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Keeping Replacement to a Minimum for Fire Damage in Daytona

3/4/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® Works with Customers and Insurance Carriers for Fire Damaging Restoration

Some auditors, inspectors, and even insurers may recommend replacement and reconstruction as the default method to recover from fire damage. However, replacement often ends up becoming a costly endeavor, and may only allow your insurance company to save money while your expenses skyrocket. SERVPRO uses a strategy of mitigation and restoration as our primary approach to fire damage in Daytona, as these strategies are both the lest expensive and time-intensive strategies for righting your home after a fire.
Replacement typically entails paying full price for anything lost in the fire or downgrading to lesser variants to keep costs in check. Insurance companies may sometimes recommend replacing an entire inventory as, depending on your specific plan and contract, it may mean less financial contribution from them. Most homeowners in Daytona facing damaging fire issues find themselves unable to afford both reconstruction costs and the market price of everything lost in the fire, and end up buying inadequate replacements.

Restoration is less expensive than replacement, even if you downgrade, and allows you to salvage the exact items and functionality you had before the fire. Although not everything damaged in a fire is restorable, we evaluate every item manually to determine if a certified contractor or we can recover that specific item within a reasonable price range.
This policy is not limited to just belongings, and in fact extends to flooring, wallpaper, paint jobs, and anything else in your home. We attempt to restore everything we can with cost-effective means before beginning reconstruction efforts, which can be lengthy and costly. Our strategy of mitigation also helps to save many elements of your home from reconstruction and replacement. Simple actions such as water extraction, boarding, tarping, and site preparation can lead to significant savings as restorations get underway. Be sure to call SERVPRO as soon as possible after a fire so that our mitigation efforts can be at their most effective.
SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach is available 24/7 for victims of fires and other types of damage. If you require our services in the aftermath of a fire or would like to know more about what we do, call us at (386) 677-9993.

Grilling Accidents can Lead to Fire Damage on Your Daytona Beach Home's Patio

3/27/2023 (Permalink)

Large Grill Fire Fires on Properties, Both Outdoors and Inside Daytona Beach Properties, Get Recovery Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Outside Living Areas to Pre-Loss Fire Damaging Conditions

Year-round cooking out is one of the perks of living in our sunny state. Daytona Beach residents can grill guests' food while entertaining on the patio. Preparing food outside keeps the kitchen inside cleaner while still providing a beautiful setting for everyone.

Holding parties outside in Daytona Beach can result in fire damage if grills and fuel endure mishandling or accidents happen. Just like in the kitchen, fires can spread quickly if grease catches on fire. Charcoal spilling out can also spread out and catch outside furnishings or other items on fire. Being outdoor, the smell of smoke can avoid detection, allowing fire or smoldering embers to grow.

Garages, patio overhangs, and other structures are at risk of fire damage when such situations develop. At SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach, we train our technicians so they can restore, though not always replace, any interior or exterior construction after a fire takes place. They earn certificates, such as the Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), from the IICRC, ensuring their capabilities in restoring the many different structures they might encounter at various homes and businesses.

Restorative work includes much more than tearing out damaged and unusable components of residences. Cleaning soot and smoke deposits from affected areas is a large part of what we do when working on a home. This cleaning aspect includes removing grime from the decorative brick on walkways and exterior walls, concrete patios, decks, and anything else whose surfaces become covered in soot. Soft materials like outdoor furniture's cushions and other upholstery can also benefit from attention by our employees. We work hard to make everything “Like it never even happened” so any future barbeques can proceed as planned.

When an outdoor fire burns, chemicals for pools, lawns and insect control can often become involved. We can also help dispose or otherwise handle such situations, so you do not need to worry about these posing any problems to your children, pets, or lawn. Minimizing spills from these substances also protects wildlife and groundwater.

SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach, wants to assist you in resolving any fire damage at your residence. Our 24-hour service is always ready to answer your call at (386) 677-9993.

Fire Damage Restoration Services That Daytona Beach Homeowners Can Trust

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Burned out exterior of a 2 story home. Having a fire event in your home can be overwhelming. Contact the technicians at SERVPRO for a quick reply and start to remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians are Standing by to Assess and Remediate Damage in Your Home After a Fire

As a result of a fire in your Daytona Beach home, you may experience a variety of other damages, and it helps to be aware of beforehand. Knowing what to expect can help you obtain the proper insurance coverage and limit any losses you experience, should disaster strike.

You can protect your home against fire damage in Daytona Beach and the many problems that often accompany these type of incidents. Having a little knowledge allows you to make a sound, informed decision that has a major impact on the quality of your home’s restoration after a fire.

As one of the most devastating disasters that could ever happen in your home, fires themselves do limited damage. It is the smoke, water, mold, structural, and content damages that are likely to exceed any burn damage by far. You need someone like SERVPRO that can perform a variety of repairs, restoration, and damage mitigation services in your home, to thoroughly provide answers to any situation you may face.

While firefighters do a wonderful job, fighting your fire usually consists of tearing holes in your walls, ceiling, or roof, leading to additional damage. SERVPRO makes board-up and roof tarp services available to help protect the rest of your home from external dangers while your restoration is underway.  

Fighting fire in your home also involves the use of water, often saturating many areas of your home that are not even a part of the fire itself. SERVPROs water damage mitigation services are designed to limit your home’s exposure, getting water out fast, and preventing secondary problems such as mold, from ever getting a foothold in your home.

We have a full team of IICRC-industry certified technicians, with access to advanced equipment and resources necessary to perform any services in your home. You can count on us to carry out all repairs, restoration, and reconstruction needed to return your property to a quality pre-damage condition.  

Contact SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach, for full-service solutions to fire damage throughout the area, including Ormond Beach. Our technicians are here to help, 24/7, anytime, day or night; we provide emergency services when you need them, call today: 386-677-9993.

Fire Damage and Smoke Damage Restoration Services in Daytona Beach

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke damage to a home in December. Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup in Daytona Beach Is No Match for SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Full Cleanup After Smoke & Fire Damage

Your home serves as a place for relaxation after a long day of hard work. Unfortunately, they are also a den of hazards that can decimate the structure within minutes, in the event of an accident. Just recently, a trailer sustained severe smoke damage when a candle fell into a bin with flammable linen, setting property worth millions of dollars ablaze.
Are you prepared for such a situation? If not, SERVPRO has highly trained technicians who can provide fire damage restoration services for your Daytona Beach property quickly and efficiently. We have industry-standard tools and products and follow IIRC recommendations in every emergency.
The main purpose of smoke damage restoration is to return materials to pre loss condition. SERVPRO restorers apply a structured procedure to accomplish this task. We scrutinize the site for any smoke residues, starting from the source of the fire. Sometimes an area can contain different types of smoke residues in one place. In this case, our specialists choose the most efficient cleaning method for all the residues present.
The type of surface plays a huge role in selecting a cleanup method/product. Our fire damage restorers understand that certain cleaning processes can end up damaging the material completely, so we must be cautious in our decision. Whenever possible, we start by vacuuming off the surface loose debris and soil. We consider the type of action we are looking for, such as changing pH, oxidizing, bleaching, emulsifying, and dissolving. Next, we use dry and wet cleaning procedures to break the bond between residue particles and the surfaces. The debris and resultant waste are disposed of after cleaning.
Heat is also important in fire damage restoration, as it tends to accelerate the cleaning process. SERVPRO experts choose an appropriate temperature depending on the material and cleaning solution at play. To agitate the surface, we use brushes, air & water pressures, towels, and sonic vibrations in ultrasonic machines, both at our plant and on-site. This process helps to dislodge residues and distribute cleaning products throughout the surface.
The amount of time it takes to complete the smoke damage restoration process depends on the type of residues and the product. Our technicians also deodorize smoke odors resulting from the fire, which can make staying in your house virtually intolerable.
We understand that accidents are unavoidable. If your house sustains fire damage and smoke damage from faulty wiring, candles, or just curious children, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach. We are available 24/7 at: 386-677-9993.

