Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fires Can Be Tough, But You Can Count On Us!

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

servpro techs wiping contents Let us take care of your home after a fire!

House fires are one of the most traumatic events a homeowner can experience; aside from the initial damage from the fire and fire department efforts, there is a lot to be concerned about when trying to get back into the home.

First and foremost, you want to make sure that after the fire has been officially deemed out, you should look to call your local SERVPRO professionals to take this disaster off your hands. Our restoration efforts are powered by a highly trained staff that aims to keep damage at a minimum and your items free from further disturbance.

We strive to get to your home or place of business in a timely manner to assess the situation, provide the best plan of attack, and to exceed expectations as we make your disaster look "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Handles Smoke and Soot

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Technicians cleaning contents SERVPRO Technicians cleaning soot covered contents after a fire.

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks tackles smoke and soot damage caused by fires; often, the damage stemming from smoke and soot can almost be as devastating as the original fire itself. 

Hopefully, your property does not lose sentimental or meaningful items in the fire. But even if it doesn't, the smoke damage could heavily influence the integrity of your belongings. The soot and odor can live within your stuff for long periods of time — something you should probably aim to avoid!

That's why you should call us! We utilize the proper mitigation tools to take care your fire loss and do so with a passion! We have a ton of experience dealing with fires, as it is one of the cornerstones of our business.

You can count on us to accurately assess the situation to determine what type of work needs to be done. We'll get it done right the first time around, too, all because we take pride in our work!

We are available 24/7 for all your emergency restoration needs! Whether you have a fire on the weekend, or you need us in the middle of the night — you can count on us! (215)536-7989

Fire Loss Burn You Out? SERVPRO Can Take Over!

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

There are very few situations that most people would like to avoid being confronted with when they return home; one of these instances being a fire, regardless if it is on a smaller scale or a larger burn.

At SERVPRO, we understand that fires can be especially devastating to your home or business, as we unfortunately see many people dealing with these issues. While the fire may burn and incinerate mostly everything in its path, the smoke and odors that stem from the burn are entrenching themselves in your walls.

On top of that, your property was probably leveled by the copious amounts of water needed to put the fire out due to the fire department’s efforts.

There is a lot going on when fires are occurring/being put out; however, calling SERVPRO may be the only thing that should make sense to you in these situations. We deal with fire losses regularly and will do what we can to make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

What Not To Do After A Fire!

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

A fire has recently ransacked your home (or business), leaving you to deal with the aftermath and the cleanup. During this process, you may wish to go through the wreckage and seek for some of your personal items. However, you may be putting yourself at risk of post-fire related illnesses due to the loads of soot and smoke that has affected the area you are trying to maneuver through.

This is why it is always important to follow your local fire department’s instructions during/after the fire, and to call your local SERVPRO so that we can pick up where they left off!

In the meantime, though, here is a list of things you SHOULD NOT do without consulting your local SERVPRO before completing these tasks:

  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not attempt to shampoo any carpet or upholstered furniture
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliance that may have been close to the fire, heat or water
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if they are wet (due to eternal wiring being possibly damaged)
  • Do not send garments to the dry cleaner because some cleaning methods they use can set in the smoke odor.

Ask about your local SERVPRO’s garment cleaning services, as we are capable of taking out tough odors with our specialty washing machines!

A Cold Weather Dilemma!

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Puff Back

Crank up the heat! The colder weather is upon us and your heaters are soon going to be roaring back to life. For many of us, our heating systems will turn on flawlessly and get to work toasting our freezing feet. But for many others, the consequences of having left your heater sit unattended and inactive throughout the warm-weather months can leave you with a costly and time-consuming mess.

Puff Backs are a result of a misfiring in your furnace. This misfire causes an explosion of soot and debris that shoot back into your home leaving your walls, furnishings, carpets and many other household items, coated in a difficult-to-remove film. The explosion of soot brings to the forefront an underlying, usually simple, problem with the mechanics of your furnace such as a valve or filter in need of replacement.

However, even though the mechanical fix may be relatively simple, you won’t realize just how many things can be affected in your home by a puff back until you have one happen. The soot somehow finds a way into the smallest nooks and spaces of your home leaving you with a very difficult mess to clean up.

The best thing for you to do in this situation is to call in the professionals. The soot and debris are not only hard to clean up but may be dangerous without the proper knowledge due to the chemicals released during the explosion.

