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Tips to Avoid Frozen and Burst Pipes

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to Avoid Frozen and Burst Pipes A Burst Pipe

Below are a few tips to help you prevent frozen pipes in your home:

  1. Occasionally allow a slow trickle of water to run from your kitchen and bathroom faucets if the temperature really plummets. This will keep water moving through the pipes and make the pipes less likely to freeze.
  2. Set your thermostat to a consistent temperature. A cold snap is not the time to dial the heat back to save on energy costs.
  3. Open kitchen and vanity cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
  4. If you’re leaving your home for more than 24 hours during a cold snap, consider asking a friend or relative to check in on your home to make sure everything is OK.
  5. In the fall, once the temperatures outside start to go down, it's a good idea to disconnect your garden hose from the exterior faucet and to turn off the water going to that exterior faucet.

Services Presentation- West Dover, VT

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Services Presentation- West Dover, VT Co-Owner Derek Paul During Presentation

It was a pleasure presenting at Sotheby's     International Realty in West Dover, VT recently! Co-Owner and Marketing Director Derek Paul discussed SERVPRO of Cheshire County and SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties company history, services and territory overview with a Q&A at the end. We were very happy to be invited to their office for this opportunity. Thank you all at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty!

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Monadnock Wolfpack Rugby Club’s Shave to Save Event Raises Thousands for Local Cancer Treatment Center

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Community Monadnock Wolfpack Rugby Club’s Shave to Save Event Raises Thousands for Local Cancer Treatment Center Derek Before and After His Beardectomy.

We are so happy to have participated in the Monadnock Wolfpack Rugby Club's 2nd Annual Shave to Save event this year! Shave to Save is an event that raises and donates 100% of funds to the Norris Cotton Cancer Treatment Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene, NH. This year, the Monadnock Wolfpack Rugby Team shattered their goal of $4,000 having raised over $5,000! The event campaign's end on Saturday, January 19th at The Barbery in beautiful downtown Keene, NH was a blast! The team is a great group of guys and we were thrilled we could help them out! Our own Derek Paul, who is a big fan of the Wolfpack, risked and lost his beard to help support this wonderful cause!

SERVPRO Says Wilmington Homes, Flooding, and Odors Often Occur Together

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Says Wilmington Homes, Flooding, and Odors Often Occur Together Have No Fear--SERVPRO Is Here--In Wilmington for Snow Flood Recovery

Melting Winter Snow Can Lead to Flood Damage in Wilmington Neighborhoods

Winter weather in Wilmington includes snow falling everywhere and leaving a blanket of white on our town. Even with freezing temperatures, days without any cloud cover can let the sun get hot enough on snow to cause melting. When areas downhill remain solidly frozen, melted snow ends up trapped.
 
Homes in Wilmington can experience flood damagewhen trapped water from melted snow accumulates around the foundation and seeps in through new or existing cracks. With the ground still frozen, it cannot absorb any of the water, either.
 
Flood damage in your basement or ground floor can happen anytime, but during the evening before temperatures drop and the sun's rays give less light is when flooding is most likely to happen. Flooding can also happen when nearby streams overflow because of blocked areas downstream.
 
SERVPRO's specialized teams can mitigate the damage flooding can cause in your home. We can make it “Like it never even happened,” quickly and with few interruptions to your family's life. Getting things back to normal again for you is one of our main goals. We know flooding, at any water levels, can cause problems for residents.
 
After we remove the water and get your home dry again, we need to treat your home for the new presence of foul odors. We use techniques that meet industry standards and leave your home protected well.
 
Many of the microorganisms that flooding, regardless of its intensity, forces into a home produce unpleasant odors. The presence of odors from floodwater does not mean your home remains dirty or contaminated. It merely means that trapped microorganisms continue creating the odors.
 
We remove the odors caused by flood damage with thermal fogging or the use of our hydroxyl machines. With severe flooding, we often use both, as well as other methods. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) explains that both thermal fogging and hydroxyl methods create chemical bonds between chemicals we introduce to your home's environment that bond at the molecular level with odor-producing substances.
 
After this takes effect, previous odors decrease significantly. A second treatment is rarely required, but if a customer requests an additional service, we perform an assessment first to ensure that odors do not need a different treatment method.
 
Flood damage can create a different atmosphere inside your home, even in areas that remained dry. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is always here, 24/7, to aid you in getting things restored quickly. Call us at (802) 674-8004 when your home needs professional mitigation and restoration services.

