Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Damage Restoration in Melbourne

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Brevard has been hard at work performing fire restoration on a home in the Suntree area of Melbourne, Florida.  The fire, started by an electrical problem in a golf cart, caused severe damage but was largely contained to the garage and the laundry room.  Almost everything in these two areas, including a car, were burned or melted from the high heat and flames. Smoke however traveled throughout the home, leaving most areas covered in thick layers of soot.  The HVAC system was also severely contaminated.

Mitigating this damage required most of the home to be cleaned and deodorized from ceiling to floor. The homeowners’ contents were packed up and moved to our air-conditioned facility for thorough and detailed cleaning. As with most fires, we also had to deal with the water damage that occurs when firefighters are putting a fire out. Thankfully, this damage was relatively minimal in this case.

Other than the garage, which will require some repair, the home will be habitable as soon as the HVAC system has been cleaned and we run an ozone machine for a few days to complete the deodorization process.

For information about fire restoration and clean up please contact our office at 321-638-4947

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How Is Fire Damage in My Cocoa Home Likely to Affect my Daily Routines?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" Let us help you get your Cocoa community back in order after a devastation.

SERVPRO can Help You Deal with Hazards, Soiling and Other Problems that Fires Cause

Daily activities such as heating, cooking, or operating electrical gadgets pose a risk of starting fires at your Cocoa home. Various safety measures, such as the installation of sprinkler systems and placement of fire extinguishers within the home, help add a layer of protection. Still, you cannot rule out the chance of a fire happening. Such incidents have several implications, including monetary costs involved in restoring or replacing items. One thing most people rarely think of is how a fire incident changes daily routines, thus causing unnecessary inconveniences. Since each incident presents unique challenges, you cannot have a perfect action plan before the fire happens. However, the actions you take after the incident matter.

Is it safe to be in a house after a fire? 

After an incident leads to fire damage in your Cocoa home, you are likely to feel inclined to venture into the house to see what was damaged or at least to salvage any valuables that survived the blaze. Such a visit can have severe implications for your health or end up worsening the damages to your property. Unplanned forays into houses ravaged by fire are not ideal because you might:

  • Expose yourself to harmful substances
  • Cause additional damages such as spreading residues
  • Risk injury from physical hazards

The reasons why fire loss sites pose such risks to you include:

  • The presence of residues from combustion processes
  • Weakened structural supports
  • Damaged electrical cables

Professional restorers are aware of the risks and therefore take precautions allowing them to enter the damaged house safely. Our SERVPRO technicians have various PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including heavy-duty gloves and rubber boots, which guarantee their safety when they enter the loss site the first time to evaluate the damages. The information we gather from scoping the loss site is what helps us deal with an incident "Like it never even happened." 

The immediate response includes simple as well as advanced steps. For example, we remove all foodstuffs from freezers and other storage units. We also check the depth of charring on structural supports and other physical hazards, such as frayed wires. In case the fire only affects a specific section of the property, such as the kitchen, we can use engineering controls such as setting up containment barriers with plastic sheets to isolate the area, allowing you to access the rest of the house safely.

What safeguards does a house need after a fire incident?

The pain of losing valuables in a fire can distract you to the point of forgetting that you still have a duty to safeguard what the fire did not consume. In most incidents, parts of the structure and contents remain intact, thus necessitating protection before an action plan is formulated to address the loss. Our SERVPRO technicians help protect the structure by installing tarps or boarding up openings on the roof and walls, respectively. We can also help move contents within the structure or move them out to an external storage facility.  

Boarding up helps protect the house by keeping out small animals, people as well as rain and other weather elements. It can also help retain the visual appeal of your home, in case that matters to you. Our technicians use different board up techniques:

  • Cover over
  • Insertion
  • Bolt with tension

The cover over technique places plywood boards over an opening by attaching it to surfaces around the opening. Although it is fast, it offers minimal security since the boards are easy to pull out with a pry bar or other flat tool. Insertion involves cutting the boards so that they fit into openings such as windows and doors that we need to seal, offering more security. For the bolt with tension technique, a plywood board overlaps the exterior wall, covering the opening. It is connected with bolts to two-by-four planks on the inner section of the wall. Apart from security, we also consider prevailing factors at the loss site, including how long we expect the restoration process to take when choosing the board up method.

Does it take time to restore fire damage? 

Although you may want to regain access to your home without any delays, it is not always possible. Tasks such as cleanup and restoration of affected areas can take time. One reason why delays occur is that it is difficult to carry out different tasks simultaneously. For example, cleaning surfaces, drying, and refinishing them cannot happen concurrently. After scoping loss sites, our SERVPRO technicians can give accurate estimates of how long the process is likely to take, allowing you to prepare accordingly.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard can help navigate woes of a fire-damaged property in Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, or Cocoa Beach better. Call us any time at (321) 638-4947. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What is the Best Way to Remove Fire Damage from Walls in your Cocoa home?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO techs know that residues need testing to choose the correct cleaning agent and method in Cocoa homes

Even in the cases of minor fire loss, the initial sight of your home after a fire can feel overwhelming in terms of getting things back to normal.

There are three main types of smoke residues that need different methods to remove:

    •    Dry Smoke
    •    Wet Smoke
    •    Protein Residues

How Can I Tell By Looking What Type of Smoke Damage is On My Walls?
After fire damage happens in a Cocoa property, one of the key elements for cleaning the smoke residues left behind is through visually scoping and using different types of testing. The result determines the best cleaning method to get rid of the unsightly staining fire loss can leave behind.

Specific Cleaning Methods for Each Smoke Type
SERVPRO technicians have a vast selection of professional cleaning agents that allow them to work on any type of residue and surface. When cleaning up fire loss, the unique characteristics of the surface need consideration for issues such as shrinkage, marring, or bleeding of dyes, and the appropriate cleaning method gets chosen accordingly.

Dry Smoke does not get any type of liquid cleaner used initially. The techs use dry cleaning sponges to lift away the dry, powdery residue carefully. This is usually the result of fast-moving, high heat fires that burned organic materials.

Wet Smoke is thick, smears easily, and usually well-adhered to a surface. This is often the result of fires that involve rubber or plastic-based items. The techs typically rely on a solvent-based cleaner to release the grip on the surface.

Protein Residues are most frequently found in the kitchen and leave a pungent mist that usually needs cleanup akin to methods used for wet smoke.

When fire damage is the problem, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947. The certified techs are available 24/7 to clean up and restore homes to their preloss condition.

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We Act As Quick As Possible In Cocoa After A Fire

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

A stovetop covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire After a fire we treat the air quality in your home with our state of the art equipment. We are available 24/7 to help you, so call us right away.

Is My Wood Furniture Gone Forever?

Fire damage can happen to anyone. An electrical fire can quickly start in a small home or the living room in a mansion. A scented candle in a condo can ignite a billowing curtain just as a grease fire can engulf your kitchen in flames. Sometimes the damage is widespread throughout your home, and others it is limited to a small area. Regardless of the cause and scope, as homeowners, we seek to restore as much of our personal belongings as possible. Restoration is not only a financial consideration, but it is also about preserving those items that hold sentimental value.

When you are in Cocoa and suffer fire damage, SERVPRO is your source of comfort. Our technicians hold certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and are available 24/7 to provide a concrete action plan without wasting any time. Prompt action can make all the difference in managing the deterioration of your home following a fire and the ensuing extinguishing agents.

Most homeowners struggle with deciding which pieces of furniture are beyond repair and which we can salvage. Our SERVPRO team knows that the finish on the furniture and the extent of the damage play an important role in deciding if and how to restore the piece. Our expertise and knowledge are crucial in making a realistic and practical attempt when returning your home to top shape. For example, understanding that a piece covered in lacquer or paint is not treated in the same manner as unfinished wood is essential for your home. Similarly, the type of smoke residue present in your home also plays a role in selecting cleaning agents as does proximity to the flames. As a homeowner, you do not need to worry about these nuances because our team has options in cleaning solutions and methodology. Place your trust in our expertise and allow us to develop a comprehensive plan.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is your ally when disaster strikes. From assessing the damage to coordinating with other contractors, we are the team who walk with you in your moment of need. Call us at (321) 638-4947 and let us work with you to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Specialists Can Save Your Fire Damaged Cape Canaveral Home

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Deodorization Approaches in Fire Damaged Cape Canaveral Homes

One of the most challenging effects to overcome after a fire loss in Cape Canaveral homes is a lingering smoke odor. As a fire spreads throughout a residence, many different materials and contents combust. Many of these can present unique threats to the air quality in the house, and leave noxious scents for professionals like our SERVPRO team to address with various equipment, products, and strategies.

Fire damage in Cape Canaveral homes can occur in multiple stages, beginning as soon as the fire first ignites and spreads throughout the structure. Extinguishment can lead to further damage to the property to protect it. Also, circulating effects like soot particles, smoke, and odors can continually worsen without the direct intervention of restoration professionals. Smells are among the most widespread and stubborn of these damages to address, and this requires a variety of equipment to accomplish.

Ozone Generator
Machines that can create ozone are making a chemical compound that features an additional oxygen molecule. When this ozone encounters odor molecules, it can bond with the oxygen molecule and neutralize the scent. Ozone is unsafe for humans and pets, so it is either used without anyone in the house or under the controlled conditions of our ozone chamber in our SERVPRO facility. During our pack-out process, personal belongings get taken to our warehouse for intricate cleaning and recovery efforts.

Thermal Fogging
Thermal foggers are among the most versatile deodorization tools in the arsenal of our professionals, as they are portable and lightweight. We can utilize scented deodorization products or odorless solutions within the machine, and the unit heats the liquid to a vapor fog. This gas can penetrate porous materials like drywall, wood, and carpet for multiple levels of odor removal.

Many threats exist in a home after a fire loss incident, including structural weaknesses and other immediate hazards. Odors are a lingering effect that must get addressed with a variety of solutions and products to make disasters “Like it never even happened.” However, our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team can help, give us a call at (321) 638-4947.

