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Characteristics of Smoke and Why Fire Damage in Your Goodyear Home Needs Professional Assistance

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Characteristics of Smoke and Why Fire Damage in Your Goodyear Home Needs Professional Assistance Heat, Smoke and the Fire Damage to Goodyear Homes Gets All Cleaned Up and Restored by SERVPRO

Flames and the Resulting Smoke Damage Are No Match for SERVPRO

Your Goodyear kitchen is the center of all activity in your home. It serves to nourish your family, plus you can entertain your friends here and even sneak a midnight snack. The heart of any home is your kitchen, so a fire here can be especially devastating. Even a small blaze has the potential to create a significant interruption in your daily activities.

Experiencing a fire and fire damage in your Goodyear home can be devastating and overwhelming. Even if the fire was small, you have many losses to deal with including soot and smoke and possibly water from putting out the fire. Plus, your daily life is interrupted. Our SERVPRO staff understands how stressful these situations can be, so we are always standing by to help you out after a fire.
 
During a fire, smoke and soot particles settle on and adhere to surfaces. Restoration is removing these residues. Understanding how smoke behaves during a fire helps us to know how to find the most massive deposits of smoke residues and how to remove them. The two factors about how smoke reacts have to do with temperature – the surrounding surface temperature and how hot the smoke is.
 
SERVPRO techs understand that convection refers to air movement transferring heat. Hot air is forced up since it is not as dense as colder air. As it does so the cooler air displaces, the warmer air as it settles downwards. As the fire burns, it pulls in the colder air at lower levels and warms it. It then rises and forces air close to the ceiling to flow downwards. As the fire burns, this pattern continues, which results in a constant movement and circulation of air in a room or building, which are convection currents.
 
Hot smoke usually moves toward colder surfaces. Known as hot goes to cold, this is the law of minimum energy. As hot air rises, the colder air around surfaces which are not very warm falls and is replaced by smoky, warm air coming into contact with the colder surface. Therefore, hot smoke travels toward the colder surfaces of windows, outside walls, closets, closed drawers, and unheated rooms.
 
Because SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix technicians understands how smoke and soot travel throughout your home in Fairfield, Tolleson, or Hideaway during a fire, we can thoroughly clean it up. Just give us a call at (623) 594-6033 as soon as the flames are out so we can restore your home.

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Hyde Park's Fire Damage Specialists

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hyde Park's Fire Damage Specialists Whenever there is a fire in your home, it is important to contact professionals that know how smoke effects a home.

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Accidents happen, and sometimes a small fire breaks out inside your Hyde Park condominium. Even if the fire gets put out quickly, the smoke from the blaze still causes damage. In many fire scenarios, smoke causes more damage to the home than the actual flames do.

Whenever there is a fire in your home, it is important to contact professionals that know how smoke effects a home. SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Hyde Park are IICRC certified and know about how smoke behaves inside a structure. Knowing how smoke behaves helps our team find all of the places where smoke residues reside.

During a fire smoke and soot particles find different places in your home to settle. Sometimes soot hides in places that are not visible at first sight. SERVPRO's restoration crews know that two factors of smoke behavior deal with temperature. The temperature of the smoke and the temperature of the surrounding surfaces are two main factors that affect where soot settles inside a building.

The temperature of the smoke decides where soot created by it settles inside a dwelling. Hot air always rises above and replaces cold air because it is not as dense. The act of heat transferring through air movement is known as convection. The longer a fire burns, the more the heat wants to move upward inside the structure.

As everyone knows if you are ever in an indoor fire you are supposed to get low to the ground because smoke rises. Soot collects first on the ceiling directly above the fire source. Smoke then moves into other rooms from the tops of doorways.

Another factor that effects where smoke moves inside a home are the temperature of the surrounding surfaces. Due to convection, soot from the smoke firsts sticks to surfaces that have a colder temperature. Sometimes closets have smoke damage on the ceiling because the temperature is lower inside the closet than other places in the house.

Our experts know how to track where smoke travels during a structure fire. If your home ever suffers smoke damage, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix at (623) 594-6033 for help 24/7.

