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Steps Homeowners can Take to Assist With Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa
Not everything was lost in this fire. We were able to restore the home to its preloss condition.
Can You Do Part of Fire Recovery in Santa Rosa Beach Alone?
There is no room for error when Santa Rosa Beach homes fall victim to fire loss incidents. With the likelihood of spreading effects reaching new areas within hours of extinguishment, many residents rely on the prompt response of our SERVPRO professionals to reach the property and immediately begin mitigation and restoration efforts. As much as we can handle nearly every aspect of this recovery, there are some areas that you can handle on your own when necessary.
As much as fire damage in Santa Rosa Beach homes feels overwhelming and highly stressful, your involvement in the restoration of your house can ultimately save you money. Also, participating in the early stages of recovery can ensure that certain damaged contents in your property do not become ruined as they contact spreading soot particulates, smoke residues, or odors moving through your home.
We work to provide a seamless transition between the early mitigation stages, such as fire debris removal, and reconstruction that your home might need. Here are some of the ways that you can help, even before our SERVPRO team arrives:
- Carefully remove at-risk contents and belongings from affected areas when it is safe to do so. Moving these items to a secure area of your property can ensure that further damage does not occur while our professionals are in route.
- Get your family out of the house, especially when contending with a higher concentration of soot and airborne particulates. These carcinogens can cause health effects.
- If safe to do so, remove standing water from extinguished areas with the use of a wet/dry vac. If the damage is too significant, our team has more efficient, high-capacity extractors to use instead.
While it is always a good idea to trust in the experience and prompt response of our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team after a fire, there are ways that you can help your property as well. Give our team a call to help whenever you need us at (850) 267-0746.
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What Can a Homeowner do After a Fire in Miramar Beach?
Not all items are unsalvageable. SERVPRO has specially designed cleaners to cut through the smoke and soot.
Can You Clean Soot Damage in Your Miramar Beach Home?
Universally, Miramar Beach homeowners can attest that they would much rather save the money and time by restoring damages to their property themselves if possible. Even addressing specific symptoms and leaving the rest for professional restorers can reduce overall work times and the size of the final bill. After fire damage, multiple symptoms exist in areas far beyond the ignition point and can continue to get worse the longer the property waits for cleaning and restorative work to begin.
Surprisingly, there are many steps that homeowners can take to reduce or eliminate fire damage in Miramar Beach properties by starting fire debris removal. Homeowners can also work on getting the photographic evidence and documentation that your insurance company needs to process a damage claim. Other effects are more challenging to overcome without specific equipment and knowledge common to our SERVPRO team. However, there are things the homeowner can do to begin the process of cleaning soot and smoke residues from surfaces.
Our SERVPRO professionals have tools and approved cleaning agents are used to clean thick smoke and soot residues left on specific surfaces throughout your property. Vacuums are often the first step that even our professional crews use to reduce the presence of soot buildup on hard surfaces. It is vital at this stage not to vacuum directly on the damaged materials, as smearing and ultimately staining are significant possibilities.
We can use chemical sponges wet or dry, depending on the type of damage that exists. These sponges have the embedded cleaning product to address an average of 50 square feet of the sooty surface before a new sponge must get used.
While multiple steps are necessary to overcome damaging circumstances like soot and smoke residues, you are never alone in fire loss recovery. You can trust in the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (850) 267-0746.
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Did You Know that Every Santa Rosa Beach Fire is Unique and Requires a Customer Restoration Plan
SERVPRO can determine the type of smoke and clean your home. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
How we Tailor our Fire Damage Restoration to your Santa Rosa Beach Property
One of the biggest hurdles in overcoming a fire is to get your property back to preloss conditions without wholesale replacement of possessions and fittings. To work with a restore over replace mentality, we need to be well-versed in the theory of fire, how damages spread, and the best methods of cleaning away soot or smoke residues.
Moisture, heat, Oxygen, and gas interact in many different ways. Our technicians are trained in a variety of cleaning methods and are available to restore fire damage in Santa Rosa Beach. At SERVPRO, we believe that every property situation is different, which is why we conduct a thorough pre-test of your home before any work begins. During this time, your technician can trace the journey of smoke throughout the home as well as assess what type of smoke residues are left behind.
Different types of smoke deposits such as wet smoke, dry smoke, protein, or fuel have a strong influence on our procedure. However, we do not solely test the type of smoke, but also the type of surface. Some materials may shrink under heat or wet cleaning; others may be more robust and capable of sustaining corrosive chemical agents. Soot bonds with the surfaces they come into contact with, our job is to apply the right cleaning method to release deposits and get surfaces back to preloss conditions.
Depending on the variables of surface and smoke content, we use a combined temperature, agitation, chemical agents, and dwell time. Wet smokes are particularly stubborn and may require soaking in a cleaning solution before effectively removed. Robust surfaces like light fittings can benefit from soda blasting or corrosive chemical agents to help loosen and clear away damages.
Understanding the different elements of smoke and fire can help SERVPRO to apply methods that are both efficient and effective. We invest significant amounts into our technicians so they can apply their knowledge to each situation individually. As a locally owned and operated company SERVPRO provide a personal, tailored solution to your property making damages "Like it never even happened."
For a professional, individual approach, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes and Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 today.
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When an Overloaded Power Strip Causes a Fire in Walton County
Overloaded and faulty power strips cause thousands of fires each year. Make sure that your power strip has a surge protector.
