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Managing a Flood in Your Home: Top Tips to Make the Process Smoother

6/14/2024 (Permalink)

Water damaged Kitchen Floor Water damage in the kitchen: Our team is ready to restore your space to its original condition, ensuring safety and quality.

A flood in your home can be incredibly stressful and worrisome. Whether it’s caused by a burst pipe, heavy rainfall, or an appliance malfunction, quick and effective action is essential to minimize damage and ensure safety. Here are some top tips to help you manage the situation and make the process smoother for all involved until professional help arrives.

1. Shut Off the Source of Water

If possible, immediately shut off the source of water causing the flood. This could involve turning off the main water valve or contacting a qualified professional to stop the source. Quickly identifying and addressing the water source can significantly reduce the extent of the damage.

2. Turn Off Circuit Breakers for Wet Areas

If it is safe to do so, and there is no risk of electrical shock, turn off the circuit breakers for the wet areas of your home. This precaution helps prevent electrical hazards and further damage to your electrical system.

3. Remove Excess Water

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. This helps to prevent water from seeping into more areas and causing additional damage. Act quickly to address standing water, which can cause long-term issues like mold growth and structural damage.

4. Wipe Down Wood Furniture

After removing lamps and tabletop items, wipe excess water from wood furniture. Wood can absorb water quickly, leading to warping, swelling, and other damage. Keeping your furniture dry can help preserve its condition and reduce restoration costs.

5. Protect Your Furniture and Carpeting

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. This simple step helps to prevent staining and further damage to both your furniture and carpets. It also makes the cleanup process more manageable.

By following these tips, you can help minimize secondary damage and create a safer environment until professional help arrives. Remember, the key to effectively managing a flood in your home is prompt action and taking the right precautions to protect your property and your family.

For comprehensive water damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow. Our team is ready to help you restore your home to its pre-flood condition, ensuring peace of mind during a challenging time.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need further assistance. Stay safe and proactive in managing water damage!

When Fire Ravages Your Home

5/15/2024 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes and fire ravages your home or business, it's natural to feel overwhelmed by fear and uncertainty. The aftermath can be daunting, with the wreckage of flames leaving behind not just physical damage but emotional scars as well.

Thankfully, you're not alone in facing this challenge. SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow stands ready to assist you in the aftermath of such devastation. With our swift response and expertise, we offer a beacon of hope amidst the chaos, working tirelessly to restore your property to its former state.

The statistics are sobering: in 2013 alone, over 487,500 structure fires were reported in the United States, resulting in a staggering $9.5 billion in property damage. Every 65 seconds, a home or business fell victim to the destructive power of fire.

But amidst these grim figures, there is reassurance in knowing that help is just a phone call away. SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow specialize in tackling the various types of smoke damage, from wet smoke to dry smoke, protein fire residue to fuel oil soot. No matter the challenge, we're equipped to handle it with care and precision.

So when disaster strikes, don't let stress or doubt cloud your judgment. Reach out to the professionals at SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow and let us make the damage disappear, leaving your home or business "Like it never even happened."

Grilling Safely: Essential Tips for a Sizzling Summer Season

5/15/2024 (Permalink)

As the temperatures rise and the days grow longer, there's no denying that summer is the perfect time for outdoor gatherings and backyard barbecues. However, while firing up the grill can be a highlight of the season, it's essential to prioritize safety to ensure that your summer celebrations don't go up in smoke. At SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow, we're dedicated to keeping our community safe, which is why we've put together some essential tips for grilling safely this summer.

  1. Location, Location, Location:
    • Choose a well-ventilated area outdoors, away from any structures, overhanging branches, or flammable materials. Keep the grill on a stable surface, away from high-traffic areas and foot traffic.
  2. Preparing the Grill:

    • Before firing up the grill, thoroughly clean it to remove any grease buildup or debris from previous use. Check the propane tank for leaks and ensure that all connections are secure.
  3. Fire Safety:

    • Never leave the grill unattended while it's in use, and always keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill to prevent accidents.
  4. Food Safety:

    • Prevent food-borne illnesses by keeping raw meats separate from cooked foods and using separate utensils and cutting boards. Cook meats to the recommended internal temperature to ensure they're safe to eat.
  5. Proper Handling of Propane:

    • If you're using a propane grill, make sure to store the propane tank upright and in a well-ventilated area. Keep the valve closed when the grill is not in use, and never store propane tanks indoors.
  6. Clean Up:

    • After grilling, allow the grill to cool completely before cleaning it. Dispose of charcoal ashes in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid, away from combustible materials.

By following these simple yet crucial tips, you can enjoy the summer season safely and minimize the risk of grill-related accidents or fires. At SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow, we understand the importance of staying vigilant when it comes to fire safety, and we're here to support our community every step of the way. If disaster strikes, know that you can count on us to help restore your home or business "Like it never even happened." Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Preparing for Summer Rainstorms: Essential Safety Tips for Salem, Windham, and Kingston Residents

5/15/2024 (Permalink)

Living amidst the stunning landscapes of Salem, Windham, and Kingston, with their picturesque bodies of water like lakes, ponds, and rivers, is undeniably enchanting. However, these same waterways can pose a threat when severe weather strikes, leading to potentially devastating floods. Just because you haven't encountered flooding yet doesn't mean you're immune from its effects. Preparation is key for safeguarding your home, business, and loved ones in the face of such natural disasters. Here are some essential tips to help you get ready:

For Homeowners:

  1. Develop an evacuation plan for your family and pets: Identify evacuation routes around your home and mark areas prone to flooding due to rivers, lakes, and ponds. If you encounter flooded roads, turn back immediately. If trapped in a flooding vehicle, exit and seek higher ground.

  2. Prepare an emergency bag for your home and vehicle: Include essentials such as water, non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, a first aid kit, personal hygiene items, cell phone chargers, blankets, rain gear, extra clothing for each family member, baby or pet supplies, copies of personal documents, and extra cash.

  3. Safeguard important documents: Store important documents like insurance policies, property deeds, and identification in waterproof containers or digitally encrypt them to ensure they survive potential flooding intact.

  4. Secure valuables and hazardous materials: Move valuable items to higher ground or to an upper floor to protect them from water damage. Additionally, properly seal and store hazardous materials to prevent contamination in the event of flooding.

In times of trouble, remember that SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow is here to assist you. Give us a call at 603-893-9700 if floodwaters rise, invade your home and you need help. We're always ready to lend a hand.

The SERVPRO Difference

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes a government facility, your SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow Franchise Professional answers the call quickly to assess the damage and start mitigation procedures, helping to ensure minimum service interruption and lower recovery costs.

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals respond to disaster situations with the right personnel and equipment to provide timely mitigation - the key to controlling damage, lowering recovery costs and minimizing interruption to the public and employees. From large disasters to those special cleaning needs that exceed the capabilities of a facility's janitorial service, SERVPRO of Salem/ Plaistow Franchise Professionals are committed to timely response and total customer satisfaction.

You Can Trust The SERVPRO® Franchise System When disaster strikes a government facility, your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional answers the call quickly to assess the damage and start mitigation procedures, helping to ensure minimum service interruption and lower recovery costs.

Over 45 Years of Experience in Commercial Cleanup and Restoration

Over 1,700 Franchises in North America

Access to More Than 140,000 Pieces of

Restoration Equipment

Nationwide Disaster Recovery Team®

24-Hour Emergency Response

Real-Time Communication Providing

Timely and Accurate Information

Trained, Uniformed Franchise Professionals

This is SERVPRO

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

With every flood comes a flood of emotions. Every fire - a momentary spark of uncertainty. And loss of control. And when it's your home, your business or your belongings that become damaged, you don't just want things clean.

You want your life back, as well.

And that's where SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow comes in. A Franchise System with over 40 years' leadership in cleanup and restoration. A track record of results that has earned the trust of insurance companies nationwide, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.

Where a team of Franchise Professionals highly-trained in cleanup and care for both home and homeowner quietly take to the streets, every hour of every day. Proving that wherever there's a house full of water, or an office filled with smoke, there's also a van full of clean.

To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect.

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Industries, Inc. Franchise System is a national leader of fire, water, mold and other specialty cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO's professional services network of Franchises has responded to property damage emergencies ranging from multi-million dollar disasters to those suffered by individual businesses and homes. Providing coverage in 48 states, SERVPRO® Franchise

Professionals have established nationwide relationships with major insurance companies, commercial clients and individual homeowners.

In 1988, SERVPRO® moved the Corporate headquarters from Sacramento, Calif., to Gallatin, Tenn. This was a strategic move to place the new location within 600 miles of 50 percent of the U.S. population and more SERVPRO® Franchises. In April 2005, SERVPRO® again moved the corporate headquarters to a new 140,000-square-foot building. The state-of-the-art building houses a newly designed training facility, the National Call Center and much more to meet the increasing growth of the Franchise System.

