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Do I Have to Wait to Start Cleaning Up After a Fire in New Providence?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Arrives Quick When Called to Your New Providence Home to Tackle Your Fire Damage Restoration Needs

While it is sometimes tempting to start in on the cleanup in New Providence immediately, it is essential to wait until first responders deem your structure safe. SERVPRO wants you to know that we can be at your location quickly so that we can handle the assessment and planning to restore your home to the preloss condition. Our crew acts fast so that you can get back to your routine faster than DIY methods alone. Additionally, the professional service and advanced techniques that we bring to each project ensure your interior is just “Like it never even happened.”

The Fire is Extinguished, Now What?

You can call us at SERVPRO 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when you need help with fire damage in New Providence. Our emergency restoration crew arrives promptly and mindfully assesses your interior while taking note of damage, debris, and airborne threats. We have the technology that DIY cleanup efforts cannot touch, including tried-and-true planning that allows us to tackle each obstacle that comes our way. Early mitigation is essential to limit the onset of secondary damage while also inhibiting hazardous effects from odors and mold growth.

Why Do I Need to Call the Professionals?

SERVPRO features highly-trained IICRC-certified technicians that pay attention to detail when it comes to fire damage restoration. Soot and smoke residue, as well as moisture from extinguishing the fire, gets into small crevices and cracks that the untrained eye often overlooks. We remove all debris and damaged materials in New Providence so that the restoration and replacement may commence. We put together a detailed plan for restoration using our best technology and resources, including:

  •   Pack Out services, including meticulous logging of all belongings, for cleaning off-site at our facility
  •   Careful removal of soot and smoke residue from all surfaces using wet or dry cleaning methods helps to inhibit corrosion
  •   Trained technicians clean walls, ceilings, and other impacted surfaces
  •   Structural inspection to ensure total safety
  •   Controlled demolition, when necessary to remove damaged materials and replace with new

Can I Use Some DIY Methods for Cleaning After the Fire?

With charred debris, stubborn soot, and pesky soot particles, it is best to leave the cleanup to trained professionals. Do-it-yourself cleaning often hinders the process and may lead to unnecessary secondary damage. Professional intervention following a fire helps to address a variety of issues:

  •   Portions of a structure after a fire must be assessed to determine stability, such as ceilings, floors, and walls.
  •   Toxicity is a concern due to the fire and residue left after a fire loss. We come in with personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the safety of our crew while also limiting the spread of debris throughout your home.
  •   Water or chemicals used to extinguish the fire may be in abundance when we arrive for mitigation. We address this immediately using extraction techniques and advanced technology, thus speeding up the restoration. 
  •   Cleaning agents or methods used to clean soot and smoke residue varies depending on the materials burned in the fire. Our team is made up of technicians trained following the standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to tackle any size or scope fire loss.
  •   EPA-registered cleaning products and disinfectants help ensure your interior is clean and safe for you and your family to enjoy once again.

What Restoration and Cleaning Methods are Used to Treat Fire Damage?

Our technicians know that each restoration project is unique, so we treat it as such. We craft a plan that best suits the needs of your home and the nature of the fire. During our assessment, both dry and wet cleaning methods are often put into various steps.

  •   Wet: This cleaning method is excellent on hard surfaces and materials not damaged easily by water. Our crew might use water mixed with specialized cleaning agents that help to strip away the soot and smoke, which leaves the surface below refreshed and clean. We also have ultrasonic machines that use an aqueous solution of water, softener, and mild detergent. Using high-frequency sound waves, the pressure creates thousands of bubbles that help to loosen stubborn grime safely.
  •   Dry: This cleaning method helps address materials otherwise easily damaged with wet cleaning methods. We take a look at your books, antiques, electronics, and porous items and use brushes, towels, or sponges to loosen the residue and soot until your items are clean.

When you call on SERVPRO of Western Union County to help with fire damage, you may rest assured in knowing that your home is in excellent hands. Call (908) 791-9177 to have a trained crew deployed to your location to start the assessment process. We can be reached 24/7 for emergency cleanup and restoration.

Is It Necessary to Dispose of All Charred Materials After Fire Damage Incidents in New Providence?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

ash on floor and stairwell of home Fire damage could leave lingering effects if not taken care of properly. Contact SERVPRO for assistance in mitigation.

