Recent Fire Damage Posts

Winter Season Puffbacks/Smoke Damage

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Winter Season Puffbacks/Smoke Damage In the photo, you can see where we tested the ceiling for soot.

Damages in a home may not cause physical damage to the structure but could create smoke or soot to go all over the house in every nook and cranny possible. These losses are better known as Puff Backs. This type of damage caused by a malfunction in a furnace that produced smoke and soot to go throughout the home through all the vents or baseboard heat. There are times that this type of loss could be worse than small fire damage. Since most houses have vents and/or baseboard heat in every room, the soot gets to every area. 

In certain cases, puff backs can happen over some time and are not even noticed for months. Most of the time this is still covered through your insurance company due to you not being aware of what was happening. We also fully check everywhere in the home. Checking insures that every where they have soot is cleaned properly with proper products and put back to preloss condition. 

These are severe cases where the need for painting or full pack out of houses from a puff back is necessary. Puff backs at this severity are visibly extremely dark soot. 

SERVPRO is always ready to help with these types of losses as well. 

Steps to Take After a House Fire

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Steps to Take After a House Fire SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & So. Ulster Counties.

nervous, worried, scared, upset, wondering what to do next, and just how to do it.  First things first…take a deep breath, try to relax, and know that everything will be more than fine. Ultimately you need to make sure that your family is safe and sound. Once you can confirm that, then you can tackle the recovery process of your home and belongings.

We’ve compiled a list of five things that you should do and be aware of after a fire.  This way, you can approach the rebuilding of your home in a cool, calm, and collected manner!

(1) Review with the authorities and the professionals as to when it is safe to enter the home after the fire.  The fire department will make sure that the fire is completely extinguished and then will go through their precautionary measures in order to deem the area ‘safe’.

(2) Know who to contact. First, contact any family members to let them know of the occurrence and the fact that you are safe. Review, and then contact your insurance company. A clean-up team, such as SERVPRO of Orange County should also be one of the first calls made.  We can efficiently and professionally get you back into your home – it will be as if nothing happened!

(3) Get the fire report. Typically coming to you from the fire department, this correspondence will review the facts of the fire – the home structure, the area of the fire, as well as the time and date. In some cities and towns, you may need to call the fire department directly in order to get a copy of this report.

(4) Make sure to secure your property.  If you are not securing the property, you could potentially be making a bad situation into a terrible one – your home could be robbed of its remaining property, or, in some cases, another individual could be injured on the property (becoming your responsibility). You can ask the authorities and emergency services on the best methods in securing what is yours.

(5) Begin the clean-up process. Interior and exterior clean-up will most certainly be required, and more often than not there is damage that you cannot locate with the naked eye.  That said, you should definitely hire a professional service like SERVPRO of Orange County to do a thorough cleaning of all areas and of all soot, smoke, and odor.

Eliminating Heating Hazards This Winter

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Eliminating Heating Hazards This Winter Smoke alarms save lives.

Eliminating Heating Hazards This Winter

The winter season is in full swing! The days are shorter and temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire. 

-Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater. Have a three foot "Kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters. 

-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 

-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. 

-Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. 

-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. 

-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. 

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be install in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detectors requirements are met. 

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or client to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. 

-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement. 

- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. 

-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button. 

-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced right away. 

-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Fire Damage Mitigation in Orange County

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Mitigation in Orange County Smoke can travel into many areas of your home or business leaving behind an unpleasant odor.

SERVPRO Uses Deodorization Methods to Rid Your Home or Business of Foul Odors

Sometimes after a fire ignites inside your Orange County home or business, there are more problems that get created than just burnt materials and contents. Smoke created by a blaze often travels to many areas inside. Smoke leaves behind soot residues and pungent, burnt odors.

After any severely burnt materials and contents get replaced, all of the soot residues inside the building get cleaned. SERVPRO’S fire damage techniciansuse specialized chemicals when cleaning that help eliminate foul odors. If unpleasant aromas still exist, then a final deodorization stage takes place.

When deodorizing an area, specific chemicals get used for different situations. Various odors exist based on what materials get burned during the blaze. Some deodorization techniques use chemicals that bond and react with the foul odor particles and neutralize them. Other deodorants mask unpleasant smells with more appealing odors.

