Recent Fire Damage Posts

My Clifton Park Home Has Fire Damage, What Do I Do?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage When in need of fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620.

Call SERVPRO Technicians to Perform Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Clifton Park Home

You may think you are well prepared for a fire, especially if your home has smoke detectors, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers. However, even with these measures in place, the truth is that most homeowners are not truly ready for a fire and the stresses and confusion which follow.

What should be remedied after a fire?
The extent of fire damage in your Clifton Park home mainly depends on the intensity of the fire, which caused it. If a short circuit or gas leakage caused the fire, it probably spread rapidly, meaning that it affected many rooms, and the losses are severe. Nonetheless, regardless of what caused a fire, you may need to remedy several things.

Fire alone does not cause the resulting destruction. Instead, it is a combination of heat, smoke, and soot, all of which may lead to different problems that need to the remedied. They include:

    •    Heat damage – Even if the structures and contents of your home do not come into direct contact with fire, the heat can ruin them.
    •    Fire damage – The flames of a fire can cause great devastation in a home. It can burn appliances, electronics, and building materials. You need to replace the severely burned items.
    •    Smoke damage – Smoke is often called soot when it settles on surfaces. Soot residues may contain various kinds of acids because sulfides and chlorides in the smoke mix with moisture or humidity in the air to form acids.

We can use various strategies to deal with different kinds of damage in your home. This includes cleaning up the affected areas to remove soot residues, and the water or chemicals firefighters used to extinguish the flames.  We also use different odor removal techniques.

What should I do before the fire restoration process begins?
Before our restorers to arrive, you can do several things:

    •    Look out for safety hazards – Beware of dangerous debris, live wires, frayed electrical cords, and unsteady structural elements. It is advisable to wear personal protective clothing like rubber gloves, a hard hat, sturdy boots, and face mask as you enter your house. Avoid turning on your HVAC system before getting clearance from your HVAC contractor.
    •    Save undamaged items- Take any item that seems to be in good condition to a safe place. If you leave them in the affected area, they can sustain damage from soot or water.
    •    Document the destruction – Take videos and pictures of the damaged property.
    •    List the items that the fire damaged- Include the make, model, brand, age, current condition, and the serial number of the damaged items if possible. You also need to inventory non-restorable items like paper or food items for your insurance company. List the quantity and name of the lost items and an estimate of their prices.
    •    Call your insurer – Describe the fire incident in detail and discuss the options available with your insurance adjuster. The adjuster may come to see the loss one or two days after you file your claim. By alerting your insurance company early, you can get started with the restoration process soon.

Do I need to Remove Possessions from My Home?
SERVPRO has trained and experienced technicians who can identify which items to clean and restore and the ones that need replacement. We can create a list containing salvageable and non-salvageable items. If you approve it we can submit it to your insurance firm.

When possible, we restore damaged items on site. When this is not possible such as when items have sustained significant damage or a home is not structurally sound enough for restoration crews to work in it, we move the items that need restoration to our facilities. Our team carefully inventories, packs out, and transports the items to a secure facility for cleaning and restoration.

You may have valuable items such as electronics and artwork that need to be restored by a specialist. Our team can consult with your insurer and take them to a competent restorer. We keep the items secure until the restoration process ends.

Our SERVPRO team provides an honest assessment of a home and contents when dealing with the adjuster and the customer.  We are conscious of the concerns of our customers and communicate these to the adjuster. At times, there may be adequate insurance coverage to replace unsalvageable content but not sufficient to restore salvageable items. By considering the concerns of our customers and the opinions of the adjuster, we help create a win-win situation for everyone involved. Communicating with the adjuster during the move-out includes:

    •    Addressing the basic concerns of the customer
    •    An overview of the first inspection and contact with the customer
    •    Considerations and needs of the subcontractor
    •    Auxiliary needs like lighting, heating, and generators
    •    Coverage of the customer
    •    Cost considerations like storage limits and policy limits

Do I have to move out during the restoration process?
You do not have to move out of your house if it has sustained minor damage, and the utilities are working as they should. Your family can remain in the home as SERVPRO technicians restore it. At times it may not be advisable to stay in a fire-damaged house because of the risk of breathing in smoke residues and noise from the restoration equipment.

When in need of fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620. We can complete the restoration process quickly to reduce your loss.

