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Chimney Fire Prevention Tips

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Flames coming out of a home's chimney upon the roof. Annual chimney inspection by a CSIA-certified chimney professional is a great step to take in identifying & repairing potential chimney fire hazards.

It may be hard to believe, but with the Labor Day behind us and the unofficial end to Summer, heating season is not far off. Now is a great time to begin preparing for the colder months and making sure your home or property are safe and ready for heating season. One of the most common causes of fires in a home comes from the chimney. Thousands of chimney fires take place each year. The main reason a chimney fire occurs is due to flames in the lower section of the chimney migrating to the upper part of the chimney, causing the masonry or metal chimney walls to warp, melt or crack. Here are some examples of how you can help to prevent a chimney fire from occurring:

  • Minimizing creosote build-up within the chimney. Only burn seasoned hardwood that has been dried for six months.
  • Make sure your flue liner is insulated. This will help to prevent flue temperatures from getting too cool which could ultimately encourage fire by-products to condense and form creosote.
  • Schedule an annual chimney inspection. Ideally, seek out a Chimney Safety Institute of America-certified chimney professional to inspect your chimney, fireplace or woodstove to inspect and locate any potential damage in these areas that could lead to chimney fires.
  • Install a chimney cap. A cap on the crown of the outside opening of the chimney can help to prevent leaves, debris and even critters out of the chimney which can fuel a chimney fire when coming in contact with loose embers from a fire. A cap also helps to keep out rain which, over time, can corrode the chimney.

For more facts about chimney fires, and how you can locate an CSIA-certified chimney inspection professional, check out https://www.csia.org/.

Commercial Cleaning: Retail Facilities

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Technicians cleaning carpeting in a retail space. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties professionals are available 24/7/365 to provide emergency restoration service to local retailers.

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties knows the importance of minimizing business interruption when a commercial property experiences fire or water damage. Which is why our team is available 24/7/365 to assist your business when disaster strikes. Less time closed for emergency service means less revenue lost. 

Our disaster restoration professionals can work outside of normal business hours when needed and can work around and isolate unaffected areas during mitigation to allow the business to operate as much as possible. Our trained staff works closely with retailers to ensure surfaces, displays, and merchandise are returned to preloss condition swiftly and thoroughly.

Through years of experience in assisting retail clients, we have provided emergency restoration to the following types of retail businesses:

  • National Chain Stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Shopping Malls
  • Small Businesses
  • Department Stores
  • Specialty Retailers

When your retail facility requires emergency cleanup and restoration, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties! We're here to make fire and water damage "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage-Large or Small We're Here to Help!

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial dryers lined up and arranged in rows. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has the equipment, trained staff and availability to handle water damage mitigation of any size.

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is the area's leader for emergency cleanup and restoration. Equipped with a certified and trained staff, 24-hour availability, and industry-leading equipment, no other service provider can match our ability to quickly and properly mitigate property damaged caused by water. 

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has the capacity to handle water damage mitigation of any size. From a one room cleanup in a home, to a largely affected, multi-level commercial property, we've got you covered! We have a large supply of commercial air movers, dehumidifiers, extraction trucks and everything else necessary to get your property dry and back to normal as fast as possible.

Be sure to contact SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties when your home or business experiences an untimely water emergency. We're here to make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

The Role of a Dehumidifier

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Green dehumidifier placed on a warehouse floor. Large or small, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has a variety of dehumidifiers to dry any area damaged by water.

Water damage to a home or commercial property takes on a variety of different forms and levels of severity. From a toilet overflow to a burst pipe, a failed water heater, roof leak, ice maker supply line and so on. In each instance, the general scope of services for water mitigation is similar: Remove the excess water, remove heavily damaged building materials or belongings determined to be unsalvageable, and dry all affected areas. One of the key pieces of equipment used during the drying process are dehumidifiers.

The main role of the dehumidifier (or DH for short) is to remove moisture from the air. While air movers help to evaporate water/moisture, the DH turns the moist air into a liquid and then pumps the water out into a drain or collection bin. The DH takes in warm air which is sent through its coils by way of a fan. As the warm air passes through the cold coils of the DH, the moist air condenses and is turned into a liquid as previously mentioned. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has a variety of dehumidifiers for jobs of all sizes and severity. 

During the warm, humid months of Summer, it is recommended to install and run a dehumidifier in damp parts of your home, specifically the basement, to greatly help reduce humidity levels which can help to prevent the colonization and growth of mold. 

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is here to assist with water mitigation at your home or commercial property. Available 24/7 to make water damage "Like it never even happened.”

Common Causes of Household Fires

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Room severely damaged and destroyed by fire. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties professionals are available 24/7 to assist with fire and smoke damage restoration.

Experiencing a fire in your home or commercial property can be a significantly traumatic event. As a local provider of fire & smoke restoration services, we at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties have assisted in the cleanup of fire damage resulting from a variety of different causes. Here are a few of the leading causes of house fires according to the National Fire Protection Association:

1. Cooking Fires-Specifically, unattended cooking. Be sure to check the items you're cooking regularly, keep any items that could catch fire away from the stove top or open flame, and stay alert: if you're sleep or have consumed alcohol, do not use stove or stove top.

2. Heating Related Fires- Be sure to check out our other blogs regarding home heating safety. Half of home heating fires take place during December, January, and February.

3. Electrical Fires- May is National Electrical Safety Month which is meant to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety as well as the safety of electrical workers.

4. Smoking Related Fires- In 2014, it was reported that smoking materials such as cigarettes, cigars, and pipes caused over 17,000 home structure fires in the United States.

5. Candle Related Fires- There were reportedly over 7,600 home related structure fires in the U.S. between 2014-2018. On average, 21 home candle fires are reported each day.

For more information regarding causes and prevention of home structure fires, be sure to visit the website of the National Fire Prevention Association

For 24/7 assistance with fire or smoke damage restoration, be sure to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties. Making fire and smoke damage "Like it never even happened."

Record Rainfall for July 2021

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Orange road closure signs on a road which has been flooded due to large amounts of rain. Record rainfall in the area led to the swelling of countless rivers, brooks and streams causing damage to local roads and property.

There's no doubt that Southern New Hampshire and Vermont have had their share of rain so far this Summer.  Downpours, thunderstorms, driving rain, drizzle, more downpours, we've had it all and then some. Remnants from Tropical Storm Elsa also contributed large periods of rainfall.

July rainfall totals in Southwestern New Hampshire surpassed previous records that were set in the mid-1800s. Jaffrey, NH measured a record 19.17 inches of rainfall while Keene, NH saw an even 18 inches of rain. Swelling rivers, brooks and streams led to localized flooding throughout Southwestern, NH and Southern Vermont. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties received hundreds of calls from property owners who experienced flooded basements, roof leaks and wind damage. Many homeowners expressed a common sentiment, "In all these years in our home, we've never had water in our basement." Very understandable as July was the rainiest for Southwestern NH in over 100 years. Areas in Southern Vermont were also affected and damaged by the high amount of rainfall.

If your home or business has experienced water damage resulting from flood water, or any water related mishap, contact SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties to make water and flood damage "Like it never even happened."

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!