Recent Fire Damage Posts

How to minimize Fire damage

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

One of the first concerns after a fire in a home or a fire in a business is minimizing additional fire damage. Commercial fire loss may have a significant impact on a company's ability to continue operations. A restoration company should be contacted as soon as the premises are secure in order to recover as much value as possible from a property that has suffered fire, smoke, and soot damage. The fire cleanup team will assist in assessing the property's damage and listing the objects that are present. They can also do fire damage repair and have an estimate on the spot.

Repair

A repair company will also help with boarding up a property if commercial fire damage has destroyed any doors or windows. Roofs and walls that may have been cut into by firefighters during the fire may also need to be boarded up. Because of the need to test the structural integrity of much of the building's structure, this task may be much more complex than it seems. Before a person tries to board up his or her own property after a fire in a home or a fire in a company, a licensed contractor should be contacted. Boarding up a property that has suffered fire damage is necessary both to prevent the building from collapsing and to protect it. Boarding up a fire-damaged property is necessary both to prevent the building from collapsing and to protect it from intruders who could cause further harm.

Fire Cleanup

The fire cleanup would also include drying up any water that firefighters might have flooded the area with an order to extinguish the fire. This water can cause significant water damage and encourage mold growth. A qualified technician may use a variety of techniques to dry out the property and prevent mold formation, including the use of industrial equipment such as a water extractor, a dehumidifier, and an air current mover. This method would also help to eliminate the smoke odor that will linger after a burn.

The fire cleanup would also include drying up any water that firefighters might have flooded the grounds with an order to extinguish the fire. This water can cause significant water damage as well as promote mold growth. A qualified technician may use industrial equipment such as a water extractor, a dehumidifier, and an air current mover to dry out the property and prevent mold growth. This procedure would also help to eliminate the smoke odor that will linger after a burn.

Restoring

If such objects cannot be restored due to fire loss, they can be more easily replaced. In this situation, the repair company will also assist in disposing of these objects properly. After a fire in a home or a store, there will be a lot of debris to clean up. While smoke and soot damage is reversible, property owners can opt to repair objects and surfaces instead.

After The Fire

After all soot and smoke damage has been repaired, all surfaces are sanitized and swept. The fire cleanup crew will also educate property owners on how to avoid potential commercial fire damage. Any lingering smoke odor will be ventilated until it is gone. If the smoke odor persists, chemical remedies such as ozone treatment or thermal fogging are also options, depending on the property owner's needs. Additional treatments can be needed weeks, if not months, after the initial incident.

Home Fire Safety Tips

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Not every home will catch on fire, but the best way to keep your family and home safe from a fire is to take action before it happens!

For your loved ones, take the time to:

  • practice fire drills with your family;
  • have an escape plan from each room; and,
  • have a designated meeting place outside of your home to make sure everyone has safely made it out of the house.  

For your home, take some precautionary steps now to fireproof your home:

  • Check Your Smoke Alarms Often: Your smoke alarms will alert you of a fire before you see or smell smoke. Check them at least every six months.
  • Keep A Fire Extinguisher In Your Home: A fire extinguisher can be used to put out some small fires and stop them from spreading. Every home should have one. If your home has more than one story, it's a good idea to have a fire extinguisher on each level.
  • Never Leave Candles Unattended: Candles can easily catch furniture, papers and even hanging pictures and décor on fire. Be sure to extinguish candles when you leave the room and especially if you leave your home.
  • Remove Clutter: Clutter that is too close to a heat source can catch fire. Once clutter catches on fire, it can make the fire worse and even stop you from getting out of your home during a fire. Get rid of clutter that could catch fire or block an escape route.
  • Check Your Electric Cords, Sockets and Exposed Wires: Check your electric cords and exposed wires often to make sure they are intact and not damaged. Make sure the wall sockets are not too full and that all the plugs are secure.

Acting on these safety precautions will give you and your family peace of mind.

Fire Extinguisher Safety

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

It is a good idea to have fire extinguishers conveniently located on each floor of your home or business, as well as in all areas in which a fire may break out, such as kitchens, laundry rooms and mechanical rooms. SERVPRO of Norfolk West would like to provide you with some valuable knowledge in the event of a small fire in your home or business. If you are not in danger and feel that you can safely attempt to extinguish the fire, remember the acronym PASS to help you activate the extinguisher successfully.  

  • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that prevents the handle from being pressed.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.  
  • Sweep foam from side to side at the base of the fire.

Be sure to watch for re-ignition and repeat the steps if necessary. 

Always remember safety first! If a fire is too large or you are unsure what to do, it is best to leave the area and call 911 immediately.

If you do experience fire or smoke damage in your Norfolk home or business, call SERVPRO of Norfolk West at 757-625-1245. We also offer reconstruction services!

Emergency Fire Damage Do's & Don'ts

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

These tips will assist you in taking proper actions until we arrive to a scene of a fire.  Follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration:

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking
  • Keep hands clean.  Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

DON'T:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without contacting SERVPRO first
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.  Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage

Summer Grill Safety

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Each summer, families and friends across the country enjoy the summer months with barbecues, camping trips, or by cooling off in a pool or lake. In order to enjoy these occasions, it is important to keep safety top of mind to ensure you have fun in the sun.

According to the United States Fire administration, just under 8,600 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by charcoal/wood burning and propane grill fires, annually. A barbecue grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping off the grill.

If you enjoy lounging by the pool or going for a boat ride to cool off from the summer sun, make sure you exercise caution, especially when children are present. Only swim in approved areas and supervise children at all times when near the water.

Summertime should be a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors. The following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), will help keep you safe all summer long.

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluid designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal floatation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing. Air-filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.
  • Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut down motors and heating devices before fueling a boat. In case of a spill, wipe up fuel and check for fuel leakage and odors.
  • When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and setup camp far away from the campfire. Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.
  • Always build a campfire down wind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your campfire. Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To extinguish, cover with dirt or pour water over the fire.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
  • Consider leaving firework use to trained professionals. Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.

SERVPRO of Norfolk West wishes you a happy and safe summer grilling! 

The Effects of Smoke and Fire Damage After Weeks

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Damage from a fire does not end once the flames are extinguished. In addition to creating an unpleasant odor, smoke and soot residue can continue to cause damage with every passing second. Here is a brief overview of the damage you can expect after weeks if untreated:

After days of contact with soot, the walls in your home will become discolored and need to be stripped and repainted. Metal items will begin to show corrosion. Wood items will become so damaged they need to be stripped and refinished and vinyl flooring will need to be replaced. Plus, the discoloration of fabrics including clothing and upholstery will become permanent.

If soot still has not been cleaned up weeks after the fire, glass and china items will become pitted or etched due to the acidic nature of the soot. And you will probably have to have your carpet replaced. With that said, the need to replace all carpet and windows will add a lot of expense to your restoration project.

Get professional help now by calling SERVPRO of Norfolk West for fast and effective emergency smoke damage restoration. We will get a fully trained, certified, and insured crew out to your property ASAP. Call us today at 757-625-1245.

Uncommon Sources of Residential Fires

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

We all know the most likely causes of residential fires- cooking, faulty wiring, space heaters, etc. But there are other sources, often overlooked, that contribute to house fires every year.

Dust can easily catch on fire when near heat sources like floor heaters & electrical outlets. Dusting on a regular basis can prevent a fire in your home. Laptops are another source of residential fires. They should never be kept on soft surfaces like your couch or your bed. They get very hot and therefore should be kept on a hard surface like your desk, and always turned off when not in use.

Batteries are a fire hazard because if their terminals come in contact with each other, that can cause an explosion. Experts recommend putting electrical tape over the terminals before you dispose of them and storing your batteries in a safe container.

Animals are another source of annual residential fires. Pets have been known to knock over candles, and even turn on the stove. Non-pets such as mice, squirrels and rats can chew through your electrical wires and cause a fire.

If you experience damage due to a fire at your residence, call SERVPRO of Norfolk West  at 757-625-1245. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will do our part to help make your fire damage feel “Like it never even happened.”