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Let Our Experts Help With Fire And Odor Damage In Your Merritt Island Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Taking Care of Thanksgiving Fire and Odor Damage in Merritt Island

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, homeowners may be surprised to know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Two-thirds of these fires are the result of food or other cooking materials igniting. If you were considering deep-frying that turkey for Thanksgiving, make sure to be careful: frying poses the highest risk of a kitchen fire, with damage exacerbated by the presence of invisible protein residues.

If you need a team that can clean up fire and odor damage in your Merritt Island home fast, SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to you with state-of-the-art tools and extensive training. This IICRC-certified firm wants to ensure that you get the assistance you need no matter what time of the night or day, including on holidays. If your home has been affected by fire damage and odors, you can count on SERVPRO to get the job done right.

Kitchen Fire Safety Tips
    •    Avoid using your stovetop if you are fatigued or have consumed alcohol. Have others with you monitoring the stove if necessary.
    •    If you are boiling, broiling, grilling, or frying food, stay in the kitchen at all times and do not leave food unattended, as this is the most common cause of kitchen fires.
    •    If you are simmering, baking, or roasting goods, check on it at regular intervals and stay in the kitchen while food is cooking. You can use a timer to avoid leaving food unattended and minimize risk.
    •    Move any flammable items, including oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper, plastic, towels, and curtains away from the stovetop to prevent the spread of flames.

How SERVPRO Can Help
In the event of a kitchen fire, some of the most commonly-affected possessions are often nearby electrical appliances. This can include toasters, toaster ovens, coffee makers, refrigerators, and many other goods that you make use of every day. However, without proper mitigation, soot and protein residues can corrode metals and plastics. SERVPRO technicians can thoroughly clean appliances and ensure that they are properly serviced by an electronic service technician that is authorized to do the job.

To help with odors, SERVPRO can make use of thermal fogging, which allows solvent-based deodorizers to penetrate surfaces the same way that smoke penetrates surfaces after a fire. These solvents can then chemically bind with odor-causing particles to eliminate smells. In the case of protein residues, it is crucial to scrub down surfaces, including vents, to minimize the spread of odors throughout the home.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is ready to leave your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (321) 638-4947 today for disaster cleanup that you can count on every time.

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Persistent Pungent Odors After a Fire in Cape Canaveral? Call SERVPRO

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Trailer ramp down, SERVPRO truck loaded equipment Fire Damage in Cape Canaveral Homes Get Cleaned Up and Restored Fast with the SERVPRO of Central Brevard Green Fleet

The Fire Is Gone from Your Cape Canaveral Home, but the Smell Is Still Here

When disaster strikes in Cape Canaveral, you work hard to recover and return to your daily routine. Some disasters, such as hurricanes and storms, could take a long time to overcome. Smaller events, such as a kitchen fire are easier to control and leave behind. However, fire damage can emit a foul odor. Every time you come home, you the smell forces you to relive the vision of flames threatening your home and your belongings. When you want to put all aspects of the fire behind you, it is best to reach out to a professional team.

Thankfully, if fire damage is the issue in your Cape Canaveral home, SERVPRO is readily available to assist. Our technicians hold certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), so you can rest assured by their competency. With our guidance and expertise, we can chase the smell of fire out the door, leaving your home in pristine condition. All you need to do is call our 24/7 hotline and allow us to do the rest.

Overall, smells dissipate and leave your home eventually. Our SERVPRO team works hard to accelerate the evaporation process by applying a variety of techniques and products suited to your specific needs. In some cases, we may place odor beads to overpower the offending smell, eventually disguising it. In other instances, we may use odor pellets to absorb the smell from the air. Although both methods are effective, your specific circumstances guide our technicians in making a choice.

Not surprisingly, odor beads and deodorizing pellets are not the only options for our team. At SERVPRO we have at our disposal industry-grade products and solvents to tackle the hardest jobs. Knowing which option to use and its application sets us apart as a professional team. Improper use of solvents on your belongings can cause damage to their surfaces. Proper ventilation and personal protective equipment is an essential part of our job.

We also have mechanical means using our advanced equipment like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to eliminate foul odors. Then there is the one problem that SERVPRO cannot rectify--phantosmia--reliving the fire and holding on to the odors in your mind.

Fire damage is scary, but it does not need to be forever. SERVPRO of Central Brevard is here to eliminate all traces, including any lingering smells. Call us at (321) 638-4947 and let us work with you to leave your home, “Like it never even happened."

Cape Canaveral Fires, Bad Appliances, and SERVPRO for Restoration

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Cape Canaveral Homeowners Welcome SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Cape Canaveral Home

The usual appliances you have in your Cape Canaveral home make your daily life easier. Every appliance which operates on electricity or gas, however, presents safety risks. You should, therefore, use the devices according to any manufacturer’s specifications. Also, knowing some fire safety tips can help prevent a fire and keep you and your family safe.

A fire from a malfunctioning appliance in your Cape Canaveral home needs immediate attention after the flames are extinguished. You are left behind with all kinds of damage, including smoke and soot, other than the actual fire damage. A professional restoration company, such as SERVPRO, can have your home restored quickly, and make you feel "Like it never even happened."