To start, we apply deodorants to the air and affected surfaces. Many times deodorization gets accomplished by using hand pumps or electric powered sprayers. In more extreme cases, advanced equipment gets used during the deodorization process.

If our SERVPRO restoration experts believe that spraying chemicals does not complete the job efficiently, then other equipment gets used to create the original environment that caused the burnt odors to exist in the first place. During a fire, combustion causes smoke particles to become microscopic and penetrate many different materials. We use specialized equipment to break down chemicals so that they penetrate materials in the same way that foul odor particles did.

One way to mimic smoke behavior is with a Vaportek system. A Vaportek deodorization system consists of a compound of natural oils sealed by a membrane. The compounds then volatilize into the air and pass through the plastic membrane. Then, air currents distribute the chemicals into the air which react with and neutralize odor molecules upon contact.

Other ways to dispense deodorants into the building in the same way smoke entered, is to use fogging methods. When using a fogging system, deodorizing products get dispensed as finely divided particles in a mist. Depending on the situation we use either a wet fogging or dry fogging system to disperse deodorants into the air.

After an advanced deodorization system gets used inside your home or business, we often use powerful box fans to ventilate the area, so that dense chemicals do not exist in the air. For professional assistance with smoke deodorization call SERVPRO of Orange County any time of the day or night.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Orange County, NY

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Orange County, NY Restaurant kitchen fire

If you have a commercial building in that has been damaged by fire, it can be hard to know what to do once the fire has been put out. Not only will the premises be damaged by the fire, but the property may also have suffered water damage from the firefighting team and or sprinkler systems efforts to stop the fire. Other damage to your property may include:

  • Discoloration of surfaces
  • Corrosion (particularly of porous material)
  • Soot damage
  • Smoke damage
  • Structural weakness or damage

Can I clean the property myself?

Firstly if you must enter the premises ensure that you know it is safe to enter but do not be tempted to try and start cleaning the property yourself. Not only could this be hazardous to you, without specialist equipment and materials you could end up causing more damage which can add to the restoration costs further down the line. If at all possible try to limit the amount of movement within the premises to ensure the minimum amount of soot and ash being entrenched in soft furnishings and carpets which may render them unsalvageable.

The best thing to do is to call our specially trained team who will ask you a few questions to ascertain the extent of your damage and find the best solution to restore your fire-damaged premises. We will then send our expert team of fire damage restorers out to inspect the fire damage and carry out an in-depth assessment. From this, we will decide the best plan of action to restore your premises.

What do Commercial Fire Damage Restoration companies do?

Whether your business is in Orange, Sullivan or So. Ulster Counties, fire damage is devastating and can cause extensive damage to windows, walls, and roofs. This means that it is imperative that your property is properly protected from the elements while the work is taking place.  SERVPRO will make sure that all openings to the outside are boarded and covered up as well as covering any holes in the roof of your premises.

If your premises is also water damaged, the SERVPRO of Orange County will use their specialized equipment to remove all water and moisture from your property using a combination of pumps and dehumidifying units to rid the premises of water before secondary water damage causes further issues.

Once we are sure that there is an acceptable moisture level in the property.  SERVPRO of Orange County  will get to work removing the damage to the surfaces of the property removing all soot and smoke damage. Once this is completed, we can then clean and sanitize all recoverable items to pre-fire damaged conditions where possible using both wet and dry-cleaning methods and give advice where an item is beyond repair. During this process SERVPRO of Orange County will use industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove any lingering odors caused by the fire. If we can save and restore an item, we will, which will save you paying for costly replacements.

Finally, we will start the full restoration process of your commercial premises involving minor repair, which can include replacing damaged drywall, painting and replacing carpet or flooring and also major repair works such as repairing damaged walls and roofs.

Don't let your electrical system cause a fire

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't let your electrical system cause a fire Fire in a diner caused by a faulty electrical wire

Most of us have grown up using electricity just about every day of our lives. Whether it is plugging in a toaster, watching TV, or even charging a laptop or phone, we’re surrounded by it. Electricity is essential, but can be a huge hazard to us if not used and maintained properly. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (Esfi.org), home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in property damage. 65% of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke detectors. ESFI gave a list of some electrical fire safety tips to keep you and your family informed on the proper electrical safety precautions.

