Recent Fire Damage Posts

Can Fort Lauderdale Home Fire Damage Be Repaired?

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

second story landing fire scorched home This fire-damaged Fort Lauderdale home can be restored and repaired by our SERVPRO team of IICRC certified technicians.

SERVPRO Professional Fire Restoration Services Address Structure and Contents Damage

Home structural fire damage restoration can be a daunting task for any Fort Lauderdale homeowner to undertake after disaster strikes. Even small-scale kitchen fires, which are the leading cause of unreported home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), can leave behind hard-to-remove damages that can have a lasting impact on walls and appliances.

Certified SERVPRO fire restoration technicians salvage Fort Lauderdale properties regardless of the scale of the disaster. Sophisticated technologies, tried-and-true cleanup methods, and extensive fire cleanup training combine to produce effective results that return fire-affected homes to a pre-disaster condition.

How Fire Damage Residues Impact Residential Structures

Fire and smoke damage can have a wide array of effects on surfaces in a home, such as:

  • Drywall can easily become stained by smoke exposure
  • Soot particles can settle in nooks and crannies of appliances, electronics, and other sensitive items
  • Fire and smoke damage residues can also settle in HVAC components and ventilation shafts, which can potentially spread odors and soot throughout the property
  • Fire odors can vary based on what was burned. Dry goods, such as paper and wood, have a distinct smell compared to burnt plastics or pungent protein residues. Each material also requires a different type of care for removal
  • Soot can seep into porous surfaces like rugs, drapes, and upholstery. While these stains are often removable, consumer-grade solutions are much less likely to remove smoke residues fully

SERVPRO professionals provide Fort Lauderdale homeowners with commercial-grade solutions that eliminate fire damage stains and odors while minimizing demolition and replacement needs.

Remediating Fire and Smoke Damage with SERVPRO Cleaning Solutions

Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO professional soot removal entails a multitude of methodically implemented steps. These include:

  • Manual cleaning of fire damage from ceiling to floor, and lightest to heaviest. This pattern provides effective, efficient cleaning that has minimal impact on surfaces
  • SERVPRO crews can also perform structural drying for fire suppression before performing fire restoration services. A dry structure is necessary for safe remediation
  • Heavy-duty cleaning options for fire damage include EPA-registered biocides, alkaline solutions, and abrasion blasting with soda ash, dry ice, and other blast media
  • Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) can deploy solvent-based deodorizers via thermal foggers for fire odor removal. This device allows deodorizers to chemically bind with soot particles to thoroughly eliminate odors. Protein residues from kitchen fires can be addressed with specialized enzyme digesters that turn oily proteins into water-soluble byproducts for easy removal
  • Soot removal with HEPA-filter vacuums can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns in size

After performing the cleanup, SERVPRO fire restoration technicians can focus on rebuilding services such as hanging new drywall where necessary, cleaning HVAC systems, repainting walls, and flooring repairs. SERVPRO professionals also clean salvageable contents thoroughly to return them to a pre-disaster condition once more.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South renders 24/7 disaster mitigation services when property owners call (954) 776-2000.

Efficient Ft. Lauderdale Area Fire Damage Restoration

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

smoke surrounding smoke detector Housefire damage occurs every 90 seconds across the United States.

Call SERVPRO in Ft. Lauderdale for Help with Fire Damage Cleanup

No homeowner is safe from a potential fire breaking out within their residence. Housefire damage occurs every 90 seconds across the United States, so preparing for such an emergency is highly beneficial. SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, providing area property owners with the prompt, reliable fire restoration services they need. Should your Ft. Lauderdale home encounter a minor fire in the bathroom or a significant blaze that impacts several rooms, we are here 24/7 – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Did you know that SERVPRO is onsite and ready to assess your property within hours of your initial call? We handle fire damage restoration for Ft. Lauderdale customers so they can quickly bring their homes back to pre-fire condition. While each project varies in terms of damage, processes, and reconstruction needed, you can count on us to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Every Ft. Lauderdale fire damage restoration project starts with a thorough assessment and protecting your home from the elements and intrusion as the restoration takes place. Once first responders tell us we can safely enter, we look at areas such as:

  • Structural integrity
  • Exposure to the elements
  • Security complications
  • Electrical hazards
  • Water saturation
  • Soot and smoke damage
  • Unsalvageable materials and contents

Superior Cleaning and Deodorizing

Once all standing water from the fire extinguishment gets removed, we inspect for areas with hidden moisture and begin drying. Our team also handles thorough cleaning of surfaces and removes all charred debris. We have odor control technicians (OCT) on our team that ensure all pungent smoke and moisture odors get eliminated rather than masked.

