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How an Unattended Stove Can Cause Fire Damage in Daytona Beach

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How an Unattended Stove Can Cause Fire Damage in Daytona Beach  Leaving food unattended while cooking can cause fires.

Leaving Your Stove Unattended Can Cause Fire Damage in Your Daytona Beach Home

Some recipes require that the food cook for an extended length of time; however, leaving your stove unattended could lead to fire damage happening inside of your kitchen. You should never leave your home, work in the yard, or occupy another floor of your home while something is cooking inside of your kitchen. While leaving food for a few minutes most likely won't lead to any problems, leaving it alone for hours leaves entirely too much space for an accident to happen while you are not around to address it.  

While it is always best to try and prevent accidents from happening, they can occur despite your best efforts, such as the fire damage inside of your Daytona Beach kitchen. It is essential to call for help as soon as possible after extinguishing the kitchen fire. Getting professionals inside of your home can ensure remediation of the damage left behind. The longer that you wait to address fire damage, the more difficult it becomes to remediate it smoothly.  

When you get in touch with SERVPRO, our technicians can rush to your home within hours of your initial call. The fire broke out from your stovetop and foodstuffs has been burned onto the surface of your countertops and the stove itself. While the fire in your kitchen was not significant, and you managed to put it out swiftly, it still left behind a foul smell and stains on your countertops. However, SERVPRO has the necessary tools to address these problems.  

Our technicians can use a chemical cleaning solution to break up the grime and soot that attached itself to your stove and your countertops. Sometimes, abrasive scrubbing methods must be used to remove soot left behind by a fire, but SERVPRO always tries the gentlest method first.  

When it comes to the foul odor in the air, SERVPRO can set up a couple of different devices in your home, depending on the severity of the fire and if your family relocated to a temporary location. Because the fire in your home was small, as most are, our techs can use a thermal fogger or an air scrubber to remove the malodor from the air.  

When a fire occurs inside of your home, always get help as soon as possible. Get in contact with SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange by calling (386) 788-0358. Day or night, we're open to helping you.

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The Steps Our Skilled Technicians Take To Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Daytona Beach

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Steps Our Skilled Technicians Take To Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Daytona Beach We work hard to help you clean and restore your property regardless of the size of the problem you may face.

The Proper Steps To Take For Restoring Fire Damage In Your Daytona Beach Home

We understand how having a fire damage event occur in your Daytona Beach home can be traumatic. If you're facing this type of problem and found this page out of necessity, we're glad you chose to partner with us. SERVPRO has a variety of services available that help protect your home and always takes the time to fully explain which steps might be best to fit your particular situation.

As a way of protecting your Daytona Beach area home, it helps to understand the fire damage restoration process. At the very least, it can make the entire experience more bearable and limit the number of surprises you might face. When you know a little about the services involved in returning your home to a quality pre-fire damage condition, you can cope with things better.

The first thing you need to do after a fire occurs on your property is to contact your insurance agent and a restoration company, like SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians are available 24/7, 365-days a year to provide you with quality restoration services and piece of mind. The longer you take to call for help, the more time fire and smoke have to damage the contents of your home. We inspect the entire area and present a full-restoration guideline so that you understand what is suppose to happen when.

SERVPRO technicians can help with protecting what’s left of your home and minimize any losses you might experience. Our entire team goes to work immediately, removing damaged materials, scorched contents, furniture, and other household goods. Unfortunately, when facing fire damage, water is also involved. Luckily, our technicians understand how to remove excess water, smoke, and fire damage that provides you with accurate results.

Technicians from SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange are proud to provide members of our local community with restoration services they can trust. We work hard to help you clean and restore your property regardless of the size of the problem you may face. Call us at (386) 788-0358.

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Modern Conveniences can Create Modern Nightmares in Your Daytona Beach Home

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Modern Conveniences can Create Modern Nightmares in Your Daytona Beach Home Even a seemingly small kitchen fire can cause damage throughout the house. SERVPRO technicians can restore your house to its preloss condition.

Simple Incidents Can Lead to Extensive Fire Damage in Daytona Beach

The utilities that you rely on every day for comfort in your home can leave you grappling with unexpected fire damages. Since fire can ruin your Daytona Beach property in a wide range of ways, it does not take a big blaze to leave you with a considerable restoration bill. We offer professional restoration services that can help you manage the situation.  

