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How Our Specialists Take Care Of Your Smoke And Soot Damaged Easthampton Home

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Specialists Take Care Of Your Smoke And Soot Damaged Easthampton Home Smoke travels into clean air spaces and can race through the home during a fire.

Professional Cleaning Techniques For Soot And Smoke Residues In Easthampton

Smoke travels into clean air spaces and can race through the home during a fire. Mostly composed of carbon, it deposits residues on cooling surfaces it comes into contact with, leaving behind what is colloquially known as soot. Soot though is an umbrella term for smoke residues and does not take into account the different types which are vital to understanding if you want a professional restoration of your home.

When we remediate fire damage in Easthampton properties the first step we take is a thorough inspection. SERVPRO has technicians that are IICRC certified and trained in the patterns of smoke as well as the way it travels through the home. This training makes us one of the leading restoration providers in the local area and ensures you are not going be left with nasty surprises further down the line.

As well as carbon, smoke residues can carry the essence of the materials that they burn. When synthetic materials burn, they leave behind what we refer to as wet smoke — a sticky, odorous substance that can be difficult to remove and easy to spread around causing further damage. SERVPRO uses chemical wet cleaning techniques to help remove wet smoke. We may also use abrasives which can damage paintwork. Thankfully, we are also capable of repainting your walls and ceilings after service is completed.

When fires are extinguished water can compound the damages. Dry smoke, which is created by the burning of natural materials like wood has a crumbly texture similar to powder. Unfortunately, when the dry smoke settles on fabrics and is then exposed to water, it can be absorbed making cleaning complicated. By using foam cleaners, SERVPRO can lift soot out of fabrics using the process of osmosis where it can be wiped away.

House-fires are inherently unpleasant and stressful for all homeowners. We operate a 24-hour call line to support you anytime day or night. We also stick to the SERVPRO promise of sending a technician to your property within four hours of notification of loss to help put your mind at ease.

You need a restoration service that knows what it is doing. Contact SERVPRO of Hampshire County anytime at (413) 324-1300.

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SERVPRO Provides a Studly Service to Fire Damaged Homes in Easthampton

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Provides a Studly Service to Fire Damaged Homes in Easthampton Don't Dispair After a Fire Loss in Easthampton--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Technicians in Easthampton Talk About Treating Burnt Studs

If a fire ever breaks out on your Easthampton property, it can cause a variety of problems. Some fires burn very hot and grow extremely quickly, which can cause extensive fire damage. Fires that have plenty of oxygen and burn hot can destroy more items inside your home but the smoke created is a dry smoke which is relatively easy to wipe off most surfaces. When a burn smothers at low heat and is oxygen starved, then it might not burn as much but the smoke created is wet which makes it tougher to remove. During most fire damage situations, our SERVPRO technicians mitigate problems caused by both heat and partially combusted materials or smoke.
 
The first step to any restoration process is to secure the work area, then come up with an initial estimate. During the first write up, our SERVPRO estimators inspect the fire damage on your Easthampton property and determine what should be considered a loss and what can be salvaged. Many times items that only receive smoke damage can be cleaned and deodorized and do not require replacement. However, if heat affected structural components severely, extensive reconstruction work could have to take place.
 
During the initial estimate of the damage, we inspect the entire property and figure out which materials got charred by the fire. Drywall often protects studs from getting burnt, but if the blaze gets hot enough, the wooden studs making up the walls of your house can become partially or entirely burnt. If wall coverings appeared to be charred, they usually get removed so that the studs can be checked out. The general rule is if the charred wood is deeper than a quarter inch, then the studs must be removed and replaced. A visual inspection, when done with the customer and the insurance adjuster, generally can conclude quickly how to proceed and what to toss.

If there is charring that is only on the surface and not quite a quarter inch deep, it is possible to treat the structural components and avoid removing them. When mitigating surface charring, our SERVPRO team often sands or sandblasts the burnt material off of the surface. We can also use dry ice pellets that are directed under pressure at the blackened surface to braid it down to clean, raw wood. The affected wood then gets sprayed with a specialized sealant paint that traps in any foul odors created by the burn. If you ever notice that a fire burns items on your property, call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 seven days a week.

