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Preventing Fire Damage to Your Milford Home
After a fire damages your Milford home, you may be extremely anxious to get your home cleaned, but before you start, it is important to get advice from a professional cleaning company such as SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County. Here are some tips you can do before SERVPRO arrives to professionally clean your home.
Prevent Further Damage
- Get the air circulating- Open the windows and install a fan to circulate areas and create ventilation. In cold weather, the cold air along with your heating system will usually help to remove the moisture if there has also been water damage.
- Dry wet items as soon as possible- Fans and dehumidifiers can be used to dry carpets and draperies. Draperies and carpets can become quickly damaged beyond repair by mold and mildew.
- Remove items that are brass or copper and clean them using brass or copper cleaner. Smoke can permanently damage these items within 24 hours.
- Place plastic wrap or aluminum foil under furniture legs and remove oriental rugs or other wall-to-wall carpeting that is wet.
Remove Soot from Household Textiles
- Remove soot from carpets and draperies prior to cleaning or deodorizing these items. Soot is oily and easily stains these household textiles. Professional assistance from SERVPRO is recommended when using chemicals or additives to break up the smoke molecules to eliminate odors.
Remove Smoke Odor from your Home
- Smoke can become trapped in walls and household ducts where it becomes trapped during a fire. Not having smoke properly removed will cause smoke odors to emerge from time to time. Consult SERVPRO for smoke removal from ducts. We understand the behavior of smoke and we will investigate how far the fire and smoke damage may have spread.
If you experience damage from fire or smoke, contact SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County immediately. Visit our website or contact us at (508) 234-3399.
Principles of Fire Cleaning
The procedures for cleaning smoke residues follow basic principles.
- Find residues.
- Identity the type of residues.
- Identity the type of surface the residue is on.
- Capture residues in dry particulate form or in solution.
- Remove the residues.
- Properly dispose of residues.
Finding and Identifying Residues
The estimator inspects and tests for smoke residues to evaluate the extent of damages and determine what cleaning services are needed for restoration. Besides the estimator's inspection, the restoration technician should pretest particular items to determine the best restoration procedure. By inspecting and pretesting, the estimator and technician locate residues, identify the type of residues, and determine the types of surfaces to be cleaned.
Capturing and Removing Residues
Residues must be captured before they can be removed. Restorers use air and fluids to release and carry soils away. Air and fluids carry suspended particles with the on contact. Vacuuming and dissolving are two ways to contact soils and carry them off to be disposed of.
Smoke residues contain solid particles consisting mostly of carbon. Dry particles that are attached loosely to surfaces may be removed by vacuuming. Moisture contacting the particles can cause them to be absorbed by the surface and be difficult to remove. Always try to vacuum dry smoke residues from a surface before applying wet cleaning products.
Residues and soils that are not loose particles must be dissolved before they can be removed. Dissolving the residues and loosening their bond with the surface allows them to be suspended in a cleaning product and flushed away as the cleaning product is rinsed or extracted from the surface.
The type of soil and the type of surface are town main factors in dissolving soils. Some soils are water-soluble while others are not and require use of a solvent-based cleaning product. The type of surface must be considered to preserve the material being cleaned. Some surfaces can be damaged by water, while others are damaged by solvents.
The three steps of dissolving are wash, rinse, and dry.
Wash - Apply a cleaning agent to the surface and agitate it to penetrate and loosen soils. Once the soils are dissolved and held in suspension by the cleaning agent, they can be removed.
Rinse - Remove soils with the cleaning solution. This step depends on pressure, absorption, agitation, airflow, or water lift to penetrate the material and extract the cleaning solution.
Dry - Remove the remaining water or moisture and leftover soils from the material. Air movement, heat, and low humidity will allow drying to occur quickly. Use air movers or natural air movement by opening doors and windows, using ceiling fans, or turning on the HVAC system (if free of smoke).
Webster, MA Fire Damage Cleaning
After the initial steps, the process of fire restoration can begin, SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County staff will come to the spaces where the electrical fire or utility room fire took place. They will also look at specifics such as a fire sprinkler system to see where water damage may have taken place in the aftermath of fire damage. They will also look closely at any prior fire suppression methods that have been used in the space and not worked before.