SERVPRO's continued efforts to supporting each individually owned franchise has allowed SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to grown and thrive! Call us today - 603.893.9700 

Top Ten Franchise System Winners!

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Operating a SERVPRO franchise can be a hard path at times to success, but not today! Always so nice to see our entire franchise community recognized for their hard work and commitment to our customers. 

For the first time since 2016, SERVPRO, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, has been named a Top 10 overall franchise opportunity in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as the #1 position in the cleaning and restoration industry for nearly 20 years in a row

“In 2020, SERVPRO franchises across the U.S. and Canada responded to numerous natural disasters such as hurricanes along the Gulf Coast and East Coast and wildfires in the West. But it was the launch of SERVPRO’s new disinfecting and COVID-19 cleanup service that tested and proved the company’s resolve,” CEO Rick Isaacson said.

“SERVPRO’s #10 overall ranking is a result of the hard work our franchises, their crews, and our dedicated headquarters team put in while many businesses were not so lucky,” Isaacson said. “So many businesses were negatively impacted, slowed, or closed due to the pandemic. When COVID forced much of the world to slow down or step back, our team stepped up and did what it took, whether that was cleaning businesses so they could reopen safely or disinfecting first responders’ vehicles – many of those at no cost – to give back to those working every day to keep us safe.”

Source: https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2021/02/16/2176386/0/en/SERVPRO-Named-a-Top-10-Franchise-Amid-Coronavirus-Pandemic-Active-Storm-Season.html

Signs of Water Damage

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can come from many different sources, including hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, local flooding, burst pipes, and leaking appliances. It also has many different signs. It can appear quickly or slowly and make its way into your ceilings, floors, and walls, all of which have slightly different signs of damage. If a water leak is left unattended or not noticed immediately, water damage can occur. Wet rot can cause wood damage, structural issues, pose mold and other health effects, and become a financial headache down the road. Look for these water damage signs when trying to detect water damage in your ceiling:? 

  • ?Peeling, bubbling, or flaking paint 
  • Small hairline cracks or a larger, spiderwebbed pattern of cracks 
  • Water rings, usually a light brown color 
  • ?Mold growth, especially in corners where walls and ceilings meet, and often in humid rooms or locations such as basements 
  • Sagging, bowed ceilings 
  • Water stains, often a dark, yellow color, or similar in appearance to rust 
  • Musty smells 

When it comes to water damage on your walls, look for the following signs: 

  • Softened drywall. If safe to do so, press on the areas where you suspect there’s water damage. If the wall sinks inward or becomes depressed in some way, you likely have water damage on the inside, even if the exterior appears normal. 
  • Discoloration, often appearing in the form of streaks that can be short or quite long, running down the wall in affected areas 
  • Water rings, usually a light brown color 
  • Cracked, bubbling, or flaking paint. When water damage occurs inside a wall, it can often stretch the paint on the outside, leading to bubbles of varying sizes that can pop and cause even more damage. 
  • Musty smells 

Water damage almost never gets better if left unattended, watch for these signs and protect your home by calling SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow at 603.893.9700.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away!

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That’s why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow is so vital. Just go to our website on your mobile phone or call 603.893.9700 to get the team that’s faster to any size disaster. We’re a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the devastating effects of water or fire. So whether you’re responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 – be ready for the worst with the very best.

Here are 8 reasons why your company should get an Emergency Ready Profile® today on every one of your buildings.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow is part of a Franchise System that has more than 50 years of leadership in cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon. We are quietly taking to the streets, every hour of every day, proving that whenever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, there is also a van full of clean.

 

Important and Easy Test

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Fire alarms when properly installed and maintained are a proven method to saving lives in the case of a fire, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Carbon monoxide and fire can make for a deadly duo, installing dual detectors makes it easier to protect yourself against both. Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have sensing technologies that work together to detect fires and the odorless, colorless, tasteless gas known as CO – the silent killer. 

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Follow this link for a complete 14 step outline for safely and effectively testing your fire/ smoke detectors. How do test a smoke detector.

In larger commercial buildings, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits some time saving and ease of use. These alarms do not need to be tested as often and are interconnected throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

If you need assistance installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow at 603.893.9700. Happily serving Salem, Windham, Atkinson, Danville, Plaistow, and Pelham, NH.