It's the little things that count

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

pic of feet covered in protective booties on carpeted floor It's the little things that count

It's the little things..

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton knows that it's the little things that count.

We realize that when you call us; it's because you need our help. It's our mission to not only make it "Like it never even happened" but to ensure that we never add to your stress.

Our homes are our castles and should be treated as such! SERVPRO technicians will always treat you and your home or business with the utmost respect and care that it deserves. You can count on us to be with you every step of the way.

Like it never even happened 

https://www.SERVPROlebanonhanoverlittleton.com/

Does your ductwork need some TLC?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

man kneeling on floor pouring cleaning solution into bucket Does your ductwork need help?

Fall is here and that means Winter is right around the corner!

We close our homes and businesses up tight during the cold months and air quality can become an issue if you have dirty duct work.

This is the perfect time to think about getting your duct work inspected and cleaned if needed as well as getting your registers cleaned out. Ramon can be seen here doing just that.

If your duct work is in need of some TLC or you just have some questions about our process, give us a call today at 603-298-6942.

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Top Ten reasons for house fires and how to avoid them.

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damaged front door and glass panes Fire Prevention is key

Top Ten reasons for house fires and how to avoid them.

The thought of your home burning down is a nightmare and we all hope that this won't happen to us, but knowledge is our best tool and knowing the causes of fire can help us prevent it.

Cooking equipment

Pots and pans can overheat and cause a fire very easily if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. Always stay in the room, or ask someone to watch your food, when cooking on hotplates.

Heating

Keep portable heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that could easily catch fire such as furniture, curtains, laundry, clothes and even yourself. If you have a furnace, get it inspected once a year to make sure it is working to safety standards.

Smoking in bedrooms

Bedrooms are best to be kept off limits for smoking. A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame, as the butt may stay alit for a few hours. It could burst into flames if it came into contact with flammable materials, such as furniture.

Electrical equipment

An electrical appliance, such as a toaster can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power strip that is overloaded with double adapter plugs can cause a fire from an overuse of electricity.

Candles

Candles look and smell pretty, but if left unattended they can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes and curtains. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room.

Curious children

Kids can cause a fire out of curiosity, to see what would happen if they set fire to an object. Keep any matches or lighters out of reach of children. Install a smoke alarm in your child’s room and practice a home escape plan with your children and family in case there was a fire.

Faulty wiring

 Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires from electrical hazards. Some signs to see if you’ve bad wiring are:

  • Lights dim if you use another appliance.
  • For an appliance to work, you have to disconnect another.
  • Fuses blow or trip the circuit frequently.

Have a licensed electrician come and inspect you house, or contact your landlord if you have any of the above occurrences.

Barbecues

Barbecues are a great way to cook in the warmer months, but should always be used away from the home, tablecloths or any plants and tree branches.

Check the gas bottle for any leaks before you use it each time.

Flammable liquids

If you have any flammable liquids in the home or garage such as gasoline or kerosene  keep them away from heat sources and check the label before storing. Be careful when pouring these liquids.

Lighting

Lamp shades and light fittings can build up heat if they are very close to light bulbs. Check around the house to make sure. Lamp bases can become a hazard if they are able to be knocked over easily, and so should be removed if they are.

If you have any fire related questions, give us a call today at 603-298-6942. 

We LOVE hearing from our customers!!

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

closeup of mans face in hazmat suit SERVPRO is here for you!

We always love to hear back from our customers and appreciate it so much when we do!

Dear Sam and Crew------ As you know so well, having a fire is a traumatic event, even one as small as mine.---- But I hope you know that if that is your challenge, no one can help solve the wounds like SERVPRO, especially if you have Sam at the helm of a great crew. Sam, you've been amazing. Your knowledge, skill and focus have been an inspiration. I always felt that you listened, you cared, you acted.--- I love your unique approach to life --- The Frosting on the Cake.-- You truly make a difference. Thank you all for the great work you did to exceed your deadline. I am delighted -- But I will miss you. Strange?!! Keep up the great work. Cheers to Matt, too! Susan Hastings Hanover, N.H.

Thank you for this difficult task! I really appreciate the hard work and thoughtful help Ramon provided.

F.E. Littleton, N.H.

Staying Connected is the SERVPRO way!

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

compilation photo of people at fall festival Staying connected with our community

Staying Connected with our community is the SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton's way!

As a local business, we feel that it's extremely important to be active within our communities, and to take any opportunity that we can to help and support other local businesses as well as local charities through event sponsorship's, donations and drives.

Here are some of the fun things we've been honored to be a part of this year.

  • CHaD HERO Half Marathon
  • New Teacher Welcome Bags for SAU#6
  • 25th Annual West Newbury Firefighters Association Benefit Golf Tournament
  • 28th Annual Lebanon Police Department'Child Health and Community Programs Golf Tournament
  • 27th Annual Jim Wechsler Memorial Golf Classic
  • Lebanon NH Police Department 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
  • Children's Scholarship Event Cookout

We look forward to many more years of staying connected with our communities and neighbors!

Winter is fast approaching and we all love a snow day in the Upper Valley!!

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

winter storm with fallen down tree in road Be prepared!

Prevent Winter Damage today!

 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:

  • Start by cleaning out the gutters.This allows melting snow a place to go and is helpful in the prevention of ice dams.
  • Inspect the roof for damaged shingles and damaged roof flashing. Both of which can let water into your home.
  • Check your Chimney for cracks and leaning. Both will need to be repaired before the winter sets in. Make sure that your chimney has a cap that is properly installed.
  • Get yourself a roof rake. Removing large amounts of snow from your roof will eliminate the chances of a roof collapse and help keep away the formations of ice dams.
  • Check your pipes. If you have pipes that are on exterior walls or unheated areas of your home; get them insulated before the really cold temperatures hit. No one wants to deal with burst pipes!
  • know where the main water valve is in your home. This is imperative if you do end up with some burst pipes.

Personal safety is a must!

  • Keep walkways clear of snow and ice with deicing products and make sure to have clear paths to your main water valve and circuit breaker in case of emergency.
  • Create and maintain a safety kit for each person in the event of an extended power outage.

For information on kits and what you should have in them; click here

Safety is the name of the game!

#HereToHelp #SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton

Storm Safety Tips for the Upper Valley

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

walking path lined with trees covered in beautiful fall leaves Walk into Fall safely

Fall tips for the Upper Valley

Fall brings with it cooler temps, pumpkins and beautiful falling leaves. Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Upper Valley and we don't tend to get a lot of storms, but when we do; they often bring high winds and rain with them.

As New Englanders, we need to make sure that we are prepared for the upcoming Winter storms as well as all of our Fall duties.

Here are some tips to help with your Fall and bring you into Winter.

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check the batteries frequently.
  • Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home. Check the batteries monthly.
  • Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.
  • Keep gutters free of leaves and debris.
  • Make sure that your yard is kept free of items such as, tree limbs and yard tools. These can become projectiles in a wind event.
  • If you haven't already, have your furnace serviced before the cold weather hits.
  • Reconsider Leaf Burning! According to the EPA, burning leaves produces air pollution which can lead to health problems.
  • Be sure to use caution if using space heaters,always allow at least three feet of empty area around space heaters.

Above all else, let's have a safe and a happy Fall season! SERVPRO cares!

How to prevent Ice dams in your Lebanon home!

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

ice buildup on a homes eaves Prevent ice dams in your Lebanon home

Water damage issues can be a year round problem in New England, but Winter is right around the corner,and that presents it's own set of challenges that homeowners need to deal with.

Ice dams being one!

According to Wikipedia "An ice dam is an ice build-up on the eaves of sloped roofs of heated buildings that results from melting snow under a snow pack reaching the eave and freezing there. Freezing at the eave impedes the drainage of meltwater, which adds to the ice dam and causes backup of the meltwater, which may cause water leakage into the roof and consequent damage to the building and its contents if the water leaks through the roof".

Prevention is the key to tackling this problem and there are precautions that we can take.

  1. Remove snow from roof using a roof rake.This eliminates a key component in ice dam formation.
  2. Assure that you have sufficient insulation your roof to prevent freezing at the roof surface under a deep snow pack.
  3. Make sure to have sufficient ventilation in your attic so that the hot air can escape. This is needed to have a cold roof (below 30 F) to prevent melting.
  4. Make sure to have plenty of insulation in your attic floor as well. This will minimize the warming of the attic through heat loss of your living space.
  5. Wherever possible,especially in ceilings; seal possible air leaks. This works in conjunction with the insulation.
  6. Before Winter strikes, clean those gutters. Keeping them free of debris will allow a place for the melting snow to go.
  7. Keep some Calcium or Magnesium Chloride on hand. This can be used on an ice dam when you see it starting.

Northeast winters can be really hard on homes and even with all of these precautions, ice dams can happen; and with it comes the potential for water leaking into your home.

If you suspect that you may have water leaking into your home or find evidence of wet insulation, give SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton a call today at 603-298-6942. We're available 24 hours a day.

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Winter Storm Preparedness Part1

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

picture of enlarged snowflake Are you winter ready?

Be prepared before a winter storm hits by planning ahead.

During really cold weather or winter storms, staying safe and warm presents many challenges! Storms bring with them very cold temps, power outages,icy roads and loss of communication. With some planning, you cab be prepared!

Weatherproofing your home will help to keep you warm, Some tips on this are..

  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Make sure that your homes walls and attic are properly insulated.
  • Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.
  • If possible, having a generator when you live in colder climates is a plus.
  • If you are using wood as your source of heat, have your chimney or flue inspected every year. Always make sure to have battery operated smoke and carbon detectors.

Have a list of important phone numbers in case of emergency. This should include your physician, pediatrician, pharmacist, and veterinarian.

Other important numbers to have are:
Poison Control Center: 800-222-1222
Animal Poison Control Helpline: 888-426-4435
Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990

According to FEMA, over 60% of people do not have an emergency plan in place. Start yours today!

Winter Storm Preparedness Part 2

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

two cars in accident on icy interstate Is your car prepared?

In winter storm preparedness Part 1 we discussed preparing your home..

Let's discuss you car and Emergency kits in Part 2!

You may find yourself having to travel in the winter at some point or maybe there is an emergency and you have to go out in stormy weather. Don't get caught off guard without the basic things that you need.

According to the CDC, here is a list of items that you should have in your car during the winter months.

  • Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries.
  • Items to stay warm such as extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets.
  • Windshield scraper
  • Shovel
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water and snack food
  • First aid kit with any necessary medications and a pocket knife
  • Tow chains or rope
  • Tire chains
  • Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair
  • Cat litter or sand to help tires get traction, or road salt to melt ice
  • Booster cables with fully charged battery or jumper cables
  • Hazard or other reflectors
  • Bright colored flag or help signs, emergency distress flag, and/or emergency flares
  • Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water

Make sure that your cars maintenance is up to date before the cold weather hits!

  • Replace windshield wiper solution with a wintertime solution.
  • Check the antifreeze levels
  • Make sure that your tires are winter ready
  • Keep gas tank near full to avoid ice in the fuel lines.

Having an emergency kit in your car is a great idea because you never know when you may be stranded in your vehicle or you may have to leave your home quickly and you can't grab your emergency kit from there.

