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Characteristics of Smoke from Fire and Fire Damage in Your Jaffrey Home

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Characteristics of Smoke from Fire and Fire Damage in Your Jaffrey Home Dryers and lint can, unfortunately, be the cause of a fire in your home. Contact SERVPRO to discuss remediation and fire prevention tips.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Fire Process, and How to Best Remediate the Damage Left Behind

Not many people in Jaffrey consider the danger of their clothes dryer in regards to fires. Sometimes a faulty appliance is to blame, but many fires can be prevented with the proper venting of your dryer. Reduced airflow from lint accumulation provides the perfect conditions for a fire. Lint is extremely combustible, so keeping your dryer free of it is essential.
 
Many newer homes have dryers located away from an outside wall, which means they are vented longer distances, and there are more places for lint to gather. Your home could be at more risk for fire and fire damage in Jaffrey from a lint buildup if your dryer has more extended venting. If you have experienced a fire already, contact our professional staff at SERVPRO for help restoring and repairing your home.
 
When dealing with fire damage of any kind, we also deal with smoke and smoke damage. During a fire, as burning materials decompose, they release gases, solid particles, and aerosols which become suspended in the air. These suspended gases, particles, and aerosols make up smoke.
 
The invisible components of smoke are gases. Oxides of nitrogen are made when organic compounds burn, and sulfur dioxide is made when inorganic compounds burn. SERVPRO techs understand that some of the gaseous by-products from a fire, like hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, are very dangerous if people are exposed to the smoke during the fire. Once it has been extinguished, and the smoke has been dispersed and evacuated, gases are not a significant factor.
 
Besides fire gases, smoke consists of aerosols and fine particles as well. The solid particles of material that are not burned are usually small particles of carbon. Aerosols are very fine liquid or solid particles which are suspended inside gases. The particles, while suspended, are what makes smoke visible to us. They absorb odors, making soot stink.
 
Once smoke settles on surfaces, it is known as soot. These residues can contain different acids since sulfides and chlorides in smoke combine with humidity in the air or with moisture to make acids. Acidic soot residues cause corrosion and discoloration of materials over time.
 
Because of this, SERVPRO of Cheshire County works quickly to clean the residues from your home in Dublin, Swanzey, or Fitzwilliam after a fire, helping to prevent additional damage. As soon as the fire is out, contact us at (603) 352-7251 so we can restore your home in a timely fashion.
 
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Avoid Obvious Mistakes When Fire Damage Occurs in Your Keene Home

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Obvious Mistakes When Fire Damage Occurs in Your Keene Home Attempting to clean fire damage on your own can cause further damage to your home.

Rely on Professionals for Proper Fire Damage Remediation

Most of us are anxious to clean our homes after a fire damage incident, but did you know you might waste your time and cause further damage if you do not seek professional assistance? If you are insured, working towards reducing the claims is necessary at this stressing time. Not all buildings in Keene are safe to re-enter after such incidents; it is crucial first to do a pre-inspection.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you prevent further fire damage in your Keene property. If there is some water on your property, we work towards drying the area. We achieve this by installing fans and ventilation in the rooms. If the incident took place during warm weather, we could run a dehumidifier once we have shut all the windows. Sometimes when the weather is cold, we can opt to operate your heating system, and the cold air can help in moisture removal.

If you fail to thoroughly dry draperies, floors underneath and carpets, mold can start to grow and lead to permanent damage. We also know that copper and brass can corrode after exposure to smoke, so we use a copper cleaner to do the cleaning. As a safety measure, we wrap furniture legs using aluminum foil and remove oriental rugs from wet carpeting.

Soot is oily and to protect your household textiles, draperies and carpets from possible stains, our SERVPRO team attempts to remove it before deodorizing and cleaning items. When removing it, we may hold an operating vacuum cleaner nozzle just above the area with the stain. We avoid using an upright vacuum or vacuum attachments since the soot may be forced into the fabrics by the brushes.