SERVPRO has a very unique, hands-on approach to dealing with puff backs which we tailor to every incident. If a puff back occurs on a porous material/surface, for example, then we are able to perform a more abrasive wet-cleaning process. However, if the soot has landed on a non-porous material/surface, then our highly-trained techs will spend the time strenuously cleaning your walls and surfaces with a dry sponge ensuring that everything in your home returns to its pre-damage condition.

Some things you may be able to do to prevent a puff back include:

  1. Ensuring your oil-heating system is free of dust and debris
  2. Inspect and provide service to your heating system before you need to use it
  3. If you hear strange noises or begin to see any soot residue around your furnace, call your heating company immediately

If you are unable to perform those steps or if you find yourself standing in an inch-deep pile of soot and debris, call SERVPRO today and we’ll send our crews out to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Home Fire Sprinkler Facts - Part 1

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

The unfortunate statistic that, over 80% of fire deaths occur inside homes, is a hard fact to come to terms with; more so, because fire sprinklers can save lives and properties from fire, though, they may not be as utilized as they should be.

They usually respond quickly and effectively to fires that just break out, often extinguishing the fire before the fire department arrives. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water on the fire.

Home fire sprinklers save lives and many properties on a daily basis; in many of these situations, a family who has survived a fire, with the help of fire sprinklers, will continue to have their home to live in as they did before the fire.

The cost of a home fire sprinkler system, in a new home, averages around $1.35 per square foot of sprinkler radius. This usually equates to a similar amount to what is spent for carpet upgrades, paving a stone driveway, or the installation of whirlpool bath. (Source: NFPA website).

Another little known fact — that could potentially save you money, too — is that a home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium. So, not only do you increase your chances of limiting the amount of damage to your home caused by a fire, you can also save money in doing so!

Fire and Safety Prevention

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were approximately 1,240,000 fires between the years 2003 and 2013? In the year 2013 alone, 3,240 victims lost their lives in a fire-related incident.

Numbers like these are the exact reason fire prevention planning is so vital for every home, school, or business. How long has it been since you last checked your smoke detector(s)? If the answer is, “I’m not sure” or “Probably not in months”, then check yours immediately! Smoke alarms should be checked and monitored at least once a month. While checking, ensure that the batteries are fully charged and/or new. If not, be sure to replace them!

In addition to checking and monitoring your smoke alarms, make sure to check the locations of alarms throughout the home or building. An alarm should be installed on every level of your home or business, paying particular attention to inside/outside sleeping areas. It’s important to ensure that everyone is awakened and alert in the event of a fire because you may have as little as two minutes to respond and evacuate. Early smoke detection from a properly operating smoke detector can help save lives and prevent irreparable amounts of damage.

In addition to checking your alarms, be sure to have your family members, loved ones and employees practice a pre-determined fire escape plan. Being prepared for a fire emergency can make the difference between life and death.

If a fire does occur, respond, leave the building and stay out of the flames. Do not re-enter the blaze for any reason whatsoever!

If you have any more questions regarding fire prevention or how to prepare, call SERVPRO today. We provide free Emergency Ready Plans and have vast fire experience and knowledge.

Preparing Your Family For An Emergency

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Have You Planned?

Preparing Your Home for an Emergency

Have you ever stopped to wonder what it is like for those who have suffered the loss of everything they own and love in a home fire? Have you ever wondered what it would like be if it were you?

If you have stopped to think about the impact a fire or other related emergency could have on you and your family, then you’re a step ahead! If not, it is time to start emergency planning now because the best thing you can be in the event of an emergency is, prepared.

It is important to keep in mind every second counts and having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death.

Here are some tips to help properly prepare:

  1. Plan and practice your emergency escape route
  2. Locate all known and potential exits from your home
  3. Purchase a home fire extinguisher and store it in a safe, easy-to-locate place
  4. Install and properly maintain a smoke detector
  5. Ask your local fire department to inspect your home for fire safety

In addition to the steps mentioned above, SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business. This profile contains all important information such as water and gas shut off locations and key contacts in one convenient location.

If you are interested in getting your home ready for a possible emergency, call us today! (215)-536-7989.

Fires can be tough ... but count on US!

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

House fires are one of the most traumatic events a homeowner can experience; aside from the initial damage from the fire and fire department efforts, there is a lot to be concerned about when trying to get back into the home.

First and foremost, you want to make sure that after the fire has been officially deemed out, you should look to call your local SERVPRO professionals to take this disaster off your hands. Our restoration efforts are powered by a highly trained staff that aims to keep damage at a minimum and your items free from further disturbance.

