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Fire Property Restoration: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Property Restoration: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Fire Property Restoration: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque www.SERVPROnealbuquerque.com 505-828-3567

With the midst of fire season upon us, fire property restoration can be an unexpected need. From fire repair to smoke damage cleaning, odor removal and soot damage cleanup; the experts at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque are here to serve any aspect of fire restoration. We are Albuquerque’s oldest and original SERVPRO franchise with over 20 years of experience. We are locally owned and are a GB-98 licensed contractor. Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”®

Fire property restoration can be caused by an open fire that takes place within the residential or commercial property. Likewise, fire damage can be caused by a property adjacent to the estate. Much of the time when this happens, smoke and soot damage is the primary culprit. This can affect everything from the walls, carpet, air-ducts, roof, ceiling and more.

Nothing is worse than an emergency remediation then one that is not caused by the property owner/occupant. Fortunately, SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque works directly with all major insurance companies as well as out of pocket property owners.

During this process, many of the belongings will need to be temporarily removed so that a complete restoration can take place. One of the services SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque offers is packing, storing and cleaning of your possessions. Some of the methods of cleaning that we offer for           your contents are:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

If the structure of the property is beyond cleaning, we can also help provide construction, repair, replacement and painting, installing and finishing of drywalls, countertops, cabinets, ceilings, and various floors including (carpet, tile, pergo, bamboo, wood, etc.).

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns about any fire, water, mold, and biohazard restoration. For more information, please visit our website at www.SERVPROnealbuquerque.com or call us at (505) 828-3567.

Fire Restoration: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Fire Restoration: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque

Fire damage and restoration due to wildfires has riddled the news for years now. Whenever it hits close to home, your whole world can be flipped upside down. Fire damage can be caused by a number of incidents. Regardless how it was started, the experts at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque are here to help get things back to “Like they never even happened.”®

Fire damage can come in many different forms including:

The most important thing that can be done is to take action as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque works directly with all major insurance companies, making it easier for you. We know this is a stressful time and we are here to help out in all ways. We are even a licensed GB-98 contractor. This means we will not only remove all the fire damage but we will restore the property back to its original state.

We have been serving the greater Albuquerque area for over 20 years and have seen every remediation job out there. So don’t worry how weird or devastating the fire damage might be. We’ve got your back and will get you back into your place A.S.A.P.! Fire damage is one of our specialties.

Call us at: (505) 828–3567.

Soot Damage Cleanup: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Damage Cleanup: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Soot Damage Cleanup: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Phone: 505-828-3567

Soot damage caused by fires can be one of the dirtiest jobs. It seems to stick to everything and spread on will. It’s possible for a fire to not cause any major structural damage but soot can speak of a different story. In fact, the fire can be adjacent to the property and still cause soot and smoke damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque can restore any fire, soot or smoke damage back to “Like it never even happened.” ®

Soot damage does not just affect the walls and ceiling but can grab ahold of anything and everything including but not limited to:

  • Curtains
  • Carpet
  • Cabinets
  • Clothing
  • Car

Here are some steps on what should be in an event of fire soot damage:

  1. Call the proper emergency department: 911 or 242-COPS.
  2. Get a hold of us: 505-828-3567
  3. Secure site
  4. Remove any water (if applicable).
  5. Soot damage and smoke removal
  6. Clean and Sanitize
  7. Restore

In conclusion, not matter the degree of soot damage or fire damage; the experts at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque are equipped to do a simple cleaning job to a complete rebuild and restoration. We work directly with all major insurance adjusters to help streamline the process for your convenience so that you can get back into your house/property as quickly as possible!

4th of July: Fire Restoration

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 4th of July: Fire Restoration 4th of July Fire Restoration

Fire Restoration: The great American Holiday celebrating her day of independence, the 4th of July, is upon us this week. It is prudent to have a quick refresher on fire safety. The most prominent risk that comes to mind is the ever favorite, the firework but we must not forget about the old faithful grill. All of these are the backbone to a classic 4th. Fire damage cleaning and restoration are anyone’s worst nightmare. So let’s go over a couple tips to ensure a safe and joyful holiday.

First thing first, let’s let the fire handling to the experts and the more sober ones of our friends and family. Supervision of young ones is vital for their safety and for everyone’s. Obviously, mixing fire and alcohol/other substances is also a bad combo. This can be a recipe for fire damage and restoration.

The second thing to do and probably the first/most important thing to do is to follow local laws. The US Forest Service provides levels of fire risk and restrictions. To prevent any fire damage and restoration, it is a good idea to follow these rules. For further information, please visit: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/fire.

 A third tip to prevent fire restoration and cleaning is to keep fireworks and the grill outside. Don’t be lighting fireworks and your grill off in your home. These are things that are best enjoyed outdoors. Keeping a source of water nearby is also an incredibly good idea. Accidents do happen but having all of your CYA’s checked, is the best way to prevent disaster from striking.

Overall, the 4th of July is the American classic holiday that celebrates everything summer and America. So pull out those freedom overalls and apple pie and let’s make this the best and safest 4th of July. On the off chance the worst takes place; the professionals of SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque are here for all fire restoration and cleaning needs. Stay safe!

Call us at: (505) 828-3567.

Construction Next Door Causes Major Fire Remediation

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Construction Next Door Causes Major Fire Remediation Construction Next Door Causes Major Fire Remediation

Recently, one of our customers experienced one of a home owner’s worst nightmares; fire and smoke damage caused by a construction site adjacent to their property. They did everything by the textbook with having all of their fire alarm batteries replaced, a fire extinguisher at the ready but something like this just sideswiped their entire life.

Fortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque are experts in fire remediation for both residential and commercial properties. Many of times, when someone thinks of fire damage the first thought that comes to mind is their property actually catching on fire but some of the most damaging aspects of a fire is the impact of the smoke.

A fire can sometimes be many miles away or right next door and the next thing the homeowner knows; their house has become a smoke house, minus the BBQ and good times. There are a number of Do’s and Do Not’s for any fire remediation job.

Here are a couple of things to consider first for fire remediation:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Just because as a homeowner, you’ve done everything in our power to prevent the worst from happening; the unthinkable can still happen. When things like this do take place, the experts at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque are here to help with any fire remediation job to get things back to “Like it never happened.™”

Learn Wildfire Safety Tips

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Learn Wildfire Safety Tips Would you know what to do in the event of a wildfire?

Wildfires are usually preventable because many originate from human error.

 ABOUT WILDFIRES

Unlike many natural disasters, most wildfires are caused by people—and can be prevented by people, too. Meteorologists are not yet able to forecast wildfire outbreaks, so people in fire-prone areas should plan ahead and prepare to evacuate with little notice. Here are some tips on how to prevent wildfires and what to do if you're caught in the middle of one.

HOW TO PREVENT A WILDFIRE

  • Contact 911, your local fire department, or the park service if you notice an unattended or out-of-control fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Completely extinguish the fire—by dousing it with water and stirring the ashes until cold—before sleeping or leaving the campsite.
  • When camping, take care when using and fueling lanterns, stoves, and heaters. Make sure lighting and heating devices are cool before refueling. Avoid spilling flammable liquids and store fuel away from appliances.
  • Do not discard cigarettes, matches, and smoking materials from moving vehicles, or anywhere on park grounds. Be certain to completely extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them.
  • Follow local ordinances when burning yard waste. Avoid backyard burning in windy conditions, and keep a shovel, water, and fire retardant nearby to keep fires in check. Remove all flammables from yard when burning.

