Recent Fire Damage Posts

How Do I Prevent Fire Damage In My Kitchen?

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Man and child pouring pancake mix on a pan Cooking in the kitchen distracted can lead to fire mishaps. Make sure to focus on the task at hand and use fire safety.

Your kitchen is the most likely place for a fire to occur in your home, and that’s no surprise; unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires and fire-related injuries.

Fortunately, kitchen fires are also easily preventable. If you keep an eye on the stove, oven, and other appliances like toaster ovens and move combustible items away from the stove, you can often avoid them. You also never want to leave the kitchen when you’re working with high heat during preparations like frying, boiling, or broiling—fires need only seconds to go from a small flame to an out-of-control blaze.

What Are Some Fire Safety Tips I Can Use?

  • If someone else can’t watch things while you step away for a bathroom break, turn off the cooking appliance while you’re in the other room.
  • Turn off the stove and all appliances once you’re done cooking.
  • Keep everything off hot surfaces, and pay close attention to where you set dish towels or hot pads. Designate a spot to practice putting them back between each use.
  • Roll up baggy sleeves or wear a securely fastened apron over billowy shirts or bottoms to prevent charring.
  • Do not heat your home with your oven.

Why Should I Call SERVPRO Of Huron & East Seneca Counties If A Fire Does Occur?

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we are fire damage specialists. 

  • Our SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team maintains all specialized training afforded by the SERVPRO Franchise. Our team knows the ins and outs of fire damage and water damage cleanup and restoration, enabling us to restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition quickly. 
  • Odor removal and deep cleaning of carpet and upholstery often go hand-in-hand with fire damage restoration. Smoke and soot can coat the interior of your home or business, and our team has specific training and equipment to handle these facets as well.
  • We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition more quickly and with less disruption.

We are proud to be able to serve the Huron & East Seneca Counties area and to ensure that area customers are satisfied with our services. You can read some testimonials from some of our satisfied customers here. In addition to fire damage restoration, we handle water damage, mold remediation, and much more.

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Are Some Summertime Grilling Safety Tips For New London Homeowners?

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

There's nothing better than the smell of food on the grill when warm weather arrives in New London. We all look forward to cooking outdoors every year. Seven out of every ten adults in the U.S. have a grill or smoker, which translates into many great meals; it also means there's an increased risk of home fires. 

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we care about your safety and the safety of your loved ones, so today, we’re sharing some summertime grilling safety tips for you to keep in mind as you enjoy the beautiful outdoors! 

How Can I Keep My New London Property Safe From Fire When I Grill Outdoors?

According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 64% of all households own a gas grill, 44% own a charcoal grill, and 9% own an electric grill. No matter which type of grill you use, these safety tips will keep you and your home safe for grilling season:

  • Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only. Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when you set up your grill.
  • Be sure to set up your grill on a flat surface so that the grill can’t tip over. Consider using a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill to protect your deck or patio. 
  • Remove grease or fat buildup from the grill and the tray below the grill. If you are using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to cool off before disposing of them in a metal container. 
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose and then turning on the gas before the first barbecue of the summer. If there is a propane leak, the solution will bubble. Other signs of a propane leak include the smell of gas near the barbecue or a flame that won’t light. 
  • If you are using a gas grill and the flame goes out, turn the grill and the gas off, then wait at least five minutes to re-light it. 
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended or allow children and pets to play near it. Never try to move a lit or hot grill, and remember that the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use. 
  • If you use a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. If the fire starts to go out, don’t add any starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.  
  • Clothing can easily catch fire, so be sure your shirttails, sleeves, or apron strings are not near the grill. 
  • If you don’t have a fire extinguisher handy, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill. Never use water to put out a grease fire; baking soda is best here.

How Can SERVPRO Help If A Fire Occurs At My New London Home?

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to guide you through this kind of event. You can count on us to always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we will treat your New London property with great care.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property while you wait on the SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team. 

SERVPRO handles fire and water damage restoration, and we’re mold remediation experts, too. You can reach us online and by calling (419) 443 1790. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are Some Top Fire Safety Tips For My Monroeville Home?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

A fire in your Monroeville home can leave you with severe damage to your dwelling and surrounding property, in addition to being dangerous to you and your loved ones. Fortunately, there are many things you can practice around your home to avoid a house fire. 

Keep reading for some fire safety tips that every Monroeville homeowner can use.

How Can I Keep My Monroeville Home Safe From Fires? 

  • Be sure that you have at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher readily accessible in your home. Show everyone in the house where it is and how to use it, and make sure to keep it in good repair year-round. 
  • Ensure outlets aren’t overloaded; this is one of the primary causes of fire in a home. 
  • Anyone who uses the kitchen should be fully aware of cooking safely. 
  • During home repair or remodeling, use fire-resistant building materials whenever available to maximum fire safety in your home. For example, using a fire retardant brand of insulation can be a big help in keeping your home fire safe.

If the worst should happen, call us at (419) 443 1790! Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow our tips to protect yourself and your property while you wait on the SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team to arrive.

How Can SERVPRO Help Me If I Experience A Fire In My Monroeville Home?

Fire damage is devastating for a family, and feelings of great confusion, loss, and stress are to be expected. SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to be your caring expert in guiding you through this trying time. You can count on us to always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we will treat your Monroeville property with great care.

  • We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire damage. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
  • We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.
  • We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and less disruption.

The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca team is available anytime to help you with fire safety, and we can be onsite immediately if a fire does break out. In addition to fire damage, we handle damage from water, mold, and much more.

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are Some Fire Safety Tips For My Willard Home?

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Reports state that American households experience over 350,000 residential house fires every year. These fires often result in injuries, major property damage, and other critical situations. We want to share some fire safety tips that every Willard homeowner can use to stay safe and avoid a house fire.

How Can I Keep My Willard Home Safe From Fires?

  • Install good quality smoke alarms in your home; using a professional installation company will ensure that these alarms are the right type for your space and that they are put in the proper areas for maximum safety. Carbon monoxide alarms are also good to have in your home, as well, since CO is an odorless and colorless gas produced by burning fuels and such an alarm can also let you know if a fire has started. There are remote monitors available today to let alert you if there is a fire in your home while you are away. They can be plugged into an electrical outlet easily and connected to your internet, and you will be notified by the app you download on your phone. 
  • Be sure that you have at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher readily accessible in your home. Show everyone in the home where it is and how to use it, and make sure to keep it in good repair year-round. 
  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected annually in the fall before you use it during cold weather. Your HVAC unit should be looked over at this point as well. Employ a professional for these tasks. 
  • During home repair or remodeling, use fire-resistant building materials whenever available to maximum fire safety in your home. For example, using a fire retardant brand of insulation can be a big help in keeping your home fire safe.



How Can SERVPRO Help Me If I Experience A Fire In My Willard Home?

The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca team is available anytime to help you with fire safety, and we can be onsite immediately if a fire does break out. 

  • We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire damage. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
  • We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.
  • We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.

In addition to fire damage, we handle damage from water, mold, and much more.

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are Some Important Fire Safety Tips For Bloomville Homeowners?

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

Studies show that American households experience over 350,000 residential house fires every year, and these often result in injuries, significant property damage, and other serious challenges. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we care about the safety of our Bloomville neighbors, so let’s talk about some fire safety tips. 

What Are Some Fire Safety Tools I Should Have In My Bloomville Home? 

There are many excellent fire safety tools on the market that you can add to your home for protection.

  • Install good quality smoke alarms; using a professional installation company will ensure that these alarms are the appropriate type for your space and put in the right areas for maximum safety. 
  • Carbon Monoxide alarms are good to have in your home, as well, since CO is an odorless and colorless gas produced by burning fuels, and such an alarm can also let you know if a fire has started. There are remote monitors available that will let you know if there is a fire in your home while you are away. They can be plugged into an electrical outlet easily and connected to your internet, and you will be notified by an app you download on your phone.
  • Be sure that you have at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher readily accessible in your home. Show everyone in the home where it is and how to use it, and make sure to keep it in good repair year-round. 

What Are Some Proactive Steps I Can Take To Keep My Bloomville House Safe From Fire?

