Chimney Fire Safety and Prevention Tips
A safe, happy fireplace!
We all love enjoying the fireplace in the winter time… but do you know about chimney fire safety? There are several ways to tell if you are having a chimney fire. Often a big giveaway can be the noise your chimney/ fireplace is making. Ideally, you want your fire to make a light crackling sound; if the fire in your chimney/ fireplace is making an alarmingly loud sound you may be having a chimney fire.
There are two types of chimney fires: Free Burning and Slow Burning.
- Slow Burning Chimney Fires aren’t as loud as Free Burning fires. Sometimes they can even be undetectable. As the name suggests, Slow Burning fires burn slow at high temperatures. Always be sure to check that flames or abnormal amounts of smoke are not coming out of your chimney top.
- Free Burning Chimney Fires are extremely loud. They have been said to sound like a train or even an airplane and you will most likely have large amounts of flames and smoke coming out of your chimney top.
Prevention is extremely important when it comes to fire safety. Here are some tips to keep in mind to prevent chimney fires this season:
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Never use gasoline or kerosene to start a fire.
- Burn larger logs instead of smaller logs if possible.
- Always try to use dry kindling, newspaper, etc. to start your fires
- Clean your chimney regularly, as well as making sure you get regular chimney inspections.
In the case of any fire, always get out of the house safely and call 911 first.
In the immediate after event of a fire, SERVPRO® of Plymouth/Wareham takes care of the entire fire restoration process to make it "Like it never even happened."
If you have fire or soot damage in your home or commercial property, call (508) 746-9500
Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham if you have soot/smoke damage for either emergency services or a free estimate/evaluation!
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
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 Plymouth/Wareham 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 – 508-746-9500
Mold Remediation For A Very Happy Customer
A local family experienced mold growth throughout their Carver home, and called SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham for remediation services. Our crew went in to remediate 6 rooms total: the main basement area, utility room, closet, foyer, laundry room and office. Each room and its contents were inundated with microbial growth, and action was necessary. Our technicians Donald, Adam and Riley went in with their Tyvek suits and went to work. They first set up containment and placed large air scrubbers in the home. They removed affected baseboards, drywall and insulation where it was necessary. They sprayed an antimicrobial agent and HEPA vacuumed the ceiling, wall and floor areas where the growth was found. They wiped down all contents with an antimicrobial as well. When the crew was finished, the home was back to its pre-mold condition. The homeowners where so pleased with not only our work, but with how helpful our staff was as a whole. We where happy to receive the following testimony from the homeowners after the mitigation experience:
“We would like to express our thankfulness for the services of SERVPRO. Your team Donald Dodge, Adam and Riley are exceptional. There work ethics are top of the line. Your secretary Dawn was very helpful to me, and caring.
Our sincere thank you to Donald who worked with us through an extremely difficult problem. “Kudos” to you for having such great employees.”
If you find mold growth in your home, make sure to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham. Our crew has the experience and expertise to return your home back to its pre-mold condition. For a free estimate, call our office at (508) 746-9500
Plymouth/Wareham Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home
What to do and What NOT to do When You See Mold in Your Plymouth/Wareham Home
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
When you discover mold in your Plymouth/Wareham home, leave it to the professionals. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Call us today for a free evaluation and remediation estimate at (508) 746-9500
Is your carpet salvageable after a flood?
In some situations, your carpet and pad might be salvageable after a flood.
Can my carpet and pad be saved after a flood?
After a flood, homeowners often wonder whether or not their carpet and pad is salvageable. Knowing what type of floodwater that caused the damage is a key factor in determining whether or not you should get rid of it. There are three categories of floodwater that you should familiarize yourself with so that you can have a better idea whether or not your carpet and padding can be restored. Here are the 3 categories of floodwater:
Category 1 (clean water): water that is non-contaminated that usually comes from a broken pipe, sink, etc. Carpets and pads effected by this type of floodwater can be dried and restored in place once all water has been properly extracted.
Category 2 (gray water): dirty water released by sump pumps, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. Carpets effected by this type of floodwater can usually be restored if it has been wet for less than 48 hours. In most cases the pad is replaced.
Category 3 (black water): water that contains hazardous contaminants from sewage and toilet back-flows or floods caused by natural disasters. Carpets and pads effected by black water should be removed and replaced.
Every water damage situation varies, so you should always call a professional to inspect the damage before deciding if your carpet or pad is salvageable. We have the damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-flood condition.
Call us today! (508) 746-9500
Restoring Your Plymouth/Wareham Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at Plymouth/Wareham commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham
SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. If your commercial property experiences water damage, call us today at (508) 746-9500
When Water Damage Strikes your Plymouth Business
When Water Damage Strikes, call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham at (508) 746-9500
How SERVPRO handles Water Damage in your Plymouth Business
When you own a business, the last thing on your mind can be the possibility of one morning walking in to a flooded nightmare. However, that possibility has become a reality for far more businesses in this town than you would think. Whether it’s water that came from a broken pipe, faulty sprinklers or through a hole in your storeroom ceiling, the prospect of water damage occurring in your business is very real. If this does happen, the water inside needs to be removed as soon as possible, or it is likely to do further damage to the structure of your building. Swiftly hiring professional services can reduce the chances of other unpleasant discoveries in the future, such as mold.
Our highly trained team of IICRC-certified technicians can arrive at your property very shortly after your initial call. No matter the time of day, when you need our services, we can send a team to you. Your schedule matters to us, and we understand that when it comes to commercial/business water losses, time is money.
Our SERVPRO techs bring advanced technology and equipment with them on every job. Depending on the volume of water that needs to be removed, we can pick and choose the best tools for the job. SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham can bring portable pumps, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors to your business to remove the water as quickly as possible.
Getting the water out fast is our highest priority, because we want to prevent it from causing further damage to your property. Once we remove the water, we can clean up your space and throw out any damaged goods and clean your equipment. Finally, our technicians to use more trade-tools to dry out the structure of your business.
When you find water damage on your property, get the job done fast by calling SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham at (508) 746-9500.
Fire Prevention Week is coming!
Fire Prevention Week facts and resources!
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention week is near! In 2018, Fire Prevention week is between October 7th and 13th, with Fire Prevention Day being Tuesday, October 9th!
What is Fire Prevention Week?
Fire Prevention Week started back in 1925, which was proclaimed a national observance by President Calvin Coolidge. The purpose is to educate adults, teachers, and children about the importance of fire safety. It's also meant to bring awareness to the risk of death in the case of a fire. The dates of Fire Prevention Week vary each year.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week's campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” You can see more about this campaign here on the NFPA website about public education.
On the website linked above, you will see the part of the campaign "Look. Listen. Learn" broken down as such:
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter."
There are also great ways for children to get involved and get educated on fire safety online with tons of great videos and games! Click Here to check out all of the great games and activities hosted by Sparky the Fire Dog!
Though the dates of Fire Prevention Week vary each year, Fire Prevention Day is always the same. Why? Well, October 9th is the date of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused severe damage. The Great Chicago Fire burned over 2,000 acres of land, destroyed over 17,000 structures, left over 100,000 citizens homeless, and sadly killed over 250 people.
Therefore, it is of great importance in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that we educate people of all ages on Fire Safety.
Here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham, we often deal with restoring the aftermath of a fire. However, education is of great importance when it comes to both prevention and preparation. For more information on fire prevention, visit https://www.nfpa.org/fpw
And remember, if you or a loved one ever encounters a fire, always call 911 first. If your home was damaged, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham at (508) 746-9500 for help making it "Like it never even happened."
Always call a professional when it comes to fire/soot/smoke restoration!
What TO do, and what NOT to do after a Fire
After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most predominant concerns.
- Only do necessary activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
What to Do After a Fire
- Limit movement within the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas to limit the spreading of soot.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash soot off of houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change your HVAC filter, or look into hiring a professional for a duct cleaning.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to prevent soot from traveling.
What NOT to Do After a Fire
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. Even if they are canned goods.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet because the wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. Contact a professional Restoration Dry Cleaning company.
If you or anyone you know runs into smoke/soot/fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham to make it “Like it never even happened.” We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition. Call us at (508) 746-9500.
SERVPRO of Plymouth / Wareham crew members preparing to dispatch for a Storm Event following Hurricane Florence.
SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham heads to the Carolinas in preparation for Hurricane Florence
One of our crews here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham packed up early this morning to head down to the Carolinas in preparation for Hurricane Florence. The storm crew consisted of a Production Manager, a Crew Chief, and two highly skilled technicians. SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham has been to several “Storm Events” within the last few months, but this one is anticipated to be the most catastrophic. The crew packed up 3 SERVPRO vans and a 26-foot trailer full of generators, air movers, dehumidifiers, sub pumps, and various other necessary equipment needed to help restore damage the impending hurricane is expected to cause.
By late this evening, the Carolina coasts can expect strong winds over 80 MPH. What will be most dangerous to the Carolina residents are the storm surges. A storm surge is a coastal flood or tsunami-like phenomenon of rising water, and Hurricane Florence will be causing storm surges as high as 9 to 13 feet. According to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, “Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks.”
Hurricane Florence is expected to hover over the Carolinas, dumping persistent rainfall and hurricane-force winds until Saturday. Florence is expected to unload approximately 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina by the time it passes. Its center will approach the North and South Carolina coasts later tonight as well as Friday. The actual landfall will be Friday afternoon at the earliest according to Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Over one million residents have been ordered to evacuate, however many residents do not want to leave their homes. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said no one will be able to save at-risk residents if they choose to ride it out. Florence is expected to dump up to 40 inches of rain. According to Duke Energy, the nation’s No. 2 power company, Florence could knock out electricity for almost one million customers in the Carolinas- and outages could last for weeks.
In preparation for these outages, our crew stocked up on necessities such as bottled water, canned goods, first aid supplies, batteries, and other essentials. We will be stopping in Delaware tonight to get rest and to see how the progression of Hurricane Florence is coming along. Our crew will make their way to the Carolina coasts as soon as it is safe to do so. Depending on the level of damage, we could be down in the Carolinas for several months. Stay tuned to our website and Social Media platforms for more coverage on this Storm Event, as well as exclusive picture and video content provided by our crew members here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham!