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How Can I Get Rid of Smoke Odors After a Small Kitchen Fire?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

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For Fire Damage Restoration and Deodorization of Your Portsmouth Home Call SERVPRO.

Odors are volatile molecules that people's noses sense when they are present in the air. Since fragrances are easily evaporative, they eventually go away or dissipate once the source gets removed; however, the removal process can take a long time.

What can cause smoke odors to exist?

During fire damage projects in Portsmouth, foul aromas usually get caused by burnt materials or soot residues that are present after the blaze gets extinguished. The first step our SERVPRO technicians take during the restoration process is to remove all charred items and clean any surfaces that contain soils and soot residues. Once we capture all soils, residues, and burnt materials, we dispose of them in sealed plastic bags, so other previously unaffected areas of your home do not get contaminated.

What do you do if unpleasant smells still exist after all soot residues have been cleaned and burnt materials have been removed?

In some situations, foul aromas can still be present after soots have been disposed of because the smoke can penetrate porous materials deeply. When this occurs, we can use the following products and equipment to deodorize your house:

 Odor Counteracting Beads- These are made of a special treated porous material that, as soon as the bag is opened, deodorant molecules get released into the air.

 Deodorant Granules or Pellets- These specialized pellets or granules are odor absorbers that act as a sponge and hold in odors.

 Water-Based Odor Counteractants- Specialized chemicals can be added to cleaning solutions that can help counteract malodor particles.

 Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) Misters-  ULV foggers break down water-based deodorants into a mist so the chemicals can penetrate porous materials.

 Thermal Foggers- Thermal machines break oil-based deodorants down even smaller so it can travel through your structure in the same way smoke did.

 Sealers: Specialized sealant paints can trap in malodor molecules.

If you ever smell smoke in your home after you have a small kitchen fire in Hampton or Exeter, call SERVPRO of the Seacoast at (603) 433-4300.

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What is the Best Method to Clean Fire Damage Off My Portsmouth Kitchen Walls and Ceilings?

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Incorrect cleaning methods on smoke residues can ruin surfaces, SERVPRO has specialized cleaning agents and techniques to remove smoke damage in Portsmouth properties 

When a cooking fire happens, the smoke damage can be the worst of it. In particular, a smoking pan is the worst as it can leave residues on the stove, walls, ceiling, and porous items rapidly. Unless cleanup happens, problems such as:

  • The spread of pungent odors to other areas of the home
  • Need for ductwork cleaning due to soot
  • The ruin of porous items with inadequate cleaning 

Why is Fire Damage from Cooking Fires So Difficult to Remove? 

When a protein fire occurs in a Portsmouth home, the fire damage left behind is nearly invisible. When meats, fish, and eggs burn, they turn into a fine mist that coats surfaces all over the kitchen. Soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see, so it is impossible to clean them away using visuals to find them. However, as long as they remain on-site, foul odors accompany them.  

What Are Some Tactics for Cleaning Away Cooking Fire Odors 

SERVPRO techs use a multi-layered approach to the cleanup of smoke and fire damage in Portsmouth kitchens. 

  • The use of air scrubbers to capture airborne particulates
  • Testing residues and choosing solutions to release their grip on surfaces
  • Immersion cleaning for non-porous items with smoke damage 

Odor Control is a Crucial Part of Fire Loss Mitigation 

Even when there is little to no charring in a kitchen, the techs from SERVPRO know that odor-causing soot particles may need neutralizing. They have various odor control applications and use them according to the treatment level required. Frequently used methods include thermal fogging, which works particularly well when porous items such as window treatments and upholstered items show evidence of smokey odors. 

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 can clean up and restore any size fire damage in your home with their advanced equipment and restoration methods. 

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The Complete Guide to Understanding Fire Damage Remediation in Portsmouth

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

yellow fire line across property Facing fire damage can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for effective fire damage remediation efforts by certified technicians.

Portsmouth Homes Do Not Have to Smell Like Fire Damage

When a fire loss happens in a Portsmouth home, it most definitely leaves a calling card. Not only with charred structure and contents, but a very distinctive odor is typical. 

Even a small amount of fire damage can leave significant odors in a Portsmouth home. In cases where the HVAC was running post-fire, odorous soot can be resident within the ductwork and require cleaning. Techs put up plastic containment barriers around the work area to limit the spread of soot.

Type of Fire Can Determine Odor Level 

Kitchen fires are frequent contributors to foul odors after a fire. When a protein, such as a steak on a grill pan, catches on fire, the fats vaporize and deposit on all nearby surfaces in a nearly invisible, but very pungent residue. Often in this type of loss, there is not much in the way of charring but a significant need for odor control. Other types of fires have the smell diminished by the removal of burned items and using air scrubbers to capture airborne soot particles.

Surface Cleaning 

Repairs and reconstruction cannot occur in the home until the smoke odors get neutralized. SERVPRO techs have access to a broad array of professional-grade agents that include solvents for sticky residues to release their grip on surfaces. The removal of the smoke damage goes a long way to diminishing odors.

