Recent Storm Damage Posts

Strong Roof is a Good Foundation

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

The right roof for your home in and around Salem, NH can not only look good, but always can protect your home during a storm. Here, we share a blog from Budget Dumpster on how to pick the right roof for you.

"Types of Roof Shingles

Asphalt

Of all the different types of shingles, these are the most commonly used because they’re the least expensive and relatively easy to install. These shingles are made of fiberglass mats coated with asphalt containing sand-like granules.

The downside: Asphalt shingles have a relatively short life span of 20 to 30 years, and they don’t fare well in areas where the temperature fluctuates unexpectedly, such as the Midwest.

Why choose asphalt roofing shingles? They’re the most economical of roofing options and come in plenty of styles and color selections.

Metal

This type of roof is made with many different materials – aluminum, steel, copper, zinc and titanium. If properly maintained, your metal roof could last as long as 50 years. You may want to consider metal if your home’s roofline is flat or steep.

The downside: Metal roofing can become noisy whenever it’s hailing or raining.

Why choose metal roofing shingles? They’re durable, fireproof and good at shedding snow and ice.

Slate

Not only are slate shingles durable – lasting anywhere from 80 to 100 years – they are also highly resistant to water and physical damage.

The downside: In addition to their high price tag, slate is expensive to repair because very few roofing companies specialize in this particular type of shingle. Furthermore, slate is rather heavy and may not be a good fit if your home can’t handle the weight.

Why choose slate roofing shingles? They’re one of the longest-lasting types of roofing material you can choose, and on the right style of home, adds a nice visual appeal.

Wood

Aside from being durable and having a lifespan of 30 to 50 years, wood shingles are more environmentally friendly than other types. This type of roof shingle is usually made of cedar, but can also be made of other rot-resistant woods, such as redwood.

The downside: Although energy-efficient and long-lasting, wood shingles are less fire-resistant than other types. They’re also more susceptible to termites and mold.

Why choose wood roofing shingles? They’re visually appealing and generally cooler than other types of shingles that are darker in color."

For more information on your roof or Budget Dumpster, please visit their blog.

If your roof doesn't hold up in a storm and you are a victim of water damage, please call us at 603.893.9700, to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO can Paint a Town GREEN

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

When water damage happens to your property in Salem or Windham NH, knowing who to call is the first step in relieving some of the stress. But when a flooding occurs? It is even better to know that we at SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow have a network of other franchises to pull in the equipment, resources and man power needed to help the large losses. Here are 5 examples of how we were able to support our local Hampstead, NH communities and others across the country.

  • A series of hail storms impacted central Texas causing damage to many homes, vehicles and businesses. There was considerable hail damage northeast of Austin, west of Georgetown and southwest of The Woodlands resulting in $1.2 Billion dollars in damages. 
  • The Siberian Express in 2015 created record breaking broken pipes and ice dams. 257 SERVPRO crews helped during these ice dams, with even SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow calling in help from Alabama and Tennessee to help our home and business owners in and around Pelham, NH.
  • In April of 2016, the southern states were engulfed in 2-4 inches of rain per hour. Eighty-one crews produced over 360 jobs in this historic event that left Harris County with 18 inches of rain.
  • Hurricane Matthew in caused flooding the East Coast from Florida to North Carolina. One hundred sixty-nine crews mitigated over $7.5 million worth of damage to business owners and homeowners alike.
  • Lastly, in East Tennessee, one of the largest wildfires in history struck the Great Smokey Mountains. Over 17,000 acres burned, and twelve crews came to the rescue to help the seventy families and businesses get the fire damage and soot under control.

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow and these other teams can make any disaster “Like it never even happened.” We are there, no matter how big or small, call us 24/7/365 at 603.893.9700.

Safe Travels

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Many people are anxious to travel again now that many of the lock downs are lifted as a result of COVID-19. Hurricane season typically runs between June and November. Whether you travel to an area strongly affected by hurricanes, or you feel the after affects of wind and rain, it is important to be vigilant during this storm season. Keep this in mind if you venture away from your home in and around Pelham, NH or Plaistow, NH.

Below are some tips to follow whether you own a home, RV, boat, car or all of them! You can see a storm coming by the change in color of the sky (often greenish), large hail, low-flying clouds and a roar like a freight train.

  • Your basement or under a set of stairs are great places to wait out the storm. If this is not available, the bottom floor of any building will work.
  • During an emergency, gas stations will often be closed, so always make sure you have at least half a tank of gas to get away instantly
  • Have enough supplies on hand to wait out 72 hours, just in case help cannot arrive right away. These supplies can also be stored in the trunk (items like a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, and medication can stay there at all times.)
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and keep your charger with you.
  • Avoid driving in deep waters
  • For your boat, remove non-secure items, electronics, excess gear, valuable, and important documents.
  • Make sure all openings are clear of debris
  • With your RV, do not drive it during the storm as it is more vulnerable to higher/stronger winds
  • Make sure all documents are in a waterproof bag and with you at all times

Life can be unpredictable, but having plans in place help you with whatever may come. For more information, please check out these hurricane tips. As always, once the storm passes, contact your SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Are You Prepared?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Is your business ready to handle a disaster like burst pipe or emergency disinfecting services?

When it comes to your business, it is your pride and joy. You pray that a disaster never strikes, ruining all of your hard work.

Questions that run through your mind when disaster strikes, but is helpful to think of before that:

    • Do you have insurance
    • Do you have an emergency plan in place? Does your staff know about it?
    • Can you access your business records if they were destroyed?

“Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations." An estimated 50% of business do not reopen after a disaster has happened.

Creating a business plan for disaster will help protect employees, shorten the amount of time you may have to be out of work, and possibly lessen the financial impact it will have on you.

