Recent Fire Damage Posts

Do’s and Don’ts for Fire and Smoke Damage in Your Vero Beach, FL Home

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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While fire damage restoration is better left in the hands of professionals, there are some things you can do on your own. On the flip side there are other things you should absolutely avoid.

  • DO contact a certified restoration specialist: Immediately contact a certified fire and smoke restoration professional.
  • DO turn off utilities: Turn off your water, electric, gas, and miscellaneous utilities.
  • DO contact your insurance company: If you intend on filing an insurance claim you may call your insurance company to get the process started.
  • DO check your appliances: Empty your freezer and refrigerator. Leave the doors open to prevent mold and mildew.
  • DO take care of pets: Remove pets from your fire-damaged home. Lingering soot and smoke can be harmful to them.
  • DON’T use your AC, heater or electronics: Wait until a professional arrives on the scene. Turning on electronics can create greater damage.
  • DON’T clean walls or clothing: A professional should examine them first and provide advice.
  • DON’T eat leftover food: It is most likely not safe to consume due to contamination from smoke, soot, or contaminants introduced to the environment when the fire was being extinguished.
  • DON’T wipe away powder from extinguishers: Forgo trying to clean up any staining from the powder discharged by a fire extinguisher.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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772-770-0501

New Year’s Eve Fire Safety Tips

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

A man holding up a sparkler in each hand. SERVPRO of Vero Beach would like to wish everyone a very happy new year! We hope 2021 brings joy, love, and abundance to you and yours.

Tonight, we will bid farewell to 2020 and celebrate new beginnings for 2021. Traditionally, fireworks are used as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout the world. According to the NFPA, “Ten percent of fireworks fires occur during the period from December 30 through January 3, with the peak on New Year's Day.” This is why it is important to implement safe practices when using fireworks. The Florida Forest Service is providing the following safety tips:

  • Follow all county or city fireworks laws;
  • Light fireworks on a cleared area, free of any vegetation or debris;
  • Remove all debris from roofs or decks where fireworks could land;
  • Keep a water source and a shovel or suppression tool on-hand;
  • Aim fireworks away from people, homes and wooded areas;
  • Never allow children to light or handle fireworks;
  • Never use homemade fireworks;
  • Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water;
  • Store unused fireworks and lighters out of the reach of children;
  • Clean up all debris from fireworks;
  • Immediately call 911 to report any fires.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Christmas Tree Fire Prevention

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Infographic with various Christmas tree fire statistics listed. Here are some statistics when it comes to Christmas tree fires, according to the NFPA.

The Christmas Season is in full swing. During this time each year you can find beautifully adorned trees set up in many homes and businesses. Many opt for artificial trees for ease of use and cost savings, however real trees are a holiday classic. Here are some safety tips to prevent tree fires during the holiday season:

  • Pick a healthy tree, trees with brown needles indicate dryness.
  • Use a sturdy stand with an adequate basin for water to prevent your tree from drying out.
  • Make sure the lights you use on the tree are fire resistant and supported by a national testing organization.
  • Set the tree up a safe distance away from any heat source.
  • Check all wiring and bulbs of the lights you are going to hang for any damage. Do not use if damaged.
  • Check your smoke alarms and replace batteries if necessary.
  • Check the water of your Christmas tree daily for proper levels.

Our team at SERVPRO of Vero Beach wants to ensure that everyone has a safe and joyous holiday season! Please remember, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for you! If you are in need of emergency service call 911 if necessary, then give our office a call at 772-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Woman using fire extinguisher to put out an oven fire. Cooking caused almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths in 2014-2018.

It is said “the kitchen is the heart of the home”, this is especially true during the holidays. This is why it’s important to keep kitchen fire safety in the forefront of the mind. Things can quickly become hectic, especially when your house is full of family and friends. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires but following these simple safety tips can keep you and your loved ones safe.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Happy National Fire Safety Month!

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

October is National fire safety month. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced this year’s campaign is “Serve Up Safety in the Kitchen!”. As the title implies, this year’s focus is kitchen fire prevention. Did you know cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries? The NFPA recommends the following steps if you have a cooking fire:

  • Get out! Close the door behind you when you ou to help contain the fire.
  • After you leave, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • If you try to put out the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

We hope these tips will help keep you as safe as possible if you experience a kitchen fire. If your home requires clean up or restoration after a fire, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

Smoke Detector Maintenance for your Indian River County Home

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

White man pressing test button on smoke alarm. A quick way to make sure you always replace your batteries in time is to change them during daylight savings while you adjust your clocks.

