Recent Fire Damage Posts

Heating Your Home Safely

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Home burning with orange and red flames. SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help if your home experiences a fire damage.

Most home heating fires occur on winter evenings. Space heaters cause two of every five fires and another one third are caused by fireplaces or chimneys.

How to Heat Your Home Safely:

  • If you use a space heater, keep it at least three feet away from anything flammable including: bedding, mattresses, clothing, and upholstered furniture - that's the biggest factor in fire heating deaths. 
  • Make sure children stay away from space heaters and fireplaces.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Don't keep them on all night.
  • Always use a screen in front of your fireplace and have your chimney professionally cleaned annually. Douse any fire or coals before you go to sleep or if you leave the house. 
  • Never heat your home with your oven.

How to Prevent House Fires

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding the dangers and prevention methods for house fires is essential for avoiding the costly damage they can cause.

Naturally, the best method to stay safe against house fires is through keeping smoke alarms operational, but there are many other ways homeowners can avoid a fire starting around the house.

The Frequency of House Fires

Many people do not fully grasp the risk house fires can pose and how often they occur. The National Fire Protection Association reports that every 24 seconds, a house fire occurs, meaning there are a shocking number of fires each day.

Cooking is the leading cause of house fires, but there are many other causes that can spark a flame.

Steps to Prevent House Fires

Because fire is so powerful, one simple mistake can lead to a full-on house fire if one is not careful. The best thing to do is to learn about house fire prevention steps to keep flames at bay:

Test smoke alarms. Though the hope is that one will never have to use a smoke alarm, it is important that they are working in case the need arises. Perform monthly battery checks and replace them every 10 years.

Prevent dryer lint buildup. Dryer trays can hold an excessive amount of lint, which provides the perfect combustible material if allowed to collect. After each load, clean out the tray to avoid combustion from the dryer’s heat.

Keep an eye on flames. Because most of us use flames every day for candles, cooking and more, it can be easy to forget the risk they can cause. It is best to not leave flames unattended.

Keep cables in good condition. Electrical cables and household wires should be inspected frequently and replaced if fraying is found.

Protect household supplies. Because many household supplies contain flammable materials and come in aerosol cans, it is best to keep these products away from heat sources or direct sunlight.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.

Fire Damage? SERVPRO of North Huntington can help!

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleanup should be left to the professionals!

You can trust the SERVPRO of North Huntington team of professionals to protect your home or business. Trained and certified members of our team along with using the proper cleaning technique and products can minimize the cleanup and restoration cost. Attempting to clean or deodorize on your own after a fire or smoke damage will likely result in a more costly process. It's not worth the risk, so call us today!

SERVPRO of North Huntington will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect different types of surfaces found in your home or business. As a home or business owner, you have so much invested in your property. Let us make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage?

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage?

SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help with your fire damage cleanup and restoration needs.  We will treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care throughout the entire cleanup process. 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 also provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. We don't mask or cover the smell, we remove it. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help!
Call Us Today – 631-423-1734

Are there different types of smoke damage?

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage? 

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 – 631-423-1734

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 North Huntington 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. 

Lingering odor from fire damage?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

"Like it never even happened." Like it never caught fire, like it never smoldered - whatever the case may be. 

As a leader in fire cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of North Huntington's number one goal is returning a damage to its preloss condition, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened." We provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. We don't mask or cover the smell, we remove it. Let us, the experts, help you today!

When SERVPRO of North Huntington steps onto a job site, we have this goal in mind - total restoration of the damage and easing the life of the customer being helped. We will guide you through the entire process. From your first call to us for help, to the completion of work, we will be there! 

We’re Here to “Restore First” Following Fire Disaster

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, we can get there faster, but that is not the only reason why you should make us first on your list of calls to make if the worst should occur.

When working with your property, our technicians use a “restore first” mentality, which is aided by the use of specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. This mentality will also help reduce the interruptions to your life caused by this disaster and help get your home or business back to pre-disaster condition.

Restore First After a Fire

Every fire damage event is different, and while our highly trained team can come up with a unique solution that is tailored to your needs, the general process remains the same

Knowing what to do after a fire has damaged your property is stressful, but that’s where we come in. Once you contact us, our team will spring into action.

