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Air System Fire Damage in Fort Myers
Checking the extent of the smoke and fire damage in the HVAC vents of your home after your call gives SERVPRO an idea of how far the damage extends.
SERVPRO's Four Main Assessment Questions Help Technicians Determine an Effective Remediation Plan
With all of the problems homeowners have right now with cleanup and recovery, the last thing anyone in Fort Myers wants to deal with is a fire. Unfortunately, this is precisely when many fires happen because residents are busy with other issues and perhaps get a bit careless when it comes to prevention.
Most Fort Myers residential fire damage is the result of smoke and soot, not heat or open flames. It is better for the homeowner since it is easier for SERVPRO to clean these effects than to remove and replace damaged personal and structural property; it is cheaper as well.
One of the first structural property items we isolate and check is the air conditioning system, aka the HVAC. It is simple for our technicians to seal off the vents and shut down power. It isolates possible contamination and also helps to prevent accidentally spreading residues to unaffected parts of the residence. Once sealed off, we run down a checklist with the owner and perform a visual inspection to determine the possibility of damage and its extent.
First, was the air system in operation at the time of the fire? If it was, then the chance of smoke getting into the vents is certain. It also makes it more likely the residues spread through many of the ducts and probably into other areas of the house.
Was the fire origin point close to the air vents or a furnace unit? If the vents were only a few feet away from the start of the fire, then we can be confident that smoke got in even if the air or heat was turned off at the time.
How long did the fire burn or smolder before the sprinklers or fire department stopped it? A long burning fire creates air pressure that can force smoke into the vents even if the system was not on at the time.
Did smoke get into the returns or the supply side of the air conditioner itself? We only know this for certain by looking inside. If the residue extends past a flashlight beam, then we may need to insert a camera or decide just to clean all the vents.
These four questions help SERVPRO inspectors determine not just the extent of the fire damage, but also the type of residue. A longer burning fire may leave more residue, but if the fire itself burned hotter, then it is not as sticky and easier to clean.
Understanding all of this helps our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda office create a cleanup plan tailored to your home. If you have recently had a fire or are just getting to this part of the cleanup, call us today at (941) 575-5910 with any questions or to schedule an inspection.
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Fort Myers Fire Damage Can Be Restored by Our SERVPRO Team
Even thinking about a house fire sends a chill up and down everyone’s spine. People immediately go to the worst-case scenario: Destruction of both structural and personal property. The reality is usually much less severe.
Often, fire damage in a Fort Myers home stays restricted to one room or area. This physical destruction is the scorched walls and ceilings or melted plastics as you might find in a kitchen. To restore or repair damage in this and other rooms of the house, SERVPRO has developed five services that help us put our neighbors back into their homes as quickly as we can.
Mitigation – Our task here is to protect your home from further property loss. Our technicians board up entrances and other openings to keep out the weather and local pests. If battling the fire left parts of your home soaked, we begin drying out the structure within hours of setting foot in your home. If needed, this is when we bring in generators if the power is offline.
Structural Cleaning – Cleaning up after a fire means concentrating on two things: removing smoke residues and deodorizing your home. It applies to walls, ceilings, and floors (wood, concrete, and carpets) along with other structural components. Our inspectors work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to determine if cleaning is cost-effective or if our technicians need to remove and replace items like ceiling tiles, drywall, and rugs.
Contents Cleaning – This is personal property (clothing and furniture for example), and the main task here is to remove smoke residues. Often, we can remove residues at home by setting up an area in the home to wipe down, vacuum, or scrub the items. This area is also useful for deodorizing property as well.
Specialty Restoration – This service goes beyond routine cleaning and deals with items such as artwork and electronics such as TVs, DVD players, and stereo components. In some cases, we may have to recommend using a subcontractor.
Reconstruction – If structural property (wall framing or ceiling supports for example) is physically damaged, then it is necessary for us to demolish, remove, and replace it. Unlike other restoration companies, our office and technicians are licensed with the state of Florida to rebuild most structural components.
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If you need our assistance or have questions about these services, call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda today at (941) 575-5910. You can also schedule an inspection with us and receive a free estimate on what we can do for you.
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Avoid Causing More Damage To Your Fire Damaged Fort Myers Home
The flames and heat make most food harmful to consume, even canned goods, throw them out.
Avoid Causing Further Fire Damage
The internet has article after article containing advice about what you should do after a fire occurs on your property. However, very few tell you anything about what you should avoid doing to protect your home and belongings.
With that said, we would like to help you avoid doing further damage to your Fort Myers home. Fire damage is harmful enough without adding to the situation. As always, make sure you contact your insurance company, friends and family, and a local restoration company you trust to begin your restoration as soon as possible.
You can forget about saving any food stores you have in your home. The flames and heat make most food harmful to consume, even canned goods, throw them out. Your SERVPRO technicians can help you recognize these and other hazards present in your home after a fire occurs.
Do not handle ash and soot yourself. On that note, you should avoid entering your home at all; you could end up doing further damage to surfaces and even develop health problems if you do not take the right precautions. SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to perform all of these services for you, never take chances with your health.
Intense smoke equals massive damage to your furniture and carpeting. These items need special handling to restore correctly, often requiring removal and transport to a safe, secure area before work can begin. SERVPRO provides a move out service for all of your household items, giving each the attention it deserves to restore as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Never activate electronics such as computers, laptops, cellphones or other gadgetry caught up in the fire. There may be debris inside that cause damage to moving parts, making them useless. It takes an electronics expert to restore these items, making it necessary to have a professional inspect your items before removing anything from your property.
Get the help you need as soon as you need it, call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda to secure your property and begin your fire damage restoration, today (941) 575-5910.
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The Help You Need To Deal With Fire Damage In Your Punta Gorda Home
Your Burning Home in Punta Gorda Is No Match for Restoration without SERVPRO
Rely on SERVPRO For Restoring the Damage Caused by Smoke and Fire
If your home is damaged by fire, the impact goes beyond any material loss or damage to your possessions. The effects of a fire can be emotionally devastating, especially if you were present when the fire broke out, or if your home or possessions suffered significant damage. Thinking about how to proceed after a fire has taken place is truly taxing.
Fires can break out much more easily than many people realize. A faulty appliance, worn out wiring or a simple oversight like a candle left burning can cause the one spark that is needed to start a blaze. After a fire starts in your Punta Gorda home, dealing with the aftermath can seem like a daunting task.
Once the blaze has been extinguished, and the immediate emergency has been handled, you may well find yourself asking, what next? Depending on the extent of the smoke, soot and flame damage in your house, the clean up could take some time. Our SERVPRO fire damage experts will take that stress away from you so you can focus on rebuilding your life and getting back to normal as quickly as possible.
When our team arrives at your home, they will start by thoroughly assessing the harm done by the fire. We train our IICRC certified staff members to the highest level, to ensure a professional and reliable evaluation service. This assessment lets us design the best plan of action to restore your home as fully as possible. "Like it never even happened."
Our SERVPRO team can start, when the damage is so severe, by securing your home using boards and tarps. These initial actions keep your home safe from the elements or intruders. We remove any water left over from the firefighting efforts. Then, we will turn our attention to cleaning, sanitizing, and restoring your possessions to the best of our ability. Our professionally trained teams understand how distressing it is to see your belongings damaged by fire and soot. We will take the same care with your possessions that we would take with our own, and will do everything possible to restore your home and belongings to their preloss condition.
Once the initial cleanup is complete, we then tackle any remaining fire damage restoration needs. Whether your home needs a new carpet or a large rebuild job, we can ensure it gets done in a timely fashion.
Dealing with the aftermath of a house fire is distressing and frightening. Let SERVPRO of N. Ft Myers / Punta Gorda help you get your home and your life back. Call us 24/7 at (941) 575-5910 to get the help you need.
Fire Damage Inspectors Look For The Details
An environment rich in porous materials may require much heavier treatments and care than one without them.
