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How can I Mitigate my Loss After a Home Fire?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Professional Restoration Specialists Can Help You Mitigate your Loss After a Fire in Your Sarasota Home

It is not uncommon for a partial fire to erupt in a home, leaving some areas in need. In Sarasota, the weather is usually benevolent, and repairs can be done without the deadline imposed by the changing seasons but wasting time costs money. It is best to act quickly and allow experts to lead the process to reduce the scope of the damage and minimize your expenses

In Sarasota, fire damage is our specialty. Our SERVPRO team is certified to handle your emergency by applying industry best practices and using the latest technology. With our help, you gain a comprehensive view of how your home will return to mint condition by salvaging what we can and protecting unaffected sections from cross-contamination. Our understanding of the theory of fire and how smoke travels prepares us to look beyond what is evident to the naked eye.

What are the proper steps to restore my home?

Fires can be very messy due to the even itself and then ensuing extinguishing agents necessary to tame the flames. When our SERVPRO team arrives, safety is our priority, which we follow with understanding the source of the fire and how smoke and soot settled onto each surface. Depending on each material, we may need to apply targeted cleaning solutions that allow us to clean while preventing further damage due to their abrasive nature. Key to a successful restoration are the following steps:

  • Water extraction by using pumps and extractors of different sizes
  • Disinfecting to eliminate harmful bacteria
  • Deodorizing and purifying your air to rid your home of the acrid smell of smoke

After the fire damage restoration process is over, our SERVPRO crew can also offer reconstruction services under its general contractor license # CGC1504870. This value-added service mitigates your loss of time and money by allowing repairs to be coordinated and seamless, centralized by our expert staff.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota helps restore your home from the moment the emergency happens to its full restoration. Contact us at (941) 552-6319 and let us leave your house "Like it never even happened."

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What Kind of Safety Precautions Do SERVPRO Technicians Use During Deodorization?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke and soot damage on wall and ceiling. Soot residue and smoke odors are difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the equipment and knowledge to remove the smell.

After a Fire in Your Sarasota Home, Our Technicians Work to Remove Smoke Odors Carefully

The smell of smoke is extremely intense, requiring specific methods for removal. Deodorizers are strong chemicals requiring safety precautions for the behalf of both the occupants of your Sarasota home and our technicians. Some procedures require more safety precautions than others. For instance, using masking agents do not require as much preparation and precautions as fogging a home.

What Types of Deodorization Methods Require Extra Precautions?

SERVPRO Technicians Require Additional Safety Measures for Thermal Foggers and Ozone Generators

During fire restoration in your Sarasota house, deodorization is inevitable. Even the smallest fire can produce odor-causing smoke residue that may last for weeks or even months if left unattended. Our SERVPRO team must take precautions to keep both themselves and the residents of your home safe during the fire deodorization process. Some of the deodorization products used during thermal fogging are flammable, requiring extreme care. Likewise, ozone (activated oxygen) is a toxic gas that can cause harm when inhaled.

What Are Some of the Safety Procedures?

  • Technicians post warning signs on every door of the structure to ensure that anyone entering the home knows that about the fogging or ozone generator.
  • For thermal fogging, our team switches off pilot lights to reduce the fire's risk due to the open flame of a pilot light.
  • Technicians wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and ability to breathe.
  • Residents and pets should not be present for thermal fogging or ozone generator use.
  • Ventilation to remove both odors and fumes are important before occupants and pets return to the home.

For assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Can Sprinklers Minimize Fire Damage in Siesta Key Homes?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Closeup of flame of fire on a black background A small flame can transform into a major fire in less than thirty seconds.

Sprinklers Reduce Property Damage in Siesta Key

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.

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How Can Fast Professional Response Save Osprey Homeowners Money After Fire Damage?

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Heavily fire damaged room with burnt walls and furniture 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 Osprey 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. 

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Convenient Options to Aid Remediation After an Osprey 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 an Osprey 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.

