Recent Fire Damage Posts

SERVPRO techs have specialized training in the removal of fire loss from your home

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaging a residential home No matter how large or small the fire in your kitchen, it can cause significant damage that is difficult to clean up. The layer of soot left

No matter how large or small the fire in your kitchen, it can cause significant damage that is difficult to clean up. The layer of soot left on surfaces is one of the most frustrating aspects. Professional restoration companies should be able to quickly clean up after a fire and then they can handle cleaning up walls and ceilings. If soot is left on chrome furniture, it can cause irreparable damage to the rest of the furnishings. 

It can also be dangerous if improper cleaning techniques are used. It can: 

  • Inject odorous soot deeper into surfaces
  • Cause stains
  • Furniture with restoration potential should be destroyed.

What is the best dry cleaning sponge for fire damage clean-up?

SERVPRO techs can bring dry cleaning sponges to your home in order to restore fire damage. High heat fires can cause light and powdery residues to organic materials. Liquids can exacerbate the problem by causing the residues to stick to the surfaces and making it more difficult to remove. 

Techs use dry cleaning sponges to remove the soot from surfaces. The techs turn the sponge each time and dispose of any residues. This allows painted walls to be restored without the need for removal. It also saves homeowners the time and money of replacing them. The techs can use a sealant to give a new start to walls and ceilings that have particulate embedded too deep.

You must act quickly to minimize the damage and restore your home to its original condition as soon as possible. 

Call SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties today at (401) 847-8145 to speak with a certified technician who will respond to any fire damage to your home.

Fire Restoration

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged property a small fire can cause significant damage to surrounding areas and create a strong odor that can linger for years if it's not dealt with properly.

A small fire can cause damage to a house or place of business. It can be difficult to repair a property. Even a small fire can cause significant damage to surrounding areas and create a strong odor that can linger for years if it's not dealt with properly.

SERVPRO® Newport & Bristol Counties’ an area's most trusted disaster recovery team. Our team has decades of combined experience. We train each new member to be able to use proven techniques as well as to properly manage drying equipment.

SERVPRO® Newport & Bristol Counties, a franchise, has access to the latest equipment and technology. We also have the backing and testing of the most trusted disaster assistance franchise in the country. Although we hope that you will not need our services, we are ready to respond to your call if your commercial property or home is ever in danger of being destroyed by fire.

Can Professionals Get Rid of Odors After Fire Damage to North Kingston Homes?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Room with fire damage Fire can leave your property with many issues. Trust our experts to bring your home back to its original state "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO's Odor Control Technicians Know How to Combat Odors After Fire Damage to Your North Kingston Home

Combating odors after fire damage to your North Kingston home can be quite a challenge. SERVPRO technicians apply scientific principles to understand the behavior of odor particles and design an effective deodorizing strategy to suit the specific conditions. 

SERVPRO technicians understand that odor-causing smoke particles formed after fire damage to your North Kingston home can be microscopic. The smaller size of the particles allows them to penetrate deeper into porous surfaces after extensive smoke damage. The deodorant particles also must be small enough to reach the odor-causing particles and neutralize them. However, size is not the only factor determining how the odor-causing particles penetrate materials. 

Factors That Help Smoke Particles Penetrate Materials in Fire Damaged Homes in North Kingston 

Some of the important factors helping smoke particles penetrate surfaces of your North Kingston home that SERVPRO technicians recognize include-

  • The porosity of the surface- Porous surfaces are more likely to absorb odors than non-porous surfaces. 
  • Amount of the residue- Heavier the residue after a fire and smoke damage, the greater the surface area of material it can impact and more difficult it is for SERVPRO techs to neutralize
  • Exposure time- Longer exposure of the residue allows the odor-causing particles to penetrate deeper, making it difficult for SERVPRO to deodorize during house fire cleanup. 
  • Heat- Hotter particles can penetrate surfaces deeper. Also, porous surfaces tend to expand due to heat, making it easy for the particles to penetrate. 

Call SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145 for reliable, round-the-clock service. 

How Can Trained Fire Restoration Professionals Help North Kingston Homes?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

smoke billowing from the windows of a house When fire damage and smoke affect your living space, the situation can seem insurmountable. Call SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

North Kingston House Fire Clean Up Must Get Performed by Experienced and Knowledgeable Service Professionals

Qualified professionals like our SERVPRO team can provide a wealth of services and helpful action after a fire gets extinguished in your North Kingston home. Because the effects of these disasters can overwhelm the property quickly, multiple mitigation and cleaning actions must occur simultaneously. These include:

  • Smoke damage removal
  • Indoor air quality filtration
  • Content relocation/cleaning
  • Water extraction
  • Fire and smoke damage cleaning

Why Certification and Experience Matter with Fire Damage Incidents

Choosing a certified technician to complete the restoration and recovery of fire damage in North Kingston homes is critical for property owners. Unqualified contractors do not have the experience and report with insurance companies in the area to become the preferred vendor for reconstruction and repairs as we have. We can help through nearly every facet of fire damage recovery, beginning with emergency services.

