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Fire Hazards From Faulty Appliances On The Rise

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Hazards From Faulty Appliances On The Rise If you are experiencing fire or smoke damage resulting from an appliance or electrical malfunction, contact us 781-341-7007 today.

The number of fires caused each year from faulty appliances is on the rise.

Dryer Fires 

Dryers are one of those appliances in your home where you “set it and forget it.” You throw your freshly washed clothes into the dryer from the washing machine, set the timer and then forget about it until the timer goes off 50 or 60 minutes later. However, did you know that by “setting and forgetting” about the clothes in your dryer, you could be putting your home at risk for a fire? According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), there are over 16,000 reported home fires each year resulting from a clothes dryer, with dust, lint or fiber igniting first in just under 30% dryer fires. If you haven’t cleaned your dryer in a while, performed routine maintenance or notice a crushed or broken exhaust vent, a dryer fire could be lurking in the shadows. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree cleaning and restoration professionals have fire cleanup experience and can assist you in the event of a needed cleanup due to a dryer fire.

Oven Fires

 The kitchen is the focal point in many homes throughout the South Shore. Family meals are prepared, holiday gatherings take place and family conversations that turn into memories are made in this one important room. While the kitchen is an essential location in everyone’s home, what happens when a fire erupts? Aside from stove and dishwasher fires, ovens can also burst into flames, and often happens as a result of an overflow of dessert batter, leaving the oven unattended for an extended period of time, splattering fat or grease or food scraps burning on the bottom of the oven. To assist in the prevention of an oven fire, always monitor the cooking food, use tin foil or a pan cover to conceal items that may splatter or boil over and routinely clean the oven and coils to prevent burning.

Microwave Fires And Smoke Damage

Similar to other appliances in your kitchen, microwaves can also start a fire when food items overheat, inappropriate items are placed in the microwave for heating, faulty wiring or when cleaning and routine maintenance has not been performed. Since microwaves use radiation to heat the placed items, it essential to follow the manufacturer’s directions when using the appliance and never attempting to heat an item that is not microwave-safe, such as metal objects, tin foil, or recycled paper. Routine cleaning and maintenance to ensure the appliance is running correctly and efficiently will also assist in the prevention of an unexpected microwave fire. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is an independently owned and operated business that is IICRC certified, and can assist in the cleanup process.

Other potential causes could be:

  • Fire damage from overloaded electrical circuit
  • Electrical fire from old wiring

What Is Fire Legal Liability?

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Is Fire Legal Liability? SERVPRO of Milton/Braintreeis here to help you 24/7/365 with any fire damage and restoration issue. 781-341-7007

Fire damage liability is included in most commercial general liability policies.

It’s required in most cases. However, these policies only pay if the business is at fault for the damage.

Liability is a legal term used to describe responsibility. Here, liability refers to who will pay for fire damage.

There are limitations to fire legal liability coverage. Limitations may include low coverage limits; limited or no coverage for damaged property contents; or no coverage for auxiliary damages (e.g., water damage), which is common after a fire.

Lease agreements can stipulate that tenants are responsible for fire-related property damage regardless of how the fire damage occurs.

In cases were limitations apply, business owners could be on the hook for the total or remaining costs to repair damaged property.

Depending on your business and coverage needs, getting the right insurance can make all the difference after a major property disaster.

Find the Right Coverage

Fire damage legal liability is often overlooked in commercial general liability policies. Moreover, depending on how much space is rented (e.g., one office or an entire building) will help inform how much coverage is needed.

Businesses and individuals renting commercial space should purchase a general policy that covers liability due to any type of negligence that results in a fire or causes damage to another’s property.

Moreover, lease agreements should be reviewed carefully. The insurance clause defines the rights and obligations of each party and who purchases insurance, what coverage is required, financial limits, and so on.

How Can a Company like SERVPRO Help?

It’s in the best interest of a landlord or tenant to contact a professional restoration company after a fire.

First, fire damage leaves behind contaminants like soot and smoke smells, which can result in irritation or respiratory issues for some people. A fire damage repair company will have the tools and experience required to clean, sanitize, and rebuild damaged property to like-new condition.

Second, fire-damaged properties are easy targets for criminals. Security features are often damaged or destroyed, leaving a property vulnerable to vandalism and theft. If the property is dangerous and someone gets injured, property owners could face further legal problems.

