Recent Fire Damage Posts
We Can Clean the Mess Left by Your Fire Emergency System
One of the many areas of the factory that was covered in white powder that we cleaned.
We respond to all manner of fire related emergencies. From large kitchen blazes to contained cigarette fires put out quickly, we have the experience and expertise to mitigate and reconstruct any damage. Sometimes, we even get calls for an overly sensitive fire emergency system.
For instance, a small fire at a commercial factory set off their relatively new fire emergency system. Instead of just focusing where the fire was, the system spread fire suppressing foam across the entire facility. After it had disintegrated, the foam left a thick white powder that covered everything. In short, the clean up of the powder far outstripped the clean up of the actual fire. It was nothing our team couldn’t handle, though, and the factory was as good as before in no time.
Obviously, its better to have a sensitive fire emergency system than one that doesn’t work at all. However, if you can check, at least once a year, that your system is properly calibrated, you can save a lot of time and money on potential clean up.
Electrical Fires Are No Joke.
Even the TV was melted in this electrical fire.
We here at SERVPRO encounter many different fire damage emergencies, from gas stoves improperly turned off, to faulty heaters. Arguably, electrical fires can be the most sinister. They are mostly preventable if you take the proper precautions, like not overloading any one outlet or not running cords underneath carpets. Sometimes though, they just short out, like at this job we finished recently.
When the wall outlet on the second level bedroom of this townhouse blew, it started a fire that consumed the whole floor. The walls, ceiling, and floor of each room suffered massive damage and were beyond repair. Our mitigation team was forced to completely gut the entire area, stripping away everything to just floorboards and studs.
The only precaution that may have avoided this disaster is making sure that every ten years, a licensed electrician checks the home’s entire electrical system. Aside from that, you can always count on our mitigation team to clear out the damage, and our construction team to then rebuild it.
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Available 24-hours a day, we here at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside are primed to react “faster to any size disaster,” whether that be a small electrical fire or a huge gas leak blaze. Every fire loss is unique, requiring different techniques and equipment to completely restore the damage. Our team is IICRC trained and certified to handle them all, ensuring our customers the very best results.
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The fire damage restoration process starts with our Production Team disposing all the unsalvageable debris from the fire. Once cleared away, they work to save any smoke and soot affected valuables and furniture, eliminating any nasty odors that may have set in. Finally, our Construction Team steps in to fully restore any structural damage to walls and flooring. When finished, they make your home or business look “Like it never even happened.”
All along the way, we make sure to keep our customers informed of the process. Fire damage doesn’t just devastate physical buildings. Fire damage can also take quite a heavy emotional toll on those that live and work in those buildings. This is why we are so committed to providing the most caring and transparent guidance in the industry. Helping our customers navigate such a difficult time in their lives is a huge responsibility we do not take lightly. When all is said and done, we strive to offer the most complete fire restoration service to our customers.
Preventing Winter Fires
Simple prevention measures can help keep you from experiencing fire damage like this.
It’s easy to overlook, but the risk of house fires actually increases in the winter months. In fact, “half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February” according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Many factors contribute to this, including unkempt fireplaces, improper electrical appliance usage, and candles. All of these made worse by the colder weather. So, before you get too cozy indoors this winter, take a moment to enact some simple fire prevention steps.
It may be simple, but before you start using your fireplace, have a professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents to make sure they are safe to use. Optimally, this should be done every year. You should also make sure to store the cooled ashes from your fireplace in a tightly covered metal container and keep the container outside at least 10 feet away from any buildings.
To reduce the risk of electrical fires, make sure you plug only one heat-producing appliance directly into a wall outlet at a time. This includes space heaters and kitchen appliances like microwaves and toasters. Also, it is important to never use extension cords with these appliances, as it increases the chance of sparks.
As for candle safety, the most important tip is to make sure you keep all lit candles at least 12 inches away from anything flammable. In fact, it is recommended to use battery-operated flameless candles instead of real ones in the event of power outages.
With these simple tips in your back pocket, you can rest easy, and enjoy the warmth and comfort of your house during these cold months. For more information on preventing winter fires, make sure to visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website here: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Put-A-Freeze-on-Winter-Fires. And if you do experience a fire this winter, we are always here to help restore your house “Like it never even happened."
3 Important Home Fire Safety Equipment
Help prevent fire damage like this with these 3 fire safety equipment.
As the weather gets colder and colder outside, we turn more to our houses for refuge. But when our time spent indoors with our fireplaces and heaters increases, so does the risk of house fires. With that in mind, we put together a quick, easy list of important fire safety equipment everyone should have in their house to help prevent fires.