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Help! How Do I Get Cooking Fire Damage Out of My Kitchen?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians Can Begin Fire Damage Cleanup For Your Clifton Park Home in As Little As Four Hours

Consider the kitchen the highest area of risk in most homes for residential fire damage. Whether you have an electric or gas stove, or you rely on small electrical appliances for much of your day-to-day cooking needs, it is crucial to take steps to minimize the risk of kitchen fires. Not only are these types of damages costly to repair, but much of the cleanup cannot be accomplished with consumer-grade cleaning products. This is especially true if the fire in your Clifton Park home required a visit from the local fire department. The widespread saturation from fire hoses also requires professional cleanup measures.

If your Clifton Park residence needs fire damage mitigation, SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to restore your home to a preloss condition. Fire damage often requires specialized equipment, including:

  • Specialized wet and dry cleaning solutions to address fire damage soils and protein residues
  • Air purification equipment, such as HEPA filter vacuums and hydroxyl generators, to improve indoor air quality after a fire
  • HVAC cleaning tools to prevent fire damage odors from spreading throughout your home
  • Odor control tools like thermal foggers, time-released pellets, and scented granules, to remove fire odors and make your home comfortable to be in once more

What to Do in the Event of Cooking Fire Damages

  • The first step when a cooking fire occurs is to turn off the heat source immediately. Do not move the pot or pan until you are sure the flames have stopped.
  • Smother small fires with baking soda. Fires need oxygen to spread, so cover the pan with a lid to suffocate the flames.
  • If you need to break out the kitchen fire extinguisher, use a type B if grease or oil is involved. Remember to point the nozzle at the base of the flames.
  • If you lose control of the fire, evacuate your home and call 911.

Once you have smothered the flames or called the authorities to do so for your Clifton Park Low home, remember to contact your insurer and have an adjuster examine the damages as soon as possible before contacting a mitigation team. Once you are ready to move forward, call SERVPRO for mitigation that can begin within hours of your initial call.

What to Avoid When Cooking Fire Damage Occurs

  • If the fire source comes from cooking grease or oil, do not douse the fire with water. This could instead cause the oil to splash and potentially spread the fire. As water vaporizes, it can also feed the flames.
  • It would also be prudent to avoid moving the cooking vessel while it is burning, since splashing oil can also spread the flames throughout your home on contact with flammable surfaces.
  • Another thing of note is that you cannot substitute the effectiveness of baking soda with sugar, which caramelizes and burns on contact with flame, or flour, which can also feed the fire.

If the fire in your Clifton Park property’s kitchen has already spread Beyond your home’s capacity to fight a fire, leave extinguishing it to the authorities. SERVPRO tools can address water damage from firefighting efforts as well as the fire damage in your kitchen and other areas of the home.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Fire Damage Residues from My Kitchen?

SERVPRO Technicians use a wide variety of tools to address the various degrees of soiling that can come from fires. This type of damage possesses a wide variety of traits and requires an equally varied arsenal to address them thoroughly. Consider the following:

  • Invisible protein residues from burnt meat products must be broken down with enzyme digesters that can turn these proteins into water-soluble byproducts.
  • Soils can be either hydrophilic, or attracted to water, or lipophilic, or attracted to oils and fats. However, this quality depends on the nature of what was burned. A water-based solution typically does not work residues that result from burning oil, grease, or petroleum products and vice versa.
  • Another consideration SERVPRO technicians must take into account for your Clifton Park property is the severity of damage in various areas. Typically, fire damage mitigation technicians work from the lightest damage to the heaviest to minimize potential secondary damages from unnecessarily heavy cleaning.

Lighter soils may only require manual scrubbing with a dry cleaning sponge, Crumbly Cleaner, or EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions on a clean cloth. Meanwhile, heavier soiling might benefit from SERVPRO’s Wood Creme Paste, heavy-duty alkaline cleaners, or abrasion cleaning with blast media such as soda ash.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County serves the community with mitigation services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (518) 885-2620 to restore your home to a preloss condition.

Fire and Odor Removal in Saratoga Springs

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage “Like it never even happened.”

Fire and Odor Removal in Saratoga Springs Requires Adaptation to Your Particular Scenario

Among the most important reasons to engage the services of a professional fire damage company is the training and experience brought to the crisis in your Saratoga Springs home. The conditions under which fire residues spread create soils and odors that are unlike any other cleaning challenge. Conventional cleaning approaches can make things worse, a result that is not only disheartening but might make damage permanent, needing great expense and disruption to make right.

Variables that Cause Fire Damage Abatement Difficult
When we assess your Saratoga Springs home for fire and odor removal, our highly-qualified project managers take note of a range of surface characteristics and consideration of the types of fuels and the burning environment. When building materials and contents burn, the smoke residues result from a complicated calculus of

    •    Temperature
    •    Oxygen level
    •    Moisture
    •    Gases produced because of fuel composition

These variables then interact in unique ways with the vast array of surfaces, furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions comprising and occupying the interior of your home, from natural substances like wood, metals, and stone, to modern structural components and contents made from synthetic substances.

Cleaning Protocols Not Fixed or Defined
Because of all these variants and combinations, SERVPRO must be creative as we approach your fire circumstances. Our crews learn the science of fire residue and odor removal during the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. The “art” of residue and odor abatement comes in as technicians adapt basic concepts of cleaning to obtain successful outcomes for you and your family.

Multiple Methods to Apply the Principles and Elements of Cleaning
Ultimately, effective deep cleaning of the surfaces and contents of your home not only delivers a clean and sanitary environment but also eliminates all but the most persistent odors. We do not give up until we attempt every possible adaptation of cleaning principles and elements. This can include:

    •    Multiple ways to agitate surfaces to dislodge residues
    •    A range of cleaning products to produce desired chemical reactions that break the bond between surfaces and soot
    •    Manipulations of heat and dwell time
    •    Use of advanced equipment like foggers and hydroxyl generators for odor elimination

Have confidence in the innovative mindset of the team from SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County. Call us at (518) 885-2620 after fire damage, and experience the ways our knowledge, experience, and persistence work to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Halloween Safety Tips

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Two jack-o-lanterns at night with glowing eyes Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner, we want you and your family to be safe while out this season.  When choosing a costume, be sure that it is flame retardant. Any loose or non- flame retardant materials can catch fire easily. Be sure that you can see clearly avoid masks that limit your field of vision to reduce trip hazards. Costumes tend to be dark in color making them harder to see while driving.

Consider lighting your jack-o-lantern with LED battery operated candles instead of an actual candle.  Electronic candles are better to decorate with than actual candles to avoid catching decorations on fire. Dried cornstalks and crepe paper decorations are especially susceptible to ignite around flames. Keep these materials away from heat sources such as space heaters or open flame candles.  Two of every five fires reported were because decorations caught fire in the home according to the NFPA.  Above all never leave a candle or open fire unattended.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County hopes you have a safe and Happy Halloween. Should you need any of our  call us directly at 518-885-2620.

Observing Fire Prevention Month

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Graphic of Sparky the Fire Dog Dalmatian puppy in firefighter PPE giving the "OK" sign with his fingers Sparky Reminds us to Practice Fire Safety at Home and at Work!

2019 Campaign

This year’s FPW campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. This simple exercise has been proven to save lives.  

Did you know?
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.  

Your escape plan should include everyone in your home or office.  Remember to check doors to see if they are hot before opening, crawl low to stay below the smoke, and close doors behind you to slow the spread of the fire.  Sound your alarm and practice you home fire drill today!

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SERVPRO Crews Hard at Work at a Fire Job

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

We take pride in our work at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County  Our guys were busy this week. This photo shows them in their PPE, busily working on a home that had fire damage in Troy, NY.

Avoid Fire Damage When Grilling in your Saratoga Area Home

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Late Summer Grilling Can Lead To Fire Damage In Saratoga Springs

The barbeque and grilling season is far from over in upstate New York. Cooking outdoors is popular for creating a festive atmosphere and delivering delicious, smoke-infused food to the dining table. Wood, charcoal, or gas grills do pose an elevated risk of household fire. If the flames jump to an exterior or interior portions of your home we can help with cleanup and restoration.

Outdoor grilling needs constant monitoring to avoid fire damage to your home. Even when you exercise caution, variables such as wind gusts, or rambunctious pets can cause an accident that quickly turns into a crisis. During the relatively dry months of late summer, the grass or gardens near your house can ignite fast, spreading the line of fire to the exterior or inside of your dwelling. We respond to many fire cleanup scenarios where the source of the residue on surfaces in your home was an outdoor blaze.