While we work to restore versus replace whenever possible, many fire-related projects call for controlled demolition and reconstruction services. All unsalvageable flooring, drywall, carpet, and other materials are replaced with all-new.

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 when you need assistance with fire damage restoration for your home or business.

Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services in Ft. Lauderdale

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

burned front porch on a house SERVPRO's crack FSRT provides cleaning contents & structural restoration and repair and smoke damage in Fort Lauderdale.

SERVPRO Uses Six Methods to Clean Fire Damaged Properties in Ft. Lauderdale

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 profound, 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 methods fit the restoration service.

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 eliminating excessive dirt 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 things that do not react poorly to being saturated with water or cleaning solutions. We often 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. We may use a steel wool pad instead of the brush for metal surfaces.

Immersion Cleaning – This is our method of last resort. For items with very heavy residues that can take the procedure, we immerse them in a tank with water or a cleaning agent. Technicians then use sound waves to force bubbles through the item, agitating all surfaces. It is effective on property that absorbs a significant amount of residues over an extended period. This technique is called ultrasonic cleaning.

Returning your home to its pre-fire condition does not happen quickly. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is here at every step until finished. If you need us, call today at (954) 776-2000.

Fire Restoration Solution Available to Residents in The Fort Lauderdale Area

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

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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 with 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. 

Walking on fire damaged flooring, touching walls, cabinets, countertops, or any other surface affected after a fire occurs, causes more damage, making it harder for professional fire-damage restoration technicians to restore the property. 

Contact 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 restore your belongings and return your property to a quality condition you and your family can enjoy. 

Few companies can provide full-service solutions to environmental damage on your property, and 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 your property's fire, water, mold, or storm damage issues today. We deliver 24/7 emergency services, quick response times, and valuable solutions you can count on when you need help. (954) 776-2000

Fire Damage Experts Out of Pembroke Pines Describe the Scoping Process

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen counter with soot covering it Fire damage can quickly overtake your kitchen. Team SERVPRO offers certified technicians to effectively mitigate the situation. Contact us right away.

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 IICRC-certified 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.

Can Ft. Lauderdale Beach Homeowners Help with Fire Restoration?

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and soot around air vent in ceiling; smoke and soot on wall and ceiling Although this fire was small in scope, soot and smoke traveled throughout the home.

SERVPRO Techs Take Care of Fire Restoration to Keep Property Owners Safe

After a fire occurs, a Fort Lauderdale Beach homeowner may consider taking on fire restoration tasks that make cleanup easier for technicians. However, some practices, like wiping down soot or moving belongings from the affected area, can increase the extent of the damage. Instead, homeowners can help by preparing photos and documentation in advance.

SERVPRO fire restoration teams can provide Fort Lauderdale Beach residents with cleanup and a detailed inventory of structures, contents, and conditions to submit a proof of loss claim. While restoration can usually be performed on-site, SERVPRO-approved warehouse spaces are available for pack-outs in the event of extensive fire damage.

SERVPRO Pack-Outs and Inventory for Fire Damage

During a pack-out, technicians document, classify and pack contents room by room. The steps taken for the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) include the following:

  • Individual items or boxes of possessions are bar code tagged and given a name that describes the contents for a searchable inventory database
  • Labels are scannable for easy access to information about inventory that can also be updated. Techs can also create searchable subcategories based on the room being packed to streamline the process
  • Paper inventory sheets are also essential to a successful pack-out to keep contents organized and provide paper copies for both property owners and claims adjusters
  • After contents are moved to the SERVPRO warehouse, home residents can inspect items and procure belongings that they need. The inventory process ensures that items customers wish to pick up or review are easy to find

Once fire damaged structures and warehouse contents are restored to a pre-disaster condition, SERVPRO can perform a move-back.

Property owners can contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for “Like it never even happened,” levels of restoration.

How To Prevent Fire Damage To Your Plantation Home

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

A plug in the wall on fire Let SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale South help you and your home take preventative measures for fire damage.

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.

How Challenging Are Tasks Like Ceiling Cleaning During Fire and Smoke Cleanup in Ft. Lauderdale Homes?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire with soot damage on the ceiling When a fire strikes your home, you need the help of SERVPRO. Our fire damage restoration techs have the understanding needed for the job.