Our team from SERVPRO also performs deodorization to remove smoke odor from draperies, carpets, and upholstered furniture. The deodorants that thermal foggers dispense eliminate the odors by neutralizing and breaking up their molecules.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is an industry leader in commercial and residential restoration. Call us at (603) 352-7251 when you need remediation services, and we can make it "Like it never even happened."

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Smoke and Fire Damage from Matches in Keene

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Fire Damage from Matches in Keene A simple match can cause fire damage to your home, call SERVPRO immediately after the fire is out if you experience a house fire.

SERVPRO's Highly Trained Technicians Understand the Smoke Damage Left Behind by a Fire

Some children in Keene have a fascination with fire, and the opportunity to play with matches presents a huge temptation. However, it is a dangerous situation as well, since most children do not realize how easily a fire can start and how quickly they can spread throughout a home. Many times, fires are caused by children playing outside with matches and the wind catching fire.

Matches need to be kept out of reach of any children, but sometimes accidents still happen. Fire and fire damage to your Keene home from matches is an unfortunate and hard lesson for anyone to learn. Once the fire is out, your home needs the help of professionals to get it cleaned and repaired back to its original state. SERVPRO has the training and tools to get the job done correctly and in a timely fashion.

One thing we have to fully understand about a fire is the smoke damage that is left behind. As smoke travels from its source, it flows around your home and obstructions with the air current which arrives it. Each thing in the way tends to pick up residues from the smoke as it passes by, acting as a filter. The farther the smoke travels from the source, the fewer residues it has.

SERVPRO techs know that smoke follows airflow patterns throughout your home, spreading residues within the structure. Convection currents many times follow the direction of heating mains and tubing in homes where hot water heating is. Smoke goes upward behind radiators, which results in more substantial deposits on walls right about these units.

Some areas of your home get more smoke residues than others because of the airflow pattern. The cavity above a suspended ceiling can also serve as an air return and have heavier smoke deposits than the ceiling underneath it. The cavity can spread residues to a broader area of the home as well.

Closed doors do not stop smoke. We might find heavier concentrations around or under closed doors, around the edges of carpets, and around cracks. As the smoke flows around and through cracks, it deposits heavier concentrations of residues.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County understands all the places to check for smoke and soot residues so that we can thoroughly clean your home after a fire to make it safe again for you and your family. Residents in the areas of Swanzey, Dublin, and Fitzwilliam should call us as soon as the fire is out at (603) 352-7251.

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Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services For All Rindge Area Residents

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services For All Rindge Area Residents Getting help quickly from a professional fire damage remediation company like SERVPRO can help save your home from secondary damages.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate the Damage After a Fire in Your Home

Dealing with damages caused by a fire on your Rindge area property can be a huge pain. Damages as a result of flames themselves, traveling smoke, or lingering residues and water exposure all require specific attention, as fast as possible. If you fail to get professional help immediately, additional damages can occur, making your home’s restoration take even longer.  

With that said, there are highly-trained IICRC-industry certified professionals available throughout the area. We specialize in fire damage restorations in Rindge, providing you with the qualified help you deserve. Our technicians can help get things back to normal as fast as humanly possible while maintaining the quality service level you expect.

SERVPRO technicians are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, regardless of when an emergency event occurs. By working with your insurance company, we help restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition and reduce repair costs associated with your restoration as much as possible.

SERVPRO gives you access to a variety of water removal equipment that helps with getting excess moisture from firefighting efforts out of your home before corrosion, rot, or mold becomes a problem. We also have fire damage restoration specialists that take the time to address damages to each item found in your home thoroughly, saving as many of your belongings as possible.

Smoke, soot, and other residues can travel farther and cause even more damage than the flames from a fire. Giving each area the proper attention involves using hands-on cleaning techniques that vary from job to job. Your home may require more detailed cleaning or have additional safety concerns that you may not be aware of without professional help.

