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Does smoke color influence the resultant damage from Pensacola fires?

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke billowing out from under a door. Our SERVPRO crews can have your Pensacola home back to normal in no time after a fire damage.

SERVPRO Understands the Implications of Different Smoke Characteristics to the Fire Damage Restoration Process in Pensacola Properties

Smoke is one of the predictable byproducts of fires in homes. However, most people are not aware of the different variations of smoke produced, and the implications they might have on a property. SERVPRO helps cleanup damage from all types of smoke in Pensacola properties.

Which colors does smoke commonly exhibit?

You can simplify the process of fire damage restoration in your Pensacola home if you are observant enough to note the color of smoke emitted from your property as fire burns. The common color variations include:

  • Black smoke
  • White smoke
  • Grey smoke

Smoke contains different substances, including aerosols, particulate matter, and moisture. When smoke looks whitish, it is an indicator of a higher percentage of aerosols or water vapor in its composition. The outcome under such circumstances may involve a widespread accumulation of wet smoke residues on surfaces. Our SERVPRO crews can help you deal with the challenging cleanup process using advanced approaches such as soda blasting or surface stripping.

How damaging is a fire burning with black smoke?

Dark smoke can indicate several things, including:

  • Incomplete combustion of materials fueling the fire
  • Burning of synthetic materials 
  • The fire being highly volatile

Various challenges can arise after you notice a fire burning with thick dark smoke. For instance, the extreme heat from the scorching fire can push residues deeper into surfaces, making it tougher to clean the area or remove odors. The fire might also leave thick layers of residues all over the property, burdening you with extract cleaning steps. 

Our SERVPRO technicians prepare well to handle such cleaning situations with various resources, such as automated agitation equipment. We also have specially formulated cleaning products that help strip down residues from surfaces faster.

Smoke characteristics, including its color, connect with many aspects of the resulting damage. An experienced team from SERVPRO of West Pensacola can help you address the challenges the situations present. Call us at (850) 469-1160. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Where to Find Local Fire Damage Remediation Services?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Our SERVPRO technicians know exactly what to do after your home suffers a fire incident. Call us today.

SERVPRO of Pensacola Can Provide Your Home With Fire Damage Remediation Services!

Many people imagine that if fire damage ever occurred inside their Pensacola homes, it would be a grand disaster. However, many fire-losses are quite small in comparison. Statistically, there are many potential causes of fire inside of your home; however, not every fire may rage out of control.

Imagine a scenario where your Pensacola home suffers a small degree of fire damage. Picture plugging in an electric kettle with the intention of brewing tea. When you turn your back to look for which type of blend you would like, the electrical socket sparks a small fire. You hear the popping and smell the burning of plastic and act quickly, extinguishing the small blaze before it gets out of control.  

If the Fire is Small, Do I Need to Call For Remediation Services? 

Even small fires can leave behind an impressive amount of damage that could be hard for a non-professional to clean. For example, a small fire in your kitchen could leave behind: 

  • Smoke residue 
  • A foul smell
  • Scorch marks 

Even if fire damage is concentrated in a small section of your home, it can still cause tough stains and rancid malodors. The best thing you can do for your home is to contact professional remediation services. 

How Can SERVPRO Remove the Soot Stains and Bad Scent? 

Here at SERVPRO, our technicians are highly trained and have access to advanced technological equipment. To remediate the evidence of fire damage, we can: 

  • Use hydroxyl generators or thermal foggers to reduce the malodor in your kitchen
  • Use specially formulated cleaning agents to remove tough smoke-residue and stains
  • Remove anything that is beyond repair so that it can be replaced

At SERVPRO, our goal is always to leave your home feeling as if the damage inside did not happen. Trust our Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration-certified (IICRC) technicians to help return your home to its preloss state. 

If your home needs fire damage restoration, get help now! Contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola by dialing (850) 469-1160. We're always open and ready to help you. 

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What is the Key to Understanding Fire Damage to Home?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Pensacola Homes SERVPRO technicians are trained to remediate any level of damage after a fire disaster. Call (850) 469-1160 today to discuss.

Being Knowledgeable and Experienced in All Aspects of Fire Damage to Your Pensacola Home is Where SERVPRO Can Help

Say the words ‘house fire’, and the first image for many people is a burned-out structure with total property loss. The reality is that most damage is due to the residue left behind by smoke and soot. If the fire was slow-burning and quickly extinguished, the home and its contents are restorable to their pre-fire state.

Before we start to repair fire damage to a Pensacola home, it is important to understand which levels of fire damage our response team encounters. The severity of the fire determines the number of personnel, type of equipment, cleaning solutions, and how long we need to be on the job. SERVPRO has determined three levels that define our tasks after a fire has struck your home.

Levels of Fire Damage

Minor Damage – Smoke residues do not affect the entire house or apartment. The amount of residue is light to moderate. Restoration services include dry and wet cleaning of the structure, furniture and personal property. Only minor items (small lamps or paperback books) require replacing, and only a few walls and ceilings need repainting.

Medium Damage – The smoke residues affect more areas of the home. The residue is more pronounced, meaning that wet cleaning is necessary for more property and dry cleaning may not be possible at all. Our technicians can still clean most of the damaged property on the site though. The amount that requires replacement is higher and includes larger items such as furniture. There is heat damage to cabinets, and drywall, wood floors may need refinishing. Smoke odors are much stronger with medium damage and may still linger after cleaning. If so, technicians require additional time and equipment to deodorize your home.

Major Damage – Structure and property damage is severe near the source of the fire. Repair or replacement of interior walls and support beams is needed. Smoke residues are throughout the home and smoke odors are exceptionally powerful and pungent. The structure requires extensive cleaning and deodorization; furniture and other personal property require cleaning using machines and chemicals available only at a SERVPRO facility. Emergency services, including boarding up the home and quick removal of debris, are needed to prevent further loss due to weather, continued residue exposure and possibly trespassers. Our technicians must also establish a source of electricity to support restoration efforts.

Possible Delays in Restoring Fire Damaged Property

When a fire razes your property, the urgency to restore it is usually apparent. However, various obstacles can crop up delaying or prolonging the process. Hurdles can range from regulatory obstacles, limited resources, to a lack of necessary skills. We offer professional restoration services, and from experiences, we can help you overcome most hurdles with ease.

At times of an emergency like fire damage in Pensacola, you might expect help from everyone including the authorities, and not legal obstacles. However, due to overlaps in federal, state and local regulations, it might feel like the authorities are out to sabotage your efforts. Working with a professional restoration team like SERVPRO helps eliminate these hurdles because we know which permit is necessary, which waste disposal method is allowed, and generally how to comply with all regulations.

The Process of Saving Your Valuables

After a fire, there are items to throw away and others to save through restorative cleaning or resurfacing. A hurdle many people face is deciding whether to throw items away especially if they hold sentimental value. It is also possible to throw away salvageable items assuming that the damage is beyond repair. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their extensive FSRT training when evaluating remnants of a fire incident. We separate the remains into salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable categories. We take the questionable items away for specialized offsite cleaning which can help you save sentimental items that you would otherwise throw away.

Water Damage is Possible

Fires cause severe damage, but in many cases, additional damages still happen long after the embers die down. Typical causes of such additional damage include the water used in the efforts to put out the blaze or the methods used during restoration. Our SERVPRO crews are equipped to extract any water pooling around after a blaze. This helps prevent mold and other related moisture problems. We also use unique cleaning methods such as soda blasting to clean ruined surfaces without causing additional damages.

The period after a fire incident presents various challenges. Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 to help you overcome any hurdles. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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How Should I Deodorize Hidden Structural Component Fire Damage In My Myrtle Grove Home?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Myrtle Grove FL As the fire burned, the superheated air rose and perhaps penetrated deeply into these types of materials.

SERVPRO Uses Best Practices to Remove Odors After A Hidden Structural Component Fires

If your home continues to smell smoky even after initial deodorization post-fire damage steps are taken, SERVPRO staff may need to investigate more thoroughly where hidden pockets of odor bearing materials or residues may be hiding. Houses with attics or storage areas between the uppermost ceiling and the roof may hold the key to the persistent odor within the insulation or even the rafters of the dwelling. As the fire burned, the superheated air rose and perhaps penetrated deeply into these types of materials. Ordinarily, these recesses are rarely viewed or explored, but if they hold the source of the unpleasant smoke smell, they will need to be cleaned and treated with appropriate products by our certified technicians to complete a thorough fire damage restoration.