Planning ahead is always wise, especially when it can help you avoid tragic accidents like a house fire. Here are a few proactive tasks for you to complete:

  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected annually in the fall before you use it during cold weather. A professional should look over your HVAC unit at this point as well.
  • Have an escape plan for your family, and make sure everyone understands it and can follow the plan in case of fire. Second-story homes should have an escape ladder onsite in case of fire or other emergencies. 
  • During home repair or remodeling, use fire-resistant building materials whenever available to maximum fire safety in your home. For example, using a fire retardant brand of insulation can be a crucial part of keeping your home fire safe.

The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team is available anytime to help you with fire safety for your Bloomville home. If the worst should happen, we are equipped to manage clean-up after fire damage, water damage, mold remediation, and other disasters - both small and large.

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Should You Expect From A Fire Damage Restoration Project In Your Tiffin Home?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

The last thing in the world you ever expect is a fire. When it happens, the first consideration is always the safety of everyone on the premises, of course. Once the fire is out, however, you’re left with the damage and the recovery. That can be a devastating and overwhelming prospect, but the help of a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help get your Tiffin home back to normal quickly. 

WHAT DOES THE FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCESS AT SERVPRO OF HURON & EAST SENECA COUNTIES INVOLVE?

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us at (419) 443 1790. We will talk with you about the situation and gather information from you that will help us to respond with the right equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. Our team will remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment, as well. 

Step 7: Restoration

Restoring your Tiffin home or business to its pre-fire condition is the final step. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in your home or business. 

WHAT OTHER COMMERCIAL RESTORATION SERVICES DOES SERVPRO OF HURON & EAST SENECA COUNTIES OFFER? 

In addition to fire damage restoration, we are experts in:

If the worst should happen, we’re here for you. and we’re proud to serve the Tiffin community!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Prevent Fire Damage To My Bellevue Home?

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

No matter the circumstances, fire damage is devastating for a family or business, and feelings of great confusion, loss, and stress are normal. SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to be your caring expert while guiding you through this trying time. You can count on us to always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we will treat your Bellevue home and property with great care.

What Are Some Important Tips To Prevent A Fire In My Bellevue Home This Winter?

  • Your fireplace is going to be used often during an Ohio winter. Practicing fire safety here is vital to keeping your home safe. Never leave a fire burning when you go to bed at night or leave the room for long periods. A spark or a falling piece of burning wood onto flammable material can start a house fire in a matter of seconds.
  • Using space heaters can be an energy-efficient way to heat single rooms of your home during colder periods. Always use your space heater according to the directions, purchase a secure version (do your research), and use it sparingly. 

What Are Some Other Common Fire-Related Risks I Should Know About For My Bellevue House?

We mentioned heating methods as one of the top fire dangers; others are cooking, electrical distribution, and smoking materials. 

  • Stay near your oven and stove top while you are cooking. If a stovetop fire occurs, make sure you know the proper procedure to put the fire out. Using water on a grease fire will cause the flames to explode across the area, creating a much more dangerous situation. Educate yourself about the different methods of managing different types of fire. 
  • Plugging too many items in one outlet can overload your electrical circuitry while using damaged cables is hazardous. Extension cords should be carrying the appropriate electrical load, as well. If you are not sure what the proper load should be, check the documentation that comes with your equipment at the time of purchase. In some instances, extension cords are made specifically for the outdoors, so be sure you buy one that fits your needs.
  • If you must smoke, stay away from flammable materials. For this reason, it is wise to only smoke out of doors. It’s also hazardous to smoke when you aren’t wide awake. 

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to help you if your Bellevue home suffers damage from a fire. We handle fire damage, odor removal, HVAC and air duct cleaning, and much more. Contact us right away in the event of an emergency; we can be onsite as soon as possible to get started on your recovery process. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Can I Expect From A Fire Damage Restoration Project In Attica?

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

If your Attica home or business experiences a disaster such as a fire, it's critical that you get back up and running as soon as possible. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO have all the necessary equipment and skills to get your fire damage restoration project done! Below we share our fire damage restoration process so you can know what to expect. 

WHAT DOES THE FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCESS AT SERVPRO OF HURON & EAST SENECA COUNTIES INVOLVE?

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us at (419) 443 1790. Our representative will ask you questions regarding the fire damage event, and your answers will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. Our team will remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment, as well. 

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your Attica home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in your home or business. 

WHAT OTHER COMMERCIAL RESTORATION SERVICES DOES SERVPRO OF HURON & EAST SENECA COUNTIES OFFER? 

In addition to fire damage restoration, we are experts in:

We’re here for you when the worst happens, and we’re proud to serve the Attica community!

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How Can I Prevent A Laundry Room Fire In My Norwalk Home?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fires occur in laundry rooms every day. Some fires are small, while others are large and devastating. All of them potentially place human life and pets in grave danger. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, while cooking remains the leading cause of house fires, laundry room fires still account for 15,000 fires each year in the United States.

What Are The Most Common Causes of Fire In My Norwalk Laundry Room? 

  • Clothing left in your dryer
  • Frayed appliance cords or improper insulation
  • Dust, fiber, or lint
  • Appliance housing
  • Appliance drive or belt
  • Soft goods left in the laundry room

What Are Some Fire Prevention Practices I Can Use In My Norwalk Laundry Room?

  • Be sure to clean your lint filters after every use. The residue can accumulate on your dryer lint screen if you use dryer sheets. Monthly remove the screen and wash it with hot, soapy water. Allow it to dry completely before returning to the dryer.
  • Dispose of the dryer lint properly. 
  • Never store any combustible liquids near the washer or dryer.
  • Do not place clothes or towels soaked with cleaning solvents, paint, pesticides, gasoline, or fuel oil in your dryer; air drying is the best choice here. 
  • Do not leave a dryer running if you leave home or go to bed. If the machine malfunctions, no one will be there or awake to avert possible disaster.
  • Do not leave dried clothes in the dryer. Heat can build up inside the pile faster than heat is lost to the surrounding air causing spontaneous combustion and a fire.
  • Keep a charged UL-rated fire extinguisher in the laundry room for quick access to prevent small fires from becoming large ones.
  • Install a smoke detector in your laundry room or the area leading to the laundry room.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to help you prevent the worst from happening. We are happy to come and consult with you on areas in your home or business that are vulnerable to fire and discuss ways to prevent one from occurring. 

If you do experience fire damage of any kind, we have all the training, skills, and equipment to help you recover as quickly as possible. We also assist with odor removal, water damage, and a whole lot more!

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Create A Fire Escape Plan For My New London Home Or Business?

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

A fire in your New London home or business can be disastrous, so it is wise to be ready if one occurs. Your commercial property is a substantial investment that benefits both yourself and your workforce, while your home is a haven for those you love. One of the most crucial things you can do for the important people in your life is to guard their lives and livelihoods is to create a fire evacuation plan for your home and business. 

Creating your fire safety escape plan can be used for other disasters besides fires, as well. 

What Are Some Key Points To Consider When Crafting My New London Fire Evacuation Plan?

Some important points to consider while you are creating a fire evacuation plan are:

  • SAFE SPOTS. Find the safest areas for people to go if a fire breaks out. Establish safe spots that are easily accessible and far enough away that no one will be in danger of fire or other serious incidents  
  • SHELTER. Provide a well-made refuge for people. In addition to fire safety, keep in mind that protection could be used for bad weather, too. 
  • CLEAR DIRECTION. Post maps in all public areas of your business and a central location of your home.? A map leading people to safe areas needs to be clear and adequately labeled so that anyone can reference it and know where to go.
  • COMMUNICATION. Family and workforce members will need to receive emergency alerts or warnings and updates on the situation. Create that will allow you to communicate with everyone in a timely and efficient way; this prevents misinformation and confusion. Text messages could be the best course.

What Resources Are Available To Help Me Create The Best Fire Evacuation Plan?

  • OSHA. OSHA provides in-depth information that to direct you in creating your fire safety plan here. 
  • AMERICAN RED CROSS. For fire safety tips and more, the Red Cross is an invaluable source you can use to construct the best fire escape plan for your New London home or business. 
  • SERVPRO. A professional fire restoration company like SERVPRO can help you set up the best fire evacuation procedure: we can work with you to assess your property and determine the safety and quickest routes.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to help you in the event of any emergency or accident in New London. We specialize in water damage and fire damage clean-ups of all sizes, as well as mold remediation

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

This franchise is Independently Owned and Operated. 

