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Chimney Fire Safety and Prevention Tips

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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:

  1. Never leave a fire unattended.
  2. Never use gasoline or kerosene to start a fire.
  3. Burn larger logs instead of smaller logs if possible.
  4. Always try to use dry kindling, newspaper, etc. to start your fires
  5. Clean your chimney regularly, as well as making sure you get regular chimney inspections.

Always remember:

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

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

Fire Prevention Week is coming!

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

LISTEN
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
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."

Post-Fire Tips

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Post-Fire Tips 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.

Restoring a Bridgewater Home After a Fire

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring a Bridgewater Home After a Fire Look how clean the team at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham got this carpet after a fire damage!

Restoring a Bridgewater Home After a Fire

This fire damage in a Bridgewater home required a top to bottom cleaning, so the homeowners called SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham! Our crew used chem sponges to clean all surfaces, including ceilings, walls and floors. We also placed air scrubbers, which capture the contaminated air and produce clean non-contaminated air, throughout the home. Air scrubbers help control the odor left behind from a fire damage as well. In this photo, you will see how hard our crew worked to get the soot out from the carpet. We communicate with the homeowner and make sure all needs are met and all questions are answered. As you can see, the team at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham helped restore this Bridgewater home to a wonderful condition! If you have damage from fire, smoke or soot in your home- Call us today! (508) 746-9500

Puff Backs: What are they?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Puff Backs: What are they? The walls of a Kingston home covered in soot after a puff back.

Puff Backs: What are they?

A puff back occurs when a furnace misfires and leaves soot all throughout a home or business. This misfiring is often caused by an oil burner that doesn’t properly ignite, causing a buildup of fumes before the ignition. The result of these fumes being an explosion of un-burned oil in the combustion chamber of your furnace. Puff backs can leave black, sticky residue on your drapes, walls, cabinets, furniture and everything in between.

As you can see in the photo attached, the soot from this puff back has completely coated the walls of this Kingston home. However, this isn’t just any soot. Soot expelled from puff backs is sticky and includes a mixture of oil proving very difficult to clean.

SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore all your soot, fire and smoke damages.  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

To see before and after photos of this Kingston home's puff back, click here!

Plymouth/Wareham Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage - Kingston, MA. 02364

10/10/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage - Kingston, MA. 02364 Fire Damage caused by a wood stove - Kingston, MA. 02364

This fire damage in Kingston required a top to bottom cleaning. We used chem sponges to clean all surfaces, including ceilings, walls and floors. We placed an air scrubber, which captures the contaminated air and produces clean non-contaminated air. The air scrubber helps control the odor left behind from a fire damage.

Customer's Comments: "Tony is a great employee and floor supervisor"

Fire Damage - Wareham, Ma. 02571

10/10/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage - Wareham, Ma. 02571 Fire Restoration - Fire Damage - Wareham, Ma. 02571 - Grease Fire - Kitchen Fire

This fire damage in Wareham MA occurred from a grease fire in the kitchen. This loss required a top to bottom cleaning. We used chem sponges to wipe down all surfaces including ceilings, walls and floors.

Customer's Comments: "Very professional team of men. Ron was extremely helpful and informative, also Tony - very helpful + polite."

To learn more about our Fire Restoration services go to: http://www.SERVPROplymouthwareham.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Commercial Fire Damage - Carver, MA. 02330

10/1/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Commercial Fire Damage - Carver, MA. 02330 Commercial Fire Damage - Carver, MA. 02330 - Fire Cleaning - Duct Cleaning - Deodorization

This was a commercial Fire Damage/soot cleanup at a business in Carver, MA. We were able to get in and do the complete cleanup, including cleaning of the ducts. This type of soot cleanup requires top to bottom cleaning of all walls, ceilings, floors, and contents. We also used a thermal fog to deodorize. We had the business up and running within 1 day.

Customer's Comments: "Excellent service, very professional, no recommendations for improvement." 

Fire Damage & Duct Cleaning - Plymouth, MA. 02360

9/30/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage & Duct Cleaning - Plymouth, MA. 02360 Fire Damage & Duct Cleaning - Plymouth, MA. 02360

After a fire damage occurred at this customer's home in Plymouth MA, SERVPRO® of Plymouth/Wareham a duct cleaning was performed. The structure was cleaned from top to bottom. This included all ceilings, walls and floors. Upholstery cleaning was performed on all fabric furniture. Also, all carpets were cleaned and deodorized. All contents were cleaned and put back.

Fire Damage - Hingham, MA. 02043

9/17/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage - Hingham, MA. 02043 Candle Fire - Hingham, MA.

A candle fire caused this customer's home in Hingham, MA. To be covered in soot. The images show the drastic change from before to after. The customer's comments were, "Phenomenal service! Wow! Tony was extremely professional and a great communicator"

Fire Damage - Bridgewater, MA 02324

9/16/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage - Bridgewater, MA 02324 Oven Fire - Fire Damage - Bridgewater MA 02324

An oven fire in Bridgewater, MA left this customer's entire home covered in a sooty film. SERVPRO® of Plymouth/Wareham cleaned the home from top to bottom. The customer's remarks on our survey were: "From start to finish everything was excellent".