Recent Fire Damage Posts

How Many Different Contractors Do I Need for Restoration of Fire Damage in Coral Springs?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Streamline Your Fire Damage Restoration by Partnering with SERVPRO in Coral Springs

The sheer number of tasks that need planning and implementing after a Coral Springs household fire can be staggering. It is hard to imagine that the destruction and mess will ever be set to rights. Expecting to find all of the expertise and equipment needed to make a complicated fire disaster “Like it never even happened,” from just one company might seem impossible. With our focus on the training and experience of our well-equipped employees, we are sure we can deliver outstanding results on all fronts.

Does the Fire Restoration Industry Follow a Set Protocol?

Fire damage restoration in Coral Springs, as elsewhere, must proceed within the confines of local regulations, but it is also guided by standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The theories and skills taught by the IICRC are encyclopedic in nature, but are not static, developing continuously as research contributes to the knowledge base and innovative equipment offers better and faster results.

What Are the First Things Needing Management in a Fire Restoration Project?

SERVPRO always puts safety first when arriving to assess any fire disaster. Our responsibility is to thoroughly scope out the scene to locate safety concerns and then address each appropriately before commencing emergency and restoration services. Although fire restoration projects share commonalities, every job has differences, so we must familiarize ourselves with:

    •    Electrical and other utility systems and configuration
    •    Electric shock or oil or gas leakage risks
    •    Structural or material damage
    •    Particular building materials present, including hazards such as
    •    Asbestos
    •    Lead (including as paint)
    •    Information about any off-gassing during combustion
    •    Current category (level of contamination) of any firefighting water present
    •    Slip, trip, and fall risks

How Are Safety Hazards Managed During Fire Damage Restoration?

After assessment of the hazards, the following issues, if deemed concerns need controls:

    •    Electrical and other utility lines might require temporary shut off
    •    Damaged structural components may need removal or temporary support by our construction division
    •    Hazardous material mandate containment, removal, and lawful disposal by our certified biohazard removal technicians
    •    Air quality worries require the use of negative pressure air scrubbers and wearing of respirators by technicians

Water Is Mentioned Frequently -- What Is In the Project Plan for Water Issues?

The two primary focuses of our business are water and fire disaster restoration. Many of our team members hold IICRC certifications in both disciplines. We move on water removal before fire cleanup because of the severe safety issues, and because even uncontaminated water is incredibly corrosive to building materials. Our crews concentrate on the following, clearing the space, before moving to fire residue cleaning:

    •    Water removal with pumps and extractors
    •    Contaminated water containment and lawful disposal
    •    Inhibition of microbial growth with EPA-registered antimicrobials
    •    Structural drying

How Do Restoration Workers Choose Fire Residue Removal Strategies?

Training again steps forward, preparing our IICRC-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) to evaluate the residues and select the most efficacious products and methods to clean them from surfaces. Complicating this step is that as the fire moved through your home, the materials consumed, and conditions during the burning varied. The characteristics of the sooty coatings, thus, also vary, space by space. Sometimes one room can have several different kinds of soot to manage. Our FRSTs proceed to clean up the residues as follows:

    •    Preliminary determination of the type of soot -- dry, wet, or protein-based
    •    Testing of products and methods in inconspicuous spots
    •    Implementation of the chosen strategies, diligently moving from surface to surface until all are clean and ready for additional restorative efforts

Can One of the Crews Work on Deodorization?

If despite deep cleaning and air scrubbers smells linger, we offer a multitude of deodorization options. Although we have proprietary products that mask and distract smells, we prefer to work toward elimination. Some of the advanced approaches we employ that can clean hard to reach areas or chemically alter and neutralize the odor-bearing particles in your home include:

    •    HVAC ductwork cleaning
    •    Thermal fogging
    •    Ozone machines
    •    Hydroxyl generators
    •    Enzymatic products

Do I Need to Hire a Remodeling Contractor to Repair Damaged and Missing Structures?

Once the water and the residues are gone, damage to building materials can remain. Our construction teams are ready to help with a wide range of repair and build-back needs:

    •    Repair or replace wall and ceiling materials damaged or demolished to gain access to wet building cavities or hidden (and malodorous) debris
    •    Removal and replace porous materials like insulation, carpets, and padding
    •    Rebuilding of weakened or destroyed framing, floors, stairs, railings, and many more

Building a company that reveals strength after strength in the disaster restoration business has been SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland's goal and pledge to our community. We are committed to guiding every customer back to preloss condition, regardless of project complexity. Call (954) 973-4130 to explore what we can do for you.

Why Should I Hire a Professional Restoration Company After Fire Damage to My Coral Springs Home?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

A home with fire damaged items in a living room. Fire damage to your Coral Springs home can be devastating, let SERVPRO be there to help you.

