Recent Fire Damage Posts
Smoke & soot damage giving you problems? SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain can handle it!
After the smoke clears, the soot damage becomes visible. That's where our experts come in. We assess the damage to determine the type of soot as well as the best approach to begin cleaning efficiently.
After a fire:
- Watch out for electrical hazards
- Stay clear of heavy wet building material
- Avoid cleaning any affected walls, floors, etc.
- Refrain from coming into contact with soot covered items
- Restrict movement in the affected areas (as soot particles can settle deep into upholstery)
Every fire loss is unique and requires a specialized cleaning method. SERVPRO is the brand you know & trust when it comes to damage restoration & cleanup.
If you have smoke or fire damage, we have a solution.
Call now to speak with one of our professionals! (860) 826-5169
Soot everywhere! Can SERVPRO help?
What is soot?
Soot is a byproduct fabricated by the incomplete burning of organic substance. Such materials include:
- fuel oil
- solid household waste
Soot is a fine black powdery substance that may contain a number of carcinogens.
Sometimes a furnace unleashes an immense cloud of soot that can coat all of the walls, ceilings, and other surfaces of your home. This is called a "Puff Back". The severity of a puff back can vary considerably. It can even occur without notice. If your walls have black streaks and are difficult to clean a puff back is likely the cause.
We’re offering a free home inspection to determine if your home has soot damage. On average the inspection takes less than 30 minutes. Call us today to schedule an appointment! 860-826-5169
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Brush fire prevention: How can you protect your property?
Backyard fire pit
You can protect your home or property from a potential brush fire by reducing the available fuel on and around your premises. Discard dead branches, leaves, brush and tree limbs that hang over your home. Instead of using an organic mulch, use gravel or another non-combustible material next to the building. Choosing nonflammable roofing, fire-resistant siding, and attachments such as fences, decks & porches that are fire-resistant can prevent fire from spreading to the main structure.
Below are safety tips to prevent brush & grass fires:
- Comply with any local requirements pertaining to outdoor or open air burning (including campfires, brush fires, fire pits, and outdoor fireplaces).
- Closely manage all outdoor fires. Be sure to put the fire out completely before leaving.
- Refrain from burning on dry, windy days. These conditions make it easy for open burning to spread out of control.
- Do not use gasoline or other flammable liquids to burn brush, trash, or other waste.
Holiday Tips: Have you tested your lights for safety?
Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify these by the label from an independent testing laboratory.
- Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.
- Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage.
- Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
- Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short and start a fire.
- Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
- The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and any person touching a branch could be electrocuted! To avoid this danger, use colored spotlights above or beside a tree, never fastened onto it!
- Keep “bubbling” lights away from children. These lights with their bright colors and bubbling movement can tempt curious children to break candle-shaped glass, which can cut, and attempt to drink liquid, which contains a hazardous chemical.
After the Flames go out...The DAMAGING EFFECTS OF FIRE DAMAGE
Some of the biggest challenges associated with fire damage occur after the flames have gone out. The intensity of the heat, and the length of time the fire ran before it was extinguished determines the toxic effects.
Plastics and other synthetic materials can leave behind chemical residues that are harmful if inhaled. Wood smoke, usually the greatest contributor to the amount of smoke in the building, contains gases such as methane, carbon monoxide, benzene, sulfur dioxide and formaldehyde. This is toxic for anyone who inhales the smoke or comes in contact with surfaces harboring smoke residue. Soot and smoke particles have a tendency to settle on carpets, furniture, countertops and walls once the flames disappear. Prior to the flames going out, they will transmit smoke throughout the home, into ductwork, and into wall cavities.
If your home or business sustains fire damage from a loss, the first thing you should do is contact your insurance company. Once, that is done you should call SERVPRO of Middletown/New Britain to come out and assess the damage. We’ll work closely with your insurance company for an easy claim process. You can reach us 24/7 for an Emergency Response at 860-826-5169.