Recent Fire Damage Posts

How Do Content Management Technicians Protect My Belongings After a Fire?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

stack of cardboard boxes SERVPRO Provides Oceanside Property Owners with Fire Loss Cleanup and Restoration--Even Pack-Out Services

Our restoration professionals can clean and restore damaged items on-site and in our Oceanside SERVPRO facility

Many actions must get taken to recover an Oceanside home after a fire loss incident, but our SERVPRO professionals have gotten trained to provide a fast and confident response. Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can provide a wide range of corrective actions as soon as we arrive at a fire-damaged property.

Recovering fire damage in Oceanside homes and businesses can mean several different individual tasks. While homeowners might consider the most vital efforts to be approached like fire debris removal and clearing harmful soot from surfaces, it is equally important to consider what can and should happen to the contents of your home. Protecting your belongings involves careful assessments and choosing the ideal restoration approach based on affected materials, the damaged area, and the personnel involved. 

What Items Require Restoration and Recovery?

A thorough inspection and assessment can determine whether or not specific contents within your home require more concentrated cleaning and restoration. In many situations, outer lying personal belongings in less affected areas of the residence can be relocated elsewhere on the property to prevent damages. There are some specific conditions following fire losses that can require on-site restoration or more direct off-site recovery solutions at our SERVPRO facility. Some of these conditions include:

  • Residue/Soot Damage – Residues from wet smoke or soot can adhere to the surfaces of your belongings and become a threatening presence. With the acidic composition of soot, prolonged exposure can stain or destroy surfaces beneath the residue without prompt action. 
  • Odor Damages – Smoke odors can penetrate multiple areas of the damaged house after a fire loss. They can also become embedded and trapped in fabrics, textiles, carpeting, and specific contents of your home. 
  • Water Damage – Extinguishment is a valuable phase during a fire emergency, but it can leave many areas of the house contending with water damage. Saturated personal belongings require advanced drying efforts to return to their original conditions. 

Can You Help Protect Damaged Belongings?

Before our professionals arrive, depending on the potential hazards in the property, it is possible to relocate some of your possessions to safer areas of the house. If environmental or structural hazards exist, it is not advisable for you or other members of your family to remain on the property. Most fire recovery situations require our experienced professionals to don complete personal protective equipment from Tyvek coverall suits and gloves to respirators and boots.

What On-Site Recovery Options Exist?

It is always the objective of our technicians to restore your possessions on-site. We can appreciate how unnerving and overwhelming it can be to entrust your belongings to our team for off-site restoration, so we work to limit the number of items that meet these criteria when possible. Several direct strategies can prevent your belongings from being relocated by our pack-out procedure, including the following:

  • Surface Cleaning – Light soiling can often be wiped clean with our potent cleaning products. Assessments into the thickness and severity of residues and soiling must happen to ensure that smearing and staining do not occur.
  • Deodorization – Smoke and burning odors are not uncommon for the belongings in your house after a fire. With multiple restoration tools, including thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators, we can work to neutralize and eliminate these foul odors in the environment and the affected items. 
  • Drying – Because water damage can be a common threatening condition for your possessions after a fire loss, drying these belongings on-site can save time and money on more direct restoration efforts at our SERVPRO facility. 

Is Pack-Out the Best Approach for Content Restoration?

While it is not always the most sought-out approach in our restoration arsenal, pack-out focuses on the efforts necessary to overcome substantial losses to the contents in your home. With soot and odor threats, especially, there are advantages to the advanced stationary tools and areas of our warehouse for fire-damaged items. Some of the benefits of off-site recovery include:

  • Ultrasonic Tank (Soot Cleaning)
  • Ozone Chamber (Odor Removal)
  • Safe, Climate-Controlled Storage

Fire losses can be widespread threats in your property, which can quickly impact many of the belongings and possessions throughout the house. With experienced content management professionals, we can offer both on-site and off-site restoration solutions to help. Give our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside team a call 24/7 at (516) 536-1801.

My Floors Sustained Damage in A Fire, How Do I Fix Them?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

A fire burning on hardwood floors. SERVPRO can help you through every step of your Oceanside fire damage.

