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When an Unattended Candle Causes Your Epping Bedroom to Burst in Flames

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When an Unattended Candle Causes Your Epping Bedroom to Burst in Flames Candles are beautiful to view, but left unattended, can cause a fire. SERVPRO is ready to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Leaving an Unattended Candle Lit Can Leave Your Epping Home in Need of Fire Damage Removal Services

Even something as small as a candle has the power to cause a fire in your home and leave you in need of professional fire damage removal services. Leaving a candle unattended in any part of your home is never a wise idea. It may have seemed like the candle was far enough away from a curtain, or other flammable materials. However, fire can jump further than you'd expect from one surface to another. It is always better to be vigilant when it comes to fire hazards.  

Unfortunately, an unattended candle inside of your bedroom has left your Epping home in need of fire damage removal services. The candle caught nearby cosmetic materials on fire, leaving a bubbling mess of plastics and makeup as it spread along the surface of your dresser. From there, the fire jumped to the curtain next to the dresser and then began to burn it up as well. By the time you put out the flames with your home fire extinguisher, soot and ash had already spread throughout your bedroom. In these events, it is fortunate that professional help is close by to call upon for help.  

When you contact SERVPRO, we always make it a top priority to arrive at your home as quickly as we possibly can. When it comes to fire damage, our employees understand how time-sensitive the situation can be — the longer that soot can sit on the walls, your dresser, and bed-covers, the more of a chance it has to cause discoloration to those materials. Not to mention, it is easier to remove the melted plastics while they're still pliable rather than when they are completely cooled.  

Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians can remove the smoke-damaged bedspread to be washed thoroughly in a solution that can help remove the stains and smell. From there, SERVPRO can throw away the remains of the burnt up curtains and then focus on removing the soot stains from your wooden dresser and bed frame using either a chemical or lubricative cleaning solution. Both solutions are designed to remove the grime, but chemical solutions try to break it down on a structural level while lubricative ones try to lift the grime from the surface to which it has adhered. Once the area is clean, SERVPRO can finish off the job by using a hydroxyl generator to help combat the foul smell.  

Should an accidental fire break out in your home, never hesitate to get help as soon as you can. Speak with a representative of SERVPRO of Durham by phoning (603) 868-3343. No matter the time, we're always available to assist you. Want to know what is happening in Epping? 

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What a Stink After a Fire! Durham Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Help

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What a Stink After a Fire! Durham Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Help Smelly Smoke After a Fire in Your Durham Kitchen? SERVPRO Restores Great Indoor Air Quality

Lingering Odors in Your Durham Property Should Worry You after a Fire Loss

Fire damage incidents can be very destructive and in the process cause a significant financial setback for any homeowner. Whether the cause of the fire was a faulty heater, gas leakage, candle, short-circuiting or any other cause, such incidents are always associated with the surprise factor. Smoke odors are part of the challenges that residents of Durham struggle with when such incidents happen. We identify sources of such odors and neutralize them using appropriate deodorization methods.
 
We never assume things during fire damage restoration even when we are dealing with a small section of your smoke filled Durham property. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that soot and smoke can move to other areas within the building and stick to surfaces. If that happens, lingering smells remain in the building even weeks after the event. Ozone neutralization and thermal fogging are two main deodorization procedures we use to address the odor problem.
 
In thermal fogging, a deodorant is fed into a fogging device which thermally breaks down the product into small particles. We then direct the dispensed deodorants to the target area. Our SERVPRO team uses appropriate respirators when using this technique, and it is necessary to put up signs showing Thermal Fogging is in progress. The thermal fog appears like smoke, so, it is our responsibility to alert the local authorities to avoid cases of false alarm. It is necessary for unprotected people, and pets stay away from the site, and we make sure all pilot lights such as furnaces, water heaters, and gas ranges are off.
 
We use ozone generators to produce the ozone gas that we use for deodorization. Our SERVPRO technicians use this technique when addressing odors in unoccupied areas. We also place signs to alert people that this procedure is in progress and abide by the OSHA exposure levels when using this gas. Our team also ventilates the area at the end of the process before reentry. Hydroxyl generators are another option for chemically altering the malodorous compounds, thus rendering them odorless.
 
SERVPRO of Durham uses several deodorization techniques to neutralize toxic odors after a fire damage incident. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is in your home or business, call us at (603) 868-3343 when you need proven emergency services.

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What To Do After Fire Damage Strikes In Durham

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After Fire Damage Strikes In Durham After a fire, our priority is getting your home back to its best, "Like it never even happened."