The Effects of Smoke and Fire Damage After a Few Hours

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Damage from a fire does not end once the flames are extinguished. In addition to creating an unpleasant odor, smoke and soot residue can continue to cause damage with every passing second. Here is a brief overview of the damage you can expect after only a few hours:

Following a fire, smoke particles will be everywhere. Many of these particles are 0.004 microns in size, or about a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair. They can penetrate just about any surface or container from your carpet to your clothes and even many kinds of food packaging. To make matters worse, you will also be dealing with soot residue. This residue is the real culprit behind the ongoing damage that will happen after a fire. Soot contains acids that can discolor and corrode the surfaces it touches. Within just a few minutes of soot contact, plastics can begin to yellow. Stone materials like marble and alabaster may also become permanently discolored.

If soot residue is allowed to remain on surfaces in your home for hours, more materials will begin to be affected. You can definitely expect grout and fiberglass to yellow. You may also find uncoated metals, countertops, and furniture finishes beginning to change color.

Get professional help now by calling SERVPRO of Norfolk West for fast and effective emergency smoke damage restoration. We will get a fully trained, certified, and insured crew out to your property ASAP. Call us today at 757-625-1245.

The Effects of Smoke and Fire Damage After Weeks

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Damage from a fire does not end once the flames are extinguished. In addition to creating an unpleasant odor, smoke and soot residue can continue to cause damage with every passing second. Here is a brief overview of the damage you can expect after weeks if untreated:

After days of contact with soot, the walls in your home will become discolored and need to be stripped and repainted. Metal items will begin to show corrosion. Wood items will become so damaged they need to be stripped and refinished and vinyl flooring will need to be replaced. Plus, the discoloration of fabrics including clothing and upholstery will become permanent.

If soot still has not been cleaned up weeks after the fire, glass and china items will become pitted or etched due to the acidic nature of the soot. And you will probably have to have your carpet replaced. With that said, the need to replace all carpet and windows will add a lot of expense to your restoration project.

Get professional help now by calling SERVPRO of Norfolk West for fast and effective emergency smoke damage restoration. We will get a fully trained, certified, and insured crew out to your property ASAP. Call us today at 757-625-1245.

Common Cause of Fire- Dryer Vents

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Norfolk West we have restored many homes and commercial businesses from fires that started from different sources. Many people don’t realize that dirty dryer vents make up an average of 17,000 reported fires in the United States every year. The sad fact is, most of these fires would not have occurred if the dryer vents had been properly cleaned.

Here are some tips to help you determine if your dryer vent is overdue for a cleaning:

  • You notice a musty/moldy smell in your newly dried clothes.
  • You notice a larger amount of lint build up in the lint trap.
  • You see any debris outside of the vent opening.
  • The laundry room and newly dried clothes are hotter than usual.

The good news is dryer vent fires are easily preventable. The main thing to remember is to keep your dryer & vent as lint-free as possible. Clean your lint trap after EVERY load. Use a lint brush to catch any excess lint around the trap. It is recommended that you call a professional out for service/cleaning every 1-3 years. Never leave your house while you are running the dryer.

If you experience a fire caused by a dryer vent, call us at SERVPRO of Norfolk West at 757-625-1245. We will work around the clock to ensure that your home or business is restored to it’s original condition, and make you feel “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage from a Fire

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

If you have ever experienced a fire at your home or business, you understand the devastation involved. And to make matters worse, with a fire often comes water damage. The main causes being sprinkler heads busting and extensive use of fire extinguishers and hoses. It is very important to take care of the water damage immediately. If you ignore it, it will be more costly to remediate, and the damage will be significantly worse.

Here at SERVPRO of Norfolk West, we specialize in fire and water remediation. We know how stressful this time is and we strive to make your life as easy as possible during this difficult time. We are always here, 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns you have, and are happy to provide free estimates as well. If you have experienced a water damage due to a fire, call SERVPRO of Norfolk West at 757-625-1245, and we promise we will make the damage feel “Like it never even happened.”

Common Causes of Electrical Fires

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

There is an average of 24,000 residential electrical fires in the United States every year. Many of them are caused by faulty outlets and appliances. Check your appliances to make sure the cords aren’t frayed or torn. Never run a cord under your carpet or rugs.

