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