Mitigating Power Strip Fire Damage in a Walton County Home
Many homeowners may think that their power strips have surge protection, but that is often not the case. A power strip without surge protection only increases the number of devices that can be plugged into an outlet but cannot protect from fire damage or electrical surges. All it takes is plugging in one too many devices to suddenly have a fire in your living room entertainment center that leaves soot on the walls, your appliances, and even stain your carpet and furniture.
When an unprotected power strip causes fire damage in your Walton County home, the certified technicians at SERVPRO are ready to help. Our team strives to restore your home to its preloss condition so you can enjoy a movie night with the family as usual.
With any fire, it is vital to remove soot before deodorizing, as these burnt particles are the primary carriers of odor. Our SERVPRO technicians can be thorough in cleaning surfaces in your home, even those not close to the source of the fire. Soot from fires that involve plastics or rubbers can leave a smeary residue that is more difficult to remove from porous surfaces such as wood, carpet, wallpaper, and fabric. This residue can eventually become acidic if chlorides or sulfides in these particles make contact with moisture or humid air, and this can discolor or even corrode surfaces over time.
Once the soot is cleaned off of surfaces and out of vents, industrial-grade deodorizers may be used, such as the water-based Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogger. If odors prove particularly strong, multiple methods may be used to eliminate odor. After deodorizing with a ULV fogger, ventilation box fans that blow 3,000 to 5,000 cubic feet of air per second can be used to clear the air. It takes 40 exchanges of air in a structure to remove lingering residues and vapors.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is ready to clean up after any size disaster that affects your home. If you need our services, give us a call today at (850) 267-0746.
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We Can Handle Any Fire Damage To Your Condo In Santa Rosa Beach
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When Overnight Guests Leave Your Condo With Fire Damage In Santa Rosa Beach
Having guests from out of town stay overnight is a great way to socialize and help someone enjoy the beautiful area around Santa Rosa Beach. While you do not expect to discover that your guests mistreated your residence during their stay, it does happen.
When your condo in Santa Rosa Beach contains fire damage in an area you spend little time in, it might seem unimportant at first. We want you to know that fire damage can cause health effects because of the soot, and also possibly place the rest of your residence at higher risk of future fires.
The soot that came from the fire and its smoke permeate everything nearby, and it does travel even after the fire no longer exists. When charred walls mar a room, this can also affect the electrical wiring. SERVPRO's professionals know how to get this taken care of so you do not need to worry about any of it any longer. We do this type of work regularly and can have your condo looking “Like it never even happened.”
When photo frames and other items look dirty from the soot, we can clean these, so they look new again. We also clean surfaces like dressers, windowsills, lamps, and many others. Some textiles need special laundering that we do at our site. However, most of the work we do is right in your home.
Our specialist partners can help make sure that electrical outlets function correctly, saving you the added expense of hiring an electrician separately. We only call our partners after inspecting for electrical damage and then discussing it with you. Our preliminary inspection can save you the trouble of an electrician's unnecessary service call.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties covers Alys Beach, Sandestin, and Seagrove, ensuring that residences in these locations receive fire damage mitigation services when needed. Call our 24-hour service line at (850) 267-0746 for prompt, professional service from specialists who care.
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Let The Certified Team Restore Your Miramar Beach Home After A Fire
Our certified experts will restore your home after fire and smoke damage, call SERVPRO first.
Charred Structures Plus Smoke and Soot Stains Damage a Miramar Beach Home after a Fire
Burning is only one way homes in the Miramar Beach area become damaged during a fire. Other things happen during a blaze that add to the ruination of a dwelling. SERVPRO can help get everything cleaned up and made “Like it never even happened” again.
Restoring fire damage in your Miramar Beach house so your family can move back in means mitigating the damage from fire, smoke, soot, and water – with these last three capable of leaving stains or worse on otherwise undamaged surfaces.
As the fire inside your home burns, smoke travels to all corners of your home, and while the majority of the smoke follows the path of least resistance, smoke also fills every corner and area in your home. As it travels, this smoke adheres to heated walls, especially above windows and doors, as well as around any ventilation holes made by the fire department.
Without quick cleaning away of the soot particles stuck to these areas, staining becomes permanent. Repainting requires scraping away of the paint or heavy application of sealers and primers. We use cleaning agents that remove the soot and leaves the area free of grime and eliminating the stain. The sooner we begin, the easier it is for us to achieve the results you want.
The water used by the fire department acts a lot like the smoke as soon as it turns to steam. Steam can also carry particles from burning items inside your home and once in contact with surfaces, these substances make a stain. These stains permeate deeper than those caused by smoke and may require additional work to get your home looking nice again. We need to dry these areas in addition to cleaning them. An early start can allow us enough time to save these areas from swelling, which requires the installation of new, unmarred materials.
SERVPRO's IICRC-certified employees work together in teams to ensure complete mitigation of fire damage throughout your entire home. After a fire, it is equally vital that we restore dry conditions as it is to remove burned items and remove the soot that clings to surfaces. We also pay close attention to the odors that now plague your home, and discuss with you the different methods we can use to make things smell like they should again. Our specialists are experts in turning a heavily damaged house back into the home your family knows and loves.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is ready for any disaster, day or night, every day of the year. Call us at (850) 267-0746 after fire damages your Freeport, Crestview, or Seagrove home.
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Fires are Stressful! Work With Professionals to Restore Your Watercolors Fire Damaged Home
Small fires can lead to massive cleanup of smoke and soot residue.