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How SERVPRO Can Help You Recover From A Fire In Easthampton With Our Cleaning And Restoration Services

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Can Help You Recover From A Fire In Easthampton With Our Cleaning And Restoration Services It is essential to remove the soot from your draperies and carpets during fire damage restoration before any attempt to deodorize or clean items.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Solutions For Residents Of Easthampton

Cleaning your property after a fire damage incident requires a keen assessment of the damage left behind as well as the level of destruction. While we all know how important it is to notify your insurance agency and the owner of the structure if you are renting, you need to work with restoration professionals to prevent further damage. Usually, our team starts to restore your Easthampton property once we have determined it is safe to re-enter the building.

It is essential to remove the soot from your draperies and carpets during fire damage restoration in Easthampton before any attempt to deodorize or clean items. Soot is oily and to remove it, our SERVPRO technicians can use a heavy-duty vacuum. There are chances of forcing the soot into fabrics if the vacuuming is not done correctly. After removing the soot from your carpets, we cover them to prevent soil and other particles from tracking in during the clean-up process.

When cleaning the soils and other residues from surfaces, there are key cleaning elements we consider: time, chemical action, agitation, and temperature. For instance, when we introduce heat, it breaks the surface tension and allows better penetration of water-based solutions. When that happens, it enhances the dissolving of soils. Agitation may be necessary when we need to free and wash away residues from surfaces. Some of the cleaning methods that use agitation include sandblasting, wiping, scrubbing, and air pressure washing.

After a fire, the smoke that penetrates into various areas of the building may leave behind offensive odors. Covering this smells with a fragrance has never been a good idea since with time the problem can reoccur. To solve this challenge, our SERVPRO technicians perform deodorization. Usually, we analyze the situation at hand before choosing the deodorization technique that works best. When we need to apply disinfectant and fungicides, we may decide to use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers. Using thermal Foggers can be an option when dispensing deodorants in large volumes.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County responds immediately to all commercial and residential cleaning and restoration needs. Call us today at (413) 324-1300, and our highly trained technicians can make your property “Like it never even happened.”

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Professional Methods To Restore Your Easthampton Home After Experiencing Fire Damage

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Methods To Restore Your Easthampton Home After Experiencing Fire Damage You need to know the options you have when your property experiences a fire damage incident.

Professional Methods To Restore Your Home

You need to know the options you have when your property experiences a fire damage incident. The idea is to put the right measures in place and act quickly to avoid the need to refinish and replace what professionals can easily restore using professional methods. We do not rely on a single cleaning method when restoring your property since different contents and surfaces may have the soot particles. We're going to cover some of the methods we use when addressing such events in Easthampton.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians are pre-cleaning light-to-medium soot particles during fire damage restoration in Easthampton, we might decide to use dry cleaning. During the technique, we use feather dusters to brush or lightly wipe surfaces to remove dust. Vacuuming as well as using a dry cleaning sponge is part of dry cleaning. We usually use this technique before introducing additional wet cleaning procedures.
 
If the soot particles are moderate to heavy, then wet cleaning can be a good option. In this process, we use an appropriate cleaning agent or water to do the work. This process is best suited for the contents which cannot experience any additional damage even after being thoroughly saturated by the cleaning agent. Spray and wipe also happens to be a wet cleaning process and when we use the method, we use a clean white towel to wipe the surface. We prefer to use spray and wipe when we need to control the quantity of the cleaning agent and when too much saturation may affect the surface or materials we are restoring.
 
If agitating the surface is necessary when removing the smoke particles, then our SERVPRO technicians may use the abrasive cleaning method. In this process, we may use a cleaning agent that contains abrasive ingredients or use an abrasive material when applying the cleaning product. If we have to use this method, we are careful not to damage surfaces with the abrasives.
 
SERVPRO of Hampshire County can restore both your residential or commercial property and return it to its preloss state. Call us at (413) 324-1300 and learn the options you have in our 24-hour emergency services.

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A Clothers Dryer Is Sometimes the Culprit in a Granby House Fire

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Clothers Dryer Is Sometimes the Culprit in a Granby House Fire SERVPRO Says Keep Dryer Filters and Ducts Clean to Prevent House Fires in Granby

Granby Home Owners Call SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup

Fires can start wherever heat builds up inside your Granby house. This includes the laundry area. Dryer fires often happen when lint accumulates and then ignites. The airways get blocked from the appliance through the elbow leading to the venting duct. This heat can ignite and also put undue stress on your dryer's performance as it raises your electrical bill. While threads and other items generally become caught in the lint trap, it is possible for defects to cause problems. When objects have sharp points or edges, they can make small holes in the mesh, letting larger fibers through and into the ducts. Other times, a lighter left in a pocket can ignite inside the dryer, and spread from there.

Clothes dryer fires can ignite areas in your Granby laundry room or travel through the ducts from the dryer to the vent. Wherever fire damage spreads inside your house, SERVPRO quickly restores everything so you and your family can get back to your regular routines, “Like it never even happened.”

Removing fire-damaged ducts and other materials helps us uncover the rest of the damage more easily. Cleaning as much as we can to restore it back to usable condition keeps costs lower than replacing specific elements. However, when we cannot attain safe conditions with restoration replacements become our only option. Smoke from burned clothing can become very offensive. We eliminate these odors with thermal fogging as a last restort throughout your home. Hydroxyl generators typically can vanquish the foul-smelling airborne particulates. Smoke-killing agents perform the task of eliminating the particles that produce the smoky smell your family continues to breathe in, making the air clean again. Removing any residual water that was used to put the fire out also needs to take place. Preventing mold and mildew growth after a fire protects your house even further. Microbes do not care if the materials they consume carry an offensive odor.

Moisture from your washing machine may also play a part if electricity was cut off after the fire. We work with you to get everything back to normal and in healthy livable conditions. We want your family to live in a safe environment, free of damages that can easily cause harm or injury.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County can make your home's problems with fire damage a thing of the past. Call us at (413) 324-1300 to let us know of your situation, and we can explain how we can help you accomplish this in a fast and efficient manner.

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Cleaning Fire Residues in Your Home

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Fire Residues in Your Home Residues after a fire can cling to surfaces and require more aggressive cleaning methods. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Respond Quickly and Use the Appropriate Cleaning Methods to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Home

Fires can be a devastating and traumatic event for homeowners. In addition to the loss of property and essential documents, they must cope with a massive cleanup. You left candles burning in the living, and somehow your curtains caught fire. Cleaning fire residues such as soot and ash is a big job that requires professional experience. If there is a fire in your Hampshire County home, make a call to the professionals right away. We have the skills to safely and effectively remove smoke and soot residues from your home and furnishings.
 
In Easthampton, SERVPRO offers fire damage cleaning methods to return walls and ceilings and other surfaces back to their preloss condition, whenever possible. There are various cleaning methods our team can use to clean soot, smoke, and ash from your home. Techs can use dry cleaning for light-to-medium non-grease-based residue. Technicians may also use this method to pre-clean before wet cleaning. Wet Cleaning can effectively remove light-to-heavy non-grease-based soiling. Foam cleaning can remove fire residue from upholstery materials that may shrink or bleed if wet. Some items may require immersion cleaning. With this method, items are dipped in a cleaning product bath to remove soot and ash. Peroxide active cleaning is the method for cleaning acoustical ceilings and other porous and nonporous ceiling surfaces. This method is primarily for ceilings with heavy soiling.
 
Agitation can also be part of the fire damage cleaning process. The crew may use water or air pressure, rotating brushes, wiping, scrubbing or sand-blasting to remove residues from various surfaces. Once the residues loosen up, the team can clean or remove them from the surface.
 
Before the cleaning phase begins, SERVPRO technicians perform tests to determine the correct cleaning method to use. The appropriate technique effectively removes residues from the surface without causing any further damage. During structure cleaning, the team may put plastic sheets in place to seal off the areas and to prevent fire residues from migrating to other parts of the residence. To remove smoke odors, technicians may use thermal foggers and air movers to neutralize and eliminate smoke odors.
 
If you need fire damage restoration, give SERVPRO of Hampshire County a call right away at (413) 324-1300. We are available 24/7 to restore your home to its preloss condition, whenever possible.

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Fire Damage from Your Clothes Dryer Can Affect Your Entire Belchertown Residence

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from Your Clothes Dryer Can Affect Your Entire Belchertown Residence It is important to remove lint from the dryer vent after each use to prevent a fire from starting.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Pulling fresh, just-dried towels out of the dryer can fill the area with a fresh, pleasant scent. During the winter in Belchertown, this chore can become one of the nicer ones just because of the warmth felt. However, just like the aroma can spread, lint from damp towels can accumulate and cause heat to build up to dangerous levels inside your ducts.

After pulling each load from your dryer in Belchertown, the simple but mundane task of removing the lint in the trap can help prevent fire damage. When homeowners neglect this task, lint can eventually pass through and into the duct. Still damp, it often sticks to the interior of the duct, slowly building up. Continued use of your dryer and sporadic removal of lint from the trap can lead to a fire starting inside your ductwork.

Dryer fires can also affect the clothing inside the dryer in cases where heat cannot escape into the duct and out the exterior vent. Synthetic fibers produce noxious gases when they combust. When the basement holds the washer and dryer, fire can affect the floor of the ground level story in your home. Finished basements, of course, sustain a great deal more property damage than unfinished basements might experience. The materials used to complete a basement often help to spread the fire, which can weaken even more considerable areas of the ceiling above, and thus, the flooring above.

Because many homes do not contain functioning smoke detectors in the basement, or if they do, testing does not happen on a monthly schedule, a fire in this location can become quite large, even with the occupants at home. Just as home maintenance that takes place on a regular schedule helps prevent a great deal of damages caused by a multitude of disasters, acting early can help keep existing fire damage from worsening.

SERVPRO technicians hold IICRC certificates, including Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT). We continually maintain and check our tools and equipment to ensure they remain in working order. When a fire takes out your home's electric supply or only causes damage to the area we need to work in, we can supply our own to power our equipment.

After removing all charred and burned items from your basement, smoke odors can still permeate your entire home. This is because soot particles, as they disintegrate, become airborne and can enter your heating and cooling system, and then spread throughout your home. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can help you address this predicament and make your home smell normal again.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County wants to help homeowners in our area, from Northampton to Ware, recover from fire damage. Ensuring your family lives in a safe home, free of the carcinogenic properties inherent in soot particles is very important to us. Call us 24/7, 365 days a year, at (413) 324-1300, so we can help make your home "Like it never even happened." again.

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Appliance Fire Damage in Your Ware Home

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Appliance Fire Damage in Your Ware Home Appliances make everyday living easier, but can easily cause fire damage to your home if not well maintained.

The Four Fundamental Elements of Cleaning Fire Damage

Appliances in your household in Ware make life more comfortable on a day to day basis. Each machine which operates on gas or electricity, however, presents safety risks and needs to be used according to the instructions from the manufacturer. When you follow basic safety tips, it helps you to avoid disasters in your home.

Keeping appliances away from wet areas in your kitchen or bathroom for example, and not running cords underneath rugs, assists in keeping your home safe from fire and fire damage. If you still experience an appliance fire in your Ware residence, however, SERVPRO can come to your aide in cleaning up and repairing the damage.

To clean fire damage, we need to remove smoke residues and deodorize smoke odors. Fire damage presents a large variety of cleaning challenges because of the various ways that oxygen, heat, gases, and moisture interact to make smoke residues. The different kinds of burning materials found in your home and the effects smoke and temperature have on them make different variables for cleaning methods.

When cleaning fire damage, there are four fundamental elements which we need to suspend residues to be able to remove them. Temperature is the first one. Heat increases the speed of chemical reactions in cleaning products. We select the right temperature depending on the solution being used and the material we are cleaning.

Agitation is next. SERVPRO techs agitate the surfaces by using brushes, towels, water and air pressure, plus sonic vibrations in ultrasonic machines. The process helps to dislodge residues from surfaces and spreads cleaning products over surfaces.

