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Our Professional Fire Damage Technicians Can Return Your Plantation Home To Pre-Damage Condition
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Professional Fire Damage Cleanup Can Return Your Plantation Home to its Pre-incident State
Fires of any size can cause significant destruction to homes. Apart from the damage that flames cause, soot and smoke damage can affect several rooms. After a fire loss, you need support and guidance to restore your property to its usual condition. Some factors that determine the cost of fire and smoke damage restoration include:
• Level of fire, smoke and soot damage
• Size of the affected area
• Materials involved
• The reconstruction required
When there is fire damage in your Plantation home, you can seek assistance from SERVPRO franchise professionals. By calling us immediately, you can reduce the restoration costs. Our restorers have the experience and the right equipment to handle any fire loss incident to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can assess the intensity of the fire damage and how much restoration work is required. If the firefighters used water to extinguish the flames, we can determine the water damage that could have happened in your property. Our team can also evaluate the effects of smoke residues, which could be visible throughout your home on structures like ceilings, walls, and floors. It is necessary to remove these residues before you redecorate your house.
Our SERVPRO crew can also inspect the contents of your property to identify the ones we can restore economically. We can list the contents that are too expensive to repair and remove them if you approve. Your loss adjuster or insurance company needs a list of these items to arrange a settlement or replacement.
A fire affects a wide range of items, including carpets, cabinets, furniture, rugs and light fixtures, and bath fixtures. Therefore, it is critical to deploy a wide range of fire restoration strategies. On most surfaces, we can remove smoke residues using dry cleaning procedures, followed by wet cleaning. Surface cleaning removes most of the deposits. However, in some cases, smoke residues get driven into building materials.
When cleaning or other residue removal processes do not remove all residues from a surface, we can apply a sealant to it. Our crew can use sealants that are tinted in color to match the surfaces we are sealing. This minimizes the unappealing visual effect of the sealer. If the flames burnt some building materials, it is necessary to complete some rebuilding work. Our crew can reconstruct the affected materials. We handle the entire fire restoration process, allowing you to eliminate the hassle of hiring several firms.
Fire damage restoration requires a high level of expertise to return a property to its pre-fire condition reliably, promptly and cost-effectively. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for effective restoration services.
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Why It Is Important To Clean After A Fire In Your Davie Home
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Why Focus More On Cleaning After Fire Damage In Your Davie Home
After the unfortunate incident of a fire in your Davie home, you must take steps to restore it to its preloss state. You can use different approaches, including replacing materials, resurfacing, or cleaning them. When choosing the method, you have to consider the cost implications as well as the effectiveness. Cleaning presents several advantages, especially when done by a professional restorer such as SERVPRO.
Can help you reduce the cost
Compared to other methods of restoring fire damage in affected Davie homes, restorative cleaning reduces the costs involved. With different cleaning approaches available including the use of cleaning agents and agitation, it is possible to restore deterioration from smoke deposits and heat action at a fraction of the cost of replacement or resurfacing affected materials. Our SERVPRO technicians also use advanced cleaning methods such as soda blasting or peroxide-active cleaning for better outcomes.
Deals with a wide range of issues
When a fire breaks out, the combustion process causes a wide range of damages. Some materials are charred from the heat while others are left caked with soot and other residues. The fire also leaves a heavy smoky odor that you have to address to ensure your property remains habitable. Cleaning helps address most of these problems when done correctly.
Cleaning is flexible
Compared to other restoration processes, cleaning is a flexible process, so it is possible to make alterations to get the desired results. It is possible to make alterations even in the middle of a cleaning process, unlike when replacing materials. Changing aspects such as the chemical agent, the dwell time such an agent has with the targeted soil and the temperature of the cleaning solution, it is possible to alter the outcome of a cleaning exercise. Our SERVPRO technicians also ensure we agitate the affected areas entirely using different resources, including scrubbing by hand, using rotating brushes and water pressure.
Cleaning is practical and offers several benefits if there is fire damage in your Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale Beach home. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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A Primer for Cleaning Fire Damage in Your Plantation Home
Fires cause charring, smoke, and soot damage. You can trust SERVPRO to restore your home to its preloss state.
Tips for Cleaning Up Your Plantation Home After Fire Damage
Dealing with a house fire is heartbreaking. You have to cope with the loss of valuable possessions and the challenge of getting your home back to normal. Some common problems to handle include soot, smoke, and cleaning up the chemicals or water that firefighters used to extinguish the fire. The water and chemicals can ruin the walls, carpeting, and furniture, among other things.
To deal with fire damage in your Plantation home, you should first assess the extent of the destruction. It is essential to open up all doors and windows to let in fresh air or use a fan to increase ventilation. Increased airflow helps remove residual smoke and minimize the odors that burnt materials and soot cause.