Stress–Free Emergency Services to Attend to Fire Damage Incidents in Watercolors
The goal of fire damage restoration services is to prevent further damage and restore the customer's property using appropriate methods and equipment. The surfaces or items exposed to the soot have varied needs which force us to use several cleaning techniques. Before choosing a cleaning method, we have to determine whether the method can affect the surface or material in any manner. That means we cannot choose an aggressive cleaning method when it is likely to leave unwanted scratches on your Watercolors property.
We categorize the smoke residues that a fire damage incident leaves on your Watercolors property as light, medium, or heavy. To clean non-oily light/medium residues, our SERVPRO technicians use dry cleaning procedures. Such methods are appropriate for removing surface dust. We do this by vacuuming and slightly wiping or brushing surfaces with the help of feather dusters.
Wet cleaning procedures can remove moderate and heavy some fire and soot residues. We first pretest the area with the residues and determine the best cleaning agent to use. During the process, we saturate the surface with a cleaning agent and to loosen its bond with the particles and then wipe or wash away the detached residues. Spray and wipe is an example of a cleaning process where our SERVPRO technicians control the quantity of the cleaning product that we apply on surfaces.
When the bond between the surfaces and the residues is so strong, we may opt to use an abrasive cleaning method. When using this cleaning method, our SERVPRO technicians apply a cleaning product on the surface and then use an abrasive material such as steel wool to scrub the area. The cleaning product should be in sufficient amounts to lubricate the surface and prevent scratching. We can also use this method when it is necessary to repaint surfaces once cleaning is complete.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties has professional restoration and cleaning solutions to attend to both residential and commercial needs. We have the equipment, resources, and training to restore your property to its earlier state. Call us at (850) 267-0746 at any time of the day when you need proven emergency solutions.
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Some Mistakes After Fire Damage in Miramar Beach That You Should Avoid
Looking at parts of your home which were damaged by the fire can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO right away to mitigate the situation.
Making Your Home Habitable After Fire Damage in Miramar Beach
Structural damage caused by fire usually leaves a homeowner with two options. The first option is for relocating those living in the property to temporary housing while restoration takes place. This option is for scenarios where the structure itself is severely impaired, or the structure is no longer safe to inhabit. The second option is to remain in the property while restoration is carried out.
When fire damage in Miramar Beach properties occurs, it is necessary to use emergency restoration services. Everybody feels a strong attachment to their home, so it is only natural to attempt to clean or restore the property yourself. In some cases, self-restoration efforts can cause more harm than good.
SERVPRO is a nationally recognized organization that trained in emergency restoration after the fire. If it is safe for you to remain in the property our technicians can begin work restoring livable areas. Doing so involves cordoning off the areas of severe damage and clearing smoke, soot, and residue that may have traveled into hallways, carpets, and garments.
We can restore to habitable condition using wet and dry cleaning methods. Dry cleaning is suitable for ceilings or walls and may be completed before wet cleaning. Wet cleaning can be carried out on painted, wooden or metal ceilings. SERVPRO has also developed specialized peroxide active cleaning methods for porous or acoustical ceilings.
Contents damaged during the fire can be professionally cleaned and restored by our team. We do this by moving items to unaffected areas of the house where there is no risk of further contamination. Using a combination of sanitizers, foams and dry scrubbing we can salvage your contents as well as areas of your structure.
The goal of our work is to mitigate the loss by removing any elements that could end up causing further damage. At SERVPRO we also look to improve indoor air quality by using foggers or air-scrubbers. Our work is carried out to ensure that your home is habitable during the restoration of more severely damaged areas.
Dealing with the damage left behind after fire is very stressful. Call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 for an emergency restoration provider that cares as much about your home as you do.
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Miramar Beach's Fire Damage Experts Discuss Restoring Structural Components
Contact SERVPRO after your home sustains any type of fire damage. Our quick response to assess and remediate will help produce great results.
SERVPRO's Technicians Help to Effectively Restore Your Home and Contents After a Fire
Whenever a fire burns a building in Miramar Beach, various types of damage take place. The heat and flames that come from a blaze take their toll and burn anything that is in their path. Smoke coming from the burn will travel throughout the house leaving behind soot residues and pungent aromas. Various items inside your home like your possessions could get affected. It is also possible that your carpets, walls, and ceilings will also get damaged.
Insurance policies usually distinguish their coverage of items inside your home placing them in either the structure or contents category. Whenever we mitigate fire damage near Miramar Beach, we separate the scope of work of damage into the two separate categories as well. From the time we complete the initial estimate, we put the damage and work required to mitigate it into its appropriate category. We also clean and restore contents and structural materials separately. In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians even move the contents out of the affected building and into a separate location for cleaning. Other times we move the contents into a clean, unaffected area of the house for cleaning and remediation work.
Our SERVPRO crew groups items into the structure category when they are a permanent part of the structure of the building. Therefore things that are permanently attached to a building's framework including walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, and attached floor coverings are all considered structure. Other items that are considered structural components include cabinets, heating and ventilation systems, and bath fixtures. If you could turn a house upside down and shake it, anything that fell out would be placed in the category of the contents, and anything that remained in the house would be put into the structure group.
Restoring a structure often takes both remodeling and cleaning procedures. Remodeling involves replacing items that got burnt or charred severely and removed. Cleaning involves restoring fire and smoke damaged items back to preloss conditions. If you ever need help restoring structural components after a fire engulfs your home, call SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746 seven days a week.
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SERVPRO Handles Smoke And Ash From Fire Damage In Miramar Beach
Fabrics and textiles can take some of the worst fire damage in a Miramar Beach home after a disaster.
