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The Best Way to Clean Nashua Walls with Fire Damage

3/9/2023 (Permalink)

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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

3/9/2023 (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

3/9/2023 (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.

SERVPRO Can Help with Mold Removal from Bathrooms in Nashua

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

Thermal Reading Device Call SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 for fast and efficient service.

High Humidity in Bathrooms Can Lead to Mold Infestations in Nashua Homes

Many bathrooms in Nashua homes are prone to mold infestations caused by high humidity, abundant organic material, and warm temperatures. Hot baths, hot showers, and poor air circulation are the perfect conditions for mold spores to attach themselves to walls and surfaces inside showers and form mold colonies.

SERVPRO provides mold removal services, including restoring and repairing homes in Nashua. We are available 24/7 and will respond in less than four hours from your initial call to assess the extent of the mold infestation and damage.

There are several actions homeowners can take to control and manage mold formation in high-humidity areas like bathrooms:

  • Turn on air circulation air vents whenever anyone is taking a shower or hot bath
  • Open windows to increase air circulation
  • Use a portable fan to blow air from the bathroom to other areas of the home
  • Ensure that your AC is running in warm months to dry and circulate the internal air
  • Wipe down all surfaces after taking a hot shower or bath

Act quickly to control mold growth as soon as you spot mold spots growing on surfaces. A well-established mold colony is already in place if you smell a musty odor. Our mold specialists can wipe down all surfaces, apply disinfectant and dry all surfaces.

We also utilize moisture sensors to assess if there is moisture inside walls, which could lead to damaged structures and further mold colonies. Controlled demolition may be needed to access interior walls and dry the space. We can also assist with repairs and restoration once the bathroom is dry and free of mold.

Based on the configuration of your bathroom, our SERVPRO technicians can offer suggestions on how to avoid future mold infestations, including those suggestions mentioned previously. We can help with mold removal, prevention, restoration, and repair.

Call SERVPRO of Nashua for mold removal services. We provide service to Nashua and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (603) 889-2311.

SERVPRO's Water Damage Restoration Team Protects Shops in Nashua

2/3/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor Call SERVPRO of Nashua today if you need help with professional water damage restoration.

More Shops Stay Open with Water Damage Restoration

Whenever a shop owner calls it quits after a disaster affects their business in Nashua, it affects all of us. The loss of revenue carries a trickle-down effect. SERVPRO can help companies to avoid this by providing skilled rebuilding services, including water damage restoration. 

Instead of letting a disastrous event cause you to lose your investment, let SERVPRO help. Our water damage restoration team puts Nashua businesses back on track. And for those who invested in their commercial endeavors by creating a free Emergency READY Profile, we can respond much faster, reducing preliminary damages by a drastic measure. 

Our teamwork helps us to succeed in helping area businesses rebuild after an event involving intrusive water. Here are some ways collaboration enhances our services: 

  • Preparing areas for subsequent work 
  • Advising other teams about hazards
  • Joint efforts

Teamwork sometimes happens between teams or crews that only affect each other's work area, not because they work side-by-side. Sometimes one team working on a site prepares the area for the work to follow. Making neat cuts on flood-damaged drywall is one of these ways. If we were to make haphazard cuts, the crew installing new drywall would have to re-cut the sections. These two tasks might happen a week apart, but teamwork is crucial to maintain efficiency. 

On occasion, teamwork happens unexpectedly. One team that encounters safety hazards, such as loosened wiring that might pose a risk, sharp edges from glass or metal, or other dangerous items, advises other teams, as well as does what is possible to cover such areas up or otherwise eliminate as much of the risk as possible. 

When we do have communication and cooperation between different crews, it helps keep both efficient. With such joint efforts, we might have one unit performing readings for another or setting up equipment (such as drying, heating, and desiccation) to achieve the best results for the customer. 

Call SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 when you have water damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Cleanup for Your Residence in Nashua

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

Water On Floor Disaster may strike at any time in Nashua. Call SERVPRO for the water damage restoration services needed for your property.

