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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

Get Rid Of The Smell After Water Damage To Your Nashua Salon

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Get Rid Of The Smell After Water Damage To Your Nashua Salon SERVPRO Restores Water Damage and Controls Odors in a Nashua Beauty Salon

SERVPRO Provides Fast Service to Remove Water and Odors from Your Business

Water damage is a serious risk for any salon. All it takes is a burst pipe or some wild weather, and your beauty business suffers water damage. That means closed doors, no customers or revenue, and a cleanup job on your hands. Not to mention clients not looking their best. Thankfully SERVPRO is on hand to help with any restoration job, no matter how big or how small.
A leading cause of concern after water damage to your Nashua salon is getting rid of the smell. Water damage sometimes leaves behind a musty or damp sort of odor. Of course, you want to get rid of that as quickly as possible, so your salon is a pleasant place for your customers once again.
The first step in restoration is getting rid of any water and drying everything as thoroughly as possible. Our IICRC-certified teams arrive equipped with truck-mounted and free standing pumps to extract water from your business premises quickly. We also make use of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your salon - “Like it never even happened.”
Extraction and drying are only the first two steps in the process of getting your business back up and running again. The third is to deodorize it to get rid of any leftover odors, including those normally associated with a beauty salon. The process starts with high-velocity box fans that quickly ventilate your premises and hasten deodorization.
Our technicians have several deodorization methods at their disposal. If the source of the smell is relatively small, such as a carpet or a salon chair, powerful disinfectants are injected into or hand sprayed onto the surface. However, sometimes a more thorough treatment of the whole area is needed. For this our SERVPRO experts frequently make use of air scrubbers and thermal fogging.
Air scrubbers draw dirty or contaminated air into the machine and then pass it through a series of HEPA filters. These filters remove 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns. The machine exhausts clean air back into the room. Odors are eliminated and replaced with new air. This also greatly increases the air quality of the establishment.
Wet fogging is effective against leftover water damage smells. A ULV (ultra low volume) fogging machine compresses water or solvent based disinfectant through a specially designed nozzle. The result is a fine, cold mist that can be used to penetrate even hard to reach nooks and crannies. Our portable ULV foggers are small enough to go into any area of the salon but powerful enough to treat leftover smells.
If you want your salon to smell fresh for your customers and staff after water damage, SERVPRO of Nashua is here to help. Call us at (603) 889-2311 for assistance.

SERVPRO Nashua - Insulation Removal

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Nashua - Insulation Removal Insulation that has become water-logged compacts and does not spring back to its original shape when it dries out.

Needing Insulation Removal Services in Your Home? Look No More! 

Insulation serves two purposes: Keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If it becomes damaged in any fashion, then it has to be removed and replaced. If your home’s insulation becomes contaminated in some way, it is now a health risk to your family.

Insulation removal from a Nashua home needs to be conducted by a professional service. SERVPRO has developed over our decades in business, a set of procedures that removes damaged or soiled insulation from your home. We go into the crawlspaces, attics, and wall spaces to take out hundreds of pounds of insulation without risk to your home or the health of the residents.

Insulation that has become water-logged compacts and does not spring back to its original shape when it dries out. Compaction reduces the thermal resistance or the R-value of the insulation, rendering it useless for keeping your home warm or cool. An inch of insulation has an R-value of about 2.2 to 3.5 depending on the type of insulation. Water reduces the ability to hold heat, preventing it from entering your home in the summer and keeping it inside when the temperature drops to freezing and below.

As valuable as insulation is, it is also a natural source of nesting material for mice, squirrels, and raccoons. Other areas of the attic and crawlspaces quickly become a bathroom, harboring feces and urine. Animal waste not only smells bad, but the buildup also provides a vector for respiratory ailments and other diseases.

When this happens, our SERVPRO technicians remove the contaminated insulation and then use anti-fungal and anti-microbial sprays and cleaners to sterilize the affected areas. Once completed, new insulation can safely be laid or blown in place.