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends monthly testing of your home's smoke detector. It is recommended that you follow the manufacturers instructions. However, a general testing typically resembles the steps below:

Step 1- Alert all members of the household that you will be testing the smoke alarms.

Step 2- Pick one household member to stand at the furthest point in your home from the detector you are testing. This will ensure that the alarm can be heard throughout the home. If the alarm sounds faint, you may want to add extra detectors.

Step 3- Press and hold the “Test” button on the smoke detector. It may take a few seconds to begin, but you should hear a loud, ear piercing beep. If the sound is faint or nonexistent try replacing the batteries. Smoke detector batteries should be changed every six months.

Step 4- Check smoke detector to make sure there is no dust or other particles blocking the grates.

According to the USFA Smoke detectors have an average life span of 10 years. Always replace your smoke detector every 10 years. Hopefully, taking these steps will help prevent smoke and fire damage in your home. However, if you experience a smoke or fire loss please give our office a call. We are here to help!!

 SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Summer Fire Prevention Tips

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fireworks bursting in the night sky with a man holding up a sparkler. Fireworks have been traditionally used to celebrate our independence since 1777.

Summer is known for picnics and good times outdoors. It’s the best time of year to enjoy camping, bonfires, fireworks and cookouts with family and friends. However, summer is also the time of year fire incidences increase. Below are some easy steps you can take to help protect your home and avoid fire damage.

Grilling Safety: Keep the grill away from the side of your home. Clean the grates and check fuel connections frequently. If you use a charcoal grill, never dispose of used charcoal until they have cooled completely.

Fireworks Safety: Always light fireworks in a safe location outside away from your home, garage, shed, grass or family.

Bonfire Safety: Make sure the area where you start your bonfire is a legal location. Never build a bonfire on a high-wind night. The pile shouldn't be bigger than 5'x5' to keep the flames containable and make sure to keep water nearby. After the bonfire is done, turn over the charred materials with metal shovels and rakes and douse the area with water.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional fire restoration service if you’re ever in need. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

722-770-0501

Why to Call a Fire Restoration Specialist vs. a Building Contractor

7/5/2020 (Permalink)

Two men cleaning soot from a fire off the ceiling. Did you know? During the lifetime of average household, chances are 2 to 1 that there will be an accidental fire.

Before you can begin to rebuild what was damaged by a fire, there are many steps to be taken. Fire, smoke, and water can affect each part of the home differently-therefore each area may require different methods of sanitizing, restoring and rebuilding. Typically, a building contractor is not trained to properly remediate damage from a fire. However, a fire restoration company has the training, knowledge and specialized equipment to handle each unique situation. Some of the specialized equipment a fire restoration company has on hand are:

  • Soot and moisture measuring equipment
  • Thermal imaging equipment
  • Air Scrubbers or Ozone Machines
  • Specialized cleaning products and equipment

In addition, most fire restoration projects are covered by insurance. Fire restoration companies are experts at knowing what can or cannot be salvaged and how much it will cost to salvage and clean building contents. They have years of experience in working with insurance companies and adjusters, and can expedite the process by weeks and even months. The staff at SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the knowledge and experience to restore your home or business after any type of disaster. Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.”!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Fire Extinguisher Clean-Up

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Five fire extinguishers of various sizes lined up in front of a brick wall   Fire extinguishers can be made of different dousing agents. It's important to know which one you have so you can safely clean the residue left behind.

Fire extinguishers can be a quick and effective tool for most cases of minor fire break outs. It’s important to know how to clean up any residue left after the fire has been completely extinguished. The first step is to check the label on your extinguisher to identify which chemical was used as the dousing agent. After identifying the dousing agent, we recommend the following steps:

  • Dry Chemical
    • Potassium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate – Safe to remove with a vacuum. It is recommended to wear a mask, goggles, and gloves to prevent inhalation or an allergic reaction.
    • Mono Ammonium Phosphate – Wipe residue with a cloth using a 1:1 solution of baking soda and warm water. Finish by drying and sanitizing, as needed.
  • Wet Chemical
    • Clean with hot, soapy water rinsing frequently. Finish by drying and sanitizing as needed. It is recommended to wear a mask, goggles, and gloves to prevent an allergic reaction to the chemicals.
  • Air Pressure
    • Water or CO2- Typically does not leave behind a residue. If moisture is left behind dry the area thoroughly.

