Smoke and Soot and How to Clean It Up
How to maintain smoke and soot
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
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Dryer Vent Cleaning - Why is It Important?
Dryer Vent Safety
Add this to your spring cleaning list: DRYER VENT CLEANING
A few reasons to remove the lint from your dryer vents and screens:
1. Lint left or caught in vents could cause a fire
2. Mold could get trapped in the vent
3. By leaving the lint it could lower your machines efficiently. By cleaning the vent you could save up to $20 on your utility bill.
4. Longer life to the dryer
Check this link out on how to clean your vent today! https://www.bobvila.com/articles/bob-vila-radio-cleaning-your-dryer-vents/
Dryers with lint left in it can cause fires. This is a leading cause of some fires in ones home. If you had a dryer fire call us we specialize in soot and smoke damage.
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Who do you call?
Water, fire and mold damage can be devastating. From first sight all the way to the refinishing process. With SERVPRO you never have to worry! Our team of professionals can get your residential or commercial space back and even better, "Like it never even happened."
At SERVPRO our local team of experts will resolve your problem and work with you until the project is completely finished, remodeled and back in working order to your satisfaction. From restoration to remodeling we have you covered. So there is never a need of "who do we call next?" We work with a full team of professional builders, carpenters, plumbers and electricians to keep things moving. Our relationships with these folks are solid, so you'll never be left stranded in the water!
Prepare for an Unpredictable Winter
Winter storm preparation
Winter is coming, but are you ready? This National Preparedness Month, allow yourself to be be prepared.
With it comes cold weather, stormy days, and potential harm to your home or business. Below is an excerpt from SERVPRO's Restoration Newsline.
TO help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property cold weather hits.
- Check for downed tree limbs and branches. Damaging weather could cause harm to the property and potentially cause personal inguries.
- Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to help ensure they are in proper order.
- Point gutter downspouts away from the building. And remove any debris from the gutters so they don't overflow
- Install non-slip mats on at all entries.
- Consider shutting off outside spouts to help water pipes from freezing
- Ask SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford about an Emergency Ready Profile to help protect your property.
We want to help you keep what you care about protected. Ask us how today!
Don’t be a scientist!
When Its time for spring cleaning, be prepared! Just because chemicals clean well by themselves doesn’t mean they should be mixed together (looking at you, bleach). So don’t be a scientist! It can cause lots of harm even death! If you’re in doubt, do a quick search to make sure the chemicals you’re using are safe to mix
Rainy season? We can help!
It’s the rainy season here in MA! And rain can cause a lot of damage to our homes.
SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford
SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training
Bathroom mold removal
Mold can happen when you least expect it. Recently we were called to a job where the homeowners had a sink leak. We were called in to investigate. Upon removing the sink we discovered that mold was not only in the sink area but it had spread throughout The whole bathroom. Unfortunately the bathrooms and to be gutted and fully renovated.
Some things to think about when it comes to mold:
“When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
-Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
-Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
-Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. Mold can cause health effects.
-Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
-Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.”
If you think you have mold give SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford a call. We will come to investigate and give you a quote.
We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleaning
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
Have Questions about Basement Flooding?
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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
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When disaster strikes - We are here to help!
We are always ready for you when a disaster strikes. 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Keep our number handy so your not scrambling and stressing to find it when you need it most. We will be there to ease the stress and get your life back on track! (978) 256-4225
SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit our area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Do you know how many people die every day from a home fire? Seven
How many people suffer injuries as a result of home fires? Thirty-six
How much money in property damage occurs each year? $7 Billion
To help prevent your family from possibly becoming one of these statistics, the following should be considered:
- In homes, there should be a smoke detector outside of every bedroom, at least one on each level, and in larger homes, more may be needed.
- Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they are working
- Batteries should be replaced every year
- Units with or without batteries (hard-wired) need to be replaced every ten years.
- Never disable the unit, because almost half of the fires reported had smoke detectors in the home, but had batteries missing or the units were disabled.
When a home is affected by a fire, SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford cares about helping you make it "Like it never even happened." Returning your home back to preloss condition by the company that is faster to any disaster to help you reduce some stress and worry.