Recent Fire Damage Posts

How To Keep Your Pets Safe During a Fire Emergency

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Dog sitting on a carpet bottom of the picture it says FIRE TIP Place a Window Cling to alert firefighters about pets within your home in case of a fire

Pet Safety Tips In Case of a Fire

A fire emergency can occur unexpectedly, endangering your loved ones without warning. While it is important to plan for the safety of you and the inhabitants, it is just as crucial to consider the wellbeing of your pets. Whether you own a dog, cat or another animal companion, they have different needs compared to humans, so you must prepare accordingly. Keep in mind the following pet safety tips in case of a fire.

Create a Separate Disaster Kit

Just as humans need disaster kits to get through a fire, you will need to prepare one for pets. Some components are the same as a regular kit, while others are specific to pets.

  • Bottled water
  • Pet food
  • Important documents (ownership, vaccination history, vet info)
  • Animal first-aid supplies
  • Collar, harness and leash

The supplies may be different depending on the pets you own. However, these are some basic elements to include in the emergency box.

Practice Evacuation Drills

A proper evacuation procedure is important for a safe escape from a fire emergency. Keep your pets alive by involving them in the family's evacuation drills. Start by taking the pets with you during practice so they become familiar to the procedure. Later, train them to follow your directions when a fire emerges at home. Pet preparation helps reduce potential injuries and casualties in your Boca Del Mar, FL, household, but never risk others' evacuation or safety to protect your pets.

Help Firefighters Save Your Pets

There are situations where you will be unable to evacuate your pets. Instead, firefighters can safely step inside to rescue them. Make their job easier by taking preparations when leaving pets alone at home. Write down information like the number of pets, types and possible locations on window cling and attach them to a front window. Keep the pets by entrances where they are visible.
Creating a fire emergency plan for pets is just as important as preparing evacuation routes and contacting 911 and damage remediation specialists. These loyal creatures are vulnerable to fires and need your assistance.

Basic Grill Safety Can Prevent Fires

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Grilling salmon on a gas burning grill on the backyard patio. Don't become another grill fire statistic and learn to use your grill responsibly

Basic Grill Safety Can Prevent Fires

70% of households in West Boca Raton, FL own a grill or smoker, and if they aren't used properly they can be a major source of house fires. Knowing how to operate both charcoal and propane grills in a safe manner can save you a lot of damage and heartache in the future. You can avoid a grill fire by following some common sense practices.

General Tips

To keep a barbeque fire from occurring there are some basic suggestions made by the National Fire Protection Association to keep in mind when operating any kind of grill. Consider the following if you want to not end up calling the fire damage remediation company:

  • Keep your grill outside, at least 10 feet away from the home.
  • Never leave your grill unattended while lit.
  • Keep your grill clean of grease and residue.

Charcoal Grill

One of the most vulnerable moments in grilling is during the lighting process. There are many ways to go about lighting a charcoal grill. If you use fluid, be sure only to use charcoal starter fluid, and keep it out of range of the grill when not in use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to use newspaper or kindling as fuel, so they are a bit safer. Electric charcoal starters don't use fire to get the charcoal lit, but be sure to use an extension cord to use them outside to avoid a grill fire.

Gas Grill

Propane tanks are a bit more dangerous than charcoal. First, you will want to make sure to check all of your connections from the propane tank to your grill to be sure that they are tight. You should also periodically check your propane hose for leaks using the bubble technique. If you smell gas while grilling, turn off the propane and move away from the grill. If it persists, call the fire department before you end up with smoke damage.
About 9,600 fires are started by grills annually, gas grills being the majority of them. Don't become another grill fire statistic and learn to use your grill responsibly. You can spread the word at your next barbecue!

The 7 Steps of Fire Damage Cleanup

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Burned kitchen Fire damage in a Mission Bay, FL kitchen

Steps In The Restoration Process

Fire cleanup is extensive and complicated. That is why you should let your local fire and smoke damage remediation professionals handle everything. They can both repair your home and salvage your belongings. Below, we detail the typical steps in the restoration process.

First Contact

As soon as you call the remediation company, the representative on the phone will ask you questions about the extent of the fire damage. This will help the business understand what services are required.

Assessment

When the experts first arrive at your home, they will survey the property for smoke, fire and soot damage. They will then come up with a plan of action.

