Recent Fire Damage Posts

Most Common Causes of Fire in the House

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in the house can start quickly and spread fast. From the misuse of an appliance to smoking in your bedroom, fires are living, breathing entities that can destroy your life in an instant. In fact, house fires are the leading cause of all fire deaths in the United States. 

Here are five of the most common causes of house fires and some fire prevention tips. 

How Do Fires Start? 

  1. Cooking appliances. Pots, pans, and burning food can easily overheat and catch fire you’re not paying attention. Stay in the room when cooking or ask someone to watch your food while you‘re away from the kitchen. 
  1. Candles. Many of us love a nice-smelling candle. If left unattended, it could cause your house to go up in flames. Keep them away from items like books, napkins, and tissue boxes. And of course, always blow them out before leaving a room. 
  1. Heating. Portable heaters are used a lot during the winter months. But heating equipment is the second-leading cause of U.S. home fires and the third-leading cause of home fire deaths. Keep portable heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture, laundry, curtains, clothes and anything else that may be a hazard. If you have a furnace, make sure it’s inspected once a year. 
  1. Electrical equipment. Microwaves, toasters, and skillets should always be double-checked before using. Overloading an adapter plug can also cause a fire in the house from overuse of electricity. Don’t plug too much in at once. 
  1. Smoking in bedrooms. Bedrooms should be considered off limits from smoking. Mattresses and bedding can catch on fire easily, even when you’re awake. Just imagine if you fall asleep with a lit cigarette.

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How Can Fire Smoke Damage Affect My Holmdel Home?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Call SERVPRO to handle the smoke damage in your home to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Smoke Damage Can Cause Discoloration and Etching of Affected Surfaces and Unpleasant Odors in Holmdel

A fire can ruin some building materials and contents of your property, causing irreversible destruction. The flames can move from one item to another, burning them down. The heat a fire produces can radiate and cause nearby items to crack, melt, or even shutter. Once firefighters extinguish the fire, you have to deal with smoke damage.

How can fire smoke damage affect my home?
If you do not attend to fire smoke damage in your Holmdel residence, it can devastate its contents and the structures. That’s the reason why you need to clean up smoke and soot fast after a fire. Smoke may act as an acid and eat away at different materials if you do not clean it up.

One way that smoke can ruin your home is getting into small crevices and cracks because the particles are so fine. Smoke particles can remain undetected for a long time, and they can leave a lingering smoke odor that lasts for months. Structural destruction in the affected areas involves burned materials like countertops, cabinets, and furnishings. If the fire burned for a lengthy period or many materials burned, odor problems are more significant. Hot air rises, and for that reason, smoke damage commonly occurs in the following places:

    •    The areas above where the fire blazed – If no strong currents flowed through the house, the most significant smoke residue usually concentrates on the ceiling above where the fire started.
    •    Outside windows and walls – Cold air usually sinks below the warmer air, and this opens up a path for the smoke to travel to exterior walls and windows. Even though a fire concentrated in the middle of a room, it is common to find a lot of smoke residue on exterior walls.
    •    Surrounding environment – Your house has enclosed spaces, decorations, carpets, furniture, walls, and other features that interact with smoke. Smoke damage can occur in the seemingly enclosed spaces like closed closets, dresser drawers, and wall cavities, which seem closed off. These areas might have more soot than the areas where the fire blazed.
    •    On blinds and behind drapes – A considerable difference in temperature usually occurs between an affected room and the space behind drapes. Naturally, smoke moves to cooler areas, and it is not unusual to find more smoke residue behind drapes than on surfaces facing the room. Similarly, pull shades and Venetian blinds usually attract smoke residue more than surrounding surfaces.

After a fire strikes your house, it is best to call a professional smoke damage restoration firm such as SERVPRO to assess the destruction and come up with a mitigation plan to handle the fire-related damage.

Is it possible to salvage some items?
Yes, you may be able to salvage some items if they are not severely burned. One of the things we consider is cost since some items cost more to salvage, and it is better to replace them. Our restorers can determine which items to clean, replace, or discard.

How do restorers eliminate smoke damage?
Our team locates smoke residues by scrutinizing the affected area. We begin the inspection close to the source of the fire and determine how far smoke traveled through the building.

Our SERVPRO team can ventilate your home thoroughly and properly to allow some smoke particles to leave and prevent them from settling into other items. We can also remove most of the debris and clean all surfaces or areas where the destruction took place.

Our restorers can also use order neutralizing products to remove smoke orders from the house. We can eliminate the smell from your home by removing and cleaning affected items. We can also use suitable products to clean the building materials of your house to eradicate the smell.

Cleaning items with smoke odor

Curtains and upholstery
Our crew can use specialized tools and techniques to eliminate smoke particles from curtains and upholstery. Our specialists can decide which materials are cost-effective to clean. Regular vacuum cleaners can cause more destruction by pushing soot and smoke particles deeper into the material.

