Recent Fire Damage Posts

I Just Remodeled My Coram Kitchen Before a Fire -- Can My Appliances Look and Work Like New Again?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Domestic kitchen burnt in fire Hiring SERVPRO ives you the best chance of turning back the pages on a fire loss using the latest in equipment and research-based techniques.

The SERVPRO Team Is Always Expanding Our Fire Damage Cleanup Knowledge -- Trust Us to Take Care of Your Coram Kitchen

Sometimes the only luck homeowners feel like they have is bad, especially when a long-awaited kitchen refurbishing suffers a fire loss. Our managers and technicians are life-long learners in the restoration business, and we either have experience with your fire damage recovery challenges or know where to find answers fast.

Do I Move On and Take a Loss on My Fire-Damaged Appliances?

Appliances are throughout your house in Coram, so fire damage to these labor-saving amenities is a high probability. Even if insurance would cover a portion of the replacement cost, the inconvenience of going without and arranging for new models is very disruptive. Our employees are skilled in cleaning the surfaces of appliances and trained to evaluate if the electronic components need service by authorized technicians. We can ensure your carefully chosen kitchen suite swings back into operation “Like it never even happened.”

What Are the Techniques Used to Save Fire-Soiled Appliances?

The similarities between appliances and other hard-surfaced fixtures and household goods mean we use wet cleaning and polishing methods to respond. Most appliance finishes are solely or a combination of the following non-porous materials:

    •    Metal
    •    Painted surfaces
    •    Glass
    •    Plastic
    •    Composite materials

What Are the Characteristics of the Residues Seen on Kitchen Appliances?

Because the fuels in a kitchen are commonly protein-based, including oils, the soiling can be heavy and greasy. An effective response is to increase the alkalinity of the cleaning products, relying on the chemical action to cut through the tightly adhered soot. Care must be taken to avoid pitting of some metals with short dwell times and thorough rinsing.

Hiring SERVPRO of Patchogue gives you the best chance of turning back the pages on a fire loss using the latest in equipment and research-based techniques. Call us at (631) 924-1801 to schedule an evaluation and get started on the solution.

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What Does Fire Restoration Entail for My Coram Residence?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt home interior after fire We offer a comprehensive fire restoration experience that can save time and money.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Offer a Comprehensive Restoration Approach, Including Mitigation, Reconstruction, and Restoration in Coram

You might be unsure of the details when fire damage has already occurred, and now you are working to secure the right professionals to help. With so many areas of your house sticking out as priorities to clean and restore, not to mention the reconstruction that your property likely requires after this loss, choosing professionals like our SERVPRO team can be a cost-effective decision.

What Can I Expect from SERVPRO Technicians?
With fire damage to Coram residences, there are multiple layers of loss effects that our professionals must address simultaneously. Starting as soon as our technicians and residential contractors arrive throughout the recovery process, each of the steps that we take is deliberate and designed to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for our customers or better protect what matters most to them. During the mitigation and earlier recovery phases after a fire, you can expect to see our technicians performing:

    •    Debris Removal – This is a service that removes loose rubbish, ashes, and charred remnants of materials and contents of the house.?
    •    Controlled Demolition – Removing damaged portions of structural elements prevents demolishing an entire wall or flooring systems, which can make build back faster and more cost-effective.
    •    Surface Cleaning – Cleaning residues and staining from soot and smoke is another vital step in making losses “Like it never even happened.”
    •    Content Management – By choosing either on-site recovery or packing out your belongings to our SERVPRO facility, we can clean, deodorize, and restore your possessions to their original condition.
    •    Deodorization – Removing odors can be a considerable challenge, but with thermal foggers and ozone machines, we can neutralize odor molecules on contact.
    •    Build Back – One of the final steps of restoration and recovery is rebuilding damaged areas and reinstalling discarded materials. Our in-house contractors can complete this.

We offer a comprehensive fire restoration experience that can save time and money. Give our SERVPRO of Patchogue team a call today at (631) 924-1801.

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When Space Heaters Cause Fire Damage in Patchogue

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged bedroom. smoke and soot on walls An unattended space heater caused a fire this room. Be sure to follow safety procedures when using space heaters.

