Recent Fire Damage Posts

Creating a Clear Restoration Plan for Your Damaged Brandon Home

10/17/2021 (Permalink)

windows on fire with smoke billowing from them Smoke and fire can leave soot and debris on your wall. Contact SERVPRO for cleanup and odor removal. We have certified technicians for you.

The job scoping phase helps create a custom recovery design for your Brandon property.

Structure fires are violent and overwhelming emergencies that expose the vulnerabilities of your home's construction and leave deep physical scarring behind. As restoration professionals, we must determine what can be done to return your property to its original condition as quickly as possible. Initially, emergency services can help to overcome immediate threats before restoration work can begin like: 

  • Structural damages
  • Harsh odors
  • Water damage
  • Carcinogenic airborne particles

Establishing the Work Areas

To create a plan for fire damage restoration in Brandon homes, our experienced production manager and crew chief must first identify the work areas. This evaluation determines the size of the individual spaces, the condition of these rooms, and if there are off-limits areas that might be used for investigating the origin of the fire.

Determining the Priority of Actions

As you would expect, there is a definite order of restoration and recovery for fire-damaged properties. The initial evaluation determining where cleaning and mitigation are needed also categorizes the work often done by the rooms requiring the most restoration effort. Customer input could change these priorities.

Identifying and Disposing of Unsalvageable Materials

The job scoping phase will showcase some of the exposed building materials and contents in a fire-damaged home that restoration efforts cannot recover. These unsalvageables are inventoried in the same manner as restorable items until the necessary documentation gets filed with insurance providers. Once this happens, we can safely discard these items and bulk materials according to industry-standard practices. 

Post-fire recovery is made more efficient and focused with a custom restoration plan created from data collected during a job scoping phase. Our experienced SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team can provide effective mitigation and restoration based on priorities this assessment reveals. Give us a call today at (813) 741-3473.

Can Kitchen Fires in Brandon Be Prevented?

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

a kitchen with cabinets and appliances on fire Was your home recently affected by a fire? Team SERVPRO is standing by to investigate the situation and remediate any fire damage 24/7.

No Fire is Totally Preventable But There Are Things You Can Do and SERVPRO Can Help if it Happens

One-fourth of all fires are residential. Of those, the kitchen is the place the majority of them occur. It is better to prevent a fire than to need fire removal services. Understanding the cause of kitchen fires can help you stop them from happening. 

Common Causes of House Fires

When residential fire damage restoration is needed in Brandon, there are five main reasons. They include:

  • Cooking
  • Electrical, including lights
  • Heating
  • Arson
  • Smoking

When SERVPRO heads to a fire restoration project, kitchen fires are the cause much of the time. In the past two years, fire stations responded to roughly 190,000 cooking fires, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Understanding Kitchen Fires

A stove or cooktop is responsible for approximately 62% of kitchen fires. Leaving the stove unattended is the main cause. Electric stoves are involved more often than gas stoves. To prevent cooking fires, never walk away from the stove when it is in use. Keep flammable items away from hot surfaces and clean vents often. If you do have a fire, our crew is available 24/7 to mitigate the damage. We can:

  • Remove debris – charred items and unsalvageable items should get removed immediately
  • Use the appropriate cleaning methods – We use dry and wet cleaning methods as needed
  • Restore wood surfaces – We restore rather than repair whenever we can
  • Clean and replace flooring and content – This may require off-site cleaning
  • Deodorize – We use thermal foggers, air scrubbers, and HEPA filtration systems

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview can mitigate any size fire. We deal with kitchen fires every day. We want you to prevent fires by practicing safety guidelines, but if the worst does happen, we are here for you. Contact us at (813) 741-3473.

What is the Best Way to Restore Your Fire Damaged Riverview Home?

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector No matter the size of the fire, the smoke and soot produced are difficult to remove. SERVPRO is available for your complete home restoration.

Fire Damage Experts in Riverview Talk About the Restoration Process

When a fire burns inside your Riverview home, several conditions are created that can ruin the items you own. Even if the blaze is minor and does not burn too many objects, it can still cause fire damage existing throughout your house. Fires burn at different temperatures and use various substances as fuel; therefore, every burn creates its unique scenario. Different types of smoke and soot residues create scenarios where our SERVPRO crews are forced to utilize various techniques to mitigate every problem. Most fire damage situations involve removing burnt materials, cleaning soot, and deodorizing the building. 

Smoke Damage

Since different materials get burnt, various types of soot and odors can exist. When mitigating fire damage in Riverview, our SERVPRO technicians use various techniques and equipment to deal with the different kinds of problems. The first step we take when starting a project is to inspect the severity and extent of the issues. We come to your property equipped with a testing kit that helps us determine what we can save and what needs replacing. The kit includes many chemicals and utensils that we use to see what works best on the different building materials and contents inside your home. 