Securing the property is faster and easier with a professional restoration team. They’ll board up entrance points, provide on-site power if needed, and erect temporary fencing to secure a perimeter.

Lastly, documentation is very important following property damage of any kind. Fire-damage experts work with insurance companies regularly and know what they’re looking for when compiling damage reports.

In some cases, the insurance company will pressure claimants to use an insurance-preferred vendor for cleanup and restoration.

However, these vendors don’t work for you, they work for the insurance company. This can be problematic after major fire damage.

By selecting your own restoration company, property owners can ensure they’re being represented fairly and accurately

Fires More Likely To Occur In Winter

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fires More Likely To Occur In Winter Fires can happen more frequently in winter, when they do call us fast 781-341-7007 SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree
 

More fires occur during the winter months than any other time of the year

During the cold weather season, people tend to find extra ways to keep warm.  Unfortunately, many alternative heating methods can also be fire hazards, especially when caution is not used.  

To prevent fire damage during this cold weather season, here are 4 things to keep in mind:

Fireplaces and Wood Burning Stoves

Here are some precautions you can take to keep your fireplace or wood burning stove safe:

  • Shield the fireplace with a grate to prevent flying sparks from igniting in the room.
  • Keep any flammable materials at least 4 feet away from the fire place.
  • Perform regular maintenance and cleaning on your fireplace and/or wood burning stove.
  • Make sure there are no cracks in your chimney and that the top is properly capped to keep out debris throughout the year.

Space Heaters

Here are some general rules to follow for safe space heater use:

  • Use only space heaters with a “tip switch,” ones that shut off automatically if tipped over.
  • Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions.
  • Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.
  • Make sure there is adequate ventilation and base/floor support in the areas where you will use a space heater.

Electric Blankets

Here’s what you need to know about electric blanket safety:

  • Check for charred or frayed cords or any dark spots, these may indicate a potential problem with the electrical element.
  • Don’t allow anyone or anything on top of the blanket when it is in use, this could lead to overheating.
  • Similarly, don’t fold or tuck in the blanket when it is in use, as this could also lead to overheating.
  • An electric blanket should never be left unattended or used while one is sleeping.

Smoke Alarms

It’s generally a good idea to regularly check the alarms each year. It’s also wise to double-check the alarms before you start a fire or use a heating element, just in case.

 Here at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree we pride ourselves in being community leaders in both fire prevention and fire damage restoration.  Our company is not only locally owned and operated, we’re also part of a nation-wide network of franchises with specialized Disaster Recovery Teams that handle fire catastrophes. We know how devastating a fire can be – and, unfortunately, the tips for prevention are often not talked about as much as they should be.  We want to help change that.

Preventing a Fire

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

A structure fire is any fire that affects the structural components of a building. These fires are often responsible for large losses because they affect buildings that may be occupied and contain specialized equipment, stock, production materials, and other items that are critical to the function of a business. Developing an adequate fire protection plan for the structures on a commercial property means both taking the basic steps to prevent building fires—inside and out—and being proactive in maintaining the systems you’ve put in place. This might include…

  • Developing appropriate emergency procedures. Although most businesses have developed fire safety plans, it is worth reviewing your emergency procedures from time to time. You should make sure to appoint a safety officer, post planned escape routes in visible areas, develop a plan for evacuating and accounting for employees, and develop a plan for working with emergency responders. In can also be helpful to have a plan in place for evaluating fire damage afterwards and preparing to submit an insurance claim.
     
  • Keeping up with maintenance on machinery and appliances. Many fires are caused by equipment and machinery that is old, poorly repaired, dirty, or otherwise unmaintained or defective. Make sure that your commercial property is outfitted with up-to-date, working, and clean equipment. Schedule regular maintenance checks, and fix any problems quickly and carefully. Regularly evaluate aging or heavily used electronic equipment for potentially dangerous issues, like frayed cords or shorts.
     
  • Limiting fire hazards. Fire hazards can exist inside a building or outside, and it’s up to you to reduce the risk. Maintain outdoor landscaping to leave a safe distance between organic material and outside walls. Store flammable materials appropriately, and keep escape routes clear. Identify potential hazards quickly, and review these hazards when there are significant changes to the property or its function.
     
