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Tips to Prevent A House Fire & Who Cleans The Damage

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

"smoke detector hanging from ceiling surrounded by smoke" As a resident of an old house, fire safety is something important to consider. Protect yourself and your belongings by doing the following updates to

Keep an Eye on Old Electrical Wiring

Electrical wiring requires regular inspection and upkeep. Faulty wiring is one of the leading causes for the start of house fires in older US homes. One way to know if your home wiring and electrical outlets are operating up to safety code is to hire an electrician to inspect and test them.

For wiring that lies deep within the walls of the home, the inspection can be more difficult. An electrician may suggest installing an AFCI or AFDD device. When connected to a circuit breaker, it can detect an electric arc. This will set off the breaker and should prevent the sparks that can lead to house fires.

Replace Smoke Detectors

If you live in an older home, chances are it’s time to change the smoke detectors. While it is important to remember that battery replacement is needed a few times a year, complete replacement of the device itself is also critical for optimum safety. Purchasing new smoke alarms is fairly inexpensive, and one of the best ways to prevent a house fire or catch one as it begins within the home. Federal regulations suggest installing smoke detectors in all of the following locations in your home:

  • Inside every bedroom
  • Outside of every sleeping area
  • One on each level of the home, including the basement

Install Fire Extinguishers

If a fire does start in your home, do you have a plan for what to do? Making an emergency plan will help you and other household members to know how to react and how to get to safety quickly. If a small fire starts, you can sometimes take care of it yourself before much damage is done. Having a fire extinguisher on hand can be very helpful for preventing the spread of a house fire and reducing fire damage significantly. Consider installing a fire extinguisher in one or more of the suggested areas:

  • Kitchen
  • Furnace room
  • Laundry room
  • Crawl space/loft

If you have never operated a fire extinguisher before, take time to study the user manual to become familiar with how to operate it. If you want to take it one step further, get a spare extinguisher, and practice outdoors so you are prepared if a real fire occurs.

Add a Sprinkler System

While some homeowners worry about how to prevent a house fire caused by a home sprinkler system, the truth is, fire sprinklers can reduce the danger of having a full-blown house fire by over 80%. A sprinkler system can react far faster than a fire fighting crew who has to be called and arrive at the scene.

While some water damage may result, fire damage cleaners can usually take care of the resulting water quickly. The water can should the fire quickly and will result in less overall fire havoc to deal with.

Perform Regular Inspections and Routine Replacement

Once you invest in alarms, extinguishers, and other preventative measures, be diligent about maintaining the new systems you have in place. All of these protective measures can only be useful and can help prevent a house fire. Have an electrician perform regular inspections of old wiring and electrical outlets to make sure they are running up to current safety standards.

The schedule for fire safety testing and device replacement is as follows:

  • Test smoke detectors monthly
  • Replace smoke detector batteries every six months
  • Install new smoke detector fixtures every ten years
  • Test fire sprinklers annually
  • Test all other fire alarm systems according to your service provider’s guidelines

Create a Safe Environment

Older homes do not have to be high-risk environments for fires when safety is properly addressed. As you take these basic measures to prepare for and prevent a house fire, you can live with more peace of mind in your one-of-a-kind older home. If a small or large fire does occur in your older home, call the fire damage cleaners at United Water Restoration Group for help in the fire restoration process.

COMMON CAUSES OF KITCHEN FIRES

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Probably one of the scariest experiences anyone could face is dealing with a home cooking fire. Most people cook every day, but it could only take a second for something to catch on fire. A 2020 research report from the National Fire Protection Association averages that nearly 49 percent of all reported home fires are caused by cooking.

True Builders has provided kitchen fire repair services to dozens of homes in the Bronx, so we understand first-hand how devastating a house fire can be and the type of structural damage it can create.

Seeing as the holiday season is the peak time of year for most home cooking fires, it's important to be aware of the five most common reasons causes of a kitchen fire. Knowing these safety risks isn't just a way to help avoid costly home repairs; it could save your life.

1) Leaving your cooking unattended

Unattended cooking is by FAR the leading factor of most kitchen fires. In fact, it was the cause of nearly 31 percent of all home fires and 53 percent of cooking fire-related deaths between 2014-2018.

Walking away while you're cooking, even for a second, can quickly become a dangerous situation. It's never a good idea to multi-task and be moving around your house if there is an open flame or your stove is set to a high temperature. You should always be focused on your cooking.

Also, if you feel you're too tired or not feeling well, it's better to leave the stove alone and order takeout. Nearly 23 percent of kitchen fires happened because the person was asleep, and sleeping accounted for almost 40 percent of civilian casualties from 2014-2018.

2) Frying with oil

Anytime you fry or broil anything using oil, it needs continuous attention. Two-thirds (66 percent) of kitchen fires occurred after cooking oil, fat, grease, butter, and other cooking substances were ignited. Oil can make the fire spread faster and can still cause a fire the next time someone cooks if there's any residue left on the stovetops.

When you're cooking and frying oil:

  • Cover the bottom of your pan with just enough oil so your food isn't submerged.
  • Add your food gently into the pan so the oil doesn't splatter.
  • Clean the entire cooking area and countertops so no oil or grease splatter is left on any surface.
  • In the event your pan does catch on fire, DO NOT use water to extinguish the flames. This will only cause the fire to spread. If you can, put on oven mitts and safely slide a non-glass lid onto the pan to smother the flames and then turn off your stove.

3) Setting the cooking temperature too high

You don't need to turn your stove or oven top all the way up to properly cook your food. While you may be hungry and just want to get the cooking out of the way, setting your appliances to ridiculously high temperatures is extremely dangerous.

As mentioned before, food combustion is responsible for most kitchen fires, and when combined with oil, it creates a recipe for disaster. Preheat your stove or oven to the recommended cooking temperature and don't leave it unattended. If you have a gas stove, never let the flame rise over the top of the pot or pan. Be patient and follow exactly what the recipe calls for.

4) Wearing loose-fitting clothing around your stove

Clothing ignitions are responsible for a large number of fire-related deaths even though they make up less than one percent of all home cooking fires annually. Loose and billowy clothes can catch on fire if they come in contact with a burner or if the fabric gets caught on the stove.

