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Fire Damage Experts Out of Pembroke Pines Describe the Scoping Process
Smoke can do a great deal of damage to your home. After you and your family are safe, contact SERVPRO to assess the damages.
Our SERVPRO Technicians Create a Plan to Tackle Your Particular Home's Fire Damage Situation
Whenever a fire ignites in Pembroke Pines, various types of damage can occur to your property. The heat and smoke created by the blaze can ruin building materials and contents. A major part of restoration is the cleaning of items covered in soot instead of replacing them. Most projects involve a combination of replacing burnt structural components and removing soils that adhered to surfaces.
Before any work begins, our SERVPRO technicians inspect your house to determine the extent of the damage. The first part of mitigating any fire damage problem in Pembroke Pines is to complete a scope of the overall project. The initial project scope outlines all of the work needed to completely restore your home to preloss conditions.
The purpose of scoping is to list the work that must be performed in restoring the damage to the property. The actual itemization of the loss is always detailed and accurate. Our SERVPRO restoration team always uses a consistent system when scoping. A consistent scoping process helps ensure accuracy, avoiding missing items on the estimate, and allows the estimator to review the estimate easily.
When we are completing the initial scope of the job, our SERVPRO experts always follow some basic guidelines. First, we find out what the source of the fire was. Next, we start our inspection at the source and then work outwards. Then, we start taking inventory of the structure and keep a record of how severely structural components got damaged. After that, we take inventory of all of the affected contents of the building.
Since heat rises, smoke usually affects the ceiling and tops of the walls first. Therefore, we start inspecting the ceiling first; then we move downward towards the floor. Next, we move inside a room from left to right so that the order remains consistent.
We keep our records on a scope sheet, and we use a different scope sheet for each affected room. The scope sheet includes both structural items and contents that are inside each room. Whenever you need help with extensive smoke or fire problems, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 seven days a week.
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An Unwatched Candle Can Cause A Small Fire In Your Davie Home
Your Davie home can still suffer damage from small fires, even if you put it out before it spreads to another room.
An Unwatched Candle Can Cause A Small Fire
Everyone can get distracted by their work or home chores, but it is never a good thing when this distraction has the potential to lead to fire damage. There are plenty of reasons to use a candle in your home, including aromatherapy to destress, but it is never a smart idea to leave the room that a candle is burning in for an extended period. A pet or a child could accidentally knock it over and, even though the flame is small, it has the potential to create a fire and leave behind damage.
Your Davie home can still suffer damage from small fires, even if you put it out before it spreads to another room. Curtains, tablecloths, napkins, and foodstuffs can still all burn up quickly when in contact with a fire of a small nature. As the fire spreads from object to object, it can grow in magnitude. The blaze can leave soot, ash, and discoloration behind, but a professional fire restoration company can help remediate these problems.
SERVPRO strives to get to your home as quickly as possible after your call. The longer that greasy soot stains stay in contact with the wood of your table, or the paint of your walls, the higher chance it has to discolor your belongings. The sooner a professional can begin remediating the damage, the easier it is to return your possessions to you in their preloss condition.
Our SERVPRO techs can sort through whatever you lost in the fire, including your curtains and tablecloth. When it comes to cleaning, our techs usually use a combination of three methods to remove soot, including lubricating and chemical cleaners as well as abrasive tactics. SERVPRO can set up air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture the particles in the air that cause bad odors and neutralize them. We aim to erase as many reminders of the damage that took place in your home as possible.
Don't wait to call for professional help when a candle causes a fire in your home. Reach SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000. Trust us to handle the damage so you can concentrate on other things.
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Fire Restoration Services to Fort Lauderdale Homes
A house fire can lead to major structural damage, call on SERVPRO for thorough fire damage restoration.
Rely on SERVPRO for Expert Fire Damage Restoration Services
Most fire damage to Fort Lauderdale homes is from smoke and soot residue. In a smaller number of homes, the heat and flames lead to major structural damage. They destroy interior walls, personal property, and even force the replacement of the roof.