  • Maintaining safety equipment and systems. Even if you can’t prevent a fire, you can prevent it from spreading and causing structural damage. Keep your building’s sprinkler system and fire alarm system up to snuff. Equip the building with the right fire extinguishers and sprinkler networks for the job. Make sure these lifesaving systems are in working order at all times, and replace outdated safety equipment as soon as possible.
     
  • Enforcing rules and regulations. None of these steps are likely to make a difference in your fire protection if you aren’t enforcing the rules or following through with maintenance. Make sure employees, building tenants, and others are informed about the rules for fire prevention and how to follow emergency procedures. Ensure that maintenance routines are performed and that potential safety issues and replacement needs are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to create your Emergency Ready Profile.  If a loss does occur call us at 781-341-7007 and we can make it "Like it never even happened." 

Dryer Vent Fires, A Serious Situation

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Vent Fires, A Serious Situation Be mindful about keeping your dryer vent clean Call us in case of a fire loss 781-341-7007

Dryer Vent Fires Are A Serious Problem.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the 1997 Residential Fire Loss estimates (latest information available) 16,700 residential fires originated from dryer vents. 30 deaths and $84 million in property damage resulted from these fires. The previously reported number from 1995 was 13,700. The number of residential fires attributed to dryer vents in on the increase.

Reasons for inspection and dryer vent cleaning:

Increased drying time? (jeans & towels)

Is the dryer operating hotter than normal?

Reduces chance of dryer vent fire. When the dryer is used, over time lint will collect and adhere to the inside of the dryer vent walls. The larger the buildup, the larger the risk of having a dryer vent fire.

Reduces "wasted electricity" and "appliance stress". Use of a dryer with a dirty vent can cause the dryer to run longer to dry the same amount of clothes because the hot air being expelled cannot freely exit the vent. Longer drying time takes more electricity and puts added stress on the appliance.

Metal connectors from the dryer to the wall are now standard requirements. Use of the "white plastic" types should be replaced due to their ability to melt in a fire. All connection pieces to the dryer vents should be inspected to make sure they are properly attached and up to the newer building code requirements (max 25' of pipe). Regular maintenance will keep the dryer vent clean and the dryer working properly.

Please take note of properly cleaning your dryer vent to prevent Dryer Vent Fires

In the case of a fire at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

781-341-7007

Holidays Are Coming, Learn How To Prevent Kitchen Fires

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holidays Are Coming, Learn How To Prevent Kitchen Fires A kitchen fire can cause serious damage, learn about how to prevent for the upcoming season 781-341-7007

With the upcoming holiday season we want you to be safe as possible, here are  tips on how to prevent kitchen fires...

1. Never putting metal in the microwave is something many people know and understand. But it's important to be aware of unexpected items that may contain metal too. In addition to utensils and aluminum foil, twist-tie wraps used to store food or bread can ignite in the microwave, according to Massachusetts' Public Fire Education Department.

2. When removing food or liquids from the microwave, use pot holders or gloves. Use extreme caution because even a minute or two in the microwave can make foods and cooking vessels much hotter than expected. Fires begin most often when what whatever is cooking gets too hot, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. That's why it is essential to always stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on what is cooking.

3. PAY ATTENTION TO THE PLACEMENT OF HANDLES.Enforcing a "3-foot child-free zone" around a stove is another top tip from the U.S. Fire Administration. This is smart to do with pets also.

4. ALWAYS UNPLUG APPLIANCES. Using deep fryers at home to make foods like deep-fried Thanksgiving turkey has become increasingly popular and increased the number of fires caused by the appliance, which peak on Thanksgiving Day, according to the USFA. In order to stay safe, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food safety department has several pieces of advice. First of all, always read the manufacturer's manual for how to use the deep fryer and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Before filling the fryer with oil, maker sure the appliance is turned off, wiped dry and not near any water. Never overcrowd the frying basket and do not touch it or add food while the basket is submerged. Again, never, ever leave it unattended. A deep fryer works very quickly and the potential for fire hazard increases when the food gets overcooked. A large pan lid, cookie sheet, baking soda and fire extinguisher should always be easy to get to in the kitchen. Rearrange things in the kitchen if necessary to have easy access to these items that can help stop a fire from spreading.

5. NEVER THROW WATER ON A GREASE OR ELECTRICAL FIRE.If any clothing catches fire, stop, drop and roll immediately to put out the flames. If any burns are apparent, follow the Center for Disease Control's guide for assessing and treating burns, and call 911 for help. No matter what, do not put butter or ointment on the burn. 

