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The Best Way to Clean Nashua Walls with Fire Damage

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Warehouse with SERVPRO equipment on shelves SERVPRO is Here to Help with the tools and equipment for your fire damaged property in Nashua.

SERVPRO Brings Professional Fire Cleanup to Nashua Homeowners

After a fire is limited to a single area with a Nashua home, more considerable damage can occur by well-meaning homeowners trying to clean up fire and smoke damage from their walls. Applying wet cleaners on specific residues can grind the soot and leave permanent stains and fire odors. 

It is not unusual for SERVPRO to arrive at a Nashua property with fire damage and find that early self-cleaning efforts have already occurred. During the initial scoping, the technicians talk to the property owner to find out crucial knowledge for the restoration, such as:  

  • Articles within the fire damage area that are important to the homeowner
  • If DIY cleaning occurred before SERVPRO arrival 
  • Greenlight for entry from first responders 

What are the Outcomes of Under-Cleaned Smoke and Fire Damage?  

When smoke residues do not get adequately removed, the smell of the fire damage remains within the home. The scent cannot be simply painted over. The odorous soot particles in the walls will continue to exude odor. SERVPRO team members have extensive training in removing all types of smoke damage as Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT). The tactics used to remove evidence of a house fire include:  

  • Use of specific tools and applications for dry and wet smoke residues
  • Sealant as needed on walls
  • Controlled demo on walls and assemblies too damaged for restorative cleaning

What Methods Does SERVPRO Use to Clean Smoke Damaged Walls?

SERVPRO team members visually inspect and test residues on walls before applying cleaning methods. Dry smoke reacts badly to liquids, so methods that utilize lifting away the soot get used. The use of trisodium phosphate (TSP) to remove tough stains on walls. In cases where light discoloration or slight fire odors remain, the technicians use sealants to create a new surface on an otherwise undamaged wall that is ready for priming and painting. 

There are almost always multiple types of smoke damage in a room after a fire. Consider a room in a home; there will be various objects such as wood furnishings, paper products such as books, and natural fibers such as cotton, wool, or silk upholstery and window treatments. These items create differing kinds of smoke residues as they burn, and the soot deposits on walls and other surfaces. The same cleaning method for removing plastic residues will differ from a book that burns. It is vital to understand the differences in how these fire soils adhere to surfaces and what it takes to remove them without further damage. 

What is Controlled Demo and How Does It Benefit Fire Damage? 

When SERVPRO technicians cut away the charred or deteriorated walls and building materials for removal, this is known as controlled demolition. This action lowers the fire odors in the structure and readies the property for deep cleaning and the necessary repairs to make it a home again.

Nashua property owners rely on SERVPRO of Nashua for fire damage restoration. The IICRC-certified technicians are specialists in house fire cleanup and are available 24/7 days per year, including holidays, by calling (603) 889-2311. SERVPRO can handle the restoration service from start to finish, from the initial cleanup to build back services.

Nashua Homeowners Can Look Out for Water Damage

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Three SERVPRO vehicles being loaded by technicians in a parking lot SERVPRO technicians use an array of drying equipment to rid your home in Nashua of water damage.

SERVPRO Techs Bring Professional Water Cleanup to Nashua

The need for water restoration in Nashua properties shows up in various ways. Property owners can regularly check out their residences for signs of damage. Signs of the need for water restoration are:

  • Water stains or wet spots on floors or walls
  • Nails coming out floorboards due to warping from moisture
  • Musty odors also indicate the presence of mold
  • Leaks under sinks

There are several actions Nashua homeowners with water damage can take to address the need for water cleanup and establish preventative measures to avoid this situation in the future. SERVPRO recommends that property owners perform the following actions:

Inspect their residence regularly, looking from floor to ceiling in each room

  • Use of environmental monitoring to notify the homeowner in case of a leak in the plumbing or pipe break
  • Be vigilant in basements and crawlspaces, checking for hydrostatic water or the need for encapsulation (installing an envelope in the enclosed area)
  • In case of water damage within the home, always use professional restoration services

Benefits of Professional Water Damage Cleanup

Residential kitchens and bathrooms are two areas where SERVPRO regularly assists with water restoration services. The plumbing hub for the house is in the kitchen, with both sinks and appliances tapping into the home supply for use. Homeowners with a sudden pipe burst might mop up the water, and the floor looks clean, but a lot can be happening below the surface in terms of water damage. Water can seep under tile or floorboards and affect a subfloor quickly. While it may still dry on its own, the result can be loosened or damaged tile or warped floorboards. If the moisture affects the core of engineered floorboards, they can ruin beyond repair and require replacement. 

