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How to Avoid Secondary Damage When Your Hollywood Home Catches Fire

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Avoid Secondary Damage When Your Hollywood Home Catches Fire Time is of the essence when restoring property after a fire. Call SERVPRO immediately after the fire is extinguished to begin the restoration process.

Fire Damage Removal Provided By Specialists In The Hollywood Area

Fires have always been an increasingly prevalent threat throughout the Hollywood area. Disaster can strike without any notice, devastating your property. After a fire, homeowners deal with damage to their personal belongings, household contents, or the structure of their homes.

Hopefully, you get the opportunity to check your insurance coverage before anything has a chance to happen to your home. You need access to a company that specializes in fire damage removal in Hollywood to get suggestions on how to best protect your investment. It is time to contact a restoration specialist in the area, to either prepare your property to fight against fire or start your recovery.

Many homeowners fail to understand that taking immediate steps after a fire occurs on your property can help minimize the losses they experience. It becomes even more pertinent to have a professional, like the IICRC-certified restoration technicians at SERVPRO, available, ready to respond to your call for help, as soon as possible. Our team responds to your request for help 24/7, 365 days a year, through all holidays and strive to provide you with the fast, efficient services you deserve.

Once SERVPRO helps you secure your property, we can also help contact your insurance company and work with your insurance company to produce the results you need. The only things that should ever delay your claims process involve you or your families, safety. Otherwise, you should file your fire damage claim immediately.

SERVPRO technicians work with you, helping you decide which of your belongings remain salvageable. We also help you keep track of damaged items, reporting all necessary information to your insurance adjuster. While we take care of your property, you should account for any expenses related to your living expenses and report everything, so that you get proper compensation.

Fire damage removal and repair can be a lengthy process. You need an experienced restoration company on your side to help protect your interests. At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, our entire Green Fleet stands ready to answer your call, and all of our restoration technicians are trained to provide you with quality results. (305) 278-8484

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Hollywood Fire Loss from Electrical Overloads Can Be Avoided--SERVPRO Tip

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hollywood Fire Loss from Electrical Overloads Can Be Avoided--SERVPRO Tip SERVPRO Says Protect Your Hollywood Home From Electrical Fires

The Dangers of Stressed Electrical Systems in Your Hollywood Home

There are many working systems throughout your Hollywood residence that most homeowners know very little about, much less know enough to determine a potential problem. From the plumbing network hidden in the walls of the house to the electrical systems running to every fixture and outlet throughout the property, there is much to learn about the misuse of these systems that could lead to severe situations.

Your electrical system is one of the frequent causes of fire damage throughout the Hollywood area. Our SERVPRO technicians have the training and the industry-leading equipment to overcome these fire damages as you experience them, but it might be wise to inform yourself about potential problems that you could cause your home that lead to combustion and fire effects.

One thing that every homeowner should educate themselves about is the limitations of their electrical systems, namely the outlets spread out throughout the residence. It is becoming more and more commonplace to overload these outlets with the higher number of electronics and equipment used in the house these days. While many outlets are designed to trip rather than overheat and catch fire, this is not always the case.

Even those intended to prevent power surges or overheating fail, which can lead to a fire originating at the outlet and spreading quickly through the wall cavity, wall materials, and into whatever spaces share that area. Materials like drywall and insulation can ignite rapidly. Fire can spread fast, affecting many areas and causing widespread damages before it gets extinguished.

Even after the primary concerns of the spreading fire get resolved, lingering effects like smoke and soot damage add to a long list of symptoms that must get addressed before your home can feel the same again.

While it is wise to educate yourself as best you can about the limitations of your outlets and the system running through your home, it is impossible for every homeowner to prevent the possibility of fires entirely. Whenever disaster strikes, our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay restoration technicians can help. You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 by calling (305) 278-8484.

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SERVPRO's Rules For Neutralizing Odors During Our Fire Damage Restoration In Hollywood

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO's Rules For Neutralizing Odors During Our Fire Damage Restoration In Hollywood Where fire has occurred so too does the odor of smoke and soot residues.

