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Why Ignoring Fire Damage in New Milford Will Cost You Time and Money
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Cleaning Fire Damage Residues From the Ceiling of Your New Milford Home
Smoke and fire damage never stop when the fire has been put out by the fire trucks. There is more that happens behind the scenes which is likely to destroy your belongings if the right actions are not taken as soon as possible. Remember, the water they used to put off the fire is still in your property and if not extracted and appropriate cleanup procedures put in place, then your New Milford property is likely to experience unnecessary destruction. This article discusses some of the actions that we take to prevent such eventualities and return your home to its preloss condition.
Let us start by looking at three main procedures that we use when restoring the walls and ceilings of your fire damaged New Milford property. If your building has painted metal or wood ceilings and it happens that heavy smoke residues settled on its surface, then we may consider using wet cleaning. The method is also appropriate when cleaning dry ash from the mentioned surfaces. If our SERVPRO technicians are cleaning light or medium smoke residues, then we can opt for dry cleaning. It is a technique where we use a cleaning sponge to remove the particles. In most cases, we employ dry cleaning techniques before we can start using wet cleaning procedures – which is only possible when dealing with non-greasy soling.
Some fire damage incidents may leave heavy tar soling or nicotine particles in acoustical, porous or non-porous surfaces. In such situations, our SERVPRO technicians use a method known as peroxide active cleaning. We prefer this method when there are chances of dissolving the coating that exists on blown ceilings. During cleaning, we use disinfectants to deactivate mold spores and reduce the chances of its growth.
SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood has the experience and expertise to deal with all sizes if fire damage incidents. Prevent your building from experiencing unnecessary loss and call (201) 266-0482 to have all your questions answered.
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The SERVPRO Way To Restore Your Fire Damaged Property And Contents In Bergen County
Fires are difficult enough to deal with, without enduring a long, stressful and time-consuming cleanup.
A Fast Solution To Fire Damage In Bergen County
Fires can be catastrophic, causing widespread structural damage and requiring a long, arduous rebuilding project. However, the majority of fires only cause minor to medium levels of harm which can be remediated effectively with the right tools, training, and equipment. One constant, in any scale fire, is smoke which is made up of three main parts: solid particles, gases, and aerosols.
Gases can be hazardous when a fire is burning but are far less so once a fire has been put out. The remaining parts, solid particles, and aerosols tend to stick around. When we deal with fire damage in Bergen County, it is these two components we are aiming to remove which, in everyday language, is known as soot and smoke residue.
When materials burn they release soot and smoke residue which needs to be removed from the property. The specific type of material determines whether or not it is an easy job. Synthetic materials can release thick residues that travel upwards leaving behind thick, odorous deposits. Natural materials, on the other hand, leave behind light soot.
Treating these two types of smoke the same can make a restoration service harder than it needs to be. At SERVPRO we train our technicians to identify the differences by conducting a pre-test of all smoke and soot deposits. Doing so allows us to work efficiently, using tools and equipment that has the maximum effect in the shortest time possible.
Getting your residential property back to a livable condition is part of what we do. At SERVPRO we make an effort to work around you. Sometimes we may have to cordon off an affected area to bring in specialized chemical deodorizers or establish clean spaces for thorough contents cleaning. We do this to reduce the amount of time spent working without cutting corners or leaving behind a mess.
Fires are difficult enough to deal with, without enduring a long, stressful and time-consuming cleanup. SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is here to help. Call us at (201) 266-0482 to find your solution.
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Fire Does More than Just Burn, Mitigating Fire Damage in New Milford
Fire can quickly spread through areas of your home. If your home suffers from fire damage, contact SERVPRO.
Team SERVPRO Understands How Fire can Damage Your Home
Although it might sound weird, when there is a fire, several things usually happen. These might not be apparent once a fire goes out but understanding them makes it easier to appreciate various aspects of proper restoration. The way the two main aspects of fires interact during the brief period the fire is on has a great impact on the kind of damage caused. With our professional restoration services, it is easier for New Milford property owners to deal with the damages.
For proper mitigation of fire damage in New Milford, an understanding of smoke behavior is important. You might think that smoke just moves from the fire source upwards then to any other unaffected areas. If this were the case, then the smoke residue would be evenly distributed which is not always the case. Smoke moves in convection currents, which means as the fire burns, hot air moves up to the ceiling forcing the cold air downwards. As these movements happen, areas with colder air tend to accumulate more smoke residue and might, therefore, require more effort during restoration even though the fire did not reach them. Our SERVPRO technicians understand this and take appropriate steps.
