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Who Can Restore a Seminole Condo After a Kitchen Fire?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Perform 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration for Seminole Homes

Kitchen fires are among the most common types of home fire-related disasters in the US today, as well as among the most underreported in the country. However, even a small flare-up can leave behind hard-to-remove soot, odors, and residues in nooks and crannies in your Seminole property that can cause further damage and property loss over time.

If your Seminole condo requires fire damage restoration after a kitchen fire, SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to return your home to a preloss state that minimizes both structure and contents loss.

What Types of Cooking Are Most Likely to Cause Fires?

  • Unattended cooking. One of the most common causes of cooking fires in Seminole is leaving food that is cooking or baking unattended. Have someone mind cooking food at all times to minimize the fire damage risk from cooking oils and fats, appliance failures, and nearby flammable materials igniting.
  • Pan-frying and deep-frying. Frying foods can be particularly risky due to its ability to spray grease on counters and other nearby surfaces. This spread gives a potential fire more ways to quickly spread, especially if dousing with water is attempted over other mitigation methods.
  • Cooking on faulty stoves. An old or faulty electrical stove can eventually run the risk of a fire due to electrical arcing or other concerns as well as from cooking. Have a professional evaluate your stove to ensure that it is safe to use or update your Seminole home’s fixtures as soon as you are able.
  • Cooking on gas stoves. Because gas stoves utilize an open flame, it is vital to be particularly careful to prevent a kitchen fire. Utilize fire suppression methods like a Type B fire extinguisher or range hood dispersion system to keep a fire from spreading.

What Does a Typical Homeowners Insurance Policy Cover in Terms of Fire Damage?

As long as the fire is not intentionally set, your policy is likely to cover at least some repair costs. Here is a rundown of the types of coverage you are likely to find in your policy:

  • Personal property coverage. Personal property coverage applies to the contents of your home, which can include items like furniture, clothing, and appliances. Most homeowners’ insurance policies feature some amount of personal property protection so that contents can be replaced or repaired.
  • Dwelling coverage. This type of coverage applies to both the home itself as well as garages and other such structures that may be attached to the home. Dwelling coverage often covers the bulk of repairs to a home’s structure after a fire, as well as additional living costs incurred if your home is uninhabitable during restoration.
  • Detached structures coverage. This aspect of your policy is aimed at covering structures on your property that are not attached to the home, such as detached garages, sheds, and fences.

SERVPRO professionals coordinate with claims adjusters and insurance providers to minimize headaches for Seminole homeowners while streamlining the claims filing process.

Next time you review your policy, consider asking your agent about the following:

  • Does your personal property coverage limit offer adequate compensation for property loss in your home?
  • Is this coverage determined by the actual cash value of items in your home or replacement costs that take depreciation into account?
  • Does your policy also cover damage to landscaping on your property?

How Does SERVPRO Restore Fire-Damaged Dishware?

Ceramics, glass, and other dishes in your kitchen and dining room are highly vulnerable to damage from a fire. These damages can manifest in a variety of ways, including the following:

  • Staining from soot and residues
  • Cracks and warping from heat damage
  • Strong odors, particularly from kitchen grease fires

Dishes may be among the first contents to be cleaned in your kitchen to prevent any damage from oily soils from rendering these items unable to be returned to a preloss state. SERVPRO professionals typically treat dishes with a pre-soak in an alkaline detergent solution or industrial-grade cleaner before washing. Ultrasonic machines are also utilized for cleaning of delicate contents like dishware.

Fine china and crystal, on the other hand, require even more delicate care, as the alkaline cleaners that are well-suited to everyday dishes can damage these more decorative pieces in your Seminole property’s china cabinet. Careful manual cleaning commences quickly to prevent acidic soot residues from etching into these items.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches provides homeowners with peace of mind and cost savings because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call (727) 391-6212 to have a team at your home within hours after your initial contact.

What Can a Good Fire Damage Restoration Company Do?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

ozone machine green front SERVPRO has the equipment manned by skillful technicians to clean up and restore your fire and smoke damaged property in Seminole

Seminole Area Restoration Companies, Like SERVPRO, Are Often Able to Remediate Even the Most Severe Fire Damage.

House fires are relatively common occurrences in Seminole that take homeowners by complete surprise.  Without much warning, these destructive events often rapidly cause thousands of dollars in damage that is difficult to restore.  Such fires in the home can result from a myriad of causes, which include:

  • Food preparation mishaps
  • Malfunctioning heaters
  • Electrical shorts
  • Falling asleep while smoking
  • Wildfires

Whatever their cause, the effects of house blazes require professional assistance to remediate.  Knowing which service to call in their aftermath is essential to saving your home and prized possessions and recovering from them quickly.

What Are the Different Types of Fires and How Do They Affect Your Home?

SERVPRO, a local Seminole fire damage restoration company, has experience in dealing with the results of all types of house fires.  This hands-on knowledge is crucial, considering that each type causes different kinds of damage and these require differing restoration methods.  The primary forms of fires in the home are:

  • Fires that produce “dry smoke,” or smoke that deposits dry residues
  • “Wet smoke” blazes that result in the deposition of oily or greasy residues
  • Fires, often caused by cooking mishaps, that involve the burning of animal proteins
  • Fuel/oil fires that often leave behind crusty black soot

Dry smoke fires are usually the products of fast-burning, oxygen-rich, high-heat fires that burn natural materials and leave behind easily wiped up powdery residues. Wet smoke fires, on-the-other-hand, generally arise from slow-burning, low-oxygen, low-heat fires that burn synthetic substances and deposit hard-to-clean, smearable residues.  When protein burns, it coats everything in a sometimes hard-to-see smelly residue.  Soot from fuel/oil fires often covers surfaces with a crusty residue that can damage things if cleaned improperly.    

What Can SERVPRO Restore?

Inspecting your home following a fire can be a disheartening process.  Many times, it may seem that little-to-none of the damage you incurred can be restored.  Fortunately, this is often not the case.  SERVPRO technicians have extensive training and experience in restoring even the most severely impacted materials.  They have successfully remediated:

  • Structural elements, including floors, walls, ceilings, and rafters
  • Upholstered furnishings and items made of various fabrics
  • Different kinds of carpeting
  • HVAC systems
  • Expensive or irreplaceable items like Persian rugs, artwork, business records, or electronics
  • Outside curators and electronic experts when needed

Using specialized tools and techniques, we can often save your fire-damaged home and return it to its pre-fire condition. Moreover, our experts can usually restore all of your most precious and irreplaceable items.

How Does SERVPRO Restore My Fire-Damaged Property?