Wooden furniture
It is tricky to clean wood furniture. If you do not use suitable cleaning agents, you may end up stripping the varnish and stain. Some cleaning products can also cause the metal frame to rust. Our team knows which cleaning agents are suitable for each material.

Hardwood flooring
Hardwood flooring is porous, and this means that smoke particles can get nestled in it easily. In severe cases, it might be necessary to refinish or replace the floor. If the damage is not critical, our team can mop and deodorize the hardwood floor.

Household textiles
Smoke odor can remain in carpets, clothing, and drapes unless it is deodorized properly. Our SERVPRO team can use deodorizing processes that break up the smoke molecules to eradicate the smells.

Removing smoke odor from your home
The heat of a fire can cause the pores in the walls to expand, and they can fill with smoke. Once the fire is extinguished, the home cools, and the pores close, trapping the smoke smell in between the walls of your house. When the weather is warm, the pores open and release the trapped smoke smell. We can eliminate this odor by using thermal fogging equipment. Thermal foggers heat the deodorizer and spray it in the form of a fog. The deodorizer can reach even the spots that are tough to reach. It attaches to the smoke particles and absorbs them, therefore neutralizing the odors. We may also spray an odor counteractant on structural surfaces or use a duct sealer to seal exposed structural timber.

Saving time is vital when dealing with fire smoke damage. By acting fast, you can prevent permanent destruction. Call SERVPRO of Aberdeen / Holmdel at (732) 290-3170 to handle the smoke damage in your home to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Holmdel After A Fire

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

A bathroom covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire Our fire and smoke restoration technicians helped return this bathroom to its pre-fire conditions after we received a call from the homeowner.

Fire Damage can Leave Your Holmdel Residence’s Furniture Stained and Saturated with Smoke Residue

When the plastics inside a Holmdel residence catch fire, the thick black smoke forcing its way into the air cover surfaces with an oily soot. This residue might feel oily but it contains numerous tiny and very sharp particles that work their way into surfaces. Other materials leave behind a dry soot, albeit still full of sharp, microscopic particles, but we can more easily clean this from upholstered furniture.

When SERVPRO works on a residence in Holmdel with fire damage, we address not only the structural concerns but also the contents. These items are what make your house a home, and restoring them often saves significant amounts of money. Replacing items that we could restore through cleaning and making minor repairs costs our customers money they could use elsewhere. 

To strip soiling away caused by fire damage, we use special solvents that increase the pH to 10. This helps dissolve the oils in the soot and keep them from staining the fabric. We do this using a method called the Showcase cleaning method and it also protects the fabrics from over-cleaning.

We gently brush off any excess soot of the dry variety and test for colorfastness in a relatively unsoiled area. Along with the usual shampoo, we combine a cleaner and rinse combination. This strengthens the shampoo and helps disintegrate the soot. 

Upholstered furniture comes in different fabrics, some of which are much more loosely woven than others. To keep from wetting the cushion underneath the upholstery, we dip the sponge or brush in the suds on top of the solution, and not in the actual liquid. We use sponges and only the softest brushes to clean the more delicate fabrics, as stiffer bristles can damage the weave, as well as the actual fibers.

Once we finish cleaning each piece, we rinse it with an upholstery machine and extract the excess moisture. We then tent the cushions to ensure even drying, checking periodically to rotate the cushions.

SERVPRO of Aberdeen / Holmdel treats each aspect of your home after fire damage takes a toll. We also restore homes after other disasters. Call us at (732) 290-3170 for mitigation services in Hazlet, Aberdeen, and Matawan.

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Professional Restoration Services Make All the Difference for Your Fire Damage in Holmdel.

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment stacked on shelves. Let SERVPRO help restore your Holmdel home after a fire damage.

Fire damage in your Holmdel home.

In Holmdel, we live a reasonably pleasant life.  We enjoy the beauty of our community and its proximity to larger metropolitan areas.  It is not a coincidence that publications recognize us as a great place to live year after year.  However, not all is picture-perfect, and homeowners are not immune to the perils of owning a home.  Changing seasons and the effects of the weather all contribute to making property owners vulnerable to accidents and natural disasters.  Sometimes, these mishaps also appear due to our own doing, such as leaving an open flame unattended. Regardless of its origin, restoring your home after a misadventure is of top priority to preserve your sanity and sense of normalcy.

If your home in Holmdel suffers from fire damage, our crew at SERVPRO is at your fingertips.  All you need to do is call our 24/7 hotline and allow us to arrive at your home to assess the damage and develop a clear and specific plan to restore it as soon as possible.  Beyond the actual residue left after the fire, homes can encounter ancillary complications. For example, you may find that the sprinkler system wet your belongings, altering moisture levels, and creating a need for water extraction and drying efforts.  Similarly, the fire can leave behind a foul smell that permeates your furniture and curtains, and no store-bought air freshener seems to work. Regardless of your situation, our expert technicians are here to help.

