Recent Storm Damage Posts

Ensuring a House Is Clean After Merrimack Flood Damage Incidents

4/14/2024 (Permalink)

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Removing Visible and Invisible Soils as Part of Flood Restoration

Merrimack, NH, covers 33.4 square miles, with a robust local economy supporting its 26,632 residents. Among the contributors are major corporations like Fidelity Investments, which provides financial services, and BAE SysteMems, an aerospace company. The town has several highly rated schools like Merrimack High School, Professional Martial Arts Academy Merrimack, and Mastricola Elementary School. The Merrimack Historical Society and B&M Railroad Depot are notable local landmarks. Local annual events, such as the Merrimack Winter Carnival, Merrimack Holiday Parade, and Tree Lighting, allow one to meet and interact with other residents.

One thing you might face after flood damage affects your Merrimack property is widespread soiling. The flood restoration plan you develop for your property must address visible and invisible soils to ensure the house looks clean, feels clean, and is in a sanitary state once restoration is done. SERVPRO® provides qualified technicians, equipment, and products to help address the different forms of soiling. 

Soils left by a flooding incident

  • Silt and mud
  • Trash, waste, and debris
  • Chemicals, oil, and petroleum products
  • Biohazards

The stagnant water in your house and visible soils such as silt and mud may be your biggest concern because they are unsightly and interfere with your use of the property. However, you should also pay close attention to invisible soiling from chemicals and biohazards, which can affect the well-being of the occupants. SERVPRO uses a simultaneous approach that tackles both aspects of soiling. For instance, we spray broad-spectrum disinfectants around the areas of the property where the floodwaters reach to neutralize harmful microbes before starting cleanup. 

Removing the visible soils takes different procedures, including extraction with trash pumps, agitation, and dislodging with chemical agents. SERVPRO professionals have access to a wide array of trash pumps, including semi-trash, trash, full trash, and slurry, which remove water mixed with debris. Using detergents and agitating surfaces with specialized tools such as rotating brushes enhances cleaning thoroughness.

SERVPRO of Merrimack offers reliable flood damage mitigation services. Call (603) 262-9293. Faster to any size disaster™.

Protect Your Merrimack Home from Flood Damage

6/10/2023 (Permalink)

Living Room Under Flood Water Don't let flood damage take over your property, Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Can Help Merrimack Residents Recover from Flood Damage

It is never too late to protect your Merrimack home from flooding. If you anticipate flooding or are concerned that your home could be exposed to contaminated floodwaters, taking the following steps to protect your home may be in order:

  • Evaluate the risk of flooding and listen to local flood authority broadcast warnings
  • Move appliances and contents to the upper areas of your home
  • Ensure electrical generators and sump pumps are fully operational
  • Install backflow prevention valves to prevent sewage backflow
  • Place sandbags in appropriate locations
  • Plan your evacuation route

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup services in Merrimack and can help clients recover from flooding to their homes and outbuildings. If you must evacuate, shut off your utilities, move to higher ground, and do not drive or walk through flooded areas.

Once the authorities allow residents to return to their homes, check for damage and throughout all food that floodwaters have contaminated and call SERVPRO for help with the cleanup. We will assess the damage and recommend what can be cleaned and saved vs. what contents and structure must be removed and restored. Immediate removal of flood waters and debris can also mitigate further damage from moisture wicking into undamaged flooring and porous materials.

Our SERVPRO team follows the time-proven and industry-approved step-by-step flood damage restoration process:

  • Assessment of the damage, scope of cleanup vs. controlled demolition needed
  • Erection of safety fences, board up of damaged doors, windows, and roof punctures
  • Debris removal and controlled demolition
  • Flood water removal, drying, and cleaning of all contents and structure, including electrical and heating systems
  • Reconstruction and restoration of your home inside and out.

Call SERVPRO of Merrimack for flood damage cleanup services. We provide service to Merrimack and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (603) 262-9293.

Storms Can Leave Merrimack Homes in Need of Water Damage Repair

12/14/2022 (Permalink)

Home Water Damage Call your local professionals at SERVPRO of Merrimack to ensure your home is dry and sanitary.

New Options Come with Water Damage Repair Work

A storm can happen any time during the year in Merrimack, with winter often bringing freezing temperatures and powerful winds. When inclement weather tears openings in your house's exterior, rain, sleet, snow, and ice can get inside and affect insulation, drywall, paneling, and other materials. SERVPRO helps homeowners undo the damage with professional water damage repair services.

Helping property owners in Merrimack through our water damage repair services allows us to show them different options that can do more than merely restore their property. We can change several aspects of your home's interior. Doing so is often possible through your insurance. Our crew leader can explain more about these options.

These changes include:

  • Painting, wallpapering, paneling,
  • Carpeting and other floor coverings, and
  • Updating entryway doors and cabinetry. 

Changing the color of the rooms that need water damage repairs can brighten them up and create a new look. Wallpaper and paneling can accomplish this also, and change hallways and foyers, as well.

Repairs often mean blending old with new when a home sustains water damage. However, with flooring, we usually must remove the entire floor covering to provide the customer with a consistent result. Otherwise, trip hazards might result, as well as an unaesthetic appearance.

Water can cause wood to swell, split, and warp. Veneers can peel away from surfaces. Moisture often causes problems with the closing of doors. Cabinetry might not close correctly, where the inside of the door no longer lies flush against the cabinetry framework. We can eliminate such issues when we do repairs to fix water damage.

In addition to these improvements, SERVPRO can provide deodorization services. Water damage often creates a musty odor. We can discuss the available scents and how we can apply each one for you.

Call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for scaled-to-you water damage repairs that can make your residence "Like it never even happened." 

Problems Caused by Flood Damage That An Amherst Property Might Experience

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

standing water in flooded room Various events can cause flooding in our area, but we help many homeowners when they encounter such disastrous circumstances.

Problems Caused by Flood Damage

Weather-related damages that an Amherst home might suffer range from slight warping of framed screens or missing shingles on a roof to massive flooding throughout the entire house. Various events can cause flooding in our area, but we help many homeowners when they encounter such disastrous circumstances.

Amherst homes can suffer flood damage whenever nearby bodies of water overflow. The Souhegan River can push water along smaller streams, and copious amounts of snow can melt quickly and flow downhill into residential areas.

SERVPRO can help your family, and your home, after any type of flooding event. Flood damage requires a proper and prompt response to prevent the spread of destruction and disease. Our employees receive extensive training that results in attaining IICRC certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). These certificates ensure that our technicians know and understand how a flood can affect your residence and the proper mitigation methods to rectify the damage.

No matter where the water came from, we can get it removed and restore your home's dryness once again. Working as a team, we work as quickly as possible to

  • clear your home of debris (pathogens to mud, sand, and silt to more oversized items) 
  • remove materials that we cannot restore (carpets and warped or buckling materials)
  • sanitize your home's surfaces
  • combat the development of odors

We must remove anything that can hold moisture from your home. A damp environment allows microbes to flourish, and this can cause severe problems for your family home. Soil and mud, carpeting, padding, drywall, insulation, and other now-saturated materials, can all create the perfect environment for mold, mildew, bacteria, and other pathogens. Removing these items removes the water and these microorganisms' chance to thrive. Other things, such as broken shards of glass, twisted metal, and broken boards, can pose safety risks.

After we begin restoring the dryness your home requires, we can concentrate on sanitizing your home. Wiping down surfaces, including walls and shelves, and removing caked and dried mud around door frames prepares your home for your return. Deodorizing the living area so you do not experience the dank smell that many floods leave behind helps your family quickly recover from the flooding event and move forward. We aim to help make everything "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Merrimack has dedicated professionals who can restore your home after any degree of flood damage. SERVPRO is always available to answer your call at our local number. Contact us, 24/7, 365 days a year, at (603) 262-9293 for our 24-hour, round-the-clock services.

When Flood Damage Restoration Needs Special Equipment to Be Completed in Amherst

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Flood by Stop Sign Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup and Water Removal in Amherst

Standing Water Requires Special Removal and Drying Services

Torrential rainfalls are a common occurrence in Amherst during the rainy seasons. While they are a blessing in their own way, they can also cause significant losses to local homeowners. The resultant floods can sweep cars and other items away and even compromise the structural integrity of your home.

At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly experienced technicians trained explicitly for flood damage restoration projects in Amherst. Our tools and techniques are chosen according to IICRC guidelines, ensuring the cleanup process goes smoothly and efficiently. We aim to restore your property to its original state as best as possible, "Like it never even happened."

There are many pieces of flood damage restoration equipment required to complete the job correctly. This field is complex and takes a lot of expertise and technology to do right. Before entering the site, SERVPRO workers must wear special clothing to protect themselves. Additionally, we must bring tools and heavy equipment to remove moisture from the air and dry the interior.

Disinfectants and chemical cleaners are also helpful in flood damage restoration and moisture detection devices for spotting problem areas. In cases of severe water damage, SERVPRO technicians may use specific demolition tools to remove compromised materials quickly. These include axes and sledgehammers. In other cases, we may use a pressure washer to clean out the areas that sustained significant flood damage.

Natural floods can cause three types of flood damage. If the water comes from a sanitary source, it belongs to category 1 and does not require protective clothing most of the time. It is not common to have uncontaminated water post-flooding. If it has some contaminants, it is placed in category 2. The third category refers to any standing water that is thoroughly contaminated. In any case, it is always best to include protective clothing in a restoration equipment kit.