A fire can destroy many items in your house, and it may be necessary to replace them. You may only be able to figure out which things to replace after cleaning everything up. Cleaning up items in your house might seem like a tiresome task, but you need to complete it as soon as possible since procrastinating it can make matters worse. To clean up your property, some of the things you need include:
- Trisodium phosphate (TSP) cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- A large sponge and rags
- A mask to protect your face
- Goggles to protect your eyes
After wearing the safety gear, soak the sponge into the TSP solution, containing a tablespoon of TSP and a gallon of water. Soot may be on all the surfaces exposed to the fire. Secure the carpets and upholstered furniture since the residue is oily and can stain them easily. Start cleaning the surfaces that have soot and smoke damage such as ceilings and walls. Begin from the top to the bottom because some residue can fall off from the surfaces you are cleaning. After that, dip the rags in warm water and rinse the affected surfaces.
Once you remove the soot, the next task is to deal with the smoke damage. Smoke creates odors that can linger in walls, ceilings, draperies, and fabrics even after you have tried to remove them using baking soda, white vinegar, and activated charcoal. Eliminating odors is difficult because the damage is at the molecular level. It is advisable to hire SERVPRO franchise professionals to remove the smoke odor. Our Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can use high-level skills and deodorizing agents or equipment to remove the smells effectively.
We can use dry ice blasting to eliminate or minimize the musty burnt scent resulting from smoke, fire, and water damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can also apply sealants on walls to block smells from escaping. Another strategy is using hydroxyl generators to remove unpleasant odors.
If you need fire damage restoration services in Ft. Lauderdale, Davie Fort or Lauderdale Beach, contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Fire Damage Remediation In Plantation
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Fire Damage Experts In Plantation Talk About Some Do It Yourself Procedures
The fire departments in the Plantation and Fort Lauderdale areas investigate over 200 fires each year. If your property ever suffers from fire damage, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Smoke and heat-related issues can sometimes be hard to find and difficult to mitigate. Our team of fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs have training and experience that helps us find and mitigate your problems.
However, if you do ever notice fire damage inside your Plantation home, there are steps you the homeowner can take to help with the restoration. The first step after something burns inside your dwelling is to get everyone safe then to extinguish the fire. Make sure that none of your building materials or contents are still smoldering or smoking.
Next, our SERVPRO technicians always recommend that you find the shutoff for your utilities. If gas is leaking, another fire can ignite, so it is smart to shut the gas running through your house off. Electricity can also pose potential hazards. Therefore you should turn off the electricity inside your building. If any water pipes got damaged during the blaze, then shutting off your water can prevent moisture-related issues.
Then, you should look for any other potential safety hazards. If there are electrical lines exposed, then you must call in a certified electrician to fix the problem before you turn your power back on. If there are burnt items that could cause a trip or fall hazard, then it is a good idea to remove them so that they no longer pose a threat.
Once your utilities are shut off, and you have fixed all of the safety hazards you can find it is then wise to remove any severely burnt or charred items. Burnt materials can sometimes soil other things that did not get affected during the blaze. It is also a wise idea to open your windows and doors and use fans to push air through your house to help reduce foul odors.
If you ever suffer from an inferno igniting on your Davie, Las Olas, or Sailboat Bend property, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 immediately after the fire gets extinguished.
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After A Fire In Your Ft. Lauderdale Beach House Our Crew Will Remove Any Debris
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Debris Removal For Your Ft. Lauderdale Beach House
Among the most challenging aspects of restoring the damages from a fire in your Ft. Lauderdale beach house is the mess these scenarios create. Even without a situation that spreads heavily throughout the property, you still have areas around the ignition point affected by soot, smoke residues, odors, structural compromise, and debris. Our restoration professionals have sophisticated tools and years of experience to provide a confident and efficient approach to addressing all of these concerns.
Debris removal is an intricate step in fire cleanup for any Ft. Lauderdale beach house or property. Beach houses are particularly susceptible to having more debris than some of the other structures throughout the city because of its primarily wood and drywall construction. These elements can easily ignite when exposed to moving fires, which can help the destruction to spread far beyond the source. Our SERVPRO experts can help by assessing the debris left behind and working quickly to clean up these damaged areas.
From the time that our crew first arrives at your fire-damaged address, we must not only assess the damages with a walkthrough but also determine vulnerabilities of remaining structural components as debris removal begins. Knowing the risks for our team members can go a long way to keeping our technicians, and anyone else exposed, safe. This inspection can guide our controlled demolition process, removing at-risk and damaged structural elements and construction materials only to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness in reconstruction phases.
Clearing out the mess from your beach house is one thing, but disposing of it all properly is another. Our SERVPRO professionals have the necessary training to handle even biohazardous materials and dispose of them according to specific protocols mandated by federal statutes and through the state of Florida.
