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Finding Mold in the Attic of Your Nashua Residence Leads to Control of the Situation

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold in the Attic of Your Nashua Residence Leads to Control of the Situation  SERVPRO Provides Remediation and Cleanup After Mold Infestations in Your Nashua Home

Rely on SERVPRO Mold Remediation to Restore Your Home to a Safe and Secure Condition

Nashua is the location of many of New England's best-looking homes. The striking architecture of most promises beautiful homes complete with spacious attics full of surprises from the past. What oftena remains hidden, though, is vast microbial growth.

In Nashua, SERVPRO cleans up mold located in the attic of many homes on a regular basis. Doing so is crucial to the health of the home and those living there. Mold and other microorganisms can pass easily through tiny openings in the ducts found inside the typical attic.

Many microbes present in an attic may have traveled there through the ducts, to begin with, showing how easily this can happen. As air flows through a tube, a slight vacuum can form, suctioning any nearby spores and then depositing them in other areas of the home. Finding mold in the attic can indicate mold problems in other locations in your home.

The technicians at SERVPRO hold certificates from the IICRC, showing expertise in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). Ridding your home of excess fungi and spores through the process of mold remediation does not eliminate these organisms. Doing so is an impossible feat, as mold exists in every corner of the planet. The conditions which permit mold to overgrow are what we can control, and this, in turn, controls how much microbial activity occurs inside your residence. When growth is at a standstill, mold damage also remains under your control.

The treatment for an attic with signs of the mold includes the application of Concrobium. This is a commercial-grade mold inhibitor that is safe for use around people, pets, plants, and even damp carpeting and other delicate items in your home that ozone can harm. For large, open areas, we can apply this like we would apply paint – with brushes or rollers. In tight spaces, where access is more difficult, we apply antimicrobial sprays. When applied like this, the liquid penetrates extremely well. Regardless of location, Concrobium dries clear and provides lasting protection. We can also direct antifungal agents using fogging machines and HEPA filtered air scrubbers.

Belongings stored in the attic can also suffer from microbial growth. Cleaning each item and ensuring it remains dry afterward can help prevent damage from occurring. We can pack your items up and perform this task at our location or do the work on them while still in your attic.

Whenever mold is located in an attic, a complete examination and inspection of the roof and all of its components can provide answers about the source of the moisture that boosted the mold's growth. Correction of any discoveries should happen as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Nashua is ready to help ensure that your home, including your attic, is almost fungus free. Reach us 24/7 by calling (603) 889-2311.

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Nashua Duct Work Prevents and Mitigates Problems

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Nashua Duct Work Prevents and Mitigates Problems Cleaning and Repairing Duct Work in Nashua Pays

SERVPRO Experts Can Inspect, Repair, and Clean The Duct System in Your Nashua Home or Business

The weather is finally beginning to cool from a record Summer here in Hillsborough County. Now that you do not need to run your central air every day, it is the perfect time to winterize your HVAC system.

Preparing the duct work for your Nashua home or business is not a difficult process, and it can save you quite a bit when it comes to heating bills in the coming months. SERVPRO is here to help you lower those bills and save every dollar possible.
In the Summer months, the change in temperature from day to night and back again means that the aluminum, duct walls expand and contract. These actions increase when the seasons change, so it is ideal now to have us check the ducts for gaps where the sections join together. Another common problem is the twisting sections also pull at their restraining brackets and straps, sometimes even pulling them off the support beams or other structures.

Repairing these problems is relatively simple. Closing the gaps between sections starts with reattaching or replacing the restraining straps and brackets. It also lines up the ducts in their original positions and lets our technicians push them back into place. If bolts or screws have pulled out of place, we replace them or drill new holes if they are needed. If the sections have bent too far or have torn, it may be cheaper to replace them instead of attempting repairs. Then, there is always duct tape.

Even if we do not find any major problems with your duct work, this is also a perfect time for routine maintenance

as well. The work we do to prepare duct work for winter also allows us to check for excessive dirt, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, or other contaminants that might have found their way inside. The change of seasons is also the perfect time to change out filters and examine fans. With furnace puffback always a concern, it pays to minimize such messy potential occurrances.

As Fall approaches, now is the opportunity to have SERVPRO of Nashua come to your home or business to make sure your heating system is ready for Winter. We have decades of experience in servicing HVACs and can quickly get your system in top form. Call today at (603) 889-2311 for more information or to schedule an inspection.