SERVPRO technicians can use their detection equipment to determine all areas of elevated moisture within a structure. Probes can decide if the probability of a wet subfloor or joists exists without lifting boards or drilling holes. Infrared cameras are beneficial for tracking water migration behind walls without damaging the structure. These advanced devices enable the techs to map out the scale of the water damage in a home and set up containment if necessary. 

When is Containment Necessary During Water Damage Cleanup?

A sewage backup or contaminated water in a home can lead to the need for containment. This practice of closing off the entrances and vents within the work site inhibits the spread of airborne elements that could potentially cause harm if aspirated or absorbed through skin contact. SERVPRO technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and utilize cleaning agents that carry EPA registrations. This arsenal of supplies includes stout biocides and antifungal solutions to treat the water within the structure and lower the potential for harm from contaminants during the extraction process.

Clean and Sanitized After Water Damage

The techs ensure that the home, even after a sewage water cleanup, gets left sanitized for habitation by the homeowners. The techs wipe down all affected surfaces with their cleaners and test for the presence of bacteria before rating the surface CERTIFIED SERVPRO CLEANED.

Nashua property owners rely on SERVPRO of Nashua for water damage restoration. The IICRC-certified technicians are available 365 days per year by calling (603) 889-2311.

Solutions to Expect After Nashua Home Develops Mold Damage

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Damage on a bathroom ceiling The pros at SERVPRO should handle mold remediation in Nashua. Their IICRC certified technicians are trained and ready for any size job.

SERVPRO Cleans and Removes Materials from Nashua Homes during Mold Remediation

Noticing signs of mold calls for rapid action to stop further contamination and restore preloss conditions. Since each mold contamination case varies, you might not know what restoration procedures may be necessary. Typically, the level of infestation determines the actions required so that a response can range from simple cleaning of soils to demolition of materials.

The signs that indicate whether your Nashua home has mold damage begin as very slight changes on surfaces or even in the air. You might notice your home feels stuffier than usual, which then progresses to a musty smell that makes staying indoors for a long time uncomfortable. Other signs include dark patches, browning, and deterioration that leaves materials crumbly. SERVPRO can provide an appropriate response at any stage of contamination.

Mold remediation combines different aspects since it must address existing deterioration and limit chances of future growth. The most crucial factors include moisture management and inhibiting microbial growth processes since they are responsible for continued development or future breakouts. 

Typical Actions Against Mold Damage

  • Containment of some house sections
  • Teardown of structural materials
  • Application of chemical agents
  • Various drying procedures

Once mold starts, it spreads over vast areas affecting the structure and contents of organic materials. However, it rarely affects the entire home unless it is abandoned. SERVPRO technicians isolate contaminated areas from the unaffected sections when remediating the damage. Constructing airtight physical barriers helps keep mold debris from spreading. Such a barrier is made from plastic sheets held up by PVC pipes or spring-loaded metal rods, making it convenient to set up and disassemble. 

The Reason that Mold Damage Occures

Mold formation is a natural process that aids the natural decomposition of materials. When naturally-occurring spores settle on surfaces, they sprout root-like hyphae that penetrate organic materials and break them down as food. Therefore, when mold develops inside your home, the affected materials deteriorate and maybe unsalvageable if intervention is delayed. Demolition to remove porous and structurally unsound materials is a likely process for your home. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians help perform controlled demolition, which removes the affected materials while minimizing damage in unaffected areas.

Controlled Demolition Tasks

  • Precision cuts
  • Targeting particular areas
  • Organizing debris

Demolition is usually done to open up walls, ceilings, and floors removing moldy materials from the surfaces or within the cavities. These three areas contain different materials, including the covering panels, tiles or boards, and the support structures such as frames and joists. Various utilities like air ducts, plumbing, and electric ducts also run through these areas. You must do demolition in a way that saves utilities to avoid unnecessary costs. Our SERVPRO technicians use precision cutting tools and accessories such as stud finders to ensure unnecessary destruction does not happen. 

Demolition produces various wastes ranging from large chunks of materials to fine dust. These wastes need a clear organization plan to minimize soiling and protect your households from unnecessary exposure to mold debris. Our crews use heavy-duty sealable plastic bags to collect the larger debris. We also establish negative air pressure before demolition to prevent the finer debris from spreading. 

SERVPRO of Nashua knows what to do in a property affected by mold damage and can help you devise an appropriate remediation plan. Call us at (603) 889-2311. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can SERVPRO Help After Flood Damage to Your Nashua Home?

