Recent Fire Damage Posts
Kerosene Heater Safety
If you use a kerosene heater in your home or place of business, you should take precautions against a number of serious hazards.
These dangers include:
Fire or explosion. Fire could be caused by operating the heater too close to furniture, draperies or other combustibles, by knocking over a lighted heater, or by accidentally igniting fuel when filling the tank. Explosions could be caused by use of the wrong kind of fuel, or by operating the heater in an area where there are combustible fumes.
Burns. Burns could be caused by direct contact with a heater, or by ignition of combustible clothing. Children especially should be kept at a safe distance from operating heaters. Even pets could be injured.
Asphyxiation. Kerosene heaters consume oxygen as they burn. If they are operated in a small room or in an inadequately ventilated area, oxygen in the air could be reduced to a dangerous level. Reduced oxygen supply could lead to incomplete combustion of fuel and the production of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas which in sufficient concentrations, or if breathed over a period of time, can kill without warning.
Indoor air pollution. In addition to carbon monoxide, kerosene heaters can emit such pollutants as carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide. Breathing these substances can create a risk, especially to such people as pregnant women, asthmatics, individuals with cardiovascular disease, elderly persons and young children.
These hazards can be minimized or averted by carefully following manufacturers' instructions for use of kerosene heaters, and by adopting other common-sense safety measures.
Source: Insurance Information Institute
Large Loss Fire Call
One of the main responsibilities of being a SERVPRO franchise is to jump into action and get to the job right away. The team at SERVPRO is always training and preparing for the next big loss. The team here at SERVPRO is highly trained in fire damage remediation. Last month alone the team went out to a very large fire job and handled it with ease. The team was on site hours after it was cleared safely by the fire marshall. The team jumped right in by bagging up wet and soot damaged contents. Then began the very time-consuming process of getting all the walls and other parts of the building wiped down and cleaned. The building had over 20 apartments and 10 business operating in it before the loss. The main objective for the team at SERVPRO was to get these businesses and apartments cleaned and back to normal without hindering the tenants in any way. The team worked hard and exceeded everyone's expectations on the job.
Large Loss Fire Damage
One of the main responsibilities of being a SERVPRO franchise is to jump into action and get to the job right away. The team at SERVPRO is always training and preparing for the next big loss. The team here at SERVPRO is highly trained in fire damage remediation. Last month alone the team went out to a very large fire job and handled it with ease. The team was on site hours after it was cleared safely by the fire marshall. The team jumped right in by bagging up wet and soot damaged contents . Then began the very time-consuming process of getting all the walls and other parts of the building wiped down and cleaned. The building had over 20 apartments and 10 business operating in it before the loss. The main objective for the team at SERVPRO was to get these businesses and apartments cleaned and back to normal without hindering the tenants in any way. The team worked hard and exceeded everyone's expectations on the job.
Fire in the house
Fire damage is very devastating when the house or office you know and love go up in flames. The team at SERVPRO Southern Monroe works day in and day out training and mastering the craft of the aftermath of a fire loss. When the loss occurs the team from SERVPRO will be on the site once the smoke clears and the fireman says its safe to go in. The team will then conduct a full scope of the structure to find problem areas. Once the problem areas have been defined the team will then put a scope of work together. Once the team begins the process in the matter of no time your home or office will look like new. The team will work day and night to make sure you are satisfied with the work the SERVPRO team has done. When you're in a jam call 570-424-2290!
On the night of January 28, our family's home was lost in a devastating fire. 21 years of memories burned to ashes in front of our eyes in minutes that felt like hours.
My family lost EVERYTHING physical and sentimental - furniture, clothes, valuables, photo albums. Our entire possessions accumulated over 21 years, a home that witnessed the growth of 9 children, gone before our eyes, leaving our family without a place to call home.
My younger siblings, Brenden (9), Sarah (11), Marissa (16), Ryan (19), and my parents, thankfully, escaped with their lives; but all that made up their lives - our lives - is buried beneath ashes and charred waste.
Fortunately, my family made it out of the house safely. We have not been able to find one of our kitties, but thankfully the other two have been found.
We are looking to raise funds to pay for clothing and other necessities that may arise.
Please, please share this message and help us raise donations in this moment of desperation.
This was an incredibly traumatic nightmare that we as a family never imagined experiencing and are not prepared for. We are so thankful for the community's
kindness and support.
We also want to thank all the volunteer fire departments as well as the state police for their professionalism and aid in our time of need.
We thank you for any help you can offer, by donating or sharing this page.