How quickly your clothes will catch on fire depends on the type of fabric. Cotton and linen burns quickly and can be lit in a matter of seconds. Polyester, nylon, and spandex won't burn as fast, but what makes synthetic materials so dangerous is that they'll melt directly onto your skin. The best thing to wear when cooking is a fire-retardant apron and form-fitting clothes.

5) Flammable compounds left near an open flame or other heating elements

Your kitchen is full of flammable objects. Napkins, paper towels, rags, food packages, cookbooks, recipe cards, and wooden utensils should never be left near or around your stove or oven top. It's important any highly flammable or combustible items are kept away from your cooking surfaces.

What should you do after you experience a kitchen fire?

Above all else, call 911 immediately if you cannot control the kitchen fire. A kitchen or home is replaceable, your life isn't.

If the cooking fire was small and has been properly handled, you should give our team at True Builders a call! There are a number of items that will need replacing after a kitchen fire, including your cabinets, flooring, appliances, and countertops. Smoke can also damage your walls and the material underneath, so these things may need replacing as well. Once we've assessed the damage, we can go to work on the repair and restoration process.

If you've experienced a kitchen fire due to one of the five items listed above, call True Builders to come and fix the damage!

Only you can help prevent kitchen fires. It's key to reducing the possibility of starting a fire while cooking. Always keep these five elements in mind the next time you go use your stove or oven. In the event of a kitchen fire, AFTER calling 911 if necessary, remember to call us at 347-590-9902! We'll fix all the existing damage and help things get back to normal! 

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

"black chord on fire connected to wall outlet" Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house, but also your belongings.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored to pre-fire condition. We'll use several methods to clean your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is complete, we'll work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. SERVPRO can coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.

Depending on the type of documents, and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, there are five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

The 4 Components Needed to Keep a Fire Burning | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Do you know what a tetrahedron is? It’s a three-dimensional, triangular shape with four equal sides.

Now that you understand what that is, you should know there is something known as a fire tetrahedron. In short, it simply means that there are four components that must be present for a fire to burn.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. One of the most obvious things is there has to be something that fuels a fire. This can be just about anything, including wood, grass or plastics. Pretty much anything in the line of fire can act as a fueling agent.

Heat. Fire is often used to provide heat, and therefore in order for it to burn, it has to become hot enough that whatever is exposed to heat will either melt or burn. 

Oxygen. Just like oxygen helps plants to grow and bodies to function, it also is a necessity for fires to burn. Oxygen feeds the fire so that it can continue to grow and generate products of combustion in the process.

Chemical Chain Reaction. The cycle of feeding heat, fuel and oxygen will produce a chain reaction. As the chain reaction happens, it will continue until something affects the ability to proceed. 

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. When it comes to putting out a fire, you likely think of buckets or hoses full of water dousing a burning building. This solution is used to cool the burning material so quickly that the heat can’t compete.

Smother it. If a fire can’t get oxygen, it will die. The process of smothering a fire can be as simple as snuffing a candle, or as complicated as chemically suffocating a fire.

Starve it. A fire will burn as long as it has adequate fuel, so if you’re going to starve it, remove fueling agents out of the line of fire. This will eventually cause it to starve and come to a natural end.

Interrupt the chain reaction. There are chemical agents that can help you effectively put a fire out. Halon can be very effective, but it has an elevated potential for ozone depletion, which makes it an environmental threat.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

Top Causes of House Fires Revealed | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

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If you were to pull up to your home or apartment to see it in flames, your stomach might fall to the ground. We work hard to have nice things, and we work twice as hard (and spend a lot of money) to help keep them nice.

But while we might think we are acting in a safe way when it comes to protecting our homes from fire, more than a quarter of all reported fires are house fires.

So, stop what you’re doing and read over the top causes of house fires. Together, we can help bring the house fire numbers down.

Cooking. Most house fires start in the kitchen. And the leading cause of those fires is unattended cooking. Always be present, mentally and physically, when you’re cooking dinner.

Heating equipment. When the cold days of winter arrive, you want your heater working at its best. But heating systems of any kind can present a fire hazard if not maintained properly. Space heaters also present a particular hazard. If using a space heater, ensure you keep it away from anything flammable and in a location where it can’t be knocked over.

Electrical fires. These days, every room in the house contains electrical equipment. It’s important to understand the risks that these things present, like frayed cords or the overcrowding of outlets. If you’re living in an older house, have your electrical system checked out regularly.

Intentional fires. It may be hard to believe, but 28,000 intentional home fires are started every year. These aren’t fires set for legitimate reasons that get out of control; these are fires set on purpose with the intent of destruction.

Smoking materials. People smoking in their home is a personal choice, but if you do so, you should be aware that it is responsible for 5% of house fires and is the leading cause of fire deaths. It’s important to make sure cigarettes and other smoking materials have been completely put out before leaving the room or going to bed.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

What You Need to Know About Fall Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of South Bronx is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to welcome the cooler fall weather!

But like all the other seasons, autumn brings about safety risks. Taking a few minutes to learn about those risks now can help you prevent a fire later.

Campfire Safety

Did you know there’s a right and a wrong way to build a campfire? Seriously, when building a campfire, you need to stay aware and alert from beginning to end.

Knowing where and how to build a campfire is the first step. Make sure you keep it in an open area and away from anything flammable. Also, remember to use dry logs or limbs.

As you’re preparing to ignite the campfire, only use a match or lighter, never an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.

And before you are ready to call it a night, you must ensure that your fire has been completely extinguished. If you aren’t careful, all it takes is a small gust of wind to help reignite the fire. To be safe, you can slowly douse your campfire with a bucket of water to help ensure all the embers are put out.

Space Heaters

As most of you know a portable space heater can become quite handy. This is true at all times of year, especially when you’re working in a chilly office environment. But space heaters are also a significant fire risk, especially during the fall and winter.

Make sure to keep your heater away from anything flammable. It’s also imperative to keep it on a level surface, because even though most come with an automatic shut-off, it’s better to be extra cautious.

You should also plug the heater directly into an outlet rather than into an extension cord. Using an extension cord to power your space heater creates a fire hazard.

Halloween

Halloween, while still a few weeks away, can provide some great decoration opportunities. But it’s important that you stay aware and alert as you decorate and as you enjoy the new scene.

Candles, costumes or other Halloween mainstays can be extremely flammable, so you need to be attentive.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Defensible Space Is Wildfire Protection | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

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It’s not something we often think about in and around The Bronx, but wildfires are more common, causing more property damage that you might realize. A wildfire can spread at alarming rates, especially since our world is made up of so many combustible materials.