Homeowners who question whether their job requires a professional team should reach out to us at SERVPRO and allow us to share why we can make a difference.  Aside from having staff specially trained to tend to situations like yours, our equipment is also industry-grade and not generally available to the average homeowner.  The combination of our training and tools make the restoration process an efficient one and allows us to mitigate your losses in terms of both time and money.

At SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel, we sincerely hope you never encounter a situation in your home that requires our services.  However, please rest assured that a call to our office at (732) 290-3170 is a call to industry experts.  Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Call Us Anytime Day Or Night In Holmdel After A Fire Strikes

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

A shower and tub that have been effected by a fire Our technicians helped return this bathroom to its pre-fire conditions after a fire struck this home using our expertise, experience and equipment.

Proper Restoration for Holmdel Smoke and Fire Damage

Many Holmdel property owners do not realize how destructive fire losses can become. Even smaller disasters that can get quickly extinguished have the potential to disperse harmful smoke particles, soot, and other debris throughout the house. These particles can linger in the air long after a fire gets extinguished, making it a wise choice to seek out the experience and cutting-edge equipment available to our SERVPRO professional restorers.

Because homeowners and occupants of the residence should not stay subjected to these harmful particulates for prolonged periods, handling fire damage in Holmdel houses should happen immediately. Our technicians are on call 24/7 to mobilize to disasters even as they are happening. We strive to provide a fast turnaround on fire losses, helping to get emergency services and mitigation tactics started as soon as first responders have approved entry into the property.

Fire damage can force the relocation of families, so efficiency is vital to getting these people back into their homes as promptly as possible. This process starts with establishing an understanding of the preloss condition of the residence and the work necessary to return the house to that point. Our SERVPRO team has a comprehensive approach to fire recovery, actively staying involved with mitigation, cleaning, reconstruction, and final restorative steps. Not only does this save our customers money, but it can make restoration more efficient as well.

Smoke and soot effects present the greatest obstacle to getting families back into their homes after a fire. We have cutting-edge air quality devices like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators that can both utilize HEPA filtration to limit particulates circulating in the air. Not only can these devices help to make the air cleaner to breathe in the recovery zones, but it can simultaneously reduce harsh smoke odors present in the area as well.

Even small fires can present enough of a risk to homeowners to require temporary relocation. We work with you and your insurance company to provide the fastest path to getting things back to normal through nearly every task in the restoration of fire losses. Give our SERVPRO of Aberdeen / Holmdel a call anytime at (732) 290-3170.

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Get Rid of Fire Damage Once and For All in Your Holmdel Home

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

smoke coming out of a window of a home SERVPRO can remediate fire damage in your Holmdel home.

Meeting the Needs of Your Insurance Provider After A Fire in Holmdel

Every insurance provider is different and knowing what your specific company requires after a disaster is the difference between a slow recovery process and one that can start immediately for Holmdel homes. Fires require a fast response where mitigation is a vital element to keeping restoration costs from steadily increasing. Our account with more than 800 insurance companies can help to streamline the inspection and approval processes to get our technicians working to protect your home as quickly as possible.

We strive to meet the needs of your insurance provider by working with the adjuster on inspections and estimations, as this keeps all parties aware of fire damage in Holmdel residences and the expected plan to correct it. We encourage homeowners to reach out to our SERVPRO team first so that we can get started on the inspection and estimation portions of the project to help expedite claims approvals and green lights for starting our mitigation and restoration phases.

The work that our crew chief and production manager do when assessing damage begins to meet the demands of your insurance provider. We catalog damages and photograph affected areas so that we can better document the work that must get completed to bring your home back to preloss condition.

Because of our experience in the fire recovery niches, we have a full roster of qualified professionals to handle nearly every aspect of restoration that your home needs. We even have a team of licensed general contractors that can help through the controlled demolition and build back portions of recovery for your household. Our SERVPRO technicians can arrive with fully stocked ready trailers to get mitigation work started and work to establish containment zones to prevent the spread of soot, smoke, and odors.

We know that with every passing hour, the situation can worsen in a home that has suffered the effects of a fire loss incident. Let our SERVPRO of Aberdeen / Holmdel team help you to make this situation “Like it never even happened.” We are available 24/7 by calling (732) 290-3170.

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Call SERVPRO for Smoke Damage Cleanup

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel have specialized smoke damage cleanup and restoration training to restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Our Smoke Restoration Process

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and smoke damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. Our professionals are trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke restoration expertise and experience allow 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.
  • There are different types of smoke—wet and dry, which create different types of soot residue after a fire.

Our Smoke Damage Clean Up Process

Before restoration begins, SERVPRO 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. Regardless of the circumstances, you can count on our expertise to take the right steps to improve the damage.