Our certified and licensed SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties team is ready to help after a fire damage situation. Call us at (401) 847-8145.

Can North Kingston Survive Fire Damage in Historical Areas of Wickford with Professional Mitigation and Remediation?

12/27/2020 (Permalink)

yellow tape in front of a fire damaged house saying fire line do not cross Fire damage can happen very quickly and unexpectedly. Contact our SERVPRO technicians 24/7 after an emergency.

SERVPRO Commits to Approach Fire Damage in North Kingston with Restoration in Mind, Working Hard to Bring Our Treasured Centuries-Old Structures Back from Destruction

Business and residential areas in North Kingston include neighborhoods and smaller villages within the larger town's footprint. If they now seem like quiet, quaint spaces within a 21st-century city, your perceptions would not be wrong. But you also might not know about the fascinating details in the histories of these subdivisions in North Kingston that relate very impactful events that stretch back far more than three hundred years.

Who Were the Original Inhabitants of Wickford Village?

Before European contact, the lands comprising Wickford were hunted and fished by the indigenous Narragansett people. The Narragansett language died out in the 1800s, so it is difficult to prove the precise meaning of the tribe's name, but many modern members of the tribe believe it means "people of the little points and bays." It is not surprising that their name alludes to a jagged shoreline, as Wickford Village arose around an incredibly protected natural harbor.

Who Developed the Wickford Village Area Post-European Contact?

The Wickford Village portion of North Kingston owes its name to the town of Wickford in Essex, England. Situated on the west side of Narragansett Bay, the current village is just 20 minutes away from Newport, Rhode Island, connected by two bridges. What is now known as Wickford Village was settled in 1637. Roger Williams, a Puritan minister, author, and theologian, established Providence Plantations in the area, eventually known as the Colony of Rhode Island. As part of this plan, he bought land from the Narragansett sachem or chief Canonicus including part of Wickford's location. Williams adhered to an abolitionist viewpoint, studied the Narragansett language, and tried to develop the area consistent with

  • Religious freedom
  • Separation of church and state
  • Fair dealings with indigenous peoples

Williams and another Puritan minister, Richard Smith, originally from Gloucester, England, founded trading posts near the harbor, and residential and business growth followed. Miller purchased Williams's post in 1651.

What Happened During Smith's Control of Wickford Village?

After a stay in Taunton in the Massachusetts Colony, Smith arrived in Wickford Village in 1637, the same year as Williams. Smith constructed a gabled house, which Williams spoke of as the first English-styled residence in the village and the greater North Kingston. Smith fortified his home, resulting in its later moniker as Smith's Castle. Smith obtained more land during his tenure in Wickford, developing what he called Cocumscussoc Plantation. The plantation centered the growing number of  European settlers' church, political, and social life. As unrest with indigenous peoples intensified, a European settler named Joshua Tefft was executed at Smith's Castle in 1676 for fighting on the side of the Narragansetts.

Did Wickford Suffer Damage During King Philip's War?

Homes built under Smith's expansion of the Wickford settlement now contained within North Kingston were targets during the 1675–1678 time frame of King Philip's War, a conflict with the Naragannset and other indigenous peoples. Smith's Castle burned completely, and many other buildings faced destruction. Smith's son Richard Smith Jr. rebuilt in 1678 on the foundation laid nearly 30 years earlier. The second Smith's Castle is still in place, gaining fame as one of the most visited spots in the Wickford Village area. The majority of the village's historic homes and buildings built between King Philip's War and the American Revolution still house residents and provide space for the village's business district. Remarkably, almost all retain their original foundations.

What Role Did Wickford Village in North Kingston's Experience During the Revolutionary War?

On Poplar Point, jutting out into the maze of islands to the east of Wickford Harbor, there is a lighthouse and a plaque. The plaque, dedicated in 1936 by the Pettaquamscutt chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, describes the contribution of the Wickford Gun, a cannon active in skirmishes between the Revolutionary forces and the British. The cannon arrived in March of 1776 from the brand-new State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The Newtown Rangers were a motley group of young boys and older men who determined to strike a blow in the British conflict. They made it their job to learn how to use the cannon. Their use of the Wickford gun featured:

  • Establishment of three fortified locations, as the cannon was portable, including
    • Poplar Point  -- from which the British were driven after a direct hit by the gun
    • Quidnessett 
    • Barber's Heights
  • Persistence, as the cannon needed repair after Tory sabotage:
    • Master blacksmith Samuel Bissell "rode" the cannon making repairs at the rest of the Newton Rangers moved the gun to Judith's Point.
    • The gun fired many rounds at the grounded British ship Syrene, resulting in all 166 men onboard surrendering to the Newtown Rangers.

Is Fire Damage Restoration of Historic Buildings Possible in North Kingston?

Wickford and the surrounding North Kingston's current inhabitants prefer fire damage restoration over teardowns and new construction. Residents honor the history and sacrifice of the early settlers and the 18th-century revolution. Many of the centuries-old buildings are owned by private citizens. They rely on our team's expertise to turn smoke and soot damage around, bringing properties back to their former glory.

How Does SERVPRO Deliver on Promises to Mitigate and Remediate Fire Damage?

