Recent Fire Damage Posts
The DO's and DONT's of Fire Damage in Your Home
Fire damage can be devastating to home owners and their families. It is a difficult event to overcome but there are simple things to do to motivate the process and certain things that you shouldn’t do within your home after an event like this.
DON’T: Use your AC, heater or any electronics
DON’T: Eat any leftover food that could have been affected
DON’T: Wipe away any powder from the extinguisher
DO: Call us at SERVPRO of North East Chester County to come in and help you restore your home after this tragic event that has happened within your home. We will start the cleanup process immediately, also bring in our specialty equipment to get rid of the smoke odor which could cause health issues over time if it is not done properly by trained technicians.
Don't Let Your Future Go Up in Smoke
Pottstown Fire Damage Smoke Odor
Don’t let the odor of smoke that may have been caused from a small fire in your kitchen or maybe a string of Christmas lights that caught on fire affect the odor in your home for long. SERVPRO of North East Chester County has a certified team, proper tools and chemicals to clean, deodorize and seal materials that may have been affected by smoke when a fire has occurred within your home or even business. Every fire is different from how minor it was to how severe it might have been. Any size fire SERVPRO of North East Chester County can handle, removing or remediating the materials that were affected by smoke. To ensure all the odor will be out of the residence make sure all sources of smoke as well as all materials that were damaged by the fire have been removed. Whether you need us to eliminate the odor or repair any fire damage, SERVPRO of North East Chester County wants any level of fire that has affected a residence or a business to be safe, clean, and free of a smoky odor.
Do I Have to Throw EVERYTHING Away?!?
"How can you get the smoke odor out of THIS?!?"
Give us a call, we are up for the challenge!
After a fire occurs in your home or business, as you begin to process the extent of the damage, you may be surprised at how pervasively the smoke odor and soot can permeate...well...pretty much everything! The good news is that SERVPRO of North East Chester County can guide you through the mitigation process so you don't have to go it alone. Building materials and badly damaged contents and furniture may be blatantly obvious as to whether or not they can be salvaged, but those items that weren't "burned" but are still smoke/soot affected may be salvageable after all.
Granted, fires in a home or business in Chester County are a rare occurrence, and hopefully one that you never need to experience firsthand. But should you have the unfortunate experience yourself, you may just assume that nothing can be saved. Before you order a dump truck, give us a call and you may be surprised by the results of our professional cleaning knowledge and procedures. We are not miracle workers, but more often than not, the results we are able to produce are a welcome surprise once we return a Customer's belongings: clean, fresh-smelling, and sanitized!
Wildfires In Chester County, PA?
Fires can ignite from both internal sources of the home and external, like wildfires.
Many people don’t realize that they face serious wildfire danger. But if you live in a wooded, grassy, or rural area of Chester County you could be at risk!
Two factors have emerged as the primary determinants of a home’s ability to survive a wildfire – quality of the defensible space around the home and the home’s structural ignitability.
Together, these two factors create a concept called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ), which includes the structure and the space immediately surrounding the structure. To protect a home from wildfire, the primary goal is to reduce or eliminate fuels and ignition sources within the HIZ.
The actual design and development of your defensible space depends on several factors.
- Size and shape of building(s)
- Construction materials
- Slope of the ground
- Surrounding topography
- Sizes and types of vegetation on your property
Three zones need to be addressed when creating defensible space:
- Zone 1 is the area nearest the home and other structures – This zone requires maximum hazard reduction.
- Zone 2 is a transitional area of fuels reduction between Zones 1 and 3.
- Zone 3 is the area farthest from the home. It extends from the edge of Zone 2 to your property boundaries.
The ideal time to address home ignition risk is when the structure is in the design phase. However, you can still take steps to reduce ignitability to an existing home.
For instance, it is important to choose a fire-resistant roofing material that is rated class C or higher when building a house in, or near, forests or grasslands. Avoid flammable materials such as wood or shake shingles.
If you believe that your home may be at risk, don't procrastinate on looking into it further: do some research and take proactive measures to keep your home safe!
Through the Fire and the Flames, We Carry On
As with any catastrophe, a quick response makes all the difference. The first 48 hours after experiencing a fire in your home or business are vital to distinguishing what can be restored versus what must be replaced. With over 40 years of experience, SERVPRO genuinely lives up to its title as the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals. Undoubtedly, emotions can run wild for a home or business owner after a fire. Our SERVPRO professionals are highly trained to rapidly respond and restore hope and peace of mind once the smoke clears. Apart from fire, smoke and soot removal, SERVPRO professionals take the utmost care to attempt to restore contents and documents that have been damaged in a fire to preloss conditions whenever possible in order to salvage your belongings and memories. Before risking further damage by attempting to cleanup yourself, call SERVPRO the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals to help make fire damage, "Like it never even happened."
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Where Do I Even Start?!?
Let's face it: any type of damage to your home or business can be devastating, as you experience a range of emotions and hope may be dwindling. But fire damage can really exacerbate these emotions; smoke odor and soot damage can permeate the entire structure and the remains can seem hopeless. You may ask yourself: where do I even start?!? One of the first things you should do is call SERVPRO of North East Chester County - we can help explain exactly how your home or business can be restored "from the ashes" and will put together a cohesive plan that will get your life back on track.
What Can Be Saved??
There are many techniques that we at SERVPRO of North East Chester County employ to specifically address each affected material and to take the best approach to make it like it never even happened. It is true that most fire damages involve some level of demolition to remove non-salvageable materials, but we will outline a plan to replace these as well. If it can be cleaned and saved, we make every effort to do so; i.e. we don't just assume everything is a total loss, because we are willing to put in the time and effort to salvage contents and materials that are able to be saved, no matter how difficult the procedure. We don't make promises we can't keep, and provide realistic timelines and estimates for the work to be performed, so you are 100% in the know - after all, this is YOUR space and YOUR life!
Fire damage sure can be daunting, but with SERVPRO of North East Chester County on your side, life can be restored to normal.
More Soot Than Santa's Suit in Spring City, PA!
The soot really stands out on this yellow towel at a Spring City fire loss - it blends in more on Santa's suit!
Santa Claus isn't the only one with a soot issue! If you have experienced a fire damage in your Spring City, PA home or business, then soot and smoke damage can accumulate in regions of the building where you never thought fire-related damage could have occurred! Each building has a natural way that it "breathes" and in the event of a fire, smoke and soot-laden air can spread throughout the entire structure based on how air pressure forces them around. Soot is not only an aesthetic blemish, but it can also be dangerous: carrying hazardous substances that may be detrimental to your health! That is why we at SERVPRO of North East Chester County track the soot and smoke damage throughout the entire structure and professionally clean it, wherever it may end up. We exercise full due diligence to make sure that nothing escapes our inspection and is left lingering...
Vent Collects Soot in Spring City, PA Home
This Spring City, PA home's vents not only collected common dust, but also debris from the fire damage.
If you own a home or business in Spring City, PA, you know that vents require an occasional dusting or cleaning, as dust bunnies and debris can collect on the registers. However, if you experience a fire loss, as this homeowner did, these "collection areas" can recruit a new tenant: soot! SERVPRO of North East Chester County takes soot very seriously, as it can contain materials that are hazardous to your health. We have specialty, proprietary products that are extremely effective in cleaning up after a fire damage - to restore salvageable contents and structures to an acceptable level of cleanliness that meets health and general standards. Not all soot and evidence of smoke can always be removed entirely from even salvageable materials, however. Even after being adequately cleaned, some materials, such as drywall, may require painting to completely dispel evidence that there was a fire - but we can do that too! SERVPRO of North East Chester County makes fire damaged spaces "Like it never even happened."
Fire Precautions 101
Don't wait until you experience a fire loss to think about precautions and safeguards...be prepared!
As with any emergency situation that affects your home or business, the first thing you want to do AFTER experiencing damage is call SERVPRO of North East Chester County! We have the skill, experience, tools, and know-how to help you navigate through the process and make things "Like it never even happened." But...
The Best Plan is a PRE-Plan!
Fires and the damage they can wreak are an unfortunate reality that many face at one time or another at their home or business. As with any disaster, however, the best way to mitigate loss is by being prepared and having a plan!
General fire precautions include such things as:
- Escape routes and fire exits
- Fire fighting equipment
- Raising the alarm
- Making emergency plans
- Limiting the spread of the fire
To get the best information for general fire precautions to safeguard your home or business, you should reach out to your local Fire Department - ask the real pros! Just like you would contact SERVPRO - the real pros - AFTER the damage!
Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire...
DO NOT disturb contents in your home or business after a fire - improper methods may actually make things worse!
The First 48 Hours...
At SERVPRO of North East Chester County, our skilled technicians know well that the first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings in your Chester County home or business. Soot and smoke can be very dangerous, even toxic, and permeating things. The longer they have to seep into your home or business and all of its contents, the harder it may be to salvage them - it may not even be possible!
What Can You Do?
The first, and most important thing you can do after experiencing a fire is to call us at SERVPRO of North East Chester County - our professional crews are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays, to beat the clock in attempting to salvage your home and property. But while you wait for us to arrive, you can take these precautions to help mitigate the damage:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
- Coat chrome faucets, trim, and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
- Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
- Do not clean any electrical equipment.
- Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Smoke is Amorphous and Permeates into Hard to Reach Places
When most home or business owners think of fires and fire damage, they imagine burned belongings and building structures, but one of the most hazardous and permeating aspects of a fire is often the smoke!
Smoke Goes Where It Wants...
Every house and commercial building has a way in which it "breathes," as air currents move throughout the structure in a pattern - the path of least resistance. It is not uncommon for significant soot and smoke to be present in the opposite end of where the source actually occurred. This makes fire mitigation a thorough and comprehensive process, often requiring cleaning of contents throughout the building. Smoke can travel into closed drawers, closets, rooms - essentially wherever it wants!
Test, Test, Test!
At SERVPRO of North East Chester County, our skilled technicians approach fire losses in a comprehensive way, testing every surface, nook, and cranny to evaluate the extent of the path where smoke has traveled and deposited soot. Because of the elusive and permeating nature of smoke, we leave no area untouched so that nothing is missed. Our goal is always to do the job the right the first time and leave your Chester County home or business "Like it never even happened."
The Fire is Just the "Starter"...
After a fire is extinguished, the process of restoration has just begun...
Fire damage is an unfortunate and significant event that comes in varying degrees. If you happen to experience a fire loss at your home or business, the extinguishing of the fire is the just the start of a complicated process that we at SERVPRO of North East Chester County pride ourselves on being able to help you facilitate.
Beyond the accumulation of soot and smoke damage, fire losses also usually accumulate significant amounts of debris and fire extinguisher discharge (if water is not used). These materials may be hazardous and are certainly unwanted and need to be appropriately removed and cleaned up after. Our technicians at SERVPRO of North East Chester County are ready to spring into action and handle the aftermath.
Oftentimes after a fire loss, some contents of a home or business must be inventoried, packed, cleaned off-site, and sometimes stored while the affected areas are cleaned and restored. At SERVPRO of North East Chester County, we are organized and thorough in our approach to making sure that your belongings are accounted for and restored, so once your home or business is ready to be loved in again, your belongings are returned "Like it never even happened."