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fire prevention

What You Risk When You Don&# …

It is so important to be cognizant of fire safety practices at home. If you do not practice fire prevention strategies, then you are at risk of seriously damaging your home and putting your family’s health in danger. Examples of fire prevention strategies are always making sure your smoke alarms work, checking to see if the oven is off after cooking, and not running the dryer when you are not home. Here are four things that you risk when you don’t try to prevent fire hazards.

Structural Damage

A fire can be extremely damaging to a home. With bigger house fires, the actual structure of the house can become damaged. Sometimes the home even needs to be rebuilt.

Damage to Personal Items

Fires bring great damage to personal items. This includes furniture, clothing, photo albums, electronics, and more. It can be devastating to see your memories and sentimental items ruined by a fire. Fortunately, Soil-Away is New Hampshire’s only certified Esporta Operator, which allows us to restore fire- and smoke-damaged items, including clothing, blankets, stuffed animals, and more.

Water Damage

Water damage is a side effect of fires. Firefighters use a lot of water to try and get the fire stopped. In the process, this can leave the home full of water damage. This moist environment allows black mold to thrive, which is very unhealthy for humans and animals to be around. Soil-Away removes water and dries the house using HEPA Air scrubbers, industrial fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers. An array of moisture meters and infrared cameras are used to detect hidden moisture.

Smoke and Soot Damage

A fire also leaves behind a lot of dangerous debris. Toxic debris and soot can get inside the HVAC duct system. Soil-Away uses HEPA vacuums and filtration systems to clean out air ducts. We work to remove soot, dust, and mold spores. Soil-Away also cleans other items affected by smoke and soot, such as furniture, carpets, and appliances. The goal is for everything to be sanitized and deodorized. Soil-Away will help get your house back to its pre-fire condition.

Fires are extremely dangerous, which is why daily fire prevention is so important. Make sure that you are doing these little things every day to ensure that you are avoiding fire hazards. Without fire prevention, a fire could easily cause widespread structural damage, water damage, personal item damage, and mold contamination. If your home has suffered a fire, contact Soil-Away Restoration today for more information about cleanup and repair services.

 

mold remediation

A Beginner’s Guide To …

Mold in a building can be extremely dangerous to all occupants. Mold remediation by a professional company, like Soil-Away, is essential to get the structure properly cleaned and remediated. There is a lot to learn if you’ve never dealt with mold issues. Read on to understand more about common concerns around mold and the steps to take to remediate the issue.

Dangers of Mold

Mold can develop in any sort of moist environment. It is common to see mold issues after a flood or major leak. It is also common in naturally moist environments, like basements. The black mold that develops from moisture can create a very toxic environment. In fact, many businesses with black mold have to close until they resolve the mold issue. For some individuals, mold can lead to health issues, including skin irritation, dizziness, confusion, lung problems, and vision issues. If you or others that occupy your home or office are experiencing these issues, it is time to look for mold. Seeking the counsel of a medical professional may also be advisable.

Steps to Remediation

When there is mold, it is critical to involve a professional mold remediation service team like Soil-Away. A professional company will clean and sanitize the environment. First, they test for mold. This shows them where the mold is. They will also use advanced equipment to find any hidden mold. Be aware that there can be mold hiding under the floor and in the walls.

Next, the company will remove drywall and carpet with mold. They will also clean and sanitize any remaining structural areas. They’ll use processes like HEPA vacuuming, HEPA air scrubbing, sanding, and dry-ice blasting. After the cleaning, fans and dehumidifiers dry all areas. The company will also rebuild anything they torn down. Then, they’ll clean and restore salvageable items. They’ll also discard unsalvageable items. Finally, the area is tested again to make sure the remediation was successful.

Contact Soil-Away For Mold Remediation

Mold can be toxic. If you suspect mold in your home or business, call a company that specializes in mold remediation, such as Soil-Away. If you suspect that you have been exposed to mold, see a medical professional immediately. Contact Soil-Away today for more information about mold remediation.

Winter, Spring, Summer, and …

Avoid home disasters in all four seasons of the year. There are risks that come with each season and you need to be prepared for any of them. Restoration companies will be by your side if disaster happens throughout the year. Here are specific tips for each season.