Daytona Beach Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Front of a multi-story apartment building burned out through the windows. Don't worry, we can make this "Like it never even happened."

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 North Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach 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?
Call Us Today – 386-677-9993

Is your dryer vent clean?

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

So, what are the signs your vent needs cleaning?

As a homeowner in North Daytona Beach, you're probably very diligent about fire safety. You may have a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors on every floor, but have you checked your dryer vent lately? Many homes are damaged each year as the result of a lint fire. If the vent isn't cleaned out regularly, a dryer fire can result.

Clothes Are Taking Too Long To Dry

If your vent is blocked, your clothes can take up to two or three times as long to dry. You may find that the clothes you put in for a regular drying time are still a little damp when the cycle is over. This is happening because the blocked vent isn't allowing the moisture to be released to the outside.

Hot Dryer and Clothes

A blocked vent can also cause excess heat. If your laundry feels unusually hot when you take it out, and the outside of the dryer feels very hot when you touch it, this could be the problem.

Burning Smell

If you smell something burning inside the dryer, that's a sure sign of trouble. The drum casing, exhaust tube, and trap can get clogged, which makes it easy for a lint fire to start. If you're smelling smoke, turn off the dryer immediately and call a professional right away to inspect it.

No Regular Inspections

Your dryer vent should be inspected at least once a year by a vent cleaning specialist. A do-it-yourself job is certainly an option, but hiring a professional can ensure that the job is done thoroughly. These technicians are well acquainted with all the various brands of dryers and have the proper equipment to efficiently clean out the vent.

A lint fire can be a dangerous situation and cause a great deal of damage. But you can easily prevent a fire from happening by looking out for the signs outlined above.

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Heating Your Home

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home, SERVPRO is there to help. But we also want to help you prevent fires in your home.

Did you know that heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)? Cold temperatures during these winter months have led to people frequently using their heaters. Half of these heating equipment fires predictably take place in the winter months of December, January, and February when heating equipment is used the most.

Abiding by the following safety measures will keep yourself and your family safe from any potential dangers of using heaters in your home.

Stay Three Feet Away

One way to stay safe when heating your home is to keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment. That includes a furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

Enforce a Three-Foot Rule for Children

The curiosity of children can cause a problem if they focus their attention on one of these heating options. Wanting to explore the equipment, the child could accidentally catch on fire or start a fire in the house. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around all open fires and space heaters.

Don’t Use Your Oven As a Heater

Never attempt to use your oven to heat your home. The inefficacy of an oven as it pertains to heating could cause it to go out or not burn well which could potentially lead to carbon monoxide poisoning endangering the lives of your whole family.

Use Only Qualified Professionals When Installing Heating Equipment

Make sure a qualified professional install your heating equipment. An inexperienced person installing your space heater, water heater, or central heating equipment could lead to serious mistakes that could cause a fire. Hiring qualified professionals will ensure that the person installing your equipment adheres to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

Get Your Annual Chimney Inspection

It’s important to have your heating equipment or chimney cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. In early 2000, the NFPA set a new standard that ensures that inspections include a thorough inspection and cleaning. Based on the purpose of the inspection (annual inspection, system change or real estate transaction, potential hazard) the inspector will inspect on one of three levels. The thoroughness of the inspection will increase at each level of the inspection.

Never Leave Portable Heaters On When Leaving a Room

Always turn off and unplug portable heaters when leaving a room or going to bed. Portable heaters can short out while you’re away and start a fire before you return.

Make Sure to Use Correct Fuel

Use the right kind of fuel when using fuel-burning space heaters. The manufacturer will specify which fuel that specific space heater will need. Using the wrong kind of fuel could cause the fuel to burn hotter than the equipment was designed for and could cause a fire in your home.

Use a Fireplace Screen

It’s important to make sure that your fireplace has a screen in front of it. Without a screen, sparks could fly into the room and start a fire. Also, if you plan to dispose of ashes in a metal container, ashes should be cooled prior to entering a metal container. The container should also be kept a safe distance away from your home.

Test Smoke Alarms Monthly

If a fire starts in your home in Daytona Beach, a smoke alarm can save your life. Smoke spreads quickly and a properly working smoke alarm will give you enough time to get out. So make sure you test your smoke alarms each month. Also, make sure to replace your smoke detectors once every ten years.

Use Ventilation

When burning anything larger than a candle, make sure to provide good ventilation. You can do this by opening windows, doors, or fireplace fumes. Good ventilation will substantially reduce the amount of smoke that can be harmful to those in the home.

On cold days heating is a must. But without the use of certain precautions, it can be a very dangerous decision. By following the safety measures highlighted by the NFPA, you can ensure that you will be warm and safe during the cold winter months.

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How Can an Electrical Fire Impact My Home?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Many Daytona Beach Property Owners Are Big Fans of SERVPRO's Fire Damage Cleanup, Restoration, and Repair Services.

SERVPRO Restoration Technicians Mitigate Damage and Perform Fire Restoration for Daytona Beach Homes

Behind cooking fires, electrical failures are one of the most common causes of residential structure fires in the United States, including Daytona Beach. Anything from an overloaded circuit to faulty wiring can ignite flames that can quickly damage structures and contents. Without fast action, the residues left behind by these fires can cause even more damage over time.

When disaster strikes in your home, SERVPRO is ready to offer Daytona Beach residents fire restoration services that can return their properties to a preloss condition. SERVPRO technicians take care of everything from soot and smoke residue cleanup to rebuilding damaged areas of your property to make your home a comfortable and safe space once more.

What Areas of My Home Does Fire Damage Affect?

Daytona Beach homes are affected by fires in a variety of ways that homeowners may not initially expect. Smoke residues and soot deposits penetrate and settle on a diverse array of surfaces quickly and easily. Areas of your home that can be affected after a fire include:

  • The HVAC system. After a fire, your vents are likely to have copious amounts of soot and residues settling inside. Flex duct is more cost-effective to replace in this situation, but sheet metal vents can be carefully cleaned and reinstalled in many cases.

It may be best to leave the cleaning to the pros, however. Teams like SERVPRO have access to commercial-grade EPA-registered cleaning solutions designed to tackle fire damage. Consumer-grade all-purpose cleaners and water-based solutions are often insufficient for addressing tough stains and soils left behind by fire damage.

  • A home structure fire can wreak havoc on insulation, even in areas of the home with extensive fireproofing material such as a garage with fire-resistant sheetrock and insulation. These materials are not designed to ward off fires, but instead to contain them and prevent them from spreading to other areas of the home for as long as possible. Fiberglass and rock wool insulation both often have options for fireproofing, but damaged portions typically require removal and replacement unless the fire left behind surface-level staining.
  • Wall studs and ceiling joists. These essential components of your home’s structure can quickly absorb soot or become charred in a fire and may require partial repairs or reconstruction to preserve the structural integrity of your property. SERVPRO techs can sand off superficial charring and apply a finish to prevent further staining. Proprietary Wood Creme Paste is typically utilized for tougher stains.
  • Nooks and crannies. Fire damage residues can settle into any crack and crevice and can cause discoloration, foul odors, and even corrosion of metals over time when exposed to moisture. Restoration technicians carefully pore over your home to ensure that cracks and crevices in both your home’s structure and contents are as free from fire damage as possible while minimizing property loss.

How Do Electrical Fires Happen?

Here is the breakdown on residential electrical fires, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data:

  • An average of 47,700 residential structure fires per year features electrical failures and malfunctions as a contributing factor. Electrical fires are not always the catalyst for these fires: they can also ignite and exacerbate a disaster.
  • These fires are costly: each year, electrical fires can cause anywhere from hundreds of millions to over $1 billion in property damage.
  • From 2007 to 2011, almost half of the reported fires involving electrical failure or malfunction detailed a failure of lighting equipment or wiring that caused the ignition.
  • Other cited causes for the 2007 to 2011 time period included the following:
    • Electrical fans
    • Washing machines and clothes dryers
    • Space heaters
    • Water heaters
    • Electric stoves
    • Air conditioners

Homeowners in Daytona Beach should exercise caution with major appliances, light fixtures, and heating and cooling systems in the home to minimize indoor fire risk.

What Tools Does SERVPRO Use to Mitigate Soot and Odors?

SERVPRO teams have access to mitigation tools that address various types of fire damage odors, stains, and soils, including:

  • EPA-registered, OSHA-approved cleaning solutions that mitigate potential microbial growth, soot damage, protein residues, and water damage from fire suppression efforts.
  • Water- or 
  • solvent-based deodorizing solutions that can be deployed with thermal foggers, which allow for effective odor control that penetrates surfaces effectively.
  • Agitation tools and manual cleaning modalities allow for the rapid removal of fire damage soils and deposits from your property.
  • Equipment that improves indoor air quality after a fire includes HEPA-filter air scrubbers, ozone machines, high-powered ventilation box fans, and hydroxyl generators.

SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach is ready to keep disaster-affected homes looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (386) 677-9993 to start the mitigation process within hours of your initial contact.

Can I Repaint Directly Onto Burnt Surfaces?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

You can contact our professionals 24/7. Our fire damage experts are trained in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO Can Clean and Deodorize Surfaces Before Repainting to Ensure your Daytona Home Undergoes Successful Fire Restoration.

Do I need professional fire restoration for a residential property?

Enlisting professional technicians' assistance for the recovery of your Daytona home can lower your claim's overall cost. It is much more cost-efficient to restore items rather than replace them. As a homeowner, smoke residues can be devastating when they affect sentimental items or furnishings that have been collected over a lifetime. Our technicians can work closely with your adjuster to return these items to a preloss condition using a combination of chemical, mechanical, and deodorant cleaning. We can perform these vital tasks efficiently and prepare your walls, contents, and ceilings for repainting. Instead of discarding burnt items, our technicians can recover upholstery, refinishing surfaces, and restore wooden materials, resulting in fewer losses and a closer connection to your home's preloss condition. 

What are the basic principles of fire recovery?

When performing fire restoration in your Daytona home, it is essential that you abide by the basic principles of loss recovery. The stress of a fire in your home can affect your planning for restoration as well as becoming a massive inconvenience to your everyday life. SERVPRO technicians are experts in locating smokes, assessing different types of residue, and the surfaces they affect before moving on to capture residues and dispose of them. We aim to minimize disruption allowing you to concentrate on your everyday life. All of our work is recorded throughout the restoration to provide you with both transparency and accountability. We can pass on this information to your insurer to help complete your 'stress-free claim.'

What are the core methods for smoke cleaning surfaces?

- Temperature

- Agitation

- Chemical Action

- Time

How do I remove smoke from counter-tops?

The type of smoke residue that is likely to be found on counter-tops and other horizontal surfaces are dry smokes. Hot air rises, which means the most challenging to remove residues are likely to be located on upper walls and ceilings where smoke soils bond with the paintwork or fixtures. Horizontal surfaces can sustain damage when fires cool, and soots or ash drop onto the counter-top. SERVPRO recommends that you cover surfaces with cloths or sheets immediately after a fire to prevent falling soots from causing damage. Dry soots or ash deposits do not typically bond with counter-tops, which is why it is essential that you do not introduce moisture to the affected area. Water and agitation can lead to dry smoke residues being forced into surfaces and causing further harm. Fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) apply dry cleaning and light vacuuming to surfaces before inspecting and considering water-based cleaning agents. 

How do I tell what items are salvageable after a fire?

There are no defined procedures for restoring contents in a fire, so it can be a challenge to decide which items to repair and which to discard. We use multiple methods of agitation, applications of temperature, or cleaning products and machinery to get rid of smoke residues. It is not uncommon for our technicians to return to a particular area or item in your home with different equipment to restore. However, not all items are salvageable. Once all restoration options are exhausted, our technicians may have to declare an item unsalvageable. We can remove the offending item and dispose of it as part of the restoration service.

What gets rid of stubborn soots?

- Mechanical Equipment including rotary machines, hot water extraction, and air whips

- Lubrication which can be the introduction of oil-based cleaners to grease surfaces and remove animal proteins or fuel

- Chemical Cleaning Agents with water or oil-based composite 

- Suspending Elements in Solvents which may require dwell time and can be effective at removing bonded soots from surfaces

Which cleaners should I use to remove soot residues?

The central tenet of removing soot residues is to remember that like dissolves like. A smoke residue that is water-based responds to cleaning solutions mixed in water. These may include soots from a natural material like wood or drywall. Some wastes, on the other hand, have an oil-based composite. These residues can be the result of synthetic materials burning or animal fats in a grease or kitchen fire. Introducing water to these residues does not mix and can lead to spreading residues further across a surface. Before applying any cleaning chemicals, we must first understand the type of residue to avoid further damage. These methods apply to the alkaline or acidic nature of residues and must be tested before introducing cleaners. SERVPRO technicians check surfaces before resorting to chemical action so that we can tailor an efficient restoration solution. 

Removing soots and smoke residues can be tricky without the correct training. For expert restoration, contact SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993.

Fire Debris Removal and Demolition in Daytona Beach

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency services help our SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach team to get a handle on fire emergencies shortly after we arrive.