A fire that burns very hot, even for a short time, might leave visible heat lines. The lines have some significance to the mitigation efforts. The residue left above the heat line is harder to remove because the extreme heat opens up pores in the surface leading to penetration of the residue. Our SERVPRO technicians can remove such baked in residues easily by using cleaning products or thoroughly agitating of the surface. We have various agitation tools ranging from simple brushes or towels to the more advanced ultrasonic machines. With these, we work on any surface without causing additional damages.
Smoke ionization and magnetization also happens in some cases and especially when plastics burn. When ionized, the particles become electrically charged and therefore attracted to surfaces with an opposite charge. This attraction leads to situations where items made of synthetic materials end up with more layers of the smoke residue. Ionization also causes the formation of smoke webs on various parts of the structure.
A trained technician understands all the unusual outcomes in a fire and can take the right remediation steps. You should call SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood at (201) 266-0482. We are available to help you deal with any fire-related damages 24/7.
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Fire Damage Experts in New Milford Talk About Removing Oily Soils
Soot damage can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage that smoke and fire has left behind in your home.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage Using Their Knowledge About Residues
If a fire ever burns on your property in New Milford, smoke can cause damage even if the flames do not. Smoke is made up of partially combusted materials that rise with the heat coming from the fire. Smoke then hits cooler surfaces and causes soot residues and soils to coat the material. Soot can ruin the finish on various types of surfaces and produce burnt smelling fragrances.
Any time a blaze takes place, it can burn different types of fuels changing the composition of the soils. During fire damage mitigation in New Milford, the removal of soot residues is vital to prevent foul smells. Some soots are extremely difficult to clean while others can easily be wiped off. There are several factors that affect cleanability including the chemical composition of the soil and the type of surface that got affected.
When some types of materials burn they produce smoke that leaves behind oily residues. Oily soils can be difficult to remove from certain surfaces. When dealing with oily substances, our SERVPRO technicians have a few techniques they can utilize. If the surface we are cleaning is porous, then dry removal methods such as dry sponges or a compressed air sprayer can be the best to remove the soils.
If the surface is non-porous, then wet methods can be implemented because the water will not soak the soot into the material and cause more damage. When dealing with oily soot residues, our SERVPRO technicians often use water-based detergents. These specialized detergents can emulsify the oily residues into the chemical.
These water-based detergents are specially designed to dissolve into water and attract oily particles at the same time. The detergents have a water-loving head that mixes with the water and an oil-loving tail that attracts the oily residues. This unique composition allows the detergents to attract both the oily particles and water so that the residues get emulsified into the solution and removed from the affected surface.
When removing soot residues, it is essential to use the proper chemicals and techniques. If you ever need assistance with removing oily soot residues, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 24/7.
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Restoring A Small Kitchen Fire To Your Bergen County Home
Small kitchen fires can affect your Bergen County home with little warning, as several sources can cause them.
Restoring A Small Kitchen Fire To Your Home
Small kitchen fires can affect your Bergen County home with little warning, as several sources can cause them. While typically these fires can generate from a mismanaged stove or some short in the electrical systems, the result can often be the same in the localized issues that it causes. The typical effects are soot and smoke damages, which appear in several different ways.
The fire damages in the kitchen of your Bergen County home are rarely if ever the variety that can be cleaned and restored with conventional cleaning methods on your own. The lingering smell alone is not one to readily get masked, which leads to the need for professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team to bring this area of your home back to preloss conditions.
From the moment that our SERVPRO experts arrive at your home, we get to work on assessing the damage to your kitchen area and any adjacent rooms or surfaces that could have gotten affected by the fire as well. This assessment details what has to happen to restore the damage to your home, everything from deodorization to controlled demolition and rebuilding services.
Stove fires especially run the risk of irreparably damaging cabinetry in the kitchen well beyond the ability of even the most skilled restorer. In these cases, our team can remove these unsalvageable components and prepare the area for reinstallation of new materials.
Contending with smoke damage often involves removing an unsavory smell that lingers behind after the fire has gotten extinguished. Deodorization with thermal foggers neutralize these odor molecules and leaves no discernable scent behind. Given the complexity of some of the other restoration processes to return your kitchen area to its former condition, deodorization is often one of the final steps of our plan.
Kitchen fires are not always wild and widespread, but they can cause damages that you cannot remedy on your own. When you get faced with a circumstance like this, you can put your trust in the technicians we have at SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood. Our emergency response team is standing by at (201) 266-0482.