Methodical Evaluation of the Damage and Use of Advanced Cleaning Techniques Can Help Salvage Some Materials

Containing a fire before it consumes your entire house should give you a reason to celebrate. Small fires sparked by unattended cooking or faulty electronic appliances are likely to leave localized damages a room or section of the property. 

Significant charring is likely to affect materials such as storage cabinets, tables, walls, or ceilings. Deciding whether to tear everything down or search for fire damage restoration solutions in New Providence might be challenging, especially when you consider the work involved and the value of the affected items.

What determines whether a material can be restored?

  • Depth of charring
  • The type of finish
  • Structural composition of a material

Since charring starts at the surface and progresses deeper as the fire rages, it can result in the deformation of the affected surfaces since heat does not spread uniformly. If it is too deep, the material might lose structural strength. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on visual observations or take measurements with a char depth gauge to determine whether charring is too deep. Such evaluation is especially necessary for materials made with thick blocks of wood.

The type of finish can influence the decision of whether to salvage an item or material. Finishes that can be reapplied conveniently after removing the charred material offer more flexibility. Some typical finishes in this list include:

  • Dye
  • Varnish
  • Paint

Which is the best method to restore charred materials?

Before starting the restoration process, it is essential to remove hardware such as knobs and hinges from an item. Various methods can help remove the layer of charred material from a surface. Removal mostly involves standard abrasive methods such as sanding or wire brushing. However, they take time and might damage the underlying material. Our SERVPRO technicians also use advanced methods such as dry ice or soda blasting to restore charred surfaces since they do not cause additional damages.

With help from SERVPRO of Western Union County, you can salvage many items damaged by fire. Call us at (908) 791-9177 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Can Carpets Get Cleaned for Reuse After a Fire?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet being pulled back New Providence, your fire damage needs SERVPRO’s tools and reliability.

With their advanced equipment and years of experience, SERVPRO can restore the carpet in your New Providence home after a fire loss.

There are a few key elements that need to happen after a fire loss in a New Providence home to ensure the carpet is restorable. In many cases, although a carpet covered in soot may be overwhelming to look at, it has possibilities for reuse through professional cleaning applications.

  • The restoration services need to begin as soon as possible
  • If water got used to extinguish the fire, it needs to have aged less than 24-hours
  • The carpet should have no charring or melted areas

What Should Be Done First for a Carpet with Fire Damage?

If you have a New Providence home with fire damage that affects a room with carpet, one of the first actions you should do is to confer with your fire department to see if it safe for you to remain in the dwelling. Noxious smoke residues and soot have the potential to be an irritant and may not be healthy to stay around them. In the majority of cases, if the loss is in a single area that can get closed off, the fire department may say it is okay to remain within the property as long as the HVAC remains off and you avoid foot traffic throughout the loss area.

Cleaning and Removal of Other Items in the Rooms Damaged by Fire

The techs remove furnishings and other items on the carpet so it can get cleaned properly. As each element gets moved, the techs make a detailed report of the article, its location in the room as well as its condition. Items that need cleaning get transferred to an outside area for restorative cleaning actions. Any item too damaged for restoration gets disposed of only with the approval of the property owner or the adjuster. 

Common Tactics for Carpet Restoration After Fire Loss

Before any cleanup begins on the carpet, the SERVPRO techs test the fibers to determine their likelihood of shrinkage, dye bleed, and material makeup. This assists the techs in choosing the correct cleaning solutions and methods that result in the best outcome. 

  • Extraction of any remaining water from fire extinguishing efforts
  • Drying of the carpet using air movers 
  • Removal of soot from the fibers using vacuums
  • Addressing of any residual staining or spots
  • Deep steam cleaning to eradicate any remaining dirt, oils or odors

Equipment Crucial to Carpet Restoration After a Home Fire

SERVPRO technicians rely on different types of professional-grade equipment to assist in the restoration of the carpet. Containment using heavy gauge plastic keeps the airborne soot within the work area during mitigation. When needed, the technicians can create negative air chambers to capture and port away particulate. They also utilize air scrubbers to help improve air quality during the cleanup and restoration. 

Portable pumps do the work to pull large amounts of water quickly out of the carpet and allow technicians to move on rapidly to the drying phase. In some cases, the carpet may need a particular drying application known as "floating." This method involves opening one side of the carpet and directing the flow of air movers underneath. In situations where only a portion of the carpet requires drying, the technicians can create custom tents using plastic over the wet areas only and dry them thoroughly. 