Winter

Winter in the northeast means snow, and snow brings many reasons to hire a restoration company. You’ll want to avoid home disasters during the winter season by protecting your pipes. Pipes that go unchecked will freeze, and any water that’s frozen will expand and possibly crack the pipes. Snow and ice that melts can cause water damage as well. Call a restoration company for any water damage or frozen pipes instead of trying to fix it yourself.

Spring

You’ll want to avoid home disaster with spring storms as well. They say “April showers bring May flowers” for a reason. A lot of rain could lead to leaks if you have cracked pipes, flooding from clogged sewers, and even mold from all the moisture. Restoration companies can take care of all these damages and more. High winds from storms can cause trees and other outside debris to fall and damage your home or yard. Keep your restoration company on-call in case of any accidents during the spring.

Summer

In the summer, dry weather can lead to fire. Whether it’s a forest fire or house fire, you need to be careful. Once a fire gets into your home, it spreads quickly. And smoke spreads even faster than fire. Hiring a restoration company will give you the peace of mind that all fire and smoke damage will be removed or cleaned up. Also, summer will bring pollen and dust into your home. Restoration companies recommend that you have your carpet cleaned professionally once a year, and summer is the best time to do it.

Fall

Bigger storms like hurricanes come in the summer and into the fall. Water damage is a big concern after a hurricane. Flooding occurs in areas that are hit the worst, along with storm damage from high winds and debris. You’ll want to board up your house before a big storm and take everything off the main floor in case of flooding. After a hurricane has passed, call a restoration company to check on the damage. You need to call as quickly as possible to avoid lingering mold damage from standing water.

The next time you find yourself in the wake of a home disaster, give Soil-Away a call. We will be there to help you bring your home back to how it should be. Contact us at (603) 641-6555.

Four Questions To Ask When H …

Certain natural disasters such as fires, floods, or storms can severely damage the exterior and interior of homes. Repairing the house is a daunting task and you shouldn’t do it without help. Get construction help from a restoration company like Soil-Away. We specialize in home rebuilding and restoration after a disaster. We are licensed, bonded, and insured, and guarantee our work is high-quality.  Before hiring a construction company, here are four important questions to ask.

What repairs and restorations are necessary?

First, understand what repairs and restorations are necessary. Remember that sometimes the damage isn’t visible. For example, a flood may lead to mold inside the walls that is invisible to residents but needs to be repaired. Question the construction company about interior work, structural damage, plumbing and electrical issues, and staying compliant with code. Ask the company to create a list of repairs to give you an idea of the scope of the construction necessary for your house.

What is the breakdown of the prices?

Another critical thing to understand is the breakdown of the prices. Get the construction company to provide you with a breakdown estimate of all costs. The breakdown should include materials and labor. In addition to pricing, and even more importantly, is to ask if the contractor has experience working with insurance companies. If your property has been damaged by a flood or fire, you may have to submit an insurance claim. Your contractor’s ability to work with the insurance company’s claim process can drastically make or break the project budget process.

How long will it take?

Be sure to ask the construction company how long the rebuilding and restoration process will take. This helps homeowners plan for the time when their house is under construction. It also prevents homeowners from underestimating the time it will take to repair the house.

Do you offer warranties?

Finally, homeowners need to ask construction companies about any warranties they offer. Soil-Away makes sure our customers are satisfied with our work. We also offer various workmanship warranties on restoration services.

Check Out Soil-Away For Construction Help

Before officially hiring a construction company to help rebuild and restore, do research and ask them some important questions. Be familiar with the necessary repairs, understand the cost breakdown, know how long it will take, and be aware of any warranties. At Soil-Away, we promise to give you a turn-key solution to rebuild and restore your house. We are an A-to-Z service solution that will work with your insurance throughout the entire process. For stress-free construction help, contact Soil-Away today to learn more about our services.