Furnaces can cause fire damage in Daytona Beach when puff-backs occur. Such an outcome can happen if an oil burner ignites jarring loose soot due to a malfunction. If there is a crack in the heat exchanger or venting is not done correctly, puff backs are more likely to occur. Soot from the puff back introduces a mixture of dust from the ductwork and any remnants of unburned oil to the areas it affects. Most of these residues are easy to clean, however, when the furnace emits smoke for an extended period, it bonds to the walls requiring additional efforts when cleaning to avoid damaging wall paint.  

Stoves and grills can also cause fire damages easily by depositing protein filled smoke residue on walls and other surfaces. Just being inattentive for a few seconds is all it takes for whatever you are grilling to burst into flames, filling the entire area with odorous smoke and sticky residue on surfaces. The odor is the major issue in such an incident, so our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to deal with it. After cleaning all residues left on walls and other surfaces, we can fog the affected areas because it helps to break down any malodor particles present in the area.  

Whenever these incidents occur, quick mitigation is essential primarily because the longer you wait before removing burnt residue, the harder it becomes to get rid of effects such as odor or staining. After inspection, our SERVPRO technicians start restoration immediately preventing those additional problems.  

The effects of damage caused by simple fire incidents should not take too long to fix. Call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach/Port Orange at (386) 788-0358. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Saving Important Items During Restoration Of Fire Damage In Daytona Beach

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Saving Important Items During Restoration Of Fire Damage In Daytona Beach When a fire breaks out, it is likely to damage everything within range.

Saving Important Items During Restoration

When a fire breaks out, it is likely to damage everything within range. Most of the damage is likely to be concentrated to the upholstery or wooden items in the affected part of your Daytona Beach property. Different types of damage might occur, so restoration efforts differ. For example, wooden fixtures caked with soot require different restoration efforts compared to those scorched by the flames. Working with a professional restorer helps ensure the correct method is used.

Restoration of small fire damage in Daytona Beach might only involve soot removal. Although this might seem simple, the microscopic particles that form soot penetrate deep into the affected wood or upholstery materials making the cleanup process harder. Our SERVPRO technicians first vacuum the affected area. This helps pull the tiny particles out instead of pushing them deep into the affected material. We then finish the process by cleaning the area using a brush, sponge, cloth material soaked in water, or other cleaning solutions based on what materials the fire burnt.

Sometimes the damage done might not be visible. For example, the smoke that penetrates deep into your upholstery items may leave no visible signs. However, the odor is not pleasant, and if you wait for it to dissipate naturally, it can take a long while to clear. Our SERVPRO team uses different equipment to deodorize your home restoring it to its preloss conditions. We can use hydroxyl generators, which chemically alter the odor particles eliminating any smells in the affected environment.

Wood burns easily, and fire is likely to start in areas close to wooden surfaces such as cabinets. So, even when there is minimal damage from the fire, some of these surfaces end up charred or discolored by the flames. Our SERVPRO technicians can help restore such areas by cleaning the wood. We sand away the charred surfaces. We also use professional grade cleaning agents to clean any discolored surfaces. Finally, we dry off any excess moisture from the cleaning process to ensure problems like warping or rotting do not occur.

Restoring damaged areas after a fire can be a tiring experience. Call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange at (386) 788-0358 for assistance and advice.

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5 Tips To Prepare For a Commercial Fire

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Tips To Prepare For a Commercial Fire Fires can easily do extensive damage to a buildings electrical work.

If your commercial building is ever affected by fire or smoke, you'll be happy you took the time to prepare.

While you would not expect your Port Orange building to be affected by fire or smoke, it is a good idea to be prepared for the potential disaster. Fire/smoke preparation can help you know what to do when a fire breaks out on your property. Here are some tips to help you be prepared.