If ever in doubt, SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides professional clean up services for fires of any size. Just give us a call at (772) 770-0501 anytime, day or night!

Prevention of Car Battery Explosions

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

White wall covered in black soot from a car battery explosion. The soot on the wall was caused by a car battery explosion.

Today we are going to take a dive into a unique situation. This is a fire job we encountered caused by a car battery that exploded. That’s right, a car battery! This is actually more common than you may think, but there are ways to easily prevent it. Let’s start by gaining an understanding of the mechanics of a car battery.

 Most car batteries are 12-volt lead-acid batteries, which have been built in pretty much the same fashion same since the 1930’s. Within the outer polymer case there are six two-volt chambers, also called cells. Each cell contains a grid of lead plates submerged in electrolyte (sulfuric acid). There are vents located at the top of the battery to vent gasses formed during charging cycles. Hydrogen gas is generated during the charging cycle and accumulates in a space above the sulfuric acid, prior to venting.

 Hydrogen gas is easily ignited by a flame or spark and has a wide range of explosive limits in air. This leads us into the first of the three most common causes for car battery explosions, an internal spark. As a battery ages it begins to lose electrolyte. This leaves the top of the lead plates exposed to air inside the battery case. This can lead to the plates warping over time. When you put a demand of the battery for power, let’s say by starting and engine, the heavy demand can cause the warped plates to flex and touch which thus creating a spark. Replacement of electrolyte through proper battery maintenance is the recommended way to prevent this.

 The second cause of explosion is caused by improper jump-starting. This happens when you attach the jumper cables to another car’s good battery first then attach it to the dead battery. This practice causes sparking. It is best to connect the jumper cables to the dead battery first, then connect it to the good battery. It is also important to note that you should never touch the jumper cables together as this may also create a spark.

Finally, a lack of proper mechanical safety practices may cause a battery to explode. For example, you may be tempted to set a wrench or other metal tool down on the battery because of its convenient flat surface. If the wrench were to make contact with both the positive and negative terminals this would cause hundreds of amps to run through it. This is sufficient enough to weld the wrench to the terminals of the battery, rapidly making the wrench red hot and untouchable. The heat generated can transfer to the battery creating overpressure which can lead an explosion. To avoid this be cautious not to let anything come in contact with the battery that was not designed to do so.

Thankfully there are lots of easy ways to avoid a car battery explosion! Please know if, in the rare occasion, your car battery explodes you call us at (772) 770-0501 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Prevention and Protection

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Fighters holding a hose spraying water Extinguishing Fires

Living in Vero Beach, thankfully, we don’t have to worry about rapid wildfires like the people on the West coast. But nevertheless, being in the fire restoration business, we often still work with customers whose houses and buildings catch fire, and sometimes burn down. In some serious cases, there’s often a flaw involved. Many times the sprinkler system is broken, the smoke alarm doesn’t go off or no one is even home to be aware of the fire. There are many other issues that can contribute to building fires, but the Building Fire Protection Division are working on aspects to improve on, to decrease the issues.

The Fire and Life Safety Building Systems industry have been way behind other industries when it comes to smart technology monitoring and inspections. And because of that, they have been researching many ways to advance and improve on, while eliminating outdated and inefficient equipment. They say that there are many benefits and minimum risks when it comes to smart technology monitoring and since we live in a digital age, there are better practices available. The purpose of the smart technology is to prevent or lessen the effects of a fire. These built in systems will alert the homeowner and fire stations at a quicker rate, and the technology will be able to monitor equipment at a more precise measurement. The quicker our technology advances, the safer we become!

Fire Trouble

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

At a fire job we we recently attended to, the owners were blessed that their entire home wasn't burned down, but that it only effected a portion of the exterior of the home and one bedroom. The room has a horrible smell to it and in this picture that you see that some of the ceiling has been ripped out.

The owner reports to have called a different business that started the remediation job, but never came back to finish it. The had began to rip out the drywall and ceiling, but not in a clean manner.