Neutralizing Odors After Fire Damage In Hollywood

Where fire has occurred so too does the odor of smoke and soot residues. These unpleasant smells are intensified by the type of materials that burnt in the initial fire. Synthetic materials, for example, tend to release toxins and have a much more prominent odor than natural materials like wood. It's not always possible to identify every source of the odor, which is why having a variety of methods and techniques is essential to combating it effectively.

When properties burn at higher temperatures, the residues can become thicker and release a stronger odor. When we deal with the odors left behind after fire damage in Hollywood homes, our first port of call is in finding the source of the odor. Since smoke travels through any air pockets and into the smallest gaps, it is not always possible to locate the source.

Locating the source of an odor makes our job easier. Using our training in tracing smoke back to its source, SERVPRO technicians can treat the affected areas with wet cleaning methods as well as containment methods. Containing an odor involves applying a chemical deodorizer directly onto the affected surface, thereby preventing the odor being released into the surrounding air. We may even spray charred remains to control smells at the source.

As previously stated, it is not always possible to find the perfect technique for removing an odor. Instead, controlling odors is about applying techniques and testing outcomes until the right one is found. Once a SERVPRO technician has contained odor releasing areas, we can focus on removing odor from the air. We achieve this by using pellets or beads to counteract air-borne particles.

If odor persists after applying these two phases, SERVPRO can bring industrial strength foggers in to finish the job. These foggers vaporize deodorants which breaks them down to microscopic size. At this size, deodorant chemicals are the same size or smaller than odor particles and can access all areas odor can. On contact with deodorant chemicals, smoke odors are neutralized leaving your property fresh and clean-smelling.

There is no one size fits all approach to getting rid of odors, SERVPRO of Cutler Bay uses a precise triple lock method for restoration. Call us at (305) 278-8484 now.

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Miami Fire Damage Professionals Talk about Issues with Kitchen Cabinets

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Miami Fire Damage Professionals Talk about Issues with Kitchen Cabinets Fires in Miami Condos Are Cleaned and Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Strives to Salvage and Mitigate Fire Effects on Miami Condo Fixtures

If a fire starts in your Miami condo, the chances are that it first ignited in your kitchen. Out of all of the fire damage cases that riddle our nation every year, a good percentage of them start due to faulty appliances or mistakes while cooking. Many appliances that create heat are located in your kitchen. Cooking with grease can be dangerous and is the source of hundreds of fire damage situations annually.
 
Your kitchen inside your home is made to handle some heat and smoke created by cooking so sometimes the issues are not as severe as other parts of the condominium. During all fire damage scenarios in Miami, our SERVPRO restoration team starts inspecting and diagnosing structural components and your contents from the source. We follow the burn-related problems starting from the kitchen out to figure out everything that the burn destroyed. We then trace signs of smoke following the route it traveled throughout the building, if necessary and okayed.
 
Once the blaze ignites in your kitchen, it can quickly damage contents and building materials nearby. If not put out promptly, things can continue to burn as the flames engulf anything that is in its destructive path.
 
When things get burnt inside your kitchen, a major problem can be repairing affected cabinets. These storage units are typically made of wood and can get consumed by a greasy blaze quite easily. Since they are often located above the heat source in the kitchen, your cabinets are sometimes the first things that get ruined.
 
If your cabinets ever get negatively affected by heat or smoke, there are several solutions our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians can use to remediate the issues. In severe cases, the cabinets must be removed, and brand new cabinets get installed in their place. In other cases, the cabinets can get sanded down to the unaffected wood beneath the surface and refinished. If your cabinets get damaged by excessive smoke, there is a good chance that we can clean off the soot residues from the cabinet surfaces. Insurance adjusters appreciate the effort we make to salvage cabinet and wall units doors when possible to use with new box installations.
 
During some situations, our SERVPRO crew removes kitchen cabinets so the structural walls behind them can get treated for smoke or burn damage. When this takes place, the cabinets often get moved to an unaffected area of the condo or taken to a clean and disinfected separate location to get cleaned or refinished. If you ever have problems with some type of fire in your kitchen, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 24/7.

