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How Secondary Fire Damages affect your Portsmouth Home
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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.
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
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
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?
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
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."