SERVPRO Uses a Variety of Techniques, Equipment, and Products to Repair Your Oceanside Floors

Fires can cause damage throughout your Oceanside home. Unfortunately, damage often appears from the ceiling to the floors after a fire. Smoke residue manages to work its way into even the smallest nooks and crannies. Recovering after a fire can be complicated, requiring multiple restorations and deodorization methods. 

Will I Have to Rip Out My Floors? 

SERVPRO Technicians Make Every Attempt to Fix Your Flooring After a Fire

Dealing with fire damage throughout your Oceanside home can be completely overwhelming, especially when it is widespread. Restoration after a fire is multifaceted in that you need to remove and clean smoke residue, deodorize, and repair structural damage. Your flooring may be one of the last things that you notice if there is more widespread damage. If you have vinyl or wood flooring, smoke residue can settle into the porous surfaces and become almost impossible to remove through vacuuming, scrubbing, or other conventional methods. Our technicians may use rotary floor machines to strip damaged finish or deep clean carpets. 

 How Do Rotary Floor Machines Work? 

  • Brushes and drive blocks attached to the bottom of the machine agitate the flooring to clean the surface.
  • The strong movement of the brushes strips the flooring, removing any stubborn residue.
  • If cleaning carpet, there is a solution tank to aid in ease of cleaning carpets.
  • When needed, they apply the solution, release the solution, and move the roto machine in circles to work it into the carpet. 

Since there are different types of residue depending on the kind of smoke created by specific burning substances, various methods are employed to best clean and bring the home back to preloss status. In addition to cleaning your flooring, technicians use deodorization methods such as fogging to eliminate the evidence of a fire.

For assistance, contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside 24/7 at (516) 536-1801.

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Why Does My Oceanside Home Smell So Bad After the Fire?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

fire yellow tape--do not cross SERVPRO Enters as the Firemen Leave to Start the Cleanup and Recovery for a Home in Oceanside

Our SERVPRO Team Can Help to Clean and Deodorize Your Damaged Home After a Fire Loss.

It is often not hard to understand that when there is a fire, many compromising effects can damage your Oceanside home. While structural concerns remain one of your top priorities, other conditions can get addressed during the mitigation phase. Our SERVPRO team has extensive experience and the use of sophisticated tools and potent deodorization products to maximize our efficiency in the recovery of your property.

Many people do not consider odors to be the most pressing fire damage in Oceanside homes, but it can be more of a challenge than you might want to believe. Combustion and burning during a fire can often generate smoke and other odors that could be difficult to overcome without industrial-grade deodorization products and delivery systems. Even with our experienced restoration technicians, we have multiple tools and devices that cater to specific situations, parts of your home, and affected materials. Every burning material can generate its foul odor for our technicians to need to overcome when we arrive, including:

Wood
Plastics
Fibers
Chemicals
Drywall

What Should Happen Immediately to Reduce Odors?

There are steps that you can take right away to help reduce the severity of odors in your homes after a fire, but many of these are not solutions that the average homeowner can provide on their own. Instead, many people have trusted the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO team to help. By arriving quickly to your emergency, we can focus our efforts on specific tasks that can lessen the severity of harsh odors that we encounter when we get there. Some of these initial actions might include:

Debris Removal - By using shovels and other methods of discarding our mitigation technicians and in-house contractors can work to remove charred remnants of structural elements and compromised contents. This action can reduce the concentration of both harsh odors and soot threats.
 
Soot Surface Cleaning - Cleaning surfaces that could be affected by soot is also one of the ways that we could reduce potential harsh odors present in your home. Also, this action can help to provide a safer environment for responding personnel.  
 
Controlled Demolition - Our in-house contractors can perform material removal based on structural damage attributed to the fire and migrating effects. Damaged structural elements can be a concentrated point for odors.
 
Ventilation - circulating air can help to reduce the immediate severity of odor concerns but might not do much to neutralize smoke scents lingering behind.

What Special Equipment Gets Used to Neutralize Odors?