Here are some personal items to have in your emergency kit in addition to what you already have stored in your car:

  • Prescription medications.
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives.
  • Glasses and contact lens solution.
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream.
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet.
  • Cash or traveler's checks.
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes.
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils.
  • Paper and pencil.
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

These are recommendations and suggestions, personalize your kits to your special needs. 

 Being safe and warm during the winter months is vital both in your home and car! 

Building and Reconstruction services all in one!

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Two men putting up drywall Reconstruction is underway!

If your business has suffered from a disaster like a fire or a storm that has caused damage to the structure; First and foremost the building needs to be secured and tarps need to be placed to prevent further damage.

The building should be boarded up to secure it and debris should be removed.

Once that is done; Restoration can begin. SERVPRO can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas.

Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has over 20 yrs experience in building and reconstruction services and is prepared to supervise a full range of restoration services that will get your home or business back up and running. Some of the services offered are:

  • HVAC services
  • Board Up
  • Document Drying
  • Roofing Services
  • Drywall Removal
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Hardwood floor Repair
  • Linoleum floor Repair
  • Tree Removal
  • General Contracting
  • Move out

For a complete list of services available to you,  Click here .

Or give us a call at 603-298-6942 and let us answer your questions today!

Out with the old and in with the new!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Renovation

It's Summertime, and we all know what that means; It's time to RENOVATE!

Many businesses, large and small begin renovations and remodels during the warm Summer months. A time to freshen up your business both inside and out. To make this as smooth and quick a transition as possible, Here are some useful tips before you begin.

Have a plan before the actual renovation starts.

Identifying your priorities is crucial as it will help you stay on track and save you money on the commercial renovation project. Creating a plan before the actual renovation starts will help you and your team members stay on track and get the job completed efficiently.

Think long term.

It’s best to keep in mind that the purpose of your space might change over the years. A few things to think about for the future are more space for company growth, more offices if you take on more employees and more storage options as
the company grows.

Employees.

Take your customers and employees opinions into account when planning a renovation. Their surroundings play a huge role in their emotions and the way they feel within the space.Employees and customers will appreciate the updated
look and feel to the space.

Reduce energy bills.

If you're renovating as opposed to just remodeling, consider updating your windows, lighting and HVAC systems to help save you money on your energy bills.

Hire a professional.

An experienced general contractor can be valuable when it comes to renovating commercial spaces. A general contractor can be your adviser, designer and builder as they have experience in all of these fields.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton offers a full range of commercial cleaning services. From Post construction clean up to the Specialty Cleaning Services listed below:

Air Ducts and HVAC
Biohazard and Sewage
Carpet and Upholstery
Drapes and Blinds
Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Vandalism

Give us a call today at 603-298-6942, and let us help you through your remodel or renovation process! Or visit our website for a full list of commercial services Here.

Storm Safety

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning!

Summer is here, and with it; Summer storms!

Living in the Northeast means Summer storms that can include strong wind gusts,hail,heavy rain and lightning. We usually concern ourselves with our home or our car during storms, and how we can protect them. That is great, and it is
important to take all precautions during a storm. We can't forget ourselves though. We can't always be under the protective roof of our home when a storms rolls in. We need to know how to protect ourselves from the dangers that a
storm can bring.

Lightning can strike from 10 miles away, so if you can hear thunder, you are in danger of being struck by lightning.


If you find yourself caught outside during a storm, look for a substantial building like a school, office building or home to shelter in for the duration of the storm. Once inside, you should stay away from windows and doors and
anything that conducts electricity such as corded phones, wiring and plumbing.


If you are caught outside without a safe shelter anywhere nearby, the following actions can reduce your risk:

  • Never shelter under a stand alone tree or utility pole. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects that are in an area.
  • Lower your elevation, if you are hiking or on a hillside, immediately make your way down.
  • Stay away from sources of water, such as ponds, lakes etc. If you are swimming, get out of the water asap and seek shelter.

It's always best to monitor the weather and postpone or cancel your outdoor activities accordingly. “If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat,” said FEMA Region V Acting Administrator Janet M.
Odeshoo. “Seek shelter as quickly as possible. There is no place outside that is safe when a thunderstorm is in the area.”

For additional information on storm safety visit,https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning. You can also find very helpful information on storm preparedness Here.

Spring and Summer storm tips

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Spring Storm

Spring is here and summer is not far behind..Spring and Summer are very unpredictable when it comes to storms. It can bring rain, wind and even hail!

In the Northeast we're used to temps going from 80 one day to 50 the next, This does take it's toll on us! This is why we need to be ever vigilant when it comes to preparing for the storm season inside and out.

Here are some tips for preparing for storm season.

  • Assess. Take a walk around your property often to see if there is any damage. Especially after Winter!
  • Check your gutters to make sure they are clear of debris and don't neglect to check the roof and chimney for damaged shingles and potential areas where leaking can occur.
  • Trim and prune trees of all dead limbs and pick up any that may have fallen over the winter. These can become projectiles in a windy storm.
  • Make sure that your sump pump is in working order; Winter thaw and Spring runoff can really wreak havoc in your basement.
  • Always make sure that your outside items are secured or better yet; picked up and put away in the case that a storm is coming.

In the Northeast; we have many rural and secluded areas that are beautiful to live in; but with that beauty comes some sacrifices. Many of these homeowners deal with power outages on a pretty regular basis.

So, whether your preparing for a potential storm or are frequently without power; it's always good to plan for the power to be out for an extended period of time.

Think ahead. Make ice, lots of it. This will come in handy with coolers to keep your food fresh and also to keep your refrigerator and freezer cold.

Have a battery powered radio for updates on when the power may be restored to your area.

Make sure that your cell phone is charged.

These are just a few tips to help you have a safe and happy Spring!

Can water damaged insulation be saved?

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Removing wet insulation

My insulation is wet! Can it be saved??

There are two types of insulation that most homeowners use. These are known as fiberglass batts, AKA "The pink stuff" and blown-in cellulose loose-fill.

Both are susceptible to attic water damage but in two specific ways.

Cellulose loose-fill, made of pulverized particles of paper and cloth, absorbs a large volume of water and compacts, losing the fluffy characteristics that make it an effective insulator.

Soaked Cellulose insulation will simply retain water and is very resistant to drying. Generally, wet cellulose is not salvageable and will need to be replaced.

Fiberglass is technically waterproof, inside an enclosed attic the thick batt retains moisture which degrades its thermal resistance properties.

Saturated insulation typically loses at least 40% of its insulating R-value.

Mold is another thing that should be taken into consideration.

Depending on how long your insulation has been wet; Mold growth may have set in. Be prepared to inspect your insulation before deciding between trying to dry or simply replacing.


Drying a large area of soaked insulation as well as detecting mold is a labor-intensive process that should be left to professionals. Due to the chance of contamination. 

Chances are you're going to want to just replace the affected insulation. Mold is quick to grow and spread, leading to a potential health hazard.

If you find evidence of water leaks in your attic, don't hesitate to reach out for help because time is of the essence and mold is not far behind.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has got you covered! If you have questions regarding water or mold, Give us a call at 603-298-6942!

Fire Damage Restoration basics

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage

Fire is a destructive force and can leave many types of damage in it's wake!

The obvious damage comes from the fire itself as it burns, but where there is fire; there is smoke,soot,water,chemicals used to put the fire out and a host of other problems.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has the equipment and experience to handle your unique situation, and with a restore vs.replace mentality; it's our goal to get you back into your home asap!

Although each fire is unique and poses it's own set of problems, there is a general process that is followed.

  1. Emergency Contact (When you first call us).
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment.
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces.
  6. Cleaning and Repair.
  7. Restoration

For a more in depth look into our fire damage restoration process; Click on this link.

And for questions about fire,smoke or soot damage; give us a call at 603-298-6942.

Spring rains are here!

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement!

Spring is officially here in the Northeast and with it comes the big melt!

If you want to avoid a flood in your basement or cellar follow these helpful tips:

To prevent water from leaking through your foundation, look to gutters for your first line of defense.

While gutter-and-downspout systems protect your house from rainwater and snow melt, they can also compound drainage problems by concentrating roof runoff at a house's corners close to the foundation.

To carry water away, attach a sloped leader to each gutter and guide water at least 10 feet from the foundation.

Downspouts can also be directed to dump directly into an above or under ground catch basin which will redistribute the water slowly back into the ground via small holes drilled throughout the basin.

Plug gaps and holes in basement.

If you see water dribbling into the basement through cracks or gaps around plumbing pipes, you can plug the openings yourself with hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulk.

Check your landscaping.

Check that your landscaping isn’t allowing water to pool around your foundation.

Soil should always slope away from your foundation for at least three feet. If the soil around your foundation is level or slopes back toward your home, add enough fresh soil to allow water to flow away and allow at least six inches of clear space between your foundation and your landscaping.

Maintain Your Plumbing.

While most of the hazards that lead to water in the basement come from outside water; water and drain pipes inside your home could also cause an issue. Plumbing maintenance begins with using your drains properly, including sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets.

Waterproof the Walls.

Waterproofing the walls is an effective way of keeping rain- and groundwater out of your basement.

You can paint the interior of your basement walls with a waterproofing product, while a professional waterproofing company will need to waterproof the exterior side of your foundation.

Water in your basement can lead to mold growth and that can lead to health concerns!

Be vigilant in checking for water leaks in your home and basement to avoid big water problems in the future!

Preventing fires at your business!

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Business fire

Fire Causes around $10 Billion In Damage Per Year according to the "Burden of Tobacco in your Workplace, page 1 by tobaccofreetippecanoe.org"

Fire safety tips for the workplace are as important as fire tips for the home! Here are some tips for businesses:

Eliminate workplace fire hazards.

  • Replace damaged electrical outlets, cords, cables, etc.
  • Be mindful of overloaded outlets and circuits.
  • Fire exits need to be free of any obstacles.

Prepare for emergencies!

  • Follow workplace protocol and guidelines.
  • Ensure that smoke alarms and sprinkler systems are installed and working properly.
  • Conduct regular fire drills.

Employers should follow these workplace fire safety tips:

  • Post clear fire escape plans on every level.
  • Educate all employees on emergency procedures, exit locations and escape routes.
  • Install and properly maintain all fire safety equipment.
  • Use only electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory (i.e. UL).
  • Immediately replace damaged, hazardous equipment.
  • Only use three-prong plugs in three-slot outlets (and, similarly: two-slot plug into two-slot outlets).

Heaters must include a thermostat control mechanism.

SMOKE ALARMS ARE A NECESSITY, NOT AN OPTION.


Invest in smoke detectors for every room or office.

Test your smoke detectors and sprinkling system monthly.

Replace smoke detector batteries at least once a year unless you have a 10yr lithium battery detector.

Never disable a smoke alarm.

Provide for disabled employees by considering these two types of detectors:

  • Audible alarms (pauses between the siren wail allow for auditory communication) are available for the visually impaired.
  • Visual alarms (with a flashing light or vibrating pad) are available for the hearing impaired.

Know and understand the fire emergency and evacuation plan with these workplace fire safety tips:

  • Plan multiple escape routes from as many locations as possible.
  • Fire escapes need to be stable, secure, and easily accessible.
  • Ensure that windows are easily accessed and easily opened.
  • Never use the elevator.