For more information, call (732) 290-3170.

Fireplace Safety

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Home fire safety is essential, and even more so if you own a fireplace. Who doesn’t love curling up in front of a warm fire during fall and winter seasons? It’s important to know that any type of fireplace, whether wood-burning, gas, or electric, poses a potential danger to your home and loved ones. Use these fireplace safety tips to keep your family safe.

Fire Prevention Tips for Homes with a Fireplace

  • Crack open a window while the fire is burning.
  • Be sure the damper or flue is open before lighting or starting a fire, and until embers have completely stopped burning, to draw smoke out of the house.
  • Check the damper by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror.
  • Use smaller pieces of dry and well-aged wood for home fire safety, avoiding wet or green wood, which cause more smoke and soot buildup in the chimney.
  • Have a professional check the chimney annually.
  • When cleaning a fireplace, remove ashes from previous fires, keeping levels of the to 1 inch or less for less smoke
  • Check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended and be sure it’s completely out before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Home fireplace safety should include keeping a fire extinguisher on hand.

Fire damage can be especially devastating, but you can avoid it with these fire prevention tips. SERVPRO of Aberdeen / Holmdel can help you with home fire safety and be there for you in a crisis with has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise. Contact us to learn more.

Flooding & Fire Restoration: Reasons To Hire A Company

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

A lot of people may be stressed about home restoration after flooding or a fire, but even if you are faced with a bad insurance policy or don't know who to hire, don't do this job yourself! Fire restoration and handling water in basement or other areas of the home is not a job for the everyday person for a variety of reasons.

  • You're not a professional and most likely, don't quite know what you're looking for…and Dr. Google can't give you that expertise in a few Google searches
  • You won't have the right equipment and could expose yourself to more toxins and smoke that you don't need to because of that fact
  • The difference between the amount of time it will take you to restore your house vs. how long it will take a restoration company is huge
  • You won't remove everything you need to, simply put

Let's dive into some of the issues that a home restoration company can manage and spot that you can't do on your own, when dealing with water and fire damaged homes:

Here's How Restoration Companies Help With Water & Fire Damaged Homes

Water in basement? Mold all over? Intense fire damage? Restoration companies are a worthwhile investment for your own health and the value of your home. Here's why:

  1. Water Problems

You probably can't even see the real water damage.

You can remove floodwater, but all the mold, fungus and microbes in the floodwater can grow in wet and moist locations. You may not see it happening right away, but they cause severe illnesses. Over time, you and your family could start to get sick. There is no price too high for your health. A restoration company has the experience and equipment to get rid of these invisible invaders that cause so much havoc on your home and health. And trust us: many individuals have spent countless hours researching mold inspection near me because of health symptoms like allergies and breathing issues. Don't let this happen to you and your loved ones.

  1. Fire Damage

While fire will create clearly marked areas of damage, fire also can create more "invisible issues" that the everyday person won't be able to discern.  Usually, this is damage from the smoke. You may have areas of your house that look fine but have intense smoke damage. Only a professional would be able to tell.

And, let's not forget the smell of fire. Smoke is not an easy smell to remove, which is why you should step back and let the professionals handle it.

So, hopefully you realize how valuable a restoration company can be for you. And before you start to look into fire damage or mold inspection near me, consider the following factors when picking a company to entrust with your home:

  1. A restoration business should get back to you within an hour of your call, no matter when you call. Their business is helping people with emergencies and disasters.
  2. Research their services ahead of time to be sure they can do everything you need first. Plus, a reputable company will offer everything from clean up to restoration.
  3. Are they insured? Make sure they have liability insurance just in case something happens while the company is on the job.
  4. Read reviews—see what others have had to say about them.

Going through a flood or fire is stressful, but things will get better. The first step is finding a great restoration company that will put your home back together so you can be secure again, and avoid unwanted health hazards like mold and smoke.

Fire Damage Before and After

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Before and After

This family’s Monmouth County home had significant damage from a fire. It’s always devastating when a family experiences a house fire, but SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel worked hard to recover the structure and contents. We were able to remove the soot and even the smell of the smoke from the home, so that the family returned to a safe, clean space. Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.” 

What To Expect: 

When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 732-290-3170. SERVPRO of Aberdeen/ Holmdel will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

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 Aberdeen/Holmdel 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. 

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.

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Fire and Smoke Cleanup and Remediation

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

MONMOUTH COUNTY AREA SMOKE AND SOOT CLEANUP

Fire Damage

Have you experienced a loss due to a fire in Your Monmouth County area Home?

CALL SERVPRO OF ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL 24/7 at 732-290-3170

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. We are experienced in assessing and inspecting the extent of smoke or soot damage and our expertise allows us 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, SERVPROof ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL 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 treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL at 732-290-3170