As previously noted, SERVPRO employs high-tech restoration industry equipment and methods to restore your property. This effectively addresses harmful fire-related airborne particles and destructive odor-causing residues. Many times, after our technicians have completed their work, your home looks and smells as if it never even suffered a fire.  When remediating fire damage, our experienced workers:

  • Quickly ventilate your residence with high-velocity box fans
  • Remove odor-generating airborne particles with state-of-the-art air scrubbers
  • Neutralize unpleasant smells with ozone gas generators and natural oil-aerosolizing Vaportek devices
  • Clean residues from HVAC ducts with specialized cleaning systems
  • Counteract smells in carpeting and upholstered items with injection devices
  • Deodorize difficult-to-reach areas with advanced deodorant-misting foggers

Through all of these actions, SERVPRO helps make your home’s interior air pleasant to breathe again and keeps your furnishings usable.  They also usually safeguard surfaces and furnishing from further damage resulting from acidic residues.

Fires usually catch homeowners off guard, but there are ways of effectively dealing with their effects.  Although it may initially seem as if your fire damage is insurmountable, there are often services that can restore whatever has been impacted.  We understand the unique challenges presented by different types of fires and those related to the kinds of materials burned.  We have successfully dealt with wet smoke-producing fires, those emitting dry smoke, protein-consuming fires, and others burning fuel oil.  Our technicians have also repaired a wide range of fabrics, upholstery, and specialty possessions.  Specialized training and tools, as well as extensive industry experience, have made this all possible.

If you ever experience the effects of a home blaze, remember that all is likely not lost.  There are fire damage restoration services that can return your residence to its pre-fire condition.  The key to effective remediation is being pro-active, properly researching the local restoration companies, and finding one with the right training, tools, and experience to do your particular job right, and then, having your home repaired as soon as possible.

With all that said, do not let a house fire get you down.  Whenever you need assistance remediating residential fire damage, call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212.

What Can I Expect from Professional Fire Restoration Technicians in Seminole?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire No matter how severe fire losses might initially appear, our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches team can help.

Professional Fire Restoration Technicians In Seminole

With so many damaging effects in your Seminole residence after a fire, our SERVPRO team can help to clean and restore your home to its original condition.

If you are unsure what to expect when hiring out professional restoration teams for your Seminole home, you are not alone. Without experienced a disaster that warranted reaching out to accredited professionals like ours, many homeowners and property owners might be unfamiliar with the process. Knowing what to expect limits surprises and gives you peace of mind during the recovery effort.

Successful fire damage restoration in Seminole homes happens in set stages, where we approach the most pressing concerns first. By prioritizing our recovery efforts with what conditions are likely to get worse and what matters most to the customer, we can help to get you back in the house as soon as possible after a structure fire. Regardless of the specific tasks that must occur to complete these more substantial portions of the restoration process, we can break the fire recovery effort into three distinct stages:

    •    Emergency Services
    •    Mitigation
    •    Restoration and Cleaning

What Emergency Services Can Help After a Fire Loss?

One of the advantages of having a team of contractors on our roster is that we can offer residences and commercial properties structural repairs and reconstruction when necessary. Emergency services are actions that often precede job scoping and mitigation. What tasks occur during this stage are exclusively to reduce immediate losses and prevent conditions from becoming exponentially worse, awaiting mitigation efforts to begin after we communicate the situation with your insurance provider. Some of these pre-mitigation tasks include:

    •    Board Up - Structural breaches can be a penetration point for weather events or animals. We can keep your home safe by boarding up missing windows, doors, and other openings made by firefighters to extinguish.
    •    Tarping - Roofs can become damaged by a spreading fire incident, leaving your attic vulnerable to water penetration and other damages. We can tarp the roof to prevent water penetration.
    •    Content Management - Items in your home left in the direct path of migrating soot, smoke, odors, and other damages might demand immediate attention. By relocating these items, we can avoid irreparable damage.
    •    Debris Removal - This is a beneficial step after a fire because it eliminates ash, debris, and remnants on the floors.

What Does Mitigation Entail?

At its base, mitigation is a series of actions that our restoration company takes that are meant to reduce costs and loss. While there are dozens of elements that are now part of the mitigation stage of recovering your home after a fire, a few specific techniques can noticeably reduce overall restoration times and make the process as cost-efficient as possible. Some of these include:

    •    Surface Cleaning - Soot and smoke residues can be among the most hazardous and challenging obstacles restorers face after a structure fire. Through potent cleaners and focused techniques, we can often preserve affected materials in place of tear-out and reconstruction.
    •    Controlled Demolition - When the damage to your property has already occurred to a severe extent, controlled demolition can help our technicians to manage this present threat.
    •    Air Quality Improvement - Soot particles, odor, debris, and ash can all continually circulate within a fire-damaged home. With air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, we can trap many of these hazardous particulates with onboard HEPA filtration.

What Cleaning is Necessary to Restore the House?

Just because mitigation completes does not mean that the restoration and cleaning of the property have finished yet. Many damaged areas of the house did not rate as a pressing emergency and can now get resolved through the final cleaning process. Some of these options include:

    •    Carpet Cleaning - Carpets can quickly become damaged by fire debris and other residues. However, hot water extraction and pre-treatment deluxe cleaning approaches can restore the flooring's feel and vibrancy.
    •    Deodorization - Removing odors from porous materials and the open areas where the fire damages migrated can be one of the final recovery steps. Our thermal foggers and ozone machines can make a difference quickly.
    •    Air Duct Cleaning - With a team of duct cleaning professionals, we can remove soot, ash, and other particulates trapped in the HVAC system.

Knowing what to expect from fire restoration can help you to have peace of mind throughout the recovery stages. No matter how severe fire losses might initially appear, our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches team can help. Give us a call anytime at (727) 391-6212.

What Do I Do When My Items are Burnt and Soaked After a Fire?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged foyer Not all of your belongings are lost after a fire. Call SERVPRO to help restore your personal possessions.

SERVPRO Restores Your Seminole Home After a Fire and Takes Care of Wet Belongings 

If the fire department used water to extinguish the fire in your home or a sprinkler system activated, you might face not only fire damage but also water damage. It can be challenging to know what to do first when looking at a substantial loss from both fire and water. As Florida residents, we understand the importance of removing excess moisture quickly to prevent further damage, such as mold growth. Our restorations specialists assess the damage and go about the task of prioritizing tasks to bring your home back to preloss status. 

Do I Need to Throw Away All Belongings if They Are Soaked?