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Water Damage After Commercial Power Outage In Nashua

8/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage After Commercial Power Outage In Nashua SERVPRO has the technicians and equipment to abate the water damage from the melting in retail settings.

Water Damage After A Power Outage

Convenience and grocery stores rely on vast numbers of coolers and freezers to keep food and drink safe and palatable for customers, and large quantities of ice available. Electricity failures due to storms or stressed infrastructure leave the contents vulnerable to defrosting and spoilage. SERVPRO has the technicians and equipment to abate the water damage from the melting in retail settings.

A long-term power outage caused water damage to your mini-mart in Nashua. You stock significant stores of ice for local residents and travelers, and the melt of that inventory caused overnight flooding of the floors in the store and the back room. The freezers and coolers holding beverages and food also added water to the problem as frost melted and drop pans overflowed. We offer cutting edge water removal and drying equipment and a well-trained crew of certified damage restorers to assist with cleanup and drying of your commercial space.

Water damage needs immediate attention to ensure the integrity of your building’s structure as well as protect the public from any collateral damage such as microbial infestation. SERVPRO crews react within hours of your request for help, bringing truck-mounted pumps and water extractors that need no external source of power for operation. We remove standing water and search for areas where hidden pockets of moisture formed during the melt. Eradicating all sources of flood water is critical to avoid continuing risk of mold growth or deterioration of building materials or fixtures.

The tile floor under the coolers and freezers undergoes an evaluation to make certain no further attention is necessary after water extraction. If the subfloor is also saturated, SERVPRO may position fans in any basement or crawl space beneath the area. Tiles may be lifted if access is limited to move air through. Air movers and dehumidifiers help reduce the moisture content in affected areas of your store. The presence of unrefrigerated food increases the possibility of mold growth, so we apply proper professional antimicrobial products to minimize the chance of colonies proliferating.

We work with your insurance company throughout the process, documenting your good faith efforts to remediate a tough situation. Our crews are trained to assist with the cleanup and disposal of foodstuffs as well or work with your staff or another contractor to complete a comprehensive restoration of your convenience store.

SERVPRO of Nashua is ready to help with water damage from any source and in any location. Call (603) 889-2311 to request an evaluation by one of our experienced project managers.

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SERVPRO - Nashua Blown In Insulation Removal

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO - Nashua Blown In Insulation Removal Our SERVPRO technicians begin removal with a commercial vacuum.

Blown In Insulation Removal in Nashua Homes

Blown in insulation is a cheap and efficient product for insulating attics and walls. It is preferable to insulation blankets because installers can blow insulation into spaces where they cannot physically enter otherwise. This cellulose product efficiently blocks heat from entering or exiting a home. The drawback is that when this type of insulation becomes contaminated or wet, it must be removed and replaced.

Removal of blown in insulation is essential for a Nashua home. Contaminated insulation is a health risk to residents. Animal feces and urine (rats, raccoons, and birds) can contain a variety of diseases from bird flu to the hantavirus. As the insulation begins to compact from the weight of the animal waste, it also becomes a better environment for animals to build a nest. That means more generations of rats which mean more feces and urine until removal of the insulation.

The problem is not always with urine or feces. Clean water from a leaking pipe or a drip from broken roofing tiles can also cost hundreds or even thousands in removal costs. Since wet insulation quickly begins to compact regardless of the source, the ability to hold in or keep out heat reduces as well.

Our SERVPRO technicians begin removal with a commercial vacuum. It is the quickest method and limits the physical contact between our employees and the contaminated insulation. Once we have vacuumed everything out, we use antibacterial cleaners and a fogging machine to pump the cleaning agent throughout walls and attics, efficiently destroying any trace amounts of contamination. These fogging machines also leave minimal residue. We clean and sanitize the cellulose before disposing of it according to state regulations.

After cleaning, one of our inspectors looks for damaged building material. If there are panels that need replacing, we do this before replacing the insulation. Depending on the size of the house, we can complete replacement within a day or two.

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Regardless of the source, removal of contaminated and compacted insulation is necessary for the integrity of your home and the safety of its residents. It is a health hazard and no longer useful in lowering your energy bills. The weather is beautiful now, but SERVPRO of Nashua understands that New Hampshire winters are not forgiving. If you need us, we are here to help. Call today at (603) 889-2311.

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Teach Your Kids Fire Safety To Help Prevent Fire Damage In Nashua

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Teach Your Kids Fire Safety To Help Prevent Fire Damage In Nashua Fires and fire damage can be very stressful. Call SERVPRO to have someone standing in your corner when facing damage and insurance claims.