EVACUATION TIPS

  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Know your evacuation route ahead of time and prepare an evacuation checklist and emergency supplies.
  • Wear protective clothing and footwear to protect yourself from flying sparks and ashes.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE, PREPARE YOUR HOUSE

  • Remove combustibles, including firewood, yard waste, barbecue grills, and fuel cans, from your yard.
  • Close all windows, vents, and doors to prevent a draft.
  • Shut off natural gas, propane, or fuel oil supplies.
  • Fill any large vessels—pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, or tubs—with water to slow or discourage fire.

IF CAUGHT IN A WILDFIRE

  • Don't try to outrun the blaze. Instead, look for a body of water such as a pond or river to crouch in.
  • If there is no water nearby, find a depressed, cleared area with little vegetation, lie low to the ground, and cover your body with wet clothing, a blanket, or soil. Stay low and covered until the fire passes.
  • Protect your lungs by breathing air closest to the ground, through a moist cloth, if possible, to avoid inhaling smoke.

Sourced: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/wildfire-safety-tips/

No End in Sight to Drought in Southwestern U.S.

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

The amount of moisture received across the United States’ southern high plains since October has been ridiculously low, and forecasters warned Friday that the intensifying drought has resulted in critical fire danger and some winter wheat crops being reduced to stubble across several states.

Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said during a national briefing that some areas in the region have received less than one-tenth of an inch of rain in the past five months and that’s perhaps the longest period of time these areas have been without rain since record-keeping began decades ago.

The lack of rain combined with above-normal temperatures across parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas have left livestock watering tanks dry, agricultural fields wind-blown and rangeland charred.

“Of course, you can never predict something this severe several months in advance, but we did know going in it was going to be a challenging cold season for the southern plains,” Nielsen-Gammon said.

He showed satellite images of smoke and dust plumes moving across the region and warned that the warm and dry weather is expected to continue through the spring. That could mean continued crop damage, dwindling irrigation supplies and more fires.

“Any precipitation that does fall over the next three months is likely to evaporate relatively quickly at the same time that crops and forage are requiring more water because of the high temperatures,” he said. “That means if and when the rains do return, drought recovery … will proceed slower than expected.”

Due to the dry conditions, the National Weather Service issued fire warnings Friday for most of Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, southern Kansas, northeastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado and southeastern Missouri.

Oklahoma Forestry Services already has requested and received firefighters and equipment from Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana because of the fire threat. Additional firefighters and equipment from Georgia and Mississippi are on the way.

Oklahoma Forestry Commission spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker said early to mid-afternoon is the time many fires begin.

“We call that the witching hour. It’s getting warmer, the humidity is dropping and wind gusts are picking up,” she said.

For Oklahoma, this marks the first time exceptional drought – the worst category of drought – has made an appearance since May 2015. Several counties in the northwest and the panhandle have gone 155 days or more with less than one-quarter of an inch of rain, marking just a fraction of average precipitation for this time of year.

The latest map shows swaths of red – indicating extreme to exceptional drought – covering the southern high plains and the Four Corners region where the borders of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah meet.

In New Mexico, the lack of water and an unseasonably warm winter have already resulted in a high demand for hay, and some livestock owners have been forced to trim their herds. The last time this much of the state was grappling with extreme drought was July 2014.

Winter wheat crops in Texas are also struggling. Officials there say almost one-third of the crop is rated as poor.

Wildfires in Kansas have already burned thousands of acres, and agricultural officials were prepared to move hay to ranchers who need it most or work with the federal government to access additional grazing land.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a drought emergency last week, citing the persistent dry conditions and growing fire hazards.

That state’s average precipitation over the past six months was only two-thirds of the normal rate, and in January and February the statewide average precipitation was even less, at less than half of normal.

sourced: https://www.abqjournal.com/1146809/drought-marches-across-us-southern-high-plains.html

Drought Forming in Parts of New Mexico

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Drought Forming in Parts of New Mexico New Mexico drought map courtesy of "U.S. Drought Monitor"

New Mexican’s may not be used to a white Christmas but there is generally a little bit of snow around to satisfy their cravings.  This year that hasn’t been the case.  For example, Ski Santa Fe has only received 7 inches of snow so far this year; shocking when compared to a seasonal average of 225 inches of natural snowfall.  The warm temperatures are also making it hard to sustain manmade snow, even at the higher elevations near the mountains peaks.  This has all lead to a new drought that is just starting to take effect.

Symptoms of a drought are beginning to form around the state.  This is unwelcomed news since just three and a half months ago the entirety of New Mexico was drought free for the first time since the USDA Drought Monitor started in 1999. Even with the weather recently turning positive in New Mexico, having drought symptoms isn’t anything new to the residents of this state.  New Mexicans know the conditions all too well and how important it is to take preventative measures to ensure no fires ignite.

Here’s a friendly reminder to all, be aware of precipitation and weather conditions wherever you reside in the state.  Don’t do anything reckless or careless when dealing with fires, grills, stoves, chimneys, or any other heat sources.  Be smart and take proper procedures to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your community. 

If any accidents do occur, don’t hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque, our immediate response team will be on the scene ASAP!  Our number is (505)-828-3567, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Reducing Fire Risk

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

As temperatures rise, especially in dry, warm climates, fire risk increases as well. Entire communities need to work together, especially those in fire-dependent ecosystems, creating fire-wise solutions that will help to prevent fires from happening, and to ensure that when they do, that fire fighters can effectively extinguish them.

Follow these tips to help reduce the risk of fire, and when fire does occur, that it is possible for firefighters effectively combat them.

Check smoke detectors 
Working smoke detectors can save lives. What may start as a small kitchen fire can quickly spread. Make sure to keep smoke detectors fully charged and operational.

Have an EDITH 
EDITH stands for: Exit drills in the home. Cal Fire suggests sketching a floor plan of the home, and then creating an escape plan with arrows that map out the primary and secondary escape routes. Then, have a drill and test out the routes.

Create a firebreak around your home 
A firebreak is a gap in vegetation that will stop or slow the spread of a wildfire. Having flammable vegetation directly surrounding a home will make it extremely difficult for fire fighters to save it.

the following standards for clearance requirements of vegetative growth:

a) Maximum height of 4 inches 
b) Located within 100 feet of any building or structure, or to the property line, whichever is nearer 
c) Located within 50 feet from the edge of any improved roadway 
d) Located within 50 feet from each property line 
e) Located within 10 feet on each side of driveways

Firewise landscaping 
Replacing plants that are prone to fire with plants that are more fire resistant can dramatically reduce the risk of fire around a home. Some fantastic fire resistant plant options include: all species of iceplant, wild strawberry, carnations, and all succulents. In general, look for moist, supple leaves, and plants with little sap production. Keep in mind that fire resistant plants can still ignite, but they can reduce the risk of fire and make it easier for firefighters to access the home during the event of a fire.

Tobacco and Smoke Smell Removal

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Reclamation experts are regularly inquired as to whether they can expel cigarette or tobacco smoke scents. For example, a home should be aerated when it is being sold; a flat may require the administration between inhabitants; a car may require scent evacuation; and so forth.

The EPA says that Natural Tobacco Smoke (ETS) is the smoke that originates from the cigarette, pipe, or stogie, in addition to the smoke breathed out by the smoker. It is an unpredictable blend of more than 4,000 mixes, more than 40 of which are known to cause malignancy in people or creatures, and a significant number of which are solid aggravations. ETS is regularly alluded to as "used smoke," and presentation to ETS is frequently called "aloof smoking."

