Recent Water Damage Posts

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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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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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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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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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.

To learn more about what to do until SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton help arrives VISIT OUR TIPS PAGE.

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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.

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

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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.

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

#SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton #SERVPRO603 #HereToHelp

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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