Hire A Restoration Specialis …

Restoration companies do more than just clean up after disasters. They also help rebuild properties. There are several advantages to hiring a restoration company like Soil-Away to handle your construction jobs. Instead of spending time hiring different businesses to complete cleanup and construction, save yourself a headache and use our in-house experts.  Unsure of what Soil-Away could do for you? Here are three reasons you should hire a restoration company for construction work.

One-Stop Shop

Most restoration companies have general contractors on staff in addition to restoration specialists. If your home experiences significant damage, Soil-Away can help with the initial damage recovery, cleaning, and rebuilding processes. Having so many specialty services in one company makes your life easier. Whether you need to utilize our 24-hour hotline for an emergency or need a bid for an ongoing renovation project, we have you covered. You don’t have to coordinate several different businesses to get your life back to normal.

All Your Home Repair Needs

Restoration companies handle damage control. Examples are removing smoke odor after fire damage or mold cleanup after a flood disaster.  However, you can also hire some restoration companies to complete construction work. So, if your flood damage ruined your drywall in the basement, we have general contractors to fix that.  Soil-Away also has contractors who specialize in carpentry, insulation installation, roofing, and electrical wiring. Weather- or fire-related damage that requires rebuilding any parts of your home or business should not be ignored.  Our licensed and insured general contractors have years of experience.

Restoration and Construction – Insurance Help

Homeowner’s insurance covers a wide variety of disasters. However, it can be complicated to submit a claim and get it approved. Soil-Away has decades of experience working with home insurance companies. Insurance adjusters can be tricky to work with, especially if different companies are responsible for the various jobs in restoration. Having restoration and construction work completed by the same company simplifies the insurance claim process. You can have peace of mind knowing that our experts will walk you through your estimated damage and potential repairs.

Dealing with the aftermath of home destruction can be overwhelming. The good news is that Soil-Away can help relieve some of your stress by providing a wide variety of restoration and construction services. For more information, call us at 603-641-6555 or visit our website today!

5 Things You Should Know Abo …

Remodeling your home can be an exciting time! But it’s also quite a bit of work that can cause some stress. Before you start the process of remodeling your home, we’re sharing 5 things you need to know.

Don’t Become Too Swayed By Pinterest

Pinterest can be a great way to get ideas and inspiration for styles you like. But you should understand that not everything you see on Pinterest is realistic for your budget. Most of the images you see – while beautiful – are from luxury homes. The last thing you want to do is overspend on your budget simply to achieve an unrealistic room design. Gather some basic ideas you like and try to incorporate them into a livable space.

Maintain A Flexible Budget

When you decide on your remodeling budget, you need to be sure you leave room for any unexpected expenses. It’s not uncommon during a home remodel to discover issues with your home you might not have realized. Quoted prices can also be changed due to unforeseen circumstances. You want to give yourself a cushion for any extra expense so you don’t overextend too much.

Understand Where Your Remodeling Budget Goes

On average, about 30% of the cost for a remodel goes towards labor costs. Depending on what you’re remodeling, you might be able to save some money if there are things that you can do yourself. Painting is a great example of this. Of course, there are some places you don’t want to skimp on for professional help. If you do opt to perform the labor yourself, be sure you are 110% equipped to handle it.

Interview Multiple Contractors

You don’t want to choose contractors lightly. This is someone who needs to be open to your ideas and will get the job done right. Get quotes from multiple contractors and do your research. Check any reviews they have or talk to previous clients. You don’t want to hire a contractor who won’t get the job done or will be shady with your money.

Get Everything In Writing

In the interview process, getting a copy of the proposal from the contract is a great way to sit down and have an at-a-glance way to review each. Later on down the road, the proposal for the job will serve as a hard copy of what you can expect from the contractor. It’s a great form of accountability and eliminates miscommunication.

Remodeling Your Home With Soil-Away

If you’re ready to start the remodeling process in your home, Soil-Away in Hooksett, NH, is here to help! Contact us today to learn more about our services.

mold prevention

Your Best Mold Prevention St …

Mold is a nasty thing to find on your property. When the damage is done, entire sections of your house could need to be removed. It’s better to have a mold prevention strategy than a need for mold restoration services. While mold is tricky and likes to hide, there are certain things you can do to aid prevention. These, along with keeping a watchful eye out for mold, will help you greatly in the long run.