SERVPRO Handles Smoke And Ash After A Fire
Fabrics and textiles can take some of the worst fire damage in a Miramar Beach home after a disaster. All types of fires, from electrical mishaps to kitchen accidents to natural disasters, produce enough smoke, ash, and other materials to mar fabric materials common in local homes severely. These contaminants cannot be removed with cleaning products and techniques available to homeowners. SERVPRO employs specialized cleaning solutions designed to eliminate smoke and ash damage without further damaging the objects.
Industrial Clothes Washing
Most articles of clothing found in the average home in Miramar Beach can be washed free of fire damage through similar albeit specialized techniques. SERVPRO owns and operates industrial washing machines designed to handle every article of clothing in your home in only one or two washes, saving time and expenses on what could otherwise be an arduous washing process. For more delicate or expensive articles, we have special treatments and close contacts with local dry cleaning contractors to make sure they receive the time and precision necessary to avoid further damage.
SERVPRO technicians are HVAC specialists that are well-acquainted with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems used in local construction. Smoke and ash can clog up these systems and potentially lead to additional problems such as long-term smoke odors and mold growth. We thoroughly check and clean out HVAC systems around your home to prevent them from becoming another source of headaches after a fire.
Walls, Floors, And Ceilings
The piling-up of smoke and ash can leave your home looking like a wreck with discoloration and grimy textures coating every surface in the area. Without the appropriate chemical treatments and cleaning supplies, these effects can become worse as water and household cleaning products press smoke particles into the material and solidify damage. Be sure to ask us before conducting any cleanup on your own; otherwise, you could inadvertently make the problem worse than it was before.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties provides fire damage cleanup and restoration services to homeowners in the area. Call us 24/7 at (850) 267-0746.
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Firefighting Efforts Leave Water Damage Behind in Santa Rosa Beach
Protect Your Castle in Santa Rosa Beach from Water Intrusion--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Extraction
SERVPRO Can Clean Up Debris and Extract Water and Quickly Dry Your Home
Fire can happen any home, including the ones located in Santa Rosa Beach. Significant damage can occur from even small fires to the interior of a home and cover different types of damage. Because of this, SERVPRO trains their employees so they know how to respond to each type of harm from smoke and fire that might exist within your property.
After a house fire, homeowners often find that their home sustains not only damage from the fire, but also water damage. Firefighters in Santa Rosa Beach may use thousands of gallons of water to extinguish each housefire they respond to, and this water remains until a qualified company extracts it from the home and restores normal moisture levels. Smaller fires that homeowners extinguish themselves can also cause this problem but on a smaller scale.
Because flooding in the traditional sense did not occur, we can skip straight to the use of hand-held extractions units that gently remove the water from your floors. These remove water and leave floors almost dry, but we need to take other measures, too. These steps include increasing the number of times that air changes inside your home and other methods.
We raise the temperature inside your property, so evaporation rates increase. Air movers do exactly that, - move air around, so the air whisks up the extra humidity and prevents it from condensing elsewhere in your home. Along the same lines, floors inundated with water require specialized care.
Other areas of your home, such as walls and even ceilings often absorb large amounts of water. Your personal belongings and household furnishings most likely absorbed quite a bit of the water, as well. The steps that increase the temperature and the airflow currents' speed take care of these issues for the most part, but special situations might exist, such as expensive paintings and other artwork, antiques, and family heirlooms that might sustain damage from excessive moisture. If such situations exist within your home and they concern you, please discuss these with us so we can give them the consideration they deserve. We want to make your home "Like it never even happened" again.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties can help your family after a fire leaves water damage inside your home. Call us at (850) 267-0746 if you live in the area near Freeport, Seagrove, or Sandestin for professionals with expert skills who can provide exactly what your home requires. We are always available to answer your questions by phone and start the process of restoring your property.
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Speedy Response Is Essential For Miramar Beach Fire Damage Resolution
Miramar Beach Condo Fire Place--Be Careful to Prevent Damage from Smoke & Ashes
SERVPRO Suggest to Immediately Request Cleanup and Restoration After a Smoke & Fire Incident
The minutes and hours after a fire are confusing and overwhelming for a homeowner in Miramar Beach. It is tempting to leave and take a few days in temporary housing before deciding what to do. Resist that understandable first reaction because waiting even a few hours to start fire damage restoration accelerates the harm. We respond round the clock to fire damage sites, and are qualified to help you with all aspects of remediation.
Soot and smoke spread rapidly through the spaces of a dwelling, even many rooms away from the fire site. The heat causes the debris created by the combustion to rise in the air. Movement of the debris can be widespread, compounded by the expansion of the super-heated air. Fire damage in your Miramar Beach home immediately begins the process of deterioration of every object, surface, and building material you own everywhere inside the house. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Cleaning-trained technicians have the skills and the experience to halt the deterioration cycle and restore your property "Like it never even happened."
The residues left by combustion of the materials in the fire area are acidic, yellowing plastics, nearby appliances, and porous materials including marble countertops within minutes. As hours go by, fiberglass, often used in bathtubs, and grout in tiled areas stain. Uncoated metals tarnish, and furnishing finishes begin to discolor. If the fire damage restoration cleanup begins quickly, SERVPRO crews both on-site and at our production facility use cleaning products and techniques precisely matched to the type of residues encountered to limit the permanent harm. Moreover, our results are outstanding especially if we are called to the site fast.