Fire Extinguisher –
While this may seem obvious, having a working ABC-class fire extinguisher in the house is often overlooked. Cooking fires are the number one cause of house fires according to the National Fire Protection Association, so it is strongly recommended to keep at least one of these in the kitchen
Smoke Detectors –
Probably the first line of defense for those unaware a fire has even started, it is recommended to place at least one in a centralized area of each floor of your house, including one for each bedroom. In fact the National Fire Protection Association reports that almost two-thirds of fire related casualties happen in homes without a working smoke detector. To help with the chore of keeping your smoke detectors working, you can even purchase some with sealed 10-year batteries.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms –
Just as important, these alarms detect the deadly, colorless gas Carbon Monoxide. A CO leak in tandem with a fire can be devastating. You can even find combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Like smoke detectors, make sure to place them in centralized locations on each floor of your house as well as in the bedrooms. And regularly test them to ensure they are working properly.
We hope that this quick reminder on the importance of these 3 pieces of fire safety equipment will help keep you and your home safe this winter. And if you do experience any fire damage, you can always count on us to clean it up “Like it never even happened.”
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Tips for your delicious fried turkey!
Thanksgiving dinner is one of most special meals of the year for any family, but without proper care and attention, it may turn disastrous. In fact. according to the National Fire Protection Association, “Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires with more than three times the daily average.” This is why it is so important to practice the proper fire safety when cooking your delicious turkey. Check out these tips listed below to ensure your Thanksgiving doesn’t go up in flames.
For general oven and stovetop cooking:
- Always stay in the kitchen to attend your food while cooking on the stove.
- Frequently check the oven where your turkey is being cooked.
- Keep children and pets away from any hot surfaces.
- Keep all cooking surfaces clear of unneeded items, including the floor to avoid trips and falls.
- Test your smoke alarms before starting
- Know where you keep your fire extinguisher and make sure it hasn’t expired.
If you prefer your turkey deep fried:
- Only use a deep fryer outside, at least 10 feet away from your house and anything flammable.
- Make sure the fryer is at ground level on a flat and sturdy surface
- Place the turkey in the pot with water before using oil to test the correct amount needed for cooking.
- Wear long protective gloves that cover your hands and arms.
- Thaw the turkey completely before frying.
- Frequently use a cooking thermometer so that the oil doesn’t overheat.
- DO NOT use water on a grease fire so make sure to always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
- If you don’t have a working fire extinguisher on hand, you can use baking soda in an emergency.
The most important safety tip, however, is to call 911 when a fire grows out of control.
We hope that this friendly fire safety reminder will help you and your family enjoy Thanksgiving to the fullest. And if your family does experience a fire, know that our family is just a phone call away, fully prepared to clean up any damage. For more fire safety tips, you can visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving and https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html
Not All Fire Damage is the Same!
Here is an example of a Class F fire
Most people don't realize this but there are different classes of fire damage. Now for the most part this isn't the type of information you, as a homeowner or commercial building owner need to know, however, it can be helpful and interesting to know the differences.
Class A Fire Damage
The most common kind of fire damage is Class A fire damage. This kind of fire damage is caused by fires from flammable solids such as plastics, paper, rubber, wood and cloth.
Class B Fire Damage
Class B Fire Damage is caused bu fires caused by flammable liquids such as gasoline and various forms of petrol, oil, waxes, and even paint.
Class C Fire Damage
Class C Fire Damage comes from flammable gases like hydrogen, propane, butane, and natural gas. Since butane and propane gases are often used in cooking, Class C Fire Damage is typically classified as kitchen fires.
Class D Fire Damage
Class D Fire Damage are fires that are caused by combustible metals like magnesium, potassium and sodium.
Class E Fire Damage
Class E Fire Damages are the result of factors that are found in both Class A and B fire damages as well as an electrical component. Class E fire damage are essentially caused by electrical fires.
6. Class F Fire Damage
Class F Fire Damages are the fires that occur due to cooking oils and fats from frying pans that were left unattended. Due to this, Class F Fire Damages are often classified as kitchen fires just like Class C, however note that these fires are caused by liquid, while Class C fires are caused by gas.
No matter what causes a fire, the damage left behind is tragic and can be overwhelming. If you have suffered through a fire and need fire damages restoration services call SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside, here at (301) 856-5402.
Prevent House Fires by Understanding Electrical Outlet Guidelines
Electrical fires are some of the most common types of household fires. in fact, according to the National Fire Protection Agency, the second leading cause of fires in homes in the United States was electronic malfunctions.