For property owners with insurance, and even though these policies can vary significantly, many offer fire debris removal coverage. Speak to your provider and reach out to the dedicated professionals of our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team. By calling (954) 776-2000, we can make fire loss effects, “Like it never even happened.”
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How SERVPRO Removes Smoke and Soot Odors From Fires in Davie
Smoke and soot damage can quickly spread, affecting areas that were not damaged by flames.
Odor Removal After Small Outlet Fire in Your Davie Home
Sometimes situations like fires do not spread throughout your Davie property beyond the combustion point, either due to a fast extinguishment on your end or because the fire burns out as quickly as it began. Whatever the case might be, a situation like a small outlet fire in the living room of your home might not have widespread damages, but there are effects that you still have to overcome to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Odors are fire damage effects that can often be the most challenging to overcome in your Davie home after the fire is out. DIY deodorization and masking the odor with stronger smells does not cut into the root of the problem, and that is why these solutions are only a temporary bandage to the more significant concern. Our SERVPRO team can arrive with the tools that can handle any of the lingering damage from this small fire in your home, including effective deodorization for all affected areas.
When our team arrives at your fire-damaged address, we can inspect the property quickly for any damages that might have resulted that require mitigation tactics. Cleanup and deodorization are often the steps to follow a small fire inspection, as much of the damage remains contained to a limited area, often requiring some soot cleaning, smoke residue removal, and removing the damaged portions of drywall for later replacement.
Deodorization requires some added steps, and that begins with containment of the affected area. By setting up physical barriers and invisible barriers with the use of machines like our hydroxyl generators, we can keep the smoke damage odors from spreading throughout the property. With the use of equipment like thermal foggers, we can break apart odor molecules and permanently remove the noxious scent the fire left behind.
While small fires might not seem as traumatic as widespread structure blazes, the same level of care and consideration needs to go into the restoration of the property. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South rapid response team is standing by 24/7 to help at (954) 776-2000.
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Our Team is Ready To Help You After A Fire In Your Plantation Home
When you suffer from a home fire call our trusted professionals right away. We are available 24/7 for all your restoration needs.
Protect Your Home in Plantation- Thinking About Fire Damage
Living in Florida, we tend to focus more hurricanes and how to protect our homes against them. We add windows and shutters, and we make sure our drainage systems can sustain torrential downpours. However, we also need to be prepared to call the best technical team should fire damage distress our home. When flames reach our property, we are concerned with the structural safety of our house as well as salvaging our contents and belongings. Rather than tackling this daunting task on your own, seek professional assistance for better results.
If your home in Plantation is the victim of fire damage, our SERVPRO team is at the ready to help you assess the extent of the harm. Our technicians train to identify those belongings that are beyond repair and remove them from your home. Similarly, we can address other items individually and apply the most effective remediation methods to remove traces of smoke and soot and restore them to their original glory.
Items deeply affected by smoke and its residual odor are treated with specialized solutions to neutralize and deodorize the offending smell. When the odor seems to be stuck on your walls and more significant pieces, our SERVPRO team employs air scrubbers and ozone generators to breakdown the smell and neutralize it. In Florida, where the A/C unit is generally at work, we use charcoal activated filters to improve the air quality in your vents, and we may follow it with thermal foggers to penetrate other surfaces. The application of these products is under the close supervision of our IIRC certified staff and results are monitored continuously.
The indoor air quality of your home is a priority, as is eliminating all traces of the damage. Even though we attempt to salvage all your belongings, some of them may be beyond repair. Our team will make recommendations and assist in the removal so your life returns back to normal as soon as possible. When further repairs are needed, we help coordinate with vendors and contractors, so their work is done as soon as possible.
In a region where we think more about rain than we do fire damage, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is here to help you in all of your home’s fire and water needs. Just call us at (954) 776-2000 and allow us to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”
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Plantation Owners Stay, Pack-Outs of Possessions by SERVPRO Can Salvage More and Cost Less After a Fire Loss
The SERVPRO Green Fleet Responds to Fire Damage to Help Our Plantation Neighbors
Understanding How Move-Outs Work during Fire Damage Restoration in Plantation
Though we strive to offer fire damage restoration services while the customer's contents are at the site, some situations may force us to recommend move-outs. It means we have to move the items to a remote location for the restoration process to take place smoothly. Move-outs are labor intensive since we have to move, pack, unpack, clean, repack, and move the contents back. We have to come up with a detailed inventory and be careful to avoid breakage when performing such services in Plantation.
Let us start by looking at some of the reasons as to why move-outs may be necessary during fire damage restoration in Plantation. Some contents may suffer additional damage if the cleanup and restoration work start while they are still in position. For instance, if the flooring or roof is severely damaged, the structure may be unsafe and force us to remove furniture from the house. Another instance is when the building is saturated with water, and the resulting high humidity is likely to cause avoidable damage to expensive upholstery and artwork.