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor All you need is SERVPRO for all your storm damage needs. Call (865) 986-3015.

SERVPRO Carries Out Fast and Efficient Flood Damage Restoration in Nashua

Flood damage restoration after a storm must happen fast in your Nashua home to limit the impact. SERVPRO techs use advanced technology and equipment to remove the standing floodwater and dry and decontaminate the structure after a flooding incident. 

Once on site, the SERVPRO techs begin the flood damage restoration of your Nashua home by removing water with the help of state-of-the-art water extraction equipment. We use different pumps and extraction units to remove as much water as quickly as possible. The second step in flood restoration is drying the structure. 

Role of Dehumidifiers in Water Damage Restoration 

SERVPRO techs manipulate the humidity of the drying air using different types of dehumidifying equipment. When strategically placed within the damaged structure, dehumidifiers can lower the moisture content of air by removing water vapor. 

We use three types of dehumidifiers:

  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers work by condensing the water vapor in air by cooling it below the de point. The dry air is then recirculated to accelerate the drying rate. 
  • Low-grain dehumidifiers have a pre-cooling component that allows them to dry the air to as low as 34 gpp. 
  • Desiccation dehumidifiers use chemicals called desiccators that absorb moisture from the air. 

The type of dehumidifier used depends on several factors, including moisture content and air temperature. 

Role of Temperature in Drying the Structure

Increasing the temperature of the drying air allows it to absorb more moisture from wet surfaces. SERVPRO techs use portable electric heaters and indirect-fired furnaces to create ideal temperature conditions to speed up drying.  

For assistance with water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Nashua at (865) 986-3015. 

Preventing Mold Growth in Your Nashua Home

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Up Close Humid Conditions Encourage the Growth of Mold in Nashua

SERVPRO Tip: Keep the Relative Humidity Low to Discourage Mold Damage

Preventing mold in a hot, humid climate is not costly or difficult; however, when you have a mold issue, the reality is it can become challenging and expensive to remedy. Suppose you do have a problem with fungi. The best thing to do is to contact a remediation service such as SERVPRO, which will have all the knowledge and tools to clean up your mold problem properly.

You can't reliably control mildew and mold growth and prevent mold damage in Nashua by just using an air conditioning system. To avoid this infestation problem, the relative humidity of the structure shouldn't go over 55%. In hot weather, an air conditioning system will work well. However, in your home, the highest relative humidity will probably happen in mild weather when you do not need the AC that much during the day. In cool, warm, but damp weather, the HVAC system isn't on much. The weather is most likely to promote the growth of mold.

Moisture must be removed from your home during the day when the temperature is hotter by using an air conditioner or dehumidifier at night. The best method by far is to use a dehumidifier. For the best results, purchase one with a humidistat control, permanent drain, and timer. If you still see or smell mold, call SERVPRO right away so that we can remove it and clean up your home.

Settings For Your Thermostat in Hot, Humid Weather

Every degree increase in your thermostat setting will lower your air conditioning cost by around ten percent. Put your thermostat to the highest temperature, which is comfortable for you. It is recommended to have a temperature of seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit or more. Set the thermostat to the "cool" mode and not the "auto" mode. Put the fan mode of operation to the "auto" and not the "on" or continuous setting.

It would be helpful if you did not try to control mold by lowering your thermostat settings since this does not work. It would help if you never left outside windows or doors open in humid, hot weather while you are running the air conditioner. This not only promotes the growth of mold and allows the entry of more mold spores, but it will waste electricity as well and maybe damage your AC. Instead, ceiling fans can keep you comfortable while you save money at the same time.

Keep your air filters changed regularly and get professional service once every year to clean the coils. Ensure the sprinkler system doesn't hit the exterior walls of your home and angle bathroom dryer vents and exhaust fans outside of your house. You should also keep the amount of live indoor houseplants to a minimum and get rid of all leaks and standing water under or in your home. Moisture is the main culprit that enhances fungi proliferation.

Mold growth can cause the quality of the air in your home to become unhealthy for you and your family, so if you encounter any mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO of Nashua immediately. We will take care of the mold problem as soon as possible. Call us at (603) 889-2311.

Fire Prevention Measures Helps Nashua Businesses Lessen Damage

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Electrical Fire Outlet Fire damage? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

SERVPRO Helps Nashua Commercial Properties After Fire Damage Fallout

All Nashua commercial property owners and managers should know what they can do to help prevent fire damage. However, once an emergency occurs, it is how you act and the speed of your action that makes the difference between restoring the business or dealing with secondary damage and excessive loss. SERVPRO’s fire remediation process helps save area businesses time and money, helping to lessen downtime that will hurt their bottom line. Better yet, we are available 24 hours a day so that you will have help at your door within hours after your initial contact.