We never know when disaster may strike! Keeping your self and your employees safe is the most important thing.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is here for you if disaster strikes; Let us take care of your business, so you can focus on your employees.

Biohazard clean up is serious business!

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Warning

We have quite a lot of large facilities in the Upper Valley. From hospitals to supermarkets and manufacturing businesses.

One thing they all have in common is that they use hazardous chemicals. Whether it's a cleaning product or a chemical used in the manufacturing process; exposure to biohazard or chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences!

SERVPRO of Lebanon / Hanover / Littleton is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many different biohazard situations. Which include the following:

Sewage backups
Crime scene residues
Suicide/death accidents
Homicide cleanups
Blood cleanup
Accident cleanup
Hoarding scenes
Animal waste/remains
Chemical spills
Tear gas cleanup
Meth lab cleanup

Any biohazard situation requires immediate attention!


SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is available to you 24 hours a day at 603-298-6942.

Give us a call and let us handle it for you!

Post construction cleanup

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Post Construction Cleanup

Remodeling your home or office can be a stressful undertaking!

When the remodel is done, you're left with a beautiful brand new space that is covered with a layer of construction dust that is nearly impossible to get rid of on your own.

If you’ve ever tried to clean up sheet rock 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!

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton have the products and equipment to make your 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

If you are undertaking a remodel or have some new construction underway; Call SERVPRO at 603-298-6942 and we'll be there to make it shine.

Fire Prevention is the key!

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage

Common Fire Hazards

Kitchen fires from unattended cooking, grease fires

Electrical systems that are overloaded, poorly maintained or defective

Candles and other open flames

Smoking (Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, lighters, etc.)

Fireplace chimneys not properly or regularly cleaned

Heating appliances - fireplaces, wood burning stoves, furnaces, boilers, portable heaters, solid fuels.

Household appliances - clothes dryers, curling irons, hair dryers, refrigerators, freezers, boilers.

Check Your Smoke Alarms

Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check your smoke alarms. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into your homes electrical system.

For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom.

Smoke alarms expire after 10 years. So if your alarm is more than 10 years old, you should install a new one.

Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan with two ways out of every room.

Have all emergency phone numbers in an easy to see place and make sure everyone knows where they are.

Fire prevention is key! But if the worse happens, Call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603-298-6942 and we'll be there to help you through this most difficult time.

When Vandalism Strikes!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Graffiti!

Graffiti is a form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Although the common image of graffiti is a stylistic symbol or phrase spray-painted on a wall by a member of
a street gang, some graffiti is not gang-related. Graffiti can be understood as antisocial behaviour performed in order to gain attention or as a form of thrill seeking, but it also can be understood as an expressive art form.

Graffiti can also be an eyesore on your business and can keep people from entering or using your business!

Does your business or home need some TLC on the outside?

Did you know that SERVPRO will come out and clean up any graffiti or vandalism on your business or home? In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also
clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.

Call 1-603-298-6942 today if your business or home need a freshening up for the New Year!

Like it never even happened.
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How to spot water damage

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Significant Water damage to home!

How to Check your home for Water Damage!

Don't wait until a BIG disaster happens! Taking the time to complete the steps below periodically; Can save you from that big disaster and will keep that hard earned cash in your pocket!!

Step 1 - Check the Walls

The easiest sign of water damage to spot is water stains on the walls and ceilings. Also check around the window and door frames for stains. Any unusual stains should be taken seriously, as they could be a sign of a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Also look for cracks in the drywall and bubbling under the paint. An area of wall that has been exposed to water can also have a swollen appearance and be soft to the touch.

Step 2 - Check the Floors

Water damage can happen to any type of flooring and can also seep down to the sub floor. Look for any warping or buckling of the floors, especially in the basement. If the floor looks warped, water damage is most likely the cause.

Step 3 - Check the Pipes

Inspect the piping in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and basement for corrosion around the pipe connections, leaks, or water stains. Inspect the caulking around the bathroom fixtures. Missing or loose caulking could be caused by water seepage. Look for missing grout or signs of mold. Check the water heater for wet spots on the floor and rust on the tank.

Step 4 - Check the Basement

Basement leakage is a common problem found in houses. Water in the basement often causes damage to the flooring, baseboards, walls, and furniture. Additionally, odors caused by mold and
mildew can be unpleasant and even cause health problems. Inspect for cracks, stains, rust, dampness, mold, and odors.If you have
drywall in your basement, Water can wick up it. Check all drywall for signs of water or water stains.

Step 5 - Check the Attic

Check the attic for stains, mold, and other signs of leaks. Pay special attention to the valleys where 2 roof planes come together, the flashing where the roof meets the walls, and the flashing around roof vents and chimneys. The insulation should be dry and in good condition. Houses located in cold climates can develop ice dams on the roof, which cause water to leak into the
attic from melting snow and ice on the roof. Also make sure that attic ventilation is sufficient.

Step 6 - Check the Exterior

Make sure to check the exterior of the house as well. Check the roof for damaged flashing and missing, cracked, or curled shingles. If you see standing water anywhere outside the home, it
could be the sign of a problem. A puddle could be due to poor drainage in the yard, leaky rain gutters, or gutter spouts that don’t take water far enough from the house. The house should be
situated on the highest point of the property, with the ground sloping away from the house.

If you see any signs of water damage in your home; call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 1-603- 298-6942 today. Don't let that small amount of water become a HUGE problem for you!

There is always some mold!

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Damage

There is always some mold everywhere – in the air and on many surfaces. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years. Mold grows where there is moisture.

Mold and Your Home

Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets can and be carried indoors.


Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling
tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

You Can Control Mold

Inside your home you can control mold growth by:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas

If mold is growing in your home, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem. Mold growth can be removed from
hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water. (If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold; NEVER mix with ammonia or other cleaning products!) This can lead to toxic fumes!

If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet; The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you use a
mold remediation specialist like SERVPRO of
Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton to handle the situation for you. We have trained specialists to safely remove the mold for you.

Call 603-298-6942 today if you find water or mold in your home. Let the professionals at SERVPRO take care of this for you and make it "Like it never even happened"

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Winter came early! Ice dams are coming!

12/8/2018 (Permalink)

Ice dam

Winter sure showed up early here in the northeast! We've had snow since October!

This is a season to be extra vigilant when it comes to ice dams.

Ice dams occur after a heavy snowfall when warm air in the attic causes the roof to warm and the snow to melt. Water running down the roof refreezes when it reaches the colder roof edge, forming a mound of ice. The ice traps meltwater, which can seep back up under shingles and drip through the roof into your house, causing wet and stained ceilings and walls, and peeling paint and rot.

The easiest way to prevent ice dams is by keeping your roof cold.This means never letting your roof temperature exceed 32 degrees. At 32 degrees,snow starts melting.


Most homes heat loss is through the attic and air leaks caused by unblocked walls, gaps in drywall, and cracks around light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys. Leaks can be very difficult to take care of because that requires that you roll back or rake your insulation back to find and block leaks.Typically using a foam or another method of caulking.

Insulation in your attic is imperative. You will want to start by making sure to measure your insulation. Building codes require about 12 to 14 in. of fiberglass or cellulose.
Add more if you have less than 8 in. and have had ice dam problems in the past.

Blown-in cellulose and fiberglass are usually better than hand-placed batts, because they fill more tightly around rafters, joists and other obstructions, leaving fewer gaps.

Attic ventilation is important for keeping your attic cold.Keep the roof cold to minimize ice dams. Upgrade attic insulation to about R-40, plug up air leaks to the attic and improve attic ventilation.

A cold roof isn’t always a perfect solution. During winters with heavy snowfall, you may get ice dams anyway. Or ice dams may consistently form at the foot of roof valleys (the junction where two roofs meet at a right angle), because they fill with windblown snow. And some sections of the roof may be impossible to keep cold. That’s when you have to call on secondary strategies to prevent ice dam damage.

Rake the snow off your roof after a heavy snowfall.


Flash around chimney.

Bridge the gap between chimney and house framing with L-shaped steel flashing held in place with unbroken beads of a fire-stop sealant. Using canned spray foam or insulation isn't fire safe.

Sometimes despite all of your efforts, ice dams occur and with them water damage to your home.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has experienced technicians ready to help if you suffer water damage to your home. No disaster is too big or small!

Call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton today at 603-298-6942.

Holiday safety

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Holiday Safety

Watch Out for Those Fire-starters!

Candles and Fireplaces!!

Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire- related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports.
Increased use of candles and fireplaces,combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.


Top Ten Holiday Safety Tips!

1. Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.

2. Do not overload electrical outlets.
Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires. Avoid overloading outlets and plug only one high-wattage into each outlet at a time.

3. Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights. More than three strands may not only blow a fuse, but can also cause a fire.

4. Keep trees fresh by watering daily,dry trees are a serious fire hazard.

5. Use battery-operated candles,candles start almost half of home decoration fires (NFPA).

6. Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.

7. Protect cords from damage.
To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors and windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.

8. Check decorations for certification label.
Decorations not bearing a label from an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian
Standards Association (CSA), or Intertek (ETL) have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous.

9. Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking.
Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires (NFPA).

10. Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house. Unattended candles are the cause of one in five home candle fires. Half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11pm and 7am (NFPA).

We hope that these tips have been helpful to you, and everyone here at SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton wishes you a SAFE and Happy Holidays!

How can mold damage your home?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage on wood

Most people know that household mold can be bad for your health, and it makes an unsightly and bad-smelling mess, but did you know it can cause serious damage to the home, as well? Dealing with
household mold quickly, prevents further damage to your home!

Mold damage to household materials and how it affects structures:

Mold feeds on organic materials, such as wood, paper, many fabrics, and even some types of glue. It literally eats away at these materials, causing them to rot and fall apart.

Mold can eat away at materials like wallpaper, drywall, carpet, wooden studs in walls, ceiling tiles, floorboards, and other structures inside the home.

If mold is left to it's own devices,it can lead to rot and literally destroy drywall, wood,ceilings.

Of course, it takes a while to reach that point. Your house is not going to fall down around you as soon as mold begins to grow in it. Many materials in the home quickly become damaged beyond the point of repair, though, and in time, a home can be completely destroyed by mold growth.

Mold In Heating, Ventilation And Air Conditioning Systems:

Mold can sometimes be found in your heating and air conditioning systems! This can lead to mold spores being blown throughout your home and can lead to mold growth in your duct work.

For this reason, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends against turning on your heating or air conditioning if you think there might be mold in your HVAC system. Have the system inspected, and cleaned if necessary, before turning it on in order to prevent greater mold damage to your home. Note that
the Environmental Protection Agency recommends having a professional clean your HVAC ducts, if you do find mold in them, to make sure the job is done correctly and safely.


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 locally owned and operated, we will respond quickly with the help that you need.Call us at (603) 298-6942.

When Furnaces Fight Back.. Puff Back Happens!

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Puff Back!

Furnace puff back is a messy and potentially dangerous event in which smoke and soot are released into the furnace.

Puff backs often result in oily black "webs" of soot being distributed throughout the house, requiring extensive cleaning and sometimes professional restoration to clean up.

To better understand puff backs you should know what causes them and how they can be prevented.