Once we figure out what the job entails, we draft an initial estimate to give to you and your insurance adjuster. Next, we remove all fire damaged materials that we do not think we can save with refinishing or soot removal. We then clean off all of the surfaces that got affected by smoke. 

If foul odors still exist after removing the burnt materials and cleaning off all of the soot residues, we work towards removing all of the burnt smells. We can accomplish this by using one or more different types of deodorizing systems. If you ever notice burnt odors or soot residues after something burns inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 as soon as you notice an issue.

How Can Brandon Home Fire Restoration Remove Odors?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot on wall of fire damaged wall Who can remove smoke and soot from your fire damaged home? SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

Brandon SERVPRO Odor Control Techs Implement Effective Fire Restoration Odor Removal

Fire restoration entails a variety of tasks that many homeowners do not have the necessary equipment to perform. Soot needs to be removed from every nook and cranny of a property to remove odors, stains, and residues that can potentially turn corrosive inside metal vents or home appliances.

SERVPRO professionals can perform fire restoration for Brandon property owners 24/7, including weekends and holidays. This team’s goal is to return fire-affected properties to a pre-disaster state free of fire damage stains and odors.

SERVPRO Odor Control Tools and Techniques

Several tools are at SERVPRO’s disposal for Brandon residential odor control.

  • Manual cleanup of soot and debris is essential to limiting fire damage odors. Different tools are available for various degrees of soiling. Dry cleaning sponges can often take care of light soot stains, while heavier saturation of residues may require alkaline cleaners or abrasion cleaning with soda ash for successful removal.
  • Commercial-grade fogging devices dispense solvent-based deodorizers in a thick, dry fog. These solutions do not simply mask odors: they remove them at the particle level.
  • Air movement with high-powered box fans can circulate as much as 3,200 cubic feet of air per minute through a property to restore indoor air quality to pre-disaster levels.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview can be reached at (813) 741-3473 to provide property owners with Faster to Any Size Disaster emergency mitigation and restoration services.

How Our Specialists Help You Recovery After Your Brandon Home Experiences Fire Damage

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

fire fighter in kitchen battling a fire Fire damage restoration is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for the professional help and services needed for your home.

Mitigation And Deodorization After Fire Damage In Your Brandon Home

Recovering from a widespread disaster like a fire in your Brandon home involves much more work and intricate attention than firefighters and first responders can provide. Once the flames get extinguished, you get your first look at the property's damage and begin sorting out what you determine is necessary to return your home to its original condition.

From the first look at these fire damages in your Brandon home, a homeowner might become overwhelmed by the widespread soot and smoke damages throughout the property alone. Recovering these aspects often requires specialized equipment designed to make this process efficient and ultimately provide the most thorough cleaning and deodorization possible for the house.

Once our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your address, we can get to work on mitigation techniques designed to preserve your property and its contents. Processes like pack-outs remove the at-risk furniture and contents within your house to provide a safe place for their storage, as well as specialized attention where needed until it is time to return them to your fully restored home. During their time with our Contents Department, individual items can get cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized to be ready for their return to the property.

Deodorization is something that requires even more of the industry-leading equipment that our SERVPRO technicians have at their disposal. Thermal foggers can help within a home to permanently remove or dramatically reduce overwhelming smoke and noxious odors by neutralizing them on contact with an OSHA-approved chemical compound dispersed as a dense gas. This machine is safe to use on soft materials within your home, such as clothing, carpets, drapes, upholstery, and more.

Fires can cause many types of damages to your property that spread out even beyond the initial source of the blaze. Our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview rapid response team can help with a comprehensive approach that stays with our customers from the initial emergency call through returning a fully restored property to you. Give us a call for any emergency at (813) 741-3473.

Property Fires Can Cause Permanent Damage to your Home

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home You can count on our professionals with state of the art equipment to quickly restore your property so you can return safely after a fire incident.

SERVPRO is a Brandon-based Fire Damage Restoration Company

A house fire can lead to the dispersal of millions of tiny ash, soot, and soil into the home. The particles can stain textiles, surfaces, and paintwork. Introducing water or foot traffic to the area can sometimes cause permanent damage to contents with particle soiling. 

It is essential to reduce foot-traffic and water absorption during fire damage restoration in your Brandon home. Water-based cleaning agents, like detergent, can also cause particles to set into carpets or textiles' fibers. SERVPRO can help to restore your home to a preloss condition after the fire. 

