Recent Fire Damage Posts

5 Types Of Fires

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fires are categorized into 5 different classes, and each class has different elements that make it unique. That is why it it critical to call certified fire remediation experts when your commercial or residential property suffers fire damage. 

Class A

Class A fires are defined as ordinary combustibles. These types of fires use common flammable material as their fuel source such as food, fabric, paper, trash. This class of fire is essentially the most common type of fire damage. Class A fires are commonly put out with water or monoammonium phosphate. 

Class B 

Class B fires are fueled by flammable liquids, such as gasoline, petroleum greases, tars, oils, oil-based paints, solvents, and alcohols. These fires also include flammable gases such as propane and butane. Class B fires do not include fires involving cooking oils and grease. 

Class C

A Class C fire is one in which an energized electrical element is the cause of the fire. “Energized” means that the electrical component  is connected to a power source. Class C fires may be started from faulty wiring, a short circuit, damage to power cords, overloaded electrical outlets, or overheated/overcharged devices.

Class D

Class D fires are characterized by the presence of burning metals. However, not all metals are flammable. Sodium, potassium, uranium, lithium, plutonium, calcium, magnesium, and titanium are all examples of combustible metals. The most common type of Class D fires involve magnesium and titanium.

Class K 

A Class K fire is defined as a cooking fire involving combustion from liquids used in food preparation. Technically a type of liquid fire, Class K fires are distinct enough to warrant their own classification. Cooking fires are fueled by a wide range of liquid cooking materials. Greases, cooking oils, vegetable fat, and animal fat are all fuel sources found in Class K.

Each class of fire damage requires specific remediation tools and techniques. No matter what type of fire you experience, SERVPRO of Natick/Milford is here to help! Our Disaster Remediation Teams have been expertly trained to restore the damage done to your home or business. Call us today to (774) 290-4300 and we will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Our Game Plan For Fire Remediation

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

When a devastating fire occurs in your Medfield, MA commercial or residential property, it is hard to think ahead to the recovery process. You may not even know where to begin moving forward. Once the signs of a fire are cleared away, you may still smell the smoke over the long term. Every fire is inherently different, but the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford can help you get to the bottom of the issue through a standard fire procedure.

The Beginning

Once emergency services (if required) extinguish the fire, SERVPRO of Natick/Milford can come in and begin the remediation process. After the smoke clears and the dust settles, our Disaster Remediation Teams of specialists will move in. Depending on the type of damage presented from the fire, the technician will follow a proven game plan. 

Our technicians will carefully inspect the surrounding area and test the damaged sections to determine the extend of any structural damage. They always apply a restore before replace approach, ensuring that they will avoid anything that might exacerbate the damage. While they're inspecting and testing, they will walk you through the process and share the game plan.

Executing The Plan

Depending on the severity of the fire damage, our technician will ensure the security of your property. If necessary, they will board up missing walls and windows, and if necessary set tarps to maintain your privacy and prevent the outdoor elements from gaining entry.

Many people don't realize that water damage appears almost at the same time as smoke damage. To rid the situation of water, our technicians use a combination of extractors and dehumidifiers. 

After water and moisture remediation is complete our Disaster Remediation Technicians will focus on odor removal. To avoid agitating troublesome particles within the damage area, the technician will remove smoke and soot damage with extreme care. They will take restorable items into account and odors will be fought with using fogging equipment and air scrubbers.

The Final Step

Once all of the major fire damage issues have been taken care of, in addition to the water damage and smoke and soot Our in-house Rebuild Team will begin the necessary repairs to the structure of your property. Since we are a licensed contractor with the State of Massachusetts, we can handle any building services that may be needed from replacing drywall and painting over a refurbished surface! 

A fire can strike your Medfield, MA commercial or residential property at any time. When it does we are here to help! Call the experts at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford at (774) 290-4300.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Experts In Smoke Damage

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage is can cause multiple issues because there are many variables associated with fires. The temperature of the blaze, the extinguishing method used (water and/or agents), structural damage. Water and smoke damage can easily penetrate any crack and crevice on your property. Proper cleaning, immediate neutralizing efforts, proper ventilation, and consistent debris removal efforts are critical to saving as much of the structure and its contents as possible. Timing is the most crucial component of successful remediation project.Not only are the Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford faster to any size disaster but their training allows them to assess the damage, plan a course of action, and execute the plan expeditiously. 

Timing Is Everything

The IICRC, a global leader in all types of remediation, identifies these time windows:

  1. Within minutes: Porous materials and synthetics must be immediately addressed to prevent permanent discoloration.
  2. Within hours to days: wooden furniture, flooring, painted walls, and clothing can become permanently stained. Metal surfaces will begin to rust, pit, and corrode which often requires refinishing or replacement.
  3. Within weeks: Prolonged soot exposure will embed itself in the fibers and surfaces resulting in a longer, more pricey restoration with a higher likelihood of replacement.

Fires can strike at any time. When they do call the experts at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford at (774) 290-4300.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning Up After A Fire

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

When fire strikes your Natick, Ma commercial or residential property the aftermath can be devastating. From structural and water damage to smoke and soot damage, recovering from a fire is not something most property owners can do alone. Luckily, they do not have to! SERVPRO of Natick/Milford is here to help.

Full Service Fire Remediation

Fire results in incredibly toxic and corrosive soot and is extremely challenging to remove soiling and the highly pungent odors. Our Disaster Remediation Technicians are have received comprehensive training and certification and our Rebuild Teams are staffed with skilled craftsmen. They work hand-in-hand to offer our customers a seamless transition from remediation to rebuild.

