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Soot Damages in Grafton

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Damages in Grafton severely affected bathroom with soot and smoke damage.

After a fire occurs, the first 48 hours is critical and can make a difference in restoring or replacing your personal belongings and property. SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough can help every step of the way.   SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help long term problems from fire damage. SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough provides a concise response to mitigation services. We provide fire, soot, smoke removal, contents claims and document restoration. All of these services help to make sure your belongings and treasures are restored to preloss condition whenever possible. SERVPRO understands the sentimental attachment you have and will do their best to restore them. SERVPRO is always there to help, making it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO is independently owned and operated providing 24/7 emergency services for fire, water and mold restoration services. Any questions, please call us at (508)757-7885.

Restoring Fire Damaged Contents and Personal Belongings in Westborough

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Fire Damaged Contents and Personal Belongings in Westborough A small kitchen fire has taken place in this home, and as you can see soot from the fire can stick onto just about anything! Call (508)757-7885.

SERVPRO Provides Many Techniques for Cleaning Possessions After a Fire & Smoke Event

Surviving a fire is an ordeal that may seem endless even as the restoration work begins. Faced with the sheer quantity of items in your house coated with soot and soaked in water or chemical firefighting residues you want to throw everything out and just start over again. This approach is often more costly, discards memories, and can be much more disruptive to the overall recovery process. 
 
Our experienced and compassionate team members responding to your Westborough fire damage master many efficient recovery strategies during their IICRC training. Their skill in transforming what seems ruined back to a preloss condition is a powerful motivation for you to reconsider restoration as you work with us to plan your post-fire agenda. 
 
SERVPRO offers the following IICRC certified services when cleaning and restoring your home’s fixtures and your personal possessions. 
 
Dry Cleaning 
Fires produce a variety of substances during combustion. Ash and light soot may spread throughout your home but frequently resolves entirely with dry sponging, brushing, and vacuuming with HEPA filter-fitted equipment. Dry cleaning can also rejuvenate clothing and decor fabrics such as draperies, throws, pillows, and linens. Choose a dry cleaner experienced with fire damage. 
 
Wet Cleaning 
More substantial and water-based residues often respond well to a wet cleaning method. The objects come clean with a combination of saturation and agitation appropriate to the material involved. Water or a water and cleaner mixture dissolves and lifts the residue off. Washable fabric laundering and dishwashing are just two of many examples of this type of cleaning. Ask us about our Esporta Washing System.
 
Spray And Wipe 
SERVPRO developed cleansers in diluted solutions applied with a spray bottle loosen coatings and debris on non-porous surfaces. The cleaning solution and the residue are washed away with a soft cloth. This method is commonly used for appliances, non-porous furniture frames and surfaces, walls, tile, hoods, woodwork, floors, and a host of other appropriate items that cannot be saturated without harm or for which saturation is impractical. 
 
Foam Cleaning 
Upholstery, mattresses and box springs, and fabrics that are permanently affixed to walls or trim respond well to an airy cleansing foam lightly applied with a brush. The foam dissolves and latches on to fire debris, and subsequent passes with a clean brush removes both foam and soot. 
 
Abrasive Cleaning 
SERVPRO crews attack the sticky, strongly adhered coatings of grease and electrical or chemical fires with an abrasive cleaning strategy. Care not to damage the underlying surface is necessary, but cream cleansers with abrasive ingredients, textured cloths, and sponges, or a combination remove the unsightly residues in many cases. The training our technicians receive guards against unnecessary secondary harm to the objects cleaned. 
 
Immersion Cleaning--Ultrasonic
A tub of a cleaning solution is the answer for items that can soak in water or solvent-based liquid. Rinsed off, the solution and sooty dirt stay in the tub, the objects restored. This method is excellent for decorative or personal possessions with intricate surfaces that can trap the fire residues. Ultrasonic cleaning is a specialized process that uses high-frequency sound waves to dislodge the coatings. Small, rapidly moving bubbles gently remove residues from belongings. SERVPRO technicians are certified in this cleaning methodology. Jewelry, knick-knacks, window blinds, and toys are some of the belongings that benefit from immersion cleaning. 
 
SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough offers a broad range of options for your fire restoration and cleaning needs. Call us at (508)757-7885 to see how we can help.

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Fire Damage Soot Cleanup in Shrewsbury

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Soot Cleanup in Shrewsbury At SERVPRO our IICRC certified technicians are available day or night to mitigate your fire damaged home.

SERVPRO provides immediate and thorough fire damage restoration services

Smoke from a burning house is highly corrosive and can damage anything given enough time. Apart from burnt wood, smoke from a house fire can come from other items such as leathers, plastics, and even chemicals. The resultant air can be extremely toxic. Time is a huge factor here: The sooner you commence the restoration process, the more items you can be able to save. 

Within a few hours of loss notification, you can expect SERVPRO at your Shrewsbury home to begin fire damage mitigation. Our professionals are uniformed, adequately equipped, trained, and certified by the IICRC to provide industry standard services. As soon as we arrive, we begin by walking you through the restoration process, step-by-step, highlighting what to expect and the projected results.

Our top priority is restoring damaged areas and contents to preloss condition, ensuring everything looks “Like it never even happened.” Most smoke or fire damage situations are characterized by floors, woodwork, ceilings, walls, and carpeting that need a thorough cleanup. After pretesting to determine the extent of the damage, our experienced professionals use specific cleaning products and equipment to salvage different types of surfaces in the structure.

In some cases, we may be able to dislodge lighter soot deposits on certain surfaces and save you the additional cost of repainting or refinishing. If needed, SERVPRO technicians can clean to prepare for painting. The cleanup process deodorizes and allows the new paint to adhere well to the surface.

Any restorable contents in the fire damage site are professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, area rugs, upholstery, and draperies. Our technicians begin by carefully testing every fabric in the structure to determine the most appropriate cleaning method. We utilize both dry and wet cleaning services to restore your contents to normal condition. This includes bedding, clothing, kitchen items, wood furniture, art, electronics, and much more. If requested, we can also provide an inventory of all items “to be claimed.”

Nobody wants to be caught on the wrong side of a fire disaster. However, if it happens to you, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough can arrive quickly to deal with the fire damage. Call us anytime at (508)757-7885.

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What Should a Homeowner Avoid When Responding To Fire Damage In Grafton?

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Should a Homeowner Avoid When Responding To Fire Damage In Grafton? Call SERVPRO quickly after fire damage!

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Property

It is completely understandable that when faced with the devastation of a fire, you want to help with the clean-up. Because of the nature of fire damage, the steps you take as a homeowner may make the restoration process harder and can cause permanent damage to your structure or possessions. When you have SERVPRO standing with you to move past the effects of the fire, we can advise on the precautions you must observe to ensure the safety of you and your family and to avoid making matters worse in this emergency situation. Our staff will guide you through the steps necessary to restore your home to preloss condition, outlining the master plan for your particular situation. 
 
You can take some simple steps to aid the restoration of fire damage in Grafton. Draping furniture and creating pathways on carpeting with clean towels or sheets will limit the spread of soot. Keep movement in the house to a minimum to stop residues of the fire from invading non-affected areas. Replace the filters in HVAC systems and cover vents with loosely woven fabric like cheesecloth. Coat chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bath with lubricant and clean any house plants with a water moistened rag. If you lost electricity in the fire, remove items from freezers and refrigerators. Keep hands and footwear clean as you move through the home so as not to deposit more smoke residue throughout. 
 
Avoid the temptation to wash walls or clean flooring or furniture without consulting SERVPRO professionals first. We are certified in properly removing the results of a fire, using proven techniques that are effective and designed to limit the spread of the soot and dirt. Do not attempt to operate appliances or electronics until our staff has cleaned and inspected them. The debris after a fire can cause serious electrical issues including shock and further fires. Consult with any vendor you bring clothing to for cleaning, ensuring they are experienced in dry or wet cleaning of fabrics damaged by fire to avoid residual odors. Canned and boxed food, as well as personal care items, may be unsafe to consume if exposed to heat, smoke and water so do not consume or use. 
 
The professionals at SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough will keep you and your family safe as they team with you to restore your home and possessions damaged by fire. Dispatchers await around the clock at (508)757-7885 to schedule a response to your fire damage.

Fire Damage in Grafton Results in Residues

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Residual Smoke, Soot, and Odors Are Vanquished by SERVPRO

The primary source of fire damage in most Massachusetts homes comes from smoke and soot residues. It is not as stark or violent, and most people do not realize just how damaging these residues are to their homes and property. They affect everything from divans to drywall and countertops to ceiling tiles.

Fire damage to a Grafton house, apartment, or condo requires professional restoration to return it to its pre-fire state. SERVPRO has developed an extensive list of cleaning procedures over decades of experience in the business to do just that.

Find and Identify - A response team member inspects the facility and all property inside to determine what residues are present. This inspection provides the data we need to develop a cleaning plan for your home. The inspector also pre-tests particular items to determine exactly which cleaners and equipment are required.

Vacuuming Dry Particles - Dry residues are powdery in nature and easily removed using a vacuum with a HEPA filter designed to capture smoke residue and even mold particles. Unless it smears a wet residue, technicians always try to vacuum up the element before applying a cleaner.

Dissolving Residues - Any residue that cannot be vacuumed or wiped away must be dissolved or loosened. This procedure allows the residue to be captured and removed. The type of surface covered by the residue determines which cleaner is used to prevent damage.

Capture and Remove - IICRC Certified technicians use cleaners and agitation devices to release residues and soil from the property and structural walls and floors. The cleaning solution suspends residue particles which are then vacuumed away and physically removed from your home.

Disposing Residues - We follow federal, state, and local requirements for disposal of all residual waste. No debris is ever disposed of on your property, down your sewer system, or into a nearby source of water. If there is a chance that a biohazard is present, we have qualified technicians that can handle any problem from asbestos abatement to lead paint clean up.

Restoring your home to a pre-fire condition is a privilege we take seriously. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough is ready to help our fellow members of the community put their life back together. Call us at (508) 757-7885 today to get started with an inspection. We are always here to help! 

Fire can Damage Garages and Sheds if Grilling Equipment is Stored Incorrectly in Westborough

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tackles Fire Damage in Your Home, Business or Any Additional Buildings

It does not take much for a fire to start. While it is a tragedy when a home catches on fire, garages and sheds can also have fires, too. Flammable liquids like gasoline and lighter fluid, cardboard boxes full of stored items, and odds and ends often found in these locations can easily combine with hot coals from a grill that has been put away too soon. Live coals can fall out when they burn small enough to escape through ventilation holes but are still large enough to ignite whatever materials they come into contact. 
 
Westborough residents who enjoy grilling their food outside can prevent fire damage from destroying their storage areas. Because live coals can look like ash, it is difficult to make sure that the grill is ready to be put back in its place. It is a better practice to wait until after eating to return the grill or to keep it outside. Fire-resistant grill covers are available that can protect grills from the elements and prevent rust while also preventing unwanted fires from igniting. 
 
If you have fire damage from a grill or other similar catastrophe in your shed or garage, SERVPRO is ready to repair the damage and restore your property quickly. Garages, particularly attached ones, typically have a structure that is similar to the rest of the home. We remove all the burned building materials after we have packed up any belongings that may get in the way of our work. Because of the location of these items, we take them to our facility so they need not clutter up your home's interior while we work. 
 
It is easy to replace damaged drywall, and if the fire happened in a garage, the typical floor is concrete, making cleaning reasonably easy to do. Floors that are industrial grade plastic or composite materials may require specialized repairs. If the flames reached into and damaged the roof, SERVPRO professionals cover the entire structure with a protective tarp before work begins. Fires cause enough damage, and we want to make sure that while we work to restore everything that there is no other damage. 
 
Fires in sheds can result in a total loss. Some sheds are constructed of thin metal panels or sheets, or are only of the outer wooden paneling, with a metal or wood beam support system to which the outer panels are then attached. The floor, if not of concrete, is often made of the same material as the rest of the shed. Fires often destroy non-concrete floors. As we sort through the remains of the fire, we salvage everything that we can. The rest we list on an inventory sheet so you can present it to the insurance agent. We provide inventory sheets regardless of the location of a fire. 
 
Grills, being made of metal, are often easily restored to working condition again. Other items may not be so lucky. Soot that has settled on different items should be removed as soon as possible. Tools and machinery are usually damaged if contaminants can work their way into working parts, but cleaning soon after a fire can remove grime, preventing problems and preserving functionality. 
 
Get back to grilling and relaxing with friends on your free time. When you have a disaster, call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough at (508) 757-7885, anytime, including weekends and all holidays.

Fire can Damage Garages and Sheds if Grilling Equipment is Stored Incorrectly in Westborough

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tackles Fire Damage in Your Home, Business or Any Additional Buildings

It does not take much for a fire to start. While it is a tragedy when a home catches on fire, garages and sheds can also have fires, too. Flammable liquids like gasoline and lighter fluid, cardboard boxes full of stored items, and odds and ends often found in these locations can easily combine with hot coals from a grill that has been put away too soon. Live coals can fall out when they burn small enough to escape through ventilation holes but are still large enough to ignite whatever materials they come into contact. 
 