Three elements crucial to successful outcomes by a fire damage recovery company are

  • Training
  • Experience
  • Equipment

SERVPRO sends managers and technicians to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for training in multiple and advanced specialties. The IICRC is an international restoration standard developing and teaching organization. Our workforce shares many years of combined experience in fire damage management. Investment in state-of-the-art equipment supports our trained and talented team in their quest to restore fire-damaged buildings and homes in the North Kingston area.

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties invests in a highly-trained workforce and innovative equipment to make fire damage "Like it never even happened," for homes of any age and condition. Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (401) 847-8145.

Explore the World Around You and Under the Ocean in North Kingston

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

night view of moon and dock on water While you enjoy the area's marine life, SERVPRO can remediate your fire damaged home.

Join the Biomes Center for the Best On-Hand Marine Biology in North Kingston and New England 

The Biome Center in North Kingston is a hands-on aquarium with something for all family members from 5 to 95. As the only private marine education facility in New England, it is an exciting place where visitors can not only see sharks, eels, horseshoe crabs, and tidepool animals but help feed and care for them as well. 

Parties, Groups, and Neighborhood Options 

The Biome Center is available for adult and children’s parties. Businesses and other private groups, like Scout troops and dens, can rent the facility. Outside food can be brought in for each event, and their indoor picnic space is always available. Due to current pandemic rules, all groups are currently restricted to 50 people or less. 

No matter if it is water or fire damage to your North Kingston home, you need professional help for restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties today at (401) 847-8145 to schedule a service call.

Are There Viable Ways To Keep Costs Manageable When Dealing with A Fire Damage Incident in North Kingston?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property Call us at (401) 847-8145 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

SERVPRO Combines Simple and Advanced Restoration Techniques to Fix Fire Damage in North Kingston Properties Efficiently

Fires are highly destructive because of the soiling and material deterioration they leave in the properties that they affect. Even a small stove fire can have far reaching effects. Restoration of such damage is not only time consuming but also costly. When you involve SERVPRO in the restoration of your North Kingston property, it is possible to save time and money.

What determines the destructiveness of fire damage incidents in North Kingston?
Every fire incident in North Kingston unfolds differently, so the complexities that develop might vary. From the vast experiences our SERVPRO professionals have, we understand the common issues that influence damages, including:
    •    The time that is taken to respond to the incident
    •    The materials affected by the fire
    •    The processes used to quell the fire

A fire is not just destructive when it is burning but even in the aftermath of the incident. For instance, the residues produced by the combustion process, including soot and tar, have corrosive properties that stain materials or cause deterioration in other forms such as rusting of metallic materials. If you have metallic accessories such as chrome door handles, faucets, or other kinds of trim in the areas where most of the residues accumulate, you might incur high costs making replacements if you delay the response.

Firefighting processes might also cause problems despite being necessary for stopping the damage from flames and heat. Such damage depends on the degree of moisture saturation materials and contents in the house reach. Residues from firefighting chemicals such as foam can also cause some damages.

Are there viable options for reducing the damages that develop?
    •    Starting the restoration process early
    •    Cleaning most of the soiled items
    •    Isolating materials based on the level of damage
    •    Drying wet materials or using other approaches to manage moisture

Unlike damages that develop as the fire burns, the damages that develop later are controllable. Taking action soon after the incident happens is one of the best ways to minimize damages. Our SERVPRO crews can arrive at your property within four hours if you notify us in time. Starting water extraction at such an early stage or setting up dehumidifiers helps manage moisture levels in the building, thus limiting the negative effects it has on the exposed materials. For example, it is possible to stop mold development, which starts within 24 to 48 hours, by eliminating moisture from the building. Applying antimicrobial products at this stage also helps check microbial growth.

A casual look at fire-damaged items or materials rarely reveals the true extent of the problem. For instance, the depth of charring, odor penetration, or the level of staining is not easy to address when everything is covered in soot. It is possible to waste time trying to clean or restore unsalvageable items while overlooking the salvageable ones. Such oversight might exacerbate damages. A straightforward solution our SERVPRO crews use to resolve this issue is grouping the affected items in your house based on the level of damage before starting any restorative steps. We separate items into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable items. Since the decision to restore or dispose of the items with questionable damages is not easy to make, we set aside such items for restoration after other issues are addressed.

Which materials may amplify the level of damages you have to deal with after a fire incident?
    •    Synthetic materials
    •    Old materials
    •    Porous materials

When fire burns plastics or synthetic fabrics, the smoke produced has different properties, unlike fire from natural materials like wood or fabrics such as cotton. Synthetic materials tend to produce wet smoke residues which adhere to surfaces requiring specialized cleaning processes to remove the residues. In some cases, the only option to restore such items is to resurface the affected item.

Our SERVPRO professionals evaluate the residues deposited on surfaces to determine the best removal procedures. We can remove residues physically through vacuuming, dusting with absorbent materials, or agitate with air or high water pressure. We can also remove the residues chemically using chemical sponges, detergents, or specially formulated cleaning products.