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Addressing Smoke And Soot Damage After A Fire In Your Teaneck Residence
While any fire to your home can be disastrous in its own way, widespread occurrences can prove more troublesome to extinguish and cause more damage.
Addressing Smoke And Soot Damage After A Fire
While any fire to your Teaneck home can be disastrous in its own way, widespread occurrences can prove more troublesome to extinguish and cause more severe damages. While you might pour over these damages when the fire eventually gets extinguished, it is often difficult to make sense of the necessary steps to restore these glaring issues to bring your home back to preloss conditions.
While there is often a long list of fire damages to your Teaneck home that requires restoration following a recent blaze, our communication with you can help our SERVPRO team to identify these lingering symptoms that are the most problematic for living in the house. For many homeowners, the most prominent concerns they have (aside from any irreparable damages to the structure of their home) is the smoke and soot damage throughout the house.
The restoration process begins the same way, regardless of the severity of the problem that our team faces: a thorough inspection to determine the full scope of the damage in your home. For one, this assessment is a requirement from your insurance company to process the claim you intend to make, but it also helps our SERVPRO professionals better understand the severity of the damage present in your home to get addressed.
Smoke and soot damage both get addressed in different ways. For soot damages, several types of equipment from vacuums to sponges get used to clean up the residue. Deodorization can help to remove the persistent scent left behind after a fire, and this approach requires the use of equipment like our thermal fogger to dissipate the noxious odor and leave no discernible smell behind.
When you experience a fire in your house, the initial damage can feel overwhelming. When you take each part of the restoration process and address them individually as our experienced professionals do, the house can get restored to preloss conditions in no time. Trust SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood for any disaster you might experience. Give us a call today at (201) 266-0482.
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Take the Guesswork Out of Restoring Fire Damage in Your New Milford Area Home
Our SERVPRO technicians remove water and dry out your home, minimizing the damage left behind by the efforts of putting the flames out.
Trust a Professional Restoration Company to Thoroughly Clean Your Property after Fire Damage
Everyone gets anxious to clean their home after fire damage occurs. However, unless you take the time to obtain professional advice, you may be wasting your efforts and even creating more damage. You should contact your insurance adjuster immediately. They should be able to give you a list of qualified professionals that can provide you with the advice, restoration, or replacement services needed to get things under control.
A professional fire damage restorer takes all of the guesswork out of repairing your New Milford home. You get a no-cost inspection and assessment, in most cases, that help you determine which items remain salvageable, an estimated price for services such as a thorough cleaning, deodorization, and restoration of your home, along with any personal belongings caught up in the event.
SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians help minimize damage from water, flames, smoke, soot, and ash residues after a fire. Our technicians use air-movers and dehumidifiers to dry water used to douse the flames. We can put water extraction equipment of all shapes and sizes to work that help get water trapped in your floors, walls, ceiling, and carpeting.
SERVPRO can help prevent damages to brass or copper fixtures, furniture, rugs, carpeting, draperies, and other household textiles. Our complete drying, cleaning, and deodorization process covers every inch of the affected area. Starting with the removal of damaged materials, and ending with preparing your home for repairs as soon as humanly possible.
SERVPRO uses thermal fogging equipment and a variety of cleaning methods to break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors found in your home. We save you time and money, providing a variety of services all in one place. Our restoration team can clean furniture and clothing, as well as any stains found on your walls, ceiling, and floor.
Contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood to request 24/7 emergency services you can trust. We extend services throughout the area, helping members of our local communities recover from fire, water, storm, or mold damage situations that can occur on their property, call today. (201) 266-0482
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Fire Damage and Soot Damage Restoration Services in Bergen County
It is important to call SERVPRO immediately after the fire is out to minimize the extent of the damage.
Call on SERVPRO for Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services
Fire and soot damage can leave your property in an unsightly state, not to mention the possible odor and secondary damage because of the acidic nature of soot. Fortunately, there are several things Bergen County homeowners can do to deal with the situation. This involves engaging professional restoration services to ensure a proper cleanup process and maintain the structural integrity of your property.
In the event of a fire emergency in your home, you need to act quickly to minimize the extent of the damage. SERVPRO has many years of experience in fire damage restoration, and we are strategically located to respond quickly to any emergency in Bergen County. Our IICRC-certified technicians are available 24/7, every day of the year to ensure that you do not lose valuable items when a fire occurs.
Soot damage is common after a fire and usually appears as a black powdery substance due to incomplete combustion. Tiny soot particles can stick to building contents and surfaces such as walls and ceilings in the aftermath of a fire. Soot residue is difficult (and sometimes impossible) to cleanup, especially when using the wrong methods.