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Bathroom Wiring Can Cause Fire Damage in Phoenix Residences

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Bathroom Wiring Can Cause Fire Damage in Phoenix Residences Smoke will not stay contained in one area. Even if the door is shut, the smoke can contaminate the entire home.

Big or Small, Fire Damage Requires Professional Restoration Services

While many electrical outlets today contain safety features to prevent electric shock when used in the bathroom, humid conditions can still damage wiring. Residents in Phoenix should pay attention to sparks coming from outlets when plugging in hair dryers and curling irons. An electrician can determine the exact cause and possibly prevent a fire from happening.

However, if your Phoenix home sustains fire damage because of bathroom wiring catching fire before you could call an electrician, SERVPRO can help undo the mess. Charred materials such as bathroom cabinets, walls, and ceilings making up your bathroom's structure cannot safely remain. Our technicians remove such materials by pulling them out and bagging them so they cannot contaminate anything else in your home.

Some fixtures in bathrooms contain plastic, which melts easily at higher temperatures. We remove these, also, including any damaged sinks, tubs, or shower stalls. While mirrors and glass doors often survive a fire, the frames, unless metal, might perish. Depending on the way a mirror's hanging system attached it to the wall, breaking during a fire often happens when the frame gives way. The same holds true for sliding glass doors. Removing every tiny sliver keeps the area safe.

Smoke from an enclosed fire does not stay contained in the area, even if the bathroom door remained shut. This smoke can contaminate an entire home before the firefighters arrive to put out the flames. Our IICRC-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) is skilled at repairing and restoring such situations.

Fire in the bathroom can also create problems when water fixtures melt and allow water to run nonstop. This water can create additional problems. We want to assure you that no matter how complex a small fire turns out, in the end, we are prepared to handle everything. We want to make your bathroom, and home, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix is always ready to help those in our area recover from disasters of any size. Having a home that is safe and free of fire damage or other problems helps protect the health and safety of the occupants. Please call our 24-hour service line at (623) 594-6033 for technicians who care about you and your family.

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Fire in Phoenix Condo

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire in Phoenix Condo Condo in Flames as FF try to calm it down

SOURCE: AZ FAMILY & CBS 5

Initial reports were that the fire was in a clubhouse on the north side of the pool. Firefighters were able to quickly locate and extinguish that fire. While controlling that fire they noticed smoke coming from the clubhouse on the south side as well. 

The fire on the south side did a 'flash-over'. This means that everything on the inside of the structure reached a high temperature at the same time, creating a flare up. 

Subervi said a flash-over is one of the most dangerous conditions of a fire, but that crews were not inside the structure as there were no residents inside. 

"It is a clubhouse, so the life safety profile was very low. Crews still did a quick search and they're putting water on the fire at this time," Subervi said.

The fire has now been contained and is under investigation. 

 

Arizona firefighters ordered to California to assist with Fire

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Arizona firefighters ordered to California to assist with Fire Ventura County Fire Department

It took less than 48 hours for California to call upon fire crews from Arizona to help with a fast-moving wildfire raging across Ventura County and assist on other fires burning in the state. Today, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management received orders to send 25 engines and five task force leaders, for a total of 125 firefighters, to California. The firefighters will preposition once they arrive in California and then will be assigned to wherever they are most needed. All the Arizona crews will be used as strike teams. Strike teams are in high demand now, since most wildland firefighters are seasonal and likely have already been laid off for the winter. Strike teams can assist in multiple ways, by working the front lines of the fire, by acting as relief to firefighters that have been on the fire since day one, and as structure protection. There are multiple fires burning in Southern California. The Thomas Fire, the biggest of all the fires, started Monday evening and has quickly grown to more than 50,000 acres fanned by flames and very dry conditions. 

Cleaning Fire and Smoke Damage in Goodyear

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Fire and Smoke Damage in Goodyear Residents Rely on SERVPRO During a Bad Year for Fires in Goodyear

How, When, and What to Use for Restoration After a Fire? SERVPRO Has the Answers

Like other cities, Goodyear is vulnerable to many types of disasters. One of the most common is fire. The smoke and soot that cover the surfaces of a home and its property, contaminating both, are difficult to clean and require a professional company to accomplish the task with minimal loss.

Remediating Goodyear fire damage is difficult, but the alternative is to replace everything that the fire, smoke, and soot have touched. SERVPRO has years of experience in Maricopa County and knows what skills, tools, and methods are needed to preserve not just property, but memories and links to the past possessed by every homeowner.
 
Dry wiping and cleaning is our first course of action for most surfaces. Technicians use feather dusters and cloths where the contamination is a non-greasy residue and light-to-medium in amount. For thicker layers, they use dry sponges or specialized vacuums to clean surfaces.
 
Wet wiping and cleaning is our next step when dry cleaning does not remove everything. SERVPRO technicians use damp sponges and cleaning fabrics to clean off moderate-to-heavy residues with water or a mild detergent if needed.
 
Spray and Wipe is our preferred method when we need to prevent color bleeding or to fade in items like drapes and curtains. Restoration crews use spray bottles for better control of the amount of cleaning agent used on them.
 
Foam cleaning uses an agitated cleaner to apply the chemical agent with less water. Technicians force air into the cleaner which then exits the spray bottle as a foam similar to what you see in a car wash. We use this method on upholstery fabric which shrinks and pulls away from its frame if it becomes too wet.
 
Abrasive cleaning is the technique we use on rough surfaces like marble and rock. Since the surface is not affected by liquid, we use a cleaner along with a brush (plastic or wire bristles) to remove every trace of heavy smoke and soot residues. If the surface is metal, like some kitchen countertops, technicians may use a steel wool pad rather than a brush.
 
Immersion cleaning is our final method. We can only use this on items that are not affected by moisture and have a very heavy residue. Technicians fill a tank with a cleaning agent and then immerse the item in the tank. They then use sound waves to generate bubbles and force them across or through the surface of the item. This method is effective, but if it does not work, we discard the item. This is ultrasonic cleaning.
 
Restoring your home and property to a preloss condition is not simple, but hiring the right service can make the process much easier for you. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix has decades of training and experience to do just that for you. Call us today at (623) 594-6033 to get started.

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Handling Fire Damage Odors in Phoenix

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Handling Fire Damage Odors in Phoenix Some FIre & Smoke Related Smells in Phoenix Are Not Pleasant

Smells from Fires and SERVPRO Remediation

If you are dealing with the after-effects of a fire in your home, one of the biggest frustrations is the smell. It can foul the air for days, weeks and even months. People never get used to a bad smell. It can make your home unlivable. The technicians here at SERVPRO know how to deodorize thoroughly, making a home smell “Like it never even happened.”

Removing the source of fire damage odors in Phoenix is the first step. Our team never tries to cover up the smell. We know we need to eliminate the cause of the smell. Without doing that, efforts to deodorize don’t stand a chance. For example, charred materials left in place continue to give off an offensive smoky scent for months. That is why our experts remove building material and debris tainted with smoke residue before starting the process of deodorization.

Once our experts take away the cause of the smell, we turn our attention to deodorization. We clean all surfaces that have residue because even tiny particles can keep giving off the stench of smoke. Did you have a kitchen fire? Then your stove, counters, vent hood and cabinets likely need a thorough scouring, using advanced cleaning agents.

After cleaning, we ventilate the area to find out if odors linger. At SERVPRO, we use state-of-the-art tools and cleansers to remove smells from your home. We tailor the method to the cause of the problem. The rule of thumb is that “like works on like” in most cases. Special fog products often work on smells caused by smoke. It follows the original path of the smoke, deodorizing as it travels through your home.

Our team not only has access to industrial strength products and the latest tools. We also have the training to use them correctly. Each technician meets the standards of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

For help with odors and other fire damage restoration, call in the experts at SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix. Available 24/7, we are strategically located to serve Phoenix, Avondale, and Tolleson.

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SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration in Phoenix

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration in Phoenix SERVPRO can restore your property by using six different cleaning methods specific to the surfaces of your damaged items.