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

  • Make sure that there are smoke detectors installed on every floor of the building, inside each room and right outside of every sleeping area to ensure that the alarms can be heard even when sleeping.
  • Test smoke detectors monthly to make sure that they’re working properly and have working batteries.
  • Have your electrical system inspected by a certified professional to make sure that all of the electrical work meets the National Electric Code safety standards.
  • Look and listen for signs of electrical problems such as, flickering or dim lights, buzzing or sizzling sounds from electrical outlets, or insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. If any of these or any other electrical problems are found, contact a professional as soon as possible for the issue to be inspected.
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many electronics. Consider having more outlets or circuits installed by a professional.
  • In homes with children, install tamper resistant devices to keep children from getting electrical shocks or burns.
  • Create an evacuation plan that can be used in the event of a fire.

Your home or business just had a fire - now what?

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your home or business just had a fire - now what? Fire does not discriminate - it can happen to anyone.

The first 24 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.  

Under normal circumstances, within one hour from notice of a loss, a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange a service.  Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO professional will be on site to begin mitigation services.  Finally, within eight business hours, a verbal job briefing will be communicated to the appropriate person.  

Until a trained professional arrives, there are several things you can do to lessen long term damage.

  • Limit movement in the home or business to prevent further damage.

  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

  • If electricity is off, empty refrigerator and prop doors open.

  • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.

  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.

  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water.  



SERVPRO of Orange County professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property and belongings are restored to preloss condition when possible.

Your home or business had a fire... Now What?

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your home or business had a fire... Now What? We are always here to help no matter what.

The first 24 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Orange County can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.  

Under normal circumstances, within one hour from notice of a loss, a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange a service.  Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO professional will be on site to begin mitigation services.  Finally, within eight business hours, a verbal job briefing will be communicated to the appropriate person.  

Until a trained professional arrives, there are several things you can do to lessen long term damage.

  • Limit movement in the home or business to prevent further damage.

  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

  • If electricity is off, empty refrigerator and prop doors open.

  • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.

  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.

  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water.  



SERVPRO of Orange County's professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property and belongings are restored to preloss condition when possible.

Why Call SERVPRO?


With over 25 years of experience, our highly trained professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you make the fire in your home or business “Like it never even happened.”  Call us at 845-342-3333.

Shed Fire

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Shed Fire Shed fire that caused damage to another shed on the property.

Outdoor fire damage can sometimes happen very unexpected. When we arrived onsite and met with this insured, he was very upset about his shed burning to the ground because of all the memories he kept safe in the shed. SERVPRO is the company to call when you want someone to help walk you through the process. It is not always an easy situation to go through belongings that have burned and will not be able to be saved. 

SERVPRO not only cleans up debris and homes but we can also clean up outside debris from a fire. The steps that will be taken at this home are to inventory what we can, dispose of the items that are non-salvageable and try to clean the items that we can save. Unfortunately this is not always how it works. Sometimes there is nothing to save. 

We are a team that is there to help during any size disaster. Call SERVPRO, we are always here to help. 

Ways You Can Prevent Fires in Orange County Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ways You Can Prevent Fires in Orange County Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents The best way to prevent fires, in this case, is to clean out the lint hose often.

Ways You Can Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

It is no surprise to most people that having a Orange County fire within the home is incredibly damaging to anything in its path. What you probably may not realize is that, most times, fires can easily be prevented from starting in the first place. Your household dryer is a great example of this since many homeowners deal with dryer related fires all the time and the usual culprit would be a completely clogged dryer vent. In this particular case, the fire can be prevented if you maintain your dryer well throughout the year and ensure that its vent is kept clean and clear of buildup.

There are over 15,000 calls to local fire departments every single year for home-related New York fires and smoke issues. The unfortunate part is that a lot of these fires are caused by clogged dryer vents within the home. Some of these fires are very minimal, but others have been incredibly damaging when not caught in time.