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What is the Best Way to Eliminate Fire Odors in My Sarasota Home?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot on ceiling and wall Fires leave smoke and soot residue and odors that are difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to remove the smoke.

SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to Get Rid of Foul Smoke Odors in Your Sarasota Home

A common mistake many property owners make after a fire loss is only moving out the burned and smoke damaged items. While this gets rid of the visual evidence that a fire occurred in a Sarasota home, it does little to address the pungent odors that are often left behind. Worse, they can spread to other parts of the house unless adequately cleaned and neutralized. 

What is the Best Method of Fire and Odor Removal?

Engaging a professional service for fire and odor removal in Sarasota residential properties is critical for the best outcome. The elimination of smoke odors is a multi-layered process, and the air quality within the property should get addressed during the fire loss mitigation using tactics like the creation of negative air chambers and equipment such as air scrubbers. 

Common Problem Places in Homes with Fire Odors 

SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training in the mitigation of fire loss and know the areas that frequently hold pungent smells in the home after a fire such as:

  • Upholstered furniture and window treatments
  • Carpet
  • Painted walls
  • Insulation
  • Ductwork

Finding and Eliminating Smoke Odors

Since soot particles exist smaller than the human eye can see, it is crucial to deploy equipment to capture the airborne particulate to improve the air quality. Another necessary action is putting up containment around the loss area doorways and vents during the fire cleanup and restoration services in Sarasota. The barrier keeps soot from winding up in other areas of the home or the ductwork. 

Removal of Ruined Building Materials 

Should charred and burned items remain on-site, they contribute towards foul odors. SERVPRO technicians identify and remove items that have too much fire loss for restoration services. To assist homeowners who may already be feeling overwhelmed, the techs photograph and document any building materials or contents removed for disposal to assist in the expediting of any insurance claims. Each item gets inspected for restoration potential; non-porous items typically have the best outcome through the various cleaning methods available. 

Insulation and Ductwork Can Hold Fire Odors

These two areas get overlooked in DIY fire cleanup efforts. However, if the HVAC runs post-fire, it can quickly spread odorous soot throughout the home and exacerbate the odor issue. When a portion of the sheetrock gets charred, the insulation within tends to accumulate odors and may require removal. The techs have a specialized vacuum to collect the insulation and prep the wall cavities for the reinstallation of new insulation after completing the mitigation efforts. The techs have the equipment to eradicate odors and allergens present in the ductwork thoroughly.

Water Damage Sometimes is an Issue 

If water got used during the fire extinguishing efforts, a need for extraction is most likely present. The use of moisture detection equipment helps the techs determine the location of all elevated areas of moisture, which is particularly useful for finding the migrated water under floors and within wall cavities. SERVPRO techs have training and certification in mold remediation #MRSR3181, and they know the favorable conditions and early warning signs of a mold infestation. After a water loss cleanup, proactive treatments such as antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants get used commonly.  

Odor Control is a Critical Part of Fire Damage

After the extraction of water and cleanup of the charred and ruined structure and contents in the home, the attention turns to any needed odor control before any building can begin. Some or all the following actions may be necessary: 

  • Use of deodorizing cleaning agents
  • Placement of time-release gel pellets for mild odor control issues
  • Thermal fogging in areas that need more robust scent removal
  • Hydroxyl generators safely capture and neutralize airborne particulate
  • Use of sealant on painted walls where the smoke residues got removed through cleaning, but a slight odor remained
  • Inspection and cleaning of the ductwork in the home
  • Deep cleaning of carpet and upholstery

You Cannot Build Over Odors

The techs can go straight into the repairs and reconstruction process (general contractor license #CGC1504870) with approval from the homeowner and adjuster. This process saves the homeowner from the stress of finding a reputable contractor to pick up where the cleanup efforts ended, plus the techs already know every area in the home that needs addressing. SERVPRO techs are very careful to always work within the scope of the coverage. 

When you need fire and odor removal, DIY efforts are not going to be strong enough. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasotaat (941) 552-6319 and get your home restored to its preloss condition. 