The first thing to do to help you stay safe is to keep all appliances at a safe distance from any wet areas. When water and electricity mix, it can be disastrous. Ensure that you take proper precautions and keep appliances from areas which are easily in the path of a spillage. You also need to keep any appliance that generates heat away from clothes, furniture, or curtains.

To some extent, SERVPRO staff may need the assistance of subcontractors to finish the fire damage restoration process. Subcontractors perform work which involves technical expertise or skills that may be out of our scope. Restoring a fire damaged structure can include cleaning and repairing electronics, repairing furniture, drying documents, fixing electrical and plumbing problems, and rebuilding your structure. Only when needed, we can suggest, or you can supply others to complete the work. Our initial goal is to mitigate the damage caused by the flare-up.

You should also be aware of any appliances or lamps which sputter, produce a spark or give you a shock when running. Unplug these immediately and have them repaired as soon as possible since the spark can not only start a fire with the appliance itself but also ignite other nearby items.

Keep an eye on the wires of your appliances regularly as well. Replace or repaired and damaged, frayed wires. Do not plug too many things into one electrical outlet, as this can cause the circuit to overload and spark a fire as well. When not in use, unplug all small electrical appliances like toasters, irons, hair dryers, and the like.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is always ready to help you restore your home in Viera, Pineda, or Rockledge after a fire. Call us right away at (321) 638-4947 once the flames are out so we can waste no time in getting your home back to its preloss condition.

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Our Skilled Technicians Explain Our Fire Damage Restoration Process In Your Cape Canaveral Property

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Brevard looks forward to the opportunity to transform your fire-damaged home to “Like it never even happened.”

What To Expect When The Experts Provide Fire Damage Remediation To Your Cape Canaveral Property

It is hard to prepare for the devastation of a home fire in Cape Canaveral. If the chaos and mess are not enough stress, homeowners also need to turn their sanctuary over to a remediation company when they are feeling most vulnerable.  Adding the strain of opening your home to crews of workers and an inventory of commercial-grade equipment makes finding a compassionate yet competent and reliable restoration company more crucial than ever.

Our team of fire damage recovery professionals in Cape Canaveral want to make it easy for residents to rely on our industry-leading training and experience. Expect a rapid response to your first call, our project manager arriving within hours to assess the scenario and craft a remediation plan. Because water damage is almost always a concern after firefighting efforts, the first tasks we tackle are usually water removal and structural drying.

Our vehicles stock the equipment and products needed for the full spectrum of our services SERVPRO crews provide, minimizing any delay as we begin your project. Water removal and drying commence immediately as other crew members match tools and products to the characteristics of the sooty residues deposited on surfaces of your home. Dry, ashy debris responds well to dry sponging and vacuuming. Thicker, sticky soot from electrical or smoldering fires needs cleansers with surfactants and wetting agents to loosen the residue, combined with agitation for the best results.

Protein-based soot is thin but hard to remove, requiring solvents and abrasive tools. SERVPRO employees train in the appropriate ways to remove all types of fire debris when they complete the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT). Count on our professionals to take the care needed to clean up after a fire without causing further damage.

Persistent odors can prolong the recovery from a fire, but SERVPRO deodorization specialists have a protocol that results in elimination of the smells. If removal of burned materials and thorough cleaning leave your home still smelly, we move on to equipment like thermal foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators. These tools use chemical reactions to neutralize the odor-bearing particles.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard looks forward to the opportunity to transform your fire-damaged home to “Like it never even happened.” Call us day or night at (321) 638-4947 to schedule an evaluation.

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Where to Start With Cocoa Fire Odor Removal?

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Whether fire damage affects a small or large part of your home, SERVPRO can help both remediate and remove odors. Call right away.

After the Blaze, Fire Odor Removal in Cocoa

Flames from a fire in your home are not the only damage done. Water to put out the fire, soot and smoke leave a residue throughout the burn area and you will most likely need fire odor removal to get rid of all traces of the fire even after the visible signs have been wiped away. The cleanup after the fact is a multi-level process that needs to be done thoroughly to avoid secondary damage such as mold.

When SERVPRO comes to your home, they will first ascertain the area is completely dry and no moisture remains. Once we determine the scope of the actual spread of the smoke and residue from the fire, our technicians choose the best method of odor removal in Cocoa that applies to your unique situation. After the technicians have cleaned up the visible soot and smoke residues left by the fire, the real process removing unpleasant odors left by not only the fire but wet home structures and furnishings can begin.

In some cases, odors can be eliminated by simply using professional-grade cleaners to completely remove residues and odors by hand. If the smoke penetrated deeply into walls, floors and furnishings, other methods can be employed such as deodorizing pellets or gel. For the strongest odors, we use thermal foggers that deliver a deodorizing, high-temperature fog that goes anywhere the smoke went and overtakes it, removing the unpleasant odors left in the home. This method is especially effective for treating porous items such as drywall carpet and also fabric covered home furnishings. No matter how strong the odors are in your home, our certified technicians have the knowledge and tools to return your home to its preloss condition.

Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard for quick and efficient fire odor removal from your home. Our experienced technicians are on hand to assist you 24/7, just call (321) 638-4947 to get started immediately.