Fire Damage Inspectors
When a fire burns through a home, it can be difficult to distinguish individual objects and materials from one another, especially if a large area has taken serious burns. However, understanding and knowing what has burned, for how long, and under what conditions is an important part of our inspectors' jobs. They are some of the first people to begin working at your home, and their role is to inform other SERVPRO personnel of the specifics of the situation and to make sure that they apply the proper treatments for the situation.
However, what do our inspectors look for when reviewing Fort Myers Shores fire damage? There is a range of variables that can affect the fire and required thoroughness of our treatments. For example, how much of the burned and unburned material is porous (furniture, drapes, or carpeting) can make a major difference in how we approach the project. In this example, an environment rich in porous materials may require much heavier treatments and care than one without them. Moisture is another case in point, as excess moisture in the environment at the time of the fire can lead to additional staining and much more visible smoke damage.
Specifics about the area as a whole can be imperative to the restoration process, too. Sometimes, a fire in an open area may burn much differently from one in an enclosed, tight space. Alternatively, for example, if a more smoke-heavy material such as wet fabric burns in one of these enclosed spaces, it may create unique conditions requiring detailed cleanup plans to deal with properly. SERVPRO inspectors undergo extensive training to be able to identify and recommend treatments for all of these seemingly small factors, and thus their presence is critical at even the most seemingly innocuous burn sites.
SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is extensively trained and certified in fire damage restorations, able to cope with and combat even the most unusual cases we come across. Give us a call at (941) 575-5910.
The Impact of Multiple Phase Odor Control on Fire Damage in Fort Myers Homes
Odors can linger in furniture. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate.
SERVPRO's Fire Damage Remediation Approach is Unique and Effective Especially When Dealing With Lingering Odors
When dealing with the recent aftermath of a fire, most homeowners are surprised to find that it is not the fire itself which presents the biggest challenge. Certainly, in cases of mild to moderate damage, the trickiest problem is odor. It is relatively easy to remove charred furniture and burnt possessions.
However, it is not so easy to remove that unpleasant smell of smoke and soot. This is why our fire damage restoration process focuses more heavily on deodorization than structural repairs. When responding to fire damage in Fort Myers, the SERVPRO technicians always put together a comprehensive odor control plan.
Sometimes, this plan may contain just one phase. Other times, it will contain several, because one deodorizing technique is not powerful enough. Keep reading to find out more about the type of odor control methods which we might use to restore your property.
Phase One: Chemical Containment
The first phase is called containment. This is the most basic deodorizing technique and, in cases of mild fire and smoke damage, it is often enough to eliminate all bad smells. The aim is to contain or prevent odor particles from vaporizing into the atmosphere.
The SERVPRO team can do this by spraying smoke damaged items (sofas, chairs, soft furnishings) with a special chemical. It creates a barrier around objects and stops more odor particles from ‘jumping off’ and making it into the air. Not all materials respond well to this chemical, so some possessions may need to be removed and cleaned in a different way.
Phase Two: Vapor Odor Control
The vapor control process is designed to neutralize odor particles which have already made it into the air and started causing bad smells. The SERVPRO technicians will release another chemical into the air, in the affected space, in the form of a mist or fog. The molecules of the chemical seek out and react with the smoke particles.
They render them inert and unable to produce bad odors. Vapor control is the most common and effective form of deodorization for house fires. In cases of severe damage, it may need to be followed up with a more intense ‘fogging’ procedure, but we will inform you of this in plenty of time. You may need to temporarily vacate the property.
If you need professional fire damage repairs, SERVPRO of N. Ft Myers and Punta Gorda is here to help. We are a local company, so we really understand the unique needs of homes just like yours. It is our job to bring them back to life. Call us 24/7 on (941) 575-5910.
Different Processes are Required for Different Aspects of Fire Damage
Regardless of the size of the fire, call SERVPRO quickly to assess and remediate!
SERVPRO can Remediate Home or Business Fire Damage
At SERVPRO, we've become experts at undoing the damage caused by many disasters. Fire damage is one of our fortes, and we understand that it isn't just charred and burned structural damage that occurs when a house fire happens. One aspect of a house fire can seem to linger, even after all visible damage is removed, repaired, and restored. That aspect is odor, and because odor is so deeply rooted and entwined with our memories and experiences, it is important to make sure that all unpleasant odors are removed from a home.