Understanding electrical outlet guidelines can help you prevent an electrical fire in your home. Knowing the answer to seemingly simple questions like: "How many cords is too many?", "How can we ensure that we are protecting our homes from electrical fires?", and "how many plugs can I plug into this outlet?", can be the difference between life and death.
The FEMA report also outlines a number of guidelines concerning fire safety when interacting with appliances, outlets, and extension cords.
Major appliances like refrigerators, washing machines and microwaves, should only be plugged directly into wall outlets. The electrical cords and wires used with these appliances should be closely monitored, as the faster you can identify damage, such as cracking or loosening, the better you can prevent an electrical fire.
Outlets and Extension Cords
Never overload an outlet with more plugs than it is designed to handle. That being said, electrical cords should also always be fully inserted into sockets and three-pronged cords should never be forced into a two-prong outlet. It is especially important to never overload extension cords, as they are only intended to serve as temporary power sources. You can often find out about an extension cord’s capacity by checking its packaging.
Electrical fires can still happen no matter what If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing fire damage restoration services, please give SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside a call at (301) 856-5402.
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Marlton / Morningside Home.
The Fire & Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration Experts at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside are available 24/7 for all of your damage concerns.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive 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. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.
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How to Prevent Fires and Fire Damage at Home
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Fires in your home can be catastrophic and extremely costly. It is crucial to take the necessary steps to prevent such disasters, sparing personal belongings, and, more importantly, lives. Here are some tips from the experts at SERVPRO of Marlton / Morningside:
By law, you are responsible for having and maintaining smoke detectors on each level of your home and basement in Maryland. Smoke detectors act as the first line of defense against ignition and spread of fire. Confirm with your local regulations as to whether or not your home is up to code. Early detection of smoke can help prevent bigger damage and expensive repairs.
In addition to installing smoke detectors, fire extinguishers are great to have on hand in case of an emergency. If you don’t currently have one in your home, pick up one or more of the standard five-pound extinguishers. They are lighter in weight and easier to use.
Reduce the chances of spreading fire in your home by taking every necessary precaution. This includes checking the condition of your kitchen, attic, garage, roof, living room, and chimney.
When smoking indoors or in the garage, make sure there are no combustible materials nearby. When baking or cooking, keep pot handles turned in and over the stove, use oven mitts, clear greasy messes from the area.
There is no substitute for training and experience when it comes to dealing with loss from a fire. As fire damage specialists, our business is built upon fire restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.
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Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Marlton & Morningside, MD
Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Marlton & Morningside, MD. Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Smoke and fire damage can be some of the worst things your business can experience.
The smoke left behind from a fire can wreak havoc on the structural components of your space & completely damage your inventory. Even soot residue can become an issue you will need help to resolve. Additionally, when there is a fire, fire extinguishers & water are commonly used to tackle the flames which can also leave you & your business with damages you did not even consider.
If your commercial property has been directly affected by smoke and fire, count on SERVPRO of Marlton & Morningside to "make it like it never happened." We will help you get the damage under control and work with you to create a plan for restoring your property.
Our team at SERVPRO of Marlton and Morningside will work quickly to curb the problem, evaluate and establish the extent of the damage affected by the loss. We may even offer you pack-out services should we find your items need to be sent away for restoration.
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Eliminate Odors from Fire Damage
After a fire, odors can get trapped beyond the areas affected by the fire and will be absorbed into the materials in your space.
Fire and smoke can wreak havoc on your home or business with devastating consequences.
In addition to the physical fire damage that occurs, it can be a trying time emotionally. After a fire, odors can get trapped beyond the areas affected by the fire and will be absorbed into the materials in your space such as carpeting, drywall, furniture, drapes, wood, and more. Let the experts at SERVPRO of Marlton / Morningside help because we know exactly what to do.
We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.
As fire restoration pros, we use 2 primary methods to eliminate odors:
- Dry fogging- Dispenses solvent-based deodorants as very small particles
- Ozone- Activated oxygen quickly dissipates with no residue, fragrances, or chemicals that some can be sensitive to
If your home or commercial space has been affected by a fire, contact SERVPRO of Marlton / Morningside TODAY as we can make it "Like it never even happened."
After a House Fire Waiting for the Restoration Company
SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside knows exactly what steps to follow after a fire. Give us a call and we will assess the damage to your home.
Things to Do After a House Fire While Waiting for a Cleanup Company
A fire in your home, even if it is a small fire, can create a lot of problems that you need to deal with. While the majority of the cleanup is often contracted to a clearing and restoration service, you can do some things while waiting for the restoration company to start your cleanup.
Limit Traffic in the Home
Once the fire department releases the home to you, keep the number of people walking through the house to a minimum. Things like soot and other debris can quickly grind into carpets and upholstered items, and it will be much harder for the restoration company to remove from the fabric.
If you do need to move around in the house, lay down some plastic runners in the traffic areas, and try to keep everyone out that does not need to be in the building. People often want to see the aftermath of the fire, but if they don't need to be in the house, they just add to the potential problems and could be a safety concern.
Cover Your Furnishings
If the furnishings in your home are still relatively clean after the fire, put some plastic over them to keep dirt, soot, and ash off the upholstery. The upholstery may smell like smoke or other odors from the fire, but if the fabric is still clean, dealing with furnishing restoration is much easier.
Clean Out the Fridge and Freezer
The electricity to your home is often shut off during fire suppression efforts, and if you can’t move back into the home for a while, take the time to clean out the refrigerator and the freezer so that the food does not spoil and ruin the appliances. Once all the food is out, prop the door open on both the fridge and the freezer to keep them from getting musty or growing mold inside.
Unplug Appliances and Electronics
If appliances or electronics are in the house that may turn on when the power comes on, unplug them from the outlets. If the items do not appear to have damage on them, they could have water damage inside or a short that you can’t see.
Something as simple as a wire with the insulation melted off could create a spark and start another fire when the power comes on. Unplugging the attached electronic or appliance is the safest way to isolate it and make sure everything is in working order.
Retrieve Your Important Documents
If you have documents in your home that are important like birth certificates, death certificates, your marriage license, or important insurance documents, retrieve them from the home as soon as possible. The longer these documents stay in the home, the more likely they are to sustain damage, and some of the documents will be hard to replace.
Locate the documents and put them in something secure to protect them. Move them to a safe deposit box, or invest in a lockbox to keep with you until you are able to return to your house. If you decide to keep the documents with you, make sure the lockbox is fire-, water-, and tamper-proof so that you don't risk losing these documents again.
At SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside, we specialize in cleaning up after a fire in your house. We have the experience, tools, and manpower to help you pick up the pieces after a fire of any size. Give us a call and we will assess the damage to your home, let you know what it will take to clean it up, and get started right away so we can get you back in your house.
Things You Can Do for Your Home After a Fire | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside
If you've experienced a small isolated fire or a complete burn down, you need a property restoration company to properly assess the damage. SERVPRO of
Without a doubt, a house fire is catastrophic to a family. It does not matter if the fire completely destroyed everything or if only a portion of a single room was involved, your family will be greatly affected. You want to get things back to normal as soon as possible, which means you’ll need a professional fire damage company to do repairs and restoration.
But while you wait for the professionals to do their work, you can take care of some things yourself. Of course, you must wait until the fire department gives you the all clear that the place is safe for you to enter. Even if only one room was involved, you need to know that the house is secure. In any fire, burning materials release toxic fumes that linger and can be dangerous if you inhale them.
In addition to toxic fumes, the structure of the building may be impaired. The fire department is trained to inspect all the places that were involved in a fire and decide if the house is structurally sound or not, which is crucial before you can enter. Once you have been told the house is safe to enter, here are a few things you can do yourself.
Secure the House
You do not want any more damage to the house after a fire. To ensure that the house is secure from wind, rain, and any unwanted people, board up all windows and doors that are damaged. If the roof or walls were damaged, be sure to put a tarp over the open areas if you cannot cover them with wood.
If the whole house was damaged, you may want to put a privacy fence around the property. You don't want anyone going in or being around the place who may get hurt, cause more damage, or even take things from your exposed house.
Pump Out Water
Firefighters use a lot of water to put out a fire. You need to get any standing water out of the house before it starts to mold. You can rent a pump from a local tool rental facility. Make sure the fire department and electric company have okayed the use of the electricity for the pump. If not, ask a neighbor if you can run an extension cord from their home to the pump.
Some of your belongings won’t have survived the fire. Go through your home and throw out anything that is not salvageable. This includes getting rid of food items in the refrigerator and cupboards. Be sure to get rid of burned clothing, medicine, and cosmetics too.
Pull Out Furniture
If the furniture has not been burned but is covered in ashes or has water damage, you should pull it out of the house. Even if you do not see any soot or water, the material will smell like smoke. Taking the furniture outside gives it a chance to dry and air out. Keep in mind the pieces will still need to be professionally cleaned if you plan to keep them.
Ashes and soot are difficult to remove from furniture, walls, floors, and ceilings. Getting the smell out of the house and furnishings is also hard to do. Professional fire restoration companies understand what is required and have all the equipment and know-how to get things back to as normal as possible.
Whether you need to have a few pieces of furniture cleaned, or the whole house restored after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside to take care of things for you. We can handle it all so you can begin rebuilding your life.