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Fire Damage Restoration Process in Old Saybrook

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

a building from the outside with fire damage to roof and front of building Fire damage is overwhelming. Call SERVPRO of Old Saybrook when you don't know where to start.

A fire can be devastating for your home or business. The fire may have compromised the structure of the building, soot and smoke damage can effect walls and furniture, and you may face water damage from putting the fire out.

So, where do you start after the flames are out?

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Old Saybrook can restore your property back to pre-fire condition. We specialize in fire and water damage remediation and restoration. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire or water damage. This way, we can help lessen the current damage, limit further damage, and reduce restoration costs.

We’re open 24/7, 365 days a year to respond to your call. Don’t wait if you have fire damage, call today.

What is a Puff Back?

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Soot from a puff back coming out of a floor vent Soot from a puff back coming out through a vent in East Lyme.

A puff back is a misfire in your furnace.

The issue is that a puff back can send soot throughout your home through your vents. If you wake up one morning and find soot coming out of your vents and covering your curtains, walls, and furniture – it’s likely that you’re experiencing the consequences of a furnace puff back.

Puff backs can also occur over time without you immediately noticing.

Every time your furnace ignites and misfires, it can send a small amount of soot through your vents which may slowly accumulate in your vents and around your home.

Puff backs can damage your home because

1) The furnace is misfiring, and needs to be serviced

2) Your home may become covered in soot – and you are breathing it in as well!

If you experience a puff back this winter, call SERVPRO of Old Saybrook to clean your home of all soot.

We are open 24/7 for emergency service!

Christmas Trees and Preventing Fire Damage in Old Saybrook

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Family and christmas tree with SERVPRO logo and text " christmas tree fire safety tips" Keep your family and home safe this holiday season with our fire damage prevention tips!

Everyone loves to get into the holiday spirit by decorating their homes this time of year. But, Christmas trees, decorations, and lights can also pose a fire hazard to your home. 

Did you know:

  • More than one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • A heat source to close to a Christmas tree causes one in every four of holiday fires.
  • Nearly half of all holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

To prevent fire damage in your home this holiday season, SERVPRO of ­­­Old Saybrook recommends following these fire safety tips.

  1. If buying a real tree, choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. This will lower the risk of fire due to a dry tree.
  2. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source: fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
  3. Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. This is a fire hazard.
  4. Add water to the tree stand and be sure to add water daily. A dry, dying tree increases risk of fire.
  5. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

SERVPRO of Old Saybrook hopes that you will follow these Christmas tree fire safety tips to stay safe this holiday season!

Source: nfpa.org

Protect Yourself from Fires

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fires are not only scary, they’re destructive as well. Fires can do major structural damage to your home or business – and, they often come with water damage. That’s why it’s so important to protect your Old Saybrook home and business from fires.  Be diligent about looking out for fire hazards – old electrical outlets, flammable objects near heat sources, and dangerously placed candles are common culprits.

If you do face a fire in your home or business, call in the experts to help you handle the fire and water damage. At SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, we know how to restore your home or business from this type of damage because we’ve done it before – in fact, its our specialty! Don’t let a fire destroy your life, call in SERVPRO of Old Saybrook to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Fireplace Safety Tips

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fall is here and winter is quickly approaching. As the weather starts to get cold, keep some of these (potentially lifesaving) fireplace safety tips in mind.

Only Burn Dry Wood

Wood should be dried for 8 to 12 months before burning.

Burn Only Fire Wood

Thought you may be tempted to burn other types of wood (old pallets, crates, painted wood, etc.,) these woods can contain dangerous, and flammable chemicals.

Install CO2 and Fire Detectors

Though you may see or smell a fire, CO2 is a silent and odorless killer. It’s very important to have detectors for both of these things – it could save your life!  

Get Your Chimney Cleaned

Soot builds up in chimneys very quickly. If you use your chimney consistently for the cold months, make sure to get it cleaned twice a year to prevent fires.

These tips can help to save your home from a fire. Call SERVPRO of Old Saybrook if you ever need fire damage restoration services.

