DYK: Behavior of Fire & Smoke
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Fires can be caused by many things from candles, wood stoves, electrical malfunction, cooking/ grease fires, space heaters, and more.
Did you know there are different types of smoke & fire residue? Not only that, but smoke has unique behavior that impacts the way your property is affected by smoke.
There are two types of smoke: wet and dry. Depending on what is burning determines the type of smoke residue that is produced.
The various types of smoke/ residues are:
- Wet Smoke: Plastic and Rubber
- Dry Smoke: Paper and Wood
- Protein Fire Residue: Prodiced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Fuel Oil Soot: Furnace Puffback
- Other Types: Tear gas, finger print powder, and fire extinguisher dust.
Behavior of Smoke:
- Smoke migrates to cooler areas, and upper levels of structures
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems and seeps through holes that pipes go through
- The type of smoke can greatly impact the restoration process
No matter the type of fire loss or residue left, SERVPRO professionals are highly trained in understanding the behavior of smoke and cleanup processes to best utilize during fire restoration services.
Keep Fall Fire Free!
This Fall be aware and fire concious of everyday hazards, even of decorations!
Follow these tips to help ensure you stay safe and fire-free:
- Keep fall decorations like dried flowers & cornstalks away from any heat source and open flame.
- Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks an escape route.
- Teach Children to stay away from open flames. Be sre they know how to stop, drop and roll if clothing catches fire.
- Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric.
- It is safest to use a flashlight or battery operated candle in a Jack-O-Lantern. If using a candle place it away from anything that can burn and out of the way doorsteps, walkways and yards.
Facts provided by nfpa.org
Did you know there are 3 types of Water?
When it comes to a water damage in your home or business, it is very important to determine what type of water you are dealing with before attempting cleanup yourself or starting services. If you are unsure, a SERVPRO trained professional can help determine what the cause of the water loss was.
The source of the water is what determines what "type" of water. The 3 types of water are Clean Water, Gray Water, and Black Water.
Clean Water: An example of a "Clean Water" water damage would be resulting from a broken pipe, back of toilet tank, or any unused water source.
Gray Water: An example of a "Gray Water" water damage is a washing machine overflow; or clean water that has set too long or gone unnoticed will become gray water, as contaminates and bacteria will start to grow.
Black Water: An example of "Black Water" water damage would be caused by a sewage backup or flood damage. This is considered highly contaminated water.
If you ever experience a water intrusion of any kind, it is always best to clean and dry the area as soon as possible to avoid further damage from occurring. Call in our SERVPRO Team for a free estimate of services.
Ozone Deodorization: How does it work?
The use of ozone can be a very effective way of removing odor from a property. SERVPRO may commonly use this method following fire damage cleaning, skunk odor to the property, mold or full property cleaning. SERVPRO will provide a free estimate of your situation and decide if Ozone will be the best and most appropriate method of odor removal.
When it comes to successful deodorization the first step is to clean/remove or fix what is causing the odor, for example the best chance of success would be to clean the fire damage first, fix a leaking pipe that is causing a musty odor, or remove the garbage from an area before starting the ozone process. It will be crucial to remove items emitting odor.
How it works: Basically, ozone removes odor by destroying the molecules, bacteria, and spores that cause unpleasant smells. Ozone (O3) is a highly reactive molecule and is very quick to chemically react with particles that it comes into contact with in the air and on surfaces. The extra oxygen atom in the ozone attaches itself to other molecules, chemically changing their structure to create non-offensive molecules – eliminating the smell. *Ozonesolutions.com
For more questions regarding our deodorization methods please feel free to call our office and we would be happy to help!
Mold Damaged Documents
If your home or business has important documents that are affected by Mold, we can HELP!
We use a specialized process called Gamma Irradiation. This is used for cleaning/ disinfection and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (Colbalt 60) producing ionization(electron disruptions) throughout a product. In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations you are dealing with CAT 3 water: therefore, most of the affected documents that you will encounter will be contaminated. If this is the case then decontamination is always a must. In Living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause death to the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.
For additional information or questions on processes involving fire, water, or mold damaged documents please call our office, and we would be happy to further discuss and provide a free estimate for services.
Following a disaster, whether it’s after a fire, storm or other structural disaster, ensuring the safety of you and your family, or employees if the property is a business is priority #1. Once safety is insured, stabilization of the property is next. In many cases stabilization can mean boarding up damaged property. This is a burden that no one should ever have to go through- especially if it is your property that has been damaged.
Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself.
Our team of SERVPRO professionals can board up the damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping making it “Like it never even happened.”
Get our Moblie App!
Getting help is now quicker and easier using our SERVPRO Mobile App. Its free, easy to download and is compatible with any smart phone.
How does it work?
Once the App is downloaded, create an account and select your prefered franchise by selecting "My Profile" on the main page and inputting your name and address.
A few key features of the App is the ability to create a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business. This emergency plan contains only critical property information needed following a loss. The App also features tips of what to do or not do following a water, fire, mold or vandalism damage, as well as local weather updates.
As a National service provider, our local team is READY for whatever happens to your property. For commercial property owners we can personally and assist with facility walk throughs and Emergency Ready Profile creation, just contact us today and ask to speak with one of our commercial representatives.
Commercial Post Construction Cleanup
Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines- the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. However, the bottom line is this- Property Managers and Construction Developers are responsible for getting the doors open on time.
Our team can help meet deadlines by providing thorough post-construction cleanup services in a timely manner. These services include:
- Post- Construction Cleaning
- Dehumidification and Drying
- Final Cleaning
- Fast-Track Drying
- Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services
If an emergency occurs, the newly installed sprinkler system goes off, or pipe bursts, our TEAM will work with you and your TEAM to get you back on track.
Dryer Vents & Fire Prevention
According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers casues 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 Million in property loss and even can cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your own home or business, SERVRPO can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.
Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter befroe and after each each load, and making sure the outdoor vent flap will openand is not restricted by snow, a birds nest or other potential obsticles.
If your home or business is ever affected by fire or smoke damage due to a dryer fire, call us in for a free estimate. Our trained professionals will work with you and your insurance to asses the damage and come up with a plan to get you back up and running as soon as possible.
*Featured Article from the April SERVPRO Restoration Newsline
How does Duct Cleaning Work?
If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the US EPA recommends they be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.
When it comes to cleaning your duct work the SERVPRO way uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system.
- Our process beings by using patentedequipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shapre and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debirs and filth before vacuuming begins.
- Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debirs from the ducting to a 16 gallon container.
- Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
- As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
- Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.