We must do our part in protecting our homes to give us a fighting chance against wildfires. That can be as simple as being more careful.

But there are also other measures we can take, including defensible space.

Making a Plan

Defensible space sounds a little intimidating, but in reality, it’s a buffer area that you can create around your home. You can create this defensible space by removing anything that can feed a wildfire, things like dead trees or leaves.

This is why planting and pruning practices become important. You can also use flame-resistant gravel landscape to help lower your chances of being affected.

Defensible space can be thought of as a shield of protection around your home. It is helping slow down or stopping the spread of fire as it nears your home, and gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it takes over your home.

Because defensible space has proven to be effective, some states started requiring it by law. It isn’t required in our area, but if you own or rent a house, it may be worth investing in.

The Rising Hazards of Wildfires

There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020. Every state was impacted.

California accounted for 10,000+, but the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was right under 1,000. In New York, we fared better than most states with only 192 wildfires, but they burned 1,123 acres of land.

It’s imperative that home owners take the necessary actions to protect their home. Defensible space is one way of doing this.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

Fires and the Warmer Months | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

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The warmer months are upon us! Which means more activities outdoors—things like cookouts, family reunions, seasonal celebrations and so much more.

The downside of that is the warmer months also bring an increase in fire activity.

In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of the year. So, what can you do to help prevent fires?

Below are three main areas that you can pay attention to.

Grilling. Barbecue is a summer staple! With that said, the grill gets a bad rap as being the biggest risk, because, well it is. With a combination of flame, heat, grease and gas, it gives way to danger easily. Before grilling, do a quick little inspection to make sure it’s in good working order with no leaks, placed at least three feet away from anything flammable and is cleaned in between uses. While cleaning in between uses seems to come naturally, improper cleaning is the cause of almost 20% of the reason of grill fires.

Fire pits or fireworks. Warmer nights remind us of sitting by fire pits and fireworks to celebrate holidays! While these things are fun, it’s easy to let safety slip your mind. Never leave kids unattended around a fire pit. Keep a bucket of water close to the pit. Don’t add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and when you’re ready to put it out, do it slowly to keep from scattering embers. Fireworks are the same—keep a fire hose close and water them down before throwing them in the trash.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Most people aren’t using their fireplaces in the warmer months, so it’s the perfect time to have the chimney cleaned or inspected. Dryer vents are another source of fire risk. Be sure to have those vent pipes cleaned out, even if you regularly clean the lint trap.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Home Fire Prevention Tips

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Smoke alarms are a great tool for house fire prevention, but they are not the only way to lessen your risk.

The causality of house fires is varied, but one thing that is consistent is how frequently they occur. By learning about the statistics and proven prevention methods, homeowners can keep their families safe.

The Numbers Behind House Fires

In the United States, it is reported that a home fire is put on record every 24 seconds according to the NFPA. That works out to nearly 8,600 house fires a day.

Though the vast majority of house fires are cooking-related, malfunctioning appliances, frayed wiring or cords, and carelessness with open flames are also often to blame. The fact that fires spread rapidly and can quickly consume an entire home, it is essential to be vigilant in prevention for the safety of your household.

House Fires Prevention Tips

Being proactive is the best defense against house fires. By keeping these fire prevention tips in mind, you can minimize your risk and keep your home safer:

Maintain smoke detectors. Maintain your smoke detectors by testing them each month and replacing them every 10 years.

Clean the dryer. After each load of laundry is dried, make a point to clear lint from the tray. Lint can build up and become a fire hazard when the dryer gets warm.

Keep an eye on open flames. Fires can start and spread faster than you think, which is why it is never wise to leave the room when there is an open flame. Whether it is a candle, cooking flame or fireplace, always keep an eye on them.

Maintain electrical cords. Cords and electrical wires should be checked often for frayed spots and immediately replaced if they are present. Never run electrical cords under rugs or behind furniture, as they can produce heat.

Read product labels. Chemicals in household products can be highly flammable, and so can products that come in aerosol cans. Keep these away from sunlight or heat sources.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire, smoke and soot remediation, we are here to help 247.

Fire Prevention Tips for Your Bronx Home

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Many people do not realize it but there are numerous bad habits we tend to ignore that may spark a fire in our homes. Consider the following hazards:

  • Dirty rags- Sure, we’re inclined to pile up rags in a corner, but be aware! Oil soaked rags thrown and left unattended can potentially oxidize, spontaneously combusting, causing a house fire. Let rags dry flat outside or if disposing, use a metal can filled with water and a tight lid.
  • Improper use of electric blankets- Yes, even a cozy blanket can go wrong. Never let your pet snuggle on top, and make sure not to pile extra covers over the electric blanket. Excessive heat build-up can trigger a fire. To stay on the side, keep your blanket on the lowest setting and don’t forget to turn it off when not in use.
  • Home Appliances Recalls- A significant amount of home appliances caused house fires in the past decade, some being from defective appliances. To ensure that you are on top of your home appliances, register your appliances with the manufacturers or recalls.gov to see if any of your models are on the list.
  • Dryer Lint- Aside from cleaning your lint screen for more drying efficiency, did you know that lint can become flammable? Be very consistent with cleaning out lint from your dryer vent and exhaust duct.
  • Excess amount of extension cords- Connecting a large amount of cords for an extensive amount of time can cause a short circuit and ignite a fire. Extension cords are not permanent solutions for a lack of electrical outlets.
  • Oven Range hoods- While stoves can be a very common source for kitchen fires, range hoods present potential fire hazards as well. Grease builds up inside the vent hood filter and can potentially drip onto the stove, igniting a probable fire.

These are a few things to think about and help fire proof your home. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com. Call the experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx today!

Fire In a Bistro of the Bronx

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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When your business suffers a fire loss it can be quite devastating. The fire loss instantly becomes a water loss too. Firefighters vigorously try to put the fire out thrusting hundreds of gallons of water into your business property. As a business owner you are not left with a smoky and soggy situation. A bistro in the Bronx endured such a loss and SERVPRO of South Bronx came to the rescue.

Once we arrive, we immediately begin to remove all damaged areas affected by the fire. Also, we cover all exposed areas that have been exposed to the natural elements such as windows, doors and any holes the roof might have incurred. We do this so we can prevent any further damages that can be cause by mother nature.

After we have rid the premise of all affected areas, we can now begin working on the water damage. Here are SERVPRO of South Bronx we have specialized equipment to eliminate any water and moisture from your business by using such equipment as pump and dehumidifiers to prevent any further issues.

Once we reach an acceptable moisture level after closely monitoring the areas affected by water, we can then begin the cleaning process of all surfaces to rid them of any soot and smoke damage. SERVPRO of South Bronx will clean and sanitize all salvageable items to pre-fire conditions where possible. We do so by using a wet and dry-cleaning method. We will notify you what items we be beyond repair. Of course, we will save and recover an item to save you from paying costly replacements. We have industrial equipment such as air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove any lingering odors that were caused by the fire.

Lastly, we start the full start restoration process of your business that may include minor repairs. Such repairs are like replacing drywall, replacing carpet or flooring, painting. Also, we can do major repairs like roofs and damaged walls that took a hard hit from the fire loss.

We are always here around the clock to help in your most difficult time of need. If unfortunately, you have experienced a fire loss do not waste another minute and risk your property and possessions from acquiring further damage. Call us at SERVPRO of South Bronx at 347-590-9902. or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

When There's a Fire Call SERVPRO of South Bronx

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Bronx Fire Restoration This home was affected by a fire loss. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx

No one ever is ever prepared for such disasters like a fire. It is disheartening for anyone to ever endure. Fear, anger, sadness and the feeling of being left empty handed after such a loss despite the magnitude can be life changing to a renter, a homeowner or business owner. After the fire has been contained and the flames extinguished, the worst is over but now you are left with a soggy situation accompanied with smoke odor, affected personal belongings, tainted memories, and confusion of what now? Where do I go from here? Your first step should be to call SERVPRO of the South Bronx. We understand the process of recovery can leave you with many questions but knowing what steps to take can make that process so much easier.

How Do We Help?

By using our high level of expertise accompanied with the proper tools to provide effective service. We will work with you closely and with your insurance company directly to get you well on your way to restoring your home, property or business as well as your possessions. No matter how small or big, we use the same amount of effort. We take pride in what we do.

Every situation is unique and may require different solutions, but the process is always with your best interest in mind.  We are on call ready to tackle your problem while providing the utmost care and respect to your property and possessions. If your fire loss calls for it, we will pack out all your furniture and personal belongings to a temporary storage. Every single item is accounted for and undergoes evaluation in terms of cleaning, drying and restoration. Once your property is ready in every aspect that is restoration, we then return all your possessions to make it feel like home again.

What Can I Do to Help My Situation?

After a fire, the smoke smell is strong and very unpleasant, even if the fire was contained in one specific room. When you increase ventilation within your property by opening all windows and doors is a good first small step until the restoration team arrives with industrial equipment to further ventilate.

Also, you can clean non-porous surfaces such as tiles, countertops, etc. You can clean such surfaces with soap and warm water to get through that first layer of grime. Use mild soap and a towel you don't mind disposing of.  Harsh cleaning products can have an adverse effect. Therefore, if you are unsure about how to clean please leave it to the experts. Sometimes not cleaning property can lead to further loss.

Furthermore, if you can wash things you normally would in a washing machine then by all means do so. It is advisable to wash them with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution. Any delicate fabrics should be left to professionals.

These are miniscule steps that can be taken to aid your situation until the experts of SERVPRO of South Bronx can arrive. Any questions please do not hesitate to ask us at 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

Can My Favorite Suit Be Salvaged After A Bronx Fire?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

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No One Wants to Buy a New Wardrobe After a Fire in The Bronx – Our Content Management and Cleaning Crews Can Save You Money by Restoring Your Clothing

More than one-quarter of all fires occur in the home. Bronx residences are not exempt from that statistic. The contents of your home become smoke damaged many times, even if it is a minor fire.

Do I need to toss my smoke damaged clothing?

Most of us have a favorite suit, skirt, or comfy bathroom that we would hate to lose. If you have suffered even minor fire damage to your Bronx home, the smoke can travel into unaffected areas. Soot, which is smoke that has settled, can creep into the smallest places. Smoke odor can cling to clothing. But here at SERVPRO, we have technicians trained to clean and restore clothing to preloss condition, but the key is moving quickly.

How Do You Clean Clothing that is Smoke Damaged?

Because smoke particles and odors can bond quickly with certain fabric types, the quicker they get cleaned, the better. If you have clothing that needs cleaning as part of your fire restoration service, you will be instructed to make three groups:

1. Immediate – clothing you need to use immediately
2. Non-immediate – important but necessarily needed right away
3. Seasonal – least important need

Once that is done, the cleaning process will begin. The crew will remove clothes from metal hangers and dispose of the hangers. Compressed air blows of smoke particles and dry, loose residue. A solvent-based odor counteractant helps dissipate odors. Dry cleaning or laundering doesn’t always remove all odors. In that case, thermal fogging further deodorize items.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for an expert for fire damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why Are the Residues from A Kitchen Fire Challenging to Remove?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen with a full fire blazing. Let SERVPRO be there for your Bronx fire damage.

SERVPRO Trains in Strategies Specific to Protein-Based Soot Removal for a Successful Outcome in Your Bronx Residence

Residue removal after any residential fire is dependent on an accurate evaluation of the materials that fueled the fire and the characteristics and durability of the surfaces affected. Many fires start in the kitchen and can spread protein-based soot throughout an entire home. The residues created are nearly transparent and are thus hard to see. They carry a particularly noxious smell and can discolor paints, stains, and varnishes if not removed rapidly and entirely.

How Is Protein-Based Soot Created?

The fire damage in your Bronx home varies according to the types of residues produced. A kitchen fire typically begins when foods and cooking oils superheat, or when grease combusts when it boils over, tips, or drips onto a heating element. Residues from this kind of fire present in a mist-like form as the materials evaporate, leaving behind a yellowish film that clings tenaciously to any surface.

What Method Works to Clean Up After a Kitchen Fire?

SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) use their knowledge of industry best practices mastered during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses along with on-the-job experience to remove protein-based fire damage safely and efficiently. We match cleaners to the type of residues, determining which product is most likely to loosen the coating by dissolving or emulsifying. Which type of cleaner and method do we find effective for grease or protein-based residue?   

