Furnace Puff Backs

Fall has arrived and soon it will be time to turn on the furnace for the first time.  This is also when we see a significant increase in the number of furnace “puff backs.”  Puff backs occur for various reasons, but all result in combustion products including soot entering the conditioned air of the home or building. Some puff backs are caused by a sudden explosion, some by thermal fatigue cracks in the heat exchanger, or others by poor installation and maintenance. Whatever the reason, the end result is soot and other debris being pushed into the home, potentially causing…

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Sewer Back-Ups: Frequently Asked Questions

Sewer Back-Ups: Frequently Asked Questions Sewer water can contain all types of toxic and hazardous contaminants. In the event of a sewer backup, having the professionals at Burke Emergency Restoration in Manchester, NH properly clean your home or business can help ensure the health and safety of your family and/or employees. The following are answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Sewer Backups: Is it safe for my family to inhabit the property after a sewer backup? Answer: No. Water that comes from a a sewer system needs to be treated as a hazardous health situation. Category 3, also…

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Home Flood Damage: How to Reduce the Risks

Mold and water damage create headaches for New Hampshire homeowners Guest Blog from Eaton & Berube Insurance!The most common natural disaster in New Hampshire is flooding, according to ReadyNH, New Hampshire’s emergency preparedness website. Each spring, a combination of heavy rain and melting snow creates optimal conditions for overbank flooding along our state’s thousands of rivers and streams. One more drop of rain and your backyard, your basement, and even the upper levels of your home may by in danger. How do you protect your home before the floodwaters arrive?Preventing Damage in Your BasementThe most likely place for floodwater to…

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Winter property damage woes: Freezing Pipes

Winter property damage woes: Freezing Pipes Frigid temperatures in southern New Hampshire officially herald the arrival of winter and the season's biggest property damage headache: freezing pipes. Water is a unique substance. As with most materials, when water cools, its density increases and it settles to the bottom of a container. However, at 32 degrees it expands, and its density decreases. This expansion increases the volume of water by about 11% and creates tremendous pressure on its container (between 50,000 and 114,000 psi). No matter the strength of a material, expanding water will cause it to break. Pipes are especially…

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Beware of “Fire Chasers!”

Beware of “Fire Chasers!” As an insurance agent or adjuster, you receive a call from a policyholder reporting fire damage at their residence or place of business. After taking down the essential information and ensuring that no one was hurt, your next step is to find a restoration company to begin the arduous clean-up process (provided the fire wasn’t a total loss). You refer to your list of approved restoration vendors, recommend one and send them out to the fire location. But what happens next can be particularly frustrating: The restoration company that you sent arrives on the scene only…

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Water Damage — The Benefits of Advanced Drying Techniques

Water Damage — The Benefits of Advanced Drying Techniques Water cleanup can be very challenging for a property owner. Whenever property is damaged by water, it is essential to dry that property and all contents as quickly and effectively as possible.Today, the "science of drying" has improved significantly. Water cleanup that involves soaked carpet, pad and drywall can often be competely restored and will not require replacement. This results in lower associated costs for the loss, and it allows the occupants to return to their normal lives much faster and with far less disruption. Burke Emergency Restoration in Manchester, NH…

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Mold and water damage create headaches for New Hampshire homeowners

Mold and water damage create headaches for New Hampshire homeowners Spring's warmer temperatures coupled with the wet, snowy conditions we experienced in New Hampshire this past winter have created an ideal breeding ground for mold and other types of property damage. Mold spores are literally everywhere and usually cause no concern. However, when the conditions are right, mold can begin to grow inside a home or other structure and become a serious health concern. Water is the most likely cause of damage to property across New Hampshire. It includes everything from overflowing sinks, to leaky or broken pipes, to drain…

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