1. Employee training: One of the biggest concerns during a fire should be the safety of the people inside of your building. Make sure your employees or tenants know how to get out of the building safely by holding regular fire evacuation drills. You should post evacuation plans around the property and ensure everyone knows the best way out.
2. Restoration: Part of being prepared has to be centered on the potential fire damage your building may sustain. How are you going to take care of possible roof damage, or other structural damage (windows and doors may need to be boarded up or the cleaning and restoration of your contents that have been effected by heat and soot. Finding a quality fire restoration specialist prior to a fire loss can make your recovery process much simpler when an emergency strikes.
3. Contingency: Depending on what type of business you have and what it does, a fire could potentially shut down your company for an extended period of time. Part of your emergency recovery plan may be how you deal with a potential halt of work. You can get insurance to help cover financial losses or rent a temporary workspace to reduce the downtime.
4. Inventory: Your fire emergency recovery plan should also include a list and pictures of all the equipment, records and property you have in your commercial building. Knowing what's there before a disaster strikes can make creating a lost inventory list for your claim easier. Take pictures of your building in and out, figure out the cost of replacing your equipment annually and record your inventory.
5. Safety Equipment: install Smoke alarms, fire sprinklers and other safety equipment that can help mitigate the damage done by a fire. Installing these tools before a disaster is often a good idea.

Fire preparation might be the last thing on your mind. However, if your commercial building is ever affected by flames, you'll be happy you took the time to prepare. For more visit us at

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Cleaning Fire Damage In Daytona Homes

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Fire Damage In Daytona Homes Daytona house fires usually burn slowly and for only a short amount of time.

Cleaning Fire Damage

Daytona house fires usually burn slowly and for only a short amount of time. That limits the amount of damage from flames and heat but increases the amount of cleaning and restoration needed to eliminate or reduce the effects of odors.

Odors left by Daytona fire damage are not one single type caused by a single residue source. SERVPRO restoration teams know that every item which burns leaves behind a different type of residue and therefore, odor. Eliminating these odors is as important in returning home to a livable condition as removing burned property such as ceiling tiles or furniture.

For these multiple odors, we use multiple cleaning methods. Depending on the seriousness of the fire, it may not be possible to determine the exact source of every odor. Our teams have a deep inventory of tools, cleaning agents, and deodorizers, and they use them in three phases to eliminate odors.

Phase One is containment of the odors. The task here is to prevent more odor molecules from evaporating into the air. Our teams spray a chemical deodorizer with a pump-up sprayer on every affected surface that forms a barrier which slows down, and on some materials, stops evaporation. In a few cases, SERVPRO technicians spray burned or charred items to eliminate extremely pungent odors so other team members can demolish and remove the property without choking on the odors.

Phase Two is controlling existing vapors. Our restoration teams use counteragents to eliminate odor particles already in the air. They distribute containers of Instant Odor Counteractant Pellets designed to overcome the odors without becoming an overpowering nuisance themselves. Homeowners can even choose between cinnamon- or fruity-smelling agent.

Phase Three uses thermal fogging to eliminate odors. Our teams use this final phase on odors that have deeply penetrated furniture and structural property. In these cases, a spray cannot reach all of the odor particles, so technicians disperse deodorants through the heating element of a thermal fogger. The action breaks down the agent into particles the same size as the odor particle. In this state, the agent binds with and eliminates every odor particle it comes into contact with, regardless of the type of property.

If you have already cleaned up after fire damage, but have lingering odors, contact SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange at (386) 788-0358 today. We can help you finish the task and completely return your home to its original, odor-free condition.

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Food And Fabric Safety After Fire Damage In Daytona

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Food And Fabric Safety After Fire Damage In Daytona A fire in your Daytona home presents many cleanups, restoration, and odor issues affecting the structure and fixtures.

Food And Fabric Safety After A Fire

A fire in your Daytona home presents many cleanups, restoration, and odor issues affecting the structure and fixtures. Other possessions and items inside the spaces affected by the heat, smoke, and soot need attention after the disaster to ensure ongoing safety for you and your family. We have the training and experience to help you sort out these issues as we work toward returning your home to preloss condition.

Clothing, floor and window coverings and linens all can suffer after fire damage in your Daytona house. Sometimes clothing and decor respond well to cleaning and continue to function as you intended when acquired. We employ a broad range of cleaning and deodorizing techniques matched to the materials and the specific damage, often restoring items you believed ruined.

Other times charring, smoke, and soot affect fabrics severely, causing permanent damage and the continuous emission of harmful substances impossible to contain. SERVPRO crews then recommend disposal as the only responsible course. Our familiarity with the process and the skills of our production teams assure your confidence in our advice during a confusing and stressful time.