What To Do After A Fire

Damages to your home and contents can be debilitating. Not only are our homes where we feel the safest, but they also house our most cherished memories and possessions. Fires of any size or scale can be challenging to cope with by yourself. When it comes to rebuilding, it can be a struggle knowing where to begin. Thankfully, professional restoration services are available to help you get back on your feet after any size disaster.

Properties that suffer from fire damage in Durham can benefit from a fast call-out, assessment, and restoration process. After the flames are extinguished, secondary water damage can become an issue. At SERVPRO, we have built our reputation on providing an active response network for our communities all over the US.

Calling our emergency line is the first step toward getting your home back on track. We can send a trained fire technician to your property within four hours of notification of loss. On arrival, we can carry out a visual inspection and pre-test your furnishings to help us decide on the best course of action.

In larger-scale fires where emergency services have been called in, we can use truck mounted extraction units to remove any excess water. Following this procedure allows us to begin mitigating loss as quickly as possible. Industrial grade wet/ dry vacuums can be used to remove any trace elements of moisture as well as removing surface layers of soot and smoke residues.

Smoke travels upwards, moving toward air pockets near ceilings and leaving behind smoke traces when it comes into contact with your surfaces. SERVPRO technicians are experts at tracing smoke, using wet cleaning methods to restore your ceilings, walls, and carpets. Once satisfied that the source has been restored as well as any areas smoke may have traveled to, we can begin work to return your home to a habitable condition.

Smoke odor can often linger long after soot and smoke have been removed, providing an unpleasant reminder of fire. We can use a combination of chemical odor removers, foggers and, in extreme cases, ozone generators to remove odors for good. At the conclusion of service, a SERVPRO technician can conduct a walkthrough to point out areas where work has been carried out.

After a fire, our priority is getting your home back to its best, "Like it never even happened." Contact SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 to book a service now.

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We Provide Fast Fire Damage Restoration In Durham

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Provide Fast Fire Damage Restoration In Durham Fires in the home can be a frightening experience for families.

Fast Fire Damage Restoration

Fires in the home can be a frightening experience for families. Acting fast and calling professionals is the best way to protect your property. We arrive within hours after you contact us and come prepared to restore your home. Our quick response time can minimize structural damage and may save many of your household items.

We highly train our SERVPRO technicians in Durham in fire damage cleanup and restoration. The fire team quickly extinguished the fire, which minimized the damage to your home, but a large amount of water was needed to complete the job. Typically, migration is part of fire restoration. Depending on the amount of water, our crew may use pumps, vacuums or extractors during the water removal phase. Also, our techs dry the structure after extracting water. The team may use fans, air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the affected areas thoroughly.

Soot, dirt and smoke residue covers the walls, floors, and ceiling. We advise against washing or wiping residues from the structure. Our expert fire damage team can perform a thorough inspection to evaluate the level of damage. We can perform minor repairs like taping to protect the property or boarding a broken window. For any additional structural repairs, we suggest homeowners contact a general contractor.

Our certified SERVPRO crew may use industrial air scrubbers, fans and fogging equipment to remove strong smoke odors. Plus, they can apply professional grade cleaning products to remove soot, dirt and fire residues from the ceiling, walls, and floors. We clean salvageable items in the home with our powerful odor removal products that neutralize and remove smoke odors. Our technicians discard burned items such as boxes, furniture, and clothing. The items that the crew saves are cleaned and sanitized and kept safe until the crew restores the structure.

When possible, you can trust our skilled SERVPRO of Durham fire damage techs to restore your home to its preloss condition. We work fast and aim to make homeowners feel “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (603) 868-3343.

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Old Kitchen Outlets Can Cause a Small Electrical Fire in Your Durham Home

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Old Kitchen Outlets Can Cause a Small Electrical Fire in Your Durham Home When facing an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO for remediation and prevention efforts.

SERVPRO Starts the Remediation Process Quickly After a Fire for Best Results

Outdated outlets, wiring, and appliances can cause a blaze in your home and then leave fire damage behind. When it comes to the safety of your home, it is always best to check the plugs of your old appliances for damage or potential fire hazards. While harder to detect, it is also possible for outdated and faulty outlets in old homes to cause electrical fires. However, despite caution accidents can still occur. It is important to know that when these accidents happen, help is nearby.
 