To this end, SERVPRO professionals use PPE (personal protective equipment) that consists of safety goggles, rubber boots, rubber gloves, full-body protective gear, and a respirator designed for areas with high moisture levels. The respirator, in particular, is essential because it prevents our technicians from inhaling airborne contaminants, such as mold, during the restoration process.

If you are in a flood damage situation, SERVPRO of Merrimack has covered you. We offer 24/7 emergency services to residents and neighboring towns to ease the stress of floods and other natural events. Call us today at (603) 262-9293.

Handle Storm Flood Damage Cleanup Fast in Merrimack

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

water covering the tile floor of a kitchen Quick action is required to deal with the flooding situation in your home. Call our team 24/7 for water removal and drying efforts.

Merrimack Residents Trust SERVPRO for Reliable Flood Damage Help

New England weather can be unpredictable, so Merrimack residents could be in for heavy wind and rain whenever a significant storm rolls through. Not only does this mean the potential for a leaking roof from storms, but flash flooding could mean water coming in through your basement. This contaminated water can spell trouble whether you have a failed sump pump or do not have one installed. Luckily, SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, offering area residents peace of mind with 24/7 emergency service – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Flood damage in Merrimack is never a time to contemplate DIY. Skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) at SERVPRO know how to carefully assess your structure for risks while following best practices when dealing with contaminated flood water.

Know the hazards involved in storm flooded homes

Storm flooding in the area brings diverse risks for any homeowner that you need to avoid. Some of the essential things to keep in mind include:

  • Outside infrastructure damage, including downed power lines or poles
  • Waste and other contamination from sewage and animal fecal matter
  • Various industrial bi-products like medical waste, industrial chemicals, fuel, and household cleaners
  • Vermin (rodents, insects, etc.)
  • Damage to your home’s structural elements, including the foundation and supporting materials

Once we arrive at your door, we assess your property and the structure itself for any hazards. Our crew will treat the contaminated water with antimicrobials and suit up in personal protective equipment (PPE) for our safety.

We begin muck-out services to handle debris and silt while performing water removal services in tandem. Our powerful pumps and extractors can handle massive water levels and debris to facilitate the quick removal of water so that we can move into the drying phases. Along with water removal and drying, we perform controlled demolition to replace all unsalvageable materials. Then, surfaces get thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack whenever you require prompt assistance with storm flood damage. You can reach out to the customer care team at (603) 262-9293.

Your Flooded Amherst Basement Is Restored to Functionality with SERVPRO's Help

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Storm Damage Mitigation for Amherst Property Owners--Call SERVPRO

Wet basements occur in roughly 60% of all Amherst area homes; at some point, you have had or are going to have a problem with water or moisture in your basement. It can ruin the space, regardless of whether you use it for storage or have taken the time to turn it into a fully-livable area. Ignoring moisture can eventually saturate your home's framework and lead to corrosion, mold, and rot.

A few hurdles make it tough to reclaim a wet basement in your Amherst home. However, with the help of a quality restoration company, you can remedy the situation. So, before you get trapped in a problematic situation that has you replacing carpeting, drywall, furniture, and other belongings, think about these helpful hints that make dealing with an extensive soaking easier.

Take the time to have a professional like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your basement for common problems. A trained eye can spot more, and we have the equipment to help locate hidden moisture that might cause problems in the future. All it takes is moist air circulating through the area, making contact with cool foundation walls, or uninsulated piping to create a clammy, uninviting atmosphere.

By controlling the humidity levels and condensation that enters your basement, you can avoid issues that create wet carpeting, rust, and appliances' corrosion. You need to ensure that the area has enough ventilation and, in some cases, install a dehumidifier that helps reduce the relative humidity, keeping your basement nice and dry. Water-proofing applied materials to the exterior, even below grade, can help prevent groundwater intrusion.

Our professional technicians at SERVPRO can help you seal cracks in your foundation walls that allow groundwater to seep from hydrostatic pressure, install proper ventilation and dehumidifiers that contribute to maintaining a quality environment. 

SERVPRO technicians can also repair your roof flashing, gutters, and downspouts that allow rain runoff to enter the area. We use waterproofing products designed to keep runoff away from your home. We can go as far as improving the grading of your property or installing additional drainage, backflow valves, or even submersible pumps if necessary.

Stop suffering from constant water problems in your basement; give SERVPRO of Merrimack a call today. (603) 262-9293

SERVPRO of Merrimack - Insulation removal

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

a ripped up section of the ceiling revealing the insulation behind it Wet insulation is typically less effective. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate when you are facing storm damage. We are standing by 24/7.

Insulation Removal in Merrimack Homes

Purchasing insulation is similar to how people used to buy a savings bond, get what they need, put it somewhere safe, and then forget about it. That is not quite how it works; if your insulation becomes wet from a broken pipe or a storm that has worked its way under your roof and down your walls, you need to have it removed and replaced.

Once the blown-in insulation is soaked from storm damage in Merrimack, it becomes packed down, reducing its R-value. This value is the measurement of how quickly building materials (insulation and siding, for example) lose heat. A high R-value means the material is an excellent insulator and prevents the transfer of heat into a home or building. Insulation also loses R-value over time and due to other contamination. SERVPRO has developed a process for insulation removal based on decades of experience.

Blown-in insulation (regardless of whether it is fiberglass or cellulose) breaks down over the years. It does not happen quickly, but cellulose insulation needs examination if you have owned your home for more than twenty-five years. Fiberglass insulation has been a guarantee for a century.

Both varieties of insulation degrade and lose their heat resistance when birds or rodents find a way into the walls. Urine and feces break down the fibers very quickly. If the contamination is in an attic, the smell quickly becomes a factor as it spreads down and through your home. Even more dangerous to your family is the microbial threat that the presence of animal waste brings. Once our team members have removed the infested insulation, they thoroughly sanitize every crawl space and wall section using one or more of the antimicrobial agents available to us.

Each of our offices has an extensive inventory of equipment to ensure that we accomplish this with a minimal interruption to your life and home. We remove the contaminated insulation using a variety of vacuums and hoses. Every pound we remove from your home is collected into a specially designed filter bag that traps every fiber so our technicians can safely remove it from your property.

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Removing and replacing insulation is not an easy process, and certainly not one for a homeowner to try and accomplish. If your wall and attic blown-in insulation have become contaminated or no longer protecting your home, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 today. We are here to help.

How Property Owners Can Handle Storm Flood Damage in Amherst

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

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They Can Hire SERVPRO To Perform Storm Flood Damage Restoration in their Amherst Homes

When a thunderstorm hits, the risk of property damage increases because heavy rains can cause flooding in homes. Storm flood damage is a significant issue that requires a combination of methods to handle it correctly. To restore your residence, you need to contact flood damage cleanup experts like SERVPRO.

Our restorers have the required training and advanced equipment to handle storm flood damage in your Amherst residence. We can remove the floodwater that often contains harmful microorganisms, sand, and pesticides. Our specific flood damage repair services include:

  • Initial inspection
  • Debris removal
  • Floodwater removal
  • Drying by air movement and dehumidification

Initial Inspection

Our SERVPRO technicians can visually inspect your residence and use equipment like thermo-hygrometers to measure the air masses' relative humidity and temperature. These tools also provide our restorers with details like the dew point, vapor pressure, and humidity ratio.

Debris Removal

If there is debris on your property, our SERVPRO crew can use a backhoe loader to remove it. This maneuverable and versatile machine works efficiently in storm-damaged properties cluttered with junk. It is a tractor with a loader-type bucket and can perform different kinds of light-duty material handling and shoveling tasks.

Floodwater Removal

Our SERVPRO team can use self-priming trash pumps to remove the floodwater. We define these pumps as trash, semi-trash, slurry, or full-trash mostly by the kind of solids they can pass. Semi-trash pumps can pass solids that are less than 5/8″, while trash pumps can pass solids that are up to 1¼″. Full trash pumps can pass solids that are over 3″, while slurry pumps can carry fluids loaded with mud or sand.


We can use air movers to expedite evaporation at the surface level and minimize drying time. Air moving equipment produces high-velocity airflow to improve evaporation by introducing airflow at the surface level. Air movers replace the cool, saturated boundary layer with drier, warmer air from dehumidifiers. They also move dry dehumidified air from rooms where dehumidifiers are positioned to other rooms of a property.

If you need storm and flood damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293. When can make the damage seem, “Like it never even happened.”

How Flood Water Absorption Varies Throughout Merrimack Homes

10/17/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with items floating everywhere Has your home experienced flooding? Contact SERVPRO for water removal equipment and the experienced technicians to get the job done right.

Understanding the Movement of Moisture can Help Focus Drying and Cleaning Efforts for Flooded Merrimack Homes

Flooding can vary from one property to the next. Likewise, the path that floodwater and moisture take in the residence is not the same. Inspections and assessments determine the best drying and restoration strategies.

The Intrusion of Flood Effects

The penetration of water and subsequent flood damage to Merrimack homes can be traumatic. The physical force necessary to overcome entry points and vulnerable building materials can leave many structural elements compromised.

The Permeability of Exposed Materials

There are several types of materials and building elements that could become damaged by migrating flood effects. Based on their permeance, specific actions must take place to prevent avoidable demolition and reconstruction. Classifications include:

  • Porous – Carpets, gypsum board, and textiles absorb water and moisture fast and can be quickly overwhelmed and damaged when extraction and drying do not begin soon. 
  • Semi-Porous – The materials under this heading can slowly absorb moisture and water, and with many of them organic materials, they can also support microbial colonization. 
  • Non-Porous – These materials do not draw in moisture and are typically unaffected by standing water or pooling. 

Harnessing Drying Sciences to Help Restore Your Home

Knowing what type of material can be beneficial to restoring a flood-damaged residence, understanding the expected behavior of intruding water can also help. We can often identify the likely path of migrating water beyond tracking equipment based on wet areas seeking a balance with dry spaces nearby. We can use this knowledge to place drying and moisture management tools effectively. 

Knowing how certain materials become affected by flooding and water damage shows the attention necessary to dry and restore these elements. Our SERVPRO of Merrimack team can respond fast after flooding to assess the damage and create a tailored restoration solution. Give us a call today at (603) 262-9293.

Harsh Weather Conditions Can Force You to Leave Your Amherst Home

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

large tree fallen, damaging two homes Storm damage can result in your temporarily relocating. SERVPRO is your one stop shop for storm damage remediation.

What should I do after Evacuating my Amherst Property in a Storm?

Severe weather conditions can force you to evacuate your Amherst home temporarily. SERVPRO can help to secure and restore the property until it is safe to return.

What Services are Available for Homeowners That are Temporarily Relocated Due to a Storm Emergency?

Our services operate within the margins of first responders and remodeling for homes with storm damage in Amherst. One of the hardest challenges homeowners face during testing weather is the stress of temporarily evacuating their homes. It can be tough to focus on work or life when you are unsure of the safety of your property and possessions. Our team incorporates general contractor training programs (OSHA) into our qualifications and expertise. OSHA qualifications mean we are capable of performing emergency remediation and reconstructive restoration. After speaking with your insurance provider, you should immediately contact a restoration service to reduce the chances of further loss or looting while your property is vacant.

What Can I do to Secure a Property That is Currently Vacant Due to a Violent Weather Event?

Professional restorers can enter, scope, and seal a property that is temporarily vacated due to weather-related emergencies. Setting up security in and around your property can help to deter criminal activities while the home is vacant. SERVPRO restorers can set up clear signage as well as boarding up broken windows or doors using robust materials to prevent unlawful entry. Also, our technicians can prevent further water intrusion by sealing upper levels from the elements. These may include installing temporary tarpaulins over any gaps in roofing or structure that stop rainwater from entering the property. At the ground level, our team can block entrance ways to prohibit further water intrusion from the roads or neighborhoods.

How Can I Protect my Possessions After Temporarily Vacating My Home During a Storm?

Leaving your home in an emergency can force you to leave most of your possessions behind. As part of our emergency services package, we can offer residents secure storage for their contents during the restoration. While it is more convenient and less time-consuming to keep contents on-site, there are some situations where contents could become damaged or unsafe in a storm-damaged structure. A move-out process involves creating a digital inventory of the contents in your home. We enlist professional movers to transport these items to a climate-controlled warehouse for cleaning, drying, and storage until we can safely bring them back to the structure. Our team makes a note of the location in the home of any contents that require removal so we can put them back in their original position when they are ready to return to the property.

What Contents Restoration Services can I Expect From a Move-Out?

  • Dry cleaning of fabrics and textiles
  • Decontamination and cleaning
  • Storage in a climate-controlled warehouse
  • Immersion cleaning for dense items
  • Esporta washing that can remove up to 99% of soils
  • Deodorization of textiles and contents that are odorous
  • Full accountability, insurance protection, and security while items are in storage

Do I need to wait for an insurance adjuster estimate before starting an emergency restoration?

We work closely with insurance adjusters when performing any restoration works on a property, and usually producing estimates is done before work begins. However, in storm-related damages, it can be challenging to produce a full estimate until emergency services at the property are complete. Often properties with significant water intrusion are impossible to fully assess before reducing the standing water levels. Equally, there may be structural damage that is not immediately apparent until further restoration and inspections are complete. Most of the time, emergency restoration is already underway before a resident receives an estimate. By performing mitigation tasks as quickly as possible, we can reduce the chances of further harm coming to your home.

What Kind of Hidden Damages Can Occur in a Property With Significant Water Intrusion (Flooding) and Storm Impact?

  • Flooding of the properties cavities, including floors and ceilings
  • Warping of the structural frame, which can require remodeling or reconstruction
  • The extent of water migration. Blackwater migration can result in significant demolition and reinstallation of building materials to return it to a preloss condition.
  • Mold or other microbial growth-related damages
  • Condensation water damage. For example, water migration from a crawl space with no vapor-barriers
  • Damages to the electrical or plumbing systems within the home

The impact of storm damages to a property can often feel overwhelming to a homeowner. Many potential sources of damage can make restoration a significant undertaking. Our technicians are here to help mitigate against expensive or permanent damages to both your home and contents. By performing timely emergency and mitigation procedures, we can bring down the overall expense of your claim as well as reducing the time frame to return your home to a preloss condition.

If you are temporarily relocated from your home due to a storm, contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293.

Sump Pump Failure in Merrimack After a Storm

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded basement with water everywhere Flooding in your basement can quickly cause extensive damage. Contact our SERVPRO team for effective water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Can Extract Storm Damage

Basement flooding is a common threat in New Hampshire, even in normal weather. With the ability of rain to enter your basement, it may need a sump pump.

Failure of a sump pump can happen at almost any time. It is important to maintain it just like any other item in your Merrimack home to prevent flood damage. SERVPRO doesn't typically repair or replace a failed sump pump, but we do have a 24-hour, experienced response team to restore your basement to a clean, dry state after the worst happens.

Basement Flooding Cleanup

We start by bringing in one or more pumps from our equipment inventory to remove standing water. If the power has been interrupted, technicians can bring a generator as a temporary energy source. If the task is going to be extensive, we provide a generator truck for continuous support. Once the water is pumped out, our inspector examines the floor and walls for structural problems that need to be fixed before moving on.

Next, technicians remove everything from the basement. They help you determine what is salvageable and what needs to be thrown out. The final decision rests with you and your insurance adjuster. Once that is completed, the response team sets up air movers and exhaust fans to begin drying out the surrounding air, walls, floor, and trim. If the air is extremely humid, we deploy dehumidifiers to get a quicker response.

Water Damage Extraction 

If the floor is carpeted, our technicians draw out the trapped water with commercial-grade water extractors. To dry out the damp fibers and the pad underneath (if there is one), they deploy specialized heaters designed to dry fibers and pads completely without harming either one. The specific conditions of the flooding will dictate if these flooring materials can be salvaged.

Before we arrive, there are two things you need to do; stay out of the basement and make sure the power is off. If the water covers the electrical outlets, there is a significant risk of being electrocuted once power is restored if you are standing ankle-deep, trying to sort through the damaged property. Your main circuit breaker should be on the outside of your home and marked. If it is not, or if you are not sure, wait for our response team to arrive and take care of it.

The effects of a sump pump failing are expensive and messy. Clean-up requires a professional restoration team to make sure everything is done quickly and efficiently. If you need our services, SERVPRO of Merrimack is here to help. Call us today at (603) 262-9293 to start the process.

How To Assess Flood Damage In Amherst Properties If Asbestos Is Present

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage And Asbestos

When dealing with flood damage restoration, it is not all about repairs. First, the technicians have to determine the extent of the damage to pick the safest, most effective techniques. This is an essential part of service for all homeowners, but it is crucial for those with asbestos in their property.

The SERVPRO team is trained to work safely around toxic materials like asbestos. Your health and well-being are a top priority, so when we repair flood damage in Amherst, we always carry out a full inspection before starting repairs. This gives us a chance to identify any potential hazards and develop an efficient, effective plan to neutralize or avoid them.

Keep reading to find out why our moisture reading devices are safe for use in all properties, even if they contain asbestos.

Testing For Water Migration 

At SERVPRO, we use a range of methods to determine the level of water migration after flooding. The most common method is the pinhole test, which is carried out with a small electronic device. This is inserted into structural components (drywall, wood, or attic insulation), creating a tiny hole. The device penetrates the material and measures the level of moisture.

Avoiding Toxic Materials 

If you know or suspect that the flood-damaged material contains asbestos, you should tell the SERVPRO technicians when they arrive onsite. Do not worry because the pinhole test is highly unlikely to disturb toxic substances. The hole created is too small to dislodge toxic spores, and the technicians can take special precautions to make sure that this does not happen.

OSHA And EPA Safe 

We can be confident of our flood damage repairs' safety because we regularly review them following industry standards. All moisture reading and flood restoration techniques are designed to keep asbestos levels within the EPA and OSHA limits. In the improbable event of a disturbance, immediate steps will be taken to contain the area and make it safe again.

If you have recently endured flooding in your home, get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO of Merrimack. We can help you make fast, effective repairs, even if your property comes with challenges like asbestos or other toxic materials. Call us 24/7 at (603) 262-9293.