SERVPRO technicians also help evaluate the contents of your cupboards, pantry, refrigerators, and freezers after fire damage. If the fire occurred in or near the kitchen, the heat could compromise food safety even if cans and bottles remain sealed. Microbial activity can occur inside after exposure of the containers and contents to elevated temperatures. Smoke and soot infiltrate porous containers such as boxes and plastic bags. The particles in smoke can be tiny enough to penetrate past the rims of bottles and jars, contaminating the food and beverages inside.

The food inside a refrigerator or freezer can remain safe if the seal is secure. Additional considerations are whether the power was cut and for how long. More than four hours in our warm climate can elevate the temperature inside even a closed refrigerator above safe levels. SERVPRO technicians train to industry standards concerning these matters and assist homeowners in determining whether food is safe or needs to be thrown out after the fire.

A full-service restoration firm like SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange offers help with every aspect of fire damage recovery in your home including food and fabrics. Call us at (386) 788-0358 as soon as the firefighters release your property back to you.

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Why Speed And Professional Help Is Crucial For Daytona Fire Damage

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Speed And Professional Help Is Crucial For Daytona Fire Damage SERVPRO Is the Solution Provider for Fire and Smoke Damage and Odor Cleanup in Daytona

SERVPRO Explains the Need for Professional Grade Odor Removal After a House Fire

Residents of Daytona count themselves fortunate if they never need to react to a fire in their home. Because this type of disaster is not a common occurrence homeowners may not know how important it is to respond promptly even to what seems like minor fire damage. We stand by you ready to help day or night.
 
Many fire damage scenarios in Daytona begin in the kitchen. A pot boils dry or oil spills and ignites. If the cook is nearby and the home is equipped with a charged fire extinguisher, the crisis seems averted. With an application of a little elbow grease all traces of the fire are gone, or so it seems. Days or weeks later the homeowner may notice what we know is progressive smoke and soot damage. Odors linger. Fabrics and paint yellow. Metals tarnish, and glass etches.
 
Unfortunately for a committed do-it-yourselfer, fire damage restoration can become very tricky. If you use forced air heat or cooling and a vent was open during the fire, smoke and soot migrate far from the kitchen into bedrooms, living and dining areas, and other spaces in your home. The residue from fire damage is acidic and begins to attack items and surfaces within minutes. When it is not cleaned away properly, soot continues to destroy materials. SERVPRO technicians possess the knowledge and skills to stop the damage fire residues, and the sooner we are on the scene working to halt the harm the better.
 
SERVPRO fire damage remediation work crews evaluate every space in your home for evidence of soot and smoke infiltration. Healthy IAQ indoor air quality is crucial. We match the type of residue to tools and products that clear the residues permanently. Loose coatings vacuum or dry sponge away. Protein-based soot may need solvents as they form a lacquer-like coating. Slow burns create dark, sticky deposits that can require agitation or abrasive cleaners or equipment. Intricate objects like chandeliers might need immersion cleaning or even an ultrasonic treatment.
 
Fire damage is the precursor to tenacious smoky odors. Because they were launched into the air during combustion, the odiferous particles are tiny and often extremely unpleasant. Smells from charred wood and melted plastic stick around even after the damaged structures and objects are discarded. No effective household solution exists that rids your indoor atmosphere of the particles. Sprays and solid deodorizers are ineffective. SERVPRO employs cutting-edge technologies like thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators to seek out and neutralize the molecules causing the odor. Whether in the air or buried deeply into furnishings when they are found and disarmed by innovative odor removal devices the smell is gone forever.
 
Give SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange a call at (386) 788-0358 after any fire event in your home. Our experienced fire damage technicians bring years of fire damage remediation success and new but proven solutions to your home, making it “Like it never even happened.”

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Cleaning and Eliminating Fire Damage To Daytona Beach Homes

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning and Eliminating Fire Damage To Daytona Beach Homes Smoke Cleanup from Ceilings in Daytona Beach Requires Professional Help--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Advises that an Assessment of Damage After a Fire Is Crucial to a Professional Cleanup and Restoration

Brush fire season for Daytona Beach and the rest of Florida started in December. Now, we are at the peak time for what can be the source of a very bad day for homeowners.

Much of the fire damage to Daytona Beach homes comes from those materials consumed by the flames either completely or partially. Further damage is the result of the smoke generated by the heat of the burning structural and personal property. Still, more damage results from first responders trying to put out the fire. SERVPRO response teams are trained and have extensive experience in dealing with all of it.