Electrical Power Cords Can Be Dangerous

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Power cords on electrical appliances that are moved frequently receive a lot of abuse. The top electrical appliances that are constantly being moved around include: vacuum cleaners, blow dryers, phone chargers, etc. When cords are being moved so frequently, they can become damaged or ungrounded. Cord damage can also result when the cord is pinched, caught between or punctured by heavy objects such as legs on a desk. This damage could lead to a short circuit and result in a fire. Also, cords placed under stress, such as when a heavy appliance is hung by its cord, could eventually cause damage to the cord or plug. These power cords then pose serious hazards to users of the appliance including electrical shock and risk of fire.  When a power cord is damaged, the appliance should be removed from service and the cord replaced as soon as possible to reduce the risk of electrical shock, electrocution, or fire.

If you’ve faced a fire due to an electrical power cord issue, call SERVPRO of Old Saybrook. We can help make your disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

A Commercial Fire - Simplified

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be very devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

If you have fire OR water damage, you can trust our team at SERVPRO of Old Saybrook to restore your property back to normal. We will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting your property business-ready.
We are available throughout Connecticut 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage with an emphasis on commercial services.

Do you have commercial fire damage? Call us today!

Trust SERVPRO of Old Saybrook.

After Fire Damage Comes...Water Damage?

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or commercial building experiences a fire damage emergency in Old Saybrook, you may also find yourself with water damage. In fact, water damage is an incredibly common side effect of  residential and commercial fires.

Water damage after a fire is nearly always due to firefighting efforts. When firefighters use water-based extinguishers to put out the flames, gallons and gallons of water are pumped into your indoor spaces. Other times during a fire, pipes and other plumbing fixtures may burst due to heat and lead to water damage throughout your home. No matter how the water damage occurs, it is important to address it correctly.

To ensure that your fire damage and water damage problems are properly remediated, be sure to contact a restoration company that services your local area. SERVPRO of Old Saybrook will be able to professionally restore your home from any water and fire damage that has occurred.

Electrical safety & home fire prevention

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Old Saybrook Fire Damage

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Electrical malfunctions are one of the leading causes of home fires. Make sure that you hire a qualified electrician to make any changes in your home. In addition, be sure to check electrical cords regularly, and make sure cords do not run across doorways or under carpets where they could be damaged.

Remember to limit the number of plugs you have in an electrical outlet or power strip. Overloading an electrical outlet can not only trip a breaker, but it could also start a fire.

Additionally, only use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage for each lamp. Your lamps and light fixtures should have a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage light bulb you may use.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property in Old Saybrook CT

BBQ Fire Safety in Old Saybrook CT

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

BBQ Fire Safety in Old Saybrook CT

It’s summer now. There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

CHARCOAL GRILLS

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

In case if you need help with fire damage restoration, we are here to help. Contact SERVPRO.

Fire safety at homes !

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire safety at homes !

Spring is when many people decide to open up their seasonal houses, cabins, and cottages. An important part of the preparation is gearing up for fire safety. Just like permanent housing, vacation homes are vulnerable to unsafe conditions.

By the time vacationers arrive at their seasonal homes, the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms may no longer work and chimneys could be blocked.

Here are some safety tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Install CO alarms outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home, and in other locations as required by laws, codes, or standards.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month.
  • Pack extra batteries for smoke alarms and CO alarms in case they need replacing.
  • Make a home escape plan. Practice the plan with everyone in the household, including visitors.
  • Know the telephone number of the local fire department and the address and phone number of the vacation home.
  • Chimneys and vents need to be cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Use deep, sturdy ashtrays.
  • If you are renting, contact the property manager, landlord, or fire department to be sure that smoke alarms and CO alarms are installed and properly working.

How Fire Can Lead to Water Damage?

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

How Fire Can Lead to Water Damage?

When your home or office experiences fire damage in Connecticut, you may also find yourself scheduling water damage repair and mold removal. In fact, water damage is a very common side effect of a household and business fire. There are several ways that a fire can lead to water damage in your home or busine. First, your firefighters may use water-based extinguishers to put out the flames. As gallons and gallons of water are pumped into your indoor spaces, water damage will naturally occur. During a fire, your pipes and other plumbing fixtures may also burst and lead to water damage throughout your home. 

To ensure that your fire damage and water damage problems are properly remediated, be sure to contact an insurance restoration company that services your local area. A team of remediation professionals will have all of the tools that are needed to fully remove both water and fire damage from your indoor spaces. Your restoration company SERVPRO will work closely with you to return your home to the condition that it was in before the fire.

Fireworks are dangerous! 

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Tell your community, the best way to protect their families is to not use fireworks at home. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public displays and leaving the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that over 200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. 

FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS:

If fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Observe local laws.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never shoot a firework at or near another person.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
  • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
  • Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Celebrating the Fourth of July

When celebrating the Fourth of July, Americans need to remember to use fireworks, fires and barbecues with care. The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public displays held by trained professionals. Here are some tips to protect your family and friends.

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose a fire hazard and a risk of exposing occupants to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic. Grills should be positioned at least 10 feet away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep matches, lighters, and starter fluid out of the reach of children in a locked drawer or cabinet.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area: declare a three-foot "kid-free zone" around the grill.
  • Use long barbeque mitts and long-handled grilling tools to protect the chef from heat and flames when cooking.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.

Fire Damage Restoration in Old Saybrook

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration in Old Saybrook

When fire damages your property in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, the situation that results is often heartbreaking and overwhelming to deal with.

The main causes of a house fire can range from food left unattended on the stove, candles, burdened electrical connections, cigarettes or cigars or lighting and appliance malfunctions.

From the moment, a fire starts to the point where the structure is fully engulfed is usually less than two minutes, which is why it is so important for occupants to get out of the home as quickly as possible and not try to put out a large fire themselves. One of the most common misconceptions about house fires is that the emergency services will provide a fire damage restoration service. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You’re bound to have damage from fire, smoke, and water from the fire-fighter’s efforts. For all of this, you need to undergo a restoration process with a reputable fire restoration company in Old Saybrook, CT.

Always Get a Fire Restoration Service after a House Fire

You might think that the damage from a fire is not a big deal, but what lurks behind can do serious harm to your body. Don’t risk getting sick and hire professional fire restoration company to clean up after you. This way, you can make your house a home again as quickly as possible. 

Fire Safety on 4th of July

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Safety on 4th of July

4th of July is coming soon! The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public displays held by trained professionals. When celebrating, people should remember to practice safety methods when lighting fireworks, building fires and cooking on a grill.  Have fun, but most importantly be safe.

If fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Observe local laws.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never shoot a firework at or near another person.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse and soak them with water and discard of them safely.
  • Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially in a glass or metal container.
  • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
  • Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions.

Feel free to visit our website at SERVPRO of Old Saybrook for more safety tips.

Source : www.fema.gov

Why Hire IICRC Certified restoration Company?

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Why Hire IICRC Certified restoration Company?

IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate) Benefit:

The IICRC is a non-profit certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associations, the IICRC represents the entire industry. The IICRC is recognized internationally as a knowledgeable industry voice and resource.

Why use a certified technician?

Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required in order to return the items to their preloss condition.

If you’re looking to hire a restoration company, look for the IICRC logo.

IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the IICRC logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise, and continue to, in order to maintain their certification status. 

All IICRC Certified Firms must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC actively has relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.

SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT is an IICRC Certified Firm. We follow all IICRC standards in our water, fire and smoke cleanup and restoration as well as our mold mitigation work.

IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT is an IICRC Certified firm. This designation from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration dictates that we are a professional restoring company known for our professional attitude and for providing the consumer with the highest degree of customer service.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (860) 249-8685

Handling and Storage of Flammable Materials

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Handling and Storage of Flammable Materials

Extra packing boxes stored in the wrong place, close to ignition sources, are combustibles. Chemicals stored near work areas  are also an extremely dangerous situation as the probability of a flammable occurrence is increased. Explosion resistant drums and cabinets are also combustibles.

While it is easier to store bottles of cleaners and chemicals close to work sites, it is a dangerous practice. It is also dangerous to store flammable containers, and reactive and explosive chemicals in shipping cartons unless the containers or cartons are flame-resistant. Storage boxes are inexpensive but carry a higher risk of flammable situations. It is recommended to use storage cabinets, they can get expensive however, the price of a fire is much more costly.

To effectively reduce the risk of a potential fire, we suggest keeping extra inventory of flammables to a minimum. Less storage space is needed, and potential fuel sources for a fire are decreased.