Westborough residents who enjoy grilling their food outside can prevent fire damage from destroying their storage areas. Because live coals can look like ash, it is difficult to make sure that the grill is ready to be put back in its place. It is a better practice to wait until after eating to return the grill or to keep it outside. Fire-resistant grill covers are available that can protect grills from the elements and prevent rust while also preventing unwanted fires from igniting. 
 
If you have fire damage from a grill or other similar catastrophe in your shed or garage, SERVPRO is ready to repair the damage and restore your property quickly. Garages, particularly attached ones, typically have a structure that is similar to the rest of the home. We remove all the burned building materials after we have packed up any belongings that may get in the way of our work. Because of the location of these items, we take them to our facility so they need not clutter up your home's interior while we work. 
 
It is easy to replace damaged drywall, and if the fire happened in a garage, the typical floor is concrete, making cleaning reasonably easy to do. Floors that are industrial grade plastic or composite materials may require specialized repairs. If the flames reached into and damaged the roof, SERVPRO professionals cover the entire structure with a protective tarp before work begins. Fires cause enough damage, and we want to make sure that while we work to restore everything that there is no other damage. 
 
Fires in sheds can result in a total loss. Some sheds are constructed of thin metal panels or sheets, or are only of the outer wooden paneling, with a metal or wood beam support system to which the outer panels are then attached. The floor, if not of concrete, is often made of the same material as the rest of the shed. Fires often destroy non-concrete floors. As we sort through the remains of the fire, we salvage everything that we can. The rest we list on an inventory sheet so you can present it to the insurance agent. We provide inventory sheets regardless of the location of a fire. 
 
Grills, being made of metal, are often easily restored to working condition again. Other items may not be so lucky. Soot that has settled on different items should be removed as soon as possible. Tools and machinery are usually damaged if contaminants can work their way into working parts, but cleaning soon after a fire can remove grime, preventing problems and preserving functionality. 
 
Get back to grilling and relaxing with friends on your free time. When you have a disaster, call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough at (508) 757-7885, anytime, including weekends and all holidays.

Did you Know UV Technology can be used to fix Fire Damage in our Local Homes?

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Did you Know UV Technology can be used to fix Fire Damage in our Local Homes? Even the worst of fire damage can be cleaned and fixed! Call SERVPRO right after the damage to make sure your home can be restored!

SERVPRO Technicians Have Many Methods at Their Disposal When It Comes To Smoke Damage Remediation 

When a fire breaks out in a residential building, It does not usually burn for long. In most cases, Help arrives quickly and neutralizes the danger. This reason is because, the most common challenge associated with the fire damage repairs is not burnt items . It is the lingering, acrid odors which hang around after the flames are put out. 

At SERVPRO, we use a broad variety of techniques to eliminate these smells. Deodorization is the most important because it introduces odor fighting chemicals to the affected environment. Crucially, they get dispersed throughout the space in a very specific way. we call this " recreating the odor conditions" and it is a big part of repairing fire damage. 

In some cases, UV lamps and detection equipment is brought on site to aid with the deodorization process. 

External Deodorization 

When it comes to large areas and whole rooms, the usual strategy is to deodorize the entire space. SERVPRO sets up ozone generators and leaves them running to fill the smoky room with odor-killing, neutralizing, masking, or pairing chemicals 

Sometimes, we use dry and wet foggers to distribute the substances in a "mist" like form. It ensures that they are small enough to penetrate porous materials like wood and fabrics. This is important because, If the particles are too large, they got trapped at the surface. 

UV technology becomes becomes useful during the later stages when we are trying to target he remaining pockets of odor. They may, for example, be inside cupboards, crawlspace, of crevices. UV lights, in some cases, are helpful way to find evidence of these odor trails. 

Internal Deodorization

In the event that external techniques are not sufficient, SERVPRO may temporarily pull the carpet back. As it is such a large piece of porous fabric, it has the potential to hold lots of odor particles. Often, it makes sense to lift it up, expose the padding, and extract any sections any sections of subflooring which smells bad. 

Following this, the technicians clean both sides of the carpet, seal the base floor the neutralize lingering odors, and replace the old padding with new material. Depending on the severity of the fire and the extent of the smoke damage, we may suggest a comprehensive steam clean for the carpet afterward. 

At SERVPRO of Shrewsury/Westborough, we have access to cutting-edge equipment and technology. If you need help ridding your home of stubborn smoke odors, just get in touch with our team. Call us at (508)757-7885.