Whenever a home in Fort Meyers suffers fire damage, the odor of smoke and burning materials is often a problem that can resurface, even after all other types of restorative work are completed. One of the reasons that odors can return after initial efforts are completed is because of increased humidity, in combination with increases in temperature, makes odor-causing molecules more active.
There are many different ways that SERVPRO technicians combat odors left over from a house fire. One way is to inject small amounts of deodorizer into carpets. This masks the odors that remain in the pad, as well as the carpet itself.
Other ways SERVPRO uses to reduce odors include the use of an ozone machine. This produces ozone, an unstable gas found naturally in the environment, but largely in the stratosphere. Ozone molecules consist of three oxygen atoms. Humans and animals breathe oxygen in a more stable form, which only has two oxygen atoms in each molecule. Because ozone is unstable, it breaks apart easily. As it does this, the free oxygen atom combines with odor-causing particles, causing them to become less problematic. Ozone should not be breathed in, so if this method is used, you and your family, and also any pets, should leave your home. Living plants, and any rubber items should also be removed to the outdoors. Our technicians will know when the machine will be turned off. As soon as this is completed, it is safe to return. Ozone leaves behind no residue or lingering gas that can harm you or your family.
If odors from a house fire have made your home less than appealing, call us, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda, at (941) 575-5910. We are available 24/7, and we have these and other methods ready to help you make your home a better place to call home.
Fire Damage Prevention Tips For The Holidays
SERVPRO Says a Fire Hydrant Close to Your Condo Can Lower Your Insurance Costs
SERVPRO Tips to North Fort Myers for Fire Damage Prevention and Safety
During the holidays, people love to relax with loved ones. In some cases (but not here in sunny Florida), this involves curling up under a warm blanket or congregating around the fireplace. However, the holiday season can present several fire hazards that could endanger your safety and leave North Fort Myers fire damage to your home. Nevertheless, accessing and implementing sound, proven fire prevention tips, courtesy of SERVPRO, can help ensure that you and your family have a safe and happy holiday. Please continue to read the following information regarding fire prevention.
Fire Prevention Tips
• Purchase a fire-retardant tree. These days, many people are selecting artificial trees. However, these trees can be even more of a fire hazard than the traditional trees. If you purchase an artificial tree, be sure that it is fire retardant. And if you purchase a natural tree, it needs to be a healthy one. Dry, unhealthy trees are a fire hazard.
• Select the ideal tree placement. The majority of Christmas tree fires begin when people place the tree too close to fire sources like indoor heaters, candles, or fireplaces. Locate your tree a minimum of three feet from any heat or fire source, further away if possible.
• Water the tree on a regular basis. Individuals who opt to purchase natural trees should be sure to water them continually. This step ensures that the tree will remain healthy and moist. Because dry pine needles can catch on fire quite easily, this step is immensely important. Soot and smoke damage can become unwelcome house guests.
• Turn your lights off. Get in the habit of turning your Christmas tree lights off when you leave the house and before you go to bed. Do not overload the circuitry feeding electricity to the lights. If you have exterior holiday lighting, be sure to maintain clearance of trees or shrubs to prevent contact leading to fire damage.
• Avoid the use of candles. While candles clearly enhance the aesthetic appeal of your tree, you should never use them for decorations on, or close to, the tree. Only place candles in non-flammable holders away from potential fuel sources. Safer yet, avoid them altogether.
Call SERVPRO Today For Fast, Friendly Fire Damage Restoration
Although the fire prevention strategies outlined above can help you prevent an unwanted mishap, there is still a chance that your North Fort Myers house could be the victim of fire damage. If this should happen, it's important that you know who to call for fast, friendly fire damage restoration services. SERVPRO responds 24/7 with our IICRC-certified technicians to provide you with the detail-oriented, client-centered services you need and deserve. Enjoy your holidays and please remain safe.