We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Sarasota Home After A Fire

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

odor remover machine known as an ozone generator We use various methods to remove the unwanted odor after a fire such as this ozone generator.

Don’t Let Fire Damage Linger on Your Appliances in Your Sarasota Property

Once you suffer from fire loss, the look and smell of your home are instantly changed. Leftover smoke residue and charred debris often make the interior look a lot worse than it is. The good news is that you can get to the heart of the problem and ensure your home is back to normal faster when you hire the right team of experts for the job.

Calling SERVPRO technicians gives you the prompt response you need to remedy fire damage in Sarasota. We can take a look at all of your affected contents, including any appliances covered in soot and smoke residue. Even though these items may seem like a total loss, we have specialized cleaning methods and products that come to the rescue.

Inspection

It is best that all of the appliances within your home are tested to make sure that they are in proper working condition. After exposure to fire, heat, and smoke damage could bring about hidden issues that a trained expert can detect.

Surface Cleaning

When it comes to your dishwasher, range, or refrigerator, the initial thought might be to replace them. However, SERVPRO technicians have the techniques and cleaning agents at-the-ready to start the surface cleaning process along with proprietary restoration methods to get the job done. In many situations, we can restore them to like-new condition.

Non-absorbent surfaces, such as the outside of your freezer or dishwasher, can attract harsh smoke residue that is difficult to clean with traditional methods. Wet cleaning helps to release the sticky residue, making it easier to wipe away. If a stubborn residue is present, SERVPRO technicians use high-alkaline cleaning agents to break it up and remove it.

Pre-Testing Surfaces

Because some finishes on the household appliances can react poorly to some cleaning agents, our technicians take note of the surface materials on your appliances before cleaning begins. We take special care with chrome and aluminum surfaces so that no pitting or other fire damage takes place.

In some situations, yellowing may develop on appliances exposed to heat. SERVPRO technicians have paste cleaners that gently cleanse the surface without disrupting the finish.

Do you need help cleaning up the fire damage in your kitchen? We are always here to help when you need us at SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Give our team a call at (941) 216-6209, and we can send a team out as soon as possible.

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Clearing Fire Damage And Odor From Your Home In Sarasota

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

smoke damaged home Odors are an unpleasant part of any home environment.

Clearing Fire Damage and Odor from your Sarasota Home using Sealants and Air Exchange

When restoring your home from a recent fire, one of the toughest challenges is removing all trace of odor. Fires cause materials to combust at high temperatures, during which time they release chemical particles into the atmosphere. Depending on the type of materials burning, these chemicals may create mild or strong malodors with synthetic materials like plastic, generally producing the worse smells.  Odor particles are hard to remove due to their size, measuring in at just 4 microns- a human hair, by comparison, registers at 100 microns.

When you need to restore fire damage and odor in your Sarasota home, you should seriously consider professional assistance. While removing soots, soiling, or debris from a fire may fall under a manageable task, as there are many chemical changes to your indoor space that are invisible to the naked eye. Our approach at SERVPRO is to take in a broad spectrum of odor-controlling methods and equipment to ensure we work practically and efficiently.

You may notice odors are more prominent in your home when water is present. This may be the result of firefighting procedures to put out the blaze or from cleaning surfaces. The nose is more sensitive to smells when moisture is present in the air. Often, as the property dries, odors become less prominent. However, they may remain above the level before the fire.

SERVPRO technicians attempt to loosen bonded smoke particles from surfaces during cleaning. It is sometimes dislodging odors with light vacuuming or agitative machinery. Other times, airing the property by opening windows and placing box fans to encourage air exchange can be effective odor management. However, particles that are subject to high pressure may enter surfaces, making it tougher to remove. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians can use sealing primers to lock odors into the surface. A homeowner then has a clean wall for repainting to complete the job.

Odors are an unpleasant part of any home environment. Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.

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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Siesta Key Home

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

A clothes dryer in a laundry room that caught fire from a clogged vent The clogged vent in this clothes dryer resulted in a charred and fire-damaged area in this home. We arrived right away and began restoration.