Our first step to recovery is containment of the damaged area. It is essential that we prevent the drifting and wafting of smoke and soot. If they are not contained, airborne particles of smoke and soot will quickly travel to every inch of surface area in your property. We use polyethylene barriers to seal the perimeter of the affected. Our HEPA filters force contaminants through and vent their air to the outdoors, ensure that your air quality returns to normal levels.

Three types of soot result from fires: dry and ashy, thick and wet, and protein-based. Our expert technicians are trained in each specific method of removal for the various types of soot. If not taken care of properly, the efforts to clean soot can instead cause smearing or staining.

By using thermal fogging, ozone machines, or hydroxyl generators for odor removal, we can remove the tiny particles of soot that hide in crevices and even in HVAC systems. 

During the remediation process our technicians will be documenting the damage and sharing that information with our Rebuild Team. This gives them the necessary insight to plan the rebuild process prior while the remediation is ongoing which intern enables them to hit the ground running as soon as the remediation process is complete thereby eliminating any lag time. Furthermore, in some instances, our Rebuild Teams are able to begin their work prior the completion of the remediation process, further reducing recovery time!

A fire can strike at any time. If it does we are here to help! Call the experts at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford at (774) 290-4300.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Candle Safety

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Candles are a beautiful decoration and can fill a space with your favorite aromas.  However, the flame releasing scents can be dangerous to your Milford, MA commercial or residential property.

Candles pose a real fire risk to any property.  According the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 8,200 home fires are started by candles each year. A study performed from 2014-2018 revealed that U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 7,610  home structure fires that were started by candles per year.  These fires caused an annual average of 81 deaths, 677 injuries and $278 million in direct property damage.

Candle Fire Facts

During the five-year period of 2014-2018:

  1. Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires.
  2. Roughly one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 40% of the associated deaths and 49% of the associated injuries.
  3. Falling asleep was a factor in 10% percent of the home candle fires and 15% of the associated deaths.
  4. On average, 21 home candle fires were reported per day. 
  5. Three of every five (60%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  6. December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.

Candle Safety Tips

  1. Use sturdy candle holders.
  2. Put candles on a sturdy and uncluttered surface.
  3. Keep hair and clothes away from candle flames.
  4. Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  5. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  6. Keep candles one-foot sway from anything that could burn.
  7. Before burning candles, always trim the wick to a ¼ inch.

Candles are can be a decorative and inviting addition to any space, but if used carelessly they can case fires. The reality is, even after doing all of these things, a fire can still happen. If it does call the experts at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford at (774) 290-4300.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Avoid Fires When Heating Your Property This Winter

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Winter in Massachusetts is upon us. Temperatures have fallen and it will not be long before freezing temperatures set in. This means that residents of the Commonwealth will be relying on furnaces, fireplaces, and space heaters to warm their Natick, MA residential and commercial properties. There are risks inherent with heating your home or business during the winter months. The following are safety tips to follow when heating your residential or commercial property this winter:

Fireplaces

  1. Inspect your chimney regularly for cracks and obstructions
  2. Have your chimney professionally cleaned
  3. Don't let creosote build up in your chimney, as it could set off a roof fire
  4. Don't "over build" your fire using too much paper. You could ignite the soot in your chimney
  5. Never burn charcoal in your fireplace. It gives off deadly carbon monoxide
  6. Keep your damper open, closing the damper could enable hot ashes to heat up and cause a damaging fire
  7. Let ashes cool in a sealed metal container

Furnaces

  1. Before you turn on your furnace, have it inspected by a qualified professional
  2. Make sure to check the condition of the automatic controls and emergency shutoffs
  3. If the walls and ceiling around your furnace feel too warm, have a professional check to see if your property is properly insulated

Space Heaters

  1. Make sure your space heater has a working safety light, alarm, automatic shut-off switch, and a cut-off device to prevent overheating
  2. Keep all objects, people and pets at least three feet away from the heater
  3. Never use a space heater in a bathroom

Heating your property is necessary, but if done carelessly the result may be a fire. The reality is, even after doing all of these things, a fire can still happen. If it does call the experts at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford at (774) 290-4300.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Is Your Dryer A Fire Hazard

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Almost every Milford, MA homeowner has a washer and dryer. However, most homeowners do not realize the potential fire hazard a dryer can be. Any appliance that generates a lot of heat is a fire risk. According the the US Fire Administration:

  1. 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
  2. Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
  3. More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

It is important for homeowners to know how to keep themselves safe from fire. Use the following fire safety messages to teach people about clothes dryer fire safety.

Clothes Dryer Do’s

  1. Have your clothes dryer installed by a professional.
  2. Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly
  3. Read manufacturers' instructions and warnings in use and care manuals that come with new dryers
  4. Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry.
  5. Clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up as well as the lint filter at least every six months
  6. Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months
  7. Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry
  8. Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted
  9. Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt
  10. Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on
  11. Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct
  12. Have gas-powered dryers inspected every year by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are together and free of leaks
  13. Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent
  14. Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn
  15. If you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer

Clothes Dryer Do Not's

  1. Do not use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged
  2. Do not overload the dryer
  3. Do not use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. 
  4. Do not dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic.
  5. Do not dry any item for which manufacturers' instructions state “dry away from heat”
  6. Do not dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers' instructions allow)
  7. Do not dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline
  8. Do not leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed

Even after doing all of these things, a fire can still happen. If it does call the experts at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford at (774) 290-4300.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened."