Recent Fire Damage Posts

Some Warning Signs of Sarasota Fire Damage That You Should Avoid

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Some Warning Signs of Sarasota Fire Damage That You Should Avoid When a fire affects your home, first make sure that you and your family are safe. Then contact SERVPRO after the firefighters leave.

Competent Fire Damage Cleanup Crews Also Prevent Damage to Your Sarasota Property

A house fire in Sarasota does not merely cause problems directly related to the flames. Water used while extinguishing the flames soaks into walls and your belongings, including those that only suffer from a film of soot.
 
When SERVPRO sends a mitigation team to your home to perform fire damage cleanup in Sarasota, we do everything needed to make it “Like it never even happened.” Removing damaged items like sections of wooden trim, furniture, and personal belongings that burned only does a fraction of the work required to make your house a home again.
 
We also need to extract the water that can make your home susceptible to microbial damage. This extra water can also create weak spots in your property's frame where it might have previously seemed stable, even after the fire. We know that water moves from damp areas to dry areas, and we use this to force moisture out of the materials in your home. Warm air also holds more moisture than cooler air can, so we heat the air to increase the amount of water vapor it can hold. We use other methods to pull water out of your home, as well, ensuring it becomes dry again.
 
Another aspect of fire damage cleanup that we offer our customers is ridding your home of the odors you experience after a fire. Small fires can produce problems as widespread as more massive fires because smoke particles can remain airborne for quite a while before falling onto surfaces. The type of fire can also cause extreme odors that can prove highly distracting. High humidity during warmer days can strengthen smells, too.
 
Our IICRC-certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) can perform thermal fogging to effectively control these new odors. Using this method, we send neutralizing agents into the same locations that the smoke traveled during the fire. Once in contact with soot particles, a chemical bonding takes place and makes the odor-causing soot too heavy to become lifted into the air again.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota covers the area around Bee Ridge, Osprey, and Siesta Key, offering competent specialists who know how to perform highly effective fire damage cleanup tasks. Always arriving ready to begin the work your home needs, we make sure that we make your home's mitigation and restoration as pleasant as possible. Call us at (941) 552-6319 when your home sustains damage from fire, smoke, or soot.

Click here for more about Sarasota.

Become Familiar With the Levels of Fire Damage Affecting Your Sarasota Home

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Become Familiar With the Levels of Fire Damage Affecting Your Sarasota Home Fire damage can affect different parts of your house in varying ways. Call SERVPRO to figure out the best way to remediate.

Dealing With Different Levels of Fire Damage in Sarasota: The Professional Way 

If you have never experienced fire damage before, you might be having many questions when it comes to restoring your property. Despite the stressing experience, you are still in charge, and your actions determine the time it takes to turn everything around. You can work with experienced restorers and analyze every detail to know the repairs your home needs to become stable and prevent further damage. All fire incidents in Sarasota are unique, and it is the work of our experienced technicians to use appropriate restoration procedures to make your property secure and safe.
 
There are different levels of fire damage that your Sarasota property is likely to experience after a fire. Our SERVPRO technicians attend to minor, medium, and major fire damage incidents, and we understand that each degree of damage requires different restoration procedures. As an example, there are light smoke particles when a minor fire damage incident takes place. It means only certain areas within the building require cleaning, repainting, and fewer items require replacement. Items and areas that need attention increase when your property experiences medium and extreme levels of damage.
 
If the fire leaves box springs and mattresses with light residues, there are chances that such delicate materials can shrink if we decide to use a wet cleaning method. Color bleeding may also take place. Our SERVPRO technicians use foam cleaning to clean such items. It is a method in which we generate foam from a cleaning agent and use the foam to do the cleaning. We use a brush or a sponge to apply the foam to the target area. We may also use an abrasive cleaning method to detach smoke particles from surfaces. During this technique, we use abrasive materials such as steel wool and a cleaning product to remove the dirt. The cleaning product provides lubrication to protect the surface from scratching.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota offers 24/7 emergency restoration services that meet commercial and residential needs. Call (941) 552-6319 to contact us and learn the different options you have when you face fire, mold, storm, and water damage incidents.
 