No, SERVPRO Restoration Specialists Strive to Clean and Restore Your Items Over Replacing Them 

We understand the importance of keeping costs down when repairing your Seminole fire-damaged home. Our technicians look to restore, clean, and renovate rather than ripping out, disposing, and replacing. If items require extensive cleaning, the technicians may choose to bring them to a secure offsite cleaning and storage facility. 

How Do Technicians Mitigate Water Damage? 

  • They remove anything sprayed with a sprinkler system or by fire-fighters such as carpet, books, and artwork on the walls.
  • They use moisture sensors and meters first to detect the amount of water and then how much water is present in the flooring and walls.
  • Extract water from and clean the carpet, freeing it from stains and smoke residue.
  • In addition to deodorizing from smoke odors, technicians make sure to deodorize wet materials.
  • In conjunction with air purification equipment, technicians use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the home. 

The damage brought to your home by fire seldom has a straight-forward solution. Our restoration experts understand that each situation is different and create a unique plan to address your needs. They are adept restoring a home after both fire and water damage and can employ these skills to tackle both at once. 

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212. 

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Fire Damage In Your Seminole Kitchen

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Why Food is Not Safe After Fire Damage in Seminole Kitchens

When fire damage occurs in a kitchen, the monetary loss to the homeowner often includes the replacement of foodstuffs. That exotic never-opened olive oil that got brought back from a dream vacation in Italy or the case of pickles bought on sale turn out to be a loss? Probably. The common question homeowners ask is, "Why toss sealed food?"

When SERVPRO techs clean up fire damage in Seminole homes, particularly kitchens, they have extensive training in fire loss. They know soot particles exist smaller than the human eye can see, and food sealed in containers gets contaminated. Also, anything in a can or jar exposed to the heat of the fire or firefighting chemicals could appear okay but contain dangerous bacteria.

Food items that are a loss due to fire commonly include:
    •    Fresh produce and meats
    •    Foodstuffs previously opened (this applies to staple items and spices)
    •    Foods stored in cardboard, paper, plastic or foil
    •    Items with waxed, cork or peel-off seals

Safety First
SERVPRO techs make safety the highest priority during fire loss cleanup. After a kitchen fire, even a closed refrigerator or freezer that did not receive outward damage beyond needing smoke damage cleaned from the exterior often needs the contents disposed of due to probably soot contamination. The reason for this is because the seals on the fridge and freezer may not be airtight.

Removal of Soot and Smoke Damage
The techs take several steps to ensure the air quality is healthy during and after fire loss cleanup. Air scrubbers run continuously to capture airborne soot particulate and containment over doorways and vents keep the potential for cross-contamination to other areas of the home is low.

Ductwork Inspection
During a fire, hot air expands and pushes into any opening, including the ductwork in the home. Soot typically gets found within the ductwork of the home. SERVPRO techs can inspect and clean the ducts as needed to ensure the house is free from soot and smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 cleans up and offers full restoration services to homes with fire damage. With their advanced methods and equipment, the techs make the fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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Salavaging and restoring fire damage from your Seminole home

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire Our teams are always available to help you in your time of need. Call us at (727) 391-6212.

Fire Damage Restoration in Your Seminole Home Should Be Left to Professionals

The impact of a fire on your property can become a chore after the fact. Restoration duties can be a struggle with many homeowners lacking the expertise to decide which items are salvageable and which are not. Our dedicated team of qualified restorers is here to help you take your home from a blackened mess back to its preloss condition. With qualifications from the Institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration certifications (IICRC), you can trust us to carry out necessary and complex tasks on your behalf. With the right treatment, many of your most valuable possessions can return to excellent condition. 

The immediate aftermath of fire damage in your Seminole home can be the most stressful. You are sifting through debris to find the cause of the fire as well as being faced with a room full of charred materials and furniture. By contacting SERVPRO, you can ensure that salvageable possessions are given the utmost care and attention. Using a range of advanced restoration equipment and cleaning techniques, we are confident of restoring both the structure and possessions of your home to a preloss condition. 

Charring on the structure of your home is usually indicative of a severe fire that burns at high temperatures. Smoke residues may profoundly affect the walls on both the interior and exterior of the property. SERVPRO technicians can fit truck-mounts with specialist wands to distribute both cleaning solutions as well as vacuuming away loose soots. Removing surface level soots, our technicians can understand the extent of harm on any particular area and clean the surface ready for pre-testing. You may decide to perform light-vacuuming yourself to speed up the restoration process. 

Exterior walls are an eyesore when there is evidence of heavy soot-damage. Using powerful hand-held pressure washers, SERVPRO technicians can remove the visible signs of harm. Interior walls may need sanding using soda or sand-blasting techniques. Where the damage is limited to decor rather than structure, our chemical solutions can dissolve and remove many types of stubborn soiling. 

While property damages can be stressful, they are not necessarily permanent. Contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212.


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SERVPRO has the Air Cleaning Equipment For Your North Redington Beach Fire Damaged Home

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

smoke surrounding fire alarm Smoke and soot debris cause air quality issues. We have the best air filtration equipment in the business.

Air Cleaning Equipment after North Redington Beach Fires 

Air quality threats are considerable obstacles for North Redington Beach homeowners after a fire loss incident. Soot and smoke particles can circulate quickly, spreading from the ignition point throughout the entire structure. Addressing these concerns is vital for a safe and effective recovery of your home for the occupants of the household and our SERVPRO professionals. 

Regulating air quality hinges almost exclusively on the ability of our technicians to perform filtration on the air in the environment after North Redington Beach fire damage. Choosing the right tool for the job is not always clear and concise, however. Many units can offer effective results – but not without some negatives. Choosing the right machine can also help in additional ways beyond cleaning up the breathing air inside, like reducing microbial threats or reducing the severity of smoke odors. 

Hydroxyl Generators

This generator is one of the dual-action machines that can both help in deodorization of your property after a fire loss incident but serves one of its most significant purposes through the filtration of air inside the damaged area. With onboard HEPA filtration systems, air can get pulled into the machine, and microbes, particles, and debris get trapped by the filter.

Air Scrubbers

Air scrubbers are less inclined to be among the machines most sought out for deodorization. However, they can help to reduce both the debris and particulates in the environment, as well as reduce threats like microorganisms that could colonize in moist conditions common after extinguishment. These machines work similarly to the hydroxyl machines, pulling in contaminated air and trapping airborne debris, exhausting cleaner air to improve the health of your property for our SERVPRO team restoring the damage. 

Numerous options exist for restoring and recovering damaged homes and businesses after fire losses. With our ability to clear out many airborne contaminants, even air duct systems of your home, our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches team can help. Give us a call today if you want to make a fire loss “Like it never even happened.” (727) 391-6212. 