Like dissolves like --

Oily soot responds to an oil-based solvent.

Tight adhesion --

Increasing agitation assists in dislodging the residue through:

  • The use of an abrasive tool like steel wool
  • The addition of an abrasive inert substance to the cleaning product

Count on the expert fire damage pros from SERVPRO of South Bronx. We have the training, tools, and techniques, along with proprietary cleaning products, just a phone call away. Call us at (347) 590-9902 day or night for a fast response.

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How Do I Clean Kitchen Fire and Smoke Damage?

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

Fire When fire damage happens, contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 no matter how big or small the problem.

SERVPRO Uses Specialized Cleaners to Restore Your Bronx Apartment

Fire damage in your kitchen can start in the blink of an eye. By the time you have used baking soda, salt, or a kitchen extinguisher to mitigate the damage, you have a tremendous cleanup job on your hands, which can feel overwhelming. However, there is a team that is always available to remove these damages from your home.

If fire and smoke damage in your Bronx apartment's kitchen requires professional cleanup, SERVPRO technicians have the tools and technologies you need to ensure that cleaning is thorough while remaining cost-effective. SERVPRO techs and franchise owners are both highly educated in fire damage as well as its mitigation to help residents in need.

What Appliances Are Most Likely to Cause Fire Damage in My Bronx Apartment?

While stoves pose the most risk, keep an eye out for these appliances as well:

  • Ovens. Toaster ovens, microwaves, and conventional ovens alike can quickly spark fires. Electrical appliances leave particularly hard-to-clean soils from melted cords and burnt electrical components.  
  • Dishwashers. This may be a surprising one, but dishwashers' combination of water with electrical components and heating can create a fire risk.
  • Refrigerators. These appliances are the most common non-cooking source of kitchen fires in the US. Worn or damaged relay switches and compressors are the most common ignition sources for refrigeration units. 

How Does SERVPRO Get Rid of Smoke Damage and Odors? 

SERVPRO fire damage restoration professionals focus on light, loose, and dry soils before moving on to challenging ones. This process minimizes the need to re-clean areas while limiting the use of high-alkaline cleaners and other heavy-duty products. While cleaning solutions for heavy soils are highly effective, they can damage finishes or discolor items in your kitchen if applied too generously to surfaces that do not need them. SERVPRO strives to save your possessions while minimizing repair and replacement costs.

Odor control is accomplished with such tools as:

  • Odor counteractant beads
  • Trays of scented granules placed near air intakes
  • Time-release gel pellets
  • Thermal foggers that dispense solvent-based deodorizers

SERVPRO of South Bronx 24/7 availability ensures that they can be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (347) 590-9902 when you need rapid-response mitigation.

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Our Experts Discuss Common Issues After A Fire In Your Bronx Home

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property “Like it never even happened.”

Extra Issues Commonly Found With Fire Damage in Bronx Properties

A bathroom received fire damage from too many electric devices plugged into an outlet, and it overheated. Many of the items and building materials in the bathroom required disposal due to charring, however, because the firefighters extinguished the blaze so quickly, there was little damage done to the rest of the home.

SERVPRO technicians put up containment to halt cross-contamination during cleanup of the fire damage in this Bronx bathroom. The vanity and cabinets received a great deal of heat damage and charring, and the techs removed them. The burned sheetrock and insulation also needed careful collection and disposal.

Addressing Water Damage and Mold Prevention
When firefighters use water to extinguish fires, water damage is often the result. The technicians use air movers to dry areas that show signs of excessive moisture and look for signs of mold. With their certification for mold remediation #01295, SERVPRO techs know the early warning signs of an infestation. They can inhibit it before it sets up in the bathroom before rebuilding begins with actions such as the application of an antimicrobial sealant.

Cleaning Smoke Damage
The techs test the smoke residues and wipe down the affected areas removing as much as possible. It is vital to use the correct agents, particularly in the case of wet smoke, and force it to release its grip on surfaces.

Prepping for Reconstruction
To restore the bathroom entirely, the building services division of SERVPRO, general contractor license #2077660-DCA, has the equipment and skills to install new cabinets, hook up plumbing, hang the vanity mirror and set up light fixtures. The restoration services also include painting the walls. Before any of that can happen, the room needs to be odor-free. While cleaning reduces the odors, stronger methods such as thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators that eliminate stubborn scents at the molecular level.

SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 has the equipment and training to turn around fire damage in local properties and restore the house to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have The Skills And Experience Necessary In The South Bronx After A Fire

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

A huge fire in a kitchen with flames The most common type of kitchen fire is due to grease and can spread quickly, call our experts right away to begin restoration.

Deodorization Basics after Fire Damage in the Bronx

Working with residential customers in the Bronx to eliminate malodors after a fire is a process. No one solution helps in every case because the conditions during and after your fire are unique. Also, we know each person living in the spaces that suffered fire damage perceive odors differently. Responding to concerns about unpleasant smells lingering after we clean up the charring and soot residues is a fluid and dynamic procedure. Our team relies on a combination of deep cleaning and the use of innovative equipment and products to achieve success.

Odor Detection Is Not Objective

Odors resulting from fire damage in your Bronx brownstone or coop are impossible to discern using testing or sampling tools. Our technicians use a range of detection tools to measure moisture content, discover hidden water, and monitor for fungal growth. Similar supports are unavailable when attempting to locate, quantify, and qualify bad smells. 

Odor Elimination Follows a Basic Deodorization Protocol

Despite the quirky nature of odors and individual perception, SERVPRO has deodorization success when we follow four basic odor-banishing procedures. The quartet of odor banishers includes:

  • Removal of the odor source and debris
  • Deep cleaning of odor-producing residues
  • Recreation of odor-causing conditions
  • Sealing surfaces persistently emitting odors

Debris Removal and Deep Cleaning 

The first attempts at odor elimination trace the same trajectory SERVPRO uses for the fundamental fire damage cleanup process inside your home. Our technicians clear away the burned debris and use research-based cleaning methodologies to dissolve and lift away fire residues. We often add air scrubbing technology during the deep cleaning phase to capture any airborne soot, another efficient way to rid the space of the fire stench. 

