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Fire Damage Recovery Basics in Lebanon

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

Home engulfed in flames. SERVPRO knows all the basics for your fire damage in Lebanon.

SERVPRO knows all the basics for your fire damage in Lebanon.

Nothing can prepare you for the devastation of a fire in your Lebanon home. You would expect limited charring and a smoky smell near the ignition site, especially if the fire was doused quickly. But the widespread nature of residues and odors from even a supposedly minor fire can shock the uninitiated. In broad terms, you can expect the following response from our professional mitigation and remediation experts when responding to your request for help.

Safety Considerations And Water Removal  

The first phase of recovering from fire damage in Lebanon includes securing the premises and assessing the extent of the harm. Nearly every fire scene requires management of the now-contaminated water used to knock down the flames before other tasks are safe to complete. Anything from a water-slick surface to several inches of contaminated fluids creates slip and fall hazards and the risk of exposure to electrical shock, toxic substances, and hidden debris risks. Our full-spectrum disaster response capability permits our crews to complete the water containment and disposal phase safely and lawfully before transitioning to other cleanup needs.

Evaluating Residues 

Depending on the fuels the fire consumed, the availability of oxygen during the burn, the types of surfaces attracting the soot, and how firefighters extinguished the blaze, fire cleanup strategies differ. SERVPRO experts run through an evaluative protocol on each job:

  • Find the residues
  • Characterize the residues
  • Consider the kind of surfaces affected
  • Capture the residues 
  • Remove the residues
  • Dispose of the residues, adhering to best practices and local regulations

Choosing Appropriate Cleaning Methods

Some residues present as loose particles like ash. It is crucial to vacuum, dry sponge, or sweep up these dry residues quickly before the introduction of any wet cleaning agents. Moisture smears the dry debris, causing them to stain surfaces. Others are complex amalgams of incompletely combusted materials mixed with oil or water-based substances. These residues can adhere tightly to building materials, needing balancing of temperature, agitation, chemical actions, and dwell time to loosen and suspend in a solution for final rinsing and removal.

The highly-qualified team of managers and technicians from SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County are ready to clear your home of fire damage residues fast. Call (908) 788-8770 for an assessment as soon as the firefighters wind up their work.

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Fight Smoke & Fire Damage In Your Whitehouse Station Home

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Figures of people standing in the dark in front of a fire. We know exactly what your Whitehouse Station home needs after a fire, let us take on the fight.

Let SERVPRO fight your Whitehouse Station home fire.

Flames and smoke from a fire tends to burn or stain many items found in your Whitehouse Station home, often causing what seems like irreversible damage. However, with the help of an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Technician (IICRC), there are many ways to limit the losses you might experience. 

When fire damage occurs in your Whitehouse Station home, dealing with what is left after the flames go out can be devastating, especially if left unaddressed for too long. You need to understand your options, act fast, and work with a professional early to protect your property correctly. 

Understand that the heat produced by flames radiates throughout the area, causing surrounding items to lose moisture, crack, shatter, or even melt. SERVPRO has a highly trained team of restoration specialists available 24/hrs a day, 7/days a week, who respond, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, — offering quality solutions designed to adjust to your specific situation.  

Smoke and fire residues act like acid, eating away at the various surfaces found in your home, long after the flames subside. A properly trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT), like those offered at SERVPRO, can help you assess current damages and create a custom mitigation plan to help restore all fire-related damages found on your property. 

SERVPRO technicians can help you determine which of your affected items should receive cleaning or whether it is more feasible to discard and replace. We work hard to help you keep costs associated with your claim lower than you might expect and keep you informed throughout the restoration process. Our team also can assist you with the paperwork associated with your claim and communicates with your insurance company regularly, when appropriate.

At SERVPRO, we witness many incidents where homes become completely ruined by smoke, even though the majority of the building remains untouched by flames. Even if you put out the smallest fire as quickly as possible, smoke damage can still occur, often creating an uncomfortable and unsafe environment. We can improve the indoor air quality IAQ to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Never settle for less, get the quality services you deserve, by calling our office at SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County. We remain steadfast in our vision of providing quality cleanup and restoration services to every member of our surrounding community. (908) 788-8770

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