While you may be tempted to wait and think about your options after your Durham home suffers fire damage, it is never a good idea to hesitate. Soot adheres to surfaces with the help of the heat from fire; the longer it stays in contact with whatever it is attached to, the more damage it can do. Soot can discolor your wooden cabinets and expensive countertops. Ashes can get inside of your vents and stove. Leaving the damage alone for too long can result in the loss of your belongings. It is best to get professionals into your home quickly so they can inspect the damage and get the remediation process going.
 
SERVPRO can use advanced technology to handle the soot, ashes, and odor left behind by the blaze. We can sand down the smoke off of your wooden cabinets and, afterward, they can be refinished to restore them to their pre-fire condition. Our SERVPRO techs can employ the use of thermal foggers to address the odor that clings to your kitchen. Thermal foggers trap the particles in that air that cause the odor and neutralize them. Lastly, SERVPRO can make sure to clean any ash from the vents in your kitchen.
 
Do not delay when you have a small fire in your home. Dial (603) 868-3343 to contact SERVPRO of Durham. No matter what time, we can take your call.

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Key Areas That Need to be Deodorized After Fire Damage to Your Kingston Home

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Key Areas That Need to be Deodorized After Fire Damage to Your Kingston Home Fire damage in your attic needs thorough remediation and restoration efforts. SERVPRO technicians can provide those services. Call today.

SERVPRO Technicians are Equipped With Tools Which Offer Complete Remediation Services to Homeowners


Apart from the carnage due to heat and flames, a fire also brings with it another huge problem- the odor. The smell of burning material can linger on in your home long after the fire has been contained. There are a few areas of your home that are more susceptible to accumulation of odors after a fire than others.

SERVPRO Professionals can pay particular attention to these areas and use some of the latest technology to combat odors after fire damage to your Kingston home. Here are some of the areas that can need more attention.

Confined areas
Confined spaces are magnets for odors after a fire incident. The smoke can fill these areas and saturate them with the smoke causing particles. If the area is heavily contaminated, SERVPRO technicians can use ULV foggers or an ozone machine to combat the odor.

Attics
Attics are uniquely challenging for the process of odor elimination after a fire incident. It is often needed to remove the contents to locate the source of the odor. There are two materials in the attic that are most severely affected by the odor-causing particles- the insulation and the rafters.

The material used in insulation is very porous, and the odor particles can penetrate deeper into it. The situation can get worse if there is a high air pressure within the attic. Ventilation and spraying deodorant with ULV fogger are perhaps the best options for eliminating such odors.

If the fire is particularly intense, the structural material including the rafters can be covered in smoke and soot. The odor elimination process in such situation starts by scrubbing the residue from the surfaces and spraying with a strong deodorant.

Another place where odor molecules can accumulate is the inside of an automobile. If your car is trapped in the garage on fire, the smoke and soot residue can penetrate the upholstery of the vehicle and can cause them to reek with burnt odor.

Call SERVPRO of Durham today at (603) 868-3343 to talk to one of our odor elimination experts.
 
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Fire Damage from the Bathroom Exhaust Fan in Your Durham Home

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from the Bathroom Exhaust Fan in Your Durham Home SERVPRO Says to Keep Bathroom Vents in Durham Free of Lint to Help Prevent Fire and Smoke Damage

Smoke & Fire Cleanup After Electrical Fires are Common

Your exhaust fan in your Durham bathroom is excellent at preventing damp walls, steamed up mirrors, and fogged windows. They are also good at removing odors. However, they also pose a fire risk. Over time, these fans build up lint which insulates the motor and causing heat buildup. The lint provides a fuel source that is easy to ignite. To prevent a fire from occurring to your exhaust fan, it should be cleaned and inspected on a regular basis.
 
When your exhaust fan has gone overlooked and catches fire, you are left to deal with the fire damage and the cleanup. Your Durham home is far from what it used to look like, which can be very daunting and overwhelming. At SERVPRO, we are always standing by to help you after such a disaster. We can clean up the damage efficiently and quickly so your home can go back to its preloss condition.
 
When cleaning up after a fire, we can vary the aggressiveness of cleaning by controlling our application of the cleaning product. Some materials can suffer damage if exposed to heavy product concentrations. By using different techniques, we control how much product is applied.
 
Some surfaces or materials in your bathroom could be too fragile to withstand aggressive agitation or a direct application of solvent-based or water-based cleaning products. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs can clean them safely by absorbing residues from the material instead.
 