We quickly inspected the issues and mistakes and began the remediation. We had to seal up the effected bedroom in order to put an ozone machine in and clear up the air and material.

Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach! We will make it look "Like it never even happened." (772)770-0501

Brand New Generator | Probable Cause of Loss

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

wall of house completely black and burned by fire House Fire

Most people can't imagine arriving to their home to see that a fire started and caused destruction to their property. But once a fire hits our home, or a neighbor or close friend or relative, we realize that a lot of instances are really beyond our control. 

For example, the most recent fire job that we attended to in Sebastian had a cause of loss that was most likely a generator. In fact, it was a brand new generator that was bought for the hurricane that recently passed by. 

It caught on fire, therefore catching fire to surrounding areas, including the patio, overhang, and exterior wall that was attached to the bedroom.

The people were devastated but called SERVPRO of Vero Beach right away at (772)770-0501. We will keep you tuned in for when the job is complete!

Do You Light Candles Often?

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Candles are very calming and there are so many reasons people use them. They look pretty twinkling in the dim room, enhancing the ambiance, while giving off a fragrant smell that can be extremely alluring. However, there is a con and it's that they can also be the cause of a house fire.

The National Fire Protection Association states, 3 out of every 5 fires that were started by a candle were caused because they were placed near a flammable item, such as furniture, bedding, or decorations.  

Here are some tips to prevent candle- originated house fires:

  • Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
  • Keep candles one foot away from flammable items
  • Use a sturdy candle holder
  • Light candles carefully, keeping your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home

Although candles can add to the decor in a room, they can also add danger. Just remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite. Create an environment that is safe for you!  SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here for you- call (772) 770-0501

Restaurant Fires in Vero Beach

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Exterior of restaurant, Citrus. Outdoor steps leading up to patio, and royal palm trees out front Vero Beach Restaurant

Within the past year and a half we have witnessed two fires in local restaurants. 

The most recent was caused by an oven that was accidentally left on in the kitchen by the employees. There had been remnants of grease that was left on the stove top from daily cooking and the oven got hot enough through the night to start a grease fire. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the fire and there was no structural damage to the building. 

The other restaurant, unfortunately underwent serious damage and demolition and was closed for a year. The kitchen fire was caused by a pot left on a burner. Believe it or not but the fire is not what caused all the damage, it was the water and smoke. They had to tear out all the wiring, plumbing, ceiling, walls and flooring and completely reconstruct the building. 

Always make sure your commercial kitchens are shut down and turned off properly every night by your employees.

If you ever have a problem, whether it's a fire, smoke, soot or water give us a call anytime at  772-770-0501. SERVPRO of Vero Beach loves all the local restaurants and shops. We are glad that both locations are now up and running again!

Smoke, Soot and Safety

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very damaging factors in a fire. We care about your safety first!

If your building has experienced a fire, the smoke and soot can easily spread throughout the rooms and attic, causing much damage and odor. Because of our training and experience at SERVPRO Vero Beach, we inspect the problems speedily which allows us to find the best solution for your home and situation.

Smoke:

  • The smoke rises towards the ceiling and to cooler areas.
  • Smoke easily travels via plumbing and pipes.
  • The type of smoke determines the steps we will take to restore your property.

Soot

  • The soot that remains helps us determine the type of smoke that was present in the fire
  • Soot will remain in the building until it is professionally cleaned
  • Soot causes damage and odor

Safety

  • In your emergency, dial 911 and let the Indian River County Fire Department put out your fire.
  • Even after the fire is put out, don't return to your home in Vero Beach
  • Call a professional as soon as possible to complete fire damage restoration

-SERVPRO of Vero Beach will clean and restore your property efficiently, professionally and speedily. Call 772-770-0501

Fire Prevention | 5 Tips

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Losing all your possessions from a house fire is something that many people don't think about; but it is a common and very possible occurrence. We want you to be proactive and fully confident in protecting your home and loved ones from falling victim to a house fire. Below, we have listed some helpful tips & simple things to do:

  1. Test Your Smoke Alarms

Test the batteries in your smoke alarm once a month in order to maintain them properly. If you find they don’t work, replace them immediately.

  1. Keep the Stove and Oven Clear

Ensure that your cooking area is clear at all times. Towels, oven mitts and cookbooks can easily catch fire, so keep them at a safe distance from the stovetop. Also, don’t leave anything flammable nearby and make sure curtains from windows do not hang over the stovetop.