Innovations to Recreate and Target the Odor-Bearing Particles

If the mechanical methods of cleanup and disposal are inadequate to deodorize the space thoroughly, SERVPRO technicians turn to a range of technological advances. Thermal fogging employs a heated chamber to combust deodorizing components that then “pair” with and neutralize the odor-bearing particles during application. Ozone generators emit unstable oxygen molecules, featuring a third oxygen atom that combines with the odiferous soot bits, destroying the odor through this oxidation process. Hydroxyl generators emit molecules of HO•, deodorizing by breaking down the chemical bonds of the bad-smelling particles.

Sealing as a Strategy

Some porous materials hold tight to odors. Wood framing and trim are examples of structural components that are not easily deodorized and costly and impractical to replace. SERVPRO technicians apply sealing agents to contain the odor inside the structure. Another circumstance where sealing can eliminate persistent odors inside HVAC ductwork. Tight quarters and hard to reach recesses might benefit from a sealing spray application. 

Removing odors post-fire damage requires the skills and experience of trained SERVPRO of South Bronx technicians. Call us at (347) 590-9902 for a consultation about our methods and the technology we use to make the malodor “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Removes Smoke Odors From Bronx Apartments

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

smoke filling area around smoke detector Unfortunately fires happen. SERVPRO of South Bronx has the know-how to remove smoke odors from your apartment. Call us today!

Deodorization Options for Smaller Properties in the Bronx 

Apartments are a typical residential property throughout the Bronx borough. As such, our restoration and recovery tactics needed to fit into this smaller area with the same level of efficiency. After a fire occurs, there can be many damaging effects that must get addressed. Yet, often, one of the most challenging lingering concerns is a smoke smell that can infiltrate the entire floor layout, even getting into wall cavities to affect your immediate neighbors. 

While we have several choices for effective deodorization after a fire in a Bronx apt, several of these options are most efficient in larger square footages. When it comes to the more concise available space in many apartments in the region, it has become customary for our SERVPRO team to choose more direct routes for neutralizing lingering odors in the unit, such as our thermal and UV foggers. 

Thermal foggers play a significant role in reducing harsh and noxious odors following fires in your apartment. Regardless of how the disaster started, there is often a clear origin point where the highest concentration of damage and circulating effects exists. This area is also where odors can be the strongest. 

Controlled demolition is a practical first step in notably reducing smoke and other odors after extinguishing a fire. Because partial combustion and charred materials play a vital role in amplifying the overwhelming scents, removing these damaged elements can limit how powerful lingering smoke effects can be. We have a division of qualified general contractors licensed (#2077660-DCA) through the state of New York. Their experience ensures that only overly damaged materials get removed to keep costs as low as possible for our customers. 

Eliminating smoke odors falls to the capable equipment we bring to fire loss recoveries like our thermal foggers. These units quickly heat deodorization agents to a vapor fog and disperse it through the immediate space around the device and the technician moving through the apartment. Because of its aerosolized delivery, it can better penetrate softer materials like clothing, upholstery, carpeting, and other damaged areas of your apartment. 

Deodorization is a standard need for every apartment after a fire loss. Let our SERVPRO of South Bronx team show you how we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us today at (347) 590-9902. 

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How To Become Better At Fire Damage Remediation In The Bronx

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

smoke coming out of a brick building Fire often includes smoke and charred residue. Contact SERVPRO after the fire fighters leave for effective remediatation services.

Caution and Special Equipment Needed During Fire Damage Residue Clean-Up in the South Bronx

One of the ways that South Bronx fire residues differ from ordinary soiling is impossible to understand without looking through a microscope. The visible portion of smoke and the staining seen from soot is made up of tiny bits of incompletely combusted building materials. These minute particles frequently smear and spread if a simple wipe away approach is used, although that technique is often successful with other kinds of dirt.

Soot Is Abrasive, Acidic, and Toxic

The residues left after fire damage in your South Bronx also contain rough, sharp-edged particles. Merely scrubbing them away results in scratching of smooth surfaces because of the fine, gritty materials. Many surfaces coated in soot residues experience tarnishing or corrosion, a chemical change linked to the highly acidic nature of soot. Soot also contains hazardous substances created during combustion, including known carcinogens. Cleanup without personal protective equipment (PPE) exposes workers to potential injury or illness.

Air Quality Suffers Because of Fire Residues

Much of the soot in smoke settles on surfaces, but a percentage remains airborne. While performing fire damage cleanup, additional soot particles are stirred up and join the bits floating. These particles contribute to long-lasting odors issues and impair healthy air quality. To address this challenge, SERVPRO recommends the use of negative pressure air scrubbing equipment in fire damage mitigation and remediation projects. The air scrubbing set up includes plastic barriers to isolate the work area, sealed by the suction action of the equipment. Contaminated air moves through HEPA filters, with significant capture of the small, abrasive particles. The filtered air vents to the outside to prevent further residue deposit.

Research Points Our Technicians to Effective Cleaning Protocols

The hot, high oxygen fire fueled by paper or dry wood leaves a loose, ashy residue. Dry brushing or sponging removes staining from ceilings and walls, and HEPA-filtered vacuums are well-suited to collect and contain that ashy for disposal. Rubber, plastic, and padding or fabrics release sticky, dark soot full of abrasives. SERVPRO uses cleaning products containing wetting agents and surfactants to lift the residues from the surface, suspending the debris to limit its abrasive effect as it is sponged or toweled off the structures.

Protein-Based Residues Require Special Handling

Kitchen fires produce a residue that is an evaporative substance rather than soot--similar to the coatings on frequently used pots and pans. Industry best practices employed by SERVPRO include the careful application of abrasives often accompanied by solvents to dislodge this highly adhesive coating.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training mastered by our SERVPRO of South Bronx employees help us match products, tools, and methods to clear away fire residues appropriately and efficiently. Call (347) 590-9902 to schedule an assessment and planning to resolve challenging fire damage issues.

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Getting Rid of Harmful and Odor Causing Particles after Fire Damage in your Bronx Home

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO wants to always insure your safety as well as the fire damage cleanup in your Bronx property.

Don’t let your Bronx odor damage from a fire keep you and your loved ones at risk.

Combusting materials produce hundreds of carcinogens in the form of thick, black smoke. During a fire, rising temperatures cause air particles to move faster, the increase in air pressure and movement causes a billowing effect that can see smoke splatters on walls, cabinets or fittings. Inhaling carcinogens like monoxide can be fatal; however, once a fire is extinguished, lethal particles return to normal within the first hour or so. You should always get the fire department to carry out a thorough inspection of the property for safety reasons before entering. 