The professional cleaning products we use work through various chemical reactions with surfaces and residues. We select the right cleaning product depending on the action we want like bleaching, dissolving, oxidizing, emulsifying, digesting, or changing pH.

The amount of dwell time that is needed for professional cleaning and deodorization for products to work varies depending upon the kind of residues and the product.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County are experts at determining the right cleaning products and procedures for various types of fire damage. If you have had a fire due to a failed appliance in the areas of Belchertown, Ware, or Amherst, give us a call right away at (413) 324-1300, so we can clean and repair your home.

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When Puffback Leaves Fire Damaging Soot in Your Pittsfield Home

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Puffback Leaves Fire Damaging Soot in Your Pittsfield Home If Puffback Strikes Your Pittsfield Home, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

SERVPRO Offers Information, Advice, and Service Regarding Puffback and then Clean Up to Your Home

For homeowners who run oil-based boilers or furnaces in their Pittsfield home for heating, they should be well aware of the need for inspection and service on an annual basis. Your ability to listen for troubling noises that the unit is making or abnormal behaviors of firing, and then get help, can keep you from a severe mess to clean up in the future. In a phenomenon known as puffback, oil-burners are ignited and immediately burn off pooled oil in the combustion chamber, which can send a palpable wave of soot through the ductwork and vents of your home.

The lengths to which this fire damage can affect your Pittsfield home is directly correlated with the force of the blast. While in some cases, this puffback could also cause damages to your heating unit altogether, you are almost always left with a thick soot to clean up somewhere in your house. When the heated soot contacts cold corners of a structure "soot tags," often mistaken for cobwebs form. While this residue can be overwhelming to see at first, it is something that should be handled quickly. Lingering soot in areas of your home is not beneficial for your family to be around, and it is highly advisable to trust certified professionals to restore the damages created quickly.

Our SERVPRO technicians are well equipped to deal with fire damage restoration efforts, including the expertise necessary to successfully and completely clear up any presence of soot throughout your home and your ductwork. Our trained technicians deploy state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning products to ensure a clean looking and smelling home upon completion of our service. The cleaning of ducts is a step that many homeowners rarely even consider.  They can see a minimal way into the ductwork moving throughout their home. Yet, with any puffback scenario, this network going throughout your home is going to be hit the hardest by the soot damage.

While our SERVPRO professionals are well versed in ensuring that the full scope of the damage has been corrected, personal cleanup efforts might leave you overlooking this critical step. This can eventually send more soot through the system when the heating pump kicks back on again. To prevent an endless cycle of recleaning the same areas, consult with the appropriate repairmen to look into your oil-based furnace to ensure that it does not need servicing. Then, contact our team to thoroughly clean the soot from your walls, floors, ducts, and ceilings. You will feel "Like it never even happened."

While puffback can be an ongoing problem to underserviced heating units, it does not make the damage that occurs any less challenging to battle. Do not hesitate to give our experienced team here at SERVPRO of Hampshire County a call. You can reach us anytime at (413) 324-1300.

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Your Home Probably Isn't Totaled by Fire Damage in Granby

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Home Probably Isn't Totaled by Fire Damage in Granby SERVPRO is trained and experienced in restoring homes from severe fire damage.

Trust SERVPRO for Your Fire Restoration Needs, Big or Small

Large fires can sometimes be so all-consuming as to appear irredeemable to a despondent eye. If you do not know what to look for, it can sometimes appear as though your home has been burnt to a ruin and must be fully rebuilt. However, while this can happen, it is much rarer than most Granby fire damage victims think. The chances are that your home still has structural components, plans, belongings, and foundations that can be worked upon even if all else is lost. If the interior and exterior walls are mostly intact, the structure itself may only require quick repairs. While cleanup may be a long and arduous process, keep the big picture in mind.

For the most severe cases of fire damage in Granby, SERVPRO teams up with local contractors and businesses to bring a large workforce to the job. In addition to tarping, boarding, and room clearing, our mitigation response strategy also allows us to figure out exactly how much help we need for the job before restorations even begin. We can identify causes of damage, the extent of the problem, cleanup scale, and required replacement materials within a matter of days.