Prevention and Teaching Fire Safety can Play a Large Role in Stopping Potential Fire Damage on Your Property

Fire is a real fear for any parent. The fire has the potential to cause immense harm and disrupt your life for many weeks or even months during the cleanup. A blaze is a frightening occurrence for family members of any age and especially for children. However, it is also true that many fires are preventable.
Teaching your children some basic fire safety gives them more confidence and you more peace of mind. Tell your kids about some easy, simple fire safety practices that they can understand and do. Getting your kids on board with fire safety helps protect them from harm. Teaching your children fire safety also reduces the risk of accidents and fire damage to your Nashua home.
Teach kids not to play with fire or matches, or to light candles. Put matches or lighters in a secure location that your children cannot get to – it is even better if they do not know about it. It is also wise to teach them about safety when you let off fireworks or host or attend a bonfire. Let your children see how you handle the fire.
SERVPRO suggests talking to your children about smoke alarms and what to do when they hear one. Tell them how important it is to stay low and get out. Practice exit routes together as a family and talk to them about what they ought to do in the event of a fire. Involve them in smoke alarm tests.
Show your kids how to unplug appliances and make sure they know to tell you at once if they notice a frayed cord.
You might like to look up fire safety resources together. There are many free resources available online, such as checklists, articles, or videos.
Sometimes even if you are very careful, a fire breaks out. It is not always possible to avoid a blaze. We recommend you get in touch with us straight away. SERVPRO staff, from our call center to our teams on the ground, are trained to handle fire situations with care and sensitivity. We understand your fears and concerns and endeavor to allay them.
Getting your home back to normal is a top priority following a blaze. Our IICRC-certified technicians have a range of equipment and techniques on hand to clean soot residue from your home and make it livable once more. We also have several deodorizing techniques in our arsenal, such as ozone machines and thermal foggers or air scrubbers. Our aim is to leave your home clean and free of smoke odor - “Like it never even happened.”
For help with cleanup after a fire, call SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 for assistance.

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Nashua Wet Basement Inspection Leads to Prevention

7/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nashua Wet Basement Inspection Leads to Prevention Basement Dryness in Nashua Keeps the House in Better Condition--If Wet, Call SERVPRO

Continual Dampness Needs Remedial Help from SERVPRO in Your Nashua Basement

A nuisance is how most people describe finding water in their basement or crawlspace. An annoyance that most people try to fix with a Wet-Vac and hanging carpets outside to dry. That may work for a single incident, but when it happens regularly, there is an underlying problem.

The more common reasons for a wet basement in Nashua or anywhere in New Hampshire are condensation and runoff. SERVPRO understands how these causes affect a home, how to treat them and prevent a recurrence. Condensation is also known as sweating. It appears in the form of wet spots, water droplets on the walls and ceilings, and small puddles on the basement floor. They develop when warm, moist air encounters cool, foundation walls or poorly insulated cold-water pipes. In a full-size basement, this leads to damp carpets, rusting metal in shelving and appliances such as washers and dryers. In crawlspaces, this speeds up wood rot, encourages insect growth, and damages stored property.

Our first step to stopping condensation is to set up a commercial grade humidifier. We can remove over 20 gallons per day depending on the humidity level. If the HVAC system has vents in the basement, we turn up the heat to speed up drying. If there is no heat, we bring in portable heaters to raise the temperature. Once the walls are dry, technicians lay down a coat of waterproof sealant to form a barrier against further water intrusion. For crawlspaces, we recommend covering the ground and walls with polyethylene plastic sheeting that serves the same purpose. Ask us about a full encapsulation program for your crawlspace.

Runoff is melted snow or rainwater that runs off the roof and down the side of a home, rather than through rain gutters and drainpipes. The water works through the topsoil and collects along the foundation walls. It eventually works its way through the porous concrete and into the basement

or crawlspace. To stop this, technicians first clean out and repair or replace the drainage system. A proper drain system directs further water away from the foundation and lets the walls begin to dry. If there is a driveway or other covered area next to the foundation, we also check that for cracks and joint separation. These allow water to get under the concrete where it eventually gathers against the foundation.
With the problem identified, we begin digging. We expose the foundation walls so we can check them for holes, cracks and other openings such as the entry points for pipes and cables. Technicians seal everything with a waterproof caulk and then apply a rubber cement over the entire area to prevent further intrusion. Once the coating is dry, we replace the dirt along the foundation.