Light fixtures are another common cause of residential electrical fires. Do not exceed the maximum recommended wattage when installing light bulbs. And never place anything flammable on top of lamp shades (paper, cloth, etc.)

Space heaters are highly dangerous and are often the cause of residential electrical fires. If you must use one, never leave it running while you are not home or asleep. Keep them away from anything flammable such as clothing or curtains. And always keep them unplugged when not in use.

Make sure the wiring in your home is up to date. If your home is over 20 years old, there is a good chance the wiring is outdated and won’t be able to keep up with the electrical appliances you use in your home.

If you have a fire at your home, call us at SERVPRO of Portsmouth at 757-397-3770. We are happy to provide a free estimate for clean- up and repair services to help make the fire damage feel “Like it never even happened.”

Call professionals for fire clean up

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Once a fire has consume your home or a couple of offices within your business, the main question that comes to mind is that, "Who's cleaning up all this damage?" The option to clean up the mess yourself is always an option. Doing the job yourself will keep the cost down. 

Here at SERVPRO of Norfolk West, we are well trained with the latest techniques and are equipped with best equipment to get rid all of the smoke and soot that has damaged your home and/or business. 

We work closely with all the major insurance companies quickly and efficiently so we can get your home or business back to where it was prior to the unfortunate event. If a fire damage ever occurs, through faulty wiring or any flamable liquids next to a heat source, SERVPRO of Norfolk West is here 24/7 to make it look and feel "Like it never even happened." 

After the Fire 2018

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

If you have ever experienced a loss due to a fire, then you know the devastating effects it can have on your property and possessions. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin. But there are some steps you can take to help alleviate the situation from the beginning. SERVPRO of Norfolk West is here to help you in your time of need. First call SERVPRO of Norfolk West at 757-625-1245 and we will begin to help you with all the steps you need. Then call your insurance company, the sooner the better. They will send an adjuster to your property to assess the damage. Do not attempt to clean any of the damage yourself. Take plenty of pictures of the damage for your records.

It is important to find a temporary housing situation, so you are not living among the smoke damage. Our trained professionals here at SERVPRO of Norfolk West are on call 24/7 to provide you with service, and answers to your questions and concerns. We will come up with a remediation plan, and provide a prompt estimate with no cost to you.

Here at SERVPRO of Norfolk West, we have assisted in both small and large commercial fires as well as residential fires. We know how important it is for our clients to get their homes and businesses back to normal, as efficiently as possible. If you or someone you know has been affected by a fire loss, call us at 757-625-1245. We pride ourselves in assisting you and your mitigation needs.   

Fire and Smoke Damage 2018

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire, smoke damage can wreak havoc in your home or commercial property. Kitchen flare-ups, closed fireplace flues, and electrical fires can send smoke throughout your house, charring walls, covering everything, and not to mention the smoky smell. The longer you let smoke and odors linger, the more they soak into walls, carpets, and furniture. Once the fire’s out or the flue is open, ventilate the house as quickly as possible to mitigate smoke damage. Open doors and windows, and turn off HVAC systems to avoid further spreading smoke. Call us, SERVPRO of Norfolk West! Let our professional and certified staff in Fire Restoration do the dirty work of ventilating, vacuuming, and deep cleaning.

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 757-625-1245 or check us out online at SERVPRO of Norfolk West

High Rise Fires 2018

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Living in a high-rise building can protect you from a handful of different disasters. Unfortunately, they don’t make you any less at risk from a fire. Although high rise buildings are more likely to have fire protection systems in place, they face additional challenges that low-rise buildings may not. Complex evacuation strategies, limited fire department accessibility, smoke movement, fire control, and longer egress times and distance are just some of the unique challenges that these buildings may face in the event of a fire. The multiple floors of a high-rise building create the cumulative effect of requiring great numbers of persons to travel great vertical distances on stairs in order to evacuate the building.

People working or residing in high-rise apartment, condominium, and office buildings need to be fully prepared in the event of a fire. Be sure that you are working closely with your neighbors, landlord and co-workers to ensure everyone is aware of the proper fire safety procedures and features in your building in the event of a fire.