    1. Identify critical business systems – how long can they be down and what is needed to keep everything functioning.
    2. Create an emergency communication plan with all those who have a stake in your business.
    3. Build a supply kit that will keep your business and employees safe should you be at work when disaster strikes
    4. Work with SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to build an Emergency Ready Profile. This will provide the information for all emergency personnel that need to be contacted when disaster strikes and when our Team arrives on site, it gives the knowledge of your building before we even step in the door. This provides efficient and faster service for you!

For more information on how to help prepare your business for disaster, please contact us at 603.893.9700 or SERVPROSalemPlaistow.com

Big or Small Issue - Think of SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

At this point most of us living in Salem/Plaistow area know how to handle the big winter storms. We rush to the grocery store to get milk and bread because we are all convinced we will be in our house for days on end! The storms that bring feet of snow to our area, no school for days, and state of emergency to keep nonessential personal off the roads. You could lose power, which could cause food spoilage or frozen pipes… and let’s not forget if there is a quick warm up right behind it, you could experience flooding. The nice thing about these larger storms is that they give us time to prepare.

BUT what about the smaller storms? The ones that only bring a coating, inch or two of sleet, snow or ice? The ones that they always say won’t cause much of an impact?

Did you know these smaller, less significant storms can actually cause a greater impact to your home and business? Why? Because we don’t prepare as much. We are told they won’t be as big so we tend not to stress as much and let our guard down. Four wheel drive can plow through anything right… wrong!

So... what can you do?

  1. Have a list of your vendors and an emergency ready profile (ERP) completed on your business as an additional add to your continuity plan. It saves you time, in the event this “insignificant storms” turns out to be a really big deal.
  2. Just because there is a storm coming, your business operations cannot come to a halt. Set clear expectations for those in authority as well as non-critical employees in the event an emergency does occur. Is your emergency plan communicated by text, email, or phone call? Is everyone aware of this? It may also be beneficial to subscribe to and send out public transportation updates so no employees are left stranded at your office. Likewise is it acceptable for your employees to arrive late or leave early to ensure their safety?
  3. With smaller storms we tend to not walk the perimeter of our business to inspect for damage or ice accumulation. By not doing this, it can lead to larger issues down the road or worse, a customer becoming injured. It is always a good practice no matter how large or small the storm might be to inspect your property and document everything. You never know when your insurance may need that information.

In the end, the size of the storm shouldn’t matter. As business owners preparation is key no matter what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Contact your sales and marketing representative @ 603.893.970 to learn more about the emergency ready profile (ERP) and how it could benefit your business.

Storm Preparation is a MUST!

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

At this point most of us living in Salem/Plaistow area know how to handle the big winter storms. We rush to the grocery store to get milk and bread because we are all convinced we will be in our house for days on end! The storms that bring feet of snow to our area, no school for days, and state of emergency to keep nonessential personal off the roads. You could lose power, which could cause food spoilage or frozen pipes… and let’s not forget if there is a quick warm up right behind it, you could experience flooding. The nice thing about these larger storms is that they give us time to prepare.

BUT what about the smaller storms? The ones that only bring a coating, inch or two of sleet, snow or ice? The ones that they always say won’t cause much of an impact?

Did you know these smaller, less significant storms can actually cause a greater impact to your home and business? Why? Because we don’t prepare as much. We are told they won’t be as big so we tend not to stress as much and let our guard down. Four wheel drive can plow through anything right… wrong!

So... what can you do?

  1. Have a list of your vendors and an emergency ready profile (ERP) completed on your business as an additional add to your continuity plan. It saves you time, in the event this “insignificant storms” turns out to be a really big deal.
  2. Just because there is a storm coming, your business operations cannot come to a halt. Set clear expectations for those in authority as well as non-critical employees in the event an emergency does occur. Is your emergency plan communicated by text, email, or phone call? Is everyone aware of this? It may also be beneficial to subscribe to and send out public transportation updates so no employees are left stranded at your office. Likewise is it acceptable for your employees to arrive late or leave early to ensure their safety?
  3. With smaller storms we tend to not walk the perimeter of our business to inspect for damage or ice accumulation. By not doing this, it can lead to larger issues down the road or worse, a customer becoming injured. It is always a good practice no matter how large or small the storm might be to inspect your property and document everything. You never know when your insurance may need that information.

In the end, the size of the storm shouldn’t matter. As business owners preparation is key no matter what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Contact your sales and marketing representative @ 603-893-9700 to learn more about the emergency ready profile (ERP) and how it could benefit your business.

Extra Resources Never Hurt!

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

When water damage happens to your property in Salem or Windham NH, knowing who to call is the first step in relieving some of the stress. But when a flooding occurs? It is even better to know that we at SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow have a network of other franchises to pull in the equipment, resources and man power needed to help the large losses. Here are 5 examples of how we were able to support our local Plaistow, NH communities and others across the country.

  • The Siberian Express in 2015 created record breaking broken pipes and ice dams. 257 SERVPRO crews helped during these ice dams, with even SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow calling in help from Alabama and Tennessee to help our home and business owners in and around Pelham, NH.
  • In April of 2016, the southern states were engulfed in 2-4 inches of rain per hour. Eighty-one crews produced over 360 jobs in this historic event that left Harris County with 18 inches of rain.
  • Over 830 jobs were created in 2016 during the Louisiana Flooding. Twenty+ inches of rain caused rivers and other waterways to rise and flood Southern Louisiana. At least 185 crews from across the country helped get the community back in their pre storm condition.
  • Hurricane Matthew in caused flooding the East Coast from Florida to North Carolina. One hundred sixty-nine crews mitigated over $7.5 million worth of damage to business owners and homeowners alike.
  • Lastly, in East Tennessee, one of the largest wildfires in history struck the Great Smokey Mountains. Over 17,000 acres burned, and twelve crews came to the rescue to help the seventy families and businesses get the fire damage and soot under control.