The smoke from tobacco mists the air and adheres to each surface of the territory. Individuals can likewise observe, smell, and feel a yellowish-darker, sticky substance that is left on all surfaces and furniture in territories where smoking has occurred. This amazingly difficult to evacuate deposit stains painted surfaces and plastics. It can forever change the presence of backdrop, blinds, paint, and numerous different things in the zone. The smoke can enter furniture, floor coverings, dividers, windows, and each other niche and crevice in the region. Furthermore, the building's HVAC framework will convey the smoke smell and the deposits all through the structure. The contaminants are unattractive as well as can off-gas scents that many individuals essentially find excruciating.

The final product of long haul smoking in encased territories is much the same as that of a genuine fire. One distinction is that the smoke from a fire is at times significantly simpler to expel from dividers or different surfaces than tobacco smoke. Expelling tobacco buildups can be a genuine test. It is extremely tedious, as buildups are available all through the whole home, business, or other influenced zone.

Rebuilding experts, protection experts and property proprietors ought to know, toward the start of a tobacco-smoke cleanup venture, that there is no enchantment projectile that just whisks away deposits and smells. Even though it is decent to have the capacity to connect to an "enchantment" machine or shower some "supernatural occurrence" fluid to take out tobacco smoke issues, such items basically don't exist. The main compelling approach to expel tobacco buildup and smell is through extremely careful cleaning and afterward fixing every single basic surface. Even though buildups may seem, by all accounts, to be gathered in just a single zone, once cleaning begins it will typically be discovered that all regions are defiled, and cleaning all surfaces will be important to expel contaminants and scents. The exceptionally little particles of tobacco smoke discover their way into all zones. The cleaning procedure will dependably incorporate aerating operators to help with that procedure. Indeed, even after careful and fruitful cleaning, it is generally important to seal surfaces with a sealant intended to secure in the remainder of the stains and scents. Recognize that a typical "groundwork" isn't adequate, and an item intended to seal smoke buildups is required. At long last, the surfaces will be prepared to paint, resurface, or to apply new covers.

The "delicate" things in a home, for example, upholstery, bedding, window covers, garments, and so forth will require unique consideration. Since they assimilate smells so well, and are frequently effectively harmed, they will be extremely hard to effectively reestablish and may require outside pros. Testing ought to be directed to assess the accomplishment of such endeavors. Much of the time, the choice is made to just supplant these materials and things.

After the reclamation proficient has completed the cleaning, it might be important to utilize, proficient hardware to help evacuate the remainder of the smells, frequently in territories that can't be cleaned (inside joints, inside dividers, and so on.) This will regularly include hydroxyl generators or ozone generators. Both are proficient hardware that makes atoms which can take after the smoke into little spaces, and the two procedures successfully decimate the rotten particles.

Similarly, as with each property misfortune, SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque rebuilding experts cause take property back to a pre-misfortune condition. SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque rebuilding experts are exceptionally prepared and talented in strategies to cure tobacco smoke smells, as well as to return property proprietors to their reestablished property cost-adequately and in the most limited time conceivable.

What to Do Directly After a House Fire

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fires are one of the most destructive disasters a home can experience and the following days and weeks after a fire can be difficult to endure. The most important thing to do in a fire is make sure everyone within your house escapes safely but once the fire is put out, you are left with a heavily damaged house and belongings. The smoke and fire damage restoration process must begin immediately and taking the following steps immediately after a fire will help get this process started.

The first thing to remember after a fire is to keep organized records of the damage to your home as well as records of all communication between you and the insurance company and restoration professionals. Make sure to save all relevant receipts and documents and take notes on all correspondences between you and the professionals involved. This will help you protect yourself from miscommunications.

The first call you make after a fire should be to your insurance provider. Most insurance companies require that you file a claim immediately after a disaster and it is also in your best interest to do so. Your provider will want proof of the claim and will send an adjustor to your property to assess the damage. After calling your insurance company, contact a professional restoration service provider for fire damage restoration. It is beneficial to hire a restoration service provider that also specializes in construction services to help rebuild your home in addition to cleaning and restoring your belongings.

The fire damage restoration company should work with your insurance provider to develop a recovery plan and help file damage claims. As the construction side of the restoration company assesses the structural damage to your home, the restoration specialists work with you and your insurance provider to decide which of your belongings can be salvaged and which will have to be replaced. If you have items that need to be cleaned off site, many restoration companies offer pack out services to transport and store your belongings in a safe location.

Homes in the Albuquerque, NM area could be hit by a fire at any time and it is important for homeowners to know how to react if one should strike their home. It is important to call your insurance provider and a trusted fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration after a fire and to keep detailed records of the communications with these providers. Taking the right steps in the aftermath will help you achieve a full recovery.

Sourced: http://restorationmasterfinder.com/restoration/steps-to-take-after-your-home-has-been-damaged-by-fire/

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Guide

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Fire Safety Guide SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
  • Ensure all smoke alarms are working. It is crucial to notice the fire as soon as it starts to put it out as soon as possible.
  • Never leave the stove or oven unattended. Especially with young children or pets, make sure to watch and keep them out of the kitchen.
  • Roll up sleeves before turning on the burner. Low hanging clothing can easily catch fire and cause severe burns.
  • Set up cooking timers. Doing this is more beneficial than just knowing when to pull the food out of the oven. Overcooking can also lead to oven fires.
  • Keep flammable materials away from burners. This includes towels, paper towels, oven mitts, food wrappers, pot holders, pizza boxes, and other paper, plastic, and fabric materials.
  • Turn off appliances when done cooking. Forgetting to turn off the stove or oven is a common mistake and has been known to cause a number of cooking fires.
  • Remove household objects from the floor. This will prevent dangerous accidents when cooking in the kitchen, especially with kids and pets.
  • Keep matches away from children. Teach them to bring it straight to you or another adult if they do find one.
  • Blow out all of the candles after everyone has left the dinner table
  • Pick up all electric cords. Especially in the kitchen, pick up the cords from plate warmers, mixers, toasters, coffee makers, electric knives, and other appliances and keep them out of their reach.
  • Blow out all candles. As soon as everyone is done eating, blow out all of the candles on the table, but don’t forget others in the living room, kitchen, and other common areas.
  • Store a fire extinguisher. In the event of a small kitchen fire, you can stop it before it spreads by keeping a small fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure that it is easily accessible and everyone knows where it is.
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency. Always keep the phone numbers of emergency services, such as the fire department, hospital, and a disaster restoration service such as SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration. You will save a lot of time just by calling the direct line instead of searching for it on your phone.

Sourced: http://restorationmasterfinder.com/restoration/thanksgiving-turkey-fire-safety-tips/

Turkey Fryer Fire Prevention Tips

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Turkey Fryer Fire Prevention Tips Don't let an unexpected fire damage your Thanksgiving.

Compared to the tradition of roasting the turkey in the oven on Thanksgiving, many families prefer a little more flavor by frying it instead. But many organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association and Underwriters Laboratories, are strongly against them due to the dangers they pose. If you have ever watched a turkey fryer fire video, you will notice that once the fire starts, it shoots up in seconds, engulfing the fryer and surrounding materials in a thick, fiery cloud.

But if these videos don’t scare you from sticking the bird in the hot oil, be sure to follow all instructions and practice extreme caution before doing so. Check out these turkey fryer fire safety tips to keep you, your loved ones, and home safe from a Thanksgiving fire disaster.

Emergency Fire Damage Restoration

While not all disasters can be prevented, knowing who to call after a fire damage emergency is crucial when it comes to restoring your property and contents. SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration is a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company that is available 24/7 to handle all property emergencies. From the initial inspection to rebuilding the structure, they will restore your home’s previous condition within a timely matter.