Any Nashua commercial property with fire damage could see a tremendous loss. However, SERVPRO works to address structural integrity, possible hazards, and debris removal just in the initial phases. From there, we restore all building materials to make it “Like it never even happened.” But what if you could’ve prevented the fire in the first place?

These are a few steps that any Nashua business owner can take now for fire prevention:

  • Have your sprinkler system and all smoke alarms and fire extinguishers tested regularly.
  • Ensure all electronics, devices, machinery, cords, and electrical outlets get inspected on a regular schedule.
  • Take the time to ensure your staff gets properly trained with safety measures and emergency fire protocols.
  • Have SERVPRO’s number handy so that our Green Fleet can get deployed to your business whenever you need us for emergency fire and water restorations.

Do you have an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)?

SERVPRO is happy to talk with you about formulating an ERP so that you have seamless movement into restoration should your business have an emergency. This allows you to be ready for whatever happens in the event of a disaster, minimizing interruption and giving you added peace of mind.

SERVPRO of Nashua takes pride in our local businesses, and we are here 24/7 for commercial fire damage restoration! Call us at (603) 889-2311, and we can mobilize a crew to your door as quickly as possible to begin fire mitigation efforts.

Troubleshooting Your Nashua Wet Basement

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water On The Floor When your basement is soaked after a storm, call SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Start With a Thorough Assessment Before Remediating Storm Damage in Your Home

Severe weather is a situation that many Nashua homeowners are unfortunately familiar with facing. More than this, steady rainfall that does not happen in torrential downpour waves can also threaten your home in different ways. Storms of all shapes and sizes can leave you with cleanup and restoration needs.

Many homeowners might not even recognize that they have storm damage until they encounter a wet basement in their Nashua residence. This sign is usually an excellent indication that water has become able to breach the foundation blockwork of your home or, at the very least, has found a path through the concrete flooring of the area. Either one of these issues needs to get addressed as expediently as possible to prevent worsening conditions.

Penetration of the blockwork can indicate weakening mortar joints and pathways that only worsen over time. The more water passes through the blocks, the less resistance this water has in reaching the interior of your home. Our SERVPRO professionals can help to identify these penetration points and often repair them with hydraulic cement if the damage is not too considerable. This solution can stop the flow of water into the basement.

There are other instances where water can leach into your home through the concrete floors via cracks and broken areas. Our SERVPRO technicians can utilize specialized dehumidification equipment to gently pull the moisture from this flooring without making its current damage worse. If sump pump installation is deemed unnecessary, continued use of dehumidification equipment in the area might be recommended if the moisture persists from beneath the house.

A wet basement can lead to multiple concerns for a homeowner. Not only are you allowing the possibility of mold growth on organic materials in this area of your house, but you are also running a continual risk of material damage to flooring and walls in the lower levels of your house. Let our experienced SERVPRO of Nashua restoration professionals help you to clean and dry this mess. We are available anytime by calling (603) 889-2311.

Personalized Water Damage Restoration From SERVPRO In Nashua

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team Photo The SERVPRO of Nashua Team ready to help with your water damage event.

Professional and Personal attention during a water damage event

After your Nashua home experiences water intrusion, take the opportunity to choose a restoration company that delivers the highest quality recovery results with a personal touch. Despite handling more than 800 water damage projects a year, our team of talented and well-trained technicians treats each customer’s disaster with the individualized attention it deserves. We take all the time required to comprehend the impact water damage has on your and your family’s life and peace of mind, attending to the damage and determining the cause, so it is resolved to avoid a recurrence.

Homeowners in Nashua who struggle with water damage swiftly find that the confusion and frustration of dealing with the harm from the moisture can be surpassed by the labyrinth of paperwork imposed by insurers and governmental authorities. Our business focuses not only on providing industry-leading water damage restoration services but also on creating and sharing required documentation that expedites the insurance claim process while operating within the constraints of applicable rules and regulations. Our office staff is always available to bring you up to date with the latest response from your insurance carrier and to set your mind to rest that we are proceeding with the approval of local inspectors.

SERVPRO is committed to responding to all of your concerns during a water damage job. No inquiry is considered insignificant. In business since 1998, we are incredibly familiar with the sequence of events that makes up a classic water damage remediation. Still, we know our customers do not have this context or background. You have enough stress without worrying that a restoration company is putting your job on the back-burner or rushing through critical steps to complete the needed tasks. With any luck, your water damage scenario and restoration is a one-time crisis. Our history of successful resolutions provides the foundation for our ability to create a streamlined solution to your disaster.

If your inquiries with other restoration companies leave you anxious and fearful, give SERVPRO a chance to show you how a professional water damage project should be completed. We pledge to meet and exceed your expectations on costs, timelines, and disruptions while treating you and yours with compassion and support at this difficult time.

SERVPRO of Nashua promotes a respectful and personalized response to water damage challenges. Call us at (603) 889-2311 to see what we can do to assist with all aspects of the tough break you face.

What Goes Into SERVPRO's Fire Damage Restoration Process That Makes It Work In Nashua

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Caution Tape The impact of fire is measured on a sliding scale rather than as a singular event.

Restoration After Major Fire Damage In Nashua

The impact of fire is measured on a sliding scale rather than as a singular event. Minor damages could be caused by a kitchen fire and leave behind stains on walls and appliances. Medium level damage would be where a fire is contained to a single room, but smoke has traveled beyond the initial space, spreading into other rooms. Significant damage is when structural components are affected. Today we are looking at significant damages and how to repair them.

Extensive fire damage in Nashua properties requires extensive remediation and, in most cases, restoration. These events can be debilitating and impact the daily routine of yourself and your family. For those reasons, choosing the exemplary professional service and one that is sensitive to your concerns is of utmost importance. SERVPRO uses local technicians who know the community and its surrounding area to do the job.

In the event of a significant fire, the priority is your safety. Often, you are relocated to safe temporary accommodation while the work is carried out. This process reduces exposure to harmful toxins that may be left behind by the burning of synthetic materials like fiberglass or plastics. Once your family has vacated the property, SERVPRO can begin to get your home back to its pre-damaged condition.

The first part of the journey is making the area safe for tradesmen and contractors to carry out their jobs. We may have to restore power to the property if it has been shut off during firefighting efforts. We also carry out a safety inspection removing hazards like loose structures or debris from the property. Ozone generators are brought into, which use O3 gas to remove toxins and restore indoor air quality so that we can carry out our work safely.

SERVPRO can conduct a pack-out service for your valuable possessions and furniture. We pack and label each item before sending it off to an off-site facility where it is mechanically cleaned. Using Esporta washing machines helps to remove soot and smoke residues that may appear permanently embedded in fabrics. While possessions are restored off-site, onsite work involves intensive cleaning to remove all signs of secondary fire and water damage.

Before we return your possessions to the property, we can set to work prepping ceilings, walls, and structures for restoration work by laying down base coats. Preparing the area allows remodeling to be carried out with minimal fuss for external contractors, saving time and money. The final step is to deodorize the property and return your newly restored possessions before you return to your property.

Major events like this are upsetting; use a professional, local service to restore your home to its condition before the fire by calling SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration for Homes in Nashua

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration of Words: Smoke Fire Soot Odor Contact SERVPRO to effectively tackle the fire damage in your property. Call now!

Need Help with Fire Damage Restoration in Nashua – Call SERVPRO

A fire in a Nashua home or business can cause a great deal of damage. Many people are overwhelmed by the damage caused by the fire and the smoke odors. The efforts of the firefighters to extinguish the fire can also cause a large amount of secondary damage. They must ensure that the immediate fire is out and that no hot spots are left inside walls or ceilings. The results are damaged walls, ceiling tiles, and wet insulation scattered in the immediate area of the fire. The amount of debris can be overwhelming.

SERVPRO assists homeowners and businesses in Nashua with fire damage restoration and cleanup after a fire. We remove all the debris after the fire has been extinguished. We save as much content as possible and restore them by thorough cleaning. Drywall, ceiling tiles, flooring materials, cabinets, contents, and insulation are all removed. We arrange for their disposal, following local bylaw requirements. Once the damaged materials and structures are removed, we complete a thorough cleaning and deodorization of your home.

The restoration of their homes causes many of our client's additional stress. They need to arrange for new floors, walls, insulation, cabinets, electrical, and plumbing to be installed. All of these trades must be found and coordinated. The work must be completed in a reasonable time frame and the right sequence. This activity can be quite challenging for many clients.

SERVPRO's building services team can manage this activity and handle all the coordination. Our clients can focus on selecting materials and color schemes, which is much less stressful for many homeowners.

SEERVPRO provides the following services to our clients:

  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire damage clean up
  • Fire damage restoration

Call SERVPRO of Nashua for fire damage restoration services. We cover Nashua and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (603) 889-2311.