What to Do in Siesta Key Homes with Smoke and Fire Damage

The aftermath of a fire brings several challenges for restoration teams. First is the cleanup, which may include water extraction, removal of chemical flame retardants from the structure, and the haul-away of charred debris.

When SERVPRO technicians work on turning around fire damage in Siesta Key homes, they know that odor-causing soot becomes airborne quickly and spreads throughout a structure. The result is an entire home with a pungent smoke odor. One of the best actions a homeowner can take is to turn off the HVAC and close off the fire loss area as well as possible.

Cleaning Smoke Damage Helps Avoid Repainting

SERVPRO technicians have numerous cleaning agents to tackle walls with smoke damage. Dry cleaning sponges make short work of dry smoke residues and pick them up and lift them away from the surfaces. Wet smoke residues are somewhat more tenacious in their hold on the surface and often require the application of a solvent to loosen their grip for thorough cleaning. In many cases, this attention to detail saves homeowners the cost of repainting.

Why Fire Cleanup Needs to Start Quickly

In a fire-damaged home, water gets left behind, and mold infestations have the potential to begin as fast as 24 hours after the event. The technicians hold certifications in Mold Remediation #MRSR3181 and know the warning signs of mold colonies and how to stop them in their tracks.

Duct Inspection and Cleaning

Soot travels quickly through the ductwork of a home. If the HVAC has been running after a fire, SERVPRO technicians inspect and determine if the house needs duct cleaning. This inhibits the smell of smoke odor throughout the home.

Taking the Stress Out of Rebuilding

In the majority of fire damage cleanup situations, there is rebuilding and repairs that need to happen. With their general contractor license #CGC1504870, SERVPRO offers not only restoration but also reconstruction, so the transition is seamless for the homeowner with no need to find and verify a contractor after the fire cleanup completes.

Do not delay if there is fire damage in your home. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319, and the technicians can restore your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened.

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Our Crew Will Help You Clean Up Your Sarasota Home After A Fire

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

wooden crates stacked in warehouse with forklift in foreground Fire damage in a home created soot and smoke damage to the contents as well as to the dwelling itself. We moved the contents to our warehouse.

Get Expert Fire Damage Cleanup for Your Sarasota Residence to Prevent Additional Damage

All fires can be dangerous even if the aftereffects are not visible immediately. They can leave a home unsafe and cause structural damage because of soot and ash residues as wells as water damage from fire extinguishing efforts. Fire damage restoration is usually necessary. 

To restore your Sarasota residence after fire damage, you can call SERVPRO. Our crew can help you clean up the affected areas to restore your residential property to the state it was in before the fire. We have helped many property owners deal with fire damage. We recommend that you take the following steps as you prepare to restore your home. 

  • Open all doors and windows to help remove as much smoke as possible.
  • Use plastic sheets to cover up clean and unaffected furniture to safeguard it from damage during the cleanup process. 
  • Do not plug in electronics. Contact an electrician to inspect your house for electrical damage that the fire may have caused. 
  • Dispose of any open or possibly exposed foods that may be contaminated because of the fire. 

Fire and smoke are tricky problems to deal with, and that is the reason it is vital to work with professionals who have expertise in fire restoration. Our technicians can inspect your home and take care of every bit of smoke and soot damage. During the restoration process, we identify the source to determine which kind of fire occurred. We also evaluate the wet areas that require drying and then use equipment like wet/dry vacuums, air movers, and dehumidifiers to eliminate the water and moisture. 

A fire can char some structures of your home. We perform structural restoration, which includes removing charred items that could seal in smoke like burned wood and insulation. Fire damage also causes smoke damage to walls, paint, and wallpaper. Our technicians can clean different surfaces that have smoke, soot, and other residues. The methods we use to clean structural items depend on the surface that requires cleaning. We can wet clean some surfaces and dry clean others. Wet cleaning involves using water-based cleaning products, while dry-cleaning is ideal for surfaces that can sustain damage if we use water-based products. 