SERVPRO Helps Ease Access and Handle Sensitive Materials During Fire Restoration Processes

During a fire, smoke drifts upwards and thus deposits most residues on the ceiling. Therefore, cleaning the ceiling is an essential step during a fire and smoke cleanup exercise. Because of the high elevation and unusual orientation, cleaning the ceiling is more challenging than dealing with other surfaces. 

The challenge of ceiling cleaning during a fire and smoke cleanup at your Ft. Lauderdale property also depends on the resources you have. That is why the assistance from SERVPRO is indispensable since we have the human resources, equipment, and advanced cleaning products needed to produce stellar results:

Some of the problems better resources help address include:

  • Dealing with delicate materials such as acoustic tiles
  • Easing access to an elevated surface
  • Dealing with various fixtures, including chandeliers

When fire residues are deposited on a surface, they adhere to the underlying material. Therefore, sufficient cleaning power is necessary to break the bond between the residues and materials. The challenge arises when the underlying material is delicate, and therefore aggressive cleaning might damage it. Our SERVPRO crews evaluate the material and choose a potent yet friendly cleaning approach. One such method is Peroxide-Active cleaning which helps safely remove residues from acoustic ceiling tiles. 

The right access is also necessary when attempting to clean a ceiling. Stepping on something such as a ladder or stool helps attain the height required to clean soiled areas. However, it quickly becomes tedious when you have to keep stepping on and off to clean a new area. Also, the awkward posture while cleaning is tiring. Our SERVPRO technicians bring extension poles to every fire damage site. We can attach cleaning sponges or other mediums, thus wiping the ceiling while standing on the ground. The long poles also allow a comfortable posture.

Other valuable resources include:

  • Immersion cleaners for accessories such as chandeliers
  • Blast cleaning equipment for porous or unfinished surfaces
  • Pressure washers for vast areas 

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South uses various resources to ease fire and smoke cleanup. Call us at (954) 776-2000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Need Fire Damage Restoration in Plantation – Call SERVPRO

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

Chair on fire SERVPRO is always ready and available to assist with fire mishaps around the clock. Don't wait, Just Call (954) 776-2000.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration and Repairs in Plantation and Surrounding Areas

Homeowners dealing with fire damage in their Plantation homes have a lot to consider after a fire in their home. But one area that many people do not immediately think about is their safety and their families. There is obvious damage from the fire and the water used to extinguish the fire. However, slippery floors, a structure that may be compromised, contaminants, and potential carcinogens can make it dangerous to re-enter your home unless adequate safety gear is utilized.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration and repairs to homes in Plantation. After the fire department gives the all-clear sign, our teams inspect the premises to assess the damage and the safety concerns that should be dealt with before entering the home. We can review the damage assessment and our proposed plan for restoration with you and your insurance adjuster for insurance claims. Personal protective equipment is used to protect our employees while we remove damaged contents and structural components. Everything is bagged and safely removed for disposal following approved procedures.

All surfaces are cleaned and sanitized. We wipe down all non-porous surfaces, removing soot and smoke residues. Porous materials are cleaned where possible; otherwise, they are disposed of following industry guidelines. We maintain a record of everything for inventory and claims to your insurance company. Our SERVPRO team can also assist with reconstructing your home and reduce the total time you may have to remain in temporary quarters.

Our Services Include:

Inspection and fire damage assessment

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup
  • Removal of soot and smoke residue from all surfaces
  • Odor removal and control

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for fire damage in Plantation and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (954) 776-2000.

Fire Restoration Services to Fort Lauderdale Homes

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighters putting out fire Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

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.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

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. Still, in some cases, they penetrate 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.

Why Fire Cleanup in Fort Lauderdale is Not Just About What You Can See

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

stripped interior framing and trusses primed SERVPRO primed the cleaned framing and trusses with an odor-killing paint to seal the smell fire odors. Our Fort Lauderdale customers were pleased.

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. These things are a standard 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. 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 tricky element to eliminate, particularly after fire damage, 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 using hydroxyl generators, or under more difficult circumstances, ozone machines to capture the malodorous smoke particles.

Not many people know that the most potent way to deodorize a fire damaged property is by replicating the smoke's behavior. 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 too broad and non-porous for a 'fog' to work.

Odors That Exist in the Mind

Another fascinating 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 property owner's mind. 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. This is known as Phantosmia.

It is tricky for 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 to feel confident about the results. Then, we discuss some of the responses 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.

Smoke Damage in a Plantation Home Can Travel through the HVAC System

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage done to ceiling and walls Fire damage restoration is an easy task. for SERVPRO. Our techs are trained and experienced in fire restoration services.

Complete Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Is Possible in Plantation Thanks to SERVPRO

It is not unusual for a kitchen fire to happen in a home in Plantation. Throughout the world, accidents happen, and in a matter of seconds, flames rise, and smoke fills a home threatening its structural integrity. Most homeowners, however, may find themselves seeking a fire damage restoration company rather than declaring their home a total loss. SERVPRO specializes in water and fire damage restorations in homes of all sizes.

In Plantation, fire damage restoration services include a close look at the home’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. The ducts can serve as an efficient way for smoke to circulate throughout your home, and our SERVPRO technicians inspect them when assessing the overall smoke and fire damage. Some of the questions we ask include-

  • Where did the fire originate relative to the HVAC vents, and how long did it burn?
  • Is there residue inside the ducts, and is it heavy?
  • What are the ducts made of? Metal? Flex duct? Fiberboard?
  • Is it necessary to consult with a specialized HVAC sub-contractor?

When our SERVPRO team determines that smoke traveled through the vents and left residue behind, we clean them by removing soot from all surfaces and applying cleaning agents. We have special vacuums in our inventory for this purpose.

We may also use foggers and deodorizers to eliminate odor particles. This process is done best while the duct system is sealed to optimize results.

Do not underestimate the impact of smoke in your home, even areas far from the place of ignition. Invite SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South to assess the damage and provide solutions based on industry best practices. Call us at (954) 776-2000 and rely on our expert team for the best results.

What to Include in Your Fire Damage Cleanup Plan

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Fire damage clean-up in your home should be done by a team of pros. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for the fire restoration service you need.

Make a fire damage plan for your Fort Lauderdale home.

We all hope that we will not fall victim to a home fire. However, even if you take safety precautions, you cannot always prevent a fire. However, you can plan for what you will do after a fire. Planning now means you will not need to make big decisions in the aftermath when you are already stressed out.

A fire damage cleanup plan for your Fort Lauderdale home should include:

  • Plans for where you and your family will stay after a fire.
  • The details of your insurance company.
  • A file of important information about your family and pets, including medical needs.
  • Emergency contact details such as your doctor, vet, and a fire damage cleanup company.

Do not enter your home until you have clearance from the fire department. The next step is to call SERVPRO. We can take care of every aspect of fire damage cleanup, from removing soot stains and smells to overseeing redecorating and structural repairs. We can also help you create a loss inventory for your insurance company. Ask us about our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan for a streamlined mobile app.

If you need a fire damage cleanup company, you can trust, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000.

Where Can Homeowners Seek Help after a Fire Damages their Property?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle and trailer with equipment Our fire damage technicians have the skills and equipment to bring your home back from a fire catastrophe. Call us right away.

They Can Hire SERVPRO Technicians to Handle the Fire Damage in their Ft Lauderdale Homes

After a fire in your residence, it is not just what is burned that requires restoration. Different types of damage can occur because of the smoke and the water used to extinguish the flames. SERVPRO has experienced technicians who can restore your property to its normal condition.

Smoke and soot can spread throughout the property, including areas not affected by the fire, leading to secondary damage if not handled on time. Thankfully, the certified restorers from SERVPRO can handle the fire damage in your Ft Lauderdale property effectively. Our team gets to our customer’s property within a brief period since we understand how fast the secondary damages of fire can spread.

Some damages that can affect your home include:

  • Water from firefighting efforts can ruin your floors, walls, and valuable items.
  • Smoke and soot can discolor your walls, appliances, and other valuables.
  • Ash and water solution can cause corrosion and damage to various surfaces and materials.
  • Smoke and soot residues can tarnish metal and cause etching in the glass.

Smoke residues bond with the surfaces they contact. When cleaning various affected surfaces, we use special techniques and unique products. We can use natural fabric brightener mixed with shampoo super concentrate to clean your furniture and wool carpeting.

Do not let fire damage lead to expensive repairs. Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to get your property back to its former glory.

Plantation Residents Grab a Bargain at Westfield this January

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Outside Westfield mall Plantation Fire Sale at the Mall? Call SERVPRO for Home Cleanup and Restoration.

The Traditional Sales Season Kicks Off at Westfield for Plantation Residents from January

January is the month when the sales season kicks in, and Plantation residents can be hopeful of snagging a bargain this year at Westfield's Broward Shopping Center. The palm tree-laden shopping court features over 115 retail stores with an in-house dining court and play areas for kids. Situated on West Broward Boulevard, the enormous mall has a wide selection of goods which are likely to see discounts of up to 50% this January. Over the last few years, the shopping district has undergone several renovations to maintain a clean, modern feel. At the same time, there are great discounts throughout at Macy's and JC Penneys. For those looking to find a bargain this January in Plantation, Westfield's Broward Mall is an excellent place to shop until you drop.
• The substantial retail center offers parking, children's play areas, and a cinema
• The food court has an exciting range of cuisines from Argentinian eateries to traditional American diners and fine dining restaurants
• The January sales typically bring in a considerable amount of discounted goods for eager post-Christmas shoppers
A property fire this winter could cause extensive odor and sanitary issues in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South at (954) 420-6305.

Why Does the Kitchen Smell So Bad After a Cooking Fire?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

White microwave and white cabinets burned and covered in soot When fire damage happens in your home, contact SERVPRO. We’re Here to Help.

SERVPRO’s EPA-Registered Sanitation Solutions Add Odor Control to Fort Lauderdale Fire Cleanup

Fort Lauderdale homeowners may be surprised to know that even a successfully smothered kitchen fire can leave behind lingering effects. Invisible protein residues are both foul-smelling and challenging to remediate with consumer-grade cleaners.

SERVPRO professionals render fire cleanup services for Fort Lauderdale homes. Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified techs are well-versed in current restoration industry standards and continually update knowledge to stay in line with new benchmarks.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Control Protein Residue Odors?

Burnt proteins leave behind a lingering and potent odor that requires specialized cleaning solutions to remove thoroughly.

  • Protein residues require enzyme digesters to turn these soils into water-soluble byproducts for ease of cleaning.
  • Residues can then be removed with EPA-registered antimicrobials.
  • Wastewater free of dry cleaning solvents is disposed of in a treated sewer. In contrast, solvents are dumped at an approved industrial waste disposal location.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South provides Faster To Any Size Disaster cleanup for residents that call (954) 776-2000.

Can Restoration Technicians Salvage Fire-Damaged Cabinets?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen after fire Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have the training your home needs after a fire occurs.

Certified Fire Restoration Pros in Davie Offer 24/7 Mitigation Services.

Kitchen fires are among the most common in the United States by far. These types of residential fires are also the most frequently unreported. However, Davie residents should be aware that fire damage residues can continually damage belongings well after extinguishing the flames.

If your Davie residence needs fire restoration services to prevent soot and odors from affecting your home further, SERVPRO is available to mitigate damage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your local SERVPRO team can render fire damage cleanup services with commercial-grade equipment, including EPA-registered proprietary antimicrobial solutions designed to address fire damage odors and soils.

What Nearby Surfaces Are Affected By a Stovetop Fire?

  • Walls and ceilings are likely to have a light dusting of dry soot sticking to them.
  • Soot particles settle in cracks and crevices, including on electronics, appliances, and in fixtures like sinks and cabinets.
  • Porous surfaces like aprons, oven mitts, wood furniture, and kitchen towels can soak up soot and odors and may require additional care to return them to a preloss state.

How Does SERVPRO Restore Fire-Damaged Wood Cabinets?

Cabinetry affected by fires is likely to require several different cleanup solutions, including the following:

  • Dry cleaning sponges designed to mitigate light, dry soot deposits, especially in cabinet interiors.
  • Wood Creme Paste to address heavier stains. Because soot turns acidic from exposure to water, many heavy-duty soot cleaning solutions are alkaline in nature.
  • Metal hinges suffering from corrosion or other damages from soot may be more cost-effective to replace than restore, depending on their condition.
  • Abrasion blasting with gentle media like soda ash and corn cobs to remove surface char while preserving your fixtures.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is prepared to keep your property looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (954) 776-2000 to start the mitigation process.