  1. Check Your Dryer

Always be sure to clean out the lint trap after every cycle, and regularly check behind and around dryer for lint or other items of laundry. If you own a gas- powered dryer, have it inspected annually.

  1. Fire Extinguishers

Have fire extinguishers ready and handy in each key area of your home. Make sure all family members know where they are located and how to properly use one.

  1. Flammable Products

Many household cleaning products and cosmetic items are flammable; like glass cleaner, nail polish, and hairspray. Keep all flammable products away from heat and out of direct sunlight. A cool, dark place is the best location to store these.

 It’s always better to be prepared in any given situation. We encourage you to follow these practices to minimize the risk of a fire. If your home and valuables are damaged by smoke, soot or fire, we will come along side you and restore it back to normal!

Summer Celebrations | Helpful Tips

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Summer barbecues and celebrations are now upon us in Vero Beach! We, along with American Red Cross, care about your safety while you are out having fun. Found below, we have provided tips and precautions by American Red Cross for when your plans may include fireworks or outdoor grilling.

Fireworks 

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a public firework show put on by professionals.

If you decide to set off your own at home, we recommend you follow these safety steps:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."

National Fire Protection Association states that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires. These fires cause an average of $43 million in direct property damage.

 Barbecue Safety

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Never grill indoors — not in your house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open and away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire. 
  • Use long-handled tools made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

National Fire Protection Association also tells us that on average, 10,200 home fires are started by grills each year, and July is the peak month for that to happen.

We hope you enjoy your summer, but most importantly, stay safe. SERVPRO at Vero Beach will answer your call anytime at 772-770-0501. 

Recovering from a Fire

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Garage fire from faulty wiring.

Heavy smoke damage to this area of a local home was thoroughly cleaned utilizing a three step process involving high-surfactant detergent hand and rotary brush cleaning, HEPA air filtration and hydroxyl generation.  We pride ourselves on delivering beyond expectations, every time.  SERVPRO of Vero Beach uses our experience and expertise to develop a remediation plan for small jobs and for larger, more complex jobs to minimize down time and ensure the final product leaves our customers one hundred percent satisfied.  A final walk through with the customer is performed on every project, large or small, to make sure there are no details left unattended.  We also will follow up with a phone call and a letter to ensure customer satisfaction.  Call us today at (772)770-0501.

A Look Inside

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Intense fire ravaged this home.

While sleeping, an electrical fire started in this home.  A special dog alerted the family and allowed them to escape unscathed.  We wish everyone was so fortunate.  Houses can be rebuilt; lives cannot. We had to gut every room of this three level home to the studs. The studs that did not need to be replaced had to be cleaned of soot and deodorized. We then replaced everything in the home. Everything! Our homeowner now has all new flooring, cabinets, counter tops, appliances and fixtures. His electrical and plumbing systems have also been upgraded and improved. We are just waiting for his schedule to clear so we can return all this personal content.  Call us today to learn about our ERP's that can give you a head start if ever you run into a disaster such as this.  (772)770-0501.

Take Caution With Candles

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Soot from a candle fire.

Fire damage at this home began when a candle fell over in a first-floor room. While it was fortunate that the fire was contained within the room it started there was soot and smoke damage throughout the house. There was so much soot and smoke damage that the homeowners sought professional help. SERVPRO of Vero Beach offers twenty-four hour seven days a week emergency service for fire damage events such as this. You will receive a complete assessment of the damages and a comprehensive restoration plan for your home. We have the latest cleaning solutions and equipment as well as experienced industry certified technicians. You can have confidence that an industry leader is cleaning and restoring your fire damage.  Don't hesitate, call us today!

Fire Season Is Upon Us

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Small brush fire

With these hot temperatures, you will need to be very careful with all of your outdoor activities. If it becomes very hot, windy, and dry it is probably a good idea to limit your outdoor activities that might possibly result in a wildfire. Burning debris and target shooting are a couple activities that need to be rethought if the weather is too hot.
 
As many as 90% of wild fires in the United States are caused by burning of debris, campfires being left unattended, throwing out cigarettes, and simply people intentionally starting fires, aka arson.
 