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Redington Shores Home

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Hydroxyl generator in a box Fire damage can leave unwanted odors from the smoke generated. Hydroxyl generators such as the one shown help restore the air.

Various Cleaning Approaches that Help During Fire Damage Restoration in Redington Shores

You are likely to face several challenges after a fire incident in your Redington Shores property. Apart from consuming different materials, the fire also leaves deposits on surfaces and contents, which require a thorough cleaning to restore the property to its preloss state. Working with SERVPRO during the restoration of fire damage can help you get results faster because we are well versed with different cleaning techniques.

Fire damage in your Redington Shores home is unlikely to be uniform, whether you consider how it consumes materials or soils others. Such a disjointed outcome can be traced back to the conditions prevalent during the fire, which vary at different stages of the blaze and different sections of the house. For example, incomplete combustion leads to thicker smoke production, leaving some areas caked in residues and staining others.

Some combustion processes can produce liquid residues. Firefighting efforts, especially when the flames are doused with water, also dissolve residues. Penetration of soils into fabrics and other materials is a likely outcome in such situations. A cleaning method that absorbs liquid soils is the best way to clean the affected area. Absorption can happen through capillary, osmotic, or chemical action. Our SERVPRO technicians use different mediums when cleaning through absorption, including stain-absorbing powder. We also rely on penetration to reach dissolved soils deposited below the surface better. We use synthetic detergents, which aid penetration by lowering the surface tension of the cleaning solution after fire damage.

Although it might not seem so, cleaning is a chemical process. Just as the cleaning solutions affect soils and change them chemically, the soils also affect cleaning solutions. One effect residues can have, is changing the pH levels of cleaning solutions, which can reduce effectiveness. Our SERVPRO technicians counter this by using buffered cleaning products. The buffer is a chemical that maintains stable pH even as the agent mixes with different soils, thus ensuring uniform or faster cleaning.

Cleaning up after fire incidents in Seminole, North Redington Beach and Madeira Beach can present many challenges. Call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Hiring SERVPRO Mitigates Stress Along With Fire Damage to Your Seminole Home

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Soda Blasting Gently Removes Charring from Burnt Structures in Seminole.

How Advanced Equipment Helps Resolve Fire Damage at Your Seminole Home

The best way to overcome the financial, and emotional loss you feel after fire incidents, is to restore the home to its preloss state fast.  Hiring a restoration team can help deliver results quicker.  We offer professional fire damage mitigation service in Seminole and rely on advanced equipment to deliver quality results and expedite the process.

What you see in the aftermath of fire damage in your Seminole home might not be as bad as it looks.  For example, the damage on surfaces might not be very severe, but when fully covered in soot, it might be hard to tell. Cleanup can readily resolve the issue, but residue impingement might complicate the process.  Our SERVPRO technicians use chemical sponges which have a unique cell structure that absorbs soot and other dirt from surfaces. The sponges do not require wetting to work, so they do not leave smudges.
 
Stains from Soot and Means of Cleaning Them
The heat and flames from a fire can lead to charring of surfaces. Standard restoration procedures would call for resurfacing or replacement of the affected materials. Such processes are expensive and might take longer, especially if demolition is necessary to access the material.  Our SERVPRO technicians can use advanced equipment to address the problem. We can use soda blasting machines to restore charred surfaces faster.  The process utilizes sodium bicarbonate and pressurized air which strip away charred materials and smoke residues. The sodium bicarbonate also has deodorizing properties, so it also removes any odors from the affected materials.

The right equipment simplifies the cleaning process
Soot and other smoke residues quickly settle on walls, ceilings, and other flat surfaces in your home. Cleaning all these areas can be a tiring process because of the repetitive work of scrubbing the expansive surfaces.  By using pressure washers and vacuum cleaners, our SERVPRO technicians can clean soot residues faster.  A strong vacuum with HEPA filters helps remove any loose soot particles without redistributing them into the air.

Whatever damage occurs after a fire ravages your property, call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212. We have the equipment to tackle the damage “Like it never even happened.”

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Professionals Talk About Restoring Your Fire Damaged North Redington Beach Home

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Not everything that fire touches is ruined. Call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches to restore your home.

Remediating Fire Damage To North Redington Beach Homes

Storm season is just beginning, but many Redington Beach residents are still rightly concerned about the risk of fire to their homes. A house fire can go through the structure in minutes depending on what burns, how quickly it burns, and how much heat it generates.  

At SERVPRO, remediating Redington Beach fire damage is a task that needs a quick and professional response. Every team member that arrives at an affected home is trained and certified as a Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT). Team leaders ensure they have the skills and equipment to restore homes from the effects of heat, flame, and smoke.  

Property that is scorched or burnt in a fire requires demolition and disposal. FSRTs carefully examine furniture items and other personal property to make sure it can be carried out safely or break it down into smaller pieces for easy disposal. They apply the same procedure to structural property like drywall panels and ceiling tiles. Team members carefully pull them off wall and ceiling framing and break them down for disposal. FSRTs bag or wrap everything when needed to prevent spreading ash and smoke residues.  

Next, SERVPRO technicians remediate residues and odors. Disposal of personal and structural property eliminates the source of both, but items not physically damaged require thorough cleaning. To start, FSRTs wipe down everything remaining in the home with a cleaner that contains a deodorizing agent. This initial action eliminates many layers of residues and clears out the odors they exude.  

For thicker residue layers, teams also have the option to use vacuums with specially designed filters to capture all residue particulates. If the smoke residues were able to penetrate thicker items like wall framing, FSRTs use sanders to remove enough layers of wood to clean them or a fogger to generate a cloud of cleaning and deodorizing chemicals that neutralizing the particulates.  

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is proud to serve our community, as well as Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, and Redington Shores, among others. If there is any damage to your home from a fire, call our offices today at (727) 391-6212 for a professional inspection and restoration.

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How to Remove Smoke Damage From Your Redington Shores Home

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are hard remove and often require professional remediation.

Crucial Steps in Restoring your Redington Shores Home to its Pre-loss Condition Fire Damage

The impact of a house fire is both physical, damaging structure and possessions, as well as psychological. Getting your home back to its previous condition is likely to be at the forefront of your mind. To do that it is necessary to remove any physical items that were damaged by fire, restore personal possessions before finally, tackling unpleasant odors that can be a reminder of the event. We provide a comprehensive solution to help get you back to your everyday life after a property fire.