Fire damage remediation within your Myrtle Grove attic may require smoke contaminated insulation to be removed and discarded to eliminate the smoke odors. It may be possible to reduce the smell by ventilating the attic or crawl space and treating the insulation in place. We will review the deodorizers available and apply to the insulation if it appears the smoke damage is limited to the surface of roll or foam insulation. A clean layer of new insulation may do the trick of blocking fire odors if it is placed over the existing blanketing. Thermal fogging of the attic or crawl space done at this point can also reduce odors.

If the rafters have sustained fire damage, they first need to be inspected for safety and the capacity to continue providing structural integrity for your home. SERVPRO technicians will evaluate the sustainability of the wooden structure just below the roofline. If charring and residues are present but are not profound enough to require removal of the rafters, scraping and brushing the debris off can help reduce odors. Liquid or spray deodorizers may take care of lingering smells. Tough odors may dissipate if the surface fire damage is removed and the area sealed. We usually recommend the same sealant used in HVAC systems that harbor smoke odors.

The professionals at SERVPRO of West Pensacola will not rest until all evidence of fire damage is removed from your home, including odors. Call (850) 469-1160 to get a fire damage and odor elimination plan designed today.

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Do You Need Help Assessing Minor Fire Damage in Your Pensacola Home?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Pensacola Home Kitchen fires are pretty common especially when you cook all or most of your meals. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate your home after a fire.

SERVPRO Offers Helpful Ways to Look at Fire Damage Remediation

A fire that flares up in your Pensacola home, fortunately, is brought under control swiftly. After the shock of the blaze and the relief that it was short-lived, putting the whole affair behind is desirable. The question many homeowners have is whether what seems like slight damage needs special attention. There are several reasons to bring in fire mitigation experts even if the aftermath seems insignificant.

The minor fire damage done to your Pensacola home after a grease fire in the kitchen might seem to be confined and cleanup manageable. Before you try to tackle the task yourself or have a general cleaning service handle the mess it is prudent to have one of our experienced fire project managers take a look at the scene. Our team is well-qualified to assess the apparent damage and look for secondary issues and the inadvertent spread of soot, smoke, and other fire residues into additionals spaces in the house.

Any fire event requires a means of suppression. Typically that involves chemical extinguishers, water, or both. The damage possible if the water is not removed and the area dried out correctly can be more severe than the fire itself. SERVPRO crews evaluate the extent of the water saturation and residual moisture, including tracing any migration of the water from the fire site to adjoining rooms and levels inside your home. We plan and complete water removal and dry out all affected structural components and contents first. This ensures secondary damage like mold growth or progressive building material deterioration does not occur.

Many homes have interconnected heating and cooling ductwork. If the HVAC system was in operation or the vents were open during the fire smoke and soot easily moves from the fire site to other rooms in the house. The IICRC training SERVPRO technicians complete anticipates this possibility. We investigate the potential spread of the fire residues and take steps to include that dispersal in our fire restoration plan. Our team is also experts in HVAC ductwork cleaning, deodorization, and sealing if necessary.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola awaits your call after any fire damage to your home, regardless of its severity on the first impression. Contact us at (850) 469-1160 to schedule a comprehensive inspection of your premises.

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Is Fire Damage Cooking in Your Pensacola Kitchen?

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged stove. Smoke and soot on wall behind stove Grease fires create residue that is difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the training and cleaners to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Eliminating Fire Damage from a Pensacola Kitchen 

Between 2008 and 2017, the annual loss incurred from fire damage to homes shot up 12% to a whopping $23 billion. Even a small fire can cost thousands in damages on top of proliferating foul odors and hard-to-remove residues. In the case of cooking fires, invisible protein residues can discolor surfaces while emanating foul odors. Consumer-grade products do not clean grease residues effectively.  

If you need fire damage mitigation for your Pensacola homes kitchen, SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist you at a moment's notice. You can find teams of Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained technicians at over 1,700 franchise locations in the United States and Canada. Whether your disaster occurs on a weeknight, weekend, or holiday, technicians can come to you soon after your call to begin the cleanup process. 

Finding the Right Kitchen Fire Extinguisher

Household extinguishers are generally labeled A, B, or C, which indicates what types of fires the extinguisher can fight most effectively. A extinguishers handle ordinary combustibles like wood and paper, B is most useful for flammable liquids like cooking oil or gasoline, and C is ideal for electricity. 

These classifications are also preceded by numbers, which are the classification rating of your fire extinguisher. This system determines the relative effectiveness your extinguisher has against each type of fire. The higher the number, the more effective the extinguisher. Type C fire extinguishers typically do not have number designations, as this classification only indicates that the chemicals do not conduct electricity. 

There are several different weights and sizes of fire extinguishers designed for different situations. The kitchen may benefit the most from a 5-pound rechargeable extinguisher, or a stovetop extinguisher. If you use the latter, do not use them for deep fryer fires, as the grease splashed by extinguishing chemicals can spread the fire. If you get a stovetop model, consider a pressurized magnetic can that can pop open from heat and spray baking soda, which helps put out the fire. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

One of the essential steps in ensuring effective cleaning after a fire is precleaning or preconditioning. Here, technicians use various cleaning methods so that other cleaning materials can work more effectively. Precleaning procedures include vacuuming loose soils, agitating soot deposits with compressed air, and using both soft and coarse brushes to dislodge soils without damaging surfaces. 

To address protein residues from a cooking fire, technicians may use enzyme digesters to break down organic molecules into odor-free materials such as carbon dioxide, water, or a water-soluble product. 

SERVPRO of West Pensacola helps homeowners save their homes by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. For the lightning-fast disaster mitigation service, you can call (850) 469-1160. 

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Pensacola Properties, Fire Loss, Smoke, and Odors, What to Do? Call SERVPRO!

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Mitigation in Pensacola Involves Cleaning Various Structural Components

Whenever flames ignite inside your Pensacola home, the smoke getting released can circulate throughout your entire structure. When this smoke contacts the cooler surfaces of your contents and building materials, it can adhere to items and cause extensive fire damage. Residues can be present anywhere air flows inside your building, including your walls, ceilings, cabinets, and attic. Proper restoration often involves cleaning deposits from these various structural components.

Any time our SERVPRO team works towards mitigating your fire damage in Pensacola, we start by deciding the best way to clean everything inside your home that got negatively affected by smoke or soot residues. Walls and ceilings often get cleaned first using dry or wet methods depending on the type of material and the kind of smoke present. Next, we focus on other structural components that could take different approaches to clean and restore. A technician's most useful tool is a vacuum cleaner.

Since many fires start inside kitchens, our SERVPRO technicians often find themselves tasked with cleaning soot residues off of your kitchen cabinets. The techniques vary depending on whether the wood making up the cabinets is finished or unfinished. Finished surfaces can often be cleaned by using water-based detergents and a cloth. Unfinished wood, such as the surfaces inside your cabinets, is often better cleaned with using dry methods such as dusting or cleaning with a dry sponge. Whenever we clean your cabinets, we often first remove all of the metal hardware from the surfaces so that we can clean underneath it where residues can get trapped.

Lighting fixtures are another structural component that also requires cleaning. We usually remove lighting fixtures and clean them while we are cleaning your ceilings. Fixtures like chandeliers often require special care, which can include hand cleaning or steaming.

It is also possible that smoke residues can find their way into your attic. Attics can often present challenges to the restorer because the surfaces usually contain unfinished wood with irregularly shaped surfaces. Attics can also contain insulation, which can be very difficult to clean.
If smoke residues exist inside your home after something burns, call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 24 hours a day. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Are You Making Fire Damage Remediation Mistakes in Perdido Key?

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

extensive smoke coming off burned dinner Cooking accidents happen often but the foul odors can remain for a long time.  Contact SERVPRO for efficient remediation services.

Fire Damage Deodorization In Perdido Key Often Requires Combining Multiple Techniques

One day you could have an accident while cooking inside your Perdido Key home where nothing ignites to the point where there are flames but items inside your house smolder and cause them to smoke. Smoke consists of partially combusted particles that can flow throughout a building and cause fire damage in rooms of your residence that were far away from the source. These partially burnt substances can leave behind soot residues and malodor particles.