  • We pre-test materials before introducing cleaning agents or water.
  • Thoroughly drying the property can help to reduce odor problems.
  • Using dry vacuuming and emulsifying agents, we can reduce soiling without using water.

We also focus on indoor air quality. We have advanced equipment like HEPA-filtered air scrubbers to capture airborne particles and hydroxyl generators to neutralize pungent odors from the smoke. We are committed to restoring properties to preloss condition whenever possible.

Attention to detail is essential to restoring a fire-damaged home. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview for fire damage restoration at (813) 741-3473.

Join Networking Groups – Brandon Chamber of Commerce

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Leads Plus Group Meets Every Tuesday in Brandon

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Leads Plus Group to allow local business owners and managers to network with other business people within the community. The benefits of regular networking in your community can be many as well as varied. The LPG group meets every Tuesday for lunch, currently at the Just Love Coffee restaurant on Brandon Blvd. The LPG is dedicated to:

  • Building relationships within the community
  • Collaborating to provide opportunities for growth
  • Serving the community

The group meets weekly and is not category-specific. People from all sorts of businesses attend, providing attendees with an opportunity to gain referrals, collaborate on projects, and grow professionally. Many business opportunities are started over a conversation during lunch and potentially expanding into significant business growth.

These meetings also provide a chance to make new contacts in the community. Immediate referrals next week or a month from now may generate additional business opportunities and revenue.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview provides fire restoration services to Brandon residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (813) 741-3473. We respond 24/7 to help with all your fire restoration needs.

What Kind of Damage Can Smoke Do to Properties?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke in a garage with firefighters. Fire damage and destruction to your Brandon home can be harder than expected. SERVPRO is ready for your call.

While combustion can often be one of the more devastating effects for Brandon homes, smoke can also be a destructive force that can impact the house in several ways. 

Fires are an unexpected and terrible occurrence for Brandon homes. The combustion of structural materials and contents in your home produces smoke and soot that can spread quickly throughout the residence. Addressing these concerns where they are found can only happen once the fire has gotten extinguished, and the property has been handed back over to the owner from the first responders. 

Smoke damage restoration for Brandon homes incorporates multiple approaches. Understanding what a property needs gets based on information gathered during the initial job scoping phase. Project managers and crew chiefs for our SERVPRO team can identify surface concerns, circulating particulates, and odors present in the house attributed to combustion. Our cleaning and restoration of fire-damaged homes often focus on three primary areas: 

  • Surface Residues: With partial combustion creating threats like soot particles, smoke residues become a considerable threat for families. Depending on these soils' composition, multiple strategies exist to remove them, including emulsification, dissolving, and abrasive approaches.
  • Content Damages: Cataloging damage to contents determines if on-site cleaning is possible or relocation to our SERVPRO facility can benefit recovering personal belongings.
  • Lingering Odors: Smoke also impacts properties by leaving harsh, noxious odors in the property. Using actions like thermal fogging and equipment like ozone generators, we can neutralize smoke scents. 

Will Reconstruction Be Necessary? 

There are few instances with structure fires where reconstruction or repair is not necessary. We can implement these essential repairs, demolition, and full-scale build back with in-house contractors when needed. 

Fires can be one of the most devastating disasters that homes contend with, but with a fast response from our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team, we can reduce total losses and customers' expenses. We work directly with insurance companies for efficient service. Give us a call today at (813) 741-3473.

What Unusual Aspects Crop Up During Fire Damage Restoration in Brandon Properties?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire Restoration of fire damage is rarely a straightforward process.

SERVPRO Crews Have Vast Experience that Helps Us Anticipate Issues that a Brandon Homeowner Might Not Expect

In the aftermath of a fire damage incident in Brandon, you expect to deal with some issues like the accumulation of soot on surfaces, charring, or other forms of material deterioration from the combustion processes. Apart from varying types of damages, you are also bound to anticipate some restoration procedures such as demolition of sections of the house to remove damaged materials. However, during the restoration, other issues that you did not anticipate might develop. SERVPRO helps homeowners handle both the regular and unexpected aspects when restoring fire damage in their Brandon properties.
 
What processes of fire damage restoration commonly confuse Brandon property owners?
    •    The need to prepare for water damage in the aftermath of fire incidents
    •    The use of heat for restoration or preservation purposes when mitigating fire damage
    •    Damages extending beyond the main areas affected by the fire

Whenever properties are engulfed in flames, the first thought is to douse the flames in water. Even professional firefighters rely mostly on water to put out flames. Therefore, even though the fire is the root of damages at your property, you have to prepare for material deterioration caused by moisture action. Water worsens fire damage or even creates additional damages by:
    •    Causing deep soiling of fabrics and upholstery
    •    Compromising the structural integrity of porous and semi-porous materials
    •    Sparking microbial growth, which can lead to mold formation
    •    Staining materials

The SERVPRO team that responds to your fire incident is made up of different professionals, including IICRC certified water restoration technicians whose expertise can go a long way in managing the effects of moisture in the interior sections of your property. For instance, we understand the need to dry or remove wet materials within the first 24 hours. However, regular drying procedures such as boosting evaporation rates with air movers can spread loose debris all over the premises. Our technicians find better alternatives, such as setting up dehumidifiers in an appropriate location in the house to extract moisture from the air.