Ductwork Cleaning

When a fire occurs in a home, the ductwork is one of the most neglected areas. During the fire, hot hair expands, it pushes into not only porous objects but also open vents and enters the ductwork. In the case of a fire loss that occurred in a single area of the property, if the HVAC ran post-fire, there is an excellent chance odor-causing soot particles are now resident within the ductwork. SERVPRO technicians can clean and restore the ducts and improve the air quality in the home.

Standard Odor Control Measures

When dealing with fire odor removal, the techs have access to numerous types of equipment. In some cases, the techs need to use a multi-layered approach to ensure the complete deodorization of the home happens. 

SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 are ready to clean up and restore your property and contents from any size fire damage and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Do You Know How to Remove Oily Soiling From Your Fire Damaged Exeter Home?

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on ceiling and walls Smoke and soot damage are difficult to remove. We have the cleaning agents and expertise to remove all types of soiling.

Removing Oily Soiling from Exeter Homes After a Fire 

The combustion of materials when a structure fire moves from one room to another can leave various residues and sediment throughout your Exeter property. Removing these layers of carbon and debris from affected surfaces is a process that must get done carefully using sophisticated tools and potent cleaning products. The wrong approaches, such as inappropriately cleaning oily soils from materials, can lead to staining and irreparable damage. 

Oils that exist on surfaces must get sufficiently evaluated by our professionals when the scoping of the job determines the extent of fire damage in Exeter properties. The purpose of this inspection and evaluation is to assess the severity of the soiling. Depending on the depth and heaviness of the present oily soil, various approaches, products, and techniques are necessary. 

Light Soiling  

As you might already have learned through various stages of your life, oil and water do not mix. Therefore, special considerations must get made for how fire damage soiling gets removed when it is oil-based. If the soil is light enough on a surface, it is possible that these particles can get emulsified with the application of water-based detergents. The detergents can attach to this soiling and pull it away from the surface and get rinsed clean. 

Heavy Soiling  

Heavy soils present more significant obstacles for our SERVPRO technicians. The right approach here can help to prevent a need for removing damaged construction materials and structural elements. In many situations, the answer is dissolving. Unlike emulsion, heavier soils do not react positively with water-based detergents. Instead, solvents are a better solution because they can work to dissolve residues that are not water-soluble. We have many potent solvents to choose from depending on the type of material hosting the oily soil. 

Cleaning up damaged surfaces after fire loss incidents can be a challenge for even the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team. With a combination of water-based detergents and solvents, we can work to remove oily substances to protect and restore damaged materials and contents throughout your home. Contact us anytime at (603) 433-4300. 

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Did You Know That SERVPRO Effectively Remediates Fire Damage in Exeter?

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged picture frame and home contents Regardless of how the fire started, SERVPRO can help with mitigating the situation and remediating the fire damage - including lingering odors.

How Ozone Chambers Help Content Management for Exeter Homeowners

Content management is a considerable aspect of the fire recovery work we offer to Exeter property owners after a loss incident. As quickly as fire effects can spread throughout a property, personal belongings and possessions often get caught contending with the worst of these symptoms, including smoke odors. With pack-out procedures, we can take these damaged items to our nearby SERVPRO facility for focused cleaning and recovery efforts.

Fire damage in Exeter homes requires the skills and expertise of our highly trained technicians to overcome, as many scenarios are too potentially threatening to the health of homeowners to address on their own. After loss incidents, airborne threats can make it challenging to complete damage assessment and cataloging of loss for your personal belongings. Our team can work quickly to determine the full scope of the damage to the structure and earmark personal belongings for removal by our content management professionals.

In our warehouse, we have many tools designed to make the cleaning and recovery of incoming items as efficient and effective as possible. Advanced equipment like our ultrasonic submersion tanks present an innovative solution for soot threats to possessions, but one of the most remarkable features available to our SERVPRO team is our ozone chamber. This sealed region of the facility is a vital space for helping to overcome widespread smoke odors present in furniture, soft materials, and other removed items from your fire-damaged property.

Much like our units used within residences and businesses, the production of ozone is the catalyst for odor neutralization. This chemical compound features an additional oxygen molecule that can bond with odor compounds and neutralize it on contact. Because of its gaseous nature, ozone can permeate surfaces to address stubborn scents trapped in the damaged materials.

We have many tools that can play a vital role in the ultimate recovery and restoration of your home. As challenging as fire losses can be to overcome, we have advanced in-house and on-site tools to help. You can reach our certified SERVPRO of The Seacoast fire restoration specialists anytime by calling (603) 433-4300.

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Greenland Area Homes Benefit from SERVPRO's Fire Damage Protocols and Methods

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Yellow caution tape with fire line do not cross wording SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home in Greenland--One Step at a Time.

