Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire and Soot Cleaning Projects

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Soot Cleaning Projects This photo shows "soot bunnies" - which are the soot particles that join together and appear to be cobwebs, but are not.

Fire and Soot cleaning jobs can be very emotional for our customers.  The trauma from the actual fire and the overwhelming task to clean the structure and affected contents often proves to be too much for a homeowner or business owner to perform the cleaning and deodorization work themselves.

Our first course of action is to meet with the homeowner or business owner to establish their concerns and schedule the work to begin as soon as possible.  The quicker the homeowner sees progress the sooner they feel at ease.  We want to address all aspects of the fire loss: the visual soot that is to be cleaned, the odor resulting in the fire and the emotional part affecting the customer.  We want to make sure our customer's know that we will treat their items as if they were our own possessions.  We take our time so that we can be as thorough and successful as possible.  Our goal in fire and soot cleaning jobs is to make the customer feel whole again after such a tragic life event.  We try to make a bad situation as pleasant as possible.

We take our time and do not rush to complete the job.  Our crews take pride in their work.

SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline will make it "Like it never even happened."

Equipment - Air Scrubbers

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Equipment  - Air Scrubbers This photo shows 1 type of air scrubber we use. Air scrubbers help remove gasses, particles and/or odors from a given area.

Do you ever wonder why Restoration Professionals use air scrubbers or negative air machines on a fire clean-up job? 

These devices are utilized to clean the air from the odors and toxic gases that are left over after the fire has been extinguished.  This creates a safe working environment for the work crews and also can prevent spreading damage to other structural building materials and to help limit contents from absorbing the odors. 

This is achieved by changing over the air in the damaged structure at a minimum of three times per hour.  We accomplish this by setting up the machines under positive air flow or negative air flow.  Which type of air flow needed is determined by the severity of the fire.  This ultimately helps  our cleaning crews reduce or eliminate smoke or soot residue, ash particles and residues which are present after a fire. 

If you have questions or need help with any deodorization, please call SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline at (804)730-6788!

Candle Burning

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candle Burning Remember to maintain a small wick and limit your candle burning to reduce soot in your home.

Did you know that burning all those candles do more than set the mood and/or scent the air with fragrance?  Burning candles can cause soot throughout a home.  Soot is a powdery black substance composed primarily of small carbon particles, and is the natural byproduct of incomplete combustion.  There have been studies that 100% soy or beeswax candles are somewhat cleaner burning, but a lot of candles are are made with Paraffin Wax and/or blend of different types of waxes.    

The soot from burning candles often accumulate and cling to walls, ceilings, furniture, contents and even carpet.  In more extreme cases, candles burning by an HVAC return can have soot distributed throughout the home via its HVAC system.

Soot cleaning a home is very labor intensive and therefore soot damage can be a costly expense.  At SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland and Caroline, we utilize Specialty Dry Cleaning Sponges to remove soot from walls, ceilings, appliances, furniture and contents.  After cleaning, we recommend the painted surfaces be primed and/or sealed and then painted.  Please note, if a thorough cleaning is not completed prior to painting, staining can appear after a period of time through the paint.  Upholstered furniture and textiles need to be cleaned and sometimes the staining from the soot does not come out.

What can you do to avoid this?  Occasional burning of candles is fine, just remember these factors:  Buy quality well-made candles; Keep the wick trimmed down to ¼ inch, if you see black smoke coming from the candle, it is often a sign that the wick is too long; Candles should really be burned in a well ventilated area, however you do want to keep the burning candle away from drafty areas (the flame should not be flickering or dancing around); Use jar toppers/cappers for large jar candles and for other candles, use a glass vase or hurricane.

If you have questions or concerns about the result of burning candles in your home, call SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline today!

Fire Safety

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Be safe this holiday season.

With the holidays in full swing, it is important to be aware of your surrounds and keeping an eye out on candles, gas logs, cooking elements and overloaded outlets.

Many of us get into the spirit of the holidays and install lights on our trees, windows, lights outside or even inflatable decorations.  All of these extra decorations require an outlet.  It is important to distribute the outlet usage and not plug too many items in one.

We also like to burn candles, especially when we are entertaining.  Make sure you never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc. Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets. Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning.

Lastly, don't forget to keep a fire extinguisher in your house and close by for quick response. 

To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline want you to be prepared and know the importance of fire safety!  If something happens and your need our help, we are a phone call away.

Candle Safety

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candle Safety Blow out candles when you leave the room. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.

Candles may look and smell pretty, but they can be a cause of a home fire.  Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.

* December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.

* Roughly one-third of home candle fires start in a bedroom.

* More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle. For example: drapes/curtains.

Candles and Kids:
* Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.
* Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children's reach.

Candles are pretty and smell good, but think about using flame-less candles, they look and smell like the real thing!

Be safe!

If something should happen, please don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline at (804)730-6788 for assistance. We will make it "Like it never even happened."!