Much of our success and the deodorization of a fire-damaged home gets attributed to the right tool getting used at the right time. When removing odors, our technicians must carefully decide which of our capable machines and devices is best suited for the current loss effects to maximize our productiveness. Some of our options include:

Thermal Foggers / Vaporizers
Hydroxyl Generators
Ozone Machines
Air Scrubbers with HEPA Filtration

The choice in what devices get used over other options is a determination of our project manager and crew chief scoping the work to get done in the property before mitigation begins. The choices can get narrowed based on the types of materials affected, the size of the damaged area, and if occupants from the house are still living inside.

Can Odors Go Away on Their Own?

After almost every loss incident from destructive floods to housefires, homeowners believe that some degree of damage will naturally correct itself. When it comes to odors, the production and the severity of harsh scents can mislead property owners to a belief that these effects are waning. In gaseous states, smoke odors can penetrate porous materials and become trapped when these pores shrink after temperatures return to normal after fires get extinguished.

Because odors do not go away on their own, our SERVPRO team needs to implement the right deodorization practices that affect both the open air and trapped odors in structural elements like wood framing, drywall, and ceiling materials. Powerful tools to accomplish trapped odor neutralization are the thermal foggers in our inventory. By heating deodorization compounds to a vapor, it can penetrate porous materials to eliminate odors on contact. Even when residual odors have been neutralized, as indicated by data-driven evidence, phantosmia can still mislead occupants into sensing that malodors remain.

While multiple damaging effects can result from housefires, often odors are among the least concerning of these for customers. In truth, this can be one of the most challenging hurdles to overcome in the recovery of your home. Give our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside team call today at (516) 536-1801.

Could You be Making This Mistake When Dealing with Commercial Fire Damage in Oceanside?

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged office area Don't let a fire in your shop close your doors for good. Contact SERVPRO immediately for effective fire damage remediation services.

Textile Cleaning for Oceanside Clothing Stores with Commercial Fire Damage

A high street retail clothes store is full of potentially flammable materials. A short-fusing circuit can be all it takes to trigger a property emergency. Electrical fires are reasonably common among commercial clients because stores typically run power through lighting, air-conditioning, or technology both day and, frequently, at night as well. A shop fire can leave behind smoke or soot damage on both the interior and the exterior of the structure. The transference of cold and hot air that occurs when materials combust creates pressure, which can force a trail of smoke out of the building and onto the exterior walls. 

Our team holds substantial experience in commercial fire damage restoration here in Oceanside. We believe that communication is vital throughout the service as well as working on-time and on-budget. SERVPRO crew chiefs have training from the Institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration certifications (IICRC) in ultra-specific aspects of fire restoration. These may include fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) as well as odor control technicians (OCT.) 

There may be large amounts of clothing from your store that catches fire and is therefore non-salvageable. SERVPRO technicians can collect any debris from a fire site, seal it up and transport it to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered waste facility. While clothes close to the fire may be materially damaged, many other fabrics or items of clothing sustain smoke, soot, and odor damage, which is often restorable. SERVPRO technicians can inventory clothing before sending them to our textile cleaning warehouse. 

Textiles are porous by nature and can, therefore, take on massive amounts of soot or smoke damages during a fire. However, by using mechanical cleaning methods, SERVPRO can restore up to 99% of soils. Esporta washings work by suspending a fabric in place while powerful rotary jet washers clean it with water pressure, water-based solvents as well as deodorants. We often find that mechanical cleaning methods can be far more valuable to our clients than a single replacement payout. 

If your clothing outlet suffers from an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801.

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What Items Commonly Get Disposed of After Fire Damage in Oceanside Homes?

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

A table in a kitchen with fire damage and soot all over the kitchen. SERVPRO will help you through every decision after your Oceanside fire damage.

Your Oceanside home will need more than a clean up after fire damage.

When a house fire occurs, even on a small scale, the potential for fire damage and long term effects on the structure and contents remains. One of the most painful decisions is deciding what items must go.

SERVPRO technicians clean up fire damage in Oceanside homes and know how to assess restoration potential. Although the goal is to save property owners from the cost of replacement, charred and soot-covered items often require disposal. When going through debris post-fire, SERVPRO technicians only dispose of things too damaged for restoration by cleaning with the approval of the adjuster or homeowner.

