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SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne: Smoke and Soot Clean-up

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Ft Wayne will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spring Cleaning Checklist Call us for all of your spring cleaning needs!

It’s time to open the windows and refresh your home for spring! For many of us, that means it’s time for deep cleaning inside and outside our home. But think beyond the basic spring-cleaning list this year. While you are scrubbing and vacuuming and wiping away the grime of winter, add these safety checks to your cleaning schedule. These are easy ways to help keep your home and family safe all year. This will include things you can do to maintain your home that could prevent disaster. The goal is to add these tasks to your list as people are already spring cleaning.

Clean dryer vent in your laundry room

Throughout the year, you do hundreds of loads of laundry in your household, which leads to a collection of lint in the dryer vent. This can be a serious fire hazard. Take a moment to clean out the lint while sprucing up your laundry area this spring.

Have your HVAC system inspected – and change the air filter.

Soon, we’ll all be switching on our air conditioning. Make sure it’s functioning and safe with a HVAC system inspection. This will give you peace of mind. And while you’re at it, change the air filter – which will improve your indoor air quality this spring and summer.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors can truly save lives – but only if they are working. They should be installed inside each bedroom and in the common areas on each level of the home, including the basement. Experts recommend to test your smoke detector every month and change the batteries at least once a year. So while you're cleaning, take a moment to check and change the batteries in your smoke detector.

Check your carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas – dangerous enough to kill you. Install detectors outside bedrooms and on each level of the home. And just like smoke detectors, batteries should be checked monthly and changed each year.

Reseal and caulk around tile, tub and shower.

Scrubbing your tub and tile are very likely part of your spring-cleaning list. Take it one step further and reseal and recaulk around your tub and shower. Over time, this can wear down, which could lead to water damage and mold. By routinely checking and repairing the caulk, you may avoid the costly damage down the road.

Clean and check drains for obstructions.

Hair and other obstructions in drains can lead to clogging and water damage. Stop the risk before it starts by cleaning drains when you are spring-cleaning.

Check your sump pump to ensure it’s working properly.

Spring rains are hitting the Quad Cities, and that means you want to be sure your sump pump is working properly. Here’s how:

  • Fill the sump pit with water and confirm that the float triggers the switch in the sump pump.
  • Confirm that the breaker is on and the outlet providing power to the sump pump is in good condition and working order.

Clean gutter and downspouts.

Outdoor spring-cleaning is just as important as indoor spring-cleaning. First, check to be sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and functioning. You want all water to be taken away from the foundation of your home to avoid water entering your home.

Clean outdoor grill from grease and nests.

With summer holidays and outdoor entertaining on the horizon, this is also a good time to be sure your outdoor grill is safe and clean for use. Clean grease and nests from your outdoor grill when you are spring cleaning to keep your home safe from fire.

The bottom line

Disasters don’t always happen in a moment – they can build up over time. Some major issues can be prevented with diligence and routine maintenance. Spring is a perfect time to be sure your home is protected. This can help you save money and can even help prevent fire, water and storm damage.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After The Disaster

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Wayne specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne if you experience a water loss at your commercial property!

Don't Go From Sticky To Stinky!

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Many businesses who experience a water damage often do not consider the odor that can linger in a building after a flood. The foul odor often smells like sewage and can indicate that mold growth may have occurred or that the water damage has not been adequately dried. No matter why it smells a foul odor is unacceptable for your business because it can drive away your customers. That is where we come in.

  1. Quick Mitigation Response:

    The best way to remove odors from a structure is to prevent them from happening in the first place. In many cases foul odors are caused when water damage is allowed to sit and fester for several days. Even clean water that you could drink will smell like sewage after being allowed to fester for several days. When we arrive on site we are taking as much water out of your structure as possible through extraction. This speeds up the drying process because it removes as much “loose” water in the structure as possible which leaves the remaining “bound” water. That bound water is water that has soaked into the carpet, drywall and other porous materials. That is why we use equipment such as Airmovers and Large Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers to get the remaining moisture out as fast as possible.

  2. Porous Materials Hold Odor Well:

    If a strong odor is already present regrettably it means that some of the structure and inventory must be thrown away. Items such as carpet pad, carpet, fabrics, furniture and even structural items such as drywall could possibly hold odors and need to be discarded in order to remove odor from a structure. Removing items that can be removed during the initial damage can stop them from ever developing an odor.

  3. Using Disinfectants can Prevent Odors

    What you smell when you smell a water damage is the metabolic process of various bacteria that either came in with the water or developed as the water stagnated. That is why using a disinfectant on the affected area can drastically reduce or stop the development of odor after a water damage.

In the event of a water damage at your business give us a call at (260) 255-6271 and we can come evaluate what needs to be done to stop a sticky situation from becoming stinky.

Grilling Can Be Safe & Yummy!

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Grill Safety to consider when breaking out your inner backyard culinary skills.

June and July are peak months for summer grilling fires in N. Ft. Wayne. The Memorial Day weekend opened up grilling season so if you haven't already, it’s time to dust off the grills and let the inner backyard culinary skills to work. As exciting as it is to break out the grill for the official start of the summer season right, we have to always consider the safety that needs to be taken when preparing to light up the grill.

NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) says that the U.S. fire department responded to an average of 8,900 home fire that involved the use of grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year.  These 8,900 fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 injuries, and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires. The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to properly cleaning of the grill, placement of the grill because it was placed to close to a structure and leaving the grill unattended. Five out of six (83%) of grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13% used other sources of fuel.

Precautions to take while grilling

Propane:

  • Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
  • Do Not leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
  • Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.

NOTE: A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
  • Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.

Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:

  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.
 

Deodorizing After A Fire

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

After a small fire in your home, you quickly start to assess the damage to the areas. You visually inspect the furniture and walls. Even if there is no real lasting damage, there is one problematic element that tends to linger for weeks after a fire: the smell. Odor removal is an often overlooked, but significant aspect of fire restoration services.

While our SERVPRO team is well educated in restoration techniques and cleaning processes to restore areas of your home that have been damaged aesthetically by an unexpected fire, the lingering odor that remains is often something that homeowners are less concerned with initially. It becomes more and more problematic as the home is being restored, but the smoke and charring scent of the fire’s destruction remains as powerful as ever.

Fortunately, our team of technicians has state-of-the-art equipment for removing foul smells from a residence or business. Deodorizing happens through the use of dense fogging machines. The machines are capable of producing a heavy chemical fog that is sprayed throughout the entire affected area, ensuring that all of the affected structure and contents are also affected by the fog.

Though this chemical has no scent, it reacts on a molecular level with the foul-smelling odor molecules lingering in the air after the fire gets extinguished. This new chemical compound is entirely neutral, leaving behind no smell at all. The process is a far cry from traditional deodorizing techniques, which merely overpower the harsh smell with an overbearing new scent for the damaged areas. Fogging leaves the room smelling like nothing has ever happened, even if you are still in the process of restoration efforts for the damages.

Since formidable smells (like those left behind after a fire) are challenging to live with, be sure to speak with our technicians assigned to your residence about deodorizing the area as soon as possible. Fogging can happen alongside our cleaning and restoration efforts, which makes the entire process more streamlined and efficient.

Recovering from a recent fire, regardless of its size, can be a complicated process. Contact us at SERVPRO of N. Ft. Wayne to walk you through the entire restoration process and help to bring these damages back to their pre loss conditions.

After a fire, safety is #1!

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

North Ft. Wayne: Getting through fire damage!

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care. We will do all that we can to get you to the point where it is "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your South Bend home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Let us come in and help make it "Like it never even happened."

What to do after a fire in North Ft. Wayne

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation in North Ft. Wayne, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Faster to your North Ft. Wayne water damage!

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO 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 South Bend, NE 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 – 

(260) 255-6271

About SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne

SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.