Does your building have fire extinguishers and/or sprinklers? Do you know where the fire alarms are located? Do you have an evacuation plan posted in designated areas of the building? SERVPRO of Norfolk West offers a complimentary ERP (Emergency Ready Program) for your business that provides an immediate plan of action in the event a fire or other disaster should occur. For more information, contact SERVPRO of Norfolk West at 757-625-1245 or go to: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/readyprogram

The following are a few essential free resource tips and guidelines from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) on how to prevent fires & be prepared in case a fire should occur.

Guidelines to Developing Emergency Action Plans for All-Hazard Emergencies in High-Rise Office Buildings

Download NFPA's free safety tip sheet on high-rise buildings.

See more NFPA tips for escape planning in tall buildings.

Summer is Here and it's Time to Grill but BE CAREFUL

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

“Three out of five households own a gas grill” (NFPA); that’s a lot of burgers and hot dogs.  Unfortunately, about 8,800 home fires occur each year as a result of gas grills. That's a lot of hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks and chicken.

  • Always grill outside, and keep the grill well away from the house, deck railings, overhanging branches and all furniture.
  • At the start of grilling season, check your propane tank hose for leaks.
    • The NFPA suggests applying a light soap and water solution to the hose.  Turn on the propane.  A propane leak will release bubbles.  If there are bubbles, turn the propane off immediately.  If the leak stops, meaning you no longer smell propane after the gas is shut off, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it.
    • If the leak does not stop, meaning you can still smell propane after turning off the gas, call the fire department and do not touch or attempt to move the grill.
  • Never use charcoal lighter fluid to try to start a stubborn gas grill.  Ever.
  • Clean your grill trays regularly.  Make this part of your summer weekend cleaning routine.  The less greasy substance on or around your grill, the better.
  • Keep pets and children away from the grill.  Most know to keep children away, but a rambunctious pet can knock over a grill and cause tremendous damage.  Keep both your pet and your home safe simultaneously by keeping pets inside until the cooking is done.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department.  Do not touch the grill.
  • If the flame goes out while cooking, turn both the grill and gas off and wait 15 minutes before relighting.
  • Never use gasoline on any grill.  Fires caused by gasoline are major sources of burns in the United States.
  • If you are burned while grilling, remove clothing and accessories from the burn site, run cold water over the injury to cool the skin, and call 911.

And if you unfortunately do have a fire, call SERVPRO of Norfolk West at 757-625-1245 and we can assist with your restoration needs. Have a SAFE and FUN Summer. 

Fall Brings Cool Weather and Increased Risk of Fires

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

There is a chill in the air, beautiful colors outside, football on the TV, and an abundance of decorations to be put up. With everything going on in the fall, it is easy to forget that autumn can be a dangerous time for fires. It is very important to be prepared and aware of your surroundings.

As you start to put up the decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving, remember that dried flowers, cornstalks, and bales of straw are all highly flammable. Pair this with the candle-lit Jack-O-Lanterns along with other open flames and there is a recipe for disaster. It is very important to be careful and think about the way you decorate. Be sure to keep any flames far away from anything even remotely flammable. It is also very important to keep all exits clear of all decorations.

SERVPRO of Portsmouth isn’t the only one stressing fire prevention in the fall. Each October, the National Fire Protection Association observes Fire Prevention Week. It is a week designated to encourage people to evaluate their surroundings and make sure that they have a plan in place in the event of a fire. It’s a great time for schools and families to teach children about fire safety.

Even if you don’t have children, take some time this month to make sure you have a plan in place. Make sure you have up to date fire extinguishers at the ready and fresh batteries in your smoke detectors. Always remember, no one ever expects a fire to happen. A good plan and fast action can turn a total loss into a small claim. 

Call SERVPRO of Norfolk West today at 757-625-1245.

Let SERVPRO of Norfolk West Handle Your Fire Damage Needs

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

With responsive and precise fire damage repair from SERVPRO of Norfolk West, even the worst disasters can be put in the past. Roaring flames have been one of man’s greatest enemies since the dawn of history, and though it’s easier to handle these days, it can still cause havoc if it gets out of control. Not only can the flames cause enormous damage, the ash, soot and smoke residue that remains will make the home almost noxious to live in. Both can create irritating odors, discolor walls or ceilings and cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration of ash left over.