There are going to be visible signs of fire damage in your Bronx home as well as invisible ones. Particles in the air that are left behind by smoke or fire can remain for a long time, causing odor problems and hurting your indoor air quality. Since these particles are nearly impossible to measure, and invisible to the naked eye, you need to bring in professional fire restorers and odor control technicians (OCT) to restore your indoor environment to its preloss condition. 

Before our arrival, you may want to open windows to provide a natural airflow through the affected area, exchanging particles with cleaner outdoor air. Particles can be released into the indoor environment during the cleanup operation. This process is a normal part of the restoration procedure, but you may notice odors becoming more prominent as upholstery- which can absorb odor particles during the fire and release them afterward- is agitated or foam cleaning.  SERVPRO cleaning procedures are one of the most effective methods of removing odor or particles because they remediate the source of the issue.

Once the property has been thoroughly cleaned, then professional dried many odors are less prominent or gone altogether. To finish the job, SERVPRO can deploy box fans to help promote healthy circulation and bring in fresh out-door air. We can also deploy air filtration devices known as air-scrubbers. These industrial equipment are useful in closed spaces because they remove carcinogens and odor-causing particles through a series of filters. SERVPRO air-scrubbers are equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that can remove particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Restoring your indoor air quality is just as important as removing the visible signs of soot and smoke residues. Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for a professional restoration solution.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Can Restore Your Bronx Brownstone

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (347) 590-9902 as soon as possible after the firefighters release your unit back to your control.

Pack-Out A Plus For Fire Damaged Bronx Brownstone

The chaos and mess after a fire in your Bronx residence are overwhelming. Many tasks need completion before you and your family feel at home again. Moving out furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions might seem daunting. With the help of our experienced pack-out and production facility technicians, the decision to transport items away temporarily can be both time and cost effective.

Fire damage in your Bronx apartment, condo, or townhome is challenging to manage. Water from the efforts to extinguish the blaze is everywhere, and smoke and soot damage makes it hard to distinguish what is worth restoring and what needs discarding. The structural components of your home need the undivided attention of our fire remediation experts. At the same time, the contents also need evaluation, cleaning, drying, and restoration.

SERVPRO uses the Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) when we pack up and move items to our production facility. Our crew will list, photograph, or barcode the articles transferred, creating documentation for you and your insurance company. Specially trained technicians at our headquarters assess the condition of the pack-out materials and match recovery techniques and products to the soiled items.

We have a broad range of cleaning and drying resources available for the inventory brought to our facility. SERVPRO uses industrial washing and drying equipment and dry cleaning to manage fabric and soft items. Soot-encrusted surfaces of household goods and decor such as blinds, dishes, knick-knacks, and cooking utensils receive immersion or ultrasonic treatments to dislodge debris and residues from even intricately detailed features. Photos, documents, and books undergo freeze-drying which arrests the damage with sub-zero temperatures under pressure, and then uses lyophilization, a process that skips the liquid state between ice and water vapor, to remove the moisture.

The SERVPRO crew working on the fire damage inside your home has fewer impediments during the cleanup of water and fire damage residues when the contents are gone. After your premises are ready, cleaned, dried, and disinfected, your possessions return to make the restored space a home again.

SERVPRO of South Bronx knows how to achieve and balance the restoration of both your dwelling and your personal property after a fire loss. Call us at (347) 590-9902 as soon as possible after the firefighters release your unit back to your control.

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We Work With Your Insurance Company While Restoring Your Bronx Home After A Fire Damage Disaster

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

We have the necessary experience, equipment and expertise to restore your home after a fire. Call us right away so we can get started.

What to Expect When Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Respond in the Bronx

Dealing with the aftermath of a household fire in your brownstone, condo, or townhouse in the Bronx is an intense situation. It is hard to imagine that the soot, water, and debris clogging up the rooms in your home ever will be set to rights. The key is to engage the services of a reputable fire loss remediation company. We have both trained technicians and equipment to get your dwelling back to preloss condition.

Working with your insurance company is critical when we mitigate fire damage in your Bronx apartment. Often your insurance company recommends disaster restoration companies, and we are proud to be among that list of highly-qualified providers. We are a full-spectrum recovery business handling fire, water, mold, cleaning of all kinds, and more. We intend to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Because so much water is typically used to extinguish fires SERVPRO takes on water removal and structural drying tasks first. Our service vehicles are stocked with pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters and dehumidifiers to get standing water and residual moisture out fast so that already harmed materials do not disintegrate further and to avoid secondary issues like mold growth.

SERVPRO’s technicians master multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our graduates of the Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) course use strategies learned to characterize soot types and match appropriate products and techniques to remove residues from surfaces. Because soot can range from loose ash to a thick, sticky coating, it is crucial to treat it according to the research-based methods developed by the IICRC to avoid smearing or grinding it into a surface. Ashy soot vacuums or dry sponges away, and the thicker, black soot from electrical or smoldering fires needs agitation and cleaners with surfactants and wetting agents.

A third type of soot commonly results from kitchen fires. Protein-based, the deposit is thin but strongly adhesive with a noxious smell. SERVPRO crews employ solvents and abrasive tools to remove it, taking great care not to damage the underlying surfaces.

Be confident that SERVPRO of South Bronx is prepared to respond to your fire crisis. Call us at (347) 590-9902 for fast and professional assistance to return your home to “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Hazards to Watch in Your Home | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

In this blog, we’ll be diving into two of the most common household fire hazards. Because no one wants to experience the unfortunate possibility of seeing their home damaged by fire, it’s important to learn and understand how you can protect your home from this harsh reality by understanding fire hazards and knowing how to identify them.

Don’t Fall Asleep When Burning Candles

According to the National Fire Protection Association, during a five-year period from 2011 to 2015, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated 8,700 home structure fires a year that were started by candles. In total, there were 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in direct property damage.

When burning a candle, be sure to keep it at least 12 inches from anything that could ignite and put it in a sturdy holder that won’t easily tip over. If oxygen is used in the home, never use a candle—and always be sure all candles are extinguished before leaving a room or going to bed.

Most Home Fire Fatalities Stem From Smoking

Douse all cigarette butts and ashes in water or sand prior to throwing them out, and keep in mind that one out of four fatal victims from smoking-related fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.