They can also restore personal items to their original conditions with professional content cleaning and pack out services. Using commercial cleaning products, they can remove that thick, oily residue left behind from the smoke and soot byproducts. As soon as the flames have been extinguished on your property, you can rely on these professionals to handle all aspects of the restoration process.

Cause Of Turkey Fryer Fires

One of the best ways to prevent turkey fryer fires is to know what causes them. When a frozen turkey is submerged into a pot of oil, it won’t mix with the frozen water on the turkey. Instead, heavy pockets of water will sink to the bottom of the fryer while the oil surrounding them quickly heats it beyond its boiling point. The water then evaporates, expands, and splatters the oil everywhere.

As soon as the beads of oil hit the burner, they heat up instantly, igniting into flames that will quickly spread in all directions from the fryer. This is why the turkey can never be frozen or saturated before being fried.

Turkey Fryer Fire Safety Tips

While many families are successful in frying up a perfectly cooked bird, others become victims to large, thick clouds of fire that destroy their home and/or send them to the emergency room. This is why it is so crucial to know what you are doing before firing up the burner (no pun intended).

Location is key

Even if you have been frying your turkey for years and have never experienced a problem, you should know that doing it at least 10 feet away from all buildings is the most crucial safety tip. Because hot oil will spray everywhere when cooking, it can easily start a fire when making contact with combustible materials, such as wood or fabric.  If the oil touches bare skin, it can also cause severe burns.

When finding an ideal spot to fry the bird, keep it at a safe distance away from all housing structures. The base should be made of dirt or concrete, a non-flammable material that won’t ignite when coming into contact with hot oil. Also keep the burner’s propane tank as far away from the burner as possible without causing too much tension on the hose or tipping over the tank.

For extra safety, keep a fire extinguisher next to you in case anything gets out of control.

Finally, keep everyone out of the frying area for their own safety – unless their help is absolutely necessary.

Thaw the turkey

Even if you choose to roast the turkey, thawing it is an essential part of the preparation process. Before adding any spices or seasonings, make sure that it is fully thawed.

To do this, allow it to sit in the fridge for every 4 pounds of meat, or if you are running short on time, place it into a cold water bath, and let it sit for one hour for every 2 pounds.

After ensuring that the turkey is fully thawed by checking it for ice, dry it out completely and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Be careful with the seasonings

While everyone has their own opinion about which seasonings to add to a turkey, extra attention must be put forth when deep frying the bird. If you are marinating it first, make sure that it dries completely before placing it into the hot oil. You can also inject the liquid seasoning deep within the muscles, under the skin so that the oil won’t splatter when it cooks.

Measure the oil thoroughly

While you are waiting for the seasonings to dry (if you used liquid), you can start the measuring process. This is also another essential step to prevent the oil from spilling over the sides, landing on the burner, and causing everything to go up in flames.

To measure the perfect amount of oil, first practice with water. Place the turkey into the pot and fill it with water until it reaches between 4 and 6 inches below the rim. Then remove the turkey and measure the volume. This will be the exact amount of oil you will want to use when frying the turkey. Just make sure that both the pot and the bird are thoroughly dried before adding the oil.

Lowering the turkey

As soon as you are ready with the seasonings and have ensured that the bird is fully thawed, it is ready to be placed into the oil. If you choose to do it by hand, make sure to cover every inch of bare skin. This includes wearing oven mitts, long sleeves, pants, and close-toed shoes. Otherwise, the hot oil will stick to bare skin, causing severe burns that can result in an emergency trip to the hospital.

If you want to use something else to lower it, make sure that it can hold a lot of weight by testing it with heavy books, rocks, or a strong fryer basket. Then practice lowering them to get the feel of how to do it slowly.

After practicing, be sure that the turkey is securely attached to the rope, or it won’t slip from your hands. Then carefully lower it into the oil. If it starts spitting, DO NOT DROP THE TURKEY, but lift it out of oil and find out what’s wrong.

Non-fire risks

While grease fires are the most dangerous risk when frying turkeys, don’t forget about the most general cooking risk: undercooked meat. But it can be difficult to dip the meat thermometer in boiling oil to measure the bird’s internal temperature.

A general rule is to cook the turkey for three minutes per pound. Then you can carefully remove the turkey from the hot oil to take its temperature. If it reads 145 degrees, allow it to cool down at room temperature for 20 minutes before carving into it.

Cleaning up the mess

Even after a successful frying job, cleaning up the oil can be a chore. First allow it to cool down before taking it out of the pot; you can measure its temperature before disposing of it. As soon as it safe to do so, do NOT dump the oil down the drain.

Instead, pour it into a disposable container, such as a large can or plastic container, and then throw it in the garbage. If you are afraid it may leak, place the container into the freezer until it becomes solid, and then throw it away.

Afterwards, wipe away the grease from the burner with either dish soap or vinegar. And there you have it – a successfully fried turkey and undamaged house!

Always Be Prepared

Even if you have been frying turkeys for years, accidents can still happen. The turkey can slip from your hands when lowering it into the fryer or your rope-and-pulley system could break, spilling the oil everywhere and igniting a fire. The point is that something can always go wrong when frying a turkey; therefore, you should always be prepared. Ensure to have all emergency contact numbers, including your local hospital, fire department, insurance company, and fire damage restoration company.

Especially during Thanksgiving, SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration has restored numerous homes that have caught on fire due to turkey fryer accidents. In fact, they are always prepared for the unexpected, being available 24/7 to start the cleaning, demolition, and rebuilding process as soon as possible. As a result, they have been known to not only restore homes but restore peace of mind during a Thanksgiving disaster.

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Smoke Detectors and Fire Evacuation

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Installing smoke detectors in your home has always been one of the most effective preventative measures against fires.  Testing your smoke alarms and regularly changing the batteries is a common task done by many homeowners, but what about when the alarm goes off?  Do you know what you and your family will do if your smoke detector warns you of a real fire?  Modern homes that contain synthetic materials burn very quickly, leaving little time to escape a fire unharmed.  When your smoke detector goes off, you and your family must know exactly what to do to save your lives.

The Dangers Of Smoke

Do you know what to do if your smoke detector goes off?

The smoke from the fire sets off the smoke alarm, but there are also other harmful gasses in the air when a fire breaks out.  Smoke and dangerous gasses rise to the ceiling which makes it important to stay close to the floor.  Smoke inhalation causes more deaths during a house fire than the fire itself.  Understanding the nature of smoke and remembering to stay close to the ground will increase your chances of escaping.

Fire In The Middle Of The Night

If your smoke alarm wakes you up in the middle of the night, immediately roll off your bed and onto the floor.  DO NOT SIT UP!  The smoke and dangerous gases could be right above your bed which makes sitting up very dangerous.  In fact, many victims are found in their beds because they sat up and inhaled a fatal amount of smoke.  After rolling out of bed, try to assess the situation from the floor.  If your room is full of smoke, look to evacuate any way you can.  Feel the doorknob before opening your bedroom door and look for a different way out if it feels warm.

If there are other family members in your home when a fire breaks out, check the condition of your room before going to help them.  If your bedroom is warm or has a dangerous level of smoke, get out right away and try to help your family from outside the home.  However, if the conditions allow, gather your family together while staying low to the floor and get them to the nearest safe exit.