Click here for more information on the city of Sarasota.

Steps We Take to Save Our Customers More Money During Fire Damage Mitigation in Sarasota

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Steps We Take to Save Our Customers More Money During Fire Damage Mitigation in Sarasota When soot covers many items in your home after a fire, contact SERVPRO for cleaning and remediation efforts.

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Convenient Options to Aid Remediation After a Fire

After a disaster in Sarasota, expenses change. These changes can include unexpected purchases as well as the added costs directly related to the damages. A restoration company that genuinely cares about its customers keeps these in mind as their employees perform mitigation services.
 
SERVPRO's technicians consider many factors when mitigating a Sarasota home's fire damage. We use as many cost-saving strategies as we can. Some lost, of these methods are also much more convenient for the homeowners, as well. When situations are a good fit for one of these methods, the homeowners benefit even more. The time after a disastrous event can cause homeowners feelings of high stress, powerlessness, uncertainty, and worse. Helping them in any way possible overcome this added hopelessness is part of our goal.
 
Once we begin cleaning up areas and materials that sustained fire damage, many of the items belonging to the occupants take up valuable space. We need plenty of open space inside your home for our equipment and to maintain a high level of safety for our employees. Because of this need, we often perform a move-out. Removing the furnishings inside a residence open up a great deal more space than many people might realize.
 
Instead of relocating everything in your home to our facility so we can make space for fire damage mitigation work, other options can help you retain more control over your belongings while minimizing costs. We can move several items into a single area, concentrating belongings in one location within your residence. Our technicians might choose a place inside your home, your garage or large shed, or even inside a trailer kept outside on your property. This last option is often only possible in rural areas or larger estates.
 
When we store items on the customer's property, we take the time to clean the ones that became covered in soot, so this sticky substance does not become harder to clean away later. Unpacking items that no longer require cleaning is much more pleasant for the property owner than having to wait for an additional step.
 
Another advantage of this method is the reduction of accidental breakage or damage that can occur during handling. While we are as careful as possible, accidents can still happen and eliminating a step in the handling procedure eliminates much of this risk.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help your family recover after a distressing event involving fire damage happens at your residence. We easily scale our services to tailor-fit your needs as an additional step in keeping your restoration costs low. Residents of Vamo, Osprey, and Bee Ridge as well as other close by towns can contact us at (941) 552-6319.

Click here for more about Sarasota.

Ozone Machines and Hydroxyl Generators Can Remove Fire & Smoke Odors in Siesta Key

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ozone Machines  and Hydroxyl Generators Can Remove Fire & Smoke Odors in Siesta Key SERVPRO Scrapes the Charred Timbers in Siesta Key and then Deals with the Odor Removal

SERVPRO Equipment, Manned by Skilled Technicians, Can Mitigate Odors after House Fires

Fires can leave foul and lingering smoke odors inside your Florida home that may remain inside the structure if they are not adequately dealt with by trained fire damage professionals like us. Fires can also produce smoke and soot residues that can get all over the surfaces in your home, which is why calling our certified company right away may reduce damages to your property.

 
SERVPRO fire damage technicians in Siesta Key have the right equipment to remove various odors from the structure. In some instances, removing burnt and charred items and materials inside the home and cleaning the affected areas may eliminate smoke odors without any further work. However, this is the exception to the rule. Typically, there is always some odor remaining after a house fire. If foul odors remain in the home after the cleaning and removal process, the crew may spray deodorant chemicals to remove the smells. Improving the indoor air quality is a goal of every fire damage restoration service we provide. This "masking" is not a permanent solution to resolving malodorous circumstances but does help in improving the working environment
 
In some cases, the team may need to use more advanced deodorization equipment. If these smoke odors are pungent, our trained SERVPRO team may use portable ozone machines. SERVPRO techs often use ozone machines to eliminate pungent odors from homes after a fire. Ozone machines use the radical oxygen elemental O3 that can neutralize and eliminate strong smoke smells. Note that ozone is not safe for humans, pets, or even houseplants, so if our team employs this device, homeowners and pets must vacate the premises. Due to ozone’s toxicity, our crew may seal off the entire area and remove materials from the property. After the crew finishes using the ozone machine, they can return items to the home and put all contents back in place, if they were removed for the restoration process.

Hydroxyl generators are small units that can be very beneficial in neutralizing airborne particulates. These are safe and are often used during the cleanup phase, improving air quality for the technicians and residents remaining in the home.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides fire damage services homeowners can trust. We are available to help. Call us 24/7 at (941) 552-6319 any time of the day or night. Fires can occur at any time and without notice. When there is a fire in your home, our skilled technicians can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Places to stay in this resort area, click.

The Benefits You Get from Fast Calls to SERVPRO for Fire Damage in Osprey

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Benefits You Get from Fast Calls to SERVPRO for Fire Damage in Osprey Don't let fire damage and odor linger in your home. Contact SERVPRO for a timely response and effective remediation.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Damage Left By a Fire in Your Home

After a fire causes damage to your Osprey home, one of the first steps you should take is to call a certified restoration company like SERVPRO. The faster you get us on the line, the sooner we can send out a team of technicians and begin the paperwork necessary to get your home restored back to its normal state with as little financial or legal hassle as possible for you. By calling us immediately after disaster strikes, you get these benefits that come with a timely response to the problem.
 
Minimized Restoration Times
 
Many of the actions SERVPRO technicians do when responding to an initial fire damage call in Osprey are designed to reduce time spent on restoration processes in the coming weeks. The faster we can be in and out of your home, the better, and when we receive a call immediately after the disaster in question, we can take care of many problems immediately (such as imminent structural collapses) rather than deal with their effects later on in the restoration process.
 
Cut Costs
 
Less time spent on restorations also contributes to lower financial expenditures on the project as a whole. Long and complex restorative procedures also incur a greater financial burden than emergency measures put in place in the hours following a fire. A swift call to SERVPRO ensures that as many of the former tasks can be avoided as possible and that any costs borne by you remain low and manageable.

Safety Evaluations
 
In some situations, the overall safety of the building and area may be questionable. Without a qualified inspector to evaluate the site, you may be near and around dangerous conditions without realizing it. One of the first representatives we send to the site is always an inspector who gauges not only the extent and expected cost of damages, but also safety risks present throughout the property.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides emergency fire damage restoration services on a 24/7 basis. Call us immediately after disaster strikes at (941) 552-6319.
 
Click here for more about Osprey.

Fire Damage Mitigation In Sarasota of the Smelly Kind

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Mitigation In Sarasota of the Smelly Kind SERVPRO Mitigates Smoke and Soot Odors As Part of Fire Damage Restoration in Sarasota

Smoke and Soot Deposits Can Leave Behind Unpleasant Scents--Call on SERVPRO for a Return to Good Indoor Air Quality

Whenever a fire ignites inside your Sarasota home, smoke odors linger inside the building long after the blaze gets extinguished. Smoke also causes soot residues to deposit on surfaces throughout the home. Foul odors may also accompany these combusted by-products.

Different situations dictate many varying ways to deodorize smoke-damaged areas. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Sarasota have the necessary chemicals and knowledge to fight different types of odors. Various kinds of foul odors can exist based on what materials got burned during the blaze.
 
In many cases, just removing all burnt contents and materials and cleaning everything that contains soot is all that is needed to eliminate smoke odors. If unpleasant aromas still exist then deodorant chemicals get sprayed onto affected materials. In some scenarios more advanced deodorization systems get used. Masking is usually not a lasting solution to lingering malodors. Indoor air quality is a goal of every fire and smoke damage restoration service provided by SERVPRO.
 
In severe cases where pungent smells created by smoke are still present after cleaning, often portable ozone machines get used. Ozone machines use activated oxygen or O3 to cause chemical reactions that neutralize smoke smells. Ozone particles are unstable, and often one oxygen atom attaches to a foul odor particle turning the O3 molecule back to O2 which is the oxygen that exists in the air.
 