SERVPRO warns that overhanging eaves, an awning, or roof can accelerate the transfer of heat and flames from even a small accidental outdoor fire from grilling. Despite burning just a few minutes before it is extinguished, the smoke and soot of a fire that escaped its containment system can make their way indoors, especially if open windows or heating or cooling intake vents are nearby. Think of how the aromas of your or a neighbor’s grilling waft into your house even when the cooking fuel is contained, and no emergency occurs.

Add to that the increase in smoke and soot if an outdoor fire jumps to the ground or the structure of your home. Fires started outside can grow in intensity if they catch the siding or trim of your home, and if a fire just outside the kitchen, where the majority of grilling spaces are, seeks and finds a burst of oxygen when the door opens, it travels inside with frightening ease. Firefighting efforts, both with fire extinguishers and water, may put out the fire but damage your home on their own. Fortunately, SERVPRO is a full-service restoration company, handling water, fire, and many other disasters.

If a gathering around the grill takes a turn for the worse, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is ready to help clean up and restore any areas of your home affected. Give us a call at 518-885-2620 to get the recovery started.

Common Mistakes After a Fire

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating for your home or business and getting started on the restoration process can be truly overwhelming. Your property may have suffered fire and smoke damage, as well as widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. With SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's specialized fire and water damage restoration experience, we can help get your home or business cleaned up and restored to its pre-fire condition. We'll even remove the pervasive smoke odor and soot by deep cleaning your upholstery and carpet.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting a SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may destroy your garments.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has what it takes to restore your home back to preloss condition. Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 518-885-2620.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Specializes in Fire Damage Cleanup

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is never expected and can turn your world upside down. Here at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County, we have fire and restoration trained professionals and resources to get you back on your feet in no time.

The process always begins with an evaluation of what items can and cannot be cleaned. We take great care to treat your fire damaged home and belongings with great care and use a multi-step cleaning process to salvage as many items as possible. We use both dry and wet methods of cleaning to achieve the best results. Dry methods of cleaning consist of dry sponging, HEPA-vacuuming and using a Masslinn dust cloth for cleaning delicate content. Our wet methods of cleaning consist of using both a cleaning agent and a deodorizer. The deodorizer has both a masking and a pairing agent. The pairing agent removes the odor and the masking agent leaves a refreshing smell. By using both of these fire restoration cleaning products, our process helps to eliminate both the dirt left behind from the fire as well as preventing any lingering smell from returning.

After a fire it's difficult to know what the first step should be to get back on your feet. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here to help. Take a deep breath, and call us at 518-885-2620. We work hard to restore your home to pre-fire condition so you can feel like it never even happened.

About SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Cooking Fire Safety

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO Professionals today to assist with smoke damage from your cooking mishap at 518-885-2620

A kitchen fire, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming. And while these fires typically begin on the stove, the damage generally affects the entire kitchen including, the walls, ceiling, air ducts and appliances. Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire loss condition. We can also remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. Proper remediation of fire, smoke, and soot and water damage can help prevent further damage such as lingering odors, mold growth and permanent discoloration of items.

Before attempting to clean any smoke or fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County 518-885-2620

What is Soot Caused by Fire Damage?

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

An electrical fire caused soot damage throughout a local Saratoga County home.

Soot is, “a black powder that is formed when something is burned.”

When you have a fire, soot is the carbon particles that become airborne, leaving your property in disarray.

Many people wonder if it is safe to stay at your property after you have a fire.

Immediately after a fire, soot residue will settle onto your possessions.  In certain instances, soot can become very toxic and hazardous to your health.  Soot contains elements of the burned material.  Exposure to soot residue could be detrimental to your health: causing respiratory distress and other medical emergencies.

If you are the type of person with patience and the drive to get something done, you may want to try your hand at cleaning your own property.  Just remember safety always comes first!

If the job is to much to handle, call the professionals.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County  will pre-test to determine the degree of the damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the many types of surfaces in your home.

Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County may be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense acquired with repainting or refinishing.

In other cases, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will clean and get your structure prepared to paint, this process allows the paint to better adhere to the surface, as well as deodorize.