Items that Frequently are a Loss

Smoke damage and soot are an irritant to many people and can cause redness or itching on contact. It is almost impossible to clean and disinfect clothing, bedding, and other textiles for safe reuse in the home. Cosmetics and medications have the potential to change chemically after a fire and could be affected by contaminants and chemicals used to extinguish the fire. Drugs, in particular, can lose their potency and should be tossed. 

Food items exposed to soot in particular need disposal after a fire loss. Because soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see, they travel easily along screwtops of sealed foodstuffs contaminating them. The high heat can also cause the development of bacteria inside sealed food containers. 

Items that May Be Restorable

When SERVPRO techs mitigate fire loss, they look for things with restorability potential. Immersion cleaning works best on non-porous objects that can tolerate saturation in a liquid cleaning agent. This method thoroughly removes soot and smoke residues. Hardwood furniture without charring is not necessarily a loss. The techs have various cleaners to lift away the smoke damage from the wood. If necessary, the application of a sealant and restaining may get recommended to restore the furnishing fully. The techs wipe down surfaces using specifically chosen cleaning agents to ensure all traces of the fire get cleaned up. 

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside at (516) 536-1801 has certified technicians and equipment to handle any size fire damage and make the loss "Like it never even happened."

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Planning the Fire Restoration Work for Your Long Beach House

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and soot damage to the structure of a home. With smoke from the burning structure.  A fire damage can take over your Long Beach home in a heartbeat, let us be there to help you through the smoky burnt structure.

Your Long Beach home will need our help after a fire damage, we want to help.

When you consider the moving parts of a Long Beach home restoration project after a structure fire, it is easy to identify a need for careful planning. One of the steps in the overall organization of fire recovery is determining the scope. In plain words, the scope of a project is the work that must get performed. This determination includes all activities necessary to return home to a preloss condition.

The scope of a project begins with the determination of how severe fire damage in Long Beach properties is. The inspection of the house starts with the source of the disaster and works outward from room to room. During this assessment, our trained SERVPRO technicians can take stock of materials and items present in each area and which have already succumbed to the spreading fire effects. Noting current conditions can help our specialists to determine the necessary materials and personnel.

Depending on the work that needs to be done, our SERVPRO professionals must determine what areas we can accomplish on our own and which require subcontractors. As we have a full division of licensed general contractors with decades of experience, we can oversee nearly all of the stages of recovery your property needs, including repairs, drywall replacement, and debris removal.

Our scoping process is also vital to determining the coverage that your insurance offers the fire-damaged residence. To accomplish this, our SERVPRO team must compile accurate diagrams, photos, and even basic blueprints of the damaged areas. This accuracy can help us to make fire losses “Like it never even happened” despite catastrophic structural damages. We can develop the best repair plan by appealing to the wishes of our customers and the expectations of their insurance provider.

Planning and scoping are two vital areas of operation in the early stages of fire loss recovery for area homes. With decades of experience in helping homeowners after disasters, we have the equipment and expertise to address the situation confidently. Give our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside team a call today at (516) 536-1801.

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We Make Your Oceanside Home Safe Again After A Fire

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment and expertise to restore your home right away to prevent further damage to your home.

Fire Damage in Your Attic Space Lets Smoke into the Rest of Your Oceanside Residence

Your Oceanside home's ventilation system can send smoke downward and into your family's living space when a fire starts in the attic. Your HVAC system can pick up smoke through air intake vents, or even be the cause of the fire. While filters catch a substantial amount, smoke can still pass through your system and into each room of your house. Tiny openings around your attic's entrance can also let smoke escape. 

While the smell of smoke alerts you, so your family escapes safely from your residence in Oceanside, fire damage continues to spread and worsen. The harm to your living space can become as costly to mitigate as the fire damage in the attic. We want to assure you that our specialists know the most efficient methods to mitigate smoke damage and repair the destruction caused directly to your attic.

