Recent Fire Damage Posts
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SERVPRO of Bath has many years experience withcommercial buildings and personal homes when it comes to fire damage.
Typically a fire has damage from water when putting out the fire. Even though areas were not physically on fire, the smoke damage usually penetrates throughout the building.
Getting the smell of smoke out of any building regardless of the cause (for example grease fire) can be extremely challenging. Walls must be washed down with special solutions to remove odor and/or paint that traps the smoke odor. Sometimes a fire can cause smoke damage in the ducting of the building.
Knowing the difference between what can be cleaned and what cannot be cleaned comes with training and experience and will save our clients thousands of dollars. SERVPRO invests a lot of time and money to ensure you have the best of both. If you had smoke damage to your commercial building or personal home, SERVPRO of Bath is here to help.
After the fire, then reconstruction must begin. Many times this may be the ideal time to some remodeling such as removing a wall completely to open your floor plan, or adding a room. One of our retail clients was able to increase the height of their second floor since a new roof had to added. A tragedy can sometimes turn into a blessing.
With over 60 years combined experience as unlimited licensed builders, we can HELP!
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What to do in the first 24 hours?
SERVPRO of Bath is here to help in any disaster no matter how small.
A fire in your home or business is devastating. Even the smallest fires can destroy your favorite memories and belongings.
When we receive the call we will respond quickly, and we can help you restore your home and belongings.
The first 24 hours can make a major difference in restoring your home. Below are some things we believe you should and should not do.
THINGS TO NOT DO:
1. Wash any walls or painted surfaces.
2. Clean or wash carpets and furniture.
3. Clean or wipe down any electrical equipment.
4. Send your clothes to a dry cleaner. We do not want your clothes to be clean improperly and have permeant smoke odor.
THINGS TO DO:
1. Place aluminum foil or wood between furniture legs and wet carpet.
2. Place a small layer of oil on chrome appliances or trim.
3. Try your best to limit the amount of movement in the home. When you do this it will prevent soot particles from spreading even more.
4. Place old and clean linens on areas that are high traffic areas in the home.
5. Do not disturb area where fire started to help determine cause of loss.
6. Leave the building to prevent smoke inhalation causing damage to your body.
SERVPRO of Bath has many years experience cleaning up after a fire and getting your business back up and running as soon as possible, or back into your home. Most cases require extensive remodeling of which we are unlimited licensed builders having building over 100 homes from ground up.
Consider SERVPRO of Bath, locally owned and operated in Bath, NC covering 5 counties in Eastern NC.
SERVPRO of Bath Smoke and Soot Cleanup
This picture is the aftermath of a kitchen fire at one of our customers homes. Smoke and soot damage can cause a strong odor in your home.
Smoke and soot is very aggressive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke travels to cooler areas and upper levels of a home or building.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may significantly affect your plan of action.
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 Bath will need to test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Please see below for some additional information regarding smoke and residue:
- 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
As you now know each fire and smoke damage disaster is unique. Each requires a unique solution to your situation. Here at SERVPRO of Bath we have the equipment, experience, and knowledge to restore your home or building. We will always treat your family with empathy and respect. Your property is treated with care and stored at our facility while repairs are being made.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 252.923.0213
Did You Know There Are Different Types Of Smoke?
Room with extensive smoke damage from house fire.
the first step in a fire is to determine what caused the fire we can start to decide on what equipment and cleaning materials to use in the effective areas. The different types of smoke are below:
Wet Smoke happens when rubber and/or plastic burn. These types of fires burn at a lower temperature than other types of fires. Since the plastic/rubber burned it will leave behind an overpowering odor and will leave behind a pasty residue.
Dry Smoke occurs when papers and wood are burning. Paper and wood burn very quickly and at a high temperature. These types of fire will cause a lot of damage to the ceilings and even into attics.
Soot smoke this type is when there is a malfunction with the furnace and HVAC system. When this happens, it will put smoke throughout the home through vents. Before cleaning and repairs can happen, the furnace will need to be replaced or repaired. Then the vents in your home can be cleaned so that left over smoke does not continue to go through your home.
