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Proven Tips for Fire Damage Remediation in Your White River Junction Home

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Proven Tips for Fire Damage Remediation in Your White River Junction Home When fire and smoke damage affect the home that you live in, you need to act fast and make an educated decision. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Correct Removal of Smokes and Soots after Fire Damage in White River Junction

When you think of house-fires, it is common to assume the worst. However, large-scale fires that require remodeling, replacement or restructuring account for a small percentage of our call-outs. The truth is, house-fires are commonly small with secure containment from first-responders. It is usually smoke damages that need to be watched out for alongside water damages which occur during the fire-fighting effort.

Our most recent experiences of fire damage in White River Junction properties are about the removal of soot, smoke, and charring from a contained area. When materials burn the chemicals within them are released into the surrounding environment in the form of smoke and soot.
 
This type of synthetic smoke damage can spread rapidly around a property by moving into clean air pockets. They often spread further than the flames themselves, depositing unto clean surfaces that they come into contact with. SERVPRO technicians have training that helps them to recognize the patterns of smoke as well as how it travels around a property. This can be invaluable when it comes to finding the source of odorous or thick smoke deposits.

As well as understanding the behavior of smoke, a good technician needs to know what the most effective cleaning method is for removal. Depending on the type of material that burned, and at what temperature, smoke falls into two classifications; either wet or dry. Each category responds differently to cleaning. Wet-smoke, for example, can quickly be spread around causing further damage if it is treated like dry-smoke.

When a SERVPRO fire technician arrives on site, the first thing they do is conduct a pre-test. This test helps determine the cleaning response, whether by using chemicals, foam, water or dry abrasive methods to restore the property. Where there are valuable possessions, we may be able to restore them by sending them to an external facility for ultrasonic cleaning.

Ultimately, whatever it takes to restore your property to its preloss conditions is our primary concern, and we can mobilize all of our expertise and equipment to get the job done as efficiently as possible.

If you need an expert solution to your property damages, contact SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004.

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Cleaning Up from House Fires and Billowing Smoke Damage in White River Junction? Don't Fret--Call SERVPRO for Recovery Help

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Up from House Fires and Billowing Smoke Damage in White River Junction?  Don't Fret--Call SERVPRO for Recovery Help SERVPRO Says Protect Your White River Junction Home from Fire Damage with Installed Smoke Detectors

Fire Damage Restoration Can Make Your White River Junction Home Feel Like Home Again

Families that have experienced fire damage incidents know the kind of loss that such disasters bring along. Whenever your home experiences a fire, you have to remain calm and make the right decision to prevent additional damage and salvage what might end up being unrestorable. The White River Junction area is not an exception to house fires and residents need to learn the role that restorers play during such incidents. Additionally, we are advised to take advantage of the available information during this National Preparedness Month to always stay ready to face such events.

Assessment and cleanup are among the first things that our SERVPRO team performs when attending to any home fire in White River Junction. If for instance the fire starts from your garage and spreads to other parts of the building, some sections of the structure might be a complete loss, and other rooms of the home might be restorable. The assessment allows us to determine what is restorable and what is necessary to replace. It is our work to haul away the charred and the smoke damaged ceilings, floor, and walls. We can then also focus on odor control.
 
Let us cover some of the cleaning methods that our SERVPRO technicians use when restoring your home. We use dry cleaning techniques when removing non-grease particles and soils from surfaces. During this technique, we use dusting cloths or feather dusters to brush or wipe surfaces and remove surface dust. Vacuuming is an example of a dry cleaning technique that we employ to remove particulate soiling and light debris.
 
Usually, we perform dry cleaning before we can start performing wet cleaning procedures. When using the previous technique, we use a cleaning agent or water to saturate the surface or item that we are cleaning. If the content or surface is likely to degrade by being overly saturated when we use spray and wipe - a wet cleaning method that controls the cleaning agent that we are applying to a surface.