Space Heater Plus Extension Cord Equals Fire Damage in Patchogue  

If you currently use a space heater with an extension cord or power strip and have not experienced fire damage, you have been fortunate. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has found that more than 25,000 residential fires happen yearly due to space heaters.  

A homeowner in Patchogue had fire damage from using a space heater plugged into an extension cord in a bedroom and left it running while sleeping. The cord overheated, and although contained to a small area, the charring needed significant cleanup.  

Disposal of Charred and Unrestorable Items

With the homeowner's approval, the techs removed the charred table, chairs, bedding, and mattresses from the bedroom. Fortunately, the solid wood headboard, railings, and footboard had restoration potential through immersion cleaning to remove all traces of soot and smoke residues.  

Removal of Smoke Damage

The techs tested the smoke residues on the wall around the bed to confirm it was dry smoke and required lifting away. This type of residue can get driven into surfaces and cause more loss if wet cleaning products or scrubbing actions get used. Once the cleanup completed, odor control applications made the bedroom ready for a new mattress and bedding. 

Space Heater Safety

SERVPRO recommends the following safety tips for anyone using a space heater, particularly in the bedroom:  

  • Use the space heater in a dry location, never use in the bathroom as the moisture has the potential to damage the interior of the heater 
  • The space heater should be plugged directly into the electrical outlet and never into a strip plug or extension cord 
  • When running a space heater, it should be the only device plugged into the outlet as they draw much power during operation 
  • Unplug the heater when not using 
  • If going to sleep or leaving the room, turn off the heater and unplug it 
  • Place the heater at least three feet in distance from any combustible items and never run electrical cords under rugs or carpeting as they can ignite and cause a fire if the cord overheats. 

SERVPRO of Patchogue at (631) 924-1801 has expert, certified technicians available 24/7 for fire damage restoration services. With their advanced equipment and using the latest methods for cleaning, they make the fire loss, "Like it never even happened." 

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We Have The Proper Equipment To Restore Your Patchogue Home After A Fire

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

A room covered in debris and smoke damage after a fire disaster This fire was caused by an electric malfucniton that started in the basement of this home. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Why Mist Deodorizers Work for Fire-Damaged Patchogue Homes

Deodorization is a critical element to making fire losses “Like it never even happened,” in your Patchogue residence. With the multiple layers and damaging effects to overcome in this enormous undertaking, our SERVPRO professionals utilize a wide variety of premier tools and equipment, as well as an assortment of potent cleaning products, counteractants, and solvents. Knowing the best approach to manage the smoke odors left behind in your residence can help to make the recovery effort more efficient for your property.

Addressing odors is often considered to be one of the last steps in managing fire damage in Patchogue homes, but this is not the case. Deodorization is a part of the mitigation process for our restorers and can get worse if not adequately addressed with the cleaning and debris removal we offer. There are numerous products and equipment designed to treat different conditions and odor severities, but mist or fog deodorizers are among the top choices for neutralizing lingering noxious scents.

Mist deodorizers like the ULV and thermal foggers both present a unique approach to eliminating odors in a fire-damaged house. We have several water-based deodorization products, both scented and unscented, that work in conjunction with the available fogging equipment our SERVPRO team uses. This product gets turned into a mist or vapor in the machine and dispersed throughout the affected area.

Vapors are an ideal approach for addressing harsh odors left behind after a fire because smoke particles and soot can get into crevices, cracks, and seams. These odor catalysts can be challenging for surface cleaning to reach or impact, but a fog of our odor-neutralizing agent can get into these inaccessible areas to complete the job successfully.

Odors are an unfortunate and expected byproduct of combustion in your fire-damaged house. As widespread as these threats can become, we have many tools that can help from our thermal and ULV foggers to other powerful tools like hydroxyl generators and ozone machines. We can utilize whatever equipment necessary to overcome harsh odors and other fire loss effects in your home. Give our SERVPRO of Patchogue team a call today at (631) 924-1801.

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A Few Tips For Dealing With Fire Damage Incidents in Selden

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

fire and smoke coming out the window of a house Fire and smoke can quickly damage your home's structure and contents. Call SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave.

Doing a Move-out the Right Way after Fire Damage Incidents in Selden 

After a fire incident, it might be advisable to move contents temporarily from your property to a different location. Such action helps prevent secondary damage from corrosive substances such as soot and smoke residues or moisture action if significant amounts of water were used to quell the fire.

A move out after fire damage in your Selden property can only make sense if done cost-effectively. Some issues that can drive costs up include breakage, loss of items, and deterioration when in storage. Our SERVPRO technicians keep proper inventories, and we store the items in climate-controlled warehouses.

We also apply various cost-cutting strategies to make the process pocket-friendly. Because of fire residues and other soils, we opt to clean contents onsite before the move out whenever possible. Cleaning on-site eliminates the need to unpack, clean, and repack the items when they reach the warehouse. Minimizing the handling steps involved reduces the chances of breakage.

Another alternative cost-cutting measure is conducting partial move-outs. If some parts of the structure are secure after the fire incident, it is possible to move only a few items to external storage sites and leave the rest in the house. Our SERVPRO technicians usually opt to move the smaller items out of the premises and store large appliances and furniture items in spacious areas such as the garage or other rooms within the property.

Restoring fire damaged homes involves several steps, and knowing what to prioritize helps improve the outcome of the process. A move out is only helpful if done in a way that does not inhibit other crucial steps. For instance, if cleaning items before the move out can delay other time-sensitive steps such as drying the structure, then it is counterproductive. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the loss site to determine how best to do the move-out.

Moving contents helps create room for restoration and protects contents. Call SERVPRO of Patchogue at (631) 201-4928 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Certified Technicians Have The Experience To Service Your Apartment In Patchogue

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Burned garage with four techs in PPE cleaning up debris Our crew is equipped with protective suits and masks to keep them safe while working in the charred environment after a fire.

Restoring Your Patchogue Apartment After Sprinkler Suppression

Sprinkler systems can work quickly to suppress the spread and severity of fire damages to your Patchogue apartment and neighboring properties, but it comes with restoration requirements of its own. Not only do professional restoration technicians need to address lingering concerns like soot and smoke odors that can infiltrate the entire apartment, but with sprinkler systems, our team must also overcome widespread water loss effects as well.

Understanding the best approaches to overcome fire damage in Patchogue apartments begins with thoroughly assessing the situation. Our SERVPRO professionals must work quickly to determine the best approaches to both contain the current effects to the damaged areas and begin mitigating these losses to reduce out of pocket expenses and overall restoration times for our customers. The faster that this work can begin, the less likely that other apartments adjoined to yours also become affected by the smell or other effects lingering after the disaster.

Among the chief concerns with sprinkler suppression is addressing any of the saturation of structural elements, kitchen cabinetry, and flooring throughout the apartment. Depending on the severity of the fire and the installed products to suppress it, the volume of water left throughout the unit can vary between damp surfaces and an inch or more of standing water. Addressing water damage often comes before other fire recovery solutions, as saturation and overexposure can be more detrimental to material composition and integrity, which can ultimately require removal and replacement without thorough drying.

Another concern is that while fire damage might stay localized to a single area, many apartment suppression systems involve the entire unit simultaneously. This design presents water damage and threats to areas where fire damage never occurred. Fortunately, along with the premier equipment that our SERVPRO team has for fire recovery and restoration, we also arrive with the full measure of our water extraction and drying tools to suit every need and condition.

Addressing the water effects after a fire might be an initial step, but there are still many obstacles to overcome to make this disaster “Like it never even happened.” We can clean soot and smoke residues from surfaces, employ soda and media blasting techniques to restore the look and function of countertops and other solid surfaces, and utilize an array of devices to deodorize your apartment and its contents thoroughly.

Fire losses can happen at any time. Trust in our SERVPRO of Patchogue team to handle all of the effects that might come along with them. Give us a call at (631) 201-4813.

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Chemical Sponges for Dry Smoke Cleanup in Your Coram Home

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Coram is no joke, call us today to get you through the smoke.

Our SERVPRO technicians can answer all your fire smoke cleanup questions for your Coram residents.