Engaging the SERVPRO Team Ensures that Prompt and Professional Interventions Return the Integrity of the Building Materials of Your Coral Springs Home Safely and Completely

The fire damage suffered by your Coral Springs home has no parallel to ordinary soiling and wear and tear. Failing to respond fast and appropriately to the water and smoke and soot residues exposes your home to the risk of ongoing deterioration and significant secondary damage. Unless you happen to be a fire damage restoration professional, it is highly unlikely you can assess or intervene appropriately.

What Makes Fire Damage Different and a Professional Response Required?

After a blaze rages through your Coral Springs house, fire restoration is complicated by the firefighting efforts used to quell the flames. Removal of contaminated water and extinguishing chemicals must precede fire debris and residue remediation. The effects of water are as destructive as those of soot and charring, and also present safety risks such as electrical shock or structural collapse from trapped fluids. Water and fire residues are:

  • Contaminated with toxic substances created by high heat and the acts of combustion
  • Capable of spreading hazards through fluids and in the air
  • Difficult to remove promptly and safely without specialized training, tools, products, and equipment

Could I Manage the Cleanup Over Time?

Although you could try to gather the resources and learn the strategies needed to complete the restoration as a DIY project, the time frame to remedy the situation without permanent damage is incredibly short. SERVPRO sends a crew of managers and technicians to your home because both water and fire damage effects begin immediately. The more time it takes to clean up the water and soot, the more profoundly the building materials, fixtures, and contents of your home sustain long-term damage. 

The team at SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland can mobilize fast after a fire at your home, mitigating the ongoing destruction and remediating the damage to restore your abode “Like it never even happened.” Call us at  (954) 973-4130 before the firefighters wrap up their work to get our team on the job fast.

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What Should I Do About the Soot Stains In My Coral Springs Kitchen?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO of Coral Springs for Fire Damage Remediation Services

Fire damage can be an overwhelming event for any homeowner, big or small. Furthermore, it can be even more frustrating when you can't get rid of some aspect of the blaze. Be it smoke, soot, or ash, no one wants to see remnants of a fire in their home.

We specialize in remediating fire damage in Coral Springs. Our technicians are highly trained and have the experience to know how to mitigate the signs of flames inside of your home. Trust us to help you in your time of need.

What Can SERVPRO Do About the Soot Stains in My Kitchen?
The chemical composition of soot is complicated, as it's based on whatever burned. Luckily for you, our techs are trained to recognize the different types of soot and can apply the proper technique to clean them. We can:
    •    Use specially formulated chemical or lubricative based cleaning agents
    •    Use abrasive cleaning measures to get rid of particularly tough patches
    •    Complete any necessary demolitions and help you reach out for a contractor for rebuilding

What if the Smell of Fire Still Lingers Too? What Can You Do?
Here at SERVPRO, we are expert fire damage restorations. It is our goal to erase all traces of the fire, so you can live, “Like it never even happened.” To eliminate smoke damage, we can:
    •    Use hydroxyl generators
    •    Use sealant paints
    •    Set up air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters

By using many of these advanced technological devices, we can try to make your home feel like it did before the fire happened.

When Are You Open? What if the Fire Happens at Night?
Our entire schedule is based on yours. No matter the time of the day, we're available. We can get to your house as quickly as possible by:
    •    Using pre-loaded equipment trucks
    •    Assembling a team as soon as you call
    •    Using GPS to ensure the quickest route

If your home requires fire damage restoration, get help immediately. Contact SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland by dialing (954) 973-4130. We're open 24/7.

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Coral Springs Home--From Fire Loss to Build Back--Count on SERVPRO

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Restoration in Coral Springs

At this time of year, with its Western border being the Everglades, Coral Springs residents pay much closer attention to the dry weather with the increased risk of fire. Then, there are the year-round risks from faulty wiring, dirty dryer vent conduits, among others.

With a possible outside source, though, remediating Coral Springs fire damage means dealing with issues from the roof down to the kitchen linoleum. In this situation, SERVPRO restoration technicians engage in demolition, disposal, and cleaning of the structure, and engage in construction to either repair or replace damage to each home. Our Commercial Contractor License #: CBC1261730 indicates a wide range of build back capabilities.

In a previous incident, wind-borne sparks landed on a local residence. It set the roof on fire, which penetrated the attic and then down into the living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. Technicians pulled burned drywall panels, ceiling tiles, plus wall and overhead framing. They also removed and disposed of carpets, linoleum, furniture, and appliances.

In the attic, the SERVPRO team pulled down the roof supports on the western side of the house and the roof over them. They disposed of it all, including the insulation contaminated with burned material and smoke residues.   