To do this, we use absorbent powders. Residues and soils absorb into the powdered and are vacuumed or extracted from the surface along with the powder. Absorbent powders can be effective at removing soils from porous surfaces such as marble, draperies, and fabrics. They are sometimes used along with solvents or other cleaning agents. Soils are treated first with the cleaning agent or solvent; then absorbent powers are put on the treated area. When it is dry, we vacuum the surface. Sometimes, solvents can be mixed with the absorbent powders to make a paste, which is applied and then left to dry before it is vacuumed off.
 
SERVPRO of Durham recognizes different surfaces in your bathroom in your home in Kingston, Newfields, or Epping. We are careful to use the correct cleaning techniques so as not to damage anything further, so you can feel confident in giving us a call at (603) 868-3343 for help cleaning up.

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What SERVPRO Does During Restorations For Fire Damage In Kingston

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What SERVPRO Does During Restorations For Fire Damage In Kingston The final stage in most SERVPRO fire damage jobs in Kingston is the restoration process.

Fire Damage Restoration

The final stage in most SERVPRO fire damage jobs in Kingston is the restoration process - when we send our best teams to conduct repairs, remodels, and refinishes around your home to restore it to the same quality it was in before the disaster ever happened. This, however, is often one of the longest and most cost-heavy parts of the process, especially for larger fires that cause more damage. Here is a short outline of some of our more common restorations after a fire.

Rebuilds
Many cases of fire damage in Kingston cause structural damage significant enough to warrant a partial or full rebuild of the area. This means that structural components such as walls, ceilings, floors, and supports are removed and rebuilt with fresh materials. We are fully certified to conduct such repairs, and our technicians have years of experience and training under their belts in this capacity. No matter how severe the damage may be, we can return your home to a state of normalcy quickly and efficiently.

Repainting
Even light fire damage often warrants some amount of repainting. We stock a vast selection of different paint types and colors to match your home's needs perfectly. We also offer unique mold-resistant paint options to help safeguard your home against future threats of mold damage.

Installation Of Carpet And Finishing
Once the base materials of the walls and floors have been renovated or examined, they may still need refinishing or recarpeting to be fully brought back to operation. We do everything in an efficient, fiscally sound fashion and aim to restore existing materials rather than replace them at any opportunity. We can handle many expert refinishing tasks, but may also call on trusted third-party specialists to care for specific materials and situations.

SERVPRO of Durham is a local provider of fire damage restorations, repairs, and rebuilds that are ready for your call 24/7 in the wake of a disaster. Contact us at (603) 868-3343.

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Your Role in Recovering From Fire Damage in Newmarket

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Role in Recovering From Fire Damage in Newmarket Soot and smoke damages require the correct cleaners to remediate. Contact SERVPRO after a fire and our technicians will clean your damaged items.

Team SERVPRO Puts Together a Fire Damage Remediation Plan Upon Arrival to Your Home

Homeowners facing fire damage risk the further destruction of their Newmarket dwelling’s structure and interiors by attempting clean up on their own. The chemical composition of the soot, smoke, and other debris spread by a fire requires the use of precise techniques and products to restore surfaces and belongings efficiently and safely. Partner with us for the best possible post-fire outcome.
 
Unique cleaning issues that even professional housekeeping companies in the area are not equipped to abate follow fire damage in Newmarket. Specialized training completed by our technicians provides the support needed to prioritize the tasks and to choose the tools and method that lead to the most successful result. We also work with you to identify jobs you can take on to ensure a quicker resolution.
 
The first and most critical responsibility you have as a homeowner is an immediate call to engage SERVPRO’s services. Fire debris is exceptionally corrosive, damaging the structure and contents of your home within minutes. Charring is but one of the concerns. The compounds created when wood and synthetic building materials ignite float unimpeded throughout your home, discoloring and etching plastic, glass, fabrics, paper, painted and varnished surfaces, and metal. The first effects occur within minutes, and permanent damage is observable during the first hours.
 
To prepare for the SERVPRO crews, make pathways across carpeting and cover upholstery with clean sheets or drop cloths. If power is unavailable, you should empty the freezer and the refrigerator and prop doors open. Try not to move around the house to minimize further spread of soot or ash. Turn off the HVAC system and change filters. Blocking vents with cloth can prevent soot from entering the ductwork where it could circulate into other areas.
 
Our well-coordinated crews spread throughout your house following the soot and smoke, many hands making much quicker work of the cleanup than could be completed by a homeowner in the same time. Light, ashy soot vacuums up well, and dry sponges clean other items coated with dry residue. Wetter soot may need a spray and wipe technique, and detailed articles clean up via immersion if waterproof or washable. Fabrics like carpeting and window treatments require professional cleaning, some on site and others at dry cleaning establishments. SERVPRO workers match cleaners and solvents to the type of residue and add abrasives if the coating is particularly tough to remove. At every step, we are in conversations with your insurance carrier to provide evidence for your loss and limit your liability.
 