With high-heat fires that burn quickly throughout Coram homes, specific effects exist for restoration teams or handy homeowners to battle once first responders have left the premises. While there is much that a property owner might need to overcome symptoms the fire leaves behind, smoke and soot residues are often among the most widespread and damaging conditions that can exist. Cleaning up these residues can be nearly impossible for those untrained in fire recovery and the cutting-edge equipment used in the restoration industry at this time.

Dry smoke cleanup can be overwhelming when assessing fire damage to Coram homes. Much like soot damages, this residue can travel far beyond the ignition point for the fire – moving even beyond where the other effects have stopped. Having the right tools for the job makes the restoration process more comfortable and more efficient, and that is a commitment that our SERVPRO team has made.

We know how to manage dry smoke conditions, and that begins with the employment of high-powered vacuums that can collect loose sediment and particulates that have come to rest on a surface. This approach is also ideal for soot buildup on specific surfaces. While we have advanced products and techniques to address all mitigation work for your property, the most popular cleaning tool for dry smoke is a chemical sponge.

Our SERVPRO team arrives at every fire recovery project with a collection of chemical dry cleaning sponges, as they discourage wet cleaning practices which can result in smearing and staining. With a rubber material that can collect residue, dust, debris, and soot, each unit can clean an average of fifty square feet of damaged surface area to make fire loss situations “Like it never even happened.”

No matter what kind of residues and harmful symptoms might linger behind after a fire loss incident, our SERVPRO of Patchogue specialists can help. We have the tools and expertise to quickly address aspects like cleaning, deodorization, and even pack-out content management solutions. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (631) 201-4813.

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How Our Technicians Can Save Your Coram Home After A Fire

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (631) 201-4860 after the firefighters leave to schedule an assessment and discuss your options.

Benefits Of A Pack-Out After Fire Damages Your Coram Home

No other type of Coram household disaster is quite like the aftermath of a fire. The smell, filthy water, soot, and general disarray is hard to imagine until it happens to you. The contents of your home take a beating, and you might believe the bulk of them are headed for the landfill. Before you do anything rash in the post-blaze confusion, consider a pack-out.

Your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions are what make your house a home. Fire damage to contents in your Coram home can wipe out years of memories and add considerable expense to recovery from the disaster. We are proud to offer a secure pack-out option utilizing our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). If removing your belonging makes you feel even more out of control during a stressful time, be assured that we have you and your treasures covered.

CCIS utilizes traditional written cataloging of items, digital photography, and barcoding to track the packed-out items. SERVPRO technicians wrap and pack the articles carefully, transporting them to our production facility. Specially trained technicians evaluate each item, documenting its condition, and recommending restoration techniques. We share the documentation file we build with you and your insurance company to ensure prompt and accurate claims submissions.

A broad range of unique and innovative cleaning, drying, disinfecting, and deodorizing options are available at our SERVPRO headquarters or trusted subcontractors. Immersion tubs with ultrasonic cleaning capability for intricately detailed decor or window blinds, freeze-drying vacuum chambers for wet pictures and papers, deodorization equipment, and industrial-capacity washing and drying system for soft belongings are among the tools we use to make it “Like it never even happened.”

While your packed-out items receive individualized attention SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) work at your home unimpeded by wet and dirty roomfuls of furniture and other items. Water and soot removal proceed at a professional pace, our employees always aware of the permanent damage timelines fire residues impose and the risk of mold damage when moisture lingers longer than 24 to 48 hours.

SERVPRO of Patchogue can balance the fire damage remediation needs of structures and contents by offering professional pack-out services. Call us at (631) 201-4860 after the firefighters leave to schedule an assessment and discuss your options.

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Contact The Experts At SERVPRO 24/7 If Your Patchogue Home Experiences A Fire

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Patchogue can clean, restore, and rebuild your property affected by fire damage.

Controlled Demolition For Fire Damage In Patchogue Home

When it comes to fire damage, our goal is always to assist homeowners in limiting fire loss by using our restoration methods. We undergo extensive training, and we keep up with the latest advancements for both equipment and techniques in the restorative sciences.

When our SERVPRO location answered a call to mitigate fire damage in a home in Patchogue, we found a living room gutted by fire. Too many high wattage appliances running at the same time on a strip plug caused an ungrounded wall plug to overheat and sparked a blaze within the wall cavity.