In these cases, fire restoration for Fort Lauderdale requires a service that can do more than just clean off smoke damage, hang new drywall, and then paint over everything. SERVPRO response teams are trained to restore and return homes to their original state after even the worst fires. We do not engage in major reconstruction, but we work closely with homeowners and general contractors to ensure a safe and clean environment.
We start with demolition and removal. Once the fire department declares it is safe to enter the home, we remove and dispose of all property too damaged to clean or repair. It includes not only furniture and appliances, but also building material such as drywall, wood paneling, and interior wall framing.
Next, we tackle the floor. After most fires, soot is so thick on carpets that it is cheaper to replace them than to attempt cleaning. We quickly remove them and examine the surface underneath. If it is a wood floor, our technicians determine if the floorboards are salvageable or if they need disposal as well. In most homes, we can replace the wood flooring unless the homeowner prefers using a professional installer.
With a solid surface under our feet, SERVPRO technicians begin cleaning. In addition to smoke and soot residues, some of the more difficult types of damage to remove are the odors. We start the process by wiping down surfaces with dry sponges to remove powdery residue. For thicker layers, our teams have the option to use vacuums or apply a cleaning agent as appropriate. For sticky residues, we start with stronger cleaning agents to break up the residues and then remove them with cloths and sponges.
Many of the odors disappear with the residues, but in some cases, they penetrate into the surfaces of wall framing or the floors. To remove these, we can use special agents to deodorize the surfaces. If the odors are deeply penetrated, we use ozone generators to produce deodorizing particles that can penetrate as deeply as the odor particles and neutralize them.
Now come the walls. After we remove the damaged property and deodorize the interior of the home, it is a simple task for us to hang new drywall and then paint it or attach wood paneling so that it has as close to the same appearance as before the fire. If there is fire damage to main supports such as load-bearing walls, we leave that to whomever the homeowner hires.
For SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, this is not just a job. As a local franchise, these are our friends and neighbors we are helping to return home. If you need our services, call (954) 776-2000 today to schedule a visit and inspection. We are here for you.
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Cleaning The Walls And The Air After Fort Lauderdale Fire Damage
The most overwhelming thing about the fire damage to your Fort Lauderdale home is where to begin.
Cleaning The Walls And The Air After A Fire
Once the fire trucks have pulled away from your Fort Lauderdale home, you are likely stressed and confused about what to do next. The fire affected several rooms of your home before it could get successfully extinguished, and now the soot and odor are the two most prominent problems that you are facing. Attempting to repair and restore the damages on your own can be overwhelming, and most in your same position have chosen to seek professional restoration services.
The most overwhelming thing about the fire damage to your Fort Lauderdale home is where to begin. Fortunately, by contacting us at SERVPRO, we can walk you through our entire restoration process to put you at ease as we move forward. Based on your priorities, our experienced and certified restoration specialists start to put your home back to its preloss condition.
Soot is often a very abrasive by-product of a recent fire, and it can be widespread throughout your home (even affecting areas that were not directly impacted by the flames). Cleaning these areas is an important step and one that involves specialty equipment like scrubbers and rollers. Depending on the severity of the damages from the smoke and soot, out SERVPRO team chooses between wet and dry cleaning of the surfaces of your home, wet cleaning getting reserved for some of the heaviest of residues. Ideally, the process is intended to restore the walls back to their original condition. If that is not possible, the process prepares your walls for primer and paint.
Odor removal is a commonly overlooked aspect of fire restoration, as many homeowners in the throes of this stressful time have a hard time focusing on anything but the immediate damage they can see. Fire damage can create odors that are noxious or that are at the very least difficult to stomach for days at a time. Using HEPA filtration systems and foggers, our experienced team can nullify odor molecules entirely in the affected area, leaving behind no trace of the former foul scent.
These are just some of the processes involved in our extensive fire restoration process. If you are dealing with a recent fire, contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South. You can reach us 24/7 at (954) 776-2000.
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Fire Damage And Smoke Removal Services In Plantation
Smoke and fire damage can take a toll on your property and significantly reduce its total value.
Fire Damage And Smoke Removal Services
When a fire occurs in any Plantation home, the aftermath can be overwhelming. The destruction from the smoke can become even worse if you postpone the fire damage restoration process. The longer you wait after the damage has occurred, the higher the chances that restoration costs and damages will increase.
You can minimize long-term issues and avoid costly repairs by contacting a competent fire damage restoration company based in Plantation. As a locally-based and longstanding fire and smoke damage restoration firm, SERVPRO is conveniently positioned to respond quickly to your emergency. We have a team of highly skilled, IICRC-certified technicians that can come in and restore your property to preloss conditions as best as possible, "Like it never even happened."
Once you call SERVPRO and direct our experts to the site, we can assess the extent of the fire damage and determine the appropriate cleanup process. Using a licensed and insured restoration company is essential to minimize the risk of further damage to your property. Our professionals are thoroughly trained to deal with this type of situation, applying their experience to restore every part of the fire-damaged home.
SERVPRO's fire damage restoration services are designed to save as many of your belongings (including furniture, clothing, and appliances) as possible. We document everything we remove from your house by keeping written records or taking pictures. SERVPRO employees work quickly and carefully to help you get your life back to order within no time. When the cleanup process is over, we return any salvageable items back to your home.
Fire damage is often accompanied by certain signs that are quite conspicuous, for instance, discoloration on walls and ceilings, as well as dark stains on surfaces. We offer professional smoke removal services that can help remove soot residue on these surfaces using industrial-grade tools and products. We also use advanced deodorization techniques to eliminate odors that tend to linger in hidden areas within the structure.
Smoke and fire damage can take a toll on your property and significantly reduce its total value. If you need quick and reliable fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is there to help. SERVPRO's emergency response service is available 24/7, every day of the year. Call us today at (954) 776-2000.
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What to Expect During Fire Damage Restoration in Plantation
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SERVPRO Provides Expert Advice and Execution of Fire & Smoke Damaged Properties
Fire damage restoration can be a stressful time for any homeowner in Plantation. You have just experienced a harrowing incidence, and it is understandable if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. However, if you know what to expecting during this time, it can be a bit easier to stay on top of things.
Here at SERVPRO, our team of experts strives hard to help you get through fire damage restoration in Plantation as smoothly as we possibly can. Fire recovery is a multi-step process that takes time and patience. Here are a few things that you should expect from the process.
Assessment of the damage
Assessing the damage is one of the first steps in restoration. The SERVPRO team of experts assesses the damage by visual inspection and determines the areas that need urgent attention. The team also determines the items that are restorable and the items that are not. Once they have gathered all the information, they provide you with a summary of the findings and also explain the best plan of action. You, and your insurance adjuster, if applicable, have the final say on salvaging or tossing building materials and belongings.
Extent of cleaning
The SERVPRO team reviews the full extent of smoke, soot, and other fire damage. Our team has the skillset and experience to guide you through every step of the cleaning process. However, you have the final say regarding the extent of the cleaning. We help you to reach an informed decision by providing all the necessary information.
Deodorizing and ductwork
Deodorizing is a huge part of fire damage restoration. We use Ultra Low Volume and heat Foggers that can tackle even the toughest of odors. In case you have a forced air heating system, our experts also examine the ducts for smoke and soot damage and provide you with options to deal with it.
Once you agree to the terms, our skilled professionals get to work and start the process of restoration. The time required for a complete restoration depends on the extent of damage and scope of cleaning.
Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South today to schedule an inspection at (954) 776 2000. Our experts are committed to helping you get your house to pre-fire conditions as soon as possible.
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Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services in Ft. Lauderdale
Fire damage requires a professional company to remediate and restore. Contact SERVPRO after a fire for an assessment and quick action.
SERVPRO Uses ALL OR SOME of Six Available Methods to Clean Your Property After a Fire
Restoring personal property after a fire is more cost-efficient and provides a needed mental boost to the victims who see only destruction and a deep, personal loss. This process is not short or easy, but a professional restoration company can make the difference between recovering something precious and having to dispose of it in the trash.
As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO understands what restoring a home after fire damage in Ft. Lauderdale means to homeowners and residents. We carefully examine the affected items and determine which one of six methods have the best chance to clean and restore the personal property.
