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How Can Residents Prevent Fire Damage to Spread to Their Neighbors?
Kitchen fires spread quickly. Smoke and soot damage can travel quickly. SERVPRO has the equipment and know-how to restore your home.
Fire in a Neighboring Home Can Leave Soot and Smoke in Yours. Call a Fire Restoration Technician for Advice on Removing Residue from Your Park Slope Belongings
A kitchen fire may start in your neighbor's home in Park Slope due to an electrical malfunction or just a mundane cooking accident. Before you know it, a layer of dust sits on your furniture and inside your cabinets, and an acrid smell greets you every time you open the door. Even though you air out your space and buy air fresheners, you may not eliminate the fire's traces.
Rather than guessing whether the fire damage in your Park Slope home is more significant than you may realize, call a professional fire restoration team. Even if the fire did not start directly in your home, proximity to the ignition site puts you in danger of feeling its effects. A shared ventilation system can also carry smoke and soot into your home, but industry-grade cleaners can help you save time and money when removing them. Calling SERVPRO’s hotline as soon as the incident occurs can make the difference in how disruptive it is to your life.
How long should you wait to call SERVPRO after a fire happens?
Fire restoration should begin as soon as possible to avoid extended exposure to damaging agents, including remnants of debris tracked by firefighters during their work. Once our SERVPRO staff arrives, we focus on isolating any areas unaffected by the fire and preventing cross-contamination in your home. If the need arises, our team can pack your belongings for cleaning in an alternate site or discarding while tending to your home's damage. In the course of our work, we often receive questions about the smell of smoke left behind. Our team can address it by using one or several of the following:
- Odor counteracting pellets
- Foggers to eliminate smell molecules
- Ozone generators
Whatever your needs are following a fire affecting your home, our technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn will help. Call us at (718) 522-4400 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."
Does SERVPRO Provide Services for Areas Indirectly Impacted During Fire Damage Restoration of Brooklyn Apartments?
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Fire Damage Restoration in Brooklyn
During a fire, the smoke swirling out of any opened windows can illustrate how forcefully the smoke pushes away from the flames consuming an apartment in Brooklyn. Fire damage restoration experts from SERVPRO know that this same strength pushes smoke particles into areas that might seem completed unfazed. Smoke particles, as well as the smoke’s heat, can also damage areas far away from direct heat.
What Kind of Smoke and Fire Damage Might Happen to Unburnt Rooms?
In other areas, SERVPRO’s technicians work to clean away soot before it can cause permanent damage. Soot affects painted surfaces, metals, and wood. Both steam and smoke can leave oil-based paint surfaces bubbled, and affect wallpapers and trim in a similar manner.
• Other noticeable kinds of smoke and fire damage in Brooklyn leach odors into the air, namely from soot-saturated
• Carpeting and other absorbent flooring,
• Textured walls and other surfaces (brick, cork, acoustic tile, etc.),
• Tucked-away enclosures with hard-to-reach interior spaces.
How does SERVPRO Restore These Additional Areas to Pre-Fire Condition?
Our technicians use equipment designed to remove soot particles, oils, and the plethora of other chemicals produced when things inside your dwelling burn or with some synthetics, get too hot. With carpeting and other flooring, it is typical for these areas to become highly loaded with soot. This makes cleaning an intense activity.
Textured walls require brushing and vacuuming, followed by liquid cleansers in some cases. We use a hydrogen peroxide-based method on acoustic tiles that removes the soot from the tiniest crevices and pores. With enclosed areas, we generally refrain from opening these up and instead depend on powerful binding agents used during a deodorizing fogging session.
Staining can occur, making it cost-effective to replace materials. We discuss such situations with the customer prior to making any permanent changes or investing time into cleaning items that the property owner might instead prefer to eliminate and replace.
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn’s emergency contact number, (718) 522-4400, for reconstruction of your apartment or home after a fire. We can guide you with other services in addition to fire damage restoration and reconstruction.
What Should I Do After a Fire?
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Bring in SERVPRO to Clean and Restore Your Brooklyn Home After a Fire Loss
Even if the damage got contained to a single area in your home, seeing it for the first time after a fire has occurred can feel overwhelming for what to do first. The longer the mitigation efforts get delayed has the potential to increase the loss. That is why it is vital to engage a professional restoration services company as soon as possible after a residential Brooklyn fire loss.
Can I Stay in My House After Fire Damage?
Before we talk about what you should do, let's cover what you should not do after fire damage in your Brooklyn home. Deciding whether or not to remain within the property is something you should talk over with the firefighters at the scene. They can tell you if the structure or nature of the fire loss is okay to be around or not. In many cases, it is not safe to remain around charred items as soot has to potential to be a skin and respiratory irritant. Other considerations include:
- The utilities in your home should not get turned on unless deemed safe by a certified professional
- Do not clean any smoke residues yourself as it can result in greater damages
- If electrical equipment received damage, do not turn it on to test it
- Do not attempt to enter a property deemed structurally unsafe to retrieve valuables or important documents
Actions You Should Take Post-House Fire
There are many proactive things that homeowners can do after a fire before SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site to begin the cleanup and restoration process.
- Contact family members or friends if you need a place to stay after the fire. Then contact your insurance agent to start the claims process and SERVPRO to begin the mitigation efforts for the property and contents
- If your pets cannot stay with you, see if they can stay with a trusted family member or friend until your property gets restored.
- Within 24 hours of the occurrence of the fire, contact your utility companies to turn off the services to your home
- Have the post office hold or forward your mail
What Can SERVPRO Do for Local Property Owners After a Fire?