Make Sure You're Prepared for the 4th of July

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is a special day for Americans everywhere. Many people get together with friends and family to celebrate freedom. These get-togethers will often include fireworks, outdoor meal preparation, and activities out on open water - such as skiing, boating, fishing, and swimming. These activities are enjoyable, but they also involve some risks if safety measures aren't observed.

Enjoy A Danger-Free Independence Day

  • Taking precautions can prevent injuries and fires that are caused by fireworks in the community. Never allow small children to get near fireworks or handle them; when it comes to sparklers, stay near children as they enjoy these safely. Adults should be the only ones lighting off the fireworks and should do so on the ground away from trees or other objects. Don't light more than one firework simultaneously, and keep a fire extinguisher handy, just in case. 
  • Look for leaks, holes, and cracks in your grill/barbecue before starting using it on the 4th of July. Avoid grilling indoors or in an enclosed area and ideally be placed at least two feet away from a deck, branches, or the house's siding. Be sure that anyone cooking outdoors is experienced in this area and understands fire safety, too.
  • Keep swimming a safe activity by ensuring that small children and weaker swimmers are constantly supervised. If you are celebrating on a lake or river, be sure that no one swims alone. A first aid kit should also be on hand to tend to any injuries in the water. When boating, ensure that everyone is complying with the rules. Remember: boating and alcohol don't mix; have a designated boat operator. 

A Safe Holiday Helps You Make Happy Memories

With the proper precautions, you can protect your family from harm and continue to enjoy the day, and your memories of July 4, 2021, will be just plain awesome!

Your friends here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties can be onsite right away to help you if you should experience fire damage, water damage, serious accidents, or other disasters. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. Ask us how!

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Fire Prevention in Your Kitchen

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

A kitchen fire is one of the most common sources of damage in any home or commercial business and its after-effects are often devastating to the owner or resident. Loss of personal property and injury - sometimes very serious - can be a tragic result of a fire, and here at SERVPRO of East Seneca, we are committed to ensuring that you, your family, or your staff are protected from the dangerous outcome of a kitchen fire. Today we are sharing some tips on fire prevention in your kitchen to help keep you safe! 

MAINTAIN EQUIPMENT. 

Cooking equipment is often responsible for fires, so your equipment must be maintained in top condition. Following established cleaning practices and the manufacturer’s suggested usage for all your kitchen equipment will help to prevent a fire from a malfunction or accident. 

REMOVE GREASE.

Greasy buildup in and on stove hoods, oven interiors, and around cooking equipment is an accident waiting to happen. These kitchen components operate under high heat, so keeping them as clean as possible is a fire prevention practice that needs to be in place. Experienced cleaning and restoration professionals can help you to address the cleaning needs of a commercial kitchen. 

MAINTAIN REGULAR FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS. 

Your fire sprinkler system in your home or commercial business needs to be maintained in good working order at all times to ensure that it will work properly if the worst happens. Corrosion can weaken the effectiveness of a fire sprinkler system, so having it inspected regularly is a wise fire safety practice. Fire safety laws require a business to have their fire extinguishers inspected regularly, as well. Make fire safety inspections a routine each quarter to prevent fires in your kitchen and other areas of your home. 

MAKE FIRE SAFETY A TEAM EFFORT. 

Each member of your family or staff can be a part of your fire safety team by learning to understand fire safety and how to handle a fire if one should happen. Every person should know where the fire extinguishers are, even if they aren’t comfortable using one. You also need to identify those who are willing to learn how to operate one correctly - make sure they get the training they need. Emergency numbers should be added to every phone and/or posted somewhere easily accessible. Anyone working in a kitchen, whether that kitchen is in a home or a commercial business, needs to know all the basics of fire safety.

WHY SERVPRO?

If you experience fire damage, water damage, or mold issues in your commercial or home kitchen, remember that the team here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties maintains all the skills and equipment that are required to get you back to normal as soon as possible. We can make sure your home or business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too; contact us if you have more questions about this service. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Watch Out For An Overloaded Electrical Socket

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Most people use 4-way bar adaptors so they can increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket. However, you should keep in mind that just because there is space to plug in four appliances does not mean it is always safe to do so.

Overloading sockets will cause a risk of fire, so you will want to be sure to watch out for an overloaded electrical socket:

  • Check the current rating of your extension lead before you start plugging appliances into it. Most are rated at 13 A, but some are rated at only 10 A or less. You should be able to find the rating marked on the back or underside of the extension lead. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions if you do not or for further reference. 
  • Never overload an extension lead by plugging in appliances that exceed the maximum current rating when connected. This could cause the plug in the wall socket to overheat, causing a fire.
  • Find and use an overload calculator to check if you’re exceeding the maximum load. There are helpful versions online. A professional restoration company, such as our team here at SERVPRO, is always here to advise you if you have questions or concerns. 
  • Use one socket extension lead per socket and never plug an extension lead into another extension lead.
  • Consider having extra sockets installed if you regularly rely on extension leads and adaptors - and be sure to use a registered electrician to complete your installation project. 
  • Check regularly for the following danger signs:
    • The smell of hot plastic or burning near an appliance or socket
    • Any sparks or smoke coming from a plug or appliance
    • Any scorch marks around a socket or plug, or on an appliance
    • Damaged or frayed leads
    • Plastic that has melted on appliance casings or leads
    • Fuses that blow or circuit-breakers that activate abnormally. 

Here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties, we are an experienced and well-equipped team, ready to handle fire damage, water damage, mold prevention and remediation, and restoration projects of all sizes. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Clean, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

First Steps to Cleaning Smoke Damage in Your Home

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

The flames, heat, soot, and smoke of fire can affect every part of a home. As a homeowner, you may need the help of professionals who have the skill and equipment necessary to get your space back to normal as soon as possible. Smoke damage in particular is hard to get rid of and its lingering effects can be unhealthy and even dangerous. Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we know how to manage smoke damage. We gathered together some tips today as to some first steps for you to consider when cleaning smoke damage in your home:

Step One: BE SAFE

Make sure you don’t enter your home until all the smoke is cleared from your premises. Smoke inhalation is harmful to everyone, but especially for those who suffer from respiratory weaknesses. Hiring a professional fire and smoke damage restoration contractor will ensure that smoke damage is handled professionally and safely.  

Step Two: BE SMART

Electronics with fire or smoke damage present a serious hazard to anyone handling them. Smoke residue contains acids that will corrode metal and can cause electronic failure in a device. Because of this, never turn on electronics after they have been damaged by smoke or fire.  Computers, televisions, and CD/DVD players should be assessed before anyone touches them. It's helpful to make a list of all your electronic devices so that they can be assessed by professionals. 

Step Three: BE THOROUGH 

Removing items from the home can make the restoration process go much more smoothly and allow for a more thorough cleaning result.  If the fire and smoke damage to your home is extensive enough, you may need to move to other accommodations while the restoration is done. SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to help you organize your move-out process if you find that you will need to relocate. We can then coordinate and organize your move back into your premises once it is safe to do so.  

Step Four. BE SURE

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we specialize in restoring the contents of a home or business that has suffered from fire or smoke. Our team will assess all your belongings to determine which items can be restored to their original condition and will use several cleaning methods to do just that. We have all the skills needed to restore those items and belongings that can be brought back to a pre-fire condition. 


If your home or business has suffered fire or smoke damage, our team here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is ready to handle it. We’re experts in cleanup projects of all sizes, and we are mold prevention and remediation experts, too. We can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Top Winter Fire Hazards

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

With the onset of the winter months and all the cold weather comes fire hazards related to our methods of staying warm. Fireplaces, space heaters, and even electric blankets can all be dangerous if not handled correctly, leading to accidents, loss of personal belongings, severe injuries, and more. Here at SERVPRO, we always have your safety in mind and so we wanted to share some top winter fire hazards today along with some tips to avoid problems.  

Equipment Maintenance

Failing to service your furnace regularly may result in an accumulation of dust and other flammable debris, while a gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. You will want to be sure to schedule proper maintenance on your furnace regularly - whether you do it yourself or have a professional take care of it - and ensure that this is done both before winter weather arrives and while it’s here. Dusty, dirty, or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents, and many other features in a home or business can easily become a fire hazard. 

Electrical Wiring And Outlets

Electrical wiring damage can include frayed cords - such as those connecting desktop computers or desktop lamps to the wall power outlets, for example - and also include damage to internal wiring inside the walls. cords, lamps, and space heaters also need to be monitored to detect anything damaged by pests or weather-related issues. When power sockets are overloaded, such as when space heaters are added or when equipment overheats, this can be a fire hazard. Inspect wiring regularly to identify top winter fire hazards, and never leave independent heating units running while a room is unoccupied. 

Flammable Items

Flammable items and materials should always be properly sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times and they should not be stored near any heat source. In the home, keep your space heaters away from combustible materials such as drapery, bedding, and rugs, and never use one in the bathroom or kitchen when large amounts of water are present on the flooring or in tubs. When it comes to flammable liquids, these should be kept away from any heat source, as well. 


If you have experienced fire damage, always keep in mind that SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties maintains all the skills, training, and equipment necessary to restore your premises and belongings to their previous condition wherever possible. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too - ask us how. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Bonfire/Fireplace Best Practices

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

During the colder months, fire is a beautiful thing. Whether it’s indoors in your fireplace warming your living spaces, or outdoors bringing cheer and light to the darkness, it’s a welcome addition to this time of year. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we want you to be safe while you gather together with family and friends. With that in mind, we have some bonfire/fireplace best practices for you today:

FIREPLACE SAFETY

  • Soot. Minimize the dangerous building up of soot and creosote by using seasoned hardwood or manufactured logs. These burn cleaner than real wood and keep you safe from chimney fires. Be sure to follow all the manufacturer recommendations, and take care to only burn wood and logs in your fireplace. 
  • Slow and Steady. The safest fire is a slow, steady burn. Those roaring fires look great but they can get out of control fast. 
  • Screens. Use a fireplace screen to keep sparks where they belong. A fire that is crackling means that sparks can be thrown out onto flammable materials, such as pillows, carpeting, and furniture. Keeping the area around the fire clear is also another good idea; don’t sit too close. Your Christmas tree should be far away, as well!
  • Sleep. Never leave your fire unattended; make sure to put it out before you go to bed. 
  • Safety Tools. Having a carbon monoxide detector installed is a great safety step, and we know you have a fire extinguisher handy! Everyone in your home should know how to use it. The best type to have is one that weighs 2 or 5 pounds; these are designed to handle most household fires. 

BONFIRE SAFETY

  • Space. Bonfires should be set up at least 50 feet from the nearest building, as well as any sheds, trees, fences, or other flammable structures. Also, never build a fire under a covered porch or low hanging tree branches. Take steps to ensure that there are no cables, telephone wires, etc. above the flames before you build your bonfire.
  • Surroundings. Clear all flammable materials away; there should be no dry leaves, paper, fabrics, or anything that can easily catch fire in a diameter of at least five feet around the fire. 
  • Set Up. Pile some rocks around the fire to prevent it from escaping; firefighters advise that your fire pit should be at least 6 inches deep at the center and 2 feet across to help keep the embers and flames contained.
  • Safety. Only burn dry materials. You can use paper and a safe firestarter to light your bonfire. NEVER USE GASOLINE. Be sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand and that you know how to use it properly. A few buckets of water or sand wouldn’t be a bad idea, either. 
  • Size. Keep your fire at a manageable size; everyone loves a huge bonfire, but in reality, these are very dangerous. A large fire throws large sparks that can catch fire in other places before you know it. 
  • Seasoned Wood. Only seasoned wood should be used; burning things with polishes - such as paneling, furniture, and other such items - can give off dangerous fumes. 
  • Smother. When it comes time to put out the fire, make sure it is completely smothered. Once your fire has burned to ash, spread the ashes over a larger area, but don’t bury them. Pour water over charred materials until you can’t hear anymore hissing or see any smoke. Monitor the area until you are sure there is no more danger of the fire reigniting. 

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, your safety is one of our primary concerns. If your home or business experiences damage that comes from fire, you can count on us to be there right away to help you recover. We handle water damage and mold remediation and we can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too! Ask us how.

Best Practices For Using A Space Heater

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Your central heating system will be working hard this winter. You may only need to heat one room at times, so keep in mind that you can use a portable space heater to take the load off of your main heat source. Space heaters are high-wattage appliances and do have the potential to cause fires if they are not used correctly, however. With that in mind, we would like to share some best practices for using a space heater here:

When selecting your space heater:

  • Check to see that your heater is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Purchase one with a sensor that will shut it off automatically if it overheats or gets tipped over. 
  • Inspect your heater and its cord and plug. Do not purchase it if you think it could be defective. 

When setting up your space heater:

  • Place your heater on a solid flat surface, and make sure it’s at least 3 feet from anything flammable. If it is being used in the garage or workshop, keep it away from any paint, oil, and gas cans. 
  • Don’t place the heater on furniture or cover it up, and be careful of high-traffic areas and doorways, where someone could trip over it and get burned. Never run a power cord under carpets, rugs, or furniture. 
  • Plug your heater into an outlet directly rather than using an extension cord or power strip, and ensure that the plug fits well and is the only plug in the outlet.  
  • Always keep your heater away from water, and if you’re wet - don’t touch it. 

When using your space heater: 

  • Check your heater often to make sure that the plug, cord, outlet, or faceplate isn’t hot. If it is, stop using it immediately, and remember that a hot cord may mean it is defective and could ignite a fire. 
  • Don’t run your heater 24/7. It isn’t made to work for long periods of time. 
  • Never leave a space heater unattended or in a child’s room, and turn it off while you are sleeping. 
  • Install smoke detectors in your home, as well as carbon monoxide alarms. These need to be tested monthly. 

We hope these best practice tips will help you to use your space heater properly. Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we want you, your family, and your friends to be safe. If you experience damage to your property, we’re here to help, 24/7. We are specialists when it comes to fire damage or water damage, and we can handle mold, too. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned if you need it, so ask us how.

Smoke Removal From Your Kitchen

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Damage from a fire in your kitchen can be significant and devastating. The smoke is a major issue as well, as its residue and odor are very hard to get rid of. In the event of an oven or stove fire in your kitchen, you can be left with a mess that requires the help of professionals to handle. The acidity of smoke and soot can make them difficult to remove, and also contain particles that are harmful to breathe. It is going to be essential to clean the smoke damage completely out of your kitchen as soon as possible, especially if anyone in your home or business suffers from asthma or other respiratory issues.

There are a few things a home or business owner can do themselves to remediate smoke damage by using household cleaners or substances that can often be found in a cupboard, such as rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and degreaser. The only other items you will need are hot water and a dry-cleaning sponge, so you may want to purchase a couple of the sponges to have on hand, just in case. 

If a fire occurs in your kitchen, open all windows once the fire has been put out, even if it’s cold outside - ventilation is essential. Use fans to get air moving and turn off your HVAC system to prevent the spread of the smoke, soot, and all harmful particles. 

Make sure you wear protection for yourself, such as long pants and long sleeves. Gloves and eye protection are important, as well, since you will be freeing soot as you clean. Lay down floor protection and remove furniture that is not damaged. You may be able to cover items with plastic if the area affected is small, but if it’s the whole kitchen it will be wise to simply remove everything and seal off undamaged areas. If the damage is too severe for you to handle, be sure to contact a professional. 

Remove loose soot particles with your shop vac. If you don’t have access to a shop vac, you can use a regular vacuum cleaner and its attachments.  

The next step is to wipe up soot and smoke stains using your dry-cleaning sponge. These sponges have special chemicals in them to lift stains, so they are ideal for this kind of project. Never use water or cleaners before you use this sponge, or you will spread the soot all over, making it impossible to remove. As the sponge gets discolored, you can slice the used parts off with a knife to get a fresh start, but make sure you are always using a clean portion of the sponge. 

You can now use a clean rag and any cleaning agents you have on hand. Soak your rag in the preferred cleaner and wipe all the walls throughout your kitchen, even if you don’t see soot or smoke damage. After this, soapy water should be used to wipe down everything, including light bulbs, so be sure to refresh your water throughout the process. Once you’ve finished, you will want to wash everything down with clean water to finalize this project to remove smoke from your kitchen. After your kitchen is clean, you will want to dry all the surfaces and run your fans, too. 


