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Who Is the Best Disaster Restoration Company

Who Is the Best Disaster Restoration Company?

If a fire or flood causes damage to your home or business, you need a disaster restoration company with experience evaluating and repairing the damage.  A proven track record, with years if not decades of experience will ensure that the restoration company can effectively help with the situation.  It is also important that the restoration business that you choose is fully insured.

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When Should I Call My Insurance Company After a Flood

When Should I Call My Insurance Company After a Flood?

Many homeowners find it hard to think clearly when a flood has affected their property. Anxiety rises and the questions start mounting: Who do I call to clean up the water damage? Will insurance cover the damage? What should I do first? Where water damage is concerned time is truly of the essence.  You should act fast but must do so wisely. Ensure safety for family members and pets. There are many potential hazards such as slip-and-fall, electrocution, and contamination to name a few. After personal safety, address the water source. Stop it to prevent additional damages. The next two calls are to a water damage restoration professional to start the cleanup and to your insurance company to discuss a claim.

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Flood Damage at a Business

A flood can devastate a business, from the extensive structural damage to the loss of sales.  In the event of a flood, whether from a burst pipe or an act of nature, it is important that you evacuate the area and shut off the power immediately.  After identifying and shutting down the source of the flood, you can begin the process of removing the water and assessing the damage to your property and its contents.

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Water Damage Restoration from Frozen Pipe Burst - Concord, NH

Water Extraction After a Flood

After a flood it is critical that you remove any standing water as quickly as possible to prevent additional damage and mold growth.  When time is of the essence, a professional restoration team can bring in industrial equipment to remove any standing water.  Industrial dehumidifiers can dry out the area further, eliminating underlying moisture that can create a breeding ground for mold.

Remove Standing Water Quickly

Any standing water should be immediately removed after a flood.  This may involve employing a shop-vac or a pump to suck up the water.  You can also do this with old-fashioned buckets, but this is not as effective or expeditious.  To effectively remove all of the water, the furniture and other items need to be removed from the area.  Items that have come into contact with the water will need to be set out to dry or thrown away.  In many cases, the flooring will also need to be taken up, particularly in the case of carpeting, in order to remove all of the excess moisture and allow the room to dry out.

Drying Out the Area

Once the standing water has been removed, the moisture levels will still be extremely high.  Flooring, drywall and even woodwork can quickly absorb moisture after a flood.  These high humidity levels can lead to big problems with mold growth.  It is important to dry the area as efficiently as possible.  For this step, ventilation is key.  Open any doors and windows to allow the air to circulate.  Dehumidifiers can go a long way to speeding up the process, particularly industrial sized units that are best suited for a flooded area.

Any time there is excessive water in your home or business, you need to act quickly to remove the standing water and get moisture levels back under control.  A professional restoration team like Soil-Away can make sure this is done quickly and efficiently, minimizing any further water damage that could result.

If a flood has affected your home or business, contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.

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Emergency Water Damage Mitigation – Derry, NH

Ahh – spring weather in Derry NH; it can please us and surprise us all in one season. It teases and tantalizes us with its warm weather and soft breezes. But in the blink of an eye, it can change to drastic disastrous weather. Before you know it’s bringing down torrential rains, floods and terrible storms; leaving your home under water. Now you need emergency water damage mitigation services for your Derry, NH home. Time to turn to Soil-Away to cleanup the mess.

Common sources of flood damage

While storms do their part in leaving your home waterlogged, they aren’t the only way water damage can make its way into your home. Water damage can also come by way of burst pipes, clogged gutters, disconnected hoses and leaky roofs. There are many more ways water can be a thorn in your side. Whatever the case may be, your home is now in need of help. While natural disasters cannot be helped, there are some ways to control and prevent water damage. The more proactive you are to prevent water damage, the less likely you end up needing emergency water damage mitigation services.

Ways to help prevent water damage to your property

Strange word –mitigation. It’s not very commonly used. The dictionary defines mitigation as the action of reducing the severity seriousness, or painfulness of something. It’s to alleviate or prevent an occurrence. In this case it would be of flooding or water damage. Here are a few preventive methods:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts at least twice a year. If left unattended, backed up water could overflow and damage the foundation of your home.
  • Maintain your appliances. Check for leaks and detachments in your refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher.
  • Old or leaky washing machine hoses are one of the most frequent causes of water loss. Replace them regularly
  • Install water detectors. These devices alert you to leaks, detecting slow leaks that are normally overlooked.
  • Use rain barrels to collect rain water that could pool around your foundation and seep into your basement
  • Know where the main water valve is and be sure to turn it off before leaving for an extended period of time (Unless your home is heated by water/baseboard heaters, you don’t want the pipes to freeze).

Following these tips can be very helpful in preventing water damage to your home. Keeping up the maintenance of your appliances is crucial. Homeowner’s insurance does not typically cover damage that results from lack of maintenance.

When you need emergency water damage mitigation services

While there are preventive methods to ensure your home is safe from flooding; things can always go wrong. Anything from clogged pipes due to tree roots, to natural disasters, can occur unexpectedly. This is why you need to know who to call for help. Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration is a highly respected group of professionals. They are IICRC certified and have over 30 years of experience working in the restoration field. They are friendly, fast, and have the equipment and know-how to get you up and running after water damage. Using their high-tech equipment, they can detect how much water to remove. They remove the water and they also check for the possibility of mold growth. After dealing with water damage, the last thing you want to deal with is mold. Get the emergency water damage mitigation professionals. Call Soil-Away at 1-800-293-6319.

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What do I do after water damage?

If water damage has ravaged your home, you need to know what to do: extract water quickly; dry out your home, but most importantly you should call a professional restoration contractor. Water can be very damaging to your home and you need to act quickly in order to reverse the misfortune. While there are some things you can do on your own; calling a restoration specialist is very important. After inspecting the damage, they will know, better than anyone, what needs to be done. Do-it-yourself methods aren’t really recommended, especially for more complicated work. However, there are a few things you can get started doing on your own that could speed things up. And, for water damage, time is of the essence.

A few things to do on your own…

To begin with – safety always comes first. Be sure to:

  • Turn off the electrical power to your home. If your home is surrounded by water, call an electrician. DON’T ENTER YOUR HOME IF IT’S UNDERWATER.
  • Wear protective clothing when doing cleanup. Make sure to wear:
  • Rubber boots
  • Gloves
  • Eye and respirator protection
  • Avoid cross contamination. For example, this can occur when moving items from affected to unaffected areas.

Second step…

Dry out your home:

  • Remove as much standing water as possible
  • If you can safely use power, use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out your home.
  • It may be necessary to call a professional like Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration to make sure your home is completely dry

Next…

Call your insurance company to submit a claim. You want to make sure you’re covered for this type of disaster. Document the values of your belongings with pictures and video.

Cleanup…

This next step may require help from a professional. Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration has the experience and know-how to determine what items can be salvaged. Many items such as:

  • Furniture
  • Contents
  • Flooring
  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Cabinetry/fixtures

may be unsalvageable and require removal and disposal.

Soil-Away can also clean clothing and soft contents with their Esporta Wash System. They have professional grade cleaners that can sanitize surfaces that otherwise may be a headache to clean. Drying out a home effectively is also a job for Soil-Away. They can determine best how much water is to be removed safely, without damaging the structure of your home. Drywall and flooring may also need to be replaced – requiring their attention. As restoration specialists, they know best. But that’s not where it stops, there’s also a mold concern.

Mold…

Mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours and to prevent any damage from mold you need Soil-Away. Mold is not only damaging to your home, but can also be a health hazard. As an experienced restoration company – Soil-Away has been helping families for 30 years. They are quick, friendly and professional. They can do the job, and do it right, giving you peace of mind. Soil-Away is an IICRC certified company and can be counted on to do the best job possible. They are available 24/7. Day or night, they are there to make things easier on you. Breathe a sigh of relief, call them at 1-800-293-6319.