How else can we manage water damage at a fire damaged property?
Fast moisture removal is an excellent way to stop or prevent damages at a fire loss site. However, it cannot work against all kinds of moisture damage. For issues like deep, soiling, and staining might even worsen when you dry the affected material. Our SERVPRO technicians identify areas where such problems are likely to develop and take countermeasures. For instance, we lay protective sheets of paper or rugs over carpets in highly trafficked areas to avoid deep soiling as we prepare for other restorative processes.

Why would heat be necessary when restoring fire damage?
It might sound counterintuitive that heat might be used to resolve problems that develop because of a fire. However, heat has many positive aspects that help alleviate damage or fast-track the renovation processes. When cleaning surfaces where smoke residues or other soils accumulate, our technicians use heat to ease the process, minimizing the time or effort needed. Warmth helps speed up chemical reactions or break bonds, thus making cleaning products more effective. Different cleaning products require different temperatures for optimal performance. Our technicians rely on their experience or the instructions provided on product labels to determine the best temperatures for cleaning solutions.

Heat might also be useful in preventing secondary damages. For instance, exposure to moisture or high levels of humidity can cause internal components in electronics to rust, necessitating expensive restoration processes. Our technicians can protect your appliances in the affected areas by ensuring there is enough heat to prevent cooling to the dew point. Since the HVAC system is not likely to be operational, we find other ways to supply heat, including using portable heaters.

Isn't speed mandatory when mitigating the effects of fire loss?
A speedy response helps in many ways when restoring fire damage. For instance, you can stop the effects of corrosive residues like soot from staining stone or metallic surfaces permanently through quick action such as applying an oil film over the surfaces or pre-cleaning them. However, there are times when slowing down is a better approach. A specific example is when cleaning materials using chemical agents. After applying the products, you need to stop other actions giving the products sufficient dwell time to react with the soils or penetrate through the material. The dwell time depends on:
    •    The type of material involved
    •    The level of soiling
    •    The chemical agent used

Giving sufficient time simplifies the cleaning process, thus improving the overall turnaround time. It can also help eliminate the use of aggressive agitation, which can damage the underlying material.

Restoration of fire damage is rarely a straightforward process. Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to help address the situation at your Riverview or Mango home, “Like it never even happened.”

Where is Fire Damage the Worst in My Brandon Home?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen with microwave Residues and soot can affect every part of your home after a fire. Contact our experienced team to assess and remediate.

Often residues and coatings on surfaces occur the worst in specific areas of the house, and our SERVPRO team can work on cleaning these damages fast.

While smoke and soot residues can circulate throughout your entire Brandon home from its origin point, certain portions of wall surfaces and other materials get the worst of this soiling. Because of the science of cooler air sinking in a structure fire, warmer, smoke saturated air gets forced towards the ceiling of damaged rooms. As a result, the densest concentrations of wall and surface residues are on the upper portions of drywall, ceiling materials, and ceiling fixtures.

Cleaning up these residues as part of the fire restoration in Brandon homes can be a challenge, especially with many homes having high vaulted ceilings. In addition to the obstacle of reaching the damaged areas, which often requires our SERVPRO team to utilize machinery and ladders, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to addressing the residues that we find. With varying compositions, acidic content, and hosting surfaces, there are many approaches to removing wastes and soils without compromising the material underneath it.

What Cleaning Practices Can Address Soiling and Residues?

There is a finite timeline to address soiling on surfaces, especially conditions like soot damage. With an acidic base and particles that are already a carcinogenic health hazard to those exposed, residues can be highly destructive to the surfaces and contents they come into contact with circulating in a house. We have a line of potent products that can help with three unique practices to clear residues from wall and ceiling surfaces, as well as contents and flooring in your home. These include:

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident requires many different practices. No matter what your property needs, our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team can help. Give us a call today at (813) 741-3473.

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Content Inspection And Cleaning In Brandon

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt house interior Content management and recovery is a delicate process for post-fire recovery of your home.