Our procedure for remediating fire damage in Redington Shores is comprehensive and can help make it "Like it never even happened." One of the fundamental parts of restoring properties after a fire is tackling heavy set odors. Even with containing a fire to a single room, smoke can travel around the property leaving behind thick, odorous deposits.

We tackle odor at the source. By removing charred materials and disposing of them correctly, we can ensure that an odor does not return after deodorization is carried out. Afterward, we can clean any surfaces that may have odor-causing residues. Using chemical cleaning agents, SERVPRO can sanitize surfaces before the main stage of deodorization begins.

The best method of distributing deodorants is to recreate the conditions that caused an odor in the first place. We can use thermal foggers to neutralize odors caused by smoke. Thermal foggers heat deodorant chemicals and distribute them in a vapor similar to smoke. These can be particularly effective for remediating air ducts or ventilation where hidden smoke deposits may be residing.

Odor particles themselves are tiny. Sometimes they can even be microscopic. SERVPRO provides our technicians with HEPA filter air scrubbers. This equipment can remove odor particles as small as 0.3 microns from the surrounding air by using a layered filtration system.

Controlling odors and removing debris is essential to getting your home back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212.

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Learn The Four Steps Required For Seminole Fire Odor Removal

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment and training to remove fire odor in your home after the fire is put out. We are available 24/7 so don't hesitate to call today.

SERVPRO - Fire Odor Removal And Cleaning For Seminole Homeowners

Seminole fires can leave behind massive amounts of damage to area homes. Physical damage can be very costly, but some of the hardest damage to clean and eliminate after even a simple kitchen fire is the odors left behind along with the smoke residues.

Thorough Seminole fire odor removal requires four steps. SERVPRO technicians start with Remove. They can quickly eliminate many odors by removing the damaged property from the home. This include cooking utensils, cabinets, curtains, and all other material burned by the fire. Where needed, they carefully breakdown the larger items to bag for easier removal and to prevent spreading smoke residues to unaffected parts of the home.

Next, they Clean all remaining surfaces covered in odor-causing residues. Even a small amount of residue on a countertop or spread across the ceiling can generate very noticeable odors. Our response teams carefully clean everything from vent hoods to the linoleum floor if necessary. Each office has an extensive inventory of cleaning agents to remove every type of residue from burned material to include food, wood, plastic, and building material like drywall.

For tougher odors, SERVPRO technicians next Recreate the original situation that allowed odors to penetrate surfaces. Here, they heat a deodorizing agent with a fogger machine to generate a cloud of chemical agent which penetrates as deeply as the odor. The action can eliminate or cover the odor depending on which agent they use.

Finally, technicians Seal exposed surfaces. It is not always necessary, but it can be very useful when there was a severe fire that burned a large part of the home and generated many smoke residues. Examples include painting walls with a special primer coat before the final color and sealing all ducts in the HVAC system.

At SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches, our goal is to help every homeowner return to their residence as quickly as we can create a safe environment for them. If your home has suffered any fire damage at all, call us today at (727) 391-6212 to determine the risks and what we can do for you.

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Seminole Fire and Smoke Loss? Here at SERVPRO, We Can Help

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Keep the Fire in Its "Place" in Your Seminole Condo

Why Call a Professional to Restore Your Seminole Condo After Fire Damage

The tiniest of sparks can leave behind a significant amount of damage. Whether the fire starts in your condo or billows in from a neighboring property, returning your home to how it was can be a daunting task. Aside from it being overwhelming, it is best left to professionals who have trained and are knowledgeable of the intricacies of restoring a condo after it has suffered fire damage. Their expertise makes the remediation process smoother, shorter and more efficient.
 
If there is fire damage to your condo in Seminole, SERVPRO can become your greatest ally. Because we recognize that emergencies happen around the clock, our services are also available on that schedule. As soon as you reach out to us, we take the initial steps towards restoring your home. Our top priority upon arrival is ensuring that the structure is safe for us to enter. We don our personal protective equipment to avoid unnecessary exposure to dangerous materials, and we proceed to evaluate the extent of the damage. Very often, we need to address the result of the fire itself as well as any standing water left behind when the flames were extinguished.
 
Our IIRC certified technicians are trained to employ material-specific techniques and solutions to remove soot, and smoke remains from the surfaces of your home. Utilizing a one-size-fits-all approach, common in many homeowners, can result in added damage to your cabinets and walls due to the incompatibility of cleaners. Our disinfectants and sanitizers are used deliberately with each surface’s composition in mind.
 
For our SERVPRO team, the job is not complete until we deodorize your home. Fire damage can leave a lingering odor that permeates curtains, upholstery and the very walls of your condo. To eliminate it we rely on several methods including deodorizing pellets; charcoal activated HVAC filters and ozone generators. Each approach attack remaining smells is different ways, and together they leave your apartment without a trace of smoke.
 
Do not let fire damage overwhelm you. Reach out to SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 to remove every last hint of smoke from your home. With our help, your condo will look “Like it never even happened.”

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Holy Smokes!!! Smelly Odors Following a House Fire in Pinellas County--Call SERVPRO Fast

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Pinellas County Cooks and Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Odor Removal After a Mishap

Restoring the Air Quality of a Pinellas County Home After a Fire

Returning to your Pinellas County home after a disaster or damaging incident can leave a homeowner unclear as to what needs to happen to recover their house to its original condition and overcome the effects it suffered. In situations like a fire occurring in your home, these results can often be so varied and widespread that homeowners remain unclear about the best approach for restoration.

With the fire damages that could impact your Pinellas County residence, professional restoration like our dedicated team of experienced technicians can help you to understand the full effects of what has occurred and the steps necessary to return it to the way it was. Our SERVPRO specialists have the training and expertise to help you overcome every aspect of fire damage that could occur in your home, including lingering smoke stains and odors.

Smoke affects areas stretching far beyond the densest concentration of damage in your house, and it most often occurs as a sharp odor. This effect can spread through open areas, into clothing and fabrics, into carpeting and flooring, into construction materials, and more. For its widespread nature, our SERVPRO technicians have multiple pieces of equipment to help neutralize this effect and remove the odor permanently. On our Green Fleet, we have hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, thermal foggers, ULV ultra-light volume foggers, and formulated cleansers and deodorizers to defeat the odors and improve the indoor air quality.

Additionally, the environment inside might not be safe for you or your family after a fire has occurred. Indoor air quality IAQ can remain a concern until the appropriate actions get taken to remedy any possible debris, soot, and potential contaminants circulating throughout the affected areas of your residence. Equipment like our air scrubbers can pull particulates from the atmosphere in your home to help improve the air quality for both the restorers we have working on your home and for your family once our work completes. We check your HVAC system and clean it if necessary.

Fires in your home can feel overwhelming to restore, especially when you do not know the full extent of the damages that they can do. Our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches emergency response team can arrive quickly to help you assess the damage and take the initial steps required to begin restoration work. Give our trusted technicians a call anytime at (727) 391-6212.

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Smoky Fires in Pinellas County Bathrooms Can Curl Your Hair--Call SERVPRO, the Professional Straightener

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Pinellas County Faulty Electrical Incidents Often Lead to Fire and Smoke Damage.

A Faulty Hair Straightener Can Cause a Fire inside Your Pinellas County Home

Everyone needs to get ready before work, but when your morning routine causes fire damage inside of your bathroom and burns through your hair care products, your morning can become quite overwhelming. Leaving the hair straightener to heat up while you get dressed seems like a reasonable thing, and in most regards it is harmless. In fact, many people do this.
 
However, faulty wiring inside your device, or a faulty outlet, can create fire damage inside your Pinellas County home. The fire can burn through and melt the plastic pieces on your hair straightener, fusing them onto your sink. Additionally, the fire can spread to your hair care products, turning them into a bubbling and burnt mess. The fire is easy enough to put out but, by that time, your sink has already been covered in char and soot stains.
 
Your bathroom now has a foul odor from the fire. Additionally, the sink is stained black in places from the burned material. In this situation, calling for professional remediation services as soon as possible is the best thing you can do for your home.
 
When you call SERVPRO, our technicians make it a priority to travel to your residence swiftly. After our initial investigation, our IICRC-certified techs can use chemical, lubricative, or abrasive cleaning methods on your sink to help lift the char stains. Sometimes, SERVPRO can decide to try abrasive methods first, to remove any dry and flaky soot materials. If solvents are added to dry bits of soot, the soot can absorb it and become harder to clean. Afterward, SERVPRO can apply chemical solutions to help lift and wipe away the stains from your sink.
 
The first and last steps that SERVPRO techs can do for your home is to use a ULV fogger to address the malodor left behind by the fire.  The device dispenses a solution as a fog that is engineered to tackle the very particles that cause the undesirable odor and neutralize them. We also, upon arriving, sealed the bathroom and vent to prevent the circulation of smoky odors to unaffected regions of the home. In some instances, we can set up a hydroxyl generator to further grapple with the bad odors.
 
If a faulty cosmetic device causes fire damage inside of your home, do not let yourself hesitate. Use your phone to dial SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches  (727) 391-6212. No matter the day or the time, we're are always open to assist you.

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Fire Damage Restoration in Pinellas County Homes

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Recovering after a fire can be tough. Call SERVPRO to help mitigate the situation and restore your home.

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Restorative Services After a Fire

Pinellas County homeowners usually keep an eye out for storm season, but this time of year is also the end of the worst time for fires breaking out. Many residents also slowly forget about the need to keep dryer vents clear of lint and dirt or failing to watch out for kitchen fires.

Remediating Pinellas County fire damage can be simple like cleaning smoke residues from the kitchen ceiling or demolishing and removing structural and personal property. SERVPRO technicians have the experience, training, and tools needed to restore any home in our area.
 
Removing residues is a key point to restore a home. Cleaning them away or removing damaged items eliminates a primary source of odors from the home while preparing the interior for further work. Residues are either dry or wet, depending on what burned, the temperature, and how quickly it burned as well. A hot, fast fire burns most property cleanly and evenly, leaving behind a dry, powdery residue that our technicians can wipe off most surfaces with a cloth or sponge. If it is very thick, they may require a mild cleaning solution to break it up for easier removal.
 
When a fire burns slowly at a lower temperature, items do not burn evenly, leaving behind thicker, wet residues. These require stronger cleaning agents to remove them. If the wet residues are on brick or rock surfaces like a fireplace or an outside deck, SERVPRO technicians use a wire brush to dig them out for removal and then clean the surfaces.
 
Although we are not a general contractor, our technicians can demolish and remove building materials like drywall panels and wood framing. Each one is trained to handle burned, or smoke damaged property to avoid spreading contaminated material to unaffected parts of the home.
 
With the damage removed, team members can swiftly install new wall framing and then quickly hang new, clean drywall. Our personnel can paint the new panels to match the original color or apply a different one according to the homeowner’s wishes.
 
The goal for SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is to restore every home after a fire. If you need our services, call us today at (727) 391-6212 with any questions or to set up a visit and get started on returning your home and life to normal.

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Appropriate Cleaning Procedures To Address Fire Damage Incidents in Pinellas County

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Matches Up Against Fire & Smoke Restoration in Pinellas County Properties

Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration for Pinellas County Properties Needed?--Call SERVPRO

Those who have experienced fire damage on their properties know the devastating effects that such incidents bring along. Whether the fire was brought about by cooking accidents, malfunctioning heating equipment, and electrical accidents or as a result of smoking, it is essential to act quickly to keep your loved ones safe and protect your property. We advise you to work with professionals who have the right skills and equipment to address the different fire-damaging events in Pinellas County.

It is easy to assume that by extinguishing the fire no further fire damage occurs to your Pinellas County property. There are lasting effects that the smoke residues can bring to your property, and we are going to cover some of them. Soot has acidic properties, and once it settles on surfaces, it can bring about stains and porous surfaces like wallboard and plaster may start to experience discoloration. Our SERVPRO technicians can clean the smoke residues and salvage your items.
 
When at the site, our SERVPRO technicians can wash and disinfect the interior walls and all hard surfaces of your home using soap and other cleaning detergents. If there are some smoke residues on the walls, deck screens, and walks, we can use pressure washing and scrubbing. We can also spray-treat your upholstery with deodorizing products as well as change filters for your air-conditioning and ventilating units.
 
Even after our SERVPRO technicians have completed cleaning your property, the smoke odor may still be a concern. The size of the fire, items consumed by the fire, length of exposure, and the size of the room usually influence the severity of the smells. While in some cases it is possible to trace and remove the odor causing elements, in some instances, it is not possible. Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers and Thermal Foggers are the most common deodorization equipment we use to dispense the solvent-based agents into target locations to neutralize the odors.
 
SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is an industry leader in fire, storm, mold, and water damage restoration. Call us at (727) 391-6212 at any time of the day and get proven services from our highly trained restoration technicians.

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Fire Damage Technicians in Seminole Discuss Deodorizing Light Smoke Odors

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Eliminates Smoke Odors After House Fires in Seminole

Odor Removal Is a Factor in Fire & Smoke Damage Control

If a small fire burns inside your kitchen in Seminole, but you get it put out quickly, particles that do not fully combust remain in the form of smoke. Even the smallest blazes produce smoke that can travel through your home and cause problems. Soot residues and soils get left on surfaces after the fire gets extinguished.
 