Let SERVPRO Handle Your Water Cleanup Project in Your Nashua Residence

Water damage is one of the most destructive problems you can face as a homeowner. Your Nashua home can suffer costly damage to the structure and furnishings. You can avoid additional damage by acting quickly. The more time the water sits, the worse off your home will be.

Water cleanup needs to be done quickly to your Nashua property, so call our professionals at SERVPRO right away. Many water spills are minor and only require a mop and bucket by homeowners. However, lingering water can stagnate and become contaminated if not removed totally. We will also help you restore your possessions and are available seven days a week, any time of day or night. With our experience and expertise, we can take care of the job for you and make it look like the event never happened.

The Restoration Process

SERVPRO technicians use proven water remediation techniques to remove moisture and promote effective, fast drying of your structure. The restoration process for water cleanup can include the following:

  • Repairing, cleaning, or reinstalling floor coverings and floors, like carpeting, hardwood floors, and carpet pads.
  • Removing and resetting contents.
  • Installing tack strip.
  • Seaming carpet.
  • Replacing or repairing subfloors.
  • Replacing, cleaning, or refinishing structural materials such as walls, baseboard plates, insulation, ceilings, vapor barriers, and framing.
  • Cleaning and repairing items in areas such as crawl spaces, attics, basements, and storage areas.
  • Cleaning, replacing, or repairing ductwork.

Our WRT water damage restoration technicians have IICRC certifications. They can skillfully position air movers, axial fans, and desiccant and LGR low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers to attain standard RH relative humidity. Before securing a water-damaged property, including the furnishings and belongings, the water must be extracted and all materials dried.

When water damage strikes your residence, you can count on SERVPRO of Nashua to help you restore your home and possessions. Call us anytime at (603) 889-2311, and you can rest in knowing we will take care of everything, so you don’t have to stress.

Standard Fire Restoration Procedures Nashua Professionals Apply

12/6/2022 (Permalink)

Flames and Embers For any type of fire damage in your property you can count on SERVPRO to help.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Repair in Nashua Is Procedural

Resolving fire-related problems is only an everyday problem if you have a fire restoration or firefighting career. Therefore, when a blaze affects your property, you might not know what you are expected to do - in some cases, you might even question the actions taken by others to resolve damages.

Understanding the typical fire restoration procedures your Nashua property requires can help you cope with the loss better. SERVPRO helps with information and execution of the processes necessary to save your contents and structural sections affected during the incident. 

Standard Procedures Include:

  • Property-wide inspection
  • Elaborate deodorization procedures
  • Addressing moisture deterioration

It might surprise you when the restoration team wants to inspect all the rooms in your house, including bedrooms and upstairs areas, after a small flare-up in the kitchen. Such an inspection helps reveal whether there is any hidden damage or, in most cases, soiling. The combustion process produces smoke, vapors, and aerosols that spread uninhibitedly across the property - even closed doors or windows cannot prevent smoke movement. Therefore, failure to inspect all areas can leave soils in otherwise unaffected regions.

Defeating Fire Odors Takes Effort

The strong stench left in the house by fires is expected. You might also expect it to go away when you remove debris and clean soot from the house. In most cases, your expectations might be shattered when smells remain after cleanup. Odor is not just confined to the air where you experience it. Its molecules penetrate porous materials, including wood and fabrics, which act as reservoirs releasing the odor back into the air; that is why cleaning does not eliminate the problem. Our SERVPRO crews use different deodorization techniques to defeat odor problems. 

Deodorization Procedures:

  • Thermal fogging
  • Wet fogging
  • Neutralization with hydroxyl or ozone generators

Drying structural areas and contents is also an essential part of defeating odors. High humidity in the air makes odors more discernible. Moisture can also lead materials to deteriorate, creating new smells.

SERVPRO of Nashua performs standard fire restoration, making any incident “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (603) 889-2311. 

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.