Content Inspection and Cleaning after Brandon House fires

Caring for the belongings of your Brandon home after a fire is no simple task. Careful consideration goes into the action taken with each item found in your home after a fire loss. With multiple approaches that we can take with your most treasured belongings, it can help to put your mind at ease to know the most common choices made to protect your possessions and make fire losses “Like it never even happened,” in a more personal way for our customers.

Before our SERVPRO professionals can address the fire damage to Brandon structures more directly, decisions and actions must get taken with the contents here in the residence. While many of the outer-lying contents might be able to get cleaned and restored on-site, it is still advisable to move some of these possessions to an area of the house that is not an active work zone for fire restoration and recovery. Those more heavily affected must get tagged for removal to our warehouse for more focused cleaning and recovery.

In-House Restoration
It is often the priority and focus of our technicians to restore and recover the damaged contents of your home on-site when possible. Not only does this make the entire restoration process a little more efficient, but it is not as costly and often stressful to the customer as the off-site recovery in our SERVPRO facility. With powerful cleaning products to use with agitative and abrasive cleaning methods, we can address threats like soot and odors often without the need for pack-out.

Off-Site Recovery
Heavily soiled items require focused attention that is impossible to provide in a damaged home. Our content management team can take these items to our nearby warehouse for cleaning, deodorization, and safe storage. With sophisticated tools at our disposal in our facilities like immersion ultrasonic tanks and ozone chambers for deodorization of an entire room worth of contents, we can reduce unnecessary loss through off-site cleaning.

Content management and recovery is a delicate process for post-fire recovery of your home. Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team a call to help however you need at (813) 741-3473.

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We Have The Experience And Equipment Necessary To Restore Your Brandon Home After A Fire

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

A room covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire We can remove the burnt items, eliminate the smoky odors, and make things right again after a fire disaster hits your home.

How to Restore Soot and Smoke Damage on the Interiors of Cabinets or Drawers in your Brandon Home

Fire Damage Brandon

When your home falls victim to a fire incident, you may be surprised to find that the areas of most damage are in smaller spaces and cavities in the home. The reason for this is that hot molecules move vigorously in comparison to cooler air molecules. In a fire, hot smoke and ash drive into colder air pockets, which means that the interior of your kitchen cabinets or drawers is likely to sustain the most soot and smoke damage. To make matters worse, the interior cavities of fittings are often without a finish and therefore suffer more from exposure to hot smokes.

Our team is here to help you recover from fire damage in your Brandon home by using our extensive knowledge and experience. Interior cavities can become pressure vaults that push soots and smoke residues into the surface. Damages that are below the surface of a material are no longer cosmetic and may require aggressive action to restore. Unfortunately, scrubbing away at the surface level soiling does not affect the release of odor or visual appearance of smoke. There are several methods SERVPRO restorers can use to adjust your fittings and remove the presence of soiling altogether.

Abrasive action may be a requirement for fittings or furniture that absorbs smoke beyond the surface level. By carefully sanding the surface, SERVPRO technicians can remove layer upon layer of fire damage until all that remains a clean surface. Once a clean surface is apparent, our technicians can refinish the interior of the cabinets to a decent preloss condition. However, not all cabinets use materials that respond well to abrasive methods like sanding.

Non-hardwood interiors do not often respond to sanding. There is also a risk of causing further damage to the affected areas. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians may need to think creatively to take the appropriate action. Odor sealing paints are useful in fire damage situations where materials show significant soiling, but the replacement of the cabinet all together may be expensive for a homeowner. Sealant paints are capable of providing a clean looking finish that seals unpleasant odor and prevents it from being a noticeable issue.

When interior cabinets show significant smoke or soot damage, you may need to enlist professional restorers. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview (813) 741-3473.

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The Real Truth Behind Fire Damage Remediation Situations in Brandon

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged yellow room with stairs Make sure that fire residues are removed from the home right away to help ward off lingering odors. Contact SERVPRO after the firefighters leave.

Efficient Fire Smoke Odor Removal from Affected Brandon Properties 

When a fire starts in your Brandon home, smoke poses a significant threat because it filters into different sections of the property through convectional currents, leaving residues on surfaces and bad odor in the air. Removing the odor is essential to restore the property to its preloss state, but it takes several steps to accomplish the desired results.

Removing any remains left over after the fire helps with fire smoke odor removal from affected Brandon properties. Fire consumes organic and synthetic materials in the home, leaving varying degrees of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the damage to such materials to establish whether they are salvageable or not.  We clean the salvageable ones and remove the unsalvageable ones for disposal to deal with the effects of the fire incident, “Like it never even happened.”