Does an Amherst Home Need Decontaminated After a Flood?

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

tech in a white suit Tyvek SERVPRO technicians don Tyvek Suits during biohazard cleanups after flashflooding in Amherst homes

If your Amherst residence has flood damage SERVPRO’s trained biohazard recovery team can handle the water cleanup

Flash flooding in Amherst and other storm problems can put homes at risk. One of the significant concerns with storm flooding is “black water.” This type of water is contaminated and needs special handling.

Why is Black Water Hazardous?

Flood damage in Amherst greatly impacts homes where the floodwaters go raging through. Flooding carries dirt, debris, pesticides, chemicals, and microbes with them. When the flooding has stopped, the standing water becomes a breeding ground for all kinds of unsanitary things.

How is Flood Restoration Handled?

Our IICRC certified technicians understand biohazardous situations. They are also OSHA and ABRA-certified. They have the proper PPE to use when cleaning and provide the disinfection and sanitization needed. SERVPROXIDE is one of the agents we use, and it:

  • Has the lowest toxicity rating from the EPA
  • Is a proprietary hospital grade disinfectant
  • Is registered with the EPA
  • Is a stabilized chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial
  • Is fragrant free

The contaminants that cause the need for sewage cleanup are not to be taken lightly. Ensure your home is safe by calling the pros. We handle:

  • Leaking roof from storm damage
  • Basement flooding
  • Flood restoration
  • Water damage repairs

Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for professional flood damage services.

Flood Damage Waste Water Disposal in Amherst After a Storm

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged property Storms cause flooding damage. When this occurs call SERVPRO and their IICRC certified technicians for the job needed for your property.

Can wastewater be disposed of in a sanitary sewer line after flood damage?

Floodwaters may contain various chemicals, bio-hazards, and debris that may be harmful to the environment and the general population. Every city has guidelines in place for the disposal of wastewater, including contaminated water from a flood.

SERVPRO follows all local and state guidelines for the disposal of flood damage wastewater in Amherst and the surrounding areas that we provide emergency services too. There are general guidelines followed by our firm, which are adjusted to meet any local requirements as needed.

General rules for disposal of flood damage wastewater, consistent across the country, include:

  • Do not dump wastewater in septic tanks, and storm drains, streams or waterways
  • Utilize a licensed wastewater treatment facility if a sanitary line is not available
  • Most states allow clean, gray, and black water to be disposed of in a treated sanitary sewer line
  • A Bio-hazard Firm must handle wastewater with bio-hazards
  • Wastewater is filtered to prevent insoluble fibers from being released

Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack for flood damage services in Amherst and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (603) 262-9293.

Do not Miss the Polar Express Family Brunch in Amherst.

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

People drinking at a winery. Storm damage can be a lot all at once. Call SERVPRO who are experts from start the finish in ever aspect of storm damage.

Join Other Residents of Amherst and Enjoy the Polar Express Family Brunch

Organized by LaBelle Winery, you can bring your family and friends to enjoy the magic of the holiday season together. Attendees should expect to receive official Polar Express tickets upon arrival at the event. Taking place from 20th to 24th December, at LaBelle Winery 345 New Hampshire 101, the event is open for all.

Those in attendance can sit in the Great Room to dine and expect to enjoy the “The Polar Express” film on the enormous projector.

Kids can expect a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus to present a gift that symbolizes the magic of Christmas to anyone and read the “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Guests can enjoy various biting’s including:

  • Assorted Scones
  • Winter Fruit Salad with Pomegranate Seeds
  • Breakfast potatoes and French Toast Casserole with Crisp Bacon  
  • Berries in Maple Citrus Vinaigrette

All guests are expected to have masks upon arrival and in public spaces.

SERVPRO of Merrimack welcomes you to the Polar Express Family Brunch. If there is storm flood damage in your Amherst residence, it can affect its structural integrity if not handled on time. Call our team at (603) 262-9293 for effective restoration in a brief period.

How Can Property Owners Restore their Homes After Flood Damage Occurs?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer Regardless of the way that your home was flooded, SERVPRO is the effective company for water removal services. Call right away.

Flood Damage Restoration in Amherst Requires Special Skills and Cutting-Edge Techniques that Only a Certified Firm Like SERVPRO Can Deliver.

Floodwater can seep into hard to reach areas and cause severe damage in your Amherst home in the long run. You need the help of SERVPRO restoration experts to restore your property. We have advanced equipment and we apply approved practices that can get your property back to the condition it was in before with the storm. 

Do homeowners need to involve professionals for small floodwater?

Unfortunately, even a small amount of floodwater can cause damage like warped wood, stained walls, and mold growth if not handled on time. When storm flood damage in your Amherst residence occurs, do not attempt to clean up the affected area without professional help. It is vital to contact professionals if floodwater:

Is in a crawl space or behind a wall

Touches drywall

Saturates upholstered furniture or saturates carpeting

Creates a pool of water

Why should homeowners involve SERVPRO technicians?

SERVPRO is a leading restoration firm. We achieved this by providing our customers with:

Quality services

Start-to-finish restoration

Exceptional customer service

We deliver the highest possible customer experience by offering real-time updates to our clients and their insurance company.

What is the timescale for the restoration process?

We always aim to arrive at our customer's property within the shortest time possible. Since flood water can get too hard to notice the area, our experienced professionals can use thermal imaging cameras to check how water traveled in the structure. We can also use a luminometer to test for organic contamination in water and surfaces.

The inspection helps us to determine the best restoration techniques to use. With modern equipment, and rapid drying technology, we can get your property to its former glory in the shortest time possible.

What happens to the moisture behind drywall?

We try as much as possible to minimize damage to our customer's property. However, that does not mean that we ignore moisture behind walls. We can use a drilling machine to drill small holes in the drywall to access the moisture. Our restorers can use structural cavity drying equipment to direct dry air behind the drywall. The dry air replaces the moist air behind the wall leading to faster drying.

Do not let flood water damage your valuable items. Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 for professional restoration. "Like it never even happened."

Why are My Bulkhead Doors Letting Water Into My Amherst House?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flood in a house with furniture floating Storms can bring flood damage into your home, and SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 stands ready 24/7 to remove the water and clean up the mess!

SERVPRO technicians can clean up the water damage and pinpoint the repairs that need to occur in your Amherst home

Bulkhead doors are a nice low-key entrance to a basement or cellar; however, they require the same maintenance and attention as other areas of the home. If the foundation plate or doors develop gaps or cracks that do not get addressed, the next heavy storm or flash flood can dump a large amount of water into the lowest level of your Amherst home. If you have a sump pump, it can get overheated if there is too much water, and to ensure all the water gets extracted, bringing in a professional restoration services company helps avoid issues from an inadequate cleanup.

How Can I Stop Flood Damage Leaking Into My Basement?

When you have leaking bulkhead doors in your Amherst home and flood damage is the issue, bringing in SERVPRO as rapidly as you can help minimize the amount of damage to the house. The techs can apply temporary measures to stop further water from entering the house while they:
    •    Extract the water
    •    Use submersible pumps or truck-mounted as needed
    •    Dry the premises
    •    Move out articles to a safe area

Once the technicians finish the cleanup, they use their equipment to measure the air moisture levels and detection equipment to ensure that the conditions are not hospitable to mold growth, and all the water got extracted and dried. At this time, they will move items back into the area and place them in their exact positions, so there are no issues finding something post-cleanup. Afterward, the crew chief goes over the actions taken, so everyone is on the same page, and if any repairs need to happen, the homeowner gets an action list to make explaining what needs to occur easy.

Storms can bring flood damage into your home, and SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 stands ready 24/7 to remove the water and clean up the mess that gets left behind to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

How Can I Get Floodwater Out of My Basement Without a Sump Pump?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

standing water in basement Basement flooding is common in this area. SERVPRO has the tools and euqipment to restore your home.

SERVPRO has the Professional Equipment to Tackle Any Size Flood Loss in Your Milford Basement 

Watching floodwater enter your basement is an exercise in frustration made even worse when your sump pump cannot handle the amount of water, or you never had the option for one. It is crucial to bring in professional help for water cleanup to minimize the loss to the contents and building materials in those cases.     

I Have More Than Two Inches of Water in My Basement, What Should I Do About the Flood Damage?    

As overwhelming as seeing flood damage in your Milford basement can be, there are many actions homeowners can take before SERVPRO arrives that can assist in lessening the loss such as: 

  • Turning off the electricity to the home if there is any danger of water coming into contact with outlets
  • Removal of boxes and items on the floor in the basement if it is safe to do so
  • Gathering clothes, medicines, money, and valuables if you need to stay elsewhere during the cleanup 

Once the techs arrive on-site, they have submersible and truck-mounted extraction units that make short work of the water removal needed. For muddy or slurry debris carried in with the floodwaters, we can set up powerful trash pumps for extraction.  

Can My Carpet in My Finished Basement Get Reused After Floodwater Cleanup?    

In most instances, glue down carpet that has had exposure to floodwater is a loss and requires disposal. The concrete substrate underneath needs to dry thoroughly before any new adhesive flooring sticks. SERVPRO techs accomplish this by using their advanced extraction equipment and then using the drying power in their air movers and industrial dehumidifiers to dry the basement as quickly as possible. 