To understand how these types of New York fires start within the home, you may want to know more about how dryers work. Some homeowners who are new to appliances and home maintenance may not even know that their dryer needs to be maintained. The way that dryers work is by creating hot air in the drum itself, and this is the hot air that is going to dry up your clothing. You probably know of the small lint trap on the front of your dryer when you open its door, but excess lint passes through this filter and goes through the dryer vent. The dryer vent is often located on the outside of your home so that the hot air can be released outside. Because dryers get so hot, this hot air that is being pushed out of the dryer vent to the outside world can heat up any lint that has built up in that area and start a fire. Fires related to clogged dryer vents can cause tons of damage to a person's home.

The best way to prevent fires, in this case, is to clean out the lint hose often. This is recommended to anyone who happens to own a dryer. There are special tools and services that can help to get this particular vent cleaned for you.

According to the experts at SERVPRO, they offer some of the best tips for watching out for some of the obvious warning signs that your dryer is clogged and may result in fire at some point in the near future: 1. If it takes longer than about 45 minutes to dry your clothing, it could be a sign that the dryer vent is clogged. 2. Your clothes are roasting hot to the touch after they have gone through a dry cycle. 3. The flapper on the dryer's vent may not open entirely when the appliance is actually on.

Preventing a Fire with Your Dryer 1. You should clean the vent of your dryer at least twice each year. 2. Make sure to clean out the lint trap inside of the dryer thoroughly before each cycle. 3. For those individuals who are noticing any of the above-mentioned warning signs, make sure to contact a professional company to have the appliance repaired and cleaned.

For those homeowners who were not so lucky as to catch the warning signs in time, fire damage can be a daunting thing to clean up on your own. This is where the professionals of SERVPRO come in handy, and they can work diligently on your home's fire restoration when it is most convenient for you. Make sure to contact SERVPRO at the first sign of fire damage so that the issue can be addressed immediately.

For Orange County, A Fire Damage Restoration Guide

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage For Orange County, A Fire Damage Restoration Guide Fire Damage Guide for an Orange County Home

As many homeowners know, fire damage to an Orange County home can produce extensive trauma on the part of the property owner. However, knowing what steps to take following this type of disaster, caused by nature or human error, can help you minimize emotional distress. You will also be better prepared to mitigate structural damage to your home by being clear-headed. Learn more about what steps you should take after your home has been affected by a fire, refer to this quick reference guide:

There are several steps you need to implement once fire damage has become a reality. 

  1. Determine Where You Will Stay. 

Once a fire has occurred, it's important that you first determine whether it is safe to reenter your home. This decision to possibly reenter your Orange County house is reserved for minor fires, not flaming infernos. In the event that there are still signs of smoke, fire, or structural damage, you should never attempt to enter the premises. In this case, it may be necessary for you to stay with a family member or in a hotel. Determining where you'll stay is not the first step to take during the process of returning your life to a state of normalcy, but it can provide an anchor. In addition to determining where you'll stay if you cannot reenter your property, it's important for you to call your loved ones and friends. Provide them with a basic overview of the situation and they may be able to help you with shelter and advice.

  1. Call The Professionals. 

After you've determined where you'll stay, be sure to contact your insurance company and then a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO. These experts will begin assessing the situation, determining a course of action, and then begin the cleanup, repair and if need be, the restoration of your property's structure. The clean-up process will involve the elimination of smoke and fire damage in addition to water removal. The water extraction procedure is of the utmost importance for lessening damage to furnishings, walls, and floors, and for stifling the growth of mold. A SERVPRO representative will also offer to communicate and coordinate the entire process with your insurance adjuster.

Dealing with your fire-damaged home in Orange County can be taxing and tiring, however, it doesn't need to be overwhelming. As a team of professionals with extensive experience in the smoke and fire damage restoration field, SERVPRO's skilled technicians can provide you with the detailed, results-driven services you need to restore your property to like the fire never happened.

 

 

 

 

Does Your Home Have a Fire Escape Plan?

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Does Your Home Have a Fire Escape Plan? Every household or commercial business should develop a plan in case of an emergency fire.