When the homeowner contacted us and told us their home contained both smoke and water issues. We advised them to stay out of the damaged area of the house. On arrival, we contained the entryways to the living room with heavy plastic to halt the spread of soot.

Exposure to water causes damage and makes items heavy. SERVPRO technicians removed the items from the room that had no potential for restoration due to damage from the fire. We extracted water from the wet carpet and padding so it would lessen the weight and make it easier to remove.

Mitigation on the room included removing all the debris left behind, and then we cut away the charred sheetrock so the wall cavity could get adequate ventilation to dry. After water extraction, we used hand vacuums with HEPA filtration to pick up all the soot.

After drying the water-affected areas of the room, air scrubbers with HEPA filters were used to capture the remaining odor-causing soot particles in the room. Once we had cleaned and disinfected surfaces, we deployed a Hydroxyl generator to neutralize any residual smoke odors so the home could be repaired and rebuilt without trapped odors.
We offer rebuilding services, and once we completed mitigation on the living room area, our SERVPRO crew chief gave the homeowner and adjuster a detailed list of the remediation as well as the necessary repairs to bring the room back to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Patchogue can clean, restore, and rebuild your property affected by fire damage. We are available 24-hours at (631) 924-1801 no matter if the fire loss is large or small, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Emergency Fire Damage Guidelines & Tips

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Fire Damage Guidelines

  1. SERVPRO of Patchogue will contact you within one hour.
  2. SERVPRO of Patchogue will arrive at your home within four hours.
  3. SERVPRO of Patchogue will address your concerns and assess the situation:
    1. Identify the source of loss and safety issues
    2. What type of residue exists
  4. Pretesting for restoration will be conducted to determine:
    1. What is restorable and what method of restoration will be most effective?
    2. What items need special adjuster attention?
  5. SERVPRO of Patchogue will clean and deodorize soiled items:
    1. Walls, ceilings and flooring
    2. Upholstery and other contents
  6. SERVPRO of Patchogue will conduct a final walk through with you to ensure your satisfaction.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.
    • This may set the stains.
  • Watch for safety issues and be careful.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • This stops food odors from developing inside your appliances.
  • Limit any movement in the affected area.
    • This prevents smearing of the soot particles
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water.
  • Do not use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.
    • They may have been contaminated.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fan or electronics, including the television or personal computer.

Bathroom Fire

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Imagine walking into your bathroom…the one you and your family use every day….picture your kids splashing away in the bubble bath…and then look at this image. As remediators, we see this type of scenario on a regular basis, but how devastating for a homeowner to see their beloved home that they’ve worked so hard for be in such disarray.

At SERVPRO of Patchogue, we not only have the homeowner’s best interest in mind to work at a fast pace so that the rebuild process can begin, but we also need to be responsible to our crew members to be sure that they protect themselves from any hazards they encounter at these jobs. Here you see various building materials from pieces of charred wood, fallen saturated drywall and different types of soaked insulation.

Our job is to make homeowners feel that we care about helping them put their lives back together as quickly as we can. And always with compassion!

Different Types of Smoke & Soot

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

What did it leave behind?

SERVPRO of Patchogue's first step at a fire scene is to address your concerns.  The second step is to pretest to see what type of fire has taken place.  Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

Did you know there are different types of smoke?

Wet Smoke: Plastics and Rubbers (low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary)

Dry Smoke: Paper and Wool (fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises)

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

Fuel Oil Soot: Furnace Puff Back

Other Type: Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue.

Pretesting determines the cleaning method, as well as what can be restored versus replaced. Pretesting also allows the SERVPRO Franchise Professional to focus on saving those precious items for you.  Isn’t that what really matters?

Destroy Odor with Deodoration

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. 

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspections, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Patchogue provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Patchogue does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we see out and removed the source of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO's own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning.  Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more. 

Ask SERVPRO of Patchogue to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you. 

If you or anyone you know suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of Patchogue. Whether its fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll help make it :Like it never even happened." 

Dryer Fires

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. 

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your friends home or business, SERVPRO of Patchogue can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load, and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a birds nest, or potential other obstacles.

For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact SERVPRO of Patchogue today! 

