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Smoke and Soot Information

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage Smoke & Soot Damage

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 Manchester-East 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 – 603-669-7733

Smoke and Soot Damage

6/26/2020 (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 Manchester-East 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 – 603-669-7733

What is Fire Restoration Cleaning?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Sponging Cleaning Suit damage

The fire damage restorer, the carpet cleaner, and the building maintenance janitor all perform cleaning. The restorer’s cleaning task, however, is slightly different from the task of the other two cleaning professionals. The restorer faces a unique situation—a building damaged by fire and smoke. The task is to remove the damage and return the building to the way it was before the fire. The industry describes this task as restoring the building to preloss condition. Cleaning to preloss condition means removing the effects of the fire damage. The restorer will remove smoke residues from interior and exterior surfaces of the building. The residues will often give off smoke odors, so the restorer must also deodorize to rid the building of the malodors. The fire possibly damaged some parts of the structure so badly they cannot be returned to preloss condition, so the restorer will dispose of structural items that are blistered by heat or charred by flame. Fire restoration cleaning is a unique form of cleaning in which the goal is returning items to a preloss condition. The restorer determines what items can be restored and what items must be replaced. The restorer identifies what items do not need any restoration and estimates the odds of restoring items that are questionable. The restorer will identify for the customer and insurance company any conditions that likely existed before the fire occurred, since fire restoration cleaning does not mean cleaning structure to a better condition than it was before the fire. Preexisting damages or conditions do not need to be addressed as part of fire restoration, but should be recognized and documented.

Smoke and Soot Damage

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Soot Stairs Cleaning Soot from stairs

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 Manchester-East 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 – 603-669-7733

How does SERVPRO react to a Fire Damage?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage Stair fire

RECON Smoke Odor Sealer is a revolutionary solvent free smoke odor sealant and stain blocker designed to encapsulate malodors on several surfaces and block the toughest stains. RECON Smoke Odor Sealer with OdorLock technology is water based, permeable and is not flammable. Unlike most water based coatings that “wick” smoke odors and stains out of the substrate as they dry, RECON Smoke Odor Sealer with OdorLock technology prevents tough smoke odors and stains from migrating through the coating while maintaining its breathability. This technology provides one coat odor control on several surfaces and continues to block odors even with seasonal changes in temperature and humidity. RECON Smoke Odor Sealer (SOSTM) is your final step to encapsulate residual odors typically found on fire damage restoration projects.

RECON Smoke Odor Sealer is a revolutionary solvent free smoke odor sealant that encapsulates smoke odors on multiple surfaces. RECON Smoke Odor Sealer with OdorLock is water based, low VOC, low odor and is not flammable.

  • Permanently encapsulates smoke odors

  • Excellent stain blocker

  • Water based, non- flammable, low VOC

  • Exceptional application characteristics

  • Bonds to nearly any substrate

  • Easily top-coated, fast drying

RECON Smoke Odor Sealer is specifically designed to encapsulate malodors on multiple surfaces including:

  • wood,

  • brick,

  • concrete,

  • plaster,

  • plastic and

  • metal.

RECON Smoke Odor Sealer is fast drying and has exceptional application characteristics. RECON Smoke Odor Sealer is your final step to encapsulate residual odors typically found on fire damage restoration projects.

Assess the Damage from a Fire

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire restoration Before & After Fire

On a fire damage restoration SERVPRO of Manchester will do in the fire damage restoration process is to assess the extent of the damage in your property. This will usually involve looking at how far the fire, the smoke, and the soot have traveled as well as seeing how badly affected your walls and furniture have been.

This is an important first step as it is only by understanding the extent of the damage that the SERVPRO of Manchester will be able to come up with a plan of action and to give you an accurate quote for how much it should cost and an accurate estimate of how long it will take.

What does SERVPRO do after fire damage?

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Technicians are applying smoke sealant to wood framing structure after the fire restoration   This fire-damaged property was caused by a kitchen stove.

