Recent Fire Damage Posts

Thanksgiving Fire Safety

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

What day do you think is the busiest for fire departments? Thanksgiving! The typical American tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving usually consists of gathering and enjoying a big meal with your friends and family. With a big meal, comes lots of cooking! Especially this as many people will be home cooking, the number of home fires involving cooking equipment will probably spike over 4 times the daily average on Thanksgiving. If you are hosting or visiting, be sure to follow these preventive safety tips when preparing this year’s Thanksgiving feast!

  • Ensure your stove is clean and oven have no build up of grease or food. It is recommended to clean your stove and oven the weekend before.
  • Never leave the kitchen when cooking. Always attend and stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop. Items in the oven may not require as much attention but food on the stovetop will need constant monitoring in case of spillage or splatter.
  • Remain home while cooking the turkey. Turkeys tend to take a longer period to cook so it is important to be sure you are home, staying inside and checking on it frequently. The last thing anyone wants on Thanksgiving is a burnt turkey that may catch fire.
  • Make sure your home is stocked with flame-resistant oven mitts, potholders and lids near you while cooking. With these handy you can smother any flames before they get out of control.
  • If the unfortunate event a fire does occur, turn off all heat and keep the oven door closed. The fire will burn out on its own. Once the fire has gone out, open your windows before carefully opening the oven door to release any smoke. If the fire does not go out, leave the house immediately and call 911.
  • Double check all fire alarms have working batteries and are working. Review the fire escape route in the event of a fire.

Stay safe this holiday season and be sure to prepare and practice preventive steps on fire safety in your home. SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco and The Sebago Lakes Region is always here in case of a home fire and we will ensure that your home will go back to normal "Like it never even happened."

Fire Mitigation Requires A Call to Action

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

When fire damage occurs, its important for cleanup and restoration to happen as quickly as possible. The sooner SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco and The Sebago Lakes Region team arrives to help you and your home the quicker your home will return to normal.

Contents Cleaning: SERVPRO is dedicated to restoring your contacts to a preloss condition. All contents will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Such elements in your home such as rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. We offer services that include dry and wet cleaning services. Our team has what it takes to return your home to normal.

Deodorization: Nobody likes the smell of the after math of a house fire – we got you covered. We have specialized services, equipment and cleaning products that will completely rid the property of any odors or smell from fire or smoke damage.

Structural Cleaning: After a fire, there is smoke or soot damage to the ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors which will need thorough cleaning. Our experienced team of Technicians will evaluate to determine the severity of damage. They then will use specific and specialized equipment and cleaning products to clean and protect the different surfaces.

With years of experience and care for your home, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco and The Sebago Lakes Region will know what to do after a fire. We will help you through the process of restoring your home.

Fire Damage in York County

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Here to help fire damage in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Arundel, Lyman and Dayton.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.

It is always important to remember to test and change you smoke alarm batteries every year.

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.  

Facts and FYIs:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Although it may not seem major there could hidden extensive damage
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • Although room doors may be closed you could be surprised by the distance soot and smoke damage can travel
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
    • Did you know we have special designed sponges for soot and smoke cleaning that we bring on free inspections that help detect just how far and how bad the damage could possibly be.

Wet Vs. Dry 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 Biddeford-Saco 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. Did you know different types of interior paint have to be cleaned differently?  That is why it is important to call an expert before you potentially make it worse.

Different Kinds of Smoke/Soot Damage:

  • 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 (typically burnt foods): Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Breakdown of our Services:

As you can see each smoke and fire damage situation is different.  We handle all inspections with high detail and care as 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 – 207-283-4428

Excavation work after a fire

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco excavator on display at a Touch A Truck event where kids and parents got the opportunity to get up close and personal

On Saturday July 21st, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco participated in a local Touch-A-Truck event. We showed up in style with our green tablecloth, lots of snacks and popsicles, and most of all our excavator. 