Effective Cleaning Practices for Fire-Damaged Greenland Homes  

Cleaning is a vital element of every fire recovery project that our professionals undertake in Greenland and beyond. We have a responsibility to live up to our reputation along The Sea Coast by exceeding expectations with both our efficiency and thoroughness. Cleaning is not an area where you can cut corners and expect the satisfactory result that our brand guarantees after fire damage devastates your home. Understanding our practices in cleaning and restoring your home can help you to appreciate these phases when they happen within your property.

Restoring fire damage in Greenland homes requires multiple approaches often working simultaneously. From deodorization to air purification practices, you should know that recovering a fire damaged house requires trained personnel, our state-of-the-art equipment, and powerful cleaning and deodorizing agents developed especially for the use of our SERVPRO team in the field.
We use mitigating approaches for cleaning surfaces, especially those affected by residues and soot to make our final cleaning more successful. Precleaning can reduce the volume and thickness of residues and work to break soils loose from the material beneath. These practices often involve powerful vacuums and other tools that can allow wet or dry chemical sponging to follow successfully. Not allowing this precleaning phase to take place opens up the possibilities of smearing and staining of these surfaces, which even our experienced SERVPRO professionals cannot always recover.
We tailor our cleaning process specifically to the situation, and the surface affected, and do not use generalized practices that might not work in all circumstances. Cleaning is the phase that makes our efforts “Like it never even happened.” for your home, and that is why we invest into the latest equipment, tools, and products designed to help in this regard. With our inventory stocked in ready trailers at our facility, we can reach anywhere along our coastal service area within hours of your emergency call.
We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we have the experience and readiness practices to prove it. No matter when fire damages affect your home, you can count on our SERVPRO of The Seacoast fire restoration professionals to help. We have a full division of cleaning technicians that can help in every facet of fire loss recovery. Give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

How Our Experts Handle Fire Damage In Your Exeter Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach us at (603) 433-4300. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Guidelines On Handling Fire Damage In Your Exeter Home

The flames from a fire of any size can create dangerous conditions in your house quickly by damaging furniture, cabinets, countertops, tiles, and appliances in minutes. After extinguishing a fire successfully, the amount of destruction left to handle can be overwhelming. Therefore, it is vital to use fire restoration services to return your property to its pre-fire damage condition.

After a fire damages your Exeter residential property, soot and smoke can travel and penetrate other rooms, ruining carpeting, paint, upholstery, clothing, draperies, and other belongings. Ventilating your house is a vital first step to cleaning up after a fire. You can start the remediation process by taking the following steps:

• Wear gloves like household dishwashing gloves, pants, and long-sleeved shirts before cleaning up the surfaces with soot and smoke residues to avoid skin contact.
• Wear personal protective gear like a dust mask to avoid breathing in airborne particles such as ash.
• Ventilate your property by opening the windows and doors to eliminate odor and smoke.
• Dispose of burned debris to eliminate scents.
• Use cooking oil to wipe metallic finishes preventing staining and rusting.

You should also not hesitate to seek help from SERVPRO franchise professionals. Our restoration team has expansive training in dealing with fire damage. We understand that the destruction may be more severe than it appears and we know where to check to prevent the need for future restoration services.

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can arrive at your house within an hour of receiving your call and assess the damage. This allows us to determine the fire restoration services required and then work diligently to restore your property. We have the tools and equipment needed to remove soot and smoke from your property. Smoke and soot can cause stains and discoloration on walls and ceilings. The acidic residues in soot can ruin the interior of your property and countless belongings if you do not eliminate them it rapidly.

Our technicians can loosen smoke residues from different surfaces using mild, moderate, or heavy agitation. For mild agitation, we can use brushes, vacuums, feather dusters, or compressed air. For moderate agitation, we can use dusting cloths, dry cleaning sponges, or cleaning towels. If your house has a significant amount of smoke residues, our crew can remove them using tools that produce heavy amounts of agitation like Roto pads and brushes, sandpapers and steel wool, and blasting equipment that blasts some type of media against the soiled surfaces.

Your property could also have water damage because of burst pipes or the water that firefighters used to stifle the flames. Our SERVPRO technicians can extract the water using shop vacs and dry the affected areas using air moving and dehumidification equipment.

When a fire happens in your home, call the team of highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of The Seacoast for fire restoration services. You can reach us at (603) 433-4300. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Exeter Homeowners Call Out to SERVPRO for Fire and Soot Cleanup and Restoration

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Hey Exeter Property Owners--for Matchless Fire Damage Cleanup, Soot Removal, and More--Call SERVPRO

Locating Soot Damage Throughout a Damaged Exeter Home

After a fire loss event in your Exeter property, damages can spread quickly from the ignition point. The worst of the symptoms and hurdles to overcome for professional restoration specialists occur within the first 24-48 hours, making it critical to reach out to accredited professionals as promptly as possible. We have extensive experience in restoring fire loss incidents, including the use of advanced equipment and technology to address the widespread concerns like smoke residue and soot. Locating the full extent of this damage can help us to clean up the house sufficiently before more areas, contents, and structural elements become affected.