Although wet cleaning is more effective at removing residues, it is not suitable for porous surfaces like unfinished wood because moisture can set residues into the wood. Our SERVPRO technicians use dry cleaning sponges to remove the residues. 

For washable surfaces, we use water with or without a cleaning agent to clean. The items we clean using this method are usually wet during the cleaning process. It is an effective cleaning strategy for cleaning surfaces that are moderately or heavily soiled. We can perform wet cleaning to deal with greasy, oil-based residues or soils on glossy-painted or flat-painted surfaces. 

When there are residues in your home after a fire, you can count on SERVPRO of South Sarasota to assist you with cleaning up the affected areas. Call us today at (941) 552-6319. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Steps You Can Take to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Sarasota Condo

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

This damage looks easy enough to clean, but wiping it down without the correct cleaners and equipment will just cause the soot to spread.

Restoring Your Condo After a Kitchen Fire

If you search the internet for fire damage to a condo, it is surprising how often accidental fires occur. Although there certainly are those cases where the whole apartment building burns to the ground, there are many more that receive little attention from the media. However, it often a stove that is left on by accident, or a candle burning too close to a billowing curtain, causing a small fire to erupt and trigger the water sprinklers. Your condo is now wet, full of smoke and soot on the ceiling, and it has an awful smell.

Your condo in Sarasota may lead in this fire damage story. When your place is in disarray, reach out to SERVPRO for our expert restoration services. Our technicians hold certifications by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and our field experience prepares us to handle restoration jobs of any size. Just reach out to our 24/7 hotline, and we dispatch crews as soon as possible.

Even when the fire damage appears small, a professional team is your best option to restore your condo. Not only does our SERVPRO staff know how to clean and disinfect your belongings, but we also know how to prevent further damage. For example, the sprinklers may have saturated your dry-wall, leaving it weak without your knowledge. Our crew can gauge moisture levels by using infrared technology or hygrometers and determine next steps. If we need to enter the cavity behind the wall to speed up the drying process, we can do so with advanced equipment built specifically for that purpose. A rented dehumidifier or wet/dry vacuum may not completely dry the hidden areas, leaving you vulnerable to more damage in the long term.

Fire damage is serious. SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here to help, even if your needs seem small to you. Just call us at (941) 552-6319 and let us leave your condo “Like it never even happened.”

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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation In Sarasota

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your Sarasota home can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO today for all your remediation needs.

Removing Stubborn Soots and Odors after Fire Damage in Sarasota

The problematic aspect of most fire restoration jobs is in removing stubborn soots and odors rather than replacing structure or appliances. We call this process returning the property to its preloss condition. Doing so requires deodorization as well as a full range of chemical agents to remove all signs and smells of soiling professionally. Our service uses local technicians that are highly trained in the safe access, assessment and application of property restoration.

You can arrange a service to remediate losses after fire damage in Sarasota by reaching out to us on our twenty four hour emergency line. Notifying us of the extent of damages allows us to tailor the skillset of technical support. SERVPRO staff hold Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) in a range of property restoration areas. We can send both Odor Control Technicians (OCT) and Fire Restoration Technicians (FRT) to your property within four hours of notification of loss.

The types of smoke damage caused by fire are as variable as the fire itself. A slow burning fire typically causes massive buildup because there is more time for the smoke to erode finishes and become embedded in the surface. Synthetic materials, for example, burn slowly and create unpleasant odors. SERVPRO use abrasive cleaners with corrosive chemical agents that can prove useful in removing stubborn stains without risking the spread of soiling to unaffected areas or surfaces.

High-temperature fires that involve the burning of natural materials can spread soots quickly across the home. As these soot travel, they can drop onto surfaces, mattresses, and upholstery. A SERVPRO technician can use a foam cleaning technique on soft surfaces that reduces the risk of shrinkage or bleeding dyes. We can also apply a liquid deodorant solution to find and neutralize odors from inside fabrics or soft furnishings.

As a rule of thumb, deodorization works best by recreating the conditions that spread the odor in the first place. Since fire odors are caused by smoke, we use thermal foggers to vaporize deodorants and fumigate the property. Since vapor behaves in a similar way to smoke, this method can be particularly useful in clearing ventilation shafts or other cavities in the home.