Over the last few months, SERVPRO of Southern Monroe has had the opportunity to rub elbows with some of Pennsylvania's finest when it comes to Fire and Ems Services. Over the weekend of 18th of November Anthony (SMR) attended the 27th annual PFESI Dinner. At the dinner, the Board of directors came up and gave awards out to some of the most influential members of the group. Also during the dinner, there was a moment of silence for those men and women we lost in the line of duty. SERVPRO is a major sponsor of the PFESI and works alongside the fire and EMS on a daily basis. One thing to take away from the event was the commitment to the community that all of our Fire and EMS members have. The really create a strong sense of community in their actions.
Why you need a professional to clean smoke damage in your home or business
After a fire, your house is left with lingering smoke that can be harmful to your health and property. The best thing to do in such a situation is to clean smoke immediately because if you ignore it, the smoke will cause massive damage on your property which will require more money to clean than if you had cleaned it soon enough. If the smoke is not cleaned as soon as possible, the items that will be most affected by smoke are drapes, carpets, upholstery, and walls because they will become permanently discolored. Glass will become extremely etched, and metals will tarnish which will require replacement.
You might think that you can do a good job at cleaning smoke by yourself without any basic knowledge and skills on how to go about it but this can lead to you causing further damage on the items. The best thing to do will be to hire experienced professionals from a reputable company to do the cleaning and restore the home to the state it was in before the fire disaster struck.
One of the advantages of using experts to clean soot is that they have specialized tools which are crucial in eliminating smoke. These are tools such as extractors, rotary scrubbers, and wet cleaning tools. Another advantage is that they have a lot of experience in doing such work; therefore, they will know the right steps to take in cleaning hour home and preventing further damage to your property.
When they come to your home, the first thing they will do is to assess the extent of the damage and determine where the odors are coming from. They will then vacuum the whole house to remove any traces of soot. Soot is dangerous because it can cause breathing complications besides damaging property. After they finish vacuuming, they will cover the carpets and furniture to prevent more dirt from settling on them. They will also identify what can and cannot be replaced and advise you accordingly. Once they find the source of the odor they will use specialized detergents to treat it and eliminate the smell completely.
What to do after a fire
Once in a while lady luck goes against us and we are struck by calamities such as fire. Fire can be caused by:
- Human errors such as forgotten candles
- Electrical Faults
- Home appliances
- Gases and chemicals
Even with smoke detectors in place, fire can raze down an entire building or parts of the building leaving considerable damage in its trail. Long after the firefighters have left the question on most house owners minds is what next? The damage is both financially and emotionally draining. Loss of personal property and disruption of regular life is frustrating. It may involve moving out to a new home while the damages are repaired and for business, it leads to an immediate loss of income.
Once you have met with your insurance provider, you then seek a firm that specializes in restoration. You need a company that has an excellent reputation and will help rebuild your house. Not everybody that promises to bring back your premises' lost glory will deliver. When contracting a restoration company in Manhattan consider the following:
Restoration should be carried out as quickly as possible. You want to restore normalcy within the shortest time possible. If it's business, it should be up and running within a relatively short period. You don't want to work with someone that will drag the repairs for months. Speed does not mean poor maintenance. It is possible to achieve good quality renovation in a short period using the right staff and equipment.
Ensure the firm you select has experienced and qualified staff. The staff should also be trustworthy; your belongings should remain safe even as you open your home or business to 'strangers.' They should possess the modern and efficient equipment to be used in renovation and cleaning. State of the art equipment ensures a thorough cleaning and does not leave any traces behind. The staff should show empathy to their clients as they are going through a rough time.
Recognizing the 3 Different Types of Fire Damages
This fire has left smoke residues on the walls surfaces.
Synthetic: A synthetic fire is caused by the burning of oil substances. These materials include plastics and fabrics. Some examples of these materials include furniture, draperies, electronics and carpet fibers. When these products are burned a thick-black smoke often appears. If a synthetic fire takes place in your home the best cleaning method would be to first vacuum the surface. Finish up the cleaning process with a dry-chem sponge.
Protein: A protein fire can be caused by the burning of meat products. These fires will often leave behind a yellow-ish brown residue. Cleaning these fires can be very difficult due to their greasy nature. It is best that you use the proper cleaning chemical when dealing with these smoke residues.
Natural: A natural fire is caused by the burning of a wood or paper substance. These fires produce a greyish-black smoke and are one of the easiest fires to clean. When cleaning these fires use a vacuum that has a bristled brush followed up by the use of a dry-chem sponge.
Now that you are aware of the different types of fires you may encounter and how to distinguish them. You will be able to apply the proper cleaning procedures stated above.
Monroe County Smoke and Soot Cleanup
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 Southern Monroe County 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?
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