Soot and other fire damages can spread quickly throughout your Exeter residence, regardless of the cause of the blaze. Our SERVPRO professionals work to respond immediately to these emergencies, as every second counts when combatting the movement of soot, smoke residue, and other airborne contaminants and debris. We have cleaning technicians ready to mobilize immediately to get mitigation and recovery efforts started in your house right away.

Our technicians begin any restoration project with a thorough and complete assessment of the damages, loss, and affected contents of the property. Not only is this documentation and evidence necessary to secure insurance damage claims from your provider, but it also helps us to maintain an accurate track record of completed tasks and what restorative actions are still necessary to make fire loss effects “Like it never even happened.”

We have sophisticated equipment to help identify the presence of soot and smoke residues in areas that are inaccessible, such as air ducts. With the use of our boroscope cameras, we can see the entirety of the duct network, noting whether any threats exist within this system. We can also utilize similar technology to search other inaccessible areas where soot and smoke particulates could have penetrated.

Our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team has commercial-grade cleaners and chemical sponges to begin addressing widespread soot damage concerns along with the rest of the mitigation your property needs. Whenever disasters strike, you can give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

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We Use State-Of-The-Art Equipment To Restore Your Portsmouth Home

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

We restored this Portsmouth house from soot and smoke damage in every room of the house with our expertise and equipment.

Discover How to Remove Fire Damage Odor from Your Portsmouth Home Effectively

Stubborn smoke odor is one of the detrimental consequences of fire damage. It can linger in your house for a lengthy period, compromising the air you breathe. If your home has a smoke odor, you should take steps to eliminate it effectively and quickly. Removing the smoke scent is challenging for the tiny smoke particles stick to all household surfaces and get embedded into porous materials like fabrics, carpeting, furniture, books and even paint. Removing the scent requires specialized cleaning equipment.

It is advisable to hire a fire restoration company like SERVPRO to remove fire damage odor from your Portsmouth home. Our experts can assess the situation and select the most appropriate remediation method while ensuring safety. We use state-of-the-art equipment like ozone generators to eradicate smoke smells. These machines generate ozone, which consists of three oxygen atoms. Ozone reacts with odor-causing molecules to oxidize residues and eliminate the scents.

Ozone can harm living things because of the way it combines with water. It may cause nausea and headaches among other health issues. SERVPRO technicians remove all living things from the area before setting up an ozone generator and sealing the rooms to prevent dissipation. After the deodorization process, ozone returns to the normal oxygen molecule quickly, without leaving residues. We also use high-velocity fans to ventilate the area until the smell of ozone is gone.

When it is not safe to use an ozone generator, our technicians use hydroxyl generators. These generators use ultraviolet light to produce hydroxyl, which is useful for removing fire damage odors. Hydroxyl generators do not affect the health of plants, pets, and humans. We can also seal porous surfaces that have absorbed smoke such as unfinished, raw wood. At times, odor remains in confined areas after the deodorization process is complete. In such a situation, our technicians can ventilate the confined space, place an activated unit in it overnight or thermal-fog the whole structure if necessary. Our goal is to deal with the fire damage odor to make your home smell “Like it never even happened.”

If your home has fire damage odor, SERVPRO of The Seacoast can assist you in eliminating it. We have years of experience in dealing with smoke odors. Contact us any time at (603) 433-4300 for fire restoration services in Portsmouth, Exeter, and Hampton.

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SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Fire Damage in Your Greenland Home

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Small kitchen fire but don't want to handle the clean up alone? Call SERVPRO for any size fire damage restoration needs.

Small Scale Fire Damage Leaves Big Odor Problem in Greenland Home

Fires that do not do much in the way of actual fire damage may seem like something a homeowner could take care of on their own, but they should not. The reason has nothing to do with the water cleanup, but rather the smoke and soot that permeated porous materials and left an odor and a residue that cannot be just wiped away.
When SERVPRO tackles the odor left behind from fire damage in a Greenland home, we first determine if there is any residual moisture left in building materials or possessions and ensure the area is thoroughly dried using our specialized techniques. Then our certified technicians access how much the odor has spread and implement measures to contain the smell and particles from any further spreading by setting up containment around the area.
SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians are specialists in eliminating offensive odors and have many resources to attacking stubborn scents left behind by a fire. Our technicians perform a complete wipedown of affected areas using professional grade cleaners with both wet and dry sponges as determined by the type of residue. We often use HEPA filtered air scrubbers with an additional activated charcoal filter can capture odor-causing particles as small as 0.3microns.
If the smell left behind proves stubborn, thermal fogging a very effective method we utilize to eliminate unpleasant scents. The thermal fogger delivers a solvent-based deodorizer that is heated and the dry fog acts in the same manner as smoke from a fire. The vaporized solution permeates and neutralizes foul odors in porous items and building materials leaving no trace of smoke odors.
Foul odors do not have to be a reminder of fire damage in your home. Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 and talk to one of our certified technicians. We are available 24/7 to come to your house and eliminate unpleasant odors leaving your home without a trace of smoke odor "Like it never even happened."