Change Air Filters Frequently

The air filters in your home catch a lot of dust and debris that is tracked into your home. Eventually, air can’t flow as smoothly because it’s blocked by clogged air filters. Your home may start to feel stagnant or musty, and the humidity outside will start to creep inside. That’s when air filters become a breeding ground for mold. And once mold grows in the filters, it spreads all over the house through your vents. By changing your air filters regularly, you can bring clean air back into your home before mold can start to grow.

Address Plumbing Leaks

Mold is attracted to damp spaces. Any place there are leaks, mold is sure to follow. If you notice a faucet starting to leak or that your shower isn’t keeping all of the water inside, you need to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible. Bathrooms are already damper than other rooms and can feel humid at times. Cleaning up excess water will help to prevent mold growth.

Check for Water Infiltration – Windows, Doors, and More

Check anywhere that you pass from outside to inside. Windows, doors, walls, and even the roof need to be sealed properly to keep out any outside elements. If there are cracks in the lining or bigger holes, humidity in the warmer months and precipitation all year long will come into your home, making areas damp and mold-friendly. Fixing the damage before mold can spread is your only option here for mold prevention.

Manage Humidity Levels

Spring and summer in New England are typically very humid. Elevated humidity levels in your property for extended periods of time can promote microbial growth. Consider investing in a dehumidifier and running it. Areas prone to the highest humidity are basements or other areas without climate control – such as central AC.

Mold loves to grow in dark, damp corners. It usually starts where you can’t see, so by the time you catch it, the mold has spread to many different places. These mold prevention tips will help keep your house dry, but you still need to be vigilant about looking in dark places. Make sure your attic stays dry and take care of your basement if you have one. And if you find mold damage, call us at Soil-Away, LLC at (603) 641-6555.

Fire Restoration Cleaning - Hampton, NH

4 Ways To Get Rid of Smoke O …

Smoke odor can be a pesky household smell to get rid of. It lingers for a long time and leaves a terrible stench in your home. Try these tips to get rid of odor following smoke damage, and your home will smell much fresher!

Use Vinegar on Household Fabrics

If your soft fabrics seem to be harboring irritating smoke odors, vinegar could be your best friend! Before you use vinegar on these items, you’ll want to remove them from the affected areas. Gather up your sheets, blankets, etc., and add about a ½ cup of distilled white vinegar to your laundry wash to rid them of the odor. When you dry them, don’t use high heat, as this can often render the process ineffective. Once they’ve dried, don’t put them back in a room that has smoke damage until you’ve gotten that odor out of the room.

Try Baking Soda on Carpets and Furniture

For large items like your couch, mattress, and carpet, baking soda will be effective in drawing out the lingering smoke odor. Sprinkle the baking soda over the surfaces, trying your best to spread it evenly. Allow the powder to sit for about an hour. After it’s set, vacuum up the baking soda. You’ll need to use some of the attachments on your vacuum to really get into some of the more narrow spaces.

Afterward, you may need to evaluate if this step should be repeated. Depending on the level of smoke damage and how long it has had to seep in, you might need to go back and do it again. Luckily, it’s a cheap fix, so there are no worries there!

Volcanic Rock is a Possible Solution to Remove Smoke Damage

It sounds pretty crazy, but this little trick works! Volcanic rock absorbs moisture and odors. It’s also natural and non-toxic, so you don’t need to worry about bringing harmful chemicals into your home. You place them in discreet places, such as under furniture, and allow them to work their magic. It’s inexpensive, simple, and doesn’t take a lot of time.

Stubborn Odors Require A Bit More Work

If you’ve tried the easy fixes and nothing is working, it’s time to invest in some solutions that will get rid of the smell for good. The next step may involve hiring a smoke odor removal company. Their process may include a deep cleaning of all the affected areas. There is also a chance that after cleaning the interior of your home may need to be painted and carpeting replaced. This will usually have to be done if the smoke damage is more severe and has deeply penetrated surfaces. It can be costly to do, but it’s ultimately worth it.