SERVPRO of Norfolk West fire damage repair will remove the ash and smoke residue left behind. This has to be done quickly because ash is acidic and will cause materials to deteriorate if allowed to sit for long. SERVPRO of Norfolk West certified technicians work hard to provide a thorough cleanup.  This will include treatment of every surface that is affected by ash and soot. This includes cleaning down walls, ceilings, furniture and countertops. Ash and smoke will almost always be present in the vents and ducts as well, as they are quickly taken up by the HVAC system. SERVPRO of Norfolk West will access the home’s ducts to clean them out as well, preventing either from entering the home once again.

Call SERVPRO of Norfolk West today at 757-625-1245 or check our website out at www.SERVPROnorfolkwest.com

Fall Brings Cool Weather, Changing Leaves, and Increased Risk

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

This Fall, in between the Halloween candy and turkey dinners, take some time to be prepared.

There is a chill in the air, beautiful colors outside, football on the TV, and an abundance of decorations to be put up. With everything going on in the fall, it is easy to forget that autumn can be a dangerous time for fires. It is very important to be prepared and aware of your surroundings.

As you start to put up the decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving, remember that dried flowers, cornstalks, and bales of straw are all highly flammable. Pair this with the candle-lit Jack-O-Lanterns along with other open flames and there is a recipe for disaster. It is very important to be careful and think about the way you decorate. Be sure to keep any flames far away from anything even remotely flammable. It is also very important to keep all exits clear of all decorations.

SERVPRO of Portsmouth isn’t the only one stressing fire prevention in the fall. Each October, the National Fire Protection Association observes Fire Prevention Week. It is a week designated to encourage people to evaluate their surroundings and make sure that they have a plan in place in the event of a fire. It’s a great time for schools and families to teach children about fire safety.

Even if you don’t have children, take some time this month to make sure you have a plan in place. Make sure you have up to date fire extinguishers at the ready and fresh batteries in your smoke detectors. Always remember, no one ever expects a fire to happen. A good plan and fast action can turn a total loss into a small claim. 

Commercial Fires

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Living in a high-rise building can protect you from a handful of different disasters. Unfortunately, they don’t make you any less at risk from a fire. Although high rise buildings are more likely to have fire protection systems in place, they face additional challenges that low-rise buildings may not. Complex evacuation strategies, limited fire department accessibility, smoke movement, fire control, and longer egress times and distance are just some of the unique challenges that these buildings may face in the event of a fire. The multiple floors of a high-rise building create the cumulative effect of requiring great numbers of persons to travel great vertical distances on stairs in order to evacuate the building.

People working or residing in high-rise apartment, condominium, and office buildings need to be fully prepared in the event of a fire. Be sure that you are working closely with your neighbors, landlord and co-workers to ensure everyone is aware of the proper fire safety procedures and features in your building in the event of a fire.

Does your building have fire extinguishers and/or sprinklers? Do you know where the fire alarms are located? Do you have an evacuation plan posted in designated areas of the building? SERVPRO offers a complimentary ERP (Emergency Ready Program) for your business that provides an immediate plan of action in the event a fire or other disaster should occur. For more information, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise or go to: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/readyprogram

The following are a few essential free resource tips and guidelines from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) on how to prevent fires & be prepared in case a fire should occur.

Guidelines to Developing Emergency Action Plans for All-Hazard Emergencies in High-Rise Office Buildings

Download NFPA's free safety tip sheet on high-rise buildings.

See more NFPA tips for escape planning in tall buildings.

After the Fire

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Norfolk is here to help you in the event you have a fire.

If you have ever experienced a loss due to a fire, then you know the devastating effects it can have on your property and possessions. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin.  But there are some steps you can take to help alleviate the situation from the beginning. SERVPRO of Norfolk is here to help you in your time of need. First call SERVPRO of Norfolk at 757-625-1245 and we will begin to help you with all the steps you need. Then call your insurance company, the sooner the better. They will send an adjuster to your property to assess the damage. Do not attempt to clean any of the damage yourself. Take plenty of pictures of the damage for your records.