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How Secondary Fire Damages affect your Portsmouth Home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

It is important to quickly begin mitigation after a fire to minimize secondary damages.

Secondary Damages After a Fire in Your Portsmouth Home

As damaging as a fire can be to your Portsmouth home, there are also secondary effects that a homeowner has to be concerned about as well. From the time that firefighting efforts begin to put out the structure fire, many provisions get taken to quell the flames as quickly as possible. These might include man-made access points into vital areas of your property, water damage effects, or even mold growth after several days of persistent moisture and dampness.

While often the fire damage effects that impact your Portsmouth home can be challenging enough to overcome, professional restoration technicians also have to contend with these additional effects present after widespread damages have occurred. Our SERVPRO team can offer comprehensive restoration solutions beginning with the initial inspection of the full scope of the damage and work to get done and continues through reconstruction and final restoration efforts.

Initially, our professionals work to mitigate loss on your property by removing at-risk items from the damaged areas of the property. These get taken to a safe location nearby for concentrated cleaning efforts, deodorization, and drying by our SERVPRO contents department. This step occurs while debris removal and demolition occurs within your home, overseen by our licensed contractors that ultimately reconstruct these removed portions of your property.

To combat secondary effects like water damage from firefighting efforts, we can work to dry out damaged areas of the property that can get preserved with the use of our air movers and LGR or desiccant dehumidifiers. For access holes cut into the exterior of the home to allow firefighting in ideal locations, our contractor can offer emergency board up services and eventually rebuild these portions before restoration work begins.

After a fire, it can be difficult for homeowners to know how to proceed with restoring their homes to their original conditions. You can count on our SERVPRO of The Seacoast team to respond quickly with the expertise to take care of your property from inspection through reconstruction and restoration. Give us a call anytime at (603) 433-4300.

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How Space Heaters Can Spark a Blaze in Your Greenland Home

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Portable heaters, like this one, can cause fire damage to your home. Inspect your heaters before using them!

When a Space Heater Causes a Fire in Your Greenland Home

Keeping your family warm in Greenland over the winter helps ward off colds and the flu, but also costs money. Keeping smaller areas warm becomes very cost-effective. To do this, the use of space heaters often come into play. Older ones do not have the same safety features that manufacturers now add to almost all newer models.  

Using an older space heater significantly increases the risk of your Greenland home sustaining fire damage. Even without tipping over, such heaters can contain minor flaws that make them unnecessarily dangerous. If your home catches fire, SERVPRO is always ready to mitigate fire damage and make everything “Like it never even happened” for you and your family.  

Fires caused by heaters generally affect the floor in the area and any nearby furnishings. When we arrive, we check the area to ensure that any support beams in the floor do not have any extensive charring. We work closely with insurance agents on this type of situation, so you know that everything possible is done to restore the integrity of your home. Deep charring can significantly weaken the wood and cause floors to sag. This curving of the floor can create problem areas on the floor's surface.  

We remove burned materials and items from the area and clean away the soot that continually produces a smoldering scent. Additional deodorization may help eliminate heavier odors and keep the air fresh smelling. Once topical soot no longer covers surfaces, we can tent the area and deodorize it with hydroxyl gas. This produces a permanent effect, as it causes a permanent change in the chemical composition of the particles that produce undesired odors.  

Our employees have earned various IICRC certificates and understand the best methods of restoring a home after a disaster. Different components of a home can suffer damage in different ways, and we continually train to keep our skills honed and up-to-date. We mitigate damage to carpeting, tile, linoleum, and wood floors, walls and ceilings, personal belongings, and also household furnishings. Fire damage affects all of these in specific ways, and each requires different mitigation methods.  

SERVPRO of The Seacoast wants to help your family enjoy winter in your Exeter or Hampton home. If fire damage occurs, call us at (603) 433-4300, so we can help you regain control of your home and your life.

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Our Professional Guide To Smoke And Fire Damage Restoration In Hampton

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can be frightening for homeowners.

We Cover Smoke And Fire Damage Restoration In Hampton

Fires can be frightening for homeowners. Plus, they can cause structural damage to your home and may destroy many of your belongings and furniture. Luckily, you can find experienced professionals close by that are here to help. You can trust us to work fast and to have the right tools and equipment to restore your home when possible.

Smoke residues can also be a factor when there is a fire in your home. Our fire damage restoration in Hampton can help prevent further damages to your property and may save many of your personal belongings. It is a good idea to get in touch with us right away. Waiting to contact us may result in higher restoration costs and could lead to widespread damage to your home. Our IICRC certified technicians can first inspect the structure for problems and then make minor repairs. If necessary, you may need to call a contractor for large-scale damages.