Remove Smoke Odor from Your New Hampshire Home

If you live in the Manchester area and you want to repair the smoke damage in your home, give Soil-Away a call! We can help you enjoy living in your home again. Learn more about what we can do for you today. Call 603-641-6555 to get started.

sewage damage

Top Reasons To Handle Sewage …

At the first sign of sewage damage, you need to call a disaster restoration company. Cleaning up sewage damage is a big job and not one you should put off. The longer you wait, the more danger you and your family will be in. Here are the top reasons you need to handle sewage damage right away.

Sewage Damage is Toxic

Sewage damage is not like water damage. The bacteria and other harmful substances in sewage can make you extremely sick. This is especially true for children and the elderly. Being around sewage can lead to the flu, e. Coli, and several other diseases. So if you have a sewer system or septic tank backup into your property, you need to have it taken care of quickly. Restoration companies have the right tools and experience to send technicians to take care of the problem safely.

Sewage Damage is Difficult to Clean

Since sewage is full of bacteria and other sludgy substances, the damage to your house stands to be worse than water damage. The longer you wait to treat it, the larger the damaged area will grow. Your home will need to be properly serviced by professionals. A certified disaster cleanup contractor will clean up the mess, remove non-salvageable building materials and contents, sanitize the space and fully dry affected area. This is not something you should necessarily DIY. Call a disaster restoration company to assess the damage and get to work.

Sewage Backups Lead to Mold

The biggest way that sewage damage is actually like water damage is that it can lead to mold. Compounding all of the other damaging facts about sewage is that it still causes moisture damage which can lead to mold growth. So, the longer you wait, the more chance you are giving mold to thrive. This is another reason to call a professional disaster restoration company to clean your house. If excess moisture is left behind, even after the sewage is long gone, you could have an outbreak of mold at any time. For the integrity of your home and the safety of yourself and your family, clean it all up at once.

At Soil Away, LLC, we understand that sewage damage might send you into a panic. Instead of worrying what to do, call us and we’ll send one of our IICRC certified teams out right away to start your road to recovery. We will be with you every step of the way to restore your home to be cleaner and safer than it was before. Call us today at (603) 641-6555.

Black mold remediation

Hidden Mold: What You Can Do …

Mold loves warm and humid places where it can grow. That’s why mold removal is often a much larger problem than initially anticipated. The part that you see is only the tip of the iceberg. It’s important to be vigilant about mold and frequently monitor places prone to moisture. But what happens when mold is in an area you can’t get to? Take a look at these tips.

Call A Restoration Company

First things first: don’t panic. Mold, especially black mold, can be scary to find because of the health concerns associated with an infestation. But you don’t have to clean it all yourself. Call a restoration company for mold remediation as soon as mold is spotted. The right company will have the best equipment necessary to find the mold and remove it quickly and safely.

Air Sample Test

When you call a restoration company for mold removal, they will first want to figure out how much mold they are dealing with. Often, mold will be in places you can’t see. A certified Industrial Hygienist will conduct an air sample test to find out the level of black mold and whether the area is toxic. Depending on the reading, they’ll know how much mold to be on the lookout for. This will help to establish a mold spore baseline. If the toxicity is high, they may advise that you live somewhere else until the mold problem is taken care of.

Moisture-Sensing Equipment

Since mold grows a lot in areas full of moisture, a restoration company will use moisture-sensing equipment to look for areas with potential mold growth. The equipment will be able to tell the technicians what areas have a higher concentration of moisture than others, helping to narrow down the places mold might be growing. This is especially helpful for areas where mold is growing behind walls and in dark corners of basements and attics. Remember, where there is elevated moisture and a food source, mold will tend to grow.

Call A Professional For Mold Removal

You may be a DIYer for home projects, but you should reconsider when it comes to mold. This is because you have no way of knowing how the mold may affect your health. It’s better to have a restoration company come in to do the remediation work. They will implement safe removal practices for all building occupants and workers. Safety must be the top priority.

At Soil-Away, we will be there to help you find the mold that’s hidden in the most unlikely places. Our technicians are IICRC certified and will make sure mold concerns are eliminated. Give us a call today for mold removal services at (603) 641-6555.