Most of the fire damage comes from smoke, however. Specifically, the smoke residues left on surfaces after extinguishing the fire. We inspect every home to determine the level of residue damage, so we know which methods, tools, and cleaning agents to use in each home.

Minor Damage - Smoke residues do not affect the entire home at this level, just a couple of rooms and any connecting hallways. We consider this amount of damage to be light-to-moderate. Our primary method of cleaning is Dry, which means that we can remove most residues from ceilings, floors, and personal property with dry sponges or cloths.

Our SERVPRO IICRC certified techs prefer the Dry method whenever possible, to prevent applying more liquid to surfaces that may already have some moisture-related damage. If we need to use Wet methods, we apply cleaning agents sparingly with cloths and sponges, wiping down surfaces carefully. We can eliminate most minor smoke odors with these basic cleaning methods, and while a minor amount of repainting may be necessary, little property other than papers and books needs replacing.

Medium Damage - Here, the residue levels begin at moderate and cover a larger number of rooms, but not the whole house. Most surfaces require Wet cleaning, and a significant amount of property may require disposal and replacement. Odors are stronger at this level, but SERVPRO technicians can remove them with specialized deodorization chemicals. More structural property needs repainting, and wooden surfaces such as cabinets and floors may need to be stripped and refinished.

Major Damage - The heat is so intense at this level, any residues left are on damage framing and other structural property that has to be removed and replaced, so attempting to clean them is a waste of time and effort. Smoke odors here are so strong that we need to use ozone generators to help eliminate them from home. Also, hydroxyl generators and thermal fogging mitigate and reduce to near zero any odorous remnants within the structure. We can restore personal property not damaged by heat or flames, but it may be necessary to clean it at our offices and not at home.

Cleaning and restoring your home after any disaster is not a fast procedure, but it needs to begin as quickly as possible. If you have any smoke or another type of fire damage, call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange at (386) 788-0358 today. We are here for you.

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Water Damage After a Fire in Your Daytona Home

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Water Damage After a Fire in Your Daytona Home Regardless of whether you have fire, water or mold damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts right after an event occurs.

Team SERVPRO Fully Knows That Remediating Fire Damage Always Involves Simultaneously Dealing with Water Damage

Your Daytona home might seem humid and damp many times throughout the year, but it can also be an easy target for fires under the right conditions. With so many homes throughout the area being so close to one another, a substantial blaze in one house can quickly affect the others nearby with just a moderate breeze. Firefighting teams throughout the region know all too well about fighting multiple structure fires on the same block on account of this phenomenon.
 
What this means for you, is that even if you are incredibly diligent in fire prevention methods and protocols, your home could still suffer fire damages in Daytona. Typically, when this secondary blaze to your home would occur, firefighting efforts are well underway, and officials are acutely aware of the apparent spread of the flames to neighboring properties. Ultimately, the damage that your home would sustain in a situation like this would be minor in comparison to the fire your damage derived from, but would still require professional restoration efforts nonetheless.
 
Our SERVPRO restoration specialists can assess the full extent of the damage to the affected area of your home and walk you through the process of how the mess is officially cleaned up. With small affected areas, which is often the case for neighboring properties, some of the most significant lingering concerns fall with the water damage resulting from the extinguishing of the fire.
 
Depending on the severity of this water damage, our SERVPRO professionals have a range of equipment and broad expertise to extract the water and get a better look at any lasting damages that might have resulted from it. The restoration of water damage begins by fully extracting all of the water from the affected area with pumps and wet-vacs, and setting up dehumidification equipment and air movers to dry it all up.
 
A full assessment of any other conditions directs our experienced team to any other services to provide to bring your home back to preloss conditions. If you are dealing with any manner of fire damage to your home, do not hesitate to call the experienced staff we have at SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange. You can reach our emergency response team anytime at (386) 788-0358.

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Fire Damage Risk Greatest for Daytona Homes During the Holiday Season

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Risk Greatest for Daytona Homes During the Holiday Season SERVPRO Says Holiday Fire Damage in Daytona Is Common--Be Careful

Smoke Smells in Daytona Are Not Wanted--Call SERVPRO

During the holiday months of November and December, homes in Daytona experience an increased risk of fire damage. Many homeowners use decorations during this time to beautify their homes. Electric lights, candles, and other items come together to create stunning displays.