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How Do You Tackle the Overwhelming Job of Fire Damage Remediation in Your Merritt Island Home?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

There are so many obstacles that come into your path after dealing with fire damage. Let SERVPRO help you make life easier.

The Role of the Restorer in Mitigating Loss after Fire Damage in your Merritt Island Home


For most homeowners, the role of first responders and general contractors are clear cut during a restoration procedure. In between those two roles is the restorer, whose job it is to bridge the gap between firefighters and third-party remodelers. It is an essential part of the regeneration of your home which could save you unnecessary expenses and limit further damages after a fire.

A property with fire damage in Merritt Island is first treated to firefighting procedures. It is then the role of a restorer, like SERVPRO, to mitigate against losses and create a safe environment for third-parties or contractors to enter. As well as limiting potential damages that have been caused by fire and firefighting efforts, professional restoration technicians prepare the site so that crucial remediation can start.

One of the first jobs of a SERVPRO technician is to conduct a visual inspection. Any potential hazards like loose electrics or weak structure need to be cordoned off. Debris must be removed as well as securing the property by boarding up broken windows or cavities in the exterior structure. Bringing in generators is also vital to ensuring remodeling work can be completed in as little time as possible.

We can also conduct initial cleaning procedures in your home before remodeling. Sometimes, cleaning surfaces can prevent soots from setting and causing permanent damages. Equally, water residues used during firefighting procedures can quickly become hotbeds for mold or mildew growth. Remedying these areas can help to guard against permanent losses in the short-time between firefighting and full restoration.

Where areas of the home are deemed to be inhabitable for homeowners while restoration is completed, SERVPRO can thoroughly deodorize the area. Bringing in water-based thermal foggers is a solution to smoke and soot odors that do not damage your indoor air quality. Using our training, we can significantly reduce the likelihood of permanent damages and increase the chances of getting your home back to preloss conditions.

After a property emergency, contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 to guard against permanent losses.

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Improperly Stored Items In Your Merritt Island Garage Can Spell Big Fire Damage Problems

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your garage is a situation that can be turned around with a single phone call to (321) 638-4947 and talk to an expert 24-hours a day.

Improperly Stored Items In Attached Garage Leads To Fire Damage Cleanup In Merritt Island

Fire is opportunistic. In the case of your garage, something as innocent as failing to store common combustible solvents, fertilizers and cleaning products can lead to a blaze. Other common items that need special attention when storing are oil, gas, and paints. Many of these products have VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that discharge vapors and can ignite when stored improperly resulting in fire damage.

This Merritt Island attached garage fire, fortunately, was localized and contained without spreading to the rest of the home. SERVPRO technicians put up barriers to contain the residual smoke odor from spreading to the rest of the home during the cleaning process. Because solvents and cleaners burn quickly and at high temperatures and are often in plastic bottles, they leave a wet, smeary residue that needs to be cleaned with wet cleaning techniques to completely lift all traces of the smoke and soot left by the fire on walls, ceilings, floors, and salvageable items.

Our structural cleaning services remove all traces of the fire, including the removal of items melted or otherwise too damaged to be restored. We also have the challenge of removing the odors left behind, and in this part of Florida, humidity is part of the package. The higher the humidity, the stronger the odor can seem as the moisture dissolves and carries the vapor. SERVPRO technicians know that using the same methods that delivered the smoke can also be used to neutralize it. Our fogging machines work by penetrating the same paths taken by the smoke but delivers scientifically formulated cleaners in its place. This method quickly deodorized the odor and made the garage look “Like it never even happened.”

Fire damage in your garage is a situation that can be turned around with a single phone call to (321) 638-4947 and talk to an expert 24-hours a day. SERVPRO of Central Brevard is local, and our technicians understand that special challenges of dealing with the unique climate conditions of this area of Florida.

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The Biggest Problem After a Fire in Rockledge can Oftentimes be Water Damage

11/4/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire affects your home, the cleanup and remediation can be extensive. Contact SERVPRO for assistance right away.

Saving a Structure from Effects of Fire Damage in Rockledge

After fire affects a structure, several steps are necessary to restore it to its preloss condition. Structure means anything permanently fixed to the building. Therefore, fixtures such as cabinets, HVAC systems, floors, and attached floor coverings are part of the structure. We offer professional restoration services that can help deal with the damage "Like it never even happened."
 
Water plays a part in any restoration effort of fire damage in Rockledge. From the efforts to quell the blaze to the cleaning process, water is involved one way or another. Most of this water ends up soaking into the structure, so walls, floors, ceilings and any other part of the structure made from porous materials so proper drying is necessary. Taking this step helps prevent moisture problems like rotting, warping and microbial growth. Our SERVPRO technicians help extract any standing water from the building immediately restoration starts. We also dry the structure thoroughly after finishing the cleanup process.
 
Depending on how intense the fire is, it might affect the supportive parts of the structure. Assessing the level of damage on frames helps determine the next step. In most cases though, the damage is restricted to charring or heat searing fixtures such as cabinets, doors among others. In such cases, we have to remove the affected materials and replace them with new ones or refinish the affected surfaces.
 