You might be asking why does a restoration company have an excavator? SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco has a lot of unique features such as our ability to remove asbestos. Another unique feature of ours is our skills in not only remediation, but also rebuilds. Our excavator can be a help after a fire to help clear the land, and start a rebuild and make the property "Like it never even happened." 

Dealing with a fire can be tough, but having one company be able to come through and take care of the project from start to finish can take a lot of stress off of the homeowner. And if you're going to pick one company to do it, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is ready to step up to the plate.

Dealing with after the fire

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Trying to deal with a fire yourself can be exhausting, let the professionals at SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco help

When a fire rips through your home or business, the smoke damage and Fire Damage can be overwhelming. You don't know where to begin with your fire cleanup. You're dealing with a smoke smell that won't go away, smoke damage, soot damage, and fire damage. Things you didn’t imagine worrying about.

Fire in the home and fire in the business can cause extensive damage. Fire damage restoration is not a job you should handle on your own. SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco professionals can deal with commercial and residential fire damage. In the Biddeford-Saco area, we can assist you with fire damage restoration from start to finish, well be there with you.

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Decisions after the Fire

Once the fire is put out and the fire department considers the property to be safe, the home or business, you have decisions to make. You may think you can board up your property and begin the fire cleanup process, but this is a job for the professionals. When residential or commercial fire damage strikes, you will be left with fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage. Your contents may be destroyed, and you may be left in distraught.

The smoke smell will be so heavy you are afraid it will never go away. SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco can handle the fire cleanup and fire damage restoration job for you. We begin by choosing to board up your windows for safety purposes after evaluating the extent of fire damage after you have experienced fire in the home or business.

We will be able to deal with every aspect of your fire cleanup job after there has been a fire in the house or fire in the business. The process begins by using various types of industrial chemicals to clean all the surfaces that have been affected by fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage.

We can handle commercial fire damage in addition to residential damage. The size of the property doesn't matter. We will put the processes in place to board up the property to protect it from intrusion, eliminate the smoke smell, and tackle every type of damage that has occurred.

The use of the proper tools, technique, and cleaning products will effectively address soot damage, as well as every other type of damage that has taken place.

If it is possible to salvage your property after residential or commercial fire damage, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco will help you to put this terrible time behind you. 

Residential and commercial fire damage isn't easy to repair, but a professional service will be with you every step of the way to help you cope during this difficult time. You will be able to get back to a normal life once your cleanup and restoration is over.

Staying Safe this 4th of July

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Summer has finally arrived! That means BBQ's, long days floating in pools or lakes, spending time with family, and most excitingly FIREWORKS!! 

As exciting as fireworks can be, it is very important to be sure to follow simple safety tips to avoid the risk of fire. Check out these firework safety tips brought to you by the National Council on Firework Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult should ALWAYS supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

Be sure to always check with your local fire department on the air quality levels to avoid the risk of fires

As long as you follow safety tips, you are guaranteed to have a fun and exciting firework show to enjoy with friends and family! 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your 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 Biddeford-Saco 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 – 207-283-4428

Cooking Safety Tips

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

This stovetop of a kitchen fire that started due to grease.

Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home injuries according to the National Fire Protection Association aka NFPA. The leading cause of fires are unattended cooking.

  • While cooking you should never leave the kitchen and if you have to, make sure you turn off the stovetop.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop; mitts, utensils, food packaging, towels, etc.
  • Be sure that your smoke alarms are working properly and that you have a fire extinguisher near by.
  • If a small fire arises on the stove top smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop.
  • For an oven fire keep door shut and turn off heat.
  • Stay alert!

"Cook with Caution" No matter the size of the kitchen fire it can be overwhelming. If you do not feel comfortable with fighting a small stovetop fire, exit the house and call 9-1-1.

SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is open 24/7- If you experience a kitchen fire we can help cleanup whether it be smoke, soot, or fire damage.

For more tips about kitchen fires visit the National Fire Protection Association at-http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/cooking/safety-messages-about-cooking

Biddeford, Saco, Kennebunks Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Serving Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel, Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Dayton, Lyman and beyond!

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 Biddeford-Saco 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 – 207-283-4428