When these items in a Daytona home malfunction, fire damage can result. A fire might remain isolated in one area, but the smoke can spread widely throughout your home. As it floats through your home, it adheres to anything it touches. On absorbent materials, the particles in the soot begin to penetrate.

SERVPRO technicians know that even surfaces that look clean on the outside can hide soot on the inside. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) works with our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) to ensure that we eliminate fire damage at every level and stage affecting your home. Smelling ongoing smoke odors can seriously undermine having a home with no visible traces of the fire. Both aspects require mitigation and skilled professionals who have the experience to work with you until you become satisfied with the results.

At SERVPRO, we take it very seriously when a home suffers fire damage. We know that hidden problems often exist, and know that these can surface later when you least expect them. We can help eliminate these before they become problematic for your family. One such problem is that with increased humidity and warmth, such as in the summer, areas that seemed free of odors once again begin to produce odors after a mid-winter fire. This is because the remaining particles become more active in heat and elevated humidity. We can help ensure that these areas receive additional care, so they revert to a non-odorous state again.

SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange wants to help the area's families enjoy their homes year-round. Because of this, our number, (386) 788-0358, is always answered, day or night, every day of the year. Emergencies never follow a schedule and can happen at any time. Call us for all your smoke and fire damage needs, and we can begin mitigation quickly, so your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

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Restoring House Contents from Fire Damage in Daytona Beach Properties

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring House Contents from Fire Damage in Daytona Beach Properties Kitchen Fires in Daytona Beach Lead to Much Smoke Damage & Odors--Call SERVPRO

The Degree of Damage Dictates the Steps for Cleanup After Fires

Cooking is one of the most satisfying activities in the world. It is also one of the best ways to bring people together. Unfortunately, studies have shown that cooking accounts for almost 50 percent of all house fires, with cooking equipment boasting 19 percent of home fire deaths. Indeed, an unattended skillet or pan on a stove burner can lead to a fire strong enough to bring the house down within hours, if not minutes.
 
To be safe, you need to have a restoration company at hand. SERVPRO has highly skilled technicians who can restore house contents from fire damage in your Daytona Beach property anytime. Our emergency response is swift and efficient, and we use effective tools and techniques that are up to par with IICRC recommendations.

SERVPRO technicians consider many things during the fire damage restoration process. When cleaning cabinets, for instance, wood finish around the drawer handles often contains the pre-existing damage. We must check this area before cleaning begins.
 
The intensity of the smoke damage determines the technique we use. Cleanup on light fixtures is done when restoring the ceiling. The electrical power should be turned off before dealing with any electrical fixture. Chandeliers are relatively harder to clean, especially if they come with decorative trim that requires detailed cleaning. With many years of experience, our technicians can gauge the concentration of smoke residue and choose the most efficient cleaning technique.
 
Insulation is usually more costly to clean up than to replace. Smoke damage can change its appearance, albeit without compromising its insulating capabilities. If applicable, we can deal with the fire damage by replacing the top 3-4 inches of insulation. However, smoke deodorization is necessary before adding a new layer of insulation, to get rid of toxic odors. If water affected the insulation, in most cases tossing and starting with new material is the correct choice to make.

We use two main deodorization methods: thermal fogging and ozone deodorization. Both are designed to neutralize bad odors resulting from the fire damage. The most common challenge is determining the source of each odor, as different odors originate from different materials. Some odor particles are so tiny that they can penetrate virtually any surface. That is where thermal fogging products enter the areas of these particulates, mimicking the trail of the heated smoke, and chemically alter the smelly specs. However, SERVPRO restorers deal with all sorts of odors and therefore have a special procedure for identifying and eliminating them.
 
In some cases, it may be necessary to initiate a pack-out during the fire damage restoration. A pack-out involves moving your contents to a separate, safe location. It is very labor intensive and only necessary under special circumstances – for instance when there is a need to speed up the restoration process, or the structure has sustained too much damage to accommodate the items.

A fire disaster in your home can lead to considerable loss of property. Fortunately, you can count on SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange, a locally owned company, to minimize the fire damage. Call us today at (386) 788-0358.

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Daytona Beach Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Daytona Beach Smoke and Soot Cleanup Don't worry, we can make this Like it never even happened.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows 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.
  • 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 Daytona Beach 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 also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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