Recent Fire Damage Posts

More than Meets the Eye

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Soot on Ceiling To the naked eye, the ceiling may seem unaffected by a fire, but upon closer inspection, you can see there is a layer of soot in need of remediation.

Sometimes a little smoke can do a lot of damage.  Sure, it's easy to identify when a fire causes major damage, but what about when a small fire leads to smoke all the way on the other end of the structure?  

If you unknowingly hire an inexperienced contractor or restoration company, you may end up with lingering smoke odors for weeks, months, or even years.  This is because you need the expertise of certified soot cleaners.  Technicians and project managers who know exactly where and what to look for that could lead to lingering odors.  For instance, a small hole in a ceiling or an exterior wall could be big enough to let soot particles in and affect insulation behind the walls.  Additionally, running a central air system could potentially lead to circulating the soot throughout the structure.  

These are just a couple of examples of small details that, if not properly identified & addressed, could lead to unnecessary lingering odors.  

Luckily we are here to help!  Call us any time and we will happily provide an inspection & estimate!

Soot Mess

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Sooted Carpet This homeowner, understandably, couldn't believe the living room fireplace caused soot to reach their bedroom carpet!

Sometimes you don't realize how extensive a damage to your property is.  Often times, in the cases of puffbacks and chimney mishaps, it may seem like a just a little soot has landed on your walls, floors, or personal belongings.  However, after making an attempt(s) at cleaning the soot themselves, many customers will call us for an estimate days, or even weeks, later.  This is because they've discovered that the soot reached areas of the homes they thought unimaginable, and now need professional cleaning help.

Though we find a valiant effort has been made by the home or business owner to clean the soot themselves, often times they are not equipped with the proper cleaning tools & products for the long and tedious process.  Did you know, this type of damage is typically considered a "covered loss" by the majority of insurance providers?  Why struggle with the agony and hours of cleaning your property yourself when you can call SERVPRO for a professional cleaning today!

Residential Fire

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Insulation on Fire Damage Insulation can be a culprit in retaining smoke smell after a fire if not properly removed & replaced.

Cleaning up after a fire can be a daunting task.  Depending on the severity of the blaze, not only is there the physical task of performing demolition and inch by inch cleaning, but there is also the emotional toll of sorting through charred personal belongings and possibly heirlooms.  

SERVPRO is here to relieve that stress for you.  We have the knowledge and expertise to perform and properly document any and all necessary demolition, cleaning, contents inventorying/cleaning, and contents moving/storing.  This will allow you to focus on day to day priorities in the aftermath of a fire, like getting to work on time, taking the kids to school, etc... rather than focusing on the physical and emotional clean up of the fire damage itself. 

You've Had a Fire Damage - What Happens Next?

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Air Scrubber Pictured is an air scrubbers we placed at a smoke-damaged property

Fire damages can be the worst type of losses a person or family can experience.  And while everyone is anxious to get their property and personal items restored, unfortunately, the process can be slow moving at first.  At SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem, we recommend placing negative air fans (aka air scrubbers) at your property as soon as the fire department allows access.  Depending on the severity of the damage, these machines can help to limit cross-contamination, and limit the smoke odor. 

It is important to let the restoration professionals and insurance adjusters assess the situation before rushing to clean or replace damaged items & structural materials.  This will allow for proper restoration and end up saving you from future frustrations.  

There are also a few things that can be done before the full restoration process begins, such as:

  • Place air scrubbers (as stated above)
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and causing additional damage
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment

Unfortunately, fire & smoke damage does happen.  Here at SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem, we are happy to help you in your time of need, 24/7/365.

Keurig Mess in House

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage to Kitchen and Living Room

We were called in recently to tend to a kitchen fire that was caused by a keurig.  While we never figured out exactly what caused the fire, it was evident there was much damage.  Including the living room carpet as well.  Many people associate SERVPRO with just water and mold damage.  We like to make it known we not only tend to these issues, but cleaning up fires happens to be one of our most important jobs we get called in to take care of.  It means a lot to us to try our very best to salvage your prized items and save your memories.  If you or anyone you know experiences fire damage in their home--please don't hesitate to give SERVPRO a call.

Fire Throughout Entire House

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Keurig fire

We got called in to tend to a residential fire a few weeks ago nearby.  We had all hands on deck for this job.  A Keurig caught on fire and the entire house burnt because of it.  Luckily, no one was hurt and everyone got out in time safely.  Fires are one of the more severe jobs we tend to.  SERVPRO is partnered with many fire departments around the area and we pride ourselves on quick response.  If you happen to encounter a fire, please don't hesitate to give us a call to so we can help salvage anything we can.  Many of these incidents are a very painful and emotional time for the customer.  We want to make times like this as easy and least stressful for our clients as possible.

Basement Puffback

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Puff Back aftermath in basement

Here is an example of a puff back SERVPRO was called into assist with at a residential property.  Although our clients' basement was not finished, the soot from the puff back ended up affecting her entire home--which consisted of three floors in total.  It's important to note that when you notice things such like this that occur in your home that you immediately call for assistance.  Applying to this situation, soot can be extremely dangerous to your health when it is inhaled because it is so toxic.  Although puff backs may or may not only be a one time event it is also important to note that you should reach out to a heating specialist--just so you can prevent this from happening again.

Residential Fire Call

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

2nd Floor Fire

Here is a perfect example of a fire SERVPRO was called to tend to in a residential area.  Unfortunately, a candle caught on to a lit curtain and the family's entire second floor was ruined.  SERVPRO, along with the local fire department was called in immediately to the job as best we could.  As you can clearly see, via the "After" picture here, there is still work that needs to be done.  Our client was unbelievably thankful for what we had already done.  Many items and memories were destroyed in this fire, but our client was very grateful for how easy SERVPRO made everything.  As much as they were already dealing with, they still loved how reassuring and comforting our team made the entire process for them.

Chimney Fire

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Living Room Chimney

Here is an example of a fire we tended to recently.  Our clients had just renovated their house and the chimney had a backup which caused the fire.  SERVPRO was the first this family thought to call and we're very glad they did.  As a team, we were able to save majority of the house that was damaged--some of which included the kitchen, wood floors, and wallpaper.  Our clients were incredibly relieved for the sole fact they thought they would need to renovate majority of the house all over again. 

Much of the time our clients envision their mishap to be more than it actually is.  Never be afraid to pick up your phone and call SERVPRO if you are unsure of something.  We are always here to help and answer any questions!

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Damage

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke, and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Thanksgiving Holiday

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

It's hard to tell from the photo, but there once stood a deep fryer in this home. Unfortunately it caused extensive fire damage.

This time of year, everyone is gearing up for the holidays.  While we will all surely be eating turkey on Thanksgiving day, we may be preparing it differently.  

In the last few years, deep frying turkeys has become a wildly popular method to cook the food.  However, according to a "Home Fire Involving Cooking Equipment" report, home fires caused by cooking are nearly 4 times as likely on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year.  Deep frying turkeys, while delicious, is also very dangerous.  So before you get into some deep frying fun, here are 3 quick safety tips for you to protect your home:

1) Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.

2) Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.

3) Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.

From all of us here at SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem, we want to wish you and your family a Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving!

Cleaning Up After a Fire

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

At a home in Glenside, PA, one of our technicians is wiping away soot above a window using a chemical sponge and extension pole.

For homeowners, putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself.  A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowner after a fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished.  

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem's professional staff and technicians provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents inventory and restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings, and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.  Call us at 215-600-1497 today!