Technicians then used a variety of cleaning agents to remove the smoke residues and other particles left by the fire. For areas of the home not physically affected, they used a mild cleaner to loosen them from surfaces and to remove them using sponges or cleaning cloths. For parts of the home closer to the physical destruction, they used stronger cleaners, which contained a deodorizing agent as well to eliminate the pungent odors accompanying the residues.

Team members then restored the home and rebuilt it where possible. They laid in new pads and carpeting in the bedrooms and living room. In the kitchen, they laid new linoleum and installed new appliances. For the roof, the damage was extensive enough that the owner’s insurance company required a licensed contractor.

After a fire, the goal of SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland is to return each home to its original condition before the disaster. If your home is here, Eagle Trace, Heron Bay, or North Springs, and requires our services, contact us immediately at (954) 973-4130. Our office is here for you.

We Have The State Of The Art Equipment Necessary To Restore Your Coral Springs Home After A Fire

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

A wall in a bathroom covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire Our fire damage specialists are certified and are highly experienced and armed with the latest equipment available in the restoration process.

Preventive Measures to Avoid Fire Damage from Candles in Coral Springs

Candles are a beautiful addition to any room. However, it is still an open flame and has the potential to cause fire damage. In fact, candles are responsible for around 8,200 residential fires each year, and most were preventable.

The following are a collection of tips for avoiding fire damage in Coral Springs homes from candle use. Also, what to do in case of fire loss.

Three Basic Rules for Candle Use

In a report published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 80-percent of fires caused by candles were preventable if candle users followed these simple rules:
A burning candle should never be unattended
Be aware of flammable objects near burning candles
Ensure children and pets cannot reach burning candles

Safe Candle Tips

Before lighting a candle, always trim the wick to one-fourth of an inch. The reason for this is because too long wicks can be the source of flaring or uneven burning.

Using a candle holder constructed of heat-resistant materials and designed specifically for use with candles is another must-have. The placement of candles in a room is essential. A candle exposed to drafts, vents, or fans can have rapid burning, sooting, or excessive dripping. Most candles should burn four hours or less and wait at least two hours before relighting.

Common Causes of Candle Fires

When SERVPRO techs clean up and restore properties with fire damage loss caused by candles, some of the most typical reasons are leaving a candle burning unattended, or allowing a candle to burn down below half an inch of max in the holder, as this can cause the container to break and become a fire hazard.

If Fire Loss Occurs from a Candle

Once the fire department extinguishes the fire, bring in SERVPRO techs to restore the affected area of the home. Smoke damage and soot requires various methods and cleaning agents to release the grip of the residues on surfaces.

Post Fire Repairs

With their general contractor license #CBC1261730, SERVPRO can offer homeowners the full restoration of their properties after a fire loss. Including not only building materials but finishing touches such as painting walls or staining floors to return the home to its pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland is available 24-hours at (954) 973-4130. Their technicians can clean up and restore any size fire damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Coral Springs Home Smelly after a Fire? The SERVPRO Team Is Here to Help!

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Letter FIRE superimposed upon a Fire-Like Graphic background Fire Damage to Structures, Contents, and Odors Leaving Your Coral Springs Home in a Disarray? SERVPRO Provides Professional Services for Fire Losses

Dealing with the Challenges of Fire Damage Mitigation in Coral Springs Homes

Fire damage can leave you feeling overwhelmed as you try to deal with insurance while taking care of your family. Thankfully, the fire damage restoration experts at SERVPRO can help. We have the training and high-tech equipment to overcome the challenges that a fire loss presents.  Depending on what caused the fire, the nature of the materials burned, and the extent of combustion, different residues and contaminants can be released throughout your home and get absorbed into its porous contents.

The contaminant residues in your fire damaged Coral Springs home may include char, soot, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and ash. A quick response is the key to preventing additional damage to your property and restoring it to its original condition. There are challenges involved in restoring a fire-damaged home, but our technicians can deal with them effectively.

Smoke odors   

The smoke produced during the fire incident can get in your infrastructure, plumbing, and walls. Smoke turns into soot that can cause discoloration of affected surfaces. Smoke can leave unpleasant odors in your property. Our highly trained technicians can identify different smoke scents. We can use the right cleaning solutions to remove the smells. We can use water-based odor counteractants to remove the odors. Our team can add the odor counteract to cleaning solutions to control smoke odors. Water-based deodorizers work at various pH extremes and temperatures to neutralize a majority of malodors, replacing them with a pleasant scent.

Water damage

Firefighters may have pumped out a lot of water to put out the fire in your property. Although the water helped save your residence, it could have damaged different strictures and contents in your house. Mold grows quickly and has the potential to cause an unhealthy environment. Our team can remove any standing water using pumps or wet/dry vacuum cleaners. We can also use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home completely.   