After the inspection, our crew may employ several methods to remove soot, dirt and smoke residues from the affected areas. The techniques our techs utilize may include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and agitation. To clean walls, floors, and ceilings, our team may use industrial cleansers to remove soot and smoke residues. Also, air scrubbers, fans, and thermal foggers may be put in place to reduce strong smoke odors from the structure. Plus, the crew may use ozone machines to clean the atmosphere inside the home. These devices help neutralize and reduce lingering smoke odors by pushing odors from the structure and pulling in clean air.

The degree of damages varies and may require a variety of techniques to complete the job. Our technicians are well experienced and can restore your property when possible. You can trust our techs to respond quickly and to make it look like “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of The Seacoast fire damage restoration services can return your property to its preloss condition when possible. We are available 24/7 so give us a call at (603) 433-4300 at any time.

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Controlling the Odors Fire Damage Leaves Behind in Greenland Residences

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Greenland Area Homes Get Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration Swiftly When SERVPRO Arrives

Greenland Fire & Smoke Odor Removal Are Cornerstone's of a SERVPRO Service

Odor-causing particles from the fire's smoke quickly end up in locations far from the fire's location. Because these areas do not contain fire damage, we do not need to remove anything from your Greenland area home. However, hidden particles continue producing the smoky scent of the fire. SERVPRO has the technicians and the equipment to rid your home of this odor permanently.
If your Greenland area home sustains fire damage, we can help you with all of your fire and smoke restoration needs, including odor elimination. Sprays and air fresheners only mask the smell without eliminating its cause. No matter where smoke particles hide, they disintegrate and break down, ending up in the air again. When you breathe them in, you smell them as smoke and burnt materials. Smoke is full of partially burned minuscule pieces of the things from within your home, and some of these may have carcinogenic properties. Smelling a smoky odor can become more than a minor inconvenience.
SERVPRO employees become certified by the IICRC in several different areas of restoration technology. Using this knowledge, our technicians use odor-neutralizing methods to remove these particles' ability to enter back into your home's air currents. Keeping them out of the air your family breathes keeps them from noticing these malodorous particles.
To remove hidden odor-producing smoke particles, we can implement thermal fogging. This method causes the physical bonding between chemical agents and unwanted particles from the fire. The powerful jets of steam penetrate into the same locations the hot smoke went during the blaze. Bonding occurs quickly, providing our customers with the permanent elimination of problematic odors. This technique must be used cautiously to prevent the deterioration of vinyl, plastics, and rubber materials.
If used immediately after a fire, air scrubbers can make the air healthier for your family by significantly reducing the amount of soot in the air before it ends up deposited on surfaces or inhaled. While this does not eliminate all of the soot, it can make things safer for more sensitive individuals, especially if they need to retrieve belongings. HEPA filters work well in conjunction with odor-eating activated charcoal filters. We work hard to improve the IAQ indoor air quality for our customers.
SERVPRO of The Seacoast can help you control odors caused by fire damage and other disasters. We serve Exeter and Hampton, ensuring that the families in our communities live in homes that pose no risk to the health of the occupants. Contact us at (603) 433-4300, our emergency service line for this and any other kind of disaster.

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After Fire Damage Scathes Your Greenland Home's Garage, Restoring It Protects Your Property

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

We have the training, experience, and equipment to restore the fire damage done to your home and garage.

SERVPRO is The Answer When it Comes to Greenland Fire Damage Restoration 

Many things can catch fire or start one around your home in Greenland. The same situation exists in your garage. The addition of cans of oil, motor fluids, and other flammable liquids adds to the severity often experienced in a fire.

Blazes affecting residences in Greenland often cause extensive fire damage. The structural damage can include lapses in security. Door locks made of plastic components can easily melt during the fire. Glass windows often break. Because the doors and windows are keeping intruders out, as well as providing protection from heat, cold, rain, and pests, no longer function like they should, your property's security disappears.

Restoring your property can take time. SERVPRO's team covers fire damaged homes, garages, and sheds with heavy-duty tarps to keep the rain out, but this does little to protect against other invasive entities. We can install temporary fencing to keep intruders at bay, as well as discuss installing new locks on your doors. Because drying out your property from the firefighters' hoses must also happen, boarding up your windows might become counterproductive. We can discuss options with you, such as storing your more valuable items at our secure, off-site facilities.

Placing your belongings in a secure area can keep them protected, plus provide us the space needed during restorative work. Materials and equipment both take up space, so freeing up space lets us work more efficiently. In short, this can mean we finish faster and with better results. Once we complete the work and do the final walk-through with you, we can then return your property to you so you can place it back in your garage.

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SERVPRO of The Seacoast serves Exeter, Portsmouth, and Hampton, also, when disasters involving fire damage affects those in our community. Call us at our local number, (603) 433-4300, for professional restoration experts. We can help make things "Like it never even happened" once again, especially where it matters most.