If you do experience a fire loss, please note we are available 24/7 for emergency services and will get you and your house back to good as fast as possible  

Fire Prevention Week October 7th-13th

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

About Fire Prevention Week

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Importance of fire prevention

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

Importance of fire prevention

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

Bring awareness

While children under 5 and adults over 65 are at the highest risk for injury or death in a fire, people of all ages are vulnerable. In fact, the risk of a nonfatal fire injury is highest for those between 20 and 49, showing that fire safety education is essential for everyone. Additional risk factors include race, social-economic status, education level, and geographic location.

The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status in order to keep everyone safe.

The Damaging Effects from Smoke In Your Home

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Damaging Effects from Smoke In Your Home A fire in Holbrook caused by a child playing with matches. SERVPRO Milton/Braintree was there with the help they needed. 781-341-7007

A house fire can be devastating and is something no homeowner wants to experience.

However, if a fire does occur in your home, we are are available to help you recover from the damage. It's important to know exactly how and where fire damage can impact your home before the clean up process begins, especially since some areas of your home may have smoke damage that's not visible.

Unexpected Issues from Fire and Smoke Damage

After a fire, it's usually evident what smoke damage looks like in your home - whether it's charred items, discolored walls, or ash and soot on the floor - but it can also produce smells and other side effects that are harmful to surfaces as well as your health. It's also important to note that some signs of smoke damage can occur immediately, while others are only apparent several hours - or even days - after the fire.

DISCOLORATION:
 
Shortly after a fire, the effects of smoke damage are visible on walls, ceilings and surfaces, appearing as stains and discoloration. Within a few days, walls and flooring may begin to turn yellow; however, this yellowing affect doesn't show right away. Plastic surfaces/appliances and wood can also become discolored and warped. Several hours after a fire, metal hardware can show signs of rust and corrosion. If you have counter-tops, tiles or other surfaces that contain porous stone such as marble, granite or travertine, they usually become permanently discolored from the acidic residue found in soot. This residue can also permanently tarnish metals.


 ODOR:
Surfaces of your home, specifically fabric items, may not only show visible signs of fire damage, but also may contain a smoky odor. Smoke produces tiny particles of carbon in the air, and when deposited, these particles are called soot. Getting rid of the smoke residue, or soot, is the first step to reducing the smell of a fire.

Smoke is made up of several components, which contribute to the smell that lingers after fire damage.

  • Particles - partially or completely burned substances that are sometimes toxic and can penetrate surfaces and fabrics.
  • Vapors - misty, fog-like droplets that can be poisonous if inhaled or absorbed.
  • Toxic gases - although it is odorless, carbon monoxide (CO), is the most common toxic gas that results from a fire. Phosgene is created when household products such as vinyl, plastics and other chemicals and solvents containing chlorine materials are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a by-product from the combustion and burning of insulation, carpets, clothing, synthetics, and plastics, such as PVC pipe.

The smell of smoke gets trapped in clothing, carpets, drapes and upholstered furniture, and unless these items are properly cleaned and deodorized by a professional fire clean up service, they may retain the smoky smell for a long period of time. The source of the odor can oftentimes be difficult to pinpoint. It could be in the soot on a surface, in the pores of wood or saturated in the finish of a piece of furniture.

INTERIOR DAMAGE:
 
While smoke damage is visible on walls and ceilings, it can also permeate these surfaces and cause damage to a home's structure/framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in your ventilation system. When soot and smoke particles become trapped in the HVAC system, the smoke odor can reoccur periodically and even cause respiratory problems.

ELECTRICAL DAMAGE:
 
If any part of a home with wiring experiences fire damage, it usually means that the electrical system has been compromised, too. Depending on the source of the fire, any of the following electrical components may be damaged: wiring, cords, outlets, switches, fuses and breaker boxes. Appliances that have been affected by fire damage can show signs of corrosion, experience short circuits and malfunction, or fail completely.

No matter the level of destruction to your home, you should always consult licensed and trained industry professionals to access smoke or fire damage before you move forward with restoration and repairs.

CEILINGS:
 
Because hot air rises, the highest concentration of smoke residue is commonly found directly above where a fire started - usually on the ceiling above the point of origin. Nail heads in the ceiling (and walls) can also attract smoke particles, which appear as an outline of a ring around them.