We strive to get to your home or place of business in a timely manner to assess the situation, provide the best plan of attack, and to exceed expectations as we make your disaster look "Like it never even happened."

Until Help Arrives (Fires): Part 1

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

A fire has swept through your home or business recently and you are having a tough time refraining from cleaning up the property because you know the professionals at SERVPRO are trained for moments like this.

As you await our staff to arrive, we do everything we can to make your disaster disappear and to bring your home back to preloss conditions. You must first understand that you need to be cautious in and around the home after the fire. 

Check the premises for any appliances, running on electric or gas, that has been damaged by the fire or due to the efforts put forth by you, the fire department, or anyone who tried to extinguish the flames. Rather than seeing if they are able to turn on by checking their power, DO NOT!

Doing something like this could cause further damage to occur, and more issues for you to deal with when it is not needed!

Call the professionals at SERVPRO to help you along the way and stay tuned for Part 2!

Until Help Arrives (Fires): Part 2

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

While you wait for your local SERVPRO professionals to arrive, here are a couple more things you should refrain from doing to keep you safe and healthy:

If you find items that may have been stored near the fire or heat, like canned/packaged food or beverages, those items could have been negatively affected by the smoke; this means that it could be likely that they could contain toxins or other undesirables that are deemed unsuitable for consumption.

While you are looking at the food and beverages, check out any electrical appliances in the area that could have been close to any fire, heat, or water. We ask that you REFRAIN from cleaning any of those items, rather, call a reputable repair service to decide what to do and if your things are safe to use.

SERVPRO Handles Smoke and Soot!

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks tackles smoke and soot damage caused by fires; often, the damage stemming from smoke and soot can almost be as devastating as the original fire itself. 

Hopefully, your property does not lose sentimental or meaningful items in the fire. But even if it doesn't, the smoke damage could heavily influence the integrity of your belongings. The soot and odor can live within your stuff for long periods of time — something you should probably aim to avoid!

That's why you should call us! We utilize the proper mitigation tools to take care your fire loss and do so with a passion! We have a ton of experience dealing with fires, as it is one of the cornerstones of our business.

You can count on us to accurately assess the situation to determine what type of work needs to be done. We'll get it done right the first time around, too, all because we take pride in our work!

We are available 24/7 for all your emergency restoration needs! Whether you have a fire on the weekend, or you need us in the middle of the night — you can count on us! (215)536-7989

SERVPRO Provides Move-Outs/Pack-Outs!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

One of the jobs we provide homeowners and property managers the most is our move-out/pack-out services, which are typically conducted after a large fire.

If your home or business requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including: a quicker remodeling process, protecting items from potential damage, and 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.

SERVPRO is more than willing to assist you with any of these needs you may have. If you find yourself struggling after a fire loss, call your local SERVPRO to provide some much needed aid!

Fire Loss Burn You Out? SERVPRO Can Take Over!

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

There are very few situations that most people would like to avoid being confronted with when they return home; one of these instances being a fire, regardless if it is on a smaller scale or a larger burn.

At SERVPRO, we understand that fires can be especially devastating to your home or business, as we unfortunately see many people dealing with these issues. While the fire may burn and incinerate mostly everything in its path, the smoke and odors that stem from the burn are entrenching themselves in your walls.

On top of that, your property was probably leveled by the copious amounts of water needed to put the fire out due to the fire department’s efforts.

There is a lot going on when fires are occurring/being put out; however, calling SERVPRO may be the only thing that should make sense to you in these situations. We deal with fire losses regularly and will do what we can to make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

Home Fire Sprinklers Facts — Part 1

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

The unfortunate statistic that, over 80% of fire deaths occur inside homes, is a hard fact to come to terms with; more so, because fire sprinklers can save lives and properties from fire, though, they may not be as utilized as they should be.

They usually respond quickly and effectively to fires that just break out, often extinguishing the fire before the fire department arrives. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water on the fire.

Home fire sprinklers save lives and many properties on a daily basis; in many of these situations, a family who has survived a fire, with the help of fire sprinklers, will continue to have their home to live in as they did before the fire.

The cost of a home fire sprinkler system, in a new home, averages around $1.35 per square foot of sprinkler radius. This usually equates to a similar amount to what is spent for carpet upgrades, paving a stone driveway, or the installation of whirlpool bath. (Source: NFPA website).

Another little known fact — that could potentially save you money, too — is that a home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium. So, not only do you increase your chances of limiting the amount of damage to your home caused by a fire, you can also save money in doing so!

What NOT to do after a fire!