The smoke residues released during combustion might bond with the surfaces they contact, necessitating mechanical, or chemical force to dislodge them. Our SERVPRO technicians use methods such as vacuuming or wiping with dry cleaning sponges to dislodge residues from surfaces mechanically.  We also use wet cleaning procedures because water and detergents help break the bonds residues form with the surfaces they affect. Mixing the cleaning solution with water-soluble deodorizing agents helps ensure no odors remain after removing the residues.

Bad odor might persist even after carrying out a thorough cleaning exercise in your fire-damaged home. Some odors penetrate deep into materials, especially such materials are porous. The volatile nature of odor molecules means the bad smell remains in the property until you deal with the source.  Among the best ways to deal with such odor is to replicate the conditions that create it in the first place. Our SERVPRO technicians can use ULV foggers to deliver a fine mist of deodorizing agent in the affected area. Alternatively, we can use thermal foggers that deliver solvent or water-based deodorizers. We can leave the smoke for periods ranging from 30 minutes to the whole night, depending on the severity of the malodors. Ventilating the area after fogging helps remove the fog.

Removal of all odors after a fire helps complete the restoration process. Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to help deodorize your home. We are available 24/7.

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How to Eradicate Odors After A Fire Damage In Your Brandon Home

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment sitting outside the back of a SERVPRO van. SERVPRO will always be first in line when it comes to your Brandon home fire loss.

Let us help you with your Brandon home fire damage, we know what it takes.

Residential fires can be devastating. Not only can the flames cause physical damage, but the smoke also poses a risk of loss. Smoke is a byproduct of combustion that can leave your home with unpleasant odors. Smoke travels further than flames, spreading to different rooms and getting into HVAC systems and ductwork. 

Restoring your Brandon home after fire damage is essential to prevent additional damage. Removing smoke odors is not as easy as lighting scented candles or using cans of air freshener. Such remedies only mask the odor for a short time. The smell can cling to floors, furniture, walls, and clothing, among other items. Eliminating the smoke smell takes effort and time. You can take some steps to help remove the odor, such as: 

  • Leaving several bowls of baking soda around your home for a few days to absorb the odor. Baking soda is a natural and inexpensive odor absorber. 
  • Placing activated charcoal in bowls around your home for a few days to help absorb the scents.
  • Adding one cup of vinegar along with usual detergents in the washing machine to        
  • eliminate the smoke odor out of clothing. 

Enlisting the services of professionals is also vital when dealing with stubborn smoke odors. Our SERVPRO crew can use various strategies to deal with such odors. The exact deodorization process varies depending on the extent of the smell and the materials affected. We can use equipment and products designed to neutralize smoke smells, such as:

Thermal foggers

These devices vaporize solvent-based or petroleum-based deodorizers to generate a “smoke” or fog comprising tiny particles. The particles produced create a mist similar to smoke, enabling the deodorizer to interact more effectively with odor-causing residues.

Deodorant granules or pellets 

These are odor absorbers. Their main active ingredient is fuller’s earth. It acts as a sponge to absorb and hold odors. We can place the pellets in a shallow pan to deodorize a room or closet. 

Injection devices 

Our SERVPRO technicians can use a pump and injection needle to inject a small amount of deodorants into confined spots on upholstery and carpets. We can use this strategy when it is difficult to lift the carpets to access the padding or backing material. 

It is necessary to encapsulate smoke smells sometimes. We can use odor-blocking paints to seal walls and ceilings. 

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview has highly trained technicians who can eliminate smoke odor to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (813) 741-3473 for fire odor removal services in Riverview, Mango, and neighboring areas.

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If Fire Damage Strikes Your Home Call the Professionals at SERVPRO In Brandon Today

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Burned pots on the stove If fire damage strikes your home you need to call someone to help. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

The Right Deodorization Equipment After Brandon House Fires

We have dozens of options for nearly every aspect of fire recovery between the products available and the equipment used to restore Brandon homes. Even damages that are seemingly straightforward like lingering smoke odors can come with an intricate decision in what tool is ideal for the current conditions. Depending on the affected areas, level of severity, and how widespread the odors become, we have multiple machines that can help to overcome these effects in your home.

As much as odors might be lesser fire damage concerns in Brandon properties, this condition still must get overcome to return a house to preloss condition. The determination of which tools might be necessary for this process can become part of the initial assessment and estimation of our SERVPRO team when we first arrive at your damaged residence. Our crew chief and production management can oversee the deployment of these tools as the situation demands, to ensure that every house gets the precise machines and products needed to eliminate this noxious threat.

Thermal / UV Foggers 

These fogging units are among the most common deodorization tools used by our SERVPRO team. These are ideal for soft materials and open areas of a house, making them a highly portable and effective option for restoration professionals. Through the use of thermal foggers, deodorization products get vaporized immediately and dispersed into the environment to neutralize odor molecules.