There is one last reason to remove water insulation that does not involve damage or animal waste; saving money. The insulation you buy today has a higher R-value than what was on the market 20 years ago. Today’s insulation is far superior to what was blown or laid into homes 40 years ago or even father back.


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Keeping your home comfortable and free from contamination may be expensive, but it is usually quickly accomplished. Removing old insulation gives you peace of mind when it comes to the health of your family and the amount of money saved each month by replacing damaged insulation adds up very quickly. Before the summer heat arrives, call SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 today.

Finding Mold in the Attic of Your Nashua Home can Indicate Several Other Problems

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold in the Attic of Your Nashua Home can Indicate Several Other Problems Mold Penetration from the Attic in a Nashua Home--Call SERVPRO

Moisture Fuels Mold Growth That Requires Remediation

Attics are less likely to be visited on any given day by members of your family than any other part of your home, except for crawlspaces. Attics, however, are directly over your living area, and not to the sides and below your home, where crawlspaces are located. Right under the roof, attics are also the first part of your home exposed to most of the obvious hazards that your home is exposed to daily.

In Nashua, mold in the attic can be a warning sign of different problems. Your home does not have a voice, per se, but when particular problems develop, you should pay attention to prevent existing problems from becoming worse or spreading. Mold growth in the upper areas of your home can occur with excess moisture.
Attics have two of the three most important requirements already in place for mold growth, simply because of the very nature of an attic. With a darkened environment rich in the cellulose found in building materials, mold spores only need to have an elevated level of moisture to come out of a dormant state.
Moisture in an attic can come from several places. Many are problems that can be solved. SERVPRO technicians can quickly discover these sources and put a stop to them. When we examine the ducts in the attic, we will look for holes, loose connections, areas where the tape is coming loose, and also where vents are attached to your roof. When these are not connected correctly, a significant portion of the humidity is expelled into the attic. If the conduits are not attached at all, which is sometimes the case, all of the humidity is released into the attic.
Ductwork in the attic supports the circulation of air from many regions of your home. Bathroom fans, the clothes dryer, your stove, and heating and cooling systems can all feed their exhaust ducts into the attic. These ducts are not the only location that can bring moisture and humidity into the attic, though. Your furnace also produces moisture, although it is a small amount. You and your family release moisture into the air every time you exhale. Plants and aquariums can also do the same. Water molecules in the air are standardized by the use of the RH scale, relative humidity, which correlates moisture with temperature.
While these amounts may be small, they do build up with time. Opening doors through normal activities releases much of this moisture. However, when there are small cracks between ceilings and pipes, cables, or other structures that travel from one level of your home to another, moisture can exit your living space and find its way into the attic, instead of outside through your exterior doors. Finding these openings is the first step toward closing them.
Another problem that might be allowing moisture to accumulate in your attic is if any shingles are loose or missing from the roof. If shingles are damaged, they can also permit water to enter. Gutters can also work against your home, instead of protecting it, if they are damaged or clogged. Cleaning them may not be enough. Gutters and downspouts should direct water only away from your home, never toward the exterior foundation. Downspouts should be attached correctly, without any gaps between them and the horizontal gutters. Doing so protects the entirety of your home, not only the attic.
If you have mold in the attic in your home, rest assured that SERVPRO of Nashua can remediate and not only rid your home of the excess mold, but also locate the source of the moisture that allowed mold to grow out of control. Call us at (603) 889-2311, anytime, and we can arrive within four hours after your call.

Services Available To Combat A Constantly Wet Basement In Nashua

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Services Available To Combat A Constantly Wet Basement In Nashua Storm Water in Your Nashua Home Basement? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tips and Services for Nashua Properties Storm Damage