It is important to note that not all fire damage restoration jobs require move-outs and we avoid them as much as we can when we consider them to be unnecessary. We enhance good relations with customer and adjusters. Remember, a damaging fire incident brings along many losses, so avoiding the additional expenses can be appreciated by both the adjusters and clients. We always look for ways of minimizing the number of times we handle your items to avoid breakages. If we have to perform them, then we must know what you consider to be most important.
We have a system known as the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) that helps us to track all your items during a move-out. We tag each item and give it a unique serial number. The CCIS makes it possible for us to categorize contents as restorable, non-restorable, and questionable items.
SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is an experienced company that uses industry-proven techniques to offer residential and commercial restoration services. To get help at any time of the day, call (954) 776-2000.
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How To Recover From A Fire Caused By Your Space Heater In Your Plantation Home
Should a fire break out in your home, large or small, it is never wise to delay in action.
The Space Heater Inside Your Plantation Home Can Cause Fire Damage
Fall is here, and you might be tempted to take out your space heater on a chilly morning, but leaving it unattended can cause fire damage inside of your home. While you go to make your morning coffee, you leave the heater on full blast in the living room. However, it was placed too close to the curtains and on top of carpet. While you're in the kitchen, the drapes catch fire and so does the carpeting.
When you smell the smoke and notice that fire damage is occurring inside your Plantation home, you rush to put it out with the extinguisher inside of your home. Despite the short amount of time that the fire was ablaze, it still managed to produce a lot of smoke around your drapes and carpet, causing soot stains on both. While the fire was relatively small, the wisest decision you can make is to call for professional help to assist with the stains left behind.
At SERVPRO, when we receive your call, we always strive to travel to your residence swiftly. We understand how valuable time is in the removal of stains left behind by a fire. The more time that your curtains and carpet have to sit, the tougher the stains can become to remove.
When we arrive at your home, we can start our investigation immediately and select the best method of stain removal for the delicate nature of your drapes and carpet. Our IICRC-certified techs can spread an absorbent powder overtop the stains left behind by the fire damage.
Absorbent powders are a delicate way to tackle soot stains left behind, as they clean by drawing the soil and dirt into the powder. Sometimes the powder can be mixed with a solvent and applied as a paste and left to dry. Afterward, SERVPRO can then use a vacuum to pull the powder and the stain away from your drapes and carpet.
Finally, if an odor remains behind, SERVPRO can use a thermal fogger to neutralize the particles in the air. Our goal is to leave your home feeling like it did in its pre-fire state.
Should a fire break out in your home, large or small, it is never wise to delay in action. Reach out to SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by dialing the phone number (954) 776-2000.
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What To Do When Your Microwave Shorts Out And Causes Fire Damage To Your Plantation Home
The microwave in your home is incredibly useful, but when it shorts out and causes a fire it is anything but useful.
Fire Damage To Your Home
The microwave in your home is an incredibly useful tool to help you prepare meals, but when it shorts out and causes fire damage inside your home is it anything but useful in that moment. Your microwave has its own independent nook inside of your cupboards, and unfortunately, the fire was quick to spread to the levels above it. The blaze impacted your spices and Tupperware, melting down the plastic materials and burning up the dried oregano and rosemary very swiftly, giving more fuel to the fire.
By the time you managed to put the flames out, it had burned your cupboards and spread smoke throughout your kitchen, making the fire damage in your Plantation home look much worse than it actually was. However, to ensure a successful damage remediation, it is vital for you to call for professional services right after the fire is extinguished. Promptly getting a team to your home can help reduce discoloration from smoke and soot as well as make it easier to remove.
When SERVPRO arrives at your home, the first thing we can begin to do is clean up the mess that the fire left behind. We can remove your ruined microwave from the nook it is stored in, as well as scrape away the remains of the plastic containers and bottles from the shelves above. Afterward, SERVPRO can select a cleaning method to remove the soot from the various surfaces inside your kitchen, including your fridge, stove, countertops, sink, and cupboards.
On metal materials such as your sink, stove, and refrigerator, we can choose to use something a little more harsh, like chemical cleaning methods. On the wooden and stone surfaces of your countertop and cabinets, SERVPRO can use something more gentle, like lubricative cleaning solutions. We use a simple spray-and-wipe system, going over the stains repeatedly until they lift away from whatever we are cleaning.
Because the smell of burning plastic can be so foul, the last thing SERVPRO can do to remediate your kitchen is to use a thermal fogger. The "fog" of the machine is a solution that attacks the particles in the air that cause the foul odor. SERVPRO's goal is to rid your home of all reminders of the fire, including sight and smell.
If an electrical shortage in an appliance causes a fire inside your kitchen, never hesitate to call for help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by phoning (954) 776-2000. Day or night, we are available for the job.
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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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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
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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
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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.