Cleanup after a fire can be very involved, so in order to save time and get your kitchen back to normal, you can call a professional for help. Here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties, we have all the necessary training and equipment needed to help you recover your kitchen from smoke damage. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Sources of Fire Damage To Avoid This Summer

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

During the summer, we barbecue and use our firepits, and we have bonfires (if you live in an area where such activities are approved.)

Many of us spend time cleaning out our garages or getting our landscaping done, and this creates trash that will need to be disposed of, which often entails a call to the city waste management department. The trash will then be waiting curbside or near our homes or businesses for pickup, sometimes for several days or even weeks. 

Then there are those renovation and construction projects that get scheduled for summer, and these also create waste that can take time to remove. 

One stray spark from a Fourth of July sparkler near a dry pile of wood from fencing or roofing can turn a fun night into a disaster, and a lack of good sense near a fire pit can change everything in a second. Here are a few tips to help you avoid fire damage this summer. 

All of these scenarios are sources of fire damage to avoid this summer. Here are some ways to stay fire-safe:

  • Make sure your family and other loved ones understand fire safety before they start roasting marshmallows or cooking burgers. Everyone should wear shoes around a barbecue or fire pit, and young children will always need assistance. 
  • Schedule trash pickup immediately to avoid large amounts of dry material from sitting in your yard. 
  • Remove dry, dead vegetation from around your home or business premises so that if a fire breaks out this material won’t provide more fuel. 
  • Make sure the person responsible for filling the propane tank and using the barbecue understands how to properly handle volatile fuel sources. 
  • Follow the laws of your city and county when it comes to the use of fire, and this includes fireworks. Many people ignore these regulations, but keep in mind that one stray spark on a roof can bring down a house and threaten an entire neighborhood. 


If you do experience fire damage, the  SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties team is here to help. We are experts in cleanups after fire or water damage, no matter how big or small, and we are also mold remediation specialists. Call us today for assistance.

Fire Prevention Tips This Summer

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is all about cookouts, and we can hardly wait! Those long, warm nights are wonderful to sit out in, looking at the stars, and enjoying your friends and loved ones. The days can be pretty warm, too, and our HVAC systems will be working harder than usual. We’ll be cutting the grass and taking care of our yards, and all of these items we have just mentioned have one thing in common: they can each be a fire hazard. 

Here are a few tips that can help lower the likelihood of a summertime fire in your home or business. 

  • Caring for your HVAC. Dust is likely to settle on the electrical components of your HVAC unit during the dry weeks of summer, which causes tracking faults that can lead to fire. Running multiple units at the same time consistently over time can result in both overload and overheating, which are also opportunities for fires to start. Keeping your HVAC clean from dusty conditions is important so that you can prevent a fire. 
  • Servicing your lawnmower. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance and care schedule on your mowing equipment, and be sure to remove debris and grass clippings from the cutting units, mufflers, and engines on a routine basis. Never refuel your mower when it is overheated. 
  • Storing your gas properly. The risk from fire is heightened by high ambient temperatures and relief valves that open at pressures that are too low. Always store gas cylinders upright and always out of doors. 
  • Practicing safe grilling. If you keep a grill onsite at your business for company cookouts, make sure it is stored away from your buildings and away from overhanging branches. Be sure to maintain a safe zone of at least three feet around the grill, and regularly remove any grease or gas buildup from the grills and trays. Never leave your grill unattended under any circumstances, and keep an eye on small children while fires are burning.
  • Auditing fire alarms. Fire prevention should always include auditing all your fire alarms and fire extinguishers. Be sure to replace any old or burned out batteries, or recharge your extinguishers regularly.


Here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties, we care about fire safety, and we care about you. If you have experienced damages from a fire, or from water or flooding, give us a call! We are experts in cleanups from all kinds of disasters, both large and small, and we are also mold remediation specialists.

What To Expect From A Fire Damage Restoration Project

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

A home or commercial fire is extremely disruptive to your life and the cleanup can be a nightmare to deal with. Once the fire is put out and you know that everyone is safe, you will have to start considering all the property damage. 

A fire creates corrosive byproducts when synthetic materials burn, and along with soot and smoke will cause serious damage to surfaces and furnishings. This damage will reach into areas that the fire did not actually burn, as well, so the fire damage restoration needs to begin right away.

Here’s what to expect from a fire damage restoration project:

  • Assessment. Your restoration professionals will start by thoroughly assessing your property, noting all the damage. Water damage will be noted, as well. 
  • Cleanup. All damaged items, including furniture, appliances, machinery, and personal belongings, will be removed from the premises. Your technicians will help you to determine if objects can be saved; if so, they will be taken to an off-site facility for cleaning and restoration. 
  • Stabilization. A fire can cause significant damage to the structural integrity of your building, which will cause it to be unstable and unsafe. The professionals will secure your home or business by covering any gaps in your roofing and by boarding other areas to ensure the premises are stabilized. 
  • Water Damage. Your restoration specialists will remove the water that was used to put out the fire and dry any affected areas using specialized equipment to prevent mold growth and other related issues. 
  • Soot and Smoke. The technicians then remove tarnishing that is caused by soot and corrosive byproducts using powerful restoration industry cleaning products. Smoke odor removal will also be done at this stage using hydroxyl technology and ozone generators to remove the odors, for example. 
  • Disinfection. Once the major damage has been handled, your restoration technicians will completely clean and disinfect your entire premises. This will include all structural elements, furniture and appliances, and all other items covered debris or residue.
  • Final Restoration. The last stage is the repair work that will be necessary to get your premises back to their pre-fire condition. This will include reconstruction of damaged structural elements, remodeling and painting, and installation of new drywall and flooring. 


If your home or business experiences a fire, call us here at  SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties right away. We are fire damage restoration professionals, and we are ready to help at a moment’s notice.

Common Winter Fire Hazards For Your Business

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your business is always a concern. Even the most moderate damage can result in your operation being closed for repairs, costing you both time and money. The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire, with some facilities more likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames throughout the day. There are many fire hazards that are present in most workplaces on a daily basis regardless of the type of activities that take place in the building, as well, and those risks can increase during the colder months of winter. Knowing what these hazards are will help you to take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage in the future. 

ELECTRICAL. Damage to your electrical wiring can result in sparks, leading to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets, and can also include damage to internal wiring inside the walls. These may be damaged by pests or weather-related issues. Electrical fires may also start when power sockets are overloaded through the use of space heaters or when equipment gets too hot. Periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed, and never leave independent heating units running while a room is unoccupied. 

MAINTENANCE. Other hazards in workplaces are related to poor equipment maintenance. For example, failing to service your furnace regularly may result in an accumulation of dust and other flammable debris, and a gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Maintain your furnace on a regular basis, and be sure to do a check of the system before severe weather hits. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may also include dusty, dirty or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents and many other features that are used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas. 

COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS. Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but even restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners and many other types of businesses often store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain properly sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times. Ensure that your property is compliant through regular inspections and checks. 


As you can see, there are numerous fire hazards that could result in serious damage to your business enterprise. If your organization has already experienced fire damage, it is essential that repair work is completed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is your trusted source for quality repair services. We have the skills necessary to restore your building to its previous condition so that operations can resume in your place of business right away.

How To Use Your Fireplace Properly And Safely

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

One of the best things about colder weather is being able to curl up in front of a roaring fire in the fireplace. Such a fire is beautiful, cozy, and aromatic, of course, but it can also be extremely dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Almost half of all home-heating fire and emergency room visits every year are related to fireplace usage. 

Today we would like to share some tips on how to use your fireplace both properly and safely:

  • Inspection. Have your fireplace and its chimney inspected by a professional every year. They should examine:
    • The flue and its ability to open and close, as well as its seal
    • Whether there are cracks or loose bricks 
    • Whether the mortar is crumbling or missing 
    • If the chimney is leaning
    • If the chimney cap is present to keep out rain, animals and debris
  • Cleaning. Your chimney and fireplace should be cleaned before each winter by a certified chimney sweep. If any debris is present, inadequate venting can occur and toxic fumes may end up in the home. Soot and creosote buildup can also cause a chimney fire.   
  • Wood. Burn only dry and seasoned wood or fire logs that have been specially designed for the purpose.  
  • Spark Guard. Install a spark guard to prevent sparks or embers from coming out of the firebox and setting fire to anything near. Keep flammable materials, such as Christmas trees and decorations, at least three feet away from the fireplace and open flame. 
  • Build a safe fire. 
    • Open the flue before lighting for proper ventilation. 
    • Place logs at the rear of the fireplace on a metal grate. 
    • Use crumpled paper and kindling that is no thicker than a human thumb to start a small fire. Don’t use an excessive amount, as this can over-build the fire and ignite any soot in the chimney. 
    • Use matches or a commercial firelighter to start your fire. Never use gas or any other fuel for this purpose. 
    • Add logs gradually as your kindling ignites and as the fire builds. 
    • Ensure that your fireplace isn't overloaded. This is actually more dangerous than even a controlled burn. A large fire can crack your chimney.
    • Let ashes cool completely before you remove them, and add a bit of water to make sure no hidden embers reignite. 
    • Never leave your fire unattended.

If you should ever experience a house or building fire, be sure to call a fire and smoke damage restoration service for emergency cleaning. SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties is available 24/7 to help with all fire damage restoration emergencies, as well as cleanup from flooding and other water-related damage situations.

Cleaning Up Your Home After Smoke Damage

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire in your home, it can seem almost impossible to get everything back in order and cleaned up. The effects on both your home and family can feel really overwhelming and like you’ll never get back to normal. However, SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is here to tell you that it is possible and we are here to help with any damage and restoration your home may need. In addition, we want to give you some tips to help you do what you can to repair your home on your own.

  • Evaluate the damage. 

If there is any active water damage from firefighters, clean up is essential to avoid mold from developing. If you suspect any mold, make sure to schedule a Mold Inspection with SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties as soon as possible to avoid health problems and further damage. Evaluate carpet and floors that may need attention from Fire damage and remove belongings that could be damaged from the remaining smoke.

  • Turn off the AC.

Leaving the AC running can have an effect on your health and continue to spread smoke, damaging items that weren’t previously touched by the fire.

  • Clean all items already affected by the fire.

Everything in your home during the fire, including countertops, furniture, and lights, needs to be cleaned

  • Suck out the smoke.

Use fans positioned towards windows and doors to eliminate some of the remaining smoke.

  • Don’t attempt to handle it alone.

Fire cleanup is a complex process and while you can handle the basics, the pros at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties are specialized in Fire Damage clean-up and want to be sure that your home is restored to the best condition possible. We care about your family and home and want to take some of the responsibility off your shoulders during this difficult time.

We are here to help you in any emergency, no matter the size. If you have experienced a disaster event, call SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties for assistance. We will be there right away.

What To Do After Your Home Or Business Experiences Fire Damage

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be on the safety of yourself and your loved ones. Once you contact a professional for help, there are some steps you can take yourself to make sure everyone is safe while you wait. Here are some tips on what to do after fire damage occurs in your home or business:

  • Determine if it is safe to remain in the building
  • Identify any electrical and "slip and fall" hazards immediately, and ensure that people stay away from these hazards
  • Only perform activities that are safe for you to complete
  • Wet materials can be extremely heavy, so use caution when moving any items 

You will want to:

  • Limit all movement in the building to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • 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 your freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open to allow smoke-tainted air to escape.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of their leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Some cautions:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces, and don’t shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting a 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, such as overhead fans, if your ceiling is wet; wiring could have been damaged during the fire.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner, since improper cleaning may set the smoke odor in your clothing permanently, making them unwearable. 

We are here to help you in any emergency, no matter the size. If you have experienced a disaster event, call SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties for assistance. We will be there right away.

Summer Fire Prevention Tips

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Keep fires at bay during the hottest months of the year!

Almost 5,000 fires happen every day during the summer season. Between all the cookouts and the extra loads on HVAC systems and landscaping machinery, commercial buildings and homes are both at risk for damage from fires. 

Here are a few tips that can help lower the likelihood of a summertime fire in your home or business. 

  • HVAC Care. Dust can settle on electrical components of these units, which causes tracking faults that lead to fire. Running multiple units at the same time consistently over time can result in both overload and overheating, which are also opportunities for fires to start. Keeping your HVAC clean from dusty conditions is one way to prevent fire. 
  • Exhaust Fans. Clean out exhaust fans regularly, too, and take all debris out of the vents. Try to avoid running these fans for long periods of time on a consistent basis. 
  • Lawn Mower. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance and care schedule on your mowing equipment, and remember to remove debris and grass clippings from the cutting units, mufflers, and engines on a routine basis. Remember to never refuel your mower when it is overheated. 
  • Gas storage. The risk from fire is heightened by high ambient temperatures and relief valves that open at pressures that are too low. Always store gas cylinders upright and always out of doors. 
  • Safety While Grilling. If you keep a grill onsite at your business for company cookouts, make sure it is stored away from your buildings and away from overhanging branches. Always maintain a safe zone of at least three feet around the grill, and regularly remove any grease or gas buildup from the grills and trays. Never leave your grill unattended under any circumstances. 
  • Alarm Audits. Fire prevention should always include fire alarm tests. Be sure to replace any old or burned out batteries regularly.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we care about your safety. If you have experienced damages from a fire, or from water or flooding, call us today. We are experts in cleanups from all kinds of disasters, both large and small, and we are also mold remediation specialists. We’re here to help!

Space Heater Fire Damage Prevention Tips

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

If not used correctly, a portable space heater is a potential fire damage hazard. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations is essential to maintain a safe environment for you and your loved ones. If your living spaces cannot be adequately heated through the installed heating system for the building itself, contact your landlord or do research to upgrade your home HVAC system. Government assistance may be available for those of lower incomes, and if the upgrade is considered environmentally conscious, many times there are rebates available for these types of improvements.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when thinking about preventing fires and fire damage while using a space heater:

  • Your heater should be Underwriters Listed (UL) approved for intended use.
  • A thermostat with an automatic shutoff that activates at the desired temperature is a great safety feature.
  • Your heater should be kept at least 3 feet, or 36 inches, away from all combustible materials, such as cabinets, desks, trash cans, paper, and cardboard.
  • Never place a space heater under a desk or other enclosed area.
  • Your space heater must be monitored while in operation. If the heater is missing parts, such as control knobs, feet, or heat guards, take it out of service immediately and either have it repaired or replaced.
  • Plug any heater directly into a wall unit, never an extension cord.
  • Never use a space heater in areas that will not be occupied continually.
  • Never use portable space heaters in damp areas, such as bathrooms or kitchens, and only use away from exits, walkways, and paths of travel.
  • During use, check often to determine if the plug or cord of the heater, the wall outlet, or the faceplate is hot. If this is the case, discontinue the use of the heater immediately, and contact a qualified electrician to replace all faulty parts to help prevent possible fire damage.
  • Always make sure that your space heater is set up on a stable and level surface in an area where it won’t be knocked over or accidentally moved too close to combustible objects or materials to avoid possible fires and fire damage.  

During the winter months, over 79 percent of all home fire deaths involve the misuse of space heaters. Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we care about your safety. Call us for help with water damages or fire damages to your home or business, and don’t forget that we are experts in the area of mold remediation and prevention.

Winter Cleaning Tips to Keep You Safe from Fire Damage

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

A fireplace is a wonderful thing to have where people gather for warmth and companionship.  A lit fireplace provides a wonderful ambiance to any room, and even more fantastic to have during really severe cold weather, such as blizzards and ice storms. The mantel is a great place to display pictures of family and friends or decorations for celebrations like Valentine’s Day or birthdays.

But a fireplace can also be dangerous if not cared for properly. Animals can build nests in your chimney during the warmer months without you ever knowing, and we can all just imagine what can happen when the first fire of the season is lit in a case like that!

Here are some precautions to think about; being prepared can greatly reduce the chance of a chimney fire in your home fireplace.

  • First, do an inspection. (If you have a steep roof, then this isn’t a DIY project, and you need to enlist the help of a professional, for obvious safety reasons.) There are certified chimney sweeps throughout the country and they can easily be enlisted to help with your winter chimney cleaning project. During the inspection, you are looking for creosote buildup. It may not seem like a big deal, but it ignites at only 451 degrees and expands from there, possibly increasing temperatures to over 2,000 degrees. At that temperature, it can engulf your entire chimney and potentially destroy your home or cause some serious fire damage.
  • If you are in the habit of burning green wood, make sure you have your chimney cleaned or inspected every 50 burns or so. To know whether your wood is green or not, look for moisture bubbling out from the cut ends of the log. Wet, green wood doesn’t burn cleanly and will send particles up your chimney, which in turn builds up as creosote and soot. Choose hardwoods such as oak or birch, which burn hotter and cleaner.
  • A professional cleaning would include an inspection for soot build-up and for cracks or obstructions that could cause issues. Older chimneys can sometimes have gaps in the clay liner where mortar has fallen out, which causes water damage and can make your chimney unstable. If you do find yourself in need of a chimney sweep, look for someone who is insured and properly certified in your area. They will ensure that you are safe from fire damage due to an unkempt fireplace and chimney  

The  SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team has years of experience dealing with fire damage, and we’re here to handle any damages in your home or business, should the worst ever happen. We also take care of water damage restoration, and keep in mind that we are also mold prevention and remediation specialists able to offer mold inspection and mold remediation services, as well.

Winter Fire Damage to Be Prepared for

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

A fireplace is one of the things most of us look forward to using when cold weather rolls around. They lend such a cozy ambiance to any home, no matter the size. We also will be pulling out the heavier blankets and space heaters and lighting the furnace for the first time in a while. Perhaps your home is even outfitted with an old-fashioned potbelly stove! All of these cold weather items can, if not properly cared for and used, can become a fire damage hazard. Here are some helpful suggestions to help keep your home and loved ones safe from winter fire damage:

TIPS:

  • Have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed throughout the home and keep them in working order at all times.
  • Ensure that materials such as carpet, drapes, and furniture are kept away from the fireplace, furnace, or space heaters while they are in use. All of these materials are combustible and must be watched carefully to avoid fire damage to your home. Use a firescreen to keep children and pets away from the fireplace flames and to make sure that sparks are not projected near anything that could catch fire.
  • Never leave space heaters running when you are not in the room and don’t use them during the night while everyone is sleeping. If something goes wrong, you will want to be awake and alert. Never leave a child or a pet in a room with a space heater unattended.
  • Check the cords and plugs for your space heaters thoroughly on a regular basis to make sure they are in good repair at all times.
  • Keep the ash accumulation in your fireplace or potbelly stove under control, cleaning them out when the ash reaches the bottom of the grate. An accumulation can impede airflow and also make building a fire more difficult. When removing ash, it’s a good idea to wear a dust mask and gloves.
  • A certified sweep in your area can inspect and clean your wood-burning fireplace and chimney; once a year or more can keep you and your family safe from fire damage and smoke damage. The Chimney Safety of America maintains a list of approximately 1500 chimney professionals that actively carry the Certified Chimney Sweep credentials, and they can be contacted in 49 of the 50 states.
  • A good way to test the safety of your fireplace is by lighting a few small pieces of seasoned wood. If the smoke doesn’t exit up into the chimney but goes out into the room, immediately troubleshoot and correct any problems. These can include creosote or soot buildup, debris in the chimney such as bird or animal nests, a closed or partially closed damper, or even wood that is damp; all of which can pose serious fire hazards and risk fire damage and smoke damage.
  • Make sure you burn only seasoned wood in your fireplace or potbelly stove. This should be wood that has been cut and dried under cover for 6 -12 months. Greenwood does not burn as thoroughly and creates more soot and creosote buildup, creating problems with your fireplace. Hardwoods, such as oak, ash, and maple are dense and heavy, delivering more heat than lighter softwoods, such as pine, poplar, and cedar; you should have no problems finding these woods from many area sources.

These simple tips can keep your home fire-safe all winter long. Remember to call SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties if you need any help with fire damage, water damage or mold cleanup around your home or office this winter season.

Five Professional Methods Used to Clean Up Smoke Damage in Your Home

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot will affect everything in your home, from the structure itself to your appliances and personal belongings. After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional will be very helpful. The SERVPRO team of Huron and East Seneca Counties knows how to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO specializes in restoring the contents of a home that have received fire damage or water damage. They will assess all your belongings carefully to determine what items can be restored to their “pre-fire” condition. Here are five steps that a professional cleaning company can use to get you back to normal after a fire:

  • Foam cleaning. This method is used for upholstery since it 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 residues.
  • Immersion cleaning. This method is one where items are dipped into a bath of cleaning product.
  • Document/photo restoration. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are experienced in document and photo restoration. In the event that vital records or personal heirlooms have been damaged, we can use professional methods to bring these items back to their original state.

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! Smoke residue contains acids that corrode metal and that can cause electronic failure in a device. You will want to be very careful with your computers (both PC and laptop), televisions, video game consoles, and cd/DVD players. When it comes to your smartphone, relay on a professional for help here, too.

If the damage to your home or business is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties can organize an efficient move-out process of all affected areas. Removing your items from places that have sustained smoke damages will aid in a quicker remodeling process and will protect your property. After the restoration is complete, move-in can be coordinated easily. If you have sustained fire damage to your home, visit us on our website or call us today for assistance: (419) 443 1790. We offer our services to a wide area across the greater East Seneca areas, including Milan, Lakeside Marblehead, New London, and more!

Coming Up with a Family Emergency Plan

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure your loved ones are safe and their basic needs are met by developing a family emergency plan to put into place in the event of a disaster by having a plan. It is easy to panic during an emergency, so being prepared can help to minimize that panic and enable you to help your family in a calm and safe manner.

An emergency plan should include a disaster supply kit and essential supplies, and they should be easily accessible in a place that is pre-arranged.

A disaster supply kit should include medical supplies, medications, non-perishable foods and water, batteries, blankets and clothing. When you are putting your kit together, make sure the items you include meet basic needs - don’t worry about luxury items. The basic necessities are food, water, clothing, and shelter, so focus on making sure your family has these items.  

An emergency plan that is easy to follow is also a good idea. If your family includes older children or adults, you will want to make sure that they can remember what to do, so keep it as simple as you can, using places that are familiar if possible. In the event of a house fire, for example, direct your family to a safe meeting place that is close by, like a neighbor’s house, and for a large scale emergency, use a familiar building in the area such as a church or school, where the family can meet up.

Directives for each member will ensure that everyone knows what they are supposed to do during an emergency. Each family member can be assigned a partner to keep track of, for example, and someone can be in charge of carrying the emergency kit to the meeting place. Discuss it together and pick the best person for the job.

Create an emergency checklist and put it somewhere memorable. It should include emergency contacts such as addresses and phone numbers. Add important items to the list to take from the home, like spare car keys, vital records, and pets.

Natural disasters may knock out power, contaminate drinking water, or make it difficult for first responders to get to you. Have an emergency food supply, consisting of canned and non-perishable items, including bottled water. This is especially important for families that reside in areas prone to events such as blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires.

Click here for more information of our residential services for emergencies.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we care about you and your family. Be safe! (419) 441-1790.

Fire Safety in the Office

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Practicing fire safety in your business will save you time and money and keep the people you work with safe. Here are some tips that will help you:

  • Have high-quality smoke detectors installed on or near the ceilings of your office in all areas where people gather to work and be sure to include storage areas, warehouses, and outlying buildings. Installing Carbon Monoxide alarms in the same areas is a wise choice, as well, since CO is an odorless and colorless gas produced by burning fuels and can be difficult to detect.
  • Ensure that you have multipurpose fire extinguishers readily accessible in several areas of your property, and make sure your staff knows where they are and how they are properly used.
  • Schedule HVAC unit inspections on a regular basis. Employ a professional for these types of specialized tasks.
  • Create an escape plan for your staff, and take the necessary steps to ensure that everyone understands it and can follow the plan in case of fire. Post your evacuation plan in public areas so that both your staff and customers are aware of where to go in the event of a fire. Second story buildings should have an escape ladder, and post warnings near any elevators that they are not to be used in case of a fire.
  • Contact your local fire department for tips and directions on the requirements for businesses in your area to promote fire safety. You can schedule an inspection by the Fire Marshall to ensure that you are compliant with all area rules.
  • There are remote monitors available today that can alert you if there is a fire in your buildings while you are absent. They can be plugged into an electrical outlet easily and connected to your internet, and the downloaded app will send you updates and notifications.
  • During repair or remodeling to your business property, make sure fire-resistant building materials are used whenever possible.