Why is it challenging to restore old materials affected by fire damage?
Surfaces such as walls or furniture items made from older materials might be harder to restore through cleaning since residues penetrate beyond the surface. Such outcomes develop because aging tends to open up pores in materials or finishes applied on surfaces such as paint. Deeply embedded residues require advanced cleaning techniques to remove.

The issues that determine whether a fire restoration exercise is cost-effective or not might only vary slightly. SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties helps make the distinction, thus choosing the solutions most appropriate for your property. Call us at (401) 847-8145 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

A Fire Caused By a Faulty Cooking Appliance Left Me Dealing With Fire Damage in North Kingston. Where Do I Seek Help?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen When we are done, the fire damage can seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO Restorers in North Kingston to Help You With The Fire Damage Restoration Process

When a house fire occurs, homeowners are often left stranded about what to do. The soot and smoke residues spread extensively even to unaffected areas of your North Kingston home. If ignored for an extended period, the residues can begin to discolor surfaces, and odors may continue to become more potent.

Can smoke residues get into my HVAC system?
Fire damage in your North Kingston property can spread even to areas you cannot expect. During the fire incident, your HVAC system may collect and retain moisture, smoke, and gaseous emissions, among other contaminants. This can happen even when your HVAC system is not operating. It can affect the air quality of your property and the operations of the HVAC system.

At SERVPRO, we have certified indoor air professionals who have decades of experience and access to advanced duct cleaning systems equipped with the necessary tools to inspect your HVAC system. The duct-cleaning package includes a strong vacuum and an efficient filtering system. The vacuum pulls contaminants and soils into the filtering system that prevents residues and bacteria from being reintroduced into the indoor environment.

What damage can smoke residues cause?
Even after containing a small fire in your property, some surfaces can suffer staining and discoloration. If the situation is ignored for more than 48 hours, the ash and soot produced by the fire can discolor surfaces such as:

    •    Ceilings
    •    Vinyl
    •    Wood
    •    Walls

Besides, soot can also etch and corrode materials such as metal and glass. The corrosion can affect your home’s structural integrity. Hiring SERVPRO’s professional restorers within 48 hours can reduce the chances of permanent smoke damage occurring.

How can you remove the smoke odor?
Smoke lingers in confined surfaces like furniture, clothes, and upholstery. No matter the size of a fire in your property, the odor can be intense and last for an extended period. Without the right cleaning techniques and deodorization, the smell can infect your valuable items and the structure. That can make it difficult for you and your family to live in the property. If you intend to sell your property in the future, the odor can reduce its value.

Since the fire started in the kitchen, our professionals can use an enzyme digester, which works effectively on protein materials to eliminate the smell. The product breaks down protein molecules into simple, soluble substances that bacteria can absorb. We can also run air scrubbers to improve the air quality in your home.

To prevent additional destruction in your property after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145. When we are done, the fire damage can seem, “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Clean Up After a Fire in My Bedroom?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke filling room from under door Smoke from even small fires can permeate all areas of your home and often requires professional remediation.

To Completely Eliminate Fire Damage and Odors in Your Kingston Home, Call SERVPRO for Fast Action 

Returning your bedroom to normal after a fire is a priority. It is smart to outsource the task to a professional restoration service as most property owners do not keep the needed equipment on hand for this type of cleanup. After even a small fire in your bedroom, you can have a host of issues to deal with, including:  

  • Pungent smoke odors in carpet and fabrics
  • The need for smoke damage removal off walls or ceilings
  • Extraction and drying of water
  • Removal of ruined furnishings or building materials 

How Do I Get Rid of Smoke and Fire Damage to Clothing?  

In your Kingston bedroom, fire damage has a lot of areas to affect. SERVPRO techs get to work extracting the water or extinguishing agent used and scope the bedroom to determine what restoration actions need to be taken for the best outcome. While charred sheetrock around a closet may not have the potential for a positive outcome, the items inside that are washable, and the bedding can get cleaned using the professional Esporta Washing System. After only a single wash, the articles get not only cleaned but sanitized, and this is important as soot particles can be a skin irritant for some people. 

The SERVPRO techs use their selection of solutions to lift away the smoke residues and eliminate the odors in the bedroom. Although cleaning and removing charred items reduce odors significantly, odor control applications may also be required. When the techs get done, there will be no reminders of the fire. 

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145 has the trained and certified technicians to handle any size and type of smoke and fire damage in your home. The techs can do everything from cleanup to odor control and bring your bedroom to the way it was before disaster struck.  

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How Can I Get Smoke Damage Off My Walls and Ceilings After a Kitchen Fire?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

smoke surrounding smoke detector Kitchen fires are particularly hard to remediate. SERVPRO has the know-how to restore your kitchen.

SERVPRO Techs Have Specialized Training in the Removal of all Types of Fire Loss from Your North Kingston Home    

It does not matter if the fire in your kitchen was large or small; either type can leave large amounts of damage to clean up. One of the most frustrating is the layer of soot that gets left behind on surfaces. Post-fire cleanup efforts from a professional restoration services company should begin as rapidly as possible and let them handle the cleanup of walls and ceilings. When soot covers chrome furnishings, it is caustic and can ruin anything it lands on if it remains too long. When incorrect cleaning methods get used, it can:  

  • Drive odorous soot more deeply into surfaces
  • Cause stains 
  • Destroy finishes on furnishings that had restoration potential 

How Does a Dry Cleaning Sponge Work for Fire Damage Cleanup?    