631-924-1801

Holiday Cooking Fire

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

November - when cooler temperatures arrive, the leaves change, and family-oriented get-togethers, like Thanksgiving, begin the holiday season.  While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen, it is also important to take time to remember safety.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home-fire-related injuries in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports "Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires...and tied with heating equipment or the second leading cause of home fire deaths."

You can help ensure your holiday planes don't go up in smoke, by taking a few precautions! SERVPRO of Patchogue wants you, your family, and your property to stay safe.  If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays, or any time of the year, we can make it "Like it never even happened."

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The Behavior of Smoke

10/16/2018 (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 Patchogue is thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns.  Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Patchogue 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 find our what type of smoke damaged occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO of Patchogue to focus on saving your precious items.

SERVPRO of Patchogue knows that smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of building systems help them investigate how far smoke damaged may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not 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.

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Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

A deep-fried turkey: delicious, but worth it? If you've seen any of the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires online, you may have asked yourself this question before.  Running the risk of bodily injury or property damage is something to consider when menu planning this holiday season.

  1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will causes cooking oil to splatter when put in the pit. 
  3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of a standing fire.
  5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot. 

Kitchen Cautions

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather together 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 sleeping or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food. 
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while the 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, towels, 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 yo 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 of the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, make sure everyone else is out and you have a clear path to get out. 
  • Keep a lid nearby 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 has completely cooled.

SERVPRO of Patchogue wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Call Us Today!! (631) 924-1801

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Carbon Monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Oftentimes, it is the result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, water heaters, room heaters, and engine powered equipment, such a portable generators. 

However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly carbon monoxide fumes. 

Reduce the chance of carbon monoxide exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce carbon monoxide.  Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including all bedrooms. 

Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in well-ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other opening to prevent fumes from entering the home.

For additional carbon monoxide safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Patchogue arrives. The following tips may reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from embedding into upholstery and carpet
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or odd linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holing tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

DON'T:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Patchogue. 
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Patchogue.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • So not consume food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water, as them may be contaminated.
  • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

Call SERVPRO of Patchogue today!! (631) 924-1801

Smoke Alarms: Life Savers

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every 10 years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm.  Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing batteries or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician, or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Patchogue at (631) 924-1801

Soot and Smoke Clean-up

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

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 Patchogue 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?
Call Us Today –631-924-1801

September Is National Preparedness Month

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Make and Practice Your Plan: Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit?

Make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. BE sure to sign up for alerts and warnings in your area, and download other necessary apps to stay informed, such s FEMA app. 

Learn Life Saving Skills: Do you or someone in your family know CPR? Could you turn off your natural gas if necessary? Do you know how to take cover in an earthquake? Knowing these life saving skills could mean life or death in an emergency situation for you, your family or your neighbors. 

Check Your Insurance Coverage: Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you're covered in a disaster? Evaluate which hazards are relevant to your area and obtain the appropriate insurance for your home, business, or other property and become familiar with your coverage.

Save for an Emergency: Are you prepared financially in case of a disaster? Does your family have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses after a flood or a fire? Check out FEMA's Emergency Financial First Aid Kit for an in-depth document to help you identify and compile important documents and account information all in one spot. Just search "EFFAK" on fema.gov for the free PDF.

Whether its flood, wildfire or extreme winter weather, we must work together to help ensure our families, businesses, places of worship and neihborhoods are prepared. Contact SERVPRO of Patchogue at (631)924-1801 to find out how we can help make it "Like it never even happened," if disaster strikes in your life.

Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

The quicker we get there, the quicker you get cleaned up!

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

If you require deodorization services, contact us at 631-924-1801. Whether is it fire, cigarette smoke, pet odors, mold or decomposition, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll make it "Like it never even happened"

Fire and Smoke Damage Do's and Do Not's

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Do:

  • Limit the movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
  • Clean soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances and protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls and tubs if heat is off during freezing season
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Change HVAC filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don’t:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Patchogue.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstery furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Patchogue.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV, Radio, phones, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Commack Fire Clean Up and Restoration

6/1/2018 (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 Patchogue 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?
Call Us Today – 
SERVPRO of Patchogue 631-924-1801

http://www.SERVPROpatchogue.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration