A local strip mall in Merrimack, NH experienced flooding from the last storm. Several of the stores had to close due to the water damage. The strip mall property is in dire need of flood extraction services to repair the water damage and reopen the stores for business.
The need for fire and water damage repair was not at the top of the year’s to-do list for one building owner. A science facility in Derry, NH which they owned experienced a huge fire in one of its labs. Faculty evacuated the building quickly, and thankfully no one was hurt, but the fire caused serious damage to the lab. The smoke and excessive heat triggered the interior sprinklers. Several of the building occupants tried to put out the fire themselves. Fortunately the firefighters came quickly and hosed down parts of the lab to put out the fire.
During the holidays your home seems to have grown smaller. Between parties, gifts and decorations stuff just accumulates. It’s time to do some purging to make space. Out with the old – in with the new! However, sometimes it’s difficult to part with some of the old. Let’s face it, some old stuff could prove to be quite valuable or sentimental. Those items should probably be put away for safe keeping. But this could prove trickier than you first thought. Looking back on some of your old items that have been stored away for a while, you notice some have been overrun by mold and mildew. The question: how do you go about preventing mold growth on stored items?
Dealing with fire and smoke damage is not the foremost thing on your mind, but hundreds of homes across New Hampshire have to deal with this reality every year. Kitchen mishaps, oil furnace puff backs, electrical malfunctions, chimney backups, and pellet stove failures are but a few of the causes of such disasters. Fire damage, whether from forest fires, an accident, or just plain carelessness, is a serious matter. Once the fire is out, and everyone is safe, there are many matters to contend with; soot damage is not the least of them. For your safety and well-being, it’s important to recognize the unknown dangers of soot damage.
It’s almost winter. That means snow, ice and deep freezes. Harsh winter weather can lead to a multitude of challenges for your property. If anything can ruin your holidays, it’s a leaky roof or chimney. You certainly don’t want to spend your winter setting out pots to catch the rain or looking toward your ceiling for big water spots. It’s time to brush up on your chimney and roof leak detection techniques. It’s always easier to deal with maintenance issues now than an emergency water damage situation later.
As New Englanders, for the next several months we will be bracing ourselves for the inevitable snowstorms and widespread power outages that go along with this time of year. While we may not be able to prevent this, there are some steps that you can take to prepare your home and your family in anticipation of losing power. These steps will protect your home from damage caused by the loss of power, or more specifically heat, while also making the situation more comfortable. This is particularly important when the power is out for an extended period of time.
Fires, flood and natural disasters can all wreak havoc on our homes. To prepare for and in the event of a property disaster we make sure to take steps to protect our families; our pets are not an exception. While they don’t really look like us, they are as much family as their human counterparts. Many disasters are spotted ahead of time; watches and warnings are issued by authorities in advance. If you have time to include your pets in the evacuation – please do. Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can endanger pet owners and first responders, and could mean the difference between life and death for your pet. Your furry companions rely on you; make sure you know how to prepare a disaster plan for your pets.
Fires can happen at any time. Most house fires start in the kitchen. Preparing a meal takes concentration. Steps include the following: gathering all the ingredients, preparing all the measurements and assembling all the pots and pans. This takes up much of your attention but you must also focus on keeping an eye on what you’re cooking and being careful not to leave it unattended. It is easy to get distracted. You check your phone and all of a sudden grease splashes onto the burner and begins to spread. After a bit of a struggle, you manage to put it out. Luckily no one was hurt, however your dinner was ruined and you’re stuck having to deal with kitchen fire cleanup.
Summer days are here! Along with the sunny, fun-filled days (relaxing outdoors enjoying a tall glass of cool lemonade; barbecuing; going swimming or fishing), come thunderstorms. While we can appreciate the moisture and coolness brought by the change in weather, thunderstorms can be dangerous – at times – deadly. Don’t let thunderstorms ruin your summer. You must learn how to stay safe from lightning.
Depending on the size of the leak, the signs of ceiling water damage can vary greatly, from a wet, dripping ceiling to a small stain. Regardless of the size, the leak should be addressed immediately to prevent further damage and potential mold growth.