Recent Fire Damage Posts

Thanksgiving Day Fires

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Every year we receive at least one phone call from someone who has had their thanksgiving day ruined by a turkey fire. These types of protein fires have severely strong odors, sticky yellowish soot, and can remain for the entire holiday season if not addressed properly.

SERVPRO has over 200 different cleaning agents with some created just for this type of damage. The use of what cleaning agent may vary with the source of fire. To successfully reverse the effects of a protein fire, all surfaces in the affected area of the home need to be cleaned and deodorized in an effective manner. SERVPRO also utilizes specialty deodorization machines to help neutralize the odor in the affected area. Often, even belongings like clothing or coats in closets may need to be taken to the dry-cleaner to remove the odor fully. Other belongings such as furniture or pillows need to be cleaned alongside the affected rooms need to be sealed and painted to complete the process of deodorization.

SERVPRO of The Main Line has technicians on call 24/7 to help get you back in your home as soon as possible.

As bad as your Thanksgiving may be if you suffer from this type of loss, a quick call to SERVPRO of The Main Line can ensure that the rest of your holiday season does not go down in flames with the turkey!

Smoke webs?

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke webs in a Wayne basement

Furnace puff backs can be one of the most heavily involved types of jobs that we perform here at SERVPRO.  Smoke and soot can find its way into all nooks and a cranny of your home, stain fabrics and painted surfaces, and embeds itself into your carpets and flooring.

One common misconception however is that is reveals the deficiencies in your home cleaning.  One of the cardinal features of a puffback is “webs” in the corners of your walls and ceilings and doorways.  Customers always feel that they are cobwebs that have been blackened by the soot but they are actually carbon chains formed from the soot.  Since a puffback is a sudden burst of soot from your furnace it puts a lot of soot (carbon) into the air in a short time window.  This carbon collides with one another and forms chains which just happen to look like cobwebs.

Smoke and soot cleaning should always be done by a professional to minimize the damage and fully remove the smoke and soot.  Incorrect cleaning methods could result in smearing, streaking, and having to paint or replace items that may not have needed to be.  SERVPRO uses specialized cleaning agents and equipment to get your home back up and running as soon as possible with a minimal disturbance to you.

If you do have a puffback or other smoke/soot issue, call SERVPRO of The Main Line at 610-640-9533.

Do’s and Don’ts for Fire and Smoke Damage

12/9/2015 (Permalink)

DO

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being imbedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further cross contaminate an otherwise unaffected area. 
  • Call SERVPRO of Central Chester County and The Main Line.
  • DON’T 

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting our office
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, computers etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be damaged or wet.
  • Send garments to ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.