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Water Damage Restoration: "Speeding Up Mother Nature"

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Several bright green air movers stored on a shelf. Skilled utilization of state-of-the-art equipment, technology and processes ensure your water damage will be dried thoroughly and quickly.

When dealing with water damage to a home or commercial property, timeliness is of the utmost importance. The professionals at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties have the equipment and technology to dry your property thoroughly, and more importantly, FAST! Our team has the tools of the trade and the know how to "Speed Up Mother Nature." 

What do you mean, "speed up Mother Nature" you ask? A wet property will eventually dry on its own without the use of drying equipment and moisture removal as the environment always seeks its equilibrium. Wet materials naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only when the air is, indeed, drier. The problem, this process often takes way too long and thus opening the possibility for secondary damage, such as mold. With the use of the best drying equipment in the industry, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties Professionals can "speed up Mother Nature's" natural drying process on hardwood floors, difficult-to-reach wall cavities, small, confined spaces other building materials.

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties also utilizes high-tech monitoring equipment to ensure a property is drying out drying out quickly and successfully.

We cannot defeat Mother Nature, but we can speed up Mother Nature's natural process of drying. Making water damage, "Like it never even happened." 

Facts About Microbursts

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Tree limbs and branches down in the area of a power line following strong winds. High winds can mean a dangerous environment causing tree limbs and branches to fall. Be sure to take necessary safety precautions.

From heavy snow, freezing temps, and icy conditions in the winter, to high heat, hard rain and flooding in the summer, New England sees all kinds of treacherous weather. Another weather event that is not uncommon in the Northeast are what are called "microbursts." 

  • Microbursts are normally short in duration but are very intense.
  • Microbursts occur when very high winds descend from rain clouds towards the ground and disperse horizontally.
  • As previously mentioned, microbursts do not last long and typically pass after 10-15 minutes. Sometimes even shorter.
  • A Microburst can cause damage, ordinarily, within a 1/2 mile- 2-mile diameter.
  • Heavy winds are a characteristic most commonly associated with a microburst but can also include thunderstorms and heavy rain.
  • Microbursts were only first observed in 1974 and the physics of them is still not completely understood.
  • Microbursts are particularly threatening to airplanes, specifically during takeoff and landing. 

Of course, with high winds comes the threat of down trees, limbs, and other airborne debris. Be sure to get to a safe area whenever a threat of a microburst arises.

How to Keep Your Basement Dry

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial drying equipment drying out an unfinished basement. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties, here to make your basement water damage "Like it never even happened."

Basements here in New England tend to be damp and are a primary location within a home for moisture. Contributors to this are the changing temperatures over the course of the year (condensation), poor drainage around the home, and in many cases basements house water heaters, pipes, water filtration systems etc. that can occasionally fail. Here are a few helpful reminders and tips on how to combat dampness and moisture in your home's basement.

  • Regulate your basement's humidity by installing a dehumidifier. We recommend running a dehumidifier during the warm months of the year, roughly from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
  • Maintain and check your submersible pump regularly to be sure it is functioning properly to remove excess water.
  • Make sure your homes drainage system is working properly and ensure rain gutters, downspouts and diverters are clear.
  • Reseal basement windows if necessary to prevent leaks and moisture intrusion.
  • Basement bathrooms should be equipped with exhaust fans to eliminate excess moister following a shower.
  • Waterproof paint can be a cautious and effective measure to protect your walls from water damage.

If your home's basement becomes damaged by excessive water, be sure to contact the emergency restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties.

Commercial Services: Hospitality Facilities

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Two green SERVPRO trucks parked in front a brick and stone building. Available anytime to assist with fire, water, smoke, mold or sewage emergency at your hospitality facility.

At SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties, we understand that keeping your guests satisfied is your top priority, and you can rest assured that you, a hospitality professional, are ours. When a disaster occurs at a hospitality facility, the help of a specialized team is pivotal in assuring normal operations resume as quick and professionally as possible. Whether the cause of the damage is mechanical or from a natural disaster, we will work to efficiently isolate the damaged area(s) so basic functions and operations may continue normally and guests can get back to enjoying your services. 

Our SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties Team is trained to work with your management and maintenance staff to prioritize spaces, and make sure all areas are restored to your complete satisfaction.

Through years of experience, we have had the opportunity to assist with emergency cleanup and restoration in all different types of hospitality facilities including:

  • Hotels
  • Convention Centers
  • Resorts
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Banquet Halls
  • Ski Areas

Contact SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties to assist with fire or water damage emergencies at your hospitality facility. Were here to help 24/7/365!

Importance of Rain Gutters

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Looking up a house from under the rain gutters. Keeping rain gutters clear of debris is a key step in preventing water damage.

Here in New England, there is no shortage of different types of weather. Snow, ice, sleet, subzero temperatures in the Winter months and heat, humidity, downpours, thunder, lightning, and flooding in the Summer. What's the old saying: "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait 5 minutes." 

Rain can be a major factor in property flooding especially during a substantial summer downpour or thunderstorms. One way to better equip your property from water intrusion during a rainstorm is by installing rain gutters. Rain gutters are a key component in your property's water management system. During a significant rainfall event, rain gutters channel water flow from your roof, down the downspouts and divert it away from the building. Without rain gutters, water will drain off the roof of the building and directly to the ground below which can lead to saturation around your foundation or base of the property thus eventually resulting in water damage. 

