Recent Fire Damage Posts
Cleaning Lint From Your Dryer Can Prevent a Fire
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the majority of dryer fires were due to lint fires. This means that homeowners in Brunswick, ME, may reduce their risk of fire damage by performing routine dryer maintenance to clear the dryer’s exhaust system of lint.
Here are three to remove lint from your dryer’s ventilation system:
1. Clean the lint trap after every use.
2. Clear the flexible vent pipe.
3. Brush the ventilation system.
After performing these three steps, run your dryer on a no-heat cycle, to push out any lint you loosened during cleaning. If you need professional help for mitigation and restoration after a lint fire, look for a company that is knowledgeable and experienced in disaster recovery. SERVPRO of Bath / Brunswick is your local fire restoration company.
The Insurance Adjuster and Fire Damage
You have just had a serious fire. The flames are out, the tarps are in place and the windows are boarded up. Once the building is secured from the elements, it’s time for the insurance adjuster to open the claim, assess the damage and let you know about the loss. However, when it comes to a serious fire loss, it is important to have both the adjuster and the restoration team available.
Professional Restoration is on Your Team
The adjuster sees a lot of losses and so does a restoration team. It’s important to take into consideration all the areas of the home that the fire might have damaged.
• Evaluate the steel beams and iron components, looking for damage from intense heat.
• Evaluate HVAC and ductwork for fire and smoke damage.
• Inspect the roof, exterior walls and siding for evidence of hidden damage from the heat.
• Identify areas where fire and smoke damage need to be repaired before new walls go up.
• Evaluate water damage and check for the presence of mold in water-damaged areas.
Combined Fire Damage Cleanup
There are several different types of damage you may experience with a fire. You will have the obvious damage of coming in direct contact with fire. However, there is also soot, debris, smoke damage, and water damage.
You may ask, "how can I have water damage?"
When you have a fire in your home or business, efforts to put out the blaze may involve sprinkler systems, the firefighters using water, or both. The water damage extinguishes the fire which saves the home or building from burning down to the ground. The fact is, water damage is better than having to rebuild, especially for commercial buildings.
Cleaning up a water damage is done by extracting the water and then cleaning up the fire. The rest of the fire damage and water damage can be cleaned up simultaneously. Using a restoration company that is certified in fire and water restoration is your best bet.
Two ways to Cleanup Smoke in your Brunswick Home
A hydroxyl generator is an alternative to an ozone machine that does not require evacuation. This odor neutralization method relies on ultraviolet light to produce radicals that destroy smoke particles. Although this treatment can be effective, it is likely to take three to five times as long as an ozone treatment.
Vapor modification relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize the odor of smoke. This treatment can take place while occupants remain in a home, but it is also slower than more intensive treatments.
The best smoke cleaning method depends on the severity of smoke odor in a residence and whether temporary evacuation is possible. Ozone machines and thermal foggers are fast and effective treatments that call for temporary evacuation. Air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and vapor modification take longer, but allow occupants to remain at home in Brunswick, ME.
What happens if more damage is found during fire cleanup?
There are times when a fire can cause damage where the adjuster and restoration team cannot see. The problem only arises when the restoration of your Bath, ME, home begins. If there is extra damage identified during the cleanup, the cost is going to be higher than the adjuster’s original estimate.
Adjusting the Adjuster’s Estimate
If there is a need to adjust the original estimate, then we have a protocol for the problem. We definitely do not want the homeowner to have to face any extra charges. The restoration company will continue cleaning within the scope of the estimate until the adjuster is contacted, the new project is added to the estimate, and the new estimate is approved.
When dealing with a fire loss, quality restoration is best handled by skilled professionals and specialized equipment. You are fortunate that a team of fire restoration specialists can be found close by in Bath, ME. See how smoothly things go with experts on the job.
How To Deal With a Gas Leak
Make sure your stove is off
How To Deal With a Gas Leak
It may seem like an ordinary day, but then you catch a whiff of natural gas. The odor of gas in your home in Brunswick, ME, is a serious situation. If left untreated, the result could be a gas fire. It’s very important to stay calm and follow the advice of professionals so you and your family remain safe.
1. Make Sure Your Stove Is Off
If the home is safe, check the burners on your stove, and make sure they are off. It’s possible someone bumped into the stove and accidentally turned on the gas.
2. Don’t Flip Any Switches
It’s important not to turn on any switches. Don’t use any electrical devices or anything with an open flame, as a spark or flame could cause a gas fire.
3. Ventilate the House
Allow gas in the home to escape by opening doors and windows. Know where your gas meter is located; they are installed both inside and outside of a home. An inside meter could be in the basement or in a utility room. All gas meters are equipped with an emergency shutoff switch, so use a wrench to turn off the meter and lessen the chance of a gas explosion.
4. Leave the Home
If the odor of gas is strong, or you can hear gas hissing, evacuate the home, and move the length of a football field away. Call 911 to report the gas emergency.
A gas leak is a dangerous situation, but taking action quickly can prevent a gas fire. It’s important to know what to do when an odor of gas is present, so you and your family should review the steps of dealing with a gas leak at least once a year. The important thing is to get out of the home safely. If there is a fire, leave the firefighting to the professionals and leave the fire damage assessment to restoration experts.