Planning a Fire Escape Basics

  • There should be two ways to get out of every room, and all members of your household should be aware of them.
  • Add escape ladders to areas or homes above the second floor, especially sleeping areas. Train household members in how to use them and store them near windows.
  • Practice home fire drills periodically (at least twice a year) so that everyone knows how to do one in less than two minutes. The objective of a fire drill is to practice, not to frighten, so a planned drill can be just as effective.
  • Teach younger family members the stop, drop, and roll method for dealing with clothes that have caught fire.
  • Make special arrangements in your plan for infants or anyone with a disability. Assign someone to assist disabled family members in case of an emergency.
  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside of every sleeping area of your home.
  • Find an outside meeting place that’s a safe distance away from your home that everyone can reach after an escape. Make sure everyone is aware of its location.
  • Always choose the safest escape route, meaning the one with least amount of smoke and heat. Practice getting low and traveling beneath smoke when you perform a fire drill.
  • Close doors on the way out during a fire to slow it down and give you more time to safely escape. In situations where fire prevents you from leaving the home, you should practice “sealing yourself in for safety” as part of your fire escape plan. Put as many doors between you and the fire as possible, and cover air vents to prevent smoke from reaching you. Open windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in.
  • Under no circumstances should you ever go back inside a burning building. Do not try to retrieve belongings. If someone is still inside, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Only a trained firefighter has the skills and equipment needed to perform a rescue.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Commercial Fire Damage Restoration When your property has been severely compromised by commercial fire damage, you will need to rely on the experts.

How to Properly Control Commercial Fire Damage

When it comes to professionally controlling the commercial fire damage in your work place, your best bet is to contact the restoration service that has experience in dealing with such essential matters, SERVPRO of Orange County. While the fire itself may have caused considerable damage to your property, other elements, such as debris, smoke, and mold growth, may also soon threaten to render it uninhabitable and keep your doors closed. By calling us, we can upon agreement of you and your insurance company, begin the clean up to get your business back in business.

Fire Damage Restoration Is an All-encompassing Experience 
A professional commercial fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Orange County offers an all-encompassing solution. It begins when you inform us about the nature of your problem. We will send a team of friendly and knowledgeable service professionals to begin an immediate inspection of the property. Afterward, we will present you with a comprehensive diagnosis of the problem along with an exact estimate of the cost for our services. You are under absolutely no obligation until you agree to have our team begin restoration work on your property, as noted.

We Offer a Comprehensive Cleanup Regimen 
Once the initial assessment and inspection have been completed, SERVPRO of Orange County will conduct a comprehensive cleanup and restoration program. We will safely discard remaining debris, remediate any mold or other bacterial growth, and clean up any stains and blemishes that the fire may have caused. We will also remove obnoxious and potentially poisonous odors that may still be lingering in the building by utilizing ozone machines and foggers.

The Nature of Our Service Is Restoration Rather Than Replacement
When it comes to cleaning up the damage left behind by commercial fire damage, the essence of our service is to focus on efforts to restore rather than replace the existing property. Restoration will speed up the process to get your business up and running again. This will minimize the loss of profits that would be increased if you had to wait for a new property to be built. We also focus on restoration of damaged documents, retail stock, and furnishing to expedite your re-opening. "Like it never even happened."

Repairing the Effects of Commercial Fire Damage in Orange County 
When it comes to dealing with the effects of an Orange County commercial fire damage, we are your locally owned and operated restoration and cleanup authority. Call SERVPRO of Orange County at (845)-342-3333.

The Different Types of Smoke

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Different Types of Smoke A fire loss can result in complex damages because of the unique behavior of smoke. A trained professional should survey the loss site to determine th

Your local SERVPRO of Orange County knows smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Our knowledge of building systems helps us investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. 


Here are some facts you may not know about smoke:


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.


The 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, a SERVPRO of Orange County 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. 


Here is some 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.


Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs


While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Orange County can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.


Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue


Special loss situations require special care.  SERVPRO of Orange County are trained to handle even the toughest losses.


 

Six Classes of Fire Damage

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Six Classes of Fire Damage SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is known for their professionalism, expertise and timely responses to all fire damage needs.