CORNERS:
 
When smoke particles are ionized - or have an electrical charge - they are attracted to certain surfaces. Smoke produced by burning plastic carries a stronger charge than smoke from wood, paper or cotton. This causes smoke residue to form in clusters that look like cobwebs in the corners of rooms where walls and ceilings meet.

WALLS AND WINDOWS:
 
Windows and exterior walls are usually cooler than the center of a room and because smoke naturally travels to areas with a lower temperature, it's common to find a lot of smoke residue on outside walls and even in spaces behind drapes and blinds, even more so than surrounding surfaces.

Next Steps

Once you and your family are safe, you'll need to contact us to assess the damage and advise you on the type of service(s) you'll need to remove any smoke damage. It's highly advised to seek smoke damage restoration within a few days of the fire to minimize the amount of repairs your home will need.

What To Do After A Fire

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After A Fire SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree 781-341-7007 Call us 24/7

What is the first thing I should do after a home fire?

First and foremost, do not enter your home until you are given explicit permission from the fire department.  Even if the cosmetic damage to your home is minimal, essential structures may have been compromised, and fires often re-ignite even after they appear to have been extinguished.

If this is the first resource you are consulting after a fire damaged your home, please contact your insurance company or agent immediately.  Your insurance agent can advise you of the most important steps to take in the hours and days after the fire.  These steps may include:

  • Doing whatever is necessary to minimize damage to your home, including covering windows, doors, and other openings and pumping out water
  • Possibly putting up a temporary fence around your property to prevent vandalism and theft
  • Being certain not to turn on utilities until the fire department advises you that it is safe to do so
  • Making a list of those items damaged by the fire, accompanied by what you paid for those items
  • Locating temporary housing, whether you stay with friends or family or find an apartment complex that offers special rates for those displaced by disasters
  • Hiring a professional home inspector to assess the structural damage to your home

It is very important to establish with your insurance agent what your policy does and does not cover.  Some of the steps listed above can be very expensive; you will want to know whether your insurance company will cover some or all of these costs.

Call us SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree so we can come asses the damage and get started working with your Insurance Agency on how to move forward

We Can Help Rebuild Your Home After a Fire Loss

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Can Help Rebuild Your Home After a Fire Loss Fire damaged home in Holbrook, Ma SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree was there with the help they needed

At SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree we want to help you get back to your life after a fire

A fire can break out in an instant. No matter how new or old your home is, there is always the risk of this nightmare becoming a reality. Many homeowners are completely unprepared for a blazing disaster, even though they know that fire damage can ruin valuable possessions and precious memories. Worse still, it can take lives.

So, how do you start rebuilding your life and home after such a disaster? The first thing not to do is enter your home without permission from the fire department – it is extremely dangerous, even if the damage is minimal. Structures might be compromised, and fires often re-ignite. The first thing to do is call your insurance company and a fire damage restoration company like us. 

We will work with your insurance company and you to get you back to your life as quickly as possible. Offering reconstruction services at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree means you can make one phone call and set your mind at ease that you will be taken care of every step of the way.

Call Us @ 781-341-7007

Removing and Storing the Contents of Your Home

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing and Storing the Contents of Your Home Many disaster situations require home and business content removal and relocation.

When your home or business is damaged, your first thoughts may not only be how to restore your home or business to its previous state, but how to clean and restore your belongings as well. If your home or business suffers storm, water, fire, smoke or mold damage, the cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree are the premier choice for a full and thorough clean up and restoration of both the contents of your home or business as well as the structure itself.

Many disaster situations require home and business content removal and relocation for prompt and thorough cleaning and restoration. If a home suffers fire and smoke damage, for example, it is often easier, more secure, and cost-efficient to take certain contents to another location for restoration work. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree provides complete content restoration as well as pack out services. We will carefully and respectfully take the contents of your home or business to be restored, packed, and delivered to an off-site facility. The pack-out process involves meticulous documentation to ensure your items receive the best possible care, including photo documentation, identification numbers and detailed lists. Call us to help you deal with removing and cataloguing your:

  • Artwork
  • Documents
  • Books
  • Photographs
  • VHS and DVD media
  • Clothing
  • Electronics (televisions, computers, stereos, etc.)
  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Retail Inventory

 Storage

We use state of the art XactContents software to inventory and track your belongings at all stages of the pack out process.  While at the SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree restoration facility, your items will be housed in a secure, climate-controlled environment. Your possessions will remain there until the cleaning and restoration process is complete.