Return your home to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 to arrange a service.

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Proof That Fire Damage Remediation Services Are Exactly What You Are Looking For in Sarasota

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Restoration after a fire can often seem overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.

Why You Should Let SERVPRO Handle Debris from Fire Damage in Sarasota

Removing the debris from your home after fire damage strikes might seem like the first logical step to take before calling in a professional damage mitigation and restoration company like SERVPRO to take care of the more challenging aspects of fire damage recovery. However, we generally recommend that you allow our technicians to handle the removal and processing of debris unless it is vital that you retrieve something. Not only can the aftermath of a fire be dangerous, but you could even end up causing additional damage to the building if you are not careful.

The Safety Risks of Fire Damage Debris

Fire damage in Sarasota is not something to be taken lightly. Fire can carry with it a wide variety of health and safety hazards even long after the flames have been put out. Fires can cause physical and chemical changes in materials that may make them hazardous to the touch. Also, many electrical systems and appliances in your home (including modern stovetops and kitchen appliances) may suffer damage to their electrical systems when exposed to open flame or high heat. SERVPRO technicians don heavy protective equipment whenever they handle debris from fire damage because the risks associated with any given object may be difficult to identify and predict.

Do Not Cause More Damage

Any movement in and around the fire-damaged area can cause further problems for your home even if you are exceptionally careful. Touching items covered in ash can transfer fire residues to other parts of the home, and in many circumstances, it may be almost impossible to prevent your shoes from picking up ash and spreading it to undamaged floors. By staying away from damaged areas and allowing SERVPRO professionals to handle as much as possible, you decrease the risk of causing any further harm to your home.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota has the tools and experience necessary to mitigate and reverse the effects of fire damage without creating additional damages in your home. Call us at (941) 552-6319 to find out how we can help.

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How A Fire At Your Neighbor's Property Can Damage Your Sarasota Home

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot from a neighboring property can invade your home.

Cleaning Smoke Residue from a Nearby Sarasota Structure Fire

Housefires thankfully do not always occur to just your Sarasota home. However, with the likelihood for any home nearby to experience this disaster, your property could remain at risk for the effects of a massive structure fire. The smoke residue is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when a nearby home catches fire, as the outside and parts of the interior of your home can become affected by the spreading smoke and soot particulates in the air.

The exterior and parts of the interior of your home are susceptible to smoke and soot fire damage in Sarasota when nearby properties battle this disaster. While the primary home experiences the greatest brunt of fire damages and effects including structural damages, your home might only get coated in a thick residue from wet smoke from the smoldering property. Removing this residue requires specialized equipment and the expertise of our SERVPRO professionals, as many conventional cleaning methods can allow your siding or brickwork on the exterior of your home to become stained.

Even more detrimental than the need to clean the exterior of your home is the possibility of this smoke and soot damage reaching inside. Many homeowners run their air conditioning units year round, allowing a constant intake of air from the outside to get treated and forced through the ductwork. When this outside air is thick with soot and smoke particles, these get brought into your HVAC system and can get distributed through your home by bypassing a clogged filter.

Cleaning up the interior of your home, as well as the outside of the property, involves the use of high-powered vacuums that can remove the bulk of the residue resting on the material. Cleaning is an intricate process with industrial-grade solvents and detergents.

Sometimes your home does not have to be the center of the disaster to experience some of the effects. No matter what emergency your home faces, trust in the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of South Sarasota fire restoration technicians. Give us a call 24/7 at (941) 552-6319.

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Some Warning Signs of Sarasota Fire Damage That You Should Avoid

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

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.”

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Fire Damage Mitigation In Sarasota of the Smelly Kind

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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Fire Damage Leaves a Smokey Stench in Osprey Residences

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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."

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Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services in Siesta Key

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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Restoring Sarasota Fire Damage

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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Soot Removal for Wood Surfaces after Fire Damage in Sarasota

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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