Choosing the right cleaning products

Our intensive fire damage restoration training enables us to select the correct cleaning products such as water-based or non-water based cleaners (dry or petroleum-based) for different surfaces. For instance, when washing plaster walls, we avoid using water-based cleaners because they are not sufficient. Similarly, when cleaning chrome fittings, glazed surfaces, and porcelain finishes, we avoid using abrasive cleaners because they can cause these surfaces to become dull. To determine the right cleaning products and processes, we identify the residues produced during the fire and then restore the affected surfaces properly. Pre-testing surfaces and fibers are crucial to successfully remove soiling without damaging the material.

Encapsulation of scents

Some scorched surfaces of your home could be inaccessible. We know that odors can remain on such surfaces even after we have used other deodorization procedures. To deal with such odors, it is necessary to seal the surfaces. Our SERVPRO crew can seal them off using chemical sealers to encapsulate the odors.

SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland has expertise in fire damage mitigation and can handle your fire loss to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (954) 973-4130 for immediate help.

Is Fire Damage Cooking in Your West Coral Springs Kitchen?

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire. Stove burning; fire spreading. When your home experiences a fire, call SERVPRO! We have the knowledge to restore your home quickly.

Extra Problems After Fire Damage in Coral Springs Kitchen 

Even a small size kitchen fire leaves several issues, including fire damage, water damage, foul odors, and there is the threat of mold growth. The cleanup needs to begin quickly, or soot has the potential to spread throughout the home.  

Eliminating the chances of cross-contamination is one of the first actions SERVPRO technicians take against fire damage in Coral Springs homes. The containment may be simple barriers with thick plastic sheeting or negative air chambers, depending on the amount of damage and potential for foot traffic to spread soot.  

Mold is a Threat After Fire Loss

SERVPRO technicians know that mold spores can germinate within 24 hours when ambient moisture levels are above 50% humidity, and temperatures average over 70F-degrees. They hold mold remediation certification #MRSR2994 and know the early warning signs of infestations. Proactive treatments involve complete water extraction and the rapid lowering of indoor air moisture levels through the use of air movers and dehumidifiers in tandem. Antimicrobial cleaning solutions work to inhibit mold as an issue.  

Controlled Demolition is Often Necessary

As long as charred building materials and contents remain in the home, the danger of spreading soot remains. The cutting away and removal of burned items works to lower odors.  

Readying the Property for Reconstruction

After the removal of the fire loss items from the house, the techs prep the home for reconstruction. Some painted walls have the potential for cleaning, however dependent on the heat of the fire, the possibility of deeply embedded soot in the paint remains. In those cases, the application of a sealant provides an odor-free surface that only requires repainting. 

Inspection of Ductwork

If the HVAC system ran any time after the fire, there is a likelihood of soot within the ductwork. After the cleanup of fire loss in the home, they inspect and clean the ductwork as needed. 

Fire damage needs fast action. Contact SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland at (954) 973-4130; the technicians are available 24/7 to make the fire loss in your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Cleaning Soot from Coral Springs Kitchen Countertops

8/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help you get that soot out of your Coral Springs kitchen so you can get back to cooking.

Let us get that soot out of your Coral Springs kitchen.

Soot and smoke residues can be among the most challenging symptoms to overcome after a fire occurs in Coral Springs homes. Even with some experience in fire recovery and soot removal, many homeowners lack the advanced training and cutting-edge equipment available to our restoration specialists to protect your property and possessions better. Approaching the cleaning of surfaces like countertops can be especially risky without the right technique and equipment, which can often lead to staining and smearing that can become impossible to remedy.

Kitchen flare-ups can be a conventional catalyst to fire damage in Coral Springs homes, and they can often keep the conditions and effects concentrated in this highly trafficked area of your house. Our SERVPRO professionals must assess the scope of the damage with our initial arrival, working quickly to determine how severe the situation is and the best approaches to restore individual symptoms. Soot and smoke residue removal is a scenario our experienced professionals get trained to handle, and we arrive with a full array of cleaning products, tools, and machines to efficiently manage the situation.

We have several approaches for eliminating the presence of soot residues on countertops, and this usually begins with vacuuming loose particulates from the surface with a high-powered vacuum. Our SERVPRO team can then utilize chemical sponges, either wet or dry depending on the situation, in deliberate and skilled swipes to eliminate soot on the surface.

For more challenging materials, our technicians can implement machines for abrasive cleaning techniques like media and soda blasting. These approaches can fully eradicate the presence of soot, but do not damage the substrate in the process. This process is the same used to eliminate mold colonies and protect hosting materials in homes and businesses.

Particular countertops get made of premium materials that can be very costly to replace. Our SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland professionals have the right equipment and expertise to address these effects wherever they get found, and make the fire loss event “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (954) 973-4130.

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