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

A fire has recently ransacked your home (or business), leaving you to deal with the aftermath and the cleanup. During this process, you may wish to go through the wreckage and seek for some of your personal items. However, you may be putting yourself at risk of post-fire related illnesses due to the loads of soot and smoke that has affected the area you are trying to maneuver through.

This is why it is always important to follow your local fire department’s instructions during/after the fire, and to call your local SERVPRO so that we can pick up where they left off!

In the meantime, though, here is a list of things you SHOULD NOT do without consulting your local SERVPRO before completing these tasks:

  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not attempt to shampoo any carpet or upholstered furniture
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliance that may have been close to the fire, heat or water
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if they are wet (due to eternal wiring being possibly damaged)
  • Do not send garments to the dry cleaner because some cleaning methods they use can set in the smoke odor.

Ask about your local SERVPRO’s garment cleaning services, as we are capable of taking out tough odors with our specialty washing machines!

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks cleaning up after a school fire

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks cleaning a school after a fire

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is a proud supporter and restoration business partner of the PSBA, Pennsylvania School Board Association.  Many schools count on us to help them in their time of need.  We have the staff and resources to help schools recover.  When our highly trained staff is called upon we provide immediate service and work with the school decision makers to create a plan to get them back to pre loss condition.  Each day begins with a safety meeting and a discussion of production goals.  SERVPRO has project management on site to facilitate a safe and efficient recovery.  SERVPRO project management is available daily to meet with school officials, insurance adjusters and consultants to keep things running smoothly.

Commercial Fire Loss in Philadelphia

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is always ready to load up and respond to any emergency situation. Today, we responded to a large, commercial fire site in Philadelphia, where our experienced technicians began to restore the property to its original state.

From the moment we become aware of a loss, down to the completion of the job, our staff is locked in every step of the way. It is during the morning briefs, the preparation of equipment, the drive to the loss, and to the arrival on site where our crew focuses on the tasks at hand to deliver quality, efficient restoration work.

So as we tackle this large loss today, and as we are ready do so in the future, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is committed to providing superior service — in every aspect of the job — GUARANTEED!

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Space Heater Dangers

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Every year, over 25,000 house fires can be attributed to the incorrect usage of space heaters, according to Consumer Reports.

Fighting the cold weather using these machines can be safe — referring to NFPA’s (National Fire Protection Association) “Heater Checklist” will guide you into making the correct decisions to ensure a safe home/environment for your space heater to do its work.

Some of these tips include, but are not limited to:

  • When buying a space heater, make sure that the unit has a seal from a qualified testing laboratory on it.
  • Keeping children away from these heaters will limit bodily injury and poor usage of the units.
  • Make sure the unit is placed on a solid, flat surface.
  • Allow at least 3 feet of space between the space heater and anything else, including humans. Items that tend to catch fire are: curtains, bedding or upholstered furniture.
  • Turn off the units when you leave the room or before you go to bed.

If your property has been damaged due to a fire and you suspect that your space heater was the cause, call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your restoration needs.

-Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Dealing with Fire Damage

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), an estimated average of 355,400 homes had caught fire and were responded to by U.S. fire departments from 2012 to 2016. These fires contributed to millions of dollars in damages, often leaving homeowners in the unfortunate situation of dealing with the wreckage.

When your home falls victim to a fire, SERVPRO wants you to know how to handle the situation effectively and by limiting the amount of harmful contaminants and soot you interact with.

You should:

  • Try to limit the amount of foot traffic in your home, for moving around frequently can further embed soot particles into your carpet and upholstery.
  • Gather old linens and dry towels to place on rugs, carpets and upholstery in high, foot traffic areas.
  • Soot on your hands can be easily spread throughout your home, so be sure to keep them clean to avoid soiling walls, upholstery, etc.

You shouldn’t:

  • Try to wash any walls or painted surfaces — or shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture — without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, for they may be contaminated and not safe to ingest.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; the wiring may be faulty and could pose negative health effects, like electric shock and secondary damage due to increased air movement.

Instead of possibly causing further damage to your home after a fire, or putting your health at risk, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to take care of it for you. Our team will help you every step of the way, providing top-tier work and ERBs (Emergency Response Bags) for your convenience.

For more information about our fire restoration services, or for information regarding our ERBs, call your local SERVPRO franchise today!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

Cooking Safety

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

This past week was National Fire Prevention Week. Every day we posted different fire safety tip sheets from the National Fire Protection Association’s Website. Today we shared information on how to stay safe in the kitchen.

