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What To Do Following Fire Damage In Your Jacksonville Home

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Overcoming the fire damages that have affected your home is not always as simple as just cleaning up the mess

Fire can destroy your home in the blink of an eye. Even though the blaze might not be catastrophic enough to cause structural damage, you might still face many issues that ruin the house one way or another. Residues, especially those left by smoke mess with the visual appeal of the property. They might also leave bad odor necessitating serious deodorization efforts before your damage property can regain its preloss condition.

Consider the damage not only done by heat but by smoke.

The aftermath of fire

You might not realize this immediately after a house fire but soot residues differ significantly. Some residues are more difficult to clean than others, therefore, requiring care when choosing an approach. Our team in Jacksonville deals with dry, wet, protein and fuel oil smoke residues, eliminating traces of the loss “Like it never even happened.”

 Soot and Smoke

Fire produces both dry and wet smoke as it progresses through different stages of its burning cycle. When it produces a substantial proportion of one type such as wet smoke, the entire exposure falls under damage by wet smoke. Dry smoke contains limited amounts of aerosols and deposits smaller particles on surfaces. Cleaning after a house fire such as vacuuming or agitating these surfaces can, therefore, remove most of the deposits. Despite the easier removal, dry smoke deposits originate mostly from hotter fires, so they are likely to singe the surfaces.

 Particulates from ash

Wet smoke residues mostly originate from slow burning fires. This type of smoke is usually cooler, so it does not impinge on surfaces. However, its free-floating nature means it finds its way into enclosed spaces and crevices present in the affected area. Our SERVPRO technicians, therefore, prepare to do significant deodorization if we detect wet smoke is predominant in the affected environment.

 Unbearable Odor

Kitchen fires involve high concentrations of protein residues from burning meat, chicken or fish. Residue from these materials is ordinarily yellowish or amber, and it easily causes discoloration. The residue is also pungent that it necessitates thorough cleaning of all areas close to the affected areas. Our techs at  SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East are likely to clean the entire house if it is affected by such smoke to get rid of the odor.

What should a homeowner do after a loss by fire?

While residents of Jacksonville are no strangers to the threat of natural disasters and severe weather conditions, many homes face threats that could not get predicted by a meteorologist. When your house suffers the widespread effects of a fire, you might struggle to know what to do once the first responders have extinguished the flames.

Contact the insurance company

One of the first things that many Jacksonville homeowners want to do once this situation happens to them is to assess the fire damages for themselves. In truth, the first thing that you should do beyond assessing the status of your entire family and occupants of the house is to contact your insurance provider. They can provide you with some insight into what they need to get a claim started which can ultimately cover the costs of the restoration process.

SERVPRO is your neighborhood fire damage restoration company. 

While your insurance company is not just going to take your word for it, you can rely on our SERVPRO rapid response team to help you catalog the damages that your house has sustained as well as perform preliminary mitigation work to prevent the fire damage from getting worse while you await restoration work to begin. This mitigation process can ultimately save you money, and help to ensure that restoring your home does not take longer than necessary to accomplish.

One of the benefits of using our SERVPRO professionals for both estimation and restoration steps is that our experts can work directly with your insurance provider to make the process as seamless as possible for you. This communication helps to keep everyone on the same page and can expedite the claims process instead of requiring legwork from you in an already traumatic time.

Overcoming the fire damages that have affected your home is not always as simple as just cleaning up the mess. From specialized equipment to highly trained personnel, the process is intricate and involved.

You can trust our SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East  team to help you overcome every obstacle between the damage and restoring your home to preloss conditions. Give our rapid response team a call 24/7 at (904) 721-2230.

Click here for the source on what to do after a fire from the Jacksonville, FL fire department. 

Fire Damage In Your Arlington Home

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East is ready when you need help with fire damage.

Fire Damage Calls for Professional Restoration in Your Arlington Home

Regardless of the size of the fire incident, smoke and soot travel quickly throughout your home. Where ever smoke travels, you get hit with a sticky residue on surface areas that also permeates any porous materials. Dealing with a fire loss is much easier when you have help from skilled technicians trained to take care of your interior from the lighting fixtures and the cabinets through your walls and insulation. This is where the team at SERVPRO shines with all of the equipment and knowledge to handle any fire restoration situation.

When it is time for us to address fire damage in Arlington, our team at SERVPRO pays attention to the smoke patterns as they flow through the home. Smoke is known for drifting upward, but convectional currents also pull it through colder areas of the building. Any cavities or concealed spaces like cabinets have cooler interior temperatures than the rest of the room, so the smoke residue naturally accumulates in such areas.

Our Restoration Process
After we assess your fire loss and we put a plan into action, SERVPRO technicians pay attention to areas where smoke may have gotten into crevices and cracks. Cabinet handles and knobs are removed, and we use dry sponges to clear any interior residues from wood that is unfinished. If any residue is left behind after the dry sponge step, specialized cleaning products or denatured alcohol help to pull up residue without the potential for it getting further into the wood surface.

When it comes time to clean ceilings, our skilled technicians inspect your lighting fixtures to inhibit the onset of corrosion due to soot residue. Special precautions must be taken to ensure no further damage occurs, and we employ the use of electric circuit testers to rule out shock hazards. Pre-testing is also done with all cleaning methods and solutions to ensure no damage to your fixtures or any finishes surrounding them.

Insulation Permeation
Smoke and soot residue get everywhere, so it is only natural that your insulation must be checked. SERVPRO technicians might be able to remove the first 3 to four inches of insulation and replace it with new insulation. Many situations call for the full removal of insulation as foul odors often penetrate and linger, and it is often more cost-effective and efficient to replace the insulation in some cases than it is to try cleaning it.

SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East is ready when you need help with fire damage. Give our team a call at (904) 721-2230, and we can come out for an assessment as soon as possible.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Arlington

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke damage on the ceiling of this home after a fire This black soot and smoke residue requires being carefully wiped away with special chemical sponges that we utilize in our restoration processes.

Don’t Stress Over Fire Damage! Let SERVPRO Handle the Restoration in Your Arlington Home

Fire loss could leave your home damaged and destroyed in a variety of ways. Experienced SERVPRO technicians take the appropriate steps to restore your property and prepare for any necessary reconstruction. A structure fire, on any level, often requires rebuilding or repair, but this is only possible after skilled restoration professionals have addressed any immediate concerns.

When your home suffers fire damage in Arlington, debris and airborne threats often hinder the restoration process. SERVPRO do a walkthrough of your home, recording all conditions to help identify the best way to proceed. We advanced equipment and tools to remove stubborn soot and smoke residue to ensure no lingering odors are left behind. With the proper steps in place as early as possible, our team reduces the severity of damage and any hazardous effects. 

After Fire Loss

Immediately after a fire loss, debris removal is critical as soon as the structure is deemed safe to work. SERVPRO technicians remove burned construction materials, rubbish, and debris to help reduce odor and soot circulation throughout the home. After the initial cleanup, our skilled team can then use air cleaning equipment as necessary; air scrubbing technology and hydroxyl generators work to trap contaminants and particles using HEPA filtration to cut down odors drastically.

Restoration

To address the fire damage, SERVPRO team members prepare the home for reconstruction by way of controlled demolition, as needed. This process helps to expose areas of the home that require restoration attention while allowing for seamless transitions between build back and mitigation efforts. 

Any fire can be devastating to your home, but tried-and-true methods for restoring structural integrity and fighting soot and smoke odors is something SERVPRO excels at odor removal. Our technicians use eco-friendly cleaners, wet and dry cleaning, and other technology to remove odors and clean items. Depending on the level of damage, a combination of spray cleaning, abrasives, and immersion cleaning techniques are used to ensure the best result. 

At SERVPRO of Arlington/Jacksonville East, our teams can be deployed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency services. We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call at (904) 721-2230, and we can send a team out as quickly as possible to get started.

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After a Jacksonville Fire Loss, What to Do? Easy, Call SERVPRO!

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team at team instruction class at warehouse Our Jacksonville SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Damage Technicians in Continuing Training in the Latest and Greatest Methods and Equipment.

Maximizing the Elements of Cleaning Helps Resolve Fire Damage Faster in Jacksonville

Soot and other residues left a house in Jacksonville blackened after a small fire. Because smoke circulates almost indiscriminately, soiling spreads out over the walls, ceilings and also affects the contents in the house. Apart from the residues, a strong odor is another concern after the fire.

When a fire damage incident in Jacksonville mostly involves residue deposits and other slight damages such as charred surfaces, thorough cleanup can resolve the damages. However, the task is not always easy. Our SERVPRO team chose to capitalize on various cleaning elements to speed up the process and restore the home to its preloss condition. The main ones that affect the turnaround time include:

  • Dwell time for cleaning agents
  • Temperature
  • Chemical action
  • Type or level of agitation

At the house, we noted many fabric items such as draperies and carpets had collected considerable amounts of residues requiring extra effort to clean up. Although we wanted to complete the restoration fast, immediate cleanup would not guarantee quality results. By increasing the dwell time for the cleaning agents, the soils could emulsify or dissolve better, thus preventing a repetition of the cleaning task and saving time in the end.

Although most of the residues on walls and other surfaces can be wiped off, some had impinged on the surfaces complicating the cleaning process. Since our team's goal was to finish restoration at the cleaning stage rather than spending resources refinishing the affected areas, we had to find ways to get quality results. SERVPRO technicians clearly understand chemical action during the cleaning process so we can make adjustments at any time to get the right results. For instance, by using the appropriate detergents and maintaining the right pH and temperature levels, we ensured a quick breakdown of the soils, facilitating agitation and removal.

Even after managing the other cleaning elements, we still had to agitate the soiled areas. Fortunately, our teams are well equipped with different agitation tools, including rotating brushes, cleaning sponges, and towels allowing us to clean different types of surfaces without causing additional damages.

The ease of cleaning fire-damaged property may depend on the resources used. Call SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 to help deal with any situation, "Like it never even happened."

Your Arlington Home Can Be Saved By Our Fire Damage Experts

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

furniture in room damaged after a fire “Like it never even happened.”

Eliminate Fire Damage In Your Arlington Area Home

You may never find a single, best way to address damage caused by a fire in your Arlington area home. Not while time, material, and exposure all play a significant role in whether an item remains salvageable. The cost of restoration is also a concern for many of us, which makes having a skilled professional help determine if it is more cost-effective to clean, repair, or replace items an invaluable service.

To eliminate problems correctly, you need to understand how smoke and fire damage in your Arlington home can affect various items, materials, and surfaces. Since it is rare for many of us to have time to learn everything there is to know about this topic, having access to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Technicians (IICRC), makes all the difference.

The technicians you use to restore your property need to understand how smoke and soot can affect various materials. These particles often make their way into the cracks and crevices of different surfaces, leaving behind lingering odors, stains, and discoloration that go undetected by the untrained. SERVPRO can address many of these issues and tailor our services to fit your unique situation.