Do you know that it is possible to ruin the structure in the effort to mitigate the effects of a fire? Depending on the method used when cleaning smoke deposits from surfaces, it is possible to create more problems. For example, aggressive wet cleaning on textured ceilings might dissolve the finish. When our SERVPRO technicians clean your structure, we use different approaches including specialized techniques such as peroxide active cleaning. Doing this helps remove deposits without harming the finishing of the affected surfaces.
 
Saving a building from long-term effects of a fire is possible. Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard to assist. You can reach us at (321) 638-4947 any time.
 
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Fire Damage Can Leave Your Rockledge Home In Urgent Need Of Remediation

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage is perhaps one of the most challenging forms of damage to remediate inside of your home.

Fire Damage In Your Home

Fire damage is perhaps one of the most challenging forms of damage to remediate inside of your Rockledge home. Many people misunderstand just how excessive and intense the damage that is left behind can be. After all, a fire is not just a blaze that goes up and then leaves ash behind. A fire can leave smoke-residue, soot, and ash in its wake. Smoke damage is a category all on its own and is directly caused by a fire. Firefighters who put out the fire are likely to cause water damage in the process. The cleanup and remediation process after a blaze is anything but easy.

When a fire breaks out inside of your Rockledge home, it is always wise to call SERVPRO as soon as possible. Soot adhered to your belongings can actually change the color of those items and, if given excessive time, it is almost guaranteed to do so. In reality, it is best for your home if you call SERVPRO as soon as the fire has been put out. The sooner that our professional techs can get there, the more likely they are to be able to remediate the fire damage successfully.

Our IICRC-certified technicians have the advanced equipment that will get the job done. When you hire us, you do not need to worry about trying to require tools like thermal foggers or ozone machines on your own. Even without our tools, one of the most valuable aspects of hiring us is our experience and knowledge. When multiple materials are burned in a fire, they can all cause various types of residue. Varying types of soot require diverse cleaning techniques, and our professionals understand how to spot the numerous types of soot and what application is needed to remediate them.
 
If a fire breaks out in your Rockledge home, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Central Brevard to handle the damage. We can come quickly and are entirely prepared to address the multitude of obstacles that may fall in their way. You can rest assured knowing that we understand how to remediate your home correctly and can help return it to its preloss state. Contact us today at (321) 638-4947.

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Fire Damage Experts In Cape Canaveral Talk About Different Cleaning Products and Methods

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Cape Canaveral House Fires Can Leave a Lot of Smoke and Soot Behind--Call SERVPRO for Rocket-Fast Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Technicians Provide a Large Arsenal of Equipment and Cleaning Agents to Mitigate Fire Damage

Any fire that burns on your Cape Canaveral property can cause several different kinds of damage to buildings. Even fires that are small and do not burn building materials can cause smoke damage to exist throughout the house. Smoke first rises with the heat of the blaze; then it is attracted to cooler surfaces. When smoke hits cold surfaces it leaves behind soils and soot residues.
 
Since fires burn various types of materials, the chemical composition of the soot also varies. During fire damage mitigation in Cape Canaveral, the removal of soot residues is a significant part of the entire project. Residues can ruin the finished on contents inside your home as well as produce burnt aromas. Some types of soot are easily wiped off whereas others can be nearly impossible to remove.
 
To find the most efficient method, our SERVPRO technicians try until they find the one that works best for each scenario. In some cases, multiple methods are needed to remove different types of soot found in the same building. Other times various techniques must be used to clean the same type of soot off of different kinds of materials. Typically, vacuuming coated surfaces is initially a beneficial first step.
 
If the surface is non-porous, our SERVPRO restoration team can use wet chemicals to clean off soot damage. Using wet chemicals on porous substances can cause the soils to soak into the item and create more problems. Porous surfaces are best cleaned with dry cleaning methods such as compressed air or dry sponges.
 
When wet cleaning items, most surfaces that are paintable and washable can be cleaned with a general surface cleaner. These cleaners have a low enough alkalinity to where they will not ruin the interior paint. Heavy duty cleaners get used to remove heavy grease and thick soils. These chemicals usually have high alkalinity and contain ammonia. The high alkaline detergents cannot be used on some surfaces because they will eat away the finish and ruin the item.
 
Once the best cleaning method and chemicals for the job are discovered we clean everything inside your home that got affected by smoke with detail. Often items can get hand scrubbed individually until there is no soot present. If you ever need help with smoke-related problems, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 24/7.

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Merritt Island's Fire Damage Experts Describe Cleaning Appliances

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire burns at your Merritt Island residence, structural components and building materials can suffer extensive damage.

Fire Damage Experts Describe Cleaning Appliances

If a fire burns at your Merritt Island residence, structural components and building materials can suffer extensive damage. Depending on the size of the blaze, parts of the structure might have to be removed and rebuilt. Aside from the heat and flames engulfing and charring parts of the house, smoke created by partially combusted particles can cause problems in areas far from the source.

Smoke put out by burning materials travels all over your home creating pungent aromas and leaving behind soot residues. During some fire damage restorations in Merritt Island, soils coat several indoor surfaces including contents. To prevent damage to items and to aid in deodorization all soot residue gets removed from affected contents and materials.