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What Few People Know About Products Used to Clean Soot in Wilmington After Fire Damage

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What Few People Know About Products Used to Clean Soot in Wilmington After Fire Damage Soot damage can be quite extensive. Contact SERVPRO to assess and use the corresponding effective cleaners to remediate the damage.

Wilmington's Fire Damage Experts Talk About Different Cleaning Chemicals Used During Restoration

When something burns on your Wilmington property, the blaze not only can burn your building materials and contents, but the smoke can cause soot residues and soils to exist on indoor surfaces. One major part of any fire damage project is cleaning and soot removal. When a fire ignites inside a building, it often burns different fuels creating a combination of different types of smoke and soot residues. As the various types of partially combusted particles circulate through your home, they can come into contact with several different types of surfaces. When mitigating fire damage, our highly trained SERVPRO team knows that different techniques and chemicals must be used to remove soot from the various surfaces inside your home.
 
We provide fast 24/7 service so that we can begin working on restoring your home as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians are located in the region so that we can show up quickly after we receive your fire damage call in Wilmington. As soon as we arrive, we inspect your home to determine where the problems occurred and how severe the issues are. Our estimators come to your residence equipped with a testing kit so that we can figure out what we can restore and what we think must be replaced. We have inside the testing kit a variety of chemicals so that we can see which techniques and detergents will work best for certain surfaces.
 
Once we figure out what exactly needs to be done, we comprise an initial estimate for you and your insurance adjuster. After receiving work authorization, we start the restoration process using the industry's most advanced technology. We have at our disposal a variety of chemicals that we can use to clean soot that affects different surfaces.
 
For most situations, we use a general purpose detergent that can clean soils off of most surfaces. For heavy soot, we often utilize a heavy-duty degreaser as long as the surface is durable. When cleaning materials that are made out of stone and mortar we can use a strong acid cleaner as a last resort. If you ever have a fire break out inside your house, call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004 24/7.

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Wilmington Properties Benefit from SERVPRO Expert Mold Remediation

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Wilmington Properties Benefit from SERVPRO Expert Mold Remediation A Green Fleet Van from SERVPRO Ready to Remediation Mold Damage in Wilmington

A Damp Environment Can Cause Mold Damage in Your Wilmington Garage  

Mold damage can be difficult for the average person to identify, and even harder for them to deal with. Mold spores are omnipresent and impossible to be rid of altogether. Usually, they are not a problem or a risk to your health while in this state. However, the problem occurs when thousands of spores activate from excess moisture and begin to feed off of organic materials within your home. In the case of your unfinished garage, the mold attached itself to the drywall that had become damper than it should be from seasonal weather. Once the mold spores had access to that moisture, they were able to develop into a mold colony causing damage to the structure of your home.

 
Upon finding mold damage or the evidence of mold in your Wilmington residence, it is wise to reach out for professional help. Contacting a cleanup and damage restoration company can ensure that the problem is dealt with thoroughly and professionally. Leaving mold colonies in your house to sit is never wise, as fungi can cause health effects in the individuals living there.
 
When you contact SERVPRO, we always make it a top priority to arrive at your property as swiftly as possible. We understand how stressful these situations can be and know that the sooner remediation begins, the sooner it can end. Our IICRC-certified techs can investigate the mold damage and create a remediation strategy.
 
Before we begin removing mold, we can set up an air scrubber with a HEPA filter to catch mold spores and particles as they become dislodged from the drywall. From there, we can use plastic sheeting to set up a barrier, so the damage cannot spread as we remove it. To begin the remediation, we can start by soda blasting the surface mold to remove it gently. From there, SERVPRO can spray disinfectants and begin to clean the drywall, removing the colonies thoroughly.
 
If our SERVPRO techs feel that the colony penetrated the drywall to deeply, we can make cuts and remove the sections that are too contaminated. To handle the musty odor that mold can leave behind, SERVPRO can use priming paint over the drywall to seal the scent, not allowing it to permeate the air anymore. Lastly, we can spray an antifungal agent to finish the job.
 
Should your home suffer mold damage, do not delay when getting help. Phone SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties by dialing (802) 674-8004. Night or day, we can keep the mold away.