Any time a fire takes place malodor particles get trapped inside porous materials and create burnt odors. Whenever dealing with fire damage near Seminole, deodorization is a vital step. Unpleasant aromas can get removed from the building through a variety of techniques.
 
The procedures implemented change based on how severe the odor problem is. When dealing with light smoke damage, the smoke only affects a small area. Damage is given the light classification when no structural components are affected. In light smoke scenarios, soot residues in the area are light or not visible. The smoke problems are not severe when smoke odors are less noticeable further from the source and do not exist in rooms far away from the fire's source.
 
The first step to any deodorization process is to remove the source of the smoke smells if possible. This means that any charred items or debris present get removed. Our SERVPRO technicians always wait for you and your insurance adjuster's approval before removing any materials from your house.
 
Next, we ventilate the affected area to disperse the malodorous particles. After that, we clean any surfaces that contain soot residue. We start with surfaces and materials near the source then work in other areas of the building.
 
We then ventilate the affected region again so that we can determine what is creating the pungent odors. In some cases, we control vapor odors by applying odor counteractant beads or pellets to the floor. During other situations, we use an ultra-low volume fogger to disperse deodorants into the house. We dispense for fog closer to the fire source and less in areas further away.
 
Even minor blazes that occur inside your home can cause smoke damage that lingers long after the fire gets extinguished. For help eliminating burnt aromas, call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 seven days a week.

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Fire Damage on Your Pinellas County Property? Here Is What You Can Do!

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Your home can sustain water damage during efforts to put the flames out, leaving you with with two types of damage to deal with.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Fire damage is one of the most invasive and extensive kinds of damages your home can sustain. When the firefighters arrive at your home, they will most likely inflict water damage as well fighting the fire. Dealing with two types of damage to your property can seem impossible. Fortunately, there is qualified help nearby to deal with both.

We are a leader in the field of cleaning and restoration services. Our trained technicians can swiftly get to the scene of the fire damage on your Pinellas County property and immediately begin the mitigation process. We are qualified to handle not only fire damage, and all of the side effects that come with it, but also water damage too. So when the loss comes from more than one source, trust us to get a team on the job and return your home to its preloss state.

No matter if we are combating smoke damage, odors, or removing water, SERVPRO can perform restoration services for all three. When our technicians get to the scene, a thorough inspection of your home and belongings can take place. Should there be any minor damage to the entry points of your home, we can tarp and board them to prevent further damage from outside sources or exposure.

SERVPRO can help you create an extensive catalog of your belongings on our CCIS, Contents Claim Inventory Service form, and help identify what is salvageable and non-salvageable. The final decision regarding what to discard is made by you and your insurance adjuster, if applicable. SERVPRO can help you get the ball rolling on replacing anything you lost in the fire while we clean and restore your home and saveable belongings.

When a fire breaks out onto your property, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212. We can get to your property within hours of your call so we can get your property back to its preloss state.

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Fire Damage Cleanup from a Dryer Fire in Your Medeira Beach Home

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Having lint professionally cleaned out on top of just cleaning it out of the lint filter helps prevent a fire. Call SERVPRO if you have fire damage.

Fire Damage Remediation Always Includes Dealing With Smoke and Soot

It is always imperative to keep your clothes dryer clean in your Madeira Beach home. The most prominent reason for dryer fires is from them not being cleaned regularly. Before and after each time you do laundry, it is essential you clean the lint filter. You should also pay attention to the back of the dryer, as lint can build up here as well. Use a nylon brush twice a year or more if the lint filter gets clogged.
 
Proper installation and the right electrical plugs go a long way in protecting your home from a dryer fire and fire damage in Madeira Beach as well. If your home does suffer from a fire because of your clothes dryer, professional help is needed to get your home cleaned up and restored back to its original state. SERVPRO staff is always standing by to help whenever you need. We have the training and tools needed to repair your home properly after a fire.
 
During a fire, smoke and soot particles settle on and adhere to surfaces. To fully restore your home, we must remove these residues. Two factors of smoke behavior deal with the temperature of the surrounding surfaces and the temperature of the smoke.
 
SERVPRO staff understands that convection means the heat that is distributed through the movement of air. Since it is not as dense as cold air, hot air rises. As the fire burns, the colder air is pulled in the lower levels and then heated. The air rises, forcing any air from the ceiling downwards. As the fire is burning, the pattern continues, which results in a constant movement and circulation of air in a room or building, making convention currents.
 
Hot smoke usually moves toward colder surfaces, which is a principle known as hot goes to cold, resulting from convection currents. Hot smoke migrates toward colder surfaces of outside windows and walls, closed closets, drawers, and rooms that are unheated. As the smoke moves around, it residues is deposited the heaviest around surfaces which are colder. The difference in temperature around windows makes more massive deposits of smoke and tar residue on the backs of draperies than on the front.
 
SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches understands how smoke and residues act, which means we also know where to find the densest concentrations and how to clean them. When your home in Indian Shores, Redington Shores, or Seminole is affected by a fire, you can trust us to properly clean it when you call us at (727) 391-6212.

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After Fire Damage To Your Redington Shores House: Getting Rid of Water and Foul Odors

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

If your home has fire damage, contact SERVPRO to come out and assess. We come up with an effective remediation plan to suit your needs.

Our IICRC Certified Technicians Remediate ALL Aspects of Fire Damage From the Burned Items to the Smells That Remain

Following a considerable fire in your Redington Shores residence, you might find yourself overwhelmed with what remains. While the fire department was successful in suppressing the flames, this has posed two problems that you have to remedy as quickly as possible. The first is the water removal needs from the hoses used to quell the fire, and the second is to remove the lingering odor that makes it difficult to be in your home.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians are skilled in multiple areas of restoration techniques. Multi-faceted assessment can mean that the fire damage to your Redington Shores home also gets addressed from water and odor damage standpoint. Comprehensiveness is all a part of your restoration package that gets mapped out when you first meet with our professionals as they arrive to begin their work.
 
Water removal techniques and equipment depend on the amount of water that remains in your home following the fire suppression. In many cases, the amount of water damage can be as detrimental as the fire itself was, depending on the time it took to put out the blaze. Pumps are used to remove pooled water, while spot specific heating fans quickly evaporate the water that has seeped into fabrics, flooring, and walls.
 