Dealing with a damp basement or crawlspace is almost the definition of nuisance. When it becomes a recurring problem, you need a professional restoration service. SERVPRO of Nashua has years of experience and hundreds of hours in basements drying, helping our neighbors put their homes and lives back together. If you need us, call (603) 889-2311 today.

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Nashua Animal Feces Cleanup in Your Attic

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Nashua Animal Feces Cleanup in Your Attic SERVPRO Scares Away Critters and Cleans Up Your Nashua Attic

SERVPRO Restores Your Home to a Safe Condition After a Biohazard Cleanup

An animal infestation (bats, rats, and raccoons for example) is unhealthy, damaging to your home and leads to further problems. Animal waste contains pheromones; these scents attract other, sometimes larger, animals to the infestation. This next wave brings more disease and physical danger to every resident.

Removing the threats from biohazardous animal feces to your Nashua home requires more than a simple cleanup crew. SERVPRO has over twenty years of experience in New Hampshire restoring homes to a clean, livable condition. Our technicians treat each infestation as a biohazard and take every step necessary to eliminate the threat to your home and health.

We start with an inspection. Our team does not only visually examine your home, but also uses air testing equipment to check air contamination levels. In every case, our people begin the job wearing masks and sometimes protective clothing and shoes. If the contamination level is very high, we need to start clearing the air immediately.

To do this, we establish negative air pressure in the home. By placing fans and air movers at key points in the structure, we force the contaminated air outside. Exchanging the air provides a safer environment and begins to reduce the odor which can cause eye and nose irritation to anyone in the home. If the infestation is this severe, we do not recommend that the homeowner enters the house until the air content tests at a safer level.

As we clean the air, we begin work to remove the feces. Removal includes not only shoveling out the obvious waste but also clearing the attic and other areas in the home of contaminated insulation, drywall and even crossbeams and other support structure that were compromised by the infestation. By starting in the attic, we can also determine where urine and other waste has leaked into the house, contaminating more rooms.

Where possible, we try to prevent cutting into walls and ceilings. If there is no solid waste to remove, our technicians either spray the area or use a fogger with an anti-microbial or biocide agent. When we do have to pull down building material, we dispose of it and all animal waste per state and federal regulations.

Returning your home to a livable state is not a quick or easy task. At SERVPRO of Nashua, we understand that each job is not just a building, it is where our neighbors live and raise their families. If you need us, call us today at (603) 889-2311 to begin.

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Nashua Sump Pump Failure Causes Flooding

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nashua Sump Pump Failure Causes Flooding Nashua Sump Pump Breakdown Calls SERVPRO for Cleanup and Repair

SERVPRO Can Often Repair Sump Pumps While Extracting Standing Water with Our Equipment

For most New Hampshire homes, a sump pump is like a water heater. It is a necessary piece of household equipment that you never notice until it fails and you have to deal with the results.

SERVPRO understand exactly how a sump pump failure affects Nashua homes. As a locally owned franchise, we live here too and know what it is like to feel water on your toes when you step off the last of the basement stairs. Our experience and training let us deal with the common causes of a failure and how to handle them.

Power Failure – Get a backup generator already! OK, if you do not have one and the power is back on, there is the possibility that your pump was damaged when the power surged as it went out. Replacement components are an off-the-shelf item, and we keep parts for the major models in our inventory and ready to go. If this is the case, our technicians can get you back up in a matter of hours.

Wrong Size – This can go either direction. If you have a pump too large for your home, it works too hard and has a shorter lifespan. If too small, it cannot pump out the water fast enough. We can extract the water temporarily with portable submersible pumps, but you still need to purchase a new one for a permanent fix.

Improper Installation – If you or the installer did not set up the pump correctly, it would fail within a matter of minutes or hours. Unless the installation has broken the motor shaft, our technicians can repair and reinstall the pump, so it meets requirements. Depending on the extent of the failure, this could take a day or two. As we repair it, other technicians run one of our pumps to keep you dry.

Clogged or Frozen Discharge Lines – Water has nowhere to go if ice, dirt or other debris block the exit pipe except back into your home. A grated cover protects the exit pipe from dirt, rocks, and leaves. If there is the threat of ice, we can replace the existing pipe with a grated discharge line that has multiple openings.

SERVPRO of Nashua is prepared to help you keep your house safe and dry. We have the training and the equipment needed to get the job done. Call us today at (603) 889-2311 if you need our help or would like to schedule an inspection.