It is important to find a temporary housing situation, so you are not living among the smoke damage. Our trained professionals here at SERVPRO of Norfolk are on call 24/7 to provide you with service, and answers to your questions and concerns. We will come up with a remediation plan, and provide a prompt estimate with no cost to you.

Here at SERVPRO of Norfolk, we have assisted in both small and large commercial fires as well as residential fires. We know how important it is for our clients to get their homes and businesses back to normal, as efficiently as possible. If you or someone you know has been affected by a fire loss, call us at 757-625-1245. We pride ourselves in assisting you and your mitigation needs.   

Fire and Smoke Damage

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Smoke Damage after the fire.

After a fire, smoke damage can wreak havoc in your home or commercial property. Kitchen flare-ups, closed fireplace flues, and electrical fires can send smoke throughout your house, charring walls, covering everything, and not to mention the smoky smell. The longer you let smoke and odors linger, the more they soak into walls, carpets, and furniture. Once the fire’s out or the flue is open, ventilate the house as quickly as possible to mitigate smoke damage. Open doors and windows, and turn off HVAC systems to avoid further spreading smoke. Call us, SERVPRO of Norfolk! Let our professional and certified staff in Fire Restoration do the dirty work of ventilating, vacuuming, and deep cleaning.

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 757-625-1245 or check us out online at SERVPRO of Norfolk.

High Rise Fires

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SERVPRO of Norfolk is here to help in your time of need!

Living in a high-rise building can protect you from a handful of different disasters. Unfortunately, they don’t make you any less at risk from a fire. Although high rise buildings are more likely to have fire protection systems in place, they face additional challenges that low-rise buildings may not. Complex evacuation strategies, limited fire department accessibility, smoke movement, fire control, and longer egress times and distance are just some of the unique challenges that these buildings may face in the event of a fire. The multiple floors of a high-rise building create the cumulative effect of requiring great numbers of persons to travel great vertical distances on stairs in order to evacuate the building.

People working or residing in high-rise apartment, condominium, and office buildings need to be fully prepared in the event of a fire. Be sure that you are working closely with your neighbors, landlord and co-workers to ensure everyone is aware of the proper fire safety procedures and features in your building in the event of a fire.

Does your building have fire extinguishers and/or sprinklers? Do you know where the fire alarms are located? Do you have an evacuation plan posted in designated areas of the building? SERVPRO of Norfolk offers a complimentary ERP (Emergency Ready Program) for your business that provides an immediate plan of action in the event a fire or other disaster should occur. For more information, contact SERVPRO of Norfolk at 757-625-1245 or go to: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/readyprogram

The following are a few essential free resource tips and guidelines from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) on how to prevent fires & be prepared in case a fire should occur.

Guidelines to Developing Emergency Action Plans for All-Hazard Emergencies in High-Rise Office Buildings

Download NFPA's free safety tip sheet on high-rise buildings.

See more NFPA tips for escape planning in tall buildings.

Let SERVPRO of Norfolk handle your fire damage needs!

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Call SERVPRO of Norfolk today at 757-625-1245!

With responsive and precise fire damage repair from SERVPRO of Norfolk, even the worst disasters can be put in the past. Roaring flames have been one of man’s greatest enemies since the dawn of history, and though it’s easier to handle these days, it can still cause havoc if it gets out of control. Not only can the flames cause enormous damage, the ash, soot and smoke residue that remains will make the home almost noxious to live in. Both can create irritating odors, discolor walls or ceilings and cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration of ash left over.

SERVPRO of Norfolk fire damage repair will remove the ash and smoke residue left behind. This has to be done quickly because ash is acidic and will cause materials to deteriorate if allowed to sit for long. SERVPRO of Norfolk certified technicians work hard to provide a thorough cleanup.  This will include treatment of every surface that is affected by ash and soot. This includes cleaning down walls, ceilings, furniture and countertops. Ash and smoke will almost always be present in the vents and ducts as well, as they are quickly taken up by the HVAC system. SERVPRO of Norfolk will access the home’s ducts to clean them out as well, preventing either from entering the home once again.

Call SERVPRO of Norfolk today at 757-625-1245 or check our website out at www.SERVPROnorfolkwest.com