Once the technicians arrive on the site, homeowners can tell the crew chief any valuable items, keepsakes, or important papers that they need to get out of the home. During the cleanup, the techs will:
- Photograph and document the fire loss items for insurance purposes
- Secure the property if necessary, to keep unauthorized individuals out of it
- Clean and restore both structure and contents with smoke damage
With their general contractor license #2015353DCA, the techs can handle not only the mitigation of the fire loss in the home but also any repairs or reconstruction that needs to occur for a full resolution of the damage. Since mold can sometimes rear its ugly head during the cleanup process, the techs hold certification in mold remediation: #00055, and know the early warning signs of an infestation and know how to halt it before it starts.
SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn has advanced equipment and state-of-the-art restoration methods to bring your home from a state of fire damage to its preloss condition. The certified technicians are available 24/7 at (718) 522-4400.
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Is My Brooklyn Home a Lost Cause After the Fire?
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The SERVPRO Crew in Brooklyn Addresses Fire Damage Promptly to Ensure Your Home is Back to Pre-Loss Condition
The path of destruction that fire leaves behind can be overwhelming, but that does not mean that it is impossible to clean up. When you have a team like SERVPRO on your side, you can rest assured that your property is in excellent hands. You can count on us to take the time to assess your interior and belongings while also ensuring that all structural elements are entirely safe. We are also available in Brooklyn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for all of your emergency restoration needs.
What Happens with Restoration?
Our IICRC-certified technicians specialize in fire damage in Brooklyn, which means that your home is in excellent hands. The crew chief assesses the fire loss zone, taking note of the damage and inspecting structural elements to ensure safety. From there, the crew puts together a plan of action detailing all of the steps, tools, equipment, and method best suited for the job.
Can All of These Soot Stains Be Removed?
Smoke particles and soot residue can be challenging due to the complicated chemical composition. The removal methods that we use depend on the types of materials burned in the fire. During soot and smoke residue removal, our team will:
• Utilize chemical-based or lubricative cleaning agents that allow us to cut through the stubborn residue.
• Perform controlled demolition to remove any unsalvageable materials to have them replaced with brand-new materials.
• Use abrasives on any patches of tough soot and grime – as long as the surface areas can withstand it.
The goal is to make your interior like-new once again after the fire, which means that we take the necessary steps for total odor removal. We ensure that your interior is free from reminders of fire with the help of sealant paints, air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and thermal fogging machines.
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 to deploy a crew as soon as possible to help with fire damage.
We Put The Flames Of Worry Out in Brooklyn After A Fire
We arrived right away and began restoration in this kitchen after a fire started on the stovetop. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.
How Do I Get Rid of Smoke Odors in My Brooklyn Apartment?
SERVPRO Has Advanced Tools for Odor Removal After Housefires
Fires in your Brooklyn apartment or house can leave you unsettled and uncomfortable, even if the conditions were not destructive enough to force relocation. While actions like ventilation and masking odors can help temporarily, the only effective odor response after a fire is advanced deodorization practices like hydroxyl generators.
Hydroxyl machines are a practical approach to address fire damage to Brooklyn residences. Utilizing the same chemical reactions that help to clean our atmosphere, hydroxyl machines harness UV spectrums to react with water molecules in the air to reduce hazardous particles circulating and to neutralize odors. The machine works to do even more for your property after a fire because it also features an onboard HEPA filter to remove fire damaged particulates even more.
What are deodorization options for my home after a fire?
- Thermal fogging
- ULV fogging
- Ozone generators
- Hydroxyl machines
- Air scrubbers
Odors can be one of the most dramatic obstacles after a fire, but our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team can help. Give us a call at (718) 522-4400.
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Brooklyn Properties and SERVPRO Completes the Fire Damage Restoration and Odor Control
Odor Removal after a Fire in a Brooklyn Brownstone or Structure Should Be Done By SERVPRO
DIY Fire Cleanup Leaves Strong Smoke Odors in Brooklyn Brownstone
When homeowners in Brooklyn do self-cleanup of fire damage, it is not uncommon for the smoke odor to remain in the house. The reasons are many, including the fact odorous soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see them, and incorrect cleaning methods can drive soot deeper into surfaces.
Smoke odor removal in a Brooklyn brownstone is a multi-layered process. The more time that passes after the initial fire loss event in the home means more cross-contamination throughout the structure.
Scoping the Scale of Odor Control Needed
SERVPRO techs need to determine the area of odor to choose the best treatment. Protein fires can leave behind pungent odors that leave a sticky, transparent film requiring removal from surfaces.
Types of Treatment for Smoke Smells
The neutralization of odors after a fire is one that the SERVPRO techs take a multi-level approach towards treating. Using various cleaning solutions to release the grip smoke may have on surfaces missed in previous DIY cleaning attempts helps lessen the smell. Specific equipment for smoke odor removal includes both hydroxyl generators and thermal fogging.
Thermal fogging uses a solvent heated to the point it becomes a thick fog that behaves like smoke and is particularly useful for removing smoke odors from textiles and porous items. It is not safe for people, pets, or plants to remain in the home during this type of treatment. For safety, the most reliable odor treatment uses the hydroxyl generator. This machine emits ultraviolet rays just like the Sun and eradicates airborne soot molecules by chemically combining with them.
Air Duct Inspection and Cleaning
Mainly after DIY fire loss cleanup, the HVAC is the number one way soot gets spread throughout the home via the ductwork. The techs can inspect and clean the ductwork throughout the house to ensure that there are no reminders of the fire remaining in the property. With common walls in many brownstones, considerations for your neighbors also comes into play.
SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 stands ready to assist local homeowners with the removal of smoke odors from their residential properties through their professional methods and make the fire loss, "Like it never even happened."
Brooklyn House Fires and Help from SERVPRO
SERVPRO Says--Never Put a Space Heater on a Carpet Unless You Want a Fire in Your Brooklyn Residence
Stopping Space Heater Fire Damage in a Brooklyn Home
In the United States, heating equipment like space heaters and fireplaces are the leading causes of home fires. From 2012 to 2016, fire departments responded to an average of 52,000 fires involving heating equipment each year. The damages from these fires were a whopping $1 billion. For every five house heating fires, two of them involved space heaters and accounted for 78% of resident injuries and 54% of property damage.
If your Brooklyn residence suffers fire damage, SERVPRO technicians can be at your home within hours of your call to address the source of the disaster and return your home to a preloss condition. SERVPRO is available 24/7 throughout the year to address residential disasters. Save time, money, and stress by choosing a team that works with property owners and insurance adjusters to restore structures to a safe condition once more. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed for residential contracting (#2015353DCA) and mold remediation (#00055), so you can count on them for services after cleanup has finished.
Home Heating Fire Facts for Homeowners
? 86% of home heating fire casualties involved stationary or portable space heaters in some way,
? The leading cause-- a staggering 27%-- of home heating-related fires had to do with residues inside heating systems, most often from solid-fuel heating.
? A leading factor in the ignition for 54% of home heating fires was equipment that was too close to flammable contents like furniture, clothing, bedding, or mattresses.
? 48% of all home heating fires happen in December, January, and February.
How SERVPRO Saves the Day
If your space heater fire occurred while placed on a surface like a wooden coffee table, there are several factors to consider for cleanup. Not only can the wood itself be affected by fire, but the finishes and stains can also have a variety of effects on the wood. The type of finish influences how it can be cleaned because it affects the wood's resistance to heat exposure, smoke penetration, moisture, and odors. If your table is unfinished wood, this is a porous surface that is best salvaged with dry cleaning methods like a dry cleaning sponge. This also goes for unfinished wooden surfaces on finished wood items like drawer interiors, and the tops of tall wooden items. However, there are cases where fire can heavily blister or permanently stain wood. In these cases, refinishing is often recommended.
SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is a team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. If you need rapid disaster mitigation services, call (718) 522-4400 today.
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Dealing with Fire and Odor Removal in Brooklyn
House fires in Brooklyn are traumatic events that leave renters and homeowners dealing with a mix of emotions. Throughout the upset, worry, and fear you feel, you need to know what do to next for fire and odor removal.
Our team at SERVPRO has put together a list of essential steps to take for efficient fire and odor removal in Brooklyn. These steps help you get your living space back in order by approaching the restoring process in a collected, calm manner.
- Speak with authorities to make sure it is safe to enter the home after the fire is extinguished. Your local fire department lets you know when all is sound and ready for you to go in to start the assessment process.
- Contact close family members to tell them about the fire and that everyone is safe and sound. You can then contact your insurance provider and a professional clean-up team. We can help you with your claim forms to expedite the start of the restoration. SERVPRO is available to help you get back into your living space professionally and efficiently, "Like it never even happened."
- See about getting a fire report from the fire department. This report details the fire, including the structure of the home, the location of the fire, date, and time. You may need to contact your local Brooklyn fire department to get a full copy of this report.
- Secure your property to make sure that it is not susceptible to robbery or vandalism. SERVPRO recommends boarding up your property until clean-up, and fire, and odor removal begins. We can executive this important service backed up by our Residential Contractor License #: 2015353DCA.
- Start in on the clean-up process, including both the interior and exterior. There is often fire damage that is undetectable to the naked eye. Hiring a team like SERVPRO helps you to achieve thorough cleaning of all spaces to remove smoke, soot, and odors that may be left behind. We can provide a well-planned cleanup of fire-damaged contents, mitigate on-going secondary damages, and allow you to be free of this stressful task.
SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is here to help you when it is time for odor removal and fire damage. Give us a phone call today at (718) 522-4400, and we can set up a time to send technicians out for an assessment.
After A Fire In Your Brooklyn Home Call Our Crew
“Like it never even happened.”
Structural Cleaning For Rebuilding After Fire Damage In Brooklyn Home
After fire damage in a residential property, the structural components must be both clean and deodorized before repairs and reconstruction are possible. Fire damage should never be a DIY project due to the need for proper soot removal and the potential to compound fire loss through improper cleaning methods used on smoke residues.
After fire damage occurs in a Brooklyn home, the cleanup of fire debris and prepping the structure needs to happen quickly. The more time that passes after the fire event and the restoration services gives soot the opportunity to spread throughout the home. This delay often results in the need for larger-scale mitigation as well as the cleaning of the ductwork.
Keeping Everyone on the Same Page
SERVPRO communicates with both homeowners and adjusters during the restoration process to ensure every part of the restoration services process completed is within the expanse of coverage. The technicians know most insurance companies separate structure from contents in a loss estimate, and when the technicians scope a home after damage from fire, they commonly create two reports. The first covers the loss and necessary repairs to the structure. The second report addresses any loss to contents and items with restoration potential.
Eliminating Smoke Odors
Odor control after a fire is a crucial part of the restoration process to the structure. When homeowners choose SERVPRO to handle the cleanup as well as reconstruction, the technicians ensure there are zero residual smoke odors before any rebuilding efforts begin.
Guarding Against Mold
Water is great for putting out fires, not so great for the structural elements of your home. The certified mold remediation technicians work to extract the remaining water quickly, and if indoor humidity levels are conducive to the germination of mold spores, they apply proactive treatments.
SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn stands ready to assist property owners 24/7 with any needed restoration services from fire damage. Call us at (718) 522-4400 and our trained, and certified technicians arrive with an hour to make the fire loss to your home “Like it never even happened.”
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A Fire Can Destroy Your Brooklyn Apartment
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Can You Overcome Fire Damage In Your Brooklyn Apartment Alone?
Your Brooklyn apartment is not only susceptible to the fire loss damages that stem from ignition in your unit but can also fall victim to effects permeating through common walls and shared spaces. Addressing any of these concerns requires a fast response with sufficient equipment and products, much like our experienced SERVPRO technicians would use for restoration and mitigation in your apartment building. The closer that your response to the situation can mirror our actions, the less costly repairs and reconstruction that ultimately occurs.
Whether the fire damage in a Brooklyn apartment originates in that unit or a neighboring one, reacting quickly to the situation can prevent worsening conditions like continually spreading the soot, smoke residue, and odors. Our SERVPRO team can help any customer to better assess the spread of these effects and the best-tailored approach to return the property to preloss condition quickly.
If you seek to pursue addressing the secondary and lesser effects of a fire on your own, you might look to acquire some of the tools to make the job easier on yourself. You can often find rentable equipment like deodorizers (thermal foggers, ozone machines), air purification and filtering tools (hydroxyl generators, air scrubbers), and even purchase cleaning implements like chemical sponges to address residue and wet smoke film removal.
While you might look to address many of the lingering effects of a fire loss situation on your own, you might choose to leave reconstruction and build back to our professionals on our SERVPRO team. We have a full-service contracting division licensed through the state of New York, ensuring that the work that gets done is of top quality and from well-trained and competent building trade specialists.
You might find that there are more steps involved in addressing fire loss effects than you might have initially thought, even if the fire itself did not start in your apartment. You can count on the expertise and fast response of our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn specialists and contractors to make fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (718) 522-4400.
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A Large Fire Damaging Event in Brooklyn Requires a Multi-Faceted Approach to Full Restoration--Count on SERVPRO
Escape from the Damages of a Fire in Brooklyn, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup, Restoration, and Rebuild
Pack Out and Fire Damage Restoration in Brooklyn
Fire damage needs so many different types of mitigation. There is damage to both the structure and contents from the fire. Additional problems from the water or extinguishing agent used to put out the fire, and then there are the odors smoke leaves behind.
SERVPRO was called to mitigate a massive house fire in a two-story Brooklyn home. The fire began in the kitchen and gutted much of the downstairs. Our technicians got to work immediately and extracted the water to make the carpeting less cumbersome and easier to remove as it was a loss. We removed fire loss items and debris as they only contribute to the pungent odor if they remain on-property.
Charred sheetrock was cut away using controlled demolition techniques. Soot often contains acids that damage fabrics and carry odors. We use handheld vacuums with HEPA filtration to pick up soot from surfaces. The weakened ceilings made the upstairs unsafe until we finished the restoration and completed repairs for the downstairs.
Our technicians spoke with the homeowner and adjuster for permission to remove restorable items from the upstairs for cleaning and deodorizing at our location as the contents were not directly affected by the fire, but smoke permeated some things. When we pack out a job site, our technicians carefully wrap and catalog each item. We give a detailed list of the contents removed that includes photos and condition, to both the adjuster and homeowner.
Once SERVPRO technicians completed the pack out, we dried and ventilated the structure. In the case of a fire loss of this scale, the mitigation of the fire-damaged building elements, and removal prepare the property for rebuilding. Which means it needs to be dry, sanitary, and without smoke odors. After drying and wiping down surfaces, we used both a thermal fogger and an ozone machine to neutralize the odors. Our SERVPRO location offers a full suite of services, so our team can clean, restore, and rebuild a home from a fire loss.
SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is available to help you with fire damage at (718) 522-4400. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 to make your fire loss, "Like it never even happened."
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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Brooklyn
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Fire Odor Containment for Your Brooklyn Apartment
With the multiple effects that could follow a fire loss incident in your Brooklyn apartment, many owners can quickly determine when the situation is out of their control and skillset to repair and restore. Our professionals have an immediate response to fire emergencies and disasters, arriving with the full measure of our broad inventory of recovery equipment and advanced tools to help overcome the damaging effects of fire in your high-rise apartment. We strive to not only protect your unit in times like these, but understand the importance of acting quickly to protect other properties sharing common walls, floors, or ceilings.
Even without substantial structural concerns from the fire damage in your Brooklyn property, other effects can keep families from moving past the incident. Fire odors are among the most common effects that properties experience after a disaster, even if the flames get quickly extinguished by first responders or fire suppression tools or systems within the property. The lingering odor after a fire can continue to spread from the ignition source throughout the unit, even permeating materials to affect neighboring properties, until the appropriate measures get taken by professional restorers like our SERVPRO team.
We have multiple tools that can be vital in the containment of fire odors, and instrumental in beginning to address their severity throughout a damaged property. Our hydroxyl and ozone generators work to pull affected air through an onboard HEPA filter, which can simultaneously address airborne concerns like soot and smoke particulates, but also prevent odors from moving beyond these machines.
UV and thermal fogging equipment ultimately remove harsh lingering odors most effectively and is an ideal tool for fire loss recovery because of its diversity. The machine is good for open area odors, soft fabrics and materials, and even harder surfaces holding smoke and fire odors within pores.
While odors might only be one facet of the fire loss effects to overcome after an incident, our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team remains equipped to get your property through every phase of restoration after a damaging fire emergency. Give us a call anytime at (718) 522-4400.
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What To Do If You Suspect Natural Gas
Avoid a gas fire or explosion in your Park Slope, NY , home
4 Signs Of Gas Leak
They're sometimes hard to recognize, but it doesn't take much of a leak to cause a gas fire. These home disasters are all too common. Fortunately, you can avoid a fire or worse by recognizing signs of a leak:
- A hissing or whistling sound near the line
- The smell of rotten eggs or sulfur
- Bubbles in the water
- Dead houseplants
- Visible dust near the gas line
- Damage to the gas pipe
Family members or pets may show signs of a natural gas leak, as well. These may include nosebleeds, reduced appetites, nausea, mood changes, irritation to the eyes and throats, disorientation, and breathing difficulties.
Keep Your Family and Home Safe
Avoid a gas fire or explosion in your Park Slope, NY , home by following these top tips:
1. Check Gas Stoves
If you have a gas stove, the dials may have been turned on or left on accidentally. If you're confident it's safe to remain in your home, move to the stove and turn off any flames.
2. Do Not Flip Switches
Simply flipping the light switch to on or off could make a spark that causes a gas explosion. Instead, use a flashlight for any other actions you take in the house. Don't use the phone inside the house, either. In fact, don't use lighters, candles, or anything else that could ignite.
3. Ventilate the Home
Open all the windows and doors, so fresh air can come in and gas will move out of the house. Don't worry about taking any steps further than this. Instead, wait to contact emergency or fire remediation professionals when you and your family are safely outside.
4. Go Outside
Get everyone outside and go across the street. From this safe distance, call 911 or the appropriate authorities.
Learn as much as you can about what may cause a gas fire and how to avoid them to keep your family safe. Teach your family about natural gas and how to stay safe if they suspect a gas leak.
Bedford Stuyvesant Fire Damage
Garage Fire in Bedford
A fire started in the carport of this fully attached home in Bedford Stuyvesant. 3 homes to the right were also heavily damaged. SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn responded immediately to the homeowners call. We began the clean up once the fire Marshals cleared the scene. Our homeowner was very thankful that we were able to help her get her life and home back on track.
Fires can have devastating effects, whether it is a fire in a home or fire in a business premise. They have a way of consuming everything on their way, leaving property owners dealing with massive losses. However, the damages caused by fire can be restored thus giving home and business owners a chance to board up and get back to their normal lives.
It's hard to imagine the pain a person feels after a fire, be it fire in a business or fire in a home. It's important to assess the extent of fire damage before calling the fire damage restoration company. Fire damage can be in the form of soot damage, smoke damage, and soot damage. Most of the damages resulting from fire in a home or fire in a business come from smoke and soot as opposed to the actual flames as most people would expect.
What to Do After a Fire
There are certain things property owners can do after a fire in a home or fire in a business to minimize the smoke damage and smoke smell. One of them is calling fire cleanup professionals to perform the fire cleanup process and restore the home or place of business to its previous state. It's critical that the fire damage restoration process is conducted sooner rather than later to effectively clear the effects of soot damage, fire damage, smoke damage, and smoke smell.
Depending on where the house or business is located, the professional fire cleanup technicians may take some time to arrive. Property owners are advised not to do any cleaning before the commercial fire damage restoration company arrives. Here are a few tips on what not to do before the technicians arrive:
- Do not turn on electrical appliances — stereos, TVs, computers, etc. — before the professional fire cleanup technicians assess them properly.
- Do not consume canned foods or any other food items exposed to heat during the fire.
Stay away from the upholstered furniture or heavy carpeting affected by debris or heavy smoke residue.
- Do not attempt to wipe or wash smoke or soot from absorbent surfaces such as ceilings and walls.
After the fire truck leaves, the reality of the situation settles in. Property owners may be tempted to rush in and try to salvage some of their property. Let the professional fire restoration company do what they do best.
Will Renters Insurance Cover Fire Damage?
Apartment fire in Park Slope,NY
Renters insurance can cover several expenses associated with a fire in a rented apartment or house. Most policies provide at least some property, liability and loss of use coverage. The amount of coverage may vary. Learn more about what this type of insurance may cover before reviewing the terms of your policy.
A renter's policy should cover any losses a renter suffers due to a fire. This coverage is limited to the contents inside of an apartment or home and does not extend to the building materials or structure. There are several factors to consider:
- Does the policy cover replacement cost?
- Does the policy cover actual cash value?
- What are the limits?
The best renters insurance policies will cover fire restoration or replacement costs. The actual cash value of electronics or furniture may not be sufficient to restore or replace damaged items.
Most policies also include a limited amount of liability coverage. This coverage may extend to:
- Negligence resulting in an accidental fire
- Injuries to third parties
- Third-party property damage
In addition to these types of liability coverage, some coverage for medical payments to others may also be available. This is usually a small amount of no-fault coverage.
Loss of Use
Most policies also provide coverage for loss of use. This coverage will kick in if a rental property is uninhabitable, and may be used to offset:
- Additional living expenses
- Temporary relocation costs
- Other necessities
Be sure to review the terms of a renters insurance policy to determine how much coverage will be available in each of these areas. The property owner will need to assess damage and arrange for fire damage mitigation and restoration. If a fire breaks out in a rental property in Park Slope, NY, contact the fire department as soon as possible and notify both the property owner and your insurance provider.
How Can Renters Insurance Help With Fire Damage?
Get insurance to protect your personal belongings
You probably know someone who has been through a home fire in Bay Ridge,NY. They are eager to share lessons learned the hard way. One of those lessons is that insurance can help protect your family financially if a fire should affect your home.
Here are a few ways renters insurance can help protect you from fire:
- Protect personal property. Your landlord’s insurance will cover the building and items that belong to the landlord, but your items are not included in that coverage. As a renter, you need a policy to provide replacement value of personal property lost from fire damage.
- Prevent financial destruction from liability. Most renters insurance policies include protection in case you accidently start the fire. Of course, this doesn’t cover intentional or criminal conduct.
- Provide money for accommodations. Make sure your policy includes this coverage, which provides for hotel fees or the expense of relocation. A loss of use can help pay for you to live somewhere else if your current space becomes uninhabitable from a disaster, like fire.
Renters insurance is affordable, costing around $30 per month. It provides coverage of your belongings no matter where they are damaged or stolen, and it covers a variety of different types of disasters. Be sure to remember that flood damage still requires separate coverage, but fire and other disasters, such as wind, lightning, theft and vandalism, are usually covered. Coverage may have some limits, so consider getting a rider for special items that may be very valuable.
You need insurance to protect your personal belongings. It’s up to the landlord to have adequate coverage for the building and any furnishings that are included. Fire restoration can encompass many different types of damage including water, smoke and soot. A good restoration company will be able to handle all types of damage, working with you to minimize loss and clean your belongings when it is possible to do so.
Who Is Responsible for Apartment Rental Fire Repair?
Brooklyn apartment fire damage can a complete loss
There is plenty to worry about when renting out apartments to tenants. Liability is often a major concern when renting out living spaces in Brooklyn, NY. By being knowledgeable of liability for an apartment fire, you can plan ahead when an unexpected fire strikes your property.
What If the Fire Is Due to Disrepair?
As the landlord, the building’s general upkeep is an obligation. Whenever the building burns down due to an unpreventable accident, commercial insurance comes into play to treat the fire damage. When a fire is due to neglecting upkeep on electrical systems or failing to fix a problem brought to your attention, you are additionally liable in other damages to the tenant:
• Damaged possessions
• Wage loss
• Temporary living arrangements
• Any additional damages claimed against you
When an insurance claim is filed, it’ll be inspected for a root cause. If it is proven to be due to failure to keep the building safe and habitable, the tenant is able to file a claim for damages. It’s helpful to take pictures and document anything you find as soon as it’s safe to enter after the apartment fire is contained. By doing so, you will have evidence to refute any future false claims.
What Is a Tenant Responsible For?
If the fire is determined to be no party’s fault, the tenant is responsible for replacing their own possessions. The landlord’s insurance still covers the building’s repair. The tenant’s risk for property loss can be alleviated by purchasing renters’ insurance beforehand.
If the tenant is discovered to have set the fire intentionally or due to gross negligence, he or she will be liable for both the building and possessions.
How Is the Damage Repaired?
After insurance is contacted, the next step is to seek out fire damage repair experts in the area. These companies use industrial machines to restore and replace damaged property. Regardless of liability, the damage can be treated. Knowledge of apartment fire liability allows you to assess and plan for where the bill is going to end up.
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Why Dryer Vents Need Cleaning
Proper maintenance and Repairs can prevent future damages
When your dryer blows hot air on the tumbling clothes inside the barrel, the residual hot, humid blast is generally expelled through a hose attached to the back of the drying unit itself. The hose is then attached to a dryer vent that allows the hot breeze and fabric lint to move away from the clothes and out of your home. If the dryer lint accumulates in the vent and reduces the airflow needed for efficient use of the dryer, the heating element can overheat. Since lint is a highly combustible material, a lint fire can then easily start.
Startling Dryer Fire Statistics
Statistics show that clothes dryer fires are more common than most people may believe. In fact, improper cleaning of dryers is estimated to cost over $100 million each year. There are other surprising statistics:
• There are approximately 15,500 fires attributed to clothes dryer blazes each year.
• More than a dozen deaths result from dryer fires yearly.
• Clogged dry vents can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which injures more than 200 people annually.
With the additional number of injuries caused by lint fire issues, it is easy to understand why dryer safety is important and considered a seriously neglected home maintenance routine.
Simple Signs of Clogged Dryer Vents
If you are worried that your dryer vent has become clogged, or if you haven’t cleaned the tube in over a year, there could be a problem with overheating. If the clothes feel overly hot at the end of their drying cycle, the vent could be blocked. Also, if you notice a burning smell while the dryer is running, the vent is probably full of lint. Moreover, when you see lint lying on the ground near the outside vent, the dryer air removal system may need cleaning.
Advantages of Proper Repair and Maintenance
If you do have a lint fire in Brooklyn, NY, you can call in a team of fire damage experts to get your home restored quickly. The professionals can also make sure your new dryer venting system is connected properly and expelling efficiently.
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3 Quick Tips for Cleaning a Barbeque Grill
Cleaning your grill can prevent future fire damages
Few foods taste as good as those that have been cooked outdoors on a barbeque grill. From mouth-watering burgers to steaks and grilled veggies, there are dozens of meals to enjoy. However, one important aspect of becoming a grill master in Brooklyn, NY, is learning how to operate your barbeque safely, including using effective cleansing techniques. Proper grill cleaning may reduce the risk of fire or your need for a fire damage and restoration service, and there are several steps you can take to ensure your unit is always clean and ready to use.
1. Begin While the Grill Is Warm
Removing thick grease and baked-on residue can be difficult when the grill is cold, so cleaning the unit while it is still somewhat warm may make the job easier. Wait until you can touch the racks comfortably and then prepare for grill cleaning by gathering a pair of rubber gloves and a grill brush before filling a bucket with hot, soapy water large enough to immerse the grates.
2. Disconnect and Dismantle the Grill
Before you perform any grill maintenance, check to ensure all the dials are in the off position, then turn off and disconnect the propane tank. Remove the grates and the drip pan and place them in the bucket of soapy water to soak. Next, clean the underside of the grill’s hood to remove residue that can build up there and cause a grease fire. You can guard the heating elements from dripping water and grease by covering them with heavy-duty foil.
3. Rinse and Reassemble
Once you scrub out the inside of the grill, pull the drip pan and grates from the soak bucket, scrub and rinse them with a hose and place them back inside the unit. Remove the foil and wipe down the outer surface to finish the job.
Becoming the neighborhood grill master in Brooklyn, NY, includes understanding the importance of proper grill cleaning. When you put cleanliness first, your family, friends and neighbors can enjoy delicious barbeque meals safely.
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Commercial Fire Damage Cleaning
When commercial fire damage occurs, there are additional issues to worry about.
Commercial buildings sometimes contain dangerous items that don’t do well around smoke or fire. This could be toxic chemicals or other items that are flammable and dangerous. It’s never safe for individuals to enter a commercial structure on their own following a fire. It must be assessed by a professional to ensure the structure is safe and the items inside don’t pose an additional threat.
Pros Have the Right Equipment
People just want back in when a fire occurs. Whether it was a fire in the home or a fire in the business, people want to see what kind of damage they’re dealing with, how they can handle it, and what they can do to begin the fire cleanup phase of the aftermath. There’s just too much work for people to do themselves, which is why professional fire damage restoration is so helpful. Professional restorers have the right equipment, products, and the knowledge to restore things that might not otherwise be salvageable.
They know what there is to know about fire damage and cleanup, and they are quick. Hiring a pro means getting tasks handled faster and more efficiently, and it means safety is all but guaranteed. Business and homeowners have a lot to handle and deal with following a fire, such as the insurance agency and the fire investigation. It’s time to let someone with knowledge and experience handle the fire cleanup part while home and business owners handle everything else. Even if it’s just time to grieve and process what happened to their home or business, it’s imperative to call for help and let someone with knowledge handle this situation.
Call for help.
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5 Tips for Avoiding Candle Fires
Many homeowners light candles to freshen up a room or to have lighting during a power outage. However, candles still have the potential to create a fire that spreads throughout the building. Avoid a candle fire at all costs, and follow these helpful tips to stay safe.
1. Do Not Leave Candles Unattended
If you are leaving a room with a candle in it, first extinguish the flame. After all, you can always relight a candle if you desire.
2. Keep the Area Around Candles Clean
The shelf or stand where you place the candle should not have anything flammable on it. Additionally, you should avoid placing a candle on a nightstand near your bed. The bedding may catch fire if you are not careful.
3. Toss It Once It Is Less Than Two Inches Tall
You do not want to risk a candle fire by allowing the flame to get too close to the base of the candle. It is better to simply throw away a candle once it is less than two inches high. They are relatively inexpensive to replace.
4. Keep Candles Away From Pets and Children
Candles should be placed high enough that kids and animals cannot get them. It is dangerous for children to play with anything lit. If the candle is left on a coffee table, then a dog’s tail may accidentally hit it and cause it to fall onto the floor.
5. Do Not Put Out a Candle With Water
It is preferable to put out a flame by blowing on it rather than pouring water. The reason is that water can cause the wax to spill all over the place. The hot wax may still catch fire, causing flames to spread throughout a home in Brooklyn NY. Candles are meant to be enjoyed, so always follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions to avoid a nasty candle fire and the impending smoke cleanup.
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How To Clean Your Belongings After a Fire
How To Clean Your Belongings After a Fire
A house fire in Brooklyn, New York can be one of the most frightening things a family experiences. Not only can it displace everyone who resides in the home, but can also result in huge financial losses. Even those belongings that aren’t destroyed by fire can be damaged by smoke and high heat, but the great new is that many household items can still be cleaned so that they don’t have to be replaced. Once the authorities have cleared a burned home for residents to return, it’s time to start content cleaning and dry cleaning with the help of fire remediation professionals.
The smell of smoke can make its way into all of the clothing in a house, due to the porous nature of fabric. In many cases, numerous trips through the washing machine are not enough to get rid of the odor. In fact, doing so can actually cause the smoky smell to set in the clothing. Dry cleaning is often a better option, as the chemicals and processes used can remove those set-in smells. Some professionals even use an ozone treatment to completely eliminate the smell of smoke from clothing.
Non-porous items, such as electronic devices, will also need to be cleaned after a house fire. Some of the commonly effected devices include the following:
It is best not to attempt to clean these devices yourself, as you run the risk of completely ruining them without realizing that you’ve done something incorrectly. Instead, let a team of professionals use ultrasonic cleaning to get rid of the soot and residue that has the potential of corroding the metal portions of the devices. It is also important that you place electronics in content storage before turning them on. Let an expert give you the OK that they are safe to use.
While there is a lot of work to be done after a house fire, like dry cleaning and storing belongings, having these cleaning tips in mind can help should you have to deal with this devastating event.
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Residential vs Commercial Fire Damage
Residential vs Commercial Fire Damage
Commercial fire damage is very difficult to get rid of on your own, especially when you consider what goes into fire restoration. Fire restoration involves many different steps and processes, and this is why it is imperative that you hire a fire damage expert who can come to your home and do the clean up for you. They will be able to come and take care of the electrical fire or utility room fire that has happened after firefighters have left using their fire trucks and fire hoses.
Along with having this type of commercial fire damage repair done, you may also want to consider a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system along with fire restoration. Fire restoration alone is simply not enough, since you will want to prevent the issue from happening in the future using a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system for your own needs. This is why a lot of people have made the decision to contact the experts after dealing with an electrical fire or utility room fire.
Another wonderful benefit hiring commercial fire damage experts and those who deal with basic fire damage is that they will take care of the smoke damage and soot damage that has been left behind. Both the smoke damage and soot damage is problematic for homeowners and business owners. This is why it is so important to call the fire damage experts and Commercial fire damage professionals after you have dealt with an electrical fire or utility room fire. Firefighters alone with their fire trucks and fire hoses are not going to be able to do the fire restoration for you.
The fire suppression system and fire sprinkler system is also important when it comes to ensuring that fire damage is no longer problem for your home. Firefighters will also recommend that you put in a fire suppression system and fire sprinkler system in order to prevent an electrical fire or utility room fire from getting out of hand in the future. They are not going to be able to put out a significant fire with their fire trucks and fire hoses alone. Smoke damage and soot damage can be handled by the professionals as well.
Once you have made the decision to hire the professionals to take care of the smoke damage and soot damage left behind after a fire, it is important that you work with the experts and understand what firefighters have recommended using their fire trucks and fire hoses. There are many different options available to you when it comes to hiring a professional company to come in and do the work for you. One of the main issues that a lot of people face is the fact that they cannot handle the issues on their own, so they are left trying to figure out how to handle it themselves.
Thankfully, there are tons of different reputable companies out there that will be able to help you in one way or another. This ensures that your home or business is put back to its former glory and that you will find it to be incredibly beneficial in many different ways. If you have some type of insurance on your property, you will also find that this is incredibly helpful when paying for the services that are rendered. It can be incredibly expensive for you to do the repair work on your own, so make sure that you consider this as an option and work with the Professionals in a way that is going to be beneficial for you and your loved ones. You might be amazed at how inexpensive this type of work can be once you work with the right experts and have some type of insurance that will help to pay for the costs that are associated with having all of the work done on either your home or business.
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What Are Some Resources to Contact After a Fire?
What Are Some Resources to Contact After a Fire?
An unexpected fire in a home or fire in a business can cause extensive fire damage that is impossible to deal with without additional help. Luckily, there are a number of resources for property owners who require fire damage restoration to contact in order to get the help they need. Fire cleanup is a lengthy and complication process which should not be tackled alone, especially when there are a number of organization that specialize in fire damage restoration.
Financial considerations are usually the first thought to come to a property owner's mind after a fire in a home or a fire in a business. Commercial fire damage can be absolutely devastating to a small business. After the fire has been stabilized by the fire department, the first organization to contact should be the insurance company. Insurance can sometimes cover the costs involved in hiring a restoration company, which can ease the transition back to normalcy after all the soot damage, smoke damage, and fire damage has been dealt with.
After the coverage of a restoration company's services is discussed, a fire cleanup team should be scheduled. A professional from the restoration company will evaluate the extent of the fire damage caused by the fire in a home or the fire in a business. The costs of repair and replacement will be discussed, and all commercial fire damage will be recorded and itemized. The fire cleanup team will also collaborate with the local fire department to discuss safety concerns and any damage to the building's structural integrity.
If walls or roofs are compromised, temporary walls and roofs may be put up by the fire damage restoration team. Windows and doors are usually boarded up to prevent unwarranted access to the premises. This boarding up of entry points allows for the property owner to rest assured that his or her property is safe while fire damage restoration is still under way. Because commercial fire damage can often damage locks, boarding up the doors is generally a good idea.
Once the building is secured, it is essential that all personal belongings damaged or not be organized and itemized. Soot damage and smoke damage may render some items unsalvageable. These items are then disposed of by the fire cleanup crew using regulated heavy machinery. The soot damage and smoke damage that is present is also evaluated for sanitization and possible restoration.
Smoke smells can be removed from fabrics and other surfaces using a variety of techniques including heavy vacuuming, steam injection, ozone treatment, thermal fogging, ventilation, and others. The smoke smell may persist and require multiple treatments before it is completely gone. Some individuals believe that ventilation alone can reduce smoke smells, but it sometimes requires treatments with chemicals called counteractants.
Because water is used extensively by the fire department to put out fires, water damage containment is also necessary. A fire in a home or a fire in a business can often result in extensive water damage and mold growth. Therefore, a specialist who can dry out the property and prevent further damage is necessary and usually contracted by the restoration company.
Fire damage can cause the loss of important paperwork like passports, driver's licenses, marriage certificates, birth certificates, insurance policies, and medical records. It is important to contact the authorities managing these documents immediately to have them replaced.
The fire department will also need to be in contact with the property owner to maintain the safety of the premises. Smoke damage and soot damage can sometimes cause a property to be dangerous. The smoke smell may be cause for the fire department to investigate further. Commercial fire damage is examined particularly deeply.
Once a property is boarded up and inaccessible to the property owner, resources like the American Red Cross, FEMA, and the Salvation Army can help with the transition period where they may need a place to stay. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestbrooklyn.com for more information on fire damage.
Everything You Need to Know About Fire Damage
Fire damage is often much worse than people realize, and it has a lot to do with the unknown damage it causes. Soot damage, smoke damage, and the smoke smell that lingers for so long after a fire in the home or fire in the business occurs are some of the worst forms of damage. Fire itself causes ample damage to most structures, whether it’s commercial fire damage or a fire in the home. Add the soot damage and smoke damage to the mix, and the mess requires the help of a company that specializes in fire cleanup.
Fire damage is devastating, and there is nothing homeowners or business owners can do but hope their belongings can be salvaged. If fire damage didn’t destroy personal effects when a fire in the home or fire in the business occurs, the soot damage and smoke damage might have done the job instead.
If commercial fire damage occurs, it’s even more imperative people call for professional fire damage restoration. Attempting to restore the property themselves can have even worse results either due to incorrect processes, or additional revenue loss from business interruption while the process is taking longer than needed to clean up . When fire damage occurs, it’s imperative home and business owners call for professional fire damage restoration.
What Happens After a Fire in the Home or Fire in the Business
When fire occurs, so many things happen. Items in the home or business are damaged because of several issues commonly associated with fire. Soot damage occurs when soot from the fire lands on the items in a home or office. Soot damage can stain or destroy items, and it’s not easily cleaned without the help of a professional. Smoke damage is another issue. Smoke damage can cause things to never smell the same, it can destroy artwork and books, and it can destroy clothing.
The smoke smell might never come out of furniture or clothing without professional fire cleanup. Most people can’t just wash the smoke smell out of things, which is why calling for professional fire damage restoration is so important.
A professional has the ability to work miracles such as removing the smoke smell from virtually everything. Don't let a home or office go uncared for after a fire because it's intimidating to start.
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Brooklyn, New York Smoke and Soot Clean Up
A fire in a Brooklyn home, caused by an old extension cord being used with a portable heater.
Smoke and soot are 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 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 Northwest Brooklyn will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on thee information identified during the 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 temperature, 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.
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Brooklyn Community affected by electrical fire in the server room. Luckily no one was hurt and luckily, SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn was called in to get the center cleaned. We cleaned the soot and smoke damage from all of the offices and had the center up and running in a short amount of time.