If days or weeks elapse before cleanup begins in earnest, the corrosive residues turn painted walls yellow. Clothing, carpeting, upholstery, and window coverings may stain and discolor to an extent impossible to reverse. Tarnished metals now begin to pit and rust, damaging the integrity of the objects and risking the need for and cost of replacement. Synthetic flooring can require tear out and replacement. Wooden cabinets and furniture can need refinishing. Even glass and china etch. A speedy intervention by our SERVPRO crews saves you from these progressive fire damage issues. We also work with your insurance throughout the process, saving you out of pocket costs.
Waste no time contacting SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties if you experience the misfortune of a fire in your Miramar Beach home. Our phones at (850) 267-0746 are answered 24 hours a day, awaiting an emergency like yours.
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Fire Damage from the Christmas Tree in Your Miramar Beach Home
Enjoy your tree and stay safe by taking preventative steps when caring for it. Should your home suffer a fire, contact SERVPRO right away.
Our Trained Professionals Can Quickly Remediate Damage Regardless of the Cause
Christmas trees can start a fire in your Miramar Beach home if you do not take the proper precautions. You can keep you and your family safe during the holidays by avoiding unnecessary fires. If you love real trees, they dry up very fast, so keep your tree watered. You also want to avoid overcrowding any electrical outlets and do not use any cheap or faulty extension cords. Check the lights you put on your trees as well.
Fires and fire damage are always stressful, but even more so during the holidays. If your Miramar Beach home has suffered fire damage, contact our professionals at SERVPRO right away. We can help you clean up and repair your home after a fire so that you and your family can get back to your regular lives.
When cleaning up after a fire, four elements affect how residues and soils are suspended in our cleaning products – temperature, agitation, chemical action, and time.
Heat causes molecules to move faster. The faster they move, the faster the speed of the chemical reaction between cleaning solutions and soils is. Every cleaning product has its temperature that is appropriate. Heat also reduces the tension of water-based solutions, which lets the products to penetrate surfaces and dissolve soils better.
Agitation is when the surface being cleaned is moved, or the cleaning solution is moved, or both. SERVPRO techs use agitation to free or dislodge soils. Once we break this bond, we can wash the soils away.
Cleaning solutions help us bridge the gap between the water and soil, making the process of cleaning easier. Several chemical reactions are used to get results when removing smoke residues. We use these various chemical actions to break the bond between smoke residues and the surfaces they are clinging to.
When it comes to restoration, time refers to dwell time. It is the time we need for soils to dissolve and the chemical action to work. Dwell time varies for different cleaning processes and professional products. Time requirements are based on various factors like the kind of soil, the kind of material, the method of agitation, and the temperature of the cleaning solution.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties understands the various factors that affect cleaning up fire damage so we can thoroughly clean your home the right way. When your home in Bonifay, Freeport, and Seagrove Beach has experienced a fire, contact us right away at (850) 267-0746.
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Reliable Fire Damage Options for Residents of Miramar Beach
SERVPRO technicians use ozone and thermal fogging to rid your home of the unwanted odors and chemicals left behind by fire damage.
SERVPRO Offers Professional Deodorization after Fire Damage in Your Home
There are many challenges which result from a fire damage incident that many homeowners in Miramar Beach find disturbing. For instance, during such a time the air is filled with many irritants. One of the surest ways of restoring the situation is by deodorizing. But how are you going to conduct such a technique when you do not have the right tools and the knowledge?
Residents of Miramar Beach should not worry past that point since companies like SERVPRO have trained and certified professionals in fire damage restoration. Let us begin by understanding the two kinds of deodorization - ozone and thermal fogging.
Deodorizing using ozone needs much care since it is a poisonous gas. According to OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the PEL (permissible exposure level) of ozone stands at 0.1 ppm (parts per million). Despite that, we cannot underestimate its effectiveness as a deodorant. That is why the trained personnel use protective gear such as NIOSH-approved respirators, organic vapor cartridges, chemical resistant gloves and goggles when dealing with the gas.
On the other hand, solvent-based deodorants are emitted by a fogging device when carrying out thermal fogging. With the help of heat and combustion, the deodorants are broken down into small particles. Since the deodorizing products used by this technique are highly flammable, all pilot lights in the working area are extinguished. To prevent irritation, we ensure pets and people do not get into contact with the fog.
When either of the two deodorizing techniques is performed, ventilating the treated areas is encouraged. When windows and doors are not sufficient, you will service providers such as SERVPRO setting up high-velocity fans and air movers to thoroughly turn over the air in the area. For cases where ozone was used, air should be left to circulate for about 15 – 45 minutes.
At SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties we understand that fire damage issues are emergencies which need much seriousness. Call us at (850) 267-0746 for unrivaled services.
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Mark Your October Calendar As Fire Prevention Week in the Santa Rosa Beach Area
Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017
Prevent Fire Related Tragedies with a Plan of Action
Make an annual practice of reviewing your fire preparedness during October, Fire Prevention Week. Home and business owners can do much to ready themselves, their families, and their employees to respond to fire threats. Creating a fire escape plan and maintaining fire alert and fighting equipment are practical steps everyone can take both to lower the risk of fire and to increase the success of fire mitigation efforts.
Every family and business must invest in an emergency exit blueprint, and then perform drills to ensure all who may face a blaze know what to do to vacate their Santa Rosa Beach dwelling or commercial building safely. Keep the practices lighthearted but detailed in a home setting so as not to frighten children or vulnerable family member. Teach competence in this life-saving technique, so all feel confident in their duties.