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Whom Can I Call for Help Cleaning Up After a Fire in Fort Lauderdale?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

living room in a house that had a fire and burnt up the sheetrock and chairs Fires can crush the morale of a family quickly. When you contact SERVPRO, they will remediate the damage and have you and your family back into your h

Fire Restoration is Something We Do Best at SERVPRO - Let Us Take Care of Your Fort Lauderdale Residence

A fire is never anything you want to face as a homeowner, but SERVPRO is here to take away a lot of the stress and worry. We have technicians trained following standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), so you can rest assured that we can get the job done right the first time. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster with crews available 24/4 to take your call.

When a fire breaks out inside the home, soot and smoke travel off to areas where you would least expect it. We have specialists trained for fire restoration in Fort Lauderdale who know how to address any soot and smoke left behind after the fire is extinguished. Our goal is always to make sure there are no lingering odors to remind you of the fire incident.

As a homeowner, it is scary to think about a fire breaking out in your home. Some of the more common causes of house fires and fire damage include:

  •   Heating systems
  •   Faulty wiring or electronics
  •   Smoking accidents
  •   Kitchen appliances
  •   Candles

It is essential to note that you should leave cleanup and restoration to skilled technicians to err on the side of caution. Even if the fire loss zone is a smaller or confined area of the home, further damage may result from unknowingly tracking soot and debris. There are also the potential hazards that come from breathing in toxic fumes from heavy soot and smoke residue.

You can count on us to remove all charred building materials and debris after the fire. We dispose of everything according to local guidelines and then start on the next phase of the restoration to make your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South today at (954) 776-2000, and we have a crew standing by to help with fire restoration.


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Do I Need Different Contractors for Each Phase of Fire Damage Recovery of my Davie Home?

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt mansion interior after fire Call us at (954) 776-2000, ready to share your priorities and concerns, and we can demonstrate the many ways we can help.

SERVPRO's Wrap-Around Services Handle All Aspects of Fire Restoration for Our Davie Community

Intense fire damage in your Davie dwelling confronts you with a broad range of concerns, including everything from water removal to cleaning to rebuilding structural components that are too charred or broken to remediate. Although you know you need to put one foot in front of the other to power through the crisis, it is optimal that you do it with a professional partner who can manage every task.

What Are the Most Likely Causes of Structural Damage Linked to Household Fires?

Charring and excessive water incursion contribute significant risks to your home's structure and underlie your need for exhaustive fire restoration in Davie. Fire destruction consumes and weakens framing, walls, woodwork, floors, stairs, and more, demanding reconstruction by licensed professionals. Firefighters use as much water as necessary to knock back the flames, and the now-contaminated fluids can collect in substantial amounts over ceilings, between walls, and in other building cavities. The heaviness of the water could collapse structures, which also necessitates build back services after cleanup, disinfection, and deodorization completes.

Does Any Disaster Recovery Firm Offer Turnkey Fire Restoration Help?

You are already stressed by the emotions and expense of coping with the fire's aftermath, so reduce the pressure by working with SERVPRO. We offer a full spectrum of services spanning water and fire mitigation, remediation, and licensed reconstruction. Rather than hiring a long list of specialized contractors, our well-trained and equipped team can deliver on our promise that your home will return to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Put yourself in the capable hands of SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South when you need restoration services from a reliable and comprehensively prepared contractor. Call us at (954) 776-2000, ready to share your priorities and concerns, and we can demonstrate the many ways we can help.

Why Do Experts Focus on Water Loss First After Fire Damage?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

fire along house Let SERVPRO mitigate your fire issue in your PLantation home.

Your Local SERVPRO Provides All Services Plantation Residents Need to Recover from a Fire

When restoration professionals in Plantation arrive after the fire, prioritization of firefighting water and chemical mitigation and remediation seem surprising. The destruction caused by the fire requires water recovery efforts to proceed immediately for detailed reasons that a reputable disaster company makes clear from the start.

How Does Water Damage Complicate Recovery Efforts?

The firefighters use all the extinguishers and water needed to knock back the flames when responding to the fire damage at your Plantation home. Significant safety issues present because of the quantity and contamination of the water, and these concerns must resolve before our team cleans up smoke and fire residues. Unsafe conditions caused by water include:

-Slip, trip, and fall risks
-Electrical shock
-Collapse of ceilings and walls from water weight and pressure
-Damage to building materials, including moisture migrating far from the fire site
-Mold growth
-Contact with toxins and hazards such as lead and asbestos leached into the water

Will I need to Hire Different Contractors for Water Damage?