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow and these other teams can make any disaster “Like it never even happened.” We are there, no matter how big or small, call us 24/7/365 at 603.893.9700.

Traveling to an area affected by Hurricanes?

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

person standing in the rain in a orange trench coat facing away from the camera Stay Safe out there and wear your masks!!

Hurricane season typically runs between June and November. Whether you travel to an area strongly affected by hurricanes, or you feel the after affects of wind and rain, it is important to be vigilant during this storm season. Keep this in mind if you venture away from your home in and around Pelham, NH or Plaistow, NH.

Below are some tips to follow whether you own a home, RV, boat, car or all of them! You can see a storm coming by the change in color of the sky (often greenish), large hail, low-flying clouds and a roar like a freight train.

  • Your basement or under a set of stairs are great places to wait out the storm. If this is not available, the bottom floor of any building will work.
  • During an emergency, gas stations will often be closed, so always make sure you have at least half a tank of gas to get away instantly
  • Have enough supplies on hand to wait out 72 hours, just in case help cannot arrive right away. These supplies can also be stored in the trunk (items like a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, and medication can stay there at all times.)
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and keep your charger with you.
  • Avoid driving in deep waters
  • For your boat, remove non-secure items, electronics, excess gear, valuable, and important documents.
  • Make sure all openings are clear of debris
  • With your RV, do not drive it during the storm as it is more vulnerable to higher/stronger winds
  • Make sure all documents are in a waterproof bag and with you at all times

Life can be unpredictable, but having plans in place help you with whatever may come. For more information, please check out these hurricane tips. As always, once the storm passes, contact your SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Right Roof can be your Best Defense against Storm Damage

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

The right roof for your home in and around Salem, NH can not only look good, but always can protect your home during a storm. Here, we share a blog from Budget Dumpster on how to pick the right roof for you.

"Types of Roof Shingles

Asphalt

Of all the different types of shingles, these are the most commonly used because they’re the least expensive and relatively easy to install. These shingles are made of fiberglass mats coated with asphalt containing sand-like granules.

The downside: Asphalt shingles have a relatively short life span of 20 to 30 years, and they don’t fare well in areas where the temperature fluctuates unexpectedly, such as the Midwest.

Why choose asphalt roofing shingles? They’re the most economical of roofing options and come in plenty of styles and color selections.

Metal

This type of roof is made with many different materials – aluminum, steel, copper, zinc and titanium. If properly maintained, your metal roof could last as long as 50 years. You may want to consider metal if your home’s roofline is flat or steep.

The downside: Metal roofing can become noisy whenever it’s hailing or raining.

Why choose metal roofing shingles? They’re durable, fireproof and good at shedding snow and ice.

Slate

Not only are slate shingles durable – lasting anywhere from 80 to 100 years – they are also highly resistant to water and physical damage.

The downside: In addition to their high price tag, slate is expensive to repair because very few roofing companies specialize in this particular type of shingle. Furthermore, slate is rather heavy and may not be a good fit if your home can’t handle the weight.

Why choose slate roofing shingles? They’re one of the longest-lasting types of roofing material you can choose, and on the right style of home, adds a nice visual appeal.

Wood

Aside from being durable and having a lifespan of 30 to 50 years, wood shingles are more environmentally friendly than other types. This type of roof shingle is usually made of cedar, but can also be made of other rot-resistant woods, such as redwood.

The downside: Although energy-efficient and long-lasting, wood shingles are less fire-resistant than other types. They’re also more susceptible to termites and mold.

Why choose wood roofing shingles? They’re visually appealing and generally cooler than other types of shingles that are darker in color."

For more information on your roof or Budget Dumpster, please visit their blog.

If your roof doesn't hold up in a storm and you are a victim of water damage, please call us at 603.893.9700, to make it "Like it never even happened."

Let SERVPRO Help Prepare Your Business From Water Damages to Pandemics

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Is your business ready to handle a disaster like burst pipe or emergency disinfecting services?

When it comes to your business, it is your pride and joy. You pray that a disaster never strikes, ruining all of your hard work.

Questions that run through your mind when disaster strikes, but is helpful to think of before that:

    • Do you have insurance
    • Do you have an emergency plan in place? Does your staff know about it?
    • Can you access your business records if they were destroyed?

“Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations." An estimated 50% of business do not reopen after a disaster has happened.

Creating a business plan for disaster will help protect employees, shorten the amount of time you may have to be out of work, and possibly lessen the financial impact it will have on you.

    1. Identify critical business systems – how long can they be down and what is needed to keep everything functioning.
    2. Create an emergency communication plan with all those who have a stake in your business.
    3. Build a supply kit that will keep your business and employees safe should you be at work when disaster strikes
    4. Work with SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to build an Emergency Ready Profile. This will provide the information for all emergency personnel that need to be contacted when disaster strikes and when our Team arrives on site, it gives the knowledge of your building before we even step in the door. This provides efficient and faster service for you!

For more information on how to help prepare your business for disaster, please contact us at 978-688-2242 or SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow.

Small Storms can cause Big problems

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

cars driving on a snowy highway Practice caution when driving in any amount of snow!

At this point most of us living in Salem/Plaistow area know how to handle the big winter storms. We rush to the grocery store to get milk and bread because we are all convinced we will be in our house for days on end! The storms that bring feet of snow to our area, no school for days, and state of emergency to keep nonessential personal off the roads. You could lose power, which could cause food spoilage or frozen pipes… and let’s not forget if there is a quick warm up right behind it, you could experience flooding. The nice thing about these larger storms is that they give us time to prepare.