Once an ozone molecule gives a malodor particle one oxygen atom, the substance gets oxidized, and the unpleasant aromas are neutralized. However, ozone is not safe for any living being, and the area must be free from any people or pets. Ozone can also break down materials such as natural rubber.
 
Due to its toxicity, if an ozone machine gets used the entire area must be sealed off and not inhabited during the process. Sometimes, instead of sealing off the entire house, only the severely burnt areas get treated. Other times, contents get moved out of your home and put into a sealed room off location. The ozone machine works its magic on the contents for as long of a time as needed; then everything gets put back.
 
Ozone machines often get used for eliminating foul odors after fires, cigarette smoke, mold, and mildew. For professional help with smoke deodorization call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 any time of the day.

Information concerning the local govt.

Fire Damage Leaves a Smokey Stench in Osprey Residences

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Leaves a Smokey Stench in Osprey Residences Whether the fire is small or large, the situation can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage, including left-over odor.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage Including Getting Rid of the Odor Left Behind

Smoldering wastebaskets from still-burning cigarettes pose much less threat now than they did in the past, but Osprey residences can experience fires in other ways. Worn out electrical appliances, defective wiring, and other situations that slowly develop over time can lead to both small and large fires taking place.
 
Residents should take even small amounts of fire damage in Osprey seriously. Our skilled IICRC-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) helps homeowners restore their homes after fire and smoke events. Smoke can also come from cigarette smoking and cooking in the kitchen. We handle smoke-related damage regardless of the source.
 
Small fires can produce enormous amounts of smoke. The particles in this smoke can easily mar finishes as well as continually produce a foul smell. Removing charred materials alone cannot undo the damage. These particles also require removal for your home's complete restoration. Cleaning and scrubbing surfaces, alongside the bagging and removal of charred items, only eliminates the particles within those materials and furnishings.
 
Even with the removal of the majority of these smoke and soot particles, many remain behind inside cracks and tiny spaces where even the tiniest brushes cannot penetrate. We use machines that produce either ozone or hydroxyl gases, and thermal fogging equipment. While the gas-producing machinery slowly envelopes the interior of a home, thermal fogging mimics the pathways that the smoke traveled.
 
Able to enter the same areas the fire's heat forced the smoke particles into, the heated fog bonds with the particles and keeps them from disintegrating back into the air. Unable to mingle in the air, they no longer produce the foul odor that often follows a fire. Both hydroxyl and ozone bond with soot particles in a similar manner, and likewise, they keep any remaining soot or smoke residue from producing odors that people can detect.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is proud to serve the communities of Vamo, Gulf Gate Estates, Bee Ridge, and surrounding areas when fire damage, and accompanying problems with smoke, happen in residents' home. Calling our 24-hour line, (941) 552-6319, starts the process of restoring your home "Like it never even happened."

For more information about the City of Osprey, Florida visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey,_Florida

Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services in Siesta Key

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services in Siesta Key Fires occur more often than most people realize. Should you be facing the aftermath of a fire, calling SERVPRO is your best option for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Promptly to Remediate the Damage that a Fire and Fire Fighting Efforts Left Behind

Fire damage accidents are common and sometimes unavoidable, irrespective of your level of preparedness, they always strike when you are not ready for them. That is why as a homeowner or business person in Siesta Key, you need to know your options. Cleaning and restoring your damaged property after such an incident takes place alleviates further loss.

Despite being unpredictable, there are proven solutions that residents should consider when faced with Siesta Key fire damage incidents. Contacting a licensed service provider like SERVPRO is one of the recommended options. You should consider working with such professionals since you may not be having the right tools to restore and clean your property to its earlier state.

When it comes to cleaning, our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches depending on the situation. The technicians perform a thorough inspection to ascertain the degree of the destruction. During the inspection, the team identifies the source of the fire and traces the extent to which the smoke particles have spread out. It is possible to find different types of smoke residues at the same place given that the fire consumed different contents. Dependent on the type of smoke residues, we choose an appropriate cleaning technique.