SERVPRO technicians are professionally trained to deal with the two main types of soot after fire damage -- dry and oily. Dry soot is relatively easy to remove, but oily soot often requires using degreasing agents. It is common to find dry soot in one room and oily in another when treating fire damage and soot damage. It all varies with the types of materials involved.
SERVPRO professionals carry a number of products that are specially designed for soot removal from different surfaces. Sometimes, depending on the nature of the item or the severity of the fire and soot damage, removing the soot residue may not be possible, and we may have to discard that item. Of course, we must first check with you, the property owner, before making this decision.
Smoke odor may linger in carpets, clothing, upholstered furniture, and draperies when fire damage occurs. To get rid of this smell, we must apply proper deodorization techniques. This includes using chemicals and "counteractants" that disintegrate smoke particles to eliminate odors. The specific type of product we use depends on the kind of material that was burned in the fire. However, our products are applicable to all sorts of items, including carpets, draperies, and furniture.
The presence of fire damage in the house can significantly affect the mood of its occupants. If you need quick and reliable fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is there to help. We are available 24/7 at (201) 266-0482.
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Homeowners in New Milford Facing a Variety of Fire Damage Issues
If fire breaks out in your home, make sure that you and your family get to safety. After the fire fighters leave, contact SERVPRO for remediation.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate All Aspects of Fire Damage After a Fire
A variety of problems exist after fire strikes your New Milford property. Without professional help, you may be causing additional damage without even knowing.
Immediately after firefighters deem your home safe again, you may feel a sense of urgency to enter your home, to witness fire damage in New Milford first-hand, which may be a significant mistake. There are areas in your home covered with smoke, soot, and ash that continually does damage long after the flames go out.
It takes a professionally trained technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, to help you enter your home after a fire. We understand how to protect your carpeting, furniture, appliances, and other household contents from harm while surveying and assessing damages on your property. You never want to add to the problem, so, make sure you call for help before reentering your home.
Remember, residues settle on any available surface. Your SERVPRO cleaning and restoration technicians use a variety of methods to stop damage in its tracks and do everything they can to return many of your household items to a quality pre-fire damage condition. Your shelving, windows, upholstery items, books, antiques, and artwork all require different techniques to restore correctly.
Your locally owned and operated SERVPRO is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to provide you with full-service solutions to emergency situations that occur in your home. We are proud to serve our local community and answer your call for help immediately. All of our technicians are IICRC-industry certified and follow strict guidelines approved by the EPA, as well as local, state, and federal governing institutions.
As with any fire, water damage is also a concern. Our technicians have access to water extraction and drying equipment of all types, making your cleaning and restoration that much quicker. We perform every repair, replacement, or reconstruction service necessary to make it look, "Like it never even happened."
Contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood, today. We provide services to Englewood and Tenafly as well, helping members of our local communities and ensuring a safe, comfortable restoration experience. (201) 266-0482
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Small Steps You Can Take to Help with Fire Restorations
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Step By Step Guide to Restore Your Residential Fire Damage
Although most of the cleaning and restoration work should be left to our professionals, there are still some things you can do for fire damage in your home before SERVPRO arrives. With proper safety precautions, you may be able to make some slight adjustments and cleaning efforts around the house to hasten our work and ensure a more thorough job done. However, safety is paramount, and you should never attempt any of these suggestions if the structure seems unstable or if there are obvious risks in the vicinity.
Houseplants can be highly fragile in the aftermath of Bergen County fire damage - especially the more expensive breeds and varieties. Giving them a quick scrub around any stems and on both sides of leaves encourages their survival and check one more thing off our to-do list once we arrive.
Change HVAC Filters
If it is accessible, we highly recommend replacing the filters in your HVAC system. Even if there are no visible signs of damage, your HVAC system is almost certainly filled with microscopic smoke and soot particles which continue to circulate and create long-lasting odors. Removing your filters now helps to contain some of these particulate smoke matter and reduce the time we spend on deodorization.
Keep Movement to a Minimum
When SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home, you may observe them following strict paths of movement or avoiding areas altogether. Unrestricted movement about the home only serves to press soot and ash into flooring and other materials, in addition to kicking up dust and spreading odors around. Try to keep your movement in and around the home to a minimum whenever possible.
Empty the Fridge
If the power has gone out or needs to be shut off, you might want to get everything out of your refrigerator before it is too late. This oft-forgotten part of the home becomes far more noticeable after a few days when thawed food products begin to create odors of their own. In the interest of your food and our technicians' workflow, please remove all food from the refrigerator and prop open its doors.