BUT what about the smaller storms? The ones that only bring a coating, inch or two of sleet, snow or ice? The ones that they always say won’t cause much of an impact?

Did you know these smaller, less significant storms can actually cause a greater impact to your home and business? Why? Because we don’t prepare as much. We are told they won’t be as big so we tend not to stress as much and let our guard down. Four wheel drive can plow through anything right… wrong!

So... what can you do?

  1. Have a list of your vendors and an emergency ready profile (ERP) completed on your business as an additional add to your continuity plan. It saves you time, in the event this “insignificant storms” turns out to be a really big deal.
  2. Just because there is a storm coming, your business operations cannot come to a halt. Set clear expectations for those in authority as well as non-critical employees in the event an emergency does occur. Is your emergency plan communicated by text, email, or phone call? Is everyone aware of this? It may also be beneficial to subscribe to and send out public transportation updates so no employees are left stranded at your office. Likewise is it acceptable for your employees to arrive late or leave early to ensure their safety?
  3. With smaller storms we tend to not walk the perimeter of our business to inspect for damage or ice accumulation. By not doing this, it can lead to larger issues down the road or worse, a customer becoming injured. It is always a good practice no matter how large or small the storm might be to inspect your property and document everything. You never know when your insurance may need that information.

In the end, the size of the storm shouldn’t matter. As business owners preparation is key no matter what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Contact your sales and marketing representative @ 603.893.970 to learn more about the emergency ready profile (ERP) and how it could benefit your business.

Small Storms can cause Big problems

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

cars driving on a snowy highway Practice caution when driving in any amount of snow!

At this point most of us living in Salem/Plaistow area know how to handle the big winter storms. We rush to the grocery store to get milk and bread because we are all convinced we will be in our house for days on end! The storms that bring feet of snow to our area, no school for days, and state of emergency to keep nonessential personal off the roads. You could lose power, which could cause food spoilage or frozen pipes… and let’s not forget if there is a quick warm up right behind it, you could experience flooding. The nice thing about these larger storms is that they give us time to prepare.

BUT what about the smaller storms? The ones that only bring a coating, inch or two of sleet, snow or ice? The ones that they always say won’t cause much of an impact?

Did you know these smaller, less significant storms can actually cause a greater impact to your home and business? Why? Because we don’t prepare as much. We are told they won’t be as big so we tend not to stress as much and let our guard down. Four wheel drive can plow through anything right… wrong!

So... what can you do?

  1. Have a list of your vendors and an emergency ready profile (ERP) completed on your business as an additional add to your continuity plan. It saves you time, in the event this “insignificant storms” turns out to be a really big deal.
  2. Just because there is a storm coming, your business operations cannot come to a halt. Set clear expectations for those in authority as well as non-critical employees in the event an emergency does occur. Is your emergency plan communicated by text, email, or phone call? Is everyone aware of this? It may also be beneficial to subscribe to and send out public transportation updates so no employees are left stranded at your office. Likewise is it acceptable for your employees to arrive late or leave early to ensure their safety?
  3. With smaller storms we tend to not walk the perimeter of our business to inspect for damage or ice accumulation. By not doing this, it can lead to larger issues down the road or worse, a customer becoming injured. It is always a good practice no matter how large or small the storm might be to inspect your property and document everything. You never know when your insurance may need that information.

In the end, the size of the storm shouldn’t matter. As business owners preparation is key no matter what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Contact your sales and marketing representative @ 603-893-9700 to learn more about the emergency ready profile (ERP) and how it could benefit your business.

Preparing for the Storm that May Come to Salem, NH

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

IF A DISASTER STRIKES, WILL YOU BE READY?

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to better prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts. - Use Rockingham Alerts, Rockingham County NH Weather Alerts , and your local towns to have up to date information
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans with your coworkers and family to make sure everyone knows what to do.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies - including a gallon of water each day per person for at least 3 days, appropriate clothing for the time of year, non-perishable foods, etc.
  • Learn about local hazards, and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Knowing what to do in an emergency reduces the stress everyone feels. Take the time to prepare and in the long run, you and your family will be thankful!

National Day of Remembrance

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

People on a New York City street looking at pictures on 9/11/01 of First Responders Missing People on a New York City street scan pictures of the many police and fire personnel still missing in the wake of the attacks as of September 28, 2001

In honor and memory of those who died on September 11, 2001, as well as the survivors and First Responders, National Day of Service and Remembrance was established in 2009 as a day of reflection.

Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, this is a day to come together as Americans following the events of 9/11 to help neighbors in need and to honor veterans and First Responders in your community. On this day and everyday, SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow salutes those heroes who arrive in the greatest times of need and stand strong in the face of disaster. These heroes are the First Responders who keep our communities safe in trying times.

Give back and make a difference in your community this year. To find a volunteer opportunity near you, or to register your National Day of Service and Remembrance event, visit nationalservice.gov/911day

- From the SERVPRO Restoration Newsline Volume 20, Issue 9

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Extra resources never hurt!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Equipment set up to dry and save wood flooring It is great to know that we at SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow have a network of other franchises to pull in the equipment, resources and man power needed.

When water damage happens to your property in Salem or Windham NH, knowing who to call is the first step in relieving some of the stress. But when a flooding occurs? It is even better to know that we at SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow have a network of other franchises to pull in the equipment, resources and man power needed to help the large losses. Here are 5 examples of how we were able to support our local Plaistow, NH communities and others across the country.

