Soot and the Damage
Having your house catch on fire can be a devastating loss depending on how far it spreads and how quickly it is extinguished. Unfortunately, once the flames die down, there is more you have to worry about than just what has been burned. As the fire raged on, it left a black residue called soot. If you aren’t able to see it, you will be able to smell it. We at SERVPRO of Bangor/Ellsworth follow a tried and true process to efficiently deal with this problem.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO Customer Care Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will 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, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional 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. They will 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
The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’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.
Should your home ever suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Bangor/Ellsworth at (207)947-0400! Let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."
Gutters are an integral part of every home. It provides a path for rain to go down to protect your roof, and walls. Leaves and other debris can clog up the path, however which can lead to extensive water damage and possibly a home for pests. It is recommended to check your gutters regularly, especially during the fall where airborne debris is most common. But as a good rule of thumb, it benefits to check every 4 months.
If you would like to invest in a gutter cover it will significantly reduce the amount of debris that enters the gutter, but there is still a chance for debris to enter in. Your tri-annual checking can be extended to checking yearly. As the debris count decreases significantly.
When you clean your gutters, ensure to safely ascend and descend up your ladder to avoid an unfortunate fall. Check to see if the ladder is stable where you place it. If the ground is too soft, you can always place plywood over it to increase the stability of your ladder. Also ensure you do not lean your ladder directly on the gutters, as the weight will cause the gutters to collapse.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where you experience water damage to your home. Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bangor/Ellsworth. Our experienced technicians will swiftly deal with your loss and make it "Like it never even happened."
After the holidays, if you haven’t expended all of your fireworks you may want to store them. Fireworks are, of course, very dangerous when lit uncontrollably and could potentially cause damage to your household if they ever get in this state. Follow these tips to safely store leftover fireworks for your next holiday!
- Store in a secure, non-flammable container
- In the event there is a household fire, this will decrease the chance of the fireworks from going off. Be mindful that ignition of the fuse is still possible, as the container may heat up and ignite the fireworks inside. Check how well rated your container is before you decide to use it for storage.
- Store the container in a dry, and safe place
- Ensure your children cannot reach this container. Try to store it in areas that are less likely to burn, and keep it away from appliances that generate heat.
- Check the laws
- Some cities have different laws regarding fireworks storage, ensure to check up on local city ordinance to make sure if the storing of fireworks is legal in your area.
Fireworks are a marvel to look at, but don’t underestimate their potentially destructive and dangerous power. Be smart, stay safe!
There are many ways to heat your home during the winter time. One of these ways is to electrically heat your home. It doesn't seem like it would be as much of a threat as a fireplace. But beware, a heating apparatus of any sort can be potentially dangerous if handled improperly. Here are some tips to prevent a fire from starting.
- Proper placement
- If a space heater is placed by a flammable object, the heat can eventually cause the item to combust. Make when your space heater is on, no flammable objects are near the heater.
- Covered properly
- If the heater is placed in an area that is exposed to the elements, ensure water is diverted away from the heater to prevent a short circuit.
- Working condition
- If a heater is damaged, it could lead to an electrical fire. Find a replacement heater and use that one. It is not worth the risk of electrocution and loss of property.
It's always better to be safe and mindful of all the risks with every machine you come into contact with. Know the hazards and you will have a better chance of preventing fires. Be safe, be smart.
Fire Safety: Tips For The Employees
Fire safety is something taught to everybody at a young age. But sometimes we all forget the importance of it. Fires are always a risk if started. Outlining these simple tips to your employees can lower the chances of a fire starting or becoming worse
- Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire.
- Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
- Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.
- Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.
In the Event of a Fire
- Upon finding a fire, find a safe location and call 911 immediately
- Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.
- Never use elevators during an evacuation.
- Follow the escape plan and meet at a predetermined place outside of your building and away from danger. Conduct a headcount to ensure all of your staff has evacuated.
The best way to ensure the safety of your staff is through fire prevention and preparation. Talk with your staff about fire safety in the workplace today.
Should your business suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Bangor/Ellsworth at (207)947-0400! Let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."
Electricity And The Risks
Electricity surrounds us in our everyday lives. It powers our lights, it lights our gas to cook our food, it powers on our TV to watch the news. As great as electricity is, there is danger in improperly handling electronics of any sort. Something as simple as an improperly secured plug could potentially start a fire in your home.