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Proven Tips for Fire Damage Remediation in Your White River Junction Home

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Proven Tips for Fire Damage Remediation in Your White River Junction Home When fire and smoke damage affect the home that you live in, you need to act fast and make an educated decision. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Correct Removal of Smokes and Soots after Fire Damage in White River Junction

When you think of house-fires, it is common to assume the worst. However, large-scale fires that require remodeling, replacement or restructuring account for a small percentage of our call-outs. The truth is, house-fires are commonly small with secure containment from first-responders. It is usually smoke damages that need to be watched out for alongside water damages which occur during the fire-fighting effort.

Our most recent experiences of fire damage in White River Junction properties are about the removal of soot, smoke, and charring from a contained area. When materials burn the chemicals within them are released into the surrounding environment in the form of smoke and soot.
 
This type of synthetic smoke damage can spread rapidly around a property by moving into clean air pockets. They often spread further than the flames themselves, depositing unto clean surfaces that they come into contact with. SERVPRO technicians have training that helps them to recognize the patterns of smoke as well as how it travels around a property. This can be invaluable when it comes to finding the source of odorous or thick smoke deposits.

As well as understanding the behavior of smoke, a good technician needs to know what the most effective cleaning method is for removal. Depending on the type of material that burned, and at what temperature, smoke falls into two classifications; either wet or dry. Each category responds differently to cleaning. Wet-smoke, for example, can quickly be spread around causing further damage if it is treated like dry-smoke.

When a SERVPRO fire technician arrives on site, the first thing they do is conduct a pre-test. This test helps determine the cleaning response, whether by using chemicals, foam, water or dry abrasive methods to restore the property. Where there are valuable possessions, we may be able to restore them by sending them to an external facility for ultrasonic cleaning.

Ultimately, whatever it takes to restore your property to its preloss conditions is our primary concern, and we can mobilize all of our expertise and equipment to get the job done as efficiently as possible.

If you need an expert solution to your property damages, contact SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004.

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The Real Truth About White River Junction Flood Damage Remediation and Mold in Your Store

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Real Truth About White River Junction Flood Damage Remediation and Mold in Your Store Make sure the doors to your store remain open after flooding by calling SERVPRO immediately after an event. We are available 24/7 to take your call.

Preventing Additional Complications From Commercial Flood Damage in White River Junction

Over the winter, cold snaps occur regularly in White River Junction and can affect business operations in the area. Unmitigated damage to your retail store can lead to additional damage to the structure throughout the winter months. SERVPRO works with business owners to clean up such damage and keep it from expanding into damage-free areas.

Reopening your retail store's doors to the public after commercial flood damage in White River Junction closes them prevents significant long-term losses, both in time and money. We know you put a lot into the daily operations of your store and that our local economy relies on small businesses like yours. Winter is harsh enough without freezing flooded areas and making things worse.
 
Hindsight is 20/20, and others who have suffered through such incidents often wish they had prepared more thoroughly for a disaster. SERVPRO offers a free program, our Emergency READY Profile, helps reduce the amount of time spent gathering crucial information and gets mitigation and restoration work started more quickly.
 
However, if you already are looking at flood damage in your store, we can help make sure that freezing temperatures do not cause more damage. Ice expands, and as it does this, anything that contains it becomes increasingly weaker. Wooden beams can sustain less weight and create dangerous situations inside your store. Building code violations can become quite costly, as can injuries and tarnished reputations as a responsible business owner in the community. We can help protect you from the snowballing effect of such incidents.
 
Removing floodwater as soon as it enters your store can help reduce the amount of damage, of course, but during the winter, when the power goes out, or it remains unsafe to keep the furnace running, any moisture can quickly freeze. SERVPRO specialists arrive in our Green Fleet, complete with our own power supply. We use this to run heaters for both our health and safety as well as to speed up evaporation rates of moisture trapped in materials.
 
We work as quickly as possible, so things return to normal, “Like it never even happened.” After drying, we begin cleaning and wiping everything down to remove silt and other residues. Microbial infestations like mold become more likely after a flood, even in the winter, so we prevent this with the application of anti-microbial agents. Odors from flood damage can detract from your store's image, making it crucial that we use highly effective odor control methods like thermal fogging or hydroxyl gas generation.
 