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The Need for Deodorization in Your Greenland Home Following Fire Damages

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can leave behind smells that are not pleasant. Contact SERVPRO to deodorize your property after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand That Remediating Fire Damage Includes Combating Odors Left Behind

While no one likes to think about unfortunate events like fires occurring in their Greenland homes, knowing what to do when a disaster like this strikes is critical to overcoming the damage and moving on with your life. While many might consider the damage from smaller fires to be something that they can repair on their own, there are several reasons why choosing a professional restoration outfit is always a better decision to make.
Fire damage to your Greenland home might present itself in several different ways, but none of them are going to be easy to live with and work around. This reality makes a fire in your home something that is difficult to move on from and move forward, which leaves you struggling to restore the damages that you discover, and possibly unaware of the full extent of the devastation that the recent fire left behind.
The initial inspection that takes place from our SERVPRO professionals can help our team (and you the homeowner) to better understand the full scope of the damage that your home faces. This process also helps our technicians to design a specific plan to combat these effects from the fire and to work towards making your life at home comfortable again as quickly as possible.
Symptoms such as noxious odors often get addressed first because they pose some of the most considerable threats to living in a home after a recent fire. These lingering foul smells can get combatted with the use of thermal foggers. The dense chemical compound in our foggers engages the scent lingering in the affected areas of your home on a molecular level, effectively neutralizing them on contact. After this process has occurred, the area is left without a scent at all and can get tailored to the liking of the homeowner.
Deodorization might be a small piece of the restoration process for you to know and appreciate, but it is something that is a typical thorn in the side of homeowners recovering from a recent fire in their house. For this and every aspect of restoring your home from the fire damages that it suffered, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast. You can reach our experienced restoration technicians anytime at (603) 433-4300.
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Why Does My Exeter Home Smell Like Smoke if I Never Had Fire Damage?

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Even small electrical fires can leave behind a strong smoke odor if not properly remediated.

Call on SERVPRO if You Are Experiencing the Effects of Fire Damage in Your Home

Some homes may exhibit signs of smoke damage despite lacking any obvious reasons why. Even with no tobacco consumption or history of fire damage, an Exeter home may still smell strongly of smoke either in a small area or across the whole building. When SERVPRO comes to help reverse the damage, we not only solve the problem but also find out what caused it to avoid similar disasters in the future. Here are some of the reasons we may discover for your home's smoke odors.

Past Owner Habits

Despite the assurances of past homeowners and real estate agents, some unfortunate new residents may find their Exeter home fire damaged thanks to bad habits of the old tenants. Some may have been longtime smokers, exposing the materials of the structure to decades of tobacco smoke, and others may have failed to report or repair fire damage at any point in the home's life. If we find that the smoke smell originated well before you took up residence, we can help work with insurance companies to make sure that you are not held accountable for others' failings.

Electrical Failures

While some electrical failures and malfunctions result in a large fire, others may create smaller blazes that fail to spread beyond a small area. In some cases, a medium-sized fire may rage in an unseen part of the home but never find its way into any other area. While these situations can be somewhat complicated by burnt rubber and other potentially toxic substances, our technicians are well-trained to handle any eventuality.

Old or Poor Heating

All types of heating can be vulnerable to fire damage, and while your heating system may have never gone through a proper fire, small overloads and issues may pile up until smoke residue becomes noticeable throughout the home. SERVPRO technicians are experienced with all varieties of HVAC systems and are most familiar when combating an issue of this sort.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast is ready anytime, any day, and any season to help locals recover from the effects of fire damage. Call us 24/7 at (603) 433-4300.

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How to Conveniently Handle a Fire Damage Disaster in Hampton

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage needs to be handled right away before the soot destroys more of your property. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation efforts.

Knowing the Options After Your Home Faces a Fire Gets You Top Notch Remediation Results

It is wrong to think that scrubbing the soot off the walls and cleaning the floors is all you need after a fire damage incident. There are hazardous materials that result from such challenges which need removal services and other contents which require an inspection to determine whether they are salvageable or not. That is why we advise Hampton residents to work with professionals in the restoration industry to prevent avoidable mistakes.
Given that fire damage disasters in Hampton are unpredictable, you need to know your options. We recommend that you immediately contact a certified restorer like SERVPRO. Further damage is preventable by calling a professional as soon as the disaster strikes, and that means most of your contents at that point are salvageable.
The soot deposits that you usually see on the walls after a fire never tell the entire story. When left unattended to, they can penetrate into the walls and make the metal reinforcements to corrode. When that happens, the structural integrity of a premise is under question, and it is something that our SERVPRO technicians can work to prevent.
If there is still some considerable heat on your property and we still have to do the cleaning, we know the right cleaning products to use in such a situation. While in some cases the heat can increase the rate of chemical reaction and thus enhance the cleaning process, that is not always the case. Different cleaning products are efficient at specific temperatures, and we remember that when restoring your property.
After a fire, smoke residues may mix with fluids and lead to the formation of odors. While some sources of the smells are easy to trace, it can be hard to locate others. Our SERVPRO technicians will first identify the causes of the odors and then perform deodorization to neutralize the unpleasant smells. Our restoration process follows the regulations of the state and is approved by IICRC.
SERVPRO of The Seacoast responds fast to all storm, mold, fire and water damage disasters. Call us at (603) 433-4300 and be served by an industry leader.
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When Heating Your Home Creates Smoke And Fire Damage In Hampton

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Heating a home is essential to keeping its interior warm, but doing so can also create hazards.

