Recent Fire Damage Posts

Preventing Fires

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Never throw a lit cigarette in a wooded area, never leave a fire unattended, always practice fire safety.  Always be aware of what's around you, even when you have a campfire. Things you should know about a fire. It needs key ingredients to be a fire: Heat, Fuel and Oxygen. Without these a fire won’t burn.

Safety tip of the day: When burning brush always keep a water hose close by. It also helps to wet the ground around the fire to keep it from spreading.

 SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Causes of House Fires

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

A house fire can be caused by many things but one of the leading causes are cooking equipment. Stoves, Microwaves, Burners, they all have the potential to cause some serious damage. Knowing some safety tips when using these items can prevent fires. If you are cooking something, never leave it unattended, always keep a fire extinguisher in your home, be cautions when cooking with grease and never put metal in a microwave. If you have any damages call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Source: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire 

Smoke and Soot Facts

5/8/2019 (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 Winter Haven 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.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
863-551-5004

Fire Safety

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire safety is the set of practices intended to reduce the destruction caused by fire. Fire safety measures include those that are intended to prevent ignition of an uncontrolled fire, and those that are used to limit the development and effects of a fire after it starts. It is important to know what to do and who to call when you have fire damage to you home. SERVPRO is a 24/7 emergency response crew, we are always here to help. Don’t hesitate to call our office.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Fire - What to do an what not to do

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing property and belongings.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven has a 1-4-8 Service Response Guideline. Meaning:

1:  Within an hour from notice of loss a SERVPRO Professional contacts you to arrange for service.

4:  Within 4 hours of notification of loss we are on-site to start mitigation services.

8:  Within eight hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

DO:  Limit movement within the building to prevent soot from spreading and additional damage from happening.

DO:  Place clean towels on rugs and high traffic areas

DO:  Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly

DO:  Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and carpeting.

DON'T:  Wash any walls or painted surfaces

DON'T:  Shampoo carpet or upholstery

DON'T:  Clean any electrical equipment

DON'T: Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor

Dining room fire damage

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Damage a fire can cause to a dining room.

After the fire trucks are gone, your Winter Haven home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Winter Haven has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

 Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition

Choose SERVPRO of Winter Haven as your fire restoration specialists.

Call (863)551-5004 so we can make your experience "Like it never even happened."

Preventing Wildfires

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Wildfires, in the perfect weather conditions can cause major devastation. Below are some safety tips that can help prevent the spread of a wild fire.

  • Clear leaves and debris from the gutters on the home
  • Remove dead leaves and vegetation from the yard and underneath porches.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.

For more ways to prevent the spread of a wild fire please visit https://www.nfpa.org.   

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Central Florida Fires

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Current Fire Incidents

Never throw a lit cigarette in a wooded area, never leave a fire unattended, always practice fire safety. Things you should know about a fire. It needs key ingredients to be a fire: Heat, Fuel and Oxygen. Without these a fire won’t burn.

Safety tip of the day: When burning Brush always keep a water hose close by. It also helps to wet the ground around the fire to keep it from spreading.

 SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

The Picture attached is the current Fire Incidents reported today. 

Photo Credit: Florida Forest Services. 

http://tlhforucs02.doacs.state.fl.us/fmis.dataviewer