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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."

Call Us Today!! (631) 924-1801

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.

Call Us Today! (631) 924-1801

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)384-0679 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)

Fire Damage Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION 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