SERVPRO highly recommends to have smoke detectors strategically placed within your home as an early warning for house fires. When extensive structural damage needs signifcant remolition and removal, we can pack-out personal items and furnishings for off-site cleaning and storage. We can tag using barcodes to document the movement of all removed items. We do whatever is necessary to make you feel "Like it never even happened."
 
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has the right expertise, equipment, and training to handle your cleaning and restoration needs. Call us at (802) 674-8004 and benefit from our 24/7 emergency services.

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Professional Packing Equipment Helps Fire Damage Restoration Experts in White River Junction

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Packing Equipment Helps Fire Damage Restoration Experts in White River Junction When fire affects an area of your home, contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage and clean your possessions properly.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped to Help Remediate Fire Damage in Your Home

How we treat our customers' belongings in White River Junction reflects on our integrity as individuals and as a company. We always make sure that we treat your belongings as if they were those of a family member or close friend – always with extreme care and never with a flippant attitude.
 
When a family home sustains fire damage in White River Junction, the personal belonging and other contents inside the home also suffer. These require expert cleaning and deodorization treatments to become safely usable again. To perform the mitigation and restoration that the home needs structurally, we often must make more space available for our mitigation and restoration crew members.
 
Packing up possessions to make space also protects those same possessions from accidental harm. When we arrive to start work, we bring not only our restoration and mitigation equipment, but also the necessary tools to pack your items up safely, securely, and professionally.
 
Because your home's electricity might still not function when we begin, we come with our own generators to power our tools. This allows us to use portable lighting, rechargeable tools, necessary heaters, and the like. You do not need to provide us with any materials to perform packing up services.
 
We also bring new boxes, packing materials, pads for furniture and other heavy objects, tables, ladders, and dollies. Each of these items serves its purpose, sometimes several times, and without these, we might experience difficulty doing the work needed.
 
We also inventory everything that we pack up, label the boxes appropriately and provide you with copies. These sheets provide us with information on the status of each item, even in large collections. The information includes which room the contents came from, also. As each employee knows that updating these sheets maintains crucial information for our valuable customers, we can assure you that using these can always assist you when you need to locate something, particularly when you unpack items after you move back into your home.
 
After a fire in Ludlow, Springfield, or Woodstock, contact the professionals who can restore your home at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties by calling (802) 674-8004. We realize that many homeowners need guidance after a disaster, and we can help you understand the complexities of the mitigation and restoration process from start to finish as we work to make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Experts Help Prevent Secondary Damage When Restoring Fire Damage in Wilmington

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Experts Help Prevent Secondary Damage When Restoring Fire Damage in Wilmington SERVPRO Salvages Many Fire-Damaged Furnishings in Wilmington--Call the Professionals

Wilmington House Fires Results Can Be Mitigated with the Help of SERVPRO

There is always a chance of a fire starting in different parts of the house. Statistically, kitchens are the most likely sources of uncontrollable fires in many homes. It is not surprising considering there is often a flame or a heating appliance in use, and the fact that it only takes thirty seconds for a small, uncontrolled flame to turn into an unmanageable blaze. Although it is possible to extinguish many home fires before they consume the entire structure, they still cause considerable damage. The property can be further harmed during the restoration process.

The best way to deal with fire damage in Wilmington is to involve a professional from the moment the flames die down. Many people opt to deal with the damage first and only involve an expert when overwhelmed. You should call SERVPRO immediately to benefit from our extensive experience gained over the years from dealing with home fires. We train our technicians to salvage properties without causing further damage, whenever possible.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your property, they first inspect contents and separate items into different categories. This categorization separates items that need cleaning from those that survive the fire in perfect condition. Other categories might include items that need further scrutiny and the damaged ones that require replacement. Since our experts start the recovery process systemically, it shortens the time taken and minimizes further damages. Our CCIS, Contents Claim Inventory Service provides our take on the damage with you and your insurance adjuster, who make the final call.