It is also important to keep your rain gutters clear of leaves and other debris for them to drain excess water properly. Be sure to inspect and clean your gutters on a regular basis.

If you experience water damage to your home or business, be sure to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties. Here to make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Services: Property Management

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial office space with several large green fans and dehumidifiers installed for drying. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties: here and ready to assist with cleaning and restoring damage at any kind of property you manage.

At SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties, our priority is returning damaged property and belongings to their preloss condition. Whether the nature of the disaster is man-made or natural, it needs to be handled by a team of professionals who understand the importance of your tenant's safety. Our team is highly trained in assisting both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery and restoration process while maintaining a proper level of safety and security for the facility and tenants. Our skilled technicians and management professionals move swiftly and efficiently to limit interruption for your tenant's everyday operations.

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has experience in working with a variety of different kinds of property management companies providing professionals cleaning and restoration services. Such types of facilities include:

  • Multi-level commercial buildings
  • Multi-tenant facilities
  • Shopping malls
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Hotels
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Professional buildings
  • Sporting & fitness facilities
  • Food service facilities

At SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties, we're available 24/7 to assist with your emergency at any type of property you manage. Always ready to make fire & water damage "Like it never even happened."

Disaster Preparedness-Stay Protected

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Police cruiser parked in front of a blocked off road due to flooding. Preparing for natural disasters is the best way to ensure the safety of your family, business, and community.

Next week is Disaster Preparedness Week and as natural disasters are increasing in severity and frequency, we thought it would be beneficial to outline some reminders to be more prepared for them.

Planning for events such as hurricanes, floods, snowstorms wildfires and even earthquakes help individuals and communities increase the health and safety during a disaster, protects the local tax base, ensures continuity of essential services, and supports a faster recovery in the aftermath of a disaster.

One of the best ways for communities to prepare for disasters is to build the most up-to-date, modern building codes. Disaster mitigation through the adoption and enforcement of building codes provides you, your family, and your community protection in the event of a natural disaster.

Making sure your family is prepared for any natural disaster is important. Your preparedness actions can ensure that no matter what Mother Nature brings, you, your family, and your community will be safe and resilient. 

Sponsor A Highway!

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Four SERVPRO employees in front of large job trailer donning bright orange vests. Our crew, happy to help make our neighborhood cleaner and greener!

Two years ago, we at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties decided to participate in the New Hampshire Department of Transportation's "Sponsor A Highway" program. Upon looking into it, we discovered that a 2.25 mile stretch of Route 12, near our NH office was not claimed by any other local business. So we decided to adopt it! At least a couple times a year, our crew heads out on the roadside to retrieve trash and debris all along this stretch. 

Last week, members of our SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties Team shifted their focus to property cleanup and restoration, to the roadside! It was time for the Spring cleanup for our stretch of "Sponsor A Highway" on Route 12 in Westmoreland! Making roadside trash "Like it never even happened."

National Volunteer Month

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Man preparing food in a commercial kitchen. Preparing dinner for Upper Valley Haven residents in White River Junction, VT.

Greetings SERVPRO Friends! As you may know, April is National Volunteer Month in US. During this month, the importance of volunteering is recognized and the contributions by volunteers are honored. National Volunteer Month is an opportunity for everyone to dedicate some of their time to their favorite cause, charity, initiative, or organization.

We at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties have volunteered our time to several local organizations, events, and charities over the years. We have been guest chefs at Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction. We have been volunteers at the Quechee Balloon Festival in Quechee, VT. We also work closely with The Community Kitchen in Keene, NH. We have also assisted with roadside cleanup during Green Up Vermont in Brattleboro. We have also assisted with garden cleanup with the Ludlow Garden Club. Additionally, we enjoyed working with the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce in hanging flower baskets from lamp posts in Downtown Woodstock.

At SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties, we love supporting our local community and look forward to volunteering our time whenever possible. Thank you to all the volunteers out there and keep up the great work!

Flash Flood Preparedness

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Four photo collage with flood damage. Flash floods can be dangerous and damaging. Contact the water mitigation pros at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties to assist with your property.

Here in Windham & Windsor Counties, we are no stranger to foul weather. Whether it be snow, sleet, high winds, driving rain, thunderstorms, frigid temps, and even high heat and humidity, we get a little bit of everything. Often, we are faced with combatting flash floods.

Flash floods are caused by excessive rainfall, a dam or levee breaking or failing, or an ongoing ice jam loosening in the winter. Flash floods can be very damaging. Trees can be torn down, large boulders moved or rolled, and even buildings can be damaged, and in some cases, destroyed. You want to take certain precautions any time there is a potential for a flash flood. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Be alert and aware of a possible flash flood.
  • Review your family disaster plan.
  • Create a disaster emergency kit.
  • Stay off roads unless absolutely necessary.
  • Do NOT drive through flooded roadways.
  • Move any personal belongings on your property to higher ground.
  • Take into consideration the safety of family members, loved ones and pets. Have a safe place to relocate to.
  • Disconnect appliances and electrical items in low levels of property.
  • Seal vents/windows to your basement.

The best thing you can do prior to flash flooding is be prepared. Be aware and listen for warmings and inclement weather forecasts. Be safe and plan ahead of time. Once the weather subsides, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is ready to provide you with the water mitigation your property may need!