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Fire Damage Repairs: Where to Begin

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Fire, Smoke, & Odor Damage.

The damage of a fire persists long after the flames are out.  There is often water damage from extinguishing the fire that needs to be addressed.  Smoke and soot can both leave behind a residue on belongings, as well as the walls and ceiling.  Before the area can be considered livable again, these will all need to be addressed, including the sanitization process.

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Smoke Odor Removal – Hudson, NH

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Chimney soot and fires, Fire, Smoke, & Odor Damage, soot and fires.

Smoke odor – no one likes the smell of smoke odor. It’s a thick, choking smell that seems to permeate throughout your home or business. The terrible smell seems to stick in your nostrils wherever you go. The acrid odor of cigarette smoke is bad enough, but on a larger scale, it’s almost unbearable. If your Hudson, NH home has been the victim of a house fire, the smell can get intense. During a fire, smoke travels through minute cracks and crevice’s in your property. It can even seep in through the AC system and air ducts. It can land on, and stick to, furniture, carpets and upholstery. It leaves odor on everything it touches – which can be just about anything. After breathing this pungent smell for a while, you become anxious for clean air. You need to find someone who is good at smoke odor removal. Smoke odor is difficult to remove and is comprised of harmful chemicals so it’s important to get help.

Causes of smoke odor

Smoke odor tends to linger long after the fire has been put out. This odor is caused by tiny particles of incomplete combustion, as well as volatile organic compounds. These miniscule particles can travel everywhere in your home or office. They travel through air ducts and AC systems and cling to everything. Changes in humidity and barometric pressure can release these particles. This can leave the structure smelling foul, well after the fire is extinguished. What the particles are comprised of that create the odor depends on what burned. Gases from wood smoke can contain benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde to name but a few. You might recognize some of these toxic gases. Chemicals released from burned plastics and fabrics can be even worse.

Smoke odor removal

Smoke odor can be very difficult to remove and would require a professional to accomplish it effectively. There are a few steps that professionals take to remove odor:

  • Removing burnt items (and cleaning of recovered items)
  • Cleaning air ducts
  • Removing odor from the air
  • This would require special equipment

There are limited things you can do to remove odor yourself:

  • Air out the structure (open doors and windows)
  • Set up fans to further air out the house
  • Clean items thoroughly (this may require special cleaning products)

While there are a few things you can do, it’s best to leave it to the professionals

Calling in a professional fire damage restoration company

To thoroughly clean and deodorize your home/business after a fire, it’s best to get professional help. Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration is the one you need to restore your Hudson home. They have 30 years of experience in doing just that. They have ready access to state-of-the-art equipment (HEPA air scrubbers; thermal foggers) that can do a much better job than you can on your own. And they’re IICRC certified, which means they’re qualified professionals. Soil-Away is available 24/7 at 1-800-293-6319.

Written by E. Aceves

Winter Water Damage Woes: Protect Your Home from Damage this Season

Written by WSI Genesis on . Posted in Blog, Newsletter, Water Damage.

The winter months can be particularly hard on homes, as the cold temperatures, ice and snow can leave behind devastating damage.  Being vigilant can help to prevent winter damage, ensuring that your home comes out of the season without any lasting problems.


Frozen Pipes

This is a common fear for any homeowner in New England.  Frozen pipes can quickly lead to flooding, as the pipe swells to the point of cracking.  Frozen pipes often occur during extreme cold weather in those pipes that are on the exterior of the home or in unheated areas. 

The following are some tips to prevent frozen pipes:

  • Insulate piping that is at risk for freezing, including those that are in the basement, attic and garage.
  • Keep the garage and exterior doors securely closed.
  • Seal windows and doors with weather-stripping.
  • Keep the home’s thermostat consistent throughout the day and night.
  • Even when away, do not set the thermostat lower than 55 degrees.
  • If you lose power and the indoor temperature is dropping, let the faucets drip to allow water to continue running through the pipes.

Ice Dams

Snow and ice that builds-up on the roof and gutter of a home can melt and refreeze, creating drainage problems.  With nowhere to go, the water can leak into the roof causing significant damage and flooding in the home. 

Follow these tips to prevent ice dams from damaging your home:

  • Use a roof rake to clear heavy snow.
  • Keep gutters clean and free of debris.
  • Ensure that the attic has good ventilation to allow for continuous airflow.
  • Eliminate any heat sources that are located in the attic.
  • If ice has begun forming, apply calcium chloride (or any ice-melt product).

Flooding

Despite your best effort, your home may experience flooding damage during the winter.  If you do experience a flood in your home, remove the water as quickly as possible.  This will ensure the best chance of preventing mold growth, which can lead to big problems in the future. 

Even after the standing water has been removed, the humidity levels are often very high, with underlying moisture in the walls, flooring and other areas that cannot be seen by the naked eye.  Soil-Away can ensure that all of the moisture is removed after a flood has damaged your home.  This will not only restore your home to its pre-flood state, but you can also be confident that the area is not a breeding ground for mold growth.

After a flood has damaged your home, contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.