The Six Classes of Fire Damage: Your Quick Reference Guide

Although no one wants to experience a fire in their office or home, you never know when this unwanted disaster could transpire. Whether the disaster transpires because of a brush fire or bad electrical wiring, your property could suffer a wide range of adverse, inconveniencing outcomes. There are six classes of Orange County fire damage that your property can be subjected to. Learn more about these classes by reviewing the quick reference guide that appears below:

Six Classes of Fire Damage

1. Class A

This type of fire damage results from combustible items in your household such as rubber, plastics, paper, and wood.

2. Class B

Class B damages pertain to damage that results from liquids. It can also include solid items that became liquefied. Examples include paints, waxes, petrol, and gasoline. This class of Orange County fire damage does not include deterioration resulting from cooking liquids such as corn oil.

3. Class C

This type of fire damage results from flammable gasses. Some flammable gasses include hydrogen, methane, acetylene, and propane.

4. Class D

This kind of fire damage in Orange County  results from combustible metals. Some of them include magnesium, potassium, and titanium. This class is not common given that metals typically direct heat away from the fire.

5. Class E

Class E is a fire damage category that includes electrical equipment while also incorporating the materials from categories A and B. In addition to generating distinct types of damage, this class of fire damage makes it much more challenging to fight the fire.

6. Class F

Class F fire damage results from unsaturated cooking materials such as fats and oils.

Finding The Right Fire Damage Restoration Company

Irrespective of the category of fire damage that surfaces on your property, it is important for you to attain high-quality restoration services as soon as possible. To ensure that you attain the cutting edge, customized fire damage restoration services that you need and deserve, make sure the company you select possesses all of the following attributes:

• A good Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating

• IICRC-certified technicians

• Excellent customer service

• Good online reviews

When you find that your company has been impacted by fire damage, don't wait. Instead, accelerate and optimize the recovery process by obtaining the best restoration services on the block. As a company with more than 30 years of industry experience, the professionals of SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties have built a strong reputation for consistently offering clients the excellent, expedient fire damage restoration services they deserve.

The Fire Is Put Out...Now What?

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Fire Is Put Out...Now What? SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties will make the damage to your house seem “Like it never even happened.

You’ve called 911 and the firefighters have come put out the fire in your home.  While the immediate danger has passed, the fire will continue to damage the home if professionals are not called in.  

Ash and smoke, if left unhindered, will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration, not to mention lingering powerful odors.  

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, just minutes after a fire, soot residue settles onto the property.  Discoloration of porous materials is permanent but other surfaces can be cleaned to remove the damage.  If not treated quickly, acidic soot begins staining other surfaces.  

Within hours all surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage.  Wooden furniture may require refinishing, metal begins to rust, pit and corrode and painted walls begin to yellow.  In addition, some clothing can be permanently stained and your flooring could end up requiring you to refinish or replace it.  

If left untreated, within weeks the restoration process will take longer and cost you more.  The prolonged soot exposure can ruin some of your belongings and is also not good for you and your family’s health.

If a professional isn’t hired to clean smoke and fire damage, the costs for restoration will skyrocket after a few weeks. Smoke and soot removal is not a job you should do by yourself.

SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan and S.Ulster Counties is here to help you with all of your fire damage needs.  Our trained professionals are available 24/7 and have the cleaning and restoration experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

For more information on our fire restoration services, click here or call us at 845-342-3333

Fireworks Safety Tips

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireworks Safety Tips In order to really enjoy fireworks, you have to be safe.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, 230 people will go to the emergency per day in the month around the July 4th holiday.  The body parts among the most frequently injured are hands and fingers, the eyes, head, face and ears.  More than 50% of firework injuries were burns.

In order to ensure that your family has a safe summer filled with firework fun, SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is here to provide you with some firework safety tips from the National Council of Firework Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the fireworks you are using.
  • Never give fireworks to children.
  • Do not drink while handling or watching fireworks.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  •  FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  •  Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

To read more about firework safety, visit the National Council on Firework Safety’s Website at www.fireworksafety.org.  To find out specific information regarding fireworks in New York State click here.

Was your home damaged due  to a fireworks mishap?

SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is available 24/7 for all of your fire damage needs.  Just give us a call at 845-342-3333 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”