During some fire damage projects in Perdido Key, pungent aromas go away after all burnt materials and soot residues have been cleaned off and disposed of. In cases where you can still smell smoke inside your home after removing soils and charred items, a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can utilize other techniques, equipment, and chemical deodorants to eliminate malodor particles and make your house smell, "Like it never even happened." Most methods require the application of chemical products that eliminate unpleasant aromas by masking them with a better smell or by chemically pairing with the malodor molecules and neutralizing them. Many industrial deodorants contain a formula of both masking and pairing agents, so that pleasant odors cover up the aroma of any malodor particles that did not get chemically neutralized by the pairing chemicals.

Since smoke can have different properties depending on what fuels get burned, it is possible that your house got affected by several different types of smoke and soot residues. For example, smoke coming from something like burnt plastic will adhere to surfaces differently than smoke created by cigarettes. The various forms of these gaseous, partially combusted particles can also leave behind a variety of foul odors.

Our SERVPRO technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification or IICRC program and are trained in the various mitigation techniques for the different malodor sources that could exist in your building. However, figuring out and implementing which technique will work the best for each individual affected item would be time-consuming to diagnose and execute. Therefore, we usually combine several deodorization methods at the same time in hopes of eliminating all of the various kinds of malodor particles present after the blaze took its toll on your property.

If at first, we find that our deodorization procedures were not 100% effective, then we continue using other chemicals and application techniques until the foul odors are completely gone. If your property ever gets negatively affected by smoke, call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 24/7 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Fire in your Pensacola Condo? Contact Professional Restorers to Reduce Losses

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire loss in your Pensacola home? No problem call us today, we will be there.

A condo fire can cause extensive damage both to your personal property and your neighbors. Generally speaking, smoke residues and soots can build up causing malodors or harming fabrics. Water used in firefighting procedures can set soots into materials that, if not mitigated quickly, can result in permanent losses. Immediately after phoning the fire department, it is vital to get in contact with both your insurance adjuster and restoration service. 

Acting quickly against fire in your Pensacola condo can significantly reduce the potential losses. SERVPRO uses technicians stationed throughout West Pensacola, who can respond quickly in an emergency. Our roster has a combined collection of fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) as well as water damage restoration technicians (WRT) to tackle primary and secondary concerns. Our qualifications are awarded by the nationally recognized Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) body.

One essential task for any trained FRST technician is a pre-testing. No two fires are the same, with different materials contributing to different types of property damage. Synthetics, for example, leave thick, odorous, oil-based deposits on walls and ceilings. Natural materials create drier, dust-like soiling. By pre-testing smoke residues, SERVPRO technicians can tailor the restoration project to your exact needs improving efficiency. 

Beach-side properties can typically suffer from the exterior as well as interior damages. SERVPRO can mobilize pressure washing equipment for exterior walls and gentler solvent cleaning methods for your interior. Often, the high temperature and pressure of a fire can wear away the surface finish. Our team can carefully remove soiling, dry the surface before re-applying the finish to get your home back to its preloss condition. We can also perform repainting of damaged walls or ceilings. 

Once charred materials or debris have been removed, and surfaces cleaned, the job of a restorer is to dry the property thoroughly.The last thing you want as a homeowner is secondary damage adding to the expense of your claim. By drying a property, we can guard against mold, rot, and water damages. Once drying is complete, thorough fumigation and High-efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) fitted air scrubbers can restore your indoor air quality.

If you experience any property fire, contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160.

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We Send Only Qualified Technicians To Your Perdido Home

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

A room in a home completely covered in soot and smoke damage from a fire Our experts have the expertise and specialized equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

A Full Range Of Services Used To Combat Fire Damage In Your Perdido Key Home

When restoring your Perdido Key home after a fire, you want to work with a company that can handle all phases of your restoration project. You need someone who can provide you with the services you need, manage subcontractors successfully, and complete the job within an acceptable timeframe. Thus, saving you from having to contact multiple contractors to complete different stages of the same job. 

The restoration company brought in to work on fire damage in your Perdido Key home is often required to perform work involving technical skills or provide the expertise that requires specific training. No one wants a cleaning technician working on major structural repairs, for instance. So, we supply you with qualified technicians who can perform a variety of specialized tasks, such as cleaning exteriors of electronics, furniture repairs, as well as plumbing repairs. 

At SERVPRO, our technicians can provide you with emergency responders 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, to perform fire damage assessments, board-up and roof tarp services, water removal and drying, smoke and soot residue removal, a variety of cleaning methods, as well as routine repairs. Along with these quality restoration services, we can perform repairs for various situations, including hardwood, linoleum, tile, and marble flooring, HVAC, roofing, painting, plumbing, and electrical services in your home. 

SERVPRO always tries to limit the amount of subcontracted work, which is why we offer a wide variety of services and highly trained personnel. We have Mold Remediation Contractor License #: MRSR 2768 and Biohazard Contractor License #: 17-64-1560497 to compliment our skilled inhouse carpenter-technicians. If the damage on an item you want to save is overwhelming, there is always the possibility that we hire subcontractors to perform the functions you desire. However, we only use subcontractors who pass our careful screening process and provide exceptional services. We do whatever is best for you, our customer and neighbor.

Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola for quality solutions that fit your unique situation. We service the entire area, including Goulding, Sanders Beach, and Myrtle Grove. (850) 469-1160

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Tactics Used to Turnaround Fire Damaged Wood Furniture in Pensacola Homes

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen that looks like it had a bad fire. Table turned over in the kitchen. Soot all over the kitchen. Our Tactics for fire damage, will help your Pensacola home.

Don’t let fire damage ruin your Pensacola home.

After fire damage in a home, the smell of smoke and debris left behind looks overwhelming. At first glance, it may seem like nothing has the likelihood of any benefit from restoration services. 

Once a Pensacola home has fire damage mitigation efforts underway, as SERVPRO technicians remove charred items and things too damaged for restoration from the house, they also look for possessions with the potential for recovery to save the homeowner the cost of replacement. On a case by case basis, restoration of wood furniture is possible.

The Type of Finish Helps Determine Success of Furniture Recovery

Cleaning smoke damage away from hardwood furnishings has differing outcomes dependent on the level of heat, moisture, and direct harm done to the finish. Unfinished wood is porous and absorbs smoke, soot and water from extinguishing efforts. Finishes such as varnish, lacquer, paint, or waxes all yield different outcomes based on the type of fire exposure the piece had. 

Improper Cleaning of Smoke Residue Causes More Damage

SERVPRO technicians hold certifications in a diverse array of the restoration sciences, including fire cleanup and restoration. They know the proper techniques and cleaning methods for different types of smoke residue and items for the best outcome. 

Dry cleaning is one of the most frequently turned-to methods. It may seem like a great idea to spray down a tabletop with a degreasing cleaner, but that action has the potential to drive smoke and odors more deeply into the wood and may turn something with restoration prospects into a fire loss. Absorption happens quickly with unfinished wood, and this type of wood is often found in the bottoms of drawers and back of finished furniture. 

Avoiding Mold on Furnishings

With training and certification in mold remediation license #MRSR 2768 SERVPRO techs know the conditions that create the opportunity for ever-present spores to germinate and spread. Applications of preventative treatments, along with thorough drying, are just two of the ways they avoid future issues with mold.

Your solid wood furnishings may not be a loss after fire damage if the cleanup and restoration efforts begin quickly. Contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160, our emergency response team is available 24/7 to make the fire loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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Pensacola, Fire and Smoke Cleanup, SERVPRO Knows How!!

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Pensacola? No One Holds a Candle to SERVPRO for Mitigation and Cleanup

Unattended Candle Leads to Fire Damage in a Pensacola Home

Did you know candles cause an average of 15,000 fires resulting in damage per year? According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), nearly one third occurred in the bedroom and were due to the person falling asleep with a candle lit.

When SERVPRO answered the call to mitigate fire damage in a Pensacola home caused by an unattended candle, fast action by the homeowner had put out the fire before it could spread too much. However, we found one section of a bedroom damaged by both fire, smoke and fire extinguisher residue.

Our technicians placed thick plastic containment barriers over the doorways and registers to contain odor-causing soot particles to the room. The area around the bed was affected by smoke. We removed the mattress as it had received too much damage for successful restoration and would only contribute odors to the room. We performed controlled demolition on the charred drywall and removed other contents too burned for remediation efforts. The homeowner was happy to learn that we could save both the vintage steel dresser and bedframe through our proprietary cleaning methods.