Scrutinize escape routes to determine whether you need to perform repairs or maintenance to make them safe and simple to access. Doors and windows that double as fire exits must open easily with no paint or caulk redistricting movement. Remove any screws or nails that impede movement. Install or make available nearby safety escape ladders if escaping from an upper story of a building is necessary. Practice their use.
Make a list of equipment installed or available in your home or business that helps avoid fires or extinguishes flames. Smoke alarms or detectors need new batteries yearly, so make that an October ritual. Be sure to test them monthly, as well. Hang charged fire extinguishers in high fire risk areas like kitchens, laundry rooms, and garages. Evaluate areas of your commercial buildings to determine the best locations for extinguishers and then supply and maintain them.
Schedule an annual meeting with your insurance agent to familiarize yourself with your fire damage coverage, making adaptations as necessary to increase your comfort level. Maintain a running inventory of your personal belongings, important papers, pictures, and heirlooms to enable clear and supported claims in the event of a fire. Businesses should also document their intellectual and physical property to streamline the fire coverage claims process. October is the perfect time to make sure you are on track with this routine.
SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is your community partner should fire damage your home or commercial properties. Call for reliable and professional restoration services at (850) 267-0746 day or night.
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Preventing Electrical Fires in Your Santa Rosa Beach Home
Overloaded outlets and power strips can potentially start a fire. Keep an eye out for bad wiring or overloading. If you have a fire, call SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Deal with Many Different Kinds of Fire Damage Scenarios
Thousands of electrical fires are reported each year in the United States. Electrical fires in homes result in a larger dollar loss per fire than fires that are not electrical. Most of these fires could have been prevented by taking some preventative steps that everyone can do.
In older homes, the key to avoiding fire damage from electrical fires is to have an experienced electrician inspect your wiring. It is not meant to last forever, so if your Santa Rosa Beach home is over a century old, it is overdue for rewiring. If your older home has experienced an electrical fire, you want to contact us at SERVPRO right away once the fire is out. We work fast so that additional damages from soot and smoke are minimized.
One of the main causes for these kinds of fires is faulty wiring. If you see any wiring which is tattered, worn out, or frayed, replace it. Cords which are in poor condition can cause sparks or overheat and start a fire.
Another common cause is overloading, which occurs when you have too many appliances plugged into the same outlet, power strip, or extension cord. It is recommended to purchase power strips which have internal overload protection.
Keep flammable materials away from any electric appliances. Portable space heaters are quite dangerous but don’t forget about hair dryers, irons, or even lamps. Any appliance can trigger a fire if it encounters flammable material including towels, blankets, and rugs. Do not hide cables under carpets and rugs.
Unless it is a matter of simply replacing a cord, fixing faulty wiring and shorts needs the expertise of an electrician. Flickering lamps, breakers that always trip, plugs which spark when you plug something in, and buzzing outlets can all cause sparks and fires.
When the worst does happen, SERVPRO is standing by to help you clean up the mess and make repairs to your home and possessions. We treat every customer as an individual as well and walk you through the remediation process, so you are comfortable with what is going on.
When you trust in SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties, you can rest easy knowing we take care of your home for you. We can even speak with the insurance company to take that stress off you so you can focus on you and your family when you call us at (850) 267-0746.
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Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Rosa Beach
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Santa Rosa Beach Residents Rely Upon SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration
We are available for you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to repair the fire damage in your Santa Rosa Beach home. The first forty-eight hours after a fire are vital. Soot or water that lingers can cause secondary damage if it is not addressed right away by professionals. Whether your emergency happens on a Sunday afternoon or a Tuesday at midnight, SERVPRO is ready to answer your call.
The process of fire damage restoration in Santa Rosa Beach starts with an inspection of your property to figure out the extent of the damage. We then make sure we go over things with you, so you understand the work that we are going to do. We show you the items which need to be restored and go over things that may be unsalvageable.
When necessary, we pack up your belongings like shoes, clothing, linens, and rugs and send them to the dry cleaners or to our facilities for cleaning. Your valuable items secured, and we remove any decorative items plus other loose contents from your home. The items removed are carefully documented, then packed and taken to our facility for cleaning by our specialists if needed. If the damage is minimal, the items can be cleaned on-site.
Pre-cleaning with a vacuum and dry brush is done for fire damaged articles to pick up any surface dirt or ash. Then, wet cleaning of floors, carpets, and walls can start. We also perform smoke damage clean up and cleaning of the structure.
SERVPRO technicians use equipment to get rid of biological and chemical pollutants and neutralize smoke odors. Industrial grade equipment like ozone generators, thermal foggers, and hydroxyl generators are used to do this. Air scrubbers can be used to remove grease, particles, and gasses from the surrounding air.
Many times, you are dealing with water damage as well from the fire department’s efforts. Our technicians also extract the excess water, measure how much moisture is in the air, and apply the right dehumidification procedures, so you do not have secondary damage from water. If your crawl space or attic has been affected, we can clean those as well.
Fires and fire damage put your life on hold, but SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties is always ready to help you and guide you through the restoration process. We can be reached at (850) 267-0746 any time you need, so do not hesitate to call us when an emergency comes up.
Fire Damage To Your Santa Rosa Beach Property
Residues cover personal property and structural components which destroy both just like flames and heat if not quickly cleaned from the surfaces.
The effects of a home fire are not usually charred wood and roofless houses. Most of it comes from the smoke and soot that result from the slow-burning materials. These residues cover personal property and structural components which destroy both just like flames and heat if not quickly cleaned from the surfaces.