A professional can help with a specific plan to address the commercial fire damage to all the spaces in the area. Then they can help develop a smoke cleaning plan. This plan will include a complete cleaning of all areas that have been touched by the fire. The fire may have caused other problems such as areas that still contain traces of smoke and soot. These spaces need to completely clean in order to make sure it's easy for the business owner to open again.
If you require any of our services related to fire damage, please give us a call at (508) 234-3399.
Fire Damage Clean Up Tips - Mendon, MA
What To Do Before Help Arrives
After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:
- Is it safe to stay in the commercial building or house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
What To Do After A Fire
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
What NOT To Do After A Fire
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Fire & Smoke Damage Odors
As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County Professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.
SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.
Your local SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County Franchise has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.
The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County a call at (508) 234-3399, and leave the restoration to us!
The Do's & Don'ts of Fire Damage
- Limit movement of people in the structure to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
- Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odors.
- Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances. Then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
- Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs if heat is off during the freezing season.
- Gently wash both sides of leaves on indoor plants.
- Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until checked by a trained professional.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County.
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service person.
- Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damage and cause electrical shock.
- Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Milford, MA Fire Damage
What is smoke? As burning materials decompose, they release solid particles, gases, and aerosols that become suspended into the air. Suspended particles, gases, and aerosols are smoke.
Gases are the invisible components of smoke. Oxides of nitrogen are produced by burning organic compounds, and sulfur dioxide is produced by burning inorganic compounds. Some of the gaseous by-products generated in a fire, such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, are extremely dangerous if people are exposed to the smoke while the fire is in progress. After the fire has been extinguished and the smoke evacuated or dispersed, gases are no longer a significant factor.
In addition to fire gases, smoke also consists of fine particles of matter and aerosols. The solid particles of unburned material are usually small particles of carbon. The aerosols are extremely fine solid or liquid particles suspended into gases. These particles - while they are suspended into the air - are what makes smoke visible to our sight. The particles are also odor-absorbing, which makes soot smell.
Smoke particles can be very small. The approximate size of a smoke particulate is .1 to 4 microns (1 micron = 1 twenty-five thousdanth of an inch), and these extremely small particles are potentially harmful to a human's respiratory tract. If you are near a fire in progress, keep down low to avoid breathing smoke-filled air. Technicians working long periods where heavy, loose smoke residues are present should wear a respirator. Smoke particles from incomplete combustion can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which may be cancer-causing (carcinogenic).
Once smoke settles on surfaces as residues, it is often referred to as "soot." Soot residues can contain different types of acids since chlorides and sulfides in smoke mix with the humidity in the air or with moisture to form acids. Acidic soot residues will cause discoloration and corrosion if they remain on materials over time.
Does your Milford, MA property require fire restoration service(s)? Call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at (508) 234-3399!
Fire Restoration Process
After the fire trucks leave the scene of a fire, your home is likely to suffer from extensive smoke or water damage. Here at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we have a seven-step plan that will help get you and your family back on track to your everyday lives. We understand that every fire situation is not the same, but the premise behind our plan is the same.
1) Emergency Contact – The restoration process starts when you pick up the phone and contact SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County. Here, we will ask a series of basic questions pertaining to the damage to ensure that our staff is properly equipped upon arrival.
2) Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment – Here, our professionals will inspect your home, as well as assess the damage done. This step is crucial.
3) Immediate Board-Up & Roof-Tarp Services – When a fire compromises your windows and even roof-top, our professionals will take the necessary steps in ensuring no further damage by covering openings.
4) Water Removal & Drying – The water removal process beings immediately and after removal, dehumidifiers and air movers are placed strategically to ensure 100% dryness.
5) Removal of Smoke and Soot – Our professionals will use our specialized equipment and techniques to remove all soot and smoke remnants from all objects and surfaces.
6) Cleaning and Sanitizing – We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and surfaces to get you and your belongings back to preloss condition.
7) Restoration – The final touches of repairs, painting, and installing of new carpets will be done to make the disaster, “Like it never even happened.”
Here at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we understand just how devastating a home fire can be. Your safety is our number one concern and we will not stop working until we get the job done right!