Smoke And Fire Damage In Your Home

During the winter in Hampton, homeowners heavily rely on their furnace to keep their home warm. Many older homes still have working fireplaces, which many residents use to keep specific rooms warmer and more inviting for themselves and guests.

Either kind of heating source can create smoke and fire damage in your Hampton home. Furnaces experience puff back when they begin to fail, due to misfiring and incorrect timing of their internal mechanisms, while fireplaces can emit smoke and ashes when materials fail to burn hot enough. Creosote can accumulate in chimneys, forming another dangerous fire hazard in the home.

Heating a home is essential to keeping its interior warm, but doing so can also create hazards. Furnaces that misfire can start fires inside their heating ducts, just like chimneys can catch on fire when buildup along their interior walls ignites.

SERVPRO assists many families to live in safer homes, free of smoke residue caused by fire damage from poorly functioning furnaces and partially blocked fireplaces. We already remove smoke and soot buildup as a crucial part of our fire damage restoration services. However, removing soot and smoke residue caused by incomplete burning of materials in the fireplace is a more difficult task than removing soot caused by wood-based fires.

Many families place precious photos and other memorabilia on or near their fireplace mantles. These items can soon become covered with a dense layer of fine ash and soot. We can efficiently clean away this grimy layer, protecting your belongings' finishes from further deterioration and increased etching. We can give other surfaces in the area a clean, fresh look, as well, with a thorough cleaning that removes any buildup.

After you have replaced the furnace, we can make your home fresh again by removing the deposits left behind on walls and ceilings. The area around the furnace and heat vents on walls receive the majority of residue from such problematic furnaces.

As buildup from fireplaces and malfunctioning furnaces accumulates on surfaces in your home, the particles in the residue begin to deteriorate. As this natural process proceeds, these loosened particles can affect occupants' sense of smell and possibly aggravate pre-existing respiratory ailments.

SERVPRO of The Seacoast wants to work with you in making your home free of smoke and fire damage. We use the right tools with hard-working cleaning agents that make such work quick and efficient. Our 24-hour service is always available to our customers by calling (603) 433-4300 any day of the year.

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What Is Soot And Why Does It Form After Fire Damage To Hampton Homes?

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fireplaces Can Cause Smoke Damage and More to a Hampton Residence. Need help? Call SERVPRO

Clean Up from Fire & Smoke Damage Calls for Professional Help

Dealing with soot is one of the most time-consuming parts of fire damage restoration. Residue quickly settles on all kinds of surfaces after a fire, and the cleanup is a genuine struggle for homeowners in Hampton who are dealing with the aftermath of a blaze. However, what is soot, why does it form after the fire?

Soot is the fine brown or black powder that clings to and discolors surfaces in the home after fire damage in Hampton. Soot is what gives items that charred and blackened look. Smoke is a by-product of the incomplete combustion of materials; as wood, paper, plastic and other materials burn during a house fire, they produce residues and release particles into the atmosphere.
The composition of soot makes it slightly sticky, which means it clings to surfaces and is difficult to remove. As well as looking unsightly, this residue reduces air quality, and a smoke-damaged house does not feel like a home. SERVPRO is on hand to help with fire damage cleanup and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
Whether or not an item is salvageable after smoke damage depends on how porous the material is. It is far harder to clean residue from a weathered and aged wooden table than it is to clean it from a smooth glass or polished metal surface.
Our IICRC-certified technicians arrive ready to thoroughly assess your property and devise the best cleaning plan for you. We advise you on which items are salvageable from soot damage and which are not. SERVPRO trains our technicians in a range of cleaning techniques and equips them with everything they need to scrub, scrape, and wipe soot from the surfaces in your home.
After cleaning, we set to work deodorizing your home as well. We understand that it is hard to settle back into your house when it smells of smoke. We have thermal foggers, ozone generators, and air scrubbers on hand to rid your home of smoky smells and leave it fresh once more.
For help with soot and smells in Greenland, Exeter, Portsmouth, Hampton and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of The Seacoast at (603) 433-4300 today.

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Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in the basement of a local Church. The Church is a historical building built approximately 120 yrs ago & is home to 2,500 parishioners.

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, our disaster restoration experts will be there to help you clean up and restore your home or business to its pre-loss condition.  Our certified team offers customers professional restoration expertise while providing the highest level of integrity, quality and service, including but not limited to 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, 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.  Our goal is to help you regain control to make your damage "Like it never even happened."