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Why You Should Secure a Professional Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Service in Cape Coral
Where There Is Smoke There Is Fire
SERVPRO Can Restore Your Cape Coral Smoke/Fire Damaged Home
Although there are many challenging factors that homeowners in Cape Coral have to deal with following a fire damaging event, smoke damage removal can be very taxing. However, tackling the smoke damage removal process is critically important after the fire is out. In many cases, homeowners are inclined to reenter their home directly after the fire for the purpose of checking for damage and cleaning the mess. This reentry is not the preferred course of action for you to take. Instead, call your insurance agent and then call a team of professional smoke damage restoration experts like SERVPRO.
Smoke Damage Restoration Requires Special Equipment
You should leave smoke damage clean up and removal to industry experts. Completing the job thoroughly necessitates the use of specific, industrial-grade equipment, cleaning supplies, training, and technique. Smoke can seep into your walls and thereby cause health issues unless removed immediately and effectively. Smoke can, and usually does, generate unwanted odors. The best methodology for eliminating these odors is thermal fogging. This professional technique is combined with the use of specialized equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to dry pooling water from the extinguishing of the fire. If a fire damage by-product was soot, SERVPRO might be able to clean lightly sooted areas thus negating the need for re-painting. Our goal is to get your home restored at the minimum cost to you and as rapidly as possible.
Smoke Damage Restoration Requires Industry Expertise
In addition to possessing the specialized equipment necessary to complete the smoke damage restoration process, our highly trained and skilled technicians will expedite the project. To complete the job well, professionals must possess the level of expertise necessary to understand what types of smoke are present and which chemicals will be required to remove them. An example would be the presence of smoke odor caused by combusted wood or cellulose. This specific type of smoke odor requires the use of cleaning products and techniques that differ from what one would use for smoke odor resulting from plastics (also causing soot). If you are unfamiliar with the kind of smoke odor and residue present, you can risk further damages to your home in Cape Coral.
Call The Professionals Of SERVPRO
Although dealing with smoke damage removal can be frustrating and difficult, hiring professional help can simplify the process so that you limit your stress and witness the speedy recovery of your home in Cape Coral. The IICRC training, in tandem with cutting-edge equipment and customized methodologies, ensures that SERVPRO exceeds industry standards in restoring your smoke and fire damaged home back to pre-fire condition. Like it never even happened.
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The Importance Of Having A Cleveland Professional To Clean Smoke Damage After A Fire
It only takes a few seconds for a fire to wreak havoc on commercial property or home.
The Importance Of Having A Professional To Clean Smoke Damage After A Fire
It only takes a few seconds for a Cleveland fire to wreak havoc on commercial property or home. The first thing that one will want to do if there is a fire is call the fire department to extinguish the fire. Many people believe that they can re-enter the property and begin restoring it after a fire. However, there are still threats that linger for the property. That is it is best to hire a professional fire restoration company.
The Aftermath Of A Fire
Many people believe that once the Cleveland fire has been put out, the danger is no longer present. However, fire leaves behind remnants that can cause serious damage to the property. The smoke and ash that is left behind cause discoloration, etching, and a very unpleasant odor. The building will be less likely to suffer those problems if you hire a professional.
The Sooner You Call, The Better
It is best to contact a fire restoration company as soon as possible to restore the damages. Ash is one of the major concerns. It can discolor just about anything that it comes in contact with. Discoloration can begin just a few hours after a Cleveland fire. Fiberglass, plastic, and other finishes can turn yellowish. Metals will start to tarnish. You will have to replace or refinish certain items in your home after a few days because the damage will be permanent.
Hiring A Fire Restoration Contractor
If you have hired a certified and trained professional from SERVPRO, then they will be at your home in a short amount of time. They will assess the home to see the type of damage that is done. They will also perform a thorough cleaning to remove the ash, smoke and fire damage. Items that are beyond repair will be removed, and specialized cleaning supplies will be used to neutralize odors.
Do-it-yourself techniques typically do not remove the smoke and ash that is left behind by a fire. You may cause further damage and contamination to your home if the correct techniques are not used. That is it is best to contact SERVPRO so that they can perform fire damage restoration.
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SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the North Fort Myers community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.
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