Help With Filing Insurance Claims After a Fire in the Home

Although SERVPRO technicians attempt to save homeowners the cost of replacement for all types of structure and contents after a fire, it is not always possible. Any items that turned out to be a loss get a full, detailed report created that includes photos and descriptions to assist property owners in the filing of any loss claims with their insurance company. This report can aid in expediting the claims. 

How Can Smoke Odors Get Removed from a Carpet?

After a fire, the pungent odor of smoke permeates anything porous; this includes carpet. The techs have the experience and advanced equipment to address any level of odor control needed to eradicate the distinctive, pungent scent that a fire can leave behind in a home. They frequently turn to applications such as thermal fogging or the safe but powerful hydroxyl generators for use on airborne particles. 

Fire damage can spread throughout the home unless cleanup begins quickly. SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 is available 24/7 to assist local property owners with the full restoration of their homes after a fire loss.

Ozone Deodorization for Fire Damage in New Providence Homes

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Ozone SERVPRO of Western Union County is quick to get your fire damage and Odor under control.

Removing Odors Effectively After Fire Damages Your Home

Numerous tools get used in the deodorization needs of a New Providence home after fire losses. Addressing this widespread concern is rarely left to one device alone, but rather a blend of the top machines that our SERVPRO team uses to meet the neutralization needs in various areas of your property. Thermal foggers, for example, might be better used for confined areas and soft materials, whereas ozone generators have different applications in a fire-damaged residence.

Identifying the best equipment to use for varying levels of fire damage in your New Providence home begins with the inspection process. It is often not challenging to determine the spread and migration of odor concerns, but choosing the right tool and product to address these obstacles is not as straightforward as it might seem. In many situations discarding debris and damaged structural systems can reduce the severity of smoke and fire odors before we implement tools like the ozone machines.

How It Works 

You cannot appreciate how ozone generators can help your home without realizing how they work. Ozone is created by breaking down oxygen into two molecules. When these new rogue molecules bond with oxygen in the environment, they create a new compound with three oxygen molecules attracted to odor compounds. Harsh odors bond with this irregular compound and get neutralized. The creation and presence of ozone are harmful to living creatures, so its use must get carefully monitored.

How It Gets Used 

Our SERVPRO professionals have standalone equipment for use in a house to utilize this environmental cleaning process for clearing out odors in the residence. In addition, we have a chamber at our warehouse to deodorize entire lots of contents taken from fire-damaged homes to restore them.

While we might have numerous deodorization tools, ozone machines are a common choice for their practical action and absolute odor neutralization. However we can help your house feel like home again after a fire loss, give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call at (908) 791-9177.

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Fire Damage In Your New Providence Home

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Cleaning up Rooftop Fire Damage in New Providence

From 2013 to 2017, 27% of all reported fires occurred in homes, causing over 10,000 civilian injuries and almost $7 billion in property damage. The most common causes of these home structure fires included cooking, electrical distribution, lighting, heating, fire-setting, and smoking. However it occurs, if it spreads to the roof, the cleanup and restoration involved can seem overwhelming even to consider.

If your New Providence residence requires a fire emergency-response team that can restore your home after disaster strikes, SERVPRO technicians are ready to help. These pros use the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards to bring homeowners a consistent and high-quality clean every time. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to handle fire-related disasters in over 1,700 franchise locations in the United States and Canada.

Protecting Your Roofing from Fire
    •    Clean your roof. Even if you use fire-resistant, Class A materials, they can still ignite and burn after long-term exposure to high temperatures. To prevent this, remove debris regularly or have a trusted professional take care of it.
    •    Clean your chimney regularly. Creosote deposits and flammable materials can spark a flame in no time under the right conditions. A clean chimney does not have flammable deposits, which means there is little organic material to fuel a fire that could spread through the chimney and onto your roof.
    •    Keep flammable debris away from your home. Trim trees, keep the area around your home clean and minimize attached structures that could allow a fire to spread.
    •    Monitor your electrical system. In many homes, wiring and electrical systems can be near or on the roof, including HVAC, lighting, and conduit pipes. Keep your electrical system in good shape and minimize debris around it to prevent an electrical fire.

SERVPRO Preserves Your Home
When occupants have vacated after a fire, SERVPRO uses a strict set of safety procedures to ensure safety during the restoration process. Openings caused by the fire are boarded up, and technicians examine the area for loose roof trusses and floor joints. If sprinklers or fire fighting efforts have saturated the area, water damage mitigation procedures are performed first.