Structural components are those items attached to a home. Cleaning them requires knowing about the type of surfaces on the cabinets, drapery rods and hardware, and lighting fixtures for example. SERVPRO has decades of experience in Santa Rosa Beach when it comes to restoring components and other property affected by fire damage.
Cabinets need a thorough inspection before cleaning. Our technicians identify pre-existing damage and determine the material both inside and out. Exteriors have paint or some veneer that require either a particular cleaning solution or just water for removing smoke and soot residues. Before the first chemical is applied, technicians remove all hardware (i.e. knobs and hinges) to reach every inch of surface possible.
Interiors in most cabinets are usually unfinished wood and therefore easier to clean. There is less damage from soot if the cabinets were closed, so to protect them from smoke residues, our personnel use denatured alcohol to block smoke from setting into the wood pores. The alcohol help prevents not just visible damage but eliminates odors as well.
Before we start cleaning drapery rods and brackets, we make certain they are still firmly mounted to the wall. If we do have to take them down, (due to damaged drywall for example) technicians take pictures to make certain they can be returned to their original positions. Most rods, brackets and other hardware can be easily wet cleaned with a simple detergent. Once they have finished cleaning, technicians lubricate moving pieces with a silicone spray where needed.
Lighting fixtures can be cleaned as part of the ceiling restoration. Technicians attempt to leave them in place but remove some styles such as chandeliers to prevent physical damage while cleaning. If residues remain on the surfaces for only a short time, most fixtures can be cleaned with spray bottles, mild detergents, and soft cloths.
Personal property damaged by smoke and soot is removed and cleaned using an extensive inventory of tools and cleaners. Structural components usually have to be cleaned in place with fewer options available. To ensure this is accomplished in a professional manner, contact us here at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington for a free inspection. Call today at (850) 267-0746. We are here to help.
Fire Damage in Your Inlet Beach Home can Start with Even a Single Candle
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Your Inlet Beach Residential House Can Start a Fire with A Single Candle
Candles are often used in the wintertime to signify many different things in our lives. Many times, these are placed in a window. As windows are typically framed with curtains, this can pose a fire hazard. Young children or pets left unsupervised in a room, even for a short period, can accidentally start a fire by causing the curtain to come into contact with the candle's flame. As fire travels upward, the entire curtain can be lit ablaze very quickly.
Relatives visiting in may never expect to be the cause of your Inlet Beach home's fire damage, but it happens all too often. While children are often a joy, they are also a great responsibility and while visiting relatives that are rarely seen in person, the excitement of the occasion can cause even the most dedicated adults to lapse in their usual supervisory skills. This can lead to disasters that can damage the interior of your home.
Because of this, SERVPRO is ready, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and prepared with the skills, technical knowledge, and the right equipment for every job, so we can restore your home to the state it should be in. Scorched areas of the wall around the window affected by the fire can be repaired and repainted so that the fire soon becomes a distant memory. Curtains, of course, will need to be replaced, but the window frame can be cleaned of smoke, soot, and anything that has melted onto it. Windows can be scrubbed clean of wax and melted curtain fabric. While we may not be able to restore your visit with your friends and relatives, we can help ensure that future visits aren't affected by the current situation.
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If your home has had a small fire that has caused localized damage, remember that no job is too small for SERVPRO. Call us, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington at (850) 267-0746 for all of your fire damage restoration needs anytime.
SERVPRO Fire Damage Crestview
Call the experts at SERVPRO for any commercial or residential fire damage.
When a fire happens, the first thing homeowners want to do is return their home to normal. The last thing they want to do is deal with the paperwork. That's understandable when one of the worst things that can happen to your home actually does, it's a nightmare came true.
As a Crestview homeowner, fire damage isn't just a job to you, and we at SERVPRO feel the same way. This is perhaps the most stressful thing to happen to you as a homeowner, and we will be with you from the first examination to when we put the keys back in your hand. We have six key steps to make sure it happens.
1) We make sure YOU are satisfied - Our inspectors and technicians will explain the restoration process to you and answer every question.
2) Minimize and further loss - Our teams are highly skilled and trained to prevent secondary property loss from smoke or soot damage and as we move your property out of the damaged areas and then back in once the work is completed.
3) Identify what can be restored - We will test every item that may have been exposed to determine if it can be cleaned, does not require cleaning or could be questionable and depends on your decision. We will also be honest with you about what is no longer useful and needs to be replaced.
4) Save you and your insurance adjuster time - We will help you work with your adjuster to process everything as quickly as possible. Our initial testing and inspections provide the adjuster with the information they need to get your fire insurance case started.
5) Report the scope of loss - Our work reports to the both of you keep the paperwork moving as we restore your home and property. They also help the adjuster review our services and prioritize the work schedule to reduce costs. Once we're done, we will provide a final report that will help the adjuster process all final paperwork.
6) Produce quality restoration - In the end, even if the insurance adjuster is happy with our work, we've failed if you aren't happy. This last step is what customer service is all about for us.
We don't just come in, drag out your possessions, throw on a coat of paint and then hand you a bill. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington is here to help our neighbors through every step of the fire restoration process. If you need us, call us today at (850) 267-0746 to get started.
Fire damage and Getting things Back together as Quickly as Possible
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Getting things Back together as Quickly as Possible After Fire Damage
It’s not uncommon for people to leave their home in a hurry to get to work, school, and other activities when they are running late. In fact, some families do it all the time. While there is nothing wrong with this practice, it may eventually leave the family open to an unwanted surprise. Specifically, in the cases where a family member leaves the iron on and it begins to burn their clothing, or they may leave food on the stove cooking for extended periods of time. Regardless of the situation or the circumstances, these are easy recipes for the family coming back to a fire-damaged home.