Dry Cleaning – This is our first step. We use dusting cloths and feather dusters on dry surfaces with light-to-medium, non-greasy soils. If the amount of soil is heavy or in a thick layer, our technicians may use dry sponges or commercial grade vacuums to remove it. These actions are beneficial in removing excessive soils before moving on to other methods.
Wet Cleaning – This method is excellent for a property item with moderate-to-heavy soot and smoke residues. We prefer it for items which do not react poorly to being saturated with water or cleaning solutions. In most occasions, we use brushes and vacuums to remove most of the soils.
Spray and Wipe – This is a wet method, but our technicians use a spray bottle for more control over how much water and cleaning agents they apply. It is necessary for items such as curtains and drapes where the color may fade, run, or bleed down and across the surface.
Foam Cleaning – This is a variation of spray and wipe, but the spray bottle forces air into the liquid and applies foam instead. Foaming is our preferred method for cleaning upholstery fabric as too much water or cleaning agents may cause it to shrink and pull away from the frame.
Abrasive Cleaning – Our technicians use a brush and a thicker cleaning agent on rough surfaces such as rock or marble to remove smoke and soot residues or other soils. For metal surfaces, we may use a steel wool pad in place of the brush.
Immersion Cleaning – This is our method of last resort. For items with very heavy residues and that can take the procedure, we immerse them in a tank with water or a cleaning agent. Technicians then use sound waves to forces bubbles through the item, agitating all surfaces. It is very effective on property that absorbs a significant amount of residues over an extended period.
Returning your home to its pre-fire condition does not happen quickly. It is a difficult time for our neighbors, but SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is here at every step until finished. If you need us, call today at (954) 776-2000.
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Fire Restoration Solution Available To Residents In The Fort Lauderdale Area
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Let the Steady Hand of SERVPRO Cleanup Your Fire Damaged Home
It is not hard to imagine someone being upset after a fire ravages their kitchen. They might enter their property after the fire is out, wanting to get a look at damages first-hand. When they do, their emotions overwhelm them; their eyes tear up as they experience what was once a safe place that held fond memories.
Entering your Fort Lauderdale home on your own, before fire restoration crews have a chance to assess the damages and check for hazards can often lead to additional problems. You might look at the entire area as destroyed. However, it takes an expertly trained fire damage specialist to look past the obvious destruction to see a particular material or belonging found in your home as restorable.
When you tread on fire damaged flooring, touch walls, cabinets, countertops, or any other surface affected after a fire occurs, you cause more damage and make it harder for professional fire-damage restoration technicians, like those offered at SERVPRO, to perform the services you hire them to do. If you want to receive the best results possible, serve as a sentry, protect your property from vandals, but avoid letting anyone, not even you, enter your property before help arrives.
Give your SERVPRO team an opportunity to recover damaged items. Our technicians pay specific attention to each item found in your home, using advanced equipment and technology that helps recover your belongings and return your property to a quality condition you and your family can enjoy again.
There are very few companies that can provide you with full-service solutions to environmental damage that occurs on your property, SERVPRO is one of them. With IICRC restoration certifications, many years of experience, and access to industrial-grade restoration equipment, we can provide you with results that far exceed any expectations you might have had.
Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for additional information about our services and get quality answers to the fire, water, mold, or storm damage issues on your property today. We deliver 24/7 emergency services, quick response times, and valuable solutions you can count on when you need help the most.
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How To Prevent Fire Damage To Your Plantation Home
SERVPRO Tip: Overloaded Outlets Cause Fire Damage in Plantation Homes
Fire Cleanup in Plantation Is a SERVPRO Service
Any homeowner knows that fire is a serious concern. As well as the danger to your family, fire damages your home and belongings and disrupts your life as you work on getting things back to normal. SERVPRO is on hand to help you clean up after any fire - “Like it never even happened.”
Prevention is better than cure. By taking precautions, you help prevent fire damage to your Plantation home. Not all fires are unavoidable. Sometimes you do not notice a potential problem or hazard until it is too late. SERVPRO experts recommend being proactive about checking for possible fire hazards in your homes.
A leading cause of fires is faulty wiring. Regularly check the wiring and electrical cords in your home, such as hairdryer or shaver, TV or computer wires, and other appliances. Replace any wiring that is frayed. If you cannot safely replace it yourself, call an electrician. It does not take long to do and could prevent a serious incident.