Using handheld vacuums with HEPA filters, our technicians removed both the fire extinguisher residue and soot from surfaces. SERVPRO technicians know soot particulates can range in sizes so small the human eye cannot see them, and we have the equipment to handle that. Our air scrubbers have a series of filtration layers within and HEPA filtration that capture the tiny airborne particulates that can leave significant odors behind.
Hand cleaning is another detail that increases chances for saving contents from fire loss through remediation. Fires produce different types of smoke, and each requires a unique cleaning approach for successful mitigation. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and know how to choose the best cleaning method for each object in a room damaged due to fire.

Ventilation of the room occurred during the cleaning process, and this action in conjunction with a thorough cleaning and the application of one of our odor counteractants often is enough to eliminate fire odors left behind.

Whether your fire damage in your home is large or small, SERVPRO of West Pensacola is available to come to your aid 24-hours a day. Just call (850) 469-1160 and our emergency response team can be on-site within hours to make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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The Ultimate Deal On Fire Damage Remediation in West Pensacola

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can happen anywhere. Call SERVPRO to help with your fire damage restoration needs.

Fire Damage Restoration in Your West Pensacola Home

Most people in West Pensacola are lost without their electrical appliances and gadgets that fill their homes. Everyone uses them all the time and are surrounded by them each day, so people do not think about the dangers they pose. Electrical cord safety is essential, as a broken or frayed cord can start a fire quickly.

When a frayed cored started a small fire in the living room of your home, you want help cleaning up the fire damage in West Pensacola right away. Leaving the settled smoke and soot to sit for too long creates additional damage. SERVPRO understands that moving fast in a situation like this is necessary, and we have the tools to help you make your home look as if nothing ever happened.

To keep you and your family safe, only use extension cords when necessary. It is safer to plug cords directly into the wall outlets, so do what you can to arrange items, so they are near outlets. Never connect a series of short extension cords, as this can be very dangerous and raises your risk for fire.

Part of the restoration process means that SERVPRO needs to deodorize the affected area. Small, odor-producing particles continue to generate odors if they are not cleaned effectively. We may need to remove the source of the odor from your home thoroughly to get rid of it entirely, such as charred structural materials. We also need to recreate the conditions which caused the odor penetration. For example, if smoke caused the issue, we use a deodorizing fog or smoke to eliminate the odors.

Additional ways to protect your home include keeping your cords neatly organized with approved cord bundling devices or ties. Labeling the ties as you go is a good idea as well so it is easier to find what cord you need when unplugging a DVD player or game system from your television.

Never plug any extension cords into a surge protector. Extension cords can heat up fast, especially if there are other plugs in the nearby outlets. Be sure you have a long enough cord each time and have different sizes on hand. Extension cords are reasonably inexpensive, so it is more than worth it to have different sizes available to you at all times.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola is here to restore your home in Warrington, Sanders Beach, or Goulding after a fire. Don’t hesitate to call us at (850) 469-1160 as soon as the flames are extinguished so we can help your family feel safe again.

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Our Crew Can Help Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Goulding

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Debris And Secondary Damage In Your Goulding Home

There is no mistaking the devastation that could occur when a fire starts in your Goulding home. Fires can spread quickly from the initial combustion site to affect many areas of your property, damaging structural elements and spreading debilitating effects like soot and smoke residue on surfaces, furniture, and contents throughout your house. Once the flames have gotten extinguished, you should be looking for immediate assistance from trained professionals like our team.

There are several potential hurdles to overcome in restoring fire damage to your Goulding property. From the pressing structural concerns to the overwhelming effects that can get found throughout your home, you need professionals with the experience and equipment to work quickly to return your residence to preloss conditions. Our SERVPRO team has a 24-hour response to emergencies, offering comprehensive solutions from the initial inspection through the needed reconstruction and finished outcome.

Mitigation hinges on effective pack-out services and fire debris removal to occur immediately. Our technicians work to assess the full scope of the damage to determine which areas of your home must get torn out and later reconstructed. Our professionals utilize controlled demolition techniques overseen by our contracting team to ensure that the construction phase of the restoration to follow mitigation can happen immediately to get you back into your home quickly.

Secondary effects are also a component that our SERVPRO team must address through the early stages of mitigation. Often firefighting efforts themselves can cause damages to the structural integrity of your home and can also spread substantial water damage from extinguishing. We can approach this situation as we would other water loss incidents, working to preserve materials that can get saved and removing the lingering moisture and saturation to limit the possibilities of damaging situations like mold growth.

Many hurdles can stand between your fire-damaged home and its return to preloss conditions. You can depend on our skilled SERVPRO of West Pensacola fire restoration technicians to work tirelessly to get you back into your home after a fire disaster. Give us a call at (850) 469-1160.

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Fire Restoration Experts You Can Trust In Your Goulding Home

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our techs help restore your home after the smoke and soot have settled and you need help the most.

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Goulding Home

The most common source of house fires in Goulding starts in the kitchen. Fire damage from the stovetop is more common than fires originating from appliances, fireplace, a burning candle, smoking in the home, or furnaces. Knowing a few fire safety tips can help you prevent a fire from cooking. 

Even if your home in Goulding suffers from fire damage from a small fire, you need help cleaning it up. SERVPRO is always standing by to assist you in cleaning and restoring your home. We are professionally trained remediation specialists who have the knowledge, experience, and tools to get your home back to normal promptly. 

Our goal is to restore your home to preloss condition before the fire damage, which means we need to erase the effects of the smoke and soot as well as the flames. The process involves us removing any smoke residues from the interior and exterior surfaces of your home. The residues give off smoke odors, and we must deodorize to rid your home of the malodors. Sometimes, parts of your structure are damaged badly enough that they cannot be restored, so we dispose of these items. 

SERVPRO techs determine which items can be restored and what ones must be replaced. We also identify what items do not need restoration. Before cleaning, we determine the right cleaning method. The appropriate methods are what effectively removes residues from the material or surface without doing any more damage. 

To keep your home safe from fire while cooking, the first rule is never to leave any cooking unattended. Ensure your home has working smoke alarms, and do not ever use water on a grease fire. Stay alert while cooking, and make sure that cooking appliances are safely installed and used correctly. Keep your cooking in view at all times and keep any flammable items such as oven mist or hand towels away from the heat. Pets and children should stay away from the are you are cooking in to avoid any accidents. 

In case of a fire, know what you need to do. Practice an escape plan with your family in case this is needed. Two ways out of your home should be planned out in case one way is blocked by the fire. 

SERVPRO of West Pensacola can restore your home in Goulding, Warrington, or Myrtle Grove after a kitchen fire. We should be contacted as soon as the fire is out by dialing (850) 469-1160, so we can avoid any additional damage from the settled smoke and soot. 

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The Fire Damage Estimation Process For Your Santa Rosa County Home

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

A bathroom with soot and smoke damage from a wild fire accumulated on the walls and fixtures Santa Rosa County Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Follows Industry Standards and Best Practices to Restore Your Fire Damaged Home with Your Insurance Coverage

When many homeowners think about professional restoration services, they often worry about how expensive that it might be for them to use. When something as challenging as a fire occurs in your Santa Rosa County home, there is little that you can do on your own to clean up the mess and restore your home back to its former conditions. Fortunately, our team works with your insurance company to provide you with the most efficient avenue to full restoration.

Widespread fire damages in your Santa Rosa County residence can seem insurmountable at first, but with the right restoration company, these effects get addressed one by one until your house is back to the way it used to be. Our SERVPRO professionals are uniquely trained to handle all manner of fire damages and can rapidly respond to your emergency when you need us the most.

In many cases, insurance companies work directly with our professionals to get the right care that your home needs. This process begins with a thorough inspection by our Project Manager for the job along with the estimator. The goal here is to determine the full extent of the work that has to happen to bring the house back to preloss conditions.

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These SERVPRO employees determine the kind of equipment that is necessary to perform the tasks required of the restoration. They also determine the number of technicians required to work on the job. Another consideration is the proposed man-hours that it takes to see each phase of the restoration through to completion.

Lastly, the estimator also catalogs the irreparable damage that they encounter. Often this is a monetary value attached to the contents of your home or structural elements that are unsalvageable. These figures get submitted directly to the insurance adjuster to expedite the claims process and get restoration work happening on your home as quickly as possible. Subrogation can expedite arriving at an agreeable determination of a budget to begin the cleanup and restoration.