Different things inside the house require various methods and chemicals to clean soot damage. How difficult soots come off surfaces changes based on what burned in the fire and the type of surfaces affected. Non-porous surfaces are typically the simplest to clean because wet chemicals can be used to wipe off the soot.

When smoke spreads throughout your house, appliances often get coated with soils. Appliances usually contain surfaces made from metal, paint, plastic, and glass. These surfaces can be cleaned using a water-based detergent solution. If the soot is challenging to remove with the cleaning agent, then our SERVPRO technicians use another chemical to increase the alkalinity of the detergent.

Many appliances have highly polished finishes that can get damaged by cleaning agents. Chrome or aluminum can pit if industrial detergents are left on the surface. After using soaps to remove soot residues, applying a rinse chemical can prevent damage caused by the cleaning process.

In some cases, heat from a fire can cause finishes on appliances to turn yellow. When yellowing occurs, wood creme paste gets applied to the affected surface with a towel. We then allow the creme to set on the surface for two to three minutes. After it sets, we use steel wool to gently scrub the yellowish staining off. Once we agitate the surface with the paste, it gets polished with a clean towel.

Using the correct methods to remove soils can reduce the overall cost of the restoration project. For help from the professionals with any mitigation project, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 seven days a week.

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Cleaning Fire Damaged Window Areas In Your Cocoa Beach Home

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Living in a home after a fire occurs in Cocoa Beach can leave everything smelling quite awful.

Cleaning Fire Damaged Window Areas

Living in a home after a fire occurs in Cocoa Beach can leave everything smelling quite awful. This odor comes from the layers of soot, ash, and other smoke by-products made by the fire. Even though it may feel oily when you accidentally touch it, it contains many corrosive components. Removing it from your home's surfaces helps remove the smell and protect your home's contents, and your family, too.

Cocoa Beach residents often notice that the fire damage in their home includes thicker deposits of soot near windows. Because the fire pushes the smoke outward, it often gets sucked outside through cracks near windows. As it leaves your home, more massive particles become attached to the walls, window glass, drapes, and anything else near the window. Part of this phenomena often involves a change in temperature near windows.

Our IICRC-certified technicians understand that these areas require specialized care to fully restore your home after even the smallest of fires. We use a pH-neutral glass cleaner that leaves windows streak-free and eliminates soot build-up quickly. Other cleaners remove soot from all types of window frames. Removing the soot from these areas often includes detail work that refreshes your windows making them look "Like it never even happened."

Draperies and their rods also need highly responsive care to protect them from the disintegrating effects of corrosive soot. We vacuum draperies to remove the drier portions and then carefully clean them, so they become clean and odor-free once again. Rods also require some care after a fire, to keep them functional. Wood can become dull instead of bright and shiny when soot remains too long. Window blinds can also become saturated with soot, and we tackle this occurrence with specialized equipment and procedures that remove the soot from them quickly. Moving parts receive silicone spray treatments to keep them working well, without sticking, so you can continue to use your windows as usual.

We at SERVPRO of Central Brevard know that your home's windows help shape your home's personality and look, both from the inside and to passers-by who drive past your residence. Even when the majority of fire damage remains hidden on the exterior, windows can often show more than you might like. Call us to begin the process of restoring your windows and their dressings, making your home light, airy, and beautiful once more. Our 24-hour line is (321) 638-4947, where we can be reached every day of the year.

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Fire Damage Can Devastate Your Kennedy Space Center Area/Merritt Island Home

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

The trained technicians at SERVPRO can help restore your home after fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Rely on the Professionals at SERVPRO for Expert Fire Damage Restoration

Nothing can be quite as devastating to witness as a fire breaking out in your Kennedy Space Center area or Merritt Island home. Even if the blaze does not ravish every inch of the structure, lingering effects can still make it difficult to live comfortably in your house following the incident. Fortunately, this is nothing that you have to correct all on your own. By employing professional restoration specialists, you can have your home back to preloss conditions much more quickly and begin the process of moving on from the traumatic event.

These lingering effects of fire damage to your Merritt Island or Kennedy Space Center area residence can hit you in several different ways. Everyone responds to these conditions differently, and your family might get bothered more by specific symptoms over others. This fact makes it critical to keep an open line of communication with the SERVPRO technicians that arrive to begin the restoration process in your home following the fire. By talking about the effects and damage that bother you the most and challenge comfortable living for your family, our specialists can prioritize these areas to help you through the restoration process more efficiently.

Lingering odors are a typical complaint for homeowners following any sized fire, and deodorization is a crucial component of the restoration process for our SERVPRO professionals. Utilizing thermal foggers and other similar equipment, we can chemically alter the molecules in these noxious areas of your house and leave the area without any scent at all.

Another typical complaint for those who have recently experienced a fire in their home is the smoke and soot damage to specific regions of their residence. Our IICRC certified technicians utilize vacuums and cleaning equipment to prepare walls and ceilings for repainting. For set-in soot, we also utilize a wet solution in conjunction with the conventional cleaning processes to penetrate the damage and remove it as much as possible. Air scrubbers with HEPA filters work to remove any lingering debris in the air and provide fewer sources for further marring damage to surfaces.