Under the direction of SERVPRO managers, you may take over some of the cleaning tasks. Knick-knacks, dishes, laundry (after a tutorial), and other smaller items are manageable by homeowners. Removal and disposal of damaged food items and various other tasks may be completed safely by you in consultation with us.
 
Speed and training in specialized techniques are crucial when responding to fire damage. SERVPRO of Durham is available round the clock at (603) 868-3343 to arrange for a damage assessment and to institute a plan to return your home to preloss condition.

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Space Heaters and Fire Damage in Your Durham Home

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Space Heaters and Fire Damage in Your Durham Home Space Heaters Can Cause Fire Losses in Durham

SERVPRO Tip--Follow Manufacturer Instructions to Prevent Fires Caused by Heating Appliances

The colder weather is approaching in Durham, which means many people start using space heaters for extra warmth. They can be safely used. However, with improper use, these little heat boxes can be rather dangerous. These appliances are built to be as safe as possible, and there are several factors you should consider while using one.
 
Choose a space heater which is a tested model that has been deemed safe for use by guidelines of the manufacturer. Preventing fire damage in your Durham home can be as simple as this. Only use the device while someone is present – never while you are not home. Space heaters also need to be kept on the floor and be kept away from animals and small children. Do not use an extension cord to operate it, and be sure the cord is not frayed or damaged before you use the heater.
 
In case of a fire, you need the professional help of SERVPRO, a fire damage remediation company which is specially trained in restoring all kinds of fire damage. These situations create a lot of different cleaning challenges. A building which is burning has several complex reactions between various elements which include the air flow patterns of the building, the kind of material burning, how much oxygen, heat, and moisture are present, the kind of smoke residues current and the surfaces impacted by heat and smoke.
 
Fire damage can present very different restoration and cleaning situations depending on how the elements interact as the fire progresses. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to handle any of these situations.

Other factors that matter is the kind of materials that burned, temperature changes, impingement and air pressure. Smoke and heat, for instance, can damage some surfaces and not others, while high heat can cause some finishes to bubble.
 
SERVPRO of Durham is knowledgeable in handling all types of fires so that you can trust us for your fire damage cleanup and restoration. If you are a resident in the areas of Newmarket, Kingston, or Durham, you can reach us anytime at (603) 868-3343.

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Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage Fire Damage in the basement of a local Church. The Church is a historical building built approximately 120 yrs ago & is home to 2,500 parishioners.

Fire and smoke damage to your home or business can be a huge and unexpected bump in the road.  SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience in the fire and smoke restoration business.  At SERVPRO, our disaster restoration experts will be there to help you clean up and restore your home or business to its pre-loss condition.  Our certified team offers customers professional restoration expertise while providing the highest level of integrity, quality and service, including but not limited to the following:

  • Work directly with your insurance company and assist you in the claims process
  • Deal directly with professional dry cleaners to get your clothing back to you quickly
  • Smoke and odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Structural cleaning with environmentally friendly methods
  • Cleaning and storage of personal belongings
  • Climate controlled storage
  • Complete Demolition
  • Thermal Fogging and Ozoning on site or in our cleaning facility

Fire spreads a variety of chemicals and soot, depending on the source of the fire.  This creates challenges in cleaning and decontamination, which can be hindered if not done properly.  In addition, smoke can be caustic in nature resulting in the necessity for prompt removal to minimize damage to fabrics, ferrous metals, electronic devices, chrome and painted surfaces.  Our Disaster Restoration Experts are ready to respond 24 hours a day to start the cleaning and restoration process to help minimize the damage.

Our project managers will support you throughout the entire restoration process, informing you every step of the way.  Property damage by fire, smoke and especially water must be treated promptly and efficiently to ensure the best results and prevent further damage.  We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including holidays for any emergency. At SERVPRO, our IICRC certified team will make sure your loss situation is handled correctly and professionally to minimize discomfort, inconvenience and unnecessary additional costs. We specialize in insurance claims and we'll even bill the insurance company directly so you have one less thing to worry about.

We know a home or business disaster such as a fire is a traumatic event.  No one expects a fire to happen to them, and therefore they frequently are unprepared for what they must do to help return their lives back to normal.  Our goal is to help you regain control to make your damage "Like it never even happened."