Things NOT to do when you have soot damage!

  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to a fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the incident.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged

Cooking and Fire Safety

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today for your remediation needs - 518-885-2620

Cooking has long been the leading cause of residential fires and fire injuries, and while Thanksgiving is the peak day for residential cooking fires, folks tend to start heading into the kitchen more and more as temperatures drop. Halloween really marks the beginning of the season for baked and fried treats. A cooking fire is typically ignited by food or the grease and oils used to prepare the food, making cleanup more difficult.Turkey Fryerscan also lead to fire damage or injury.

A kitchen fire, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming. And while these fires typically begin on the stove, the damage generally affects the entire kitchen including, the walls, ceiling, air ducts and appliances. Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO ofSouthern Saratoga CountyCounty Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire loss condition. We can also remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. Proper remediation of fire, smoke, and soot and water damage can help prevent further damage such as lingering odors, mold growth and permanent discoloration of items.

Before attempting to clean any smoke or fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County - 518-885-2620

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Why you Should Hire SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for Fire Damage Restoration

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Fire Restoration - Saratoga Springs

Disaster strikes when we least expect it, but all is not lost. With comprehensive fire restoration services, you can return to your usual life quickly and easily, as long as you don’t attempt DIY fire damage repair.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is a fire and water cleanup and restoration company based in Saratoga County our experienced technicians have assisted homeowners throughout the area with essential fire restoration services to make the effects of disasters a thing of the past.

Any type of restoration services can be costly. While the thought might make you want to open up Google and search for a crafty remedy to your problems, this could actually make your home an even more dangerous, uninhabitable place to live. Many DIY homeowners will attempt to clear, clean, and repair the rooms where the damage occurred, but by doing so, they nearly always assume that other rooms of the home haven’t been affected.

Water damage from firefighting efforts won’t simply remain in one area; instead, the moisture from stagnant water or damp quarters could affect other parts of the house. If this isn’t handled immediately, it could lead to long-term damage.

The smoke from fires can infiltrate all areas of the home, and it’s tough to remove. There are many different types of smoke, and each one needs to be treated with certain chemicals for proper and permanent odor removal.

These chemicals will need to be handled with care, preferably by professionals who understand their dangers. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's trained technicians offer home inspections, damage assessment, and fire restoration services that are individualized to each home’s condition. They have the training and equipment needed to determine the extent of the damage.

Trust your professional fire restoration technicians to take care of your home. With 24/7 service, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will restore your home as soon as you call them. For more information, call 518-885-2620.

Cleaning your Saratoga Springs home after the Smoke Clears

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

When the smoke clears and the soot settles, let someone else take care of the cleaning and restoration. After a fire occurs, the last things we want to face are the left over remains of our belongings covered in soot and fire damage. There isn’t always lost hope for remains left over from fire damage. Depending on the amount of damage done, some objects in the home can be restored with the hard work. The cleaning equipment available to restoration companies are far more powerful than the average vacuum sitting in your home. Trying to clean different materials with the wrong product or equipment could even lead to further damage to your valued possessions.

There are three common mistakes people make when attempting to tackle the cleaning on their own. The first mistake is using too much shampoo. Sometimes people think that the more shampoo, the better, but in some cases, this could just lead to more damage. The second mistake is using too much water when trying to clean the carpet or upholstery, causing water stains or excessive moisture. Last, but not least, the final mistake is not protecting the carpet from the furniture. Wooden furniture can stain the carpet from dyes and metal furniture can rust and stain the floor beneath it. It’s always important to keep the furniture separated from the carpet and cover the furniture immediately after cleaning to ensure they will not get damaged again.

Hiring a professional can help in many different ways, from the special equipment to the professional opinion for an insurance adjuster. Soot damage leaves a heavy residue that calls for heavy-duty equipment. Restoration companies have the tools to clean the damaged property most efficiently. Tools such as wet cleaning tools, rotary scrubbers, and extractors can inject steam and lift deep stains the first time around instead of having to clean the same surface multiple times. This also ensures that there won’t be too much soap or water leaving stains or residue. As the company cleans the belongings, they’re also able to gauge the amount of damage that has been done and what can be restored or needs replaced. Depending on the insurance that the victim carries, these damages may be covered. The restoration company is able to give proof of the damages done and gives a professional opinion for the claims adjuster to work with. Don’t let all of the weight sit on your shoulders when dealing with a catastrophe. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here to help with any fire or soot damage that hits home.