One of the many tools that SERVPRO techs bring to your North Kingston home for fire damage restoration services is dry cleaning sponges. When high heat fires burn organic materials, they leave deposits of light, powdery residues. If liquids get applied, it compounds the issues and drives the residues into the surface and worsens the problem. The techs use the dry cleaning sponges to pick up the soot and lift it away from the surfaces. They turn the sponge with each pass and then dispose of it along with the residues. In this way, painted walls can get restored and not need removal, thus saving the homeowner the cost of replacement and time for rebuilding. In cases where the sheetrock stays in place, but the particulate has gotten driven too deeply into the wall or ceiling, the techs can apply a sealant for a fresh start that only needs priming and painting.  

Fire damage needs fast action to lessen the loss and get your home back to normal as fast as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145, and the certified techs are available 24/7 to handle any fire loss to your home. 

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Who Do I Include in My Home Safety Plan?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon house on fire North Kingston House Fire? Call SERVPRO for cleanup and restoration

Your Safety Plan for your Home in North Kingston Should Include a Professional Restoration Service

The most cautious North Kingston homeowners have an emergency plan for when disaster strikes. It probably includes insurance information, the number for local utility companies, and emergency maintenance specialists. A complete plan should consist of the 24-hour hotline for a professional restoration service capable of assessing damage and developing an action plan.

Property owners experiencing fire damage in North Kingston should call SERVPRO when disaster strikes. Our technicians hold certifications verifying their expertise in the field, and can spring into action upon receiving your call. With safety in mind, we use our personal protective equipment when assessing the damage and identifying next steps.

Can I stay in my home after a fire?

Some repairs after a fire are minimal, and you can stay in your home as our SERVPRO team cleans and disinfects the area. However, if the damage is severe or you wish to vacate the premises through the process, our crew helps with the move-out phase. Our goal is to make this experience as manageable as possible.

The move-out process may include some of the following steps, all of which are handled by our competent staff-

  • Clean and disinfect furniture going to storage
  • Inventory items leaving the home
  • Discarding necessary items

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is your ally, whether you live in Newport or South Kingstown. Call us at (401) 847-8145 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

How Do I Remove and Restore Fire Damage in My Home?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Home destroyed by fire Let SERVPRO mitigate your fire damaged home.

Call the Experts at SERVPRO to clean your North Kingston home after a fire

Residential fires in North Kingston homes are often limited to the room where it originated; normally the kitchen. In some homes, however, the fire burns and moves very quickly through the structure, causing damage to everything from the cellar to the roof.

How bad can it get?

There can be fire damage to your North Kingston home.Scorching and worse to drywall and framing, along with destroying carpets, flooring, and more. Our personnel train extensively to demolish ruined material and remove it without further damage to your home. Experienced builders and other specialists can then repair, replace, or restore all of this in your residence.

Can you get rid of the odor in my home as well?

Yes. Most odors disappear when we remove the damaged property and clean surfaces. If odors penetrate wood supports, they use sanders to remove surface layers. For deeper penetration, technicians use an ozone generator to create particles that get as deep, bind with the odors, and eliminate them.

To learn more about what SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties can do for your home here or in South Kingston, call us today at (401) 847-8145.

What Do I Do About the Fire Damage in My Bathroom?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

A bathroom sink with fire and soot damage. Let SERVPRO help get your bathroom back in working order.

SERVPRO Can Help You Remediate the Fire Damage in Your Newport Bathroom Today! 

Fire damage can be scary for any homeowner to experience, regardless of how long they have owned their home. A blaze can happen slowly, or it can roar to life suddenly. However, no matter how sparks begin to fly inside your house, what matters most is how you deal with the problem. When it comes to the longevity of your Newport home, you need to get help as soon as possible. Fortunately for you, there is always professional help nearby. 

What would you do if a hot flat iron left on in your Newport bathroom caused fire damage? 

Immediately calling for help can mean a world of difference when it comes to fire damage in your Newport home. The damages begin to set in while objects cool. For example, plastics that sustain intense heat can begin to discolor as they cool, changing to a dull yellow color. Here at SERVPRO, we base our entire business model on getting to your home when you need us most. From the moment we receive your call, we can begin to put together a team of talented fire and smoke damage remediation technicians. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we stand by those words. 

How Does SERVPRO Get To My Home So Quickly? 

Our technicians go to great lengths to ensure we can depart our facility quickly, including: 

  • Loading our advanced technology into our vans in advanced 
  • Using GPS to take the quickest route to your location 
  • Assembling our team while we're first on the phone with you 

When is it Best to Call For Restoration Services? 

