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Post-Winter Property Inspection Checklist

With the snow and freezing temperatures behind us, it is time to assess any damage that your home and property may have incurred over the winter months.  The following is a spring checklist to inspect your home or business to determine if there is any damage that needs to be addressed.

Gutters.  Snow and ice can damage gutters, preventing water from running through properly.  This damage can cause the springtime rainwater to build-up around the building, leading to flooding indoors.

Roof.  It is important to inspect the roof for any damaged, missing or lifted shingles.  Addressing these problems now can head off any problems that a leaky roof can cause inside the property, including flooding and mold.

Attic.  As the weather warms, check the attic for any signs of mold or mildew forming.  These areas can have a high humidity level, making these optimal conditions for this growth.

Vinyl siding.  Just like roof shingles, a loose piece of siding can lead to big problems during the winter.  Take the warmer weather as an opportunity to inspect the exterior of the building, checking for loose or missing siding.

Pipes.  Frozen pipes can be a big problem during the winter, but very small cracks and leaks may go unnoticed.  Doing a visual inspection of the home’s pipes, checking for any leaks can prevent this from becoming an even bigger problem. This is especially important with your exterior water spigots. When you turn them on for the first time in the spring, make sure to monitor for flooding in your basement.

Basement.  During the winter months, humidity levels are typically lower.  Springtime not only brings warmer weather but also increased humidity.  The basement can quickly become a breeding ground for mold as a result.  Check humidity levels and set up a dehumidifier to regulate this.

Boiler and Furnace.  Spring is a good time to visually inspect the boiler and furnace, checking for any leaks around the area that may indicate that the unit needs to be serviced.

Walkways and steps.  The winter months may cause cracks or damage to the property’s walkways and steps that should be corrected.  Be sure to also make sure that any outdoor railings remain secure and stable.

Foundation.  A quick visual inspection of the foundation of the home now that all of the snow has melted will show any cracks in the foundation that need to be filled.  If left unattended, moisture can leak into the home through these cracks.

Yard.  As the snow melts and the spring rains arrive, check the yard for any standing water.  This could indicate that you have drainage problems that need to be addressed, particularly if the standing water is close to the building.

Taking the time now to visually inspect the property will ensure that any winter damage is addressed before it can become a problem.  If you do have flooding, mold or other damage in the home, Soil-Away has teams on call 24/7 to help.  Contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.

Plumbing Leak Water Damage – Bow, NH 03304

Plumbing Leak Water Damage – Bow, NH 03304

The March Madness basketball tournament is over! After all the celebrating an exciting first; or cheering up after a devastating loss (depending on the team you backed) the last thing you think about is plumbing leak water damage. But now that all the noise is over and your Bow, NH house is deathly quiet, it’s a good time to listen to your house. Do you hear dripping or leaking? Leaking from a pipe can become costly if left unmanaged. The sound of running water or a spraying sound can be signs of a leak and should be tended to as soon as possible.

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air duct cleaning new hampshire

4 Reasons You Need Professional Air Duct Cleaning

You might need professional air duct cleaning and not even realize it. HVAC systems typically are out-of-sight and out-of-mind. As long as the heat is working in the winter and air conditioner in the summer, everyone is happy. Just set your desired temperature on the thermostat and enjoy the comfort of your home or office. But is that all there is? What about the system of ductwork circulating the air? This mechanical system runs below floors, through walls, and above ceilings. It is a hidden network of ducting that carries the air we breathe. So does this system require any maintenance or cleaning? Here are four reasons why you should consider professional air duct cleaning.

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Mold Cleaning Company - Merrimack, NH 03054

Mold Cleaning Company – Merrimack, NH 03054

It’s that time of year here in New Hampshire (NH), when home and business owners are gearing up for cleanup projects, remodels and landscaping ventures. Remodeling your home’s kitchen, building a new walkway for your business or cleaning out 10 years’ worth of holiday ornaments from your home’s attic, are just a few of the ways that NH residents are closing-up the remnants of winter and heading into the warmer months. However, while making your way to the nearest home improvement store every other weekend may be on your “to-do” list, uncovering hidden mold in your home or business may not be. Oftentimes, home improvement projects uncover mold that was hiding behind appliances, underneath flooring and on ceilings. Discovering mold can lead to costly repairs and time-consuming searches for the best mold cleaning company. Let Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services take the guesswork out of finding a reliable and professional mold removal company, so you can get back to checking off that “to-do” list.

