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All About Professional Fire Damage Restoration

8/30/2017 (Permalink)


All About Professional Fire Damage Restoration

A fire in home or fire in business can create major issues for you to deal with. Most likely the fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage can remain as major issues forever throughout your home or business regardless of the size of the fire. When restoring your premises or home after a fire in home or fire in business, coming up with a professional damage restoration service is a great idea. You should have in mind that many people can deal with residential or a commercial fire damage some extent but using a professional will ensure that all the restorations are carried out as required. Some of the factor when ensuring that you residential or commercial fire damage has been taken care of professionally is as follows.
? Importance of professional fire damage restoration services
The fire cleanup and restoration process are matters that need to be taken care of in a professional manner and therefore should be assigned only to professionals. Nowadays you can find a restoration company that specializes in residential or commercial fire damage restoration and repair work. They will help you board up and restore charred messes that are left behind by fire damage and also those caused by the use of water and fire retardant chemicals in your home or business.
Soot damage and smoke damage are also areas of concern since they might affect your property throughout. In the case of fire in home fire in business,board up and roof tarps should be installed immediately. The smoke smell will spread to all the rooms and therefore if the smoke smell is not attended to properly by professionals it might linger throughout the property. Professional fire restoration services need to be taken care of quickly and therefore a professional fire restoration company should be hired so as to do the work quickly to avoid impairing your ability to use the home or business until all the fire cleanup process is over.
? Features to consider when looking for a reputable fire damage restoration company
Since fire damage has become a common thing many fire cleanup and damage restoration companies have been set up. It is, therefore, your duty to choose the one you consider to be a professional one. The charred mess that is left behind from a residential or a commercial fire damage has to be removed from the property and replacement structures may need to be installed and therefore a professional cleanup crew should be able to perform all tasks such as board up, renovation, demolition, and construction. Board up helps keep the area of work away from prying eyes and also prevent further damage due to elements.
A professional fire damage and restoration company will ensure that the property gets back to its normal condition. Soot damage needs to be removed through professional cleaning techniques while smoke damage needs to be addressed using professional deodorization methods. The smoke smell in your business or home might remain and also can be unbearable since the smoke smell can be absorbed by some materials in the property. This, therefore, requires you to have a cleanup crew that is experienced in all those areas since the soot damage and smoke damage may require special cleanup materials.
? Understanding how long the process will take
The fire cleanup and restoration process require patience regardless of the areas affected such either residential or commercial fire damage. Fire in homes or fire in business requires needs special attention from a professional fire cleanup crew in order to attain the best results. The entire process of fire cleanup and damage restoration may take the damage restoration company some days or weeks depending on the type or fire damage that had occurred. Since some damages require special attention. The problem of fire in homes or fire in business can be somehow stressful since you may not live in your home or you may not get some income to pay your bills if the business property is damaged until the renovation has been completed. But if you had chosen a right damage restoration company they can do the work quickly and efficiently.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on fire damage.

Tips to Reduce Risk of Furnace Malfunction

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

A puffback is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout the interior of a home. It can happen all at once, covering the interior in grimy soot, or it can leak soot more gradually.

Initially, many people mistake soot for dust and simply wipe it away. However, once cleaned, this “dust” often reappears and can sometimes be accompanied by a strong, oily odor. There are several steps your clients can take to prevent damage to their home. Remind them to:

  • Have the oil-burning furnace professionally checked and cleaned annually.
  • Keep an eye out for traces of soot around their home.
  • Install a carbon monoxide monitor. Puffbacks (and the soot they create) will increase the carbon monoxide levels in their home. A carbon monoxide monitor can help to detect the puffback in its early stages.

If soot begins accumulating on objects or walls within their home, they should turn off the heating system immediately. Contact a heating professional to service the heater and restore it to proper working order.

Fortunately, if your client does experience a puffback, SERVPRO has the knowledge and experience to complete a thorough cleaning and removal of any soot and odors. Our Fire Restoration Team will respond immediately and make it look Like it never even happened®.