  • The Siberian Express in 2015 created record breaking broken pipes and ice dams. 257 SERVPRO crews helped during these ice dams, with even SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow calling in help from Alabama and Tennessee to help our home and business owners in and around Pelham, NH.
  • In April of 2016, the southern states were engulfed in 2-4 inches of rain per hour. Eighty-one crews produced over 360 jobs in this historic event that left Harris County with 18 inches of rain.
  • Over 830 jobs were created in 2016 during the Louisiana Flooding. Twenty+ inches of rain caused rivers and other waterways to rise and flood Southern Louisiana. At least 185 crews from across the country helped get the community back in their pre storm condition.
  • Hurricane Matthew in caused flooding the East Coast from Florida to North Carolina. One hundred sixty-nine crews mitigated over $7.5 million worth of damage to business owners and homeowners alike.
  • Lastly, in East Tennessee, one of the largest wildfires in history struck the Great Smokey Mountains. Over 17,000 acres burned, and twelve crews came to the rescue to help the seventy families and businesses get the fire damage and soot under control.

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow and these other teams can make any disaster “Like it never even happened.” We are there, no matter how big or small, call us 24/7/365 at 603.893.9700.

Are you traveling to an area affected by hurricanes?

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you travel to an area strongly affected by hurricanes, or you feel the after affects of the storm, it is important to be vigilant.

Hurricane season typically runs between June and November. Whether you travel to an area strongly affected by hurricanes, or you feel the after affects of wind and rain, it is important to be vigilant during this storm season.

Below are some tips to follow whether you own a home, RV, boat, car or all of them! You can see a storm coming by the change in color of the sky (often greenish), large hail, low-flying clouds and a roar like a freight train.

  • Your basement or under a set of stairs are great places to wait out the storm. If this is not available, the bottom floor of any building will work.
  • During an emergency, gas stations will often be closed, so always make sure you have at least half a tank of gas to get away instantly
  • Have enough supplies on hand to wait out 72 hours, just in case help cannot arrive right away. These supplies can also be stored in the trunk (items like a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, and medication can stay there at all times.)
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and keep your charger with you.
  • Avoid driving in deep waters
  • For your boat, remove non-secure items, electronics, excess gear, valuable, and important documents.
  • Make sure all openings are clear of debris
  • With your RV, do not drive it during the storm as it is more vulnerable to higher/stronger winds
  • Make sure all documents are in a waterproof bag and with you at all times

Life can be unpredictable, but having plans in place help you with whatever may come. For more information, please check out these hurricane tips. As always, once the storm passes, contact your SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Preparing for Any Storm

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Creating a business plan for disaster will help protect employees, shorten the amount of time you may have to be out of work, and possibly lessen the

The ERP also establishes your SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow as your disaster restoration provider, giving you access to over 40 years of experience.

When it comes to your business, it is your pride and joy. You pray that a disaster never strikes, ruining all of your hard work.

Questions that run through your mind when disaster strikes, but is helpful to think of before that:

    • Do you have insurance
    • Do you have an emergency plan in place? Does your staff know about it?
    • Can you access your business records if they were destroyed?

“Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations." An estimated 50% of business do not reopen after a disaster has happened.

Creating a business plan for disaster will help protect employees, shorten the amount of time you may have to be out of work, and possibly lessen the financial impact it will have on you.

    1. Identify critical business systems – how long can they be down and what is needed to keep everything functioning.
    2. Create an emergency communication plan with all those who have a stake in your business.
    3. Build a supply kit that will keep your business and employees safe should you be at work when disaster strikes
    4. Work with SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to build an Emergency Ready Profile. This will provide the information for all emergency personnel that need to be contacted when disaster strikes and when our Team arrives on site, it gives the knowledge of your building before we even step in the door. This provides efficient and faster service for you!

For more information on how to help prepare your business for disaster, please contact us at 978-688-2242 or SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow.

What about those smaller storms?

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

As business owners preparation is key no matter what Mother Nature has up her sleeve.

We all know how to handle those big winter storms. You know the ones the news predicts a week out that has you rushing to the grocery store to get milk and bread because we are all convinced we will be in our house for days. The storms that bring feet of snow to our area, no school for days, and state of emergency to keep nonessential personal off the roads. You could lose power, which could cause food spoilage or frozen pipes… and let’s not forget if there is a quick warm up right behind it, you could experience flooding. The nice thing about these larger storms is that they give us time to prepare.

BUT what about the smaller storms? The ones that only bring a coating, inch or two of sleet, snow or ice? The ones that they always say won’t cause much of an impact?

Did you know these smaller, less significant storms can actually cause a greater impact to your home and business? Why? Because we don’t prepare as much. We are told they won’t be as big so we tend not to stress as much and let our guard down.

So... what can you do?

  1. Have a list of your vendors and an emergency ready profile (ERP) completed on your business as an additional add to your continuity plan. It saves you time, in the event this “insignificant storms” turns out to be a really big deal.
  2. Just because there is a storm coming, your business operations cannot come to a halt. Set clear expectations for those in authority as well as non-critical employees in the event an emergency does occur. Is your emergency plan communicated by text, email, or phone call? Is everyone aware of this? It may also be beneficial to subscribe to and send out public transportation updates so no employees are left stranded at your office. Likewise is it acceptable for your employees to arrive late or leave early to ensure their safety?
  3. With smaller storms we tend to not walk the perimeter of our business to inspect for damage or ice accumulation. By not doing this, it can lead to larger issues down the road or worse, a customer becoming injured. It is always a good practice no matter how large or small the storm might be to inspect your property and document everything. You never know when your insurance may need that information.

In the end, the size of the storm shouldn’t matter. As business owners preparation is key no matter what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Contact your sales and marketing representative to learn more about the emergency ready profile (ERP) and how it could benefit your business.

When Waters Come Flooding, Stay Away!