Smoke travels through the path of least resistance, so doorways and windows often become bearers of the marks of fire. Corners of rooms also hold a denser coating of soot because of the way it can become trapped in this area. Wherever we find soot, ash, and liquid by-products, we use the method best suited for both the affected materials and the type of soiling.

Soot not only transfers easily from one surface to another, on clothing, hands, and objects, it also puts off a terrible odor. In addition to these two problems, soot also easily damages glossy surfaces when its sharp but microscopic particles etch fine lines into surfaces. To remove soot and fire damage from items in your home that could become permanently ruined, we perform an initial cleaning to prevent this from occurring. 

Our building services team can perform an HVAC inspection for you if desired, as this can save you time and money. Other services these specialists perform include electrical work and roofing repair. Attic fires can weaken the roof on the interior side, even when damage remains undetectable on the outside. A bit of snowfall in the winter can spell disaster in such situations.

While you might not find any soot as you did immediately after the fire, odors can linger because the fire's heat pushes smoke in the smallest spaces. As soon as the smoke in these locations cools, the solids fall to the next horizontal surface and remain there, slowly disintegrating. 

As these pieces get smaller, even weak air currents can pull these back into the air. This is where odors start. To counteract this, we use a method that mimics the smoke. Thermal fogging uses chemicals that form bonds with foreign matter, keeping it from disintegrating. Afterward, the particles become too heavy to make it back into the air.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside has teams of specialists ready for disasters involving fire and smoke. Call us at (516) 536-1801, so we can start working on making your Atlantic or Lido Beach home safe, clean, and odor-free again, “Like it never even happened.”

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Call Our Fire Damage Experts To Save Your Oceanside Apartment

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Let our professionals help you make fire losses “Like it never even happened” by calling (516) 536-1801.

Contending With Fire Damage And Odor In Oceanside Apartments

With multiple effects that can exist after any fire loss incident, many Oceanside property owners get overwhelmed, attempting to keep up with the needs of an apartment after the disaster. From soot and smoke residue removal to deodorization, you need a team of certified professionals that can address each symptom and return your unit to its original condition. Also, apartment buildings are particularly susceptible to spreading effects and damages, meaning that a fire incident that originates in one unit can quickly move to damage several before extinguishment occurs.

While many property owners want to handle the needs of their residence on their own after a loss incident fire damage and odor in Oceanside apartments can become a situation that gets out of control after a short period. Our SERVPRO professionals can provide a fast response to all fire emergencies, arriving with a full roster of technicians certified in Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and odor control through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Air quality concerns are pressing risks for any apartment after a fire. Even with smaller-scale incidents, the effects of soot and smoke particulates can continue to circulate and damage surfaces and contents of a source apartment. Purification equipment like hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers can help to reduce the presence of these particulates in the environment, limiting the buildup on surfaces and materials by pulling saturated air through onboard HEPA filters.

Odors are another concern that can spread through walls and cavities between apartments to damage multiple units. Deodorization involves intricate equipment such as thermal and UV foggers, which can help to eliminate harsh odors in open areas and what has become embedded in soft materials like furniture, drapes, clothing, and carpets.

While multiple effects can spread quickly throughout an apartment complex after a fire, our SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside specialists have containment and mitigation strategies to help. Let our professionals help you make fire losses “Like it never even happened” by calling (516) 536-1801.

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Our Professionals Can Handle Any Size Fire Damage Disaster In Your Atlantic Beach Home

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Just call us at (516) 536-1801 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Tackle Fire Damage In My Atlantic Beach Home?

Time and time again, we learn that fire damage can happen to the most cautious of homeowners. It only takes an electrical failure or an unattended candle to spark a fire inside your home. Even when you detect it early and extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher, there is residue to address. The smell, smoke, and leftover extinguishing agent can all leave your home in need of professional services.

If your home in Atlantic Beach is a victim of fire damage, SERVPRO is available to help. No fire is too small or too big for us to lend our expertise and restore your home. Our fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FSRT) train specifically to take targeted steps depending on the origin of the fire, the nature of each material that burned and composition of remaining damage. More importantly, our team is available 24/7 and is agile in responding to your emergency.