It is said where there is smoke, there is a fire. The inverse is also true, and in most home kitchen fires, smoke causes considerable damage, too. The smoke moves to various parts of the structure fast so you might think the damage is more extensive than it actually is. When our SERVPRO technicians inspect your home, they establish the best ways to remove the layers of soot deposited in different parts of the structure without damaging it further. Proper cleaning is necessary compared to taking shortcuts such as painting over soot-covered cabinets, ceilings or other fixtures. Such shortcuts can present further problems in future, including bad odors and material degradation because some forms of soot are acidic.

Involving a professional service to help in cases of fire damage clearly improves the outcome. If you call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004, our staff visits your property and helps kick-start the restoration process from the point of knowledge to minimize secondary damage and where possible, restore it to its preloss condition.

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Deodorization of Soot and Smoke After Fire Damage in Your Wilmington Home

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Deodorization of Soot and Smoke After Fire Damage in Your Wilmington Home Call SERVPRO to Treat Smoke Odors After a Wilmington House Fire

House Fires Generate Problematic Smoke and Odor Cleanup and Restoration Needs--Call SERVPRO

A majority of electrical fires in the Wilmington area are caused by faulty outlets and appliances that are old and outdated. Other fires begin by faults in appliance cords, switches, and receptacles. Do not ever use appliances with frayed or worn cords that can send heat onto surfaces which are combustible like curtains, floors, and rugs, as this can spark a fire. Other hazards including running a cord underneath a rug or taking the ground plug off a cord to use it in an electrical outlet with two prongs.
 
Any electrical fire in your Wilmington home can leave behind a great deal of fire damage that needs to be addressed right away. Letting smoke and soot remain creates additional damage, as the soot is acidic and eats away at surfaces. Call on our professional staff at SERVPRO for help as soon as the fire is out. We have all the necessary training and tools needed to clean and restore your home after a fire properly.
 
Part of cleaning up after a fire is deodorizing the affected areas in your home from the soot and smoke odors. We can remove the source of the odor instead of deodorizing it if it is charred or damaged enough. Removing charred structural materials before we deodorize is helpful in combating the smells. Debris that is contaminated with smoke residues can keep giving off smoke odors or soils if it is not removed.
 
SERVPRO technicians check each room of the house, not just where the fire happened, to see how far odors have penetrated. The entire structure may sometimes need to be cleaned, along with the contents, to remove all remnants of smells. Small particles of odor-producing residues continue to permeate the air until neutralized.
 
A deodorizing smoke or fog is most effective after a fire, as distributing the aerosols to a surface in a similar manner to the way that odor-causing substances penetrated the surface works the best. We then seal surfaces exposed to malodors when required for more severe situations.
 
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties thoroughly cleans your home in Ludlow, Stratton, or Springfield after fire damage to mitigate all smoke and soot odors. Contact us at (802) 674-8004 once the fire is out so we can get your home restored as quickly as possible.

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What to Do When a Curling Iron Causes Fire Damage in Your Wilmington Home

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do When a Curling Iron Causes Fire Damage in Your Wilmington Home Leaving your curling iron on in the bathroom can sometimes cause damage especially if you and your family have left for the day. Call SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Takes Care of BOTH Small and Large Scale Fire Damage 

Everyone has had those mornings when they are so tired that they are running on pure instinctual memory. However, this can be an issue when forgetfulness leads to fire damage in your home. Unfortunately, it is often too easy to leave your curling iron plugged in and running when you are tired. Going to iron out your shirt for the day may not seem like a long time away from the curling iron, but it can be just long enough to cause a small fire in your bathroom.
 
The towels, skin care products, and toothpaste in your residence can get quickly burned up in the small fire in Wilmington. While the fire might not cause any catastrophic damage to your bathroom, the blaze can cause terrible odors and soot that is in desperate need of cleaning. Fortunately, there is help nearby to assist in the clean up from this unfortunate accident.
 