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Photo Credit: NHPR

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering from flood damage.

Just because you haven't experienced  a  flood  in  the past,  doesn’t  mean  you  won't  in  the future.  In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing scream where water is above your ankles, stop, rum around and go another Six inches of swiftly moving water can  sweep you  off of your feet.
  • If you approach  a flooded  road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road  and waters are rising rapidly around  you,  get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about run ning water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a  structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.

When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow will help you take it back.

Photo Credit: NHPR

Are You Prepared in Your Community?

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

This year for National Preparedness Month (the month of September), join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. Disasters can happen and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As a business in your community, having a continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

  • Plan to stay in business
  • Encourage your employees to become ready
  • Protect your investment

We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. You can also contact your SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow Professional to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Program®.

SERVPRO® of Lawrence Shares a Thunderstorm Watch vs. Warning

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.

A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning. A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains one or more of the following:

  • Hail (one inch or greater)
  • winds in excess of 58 mph
  • Structural wind damage
  • Tornado
severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center). A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler Radar information or a reliable spotter report. A warning is issued by the local National Weather Service office.
*This information is provided by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

Tips to Follow if You Travel During Hurricane Season

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

You can see a storm coming by the change in color of the sky (often greenish), large hail, low-flying clouds and a roar like a freight train.

June is the start of Hurricane Season. Below are some tips to follow whether you own a home, RV, boat, car or all of them! You can see a storm coming by the change in color of the sky (often greenish), large hail, low-flying clouds and a roar like a freight train.

  • It is best to have a plan in place regarding where you are going to go when a hurricane hits. While they may be intriguing to watch, the best place is NOT outside. Your basement or under a set of stairs are great places to wait out the storm. If this is not available, the bottom floor of any building will work.
  • Keep your car indoors if possible. Tape up the windows and door with tarps and keep away from any objects that could damage the car if they were to fall on top of it.
  • During an emergency, gas stations will often be closed, so always make sure you have at least half a tank of gas to get away instantly
  • Have enough supplies on hand to wait out 72 hours, just in case help cannot arrive right away. These supplies can also be stored in the trunk (items like a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, and medication can stay there at all times.)
  • Make sure your car is in proper shape. Have a full tank of gas, wiper blades and tires are ready to go.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and keep your charger with you.
  • Avoid driving in deep waters
  • For your boat, remove non-secure items, electronics, excess gear, valuable, and important documents.
  • Make sure all openings are clear of debris
  • Double all lines that are securing your boat to its securing space
  • With your RV, do not drive it during the storm as it is more vulnerable to higher/stronger winds
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas, but empty holding tanks, turn off propane cylinders and cover the regulator.
  • Make sure all documents are in a waterproof bag and with you at all times

Life can be unpredictable, but having plans in place help you with whatever may come. For more information, please check out these hurricane tips. As always, once the storm passes, contact your SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Preparing Your Business for the Unexpected

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to your business, it is your pride and joy. You pray that a disaster never strikes, ruining all of your hard work.

The ERP also establishes your SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow as your disaster restoration provider, giving you access to over 40 years of experience.

When it comes to your business, it is your pride and joy. You pray that a disaster never strikes, ruining all of your hard work.

Questions that run through your mind when disaster strikes, but is helpful to think of before that:

    • Do you have insurance
    • Do you have an emergency plan in place? Does your staff know about it?
    • Can you access your business records if they were destroyed?

“Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations." An estimated 50% of business do not reopen after a disaster has happened.

Creating a business plan for disaster will help protect employees, shorten the amount of time you may have to be out of work, and possibly lessen the financial impact it will have on you.

    1. Identify critical business systems – how long can they be down and what is needed to keep everything functioning.
    2. Create an emergency communication plan with all those who have a stake in your business.
    3. Build a supply kit that will keep your business and employees safe should you be at work when disaster strikes
    4. Work with SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to build an Emergency Ready Profile. This will provide the information for all emergency personnel that need to be contacted when disaster strikes and when our Team arrives on site, it gives the knowledge of your building before we even step in the door. This provides efficient and faster service for you!

For more information on how to help prepare your business for disaster, please contact us at 978-688-2242 or SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow.

Staying Safe in the Storm

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can be dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies.

There is more snow coming our way! Please follow these helpful tips to stay safe:

  • If you have to travel, please be careful when out and about as the roads may be slippery.
  • Leave the plows extra room to help take care of our roads. 
  • Keep your gas tank at least 1/2 full to avoid freezing lines
  • Accelerate slowly to maintain traction on the roads
  • Take your time slowing down as sudden braking can cause slipping on ice.
  • AAA shares this tip: Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.

And as always, thank you to all of our emergency responders and utility workers who have to respond.

Please stay safe if you have to travel and as always, if you can, stay home. 

For more on the weather: http://ow.ly/pwdf30hO0DR

When a Storm Strikes Your Home...Who Are You Going to Call?

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

If a flood does strike your home, contact SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to your home.

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering from flood damage.

Just because you haven't experienced  a  flood  in  the past,  doesn’t  mean  you  won't  in  the future.  In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing scream where water is above your ankles, stop, rum around and go another Six inches of swiftly moving water can  sweep you  off of your feet.
  • If you approach  a flooded  road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road  and waters are rising rapidly around  you,  get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about run ning water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a  structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.

When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow will help you take it back.

Preparing for a Water Emergency in Your Home

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

When your home or business is under water, every minute counts.

When it comes to life’s emergencies, it isn't a matter of if they will occur­ it's a matter of when they will occur.  Home and business owners can take steps to prepare for disasters, but you can never fully prevent them from happening.  An old pipe bursts. A storm blows in dozens of gallons of water. A washing machine malfunctions. Chances are your home or business will eventually suffer some sort of emergency; that is why it is important to prepare now, before disaster strikes.