Follow these electrical safety tips
- If the wall plates are broken or absent from the outlet, replace to cover exposed wiring
- Never remove the bottom pin of a plug to fit it into a two-conductor outlet
- Avoid overloading the outlet with adapters and multiple plugs
- Ensure the cord does not have any damage or exposed wire
- Place it under rugs if possible to avoid a trip hazard
- If you have a puppy or kitten, try to hide your cords so it will not chew on it
- If an appliance blows a fuse and continues to do so, unplug it and replace the appliance
If you follow these tips, you will be closer to preventing an electrical fire from occurring in your home. Remember, if you are to ever experience fire damage of any sort, contact SERVPRO of Bangor/Ellsworth and we will do our very best to accommodate you during this difficult time.
Your house does well to protect you and your family against the harsh elements. Unfortunately, like most things in life, you must maintain and repair after a certain amount of time has passed to make sure it does the same job it did when it was first constructed. One of your issues could be your windows. As the years go by, they will wear out from weather conditions, and extreme temperatures. This can cause the once water-tight seal to loosen and allow air and moisture to seep in.
If you start to notice discoloration of your window frame, or around your window in general. This may indicate your window is not completely secure. If you suspect your window may have lost its seal, it is best to look at it as soon as possible to ensure no major will be inflicted on the interior of your home.
How to fix your window leaks
- Check the caulking of your window
- If it is damaged or worn, clean your window frame and recaulk
- Clean dirt, debris and insects from weep holes in the frame bottom. Use a small wire to unplug these holes.
- Make sure the sill at the bottom of the window frame is pitched downward to drain water toward the exterior.
If by examining your window you find more water damage than anticipated. Call a window replacement professional to see about redoing the frame and window. Make sure to check your households weak points often to maintain a good and solid household. Be smart, be safe!
Roofs: A Leak Has Sprung
Imagine sitting in your cozy chair at home. You’ve turned on the TV, your favorite show is on. Everything is perfect, but then you hear it; a constant dripping of water hitting your floor. You discover your roof has sprung a leak and think, what do you do?
- Identify the present source of the water
- Place something under the leak to catch the water
- A bucket is optimal but a bowl, or a saucepan can do the same job.
- Identify the main source of the water
- Place a bucket underneath to catch all drops from all the sources
- If you find there is too much water collecting in the buckets, do your best to switch them out when needed and place rags or an old t-shirt around them in case it overflows without you knowing.
- Dry affected areas
If you were quick enough to handle your roof leak, you’ve avoided the worst of water damage. Call a roofer to fix the leak as soon as possible to ensure no further problems will occur. You may be lucky enough to have just one soft spot in your roof. However, your roof may have further vulnerabilities in its structure. It is best to have a professional determine what should be done. The longer this problem stays, the higher the chance your house will suffer major water damage.
If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation where your house needs water damage treatment. Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bangor/Ellsworth at (207)947-0400.
Pipes: Be Wary of Winter
Lately, it hasn’t been too white of a Christmas this year. Snowfall has been rare and it seems like it’s getting warmer, but it’s safe to say that at some point the snow will fall consistently. The temperature will drop, be mindful that this can also affect your home, especially your plumbing. Frozen pipes can burst and potentially cost thousands in water damage.
How to prevent pipes from freezing
- Keep your entire home well-heated
- Make sure all windows and doors are securely closed
- If you notice any drafts, seal them as soon as possible
- Turn on your sink to allow water to run through, a little drip can make a difference
How to thaw frozen pipes
- Use a space heater, hair dryer or a heating pad and apply it to the affected pipe
- While applying your heat, have a faucet running to allow water to flow through when thawed, this will speed up the process as well
Keep in mind, it is always safest to contact a professional local plumber to solve this issue for you. Be safe and be smart.
If this problem leads to a burst pipe and you find water is flooding all over you floor. Shut off your water valve and contact SERVPRO of Bangor Ellsworth at (207)947-0400. We will deal with this problem swiftly and apply our years of efficient service to ensure you will not have to worry about this for long.
Dryers and The Hazards That Come
The dryer is an almost necessary addition to your household. Having your clothes come out nice, dry and warm is something we all enjoy and some turn to when the sun is no longer an option to dry their clothes. But, as with any appliance that generates a lot of heat, you must pay attention to the possible risks.
According to Consumer Reports, 27% of dryer fires are started from an accumulation of lint. There are modern dryers that alert you to an excess of lint in the filter. But for the older models, you will have to check yourself. Make sure to get into the habit of checking your filter. Lint buildup can vary, so get to know how many loads it takes before your filter gets overwhelmed. It is always safest to clear it after every load of laundry.
It is also beneficial to clean the duct at the back of the dryer to ensure uninterrupted ventilation. Make sure to disconnect your dryer from its power source before cleaning. Disconnect the duct and clean with a vacuum cleaner. Ensure a proper connection is made to the duct and dryer once you have finished cleaning.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where you experience loss from a fire. Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bangor/Ellsworth. Our experienced technicians will swiftly deal with your loss and make it "Like it never even happened."