We take caution when cleaning your property to prevent any unnecessary damage. For the contents that are beyond repair, we may advise you to do a replacement. To eliminate the smoke particles attached to the affected surface or structure, our technicians use both the dry and wet cleaning techniques to scrape and remove them. Finally, the technicians dispose of the smoke particles.

There was a possibility that the fire extinguishing agents came into contact with the smoke residues. When that happens, an unpleasant odor that is hard to find its source may result. SERVPRO technicians use proven deodorization techniques to deal with such situations.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is a trusted leader offering mold, storm, water and fire damage restoration services. Get in touch with us by calling (941) 552-6319 for further assistance.

For more information regarding the city of Siesta Key, click here.

Fire Sprinklers Can Minimize Fire Damage In Siesta Key Homes

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Sprinklers Can Minimize Fire Damage In Siesta Key Homes A small flame can transform into a major fire in less than thirty seconds.

Sprinklers Can Reduce The Damage Done By A Fire

Fire is fast! A small flame can transform into a major fire in less than thirty seconds. If it happens in your Siesta Key home, you need to be cautious. It takes a few minutes for the whole house to be engulfed in flames or thick black smoke. Heat is more devastating than the actual flames. A fire can escalate room temperatures by up to 600 degrees. This super hot air can melt clothes to your skin and even scorch your lungs when inhaled.

When a fire disaster strikes, every second counts. Having a fire damage restoration company in Siesta Key at hand can come in handy. As a locally based and longstanding restoration company in the area, SERVPRO is uniquely suited to respond quickly to your emergency. Our IICRC-certified technicians are available 24/7, every day of the year to restore your property to pre-damage conditions as quickly as possible.

Sprinklers can go a long way towards minimizing fire damage. Sprinklers are designed to control fires quickly, making them highly efficient at reducing property damage. They can suppress a fire before the Fire and Rescue Service arrives. Sprinkler heads work independently, with only the sprinkler nearest the fire activating during a fire emergency. Sprinklers can serve up to 60 liters a minute.

Sprinklers may not be able to prevent a fire from happening, but they can control its advancement and progression. SERVPRO always recommends having at least one sprinkler in every room in the house. Sprinkler systems can be installed to compensate for certain fire safety measures that may not be possible due to the layout and design of the property. You can use a wet or dry pipe system or alternate them seasonally to save some money.

A dry pipe system can come in handy during the winter months as it minimizes the risk of water freezing in the pipes. Frozen water in your pipes can lead to numerous issues when a fire breaks out. You can drain your wet pipe systems after summer. Partial systems can protect higher risk areas of your house. Pre-action sprinkler systems work by activating both the sprinkler head and smoke detection, virtually eliminating the probability of accidental water discharge. It is essential to carry out a fire risk assessment in your building, with the main consideration being fire damage prevention.

If you have valuable property in your home, installing fire sprinklers can help minimize fire damage in the event of a fire disaster. If you have an incident, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota. You can reach us anytime at (941) 552-6319.

If you want to learn more regarding the city Siesta Key, Florida click here.

Restoring Sarasota Fire Damage

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Sarasota Fire Damage SERVPRO technicians are trained to tackle to your fire damage restoration needs and restore your home, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration Needs After a Storm

Since a hurricane was not enough, residents of Sarasota are dealing with other disasters on top of the rain and flooding. Some homes had the gas lines interrupted which resulted in sparks and fires. The incredible amount of storm damage to our homes has also meant the clean-up process is prolonged compared to past storms. Residents are working together to haul away debris while others are attempting to burn what they can first before removing the rest. Both situations have caused further clean-up.

People forget that sparks and embers can remain lit and travel hundreds of yards before landing on a roof and costing thousands in fire damage to a Sarasota home. Despite the debris, damage, and everything else, SERVPRO is prepared to help our neighbors with every disaster that might deal its way into our town and county.

After flooding and fire, much of our restoration work deals with structural, rather than personal property. What we concentrate on in this situation is the foundation and support structures like wall framing, load-bearing walls, and roof support.