Six methods for fire damage restoration

No two fires are alike; each one causes different damage based on what burned, how much oxygen was present and how hot everything burned. Even within a single fire, many various types of smoke and residue damages require multiple cleaning methods.

Restoring property in Phoenix homes after fire damage is not a quick task. SERVPRO has decades of experience in dealing with returning homeowners to their residences as safely and rapidly as possible. We use six methods developed over those years and are backed by a nationwide support network.

Dry Cleaning is the first method we use. Much of the residue damage after a Phoenix home fire is light-to-medium, and our technicians can usually clean the residue off surfaces using dusting cloths and feather dusters. If there are particulates (pieces larger than dust), they use dry sponges or commercial vacuum cleaners.

Wet Cleaning is for medium-to-heavy residues. Our technicians use water, for the most part, to clean with cloths and sponges. If this proves insufficient, they repeat with a mild chemical cleaner.

Spray and Wipe is a method we use on materials that can be damaged by saturation with water or cleaners. Our certified technicians dampen the surface using a spray bottle and wipe it down with a white cloth. This method gives our work crews better control applying the product on upholstery and wood surfaces.

Foam Cleaning is used on fabrics to prevent shrinking and fading colors. Technicians stir up a chemical foam in a bucket and then apply it with an upholstery brush, agitating the residue on the surface. If we need to force more air into the foam, technicians use a pump-up sprayer to reduce the chance of damage. 

Abrasive Cleaning uses chemical cleaners on heavy residues with rough surfaces like stone or brick that are not easily damaged. If there are deep cuts or grooves on the surface, technicians may use scrubbing pads or even steel wool.

Immersion Cleaning is exactly that. For an item that is already saturated and has heavy residues over most of its surface, we place it in an ultrasonic tank of chemical cleaner. We then use sound waves to force bubbles of the cleaner through and across the surfaces. Depending on the item and the thickness of the residue; immersion can take from one to several hours.

Restoring property can be a lengthy process, but it is more often cheaper than replacing fire damaged items. SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix understands that there is also the sentimental factor to consider with inherited items. If you need our help in Avondale, Phoenix, and Tolleson, call us today at (623) 594-6033

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Getting Quality Solutions To Fire Damage In Your Phoenix Area Home

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Getting Quality Solutions To Fire Damage In Your Phoenix Area Home Phoenix Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

Secure and Safe Steps for Restoration of Fire Damaged Properties and Possessions

It can be difficult to deal with fire and some of the devastating damages it can leave behind. Without professional assistance your losses can double or triple, leaving you with a massive problem that you simply cannot afford to get into on your own.
 
When facing fire damage to your Phoenix area home, time plays a significant role. Even though local authorities deem your property safe to enter, you should avoid making contact, allowing traffic in and out, or access to anyone that does not understand how to treat fire-damaged materials.
 
Making the wrong choices after a fire occurs on your property can lead to unsalvageable contents, additional damage to surfaces, and reduce the chances you have of reclaiming your property successfully. Always call SERVPRO for help before allowing anyone else enter your home, we can help you avoid hazards that may exist and prevent others from further damaging your property.
 
SERVPRO IICRC industry certified technicians pay specific attention to every belonging, surface, or content found in your home. We deliver quality solutions to heat, water, smoke, soot, and ash damage produced throughout the length of a fire, taking pride in restoring many items that other companies consider a loss before even attempting restoration.
 
Your contract with SERVPRO begins the moment you make contact. Our staff gathers information during your initial call to help our technicians arrive ready to address your concerns. We provide you with quality full-service solutions to every aspect of your home’s restoration, including any repairs necessary to finish the job completely.  
 
We have a variety of cleaning and sanitization methods available that make restoring furniture, fabrics, and other household items a snap. Our technicians enjoy providing you with quality services that help you reclaim your home and attempt to make your restoration as stress-free as possible. We also offer a Pack-Out service for cleaning belongings and storing any household goods during the on-going fire damage restoration process.
 
Call SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix to gain access to professional fire damage restoration services, provided by experienced technicians that offer peace of mind during an emergency. We are ready to assist you at a moments notice, call today. (623) 594-6033 

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