Even with the water removal completed, the smoke and charring smell of burned material continues to linger throughout the affected area. SERVPRO experts we employ have advanced fogging equipment that can dispense a dense deodorizing vapor into the air throughout the impacted places in your house. This fog interacts with the smell in the air on a molecular level, bonding with these odorous molecules and neutralizing them. The effect is to remove the present odor without replacing it with a new one.
 
Fires are unpredictable and destructive, and the damages they leave behind often go well beyond the materials that combusted. When this kind of disaster strikes, you can trust our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches to restore your home and mitigate your losses effectively. You can reach us anytime by giving us a call at (727) 391-6212.

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When a Mischievous Pet Causes Fire Damage in Seminole

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Pets can damage furniture as well as start a fire. If you are facing fire damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation as well as preventative tips.

SERVPRO Suggests Fire Prevention Tips When There are Pets in the House

If you are a pet owner in Seminole, you may want to have a pet fire safety plan in place to avoid future tragedy. Indeed, statistics from the National Fire Protection Association indicate that pets cause about 1,000 house fires every year. On the other hand, home fires affect approximately 500,000 pets each year -- all the more reason to emphasize pet safety for your household.
 
In the aftermath of a fire disaster, having a reputable fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO at hand can be useful. We have an emergency fire damage response team in Seminole that can respond quickly to your situation. Our technicians are highly trained and certified by the IICRC, and we use industry-standard tools and techniques in every restoration job.
 
An excellent way to prevent fire damage is minimizing the exposure of cords to your pets. In addition to being safety hazards (such as causing electrocution when a cat or dog chews on them), electrical cords can short out, spark, and cause a massive fire. Generally, it is advisable to stay away from any cords that are damaged in any way.
 
Rolling and then hiding your cords behind furniture or a more secure location can go a long way towards preventing fire damage caused by pets. If it is not possible to hide the cord, consider unplugging the cord and then wiping it with a cloth daubed with bitter apple spray. This type of cord cover is highly effective at keeping some pets away.
 
At SERVPRO, we receive many cases of house fires started by pets as a result of burning candles. You can reduce the risk of fire damage by either getting rid of them entirely or using flameless candles. However, keep in mind that flameless candles use batteries that your pet can get at and chew on, causing a significant digestive upset. If you really need to set the proper mood lighting, be sure to place the candles in the safest locations possible.
 
While pets are adorable, they are also mischievous and can accidentally cause house fires when left alone. If tragedy strikes, you can count on SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches to reverse any fire damage sustained. We have an extensive stock of resources that helps us restore your property to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (727) 391-6212.

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Heavy Smoke Damage Possible Despite Little Fire Damage in North Redington Beach

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires can flare up quickly and be very damaging. Call SERVPRO right after a kitchen fire for quick remediation efforts that can reduce costs.

Regardless of the Type of Fire, SERVPRO Technicians are Certified in Remediating the Damage

A fire in your home has many individual quirks. No two homes are constructed the same way, providing a range of effects when fire strikes. Some fires barely feature any flames, but severe smoke damage greatly compromises every square inch of the home. SERVPRO is familiar with dozens of fire damage variants, but our goal is always to restore the house so completely you feel “Like it never even happened.”
 
Some flames burn fast, hot, and bright. Others smolder for hours, sometimes unnoticed. The fire damage caused by a damp, smoldering burn can be a difficult challenge in your North Redington Beach home. Our crews are ready for the tasks a slow burning fire requires to clear away all evidence.
 
A slow burn seems preferable, and you may notice less charring after the fire is extinguished. The problem with this type of fire becomes evident when you realize the smoldering fire created a thick, sticky smoke that coats everything in its path. This type of smoke damage is much harder to remove than the lighter dusting of ashes and dry soot from a hotter fire. Do not be fooled into believing this kind of fire is less damaging. In fact, you need the team at SERVPRO and our training and smoke removal techniques more when the main damage is smoky residues.
 
Smoke and soot is very corrosive and needs clearing as soon as possible after the fire department gives the okay. SERVPRO pledges to begin the cleanup of the thick, greasy debris within hours of your call. Every moment counts and the use of proper products and techniques our technicians mastered during extensive training makes all the difference. We especially take care to evaluate whether this tenacious buildup infiltrates your HVAC system, where it causes havoc until abated. A thorough cleaning of your ventilation and ductwork is the only answer, and our team is up to this challenge.
 
Engage the fire damage eliminators from SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches when a slow burn results in a major cleaning requirement. Our help is on the way fast with a call to (727) 391-6212.

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Smoke Odors Begone With Our Proven Techniques In Seminole

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

No matter how quickly you extinguish an accidental fire in your home, odors linger.

Smoke Odor Removal


No matter how quickly you extinguish an accidental fire in your home, odors linger. Clean walls, ceilings, and other surfaces are not enough. To banish the memory of a house fire, all remnants of smoky smells must also exit. SERVPRO has the methodology to erase this most unpleasant of aromas.

You felt lucky that the grease fire in your kitchen swiftly came under control. Whether you had the presence of mind to smother it with a pot lid, a large container of baking soda, or a fire extinguisher the flames created what seemed to be only minor fire damage in your Seminole home. A precise cleaning of the flat surfaces and touch up painting took away all visible signs of the fire. However, the acrid, smoky smell remained.

Even if you were able to clean up the sticky soot of a grease fire without our help, you need SERVPRO’s training and experience to clear up the persistent smells that remain throughout your home. Smoke odors drift on air currents, moving to areas of your house far from the fire location. Smoke trapped within your HVAC system is particularly troublesome. Many homeowners try to get rid of the smell with air fresheners. All that results is a temporary cover up, or, even worse, a far more unpleasant mixture of greasy smoke and artificial fragrances.

We assess the manner in which the odors dispersed around your home. Sometimes overflow from the burned pot still remains in hidden areas of your stove, like under the burners or down the sides of a slide in unit. Perhaps residue ended up beneath the stove. Scrubbing off the spillage removes the source and the smell. Other times the burnt smell is due to tiny, airborne particles that combusted. We have success with that type of odor by a thermal fogging that recreates the combustion and attaches to offending bits to pull them out of the air or render them odorless through a chemical reaction.

Sealing damaged areas remove smells that locked onto surfaces. Ductwork that harbors smells responds to sealing and repainting smoke-infiltrated walls keeps the odors contained. SERVPRO technicians train extensively in deodorization techniques and receive certification to use the products and techniques properly.

When a seemingly simple fire damage scenario results in stubborn smoky smells, SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches has the skilled staff to obliterate the odor. Call us at (727) 391-6212 to eradicate this reminder of fire.