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Electrical Fire Damage In Your Miami Condo During Remodeling

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fire Damage In Your Miami Condo During Remodeling Miami Condo and Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO for Fast Cleanup and Restoration Service

SERVPRO Is the Choice to Get Your Miami Property Back on Track after a Remodeling Fire

The stress and mess of a major remodeling project keep you focused on the completion of your Miami condominium’s renaissance. When the anxiety level raises because of an electrical fire during construction, that completed vision can feel impossible to obtain. Engaging the assistance of our skilled fire damage experts give you the confidence to reclaim anticipation of a happy and comfortable end result.
 
When construction takes over your Miami condo fire damage is least of your worries. The dust, noise, and overages on both the timeline and the budget capture your attention until the unthinkable happens. A worker slices through an electrical line or a power tool malfunctions and the dust is overwhelmed by inky, sticky smoke and a horrible stench from the fire ignited. Although the construction company employees extinguish the fire quickly, the damage seems complete. Reaching out to our experts can transform ruin to a clean, sanitized, and odor-free baseline from which the remodel can continue.
 
SERVPRO technicians possess expertise on a broad range of fire types and a firm grasp of the appropriate strategies for cleaning and restoring after each. An electrical fire should not be put out with water, and if the construction crew was well-trained and OSHA prepared, a chemical extinguisher was probably used instead. The positive here is that the correct procedure avoided further electrical damage and limited water damage and charring to the affected area. Many of our restorations must begin with water mitigation, but we can move directly to smoke and soot cleanup in your scenario.
 
Your HVAC system should be shut down temporarily to prevent the spread of smoke and soot. Any loose, ashy debris responds well to dry sponging and vacuuming with HEPA filtering, but SERVPRO crews know the soot is more likely to be tacky and thick. We use a spray and wipe technique, employing cleaning products formulated with wetting agents and surfactants that loosen the hold the fire damage residue has on surfaces. Our crew works methodically, following fire damage restoration best practices to prevent the smearing and disruption that untrained individuals risk creating.
 
After any fire, the final challenge is odor elimination. SERVPRO deodorization specialists pursue a protocol that starts with discarding burned objects, moving through cleaning and disinfection strategies, and finishing with innovative odor neutralizing methods that take advantage of cutting-edge technology if the first steps do not deliver the desired effect. Thermal fogging, where special chemicals combust in heated chambers, or oxygenation or radical production, such as hydroxyl generators, produce particles that bond with the odiferous fragments in the air and on surfaces and crevices. The act of bonding creates a chemical reaction that effectively neutralizes the smells.
 
Move on beyond the construction accident and fire that brought your remodeling project to a halt with the help of SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. One call to (305) 278-8484 starts the fire damage restoration process that gets everyone back on track.

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Fire Damage Specialists In Kendall Can Help

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Specialists In Kendall Can Help Smoke and Soot Residue Get Cleanup by SERVPRO in Kendall

SERVPRO Tries to Restore Not Replace Items Affected by Smoke and Fire

When a fire starts inside your Kendall home, there are many ways to restore a house back to its original condition. Depending on the extent of damage, cleaning may solve the problem. The more objects and building materials inside a structure that get cleaned, the cheaper the mitigation process becomes.

To reduce the total cost of restoring your house in the event of a major fire, it is necessary to repair as many items with cleaning as possible. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Kendall have specific chemicals that make it possible to clean many types of smoke residues and save contents and materials. If an object cannot get cleaned, then it either gets replaced or resurfaced so that the problem gets solved
 
If building materials or contents get severely charred or burnt in a fire, they usually get replaced. Sometimes soot residue coats an item so thickly that replacement is necessary. Replacement is the most costly method to use during restoration, so it gets avoided at all costs.
 
If objects get charred but are salvageable many times, they get resurfaced. Structural surfaces often get repainted with a sealant. Items made out of fabric get re-upholstered when smoke damage is severe. Wooden contents sometimes get sanded down and refinished.
 