Here are the steps that are included in our process:

1. Emergency contact. When you make your initial contact with us, you will be asked a series of questions regarding the fire damage. This helps us make sure our team is dispatched with the appropriate equipment and resources.

2. Inspection and fire damage assessment. Once on the scene, the team will inspect and test adjoining rooms of the property to determine the extent of damage caused by fire, smoke and soot. This helps us determine the right plan of action moving forward.

3. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service. There’s a pretty good possibility your window, walls and roofs will be compromised by fire damage, so we will make sure that your property is secure and protected from further damage by boarding up missing windows and walls and placing a tarp on damaged roofs.

4. Water removal and drying (if water damage is present). Fires also generally bring water damage. We begin the removal process, getting all wet items out of the structure right away. We bring in dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and finish up the drying process.

5. Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. Through the use of specialized equipment and techniques, we are able to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls and other surfaces.

6. Cleaning and sanitizing. We will clean restorable items and structures when it is possible. Not only will they be cleaned, but we engage the use of industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to help remove odors.

7. Restoration. The final step in getting your property back to pre-fire condition is restoration. This can include minor repairs like replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet, as well as possible major repairs like reconstruction of damaged areas.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of North Huntington is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Avoiding Fire Hazards While Cooking

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Do you have fond memories of spending quality time in the kitchen with loved ones while catching up with each other or preparing and sharing a meal together? The kitchen can be a wonderfully versatile place, but it is also a place where many home fires break out.

Cooking fires top the charts as the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries, and the leading cause of these kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

In 2017 alone, State Farm paid out in excess of $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to grease and other cooking fires. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Alabama
  • Georgia

Cooking Safety Tips

Besides the obvious precaution of staying in the kitchen while cooking, this is not the only fire safety tip you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. Be careful of the type of clothing you are wearing. If your outfit has long, flowing sleeves or is oversized and baggy, it could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. Keep flammable objects away from the stovetop. Make sure kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains aren’t too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.

3. Equip your home with a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen. Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. Hot grease is a fire hazard when placed in the garbage too soon. Do not throw hot grease in the garbage can. The grease may not be on fire, but it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Make sure you have a fire escape plan established. Thinking about and being prepared for the worst that can happen can save lives, and it’s better to be safe than sorry should an emergency occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting places with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of North Huntington is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Smoke or Fire Damage? We can help!

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke or Fire Damage? We can help!

Our staff at SERVPRO of North Huntington are highly trained in property damage restoration after a smoke or fire damage. We believe in continuous training for our team. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and expertise to restore your property. 

We will assist you every step of the way. We work with most major insurance companies and are committed to getting your home or business back up and running as quickly as possible. We are here to help 24/7 with your emergency needs and are always just a phone call away!

Call our office for more information! 

631-423-1734 

Fire or Smoke Damage? We are Here to Help!

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire or smoke damage.

We will assist you every step of the way with your fire or smoke damage. We work with most major insurance companies and are committed to getting your home or business back up and running as quickly as possible. We are here to help 24/7 and are just a phone call away! Call us with your questions and for more information.

631-423-1734

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Protecting Your Business From Fire Hazards

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Business owners carry a lot of responsibility. As a business owner, one of those responsibilities is considering plenty of safety factors regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors. One thing that will need to be addressed is fire prevention.

Protecting Your Business From Fire Hazards

By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you are taking some of the many steps that will help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

First, make an assessment of any fire hazard risks in your facility. To aid you in this step, in some areas, local governments may offer a visit from a fire marshal to work with you in identifying these risks and providing guidance on your fire prevention plan.

You’ll want to make sure that the right fire protection equipment, such as automatic sprinkler systems, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, are in place on each floor.

Finally, you must consider the safety of your employees. By creating a fire plan and taking time to review it with your staff, you’ll be making sure everyone knows what to do in the case of a fire. By conducting fire drills at least once a year and reviewing evacuation plans and routes as well as the location of first-aid kits, your fire safety procedures will remain fresh in their minds.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of North Huntington is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Leading Causes of Commercial Structure Fires

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Leading Causes of Commercial Structure Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the main causes of structure fires to office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.

When looking to more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. Those fires resulted in an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

Fire cleanup should be left to professionals like us!

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleanup should be left to the professionals! Call us today, 631-423-1734

SERVPRO of North Huntington will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect different types of surfaces found in your home or business. As a home or business owner, you have so much invested in your property.

Trust the SERVPRO of North Huntington team of professionals to protect your most valuable asset. A trained and certified member of our team along with the proper cleaning technique and products can minimize the restoration cost. Attempting to clean or deodorize on your own will likely result in a more costly process. It's not worth the risk, so call us today!

We are Fire Damage Cleanup experts!

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Huntington Offers Fire Damage Cleanup and 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 – 631-423-1734

When SERVPRO of North Huntington steps onto a job site, we have this goal mind.  It is about total restoration of the damage and about the life of the customer being helped. We are here to help 24/7 and are always a phone call away. Call us today! 

Deodorization

We also provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. We don't mask or cover the smell, we remove it. 

A fire occurs every 18 seconds in the U.S.

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that a fire occurs every 18 seconds in the U.S.?

 As a leader in fire cleanup and restoration, our number one goal is returning a damage to its preloss condition, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened." Like it never was dirty, like it never caught fire, like it never smoldered - whatever the case may be. When SERVPRO of North Huntington steps onto a job site, we have this goal mind.  It is about total restoration of the damage and about the life of the customer being helped.

SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help 24/7 and are always a phone call away. Call us today! 631-423-1734

We also provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. We don't mask or cover the smell, we remove it. Let the experts help you.

A fire damage can leave a lingering odor behind...

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

When SERVPRO of North Huntington steps onto a job site, we have this goal in mind - total restoration of the damage and easing the life of the customer being helped.

Did you know that a fire occurs every 18 seconds in the U.S.?

As a leader in fire cleanup and restoration, our number one goal is returning a damage to its preloss condition, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened." Like it never was dirty, like it never caught fire, like it never smoldered - whatever the case may be. We provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. We don't mask or cover the smell, we remove it. Let the experts help you today!

SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help 24/7 and are always just a phone call away. Call us today! 631-423-1734.

Wet or dry smoke damage???

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

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 North Huntington 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 – 631-423-1734

We are here to help with your Fire/Smoke Damage.

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire or smoke damage. We will assist you every step of the way. We work with most major insurance companies and are committed to getting your home or business back up and running as quickly as possible. We are here to help 24/7 and are just a phone call away!

Call our office for more information! 

631-423-1734

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Need Fire, Smoke or Soot Cleanup?

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Need Fire, Smoke or Soot Cleanup?

After a fire or smoke damage, a thorough cleaning will be needed for ceilings, walls, floors and personal belongings. SERVPRO of NORTH HUNTINGTON is experienced and available 24/7 and are only a phone call away!

631-423-1734

SERVPRO of NORTH HUNTINGTON will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect different types of surfaces found in your home or business. As a home or business owner, you have so much invested in your property. Trust the SERVPRO of NORTH HUNTINGTON professionals to protect your most valuable asset. A trained and certified member of our team along with the proper cleaning technique and products can minimize the restoration cost. Attempting to clean or deodorize on your own will likely result in a more costly process.

Smoke or Soot Damage? Call us for help.

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

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 NORTH HUNTINGTON 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 – 631-423-1734

We Understand The Trauma of Fire Disasters

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

The fire in this home was devastating but SERVPRO of NORTH HUNTINGTON helped to make it "Like it never even happened."

Do you have Fire or Soot Damage?

Did you know that a fire occurs every 18 seconds in the U.S.? As a leader in fire cleanup and restoration, our number one goal is returning a damage to its preloss condition, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened." Like it never was dirty, like it never caught fire, like it never smoldered - whatever the case may be. When SERVPRO of NORTH HUNTINGTON steps onto a job site, we have this goal mind.  It is about total restoration of the damage and about the life of the customer being helped.

SERVPRO of NORTH HUNTINGTON is here to help 24/7 and are always a phone call away. Call us today! 631-423-1734

Deodorization

We also provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. We don't mask or cover the smell, we remove it. Let the experts help you.

Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of NORTH HUNTINGTON.

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

About SERVPRO of North Huntington

SERVPRO of North Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire or smoke damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Our Services

Whether your home or office needs emergency flood damage or upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Call SERVPRO of NORTH HUNTINGTON to learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 631-423-1734