If you’re a smoker, it is safest to smoke outside, as most deaths result from fires that start in living rooms, family rooms or bedrooms. Fire-safe cigarettes are a great option, and a deep, sturdy ashtray should be used.

While cooking is the leading cause of home fires, smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths. An estimated 17,200 home structure fires due to smoking materials were reported in 2014, which includes cigarettes, pipes and cigars. Those fires resulted in 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in property damage, per the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes.

Lesser-known Fire Hazards

While candles and smoking are two of the most common causes of home structure fires, there are also other lesser-known hazards that could be present in your home.

Did you know that some kinds of glassware in your home could be a fire risk? When sunlight passes through them, the concentrated ray could ignite flammable materials, which is why it’s best to move glass accessories away from windows.

Dust bunnies can also pose a fire risk when collecting near electrical sockets and floor heaters. Sweeping or vacuuming your floors regularly and cleaning hard-to-reach areas like behind the entertainment system can help prevent buildup.

Also, look out for loose outlets in your home. The movement of these electrical outlets could loosen the wires connected to the outlet and create dangerous arcing.

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, and in many circumstances, can be accompanied by water damage from firefighting efforts. If your home is damaged by fire or smoke, SERVPRO® of South Bronx is here to help restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Easy Fire Safety Planning Tips for Your Family | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Every year in the United States, more than 350,000 house fires occur, adding up to more than $5.5 billion in property damage. Besides the financial loss, these fires cause nearly 3,000 deaths and another 10,000 injuries.

Advance preparation is your best defense against a fire. That’s why it’s important for everyone in your family to be prepared and know how to prevent fires and how to respond if a fire does occur.

You can start by teaching your kids basic fire safety guidelines at an early age. Also take a look at three other fire safety guidelines you can practice together:

Creating a Fire Safety Plan

In the event of a fire, everyone in the family needs to know what to do—including how to escape a burning house and where to go once they’ve safely escaped.

But don’t just create a plan without having practice drills.

Practice makes perfect. Conduct regular practice drills of implementing your plan. Doing so will help you to remain calm and remember your family fire plan if a fire happens.

Fire Hazards to Watch For

Thoroughly inspect your home. You may be surprised at how many fire hazards you spot! Take some time to inspect every room as well as all outdoor spaces to uncover and eliminate these hazards.

  • Are all appliances working properly?
  • Are there frayed or damaged electrical cords?
  • Are your electrical outlets and/or extension cords overloaded?
  • Are you using the proper wattage bulbs in your light fixtures?
  • Are your electrical wires covered up by rugs or carpet?
Cooking Up Fire Safety

One of the biggest house fire hazards is cooking. It is important to be especially careful in the kitchen.

Basic cooking safety is important to follow by anyone who’s cooking:

  • Cooking when tired or otherwise not able to pay attention should be avoided.
  • Always supervise kids and teens while they are cooking.
  • Have a lid close by when cooking on the stove should a grease fire happen. Using the lid to cover the grease fire will help to smother the fire.
  • If your oven catches fire, turn the oven off and keep the oven door closed.
  • Leave the room and close the door if a kitchen fire occurs and begins to spread.

If your family has experienced a fire and needs help restoring your home, SERVPRO® of South Bronx can help! Give us call to learn about our fire restoration services and what we can do for you.

Fire Loss | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Almost every fire loss is also a water loss due to the extinguishing process. SERVPRO of South Bronx is a mitigation focused, full service contractor that strives to get you back to normal as quickly as possible with as little reconstruction and replacement as possible to make it look "Like it never even happened." Calling upon our 50 plus years of experience, SERVPRO of South Bronx will work diligently to get your property back to preloss condition and get your life back to the way it was before this occurred.

SERVPRO of South Bronx will perform all necessary work with as little inconvenience and intrusion as possible. So call us at 347-590-9902 - and we at SERVPRO of South Bronx will be on our way fast and promptly.

 

Fire Damage Restoration | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair

When you have a fire in your home or building and it is extensive enough to need the fire department, fire and smoke is not the only reasons for damage. The fire department deploys thousands of gallons of water to put out the fire and restore safety to your building. SERVPRO of South Bronx is not only fire restoration experts but water damage experts as well. Once the fire department has deemed the building safe to enter, SERVPRO of South Bronx will begin restoring your home or building.

SERVPRO of South Bronx has 24/7 emergency response services. Once the fire department has deemed your building safe to enter SERVPRO will begin a professional assessment of your damage for not only you but your insurance company. After a fire restoration expert has completed their assessment they will then board up and tarp any open areas to seal the building against unauthorized entry or more damage. They will begin the cleaning up and removal of debris, drying the structure from the water and begin smoke odor removal.

If you ever encounter fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO of South Bronx to restore your property!

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SERVPRO of South Bronx Safety Tips to Follow Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Learning that you’ve been affected by a home fire is a devastating feeling. While damages from a fire can often be mitigated with restoration, hiring a professional is key to getting your home properly restored.

Working with a restoration company has several benefits—not only will they work with your homeowner’s insurance company on your behalf, but they will also be able to salvage more items in the cleanup. That being said, many people are curious about what they can safely do as they’re waiting for help to arrive.

While anything you’re unsure about should be left to the professionals, a few tasks can be done while you wait so you can get your life back to normal faster. If you decide you’re ready to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three things you can safely do:

Increased Ventilation

To begin reducing the smoky smell, open windows and doors if weather allows, for as long as possible. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to ventilate further, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

Preliminary Cleaning

Non-porous surfaces such as tile and countertops can benefit from a scrub with soap and water to cut through the initial layer of grime. Use a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner with a towel you won’t mind throwing away. Cleaning improperly can result in more severe and possibly permanent damage to your surfaces, so leave anything you’re unsure about to the pros.

Laundry

Because most things will be washed multiple times, if your washer and dryer have not been affected by the fire, starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process. Wash clothing, bedding and other machine washable materials with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution. However, always leave delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains to professional care.

If you’ve had damage due to a home fire, SERVPRO®’s team of trained professionals can help your life get back to normal, faster.

SERVPRO Of South Bronx Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very dangerous and can penetrate various spaces within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately evaluate the measures of the damage to develop an specific plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. Therefore, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of South Bronx will start restoration after testing the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Base on the information identified during pretesting, we will then determine the type of cleaning procedures is best for the specific fire damage.

Additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

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