RECON Smoke Odor Sealer is a revolutionary solvent free smoke odor sealant and stain blocker designed to encapsulate malodors on multiple surfaces and block the toughest stains. RECON Smoke Odor Sealer with OdorLock technology is water based, permeable and is not flammable. Unlike typical water based coatings that “wick” smoke odors and stains out of the substrate as they dry, RECON Smoke Odor Sealer with OdorLock technology prevents smoke odors and stains from migrating through the coating while maintaining its breathability. This technology provides one coat odor control on most surfaces and continues to block odors even with seasonal changes in temperature and humidity. RECON Smoke Odor Sealer (SOSTM) is your final step to encapsulate residual odors typically found on fire damage restoration projects.

RECON Smoke Odor Sealer is a revolutionary solvent free smoke odor sealant that encapsulates smoke odors on multiple surfaces. RECON Smoke Odor Sealer with OdorLock is water based, low VOC, low odor and is not flammable.

  • Permanently encapsulates smoke odors

  • Excellent stain blocker

  • Water based, non- flammable, low VOC

  • Exceptional application characteristics

  • Bonds to nearly any substrate

  • Easily top-coated, fast drying

RECON Smoke Odor Sealer is specifically designed to encapsulate malodors on multiple surfaces including:

  • wood,

  • brick,

  • concrete,

  • plaster,

  • plastic and

  • metal.

RECON Smoke Odor Sealer is fast drying and has exceptional application characteristics. RECON Smoke Odor Sealer is your final step to encapsulate residual odors typically found on fire damage restoration projects.

CEILING LAMP BURSTS INTO FLAMES

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

CEILING LAMP BURSTS INTO FLAMES

Anyone can be affected by fire damage in your home or business. Fire is the disaster that does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter where you are located, or even the age or condition of your home. There is always the unfortunate chance that a fire could occur for many reasons.

This picture shows residential fire damage in Manchester, NH. The cause of the loss was the ceiling lamp caught on fire and fell on the hardwood floor in the living room. The homeowner called SERVPRO of Manchester-East right after the fire department finished their job. SERVPRO of Manchester-East crew finished the whole fire damage restoration process in only a week. The homeowner was amazed by the result.

SERVPRO of Manchester-East is 24-hour emergency response and restoration service providers. SERVPRO has educated the insurance industry regarding the effect of prompt service, and Franchises provide a nationwide commitment to “1-4-8” response times. Contact the customer within one hour of notification. Begin work within four hours. Provide a preliminary scope and ScanER® update to the insurance adjuster within eight business hours.

Call SERVPRO of Manchester-East at (603)-669-7733

Residential property smoke damage

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damage restoration

The fire damage restorer, the carpet cleaner, and the building maintenance janitor all perform cleaning. The restorer’s cleaning task, however, is slightly different from the task of the other two cleaning professionals. The restorer faces a unique situation—a building damaged by fire and smoke. The task is to remove the damage and return the building to the way it was before the fire. The industry describes this task as restoring the building to preloss condition. Cleaning to preloss condition means removing the effects of the fire damage. The restorer will remove smoke residues from interior and exterior surfaces of the building. The residues will often give off smoke odors, so the restorer must also deodorize to rid the building of the malodors. The fire possibly damaged some parts of the structure so badly they cannot be returned to preloss condition, so the restorer will dispose of structural items that are blistered by heat or charred by flame. Fire restoration cleaning is a unique form of cleaning in which the goal is returning items to a preloss condition. The restorer determines what items can be restored and what items must be replaced. The restorer identifies what items do not need any restoration and estimates the odds of restoring items that are questionable. The restorer will identify for the customer and insurance company any conditions that likely existed before the fire occurred, since fire restoration cleaning does not mean cleaning structure to a better condition than it was before the fire. Preexisting damages or conditions do not need to be addressed as part of fire restoration, but should be recognized and documented.

How do we restore fire-damaged structure?

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

What Is Structure?

Structure is considered any part of a structure that is permanent. Items are called structure if they are permanently attached to a building. For example, the framework of a building including walls, ceilings, floors, attached floor coverings, doors, and windows are structure. Other items might be called structural components, such as cabinets, light fixtures, the heating and cooling system (HVAC), and bath fixtures. An easy way to distinguish structure from contents is to imagine turning the building upside down and shaking it; what falls out is contents and what remains is structure.