Because of this, wildfires threaten thousands of homes a year.  Just look at poor California right now.  We recommend to 
 
1.       Review your evacuation plan checklist
2.       Ensure that your emergency supply kit is in your vehicle
3.       Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, heavy shoes and boots, and goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is always preferred
4.       Locate your pets and take them with you to safety
 
Always remember that if you are evacuated and then able to return home to be alert and look over a few things. 
1.       Always be alert for downed power lines and other hazards, 
 
2.       Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning on your gas
 
3.       Check your residence carefully for any hidden embers or smoldering fires

Be safe and have a safe, fun summer.
 

Tips for Fire Cleanup

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

House damaged by fire.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage cleanup process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Our staff are here and ready to answer any of your questions.  Call us today at (772)770-0501.  

Our SERVPRO Technicians Work Diligently to Assess the Damage in Your Home After a Fire

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

This house fire was caused by a faulty electrical outlet.

A fire in your Vero Beach home can be a challenging thing to make sense of, let alone to face. With the slew of damages that result from even the smallest of blazes, these lingering effects and acute conditions require immediate attention and a professional’s touch to restore and rebuild properly. Regardless of the size of the fire that started in your house, finding the right professional assistance can make what follows afterward to go much more efficiently. 
 
Once the fire has gotten extinguished in your home, you can begin to take a better look at the fire damage that you face. Fortunately, a thorough inspection and assessment is part of the SERVPRO of Vero Beach process when we are called to give estimates or to provide the necessary information to an insurance provider that has reached out to our company. 
 
This assessment helps our team to better determine the full scope of the present damage and what has to happen to restore your home to preloss conditions. Often our project manager and estimator both assess the damage, working out a running catalogue of damages and equipment necessary to complete this restoration most efficiently. 
 
The estimation itself is often shared with the homeowner but ultimately given to the insurance provider or adjuster, so that the claims process can move along. The sooner that this claim can get processed, the faster that work can begin on your house to bring it back to original conditions. Our SERVPRO of Vero Beach team often works directly with the insurance company representative to save you time and the headache of running necessary paperwork and information back and forth. 
 
As you can see, our team puts a lot of time and effort into making a restoration that your home needs as simple and easy as possible. We strive to respond quickly and to get started promptly in helping to clean up the mess and return your home to its former conditions. You can count on our SERVPRO of Vero Beach fire damage specialists. Give us a call 24/7 at (772)770-0501. 

Returning Your Home To Pre-Fire Condition Is Doable For SERVPRO

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

An apartment fire caused significant damage to the entire unit of an apartment complex.

Most Vero Beach home fire damage does not cause major structural damage, but there is always some physical damage from heat and flames. Most homeowners have to deal with the common, secondary issue created by the local fire department when they extinguish the fire. 
 
The goal of SERVPRO is not just to remediate the fire damage in Vero Beach homes, but also to reduce and hopefully prevent any secondary damage while cleaning up from the original disaster. Our response teams perform both sets of tasks concurrently to ensure we can return each home in its pre-fire condition to every owner as quickly as possible. 
 
Our teams begin by removing structural and personal property to reduce the odors in the home and prevent further contamination from smoke and soot residues. This action includes any scorched items or anything heavily covered in soot and smoke residues. They dispose of all burned items and remove the rest to our offices where specialists use commercial-grade cleaning agents and sound wave generating immersion tanks to remove the extra thick layers of residues. 
 
For items covered in only light-to-medium layers of residues, our technicians remove them to an unaffected area of the home and clean them in place. They can usually accomplish this using dry or wet sponges, and one of the milder cleaning agents in our inventory. 
 
As the cleaning continues, a SERVPRO inspector examines the entry points, walls, and even the roof for damage. For broken windows and doors, team members cover them temporarily with plywood. Depending on the level of damage to the roof or walls, our specialists cover them with plywood or use tarps. Team members accomplish this to not only protect against inclement weather, but to also protect the interior of the home from the rodents, animals, and other pests native to Florida. 
 
After cleaning the home, our team then deodorizes it. Odors can linger for weeks and months after all other damage has been removed or remediated. Technicians can usually eliminate odors with a combination of deodorizing sprays, but if the odors deeply penetrated the wood framing, they use an ozone machine to generate a gas that penetrates to the same level as the original odor and eliminates it. 
 
