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Are You Prepared for a Home or Business Fire?

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Are You Prepared for a Home or Business Fire? Fire Damage Process

What happens after your home or business fire

If you have never had a fire in your business or home, it is important to be prepared because no one is immune from it. Fire in a home or business can be caused by a variety of things. Many business or homes have been destroyed by fire damage, not because fire suppression did not take place, but because the owners did not know what to do after the fire.
The fire department responds promptly to help put out the fire. Their work most likely will cause damage such as breaking through doors and windows to access the fire areas. Water will also be pumped into the building, causing floods all over the floor.

What next after the fire department efforts

After the fire has been put out, it is when you will realize the extent of the fire damage and that caused by the firefighters. Fire damage, soot damage, the smoke damage, smoke smell and water damage are evident. Fire damage restoration effort must begin immediately, or more damage could occur.

Professional fire damage restoration

Once the fire has been put out, you must not wait for long before starting to put things in order. Using a good fire restoration company, you will be able to get professionals who are trained and experienced in handling fire cleanup services. They first begin by assessing the level of fire damage. They board up the windows and doors that had broken by the firefighters. The importance of boarding up is to keep off intruders who could access and steal your items.

What to expect from the professional fire restoration company

When hiring SERVPRO of Morgan and Putnam Counties, you can be assured of their services. These professionals use a plan to do the fire cleanup and prevent further damage that could be caused by water or the restoration process. All the items that could be repaired are salvaged and taken to their facility for specialized repair. Other items that require cleaning such as carpets could also be taken up for proper fire cleanup.
Flood water is drained from the rooms and soot damage, and smoke damage is handled effectively. Often fire damage leads to soot damage that results from the burning items, which cause ash and dust on the walls and vents. It has to be cleaned up to remove the dust and ash, which will allow for the repainting of the walls. You will also need to clean up smoke damage because the smoke smell is absorbed in all the porous items in the building. This smoke smell is cleaned up through deodorization and other methods.

The importance of using SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties fire cleanup services

Hiring a professional fire damage restoration is essential because it ensures effective removal of soot damage, smoke smell, smoke damage, board up services and fire damage restoration. Finding the right fire restoration company would ensure a speedy restoration and allow you to go back to your normal life. It is important to seek the help of professionals in matters that you cannot handle on your own such as commercial fire damage because it could save you time and money.
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Why Smoke Damaged Homes in Morgan County Demand Residential Fire Restoration

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why Smoke Damaged Homes Demand Residential Fire Restoration

Most people who live through fires know that they'll have to deal with fire damage. What you may not know is that in addition to getting rid of lingering smoke odors and cleaning soot from walls, you might have to make significant structural improvements.

The Reality of Being Rescued

When firefighters come to extinguish blazes, they often have to take extraordinary actions to prevent the spread of flames. Your rescuers might break down your doors or cut holes in your roof or walls. The water they use to put out the fire can soak building materials like drywall, wood and plaster, which may weaken their structural integrity.

The Aftermath of a Blaze

Homes ravaged by fires are often left wide open to the elements. To stop rain, snow, debris and other elements from entering holes and worsening your fire damage, you may have to

Put boards over windows and doors to prevent trespassing,
Install temporary construction materials, such as sheeting, to keep wildlife out, and
Make major replacements to damaged structural members, such as beams.

Getting on the Road to Restoration in a Smoke Damaged Home

Even if your property only sustains what looks like minor cosmetic harm, the lingering smoke odors can last for years. Cleaning soot from walls might seem like something you can do on your own, but the microscopic contaminants that you miss can make your smoke damaged home uninhabitable. Talking to a professional is the best way to recreate a healthy living space.
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Dispose of These Items Following a Fire in your Martinsville, Indiana home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dispose of These Items Following a Fire in your Martinsville, Indiana home Let SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties make it “Like it never even happened”.

Dispose of These Items Following a Fire

A fire can be a devastating experience, even if your Martinsville, Indiana home remains intact. Smoke and fire damage leave a mess for you to deal with, and it is overwhelming to decide what can be salvaged and what must be thrown away. You may be inclined to hold onto sentimental items or try to salvage food exposed to smoke, but here are some tips to help you decide what can stay and what you need to throw away.

Non-Perishable Food

Food safety after a fire is a serious issue. Non-perishable food exposed to high heat, smoke and firefighting chemicals should be discarded. It may seem obvious that opened canisters and items stored in permeable containers, such as cardboard and plastic, need to be trashed, but food in sealed cans and jars also need to go. Extreme heat can activate bacteria causing food to spoil even if the container is intact. Toxic fumes also have a way of permeating jars and aluminum cans, causing contamination. Throw away any food you even remotely suspect has been in a compromising situation.

Perishable Food

Sometimes perishable food can be salvaged even if the power went out. If it was well sealed in the refrigerator or freezer, it could be safe for about four hours. Inspect all food, but don’t make any assumptions. If the inside of the fridge smells smoky or you see soot, the food is bad. If food has an odor or a funny taste, get rid of it. 