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SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is well-equipped to deal with any variety of fire damage, large or small. Call us anytime you need help at (201) 266-0482.
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Selecting A Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Company In Bergen County
When you fall victim to fire damage, quick decisions make all the difference.
Fire Damage Restoration
A home is a prized possession and a big investment for anyone. For most, it is a place for family and fond memories that last a lifetime. When you fall victim to fire damage, quick decisions make all the difference.
When hiring a fire damage restoration team for your Bergen County home, you expect to gain access to certified professionals, industrial-grade equipment, and technicians with years of experience. Sadly, that might not always be the case. Many try to do it their way, pass on certifications and avoid following rules that give those that want to do things right a bad name. To help customers just like you choose a qualified restoration company, here are a few helpful tips.
It never hurts to ask your insurance agency for a referral. If they have had success using a specific company, they are more than likely going to work out for you as well. Always make it a point to discuss services offered, certifications, and guidelines followed with each company you contact. You want someone who manages your entire restoration from beginning to end, like SERVPRO.
When discussing your problem with any restoration company, it is important for them to speak plainly and explain their services in detail. If the company cannot point out why a specific service is necessary, they are not the company for you. You also want access to someone that has operated within the industry for several years, companies like SERVPRO provide far better restoration services than smaller companies in business for less than a year.
The best way to determine the amount of expertise of the company you consider using involves checking how many services they offer. Fire damage to your property involves fire, water, and smoke restoration, water extraction, cleaning, deodorization, and repair services as well. Apart from that, they should offer 24-hour emergency services and make themselves available when you need them, just like SERVPRO.
When facing emergency situations in your home, contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood first. We can provide you with all of the services you need for a stress-free restoration process (201) 266-0482.
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Help With Clean Up After Fire Damage In Your Englewood Cliffs Home
Trust SERVPRO for Smoke & Fire Cleanup in Englewood Cliffs
Your Home's Fire & Smoke Damage Is Restored by SERVPRO Professionals
If your home has been damaged by fire, you likely find yourself facing some clean up tasks. Even after the fire has been contained and the building has been secured, there is still the job of cleaning and restoring your home and possessions as much as possible. While it is true that some items simply have to be discarded as non-salvageable, other items can be saved from soot and fire damage. It is likely that parts of the structure of your home itself may also need a thorough clean.
After fire damage in your Englewood Cliffs home, the thought of tackling the clean up can be daunting. Let our SERVPRO experts help you clean your home and possessions in Englewood Cliffs. Our IICRC certified professionals are fully trained in the various cleanup techniques needed to get the best results.
Every fire damage cleanup job is different. The techniques and products we use vary depending not only on the extent of the fire damage but the kind of materials involved too. Our professional technicians start by thoroughly assessing your home and belongings. We determine the type of smoke residue and how they coat elements and then decide on the most effective cleaning method for each item or area.
Some articles and materials can be saturated with cleaner, or even immersed in it. In those cases, we use the appropriate amount of cleaning products to penetrate the material and clean the smoke residue as thoroughly as possible. Using the incorrect amount of cleaner can damage materials and extend the drying time – that is why we professionally train our SERVPRO engineers to apply just the right amount of cleaner.
For surfaces and materials that aren’t fit for saturation, we use surface cleaning techniques. This can mean spraying cleaner on and then wiping it gently with a dry cloth or using a foam cleaner to cover the surface lightly. Fabrics and leather generally fall into this category of treatment. Surface cleaning makes it easier to control the exact amount of cleaning product, making it the best choice for more delicate surfaces. If a surface is too delicate to withstand cleaning spray or foam, our technicians use absorption techniques to trap and extract soot and odors gently.
Damage to belongings resulting from significant fires offers other means of restoration. Pack-out services provide a haven for your possessions while we clean the structure and also a workplace for cleaning at our facilities. We can utilize specialty cleaning machines such as the Esporta Washing System and also ultrasonic cleaning for hard surface elements.
SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is here to help with any fire damage clean up. Call (201) 266-0482 today for assistance.
Four Key Ways That We Restore Fire Damaged Items
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SERVPRO Can Restore Many Fire Damaged Items to Save Your Funds
It is common to see homeowners tossing away items after a fire event, assuming they are a total loss and no longer usable. While some items can be ruined beyond repair by fire, many others can be saved -- that is the benefit of working with our professionals.
If you are facing fire damage in Tenafly, you should know that our restoration expertise means you will save money on the cost of replacing your possessions. Here are four ways that we restore items affected by fire damage.