Here at SERVPRO, we strive to get to your home as quickly as possible after receiving your call. However, in the meantime, we can recommend tips to help you keep the smelly soot inside of your bathroom, like keeping the door closed until we arrive. SERVPRO technicians can inspect the damage done to your bathroom and then get to cleaning up the mess that the fire left behind.
 
Once we clean the surfaces of the walls, mirror, and furnishing of your bathroom, we can help you create an inventory of what you lost. Afterward, our technicians can employ the use of advanced technology to rid your home of the smelly scents from the fire. We use tools like hydroxyl generators, which neutralize smells by chemically changing the compounds of the odors. With the use of such technology, we can make you feel "Like it never even happened."
 
When you have a fire in your home, large or small, call SERVPRO of the Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004. We answer your calls 24/7 so that we can return your home to its preloss condition as soon as possible.
 
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Restoring Fire Damaged Homes in Wilmington VT

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Fire Damaged Homes in Wilmington VT Fire Damage Cleanup in Wilmington Meets Its Match with SERVPRO

The Process of Smoke & Fire Cleanup and Restoration Depends on the Degree of Damage

Wilmington homeowners and residents often have to deal with multiple types of damage after a fire. There is, of course, the material that burned. After that, there is the damage that residues cause when smoke and soot settle onto property surfaces. Then, there is the damage caused by firefighters and fire suppression systems when water and extinguishing chemicals are used to stop the fire.
 
These different types are also factors in determining the level of Wilmington fire damage. SERVPRO categorizes the various water, smoke, and burn damages into three levels. We do this to understand what tools and methods each task requires. After an inspector determines the damage level, our trained response teams can immediately get to work and begin the restoration process.
 
Minor Fire Damage is primarily smoke related. The residues are only found in a few rooms near the source of the fire and not spread throughout the entire home. Technicians use dry and wet methods of cleaning to remove light-to-moderate amounts of residues from personal property, floors, walls, and ceilings. Items like books may need replacing, and there may be a small amount of repainting needed near the origin point of the fire. Preventing fire is the best bet.
 
Medium Fire Damage requires more effort to remove smoke residues which are moderate at least and spread throughout more of the home. Dry cleaning methods are not as useful, and wet cleaning methods require more chemical cleaners instead of water to remove them. Smoke odors are very noticeable at this level and may require specific cleaning chemicals to eliminate them. The damage from flames and the heat are more severe than in minor damage, so structural material like drywall, floor trim, and ceiling tiles may require disposal and replacement.
 
Major Fire Damage involves the destruction of the home's structure. Wall framing is charred and has to be removed and replaced before hanging new drywall. Smoke residues are spread throughout the entire home and may be severe enough to require our SERVPRO team members to dispose of structural and personal property rather than expend the effort and resources in an attempt to clean them. When the damage is this extensive, we may have to board up broken windows and damaged doors to secure the home from further damage. Smoke odors are strong enough that we use an ozone generator to neutralize odor particles, eliminating them.
 
Depending on the heat, items burned, and the efforts of the fire department, restoration of your home can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If you need our assistance, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is here to help return your Vermont home to its original state. Call us today at (802) 674-8004 to schedule a visit.

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Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services Within Wilmington

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services Within Wilmington It is important to call a qualified restoration company immediately after a fire has damaged your home.

SERVPRO Offers Specialized Cleaning Procedures for Fire Damage Cleanup

Stains and carbon particles are in most cases left behind after a fire damage incident. Failure to attend to them early enough with the right restoration procedures may lead to more damage and in some incidents achieving the desired level of cleanliness might fail. That is why residents of Wilmington area are advised to contact a qualified cleanup and restoration company immediately after a fire occurs.

Fire damage in Wilmington requires specialized cleaning procedures - whether the particles are loosely or tightly attached to the surfaces. Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians inspect the fire incident and select the most appropriate cleaning procedure. The primary cleaning actions that we use include suspension and dispersion, chemical action, mechanical action, and lubrication.

Usually, our SERVPRO team uses mechanical actions before attempting other cleaning procedures. We use the procedure to target non-greasy particles which are likely to dissolve in liquid cleaning agents. On the other hand, technicians use lubrication to weaken the bond joining the surface and the residue. When that happens, the cleaning product easily removes the particles from the surface.

There are times when changing the chemical formula of the sticking substance is necessary for cleaning to happen. That is when we use chemical action oriented cleaning products. If we are dealing with soils that need loosening, suspension and dispersion may be an alternative. During this cleaning technique, the soil or target particles can dissolve or emulsify in the cleaning product.

To ensure the selected cleaning procedure works efficiently, the technicians take into consideration the various cleaning elements - temperature, agitation, chemical action and time. For instance, the cleaning products’ rate of reaction increases by raising the temperature. Additionally, agitation can be used to spread cleaning agents and dislodge some of the particles. Mostly, the kind of products that restoration professionals use determine the deodorization and cleaning time.

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is a trusted leader in storm, mold, fire, and water damage restoration. Call us today at (802) 674-8004 to learn more about our services.

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Fire Damage from Malfunctioning Furnaces in Wilmington Homes

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from Malfunctioning Furnaces in Wilmington Homes SERVPRO works with other professionals and can have your vents and fire damage cleaned the same day you replace your furnace.

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Fire Damage Cleanup

House fires are the number one cause of fire damage in Wilmington, but a malfunctioning furnace can also create similar problems. When furnaces misfire internally, puff-back happens, and this indicates a failing furnace. 

Property owners who find sooty deposits near heat vents in their Wilmington homes should be aware that this is a type of smoke and fire damage. While the fire remains contained inside the furnace, the explosions every time the furnace starts can eventually wear the furnace down, leading to a significant catastrophe.

When puff-back happens each time the furnace starts, the deposits can build up in thicker and thicker amounts. This can lead to a creosote residue inside the ducts leading to your living space, in addition to the tell-tale signs outside and around the vents' openings on your walls. Creosote is a highly flammable substance, and when enough of this exists inside your ducts, only a small spark needs to land inside to start a fire.

Because of this build-up of creosote, having a new furnace installed is rarely enough to keep your family safe. The ducts also require cleaning, as do the vents and the areas around them. We perform these types of services for many homeowners in our community. When a wall contains substantial damage, beyond the accumulation of soot and creosote, we can replace that section of wall and repaint the area.

Puff-back is something that homeowners should not ignore. Replacing the furnace and having the area cleaned the same day is possible. SERVPRO works with other professionals in providing the services homeowners need so they receive the best possible services from both the other professionals and us. Our goal is to keep you and your family both safe and comfortable in your home. Preventing disasters from becoming realities is part of this, as well.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties are IICRC-certified technicians, striving to make your home a safe and secure one. Call us at any time at (802) 674-8004. We are available every hour of the day and night, 365 days a year to help you prevent catastrophes like fire damage.

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Expert Fire Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Wilmington Area Home

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Expert Fire Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Wilmington Area Home Entering your residence after a fire can be dangerous without the right support.

Expert Fire Damage Restoration Services

Walking back into your Wilmington home after experiencing fire damage for the first time can be devastating. Everything you worked so hard for looks destroyed and you have no idea where to turn for help.

Everything about the experience seems somewhat overwhelming, making recovering from fire damage in your Wilmington area home even that much harder. You need access to a restoration company that understands your situation and can provide you with the equipment, resources, and experienced personnel necessary to recover quickly.

Entering your residence after a fire can be dangerous without the right support. You can slip, trip or fall, cause additional damage, or even become ill due to exposure from unknown substances. SERVPRO uses a variety of personal protective equipment while inspecting your property after a fire. We maintain a safe, secure work site and understand how to keep your restoration moving forward while protecting everyone involved.

Smoke and water damage can be rather extensive, where the majority of your home experiences limited amounts of damage. Without access to the proper services, many of your items may require replacement even though it is possible to repair them. SERVPRO technicians have specific services designed to adjust to your particular situation, minimizing your losses and saving personal belongings you may have thought lost. Never give up on an item before a professional restoration technician has an opportunity to inspect it, you may be surprised by what we can do.

Your furniture, carpeting, flooring, and other household contents all require particular attention after a fire. It takes a trained professional to determine whether or not items remain safe to restore, or if you would be better off replacing an item. Each service that SERVPRO provides works towards limiting your losses and keeping costs down. We also work with your insurance provider to ensure you obtain the results you deserve.

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties has technicians available 24-hours a day to assist, and since we are locally owned, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and provide excellent services you can count on during an emergency. Let us be there when you need us, call today (802) 674-8004.

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Brattleboro Fire & Smoke Damage Actions

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Brattleboro Fire & Smoke Damage Actions Concord Smoke Odors Eliminated with the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides an Array of Equipment to Eliminate Smoke Odors


The effects of a house fire can take weeks or even months to overcome. Fortunately, few fires destroy a home or even cause major, structural damage. Restoration costs normally come from the results of the smoke from burning materials and the soot left behind.

Most fire damage to Brattleboro homes come from smoke and soot, but the lasting effect for many owners and residents is the odor. Removing smoke and other fire-related odors are challenging and require a professional company. SERVPRO has the experience to know that leaving furniture out overnight and throwing a new coat of paint over walls and the ceiling only masks odors temporarily. It is why we have an extensive inventory of equipment designed just for this purpose.

Electric Pressure Sprayers – Our technicians use these to dispense chemical cleaners and deodorizing agents at a rate of 50 psi. They spray the cleaners and agents directly onto the surface of the structure, carpets, and fabrics that have heavy smoke and soot residues.

Ventilation Fans – These industrial box fans move air at high velocities, from 3000 to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute. They are especially useful to ventilate a home that is wet from the actions of the firefighters by introducing dry air from outside of the home to displace the moisture air and dry surfaces the air moves across. These axial fans are used when there is no danger of smoke being circulated to unaffected areas of the house.

Ozone Machines – These devices generate a gas of O3 molecules that react with odor-causing molecules in the air. This action oxidizes the molecules, altering them and removing the odor. We evacuate the home of people and pets and remove items made of or containing natural rubber which deteriorates in the presence of ozone. When the process is complete, the ozone gas reverts to normal oxygen, leaving no residues. While smoke restoration is on-going, it is safe to deploy hydroxyl generators which also alter the chemical nature of the odors.

Injectors – We use special pumps and large needles to inject small amounts of deodorizers into confined stains on carpets and furniture upholstery. It is our preferred method instead of pulling up a carpet or sending a sofa off to be recovered. For large spaces, like attics or isolated rooms, we can also perform a thermal fogging which allows the odor destroying particles to follow the path of the odorous smoke particulates.

These pieces of equipment are just a few of the devices we have available to us. The goal for SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is to return your home to its original condition. "Like it never even happened." We want to help you put the damage and the memory of your house fire behind you. Call us today at (802) 674-8004 for an inspection and free estimate. For more info please visit:


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Understanding The Behavior of SMOKE

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restorations and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows your local SERVPRO Windham & Windsor Counties to focus on saving your precious items.

SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may no know about smoke:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber)-Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood)-Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)-Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)-While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue)- Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Celebrate Safely With A Recipe For Safety

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Celebrate Safely With A Recipe For Safety Safely Celebrate the Holiday Seasons!

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the national Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It's important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire-oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, and towels or curtains-away from the stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

SERVPRO of Windham & Windham Counties wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

How to Celebrate Summer Safely

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Celebrate Summer Safely CELEBRATE SUMMER SAFELY

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms—especially during July. Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

  • Keep children and pets away from grill area.

  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

  • Never leave your grill unattended.

  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

  • Anyone using fi reworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.

  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fire reworks that may be left over as they may still be active.

  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Firework Facts Facts

  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.

  • In 2013, sparklers caused 41%of fireworks injuries.

  • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

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Windham & Windsor Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/13/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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802-674-8004