Do you have Rental Insurance to cover your contents?

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Are your contents covered for fire damage?

House fires are the biggest challenge we face in restoration cleaning. We have to clean the soot, we have to dry any water damage associated with putting the fire out, we have to assess what can be restored, and we have to help occupants come to terms with their losses.

Despite our training and experience, we never find it easy to deliver bad news, and we hate having to tell tenants that none of their contents are covered under the landlord’s insurance policy. The common misconception that a landlord’s insurance policy will cover a tenant’s contents.  Which in turn costs tenants thousands of dollars a year in lost contents and cleaning bills. In some cases, a fire will cost a tenant everything he owns.

Affordable Renter’s Insurance

It does not have to be that way. Renter’s insurance is reasonably priced given the peace of mind it brings. Tenants who own cars can often get a discount when bundling renter’s insurance. Depending on the policy, tenants may even get additional protections for theft outside the home or liability coverage. 

Landlord’s Insurance

Insurance for landlords differs from regular homeowner’s insurance because it only covers the structure. When we are called to a job with tenants, we are not allowed to touch contents until we have verified renter’s insurance or confirmed the tenant will pay for our services on their contents. If there is no contents’ coverage and no commitment to pay, we will clean the walls, ceiling, and floors, but that is about it.

Similar Fires, Different Results

We were recently called to an apartment where a short circuit started an dryer fire that spread soot throughout whole house. The landlord’s insurance covered removing soot from the cabinets and closets along with the walls, ceilings, and floors, but we were not permitted to clean any of the contents in the interior of the cabinets and closets or contents in the home because the tenant had no renter’s insurance.

In contrast, an electric short caused an attic  of a home which affected all rooms on both floors and the attic. The tenant in this case had renter’s insurance, so her insurance covered the cleaning of her contents, while the landlord’s insurance covered the invoice for structural restoration.

Losing Everything in a Fire Following the fire, the city’s fire inspector declared the building unsafe for entry. Tenants were locked out and unable to access their contents.

There is a fire and the landlord learns that restoration on a building that old would require permissions from the city’s historical commission, and they decided a rebuild would be cost prohibitive. Rather than hiring a restoration company, they left the condemned building as is and sold off the property. Those tenants who did not have renter’s insurance lost everything that remains locked up in the condemned building and received no compensation.

What Do You Have To Lose?

If you rent but do not have renter’s insurance, consider how much is at stake. Take ten minutes to explore how much a renter’s policy would cost. We never want to stand in front of someone who has lost everything and not be able to help.

Cleaning up your home after Smoke Damage

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot will affect everything in your home, from the structure to your personal belongings. After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional may be the best decision you can make. A professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County understands that your furniture, keepsakes, and other precious items are what make your house a home.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in restoring the contents of a home or business that have suffered from fire damage or water damage. They will assess all your belongings carefully to determine what items can be restored to their original condition. Professional cleaning companies use several methods to get you back to normal after a fire:

  • Foam Cleaning: This method is used for upholstery since upholstery fabrics can shrink or bleed if water is used.
  • Dry Cleaning: This method is used to clean light residue.
  • Wet Cleaning: This is a very effective cleaning method used to remove moderate to heavy smoke residues.
  • Immersion Cleaning: This method is one where items are dipped into a bath of cleaning product.

Keep in mind that electronics that have been damaged by fire present a serious hazard. Never attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that could possibly have been affected by a fire! Smoke residue contains acids that corrode metal and can cause electronic failure in that device. Items that you should be careful of are:

  • Televisions
  • Computers and IPads, etc.
  • DVD and CD players
  • Cell Phones

Documents and photographs can suffer a lot of damage in a fire, and many contain information or records that can be devastating to lose permanently. SERVPRO technicians are experienced in document restoration.

If the damage to your home or business is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County can organize an efficient move-out process of the affected areas. Removal from the area will result in a quicker remodeling process and will also protect your belongings from any further potential damage during that process. After the restoration is complete, move-in can be coordinated easily.