If you have any questions, please call us @ (508) 234-3399 or visit our website @ http://www.SERVPROsouthernworcestercounty.com/!
Fire Damage Services
After the fire department has left your home, we are YOUR next step in cleaning your home and getting your life back on track. In addition to the fire, smoke, soot, and water damage, we offer a bevy of services that can quickly and effectively help restore your home to pre-fire condition.
These services include:
- Board-ups: In some situations, this may be necessary in securing openings to the structure. We use sturdy and durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and human/animal intrusion.
- Inventory Analysis: Using our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), we can take a comprehensive inventory of each room. During this type of analysis, we can determine which contents are salvageable and non-salvageable. This service can optimize both time and accuracy.
- Move-Outs: If your contractor requests that your goods and contents must be moved to a different location, we offer move-out services where we do the work for you. Our workers are professionally trained to properly inventory and control the contents from the structure during any cleaning, restoration, or deodorization process.
- Electronics Cleaning: Some smoke residues are known to contain certain types of acids that, when in contact with metal surfaces and water, have the ability to cause corrosion. This can eat away at any metal casing and cause electronic failure within the device. Here at SERVPRO, we are trained to clean the outside correctly and refer your equipment to a qualified vendor.
- Artwork Cleaning: We understand how costly some works of art are to restore post-fire. Restoration and cleaning of valuable artworks require the use of a trained art conservator. At SERVPRO, we usually will subcontract any fine art pieces to a conservator. However, if desired, our cleaning professionals may attempt to remove any residues or odors, only after given permission by the customer.
If you have any questions regarding our services, please gives us a call at (508)-234-3399 or visit our website.
Fire Damage Carpet Cleaning
After a fire occurs, your first reaction should be safety. When the fire trucks leave, your home and possessions are likely to suffer from fire, smoke, and extensive water damage (from firefighting efforts). Although invisible to the naked eye, your floors, carpets, and walls, may all require cleaning services to ensure a safe environment for you and your family. At SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, our professionals are fully trained to arrive on scene and take the necessary steps to locate any and all affected areas. Next, we will then walk you through the restoration process to let you know that your home and property are in good hands.
Carpets, act as a filter, trapping dust, soot, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. If you experience a fire damage, be aware that dirt and soot are hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. These contaminants can cause damage to the material if left unattended to.
SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County has the training, technology, and knowledge to get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today @ 508-234-3399.
Commercial Fire & Smoke Damage
Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season
SERVPRO® restoration specialist cites statistics on escalated cooking and candle fire risk that can turn festivities into a fire drill
SERVPRO® of Southern Worcester County reminds homeowners to take note of some sobering statistics about home fire safety from the National Fire Prevention Association:Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires. The three peak days for home cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.1Candles fires peak in December. The top three days for candles fires are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.2
“These statistics are a serious reminder of how the excitement of holiday entertaining can quickly turn into a life-altering fire or even a tragic injury or death,”
“While glowing candles and elaborate meals set the stage for a great holiday get-together, homeowners need to exercise extra care in controlling the dangerous potential for fires.”
According to the NFPA3, unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of home cooking fires, with frying posing the greatest fire risk and electric ranges posing a higher risk than gas ranges. Range top cooking in general started the majority of home cooking fires and caused 86 percent of related civilian deaths for the reporting period.
While incidents of candle fires peaked in 2001 and have been falling since, candles are still one of the top 10 causes of U.S. home fires, according to the NFPA. As with cooking fires, unattended or abandoned candles account for a large portion of candle fires–almost 20 percent–but the most frequent cause of candle fires is placing the candle too close to something that can burn, like curtains, decorations or furniture.
It’s easy to see why cooking and candle fires both peak during the holiday season. It’s also easy to see why homeowners need to take extra care when decorating their homes or entertaining. A moment’s inattention at the stove or a guest repositioning a candle on a tabletop may be all it takes to turn the festivities into a fight to save property and lives. While our business is fire and water damage restoration and we stand ready to help at a moment’s notice if disaster does strike, our sincere hope is that our friends and neighbors will enjoy a fire-free and festive holiday season.”
If you suffer a disaster from fire damage, smoke damage, soot damage let us try to help you.Call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County