5 Reasons To Take Black Mold …

Mold removal seems easy enough. A little bit of cleaning solution, some scrubbing, and you should be good to go, right? This is not typically the case. If you see black mold, you should take a calculated approach and not dismiss the potential hazards. Here are five reasons to take black mold removal seriously.

  1. Black Mold Can Be Toxic

Black mold is usually a greenish-black or grey color. It is often slimy and smells like mildew. Exposure to black mold can cause people to be sick. Symptoms can include dizziness, skin irritation, shortness of breath, and even vision impairment. The longer you are exposed, the more serious risks you will have. If you discover black mold in your home, you may consider an appointment with the doctor to get a checkup and call a mold removal service to repair your home.

  1. Black Mold Spreads Quickly

Once you find black mold on a surface, be cautious of it spreading elsewhere via cross-contamination in the air. Mold is a living organism that likes to grow in a warm, damp, and dark place. It is often started in unreachable places and grows until you see a patch on your wall or elsewhere. So, by the time you catch it, mold has contaminated a larger portion of your home. Because of the toxicity of the mold, it’s cause for real concern even if you can only see a small portion of it.

  1. Black Mold Removal Is Maintained by Health Codes

In many cities, there are municipal health codes for black mold remediation. In public places such as a medical facility, restaurant, or apartment building, the presence of black mold can be cause to shut down the establishment until the mold is taken care of. This is because of the great health concerns that come with black mold. If the mold is in your home, even though there are no health codes to follow, you may want to follow suit and live elsewhere while it is being treated.

  1. When in Doubt About Mold, Get Testing

There are different types of mold. Some common household types are Aspergillus, Fusarium, chaetomium, Penicillium, aureobasidium, and Stachybotrys. Stachybotrys is the mold most commonly recognized as “black mold.” Without proper testing, it is impossible to confirm what types of mold exist in your property. A professional black mold testing company will help identify and quantify the problem so a proper mold remediation scope can be developed.

  1. Black Mold Removal is Tricky

Like we said before, mold grows in damp and dark places. For this reason, it’s often found beneath floorboards, in basements, and by drains. It can be hard to remove because of where it spreads. And black mold doesn’t respond as well to bleach as other molds and mildews. Mold removal should be left to professionals because they have the right cleaning tools and protective gear to make sure all of the mold is removed. If even one spore is left behind, more mold will grow.

Without the proper protective gear, the right cleaning solutions, or the knowledge of black mold that professionals have, you put yourself in a dangerous situation if you try to clean black mold yourself. Instead, hire a professional mold removal service to examine the damage, remediate the mold, and let you know when your home is safe again.

If you see mold damage in your home, don’t panic, but please act quickly. At Soil-Away, we are here to keep your home damage-free and clean. Give us a call today at (603) 641-6555.

 

Thinking Of Cleaning That Mo …

You consider yourself pretty handy at DIY stuff. You can fix any malfunction in your house or commercial property. Rickety stairway railing? No problem, you need just a few tools. Leaking faucet? You’re ready to get under that sink. But what happens when you run into mold? You know it’s bad, but do you know how to fix it? Here are some reasons mold removal is best left to the professionals.

Mold Grows Quickly

By the time you actually see the mold in your house it’s probably spread quite a bit. Given the right conditions, mold can grow very quickly. Mold thrives in damp areas without much air circulation. It can come after a flood, a long winter, or with humidity. Mold is very easily hidden, so it usually only shows up on your walls or in your tile once the spreading has started. A quick approach is best once you spot it, and professionals will be more efficient than anything you do yourself.

Mold is Toxic

Black mold can be toxic to us. Symptoms can vary from dizziness to skin irritation, shortness of breath, and even vision impairment. Without the proper equipment and precautions, prolonged exposure to mold can be very serious. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Professional technicians have access to personal protective equipment which will decrease the exposure risk and prevent them from breathing in more than they need to.

Mold is Difficult to Remove

As noted, the mold we see is only part of the problem. You could have more hiding deep in your walls, behind kitchen cabinets, in the attic, and other places that are hard to tackle yourself. Not only will you have to remove the mold, but then you have to repair the building and remove any moisture so mold doesn’t return. Professionals can remove the mold and repair the damage caused by both the water and mold damage.