Have storm, fire, mold or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today at  781-341-7007!

Common Mistakes Homeowners Make After a Fire

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

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

What NOT to do after a fire:

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

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has what it takes to restore your home back to preloss condition. Let us help you make it “Like It never even happened.” Call us at 781-341-7007.

What To Do After A Fire

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After A Fire Before starting the cleanup process it's extremely helpful to know what type of fire damage has occurred.

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

 What to do after a fire:

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

 Determine the Type of Cleaning Needed

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has what it takes to restore your home back to preloss condition. Let us help you make it “Like It never even happened”.  Call us at 781-341-7007.

Facts About Smoke & Soot

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Facts About Smoke & Soot Understanding the different types smoke can help us determine the best course of action for your property.

Different Types of Smoke

Understanding the different types smoke can help us determine the best course of action for your property. There are two different types of smoke – wet and dry. As a result, different types of soot residue are left after a fire. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will always test the soot to help determine the type of smoke damage that has occurred prior to beginning the restoration process. Our pretesting will help us identify the type of cleaning process to best restore your home.

 Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Wet Smoke caused by burning plastic and rubber has a pungent odor, is sticky or smeary, and smoke webs will be more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke caused by burning paper or wood results from fast burning fire with higher temperatures. The smoke damage will occur on higher areas.
  • Protein Fire Residue produced by the evaporation of material rather than from a fire is virtually invisible, can discolor paints and varnishes, and has an extreme pungent odor.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree for Professional Soot Damage Cleanup

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree for Professional Soot Damage Cleanup Damage from a furnace puff back can leave your home and its belongings covered in fine soot particles.

Damage from a furnace puff back can leave your home and its belongings covered in fine soot particles. Depending on the severity of the puff back, the distribution of oil based soot and smoke throughout your home can be extensive. Thankfully, most puff back cleanups are covered by insurance as they require a professional for the cleanup process. The process for cleaning up this type of damage requires specialized techniques and equipment, but in addition, the soot and particles floating through the air and onto surfaces creates an unhealthy environment especially for young children and elderly relatives. Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree so we can help you quickly and safely restore your home.

 While You Wait for Help to Arrive: 

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Don't risk causing any further damage to your home or belongings by attempting to clean up the damage yourself. Call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007. We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and can restore your home so it looks “Like It Never Even Happened”.

Things to Remember If A Puffback Happens

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Things to Remember If A Puffback Happens Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to help you restore your property in the event of a furnace puff back.

As we move further into fall and edge closer to winter, the desire to start nudging up the dial on the thermostat grows increasingly strong. While the first time we turn the heat on may fully signal the end of a season, for those with a poorly maintained furnace, it can call attention to a bigger problem resulting in a furnace “puff back” and a house covered in soot and smoke.

  • Furnace Puff Backs require professionals to restore your home
  • Most Puff Back cleanups are covered by insurance
  • After a puff back, limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further spoil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linen on rugs, upholstery, and carpets
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers
  • Throw away all exposed food
  • Make sure a repairman is hired to repair the malfunctioning furnace
  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or surface yourself
  • Don't turn on ceiling fans or increase air circulation as this will only spread soot around
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may cause the smoke odor to set.
  • Do call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007

Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to help you restore your property in the event of a furnace puff back. Our smoke and fire damage specialists have the equipment and training to quickly return your home to a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for you and your family. We're faster to any disaster and are dedicated to responding immediately so that you can recover quickly, with less disruption to your life.

How Does a Furnace Puff Back Occur?

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Does a Furnace Puff Back Occur? A misfiring furnace can cause a puff back that can send soot throughout your home.

A misfiring in the furnace causes a puff back that can send soot throughout your home. When an oil burner doesn't immediately ignite, and oil fumes are allowed to build up before ignition, a small explosion can occur – similar to a backfiring of a car. Furnace puff backs can also result from a buildup of debris in your furnace that create an excessive explosion when the furnace is ignited. In both scenarios, the explosion shoots debris through the furnace's exhaust system and into your home. For homes with a forced hot air system, the damage can be much more extensive since the ducts will help spread the soot as easily as they spread heat throughout your home. In addition to the damage caused to your home by a puff back, it's also a sign of a problem in your heating system which will need to be repaired to prevent any further misfirings.

Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007 to help you restore your property in the event of a furnace puff back. Our smoke and fire damage specialists have the equipment and training to quickly return your home to a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for you and your family. We're faster to any disaster and are dedicated to responding immediately so that you can recover quickly, with less disruption to your life.

Dryer Vent Fires – Signs That It Is Time to Clean Your Vents

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Vent Fires – Signs That It Is Time to Clean Your Vents According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers.  Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard.

Here are some of the signs that it's time to clean your vent:

  • Clothing does not dry completely after a normal drying cycle.
  • Drying time for clothing takes longer than 35 to 40 minutes in duration.
  • A musty odor is noticed in the clothing following the drying cycle.
  • Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
  • The dryer vent hood flap does not properly open as it is designed to do during the operation of the dryer.
  • Debris is noticed within the outside dryer vent opening.
  • Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is being operated.
  • Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap for the dryer during operation.
  • A visible sign of lint and debris is noticed around the lint filter for the dryer.
  • Excessive odor is noticed from dryer sheets that are used during the drying cycle.

For vent cleaning or fire clean up, please call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree at 781-341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Specializes in Fire Damage Clean Up

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

After a fire it's difficult to know what the first step should be to get back on your feet. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is here to help. Take a deep breath, and call us at (781) 341-7007. We work hard to restore your home to pre-fire condition so you can feel like it never even happened.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

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

Emergency Board-up Services

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Emergency Board-up Services Protecting your family, possessions and business when damage occurs is our main priority.

Available 365 days a year, 24-7, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree provides a wide range of emergency services including board ups.  We will arrive onsite within 1 - 2 hours to assess the damage and prevent further damage to your property.

Board Ups

Depending upon the extent and type of damage to your property, a board up may be necessary to secure your property to prevent vandalism, theft, trespassing and from weather elements.

Boarding your property will help minimize any further damage or destruction. If you have experienced fire, vandalism or storm damage that has exposed your house or business to potential theft, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can dispatch its’ board-up technicians to your location to make certain that your home or business remains secure.

Protecting your family, possessions and business when damage occurs is our main priority. Let the experienced SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree restoration team provide you with your board up and provide you with immediate security. We work with many of the insurance providers so you may not have to worry about coming up with funds or dealing with the insurance company.

Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Today – 781-341-7007!

Different Types of Smoke Damage

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Different Types of Smoke Damage In a fire there can actually be a variety of different types of smoke that can be created and cause damages

Types of Smoke:

  • Wet Smoke (caused by plastics & rubber)
    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Usually produces smoke webs that are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke (caused by paper & wood)
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue (produced by evaporation of material, such as animal fat, rather than from a fire)
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 
  • Fuel Oil Soot (furnace puff backs)
    • A “puff back” is a misfiring in the furnace that can send soot throughout your home, covering drapes, bedding, furniture, cabinets, walls, and everything in between. While “puff backs” can create havoc for the homeowner, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly. 
  • Other Types (tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree professionals are trained to handle your toughest losses.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the smoke damage cleanup and restoration professionals:

  • SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree at 781-341-7007
  • 24 hours per day / 7 days per week

 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home!

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home! Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home!

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home! Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home!

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home! Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

 

What To Do After A Fire

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

A fire can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.

Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot

Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.

Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs. Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

What to do after a fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

What NOT to do after a fire:

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

For fire remediation service, call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today – (781) 341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Specializes in Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/22/2016 (Permalink)

Different Types of Smoke

Understanding the different types smoke can help us determine the best course of action for your property. There are two different types of smoke – wet and dry. As a result, different types of soot residue are left after a fire. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will always test the soot to help determine the type of smoke damage that has occurred prior to beginning the restoration process. Our pretesting will help us identify the type of cleaning process to best restore your home.

 

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Wet Smoke caused by burning plastic and rubber has a pungent odor, is sticky or smeary, and smoke webs will be more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke caused by burning paper or wood results from fast burning fire with higher temperatures. The smoke damage will occur on higher areas.
  • Protein Fire Residue produced by the evaporation of material rather than from a fire is virtually invisible, can discolor paints and varnishes, and has an extreme pungent odor.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

 

The First Steps to Take After a Fire

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

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

 

What to do after a fire:

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

 

What NOT to do after a fire:

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

 

Determine the Type of Cleaning Needed

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has what it takes to restore your home back to pre-loss condition. Let us help you make it “Like It never even happened”.