When flood damage happens, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293. Our team of professionals stands ready to assist local property owners 24/7 and make the water loss in their homes, "Like it never even happened." 

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How Do I Know My Home is Safe After a Flood in Milford?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

water damage red sofa Our emergency response specialists are available 24/7 so that we can begin work as quickly as possible and eliminate potential issues before they occu

SERVPRO Flood Restoration Specialists in Milford Conduct a Hazard Assessment Before Performing Work

After a flood in your Milford home, one of the first considerations is that of safety. You want to make sure your home does not present any impending danger for your family. Our technicians assess the damage and potential hazards so that they can best restore your home to preloss conditions. Our technicians strive to create a safe and healthy structure while they work on your home.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Address Hazards?

The very nature of flood damage in Milford presents hazardous conditions. Excess water can create slip and fall conditions at the least, and structural damage at the worst. It is essential to keep both workers and occupants safe during restoration work. Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) specialists use their knowledge and expertise to safely remove excess water through extraction, drying, and dehumidification.

What Are Some Common Solutions to Hazards After a Flood?

    •    Floodwater is contaminated black (level 3) water that can present health risks. Technicians safely extract and dispose of the water according to local regulations while wearing appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
    •    Water can create electrical hazards; technicians make sure electrical equipment is unaffected and not impacted before using electricity, disconnecting when necessary.
    •    Technicians address overhead or inadequate lighting hazards by creating an engineering solution. They can remove the overhead materials causing potential danger or bring in temporary lighting.

Flooding dangers are not always predictable and can pose an immediate threat. Our emergency response specialists are available 24/7 so that we can begin work as quickly as possible and eliminate potential issues before they occur. For assistance, Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

The Real Truth Behind Storm Damage Remediation Services in Merrimack

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

flooded home living room with couch The rate at which flooding affects your home can be quite overwhelming. Contact our certified technicians for effective water removal efforts.

Weather the Storm When Esporta Cleans Your Soft Contents in Merrimack

Storm damage comes to one of its crescendos during the spring and early summer in Merrimack. Torrential rains, high winds, and even the risk of tornadoes can be on tap. Toppled trees and utility poles break windows and doors, punching holes in siding. Roof and gutter damage can direct significant quantities of water into your residence, saturating contents, as well as structural components. 

Are Your Stored Items Vulnerable to Storm Damage?

It is impossible to predict what spaces inside your home can suffer from storm activity. No matter how diligently you try to shield contents, water has a way of migrating into unexpected places. Although you might rue your choice to store seasonal clothing, linens, sports equipment, and treasured personal belongings in attics or basements because of rainwater damage, we offer hope in Merrimack. Storm damage to soft contents cleans up when Esporta washing system technology is available.

Power Outages Can Increase the Potential for Secondary Damage

Any water making its way into containers can feed opportunistic mold spores, quickly growing into colonies that infest the stored materials. Textiles, padding, and even leather items provide a perfect surface and food source for various molds and mildews. After severe storms, complications like the shutdown of the electrical grid can accelerate cumulative soft content damage. HVAC systems grind to a halt, permitting humidity levels inside your home to rise. SERVPRO technicians learn that high humidity levels alone are enough to support mold growth, proven by opening a storage box or sports equipment bag to the smell of the telltale musty aroma. Exsporta’s pedigree is in smelly sports equipment cleanup. This lineage translates directly to efficient post-storm cleanup.

Computerized Application Avoids Errors

Our Esporta technicians receive advanced training in the proper operation of this unique soft content cleaner from the manufacturer. Various types of soft contents match up with specific temperature, time, and detergent additive recipes, all entered into the washing system’s digital keypad. The low alkaline detergents plus the innovative hydraulic action remove mold and odors, delivering SERVPRO’s customers an impressive “food grade” level of clean. Rather than bagging up thousands of dollars of possessions for the landfill, we return 90 percent of storm-damaged soft contents to you, clean, dry, and odor-free.

SERVPRO of Merrimack increased the odds for soft content cleaning success with our investment in the Esporta. After the storm passes, call us at (603) 262-9293 to access this remarkable washing system for your loss.

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Why You Really Need SERVPRO’s Expert Technicians When Dealing with Storm Damage in Amherst

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

flooded residential area Quick action on your part after flooding can really pay off! Contact Team SERVPRO immediately for water removal and remediation services.

Getting Over Flood Damage in Amherst 

After a flood, the cleanup tends to be overwhelming, and knowing how to handle the remnants of the floodwater and debris is crucial when it comes to mitigating further damage within your home. As the floodwater recedes, it leaves behind silt and debris, possibly containing disease-causing organisms and potentially dangerous chemical contaminants.  Left unattended, there is potential for extensive damage to the structure of your home and the contents, including deterioration of the drywall and upholstered items. If not dealt with quickly, the microorganisms left behind in the wreckage may also cause future health issues.  

If you find your home with flood damage in Amherst, the certified professionals at SERVPRO are readily available to assist with the post-flood cleanup and restoration process. We understand that cleanup needs to happen in a timely matter to ensure the least amount of damage as possible. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Flood water is considered black water (category 3 water) and is unsanitary. Cleanup and disinfecting after black water contamination requires strict safety precautions and compliance with OSHA standards on workplace safety. Carpet contaminated by black water may need to be replaced, although restoration is the goal for the SERVPRO team. Extra care is taken with any valuable area rugs using a four-step process; cleaning, soaking in biocides to kill dangerous organisms, re-cleaning and then drying the rug. 

Many typical household cleaners are antimicrobial; however, they often do not kill the fungi and bacteria typically found in a flood situation. SERVPRO technicians use specialized cleaners, including phenolic disinfectants and chlorine. The alcohol in phenolic disinfectants ensures effectiveness in killing bacteria and fungi found in floodwater. The bleach in chlorine acts as a germicide against bacteria, viruses, and mold making it a powerful microbial cleaner for use in floodwater. Technicians consider each specific situation when creating a restoration and cleanup plan. 

SERVPRO quickly comes into a flood-damaged home and removes contents from the floor, flood cuts the drywall where necessary to effectively dry the structure, and uses cleaning agents and specialized equipment to clean and dry the storm impacted areas. 

SERVPRO of Merrimack makes it "Like it never even happened." Contact us at: (603) 262-9293 for assistance 24/7.

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Become Familiar With Signs of Merrimack Flood Damage

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

frozen vertical copper pipes When pipes freeze and burst, sometimes the damage is hidden behind walls until it’s evident. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Cleaning Up After Frozen Pipe Burst Flooding in Merrimack

Even though pipe leaks and bursts that can occur in Merrimack homes is a clean water incident, there are many ways that it can leave your property desperately needing extensive cleaning after drying completes. Reaching the point where cleaning practices can be useful is a challenge in itself, as many steps are necessary, including both the repair of your damaged plumbing lines, the extraction of standing water, and the thorough drying of all affected surfaces and materials.

Because there are instances in which controlled demolition can be more cost-effective than the time it takes to dry out and restore certain materials, frozen pipes flood cleanup in Merrimack homes is not the same from one job to the next. We strive to provide our customers with a comprehensive approach to restoration and recovery, including the repair of their damaged plumbing and any controlled demolition/build back that might be necessary to return a property to preloss condition. Between our SERVPRO water restoration technicians and general contractors, we can effectively make frozen pipe flooding “Like it never even happened.”

Extraction and drying are vital elements to the recovery of a damaged home, and we have numerous tools and technologies that can help in this regard. From our portable sump pumps to our selection of dehumidifiers and air movers capable of drying out affected materials, we can quickly regain control of a devastating situation. Certain materials that can become saturated in the flooding process, however, are challenging to restore with these drying practices. Wood trim and portions of drywall are an excellent example of this.

Cleaning up after interior flooding involves cleaning up the debris that controlled demolition can leave behind, but also the clearing of residues and other films present on exposed surfaces. We have potent cleaning products, including both disinfectants and antimicrobial options, to reduce the promotion of mold or fungal threats.

No matter how quickly frozen water lines can damage your home, our SERVPRO of Merrimack team can help with effective cleaning, drying, and reconstruction efforts. Give us a call anytime you need us at (603) 262-9293.
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Some Warning Signs of Immediate Flood Damage Remediation Needed in Amherst

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement If your Amherst basement gets flooded you need help. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Beginning the Recovery Process Following Amherst Flooding

In an area positioned between multiple fronts capable of providing strong storm systems that can destroy Amherst properties, residents and business owners in the area must remain vigilant to the possibility of disasters like flooding happening with little warning. Those in lower-lying areas of the region are more at risk for these circumstances, but any property is susceptible under the right conditions. Once the storm has passed, many homeowners return to their properties to begin the tedious task of assessing the damage. 

Before you can address any of the flood damage in Amherst homes following a disaster, you need to follow specific steps. The more that you can familiarize yourself with the process of acquiring professional restoration assistance and working with your insurance company to come to a solution, the less time gets wasted in securing restoration and recovery services for your property. Our SERVPRO team helps customers as much as we help homes, so you can depend on our experience in disaster relief to help you navigate the hurdles in your path. 

As a premier restoration team in the region, we encourage homeowners to contact us directly when they first return to their damaged properties after a flood loss event. Though you might still wish to contact your insurance provider to see what coverage options you have regarding this situation, our team can already be at work mitigating your losses and protecting what structural elements we can. The longer that construction materials remain exposed to standing water and excessive moisture, the more they decay and deteriorate.

Our initial assessment of the property can help to provide your insurance company with the necessary documentation and photographic evidence needed to approve a damage claim you submit. Even when your provider can only cover the costs of specific recovery approaches, they still require this overall assessment and estimation of specific services to approve the filed claim. 

Only re-enter your property after a flood if you are sure it is safe to do so. Many new threats could exist that came in with the rising waters, and structural elements could have become weakened to the point of collapse. No matter how we can help, our SERVPRO of Merrimack team is here for you. Give us a call anytime at (603) 262-9293.

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Our Experts Discuss Long Term Solutions For Flooding In Merrimack

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

carpeted room with SERVPRO fans on floor As overwhelming as a flooded basement can be, our SERVPRO of Merrimack can help in many ways to return your home to normal.

Long Term Solutions For Flooding In Merrimack Basements

Basements in Merrimack homes are among the hardest of regions in your house to keep dry, and that can be a frustrating reality for many property owners. Even with waterproofing solutions both in the basement and outside of the blockwork, or the installation of diversion equipment like French drains, it still might be a considerable challenge to keep with subterranean level entirely dry. Worse still, breaches in the blockwork combined with hydrostatic pressures of underground water and moisture can flood your lower level. Even without heavy rainfall, individual homes in the area are at a nearly constant threat for flooding due to shifting underground springs.

Reducing the likelihood of this flooding in Merrimack basements is easier said than done and rarely something that homeowners can adequately handle on their own. While any property owner can apply compounds like hydraulic cement to stop the immediate flow of water, the installation of long-term solutions often demands expertise and experience that our SERVPRO professionals bring to the equation. We identify what your basement area needs to prevent recurrences while other team members work to extract standing water and dry out saturated masonry and concrete.

As a comprehensive team of experts in Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we can work alongside our licensed general contractors to provide a one-stop-shop solution for every phase of recovery your property must endure. Because we can take care of these aspects under one roof, we can save our customers time and money.

From grading the floor for more effective drainage to the installation of permanent fixtures like sump pumps and dehumidifiers, our SERVPRO professionals can help provide long term solutions that can keep this lower level dry. With our specialized equipment to remove standing water and to dry out saturated elements throughout the basement, we can make these loss events "Like it never even happened.”

As overwhelming as a flooded basement can be, our SERVPRO of Merrimack can help in many ways to return your home to normal. We’re here to help. Give our crew a call today at (603) 262-9293.

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Flood Damage Remediation Help for Your Milford Home

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage in Milford can be costly. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Mitigating Loss in Flooded Milford Basements 

With the common construction of basements as the foundational support for Milford homes, it is an area that many local property owners must maintain and manage against a nearly constant threat of moisture or dampness. Additionally, these areas are also the most susceptible when natural flooding occurs and can develop penetration points for pooling exterior water to find a pathway into the basement. Combatting these conditions requires a fast response from competent and qualified restoration specialists. 

There are many different threats when flood damage in Milford basements occurs. The first of these risks that homeowners must contend with is the effect that standing water has on the contents and stored belongings of this area of the house. Many property owners use this lower level as a storage space, and when flooding occurs, all of the belongings and possessions here can become at risk. Many of these objects are irreplaceable and hold sentimental value, so preserving them is vital, and our contents department can address these concerns with our mitigation phase. 

We have a climate-controlled warehouse to store all removed items from a property in the pack-out process that coincides with a thorough inspection and damage assessment of the house. Both damaged and at-risk contents get carefully packed up and transported to our SERVPRO facility nearby for focused cleaning, deodorization, disinfection, drying, and organized storage. 

Mitigating loss in the basement of your home requires more than protecting belongings, however. Many construction materials remain at risk or already have become devastatingly exposed to the standing water, making widespread controlled demolition and reconstruction a necessity. We have a full range of restorative reconstruction services, including drywall installation, and carpet, hardwood, and tile repair. With the right response to the emergency, our SERVPRO general contracting division and technicians work together to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

You might not be able to fully prevent flooding from happening in the basement of your home, but you do have a choice on the team that can help you to set things back to preloss condition. Give our SERVPRO of Merrimack professionals a call today at (603) 262-9293.

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We Can Restore Your Flood Damaged Amherst Basement

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Drying Water Damage In Your Amherst Basement

Many Amherst residents combat moisture-ridden basements throughout the year. Some homeowners struggle to keep water penetration through their foundation in check, while others battle with moisture leeching in from the concrete flooring from saturated soil underneath the house. However the problem arises, caring for this situation quickly is essential to prevent damaging situations like mold growth from occurring, which can have devastating effects on the occupants of your home and structural elements like framing, supports, flooring, and drywall.

While many consider drying to be the primary focus for recovering your flood damaged Amherst basement, this is unfortunately only part of the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians can work quickly to begin drying out elements like the concrete and blockwork that have allowed moisture penetration but must also determine the source of the damage and find lasting solutions to prevent further exposure once our drying efforts complete.

With penetration through degrading and eroding foundation blockwork, our experienced professionals can apply compounds like hydraulic cement to seal up penetration points. This high-strength solution can resist highly pressurized water penetration to prevent it from getting into the basement at that specific point. Wicking concrete can be more challenging to resolve, and often requires the installation of diversion equipment like sump pumps to direct water away from the basement.

Often many times with basements that are partially or fully underground, preventing water penetration entirely is an endless task. Instead, to keep moisture levels below acceptable parameters for preventing mold growth and other concerns, the installation of a permanent fixture like a dehumidifier might also be advisable. These provide lasting solutions to remove the moisture from the basement consistently enough to prevent degradation of essential structural elements and help to prevent mold colonization in this area.

A wet basement might seem like a common staple to area homes but should get addressed as the serious problem that it can become for homeowners. Give our SERVPRO of Merrimack water restoration specialists a call today for our assistance to dry out your basement and provide solutions to protect your home moving forward. Give us a call today at (603) 262-9293.

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After A Flood In Your Amherst Home, You Need To Call Our Crew At SERVPRO Immediately!

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Call our crew as soon as possible after the disaster through our 24/7 helpline at (603) 262-9293.

What Your First Two Phone Calls After Flood Damage In Amherst Should Be

You should never wait to call for help after your home in Amherst suffers from flood damage. The faster that both insurance companies and damage mitigation specialists get notified of the problem, the sooner your home can become livable again and the fewer costs you should incur after all damage restorations have been completed. A phone call to each service can get your home and household on the path to recovery faster and with as little trouble as possible.

What To Tell Your Insurance Provider
When you call up your insurance provider to report flood damage to your home in Amherst, you should attempt to be as clear as possible when providing your information and a description of the situation while keeping the conversation brief. A summary of who you are and what happened is all that most companies want to know after a disaster, but if they ask additional questions, try to answer them to the best of your ability. Remember that insurance claims, investigations, and business dealings take time, so you do not need to settle everything on the same night of the disaster.

What To Tell SERVPRO
The moment you place your call, our systems start working to bring you the fastest and most effective response possible for your flood damage incident. To make sure our experts have the best possible understanding of what situation we are about to head into, try to describe in detail what you know happened to your home, and what you think might have happened. If any problems exist that might make the situation unsafe, such as flooded roads or downed power lines, be sure to let our professionals know over the phone, so we can prepare. You should also tell us who provides your insurance so that we can communicate with that company and make sure that all of our damage mitigation services get documented and can be used to make the claims process easier.

SERVPRO of Merrimack can help you control and recover from the effects of flood damage in your home. Call our crew as soon as possible after the disaster through our 24/7 helpline at (603) 262-9293.

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Blizzards Spell Big Trouble For Your Amherst Home

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

The high-speed winds and snow associated with blizzard conditions can create problems that are best mitigated by a professional restoration company.

Flood Damage Technicians In Amherst Talk About Problems Associated With Blizzards

The storms that come through Amherst in the winter time can be brutal. The high-speed winds and snow associated with blizzard conditions can create problems that are best mitigated by a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. Winds can blow snow drifts or other objects into weak spots in your exterior walls or windows. Any type of hole that gets created can become a portal for water to enter the interior of your structure. Moisture can then start to saturate your contents and building materials as well as cause other types of flood damage.

If snow builds up deep enough outside it is possible that moisture or snow will find its way into your building. If the snow gets into your house, it is wise to call in our SERVPRO technicians to complete flood damage restoration in Amherst. If the snow gets heavy enough, it could cave in your roof. If any snow or ice enters your home, moisture related issues can occur quickly as the snow heats up and thaws out. Water can then saturate your contents and building materials and cause them to lose their structural integrity.

If water or snow gets into your structure after a winter storm, our SERVPRO technicians start by making sure your structure is secure and taking measures to prevent more moisture from entering. Next, we begin removing as much of the snow or water while it is in its liquid form as possible. We accomplish water removal using a variety of tools including high powered vacuums and mops.

After we remove as much liquid and frozen H2O as we can, we begin the structural dry-out phase. During this step, we use specialized equipment to create an environment that is ideal for rapid drying and evaporation. We use heavy-duty box fans or air movers to create a circular movement of the air so that moisture keeps evaporating from wet materials to find equilibrium. We then set up dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and exhaust out hot, dry air to be used in the circulation.