Cleaning during fire restoration means removing smoke residues and deodorizing smoke odors. When cleaning there are multiple principles and elements of cleaning that get followed. Fire damages present a variety of challenges due to the many ways that heat, oxygen, moisture, and gases interact to form smoke residues. The type of smoke damage varies depending on factors including the variety of materials inside the building, and the effects smoke has on the elements.
 
Due to a large number of variables, it is difficult to establish fixed, defined procedures for cleaning fire damages. To be successful, our experts always use a variety of different methods to clean soot residues.
 
Different combinations of the principles and elements of cleaning usually get used to mitigate a fire damage issue properly. For professional help dealing with smoke and soot, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for help 24/7.

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Why Fire Damage Incidents in Cutler Ridge Need Professional Attention

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Fire Damage Incidents in Cutler Ridge Need Professional Attention Fire restoration is not only removing smoke and soot damage but also cleaning water damage left behind by the efforts to put the fire out.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Proccess

The occurrence of fire damage incidents causes a lot of disruption and losses. There is also the emotional toll that any property owner in Cutler Ridge is likely to experience when the unfortunate incident occurs. Fire restoration is not all about removing the smoke and soot particles that settle on items after the fire. There are certain steps to follow when dealing with such issues for a successful restoration.

Fire damage events in Cutler Ridge require you to remain calm as you work with restoration service providers like SERVPRO. When our technicians are working for you, they first determine the degree of the damage before they can start to clean the soot and smoke particles on the walls. It is a detailed inspection that uses specialized tools together with IICRC recommended procedures.

When putting off the fire, water and fire suppressants are normally used. Our technicians understand that the stagnant water may create conducive conditions for mold growth and as a result drain it immediately. After draining the water, we perform deodorization that neutralizes any existent odors. Where necessary, our SERVPRO team ventilates the area to address the odor situation.

Sometimes when our SERVPRO technicians are performing restoration procedures, they come across preloss conditions that were existing before the fire. For instance, the areas that might be having pre-existing soiling will need cleaning. We readily clean such areas and remove any visible mold growth during the restoration. We only require you to remove your jewelry, ammunition, guns and any other personal items before we can start our work. Where necessary, we perform move-outs in an attempt to prevent your contents from further damage.

Our technicians always observe safety measures when working for you. For instance, when performing thermal fogging, we ensure that pets and everyone leave the site. We also put on protective gear to prevent any possible irritation when spraying some of the deodorants.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay works around the clock to control any mold, fire, water and storm disasters. Call us at (305) 278-8484 when you need to work with a trusted leader to restore your property.  

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Smoke and Soot from Fire Damage in Your Cutler Ridge Home from Space Heaters

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot from Fire Damage in Your Cutler Ridge Home from Space Heaters Heaters Can Result in Fire and Smoke Damage in Cutler Bay, Need Help? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Mitigates Fire and Smoke Harm with Rapid Service

The second leading cause of fires in the U.S. is heating equipment. Over 65,000 home fires begin from improper use or malfunctioning of these units. Careful use of space heaters goes a long way in preventing home fires in Cutler Ridge, and it is essential to educate your whole family on proper usage. Keeping these heaters away from flammable objects, out of high traffic areas where they can pose a tripping hazard, and checking the cords to ensure they are not frayed are essential steps in keeping your family safe.
 
In your Cutler Ridge home, fires and fire damage from space heaters are not as uncommon as you might think and are scary events that can uproot your day to day life. To get your home back in order, reach out to SERVPRO as soon as possible. As an experienced fire damage remediation company, we have all the tools and expertise needed to help you and your family recover.
 
When dealing with cleanup after a fire, a significant component we deal with is smoke. As materials burn and decompose, they give off solid particles, aerosols, and gases which become suspended in the air. These suspended materials are smoke.
 
The invisible components of smoke are gases. Burning organic compounds make oxides of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide. Besides fire gases, smoke consists of fine particles of matter and aerosols as well. The particles are what makes smoke visible, and they also absorb odors, making the soot smell.
 
Once smoke settles on surfaces, it is many times referred to as soot. These residues can have various kinds of acids since sulfides and chlorides in the smoke mix with the humidity in the air or with moisture to create acids. The acidic soot residues create discoloration and corrosion if they stay on materials for too long.
 
