What To Do And What Not To Do When Dealing With Fire Damage
Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can completely change our lives. A fire in your home or place of business is one of them. It can cause extensive damage that can take a while to recover from.
However, you need to start the fire restoration process as soon as possible so you can resume life. When it comes to fire damage and restoration here are some of the things you should do and some you should avoid.
What To Do When Dealing With Fire Damage
It is important to always have a plan when it comes to such damage. Your plan will allow you to take the necessary steps to deal with fire damage and restore everything as fast as possible. Here is everything you need to do:
- Never enter the property until a professional has told you it’s safe
- Take pictures so you can have evidence of the damage
- Call your insurance agent
- Call your local restoration company such as SERVPRO
- Limit your movement inside the area of fire
- If the weather is fine then open all the windows for proper ventilation
- Throw away drinks and foods that have been left after the fire
All of this will protect you from further damage and help you restore your property as soon as possible. The best thing you can do is call a professional for restoration so they can take care of everything.
What Not To Do When Dealing With Fire Damage
It is important to know what not to do as well so that you don’t end up causing further damage. Here is a list of things you shouldn’t do when dealing with fire damage on your property:
- Don’t start cleaning everything unless your insurer has assessed everything first
- Don’t use carpets or other furniture until they have been professionally cleaned after a fire
- Don’t eat or drink anything that has been exposed to the fire
- Don’t turn on water, gas, or electricity till everything has been professionally assessed
- Don’t turn on any electronics until it has been professionally assessed
You need to give time to the professionals to handle all these aspects. This is because the residue that stays after a fire can cause a variety of health problems if you start doing everything too soon.
So, till the professional sort everything out and restore the damage this is what you should and shouldn’t do. Just make sure that you are not using the property at all until it has been assessed by an insurer and a fire restoration professional.
If you want to minimize the risk of fire on your property then you should always take preventative measures. However, if you still end up having a fire on your property then this was your complete guide to what you should and shouldn't do.
Follow these steps and you will be good to go. If you want a professional fire damage restoration company then no one does it better than SERVPRO. Feel free to get in touch with us now.
Tips On Fire Damage Cleanup
We might view fires as something abstract, but they are very real. Fires happen every single day, to others due to a variety of reasons. So, one does not usually imagine the scenario in which they, themselves, would have to go through such an experience. This is why most of us, seldom read about what it is that we can do to help ourselves after. However, we are going to change that today. If a fire does happen to occur on your property, then fire damage cleanup tips are something that you should know as they will, undoubtedly, come in handy.
1.0 What Exactly Is Involved In The Fire Damage Cleanup Process
First thing's first, to understand the tips that we provide for the fire damage cleanup process, you must first know exactly what it is that the process entails. The process involves the removal of any debris caused by the fire, resolution of any sort of water damage, and removal of standing water within your property. That is not all, to ensure that the air quality in your home is as good as it was before the fire, you must start by eradicating the smell caused by the smoke and removing any soot accumulation in your house and places, such as vents.
Now that we know exactly what we have to do during the fire damage cleanup process, here are some tips that will make the entire process much more easy and efficient.
Before you start the cleanup process, it is vital for you to ensure that you are safe and using protective gear at all times. So, our first tip is for you to wear protective clothing, such as shoes with heavy soles and work gloves. Next, to make it easier for you to breathe through the dust particles, make sure that before you begin the cleanup process, you water the debris to minimize them.
To make the cleanup process more efficient, there are certain ways in which you can make the products you are using work for you. Firstly, to reduce odors set in your clothes after the fire, you can use cleanup products that contain TSP, that is, tri-sodium phosphate. However, make sure to wear rubber gloves when using such products. On the other hand, when cleaning the walls of your property, make sure that you work on one small area of the wall at a time. You can easily use a mild detergent or soap to clean soot from your walls. In fact, you can even mix it with TSP for extra ease and efficiency. Work your way up as this will ensure that your walls don't have any streaking. Then, immediately rinse with clear water. Make sure that you wash your ceiling after you have cleaned all of the walls.
When dealing with a situation such as fire damage cleanup, things can start to become quite overbearing and emotionally overwhelming. This is why you should take each task one step at a time and remember these tips and all will be well.
Water Damage Timeline
Here are the reasons you should mitigate your water damage sooner than later.
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpet
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp
- Drywall begins to swell and break down
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
- Furniture begins to swell and crack
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
- A musty odor appears
48 Hours to 1 Week
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
- Metal begins to rust and corrode
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
- Paint begins to blister
- Wood flooring swells and warps
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible
After 1 week
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risk to occupants
SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. We respond promptly, and dry your home quickly, minimizing the damage that your home sustains.
Water Damage Cleanup FAQ
- How long will it take my property to dry?