Should the fire in your home be severe enough to call the fire department for help, consider calling SERVPRO of Newport directly after. The quicker we can get to the fire damage and begin the remediation process, the better it is for your home. If the fire in your home was relatively small and put out with a fire extinguisher, immediately after. No matter what scenario you find yourself in, it's best to get help immediately. 

How Can SERVPRO Remove Stains From Burnt Cosmetics? 

Unfortunately, a fire in your Newport bathroom can sometimes lead to the destruction of cosmetic products. Whether your favorite foundation has burned on the surface of your sink, or a container of soap has melted into a sticky mess, we have a way to help you. Our technicians can begin remediation by removing charred debris from your bathroom and then moving onto the soot stains. Our techs can remove soot stains with devices such as:  

  • Scrubbing pads
  • Lubricative cleaning agents 
  • Chemical cleaning agents

Removing soot can be a complicated process. However, our fire damage restoration technicians are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC.) Our SERVPRO techs can investigate the cause of the soot and then apply that knowledge to breaking it down with specific cleaning products. Soot stains can vary depending on the burned material, so not all cleaners work the same. Working with professionals can help ensure your home might be able to return to its preloss state. 

What About the Smell? How Can SERVPRO Help With That? 

Fires that burn through cosmetic products, and other packaging, can leave behind a putrid odor. The smell of burning plastics and chemicals is never pleasant. For this reason, SERVPRO can help reduce odors by using devices such as: 

  • Air Scrubbers with Carbon Filters 
  • Thermal Foggers 
  • Sealant Paints 

Sealing and removing odors can help you continue to live in your house, "Like it never even happened." Air scrubbers and thermal foggers both eliminate malodors on a particle-level. Air scrubbers pull particles from the air and entrap them. Thermal foggers dispense a vapor as a fog, which can also entrap and neutralize the odors. Should a smell be particularly persistent, sealing paints can help our technicians seal away the particles causing the unpleasant odors. 

It is always the goal of our technicians to thoroughly clean and remediate your home so you can go back to living your life. Furthermore, we're here with you every step of the way through the remediation. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, our technicians are willing to listen and answer, so you know what is happening inside of your home at all times. 

If your home sustains fire damage, never wait to get help. Reach out to SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties today by calling (401) 847-8145. Our technicians are always here to help!

We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Newport After A Fire

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

A ceiling that suffered fire damage Our specialists are trained in fire and smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning, call us right away to prevent further damage.

SERVPRO Saves Furniture From Fire Damage in Newport

One of the most deceptively difficult types of fire damage to cleanup happens in the kitchens of homes across the United States. When a protein combusts, the fats become airborne and coat surfaces in the vicinity.

A homeowner in Newport needed help with fire damage cleanup to his kitchen. A pan caught on fire and rather than cover it; someone in the home mistakenly used water to extinguish the fire. When water contacts hot oil, it immediately expands and transforms into a vapor, making the flames spread and more significant loss.

Containment and Air Quality Improvement

The techs set up containment around the kitchen doorway and vents to ensure no further cross-contamination occurred in the home from soot. Air scrubbers run continuously during mitigation to capture airborne particulate.

Removal of Charred Items

SERVPRO technicians found that the cabinets over the stove, sheetrock, and stove required disposal as they were too charred for restoration. Because unhealthy soot particles exist smaller than the eye can see and easily contaminate foodstuffs, much of the food in the pantry got removed as part of the cleanup.

Restoration of Furniture

The homeowner assumed his dining set was a loss due to the coverage of soot on the chairs and table in the vicinity of the fire.
Although the set was not of great monetary value, it had significant sentimental value. Upon inspection of the furnishings, SERVPRO techs stated the probability for the restoration of the pieces was high.
The techs wiped away the debris and residues on the chairs and table using specially formulated detergent cleaning agents and sponges. A final buffing removed all signs of the smoke damage.

Final Odor Control Measures

Once the charred items got disposed of and the remaining surfaces cleaned of all the residues, the kitchen smelled much better but still retained residual smoke odors. SERVPRO techs set up hydroxyl generators to neutralize any remaining odors safely in the home.

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145 uses the latest technology and advanced cleaning methods to restore properties with fire damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Application of Enzymes in Protein Fire Damage affecting your Bristol Home

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire Let us help you get your Kingston kitchen back in order after a fire incident.

Fire Damage in Kingston Kitchen Calls For Professional Restoration Services

Fire Damage Kingston

Leaving the stove unattended is responsible for over fifty percent of house fires in the US. When cooking with fatty foods like meat products, it is essential to keep an eye on the cooking throughout. Grease from animal fats can ignite rapidly and, because they are oil-based, throwing water at the problem can make things worse. While most cooking fires are brought under control relatively quickly, the area around the kitchen, as well as sometimes in adjacent rooms, can become thick with greasy, odorous soot deposits. 

You may find that restoring grease fire damage in your Kingston kitchen is more of a challenge than dry fires. Water and oil repel each other, which means approaching a protein fire in the same way you would approach living room fire can lead to spreading wet-soots around. SERVPRO technicians can gather valuable intel on the types of equipment and cleaners we may need to restore your home by speaking to you directly or by pre-testing soot deposits, testing pH levels, and distinguishing between wet or dry smoke. 

A challenge facing restorers of a protein fire is that many of the grease stains are insoluble in water. Equally, using powerful solvents in a cooking area may have adverse effects on certain materials, finishes, or odors. To combat this, SERVPRO restorers can use natural organic compounds to break down proteins and make them water-soluble. Enzymes are a living organism that can digest soils and make them easier to wash away without leaving behind odors or risk causing acidic damage to surfaces. 

Since enzymes are living microbes, there must be certain practices put in place to use them effectively. There is a careful balancing act to using enzymes correctly, which involves maintaining average temperature, neutral acidity, and moisture, which allows them to thrive. SERVPRO can achieve this by bringing in portable heaters and repeated dampening the surface. Neutralizing surfaces with acid or alkaline levels can be achieved by applying solutions relative to the needed balance. Overall, enzyme cleaning can be ultra-effective with a short dwell time of just fifteen minutes to one hour. 

Protein damages are exceptionally tough to clear away without the right intel and products. Contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145.

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The SERVPRO Science of Fire, Smoke, and Soot Removal and Restoration for Kingston Properties

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

soot soiled wall and ceiling and a wiped down clean area SERVPRO Says--Call Us for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Kingston

North Kingston Fire Damage Residue Cleanup Basics

After a fire in your North Kingston home, it can be hard to imagine that any efforts can bring the scorched and soot-covered surfaces surrounding you back to preloss condition. The fire insurance industry has confidence that our well-trained and equipped restoration professionals can minimize disruption to you and your family while also saving time and money through efficient and effective cleaning of fire residues. We master the principles and elements of cleaning through the comprehensive Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses.

Cleaning Principles

Our goal is to transform the fire damage in your North Kingston home back to the appearance, function, and comfort you enjoyed before the blaze. Fire residues vary, even within the same dwelling, depending on the materials burned, the temperature and oxygen levels during the fire, the air movement, and the surfaces affected. We hit the marks by applying the following principles to your unique circumstances:

  • Discovery and identification of fire residues through a full-home inspection
  • Evaluation of the characteristics and durability of the soiled surfaces through pre-testing
  • Capture, removal, and disposal of residues through careful matching of techniques and products to the data gathered above

Cleaning Elements

The ultimate purpose of fire cleanup is to dislodge and suspend the residues deposited on surfaces. Once the particulates mix freely with a cleaning solution, they can rinse or wipe away, ready for appropriate disposal. SERVPRO technicians manipulate four specific elements during cleaning, working toward effective interactions that facilitate the loosening of residues in anticipation of removal.

Temperature

Applying heat increases the speed of chemical reactions set in motion when we introduce cleaning products. We adjust the temperature with care, vigilantly avoiding damage to surfaces and the production of hazardous fumes or other unintended consequences.

Agitation

Causing movement across the soiled surface dislodges adhered coatings and assures all parts of the surface are in contact with the cleaning solution. Examples of agitation include:

  • Brushing
  • Scrubbing
  • Application of water or air pressure
  • Use of ultrasonic vibration (sound waves) -- submersion in a tank

Chemical Action

Choosing the correct cleaning product causes reactions that loosen the residues. Effective reactions that lift away or remove soiling include:

  • Dissolving
  • Emulsifying
  • Bleaching
  • Oxidizing
  • Altering pH
  • Digesting

Time

Calculating reasonable and appropriate dwell times for cleaning products to work efficiently without harming the soiled surface.

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is ready to apply the fire restoration industry's best practices to make it "Like it never even happened." Call (401) 847-8145 for a professional assessment and fire recovery project plan.

Christmas Tree Fires Account for Millions of Dollars in Property Damage Annually

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Christmas trees and holiday decorations account for millions of dollars in property damage every year. Please share these basic safety tips to ensure your family's well being this holiday season.

  • Look for a fresh tree, these are less likely to catch fire. Vibrant green needles that do not fall off easily. The Frazier Fir is a great choice and has a softer needle that does not dry out as quickly.
  • Remember to water your tree immediately after getting it home and in the stand. Continue to water the tree until it stops taking water.
  • Keep your tree away from heat sources, candles and other electronics.
  • All your Christmas lights should be UL or ETL/ITSNA tested for safety, and you should throw away damaged lights.
  • Be sure to plug outdoor lights into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor. If possible avoid candles all together especially this time of year when there tend to be more flammable items around the home.
  • Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.
  • When your tree's needles begin to fall, it is time to take it down.

Follow these guidelines and avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association or United States Fire Administration report this holiday season. Of course, if you do have an emergency contact us immediately along with the local emergency response departments needed. We will be there to help you get things back, "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Fire & Water Restoration

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Recently we needed to pull resources from our multiple franchise locations to a fire & water restoration at a food distribution center. The partially damaged building needed to be restored quickly to prevent contamination and mold growth in areas of the warehouse that were not directly affected by the fire. In disaster restoration time is always crucial and we train our techs to work quickly and efficiently to ensure the environment is returned to normal ASAP! In this particular case, we knew there were hundreds of thousands of dollars in perishable products that were at risk to be damaged so we arrived on scene within hours and had equipment and techs on site shortly thereafter. We were able to clean and restore the facilities within 48 hours in time to re-open only 3 days after the fire damage occurred.