Fire Debris Removal and Demolition for Daytona Beach Homes

One of the staples of successful mitigation and recovery of your Daytona Beach home after a fire involves emergency services taking place immediately. We cannot delay with some of the earliest tasks of fire recovery, as long waits could only mean more substantial damage to the property and its contents. While there are numerous emergency services that our SERVPRO team can offer after a loss incident, there are three that are the most critical to reducing further structural degradation.

Fire Debris Removal
When our team first arrives to assess the fire damage to Daytona Beach homes, we can catalog what structural elements and contents have already gotten damaged beyond repair. In many cases, these structural elements have already collapsed and heaped into piles throughout the damaged areas of the house. There are numerous advantages to addressing this debris as soon as possible. Shoveling out remnants of ruined materials and contents can:

    •    Reduce the severity and concentration of harsh smoke odors
    •    Reduce the circulating volume of soot particles
    •    Provide more space and room for our technicians to establish cleaning efforts to save installed materials

Shutting Off Air Circulation
Here in Daytona, many of our friends and neighbors leave their air going year-round. After a fire loss, running HVAC systems can pull in soot and smoke particles and disperse them into new areas of your home. This action widens the damaged area and causes greater lengths of cleaning and restoration to occur. Shutting off the system can prevent it from spreading these effects throughout the property.

Controlled Demolition
With a team of licensed in-house contractors available 24/7, emergency services after a fire loss include controlled demolition when this makes the work safer for our technicians. Our SERVPRO professionals can identify structural hazards during the initial scoping of the work, and discarding these materials can help to ensure the safety of all involved.

Emergency services help our SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach team to get a handle on fire emergencies shortly after we arrive. No matter how we can help after a disaster, give us a call at (386) 677-9993.

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Fire Damage In Daytona Beach

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

How SERVPRO Helped a Daytona Beach Attic to Not Smell Like Fire Damage

Fire damage cleanup is a multi-layered process even when there is no structural damage. Soot is unhealthy to breathe and has the potential to be an irritant. Plus, the odor from a home fire remains until it gets removed through the removal of the smoke residue on surfaces.

A Daytona Beach attic had fire damage, and although the fire department extinguished the blaze rapidly and almost no damage to the building materials in the attic occurred, it needed cleaning from soot and smoke residues over a wide area.

Collection of Insulation
Fiberglass insulation often has the potential for cleaning and reuse when it gets wet from a water loss event. However, it cannot return to a state for reuse after contamination from soot. The SERVPRO techs used a vacuum with a bag attachment to collect the insulation for disposal.

Improving Air Quality Measures
During mitigation from fire loss in the attic, the techs set up containment to diminish the chances of any cross-contamination to the rest of the home. They also deployed numerous hydroxyl generators to recombine the pungent odors into non-odorous compounds and eliminate the residual smoke odors remaining in the space.

Cleaning Away Soot and Smoke Damage
Different kinds of residues require diverse cleaning methods, and that is why the SERVPRO techs test before cleaning. They determined much of the deposits on the walls and ceilings in the attic was dry smoke and needed cleanup using specialized sponges that do not use any type of liquid cleaner to pick up the mess. Once the initial cleaning completed, the techs used their professional-quality formulas to wipe down surfaces.

Prepping the Attic for Reuse
The techs painted the walls with a primer with both a sealant for odor and stain covering properties to ensure the attic had a clean slate. This action prepped the walls and ceiling for a fresh coat of paint to return the attic to its pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993 has an extensive array of equipment and training to make any size fire damage to your property, “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Damage In Daytona Beach

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

We can help you return your property to the way it was before you had the mishap in your kitchen, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage In Daytona Beach Often Requires Light Smoke Deodorization

Hundreds of thousands of structure fires occur in Florida every year, which means that your Daytona Beach property could be at risk. The most common cause of fire damage is unattended cooking. Kitchen fires are the majority of structural burns that occur across the country. Even if the blaze that ignites inside your kitchen is minor, the smoke created by the inferno can spread throughout your structure and cause you several different issues.

Many of the fire damage projects in Daytona Beach our SERVPRO team responds to are caused by burning something on the stove or a grease fire. These blazes can sometimes be minor and not torch very many of your contents and building materials. But, the partially burned particles dispersed in the form of smoke can create various problems in rooms far away from the burn's source. Smoke first rises with heat, and then it can follow the natural airflow inside your structure.

Smoke can solidify once it comes into contact with cooler surfaces. Once this occurs, your walls and your ceilings can get coated with soils and soot residues. Smoke can also penetrate deep into the porous materials inside your home and cause unpleasant, burnt aromas to linger inside your home.

Deodorization procedures after you suffer from a kitchen blaze start by our SERVPRO technicians removing the source of the foul smells. If there is any burnt debris remaining after the blaze, we can remove it in sealed plastic bags so that no dust from the charred material spreads throughout your structure. We can then clean any of your surfaces that are coated with soils and soot residues using specialized chemical products and techniques.

After we eliminate any known sources, we then ventilate the affected areas in your house. We can open windows to create air circulation and set up box fans or air movers to push the malodor particles in the air out of your structure. Next, we can utilize other deodorization methods such as ULV or thermal fogging, or ozone generation.

Even if you have just a minor kitchen fire ignite inside your home, call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993 any time of the day. We can help you return your property to the way it was before you had the mishap in your kitchen, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Daytona Beach Home After A Fire

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Our Green Fleet vans are always stocked with industry-leading equipment and specially formulated fire damage cleaning and disinfecting products.

Fire Damage Restoration In Daytona Beach Can Involve Various Elements Of Cleaning

After an inferno burns inside your residence in Daytona Beach, the biggest problem can become the presence of soils and soot residues. Once the flames get extinguished, it is possible that a majority of the fire damage will come in the form of soiled surfaces throughout your entire structure. Depending on the type of smoke present, it could be possible to save and restore your affected building materials and contents by cleaning them.

In some cases, fire damage in your Daytona Beach house could include removing and replacing items that got stained too badly from soot residues or charred deeply. In other cases, our SERVPRO technicians can clean the surfaces of your possessions and structural components and return them to the way they were before, "Like it never even happened." However, accomplishing restoration can be difficult if the residues are thick, and they adhere well to the surfaces they contacted. Whenever attempting to clean items that got negatively affected by soot or soils, we always utilize the following four elements of cleaning after fire damage.

 1. Temperature

Heat makes molecules move faster, therefore cleaning usually works better at higher temperatures. As the molecules move faster chemical reactions take place at a quicker speed.

 2. Agitation

When using agitation to clean soiled objects, our SERVPRO technicians either move the surface being cleaned, the cleaning solution or both. Agitation methods like water pressure, rotating brushes, or sandblasting can break the bond between the soils and the surface so that they can then be washed away.

 3. Chemical Action

Cleaning solutions make the cleaning process easier by bridging the gap between the soils and the water. The general rule we follow when picking the best chemical product to use is that like dissolves like. For example, oil-based soils get cleaned most effectively by using oil-based detergents.