Mold Needs to Be Removed the Right Way

Do not try to vacuum the mold or wash it with bleach. The wrong type of vacuum could further spread the mold into the air and other areas of the house, while bleach will only clean the surface and not get to the roots of the mold behind it. Removing mold yourself will only take care of part of the problem. A professional has tools to determine how much mold is actually there and then properly remove it.

If you see mold in your home or have any other structural damage, call a professional. At Soil-Away, New Hampshire’s premier restoration service, our technicians are IICRC trained and ready to help. Please call 603-641-6555 to set up an appointment today.

What You Need From Your Home …

Home remodeling can be quite the undertaking if you aren’t sure of what you’re doing. This is why you need to take great care when choosing a home remodeling company. A quick Google search will show you many to choose from, so how do you make the right choice? Check out some of these great traits to help you find the right remodeling company.

Help Getting Exactly What You Want

Once you’re ready to remodel, you may have the design in mind. But you don’t have to. Sometimes customers just know they want to upgrade their appliances. Others need repairs because of a major disaster. In any case, you need a home remodeling company that can give you exactly what you want. They need to have access to multiple styles and brands and can tell you the benefits of each. They should be able to answer any questions you have and make sure everything fits your budget. You should be 100% happy with your choices before they even start working.

Efficient Workers

Once you’ve decided on the materials and design plan, you need to know that the work is going to get done efficiently and without unnecessary delays. Look at customer reviews online to determine how happy previous customers were with the work they had done. Any complaints about work taking longer than expected without much explanation or surprises that took them off-guard should raise a red flag. Efficiency is critical for a home remodeling company to retain business.

Quality Appliances and Materials

At the end of the day, what really matters is the quality of the work done. When it comes to the materials used to remodel your home, only the best will do. Make sure when you are talking with a prospective home remodeling company that they use materials and appliances that will last for years to come. You are investing a lot into your remodeling project and want to maximize the enjoyment and benefits. Quality building products make a big difference in this regard.

You will be thankful for all the research you did on your home remodeling company by the end of the job. Choosing based on cost or location alone could lead to a disastrous job. You want to be sure that you will be happy once the workers leave and you’re left to live with the results. At Soil-Away, we understand this importance with all our jobs. We want 100% customer satisfaction every time. Give us a call today for all your home restoration needs at (603) 641-6555.

What Is The IICRC, And Why D …

When you need restorative services done on your home, the first thing you’ll do is search for a restoration company. But do you know what you’re looking for? A certified restoration company, one backed by international standards and specially certified workers, will be your best bet. You want to know that the work on your home is current on the latest procedures and is safe. So, when you start looking for a certified restoration company, look for the IICRC logo on their website.

What is the IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) is a non-profit organization that certifies companies which uphold the highest standards of cleaning and restoration. Having an IICRC certification shows potential clients that an accredited institution has inspected the company. They have gone through training and inspections to align themselves with globally recognized standards of service. The IICRC’s board of directors meets regularly to talk about cleaning and restoration services and how to make them more efficient and effective. All certified companies and technicians are notified of any changes through an Annual Report, which is available for anyone online. You can look up the IICRC’s standards of quality by clicking here.

Importance of the IICRC

Certified restoration companies that claim to be with the IICRC all use the same methods and standards when doing a job. By using a global standard, the goal is certifying every restoration company to ensure the best possible work. This also means they have the highest safety standards, talk about best practices in dangerous situations, and are routinely looking at different ways to clean and restore without harsh chemicals or excess waste. The IICRC also has field guides to make it much easier for technicians to follow through with their certified promise.

What This Means for You as a Consumer

When you need a restoration company, seeing the IICRC logo on the company’s website should give you peace of mind. You can know that you will be treated to the very best service, no matter what type of job needs to be done. You will know that you can look online for best practices and hold the company you hire accountable for their actions. The IICRC wants to make things easier for you and healthier for the world. You will be thankful that the certified restoration company you hired took the time to comply.