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Water Damage Cleanup – Salem, New Hampshire

“Help! I need water damage cleanup immediately!” This is what a Salem, New Hampshire woman yelled to her friend over the phone. She knew that her friend would know exactly what to do. She suffered a water loss recently and recovered quickly with a positive attitude about her experience, so she called to get a referral from someone she trusted.

After hearing the details about the situation, her friend recommended Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services for help. The homeowner was nervous about calling for help. She dreaded the cost of repairs and contemplated restoring the home herself. But a little reassurance and education from her friend changed her outlook.

After the crew arrived on the scene, they worked to identify the source of the water loss and category of water damage. In this case, the damage was a simple category 1 (clean water) loss. The toilet supply line busted causing gallons of water to flood the entire bathroom and hallway of the single story dwelling. For the water damage cleanup process, the team worked to carefully detach baseboard and carpet before drying the hardwood floor underneath. To treat the damaged wood flooring, the crew used air movers and dehumidifiers to drive the moisture out of the material. Lastly, the floors were treated with an antimicrobial solution to reduce the occurrence of potential mold growth.

Water Damage Cleanup Process

A water damage cleanup process will not be the same for everyone. Some property owners need extensive restoration while others do not. Also, the category of water, which refers to the level of contamination, will determine what the cleanup process will look like.

There are three known categories of water losses, and the source of the water loss determines the category. Category 1 is clean water or water from a sink/faucet, hot water tanks, and supply lines. Category 2 can be described as contaminated water. This can come from fish tanks and washing machines. Category 3 water loss is dangerous and can pose harm to residents and unprotected individuals. This is described as black sewage contaminated water. The remediation of category 3 damage requires a special level of remediation and protection. Special PPE suits should be worn to protect against harmful pathogens, and unlike the other two categories, the use of dehumidifiers and fans can cause airborne toxins to cross-contaminate the property.

Water Damage Specialist in Salem, New Hampshire

Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services is an experienced service provider that has helped New Hampshire residents fight major water losses for 30 years. Their in-depth knowledge of restoration and water damage cleanup has helped the community after major tragedies from water and mold to fire and smoke damage. The IICRC-certified team of experts is there to help you. Water damage cleanup is no match for the team of professionals. The restoration crew is not only equipped to handle any category of water loss, but they are at standby to help transform your damaged personal heirlooms and materials into clean and sanitized momentos and personal treasures. If you have soft materials or textiles that have been harmed during a disaster, the Esporta-certified crew is equipped to cleanup and restore the damage. Don’t hesitate to call Soil-Away for emergency water damage cleanup at 603-641-6555. You’ll be glad that you did!

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Emergency Water Damage Cleanup – Portland, ME

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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Repairing Flood Damage – Windham, NH

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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Flood Damage Repairs - Kennebunkport, ME

Flood Damage Repairs – Kennebunkport, ME

A business chain in Kennebunkport, ME is preparing for a summer storm.  The business owners expect that flooding may occur and they want to take precautionary measures to prevent damage. New England storms can be dangerous, especially when they cause storm surge.  Storm surge is when the sea level rises due to low pressure, high winds, and strong waves created from hurricane activity.  Previously, a storm surge led to flooding in Kennebunkport, ME, causing many homes and businesses to look for flood damage repairs.  Now a second storm is anticipated, and residents are taking precautionary measures.

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Mold Removal Company Hired in Wells, ME

After a storm hit Wells, ME, a warehouse was flooded and had several areas of water damage.  The managers of the warehouse hired a company to come and clean up the damage, but unaware to everyone, the cleanup was not thorough.  A few days later, mold started to develop.  The contents stored within the warehouse was becoming contaminated and some of it had to be thrown away, causing the warehouse to lose revenue.

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