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attic mold removal NH

In the Heat and Cold, Your Attic Can Have Mold – Part I

The attic: a space in your home that houses Christmas decorations, bins of seasonal clothes and the occasional tarantula-sized spider that makes you cringe at the thought of venturing up to this dark and desolate space. However, while you may be like me and only make your way up to your home’s attic when you absolutely need to, what many New Hampshire (NH) homeowners do not realize is that this dark, moist area may also be home to mold growth. Since the attic is not as frequented as other locations in the home, mold can form and grow quickly and discretely, and may only become noticed when other issues arise from the growth.

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Mold and Mildew Specialists Windham NH 03087

Mold and Mildew Specialist – Windham, NH 03087

The winter season is coming to a close here in New Hampshire (NH), which means that home renovations, lawn maintenance and landscaping projects are just around the corner. If you’re anything like me, you have been planning your springtime home projects for months, and determining what remodel and landscaping ventures you plan to tackle as soon as the temperatures hit above freezing. While home renovations and do-it-yourself projects are often on the top of the “must-do” list during the spring months, what many people may not realize is that they may unexpectedly run into mold and mildew problems. Since the colder Windham, NH months are peak season for water damage, remnants of winter may still pop-up during these springtime ventures. For example, did you know that mold can form in your basement during the winter when moisture is high and ventilation is low? These types of fungi can also form on window seals, inside of crawlspaces and in attics. Make sure to have the mold and mildew specialists at Soil-Away on speed dial!

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Mold and Mildew Removal Services - Portsmouth, NH 03801

Mold and Mildew Removal Services – Portsmouth, NH 03801

When you hear the words “mold” and “mildew,” what do you think of? Slimy? Green? Intrusive? No matter what words come to mind regarding these multi-cellular fungi that thrives in humid and moist conditions, there is no question that both mold and mildew are a nuisance that needs to be remediated by a certified professional. Home owners in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (NH) are turning to the expert mold and mildew removal services at Soil-Away this winter season, as this annoying fungi continues to plague moisture-filled bathrooms, kitchens and basements. During the damp winter months, mold and mildew growth is escalated due to homes being tightly shut, which results in decreased airflow and ventilation. As the winter months fade into warmer days, humidity can make the mold and mildew growth from the winter grow even more rapidly.

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basement mold remediation manchester nh

Basement Mold Remediation – Manchester, NH

Do you know what’s in your basement?

In today’s world, many of our lives are characterized by too little sleep, too many bills to pay and wondering where you put your keys- while they are tucked in your pocket. Due to our busy lives, routine household maintenance often takes a backseat and we are unaware of issues, such as basement mold, until they become a major problem. I remember when my husband and I lived in a condo and we frequently got basement flooding whenever it rained. I thought nothing of the issue until I went into the basement one day and our boxes of clothes were covered in that dreaded four-letter word. Like us, mold is enough to make any homeowner cringe, as they envision their bank account depleting just as fast as it took for the mold to spread around their basement like wildfire. To avoid finding more than your holiday decorations and old workout equipment in your basement, the basement mold remediation experts at Soil-Away have provided some helpful guidelines on recognizing and remediating basement mold to the communities, such as Manchester, that utilize their expert services.

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Black Mold Clean Up – Candia, NH

Black Mold Clean Up – Candia, NH

No one ever wants to deal with a black mold clean up problem. The projects can be scary to homeowners because of potential health issues, unexpected costs and disruption to everyday life. With all the hype surrounding mold people often become paralyzed when making decisions on how to deal with black mold in their home. This article is a case study of a Candia, New Hampshire (NH) family who encountered a black mold clean up issue in the middle of a major home renovation. The family called Soil-Away to remediate the mold and help their renovation project get back on track.

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Mold Remediation Professionals – Amherst, NH

Mold Remediation Professionals – Amherst, NH

Every year many families and businesses in Amherst, New Hampshire (NH) need mold remediation services. Examining mold remediation professionals in order to hire the right one can be a challenge. When it comes to options in southern New Hampshire there are several true professionals and unfortunately a fair amount of unscrupulous companies.  You want to make sure you have confidence when choosing the right one for you. The team at Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services has put together this article to help educate consumers on the industry and what to look for when hiring a mold remediation pro.

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Damage Clean Up from Water – Derry, NH

Damage Clean Up from Water – Derry, NH

Derry, New Hampshire (NH) property owners call Soil-Away for damage clean up from water and flooding. Soil-Away works with homeowners to help them recover after fires and floods. The company also specializes in commercial building cleanup after a property disaster. Soil-Away is available 24/7 to respond to your emergency restoration needs. If you have needs for damage clean up from water or flooding call 603-641-6555 to reach the professionals at Soil-Away.

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