Recent Fire Damage Posts

While we restore, heres some tips for you

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Of Milton & North Oakville are dedicated to make your fire restoration process as easy as possible. Heres some what to do and what not to do for your peace of mind! 

Take Inventory

SERVPRO will be taking picstures of everything as well, but if youd like you are more then welcome to. Prepare an inventory of your damaged property with the quantity and description of everything.  This will be helpful when communicating with your insurance and SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville to make sure all of your belongings are accounted for and properly cared for.  Some items will be salvageable and some will not depending on the level of damage, so this inventory list will help simplify this process. 

Hire A Professional

Yes! that's right, SERVPRO is here and ready to help! some things a homeowner can do, but jobs like this its good to hire a professional mitigation contractor from start to finish like SERVPRO!  You may need help boarding up and securing your home before cleaning and restoration can even begin, and SERVPRO can help with that as well!

Things To Avoid

While there are certain things you should do to make the process easier for yourself, there are also several things you should try to avoid in the fire restoration process.

Don't Wait to Get Started

While fire restoration doesn’t typically have the same urgency as water restoration, you still don’t want to delay getting started. As soon as the fire is put out, make sure to call SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville and we will come out as soon as we can. 

Don't Downplay Your Contents and Belongings

Don’t under report your contents to your insurance company. When you take your inventory, be specific, SERVPRO can also help with you list, to make sure everything is documented properly. Assuming you have the appropriate insurance coverage, everything in your home that was damaged will be either replaced or repaired. 

Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make and SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville will make sure that we take care of everything as if its our own. 

Call us today for all your post fire clean up and restoration needs at 905-864-9544

After a fire, who do you call? SERVPRO of course

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

House fires are an emotional and traumatizing time for anyone, but it is important to act quickly to prevent further damage to your home. Flames are the culprit for the most visible damage to your property after a fire, but smoke, soot, and water share in the responsibility of damage too.  Odors from smoke and soot settle quickly into surfaces and materials, causing permanent damage in a short amount of time. It might be hard to think quickly when you’re stressing about the potential damage or loss of your home, but hiring SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville to come in and clean and restore your home to its previous state as safely and quickly as possible will be your best idea yet! we are here and ready for your call!

SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville 

905-864-9544

Wild fire damage event

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

The active wildfires here in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of our neighbors to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds The Santa Ana winds that are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. They are not expected to diminish until Friday into Saturday at the earliest. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued for today under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville we are monitoring this wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville is Here to Help®. 

About SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville

SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help  SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville 905-864-9544

SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

soot residue after fire 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 Milton & North Oakville 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

SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville 

905-864-9544

Fire facts to know.

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. 

Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.

Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. 

Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and harmful gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio

Develop Fire-Safe Habit

        • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.

        • Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.

        • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.

        • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.

        • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Tips to avoid after a fire

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Trust the Professionals

A house fire is traumatizing. Even when everyone makes it out safely, even when the fire is contained to a small area, you will be left thinking of what could have been worse. Plus, you will have a mess that cannot be cleaned with conventional consumer products.

These tips will help you take back control of your life following a house fire.

See our previous blog for a list of things to do after a fire; avoid the following:

Do Not Wash Soot-stained Walls

If you attempt to clean painted or papered walls with typical household cleaners, you may fix the soot into the material. Suddenly, what should be a simple cleaning job may require painting or new wallpaper.

Do Not Shampoo Your Rugs

Again, household cleaners will not be effective removing soot from carpets and upholstery. Instead you risk making a temporary stain permanent when you attempt to clean fabrics yourself. Fire restoration professionals have commercial cleaning products that can safely remove soot from rugs, carpets, and upholstery.

Do Not Attempt Cleaning Electronics

When electronics like computers, radios, and televisions have been exposed to excessive heat or water, they should be inspected by an authorized repair service before you turn on the power again. Trust the professionals to avoid electrocuting yourself or igniting another fire.

Do Not Consume Contaminated Food

Foods that were not fully sealed should be considered contaminated following a fire. In addition, sealed foods that have been exposed to excessive heat may also be unsafe for human consumption. Check with a trained fire technician to learn what can be salvaged and what must be discarded.

Do Not Turn on Power or Electric Devices

If the power is out after a home fire, an electrician should inspect the building for safety before power is restored. If the power remains on, you should still avoid using overhead lights, ceiling fans, or other appliances that may have suffered fire or water damage until they have been inspected by a qualified professional.

Do Not Send Clothes to Your Regular Cleaner

Some drycleaners specialize in fire restoration. Others do not have the training and materials to properly clean clothes exposed to soot. If you want to salvage your clothes, be sure to take them to a drycleaner who specializes in cleaning after a fire.