At SERVPRO, we understand that time is of the essence with smoke and soot damage, which is why we waste no time in getting to your home once you contact us.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay can be trusted to thoroughly and quickly clean your home after a fire to prevent further damages from occurring. Anyone residing in the areas of Cutler Ridge, Three Lakes, or Franjo should reach out to us at (305) 278-8484 as soon as the fire is out.

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Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Cutler Bay Home

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Cutler Bay Home A fire can start quickly in a kitchen, call SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out to remediate the damage.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home After a Fire

A fire in your Cutler Bay home can be devastating. Your kitchen is a place where a fire can quickly start with a bit of grease and an unattended stove. Even after a small fire, your home can be affected by extensive smoke and water damage. Prompt, professional repair and restoration are needed so additional damage and issues like mold and wood rot can be prevented.

Fires are scary events, no matter the size, and leave behind fire damage plus water and smoke damage. Your Cutler Bay home needs the professionals from SERVPRO to help restore it back to its original condition, and it needs to be done in a timely fashion. At SERVPRO, we understand this and do not hesitate in getting to your home once you contact us.

There are various steps we take to complete restoration services in your home after a fire. With mitigation, the goal is to secure your structure and stop any more damage. Your home is likely wet from fire-fighting efforts, too, so it needs emergency drying to stop any secondary water damage.

Cleaning your home after it has been damaged by fire focuses on removing smoke residues from the structure and deodorizing odors that are given off by these residues. The SERVPRO technician talks with you during the process so you understand which structural components can be cleaned and which cannot be. Replacement or repair is necessary for such items.

Your personal property also must be cleaned of smoke residues. In some situations, we can clean them right at your home. Other times, we need to pack and move some items out to a different location for cleaning and storage.

If the fire and smoke spread into a living room or adjacent room where electronics have been damaged, we often subcontract specialty cleaning of these contents. It can also include furniture refinishing, dry cleaning of clothes, and cleaning of expensive artwork.

Sometimes, fires are severe enough that we cannot restore the structural components of your home. Reconstructing and repairing these components might require different skills, so we work with licensed general contractors to get your home repaired and safe again.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay works efficiently and quickly to restore your home after a kitchen fire. Residents of Three Lakes, Franjo, or Cutler Ridge should contact us right away at (305) 278-8484 once the fire is out.

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Fire Damage Replacement In Cutler Bay

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Replacement In Cutler Bay It is still storm season, and a house fire is a year-round risk for everybody.

Fire Damage Replacement

Cutler Bay missed the worst of Irma’s damage, but that does not mean our city is free from other risks. It is still storm season, and a house fire is a year-round risk for everybody.

Compared to flooding, Cutler Bay fire damage is rare, but that makes no difference to someone who watched smoke billowing out of their doors, windows, and perhaps even the roof. Although direct flame and heat damage is usually minor compared to smoke and soot residue removal, SERVPRO knows the cost to replace structural damage can be extensive.

If there is major damage to the home, our response team follows a prescribed task list that allows us to remove and replace walls and support structure in a safe, yet rapid manner to reduce costs and quickly return residents to their homes. Once we have the all-clear from the local fire marshal, we remove all damaged property from the house and perform our inspection, starting with the foundation.

A fast-burning fire often blisters and cracks the concrete surface. Our response team uses hand tools and powered grinders to remove the damaged areas and prepare them for new concrete. The surface we pour blends seamlessly with any undamaged surfaces.

Now that we have a solid floor, team members begin work on the support structure. Every SERVPRO technician is trained to install temporary support columns and jacks while others start replacing wall framing, window, and door frames, and even load-bearing walls if we determine the wood suffered too much damage or absorbed too many odors to remain in place.

Putting a home back together does not stop with installing new supports and hanging sheetrock though. Heat and smoke also destroy kitchen appliances, water heaters, and HVAC systems. Our personnel is certified with most major manufacturers to install their machines and hook them up to local utilities. As this is part of our service, it is cheaper to engage us than to set-up a separate appointment with either the manufacturer or the retailing store.