 4. Time

The chemical reactions involved in using a certain solution to clean with it takes time for them to work their best. After applying cleaning products, our SERVPRO technicians follow the manufacturer's instructions and let the chemical sit for the recommended dwell time.

Using a combination of the elements of cleaning along with industrially approved chemicals and methods can help you save time and money during your restoration process. For professional assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993 24/7.

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What is the Best Way to Restore Fire Damaged Appliances in Ormond Beach?

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Your appliances may not be lost after a fire. SERVPRO can help restore them to their pre-fire condition.

How to Restore Appliances After Fire Damage in Your Ormond Beach Home

Fires can start anywhere and anytime, but the most common type of fire in the U.S.A is the kitchen fire. The reason for this is the high number of fires in the kitchen compared to other rooms in a home. The kitchen is where electricity, heat, grease, and water come together. Grease fires are hazardous because they can get out of control rapidly and spread from the stove throughout your kitchen and into other rooms in your home, leading to extensive destruction. 

Cleaning up your Ormond Beach home after fire damage can be a huge undertaking. Therefore, working with a restoration company like SERVPRO is vital. We have a team of trained professionals with the expertise to restore your home and its contents safely and effectively. 

Fire damage can continue to occur in your home even after you have extinguished the fire. If you do not take steps to clean up your possessions, soot, ash, and smoke odors can remain in your home. The appliances in your kitchen like the oven, refrigerator, stove, dishwater, microwave, freezer, and trash compactor may have soot and other residues. Many of these appliances may not break down because of smoke damage, but they can be unsightly if covered in soot, scorched or charred. 

The surfaces of appliances are like those of hard-surfaced furniture. Therefore, our technicians can wet clean and polish the surfaces to remove the residues. Many appliances are electrical. We disconnect such appliances from the source of power before cleaning. The specialist cleaning products we use can eliminate soot, ash, and other residues. 

After cleaning the soot and smoke from these devices, we can contact an authorized electronic service firm to check them. Our SERVPRO crew ensures that the safety check confirms that the appliances are suitable for use before turning them on. Fire and high humidity can cause electrical shorts in electrically-powered equipment. Therefore, if any appliance does not survive the damage, make a claim with your insurer for a replacement unit. 

A fire can ruin the critical contents that make your home more comfortable in which to live.  SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach can assist you to prevent further damage to such contents. Call us today at (386) 677-9993 for prompt cleanup.

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How You Can Help After A Fire In Your Daytona Beach Home

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

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How You Can Help When Your Home Requires Smoke And Fire Damage Restoration In Daytona Beach

After an event that causes damage to a home, it is natural for the property owners to want to try cleaning the mess themselves. Unless they use the correct tools, cleaning agents, and methods, this can make things worse, instead of better. There are some activities that you can use, though, in your home in Daytona Beach to produce positive results.

As difficult as it might seem, avoiding excessive walking through your Daytona Beach home prevents smoke and fire damage from worsening. Smoke particles can descend deeper with each footstep and cut into carpet backing that we might have previously saved. Setting boxes or other heavy items on upholstered furniture can also work soot more deeply into furniture and make for more work-intensive restoration later.

If your goal is to strip the soot off of something, concentrate on metal fixtures first. Highly polished items like these can become permanently marred by the corrosive nature of soot. Even when soot feels dusty and dry, or greasy and smooth, the microscopic particles quickly ruin shiny, smooth surfaces.

Removing soot from the bathroom fixtures on tubs and sinks, as well as their equivalents in the kitchen, can help keep them from becoming eyesores. For dry soot, use a brush and a soft cloth. When soot clings to surfaces, use some mild soap mixed with water on a cloth. After you clean something, spray some light cooking spray on the metal to protect it from still-airborne soot.
You can also clean any plants that survived. Wash both sides of each leaf and the trunk or stems. You might want to check on the top of the soil for foreign debris. Heavy soiling of soot and ash might necessitate a change of potting mix.

Your refrigerator and freezer also might need cleaning on the inside. If electricity no longer works in your home, removing the items inside, wiping surfaces down, and propping doors open can mean the difference between a fresher-smelling appliance when you move back in and one you would rather throw away and never see again, instead.

SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach encourages residents to use these tips after a fire event leaves their belongings covered in soot and ash. Fire damage can seem overwhelming. We have additional tips that you might find useful in starting the mitigation your house needs. Call us at (386) 677-9993 for expert assistance in Holly Hill, Mound Grove, and National Gardens.

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How House Fires in Ormond Beach Affects Air Quility

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Indoor Air Quality Concerns After a Fire in Ormond Beach Condos

Many condos that you can find along the stretches of Ormond Beach are bunched together, with sometimes multiple units sharing a floor of a multi-level structure. Even with each of these units being a separate property from another, many of the same elements and utilities get shared in the space between the individual properties. Water utilities, gas piping, and sometimes even elements of the HVAC and air duct system can become connected between units. While few property owners would notice this connection, it can become apparent when disasters like fire loss incidents occur. 

Fire damages in your Ormond Beach condo can occur in many stages and levels of severity, and with how quickly these disasters can find a footing in a smaller space like a condominium, effects like smoke, soot, and other airborne contaminants can provide health hazards for those exposed for prolonged periods. Without the right experience and equipment to address fire loss incidents in your condo, it is important to trust our SERVPRO team to arrive quickly with these effective tools and expertise. 

While one of the most significant concerns of condo owners is the high-end construction materials that can become at risk of irreparable damage, there are other effects that you must also consider. With connections like the HVAC system and shared walls for units, effects like indoor air quality threats, smoke damage, and soot can find its way out of your immediate condo and into neighboring residences. 

Fire indoor air quality concerns like carcinogens, contaminants, particulates, debris, and even mold spores can get addressed with the purification equipment in our recovery arsenal. Our SERVPRO team can utilize air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines to filter affected and compromised air through a HEPA filter to trap particles. 

Working quickly to address indoor air quality threats can reduce the risk of these damages spreading to neighboring properties and prolonging restoration or making these efforts costlier. No matter when disaster strikes, you can count on our SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach professionals to make the effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (386) 677-9993. 

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How Small Fires Create Significant Damage in Ormond

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Even though this fire was contained to the kitchen, smoke and soot traveled throughout the home.

Restoration after Fire Damage in Ormond Includes Structure, Contents, and Deodorization Techniques

House fires in Ormond can create unexpected hardships for your family, but SERVPRO understands how our presence can help with recovering and getting everything “Like it never even happened” again for you. Fire produces chemical changes, as well as physical ones. When things inside your house burn, their combustion produces smoke while becoming damaged. The smoke leaves a residue that continues to produce odors and contaminate anything that it comes into contact. 

Residents do not need a considerable blaze to experience fire damage in Ormond and the problems it creates. Smaller, more isolated fires can also cause issues. SERVPRO trains employees to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, preparing them for the wide variety of restoration tasks your house requires. Visibly, you can see the damage to your property's structure, as well as many of your family's personal belongings. Even after extensive cleaning and restoration work, odors can continue to make their way through the air and bother your family. 