Here at SERVPRO® Milton & North Oakville, our IICRC-certified fire restoration technicians have the training and experience to guide you in getting your life back following a house fire. Trust us to help you restore your home and peace of mind.

What to do after a fire

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Even small fires contained to one room can spread soot and harmful fumes throughout your home. Putting out the fire may create a water damage or a mess of fire extinguisher foam.

Your first instinct may be to start cleaning whatever you can, but you may actually make the damage worse. You should consult a fire restoration specialist certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to learn what you can do and how best to save your property.


Call SERVPRO®

Our restoration professionals are committed to restoring your property. We want to help you reoccupy your home as fast as possible.

Our experienced crews will help you navigate the restoration process. Their know-how and commercial cleaning products will prevent secondary damage to your belongings.

Protect Plumbing

You can safely wipe soot off chrome fixtures. Consider applying a light coating of lubricant to protect them from soot disturbed during cleaning.

If the weather is cold and the heating system is disabled, you should pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilets, tubs, and holding tanks to prevent pipes freezing.

Check Your Appliances

If you do not have power, empty the freezer and refrigerator of food and leave the doors open. Otherwise, you will get bad odors in them.

As with plumbing fixtures, you can wipe the soot off chrome appliances and apply a lubricant, but you should not attempt to use an electrical appliance until you are certain it was not damaged in the fire.

Protect Heating System

Cover your HVAC intakes with two layers of cheesecloth to prevent soot and other particulates from getting into the system. You may also change the air filter, but you should not try to turn the system back on until an HVAC professional has inspected it.

Remember Your House Plants

Plants are living organisms that need to breathe. Wipe away soot from both sides of all leaves to help them survive. Consider moving them to another location if the temperature during restoration is too hot or cold for them.

How to prepare in case of a fire

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

It is always important to take preventative measures to ensure you and your family will be safe in the case of a fire. Doing fire drills can help enhance your families readiness, by eliminating the need to wonder what to do in an actual emergency. Always test your smoke alarms to ensure they are functioning properly. Adding a few fire extinguishers can help in an emergency, especially if you catch the fire in its early stages. Always remember to check wiring for excessive fraying. Remove any flammable materials from heat sources and always check to make sure the oven is fully off.

Fires are severely traumatic and life changing events.  It is always good to prepare, so that you are ready when the unexpected might happen. 

Fire Facts!

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Learn About Fire

Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. 

Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.

Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. 

Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio

Develop Fire-Safe Habit

        • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.

        • Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.

        • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.

        • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.

        • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.

Nicotine Odour Cleanup

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Nicotine odours are some of the most difficult to counteract. A very typical scenario is that a seller wishes to maximize the value of their property, but the occupants had been heavy smokers for years. Smoke odour molecules can get everywhere, including behind kitchen counters, and embedded into painted surfaces.
Ordinary latex interior paint is porous and will trap nicotine odour molecules, so even after a deodorization, the embedded nicotine molecules may continue to emanate odours. Options include cleaning the affected surface, applying an odour blocking sealant to the surface, or removing and replacing the surface.
When opting to clean a painted surface, it is advisable to raise the temperature in the room to 29C (85F) for 24-48 hours prior to the work. This elevated temperature will open the pores in the painted surface, allowing the trapped nicotine odour molecules to be removed.
The application of an odour blocking sealant is not as labour intensive as cleaning, however it takes longer. After the sealant dries, the surfaces will need to be re-painted.
Removal and replacement is reserved for those situations when there is no viable alternative. For example, most textured ceilings (popcorn) are unpainted plaster and can trap a lot of nicotine odour molecules. Application of a sealant may lead to deterioration of the plaster. Removal of the texture and conversion to a smooth ceiling may be the preferred option.

Fire Safety Plan

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

For commercial buildings there are a lot of safety plans that should be set in place to ensure that the occupants are safe. For example, in schools fire drills are often done to prepare students and the faculty in case of a fire emergency. Like wise in a commercial building, it is the employers responsibly to make sure that these kinds of safety plans are created, but don’t be fooled, safety is the responsibility of each individual working on the premises. A fire safety plan is a detailed document that covers all aspects of fire safety specific to the building or property. The plan details: A safe and orderly way for the occupants to evacuate the building. Also how proper maintenance and housekeeping can prevent fires. By regularly checking fire safety equipment, you can ensure your occupants safety. For example, checking fire extinguishers to make sure they are up to date. Making sure fire drills are ran often, to prepare for an emergency. Smoke alarms need to be placed in strategic areas to be effective. All occupants play a huge roll in safety as well. By making known anything that looks suspicious or damaged to the employer or safety representative.

 

Smoke and soot damage

11/11/2020 (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 Milton & North Oakville 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, smouldering, pungent odour, 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 – (905) 864-9544