Residential Fires

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Residential fires are some of the most difficult situations we encounter. Not because our crew is unprepared for the event, but because the personal loss of a home and possessions is extremely painful for the owners and can lead to a highly scrutinized job site. Our crew is prepared for this and sympathizes with the anguish each and every homeowner feels after a disaster has impeded their life. We are trained to move quickly understanding that every moment saved at the onset of disaster recovery increases the chance of a successful mitigation exponentially. We carefully attempt to salvage any items that can be restored and store them in our warehouse to be cleaned and dried. After the structure has been reviewed we then begin the cleaning process, being careful to protect any undamaged areas of the home before we start. Once clean we can begin drying and assessing the damage totality, our trained crew includes carpenters and other subcontractors that can help to expedite the recovery process and get you back in your home faster.

Fire Pit Safety Tips

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire pits are a great way to accessorize your yard and they are perfect for gatherings! When you use your fire pit, make sure you are keeping you and your property safe by following these safety tips!


Location


Make sure you keep your fire pit AT LEAST 10 feet away from any structures. This may help prevent sparks from hitting your home and excessive smoke from entering your or your neighbor’s home.


Do NOT put your fire pit under tree branches or on a covered deck. Make sure your fire pit is in a location where the flames and sparks will not hit any objects.


Under the Pit


If your fire pit is not built into the ground, make sure you have stone, brick, gravel, or concrete under the pit. This will help prevent the area below the pit from burning. You should NEVER place your pit over dry grass or over a wooden deck. This is because the heat from the base of it pit may spark a fire to the ground below it.


Weather


Do not use your fire pit if it is windy. The wind may push sparks from the fire to an area that is flammable.


When you are using your fire pit, you should notice the direction the breeze is blowing. You should move any object out of the way of where the breeze is blowing to help prevent a fire from occurring.


Lighting the Pit


When lighting your fire pit, use a commercial fire starter pack. Do NOT use lighter fluid or gasoline to light the pit or to relight fires. You should always keep water nearby just in case the fire inside of the pit spreads.


Before you use your fire pit, you should check your town’s laws on fire pits. Some towns require a permit and an inspection. If the unfortunate happens, call the experts at SERVPRO. We will restore your property and make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Types of Fire Damage

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA, the number of fires your household can expect in an average lifetime is five. Any fire regardless of size will cause damage to your property. Fire damage is classified into six different classes and the type of fire damage can be classified in two ways.

Six Types of Fire Damage

Fires are classified into six different classes. These classes are Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E, and Class F.

  • Class A: Involves flammable solids, plastics, paper, rubber, cloth, and wood
  • Class B: Damage is caused by flammable solids that became liquids and by liquids. Examples of these types of substance are gasoline, petrol, oil, plastics and, paints. Cooking oils and fats are excluded from this class
  • Class C: Involves flammable gasses such as hydrogen, natural gas, butane, and propane
  • Class D: Damage is caused by combustible gasses such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium
  • Class E: This class is a combination of Class A and Class B but, it involves electrical elements
  • Class F: Damage is caused by cooking oils and fats. Cooking oils and fats are in their own class because the fire is usually hotter and more damage is caused.

Fire extinguishers are not a one size fits all. Make sure you read the label on your fire extinguisher to see what types of fires it can put out. Some fire extinguishers are water based which would not be safe to use on a Class E fire. Also, check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher to make sure it is still good to use in case of an emergency.

Types of Fire Damage

Most insurance companies use two classifications for fire damage. These categories are primary damage and secondary damage.

  • Primary Damage: Damage is caused by direct flames to the structure or to objects inside of the structure
  • Secondary Damage: Damage is caused by corrosive substances, smoke, and water from putting the fire out

Secondary damage typically causes the most damage to the structure. This is because soot and smoke can work its way throughout the structure.


If you experience a fire in your home, the first step you should take is to call the fire department. Your second step should be to reach out to your insurance agent. Your final step should be calling SERVPRO. All SERVPRO franchises are available 24/7 with highly trained restoration technicians. SERVPRO specializes in fire and water damage and will get your property looking “Like it never even happened”.

Fire Damage in Warren, Rhode Island

12/22/2016 (Permalink)

Experiencing a fire loss can be a tough time for you and your family. Many times it can be the cause of losing many things that you have treasured over the years. If you experience a fire loss in Warren, RI, it is important to remember a few things. 

1. Do not touch anything after the fire occurs. It can further spread soot and other harmful particles that make the cleaning process more difficult. 

2. Stay out of the structure until a cleaning professional advises what the proper steps will be to move forward. 

3. Make sure the company you hire takes a detailed inventory list of where everything is so you will be best prepared with your insurance company. 

4. Set an expected timeline with the company you hire to how long it will take to complete the job and have you back in your house. 

Overall there are many factors but these are just some basic tips to help get the process moving and hopefully back in your home as soon as possible. 

Let us know if you have any questions.