Small Kitchen Fire? Leave the Cleanup to the Professionals

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Small Kitchen Fire? Leave the Cleanup to the Professionals Kitchen Fire in Danbury, CT

Quickly assessing the damage caused by fire is a property owner’s number one priority.  Many items within a home or business may be overlooked when determining the full scope of the damage.  The following items should be carefully inspected or evaluated by a fire damage restoration provider before integrating them back into a restored home or business:

  • Food
  • Dishes/Utensils
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Upholstery
  • Carpeting

Food, dishes, and eating utensils are some of the most commonly overlooked items when assessing damage.  Eating contaminated food or eating off of contaminated dishware or utensils can cause severe illness.  These items must be properly inspected by a fire restoration specialist.  If the items are not able to be restored, they must be disposed of properly.

While flames can cause the most visible damage to a property during a fire, smoke and soot are silent and sometimes invisible hazards that could cost lives.  Smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death amongst victims of a fire. Smoke and soot damage must never be overlooked when evaluating the damage caused by fire.

Unlike certain types of smoke, soot is a very visible threat.  Soot is a coating of fine, black dust created when wood, coal, or oil-based substances are burned.  These carbon particles are disbursed into the air and settle anywhere.  If inhaled, soot can caused severe lung deficiencies or even death.  If soot contaminates items in the home or office, a fire restoration service provider must assess the damage to see if restoration is possible.

If you have sustained even a small kitchen fire, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield at (203)-791-0920 to perform a free inspection and assessment of scope of cleaning services required.

5 Fire Damage Restoration Questions Answered

7/25/2017 (Permalink)


5 Fire Damage Restoration Questions Answered

After fire damage, homeowners and business owners seek to restore their property and get back to the life they once knew, at least as normally as they can after such occurrence. Fire damage restoration companies provide thorough services for commercial fire damage and residential damage, ensuring that a fire doesn't impact your life any longer than necessary. If you've endure a fire in home or a fire in business, you probably have many questions. Five common questions are answered below. These questions and answers provide a bit of insight into fire damage restoration and cleanup, giving you assurance and confidence after the unthinkable happens.

1. Can I Safely Inspect My Business/Home After a Fire?

It is natural that you want to return to your business or home to examine the damage and begin salvaging any items left behind, and begin the fire cleanup process. But, doing so may be risky as residential and commercial fire damage still exists even when the flames are gone. Re-enter after a fire in home or fire in business when fire or building officials say it is okay. Once they give the thumbs up, remember it is up to you to stay safe. Wear protective clothing, including face masks, while inside the building. Although the flames are gone, soot damage and smoke damage have potential to cause breathing problems, and the smoke smell isn't pleasant.

2. What is a Board Up?

When fire damage causes destruction in a home or business, the fire department might recommend a board up of the property. A board up is a service a restoration company can perform if such a request is made after residential or commercial fire damage. A board up places air-tight boards over all openings of the home or business, preventing the smoke smell from spreading, preventing people from entering the building, and otherwise securing the location.

3. Can I Clean Fire Damage Myself?

Fire cleanup might seem like a simple task from the outside looking in, however, a plethora of dangers exist when you attempt to remove smoke damage, soot damage, etc. after a fire in home or a fire in business. As mentioned, the smoke smell itself is hazardous to breath, not to mention the soot damage, smoke damage, and other particles created after a fire. A residential or commercial fire damage restoration company is equipped with the safety equipment, tools, cleaning products, etc. needed to clean the unit after a fire efficiently and effectively. When the professionals from the restoration company handle fire cleanup, there's less worry and more confidence in the job.

4. What Can I Save After a Fire?

Obviously, salvaging as many of your belongings as possible after a fire in home or fire in business is desirable. While most items can be cleaned of soot damage, smoke damage, and smoke smell by a professional, water damage may leave other belongings unusable. It is best to let a restoration company evaluate the damage before throwing your belongings away. Food is also deemed unusable after a fire and should be thrown away. Smoke from fire causes the food to taste bad, but also contains harmful carcinogens that can transfer onto the food. Don't take any risks when you're consuming these items! Many of the appliances and electronics involved in the fire will likely need replacing, and furniture may or may not be salvageable, depending upon the extent of the damage.