 

 

Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it

What to Do in the Event of a Furnace Puff Back

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Damage from a furnace puff back can leave your home and its belongings covered in fine soot particles. Depending on the severity of the puff back, the distribution of oil based soot and smoke throughout your home can be extensive. Thankfully, most puff back cleanups are covered by insurance as they require a professional for the cleanup process. The process for cleaning up this type of damage requires specialized techniques and equipment, but in addition, the soot and particles floating through the air and onto surfaces creates an unhealthy environment especially for young children and elderly relatives. Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree so we can help you quickly and safely restore your home.

 

While You Wait for Help to Arrive:

 

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

 

Don't risk causing any further damage to your home or belongings by attempting to clean up the damage yourself. Call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007. We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and can restore your home so it looks “Like It Never Even Happened”.

 

Poorly Maintained Furnace? You're At Risk for a Puff Back

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Poorly Maintained Furnace? You're At Risk for a Puff Back

 

As we move further into fall and edge closer to winter, the desire to start nudging up the dial on the thermostat grows increasingly strong. While the first time we turn the heat on may fully signal the end of a season, for those with a poorly maintained furnace, it can call attention to a bigger problem resulting in a furnace “puff back” and a house covered in soot and smoke.

 

How Does a Furnace Puff Back Occur?

A misfiring in the furnace causes a puff back that can send soot throughout your home. When an oil burner doesn't immediately ignite, and oil fumes are allowed to build up before ignition, a small explosion can occur – similar to a backfiring of a car. Furnace puff backs can also result from a buildup of debris in your furnace that create an excessive explosion when the furnace is ignited. In both scenarios, the explosion shoots debris through the furnace's exhaust system and into your home. For homes with a forced hot air system, the damage can be much more extensive since the ducts will help spread the soot as easily as they spread heat throughout your home. In addition to the damage caused to your home by a puff back, it's also a sign of a problem in your heating system which will need to be repaired to prevent any further misfirings.

 

Things to Remember

 

  • Furnace Puff Backs require professionals to restore your home
  • Most Puff Back cleanups are covered by insurance
  • After a puff back, limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further spoil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linen on rugs, upholstery, and carpets
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers
  • Throw away all exposed food
  • Make sure a repairman is hired to repair the malfunctioning furnace
  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or surface yourself
  • Don't turn on ceiling fans or increase air circulation as this will only spread soot around
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may cause the smoke odor to set.
  • Do call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007

 

Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to help you restore your property in the event of a furnace puff back. Our smoke and fire damage specialists have the equipment and training to quickly return your home to a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for you and your family. We're faster to any disaster and are dedicated to responding immediately so that you can recover quickly, with less disruption to your life.

The Basics of Cleaning After a Fire Loss

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

After a fire it's difficult to know what the first step should be to get back on your feet. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is here to help. Take a deep breath, and call us at (781) 341-7007. We work hard to restore your home to pre-fire condition so you can feel like it never even happened.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

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

Types of Smoke

4/23/2016 (Permalink)

Types of Smoke:

·         Wet Smoke (caused by plastics & rubber)

o   Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Usually produces smoke webs that are more difficult to clean.

·         Dry Smoke (caused by paper & wood)

o   Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises.

·         Protein Fire Residue (produced by evaporation of material, such as animal fat, rather than from a fire)

o   Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

·         Fuel Oil Soot (furnace puff backs)

o   A “puff back” is a misfiring in the furnace that can send soot throughout your home, covering drapes, bedding, furniture, cabinets, walls, and everything in between. While “puff backs” can create havoc for the homeowner, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly. 

·         Other Types (tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

o   SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree professionals are trained to handle your toughest losses.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the smoke damage cleanup and restoration professionals:

·       SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree at 781-341-7007

·       24 hours per day / 7 days per week

SERVPRO of Milton / BraintreeSmoke and Soot Cleanup

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

What to do in case of fire

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

A fire can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.

Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot

Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.

Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs. Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

What to do after a fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may
  • SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has what it takes to restore your home back to pre-loss condition “Like It never even happened”