There is nothing easy about contending with fire damage to your home. With our experience and professionalism, however, SERVPRO of Central Brevard can help you to restore your home to preloss conditions and move on with your life. Give us a call today at (321) 638-4947  

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Full Fire Damage Restoration For Your Cocoa Home

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in any part of your home can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO right away for an assessment and remediation services.

SERVPRO Remediates ALL Types of Fire and Soot Damage in Local Homes

Significant structural fires involving your Cocoa home can leave a lot of lingering damage. You might not even be aware of the full extent of the damage until you have competent inspections accomplished to determine everything that has gotten affected. The traumatic event is almost impossible to move forward from without restoring the immediate pressing damages, not to mention the lack of comfortable living from the lingering effects that fire presents to your house.  
 
Fortunately, your home can get restored from its recent fire damage in Cocoa. With the efforts of our experienced SERVPRO restoration technicians, we can bring a highly damaged home back to preloss conditions. Through communication and prioritization of the most pressing concerns, our experienced professionals can isolate the most substantial symptoms to help you feel comfortable in your home once again throughout the entire restoration process.  
 
When we arrive at your house to do initial inspections to determine the full range of the damage, we also put a strong priority on sealing up structurally compromising holes and broken windows/doors. The reason for doing this is to prevent elemental damage to make matters worse for both our restorers and for your family.  
 
While your family might be able to live in a home that has some smoke and soot damage for a short time while the restoration process is underway, many families cannot often stomach the smell that circumstances like these tend to leave in the affected areas. Using our state-of-the-art equipment like foggers with odorless chemical compounds, we can neutralize noxious odors that linger behind after a fire and make your home life vastly more comfortable simultaneously.
 
With significant blazes that affect your home, restoration efforts might not always be a possibility. In these circumstances, our SERVPRO technicians can work to prepare the area for reconstruction. Often, this involves controlled demolition to specific areas to ensure that the scope of the construction does not exceed what is actually necessary. Our efforts in this regard ensure that a contractor can begin work on this right away.  
 
You might be looking at the fire damage to your home and are unsure where to begin. When you contact our experienced restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Central Brevard, we can help you to understand better the full scope of what you are facing. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (321) 638-4947.  

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Cocoa Beach Condo Fire

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

A Few days ago, we responded to a fire Damage in Cocoa Beach.  The fire started in the downstairs laundry closet, it appears that it is an electrical fire as the problem came from shorting wires in the dryer while it was not running.

Smoke engulfed the entire two story condo.  It was kind of unusual as the soot only seemed to find a resting place on all the flat surfaces.  The walls seemed pretty clear of it.  In fact when we did some test cleaning we got almost nothing from the walls.

Now the flat surfaces were another story all together.

Prime example was the girls desk upstairs. 

The desk appeared to be a very dark grey, with 3 painted areas where books or paper would be placed.  but it turns out that that was where paper and books were.  They are perfectly white and really looked like they were painted there but in fact it was just that the soot was so thick it created the out lines. It was like this all over the condo- I move a book on the carpet and underneath it the carpet was about 5 shades lighter.  It is going to be a job to get this place clean.

 

Fire Damage in Rockledge, Florida

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

We responded  to a report of a house fire in Rockledge Florida.

When we arrived on site the fire department was finishing up and speaking to the homeowner.

From the outside of the it did not look very bad, however, once we were able to look inside the damage was clear.

The fire started from a back bedroom  and when the door was opened the smoke was pushed through the house and because the chimney flue was open, up the chimney causing the smoke and soot the be drawn all over the home

Now most of the major damage was contained to the back bedroom where the fire started because the bedroom door had been shut.

The inspector said that the cause of the fire was a short in a hair dryer that was left plugged in.

So please unplug your hair dryers!!!!!!!!!!!

Fire Damage in Melbourne Florida

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Of Central Brevard responded to a fire damage located in Melbourne, Florida. at the request of State Farm.


First things first- there were no injuries with this fire!!!!!!!


Upon arriving at the site our techs had to tarp the roof as lightning had struck the home and started the fire- leaving a large hole in the roof-


We then had to get the excess water out of the home which was a mixture of rain water and fire suppression  water.-


This looks to be a pretty large job as almost all contents will have to be removed-


The ceiling and walls and part of the house will have to be pulled out down to the bare studs- as well as the insulation in the ceiling.


With hard work and some time we will get this family back into their home-


 

Bring in the Crew

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

This pic shows one part of the kitchen line that was effected by the fires, what a mess!!

We often speak to our clients, insurance agents and property managers about how we can handle any size job. We speak to them about if they have a large loss, we can pull in a team.


Last month we received a call from a local McDonalds.


They had fire behind one of their fryers and smoke was everywhere. We responded quickly and, took pictures and a sketch of the store. The scope of the job showed we were going to have to clean every square inch of the restaurant; remove all the ceiling tiles, etc. We knew we were going to need a lot of manpower to get them back up and running. 


In less than 24 hours, we had a full 16 man crew working. 


We started on a Thursday and finished by Sunday!


Needless to say, they are back serving chicken  mc nuggets to the public!!