Evacuating The Home

When evacuating your home during a fire, every door and window is a possible way out.  Escaping through a window may be dangerous, especially a second story window, but cuts and broken bones can be treated much easier than severe burns or smoke inhalation.  If there is still someone trapped inside the home after you have escaped safely, tell the firefighters immediately. Give them a description of the person and where in the house they might be so they can be saved quickly.

Here are some important things to remember when evacuating your home during a fire:

  • Touch all doors with the back of your hand before opening them.
  • Look for a window for escape if you cannot use the doors.
  • Stay low to the ground and move around on your stomach.
  • NEVER sit up in bed if your smoke alarm goes off in the middle of the night.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a wet towel if you can grab one safely.
  • Remember to stop, drop, and roll if necessary.
  • Do not waste any time, evacuate your home immediately.

Have A Fire Escape Plan

Creating a detailed fire escape plan and practicing it with your family gives you the best chance of evacuating safely during a fire.  The exact details of the plan will vary depending on the layout of your home, but every fire escape plan should include the following:

  • Identify at least 2 exits for every room.
  • Establish a meeting place outside the home for your family to gather.

Fire Damage Restoration

During a fire, nothing is more important than making sure that every person in the home has evacuated safely.  Remember to stay low to the ground, assess your situation, and escape out of the closest and clearest exit.  Once the evacuation is complete and the fire is out, you should immediately call SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration for fire damage restoration services.  The damage from a fire will continue to spread and get worse in the aftermath and our fire restoration professionals will effectively limit its spread and save your belongings from permanent damage.

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Soot Cleanup & Removal Tips

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Cleanup & Removal Tips Need soot cleaning or fire restoration services? Call SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration.

Soot is the black residue left behind on fireplace walls and charcoal grills after the flames go out. A house fire creates a great deal of it because wood, plaster, natural fibers, synthetics, foams and plastics all create soot when they burn and most homes are full of these materials. Soot sticks to any surface that’s cooler than the fire itself, usually walls, ceilings and other hard surfaces.

Different types of fires produce different types of soot, which require different cleaning methods, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals. High oxygen fires produce soot that is best cleaned with a dry cleaning sponge or dry chemical sponge.  Low oxygen fires can be cleaned with a wet sponge. However, if soot from a high oxygen fire is cleaned with a wet sponge, it can smear and cause even more damage. If you do decide to vacuum up soot before the professionals arrive, do not use an ordinary household vacuum cleaner, which is not designed for that type of cleaning. Use a shop vac, or other type of heavy duty vacuum cleaner. Always hold the nozzle about a half inch away from the surface that’s being cleaned. Making contact with the soot can smear it and make an even bigger mess.

While waiting for experts to arrive, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Never touch anything during your initial inspection, to avoid spreading the soot.
  • Wear gloves, a mask and long sleeves and pants when working in soot covered room to protect your skin and lungs.
  • Keep the room ventilated to minimize breathing in soot particles and allow smoky smells to dissipate.
  • Remove as much debris as possible to allow for easy cleanup.

If you’ve just experienced a fire at your home or business in the Albuquerque, NM area, call the professionals at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration. 

Call Today (505)-828-3567

Fire Damage Costs – How To Tackle Fire Damage To Save Money

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Let’s face it. Just because it’s March doesn’t mean we have forgotten about those tumultuous holidays; Thanksgiving being that special time to fry your bird. Yes it can be tasty at times but it can also cause some havoc on your home. Fire damage may be something you have to deal with during these times. The U.S Fire Administration says about 2,000 Thanksgiving fires happen each year. Undoubtedly many of these cooks don’t have a handle on their turkey or their flames. House fires can be traumatizing for both you and your fowl. In some cases fire damage cannot be handled on your own.

Fire Damage

FEMA states that in any kind of disaster you and your family should always build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan in preparation. In cases of smaller fires take a look below on ways to DIY fire clean up.

If you decide you want to stay in your home after a fire, you need to make sure the fire damage was small enough to do so. Fumes and smoke can cause unlivable conditions for you and your family. Most likely if the fire was concentrated to a small area, like a stove, you should be fine. Yet it is highly recommended you call the fire department to make sure the fire didn’t spread through the walls or electrical outlets.

First Things First

Once you have an understanding of how extreme your fire damage is, you should start the cleanup immediately. Acquire gloves, masks and proper clothing to start this adventure. You must limit the movement in the home initially to reduce the amount of soot particles that can be embedded into other fabrics and furniture. This should include keeping your hands and shoes clean so as to not spread it further around the home. Cover all furniture with tarps and clean towels so no extra debris settles on them. This is where borrowing your grandmother’s plastic couch covers can come in handy. If you have any plants in the home they need fresh air too. Wipe the leaves with a damp towel and place outside for a couple hours, weather permitting. You must change your air filter as well as covering your vents. Wet cheese cloths over vents help capture those soot particles that may be traveling throughout your ventilation system.

Soot Clean Up

To begin your soot cleanup, it’s a wise idea to tackle as much soot as possible without water.  Fire damage can create inches of debris on household services.  Since soot contains oil, water can make the particles stain even further. Find a vacuum with a powerful cleaning nozzle and hold one inch above the soot to capture as much as possible.

Soot Clean Up

Soot cleanup from walls and ceilings can be a little tricky. Depending on the type of surface, like stated before, adding water can damage the surface further. Many specialty stores sell chemical sponges that clean up that soot quickly. Trisodium phosphate can be used as a cleaning agent as well. Combine one tablespoon with one gallon of water. Since it is a degreaser it can be used on countertops, plastics and walls. By combining trisodium phosphate with bleach it can also help with Mold Removal. For the first year after the fire be sure to change out your air filters every month.

Extinguish Clean Up

Putting out a fire can always be a scary experience. Having a fire extinguisher in the house is a must. The NFPA states “Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.”

After using an extinguisher you may have a mess on your hands. Most extinguishers use something called a dry chemical as their extinguishing agent. Take a vacuum to start the initial residue cleanup. A shop vacuum can be useful since they are so powerful.
– Use a wet rag and scrub brush to lift the residue from a mono ammonium phosphate extinguisher.

– Create a vinegar and water solution to lift remains from a sodium bicarbonate/potassium bicarbonate-based extinguisher. Using excess water may help lift the bicarbonate out of crevices.

– Water and soap can be used when dealing with foam based extinguishers. After a short time the residue will eventually evaporate.

Water Clean Up

In times of panic you may have used water to extinguish this fire. In turn you could have created some water damage. First thing you need to do is to mop up the standing water. Make sure to check your electrical outlets for water damaged. If they have been affected, turn off electric until a professional is able to deem it safe. After assessing which products are able to be saved start the drying process immediately. For the objects that still have soot on them, re-read the above statement on how to remove smoke damage. Opening the windows will allow ventilation throughout the home. Make sure this is done after the soot cleanup, since like stated before, soot can travel to all services through the air. If your ventilation system hasn’t been contaminated, turning the air conditioning on can dry out the air in your home. The sooner you can take care of the soot and water damage the better. Allowing those chemicals and liquids sit on services can create other problems like mold, mildew and odors.

Odor Clean Up

Clean Fire Damage

Odors can linger in your home for quite some time after a fire. Factors include weather, climate and altitude. Carpets, drapes, clothing and woods can keep the smell of smoke within them if the smells are not dealt with quickly. If you think the odor is worth taking care of on your own you can always use an Ozone generator, which can reduce the smell of smoke in fabrics. If you think ventilation can be the cure for your odor problem, that’s great. Yet some fires can cause pungent smells that last for months or even years. If this is the problem, it is best to have a professional take care of your belongings.