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow is trained to respond quickly, professionally and efficiently when managing your loss. When your home or business is under water, every minute counts. That's why SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Should a disaster strike, call SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow at 603-893-9700 to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Flooding can happen anywhere, in any storm in your Salem/Plaistow Area

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Many times, homeowners and business professionals alike do not know how to handle a flooding situation.

It is important to be prepared for when it does. Many times, homeowners and business professionals alike do not know how to handle a flooding situation. Besides calling a professional company, here are some quick facts about flooding and safety tips to keep in mind.:

  • Most common and widespread natural disaster
  • Most dangerous type is flash flooding
  • At least 25% of business close their doors to never reopen after a flood
  • Do not walk or driving through moving water.
  • If need be, abandon the car and move to higher ground
  • Floodwaters may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, raw sewage or more, so avoid it
  • If your home is affected by floodwaters, it is important that everything is disinfected.

It is always better to have a professional handle the situation. When in doubt call or visit our page for more information.

Safety information provided by ready.gov

Hurricane Season is Upon Us!

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane: an intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of at least 74 MPH.

Hurricane season stars in June, and will continue for several months. When the warnings come, make sure you are prepared! Below are some tips to follow whether you own a home, RV, boat, car or all of them! You can see a storm coming by the change in color of the sky (often greenish), large hail, low-flying clouds and a roar like a freight train.



  • It is best to have a plan in place regarding where you are going to go when a hurricane hits. While they may be intriguing to watch, the best place is NOT outside. Your basement or under a set of stairs are great places to wait out the storm. If this is not available, the bottom floor of any building will work.

  • Keep your car indoors if possible. Tape up the windows and door with tarps and keep away from any objects that could damage the car if they were to fall on top of it.

  • During an emergency, gas stations will often be closed, so always make sure you have at least half a tank of gas to get away instantly

  • Have enough supplies on hand to wait out 72 hours, just in case help cannot arrive right away. These supplies can also be stored in the trunk (items like a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, and medication can stay there at all times.)

  • Make sure your car is in proper shape. Have a full tank of gas, wiper blades and tires are ready to go.

  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and keep your charger with you.

  • Avoid driving in deep waters

  • For your boat, remove non-secure items, electronics, excess gear, valuable, and important documents.

  • Make sure all openings are clear of debris

  • Double all lines that are securing your boat to its securing space

  • With your RV, do not drive it during the storm as it is more vulnerable to higher/stronger winds

  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas, but empty holding tanks, turn off propane cylinders and cover the regulator.

  • Make sure all documents are in a waterproof bag and with you at all times


Life can be unpredictable, but having plans in place help you with whatever may come. Rain, wind, and other conditions can be extremely damaging, but following some of these tips will help lessen the burden after the storm. For more information, please check out these hurricane tips. As always, once the storm passes, contact your SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow at 603-893-9700 to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Preparedness to Protect Your Business

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

The ERP also establishes your SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow as your disaster restoration provider, giving you access to over 40 years of experience.

When it comes to your business, it is your pride and joy. You pray that a disaster never strikes, ruining all of your hard work.


Questions that run through your mind when disaster strikes, but is helpful to think of before that:



  • Do you have insurance

  • Do you have an emergency plan in place? Does your staff know about it?

  • Can you access your business records if they were destroyed?


“Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster.”1


Creating a business plan for disaster will help protect employees, shorten the amount of time you may have to be out of work, and possibly lessen the financial impact it will have on you.



  1. Identify critical business systems – how long can they be down and what is needed to keep everything functioning.

  2. Create an emergency communication plan with all those who have a stake in your business.

  3. Enroll in the Red Cross Ready Rating Program

  4. Build a supply kit that will keep your business and employees safe should you be at work when disaster strikes

  5. Work with SERVPRO of Lawrence to build an Emergency Ready Profile. This will provide the information for all emergency personnel that need to be contacted when disaster strikes and when our Team arrives on site, it gives the knowledge of your building before we even step in the door. This provides efficient and faster service for you!


For more information on how to help prepare your business for disaster, please contact us at 978-688-2242 or SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow.



1https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/emergency-preparedness/disaster-planning?SOCMEDSeptemberDisastergovd=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Ice Dams on Your Newton, NH Home

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house.

Snow and ice dams are very real problems that affect many homes. I’m sure many homeowners remember the damage they caused in 2015, and how long into spring it was still affecting them. Here, in an article by This Old House, the life of an ice dam is explained along with how to get rid of them.

Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful, but they spell trouble. That's because the same conditions that allow icicles to form—snow-covered roofs and freezing weather—also lead to ice dams: thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves. Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house. When that happens, the results aren't pretty: peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings. Not to mention soggy insulation in the attic, which loses R-value and becomes a magnet for mold and mildew.

Keep reading to learn more about how ice dams form so that you can prevent them altogether or make a quick fix if they've already formed. And for more information on how SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow can help you, please visit our website or call 603-893-9700

When Storms Surprise You, Be Prepared!

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

When in doubt, stay away from anything that may look suspicious or anything that may be break due to the weight of the snow.

The potential for surprise snow storms as Spring approaches can be very real. Do you remember the April Fool's Day storm? Sometimes, the meteorologists are not even 100% sure what will happen.


These storms can also look beautiful as the snow sticks to trees and coats everything in white. But they can be dangerous to your home and office. In order to stay safe, SERVPRO of Lawrence wants you to please follow these and other safety tips for your home.



  • Before the Storm


    • Have an emergency supply kit on hand

    • Develop a communication plan with all members of your family


  • After the Storm               


    • If wires come down due to the weight of the snow, do not touch them

    • Do not drive on roads that haven't been cleared



Keep you and your family safe through a storm. When in doubt, stay away from anything that may look suspicious or anything that may be break due to the weight of the snow. 


If the snow starts melting and it comes into your home, SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow is here to help! We can remove any affected materials and dry out the structure. For more information, please visit our website or call (603) 893-9700

Flooding in Your Salem/Plaistow Area

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering from flood damage.

Just because you haven't experienced  a  flood  in  the past,  doesn’t  mean  you  won't  in  the future.  In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing scream where water is above your ankles, stop, rum around and go another Six inches of swiftly moving water can  sweep you  off of your feet.
  • If you approach  a flooded  road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road  and waters are rising rapidly around  you,  get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about run ning water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a  structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.

When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow will help you take it back.

 

American Red Cross Partnership with SERVPRO®

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has a partnership with the American Red Cross to help victims of natural disasters.

No matter where you live, it is important to be informed and prepared for any natural disaster that may occur. Natural disasters often strike without warning, leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation. Though Mother Nature’s disasters are often unpredictable, there are steps you can take to ensure you are prepared.

yourself with preparedness tips so you’ll be ready if flooding occurs in your area.

SERVPRO®  has a partnership with the American Red Cross to help victims of natural disasters. 

Each year, the American Red Cross recognizes Flood Awareness week in mid-March.  The week was designed to promote flood preparedness to home and business owners.  Use this time to arm yourself with preparedness tips so you’ll be ready if flooding occurs in your area.

SERVPRO® is  proud  to  partner  with  the American Red  Cross  and  promote  readiness  through SERVPRO's Emergency READY Program and the Red Cross's Ready RatingTM program.

Contact SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow to see how both programs can help better prepare your business for any type of disaster.

 

Storm Damage in Your Plaistow Area Home

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

While the weather is in Mother Nature’s control, there are steps that everyone can take in order to protect their property.

Winter months are very hazardous to homes and businesses. With rain, snow, below freezing temperatures, and ice there are many different causes of damage. While the weather is in Mother Nature’s control, there are steps that everyone can take in order to protect their property.

  1. Watch for downed limbs and trees. The weight of ice and snow can cause these to break and fall, causing damage to electrical lines or homes. If it does take down wires, stay away from them and call 911 or your electrical company. Do not touch anything that the wires are on. You never know if they are live.
  1. Inspect the roof, gutters, and water pipes for damage. Keep them clear of all debris.
  1. Keep roof lines clear of snow and ice as much as possible to prevent ice dams
  1. When temperatures dip below freezing, keep faucets dripping in order to prevent frozen pipes that can burst and cause further damage.
  1. If you own a commercial building, consider asking SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow to provide and Emergency Ready Profile to help prepare you when an emergency does happen. As this is a free program, there is no better time than now to get this started.

These and many more tips will help keep you safe this winter, and hopefully prevent less damage to your property.

When A Storm Strikes Your Salem/Plaistow Home

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage.

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can't control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, causing roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard
  • Inspect all hand rails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve  is off,  open  the outdoor  faucet  to  ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe
  • Ask your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional s about completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

Sudden Flooding can Cause Nightmares!

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Thunder storms may be great to watch, but they can also be very dangerous

Flooding can happen anywhere, in any storm. It is important to be prepared for when it does. Many times, homeowners and business professionals alike do not know how to handle a flooding situation. Besides calling a professional company, here are some quick facts about flooding and safety tips to keep in mind.:

  • Most common and widespread natural disaster
  • Most dangerous type is flash flooding
  • At least 25% of business close their doors to never reopen after a flood
  • Do not walk or driving through moving water.
  • If need be, abandon the car and move to higher ground
  • Floodwaters may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, raw sewage or more, so avoid it
  • If your home is affected by floodwaters, it is important that everything is disinfected.

It is always better to have a professional handle the situation. When in doubt call or visit our page for more information.

Safety information provided by ready.gov

Hurricane Tips to Help You Through

6/23/2016 (Permalink)

Thank you to businessweek.com for these quick hurricane tips

June is the start of Hurricane Season. Below are some tips to follow whether you own a home, RV, boat, car or all of them! You can see a storm coming by the change in color of the sky (often greenish), large hail, low-flying clouds and a roar like a freight train.

  • It is best to have a plan in place regarding where you are going to go when a hurricane hits. While they may be intriguing to watch, the best place is NOT outside. Your basement or under a set of stairs are great places to wait out the storm. If this is not available, the bottom floor of any building will work.
  • Keep your car indoors if possible. Tape up the windows and door with tarps and keep away from any objects that could damage the car if they were to fall on top of it.
  • During an emergency, gas stations will often be closed, so always make sure you have at least half a tank of gas to get away instantly
  • Have enough supplies on hand to wait out 72 hours, just in case help cannot arrive right away. These supplies can also be stored in the trunk (items like a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, and medication can stay there at all times.)
  • Make sure your car is in proper shape. Have a full tank of gas, wiper blades and tires are ready to go.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and keep your charger with you.
  • Avoid driving in deep waters
  • For your boat, remove non-secure items, electronics, excess gear, valuable, and important documents.
  • Make sure all openings are clear of debris
  • Double all lines that are securing your boat to its securing space
  • With your RV, do not drive it during the storm as it is more vulnerable to higher/stronger winds
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas, but empty holding tanks, turn off propane cylinders and cover the regulator.
  • Make sure all documents are in a waterproof bag and with you at all times

Life can be unpredictable, but having plans in place help you with whatever may come. For more information, please check out these hurricane tips. As always, once the storm passes, contact your local SERVPRO to help make it “Like it never even happened.”