Drying time is determined by a combination of factors including the location, duration and source of water, the types of building materials, the weather conditions and how quickly emergency services begin. Through consistent monitoring and evaluation of the drying process, we can determine when the drying is complete. Your carpet may feel dry to the touch, but padding and sub-floors may still be wet underneath. While there are no rules to determine how long your property will take to dry, we can tell you it may take between three to five days or more, depending on the conditions.
- How do I know when my property is completely dry?
Proper testing with our specialized equipment is the correct way to determine if things are completely dry. Touch alone may be a false indicator.
- Will turning up the heat help dry things out?
Not necessarily. We will adjust the temperature to its optimum setting for the proper drying conditions. Please do not change the setting or shut off the system; doing so may prolong the drying process.
- My wood floors are wet and buckling. Will they have to be replaced?
Wood flooring must be evaluated during the drying process. We employ specialized drying systems and dehumidifiers which enable us to create an environment where wood floors can dry more efficiently and resume their original shape. Due to the density of hardwood flooring and urethane finishes, drying may take up to three weeks or longer. If you filed a claim, your insurance adjuster will work with you to make the final decision as to whether floors will need to be refinished or replaced.
- What about my wet furniture?
The extent of damage and the construction of the furniture will determine if your furniture can be restored. Your furniture must be dried before damage can be adequately assessed. Non-salvageable furniture will be documented for you and if any items need to be discarded, a customer release form will need to be signed.
- Do I need to move out of my property during the water damage restoration process?
If you file an insurance claim, you may receive guidance from your insurance representative. However, this is a decision you must reach on your own. Here are several things to consider. Safety is paramount. Our equipment is as childproof as possible, but we require your supervision for making sure no children play with it. Air movers and dehumidifiers will create some noise and make your property drafty for a few days. It is important that the equipment remains on, so if the noise is disruptive to you, you might want to consider an alternate place to stay.
- What is that smell?
It is not unusual to smell odors during the drying process. Increased heat and humidity can also lead to increased odors that may be coming from the drying building materials, or dormant spill and accident areas. Do not confuse these normal odors for the odor of mold.As the drying process continues and humidity levels drop, you will notice these odors disappearing on their own. Deodorizers are often used to minimize these effects as well.
- Does everything need to be moved out during restoration?
Not usually. If items need to be moved out, we will let you know in advance.
- My ceilings are wet. What needs to be done?
Our technicians will evaluate moisture content, determine the severity of the damage and may have to remove some of your ceiling for ventilation. Wet insulation can also be a hazard and may need to be removed.
- Should I open the windows to help the drying process?
Opening your windows to assist the drying process is not always recommended. Outside weather conditions may vary, so the technicians will determine when and if the outside air is appropriate.
- Can I walk on the area during the drying process?
It is strongly suggested that you keep the traffic to a minimum. Wearing shoes is recommended for your safety.
A few reasons your carpet may not be salvageable:
– Delamination (occurs when the backing separates from the carpet fiber)
– Loss of adhesion (may be caused my prolonged exposure to water or age of the carpet)
– Permanent Stains
– Carpet covers wood flooring (to salvage the wood flooring)
– Sewage contamination
- Why does my specialty floor need to be removed?
Non-porous flooring can trap water and prevent it from drying properly.
- Why did the technician leave wet carpet on my stairs?
Carpet on the stairs is generally not removed for safety reasons. Exposed tack strip or staples, especially on steps is dangerous. However, there are situations where removing carpet from steps is necessary to prevent damage to hardwood steps or in the case of sewage contamination. Removing tack strip is not advised, as this may damage the hardwood or the sub-floor. Extreme caution must be when ever tack strip is exposed or when the carpeted stairs are damp. If carpet left on the stairs is unsalvageable, it will be removed when new carpet is installed.
- How will you match my carpet pad?
A sample of your pad is brought to the office for a match. When available, an identical pad will be used. When your original pad is not available, we will provide a pad of the same quality, thickness and density. Similar pad may differ in color based upon the time it was manufactured.
- What will you do with my area rugs?
Rugs are taken to our warehouse for special care. They need to be dried carefully to minimize bleeding and colors and discoloration. Your rugs will be dried, cleaned and returned.
- Why are air movers and dehumidifiers used?
When water damage has occurred, water can be absorbed into the drywall (sheetrock), baseboards, sub-flooring, etc. Drying these surfaces requires high velocity air movers to accelerate the release of absorbed water into the air. Dehumidifiers are necessary for removing this excess moisture to help protect property and create conditions for efficient drying. Please do not turn off or move drying equipment without first calling ServiceMaster Clean.
- Who is responsible for monitoring the drying equipment?
Our water damage mitigation specialists will place and monitor equipment to achieve optimal results in the shortest amount of time. Please make sure no one turns the equipment off or moves it. Please notify our office immediately if the power goes off or if the equipment turns off.
- What will it cost to run the equipment?
Based on average electrical rates, it may cost about one dollar per day to operate the drying equipment.
- What about sewage contamination?
Hard surfaces can be cleaned and sanitized. Affected items that cannot be sanitized require disposal. Porous materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, particleboard, paneling, etc. that have been directly affected should be removed during the emergency service visit.
Pros and Cons of Flat Roofs
Home and business owners throughout Southern New Jersey are considering upgrading their roofing may want to consider the advantages as well as disadvantages of installing a flat roof rather than one featuring sloped construction. SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield understands that flat roofs are becoming increasingly popular because of their affordability, but they must be properly sealed in order to maintain their structural integrity as well as properly maintained in order to prevent roof leaks.
There are several important advantages of selecting a flat roof over one that is sloped. Flat roofs are easier to access and stand on for the purposes of roof inspection. Their horizontal surface offers more stability than a sloped roof. They are much more affordable to install as well as re-coat than other styles of roofing. A flat roof is also viewed as more aesthetically appealing for use in warmer climates.
One major disadvantage that flat roofing has over a sloped roof is that its stability decreases as its size increases. A very large flat roof usually cannot avoid flooding after a period of heavy rains, and there is an increased risk of collapse from the weight of this water. In order to avoid flooding problems, the synthetic rubber coating that has been applied to the surface of the roof must be checked on a regular basis. Proper maintenance is also essential to avoiding roof leaks.
Home and business owners whose buildings currently have a flat roof that has not been checked or undergone regular maintenance should contact a licensed roofer for an inspection. If you do have a leak-- contact SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield immediately 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our professional team will ensure that water damage is repaired and get you back into your home or business in no time!
Mold Remediation and Restoring
Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.
If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield Restoration Franchise Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.
SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield Restoration Franchise Professionals
- Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
- Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,650 Franchises
If You See Signs of Mold, Call 856-662-2772
Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Common Mold Misconceptions
With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.
Why Choose a SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield Restoration Franchise Professional?
They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact them. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
They’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists
They specialize in water and mold damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation.
- Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
They Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment
SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield Restoration Franchise Professionals use advanced equipment to detect the source of water feeding the mold. Next, they isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber.
Commercial Water - 3 Signs of Irrigation System Problems
Three Signs You May Have Water Trouble Your Way
Curb appeal isn’t just for homes. Ensuring your property is appealing and welcoming makes a big impression on customers and employees. To ensure a luscious green lawn and decorative plants looking their best, and irrigation system is a great solution. Most systems are easy to use and reliable, but not properly maintaining them or ignoring issues can lead to flooding that makes its way into the property, potentially creating the need for a water damage and restoration professional to clean up the mess. Below are three signs that there may be water trouble headed your way.
Malfunctioning Sprinkler Head
At some point, an irrigation system will have a sprinkler head that gets damaged. This can happen from mowing, vehicles or improper pressure settings. Signs of a broken one include:
- Plastic casing is damaged
- Unit doesn’t come up
- Sprinkler head is missing
- Sprinklers with heads that are completely broken off
Low Water Pressure
A sure sign of irrigation problems is low water pressure. If the head isn’t popping up but not damaged or a minimal amount of water is coming out, there is an underlying issue. Potential culprits could be a misfiring back flow device or a leak. If there is a soggy area, it may mean the latter. If there is no obvious leak, compressed soil or tree roots could be causing the problem.
If one zone is not working, blocked electrical signals are often the cause. There could be insufficient voltage, which requires a new controller, or there could be damaged wires. The valve’s solenoid may also need to be replaced. If multiple zones aren’t working, it could again be related to power properly getting to the controller, which may mean replacing the transformer.
While an irrigation system can do wonders for a property, being diligent regarding maintenance and regularly checking this it is working properly are necessary to avoid added water issues.
Tips To Prevent Basement Flooding
Flooding damage is expensive to repair. To save yourself from this cost you must take preventative measures so you don’t end up putting a dent in your pocket.
The main causes of flooding are overflowing gutters, cracks in the foundation, leaky windows, and water seeping into the walls. To make sure that all of this doesn't happen to your home, here are a few measures you can take.
Clean Your Gutters
An inefficient drainage system is the biggest cause of flooding. This is why you must clean your gutters and drainage system and get rid of any debris that may cause a blockage.
This will ensure the water to flow freely and drain efficiently without causing any damage to your home.
Maintain Proper Landscaping
You may be wondering what landscaping has got to do with basement flooding. However, if your hard grades towards your house then you are at a higher risk of basement flooding.