If you are looking for a certified restoration company, look no further than Soil-Away. Whether you have water damage, mold infestation, or recently went through a natural disaster, we can handle it all from initial cleanup to construction repairs. And we are IICRC master-certified! Give us a call today at (603) 641-6555.

Spring Cleaning? Check These …

When it’s finally spring and you’re ready to clean up your home, it’s always beneficial to do a regular mold checkup, especially if you live in an area with a humid climate. When you are doing a mold cleanup, it’s best to check some common areas where these microscopic organisms like to hide. And if you find them, we have some great spring-cleaning tips to help you get rid of them quickly and easily.

Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks

Kitchen and bathroom sinks are common places for indoor mold growth because these areas are easily exposed to moisture and humidity. There is also the danger of an occasional leaking pipe. Leaks can cause mold to grow on the drywall around the pipes or even on wood cabinets.

Air-Conditioning Units

Another location you might want to check for mold is the air-conditioning unit within your home. Basically, you want to check to see if there is any moisture accumulated inside your HVAC system. For example, if your drain and condensate pans aren’t draining properly, your system could be filled with moisture – and therefore mold. Another common issue is if your HVAC ducts and components are filled with moisture as well, as these can become homes for mold spores.

Underneath Refrigerators

As you may suspect, refrigerators can get moist too. One easy way to check for mold down here is to look underneath your refrigerator. If you see a leak, you may have a problem with one of your pipes. Getting that fixed can mean a difference in your overall health.

Damp Objects

If you have a stack of wet newspapers or magazines lying around in your basement, you might want to throw these out. Moldy paper can be a problem hiding in place sight. Luckily, it’s easy to dispose of mold found here.

Spring Cleaning: What Next?

 Now that you’ve pinpointed the problem, you can apply our top spring cleaning tips.  First, conduct a mold testing service with a certified Industrial Hygienist (IH) to determine the levels of mold in your house. You can then contact Soil-Away restoration experts to find potential “breeding grounds” using advanced moisture-sensing equipment. Then our specialists will begin extensive sanitization, drying, restoration, and checking processes. When you follow this with our post-remediation verification, rest assured that you have dealt with any mold. This means you can relax until spring comes around again.

Why Use The Esporta Wash Sys …

After an emergency like a hurricane, fire, or flood, the last thing you want to think about is the damage to your personal items. Regular cleaning methods can destroy soft goods. These are things like clothing, shoes, protective outerwear, and other sentimental items. But the patented cleaning solution and machine of the Esporta Wash System can restore your soft goods to good as new.

Soft Content Restoration

The Esporta Wash System can restore soft goods damaged in Category 1-3 water events, fire/smoke, and mold or other biohazards. It’s gentle, and keeps your items steady as the cleaning solution passes through them. The patented cleaning solution is better for the environment. Also, it has less risk of damaging your soft goods. We can even restore your mother’s favorite coat to its former glory. Our cleaning process can even take your highly-contaminated soft goods and clean it to a food-grade sanitization level.

Cost-Effective

Using the Esporta Wash System will save you money. Insurance typically covers 20% of the cost of replacing an item. As a result, your insurance company will thank you. Damage from a hurricane or a fire can lead to thousands of dollars in claims for irreplaceable goods. The Esporta system will salvage soft goods so that you won’t need to replace them. The Esporta system has restored college football uniforms, saddles, stuffed animals, and delicate shoes. Because of this, your treasured possessions are safe in the hands of Esporta-certified operators.

Certified Operators

In order for a restoration service to use the Esporta Wash System, they must be a certified operator of the system and have a certified site where they are not only using the proper Esporta system, but also have the best drying and finishing equipment to keep with Esporta’s standard of care. When you hire an Esporta-certified company, you know you are getting qualified assistance that keeps up with training and research to give you the best care after an emergency.

If your soft goods and textiles have been damaged in a flood or fire, call Soil Away LLC. We are a full-service restoration company serving residential and community properties in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Portsmouth, Laconia, northern MA, and southern Maine. In addition, we are the only Esporta-certified operator in our service area. We are available 24/7 at (603)-641-6555.

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