When you have fire and/or smoke damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Bath to help you assess the damage, be your advocate with your insurance company and remediate and repair the damages.
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One of our clients homes caught on fire a few months ago. Here we are replacing one of the roof trusses.
Many of us know fire 101 in our homes. We know not to leave an open flame such as, a candle or gas stove stop unattended. Even though we may feel comfortable with our knowledge of fire safety here are a few tips and reminders:
- Have a fire extinguisher on in your home. Fire extinguishers play a crucial role in protecting your home during the very early stages of fire.
- Avoid overloading your outlets or outlet extenders. They can easily over heat if they are being over used. Check on your outlets as often as you can. Make sure to replace any that may be getting worn out or old.
- When doing laundry, remember to empty link tray from dryer on every use. When the lint is not cleaned it can cause the dryer to heat to a higher temperature. Therefore, the machine will have to work harder and also work at a lower efficiently.
- Make sure space heaters are at least 2-3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustibles. These items can cause a risk of fire if they come in contact with the unit.
- Check to see if smoke alarms are working every month and replace batteries twice a year.
Heating the Garage
With a winter that has been colder than normal, no one likes to walk out of the comfort of their warm home and into a very cold garage. A few months ago, one of our friends installed a mounted gas heater in his personal home (many other home owners and/or business owners have used space heaters as another option). The heather has made the space much more enjoyable to be in while working or just simply getting into your car. Even though heaters have many pros, there are a few cons; At times you can become anxious thinking the heater could catch fire. Here are a few tips when having a space heater in your space:
- Do not leave space heaters unattended. If you are not going to be home or going to bed turn off the heater.
- Make sure the heater is in a proper area. One that is staple and no chance of falling over.
- Be sure to check it surrounding areas, check for water or other close items that could cause a problem.
Cooler weather may cause fires
Even though the fire did not occur in this room, the smoke and soot traveled to the second floor.
As we approach the cooler weather, fires increase in inside the homes. SERVPRO of Bath recently helped a homeowner who left a bulbed Christmas candle in the window which caught a curtain on fire. Almost the entire house was damaged as result of this fire.
How to prevent fires at home:
Most people know the basics of fire safety at home, such as not leaving burning candles unattended and keeping a fire extinguisher on hand. Here are a few more things you can do to prevent fires at home.
- Have your heating system serviced regularly by a professional, including chimneys from wood-burning fireplaces. Clean around heat sources and keep dust and other flammable items away from ignition sources.
- Remove the lint from your dryer filter after every use. A clogged filter and lint trap makes your dryer less efficient, reduces the airflow needed to keep heat from building up in the vents, and forces lint onto the heating coils. Also, never let your dryer run when you are out of the house or when you’re asleep.
- Keep firewood, piles of leaves and trash away from the home. If a grass fire starts nearby, these items next to your home could easily become kindling. Never dump hot ashes inside or near your home; keep them in a metal container well away from your house and garage.
- Avoid using outlet extenders or plug-in power bars: they can quickly overload an electrical circuit. Replace old, damaged or frayed appliance cords, and never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Store containers of cooking oil well away from the stove. When cooking with oil, never leave the stove unattended. To stop a grease fire, turn off the burner and place a lid on the pan to suffocate the flames, or pour on lots of baking soda. Never pour water on a grease fire or try to carry the pan outside; water splatters the grease and makes the fire bigger, and the pan will be much too hot to carry.
- Consider using borrowed heat to keep outdoor pets warm. During winter months, avoid using heat lamps, solar lamps, trouble lights, heated watering bowls or other such heated devices, which could lead to a potential fire. Borrowed heat involves providing warmth from a heating system located in a separate building. If this isn’t possible, consider bringing your pets inside.
- Be sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. Smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smoulder undetected for days before igniting a fire. Never discard smoking materials on the ground or in plant pots.