“Cooking with Caution”

  • Be on Alert. Do not cook if you are sleepy or have consumed any alcohol. This can potentially create dangerous situations. Do not use the stovetop or stove if you are under the influence.
  • Be sure to stay in the kitchen while frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. Always turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen, no matter how quick you may be.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in your home while it is cooking, or use a timer so you do not forget about it.
  • Be sure your kitchen is free of clutter and no loose items are near the stove. This reduces the chance of anything catching on fire.

If you have a small grease/ cooking fire and decide to fight the fire…

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan to covered until it is completely cool.
  • If the fire is inside the oven, shut the oven off and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…

  • Just leave the house! When leaving be sure to close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the house.

Content & photo by: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week/Safety-Tip-Sheets

What To Do & What Not To Do After a Fire

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire coming back to the house or building were it happened can be a very emotional experience. Here are some tips of what to do and what not to do in in your house after a fire.

What To Do After a Fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as to not furth soil an upholstery, walls or woodwork.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.

What NOT To Do After a Fire:

  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO.
  • Do not use canned or packaged foods or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures is the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Local McDonald's Destroyed in Fire

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Photo by Doylestown Fire Company

One of the McDonald's was completely destroyed in an overnight fire early Friday, officials tell Patch.

According to Doylestown Fire Company spokesman Larry Browne, the building on N. Main Street is "a total loss." The interior collapsed, and there was heavy smoke and fire damage, Browne said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by Fire Marshal Scott Fleischer and the Bucks County fire investigators, Browne said. 

The fire was first reported at 1:49 a.m., Browne said. It was placed under control just before 3 a.m. and crews were gone from the scene by 6 a.m. The fire caused N. Main Street to be closed for several hours. The road has since reopened.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury, Browne said. The firefighter has been treated and released.

In total, 6 fire companies responded to the fire.

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks was called to the scene to help with the cleanup! 

Content and picture by: https://patch.com/pennsylvania/doylestown/major-fire-doylestown-mcdonalds

Photo by: Doylestown Fire Company Twitter

Fire Safety Tips!

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen:

  • Never leave your stove unattended while on. Be sure to pay attention even more closely when frying food.
  • Keep your kitchen clean! This seems like an obvious tip but sometimes life gets to us and we let things get away from us. Make sure you are keeping your kitchen clutter free and keep flammable items away from the stove.
  • Wear tight clothing to limit the possibility of a sleeve hanging over the lit stovetop.
  • Install a smoke detector in your kitchen and make sure it always is working properly.

Laundry Room:

  • The proper dryer duct should vent directly outdoors. If it is not it can lead to the discharge of combustible gasses from the machine.
  • Buy a hard metal duct with as few bends as possible and avoid plastic ones. These are more easily melted and ignited.
  • Always clean your ducts out of lint. Clean your lint trap after every dryer use as well. This is help reduce the chance of a dryer fire and help contain it if one does break out.

By Hearth and Candlelight

  • Never leave a fire unattended. This seems like common sense but time can get away from you at home.
  • Use a screen in front of your hearth. Be sure to buy one that covers the whole opening. This can prevent logs from rolling out and is an extra added safety precaution.
  • Perform regular inspections on both your chimney and woodstoves. These items should be cleaned and checked for any damage to ensure they function as safely as possible.

Content by: https://www.atlantictraining.com/safety-tips/fire-safety-tips.php

Fire and the Impact of the Smoke

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire in itself can set a whole family back for a long time and is an experience that is traumatic in itself. Most people who have to experience this are dealing with the emotional consequences and not thinking about all the work that will go in to cleaning their house after the fire. The impact the smoke itself leaves after a fire is almost just as damaging as the fire itself. Some unexpected issues many people look over when dealing with smoke are as follows:

  • Odor: While showing signs of fire damage, the surfaces of your home, specifically fabrics, may also hold a smoky odor. This occurs when the carbon particles, which the smoke produces, are deposited on to the many surfaces around the home.
  • Discoloration: After a fire occurs the effects of the smoke damage appear on walls and ceilings as stains or patches of discoloration. After a few days these areas may start to turn yellow. Many porous surfaces such as granite, marble and travertine will usually suffer from permanent discoloration from the acidic residue found in the soot.
  • Interior Damage: Smoke damage can be more serious then what the visible eye can see. Many times smoke damage will also impact the structure, framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in a home. If soot enters the HVAC system it can cause respiratory problems and the smoky odor will continue to be present.

