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Removing Fire Odors from your Orlando Home

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Clearing Harsh Fire Odors from Orlando Homes

A considerable part of taking care of your Orlando home after a fire is addressing the odors that the incident left behind. Noxious scents are some of the fastest-spreading effects after extinguishment, and they can permeate construction materials, contents, and overwhelm open areas. With multiple solutions for the fire-damaged home in the form of top-tier restoration equipment, our SERVPRO team is ready to tackle these concerns in your house.

Odors are among the most challenging effects to remove from a property after a loss incident, making fire and odor cleanup in Orlando homes a vital element to protecting your property from further damages. Clearing out harsh odors involves several important steps and the use of deodorization products and equipment designed to filter out air quality contaminants and remove lingering odors in the environment.

Clearing Out Debris

Debris and rubbish can hold on to smoke and other smells from the fire. Clearing out all of these damaged materials and contents can not only help to set your home on the path of restoration, but it can also help to reduce the severity of noxious odors after a fire gets extinguished. Clearing this debris should occur after our SERVPRO content management division has earmarked your possessions for extraction and transport to our nearby facility for focused cleaning, deodorization, and temporary storage.

Using Deodorization Equipment

The most effective way to get rid of lingering odors within your home is with the use of any of our deodorization tools. While many have ideal applications, most are universal enough to be effective in nearly any situation. Portable units like our thermal and UV foggers are among the most heavily used, as they do not require setting up in a central location, because it is a mobile tool that goes with the technician from space to space.

Odors can be a harmful and hazardous presence for the occupants of your home, so trust our SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights professionals to help you. Our experts have the expertise to help you breathe a little easier after a fire. Give us a call today at (407) 985-3200.

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The Nature of Smoke and Soot Dictate Clean Up Practices after Orlando Fire Damage

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Greasy Protein Fires Are Very Smelly--Call SERVPRO in Orlando for Fire Loss Cleanup and Restoration

Professionals Who Mitigate Fire Damage in Orlando Describe the Different Types of Smoke

If you ever suffer from a structural blaze inside your Orlando home, it is always smart to contact a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO immediately. Our fire damage restoration crews know the best techniques to refinish and restore burnt and soiled items to prevent replacement. When dealing with burnt materials, smoke, which consists of partially combusted particles, can add to the extent of your problems.

When mitigating any fire damage in Orlando, our SERVPRO technicians know to use different chemicals and techniques when removing residues left behind by the various types of smoke. In most situations, smoke, and the soils it leaves behind can be classified into one of the following four categories or a combination of them. By knowing what type of smoke was present, we can pick the best method to remove soot residues on the various surfaces of your building materials and contents.

1. Dry Smoke
Most fires go through stages of creating both wet and dry smoke. However, usually, fires will have more of one type than the other. Dry smoke gets created by fast-burning, oxygen-rich burns. Dry smoke is also usually created when organic materials like wood, paper, or natural fabrics burn.

2. Wet Smoke
Whether a fire produces a majority of wet or dry smoke depends on the amount of oxygen present, the rate of combustion, and the type of substance that is burning. When the fire is starved by oxygen and burns at a lower temperature, it produces a wet smoke. Wet smoke is also created when synthetic materials such as rubber or plastic burns. Wet smoke usually adheres stronger to most surfaces and is difficult to remove and clean.

3. Protein Residues
Protein residues can be found any time products such as meat, poultry, or fish burn. When a fire starts inside your kitchen, there is a good chance that protein residues can exist. These residues leave behind a yellow or amber discoloration, but it can sometimes be clear and hard to see on a surface. Protein residues leave behind strong odors making deodorization the biggest issue when dealing with them.

4. Fuel Oil Soots
Furnace puff-backs can create fuel oil residues that consist of dust particles from the ventilation system and fuel oils that did not burn all the way. This type of soot usually has a gray or black color and can consist of large or small particles. Often, the electrically charged ions form spiderweb-like formations in corners that can smear readily if not vacuumed and sponged off correctly.

If a fire ever ignites inside your Pine Castle, Belle Isle, or Barber Park house, it is wise to contact SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights at  
(407) 985-3200.

You Can Contact Us 24/7 If Your Orlando Apartment Experiences A Fire

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Debris Removal In Your Orlando Apartment

Most insurance policies, regardless of what they may and may not cover for your Orlando apartment after a fire loss incident, have coverage in place for fire debris removal services. This process, along with the damage assessment of your property, can prove vital in securing a damage claim from this insurance provider so that our professionals can get to work on your apartment. During this cleanup, our team can often also offer approaches to reduce the presence of harmful contaminants and hazards.

