Recent Fire Damage Posts
Heater reminders as we head into winter
Working in a charred attic
Recently, The SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury was called to a fire that took place in a local Vermonters apartment after she had tried to dry some of her clothing on top of her space heater. The mess that resulted was in need of some major attention.
Space heaters that require fuel should be handled and used with extreme caution. While fuel powered space heaters are more efficient at heating a large space, there are certain things you must do to protect yourself from a potential fire.
Never (ever) leave space heaters running without supervision. It's understandable that you don't want to come home to a cold house, but leaving a space heater running with no one around is extremely dangerous.Space heaters may overheat which could ignite the fuel and cause a fire.
Here are some helpful tips to keep your home safe:
1: Always make sure the space heater is turned off before refueling
2: Remove the space heater from the residence before refueling. Never refuel inside the house!
3: Allow the space heater adequate time to cool down. Refueling a space heater while it is still hot can cause an explosion. If you spill gas onto one of the hot parts of the space heater, it could easily ignite.
4: Make sure to check if the space heater you are using is approved for indoor use. Most fuel powered space heaters are designed for outdoor use only!
5: Always be sure to double check that your home fire extinguishers are charged and that the expiration date has not passed.
6: Do not place space heaters on carpets or other flammable fabrics. Make sure the space heater is not in a confined space where it may overheat
7: Electric space heaters should never be plugged in if the room is damp. Humid air can caused the space heater to short, leading to an electrical fire.
8: Always make sure that electric space heaters are plugged into an outlet. Extension cords increase the risk of shorting.
9: Before purchasing any space heater, make sure that the space heater has passed safety tests in the United States. The easiest way to tell is to check for an Underwriters Laboratory Label (UL).
Remember, if something seems amiss with your heaters Vermont, call a professional. Better safe than sorry!
SERVPRO Handles Fire!
On the scene
The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.
What You Can Do Until Help Arrives
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
- Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
- Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
- Do not clean any electrical equipment.
- Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. Give us a call at 802-497-1101
SERVPRO + IICRC
If a house sustains fire damage, proper cleanup is crucial as the ash, soot and water will wreak havoc on what remains. It’s bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to extinguish it can cause secondary damage. The remnants will continue to do damage long after the flames are extinguished.
The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents available at the store. Unfortunately, this will barely make an impact on the problem and could cause bigger issues. Chemical agents could react with the residue and cause permanent damage, and in some cases, they may cause toxic fumes. Fire damage cleanup is one of the most difficult jobs out there, and it should be left to a professional for the best results.
When selecting a firm that does the restoration, consider what type of training they have. Do they have health and safety certifications? Are they experienced in a wide range of repair? Do they have proof of proper insurance and licenses? The company that has the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) fire and smoke restoration Certified Firm meets all of these expectations and conditions. An IICRC-certified firm understands the need for a quick response. Immediate action is necessary because the longer the delay, the harder and more costly the job will be as reactions within the damaged material can continue to occur. The fire may be gone, but the ash, soot and smoke odors that remain can continue to do harm. At the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury we use our knowledge of fire restoration to accurately test the damage and apply the proper repair techniques to bring the items back to preloss condition when possible.
Also, when hiring an IICRC certified firm like the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, you can be sure that they are up to date with the latest technologies and techniques. In order for these firms to keep their certification, they are required to take continuing education programs. So when confronted with fire damage cleanup, choose the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, an IICRC-certified professional.
Fire and smoke damage to your home or business can be a huge and unexpected bump in the road. SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience in the fire and smoke restoration business. At SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, our disaster restoration experts will be there to help you clean up and restore your home or business to its preloss condition. Our IICRC certified team offers customers professional restoration expertise while providing the highest level of integrity, quality and service, including the following:
- Work directly with your insurance company and assist you in the claims process
- Deal directly with professional dry cleaners to get your clothing back to you quickly
- Smoke and odor removal, sanitation and air purification
- Structural cleaning with environmentally friendly methods
- Cleaning and storage of personal belongings
- Climate controlled storage
- Complete Demolition
- Thermal Fogging and Ozoning on site or in our cleaning facility
Fire spreads a variety of chemicals and soot, depending on the source of the fire. This creates challenges in cleaning and decontamination, which can be hindered if not done properly. In addition, smoke can be caustic in nature resulting in the necessity for prompt removal to minimize damage to fabrics, ferrous metals, electronic devices, chrome and painted surfaces. Our Disaster Restoration Experts are ready to respond 24 hours a day to start the cleaning and restoration process to help minimize the damage.