SERVPRO has to take extra precautions when dealing with electronic devices and appliances, but we are often able to clean and restore these items if called soon after a fire emergency has occurred. Dry cleaning and vacuuming are often our go-to methods for these items, and we are careful to get damage causing soot and smoke residue off the surfaces of electronics.
Fire damage can deposit a significant amount of particles, soot, and smoke around a home, but our professionals are prepared to handle these heavily soiled items. We often use professional wet cleaning techniques in this instance, and sometimes we will use a combination of processes to ensure things with heavy residue are fully restored.
Especially when it comes to furniture with fabric, getting rid of the stains and discoloration that result from fire damage can be considerably tough. When SERVPRO technicians restore furniture, our aim is to preserve the integrity of its components, prevent color bleeding, and remove all residues. For furniture that was soaked in water, we will also extract the excess moisture.
Difficult to Clean Items
Many of our clients are surprised to find that we are even able to restore items such as window blinds. Our state of the art equipment, which includes highly efficient ultrasonic and immersion cleaners, can restore even the most challenging, oddly shaped, or delicate items.
The experts at SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood are well equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to restore your possessions and get your home back in great shape. To obtain a quote or get more information about our fire damage restoration services, call us anytime at (201) 266-0482.
Electrical Residential Fires: How to Protect Yourself
Dealing with an electrical fire in your Englewood home? SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood can clean and restore your home "Like it never even happened."
How To Protect Yourself from Electrical Residential Fires
Electrical fire damage is one of the most common types of fire damage, especially in urban environments. Despite recent improvements in consumer electronics' safety and fire resistance, electrical fires still claim many buildings each year across the nation. Unlike regular fires, electrical fires can not be doused with water, leaving many homeowners unable to contain the blaze. There are, however, some safe ways to stop this accident from happening, and to safely clean up after it has occurred.
Have a Household Fire Extinguisher
By far the most important step in keeping an electrical fire at bay is ensuring that there is a portable or household fire extinguisher nearby. Ceiling-mounted sprinklers will do nothing to contain an electrical fire, so chemical or foam fire extinguishers are the only options. Make sure you know what you are buying, however, as a water-based extinguisher is not going to be of any help. Englewood residential fire extinguishers should be foam or chemical based, aiming to smother the fire and deprive it of any oxygen.
Do not use the extinguisher sparingly. Many homeowners try to use as little of its contents as possible, to save their electronics and prevent a mess. This is highly dangerous, as these extinguishers typically rely on a heavy, smothering coat to be effective. Make sure you completely cover the source of the fire when putting it out yourself.
Use Safety Equipment During Cleanup
To safely clean up damage from an electrical fire, you should always be wearing rubber gloves and boots, and do your best not to touch the electronics directly. Many injuries and deaths result after an electrical fire due to safety overlooks, and if the fire is particularly damaging, you may want to employ a professional cleanup service like SERVPRO. We equip all of our personnel with proper training and equipment, and so avoid most every disaster that can come from a cleanup job.
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If you require cleanup and restoration services for an electrical fire or any other type of fire damage, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 for 24-hour service and assistance. SERVPRO has become a trusted name nationwide, famed for quality service, professional technicians, and high-end equipment, and we are ready to send our best to any fire disaster cleanup.
Common Causes of Fire Damage in Tenafly Properties
Electrical Fires Like This One Can Be Prevented
SERVPRO Takes Fire Damage Seriously
In many homes, people often take shortcuts to help them improve how their home feels and looks. While these shortcuts may increase functionality to a small degree, they can sometimes backfire by creating fire hazards. Many fires also start out in a very localized area but quickly spread. Eliminating these causes is something that you can do as a fire prevention measure.
Homes and businesses in Tenafly that suffer from fire damage can be quickly repaired by dedicated and highly trained technicians from SERVPRO. We have IICRC training and certification. This is nationally recognized and provides the training needed to respond to any size disaster, large or small. If your home or real estate property is damaged by fire, you can trust us to make it like it never even happened.
Preventable Electrical Fires can Cause Fire Damage
Most electrical fires are preventable. Replacing frayed, cut, or otherwise damaged cords on appliances is one way to do this. Replacing the item can also be one way, although more expensive in most situations, to prevent the risk of fire from becoming a reality.
While placing an extension cord under a thick rug to protect it from damage may seem like a good idea, it can create a way for the cord to overheat. Cords can also be damaged if a wheeled chair or another item is rolled over the rug. This can create a direct contact with electricity and the floor or rug itself. A common result is a fire. Extension cords are not designed to be used long-term, or for heavy appliances like refrigerators or electric stoves. Television sets and computers should only be plugged into the wall outlet directly for long term use.
Lighting Your Home Shouldn't be a Fire Hazard
Keeping your home well-lit can keep most accidents to a minimum, simply because if you can see well, you are more aware of your surroundings. A possible source of fires in the home can develop when colored fabric pieces or scarves are used to tint the light from a given lamp. Light bulbs can become extremely hot very quickly, and this heat can ignite many fabrics, which then can spread rapidly throughout a room.
Oils placed in rings to scent a room should be only used when you will always be in the same room. Oil is very flammable and should be used only with great care. These should never be used in a child's room. Children are curious and can quickly start a fire if they play with the ring and the oil.
The watts on the light bulb are also necessary to take into consideration when buying bulbs for lamps and light fixtures. Using one that is much stronger than what is recommended for a fixture can quickly lead to fire damage.
Fire Damage Prevention and Your Space Heater
Space heaters that are used in the home need to be placed safe distances away from everything. These can quickly become so hot that anything that contacts the heater's coils, or another type of heating element can ignite. If children are allowed to play in an area where there is a space heater, supervision must be vigilant to ensure that no papers or crayons, small toys, clothing such as laces or ties end up near the heating element.
Pets can also create a higher risk of fire when space heaters are used. Pets may knock a space heater over, causing a fire if the unit is older or the auto-shut-off component fails. Older pets may also try to snuggle close to the heater, creating a physical risk to themselves, as well.
Fires Create Damage that Requires Skilled Clean-Up and Repairs
If you've had a small fire in your home, we want you to know we can help you with repairs and cleaning up the aftermath. Another way we assist those who have had fire damage is to provide inventory assistance so that your insurance carrier will approve your claim for damages more quickly.
IICRC Training Prepares Us for Both Large and Small Fire Damage Repairs of All Types
Fire damage may seem insurmountable but when you use a professional company who has experienced technicians on call 24/7 to provide expert services when you need us, that fire damage will soon be a distant memory. Calling SERVPRO of Teaneck and Englewood at (201) 266-0482 will make sure that your fire-damaged home and furnishings are cleaned, refurbished, and made like-new again.
New Milford Fire Damage - How to Respond to Fire Damage in New Milford
Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs.
How to Handle New Milford Fire Damage
If you are like most homeowners, you have taken multiple steps to protect your home from a fire, but despite your best efforts, this type of event may still occur. For example, a fire in New Milford can start from a lightning strike, cooking with grease in the kitchen or even an electrical shortage inside the walls of your home. If your home has been damaged by a fire, you may be wondering what steps you need to take with services for fire damage in New Milford in order to restore life as usual in your home. Professional fire damage restoration services are often the best way to quickly return your home to its former glory.
Assessing the Damage
Many people who have never experienced fire damage in New Milford before may be surprised at the extent of the damage that even a small fire can create. The fire itself will leave behind a charred mess, but this is only one aspect of the fire damage that you may be dealing with. For example, the smoke from the fire may have spread throughout the entire home, and it may leave behind odors as well as staining on the walls and other surfaces. In addition, the firefighters may have used water or a fire retardant material to extinguish the fire, and these substances can cause additional damage to the home. As you assess the damage in your home, you may be surprised by how extensive it is.
Repairing Your Home
Repairing your home is a top goal to accomplish after you have experienced a fire in New Milford, but this is not a task that you want to attempt to achieve on your own. Even if you have the carpentry and other skills necessary to repair the charred areas of your home, keep in mind that you need water remediation services to remove the water and smoke removal services to remove the smoke damage. Ideally, you want your home fully restored to like-new condition with no remnants of the fire remaining; this will keep the structure sound and your family healthy.
What to Expect From Professional Services
With professional fire damage services, the remediation and repair specialists will help you restore the look and condition of your home as quickly as possible. Most companies will offer 24-hour emergency service for fire damage needs, and this is because fire damage can cause structural damage as well as immediate health concerns. In addition, water extraction will need to begin immediately to reduce the risk of mold growth in the home. This is the first step that a professional remediation company will take.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is available to help when your home has been damaged by a fire. We are a local company that understands the importance of providing you with a fast response after your home has suffered from fire damage in New Milford, Englewood, and surrounding areas. For help with your fire damage repair services, call us at (201) 266-0482.
