Recent Fire Damage Posts

A few steps to restore your business from a fire!

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A few steps to restore your business from a fire! When a project sits in from of you, have you ever wished you could deal with just one person, and let them deal with everyone else?

When a project sits in from of you, have you ever wished you could deal with just one person, and let them deal with everyone else?

Well, SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford can help you do just that!

Starting with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) to help you prepare before a disaster, it can leave our your plan should a disaster happens. From who to call, where shut off valves are, or even where Remediation companies should park!

Taking care of the fire damage after you call us in the next step. Determining how far the damage has gone, removing any materials that cannot be cleaned, and using programs based on science to dry the area that was affected by firefighter's efforts to reduce the fire, is only a small portion of what we can do. 

Lastly, when materials such as drywall, flooring, or ceilings are damaged, we can replace and restore it back to preloss condition. Rebuilding your business as quickly as possible restores more than a building. It also helps bring profits and employees back to your company.

When you are concerned for what could happen, or you are in the midst of the "what ifs" contact SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford.

What to do after a fire!

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do after a fire! Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency?

SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford tips for after a fire: 

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Call SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford at 978-256-4225

What Not to Do in a Fire!

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Not to Do in a Fire! Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

This family’s Pepperell home suffered from a devastating fire loss. It’s always upsetting when a family experiences a house fire, but SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford worked hard to recover the structure and contents.

We not only clean but we can also help with restoring your space back to original condition. We work with your insurance agency to make sure the job runs smooth and safely.  Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

If you have suffered a fire loss please call SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford at 978-256-4225

Don't Be Overcome When Your Grilling Causes a Fire!

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Be Overcome When Your Grilling Causes a Fire! We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Grill fire got you down? We got you covered. Give SERVPRO Chelmsford Westford a call today! 978-256-4225

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. As in this case a faulty grill caused a large fire on our clients porch. No matter what caused the fire or how large or small it is, 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. Working to get the job done quickly and correctly so that your family can be back to their daily routines with no interruptions.  Call SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford we can help! 

The Behavior of Smoke in Your Townsend Home

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Behavior of Smoke in Your Townsend Home Soot can sometimes present as webs in the corners of rooms that look otherwise clean.

SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford has the smoke damage expertise and experience that allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  Below is more information that can help you understand the behavior of smoke. 

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (978) 256-4225

Smoke Alarms Truly Save Lives!

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms Truly Save Lives! Restoring your home to preloss condition is our number priority!

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.

Soot clean up AND Smoke clean up

6/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot clean up AND Smoke clean up Before photos of soot and smoke damage before cleaning

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (978) 256-4225

Fire at your home? We do residential clean up!

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire at your home? We do residential clean up! Had a fire loss?

This family’s Pepperell garage and apartment suffered from a fire devistaing fore loss. It’s always upsetting when a family experiences a house fire, but SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford worked hard to recover the structure and contents. In this instance the fire was only in the second floor apartment. Because the garage was build well with fire proofing between the floors, the Pepperell fire department was able to contain the fire to the second floor. The garage below suffered minor damage from water and soot. We are now in the process of cleaning the salvaged contents in the garage, boxing and storing them, so that the remodeling of the second floor can begin. We not only clean but we can also help with restoring your space back to original condition. We work with your insurance agency to make sure the job runs smooth and safely.  Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

If you have suffered a fire loss please call SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford at 978-256-4225

Safety tips for after a fire

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety tips for after a fire Fire clean up professionals

SERVPRO tips for after a fire:https://www.SERVPRO.com/fire-damage-tips

“After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

-Is it safe to stay in the house?
-Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
-Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
-Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
-Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
-Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
-Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
-Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
-Change HVAC filter.
-Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.


What NOT To Do After A Fire
-Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford.
-Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
-Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
-Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
-Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency?”
Call SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford at 978-256-4225

Smoke and soot cleaning

5/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and soot cleaning Call us!

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (978) 256-4225

Add this to your spring checklist: Dryer vent cleaning

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Add this to your spring checklist: Dryer vent cleaning Clean your dryer vents. This could save your life!

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. Call SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford today 978-256-4225

Grill fire

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grill fire Grill fire before and after restoration

Grill fire got you down? We got you covered. Give SERVPRO Chelmsford Westford a call today! 978-256-4225

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. As in this case a faulty grill caused a large fire on our clients porch. No matter what caused the fire or how large or small it is, 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. Working to get the job done quickly and correctly so that your family can be back to their daily routines with no interruptions.  Call SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford we can help! 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Cleanup Cleaning soot off a ceiling

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (978) 256-4225