Example of knob and tube
Two of the most frequent causes of fires we see is 1. Space heaters, and 2. Old antiquated electrical systems. For example knob and tube wire systems. Knob and tube wiring is defined as follows, “Knob and tube” is term that describes a system of residential wiring installed between 1900 and the 1940s in both city and country homes across North America. It was leading edge technology at the time, but is now regarded as too risky and dangerous to be insurable by some companies. The cost issued with changing out full wiring systems is extensive in most cases. We recommend consulting with a few local electricians and start developing a replacement game plan. In some cases this can be completed in stages. Again, nothing about this process is ideal but the effects from a fire can be far worse. Contact SERVPRO of Manchester with any of your restoration questions or needs!
Starting the process of extraction
This summer has been a wet one to say the least! Increasing rain fall has put homeowners in a tough spot. Basements that have been dry for 20 plus years are flooding leaving homeowners to deal with the aftermath. Unfortunately, this isn’t the worst part. Typically, NH insurance policies are not set up with added flood insurance needed to protect homeowners with ground water claims. These ground water claims are rarely covered by insurance and turn in “self-pay” meaning the homeowner is responsible for payment. Payment for mitigation isn’t where that stops. Any contents affected by the water damage the homeowner would be responsible for as well. So, when you are talking with your agent ask these questions make sure your policy covers these items. If it doesn’t, we recommend that you do not store any valuable items or electronics in your basement. Anything permanently stored should also be blocked up at least 4”. As always call SERVPRO of Manchester with any questions or concerns!
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You’re used to feeling the breeze when you step outside. So you may be wondering: are strong winds a big deal? The difference between mild and thunderstorm winds is significant. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the destruction of thunderstorm gusts accounts for more than half of all structural damage in 48 states. It’s also more common than tornado damage.
Information on Wind Damage
Experts classify damaging winds as those that exceed 50-60 mph. These gusts are also known as “straight-line” winds to differentiate them from tornadic wind speeds. Most thunderstorm winds that result in structural damage are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft.
Learn how to protect your home from wind damage in today’s blog.
- Protect Your Doors and Windows
If you live in an area that frequently experiences high winds, you should install aluminum or steel storm shutters on your windows and doors. You will be able to close these shutters quickly in case of an emergency. One of the primary benefits of these shutters is that they prevent flying projectiles from breaking through your windows or denting your doors.
- Put Away Potential Projectiles
When strong gusts of wind hit, anything outdoors can become a projectile. Secure objects, such as patio furniture and grills, by bolting them down to your patio using straps and ground anchors. Alternatively, you can store them inside your shed or garage. Some homeowners store their shed inside their garage for added protection.
If you live in a mobile home, you’re more at risk of experiencing injuries. Even anchored mobile homes can suffer severe damage when winds gust over 100 mph. We recommend staying at a loved one’s house and taking your most important belongings in the event of a thunderstorm.
A Wise Choice for Emergency Restoration Services for Your Manchester Home
The effects of a disaster on your Manchester NH home can be felt immediately. From the impact that it has on the relocation of your family, until the situation can get restored to the damages caused to the structure and the contents of the property, you need a team that can restore your house quickly. Our franchise offers a fast response time and highly trained professionals capable of assessing the damage to your property and having the experience to overcome it.
Our experienced technicians offer comprehensive service to complete reconstruction when the integrity has become too compromised to save. We have a broad service area and have helped customers beyond Manchester, NH.
Something that makes our franchise a wise choice for those battling the effects of disasters like fire, mold and water damage is our fast response to the emergency. We have a 24-hour response team that can mitigate loss at your property by preventing the damage from continuing to spread throughout your home. We have advanced technology that can extract water fast and start drying up damp areas on your property. This ability alone can help to starve out active mold colonies as our remediation technicians begin the preparations for removal of the organism, but also preserves materials affected by water loss incidents inside the house.
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At SERVPRO of Manchester we truly embrace the phrase “Here to help” no matter what that means. When duty calls SERVPRO of Manchester follows!
In the picture above we came in to help a local restaurant after a severe water damage impacted their facility. Even though they used another Mitigation company for the initial phase of the work SERVPRO was ready to support. Weeks behind schedule, a staff starving to come back to work after missing months of service, SERVPRO of Manchester came to the rescue. Cleaning all content, structure Placing tables, setting up tables and more! SERVPRO was there to get them back on track! If you experience any sort of building or home disaster, choose SERVPRO of Manchester to get you back on track!
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Space heater bedroom fire.
Although it is no longer that time of the year, Our most recent fire loss has inspired us to remind everyone of the hazards that may be faced when operating a space heater. These tips below will help lower the risk of a fire caused from a space heater. Note: The picture above was from a small space heater fire that ended up effecting 26 units throughout this entire appt building.
Space heater safety tips-
- Follow the 3ft rule- Keep your heater at least 3ft away from anything combustible including beds, sofas, blankets, curtains etc.
- Power cords- Be sure to inspect your space heaters power cords. Make sure it is not frayed or damaged in anyway.
- Hot to the touch- Do not use heater is the outside walls or power cord is hot to the touch.
- Smoke detectors- Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
- Turn it off- Make sure your unit is turned off when you go to sleep, a different room, or unable to keep an eye on it.
Lastly, in the event of any kind of fire damage call SERVPRO of Manchester, your preferred fire mitigation specialist.
This is a pre mitigation photo of a kitchen fire.
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. With this specific Fire loss we had to Demolish the entire first floor of this residence. When deciding how far to go with demolition we take multiple things into consideration. First and foremost, The health and safety of the residents is our priority. Our first step is inspection holes. We go through all affected areas and cut inspection holes large enough to pull samples of insulation and inspect all studs, sheathing and any internal electrical and plumbing components. Once we have validated the demolition of a room or specific structure we start looking at treatment. Treatment can include Deodorizing, O-Zone,Smoke sealing and more. Specific to this project we O-Zoned the entire house and smoke sealed all demolished structure. Any structure that did not need demolition was cleaned, When cleaning smoke affected structure typically the best method is a dry chemical sponge. Although some cases require alternate advanced cleaning methods.
When dealing with a fire loss call SERVPRO of Manchester, YOUR premiere mitigation and restoration specialists!
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Manchester has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
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SERVPRO of Manchester provides 24-hour emergency services and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Manchester, NH. We are committed to responding immediately to your Bio-Hazard emergency and have the expertise to handle your advanced cleaning needs. Bio-Hazard cleanings are a different animal. You have to be extremely detailed and safety orientated. Our team works around the clock relentlessly to make sure we properly, safely and efficiently mitigate any and all effected content and structure so that returning to your home or business is a breeze!
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Our extraction crew hard at work in Merrimack NH.
If I am being honest, I could go on and on about how fantastic our team is. I could sit here and type all of these catchy elevator pitches in an attempt to catch some ones attention but that just is not who we are. Who are we? We are first and foremost a TEAM. We work hard collectively for the same cause. That cause being The highest level of Customer satisfaction possible. Our goal on every single job is to make sure your home or business is in better than new condition in as short of a time frame as possible. So when disaster strikes on your home or business know you have a team in your corner at SERVPRO of Manchester! Call us today! (603) 669-7733