Cosmetics and Medicine

Make sure to inspect your medicine cabinet and makeup bag. Look for obvious signs of damage. If bottles are warped, melted or charred, dispose of them. Look for any signs of heat, soot, fire extinguisher dust or other suspect damage.

Clothing

With the proper cleaning, most textiles (clothes, curtains, bedding, etc.) can be recovered. Throw away anything that is burned. This is especially true if you are considering a young child’s clothing or bedding.

If dealing with your home’s contents after a fire is too much, hire a fire restoration company in Martinsville, Indiana to take care of it for you. Visithttps://www.SERVPROmorganputnamcounties.com/ for more information on fire damage.

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Every Second Counts in Morgan County & Putnam County

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Every Second Counts in Morgan County & Putnam County Let SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties make it “Like it never even happened”.

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here are this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Have you contacted your local fire department? See how you can get involved with them and your community to prevent house fires. Sometimes they will have events or give out smoke detectors for your home. Don't think this could never happen to you because it easily could. We don't have control over everything in our homes! Be safe and have a plan!

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What would you do?

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup & Restoration

What would you do if...

You receive a call from a client today with a fire loss?

You have a fire loss on one of your properties?

You have a fire at your own personal property?

Some statistics...

Fire claims spike during the months of November - February.

On average, Fire causes over $12.4 billion in property damage annualy.

Top 5 Causes of Fire loss:
Cooking equipment
Heating equipment
Intentional
Electrical distribution & lighting equipment
Smoking materials

After the fire is out...

You need a company "Like SERVPRO"
Industry research from 2016 by Buntin Group found that SERVPRO Brand is becoming synonymous with the services provided!

Why not a Contractor?

Mitigate, clean, & restore FIRST! Then repair and rebuild.

SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties can handle it all -One Stop Shop.

By the way...

WE DO BOARDUP!
Many times, the home or building must be secured immediately BEFORE anything else.

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Your Belongings and Water or Smoke Damage

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Belongings and Water or Smoke Damage Let our SERVPRO Professionals provide Calm in your Chaos.

CONTENTS RESTORATION

SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties Professionals specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. SERVPRO Professionals utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

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

MOVE-OUTS/PACK-OUTS

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

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

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

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Fireplace Safety

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety

  • Fireplaces should not be used as furnaces. Use a fireplace for a short-duration fire — no longer than five hours.
  • Keep the glass open to allow air to be drawn up to cool the chimney, but keep the screen closed to prevent sparks from jumping onto the carpeting.
  • Never leave a fire unattended when children are in the house. Adults, even if near, should not allow children to play near or with fire tools and equipment.
  • Open a window when using the fireplace to prevent the room from becoming smoky. The air coming in from the window will go up the chimney.
  • Before making a fire, open the glass doors, pull aside the screen curtains, and place the kindling, newspaper and logs inside. Next, open the damper and a window. The window needs to be open only a few inches. You can check to make sure the smoke will go up the chimney properly by lighting a match, quickly blowing it out and watching the smoke to see whether it's going up and out.
  • Keep a nonflammable rug (available at fireplace-supply stores) in front of the fireplace so that sparks won't melt or otherwise damage your carpeting.
  • Use fireplace tools to handle burning logs. Never use your hands.
  • Use a chimney cap to prevent water damage, to keep animals from nesting and to keep debris from blocking the chimney and causing carbon monoxide to flow into the house. Use a spark arrester to help prevent sparks from flying out, which could start a fire on the roof or lawn.
  • Glass doors may develop tough stains from flames and heat. To clean them, make sure the glass doors are cool, then scrape off any thick gunk deposits with a razor blade. Add a squirt of liquid dishwashing detergent to a bucket of warm water, or add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. Spray or sponge the cleaner on, and then wipe it away with newspaper (which is lint-free). Another option is to buy glass cleaner at a fireplace store.
  • Fireplace coals can remain hot enough to start a fire for up to three days, so always wait at least that long before removing the ashes. At that point, close the damper to prevent cold air in the flue from stirring up excess dust while you're removing the ashes. Be sure to wear a dust mask and open a window in the same room as the fireplace to prevent negative air pressure. Use a shovel to scoop the ashes into a metal container. Store the container far from combustible materials and surfaces and wood floors.
  • Never use a vacuum to clean up ashes, because live coals may remain in those ashes.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the chimney when necessary. Have him show you how to check it yourself, too. The chimney should be checked at least once a year or after about 80 fires.
  • Shine brass fireplace utensils with Worcestershire sauce and a toothbrush.
  • Clean the firebox (the area where the logs burn) at least once a week during the months you use it, when ash builds up. Leave about an inch of ash because it acts as insulation, allowing the coals to heat faster and retain the heat easier. Keep the firebox completely clean during the months when the fireplace is not in use.
  • To clean an exterior slate hearth, wash, dry and coat it with lemon oil every six weeks to make it shine. For cleaning exterior brick hearths, buy a brick cleaner at a fireplace shop.

 via HGTV.com 

SERVPRO of Morgan County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Morgan County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Mooresville Home.

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 Morgan County 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?
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