These are just a few ways that smoke can affect your home when a fire has broken out. The electrical units along with all metal hardware, are other things that should also be checked for damage after a fire. Knowing the scope of how severe fire and smoke damage can be will only help you better prepare if you ever come face to face with a household fire.

Content by: https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/how-smoke-damages-a-home/115000893728

The Makeup of Smoke

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

There are several components that make up smoke. Learning about these components can lead to a better understanding of just how badly smoke damage can be after a fire. Each part contributes a part to the odor a fire leaves. Particles are the partially or completely burned substances that can penetrate fabrics and surfaces. These can be toxic at times. Vapors are a fog-like, misty droplets that can become dangerous if one inhales or absorbs them. The third component is toxic gases. Although these are odorless, carbon monoxide is the most common gas that will result from a fire and is dangerous. Phosgene gas results from household products like plastics, vinyls, and other chemicals are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a product of the burning and combustion of insulation, clothing, carpet, synthetics and plastics. Due to the complex makeup of smoke and all the different ways it can be produced, it is hard to get the smoky odor out of many household items unless cleaned by a professional service.  

Content provided by: https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/how-smoke-damages-a-home/115000893728

Stop, Drop, Roll and Extinguish: The A,B,C ‘s of Fire Extinguishers

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a common site in most houses across the United States as many states have implemented laws requiring each household to have one. What most people don’t know is that there are actually four different classes of fire extinguishers which work to put out different types of fires. It is important to be informed of these different classes in order to purchase the best extinguisher for your own house or apartment.

The classes of extinguishers are labeled as Class A, B, C, and D - each best for putting out a different type of fire.

  • Class A extinguishers: best at putting out fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood and paper
  • Class B extinguishers: best for use on flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil and grease
  • Class C extinguishers: best for use only on electrically energized fires
  • Class D extinguishers: best for use on flammable metals

Although there are four different classes, most fire extinguishers are sold as a combination of the classes to cover a broader range of fires. Some will be sold as A-B, or even A-B-C. Next time you are at the store shopping for you new extinguisher make sure you keep this information in mind to help you prepare best for any type of fire you may be faced with.

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Preparing Your Family for an Emergency

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Have You Planned?

Preparing Your Home for an Emergency

Have you ever stopped to wonder what it is like for those who have suffered the loss of everything they own and love in a home fire? Have you ever wondered what it would like be if it were you?

If you have stopped to think about the impact a fire or other related emergency could have on you and your family, then you’re a step ahead! If not, it is time to start emergency planning now because the best thing you can be in the event of an emergency is, prepared.

It is important to keep in mind every second counts and having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death.

Here are some tips to help properly prepare:

  1. Plan and practice your emergency escape route
  2. Locate all known and potential exits from your home
  3. Purchase a home fire extinguisher and store it in a safe, easy-to-locate place
  4. Install and properly maintain a smoke detector
  5. Ask your local fire department to inspect your home for fire safety

In addition to the steps mentioned above, SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business. This profile contains all important information such as water and gas shut off locations and key contacts in one convenient location.

If you are interested in getting your home ready for a possible emergency, call us today! (215)-536-7989.

Fire Prevention and Safety

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were approximately 1,240,000 fires between the years 2003 and 2013? In the year 2013 alone, 3,240 victims lost their lives in a fire-related incident.

Numbers like these are the exact reason fire prevention planning is so vital for every home, school, or business. How long has it been since you last checked your smoke detector(s)? If the answer is, “I’m not sure” or “Probably not in months”, then check yours immediately! Smoke alarms should be checked and monitored at least once a month. While checking, ensure that the batteries are fully charged and/or new. If not, be sure to replace them!

In addition to checking and monitoring your smoke alarms, make sure to check the locations of alarms throughout the home or building. An alarm should be installed on every level of your home or business, paying particular attention to inside/outside sleeping areas. It’s important to ensure that everyone is awakened and alert in the event of a fire because you may have as little as two minutes to respond and evacuate. Early smoke detection from a properly operating smoke detector can help save lives and prevent irreparable amounts of damage.

 In addition to checking your alarms, be sure to have your family members, loved ones and employees practice a pre-determined fire escape plan. Being prepared for a fire emergency can make the difference between life and death.

 If a fire does occur, respond, leave the building and stay out of the flames. Do not re-enter the blaze for any reason whatsoever!

 If you have any more questions regarding fire prevention or how to prepare, call SERVPRO today. We provide free Emergency Ready Plans and have vast fire experience and knowledge.