Technicians take care to preserve pipes to prevent freezing and bursting with antifreeze in situations where access to water is restricted. SERVPRO can also implement power sources if there is no access to electricity. Technicians may deodorize the area with thermal foggers and HEPA filter air scrubbers before cleaning and taking inventory of damaged goods if substantial damage has taken place.

SERVPRO of Western Union County is always prepared to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. When you need disaster cleanup services from experienced pros, you can call (908) 791-9177.

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Space Heater Safety

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

When the weather begins to cool down, the use of things like space heaters will continue to increase. If used improperly, they can cause some serious damage. Luckily, there are a few ways to try and avoid this!

When using a space heater that burns fuel, like a kerosene heater, always use the manufacturer's specified fuel. 

Another important idea to remember is to always turn of portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. If not, an unsupervised space heater can cause an unpleasant surprise.

The last tip to remember is to plug the space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extension cord or power strip.

By following these simple tips, we hope you are able to avoid a visit and call to us here at SERVPRO of Western Union County!

Fire Restoration Process

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, one of the things we pride ourselves on is our process after someone experiences a fire. We work tirelessly in order to get their life back. 

Our Process

  1. Call Us - Once we receive your call, we have a manager come and evaluate the extent of the damage.
  2. Emergency Board Up - We have our crew tarp any damaged portions of your roof, windows, or doors. This tarp creates a waterproof barrier and protects from break-ins.
  3. Mitigation - We extract any water from the property that might be left from the fire department.
  4. Pack Out - Once we have the approval from the insurance company, we pack the contents of your home and move them to our cleaning facility.
  5. Cleaning - We have our crews clean different parts of the home. Our crews can clean furniture, clothes, toys, electronics, and more.
  6. Pack Back - Once your home is ready, we have all of your belongings delivered back to you.

We take pride in this process and the success we have had in the past. If you ever find yourself in this situation, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call at (201) 496-6024.

Grilling Safety Tips

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

With barbecue season upon us, we find more and more that tragedy can strike due to grills. Although it seems like something we use daily, without the proper precautions, it can be extremely dangerous. However, we have a few tips and safety precautions you can follow when deciding to grill. 

  1. Only use grills outdoors. The use of propane and charcoal barbecue grills indoors can cause a fire in the blink of an eye.
  2. Place the grill away from your home as well as other things that may catch fire. If something goes wrong, your grill can ignite in flames and cause everything around it to as well.
  3. Always clean your grill. Sometimes, when the grill has a buildup of excess grease or fat from a previous barbecue, that can cause flames to jump up higher than normal. This can prove dangerous for you and the people around.
  4. Finally, never leave the grill unattended. Make sure that someone is always around the grill in the event that something does go wrong.

Even if you follow these precautions, tragedy still can strike. If you find yourself in that situation, call SERVPRO of Western Union County. We're here to help.

Odor Removal After a Fire

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we know that a fire can turn your life upside-down. That is why we are so dedicated to make it look "Like it never even happened." From start to finish, we are there to make this experience as painless as possible. After a fire, one thing that affects homeowners the most is the odor left behind. Thanks to our training, certifications, and special equipment, we are able to remove the odor, often times without a trace!

The Training

Each member of our team undergoes extensive fire restoration training and certification. By doing so, our crew is best equipped to deal with the situation at hand and not only meet but exceed the industry standards.

The Equipment

At SERVPRO of Western Union County, we have special deodorization equipment to make sure the odor is removed. Our two main pieces of equipment, the Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Fogger and the Thermal Fogger, neutralizes the odor-causing particles and gets rid of the smell left behind from a fire.

If you experience a disaster and need help, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call at (201) 496-6024.

Fire Safety

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Partnered with Kidde, Nationwide, Capital One, FedEx Corporation, Grainger, and State Farm, the American Red Cross has taken an initiative to help prevent home fires. According to the Red Cross, seven people every day die from a home fire. In addition, thirty six people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every single day. This results in over seven billion dollars in property damage annually. The Red Cross suggests ways to help keep your family safe in the event of a tragedy like a home fire.

  1. Practice your two minute drill: The Red Cross suggests practicing the escape route you and your family would take in order to escape safely from a house fire in under two minutes.
  2. Test your smoke alarms monthly: The Red Cross suggests to check the smoke alarms monthly soon in the event of a fire, you and your family are alerted as soon as it is detected.

To learn more, visit www.redcross.org/homefires!

Western Union County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

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 Fort Lee 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (201) 496-6024