Our goal of helping you restore normal business activities becomes realized when you are happy with the results of our work. Call us, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties, at (802) 674-8004, so we can help prevent winter damage after flood damage hurts your store. Serving the areas around Stratton, Woodstock, and Wilmington, we are nearby and always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Wilmington Furniture Gets a Reprieve from SERVPRO after a Water Loss

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Wilmington Furniture Gets a Reprieve from SERVPRO after a Water Loss It's Not Magic. SERVPRO'S Skilled Technicians Use Formulated Products for Upholstery Cleaning After a Water Loss in Wilmington

Saving Upholstery Items after Water Damage in Wilmington

A water spill in your Wilmington home can leave you with a big restoration bill considering water affects a wide range of materials in the items affected by the incident. Knowing how each item is affected can help you take the right steps during restoration. We offer professional restoration services that can help you save articles that you would otherwise lose due to lack of proper information and resources.
 
A case of water damage in your Wilmington home is likely to have a significant effect on upholstered items because of the different materials used to make them. The framing, which is usually wooden, is prone to swelling and cracking when exposed to water especially over extended periods. Water also breaks down the glues used to strengthen joints messing with the sturdiness of the furniture items after the water loss incident. Since frames are hidden beneath layers of other materials, you might not even realize there is a problem until you notice the outcome. By using moistures sensors with probes, our SERVPRO technicians can detect such deep moisture migration and take countermeasures before significant damage occurs.
 
Water loss incidents also cause various kinds of stains on upholstery items. Dyes on dust covers are likely to bleed leading to staining. Upholstered buttons have a metal backing, which tends to rust causing stains. Finally, water spotting is common in dry-clean-only fabrics. Our SERVPRO technicians deal with stains when items are still wet because letting then dry causes the stains to settle. If only a section of an item is soaked, we might wet the entire item before drying it to eliminate water lines.
 
The growth of microbes such as mold or mildew is also likely in upholstery items after water affects them. Since the spores that cause microbial growth are omnipresent, the best way to counter such growth is to remove the source of water and dry the items fast. Using high-speed air movers and dehumidifiers, our SERVPRO technicians help reduce chances of mold growth.
 
Water can ruin your expensive upholstery items if you fail to take the right steps. Call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties to help. You can reach us at (802) 674-8004. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flooding Facts: How Water Affects Your White River Home’s Structural Integrity

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding Facts:  How Water Affects Your White River Home’s Structural Integrity Water and wood don't mix. Call SERVPRO to restore your home after a water incident.

How Flood Damage in White River Junction Affects Higher Levels of a Home

Flooding washes a land's features away and changes it drastically. It can do much the same to homes in White River Junction. The force of the water involved can become extremely strong, and the pressure behind its mass can also force timbers to move from their original location.  

The damage to wooden structures from a flood in White River Junction worsens as the flooding increases. When wood swells, it can suffer changes to its shape, by curving or twisting. These changes can also affect your home's other levels when they lose their original angles. Twisting internally, at even slight amounts, can cause cracking along seams and corners.  

SERVPRO technicians realize that getting your home's previous dry condition restored quickly means many of these changes in the internal structure can revert to normal. Once this happens, minor repairs can suffice in making your house “Like it never even happened.” Instead of significant patching of gaping cracks in corners to close up holes, only small amounts of work, such as sanding and minor repainting, sufficiently clears up any mess.  

Our equipment handles extracting any leftover water from lower areas of your property and gets them ready for our drying machinery. Opening windows and doors so that air can move more freely, might occur, but only should the air outside be drier than the air inside. Our powerful air movers pull moisture from out of concrete and brick areas of your home. These slightly porous materials hold onto water they absorbed much more than softer materials tend to do. Getting it out of these more difficult materials helps immensely toward drying out the entire house. Our IICRC-certified technicians measure moisture content levels in different materials, starting when we first arrive so that we can accurately track our progress.  

As the air moves more forcefully through your home, the removal of damaged drywall and other wall materials means air can flow through areas that it could not before. This air movement causes dry areas inside upper walls which works in our favor to counteract evaporation and condensation. Trapped moisture is not a welcome aspect of flood damage mitigation. We also use desiccant machines to extract the moisture from the air, steadily decreases the amount of moisture in your property.  

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties can help get your home back to normal again after flood damage causes untold harm. We understand that your house in Woodstock, Stratton, or Springfield can suffer in many ways, and that time is of the essence. Call us at (802) 674-8004, so we can start working on the mitigation and restoration needed immediately after a flooding incident. We are available whenever you call.

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