Recent Fire Damage Posts
Practicing Safety With Space Heaters
As you probably know the winter season is upon us. There are ways we can batten down the hatches and try to stay safer and warmer. Fires are a major winter hazard. It is important to have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Make sure your portable space heater is up to date, well designed and placed properly. The newer space heaters turn off automatically when they reach a certain temperature and if they accidently get tipped over. Choosing a place to put the portable space heater is just as important. Make sure it is clear and free of another object and it is placed on a hard, even, nonflammable surface. Avoiding extension cords with space heaters are a good practice. We always unplug them here at the end of the day. Unfortunately, some people do not heed or pay careful attention to these warnings and may have a fire that could have been preventable. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington cares about your safety.
Some Smoke Facts
Smoke and Soot Facts
Smoke and soot can be very invasive and infiltrate cavities within your home or business, causing odors and hidden damages. Did you know there are different types of smoke? There are two different types of smoke – wet and dry. Different types of soot residue are left behind as a result of the different smoke.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood. These types of fires are fast burning, at high temperatures causing some to rise because heat naturally rises.
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber. These types of fires usually are slower burning, tend to smolder, pungent odors, sticky and smeary, carbon chains likely to form
Protein Fire Residue- Evaporation of a material. The smoke is practically invisible, varnishes and discolors paints, odors are pungent
SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington can decipher with our expertise to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
There are different types of smoke that will play a factor in determining which cleaning method is best to use. Wet Smoke, mostly from plastic and rubber will differ from Dry Smoke, mostly paper and wood and they both will differ from Protein Smoke. Soot is very invasive and can penetrate a lot of nooks and crannies of a home. When the smoke goes into all these cavities it causes odors. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington specializes in accurately assessing the extent of damage and helps develop a comprehensive plan of action. Each smoke and soot damage situation are different therefore requiring different techniques. Since every situation is different calling upon a specialist and trained company such as SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington at (302) 762 – 8080, can help restore your property properly.
Fire Statistics for the State of Delaware
Fire Prevention is essential in all homes. Did you know some home fires could have been prevented? Here are some facts and statistics for the State of Delaware, there have been eight home fire fatalities so far this year. (October 1, 2018) In the year 2017 there were 9 home fire fatalities in our home state. On-duty firefighter fatalities in 2018 are zero as of today. (October 1, 2018). Between 1990 and 2017 fourteen on-duty firefighter fatalities were reported the U.S. Fire Administration. https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/civilian-fatalities/incident/reportList/Delaware. Fire departments within the State of Delaware are registered with the National Fire Department Registry by either Volunteer, Mostly Volunteer, Mostly Career or Career. In the year 2018, 44.8% were Volunteer, 53.5% were Mostly Volunteer, 0.0% Mostly Career and Career with 1.7%. These percentages pertain to the State of Delaware.
Fire Devastation Before the Holidays
Kitchen Destroyed by Fire
Fires can be life changing and life altering, especially during the busy holiday season. This home suffered a major fire that practically destroyed the entire house. We helped clean up what debris was left, moved any salvageable contents back to our warehouse for storage until the house is repaired. We were able to clean and restore many of the customers’ contents that she thought were never going to look the same. She was amazed with the work our entire staff put in. In this before picture you see the extreme devastation a fire can do. And after 2 weeks of demo and cleaning this is an after picture, what a difference. The job is far from over and the customer has a lot more work ahead but SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington was there and we tackled the job!
SERVPRO ERP App
Our Free SERVPRO ERP App/Service can help your company organize and better prepare your properties in a customized format. Businesses that use our ERP app gain preparedness and security in the case of an emergency. Here are some of the ways businesses benefit from our Emergency Ready Plan App.
Location Management: Businesses with multiple locations are able to manage all of their buildings' emergency needs from this app. Some of our clients use this ERP service for on building, while others use it to manage multiple locations.
Strengthens Protocol: In many cases, our businesses have to address an emergency while the authorized personnel is not on-site. Our ERP App breaks down important information for all employees including water lines, floor plans, and breaker locations.
Faster Response: The ERP app allows you to contact us directly through the app which can be a more direct way to contact us and provide all the information we need to get to the emergency.
Soot and Fire Extinguisher Damage
This photo shows the damage that not only a fire can do, but also the damage that a fire extinguisher can do. Even if someone used a fire extinguisher and contained or put out a fire, there can still be a strong odor and chemicals that need to be removed from the building/home.
The chemicals from a fire extinguisher can coat a room quickly and leave a thick dust behind. Normally this extinguisher dusting comes along with a coat of soot. Even if a fire has been small and quickly put out, the smell and chemicals left behind should be properly cleaned out of the space. You can see in the photo how apparent the soot and extinguisher's affects are. This is just one corner of the room, but this entire living room was impacted.
House Fire Before the Holidays
Recently our SERVPRO technicians were called out to a property after a large fire. Along with the home owners, our team surveyed the house and the damage to what was left. In this photo, our technicians stand inside the home with the front yard totally visible through the burnt walls. The home was considered a total loss and there was not much left within the property for our team to clean or assist with. As SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington, we did our best to lend a helping hand to the family in any way that we could especially since this trauma occurred right before the holidays. We assisted them in their move to a temporary living space and checked in with them often to make sure they were okay.
House Fire- Before Board Up
Fire/Soot Damaged Room
This picture was taken right before our SERVPRO team cleaned out and boarded up this house. As you can see, there was a major house fire here that affected almost every single room with either fire or soot damage. The fire originated in the kitchen and spread into the dining room, living room, and then to the bedrooms. Luckily, even with the large size of the fire, the structure remained intact and our technicians were able to save and clean some of the contents. Once our team was sure the structure was secure, they started on the demo of the home, removing all soot and fire damaged sections. After the home was rebuilt and brought back to livable conditions, SERVPRO moved the family's cleaned contents back in for them.
Fireplaces are In-Season
The colder months of the year are coming and for those who have a working fire place in their home, it's important to know the how to operate it safely. Before anything else, you should make sure that your fire extinguisher is accessible and that it works correctly. You should also check you smoke detector and your carbon monoxide detector. The fireplace should be clear of anything around it that could catch fire. You should give the fireplace a range of three feet around it with nothing flammable nearby. Cracks and pops that come from the fire should be sure to not land on anything. Before lighting the fire, check the chimney to make sure there are no blockages or animal nests that are lodged in the chimney. You should have you chimney swept every few years as well.
Once you have taken all of these precautionary steps, you should be ready to put your fire place to use!
Fire Damage Services
Large House Fire
After a fire, SERVPRO offers many services to restore your home/office/building back to its pre-fire damage state. We offer Structural Cleaning, which includes cleaning of the ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors as well as paint preparation cleaning. We also offer Contents Cleaning. Contents cleaning is the cleaning of the items that were affected by the fire, which includes electronics, wood furniture, artwork, kitchen items, bedding, clothing, and much more. After our main Structural Cleaning, SERVPRO offers Deodorization, which is conducted using our leading technology that attacks the source of smell rather than just covering it up. Beyond these services offered when our customers endure a fire, we also offer other related services. These services include Board-ups, Inventory, Move-Outs, Duct Work, and Metal Polishing.
Fire Extinguisher Tips
Whether working from home or in a large commercial office building, the knowledge of how to correctly and safely use a fire extinguisher and when to use it is something everyone should have. How to operate a fire extinguisher should be displayed somewhere in the office for all employees to see. Here are a list of tips and information on when it is time to use a fire extinguisher:
- The extinguisher should be clean and without any damage
- An escape plan has been established and the fire is not blocking the way out of the building
- All others in the building have been alerted
- The local fire department has been called
- Everyone is safe from the smoke and toxins the fire is creating
- The fire is contained to a single object
Thanks for Calling SERVPRO!
Volunteering to Give Back
Our local ASPCA endured a serious set back after a car accident that caused a large building fire throughout their facility. Luckily they called SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington and we came to restore their building back to perfect condition again. Once our work was done we wanted to help in any way we could in appreciation for calling SERVPRO. In order to say thank you for calling SERVPRO, we volunteered and made donations to the ASPCA by bathing the animals, helping with adoption photos, and donating plenty of blankets and sheets to the facility. Some of the animals we bathed were even recent rescues from Hurricane Harvey that were brought to Delaware. We were eager to give back to the ASPCA after their hard time and use of our services.
Damage Before SERVPRO is There
- Leave soot on surfaces until a SERVPRO of Newark professional arrives and can assess the Fire damage. Cleaning surfaces may further damage furniture and walls.
- Restrain from walking, cleaning, or sitting on damaged furniture, carpets, upholstery, and walls until a SERVPRO of Newark professional has arrived.
- Electrical appliances like televisions sets, radios, microwaves, etc. that may have come in contact with water, soot, or fire should be avoided. Touching or cleaning electrical appliances should be handled by a SERVPRO professional or after consulting with an authorized repair service.
- All food, drinks, and water that are close to a fire damage or a water damage may be contaminated. All consumable goods should not be eaten, they should be thrown out.
- Leave all ceiling fixtures off. Moving air throughout the damaged rooms may cause more damage. Fire damage or water damage to the electrical wiring of ceiling fixtures are likely to heighten the risk of shock.
- Do not send damaged clothing and textiles to the dry cleaner before consulting with your insurance agent and your SERVPRO of Newark professionals. Damaged clothing and textiles are likely to be mishandled at a dry cleaners rather than with the use of SERVPRO of Newark's Esporta services.
A vicious fire broke out at the Brandywine Valley ASPCA after a car had crashed into the building and caught fire. This was a devastating fire that a not only a precious human life was lost but the lives of some animals as well. This ASPCA location is one of the largest in the Delaware area had been recently renovated. Many cats and dogs were relocated during the restoration and rebuilding of the facility. Luckily, SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington was able to respond quickly and help bring the building back to life. We are proud to be a part of the Brandywine Valley ASPCA's rebuilding process and have made a point to get involved in their adoption events and make any donations we can.
Here is a team of SERVPRO men attending to a hole in the roof as well as the side wall. In this picture you can see the men working to put down a tarp and securing it with furring strips. They also placed a board over the side window. After a mishap has taken place in a home or building sometimes the structure needs to be secured from additional outdoor elements. Additional elements may be something like additional rain and winds. The furring strips are placed to help raise, level or help secure the tarp and/or wood. They are placed perpendicular to the joists and then they are nailed in place. This is a temporary fix until the roof can be properly repaired by a roofer.