Fires can be traumatizing to anyone involved. They not only leave emotional scars but physical ones on your home.  Fire damage is something that needs to be handled with concern.  Please use these tips above to conquer your small home fires with caution.

How To Remove Smoke Damage

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

If you are planning on selling your home, it is really important to remove any past evidence of smoke damage. Cleaning smoke damage is not an easy task, but it can be completed successfully if you keep the following tips (courtesy of ServiceMaster) in mind:

How to remove smoke damage tips:

  • Cover carpeted areas with towels or old linens to prevent additional soiling.
  • Discard open food packages. The food could be contaminated.
  • Tape cheesecloth over intake and outlet air vents to capture any loose soot in the air. This is even more effective if the cheesecloth is damp.
  • Clean Formica and chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom to prevent permanent tarnishing.
  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets.
  • Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching.
  • Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.
  • If the outside temperature is above 60 F, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.

Common smoke removal mistakes:

  • Wash any papered or flat painted walls without consulting your professional cleaner. Incorrect cleaning procedures could complicate the soot residue problem.
  • Clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
  • Use electrical appliances that have been close to fire or water before having them checked. They could malfunction.
  • Use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. A short circuit could result.
  • Touch anything. Soot on your hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing further damage.
  • Wait to call for professional help.

After A Fire Acids Cause Damage

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damages

In a complex fire (where plastics are burned), the acid gasses combine with heat and water vapor and penetrate cracked and crevices.

When the surfaces cool, the gasses form highly corrosive solutions. These solutions can permanently etch and stain many sensitive surfaces including machinery, and tools, precision instruments, and household appliances, plus marble, glass and aluminum surfaces.  In addition, salts are produced when acids mix with metal and can cause further damage to a metal surface, like the corrosion on cars from salt snow and ice treatments. Fast and proper fire damage restoration service is highly recommended.

Another common product of fire is soot, which is comprised of carbon and other materials, that are completely burned or oxidized.  Some soot particles are dry and can be vacuumed effectively, but most are combined with grease and oils and cannot be vacuumed.  These situations require and alkaline solution that reacts with the oil or grease and release particles, creating a water soluble product that can be washed away with water.

Other soot deposits, depending on their chemical make-up and the surface on which they rest, may demand physical removal with a putty knife or similar instrument.

Even though the chemistry of fires may vary, the most important thing is to dry out the area as soon as possible to avoid further damage caused by acids and contaminants.  A careful consideration of the materials and surfaces affected will then provide and understanding of the fire’s chemistry and allow for a targeted and informed restoration effort.

Fire Damage FAQ

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

 

  • How long will the fire restoration process take?
    Because there are many variables and many services involved in fire and smoke restoration, it is difficult to predict exactly how long the complete restoration will take. Consult with your ServiceMaster Clean Restoration Manager on the estimated dates and phases of your restoration project.
  • Can I clean the fire damage myself?
    We suggest that you do not attempt any “do-it-yourself” cleaning methods without consulting your ServiceMaster Clean Restoration Manager. Professional cleaning systems and products used by experienced, trained ServiceMaster Clean Restoration Technicians give you the best chance for complete restoration of your belongings. Pre-testing, using the right cleaning agent for the particular item, mixing deodorizing agents with cleaning solutions and using correct dilution rates are just some of the ways a fire restoration technician expertly controls the results.
  • What are some safety concerns?
    At ServiceMaster Clean, occupant and worker safety is top priority. During the initial inspection, safety hazards are identified and addressed, including debris removal, air quality, electrical hazards, slip and trip hazards, etc. Burnt electrical cords and appliances are separate out for disposal, and questionable electrical appliances are unplugged and tagged for evaluation of safe operation. Electrical power may be turned off and kept off until evaluation by a licensed electrician.
  • Can I turn on my heating and air conditioning unit?
    We recommend that not to turn on your furnace or air conditioning unit without clearance from the HVAC contractor.
  • What items do I keep in my possession?
    Cash, Medications, Valuable Jewelry, Checkbooks, Personal Documents, Valuable Paintings, Flammables, Pet, Weapons/Ammunition, Gasoline, Cans, Stamp/Coin Collections etc.
  • How do I keep track of non-restorable items?
    We recommend you make a list of items (including food items) deemed non-restorable. Use a format like the sample below, or obtain a similar form from your insurance company. Make a copy for your insurance company and keep one for yourself.
  • Do I need to move out of my property during the fire restoration process?
    This is ultimately your decision. Some things you may want to consider are safety concerns, odors, electricity, noise from equipment, etc. If vacating your premises for any length of time, consider the following: forward your mail to your temporary residence; stop newspaper and other deliveries; notify utility company, Cable Company, etc. of temporary suspension of services.
  • Do I need general contractors?
    There are some items that may require general contractors, such as drywall/painting, electrical, plumbing, roofing, framing/finish carpentry, flooring/carpet, installation of doors, windows, cabinets, post construction clean up etc. Please talk with a ServiceMaster Clean representative as we have the ability to provide these services to you through our own in-house facility.
  • Do my belongings need to be moved away from the premises?
    Depending on the source, nature and extent of the fire, it may be best to remove all belongings to a secure facility for cleaning, storage and to make room for restoration or construction. ServiceMaster Clean will work with you and your insurance claim representative to manage this process.
  • Will I have access to my belongings while they are in storage?
    Yes, with advance notice we can schedule time for you to access your requested items.
  • What about special items? Artwork, china, heirlooms, etc.
    Some high value items require restoration by specialist. Working with your insurance claim representative, we can help you identify these and locate a qualified restorer.
  • Who is responsible for pay for the service?
    Ultimately you, the property owner, are responsible for payment and will need to sign a form authorizing repairs and payment for the restoration services. If this is an insurance claim, ServiceMaster Clean generally collects the deductible (co-payment) amount from you and bills the balance to your insurance provider as a service to you. If you have a large loss, your mortgage company may be included as a payee on the payment from your insurance company, and you may need to obtain a signature from them as well. If your claim is not covered by the insurance or you decide not to file a claim, you will be expected to pay in full.

 

5 Ways To Prevent Fire Damage

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

Here are 5 ways to protect your possessions and your home from fire damage, courtesy of the Home Safety Council:

  1. Blow out candles before leaving any room. It may look nice or save electricity to have candles burning all around your home, but it could lead to a disaster if left burning close to something flammable.
  2. Learn how to extinguish a small pan fire. If you are cooking and your pan catches fire, be sure you know how to eliminate a grease fire and use the back burners with the pan handles turned toward the back of the stove.
  3. As you get close to the holiday season, be sure that your Christmas tree is at least 3 feet away from all power and heat sources and replace all light strings that show any signs of damage or are missing bulbs.
  4. Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts. They will not work properly in these places. Ceiling-mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall. Wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling.
  5. Keep plenty of space around your space heater and make sure it has been tested for safety. Look on the bottom for a label such as ETL, UL or CSA.

What Should You Do In Case Of Fire Damage?

First, contact your insurance agent to see if any of your damage can be covered under your policy. Second, contact a professional fire damage restoration service to determine if it is possible to repair any fire damage to your home.

How To Remove Smoke Damage

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How to remove smoke damage tips:



  • Cover carpeted areas with towels or old linens to prevent additional soiling.

  • Discard open food packages. The food could be contaminated.

  • Tape cheesecloth over intake and outlet air vents to capture any loose soot in the air. This is even more effective if the cheesecloth is damp.

  • Clean Formica and chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom to prevent permanent tarnishing.

  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets.

  • Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching.

  • Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.

  • If the outside temperature is above 60 F, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.


Common smoke removal mistakes:



  • Wash any papered or flat painted walls without consulting your professional cleaner. Incorrect cleaning procedures could complicate the soot residue problem.

  • Clean carpets or upholstered furniture.

  • Use electrical appliances that have been close to fire or water before having them checked. They could malfunction.

  • Use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. A short circuit could result.

  • Touch anything. Soot on your hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing further damage.

  • Call 505-828-3567 for professional help!


After A Fire Acids Cause Damage

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

In a complex fire (where plastics are burned), the acid gasses combine with heat and water vapor and penetrate cracked and crevices.

When the surfaces cool, the gasses form highly corrosive solutions. These solutions can permanently etch and stain many sensitive surfaces including machinery, and tools, precision instruments, and household appliances, plus marble, glass and aluminum surfaces.  In addition, salts are produced when acids mix with metal and can cause further damage to a metal surface, like the corrosion on cars from salt snow and ice treatments. Fast and proper fire damage restoration service is highly recommended.

Another common product of fire is soot, which is comprised of carbon and other materials, that are completely burned or oxidized.  Some soot particles are dry and can be vacuumed effectively, but most are combined with grease and oils and cannot be vacuumed.  These situations require and alkaline solution that reacts with the oil or grease and release particles, creating a water soluble product that can be washed away with water.

Other soot deposits, depending on their chemical make-up and the surface on which they rest, may demand physical removal with a putty knife or similar instrument.

Even though the chemistry of fires may vary, the most important thing is to dry out the area as soon as possible to avoid further damage caused by acids and contaminants.  A careful consideration of the materials and surfaces affected will then provide and understanding of the fire’s chemistry and allow for a targeted and informed restoration effort.

Fire Damage Cleanup Costs

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Factors Affecting Fire Damage Cleanup Cost

Damage from a small, fairly contained stove fire will be less expensive to repair than a damage from a more extensive kitchen fire. The size of the burned area and the type of the materials that burned will determine the final cost of cleaning and repairing the fire damage. Fires that consume natural materials, such as dry grass, produce less soot than those that consume synthetic materials found in many homes. Since cleaning soot is expensive, damage these natural fires cause will cost less to repair.

 

Price Range For Cleaning Fire Damage

Damage from a simple stove fire may cost around $2,000 to $5,000 to repair, but it may cost $10,000 to $30,000 to rebuild a typical kitchen after a larger fire. If a fire spreads beyond a single room, you may need to rebuild your home, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

Optional Fire Damage Cleanup Services

  • Depending on the extent of the fire damage, many types of services may be necessary for complete fire damage cleanup. If smoke or ash penetrated the vents and the HVAC system, they will need to be thoroughly cleaned and deodorized to prevent smoke particles from being blown back into the house.
  • There may also be water damage to repair from putting out the fire.
  • Furniture and other possessions damaged by smoke, soot, or water may need to be removed to an off-site cleaning facility.

Fire Damage Cleanup

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Assess The Damage

Never enter a fire damaged building until the fire marshal has inspected the building and determined that it is safe to enter. Contact your insurance agent and your landlord if you rent the property. They will tell you to stay out of the building until they arrive to document the damage.  If a few square feet are affected and the damage is minor, you may be able to clean it yourself using household cleaning products. If the damage is more extensive, you should hire a professional fire damage cleanup service. They will prevent further damage to your home and possessions, and fully restore and repair your property. A fire damage repair team will also tell you which possessions can be restored and which must be replaced.

Prevent Further Damage

In many cases, water damage is more widespread than the actual burned area. Open windows and doors, and set up fans to ventilate the area as quickly as possible. Remove wet carpets, rugs, and other textiles to a dry area to prevent mold and mildew growth.

Place foil, plastic or wooden casters under furniture legs to avoid staining the carpet. Remove any brass or copper items and clean them immediately with a specialized cleaner to avoid smoke etching. Do not attempt to clean fire damaged carpets or other textiles with a regular vacuum.The rotating brush will grind soot further into the fibers, damaging them beyond repair.

 

Soot and Smoke Removal: Best Practices

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

For people who’ve experienced a fire in their home, the initial cleanup of soot and water can be only the beginning. On top of the devastation of possibly losing irreplaceable personal items and memorabilia, the process of getting the home back in living order can be filled with difficulties.

Restoring the home requires professionals who are experienced in dealing with fires and restoration of the property. The national association that certifies companies’ expertise in fire cleanup is the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. IICRC-certified companies must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

IICRC, working with the manufacturers of carpet, upholstery and fabric, works to establish the standards on how these items can be restored, whether from fire or water damage. When it comes to cleaning, restoring and inspecting that items are safe to be replaced in the home, the IICRC writes the books, so their certification of a local company offers homeowners the reassurance that the fire restoration work will be done correctly.

American Restoration Water and Fire is IICRC-certified, and our technicians receive ongoing training in the IICRC best practices. We also understand the need for immediate response, working with your insurance agent to document the loss and items that are able to be restored versus those that are a total loss.

If you ever experience a fire and need a restoration company, look for these factors in your chosen company:

  • Proof of proper insurances and licenses
  • Their level of experience in fire-related restoration
  • Formal and recent training in specialized fire restoration work
  • IICRC Certification

For restoration of your home and its contents after a fire, New Mexicans turn to American Restoration Water and Fire, LLC. We take pride in keeping our customers informed about their restoration work, and in upholding the standards of our IICRC certification.

In Wake Of The Dog Head Fire, Homeowners Can Turn To SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration For Smoke Damage Repairs

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

Albuquerque residents whose homes may have sustained smoke damage as a result of the Dog Head Fire can turn to SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration for repairs.

SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration officials can conduct a thorough appraisal of fire and smoke damage of a home in a timely manner.

SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is equipped with the expertise to dispose of any burnt building material or unsalvageable items; clean clothings, linens, carpets and furniture to remove any trace of smoke odor; and execute the cleaning and removal of any stains and soot residue contributing to the odor of smoke — including in the home’s HVAC system

In addition, company officials can safely and thoroughly “scrub” the air to break down odor molecules using hydroxyl devices and other specialized techniques to treat any air that may have been contaminated by smoke.

Most insurance companies carry that kind of coverage and we work with all of the major carriers to work through this. 

Cigarrette Smoke Odor Removal by Using Proper Carpet Cleaners

6/23/2016 (Permalink)

Not only are cigarettes bad for you they also effect the air quality around you and the smoke can get trapped in your home carpets for a very long time.

Carpet cleaning is not always an easy task. You not only need to clean the surface from stains, spills, and dirt but you also need to make sure that the carpet is free from unpleasant odors that may have attached themselves to it. One type of odor that some carpet owners have to deal with is cigarette smoke.

Here are the steps that you need to take to deodorize cigarette smoke odors from your carpet.

· To remove cigarette smoke odors from your carpet you are going to need a lot of baking soda. Baking soda is a great product for removing odors from many things such as shoes and rugs. The beauty of baking soda is that it is also very affordable. And that’s a good thing because you’re going to need a good amount of it.

· Next, find an empty baby powder or talcum powder container, or any type of container with several small holes at the top for openings. You will be using this to sprinkle the baking soda over the carpet. You can always just open the top of the baking soda box and sprinkle it from there also.

· Once you have your materials ready, walk around the area and sprinkle the baking soda all over your carpet. Spread an ample, even layer all over, making sure to pay close attention to the areas where most of the odor is emanating.