Even though no one would like for this scenario to happen to them, there are many reasons for being the victim of a Miramar Beach fire. So, for those of you who are interested in what to do when the ultimate tragedy does occur, here’s some valuable recommendations that can be used to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.
Contact Your Home Insurance Provider to Report the Incident Immediately
Most people invest in a home insurance policy that covers the home in case there is a fire. In many cases, mortgage companies require this kind of insurance and it mandatory for home ownership so there is a good chance that the owner has a good policy that they can depend on during these times. So, SERVPRO suggests contacting the insurance company right away to get the ball rolling in some different areas. For instance, if the fire damage is extensive, the home may not be livable for quite some time. Meaning the family will need a place to stay until the damage is repaired. The insurance company’s representative can assist with getting the appropriate alternative housing as soon as they receive the call.
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In addition to contacting the insurance provider for assistance with filing a claim, the owner of the home will also be tasked with getting help with cleaning up the fire damage so that the family can occupy the home again. Because we provide a wide variety of different fire damage recovery services, we can help you and your family with the essential things that you will need on the day of the fire as well as after. For example, once the firefighter extinguishes the fire and leaves the scene, the real work will begin, and we can assist you with this part of the process. One of the essential duties and responsibilities is securing the home before the family leaves the property. This is typically done by boarding up windows and doors so that intruders cannot enter in and vandalize the property.
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Getting things together after a fire can be a devastating experience for everyone involved. So, it is important to solicit the right help as quickly as possible to begin the restoration process. To get the help you need, call our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington representatives at 1-850-267-0746, so that we can customize recovery plans to fit your immediate needs.
Fire Damage & Space Heaters
Don't Let a Blue Mountain Beach Space Heater Cause Fire Damage
SERVPRO Provides Tips to Help Prevent Fire Damage Caused by Temporary Heating
When the weather is starting to cool off, you may get the urge to pull out your space heater. These heaters are useful for the amount of warmth they can put off without driving up your electric bill too much. However, if not used following manufacturers' directions, they can be very dangerous. Please educate your family or employees on how to use space heaters correctly because, in recent years, space heaters have been involved in an estimated 57,100 home structure fires.
Here are some tips for preventing Blue Mountain Beach fire damage to your home or condo using space heaters:
1. Place the heater on a hard, level surface, never place on a carpet or mattress.
2. Turn it off when you leave the house.
3. Keep it at least three ft from nearest object, more for drapes, curtains, or fabrics.
4. Avoid using extension cords; overloading may cause an electrical fire in the wall or the wire.
5. Place the space heater where small children or pets will not topple it.
6. Limit the use of these heaters if a brown-out occurs in your home.
Always handle with care and only when a space heater is cold. Never transport or move while it is still hot. If a fire occurs, remain calm and be careful of an electrical shock. Remember that SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington is only a phone call away if you have a problem with water, mold, or fire damage to your property. Our goal is always to restore your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened." (850) 267-0746
Tips for Fire Prevention
SERVPRO Says Prevention to Fire Damage in Santa Rosa Beach Can Be a Life Saver
SERVPRO Offers Suggestions to Prevent Fire Damage to Your Home
United States fire departments responded to about 1,240,000 fires in the year 2013, causing an estimated $11.5 billion in property damage. In 2014, there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,275 civilian deaths, 15,775 civilian injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage. There are preventative measures you can implement in your home or business to keep from being one of these statistics.
Prevent fire damage in Santa Rosa Beach by following the following advice:
1. Install smoke alarms in hallways, on every level of your building and inside all bedrooms
2. Test smoke alarms once a month, if the batteries don’t work change them.
3. Replace your lithium-powered, or “life-long”, batteries every ten years or less.
4. Plan and Practice Family Fire Drills
5. Keep a UL 711A fire extinguisher in your kitchen--the number one culprit for fires. Never leave open flames unattended.
6. Do not overload electrical circuits or wiring.
7. Store flammable products and chemicals in a safe, well-ventilated area. Preferably in a shed, not in the main house.
Sometimes, though, accidents happen. Even when you do everything right and following common sense procedures. Damage caused by the fire is devastating for your family and your home or office. The loss of personal possessions, photos, and heirlooms may be irreplaceable. It is a stressful and confusing time if it was a significant fire damaging event, so you’ll need caring experts to guide you through the crisis. The American Red Cross is an excellent source for providing food, shelter, and comfort. Immediately get in contact with your insurance company to send out an adjuster to evaluate the damage and the fire damage restoration process. Call SERVPRO to meet with, and work with, your insurance representative, to help you with the claims process and coordinate the work.
When in need of water, mold, or fire damaging restoration, you can trust your local SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington to promptly set your mind at ease. Call us at (850) 267-0746.
Limiting Fire Damage
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Although kitchen fires generally begin on the stove, the damages can affect the entire kitchen including, the walls, ceiling, air ducts and appilances. The following steps can help prevent further damage:
- Limit movement to prevent further damage.
- Place clean towels or old lines on carpet traffic areas to prevent additional soiling.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and frigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with a light coating of petroleum jelly.
SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Holmes Couty professionals are trained in the cleanup and care of our customers' homes and personal belongings following a fire incident. Before trying to attempt cleaning up the fire damage yourselves contact SERVPRO of N.Okaloosa, Walton, Washington and Holmes Couty 850-863-2552