Our project managers will support you throughout the entire restoration process, informing you every step of the way. Property damage by fire, smoke and especially water must be treated promptly and efficiently to ensure the best results and prevent further damage. We are available 24 hours a day,365 days a year including holidays for any emergency. At SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury, our IICRC certified team will make sure your loss situation is handled correctly and professionally to minimize discomfort, inconvenience and unnecessary additional costs. We specialize in insurance claims and we'll even bill the insurance company directly so you have one less thing to worry about.
We know a home or business disaster such as a fire is a traumatic event. No one expects a fire to happen to them, and therefore they frequently are unprepared for what they must do to help return their lives back to normal. Callus 24 hours a day @ (802)497-1101. Our goal is to help you regain control to make your damage "Like it never even happened."
Fires can be gradual too!
After a house fire, you are anxious to enter your home, but do not touch the carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture or clothing. They are likely covered with soot, which is oily, and it stains easily. Soot includes fine black particles, consisting mainly of carbon, as well as acids, chemicals, metals, soils and dust. Its removal should be handled by SERVPRO, professional fire remediation experts.
A common residential fire results in the burning of a variety of materials, wood, paper, plastics, foams, fabrics, wool, wood products and synthetic containing materials. Fire damage to Vermont residential and/ or commercial buildings will result in soot contamination. Exposure to soot may occur via the eyes, skin, inhalation and ingestion.
Airborne soot particulates are invisible to the human eye usually only .4 microns in size, thus after a fire you may unknowingly be affected. Soot particles can enter the bloodstream and cause a variety of health issues. Firefighters today are very well-trained in safety, plus they were protective gear, yet they experience a higher incidence of respiratory problems than the public.
After a fire and after its flames are extinguished, there still exists some safety risks. Soot is just one of the secondary fire residue risks, which cause damages. Not all soot residues are the same. There are different types of soot which are easier to clean than other types. SERVPRO professionals will clean any of four different types: dry smoke, wet smoke, protein smoke, and fuel oil smoke residues.
Industry issued safety equipment are essential in reducing possible exposure to dangerous soot conditions, including water related health problems from firefighting efforts. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury use IICRC professional tools and industry approved remediation methods. Our knowledge and expertise are at the heart of a thorough and safe fire restoration. Call us at (802) 497-1101 and let us help restore your property back to normal.
SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury knows how to deal with fire losses effectively and how to remove noxious odors and prevent them from returning to your home. When you've suffered a fire in your home, don’t hesitate. Contact the Fire Remediation people At SERVPRO Burlington Middlebury.
SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury has more than 45 years worth of experience under 1 roof in this industry and we have the expertise to deal with fires safely.
Call SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury 24/7. Contact us at 802-497-1101 for all your fire, water, mold, smoke damage or other cleaning needs.
Leave Smoke Damage to the Professionals
The aftermath of a basement fire
Once a fire is extinguished, you may think your home is safe to enter again. However, instead of diving into the cleanup on your own, it’s imperative you enlist the help of a professional. Putting out a fire isn’t the only thing a homeowner should call in backup for—consult a restoration company like SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury to remedy the resulting water and smoke damage.
When your house catches on fire, it’s not just the heat of the flames that damage your home and belongings. The water and chemicals firefighters use to put out fires—as well as the smoke and soot that followed—can have a significant effect on your dwelling. Even if the fire was contained and only reached a small area of your home, smoke can easily travel throughout your home and soak into the walls, carpets, upholstery, drapes, and clothing.
Thinking about throwing away any items that have been ruined to speed up the process? A restoration company should still be called in to take a closer look. If smoke damage is left unattended, it will lead to corrosion, etching, and discoloration, as well as lingering odors throughout your home. Since discoloration can become permanent within a matter of hours, it’s crucial to schedule a professional inspection as quickly as you can.
Once contacted, the restoration company will come in and take a look at the materials in your home that were damaged by the fire and smoke. After assessing which items can be salvaged, they will begin to remove any ash residue and musty odors. The process of removing and neutralizing these strong odors is extremely complex, so leave this job to the professionals.
To avoid expensive repairs down the line, call the experts at SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury at (802) 497-1101 as soon as the smoke has cleared. Visit them online for more information about their water and smoke damage services.
Fire Season is Approaching
House Fire in South Burlington, VT that called SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury for fire restoration services.
Tips to avoid a house fire this winter season:
Turning on the stove for heat is not a safe source to keep warm. In the case of an emergency situation where the power goes out and you need to keep warm you should have extra blankets ready along with sleeping bags and warm winter coats or extra layers of clothing.
Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters are also good back up sources of heat as long as they are never placed near water, on top of or too close to furniture and drapes (should be at least three feet away), and children and pets should never be left unattended while heaters are in use. It's also a good idea to use space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Kerosene heaters should be checked with your local fire department to make sure that they're legal with your town or city.
When using a fireplace always make sure the wood is completely dry even slightly damp wood can catch fire.
An electric generator should never be used indoors or even inside your garage due to risk of inhaling carbon monoxide. A generator should also never be placed near the air intake of your home to also avoid poisoning and must be completely dry along with other appliances.
It is best to store gasoline outdoors to lessen the risk igniting fire.
Incase a fire does occur in your home you should have the following safety equipment ready and easily accessible: fire extinguisher, smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector are working (its a good idea to change the batteries before winter to ensure it works through the season).
5 Tips for Getting Rid of Lingering Smoke Odor
Smoke can leave carcinogens in your home if not adequately removed
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Dealing with the effects of smoke damage is never easy—especially when it comes to the smell that’s left behind. Once smoke permeates a structure, removing its strong odor generally proves to be an arduous task. According to the professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury, there are some steps that can be taken to eliminate or significantly reduce the unpleasant stench of smoke. The Williston, VT, based company stresses the importance of timeliness when trying to remove the smell of smoke.
Here are some helpful techniques for getting rid of the pungent scent:
5 Tips to Remove Smoke Damage Odor
1. Dispose of Unsalvageable Items
Unfortunately, there are often items too damaged by smoke to be saved. Getting these things out of the house immediately will greatly minimize the remaining smell. Carpet, insulation, and drywall are a few things to check in particular for odor and smoke residue.
2. Wash Down All Hard Surfaces
All hard surfaces should be washed down carefully with a solution that includes water, white vinegar, and dish soap or shampoo. Using a clean rag, wipe down countertops, tables, shelves, baseboards, windowsills, cabinets, and light fixtures and mop all solid flooring surfaces.
3. Blow Fresh Air Into Each Room
While opening all the doors and windows will help a little, it’s more effective to get fresh air circulating inside as many rooms as possible. This is why it’s better to set up large fans on the exterior of the home and blow the outdoor air in. Focus on different rooms at a time for the best results.
4. Clean Clothing & Furniture Thoroughly
It’s common for clothing and furniture to hold the smell from smoke damage, so extra efforts must be taken to deodorize them. Clothes can be put in a bag with baking soda before being washed with a mixture of detergent and vinegar. Upholstered furniture should go through a deep clean to extract the odor completely from fibers.
5. Hire a Professional
Because of how challenging it is to remove the smell of smoke, the job is often better left in the hands of a professional. They have the proper equipment and knowledge to go through the process without causing more harm.
If your home has been impacted by smoke damage, it’s essential to get to work right away to erase the smell or you run the risk of living with it forever. Contact SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury at (802) 497-1101, or visit them online to learn more about their fire restoration services.
3 Major Types of Fire Damage
The professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury have the skills, knowledge, tools and experience to get your home restored quickly!
Fire damage has more than one face. The actual burning of a building’s structure is the first thing to come to mind, but the consequences linger even after the flames are extinguished. Learn more about the different kind of damage from SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury, located in Williston, VT.
The 3 Types of Fire Damage
1. Damage From Flames
Did you know there are multiple kinds of damage from flames? Fire burns differently depending on its cause, and the damage from one started by an electrical issue may look different from one that resulted from cooking oil. A restoration specialist will have to work accordingly to make sure the structure of your building is intact and safe for you to inhabit.
2. Smoke Damage
The effects of smoke last well after the air clears. Not only does smoke damage discolor the surfaces in your building with ash, but it also leaves strong and unpleasant smells behind. Fortunately, a restoration company can remove the remnants of smoke damage.
3. Damage From Other Substances
Fire opens a building up to a variety of vulnerabilities. The water used to extinguish a blaze leaves its own mark, with water stains or mold becoming a real possibility. If chemicals were involved in the fire, these need to be cleaned up so as not to be a continuing danger. Holes in the outer walls of a building can also lead to rain and outside debris getting in, all of which have to be dealt with.
If your home or business has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO of Burlington / Middlebury is there for you. Call them at (802) 497-1101 for 24-hour emergency service from a trusted part of the community. More information about their fire restoration services is available on their website.