At SERVPRO, we address your home's issues at the best opportune time. Deodorization work cannot begin before we clean and restore structural deficits, and we need to check the safety of the overall framework to ensure safe working conditions. Contents need attention to their situation, as well, and a rapid response to this area of your property means less permanent damage occurs. 

Cleaning of your home's contents involves brushes, sponges, small vacuums, and even toothpicks and cotton swabs, as the individual item requires. Some items can get cleaned best in our ultrasonic bath equipment. At your home, we search for areas containing soot inside walls, behind drywall, and in cabinets. We remove residue from such regions, and when heavy carbon seems embedded in materials, we might prime the area before restoration begins. 

Once the contents and structure no longer contain soot and smoke residue in accessible areas, we deodorize with different treatments. These can include thermal fogging, ozone or hydroxyl generation, among others. We discuss with you the benefits and drawbacks of each, as well as their effectiveness. Keeping communication open with our customers is one way we ensure their satisfaction and the completeness of our work. 

SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach is always ready to help homeowners in Mound Grove and Holly Hill get their homes and lives back in order after fire damage makes a mess of things. Call us at (386) 677-9993 to get things started in a positive direction after a disaster strikes your family.

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Our IICRC Trained Professionals Restore Your Ormond Beach Home After A Fire

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

A fire in this home caused a charred and damaged roof and siding. We helped restore their home back to the way it was before the fire.

Get Quick Fire Damage Restoration for Your Ormond Beach Home

Fire damage is one of the most common insurance claims and is costly when lawsuits are involved. Homeowners file fire damage lawsuits for various reasons, including defective or faulty equipment, negligence, and arson. However, most fires occur because of human error and they can be injurious and deadly.

You can prevent further fire damage to your Ormond Beach home by enlisting the services of fire remediation experts. The IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO can assist you to restore your home to its pre-fire damaged condition. Our goal is to make fire damage appear “Like it never even happened.” We respond within an hour of receiving a victim’s call and begin cleanup quickly to minimize damages to property.

We offer cleanup and repairs of items damaged by smoke, moisture removal, and deodorization of smoke-related scents. We also provide a service called a move-out. You can use this service if it is more cost effective to move out your belongings to a remote location for specialized cleaning. During the restoration, you may stay in a temporary accommodation facility. The move out enables us to perform a quicker restoration of the damaged structures and belongings. A move out also enables our technicians to proceed with the restoration job efficiently and smoothly to satisfy our customers.

To offer the move out services, our SERVPRO technicians first conduct an initial scope and estimate. We sort clean items and claim items. We move the contents to storage or a warehouse and take precautions to prevent damage. We then clean and deodorize the items carefully. We repack the items and return them to the home of our customer after the restoration of the structure is complete. We communicate consistently and clearly throughout every phase of the move-out. Move outs can protect your items from sustaining further damage while they are in your home and help the contractors complete repairs faster.

When a fire has damaged your home, SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach can assist you to restore it. We have the expertise and equipment required to do a thorough restoration job. Contact us at any time at (386) 677-9993 for a prompt response and assessment of the damages.

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After A Fire Has Damaged Your Daytona Beach Home, Call Our Specialists For Help!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we realize that a fire in your home in Holy Hill, National Gardens, or Mound Grove is an unsettling event, no matter how big or small.

Fire Damage Restoration In Your Daytona Beach Home

Fires in home garages or workshops in Daytona Beach are a serious matter. Typical workshops and garages have all kinds of flammable materials in them, such as gasoline, paint thinner, sawdust, greasy rags, and wood. There are often heat sources as well like furnaces and water heaters. The key to making your garage or workshop as fireproof as you can is to ensure you have the right equipment and you practice safe choices.

When a fire has left behind fire damage in your Dayton Beach garage, however, you need help cleaning up the mess. SERVPRO staff have been expertly trained to restore your work area after even a small fire. With the knowledge and equipment needed, we can make it, so it was “Like it never even happened.”

Establishing safe habits is your first step to fire prevention. When you sand or cut wood, for example, wood chips and sawdust are created. These small pieces are very combustible, so they need to be swept up right away. After using any solvents, paint, finishing oils or stain, seal the containers and store them safely. Dispose of any oily rags as well to avoid spontaneous combustion. Putting them in a steel bucket with a self-closing lid is one way, or you can hang them on a line in a single layer to dry away from fire and heat sources.

When you request us to help you clean up fire damage, SERVPRO technicians also need to eliminate the smoke smell. Some of the equipment our crew uses include ozone generators, air scrubbers, and thermal foggers. An ozone generator helps us eliminate various odors from the fire, generating ozone which chemically reacts with molecules that cause odor. Air scrubbers remove airborne particles, including gases and odors. Thermal foggers vaporize petroleum or solvent-based deodorizers and generate a fog or smoke that consists of microscopic particles. These particles create a fog that is similar to the smoke from the fire, letting the deodorizer interact more effectively with the residues that are causing the odors.

You should also make sure you have the right safety equipment stocked in your workshop or garage which includes a fire extinguisher, preferably close to an exit door. You also need a smoke alarm, and you might want to think about installing a sprinkler system as well.

At SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach, we realize that a fire in your home in Holy Hill, National Gardens, or Mound Grove is an unsettling event, no matter how big or small. That's why we are available by dialing (386) 677-9993 anytime you need us, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us once the flames are out.

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Your Best Guide to Staying Safe in Daytona After a Fire

10/27/2018 (Permalink)

Outlets and circuit breaker panels can cause safety issues after a fire. Make sure the main is turned off and contact SERVPRO to remediate.

Potential Hazards in Your Daytona Property After a Fire Damage Incident 

We encounter known and unknown hazards when we are offering fire damage restoration services. The likely hazards that we come across include structural hazards, electrical hazards, and slip, trip, and fall risks. Exercising precaution is the only way of avoiding such dangers when we are working on your Daytona property.
Our SERVPRO technicians turn off electrical power in your property during fire damage restoration in Daytona. However, if it is necessary for a section of the building to have the power on, we never work near such an area until it is necessary to switch off the power. If water was used to extinguish the fire, there is a danger of mixing electricity and water since water is a good conductor of electricity.

We turn off circuits at the fuse box and post a sign indicating there is a work in progress. If it is necessary to use electrical equipment when the site is wet, OSHA recommends using GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters). The GFCI can detect too much current and cut the power.
Several structural damages can result when a building experiences a fire. Our SERVPRO team is careful of falling or loose debris. When we are inspecting the site for potential hazards, we use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. For instance, we use safety boots and hard hats to offer the necessary foot and head protection. We always advise property owners to let qualified technicians inspect the building and determine if it is safe to re-enter.
Most injuries and accidents result from slips, trips, and falls. During the inspection, we check whether the surfaces are slippery and if there are obstacles to cause tripping and employ measures to prevent such accidents. For instance, if soot residues are resting on tile flooring, there are chances of the surface becoming slippery. We clean such areas, address any protruding nails, loose boards, and cover holes that may exist in the walking surface.
SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach has the expertise and equipment to clean and restore your commercial or residential property. We can answer all your questions if you call us at (386) 677-9993 at any time of the day.