Puff Backs

Puff backs occur when an oil-burning furnace doesn't ignite when it should. Oil vapors build up in the ignition chamber, causing an explosion when the igniter finally triggers. The explosion blows soot and other debris through the furnace's exhaust system and into the heating system, which carries it into the house. If the furnace is connected to a forced air heating system, the ducts can carry the puff back to every room of the house with an open vent.

Causes

Puff backs are caused by problems with the furnace, which leave oil in the ignition chamber that doesn't get burned. This can be caused by leaks in the oil system, bubbles in the oil line which expand and press oil out of the oil burner nozzle, the shutdown valve on the oil burner nozzle not working properly or a clog in the nozzle. Each of these problems can result in oil leaking out of the nozzle and into the combustion chamber when it isn't in operation. Oil will accumulate in the chamber until it finally ignites with a puff back explosion.


Warning Signs

Most oil-burning furnaces in danger of having a puff back give off warning signs that should indicate a problem with the furnace. Black soot on the furnace, walls or ceiling indicate that oil is burning improperly in the furnace and is leaking out of the unit. Noises such as those made by the combustion chamber while it is burning may continue after the furnace has stopped, indicating that something is still burning within the furnace even though it shouldn't be. Noises at the beginning of the burn cycle, such as a puff or bang, also indicate that unburned oil has pooled and ignited.

Preventing Puff Backs

Preventing puff backs in oil-burning furnaces is largely a matter of performing regular maintenance on the furnace to keep it in proper operating condition. Oil-burning appliances should be cleaned and serviced once per year, ensuring that the service person opens the unit and inspects it for signs of problems or damage. Inspect the furnace periodically for signs of oil leaks, paying attention to any odd smells or soot in the furnace room. You should also look for debris in the flue vent connector which could also be a sign of problems with the furnace.

Does your business or home need a fresh start?

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

A fresh start for the holidays!!

With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner,Most of us are thinking about end of year numbers or all of the things that need to be done for the upcoming holidays! Whether you're a business or a stressed out homeowner,Let SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton help!

As commercial cleaning experts, the staff members at SERVPRO of Lebanon/hanover/Littleton are qualified and experienced in techniques designed to make your office or property look as good as new. We can handle a number of different jobs or sites including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-.Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Many companies have cleaning crews to handle the day-to-day cleaning of your business. However, some jobs require special equipment and techniques to fully tackle and get the job done!

Maybe it's time to get the duct work inspected or cleaned,Over time, air units can circulate pollen, dust, dirt, and debris which your employees and customers breathe. SERVPRO can do a thorough cleaning of the ducts and tackle odors and mold and keep your system running in tip top shape.

Or maybe you're a homeowner that just doesn't have the time to deep clean your carpets and curtains or blinds before the Holiday company appears and they need some sprucing up! SERVPRO can do all of these things and more..

A deep cleaning will do wonders for the image and smell of your business or home.

So give SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton a call at 603-298-6942 to schedule a fresh start for the Holiday season.

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Let's Learn about FIRE!

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared!

A Fire can happen to anyone at anytime!

Here are some Facts and Tips about Fire:

Learn About Fire

  • Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill
    a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
  • Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than
    flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire
    deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

Before a Fire

Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan!

Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan. Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:

  • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • A secondary route might be a window onto a neighboring roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

Smoke Alarms

  • A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
  • Test batteries monthly.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.

During a Fire

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
  • If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out. Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your
    hands. Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out. If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother
    the flames with a blanket or towel. Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry
    cloth. Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.

After a Fire

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by fire.
  • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. DO NOT
    attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company.
  • Try to locate valuable documents and records.

You will need a Fire Damage and Restoration team. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603-298-6942 24 hours a day.

The 5 most common causes of water damage in your home

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Leak

There are so many things that can damage your home! Wind,Earthquakes,Fires,Storms and Water.

Water Damage being the most frequent of all!

Here are the 5 most common causes of water damage in your home:

Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner might seem to be working just fine, but it’s important to adhere to regular service dates (at least once each
year) to ensure nothing is malfunctioning behind the scenes. Your A/C removes moisture from the air, and sometimes that moisture builds up within the A/C itself. If not properly drained, that water
could be slowly leaking into your home potentially ruining the flooring and drywall and, in many cases, introducing mold.


Dishwasher

Dishwashers are another possible culprit of water damage in your home. Your dishwasher can cause water damage if not properly sealed, meaning that the latch is broken, or if it was loaded with the wrong soap. Make sure that any leaks are immediately addressed and that your dishwasher is repaired or replaced ASAP.

Washing Machine

Perform regular checks on your washing machine, inspecting beneath the unit as well as behind it. Make sure all fittings are securely connected, and that the underbelly of the washing machine isn’t
leaking any water beneath the unit. If you have an older washing machine that gives you frequent issues, consider replacing it altogether.


Leaking Pipes

It might seem obvious, but water damage in the home is often caused by leaky pipes. Let’s pretend that you have a loose-fitting pipe under the kitchen sink or in the bathroom, and you’ve just recently water pooling in that area. Don’t wait to call a plumber – a leak in one place in your home could signify leaks in other areas, too. 

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains aren’t just annoying, they also cause water damage
(and mold growth) if left unchecked. If your toilet is clogged, it means that not only can you not use the toilet, but you will likely also experience water backing up into the shower, sinks, or bathroom floor. Sewer water is extremely dangerous because it contains raw sewage and bacteria, and must be cleaned up by a professional.

If your kitchen sink drain is backing up, you can experience sink overflow and subsequent damages to your kitchen flooring and
cabinetry. Make sure to seek professional help when experiencing frequent drain clogs so you don’t have to deal with water damage to your home on top of the clog itself.

If you are experiencing leaks in your home Call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton today at 603-298-6942.

Weather Related Disasters are on the rise!

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage

Research shows since 1980, the occurrence of weather related disasters has increased by more than 230 percent.

According to AccuWeather, natural disasters have affected 217 million people every single year since 1990.

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss division is composed of our best of the best in restoration.
Our elite large loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United states to handle any size disaster.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado,hurricane,blizzard or flood.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.


At SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers,along with the resources of more than 1,650 franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

Should a storm or major event strike, call 603-298-6942.

Like it never even happened.
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Be prepared when disaster strikes!

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile

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.

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.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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Here To Help!

24 Hour Emergency Service!

SERVICE RESPONSE GUIDELINES

Damage of any kind to your business; especially fire or water damage, can be stressful for owners, property managers, employees and tenants.
Property damage, equipment damage, document loss and temporary business closure are just some of the concerns you may experience.
Timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate these concerns.

The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your business property and belongings. SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can prevent Fire/Water damage from creating long term problems.

1 - Within 1 hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton Professional contacts you to arrange for
services.

4 - Within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton professional is on-site to start mitigation services.


8 - Within 8 business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

**Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Water Damage? Call Us Today - (603) 298-6942.

HELP My basement is flooded.

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement

What are some of the things that SERVPRO can do when I have a flood in my basement?

  • Flooded Basement dry Out
  • Pump Deep Water
  • Carpet Water removal
  • Moisture Test walls
  • Set up Drying Equipment
  • Apply Antimicrobials
  • Test Drying Complete

Even if you have an unfinished basement, leaving water or moisture can cause damage to the rest of the structure.

Imagine the condensation that could happen when it's 90* outside. The concrete or cement blocks used to construct basements are susceptible to mold growth as well as odor.

Imagine all of the exposed framing.

Framing lumber does and will absorb moisture and thus, grow mold. The metal framing ties may not be porous enough for mold growth; but they will corrode.

How about the plumbing and wiring?

Again, any metal parts can and most likely will corrode with excess moisture in the air.

The insulation! Perfect for mold growth!

So the takeaway here is,Always remove excess water,dry quickly and apply appropriate antimicrobials.

If you have a flooding situation, SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton are prepared and ready! Call 603-298-6942 24hours a day, 365 days a year!

Got Mold? Call SERVPRO!

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Got Mold?

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.

SERVPRO is there for Commercial/Large Loss Restorations!

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Large Loss

COMMERCIAL/LARGE LOSS RESTORATION

This term refers to commercial buildings, schools, nursing homes, multi-unit buildings and can even mean residential property if it is of a usually large size. It includes events such as fire, smoke, burst
pipes, heating unit puff-backs, biological occurrences such as bodily fluids, sewer back-ups mold/growth infestation; odor problems and even
animal invasions or inhabitants.

We understand how overwhelming everything can seem in a time of crisis. SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is here for you with trained technicians to make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial/Large Loss Restoration Services Include:

  • Securing the building/facility
  • Temporary utility services (Power, Lights, Heating, Plumbing)
  • Debris removal
  • Complete or partial pack-out of electronics, belongings, documents, equipment, etc. as required.
  • Water extraction and drying/ dehumidification.
  • Structure and content cleaning
  • Deodorization, disinfection, and odor removal
  • Repairs and reconstruction

Restoration Process:

Once the emergency is dealt with; damaged materials removed, content protected, packed and stowed and the drying equipment installed, we move onto the restoration phase. This is where we work with insurance adjusters, specialty tradespeople, owners, and property managers to identify the necessary repairs, develop a scope of work and estimate
the costs.

Estimating Process:

The estimating process is actually a fairly smooth process because SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton, Insurance adjusters and many tradespeople use the industry standard software, Xactimate, which provides pricing, calculating formulas and concise descriptions that
define the materials and services with each line item. This insures everyone is "comparing apples to apples".

Because time is critical in protection materials and content, you want to hire a company that is experienced, knowledgeable and equipped to
do necessary work. Quickly and correctly. Thus, getting your company/facility/business back up and running with the least interruption.

That company is SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton

To find out more about SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton Commercial/Large Loss Services Click Here.

Why SERVPRO? Because SERVPRO Cares

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

MOLD!

Take Precautions against Harmful Mold!

Cold weather is upon us! The time of year where we all batten down the hatches to stay warm. While you're preparing your home for the cold months ahead, Check for any hidden moisture or suspicious growths that may be lurking before you close it all in with you.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has
sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture
problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused.
  • Undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

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

The cold is here! Some tips on how to protect your pipes from freezing!!

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Burst Pipe

The weather is changing here in the Northeast and we all have preparations to do before the upcoming snow and plummeting temperatures. Sometimes overlooked, Our pipes!

Burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage—easily $5,000 or more, according to the "Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety".

Research conducted by the "Building Research Council at the University of Illinois" shows that the “temperature alert threshold” is 20° F, especially if you have uninsulated pipes running through an uninsulated space.

Here are some tips to help you keep those pipes in running order:

  • Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.
  • If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.

Even with all of the preparations,pipes can freeze and burst, leading to water damage. Call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton 24hrs a day at 603-298-6942.

Is Dirty Ductwork the Culprit?

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Ductwork

Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air
quality cost $60 Billion in employee sick leave and lost production.

The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air
quality, inspecting the ductwork must 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 office building.

Another problem that affects ductwork in commercial businesses is when input
and output vents become blocked by boxes, equipment, furniture or dust. This
reduces the free flow of air through ducting systems and, by association,
reduces air circulation throughout the entire commercial building.

Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers, and/or students who work
and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to
any situation that could cause illness or health concerns.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton can help:

  • Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold
  • Reduce potential for mold growth
  • Restore peak energy efficiency
  • Eliminate offensive odors

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton will inspect your HVAC system and
ductwork. This inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the
health of your HVAC system and ductwork.


To schedule a duct cleaning call 603-298-6942.

Crime scene clean up facts

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Crime scene

Crime scene cleanup is a term applied to forensic cleanup of blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious materials.

CTS decon is a market within the cleaning industry, and it involves cleaning up dangerous material.

It is also referred to as biohazard remediation, and forensic cleanup, because crime scenes are only a portion of the situations in which biohazard cleaning is needed.

Incidents which may require this type of cleanup include accidents, suicide, homicides, and decomposition after unattended death.

This could mean the biologically contaminated scene of a violent death (homicide, suicide or accidental), the chemically contaminated scene of a methamphetamine lab, Or the residues left from a crime scene.

Crime-scene cleaners come in and restore the scene to its pre-incident state, also known as remediation.

Some of the cleaning services include:

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals.
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues.
  • Fire extinguisher residue.
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants.

After the police have completed processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoring can begin.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton will respond immediately with a crew that follows OSHA and EPA protocols and is specially trained and equip to safely clean crime scenes. If you find yourself in need of this service and need help with cleanup, call 603-298-6942.

The Facts about hoarding

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Hoarding

Here at SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton; We frequently get asked about
hoarding and the clean up process. In lieu of just going over the cleaning
process, Lets go over some facts about hoarding,So that if you are ever faced
with this situation; You may find yourself in a better position to help.
According to the "International OCD Foundation":

What is compulsive hoarding?

Compulsive hoarding includes ALL three of the following:

  1. A person collects and keeps a lot of items, even things that appear useless
    or of little value to most people, and
  2. These items clutter the living spaces and keep the person from using their
    rooms as they were intended, and
  3. These items cause distress or problems in day-to-day activities.


How is hoarding different from collecting?

  • In hoarding, people seldom seek to display their possessions, which are
    usually kept in disarray.
  • In collecting, people usually proudly display their collections and keep them
    well organized.

What are the signs of compulsive hoarding?

  • Difficulty getting rid of items
  • A large amount of clutter in the office, at home, in the car, or in other
    spaces (i.e. storage units) that makes it difficult to
    use furniture or appliances or move around easily
  • Losing important items like money or bills in the clutter.
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the volume of possessions that have ‘taken over’ the
    house or workspace.
  • Being unable to stop taking free items, such as advertising flyers or sugar
    packets from restaurants.
  • Buying things because they are a “bargain” or to “stock up”
  • Not inviting family or friends into the home due to shame or embarrassment.
  • Refusing to let people into the home to make repairs.

What makes getting rid of clutter difficult for hoarders?

  • Difficulty organizing possessions
  • Unusually strong positive feelings (joy, delight) when getting new items.
  • Strong negative feelings (guilt, fear, anger) when considering getting rid of
    items.
  • Strong beliefs that items are “valuable” or “useful”, even when other people
    do not want them.
  • Feeling responsible for objects and sometimes thinking of inanimate objects
    as having feelings.
  • Denial of a problem even when the clutter or acquiring clearly interferes
    with a person’s life


Who struggles with hoarding behavior?

Hoarding behaviors can begin as early as the teenage years, although the
average age of a person seeking treatment for
hoarding is about 50. Hoarders often endure a lifelong struggle with hoarding.
They tend to live alone and may have a
family member with the problem. It seems likely that serious hoarding problems
are present in at least 1in 50 people, but
they may be present in as many as 1 in 20. 

Are hoarding and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) related?

Compulsive hoarding was commonly considered to be a type of OCD. Some estimate
that as many as 1 in 4 people with
OCD also have compulsive hoarding. Recent research suggests that nearly 1 in 5
compulsive hoarders have non-hoarding
OCD symptoms. Compulsive hoarding is also considered a feature of obsessive
compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)
and may develop along with other mental illnesses, such as dementia and
schizophrenia. 

What kinds of things do people hoard?

Most often, people hoard common possessions, such as paper (e.g., mail,
newspapers), books, clothing and containers (e.g.,
boxes, paper and plastic bags). Some people hoard garbage or rotten food. More
rarely, people hoard animals or human
waste products. Often the items collected are valuable but far in excess of
what can reasonably be used.

What are the effects of hoarding?

  • Severe clutter threatens the health and safety of those living in or near the
    home, causing health problems, structural
    damage, fire, and even death.
  • Expensive and emotionally devastating evictions or other court actions can
    lead to hospitalizations or homelessness
  • Conflict with family members and friends who are frustrated and concerned
    about the state of the home and the hoarding behaviors.

Can compulsive hoarding be treated?

Yes, compulsive hoarding can be treated. Unfortunately it has not responded
well to the usual treatments that work for OCD.
Strategies to treat hoarding include:

  • Challenging the hoarder’s thoughts and beliefs about the need to keep items
    and about collecting new things.
  • Going out without buying or picking up new items.
  • Getting rid of and recycling clutter. First, by practicing the removal of
    clutter with the help of a clinician or coach and then independently removing clutter.
  • Finding and joining a support group or teaming up with a coach to sort and
    reduce clutter.
  • Understanding that relapses can occur.
  • Developing a plan to prevent future clutter.

How do I have a conversation with my friend of family member who is ready to
talk about hoarding?

When a person seems willing to talk about a hoarding problem, follow these
guidelines:

  • Respect. Acknowledge that the person has a right to make their own decisions
    at their own pace.
  • Have sympathy. Understand that everyone has some attachment to the things
    they own. Try to understand the importance of their items to them.
  • Encourage. Come up with ideas to make their home safer, such as moving
    clutter from doorways and halls.
  • Team up with them. Don’t argue about whether to keep or discard an item;
    instead, find out what will help motivate the person to discard or organize.
  • Ask. To develop trust, never throw anything away without asking permission.

More information can be found at https://iocdf.org/

If you are faced with helping a family member who needs to clean their home
after a hoarding situation, call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton. We can
take you through the process and ensure that everything is handled
professionally and as quickly as possible 603-298-6942.

Fire Prevention Week

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Are you Prepared?

Fire Prevention Week is October 7th through October 13th

The weather is turning colder here in the Northeast! We have to remain vigilant with our fire safety. Here are some tips on staying on top of all things fire related.


Protect Your Family with Smoke Detectors.

  • Installing and maintaining smoke detectors is still the most important step you can take to protect your family from fire death or injury.
  • The detector should be no more than ten years old. You can check the date on the back of the unit. Test the batteries monthly, and replace often. Install them in all bedrooms, hallways outside bedrooms, and on each level of your home.
  • There are two types of smoke detectors: photoelectric and ionization. Photoelectric works better with slower, smoldering fires, while the ionization type is more suited to faster, flaming fires. Most experts recommend that you have both in your home.

Have an Escape Plan

  • Take the time to plan an escape route for everyone in the home, designating a “meet up spot” outside.
  • The key to any escape plan is practice,practice and more practice!
  • Kids love games and challenges. Record the time it takes everyone to make it from their beds to the meetup spot, and then try to beat that time. The more often you practice, the more likely your children are to follow the plan, rather than freeze in panic or confusion when every second counts. Set your calendar to remind you to practice monthly.

Fire Extinguishers are a must!

  • Two out of five home fires begin in the kitchen. Never leave a kitchen when food is cooking, especially on the burners.ALWAYS keep a fire extinguisher close by!
  • Have your chimneys cleaned regularly, and be very careful with portable space heaters. Make sure they are several feet away from drapes, clothing, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Never smoke in bed or while lying down.
  • Inspect your appliance cords. If any are torn, ripped, or damaged in any way, replace them immediately. If a cord or plug ever feels hot, unplug it.

Prevention is the key to your safety..

Are you prepared??

October is National Breast Cancer awareness month

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early. Make a difference! Spread the word!


What Are the Symptoms?

  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).
  • A new lump in the breast or underarm.

There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all.

Early detection is key!

Know your risk factors.

  • Talk to both sides of your family to learn about your family health history.
  • Talk to a doctor about your risk of breast cancer.

Get screened.

  • Talk with a doctor about which screening tests are right for you if you are at higher risk.
  • Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
  • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.

Make healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Add exercise into your routine.
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Limit menopausal hormone use

Know what is normal for you and see a Doctor if you notice ANY changes in your breasts.

Chemical Spill and bio-hazard cleanup Tips

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Toxic waste

Preparedness is essential!

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health
consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to
unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton have
professionals trained to safely clean and remove bio-hazardous substances and
dispose of them in accordance with OSHA and all health regulations.

Familiarize yourself and your employees with these simple steps in the case of a spill:

  • Make sure everyone is alerted to the spill
  • Determine the chemical nature of the spill, and check the Material Safety Data
    Sheet (MSDS). Remember that sometimes determining whether or not a waste is a
    “hazardous waste” is difficult, and that the best policy is to assume all
    chemicals should be handled as hazardous waste.
  • Make sure any electrical and spark producing equipment is turned off.
  • If there’a fire, use the fire extinguisher right away.
  • If appropriate, outfit yourself and employees in protective equipment or hazmat
    gear, including respirator, safety goggles and gloves.
  • If appropriate, evacuate yourself and your employees. If the chemical spilled
    is toxic, volatile, or flammable, evacuation should be carried out immediately;
    If the chemical spilled is hazardous or highly toxic, alert all appropriate
    authorities and call 911.
  • In the case of a small spill, create a barrier around the spill with absorbent
    materials such as paper towels, vermiculite, or sand.
  • Put up signs to prevent access to the contaminated area and warn of danger.

If your business has a policy or plan in place for these kinds of events, make
sure you know it well! If you do not have a plan of action in place or need a
more comprehensive and detailed plan to go along with what you already have;
contact SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton and we will provide you with an
Emergency Ready Profile at no cost to your business.

Children's Charity Cookout

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Dave Lyons charity cookout

Dave Lyons Charity Cookout

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to everyone who visited us for the Dave Lyons Charity Cookout Yesterday!
With your generous donations, we will be able to help Declan and Madison with their educations.

It was a beautiful and utterly perfect day!



Every bit of the food was soooo yummy. Starting with what Brandon and Angela cooked up from Maple Street Catering and Big Fatty's, to those delicious Salads that Michelle and The Cave tossed up ...( Pun intended )... To the decadent deserts delivered by Melissa, Sarah and the whole gang at Gadue's Dry Cleaning!

We can't thank you enough for helping to bring this amazing day together.

Having Michelle, Jesse, Amy and a whole lot of Dave's friends spend the day with us, made it all the more special.

..... A personal note from Gordon ( ya, that's me ) to the Ownership, Production Crew and Office Staff here at SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton.

Guys! Thank you all for your efforts. Even while making it "Like it never even happened." you managed to lend me a hand and honor Dave in a way the Big Man would be so proud of. 
Thanks Team!

West Newbury Firefighters Association "Gunther Wenecke" Benefit Golf Tournament

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Gunther Wenecke Golf Tournament

24th Annual West Newbury Firefighters' Association "Gunther Wenecke" Golf Tournament

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton had the privilege to be a Sponsor at this Fun Event. We had a great time and want to thank the Firefighters and all guests for allowing us to participate.

A fun day was had by all who attended, And the weather couldn't have been better! Sponsoring events with SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is always a highlight!

First Place goes to.....
Brett Barselle , President, Colby Insurance Group / Rich Agency
Aaron Rich, Vice President, Rich Agency / Colby Insurance Group
Randy Odell, Owner, Odell Insurance Agency Inc.
and
our Gordon Brown.
Gordon tells us that he didn't contribute to the win... but did an EXCELLENT job not crashing the cart on Randy!

10th Annual AirPark Block Party

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Block Party

BLOCK PARTY BLOWOUT!

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton volunteered at the 10th Annual Block Party, hosted by Mike Seiler from M2S. We supplied some yummy desserts, as well as donating 2 gift certificates for a carpet cleaning! 

A fun day was had by all who came by, And the weather couldn't have been better! Sponsoring events with SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is always a highlight! Being a part of a community that helps each other is very rewarding.


All proceeds benefit the Prouty and Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center!

Sponsors Included: 

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton, M2S, Bio X Cell, Rocess USA, EDF Distributed Solutions, Bill Westgate, Moe's, Big Fatty's BBQ, Hanover Massage, Pro-Cut, Paul Auger, CCBA, Capital Cando Co., Chili's, Koto Japanese Steakhouse, McDonald's, Technica USA/Rollerblade USA and Woodstock Soapstone Co.

13th Annual Chamber Cup Golf Tournament for the Littleton Area Chamber

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Chamber Cup Golf Tournament

Music Sponsor for Golf Event!

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton sponsored the music for the 13th Annual Chamber Cup Golf Tournament for the Littleton Area Chamber, held at The Maplewood, in Bethlehem NH.

The event was a huge success and fun was had by all. Gordon had the pleasure of being teammates with a Retired Engineer, An Air Traffic Controller and Nathan Karol, Executive Director for the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The day was perfect weather wise, sitting at just about 72 degrees and just a hint of a breeze.

The above mentioned weather didn't help Gordons game, but his partners suffered through and managed to keep the team at about mid pack.  

We only tease.... Gordon isn't all that bad. He isn't all that good either, but what can ya do?  

:) :) 

We look forward to next year and being able to be a part of this terrific event for the Littleton Chamber and Community.

Protect your home from sewer backups!

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Sewer backup damage!

Sewer backups can wreak havoc in your home and SERVPRO is Here to Help!

Most homeowners don't realize that they are responsible for the maintenance
and repair of their house and sewer pipe(lateral)that is, the pipeline between the city sanitary sewer main (which is usually located in the street) and the
building.

What causes sewer backups?

  • Aging sewer systems. The American Society of Civil Engineers indicates that
    the nation's 500,000-plus miles of sewer lines are on average over thirty years
    old. The increase in the number of homes connected to already aging sewage
    systems has also contributed to rapid increases in sanitary sewer backups,
    flooded basements and overflows.
  • Combined pipelines. Problems arise in systems that combine storm water and raw
    sewage into the same pipeline. During many rain storms, the systems are exposed
    to more volume than they can handle, and the result is a sewage backup
    situation that allows sewage to spew out into basements and other low lying
    drains.
  • Tree roots. Seeking moisture, small roots of trees and shrubs make their way
    into sewer line cracks and service pipe joints, they can cause extensive damage
    or blockages as they grow larger. The cost of the clean-up will fall to the
    problem tree's owner. When the issue is a result of a combination of city and
    private trees, the costs are sometimes split between the city and the property
    owner.

How you can prevent backups

  • Properly dispose of grease.Cooking oil should be poured into a heat-resistant
    container and disposed of properly after it cools off, not in the drain.
    Washing grease down the drain with hot water is unsatisfactory. As the grease
    cools off, it will solidify either in the drain, the property owner's line, or
    in the main sewer causing the line to constrict and eventually clog.
  • Properly dispose of paper products. Paper towels, disposable (and cloth)
    diapers, hygienic wipes and feminine products do not deteriorate quickly and
    can cause a great deal of trouble in the property owner's lateral as well as in
    the city main.
  • Periodically cut tree roots. If you have continuing problems with tree roots in your lateral pipe, you may have to regularly have the roots cut by a professional.
  • Replace your line with new plastic pipe.Plastic pipe will prevent tree roots from entering your line. 

A sewer backup can lead to disease, destruction of your valuables, damage to your house or business,Creating a biohazard situation! Prompt cleanup of affected property will help minimize the inconvenience and prevent
mold or further damage and should include.

  • Wet-vacuuming or removal of spillage
  • Mopping floors and wiping walls with soap and disinfectant.
  • Flushing out and disinfecting plumbing fixtures
  • Steam cleaning or removing wet carpets or drapes.
  • Repairing or removing damaged wallboard or wall covering.
  • Cleanup of ductwork


If you experience a sewer backup situation,contact SERVPRO of
Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton. We are Here to Help! Click Here 

Like it never even happened.

Hurricane season is here!

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage

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!

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Winter

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.

Insulate pipes

  • 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

Storm Protection

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm

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.

For more information on storm damage and cleanup Click Here.

Or contact SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942.




How to prevent water damage

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

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.

For more information on water damage and cleanup Click Here

Or contact SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942

Some facts about mold

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in the home

FACTS!

  • 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.

To Learn more about Mold Remediation click here.

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When Storms or Floods hit our Communities SERVPRO is READY!

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm truck

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.

Faster Response

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

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 603.298.6942

#SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton #SERVPRO603 #HereToHelp #SERVPROCares

To learn more about storm clean up and response click here

GOT MOLD!

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

Got Mold?

Got Mold?

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!

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage

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 ResidueProduced 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

#SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton #SERVPRO603 #HereToHelp

SERVPRO EMERGENCY READY PROGRAM

8/4/2018 (Permalink)

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!

8/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

#SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton #SERVPRO603 #HereToHelp

Cleaning Post-Construction

7/10/2018 (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

#SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton #SERVPRO603 #HereToHelp

To learn more about how SERVPRO can help in your cpmmercial cleaning needs  Click Here!

What if the Storm Hit

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Truck

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.

Faster Response

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

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 603.298.6942

#SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton #SERVPRO603 #HereToHelp #SERVPROCares

To learn more about storm clean up and response Click Here!!!

Commercial Services

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton offers cleaning and the restoring of commercial properties no matter the size!  We have technicians with the training and experience needed to handle any of your commercial needs. We not only have trained and certified technicians, we also have the proper equipment to make it “Like it never even happened!”  SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has all the resources and expertise to give you excellent results and get your business back open sooner. Some examples of commercial properties that have used our services include:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Stores
  • Large Big-Box Stores
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Hotels
  • Churches
  • Schools

For more information on our commercial services Click Here!!

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26th Annual Golf Classic

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Great day for Golf!

Beverage Cart Sponsorship at The 26th Annual Jim Wechsler Memorial Golf Classic

 The SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton Marketing team were on hand for the  26th Annual Jim Wechsler Memorial Golf Classic.  We had the honor of sponsoring the beverage cart for the event,  Needless to say, this was a big hit amongst the players and crews. Our Gordon Brown played in a foursome with Chris McAndrew, President of Systems Plus ComputersPete Coughlin, Owner of Coughlin Painting, and Don LaPlume, President & Co-Founder at Asirva.  The Team had a blast, although they unanimously determined that Gordon may need to play a bit more often......... FOUR!   Thank you to The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and all of the Sponsors, Guests and Attendees for the opportunity to be a part of this tremendous event.

Water Damages come in a Variety of ways

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water damages come in a Variety of ways

 Water damages can happen at any time through out the year. They can happen from any number of different things such as:

  •  water heaters 
  •  refrigerators/Ice Makers
  •  toilets
  •  pipes
  •  leaky roofs 
  •  floods
  •  ground water in basement
  •  dishwashers
  •  sump pumps
  •  natural disasters

The dry out and clean up after water damages are important. Here at SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton we specialize in doing just that. Our technicians are IICRC certified to safely dry, clean and restore your home or business, using the following procedures:

  • Identify the source/type of water-where the problem is 
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis 
  • Survey the extent of the damage and Inspect the premises fir hidden moisture. 
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Move and Block furniture & contents
  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide services
  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)
  • Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment 
  • Dispose of refuse

 Water damages are a problem no matter how small they might seem. Water can soak through walls, and carpet causing problems over time. Here at SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton, our technicians have monitoring tools to detect water damages that may not be in plain sight. 

With any water damage, there is a risk for MOLD. It’s important that water is quickly removed and properly dried, ventilated and disinfected to inhibit the growth of bacteria.

If you have a water damage and are unsure of what to do Click here for more information! 

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What to do about MOLD

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

What is Mold?

"Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth."

Some of the most common areas for mold to grow are:

•Antique shops

•Greenhouses

•Saunas

•Farms

•Mills

•Construction areas

•Flower shops

•Summer cottages

What you should NOT do?

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to dry the affected areas yourself.
  • Do not spray bleach or any other disinfectant on the mold.

What you should do?

  • Stay out of the affected areas and areas you suspect have hidden mold.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and the fans.
  • Leave the affected areas alone!
  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
  •  Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery

Pleas call SERVPRO Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton if you suspect mold. We are here to help and make it "Like it never even happened."

For more information Click here!

Storm Safety

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Living in New Hampshire or Vermont wedon't see many or highly destructive tornadoes. However, you can never be too careful, and being prepared for ANY storm disaster is always a good idea!The summer months Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, we need to be ready for windstorms, flash flooding, hurricanes/ tropicalstorms.Hurricane season usuallyruns from June 1 to November 30th.Here are some safety precautiontips for outdoors.

Safety precautions outdoors

  • If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity.
  • Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter.
  • The main lightning safety guide is the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
  • If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.
  • Stay away from concrete floors or walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
    Although you should move into a non-concrete structure if possible, being indoors does not automatically protect you from lightning. In fact, about one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur indoors.

Some safety precautions for indoors

Safety precautions indoors

  • Avoid water during a thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through plumbing.
  • Avoid electronic equipment of all types. Lightning can travel through electrical systems and radio and television reception systems.
  • Avoid corded phones. However, cordless or cellular phones are safe to use during a storm.
  • Avoid concrete floors and walls.

It is also a good idea to have a disaster supply kit ready as well. Things to include are:

  • Water- 1 gallon, per person, per day
  • Food- 3-7 days' worth of non perishable or canned food-with can manual can opener.
  • Bedding- Blankets and pillows
  • Clothing- Even when the weather is warm, for safety while cleaning and working, wearing long-sleeve or and pants are good to help protect your skin
  • First aid kit- First aid kits are always important. In this situation bandages and sanitizer are the minimal to have at hand, however it is always better to have more!
  • Cash- Always a good idea in a storm event to have some cash on hand.