Covering Roofs, Windows and Doors

Fire damage doesn’t always stop when the flames are put out. Fire can destroy the windows, doors and roof of your home, leaving it vulnerable to further destruction. Fire restoration experts can board up the doors and windows and put a tarp on the roof.

Drying and Water Removal

Sprinklers and fire hoses can also harm your property. That is why fire damage cleanup also addresses water damage. Professionals will use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the property.

Soot and Smoke Removal

Smoke damage after a fire can also be devastating. A restoration company can use specialized equipment to get rid of the soot in your home. This smoke cleaning process specifically addresses the surfaces of the house, including walls and ceilings.

Sanitizing and Cleaning

Next, the pros will clean any belongings and structures that can be saved. Fogging equipment and industrial air scrubbers will be used to eliminate odors.

Restoration

Finally, the cleaners will perform the major or minor repairs necessary to restore your home. This can include installing new carpet, painting the walls and reconstructing various rooms.
You should do everything possible to prevent a fire in your Mission Bay,FL, home. Yet if your house does suffer from fire or smoke damage, a remediation company can help get the home back to normal.

How Fires Can Lead to Water Damage

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Boca Del Mar, FL

When you think about the destructive power of fire, you may think that water is about the only thing that can temper the flames. Indeed, if you a fire rages through your Boca Del Mar, FL, home, firefighters will use as much water as it takes to get it under control and minimize fire damage as much as possible. However, you may not realize that the very mechanism firefighters employ to eliminate the fire could also cause additional damage. In some cases, the water might even cause more damage than the flames.

How House Fires Start

There are many causes for fires in the home. Fire damage can vary considerably from minor and almost undetectable to severe and utterly destructive. It's important to understand how residential fires typically start so you can be aware of how to prevent them.

  • Unattended candles
  • Unattended food on the stove or in ovens
  • Improperly discarded cigarette butts
  • Faulty wiring or heating systems

How Firefighters Attack Them

Water is the most obvious method firefighters use to put out fires, but it's not the only solution. Fire extinguishers can be effective at subduing fires. Many of these devices spray out foam or other chemicals. Sometimes, firefighters will even let the fires burn out until until there is no more fuel.

When They Use Water

The image of a firefighter with a fire hose is a common one. When these first responders use hoses, they're not shy about putting large quantities of water on the fire. This is great for taking care of the flames, but it can also produce flooding and other water damage. Spraying water on the fire can ruin drywall, flooring and ceiling. This can also compromise the roof. This is why it's important to hire a professional restoration company that can handle both fire and water cleanup.
You've got enough fire damage to worry about, but don't forget about the problems water can cause in a fire. Make sure you hire the right team to help with water removal and rebuilding.

3 Steps To Take After a Building Fire

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

The first step is to board up broken windows and doors

Fire Cleanup Process

Although many businesses in Boca,FL, have a contingency plan for emergencies, no owner wants to be in situation where it needs to be put into place. A fire can be especially disheartening, since the smoke damage often infiltrates areas that aren’t burned. If you are ever in the unfortunate situation of needing fire cleanup, the following steps will help to rebuild.

1. Board Up the Building

Once the fire department leaves the premises and gives you permission to start rebuilding, the first step is to board up broken windows and doors. It’s also a good idea to put tarps over exposed areas in the roof. Even if the fire damage is extensive, it is still important to protect the property. For example, a rainstorm following a fire could introduce water or mold problems in areas that could have been salvaged.

2. Secure the Perimeter

Many business owners fail to see the need to secure a building perimeter after fire damage, but it’s essential for several reasons. The most obvious reason is to prevent theft from possible looting. However, even if there isn’t much left to steal, you still need security fencing. A fire causes building instability, and any injuries on an improperly secured property are a liability to you.

3. Call a Restoration Company

Since very few business owners have experience with fire damage, the best course of action is to call a company that specializes in commercial fire cleanup. They have the knowledge to handle smoke damage and will find the best way to salvage as much property as possible. They also have experience working with insurance companies, so they can walk you through the often overwhelming process.
A fire in your building can be difficult to handle, but it is manageable. Be sure to secure the building to protect it from the elements, looting and people entering the area. Once that has taken place, a restoration company will help you rebuild and quickly get your company back up and running.