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Modern Conveniences can Create Modern Nightmares in Your Daytona Beach Home

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Even though the flames were confined primarily to the stove and kitchen, there is still soot and smoke damage throughout the house.

Simple Incidents Can Lead to Extensive Fire Damage in Daytona Beach

The utilities that you rely on every day for comfort in your home can leave you grappling with unexpected fire damages. Since fire can ruin your Daytona Beach property in a wide range of ways, it does not take a big blaze to leave you with a considerable restoration bill. We offer professional restoration services that can help you manage the situation.  

Furnaces can cause fire damage in Daytona Beach when puff-backs occur. Such an outcome can happen if an oil burner ignites jarring loose soot due to a malfunction. If there is a crack in the heat exchanger or venting is not done correctly, puff backs are more likely to occur. Soot from the puff back introduces a mixture of dust from the ductwork and any remnants of unburned oil to the areas it affects. Most of these residues are easy to clean, however, when the furnace emits smoke for an extended period, it bonds to the walls requiring additional efforts when cleaning to avoid damaging wall paint.  

Stoves and grills can also cause fire damages easily by depositing protein filled smoke residue on walls and other surfaces. Just being inattentive for a few seconds is all it takes for whatever you are grilling to burst into flames, filling the entire area with odorous smoke and sticky residue on surfaces. The odor is the major issue in such an incident, so our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to deal with it. After cleaning all residues left on walls and other surfaces, we can fog the affected areas because it helps to break down any malodor particles present in the area.  

Whenever these incidents occur, quick mitigation is essential primarily because the longer you wait before removing burnt residue, the harder it becomes to get rid of effects such as odor or staining. After inspection, our SERVPRO technicians start restoration immediately preventing those additional problems.  

The effects of damage caused by simple fire incidents should not take too long to fix. Call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach/Port Orange at (386) 788-0358. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Doesn't Use Ordinary Tools To Clean Up Fire Damage In Ormond Beach

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Different types of fire damage in Ormond Beach require different cleaning products and methods to prevent further damage from occurring.

SERVPRO Doesn't Use Ordinary Tools To Clean Up After A Fire

Conventional household cleaning supplies are often inefficient or even harmful to fire damage restoration in Ormond Beach and surrounding communities. While they may be used to great effect for the everyday messes, conditions, and circumstances found throughout day-to-day life, these cleaning supplies lack the specificity and strength necessary to eliminate fire and smoke residue from a home. Some chemicals may even react negatively with residues and create harmful substances requiring greater safety precautions to be handled. SERVPRO avoids these problems by developing targeted strategies for fire damage restoration and thoroughly training all technicians in their proper application.

Varied and Specialized Cleaning Solutions
Different types of fire damage in Ormond Beach require different cleaning products and methods to prevent further damage from occurring. Smoke from one fire may be very different on a chemical level from another and may require a wholly different approach. SERVPRO technicians commonly employ tactics such as emulsifying, bleaching, changing pH, and more to eliminate residues, and all of these processes can change from situation to situation. We take care to evaluate every fire thoroughly to determine the best treatment strategy possible.

Thorough Deodorization
Cleaning away all visual indications of fire damage rarely eliminates the distinctive smell of smoke that pervades most homes following a fire. To eliminate smoke and other odors, we employ a comprehensive deodorization process that utilizes residue-free thermal and chemical fogging technology to eliminate odorous particles embedded deep within the walls and floors of your home.

Specialty Treatments
Most cleaning supplies could not hope to remove smoke and ash from items such as clothing, furniture, and electronics without causing severe damage to them. A full closet of clothing alone can require substantial time investment and multiple cleaning methods. SERVPRO trains to handle many of these situations with the care and unique considerations they require and can bring in specialists to handle items like electronics that need even more advanced care.

SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach is ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to calls for help following a fire. Contact us at (386) 677-9993.

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The Impact of Controlled Cleaning During Fire Damage Restoration in Holly Hill

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

If your home is affect by fire damage like this, rely on SERVPRO to help with the remediation process.

Cleaning techniques used by SERVPRO technicians

Fire damage incidents lead to billions of losses in the US, and most of those events are mainly structural fires. If your property is insured, then the adjuster and the insurance agents have to deliver on what the insurance policy outlines. Amid all that, you still need professional restoration services to prevent further damage and determine what is restorable as you come into terms with the traumatic experience. We are going to look at some of the options that residents of Holly Hill have when they face such situations.

Cleaning services are necessary when our SERVPRO technicians are restoring your property after a fire damage incident in Holly Hill. Depending on the surface we are cleaning, we may check on the aggressiveness of the cleaning method and the concentration of the cleaning agent so that your contents do not suffer any unnecessary damage. For instance, some fragile items cannot withstand solvent based cleaning agents and aggressive agitation. Thus, we may use absorbent powders to clean them in a process known as absorption.

To avoid over-wetting some items and reduce the drying time, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to use surface techniques which limit the quantity of the cleaning product that we apply to a surface. Part of the processes we use is foam cleaning together with spray and wipe. It is efficient to spray light amounts of the cleaning product on furniture and other hard-surface materials and then use a dry cleaning garment to wipe. On the other hand, we can use foam cleaning to clean contents that are likely to be damaged after exposure to excessive moisture. We obtain the form by generating it from a cleaning agent.

When we need to control the temperature and quantity of the cleaning agent, we may choose immersion techniques. In this process, we place the items in a machine or tank, and it is also possible to control the cleaning time. An ultrasonic cleaner cleans items by using sound waves that instantaneously emit millions of vapor bubbles and is a form of immersion technique.

SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach uses advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to attend to water, fire, storm and mold damage incidents. Call us at (386) 677-9993 for a stress-free restoration process that is industry-proven.

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Holly Hill's Fire Damage Experts Explain Cleaning Different Types of Items

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Monkey Around with Fire & Smoke Damage and Odors in Your Holly Hill Home--Contact SERVPRO for Restoration

SERVPRO's Technicians Can Clean and Restore Most Smoke Damaged Items and Materials in Holly Hill

Whenever a fire starts on a property in Holly Hill, many things such as structural building materials and your possessions become susceptible to damage. No matter where the fire starts on your property the blaze can quickly spread to areas that put building materials and contents at risk. The flames and heat created by the blaze can cause issues but the smoke coming from it can damage things as well.

Whenever anything burns materials combust which is the act of a substance changing from a solid state to a gaseous state using heat. During just about every fire damage in Holly Hill, not all particles combust entirely creating smoke and additional problems. Smoke can travel throughout a building and leave behind burnt scents and soot residues.

During any mitigation project, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the building to see which areas were impacted by smoke. Once the scope of the project is determined, we begin by removing any materials or contents that are severely burnt or charred. Next, we work towards cleaning any materials or contents that received soot damage.

The cleanability of soot residues varies based on what types of fuels burned and other conditions relating to the fire. Our SERVPRO technicians use a variety of methods to remove soot from different materials. Porous materials are cleaned best using dry methods so that moisture does not soak soot residues deep into the items. Non-porous materials can be cleaned well with wet methods because they repel moisture.