SERVPRO technicians take restoring your home to the next level; we provide you with expertly planned out services and help return your home to a quality condition you can enjoy. We keep you informed throughout the process and confident that you made the right choice.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is your answer for fire-related emergencies that occur in your home. We are a locally owned and operated business that cares about our local community; call today. (603) 352-7251

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Solutions To Lingering Smoky Smells After Rindge Fire Damage

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Solutions To Lingering Smoky Smells After Rindge Fire Damage Recovery after a home fire is a complicated maze of clearing debris, remediating water damage, cleaning up soot and other residues, and repairs.

Lingering Smoky Smells After A Fire

Recovery after a Rindge home fire is a complicated maze of clearing debris, remediating water damage, cleaning up soot and other residues, and performing repairs and decorative touch-ups. Experience, training, and cutting edge-equipment permit our specialists to deliver a restored building, clean and inviting. Residual smoky and other fire damage derived odors that persist, however, indicate the job is not complete.

Depending on the source and the fuel, fire damage odors in Rindge can remind homeowners of the disaster for a long time after restoration. Smoky odor has a severe effect on the emotional health of the family who almost lost everything in a fire. Fortunately, effective and permanent deodorization strategies are available, and we make sure our work crews train at both basic and advanced levels, able to liberate your home from these disturbing and unpleasant smells.

Deodorization is a four-step process and sometimes requires a step to be repeated to eradicate an odor. Individuals also experience smells differently. SERVPRO pledges to work with homeowners until every member of the family is comfortable in feeling that the fire damage odors are no longer detectable.

First, SERVPRO crews remove the source of the odors. Much of this happens during the general cleanup, but a search for odor-bearing materials after the initial physical restoration may reveal charred or melted objects in hidden or overlooked areas. Properly discarded, removal of these objects eliminates the cause of the smell.

Second, SERVPRO crews clean surfaces coated with odor-causing residues. Residues removed in the original clean-up may leave an almost undetectable layer that continues to emit odor-causing particles. Odors also migrate during and after fires to areas of the home seemingly unaffected. A thorough cleaning where odors are detected, perhaps with stronger cleansers and solvents, may take care of the odor.

Third, SERVPRO crews troubleshoot any odors that persist by using odor neutralizing techniques that recreate the conditions helped odors to penetrate and migrate. Flooding areas with sanitizing, neutralizing, and digesting professionals products, paralleling the water used to extinguish the fire, may work for water-borne odor. A spray or thermal fogger that mimics the combustion that spread odor carrying particles may defeat air-borne smells.

Specialized equipment such as hydroxyl generators or, in extreme circumstances, ozone machines is another resort for tough odors. As with thermal fogging, these machines cause a process that changes the chemical composition of the odiferous particles, rendering them odorless.

Fourth, SERVPRO crews consider sealing surfaces to prevent the odor vapor from releasing into the air, a technique used in situations where other methods are impractical. Examples might be painting walls and trim or coating interiors of HVAC systems with sealants.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County intends to restore every aspect of your home after a fire and perseveres even with challenging tasks like deodorization. Call (603) 352-7251 to get the recovery work rolling as soon as the firefighters release your property back to you.

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Professional Remediation of Smoke and Fire Damage can Save Your Dublin Apartment's Deposit

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Remediation of Smoke and Fire Damage can Save Your Dublin Apartment's Deposit Smoke and fire damage can make your apartment uninhabitable. Contact SERVPRO and we'll work on getting you back your entire deposit.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Handle Your Smoke and Fire Damage Emergency

Few landlords in Dublin deem 'normal wear and tear' to include smoked-up walls or charred carpet holes. Finding this kind of damage in a dwelling during a move-out inspection is often grounds for forfeiture of the deposit paid when you first moved into the unit. Therefore, restoring your apartment's interior when such situations exist becomes crucial to have your funds returned to you when moving to another location.
 
Renting an apartment can help you save money for larger purchases, but unrepaired smoke and fire damage in Dublin can take that all away from you. Smoke damage can cause the same problems. SERVPRO can remove the signs that a problem ever existed so you can present your former home to the landlord in as good, if not better, shape in which you first rented the unit.
 