After two disasters, a concrete pad shows some surface damage. It is common, and our technicians are very skilled at surface patching. We wash and clean the pad thoroughly and then apply a layer of concrete over the damaged areas, working the new mix into every crack so that it dries smoothly and leaves little evidence of the previous damage.

Fire usually destroys drywall, but it often leaves the framing and larger support structures intact. Our task at this point is to clean the wood of any residues and perhaps use a deodorizing agent to remove any lingering smells that penetrated the surface.

While some minor scorching is fine and does not present a threat to the home, if flames penetrated the wood, we recommend complete replacement of the affected pieces. We train our SERVPRO technicians to identify the threat and to remove and replace supports. The only time we need to call in a general contractor is when the entire roof shows evidence of compromise.

No matter what the disaster, SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here for the community. If you need assistance after a fire, flood, or any other type of damage, we are ready to help. Call us today at (941) 552-6319.

Visit http://www.sarasotagov.org/ for more information about Sarasota.

Keeping Your Kitchen Safe from Fires in Sarasota

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Your Kitchen Safe from Fires in Sarasota Fires in the kitchen can quickly escalate. Stay safe and call SERVPRO after the fire is under control to begin the remediation process.

Basic Preventative and Maintenance Actions can Help Preclude Kitchen Fires

Your kitchen has the potential to be the most dangerous room in your home. It holds many hazards which can cause unintentional fires and burns. There are some basic safety rules you can follow to keep your kitchen free from hazards. If you have experienced a kitchen fire, you need the professional help of our technicians at SERVPRO. We are a trained and experienced fire damage remediation company who has the tools required to restore your home after a fire.
 
The first thing you should always have in your Sarasota kitchen to prevent fire damage is a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. A smoke detector also needs to be installed and maintained regularly. Any cleaning products should be stored away from children, and do not leave a heat source or fire unattended.
 
Stove and Oven
 
Clean your range and oven regularly and be thorough. Doing so prevents residual grease and food from catching fire. When you are cooking, keep handles of pots turned inward, away from the stove’s edge. Do not wear loose, long sleeves which can hang over the stove while cooking. Keep your eye on the oven at all times when it is on and ensure it is turned off when you are done cooking.
 
Flammable items such as dish rags, towels, and curtains should not be near the stove. Also, be cautious with flammable liquids, since a small spark can ignite vapors from these fluids.
 
Microwave Ovens
 
Ensure all vents are clear of obstructions and the microwave has enough space for air circulation. Do not put foil or other metals in the microwave oven, as they can create sparks and fires. SERVPRO can help you restore your kitchen back to its former condition after a fire in your microwave.

Appliances
 
Do not use appliances which have not been tested and approved by a recognized facility. Keep electrical outlets from being overloaded as well and check for broken or worn wiring on a regular basis. Be sure to make any needed repairs in a timely fashion and keep cords on the counter, so they do not get pulled down accidentally.
 
Deep Fryers and Frying Pans
 
The best thing to prevent fryer fires is to use a fryer with a controlled thermostat. Do not allow grease and fat build up in pans or on the stove, since they can easily catch fire. When SERVPRO arrives at your home, we assess the damage first, including any smoke or soot and water damage. Before we begin any remediation, we go over the plan with you so you can understand all that is happening.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here whenever you need us. If you have experienced a kitchen fire in your home, just reach out to us at (941) 552-6319 so we can help you clean up and repair your home.

For more information regarding Sarasota, click here

Soot Removal for Wood Surfaces after Fire Damage in Sarasota

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Removal for Wood Surfaces after Fire Damage in Sarasota Every type of wood finish requires a different approach after fire damage. Call SERVPRO to make your floors look great again after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Approach Each Type of Wood Surface Differently During the Restoration Process


Wood is one of the trickiest substances to clean and restore after a residential fire. It is a naturally porous material, so it absorbs soot and smoke odors, instead of trapping them on the surface like plastic or metal. Wooden floors, for instance, often require fairly aggressive cleaning and deodorization to bring them back to their original condition.

There are typically two types of wooden surface which repair teams tackle after fire damage in Sarasota homes. They are finished (or treated) and unfinished wood. Each requires a slightly different approach, so it is important for SERVPRO to inspect damaged items before restoration work begins.

