Recent Fire Damage Posts

Kitchen Fires and The Lingering Odor

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

The busiest part of the house is the kitchen and it can also be the most dangerous. Fire in the kitchen can be disastrous. Most of, if not all or your kitchen items will still have the lingering smell for a significant time after the fire. When the affected area is not cleaned correctly it may become permanent.  SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County does not recommend you attempt to clean fire damage yourself. Go through the proper channels to ensure everything is taken care of by professionals. After our technicians assess what has happened, there are a few steps SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County can take if your home suffers fire damage.  
SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County can use our "ozone machines" for such jobs.  
"Ozone machines" work by creating ozone (o3) via an electrical charge. Ozone is very unstable: o3 wanting to become o2. That third oxygen molecule is looking for something else to bond with. It bonds very well with the smoke, distorting the smoke molecule and neutralizing the smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County  will plug the ozone machine into the wall, set the timer (12-24 hours depending on the extent of the smoke damage) and let it do its thing in your home. After the timer is up you need to let the ozone break down completely into regular o2. (I recommend a full 24 hours). The house will smell a little weird, kinda bleach-like. But that fades completely as the ozone breaks down. Ozone half life is less than half an hour, so giving a full 24 hours will ensure that everything is back to normal inside.

IMPORTANT: The only hard part about all this is that NOTHING alive may be in the house while you are ozoning. It is very, very harmful to breath the stuff in. No people, no plants, no pets... you have to clear everything alive out. Pack up the family and move in with a friend or into a hotel for about two days (one to ozone, one to clear the air of ozone). Once the o3 breaks down into o2 there is no harm.


Why Choose SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

The process of fire restoration is very involved when it is performed properly. The best way to have the most up to date techniques and approaches applied to the problem is to hire certified professionals from SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County.  Our technicians have experience and training and have access to the equipment and skills that are requisite for a proper restoration.

For , general cleaning is done to remove ash and soot from ceiling to floor for Fire Damage. Later, when almost all other aspects of the remediation are complete, thorough carpet cleaning takes place. Thermal fogging or chemical scrubs may be utilized to combat the dirt, smoke, and soot that are caught in the recesses of the homes hard surfaces, including ceiling, walls and flooring. Reconstruction may have to be performed to parts of the building that cannot be returned to their former condition with mere cleaning.

The quick remediation of the problem is important for more than repairs, it is also a health consideration. Allowing the moisture or smoke residue to remain can decrease air quality. Having a professional come to assist with drying and dehumidifying after water damage is a large part of mold prevention.

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County has their technicians safety and health certifications up to date, as well as their specialized training. Our technicians have been trained formally in schools approved by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. 

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County's work may be done in a commercial or residential location, the damage recovery will be performed by our technicians with experience and certification.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (850) 939-4700

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County can help businesses across the county recover from any fire. Our certified technicians strive to arrive within a few hours of your call and are prepared to begin fire and smoke damage mitigation with our fully equipped company vehicles. We will introduce ourselves to you, walk through the building, explain the extent of damage and give recommendations of steps needed for thorough repair of fire and smoke damage. SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County documents everything, taking before and after pictures so you can rest assured that everything possible was done, and we will answer any questions you have.  Please do not hesitate to give us a call with any emergency 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  We make it look "LIKE  IT NEVER HAPPENED!"      

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (850) 939-4700

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

A fire can lead to serious and significant property damage and any number of problems that will negatively impact your quality of life and cost you a lot of money until you get them repaired. Many people don’t realize the full extent or nature of fire damage or a large number of different services offered by SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County.  Fire damage can ruin walls, cabinets, counter tops and much more leaving them looking dilapidated and not fit to live in.

When it comes to repairing the obvious and immediate damage to your property, SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County will  prioritize damage that could lead to further damage. A good example of this might be a burned stair case that is in danger of collapsing. Likewise, if you have a hole burned in your roof or in your wall then this might risk wind and rain blowing into your property and could even leave you vulnerable to trespassers and thieves. Again, this will be a very early issue that SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County will look at.

Kitchen Fires & The Lingering Odor

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

Soot & Smoke Damage

In fires which contain materials such as wood, paper, and plastics burn. You will have a dark, sooty smoke that often leaves a thick film of soot behind. It might be dry, oily, or wet, depending on the temperature of the fire and what materials were involved.

A protein fire, burns at a much lower temperature and produces a clear, fine mist. After the fire is put out, there might not be any visible soot at all. However, it still needs to be cleaned carefully. The burning protein and fat creates a colorless thin film that can spread throughout the area.

The Odor Won't Go Away!

The biggest problems with a protein fire is the smell. The tiniest amount of burned protein can leave an unpleasant smell lingering for days.
It’s a much bigger problem when you have a bigger protein burn. Without expert clean-up, that smell can spread throughout the entire home. It’s critical to make sure the air ducts are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County's fire damage restoration professionals may use an ozone machine, air scrubber, and other techniques or equipment to make sure the odor is eliminated.

A fire can break out at any time. When cooking we tend to forget how easy it is for a simple meal to turn into a disaster in just a few moments. SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County works directly with your insurance company from the initial inspection through the final billing phase.
Serving Pace, Milton, Gulf Breeze & Navarre, FL

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (850) 939-4700

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (850) 939-4700

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty 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.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • 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 set smoke odor.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County?

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Pace, Milton, Navarre or Gulf Breeze home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

 

Need Smoke or Fire Damage Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (850) 939-4700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County?

 

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

 

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

We specialize in fire and water restoration. We’ve received advance training in restoration techniques, and we have the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

 

Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.

Locally Owned Company for over 20 years.

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a smoke or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Milton, Pace, Navarre & Gulf Breeze communities and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

 

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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (850) 939-4700

Fire Damage Requires The Right Equipment For Remediation.

10/22/2016 (Permalink)

When It Comes To Fire Damage Equipment Matters.

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County has the Training And Experience. 
Having the right Equipment and Training is crucial in the Restoration Industry.
Air Scrubbers are one of many different types of equipment used in restoring your home or business after o loss.
An air scrubber is a portable filtration system that removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air within a given area. These machines draw air in from the surrounding environment and pass it through a series of filters to remove contaminants. Used frequently for Mold & fire Damage jobs.

Santa Rosa County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/22/2016 (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 Santa Rosa County 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- 850-939-4700

Vandalism Fire

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke damage

Fire caused by Vandalism causing smoke and soot damage to all the contents.

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County was called into to pack and remove all contents.

The renter's insurance company requested salvageable contents be cleaned by SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County with our "state of the art" ultrasonic cleaning system.

Free Board up service

1/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County offers free board up service for residential and commercial structures. Boarding up a structure post fire event will eliminate further damage due to weather or vandalism.