Industry best practices demand that restoration professionals master all aspects of responding to a fire loss, including removing water and drying the structure. SERVPRO trains and equips our managers and technicians for comprehensive disaster response, counting water and fire damage restoration as the foundation of all we do.

What Are Other Advantages of Our All-Encompassing Approach to Fire Damage Restoration?

While one crew is concentrating on the water damage, our project manager uses the time to assess the smoke and soot damage so we can move forward quickly. As we switch to the cleaning and deodorization of the fire residues, we also evaluate the repair and rebuilding of the original damage or any controlled demolition. As general contractors, we can transition to these final restoration steps seamlessly.

The wide-spectrum, wrap-around services offered by SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is vital to get you back on your feet again after a residential fire. Call us at (954) 776-2000 to start your recovery.

Who Do I Call After My Plantation Home Has a Fire?

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

flames shooting from an upstairs window and roof of a house When the fire is out in my Plantation Home--I know to call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Cleanup and Build Backs for Fire-Damaged Plantation Properties

Living in the Plantation area of South Florida, we tend to focus more on 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.

Is your home in Plantation 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 preloss condition.

How can we treat affected smoke and its residual odor?

  • Treated with specialized solutions to neutralize and deodorize the offending odors
  • SERVPRO team employs air scrubbers and ozone generators to breakdown the smell and neutralize them
  • In Florida, where the A/C unit is generally at work, we use charcoal activated filters to improve the air quality in your vents
  • Thermal foggers penetrate other surfaces

These processes are 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 can utilize our Commercial Contractor License #: CBC1261730 for the build back to meet your wishes.

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.”

The Real Truth Behind Fire Damage Remediation in Plantation

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

soot covered furniture after a fire Fire damage can leave soot and odors behind. Contact our SERVPRO team for effective remediation services 24/7 365 days a year.

Air Quality Devices Used After Fire Losses in Planation Homes

Improving the quality of the air is vital for Plantation homes recovering from a fire loss incident. Many threats can circulate in the air after a disaster, including soot, ash, and other carcinogens. To begin effective restoration and recovery of a fire-damaged property, our SERVPRO team must address these pressing air quality concerns during the mitigation phase.

Clearing the air involves the use of several sophisticated tools, and typically takes place among the other mitigation tactics for fire damage in Plantation homes. This process is also vital when emergency services like controlled demolition and debris removal are necessary, as these tasks can aerosolize soot and other particulates. Air quality and filtration equipment can reduce the presence of these contaminants and hazards in the environment through various approaches.

Air Scrubbers

Air scrubbing equipment is one of the most effective tools for reducing airborne contaminants after a fire loss incident. While these do little to address smoke odors and other concerns, they do have impellers capable of pulling in high volumes of air and moving them through an onboard HEPA filtration system to reduce particles in the air as small as 0.3 microns.

Hydroxyl Generators 

Because harsh odors from smoke and charring are often present throughout the damaged areas once mitigation begins, our SERVPRO team can benefit from using a multi-purpose tool like the hydroxyl machine. These stationary units utilize UV cleaning to neutralize odor threats while pulling air through the filtration system to reduce visible particulates circulating in the damaged region of the house.

Cleaning

Reducing the hazards in the environment can often get aided by reducing the presence of residues and soot on surfaces and contents throughout the property. With practices like soda and media blasting, we can remove soot with a damp application to minimize dust while preventing a potential aerosolization hazard later by allowing soot-covered surfaces to go uncleaned.

Removing airborne contaminants from a house after a fire is a vital task to reduce health hazards to those exposed. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team has cutting-edge filtration equipment and cleaning practice to help. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (954) 776-2000.

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Our Professional Fire Damage Technicians Can Return Your Plantation Home To Pre-Damage Condition

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged home with smoke and soot Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for effective restoration services.

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

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

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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

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

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 
  • Buckets 
  • 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

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let fire damage remnants keep you down. Call the remediation specialists at SERVPRO today for help.

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

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

By calling (954) 776-2000, we can make fire loss effects, “Like it never even happened.”

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

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

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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Plantation Owners Stay, Pack-Outs of Possessions by SERVPRO Can Salvage More and Cost Less After a Fire Loss

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Neighbor Helping Neighbor, always ready.
 

How To Recover From A Fire Caused By Your Space Heater In Your Plantation Home

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

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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An Unwatched Candle Can Cause A Small Fire In Your Davie Home

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

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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Cleaning The Walls And The Air After Fort Lauderdale Fire Damage

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

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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