Having a wet basement after a storm runs through your area could mean quite a few problems, some that you may not be able to deal with on your own. You might find yourself looking for a professional restoration company for help with a solution to restore your property after an event.
If you find yourself facing a constantly wet basement due to storm damage in the Nashua area, we are here to help. We have a variety of expertly trained technicians well versed in the necessary services to get control of excessive moisture in your home or business.
Regardless of your situation, you need to understand that all basements are prone to flooding. Water itself always runs from high to low ground, meaning that under the right circumstances your basement becomes the sauna or swimming pool that you never wanted.
At SERVPRO we find that torrential rains are the most common culprit in basement flooding. Excessive rain over relatively short periods of time can overload basement waterproofing systems and saturate the ground underneath your basement, pushing up through the cracks in your foundation.
A properly waterproofed basement should have tar sealant on the inside and outside of your foundation walls, as well as what is known as weeping tile installed to help prevent situations like this from occurring. Weeping tile helps pull water into the local sewer system, keeping it away from your home.
If the systems installed fail or cannot handle the water load, your basement floods quite easily. A quality restoration company, like SERVPRO, can recognize the problems you face and install necessary drains, pumps, and redirects, including grading in your yard, to help channel rainwater away from your home.
Sewage backups caused by clogging or broken sewer lines can also cause basement flooding. Most local home builders install sewer tie-in lines to combat situations where this happens, allowing dirty water from tubs, toilets or sinks to escape through a line lower than your basement. In the case of septic tanks, other issues must also be dealt with to insure a return to safety.
In communities where flooding is common, installing sump pumps into basins drilled into the floor of your basement act as a fail-safe, pumping excess water out of your basement. SERVPRO can install these submersible pumps and provide you with back-ups and other services during an emergency.
Often helping you avoid many costs associated with water damage restoration and helping you return your home to a quality pre-damage condition as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Contact SERVPRO of Nashua for additional information about how we can help you avoid substantial damages and prepare for the worst possible situations before they become a problem. (603) 889-2311

Storm Damage to Nashua Home Floorings

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage to Nashua Home Floorings Storm Damage to Hardwood Flooring in Nashua, Call SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Restores Many Carpeted and Hardwood Flooring Houses in Nashua After a Storm

Remediating damage from extreme weather can be an expensive and exhaustive process for a homeowner. Among some of the costs are the replacement of carpets and other types of flooring.

Homes in Nashua after storm damage are still restorable. Fortunately, residents have a partner in accomplishing this. SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour response team with the latest in equipment and training to our industry standards.

First, we stop the source of the water. This action may mean shutting off plumbing damaged by the storm or sandbagging the entrances to your home. If your roof and walls are damaged, our team secures your home from the weather using plywood and tarps.

Then, we remove standing water. Carpets can survive being underwater for an extended period depending on the circumstances of the flooding. But if the intruding water is contaminated, then the carpet and padding are not salvageabel. Hardwood floors begin to warp after just a few hours and require immediate water removal to mitigate water damage. Our technicians use a series of industrial pumps tailored to the size of each task. If the electrical system is unsafe to use, we also deploy generators to secure uninterrupted service.

Next, we lower the inside humidity level. Air that has a high moisture content is a poor environment for hardwood floors and carpets to dry safely without warping or other problems. The immediate goal is to lower the humidity to about 40 percent. We accomplish this by setting up dehumidifiers, refrigerated and chemical are available, and air moving equipment on the affected floors. These machines allow us to increase the air flow and draw moisture out of the carpets and floors at the same time. If it is possible to get underneath (floating a carpet), we also place an air mover there.

Once that has been accomplished, the next goal is to lower the humidity to 15 percent. With this achieved, response team members place commercial grade space heaters to raise the temperature of the room. This action continues the process of drawing out moisture from the floors without damaging wood or carpet. We also have heating units that are designed to slide over a rug, drying it without harming the nape.
If this step is taking an exceptional amount of time with a hardwood floor, then it may be necessary to pierce the finish. This device is a pin roller; it punctures a series of holes in an area of the wood that is usually covered by a piece of furniture or is otherwise out of sight. We take this action only with your express permission. Typically, after standing water has affected hardwood flooring, refinishing may be needed. If cupping occurred, SERVPRO technicians can attempt to sand down the high points to salvage this flooring.

Restoring your New Hampshire home after a disaster is neither simple nor accomplished quickly. SERVPRO of Nashua is pleased to be here, ready to help our neighbors put their lives back together. Call us at (603) 889-2311 today to begin.