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Explained : The Fire Damage Restoration Process

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Recommended process for addressing the problem of fire damage in your home or business:

Contacting the Restoration Company

In case of a fire in home or fire in business, the first thing to do is to contact a restoration company like SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin for emergency response. Massive smoke smell and smoke damage resulting from a fire in a business or in a home can only be controlled by a professional restoration company with experience in fire cleanup. In some instances, you may be required board up to stop future commercial fire damage. Therefore, fire damage needs emergency response services.

Assessment

Assessment of the level of commercial fire damage is a very important step in the restoration process. The process involves determining the distance of travel by the soot or smoke, the level of smoke damage, and the smoke smell. The restoration company can only estimate the cost of restoration and design an appropriate fire cleanup plan after damage assessment. Moreover, one can only estimate the time it will take to restore the fire in business or fire in home damage through the assessment process.

Sealing Services

Smoke damage and smoke smell can be prevented from spreading to other areas in a fire in a business or in a home incident by sealing all the openings and leaks. For example, wall and roof openings may lead to water damage during a rainy season. For successful fire damage restoration to occur, it is important to seal all openings. Therefore, fire damage restoration is highly dependent on water damage restoration. Massive damage can be caused by a burst water pipe or tank in a fire incident.

Fire damage Clean-Up

It is important to clean away smoke, dust and soot damage during a fire cleanup process. All the surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned as part of the restoration. It is important to look out for smoke damage, dark surfaces, stained surfaces as well as charred items. The only way to restore normalcy and clear the smoke smell is by cleaning up the affected property. After a fire in business or fire in a home, it is advisable to remove all standing pools of water by using a submersible pump. Soot damage and smoke odor are removed from the room by drying and sanitization the affected area. Moreover, bad odor and soot damage can be removed by carpet cleaning. Soot and smoke odor can spread to adjacent rooms, that is why the rooms should also be cleaned immediately. As a future precaution, you may be required to board up walls.

Repair and Renovation

The best way to ensure complete and successful restoration is by ensuring that all the damaged furniture and items are repaired. Replacement of damaged cabinets is a very important process in fire damage restoration. However, those that are not badly damaged can be repaired. Renovation services are offered by most restoration companies for clients that need to renovate their property. As mentioned earlier, you can decide to board up your walls to avoid future destruction. The renovation process may involve coming up with a completely new design of the business premises or home that may be more appealing to the owner as compared to the previous design. It is also important to know that you can always benefit from the renovations services that are offered by restoration companies. You can hire extra redesign and renovation services depending on the level of damage.

Consultation

Apart from offering restoration services, the companies can be a source of information for those affected by fire accidents. You can always ask the experts questions related to soot damage and other fire-related damages. Moreover, you can also learn how to board up and the recommended room designs.

Call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin for all of your restoration needs, 757-813-7775.

Mitigation and Remediation Services 24/7

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is ready to answer the call 24/7/365!

As an independently owned business ourselves, we understand that business continuity is extremely important and that every hour lost is a customer and revenue lost. And with our highly trained and certified technicians, we can prevent loses such as water damage and mold from being a long-term problem to your business. Being that we are a 24-hour franchise, we have a flexible schedule to work around time strains you may have.

We have the experience and the technology needed to solve any problem. If your business is damaged by water, fire or any other forces of mother nature, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin, 757-934-8404. 

The 3 Categories of Water

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause stress in the home or workplace. Whether your water loss is large or small, it is crucial to remediate the situation quickly to prevent any further issues. Water is classified into 3 categories, and it’s important to be able to distinguish the differences among them.

The first category is “Clean Water.” Clean water is the least contaminated, and comes from a clean source, like a leaky faucet or water line. It can turn into a category 2 or 3 if left untreated and exposed to factors such as temperature and other contaminants.

The second category is “Gray Water.” Gray water is contaminated and can come from a dishwasher or washing machine overflow. It is important to remediate gray water as quickly as possible, as it may contain bacteria. And if left untreated, it can turn into a category 3 “Black Water.”

Blackwater is severely contaminated. Having contact with black water can cause serious illness, and in some cases even death. Examples of black water include flooding from waterways and standing water. Blackwater may contain chemicals, microbes, and sewage. Avoid any contact with black water.

At SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin, we want our customers to have peace of mind knowing they will be taken care of by our certified professionals. Our state of the art equipment will have your home or business dry, clean and back to normalcy in a timely and professional manner. If you have any concerns related to water damage, or to schedule an estimate, please call us today at 757-934-8404.

Water Damage Prevention

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know what the number 1 culprit is that weakens the foundation of your home? WATER DAMAGE!

Similar to core strength of your body, water damage hits the core strength of your house causing harm to your property. Below are some strategies on how to prevent any future water damages. 

1. Make sure your home has good drainage

Gutters need to be cleaned on a routine basis. If not, a clogged gutter can damage the siding and foundation of your home. The maintenance cost of cleaning your gutters depends on the size and height of your home. On the contrary, it cost no money for you to clean your gutters yourself. 

2. Test your sump pump regularly

Your sump pump should be checked to see if it's running properly at least once a year. When it comes to storm seasons, several checks should be conducted. To test your sump pump, slowly fill the sump pump pit with water, watch the "float' to rise and then watch to make sure that the water level falls. It's free to get your sump pump professionally tested.

3. Check for water leaks and fix them

If you get the chance to fix a leak shortly after it started, there may be no long-term damage at all. However, if you have persistent leaks, it can lead to mold growth, termites, ants and more. To check for leaks, check dark spots under pipes, inside sink cabinets, and stains on ceilings. 

If you have any questions/concerns, please call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin, 757-934-8404. Our team is certified and well trained to make it look and feel "Like it never even happened." 

How to Handle Flood Water

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Your location no longer seems to be a factor-there is always potential for flood damage.

Fema.gov reports that in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. It’s not a matter of if, but when and FEMA reports that nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.

The American Red Cross claims that floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. Here are some tips they advise to follow:

Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, Stop, Turn around, and go another way.
If you approach a flooded road while driving, the same holds true. If you are in your car and waters are rising rapidly, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. 
Keep children out of the water. Children may not recognize contaminated water and lack judgment. 

If your home or business is affected by a flood, SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is your water damage restoration company. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure if not treated properly and quickly.

Cleanup can be overwhelming and that’s why SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is prepared to handle any size disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, let your local SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin help you take it back.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 757-934-8404.

ERP - Emergency Ready Plan

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is a leading expert in providing Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP’s) for area businesses, apartment community's, churches, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. 

What is ERP?

An ERP is simply a plan of action of what to do, who to call, and emergency contacts!  It will also include where the water shut off valves are, and electrical panels, plus so much more.  

Why get an ERP?

One advantage of being prepared for a disaster includes reducing business interruption.  Most people do not know that as many as 50% of businesses never recover following a disaster because a plan was not in place ahead of time.  We can provide a no-cost assessment of your facility and not only provide you with a concise profile that contains critical information needed in the event of an emergency but give you access to our “SERVPRO ONLY” mobile app which puts this information at your fingertips at all times!  

Call us today to get started!  757-938-8404

SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is here when you need us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Water Damage can Destroy in Minutes

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –757-934-8404

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • 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 carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • 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.

More Than 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 risks to occupants.

Water Damage can Destroy in Minutes

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –757-934-8404

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • 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 carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • 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.

More Than 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 risks to occupants.

SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin, Call for all your emergency needs!

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to assist in your time of need 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. You can call at 10 pm on a Saturday night and your call will be answered by one of our trained managers. SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin understands that when your business or home has water coming through your ceiling, sewage backed up from your toilet or water coming through your light fixtures you can not wait until Monday for emergency services. 

If your home or office is affected by disasters like water damage or fire, SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is ready to help you start the mitigation process and dry out your structure. Our teams of trained production techs are ready to walk through the process with you, just call us at 757-934-8404, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Furnace/Fireplace Puffback Facts

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

What is a Furnace or Fireplace Puffback?

Laughing at someone in a movie whose face has just been engulfed with black soot after standing in front of a fireplace is one thing, but in the real world when you hear that distinctive loud wuff sound, it turns into something else altogether, not so funny.  When your fireplace or furnace creates a puff of soot inside of your home, often called a puffback, suddenly you have a real sooty problem that needs to be handled quickly.

When a puffback happens, soot and oil residue can literally cover every surface that it can reach.  Puffbacks normally happen around this time of year when furnaces and fireplaces are fired up, no pun intended, after being dormant all summer.

In a furnace, a puffback is usually caused by a buildup of excess fuel, oil, even dirt or dust in the ignition chamber.  The buildup prevents oxygen from reaching the combustion chamber.  When the ignition flame in the furnace pulls in the rush of oxygen it needs to ignite, the result is a powerful explosion of soot and oil that can even come out of the wall or floor vents.

In a fireplace or woodstove puffback, the cause can be like the furnace, however, the cause is most likely a problem in the chimney.  There is usually a buildup of ash and leftover residue clumped in the chimney that creates an uneven airflow of oxygen and carbon dioxide.  The kindling and wood have plenty of fuel, but the oxygen it needs to burn is stuck above the chimney blockage.  The fire will eventually correct the imbalance by sucking in a large amount of oxygen all at once, igniting the excess fuel in the fireplace and the buildup in the chimney all at once.  The force of the ignition pushes ash and soot out of the fireplace.

Puffbacks can usually be prevented by routine chimney and furnace maintenance.  If you experience soot or smoke call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin, 757-934-8404.