Some items that get affected by soot residues such as electronics require special attention. Our SERVPRO restoration crew takes prompt action when cleaning electronic items so that damage is kept to a minimum. Some residues can eat away and corrode metal components causing electronic failure in the device.
If the interior of electronic items contains soot, then it must be cleaned by a qualified electronics technician. Our crew can clean the metal exterior of the items with specialized chemicals. We are also able to clean the rubber parts on the items with oil to prevent corrosion.

Many expensive items can get damaged by smoke and malfunction in the future if not treated immediately. If you ever need help cleaning soot from materials affected by smoke, call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993 24 hours a day.

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Working With Your Insurance Company To Get Fire Damages Restored To Your Daytona Beach Home

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

While no one wants to consider the possibility of a fire in their Daytona Beach home, it transpires more often than you may think.

Working With Your Insurance Company To Get Fire Damages Restored

While no one wants to consider the possibility of a fire in their Daytona Beach home, it transpires more often than you may think. As these incidents and traumatic events tend to strike without any warning, you can find yourself overwhelmed with the damage and lingering effects you have to contend with once the fire has gotten extinguished successfully.

Fortunately, this is nothing that you have to deal with exclusively on your own. While the fire damage to your Daytona Beach home might seem bad enough, sometimes it can be equally painstaking to deal with the insurance company to determine what items are a loss and what areas of your home require professional restoration to look and function appropriately again. Our SERVPRO professionals, alongside the project manager and estimator of our team, can help you through the trying process of working with your insurance company to come to the right conclusions.

Our estimator works to inspect all of the damage that your home faces to determine the kind of work that must get done to bring it back to preloss conditions, as well as the equipment, personnel, and time required to see this project to completion. This information is critical to an insurance adjuster, and our estimator and project manager can help to bring this information directly to the source to expedite the process of getting your home back to normal.

Once the process has gotten ironed out and the appropriate claims get filed, our SERVPRO fire restoration team can get to work on restoring your home back to its original condition. This restoration could involve multiple steps depending on the severity of the fire to your home.

Our crew works diligently to make sure the appropriate measures get taken to overcome all of the damage that your home experienced from the recent fire. If you are facing fire damages in your home, you can trust our SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach specialists to help you set things right. Give us a call today at (386) 677-9993.

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When Fire Strikes

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires are among the most common type of fire we deal with.

Fire damage can strike at a moment’s notice, a property owner can be looking at immense clean up even if the physical damage may be minor such as a kitchen fire that is relatively small. A fire on the kitchen stove can leave behind a black greasy soot, char, odors and staining or a yellow fatty substance. When it comes to fire damages the material that consumed leaves behind its own distinctive residue when food or protein is consumed in a fire it will leave behind pungent odor along with a sticky residue. When plastics are involved the residue left behind will be a heavy thick black greasy residue that smears when touched, every fire damage presents its own challenge. The soot left behind will have an acidic content level high enough that left uncleaned can ruin items that could have been saved, For heavy soot situations a pre-cleaning with an alkaline based cleaning solution to neutralize the acid may be needed, odors are another aspect of a fire damage that may need to be addressed.

At SERVPRO North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach we have many tools at our disposal for odor control, these range from air scrubbers for removing particulates, thermal foggers for deodorization, ozone machines, titanium dioxide machines, HEPA vacuums for trapping large soot particulates. Other special services for more severe fires that may also be needed. We can provide wrapping and packing, moving and storage, specialty textile cleaning along with art restoration. At SERVPRO North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach 386-677-9993 our technicians are trained to handle the most difficult cleaning jobs.

The SERVPRO Solution for Fire Damage to Daytona Beach Homes

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Your unique fire damage scenario needs a customized remediation plan. Call SERVPRO quickly for an investigation and action plan.

Our Team Offers a Comprehensive Perspective on Remediating Fire Damage in Your Home

While you might not always think of Daytona Beach as a place to get ravaged by house fires, they are far more common than you might think. The trouble with these instances is that there is very little warning or ways to prevent them apart from the conventional safety precautions. This fact leaves homeowners always on their toes about whether or not their house has gotten safeguarded enough from the threat of a structure fire.
With the steady nature of house fire damage in the Daytona Beach area, every homeowner is bound to experience something different when it is their own home in question. Resolving these issues to your house might appear overwhelming at first, and to someone just limited to conventional cleaning methods, it likely would be. Fortunately, you have the experienced and professional assistance of certified restoration specialists from SERVPRO at your disposal.
From the moment that our team arrives at your home, we begin to assess the full scope of the damage that you face. We work alongside your priorities to ensure that our restoration process addresses your most pressing concerns first to allow you to live comfortably in your home while the rest of the restoration process we undertake completes.
We handle every one of your concerns with our experience and equipment. Areas to get addressed are deodorization to remove the harsh smells that linger after a fire, soot and smoke damages that settle on the walls and in the ductwork of your home, structural controlled demolition, water damage from extinguishment, and any other pressing issue encountered through the inspection. Every home might present new challenges for our SERVPRO professionals, but our training and expertise ensures that we get well equipped to handle every possible scenario.
Fire damage in your home might not be something that you can live with or handle on your own. Instead of fighting against the lingering effects of a fire, trust our SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach team to help you clean up the mess and restore your home to preloss conditions. Give us a call today at (386) 677-9993.
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Fire Damage In Your Daytona Home From Overloaded Circuits

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can still happen from overloaded circuits, even when you are careful.

Fire Damage Caused By Overloaded Circuits

When too many appliances in your Daytona home are receiving electricity, what can happen? Usually, the power automatically turns off at the breaker, and a fuse may even burn out depending on the age of the wiring of the electrical circuit. When too many power sources are getting electricity from the electrical circuit, the power shuts off until the issue is fixed, but sometimes, a fire can start. To avoid this, you need to know the number of volts of electricity that can run into your home and not ever have too many power sources running simultaneously.

Fires can still happen from overloaded circuits, even when you are careful. The fire damage left behind in your Daytona home can be devastating. You need to focus on you and your family during this time, not all the ins and outs of getting your home back together. Therefore, you need the help of our professional SERVPRO staff. We can even help talk to your insurance company for you.

Before we clean your home, we do tests to determine the right cleaning method, which means the method that effectively can remove the residues from the surface or material without doing damage to the material or surface itself. One of the goals of testing is to categorize materials as washable or non-washable.

Washable materials are ones which SERVPRO techs can wet clean. It involves applying a water-based cleaning product to the material that does not damage it. Non-washable materials are ones that cannot be wet-cleaned. If we apply a water-based cleaning product to the material it could result in additional damage, so the material has to be cleaned with a dry cleaning method.

The kind of residues on a material can also determine the cleaning method. Grease or oil-based residues require a dry solvent cleaning agent, even though the material we are cleaning would not be damaged by water-based products.

SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach understands the different methods of cleaning up fire damage and when to use them in your home in Holly Hill, Ormond By the Sea, or Mound Grove. After you have experienced a fire, get a hold of us as soon as possible at (386) 677-9993 so we can help clean up the mess properly.

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