Restoring and rebuilding your home is not just a job to SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. Every house is one of our neighbors, and we work hard to maintain that attitude with every customer. If you require our services or have a question, call us today at (305) 278-8484.

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Dealing With Fire Damage During Hurricane Season In Cutler Bay

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing With Fire Damage During Hurricane Season In Cutler Bay The homes in Cutler Bay can sustain fire damage at any time, including during a hurricane.

Fire Damage During Hurricane Season

Water typically makes fire fizzle out, but in the event of a hurricane, things do not always happen as they should. The hazards presented by boarded up windows, doors, and other openings on homes and businesses in Cutler Bay to prevent water from damaging interiors also prevents the free access to the interior of a home, and subsequent exiting, of firefighters.

The homes in Cutler Bay can sustain fire damage at any time, including during a hurricane. As a fire burns inside a boarded-up home, the firefighters' task becomes more difficult to locate and extinguish. Many times, fires begin because of candle use. Electrical power interruptions frequently occur during a hurricane, just as in a heavy storm, but power interruptions last much longer when horrific and dangerous weather affects larger areas of the state.

Response times by fire departments can also lengthen drastically. Flooded roads that become impassable can prevent the timely arrival of fire trucks, resulting in even greater damage to homes. Even small fires that need no further attention beyond a bucket of water can still create substantial smoke damage.

Because the damage from fires can range so dramatically, SERVPRO employees gain experience in all degrees of fire damage and can restore homes to pre-event condition. Our skills and professionalism go hand-in-hand with our compassion and understanding. We know that families affected by disastrous events just want everything back “Like it never even happened.” We can help make this a reality.

Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) knows the best methods to implement during the restoration of your home. Quickly and meticulously, we remove damaged materials. Soot and grime are removed and cleaned away, with repainting and minor repairs taking place where needed. Working as a team, our restoration work takes very little time. Your family can once again live at home, safely and securely.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay's professional team stands ready for whenever you need us. Contact us at (305) 278-8484 so we can begin restoring your home after fire damage events threaten to keep you and your family without shelter of your own.

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Learn How to Take Care of a Fire in Your Cutler Ridge Kitchen

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Learn How to Take Care of a Fire in Your Cutler Ridge Kitchen SERVPRO Says Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy for Kitchen Fires in Cutler Ridge

Kitchen Fires Are Dangerous, Call SERVPRO for Professional Restoration

Considering kitchen fires can happen fast, would you know what to do if one started in your kitchen? Learning ahead of time when to smother a fire, when to use a fire extinguisher, and when to call the fire department is valuable information everyone should have. Mishaps while cooking makes up to ninety percent of kitchen fires, and a majority of these are grease fires. When a fire does happen, you want the expertise of a professional fire remediation company such as SERVPRO.
 
Grease Fires
Grease fires are in their own class, and should not be handled like any other type of fire in your Cutler Ridge kitchen. The number one warning to remember is to never pour water on a grease fire, which can splash spread the fire and increase the fire damage. You should store a powder type extinguisher under the sink base cabinet for just such emergencies. Safety first. If necessary stay clear and let the fire hopefully burn out.
 
When you cook, have a potholder, oven mitt, and a lid which fits your pan on hand and ready in case sparks occur. If a fire from grease begins in your pan, place the oven mitt over your hand, then put the lid atop the pan to smother the fire. Try sliding the lid over the flames instead of dropping the lid down. Turn the burner off and leave the pan right there so it can cool. Do not ever move the pan, put it in the sink, or carry it outside, and do not lift the lid before the pan has had a chance to cool.
 
Microwave, Oven and Electrical Fires
Fires can occur anywhere in your kitchen – in the microwave, by an electrical outlet, or in the stove. When a fire takes place in your microwave, shut the door of the oven and keep it shut. Turn off the microwave and unplug it if you can do so safely. Do not use the appliance again until a technician checks it. Close the oven door if a fire happens here, and turn it off. When the fire does not go out immediately, call the fire department, and have the oven inspected and repaired before using it again.
 