As well as checking your wiring, our technicians recommend you regularly check your outlets. We use them all the time every day without actually thinking about it. An outlet if it is faulty can be a genuine fire hazard. For this reason, we recommend never to overload electrical outlets. If your outlet looks like a mass of noodles, there is a real risk of fire. Stick to the simple rule of one plug to one outlet. Do not use any outlet that feels hot to the touch or gives off sparks. Call an electrician for assistance if you notice something amiss with an outlet. Do not be lulled into thinking that power strips are safe; an overloaded circuit is an overloaded circuit.
Another thing you can do to protect your home from fire is regular maintenance on your furnace, central heating or open fireplaces. A furnace "blowback" is about as messy as smoke and soot can get. All of these need regular maintenance to keep them in good working order and make sure they are safe for your home. Get your heat sources checked thoroughly once a year. Mark it on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone so you do not forget. You should also regularly check any space heaters you use to be sure they are fit for use.
Always be careful if you have an open flame in your house. For example, SERVPRO recommends that you never leave a burning candle unattended even for a moment. The same applies for gas flames on your stove or if you have an open fireplace. Wherever there is a flame, take extra precautions to keep them away from drafts or materials that could catch fire.
SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale South is on hand to assist you with the aftermath of a house fire. Call us at (954) 776-2000 for assistance.
Why Fire Cleanup in Fort Lauderdale is Not Just About What You Can See
Smoke and Fire Deodorization for Your Ft. Lauderdale Condo, Compliments of SERVPRO
Odors Are Eliminated After a Fire by the Skill of SERVPRO
When we think of fire damage repair, we immediately imagine soot-blackened walls and charred furnishings. We might visualize smoke patterns on the ceiling, and broken window frames left exposed to the elements. All of these things are a common part of fire damage restoration and, at SERVPRO; we handle them all the time.
However, there’s another big part of the process that often gets overlooked – the removal of noxious odors. After a fire, there are all kinds of unpleasant smells left around and they can be harmful to the lungs, eyes, and nose. This is why a reliable fire cleanup in Fort Lauderdale always involves state of the art deodorization techniques.
The Significance of Smell
Odor can be a surprisingly difficult element to eliminate, particularly after a fire, because the burning of manufactured and synthetic items releases chemicals into the air. These partially combusted products mix with acrid, toxic smoke and form a miasma of nasty smells. At SERVPRO, we use industrial deodorization equipment to draw these odors out and make the property safe again. We can also utilize mechanical means of smoke odor mitigation by using hydroxyl generators, or under more difficult circumstances, ozone machines to capture the malodorous smoke particles.
Not many people know that the most powerful way to deodorize a fire damaged property is actually by replicating the behavior of the smoke. In other words, because smoke surrounds objects, in suspended fashion, and then clings to them, technicians use deodorizing ‘bombs’ or ‘fogs’ that mimic these characteristics.
The odor killing chemicals are efficiently dispersed and then the property is thoroughly treated and cleaned to remove all remaining odor producing residues. In cases of severe fire damage, parts of the property may have to be sealed off or demolished and replaced. For example, fire damaged walls are usually painted, rather than fully deodorized because the area is just too broad and non-porous for a ‘fog’ to work.
Odors That Exist in the Mind
Another really interesting aspect of fire cleanup is the management of psychological odors. These occur because the singular nature of the event or crisis creates powerful associations in the mind of the property owner. They know that there has been a fire, so they expect to smell burning and, more often than not, they do – even if no such odor is present.
It is a tricky thing for a fire cleanup teams to tackle, but it is a part of our everyday operations. We put home and business owners at ease by walking them through the deodorization process, so that they feel confident about the results. Then, we discuss some of the responses that people commonly have after experiencing a fire and how this can affect their perceptions.
At SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, we pride ourselves on always doing what is best for our customers. Dealing with the effects of fire is never easy, but with our help, you can get repairs started, and finished, quickly. We are based in your local area so that we can arrive on site fast. Call us 24/7 at (954) 776-2000.