If your home or business has suffered damage from fire, water, or mold, give SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County a call today at 518-885-2620

Prevent Fire Damage to your home with Grilling and Fire Pit Safety Tips

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

As the weather gets warmer, we transition from spending all of our time bundled up inside, to spending every minute we can outdoors in the sun. We’re excited to finally trade the stove for a grill and the fireplace for a fire pit in the backyard. As we drag the summer appliances out and set up the backyard to get ready for the summer, we have to keep the proper safety precautions in mind to avoid fire damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year grilling causes an average of 8,800 home fires.

Grill safety tips:

  • There should be a 3-foot clearance surrounding the grill making sure that there are no kids or pets within this range
  • Position the grill far away from home siding, deck railings, and out from underneath overhangs or branches
  • Periodically remove grease buildup from the trays below the grill to prevent grease fires
  • Make sure to buy the proper starter fluid for charcoal grills and never add the fluid once the grill has already been ignited
  • If using a propane grill, check the propane cylinder hose for leaks each year to make sure that it is not leaking gas while cooking

Fire pit safety tips:

  • Before lighting the fire, make sure that the lid can fit over top of the material inside of the pit in case of an emergency
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby
  • Do not use flammable fluid to start or relight the fire
  • Keep the fire pit well away from flammable materials and fluids
  • Do not burn trash, leaves, paper or cardboard that could spark or send hot particles through the air 

Source - http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grilling

Avoid Heating Hazards This Winter Season!

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

The winter season is in full swing! The days are shorter and temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire. 

-Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater. Have a three foot "Kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters. 

-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 

-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. 

-Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. 

-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. 

-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 

-Test smoke alarms monthly. 

Do you Know how to use a Portable Fire Extinguisher?

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Portable Fire Extinguishers

Can be life and property saving tools when used correctly.  In order to operate a extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association(NEPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low.  Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out.  Remember, extinguishers do have limitations.  It is also important to ensure you have the correct extinguisher for your facility.  To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org.

When disaster strikes our area, knowing what to do in an emergency will make a difference.  Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 for your emergency cleanup needs.

 

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

In the event you have a Fire in your home, these Emergency Fire  Damage Tips will help you in taking the proper steps until we can arrive onsite to assist you.  Follow these Do's and Don'ts to help reduce the damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Do: 

  • Limit the movement in the house to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open
  • Clean soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances and protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil 
  • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls and tubs if heat is off during freezing season
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a well trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or our of the HVAC system

Don't:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc...) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service 
  • Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (They may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged
  • Send Garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor

When Fire and Water Damage take control of your life, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will help you take it back.  Contact 518-885-2620

Where to Begin After You've had a Fire

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating for your home or business and getting started on the restoration process can be truly overwhelming. Your property may have suffered fire and smoke damage, as well as widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. With SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's specialized fire and water damage restoration experience, we can help get your home or business cleaned up and restored to its pre-fire condition. We'll even remove the pervasive smoke odor and soot by deep cleaning your upholstery and carpet.

 

What to do after a fire:

  • Secure openings made to your property by firefighters using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect your home from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

 

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting a SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may destroy your garments.

 

Determine the Type of Cleaning Needed

Before starting the cleanup process it's extremely helpful to know what type of fire damage has occurred. There are different types of fire, smoke, and soot and each requires a different clean up method to best restore your property. Prior to beginning the restoration process, our professional technicians will test the soot to help determine which type of smoke damage occurred and will design the clean up procedure based on that information.

 

 

The Different Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot Can Include:

  • Wet Smoke – Usually from Plastics and Synthetics
    • Occurs from Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke – Produced from Paper and Wood
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by the evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

 

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has what it takes to restore your home. Let us help you make it “Like It never even happened."

Approaching the Holiday Season

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

For  many people, November is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, beautifully colored leaves and family-oriented get togethers, like Thanksgiving.  While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes, it is also important to take time to remember safety.

 

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire-related injuries in the United States.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 357,000 home structure fires each year- forty-five percent of those fires are attributed to home cooking fires.  These fires are also responsible for thousands of injuries and more than $6.9 billion in property damage each year.

 

By taking a few precautions, you can help ensure your holiday plans don't up in smoke!

 

Your local SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County wants you to stay safe.  If you do experience a fire or water damage, call us today at (518)885-2620.