Hurricanes, along with most storms, are unpredictable. Being prepared is always a good idea. You should have a an escape plan ready, somewhere to stay out of harms way. Making a list of items you own is also a good idea, along with photos of items. Keep more than one copy . Take necessary steps to protect your home or business. Having SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plan is also a great idea!SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE SCALE

  • Category 1- Winds from 74-95 mph. Minimal damage level
  • Category 2- Winds from 96-110 mph. Moderate damage level
  • Category 3- Winds from 111-130 mph. Extensive damage level
  • Category 4- Winds from 131-155 mph. Extreme damage level
  • Category 5- Winds that exceed 155 mph. Catastrophic damage level

For more information on Storm Damage and CleanupClick Here

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IN CASE OF A FIRE

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

TIPS: in the case of a fire

Residents in an apartment building may face two situations. Either the fire could be in your apartment. OR the fire could be in another apartment in the building.

  • CALL 9-1-1
  • Make sure everyone is out and safe, including pets.
  • Once you leave the fire do NOT go back in.
  • Alert others in the building.
  • Activate the fire alarm, if there is one.
  • Close doors behind you, this will slow the spread of the fire.
  • If you are in a multi-story building, do NOT use any elevators.
  • If you become trapped in a room, these steps are recommended:
  1. Keep door closed. Opening the door will decrease your chances of survival.
  2. Stay low.
  3. Wait by the window and identify your distress.
  4. Do NOT hide under beds or in closets
  5. Seal the bottom of the door with blankets or clothing to keep the smoke out
  • Exits should never be blocked.
  • Have and know a fire escape plan.

Types of smoke:

  • Wet SmokePlastics and Rubbers= Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry SmokePaper and Wood= Fast burning, high temperatures,
  • Protein Fire ResidueProduced by evaporation of materials rather than from a fire. Discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

How should a fire damage be cleaned up? Call SERVPRO!

If a house sustains a fire, it is important that you get the proper clean up so the soot, ash and water do not wreak havoc on what is left. It is bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to put the fire out can cause secondary damage.

The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents from the store. This could cause more damage, as the chemical agents could react with the residue and cause more or even permanent damage and also toxic fumes.

Our crews are IICRC certified to handle these types of clean ups. 

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Call SERVPRO Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603-298-6942 with any questions. We are available 24 hours a day!

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)

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)

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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:

  • Temperature- 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)

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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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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)

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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)

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)

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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)

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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 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

For more information call us at 603.298.6942 or email us at miperez@nhvt.net

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Thunderstorms in New Hampshire

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

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.

To learn more about how Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration click here.

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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)

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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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 603.298.6942

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MICROBURSTS!

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

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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First Sign Mold is Growing in Your Home!

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

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

The first sign mold is growing in your home after a water damage. Mildew Smell.  Mildew in bathrooms and basements is not uncommon in our area. The heat and high humidity make the Upper Valley area an ideal haven for mildew and mold growth.  The difference after a flood or significant water damage is that this growth spreads to other areas of the home. If at the end of the day you return home to even a slight aroma of mildew, chances are mold is starting to take root. The time to act is now. Frequently, SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton team is called to a recently water-damaged home only to find that proper cleaning, dehumidifying, and drying was not completed prior to rebuilding. This often leads to the quick development of a serious mold infestation. 

Since we can quickly become desensitized to the smell of mildew, it is wise to close up your home for a day without the air conditioner running, and then walk through inspecting for suspicious odors. At the first sign of mold or mildew, contact SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton so we can conduct a thorough investigation and fix the source of the smell.

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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Take Precautions

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

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Take Precautions

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

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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What if your home suffers storm damage?

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

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If Your Home Suffers Damage!

Weather in the Northeast can be unpredictable!

  •   Rain isn’t the only thing leaving its mark on our homes. Storms are still whipping through our towns and communities causing power outages and home damage. According to the National Storm Damage Center (NSDC), damage caused by trees during severe weather account for over $1 billion in property damage. Broken limbs or trees can cause mass amounts of damage to your property if they make contact. Such damage can be done to roofing, siding, windows and even structure to the home, causing lots of expensive repairs. Unfortunately there is no way to stop the unpredictable weather, but there are ways to prevent damage from happening to your home.
  • Start by assessing trees close to your home. A lot of loose hanging or broken limbs should be addressed to prevent possible damage to your home or vehicles. Saving trees is important for the environment, but keeping your home and family safe is even more important. However, if a damaged tree is within reach of causing damage to you or your home, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  

To find out more about SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton Storm Damage Services click here.

  • Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 603.298.6942

FLOODED BASEMENT IN THE UPPER VALLEY!!

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement

HELP!
My basement is flooded.

What are some of the things SERVPRO can do when I have a flood in my basement?

Flooded Basement Dry Out:

•Pump Deep Water

•Carpet Water Removal

•Moisture Test Walls

•Set up Drying Equipment

•Apply Antimicrobials

•Test Drying Complete

Even if you have an unfinished basement, leaving water or moisture can cause damage to the rest of the structure. Imagine the condensation that could happen when it’s 90* outside. The concrete or cement blocks used to construct basements are susceptible to mold growth as well as odor. Imagine all of the exposed framing. Framing lumber does and will absorb moisture and thus, grow mold. The metal framing ties may not be porous for mold growth but they will corrode. How about the plumbing and wiring? Again, any metal parts can and probably will corrode with excess moisture in the air. The insulation! Perfect for mold growth.

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

To find out more about SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton Water Damage Services Click Here.

SERVICE RESPONSE GUIDELINES

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Soot Damage

Working to make fire damage,"Like it never even happened."

Fire damage in a business can be stressful for owners, property managers, employees and tenants. Property damage, equipment damage, document loss and temporary business closure are just some of the concerns you may experience. Timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate these concerns.

The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your business property and belongings. SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.

1 - Within 1 hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton Professional contacts you to arrange for services.

4 - Within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton professional is on-site to start mitigation services.

8 - Within 8 business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

**Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

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COMMERCIAL/LARGE LOSS RESTORATION

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

This term refers to commercial buildings, schools, nursing homes, multi-unit buildings and can even mean residential property if it is of a usually large size. It includes events such as fire, smoke, burst pipes, heating unit puff-backs, biological occurrences such as bodily fluids, sewer back-ups mold/growth infestation; odor problems and even animal invasions or inhabitants.

Commercial/Large Loss Restoration Services Include:

• Securing the building/facility

• Temporary utility services (Power, Lights, Heating, Plumbing)

• Debris removal

• Complete or partial pack-out of electronics, belongings, documents, equipment, etc. as required

• Water extraction and drying/dehumidification

• Structure and content cleaning

• Deodorization, disinfection, and odor removal

• Repairs and reconstruction

Restoration Process:

Once the emergency is dealt with; damaged materials removed, content protected, packed and stowed and the drying equipment installed, we move onto the restoration phase. This is where we work with insurance adjusters, specialty tradespeople, owners, and property managers to identify the necessary repairs, develop a scope of work and estimate the costs.

Estimating Process:

The estimating process is actually a fairly smooth process because SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton, Insurance adjusters and many tradespeople use the industry standard software, Xactimate, which provides pricing, calculating formulas and concise descriptions that define the materials and services with each line item. This insures everyone is "comparing apples to apples".

Because time is critical in protection materials and content, you want to hire a company that is experienced, knowledgeable and equipped to do necessary work. Quickly and correctly. Thus, getting your company/facility/business back up and running with the least interruption.

That company is SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton

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When Storms or Floods hit our Communities SERVPRO is READY!

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

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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.

Faster Response

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

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 603.298.6942

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WHATS LURKING IN YOUR DUCTS?

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

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Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork 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 office building.

Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality cost $60 Billion in employee sick leave and lost production.

Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers, and/or students who work and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to any situation that could cause illness or health concerns.

WE CAN HELP!

Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold

Reduce potential for mold growth

Restore peak energy efficiency

Eliminate offensive odors

DUCT CLEANING MAY NOT BE NECESSARY!

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations anout the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

To schedule a duct cleaning call 603.298.6942

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Be prepared with the SERVPRO Emergency Response Program

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

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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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What to do when a fire strikes!

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

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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 SmokePlastics 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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SOME TRUTH ABOUT MOLD!!

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

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FACTS!

  • 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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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SMALL DISASTER!

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Small Water loss! #SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton #SERVPRO603 #HereToHelp

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.

With any leak it's the water you don't see that can cause the most damage!

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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SUMMER SAFTEY TIPS!

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

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Celebrate Summer Safely!

The summer season should be a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors.

The following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, will help keep you safe all summer long.

•When using a charcoal grill, ONLY USE starter fluids designed for the barbecue grills: DO NOT add fluid after coals have been lit.

•When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connections are tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely revel any leaks.

•Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal flotation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water skiing. Air-filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.

•Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut down motors and heating devices before fueling a boat. In case of a spill, wipe up fuel and check for fuel leakage and odors.

•When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire. Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.

•Always build a campfire down wind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your campfire. Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To extinguish, pour water over the fire, and/or cover with dirt.

•Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire, and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.

•Consider leaving firework use to a trained professional. Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.

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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Winter is approaching fast! Prevent Storm Damage today!

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

WINTER STORMS

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.
  • Insulate pipes
  •  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.

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GOT MOLD!

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Got Mold?

Got Mold?

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.

WHEN DO YOU NEED FIRE RESTORATION SERVICES?

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

IICRC

How Should Fire Damage Cleanup Be Handled

If a house sustains fire damage, proper cleanup is crucial as the ash, soot and water will wreak havoc on what remains.  It’s bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to extinguish it can cause secondary damage.  The remnants will continue to do damage long after the flames are extinguished.

The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents available at the store.  Unfortunately, this will barely make an impact on the problem and could cause bigger issues.  Chemical agents could react with the residue and cause permanent damage, and in some cases, they may cause toxic fumes.  Fire damage cleanup is one of the most difficult jobs out there, and it should be left to a professional for the best results.

When selecting a firm that does the restoration, consider what type of training they have. Do they have health and safety certifications? Are they experienced in a wide range of repair? Do they have proof of proper insurance and licenses?  The company that has the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) fire and smoke restoration Certified Firm meets all of these expectations and conditions. An IICRC-certified firm understands the need for a quick response.  Immediate action is necessary because the longer the delay, the harder and more costly the job will be as reactions within the damaged material can continue to occur. The fire may be gone, but the ash, soot and smoke odors that remain can continue to do harm.  Certified firms will use their knowledge of fire restoration to accurately test the damage and apply the proper repair techniques to bring the items back to pre-loss condition when possible.

Also, when hiring an IICRC certified firm you can be sure that they are up to date with the latest technologies and techniques. In order for these firms to keep their certification, they are required to take continuing education programs.  So when confronted with fire damage cleanup, choose an IICRC-certified professional.

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

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

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

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 pre-loss 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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WINTER WATER DAMAGE TIPS!

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

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WINTER WATER DAMAGE TIPS!

New England winters can be harsh. We witnessed this first hand in 2015 where record cold and snowfall pummeled the majority of the Upper Valley. You know it was a tough winter when “ice dams” and “frozen pipes” become a mainstream topic of discussion around the office water cooler. Nevertheless, we hardy New Englanders persevere despite the winter circumstances. With that said, we also think it wise to be a little more prepared for what may lay ahead.

Winter water damage and insurance claims go hand-in-hand. According to the Insurance Information Institute winter storms in the United States caused $1.9 billion in insurance losses in 2013. In 2014, the number expanded to $2.3 billion, and even higher in 2015. What does this mean for residents in New England? Harsh storms and winter water damage are not going away. Below are a few tips to help prevent and deal with property damages during the coldest season of the year.

Prevent Water Damage from Frozen Pipes

  • Know where your water main shut off valve is
  • Properly insulate pipes that have exposure to cold environments in your home, such as crawl space
  • Maintain adequate interior temperatures in the property.  Many sources recommend a minimum of 55-65 degrees. Remember pipes running in an exterior wall will have even a colder environment.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow for heat to circulate underneath.
  • During extreme cold, open faucet slightly to allow for a slow drip.

 

Inhibit Water Damage from Ice Dams

  • Maintain clean gutters.  Clogged gutters are more susceptible for ice accumulation that may creep up to the roof shingles.
  • Safely and carefully clear snow from roof when possible with a snow rake and extension pole.
  • Safely and carefully creat channels in exsisting ice dams for snow melt to run off.
  • Have a professional energy audit of your home. This will help determine where the excessive heat loss is occurring.  The heat loss is one of the primary factors causing the ice dams.

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

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POST-CONSTRUCTION CLEANING

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

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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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TOP 2 HOME FIRE HAZARDS.

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Safety

It's house fire season: Here are the top 2 most common fire hazards in the home.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says there are more than 360,000 home structure fires each year, resulting in about $6-8 billion dollars in damage.

1. Candles

Safety tips:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.

2. Smoking

Safety tips:

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
  • Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
  • Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
  • Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.

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

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WINTER IS CLOSER THAN WE THINK!

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

winter roads

WINTER IS CLOSER THAN WE THINK!

Is your home and business prepared for winter storms and extreme cold?  If you’re like most of us, the answer is no, you’re not as prepared as you’d like to be.  These winter events can strike suddenly, at any time during the harsh New England winters.  To prepare for a winter storm you should remember the following:

Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

  • Rock salt or 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
  • Sand to improve traction
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
  • Sufficient heating fuel.  You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off.  
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm
  • Make a Family communication plan, your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another.
  • Listen to your local/national weather radio/channel for critical information, Be alert to changing weather conditions
  • Minimize travel, if travel is necessary, keep a disaster supply kit in your vehicle
  • Remember your pets: Make sure you have plenty of supplies they may need as well

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GREAT DAY FOR A 5K!

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Team Photo

SERVPRO RUNS FOR CANCER!

On October 9th 2016, Some of us here from SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton along with several of our friends from Baan Muay Thai Academy rallied to form TEAM SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton to take part in Harpoon Brewery 14th Annual Octoberfest road race! 

As cold and wet as it was, Miguel Perez, Melanie Perez, Melissa Fisher, Brandi Smith, Adam Thatcher, and Ben Parsons took off running and accomplished our own personal run time goals!

We all had a fabulous time at this event and proud to take part in raising funds for Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center.  We look forward to taking part in this event next year!

Be sure to keep watch for future events SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton take part in!

JEREMY TIED THE KNOT!!!

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

September 17, 2016

Love is in the air!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy LaChance!

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton recently celebrated the marriage of their longtime employee Jeremy to his beloved Lucy. It was a beautiful ceremony that we were all invited to share in. Much love and happiness to the newlyweds!

May each new day find your hearts a little closer, your lives a little fuller and your love a little deeper!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MARDIN FAMILY!

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Mardin House

There is a new address in the SERVPRO family!

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has another proud new Home Owner in our midst! Congratulations to Matt Mardin, his wife and their 5 children.

The Mardin family had been working very hard to get to this point and now has plenty of room to spread out. There’s lots of rooms to be filled and many touches to be added! They even have a large back yard, some woods, trails and access to the Indian River. Can you guess how many forts the 4 boys will have erected by this time next year?

We are so proud of Matt and Dawn and all they have accomplished!

Under this roof, may happiness abound.

May laughter and joy in every room be found.

May good health and wealth move in to stay.

And good friends and family always come your way!

2016 SERVPRO Benefit Lunch Cook-Out

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

SPONSORS

2016 SERVPRO Benefit Lunch Cook-out Was a Big Success.

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton held their first fundraising BBQ to benefit American Legion Post 22. Post 22 supports the obvious big ticket things like Veteran support programs, youth leagues and activities, and the National Emergency Fund. They also support locally. They provide dozens of holiday gift baskets to families and are always raising funds for local families in need.

The afternoon was a great success!  There was a lot of support from local businesses that came to offer their support and join for us lunch!  

SERVPRO Of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton would love to send a BIG SHOUT OUT to Scott and Desire MacDonald with Scotts Lawn and Landscaping for donating their time, grill and fabulous cooking skills.

SERVPRO would also like to send a big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to our event. Your contributions are GREATLY appreciated and will go a long way to help The American Legion Post 22.

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2016 SERVPRO Benefit Lunch Cook-Out

8/1/2016 (Permalink)

2016 SERVPRO Benefit Lunch Cook-Out

2016 SERVPRO Benefit Cook-Out!!

On August 18, 2016 SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is putting on a cook-out lunch to raise funds to donate to our local American Legion. I don't know much about the other chapters but I know the American Legion Post 22 chapter is a huge supporter of Veterans, of course, but also of the community.

Post 22 supports the obvious big ticket things like Veteran support programs, youth leagues and activities, and the Nation Emergency Fund. They also support locally. They provide dozens of holiday gift baskets to families and are always raising funds for local families in need.

In a Time of Need!

An employee of SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton was one of those families. A few years ago her 10 year old niece was diagnosed with cancer. It was a horrible year for her family, but not for the lack of support. Post 22 stepped right in and raised money for her brother and sister-in-law. No one in her family is a member of Post 22. Her brother and sister-in-law didn't even know any of the members prior to the dinner served in their honor. It simply wasn't important to this group of people. They saw a family struggling and extend a hand.

With all they do, we at SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton are very proud to contribute to this organization. One that supports us and our families. I'm not much of a gambler, but I'd bet there are similar stories within every American Legion Post.

Join us in supporting our American Legion Post 22 by having lunch with us. It's only 8$ and there will be many donated items to be raffled and bid on in a silent auction. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate please contact us by Clicking here

PS. On July 25th her niece celebrated her 14th birthday!!

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NEWSPAPER MENTIONS SERVPRO

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

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‘Forever’ stigmatized 

Law remains firm over former meth lab properties By Allan Stein allans@eagletimes.comCopyright 2011-2016 Eagle Times, All Rights Reserved CLAREMONT — To a potential home buyer in Sullivan County, a property that has been labeled a former “meth lab” can be just as offputting as, say, a house tainted by murder or suicide.

The stigma “follows you around forever” — even after the meth house has been cleaned up and rendered safe for habitation, says Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway, who has prosecuted several illicit drug lab cases over the years.

“The biggest [effect] is it devalues the property. One of the biggest impacts of meth labs is there is always a notice that has to be given,” Hathaway said.

In the interest of public safety, New Hampshire law requires that a property owner, real estate agent or broker make a full disclosure of prior drug activity, including meth labs, even though it could jeopardize a sale. 

“No, I don't think it is unfair at all. Our duty is to disclose, disclose, disclose,” says Roz Caplan, a real estate broker at Century 21 Highview Realty in Claremont. 

“It is important that potential buyers hear problems with properties they are looking at to make an informed judgement as to whether they wish to purchase by hearing the news from us rather than from a stranger or a neighbor after they have purchased,” Caplan said.

In many cases, the property owner is left having to pay to clean up a meth house in order to meet public health and safety standards. Costs can run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

“There is no such thing as an average cost because the variables are too many,” says Crystal Moses, a spokesperson for SERVPRO of Lebanon/ Hanover/Littleton, which specialises in chemical and biohazard cleanup. 

“Size, type, condition of structure, degree of contamination, the number of different exploits resulting in different contaminates, outside weather conditions, inside environmental conditions, contents, wall covers — the list goes on and on,” Moses said.

However, there is no law in New Hampshire that specifically requires cleanup of meth labs or other “clandestine chemical laboratories.”

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have collaborated to produce written guidelines for property owners for the safe removal of drug-related contaminants.

Moses said that a house that has been exposed to methamphetamine requires extensive cleaning.

“The reason to thoroughly clean a structure that has been exposed to chemical activity is to reduce and hopefully eliminate the risk of exposure to toxins and the risk of combustion and fumes. Toxins can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed. The chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and other drugs vary widely so you are usually dealing with unknown substances,” Moses said.

Moses said that unless a property owner is trained and properly equipped with protective gear, it is not safe to do the work on his or her own. The potential for disaster is “vast and the risks are many,” she said.

Once the property is released to the owner, a certified industrial hygienist will then go through the property to test for residual chemicals. 

“Unfortunately, drug use is becoming so commonplace. We frequently clean up drug paraphernalia and other biohazards left behind from illicit drug use. So far, knock on wood, meth labs are still fairly rare,” Moses said.

In 2014, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency recorded 11 meth lab incidents in New Hampshire — about half the number in 2013. Nationwide, there were 9,338 confirmed meth labs in 2014.

Claremont Police Chief Alex Scott said that at least six meth labs have been shut down in the city during the past 10 years. 

Most of the sites were low-budget labs using the “one pot” method of creating methamphetamine. The one pot method involves “cooking” the highly addictive drug in a single small container, he said.

“I think it is important to understand the portability of the one pot method,” Scott said.  

Members of the DEA Clandestine Lab Task Force are usually among the first to arrive on the scene of a raid of a suspected meth lab. The agents wear full protective gear to avoid contamination.

In one case that Hathaway recently prosecuted, the judge considered making the convicted meth lab “enabler” pay for the cleanup at 27 School St. as a condition of his sentence agreement. 

Hathaway was able to obtain a partial figure of the cleanup work that needed to be done, and it was nearly $10,000.

“We are very fortunate that [meth labs] are not more common than they are,” Hathaway said.

He added that the law provides for the convicted criminal to pay for the cleanup, although it is not mandatory. 

Practically speaking, he said, the convicted meth lab operator or helper doesn’t have the personal finances to contribute to the cleanup in whole or in part.

“You have a remedy but that remedy isn’t worth much in a practical way in many instances. It certainly is not fair to the property owner any more than the property owner is the victim of a burglary or vandalism,” Hathaway said.

Copyright 2011-2016 Eagle Times, All Rights Reserved

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CONGRATULATIONS MELISSA!!

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton giving Melissa's new home some SERVPRO LOVE!!

A giant CONGRATULATIONS to SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton's Office Manager Melissa on the closing of her new home!! Melissa has been working on this sometimes daunting task for several months. This will be Melissa's first home purchase on her own and it is a very big deal. SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is very proud and pleased for her. Melissa, her 2 daughters and 3 dogs will be moving in, lock stock and barrel this weekend. Hopefully, her friends and co-workers will be game for a beer, a burger from the grill and lugging a box or two!

As a new homeowner, Melissa will have her hands full. It may sound odd to some of us but she's never had to mow her lawn maintain the heating system, or even clean the gutters! SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has no doubt she'll do awesome. If Melissa can keep all of us organized, on task, and ship shape, Melissa will have no troubles operating a lawnmower.

May your troubles be less, and your blessing be more. May nothing but health, wealth and happiness come through your door! CONGRATULATIONS MELISSA!

 

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