Stopping and preventing further fire damage is not a short task, but SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here with you at every step of the process. If you have any lingering odors or other problems after a recent fire, call us at (772)770-0501 to begin returning your home to its pre-fire condition and your family back to its normal state as well. 

Fire Damage Restoration Process

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Tragic House Fire

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Vero Beach have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (772)770-0501

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Emergency Fire Tips

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

VBFD Hard At Work

What you can do until help arrives 

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

  • 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!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (772)770-0501

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 us.
  • 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.

Holiday And Winter Hazards

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

This house fire literally melted the outside of the home.

The holiday and winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures.  No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather.  In a effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative hear sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves.  Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths?  According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually.  Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of heating-related fire.

  1. Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid friendly zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  2. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  3. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  4. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  5. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  6. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Test smoke alarms monthly.

50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

SERVPRO VERO BEACH wishes you all a very Happy Winter and SAFE Holiday

Safety Tips Offered By The American Red Cross

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Overloaded Circuit Beaker Caught Fire

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug the tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

SERVPRO VERO BEACH wishing you all a SAFE and prosperous New Year.

Boarded Up Homes Can Be A Fire Hazard

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Broken Window to Access Fiery Garage

A fire broke out in a residential home and because the house had certain main areas boarded up, they had to break a window to get the water in to douse the flames.  Florida is definitely known as a state where hurricanes pass through often and many residents board up their homes to protect them from potential rain, wind and projectiles.  However, leaving the shutters up for the entire hurricane season is not recommended by the fire department.  It highly reduces the accessibility the firemen have to be able to enter homes to save lives and extinguish the fires more quickly.  I know it may seem like added work to remove shutters and then have to put back on should another storm follow the same track as before, but ones life is definitely worth the hassle.

Lint: Dangerous and Flammable

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know you can start a fire simply with the lint buildup in your dryer?  I did not know this when I was a college student and it honestly never crossed my mind when I rented a house and with it came a dryer.  Thinking the unit was just old and that was the reason my clothes took two cycles sometimes three to dry, I was surprised when I smelled smoke.  I knew something was on fire and when I opened the laundry room door, smoke billowed out stinking up my whole house.  I was able to shut the device off and clean out the unit the next day because I caught it early.  It now works like a brand new unit.  I know I was fortunate and it could have been a lot worse.  According to Today, today.com dryers should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year.   

Vero Beach Property Owner Fire Victims: Act Fast to Mitigate

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Even after the flames are long gone, fire damages can pose health risks in the form of airborne contaminants. Clean up quickly and thoroughly.

One of the most important considerations is to act fast if your Vero Beach property has experienced a fire. Don't just take our word for it -- take it from the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification), the leading non-profit organization setting standards on the topic. According to the IICRC:

If a house sustains fire damage, proper cleanup is crucial as the ash, soot and water will wreak havoc on what remains.  It's bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to extinguish it can cause secondary damage. The remnants will continue to do damage long after the flames are extinguished.

The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents available at the store. Unfortunately, this will barely make an impact on the problem and could cause bigger issues. Chemical agents could react with the residue and cause permanent damage, and in some cases, they may cause toxic fumes.  Fire damage cleanup is one of the most difficult jobs out there, and it should be left to a professional for the best results.

When selecting a firm that does the restoration, consider what type of training they have. Do they have health and safety certifications? Are they experienced in a wide range of repair? Do they have proof of proper insurance and licenses?  The company that has the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) fire and smoke restoration Certified Firm meets all of these expectations and conditions. An IICRC-certified firm understands the need for a quick response.  Immediate action is necessary because the longer the delay, the harder and more costly the job will be as reactions within the damaged material can continue to occur. The fire may be gone, but the ash, soot and smoke odors that remain can continue to do harm.  Certified firms will use their knowledge of fire restoration to accurately test the damage and apply the proper repair techniques to bring the items back to preloss condition when possible.

Also, when hiring an IICRC certified firm you can be sure that they are up to date with the latest technologies and techniques. In order for these firms to keep their certification, they are required to take continuing education programs.  So when confronted with fire damage cleanup, choose an IICRC-certified professional.

If you've had a smoke or fire damage, call us for a free consultation at SERVPRO of Vero Beach at (772)770-0501

Indian River Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Vero Beach Home.

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 Vero Beach 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 – (772)770-0501