Hydroxyl Generators 

The active agent in these machines gets generated naturally by the atmosphere when UV rays, water vapor, and oxygen interact. By using this same UV spectrum, we can replicate the same cleaning and deodorization power on broad areas of your home, while simultaneously reducing present threats in the air quality of the residence.

Ozone Machines 

Ozone machines are another highly efficient tool in the arsenal of our recovery professionals, though these tools are unsafe to use around pets and humans. By creating ozone, the new molecules can bond with odor compounds and neutralize them, though this reaction makes the air impossible to breathe.  

These three options are among the most popular choices for deodorization that our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview fire recovery specialists use. No matter when disaster strikes, you can count on our fast response to limit the spread of fire loss effects and our practical tools to eliminate odors. Give us a call today (813) 741-3473.

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A Fire Can Destroy Your Brandon Home

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team a call at (813) 741-3473 so we can show you that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Can You Restore Fire Damage To Your Brandon Home Alone?

DIY Brandon home restoration and recovery is a growing trend empowering many homeowners and property owners to pursue learning unique techniques and intricate repairs. In certain situations, it can be more cost-effective and frugal to perform this cleanup without the aid of professional restorers, but this is not a universal truth. In other situations, even with modest training and mid-level equipment, it can be too challenging to remove the set-in effects of fire losses in your house by yourself.

As much as many scenarios could encourage DIY cleaning, fire damage recovery for Brandon homes is rarely one of them. Fire losses present multiple layers of symptoms and effects that can continually worsen without the appropriate intervention. Each of these effects must often get addressed simultaneously, requiring multiple Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) in our SERVPRO Green Fleet arriving quickly with accreditations from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Many of these same professionals have additional certifications, such as Odor Control (OCT), Carpet Cleaning (CCT), and more.

Symptoms like soot damage can be especially problematic to address, even more so without the specific equipment, products, and practices used to combat this residue. This layer of possible toxic film is prone to staining and smearing under conventional cleaning approaches, so our SERVPRO team works quickly to address these widespread circumstances.

Another consideration for restoring damages and effects on your own is the safety of those exposed to the environment of your property following a fire. Reducing the presence of damaging particulates, carcinogens, and debris in the air reduces how it directly impacts your family. We have sophisticated tools to filter out these particles from the affected environment, including hydroxyl generators, negative air machines, air scrubbers, and ozone machines.

We have seen firsthand how quickly fire loss incidents can get out of control, and that is why our fire restoration specialists stay available to handle these emergencies 24/7. Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team a call at (813) 741-3473 so we can show you that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How To Tackle Fire Damage Remediation in Your Riverview Residence

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation in your Riverview living room can be a handful. Contact SERVPRO today for help.

Limiting Loss from Fire Damage in Riverview Property Through Restoration

Even small-scale fires in a home can result in large amounts of fire damage if the methods for cleanup are inadequate. Soot and odors quickly spread if there is foot traffic in the area or using your HVAC system results in pulling soot into the ductwork.

SERVPRO answered a call to clean up fire damage to a living room in Riverview that received water damage that equaled the amount of damage from the fire. When there is water damage in tandem with fire loss, it is crucial that the extraction of the water happens as quickly as possible.

We contained the living room with heavy plastic and also contained the registers in the room to keep as much odor as possible out of the ductwork. While one team of technicians removed charred contents from the room, another team worked on extracting water from the firefighting efforts. The living room carpet and padding received too much damage from the fire, but was soaked and too heavy to remove before extraction efforts began on the room. We cut the carpet into strips for easier handling.

While one wall required controlled demolition to remove the charred sheetrock, the bookcases in the living room showed residue from the fire but no charring damage, the homeowner was pleased to find out how many fire loss items in the living room our technicians could save through SERVPRO's proprietary restoration techniques.

After drying the area, we deployed air scrubbers to remove any remaining soot in the room. These machines pull in the air through a honeycomb of filtration with an attached HEPA filter to capture particles so tiny the human eye cannot see them.

Smoke residue carries odor, and we used both wet and dry cleaning methods depending on the type of residue left behind. Once the room was cleaned, and without residual smoke odors, our SERVPRO technicians gave the homeowner and adjuster of a list of the completed mitigation actions and the necessary repairs to bring the fire damaged area to its preloss condition.

Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 and our team can tackle fire damage in your home. We have the specialized equipment and training, and we serve the local area so We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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When Demolition is Necessary After Brandon Fire Damage

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is equipped for fire damage restoration jobs of any size.