Finished (Treated) Wood

Most pieces of wooden furniture in a home are treated or finished in some way. Desks, dressers, cabinets, tables and hallway railings are all usually coated with a protective layer. It makes them less vulnerable to fire and smoke damage, but it does not mean that they are impervious to the effects of high temperatures.

In this case, the best way to remove soot stains is a gentle cleaning agent. It gets carefully worked into the grain of the wood, where it keeps the dirt suspended for easy removal later. The drier and dustier the soot, the easier it is to eliminate. Dry residues are wiped away with a duster or captured with a HEPA vacuum.

Wet, oily stains are more likely to lift with the addition of a wood cleaning formula. In rare cases, the SERVPRO technicians use steel wool to lift stubborn stains. However, this method is only suitable if we can maintain the appearance of the grain. Afterward, the surface goes through a refinishing stage to bring it back to its original shine.

Unfinished Wood

Unfinished surfaces present a bigger challenge because they do not have that protective layer. They are much more susceptible to deep, embedded soot and smoke stains. The good news is that unfinished wood tends to be limited to structural materials and the interior of things like cabinets, dressers, and wardrobes. So, it may not be a very visible problem.

Nevertheless, SERVPRO is committed to restoring all wooden surfaces, whether they are a prominent part of the room or not. The first step is to use a HEPA vacuum or a dry sponge to remove dry soot. Then, we apply a suppression spray to reduce smoky odors. The technicians use a suitable degreasing formula to lift residues off the surface.

Especially stubborn stains may need a more extreme solution. For instance, we can sand smaller patches until the marks are no longer visible. Don’t worry about compromising the aesthetic of the floor or piece of furniture because a concealing finish gets added later. Finally, the space is thermal fogged to drive lingering odors out of the wood and into the atmosphere, where they are captured and neutralized.

At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we are committed to helping customers bounce back after a residential fire. We provide a local service, so we are ideally placed to assist homeowners in the Sarasota area. Call us 24/7 at (941) 552-6319 today.

Common Causes Of Fire Damage In Sarasota

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Common Causes Of Fire Damage In Sarasota Candles Often Cause Fire Damage in Sarasota

When Damage Results from Fires to Your Property, Call SERVPRO

Unfortunately, irresponsible activities and carelessness play a huge role in house fires. Things like forgetting that you put a pan on the stove or leaving a curling iron sitting next to a tissue box on the bathroom counter.
 
There are a variety of reasons your Sarasota area home could receive fire damage, being aware of many of these causes can help prevent them from occurring. If you find yourself needing restorations services, look to us for help.
 
Fires related to cooking incidents are among the highest causes of fire damage that we respond to at SERVPRO. People leave plastic bags, like a loaf of bread, near their coffee pot or stove, or they try to put grease fires out with water. When you think about it, a majority of kitchen fires are completely preventable.
 
Smokers are another leading cause of fire damage in homes. They say that smoking puts your personal health at risk, but it can certainly put your welfare at risk as well. People like to sit on their couch, relaxing after a tough day, enjoying the evening news. Having the tip fall off into the cushions with disastrous results.
 
At SERVPRO we find that space heaters are another concern, whether you use a portable floor heater or even a wall heater, it is important to keep flammable objects away from the source of heat. Never leave one unattended, and if you plan on going to sleep soon, you should unplug it and store it properly first. Never leave candles unattended.
 
Electrical issues are big on the list as well, seen mostly in older homes where faulty or outdated wiring causes excessive dust and debris to catch fire. There are also instances of frayed wires or broken plugs coming into contact with insulation or curtains.
 
Electronic appliances, lamps, alarm clocks, televisions, are all examples of hazards when you consider the number of people that are totally reliant on technology these days. SERVPRO has often responded to calls for damage from overloaded power bars, extension cords and out of date devices which are all dangerous. A slight burning odor does not mean that your television is just warming up.
 
Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota for additional ways to keep safe or receive the services you need today. (941) 552-6319