Recent Water Damage Posts

Call 811 Before You Dig

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Call 811 Before You Dig

We've all seen or heard the commercials for 811, "Call Before You Dig," especially pre-spring and early spring when homeowners and landscapers are preparing to rip out plants, cut trees, pull out stumps, plant new foliage, till up your garden, dig footers for the new deck or gazebo, etc... 

Why call 811? To prevent damage to underground utility lines and cables. If you damage them, you pay the expense to repair them. Besides the cost of repairs, you risk causing damage to your home should you crack a water, sewer or gas line.

Each Utility comes with its own color scheme (ie: water lines are blue, electric is red, pressurized gas is yellow, cable TV is orange, and so on.

New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, Safety Division, has a great handbook readily available for download called "New Hampshire Excavator Manual." Contact chuck@SERVPROderrylondonderry.com and I will send you the pdf version.

April Showers...

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

"April showers bring May flowers" is a reminder that an unpleasant weather event can bring about beauty. While this is certainly the case, April showers can also bring about the unpleasant realities of home ownership such as water in your basement.  

 Water seepage can be brought about by a number of factors including improper grading around your home, overgrown plants with extending root systems, improperly pitched gutters, downspouts that are directing the water back to the home, clogged gutters, and the most difficult factor to correct, high water table.

These issues offer you lots of weekend opportunities to get out there and work on your home and yard. Should you need an expert to come in and dry up your basement before you get a chance to make these corrections, we're here to help.

SERVPRO of Derry/Londonderry is on the clock 24/7/365 for all of your emergent needs. We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Do You Know Where Your Water Shutoff Valve Is?

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Label your Water Shut off Valve(s)

Do you and your family know where the main water shutoff valve is located in your house?  It is always harder to find something when in a panic.  That is why we highly recommend that you be aware of its location before a disaster strikes.  

”Where It Is Not:  It is likely not under a sink.  The shut-off to the water heater may look promising, but that only affects the outflow of hot water from that point.  Do not confuse the gas shut-off to the furnace or water heater with water lines.”

“Check Your Inspection Report:  If you still have your property inspection report from when you purchased the house, it should indicate the location of the shut-off valve.  Inspection reports often follow a standardized format, so you may find this information located in Section 6.1.”

Follow the link for more helpful tips to help you locate the shutoff valve in your home.

Knowing where the water shut off is critical when you have a burst pipe.  The faster you are able to turn off the water, the less damage your home will suffer.  Call SERVPRO Derry Londonderry at 603-432-3221 as soon as you are able and our technicians can help get your home back to it's original condition.  We are here when you need us !!!

ICE DAMS

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

An Ice Dam is a hump of ice that forms at the edge of a roof under certain wintertime conditions. An ice dam can damage both your roof and the inside of your home. It will put gutters and downspouts at risk too.

Ice Dams are a common sight in Northern New England winters. There are several things you can do to avoid getting an ice dam or to reduce the risk of damage after one has formed, but there’s really only one cure: a combination of better sealing, insulation, and venting in the attic and eaves.

HOW DO ICE DAMS FORM?

An ice dam forms when the roof over the attic gets warm enough to melt the underside of the layer of snow on the roof. The water trickles down between the layer of snow and the shingles until it reaches the eave of the roof, which stays cold because it extends beyond the side of the house. There, the water freezes, gradually growing into a mound of ice.

The flatter the pitch of the roof, the easier it is for an ice dam to get a grip. Gutters at the eaves can also trap snow and ice. If snow and ice build up high enough in the gutter, it can provide a foundation for an ice dam.

WHAT DAMAGE DO ICE DAMS CAUSE?

When an ice dam gets big enough, melted water backs up behind it and seeps underneath the shingles. Eventually, it will drip into the insulation and down into the ceilings and exterior walls beneath the eave, ruining sheetrock and paint. If the ice dam breaks free, it can pull shingles and gutters off with it, and it will damage anything it falls on: shrubs, windowsills, cars, pets, and people. If the roof sheathing stays wet, it can form mildew and start to rot

DEALING WITH EXISTING ICE DAMS

1. Remove the ice dam by breaking it free in small chucks. Do NOT use an ax or other sharp tool! You’ll cut through the shingles. Instead, tap lightly with a blunt mallet. This is slow, dangerous work, so hire someone experienced at roofing. Even if you do it safely, the chunks of ice can take pieces of shingle with them.

2. Clear out gutters and downspouts. Again, this is ladder work and an easy way to damage either plastic or metal gutters and spouts.

3. Melt troughs through the ice dam with calcium chloride ice melter. Do NOT use rock salt! It will damage paint, metals, and plants beneath the eave and wherever the salty water drains.

A good trough-maker is a tube of cloth (a leg from an old pair of panty hose works well). Fill it with calcium chloride, tie off the top, and lay it vertically across the ice dam. It will slowly melt its way down through the dam, clearing a path for the underlying water to flow free.

Call SERVPRO of Derry Londonderry at 603-432-3221. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Faster to your Water Damage Event

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Derry Londonderry provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service to any size event.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Derry Londonderry provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including ALL holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Derry Londonderry arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 603-432-3221

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Derry Londonderry

SERVPRO of Derry Londonderry specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Derry 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Derry/Londonderry is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

Our franchise is located in Derry, with close proximity for immediate services to the surrounding areas. Which means we can provide prompt services in case of a water emergency. Any content affected by the water can be damaged, which is one of the many reasons we provide immediate response.

Water loss is severe and can be quite traumatic, which is why we can provide you with great customer service and assure you we will get the job done, giving you peace of mind.

We are here to make it look "Like It Never Even Happened".