Once restorations begin, things tend to proceed quickly. We first remove debris and belongings from the house, carefully taking inventory of everything we must replace or restore. Once we have cleared the structure, we can begin the cleanup and restoration process, whereby we directly clean and repair any structural damage the fire may have caused. All the while, SERVPRO technicians advise and work with specialized contractors to ensure that everything gets the best care possible. Once the home itself has been restored to a condition even better than before the fire struck, we move your now-clean belongings back in and make sure everything functions as normal.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County has the personnel and equipment necessary to clean up even the most severe fire disasters. No matter how large or how small the damage, we are ready to respond to your call at (413) 324-1300.  

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Smoke and Odor Control In a Fire Damage Situation in Grandby, MA

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Odor Control In a Fire Damage Situation in Grandby, MA SERVPRO Removes Smoke and Odors from Your Granby Property

SERVPRO Handles All Aspects of Cleanup and Odor Control After House Fires

Fire is a complex event, resulting from the right combination of fuel, a source of heat, and an oxidizer. It is a combustion process that causes the production of light and heat. In some cases, it can also lead to the production of different types of gases and a wide range of vapors. These gases include carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, and carbon dioxide. When these are inhaled, they can be quite hazardous. Of course, any super heated gas is harmful to your lungs.

If a fire damage event has hit your Granby property, we have the professional restoration services to deal with the resulting odorous smoke residues. SERVPRO experts have several years of experience and industry-leading equipment for effective odor and vapor control.
 
The first step in vapor control is to remove the actual source of the odor and then clean the area of residues. This stage involves containing or blocking odor molecules from continuing to migrate throughout the structure. These physical barriers are generally set up with plastic sheets for isolation of the affected areas.
 
During a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO technicians identify the materials causing the odor and then spray them with a chemical deodorizer. The chemical forms a barrier that protects the source material from evaporating. Our IICRC-approved fire & smoke damage restoration specialists use industry leading odor counteractants to prevent the odor molecules from further circulating in the air. For chemical containment to be effective, we have to spray directly onto the charred areas using a pump-up sprayer or a fogger. A thermal fogger dispenses heated aerosols that can travel the same path as the heated smoke particles, and then bond with them to form an odorless compound.
 
The second phase is to counteract the odor particles that escaped into the air before the containment stage. This step is vital in a fire damage situation, as it helps eliminate airborne odors before they are detected by the nose. We can set up mechanical devices to change the chemical composition of the airborne particulates. Hydroxyl generators can be deployed while work is on-going. In the case of severe smoke and soot infusion and odors, there is another piece of equipment we use. This is the ozone generator, but because of the nature of ozone, this can only be placed and activated when no people, pets, or plants are within the structure. Overnight, it greatly enhances the indoor air quality, IAQ.
 
When a fire-damaging event occurs, it is important to protect your property from harmful smoke and odors. As part of the community, SERVPRO of Hampshire County is ready to help get your building back to normal, "Like it never even happened." For any assistance, call us anytime at (413) 589-8975.

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The Danger in Your Dryer Vents

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Danger in Your Dryer Vents This dryer caught on fire due to a clogged vent.

Did you know that dryer fires are one of the biggest causes of home fires? 


Each year, failure to clean clogged dryer vents and lint traps results in thousands of fires.  These disasters are easily preventable with proper maintenance.


Here are some tips to keep you and your home safe:



  • Flexible metal venting material should be used to promote good air flow and drying time

  • Make sure the dryer exhaust vent is properly installed and free of any obstruction

  • Make sure the outside vent flap is opening properly

  • Always use the lint filter in your dryer

  • Clean out your lint filter before or after every load. 

  • Clean dryer lint from around the drum and on the floor around the dryer

  • Only operate your dryer when you are home; in case of a fire, you will be able to respond quicker and limit damage


Once a year, clean lint and other debris out of the vent and pipe.  Too messy, don't have the time? SERVPRO of Hampshire County specializes in air duct and dryer vent cleaning.  Our technicians have the training and the equipment to do the job quickly and efficiently.


Most of all, proper maintenance gives you peace of mind your Western MA home is safe.  And that is priceless.


Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County to discuss your air duct and dryer vent needs at 413-589-8975.


 


Some content sourced from the National Fire Protection Association.


 

Fire Damage Prevention and Cleanup In Hampshire County

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

I borrowed this blog post from SERVPRO of Franklin County, I thought it was a great read and timely in the wake of the recent deadly and devastating fire in Holyoke on New Years Day.

Fire Safety & Prevention

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. Serving the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Hampshire County specializes in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Hampshire County is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of Northampton and surrounding communities for over 20 years. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

Hampshire County Fire Damage Cleanup

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hampshire County Fire Damage Cleanup How many items can you identify in THIS garage?

My previous blog about disaster readiness had a photo attached of a recent garage fire we responded to, asking if you could pick contents out of the debris if you needed to provide an inventory to your insurance company.  

This blog is to show yet another reason why you should do some sort of photographic or video diary of your home or business so that if THIS happens to you, you can get back on your feet as quickly as possible and work your way through your claim more easily.  

The SERVPRO READY PLAN is an APP that can also help you document and be prepared further in the event of a Fire Damage at your property.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County is quick to respond, the READY PLAN helps us to be familiar with your property and how we need to respond.

Remember, when it comes to Fire Damage and Water Damage, not only in Western Mass, but anywhere, it's all about how you respond and react.  Documenting your property and using a Readiness Plan will help you react quickly and effectively.

FIRE SAFETY ALERT!!!

1/18/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FIRE SAFETY ALERT!!! photo courtesy of Sturbridge PD via Sturbridge FD Facebook page.

On a somber note, there have been many instance of fire losses this month.  Very much characteristic of what statistically is predictable.  Sad and unfortunate, yet real.  Some of these could have been avoided, some maybe not, but in the end it is still loss and a reminder of just how precious life is.

As the temperatures finally begin to drop into more “seasonable” ranges, be reminded that space heaters and such should be plugged directly into a dedicated circuit without using an extension cord (unless rated for the draw of a heater).  DO NOT run the cord across a floor or under a carpet, this could cause a fire or trip hazard.   Make sure all heating appliances are UL rated as well.  The following link will direct you to some information on a recent Holland fire that was believed to be caused by a space heater. 

http://www.westernmassnews.com/story/30708760/investigators-holland-house-fire-caused-by-unattended-space-heater#.VmjWRxb7Bj0.mailto

Secondly, a recent hotel fire at the Publick House in Sturbridge is a reminder to guests to BE AWARE of where your emergency exits and stairwells are when you check into your room.  You never know when this could be the difference between life and death. 

To Hotel and Restaurant Owners, as well as ALL Business Owners, Building Owners and Property Managers, it’s a great time to remind you that SERVPRO of Hampshire County can assist you in writing an Emergency Ready Profile.  This playbook will help you in the event of a disaster as a result of frozen pipes, ice dams, mechanical failures that cause flooding and fire/smoke/soot damage.  It’s available in the APP stores and is always at your fingertips on your smart device.

Regardless of the fire source or the extent of smoke damage and fire damage, SERVPRO of Hampshire County can clean and restore your structure and contents back to pre-loss condition.  Think of us in your time of need, many others have and were happy to know that we were quickest to their disaster.  

Stay Alert!

11/24/2015 (Permalink)

A short but busy week kicks off the Holiday Season of 2015.  Thanksgiving marks the start of probably the busiest time of the year.  It is at this time that you need to make sure you are most vigilant and pay attention to minor details to avoid disastrous results.  In Western Massachusetts we have already seen many major fires, causing both death and injury.  Especially over the next month, maintain discipline and common sense despite that chaos around you.  Leaving an unattended pot or pan on the stove or in the oven can do so much more than ruin a meal.  Pay attention to the little things over the next month.  Space heaters, candles, cooking and Holiday decorations are all major fire hazards that can be kept in check to avoid a fire damage, soot damage or deodorization situation. 

Our job at SERVPRO of Hampshire County is not only to make fire damage and water damage “Like it never even happened”, but to help you avoid calling us for the soot damaged kitchen or flooded basement.