If you ever notice excessive moisture after a storm, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 any time of the day.

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When A Flood Damages Your Amherst Home, You Need Our Team Of Specialists To Help!

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

You can trust that when you contact us at (603) 262-9293, you are getting a knowledgeable crew who also cares about you and your safety.

Flood Damage Cleanup For Your Property In Amherst

Flooding in Amherst from heavy rainfall can cause local streams and creeks to overflow, flooding roads, properties, and even homes. The heavy winds that usually accompany these storms can uproot trees, causing even more significant damage. If your home has experienced flooding, it is something you need professional help with quickly once the storms subside.

Flood damage cleanup for your Amherst home is something that needs to be done in a timely fashion to prevent further issues but also needs to be done safely. At SERVPRO, our staff is trained to be able to restore your home and possessions without risk to your family or our workers. The proper safety equipment helps us to do so.

When your home has floodwaters invade it, there may be potential hazards we need to be careful of so we can keep everyone safe. Personal protective equipment is available to all workers on site to ensure safe working conditions.

SERVPRO techs wear gloves to protect hands from absorbing substances or getting contaminated with microorganisms. The kind of glove can be selected based on its ability to protect against the hazards and conditions of the work environment. When certain materials cannot be restored, demolition is needed. We might also need to expose trapped and hidden moisture. Heavy-duty gloves help protect hands during the demolition and removal of structural materials.

Eye protection is worn to protect from punctures from flying particles or burns from corrosive substances. If extensive mold growth has occurred, mold spores can infect the eyes, so we wear full-face respirators or goggles. Head protection is also needed if there is any danger of falling objects or confined spaces. Hard hats are regularly inspected to ensure the shell and suspension system are in good condition.

We also use rubber boots to protect from electrical hazards or coming into contact with harmful substances. Boots can be equipped with steel shanks for the ball of the foot, steel soles for the whole sole, or steel toes.

We are also careful in flood situations to ensure the power is turned off. Various kinds of circuit testers are available, and we can use one to tell whether a circuit is grounded and protected by a GFCI.

At SERVPRO of Merrimack, one of our main priorities is keeping you, your family, and our workers safe during a flood situation at your home in Amherst, Milford, or Mt. Vernon. You can trust that when you contact us at (603) 262-9293, you are getting a knowledgeable crew who also cares about you and your safety.

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How Professionals Remove the Foul Smells From Your Amherst Home After a Flood

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

After floodwaters recede, foul odors linger. SERVPRO can remove those odors.

How SERVPRO Handles Pungent Smells After Flood Damage In Your Amherst Home

Most Amherst homeowners are familiar with the bad odor that comes with flood damage. To make your home habitable again, secure the services of SERVPRO experts. By doing so, we take steps to remove the flood water, clean and restore your home. Afterward, we remove the bad odor by deodorizing your home.

Getting rid of flood damage in your Amherst home is not easy. The process is extensive and involves many steps. By hiring SERVPRO technicians, we can help to take care of the strong odor. Many sources contribute to the acrid smell in your home after flooding. Burst sewage pipes are one of the most common culprits.

If a municipal sewage line bursts, it is unable to transport the effluent, which results in sewage backup. When the effluent mixes with flood water and flows into your home, it generates an acrid smell.

SERVPRO experts categorize this water as black water. It contains harmful bacteria and can cause health effects. When it comes into contact with your furniture and carpet, the material absorbs the black water. Not taking proper measures leads to bacteria emitting an acrid smell. That is the disposal of the furniture or carpet.

Other sources of bad odor can be dead animals, mildew and pet waste.

At SERVPRO, we equip our elite team with deodorizing equipment. To get rid of the bad odor, we use thermal foggers and ULV wet foggers. This equipment sprays a deodorizing agent in your home.

Before getting started, we begin by identifying the source of the odor. Afterward, deodorization begins. What you need to know is that there is no all-in-one solution. We use many methods to make your home habitable again. They include masking agents, pairing agents, disinfectants, and sanitizers.

Also, we use electrically generated deodorizers, filtration and absorption agents.

At SERVPRO of Merrimack, no job is too big for our flood damage technicians. Our elite team can get rid of the pungent smell quickly. Doing so returns your home to its former glory. For immediate help, call our 24/7 emergency line at (603) 262-9293.

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Preparing for Flood Damage in Amherst

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding Help Needed in Amherst? Call SERVPRO for Professional Water Removal and Results

Amherst Property Owners Rely on Swift SERVPRO Services to Remove Stormwaters and Mitigate Damages

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is about putting a game-plan together in readiness for the stormy season. Communities, usually the first on the scene, are encouraged to check their insurance plans for coverage against natural disaster and practice lifesaving skills like CPR. For many citizens across America, September is a month to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
Homeowners need to be diligent in the preparations against flood damage in Amherst. As rainfall increases so too do the pressure on drainage systems, pipes, and sewers. Road floods are an area of particularly high-risk which can quickly lead to flooding on the 1st floor, in the garage or an underground cellar.
SERVPRO extends a 24-hour emergency call line to all property owners who have experienced flood damage. We promise to arrange a service within one hour of the notification of loss. A trained water technician can be onsite within 4 hours and can start mitigating loss almost immediately.
We train our technicians to carry out a detailed inspection of the affected area for potential hazards, electrical or structural, as well as an assessment of water. What we are looking for is Black Water, or in other words, water that has been contaminated by sewage or debris which pose health and safety concerns.
Extracting excess water from sub-floors, crawlspaces, and the affected area is the first point of operation. SERVPRO can deploy truck-mounted water extractors to remove hundreds of gallons of water quickly. Extraction is followed by industrial strength wet /dry vacuums to deal with any remaining pooling.
The next step is to begin rapid drying. Moisture saturation of floorboards or other structural areas can become a severe issue and cause secondary water-damage like mold, damp or mildew. We can place air-movers in the affected area which blast out rapid currents of hot air to evaporate moisture from difficult to reach areas. De-humidifiers can be used to extract the moisture from the air and achieve a satisfactory level of dryness.
Furniture, fittings or upholstery need to be thoroughly cleaned. We can usually carry this out onsite, but when flooding is extensive or if structural damage is found, we may need to transport your possessions to a remote location, clean them, and return them later. We offer a well-organized pack-out service to preserve, clean, and store personal items and furnishings off-site.
The final step is to use desiccant chemicals to deodorize your home and neutralize odor particles. Once a SERVPRO technician is satisfied that your home is clean, dry and all equipment removed, we can conduct a walkthrough with you to show you what work was carried out and where.
If your home suffers from wet weather this autumn and winter, use SERVPRO of Merrimack for a professional restoration. Our emergency number is manned 24 hours a day at (603) 262-9293.

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Remedying The Wet Basement In Your Milford Home

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Milford Area Basements, Storms, and the Solution for Water Removal and Drying--SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Dehumidification and Water Removal from Wet Basements

While your Milford home is no stranger to substantial storms moving through the area, the ability of your house to ward off the damaging conditions should be a constant concern you have. Arguably, most homeowners do not even realize that their foundations have become compromised until the water is already leaking or pouring into their homes. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to face on your own.

While your basement area might not get the same kind of heavy traffic that the rest of your house does, it is still important to ensure that this area stays dry. A wet basement in your Milford home can cause considerable damage in a short period, not to mention allow for worsening conditions like microbial growth. The physical deterioration of furnaces and heavy appliances like washers and dryers can also occur.

From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we begin assessing the full scope of the damage to your basement area. Namely, we are looking for the source of the dampness or present water and aim to repair this breach. Thermal imagery can indicate the presence of water trapped in the blockwork of your foundation, which gives our technicians an opportunity to drill weep holes to drain out these blocks and reseal these holes with hydraulic cement.

Portable sump pumps can extract the present water if it pools throughout the basement. Drying the area is one of the most critical steps to any of our water restoration work, and in these cases, concrete flooring often requires specialized equipment to remove embedded moisture. Our SERVPRO professionals use LGR dehumidification equipment to draw out moisture from the concrete slowly as not to damage its integrity. The key to successful dehumidification is monitoring and drawing out the trapped moisture in a steady manner.

While there are plenty of reasons why your basement might be persistently wet, you can always count on our professional restorers to help you identify the source and remove the water. We have the tools and experience to help prevent this problem from recurring and to restore the damage it has caused. You can reach our dedicated SERVPRO of Merrimack team anytime by calling (603) 262-9293.