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Nashua Animal Feces Cleanup Is a Biohazardous Task

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Nashua Animal Feces Cleanup Is a Biohazardous Task Biohazardous Cleanup of Animal Feces in Nashua Safely Done by SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Cleaning and Sanitizing After Animal Waste Removal

Any community near an undeveloped area deals with raccoons and other wild or undomesticated animals. Even small creatures such as field mice can cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage and restoration fees.

Despite Nashua’s size and urban environment, wild animal feces cleanup is still a problem. Creatures in the surrounding woods find their way into garages and attics; then go unnoticed for weeks and months. Even then, it is the feces odor that most people notice. Sometimes, it is simply the noise in the attic. When it gets to this point, a professional service is needed; SERPVRO has the personnel, experience, and equipment to protect residents and property.

Raccoon droppings contain parasites like roundworm. This infection is less a danger to people than family pets, but the veterinarian costs add up quickly. Rodent feces often contain the Hantavirus, which causes muscle aches, chills and lung damage when the disease fills them with fluid. Bird and bat droppings carry respiratory infections such as Histoplasmosis which has similar symptoms to the Hantavirus. These biohazardous droppings should be cleaned up and the affected areas disinfected.

The feces found in garages is usually mouse or raccoon. There are corners and cavities behind shelves, cabinets, and items in storage where they can hide. Even worse, mice can chew their way through drywall and find their way into the insulation which is a perfect nesting material. It takes only a few weeks before the insulation is so damaged that heating and cooling bills may go up. We recommend that any food stored in a garage needs to be in a sealed container or a storage unit like a drop freezer or a refrigerator to avoid attracting pests.

Attics can host multiple species. Birds find their way under a roof through various points such as a damaged vent screen. Mice and raccoons mark territory that serves as a bathroom, but birds drop waste throughout the space. As with the walls, insulation becomes compacted by the urine and solid waste which destroys its effectiveness.

For both locations, we send in our SERVPRO restoration team to first determine the entry points and close them except for one exit. The next step is to remove all damaged insulation and nests. We must note that we do not trap any trespassers, that is up to a pest control company. Before replacing the insulation, we spray the affected areas with cleaners and anti-fungal agents to ensure a healthy environment. If drywall and other building materials are damaged, we remove and replace that as well.

SERVPRO of Nashua provides the biohazardous efforts needed to rid your home or business of animal waste and decontamination. Call us at (603) 889-2311 for a fast response.

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Proper Maintenance Prevents Sump Pump Failure In Nashua Homes

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Proper Maintenance Prevents Sump Pump Failure In Nashua Homes Nashua Basements Stay Dry with Sump Pump Maintenance

SERVPRO Tip for Nashua Homeowners--Reduce Water Damage By Inspecting Sump Pumps Regularly

Sump pumps are pretty common throughout the area. If you have a basement, you are likely somewhat familiar with these devices. Homes placed in low-lying areas have flooding issues, where sump pumps and backflow valves help ease exposure experienced during an event.
Sadly Nashua sump pump failures happen quite often. If your home has one installed, there are a few things you can pay closer attention to that may help prevent these failures from happening when you need the device to be most effective.  
SERVPRO technicians often find that power outages or power surges caused by storms lead to a majority of sump pump failures. You can have an alternative source of energy and surge protection installed to help prevent this type of failure. Small backup generators or battery backup devices can truly save your home during an emergency.
Next, if your sump pump is the wrong size or incorrectly installed, problems can occur. When a sump pump is too big, it is forced to work harder, leading to abnormal wear and tear, limiting the lifespan of the device. If your sump pump is too small, it may not have the ability to fill your needs adequately.  
When SERVPRO installs a sump pump in your home, we dig a pit into the ground at the lowest level inside of your basement or crawlspace. Installing a backflow valve, or check valve into drain lines to prevent water from returning. Ushering excessive water through proper drain pipes, to avoid damage to your home.
If installed incorrectly, sump pumps can accumulate dirt or gravel, causing interference with the pump’s float valve or on/off switch, resulting in malfunctions of the unit. Switch problems occur most often when the float arm becomes damaged.  
SERVPRO technicians recommend performing regular maintenance on installed sump pumps to verify proper operation. Running the pump every three months or during major seasonal changes gives you a heads-up, should problems occur.  
Sump pumps can become clogged or frozen, often requiring maintenance before working correctly. Having someone out to inspect the operation of your sump pump, drainage, and valves once a year can mean the difference between flooding your basement or safely weathering the storm.
SERVPRO of Nashua stands ready to assist you with preparing your home for combatting common issues found in our area. Call today; we can help. (603) 889-2311