3 Steps To Remove Soot and Smoke From Contents

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Many contents with soot or smoke damage can be cleaned and restored

3 Steps To Remove Soot and Smoke From Contents

Many contents with soot or smoke damage can be cleaned and restored. Homeowners should contact a damage mitigation and restoration company that will take these three steps to determine whether an item is a good candidate for content cleaning. Professionals may use specialized cleaning procedures such as dry-cleaning, foam or immersion.

1. Remove the Contents

It is necessary to remove items from the location of a fire in order to provide proper treatment. A restoration company will take all of the items that are likely to benefit from cleaning to an off-site facility. There, the condition of these items will be inspected and trained experts will attempt the most effective cleaning treatments.

2. Assess the Condition

Items covered in soot or with smoke residues can usually be cleaned. Contents that are burned or charred are usually not recommended for cleaning. Fire causes chemical changes to take place in most materials that may cause these items to re-contaminate a structure in which damage has been restored. Items that have been exposed to intense heat may be restored on a case by case basis. In some situations, heat alone may ruin delicate materials or electronic components and replacement may be necessary.

3. Treat the Contents

A variety of cleaning treatments are available for contents, from restoration-grade dry-cleaning to immersion in cleaning solution. Depending on the delicacy and porosity of an item, other approaches such as foam cleaning, spraying and wiping or even abrasive blasting may be the best option. Content restoration professionals have access to all of the equipment and solutions necessary to achieve the best results.

Items that have been treated with dry-cleaning or any other restoration method can be held in content storage until restoration work is complete at a residence in West Boca Raton, FL. Homeowners may prefer to work with a company that provides mitigation, restoration and content cleaning services.

Boca Raton Fire Damaged Home

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Boca Raton Fire Cleanup & Restoration

A fire in your Boca Raton home can be devastating causing severe damage to your structure and contents. The restoration process is complex and requires expertise in fire restoration to restore your home to preloss condition. SERVPRO of South Palm Beach specializes in fire and water damage restoration and have highly trained professional fire restoration technicians and a full construction department to restore your home.

The restoration process will begin when you call SERVPRO of South Palm Beach for your fire damage:

  • Contact SERVPRO of South Palm Beach     24 Hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Our professional office personnel will schedule an estimator to your home to evaluate your loss and provide you with a detailed estimate.
  • If any structure is compromised, we will schedule a crew to board-up or tarp your windows, roof or walls to protect against further damage and protect your home.
  • When there is minimal or no structure damage, we will schedule a fire restoration technician to clean the soot from the structure and contents. Some items such as electronics and clothes will be removed and cleaned off site.
  • When your fire loss is extensive and involves structure damage, you will not be able to stay in your home during the repairs and restoration. SERVPRO of South Palm Beach will pack, tag and inventory your contents and store them in our warehouse until your home is restored. Our professionally trained contents specialist will clean and re-box the contents in our warehouse.
  • SERVPRO of South Palm Beach has a variety of cleaning techniques and equipment to restore your belongings to pre-fire loss condition.
  • Once the soot is removed, and the demolition of affected structure is completed we will schedule our professional construction team to repair or rebuild the damaged structure.
  • Your cleaned contents will be moved back to your home once the construction department has completed the rebuild.

Call SERVPRO of South Palm Beach at 561-391-3366 with your Boca Raton fire restoration needs.

South Palm Beach Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are 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 South Palm Beach 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.

If you’re unsure about the proper procedure or don’t want to conduct the cleanup yourself, a professional will be able to help- just call SERVPRO of South Palm Beach at 561-391-3366!

Important Steps When Dealing with Fire Damage in South Palm Beach

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

In the unfortunate event of a fire in your South Palm Beach property, you need to take the right steps to restore the structure and contents to preloss condition. Different steps are necessary to achieve the desired outcome. If more items can be salvaged, then it is possible to reduce the restoration costs. It is also essential to prevent additional damage from occurring before, or during restoration.  

Carrying out a thorough inspection before starting the process of restoring fire damage is critical because it helps establish the true extent of the problem. Some aspects of the fire like smoke damage have far-reaching effects that are easy to miss from casual observation. For example, it is essential to establish whether the damage is predominantly from wet or dry smoke to choose the right cleaning procedures. Smoke also moves towards cooler areas and being gaseous it cannot be stopped by doors or windows, so it damages areas far from the origin of the fire.  