For organic materials engulfed in flames, such as wood items, they leave behind fine dust that can be wiped down with cleaning solution and a wet sponge. Conversely, polymers, and other synthetic materials require a different approach as their remains tend to be stickier and harder to remove. Our SERVPRO technicians take a close look at the nature of the residue before taking action. Even carpet full of soot can be salvaged when treated appropriately. If there is ever a material saturated beyond repair, our team takes charge and removes it from your home.

Also frequent in fires of all sizes, is the smell they leave behind. Even when your belongings are in good shape, and the cleanup is minor, the lingering odor can be overwhelming. To counteract it, our SERVPRO crew has a variety of approaches to use, including deodorizing pellets, charcoal-activated filters, and even ozone air purifiers. By using one or several of these techniques, we leave the air in your home feeling fresh.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside is here to help. Just call us at (516) 536-1801 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Long Beach After A Fire

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer our experience, expertise and necessary equipment in restoring your home.

What to Expect from Fire Damage Remediation Professionals in Long Beach

Fires can cause extensive harm to a residential property in Long Beach, even if the blaze itself seems small and extinguishes quickly. The residues from the fire spread throughout a home on the superheated air currents and frequently through the HVAC system. Trying to mitigate the harm caused by a fire as a do-it-yourself project exposes your home to the possibility of permanent damage as most homeowners have neither the equipment nor the experience to complete the tasks appropriately.

Engaging a full-service disaster restoration company to remediate fire damage in Long Beach is the safest course. The soot and smoke carried from room to room inside your home are toxic and often challenging to remove. The training our crews complete from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) prepares them to use effective strategies that clean up the charring, soiling, and odors post-fire.

A fast response is critical as fire residues immediately damage structural components and contents, and the harm grows progressively worse and more expensive to remediate as time passes. SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster, arriving at your home as soon as possible with a full complement of Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and the products, tools, and equipment needed in our well-stocked service vehicles.

An experienced project manager assesses the fire site and other areas of your home for damage and devises a plan. Our technicians get right to work, no delays needed because of our preparations. SERVPRO crews match soot types with the products, tools, and equipment that best remove each. Dry, ashy residues vacuum and dry sponge away. Thick, sticky soot from electrical fires and slow combustion of fabrics or damp items need agitation and sometimes the addition of a cleaner with surfactants and wetting agents to loosen the coating.

Protein-based soot deposits a thin but hard to remove layer, common after kitchen and grease fires. SERVPRO technicians use solvents and abrasives to remove the highly-odiferous residue. Odor Control Technicians (OCT), our deodorization specialists, employ a range of methods to eliminate, not just cover up, the noxious smells left after a fire.

SERVPRO of Long Beach / Oceanside stands ready to help when fire damage disrupts your life. Call us at (516) 536-1801 round the clock, 365 days a year for prompt assistance.

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Have a Fire Prevention Plan in your Long Beach/Oceanside Home

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

The purpose of having a fire prevention plan is to prevent a fire from occurring in your home. Here are some great tips from http://home.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/rcny/rcny_fire_safety_plan_2_emerg_info_sect.pdf on basic fire prevention.

  1. Your home should be equipped with a smoke detector and you should periodically check them to make sure that they work. Replace batteries in the spring and fall when you move your clocks forward and back. 
  2. Carelessly handed of discarded cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths. Never smoke in bed or when you are drowsy and be especially careful when you are smoking on a sofa. Be sure to extinguish every cigarette in an ashtray that is deep and wont tip over. 
  3. Matched and lighters can be deadly in the hands of children. Store them out of reach.
  4. Do not leave cooking unattended. Keep your stove top clean and free of items that can catch on fire. Before your go to bed, check your kitchen to ensure that your oven is off and an coffee or teapot is unplugged.
  5. Never overload electrical outlets. Replace any electric cord that is cracked or frayed. Never run extension cords under rugs.
  6. Prepare an emergency escape route with members of your household. Choose a meeting place within safe distance of your home where you should all meet in case you get separated during a fire.
  7. Exercise care in the use and placement of fresh cut decorative greens, such as Christmas trees and holiday wreaths. If possible, keep then planted or in water. Keep decorative greens away from any flames, including fire places. Do not keep for extended periods of time, as they dry, decorative greens become more easily combustible. 

If all else fails and your home is affected by fire damage be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801

Why Boarding up your Long Beach/Oceanside Home is Important After a Fire

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can strike your home for various reasons this can be one of the most scary & stressful situations you ever experience in your life. We want our Long Beach/Oceanside residents to know that we are always here to assist and help restore your home.. But what is the first step to take after your home has significant fire damage?

Board-Ups!

Fires may leave walls, doors, windows and roofing compromised. This will leave your home or business extremely vulnerable to break-ins, looting, vandalism or further damage from whether elements. 

If your home or business has been affected by a fire be sure to contact us at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside! We are highly trained technicians who specialize in fire damage restoration. We want to make the process easy for you so you can be back in your home with your belongings before you know it!

Contact us today at 516-536-1801!

Protect your Long Beach/Oceanside Home from Dryer Fires

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that you are at higher risk of having a clothes dryer dire if you do not clean your lint filter and dryer vents.

Follow these simple safety tips from FEMA to prevent your home from a clothes dryer fire:
(https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/clothes_dryer_fire_safety_flyer.pdf)

  • Make sure your dryer is installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter. Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle.
  • Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up.
  • Check the venting systme behind the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed or restricted.
  • Make sure that the outdoor vent covering opens when your dryer is operating.

If your home has been affected by a dryer fire contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801.

Keep your Long Beach/Oceanside Home Safe During the Holiday Season

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your Long Beach/Oceanside Home Safe During the Holiday Season!

While holiday decorating is all about adding fun, sparkle and warmth to a very special season, it is very important to remember that many of our favorite decorations carry the risk of electrical injuries or fires if not used properly.

Here are some tips on how to keep your home/self safe when setting up lights/decorations:

  • Before you put them up make sure to inspect all lights, electric decorations and extension cor

  • ds for signs of damage to wire insulation, plugs and bulbs. If cords and plugs are damaged, discard and replace the decorations.

  • If you are planning on decorating outside, make sure to use lights and decorations that are rated for outdoor use. Putting indoor-only products outside in the weather can result in electric shocks and fire hazards

  • When hanging Christmas lights outdoors, reduce your risk of electric shock by passing up on metal ladders in favor for wood or fiberglass-reinforced plastic.
  • Always unplug lights before changing bulbs, replacing fuses or making any other repairs

  • If you need to replace a bulb in a string of Christmas lights, make sure that the wattage rating of the replacement bulb you’re using matches that of the light strand. Using a bulb with too high a wattage can cause the light string to overheat which creates a big fire risk.
  • DO NOT overload extension cords.
  • Make sure wires are not warm to the touch.
  • ALWAYS turn off all the lights & decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.

If your home has been affected by fire damage this holiday season be sure to contact SERVPRO or Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801

Smoke Cleanup in your Long Beach/Oceanside Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Once you and your family are safe from a fire in your home you will need to contact a professional smoke and fire clean up service to assess the damage. We here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside specialize in fire & smoke restoration.

Smoke damage comes in many forms the most noticeable being:

  • Electrical Damage- Wiring, cords, switches, fuses, breaker boxer and outlets may all be affected
  • Odors-Surfaces of your home, specifically fabric items, may not show visible sings right away but they may contain a smoky odor. The smell of smoke gets trapped in clothing, carpets drapes and other upholstered furniture. Unless these items are properly cleaned by a professional service they may retain the smoky smell for a long period of time.
  • Discoloration- On walls, ceilings and appliances throughout your home. Within a few short days walls and flooring can turn yellow. Plastic surfaces & wood can also become discolored and warped. Metal hardware can show signs of rust and corrosion. Counter tops/tiles that contain porous stone such as marble or granite can become permanently discolored if not treated.

Smoke can also cause:

  • Interior Damage- Smoke can permeate walls and ceilings and cause damage to the homes structure, insulation, air ducts and wall studs.

We at SERVPRO of Long Beach/ Oceanside use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls and other surfaces as well as cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting all restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. Contact us at 516-536-1801 for all your fire restoration needs!

Plan Ahead! Tips on How to Make a Fire Escape Plan for your LONG BEACH/OCEANSIDE home

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Plan Ahead! Tips on How to Make a Fire Escape Plan for your LONG BEACH/OCEANSIDE home.

If a fire breaks out in your home, you may only have a few minutes to get out safely. Everyone in your family needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

Here are some easy Escape Planning tips provided by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).

(https://www.nfpa.org//-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/EscapePlanningTips.pdf)

  • MAKE a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • KNOW at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • HAVE an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
  • PRACTICE your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
  • PRACTICE using different ways out.
  • TEACH your children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • CLOSE doors behind you as you leave.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds GET OUT AND STAY OUT. Never go back inside.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out.
  • CALL the fire department from outside your home

If a fire does occur in your home be sure to call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801 after the fire is out and we will make it “Like it never happened.”

Fire Damage Cleanup and Repair...Hire a Professional

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

An old power strip with too many appliances plugged in and no surge protector catches ablaze and sets fire to 2 rooms.

SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside are your one stop shop for cleanup and repair of your fire damages caused to your home or business. We are available 24/7 and answer your call when you need us most.

Fast and efficient fire damage cleanup can make your worst catastrophe a thing of the past. No one expects or plans for a fire, but once it occurs it feels like a nightmare. Not only do the flames tear through anything they can touch, but the damage caused by the smoke, ash, and soot cause major damage as well. This is all before the fire department arrives and douses your home with water as well. Smoke, ash, soot, and water….all specialties of SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside.

Professional fire damage repair will work quickly to get your home back up and running. The main reason you call a professional to clean up after this type of mess is because ash is acidic and will destroy materials if it sits for too long by deteriorating them. The smoke damage as well will cause an irritating smell and could be potentially harmful. The average scope for a fire damage includes;

-Setting up containment areas to avoid further damage from soot spreading around the home

-Bag up and clear out fire damaged materials

-Begin cleaning/wiping down all floors, walls, carpets, ceilings, furniture, countertops, etc. Anywhere the smoke could reach will need to be cleaned and that’s what we’re there for.

-Lastly we need to clean out the home’s HVAC system because the smoke will cause a harsh and irritating odor if not correctly cleaned.

After cleaning all ash, soot, and smoke damage the home will be free of any odors that will be irritating or harmful. Call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside for all your fire damage cleanup needs @ 516-536-1801.

What To Do After A Fire

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

House fire causes 2 story wall be burnt from top to bottom. SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside to remove all burnt material. Next step is rebuild!

Here at SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside we run into a few different types of emergency situations. Whether it be fire damages, water damages, mold cleanups, or document restoration the list goes on and on. Below we see ways to kickstart your home/business fire damage rebuild process.

Contact your insurance company;

The first step in the process is to contact your insurance company within 24 hours of the incident. Some insurance companies may be able to recommend a professional fire restoration company or you can call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside @ 516-536-1801 any time day or night.

The Restoration company determines damage;

Once the restoration company arrives there are multiple different services they provide. First they will provide services to prevent further damage occurring to your home. They do this by putting up containment areas - so smoke and soot do not travel around and effect more of the home - and they begin placing boards down to walk on so the floors don’t incur more damage from the company working. Next they help determine which of your personal belongings are able to be refurbished and which are not. After, they start to determine which structural items do and do not need to be replaced. All of these items are then built into an estimate which includes the cost of the deodorizing process, the repairing of your home, and the cost for cleaning any of your items. To make it as easy as possible the restoration company sends their estimates directly to the insurance company, leaving no extra work for you, the customer!

Things to remember after a fire:

-After the fire do not use ANY electrical appliances that were in or around the fire.

-Do not wash drapes or other materials that may require dry cleaning.

-The more you move around in the affected area the more soot will move around and affect parts of your home. Be sure to have a restoration company in right away to let you know what is, and what is not safe.

If a problem occurs, anytime, be sure to call SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside for all your restoration needs @ 516-536-1801