New Milford Residence Fire Damage Assessment
SERVPRO Says Smoke Alarms Save Lives and Property
SERVPRO's Fire Damage Assessment for Your New Milford Home Is the Smart First Step
New Milford Fire damage is a difficult reality for a homeowner in New Milford. In addition to destroying interior property and irreplaceable personal treasures, the fire can weaken the structural integrity of your house. As a result, many residential property owners find themselves feeling emotionally frail and anxious about restoration expenses once the fire has burnt out. However, securing a professional fire damage remediation company like SERVPRO can help homeowners limit damages, save money, and restore the property quickly. One of the first and most important parts of the professional restoration process is the assessment of fire damages. Learn more about what this process involves and entails by reading this brief overview:
Analyzing Superficial Damage. One of the fire damage restoration specialist's first steps following the fire is determining how much superficial damage has befallen your property. Typically, the restoration specialist will begin outside the property and check for manifestations like missing shingles, damaged chimneys, melted objects, and other signs of exterior deterioration and ruin. Additionally, the remediation expert may examine your roof and other exterior areas of the property. You should also look over these areas and use a video recorder or camera to record damages. This will help you obtain optimal coverage from your insurance company.
Examining Internal Damage. In addition to examining the exterior of your home, restoration experts will determine the extent of internal damage done by the fire. During this component of the assessment, SERVPRO can make a critical difference. Our assessment and inspection utilizing a corporate-wide technology called the Contents Claim Inventory Service--(CCIS.) This categorizes room-by-room content as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The CCIC is an effective tool for dealing with your insurance company, which SERVPRO is not. But we do work closely with these providers, looking out for your best interests. We will walk through the property and look for damages to windows, bathtubs, vents, ducts, ceilings, floors, roof, sinks, and walls. They will also analyze the interior to determine whether your ceilings, walls or foundation are structurally compromised.
After The Assessment: Water Removal and Cleanup. Once the restoration professionals have completed the property assessment, they will move forward with extracting standing water, if any, to mitigate water damage to furniture and building materials. This extraction helps prevent or slow the onset of mold growth. The cleanup process is also the period during which our IICRC certified technicians will help you salvage any items not destroyed by smoke, water or fire damage. The primary objective of the cleanup process is to prevent further degradation and restore as many items and structural elements as possible.
Call SERVPRO To Secure Thorough, Effective Fire Damage Assessments. When your property in New Milford is affected by a fire, the tendency is to panic. Don't. Instead, call the friendly, proficient technicians of SERVPRO. Each of the company's IICRC-certified professionals will provide you with the goal-oriented, expedient fire damage remediation services that restore your property to its pre-loss condition, whenever possible. We're ready to start working on your behalf.
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SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is locally owned and operated so we are part of the New Milford, Englewood, and Tenafly communities too. When you have a fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. Call us.(201) 266-0482
Time Duration of Smoke & Fire Damage in Englewood
Smoke exposure has several detrimental effects on building interiors, including damage to plastics and drywall.
Time Duration of Smoke & Fire Damage
The process of clean-up after smoke and Englewood fire damage can be a tedious one, and experienced restoration professionals agree that time is of the essence. The longer you wait before enlisting the help of a restoration and clean-up crew, the more extensive the long-term damage will become in your home or office. Smoke exposure has several detrimental effects on building interiors, including damage to plastics and drywall. Calling a restoration expert like SERVPRO will help to minimize this kind of lasting damage and get your home or office back to the way it was before the fire.
Only a few minutes after the initial smoke exposure, the walls of your home or office get a coating of soot on them that causes any plastics to turn yellow. If any small appliances are close to the source of the fire, chances are high they could become discolored permanently. Some porous materials can also sustain permanent smoke damage in only a few minutes. Common examples of these building materials can include marble or alabaster.
Within only a few hours after the initial Englewood fire damage, the residue from acid can stain and permanently discolor tile grout. It can also damage porcelain bathroom fixtures, fiberglass fixtures, any metals that don't have protective coating, counter tops and other types of furniture surfaces. If the smoke and Englewood fire damage aren't treated for a few days, the acid residues from the smoke will cause permanent yellowing of wallpaper and painted walls. Rusting and corrosion will also be evident on metal surfaces and appliances.
After a few weeks, the smoke damage will become more evident, and the restoration costs will go up substantially. Any synthetic carpet fibers will become discolored, and metal corrosion will be obvious on a number of surfaces. Any glass items will also need to be replaced because of pitting, warping or etching on their surfaces. The same kind of surface damage will happen to China because of their longer exposure to the acid of soot residue. To avoid this kind of extensive fire and smoke damage, it's essential to call a professional restoration and clean-up crew, like SERVPRO, as soon as possible.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.
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