You can prevent electrical fires by not overloading your electrical outlets. If a fire begins, use a fire extinguisher. Do not douse it with water under any circumstance. Always call the fire department for this type of fire, even if you have put it out already with the fire extinguisher. Contact SERVPRO as well to repair any damages and eliminate the smoky odors, as we have all the equipment and experience needed in this situation.
 
You should also learn how to use a fire extinguisher, so you are not trying to read the directions in a time of need. Baking soda is also necessary to keep handy in your kitchen, as it can help extinguish the flames of a grease fire. Never use flour instead, as it can make the flames worse. Do not ever hesitate to call the fire department, but the above tips can help you extinguish small, contained fires while you wait for their help. With larger fires, be sure to get yourself and family members out of the house right away.
 
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is standing by at all times to help you after a kitchen fire has damaged your home. You can reach us at (305) 278-8484 whenever you need our help in fire damage cleanup.

Being Safe with Electrical Appliances in Your Franjo Condo Helps Prevent Fires

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Being Safe with Electrical Appliances in Your Franjo Condo Helps Prevent Fires Fire Damage, Electrical Dangers, and Your Franjo Condo

Smoke and Fire Damage Can Result from Faulty Appliances

Our homes are filled with electrical appliances, but you should be aware that although they are convenient, a lot of them are potentially dangerous as well. Your electrical appliances can begin fires or cause electric shock, and each has its dangers. When you understand these hazards, you can help keep you, your family and your property safe. You should also have access to a fire remediation company you can trust, such as SERVPRO, just in case an emergency does arise.

Common dangers with appliances we use every day can cause fire and smoke damage to your Franjo condominium. Please be aware of factors that can produce these unwanted consequences.

Frayed Cords
Electric cords on your appliances have a neutral and a live wire. Each is insulated from direct contact with flammable material, water or your hands. The live wire can become exposed if the cord is frayed. This leaves your household susceptible to electric fires. Damaged and frayed electric blankets are quite dangerous, so be sure to check them before use. This is especially true if they have been stored away during the warmer months. Regularly check your cords and replace any damaged or frayed cords right away. Call an electrician if you find a power point switch broken or cracked.

Poor Maintenance
Many appliances must be cleared or cleaned regularly to stop material build-up that could start a fire. Clean hot plates and ovens regularly to stop the accumulation of fats and spilled foods. Electric motors of exhaust fans need to have lint and dust removed from them. If applicable, have your clothes dry vent checked and cleaned of lint which prevents excessive work for your appliance and safeguards your condo. SERVPRO can clean this venting system and also check your HVAC system for blockage and buildup of mold spores and debris. If you do experience a fire, contact our technicians at SERVPRO to clean up the damage.

Overloaded Circuit
An overloaded circuit may not burn your house down but can create a huge inconvenience if the oven stops working before dinner gets made. Your wiring system can handle only a certain level of power, so fuses are put in place to limit how much power goes through your electrical system. If you exceed the power demands on a circuit, the breaker will shut down to prevent damage. Too many appliances on a circuit can lead to overloads, then fires.

Closeness to Water or Excess Moisture
Water is great for conducting electricity. Electricity travels readily through the water and into your body as the current seeks a ground. Electrocution occurs far too often and is so preventable, avoid this tragedy. As a sidebar, electrocution is the leading cause of firefighters injuries and deaths. Keep your electrical appliances away from water and when you are standing near or in water, or have wet hands, do not touch anything electrical.

If a flame or flare-up occurs in your home, a multi-purpose fire extinguisher should be used instead of water, since using water can be dangerous.  Then make sure you get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay so we can assess the damages. Just give us a ring at (305) 278-8484.
 

Soot and Smoke Damage in Palmetto Bay

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot and Smoke Damage in Palmetto Bay Fire can damage your property. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

SERVPRO Restores Commercial and Residential Fire Damage

Most of the fire damage that homes and businesses suffer come from the smoke and soot generated by the heat and flames. While they do not generate the same destruction to a structure, if the cleaning isn't done properly, the results can be the same; drywall and ceiling panels and tiles will need to be replaced.