· Once you have sprinkled a generous layer of baking soda over your carpet, use a straw broom to spread the baking soda evenly. This will help to work the baking soda into the carpet. Once you have done this, leave the baking soda overnight. This will allow it time to absorb and neutralize the smoke odor from the carpet.

Carpet and furniture deodorizing: Another surface that readily absorbs cigarette smoke are your carpets and rugs as well as upholstered furniture. Use a carpet cleaner or baking soda to help these surfaces – sprinkle it on and leave for several hours or overnight, then vacuum it up again.

Carpet shampooing: When deodorizers don’t work, a deep carpet shampoo treatment may be more effective using a natural carpet detergent. Hiring an eco-friendly carpet care professional is likely a good idea for a truly thorough carpet clean. Learn more by reading our natural carpet cleaning article.

· The next day, simply use a vacuum cleaner to extract all of the baking soda from your carpet. The odor should disappear with the baking soda.

Dealing with cigarette smoke does not have to be a frustrating experience. Just follow these simple tips and you should have a fresh smelling carpet in no time.

A Few Critical Factors To Consider For Fire Damage Restoration

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire can be one of the most devastating things for a family. Unexpected fires damage property and cause harm to your belongings. However, such accidents do happen and you should be well prepared to face those unfortunate events. Even though all necessary safety measures are followed, accidental fires cannot be prevented. But, steps can be taken for immediate fire damage restorations so that the amount of damages caused and losses suffered can be minimized. Professional restoration services will instantly respond to your emergency calls and experienced staffs will help you to get back to normal life as soon as possible.

In addition to cleaning the premises and assembling leftover articles after fire damage, a service provider will also do the following:

1. Remove acidic smoke and soot from the interiors of the building.

2. Take steps for immediate odor control.

3. Clean and deodorize clothing, upholstery, and other items of the house.

4. Secure possible pedestrian hazards.

5. Test and evaluate the extent of damage to structures and contents, and estimating the restoration costs.

Contacting the insurance companies

Getting in touch with the homeowners insurance companies is one of the critical factors that you should consider during an accidental fire. Fire damage restoration experts will talk with the insurance providers about the extent of damage caused and help you to claim the maximum compensation. Moreover, it is also important for the insurance companies to make an inspection of the damage themselves, and it is better if they do it before the restoration work starts.

Do not try fire damage cleanup yourself!

When it comes to fire damage rehabilitation, you should remember that it involves various risks and should not be tried unprofessionally. During a fire, there are various chemical reactions, which may cause irreparable damages to your health. Moreover, oftentimes, sparks remain underneath the rubbles. Such fires are hard to detect by untrained eyes but, can cause great harm if not treated properly. In addition to this there are possibilities of accidents due to weak structures, which might collapse and cause harms. Moreover, using inappropriate cleaning agents in such burnt structures can cause further damages.

You should remember that it is always better to search for a reputed restoration service provider well before such accidents strike. Being prepared will always help to restore maximum damages caused. If you are seeking for a professional service provider for fire damage, Albany, NY has a few of the renowned companies. You must compare and select the best company. Keep the contact details handy, you never know when you’ll need it.

Why does my carpet smell?

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

Does your home have a mysterious bad smell? If you've already checked the fridge and your trash bins and can't find the source, it could be that you're in need of a carpet cleaning or carpet deodorizer.

Just like stains, carpet fibers can trap odors, making them linger in your home indefinitely. If you think your carpet could be the problem, consider the possible sources of the odor.

Moisture or dampness

Sometimes, moisture can get underneath the carpet and carpet pad, leading to musty odors.

This moisture can come from humidity, spills or potted plants that drip onto the carpeting.

A flood can also cause carpet odor, such as when a finished basement floods during a rainstorm.

If not addressed properly, continued moisture exposure can cause mold and mildew to grow under the carpet padding. Not only will it increase the smell, it also creates a health risk.

Pet odor

When pets use the carpet as a bathroom, the smell can really linger.

Even after a carpet cleaning, the smell of pet urine may return. This is due to the gases released by the bacteria that are digesting the urine. If any of the urine remains in the rug fibers, it will continue to smell.

The same is true for vomit, another common problem associated with pets and carpeting.

These bacteria are activated by water, which is why the smell may intensify after a thorough cleaning.

Dry carpet cleaning treatments or treatments that use enzymatic odor removal products are the best solution for eliminating pet smells. Enzymes are particularly effective because they attack the bacteria, thus eliminating the source of the smell.

 

Cigarette smoke

If a smoker lives in the home, the carpet can collect the cigarette smoke odor.

While the homeowners may not notice the stench because they live with it, visitors or someone who purchases the home will definitely notice the smoke smell.

A professional carpet cleaner may be able to remove the smell, but if the smoking was excessive, a carpet deodorizer may not be enough, and the carpeting may need to be replaced.

Old age

Carpeting is made from fibers. Over time, those fibers break down. When the carpet begins to smell old, there is little that can be done.

Carpet cleaning cannot take the old, musty smell from carpet. This is when it simply needs to be replaced.

In addition to the smell, old carpet starts to release dust, which can contribute to indoor allergies.

Food and drink spills

Food and drinks that spill onto carpet can lead to odors.

Like pet smells, these organic products attract bacteria. As the bacteria break down, they release smelly gasses. Again, professional carpet cleaning is the best solution to remove the smell.

Once you find the source of your carpet odor, you can decide on the best treatment. For organic smells like pet odors or food spills, consider two professional cleanings to thoroughly remove the bacteria.

For other problems, like old age or mold, you may need to replace the carpet. Knowing where the odor is coming from will help you make the right decision for treatment.

Source: http://www.pantagraph.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/why-does-my-carpet-smell/article_bfdfccde-9a9f-5f9c-8938-c1ff71734c5b.html

Bosque fire near Tingley Beach 100 percent contained

2/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Bosque fire near Tingley Beach 100 percent contained The first call for the fire came in at 9:24 p.m. Saturday. There is no information on how the fire was started.

Albuquerque Fire Department says the Bosque fire near Tingley Beach is 100 percent contained and the area affected is estimated to be less than five acres.

According to AFD, approximately 20 crews and 50 firefighters remained on scene throughout the night working with the fire.

AFD says although the fire is 100 percent contained, very hazardous conditions still exist. Many hot spots still remain and winds are expected to be gusty Sunday.

AFD is asking everyone to stay clear of the Tingley Beach area.

There are no reported damages to the BioPark, Zoo, or Tingley Beach.

Albuquerque Fire Department received 911 calls reporting what looked like a camp fire Saturday night.

The first call for the fire came in at 9:24 p.m. Saturday. There is no information on how the fire was started, but AFD Chief David Downey says the cause is "suspicious." No injuries have been reported.

AFD says personnel are still working on extinguishing hot spots from Saturday's fire. Thirty personnel are on scene in 2 Brush trucks, 3 saw teams, 1 dozer, and 2 tenders.

The fire remains under investigation.  If anyone has any information regarding this latest Bosque fire, please call 242-COPS.

Source: http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s4033549.shtml#.VrFANrIrJhH

Fire In the Bosque

4/23/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire In the Bosque Photo by viewer Michael via KOB 4

New Mexico State Forestry says eight Sierra Co. fire engines have responded to a fire in the Bosque near the Percha Creek Dam.

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Meteorologists predict shorter fire season

3/26/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Meteorologists predict shorter fire season Fires at the White Water Baldy Complex in New Mexico 2012

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico is no stranger to drought, but this past winter was wetter than we’ve seen in the past several years. Meteorologists say that could have big impacts on the season.

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