Your home grade needs to be directed away from the house. This is why your lawn should be properly sloped. To fix this problem you can opt for many landscaping solutions that can direct the water away if need be.
Inspect And Repair Any Cracks In Foundation
A small crack in the foundation or a window can cause the entire basement to flood. This is why you must have a routine foundation inspection so that such cracks can be filled and taken care of.
You can inspect it yourself and fill the crack with epoxy. However, if there is still leaking from somewhere then you should call a professional as soon as possible.
Get Window Well Covers Installed
If your basement has windows and they are protected by a well cover then they should be. This is a great way of letting some light into your basement while protecting it from water.
You can get a clear acrylic window well cover to get the most out of them. They will keep any water and pests out from your basement ensuring cleanliness.
Maintain Your Sump Pump
Failure of sump pump maintenance is also one of the major causes of flooding. This is because a sump pump defends your home against many things such as flooding, mold, other water damage, etc.
However, for it to fulfill all these functions you need to maintain it too. Before any harsh weather conditions or storms, you should always get your sump pump checked.
If there are any problems then they should be quickly fixed so that your home can be prevented from flooding damage.
Your home is your investment and your safe place. This is why maintaining it should be your topmost priority. However, if for any reason there is basement flooding or other water damage then you should immediately call a professional.
We offer all kinds of cleaning services and our expertise in this industry is unparalleled. For more information on what we offer, feel free to get in touch with us now!
Steps To Take After Storm Damage
A storm can be quite scary and having to deal with its after-effects is challenging. It can leave behind a lot of damage that you will have to take care of. For this reason, you need to have all the right steps in front of you so that you can restore your home as quickly as possible. Here are 5 steps that you will have to follow after suffering from storm weather damage.
Check How Much Damage Is Done
Before you go on to figuring out the solution for the damage, you will have to assess how much damage took place. It is best to take a look at every nook and corner of your home to know where all the damage is.
Don’t miss out on anything as you want to ensure that every bit of damage is repaired properly. Observe every inch of the exterior so that you can know exactly what went wrong. Also, if there is seepage or any other time of damage as well, then make sure to take note of this as well.
Keep Yourself Safe And Avoid Injury
As you go about assessing your home of damage, you want to make sure that you avoid injury throughout. To do this, you will have to keep away from all sorts of electrical equipment and risky areas around your home.
If you see cracks on the roofs, then it is best that you avoid standing under or close to that particular area. The best thing to do is to make sure that your electricity is shut off to avoid getting damage from wires running through your home.
Get Your Insurance Company On Board
Throughout the process, you want to make sure that you are collecting adequate proof to show your insurance company. They will probably also send someone for a physical examination to verify your case. Keep them in the loop so that you can claim insurance for the damages that you face from the storm damage.
Limit Further Damage To Home
Sometimes, if you do not act quickly, there is a possibility of more damage happening to your home. You want to avoid this as much as possible. If there is an excessive wind blowing or water coming in, you might want to board your windows.
If you’re not sure how to do this, then you must reach out to a professional service for help. And, that is our final step that will help with the damage.
Get The Right Professional Cleaning Service
You want to ensure that your home is not damaged beyond repair. This is when you need to get the right people on board to help you clean up the mess after the storm weather damage. You do not want to put the entire work on yourself as you might not have the right equipment to get this done properly.
You should reach out to professionals who can help you clean your home and minimize the damage done to your home. Connect to https://www.SERVPROcherryhillhaddonfield.com/ and get your home cleaned up in no time.
Important Reminder in Responding to Water Damage
Although it may seem easier and relatively harmless to let water dry on its own, property owners need to understand the dangers of failing to properly respond to water damage. Despite the extra expense associated with hiring professional technicians, the cost and level of stress will be magnified exponentially when the problem is left untreated, as secondary damage is likely to result.
Reasons to Avoid Delay
When the water removal and cleanup process is not initiated immediately, you may see the following:
- Warped wood framing
- Weakened subflooring
- Broken or bulging ceiling tiles
- Rusted metal fasteners or supports
- Deteriorating drywall
- Peeling paint or wallpaper
SERVPRO’s 24/7 Response
Because we know how important it is to quickly respond to a water damage emergency, SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield prides itself on its 24-hour service. Our crew is ready for your call any time of the day or night, weekdays and weekends.
SERVPRO’s Customized Response
SERVPRO professionals perform in-depth assessments to ascertain the ideal action plan in restoring your property in a timely manner. Additionally, our technicians use the latest methods and top-of-the-line equipment to deliver the best results.
For an immediate and personalized response from our team at SERVPRO of Cherry Hill/Haddonfield, call us at (856) 662-2772.