Regardless if it is a Palmetto Bay home or business, the fire damage cleaning processes for ceilings and walls is the same. The only variations in SERVPRO's processes depend on the material to be cleaned and the type of cleaning needed.

If the ceilings can be dry cleaned, our technicians have to start on the ceilings before walls. This is to avoid dropping new soil or chemical residues onto clean carpets. Dry cleaning is wiping down the ceilings using special sponges and cloths. Technicians start at the middle and work their way toward the walls and then down.

If this didn't remove all of the soil, then wet cleaning is required. With this method, the walls will be done first to prevent cleaning solution from dripping down the ceiling and streaking the walls. Cleaning begins at the bottom of the wall and moves toward the ceiling to prevent streaking as well.

As cleaning continues, our technicians have to consider if the surface they're cleaning is going to be 'clean for no paint' or 'clean for paint'. If dry cleaning or only mild wet cleaning removes the soot and smoke residue, then painting will not be required.

If this does not remove all of the smoke residues or if the soot has permanently stained an area, then painting will be required. Our technicians accomplish this by applying a pigmented alcohol shellac to seal the damaged surface and then paint over it with the color that the owner chooses. If the owner wishes to do it themselves or have a painting company come in, we'll stop after sealing the affected area.

Life in Miami-Dade County is the envy of many people across the country. There's no reason to let smoke and soot damage interrupt your life for a day longer than it should. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is ready to help our neighbors restore their homes and businesses to normal as quickly as we can get it accomplished. Call us at (305) 278-8484 to get started.

Your Fire Damage Solution and Steps

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Fire Damage Solution and Steps Fire & Smoke Damage in Perrine Can be Mitigated with Smoke Detectors

SERVPRO Provides Assistance for Fire Damage Restoration and Insurance Easing

Our services are available to you whenever you need us, day or night and regardless of the scale of your situation. We understand how devastating a fire damage event can be. We don't just work with your insurance company and help you with your paperwork, our professional staff will assist you through each and every step of the process, from beginning to end. Subrogation is a process that we take very seriously for the entire payment and insurance coverage to help protect your interests.

Don't hesitate to contact us; we're proud to be your fire damage solution in Perrine! We have a ton of experience backing our work, and we work hard to provide you with highly skilled IICRC Certified Technicians that go out of their way to save your belongings. You'll be surprised by some of the successful restorations that we will accomplish along the way, restoring items that you thought lost forever. Personal possessions and heirlooms are irreplaceable treasures that we understand.
 
Each SERVPRO Franchise is locally owned and operated by a fully certified staff that can assist you through this confusing, stressful time. Our onsite supervisors will answer all of your questions, while we provide you with the absolute best service you could ever receive. So, don't trust your properties care to anyone else, rely on us to get your life back to normal.
 
Getting everyone safely out of any damaged areas is priority one. After the Firemen have the fire under control, it's time to give SERVPRO a call to begin your restoration process. Remember, your first call should be to your agent.
 
You should keep everyone clear of the property unless you know what to do. Going back into the property on your own can be very dangerous, not to mention, it can cause even more damage. Limit anyone's movement in and out of the property; you'll want to avoid trampling soot and embedding it further into your upholstery or carpet. If you are going to attempt to remove some of your belongings, make sure that you don't touch or lean on soot-covered items, you'll end up causing additional damage and make it harder for us to restore them.
 
You can help by placing clean towels or linens over rugs and carpeted traffic areas before you enter. With your electricity off, you can empty the freezer and prop open the doors of your appliance to help prepare it for restoration. It'll also help if you replace your HVAC filter before attempting to use it and taping a double layer of cheesecloth over your air registers would help as well. The best move is don't touch your HVAC until we assess the fire damaged areas.
 
Leave the cleaning of your walls, carpet, appliances, or other painted surfaces to the professionals at SERVPRO and don't try to save any canned, packaged, or bottled food items that may have been damaged by the fire, they aren't good anymore!
 
We can help you with these things and so much more, remember the professionals at SERVPRO of Cutler Bay when you look for a restoration service. Our emergency twenty-four hour, seven days a week service is only a phone call away. - (305) 278-8484