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Key Differences Between Smoke Alarms

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Key Differences Between Smoke Alarms Photoelectric smoke detector

Type of Smoke Alarm You Should Have in Your Home

When it comes to fire safety, smoke alarms are lifesaving appliances to have in your home. Having them inspected regularly and making sure that they work properly is crucial. However, not all smoke detectors are created equally. This guide can help you understand the key differences between them and determine which type of smoke alarm you should have in your Topsham, ME, home.

Ionization Alarms

As indicated by the name, ionization alarms activate when they ionize the air inside the smoke detector. These alarms primarily detect flaming fires, which refer to fires caused by flammable materials such as:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover
  • Gasoline
  • Flour

Fires that occur as a result of these materials igniting can cause a lot of damage. It’s useful to have an ionization alarm installed to have maximum protection in case of a flaming fire.

Photoelectric Alarms

Unlike ionization alarms, photoelectric alarms are designed to detect slowly growing fires, such as electrical fires. While ionization alarms sense the flames from larger fires, photoelectric detectors tend to focus more on smoke particles. A photoelectric smoke alarm also uses a light-sensing chamber to detect the presence of smoke and is less likely to go off randomly.

Dual-Sensor Alarms

Aspects of both ionization and photoelectric alarms are included in dual-sensor alarms. A dual-sensor detector can be an effective option for your home as it incorporates the benefits of both alarms. However, dual-sensor detectors are also the most costly type of alarm. It’s important to consider your priorities as you choose the best alarm for your house.
Finding the right alarm to install in your home is vital to the safety of you and your family. However, a good smoke alarm system isn’t enough to protect your home from damage. Be sure to call fire restoration services as soon as possible so that your home in Topsham, ME, can recover from any fire damage.

How To Clean Smoke-Damaged Contents

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Clean Smoke-Damaged Contents SERVPRO can take care of soot and smoke damage

Methods That May Be Used to Clean Smoke-Damaged Items

There is so much to do in the aftermath of a fire in Phippsburg, ME. From water damage to fire and smoke damage, there may be significant cleaning and restoration work to do inside the affected building. Contents inside the property may be just as damaged as the building structure itself. Can contents be effectively cleaned? Is dry cleaning an option? You may also need to consider content storage following item removal and cleaning. Below are several methods that may be used to clean smoke-damaged items following a fire.

1. Wet Cleaning

Many items inside your building may withstand cleaning via water-based methods. Dishes and some keepsakes are examples of items that may be wet-cleaned.

2. Spray and Wipe

Cleaning of contents that cannot handle thorough wetting may include spray and wipe cleaning methods. As the name implies, cleaning material is sprayed directly onto items and then wiped until clean.

3. Dry Cleaning

This method may be a great way to restore fabric-based items such as clothing, bedding and window curtains. Specialized cleaning treatments may help remove lingering smoke odors and stains.

4. Foam Cleaning

Foam cleaning may be a good choice for certain upholstered items that may not be cleaned with water. Cleaning foams are specially designed to remove smoke damage and resulting odors.

5. Abrasive Cleaning

This content cleaning method involves using fine particles on an item’s surface to remove smoke damage. Abrasive cleaning methods may be used on building contents or on the property itself.

6. Immersion Cleaning

This technique involves submerging contents into a cleaning solution to remove stains and odors.

There are many ways that your building contents can be cleaned and restored following a fire. Cleaning methods may depend on many factors, including the extent of the damage and the type of materials that need cleaning. A professional fire damage assessment may help identify the required cleaning methods for your contents. Dry cleaning, wet cleaning and several other options are available to help restore the contents of your building.

Fire Safety: Using Your Portable Fire Extinguisher

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety: Using Your Portable Fire Extinguisher It is best to practice the process and to keep the acronym PASS in your mind

How Many People Can Confidently Use an Extinguisher?

Most people are familiar with a fire extinguisher. They understand that the little red canisters that they hang on their walls or store in their garages or cupboards are life-saving tools used in the event of a fire. However, how many people can confidently use an extinguisher? Sure, it looks easy enough, but in the literal heat of the moment will your brain be able to handle what appears now to be a simple process? It is best to practice the process and to keep the acronym PASS in your mind.

1. Pull

The P in the acronym stands for pull, and it refers to pulling the metal pin from the handle. Removing the pin allows you to squeeze the handle and actually put out a home fire. The action of removing the pin breaks the tamper seal, which will also help you keep track of extinguisher use so that you do not go for an empty canister.

2. Aim

Aiming a fire extinguisher is the second part of the acronym, and while it may seem obvious, many panicked homeowners will point the hose or nozzle of the extinguisher too high on the flames. The extinguisher should always be aimed toward the base of the fire.

3. Squeeze

The next letter of this fire preparedness acronym, S, stands for squeeze. The handle must be fully compressed to release the extinguishing agent. It is also necessary to note that some extinguishers are CO2 based, which means that if your other hand is too close to the nozzle when squeezing it may be damaged.

4. Sweep

The final S of the PASS acronym refers to the sweeping motion that is used to extinguish the fire. If you would like to practice these steps, you can contact the fire department or a fire restoration company in the Bath, ME, area to see if there are any classes available.

A fire extinguisher is a familiar object in many homes, but not everyone knows how to use one. Therefore, it is necessary to practice the PASS tactic to ensure you are ready if you have to use an extinguisher on your own.

Cleaning Lint From Your Dryer Can Prevent a Fire

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

Hydroxyl Generators

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

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?

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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.