Fire cleanup is an important step to take, even when you are unsure of all of the coverage options and activities available to your Orlando property after a fire loss incident. One of the first calls that you should make once you have reached out to our competent SERVPRO professionals to begin this cleaning and recovery of your apartment is to your insurance provider. An agent can walk you through all of the facets of your insurance plan, including which restorative practices an approved damage claim can cover.

Our experts strive to provide every client with the same level of care and consideration for their property after a fire loss incident, and debris removal is a good example of this. With intricate controlled demolition techniques to remove specific damaged areas of drywall, flooring, and other materials, we can ultimately save our customers both time and money on the later reconstruction to follow.

With moderate mitigation work accompanying this debris removal, our SERVPRO team can help to address indoor air quality concerns in your unit with the use of our advanced tools and equipment. This technology ensures that the damages present in your apartment do not have the opportunity to spread through shared walls, ducts, and other avenues to affect new units.

Fire damage in apartments can be a challenge to overcome, especially without the full working knowledge of the insurance coverage that you have for your unit. Give our SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights response team a call anytime that you need us at (407) 985-3200.

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SERVPRO Says to Pine Castle Homeowners--Call Us for Fire and Odor Control

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Pine Castle Fire and Smoke Damage? SERVPRO Has the Team to Make "Like it never even happened."

Steps to Eliminating Smoke Odors from Fire Damage in Your Pine Castle Residence

You may not expect a small kitchen fire to cause lingering smoke odors in your home, but it can. For the duration of a fire, the smoke can spread through your house and various materials, which are porous like drywall, carpets, drapes, wood, clothing, and furniture can absorb it. Smoke smells may then get trapped in these materials and reoccur from time to time.
You can take several steps to help eliminate smoke smells from fire damage in your Pine Castle residence. The intensity of the smell varies based on the amount of smoke produced, the size of the room or house and burnt materials. Different materials produce different smells when burned. Some scents are easier to remove while others like the smoke that burning plastic materials produce are harder to remove.
To eliminate smoke odors, you can begin with airing out your home. Opening the windows can let out some of the odor and allow fresh air to enter. However, never activate the HVAC system because the smoke causing odors can circulate throughout the house, according to SERVPRO. You can also remove the drapes and curtains and hang them outdoors to air out the smell. Dry cleaning the drapes and curtains are also an excellent way to eliminate the lingering effects of the fire. If the upholstery and carpeting have a smoke scent, you can sprinkle baking soda on the affected areas and let it remain for three or more hours to absorb the odors. After that, vacuum clean the furniture or carpets to remove the baking soda.
The smoke odor may still linger even after trying to remove it, and it usually does. In that case, call a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to eliminate the odor effectively. We offer complete fire damage restoration services. Our technicians can clean and remove smoke and soot from affected areas like walls, ceilings, and floors. By deploying HEPA filtered air scrubbers to capture airborne particulates and hydroxyl generators to chemically neutralize pungent odors, SERVPRO technicians work to restore a fresh and clean indoor air quality. We seek to make it appear “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO technicians can clean restorable contents and deodorize them. We do not just cover up lingering smells with fragrance. Instead, we seek out the sources of odor and remove them.
If you need to eliminate stubborn smoke odors from your home, SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights is the right company to call. Call us today at (407) 985-3200 for immediate response in Edgewood, Conway, and Pine City.

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What is the Best Way to Remove Smoke and Soot Damage From Your Conway Home?

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage are difficult to remove without professional remediation. SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights is available 24/7.

SERVPRO Solves Many Forms of Fire Damage in Conway Homes

After the fire, there are some levels of fire damage to address even in a home blaze that would qualify as small scale. The key to lessening the secondary damage from smoke, soot, and water used to extinguish the fire is to begin the cleaning and restoration of the property as quickly as possible.  

When SERVPRO arrives to remediate fire damage to Conway properties, teams of technicians do several things at once to make the cleanup efforts go faster. We use containment when the fire is local to only a specific area in the home. Our technicians set up barriers to control the spread of odor-causing soot particles naked to the human eye. At the same time, other technicians take moisture measurements and determine the best course for drying with positioned air movers and humidifiers for fast results.  

Once the affected areas are determined to be dry using moisture probes, SERVPRO technicians access the type of smoke and soot residue that needs cleaning from surfaces and restorable objects using wet and dry sponges as appropriate to remove all traces of the fire and odor.  

Our certified Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) determine how much the odor has spread throughout the home and affected building materials, fabrics and porous items. We often use multiple methods to completely eradicate odor left behind by home fires such as HEPA-filtered air scrubbers with charcoal filters along with a follow up with a thermal fogging application to neutralize odors in carpeting, fabrics and other penetrable items that may be holding stubborn odors from the fire. The solvent-based fog travels in the same manner as smoke and effectively overtakes and eliminates deeply seated odors.  

We know cleanup needs to start as soon as possible for the best outcome from fire damage. Contact SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights at (407) 985-3200 and talk to one of our certified technicians, we are available 24/7 to assist you.

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The Steps To Take After A Fire Damage Disaster Happens In Your Edgewood Home

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

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What To Tackle First When There Is Fire Damage To Your Home In Edgewood

Disaster can strike at any time, leaving our families in the midst of debris and at a loss for answers. In Florida, we tend to get advance warning when hurricanes, winds or storms threaten our homes, but we rarely think that fire could also affect us. As homeowners, we need to quickly connect with the best in the industry to help us remediate fire damage and salvage as much as we can.

SERVPRO is the answer to your needs. When there is fire damage to your Edgewood property, we help mitigate the devastation and work with you to protect the structure and contents of your home. Our team is on call around the clock and ready to apply its skills and experience to help you. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified to restore your home after it is affected by fire and smoke. Through our training and the availability of specialized equipment and technology, we are your greatest ally in bringing your property back to pre-damage condition.

There is much to worry about after fire strikes your home. The immediate safety and lodging of your family are of top priority, followed by the physical integrity of your home and everything you had in it. Our team can make an assessment and work with relevant parties to determine which parts of your home are compromised if any. Simultaneously, we explore your belongings with the goal of salvaging as much as we can. In the process, we utilize solutions specific to each surface to help us eliminate traces of smoke and soot.

Very often, the smell of smoke is the last priority but an overwhelming nuisance. Our deodorizing process includes different methods for neutralizing the odor and improving the quality of air in your home. For this, we may use air scrubbers, ozone generators and even thermal foggers to erase the smell from furniture and other materials inside the home.

Do not feel alone when disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights at (407) 985-3200 and allow us to help you leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Key Elements of Fire Damage Remediation in Your Pine Castle Home

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation involves dealing with foul odors that are left behind. Contact SERVPRO for IICRC certified technician service.

Professionals Address Small Fire Damage in Pine Castle

Part of being a homeowner in Florida involves being ready for disasters. In our state we prepare for hurricanes and torrential rains, but how often do we prepare for events that begin in our own home? For example, an everyday meal can cause an unexpected kitchen fire leaving you in need of assistance in resolving the remaining fire damage. When this happens, it is crucial to know who exactly is better prepared to deal with the damage efficiently.

If your home is the victim of fire damage in Pine Castle, do not hesitate to reach out to our SERVPRO team as soon as the emergency happens. Our team is on call 24/7, so we can act expediently upon receiving your call. Our training prepares us to address issues caused by fires big and small, and you want to make sure to capitalize on that.

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO Green Fleet will most likely utilize plastic barriers to isolate your kitchen from the rest of the home to control further dissemination of odors and damage. Once we assess the damage and the surfaces affected by soot and smoke, we begin to work in earnest utilizing solutions and cleaners specially designed for each of the materials we are restoring. In this way, we avoid the possibility of further damage caused by cleaning agents used on inappropriate surfaces. Our technicians are able to make these decisions based on their expertise and formal training they have received.

Part of our fire damage remediation process is addressing any foul smells resulting from the fire. As expected, these smells go well beyond the capability of store-bought air fresheners, and they permeate fabrics and other materials despite your best efforts. Our SERVPRO staff is equipped to implement charcoal HVAC filters to clean your air ducts, along with deodorizing pellets and even thermal fogging if the odor is deeply seated. Based on its severity, our team formulates a plan to restore the purity of your home.

Fire damage caused by a kitchen fire may seem small and easy to resolve, but it takes a professional team like ours at SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights to address all aspects of it. Simply call us at (407) 985-3200 and allow us to help you, so your home looks "Like it never even happened."

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Our Professional Guide To Restoring Your Damaged Property In Conway After A Fire

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Both the structure and your contents experience significant destruction after a fire damage incident.

The Professional Way To Restore Your Fire Damaged Property In Conway

Both the structure and your contents experience significant destruction after a fire damage incident. It is essential to know how your insurance policy has distinguished the two. We understand such issues and draw a line between your items and the structure when estimating the loss that results after a fire. Some items may qualify as part of the structure when they are attached to the house. Such items include doors, windows, ceilings, and attached floor coverings in your Conway home.

Our SERVPRO technicians work towards returning your Conway building to the state it was before the fire damage incident. It means we have to clean and repair all the effects of the incident. During the restoration process, we remove the soot residues from the exterior and interior surfaces of the structure. Some residues usually give off malodors, so, we have to perform deodorization to neutralize the unpleasant smells.

During the restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians come across items that are restorable and some that need replacement. We also work with our customers and the insurance provider to identify conditions that existed before the fire. We can fix preexisting conditions and make your structure even better. After pretesting, we may categorize some items as washable and some as non-washable.

Washable materials are those materials that can be cleaned using wet cleaning methods. For instance, we can use a water-based cleaning agent without causing any additional damage. On the other hand, we cannot use a wet cleaning method to clean non-washable materials since additional damage results. It means we have to clean such items using a dry cleaning method. The type of residues on a surface plays a significant role when choosing an appropriate cleaning technique. For example, we use a dry solvent cleaning product when dealing with oil-based residues.

SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights can inspect your property after the disaster and select the most appropriate cleaning and restoration procedures to use. We are an industry leader in fire and water damage restoration and mold remediation. Call us at (407) 985-3200 to learn more about our industry-proven solutions.

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Determining The Right Cleaning Methods During Fire Damage Restoration In Conway

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

If you want to reduce the claim of a fire damage incident, then seeking for restoration and cleaning services can help.

Cleaning Methods During Fire Damage Restoration

If you want to reduce the claim of a fire damage incident, then seeking for restoration and cleaning services can help. Ending up replacing what was restorable is expensive, and that is why you need to make the right decisions as soon as you can. Cleaning is part of the work that professional restorers perform when responding to such events in Conway. We're going to cover some of the principles of cleaning that we follow when returning your contents to their preloss condition.
When our SERVPRO team arrives at your Conway home to attend to fire damage, we perform a site inspection which helps us to locate the smoke particles. Usually, the inspection starts from the point where the fire started from; then we determine how far the residues have traveled within the building. It's a huge mistake to assume that all smoke residues all the same. A fire burns different items, which means that different smoke particles can be in the same area. Identifying the different particles helps us to come up with the most appropriate cleaning method.
Our SERVPRO team also selects a cleaning method which preserves the surface or material that has the smoke residues. Some cleaning techniques may be too aggressive to the point of making some surfaces or materials unsalvageable. At this point, we're ready to capture and remove the particles. Remember, there was an interaction of different proportions of moisture, gases, oxygen, and heat during the formation of the smoke particles. These variables make it challenging to choose a defined cleaning method to fix all fire damage incidents.
To break the bond between the residues and the surface, we use an understanding of the elements of cleaning - temperature, time, chemical action and agitation. Chemical reactions speed up as the temperature increases, so we have to settle on right temperature - which usually depends on the item we are cleaning and the cleaning agent we are using.
SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights does the job right the first time. You can call us at (407) 985-3200 and let our experienced technicians make your business or home “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Damage Experts In Belle Isle Talk About Inspecting Your Home's Contents

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

A fire's flames and the heat they produce can spread quickly burning anything in its way as fuel.

Fire Damage Experts Talk About Inspecting Your Home's Contents

Any time something burns on your Belle Isle property, several issues can arise. A fire's flames and the heat they produce can spread quickly burning anything in its way as fuel. In many cases, structural components that make up the building get severely burnt and charred to the point that removal is necessary. Aside from what burns in the fire, smoke coming from it can also ruin parts of your house.

Smoke leaves behind soot residues on surfaces inside your home and can cause foul aromas to linger. Every fire damage project in Belle Isle typically involves removing ruined structural components and dealing with smoke-related issues. Before work begins, our SERVPRO professionals inspect the structure and figure out the overall scope of the job.

When inspecting a damaged home for the first time, we assess all of the obviously torched items first, then determine where smoke traveled inside the house. Once we determine which rooms got affected, our SERVPRO technicians then figure out the severity of the soot damage. We first inspect the parts of a building smoke usually affects such as the ceiling and upper parts of walls and come up with the best technique to clean the structural materials.

After our SERVPRO crew inspects your structure, we check all of your possessions and see if they got negatively affected by the loss. The best way to tell if soils exist on an item is to use the contrast method. In many scenarios, we accomplish this by cleaning a spot of an object and comparing it to the dirty parts. Some of your contents such as tables possibly have unaffected areas that were covered by tablecloths or dinner mats. These areas get exposed, and we compare the unaffected section to the areas where smoke touched.

The next step of the inspection process is to clean a part of each affected item and see which chemicals work best for each type of material. When formulating the project's scope, we keep a record of what types of things were soiled and the best methods found to clean them.

Once we pinpoint every item in the home that got damaged, we then give an estimate of the time and equipment we will need to complete the work. If you ever find your personal property covered in soils or residues after a blaze, call SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights at (407) 985-3200 24/7.

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Overloading an Outlet can Cause Fire Damage to Pine Castle Homes

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights is locally owned and operated and here to restore your fire damage.

SERVPRO Has What it Takes to  Restore your Pine Castle Home From Fire Damage

People in Pine Castle increasingly find themselves with too few outlets in their home for all of the gadgets and different pieces of equipment owned by members of their family. Either as a primary power source or to charge the battery for regular use, the number of available outlets in older homes rarely suffices. Only twenty years ago the number of electronic pieces in the home numbered only a fraction of what many households own today.

When too few outlets exist and extension cords, extra outlets, and plug adaptors become used more frequently in a Pine Castle home, fire damage often happens due to the overloading of electrical systems. Although this may seem unlikely to younger members of the family, the dangers posed in plugging too many devices in at one time become reality for many homeowners nationwide.

When SERVPRO technicians encounter this type of fire damage, we ensure that electricity no longer runs to the area. Water from firefighters can also damage electronics devices, in addition to making them dangerous to power on, so please never hit their power button to see if a device still works. We must unplug all devices still connected to power sources so we can package them to safely store undamaged ones and prepare damaged ones for possible repair with one of our partners who specializes in electronics repair and restoration.

Your home's interior can also suffer severe fire damage and smoke-covered surfaces. Our technicians can readily handle all stages and levels of severity. Fires can happen at any time, including during the night when devices charge for the next day's use. When your home is unoccupied, fires can slowly spread before a neighbor notices smoke seeping through closed windows. Fires starting from overloaded outlets are not always caught early.

Our technicians can help you and your family by mitigating the effects of a fire and making your home safe again. Some of the effects of fire might not be easily seen but nevertheless still exist, posing hidden danger spots in your once-safe home. Restoration and mitigation of fire damaged residences includes removal of destroyed materials and belongings (which we discuss with you in detail), repair of materials only slightly damaged or simply covered in soot and grime, airing out your home as part of the desiccant process, and odor control techniques that make the interior of your home safe for structural restoration work to begin.

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The technicians and specialists at SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights can help minimize the amount of time your family deals with fire damage in your Belle Isle or Sky Lake home, restoring its safety and helping make it "Like it never even happened." Here for you when accidents happen, call our 24-hour service line at (407) 985-3200 so we can get started working for you.

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Types of Smoke Residue that Accumulate after Fire Damage to Your Edgewood Home

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's technicians are certified and trained to properly clean smoke and soot residue in your home after a fire.

Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Fire Damage Restoration

An incidence of fire damage can cost you a ton of money and time to restore. The ability to restore after such damage depends on the extent of damage caused by the flames as well as the smoke and soot residue as well.

Smoke and soot particles are one of the most significant contributors when it comes to fire damage to your Edgewood home. Not all fires produce identical residue and the time and effort required to clean these different types of residue determines the success of the restoration process. IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians use their extensive knowledge about different types of residue during the restoration process. While some residues have a minor impact, some others can cause deeper damage.

The Dry and Wet Residue

Wet and dry residues are most frequently encountered after a fire incidence. All fires produce both these residues, but their relative proportion can vary greatly. For instance, a rapid burning fire that has an abundant supply of oxygen, usually produce dry residues. On the other hand, if the fire is slow burning with less than optimal oxygen supply, the majority of residue formed is wet residue.  

Another thing affecting the type of residue generated is the type of the material burning. While natural material such as wood and cotton result in the drier smoke residue, synthetic material such as rubber and plastic produce wetter smoke.

As it turns out, drier residues are easier to clean compared to the wetter residues. SERVPRO technicians can use less harsh techniques such as cleaning with a sponge to clean the damage due to drier smoke, but wet residues often require more intense cleaning processes.

Protein Residue

Protein residue is quite common if a fire breaks out in the kitchen. Burning of meat, poultry or fish usually generate this type of residue. It is pale yellow and can stain surfaces quite easily. It is also accompanied by the characteristic odor that can linger on for a long time. The odor cannot be eliminated without a thorough cleaning process followed by an efficient deodorization. Protein residue can be quite difficult to eliminate, and the restoration process may require additional time.

Call SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights at (407) 985-3200 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our restoration experts.

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