When you experience fire damages in your house, the last thing that you want to have to worry about is poor estimations that require out of pocket expenses from you later on. You can trust in both the estimation process and the quality of work our SERVPRO of West Pensacola technicians do. Our experienced team is available 24/7 by calling (850) 469-1160.

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A Fire Damage Move-Out May Be Required In Goulding

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team is here for you when a fire strikes your precious home.

SERVPRO Provides Move-Out Services After House Fires 

Fires in homes are frightening and can cause a significant amount of damage that may result in you having to vacate the premises during the restoration period. An organized and professional move-out can help speed up the cleaning and drying process and may help prevent potential injuries. Fires often weaken floorboard and foundations, which is why staying in the house can be hazardous for homeowners in some circumstances.

Our skilled SERVPRO fire damage crew in Goulding is well trained and can assist you when the conditions require you to leave your home. Our knowledgeable technicians provide top-quality services that include carefully packing your belongings. Inspecting the furniture and contents is the initial step taken. The techs record the condition of various items as well as contents in the home to determine if they need cleaning, treating or restoring.

If items and contents are not damaged, we can store them off-site. We use protective plastic wrap, packing blankets and tape to secure items. The technicians mark each piece with fragile stickers and identification labels. Plus, we document everything in detail, which may include a photograph. Any article in the home that needs cleaning is appropriately wrapped and taken to our shop.

We understand that your couches, chairs, heirlooms, paintings and other items in your home such as large-screen televisions are of value to you. You can rely on our techs to carefully remove your belongings and load them onto one of our box trucks. During the restoration process, we store your furnishings in a climate controlled cleaning and storage facility. When the job is complete, we can coordinate the move-in with you. If the fire damage to your residence requires a massive cleanup and extensive restoration, SERVPRO can conduct an efficient move-out in Goulding and surrounding areas.

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SERVPRO of West Pensacola fire damage move-out services is designed to help protect your furniture, contents and personal belongings from further damage. Plus, leaving your home during restoration may get you back in your home faster. Contact us 24/7 at (850) 469-1160.

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So You Have Had a Significant Fire in Your Pensacola Residence

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Seeing your home after a fire can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO right after the firefighters leave for remediation which includes deodorization.

Team SERVPRO Uses Many Methods and Has Access to Modern Tools for Remediating Fire Damage

Fire damage can be painful for a homeowner when it comes to any degree of a blaze that breaks out. While it is true that most fires in your home do not lead to massive damage, it is essential to know what you can do when they do. Leaving your home while an electric heater is plugged in is always inadvisable, but sometimes accidents happen. When they do occur and leave your living room in shambles, it is comforting to know that professional help is nearby.
We strive to have our employees arrive at the scene of the fire damage in your Pensacola residence as soon as possible. Sometimes, the loss in your home from a fire can be so significant that we may advise a move-out. During a move-out, our technicians can pack your salvageable belongings away and then send them for cleaning. It is an option that is often attractive when it is considered more efficient to complete the restoration without any surrounding clutter.
While your belongings are with SERVPRO, we can clean and restore them to their preloss condition depending on the damage they have sustained. If an item should break in our care because exposure to extreme heat weakened it, we can include it in your claims list and inform you immediately.
SERVPRO uses many methods to clean your items, including lubricative and chemical cleaners that can help un-adhere soot. We may also use advanced technology such as thermal foggers and ozone machines to help remove the foul smell that the fire caused. We use the same processes to clean your home as well. It is necessary to note that a contractor must handle any rebuilding or remodeling of the physical structure. We only clean and remediate fire damage but we can help you contact a reputable contractor should you need one.
When a blaze strikes your residence, do not wait. Contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160. As quickly as we are able, we can send our technicians to you.

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Overextended Outlets Could Spark Fires in Your Goulding Home

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

When dealing with fire damage started by an electric appliance, it's best to call a restoration company like SERVPRO to make sure it's done right.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand That Fire Damage Often Includes Dealing With Water Damage

For any Goulding homeowner, appliances play a significant role in making your at-home life comfortable. The downside of this is that you are always at the mercy of when they work and when they do not. With improperly maintained equipment or appliances requiring more power than the outlet provided can supply, you run risks like fires breaking out. Of course, the most advisable thing would be to monitor the condition of the appliances in your house and repair them as needed, you might not be as mindful of the tolerances of your outlets installed in your house.  
Fires can happen with little warning, but you can inspect outlets and do some reading about the required wattage your equipment needs to function normally. If you are exceeding this amount with the outlet you are trying to use, you might consider reconfiguring the arrangement of the room or running a new outlet with the appropriate tolerances. Unfortunately, not every home is going to be able to avoid fire damages in Goulding this way, as many houses are older and paperwork regarding the electrical systems is no longer accessible. 
When a fire does occur in your home, the rapid response on your end can often help the problem from getting worse. While our experienced SERVPRO restoration specialists are available whenever you need us, this process must wait for the local fire department to finish extinguishing the blaze. Their diligent work might keep the fire from affecting other areas of your home, but this often comes with an issue of its own: water damage.  
With the high volume of water that typically gets used to put out a fire, there is often no place for this liquid to go. The water damage poses a threat not only to the structural integrity of the house in the area where it pools, but it also presents the possibility for compounding damage like fungal growth on top of the other restoration work that needs to happen.  
Our SERVPRO professionals get to work right away extracting the water using pump trucks from our fleet and wet-vacs fitted with extraction wands. Drying is the next step in the process, which involves sophisticated equipment like drying mats to pull moisture up from the flooring of your home. Removing the water damage paves the way for all necessary fire restoration efforts to follow.  
When your home suffers fire damage from overextended outlets or malfunctioning appliances, you can trust the experienced and professional team at SERVPRO of West Pensacola to help you clean up the mess. Our team is available 24/7 by calling (850) 469-1160.  
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Kitchen Fire Damage Cleanup In Your Pensacola Home

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

The starting point of many residential fires in Pensacola or over the whole country is the kitchen.

Kitchen Fire Damage Cleanup

The starting point of many residential fires in Pensacola or over the whole country is the kitchen. From the intense heat of your oven to open flames on your stove, there are many factors which can spark a fire in your kitchen. It is very common for cook tools, food, napkins, or even your clothes to catch fire while you are cooking. The situation can instantly get out of control. The best way to prevent kitchen fires is thankfully just being mindful while you are cooking.

Kitchen fires can do a lot of fire damage quickly to your Pensacola home. Even if you get it put out, you are left with damage from the flames and heat, plus soot and smoke. Our professionals at SERVPRO can help you get all of this cleaned up and repaired. We are trained to handle these kinds of situations and do so in a timely fashion.

The main goal of mitigation is to secure your structure and stop further damage. It can include boarding up any openings and establishing a source of temporary electricity. If your home is wet from fire-fighting efforts, you also need emergency drying to stop secondary water damage.

SERVPRO’s cleaning services focus on removing the smoke residues and deodorizing odors given off by residues. We consult with you to advise you on any structural parts that can be cleaned and ones that cannot. We need to repair or replace components that do not respond to cleaning.

Your personal property also needs to be cleaned of smoke residues. Sometimes, they can be cleaned right on the job site. In other cases, we pack and move out your belongings to a separate location for cleaning and storage. We subcontract any specialty cleaning such as drying cleaning of clothing, cleaning electronics, furniture refinishing, and cleaning expensive artwork.

Sometimes parts of your structure are damage to the point they cannot be restored to preloss condition. In these situations, the work of reconstructing and repairing these components could require additional skills, so we work alongside licensed general contractors to get this part of the job done.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola ensures that we restore your home in Goulding, Perdido Key, or Sanders Beach back to its state before the fire, even when that requires additional help so that you can return to your home as soon as possible. Contact us at (850) 469-1160 as soon as you can after a fire.

Even if You Are Prepared, These Types of Fire Damage in Pensacola May Hurt Your Home

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Even though you can take precautions to prevent fire damage, lightning could still strike your home causing external fire damage.

When Fire Damage Strikes Your Home, Rely on SERVPRO to Overcome the Effects

Some types of fire damage in Pensacola can be tough to protect against, even if you maintain your home well and take as many precautions as possible. Although these difficult-to-avoid or unavoidable causes of fire damage can happen to almost anyone, they also typically represent a relatively low proportion of all fires in the area. If a fire should hit your home, do not panic, just call SERVPRO and your insurance provider to start down the road to recovery.

Lightning Strikes

Even with a lightning rod, lightning can still strike your home and cause severe external fire damage in Pensacola. Lightning has caused homeowners grief since the dawn of recorded history, and despite modern advances in technology and materials, it still claims many American homes each year. Your home may also be at additional risk if it is near plants or other structures that lightning can be more likely to strike.

Electrical Fires

Most electrical fires result from freak accidents or unnoticed malfunctions around your home. With how many electrical features and gadgets most modern homes contain nowadays, it can be almost impossible to keep track of them all at once. Whether the accident happened from someone in the family or not, most electrical fires cannot be easily stopped without a fire extinguisher close at hand.

Neighboring Fires

Many neighborhood fires spread to nearby buildings, where they can start anew or cause substantial smoke damage. If your home takes damage from a neighbor's fire, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO to secure restorations as quickly as possible. Even for relatively "light" damage that often results from these fires, professional treatments are often essential. Plus, we can help to negotiate with your insurance provider to ensure that everything goes favorably for you.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola helps local homeowners to overcome the effects of fire damage with professional care and quality of services. Call us for help at (850) 469-1160.

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Higher Risk for Unoccupied Homes to Sustain Fire Damage in Warrington

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Appliance fires during or after a storm happen more and more often. Contact SERVPRO after fire damage in your home to quickly start remediation.

Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO Technicians are Able to Deal With Many Types of Damage After a Storm

Many homeowners evacuate before severe tropical storms and hurricanes hit the area around Warrington. These residents may find that their home was involved in a fire during their absence. During such an emergency, damage can affect large areas of the home. Some of these areas may include the exterior of the home, also.
In the area, returning evacuees do not expect to encounter fire damage in Warrington. When a fire does occur, it can increase the problems already associated with destructive weather events. Fires begin relatively easily in zones designated as disaster sites. Fuel stored for grills, camping, boating and other activities can come into contact with downed power lines or sparks from rebuilding endeavors underway nearby. Shorts in the electrical wiring can spray sparks outward, and power surges in your home can make appliances heat up in abnormal ways.
SERVPRO technicians undergo training in restoration procedures specific to fire damage. We have experience in all aspects of restoring homes damaged by fire. Our training also includes the removal of water used by firefighters, or worse, brought in by storms. These are important, too, because haphazard mitigation of these aspects can lead to damage in the future.
When a fire burns inside a home, the by-products of that fire include smoke, soot, and odors. Mixed with water, these become even worse. This is another reason why high humidity and heat can increase the perception of odor in a fire-damaged home for months, or even years, afterward. Restoration of a home includes the removal and replacement of destroyed materials, but also the elimination of odor-causing particles and the smoke and soot that can continue to damage your home and your belongings.
You can rest assured that SERVPRO of West Pensacola's technicians can handle your home's fire damage situation. Restoring your home, so it is “Like it never even happened” remains our goal no matter how badly damaged. Call us at (850) 469-1160 when you need us most.

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Keeping Fire Damage Away from Your Pensacola Home

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Overloading surge protectors can create risk of starting a house fire.

Preventing Fire Damage in Your Home

Around your Pensacola home may be many fire damage hazards - objects and utilities that, without proper protection, may someday start a fire in your home. While fire detectors, extinguishers, and alarms are essential for fire protection in the home, it is always best to not have to rely on these devices and avoid fire in the first place. These simple upgrades can help make your home a safer, stronger place, and prevent fires.

Surge Protectors

Among the most common origins of fire damage in Pensacola are electronic appliances and devices. When electronics catch fire, they are difficult to put out, as water-based flame retardants are entirely ineffective. Many of the flood damage jobs SERVPRO gets called in for also incorporate some amount of fire restoration, as electronics short circuit and cause fires. The simple way to prevent many of these fires is to install surge protectors, which prevent sudden electrical surges from causing damage to your devices. However, be careful not to buy cheap surge protectors and refrain from overloading them. Otherwise, these safety devices can create an even bigger risk.

Replacing Open-Flame Burners

While burners with open flames are good for atmosphere and some types of cooking, they also present a significant fire hazard. All burners should be treated with extreme caution, as these have an extra potential to cause fires. If your burners are old or otherwise require replacement, consider an option with premium safety features to avoid later troubles.

Overhead Kitchen Sprinklers

Despite being the origin of a huge prevention of residential fires, most American homes still lack any form of a sprinkler system in their kitchen. A solid sprinkler system often makes all the difference in our commercial restorations, and there's no reason why your home cannot receive the same benefits. Sprinklers are typically able to stop fires before they spread beyond their initial bounds - potentially avoiding any damage to the home beyond that one appliance.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola has served local homeowners for years, helping people to get through fire damage even when all seems lost. Call us today at (850) 469-1160.

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SERVPRO - Myrtle Grove Fire Damage

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

The primary types of fire damage to a Myrtle Grove home are from the smoke, soot, and odors left behind after a fire.

SERVPRO Has the Tools to Make Your Fire Damage "Like it Never Even Happened"

Unless a home is caught up in a wildfire from a nearby National Park, most of the damage it suffers can be cleaned using the proper tools. When combined with the cleaning agent appropriate to the type of odor or another residue, the amount of money spent on replacement decreases substantially.

The primary types of fire damage to a Myrtle Grove home are from the smoke, soot, and odors left behind after a fire. To clean and remove them, SERVPRO keeps an up-to-date inventory of the equipment best suited for each level of damage and type of residue. These listed below are just a few of what we have available.

Ozone Generators – These machines put out a series of oxygen molecules that alter airborne, odor-causing molecules. When they meet, oxidation occurs which removes the odor.
Technicians use these machines when an odor is very pungent. Ozone is a powerful gas, so before we begin the treatment, it is necessary to remove all family pets and any item that contains natural rubber. Once we complete the procedure, ozone returns to a normal, oxygen molecule with no residue left.

Pressure Sprayers – These electrically powered devices spray deodorizing agents and other chemical cleaners. With a rate of 50 psi, they are handy for carpets and fabrics coated with heavy soot and smoke residues, as well as structural property that has absorbed a lot of them.

Injectors – These handheld devices use large needles attached to a pump to inject deodorizers into a stain on upholstery and carpets. We prefer this method when possible, as it prevents sending out furniture to be cleaned by other methods and having to lift the carpet to attempt to clean it. Injection of cleaners and deodorizers is much more cost-efficient.

Ventilation Fans – These industrial-sized, box fans serve a dual purpose. In addition to blowing out contaminated air, the high-velocity of the air movement (3000 to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute) is excellent for bringing in outside air to dry property that became soaked from the efforts of the fire department and a home sprinkler system.

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Once we are on the job, the desire of SERVPRO of West Pensacola is to put you back into your home as quickly and safely as possible. Restoration is not a quick process, but we are with you at every step, explaining what we are doing and putting it all back together. If you need our help, call us today at (850) 469-1160.

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The Effects of Smoke After Your Pensacola Home Has Experienced a Fire

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most hazardous and sneakiest effects of a house fire is smoke damage.

Things to Know About Your Pensacola Residential Property After a Fire Strikes

After the fire is out, you might thing that you do not have to worry about any more damage occurring to your home. However, you would be wrong, as the smoke and soot left behind can be even more damaging than the flames themselves.

Smoke can spread to each room of your Pensacola home, even with a small fire. Additional fire damage can be caused by smoke particles getting into your air ducts and HVAC system. No matter how localized the fire was, it can impact the entire home, with after-effects lingering around for a long time. Therefore, you need to call in professional restoration technicians, such as those at SERVPRO. Restoring your home after a fire is a multi-step process that is best left to experienced professionals who can find and solve issues that are less obvious.

One of the most hazardous and sneakiest effects of a house fire is smoke damage. After your home has experienced any size fire, smoke billows and spreads through the whole structure. The smoke travels to cooler areas of your home, going through any wiring crevice or pipeline, smothering and staining your home with an unpleasant odor.

Even if you are very handy with home repairs, smoke and soot from a fire are hardly a DIY project, which is why having our staff at SERVPRO come in and help you clean up is important. We can find all the hidden smoke damage in your vents and air ducts, plus help you to restore many of your possessions.

Without our expertise and professional equipment, tiny smoke particles get into your HVAC system and can linger undetected for months. Breathing in these particles is detrimental to the health of you and your family. You can rest assured that our technicians can thoroughly clean your home, including these invisible areas, of all smoke and soot damage, so your home is safe again.

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At SERVPRO of West Pensacola, we understand how devastating a fire can be. We want you to feel safe in your home again, so we are ready to help you anytime when you call us at (850) 469-1160.

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Preparing for Fires at Different Times of the Year in Warrington

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

A house fire can be devastating. Call SERVPRO as soon as the fire fighters leave to help with remediation and restoration.

SERVPRO Technicians Educate About and Remediate Fires in Your Area

Fires happen at all times of the year, but some seasons are safer than others. While it is important to prepare for fires year-round, it might be worth some extra safety checks as you enter into the riskier months. The most influential factors lie in weather patterns: relatively minute changes in temperature, rainfall, and events can have a severe impact on the commonality and proclivity for fires across the Southeast. Here's when you should be most and least concerned about fires in your area.
Hurricane Season
Hurricanes have the potential to cause massive fire damage in Warrington, even if the property is untouched by flooding or other storm damage. Power lines can blow over, winds can cause other explosions or fires, and flooding can lead to a multitude of fires starting at once. If weather forecasts indicate an impending hurricane, don't just prepare for the water - fire may be an equal or greater opponent in the storm. If worst comes to worst, don't worry: we specialize in integrating different restoration processes to make everything as easy and efficient for you as possible.
Late Spring
As temperatures warm up, rainfall goes down in late Florida springtimes. This combination inherently leads to greater fire risk, and each year SERVPRO locations across the region see an uptick in reported fire damage cases during these months. Watch out for periods of drought or lower rainfall to know when a fire is most likely to break out in these months.
Autumn and Winter
These seasons are wetter and colder, thus producing fewer fires. However, that does not mean you should let your guard down! Make sure to keep your household fire safety edifices maintained and up-to-date, and always watch common interior sources of fire damage such as kitchen fires, electrical shorts, and candle fires.
SERVPRO of West Pensacola is ready around the clock, all times of year to provide fire restoration services to those that need them most. Call us at (850) 469-1160.

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How a Fire Can Be a Good Thing For Your Home's Looks

10/7/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Let Us Help You Remodel Your Fired Damaged Home in Pensacola Beach

SERVPRO Can Help Modernize Your Home After Fire Damage Restoration

We tend to think of fires as devastating events, disasters that are difficult to come to terms with. While this is true in many cases, and fire damage can be a very painful loss in many ways, most fires also present an opportunity to improve upon the home and make it better than ever before. If damage from a fire is extensive, parts of a home will often need complete replacement or remodeling, allowing for newer and nicer materials to take the place of the old. Here are a few ways your home can improve following a fire.
Flooring Materials
Many homes, especially in Florida, have old and outdated or well-used floors, beaten down from years of tracking over and having debris stamped into them. Or, the floors might be a result of an old fashion trend now woefully out of date, but in Pensacola Beach, fire damage can present an excellent chance to tear up that flooring and install something more beautiful. We often receive requests to completely discard old laminate, tile, or carpeting for a wood finish or the other way around. Floors are some of the most noticeable surfaces in your home and should be treated as an essential element of your home's motif.
Cabinets and Furniture Sets
Many homes contain old furniture and cabinets that, while functional, are very apparently outdated. The materials making up these fixtures are often the most susceptible to damage in the home, and so they are some of the most commonly replaced items in a fire-damaged home. If your cabinets and furniture pieces have sustained harm, consider the possibility of an entirely new style taking their place.
Wall and Ceiling Paint or Decorations
Fire often heavily coat ceiling and wall materials, even if they are not burned, with smoke and soot. After this material has been cleaned off, many surfaces still require repainting. This can be an excellent opportunity to revive a room or change up its style and perhaps improve its build quality. Talk to a SERVPRO representative about damage-resistant varieties of paint to help prevent mold and mildew growth and other types of damage well into the future.
SERVPRO of West Pensacola can help you to recover and refashion your home following a fire of any size. Call us 24/7 at (850) 469-1160 to find out what we can do to help.

How Ash Causes Severe Fire Damage

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can recover or replace damaged items in your home. Call today!

SERVPRO Can Remediate All Types of Damage in your Home

After any moderate or large fire, ash ends up being the primary concern of our technicians and homeowners alike. Ash, while not terribly harmful to people, can damage and destroy many objects and parts of a home, and is one of our most commonly dealt-with substances in the field. If not dealt with quickly, ash can end up driving up replacement and restoration prices for all parties involved. Luckily, we have experience in cleaning up virtually all types of ash and soot damage and are capable of dealing with such problems as they arise.

Clogged Drains and Pipes
One of the most common ways that fire damage in Perdido Key can lead to additional problems is through drain and pipe clogging due to ash. These materials can settle deep inside water fixtures and block off flow, causing overflow and mild flooding. The main danger here is that homeowners don't often take this into consideration and check their taps prematurely, as dry and undisturbed ash is often much easier to clean out from some drains.
Walls, Floors, and Ceilings
The most visible form of ash damage is on walls and other surfaces around your home, which may be completely covered in a fairly thick layer of ash. Luckily, this is not excessively difficult to clean up, often requiring little more than a heavy cleaning job.
Many electronics are not salvageable after sustaining ash damage, unfortunately. However, for those that are, we have contracted specialists who are trained to recover items from such damage, and may also be able to do it ourselves on-scene. In any case, we will never replace or throw out an item without your approval or request first, and will always consult insurance agencies.
Strategically located to provide fast, emergency service to the local area, SERVPRO of West Pensacola is an experienced restoration company specializing in all types of fire damage. Call us today at (850) 469-1160.

Residential and Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

Warrington fire damage is devastating to families and business owners.

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

After any type of fire damage to your home or business, your responsibility will be to protect it. You must protect it from weather events, vandalism, and theft. Property owners may need to provide a barrier, like a fence to further secure it. Smoke, odor, water, and mold are just some of the damages that must be addressed quickly to prevent further mitigating problems.
Remember, seeing fire damage through your eyes is tricky because it is a very stressful time. There is often property damage that goes beyond what you can see. Smoke, soot and water can be hidden behind walls and baseboards. Smoke and soot can also penetrate your belongings, such as carpets, upholstery, curtains, clothing, furniture and many other belongings.
If you experience a Warrington fire damage event, you don't have to guess who to call for help. SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration business. We are locally and operated. We are proud to serve the Escambia County community. Without any doubt, fire damage is devastating to families and business owners. Our fire and water restoration specialists have the training, experience and specialized equipment to help restore you to a pre-fire condition. We follow specialized fire and water processes because each smoke and fire damage is different.
Our solutions begin with a thorough inspection and fire damage assessment. This allows us to devise the right solutions to help make you whole again. Our water removal and drying processes are unique to your home or business. We remove smoke and soot from all surfaces. Our goal is to repair rather than discard because the fire and water have already destroyed enough. Our cleaning and repair technicians work to further protect your investments. If needed, we provide immediate board-up and roof tarp service.
For any fire, water or mold emergencies, contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola. We are available with 24-hour emergency service, seven days a week. If you have any inquiries about our restoration and repair services, call us today at (850) 469-1160.

Let the Professionals Handle Fire Damage

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Let the professionals at SERVPRO of West Pensacola take care of your residential fire damage!

Handling Fire Damage - Let the Professionals Take Care of It

Few things are as heart wrenching as watching a home go up in smoke. Treasured items can be consumed by the flames in minutes. Residential fire damage doesn't mean that the home will never be the same; SERVPRO's goal is to help restore your property to its original condition.

Homeowner's Insurance

House fires can be started by anything from a single candle or lighter to an electrical mishap. No matter the source or how large the fire becomes, Perdido Key residential fire damage can occur and affect the majority of the property with flames and smoke odor. 

There are more than 350,000 house fires each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Not all homeowner's insurance policies are the same, so coverage of any individual fire incident varies. Typically, most plans will cover dwelling coverage and personal property. Many policies will cover the cost of alternate housing and even meals if a fire-damaged home is deemed uninhabitable during repairs. Some may even cover detached structures like a shed or detached garage and landscaping.

Restoration vs. Replacing

In most cases of residential fire damage, restoration of the home and some furnishings is cheaper than replacement. Walls, floors, sinks and even heirlooms can be refurnished, especially when restoration experts are deployed as early as possible. Cleaning and deodorizing processes help to restore homes to their former condition when possible.

There are many considerations to take into account when cleaning and restoring a home that has experienced fire damage. First, structural cleaning can help to restore ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors after suffering from smoke or fire damage. Second, any personal belongings that can be restored such as furniture, rugs, electronics, and art need to be individually assessed to determine which cleaning method and product should be used. Different materials call for different methods, and professionals can provide an inventory list of items that can be restored. Third, deodorization is a critical step when moving forward after experiencing residential fire damage. It's impossible, in the long term, to cover up lingering odors from fire or smoke damage with a fragrance. Instead, professionals provide specialized services that get rid of the offensive smells left behind.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Homeowners who experience the frightening disaster of a home fire may not know where to turn or what their first step should be. This is where Perdido Key residential fire damage experts can help. If you've incurred fire damage and you need help figuring out the next steps in restoring structural or personal property damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160.

Why Clean-Up isn't the Only Vital Aspect of Post-Fire Corrective Measures

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your Gonzalez property can be overwhelming.

Post-Fire Corrective Measures are Vital

If you've suffered fire damage in your Gonzalez area home, there are some important things you should know about getting things back to normal. Because smoke produces particulates that adhere to the many surfaces found throughout your home, and these particulates can continue to be health threats, even after the fire has been put out, it's imperative that your home and the belongings found inside to be completely cleaned before your return. Using items that have been exposed to smoke during a fire can exacerbate health issues in many people. Cleaning eliminates this risk, but there are other dangers.

Fire is not the only aspect that damages a home when a fire breaks out. Smoke from burning materials can be hot enough to melt and warp plastics. Water and steam that is often created when water is applied to burning walls and floors can cause latex paints on cabinets, doors, and frames to bubble. This type of damage is often visible and unsightly, and another constant reminder of the fire itself. Fire, steam, smoke, and water can damage that remains hidden inside your home, and much of this can be dangerous. When structural aspects of a home, including support beams and weight-bearing walls, are damaged by the heat of the fire, coupled with the humidity introduced by the firefighters' hoses, the can lose a significant amount of strength. This can make your home's stability unpredictable. Because of this, experts like our team members at SERVPRO should be consulted. They can use their experience and insight to help you make the best decision on how to proceed after you've experienced fire damage.

From fixing warped window frames to replacing load-bearing basement walls, to staircases and railings, to floors and their underlays, we will work hard to not only get you back in your home safely but always also ensure that the job is done correctly and up to code. We are also highly skilled in the aesthetics of home décor restoration and can match replacements for designer trim around vanities, and decorative moldings and other trims, as well as cleaning of intricate frames and categorization of your artwork. We don't end our cataloging of your items there, though, but include other items, such as electronics and appliances. This helps reduce the possibility of rejections of claims with your insurance policy. We list items as salvageable, unsalvageable, or undetermined. Being a third party, insurance companies know we are unbiased and will accept our categorization, usually with no questions being asked. Receiving the money needed to purchase items that were damaged beyond repair further helps your family go back to normal living.

Electronics need special handling and should not be turned on after a fire has occurred, even if the item seems undamaged. Particulates in the smoke are small enough that they can easily enter into vents and fans, settle on interior components, and cause the item to fry when powered up. We will gather all of the electronics in the smoke and fire damaged area so you can have them inspected, and if need be, cleaned, by our certified electronics technician.

Home is where we like to curl up with our children and read a good book or watch a movie, create our best memories, and relax with a meal. Fire damage can ruin that, but we at SERVPRO are experts at undoing the damage caused by fire and other disasters that can strike at any time. To turn your fire damaged mess back into your home sweet home, call us at SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 any time of the night or day, seven days a week. We'll help you get your home, family, and life back on track.

How to Fix Fire Damage in Warrington in 3 Easy Steps

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Does your Warrington home have fire damage? Call the experts at SERVPRO of West Pensacola and we'll restore your home quickly and efficiently.

3 Easy Steps to Fixing Warrington Fire Damage 

If you own a home or business in Warrington, fire damage is probably something that you’ve thought about from time to time, but never really considered in any depth. This is to be expected; as long as your property is covered by a robust insurance policy, you don’t need to worry about fire damage restoration unless disaster strikes. 

What if the worst does happen? Would you know what to do? Would you know how to respond and get emergency repairs started right away? It’s a situation that thousands of unlucky homeowners find themselves in every single year, so it’s important to know the ins and outs of hiring a Warrington fire damage restoration service. 

The good news is that it’s easier than you might think. These expert teams are committed to making the whole process as simple and manageable as possible, precisely because they know that customers’ minds are going to be with their damaged properties. This is why all you have to do to get restoration and repairs started quickly is pick a reputable company and tell them everything that you can about your emergency. 

Step One: Pick a Local Company with a Great Reputation 

When it comes to tackling fire damage in Warrington, you want a company that is highly regarded within the local community. If you know anybody who has been in a similar situation, ask them for recommendations or search online for the best-rated services. 

Step Two: Worry about the Costs Later 

A good fire damage restoration team will be happy to give you the time that you need to call your insurer and arrange for the expenses to be covered by your policy. If costs are to be paid upfront, they will let you know immediately so that you can decide whether or not to proceed with the repairs. It is imperative that restoration begins as soon as possible after the fire because the condition of the property will worsen over time. 

Step Three: Talk to the Experts Directly 

It can be tempting, what with the ease of hiring companies via the internet, to forgo talking directly to your fire damage team. This is ill-advised because the process is, clearly, a very significant one. It is very important that you feel comfortable and confident about the restoration methods being used on the site. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask them. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you need more information or advice on dealing with fire damage, SERVPRO of West Pensacola is the right place to start. Our highly skilled and fully qualified team of fire damage restoration experts can be on site within a matter of hours to help you start rebuilding. Call us. (850) 469-1160. 

Perdido Key Fire Damage Information

1/20/2016 (Permalink)

After a Fire Truck Leaves Your Condo, Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Perdido Key Property

A severe type of property damage to grapple with is fire damage in Perdido Key. In many cases, fire damage generates thousands of dollars in destruction while simultaneously leaving property owners emotionally and economically strained. This can be more costly to the owner if the property is a vacation rental. However, learning more about fire damage and how to restore your property when it strikes can help you reduce damages, relieve stress, and mitigate costs. Read this brief guide to get the information necessary to make it happen:

First call your insurance agent. Depending on the severity of the fire damage he will dispatch an insurance adjuster to survey the damage and offer a dollar figure for restoration. Ask your agent for a preferred fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO is listed by over 300 insurance and property management companies, a well-earned accomplishment. We cooperate with your insurance company during the fire damage restoration project, and we offer you a stress-free claims process as we help manage the paperwork.

The Fire Damage Assessment: This assessments ensures that our restoration experts recognize the extent of damages done to your commercial rental or residential property. SERVPRO offers a franchise wide computerized program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service-CCIS. Our specialists will generate a room-by-room inventory and identify items and materials as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. You, along with your agent, decide what to keep and clean, and what to discard. We can clean fire damaged items on-site or pack and ship them for cleaning at our facilities.

When a fire strikes, the aftermath usually leaves water damage from the firefighting efforts. Water removal is the priority. Limiting secondary damage will expedite the entire restoration process. Water pumps, wet vacs, sump pumps, and even a mop and bucket remove the unwanted water. The following actions may also be connected with the final fire damage restoration process.
• sanitation
• content restoration
• smoke removal
• deodorization
• air duct cleaning
• odor removal
• vent cleaning

Often, commercial and residential property owners recognize the fire damage and want to start the recovery process on their own. Safety is of paramount importance. Industry standard clothing and gear protect workers from possible toxic smoke and soot, collapsing building materials, hidden hazards, and possible electrocution. Leave the heavy lifting to our professionals.

Call SERVPRO Today!
Although fire damage in a Perdido Key condo, rental, or house can be challenging to deal with, knowing who to call can preclude you from experiencing considerable anxiety and economic hardship. The best company to call for a thorough, detail-oriented fire damage restoration services is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified team of professionals offers a fast response, 24/7 emergency services, and complimentary estimates. Because of our commitment to consistently operating ethically, we have become industry leaders with more than 1,650 franchises. Our goal is to return your property to pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of West Pensacola is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Perdido Key, Pensacola, and West Pensacola residents and business owners with any-sized smoke and fire damage emergencies. We are faster to any size disaster. Call us 24/7 for help. (850) 469-1160