We specialize in removing all traces of the damage like greasy cooking messes, cigarette smoke, small burn marks on carpets and other surfaces, and other visible evidence. Strong odors can also create problems with a landlord who believes that it could cause future tenants to refuse to rent the unit, but we can eliminate bad odors, also.
 
Because we maintain a high level of discreteness when dealing with our clients, you can rest assured that we never divulge your apartment's details to your neighbors. We also aim to provide the highest possible quality services, so we take the time to earn IICRC-backed certificates in Carpet Repair and Reinstallation (RRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT). Regardless of how bad you might think a situation is, we can help. When we finish, your apartment should look and feel “Like it never even happened.”
 
At SERVPRO of Cheshire County, we include the renters in our community as vital partners in our local economy. Without rental income, property ownership in our area would not thrive. For all your smoke and fire damage needs, contact us at (603) 352-7251, 24/7, every day of the year.

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Why Fire Damage Remains One of the Worst Catastrophes a Keene Area Home Withstands

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Fire Damage Remains One of the Worst Catastrophes a Keene Area Home Withstands Fire damage is not something that a family wants to experience. But if it does happen, SERVPRO can be your ally through the entire process.

SERVPRO Technicians React Quickly SO that Items can be Repaired Rather than Replaced

Your home may be built rock-solid, but fire can affect even the strongest and best-built homes anywhere in surprising and unexpected ways. When fire strikes, smoke is also produced. This smoke is not the only other aspect to a house fire besides the fire itself.
 
Keene area homes that suffer from having fire damage also have other problems. Smoke, as noted above, as well as water from firefighters' hoses, left-over chemicals, such as foaming agents, used to extinguish fires, and soot deposits are prevalent problems.
 
These different aspects of a fire and the efforts to put that fire out are why fire damage can be one of the worst types of damage a home might ever sustain. After a fire, and only when it is safe to enter, does a family often have their first look at how much damage has been done to their home and their personal belongings. Doing this can be a very traumatic event in a person's life, and this alone can add to the overwhelming feeling of loss.
 
At SERVPRO, even though we see this kind of destruction on a constant basis, we always know that the damage is new to our customers. We fully understand that it may seem insurmountable to the family, but we also can guide them in how to recover in the fastest manner possible. Because of the high possibility that water has damaged more than the structure but also much of the contents inside the home, contents that may have been irreplaceable, we always are available to explain the options available in restoring different types of materials. It is not only the home that needs to be restored after a fire. We also restore the home's contents.
 
When water has damaged photos, we have access to photograph restoration experts. Books? Not a problem, as we have lyophilization capabilities with other SERVPROs located nearby. Clothing soiled by soot and saturated with water? We can wash those items at our site so that mold and mildew have no chance to begin growing, creating more damage. Children's toys and furniture soiled and filthy because of the smoke that swirled around them? We have that covered, too, and can return them to a like-new state once again, where they are free of any grime or chemicals that could harm your children's health.
 
If your home has been through a fire, even a small one, we can help. Call us, SERVPRO of Cheshire County at (603) 352-7251, for more information on how we can help you and your family return home, safe and secure, once again.

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Understanding The Behavior of SMOKE

11/9/2016 (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 Cheshire County professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restorations and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO 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 determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows your local SERVPRO Cheshire County to focus on saving your precious items.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage 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.

Different Types of Smoke

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.

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)-While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue)- Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Celebrate Safely with a Recipe for Safety

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Celebrate Safely with a Recipe for Safety Celebrate Safely

Each November, families gather 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 sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while 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 and towels or 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 you 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 off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking 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 is completely cooled.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Tips on how to Celebrate Summer Safely

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips on how to Celebrate Summer Safely CELEBRATE SUMMER SAFELY

 Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July. Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren't considered. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer.Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are diaster-free!

  • Propane and Charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railing and out from under the eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fire reworks that may be left oer as they may still be active.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Fireworks Facts

  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
  • In 2013, sparkers caused 41% of fireworks injuries.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.