Call the team here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties for assistance with fire safety. We are always available for large-scale cleanups after fire and water damage in both residential and commercial properties, as well. Our phone number is (419) 443 1790. We’re here to help!

Safety Tips for Using a Fire Extinguisher

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a valuable tool in the fight against smaller fires and can also be used to protect evacuation routes in the event of a larger fire when emergency personnel are on their way. OSHA has stated that the most common emergency occurrence owners of homes and small businesses should plan for is fire. Here are some tips that will help in the event of a fire.

Homeowners should take the time to know how to use the fire extinguisher kept in their home. OSHA requires employers to train their staff thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly as well and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur, properly determining when an evacuation needs to take place. OSHA has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business, and this training is helpful for homeowners as well.  

The PASS training technique can be used, and is outlined here:

  • P. Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  • A. Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire.
  • S. Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • S. Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames, until the fire is extinguished.

Once someone knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. They should know how to:

  • Locate and activate the fire alarm.
  • Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately.
  • Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should also know how to keep the route from becoming blocked,
  • Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher (outlined above), and know the importance of backing away from the area if the fire flares up again.
  • Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel.

Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. If the environment becomes too dangerous or the fire becomes too large, everyone should know when and how to evacuate. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can arise really quickly, and people need to understand that safety comes first and foremost.

SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is here to help in the event of cleanups both large and small, after fire and water damages have been sustained in your home or business. We also handle mold remediation. Call us today at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Fire and Smoke Damage

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

One of the most predictable and most damaging types of disasters that can happen in your home is fire damage. Large or small, fires can start at just about any time of the year, and lead to costly and prominent damage in your home. Burned objects, rooms, and fixtures, smoke, water, ash, and other types of damage can result from the same fire. As a result, most residential fires come with some other problems as well, requiring professional advice and cleanup. In addition to demanding cleanup situations and complex damage scenarios, fires create safety hazards in homes releasing toxic chemicals and compromising structural integrity. As a result, unless the fire was put out quickly and caused little significant damage, experts recommend employing professional services for fire damage cleanup and restoration. 
 
Fire damage cleanup is not only difficult to clean up by yourself, but also dangerous. Fire can burn through most materials in houses, and often comes into contact with toxic or unstable substances along the way. It could be cooking materials, cleaning supplies, gardening chemicals, or even simply the insulation behind your walls. There is a variety of otherwise innocuous materials that can present a hazard, and some can be deadly. Soot is often a by-product of incomplete combustion of plastics, vinyl, and rubber materials leaving behind a sticky, oily residue and potentially harmful gases.
 
Additionally, water damage from fire hoses or superheated burst pipes can create safety hazards as well. Water can further weaken the structure itself, mix with spilled or dried chemicals around the house. Electrical cables or devices can shock users, and mold growths may present additional health hazards. Cleanup is best left to professionals from SERVPRO, who know how to deal with these issues and have appropriate safety gear along with industrial grade equipment ranging from water pumps, to ozone filtering devices, and air scrubbers.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Knowing Who To Call After A Fire - SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

When you find that your property has experienced fire damage, responding appropriately and immediately is important. If you don't take quick action, your home could be subjected to secondary water damage from the fire department's extinguishing efforts resulting in additional structural damage, and health hazards. The best course of action to take during the aftermath of a fire is to hire a fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO offers the following information to help you in your quest for a return to normalcy.

Obtain A Referral from Your Insurance Agent
One strategy you can use for gaining help from a fire damage restoration company is to request a referral from your insurance company. Insurance companies have a list of preferred vendors. SERVPRO is one such provider whose name is on over 315 lists from insurance companies, property management firms, and local, state, and federal agencies. An added benefit of acquiring a referral from your insurance provider is that it increases the likelihood that your insurance adjuster and the restoration representatives will work well together. We will gladly assist with the claims process, help manage the paperwork, and coordinate a concise plan of action to restore your home.

Do Your Research
After the fire, it's critically vital that you obtain services from the best company out there. Follow your agent's advice. But also, if you feel more comfortabe, research on your own. One thing to keep in mind during the research process is that each fire is unique and will have a distinct impact on your home. For this reason, you need to select a fire damage restoration company that offers a wide range of services.
• HVAC system cleaning of smoke and soot
• Debris safely removed
• Extensive water extraction and drying
• Potential structural rebuild, repair before replacing to mitigate costs

Why Choose SERVPRO?
After fire damage to your home, you want fast, professional service. To ensure that the fire remediation process is completed quickly and correctly to protect your personal property and to restore safety and sanitation, you need to hire a premier fire damage restoration company.
• 24/7 Emergency Services
• IICRC-Certified Fire Damage Clean Up Specialists
• Fast Response
• Trusted Industry Leader With More Than 1,650 Franchises, localized for your particular needs
• Preferred Vendor For Many Local And National Insurance  and Property Management Companies

Over the years, our company's professionals at SERVPRO have proven to provide outstanding value to our clients. Your property will be restored using the latest cleaning techniques and equipment. Our cutting edge services will return your home to pre-fire loss condition "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

How To Deal: After A Fire

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

The time following a fire in your home or business can be very overwhelming. Surrounded by your soot-covered and flame-damaged possessions, it’s easy to feel exhausted and depressed. The biggest triumph was that hopefully everyone got out safely. A way to ensure this is by getting one of our E.R.P.'s in place before the disaster takes place. Once the smoke clears, you will need to deal with all of your things, and the sooner the better.

Right at the beginning, it’s important to keep calm and be organized. Take notes on every conversation and online correspondence with your insurance company and restoration professionals, because in any stressful situation, miscommunication can happen. Save all receipts and original documents; only give photocopies upon request.

Make sure to call a professional as soon as possible. The quicker work can get started the better! Either calling SERVPRO right off the bat or calling your agent and asking for SERVPRO to help you is best. That way the claim process can get started and SERVPRO will be notified to get the your home or business as soon as possible.

SERVPRO will work with your insurance company to initiate a fire damage recovery plan and closely with you and your adjustor to determine which of your possessions can be cleaned…and which need to be inventoried for replacement. Often these services can be provided on site, but in the event that your contents have to be removed SERVPRO offers the capability to inventory, package, transport and store your belongings in a safe, heated facility.

Now that you know the initial steps of the fire damage recovery process, here are a few tips on what NOT to do before the pros arrive:

  • Do not wipe or attempt to wash fire residue from walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfaces
  • Do not use carpeting or upholstered furniture impacted by heavy smoke residues or debris
  • Do not use food items or canned goods exposed to heat
  • Do not turn on computers, televisions, stereos or electrical appliances until they have been professionally cleaned and checked

With preparation, resources and SERVPRO on your side; plus a healthy dose of patience and perspective, you will make it through the process of fire damage recovery.

SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties specializes in the complete repair of fire, smoke, wind, flooded basements, water and vandalism damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the SERVPRO disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com/ or call 419-443-1790.

Soot Damage

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

Time is of the Essence when dealing with smoke or fire damage.

Within Minutes: Acid soot residues yellow plastics and can permanently discolor highly porous materials.

Within Hours: Fiber glass fixtures may yellow and uncoated metals tarnish. Furniture finishes may start to discolor.

Within Days: Painted walls can yellow permanently. Metal surfaces corrode and pit. Wood furniture requires refinishing and vinyl floors refinished or replaced.

No matter what the time frame you need to cover your hands when working with soot and smoke damage. The oils in your hands will set in the soot and make it more difficult to get out if at all. (List of do's and dont's for fire in previous blogs.)

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

2/11/2016 (Permalink)

- Keep hands clean or wear gloves when dealing with fire damage.

-Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.

-Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

- Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coat of lubricant.

- Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO franchise professional.

-Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO franchise professional.

-Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to the fire or water without consulting a repair service.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.