Fire Debris Cleanup Technicians in Brandon Talk About Demolition Procedures

If something ever burns on your property in Brandon, it is possible that many of your building materials and contents can get ruined, forcing them to be removed and replaced. Even during small blazes, fire debris cleanup may need to be conducted by a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Whenever we arrive at your house after something burns, we start by figuring out the extent of the damage. During the initial inspection, we determine what we think we can save and which items we believe have been ruined and not salvageable. Once we determine which building materials and contents got damaged and which ones we can restore, we can begin the fire debris cleanup process.  

During any restoration process, we try to save as many items inside your home as possible. A significant part of any fire debris cleanup project in Brandon is cleaning and removing soot residues created by smoke. Many items inside a building that suffer from a burn are restorable from being disposed of by cleaning or refinishing procedures. However, when flames torch objects inside the home they often get burnt beyond repair.  

In most cases, we remove any materials like carpet or drywall that get torched.  We accomplish the demolition process by removing the ruined items and disposing of them in sealed plastic bags. If the fire affected area is only a small portion of a large room, we can contain the burnt region during the demolition process so that soot and dust from the removal procedures do not contaminate unaffected areas of your home.  

If there is evidence that structural components such as your wooden studs or subfloor got charred, then they may have to be removed as well. However, if the charring is only on the surface of the wood and cannot be seen a quarter inch past the surface, then the materials can be sanded down and treated. If you ever suffer from a fire igniting on your property, call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 any time of the day.

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SERVPRO Reviving Brandon Homes Devastated by Unruly Fires

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage shouldn't linger in your Brandon home forever. Call SERVPRO to remove odors once and for all.

Processes that Help Manage Fire Damage Odor in Brandon

The combustion processes in property fires produce different smells. Most of these smells go away after extinguishing the fire. However, some incidents of fire damage leave lingering odors which require specific deodorizations steps to eliminate. We are IICRC certified in fire and smoke restoration so we can help deal with all types of bad odor.
 
Among the main steps of managing fire damage in Brandon is the removal of debris, whether partially or fully burnt. On arrival at the loss site, our SERVPRO crews group items into categories of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. This simple step helps odor management because we remove all the wastes immediately. We also clean the salvageable items and remove those that need in-depth evaluation and cleaning to offsite facilities, thus minimizing sources of bad odor.
 
The smoke produced by the fire contains particles of soot, aerosols and other components. Most of these particles are tiny and therefore driven deep into materials as smoke moves around causing odors to linger even after cleaning. Our SERVPRO crew uses advanced equipment such as Ultra Low Volume foggers to deliver deodorizing agents deep into materials. The ULV fogger atomizes liquid deodorizing agents generating mist with particles as small as 8-15 microns which can reach all areas with odor-causing residues.
 
Ventilating the affected property after finishing all processes including fogging is crucial. Most aerosols float freely through the air, and therefore the bad smell lingers even after cleaning all residues from contents. Our SERVPRO team uses ventilation box fans to generate high-velocity airflow of up to 5,000 cfm. We also have HEPA filtered air scrubbers with activated charcoal that help remove any odor from the air.
 
If your Riverview or Mango home feels uninhabitable due to bad odor after fire damages it, call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview to help deodorize it. You can reach us at (813) 741-3473 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Can Electronics Be Cleaned After a Fire?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire clean up contact a restoration company in Riverview,FL

Electronics that are not completely ruined by a fire may benefit from being cleaned. Fire cleanup professionals who specialize in electronics rely on several restoration methods.

Corrosion and Soot Cleanup

Restoration experts can remove electronics from the site of a fire and work on them in a controlled location. There, they may be able to address several results of fire damage such as

  • Corrosion of circuits due to the acidity of smoke
  • Formation of a black film of smoke or soot over internal components
  • Warped electronics that suffered closer exposure to fire

These experts may be able to carefully clean corrosion or black film from the inside of computers, mobile devices, or other electronics exposed to smoke damage. Corrosion or black film can both lead to short-circuiting and put residents at risk of starting another fire.

Data Restoration

Even if a device is no longer functional, it may be possible to retrieve data from a storage medium that would otherwise be lost. Restoring data can be a major step toward resuming normal affairs after a fire cleanup. It may not be possible to retrieve data from electronics that have suffered direct exposure to open flames and have either melted or warped.

Proof of Damage

In the case of devices that are beyond restoration or data retrieval, restoration experts that specialize in electronics can supply owners with proof of loss that may make it easier to file a claim and obtain replacements for damaged electronics. Try to locate and submit receipts to support your claim in order to obtain the full value or an equivalent replacement for appliances, computers, or devices that are incapable of being restored.

When it comes to fire cleanup, it is best to rely on experts with extensive experience restoring electronics. Whether you are dealing with fire or smoke damage, contact a restoration company in Riverview, FL.