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Water Damage Cleanup Company – Hollis, NH

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Water Damage.

Excessive rain in Hollis, NH, left a farm in need of a water damage cleanup company.  Upon inspection of the property, the owners of the farm realized massive ground water flooding was damaging the inside of their barns and farmhouse.  Because there was so much flooding in their yard, many crops were ruined. The property owners were dealing with damage to both their terrain and buildings.

Routine Maintenance Limits the Need for a Water Damage Cleanup Company

There is no way to avoid flooding completely.  Flooding will always happen, especially in rainy New England weather.  While floods cannot be fully prevented, they can be limited.  Limiting floods starts with proper maintenance.

The reason the owners of the farm in Hollis, NH experienced so much external flood damage is because their yard wasn’t routinely maintained.  The gutters on the structures hadn’t been checked and several areas of the farm had been built up with residue and debris.  Listed are several ways one can maintain their landscape and limit the need for a water damage cleanup company:

  • Improve drainage by creating runoff ponds or sediment traps
  • Remove sediment that accumulates over time
  • Loosen soil so water can soak in
  • Use low-ground pressure tires to avoid soil compaction
  • Routinely check and clean out gutters
  • Clear debris from channels, culverts, and trash screens
  • Invest in sandbags to prevent water from entering structures
  • Use plywood to board up windows
  • Use pallets to raise items above floodwater level
  • Add mulch and grow grass in bare areas

Drainage may seem like a tiresome task, and it is.  But proper drainage to one’s yard is critical for maintaining well managed landscapes.

Benefits for Properly Maintaining One’s Yard

Whether it’s a farm, a small garden, or your child’s playground, there are benefits for a yard that is cleaned and maintained.  Sure, the reduction of flooding will limit the need for a water damage cleanup company.  But that’s just the beginning.  Maintenance also goes a long way in making your yard, farms, and gardens more profitable and healthier.  Proper maintenance of one’s yard can yield these benefits:

  • Improved water infiltration, which replenishes groundwater
  • Increase in the amount of water held in soil
  • Reduced runoff and erosion
  • Save resources and money in the long run

On the contrary, if your yard isn’t properly maintained, erosion could occur, and runoff can carry away nutrients needed to make your gardens grow.

Find the Right Water Damage Cleanup Company

While flooding was certainly a concern, the farmers in Hollis, NH, were even more relieved to learn about ways that they could prevent water damage on their own.  It’s one thing to clean up water damage, but it’s another to prevent it numerous times to save your business.  Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services, LLC does it all.  They were able to come and clean the flooded areas in the buildings. Ground water flooding that entered the farmhouse and barns were no match for Soil-Away.

Keep in mind, yard maintenance doesn’t just apply to farms.  Although it seems like farms may have the most costly consequences, anyone’s backyard, gardens, and even public parks can cause water damage to surrounding structures.  An efficient water damage cleanup company like Soil-Away won’t stop until your home or business is free of water damage and full-service repairs have been made.  Call Soil-Away today at (603) 641-6555.

By A. Phelps

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Emergency Water Damage Cleanup – Portland, ME

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Case Study, Water Damage.

A laundromat in Portland, ME had a washing machine that overflowed, leaving a large puddle of water on the newly installed wood floors.  When one of the workers saw it had overflowed, they quickly turned the appliance off.  But damage had been done.  The floors were now flooded, and the owners of the laundromat realized that they needed an emergency water damage cleanup.

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Mold Remediation in the Attic – Bedford, NH

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Case Study, Mold.

You enter the attic in your Bedford, NH home and turn on the lights. While you try to look for an item, something catches your eye. You can’t pull your gaze and decide to have a look at it. The black specks, up close, alerts you to the presence of mold in the attic. There are various colors of mold in the attic: White, blue-green, gray, and black. While black mold is commonly labeled as toxic, it mostly indicated poor air quality. Mold remediation in the attic can easily be done. Before that, however, there are a few things to note.

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Mold Removal Services– Biddeford, Maine

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Case Study, Mold.

Don’t let mold ruin your winter plans, if your home or office has become damaged by mold growth, call the experts! Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services has dedicated 30 years of excellence to the New England community and is looking forward to providing services to Maine for many years to come. If you’re looking for mold removal services in Biddeford, Maine, look no further than Soil-Away!

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Repairing Flood Damage – Windham, NH

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Case Study, Water Damage.

When water damage strikes, it can have devastating circumstances on the people and communities it hits. On a small scale it can flood a basement. On a large scale, regional flooding can cripple a city, even Windham NH, socially, economically and environmentally. One of the largest challenges of dealing with this unfortunate circumstance is repairing flood damage to personal property.

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Remodeling After a Fire: What You Need to Know

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Construction, Fire, Smoke, & Odor Damage.

Rebuilding after a fire has damaged your home or business can feel like a daunting task.  The process of rebuilding can vary greatly, depending on the damage that is left behind.  From a kitchen or basement remodel to addressing significant structural damage to the building that may require a complete tear-down, an experienced restoration team offering construction services can take you through the process.

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