Separating items according to the level of damage is necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians classify items into salvageable, non-salvageable and questionable items. Such separation helps in different ways. For example, creating the CCIS, content claims inventory, for the insurance adjuster is simpler especially when we use our electronic item tracking forms. It is also possible to save more items since it creates the opportunity to focus full attention on the questionable ones or even take them offsite for restorative cleaning.  

While most of the damage happens during the blaze, secondary damages can happen after it is put out. Common ways that lead to secondary damage include exposure to moisture from the water used when putting out the fire. Staining or corrosion can also occur from soot and other smoke residues because of their acidic nature. Weather elements might also damage the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians extract any standing water and also wipe off residue from finished furniture surfaces, fiberglass, and chrome or iron trim finished areas.  

Professional assistance can help you deal with the confusion that follows after a fire incident. If you’re unsure about the proper procedure or don’t want to conduct the cleanup yourself, a professional will be able to help- just call SERVPRO of South Palm Beach at 561-391-3366!

Candle Safety Tips

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

There is something calming about candles.  They look pretty, enhance the ambiance in a room, they give off a fragrant smell that can be extremely alluring. However, they can also be the cause of a house fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 candle fires started when they were placed to something that can burn, such as furniture, bedding, or decorations.  Review the tips below to prevent any house fires from candles:

  • Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
  • Keep candles one foot (30 centimeters) away from anything that can burn
  • Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
  • Put candle holders and a sturdy and unclutter surface
  • Light candles carefully, keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom; put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder
  • You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle

Although candles can add to the décor in a room, they can also add danger.  Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite.  Create an environment that is safe for you, and use alternatives to prevent any candle fires in homes like using flameless candles.  As always, remember SERVPRO of South Palm Beach in case a mishap happens at 561-391-3366!

What To Do Until Help Arrives At Your Fire Damage

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

DO:

-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

-Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. n Place dry, colorfast towels or old 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, holding 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.

Call SERVPRO of South Palm Beach if you've had a fire or would like to know how we can help in the event you do- 561-391-3366.

Electrical Fire Damage Cleanup in Boca Raton

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach recently restored a Boca Raton home that experienced fire damage from an electrical fire. The fire originated in the attic causing soot and water damage to the first and second floor. Despite the weekend timing, our crew arrived on site within hours to perform emergency services.

The technicians immediately set to work by removing debris and extracting water to dry the home. The electrical fire in the attic caused debris of ceiling drywall and insulation to litter the second floor and stairwell. Soot and smoke residue can continue to cause damage long after the fire is out. Our fire damage restoration technicians are professionally certified to handle these challenges. Fire mitigation services included removal of the charred building materials, cleaning and deodorizing the damaged structure and setting up drying equipment. We also coordinated pack out and storage services to allow for proper restoration and reconstruction. 

Call SERVPRO of South Palm Beach if you've had a fire or would like to know how we can help in the event you do- 561-391-3366.

Boca Raton Fire Damage- How long do you have to escape a house fire

4/28/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone knows not to dawdle if their house is on fire, but you may believe you have some time to make a safe exit. Well, think again.

In this video, Gail McGovern, the president of the Red Cross reveals that you only have two (just two!) minutes to get out of your home before you might get stuck in the flames. This is because it only takes about five minutes for a fire to consume your entire house. And with one in seven people dying in a house fire each day, there's little room for error.

Practicing fire safety certainly requires vigilance, but it doesn't take too much effort to avoid a tragedy. First, make sure you have smoke alarms in your home (5 million American homes don't). You need one in every bedroom, one outside every sleeping area, and at least one on every floor. Make sure the detectors are working and refresh their batteries when you change the clocks for the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time.

Also, it's important to practice fire drills with your family (get the Red Cross' guidelines here). You should go over possible routes to get out of your house fast, and consider getting escape ladders for any rooms on upper floors. Choose a meeting place outside that's a safe distance from your home.

And of course, you should take steps to prevent fires from happening in the first place. Watch the video to learn which common mistakes you might be making.

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Call SERVPRO of South Palm Beach if you've had a fire or would like to know how we can help in the event you do.  561-391-3366