5. How Long Does Fire Damage Cleanup Take?

The length of time involved in a fire cleanup project varies from one situation to the next as several factors influence this time. This includes the size of the home (or commercial fire damage,) and the extent of the damage. The sooner that a restoration company is contacted, the quicker the restoration is complete. Commercial fire damage restoration often takes longer than residential, although this varies considerably as well.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on fire damage.

Advantages of Hiring Fire Damage Restoration Services

6/30/2017 (Permalink)


Advantages of Hiring Fire Damage Restoration Services

When a fire damage or smoke damage happens in a residential or commercial building, most homeowners and business managers get overwhelmed. Most of them start thinking that the building will never look the same again with the apparent fire damage to the walls, ceilings and smoldered surfaces.

The biggest mistake of addressing a fire or smoke damage is trying a DIY project, which in most cases may aggravate the extent of the soot damage. Furthermore, in order to salvage most of the damaged personal possessions from the fire debris, it's important to hire a professional fire damage restoration service provider to help out. Here are some of the benefits of considering hiring a professional to get the job done right the first time.

Availability of enough personnel

The commercial fire damage mitigation companies have enough trained contractors who can handle the fire cleanup process within a short time. The fire cleanup crew will be dispatched to the afflicted home or commercial building and commence an immediate smoke smell cleanup process to help alleviate the damage before it escalates. This will help the homeowner free up enough time to focus on other matters such as contacting lawyers or insurance companies as the professional handle the fire cleanup exercise.

Experience and qualification

Handling of a commercial fire damage or smoke damage is quite technical and requires professionals with the right skill set. The contractors know how to handle technical situations like cleaning up a soot damage or smoke damage that requires a certain set of skills and training.

Tools and equipment

Dealing with soot damage with lots of smoke smell and trying to salvage valuable possessions from a building that has been damaged by a fire requires some specific equipment or tools that might be too expensive for a homeowner to invest in for personal use. The contractors have the right lanyards, helmets, gloves, and other protective gear suitable for handling smoke smell that might actually be harmful to the occupants. Homeowners and commercial building managers should be careful when choosing the right commercial fire damage restoration professionals to avoid falling prey to some handy men carrying a few tools in a truck and masquerading as professional fire in home or fire in business cleanup contractors. Professionals are licensed and bonded contractors who have the necessary certifications in handling fire in a home or fire in a business.

Insurance coverage for fire damage

A fire damage restoration after a fire in a home or a fire in a business can pose a potential danger to the surroundings. In case a homeowner or commercial building manager hires a fire damage restoration company that is not licensed, he or she will carry the liabilities of any accidents that may occur during the execution of the project. Therefore, it's only prudent to settle for professionals who are insured against any liabilities. Remember, personal injury cases can be very costly in the long run, especially if it causes permanent disability or causes death. The company's insurance policy will cover everything in case of any unexpected eventualities while doing the smoke damage restoration project.

Get better settlement after a commercial fire damage

If the owner of the damaged building decides to work with an attorney experienced in handling fire in a home or a fire in a business after conducting the fire damage mitigation project, then chances are they will get a good settlement. Although most people think that the commercial fire damage mitigation companies recommended by insurance companies are cheaper and inadequate options, they might influence getting a better settlement. If an insurance company recommends a fire or soot damage restoration company, then it means they are in a good working relationship.

Salvage valuable personal belonging after fire cleanup

Trying to salvage personal belongings such as vital documents and jewelry from the rubble can lead to more damages. The contractors from a fire or soot damage company have the right equipment and experience in handling smoke smell and other technicalities at the site to help the homeowner salvage as many possessions as possible.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on fire damage.

What To Do After You Sustain a Fire in your Fairfield County Residence

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After You Sustain a Fire in your Fairfield County Residence Soot contaminated HVAC filter.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

If you have central air (HVAC) system the unit should be turned off to prevent further soot contamination. Soot is very corrosive and even if you believe the soot contamination is minimal, preventing further damage should be top priority. The HVAC system can distribute the soot into rooms that were previously unaffected by the initial fire. Once our technicians arrive onsite we immediately inspect the unit to determine if any soot has penetrated into the system. Our crews are trained in HVAC system cleaning and deodorizing after water, fire or mold emergencies. HVAC systems are routinely overlooked after a fire damage emergency however SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has the experience to properly identify and clean fire damage.

Pack-out of contents of a New Fairfield fire damage

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pack-out of contents of a New Fairfield fire damage Contents inventoried and packed at our warehouse in Danbury, CT

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
     

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Commercial Fire Damage in Danbury, CT

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Commercial Fire Damage in Danbury, CT Commercial fire damage

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business. A fire breaks out and it’s a hectic situation, trying to coordinate your departments and keep employees update takes its toll. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has a program to assist building owners and business managers after a disaster happens. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a free service that helps collect valuable data for the building owner/manager and store in a secure location in case of emergencies. If you feel your business is not adequately prepared in the case of emergency, contact our office at 203-791-0920 for a free assessment.

Fire Extinguisher Power in a Fire Damage

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are generally looked upon as being a safety device, so not many people think about the potential dangers they hold. As with anything you bring into a home or workplace, it’s important to fully understand the devices used. While fire extinguisher powder is non-toxic, it is not entirely safe. The chemicals used are considered appropriate for home use, but you should take precautions to avoid touching or inhaling too much of the powder. After a fire, the residue left by a fire extinguisher needs to be cleaned up. Many areas do not permit phosphates or sulfates to be added to the water table. Since the vast majority of fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate and/or ammonium sulfate, you need to be careful about cleaning up. The chemicals can irritate skin, so use gloves and avoid inhaling by using a dust mask.  If you have sustained even a minor fire contact our office immediately at 203-791-0920 to begin the cleanup process.

Preventing your Heating/ Cooling Units from Starting a Fire

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Check the air conditioning and heating unit in your home. These systems operate with electric motors and air moving equipment which requires periodic maintenance.

  • Clean, or have your interior AC coils cleaned, and replace your return air filters regularly. This will prevent the fan motor from being overworked, and also save money on your energy bill. For window air conditioners, never use extension cords!
  • Lubricate belt drive pulleys (where applicable), boss bearings on drive motors, and other equipment as needed.
  • Have the resistance coils or furnace burners cleaned and serviced at the beginning of the heating season, since debris may accumulate there while the system is off during the summer.
  • Listen to the system when it is operating. Squealing sounds, rumbling noises, or banging and tapping sounds may indicate loose parts or bearings which are seizing up.
  • If you have access to a snap-on amp meter, you may check the amperage draw on the high amperage circuit to your heating coils to make sure they are in the normal operating range. Higher than normal amperage draw on a circuit indicates unusual resistance, and in an electrical circuit, resistance is what causes heat, and ultimately, fires.
  • Always defer to a professional when checking the electrical demands of the units to ensure proper results.

Tips to reduce a fire in your home in Brookfield, CT

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Check the condition of your home's electrical system.

  • Look for improperly grounded receptacles. Many modern appliances require a "three pronged" (grounded) receptacle, but people will sometimes use an adapter to bypass this safety feature, or even break a ground prong off an appliance cord. Changing existing circuits to provide grounding is a job that is best left to a professional electrician.
  • Look in the attic and crawl spaces for wiring which has been damaged by pests or insects. Some old wiring is insulated with a material which insects eat or chew on, and squirrels or other rodents will often chew the thermoplastic insulation off of modern nonmetallic cable (Romex).
  • Look for overloaded circuit breakers, panel boxes, or fuse boxes. Check for breakers or fuses which may have circuits "piggy-backed" on them. These are rated for single circuit protection, but sometimes in outdated or undersized panel boxes, people will put two or even more wires in the terminal of a single breaker or fuse.
  • Notice flickering lights, or intermittent power surges. These conditions may be caused by outside influences, but if they occur often, they may indicate a bad connection or a short in the circuit.
  • Note breakers which trip, or fuses that blow frequently. This is almost always a sign of an overloaded circuit or other wiring problem, usually of a most serious nature.
  • Look at the individual breaker connections, especially in outdoor panel boxes, for corrosion, signs of thermal damage (smut or smokey residue near terminals) splices which are poorly taped or wire nutted, or abraded or damaged wire insulation.
  • Check the ground cable. A failure in the building grounding system and bonding can be dangerous in regard to electrical shock, as well as fire. Look for loose split bolts, clamps, or other connecting devices, and corrosion.
  • Be especially careful to notice any connections in wiring other than copper. Installed correctly, and with tight connections, aluminum wire is not excessively dangerous, but when connections are made to copper wires, an electrolytic reaction may occur, causing increased resistance in the connection which will generate excessive heat. If you are able to apply an antioxidant compound to aluminum connections, it will help decrease the risk of oxidation causing a short circuit at these locations.

Safety Recommendations for Smoke Detectors

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

According to “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires,” a recent report published by the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 home fire deaths are the result of a lack of working smoke alarms in the home. This is why current national building codes require smoke alarms in residential and commercial properties. Your locally owned and operated SERVPROof Danbury/Ridgefield wants to remind our community in the greater Danbury area that smoke detectors really do save lives and are an essential piece of safety equipment to prevent harm to your family and fire damage to your home.

Types of Smoke Alarms

There are two main types of smoke alarms/detectors on the market today—photoelectric and ionization. Ionization alarms detect smoke and are triggered when smoke enters the testing chamber, disrupting an electrical current. They are the older generation of smoke alarms and are known to trigger easily, often resulting in false alarms. In contrast, photoelectric alarms use a light sensor; when smoke enters the chamber, the light is disrupted, triggering the alarm. The ionization alarm is better at detecting flash fires, when small amounts of smoke are produced early in the burn cycle. Photoelectric sensors are better at detecting fires early, during the smoldering stages.

It is worth noting that while there are dual sensor smoke detectors available on the market today, they have received hit-and-miss reviews. So which should you use in your home to prevent fire and smoke damage? It depends. Many local fire departments have outreach programs and educational events to help you select the right smoke detector and alarm for your home. These outreach programs will also provide important details on requirements for the placement of smoke alarms in your home, and these should be followed.

Another factor to consider is whether to choose hard-wired or wireless smoke alarms. Each has its benefits, and the ideal solution for your home may even be a combination of the two. Wireless smoke detectors can be placed virtually anywhere in the home. They are battery operated and reasonably priced. Hardwired smoke detectors often require an electrician for proper installation; however, the benefit is they can be linked to one another as a network so that when one alarm is triggered, the rest of your alarms also trigger.

Placement of Smoke Alarms

Your fire department and code enforcement offices can provide you with exact details for your area and type of home. Also be careful to adhere to local building codes. However, here are some general recommendations for smoke alarm placement:

First, there should be a minimum of one smoke detector on each level of your home; this includes your basement and attic. Second, a smoke detector in the kitchen is required in most areas. The National Fire Protection Association recommends positioning it about 10 feet away from the stove, to prevent false alarms. Third, each and every bedroom and sleeping area should have a smoke detector, and each hallway leading to sleeping areas should also have a smoke detector.

In addition to the above minimum standards, most safety professionals recommend the following additional installations:

·        Rooms with fireplaces

·        Rooms with space heaters

·        Garages

·        Workshops

·         Storage sheds

In the last 20 years, recommendations for smoke detectors and alarms—as well as the technology used—have changed dramatically. Once, it was believed that one smoke alarm per floor was enough. Today, it is safe to say that considerably more than two smoke detectors are recommended in homes to prevent fire damage and loss of life, although local jurisdictions vary to some degree in building codes and requirements. Smoke alarms are an essential part of your overall fire protection plan, which should also include an escape plan and routine fire safety checks.

Soon Spring Begins!

3/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soon Spring Begins! Concrete wall covered in soot and oil

Although spring and the warm weather are right around the corner, please do not forget to have your furnace maintained before the end of heating season. The cleanup team at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield recommends having your furnace serviced to prevent a malfunction and "puff-back" which can contaminate your house with smoke and soot. Here is a photo of a puff-back we are completing. Soot can travel throughout your house or building, causing staining and odor issues that are difficult to remove. Soot damages in your home can create unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the home leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in those hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in periodically resurfacing odors. Unfortunately, such damages are often made more severe when unprepared homeowners attempt to perform the cleanup themselves. 

Fire Prevention Day

10/11/2013 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield was proud to be invited to the Danbury Fire Prevention Exhibit on 10/5/2013 held at the Home Depot on Federal Road. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield showcased its newly wrapped pickup truck at the event.