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When Storm Damage Causes A Wet Basement In Your Merrimack Home

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

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Damp Basements Lead to Many Problems--Call SERVPRO

There are several times every year where severe weather systems can leave your Merrimack home at risk for storm damages. From the torrential storms throughout the winter leaving untold heaps of snow on your roof to the coastal storms gathering strength as they head inland towards the area, you might never be entirely ready for what the next storm system could do to your home. It has been a year of too many Nor'easters.
While there are undoubtedly some serious issues that could present themselves immediately, there are other concerns that could take a little while for you even to notice. One of these circumstances could be a wet basement in your Merrimack home. Over time, storms and the damage they cause can wear down and dramatically impact the effectiveness of your home’s foundation and basement walls. This situation inevitability causes some serious concerns for your house, even if initially the effect does not seem that extreme.
Wet basements offer some pressing concerns that should inspire you to act. One of the largest of these concerns is the possibility for mold growth in these areas where moisture is now getting introduced in already warm and likely humid environments. Adding more dampness and moisture from penetrating water coming through your foundation only gives the mold spores present in the environment more of a food source to seat and colonize.
Fortunately, SERVPRO can help you through this unfortunate circumstance and help you to dry out this area once again. From the time that we arrive at your home, our team gets to work quickly in identifying the places where water is currently penetrating the block walls and entering the basement area. Once the vulnerable spots have gotten identified, these areas can get adequately sealed up with hydraulic cement.
Drying out the area is one of the most efficient ways of preventing mold growth, as this vastly limits the food this fungal organism requires to grow and thrive. This process often consists of using large air movers and industrial strength dehumidification equipment to pull all of the moisture from the environment.
While it might not seem like a big deal at first, you should take a wet basement seriously and do what you can to correct the problem before the situation worsens. Contact SERVPRO of Merrimack at the first sign of moisture where it should not be. We can be reached 24/7 by calling (603) 262-9293.

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Inspecting and Mitigating Flood Damage in Amherst Homes

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Floodwater, clear or not, needs to be immediately removed from your home to help prevent mold. Contact SERVPRO immediately after an event.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Experience to Investigate the Extent of the Damage That Flooding Caused in Your Home

Any part of your home can succumb to flood damage in the event of a storm or heavy rainfall. Protecting your family and your belongings against these types of events can save you a lot of money in the long run. One way to prepare for flooding disasters is having a reputable water damage restoration company at hand.
At SERVPRO, we have a wide range of resources that can reverse flood damage in Amherst as soon as it happens in your home. Our technicians are highly trained and certified by the IICRC, meaning that our methods are up to scratch with industry standards. Our goal is to return your property to pre-damage condition as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened."
Some flood damage to the house may be apparent, while other structural damage may need closer inspection. SERVPRO technicians can inspect your home for different types of damage. These include warping and distortion of such structures as floor boards, severe wood rot in lumber structures, wet insulation, paneling, plaster, and wallboard, and roof damage such as defective flashing, holes, cracks, and missing shingles.
Even if the floodwater is clear, it could contain various contaminants such as chemicals or sewage. For this reason, SERVPRO professionals always use and advocate for personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves, waist-high waterproof boots, and waders during the flood damage restoration process. It is also advisable to discard any food that might come into contact with the flood waters.
Mold growth can occur within 48 hours of flood damage, so it is important to remove wet contents such as bedding and carpeting as soon as possible. Items that have been wet for less than 48 hours may be salvageable, but you may need to decide whether they hold enough sentimental or monetary value beforehand. While mold is beneficial in nature, it can cause health effects in the house.
Time is limited when you experience flood damage to your home. SERVPRO of Merrimack is on call 24/7 to provide quick and efficient flood damage restoration services. Call us today at (603) 262-9293.

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Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Milford Home

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rainfall can cause sewer pipes, underground drainage, and street drains to overflow.

You Can Rely on SERVPRO Professionals to Fully Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

Floods can sometimes develop slowly in Milford, allowing you to react. The most common kind of flood, overland flooding, happens when streams or rivers overflow their banks. Heavy rains can also cause water in sewer pipes, underground drainage, or street drains to exceed what they are made to carry normally. Flash floods can also occur, usually after very heavy rains and a levee or dam break. It is more dangerous because of the volume and speed, plus the water is usually filled with rocks and debris.

No matter the reason for flooding in your Milford home, flood damage has to be handled quickly to avoid additional damage being done. It is an overwhelming situation to be dealing with, so it is highly recommended that you allow our professionals at SERVPRO to help you get the water out of your home and dry it back out. We are experienced in flood damage remediation and can get the job done right.

We start a damage review as soon as we get to your property. Before we begin any work, we give you an estimate of the costs of restoration. We then work efficiently and quickly to begin removing the standing water with truck-mounted pumps. By doing this, mold growth is reduced, since this procedure speeds up the drying time.

It may look like your home is dry after massive amounts of water have been removed, but it is not dry yet. We might have to replace carpets, as well, to avoid additional damage to the subflooring. We use air movers, dehumidifiers and fans to speed up the drying process, and we are as thorough as possible to avoid mold growth. Any hidden water in your flooring, walls, or even ceiling is detected with moisture meters, hygrometers, or infrared cameras.

After flood damage, unpleasant odors can linger. We may need to extract these from furniture, upholstery, clothing or other possessions. We also include carpet cushions and carpeting, and clean everything with disinfecting and sanitizing products and treatments. Germs are eliminated with our antimicrobial treatments.

Lastly, we repair or rebuild damaged parts of your home with the help of other specialists we contact to help us.

SERVPRO of Merrimack makes sure to dry and clean your home in Amherst, Milford, or Mt. Vernon thoroughly after flood damage, plus make sure your home is sanitized, cleaned, and repaired if needed. Just give us a call at (603) 262-9293 anytime you need our assistance.

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SERVPRO Merrimack - Insulation removal

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Blown-in insulation (regardless if it is fiberglass or cellulose) breaks down over the years.

Insulation Removal in Merrimack Homes

Purchasing insulation is similar to the way people used to buy a savings bond; get what they need, put it someplace safe and then forget about it. That is not quite how it works; if your insulation becomes wet from a broken pipe or a storm that has worked its way under your roof and down your walls, you need to have it removed and replaced.

Once the blown-in insulation is soaked from a Merrimack storm, it becomes packed down; reducing its R-value. This value is the measurement of how quickly building materials (insulation and siding for examples) lose heat. A high R-value means the material is an excellent insulator and prevents the transfer of heat into a home or building. Insulation also loses R-value over time and due to other contamination. SERVPRO has developed a process to insulation removal based on decades of experience.

Blown-in insulation (regardless if it is fiberglass or cellulose) breaks down over the years. It does not happen quickly, but if you have owned your home for more than twenty-five years, cellulose insulation needs examination. Fiberglass insulation has a guarantee for a century.

Both varieties of insulation degrade and lose their heat resistance when birds or rodents find a way into the walls. Urine and feces break down the fibers very quickly. If the contamination is in an attic, the smell quickly becomes a factor as it spreads down and through your home. Even more dangerous to your family is the microbial threat that the presence of animal waste brings. Once our team members have removed the infested insulation, they thoroughly sanitize every crawl space and wall section using one or more of the anti-microbial agents available to us.

Each of our offices has an extensive inventory of equipment to ensure that we accomplish this with a minimal interruption to your life and home. We remove the contaminated insulation using a variety of vacuums and hoses. Every pound we remove from your home is collected into a specially designed filter bag that traps every fiber so our technicians can safely remove it from your property.


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Removing and replacing insulation is not an easy process, and certainly not one for a homeowner to try and accomplish. If your wall and attic blown-in insulation has become contaminated or is no longer protecting your home, call SERVPRO of Merrimack at (603) 262-9293 today. We are here to help.

How Applied Structural Drying Can Help to Heal Storm Damage in Milford Properties

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Drying is key after flooding. Call SERVPRO quickly to get started!

Complete Drying can Help to Prevent Secondary Damage

The term Applied Structural Drying refers to one of the most sophisticated methods used by modern water damage restorers. It provides a non-evasive form of drying after structural components in a home have been compromised by flooding.

A series of highly specialized tools are used, in a sequential manner, to extract the moisture from materials like drywall and return them back to their original condition. ASD is critical because it allows homeowners to recover from storm damage in Milford properties and keep the cost of water damage low by salvaging as much as possible.

This guide to the four key stages of Applied Structural Drying will explain why it is a powerful weapon in the fight against storm damage.


The first stage of ASD is always straightforward and complete extraction. If you choose to work with the experts at SERVPRO, you’ll benefit from a fast and speedy response. We understand that the longer standing water remains, the more destructive it gets. So, our technicians will start packing up pumps and heading out to your location as soon as we’ve taken your call. The pumps are powerful and can remove liquid at a surprisingly rapid rate.

Evaporation by Airflow

The next stage is to bring in industrial air movers and high powered fans. These machines are placed around the damp area and circulate clean, dry air throughout the space. In some cases, the carpet is lifted, in order to dry out subflooring materials.

Evaporation by Dehumidifiers

Any vapor or moisture in the air is then captured with the use of dehumidifying devices. These machines circulate the heavy, wet air and direct it over specific ‘collection’ components. The water molecules are either cooled until they become liquid again (and can be contained) or they are passed into a silica gel desiccant.

Temperature Regulation

This final stage doesn’t actually represent the end of the ASD process. It occurs throughout. The SERVPRO technicians must work hard to maintain an optimal temperature in the rooms where the dehumidifiers and air movers are placed. Some machines operate most efficiently under certain conditions and they are sustained while drying is being carried out. A portion of your home may need to be sectioned off and contained in order to achieve this.

If you would like to learn more about the tools and machines used for storm damage restoration, you can easily get in touch with our team. They have spent years dealing with both minor and very severe cases of water damage. SERVPRO of Merrimack is based in your area, so we are the best choice for emergency repairs. Call 24/7 at (603) 262-9293.

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Merrimack is ready!

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Merrimack specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Nashua, NH, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country, that are strategically located throughout the United States. Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to any storm or flood damage in Merrimack, NH.