SERVPRO technicians have access to the latest ventilation and air moving equipment to help prevent smoke particles from settling onto other surfaces found in your home. We can also remove damaged items and debris that makes cleaning and deodorization of the affected area, easier. Our cleaning and restoration services help eliminate odors and restore personal items as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Whether you need to address damage to upholstery, curtains, bedding, clothing, furniture, flooring, or the structure of your home, SERVPRO can help. We understand how difficult restoring wood furniture, hardwood floors, or removing odors from personal items trapped within a drawer or closet can be. We use every restoration and cleaning method available to help you avoid losses and return your home to normal, faster.

Contact SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, to gain access to qualified cleaning and restoration professionals. We are proud to serve St Nicholas, Spring Glen, Glynlea, and surrounding areas (904) 721-2230.

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We Will Restore Your Home In Arlington After A Fire

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen covered in soot on the table, cabinets and floor We're here every day of the year, day and night.

Cleaning Contents After Fire Damages Your Property In Arlington

The dirty feeling of soot covers almost everything after a fire. SERVPRO can restore both your belongings and your Arlington home's interior and make things like they were before the fire. We do this through different cleaning methods – wet and dry, and variations of these two types.

When your residence in Arlington experiences fire damage, restoring the contents can help your family get back to normal faster. We help you by decreasing the number of items that you must replace.

Wet Cleaning
Cleaning hard surfaces that water does not harm often fare quite well with this method. Different cleaning agents mixed with water can strip soiling away and leave a fresh scent behind. One way that does not use any cleaning agent is our ultrasonic cleaning machine, although it does eliminate odors simply by removing all of the soot.

Spray and wipe techniques requires only a short dwell time before we wipe away the sprayed on cleaning agent (often diluted with water and only rarely full strength) and is a dependable way to clean metal pieces and high-gloss enameled items. Items being cleaned this way get wiped won with either a cloth or a special sponge.

Foam and agitation use less water than most wet methods. We create intense suds inside a basin and then use only the foam on top. Delicate fabrics, upholstery, bedding furniture, and draperies quickly dry without any watermarks, scuff marks, or other unsightly effects other cleaning methods might cause.

Abrasive cleaning uses stiff brushes, steel wool, or a cleaning compound that contains abrasive particles. This method works well on smooth surfaces like concrete or stone. Thoroughly rinsing removes any residue from either the soot or the cleanser itself.

Immersion cleaning methods include the ultrasonic technique, but there are others that SERVPRO uses. Cleaning the structure this way is not possible, and we only use immersion for cleaning the contents. Hot water and a cleanser mixed in a basin where our restoration professionals can use different sized brushes and cloths to pull soot off contents followed by a rinse and then a drying session works well for a variety of items.

Dry Cleaning
We use this type of cleaning method for items that would become damaged by contact with water. Books, many antiques, and electronic items cannot sustain wet cleaning methods. We might use light to heavy brushes, sponges, towels, or other means to remove soot from your belongings. Deodorization helps complete the restoration process.

Working with residents in Fort Caroline, St Nicholas, and Spring Glen after a fire damages their property, SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East can be reached at (904) 721-2230. We're here every day of the year, day and night.

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We Provide the Tools For Fire Damage Remediation in Your Jacksonville Home

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation can be overwhelming for anyone. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Fire Damage Jacksonville – a Fire can be Overwhelming

For one family, it was that last cigarette that was still burning when the owner fell asleep on the couch. It smoldered for a while before the couch burst into flame. Fortunately, the homeowner woke up in time to rescue his family and put the fire out before his house burned down around him. The homeowner is overwhelmed about the amount of smoke and fire damage in their home 

SERVPRO follows a process when dealing with fire damage events in Jacksonville. We have the experience in dealing with fires, storm, and water events to bring order to a chaotic situation. We follow a fire damage work process from beginning to end when the home is returned to the homeowner as if the fire never occurred. 

In a nutshell, the process that SERVPRO follows is: 

  • Receive a call and schedule response
  • Greet the homeowner, console and listen to any concerns the owner has
  • Develop a restoration plan along with a schedule for presentation to the owner and adjustor
  • Maintain a detailed job diary, survey, report and communicate progress
  • Coordinate and schedule all subcontractors
  • Review the completed job, prepare all documentation required, close all open items
  • Complete the project to customer’s satisfaction

Homeowners can assist the team from SERVPRO by providing as much information as possible about their home, before the fire. Many people have trouble recalling all of the damaged items in a fire. In some cases, the damage is catastrophic. It can be challenging to identify some of their possessions. Providing pictures of your home can assist in the restoration process and documenting their total loss. 

We also work closely with homeowners to provide all of the documentation and construction details, invoices, and schedules to facilitate the claim process with their insurance company. Detailed documentation, attention to detail, and following a proven job process approach helps the homeowner return to their home as fast as possible. 

Call SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 for 24/7 service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our objective is to remove all evidence of the fire, “Like it never even happened.” 

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Smelly Odors after a Fire in Your Jacksonville Property? No Need to Hold Your Nose! Just Call SERVPRO!

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Fire Loss in Your Jacksonville Home? Call SERVPRO for a Great Cleanup and Recovery

Get Fire Damage Mitigation for Your Jacksonville Home to Eliminate Smoke Residues and Odors

Fires can start in homes because of electrical faults, children playing with matches or homeowners failing to monitor cooking equipment. Once a fire is extinguished, removing lingering odors and residues is difficult. The effects can be overwhelming, and you might even make the mistake of throwing away possessions that could be cleaned and restored.

If your Jacksonville home has fire damage, you can trust the professionals from SERVPRO to clean up the affected areas and eliminate smoke odors and residues. It is vital to clean and treat every exposed surface thoroughly to prevent continuing damage and the persistent smoke odor. When the soot and ash mix with water, they become acidic enough to corrode the surfaces that come into contact with the caustic mix.

Soap, water, and common household cleaners cannot clean up this mixture quickly and adequately. Although the visible stains can disappear after enough scrubbing, the chemicals in the cleaning products can seep down into the walls, floors, or other porous surfaces, and continue ruining them for many weeks or months. After they are soaked in, the chemicals can cause persistent bad odor in your home. For fixing this issue, it is critical to eliminate the source of the odor. Our technicians have the equipment, protective gear, and expertise to complete this task appropriately.

Our SERVPRO restoration specialists can clean the affected surfaces thoroughly using dry and wet washing techniques to release and carry away the residue particles. Chemically treated wet and dry sponges can remove most residues, though at times a preliminary vacuuming with a HEPA filtered device yields positive results. We can follow up this procedure with deodorization using a combination of deodorization techniques since one product or process cannot solve all odor problems. Some odors require direct spraying, and others fogging.

Our fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FSRT) use different types of deodorizing equipment, including air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, depending on the odor situation. Air scrubbers can eliminate airborne particles, gases, and odors from the air. These devices draw dirty indoor air through a series of HEPA and charcoal filters, capturing gases, particles, and odors. They then exhaust clean air back into the home. Our crew works hard to restore items to their original condition using safe and thorough restoration techniques.

If your home has fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Arlington at (904) 721-2230 for mitigation. We’re available at any time of the day or night. Our restoration team can make the damage look “Like it never even happened.”

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Help! My Jacksonville Home Smells Like Smoke After a Recent Fire

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

When fire strikes your home, SERVPRO of Arlington is ready to tackle the clean up.

Your Jacksonville Home Smells of Smoke and Fire

Life in Jacksonville is enjoyable. We spend a few months a year worrying about storms and avoiding rain, but for the most part, those come with an advanced warning, leaving the rest of our days filled with sunshine. However, homeowners tend to ignore other elements that might affect your home including home fires. Whether they are big or small, we need to be ready to deal with their aftermath by calling professional resources to restore our home to its original condition.  

When your home in Jacksonville is affected by fire damage, SERVPRO is available 24/7 to attend to your emergency. Even when the damage itself appears to be small, the visual reminder can be quite extensive. Smoke and soot travel quickly and permeate surfaces easily, leaving you with the need for specialized solutions for each of the affected areas. Our IICRC-certified technicians can provide that knowledge and expertise to bring your home back to normal as soon as possible.  

One of the biggest challenges, when there is a fire in your home, is the smell it leaves behind. It seems to cling to furniture, curtains and the very walls and no store-bought cleaner can remove it. Our SERVPRO team has at its disposal a wide array of techniques and equipment to treat each surface individually and leave it clean and odorless. Occasionally it is necessary to dispose of a piece of furniture or material that is beyond being salvaged. Our team is familiar with rules surrounding the proper disposal of these items and handles their removal from your home on your behalf. For structural items needing replacement, we work with you to prepare the home for further repairs by licensed contractors.  

The most important thing to know about fire damage to your home is that SERVPRO of Arlington is here to help. No fire is ever too small to preclude us from evaluating its damage and making a plan for the full restoration of your home. Reach out to us at (904) 721-2230 and allow us to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Read about the Great Fire of May 3, 1901 here.

After A Dryer Causes A Fire In Your Arlington Laundry Room, Call Our Crew Right Away!

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Our certified technicians can handle every stage from cleanup to rebuilding and make your fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”

Wrong Thing In The Dryer Causes Fire Damage In Arlington Laundry Room

Almost everyone has one in their home, and it is a frequent contributor to residential fires resulting in fire damage. Can you guess what it is? The answer is a gas or electric dryer.

SERVPRO was called by a homeowner who had extensive fire damage in her Arlington home's laundry room. She was washing some items that had rubber on them not meant to be dried at a high temperature. When she turned the dryer up to the high setting, the rubber combusted and caused a fire that was quickly extinguished but caused massive damage.

She called SERVPRO and was instructed to leave her HVAC off until our technician arrived. Once we were on the site, the laundry room was contained to limit the possibility of cross-contamination of soot and odor.

The charred building materials, ruined floor tiles, and contents of the room including the dryer, that were not restorable were removed. The laundry room was a small space, so our technicians used handheld vacuums with HEPA filters to get rid of the soot particles and followed by air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture anything the handhelds missed.

Synthetic rubber leaves a strong odor and greasy, wet smoke residue when burned and the surfaces were hand cleaned to remove it. This was followed by our deodorization methods to neutralize odors. Our technicians also inspected and cleaned the ductwork and suggested the HVAC filter be changed to ensure no lingering odors were remaining.

Our SERVPRO location offers building services and working both the adjuster and the homeowner, we installed new floor tiles, replace the drywall and painted the walls, so it was ready for a new dryer. Having one company handle the restoration and rebuild saves time and ensures everything that was damaged is addressed in the rebuild.

SERVPRO of Arlington is available at (904) 721-2230 any time you need assistance with fire damage. Our certified technicians can handle every stage from cleanup to rebuilding and make your fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Damage Experts in St Nicholas Explain Mitigation Procedures

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Proper assessment by certified SERVPRO technicians can help with expediting the remediation process. Call immediately after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Type of Damage Left by the Fire Before Starting the Remediation Process

If a fire ever starts on your property in St Nicholas, there are a few elements of the blaze that can cause damage. When something burns, the process of a solid turning into a gas via heat or combustion takes place. Due to changing conditions during a fire, many materials do not completely combust causing items to get partially burnt and creating smoke.
 
The flames and heat created during a blaze can burn and cause charring on various contents and building materials inside your home. During any fire damage in St Nicholas, repairing burnt or charred structural materials is vital. When heat affects items, they lose their structural integrity and can create pungent aromas inside the building.
 
When restoring burnt and charred items, our SERVPRO technicians first concentrate on materials that are essential for your house's structural integrity. Flames can torch items such as drywall and flooring. If the blaze is especially hot, wooden studs and floor trusses can also get affected.
 
Before any restoration work takes place, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the entire structure to figure out the extent of the damage. We determine how severely items were burnt by measuring the depth of the charring on the material's surface. We also trace where the smoke went inside the home and how badly it affected items.
 
In many cases, the flames and heat coming from a fire burn items deeply into the materials forcing them to be removed and replaced. In some situations, if the charring is not deep, materials can be saved from replacement. If charring occurs on wooden studs, they can be sanded down past the burnt material on the surface of the wood. If the burnt material is just on the surface of some materials, then they can be sanded down and resurfaced.
 
After the burnt part of the material is removed, the raw substances get treated with a specialized sealant paint. The paint coats the sanded material and seals the wood preventing burnt fragrances from existing after reconstruction. The sealant also often gets used to seal elements that got affected by smoke created by the fire.
 
Smoke damage also can require different methods such as cleaning and soot removal to prevent foul odors. At the end of the job, the goal is to restore the home to preloss conditions entirely. For assistance with fixing items burnt during a fire, call SERVPRO of Arlington at (904) 721-2230 24/7.
 
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Health Risks of Fire Damage in Fort Caroline

11/19/2017 (Permalink)

Contacting SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave is the most effective plan to contain the damage and plan out the restoration process.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Fire Damage to Minimize Any Possible Secondary Damages

Fire damage is the worst nightmare for any property owner. Apart from the damage to your property, a fire can also pose a threat to your health even after it has been put out. So, it is necessary to get your fire damaged property here in Fort Caroline professionally restored.
 
There are many health risks associated with fire damage that you should never neglect. Hiring a professional service to restore fire damage to your Fort Caroline property can save your property as well as your health.
 
Health risks of smoke and soot
Smoke and soot pose a threat to your health if not cleaned up properly. The small microscopic particles in the smoke and soot can lodge in your lungs causing you problems to breathe. If you have asthma, smoke and soot residue lingering in your home, that can worsen your situation significantly. Here at SERVPRO, we use state-of-the-art technology to remove these particles and minimize their harmful effects.
 
Mold after fire damage  
Another health risk of fire damage is the mold infestation. When water is used to fight the fire, the residual water can lead to a favorable environment for the mold to grow and thrive. Getting rid of all the water can be a difficult task, and you need the help of professionals to get this done. If you do not get rid of all the dampness, secondary damage due to mold is almost inevitable.
 
SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle fire damage situations in their entirety. Our team not only helps you to restore your property but also to limit the secondary water damage after an incidence of fire.
 
If you do not act promptly, fire can cause permeant damage to your home that can affect your health long after the disaster. Make sure that you act promptly and employ only professionals to deal with this unfortunate incident.
 
Call SERVPRO of Arlington today at (904) 721 2230 to talk to one of our experts. Our team of experts is always ready to help you deal with the restoration process with confidence.

For more information about the City of Fort Caroline, Florida visit:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Caroline

Preventing and Controlling Fire Damage in Arlington

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

How many fire extinguishers do you have in your home?

How to Prevent Fire Damage in Your Arlington House 

When a fire starts in the house, there are many types of damages to worry about. The fire itself can annihilate expensive items beyond repair, while the resultant smoke and soot can spread and stick to different fabrics and surfaces. To salvage your property, you need an experienced restoration company that can arrive quickly at your Arlington home on demand to begin the cleanup process.

If you are looking for fire damage restoration services in Arlington, SERVPRO is a great place to start. We have highly skilled, highly experienced, and IICRC-approved technicians who are ready to respond to any fire damage emergency. As a part of your community, SERVPRO strives to fight the effects of fire speedily and restore the original value of your property.

One of the best ways to limit extensive fire damage in the house is having a functional fire extinguisher on standby. When used properly, fire extinguishers can be very effective at controlling small fires. They come in five main categories, dubbed "A," "B," "C," "D," and "K." Each is designed to put out a different kind of fire.

Class A, B, and C extinguishers are commonly found in homes and businesses. The difference lies in their application during fire damage situations. Class "A" extinguishers work with ordinary materials such as wood, paper, and cloth. Class B extinguishers work with flammable and combustible liquids such as gasoline, grease, oil, and oil-based paints. Class C fire extinguishers work with electrical equipment such as tools, appliances, and other plugged-in equipment.

Class D and K fire extinguishers are usually found in factories and commercial industries respectively. The former is used with flammable metals while the latter works with animal oils, vegetable oils, and fats in cooking appliances. Fire extinguishers that are labeled "A-B-C" or "B-C" are created for multipurpose applications. You can find most of these in home improvement stores.

Of course, the size and nature of the fire are going to determine the effectiveness of your fire extinguisher at minimizing fire damage. For safety purposes, start by alerting other occupants in the building of a fire and then call the fire department. If possible, try and contain the fire in a single object (such as a wastebasket or a pan) and then find a clear escape route to get away from the toxic smoke.

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Professional fire damage cleanup is crucial after an incident in your home to restore damaged property to preloss conditions quickly, reliably, and cost-effectively. SERVPRO of Arlington is available exactly for this purpose. Talk to us about your fire damage situation by calling (904) 721-2230 today!

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Fire Damage Cleanup Services for Arlington Properties

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

When smoke damages your Arlington home, call SERVPRO.

Cleaning up fire and soot damage

A house fire can leave stubborn smoke on your items, especially if it lands on plastic or synthetic materials. There are numerous possible causes of house fires, ranging from minor (such as forgetting your beans in the cooking pot) to major (such as deliberate arson). The heavier the smoke, the more dangerous it is. The biggest threat is the tiny microscopic particles found in smoke. These fine particles can cause health effects.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is determined to reverse the smoke and fire damage at your Arlington property. The worst scenario in the restoration process is item replacement, in which irreversibly damaged items are replaced with new ones. However, most structural surfaces, upholstery, and wood contents are salvageable using effective cleaning techniques.

The effectiveness of a cleaning product depends on temperature, chemical action, time, and agitation. Each product has its ideal temperature. Too hot, and it can ruin the material you are trying to clean. Our specialists can pre-test, and then apply the solution using the right cleaning procedure.

We use agitation to dislodge and then wash off soot from different materials. SERVPRO technicians use many agitation techniques during the fire damage cleanup. These include scrubbing, wiping, rotating brushes, air pressure, water pressure, and sand blasting. Water pressure and air pressure are particularly useful for extracting moisture in carpet fabrics.

We also use various chemical actions to eliminate smoke residues on your items. For instance, acidic and alkaline solutions neutralize each other, detergents help water-based solutions blend with oil-based residues, and bleaching adds or reduces oxygen from the soot. The idea is to simplify the cleanup process by loosening the grip the smoke particles have on the contents.

The time needed to complete the fire damage restoration depends on the cleanup process and professional product. We can control the application of a particular product to adjust its aggressiveness. If our experts determine that the material is too weak to withstand direct application of the cleaning product, we use absorption to clean it safely.

If your property has sustained smoke damage, you need to act fast to reverse the effects. As a locally based company, SERVPRO of Arlington can respond fast to your fire damage situation. Call us anytime at (904) 721-2230.

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Help Restoring Fire Damage In Your Arlington Area Home

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians perform every aspect of your restoration, including repairs needed to return everything to normal.

Let SERVPRO Help You Get Back on Your Feet After Fire Damage Strikes

You should understand that dousing a fire that occurs on your property is just the beginning. Water and smoke residues continue to intensify damage found in your home. The longer you wait, the more likely secondary damages form, leading to additional problems that you could have otherwise avoided.

If you experience fire damage in your Arlington area home, look to a qualified restoration company for help. The right company can provide you with excellent results that may surprise you, especially in light of how destructive a fire can be, often restoring your home to a quality condition that everyone in your family can enjoy for years to come.

SERVPRO is likely on the list of restoration providers that your insurance company suggests. We have IICRC certified technicians, industrial-grade equipment, and years of experience providing homeowners with the services they need to recover from a fire fast. Our technicians are well-equipped and willing to take on the responsibility that comes with tackling difficult tasks found on your property.

At SERVPRO our relationship with our customers, the safety and security we provide, and the quality of service we deliver mean everything. We want you to receive the results you deserve while keeping costs down and providing you with a stress-free restoration experience.

SERVPRO technicians perform every aspect of your restoration, including repairs needed to return everything to normal. You never have to call another contractor to perform additional services, we leave your home complete, restoring things to as close to original as we can get, including many of your items you thought damaged beyond repair.

Sometimes it is hard to peer through all of the devastation that a fire causes, making this kind of situation extremely emotional and draining. You want someone who is on your side to provide you with the services you need, a company that is trustworthy, performs well under pressure and produces the results you deserve.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Contact SERVPRO of Arlington for more information about services available in your area. We have 24/7 emergency services, fast response times, and qualified technicians ready to put their experience to work for you. (904) 721-2230

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Cleaning Up After a Fire in Your Arlington Home

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Needs Restoration in Arlington

Arlington Properties Get Restored Post Fire Damage by SERVPRO

A devastating experience, a fire threatens your home and possessions, and you have to leave your home for a time to have repairs done. Your family is in shock and traumatized emotionally, and it is an overall stressful time. When a fire damage restoration company is needed, you expect and deserve them to be courteous, professional, and understanding. The experts at SERVPRO know how to perform fire damage cleanup efficiently and promptly.

Fire damage in your Arlington home, and the accompanying water and smoke damage are unique in which solving one problem, putting the fire out, often contributes to the damage. Safely cleaning your property from a fire involves having the knowledge to look for damage that isn’t apparent to the naked eye such as inside ceilings and walls, or under floors. The extent of the fire damage depends on whether materials need replacing or restoring and that is where the certifications and expertise of SERVPRO are above the rest.
 
Finding and eliminating odors from smoke is just as important as finding and replacing studs and joists that are burned inside a ceiling or wall. Whether there is not much damage from smoke or the damage is heavy, thoroughly cleaning the affected areas fixes the problem in many cases. It is no good getting your home looking like new again when it smells like the fire truck just left.  SERVPRO has corporate and external certifications in best practices.
 
We do all it takes to restore your home to its original state. By cleaning out the soot, smoke, and smells, cleaning surfaces and painting, fixing or replacing areas of the structure, your home is like new again. "Like it never even happened."
 
Once you hire us for your fire damage cleanup, we send a certified technician or production manager to your home to conduct an inspection. They then make a determination as to how much damage was done to your home by fire, water, smoke or chemicals. After this, a plan for cleaning and restoration is drawn up. Once your insurance company and you approve the plan, or you sign off and post a deposit, the work can begin. It is important we start as soon as possible after the fire, since the longer you wait, the worse the damage becomes.
 
Therefore, when your home suffers from a fire, get in touch with SERVPRO of Arlington as soon as possible.  We are easy to reach anytime at (904) 721-2230, and we are out to your home quickly so we can begin the inspection and the process of restoration.

Why Fire Damage in Arlington Homes is a Big Problem at Christmas

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Overloaded sockets or problematic electronics are the prime suspects in a house fire especially around the holidays. Call SERVPRO to assess!

SERVPRO Technicians are Standing by Any Time of the Year to Restore Your Fire Damaged Home

There’s so much to love about the festive season, and we’re not just talking about the presents either. You get to spend more time with family members. There are lights and sparkles and songs all around. It is a magical time of the year for most. However, every Christmas, there are some families who don’t have this experience.

Instead, they spend Christmas Day dealing with the aftermath of a house fire. It could be caused by an overloaded socket. It might be connected to a malfunctioning electronic device. It might even be the fault of the tree; lots of people don’t realize that placing hot Christmas tree lights too close to soft furnishings is a common cause of fire damage in Arlington homes.

We understand that the stress of dealing with a fire, particularly at Christmas, can be overwhelming. That is why the experts at SERVPRO are on hand to get repairs started quickly and put your mind at ease about the future.

Common Christmas Hazards

Clearly, prevention is simpler than the cure, in this case. So, if you are lucky enough not to have had a fire before, stay safe this Christmas. Position your tree away from drapes and sofas. Switch the lights off when you go to bed or leave the house. Switch off plug sockets and check that the stove is turned off.

Responding to a Fire

If there is a fire in your home, the response must be fast. Once the immediate danger has passed (and the firefighters have done their job), you’re going to be left with a very damp, charred property. This is where the fire damage repair team at SERVPRO comes in. It is our job to neutralize any existing hazards, thoroughly dry the area, and then prep it for restoration.

Understanding Fire Damage Restoration

The term fire damage restoration encompasses a whole range of repair techniques. We will shape our approach based on the size of the property and the severity of the damage. If the fire was extinguished quite quickly, for instance, the main bulk of the job will be cleaning soot and smoke residues from the walls and ceilings.

In more severe cases, however, we may have to remove damaged items. Our technicians aim to save as many of your possessions as they can. This might mean sending them offsite to a special restoration facility. For example, we operate a number of these centers for electronics, furniture, and paper documents. Often, they have a much better shot at survival if they are handled in a secure, clean lab.

Most homeowners assume that the most important part of fire damage restoration is the physical clean up, but deodorization is often vital as well. Without the right equipment to clean the air and introduce fresh dry oxygen, it is almost impossible to rid a property of that acrid, smoky odor. Our experts can do this because they have access to state of the art ozone deodorizers and other industrial tools.

At SERVPRO of Arlington, we are committed to helping families make it through fire damage. We are a locally based company, so no matter how big the emergency this Christmas, our experts can help. Call us 24/7 at (904) 721-2230.

What Not to Do After Macclenny Residential Fire Damage

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire can do severe damage to your home, so it's important to know what to do during the aftermath.

Contact SERVPRO for Residential Fire Damage in Macclenny

Fire can do severe damage to your home, so it's important to know what to do during the aftermath. If your home in Macclenny has residential fire damage, it needs to be handled quickly and efficiently. Smoke can adversely affect your health and the health of your family if not dealt with appropriately. Since water from putting out the fire does the most damage, acting promptly can minimize mold and save your carpet, walls and belongings.


Most homeowners don't have the knowledge, experience and proper equipment to clean up after a fire. Plus, safety should be your primary concern. Insurance companies prefer to work with restoration companies. By placing your home and belongings in the hands of an expert, you can focus on coping with the emotional aspects of your loss instead of risking your safety doing tasks that are best left to a professional.


Going back into the home can be risky. If there are medicines, glasses, checkbooks or specific valuables you need, let the fire company know before they leave. Walking on the carpet or trying to scrub the sofa isn't a good idea. Soot particles can quickly become embedded in the carpeting and upholstery. Additionally, the structural integrity of the home might be weak, causing the roof to cave in.


Canned goods will need to be thoroughly washed before trying to open them. If fallen cans are dented or have lids bulging from the heat, throw them out. Smoke residue will have settled on the outside of the cans as well as your pots, pans, dishes and silverware. If you try to cook or eat anything before you've had time to run everything through the dishwasher, you can make yourself ill.


Any fire damage needs to be evaluated quickly and steps begun to clean up the mess. However, dragging your belongings outside isn't always helpful. Wood furniture can warp if you leave it in the sun. In addition, soot can be toxic, so the restoration process involves specialty cleaners that are not available to the general public. To keep water damage from escalating, equipment like industrial vacuums, pumps and dehumidifiers are often used as well.


You should avoid touching electrical appliances until they have been inspected. Trying to use ceiling fans or the air conditioner to air out your home can increase safety risks. There may be smoke or soot trapped in the ducts or ventilation shafts, and instead of helping to clean up damage, you might blow more contaminants into your home. If the power is already off, don't open your refrigerator or freezer. Frozen foods will keep longer if the door stays closed.


Putting out the fire is only the first step in saving your home. After the fire is out, smoke and odor must be eliminated, water pumped out, carpeting and upholstery cleaned, structural damage repaired, and many more tasks that require the help of a professional. When confronted with the aftermath of a fire, don't delay. SERVPRO of Arlington can begin the process of restoring your home after any Macclenny residential fire damage. Call (904) 721-2230 today.

Fire Damage Restoration in a Jacksonville Home: A Brief Overview

9/3/2015 (Permalink)

After a House Fire, Cleanup is the First Step

Fire Damage Restoration for a Jacksonville House

As most homeowners know, fires are one of the most devastating natural disasters that a residential property owner in Jacksonville can face. Following the fire, it is critical that you consult with a professional fire restoration company. To learn more about fire damage restoration and what you should expect during the process, review the following outline: 

What Exactly Does A Fire Damage Restoration Company Do?

After emergency professionals complete their extinguishing of the house fire and possibly rescue efforts, they will determine if your residential property is safe for reentry. Your first call should be to your insurance company. Your next one should be a call to action to a fire damage restoration team like SERVPRO. These professionals will assist you by cleaning up any damage caused by the fire. They will also ensure that damages from the fire do not spread throughout your property. In addition to removing fire damaged items caused by the fire, these restoration specialists will work to eliminate smoke damage, soot, and water damage. They will eventually also inspect your property to identify and eliminate any mold or mildew damage. 

The Clean Up Process

When SERVPRO arrives at your home, they will complete an assessment to determine the extent of the fire damage. They will inspect the property inside and out. The structural integrity of the house is of paramount concern along with other potentially existing fire hazards. Once these restoration experts have completed the property damage assessment, they can design and implement a plan of action. 

In the event that you have damaged roofs, doors, walls, or windows, the recovery team will secure the area. This action requires that they may board up windows, strengthen walls, or cover holes in the roof with tarps. Once these technicians have secured the premises, the restoration experts will start the clean-up process. In some cases, your property may require water extraction equipment like pumps or vacuums to initiate the drying out treatment. Additionally, company professionals will use equipment like dehumidifiers and air movers to limit damage to your carpet and upholstery. The recovery team will also remove soot and smoke from your property. 

Conclusion 

If your residential property has been damaged by fire, it's important to retain restoration services from a professional company you can trust. The company to call is SERVPRO. Our professionals have extensive industry experience and will work to complete all the steps to get you back into your home. From cleanup, water removal, repair, and restoration your home will be renovated back to its original condition. Call us now to learn more about the excellent, expedient services we offer.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in Jacksonville too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Arlington is close by and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency.

 We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help.  Call us.  (904) 721-2230

Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

11/12/2013 (Permalink)

Statistics Highlight the Need for Preparation and Caution in Holiday Decorating and Entertaining

Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist offers tips for preventing holiday fires.

Lights, candles, action – it’s the holiday season again. Brightly lighted decorations, elaborate meals and large gatherings are all part of traditional holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, these seasonal traditions also cause an average of 230 home fires each year, with an average of 4 deaths, 21 injuries and $17.3 million in property damage.

“Christmas tree lights and candles are just two of the holiday traditions that increase the likelihood of a fire starting in your home,” says Bryce Clark of SERVPRO® of Arlington. “There are about three times as many cooking-related fires on Thanksgiving Day and almost twice as many on Christmas Day as there are on non-holidays. It only takes a single distracted or careless action to turn a family get-together into a tragedy.”

Clark says that homeowners can help keep their homes and their families safe during the holiday season by understanding the dangers and taking some simple, commonsense precautions.

Holiday Cooking Fire Facts

• Thanksgiving Day has three times the average number of reported home structure fires involving cooking equipment.

• The two other peak days for cooking-related fires are Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

• Supervise items on the stovetop. Fifty-eight percent of kitchen fires involve ranges; homes with electric cooktops have a higher risk of fire than homes with gas cooktops.

• Keep flammable items – potholders, packaging, wrapping, wooden utensils, loose clothing – away from the stovetop.

• Don’t let lack of sleep or alcohol consumption affect your ability to concentrate on preparing the meal.

Holiday Decorating Fire Facts

• Half of all holiday decoration fires start because the decoration is too close to a heat source.

• On average, 32 candle fires are reported each day. December is the peak month for candle fires.

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips:

• Keep all decorations away from heat sources like radiators, portable heaters and fireplaces.

• Use flameless candles.

• If you do use traditional candles, burn them in sturdy candleholders, well away from drapes and other flammable materials. Never leave them unattended and never allow them to burn down to less than one inch in length.

Christmas Tree Fire Facts:

• 50% of live tree fires occur between December 22 and January 5.

• 31% of tree fires are caused by electrical problems.

• 14% involve decorative lights.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips:

• Keep live trees well watered to reduce the chance of a fire.

• Check wiring on lights for breaks and wear, replace worn strings and don’t exceed manufacturer guidelines for connecting multiple strands of lights.

• Don’t leave tree lights plugged in when you are away from home or asleep. “We hope these tips will be a reminder to Jacksonville area families to make fire prevention a priority in their holiday preparations,” said Clark, “so they can spend the season enjoying family and friends, not dealing with the aftermath of a fire.”

For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, contact Bryce Clark with SERVPRO® of Arlington.

Information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.servpro.com

Fire Damage - Jacksonville - Soot

9/17/2013 (Permalink)

 
  • Wet Smoke Residues - Result from smoldering fires with low heat. Residues are sticky, smeary and with pungent odors.  Smoke webs can be difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke Residues - Result from fast burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, nonsmeary smoke particles.
  • Protein Residues - Virtually invisible residues that discolor paints and varnishes.  Extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot - Furnace puff backs distribute fuel oil soot.
  • Other Types of Residues - Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residues also need cleanup.

What you may not know is that there is a way to clean up the soot damage "like it never happened".  Please call us with any questions you may have regarding fire and/or smoke damage in Jacksonville, Florida.

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