Methods of Structural Cleaning

Before cleaning structure, the restorer tests to determine the appropriate cleaning method. Appropriate means a method that will effectively remove the residues from the surface or material without damaging the surface or material itself. One goal of testing is to categorize materials as washable or non-washable: ? Washable: Materials that can be wet cleaned. Applying a waterbased cleaning product to the material will not damage the material. ? Non-washable: Materials that cannot be wet cleaned. Applying a water-based cleaning product to the material could result in additional damage, so the material must be cleaned by a dry cleaning method. The type of residues on a material may also determine the cleaning method. Oil- or grease-based residues will require a dry solvent cleaning agent, even though the material being cleaned would not be damaged by water-based products

What Is Fire Restoration Cleaning?

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

The fire damage restorer, the carpet cleaner, and the building maintenance janitor all perform cleaning. The restorer’s cleaning task, however, is slightly different from the task of the other two cleaning professionals. The restorer faces a unique situation—a building damaged by fire and smoke. The task is to remove the damage and return the building to the way it was before the fire. The industry describes this task as restoring the building to preloss condition. Cleaning to preloss condition means removing the effects of the fire damage. The restorer will remove smoke residues from interior and exterior surfaces of the building. The residues will often give off smoke odors, so the restorer must also deodorize to rid the building of the malodors. The fire possibly damaged some parts of the structure so badly they cannot be returned to preloss condition, so the restorer will dispose of structural items that are blistered by heat or charred by flame. Fire restoration cleaning is a unique form of cleaning in which the goal is returning items to a preloss condition. The restorer determines what items can be restored and what items must be replaced. The restorer identifies what items do not need any restoration and estimates the odds of restoring items that are questionable. The restorer will identify for the customer and insurance company any conditions that likely existed before the fire occurred, since fire restoration cleaning does not mean cleaning structure to a better condition than it was before the fire. Preexisting damages or conditions do not need to be addressed as part of fire restoration, but should be recognized and documented.

What does SERVPRO do after fire damage?

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mitigation Services—The goal of mitigation is to secure the structure and prevent further damage. Mitigation could include boarding up openings to secure the structure, winterizing the plumbing to prevent frozen pipes, and establishing a temporary source of electricity to the structure. Structures that are wet due to fire-fighting procedures will need emergency drying to prevent secondary water damage.

Structural Cleaning Services—Cleaning of a fire-damaged structure focuses on removing smoke residues from a building’s structural components and deodorizing odors given off by residues. The restorer and adjuster consult and advise the property owner on which structural components can be cleaned and which cannot be cleaned. Repair or replacement is needed for components that do not respond to cleaning.

Contents Cleaning Services—Personal property within a residence, office, or other building must be cleaned of smoke residues. In some fire situations, the contents can be cleaned on the jobsite. Other situations require contents to be packed and moved to a separate location for cleaning and storage. Pack-outs could occur because a building is not secure or is too damaged for on-site cleaning.

Specialty Restoration Services—Restorers of contents often subcontract specialty cleaning of certain contents: electronics cleaning, dry cleaning of clothing, furniture refinishing, and cleaning of expensive artwork.

Reconstruction Services—In some fire situations, structural components may be damaged to the point they cannot be restored to preloss condition. The work of reconstructing and repairing fire-damaged structural components may require different skills than those of standard home remodeling. Fire damage restorers typically perform cleaning services while licensed general contractors provide reconstruction services.

Call SERVPRO of Manchester-East at (603)-669-7733

Do’s and Don’ts when you have fire damages in your property!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

  •  Don’t attempt to wash any walls.
  •  Don’t attempt to clean carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a professional restoration service.
  •  Do place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpet and upholstered furniture to limit the potential for further damage.
  •  Do limit the movement in the house to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  •  Do keep hands clean. Soot on hands can impregnate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing more damage.
  •  If electricity is off, do empty the freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open. This prevents the food from leaving odors in the appliance.
  •  Do clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances with a light coating of lubricant.
  •  Don’t operate any electrical appliances or equipment until they have been cleaned and checked. Smoke residues can be conductive.
  •  Don’t send clothing with smoke residues to dry cleaners not experienced in cleaning fire-damaged garments. Inexperienced efforts may result in setting residues or odors.
  •  Do wash plants on both sides of leaves with water.
  •  If the HVAC system was operating during the fire, do change the furnace filter and tape folded pieces of cheesecloth over air registers

Smoke and Soot Information

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage

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 Manchester-East 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 – 603-669-7733