Recent Fire Damage Posts

How SERVPRO Removes Soot and Smoke Damage in Camillus

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

smoke surrounding fire alarm Smoke and soot leave lingering damage. SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to completely restore your home.

Solutions When Fire Damage and Odor Linger in Camillus 

The residues and smells from household fires are challenging to remove from your Camillus home. Conventional cleaning techniques are not always the best fit for a successful outcome and can make the situation worse in some instances. We invest in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training for our employees to ensure that the efforts we make to clear out soot and fire stench are appropriate and effective. 

Evaluation of Residue Characteristics 

Our project managers are experts in determining what types of fire residues and odors your Camillus home suffers. This step is crucial when developing a fire damage mitigation and remediation plan. Depending on the temperature and oxygen availability during the blaze, plus the composition of the materials burned, the residues generally can be characterized as dry, wet, or protein-based. The intensity and tenacity of odors also relate to these factors.  

Selection of Effective Removal Products  

The first steps SERVPRO takes to remove both fire residues and odors are the same. Our crews gather debris and rubble, containing it for disposal. Then we match soot types with the products we know clean best to clear them away. Dry soot vacuums and dry sponges away, while the sticky coating of wet soot often requires the addition of cleaning solutions with wetting agents and surfactants, loosening the soot and allowing it to suspend in the cleaning product for removal. The odor from a fire resides in the soot particles, so as the residues are lifted and suctioned up or wiped away, the smell lessens. 

Protein-Based Residues Pose Particular Challenges 

Many fires start in the kitchen, with the primary fuels being food and grease. The residues left are the dehydrated organic matter, very pungent, and tightly adhered to surfaces. SERVPRO uses solvents for this typically oiled-based soot and might need to include abrasive additives to the solvent or use abrasive tools to dislodge the malodorous soiling. 

Additional Deodorization Strategies 

If the debris removal and deep cleaning leave residual odors, SERVPRO has other options. We consider using thermal fogging to recreate the fire conditions. Deodorants combust and are dispersed, pairing with the smelly particles to neutralize them. Hydroxyl generators are another possibility, the radicals produced seeking out the airborne and settled soot particles. The soot particles found by the radicals convert to a non-malodorous state by chemical changes at the molecular level. 

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County has answers for challenging fire and odor issues. To transform your home to “Like it never even happened,” call us at (315) 488-3900. 

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Stopping the Migration of Fire Effects in Your Camillus Home

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Plastic sheeting can be used to prevent the spread of fire damage to unaffected areas.

Containment options to keep fire damage from spreading

One of the most substantial obstacles that even our professional restorers face after fire losses in Camillus homes is stopping the migration of these effects so that our mitigation and restoration tactics can take hold. Containment is a considerable aspect of the work that we do, as these efforts help to limit the movement of airborne effects like soot, odors, smoke, and other particulates after the extinguishment of a fire. 

The establishment of work zones helps our technicians to immediately address the concentration of fire damage in Camillus homes without allowing these same hazardous effects from reaching unaffected regions of the property. While much of the containment work can occur with the combined uses of hydroxyl machines and air scrubbers, our SERVPRO team can hang 6mil plastic sheeting to physically deter the spread of particulates as well until the air gets filtered appropriately.

Another effective means of preventing the spread of odors and particulates throughout the house is to shut down any operating HVAC or heating system in the house. Circulating the air through these ducts can force soot, smoke, and odors into areas that would otherwise remain unaffected.

Our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team has to approach fire losses carefully to protect the properties of our customers, to make a loss, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (315) 488-3900.


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Experienced Technicians for Camillus Fire Recovery If You Need It

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

When fire damages surround you, SERVPRO is Here to Help.

Trained technicians for your fire damage restoration needs

Anyone can put out an advertisement claiming to be the best or the fastest to fire losses and other emergencies Camillus residents face. It is in the times when disasters strike that these teams get to prove their mettle, and our SERVPRO professionals have continued to show that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Just having someone there quickly is not enough to overcome fire damage in Camillus residences. You need assurance that the team dispatched to your address has the training and skills to make a difference quickly for your home. Our professionals undergo extensive training and coursework through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and Odor Control (OCT), amongst other related niches.

We do not stop with the bare minimum required to obtain our industry certifications, however. Each of our team continues to grow and gain experience through the hands-on recovery of area properties as well as coursework and online educational opportunities provided for our fire restorers in our SERVPRO facility. We aim to send out the most experienced and most educated professionals, and that is what added education could help us to achieve.

Fire losses can be devastating. Our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team has extensive training to make losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (315) 488-3900.

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The Risks of DIY Fire Recovery for Skaneateles Homes

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Soot damage to a home can leave a lingering odor without proper cleaning provided by SERVPRO.

How DIY fire damage recovery can affect you

Fire losses can have a dangerous effect on Skaneateles homes, and the less that homeowners understand these risks and present hazards, the more they can put themselves in harm's way. While we can help our customers, however, they might need, we encourage residents to lean on our experience and skills with fire loss recovery. 

Fire damage in Skaneateles homes can be a challenge to overcome, even with many of the right tools and products needed to restore it. Our SERVPRO team undergoes extensive training and coursework to obtain their certifications in the fire recovery niche. We also have a team of licensed contractors that can understand the structural concerns present in widespread fire loss.  

There are many hazards and risks to attempting to clean and recover these disasters without the involvement of our SERVPRO professionals, including:

  • Exposure to airborne contaminants, including soot, debris, and other carcinogens.
  • Susceptible to structural collapses or weakening.
  • Inadequate cleaning of residues can result in staining and smearing.
  • Odors can stick around long after a fire without focused deodorization.

Fire losses may not be cheap to restore, but our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team can do whatever it takes to limit these expenses and get you back in your home quickly. Give us a call at (315) 488-3900.

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Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

A grease fire caused this fire in Auburn. This before pictures shows the mess left behind after the flames were put out. SERVPRO was there to help!

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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